Stories by Jo Clifton

Friday, February 11, 2011 by Jo Clifton

County attorney seeking old Council calendars as well as new ones

City Clerk Shirley Gentry said Thursday the city has 80 boxes of records from the offices of former Mayor Will Wynn and former Council Member Brewster McCracken. Somewhere within those 80 boxes there might be records County Attorney David Escamilla…

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by Jo Clifton

Open meetings allegations could cause damage to city governance

Over the course of the 30 years that this writer has been watching Austin city politics, there has been no Council that failed to meet together in groups of two or three at various times to discuss their opinions and…

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 by Jo Clifton

Mayor’s single-member district proposal stirs political groups

As media outlets reported Monday that Mayor Lee Leffingwell plans to submit the question of single-member districts to voters once again, this time in 2012, at least two unaffiliated groups jumped on the bandwagon.   The story, initially reported in…

Friday, December 17, 2010 by Jo Clifton

Council wraps work on use of parkland for Water Treatment Plant 4 project

After hearing from numerous opponents of Water Treatment Plant 4, Council voted 4-3 late Thursday night to allow Austin Water Utility to use part of the Bull Creek Greenbelt for a permanent retrieval shaft, subterranean tunnel and staging area for…

Thursday, May 20, 2010 by Jo Clifton

Smith retires suddenly, a casualty of shooting report controversy

Under pressure from City Manager Marc Ott over legal advice related to the release of a report on the shooting death of Nathaniel Sanders, City Attorney David Smith announced his decision to retire on Wednesday. Smith, who became City Attorney…

Thursday, May 13, 2010 by Jo Clifton

Sewer line vandals may have tried to do more damage; reward offered

The criminals who caused a huge sewage spill over the Edwards Aquifer near Circle C this weekend may have had even bigger plans. In addition to prying off a manhole cover and stuffing enough debris into the 15-inch line to…

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