Stories by Jo Clifton

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Task force hears water options, some likely unpalatable

With lake levels dropping and no end in sight for the current drought, Austin Water Utility officials are putting some creative strategies on the table designed to add to and maximize the city’s water supplies. It seems likely that the…

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Martinez to emphasize affordability, mobility in campaign for Mayor

Though he won’t be formally launching his campaign for Mayor of Austin until April 5, Council Member Mike Martinez did expand on his Tuesday night “announcement to announce” he was running.   Martinez told those gathered Wednesday outside City Hall…

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Morrison says she will not run for Mayor

Council Member Laura Morrison, who has served on the Austin City Council for nearly six years and has been considered a likely candidate for Mayor on the November ballot told the Austin Monitor today that she has decided against the…

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Jo Clifton

SOS files criminal charge against Daugherty over SH45 SW information

Bill Bunch, executive director of the Save Our Springs Alliance, filed a criminal complaint Monday against Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty. The complaint signed by Bunch was filed on behalf of SOS with County Attorney David Escamilla.   SOS alleges…

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Shea wallops two opponents in Early Vote

Former City Council Member Brigid Shea took a commanding lead tonight with nearly 65 percent of the Early Vote over her two opponents, Garry Brown and Richard Jung. Out of 7,173 votes cast, Shea had 64.94percent. Jung was a distant…

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Two more tech companies seek incentives from state, city

Both the City of Austin and the Office of Governor Rick Perry announced two separate economic development incentive proposals Thursday that they say would bring 640 new full-time jobs and a capital investment of more than $15 million to Austin.…

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Some complain of ‘packing’ Democratic clubs for endorsements

There was an unusually fierce internal battle at Saturday’s endorsement meeting of the Central Austin Democrats. Essentially, the argument was over the fact that numerous members of the University Democrats had joined Central Austin Democrats, ostensibly so they could vote…

Friday, January 24, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Patsy Woods Martin announces for Mayor; others are waiting

The founder of I Live Here, I Give Here, Patsy Woods Martin, announced late Thursday that she has officially thrown her hat in the ring to be the next Mayor of Austin. Trained as a chemist, Martin, 59, lists herself…

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Possible candidate Martin spends $50K exploring run for mayor

Presumptive mayoral candidate Patsy Woods Martin has spent more than $50,000 in exploring a run for mayor of Austin next November, according to a campaign finance report filed Wednesday. While candidates are prohibited from raising money prior to six months…

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Tovo puts affordability issues at top of her 2013 list of successes

For Council Member Kathie Tovo, a lot of the successes in the past year have to do with affordability.   “I think we are hearing from the community that they are very overwhelmed by taxes and by other increases, and…

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Morrison calls Austin Energy governance debate top 2013 issue

Though, in her estimation, it “wasn’t so much an event as it was a long, drawn out conversation,” Council Member Laura Morrison puts the Austin Energy governance discussions toward the top of her list of major 2013 events.   She…

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Ott says 2013 brought both personal, professional accomplishments

City Manager Marc Ott says that, for him, 2013 had a lot of highlights.   Some were personal, like being the recipient of the Mark E. Keane Award for Career Excellence, which he received early in the year. That award…

Monday, January 6, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Austin’s continuing success biggest story for Leffingwell

Mayor Lee Leffingwell likes to point out that Austin, by most measures, has an extremely successful economy, gets high marks for job creation and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation—4.7 percent, according to numbers released late…

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Jo Clifton

PUC: Non-city utility customers must pay legal fees

The Texas Public Utility Commission has dismissed a complaint filed by a group of non-City of Austin ratepayers against Austin Energy. That dismissal means that ratepayers who are not Austin residents will foot the $1.55 million bill for the utility’s…

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Jo Clifton

City, county pour staff and materials into helping flood victims

On Sunday morning, In Fact Daily Editor Jo Clifton accompanied Council Member Laura Morrison on a drive to the flood-damaged Onion Creek Neighborhood.    Residents of the hardest hit areas of this Southeast Austin neighborhood continue to sort ruined belongings…

Friday, July 26, 2013 by Jo Clifton

Holder vows to reinstate Voting Rights Act preclearance rules for Texas

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declared his intention Thursday to intervene in the continuing battle over redistricting of Texas Congressional and state House seats, as well as the possibility of a challenge to Texas’ new voter ID law. Holder made…

Monday, February 11, 2013 by Jo Clifton

Council faces decisions on how to spend budget surplus

Austin Council members are set to make some hard decisions about what to do with a $14.3 million 2012 budget surplus as part of tomorrow’s work session. Staff has identified $12.3 million in one-time funding needs and another $3.5 million…

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Jo Clifton

Tovo’s first full year on Council came with many changes, challenges

Kathie Tovo sat down with In Fact Daily at the end of the year to recall some of the achievements of 2012, including Austin City Council’s single most labor-intensive action of the year, adoption of a rate hike for Austin…

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Jo Clifton

Mayor recaps ’12, enters final stretch on Council

Whether they knew it or not, Austin voters in November cut Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s final term by about half a year.   Austinites not only approved a charter amendment to adopt single-member districts to elect future Councils, but they also made…

Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Jo Clifton

Battle of single-member district plans raises plenty of questions

A bout between advocates of competing proposals to revise the City of Austin charter to create single-member City Council districts was on the menu Wednesday at a luncheon panel discussion.   But if those attending expected a knock-down fight they…

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