Stories by Kara Nuzback

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Police claim no disparities in marijuana arrests

Austin police say African-Americans are not unfairly targeted by police for marijuana offenses, despite community claims to the contrary. The Austin Human Rights Commission met last week to hear a presentation from Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley about statistics related…

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Candidates talk transportation at mayoral forum

Though Austin residents can only vote for one Council member to represent their geographic district this Election Day, everyone in the city gets a say in who becomes the next mayor. Five of those in the running showed up for the…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Electric Utility Commission approves AE budget

Austin residents can expect higher electric rates in the coming year, but low-income utility customers may get a few more breaks. The Austin Electric Utility Commission met Monday to approve the utility’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 and discuss ways…

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

West Lake Council orders investigation, goes silent on ethics case

est Lake Hills City Council took no action on ethics charges against former City Planner Davin Fillpot at its Thursday meeting. Instead, Mayor Dave Claunch said, the Council would have no more public discussion about the case.Attorney and West Lake…

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Board of Adjustment rules on several Lake Austin cases

Austin’s Board of Adjustment made several decisions last week related to residential changes in the Lake Austin area.   A request to tear down a boathouse behind a home on Tortuga Trail was blocked by Board Member Michael Von Ohlen,…

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Committee: AWU should cut contributions to general fund during drought

Austin Water Utility should cut back on its contributions to the city’s general fund during drought conditions, according to recommendations by a committee formed to find ways to keep the utility financially healthy.   The Joint Committee on Austin Water…

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Residents say population surge is pricing Austinites out of their homes

A number of Austin homeowners aired their frustrations with rising residential tax appraisals at a community forum Tuesday. The forum was hosted by the Brentwood Neighborhood Association, the First Universalist Social Action Committee and Brigid Shea, the Democratic nominee for…

Friday, May 9, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Committee debates options for rate increase for water customers

Leaders at Austin Water Utility are pushing back on the recommendations of a committee tasked with finding alternatives to a water rate increase of more than 10 percent.   The Joint Committee on Austin Water Utility’s Financial Plan met May…

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Ethics commission balks, files no charges against former commissioner

The Austin Ethics Review Commission will take no action against former Zero Waste Advisory Commission member Daniela Ochoa Gonzalez for alleged ethics violations.   City Auditor Kenneth Mory released an April 18 report accusing Ochoa Gonzalez of violating conflict of…

Monday, April 14, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Commission OKs recycling, composting plan for mobile food trucks

A city panel is working to encourage recycling and composting among Austin’s myriad mobile food trucks.   The Zero Waste Advisory Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend amending city code to allow food trucks to use unattached trash receptacles, a…

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

SH45 SW opponents say roadway would cause damage to aquifer

State officials expect to have an environmental impact study of the proposed four-lane State Highway 45 Southwest ready for public review within the next two months. Challengers of the toll road plan say it would expose the Barton Springs zone…

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Building and Standards Commission eases sanction for code violations

An Austin homeowner facing a glut of building code violations says his house was not inspected before he bought it in 2005, during the national housing bubble.   Austin’s Building and Standards Commission voted unanimously last week to give homeowner…

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Split Council rejects high-dollar condos in low-income neighborhood

In a 4-3 vote, the Austin City Council narrowly denied a zoning change to allow for condos on a plot of land at 600 Kemp St., a small road that runs perpendicular to Montopolis Drive.   Council Members Laura Morrison,…

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Critics say city’s new Urban Forest Plan lacks substance

Last week, the Austin City Council unanimously approved a resolution adopting the Austin Urban Forest Plan: A Master Plan for Public Properties. However, critics say it falls short of a comprehensive plan, addressing only public property, which accounts for just…

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Standards Commission imposes hefty fine for neglected house

Austin’s Code Compliance Department is making efforts to resolve outstanding cases involving dilapidated homes, but some members of the city’s Building and Standards Commission say the department’s fines are too high, and the city should take more responsibility for homes…

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Council OKs extension of Pressler Street through Lamar Beach

Despite safety concerns expressed by neighborhood residents, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to extend Pressler Street by 980 feet, through Lamar Beach parkland. The proposed extension would create a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly alternative route from the Old…

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Design Commission mandates right of way upgrade for condo project

A developer planning a 163-unit condominium project downtown near Shoal Creek is finding that flood plain requirements are making it difficult to comply with the city’s urban design guidelines.   The Austin Design Commission voted unanimously Monday to require developer…

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