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Stories by Lisa Dreher

Friday, August 18, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Taxes from unregistered short-term rentals sit unused

Millions of dollars in tax revenue from unregistered short-term rental properties sits unused because the city cannot collect it, according to Visitor Impact Task Force Chair James Russell.In 2016, City Council passed an ordinance to phase out Type 2 short-term…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Initiative to rename Robert E. Lee Road moves forward

Cities across the country, including Austin, are swiftly making strong statements following the recent clash in Charlottesville over removing a Confederate statue, which ended in a woman’s death and a response from President Donald Trump some deemed lukewarm.Council Member Ann…

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Imposing owls may soon nest near Butterfly Bridge

You may soon notice two pairs of orange, warm glowing orbs peeking over the new Butterfly Bridge downtown after it is complete, at least if the Arts Commission approves two gigantic owls to greet Austinites and tourists.The New American Public…

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Community Development Commission grapples with CodeNEXT

The Community Development Commission voiced frustration over lack of outreach and discussion with the CodeNEXT team during a special called meeting earlier this month.The first draft of CodeNEXT, Austin’s land code rewrite, has been out since January, but some commissioners…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Arts Commission encourages artist collaboration to save funding

The Arts Commission is encouraging collaboration among Austin artists not only for a sense of community but also to safeguard its cultural arts funding process.Commissioner Richard “Bears” Fonte said artists have double-dipped in the cultural arts fund by splitting into separate…

Friday, July 14, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Arts panel faces procedural misstep

On Monday, the Art in Public Places panel felt caught in the middle of a procedural misstep taken by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, which wanted donated art installed at the new Central Library.John Gillum, the library facilities planning…

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Austin public libraries to expand videoconferencing

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation received a $120,000 grant from Google.org last Friday for Austin Public Library to expand videoconferencing to the rest of its branches.The foundation applied for the grant that will fund needed technology, and it will…

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