Stories by Nina Hernandez

Friday, June 19, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

ZAP approves restaurant use for plot at Slaughter and Cullen despite neighborhood concerns

On Tuesday night, the Zoning and Platting Commission agreed to an applicant’s request to remove restaurant (general) and restaurant (limited) uses from the conditional overlay attached to the property.Rob Pivnick of LG Slaughter and Cullen LLC owns 116 W. Slaughter…

Monday, June 15, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Austin Public Health works to address Covid-19 racial disparities

During last week’s City Council work session, staff reported that Covid-19 is disproportionately impacting the Latinx and African American communities and detailed ways to address and reverse that trend.According to an accompanying memo from Austin Public Health Acting Director Adrienne…

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Airport Advisory Commission attaches strict conditions to landfill expansion proposal

Late last month, the Airport Advisory Commission voted to oppose Texas Regional Landfill Company’s request for a permit to expand its landfill near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, unless the company promises to remediate the landfill conditions that could attract wildlife…

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

ZAP deadlocked on Jollyville Apartments case

After three separate deadlocked votes, at its June 2 meeting the Zoning and Platting Commission moved on from the Jollyville Apartments case without making a recommendation to City Council.The applicant is requesting a rezoning of the 0.79-acre parcel at Jollyville…

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Council unveils resolutions aimed at dismantling systemic racism

On Monday morning, City Council members Natasha Harper-Madison, Delia Garza, Greg Casar and Jimmy Flannigan, along with Mayor Steve Adler, held a press conference to discuss a group of resolutions aimed at reforming the Austin Police Department and dismantling systemic…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Public safety departments run modified cadet classes during pandemic

At the Public Safety Commission’s Monday meeting, Austin Police Department, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services and Austin Fire Department representatives discussed how cadet classes that were delayed due to Covid-19 (and other issues) will move forward.ATCEMS Chief of Staff Jasper…

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Public Safety Commission addresses George Floyd killing

The Public Safety Commission convened Monday afternoon with a lengthy statement by Chair Meghan Hollis, who said she would be “remiss” if she didn’t address the national furor over the police killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis.She…

Monday, June 1, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City begins reopening library, pool facilities

City libraries and pools are reopening for the summer beginning this week.Beginning today, Austin Public Library begins its phased reopening of library branches across the city. In phase two, which started today, book drops at branches are open.Books returned to…

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Planning Commission declines to rescind Simon-Caskey Tract plan

After a lengthy discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting, the Planning Commission ultimately voted to uphold its April 28 vote on the Simon-Caskey Tract Preliminary Plan in City Council District 8.The preliminary plan, approved April 28, calls for the development of…

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Staffers offer a preview of FY 2020 budget

The Austin Health and Human Services Committee heard a budget update Tuesday morning that included news of how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the city.“We were projecting a balanced budget for FY 21,” Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Austin History Center chronicles the pandemic

The Austin History Center is a treasure trove of posters, books, photographs, and records from across the city’s history. And while the center is currently shuttered due to Covid-19, it is still doing the work of collecting records of the…

Friday, May 22, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Council passes changes to consumer lending policies

On Thursday, City Council adopted changes to a city ordinance governing Registration of Credit Access Businesses to ensure that city regulations on consumer lending also apply to credit service organizations like payday and auto title lenders. The change, passed on…

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Planning Commission approves subdivision in West Oak Hill despite deed restriction concerns

At its May 12 meeting, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a preliminary plan for the Twilight Gardens subdivision in West Oak Hill. The plan will create 20 lots on 17.92 acres in Southwest Austin.Jerry Perales of Perales Land Development, who…

Monday, May 18, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Texas Supreme Court order doesn’t nullify Austin’s eviction protections

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that eviction proceedings and debt collections, which have been paused during the Covid-19 pandemic, can once again move forward. But that doesn’t mean eviction proceedings will go forward in Austin any time soon.On…

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Schlotzsky’s PUD clears Planning Commission

On Tuesday night, the Planning Commission voted 10-3 to approve the zoning case for 218 South Lamar, otherwise known as the Schlotzsky’s planned unit development.Owners Michael and William Pfluger want to build a 96-foot-tall building that would include pedestrian-oriented uses…

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Austin Interfaith calls for $40 million in rental assistance

At a Wednesday morning press conference, Austin Interfaith called on City Council to increase its rental assistance program by $40 million. The city recently approved a $1.2 million Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants, or RENT program, that’s due to…

Monday, May 11, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Task force releases initial recommendations on reopening Central Texas

Last week, the Austin Chamber of Commerce sent Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt the initial recommendations of the Opening Central Texas for Business Task Force.The task force, which is made up of 125 members representing a…

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Library Commission discusses proposed FY21 budget

In a virtual meeting convened April 27 to discuss its proposed Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget, the Library Commission recommended a 3.2 percent (or $1.7 million) increase over Fiscal Year 2019-20, including an increase to the materials budget by 3.6 percent…

Monday, May 4, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City announces lottery rental assistance program

Last week, City Council and the Housing Authority of the City of Austin announced the Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) program, a lottery program that will help Austinites at risk of losing their rental housing due to the…

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Library Commission punts fine-free initiative amid Covid-19 uncertainty

The Library Commission pledged to keep working on its Fine-Free Libraries program Monday, with the understanding that it may take a year or more to win City Council’s approval due to the budgetary uncertainty caused by Covid-19.“I think there is…

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