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Friday, October 19, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

City approves Austin Marathon route months in advance

Next year will mark the 28th year of the Austin Marathon. Since the marathon’s inception in 1992, the route has undergone a few dramatic changes and several minor changes as planners have tried to please runners, spectators, city government and…

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

CAMPO preparing to adopt necessary traffic-reducing strategies

With promises of traffic congestion relief coming from every direction, be it e-scooters, autonomous vehicles, reliable transit or ride-share services, the number of personal cars on Austin streets is still unlikely to decrease in the near future. Until a systematic…

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

County looks at legal community for public defender office task force

Using data from the Planning and Budget Office and the Justice Planning Department, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission recently studied the feasibility and benefits of having a public defender office in Travis County.Geoff Burkhart, executive director of TIDC, presented the…

Monday, October 15, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

City, Cap Metro ready to consider transit before, not after, construction

For most of its existence, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has struggled to create a coherent service network in a city that has been largely developed without public transit in mind. This historical pattern now appears, after decades of political…

Friday, October 12, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Zero Waste Advisory Commission buries landfill criteria matrix

Austin’s Zero Waste Advisory Commission met Wednesday night and voted to scrap a two-year effort at creating a matrix of criteria that could objectively evaluate landfills for city use.The commission was presented with two matrices — one developed by stakeholders…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

County faces a future of frequent, heavy storms

As anyone who has sat for hours in Austin traffic knows, city infrastructure is often built to meet the needs of the present, not the needs of 15 or even 10 years down the road. This is a problem when…

Monday, October 8, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

City grants crucial funding to arts organizations

Austin’s art advocates are breathing a little easier since Thursday afternoon, when City Council approved a resolution to award crucial funds to eligible arts organizations for Fiscal Year 2018-19.A total of $8,602,688 will be distributed among the organizations listed here.The…

Friday, October 5, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

City Council votes: Manchaca to become Menchaca

Austin City Council voted Thursday afternoon to rename South Austin’s Manchaca Road to reflect its allegedly historically accurate spelling: Menchaca.While the issue may appear to be too simple for debate, the vowel in question is a placeholder for a much…

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

County dedicates $3M to permanent supportive housing

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday morning to dedicate $3 million to permanent supportive housing for repeat users of the criminal justice and health care systems.The county’s $3 million, comprising $600,000 annually over five years, is roughly a fifth…

Friday, September 28, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Travis County moves Sendero forward with fingers crossed

After much back-and-forth over the fate of Sendero Health Plans, Central Health has presented a strategy to leverage its funds in hopes of saving the insurance company from being terminated. The Travis County Commissioners Court admitted the precarious nature of…

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Commissioners Court considers its options, postpones Central Health budget vote

Public protest and confusion surrounding the Sept. 12 Central Health Board of Managers vote to dissolve Sendero Health Plans has the Travis County Commissioners Court questioning how to move forward.Central Health President and CEO Mike Geeslin presented its Fiscal Year…

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Courts to explain more trials, fewer inmates

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved requests for two budget transfers from the allocated reserve to the civil and criminal court systems Tuesday morning. The criminal courts and civil courts are to receive $1,580,000 and $332,223, respectively. The decision passed…

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