Friday, August 17, 2018 by Jack Craver

City budget boosts spending for homelessness services

The new city manager and City Council agree: The city needs more money to address the homelessness situation.The proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget submitted by City Manager Spencer Cronk includes $3.1 million in new spending on homelessness-related services. That’s on…

Friday, August 17, 2018 by Jo Clifton

‘Godfather of progressive politics in Austin’ dies

Ken Wendler Jr., who has been described as the “godfather of progressive politics in Austin,” passed away on Aug. 13 at the age of 88.Wendler served as chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party from 1972 to 1980.Two of his…

Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Stadium agreement approval clears the way for pro soccer in Austin

Wednesday’s 7-4 vote to have city staff finalize and execute an agreement that will result in the construction of a professional soccer stadium on the city’s McKalla Place property in North Austin broke along expected lines.The four City Council members…

Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Should Board of Adjustment have outside counsel?

Two members of the city’s Board of Adjustment argued strenuously in favor of providing outside legal counsel for the board when it is interpreting city code, but the assistant city attorney who has been advising the board for several years…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Council vote on soccer stadium hinges on amendments – lots of them

After 10 months of discussion and roughly three months of often very public negotiations, the fate of Austin as the possible home of a professional sports franchise will come down to the fate of 28 amendments.Today’s special called City Council…

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

English sues Austin over wording of ballot question for city audit

Ed English is suing the city over the wording of a November ballot measure about a citywide audit.Activists collected more than 30,000 signatures asking the city to hire a third party to conduct an efficiency audit of all its departments.…

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