Wednesday, August 12, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Animal Advisory Commission has questions about potential new shelter model

At its meeting Friday, the Animal Advisory Commission considered whether the city should join Human Animal Support Services, an international coalition led by no-kill organization American Pets Alive!The program would use case management to keep most animals out of the…

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 by Ashley Lopez

Census changes could take political power, funding from Texas Latinos already hit hard by Covid-19

Texas’ growing Latino population is poised to be significantly undercounted in this year’s census, following a slew of recent Trump administration moves.Advocates say that means Latinos could face a decade of diminished political power and underfunding for essential government services…

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners Court considers allocating additional funding for high-risk youth program

As public education moves from classrooms to screens in students’ homes, families’ need for support from educational institutions has increased. Students from vulnerable populations, in particular, benefit from personalized contact with someone in the Austin Independent School District, according to…

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin City Council proposes cutting police funding by a third. It could vote Wednesday.

City Council members are proposing cuts to the Austin Police Department budget totaling roughly $149 million, or 34 percent of the department’s current budget.Council members are scheduled to vote on the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year as early…

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Report lays out possible structure for new economic development corporation

A consultant’s report recommends the city move to create an economic development corporation modeled after existing bodies in New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta to allow for fast and flexible development deals around the city.The report from QBL Partners presents…

Monday, August 10, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Latino groups ask Music Commission to support creation of Latino music fund

A new coalition is pushing the Music Commission to support allocating some of the city’s funds for live music to Latino musicians.Members of the Latin Music Coalition Austin spoke at last week’s meeting of the Music Commission to highlight a…

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