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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Push for 2021 charter amendments could make Austin a ‘strong mayor’ city

A new group of community activists and political insiders intends to push for amendments to the city charter that could bring about a change to a “strong mayor” form of government, along with other changes focused on increasing voter turnout…

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Paxton files suit against planning commissioners

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is once again challenging the makeup of Austin’s Planning Commission. In a suit filed Tuesday, Paxton asks to remove Fayez Kazi, James Shieh, Greg Anderson, Claire Hempel and/or Patrick Howard from the Planning Commission “because…

Friday, December 28, 2018 by Jack Craver

Paige Ellis represents sharp political shift for Southwest Austin’s District 8

Paige Ellis, the incoming City Council member for District 8, has very different political views from her predecessor, Ellen Troxclair, who spent the last two years as the only Republican on Council. Ellis, who made her affiliation with the Democratic…

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics Review Commission weighs in on potential charter changes

In the midst of discussions about soccer stadiums, CodeNEXT and the 2018 bond, the Charter Review Commission is asking citizens to consider one more thing: changes to the city charter. At its June 13 meeting, members of the Ethics Review…

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Changes ahead for Planning Commission?

At this week’s meeting, City Council is scheduled to consider changes to how members of the city’s Planning Commission are selected. The city attorney’s office has offered two alternative approaches – one of which could have a radical impact on…

Monday, March 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Should the auditor’s office be exempt from municipal civil service?

Having an independent auditor’s office is integral to running a city where checks and balances fulfill their intended function. Independence, however, is not always easy to maintain, and in Austin, the Office of the City Auditor is working to balance…

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