City Council

Friday, July 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City prepares ordinances to tap brakes on reopening and slow virus spread

City Council approved two ordinances Thursday intended to bring local businesses into compliance with regulations near to Phase 1 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening plan.“We can’t take the foot off the gas – we are not clear of this yet,”…

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Council seeks to add teeth to virus regulations

Mayor Steve Adler is proposing two ordinances: one would authorize the city health authority – in this case Dr. Mark Escott – to adopt rules protecting people from Covid 19 and create a class C misdemeanor with a fine of…

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Council to review plan for St. Johns Home Depot project after July break

Six years ago, when City Council Member Greg Casar was knocking on thousands of District 4 doors campaigning for his current seat, one question came up time and time again.“People were asking, ‘What’s ever going to happen to the Home…

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Former Council Member Berl Handcox, who broke the color barrier, dies at 88

Berl Handcox, Austin’s first elected African American City Council member since Reconstruction, has died at the age of 88. Handcox was elected as part of the seven-member Council on May 1, 1971, and reelected on April 7, 1973. He received…

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…

Friday, June 12, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin City Council votes to divest funds from APD, ban some potentially deadly police practices

Austin City Council members voted unanimously Thursday on four items related to the Austin Police Department’s policy and budget, including transferring some money from police to social services and banning police use of some potentially deadly weapons and practices.The decision…

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