City Council

Friday, November 10, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Public to meet manager candidates after all

After months of insisting on keeping the names of all city manager candidates secret, Steve Newton of Russell Reynolds Associates announced during Thursday’s City Council meeting that the names of the finalists would become public on either Friday or Monday.In…

Friday, November 10, 2017 by Jack Craver

2nd Street gets another five years of free parking

For at least another five years, patrons of businesses located in the downtown Second Street District will continue getting two hours of free parking in the City Hall parking garage.After a lengthy debate Thursday, City Council voted to renew a…

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council members question free parking for Second Street stores

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo isn’t sure whether shoppers on Second Street should get free parking courtesy of the city of Austin anymore.At a City Council meeting last week, Tovo questioned city staff about its recommendation that Council renew contracts…

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council issues stern warning to ZACH Theatre

Is management at ZACH Theatre interfering with employee efforts to unionize? The answer could cost them $272,500 from the city.The money in question is part of the city’s annual cultural arts contracts. Though more than $8.4 million in contracts passed…

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Downtown puzzle up for vote Thursday

Consideration of Mayor Steve Adler’s complex “downtown puzzle” resolution will apparently move forward on Thursday despite doubts some of his colleagues have expressed about the timing and about a key piece of the plan: expansion of the Austin Convention Center.When…

Monday, September 11, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin explores a new approach to helping the homeless

Austin leaders are considering whether to try out a simple strategy for helping the homeless: give them jobs.The idea is based on a program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that has gained national attention and been credited with connecting homeless people…

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