City Council

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council finds little common ground on camping ordinance

Still divided over the best way to manage camping in public spaces, City Council will consider an ordinance Thursday that aims to create structure around its policy without reverting to a blanket ban on camping in public.“We’d rather have people…

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Flannigan attacks, Tovo responds

On Tuesday, in the midst of a lengthy Council work session about how to construct a revised ordinance to prevent homeless people from camping on sidewalks and rights of way, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan launched into an anecdote about how…

Friday, October 4, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council nixes appeal, asks staff to work with restaurant

On Thursday City Council rejected an appeal from Casa de Luz, a vegan restaurant on Toomey Road that has had multiple disputes with building officials, the latest one specifically about compliance with requirements of the city fire code. The appeal…

Friday, October 4, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Council expands pilot program providing employment for homeless

On Thursday City Council authorized $720,000 from the city budget to fund an additional year of the growing Workforce First program, which offers temporary work opportunities and supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness. The money will be drawn from the…

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Casa de Luz continues fight with city

Casa de Luz, a vegan restaurant on Toomey Road, has been involved in an ongoing dispute with city building officials over its compliance with requirements of the Fire Code for the past eight years. City Council will be asked to…

Friday, September 27, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Adler, others on Council want staff to lead on homelessness; DAA says city at ‘tipping point’

Mayor Steve Adler and City Council members Jimmy Flannigan and Paige Ellis weighed in Wednesday and Thursday with their views that the city manager, leaders from the Austin Police Department and the city’s new homeless strategy officer should determine how…

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