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Friday, September 22, 2017 by Kate Groetzinger

Longtime Austin activists team up to petition for a public vote on CodeNEXT

On the eve of the release of the second draft of CodeNEXT, longtime Austin activists Fred Lewis and Linda Curtis threw the city a curveball related to the Land Development Code rewrite: a petition that, if successful, would put the…

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Probe: Management employee misused resources

An investigation by the Office of the City Auditor has concluded that an executive secretary in the city manager’s office misused city resources in order to promote her other business: the sale of beauty products and jewelry.Mary Lou Rodriguez, who…

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Health inspectors found napping on job

Investigators from the Office of the City Auditor found that three restaurant inspectors were wasting city resources by exercising, shopping, napping and misstating the times they actually spent inspecting restaurants.According to the audit, in January, the auditor’s office received an…

Friday, September 1, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Fred Lewis appointment stirs controversy

Fred Lewis, an attorney who served as the main architect of the city’s new lobbying ordinance, surprisingly became the center of an ethics controversy on Thursday when City Council appointed him to serve on the 2018 Charter Review Commission.Lewis worked…

Friday, August 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Adler says he won’t pursue tax swap this year

Mayor Steve Adler said Thursday that he does not intend to pursue the idea of a tax swap with the Austin Independent School District this year. He also confirmed that he would not be pushing City Council to set the…

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Equity Office asks city to look through a new lens

In the fall of 2016, the city of Austin readjusted its rudder and straightened itself on a course toward equity. Ten months ago, Brion Oaks stepped in as the chief equity officer of the newly established Equity Office, which is…

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