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Friday, March 10, 2017 by Jack Craver

Ethics Review Commission weighs campaign finance proposal

Members of the city’s Ethics Review Commission are considering a number of potential changes to Austin’s campaign finance rules in the wake of a federal court ruling that blocked enforcement of certain restrictions on candidate fundraising. In a ruling last…

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Monday, March 6, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Council debates process for hiring city manager

The firm hired to find Austin’s next city manager said it hopes to get the job done by this summer. At a Feb. 28 City Council work session, Steve Newton of Russell Reynolds Associates Inc. said the firm would take…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Hensley appointed interim assistant city manager

Interim City Manager Elaine Hart has named Parks and Recreation Department Director Sara Hensley interim assistant city manager upon the retirement of Sue Edwards on March 17. Hart announced Hensley’s promotion, as well as rearrangement of some staffing assignments, in…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment considers a fee change

After more than a year of discussion and drafting, the Board of Adjustment continues to move forward with a request to change its fees. Board Member Bryan King read his proposal for a change to the fees charged for interpretation…

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Monday, February 20, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Shifting SXSW focus, permitting changes await music head upon return

Returning South by Southwest to its focus on industries and helping to usher components of the city’s plans to help the local music industry are high on the personal to-do list of Don Pitts, until recently the director of Austin’s…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

When the music stops – Pitts speaks following resignation

The city will have to move forward with one of its most ambitious policy efforts ever for promoting local music without the executive who spent seven years working to shape that agenda. Don Pitts, who served as director of the…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Poll shows progress at Development Services

When Rodney Gonzales took over the Development Services Department in April 2015, the Zucker Report had reported customer survey results showing that 82 percent of respondents felt that the city’s development review and plan check processes were unnecessarily cumbersome or…

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Friday, February 10, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council selects search firm to find new city manager

City Council settled on a firm to conduct the search for a new city manager Thursday following a convoluted and unusual process in which each Council member ranked the three firms competing for the contract. Council ultimately voted 7-4 to…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Plan for new city facility faces questions

City Council members Ann Kitchen and Alison Alter along with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo expressed skepticism at Tuesday’s work session about a staff plan to move the Development Services Department, the Planning and Zoning Department and some staff from…

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