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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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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Audit criticizes city’s historic program management

Citing a lack of staff dedicated to the city’s historic preservation program, an outdated fee collection system and inadequate coordination between historic preservation staff and those higher up in the chain of command, the Office of the City Auditor has…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council could pick manager recruiter next week

After hearing from Human Resources Department Director Joya Hayes at Tuesday’s work session, City Council appears poised to select a firm or firms to move forward with the search for a permanent replacement for former City Manager Marc Ott. Ott…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Baker: historic preservationist, zoning queen

Betty Baker, once known as Austin’s Queen of Zoning, died in her sleep Monday morning, according to longtime friends. Jerry Rusthoven, acting assistant director of the Planning and Zoning Department, told the Austin Monitor that Baker would have been 84…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Austin Water official resigns under cloud

The program manager for Austin Water’s Public Information & Marketing Office resigned in late December after an investigation by the Office of the City Auditor concluded that he had accepted a gift or favor from a city contractor and wasted…

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