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Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City pauses arts program amid protests, possible MACC opt-out

The city has paused a program intended to create much-needed venue space for local arts groups amid controversy and concern over how it would mesh with cultural groups that operate out of city cultural centers.Laura Esparza, manager of museums and…

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Judicial Committee recommends against reappointment of five judges

City Council’s Judicial Committee acted in swift unity Monday morning, voting unanimously to recommend a slate of Municipal Court judge appointments that did not include five sitting judges. The vote came after a change in the recommendation process and increased…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Cronk says he just wants to get to know us

In a brief meeting with reporters on Tuesday, Austin’s new city manager, Spencer Cronk, showed himself to be affable and articulate, but he resisted all efforts to pin him down on questions about several topics, including the contract with the…

Thursday, February 8, 2018 by Jack Craver

Commission considers an independent watchdog agency for Austin

Saying that it is time for Austin to have a full-time watchdog, a task force tasked with proposing changes to the city charter is considering ways to establish an independent ethics agency.Currently in Austin, oversight of campaign finance filings and…

Friday, January 26, 2018 by Jack Craver

Charter Review Commission wants another vote on Council-appointed city attorney

Austin is one of only 6 percent of Texas home-rule cities with a city attorney who is unilaterally appointed by the city manager, with no input from City Council.As a result, critics contend, there is a lack of accountability for…

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council members blast city savings program

Members of the City Council Audit and Finance Committee on Wednesday expressed outrage over the lack of oversight exercised by the city’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department in administering a program designed to help low-income residents learn how to…

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