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Friday, November 14, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Ethics panel wants last word on complaint inquiries

Austin’s Ethics Review Commission voted unanimously this week to recommend City Council ensure the commission has the last word in ethical complaints against the mayor, members of City Council and all of its appointees, city executives, and assistant city attorneys.“The…

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Seaholm Power Plant sign rejected by review board

Despite being owned by the city, the Seaholm Power Plant got no breaks at the Sign Review Board this week, where members unanimously shot down a request for a variance from the city’s scenic roadway sign district regulations.Board Member Sallie…

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Town Lake Animal Center in disrepair, ‘not sound’

Town Lake Animal Center continues to operate in disrepair, and a recent state inspection has the Animal Services Department and Austin Pets Alive! scrambling for temporary fixes.Susan Monger, DVM, conducted the inspection this year. That inspection found that the shelter…

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Many CoA temps make less than $11.50 per hour

The number of temporary employees hired by the City of Austin has increased over each of the past three years, as have the number of those employees making less than $11.50 per hour. Though the city pays all of its…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Chief Animal Services Officer Smith to resign

The head of the City of Austin’s Animal Services is leaving to take a position in Kennebunk, Maine. Abigail Smith, who oversaw the majority of the city’s transition to no-kill status, will depart before the end of the year.Smith, who…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Audit finds problems with performance measures

According to a recent audit, the city’s current performance measurement system could use some work.The audit, which covered the period of time between 2012 and August 2014, was conducted to determine whether the city’s current performance measure system provides “timely,…

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