Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Animal Advisory Commission asks Council to unfreeze hiring for animal protection officers

The Animal Advisory Commission unanimously approved a recommendation for City Council to unfreeze hiring for certain Animal Services staff Monday.Currently, 12 full-time positions that had been budgeted for in the 2020 budget remain vacant in the Animal Services Department. Four…

Monday, September 14, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Economic Development Department outlines plans for $12M creative space bond, creation of Austin EDC

The Economic Development Department outlined its plan for a $12 million creative space bond and a city-owned economic development corporation that could help it along at a joint meeting of the arts and music commissions Friday. The city launched a request…

Friday, September 11, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

After ‘damaging’ diversity training, city won’t use company again for similar workshops

A diversity training described by city of Austin employees as “hurtful” and “emotionally and professionally damaging” has prompted the city to prevent an employee assistance company from doing this type of training for staff again.In August 2019, the Austin Transportation…

Thursday, September 10, 2020 by Jo Clifton

One agency lowers city’s bond rating

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded city of Austin bonds from Aaa to Aa1 just before the city gets ready to sell $271 million in general obligation bonds. The agency cited Austin’s “high leverage and fixed costs attributable to the city’s…

Thursday, September 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Coalition publishes draft amendments for modified local democracy

In a city where an appointed city manager administers policy, midterm mayoral elections are decided by a wealthier and whiter electorate, costly runoff elections draw a fraction of eligible voters, and nearly 70 percent of all City Council campaign contributions…

Thursday, September 10, 2020 by Savana Dunning

New RISE 2.0 relief program offers $10M to individuals in Austin, Travis County

The city of Austin has expanded its original Covid-19 relief program and will be distributing a total of $10 million to individuals experiencing hardships in Austin and Travis County.Applications open Sept. 14 online and over the phone for the new Relief…

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