Tuesday, February 9, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Local leaders say Samsung deal could boost middle-skill jobs

As city staffers continue to work behind the scenes negotiating an economic incentive package with Samsung to bring a $17 billion manufacturing operation to Austin, some local leaders see the deal as a large positive step for increasing so-called middle-skill…

Monday, February 8, 2021 by Sumaiya Malik

Austin ISD Board of Trustees postpones vote on real estate consulting services

Four Austin ISD school closures in one year has left parents worried about the district’s renewed interest in seeking real estate consulting services for its properties. Fearing more closures, concerned parents called in to ask for postponement of the vote…

Monday, February 8, 2021 by Mose Buchele

Austin approves $23M to help prevent gentrification near new transit hubs

Austin City Council has put $23 million toward projects to stop people from getting priced out of their neighborhoods. It’s the first use of money from a larger anti-displacement fund set up to soften the gentrifying effects of planned rail…

Friday, February 5, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Council passes HEAL resolution to connect homeless to housing, address camping

Those experiencing homelessness and camping in four areas around Austin may soon find permanent homes. By passing the Housing-Focused Homeless Encampment Assistance Link resolution (HEAL) on Thursday, City Council set in motion a plan to move people from places that…

Friday, February 5, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Council approves District 6 hotel purchase for homeless

After hearing from scores of citizens, both in favor of and opposed to the purchase, City Council voted 10-1 Thursday to buy a hotel in far Northwest Austin for conversion to permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness. The…

Friday, February 5, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin officially moves forensics lab out from under police department

In a move long advocated for by survivors of sexual assault, the Austin City Council voted Thursday to officially transfer its forensics bureau out from under the police department. It will now function as an independent entity. “This move is…

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