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Monday, December 30, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

2019: Austin’s year in review

Homelessness If there was one topic that dominated local news coverage this year – and there was – it was homelessness. In June, City Council voted to lift ordinances that essentially criminalized homelessness in the city, and most significantly, prohibited…

Friday, December 27, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Alter highlights progress in public safety in 2019

Out of all the work she’s accomplished this year, Council Member Alison Alter is particularly proud of what she’s brought to fruition in the realm of public safety.Beginning in January, Alter posted a resolution calling for a third-party audit of…

Thursday, December 26, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Leslie Pool remembers high, low points of 2019

District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool is proud of the contributions she and her colleagues made toward helping the homeless in 2019, calling it “a pretty amazing year.” Still, she thinks some things could have been done better. For example,…

Thursday, December 26, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Ellis looks at District 8’s place in transit, homelessness issues in reviewing 2019

Ask Paige Ellis about one of the first lessons she learned as a new City Council member and her answer is immediate: patience.The old adage that the wheels of government turn slowly takes on a whole new meaning for someone…

Thursday, December 26, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Tovo reflects on a year of challenge and success

As she looks back on 2019, Council Member Kathie Tovo can count some major victories, including passage of her expansive resolution directing enhancements to a lengthy stretch of downtown parkland leading up to Palm School, direction to begin creation of…

Monday, December 23, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Casar proud of victories in 2019, ready to prove value of progressive policy again in 2020

Council Member Greg Casar began the year defending several of the city’s workers’ rights ordinances at the 86th legislative session while pushing for adoption of Affordability Unlocked at City Council.Senate Bill 15 was known for its attack on the paid…

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