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Monday, November 3, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Oakmont Heights neighbors concerned over demos

With three houses in their neighborhood slated for removal to make way for new construction, residents in Oakmont Heights are concerned.At their most recent meeting, Historic Landmark Commissioners voted 4-0 to postpone the release of the demolition permit for both…

Monday, November 3, 2014 by Alex Dropkin

Audit calls Public Library’s equity into question

Despite not having a formal definition of “equity” available to the public, the Austin Public Library insists that it uses equity as a guiding principle in all decisions.The city’s public library system challenged a report presented last week at City…

Friday, October 31, 2014 by Austin Monitor

Reporters Notebook: Rail bonds & fluoridated water

Discovering the flip side of Laura Pressley … Two separate local media outlets started digging deeper into District 4 City Council candidate Laura Pressley’s recent political past Thursday. The Chronicle struck first with a piece from Monitor political editor Jo…

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,…

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Policy could ban incentive recipients’ tax protests

On Monday, City Council Member Kathie Tovo told the Austin Monitor that she has asked city staff to prepare language for a policy that would have the effect of making recipients of City of Austin economic development incentives agree not to…

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