Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Housing, not retail, on the way for East Austin

A fight for more retail space proved unsuccessful at the Planning Commission last week, where commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit that will allow an affordable housing project to be built despite the neighborhood’s wishes.“It may not be perfect…

Monday, November 3, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

Groups call city social service contracts inadequate

Organizations that provide crucial community needs will walk away from Austin’s newly altered competitive process for assigning next year’s social services contracts without the funding they want, members of the City Council Public Health and Human Services Committee said Friday.Members…

Monday, November 3, 2014 by Jo Clifton

South Carolina PAC attacks Adler campaign again

The South Carolina-based political action committee that has previously attacked mayoral candidate Steve Adler in anonymous phone calls to Austin voters struck again last week, this time by mail.The labor union-backed South Forward IE PAC sent out two glossy mail…

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…

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