Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City plans to cut back event permits during SXSW

On Friday, the city of Austin announced that how they do business during South by Southwest will be changing. The changes come from suggestions made in a SXSW after-action report released in September. That report was commissioned after last year’s…

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Police Monitor says citizen complaints up in 2013

The Office of the Police Monitor, which works to improve relations between the Austin Police Department and the public, is preparing to issue a report showing that citizens filed more complaints against police officers in 2013 than in 2012. Police…

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Price of Council changes still unknown

Though there are no hard numbers yet, Austin’s budget office has begun to review the potential fiscal impacts associated with proposed changes to City Council’s committee and meeting structures. According to a Jan. 23 memo from Deputy Chief Financial Officer…

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

New agriculture commissioner calls water top issue

Recently elected Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said Wednesday that he plans for the agency to play a more active role as it relates to water. “We’re going to have a water department, and we’re going to be…

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

When is a carport a garage? Ask the BOA

At its last meeting, the Board of Adjustment considered whether staff had made an error by issuing a building permit at 904 Jessie St. David King, on behalf of the Zilker Neighborhood Association, made the appeal. In the end it…

Friday, January 23, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council hears feedback on restructuring proposal

The new City Council tested out a lot of ideas at Thursday’s meeting, giving members of the public the opportunity to comment on proposed legislative changes via Twitter, call-ins and online polls in an environment evocative of a television program.…

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