Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Home rehab loan saga continues

After the publication of the Austin Monitor story describing problems facing some homeowners who took out loans under the city’s Home Rehabilitation Loan Program, the city responded. Rosie Truelove, the director of the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department, said…

Monday, April 30, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council takes no action on Planning Commission

Faced with no easy or painless options, City Council members decided late Thursday night to put off considering how to get out of their predicament of a development-heavy Planning Commission and a desire to get through the rewrite of the…

Monday, April 30, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Committee fails to endorse lobbying rules changes

The City Council Audit and Finance Committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to forward changes to the anti-lobbying ordinance proposed by the city staff to the full Council, but did so without a recommendation. Three members of the committee, Mayor Pro…

Friday, April 27, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Two Confederate street names dropped

After an outpouring of commentary from the community – most of it positive – Council voted unanimously on Thursday to rename two city streets after prominent African-American historical figures and shed the previous names, Robert E. Lee and Jeff Davis.Robert…

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Libraries plan to designate areas for petitioning

After a month of consultations with the Law Department over the language of the rules governing petitioning on library property, the Austin Public Library may have found a compromise.Instead of limiting petitioning to sidewalks surrounding the libraries, which groups have…

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by Jack Craver

Despite hurt feelings, Council members embrace electric scooters

Rushing to respond to electric scooters that have taken over downtown, City Council will consider an ordinance on Thursday to establish rules regarding the increasingly popular devices.The proposed ordinance, drafted by city transportation staff, will allow the Transportation Department to…

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