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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

City contract hopes to protect tenants who speak up

Black mold and a stack of documentsLegal notices and lease copies blanketed a plush beige couch in a North Austin apartment. Rebekah Jara rummaged through the papers. Lawyers had urged her and her fiancé, Juan Aranda, to keep copies of…

Friday, July 22, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin homeowners, hotel industry spar over city’s STR ordinance

The city of Austin is facing legal action over its rules governing short-term rentals. But some in the hospitality industry say those rentals should have to play by the same rules as hotels. Short-term rental supporters and critics sparred over…

Monday, May 23, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Proposed ordinance puts charter schools at odds with neighborhoods

Though they gave it a shot, members of the Planning Commission’s Committee on Codes and Ordinances were unable to reach an agreement on what to do with the draft ordinance that would remove site development plan exemptions for charter schools.Andrew…

Monday, May 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Charter school fight headed to City Hall

With an ordinance on the table that could mean an end for their current site plan exemptions, some Austin charter schools aren’t waiting for the fight to come to them.Austin Achieve Public Schools, Goodwill Central Texas, Harmony Public Schools, IDEA…

Thursday, April 14, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Ethics complaint against CM Renteria delayed

Did City Council Member Pio Renteria violate city code by participating in recent revisions to the Short Term Rental Ordinance? That question will be left for another day, after a Wednesday night ruling that the complaint filed by Thomas Clark…

Friday, March 25, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Nursery owner fears city will force closure

The website for the Dawson Neighborhood Group warns in bold letters, “Dawson Neighborhood Poised to Lose Another Beloved Business! Help the Great Outdoors!” The site urges readers to contact the offices of Mayor Steve Adler and City Council Member Pio…

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