Politics

Friday, October 4, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council to add 7 new members to Buildings-Standards Commission

Austin City Council members Thursday took the first steps toward a larger  Building and Standards Commission – one that would, theoretically, be able to better handle a hefty volume of building code violations.   Council members unanimously offered tentative approval…

Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Profile: Reyes says varied background is an advantage in District 50 race

Rico Reyes’ run for the vacant District 50 State Representative seat rests firmly on his desire to give to a community he claims to know more intimately than his competitors.   If roots were votes, Reyes might automatically be front-runner.…

Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Business owner wants city’s help to get rid of his junkyard business

In an unusual turn of events, the owner of a northwest Austin junkyard brought his concerns about the environmental impact of his business to City Council last week, and urged them to help him get rid of it.   The…

Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Delay sought for Density Bonus plans for Rainey Street

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole plans to delay an item on today’s Austin City Council agenda that seeks to reconcile the city’s new Downtown Density Bonus program with one in place in the exploding Rainy Rainey Street area. With the postponement,…

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Local officials working to help voters get proper ID before Election Day

Local election officials plan to be very busy over the next week in an effort to identify as many of Travis County’s estimated 37,000 registered voters who do not have a photo ID. People with the county and the City of…

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Michael Kanin

New Watershed Protection Ordinance up for Council consideration

Austin City Council members may offer only limited approval to a series of dramatic changes to the city’s Watershed Protection Ordinance. The rewrite, a document that exchanges small allowances of additional impervious cover for more protection of the city’s creek…

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