Politics

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Mark Richardson

City, county to expand home buyouts for flooded areas

The City of Austin and Travis County are both preparing to expand their ongoing programs to buy and demolish the homes of residents who live in flood-prone areas. And with last week’s severe flooding in the Onion Creek 25-year flood…

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Austin voters approve Affordable Housing bonds by wide margin

City of Austin voters handily approved $65 million in affordable housing bonds Tuesday. The vote recharges an Affordable Housing program left without a clear funding path after $70-million-plus ballot question failed at the polls in 2012.   At the end…

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Gene Davis

Israel and VanDeWalle headed for District 50 runoff election

The House District 50 race is headed to a runoff.   Of four candidates, Republican Dr. Mike VanDeWalle and Democrat Celia Israel ended the race comfortably in first and second place, though neither secured a majority of the vote. Israel…

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Michael Kanin

News flash: Bond passage appears likely after early voting

Early returns in a City of Austin ballot question that asked residents to approve $65 million in Affordable Housing bonds looked likely to pass early Tuesday evening. Early voting returns – accounting for nearly six percent of the population —…

Friday, November 1, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

ICRC holds final public hearing on proposed Council districts

As the deadline for a single-member district map grows closer, the crowd wanting to address the map has grown larger and more vocal.   Wednesday night, the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission held its fourth and final public input meeting designed…

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Leffingwell votes against climate protection clause in CAMPO plan

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell found himself Wednesday defending a controversial vote to take references to climate protection and greenhouse gas emissions out of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 plan. Leffingwell told In Fact Daily that he cast his…

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