Public Safety

Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Jenny Blair

Background checks for dog walkers ?

Fingerprinting and an eight-week wait for a background check … to walk shelter dogs?At Wednesday’s City Council budget work session, Council Member and mayoral candidate Mike Martinez noted that some would-be Austin Animal Center volunteers decide to help elsewhere when…

Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Hays County poised to call $188M bond election for new jail

Hays County officials say a new jail is needed now, and they want to put the question to voters.The jail, plus a communications facility and law enforcement center, could cost up to $188.5 million, and Hays County Commissioners seemed interested…

Friday, August 8, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council settles officer-involved shooting case for $1.25 million

The Austin City Council opted Thursday to pay $1.25 million to settle a claim related to an officer-involved shooting that took place last summer. Mayor Lee Leffingwell cast the only dissenting vote in the 6-1 decision.The claim alleged that former Austin Police Department…

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 by Gene Davis

Public Safety Commission endorses distracted driving ordinance

Public Safety Commissioners got a preview Monday of recommendations to expand the city’s ban on texting while driving.The recommendations from the Distracted Driving Working Group – formed by City Council in January via a resolution – propose banning the hands-on…

Friday, August 1, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Energy, water utility rates top Council concerns over 2015 budget

The Austin City Council took on next year’s budget in earnest Thursday. Of the $3.5 billion budget, members’ biggest concerns continued to rest with the city’s water and energy utilities.A proposal from Austin Energy to increase the fuel charge customers…

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

Austin Interfaith petitions county to aid unaccompanied migrant minors

Austin Interfaith seeks Travis County aid for migrant minorsBy Beth Cortez-NeavelMembers of Austin Interfaith called on Travis County Commissioners Tuesday to provide social and legal services to the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border from Central America. However,…

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