Public Safety

Monday, October 13, 2014 by Alex Dropkin

APD Communications hard-pressed to handle calls

As the Austin metropolitan area population grows over the next couple of decades, officials say city services will be hard-pressed to keep up with the demand. But that future is now for Austin Police Department’s Emergency Communication Division, whose leaders…

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

Travis County battles shortage of foster homes

There is a severe lack of homes for children and youth in Travis County’s foster care system, according to the judges and officials who administer the system. They say the situation has become critical, to the point that children are…

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Gene Davis

Public Safety panel punts on Special Events regs

A vote, or more specifically, a  non-vote, by the Public Safety Commission on the proposed Special Events Ordinance proved anticlimactic Monday night. Rather than vote on the proposed ordinance as a whole, commissioners voted only to approve a definition change…

Monday, October 6, 2014 by Mark Richardson
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Tip Sheet: Travis County Commissioners 10.7

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website. Items of interest for Commissioners Court…

Friday, September 26, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council OKs TNC regulations on first reading

Early Friday morning, Transportation Network Companies such as Lyft and Uber moved one step closer to operating legally on Austin streets as part of a temporary pilot program, provided they enter into an agreement with the city and follow a…

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Firefighters form new PAC to support candidates

The Austin Firefighters Local 975 has formed a special political action committee to support eight candidates running for City Council on the November ballot. Firefighters president Bob Nicks told the Monitor that the group had raised $200,000 through membership dues…

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