Public Safety

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Alex Dropkin

Events ordinance draws criticism

The Austin Center for Events unveiled its revised version of the city’s special event ordinance in front of the Zero Waste Advisory Commission on Wednesday night, drawing both praise and criticism for its new waste management policies. The proposed ordinance…

Sunday, August 17, 2014 by Mark Richardson
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TipSheet: Travis County Commissioners Court

After an entire week of budget hearings, Travis County Commissioners aren’t too interested in dealing with any heavy duty issues this week. But there are a couple of items on the agenda that piqued our interest: Item 27.  Commissioners will…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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