Public Safety

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Austin still needs nearly $100 million for flood plain buyout

Four months after raging floodwaters damaged and destroyed dozens of homes in the Onion Creek neighborhood in southeast Austin, city officials say it could cost between $80 million and $100 million to complete a buyout of homes in the flood…

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Michael Kanin

City, firefighters union headed for mediation in hiring dispute

The Austin Firefighters Association – the union for City of Austin’s firefighters –  and city management are headed to federal mediation over lingering accusations of hiring discrimination. Asked how long the mediation process might take AFA head Bob Nicks Tuesday…

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Audit finds Parks Department lax in managing safety hazards

City Auditor Ken Mory reported to Council members Wednesday that the city’s Parks and Recreation Department “is not effectively managing hazards related to patron safety” and, further noted that “there is limited assurance that hazards identified are corrected promptly.”  …

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Gene Davis

Public Safety panel backs expanding city’s texting-while-driving ban

After hearing the city’s chief prosecutor say that drivers on their cell phones are 23 times more likely to be in a wreck than a driver who isn’t distracted, the Public Safety Commission approved a resolution Monday asking City Council…

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Firefighters union meets with DOJ to discuss city’s hiring process

With a potential consent decree between the City of Austin and the U.S. Justice Department hanging over their heads, representatives of the Austin Firefighters Association met with DOJ officials Tuesday to discuss how the decree might affect the city’s hiring…

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Sheriff’s office defends no in-person jail visitation policy

Officials with the Travis County Sheriff’s Department defended their policy Tuesday of limiting family visits with Travis County Jail inmates to a for-profit video visitation system, saying that the change in policy was for security reasons and that video visitation…

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