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Thursday, April 9, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission backs Council proposal to unlock $4.5M to aid artists, venues

The Music Commission has asked the city to protect and replenish the recently created Live Music Fund if any of it is used to help musicians and music venues impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.At a special meeting called for Wednesday…

Friday, March 6, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin cancels SXSW amid COVID-19 concerns

South by Southwest is canceled.Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and public health officials said the concerns surrounding COVID-19 were too great.“I’ve gone ahead and declared a local disaster in the city, and associated with that, have issued…

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Council declines to vote on airport lounge contract

What started as an objection from the second-place bidder for a lucrative contract to build and operate a lounge at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport ended with Council rejecting staffers’ recommendation and sending them back to the drawing board at last Thursday’s…

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission postpones Lantana PCA to encourage compromise

On Feb. 19, the Environmental Commission heard from divided parties arguing their case for whether to recommend implementing a Project Consent Agreement at the Lantana project in Southwest Austin to allow for a mixed-use residential project rather than office space…

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Petition would recriminalize homeless camping

Travis County Republican Party Chair Matt Mackowiak began the week taking a shot at local Democrats on the Austin City Council, announcing a petition that seeks to recriminalize camping in public places by the homeless.According to local Republican Party spokesman…

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City looks to hike fees on downtown developers opting out of affordability requirements

The city has proposed increasing the fees paid by downtown developers looking to add density to their construction projects but opting not to include affordable units in the buildings.At last week’s Downtown Commission meeting, a presentation on the plan to…

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