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Mike Kanin is the Publisher of the Austin Monitor. As such, he doesn't report on much--aside from the workings of the Monitor--any more. In his previous life as a freelance journalist, Kanin has written for the Washington City Paper, the Washington Post's Express, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig, the Austin Chronicle, and the Texas Observer.
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TipSheet: This week with City Council
As part of our ongoing effort to keep readers up to date with all that is going on at City Hall, we present our TipSheet for Austin City Council committees. As usual, we will be offering highlights of meetings, with links to entire agendas.
Public Safety Council Committee
4. 4:30 PM: Staff briefing, invited testimony, and policy discussion regarding police body cameras, including Austin Police Department’s request for proposal update.
Monitor’s take: City Council members approved $3 million for police body cameras as part of their Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget. The four CMs on this committee are set to begin the operative portion of this conversation. As a primer, they’ve posted 22 questions, along with answers from APD, about the pilot – including several aimed at what portions of the videos would be made available to the public.
Mobility Council Committee
1. Tour of the Austin Transportation Management Center.
Monitor’s take: This is exactly what it says it is. Not the most thrilling event for your local press corps. But, nonetheless, it is a posted meeting, and thus we offer it to you.
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Austin City Council: The Austin City Council is the body with legislative purview over the City of Austin. It offers policy direction, while the office of the City Manager implements administrative actions based on those policies. Until 2012, the body contained seven members, including the city's Mayor, all elected at-large. In 2012, City of Austin residents voted to change that system and now 10 members of the Council are elected based on geographic districts. The Mayor continues to be elected at-large.