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Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: What is equity, really?

There’s always a silver lining… If you only read the transcript of Mary Owens’ remarks to City Council during Citizen Communication on Thursday – and therefore could not hear the frustration and contempt conveyed by the tone of her voice…

Friday, June 23, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs $6.9 million in fee waivers for state

Despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s long list of proposed topics for an upcoming special session of the Texas Legislature that look a lot like Austin bashing, City Council voted Thursday to allow staff to negotiate an interlocal agreement with the Texas…

Friday, June 23, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council approves composting contract despite Texas Disposal Systems objections

City Council approved a contract Thursday to dramatically expand the city’s curbside organics collection and composting program. The new contract builds upon the pilot program that has been in place for nearly four years. Under that program, Organics By Gosh,…

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT proposes new program to bolster affordable housing

CodeNEXT, the proposed overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code, dramatically expands an existing city program that offers developers incentives to build housing reserved for low- and middle-income buyers and renters. In a presentation to City Council members on Wednesday,…

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

As city debates how to keep the peace, an expert explains how to keep things quiet

City Council members have delayed a vote on the so-called “agent of change” proposal, which would establish rules aimed at easing tensions between neighbors and music venues over amplified sound. An early version of the rules asked both new businesses…

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Is a grueling special session ahead?

Brie Franco, the city’s intergovernmental relations officer, told City Council at Tuesday’s work session that although Austin had “some positive outcomes” during the just-ended legislative session, many of the items defeated by the city and its allies are likely to…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by KUT News

Mayor, City Council members hold news conference on ‘sanctuary’ suit

The city of Austin filed a motion in federal court Monday, seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the enforcement of Senate Bill 4, the state’s new law barring so-called “sanctuary cities.” Mayor Steve Adler called SB 4 unconstitutional and said…

Monday, June 19, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Best-laid plans

No two ways about it… yet… Like many, many other projects around town, the conversion of downtown’s Colorado Street to a two-way avenue will be delayed, albeit slightly. Crews have been reconstructing the street from the Governor’s Mansion on West…

Friday, June 16, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council nixes daytime juvenile curfew, extends late-night curfew through summer

City Council Thursday decided to nix the city’s 27-year-old daytime juvenile curfew, extending instead the city’s nighttime curfew for young people until Oct. 1. At that time, members expect to have a report back on alternatives to a criminal curfew…

Friday, June 16, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council narrowly approves controversial Central Health board nominee

By a one-vote margin, City Council approved the appointment of a new member to the Central Health Board of Managers after complaints about the nominee’s potential conflicts of interest. Council voted 6-5 to assign Julie Oliver, a division controller for…

Friday, June 16, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Auditors to look at firefighters’ overtime

After considerable complaint from its newest members, Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter, City Council voted last month to amend the city’s General Fund budget by transferring $3.5 million from a stabilization reserve fund into the Austin Fire Department’s budget to pay…

Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Talk starts for 2018 city bond election

City Council got a first look during its work session on Tuesday at an initial list of staff bond proposals that could go to voters in November of 2018. That list included a total of $640 million in bonds, with…

Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Study could shed more light on housing discrimination in Central Texas

The federal Fair Housing Act aims to protect people from discrimination when renting, buying or financing a home. Despite those protections, the reality is that housing discrimination persists in many cities, and today City Council will consider a review of…

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Casar: End curfew law that targets minorities

Seventy-six percent of teenagers accused of juvenile curfew violations from 2014 through 2016 were minorities, with Hispanics making up the majority of those cited by the Austin Police Department, according to the department’s own records. The law prohibits persons under…

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Jack Craver

What businesses are coming to your neighborhood under CodeNEXT?

Mayor Steve Adler continues to assure the public that City Council still has ample time to “calibrate” CodeNEXT. The reassurance is in response to myriad concerns about how the proposed overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code will impact neighborhoods.…

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

City code enforcement suit may eliminate affordable units

For weeks, tenants at Orchard Plaza apartments in Windsor Park have been evacuating the premises following a contempt order against the owners for substandard housing conditions. Meanwhile, the question of whether the property will continue to provide affordable housing is…

Monday, June 12, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council hears all about plumbing rules

City Council heard arguments Thursday from supporters of the Uniform Plumbing Code, which included members of the city’s commission on plumbing matters, and supporters of the International Residential (plumbing) Code, which included other plumbers, representatives of the home builders association…

Monday, June 12, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: This week in conflict management

Fighting for privacy in the nude… During a special City Council meeting Wednesday, John Miki, one of the consultants leading the proposed overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code, described some of the community divisions over development that he encountered…

Friday, June 9, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council rejects gun rights advocate for commission

City Council took the rare move Thursday of rejecting a nomination to a citizen commission over the nominee’s controversial statements. Only two of the nine members of Council present voted to support appointing Michael Cargill, the founder of Central Texas…

Friday, June 9, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Hotels to join music venues, residents in revamping ‘agent of change’ proposal

Representatives from Austin’s music venues, neighborhood groups and hotel industry are expected to begin meeting next week to rework the city’s long-gestating “agent of change” policy intended to reduce friction between those three interest groups. That charge was the result…

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