Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Thursday, December 3, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Downtown court not moving to east side

Last month, when City Council Member Pio Renteria expressed his dismay about staffers’ proposal to relocate the Downtown Austin Community Court to 1719 E. Second St. in his district, instead of downtown, other Council members agreed with his request to…

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 by Jo Clifton

New SAVES programs face uncertain funding

The city has started nine programs in nine months to help local Austin businesses survive the pandemic. On Thursday, City Council will consider final program guidelines for three more programs providing relief for child care providers, local music venues and…

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Flannigan and Kelly showdown in District 6 forum

District 6 voters once again have a choice between two candidates: incumbent Jimmy Flannigan and challenger Mackenzie Kelly. In November, Flannigan won just over 40 percent of the vote and Kelly just over 33 percent. On social media and at…

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Virden and Alter face off in runoff forum

This week, District 10 voters will get their second opportunity to pick a City Council candidate in a runoff that pits incumbent Alison Alter against candidate Jennifer Virden. With seven names on the District 10 ballot, a December runoff was…

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Hinojosa tries again for inclusionary zoning

State Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, is trying once again to repeal the state law that prevents Texas cities from using an affordable housing tool known as inclusionary zoning. Inclusionary zoning programs allow cities to require developers to provide housing for…

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by Andrew Weber

For child care providers in Austin, city relief couldn’t come soon enough

Patsy Harnage doesn’t get a lot of holidays. For the last decade, she’s grown accustomed to working herself to the bone. Operating a child care center is hard work, built on razor-thin margins. That’s part of the job; it’s an…

Monday, November 23, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin music venues won’t get Covid relief money until next year. They say they’re running out of time.

Jeannette Gregor was shaking, her voice quivering. “I am not a public speaker. This is actually kind of a nightmare for me – especially after about five months of isolation and no social contact,” she said back in September. “So…

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Black coalition says Austin should pay out millions in restitution for long-ignored systemic racism

Black residents are calling on Austin to address decades of racism, inequity and displacement, demanding the city move to potentially provide as much as half a billion dollars in restitution for the Black community. Roughly 50 Black Austinites of all…

Monday, November 16, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

City revives a New Deal program to put people back to work

Lee esta historia en español. The city of Austin is putting up to $2 million toward a new employment program that helps organizations hire people financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps is modeled after a…

Friday, November 13, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council not yet sold on street impact fee plan

City Council passed the first of three readings for a street impact fee program on Thursday, marking a milestone in the multi-year effort to guarantee that developers help carry the cost of adding new transportation infrastructure. Council approved the first…

Friday, November 13, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin OKs million-dollar contract to audit police department

The city of Austin has agreed to pay a New York City-based consultant up to $1.3 million to investigate racism and bigotry in the Austin Police Department, including looking into materials used to train new officers and reviewing instances where…

Friday, November 13, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Residents may be able to reject herbicide

City Council approved contracts on Thursday with Asplundh Tree Expert, Davey Tree Surgery and Wright Tree Service to manage vegetation around Austin Energy lines after Council Member Ann Kitchen added some direction to staff about a previously unknown aspect of…

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Renteria opposes East Austin location for court

Council Member Pio Renteria expressed dismay at Tuesday’s work session over the Downtown Austin Community Court’s planned relocation to East Austin. Renteria told his colleagues he had just found out about the proposal to lease 30,000 square feet of office space at…

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Fuentes coasts to victory in District 2

Political newcomer Vanessa Fuentes was headed toward a victory in the District 2 race Tuesday night after the early vote was counted, showing her with more than 56 percent of the vote. Her two competitors, David Chincanchan and Casey Ramos,…

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Flannigan and Kelly to face off in December

District 6 is primed for a runoff between incumbent Jimmy Flannigan, who won just over 40 percent of the vote, and challenger Mackenzie Kelly, who earned just over 33 percent. Unlike other City Council districts, a significant portion of the…

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Pool reelected to District 7

In a race against sole opponent Morgan Witt, District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool earned over two-thirds of the vote in a bid for re-election. Pool received 27,255 of the 40,530 votes counted in the District 7 race as of…

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Alter, Virden will compete in runoff for District 10

As predicted, there will be a runoff in District 10, but in a somewhat surprising turn, the runoff will take place between incumbent Alison Alter and challenger Jennifer Virden. In order to avoid a runoff, candidates must win a simple…

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

City tracks $450M cost of Covid

About eight months in, the Covid-19 pandemic has cost the city $449.9 million. The total, according to an Oct. 30 memo from Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo, represents the initial $271.6 spending framework approved by City Council in May…

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Plan for new Domain substation leaves Council, moves forward

City Council has approved a plan to construct a much-needed Austin Energy substation, hoping it will speed through the city’s zoning process with public input as quickly as possible. Mayor Steve Adler opened the discussion by stressing the urgency of…

Friday, October 30, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Anticipating election protests, Council members ask Austin police how they plan to avoid injuries

Four City Council members sent a letter Thursday to the chief of police asking him to explain how he plans to keep protesters safe during anticipated demonstrations following the results of the presidential election next week. “As we’re sure you…

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