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Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Friday, October 13, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Council rejects settlement with apartment complex owner in substandard housing case

The plot thickened in an ongoing affordable housing saga as City Council Thursday denied a settlement in the city of Austin’s lawsuit against Orchard Plaza apartments owner Walter Olenick for substandard housing code violations.Council Member Greg Casar, in whose district…

Friday, October 13, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council pushes ahead with CodeNEXT contract

City Council has voted to authorize spending what is supposed to be the final chunk of money allocated for the consultants hired to craft CodeNEXT, the rewrite of the city’s Land Development Code.The $2.27 million will go to Opticos Design…

Friday, October 13, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs reduced budget for Visit Austin

Visit Austin, formerly known as the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, will no longer be paying for alcohol to entertain would-be Austin conventioneers with city Hotel Occupancy Tax collections. The group promised the mayor and City Council that in the…

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Jack Craver

Push on at Council to delay CodeNEXT vote

Council Member Leslie Pool is pushing to further delay a vote on CodeNEXT, the controversial rewrite of Austin’s Land Development Code that is already years behind schedule.In a message to fellow City Council members Monday evening, Pool suggested rethinking the…

Friday, October 6, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council approves resolution condemning Columbus, celebrating indigenous peoples

City Council jumped into the long-standing debate over Columbus Day when it approved a resolution this week in favor of recognizing the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.The vote was purely symbolic. Columbus Day has never been an…

Friday, October 6, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs historic zoning for apartment house

City Council approved historic zoning on Thursday for the 1930s-era Tucker-Winfield Apartment House at 1105 Nueces St. Council Member Jimmy Flannigan voted against the designation and Council Member Ellen Troxclair abstained.Flannigan objected to the designation, at least in part, because…

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council issues stern warning to ZACH Theatre

Is management at ZACH Theatre interfering with employee efforts to unionize? The answer could cost them $272,500 from the city.The money in question is part of the city’s annual cultural arts contracts. Though more than $8.4 million in contracts passed…

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City to lease Ben White space for DSD, AE

Last week, City Council authorized negotiation and execution of a seven-year lease for a little less than 60,000 square feet at 5202 E. Ben White Blvd. The building will house about 100 employees from Austin Energy and 93 employees from…

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Jack Craver

Police chief describes new community policing focus

The Austin Police Department is no longer recruiting new officers by promising them an action-packed thrill ride.In a presentation to City Council members on Tuesday, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley described the video that the department used as part of…

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council will soon interview city manager candidates

In the next month, City Council will likely interview six to eight finalists to be the next city manager during two meetings that will be closed to the public.In a Tuesday discussion with Steve Newton of Russell Reynolds Associates, the…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council puts off ethics rules vote

City Council postponed a vote on the proposed new ethics ordinance Thursday, raising questions about whether a new request for proposal for handling city biosolids might become the subject of lobbying.That was certainly not Council’s intent, according to Council Member…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: More like Fist City

And the most music-friendly city in Texas is?… Not Austin. At least not according to the Texas Music Office and its new Music Friendly Communities program, which last week recognized Fort Worth as its first member. The program is part of…

Friday, September 29, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Vote moves ‘downtown puzzle’ forward, with amendments aplenty

City Council voted Thursday to move forward with the “downtown puzzle,” a package of possible tax increases and assessment mechanisms seen as a way to fund a variety of public works projects and other community needs.The 10-0 vote – Council…

Friday, September 29, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs firefighters’ contract 7-3

City Council approved a five-year contract with the Austin Firefighters Association Thursday on a vote of 7-3, after a heated exchange between Council Member Ora Houston and Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks.Houston criticized the firefighters association for not doing…

Friday, September 29, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council voices concerns over Visit Austin spending on alcohol, events

A report that the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau (known as Visit Austin) has spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on jewelry, alcohol and meals at fancy restaurants prompted City Council to delay approval of the nonprofit agency’s marketing…

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

After demolition plans are scrapped, segregation-era school could become museum

After much debate over redevelopment, Austin is considering buying the Montopolis Negro School to preserve the segregation-era property.At the height of segregation, there were 42 schools for black children throughout Travis County; the Montopolis school is one of the few…

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Downtown puzzle up for vote Thursday

Consideration of Mayor Steve Adler’s complex “downtown puzzle” resolution will apparently move forward on Thursday despite doubts some of his colleagues have expressed about the timing and about a key piece of the plan: expansion of the Austin Convention Center.When…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Utility fixing Customer Assistance Program

Last week, after City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget, longtime Austin environmental advocate and Austin Energy critic Paul Robbins had something to celebrate. Robbins had been asking Council to reform Austin Energy’s Customer Assistance Program since 2014 and…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Injunction granted over Champion tract site plan

Under an injunction issued Friday, the city of Austin may not move forward with issuing a site plan for a multifamily development on City Park Road at FM 2222 until there is a final judgment in the lawsuit filed by…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Oompa Loompa, doompa-dee-doo

I’ve got another puzzle for you… The “downtown puzzle” continues to, well, puzzle. At the moment, Mayor Steve Adler’s plan for downtown that includes funding for music, homelessness, and Austin Convention Center expansion using Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue and a…

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