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Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Survey, memo suggest progress on soccer stadium

Tuesday saw two notable developments in the possible move of a Major League Soccer team to Austin, with a downtown park making the cut as a possible site for the team’s stadium.The first happening was the release of the results…

Monday, December 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Community activist launches campaign for District 1 seat

Council Member Ora Houston is the first representative of the city’s first district and she’s also the first incumbent to draw a serious challenger in the 2018 election.Last Monday afternoon in East Austin, community activist Lewis Conway Jr. announced his…

Monday, December 11, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Why not?

Wrestling with a tough decision… Austin’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America party scored a significant boost this weekend when Council Member Greg Casar agreed to sign up as an official member. The District 4 representative spoke at a…

Friday, December 8, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin’s two city manager finalists: Howard Lazarus and Spencer Cronk

The seemingly interminable search for Austin’s next city manager has finally been winnowed down to two applicants for the job.On Thursday, Stephen Newton of consulting firm Russell Reynolds Associates, which City Council hired to lead the candidate search, recommended that…

Friday, December 8, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City to continue protest of Dripping Springs permit

The city will continue its protest of a proposed permit that would allow Dripping Springs to discharge up to 995,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day to the Onion Creek watershed. City staff put a proposed settlement agreement on Thursday’s…

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Threadgill’s fighting for airport contract

A battle is brewing over airport restaurant concession contracts, and Threadgill’s is in the middle of the fight.Also in the middle of a contract fight is the local massage concession known as Knot Anymore, which has provided massage services at…

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council drills down on Capitol plan

An ongoing effort by the state of Texas to move much of its workforce downtown has City Council members wondering what, if anything, the city can get out of the project.The state is planning on getting started with implementation of…

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Changes proposed for Chapter 380 agreements

During Tuesday’s City Council work session, David Colligan, the manager of global business expansion in the Economic Development Department, and economist Jon Hockenyos presented an outline of their plans to revamp the city’s incentive policy for recruiting businesses under the…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Andrew Weber

Research hopes to fill in the gaps for bicycle and pedestrian data

Traffic is terrible.City and state officials are really good at counting cars to see how terrible traffic is and how it got that way, but that sort of data-collection infrastructure doesn’t exist for bike and pedestrian data. New research hopes…

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Champion tract returning to Council

Because neighborhood activists won their open meetings lawsuit against the city last month, City Council will be reconsidering an ordinance that amends an old settlement agreement related to development on the Champion tract at 6409 City Park Road at next…

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

A sick leave ordinance is coming, but details are unclear

A coalition of city leaders and advocacy groups is pushing for Austin to join many of the nation’s largest cities in requiring employers to provide employees with a certain number of paid sick days.On Nov. 15 at the People’s Community…

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Jo Clifton

After rejection, Council OKs liquor store zoning

After the first vote to change the zoning on property at 12611 Hymeadow Drive fell short of the votes needed to allow a liquor store, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan took the unusual step of getting the item on another agenda…

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Judge finds city violated open meetings law again

Litigation about the Champion tract never really goes away. Originally filed in the early 1990s, the litigation simply morphs from one issue to another and one venue to another. It has cost the city of Austin an almost endless amount…

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

Should city elections be moved to odd years?

Some political leaders and activists in Austin believe the city would be better off if elections for City Council did not coincide with higher-profile campaigns for president, governor and Congress.At a meeting of the Charter Review Commission on Nov. 13,…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Environmental concerns delay city action on upcoming MoPac project

Several City Council members want more information about the planned expansion of MoPac Expressway before they sign off on a key funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation.Council voted 9-2 at its Nov. 9 meeting to postpone an amendment…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council reveals six finalists for city manager position

After getting heat for keeping candidates’ identities secret and evading reporters, City Council has released the names of six finalists for the city manager position.Mayor Steve Adler published the names and biographies to the Council Online Message Board Monday afternoon.The…

Monday, November 20, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Aquatics task force says in all scenarios, Austin pools need more money

After several months of scrutiny by both the public and the City Council-appointed Aquatic Master Plan Task Force, the 150-page Aquatic Master Plan is getting the final touches to be presented to Council in December.The redesign of Austin’s aquatics system…

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Jack Craver

Is it time for Austin to have a ‘strong mayor’?

It’s a common refrain in city political debates: Austin is a big city and it’s time it started acting like one, whether that means building mass transit, allowing taller buildings or adopting single-member City Council districts.For Roger Borgelt, a member…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City regulations may create more homelessness

City ordinances prohibiting panhandling in certain areas, criminalizing camping in public places, living in a car or tent, or sitting or lying on the sidewalk in parts of downtown are creating barriers that make it more difficult for people to…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

MLS team’s ambitions cast shadow over Austin’s other soccer hopefuls

The possibility of the Major League Soccer club from Columbus, Ohio, relocating to Austin has brought attention to other lower-profile but still ambitious soccer-related projects in the area. And one of the central questions surrounding Columbus Crew ownership group Precourt…

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