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Friday, February 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves paid sick leave ordinance

Shortly after midnight on Friday, Austin became the first city in the South to require employers to provide workers with paid sick leave.The ordinance, authored largely by City Council Member Greg Casar, will require businesses and nonprofits to provide employees…

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council reinstates some extra police pay

With only City Council Member Greg Casar dissenting, Council voted Thursday to reinstate some incentive pay for Austin police officers to the level that they received under their old contract. That contract expired at the end of December, after Council…

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City exploring solutions for creative spaces crisis

The city is looking at a variety of strategies for assisting creative businesses and nonprofit organizations that are increasingly being priced out of theaters and other spaces due to Austin’s fast-rising cost of living. At its Thursday meeting, City Council…

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves Champion tract deal

By a one-vote margin, City Council on Thursday gave its blessing to the controversial Champion development.Mayor Steve Adler, along with Council members Greg Casar, Pio Renteria, Delia Garza, Jimmy Flannigan and Ellen Troxclair, voted to approve an amendment to a…

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT draft boosts housing capacity

A day after the third version of CodeNEXT was unveiled, City Council members expressed cautious optimism about the proposed overhaul of Austin’s land development rules.Notably, Council members were happy to see that the new version dramatically increased the amount of…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Sick leave arguments heat up

An ordinance that would force all private Austin businesses to provide paid sick leave for their employees may prove to be the most divisive issue to come before Council since 2015 when the Council district system started.Sponsored by Mayor Pro…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by Jack Craver

The battle over conditional overlays

City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan is fed up with conditional overlays.Conditional overlays – COs in the parlance of City Hall insiders – are zoning rules that apply to a specific property. They often end up included as part of a…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

City Council considers prescribing paid sick leave for private employers

Mornings at Hoover’s Cooking are spent hammering beef to make it thin enough for the restaurant’s best-selling dish: chicken-fried steak.“Other things that are good sellers are our fried catfish … and pork chops,” said Hoover Alexander, who has owned the…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City looks to retain arts and culture amid growth

A pair of reports from the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department give city leaders perhaps the clearest road map yet for how to preserve and create artistic and cultural clusters that many worry are threatened by rapid…

Friday, February 9, 2018 by Jo Clifton

East side developer just needs a driveway

Developer John Klitz isn’t asking for much from his zoning case. As attorney Jeff Howard told City Council last week, Klitz and his company, SL Shady Lane, are only seeking to remove a conditional overlay on his property at 1105…

Thursday, February 8, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

The Austin people have spoken through six resolutions on displacement and gentrification

In Austin, it appears that the people have a plan. This past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Susana Almanza of People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER) and Fred McGhee of Preserve Rosewood revealed the People’s Plan:…

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves pools plan but funding questions remain

On Thursday, City Council overwhelmingly approved the Aquatic Master Plan, a 640-page document crafted by the Parks and Recreation Department that provides guidance for repairing and expanding the city’s aging system of pools.The plan says that the capital costs necessary…

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council rejects appeal of gas conservation fees

City Council on Thursday rejected an appeal from environmental and consumer activist Paul Robbins to overturn a staff decision to accept Texas Gas Service’s 2018 conservation adjustment clause rate. The conservation adjustment clause rate is the extra money consumers pay…

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Parkland Events Task Force recommendations need more work

Almost exactly a year ago, the Parks and Recreation Department was tasked with implementing the final recommendations that were adopted by City Council from the 17-member Parkland Events Task Force.Established in 2015, the task force was given the assignment to…

Monday, February 5, 2018 by Jack Craver

Another postponement for Champion case

City Council decided Thursday that a legal and political battle surrounding the Champion tract in Northwest Austin that has spanned two decades will be extended yet another two weeks.Council voted 7-4 to postpone action on an amendment to a settlement…

Monday, February 5, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Stadium opposition moves east to Guerrero Park

East Austin residents and other community groups are pushing for City Council to take a vote on a resolution that would remove city parkland from the sites under consideration for a proposed stadium for a Major League Soccer club.Groups such…

Friday, February 2, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council endorses new Chalmers Courts project

With the Council chambers full of cheering supporters, City Council on Thursday unanimously endorsed an award of low-income housing tax credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for a multifamily development at East Fourth and Chicon streets…

Friday, February 2, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Council approves dockless bike-share pilot and expansion of Austin B-cycle

City Council on Thursday approved the creation of a pilot program that will allow private companies to put their on-demand rental bikes on city-owned right of way throughout the city.The vote on the pilot was one of three actions Council…

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Dockless bikes are (maybe) coming to Austin. But first, let’s talk it out.

Nobody wants to be the withholding stepparent.That’s why, when dockless bike companies Ofo and Spin rolled out during South by Southwest last year, they put the city in a tough spot. Austin, which markets itself as an innovative, tech-savvy city,…

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council rejects first aid services contract

During Tuesday’s work session, City Council members expressed enough objections to a contract to hire an outside firm to provide medical services at the Austin Convention Center that city staff agreed to remove the item from today’s agenda.Council members Delia…

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