Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Council to review plan for St. Johns Home Depot project after July break

Six years ago, when City Council Member Greg Casar was knocking on thousands of District 4 doors campaigning for his current seat, one question came up time and time again.“People were asking, ‘What’s ever going to happen to the Home…

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Without rapid behavior change, city heads for stage 5 shutdown

After a record number of Covid-19 cases reported over the weekend, the city is urging residents to comply with requirements for social distancing, personal hygiene and wearing masks over the July 4 weekend in an effort to avoid pushing the…

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City moving forward with improvements to Red River district

The city’s long-planned improvements to the streetscape of the Red River Cultural District will move forward through the summer with planning and budgeting for construction projects to improve the sidewalks and other features of the area.A recent city memo outlines…

Monday, June 29, 2020 by Savana Dunning

What $100M from the APD budget looks like

In response to pressure from activists to defund the Austin Police Department, City Council unanimously approved a series of reforms to APD operations, including a resolution that asks for deep cuts to the public safety budget.The Austin Justice Coalition has…

Friday, June 26, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

City gets parks board blessing to rename Metz Recreation Center

Austin is now one step closer to officially changing the name of the Metz Recreation Center at 2407 Canterbury St. to the Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendez Recreation Center.On June 24, the Parks and Recreation Board unanimously recommended that City Council change…

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Former Council Member Berl Handcox, who broke the color barrier, dies at 88

Berl Handcox, Austin’s first elected African American City Council member since Reconstruction, has died at the age of 88. Handcox was elected as part of the seven-member Council on May 1, 1971, and reelected on April 7, 1973. He received…

Friday, June 19, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will keep his job, city says, despite calls for his removal

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will stay in his position, a city spokesperson confirmed in an email Thursday.“I have had very pointed conversations with Chief Manley over the last several weeks,” City Manager Spencer Cronk said in the email. “He…

Friday, June 12, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin City Council votes to divest funds from APD, ban some potentially deadly police practices

Austin City Council members voted unanimously Thursday on four items related to the Austin Police Department’s policy and budget, including transferring some money from police to social services and banning police use of some potentially deadly weapons and practices.The decision…

Friday, June 12, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Temporary protected bike lanes coming to a section of Congress Avenue this month

In another effort to meet demand for social distancing and safe activity as local businesses reopen, City Council voted Thursday to set up temporary protected bicycle lanes on Congress Avenue north of Riverside Drive by June 30.Mobility advocates said the…

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City, Capital Metro adopt Project Connect with justice, sustainability in mind

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors and City Council adopted the final vision for an all-electric comprehensive transit system on Wednesday. Board members and city leaders said the $9.8 billion plan, featuring three light rail lines, a new…

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Alley vacation granted despite protests

City Council voted unanimously on June 4 to grant vacation of an alley between East Eighth and East Ninth streets in order to facilitate construction of a multifamily complex, in spite of a request from neighbors in an adjacent residential…

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Council unveils resolutions aimed at dismantling systemic racism

On Monday morning, City Council members Natasha Harper-Madison, Delia Garza, Greg Casar and Jimmy Flannigan, along with Mayor Steve Adler, held a press conference to discuss a group of resolutions aimed at reforming the Austin Police Department and dismantling systemic…

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 by Jo Clifton

City calls for help with redistricting

Just like Congress and the Texas Legislature, Austin City Council is required to draw new districts every 10 years to coincide with the U.S. Census. But unlike the Legislature and Congress, the city asks ordinary citizens to participate in the…

Monday, June 8, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council’s APD grant vote: What happened

After listening to nearly seven hours of heartbreaking testimony from Austinites traumatized by police violence during protests the last week of May, City Council took a vote approving more funds for the Austin Police Department. On its surface, the $430,685…

Monday, June 8, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin Council members say they’ve lost faith in the police chief: Next week they vote on changes

A fractured skull. A severe chest wound. A broken jaw from where a lead-pellet bag lodged inside a person’s mouth. The injuries to protesters over the weekend could have been fatal, the Austin-Travis County EMS chief told City Council members…

Monday, June 8, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

HAAM seeks city help to offset expected $1M shortfall

The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is forecasting a $1 million shortfall by the end of 2020, which could mean cutting health care services for around 1,000 local musicians next year.Leaders of the nonprofit, which currently provides health care services…

Friday, June 5, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austinites get chance to express pain, anger over police violence at emergency City Council hearing

More than 300 people have signed up to talk about what transpired during weekend protests against systemic racism and police killings, at an emergency Austin City Council session Thursday.Council members will reconvene the following morning to hear from Austin Police…

Friday, June 5, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Council boosts direct economic aid in spending plan for federal Covid-19 money

The city will move more of its federal aid for Covid-19 relief toward direct assistance for residents, with a total of $70 million now dedicated to rental relief, food aid and direct payments to individuals.City Council approved a resolution Thursday…

Friday, June 5, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council opens public right-of-way for safe business with amended special events pilot

City Council approved a pilot program Thursday that will allow restaurants, bars and shops to use private and public parking spaces, sidewalks and streets to serve customers at a safe distance.The Shop the Block! pilot builds upon the city’s special…

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austinites recount police violence during weekend protests, demand cuts to APD budget

The Austin City Council heard from hundreds of people during an emergency meeting Thursday that addressed police violence at weekend protests against the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Mike Ramos in Austin.Council has been holding its meetings remotely,…

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