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Tag Archives: Austin City Council

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…

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Jack Craver

Troxclair wants to know how rates compare to other Texas utilities

This year, the average Austinite will spend $2,475 on utility bills to cover the cost of electricity, water and garbage pickup.City Council Member Ellen Troxclair wants to know how that compares to what other people served by other utilities in…

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by Jo Clifton

New negotiations for police, EMS contracts

Several City Council members, particularly Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter, sharply criticized city staff during Tuesday’s work session discussion of the Austin Police Association contract, with Flannigan and Alter claiming staff failed to communicate as the contract was being crafted.…

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Equity Office tries to make good on year-old institutional racism report

Austin’s Equity Office is considering how to make good on a report published last April that laid out more than 200 recommendations for how the city can combat institutional racism.“We sent out the report to all of our city departments and…

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Resolution: Wall builders need not apply

Led by Council Member Delia Garza, five Council members are sponsoring a resolution directing the city manager to study the potential impacts on Austin of construction of President Donald Trump’s threatened wall between the United States and Mexico.According to the…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Soccer proponents abandon Butler Park, turn to alternate stadium sites

Owners of a Major League Soccer team hoping to move their club to Austin have turned their ambitions for a new stadium away from a controversial waterfront site.On Friday, Dave Greeley, president of Precourt Sports Ventures, issued a statement announcing…

Friday, January 26, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Science friction: Austin Democrats look at growing clash between politics and facts

Perhaps the key to fighting fake news claims and a growing resistance to scientific research in state and federal policy decisions comes down to teaching scientists and engineers how to tell jokes.The need for making scientific analysis accessible and relatable…

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Land trust and incentives for arts appear headed for Council

The creation of a land trust – a potential first for the city – is one of the tools City Council will consider next month in an attempt to keep artists and musicians from getting priced out of Austin. Council…

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City parkland could vanish from soccer stadium consideration

A resolution is in the works that would remove two city parkland sites from consideration as possible locations for a proposed soccer stadium. Council Member Ann Kitchen is sponsoring the resolution, out of concern about and growing opposition to Butler…

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission rejects Champion tract amendments

After years of lawsuits related to the development of the Champion tract, proposed amendments to the original 1996 development agreement will go to City Council without the Environmental Commission’s blessing.“We are here to tell you what the best environmental thing…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Dispute continues over program to expand artists’ access to cultural centers

There appears to be little progress in a dispute between a group of Austin arts organizations who claim they’ve been mistreated and marginalized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in its work to expand operating hours and access at…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

This nonprofit will train you to run for City Council. And also make you compete to do so.

At 5 p.m. on a Friday at Native, a new bar and hostel in East Austin, half a dozen people occupied the blue velvet booths and dance-punk music blares overhead. Leigh Salinas, 31, walked in carrying a duffel bag. She…

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Crowded field of candidates emerges to challenge Troxclair in Southwest Austin

In addition to Mayor Steve Adler, five City Council members are up for re-election this November. In three of those races – District 9, District 5 and District 3 – nobody has yet declared their intention of running against the…

Friday, January 12, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Parks department mired in drama over cultural center access program

The Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board voted Wednesday night to ask for the indefinite suspension of a new program that would keep the city’s various cultural arts centers open in the late-night hours.The move came after three performance groups…

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Jack Craver

Poll shows support for paid sick leave ordinance

Most Austinites like the idea of requiring businesses to provide their employees with paid sick days, according to a poll released Thursday.The survey of 600 Austin voters, which was conducted by Public Policy Polling, a respected national polling firm that…

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Nadia Hamdan

With labor dispute focused on police, Austin’s EMS union feels overlooked

Austin police officers aren’t the only public safety personnel without an employment contract with the city. For the first time in nearly 10 years, emergency medical service employees are without a contract, too.Tony Marquardt, president of the Austin-Travis County EMS…

Friday, January 5, 2018 by Jo Clifton

For Adler, 2017 was busy, successful

It was another very busy year for Austin Mayor Steve Adler. He represented the city both in the United States and abroad on climate change. He joined with other Texas mayors in fighting Senate Bill 4, the Texas legislation to…

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Troxclair continues to fight

In 2018, Council Member Ellen Troxclair will be having a baby and running for office in addition to continuing to serve as the lone conservative on City Council. Despite a crowded agenda ahead, Troxclair sat down with the Austin Monitor…

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