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Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Renteria concentrates on affordable housing

For District 3 City Council Member Pio Renteria, 2017 saw the culmination of projects large and small, many of which he has been working on for years. Most of those projects are related to helping low-income people who continue to…

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Jack Craver

Casar reflects on a ‘hellish year’

2017 was a big year for Council Member Greg Casar. Nevertheless, in an interview for the Austin Monitor, he described it as “hellish.”On Nov. 9, 2016, the day after he was easily re-elected to Council, Casar was in no mood…

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

In 2017, Kitchen worked on the big issues

For Council Member Ann Kitchen, 2017 was a year of progress. In an interview with the Austin Monitor, she highlighted some of the ongoing work her office has done over the past year that deals with some of the city’s…

Friday, December 29, 2017 by Austin Monitor

2017: A Monitor year in review

City Manager search Oh boy. City Council closed out the year by (finally) appointing new City Manager Spencer Cronk more than a year after former manager Marc Ott announced his departure. That is great news for a city that has…

Thursday, December 28, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Houston stays true to her district

Council Member Ora Houston sums up this past year as “very interesting.”Speaking to the Austin Monitor, Houston started her review of 2017 by stressing her continued commitment to outreach in her district, which informs the work she does downtown at…

Thursday, December 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

Child care, CodeNEXT, grocery stores: Garza focuses on economic justice

Before walking into an executive session where City Council members decided unanimously to select Spencer Cronk as Austin’s next city manager, Council Member Delia Garza spoke to the Austin Monitor about her thoughts on her third year on Council.Although she…

Friday, December 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council commissions study of convention center expansion

Researchers at the University of Texas are going to ask the question that seems to be on every Austinite’s mind these days: “Can new, programmatic spatial configurations and economic models for urban convention centers be applied to downtown Austin in…

Friday, December 22, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Champion case moves to commission

Champion land use cases never die; they just move to another forum.In this case, the question of development restrictions on the 45-acre tract at 6409 City Park Road has gone from City Council to the courthouse and back to Council,…

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council plans to take up sick leave ordinance in February

Over the past month, the city of Austin has tried to gather community input on the issue of paid sick leave and whether the city should require employers to provide it.Unsurprisingly, many employers aren’t happy about the idea. In the…

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Police decline further contract talks for now

The Austin Police Association on Tuesday resoundingly rejected the City Council’s request that it continue its current contract for a few months and return to the negotiating table.Groups that had urged Council to reject the new contract were apparently surprised…

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Stephanie Federico

Council selects Minneapolis official Spencer Cronk as new city manager

City Council unanimously selected Spencer Cronk to be the next city manager.Cronk has been the Minneapolis city administrator since 2014. Before that, he worked for New York City’s Department of Small Business Services.“Austin is fortunate to have Spencer Cronk as…

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin fields eight potential sites for new soccer stadium and practice space

City Council is weighing eight potential sites to house a professional soccer stadium and practice space after the Ohio-based Columbus Crew soccer team expressed an interest in moving here. But Council members decided to hold off on a final decision…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Unclear regulations and development top music venue concerns

Thursday’s summit with music venue owners and operators saw a bit of political scheduling serendipity.Among the many issues discussed by them and other music community stakeholders was the fact that that afternoon City Council was set to consider a resolution…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Resolutions could change how demolitions are done in Austin

On Thursday, City Council approved two resolutions that direct the city to take a look at the literal and figurative cost of demolitions in Austin. Each could lead to increased fees for the growing number of building demolitions in Austin.…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: ’Tis the season

No nativity scene for you, says Zimmerman… Former Council Member Don Zimmerman is evidently still smarting over his 2016 defeat, and especially the fact that a majority of his neighbors did not vote for him. In years past, Zimmerman and…

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council approves funding for study on housing discrimination

City Council is moving forward with plans for the region’s first fair housing assessment. The effort aims to shed light on issues of housing discrimination across Central Texas.The federal Fair Housing Act was designed to protect people from discrimination when…

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council greenlights new pedestrian mall on Congress Avenue

City Council paved the way Thursday for a major state project that will transform three blocks of downtown from roadway into a grass-covered pedestrian mall.Council voted to give the Texas Facilities Commission the OK to seize control of city right…

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

24 Diner, Parkside win airport contract

Despite the angst it expressed over not making a spot at the airport for longtime Austin restaurant Threadgill’s, City Council voted to award the contract for new airport restaurant concessions to HMSHost, the company whose bid included the 24 Diner…

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

In unanimous vote, Council rejects police contract, sends back to negotiations

City Council members voted unanimously to send a five-year contract between the city and the local police union back to the negotiating table late Wednesday. The contract, which dictates pay, discipline and oversight of Austin Police Department officers, is negotiated…

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…

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