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Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Monday, August 20, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City facing two suits over ballot wording

On Friday afternoon, attorney Bill Aleshire filed suit on behalf of a voter against the city of Austin over language City Council adopted to describe the proposition on the November ballot related to CodeNEXT or any other rewrite of the…

Monday, August 20, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

State court puts Austin’s paid sick leave rules on hold

As the city has stepped up work to inform and prepare workers about their rights under the city’s passed-but-not-yet-implemented paid sick leave ordinance, a state appeals court has put the measure on hold while it reviews the legal case against…

Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Stadium agreement approval clears the way for pro soccer in Austin

Wednesday’s 7-4 vote to have city staff finalize and execute an agreement that will result in the construction of a professional soccer stadium on the city’s McKalla Place property in North Austin broke along expected lines.The four City Council members…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Council vote on soccer stadium hinges on amendments – lots of them

After 10 months of discussion and roughly three months of often very public negotiations, the fate of Austin as the possible home of a professional sports franchise will come down to the fate of 28 amendments.Today’s special called City Council…

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Four city parcels ID’d for redevelopment focus in next budget

The Economic Development Department is recommending City Council spend the next budget year focusing on putting four pieces of city-owned property into higher use with mixtures of housing, commercial space, parklands and more.A recent memo detailed the department’s efforts since…

Monday, August 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council faces legal action over wording of two ballot initiatives

Supporters of two ballot initiatives are threatening legal action against the city of Austin over ballot language that they claim City Council crafted to mislead voters.Just after midnight on Friday, Council approved language for 11 separate propositions that voters will…

Monday, August 13, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Disagreement and understanding

I know you are but what am I?… On Saturday afternoon, Council Member Leslie Pool, the lead critic of the proposed soccer stadium deal, posted a message on Facebook taking aim at the arguments that Mayor Steve Adler and others…

Friday, August 10, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Amendments push Council decision on soccer stadium into overtime

City Council’s expected decision on a soccer stadium deal at McKalla Place was delayed Thursday, with the 11 members agreeing to make a final vote by noon at a special meeting on Wednesday.The delay was caused in large part because…

Friday, August 10, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council boots big booting fees

City Council approved a measure Thursday to reduce the amount that drivers can be charged to have boots removed from their illegally parked cars.Council voted in favor of an ordinance that will bar booting companies from charging more than $50…

Friday, August 10, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Council votes unanimously to scrap CodeNEXT

City Council voted unanimously today to scrap CodeNEXT, the controversial overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code.In a resolution, Council said “due to a combination of significant disruptions to the process, CodeNEXT is no longer a suitable mechanism to achieve…

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council seeks to steer incentives from big business to local business

In Austin, the city’s practice of providing financial incentives for companies to relocate or move operations here has garnered plenty of criticism, ranging from outright opposition to the practice to concerns about whether the incentives are leading to jobs for…

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council seeks review of insurance appeals

Last month, Chuck Lesniak retired from the city of Austin after 28 years, most recently as the city’s environmental officer. However, his involvement with the city is continuing as he urges City Council to establish a third-party appeals process that…

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Council offers questions, praise and frustration amid McKalla presentations

Threaded between questions and comments Tuesday about alternative proposals to develop the city’s McKalla Place tract was frustration. Many members of City Council bemoaned the hurried decision-making process that has put the city, area developers and the owners of a…

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 by Jack Craver

For game-changing public transit, Austin needs the feds to chip in

Austin and the surrounding metro area needs a transportation game-changer, and it’s not going to come from more roads. And to build it, we’ll need some help from Washington, D.C.That was the message that officials from Capital Metro delivered to…

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

McKalla proposals hold promise, with no promises from city

Tuesday is the day when those with hopes of turning the city’s property into something other than a 20,000-seat soccer stadium will get a chance to convince City Council members that everything from open space and performance stages to high-concept…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Valuable lessons

In other soccer news… Precourt Sports Ventures and the other parties involved in their ongoing lawsuit in Ohio – Major League Soccer, the city of Columbus, and the state of Ohio – will have to file updates every two weeks…

Thursday, August 2, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

‘Something has gone horribly wrong’: Adler calls for a reset on CodeNEXT process

Mayor Steve Adler wants the city to scrap CodeNEXT and start over.In a post to the City Council Message Board Wednesday, Adler asked that the city manager come up with a new process for updating the city’s 34-year-old Land Development…

Thursday, August 2, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Council seeks clarity – and more money – in soccer negotiations

Wednesday’s City Council meeting dedicated to the ongoing push that could bring Austin a professional soccer team frequently resembled a public bargaining session, with Council members pushing staff and hired legal counsel to extract more concessions and precise terms and…

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Expect talk on rent, rail station and ticking clocks at soccer hearing

With the term sheet for a proposed professional soccer stadium on city property in North Austin out for public debate since Friday, a special City Council meeting today on the possible agreement will give those on both sides a chance…

Monday, July 30, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Term sheet lays out stadium deal for rent, possible rail station

The term sheet for a proposed professional soccer stadium on city land ups the financial outlay of the Major League Soccer team’s to the city, with the possibility of bringing a metro rail line to the property as an ongoing…

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