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City backtracks, now says people can testify by phone at public meetings

The proverbial phone line had been cut. Now, it’s being restored. Over the summer, the city of Austin said residents would no longer be able to phone in to public meetings as they’d been doing during the pandemic. The change…

Conduct of meetings is going to change – and change again

Just as Austin’s most civically engaged citizens – including some new to the process – have gotten used to phoning in their comments on the City Council agenda, the rules are changing. In addition, Council will be considering new rules…

Unions line up to oppose 'strong mayor' plan

Fifteen community leaders, including nine representing labor unions, have written to Andrew Allison, the chair of a political action committee behind a suite of proposed charter amendments that would remake Austin city government, asking him to end his campaign to…

City works out logistics to allow boards and commissions to meet virtually

After nearly a month of meetings being on hold, City Council voted last Thursday to temporarily waive a local ordinance requiring a quorum of board or commission members to be physically present in order for a meeting to take place.…

Austin city clerk challenges convicted felon's eligibility to run for City Council

Lewis Conway Jr., a candidate for Austin City Council who has a felony record, may not be able to run after all. Austin City Clerk Jannette Goodall sent Conway an email Friday challenging his eligibility and asking for documents showing…

Politics, money at play even in polling places

The Dec. 13 runoff between incumbent City Council Member Sheri Gallo and challenger Alison Alter will cost the city about $470,000, according to City Clerk Jannette Goodall. That amount accounts for about 50 percent of the cost of the joint…

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Council mulls changes to campaign finance rules

Austin City Clerk Jannette Goodall has come up with a list of proposed changes to the city’s rules governing campaign finance reports. She says the changes will make electronic filing “easier and more transparent.” Goodall and Bob Guz, who heads an…

Appointee evaluation plan sparks conversation

City Council weighed in on a plan for evaluating the city manager, city clerk, municipal court clerk and city auditor on Thursday. Part of that plan, as laid out by Acting Assistant City Manager Mark Washington, includes submission of standardized…

Pay raises for Ott, other appointees likely this week

City Council is likely to vote this week to give 3 percent pay raises to City Manager Marc Ott and three other employees whom Council appoints directly. For Mayor Steve Adler, it’s only fair. After Tuesday’s work session during which the…

Campaign finance database likely on the way

If a plan that City Council has initiated pans out by campaign season, local watchdogs will have a new, convenient tool on their hands for monitoring political contributions in the next election. Council adopted a resolution Thursday that directs city…

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