Tag Archives: City of Austin Ethics Review Commission

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Jack Craver

Zimmerman campaign mailer provokes ethics complaint

City Council Member Don Zimmerman may once again face the wrath of the Ethics Review Commission for violating a campaign finance ordinance that he believes is not legal.The outspoken conservative possibly broke city campaign rules, the commission decided Wednesday, when…

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Complaint filed against former housing director

The chief of investigations for Austin’s Office of the City Auditor filed a complaint late Wednesday against Betsy Spencer, the former director of Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, with the city’s Ethics Review Commission.In that complaint, Chief of Investigations Nathan…

Monday, June 27, 2016 by Cate Malek

Ethics complaints over free SXSW tickets dismissed

Complaints against two city officials alleging that they used their positions to acquire free tickets to the South by Southwest Interactive Festival were dismissed quickly by the City Council Ethics Review Commission on June 22.The commission determined that although the high…

Monday, June 13, 2016 by Cate Malek

Ethics Review Commission overhauls complaint requirements

The process for bringing a complaint before the Ethics Review Commission will become more complicated, but hopefully more transparent, if City Council passes a recommendation to overhaul the commission’s ethics complaint requirements.Commissioners want to address common and long-running problems with…

Thursday, April 14, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Ethics complaint against CM Renteria delayed

Did City Council Member Pio Renteria violate city code by participating in recent revisions to the Short Term Rental Ordinance? That question will be left for another day, after a Wednesday night ruling that the complaint filed by Thomas Clark…

Monday, April 11, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Music and moments of vindication

Which genre do you live in?… In case you missed it, the city’s district music summits kicked off this weekend with the punk/alternative summit in District 2. Even if you didn’t go, there are nine summits left to catch, each…

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Jack Craver

Ethics complaint filed against Council Member Renteria

The owner of a short-term rental business has filed an ethics complaint against City Council Member Pio Renteria, alleging that he violated city conflict-of-interest rules by pushing for an ordinance approved last month that will eventually phase out short-term rental…

Monday, January 18, 2016 by Jack Craver

Ethics panel dismisses complaints against Historic Landmark Commission

For the second time in recent months, the Ethics Review Commission waded into the affairs of the Historic Landmark Commission in response to a complaint from an activist.But unlike the previous instance, the commission quickly dismissed the complaints, ruling that…

Thursday, November 12, 2015 by Jack Craver

Ethics Commission recommends controversial lobbying ordinance

To the delight of city ethics reformers and over the strong objections of developers and real estate professionals, the Ethics Review Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend to City Council a resolution aimed at overhauling city lobbying rules. The recommended…

Thursday, October 29, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Lobby registration arguments continue

An attorney working on revisions to the city’s lobby registration ordinance has accused opponents of the change of refusing to negotiate in order to prevent the process from moving forward.Fred Lewis, the major architect of the proposed changes, told the…

Thursday, October 29, 2015 by Jack Craver

Ethics Commission reprimands Historic Landmark commissioner

Two weeks after sanctioning City Council Member Don Zimmerman for campaign finance violations, the Ethics Review Commission reprimanded Arif Panju, after finding that he had violated city conflict of interest rules by participating in a discussion over a proposed historic…

Friday, October 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Opposition to lobbying resolution organizes

Some of Austin’s most influential members of the development, engineering, architectural and contractor communities have banded together to address mounting concerns over proposed revisions to the city’s Lobbying Registration Ordinance.The list of organizations concerned about the language in the currently…

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 by Jack Craver

Ethics Commission reprimands Zimmerman

The Ethics Review Commission voted unanimously to sanction City Council Member Don Zimmerman for two violations of city campaign finance code Tuesday night. They also voted unanimously to issue a written reprimand to Zimmerman, though they did not recommend prosecuting…

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Jack Craver

Building professionals distraught over proposed city lobbying changes

Area engineers and others in the building industry showed up to a Monday meeting of the Ethics Review Commission to voice concerns over a proposal that would likely require many of them to register as lobbyists because of their regular…

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Jack Craver

Zimmerman will face ethics charges

Members of the Ethics Review Commission didn’t seem to know what to make of the four complaints lodged against Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman. The charges, leveled by Mark Walters, a law clerk, forced the panel to explore the…

Thursday, September 24, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Committee gets preview of lobby registration fight

Two things became clear Wednesday when the Audit and Finance Committee heard a brief presentation and two speakers on proposed revisions to the lobby registration ordinance: First, the proposed changes will be controversial. Second, City Council Members Ellen Troxclair and…

Thursday, September 3, 2015 by Jack Craver

Commission opts to proceed with complaint against Historic Landmark commissioner

Few members of the Ethics Review Commission indicated at a Monday hearing whether they believed that ArijArif Panju, a member of the Historic Landmark Commission, violated city conflict-of-interest rules over votes he took on a policy affecting his neighborhood. The…

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Jack Craver

Ethics Commission begins to examine proposed lobbying changes

The Ethics Review Commission is under pressure to deal quickly with proposed changes to city lobbying rules.On Monday, City Council Member Leslie Pool, the chief backer of a resolution directing the city manager to draft a substantial revision to the…

Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Lobby rules move forward despite objections

After hearing expressions of both support and concern, the City Council Audit and Finance Committee voted Wednesday to send Council Member Leslie Pool’s resolution to alter city lobby regulations to the Ethics Review Commission for further vetting. The vote was…

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Pool proposes changes to rules for lobbyists

If City Council Member Leslie Pool and her cadre of ethics reformers have their way, any number of people who are currently working to persuade city officials to take action, or not, will have to register under a revised city…

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