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Tag Archives: Austin City Council Economic Opportunity Committee

City takes a look at Expo Center plans

Amid talk of the potential pluses of an expanded Austin Convention Center, some City Council members Monday heard for the first time publicly about a recent consultant review of the Travis County Exposition Center. Brian Block, the development administrator for…

Disparities persist within city's contracting

The city of Austin continues to disfavor minority- and women-owned businesses in its contracting, a 750-page study finds. Jon Wainwright, a senior vice president with NERA Economic Consulting, which authored the study, spoke to City Council’s Economic Opportunity Committee on…

Fair chance hiring moves forward

City Council’s Economic Opportunity Committee voted Monday to direct staff to move forward with writing what is known as a fair chance hiring ordinance. It would include a one-year period to educate employers before they would face penalties for noncompliance.…

Fair Chance advocate tells her story

University of Texas PhD student and former Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate Susannah Bannon describes her research as being “at the intersection of rhetoric and social justice.” In her studies as a communications student, Bannon examines the ways in…

Featured Collection: Sixth Street

Stream reveals details of six possible new Sixth Street music venues

Stream Realty Partners is eyeing the possibility of turning at least six of its properties on East Sixth Street into music venues, including a plan to convert the former Buffalo Billiards space into a daytime food hall with music in the evenings.…

'Fair chance' proponents deliver message

About two weeks ago, City Council’s Economic Opportunity Committee took the first step toward mandating removal of the box on employment applications indicating whether the applicant has a criminal record. However, the rest of the package of proposals – all…

Committee OKs 'ban the box' ordinance

The City Council Economic Opportunity Committee voted 3–0 Monday to move forward with an ordinance that would prevent private employers from asking job applicants whether they have a criminal history on their initial employment applications. Similar laws – called “ban…

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Council OKs purchase despite complaints

Although some City Council members worried about the lack of minority participation in the agreement, Council voted 9-2-1 on Thursday to approve a contract with Community Trucking LLC to provide crushed rock for various city departments in an amount up…

Ban the box ordinance moving forward

The proposal to ban the box that requires job applicants to say whether they have a criminal history is moving forward, but proponents – including City Council Member Greg Casar – hope to move slowly so as not to alarm…

Austin Police Department Budget, 2012-2022

During the 2020-21 budget process, City Council cut $31.5 million from APD’s budget, citing the protests and “community outcry against the disproportionate impact of police violence on Black Americans, Latinx Americans and other non-white ethnic communities,” according to the approved…

Plans for expanded Convention Center laid out for Council committee

As design consultants laid out the plans for an expanded Austin Convention Center to members of the Economic Opportunity Committee on Monday, they emphasized the inability of the current center to accommodate a growing city with a growing roster of…

May vote possible on Decker Golf proposal

City Council Member Ellen Troxclair, chair of the Council Economic Opportunity Committee, said she intends for her committee to vote on the Decker Lake Golf proposal at its next meeting May 11. Troxclair outlined some options for her colleagues at…

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