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Tag Archives: Leslie Pool

Monday, August 28, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Field trips and missteps

Why extend the deadline when you can eliminate it?… During a budget work session on Wednesday morning, Council Member Ora Houston asked whether the deadline for submitting items to the budget concept menu was Tuesday night or Wednesday night. Don’t…

Friday, March 10, 2017 by Jack Craver

Ethics Review Commission weighs campaign finance proposal

Members of the city’s Ethics Review Commission are considering a number of potential changes to Austin’s campaign finance rules in the wake of a federal court ruling that blocked enforcement of certain restrictions on candidate fundraising.In a ruling last year…

Monday, January 2, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Pool looks at a good past year in the “last bastion”

City Council Member Leslie Pool is happy with her sophomore year.“We did some important, amazing stuff,” said Pool. “It’s really been a good two years.”Pool, who easily retained her District 7 seat this past November – winning nearly 72 percent…

Monday, December 19, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Reporter’s notebook: Old endings, new beginnings

Love actually… Bob Gedert, who has served as director of Austin’s Resource Recovery Department since 2010, is retiring for love. Following his final appearance before City Council on Thursday, Gedert was standing outside Council chambers when the Austin Monitor caught…

Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Jack Craver

Speed limits going down on parts of Lamar and Parmer

The Texas Department of Transportation is moving to reduce speed limits on sections of two busy roadways in Austin. At least one City Council member, however, is hoping the city can go further than what the state agency put forward…

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council wants to move forward with Grove PUD

Mayor Steve Adler hopes to start the process of approving the Grove at Shoal Creek, a controversial planned unit development in Central Austin, at City Council’s next meeting on Thursday.At a Council work session on Tuesday, Adler explained to Council…

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by Jack Craver

Grove developers threaten to kill project

ARG Bull Creek Ltd. is ratcheting up pressure on City Council members to approve the Grove at Shoal Creek, a massive planned unit development it hopes to build on a 75-acre lot at the corner of Bull Creek Road and…

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

District 7 candidates take different approaches to growth

Candidates for the District 7 City Council seat faced off Tuesday night in front of a full audience at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Village. Incumbent Leslie Pool, who has represented the north-central district since her win in 2014, fielded questions…

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council appears divided over Grove PUD

City Council on Thursday will finally begin its deliberations on the Grove at Shoal Creek, a controversial planned unit development proposed for a vacant 75-acre lot at the corner of Bull Creek Road and 45th Street.In anticipation of hours of…

Monday, September 12, 2016 by Jack Craver

City commissions move closer to gender balance

In Austin’s first election featuring geographic, single-member districts, voters sent seven women and four men (including the mayor) to the new 10-1 City Council, making the capital of Texas the first major U.S. city governed by a majority-female elected body.…

Friday, August 19, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs lobby ordinance on first reading

After giving notice to those interested in City Council Member Leslie Pool’s revised lobby registration ordinance Thursday morning that he would like to postpone the public hearing on the matter, Mayor Steve Adler called up the ordinance item and dealt…

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Pool offers changes to lobby ordinance

When City Council Member Leslie Pool first proposed tightening up the city’s lobby registration ordinance last year, she encountered considerable resistance, especially from architects and engineers who said that the work they do when they talk to city officials is…

Friday, August 12, 2016 by Jack Craver

Arguments heat up over controversial Grove PUD

Plans and feelings will have to change dramatically in the coming weeks if City Council is ever to reach a consensus on the Grove at Shoal Creek, an enormous mixed-use development proposed for a 75-acre tract of land in North…

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Council members float mobility bond alternatives

Three members of City Council have floated two separate alternatives to Mayor Steve Adler’s $720 million mobility bond proposal.On Monday, Council Member Ann Kitchen’s office posted on the Council Message Board a draft resolution for a significantly pared-down vision of…

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

“Pork chop” battle continues between districts

At the intersection of Morrow Street and Lamar Boulevard, a concrete barrier prevents District 4 residents to the east from heading due west into District 7. But the divisions between those who want to see the barrier removed and those…

Monday, May 23, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Passes and postponements

Official solicited, got free SXSW passes… Rondella Hawkins, who oversees the city’s Office of Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs, requested and received three complimentary badges for 2016’s SXSWi, the interactive portion of the famous festival that Austin hosts, from festival director…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Citizens panel to consider AE finalists

Eight more pairs of eyes will be scrutinizing the four finalists for general manager of Austin Energy in meetings scheduled for today. City Council members Leslie Pool and Sheri Gallo along with Mayor Steve Adler chose representatives from the community…

Monday, May 2, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: On the case

No tweet too small… Each side in the Proposition 1 debate has accused the other of fudging the facts, and your Austin Monitor team is dutifully doing what it can to keep everyone honest. On Friday, for example, we noticed…

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Potential Shoal Creek development sparks debate among neighbors

In Austin’s Shoal Creek neighborhood, residents are divided over the prospect of a massive new mixed-use development. While some welcome the growth, others say the proposal hasn’t been properly vetted. But taking a walk around the Shoal Creek neighborhood, one…

Monday, February 1, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Unresolved PUD changes spark Council fight

As has been widely reported by now, civility lost its way at last Thursday’s City Council meeting, culminating with a tweet from Council Member Leslie Pool.That tweet, since deleted, read, “So maybe this is the nail in Gallo’s coffin.” It…

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