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Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Poll: 56 percent favor big bond election

Of the 1,200 Austinites polled about a proposed $720 million transportation bond election, 56 percent said they would vote in favor of such bonds if asked to do so in November. Thirty-six percent indicated that they would vote against such…

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

The mayor’s bond proposal is the “Smart Corridor Resolution.” So, what makes a street smart?

Cars, buses and trucks idle at the four-way intersection at Guadalupe Street and West Dean Keeton Street. A horde of prospective students takes to the crosswalk, the timer counting down. Traverse this intersection long enough and you might soon understand…

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council direction on bonds still unclear

Both Mayor Steve Adler and City Council Member Ann Kitchen have come up with new versions of their proposals for a transportation bond election in November. Adler’s revised proposal would still request voter approval to sell $720 million in general…

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

With funding still in question, Council approves sidewalk plan update

City Council last week gave nearly unanimous approval to an update of the 2009 Sidewalk Master Plan. The 9-0-1 vote comes in the middle of the ongoing debate over a small batch of mobility bond proposals that could go before…

Monday, June 20, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Reporter’s Notebook: It’s about mobility, apparently

Pods, people… City Council’s ongoing discussion about potentially visiting upon voters this November a massive mobility bond has drawn from the woodwork advocates of just about every different mode of transportation. A public hearing during last Tuesday’s Mobility Committee meeting…

Friday, June 17, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Big doubts loom over Adler’s big bond

With just one more regular meeting before its July break, City Council appears far from reaching any clear consensus on dueling mobility bond proposals. “Essentially, what we’re all struggling with is a balance,” Council Member Ann Kitchen told her colleagues…

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Mobility Committee balks at Adler’s bond recommendation

In the race among the growing list of proposals for a November bond referendum, City Council’s Mobility Committee jockeyed into the lead on Tuesday evening a dark-horse recommendation. With a vote of 4-0, the committee endorsed Council Member Ann Kitchen’s…

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…

Monday, June 13, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Cactus Rose, mobility plans and… Benghazi?

Communicant bounced from “kangaroo court”…Something unusual happened at Travis County Commissioners Court last week. For the first time in months, the weekly segment of the agenda set aside for public communications was actually taken advantage of by residents with specific…

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by Jack Craver

Planning Commission wants bond to focus on car alternatives

It’s far from clear if Austin voters will end up approving any mobility bond, let alone the $720 million measure floated by Mayor Steve Adler. But if the city does get the nod from voters for a once-in-a-generation increase in…

Friday, June 3, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Light rail proposal joins mobility bond discussion

As City Council members careen toward their first chat with the public over a potentially massive mobility bond, a new proposal for light rail investment has risen up from the grassroots. On Thursday, the nonprofit Central Austin Community Development Corporation…

Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Mobility bond discussion occupies Council

Austin City Council treated itself to its first look at the political and financial conditions framing a fast-tracked transportation bond decision on Wednesday. At a special work session, Council members heard a lengthy briefing on the Mobility Talks public engagement…

Friday, May 27, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Adler drops surprise $720M mobility bond proposal

Mayor Steve Adler has blasted into the middle of the ongoing conversation about a November mobility bond election by proposing an estimated $720 million package of projects along Austin’s most vital arterials. In a closed-door speech before the Greater Austin…

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Watson’s I-35 plan: No need for a bond election

State Sen. Kirk Watson will reveal several ambitious proposals for infrastructure investments in Interstate 35 on Thursday, and none of them involve asking Austin voters for permission this November. Watson, former mayor of Austin, is set to deliver his suite…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Casar campaign kicks off election season

District 4 City Council Member Greg Casar launched his campaign for re-election early Monday morning on the steps of City Hall. In doing so, Casar also unofficially kicked off the campaign season for the upcoming November election, where five Council…

Friday, February 12, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council kicks off talks on transportation bond

With their eyes on a possible transportation bond election in November, City Council members on Thursday kicked off a process for determining which items the public will be asked to weigh in on this fall. A number of the usual…

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman suit could undo campaign finance law

City Council Member Don Zimmerman, who plans to run for re-election in 2016, has filed suit in federal court against the city of Austin, seeking to overturn four important provisions of the city’s campaign finance rules. If he wins, the…

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