Tag Archives: November 2018 elections

Friday, May 10, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

MACC supporters enter the fray for $12M in creative space funding

Members of the Latino and Mexican American communities are pushing for arts spaces representing those groups to receive money from the $12 million approved by voters to preserve and create arts spaces.Monday’s meeting of the Music Commission featured several speakers…

Monday, April 8, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

With affordability funding looming, housing proponents have questions

With housing project applicants angling for portions of the city’s coming $250 million in general obligation bonds for affordable housing, city leaders charged with finding the right mix of new units are starting to wrestle with questions of how much…

Friday, April 5, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts, music proponents push for bond money to help existing groups

A coalition of more than 20 arts and music groups has called on the city to use $12 million in creative spaces bond money on multiple properties that would be used by existing threatened entities.The coalition known as Supporting Preserving…

Monday, March 11, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council OKs full $12M for creative space preservation, creation

The city’s creative leaders will have a full $12 million in bond money as their conceptual modeling clay later this month when the community begins to consider how best to protect Austin’s shrinking stock of arts spaces and music venues.City…

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by Jack Craver

City begins process of spending $925 million in bonds

Spending money is not always easy. Four months after voters approved $925 million in bonds to fund housing, parks, transportation, fire stations and a wide assortment of other municipal priorities, city staff and City Council are beginning the process of…

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Groups eyeing $12M for creative spaces learn ‘process is complicated’

Organizations with designs on how best to use the $12 million the city has pledged to preserve creative spaces will likely have to clear a complicated set of legal requirements before any of the money is released this fall.That was…

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by Jack Craver

Natasha Harper-Madison easily prevails in District 1

After finishing in a virtual tie in the general election, Natasha Harper-Madison easily defeated Mariana Salazar to become the next Council member for District 1 in East and Northeast Austin.Harper-Madison carried the low-turnout runoff election 72 percent to 28 percent,…

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by Jack Craver

Renteria bests sister Almanza again

Council Member Pio Renteria held on to his seat the same way he won it four years ago: by beating his sister.The incumbent representative of District 3, which covers much of Central East and Southeast Austin, easily won re-election in…

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Ellis handily wins District 8 election

Paige Ellis won the runoff for Southwest Austin’s District 8 City Council seat Tuesday night, defeating Frank Ward with 56 percent of the vote in a race that drew considerably fewer voters than the Nov. 6 election.Ellis received 6,115 votes…

Monday, December 10, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Urgent plodding

District 3 gets into it… The gloves are off in the race for the District 3 City Council seat between siblings Susana Almanza and incumbent Pio Renteria. The long-combative candidates have taken their campaign charges to the digital and physical…

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Even with new funding, parks board says city has a long way to go to repair pools

The year 1996 was the gold standard for Austin’s city Aquatics Division, according to Richard DePalma, a member of the Parks and Recreation Board. Since then, “We’ve just continued to shrink.”At the Dec. 4 meeting of the board, DePalma noted…

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Candidates dissatisfied with polling places

After all the excitement about Austinites’ heavy participation in the Nov. 6 election, there has been a huge drop in the number of voters participating in runoff elections.News outlets across the state reported heavy turnout throughout the November election’s early…

Monday, December 3, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

D1 forum looks at city’s role in affordability, health care, displacement

The runoff election to fill the seat of District 1 Council Member Ora Houston may well hinge on the approaches candidates Natasha Harper-Madison and Mariana Salazar take to persistent East Austin issues such as housing affordability, health care access and…

Monday, December 3, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Lord of the files

Pig-headed politics… At a recent City Council work session, Council members were discussing proposed changes to the ordinance that dictates the extent to which people can exercise their First Amendment rights on library grounds. Specifically, what limits, if any, should…

Friday, November 30, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Renteria, Almanza show stark differences in D3 runoff forum

A recent forum between District 3 City Council candidates Pio Renteria and Susana Almanza – who are siblings – showed that the runoff election may center on how much one of Austin’s fastest-growing areas should change in the years to…

Thursday, November 29, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Ward, Ellis offer contrasting views

Early voting starts today in City Council District 8, as well as Districts 1 and 3, for the Dec. 11 runoff elections.Frank Ward, the outspoken Republican seeking to represent Southwest Austin’s District 8 on the Austin City Council, believes a…

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

Which areas of Austin killed Props J and K?

Last week, Austin voters approved nine of 11 propositions on the ballot, including seven bond measures totaling $925 million, a proposition that made small spelling corrections to the city charter and a proposition authorizing City Council to set rules for…

Friday, November 9, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin urbanists see support for denser housing in defeat of Prop J and Laura Morrison

Most mornings, Dave Sullivan bikes from his house in Clarksville to the University of Texas. He then hops on an express bus to his job as a researcher at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus.During the election season, his daily commute…

Thursday, November 8, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Tovo campaign complains about PAC spending

District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo’s re-election campaign filed an ethics complaint Monday against the Center for Austin’s Future Political Action Committee, a group supporting Danielle Skidmore, Tovo’s most significant opponent.The complaint alleges that the committee, which calls itself CAFPAC,…

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Jack Craver

District 1 runoff: Mariana Salazar and Natasha Harper-Madison

With less than a percentage point separating them, Natasha Harper-Madison and Mariana Salazar will advance to a December runoff election for East Austin’s District 1 seat.In the end, Salazar had 5,673 votes (or 26.01 percent), with Harper-Madison behind at 5,469…

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