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Tag Archives: Ora Houston

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Houston: Council should be nonpartisan

In her final speech from the Council dais, Ora Houston urged her colleagues to encourage diversity at every level and to put partisan issues aside. The city’s first representative of District 1 said it is important to look at and…

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Oyervides passes arts program concerns to his MACC board replacement

One of the longest-serving members of the advisory board for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center – and a frequent critic of city staff and programs affecting the Latino community – says he plans to stay vocal even…

Monday, June 18, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Throwing side eye, catching rides

Side eye, or stink eye?… What exactly is the name given to the withering glances occasionally dished out by City Council Member Ora Houston toward her colleagues on the dais? Council Member Leslie Pool learned directly on Thursday during discussion…

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Houston withdraws, and Harding enters, in race for D1 Council seat

Austin’s City Council District 1, which is made up almost entirely of portions of East Austin, will definitely have a new representative in 2019, with current Council Member Ora Houston announcing Wednesday she will not seek re-election. Houston’s decision came…

Thursday, December 28, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Houston stays true to her district

Council Member Ora Houston sums up this past year as “very interesting.”Speaking to the Austin Monitor, Houston started her review of 2017 by stressing her continued commitment to outreach in her district, which informs the work she does downtown at…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council looks to roll back CURE zoning

Driven by concerns over gentrification, City Council is poised to do away with the final remnants of a policy that was put in place two decades ago to encourage redevelopment downtown.The central urban redevelopment (CURE) combining district that Council adopted…

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…

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Houston eyes community engagement in 2017

Before taking a look back over the past year, City Council Member Ora Houston wanted to make one thing crystal clear.“I consider myself a public servant, not a politician,” she said. “So I don’t talk like, I don’t do like,…

Monday, November 7, 2016 by Cate Malek

Council votes to spay/neuter stray animals on first impoundment

A proposal that requires that stray dogs and cats be spayed or neutered so they can’t reproduce moved forward this week, despite questions over whether the measure actually addresses the problems it’s meant to solve.City Council voted 8-1 to pass…

Monday, October 10, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Campaigns, opinions, etc.

Locals vs. State Legislators… In case you missed it, The Texas Tribune has posted audio from most of its 2016 Texas Tribune Festival panels. Mayor Steve Adler managed to score a seat on one of the panels, “Rideshare’s Road Forward,” talking…

Friday, September 30, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Activists seek to ‘reboot 10-1’

Several activists who led the charge to create single-member City Council districts have begun a campaign aimed at further reform.On Wednesday night, a group of just over 30 people gathered at Austin Energy headquarters on Barton Springs Road to hear…

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 by Jack Craver

Mobility bond talks turn to sidewalk regrets

City Council Member Ora Houston says fatigue, a lack of information and compassion for a colleague led her to a bad decision for her constituents toward the end of a late-night City Council discussion in June over the proposed $720…

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County PID project hits yet another snag

City Council Member Ora Houston urged the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday to tap the brakes on a proposed massive project in far East Austin.Houston personally visited the court’s regular weekly voting session to tell the commissioners that she…

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

One Two East gets Council preview

The battle over One Two East has been brewing on the east side for months. On Thursday, it will finally land at City Council, and this week’s Council work session offered a glimpse of what might be to come.The property…

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

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 the…

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Reporter’s Notebook: We’re back

Lyft approach riles some in Barton Hills… Last week, members of the Monument Group – a public relations firm representing the transportation networking company Lyft – began contacting neighborhood groups to see if they could bring Lyft’s case in support…

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Rosewood Courts preservation fight finds new life

Anyone who thought the bid to save Austin’s Rosewood Courts was over just lost a bet.This Thursday, City Council will consider initiating historic zoning on the East Austin housing project. Council Member Ora Houston has sponsored a resolution supporting both…

Monday, December 28, 2015 by Jack Craver

Ora Houston recalls challenging but rewarding year

In an interview with the Austin Monitor, City Council Member Ora Houston called her first year on Council “extremely rewarding” but said that the job had a “steep learning curve.”In addition, the changes to city government that 10-1 promised may…

Monday, December 14, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Departures and Debriefings

That’s that, then … On Friday, the Austin Monitor learned that Richard Viktorin has resigned from his part-time position in City Council Member Ora Houston’s office following her vote on tax incentives for the Circuit of the Americas. Word of…

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD changes school naming policy, barely

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees unanimously tweaked its facilities naming policy. Although the change clarified the district’s ability to abolish controversial school names, it provided little guidance on if and how such a process might…

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