Tag Archives: Travis County

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

New Rodeo Austin chief calls Expo Center expansion ‘a no-brainer’

With a deep banking and private investment background as well as an extensive business network throughout Texas, new Rodeo Austin CEO Rob Golding could be an important dealmaker in the long-brewing effort to conduct a grand revamp of the Travis…

Friday, December 9, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves bid to buy AISD properties

City Council approved a measure Thursday to move forward with a joint effort between the city, Travis County and the Austin Independent School District to provide affordable housing on publicly owned land. The measure authorized city staff to submit a…

Friday, October 14, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin teams up with Travis County and AISD on affordable housing

The city of Austin, Travis County and the Austin Independent School District are poised to enter a three-party partnership aimed at using publicly owned lands to address the shortage of affordable housing in the area. City Council did its part…

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County, city shake hands on sobriety center agreement

Both Travis County and the city of Austin have ratified an agreement that will form the basis of a new venture aimed at both battling substance abuse and unclogging the county’s central booking facility. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted…

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Sobriety center advances, but location still up in the air

Everything is falling into place for an innovative facility designed to battle addiction and substance abuse, except for one key detail: where to put it. The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday heard from members of the working group tasked…

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Jo Clifton

No new members for animal advisory group

The City Council Audit and Finance Committee on Monday postponed for one month a vote to recommend adding members to the city’s Animal Advisory Commission from Travis County, as requested last year by County Judge Sarah Eckhardt. In doing so,…

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

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…

Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Coyote debate howls through committee

Debate over the region’s coyote policy continued at City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Monday, where public comment on the city’s policy took center stage for about an hour. In November 2014, the city passed a coyote management plan, and…

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County committed to downtown courthouse

The downtown block at the center of Travis County’s proposed Civil & Family Courts Complex proposal won’t necessarily be freed up for private development if voters reject the $287 million bond today. Opposition to the proposal has sprouted from downtown…

Thursday, October 29, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County responds to music festival’s lawsuit

Travis County has fired off its first volley in its legal fight against an electronic music and camping festival. County Attorney David Escamilla put his imprimatur on a motion filed Wednesday in the 98th District Court asking the judge to…

Monday, October 26, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: James Nortey

James Nortey, attorney and 2016 Candidate for the TravCo Commissioners Court Pct. 1 seat, joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about his campaign, issues facing Travis County, and more. Show is embedded below.

Friday, October 9, 2015 by Jack Craver

Council urges restraint in reporting immigrants to ICE

City Council is putting pressure on the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to stop reporting undocumented immigrants who are processed at the county jail to immigration authorities. While the body voted Thursday to approve a one-year, $6.58 million interlocal agreement with…

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County approves budget, restores jail visitations

On the eve of Fiscal New Year’s Eve, Travis County commissioners voted to adopt a brand-new budget that will keep the lights on through 2016. Along the way, they managed to inject some last-minute drama into the proceedings by restoring…

Thursday, July 23, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County says state law trumps late-night concerts

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt is brushing off concerns that a plan to reform outdoor concert regulations in the county could potentially violate state law. The Travis County Commissioners Court is currently weighing a decision that would streamline the permitting…

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Lawyers boost courthouse campaign

Members of Austin’s legal community have given a six-figure jolt to the campaign for a new civil and family courts complex. According to campaign finance documents filed last week, the political action committee coordinating the effort says it raised $134,439…

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD funding requests dominate joint meeting

It is no secret that the Austin Independent School District is in tough financial straits, and requests for additional monetary help from the Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioners Court dominated the recent joint subcommittee meeting. Representatives from all…

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: The 84th Lege and local municipalities

TravCo IGR honcho Deece Eckstein joins Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about the local municipal impact of laws passed (and not) by the just-ended 84th Texas Legislature.

Friday, April 3, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Travis County Civil and Family Courthouse and other development plans

Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard interviews Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and Travis County Strategic Planning Manager Belinda Powell about the County’s proposed downtown Courthouse plan, as well as other County-managed real estate interests. Sponsored by Kerbey Lane Cafe. Show embedded…

Monday, February 23, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County pitches courthouse plan to Downtown group

Travis County officials presented plans for a proposed $291.6 million Civil and Family Courthouse to Austin’s Downtown Commission last week in an early bid to shore up city support before taking the plan to voters ahead of November’s bond election.…

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Mark Richardson

Travis County revives Bicycle Safety Task Force

Travis County is looking to revive its Bicycle Safety Task Force, which has been dormant since before voters approved funding for bicycle safety projecta in a 2011 bond election. The task force — which is getting several new stakeholders and…

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