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Tag Archives: Year in Review 2013

Remembering highlights of 2013

As we begin 2014, the Austin Monitor is taking a look back at 2013 in the thoughts and words of City Council members and City Manager Marc Ott. For most of them, 2013 was an important year with many major…

Riley cites heavy lifting in 2013 to get ready for 10-1 Council

Council Member Chris Riley offers a broad frame for the 2013 Austin City Council. “Trying to look at it from a perspective of how this year will be viewed historically, I think the most notable thing about it may well…

Spelman wants to leave city in good shape for new 10-1 Council

For his part, Council Member Bill Spelman likes Council Member Chris Riley’s “clearing the decks” metaphor for the past year in Council activity. “I like the frame of clearing the decks,” he began. “It’s something that’s been on my mind…

Tovo puts affordability issues at top of her 2013 list of successes

For Council Member Kathie Tovo, a lot of the successes in the past year have to do with affordability.   “I think we are hearing from the community that they are very overwhelmed by taxes and by other increases, and…

Morrison calls Austin Energy governance debate top 2013 issue

Though, in her estimation, it “wasn’t so much an event as it was a long, drawn out conversation,” Council Member Laura Morrison puts the Austin Energy governance discussions toward the top of her list of major 2013 events.   She…

Ott says 2013 brought both personal, professional accomplishments

City Manager Marc Ott says that, for him, 2013 had a lot of highlights.   Some were personal, like being the recipient of the Mark E. Keane Award for Career Excellence, which he received early in the year. That award…

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Looking back at 2013

No doubt one of the most significant events over the past year was the drawing of Austin’s first geographically-based single-member City Council districts. In November 2012, Austin voters approved a charter amendment to create 10 single-member districts in the city.…

Martinez sees 10-1 Council Districts as 2013’s biggest event

For Council Member Mike Martinez, one of the most important things to happen in city government in 2013 didn’t have anything to do with the current City Council.   “If you want to ask me what I think was one…

Cole cites affordable housing bonds’ approval as major event of 2013

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole lists a set of familiar responses as milestones for her 2013 Council year. And though she clearly sees the importance of such items as the start of the Land Development Code rewrite, wage floors, and…

Austin’s continuing success biggest story for Leffingwell

Mayor Lee Leffingwell likes to point out that Austin, by most measures, has an extremely successful economy, gets high marks for job creation and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation—4.7 percent, according to numbers released late…

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