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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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Convention center petition moves forward
The city clerk’s office has validated the petition submitted by the political action committee Unconventional Austin that seeks to create an ordinance requiring voter approval of a planned expansion of the Austin Convention Center. Earlier this month, the group submitted 30,000 signatures on the petition. City Council will consider the proposed ordinance at its Aug. 8 meeting, and if it is not adopted an election will be held for its possible passage. Council has unanimously approved a vision for the downtown core that includes a $1.2 billion expansion of the convention center, though no financing or other details have yet been approved. Unconventional Austin’s organizers argue the center uses too much of the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue to fund its operations, and have pushed proposals to use more of those funds to promote the city’s music and arts communities.
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