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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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PACs duel over convention center expansion
PHAM PAC, the political action committee formed in opposition to the Proposal B ballot measure that seeks to place limits on an expansion of the Austin Convention Center, will hold a launch press conference today at 9 a.m. at City Hall Plaza on West Second Street. Members of the local music and arts communities, supporters of programs to reduce homelessness and representatives of the Save Palm School Coalition are scheduled to make appearances. City Council is expected to consider an ordinance at today’s meeting which, if enacted, would force a public vote at the November general election for all improvements to the convention center costing more than $20 million. Council is not expected to adopt the ordinance, which is the product of a successful petition drive by the Unconventional Austin PAC.
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