Political winds at the Austin City Council have shifted in recent weeks, stalling Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s proposal to shift all governance of Austin Energy to an independent board, while giving momentum to a new — and greatly improved — proposal brokered by Council Member Chris Riley.
It’s a proposal that incorporates some of the features of the mayor’s plan but keeps much of Austin Energy’s oversight with the Austin City Council and city manager. That might well be the right mix for Austin Energy.
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