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So when will we actually get those records on Austin’s city manager search?
 Now that 
            the attorney general’s office has spoken, is the public records fight about Austin’s city manager search over? We’re still waiting for official word from the city of Austin in light of 
            this week’s AG opinion, which said the city cannot stretch the competitive bidding exemptions to...

Posted: 4 days ago

Now that the attorney general’s office has spoken, is the public records fight about Austin’s city manager search over? We’re still waiting for official word from the city of Austin in light of this week’s AG opinion, which said the city cannot stretch the competitive bidding exemptions to...
New solar contract tips the scales on Austin Energy’s renewable efforts
 Austin Energy this week continued its solar power buying spree with a deal on a major new facility in West Texas that represents two milestones for the utility. Under the deal approved Thursday by the City Council, the utility will buy the solar power produced by a 150-megawatt facility to be built by Intersect Power. Austin Energy would...

9:36 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Austin Energy this week continued its solar power buying spree with a deal on a major new facility in West Texas that represents two milestones for the utility. Under the deal approved Thursday by the City Council, the utility will buy the solar power produced by a 150-megawatt facility to be built by Intersect Power. Austin Energy would...
On the list of global ‘doers who defined 2017’: Austin Mayor Steve Adler
 Among the global game-changing figures of 2017 — the San Juan mayor who spoke fiercely about the dire conditions in Puerto
            Rico after Hurricane Maria, the reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the activists fighting against corruption
            in Brazil and for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and gay...

4:50 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

Among the global game-changing figures of 2017 — the San Juan mayor who spoke fiercely about the dire conditions in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the activists fighting against corruption in Brazil and for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and gay...
HITTING THE BRAKES: Austin to delay releasing next draft of CodeNext
 Heeding the calls for more time to incorporate public feedback into the overhaul of the city’s land development regulations, Austin officials on Thursday announced a two-and-a-half month delay in releasing the next draft of CodeNext. Staffers originally planned to release the third draft of CodeNext on Nov. 28, after reviewing the comments...

4:22 PM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Heeding the calls for more time to incorporate public feedback into the overhaul of the city’s land development regulations, Austin officials on Thursday announced a two-and-a-half month delay in releasing the next draft of CodeNext. Staffers originally planned to release the third draft of CodeNext on Nov. 28, after reviewing the comments...
Austin Answered: Send us your questions about big events at city parks
 We’ve got Austin City Limits behind us, Trail of Lights ahead of us, and now Columbus Crew is asking for some other piece of Austin parkland where it could build a major league soccer stadium. All this activity on city parkland got us thinking: What questions do you have about the frequency or finances of events at Austin...

3:34 PM Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

We’ve got Austin City Limits behind us, Trail of Lights ahead of us, and now Columbus Crew is asking for some other piece of Austin parkland where it could build a major league soccer stadium. All this activity on city parkland got us thinking: What questions do you have about the frequency or finances of events at Austin...
In Austin’s Veterans Day parade, Adler won’t walk if Confederate flag flies
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s Veterans Day itinerary is less notable for what it includes — a volunteer shift at the Central
            Texas Food Bank — than what’s missing. In a statement Thursday, the mayor announced he will not march in the Veterans Day parade on Congress Avenue “because that
            parade...

5:09 PM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s Veterans Day itinerary is less notable for what it includes — a volunteer shift at the Central Texas Food Bank — than what’s missing. In a statement Thursday, the mayor announced he will not march in the Veterans Day parade on Congress Avenue “because that parade...
AT LONG LAST: Southbound MoPac toll lane opening Saturday morning
 After four years of construction and $233 million in spending, the final stretch of the MoPac Boulevard toll lane project opens Saturday to drivers. The southbound toll lane, which runs 11 miles from Parmer Lane to the Cesar Chavez Street/Fifth Street exit to downtown, will open at 8 a.m. Drivers can take the entire stretch, which is broken...

5:05 PM Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

After four years of construction and $233 million in spending, the final stretch of the MoPac Boulevard toll lane project opens Saturday to drivers. The southbound toll lane, which runs 11 miles from Parmer Lane to the Cesar Chavez Street/Fifth Street exit to downtown, will open at 8 a.m. Drivers can take the entire stretch, which is broken...
AT LONG LAST: Southbound MoPac toll lane opens Saturday morning
 After four years of construction and $233 million in spending, the final stretch of the MoPac Boulevard toll lane project opens Saturday to drivers. The southbound toll lane, which runs 11 miles from Parmer Lane to the Cesar Chavez Street/Fifth Street exit to downtown, will open at 8 a.m. Drivers can take the entire stretch, which is broken...

5:05 PM Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

After four years of construction and $233 million in spending, the final stretch of the MoPac Boulevard toll lane project opens Saturday to drivers. The southbound toll lane, which runs 11 miles from Parmer Lane to the Cesar Chavez Street/Fifth Street exit to downtown, will open at 8 a.m. Drivers can take the entire stretch, which is broken...
Citing health problems, Adler’s senior policy adviser steps down
 Frank Rodriguez, who has served for the past two and a half years as Mayor Steve Adler’s budget guru, health policy expert,
            Latino community liaison and wearer of a half-dozen other hats, has stepped down from his City Hall post, citing health concerns. “It is of great regret that I must leave to take care of my particular...

11:38 PM Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Frank Rodriguez, who has served for the past two and a half years as Mayor Steve Adler’s budget guru, health policy expert, Latino community liaison and wearer of a half-dozen other hats, has stepped down from his City Hall post, citing health concerns. “It is of great regret that I must leave to take care of my particular...
AUSTIN ANSWERED: Your gas pump queries as Harvey gouging complaints near 3,000
 We’re all relieved to see some normalcy return to Austin-area gas stations this week, just as the experts predicted once more refineries came online and drivers calmed down. Even so, last week’s panic at the pumps sparked some interesting questions from Austin Answered readers about the laws around gouging and gas supplies...

5:05 PM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

We’re all relieved to see some normalcy return to Austin-area gas stations this week, just as the experts predicted once more refineries came online and drivers calmed down. Even so, last week’s panic at the pumps sparked some interesting questions from Austin Answered readers about the laws around gouging and gas supplies...
AFTER HARVEY: How Austin crews are bringing some normalcy to Victoria
 Among the many things that Hurricane Harvey destroyed as it tore through Victoria: The town’s traffic lights and road signs. “They have about 88 signals in their city, and they think they had two working” after the storm passed through, said Austin Transportation director Robert Spillar, who received the call from Victoria...

4:44 PM Tuesday, Sep. 05, 2017

Among the many things that Hurricane Harvey destroyed as it tore through Victoria: The town’s traffic lights and road signs. “They have about 88 signals in their city, and they think they had two working” after the storm passed through, said Austin Transportation director Robert Spillar, who received the call from Victoria...
Six Austin recreation centers being considered for temporary homeless shelters
 If you’re looking for a place to temporarily house people who are homeless, you’d start by looking for facilities that have
            plenty of room to set up bedding, with the benefit of showers, industrial-grade kitchens and computer resources already on
            site. Austin’s recreation centers check all of those...

5:38 PM Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

If you’re looking for a place to temporarily house people who are homeless, you’d start by looking for facilities that have plenty of room to set up bedding, with the benefit of showers, industrial-grade kitchens and computer resources already on site. Austin’s recreation centers check all of those...
AUSTIN ANSWERED: Quick answers to 8 more questions on traffic, trees
 Austinites are curious folks — and we mean that in the best possible way, of course. In the month since we’ve launched Austin Answered, a project to gather readers’ questions about our community, we’ve fielded more than 350 queries on everything from the nightly destination of the Congress Avenue Bridge bats to...

1:50 PM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Austinites are curious folks — and we mean that in the best possible way, of course. In the month since we’ve launched Austin Answered, a project to gather readers’ questions about our community, we’ve fielded more than 350 queries on everything from the nightly destination of the Congress Avenue Bridge bats to...
Texas mayor: Transgender and kicked out of military? Join our police force
 In light of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military, Austin’s mayor had a message: Kicked out? Come to Austin. In the first of a series of three tweets, Mayor Steve Adler said, “If you’re qualified to keep our country safe...

1:23 AM Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

In light of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military, Austin’s mayor had a message: Kicked out? Come to Austin. In the first of a series of three tweets, Mayor Steve Adler said, “If you’re qualified to keep our country safe...
Mayor Adler: Transgender and kicked out of military? Join Austin police force
 In light of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military, Austin’s mayor had a message: Kicked out? Come to Austin. In the first of a series of three tweets, Mayor Steve Adler said, “If you’re qualified to keep our country safe...

8:45 PM Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2017

In light of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military, Austin’s mayor had a message: Kicked out? Come to Austin. In the first of a series of three tweets, Mayor Steve Adler said, “If you’re qualified to keep our country safe...
AUSTIN ANSWERED: We’ve got quick answers to 11 of your questions
 Remember that amazing feeling you used to get in school when the teacher threw a question at you and you actually knew the answer? We got a taste of that again with the launch of Austin Answered, a new way for readers to ask us questions.  Over the past week we received more than 160 queries — including nearly a dozen we&rsquo...

5:42 PM Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017

Remember that amazing feeling you used to get in school when the teacher threw a question at you and you actually knew the answer? We got a taste of that again with the launch of Austin Answered, a new way for readers to ask us questions.  Over the past week we received more than 160 queries — including nearly a dozen we&rsquo...
Austin official tapped to become San Marcos city manager
 Bert Lumbreras, who has served as an assistant city manager in Austin since 2006, is the lone finalist to become San Marcos city manager, the city announced Monday morning. The move will be a homecoming of sorts for Lumbreras, who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from what is now Texas State University. “I have...

2:20 PM Monday, Jul. 17, 2017

Bert Lumbreras, who has served as an assistant city manager in Austin since 2006, is the lone finalist to become San Marcos city manager, the city announced Monday morning. The move will be a homecoming of sorts for Lumbreras, who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from what is now Texas State University. “I have...
Your Austin tax dollars at work. Slowly that is
 Take a short drive through Austin and you’ll see some sites that look a little too familiar. The unfinished construction on MoPac Boulevard. Crews still working on the new Central Library and on the Waller Creek tunnel project. And an empty utility building on Lady Bird Lake that still isn’t the public space it promised to...

10:41 PM Friday, Jun. 30, 2017

Take a short drive through Austin and you’ll see some sites that look a little too familiar. The unfinished construction on MoPac Boulevard. Crews still working on the new Central Library and on the Waller Creek tunnel project. And an empty utility building on Lady Bird Lake that still isn’t the public space it promised to...
This Don Zimmerman lawsuit won’t make it to court (and he’s OK with that)
 The Legislature beat Don Zimmerman to the punch. With the state approving new rules paving the way for Uber and Lyft to return this week to Austin, Zimmerman announced late Monday he will drop his lawsuit against the city over last year’s ride-hailing election. “The Council’s secretive executive session manipulation of the...

5:02 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

The Legislature beat Don Zimmerman to the punch. With the state approving new rules paving the way for Uber and Lyft to return this week to Austin, Zimmerman announced late Monday he will drop his lawsuit against the city over last year’s ride-hailing election. “The Council’s secretive executive session manipulation of the...
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