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Affordable housing advocates push back against latest CodeNext draft
 The most recent iteration of Austin’s land use policy rewrite might give a sigh of relief to neighborhood activists, but it does nothing for affordable housing, affordability activists said Wednesday. Representatives of Habitat for Humanity, Austin Housing Coalition and Austin Cooperative Business Association gathered at City Hall to...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The most recent iteration of Austin’s land use policy rewrite might give a sigh of relief to neighborhood activists, but it does nothing for affordable housing, affordability activists said Wednesday. Representatives of Habitat for Humanity, Austin Housing Coalition and Austin Cooperative Business Association gathered at City Hall to...
Champion tract may sell, for smaller project tied to lake development
 Just when you thought it was over, get ready for another — potentially more peaceful — chapter in the tale of the northwestern Austin development site known as the Champion tract. City Council members narrowly approved rezoning and waivers of environmental rules last week to allow apartments on the property, near RM 2222 and Loop...

Posted: a day ago

Just when you thought it was over, get ready for another — potentially more peaceful — chapter in the tale of the northwestern Austin development site known as the Champion tract. City Council members narrowly approved rezoning and waivers of environmental rules last week to allow apartments on the property, near RM 2222 and Loop...
First week on the job: City manager seeks civic input, restaurant tips
 The new manager at the helm of the city of Austin is a 38 year old, 6-foot-6 Minnesotan hired for his fresh eyes on Austin issues and touted ability to bring people together. Spencer Cronk started the job just a week after the Super Bowl he helped organize in his former role as Minneapolis city administrator. His first day coincided with...

Posted: 5 days ago

The new manager at the helm of the city of Austin is a 38 year old, 6-foot-6 Minnesotan hired for his fresh eyes on Austin issues and touted ability to bring people together. Spencer Cronk started the job just a week after the Super Bowl he helped organize in his former role as Minneapolis city administrator. His first day coincided with...
First week on the job: City manager seeks civic input, restaurant tips
 The new manager at the helm of the city of Austin is a 38 year old, 6-foot-6 Minnesotan hired for his fresh eyes on Austin issues and touted ability to bring people together. Spencer Cronk started the job just a week after the Super Bowl he helped organize in his former role as Minneapolis city administrator. His first day coincided with...

Posted: 5 days ago

The new manager at the helm of the city of Austin is a 38 year old, 6-foot-6 Minnesotan hired for his fresh eyes on Austin issues and touted ability to bring people together. Spencer Cronk started the job just a week after the Super Bowl he helped organize in his former role as Minneapolis city administrator. His first day coincided with...
Austin grants rezoning of Champion tract, again, to allow apartments
 After a particularly protracted battle, Austin City Council members narrowly voted — again — to approve rezoning and waivers of environmental rules for a controversial Northwest Austin development site known as Champion tract. The council first approved the measures 7-4 in November 2016, then faced and lost a challenge over how...

Posted: 6 days ago

After a particularly protracted battle, Austin City Council members narrowly voted — again — to approve rezoning and waivers of environmental rules for a controversial Northwest Austin development site known as Champion tract. The council first approved the measures 7-4 in November 2016, then faced and lost a challenge over how...
Austin’s finally looking to hire. Does the city need new rules for it?
 After 17 months without a permanent city manager, 14 months without a permanent police chief and with more than a dozen other top city leadership positions unfilled, brain drain and uncertainty have touched various corners of Austin operations. Now, City Manager Spencer Cronk is officially at work and may begin filling some of those jobs...

Posted: 7 days ago

After 17 months without a permanent city manager, 14 months without a permanent police chief and with more than a dozen other top city leadership positions unfilled, brain drain and uncertainty have touched various corners of Austin operations. Now, City Manager Spencer Cronk is officially at work and may begin filling some of those jobs...
Voters Guide: Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4
 The duties for a justice of the peace include certifying circumstances of a death and hearing minor misdemeanor court cases. The job pays $65,000 a year and the term lasts four years. Precinct 4 covers Dripping Springs and the northeastern part of Hays County. ROBERT AVERA, 42, is a lawyer and former wilderness firefighter. He has a bachelor&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

The duties for a justice of the peace include certifying circumstances of a death and hearing minor misdemeanor court cases. The job pays $65,000 a year and the term lasts four years. Precinct 4 covers Dripping Springs and the northeastern part of Hays County. ROBERT AVERA, 42, is a lawyer and former wilderness firefighter. He has a bachelor&rsquo...
Four in the running for Dripping Springs area’s justice of the peace
 A lawyer, a firefighter, a naval commander and an arms salesman walk into a Hays County justice of the peace race. OK, the firefighter and commander are lawyers too, much to the chagrin of the arms salesman, who emphasizes that you don’t need a law degree to be a JP. But it’s anyone’s game as Bill Davis, Robert Avera, John...

Posted: 13 days ago

A lawyer, a firefighter, a naval commander and an arms salesman walk into a Hays County justice of the peace race. OK, the firefighter and commander are lawyers too, much to the chagrin of the arms salesman, who emphasizes that you don’t need a law degree to be a JP. But it’s anyone’s game as Bill Davis, Robert Avera, John...
Voters Guide: Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2
 The duties for a justice of the peace include certifying circumstances of a death and hearing minor misdemeanor court cases. The job pays $65,000 a year and the term lasts four years. Precinct 1 mainly covers San Marcos and the southeastern part of Hays County. MAGGIE HERNANDEZ MORENO, 35, became a Hays County justice of the peace in 2016...

Posted: 14 days ago

The duties for a justice of the peace include certifying circumstances of a death and hearing minor misdemeanor court cases. The job pays $65,000 a year and the term lasts four years. Precinct 1 mainly covers San Marcos and the southeastern part of Hays County. MAGGIE HERNANDEZ MORENO, 35, became a Hays County justice of the peace in 2016...
Two years in, Hays County JP seeks reelection against court clerk
 When Hays County Justice of the Peace Maggie Hernandez Moreno had her daughter baptized, she thought it would be safe to silence her phone for the short few minutes while she walked to the front of the church for the ritual. It wasn’t. She missed a call for a death inquest. “I underestimated how much that becomes a part of your...

Posted: 14 days ago

When Hays County Justice of the Peace Maggie Hernandez Moreno had her daughter baptized, she thought it would be safe to silence her phone for the short few minutes while she walked to the front of the church for the ritual. It wasn’t. She missed a call for a death inquest. “I underestimated how much that becomes a part of your...
From 44 to 1: Did Austin get a good city manager applicant pool?
 The search firm evaluating candidates for Austin city manager screened 250 people for the position, consultant Stephen Newton told the City Council in December, including 200 identified by his company, Russell Reynolds. Most of those people did not apply for the job. Russell Reynolds received 44 applications for the position between August...

Posted: 17 days ago

The search firm evaluating candidates for Austin city manager screened 250 people for the position, consultant Stephen Newton told the City Council in December, including 200 identified by his company, Russell Reynolds. Most of those people did not apply for the job. Russell Reynolds received 44 applications for the position between August...
With aquatic plan approved, Austin staff to look for pool funding
 Come to us first if you need to close a swimming pool, the Austin City Council told staff Thursday evening as it passed a master plan for the city’s aquatic facilities. The council punted on accepting the master plan last year amid outcry that it provided a framework for pool closures, as the plan recommended closing ten pools to save...

Posted: 20 days ago

Come to us first if you need to close a swimming pool, the Austin City Council told staff Thursday evening as it passed a master plan for the city’s aquatic facilities. The council punted on accepting the master plan last year amid outcry that it provided a framework for pool closures, as the plan recommended closing ten pools to save...
Ruling rejects Austin’s old fundraising window. What about the new one?
 Former City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s mixed victory in his fight against Austin campaign finance rules will stand, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s ruling from 2016 that struck down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance rules and left two others...

Posted: 20 days ago

Former City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s mixed victory in his fight against Austin campaign finance rules will stand, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s ruling from 2016 that struck down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance rules and left two others...
Appeals court upholds split ruling in Austin campaign finance case
 Former City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s mixed victory in his fight against Austin campaign finance rules will stand, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s ruling from 2016 that struck down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance rules and left two others...

Posted: 20 days ago

Former City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s mixed victory in his fight against Austin campaign finance rules will stand, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s ruling from 2016 that struck down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance rules and left two others...
Austin utility to give refunds for fall water bill spikes
 Austin Energy will adjust the utility accounts of more than 7,000 residents who saw higher water bills due to an anomaly involving abnormally low August meter readings and September spikes, the utility said this week. The American-Statesman first reported on the phenomenon in October in one Circle C neighborhood. Then, more than...

Posted: 21 days ago

Austin Energy will adjust the utility accounts of more than 7,000 residents who saw higher water bills due to an anomaly involving abnormally low August meter readings and September spikes, the utility said this week. The American-Statesman first reported on the phenomenon in October in one Circle C neighborhood. Then, more than...
Austin utility to give refunds for fall water bill spikes
 Austin Energy will provide refunds to more than 7,000 residents who saw higher water bills due to an anomaly involving abnormally low August meter readings and September spikes, the utility said Wednesday. The American-Statesman first reported on the phenomenon in October in one Circle C neighborhood. Then, more than 100 residents...

Posted: 21 days ago

Austin Energy will provide refunds to more than 7,000 residents who saw higher water bills due to an anomaly involving abnormally low August meter readings and September spikes, the utility said Wednesday. The American-Statesman first reported on the phenomenon in October in one Circle C neighborhood. Then, more than 100 residents...
Tough choices as Austin council weighs a pools plan with new input
 The debate over the future of Austin aquatic facilities returns to City Hall this week, pitting Austinites’ love of their neighborhood pools against a hefty price tag and, some city leaders say, fiscal reality. The Austin City Council is expected to vote this week on an aquatics master plan that had been punted some months ago amid...

Posted: 22 days ago

The debate over the future of Austin aquatic facilities returns to City Hall this week, pitting Austinites’ love of their neighborhood pools against a hefty price tag and, some city leaders say, fiscal reality. The Austin City Council is expected to vote this week on an aquatics master plan that had been punted some months ago amid...
Tough choices as Austin council weighs a pools plan with new input
 The debate over the future of Austin aquatic facilities returns to City Hall this week, pitting Austinites’ love of their neighborhood pools against a hefty price tag and, some city leaders say, fiscal reality. The Austin City Council is expected to vote this week on an aquatics master plan that had been punted some months ago amid...

Posted: 22 days ago

The debate over the future of Austin aquatic facilities returns to City Hall this week, pitting Austinites’ love of their neighborhood pools against a hefty price tag and, some city leaders say, fiscal reality. The Austin City Council is expected to vote this week on an aquatics master plan that had been punted some months ago amid...
Austin lobbyists agree to disclose how much they’re paid
 Seventeen Austin lobbyist lawyers who initially declined to cooperate with city ethics rules requiring them to tell how much their clients pay them have changed their minds. A day before the city’s Ethics Review Commission was set to hear ethics complaints Wednesday from local activist Fred Lewis, the city let Lewis know that all the...

Posted: 28 days ago

Seventeen Austin lobbyist lawyers who initially declined to cooperate with city ethics rules requiring them to tell how much their clients pay them have changed their minds. A day before the city’s Ethics Review Commission was set to hear ethics complaints Wednesday from local activist Fred Lewis, the city let Lewis know that all the...
New Austin Water billing safeguards coming amid unexplained spikes
 In a room used to hearing frustration and angst over high water bills, Charmaine Skillman had an unusual complaint. Her water bills are too low, she told Austin’s Electric Utility Commission on Monday. In six of the last 13 months, in fact, she’s been billed for less than 500 gallons of water for a house, followed by bills that...

Posted: 29 days ago

In a room used to hearing frustration and angst over high water bills, Charmaine Skillman had an unusual complaint. Her water bills are too low, she told Austin’s Electric Utility Commission on Monday. In six of the last 13 months, in fact, she’s been billed for less than 500 gallons of water for a house, followed by bills that...
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