What we’re watching at today’s Austin City Council meeting

    Staff and Wire Reports
    Dec 07, 2017
Mayor Steve Adler gives the State of the City address at Austin City Hall Jan. 28, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The Austin City Council is expected today to select city manager candidates who would come back to Austin for a third round of interviews next week, after a rocky process marked by subterfuge, a lawsuit and van escapes.

The Statesman unmasked five candidates for city manager who interviewed during a first round, as council members tried to keep the candidates’ identities secret by abruptly moving their Nov. 2 interviews to the airport behind federal checkpoints. The Statesman is suing city leaders for leaving their posted meeting location and for refusing to comply with a public information request about the process.

After the drama, the council reversed its previous vote to keep the entire process a secret and released six finalists’ names. They are expected to narrow that list today and possibly allow the final-round candidates to meet with members of the public.

Also before the council: Approval of a Visit Austin marketing plan, after the convention and visitors bureau drew criticism for its spending on alcohol and entertainment; a final waiver of $6.8 million in fees for a Texas Capitol Complex that would shut down part of North Congress Ave; and a re-do of a vote on a Northwest Austin apartment complex after a judge overturned the council’s 2016 approval due to a Texas Open Meetings Act violation.

Keep up with those votes on VoteTracker and follow reporters @efindell and @philjankowski on Twitter.