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Austin launches Anti-Displacement Task Force to combat gentrification
 The city of Austin is kicking off its latest task force to tackle gentrification with a public forum Saturday, which proponents hope will offer more substantial action to combat the displacement of minorities than previous efforts. The latest effort is the city’s new Anti-Displacement Task Force, a 17-member group of appointees who...

Posted: 2 days ago

The city of Austin is kicking off its latest task force to tackle gentrification with a public forum Saturday, which proponents hope will offer more substantial action to combat the displacement of minorities than previous efforts. The latest effort is the city’s new Anti-Displacement Task Force, a 17-member group of appointees who...
State of the City: Adler pledges to make Austin a global leader
 Calling this year “a new Austin moment,” Mayor Steve Adler vowed to make the city a global leader in politics and culture in spite of what he sees as a wider environment of political turmoil. “It seems our country is losing its way in the world,” Adler said during his State of the City address Tuesday evening. &ldquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Calling this year “a new Austin moment,” Mayor Steve Adler vowed to make the city a global leader in politics and culture in spite of what he sees as a wider environment of political turmoil. “It seems our country is losing its way in the world,” Adler said during his State of the City address Tuesday evening. &ldquo...
Mayor Adler’s State of City address covers taxes, CodeNext and Russia
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered Tuesday a State of the City address that blamed the state for continual rises in property tax bills, touted the numerous amount of road projects ahead that will — hopefully — improve traffic and vowed to make Austin a global leader. In an address that checked in at about 42 minutes, Adler hit...

Posted: 4 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered Tuesday a State of the City address that blamed the state for continual rises in property tax bills, touted the numerous amount of road projects ahead that will — hopefully — improve traffic and vowed to make Austin a global leader. In an address that checked in at about 42 minutes, Adler hit...
Voters Guide: 428th District Court, Hays County
 The 428th District Court judge has jurisdiction over civil, criminal and family law cases. The term is four years and the job pays roughly $160,000 a year. CANDIDATES FOR 428th DISTRICT COURT, HAYS COUNTY: BILL HENRY
            , 55, has served for the past 12 years as the 428th District Court judge. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees...

Posted: 4 days ago

The 428th District Court judge has jurisdiction over civil, criminal and family law cases. The term is four years and the job pays roughly $160,000 a year. CANDIDATES FOR 428th DISTRICT COURT, HAYS COUNTY: BILL HENRY , 55, has served for the past 12 years as the 428th District Court judge. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees...
Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance a first in Texas
 Just before 1 a.m. Friday, the Austin City Council voted in what could be described as the most progressive labor policy for the entire state and possibly the American South. At the behest of Council Member Greg Casar, the council made Austin the first city in Texas to require private employers to provide paid sick leave, a move that quickly...

Posted: 8 days ago

Just before 1 a.m. Friday, the Austin City Council voted in what could be described as the most progressive labor policy for the entire state and possibly the American South. At the behest of Council Member Greg Casar, the council made Austin the first city in Texas to require private employers to provide paid sick leave, a move that quickly...
Austin primera ciudad texana en exigir licencia pagada por enfermedad
 El concejo de Austin votó el viernes en la madrugada para hacer que sea obligatorio para todos los empleadores no gubernamentales ofrecer licencia pagada por enfermedad, lo cual hace que Austin sea la primera ciudad de Texas en regular licencia pagada por enfermedad. El muy anticipado voto tuvo lugar después de que má...

Posted: 9 days ago

El concejo de Austin votó el viernes en la madrugada para hacer que sea obligatorio para todos los empleadores no gubernamentales ofrecer licencia pagada por enfermedad, lo cual hace que Austin sea la primera ciudad de Texas en regular licencia pagada por enfermedad. El muy anticipado voto tuvo lugar después de que má...
Austin becomes 1st city in Texas to mandate paid sick leave
 The Austin City Council voted early Friday to make paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employers, making Austin the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave. The highly anticipated vote came after more than 200 people testified at City Hall, with a large majority in favor of the ordinance. It passed 9-2 with council...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Austin City Council voted early Friday to make paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employers, making Austin the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave. The highly anticipated vote came after more than 200 people testified at City Hall, with a large majority in favor of the ordinance. It passed 9-2 with council...
Debate grows as vote nears on Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance
 A proposed ordinance that would require private employers to give paid sick leave to tens of thousands of Austin workers is garnering national attention as the Austin City Council is poised to take a vote on the issue Thursday. Already state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, and a Koch brothers-backed lobbyist group have vowed to pre-empt any...

Posted: 11 days ago

A proposed ordinance that would require private employers to give paid sick leave to tens of thousands of Austin workers is garnering national attention as the Austin City Council is poised to take a vote on the issue Thursday. Already state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, and a Koch brothers-backed lobbyist group have vowed to pre-empt any...
CodeNext’s third draft returns status quo to neighborhoods
 Neighborhood advocates can breathe a sigh of relief. The latest draft of CodeNext, released Monday, does not contain the kind of broad upzoning of neighborhoods that the previous draft of the new land development code had contained. What those neighborhoods now show in the third draft is largely a one-to-one translation of what the current...

Posted: 12 days ago

Neighborhood advocates can breathe a sigh of relief. The latest draft of CodeNext, released Monday, does not contain the kind of broad upzoning of neighborhoods that the previous draft of the new land development code had contained. What those neighborhoods now show in the third draft is largely a one-to-one translation of what the current...
CodeNext’s third draft returns status quo to neighborhoods
 Neighborhood advocates can breathe a sigh of relief. The latest draft of CodeNext, released Monday, does not contain the kind of broad upzoning of neighborhoods that the previous draft of the new land development code had. What those neighborhoods now show in the third draft is largely a one-to-one translation of what the current code allows...

Posted: 12 days ago

Neighborhood advocates can breathe a sigh of relief. The latest draft of CodeNext, released Monday, does not contain the kind of broad upzoning of neighborhoods that the previous draft of the new land development code had. What those neighborhoods now show in the third draft is largely a one-to-one translation of what the current code allows...
Vows made to crush, pass or replace Austin’s sick pay ordinance
 With the Austin City Council looking at a Thursday vote on a proposed ordinance that would require employers to provide paid sick leave, efforts ramped up Monday to pass the ordinance or replace it with one that lessens its requirements — all as a state lawmaker vowed to crush any sick pay ordinance. First on Monday came an announcement...

Posted: 13 days ago

With the Austin City Council looking at a Thursday vote on a proposed ordinance that would require employers to provide paid sick leave, efforts ramped up Monday to pass the ordinance or replace it with one that lessens its requirements — all as a state lawmaker vowed to crush any sick pay ordinance. First on Monday came an announcement...
Mayor Adler, two Austin City Council members release CodeNext goals
 Mayor Steve Adler and Austin City Council members Alison Alter and Ann Kitchen dropped a 56-point list of goals for CodeNext Friday night, just days before the city releases its final staff draft of the massive land use code rewrite. The document strikes a somewhat conciliatory tone toward some of the most hot button issues related to the...

Posted: 15 days ago

Mayor Steve Adler and Austin City Council members Alison Alter and Ann Kitchen dropped a 56-point list of goals for CodeNext Friday night, just days before the city releases its final staff draft of the massive land use code rewrite. The document strikes a somewhat conciliatory tone toward some of the most hot button issues related to the...
Five things to watch as third CodeNext draft hits inboxes on Monday
 Developers, urbanists and neighborhood advocates will be glued to their email inboxes Monday waiting for the release of the city’s latest crack at a rewrite of Austin’s entire land use code and zoning map, better known as CodeNext. The third version of CodeNext is due out at 5 p.m. Monday and will be the version that the Austin...

Posted: 15 days ago

Developers, urbanists and neighborhood advocates will be glued to their email inboxes Monday waiting for the release of the city’s latest crack at a rewrite of Austin’s entire land use code and zoning map, better known as CodeNext. The third version of CodeNext is due out at 5 p.m. Monday and will be the version that the Austin...
Five things to watch as third CodeNext draft hits inboxes on Monday
 Developers, urbanists and neighborhood advocates will be glued to their email inboxes Monday waiting for the release of the city’s latest crack at a rewrite of Austin’s entire land use code and zoning map, better known as CodeNext. The third version of CodeNext is due out at 5 p.m. Monday and will be the version that the Austin...

Posted: 15 days ago

Developers, urbanists and neighborhood advocates will be glued to their email inboxes Monday waiting for the release of the city’s latest crack at a rewrite of Austin’s entire land use code and zoning map, better known as CodeNext. The third version of CodeNext is due out at 5 p.m. Monday and will be the version that the Austin...
4 Austin City Council members push for affordability in CodeNext

Posted: 16 days ago

Just days before the city of Austin releases the latest draft of its ongoing effort to overhaul the land use code, four Austin City Council members are calling for a code that increases density in hopes of promoting affordability. Council members Greg Casar, Delia Garza, Jimmy Flannigan and Sabino “Pio” Renteria signed their names...
Vote on mandating sick pay in Austin could face delay
 The Austin City Council on Tuesday took its first crack at an ordinance that would require all private businesses in Austin to provide employees with sick pay, a measure that could become a test of council members’ progressive bona fides. The council is set to vote Feb. 15 on the ordinance, which would mandate that all employees begin...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Austin City Council on Tuesday took its first crack at an ordinance that would require all private businesses in Austin to provide employees with sick pay, a measure that could become a test of council members’ progressive bona fides. The council is set to vote Feb. 15 on the ordinance, which would mandate that all employees begin...
Another delay on Champion tract as possibility of lawsuit looms
 It’s been 20 years, so what’s another two weeks? That’s what the Austin City Council decided Thursday evening about the controversial plans to develop a swath of Northwest Austin known as the Champion tract. The council once again delayed a vote on the tract, located near RM 2222 and Loop 360, after the city’s environmental...

Posted: 23 days ago

It’s been 20 years, so what’s another two weeks? That’s what the Austin City Council decided Thursday evening about the controversial plans to develop a swath of Northwest Austin known as the Champion tract. The council once again delayed a vote on the tract, located near RM 2222 and Loop 360, after the city’s environmental...
Latest from City Council: Champion tract decision delayed … again
 It’s been 20 years, so what’s another two weeks? That’s what the Austin City Council decided on Thursday about the controversial plans to develop a swath of Northwest Austin known as the Champion tract. The council once again delayed a vote on the tract, located near RM 2222 and Loop 360, after the city’s environmental...

Posted: 23 days ago

It’s been 20 years, so what’s another two weeks? That’s what the Austin City Council decided on Thursday about the controversial plans to develop a swath of Northwest Austin known as the Champion tract. The council once again delayed a vote on the tract, located near RM 2222 and Loop 360, after the city’s environmental...
Cronk likely to be offered $325,000 to helm Austin city government
 The Austin City Council on Thursday will likely offer Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk $325,000 a year along with other incentives to be Austin’s next city manager. The amount is more than interim City Manager Elaine Hart’s base salary and less than former City Manager Marc Ott’s salary. The offer at Thursday&rsquo...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Austin City Council on Thursday will likely offer Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk $325,000 a year along with other incentives to be Austin’s next city manager. The amount is more than interim City Manager Elaine Hart’s base salary and less than former City Manager Marc Ott’s salary. The offer at Thursday&rsquo...
Audit: Major lack of oversight in city financial assistance program
 A grant program that divvied up hundreds of thousands of dollars to low-income Austinites to help them buy homes, invest in their businesses or further their education suffered from a severe lack of oversight that created a potential for fraud, a recent city audit found. The audit of the city’s matched savings account program found...

Posted: 26 days ago

A grant program that divvied up hundreds of thousands of dollars to low-income Austinites to help them buy homes, invest in their businesses or further their education suffered from a severe lack of oversight that created a potential for fraud, a recent city audit found. The audit of the city’s matched savings account program found...
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