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Austin City Council turns aside push for public referendum on CodeNext
 The City Council on Thursday voted against placing a petition ordinance on November’s ballot that would have asked Austin voters if they wanted to see CodeNext put to a public vote. The vote sets up a likely legal challenge to the council’s action. Local attorney Fred Lewis, one of the leaders behind the petition that garnered...

Posted: a day ago

The City Council on Thursday voted against placing a petition ordinance on November’s ballot that would have asked Austin voters if they wanted to see CodeNext put to a public vote. The vote sets up a likely legal challenge to the council’s action. Local attorney Fred Lewis, one of the leaders behind the petition that garnered...
Austin City Council votes against holding CodeNext election
 5:24 p.m. update: The Austin City Council on Thursday voted against placing a petition ordinance on November’s ballot that would have asked if CodeNext should be put to a vote. The vote sets up a likely legal challenge to the council’s action. Local attorney Fred Lewis, one of the leaders behind the petition that garnered...

Posted: a day ago

5:24 p.m. update: The Austin City Council on Thursday voted against placing a petition ordinance on November’s ballot that would have asked if CodeNext should be put to a vote. The vote sets up a likely legal challenge to the council’s action. Local attorney Fred Lewis, one of the leaders behind the petition that garnered...
In his first 100 days, Cronk’s ‘listening tour’ interrupted by a crisis
 It appears the only certainty Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk can count on each day is that he likely won’t get much sleep. Like most days, Tuesday dawned for him as a nearly 12-hour plus workday, but Cronk, the city’s top bureaucrat and the most powerful person at City Hall, said he isn’t bothered by the workload. &ldquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

It appears the only certainty Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk can count on each day is that he likely won’t get much sleep. Like most days, Tuesday dawned for him as a nearly 12-hour plus workday, but Cronk, the city’s top bureaucrat and the most powerful person at City Hall, said he isn’t bothered by the workload. &ldquo...
Must be 21 to buy tobacco? Some City Council members like the idea
 Four members of the Austin City Council on Wednesday mulled whether the city should raise the minimum age for people to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The council members appeared to be united in their support of the change, but they took no official action. “I think it is compelling, and I hope it is something we take consideration of...

Posted: 9 days ago

Four members of the Austin City Council on Wednesday mulled whether the city should raise the minimum age for people to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The council members appeared to be united in their support of the change, but they took no official action. “I think it is compelling, and I hope it is something we take consideration of...
To be or not to be: CodeNext’s future diverges in city commissions
 With two weeks to go before CodeNext lands in the hands of the Austin City Council, the two city commissions tasked with making final recommendations about the attempt to rewrite Austin’s land use and zoning code have veered in sharply different directions. The embattled Planning Commission, which generally reviews zoning cases within...

Posted: 11 days ago

With two weeks to go before CodeNext lands in the hands of the Austin City Council, the two city commissions tasked with making final recommendations about the attempt to rewrite Austin’s land use and zoning code have veered in sharply different directions. The embattled Planning Commission, which generally reviews zoning cases within...
Flannigan’s tweets about $50,000 earmark sparks City Council dust-up
 Tossing out several meeting tweets during Thursday night’s Austin City Council meeting, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan questioned the propriety of an earmark put forth by fellow Council Member Kathie Tovo that would set aside $50,000 for a community development corporation she founded. Flannigan’s tweets led to a brief dust-up...

Posted: 14 days ago

Tossing out several meeting tweets during Thursday night’s Austin City Council meeting, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan questioned the propriety of an earmark put forth by fellow Council Member Kathie Tovo that would set aside $50,000 for a community development corporation she founded. Flannigan’s tweets led to a brief dust-up...
Flannigan’s tweets during Austin City Council meeting causes dust up
 Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan’s tweets Thursday night during a meeting of the city council caused a brief dust up at the meeting’s conclusion. Flannigan had called into question the propriety of Council Member Kathie Tovo’s amendment in a zoning case that directed $50,000 to a community development corporation...

Posted: 14 days ago

Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan’s tweets Thursday night during a meeting of the city council caused a brief dust up at the meeting’s conclusion. Flannigan had called into question the propriety of Council Member Kathie Tovo’s amendment in a zoning case that directed $50,000 to a community development corporation...
Workers’ rights group urges dismissal of suit opposing paid sick leave
 The Workers Defense Project, a nonprofit that was heavily involved in the creation of a city ordinance that mandates paid sick leave, called Thursday for a lawsuit challenging the law to be dropped. The Austin City Council passed the ordinance in February, when the state capital became the first city in Texas to require employers to provide...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Workers Defense Project, a nonprofit that was heavily involved in the creation of a city ordinance that mandates paid sick leave, called Thursday for a lawsuit challenging the law to be dropped. The Austin City Council passed the ordinance in February, when the state capital became the first city in Texas to require employers to provide...
Wit behind ‘Taco War’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ letter to leave Adler’s office
 Jason Stanford, Mayor Steve Adler’s communications director and the man who behind the scenes engineered the great Taco War of 2016 between Austin and San Antonio, will be leaving the mayor’s office. Stanford has long been what KUT called the “snarky sidekick” to a more placid Adler. Among reporters, it became well-known...

Posted: 16 days ago

Jason Stanford, Mayor Steve Adler’s communications director and the man who behind the scenes engineered the great Taco War of 2016 between Austin and San Antonio, will be leaving the mayor’s office. Stanford has long been what KUT called the “snarky sidekick” to a more placid Adler. Among reporters, it became well-known...
Austin City Council might ban resale of police officers’ guns
 For the price of $395, you could own a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson once used by an on-duty Austin police officer. Proof? The department’s name is stamped right on the side of the black semi-automatic handgun. Houston-based Bailey’s House of Guns has been hawking police service weapons it bought from the Austin Police Department...

Posted: 17 days ago

For the price of $395, you could own a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson once used by an on-duty Austin police officer. Proof? The department’s name is stamped right on the side of the black semi-automatic handgun. Houston-based Bailey’s House of Guns has been hawking police service weapons it bought from the Austin Police Department...
Fast-fading Municipal Court might depart downtown for Southeast Austin
 The odor’s undeniable. “It just smells like mold and mildew, and half the time it smells like poop,” said Austin Municipal Court Clerk Mary Jane Grubb. Some of Grubb’s employees at the downtown courthouse swear that the putrid air in the building is making them sick. Evidence of black mold was obvious in the basement...

Posted: 21 days ago

The odor’s undeniable. “It just smells like mold and mildew, and half the time it smells like poop,” said Austin Municipal Court Clerk Mary Jane Grubb. Some of Grubb’s employees at the downtown courthouse swear that the putrid air in the building is making them sick. Evidence of black mold was obvious in the basement...
Austin lawmaker calls developer ‘tone deaf’ after ‘Tortilla Canyon’ flap
 2:40 p.m. update: State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, is questioning whether the city of Austin should do business with the developers behind the MetCenter after he learned of a map used in marketing efforts that referred to part of East Austin as “tortilla canyon.” “I’ve seen ‘satirical maps’ like...

Posted: 22 days ago

2:40 p.m. update: State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, is questioning whether the city of Austin should do business with the developers behind the MetCenter after he learned of a map used in marketing efforts that referred to part of East Austin as “tortilla canyon.” “I’ve seen ‘satirical maps’ like...
Year after stabbing attack, UT police stress increased communication
 Exactly one year ago, one of the busiest parts of the University of Texas erupted into chaos and bloodshed after a student attacked people with a knife, seemingly at random. The campus was plunged into a state of fear and confusion as students and faculty members alike sought to understand what exactly had occurred. UT Police Chief David...

Posted: 25 days ago

Exactly one year ago, one of the busiest parts of the University of Texas erupted into chaos and bloodshed after a student attacked people with a knife, seemingly at random. The campus was plunged into a state of fear and confusion as students and faculty members alike sought to understand what exactly had occurred. UT Police Chief David...
Austin City Council votes down CodeNext petition ordinance
 The Austin City Council voted against adopting an ordinance that would have put CodeNext on November’s ballot early Friday. The vote was on an ordinance proposed by a petition signed by more than 31,000 that the city clerk’s office certified on Monday. The vote was 4-6, with council members Ora Houston, Kathie Tovo, Alison Alter...

Posted: 28 days ago

The Austin City Council voted against adopting an ordinance that would have put CodeNext on November’s ballot early Friday. The vote was on an ordinance proposed by a petition signed by more than 31,000 that the city clerk’s office certified on Monday. The vote was 4-6, with council members Ora Houston, Kathie Tovo, Alison Alter...
Austin City Council renames two streets named for Confederate leaders
 Robert E. Lee Road and Jeff Davis Avenue are no more after the Austin City Council on Thursday voted to remove the names of the Confederate leaders from the two Austin streets that bear their names. Instead the road that ambles along Barton Creek into the Zilker neighborhood will be named for Azie Taylor Morton, the country’s first...

Posted: 29 days ago

Robert E. Lee Road and Jeff Davis Avenue are no more after the Austin City Council on Thursday voted to remove the names of the Confederate leaders from the two Austin streets that bear their names. Instead the road that ambles along Barton Creek into the Zilker neighborhood will be named for Azie Taylor Morton, the country’s first...
Austin City Council could rename Robert E. Lee Road, Jeff Davis Avenue
 Azie Taylor Morton helped to desegregate Barton Springs and remains the first and only African-American to serve as U.S. treasurer. A freed slave, William H. Holland fought for the Union in the Civil War and later served as a Travis County commissioner. Both could become the newest names to adorn Austin street signs if the Austin City Council...

11:21 PM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

Azie Taylor Morton helped to desegregate Barton Springs and remains the first and only African-American to serve as U.S. treasurer. A freed slave, William H. Holland fought for the Union in the Civil War and later served as a Travis County commissioner. Both could become the newest names to adorn Austin street signs if the Austin City Council...
Zilker Park to get up to $2 million from ACL Fest promoter for upgrade
 The company that puts on the Austin City Limits Festival each year is kicking in at least $1.5 million to upgrade a portion of Zilker Park. The area off of Stratford Drive on the west end of Zilker Park, where the grass and gravel meet MoPac Boulevard, is commonly used as an area for auxiliary parking especially during the busiest days...

1:09 AM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

The company that puts on the Austin City Limits Festival each year is kicking in at least $1.5 million to upgrade a portion of Zilker Park. The area off of Stratford Drive on the west end of Zilker Park, where the grass and gravel meet MoPac Boulevard, is commonly used as an area for auxiliary parking especially during the busiest days...
Zilker Park to get up to $2 million from ACL Fest promoter for upgrade
 The company that puts on the Austin City Limits Festival each year is kicking in at least $1.5 million to upgrade a portion of Zilker Park. The area off of Stratford Drive on the west end of Zilker Park, where the grass and gravel meet MoPac Boulevard, is commonly used as an area for auxiliary parking especially during the busiest days at...

1:05 AM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

The company that puts on the Austin City Limits Festival each year is kicking in at least $1.5 million to upgrade a portion of Zilker Park. The area off of Stratford Drive on the west end of Zilker Park, where the grass and gravel meet MoPac Boulevard, is commonly used as an area for auxiliary parking especially during the busiest days at...
With petition certified, CodeNext one step closer to the ballot
 A petition effort to put CodeNext on the ballot is one step closer to achieving that goal after the Austin city clerk’s office on Monday certified the petition. Its validation could be the preamble for a bitter fight between the neighborhood preservationists who want CodeNext killed and the Austin City Council, which has been told by...

11:45 PM Monday, Apr. 23, 2018

A petition effort to put CodeNext on the ballot is one step closer to achieving that goal after the Austin city clerk’s office on Monday certified the petition. Its validation could be the preamble for a bitter fight between the neighborhood preservationists who want CodeNext killed and the Austin City Council, which has been told by...
Austin city clerk validates petition to put CodeNext on Nov. ballot
 Austin’s city clerk on Monday announced that her office has validated a petition to place CodeNext and other large scale changes to Austin’s land development code on the ballot. The petition effort, spearheaded by two political action committees that are highly critical of CodeNext — the city’s massive rewrite of the...

3:50 PM Monday, Apr. 23, 2018

Austin’s city clerk on Monday announced that her office has validated a petition to place CodeNext and other large scale changes to Austin’s land development code on the ballot. The petition effort, spearheaded by two political action committees that are highly critical of CodeNext — the city’s massive rewrite of the...
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