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Mayor Adler Addresses ICE Raids in Open Letter to Austin
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ran a raid on Austin over the weekend that resulted in the arrest of 51 local residents. Less than half held criminal convictions or were deemed “violent offenders” by local law enforcement.

11:20AM Tue. Feb. 14, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

Council: Committee on Committees
Last Thursday’s City Council meeting (Feb. 9) was not the most eventful – early 2017 agendas have been fairly light – but Council managed to fill the time with plenty of administrative business, including selecting a city manager search firm and reorganizing its own committee system. And then there’s zoning …

8:00AM Mon. Feb. 13, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Straus Announces House Committees
And now the fun begins. Speaker Joe Straus has just announced House committee appointments and membership for the 85th Legislature. Texas representatives can finally start hearing bills and moving legislation.

3:40PM Thu. Feb. 9, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Reproductive Rights Advocates Prepare for the Fight
Reproductive health advocates, progressive groups, and state legislators are gearing up for another long fight to defend pro-choice rights under the dome this session.

8:00AM Thu. Feb. 9, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Reporters Roundtable
Chronicle staff writer Michael King joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin and editors Liz Pagano and Nina Hernandez for a conversation about Mayor Steve Adler's "State of the City" address, the 2017 City Council, and news from City Hall. (First broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 1: Austin Monitor Radio, 2pm)

2:30PM Mon. Feb. 6, the News Staff Read More | Comment »

Ready for Solar and Recycling Too
With a fairly light agenda (and the usual brace of postponements), City Council was able to adjourn at the relatively civilized hour of 8:47pm Thursday night, following decisions that included requiring new construction to be “solar-ready” and continuing a contested curbside textile recycling program.

8:00AM Mon. Feb. 6, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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ICE Raid in Austin?
UPDATE (Feb. 10): Reports are coming in that ICE raids are taking place around Austin. Immigrant Services Network of Austin is directing those affected to resources and fact sheets from United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center, as well as a deportation crisis hotline (512-270-1515).

3:50PM Thu. Feb. 2, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Council Takes Out the Trash?
City Council will vote Thursday after a brief delay on whether to continue its three-year contract with Simple Recycling, a group recognizable to many by those green donation bags that arrived by mail in early December.

7:15AM Wed. Feb. 1, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

Council: What’ll We Do Without Zim?
The new City Council, in its first meeting Jan. 26, can count one accomplishment immediately: adjournment a few minutes before 10pm, no extension motion necessary. Beyond that, in (slightly) altered composition, the members are feeling their way to new things to debate.

4:30PM Tue. Jan. 31, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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