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Lege for Sale?
If you don’t like the laws, buy some new ones. That’s not an option for most of us, but mega-corps Uber and Lyft have deep pockets and few scruples. If Austin officials and voters are not for sale, maybe state legislators will prove more agreeable.

3:45PM Tue. Mar. 14, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Council: Robert Rules, OK?
The national political context again shadowed City Council Thursday, Feb. 16, as tensions simmered over immigration, questions of “equity” obscured the Capitol views, and the debate continued over Plaza Saltillo: How high can we go?

8:00AM Mon. Feb. 20, Michael King 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 »

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 »

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 »

“Get Signed Up Now!”
Austin/San Antonio Congressman Lloyd Doggett visited Foundation Communities Monday morning, reminding Austinites that the deadline for enrolling in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 12 midnight. Despite the debate in Washington, new enrollees need to act now in order to have insurance in 2017.

2:00PM Mon. Jan. 30, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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Austin: “Strong, Unique, and Special”
Saturday evening featured the third “State of the City” address by Mayor Steve Adler, and the predictably upbeat speech declared Austin “strong,” “weird,” and “creative.” The capacity crowd was friendly – but gave its biggest ovation not to the mayor, but to Sheriff Sally Hernandez.

8:00AM Mon. Jan. 30, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Doggett: Keep Hope Alive
On Jan. 9, Chronicle staff writer Michael King spoke to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-San Antonio/Austin, by phone from Washington, during the first days of the 115th Congress. For some notes on the conversation, see "Point Austin: Keeping Hope Alive." Following is a lightly edited, full transcript of the conversation.

12:01AM Thu. Jan. 12, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Inauguration Highlights and Shadows
The atmosphere in City Council chambers was festive Friday evening, beginning with the full house, the Austin Police Department’s bagpipe-and-drum corps, a presentation of colors, and a formal performance of the National Anthem. Yet there remained an undertone of seriousness, not entirely tied to the evening’s purpose.

9:00AM Mon. Jan. 9, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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