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Council: Freedom From Fear
Last Thursday’s City Council meeting (Oct. 13) actually adjourned during working hours (with the help of plenty of postponements). But a shorthanded dais did clear some zoning items, and joined the national week of action in support of Muslims and all immigrants.

9:00AM Mon. Oct. 17, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Council: Save the Coyotes!
Working a rather short agenda last Thursday (Oct. 6) that still lasted until nearly 10pm, City Council spent its morning debating the finer points of coyote control. In the afternoon, it played host to an occasionally heated debate over the possibility of unionization at Zach Scott Theater.

9:00AM Mon. Oct. 10, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Tom “Smitty” Smith Announces Retirement
Tom Smith – known universally as “Smitty” – will today announce his retirement as director of the Texas office of Public Citizen. Smith has held the office since 1985, and at 67, he says, “My spirit’s willing, but my body is worn out.” He will remain in the job until the advocacy organization finds a suitable replacement.

10:00AM Tue. Sep. 20, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Council: Budget Crunch Time [UPDATE]
With budget-reading days looming – Sept. 12-14 – Council spent Thursday afternoon reviewing final possibilities for cutting, increasing, or moving funds. Mayor Steve Adler led with a list of $13.3 million in changes. And then the fun began.

5:00PM Fri. Sep. 9, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Council: No Zombies Before Midnight
Thursday night’s City Council meeting adjourned at the rather remarkable hour of 9:58pm, after several hours of public testimony on the proposed FY 2017 budget, a resolution to require better working conditions for “expedited” project permits and another to assist uprooted tenants, and the appointment of an interim city manager.

8:00AM Mon. Sep. 5, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Council Considering AE Settlement [UPDATE]
In a special-called noon work session today, City Council is poised to approve a settlement recommendation between Austin Energy and 20 stakeholders – from major commercial customers to environmental advocacy groups – that would result in $42.5 million in cuts to AE rates.

5:30PM Mon. Aug. 29, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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Zimmerman Does It Again [UPDATE]
District 6 Council Member Don Zimmerman was roundly booed at last night's City Council meeting after he told a group of young student witnesses that they should "do something useful" and not "live off others" when they grow up. D2 CM Delia Garza responded for the council, "We do not condone what he said."

4:00AM Fri. Aug. 19, Michael King Read More | Comment »

City Council: All the Agenda That Fits
At 94 items, Thursday’s City Council meeting agenda is about as lengthy as they come. It’s your chance to weigh in on the budget planning – public hearings begin in the early evening – along the way, the Mobility Bond is up for final approval, and plenty more on the to-do list.

9:00AM Wed. Aug. 17, Michael King Read More | Comment »

City Council: How Big Is Just Right?
Last Thursday’s City Council meeting featured the usual brace of postponements, but moved forward on a couple of Big Ideas: Mayor Steve Adler’s “Go Big” Mobility Bond and an attempt to lessen the burden on a beleaguered group: poor folks caught in the grim cycle of the Austin Municipal Court.

4:00PM Mon. Aug. 15, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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