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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 »

Travis County Catches a Judicial Break
“Anybody need a courthouse?” was not exactly the question posed by the U.S. General Services Administration, but the U.S. government's (technically, the National Park Service) disused 1936 courthouse just happened to match the pressing needs of the Travis County justice system. This morning, the transfer was completed.

1:45PM Thu. Dec. 29, 2016, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Council: Tuesday Work Session … & Then Some
City Council meets today (Dec. 6) for both its regular work session and a special-called meeting to consider a second reading of the Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development. The public hearing on the Grove is expected for early afternoon; the morning features an “Affordability Update” and a presentation from the Travis Central Appraisal District.

7:00AM Tue. Dec. 6, 2016, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Peace in the Grove?
City Council is scheduled to consider the Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development Tuesday, during a special-called, second-reading meeting coincident with Council's regular work session. It might not be as contentious as feared, say BCRC neighbors and developer ARG Bull Creek Ltd.

6:00PM Sun. Dec. 4, 2016, Michael King Read More | Comment »

You Don’t Miss Your Water … ’Til It Turns Green
There was good news and bad news at City Council’s Nov. 3 meeting (last Thursday). The best news was a lilting medley from Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution at live music time. The worst was a staff briefing on the future of Onion Creek, if Dripping Springs succeeds in its plan for wastewater disposal.

9:00AM Mon. Nov. 7, 2016, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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The Grove PUD: Is Mediation Helping?
During its Oct. 20 meeting, City Council approved a "placeholder" form of the Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development on first reading only, while the parties – developer ARG Bull Creek Ltd. and the Bull Creek Road Coalition – agreed to enter mediation, in hopes of resolving their differences. On Saturday, Oct. 29, the groups met for 10 hours …

2:00PM Mon. Oct. 31, 2016, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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, 2016, 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, 2016, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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