City Council Notebook

A look at what's on the city agenda this week

Re: Council Agenda, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007

Item 9: The city manager will supply required notices of street name changes instead of the city clerk. We're cookin' now!

Item 14, a bit more substantive: awarding, on first reading, Austin's new taxicab franchise to Capital City Cab Company. Judging from the Public Works evaluation matrix, CCCC narrowly edged out competitor Lonestar Cab Co., with a score of 12 to their 13. (Like golf, in this game the low score wins; both applicants smoked Longhorn Cab Company, which clocked in with a 23.) With the narrow margin of victory, and city law requiring third and final approval to transpire no less than 60 days after first read, this story may not be over yet.

Items from Council, No. 25–28: Not a damn thing of interest, unless you count waiving park rental fees for the ATXcellent Adventure of the YWCA of Greater Austin.

12pm Citizens Communications: Noontime regular Carol Anne Rose Kennedy outdoes self, titles forthcoming harangue "FederalIncomeTax & the STUpiDessed thing sense WHITECRACKERS = INFERNAL REVENUE: SERVE U.S. say GOODNIGHT, UNCLE SAM: P.S. you WANT me, BUTT I DO NOT WANT you BACK."

6pm Public Hearings: Item 44, approving the Big Box Ordinance is listed, but it must be a mistake. Thanks to the freeze, the revised BBO never made it to the Planning Commission. Word is it's tentatively rescheduled for the PC Tuesday, Jan. 30, and likely to come before council Feb. 1 or Feb. 15.

Bearing that in mind, we have one light-assed agenda. UPDATE (Wonk Alert): Item 44, the BBO isn't techanically an error, as council set the date last month – but thanks to the PC cancellation, Council will hear the item, if only to postpone it.

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