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Foundation Communities Pushing to Complete 1,000 Units in 5 Years
Foundation Communities is making a concerted push to close a $30 million funding gap needed to enable construction of 1,000 new affordable housing units across eight properties, located throughout Austin, that will be reserved for more than 2,000 lower-income earners.

5:30PM Tue. May 24, Austin Sanders Read More | Comment »

Elizalde Bails Out of Austin ISD, and There Was Much Rejoicing (and Great Anxiety)
After months of brushing off rumors that she would give up the reins of Austin ISD, Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde was last week named sole finalist for the top job in Dallas ISD, where she was chief schools officer before coming to Austin in 2020.

9:00AM Sun. May 22, Morgan O’Hanlon Read More | Comment »

Council Recap: Once-Sacred Neighborhood Protections Battered by Austin's Affordability Crisis
City Council didn’t take any action (and had not planned to) Thursday on a draft proposal to expand entitlements for developers to build housing on the city’s major commercial and transportation corridors. But its public discussion of the issue predictably highlighted longstanding divisions in our community over how Austin should grow.

3:27PM Sat. May 21, Maggie Q. Thompson Read More | Comment »

Sheriff Hits Pause on Magistration Pilot After Nine Days, Saying She Needs Help
A program to provide free legal representation to poor people at the Travis County Jail was recently put on pause by Sheriff Sally Hernandez over staffing concerns. Now, the sheriff’s office, the county and district attorneys, and criminal defense groups are scrambling to save it.

4:00PM Tue. May 17, Brant Bingamon Read More | Comment »

Council Recap: Nothing Goes Farther Than Cash
City Council approved a pilot program at its Thursday, May 5, meeting to provide monthly payments of $1,000 to 85 households for an entire year. Once people are accepted into the guaranteed income pilot, they will not have to “prove” they still need the assistance, as many government-run financial aid programs normally require.

12:00PM Fri. May 6, Austin Sanders Read More | Comment »

District Judge Backs Out of Upcoming Eighth Street Trials
District Judge Julie Kocurek has asked to be recused from four upcoming trials of Austin police officers charged with felony assault. The charges were filed after the officers fired upon Black Lives Matter protesters in May 2020.

4:37PM Mon. May 2, Austin Sanders Read More | Comment »

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What Kind of Rail Bridge Will Austin Build Across Lady Bird Lake?
When Project Connect’s Blue Line begins operation sometime around 2029, passengers heading south on the rail line toward East Riverside and the airport will enter a subway Downtown near Republic Square Park and emerge onto a bridge crossing Lady Bird Lake, before hitting the proposed Waterfront station near the old Statesman building.

11:50AM Tue. Apr. 26, Austin Sanders Read More | Comment »

In Austin, Nancy Pelosi Says She Sees No Chance of Pro-Choice Legislation Passing Current U.S. Senate
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s last visit to Austin at the start of September coincided with the enactment of SB 8, the near-total abortion ban that allows private citizens to sue over abortion.

11:00AM Thu. Mar. 24, Maggie Q. Thompson Read More | Comment »

March Primary Election Coverage Live Blog
The 2022 midterm elections cycle kicks off with today's Texas primary. Follow the Austin Chronicle's live election coverage night here, and pick up Thursday's issue for more in-depth primary election analysis.

6:42PM Tue. Mar. 1, the News Staff Read More | Comment »

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