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Court Collision Coming
The headline vote at last Thursday’s City Council meeting (May 18) – authorizing legal action against Senate Bill 4, the anti-“sanctuary cities” law – was a 10-1 anticlimax. Austin now joins cities heading for a showdown with the state and the Trump administration.

8:00AM Mon. May 22, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Council: Whatever It Is, I’m Against It
As anticipated, City Council’s May 11 meeting was abbreviated, roughly three hours in the afternoon. Members did manage to use one of them to dither a proposed student commission within an inch of its life.

8:00AM Mon. May 15, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Return of the Panama Hat
With much of the tough action moving to budget prep, current City Council agendas are fairly light and adjournments relatively early. Nevertheless, last Thursday the dais did move forward on the Mobility Bond, worked through a brace of zoning cases, and somewhat grudgingly approved a Downtown rail plaza.

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

"Nobody's Right"
Documentarian Ken Burns visited Austin Thursday, promoting his latest film project: The Vietnam War. It’s described as a 10-part, 18-hour documentary series, and an “immersive 360-degree narrative … the epic story of the war as it has never before been told on film.”

7:30PM Thu. Apr. 27, Michael King Read More | Comment »

What Is a “Sanctionable City"?
In a phone conversation with the Chronicle from D.C., Mayor Steve Adler described mayors’ meetings with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and acting ICE Director Thomas Homan. Both say they’re after “serious criminals,” and that “detainer requests” are just that: requests.

2:25PM Tue. Apr. 25, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Adler, Mayors to Meet With Sessions
Mayor Steve Adler announced today that he and other U.S. mayors will be meeting Tuesday in D.C. with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, hoping for clarity on what the Trump administration considers a “sanctuary city.” On Friday, Sessions wrote to several cities – not including Austin – requesting “proof” of communication with immigration officials.

12:40PM Mon. Apr. 24, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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Budget, Contracts, and APD
City Council’s April 20 agenda was relatively light, and the regular meeting adjourned at a merciful 8:30pm. But the week carried plenty of business, with CodeNEXT on Tuesday, budget preview on Wednesday, and Thursday's advocate and activist pressure on policing.

8:00AM Mon. Apr. 24, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Nancy Pelosi Visits the New Seton
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was in town this morning, joining Austin Rep. Lloyd Doggett at a roundtable sponsored by Seton/Ascension health care. Following a tour of the nearly complete new Dell Seton hospital, the two officials hosted a discussion focused on the role of the Affordable Care Act.

3:30PM Thu. Apr. 20, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Dawn of the Code
“CodeNEXT is CodeNOW.” With that intro, Mayor Steve Adler announced the release of the draft maps designed to accompany Austin’s new Land Use Code, the formal initiation of a yearlong official and public revision process. It’s time, the mayor said, to “roll up our sleeves and get to work.”

10:15AM Tue. Apr. 18, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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