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CodeNEXT Marches On
In another daytime meeting – adjournment at 4:44pm – City Council worked quickly through a fairly limited agenda, with only two Items that raised much agita on the dais: the extension of CodeNEXT contract with consultant firm Opticos Design, and the approval of the Visit Austin 2018 marketing plan and budget.

8:00AM Fri. Oct. 13, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Goodbye, Columbus
On Thursday, during an unusually brief and often recessed meeting, City Council amended the city’s campaign finance ordinance, moved to expand access to Austin Energy’s solar energy programs, condemned further display of Confederate memorials, and declared the second Monday of October “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”

12:20PM Fri. Oct. 6, Michael King Read More | Comment »

TIFs, TPIDs, and Puppy Love
One indicator of the rhythm of last week’s City Council meeting (Sept. 28) is that the juvenile curfew discussion – Item 103 on the 103-Item agenda – was set for a 6pm “time certain.” In the end, the formal motion didn’t hit the floor until just before midnight – although Mayor Steve Adler made a point of allowing younger Austinites a chance to testify earlier.

8:00AM Mon. Oct. 2, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Council: Downtown Puzzle or Rubik’s Cube?
With a divided Council and uncertain prospects, Mayor Steve Adler has dropped his AISD “tax swap” proposal. Now he’s hoping he can salvage funding for an ambitious “Downtown Puzzle” solution despite doubts from his colleagues.

8:00AM Mon. Aug. 28, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Council Members Say “#FixtheCode”
In a morning press conference outside Blazier Elementary School, four City Council Members – Delia Garza, Pio Renteria, Greg Casar, and Jimmy Flannigan – declared their unhappiness with the current CodeNEXT process, and called for the next draft to fully address citywide inequality, affordability, gentrification, and displacement.

2:15PM Tue. Aug. 22, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Money Don't Buy Everything, It's True …
Just before the start of last Thursday’s City Council meeting (Aug. 17), Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo told a skeptical reporter she was estimating adjournment at about 11pm. As it turned out, she nearly nailed it: Mayor Steve Adler lowered the curtain just before 10:30.

8:00AM Mon. Aug. 21, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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Advocates: Reject Police Union Contract
City Council is holding budget hearings later this afternoon, with testimony expected on the proposed property tax rate, any fee changes, etc. Criminal justice advocates say they will be there to oppose the current Austin Police Association contract, and demand greater accountability over officer misconduct.

3:35PM Thu. Aug. 17, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Merck CEO Dumps Trump
In yet another fallout of the white racist actions in Charlottesville, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned today from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council, citing a corporate and personal responsibility to speak against racism. Trump quickly responded with an angry Tweet against "RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

1:45PM Mon. Aug. 14, Michael King Read More | Comment »

With All Deliberate Speed
A nine-member City Council considered a seemingly short agenda last Thursday, Aug. 10, although Austinites’ yen for earnest testimony stretched the day until almost 10pm. In context, that was a breakthrough – for sanity, and for saving the planet.

8:00AM Mon. Aug. 14, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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