"...Van Eenoo noted several key considerations: prior bond program investments, department priorities, current remaining bond authority, and project delivery capacity over a five-to-six-year time frame (“typical” for a bond program, he said)...."
"...Sixteen months ago – long after announcement of the ambitious Omnibus fix-all, and long before the subsequent fumbling of venue-friendly policy – Mayor Steve Adler's office announced a scheme to preserve live music spaces threatened by vaulting rent and boundless development: a mini-bond program crowdsourcing funds to acquire a venue's land, which would then be rented back to the club at an affordable rate...."
"...Voters approved $925 million in bond-funded capital spending in November, including a $250 million cash injection to address the city's affordable housing shortage. "I'm putting a laser focus on ensuring that we can implement those [bond programs] well, and prove to the taxpayers that this was the right vote for that time," Cronk said...."
"...On Wednesday, the city released a proposed Corridor Construction Program that would implement the $482 million authorized in the 2016 Mobility Bond for corridor projects – major construction on nine different corridors (Lamar North and South, Burnet, Airport, FM 969, Guadalupe, E. Riverside, Wm..."
"...Moving several pegs down the transit mode popularity scale, Council's Mobility Committee heard an update last week on the Corridor Construction Program and how it relates to Capital Metro's long-range transit plan, known as Project Connect. Corridor Program Director Mike Trimble assured members that the office has so far worked closely with CapMetro to make sure that the remade corridors are equipped with high-capacity transit...."
"...• LBJ gets its top floor back, allowing in theory for greater enrollment, and adds a medical magnet program...."
"...Bird in turn expressed its intent to keep its parked scooters in parking spots rather than on the sidewalk, but otherwise mentioned no plans to halt operations in the area. "Looking ahead, we accept the city's invitation to help them develop a pilot program for dockless scooters like Birds." Money Talk..."
"...This may seem like a far cry from Magnuson's current job as director of the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers, until you realize that he has devoted the past 20 years of his life to creating a community of support and guidance for young people pursuing the monkish vocation of writer. Sitting at the helm of one of the most competitive MFA programs in the country, he has worked alongside such distinguished visiting writers as Denis Johnson, W.S..."
"...Parking would get worse, upzonings and increased entitlements mean property valuations and thus housing costs and displacements would almost certainly rise in the short term (at least until the new high-end units begin to trickle down toward affordability), the rights to notice and appeal would be curtailed, and – to balance all that – there are none of the protections against displacement and gentrification that they've been asking for. To be fair, a lot of those actions have to happen outside of the land development code, but Council has yet to commit to a program of anti-displacement initiatives such as preservation districts and a "right to stay" policy that Eastside advocates have been asking for for a long time – initiatives that would nicely complement the record affordable housing ask in the upcoming November bond package (see "Hurry Up Please, It's Time," March 9, and "People's Housing Justice," April 13)..."
"...Members spent part of Tuesday's work session poring over long-awaited changes to how the city operates its economic incentives under Texas Local Government Code Chapter 380. Council asked for the changes to the program's stated values, including an emphasis on diversity, but lingering questions from a number of CMs about transparency and other details made it possible the package could be pushed into August..."
"...Right now, the city is attempting to move from the thoroughly unsuccessful "interim density bonus program" – voluntary, and completely unused by developers – to the actual density bonus program, officially approved as policy by City Council in 2011 but not yet codified into ordinance, a change expected to happen this summer. Both programs ask (and the new version will require) that developers contribute "community benefits" of various sorts to the city in exchange for requested additional development entitlements (e.g., greater permitted height, capacity, or other variances)..."
"...As advocacy chair of the Austin Council of PTAs for two years, Singh testified at the Lege against school vouchers. She's spent her career in education, beginning as a bilingual teacher in the Rio Grande Valley 20 years ago, and more recently, as a program evaluator helping to bring STEM curricula to schools..."
"...• $1.5 million to create and implement a Right to Stay/Right to Return program to keep residents in Austin;..."
"...The big-ticket portion of the housing bond ($100 million) is for land purchases by the Austin Housing Finance Corporation, either for eventual development by the AHFC, or for other nonprofit or for-profit developers of affordable housing. These bonds would also pay for related projects: $94 million specifically targeting affordable rental housing (including permanent supportive housing); $28 million for the city's successful "Go Repair!" program to help maintain existing affordable housing; and $28 million for "acquisition and development" of housing dedicated to low- and moderate-income homeowners. Libraries, Fire Stations, Trails ......"
"...There's a sense that some compromise can be reached on repealing the driver responsibility program, the penalty scheme that sucks up surcharges on traffic penalties and redistributes them for trauma care ("How to Jail the Poor," Sept. 21)..."
"...The mailers are from the Center for Austin's Future PAC, whose "mission is to identify, educate and support strong, accountable elected leaders." The group's founder is former Real Estate Council of Austin president Ward Tisdale; its PAC is funded by various real estate interests, and its advisory board includes ex-mayors Lee Cooke, Bruce Todd, and Lee Leffingwell and ex-Council Members Brewster McCracken, Randi Shade, and Chris Riley – the latter two having lost to Tovo in her previous runs. (Riley, who was on Council at the time, also opposed WTP4.) Skidmore is the first graduate of the Center's ATXelerator™ program, which "recruits and trains community leaders interested in running for city council," to actually make the run...."
"...Of the $925 million in all (spread out, as bond sales are, over several years), Prop A is the largest, at $250 million. It's not a lump sum, but includes land acquisition ($100 million), rental housing assistance projects ($94 million), a home ownership program ($28 million), and a home repair program ($28 million)...."
"..."There has never been enough money put into the budget for operating expenses, which balloon every time a pool fails," said Rivera. "And there has not been adequate [capital improvement program] funding." Our Parks, Our Pools..."
"...• Dockless Bikes: After some hesitation – experiments elsewhere have had mixed results – Council approved a “pilot” dockless bike program to expand bike-rental services throughout the city. Transportation Department Director Robert Spillar said they would be researching model policies, and the program would not be operable for several months (i.e., after the spring festival season)...."
"...And then that's for 10 years – actually, dating from now, it's 14, because their building won't be built for four years and obviously there are no incentives involved in the construction process. It'll only be after – and that's another facet of our program is that everything has to be performance-based..."