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First of Final Four Bond Election Task Force Listening Sessions Tonight
Members working with $640 million framework
DAILY News  January 9, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...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)...."

Playback: Strike Up the Bond
Can the City finally save endangered clubs? Plus J.J. Offender obit and an Austin Music Poll plug.
Music Column  January 11, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

Rebooted City Council Gets a New Chance to Fix Austin
10-1, take two
News Story  January 10, 2019, by Nina Hernandez
"...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...."

Public Notice: Coming Soon to a Corridor Near You
Hopefully in fewer than four score years ...
News Column  February 8, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...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..."

Council: I Get Around
On Birds, byways, and bridges
News Story  April 26, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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...."

AISD’s Big Balancing Act
The Austin Independent School District is considering bringing a $1 billion bond to voters in November. That's a lot of money. What all would it do? And can the package keep everybody happy?
News Story  June 22, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...• LBJ gets its top floor back, allowing in theory for greater enrollment, and adds a medical magnet program...."

Council: The Bird Is the Word
Rollin' into City Council, invited or not
News Story  April 12, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

On Writers and Con Men
James Magnuson's roman à clef about a creative writing program in Texas is in many ways a loving tribute to James Michener
Arts Story  January 17, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...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..."

Public Notice – CodeNEXT: The Halftime Score?
If you view the code rewrite simply as a struggle between the urbanists and the preservationists, it's fair to ask, who's winning?
News Column  July 5, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...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)..."

Council’s Last Licks
Closing up shop before summer break
News Story  June 28, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Exiled From Main Street
Can Austin's stock of affordable housing keep pace with high-speed growth?
News Story  June 28, 2013, by Elizabeth Pagano
"...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)..."

On the Trustee Trail
AISD, ACC candidates talk money, equity
News Story  October 11, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...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..."

People's Anti-Displacement Plan Gets Its Work in Early
Planning for the people
News Story  September 13, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...• $1.5 million to create and implement a Right to Stay/Right to Return program to keep residents in Austin;..."

Point Austin: Breaking Down the Bonds
Affordable housing headlines, but there's plenty in the package
News Column  September 6, 2018, by Michael King
"...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 ......"

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Upcoming Legislative Session
Lawmakers set to tackle immigration, education, legalization, transportation, and more
News Story  December 13, 2018, by the News Staff
"...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)..."

Election Ticker: The Final Countdown
Vote-pocalypse now!
News Story  November 1, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison, Nina Hernandez, Chase Hoffberger, Michael King and Sarah Marloff
"...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...."

Point Austin: Affordable Housing & the Promised Land
Proposition A and Austin's affordability predicament
News Column  October 4, 2018, by Michael King
"...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)...."

Austin's Pool System Will Collapse If We Don't Save It
Shall we dive in?
News Story  May 31, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"..."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..."

Council: Because We're Happy!
Council dances, hires, and lives the Life Aquatic
DAILY News  February 6, 2018, by Michael King
"...• 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)...."

Lee Leffingwell: 'Think Long-Range'
The incumbent mayor defends his record
News Story  April 27, 2012, by Michael King
"...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..."

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