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Election Run-Off Results: Alter to City Council
Alter, Nitsch, and Hassan emerge victorious in Tuesday's run-off
News Story  December 15, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia and Richard Whittaker
"...A long, contentious City Council race found District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo losing her re-election bid on Tuesday to rival Alison Alter, a political newcomer who's promised to put "community first" if elected. Early voting numbers posted by the Travis County clerk on Tuesday night showed the incumbent trailing by 32 points – a deficit that narrowed merely four points when Tuesday's votes were tallied..."

District 10: Gallo and Alter to Run-Off
Incumbent Sheri Gallo and challenger Alison Alter will meet in a run-off election set for Dec. 13
News Story  November 10, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...It was a crowded pool that resulted in a run-off election, which Gallo won by almost 10 points, after finishing well behind in the first round. Fast-forward to 2016, and the council member finds herself in a run-off again, this time against Alison Alter..."

Election Results: Alter, Hassan, Nitsch Victorious
Run-offs yield few fireworks, three quick victories
DAILY News  December 14, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...On City Council, challenger Alison Alter held a commanding lead over incumbent Sheri Gallo in District 10, with 66% of the vote – 6,261 out of a total 9,601 ballots cast. At Austin Community College, where two seats on ACC’s Board of Trustees remained up for grabs, Sean Hassan (Place 4) jumped out to an early 29-point lead over Michael Lewis; in Place 9, Julie Ann Nitsch held a 17-point lead over her challenger, Guadalupe Sosa...."

Parks Board Member Challenges Sheri Gallo
Alison Alter says she will advocate for neighbors – not developers
News Story  July 21, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...Last week, Sheri Gallo drew a challenger in the City Council race for her District 10 seat: Alison Alter, the district's representative on the Parks and Recreation Board. Alter, who was appointed by Gallo last July, said she was recruited to run by residents who've expressed disappointment with the CM's leadership over the last two years...."

Council Candidate Forced out of Parks Board
Alison Alter was appointed by opponent Sheri Gallo nearly two years ago
DAILY News  August 4, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...In an unusual move, District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo has ousted her appointee, Alison Alter, as a member of the Parks and Recreation Board. The removal comes after Alter refused Gallo’s request that she resign from her post since she is challenging Gallo for her council seat...."

Live Election Coverage
Is it over yet?
DAILY News  November 8, 2016, by the News Staff
"...Commissioner Gerald Daugherty’s lead over David Holmes sits at only 1,700; it remains too close to call. In District 10, incumbent Sheri Gallo holds a 5,000-vote lead over primary challenger Alison Alter, but with two other candidates in the race, Gallo appears destined to fall short of 50%..."

Chronicle Endorsements: Austin City Council
Five districts up for grabs
News Story  October 20, 2016
"...Should we go on? Frankly, we believe Zimmerman is unfit to lead. But make no mistake: We're not choosing Flannigan because he's the only alternative..."

City Budget: Something's Gotta Give
Cooling economy, rising costs mean tough choices for City Council
News Story  May 11, 2017, by Michael King
"...Interestingly, the two rookie CMs – Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter – both say they want to take closer looks at the budget process itself. Flannigan has proposed a two-year budget planning cycle instead of the current one-year process; Alter says Council needs to pay better attention to the budget implications of specific contract and even zoning decisions through the course of the year's agendas..."

District 10: Gallo vs. the World
Oft-criticized incumbent has three candidates vying for her seat
News Story  August 25, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...Philanthropic adviser Alison Alter was Gallo's first challenger. The Rosedale resident told the Chronicle back in July that she wants to be a "fresh voice" who puts "community first." She's criticized Gallo as catering to special interests, citing the incumbent's backing of the disputed Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development proposal..."

Grove at Shoal Creek Inches Forward
Council to finally consider contentious zoning case
News Story  September 22, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...Gallo had her own Grove gaffe a few months later, when her appointee to the Parks and Recreation Board, Alison Alter, decided to challenge Gallo for her seat in the November election. After giving Alter the chance to resign – which she refused to do – Gallo removed her from the position and replaced her with former PARB member Susan Roth (see "Council Candidate Forced out of Parks Board," Aug..."

New Controversy in District 10 City Council Race
Race for Council continues with high heat
News Story  December 1, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...There's no shortage of controversy in the race for City Council District 10. This week, incumbent Sheri Gallo is being accused by her opponent of purposely omitting two voting locations where challenger Alison Alter polled well (including one in Alter's home district) during the Nov..."

CodeNEXT Leak Stirs Up Drama
Long-awaited land development code proposal expected Jan. 30
News Story  January 19, 2017, by Caleb Pritchard
"...The source of both the leak and the tweets remains unclear, though circumstantial evidence points to Mike Lavigne, an outspoken critic of Central Austin development as well as a spokesperson for the political action committee Arbor PAC. In the November election, that group supported both District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool and new D10 CM Alison Alter in two growth-focused races; Alter and Pool are the only two council members tagged in @arbor­atx's tweets..."

Point Austin: Changing of the Guard
The mayor and the next City Council will have plenty to do
News Column  December 22, 2016, by Michael King
"...Zimmerman will be succeeded in January by Jimmy Flannigan, Gallo by Alison Alter. Flannigan defeated Zim­merman handily after narrowly losing to him in 2014, and Alter pounded Gallo in a run-off that the incumbent had entered only two percentage points from a majority...."

Council: Hiding in Plain Sight
Immigration, Fire, Capitol view corridors fill out a busy Thursday
News Story  May 18, 2017, by Michael King
"...A bit of consequent media circus invaded Council on Tuesday morning, when an HBO team briefly stationed cameras in the center of the Boards and Commissions room, planning to film Casar (who's become a national face of the movement) in action. Not only Troxclair was annoyed at the intrusion (the small room doesn't really accommodate film crews); Mayor Adler groused about setting an awkward precedent, and an embarrassed Casar switched seats with Alison Alter to enable the filming to continue from a corner area...."

Sheri Gallo Faces Scrutiny for City Email Use
District 10 council member and her darned emails
News Story  November 23, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...District 10 City Council Member Sheri Gallo is facing flak for the use of her city email address to contact district residents who live near the proposed location of the Grove at Shoal Creek PUD about the idea of selling their home. Critics say that in doing so, the CM, who faces challenger Alison Alter in a D10 run-off set for Dec..."

Council: Take a Deep Breath
Final spring session enters July break on a run
News Story  June 22, 2017, by Michael King
"...All of the above might draw some debate, but Item 43 – a proposal to add additional drafts and review to the CodeNEXT timeline – appears to be a culmination of ongoing anxiety (official and public) about the progress of the revised version of the land use code. Sponsored by CM Alison Alter (with four co-sponsors: Mayor Steve Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, CMs Ann Kitchen and Leslie Pool), the brief resolution appears to be an indirect concession that the revision process is in danger of running off the rails..."

Council: Day of the Robots
All automation everything
News Story  May 4, 2017, by Michael King
"...10) was inadequately posted, they've demanded that the matter be reposted and returned to the dais, or the city can expect a lawsuit. District 10 Council Member Alison Alter has since succeeded Sheri Gallo – in part on the strength of Alter's anti-development sentiment..."

Council: Our House, in the Middle of the Corridor
Council considers strategic housing … again
News Story  April 13, 2017, by Michael King
"...Council has approved the PUD on two readings (7-4), not yet by the nine votes that would be required to overcome the existing valid petition by neighboring landowners against the PUD. The war of words has devolved somewhat into a war of numbers, with CM Alison Alter continuing to insist that the city is not getting sufficient dollar return in community benefits (affordable housing, traffic mitigation) for the entitlements (e.g., square feet, height) provided via the draft PUD agreement..."

Council Considers the True Cost of Saving a Buck
Affordability is in the details
News Story  March 9, 2017, by Michael King
"...That argument eventually prevailed, 7-4, with Ora Houston, Tovo, Leslie Pool, and Alison Alter voting no. The emotional climax was an exchange between Houston and Renteria, the Council's two elders, both Eastsiders who have come to represent very distinct perspectives on what's best for Eastside neighborhoods..."

Council Preview: Promised Land Use
Austin Oaks, Plaza Saltillo loom large at Thursday meeting
News Story  February 16, 2017, by Michael King
"...Austin Oaks promises its own donnybrook, as the development was already embattled last year. Along with the Grove at Shoal Creek, the PUD controversy bears considerable credit for the defeat of former D10 CM Sheri Gallo and her replacement by newcomer Alison Alter..."

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