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BREAKING: Travis Co. Rules Against Austin City Council
County attorney comes down hard on Open Meetings violations
DAILY News  April 1, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...BREAKING NEWS: Instead of referring the matter to a grand jury, the Travis County attorney’s office today handed down stunning findings in his investigation into whether the Austin City Council violated state Open Meetings Act laws: Guilty, on all counts...."

Austin City Council Election Endorsements
Mayor: Kirk Watson
News Story  April 18, 1997, by the Editorial Board
"...He also helped create a joint agency environmental justice task force to study the cause and effect of environmental racism, which was instrumental in shutting down the East Austin Tank Farm. While some may complain that the crystal ball on Watson is a little murky, the record of Councilmember Ronney Reynolds as a lockstep vote for developers is clear as a cowbell..."

Austin City Council Iraq Resolution
News Story  February 14, 2003
"...WHEREAS, this Council supports the men and women serving in the armed forces and honors their commitment to our nation's safety and security; and..."

Austin City Council Election Endorsements
News Story  May 2, 1997, by the Editorial Board
"...Place 2: Gus Garcia. If you think the Austin City Council is a chaotic and irresponsible sandbox now, imagine it without Gus Garcia, who more than a few times in the last term has seemed the only real leader on that august body...."

Austin City Council Election Endorsements
News Story  May 30, 1997, by the Editorial Board
"...Saturday, May 31 is Election Day in the city council run-offs, Places 5 and 6. There's a list of polling places and lots of other election information on the city's Web page, http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/election/ -- for yet more, check out the Chronicle's Web Elections Board at /election/..."

Chronicle Endorsements: Austin City Council
Five districts up for grabs
News Story  October 20, 2016
"...The young incumbent has weathered with grace a nasty and prolonged election challenge from his 2014 run-off opponent, and fulfilled his promise as an effective district representative, particularly as a persistent advocate for working-class and Latino constituents, in District 4 and across the city. Casar has led the fight for expansion of living wages and high standards for working conditions, and joined Council colleagues in pushing for affordable housing, greater residential density, traffic solutions, renewable energy, and tenants' rights..."

Austin City Council Election Endorsements
News Story  May 16, 1997, by the Editorial Board
"...Homebuilder Manuel Zuniga, who won the largest share of the votes May 3, has backing from Austin's Latino constituency who are passionate about keeping Place 5 a Hispanic seat. While we promote more diversity on the council, Spelman's urban planning experience makes more sense for Austin's future..."

Austin City Council Election Endorsements
News Story  May 9, 1997, by the Editorial Board
"...Homebuilder Manuel Zuniga, who won the largest share of the votes May 3, has backing from Austin's Latino constituency who are passionate about keeping Place 5 a Hispanic seat. While we promote more diversity on the council, Spelman's urban planning experience makes more sense for Austin's future..."

Austin City Council Election Endorsements
Place 5: Bill Spelman, Bobbie Enriquez
News Story  April 25, 1997, by the Editorial Board
"...We applaud Bobbie Enriquez for mounting a successful campaign that revolves around what she calls the forgotten agenda -- an agenda made up of human services issues that too often fall victim to short change and short attention spans on the part of elected officials. If elected, Enriquez would become Austin's first Hispanic woman to sit at the council dais and, as such, would retain the seat that has historically gone to a Hispanic representative...."

Austin City Council: 100% Reporting
Tovo just shy of a majority
DAILY News  May 14, 2011, by Lee Nichols


Austin City Council: 76% Reporting
Tovo lead steady at 46%
DAILY News  May 14, 2011


Cofer Exits City Council Race
"This is not the right time or right race for me"
DAILY News  January 28, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Democratic activist and city Solid Waste Advisory Council member Rick Cofer announced in an e-mail to supporters tonight that he is dropping out of the race for Austin City Council Place 1, leaving Chris Riley and Perla Cavazos to duke it out for the seat Lee Leffingwell is vacating to run for mayor. Cofer's announcement follows after the jump:..."

Meet Your New City Council, Austin!
Recapping the run-offs
DAILY News  December 17, 2014, by the News Staff
"...Although not everyone's ready to concede just yet, it appears as though the new City Council is finally here, and it looks almost nothing like the old one. Also newly arrived: three trustees on the AISD board, as well as one on the ACC board...."

Austin City Election
Endorsements for mayor and Council
News Story  October 16, 2014, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...Following are the Chronicle's recommendations in the mayoral and City Council races. It's a wide and various field, and the first time for the staff as well as the voters to consider an entirely new governing system in addition to the names on the ballot..."

City Council: How Big Is Just Right?
Council moves forward on Mobility Bond, “Smart Corridors”
DAILY News  August 15, 2016, by Michael King
"...Last Thursday’s City Council meeting featured the usual brace of postponements, but moved forward on a couple of Big Ideas: Mayor Steve Adler’s “Go Big” Mobility Bond and an attempt to lessen the burden on a beleaguered group: poor folks caught in the grim cycle of the Austin Municipal Court...."

City Council: Keep ’Em Waiting
Council punts short-term rentals, pops the 290 landfills
DAILY News  December 11, 2015, by Michael King
"...City Council held a fairly efficient meeting Thursday, clearing a few decks and adjourning at a reasonable 7:15pm. It helped that they punted until next week the subject likely to suck the most time and cause the most heartburn: Short-Term Rental regulations..."

City Council: All the Agenda That Fits
Mobility, budget, lobbyists, density … and more
DAILY News  August 17, 2016, by Michael King
"...At 94 items, Thursday’s City Council meeting agenda is about as lengthy as they come. It’s your chance to weigh in on the budget planning – public hearings begin in the early evening – along the way, the Mobility Bond is up for final approval, and plenty more on the to-do list...."

Austin City Limits Goes One Louder
Council considers doubling ACL, plus C3 eyes Auditorium Shores
DAILY Music  August 1, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Should the Austin City Limits Music Festival become a two weekend affair? Council will be musing that at this week's regular session, and may instruct City Manager Marc Ott to start the ball rolling with C3 Presents...."

New City Council, New Battles
10-1 version 1.5 stares down the coming year at City Hall
News Story  January 5, 2017, by Michael King
"...It is not heavy agenda time for the new, 2017 City Council – the next regularly scheduled, full business meeting won't occur until Jan. 26 – but tomorrow's special-called meeting (Jan..."

Public Notice: Golf and Taxes at City Council
Proposals before Council suggest change is in the air
News Column  May 21, 2015
"...Take a look at today's City Council agenda, and you might groan at first: Decker Lake Golf? Homestead exemptions? Haven't we been here before?..."

City Council Preview: Juggling Act to Include Budget, Transportation Bond
Council agenda occupied by a handful of pressing subjects
News Story  August 11, 2016, by Michael King
"...It's been a full week at City Council, with the regular work session Tuesday, a budget work session Wednesday, and today's regular meeting (Aug. 11), which includes 30 zoning cases (Items 38-68) as well as an overflowing plate of other matters..."

City Council: Spring Break Is Here
Council will return for a work session March 22
News Story  March 10, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...If Austin were to achieve perfection, what would it look like? Cheap housing, a store on every block just across the street from a club, and a cop on every corner with spare time to shoot the breeze. After months of interminable meetings driven by the double distraction of transportation network companies and short-term rentals, Council met on March 3 to ponder the future – or rather, to tell staff to start some pondering for them...."

Top 10 City Council Stories
Redistricting, affordable housing, and more
News Story  January 3, 2014, by Michael King
"...1) 10-1 AT LAST It was a long time coming: After a couple of decades, seven city votes, and a Rube Goldberg mapping process – a grownup city now has grownup City Council districts...."

City Council: Here's Your Budget!
Council holds line on tax rate, juggles many line items
News Story  September 13, 2013, by Michael King
"...On Tuesday afternoon, after much pushing and pulling, as well as a good deal of hemming and hawing, City Council accomplished its most important annual task of adopting the annual budget: FY 2013-14, which goes into effect Oct. 1..."

It's Your City Council!
Sheryl Cole vs. Shaun Ireland
News Story  April 13, 2012, by Michael King
"...She's taken the leadership position on the Waller Creek Project, and voters' judgment to an extent will depend on whether they're convinced that it's a progressive infrastructure and development venture or a sacrifice of the Red River district for an upscale private boondoggle. Holding the de facto African-American seat, she's been a strong advocate on minority issues and has hesitated to fully support single-member districts if SMDs cannot be shown to improve African-American influence – and like all four of the incumbents running, has declined to declare a position until the discussion arrives at council..."

Top 10 City Council Stories
The big stories of Council's last seven-member year
News Story  December 31, 2014, by Michael King
"...1) OUT WITH THE OLD ... After a prolonged campaign including December run-offs, swirling around ongoing business, the last seven-member, at-large City Council held its final meeting and said Farewell-to-All-That, while reflecting on accomplishments and what comes next...."

Playback: “Hastily Prepared” Ordinances Head to City Council
Revised drafts of Agent of Change and OMV permitting head to Council, but again, live music interests raise alarms
Music Column  June 8, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...On Friday, the Economic Development Department (EDD) revealed its re-draft on Agent of Change and Outdoor Music Venue (OMV) permits, the latter blindsiding local venue stakeholders with a significant rewrite of city code regarding sound. As of this week, both policy proposals are scheduled to go to City Council Thursday, June 15...."

News Roundup: A Deadly Shooting, Rick Perry, and City Council
Police kill an armed man, Perry's ready to run, and more
DAILY News  February 9, 2015, by the News Staff
"...In this week's News Roundup, a man who repeatedly shot at an APD helicopter is taken down by a police sniper; Rick Perry has some interesting members of his RickPAC; the new Council gets going; and more...."

City Council: No Tubes for You!
Tubing, 24-hour bike trails, and zoning on this week's agenda
News Story  October 11, 2013, by Michael King
"...Seeing as how it's Austin City Limits Weekend II: The Shakedown, there's no City Council meeting this week – the next one is Thursday, Oct. 17..."

It's Your City Council!
Six candidates are gunning to unseat Bill Spelman
News Story  April 13, 2012, by Michael King
"...The challengers with the best chance to make a second round are Dominic Chavez and Tina Cannon. Chavez has been visibly active in Republican and local conservative politics, most notably with Austinites for Action, and outpolled Spelman (46%-35%) in the Real Estate Council of Austin straw poll..."

Letter to City Council
Reasons why the city should forestall WTP 4
News Story  February 20, 2009
"...Hon. Brewster McCracken, Mayor Pro Tem, & Members of the Austin City Council..."

City Council: Park It Here
Land use, parking, and Ron Oliveira: what else is there?
DAILY News  March 18, 2013, by Michael King
"...You might want to begin prepping for this week’s City Council meeting with featured musician Susan Arbuckle’s “Everything She Needs”; by the middle of the 70-Item agenda, you may well find yourself singing ruefully, “So Much More to Come.”..."

City Council: NI deal approved
Incentives package, Hotel ZaZa, and looking into ridesharing . . .
DAILY News  March 8, 2013, by Michael King
"...Thursday evening, City Council closed the deal with National Instruments Corp. to provide 10 years of personal and property tax rebates in return for a major expansion and capital investment, and 1,000 new high-paying jobs...."

City Council Sworn In
Mayor and three re-elected council members take office
DAILY News  June 25, 2012, by Michael King
"...In a celebratory Monday evening special called meeting of the Austin City Council, Mayor Lee Leffingwell and two council members – Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Place 2's Mike Martinez – were sworn in to new terms. (Place 5's Bill Spelman had a time conflict, and was sworn in earlier Monday.)..."

City Council Notebook
It's a Valentine's Day Massacre at City Council.
DAILY News  February 13, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...Agenda highlights for the Thursday, Feb. 14 meeting Item 2: Resolving Austin won't participate in the South Texas nuke expansion, i.e., the Meeker-mentum murderer. Item 3: Setting May 10's City Council and charter elections..."

City Council out to Get Austinites
Postmarks  April 6, 2004
"...The goal of this development-fueled purge is to remove Austinites from their homes by increasing higher property taxes through "managed" development. The city council is controlling this development-purge. Overdevelopment is the force (and the smokescreen) that drives City Hall's discriminating, bigoted, and unethical gentrification-purge of lower-income Austinites..."

City Council Endors-gasbord
Who's endorsing who for the five City Council seats up for grabs in November?
News Story  October 13, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Sheri Gallo: AFA, APA, Austin Apartment Association, Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, Real Estate Council of Austin, HDR Inc. PAC, Bruce Todd, Lee Leffingwell, Ron Mullen, Lee Cooke, Frank Cooksey..."

City Council Notebook
What's happening this week at City Council.
DAILY News  July 24, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Agenda highlights for the Thursday, July 26 City Council meeting. Items 2-4: Austin Energy rebates to AMD, Samsung and Applied Materials. Why not? Item 16: Adopting the Austin Music Memorial Guidelines..."

City Council Clashes Over 2017 Budget
Competing ideas on how to spend $969 million
News Story  August 18, 2016, by Michael King
"...Although it's been out of the headlines for a week or two, City Council remains knee-deep in deliberations over the fiscal year 2017 city budget. In its largest incarnation, that's the $3.7 billion "All Funds" octopus, which includes not only the operational expenses or "General Fund" budget, but the "enterprise" departments, which are income-generating and essentially self-funding: most prominently, the utilities Austin Energy and Austin Water, but also the airport (Aviation) and the Convention Center..."

Wanted: Austin City Manager
The search continues, whether the public knows about it or not
News Story  October 5, 2017, by Michael King
"...At Tuesday morning's work session, City Council received a brief update on the ongoing search for Austin's next permanent city manager. Steve Newton, of the Russell Reynolds consultant firm tasked with the preliminary outreach, told council members that the search is "proceeding very well," and that he expects to present the dais with six to eight candidates to review and interview in the next few weeks – accordingly, city staff will adjust the late October/early November Council schedule to accommodate the interviews...."

City Council: Zimmerman, Bond, and Budget
(And a few other things got done)
News Story  August 25, 2016, by Michael King
"...The dust hasn't settled yet from last Thursday's City Council meeting (Aug. 18), and most of the headlines have concerned District 6 Council Member Don Zimmer­man's lecture to schoolchildren and their parents about not "living off others." CM Delia Garza's denunciation during the meeting was followed the next day by her extensive Facebook post, and another one by CM Greg Casar (see "Zimmerman Does It Again," Aug..."

City Hall Hustle: The City Council Blues ... Again
The price of all these things, twice
News Column  February 18, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...Could City Council's regularly scheduled work sessions – called in response to the Crisis of Austin's Democracy – actually have the effect of making Thursday's council meetings less transparent? That's one of the quixotic questions on the Hustle's mind, and while it certainly isn't an intended result, it wouldn't be surprising – considering the through-the-looking-glass atmosphere at City Hall as of late...."

It's Your City Council!
Brigid Shea and Clay Dafoe vs. Lee Leffingwell
News Story  April 13, 2012, by Michael King
"...She opposed the Water Treatment Plant No. 4 project (under construction, but still an issue in yet another election cycle), and she believes that the City Council's willingness to grant corporate "giveaways" (particularly the Congress Avenue convention hotel fee waivers and the Formula One project infrastructure) have undermined the city's finances and "paid corporations to come here" that would have relocated anyway...."

City Council Convenes: Meeting To Meet x 2
Council work session previews council meeting
News Story  February 11, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...A relatively brief, largely uncontroversial City Council agenda usually isn't the focus of much official scrutiny. But that's not the case this week, with council scheduling a public work session – the first of many likely – the day before its regular meeting, as a result of the ongoing City Hall open meetings controversy...."

City Hall Hustle: Top 10 City Council Stories
News Column  January 2, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...1) As the Dais Turns The year's most dramatic shift was the May council election, led by the symbolism of neighborhood champion Laura Morrison taking the Place 4 seat of stat-quo preserver Betty Dunker­ley. Place 3's Jennifer Kim, defeated by newcomer Randi Shade, was consigned to the one-term dustbin, and the influence of Responsible Growth for Northcross crested and waned..."

Top 10 City Council Moments
News Story  January 4, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...1) Send in the Clowns All year long, the pending retirement of incumbent City Manager Toby Futrell was the City Hall soap opera, complete with an ever-retreating exit date and backstage tears over council's determination to just get on with it. As the new year dawns, they're still looking, but we gave them the three-ring formula back in August: "Betty Dunkerley told the States­man Austin needs a 'magician,' while some lobbyist or another said they'd have big shoes to fill..."

Point Austin: Beside the Point: City Council Notes
City Hall notebook
News Column  April 1, 2005, by Michael King
"...There's no City Council meeting this week, following a March 24 meeting that looked to be productive but ended by postponing the most controversial questions (e.g., the Midtown Live loan proposal; the Design Standards public hearing; precise amendments to the Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance) for another day. City Manager Toby Futrell had pulled the Midtown Live proposal – a "forgivable" $750,000 loan to the burned-out Eastside night club, to support rebuilding, expansion, and increased booking of live music – from the agenda a couple of days before, following widespread negative public reaction as well as opposition voiced most specifically by Council Member Brewster McCracken..."

Tension Mounts at City Council
The dais considers what constitutes “too tall”
News Story  February 23, 2017, by Michael King
"...There's no regular City Council meeting this week – the next is Thursday, March 2 – and it's a good moment for a brief break, as last Thursday's session featured a couple of moments of tense melodrama and some prolonged disputation over matters that might not have seemed like flash points until council members begin to wade into them. In the morning, a proposal to increase nonprofit funding for immigrant legal defense sparked a tense exchange between Council Members Greg Casar and Ellen Troxclair – and a veiled, much later rebuke from Mayor Steve Adler against "getting too close" to personal attacks on the dais..."

City Council Takes a Field Trip
CodeNEXT, off-site workshops push agenda through January
News Story  January 12, 2017, by Michael King
"...The newest incarnation of the City Council resumes public brainstorming this week, although the next regular meeting is not scheduled until Jan. 26..."

Top 10 City Council Stories
The best from this year's dais
News Story  December 29, 2016, by Michael King
"...1) Just Don't Call It "Sharing" As Mayor Steve Adler put it, the citywide public argument over "ridesharing" "sucked all the oxygen out of the room." In May, after two years of wrangling and several months of City Council hearings, petitions, and an explosion of campaign spending, Uber and Lyft were defeated at the polls...."

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