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How to Read a Charter Amendment
Ballot language too confusing? Let us translate!
News Story  March 17, 2006, by Michael King
"...If you vote for this amendment, Austin will become a green oasis of peace and harmony; transnational corporations, toll roads, and everybody else's sports-utility vehicle (but not your own) will melt away like gossamer in the sun; the Edwards Aquifer and Barton Springs will flow like the untouched waters of heaven forever; and little baby salamanders will dance and sing your praises, for all the generations. City Council Version Shall the City Charter be amended to: (a) limit investment in roads, utilities, water quality infrastructure, drainage infrastructure, and other infrastructure extensions and capacity expansions in the Barton Springs Zone, which includes a large portion of southwest Austin and Travis County, including neighborhoods such as Oak Hill, Barton Hills, Zilker, Circle C, Travis Country, Village at Western Oaks, and Westcreek; (b) limit the City's ability to influence development in proposed utility and special districts in the extraterritorial jurisdiction; (c) limit the City's ability to enter into agreements that may subsidize private development in the Barton Springs Zone, such as solar energy rebates, SMART Housing incentives, and other rebates or subsidies; (d) make all 'grandfathering' decisions in the Barton Springs Zone under state law subject to city council approval; (e) disqualify certain individuals from exercising certain property rights under state law in the Barton Springs Zone; (f) severely limit the City's ability to enter into economic development agreements city-wide; and (g) prohibit the City from participating in or supporting certain road projects?..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  February 4, 2005, by Lee Nichols
"...• Take this sourdough and eat it; this is my body: On a recent visit to the UT campus area Schlotzsky's Deli, Naked City was surprised to read the receipt and find that we had ordered a "Reg Original JESUS SAVES Sourdough." (Hold the red onion.) Wondering if such point-of-purchase proselytizing was perhaps new policy under the new Schlotzsky's ownership – the entire corporation was recently auctioned off to Fort Worth-based Bobby Cox Companies Inc. – or maybe a truly blessed new menu item, we called Schlotzsky's HQ in downtown Austin..."

Not Clucking Around
East Texas chicken magnate Bo Pilgrim wants a state permit to build a bigger chicken slaughterhouse and waste disposal facility -- right across the creek from Sen. Bill Ratliff's in-laws' vacation home.
News Story  November 3, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...Pilgrim's family owns or controls 61% of all the stock of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation. And his fowl empire controls large chunks of Camp County..."

Tying the Knot: A Drama
Yes, the merger of Austin's Paramount Theatre and State Theater Company is a business affair, but since theatres traffic in stories, human dramas that talk to us about life, this historic event deserves to be looked at as a story, the story of a wedding between two neighbors.
Arts Story  August 25, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...Fortunately, a trio of inspired young men believed they could rescue the sad old building and rehabilitate it. John Bernardoni, Charles Eckerman, and Steven Scott formed a corporation, acquired the lease, and in 1975, reopened the theatre doors, hosting concerts, presenting live theatre, and showing vintage movies (at 50 cents a pop)..."

Keeping It Together
You mean open source hasn't saved the world yet?
Screens Story  March 1, 2007, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...You can form communities to build software that communities can use. The LOTV site will launch March 9, with an announcement at BarCamp Austin, followed by more opportunities for technologists to contribute at an upcoming Designathon (April 14-15 at the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation Building at the University of Texas) and another Codeathon (April 21-22, location TBA)...."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  April 21, 2006
"...• The National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the National AIDS Housing Coalition, and the Enterprise Foundation have proposed to Congress a legislative initiative – Services to End Long-Term Homelessness Act – requesting $55 million in funding for permanent housing support services for the chronically homeless, "specifically for people who literally live on the streets and in emergency shelters, who are frequent users of emergency care, who have disabilities and histories of violence that significantly impede their ability to live independently," according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Web site. There are an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 chronically homeless adults in the U.S., according to research at the U..."

Divorce, Alamo Style
From a small north-side apartment – via toney Rob Roy, a Hays County ranch, and several sojourns in jail – Janet Kennedy keeps fighting a battle featuring all the latest in family bitterness
News Story  August 26, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...A central argument in the multilayered case concerns her attempts to regain control of Alamo Ranch Inc., a wholly owned entity created in 1992 to maintain the couple's real estate holdings in Hays and Gillespie counties. According to the divorce trial record, Janet served as the sole officer of the corporation, mainly for liability reasons; the idea – according to testimony – was that Alamo Ranch would shield the family's 600 or so acres of ranch properties in the event Dr..."

Radio, Radio
Satellite radio, the burgeoning technology that may ultimately shake up the broadcast world the most, is right around the corner.
Music Story  October 6, 2000, by Jerry Renshaw
"...XM's news, talk, and information programming will offer such choices as Bloomberg News Radio, C-SPAN Radio, BET, Radio One (with six channels of African-American programming), CNN, BBC World Service, Asia One, Salem Broadcasting (the nation's No. 1 Christian broadcaster), and the Hispanic Broadcast Corporation, among others..."

Center of Gravity
City's influx of new money and new businesses shifts council's political sails
News Story  May 26, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...For instance, says Knight, everywhere in the Central Business District, consulting teams are pushing retail, retail, retail, even if the city has to support it with subsidized parking, and even if boutique strips lacking department store anchors aren't considered sustainable models. "I would hope that Will, as a developer, will take it a little bit slower, and say, 'guys, we've got some round holes and some square pegs,'" says Knight, who has recently spoken out against the first-floor retail designs as proposed for the impending Computer Science Corporation office buildings..."

Come On Down
News Column  July 1, 1999, by Jenny Staff Johnson
"...Two other items would create the One-Stop Labor Advisory Board and a transition team between the old and new sites. The transition team will ultimately be replaced by the board of directors of the nonprofit corporation the council has created to oversee the center..."

News Boss
News Story  July 11, 1997, by Lee Nichols
"...Sources inside the Statesman report that after the Chronicle featured a November 10, 1995, cover story report by Robert Bryce on the cancellation of Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold's political risk insurance policy by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Oppel walked into a news department meeting, slammed down a copy of the Chronicle on the desk, and demanded, "Why aren't we covering these stories?" Not long after that, the Statesman began taking a critical look at Freeport...."

Cream of the Tech-Top
The Year in Multimedia
Screens Story  January 5, 1996
"...Depending on the speed of your computer and modem, the Navigator allows you to see and hear presentations that were until now the domain of far more sophisticated and costly programs. With Navigator (and its cousins like the several incarnations of Mosaic), you can see and hear film clips from such American icons as the Walt Disney Studios, Windham Hill Records, and Sony Corporation of America with outstanding sound, graphics, and animation...."

Bus Stops Here: Two Finalists for Top Spot
Agency looks outside for new leadership
News Story  May 14, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...• HNTB Corporation (2001-2005): vice president and officer in charge..."

AMD and the Edwards Aquifer
SOS says mitigation offers aren't enough
News Story  April 22, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...To soften the public shock of a giant corporation moving nearly 3,000 employees into environmentally sensitive territory, AMD and landowner Stratus Properties have gone to great means to doll up their proposal with plenty of lipstick and backlighting. The plan comes with a $5 million mitigation gift for land acquisition and a commitment to adhere to strict Green Building standards..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  June 14, 2002
"...Come on, enough Big Government is enough. You and Wee Jimmy Hightower carp on and on ad nauseam about Big Corporations but you get all giggly over Big Government...."

Naked City
RomaDesign Group prepares to present its revised redevelopment plan for Robert Mueller Airport to theCity Council; now the ex-airport just needs some tenants.
News Story  April 28, 2000, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Foremost among those safeguards is the creation of some citizen oversight for the New Mueller, whether a standard-issue city board or a public corporation. The MNC, and before it the city's RMMA Redevelopment Process and Goals Task Force, has been calling for such an entity for about four years, and the City Council actually considered establishing an oversight group in mid-April..."

I Plan, Therefore I Am
A Downtown Planning Timeline
News Story  January 30, 1998, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...1978: The American City Corporation, a unit of shopping-mall mega-developer The Rouse Company, is commissioned to draft an urban-renewal master plan for the southern half of downtown and the south bank of the river. Projects born of American City's efforts include the Hyatt Regency, several skyscrapers, and a scattering of condos along the lakeshore..."

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Waring Responds
Columns  October 17, 1997
"...The eight include: three PhDs, one doctoral student, two holders of Masters degrees, and two holders of Bachelors degrees. Intellectually, it is safe to say we were not "low-achievers." In the realm of work, the group consisted of a vice-president of a major Texas corporation, a ranking official of a State of Texas agency, a manager of a retail establishment, and five administrators in higher education..."

Standing Rock Pipeline Protests Bring New Life to Old Struggles
“It’s about all of us”
News Story  September 29, 2016, by Greg Harman
"...Since the Obama administration has placed the most contested section of the Dakota pipeline on hold, it could be that the standoff continues into the winter. Mean­while, Energy Transfer Partners recently sold a $2 billion share in the pipeline to Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Enbridge Energy Partners, adding significant investor pressure to push through...."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 14, 2006
"...2) is the open-city-government amendment ["Page Two," April 7]. Is this what you are talking about, Mr Black – open city government?! Or are you just blowing air and analogies about cards and masturbating?! Get your amendments straight! Secondly, this amendment is trying to stop the government from being run like a corporation and help us (the people for whom these elected officials work) to hold them accountable..."

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