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Land for Water
The city is asking voters to send more money to a little-known program that protects Barton Springs
News Story  October 25, 2018, by Lindsay Stafford Mader
"...Some land was bought outright, where the city fully owns it, and some was purchased through conservation easements, where the city pays the landowner about 50% of the property's value to own the development rights. This, Slusher says, allowed the city to stretch its funds and the families to retain their ranches and heritage while also making some money..."

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List
Lineup includes Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, + 280 more
DAILY Arts  August 29, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Davis – The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea Dessa – My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love Paula Disbrow – Any Night Grilling: 60 Ways to Fire Up Dinner (and More) Justin Driver – The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind Casey Dunn and Helen Thompson – Texas Made/Texas Modern: The House and the Land Glory Edim – Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves Ashley D. Farmer – Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era Hugh Fitzsimmons III – A Rock Between Two Rivers: The Fracturing of a Texas Family Ranch Randal Ford – Animal Kingdom: A Collection of Portraits Ben Fountain – Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution Francis Fukuyama – Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment Amy Fusselman – Idiophone: An Essay Gay Gaddis – Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business and Life Angela Garbes – Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy Amy Gentry – Tori Amos' Boys for Pele Casey Gerald – There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir Felicia Graham – Texas Rollergirls Flat Track Derby Don Graham – Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film [image-7-right] Reyna Grande – A Dream Called Home: A Memoir David Grann – The White Darkness Stephanie Elizondo Griest – All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches From the U.S..."

Why Are Some of Austin's Smartest Restaurants Heading Toward Dripping Springs?
The Switch, Pieous, and the League look west
Food Story  August 9, 2018, by Tom Thornton
"...The Lakeway natives opened their first location of the League Kitchen and Tavern in 2011 near friends and family. They've since opened Tony C's pizza in Bee Cave and another League location in Avery Ranch..."

50 Margaret Moser Cover Stories
PHOTO GALLERY  June 29, 2017
"...“Do Right Woman: Calling Polly Parsons home to the Hickory Wind Ranch” (July 31, 2009) Cover photo by John Anderson..."

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Wild Horses
Director/Screenwriter: Robert Duvall
A Texas ranch family's idyllic life unravels as the Texas Rangers reopen and investigate a 15-year-old missing person case. Cast: Robert Duvall, James Franco, Josh Hartnett, Luciana Duvall, Adriana Barraza, Jim Parrack, Angie Cepeda, Devon Abner (World Premiere)

District 8: Partisan Nonpartisans
News Story  December 4, 2014, by Nina Hernandez
"...It was a big deal." Scruggs went to KUT in 1992, where he helped produce SoundSight, a program that recorded newspaper articles for the blind. Eventually he sought a more lucrative career in clinical research for the pharmaceutical industry, before immersing himself in Circle C Ranch politics..."

Austin City Election
Endorsements for mayor and Council
News Story  October 16, 2014, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...Former state administrator Eliza May also has government experience and progressive principles, but her single-minded devotion to budget and tax cuts is not persuasive. We're recommending clinical research associate and neighborhood activist Ed Scruggs, who worked to shift control of the Circle C Ranch Homeowners Association from the developers to the actual homeowners, and helped establish an organized Democratic outpost in the previously red-leaning area..."

Ten Districts, Many Visions
Commuter Blues
News Story  October 2, 2014, by Nina Hernandez
"...All five candidates for the District 8 Council seat have repeatedly pointed out that their corner of the city has the highest percentage of homeowners (as of 2010, 63%). Those homeowners all own vehicles – generally more than one – and commuting voters from sprawling Circle C Ranch, as well as from the smaller subdivisions along U.S..."

Campaign Snapshots
City Council Districts 7 and 8
News Story  September 25, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Traffic woes simmer in every area of Aus­tin's most southwest district, where many Oak Hill and Circle C Ranch commuters wonder if the project to connect SH 45 SW (and effectively MoPac) to 1626 via a toll road – planned decades ago – will ever come to fruition. The Y at Oak Hill remains constantly congested, and much of the district is a virtual Capital Metro dead zone..."

The Road to 10-1 ... Is Getting Crowded [Updated May 12]
As May money season opens, candidates blossom
News Story  May 2, 2014, by Michael King
"...District 6 sprawls from Brushy Creek near Round Rock and Cedar Park in the north, southward through Anderson Mill and the surrounding commercial areas, all the way down a corridor to Bee Caves Road (FM 2244) and around Steiner Ranch along the Colorado. But it is effectively a far-Northwest district, relatively wealthy, heavily Anglo, although with sizable percentages of Hispanics and Asians (15-16% each)...."

Then There's This: Grandfathered Death Star
The Vested Rights Ordinance is new, but is it improved?
News Column  April 25, 2014, by Amy Smith
"..."I've been through five downturns in the last 35 years here in Aus­tin," he said. He bases much of his experience working on megasubdivision projects like Circle C, Barton Creek, Steiner Ranch, and other master-planned communities..."

Recommended at Texas Book Festival
Capsule reviews and panel info
Books Story  October 26, 2012
"...Tinted by its setting in East Texas; by narrative tradition from what used to be called the Orient; by Danielewski's device of color-coded "autumnal quotation marks" that might have come from slightly east of Pluto. Look: There's a seamstress and her nemesis and the betrayal between them; there are five orphans; there is a dark night at a ranch house and a storyteller with a long black box that contains what will certainly sever the calm of their lives..."

The Battle for Barton Springs: A Brief Timeline
Twenty years of progress
News Story  August 3, 2012, by Michael King
"...2000: City Council approves a settlement agreement with Circle C Ranch developer Gary Bradley, decreasing planned density; enviro groups split on the settlement. A city study finds increasing levels of conductivity, sulfates, turbidity, and total organic carbon in Barton Springs water..."

Inside Out ... Outside In
The growing influence of fringe movements on City Hall reflects either a healthy populism or the implosion of civic engagement
News Story  March 2, 2012, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Laura Pressley – small-business owner, political activist, and recently announced candidate for City Council – stood at the makeshift podium in the YMCA Learning Center on a chilly Friday morning last month. Not three days earlier, she had sat in a conference room at the Terrazas Branch Library and watched in wonder as a hastily gathered coalition of volunteer campaign advisors, activists, leftists, conservatives, libertarians, anarchists, environmentalists, private-property advocates, cranks, and pie-eyed optimists came to quick agreement on which council member she should run against in the upcoming campaign..."

Karen Huber's Change of Mind
Postmarks  February 25, 2012
"...I was there when Karen Huber said that the link will get done. She has changed her mind, probably with a concerted effort from our neighbors in Circle C Ranch, who do not want to see the MoPac/45 SW original design completed..."

Pease Out
New year will mean limited park use for commercial fitness groups
News Story  December 2, 2011, by Laurel Chesky
"...Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park..."

Shelters Open to Receive Evacuees From Central Texas Fires
Stay informed about fires in the Greater Austin area
DAILY News  September 4, 2011, by Anne Harris
"...More than seven wildfires in the Greater Austin area were reported on Sunday, including those in Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Spicewood, Steiner Ranch, and Bastrop. Forecasts of continuing wind gusts of up to 30 mph through Monday, and ongoing dry conditions prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Watch for Labor Day...."

Circle Sky
For your resident Head, the Monkees' Michael Nesmith still lassos 'Circle Sky' country-rock
Music Story  February 18, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Video Ranch ( had already camped out at the local film facilities during South by Southwest, broadcasting interactive live sets for virtual consumption. As acts from here and far entertained avatar audiences onscreen, the venture's inventor sat in a mobile facility outside tweaking computer code..."

Alamo Drafthouses to merge, Tim League back in as CEO
Screens Story  June 4, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Top of the list: Far South Austin, where a 35,000- square-foot, Circle C Ranch mega-Alamo is slated to open at Slaughter and MoPac in the near future...."

Satellite Bistro & Bar
Food Story  June 4, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Kamburis brothers' Austin restaurant empire has expanded and contracted along with the economy in recent years. Currently, their original Flipnotics serves coffee drinks, locally sourced snacks, and live music to a loyal clientele on Barton Springs Road restaurant row, while their newer Satellite Bistro is packing in diners near Circle C Ranch..."

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