"...There been lots of talk about Planning Commissioner and past Austin Neighborhood Council vice-president/Bouldin Crek NA prez Kathie Tovo mounting a bid against Randi Shade. Chatter no more: Tovo tells Newsdesk she'll file against Shade this week because the Place 3 incumbent "doesn’t show respect for citizens."..."
"...Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo has competition in her re-election campaign for the District 9 seat on City Council. Danielle Skidmore, an engineer by trade and local transgender and LGBTQ advocate, filed her campaign treasurer appointment last week..."
"...CM Mike Martinez has announced for mayor. And the two eligible to run – Chris Riley and Kathie Tovo – were both drawn into the new District 9, and have just confirmed they’ll be running against each other...."
"...If you’re here, it’s because you’ve sought out the full transcription of the Chronicle’s CodeNEXT conversation with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council Member Greg Casar, found below...."
"...Early voting numbers are in, and Place 3 incumbent Randi Shade is trailing challenger Kathie Tovo by 9%, or 1,350 votes - not exactly an insurmountable lead meaning no run-off, but clearly a blow to the well-funded Place 3 council member...."
"...Kathie Tovo surely must have felt vindicated as she looked out over a sea of sweaty supporters during her victory party Saturday night at Scholz. But after enduring a brutal campaign to defeat a well-financed incumbent, Tovo graciously thanked Council Member Randi Shade for her time in public office...."
"...Yesterday's day one early voting totals are in for the last remaining city of Austin election, the Randi Shade/Kathie Tovo run-off for City Council, and they bring a surprise: Improved turnout compared to day one of last month's general election turnout. The numbers are still low, but a rise in turnout from a general to a run-off is almost unheard of...."
"...As Kathie Tovo stood on a Scholz Garten picnic bench to address her supporters, the election day numbers gave reason for celebration if not outright victory. With all precincts reporting, Tovo pulled in 46.55%, well ahead of the 32.94% of incumbent Randi Shade...."
"...On the day before the June 18 run-off, the energy inside Kathie Tovo's campaign headquarters at 31st and Lamar was undeniably confident. The campaign – a grassroots effort pitting neighborhood and education advocate Tovo against a business-backed incumbent with a deep war chest – was nailing down final details on the fieldwork and phone banking needed to close the deal on election day...."
"...Max Nofziger pegged his constituency, we eat a lot of macaroni and cheese. Went and voted, and now we face a run-off between Kathie Tovo and Randi Shade..."
"...While City Council takes its summer break, two council members, Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo, are keeping staff busy looking for more and better ways to regulate – if not eliminate – commercial short-term rentals. After pushing to postpone until Aug..."
"...Formula One wasn't the only issue facing Kathie Tovo at her first meeting: A development deal with hotel builders White Lodging came before council at its special called meeting this Wednesday, June 29, having already created fault lines on the council...."
"...With early voting for the City Council Place 3 run-off beginning next week (June 6-14), the campaigns returned to exchanging salvos and dueling endorsements. Incumbent Randi Shade's emails and fliers hit challenger Kathie Tovo on resources, infrastructure, and land-use issues – arguing that the front-runner will likely try to stop or slow down work on Water Treatment Plant No..."
"...Kathie Tovo pretty obviously had it wrapped up when she took almost 55% of the early vote in her City Council run-off challenge to Randi Shade. Any hope the incumbent had of an Election Day turnaround quickly faded, as Tovo's numbers only improved: She took 58% of today's ballots..."
"...Austin City Council Place 3 incumbent Randi Shade can probably start packing up her things. Unless there is a huge Election Day turnaround, Kathie Tovo will be moving in..."
"...Today is Election Day in the Austin City Council Place 3 run-off between incumbent Randi Shade and challenger Kathie Tovo. Polls are open 7am-7pm..."
"...There’s still a week and a half until Kathie Tovo’s first full, regularly scheduled City Council meeting. The 133-item draft agenda for that July 28 meeting is already up, but the most controversial item may not be posted yet: a potential item from Tovo and Laura Morrison delaying implementation of expanded pay parking hours Downtown...."
"...The Chronicle editorial board narrowly endorsed Kathie Tovo over incumbent Randi Shade in the general election, and nothing has happened since then to cause us to reverse that opinion for the run-off. While – as tends to be inevitable – the intervening campaigns have not been particularly edifying, that has not dampened turnout..."
"...The Chronicle editorial board narrowly endorsed Kathie Tovo over incumbent Randi Shade in the general election, and nothing has happened since that to cause us to reverse that opinion for the run-off. However – as tends to be inevitable – the intervening campaigns have not been particularly edifying or inspiring, which we hope will not dampen turnout..."
"...In a few days (perhaps by the time you read this), the second draft of the CodeNEXT rewrite will be released (www.austintexas.gov/codenext). On September 7, the day following a preview of Draft 2 by city staff and consultants to City Council, we sat down with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and District 4 Council Member Greg Casar, and invited a conversation about CodeNEXT, the direction of the land development code rewrite, and their hopes for the outcome of the process..."
"...On the Road to 10-1 – the 10-district City Council – the weekend's headline news was the formal announcement by Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole that she is indeed a candidate for mayor. Meanwhile last week, a couple more candidates filed in district races, and incumbent Council Member Laura Morrison endorsed her colleague Kathie Tovo in District 9...."
"...With election night's results formally canvassed last week and a run-off officially set for June 18, the race for Place 3 continues. Incumbent Randi Shade, facing a near rout (33% to 46%), has promised to draw sharp distinctions between herself and challenger Kathie Tovo, who dominated election night results (albeit in a contest with dramatically low turnout, of about 7.4% of the registered voters)..."
"...Incumbent Place 3 Council Member Randi Shade began the evening expecting a "very close" runoff against challenger Kathie Tovo, but the early vote numbers came in 55% Tovo, 45% Shade – and the day's numbers were only worse. A little after 9pm, Shade thanked the voters, her supporters, her team, and her partner Kayla Shell, for a hard-fought campaign...."
"...After another special-called session Tuesday morning, Council members continued to tread water over short-term rental regulations, considering several variations on regs limiting Type 2 STRs. A few regs were added, but Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo’s push for an immediate moratorium was rejected...."
"...Kathie Tovo: Educational impact statements – that will be one tool to measure how development is going to impact schools. It was a recommendation on both the Families and Children Task Force and the [Austin ISD Community] Committee, because I was on both, and I made sure it went to both places..."
"...We learned late last week that Randi Shade’s campaign finance complaint against Kathie Tovo campaign was dismissed. On Monday, Shade filed a related complaint with the City Clerk..."
"...Kathie Tovo will hit the ground running: A work session Wednesday takes up the Richard Suttle double-header of Formula One and a potential $4 million fee waiver deal with White Lodging to build a convention center hotel Downtown. But she has to be sworn in first, and that’s taking place tomorrow at City Hall...."
"...Just before the start of last Thursday’s City Council meeting (Aug. 17), Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo told a skeptical reporter she was estimating adjournment at about 11pm..."
"...A few minutes ago, in a special called meeting, City Council voted 5-2 to approve incentive deals for Websense and Dropbox -- moving or expanding to Austin from San Diego and San Francisco, respectively. CMs Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo - citing expense and lack of necessity - voted against the deals; other members defended the investment and return...."
"...Only for natural disaster, assassination, and steroid investigations does board and commission action garner as much ink as Kathie Tovo's decision not to reappoint Mike Levy to the Public Safety Commission...."
"...After months of speculation over whether Shade would face a viable opponent – and before the email headlines, it looked unlikely – she now faces two. Challenger Kathie Tovo, tested in the world of neighborhood politics (as a leader of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association and the Austin Neighborhoods Council as well as a planning commissioner), has also been intimately involved with a current hot issue – public schools – having advocated against school closures on the Austin Independent School District's Facility Master Plan Task Force..."
"..."We're off to the races!" might be the opening call for the Kathie Tovo campaign, which kicked off its Place 3 City Council run with TV ads and mailers denouncing a potential "city subsidy for a racetrack." The racetrack is the Formula One venue now under construction near the airport, scheduled for its first event sometime in 2012. According to Tovo's salvos, the F1 track is under consideration for a "$40 million subsidy" from City Council, or as Tovo puts it in her TV ad, "We're in a budget crisis, and the City Council may give $4 million a year [for 10 years] to subsidize a racetrack."*..."
"...After five years in office, Chris Riley will no longer be a City Council member. He announced Friday that he was withdrawing from the District 9 run-off against his colleague Kathie Tovo...."
"...But over in Place 3, one candidate took an undisputed lead, and it's fair to say many were shocked by the commanding performance of Kathie Tovo over well-funded incumbent Randi Shade – a 13-percentage-point, 4,000-vote lead that saw the challenger widen her lead on election day and almost win the election outright...."
"...A resolution proposed by Mayor Pro Tem and District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo aims to change that, among other things: It requests the city manager report back to City Council with information on the effectiveness of the bonus programs in generating affordable housing resources. The data is expected to show the total number of affordable units constructed; the longevity of affordability for each unit; all allocations of money generated by the fees-in-lieu; and a per-unit cost estimate for constructing each off-site unit using fee-in-lieu money..."
"...Randi Shade held a press conference yesterday affirming her commitment to a run-off in Place 3, and promising "to review her positions on important, key issues facing the City of Austin and stark differences between Randi and her opponent,"� Kathie Tovo. The Hustle brings you reaction from both camps...."
"...As reported Friday, current Council Member Chris Riley announced that he’s withdrawing from the District 9 run-off against his colleague Kathie Tovo. Riley woke up after election day down 10 percentage points to Tovo, who missed a majority victory by 1% of the vote on Nov..."
"...It makes sense that the Laura Morrison (Place 4) and Kathie Tovo (Place 3) campaigns both ended up at Scholz Garten – the crowd of supporters definitely overlaps, and has been bouncing from the party room (LM) to the outside patio (KT) for a couple of hours...."
"...Early voting starts today in the Place 3 run-off. Below, we take a closer look at the closing salvo Randi Shade's campaign fired against Kathie Tovo: her vote in the belabored Bradford-Nohra zoning saga...."
"...Late this afternoon, Council Member Chris Riley announced that he would be withdrawing from the District 9 run-off. His opponent, Kathie Tovo, had come close to winning the November 4 election, but ultimately finished with 49% of the vote..."
"...20, City Council approved incentive deals with two high-tech companies – Websense and Dropbox – planning to move roughly 640 high-salaried jobs to Austin over the next 10 years. But the deals were the third in a row in which CMs Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo balked at paying corporate incentives during relatively good economic times...."
"...A postscript to the Hustle's column this week regarding the Kathie Tovo and Mike Levy show: The new Place 3 council member names more office staff, while Levy chimes in with a disclaimer all his own...."
"...Action’s now set for a special meeting June 29. Kathie Tovo will be on the dais..."
"...Early voting ends today, and Kathie Tovo knows it. As election night fave, Tovo seemingly benefited from lower voter turnout; with turnout in the run-off well above where it was in the general, Tovo's drawing some "stark distinctions" of her own in a clip going after Randi Shade...."
"...With the first five days of early voting attesting to surprisingly semi-decent turnout, it’s clear the Place 3 run-off has succeeding in capturing more voter attention than the general. We’ve got the latest developments in the Randi Shade/Kathie Tovo showdown, including a pro-Tovo robocall from a council member...."
"...The Hustle was outta town this weekend, missing the Place 3 run-off election. But despite being hundreds of miles removed, a glimpse at the 7pm early voting totals told me what it did campaigners on the ground in Austin: Randi Shade's re-election chances were over, and Kathie Tovo would be your next City Council member...."
"...Victims' advocates joined Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and District 4 Council Member Greg Casar Thursday morning to call on City Council to immediately prioritize the Austin Police Department’s rape kit backlog in light of the DNA lab closure...."
"...Everybody has something to say about Austin Energy's proposed rate increase, and our elected officials are no exception. First Mayor Lee Leffingwell posted a blog against the 12% hike, then Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole held a community forum about it, and now Council Members Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo have a plan that might buy everyone some more time...."
"...Formula One is receiving the lion's share of attention at council's special called meeting tomorrow, the first with Kathie Tovo on the dais. But a potential development deal with hotel builders White Lodging is also up, a proposal that's already created fault lines on the council...."
"...We spoke with Council Member Randi Shade at her Clarksville home on Friday, May 20, the day after she announced she would stay in the race for Place 3, in the June 18 run-off with Kathie Tovo. At her announcement, Shade said she believed she needs to highlight the "stark differences" between herself and Tovo on several issues: water resources, public safety, and land use, among other things..."