Naked City


Full Plate for Council

The City Council's most important act of the week may happen behind closed doors in executive session, when they "discuss the separation and transition of City Manager Jesus Garza, and the appointment and employment of an acting City Manager." Under the current scenario, Garza won't leave his post until April 30. But there's momentum at City Hall to make his deputy, Toby Futrell, acting city manager ASAP.

Also on the agenda is the proposal to undo, at a cost of $4 million, the city's intended lease of a third downtown block to Computer Sciences Corporation (see "CSC-U-L8R," p.16), which should pass without incident. Other hot hits:

Final approval of the Holly Neighborhood Plan and its attached rezonings, which would complete the task of planning the inner Eastside. Begun in early 2000, this process was supposed to last just eight months.

Appropriation of another $775,000 for the star-crossed Austin Music Network. Sixty grand of that will come out of the hotel-bed-tax-fed Cultural Arts Fund, long eyed as a funding source for AMN. Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman's plans to change the rules under which the arts fund is distributed to local artists -- an eternally controversial process -- are again on the agenda.

Discussion of unspecified "issues" related to the city's lease with the Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts -- specifically, whether the CMACA board is living up to its obligations. The multi-million-dollar CMACA complex, approved in the 1998 bond election, is slated to be built on the shores of Town Lake just west of I-35.

A public hearing on the Seton/Brackenridge "hospital-within-a-hospital" (aka the "pagan floor") plan.

And another, at 6pm, to discuss "whether the City Charter should be amended to provide for the election of the council from single-member districts." If the council approves, the proposal would be placed on the May ballot. Austin voters have rejected single-member districts five times in the past, most recently in 1994, but it's hard to imagine what anyone would say at this or future hearings that would dissuade this council from putting an SMD plan on the May ballot.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More by Mike Clark-Madison
May 1 Special Election Results: Austin Voters Tell City Leaders What They Don't Like
May 1 Special Election Results: Austin Voters Tell City Leaders What They Don't Like
Strong-mayor proposal fails spectacularly, while voters say "yes" to reinstating public camping ban

May 7, 2021

Austin at Large: Stupid Games, Ugly Prizes
Austin at Large: Stupid Games, Ugly Prizes
With the lives of Austin’s unhoused poor at stake, the city prepares to do something

May 7, 2021

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle