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The New M.O. at City Hall
City Manager Marc Ott opens up on his new job, his new city, and his philosophy of governance
"...What makes Marc Ott tick? How might the new city manager's leadership change the direction of Austin? That's been..."

Aug. 15, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Animal Shelter Lawsuit: City Has Alpo on Its Face
On Monday, the fifth citizen-group lawsuit this year was filed against the City of Austin, this time alleging a “conspiratorial strategy” to keep the controversial animal shelter relocation decision away from the public scrutiny of an open council vote.
"...fifth citizen-group lawsuit this year was filed against the City of Austin, this time alleging a “conspiratorial strategy” to..."

Oct. 2, 2007 News Post by Katherine Gregor

City Budget: Minimal Slippage
Sparse cuts, few surprises in proposed fiscal document
"...Ott to become more open – traditionally called the City Manager's budget, Ott was quick to note "we've all..."

July 23, 2008 News Post by Wells Dunbar

LULAC Protests Lack of Latino Manager Candidates
The League of United Latin American Citizens is not happy with the city manager pool
"...the announcement of the semi-finalist candidates to become Austin city manager to generate some backlash. Among the six candidates..."

Dec. 8, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

City to Review SXSW
Council directs staff to perform a 'post-event review'
"...After a brief discussion at last Thursday’s City Council meeting, Council passed unanimously a resolution directing City..."

March 31, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Pete Collins, City's IT Chief, Resigns
Departure ends strange personnel question lingering all summer
"...Minutes ago, the City of Austin issued a press release stating that Pete..."

Aug. 13, 2008 News Post by Wells Dunbar

RG4N Questions City's Legal Wisdom
Anti-Wal-Mart group wants to know why city hired outside legal staff in Northcross case.
"...Responsible Growth for Northcross is in high dudgeon over City Council's appropriation of $224,000 to an outside law firm..."

Feb. 21, 2007 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Former Fleet Services Manager Says Scrap Tires Only a Symptom
Fired whistleblower says city has ignored serious problems for years
"...Officials in the city's Fleet Services department were reportedly warned about problems in..."

Aug. 4, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

City Hall Hustle: Fault Lines
KeyPoint blunders point to weakness in council-manager government
"...is a rare thing. In the person of retiring City Attorney David Smith, we have someone responsible for the..."

May 28, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

City Hall Hustle: Call Us Ambiguous
Feeling confused? You must be talking to city legal
"...Once, the Hustle asked City Attorney David Smith the color of the sky. Six..."

Nov. 13, 2009 News Column by Wells Dunbar

NAACP Issues “Clarion Call” to City Government
Linder challenges city to “quit talking” about equity and “send money”
"...In a Thursday morning City Hall press conference, Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder excoriated..."

Aug. 10, 2017 News Post by Michael King

City Budget: Something's Gotta Give
Cooling economy, rising costs mean tough choices for City Council
"...The current city budget predicament has a fairly simple frame: For the..."

May 12, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Staffing Overhaul at City Hall
Big changes out of City Manager's office, reshuffle in Mayor's staff
"...does that compare to the rabbit hole that is city politics? After the jump, news on some major staff..."

Nov. 28, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Austin City Council v. Climate Change
City Hall backs resilience, electric vehicles
"...In 2015, City Council set down the ambitious path of achieving carbon..."

May 17, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

City Hall Hustle: Budget, Bonds, and Big Plans
Hard times and planned projects to collide at city forums
"...opportunities this week on major financial decisions facing the city: the city budget and the proposed November bond election...."

June 18, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Interim City: The Biggest Local News Stories of 2017
Welcome to Austin, where a quarter of city management has been temporary. That's just the beginning of our issues.
"...Thirteen of the city's 55 departments are currently overseen by interim, acting, or..."

Dec. 29, 2017 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Breathing Room for the City Budget
Proposed FY 2019 city budget features sunnier projections
"...That's one takeaway from the FY 2019 proposed city budget formally presented by City Manager Spencer Cronk Monday..."

Aug. 10, 2018 News Feature by Michael King

State of the City Address
As delivered by Mayor Lee Leffingwell today
"...Mayor Lee Leffingwell delivered his State of the City Address before the Real Estate Council of Austin today...."

Feb. 2, 2010 News Post by Lee Nichols

Faster Than Sound: City of Austin Delays Venue Funding – Again
Live music venues have asked for dedicated COVID-19 relief since March, but the city says applications won't open until next year.
"...by Southwest, the latest hit came in a recent city memo. The update announced applications for venue aid won't..."

Nov. 27, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

City Homeless Officer Steps Back While Abbott Doubles Down
Putting Council under more pressure to act on homeless ordinances
"...Lori Pampilo Harris announced her transition from a full-time city employee to a consultant role, leaving the city with..."

Oct. 10, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

City Hall Hustle: No Ports in This Storm
Ruthless economic climate has city bracing for budget season
"...the report's release – on the eve of the city's annual foray into budget season – is highly appropriate...."

April 8, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

City Gets Into the News Biz
'CityView' debuts on Channel 6
"...Channel 6, your one-stop cable destination for City Council meetings, boards and commissions ephemera, and the best..."

Jan. 11, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

RG4N to Sue City Today
Responsible Growth for Northcross files a lawsuit today against the city of Austin and Lincoln Property Co., asserting that the city's Tuesday approval of a second site plan for the redevelopment of Northcross Mall was illegal.
"...for Northcross is filing its lawsuit today against the city of Austin and Lincoln Property Co., asserting that the..."

June 28, 2007 News Post by Katherine Gregor

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
"...of art from the Census Bureau) around the core city, along with those areas expected to become "urbanized" in..."

Sept. 20, 2002 News Feature

Austin Energy's Newest General Manager
Marc Ott announces GM Larry Weis
"...Today, City Manager Marc Ott announced Austin Energy's new general manager..."

July 22, 2010 News Post by Jillian Richardson

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
"...Former Austin Assistant City Manager Marcia Conner did not get fired last week..."

Nov. 29, 2002 News Feature

City Council: How Big Is Just Right?
Council moves forward on Mobility Bond, “Smart Corridors”
"...Last Thursday’s City Council meeting featured the usual brace of postponements, but..."

Aug. 15, 2016 News Post by Michael King

Marc Ott Out at City Hall
Embattled city manager takes job in Washington, D.C.
"...The International City/County Management Association in Washington, D.C., announced Friday that it..."

Aug. 12, 2016 News Post by Nina Hernandez

City, County Clash Over Future Hotel Tax
The city’s “Palm District” vs. the county’s Expo Center
"...of the HOT levied currently by the state and city, to help finance a massive redevelopment of the Travis..."

Aug. 16, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

City Budget Squeezed Between Basic Costs and State Neglect
The city has $1.03 billion in taxpayer money. Here's where it's going.
"...Last week's city budget presentation began in tears – those of interim..."

Aug. 11, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

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