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"...Henderson has served as interim chief since Joe Chacon’s retirement last year...."

June 14, 2024 News Feature

What State Police Patrolling Austin Means
Send in the troopers
"...act statewide—including throughout Austin—to ensure the safety of state employees and [Texans] … on state-owned or state-leased property," the..."

March 31, 2023 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Council Goes for Short-Term Police Deal, Ignores Union Noise
One year, last chance
"...go much farther than any type of police oversight system in Texas," said Council Member Chito Vela, who carried..."

Feb. 24, 2023 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Big, Contentious Austin Energy Rate Hike Finally Arrives at Council
Power for the people?
"...provided by solar energy over the lifetime of a system, which is 25 to 30 years, at minimum, they're..."

Nov. 25, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

City Base Wage Jumps to $20/Hour for Next Fiscal Year
Council approves increase for city workers
"...and high-quality city services while also enabling our public employees to live in the city they serve," Fuentes wrote..."

Aug. 26, 2022 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Council Recap: Adopted FY23 Budget Puts More Cash in Everybody's Pockets
Still TBD: Impact of future public safety contracts
"...and high-quality city services while also enabling our public employees to live in the city they serve,” Fuentes wrote..."

Aug. 19, 2022 News Post by Austin Sanders

Up the Pay, Medics Might Stay
Medics volunteering for overtime nearly doubled after EMS made overtime pay double regular hourly wage
" a ransomware hack on Kronos, the time management system the department uses, which disrupted payroll management for more..."

March 25, 2022 News Feature by Austin Sanders

State Employee Unions Look Askance at Texas Lege’s Pension Changes
Unions give a hard pass on cash balance plan proposed in Senate Bill 321
"...a hard pass from the unions representing many state employees, who say a so-called cash balance plan is one..."

May 14, 2021 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Small Change at APD
An interim chief and a blueprint for academy reform
" panels of community members, city leaders, and APD employees. Finalists will then be invited to participate in more..."

March 26, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

IPic Will Be Second Austin Cinema to Reopen
Local branch of luxury chain firing up starting June 11
"...Theaters, LLC, an investment vehicle backed by the Teachers' Retirement System of Alabama and the Employees' Retirement System of..."

June 9, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Tatum Report Depicts Bleak Conditions for Accountability at APD
Is meaningful reform to address bias, bigotry “aspirational at best”?
" say that Newsom was calling to discuss his retirement and to “inquire about his eligibility for benefits” –..."

April 22, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

As Charlie Jones Exits C3, He Traces His Journey From College Station to Founding ACL Fest
Leaving the music promotions empire he helped build, Jones begins his new events company, Four Leaf
"...In her husband's and her retirement age, they spent all that time traveling the country..."

Feb. 28, 2020 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

The Austin Music Poll Innovates in 2020
Write-in, wrong. The Music Poll goes multiple choice.
"...two-round shake-up of recent years. Even so, the core system of voting has remained largely the same: a write-in..."

Nov. 29, 2019 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

"...the 86th Legislature. It includes raises for all county employees (including commissioners) and $4.3 million in first-year matching funds..."

Sept. 27, 2019 News Feature

Dems Vie for Incumbent Rep. John Carter’s Round Rock Seat
North of Austin, a range of liberals in TX-31 contest
"...Act exchanges, and an eventual transition to a single-payer system. (Other issues: LGBTQ rights, women's rights, education, environment.)..."

Aug. 30, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Delia Garza "Seriously Considering" Run for County Attorney
Supporters launch "Progressive Justice Now" draft campaign
" Fighting for reforms and improvements to the justice system would be a natural transition for me.” (Garza’s full..."

July 18, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Upcoming Legislative Session
Lawmakers set to tackle immigration, education, legalization, transportation, and more
"...produce badly needed reform to the state's school finance system. Gov. Abbott's office has been privately hashing out a..."

Dec. 14, 2018 News Feature by the News Staff

Learning the Hard Way That Police and Democratic Socialists Rarely Mix
CLEAT alum Danny Fetonte's resignation from the Austin DSA raises questions for the local chapter
"...proposal abolishing prisons and police at the convention. Both systems are thoroughly broken and we have to take a..."

Oct. 13, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Are City Employee Pensions at Risk?
Pension systems in Dallas and Houston have been beat up by bad spending.
"...Public pension systems – funds that pay out retirement income to city..."

Feb. 24, 2017 News Feature by Margaret Nicklas

The Boys Club
Female employees say gender discrimination persists at City Hall. Could a new resolution fix the broken system?
" fill vacant positions as well as hire new employees were denied, and her performance reviews weren't scheduled (which..."

Aug. 12, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

State Emergency-Leave Rules Tightened
Comptroller will now verify all applications
"...used as under-the-table severance or settlement pay for former employees...."

June 10, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Salaries Up for Debate
With cost of living going up, teachers need a raise
"..."four and four" – a 4% raise for all employees for the 2016-17 school year, with a guarantee of..."

May 6, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Chronicle Endorsements
"...big to fail banks – and the campaign finance system, is sorely needed. And the senator has put his..."

Feb. 12, 2016 News Feature

Finding a New D.A.
The Dem primary race turns from a default succession into a three-way wrestling match
"...written code of conduct that would apply to all employees, from the D.A. on down."..."

Jan. 22, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

A lot of belt tightening and creative thinking make getting by with low dollars possible for AISD
"...with a long-running challenge to the state's school finance system finally reaching the Texas Supreme Court on Sept. 1..."

Sept. 4, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Council Wrap-up
Staff not amused by some CMs' ideas on how to cut the budget
"...tenure as city manager, "this level of response by employees is unprecedented."..."

Sept. 4, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

Charles Attal Discusses C3/Live Nation Deal
“We needed each other”
"...changing in our business model. There’s no Live Nation employees coming in to run our company. Me, Charlie, and..."

Feb. 26, 2015 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

The Hero Returns
Vince Young carves out a second career at UT-Austin
"...On June 15, 2014, Young announced his retirement from the NFL. His overall record was 31-19, but..."

Feb. 13, 2015 News Feature by Jessica Luther

Mayor Appoints Council Committees
10-1 Council members begin to take their places
"...Transportation Authority Board (Garza); Austin Fire Fighters Relief and Retirement Fund (Adler); Community Advancement Network Board of Directors (Houston,..."

Feb. 10, 2015 News Post by Michael King

Council: Sweet Summertime
CMs work through full agenda before break
"...staff proposal (suggested in part by AFSCME, the city employees union). These were the consequence of 2012's public vote,..."

July 4, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

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