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Can the Austin Airport Speed Up Its Sorely Needed Expansion?
Explosive growth and understaffing lead to long lines and near-misses
"...U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett remembers when he flew with Mayor Kirk Watson (during his previous term in the 1990s)..."

May 24, 2024 News Feature by Lina Fisher

With HOME, Council Cuts Lot Size Requirements for First Time in 80 Years
Smaller lots, more apartments, towers near transit
"...Mobility and Equity (HOME) package of reforms, introduced by Mayor Pro Tem Leslie Pool last summer – also hope..."

May 24, 2024 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Animal Services Volunteers Rally for Council to Fire Their Boss
Advocates say they have lost confidence in Don Bland’s leadership
"...– regularly and routinely and our City Council and Mayor Kirk Watson refuse to take action,” Here for the..."

May 14, 2024 News Post by Lina Fisher

Hold Your Trojan Horses
"...irreparable damage to the environment and community values. Our mayor and majority of the City Council are in agreement..."

May 11, 2024 Postmarks

South by Southwest Is Headed to London
Culture fest adds third venue as global expansion continues
"...event is a coup for London and the UK. Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn, who attended SXSW 2018, said,..."

May 8, 2024 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Everything Old Is New Again
The long, honorable history of students “disturbing the war”
"...As for Gov. Abbott, it’s useful to recall Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s memorable malapropism in response to criticism of..."

May 4, 2024 News Post by Michael King

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Watson Wants Another Win: Thrice-elected Mayor Kirk Watson is looking to earn another term, formally..."

April 12, 2024 News Feature

Kirk Watson Wants Four More Years
Mayor makes it official, announces 2024 re-election campaign
"...The once-again mayor is looking to earn another term. Kirk Watson formally..."

April 10, 2024 News Post by Austin Sanders

Fayette Fail
"...revised plan actually realizes the exit from Fayette. As Mayor Kirk Watson stated in his newsletter, “there’s nothing we..."

March 28, 2024 Postmarks

T.C. Broadnax Selected as Austin’s Next City Manager
City Council to initiate hiring process next week
"...of interviews with City Council members, on March 26 Mayor Kirk Watson announced that outgoing Dallas City Manager T.C...."

March 29, 2024 News Feature by Austin Sanders

City Manager Search Down to Two Candidates
Finalists will address public at March 25 forum
"...Council members over growing tensions with the city’s Democrat-turned-Republican mayor, Eric Johnson. The other is Sara Hensley, city manager..."

March 22, 2024 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Police Association Signals Willingness to Comply With Oversight Act
Second day’s negotiations spark hope of agreement
"...(Mackenzie Kelly being the lone dissenter) support this mandate. Mayor Kirk Watson has publicly endorsed a provision of the..."

March 22, 2024 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Austin Gets Federal Funding to Cover I-35 With Public-Access Land
Council set to consider another loan this week
"...caps and stitches that allow for far better connections,” Mayor Kirk Watson said in a press release about the..."

March 22, 2024 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Panel: Activists disrupted a SXSW panel that featured Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens last week to protest Atlanta’s planned public..."

March 22, 2024 News Feature

Convention Center Redevelopment Would Relocate SXSW, Other Festivals for Three Years
Construction is set to begin after SX ’25, end before SX ’29
"...decade of planning and study initiated by former Austin Mayor Steve Adler, the city is preparing to shut down..."

March 15, 2024 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...collaboration from stakeholders. The announcement comes several weeks after Mayor Kirk Watson said it was time to reconsider the..."

March 15, 2024 News Feature

City, Austin Police Association Agree to Resume Contract Talks
First public bargaining session scheduled Wednesday
"...These two factors prompted Mayor Kirk Watson to declare in a Jan. 12 newsletter..."

March 15, 2024 News Feature by Austin Sanders

SXSW Film Review: The Black Sea
Charming experimental debut blends improv and travelogue
"...star and co-director Derrick B. Harden as “the unofficial mayor” everywhere he goes. His magnetic personality draws you in..."

March 10, 2024 Screens Post by Katherine McNevins

SXSW Panel Finds Families Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Different Ways Across America
Mayors meet in Austin to discuss the affordability problem
"...But in each city, residents are struggling with affordability. Mayors of the three cities sat down together Friday to..."

March 8, 2024 SXSW Post by Maggie Q. Thompson

Here’s How Art Acevedo’s Hiring and Ultimate Refusal Played Out
Timeline: how city hall insiders communicated with Acevedo
"...he just talked to “MKW,” likely a reference to Mayor Kirk Watson, who did not respond to our request..."

March 8, 2024 News Post by Austin Sanders

Opinion: We Need a Ceasefire Now
Anti-Palestinian violence is not “on the other side of the globe.” It’s here in Austin, too.
"...is “on the other side of the globe,” per Mayor Kirk Watson’s public statement, because this hate crime has..."

March 8, 2024 Column by Sophia Schlesinger

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...also getting closer to stability at City Hall. Tuesday, Mayor Kirk Watson announced the three finalists in City Council’s..."

March 8, 2024 News Feature

The YIMBYs Come to Town, and City Council Joins Them
Yes in Austin’s Backyard
"...It’s noteworthy that seven Council members and the mayor decided to participate – CMs Natasha Harper-Madison, Vanessa Fuentes,..."

March 1, 2024 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Ciao, Coal: Mayor Kirk Watson last week urged the closure of the..."

March 1, 2024 News Feature

Controversial $1M+ McKinsey Homelessness Study Canceled
Mayor doesn’t “believe anyone has been misled”
"...Interim City Manager Jesús Garza sent a memo to Mayor Kirk Watson and City Council members notifying them that..."

Feb. 23, 2024 News Feature by Austin Sanders

As Transit Cops Near, Cap Metro’s Other Public Safety Personnel Thrive
Safe on the bus
"...the other end of the spectrum, Houston’s recently elected Mayor John Whitmire wants to bring the METRO Police Department..."

Feb. 23, 2024 News Feature by Benton Graham

Mayor Urges Closure of Fayette Coal Plant by 2029
Austin Energy under pressure to finalize its plan for net zero
"...Last Friday, Mayor Kirk Watson unexpectedly made Austin’s failure to get off..."

Feb. 21, 2024 News Post by Lina Fisher

Save Money, Save Energy, Save the Planet
"...energy efficiency. This grant is the perfect opportunity for Mayor [Kirk] Watson, Rep. [Lloyd] Doggett, Rep. [Greg] Casar, and..."

Feb. 12, 2024 Postmarks

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Mayors to Spare: Austinites have another mayoral option. Doug Greco,..."

Feb. 9, 2024 News Feature

Calls for Federal Hate Crime Investigation Follow Stabbing of Palestinian American in Austin
After Sunday’s statewide protest, a young man was attacked
"...silent on Palestine. And now the silence of the mayor can only be seen as condoning this violence.”..."

Feb. 6, 2024 News Post by Lina Fisher

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