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Council vets neighborhood plan

Zoning changes and updates could be coming to some South Austin neighborhoods if City Council approves the South Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan.

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Residents used pushpins to designate areas of interest in the South Austin Combined neighborhood planning area at the yearlong project's kickoff meeting.

Kelli Weldon

Council to revisit neighborhood plan at Sept. 25 meeting

At a meeting Aug. 29, members of the Austin City Council heard feedback from residents about the South Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan, a neighborhood planning document that the council is considering whether to adopt. more »

Aug 29, 2014 Southwest Austin

The 2011–12 Austin City Council (from left): Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, and Councilmen Chris Riley and Mike Martinez.

Courtesy City of Austin

Austin City Council—Aug. 28

Highlights from the Aug. 28 Austin City Council meeting. more »

Aug 28, 2014 Central Austin

Bastian drops out of AISD board District 7 race, supports Wagner

Theresa Bastian said this week she has decided to withdraw from the Austin ISD board of trustees District 7 race. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

From left, Better Bites Bakery owner Leah Lopez high-fives Bearded Brothers co-owner Caleb Simpson. The two businesses are both located on Circle Drive.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

From Southwest Austin to a shelf near you

In the Southwest Austin kitchen of Better Bites Bakery, an employee places cookie dough onto a machine’s conveyor belt. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

City of Austin now accepts used, damaged electronics at drop-off recycling facility

Residents can now recycle used and damaged electronics through the city of Austin’s recycling facility. The service began in late July and is free for residents, Austin Resource Recovery Spokeswoman Lauren Hammond said. more »

Jul 30, 2014 Northwest Austin

Dr. Clay Johnston, inaugural dean of The University of Texas' Dell Medical School, said the teaching hospital allows for new innovation in medical care to be created. Seton Healthcare Family hosted an event to celebrate the beginning of construction on its teaching hospital Aug. 26.

Lyndsey Taylor

Construction to begin on Seton's teaching hospital

Seton Healthcare Family celebrated Aug. 26 the beginning of construction on its new teaching hospital, which is expected to commence in the coming weeks. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

Capital Metro launches second MetroRapid route

In the months since Capital Metro’s newest bus service, MetroRapid, launched Jan. 26, the transit agency has continued tweaking and improving the service in preparation of the second route introduced Aug. 24. more »

Aug 28, 2014 Southwest Austin

Backed by elected officials, education leaders and representatives from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin ISD board of trustees President Vincent Torres speaks about school funding at a news conference Aug. 26.

Kelli Weldon

Education leaders call for changes to state funding system as AISD approves 2014–15 budget

The Austin ISD board of trustees on Aug. 26 approved the district’s $1.05 billion budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2015 following local education leaders’ call for a change in the way the state provides funding for the district. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Austin Metro

CANDIDATE ROUNDUP: Eighteen candidates file for Austin ISD board of trustees

Eighteen candidates filed for a seat on the Austin ISD board of trustees by the filing deadline Aug. 18. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Austin Metro

Sunset Valley talks utility costs

For years Sunset Valley has subsidized residential utility costs and watched as its share of the bills increase. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

Local high schools make the grade

Austin ISD met the Texas Education Agency’s 2014 accountability standards, but not all of its schools did, according to a preliminary summary released Aug. 8. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

The decor of the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema takes a chapter from the famous Stanley Kubrick film "The Shining."

Joe Lanane

Take a sneak peek inside revamped Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

After 18 months of renovations and construction, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will reopen its South Lamar location Aug. 16. more »

Aug 14, 2014 Central Austin

Capital Metro to use reserves to balance FY2015 budget

The city of Austin’s public transit agency, Capital Metro, plans to use almost $43.2 million from its reserves to maintain a balanced budget of $322.1 million for fiscal year 2015. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Northwest Austin

Construction was underway July 22 on the Austin ISD  Performing Arts Center, which is slated to be complete in November.

Joe Olivieri

Austin ISD aims to finish Performing Arts Center construction in 2014

Construction is well underway at Austin ISD’s new districtwide Performing Arts Center, where AISD students will be able to sing, dance, perform and display their art when it opens in 2015. more »

Jul 22, 2014 Austin Metro

Sunset Valley mulls wildlife management plan

Sunset Valley City leaders reviewed a draft wildlife management plan at the Aug. 5 City Council meeting. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

Suggestions sought to rename greenbelt

Austin City officials plan to rename the Onion Creek Greenbelt and will accept suggestions from the public through Nov. 3. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin (1 Comments)

No salary increases for Travis County officials

Travis County Commissioners Court decided not to increase the salaries of elected officials in the 2014–15 fiscal year budget. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

Noah Marburger, Oak Hill Business and Professional Association vice president of membership, 
addresses City Council candidates Darrell Pierce, Ellen Troxclair, Eliza May, Ed Scruggs and Becky Bray.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Candidates court Oak Hill–area voters

In November, Oak Hill residents can help elect a City Council member to represent Southwest Austin. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

Residents learned more about SH 45 SW at a Bowie High School open house and public hearing July 29 about the proposed four-lane, 3.6-mile-long toll road.

Kelli Weldon

Residents, elected officials speak up about SH 45 SW at public hearing

More than 470 attendees packed the Bowie High School cafeteria at an SH 45 SW open house and public hearing July 29 to provide feedback and learn more about the proposed four-lane, 3.6-mile-long toll road. more »

Jul 30, 2014 Southwest Austin

Arif Raza, Austin Partners In Education volunteer, works for AMD.

Kelli Weldon

Austin Partners In Education seeks volunteers for 2014–15 school year

As Austin ISD students start classes Aug. 25, local nonprofit Austin Partners In Education is beginning its push to recruit volunteers at the AISD schools for which it provides tutoring and mentorship programs. more »

Aug 25, 2014 Southwest Austin

Home sales dropped in July compared with the same time last year for the first time since May 2011.

Courtesy Austin Board of Realtors

Home sales dip for first time in three years

Austin-area home sales dropped 3 percent in July compared with the same time last year, the first such drop in more than three years, the Austin Board of Realtors announced Aug. 21. more »

Aug 25, 2014 Central Austin

Amy Denney

Austin rail supporters launch campaign to garner support for bond

Armed with slogans of “Traffic bites. Bite back” and “With roads and rail we cannot fail,” the Let’s Go Austin political action committee kicked off a campaign Aug. 20 to encourage support for the proposed $1 billion rail and road bond. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Northwest Austin (2 Comments)

Decision delayed on LCRA revised water management plan

A long-term plan for keeping the Austin area’s primary water supply intact was introduced August 15 but its approval remains uncertain. more »

Aug 20, 2014 Central Austin

The 2013–14 Austin City Council: Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, Councilman Chris Riley and Councilman Mike Martinez

Photo courtesy City of Austin

City Council moves to lower maximum property tax rate

Austin City Council approved a resolution Aug. 19 to lower the property tax rate by 2.18 cents per $100 assessed home value. more »

Aug 19, 2014 Central Austin

Courtesy Austin Energy

Austin Energy decreases proposed rate increase

Austin Energy lowered its proposed monthly increase to electric bills for the upcoming fiscal year after receiving negative feedback from City Council. more »

Aug 19, 2014 Central Austin

Search firm develops Austin ISD superintendent profile

The Austin ISD board of trustees is scheduled to vote Aug. 26 on a profile outlining qualities members of the community want to see in a new district superintendent. more »

Aug 18, 2014 Austin Metro

Seneca Trails, a new neighborhood being built in Belterra, will feature homes, such as this one, that were built by homebuilder Sitterle Homes.

Courtesy Crescent Communities

New developer adds neighborhoods to Belterra

Developer Crescent Communities is working on its first two neighborhoods in Belterra since acquiring the Hays County master planned community last fall. more »

Aug 18, 2014 Southwest Austin

CANDIDATE ROUNDUP: Austin ISD board of trustees elections

The deadline is approaching to file for candidacy for a seat on Austin ISD board of trustees, and several candidates have announced their bids in the past few weeks. more »

Aug 14, 2014 Austin Metro

Austin ISD board to consider $1.05B budget for FY2015

On Aug. 26, Austin ISD’s board of trustees is scheduled to take action on a budget with $1.05 billion in expenditures and other uses and $1.03 billion in revenue, along with a two-cent decrease in its tax rate in fiscal year 2015. more »

Aug 11, 2014 Austin Metro

Trustees talk transfers, potential policy changes for Austin ISD

At a work session Aug. 11, members of the Austin ISD board of trustees discussed implementation of its facility master plan, as well as how its transfer policy affects overcrowded and underenrolled schools. more »

Aug 12, 2014 Austin Metro

At the April 28, 2014 meeting of the Austin ISD board of trustees, trustee Tamala Barksdale speaks.

Kelli Weldon

Barksdale will not seek reelection to AISD board

Austin ISD board of trustees member Tamala Barksdale said Aug. 11 she does not plan to seek reelection in November. more »

Aug 11, 2014 Austin Metro

TEA: Austin ISD meets accountability standards, some schools still require improvement

In terms of student achievement, student progress, postsecondary readiness and closing performance gaps, Austin ISD met the Texas Education Agency's 2014 overall district standards, but not all individual schools did, according to new TEA ratings. more »

Aug 8, 2014 Austin Metro

Data: Austin ISD graduation rates reached all-time high in 2013

Austin ISD graduation rates reached an all-time high of 84.1 percent for the Class of 2013, according to data released Aug. 5 by the district and the Texas Education Agency. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Austin Metro

TxDOT seeks feedback on 2040 long-range plan

Residents are invited to an Aug. 5 meeting to weigh in on the Texas Transportation Plan 2040 to define the Texas Department of Transportation’s multimodal goals. more »

Aug 5, 2014 Northwest Austin

Austin ISD: 1,500 respond to superintendent search survey

Though the Austin ISD board of trustees did not meet in July, the school district’s community was active in terms of providing feedback on the ongoing search for a new AISD superintendent, board President Vincent Torres said. more »

Aug 5, 2014 Austin Metro

10-1 Austin City Council redistricting

New monthly series highlights many of the top issues facing upcoming Austin City Council candidates and offers profiles of each of the council districts

Transportation Updates

The latest on local road projects

Reel Popcorn

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Mother-daughter snack store cooks up a variety of flavors

IM Thai

Photo by JJ Velasquez

Restaurateurs share their culture with clientele

Third Base

Photo by Lyndsey Taylor

Sports bar scores with spacious patio, 42 TVs

City of Sunset Valley

Photo courtesy City of Sunset Va

60 years later, city aims to retain rural spirit

Day Trips Guide

Optional activities in Bastrop, Dripping Springs, San Marcos and Williamson County

2014–15 Healthcare Directory

Stories, news briefs and local doctor and hospital listings in Southwest Austin

Southwest Austin Wedding Guide

Area businesses specialize in hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions.

X Games Guide

Austin will host ESPN's Summer X Games this year.

Meet your local foodie

Meet the professional foodie, a jack-of-all-trades who helps keep local grocery stores on the cutting edge of food trends.

Summer Camps Guide

Local camps offer enrichment, athletics and adventure

Stargazing Guide

A guide to the night sky and upcoming events

Education Guide

Austin ISD

Bee Guide

Sweet events and local resources

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