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The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

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Austin City Council tries making good on promised changes

Promises of change that council members made on the campaign trail are still trying to be fulfilled with items up for consideration during the April 2 meeting. more »

Mar 31, 2015 12:46 PM Central Austin

Recycled Reads offers hardcover, paperback and children's books for discounted prices.

Jennifer Curington

Recycled Reads lease renewed despite opposition

The Recycled Reads lease was renewed for another seven years despite consideration from some Austin City Council members to end or change the program. more »

Mar 31, 2015 7:50 AM Central Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

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COUNCIL ROUNDUP: March 26, 2015

Highlights from Austin City Council's March 26, 2015 meeting. more »

Mar 26, 2015 3:05 PM Central Austin

Mayor Steve Adler and the rest of Austin City Council have approved many changes to how the city government will operate, but those changes will not be implemented until April.

Jennifer Curington

Mayor Adler attempts to unclog permit backlog

The amount of city permits currently backlogged may be reduced in the near future. more »

Mar 25, 2015 5:31 PM Central Austin

North Austin green space becomes a priority for council

Newly elected Austin City Council members in districts 4 and 7 are planning to improve upon the limited number of parks and accessible green spaces in North Austin. more »

Mar 25, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Zilker Park is home to several special events throughout the year.

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Task force created to examine parkland uses

The creation of the city’s Parkland Events Task Force was approved during the March 5 Austin City Council meeting. more »

Mar 25, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Austin City Council committees meet for first time

Many of Austin City Council’s committees will meet for the first time in April after establishing the committee structure in February. The committees will discuss and debate issues before they go to the full council. more »

Mar 25, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

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Proposed toll reduction for truckers to be considered at March 26 Austin City Council meeting

With almost three months of experience on the dais under Austin City Council members’ belts, how the city could be affected by bills at the legislative level is becoming a concern for council. more »

Mar 24, 2015 1:15 PM Central Austin

The Rebekah Baines Johnson Center currently houses 250 seniors but will soon expand.

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Major redevelopment near Lady Bird Lake advances

The redevelopment of a senior living facility in East Austin will move forward after receiving rezoning approval. more »

Mar 24, 2015 10:44 AM Central Austin

UPDATE: Temporary concrete pouring restrictions extended by Austin City Council

A temporary ordinance passed late last year in an attempt to curb overnight concrete pouring at downtown Austin construction sites could be extended March 26 by Austin City Council. more »

Mar 20, 2015 8:28 AM Central Austin

A plate of brisket comes with two sides or a side and dessert.

Photo by Jennifer Curington

Barbecue joints could face new city of Austin restrictions

A new city ordinance may be created to restrict barbecue restaurants' cooking methods for those close to residential areas. more »

Mar 19, 2015 3:51 PM Central Austin 1 Comments

Northwest Austin council members host March town hall meetings

Austin City Council members in districts 6 and 10 are hosting town hall meetings March 21 and 28 to discuss a variety of topics, such as transportation and parks. more »

Mar 19, 2015 11:08 AM Northwest Austin

District 5 Councilwoman Ann Kitchen revealed the latest point in time count numbers to show how many homeless people are living in Austin.

Jennifer Curington

ECHO count shows decrease in Austin homeless population

An estimated count of how many people are homeless in Austin was announced March 4 showing a decrease since last year. more »

Mar 4, 2015 2:05 PM Central Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

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UPDATE: Austin City Council creates task force that examines parkland uses

Austin City Council will meet March 5 with an unusually short agenda that includes the potential creation of a task force that examines parkland uses. more »

Mar 3, 2015 6:45 PM Central Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

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UPDATE: Proposed pro golf venue sent to council committees

A proposed professional-quality golf course facility will be considered for the first time by the new 11-member Austin City Council during its March 5 meeting. more »

Mar 3, 2015 8:46 AM Central Austin

An ordinance is being developed that would change how adult oriented businesses are approved in downtown Austin.

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City Council considers changes to granting Downtown Austin adult-oriented business permits

Currently, adult oriented businesses are allowed in the Central Business District and Downtown Mixed Use zones unless it is located within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, parks and playgrounds, or licensed day-care facilities. more »

Feb 26, 2015 7:21 PM Central Austin

Austin Police Department asks for changes to towing services

Austin Police Department is seeking Austin City Council approval to change the way they tow cars in the city that could shorten wait times for tow trucks. more »

Feb 25, 2015 8:27 AM Central Austin 2 Comments

Council paves way for low-income housing units

City Council approved loans Feb. 12 that would be used to develop several proposed low-income housing units, of which four projects would be located in the Northwest Austin area. more »

Feb 25, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

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UPDATED: City Council stalls many agenda items, sends to council committees

Various members of Austin City Council voiced desire to pull items from the Feb. 26 meeting agenda and send it to the appropriate council committee before taking a full council vote. more »

Feb 24, 2015 3:57 PM Central Austin

The proposed Overlook at Spicewood Springs would be located at 4920 Spicewood Springs Road east of Loop 360.

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Austin City Council gives first approval to Overlook at Spicewood Springs project

A highly debated office development on Spicewood Springs Road received first approval from Austin City Council on Feb. 12 with several conditions added by neighboring residents. more »

Feb 17, 2015 4:37 PM Northwest Austin