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This rendering shows plans for a $3.8 million redevelopment of Republic Square Park.

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Republic Square Park to see improvements

Republic Square Park, located at the intersection of Guadalupe and Fourth streets, is slated to add a small cafe and circular walking track surrounding the grounds. more »

Dec 19, 2014 12:35 PM Central Austin

Environmental advocates and advocacy groups, such as the Lonestar chapter of Sierra Club, came out in support of the updates to Austin Energy's future plans on Dec. 11, but voiced opposition and concern to the possibility of creating a new natural gas plant.

Jennifer Curington

Austin Energy changes future plans for power plants, solar energy

After reaching a compromise with a local environmental group, Austin Energy has changed its long-term plan for future energy use. more »

Dec 17, 2014 10:55 AM Central Austin

New regulations set for Austin pedicab operators

Pedicabs will face new regulations and restrictions on permits based on City Council’s ruling Dec. 11. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

New distracted driving ordinance starts Jan. 1

Drivers in Austin will have to ring in the new year by putting down their cell phones and keeping their hands on the steering wheel. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Officials to explore creaton of innovation zone

Through a resolution, City Council directed City Manager Marc Ott on Dec. 11 to explore the creation of an innovation zone. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Dogs now allowed in ‘Barking Springs’ spillway

Dogs and their owners can now legally swim together in the Barton Springs spillway. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Houston wins Austin City Council District 1 race after Lofton concedes

With a nearly 50 point lead, Ora Houston took the Austin City Council district 1 race after Dewayne Lofton conceded Dec. 16. As of press time, the unofficial results show Houston with 73.76 percent of the vote, or 3,835 votes and Lofton with 26.24 p more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:28 PM Vote Central Texas

Casar takes victory over Laura Pressley for District 4 seat on City Council

According unofficial voting results, community organizer Gregorio “Greg” Casar has won the race for the District 4 seat on Austin City Council. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:20 PM Vote Central Texas 1 Comments

Gallo takes District 10 seat on Austin City Council

Unofficial results show Sheri Gallo takes the District 10 seat on Austin City Council over opponent Mandy Dealey, with 8,923 votes, or 54.76 percent. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:16 PM Vote Central Texas

Steve Adler stands on stage with supporters after telling the crowd that Councilman Mike Martinez conceded, making Adler Austin's next mayor.

Jennifer Curington

Steve Adler is Austin's new mayor

Councilman Mike Martinez has conceded making Steve Adler the next mayor of Austin. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:09 PM Vote Central Texas

Troxclair to represent Austin City Council District 8

Ellen Troxclair will represent District 8 on the Austin City Council. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:08 PM Vote Central Texas

Renteria to represent District 3 on Austin City Council

According to unofficial results, Sabino "Pio" Renteria will represent District 3 on Austin City Council. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:06 PM Vote Central Texas

Leslie Pool (front, left) is holding her runoff election watch party at La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern off Burnet Road. She is likely to win the Austin City Council District 7 seat.

Joe Lanane

Leslie Pool wins District 7 runoff election

Leslie Pool leads J.E. "Jeb" Boyt in the Austin City Council District 7 race. more »

Dec 16, 2014 7:06 PM Vote Central Texas

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.

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Improvements to Airport Boulevard corridor approved

Instead of putting $24 million into improvements on the Airport Boulevard corridor, City Council decided to invest $2 million. more »

Dec 11, 2014 3:13 PM Central 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.

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City Council passes ban on housing discrimination based on income

Local Section 8 voucher holders have gained protection via an ordinance passed by Austin City Council that prevents landlords from refusing their method of rental payment. more »

Dec 11, 2014 11:48 AM Central Austin 1 Comments

Most voting precincts, including the Carver library branch location in East Austin, had lines out the door during the Nov. 4 election. So far, only 6.11 percent of registered voters have cast ballots for the Dec. 16 runoff election.

Joe Lanane

Turnout for Austin runoff election likely to be cut in half

​With three days left for early voting, only 6.11 percent of registered voters had cast their ballot. A total of 33,751 people had participated in early voting by Dec. 9 of the 552,192 people eligible in Travis County. more »

Dec 10, 2014 2:46 PM Central 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.

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City Council convenes for last time Dec. 11 before turnover

The current six members of Austin City Council will meet together for the final time Dec. 11. more »

Dec 9, 2014 4:56 PM Central Austin

Austin mayoral candidates Steve Adler and Councilman Mike Martinez face off in the final debate before voting closes Dec. 16.

Jennifer Curington

Austin mayoral candidates face off for final time

Councilman Mike Martinez and political newcomer Steve Adler discussed transportation, education, affordability and more during the last official debate for the runoff election. more »

Dec 8, 2014 11:36 AM Central Austin

Water concerns jeopardize golf course project

Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park’s master plan has called for a golf course for decades, but a proposal to build a PGA-quality golf facility remains in limbo. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

CodeNEXT approach finalized in milestone for long-term process

As the effort to rewrite Austin’s land development code continues—a process dubbed CodeNEXT—the approach agreed upon by City Council on Nov. 20 seeks to reach middle ground by giving the existing code a “deep clean.” more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin