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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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City Council members gain more control of their budget

Each Austin City Council member and the mayor can now spend the money allotted to them as they see fit, as long as they do not increase their own salary or spend more than the set budget. more »

Jan 30, 2015 3:26 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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Committee created to examine Austin affordability issues

The group is tasked with reviewing best practices from other cities to help create and maintain policies that promote affordability in Austin. The new committee is expected to tackle various topics such as education, child care, food, housing, transp more »

Jan 30, 2015 8:09 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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City Council approves new governing structure

Austin City Council approved a new governing structure during its Jan. 29 meeting. more »

Jan 29, 2015 4:30 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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New Austin City Council readies for first scheduled meeting

The new Austin City Council will have their first meeting Jan. 29 after weeks of working together, with city staff, and hearing public input on a new governing structure. more »

Jan 28, 2015 10:45 AM Central Austin

New North Austin council members take seats

City of Austin leadership changed hands Jan. 6 as new City Council members were sworn in, giving North and Northwest Austin four representative voices on the dais in districts 4, 6, 7 and 10. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM , Northwest Austin 1 Comments

New mayor: No more late-night meetings

The day before the Jan. 6 Austin City Council inauguration ceremony, Steve Adler appeared calm, but the newly elected mayor said he was anxiously awaiting his opportunity to announce plans to revamp the way the city conducts business. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

The Austin Aztex will play 14 regular-season contests at House Park, an Austin ISD facility, between March and October. There will also be a beer garden this year in an adjacent property that connects to the stadium.

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Austin continues targeting new pro sports

Water concerns last year delayed any city decision on whether to allow a proposed pro-quality golf course facility to be built in East Austin, but the project’s developers said they remain optimistic about gaining approval. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 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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Austin City Council

On Nov. 20, City Council approved a percentage-based homestead exemption of 0.01 percent, which ultimately could provide each homeowner at least $5,000 in tax breaks. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Northwest Austin

Former Councilman Chris Riley (center) helps lead a rally in October in support of TNCs.

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Ride-sharing companies now legal

Ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, have operated legally in Austin under a temporary agreement since late November. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

The 75 acre area begins at 39th Street and travels north until 45th Street with Bull Creek Road serving as its entrance road for the space.

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Developer to host meeting with neighborhood groups for Bull Creek Road property

Residents will have a chance to give their feedback and input on what should be developed at the intersection of Bull Creek Road and 45th Street. more »

Jan 20, 2015 4:07 PM Central Austin

Mayor Steve Adler is joined by the rest of City Council to announced the new structure they are proposing to create shorter meeting times and more community engagement.

Jennifer Curington

Austin City Council proposes new structure that encourages more civic engagement

Austin’s new City Council laid out details January 8 about a proposed new structure they intend to implement in an effort to shorten meeting times and increase community engagement. more »

Jan 8, 2015 1:38 PM Central Austin

Mayor Steve Adler addresses the crowd from the dais for the first time as mayor during the Jan. 6 inauguration.

Amy Denney

All four Northwest Austin City Council members to serve two-year terms

Leadership in the city of Austin changed hands Jan. 6 as 10 recently elected City Council members and the new mayor were sworn into office. more »

Jan 7, 2015 9:54 AM Northwest Austin

Lee Leffingwell's term as Austin's mayor will end Jan. 5 with new mayor Steve Adler being sworn in Jan. 6.

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New Austin City Council members to be sworn into office

The city of Austin's first district-based City Council will be sworn into office at 6 p.m. Jan. 6 at City Hall. more »

Jan 2, 2015 2:45 PM Central Austin

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

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

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 6 Comments