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Central Austin October 2012

Austin City Council could see big changes in wake of upcoming election

Among the 18 propositions on the City of Austin’s November election ballot are three governance changes that could significantly change the faces on the Austin City Council as well as how council members are elected. more »

Oct 25, 2012 3:00 PM Central Austin

Courtesy Bob Woody

Bob Woody

Bob Woody has been a fixture of downtown Austin for decades. He bought into his first downtown property, Old Pecan Street Cafe, in the early 1980s and has worked his way to owning all or part of 26 bars, live music venues and restaurants. more »

Oct 25, 2012 1:00 PM Central Austin

Data compiled by Todd Bailey

Bridges on the Park, Austin – 78704

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Oct 25, 2012 12:00 PM Central Austin

Juwon Lee opened Hi Tunes Karaoke, 911 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 117, in September 2011. Lee settled on the idea of a private-room karaoke business after he and a former co-worker could not find a place to sing karaoke one evening.

Peter McCrady

Hi Tunes Karaoke

Juwon Lee, owner of Hi Tunes Karaoke, 911 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 117, said he’s been trying to hit the right notes with customers since his business opened September 2011. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 PM Central Austin

Neworld Cafe owners Dean Bontempo and Laura Canales opened the eatery in 2010.

Photos by Joe Olivieri

Neworld Cafe

Dean Bontempo understands how people may get the wrong idea about Neworld Cafe. more »

Oct 25, 2012 8:00 AM Central Austin

Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, was one of the speakers during the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of Transportation address Oct. 10.

Photo by Lyndsey Taylor

Collaboration key to relieving congestion in Central Texas

With declining funding sources, transportation organizations and government entities are looking at how they can pool resources to improve congestion. more »

Oct 25, 2012 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

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Growing senior population may bring obstacles to Austin area, officials say

Austin’s senior population has grown in recent years and is expected to greatly increase in the future, according to city officials. more »

Oct 25, 2012 6:00 AM Central Austin

City moves forward on land use code overhaul

Four months have passed since Austin City Council unanimously approved the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan. Imagine Austin maps out the way Austin will develop, and redevelop, in the coming years. more »

Oct 25, 2012 6:00 AM Central Austin

AISD board of trustees holds general election for 4 seats Nov. 6

Voters will elect Austin ISD board trustees to serve for single-member trustee Districts 2, 3 and 5, and At-Large Place 8. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Prior to the Aug. 15 meeting of the Central Health board of managers, State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-District 14, said now is the time to improve health care in Travis County.

Joe Olivieri

Voters to decide whether to raise Central Health tax rate with Proposition 1 on November ballot

Proposition 1 asks voters whether to raise the tax rate of Central Health, the Travis County Healthcare District, from 7.8946 cents to 12.9 cents per $100 of valuation. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

This rendering is of the third level of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport expansion project. The total cost of the east infill project is expected to be around $50 million.

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City Council votes to expand Austin airport

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will be expanding after Austin City Council approved Oct. 18 the negotiation and execution of a design-build agreement for up to $6.3 million for the preliminary design phase. more »

Oct 19, 2012 9:36 AM Central Austin

Council seeks to add land on Rainey St. to cultural center's master plan

After hearing the public objections and debating the proper use of a piece of land adjacent to the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin City Council voted to look into having the land incorporated into the center's master plan. more »

Oct 12, 2012 5:57 PM Central Austin

Central Health President/CEO Patricia Young Brown (left) talks to Community Impact Newspaper Publisher John Garrett.

Photo by Annie-Lee Taylor

Patricia Young Brown

In November, voters will decide whether to approve Central Health’s requested 5 cent property tax increase. more »

Oct 11, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

On Oct. 4, Mayor Lee Leffingwell comments on a study announcing that the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference had a $190.3 million economic impact on the Austin economy in 2012. From left, Ben Loftsgaarden of Greyhill Advisors, Austin Councilman Mike Martinez and SXSW Executive Director Mike Shea join the mayor at a news conference.

Joe Olivieri

Study: SXSW generated $190.3M economic impact in 2012

Official events during the 2012 South by Southwest Music and Media Conference had a $190.3 million impact on the Austin economy—roughly $23 million more than in 2011, according to a new study by Greyhill Advisors. more »

Oct 4, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Officials: New Central Library, Seaholm District plans about 60 percent complete

City officials and representatives from Lake|Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch architects took public comment on the new Central Library design plans as well as the Seaholm District public spaces Oct. 1 at a special called meeting of the Library more »

Oct 2, 2012 1:21 PM Central Austin