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Mitzie Stelte

Mitzie Stelte has been a reporter with Community Impact Newspaper since January 2012. She has Texas and Illinois legislative experience and now covers city government, new businesses, development and events in her beloved community, Central Austin.

City of Austin works to relieve bottleneck of building permits, update process

The City of Austin is increasing efforts to address a backlog in the building permit process because of hundreds of planned developments as the city continues its rapid growth. more »

Jul 27, 2012 3:00 AM Central Austin

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Uncertainties remain as airport preps for Formula One influx

Austin is no stranger to the global spotlight: In March the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference attracted several thousands of visitors from more than 70 nations. more »

Jul 27, 2012 2:00 AM Central Austin

Budget process ramping up

The Austin City Council will vote on the Fiscal Year 2012–13 budget in mid-September and will likely face a decision on whether to raise property taxes. more »

Jul 27, 2012 1:15 AM Central Austin

Austin City Council appoints citizens to Lake Austin committee

Council members appointed 12 residents to the Lake Austin Task Force at the June 28 meeting. more »

Jul 27, 2012 12:00 AM , Central Austin

City of Austin Music Program Manager Don Pitts presented July 13 Musician Dwight Yoakam with a certificate naming him an honorary citizen of Austin.

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Entertainer Dwight Yoakam named honorary citizen of Austin

The City of Austin announced July 16 the naming of country-western singer-songwriter, actor and director Dwight Yoakam as an honorary citizen of Austin. more »

Jul 18, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin 1 Comments

Gov. Rick Perry announced July 18 the completion of the Texas Governor’s Mansion's $25 million restoration. The historic structure sustained extensive arson fire damage in June 2008.

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Texas Governor’s Mansion fully restored

Four years after sustaining extensive arson fire damage, the Texas Governor’s Mansion's $25 million restoration is complete. more »

Jul 18, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin

Council unanimously OKs new Austin Energy rates

On June 7, the Austin City Council unanimously approved a new rate structure for Austin Energy customers that does not give a discount to customers outside of the city limits. more »

Jul 13, 2012 12:00 AM , Lake Travis | Westlake 2 Comments

A group of Austin city officials and staff will be in London July 5–9 to tour the Formula One track at Silverstone—home to the British Grand Prix.

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City officials arrive in London for Formula One trip

A group of Austin city officials and staff arrived July 5 in London for a fact-finding trip in preparation for November's Formula One event at Circuit of The Americas. more »

Jul 6, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin 2 Comments

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Lakeway, Steiner Ranch residents fight Austin Energy rate increase

A group of Austin Energy customers who live outside the City of Austin are gathering signatures to bring an approved rate increase before the Public Utility Commission of Texas. more »

Jun 29, 2012 12:21 PM , Lake Travis | Westlake

Austin council OKs single-member district plan; hybrid representation passes first reading

Austin voters could have more than one choice on geographic representation on the November ballot. The Austin City Council gave final approval June 28 to the 10-1 plan and passed the 8-2-1 plan on first reading. more »

Jun 29, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin

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Austin City Council rejects ABIA temporary international terminal

The Austin City Council unanimously rejected June 28 a proposal to build a temporary international customs terminal for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to accommodate extra charter flights for Formula One. more »

Jun 29, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin

June 28 City Council preview: Geographic representation, airport master plan and more

Council members are set to take up several issues June 28, including geographic representation and other 2012 Charter Revision Committee recommendations, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport master plan and a proposed temporary customs facility. more »

Jun 28, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin

Austin City Council tackling different geographic representation plans

Two proposed plans for municipal geographic representation are on the June 28 city council agenda, including Mayor Lee Leffingwell's 8-2-1 plan and Councilman Mike Martinez's 10-1 plan. more »

Jun 27, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin

Central Texas college readiness improving

Central Texas college readiness rates improved for the third consecutive year, according to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual K12 Metro Austin Education Progress Reports. more »

Jun 22, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin

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Former candidate Jeff Burdett is named to Sunset Valley City Council

The Sunset Valley City Council unanimously appointed former council candidate Jeff Burdett to the dais at its June 5 meeting. more »

Jun 22, 2012 12:00 AM , Southwest Austin

City working to close technology talent gap

With close to 4,000 technology companies employing more than 100,000 people—about 18 percent of the city’s workforce—Austin has secured a title as a national technology sector hub. more »

Jun 21, 2012 7:00 PM Central Austin 1 Comments

City of Austin works to relieve bottleneck of building permits

The City of Austin is increasing efforts to address a backlog in the building permit process because of hundreds of planned developments. more »

Jun 20, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin

June 14 City Council Preview: Imagine Austin, Formula One, Airport Boulevard

Council members are set to take up several issues June 14, including items relating to the Imagine Austin plan, Formula One racing, the Airport Boulevard project, outdoor amphitheaters and the city’s draft Fiscal Year 2012-13 Action Plan. more »

Jun 14, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin

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City Council adopts Imagine Austin comprehensive plan

The Austin City Council unanimously adopted in the early morning hours of June 15 the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan after several hours of public testimony—much of which had called for the plan not to be adopted. more »

Jun 14, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin 1 Comments

Council hears Formula One update, plan for added airport terminal

The Austin City Council received an update June 14 on the city's Formula One preparations, including plans for an added temporary international terminal for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. more »

Jun 14, 2012 12:00 AM Central Austin 2 Comments