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Southwest 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

Ray Anne Evans (left) and Phyllis Rose are staff members at the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas.

Photo by Lyndsey Taylor

Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas

The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas offers free support services for people who are going through breast cancer treatments. more »

Oct 25, 2012 7:00 AM Northwest 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

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

Executive Chef John Bullington said he likes cooking over fire and gets to do so at 400 Rabbits’ new grill.

Courtesy Annie Ray

400 Rabbits

Some Southwest Austinites might not know it, but they have an option for interior Mexican cuisine right in their backyards. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

Editor's note — October 2012

My earliest memory of the electoral process was standing in a voting booth with my mom in 1988. 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

City of Austin and Travis County share costs to create regional wildfire plan

During its Oct. 9 meeting, the Travis County Commissioners Court approved $100,000 in county funds toward the creation of a regional Community Wildfire Protection Plan. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

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Joe Olivieri

City bond propositions would improve trail, libraries, public safety facilities

Austin voters are being asked if they support seven ballot propositions to fund local and citywide improvements. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

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Kelli Fontenot

YETI Coolers LLC

When brothers Roy and Ryan Seiders co-founded YETI Coolers LLC in 2006 and opened a small office in Southwest Austin, they didn’t anticipate the size of their customer base. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

South Austinites consider single-member districts

Many residents say Southwest Austin has been underrepresented by the Austin City Council historically. This November, voters will decide which type of City Council they think can best represent them. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Austin holds first public hearing on annexing Circuit of The Americas

The public had a chance to hear from both Austin City Council and representatives from Circuit of The Americas on Oct. 11 during the first of two public hearings about the annexation of the Circuit of The Americas area. more »

Oct 12, 2012 12:21 PM Central Austin 1 Comments

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

Sunset Valley expected to fill council vacancy Oct. 23

During its Oct. 9 meeting, Sunset Valley City Council voted to delay appointing a new council member until its Oct. 23 meeting. more »

Oct 10, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Austin removes request to delete SH 45 SW from CAMPO 2035 plan

The CAMPO board approved an amendment Oct. 8 to withdraw a request from the City of Austin that would have removed the proposed roadway from the plan. more »

Oct 10, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

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

AISD board discusses single-sex school plans

Potential sites for a school for young men and the new design for the Garcia and Pearce middle schools in District 1 were discussed by the Austin ISD board of trustees at a work session Oct. 1. more »

Oct 2, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin