Austin City Council

Politics
10:37 am
Sat February 26, 2011

City Officials Release Revealing Email Exchanges

Austin City Hall
Photo by KUT News.

City officials released thousands of documents Friday under an Open Records Request, including unflattering email exchanges between Mayor Lee Leffingwell and city council members.

The emails expose what goes on behind the scenes and what city council members say and think about city staff members and residents.

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Austin
1:56 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Former Austin Council Member Dies

The effort to name the Barbara Jordan Terminal at ABIA was led in part by former Council Member Eric Mitchell
Image by KUT News

Former Austin City Council Member Eric Mitchell has died. 

He served just one term on the City Council, from 1994-97.  Bruce Todd was Austin's mayor at the time, and he recalls Council Member Mitchell's forceful style on the dais.

"Sometimes his style was to challenge people coming up to speak to us about one thing or the other, whatever it might be that supported his cause or expressed his interest.  So he was forceful, but that's what you elected officials for," the former mayor told KUT News.

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Austin
10:39 am
Wed February 9, 2011

If You Thought City Council Meetings Were Good.....

Austin's City Council holds a rare work session today before tomorrow's scheduled council meeting
Photo by KUT News

Then try a City Council Work Session!

In what may become a regular feature of Austin city business, the City Council meets today for a pre-council meeting "work session." The sessions, which may precede every Thursday council meeting, allow members to discuss council business in a public forum.

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Environment
3:01 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Plastic Bags Could Be Banned In Austin

Plastic shopping bags will be banned in Brownsville this week. Austin is reportedly considering another attempt to do the same thing later this year.
Image by KUT News

Austin city leaders have been talking about banning plastic bags at stores for a while, but signs for such an ordinance look strong this year. 

“We have a report that we’ve been working on, on the cost impact of plastic bags. That study has been presented to City Hall, we hope to have that in the hands of city council within a couple of weeks,” said Bob Gedert, the City of Austin’s Solid Waste Services director.

That report has not been released to the public yet.

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Environment
12:27 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Holly Power Plant Demolition Bidder Gets Litigious

Image by Caleb Bryant Miller for KUT News

CST Environmental, a company based in San Leandro, California, is suing the city because it wasn't awarded a bid to demolish a decommissioned power plant in East Austin, according to the Austin Business Journal.

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City Council
12:57 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Council Approves New Library Funding, Considers Housing Projects

Callie Hernandez, KUT News

Austin City Council members are voting on some big items today.

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business
2:13 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

SunPower Will Create 450 Local Jobs if City Coughs Up $900,000

Image courtesy SunPower

SunPower Corporation announced today that it would build a new U.S. operations center in Austin. It would bring $10 million in capital investment and create 450 jobs. But the city must first cough up $90,000 per year over ten years in economic incentives.

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development
11:20 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Firm That Made Cowboys Stadium Will Work on Austin's F1 Track

Dallas-based HKS, which designed and built this structure, among other sports complexes, will work on Austin's F1 track, scheduled to open in 2012.
Image courtesy Cliff Baise http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliffbaise/

HKS, an architectural firm in Dallas, announced this morning that it will lead the team assembled to build a new Formula One track in Austin. HKS designed and built the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

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development
3:23 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

City Council Gives Final Green Light to New Water Treatment Plant

City Council voted to dedicate $300 million to Austin's newest water treatment plant. WTP 4 will be located near the intersection of RR 2222 and RR 620.
Image courtesy City of Austin

Not a drop of rain in the sky, but it was a wet day at City hall, with the debate over Water Treatment Plant 4 flooding out other items set for the morning’s agenda. 

With a series of close votes, City Council dedicated $300 million dollars to the completion of Water Treatment Plant 4. It effectively gives the project a final green light.  The votes came after hours of sometimes emotional public comment and council discussion. Water Utility Director Greg Mazaros said it made sense for council to approve the remaining funds all in one go.

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austin
4:50 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

Two Austin City Council Members Announce Re-Election Bids

Two Austin City Council members, Randi Shade and Chris Riley, announced today that they will run for reelection in May 2011.
Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Two first-term Austin City Council members announced they will seek reelection in May 2011. Place 3 council member Randi Shade was first to market with her press release at 2:15 p.m. today. Less than an hour later, at 3:11 p.m., Place 1 council member Chris Riley announced that he too would be seeking reelection.

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transportation
11:23 am
Fri October 29, 2010

City Council Inks Deal to Add Ten Miles of Bike Lanes

Austin City Council approved a deal with the Texas Department of Transportation yesterday that will build 10 miles of bike lanes in Austin.
Photo by Katie Hayes for KUT News

Bicycle enthusiasts are reacting with glee to an Austin City Council vote yesterday that approved a deal to build ten miles of bike lanes in Austin.

The deal between the city and the Texas Department of Transportation will see the two split the bill for $1.1 million. TxDOT's share of the cash is coming from the federal government's Transportation Enhancement Program.

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parks and recreation
2:13 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Woman Given Lifetime Pass to Barton Springs Pool

82-year-old Patty Curtis was granted lifetime access to Barton Springs Pool today by Austin City Council.
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Austin City Council granted a rare privilege today to an 82-year-old Austin woman: a lifetime pass to Barton Springs Pool.

Patty Curtis started swimming at the pool in 1975 when she was 46-years-old.

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