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Austin election guide 2019: learn about what's on the ballot, where to vote and more

This election, both the city of Austin and Travis County ballots include referendums. Here is a guide to what's on the ballot, where to vote and more information.


Here are the questions Austin voters will decide on the Nov. 5 ballot

Citizens forced a vote on two propositions in the city, while Travis County commissioners brought an item …


Ask the editor: How is this year’s local election paid for?

Back in August, a group opposing the expansion of the Austin Convention Center sued the city and won, forcing Austin to rewrite its ballot language for Proposition B. As part of the ruling, a judge ordered the city to strike language referring to an election “for which the city must pay.”



Plans for Joslin Foreign Language Elementary School could be included in future school changes scenarios

Austin ISD announced in a news release Oct. 21 that it had received a $284,000 grant for South Austin’s Joslin Elementary School, one of 12 schools named as a possible closure in the district’s ongoing school changes plan .


Travis County residents urge commissioners to preserve public ownership of Palm School site

Travis County residents urged the Commissioners Court to keep the Palm School site in downtown Austin under public ownership during a public hearing Oct. 22.


Here's how to use the new voting machines in Travis County

[caption id="attachment_450576" align="alignnone" width="800"] Travis County commissioners approved …


Some Austinites praise citizen-initiated petitions as essential; others say they show democracy's vulnerabilities

This November, although there are no candidate races on the ballot, Austin voters will see a pair of questions that, for months, have riled up city officials, citizen groups and a wide range of stakeholders.



Waterloo Ice House renovates Burnet Road location, adding outdoor patio and play area for kids

Waterloo Ice House is renovating its restaurant at 8600 Burnet Road, Austin and adding more outdoor space.


Law firm Byrd Davis Alden and Henrichson celebrates 60 years in business

Personal injury law firm Byrd Davis Alden and Henrichson celebrated its 60th anniversary this summer. …


Leader in effort to recall Austin mayor, council members, says handling of homelessness issue ‘pushed people over the edge’

Our Town Austin, a special purpose committee created to try and recall Austin’s mayor and five City Council members, will begin canvassing the city for the tens of thousands of signatures needed to force a recall election, one of the group’s executives said.


0.38% of registered voters turn out in Travis County on first day of early voting

Just over 3,000 people—or 0.38% of registered voters—cast their ballots on the first day of early voting Travis County.



Central Texas transportation agency seeks input on 2045 long-range plan

A Central Texas transportation planning agency started its public input process Oct. 21 for its 2045 long-range plan , which looks at how the region will be connected over the next 25 years.


Antique Marketplace closes

After 30 years in business, Antique Marketplace, at 5806 Burnet Road, Austin, closed Aug. 24. The locally …


Anna's Toy Depot moving to Brodie Oaks Shopping Center

Anna’s Toy Depot will move Nov. 1 to 4220 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, in the Brodie Oaks Shopping Center from …


Blum Body Therapy celebrates 10 years in business

Blum Body Therapy, located at 806 W. 10th St., Ste. A, Austin, celebrated its 10th anniversary in May. Local …



Pit Barbecue on Burnet Road changes name to Big O's Pit Barbecue

Pit Barbecue, at 4707 Burnet Road, Austin, became Big O’s Pit Barbecue in March, following a change in management. Locally owned since 1970, the restaurant is now managed by Orlando Arriaga, owner of Taco Shack. Arriaga took over in 2018 after the previous owners decided to retire. 512-453-6464.www.bigospitbbq.com


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will send state agency to clear homeless encampments under Austin overpasses, monitor water quality

Less than 24 hours after Austin City Council moved to further adjust a pair of laws that impact the homeless population, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said the governor will send in state agencies to address and monitor Austin’s homelessness challenge.



New coworking space opening in East Austin

The Cathedral, a new coworking space, gallery and events venue, will open in late October at 2403 E. 16th …



Austin City Council approves zoning changes for controversial 97-acre “urban village” on East Riverside

As protesters’ chants carried into chambers from outside City Hall, Austin City Council members voted 6-3 to approve zoning changes for 4700 Riverside, a 97-acre mixed-use project planned at the intersection of East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road.


Austin’s new homelessness ordinances ban camping on sidewalks but allow sitting and lying down

City Council banned public camping from sidewalks throughout the city but will permit sitting and lying down unless it is 15 feet from an operating business in an Oct. 17 vote that marked a major step forward in the strenuous debate over a pair of laws that directly impact the homeless.