Lake Travis - Westlake

Stay informed about the latest local news in Lake Travis and Westlake, including LTISD and EISD coverage, the real estate market, and news from Austin City Hall.

3:59 PM Aug 2, 2022 CDT

Texas extends emergency SNAP benefits through August

Texas will provide over $305.5 million in emergency benefits this month, which is expected to help 1.5 million households.


Bakery SusieCakes opening Westlake location in September

Located in the West Woods Shopping Center, SusieCakes will sell classic desserts such as cakes, cookies and bars made from scratch by in-house bakers


Lawsuit against Austin alleging mishandling of sexual assault cases nears end of settlement

The city of Austin Public Safety Commission outlined at an Aug. 1 meeting policies and actions that need to be taken to fulfill a settlement agreement in a pair of 2019 lawsuits that alleged the Austin Police Department mishandled sexual assault cases.



City program could start sending $1K monthly checks to 135 Austin-area families in September

The city is gearing up to begin its one-year guaranteed-income pilot aimed at housing security.


Austin officials consider rebooting police license plate reader program

The police data collection program could return this fall, two years after operations were halted.


Bee Cave takes first steps toward building new police station

Two actions approved by council July 26 allow the city to move forward with the design and construction process for the new facility.


Council funds further review of Austin police practices, culture

The city will spend $350,000 for further reporting on several areas of APD operations.



Texas records nation's largest job gains in June; state unemployment rate continues to fall

As more people move to Texas and return to “normal” activities, Texas’ labor force is also growing, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.


Ice rink headed to Hill Country Galleria in November

Between Nov. 4 and Jan. 2, the 40-by-84-foot rink will be able to support 120 people at a time and offer 50 operating hours per week, according to the city.


Austin City Hall notebook: Housing bond proposal advances; new downtown shelter operator approved

The July 28 Austin City Council meeting's extensive agenda featured a slate of city contracts, rezoning cases, and other items ranging from real estate to public safety issues.


Austin job market continues to grow with the city

In May of this year, Austin made up all the jobs it lost during the pandemic and is the eighth-best performing metro in terms of job growth.



Texas sales tax holiday on school supplies planned for Aug. 5-7

Items can be purchased in person, online or through mail order to qualify.


USDA invests over $36M for high-speed internet in rural Texas

Telecommunications companies in Central Texas and the West Plains region will receive funding to help rural Texans gain access to high-speed internet.


Council ratifies emergency water distribution contract from Feb. boil-water incident; Austin Water audit moving forward

The city ratified an emergency contract for a $248,000 water purchase made in February.


10 commercial permits filed in the Lake Travis area, including new restaurant Morninglory

Check out new construction and renovations happening now or coming to West Lake Hills, Bee Cave and Lakeway.



Just Mind Counseling coming soon to Westlake

With a team of over 40 therapists to choose from, the new location will open Aug. 8 to provide children, teens, adults and couples with comprehensive psychological care.


Austin-area office rental rates increasing as vacancies decrease

Throughout the Austin metro, office spaces are seeing an increase in demand for large office spaces, but according to a report from AQUILA, demand does not always mean signed leases.


Travis County commissioners approve performance audit on Central Health

On July 26, Travis County commissioners voted to conduct a performance audit on Central Health after members from the Austin Taxpayers Union, the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens alleged Central Health has lacked financial transparency.


City of Bee Cave approves changes to single and multifamily development The Pearl

In a 4-2 decision, the development off of Bee Cave Parkway and RM 620 will feature 10 buildings with 340 multifamily luxury apartments and 59 attached townhomes, a restaurant, a parking structure, and on- and off-site public trails.



Toxic algae detected at Barking Springs in Austin following dog death

The Austin Watershed Protection Department detected potent neurotoxin dihydroanatoxin A, the same toxin that killed five dogs after swimming in Lady Bird Lake in 2019.


Council weighs 'calculated risk' with new management of downtown Austin homeless shelter

California-based Urban Alchemy has been tapped to manage the ARCH as its longtime operator is stepping away.


Taco Flats to open two new locations in Austin

The new locations will open in the Riata area of Northwest Austin and off RM 620 near Lakeway.