Northwest Austin

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7:59 PM Aug 7, 2015 CDT

Austin ISD schools exceed state accountability rating target scores

Austin ISD superintendent Paul Cruz announces at Lyndon B. Johnson Early College High School August 7 that 111 AISD schools received a "met standard" accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency.


Austin reacts to national Clean Power Plan

President Barack Obama's recent Clean Power Plan has garnered support from Austin Energy, state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and some Austin City Council members.


Travis County to seek proposals for office tower project

Travis County plans to request proposals to develop an office tower that is slated to be located adjacent to a proposed civil and family courts complex in downtown Austin.



Fate of Fun Fun Fun Fest could be decided

The Fun Fun Fun Fest stage lit up Austin during last year's event.


Austin office rental rates hit historic highs

Office rental rates in Austin hit peak prices in the second quarter of 2015, according to data released Aug. 4.


Brandywine buys IBM’s share of Northwest Austin campus

Brandywine Realty Trust, a publicly traded real estate company and one of the largest commercial developers in Austin, announced Aug. 4 it purchased IBM’s share of the Broadmoor campus located off MoPac Expressway, across from The Domain in Northwest Austin.


Travis County Commissioners Court considers $942.3M county budget for FY2016

Travis County Commissioners Court considered a $942.3 million preliminary budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year during its Aug. 4 meeting.



Austin ISD board plans special election for trustee seat

Austin ISD board of trustees meet Aug. 3, 2015 to approve a resolution honoring District 7 Robert Schneider, who died July 28, 2015.


Proposed transportation impact fees to be discussed Aug. 5

Scott Gross, a city of Austin Transportation Department engineer, speaks May 12 during an Urban Transportation Commission meeting. Gross will also speak Aug. 5 to the City Council Mobility Committee.


Proposed affordable housing community Cardinal Point awarded state tax credits

The 120-unit community would offer monthly rents between $600 and $700.


Austin ISD starts program that promotes computer science education

Austin ISD teachers attend a training session at Bowie High School on July 29 to learn how they can effectively teach computer science to students.



City of Austin unveils proposed FY 2016 budget

A $11.30 increase in a "typical" customer's monthly bill is projected


Delays push MoPac express lanes opening to second half of 2016

The contractor behind the MoPac Improvement Project to add toll lanes has faced a series of delays that likely will push the project completion into the second half of 2016.


Capital Metro plans for MetroRail upgrades, new vehicles and bus service on MoPac express lanes

Capital Metro is planning to implement Express bus service in June on the new MoPac toll lanes. The agency is also planning to spending about $156.8 million from 2016-20 to replace aging buses.


Zimmerman files federal lawsuit aiming to increase donation limits

An Austin City Council member is suing the city of Austin, claiming its restrictions on campaign contributions and rollover campaign funds are arbitrary and unjustifiable.



CARTS transit district seeks funding increase

The Capital Area Rural Transportation System, known as CARTS, provides rural transportation services in nine counties including Travis County.


Austin ISD board trustee Robert Schneider dies

Robert Schneider was first elected to the Austin ISD board of trustees in 2002.


Round Rock ISD breaks ground on new elementary school in North Austin

Round Rock ISD broke ground on its 34th elementary school June 28 and expects to open the new facility in time for the 2016-17 school year.


Travis County enacts burn ban

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 700 Lavaca St. in Central Austin.



Report finds major flaws in Austin's program to monitor problem properties

The map indicates where repeat offender properties are located in the city of Austin.


Austin ISD students participate in summer camp at Dell Medical School

The first attendees of the Dell Medical School health sciences summer camp at The University of Texas at Austin were 50 Austin ISD high school students.


Migration raising home values

Lena Dix moved to Northwest Austin from Salinas, California, after a long stint in Los Angeles, in September. She said she wanted a change of scenery, and a former college roommate had an empty bedroom in her Balcones Woods apartment.


TxDOT seeks funding for $4.3 billion plan on I-35

Traffic congestion, particularly on I-35, has commonly been referred to as the Central Texas region’s Achilles’ heel and the elephant in the room.