4:01 PM Oct 30, 2019 CDT

Sunset Valley approves service contract for greenspace work, purchase of police vehicles

With council operating on a modified schedule due to the Nov. 5 election, a candidate forum that took place Oct. 15 and National Night Out on Oct. 2, Sunset Valley City Council members met Oct. 29 to discuss service contracts, requests for proposals, the ongoing election schedule and upcoming events in the city.


Not all parolees released from Texas prisons have to come to Austin, despite one city official's claim

Lori Pampilo Harris, the city’s homelessness strategy officer told City Council during an Oct. 29 work session that some of the influx of people coming to the city’s downtown homeless shelter was owed to a state system in which anybody released from prison in Texas is sent to Austin. The system, Pampilo Harris told council members, required those recently released from prison to check in with the Austin Transitional Center, then required them to stay in the area for a specific amount of time.


Austin ISD Boundary Advisory Committee makes final Baranoff, Kiker Elementary boundary change recommendations

A yearlong saga to draw new boundaries in Southwest Austin for Baranoff and Kiker elementary schools came to a final committee vote Oct. 20, with Austin ISD’s Boundary Advisory Committee approving preliminary recommendations for both campuses that—if ultimately approved by district trustees—would go into effect once the new Southwest Elementary School opens for the 2020-21 school year.



Community members, parents push back against AISD plan for school consolidations and closures

At a community meeting at Northeast Early College High School on Sept. 30, Cuitlahoc Guerra, a community member and teacher, gave an emotional speech in both English and Spanish to Austin ISD staff and administrators.  Guerra laid out the reasons he saw AISD’s plan to close seven schools east of I-35 as inequitable.


Calibrating growth beyond Dripping Springs’ city limits

As the population of Dripping Springs and communities along Hwy. 290 expand, the city’s large extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ—an external territory where a city government can exert limited powers—is accommodating growth. Development in the ETJ, however, can be complicated.


Total Project Connect costs could range from $4.7B-$9.8B for expanding transit in Austin area

Capital Metro officials released the estimated costs and potential ridership numbers Oct. 29, a day ahead of a joint meeting with city officials, to discuss expanding transit in the Austin area.


Dripping Springs ISD trustees to tackle packed agenda, name superintendent finalist at Oct. 30 meeting

After a longer-than-usual break between meetings, the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees will reconvene Wednesday, Oct. 30—a change from the board’s usual Monday meeting time.



Travis County commissioners receive update on jail population, bond program amid scrutiny

Following scrutiny of Travis County’s bond system, members of the jail population monitoring group told commissioners public data does not accurately reflect who is in custody.


One year after boil-water notice, Austin Water implementing changes in tech and process

One year ago, the city of Austin was placed under a weeklong boil water notice due to water-quality issues in the Colorado River caused by flooding locally and upstream.


Texas governor, ‘following through on promise,’ tells TxDOT to clear homeless encampments under Austin highways starting Nov. 4

Homeless encampments under Austin’s highways will be cleared beginning Nov. 4, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office, which said Oct. 29 that the governor was “following through on his promise” to step in and address Austin’s homelessness situation.


Travis County becomes second Texas county to adopt environmental purchasing policy

Travis County became the second county in the state to adopt a purchasing policy that prioritizes pollution prevention and environmental friendliness.




New Texas law legalizing hemp causes local enforcement haze

A new state law that took effect in June intended to help Texas farmers produce industrial hemp has taken local law-enforcement agencies by surprise, officials said.


Baylor Scott & White Austin Oak Hill Clinic opens to first patients

The Baylor Scott & White Austin Oak Hill Clinic, located within the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Austin complex, opened Oct. 28. Primary care practitioners and several specialists have begun seeing patients.


Sol'stice Gardens and Gallery has reopened in new Dripping Springs location

Sol'stice Gardens and Gallery will celebrate its relocation to 4230 W. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs Nov. 7. The …



Weekend testimony highlights continued rift among Austinites’ competing visions for new land development code

Hundreds of Austinites spent their Saturday at City Hall to tell the city’s volunteer planning commissioners what they thought about the proposed revision to Austin’s rules governing how city land is used. The testimony highlighted the continued gaps between competing visions for the future of Austin’s land use and housing landscape.


Eurofed is now serving European vehicles in South Austin

Eurofed Automotive of Austin, an automotive shop for European vehicles, opened Aug. 19 at 6534 S. Congress …


Rolling in Thyme and Dough blends new favorites and Belgian classics

F abienne Bollom is a long way from Belgium, the country of her birth and her source of pastry inspiration. After 14 years serving her homeland’s patisserie classics to Dripping Springs patrons, Bollom’s pastry menu at Rolling in Thyme and Dough—called just “Thyme and Dough” by many regulars—is also peppered with popular American treats, such as cinnamon rolls.


Southwest Austin weightlifting gym Austin Barbell gets on the map

A thletes who are members of Austin Barbell are serious about competitive weightlifting. Founder Robert Ronan said athletes at his gym will sometimes train for up to six months to participate in a single weightlifting competition.



Coffee With Impact: JT McCormick went from a horrific upbringing to being a CEO

Severe neglect, sexual abuse, violence, poverty: JT McCormick readily and publicly discusses these defining aspects of his upbringing. Told in shocking detail, it quickly becomes evident for those who attend his speeches that the stories of his childhood are necessary to elucidate how he emerged from it all to become what he describes as a success story.


El Chipiron closes on South Lamar Boulevard

El Chipiron, a Spanish tapas restaurant at 2717 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 1085, Austin, announced its closing …


The Austin Metro has the fifth highest wildfire risk in the United States and city leaders are pushing for more preparation

The Austin Metro is the only area not in California to rank in the top five most wildfire vulnerable metropolitan areas in the country, according to a report published in September by data analytics company Core Logics.


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.