Portfolio - Austin Post-Bulletin - City of Austin
Fire hall hours remain the same for now
May 17, 2011
This Austin city council meeting got a bit heated as council members didn't see eye-to-eye on the hours structure for the fire department.
Fire department scheduling splits Austin City Council
May 28, 2011
A pair of close 4-3 votes by the city council will leave the fire deparement schedules the same - for now.
Hard times vs. hard work: Woman's wage increase with HRA comes during tough financial times
Aug. 30, 2011
A proposed 31.6 percent wage increase for an HRA employee causes a bit of a stir among the HRA board members.
City taxes to rise 13 percent
Dec. 6, 2011
The city council proposes a 13 percent tax increase, though one council member started discussion about decreasing that mark with other cuts to certain departments.
City council discusses how to be a team and inclusive
Jan. 25, 2012
The annual retreat left one council member wanting to be more included. She asked her fellow council members when they were all going to start working as a team.
City council sets powers and duties of city administrator
Another council meeting, another heated discussion. One council member brought up complaints she had received from multiple city employees regarding the city administrator.
City council decides dog will be put down
April 3, 2012
The city council denies a dog owner's appeal and votes for the dog to be destroyed after it killed another dog.
Boughton: Backlash should be on him
April 17, 2012
There seems to be some miscommunication regarding a potential new hire for an HRA position. The idea was brought up at a separate community event with the city council and not at an HRA meeting.
Did Austin HRA violate open meeting law?: Post-Bulletin to file complaint against HRA
April 18, 2012
After some investigative reporting and talking with multiple sources, it appears as though the Austin HRA possibly violated the state's open meeting law.
HRA board divided on executive director process
April 20, 2012
Following a potential open meeting law violation, the HRA was still not on the same page regarding the future of its executive director position.
Pit bull kills Chihuahua at new dog park in Austin; 4 dog incidents reported
June 26, 2012
With a new dog park in town, tragedy struck when a pit bull killed a Chihuahua. The park was still so new that park rules were not even posted at the site yet.
Dog park group stays quiet after dog attack
July 18, 2012
After a dog was killed at the Austin dog park, the local group that was instrumental in bringing the park to fruition did not have a comment on the attack.
Police dog Ghost is devoted to his job
Aug. 8, 2012
The award-winning K-9, Ghost, was part of about 250 arrests at the time of this story. He also gets to engage with the community at events like National Night Out.
Austin mayoral race has a little bit of everything
Aug. 11, 2012
The primary candidates for Austin's mayor in 2012 included the current mayor, a city council member, a former city council member and Mower County Board member, a retiree and a McDonald's employee.