A map published by the Workers Defense Project, a collective of organizers and laborers advocating for low-wage workers, shows the meteoric growth of Austin. Dimpled across downtown are dozens of construction sites and half-finished high rises. The city’s population grew 37% in 2010 and shows no sign of stopping. As of March 2013, Austin was [...]
The process of drawing the single member districts that Austinites voted for last November is underway, and one spot on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is reserved for a student. We certainly need a strong student voice on the commission that will draw the new city council districts so that students are represented on city [...]
This stakes are high in this election for students and young people. (Actually, they are high in every election.) It is important for Texans to take time to educate themselves and understand everything that is on their ballots from the bottom-up.
It seems Austin city politics has been experiencing a flurry of firsts and unprecedented actions this past year. The most recent example is last night’s City Council budget meeting in which Mayor Lee Leffingwell chose to fight a city-wide budget he believed carried too heavy a burden on tax-payers. Leffignwell was the sole “nay” vote [...]
This Thursday, Austin City Council will have their regularly scheduled opportunity to scrutinize, critique, and maybe even praise City Manager Marc Ott. The review process is not sliding by the way side; in fact, many opponents of the City manager are gearing up for the opportunity. Ott, a transplant from Fort Worth, is an interesting [...]