AUSTIN (KXAN) - Several sign-carrying protesters assembled outside Austin City Hall on Wednesday objecting to a plan to have a newly constituted board to oversee Austin Energy.
Specifically, the group opposed a resolution by Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Council Members Sheryl Cole and Bill Spelman that might diminish the Austin City Council's direct oversight. A vote on the measure is expected Thursday.
Protestors said it would open the city-owned utility's governing board "to corporate lobbyists and special interests."
"Under this plan, City Council would approve an unelected board to oversee our utility, picked out by corporate headhunters, who may not share the values of Austin or our commitment to having an outstanding utility," the group said in a statement.
Backers of the measure sat it would ensure that AE customer outside of Austin's city limits and not eligible to vote in city elections have a voice on the utility's board.
Tuesday night the Austin Parks Department board will vote on a new design for Auditorium Shores that expands a proposed off leash dog park area by one acre. Improvements also include new turf, a sprinkler system, and a regraded main lawn.
An 8-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Leander ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Their latest demographic report shows a shift in the type of families moving into the district.
University of Texas System regents say they're planning to discuss the employment of Austin campus President Bill Powers, who has sparred with lawmakers and critics over his job in recent years.
Two people were robbed at gunpoint at an East Austin apartment complex Monday evening.
Because of her position as Travis County District Attorney, the deputies who arrested, booked, and restrained Rosemary Lehmberg last April admit they were worried her threats were legitimate.