City man­ager, watch­dog now against en­ergy board

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­tytoohey mtoohey@states­man.com En­ergy

A de­bate over who should run Austin En­ergy, in­ten­si­fy­ing as the Leg­is­la­ture pre­pares to con­vene next month, has thrust one-time foes onto the same side of the ar­gu­ment.

This week, City Man­ager Marc Ott and watch­dog group Pub­lic Cit­i­zen bridged months of dis­agree­ments about Austin En­ergy and other mat­ters by sep­a­rately con­clud­ing that man­age­ment of the city-owned elec­tric util­ity shouldn’t be turned over to an in­de­pen­dent board of en­ergy ex­perts. A host of City Coun­cil ad­vis­ers and po­lit­i­cally inf­fuen­tial play­ers have been urg­ing the coun­cil to make such a change, mainly to in­su­late Austin En­ergy from dayto-day po­lit­i­cal pres­sures.

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