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Cre­ated an LGBTQ Qual­ity of Life com­mis­sion. This 15-mem­ber panel will make rec­om­men­da­tions to the City Coun­cil on mat­ters af­fect­ing the les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der and queer com­mu­nity, rang­ing from health and safety is­sues to eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams pro­mot­ing equal treat­ment. Later in the meet­ing, af­ter a man shared his story of be­ing mugged last year out­side a gay club downtown, Coun­cil Mem­ber Jimmy Flan­ni­gan made an emo­tional state­ment vow­ing to do every­thing he can to help the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. Watch the video and read more about that ex­change at states­

Agreed to study pos­si­ble Capi­tol view cor­ri­dor. The study of this pro­posed cor­ri­dor, which would pro­tect the sight­line of the Capi­tol from Rose­wood Park, will be ex­pe­dited at the re­quest of Cen­tral Health, which owns the Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Brack­en­ridge site in that pro­posed cor­ri­dor. That agency plans a mixed-use de­vel­op­ment on the site that could be af­fected if height lim­i­ta­tions are im­posed. The por­tion of the study on the Rose­wood Park cor­ri­dor will re­turn to the coun­cil by March 23, while the study on four other pro­posed cor­ri­dors in East Austin will be pre­sented by Aug. 17. Clarke Hei­drick, a Cen­tral Health board mem­ber who chairs the com­mit­tee over­see­ing the pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment project on the Brack­en­ridge hos­pi­tal site, said in an emailed state­ment Thurs­day that the or­ga­ni­za­tion was “sat­is­fied with the com­pro­mise.” Read how the pro­posed cor­ri­dors could also af­fect the ru­mored site of a Trump ho­tel at states­ city­blog.

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