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Mike Kanin is the Publisher of the Austin Monitor. As such, he doesn't report on much--aside from the workings of the Monitor--any more. In his previous life as a freelance journalist, Kanin has written for the Washington City Paper, the Washington Post's Express, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig, the Austin Chronicle, and the Texas Observer.
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Videos from City Summit 2016: state vs. local
Our third edition of City Summit, produced this year with our partners at KUT and Glasshouse Policy, tackled a range of topics centered around interactions between state and local governments. Complete videos from each of the six panel discussions are embedded below.
Groundwater: What’s bubbling beneath the surface?
San Antonio Water System VP of Governmental Relations and Water Resources Donovan Burton, attorney Cassie Gresham and Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District General Manager John Dupnik in a discussion moderated by KUT’s Mose Buchele.
Transportation network reset? What’s next for Uber, Lyft and other TNCs?
Austin City Council Member Delia Garza, state Sen. Jason Isaac and Houston City Council Member David Robinson discuss what’s next for Uber, Lyft and other TNCs in a discussion moderated by KUT’s Audrey McGlinchy.
Rural broadband access in an ever-more connected world
Texas State Librarian Mark Smith, state Rep. Donna Howard and Google Fiber’s Mark Strama discuss efforts to expand rural broadband access in an ever-more connected world in a discussion moderated by the Austin Monitor’s Nina Hernandez.
Stranger with some new land: Land development opportunities and challenges after state sale
Austin Monitor Publisher Mike Kanin moderates a conversation about land development opportunities and challenges after state sales, featuring Austin Planning Commissioner Stephen Oliver, Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool and chair of the Texas Facilities Commission Robert Thomas.
Making room: The future of Texas’ annexation policies
Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman and AURA’s Steven Yarak discuss how annexation policies look as Texas continues to grow in a discussion moderated by the Austin Monitor’s Caleb Pritchard.
Public school finance and the return of Robin Hood
State Rep. Gina Hinojosa, AISD CFO Nicole Conley, state Rep. Dan Huberty and state Rep. Diego Bernal discuss a possible overhaul of Texas’ school finance system in a discussion hosted by KUT’s Kate McGee.
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