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Stories by Audrey McGlinchy

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Texas usually fights Austin at the Capitol. Lately, the fight is in the courtroom.

The city of Austin has endured several legal jabs from the state in the past couple of months.Recently, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stepped into a dispute over the makeup of the city’s Planning Commission. A week ago, the city…

Friday, June 29, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin may be getting a new department to oversee labor rights laws

City Council members voted Thursday to ask the city manager to look into creating a new department to oversee its labor rights laws – including rules that guarantee rest breaks for construction workers and mandate paid sick leave for private…

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Lawsuit accuses Austin, Travis County of gender bias in handling of sexual assaults

Three women have sued the city of Austin and Travis County, alleging their sexual assault cases were inadequately handled because of their gender. The class-action lawsuit claims that sexual assault survivors “have been denied equal access to justice and equal…

Friday, June 15, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council confirms Manley as new police chief

City Council unanimously confirmed Brian Manley as the Austin Police Department’s new chief Thursday. Manley has served in an interim role since former Police Chief Art Acevedo left to head up Houston’s police department in 2016.Manley thanked those at City…

Friday, May 25, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council votes not to put CodeNEXT petition on ballot

City Council members have voted against putting a CodeNEXT petition to a public vote, instead allowing a threatened lawsuit to proceed and a judge to determine whether the city is required to do so.“Putting this on the ballot is not…

Friday, May 18, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

When roads are built to prioritize cars, pedestrians are often faulted for getting hit

Part 3 of a three-part seriesA driver hit and killed Judy Romano’s son, Barry Friedman, while he was walking in Austin two years ago.According to the police report, Friedman tried to cross East Parmer Lane just before 6 a.m. on…

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Housing Austin’s homeless will reduce road deaths, but that will require a big investment

Part 2 of a three-part seriesMike Villegas learned his oldest child had died on Christmas Eve 2016.Villegas said he was doing work around the house with his 12-year-old son. When he went out to the front yard, he noticed a…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Two years after Vision Zero, when will Austin streets be safer for pedestrians?

Before he was killed, 14-year-old Alexei Bauereis had quit the backyard stunts like jumping from trees onto roofs and downhill skateboarding that defined his childhood. He was saving his legs for ballet.“Dance was so important to him,” said Eric Bauereis,…

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Manley lays out vision for Austin Police in interview with public for permanent chief job

A week ago, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley was tapped by City Manager Spencer Cronk as the sole finalist to be the city’s new permanent police chief, and now Cronk and the city are engaged in a public input process…

Friday, April 27, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council votes to clarify the road ahead for Austin’s $482M corridor plan

Austin voters now have a clearer road map for a slate of bond-funded projects intended to relieve congestion and improve city infrastructure on a massive scale.With little more than a guarantee from City Council, voters overwhelmingly approved a $720 million…

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Business groups sue to block city’s paid sick leave law

An Austin-based conservative think tank has sued the city over its paid sick leave ordinance. The ordinance, which goes into effect Oct. 1, requires all private businesses to provide anywhere from six to eight paid sick days per year for…

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Without final rules in place, Austin closes two fair chance hiring complaints

When Lewis Conway Jr. was released from prison in 2000 after serving time for manslaughter, the state required him to wear an electronic monitoring device. But nothing fit his ankles.“So they put the electronic monitor on my wrist,” said Conway,…

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

After two dockless scooter companies launch in Austin, city speeds up rule process

Jumping the gun works, it seems.While city staff was devising a pilot program to govern dockless bikes and scooters, expecting to bring a proposal to Council members in June, two companies dropped their electric scooters throughout the city. Now the…

Friday, March 30, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Petition to potentially put CodeNEXT on the ballot filed with city clerk

Activists filed a petition with the city clerk on Thursday in an effort to put all Land Development Code rewrites, including CodeNEXT, to a public vote.“We believe (residents) should have the right to decide whether this is the new Land…

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin law requires job seekers with criminal pasts get a fair shot. But it’s not being enforced.

When Lauren Johnson started job hunting in the early 1990s, she walked from business to business, filling out applications by hand. “It’ll be so much easier someday when this is all computerized,” she remembers thinking.Two decades later, job applications had…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

In 2018 State of the City, Adler calls for political unity at local level

Has a foreign government infiltrated the CodeNEXT process?Well, no one’s saying that. But in his annual State of the City address on Tuesday, Mayor Steve Adler said the “alleged Russian infiltration” on our nation’s politics has inflamed divisions across the…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

City Council considers prescribing paid sick leave for private employers

Mornings at Hoover’s Cooking are spent hammering beef to make it thin enough for the restaurant’s best-selling dish: chicken-fried steak.“Other things that are good sellers are our fried catfish … and pork chops,” said Hoover Alexander, who has owned the…

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin is full of anti-gentrification ideas, but most wouldn’t have a direct impact

Since 2000, the city of Austin has had a lot of ideas about how to slow down gentrification. A task force recommended in 2002, for example, that the city educate residents about available property tax exemptions. In 2008, City Council…

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Equity Office tries to make good on year-old institutional racism report

Austin’s Equity Office is considering how to make good on a report published last April that laid out more than 200 recommendations for how the city can combat institutional racism.“We sent out the report to all of our city departments and…

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Here’s what the new city manager’s salary and benefits could look like

When incoming City Manager Spencer Cronk moves to Austin next month, he’ll have some help.City Council members are scheduled to vote next week on a compensation package for Cronk, who comes to Austin from Minneapolis and starts on Feb. 12.When…

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