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Stories by Audrey McGlinchy

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…

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

APD makes final push to get body cameras on all patrol officers

By March, all Austin patrol officers will be wearing body cameras, according to estimates by the Austin Police Department. Currently, 658 body cameras are in use; another 200 will be added.“After that, we’ll be looking to (give them to other)…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

This nonprofit will train you to run for City Council. And also make you compete to do so.

At 5 p.m. on a Friday at Native, a new bar and hostel in East Austin, half a dozen people occupied the blue velvet booths and dance-punk music blares overhead. Leigh Salinas, 31, walked in carrying a duffel bag. She…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Former Council Member Laura Morrison to run against Adler for mayor

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has his first official challenger in the race for mayor in November.Former City Council Member Laura Morrison announced in an email Monday that she will run against Adler for the city’s top elected position.“I’m running for…

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

In unanimous vote, Council rejects police contract, sends back to negotiations

City Council members voted unanimously to send a five-year contract between the city and the local police union back to the negotiating table late Wednesday. The contract, which dictates pay, discipline and oversight of Austin Police Department officers, is negotiated…

Friday, December 8, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

How a 91-year-old Supreme Court case from Ohio echoes in Austin’s zoning plan

Austin Mayor Steve Adler sat in front of nearly 200 people gathered at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in early November. He’d been invited by the Allandale Neighborhood Association in Northwest Austin to answer questions about CodeNEXT, the city’s rewrite of…

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

In this new neighborhood, none of the homeowners own the land

Laura Soto, 38, sands several planks of wood that will serve as the trim for the outside of her new home. A few feet from her lies a plank of wood labeled “front porch,” another labeled “door.” On a break…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council reveals six finalists for city manager position

After getting heat for keeping candidates’ identities secret and evading reporters, City Council has released the names of six finalists for the city manager position.Mayor Steve Adler published the names and biographies to the Council Online Message Board Monday afternoon.The…

Monday, November 20, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

New to Austin’s public transit system? A Cap Metro employee will ride the bus with you

Priscilla Jove, 19, sat cross-legged on a bench at a bus stop on the corner of West Oltorf Street and South Lamar Boulevard Saturday afternoon. A biology student at Austin Community College, Jove was headed out to study. She said…

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

How three former federal immigration officials view Texas’ ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

The next chapter in the fight over Texas’ immigration enforcement law begins Tuesday, as attorneys on both sides of the case over Senate Bill 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities” law, head back to federal court. Judges for the 5th U.S.…

Friday, October 27, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s new Central Library opens Saturday. Will people use it?

Taylor Barnett, 24, hasn’t had a public library card since the 1990s, when she was a kid growing up in Victoria, Texas. She would frequent the local library with her grandparents, especially after they bought a computer with little idea…

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

We collected your CodeNEXT fears. And then tried to fact-check them.

Nearly 100 people crammed into a back room of a South Austin lodge to hear Mayor Steve Adler tackle some boring stuff.Made up mostly of members of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association, the audience sat in cushioned beige chairs looking…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Rents rise despite new housing keeping pace with growth, study finds

Developers that want to build low-income housing in wealthier neighborhoods should engage more with neighborhood groups to convince them of the merits of affordable housing.That’s one recommendation in a study published today by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan think tank.The…

Friday, September 15, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Second draft of CodeNEXT allows more housing in more places, city says

Austin is releasing a second draft of CodeNEXT, the city’s rewrite of its Land Development Code, today.“We are really excited about the new draft coming out,” Peter Park of Opticos Design, a consultant hired by the city, told City Council…

Friday, September 8, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Harvey ‘washed us back home’: Is Austin too expensive for those relocating after Harvey?

Wendy Rivera sat in a metal folding chair outside the shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees in Southeast Austin. She shared a 44-ounce convenience store soda with her husband, Ramiro. Ramiro, tall, soft-spoken and tattooed, used his body and a white…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

How one immigrants’ rights group is preparing for ‘sanctuary cities’ law

Candelario Vazquez, 34, stood in front of a 20-person audience. None of the adults and children, some of them squirming in their hard plastic chairs, asked to be in his audience.“Good morning, friends,” said Vazquez, who works for the immigrants’…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Regulation Vacation: City collects taxes from unlawful Airbnbs

Becca Dobberfuhl has a name for her Bouldin Creek home.“It’s all this rusty, rusty, rusty color,” she said. “And the house is a modern house and it has a box-like look to it so we call it the ‘Rusty Box.’”Users…

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