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Monday, January 15, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Getting multimodal with ATD

In this week’s edition of the Austin Monitor‘s radio show, Austin Transportation Department Active Transportation Program Manager Laura Dierenfield and Nathan Wilkes, street designer and network planner, sit down with Caleb Pritchard to talk about the city’s multimodal plans for the…

Monday, January 8, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: APD contracts, the union

This week, Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday joins Austin Monitor freelancer Jack Craver for a discussion about City Council’s recent vote against a new Austin Police Department contract, where things stand now and next steps now that negotiations have…

Monday, January 8, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: APD contracts, the critics

In this edition of Austin Monitor Radio, editor Elizabeth Pagano sits down with Chas Moore of the Austin Justice Coalition and Kathy Mitchell from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition to talk about City Council’s unanimous rejection of the Austin Police…

Friday, December 29, 2017 by Austin Monitor

2017: A Monitor year in review

City Manager search Oh boy. City Council closed out the year by (finally) appointing new City Manager Spencer Cronk more than a year after former manager Marc Ott announced his departure. That is great news for a city that has…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: ’Tis the season

No nativity scene for you, says Zimmerman… Former Council Member Don Zimmerman is evidently still smarting over his 2016 defeat, and especially the fact that a majority of his neighbors did not vote for him. In years past, Zimmerman and…

Monday, December 11, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Why not?

Wrestling with a tough decision… Austin’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America party scored a significant boost this weekend when Council Member Greg Casar agreed to sign up as an official member. The District 4 representative spoke at a…

Monday, December 4, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Let the games begin

He’s running… The 2018 election cycle has gotten off to a painfully slow start on the local level, but we finally have our first big – and thoroughly unsurprising – candidate to take the field. An eagle-eyed reader tipped us…

Monday, November 27, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Solutions and such

That got a little prickly… The Texas Health and Science University earned the recommendation of the Planning Commission at its Nov. 14 meeting to rezone in order to construct a library next door to the acupuncture school as well as dormitories…

Monday, November 20, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Controversy

Out of order… It’s no secret – thanks to our reporting – that Capital Metro’s Customer Satisfaction Advisory Committee isn’t the most influential government-appointed group of citizens in town. But on Wednesday, the committee’s staff liaison let the Capital Metro…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: What’s wrong with _______

Sad CSAC… Exactly who is the “customer” in the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Customer Satisfaction Advisory Committee? That’s the existential question the body and the agency’s board of directors will grapple with in the coming months. As we reported recently,…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Looking for the next city manager with Elizabeth Findell

This week, Austin American-Statesman reporter Elizabeth Findell sits down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about the (sometimes very exciting) search for Austin’s next city manager. Though City Council voted to release the names…

Monday, November 6, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Free the trees

What it all boils down to… Will Congress Avenue be getting a new pocket park? Members of the Historic Landmark Commission hope not. The pocket park in question would be established in the right of way at 823 Congress Ave.,…

Monday, October 30, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Vows, complaints and questions

Not half bad… The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors has been challenged to walk its talk. At last Tuesday’s work session, activist Zenobia Joseph took aim at the agency’s proposed bus network redesign and the claims that it…

Monday, October 30, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Planning Commission on CodeNEXT

On this week’s radio show, Planning Commission Chair Stephen Oliver and Commissioner Nuria Zaragoza sit down with Austin Monitor freelance reporter Joseph Caterine to talk about the CodeNEXT process. Tune in below to hear how the Planning Commission is tackling…

Monday, October 23, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Bumps in the road

Unhappy? Blame speed bumps… During a Tuesday work session, Council Member Alison Alter raised concerns about the $2 million drop in revenue for the municipal court, a decrease that she attributed to a lack of enforcement of traffic laws. Another…

Monday, October 23, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The trouble with bonds

This week, Roger Falk from the Travis County Taxpayers Union and bond critic John Goldstone join Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Liz Pagano to talk about their problems with (and praise for!) the upcoming bond election. To hear…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Sticking with what we know

Such a tease… Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion’s recent appointment to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors was probably all but guaranteed given the circumstances – his avowed interest in transit on top of the need to politically…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Travis County bond election

This week, Mike Clark-Madison and John Langmore join Austin Monitor freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk about the county’s upcoming bond election. The show is embedded below, and more information about the election is available on the county’s website or…

Monday, October 9, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Animal protection

Pine Forest still driving up Bastrop’s legal bills… During the past year, the city of Bastrop has paid an additional $106,308 to the lawyer representing the city and Bastrop County in their continuing legal battle with the Pine Forest Investment…

Monday, October 9, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: MoPac!

This week, Austin Monitor freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard sits down with Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Director of Community Relations Steve Pustelnyk to talk about all things MoPac: milestones, delays, tolls and all the details you’ve been dying to know…

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