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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Dark arts

Manchaca, continued… An Austin business group plans to file a lawsuit against the city over the recent decision by City Council to rename Manchaca Road. An announcement from attorney Roger Borgelt, also a board member for the Republican Club of…

Monday, November 5, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: More tales of the city

The tale of the errant Prop K sign… Mayor Steve Adler’s former law partner, Mike Barron, found it hard to believe when a reporter from the Austin Monitor informed him last Thursday that there was a sign promoting Proposition K…

Monday, November 5, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: D1 candidates

In this, the most recent installment of our radio show, Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard sits down with District 1 candidates Mitrah Elizabeth Avini and (write-in candidate) Misael D. Ramos. Why do they want to be on Austin’s City Council?…

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: District 3, Part II

This week, City Council candidates Amit Motwani and Susana Almanza join incumbent Pio Renteria for a … spirited … discussion with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano. Tune in for a discussion about why each candidate is…

Monday, October 22, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Every dog has its day

And another thing… At the beginning of Thursday’s City Council meeting, Assistant City Manager Rey Arellano took a minute to update Austinites on the flood conditions in the city and efforts by the city to mitigate the issues caused by…

Monday, October 15, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: District 3 candidates, Part 1

This week City Council candidates Jessica Cohen and Justin Jacobson sit down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk District 3 and why they are vying for a seat on the dais.Austin Monitor Radio is…

Monday, October 1, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Places and names

What do you say… The Austin street with the most confounding, or at least distinctively quirky, pronunciation could be headed for a name change. A public hearing scheduled for Thursday’s City Council meeting will focus on a request to rename…

Monday, September 24, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Who stands alone?

You can’t say that… During a discussion at Thursday’s City Council meeting about a city home repair program for low-income households, Mayor Steve Adler took an opportunity to remind those watching about the $250 million affordable housing bond that will…

Monday, September 24, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: AISD East?

This week Roxanne Evans and Jim Harrington talk to Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano about their bid to save East Austin schools, their new manifesto designed to do just that, and why they are threatening a…

Monday, September 10, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Eyes wide open

Four-eyed and proud… On Aug. 28, the Parks and Recreation Board considered the Camelback PUD, a proposed mixed-use development on Lake Austin being led by Jonathan Coon, the founder of 1-800 Contacts, a contact lens company that he sold for…

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Fair chance hiring

This week, Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard sits down to talk about the ins and outs of fair chance hiring with Gail McCant and Rochion Gregg, who work in the city’s Equal Employment and Fair Housing Office.Austin Monitor Radio is…

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Cap Metro’s Randy Clarke

This week, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Randy Clarke sits down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk Remap, ridership, apps and Project Connect. To hear it all, tune in below.Austin Monitor Radio is produced…

Monday, August 27, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Payback

Adler strikes back… Mayor Steve Adler returned fire at Travis County Thursday over commissioners’ threat to challenge Austin’s authority to allow McKalla Place to be tax exempt after Precourt Sports Ventures takes over the 24-acre parcel to build a soccer…

Monday, August 13, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Disagreement and understanding

I know you are but what am I?… On Saturday afternoon, Council Member Leslie Pool, the lead critic of the proposed soccer stadium deal, posted a message on Facebook taking aim at the arguments that Mayor Steve Adler and others…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Valuable lessons

In other soccer news… Precourt Sports Ventures and the other parties involved in their ongoing lawsuit in Ohio – Major League Soccer, the city of Columbus, and the state of Ohio – will have to file updates every two weeks…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: District 1 candidate Reedy Spigner

This week, City Council candidate Reedy Spigner joins Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about why he’s running for the District 1 seat, and to explain what issues he hopes to tackle if elected. It’s…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Shoal Creek Conservancy

Shoal Creek Conservancy Executive Director Joanna Wolaver visits the show this week to discuss the Shoal Creek Vision to Action Plan, long-term goals, short-term plans, and everything else Shoal Creek with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano.…

Monday, July 23, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Communication

They don’t want to talk to you… Staff from the Development Services Department repeatedly told members of the Zoning and Platting Commission at their Tuesday meeting that they were legally obligated to approve a site plan for the controversial Champion…

Monday, June 25, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Gooooooooooooals

Different goals… Politics, as they say, is (are?) a full-contact sport. Unlike men’s soccer, which mostly has a bunch of grown men flopping around like children at the slightest breeze (women’s soccer, we’ll note, is far less lame). Nonetheless, Austin…

Monday, June 18, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Throwing side eye, catching rides

Side eye, or stink eye?… What exactly is the name given to the withering glances occasionally dished out by City Council Member Ora Houston toward her colleagues on the dais? Council Member Leslie Pool learned directly on Thursday during discussion…

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