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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: CodeNEXT with Evolve

This week, Evolve Austin’s Eric Goff and Austin Housing Coalition Executive Director Nicole Joslin chat with Austin Monitor freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard and editor Liz Pagano about CodeNEXT. To hear more about Evolve’s take on what needs fixing in the…

Monday, September 18, 2017 by Austin Monitor

The implosion of Austin’s crime lab: A timeline

Click on the circles or rectangles to display information about events. By Cate Malek and Luis PedrazaIt has blindsided Austin’s criminal justice community.What started a year ago as a few concerns over an audit has spiraled into the permanent closure…

Monday, September 18, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Zero vision

More, no doubt, to come… As we all well know, the second draft of CodeNEXT was released Friday. As usual, it’s a dense tome that land use enthusiasts studied in earnest over the weekend, and will continue to study in…

Monday, September 11, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Look at all these rumors

Film Commission rumor not confirmed… Louis Black, who is retiring as publisher of the Austin Chronicle, emailed City Council last week claiming that the recent vote to allocate a portion of the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax from Visit Austin (previously…

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: A doozy of a notebook

A doozy of a day… Council Member Ora Houston is a consistent advocate for citizen input. But that doesn’t mean she has to enjoy it. “Thank you Jesus,” she muttered to herself when City Council voted at 9:40 p.m. Thursday…

Monday, August 28, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Field trips and missteps

Why extend the deadline when you can eliminate it?… During a budget work session on Wednesday morning, Council Member Ora Houston asked whether the deadline for submitting items to the budget concept menu was Tuesday night or Wednesday night. Don’t…

Monday, August 28, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The Aquatic Master Plan

This week, Interim Director of the Parks and Recreation Department Kimberly McNeeley sits down with Austin Monitor freelance reporter Jack Craver. Tune in below for a conversation about the Aquatic Master Plan, which is done after years of work and…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Lessons learned

A parking pittance… Members of City Council listening to a lengthy presentation on the Development Services Department budget Wednesday didn’t suggest any major changes to the way the department is running or spending its money. But a number of Council…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The search for a new city manager with Laura Huffman

This week, Laura Huffman, the chair of the City Manager Search Advisory Task Force, sits down with Austin Monitor editor Liz Pagano to talk about that search, how it’s going and why it’s so darn important anyway. Audio of the…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Fine by APL

We’re thunderstruck… Into the apparent state Democratic vacuum for next year’s governor’s race steps Austin musician – and owner of an absolutely superb and bitchin’ beard – Thor Harris. The news came last week via Twitter when Harris, holding a…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Capital Metro’s Todd Hemingson

This week, Todd Hemingson, Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority’s vice president of strategic planning and development, joins freelance Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk transit – specifically Project Connect and a plan to put dedicated transit infrastructure on I-35, with…

Monday, August 7, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Cool for cats?

It is in Austin!… During a discussion of the Aquatic Master Plan during a City Council work session last Tuesday, Council Member Delia Garza highlighted the dearth of public pools in her southeastern district, which includes parts of Del Valle.…

Monday, August 7, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Some thoughts

In this week’s edition of Austin Monitor Radio, freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard joins Austin Monitor editor Liz Pagano for an off-the-cuff discussion about the brand-new city budget, the upcoming county bond election and a whole bunch of other things we…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: We have questions

Not a priority… When it comes to more transit priority lanes, Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar is not running any red lights. At the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Traffic Jam last week, Spillar talked about the tricky nature of dedicating…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Preservation Austin

Preservation Austin Executive Director Kate Singleton joins Austin Monitor editor Liz Pagano for a conversation about preservation, Austin’s growth and (of course) CodeNEXT. It’s all embedded below for your listening pleasure:The Austin Monitor’s work is made possible by donations from…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Use your judgment

Judge judging the judge… It seems not everyone is a fan of County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s iron-fisted management of Travis County Commissioners Court meetings. Her refusal last week to allow Commissioner Jeff Travillion to interject a question in the middle…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Eastside Memorial, LASA and the AISD bond

Former teacher, current AISD parent and Pride of the Eastside co-founder Vincent Tovar sits down with Austin Monitor copy editor Nina Hernandez to talk about the $1.05 billion bond package, the process of getting to that bond package and what…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: 308 Guadalupe

Mark Gilbert, the managing director of Travis County’s Economic & Strategic Planning Division, sits down with Austin Monitor freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk about the deal to develop 308 Guadalupe Street as a mixed-use development, permanently shelving plans to…

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Travis County bonds

Travis County Bond Advisory Committee member John Langmore joins Austin Monitor freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk about (what else?) bonds. Specifically, they discuss the upcoming November election, and what Travis County has in store for voters this time around.…

Monday, July 10, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Just mull it over

“Sanctuary cities” protests continue… Protesters interrupted a Cedar Park Fourth of July parade last week to protest Senate Bill 4. No one was arrested, but they were removed so the parade could continue. They told KVUE they were calling for…

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