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Thursday, March 19, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The 2020 U.S. Census

This week, Mariana Salazar, who is the Census 2020 project director at United Way for Greater Austin, sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns to talk about why participation in this year’s national census is so important and how…

Monday, March 9, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: The race is on

Biscoe looks like the answer for Travis County… Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s name moves from the “very likely” category of contenders to take over Austin state Sen. Kirk Watson’s seat at the Legislature to the “almost certain” category with…

Monday, March 9, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Environment Texas

Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger talks to Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns in this edition of our KOOP show. If you are curious about the work of Environment Texas and would like to learn about the issues it is…

Monday, March 2, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Drip, drip, drip

Givens has broken… It turns out that Givens Pool is failing faster than predicted, and a February memo from the Parks and Recreation Department advises its immediate closure. The department identified Givens as one of seven pools in critical condition…

Monday, February 24, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Unmusical chairs

Who’s not running for Watson’s seat..? Possible candidates for the Austin/Bastrop-area Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kirk Watson are dropping like flies. Three state representatives – Donna Howard, Gina Hinojosa and Celia Israel – have all announced that they…

Monday, February 24, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin’s Equity Office

Brion Oaks and Kellee Coleman head up the city’s Equity Office. Today they join Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about the creation and mission of their office and how they are working with city…

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin Justice Coaltion

Chas Moore, the founder and executive director of the Austin Justice Coalition, joins Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns and editor Elizabeth Pagano this week. Tune in below to listen to a conversation that spans AJC’s focus of 2020, from the…

Monday, February 10, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: The breakdown of wide-eyed, optimistic exuberance

The trouble with working groups… At the Feb. 3 meeting of the Public Safety Commission, two agenda items required the appointment of commissioners to serve on working groups. These groups are tasked with assisting the city in determining the scope…

Monday, February 3, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Wake wake

Is nothing sacred?… The Historic Landmark Commission exercised its right to delay the advancement of an application for a two-story deck at 311 E. Sixth St. at its Jan. 27 meeting. In a unanimous vote, commissioners asked staff to postpone…

Monday, February 3, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin Tenants Council

On this week’s edition of Austin Monitor Radio, Daniel Armendariz, a senior housing advocate with the Austin Tenants Council, joins Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns to talk about the issues renters face in Austin. Listen in below for a conversation…

Monday, January 27, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Red tread redemption?

Red dawn(s again)… Austin Transportation and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority are partnering up this month to add more red lanes – or “fresh Elmo,” as they’re called by transit advocates – to the city’s central transit spine. Beginning last…

Monday, January 27, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Go Austin/Vamos Austin (GAVA)

Carmen Llanes Pulido, who is the executive director of Go Austin/Vamos Austin, sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about GAVA’s work battling displacement and addressing all facets of public health in Austin.…

Monday, January 13, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Reverse correlations

Reports of sexual assault down in 2019 for Austin and the country… Juliana Gonzales, the senior director of sexual assault services at the SAFE Alliance, came to give her monthly update to the Public Safety Commission on Jan. 6. She…

Monday, January 13, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Historic Preservation

On this week’s edition of Austin Monitor Radio, we check in on the current state of historic preservation with Cara Bertron, the city’s deputy historic preservation officer. Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns and editor Elizabeth Pagano sit down with Bertron to…

Monday, January 6, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Impervious cover and the LDC

The city’s ongoing attempt to rewrite the Land Development Code touches on many facets of development in Austin. In this installment of our radio show, we take a closer look at how the rewrite will impact impervious cover – the…

Monday, December 16, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Two Apples, one day

Update on Oakwood… A Dec. 13 memo from Austin Parks and Recreation Department Director Kimberly McNeeley gives an update to the Oakwood Cemetery archaeological findings, with “next steps for the reinterment, memorialization and educational outreach related to burials that were…

Monday, December 9, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Alternatives to hissing

Instead of hissing… On Saturday, the city held a public meeting to discuss the draft Land Development Code, which City Council is scheduled to vote on today. How did it go? In a nutshell: 392 Austinites spoke on the draft…

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Project Connect

This week, we talk about Project Connect, the joint effort of Capital Metro and the city of Austin to expand transit connectivity in the greater Austin area. Jackie Nirenberg, the community engagement manager with Capital Metro, and Anna Martin, an…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: ABIA

Lyn Estabrook, who is with the Planning & Engineering Department at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns to answer all of your questions about Austin’s airport. Listen in below to hear about how the…

Monday, November 25, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Code warrior

Nineteenth-century home discovered in Northeast Austin… Homes dating prior to the 20th century are rare in Texas. Therefore, discovering one is a momentous event. Historic Landmark commissioners expressed excitement at the announcement from Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky that the…

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