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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…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: More like Fist City

And the most music-friendly city in Texas is?… Not Austin. At least not according to the Texas Music Office and its new Music Friendly Communities program, which last week recognized Fort Worth as its first member. The program is part of…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Oompa Loompa, doompa-dee-doo

I’ve got another puzzle for you… The “downtown puzzle” continues to, well, puzzle. At the moment, Mayor Steve Adler’s plan for downtown that includes funding for music, homelessness, and Austin Convention Center expansion using Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue and a…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: CodeNEXT with Community Not Commodity

This week, Community Not Commodity’s Michael Wong and Barbara McArthur join Austin Monitor editor Liz Pagano to talk CodeNEXT. The discussion, which tackles the second draft of the code, how the rewrite could negatively impact neighborhoods and why the group…

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…

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