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Monday, May 20, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Trees and tribulations

Water woes… Out of the 33 water utilities in the South that deliver water to at least 400,000 customers, a new study by J.D. Power reports that Austin ranks 28th in terms of customer satisfaction with 707 points. San Antonio,…

Monday, May 20, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: ECHO’s Ann Howard

Ann Howard, the executive director of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver this week to talk about recent initiatives, challenges and the current state of homelessness in Austin. To get the latest…

Monday, May 13, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Once upon a time … and other stories

Renteria remembers… Texas Health and Human Services, the city of Austin and several area nonprofits, including Age Well Live Well, are collaborating to record and exhibit the stories of longtime East Austin inhabitants for a new storytelling project. Beyond preserving…

Monday, May 6, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Game of homes

Whiner Ranch… Roughly a dozen residents of Steiner Ranch showed up at citizen communication at the April 30 meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court to decry potential plans to build a new road through the subdivision. The road, Route…

Monday, May 6, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: County Judge Sarah Eckhardt

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt joins Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver at KOOP this week to talk about how pending state legislation could impact the county, development regulations and why Travis County might soon have a public defender’s office. For…

Monday, April 29, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Eyes on the Prii

Now we’re here… As public engagement sessions go, the April 27 kickoff for the input gathering process for the Drake Bridge Commons Project was certainly among the more novel we’ve encountered. Among the planned activities: actors portraying historic Austinites William…

Monday, April 22, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Politics, resurrected

The return of Zimmerman… After a few years of (relative) silence from Don Zimmerman, it appears that the former District 6 Council member is once again ready to enter the fray. In an Easter Facebook post, Zimmerman announced he was…

Monday, April 15, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Chopped

Bueller?… Council Member Alison Alter took time from Tuesday’s work session to highlight a concern that current appointees to some city boards and commissions have been racking up absences, creating an issue of making quorum at several points. During discussion…

Monday, April 15, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Matt Hollon on Atlas 14

This week, Matt Hollon, the manager of the Watershed Protection Department Planning Division, sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns to talk about our city’s evolving flood plains and what, exactly, Atlas 14 is. To get up to speed…

Monday, April 8, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Water stalled?

Next steps forward… Last fall, Council urged Austin Water to accelerate the implementation of alternative water ordinances that would change how developers incorporate water conservation into their construction. Yet at the most recent meeting of the Austin Integrated Water Resource…

Friday, April 5, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The Convention Center

Confused by all the talk about whether or not to expand the convention center? Fear not, the Austin Monitor has you covered. In this throwback episode (which was recorded prior to the release of the University of Texas report), we…

Monday, April 1, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Beach Boy Blues

Elvis has left the building and gone onto the water… In short order, there will be a new old way to get around on Lady Bird Lake. Many moons ago, Glastron, the No. 1 fiberglass boat producer in 20th-century America,…

Monday, April 1, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Council Member Paige Ellis

This week, Council Member Paige Ellis joins Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver to talk about serving District 8, transportation, land use, the convention center and more. The full show is embedded below, for your listening pleasure.Austin Monitor Radio is produced…

Monday, March 25, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Child care in Austin

This week, Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver sits down with Cathy McHorse, who is the vice president of the United Way’s Success by 6. McHorse dives into some recent moves by the city to increase access to affordable quality child…

Monday, March 18, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Dark Skies over ZAP

Doggone open data… During last week’s SXSW-adjacent session at Capital Factory about the value of open data provided by governmental entities, the city of Austin got an unexpected plaudit that also offered a not-unexpected snapshot into the city’s priorities. Panelist…

Monday, March 11, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Of departures and festivals

Cofer resigns… Rick Cofer, the vice chair of the Parks and Recreation Board, resigned several hours after City Council approved his reappointment to the board. His resignation came just hours after a concerned constituent emailed Council Member Kathie Tovo, who…

Monday, March 4, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporters Notebook: APD on ICE

Life after SB 4… Following Texas’ Senate Bill 4, also known as the “Sanctuary City bill,” Austin City Council asked that all instances of city collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement be tracked. A Feb. 28 memo from Austin Police Chief…

Monday, February 25, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Chinese Democracy

The press release is made of cheese… How best to follow up a City Council meeting that saw unanimous action to ease the development of affordable housing? If you’ve got the big office on the second floor at City Hall,…

Monday, February 25, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Blackland CDC

In this week’s radio show, Bo McCarver, president of the Blackland Community Development Corporation’s board of directors, talks to Austin Monitor freelance reporter Jack Craver about the history of the group and how they are working to create more affordable…

Monday, February 11, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Clarifications

The devil (or the donut) is in the details… When it comes to zoning and platting, make no mistake that the commissioners who sit on ZAP pay attention to the details of each and every case. In fact, this was…

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