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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…

Monday, November 25, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Brian Kelsey, CoTMF

This week, a member of the Capital of Texas Media Foundation family joins us to talk about the latest branch of our nonprofit parent company. Brian Kelsey sits down to talk about his new research organization, how it’s related to…

Monday, November 25, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Jolt Texas

Jolt Texas is working to build a statewide movement of politically engaged and active Latinos. Maria Renee Morales, who is the Austin organizer at Jolt Texas, sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk…

Monday, November 18, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Easy as L, D, C

Diversify the LDC… At Saturday’s joint meeting of the arts and music commissions, the two groups each approved a request that the Planning Commission adjust the language in a recent addition to the draft Land Development Code that is being…

Monday, November 4, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Humans of Austin

Get by with a little help from your friends, and supporters… With city of Austin special elections taking place Nov. 5, the cycle is almost over – except for candidates who are gearing up for a round of elections in…

Monday, October 28, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: ‘Not like this city does’

One step over the line… The Planning Commission held a rare weekend hearing Saturday to listen to public input on the latest iteration of the Land Development Code. While the expected clashes took place during the hearing, for which more…

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: ANC on LDC

This week, we check in with the Austin Neighborhoods Council for its take on the recently released draft of the new Land Development Code. ANC Vice President Justin Irving sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns and editor Elizabeth…

Monday, October 21, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Wide awake at the wheel

Letting go of control… Ford Motor Company has announced plans to carry people and goods around Austin in self-driving cars as early as 2021, but most people in the general public say they wouldn’t feel comfortable taking their eyes off…

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: AURA on LDC

This week we talk to Kevin McLaughlin, the Land Use Committee chair of AURA, a local urbanist group focused on land use and transportation policy. McLaughlin sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns and editor Elizabeth Pagano to discuss…

Monday, October 14, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Think of the children

Cub Scouts bring improvement initiatives to the Planning Commission… Webelos Scout Pack 81 Den 4 arrived at the Oct. 8 convocation of the Planning Commission to speak solemnly to the commissioners about their concerns for the city and what they…

Monday, October 7, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Read all about it

Planting the seeds… Just because water is crystal clear doesn’t mean it is clean. Craig Nazor, a citizen who sits on the Animal Advisory Commission, alerted the Environmental Commission on Oct. 2 that the discharge from the Walnut Creek Water…

Monday, October 7, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Hill Country Conservancy

In this week’s edition of Austin Monitor Radio, Frank Davis, chief conservation officer of the Hill Country Conservancy, chats with Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns. Interested in what the Hill Country Conservancy does? Curious about conservation easements? Want to get…

Monday, September 30, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Questions and apologies

Barrientos raises questions… Former Texas state Senator Gonzalo Barrientos has raised questions about the convention center expansion, Hotel Occupancy Taxes and Proposition B in a letter sent to Austin City Attorney Anne Morgan. Specifically, Barrientos questions the community benefit associated…

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