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Monday, September 10, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Eyes wide open

Four-eyed and proud… On Aug. 28, the Parks and Recreation Board considered the Camelback PUD, a proposed mixed-use development on Lake Austin being led by Jonathan Coon, the founder of 1-800 Contacts, a contact lens company that he sold for…

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Fair chance hiring

This week, Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard sits down to talk about the ins and outs of fair chance hiring with Gail McCant and Rochion Gregg, who work in the city’s Equal Employment and Fair Housing Office.Austin Monitor Radio is…

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Cap Metro’s Randy Clarke

This week, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Randy Clarke sits down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk Remap, ridership, apps and Project Connect. To hear it all, tune in below.Austin Monitor Radio is produced…

Monday, August 27, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Payback

Adler strikes back… Mayor Steve Adler returned fire at Travis County Thursday over commissioners’ threat to challenge Austin’s authority to allow McKalla Place to be tax exempt after Precourt Sports Ventures takes over the 24-acre parcel to build a soccer…

Monday, August 13, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Disagreement and understanding

I know you are but what am I?… On Saturday afternoon, Council Member Leslie Pool, the lead critic of the proposed soccer stadium deal, posted a message on Facebook taking aim at the arguments that Mayor Steve Adler and others…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Valuable lessons

In other soccer news… Precourt Sports Ventures and the other parties involved in their ongoing lawsuit in Ohio – Major League Soccer, the city of Columbus, and the state of Ohio – will have to file updates every two weeks…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: District 1 candidate Reedy Spigner

This week, City Council candidate Reedy Spigner joins Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about why he’s running for the District 1 seat, and to explain what issues he hopes to tackle if elected. It’s…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Shoal Creek Conservancy

Shoal Creek Conservancy Executive Director Joanna Wolaver visits the show this week to discuss the Shoal Creek Vision to Action Plan, long-term goals, short-term plans, and everything else Shoal Creek with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano.…

Monday, July 23, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Communication

They don’t want to talk to you… Staff from the Development Services Department repeatedly told members of the Zoning and Platting Commission at their Tuesday meeting that they were legally obligated to approve a site plan for the controversial Champion…

Monday, June 25, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Gooooooooooooals

Different goals… Politics, as they say, is (are?) a full-contact sport. Unlike men’s soccer, which mostly has a bunch of grown men flopping around like children at the slightest breeze (women’s soccer, we’ll note, is far less lame). Nonetheless, Austin…

Monday, June 18, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Throwing side eye, catching rides

Side eye, or stink eye?… What exactly is the name given to the withering glances occasionally dished out by City Council Member Ora Houston toward her colleagues on the dais? Council Member Leslie Pool learned directly on Thursday during discussion…

Monday, June 11, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Soccer games

Bound for Cow Town?… Another new wrinkle in Austin’s (never-ending?) professional soccer saga developed slowly last week after ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman opined, during a segment on Sacramento recently losing out on a Major League Soccer expansion bid, that…

Monday, June 11, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: District 8 candidate Paige Ellis

In this week’s radio show, City Council candidate Paige Ellis joins Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about why she wants to represent District 8, and where she differs from her opponents on city issues.…

Monday, June 4, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Don’t speak

Once more, away from the breach… For decades, those who work with digital data have learned to encrypt it in defense against potential breaches. Unfortunately, according to Khalil Shalabi, Austin Energy vice president of strategy, technology and markets, data protection…

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Mayoral candidate Travis Duncan

On this week’s radio show, mayoral candidate Travis Duncan joins Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about why he’s running for office, what led him to the campaign trail, Ubuntu Contributionism and … other things.…

Monday, May 21, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin B-cycle

Everyone may be talking about dockless bikes and scooters these days, but this week we check in on Austin’s B-cycle bike-share program. B-cycle’s Executive Director Elliott McFadden talks to Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to discuss B-cycle’s…

Monday, May 14, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Contact

H2Oh no… Like country rubes dazzled by the mystic arts of the boardwalk illusionist, sometimes we journalists are so awestruck by an apparent attempt at math that we lose all professional incredulity and report it with gushing deference. Such it…

Monday, May 14, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Bond Election Advisory Task Force

This week Bond Election Advisory Task Force members Rachel Stone, Sumit DasGupta and Jeff Smith join Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about what was – and wasn’t – in their $851 million recommendation for…

Monday, May 7, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Better luck next time

Best-laid plans… A pair of music festivals set to take place within six days of each other were felled by permitting problems, with one forced to reschedule until September and another planning a move into Austin nightclubs. The Punk In…

Monday, April 30, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Is CodeNEXT spreading?

Contagion… Is the trauma of CodeNEXT spreading to other Central Texas cities? That’s the horrific question at least one Sunset Valley resident must have asked herself when she opened her mailbox recently. Inside was a postcard sent by the city…

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