Stories by Caleb Pritchard

Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Updated: Austin4All kicks off its ongoing petition drive

Two weeks after it announced it had gathered enough signatures to force the recall of City Council Member Ann Kitchen, 12 days after a prominent local lawyer filed an ethics complaint against it and nine days after it formally filed…

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Candidates for sheriff cite experience, vision in Democratic primary

Late Tuesday, just hours after early voting had begun across Texas, close to a hundred criminal defense attorneys slowly tromped into a large banquet room in downtown Austin. Among rows of desks and musty chairs, they found conversation partners, sat…

Monday, February 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

LSTAR troubles present another snag for Project Connect

Project Connect, the ambitious vision of a multimodal transportation future in Central Texas, hit a major pothole last week with Union Pacific’s decision to walk away from negotiations with the Lone Star Rail District. In a letter to the district,…

Friday, February 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Lone Star Rail hits major roadblock

A top official with the Lone Star Rail District, or LSTAR, said his agency will continue chugging along despite a serious setback that puts its fundamental mission in jeopardy. On Tuesday, Jerry Wilmoth, Union Pacific’s general manager of network infrastructure,…

Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

TravCo Precinct 1 race attracts diverse voices

For the first time in a generation, the Travis County Commissioners Court Precinct 1 chair is up for grabs, and a crowded field has emerged with five candidates squaring off for their chance to grab it. With early voting set…

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County ponders public information office

Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday came close to derailing a months-in-the-making proposal to establish an official county officer to deal with media relations. At the regular voting session of the commissioners court, members of the Public Information Subcommittee –…

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO board approves sizable cost increase for 183

The cost of a large expansion of U.S. Highway 183 in Northwest Austin officially nearly tripled on Monday night. At its monthly meeting, the Transportation Policy Board of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to amend its long-range plan…

Friday, February 5, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Updated: Ethics complaints filed against petition PAC

While the city clerk still has not received a promised petition seeking the recall of Council Member Ann Kitchen, the Texas Ethics Commission has received four complaints filed against the group behind the alleged effort. Austin attorney Fred Lewis filed…

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County courts controversy with CTRMA appointment

Sparks flew at Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday over the reappointment of Charles Heimsath to serve on the board that supervises regional toll road projects. The 3-2 decision poured cold water on a late-hour effort that bubbled up last…

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Kitchen rallies support as recall effort remains in holding pattern

A group shrouded in mystery failed to deliver on its promise of a political blockbuster on Monday, in the process digging up new questions to pile upon a tall stack of older unanswered ones. After teasing a big announcement late…

Monday, February 1, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin Monitor Radio: The Palm School

Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard joins Travis County Pct. 3 Commissioner Gerald Daugherty to talk about options for the Palm School and the property it sits on. Austin Monitor Radio is made possible by Austin Water.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Group calls for shake-up at CTRMA

An unlikely coalition of activist groups is calling on the Travis County Commissioners Court to shake up the board of directors at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. On Wednesday afternoon, attorney Fred Lewis led the group’s debut press conference…

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County reboots civil courthouse project

Less than three months after voters rejected a nine-figure bond to build a new civil courthouse, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday to effectively reboot the process that had been more than 15 years in the making. The…

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Cap Metro board greenlights central corridor study

Project Connect is returning to Central Austin. The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors unanimously approved on Monday a contract with the engineering firm AECOM to guide a new study of transportation in the urban core dubbed the Central…

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Cap Metro CEO: Austin “not ready” for light rail

The head of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Tuesday put a wet sponge on the feverish hopes that light rail transit in Austin could become a reality sooner rather than later. “I probably echo what I’ve read (Mayor Steve…

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County takes aim at CTRMA leadership

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, who kicked off the new year in part by calling for a change of priorities at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, will soon get a shot at shaking up the leadership at the agency.…

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court discusses PID policy

The Travis County Commissioners Court waded deep into the weeds of a policy marsh on Tuesday and emerged on the other side a little closer to an agreement that could have significant rewards for construction workers and the affordable housing…

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court retains firearms ban for employees

A political shootout at Travis County Commissioners Court ended with victory for proponents of tougher gun restrictions on Tuesday. The court voted 4-1 to update Travis County Code to include language that forbids employees of departments that report to the…

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt issues public challenge on transit, affordability, justice reform

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt on Monday challenged the public to get involved and help achieve a broad set of policy goals in 2016. In her first press conference of the year, Eckhardt stood before a line of cameras and…

Monday, January 11, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court adjusts its aim on gun policy

Travis County Commissioners Court will resume a debate over guns at its regular Tuesday voting session, but it won’t exactly be picking up where it left off late last year. In the three weeks since County Judge Sarah Eckhardt postponed…

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