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Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

Monday, October 15, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The next wave of humanity

Visit commission meetings… The fractious nature of the city’s newly convened Tourism Commission brought about consideration Monday of amending the group’s bylaws, with the possibility of requiring at least seven votes to approve recommendations that would be forwarded to City…

Monday, October 8, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Council Member Greg Casar

On this week’s radio show, Council Member Greg Casar talks bonds with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano. To hear all about the city bond package, plus a little news about what’s going on at City Hall,…

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The meatloaf index

Don’t tell your constituents… During a Cap Metro board meeting at the Austin Convention Center attended by City Council members, transportation consultant Jeffrey Tumlin bemoaned the current state of transportation planning in most American cities, which prioritizes minimizing “vehicle delay…

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: City Music

In this week’s show, Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard takes you on a musical journey through the world of urban mobility. From David Bowie to Shonen Knife, these are the tunes that inspire us as we write about cars, trains,…

Friday, August 31, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Affordable Parking Program expands

Downtown parking may have just gotten a bit easier, thanks to a public-private partnership aimed at downtown service industry workers.The city of Austin and the Downtown Austin Alliance announced yesterday that, after a partnership with Premier Parking, the Affordable Parking…

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Fence unites landmark commission

Should new fences in National Register historic districts come before the Historic Landmark Commission? The answer appears to be “probably.”At their most recent meeting, Historic Landmark commissioners considered whether to summon the owners of 906 E. 14th St., which is…

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP considers West Austin historic zoning

Going against the wishes of the property’s owners and their neighbors, a majority of the Zoning and Platting Commission endorsed a bid for historic zoning in Old West Austin at its most recent meeting.Though it wasn’t enough for a recommendation,…

Monday, August 20, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: District 8 candidate Rich DePalma

This week, City Council candidate Rich DePalma sits down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard to explain why he is seeking the District 8 seat. Hear his reasons for running and more below, where the entire show has been embedded.Austin…

Monday, July 30, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Grave concerns

We only know how to bury ledes… A very strongly worded memo from the Parks and Recreation Department’s Acting Director Kimberly McNeeley warns that failure to extend a contract for interment and burial services in city cemeteries could have serious…

Monday, July 23, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: District 1 candidate Vincent Harding

This week, former Travis County Democratic Chair Vincent Harding sits down with freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about why he’s running for City Council and explain what issues he is hoping to tackle for District 1.…

Monday, July 16, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Environmental Officer Chuck Lesniak

After 28 years with the city, Environmental Officer Chuck Lesniak is retiring. In this week’s show, he sits down with freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about the lessons that he’s learned during his time at the…

Monday, July 9, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: History lessons

Fighting for your government seems to run in families… With Independence Day looming on the horizon, not much was happening at the July 3 Zoning and Platting Commission meeting. In the spirit of patriotism, and to make everyone’s journey to…

Monday, July 2, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Deece Eckstein

This week, Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator Deece Eckstein joins Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano. Listen in below to hear predictions about the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature and a review of some of the…

Monday, June 25, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Reporters’ Roundtable

This week, Austin Monitor freelancers Jack Craver and Caleb Pritchard join The Austin Chronicle‘s Nina Hernandez to drill down on the current state of our fair city. Tune in below to hear a discussion that covers everything from Sam’s BBQ to…

Friday, June 22, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: District 1 candidate Mariana Salazar

In this week’s radio show, City Council candidate Mariana Salazar joins Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about why she wants to represent District 1, and how her background led her to seek public office.…

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

After years of delays and protest, West Lynn demolition moves forward

It took a long time to get there, and there was a lot of angst in the process, but, in the end, the demolition of 611 West Lynn St. was approved without much fanfare at all.“This is a case that…

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

City contemplates restaurant inspection changes

Austin may change how it inspects restaurants in the city, and City Council members are taking a look at how the change could impact the bottom line for some local businesses.Don Hastings, who is the assistant director of the Environmental…

Monday, May 21, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Overheard, signs of the times

And on and on… Last week brought a tentative update to the ongoing labor negotiations with the Austin Police Association. Those negotiations resumed after City Council voted against a proposed contract in December. Since then, police have been operating without…

Friday, May 4, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

North Shoal Creek plan put on hold

Despite an overwhelming workload courtesy of CodeNEXT, Planning Commissioners managed to spend more than three hours discussing a plan centered on just one neighborhood at its most recent regular meeting.Neighbors have been pushing for a North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan…

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Manager Spencer Cronk settles in

City Manager Spencer Cronk already has allergies. “When I first moved here, they hit me hard. I’ve never had allergies in my life,” he explained. “I haven’t gone to the doctor yet, but I’m pretty sure I either broke or…

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