Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

Friday, December 6, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Daugherty will not seek reelection

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty announced his retirement Thursday.“It has been a privilege and honor to serve my neighbors as their commissioner,” said Daugherty. “I’ve done my very best to deliver on the promises that I’ve made over time. I’ve…

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Paxton files suit against planning commissioners

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is once again challenging the makeup of Austin’s Planning Commission.In a suit filed Tuesday, Paxton asks to remove Fayez Kazi, James Shieh, Greg Anderson, Claire Hempel and/or Patrick Howard from the Planning Commission “because one…

Monday, October 21, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council OKs ‘Domain on Riverside’

After months of combative public hearings, City Council has approved the vast, controversial Eastside development nicknamed the “Domain on Riverside.”The 97-acre project promises to bring housing, retail, restaurants and offices to Riverside Drive and Pleasant Valley Boulevard. But the development…

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council questions, and approves, new Old West Austin historic landmark

The last item on City Council’s most recent agenda passed without much notice, but for some Council members it spoke to ongoing issues of disparity in Austin’s preservation program.Council members voted 8-3 to designate the 1928 Italian Renaissance Revival home…

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin grocery’s future is sealed

Austin City Council was set to decide on the fate of a well-known east side grocery store at its most recent meeting, but instead endorsed a deal that had been struck before the meeting convened.The Tuke-Lyon grocery, at 220 Comal…

Monday, May 6, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning commissioners strike heritage tree compromise

When it comes to preserving heritage trees, when should development take precedence? That was the question planning commissioners sought to answer at their most recent meeting, where developers of a property at 2111 Rio Grande St. were seeking variances to…

Monday, April 29, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Council Member Jimmy Flannigan

Council Member Jimmy Flannigan stops by KOOP to talk about the newest attempt to rewrite the Land Development Code. He shares his hopes and predictions with Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver. To catch up on that, and get a quick…

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

In line with state law, D6 project moves forward without traffic analysis

The Zoning and Platting Commission threw its full support behind development plans for about 100 acres near Highway 183 North and Ranch Road 620 at its most recent meeting. But an unusual state law – that could soon change –…

Friday, April 19, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Energy buys biomass plant for $460M

Austin Energy will, in fact, be purchasing the Nacogdoches Generating Facility for $460 million. Buying the East Texas biomass power plant is the city-owned utility’s way out of a controversial $2.3 billion contract that has been under intense scrutiny over…

Monday, April 8, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Natasha Harper-Madison

Austin Monitor editor Elizabeth Pagano sits down with Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison this week to talk about her first few months in office, District 1, the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, NOTCodeNEXT and more. Catch up on city issues before our…

Monday, March 25, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Something we agree on

The link between governmental and residential Texas houses… Occasionally a contentious zoning case stirs up old memories that have been tucked away, but not forgotten. In the wake of the Historic Landmark commissioners’ reaction to the presented plans for 1602…

Monday, March 11, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: CM Greg Casar

This week, Council Member Greg Casar stops by KOOP to talk to Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver about District 4, City Council and his ongoing battles with the Texas state Legislature. Tune in below!Austin Monitor Radio is produced in partnership…

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin Housing Conservancy

Have you been wondering what Austin Housing Conservancy is all about? Well, the Austin Monitor has a show for you. Join David Steinwedell, president and CEO of Affordable Central Texas, as he sits down with reporter Jack Craver to discuss…

Monday, February 11, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Waller Creek Conservancy

This week John Rigdon, director of planning and design for the Waller Creek Conservancy, sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver to talk about plans for the corridor, parks and what the conservancy has been up to of late.…

Monday, February 4, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: ATCEMS Employee Association

Selena Xie, the newly elected president of the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association, sits down with Austin Monitor freelancer Jack Craver in this week’s edition of Austin Monitor Radio. Listen in below to hear the latest on retirement…

Monday, December 10, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Urgent plodding

District 3 gets into it… The gloves are off in the race for the District 3 City Council seat between siblings Susana Almanza and incumbent Pio Renteria. The long-combative candidates have taken their campaign charges to the digital and physical…

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Early voting results are in

In the mayor’s race, as expected, Mayor Steve Adler and former Council Member Laura Morrison have broken away from the pack. Adler currently has 61.11 percent of the vote and Morrison trails with 19.13 percent. Gus Pena has 10 percent,…

Monday, October 29, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The more you know

Today in unsurprising news… The Circuit of the Americas has issued a statement on its position and involvement in the ongoing petition drive that could impact the city’s ability to complete a deal to build a soccer stadium on a…

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,…

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