Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

Friday, April 3, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Editorial: All together now, Austin

The past several weeks have brought unprecedented change to Austin as businesses have shuttered and everyone who can has remained home in a citywide effort to flatten the curve and slow the spread of Covid-19.For many of us, myself included,…

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

City clarifies new construction rules

As promised, the city has clarified its new rules for the construction industry under orders asking Austinites to stay home unless necessary.Since Mayor Steve Adler issued shelter-in-place guidelines March 25, the question of which construction is considered essential has been…

Monday, March 30, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Cap Metro to eliminate fares

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that it will implement free fares throughout the month of April to prioritize public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.Eliminating fares allows passengers to board through the rear bus door without stopping to pay fares…

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council to vote on anti-eviction ordinance Thursday

City Council will vote Thursday on establishing a 60-day grace period for renters in an emergency ordinance released Monday. The ordinance, which is sponsored by Council members Greg Casar, Kathie Tovo, Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza and Mayor Steve Adler…

Monday, March 23, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin begins the week under new city restrictions

This week, Austin enters a new phase of public health preparedness, under a new order from the city that expands restrictions put in place last week as part of an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The new order, which…

Monday, March 16, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

What’s happening, what’s not, and how to help

Health Care For general information about COVID-19, as well as the latest, most accurate information about recommendations, warnings, prevention and testing, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site dedicated to the virus.The Texas Department of State Health Services…

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council candidates tally their six-week fundraising totals

This November, candidates will compete for City Council seats in Districts 2, 4, 6, 7, and 10. Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza has already announced that she will not be seeking reelection in District 2; instead she is running for…

Monday, December 30, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

2019: Austin’s year in review

Homelessness If there was one topic that dominated local news coverage this year – and there was – it was homelessness. In June, City Council voted to lift ordinances that essentially criminalized homelessness in the city, and most significantly, prohibited…

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…

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