Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

Thursday, July 16, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council candidates file campaign finance reports

Though the results of Tuesday’s election are still being tallied, Wednesday marked the day that campaign finance reports for City Council elections were due.In addition to casting their votes for president of the United States this year, Austin residents will…

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Montopolis rezonings draw community ire

The Planning Commission is scheduled to hear a cluster of five development cases in Montopolis today, and it hasn’t escaped the notice of community leaders.Eight separate addresses covering more than 10 acres of the Southeast Austin neighborhood are seeking a…

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

As Covid-19 cases spike, local officials stress caution and personal choice in slowing its spread

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Public Health Interim Medical Director Dr. Mark Escott and Assistant to the Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt extended stay-at-home orders Monday in response to a surge in Covid-19 cases, and asked residents to reinvest in precautions to…

Monday, June 8, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council’s APD grant vote: What happened

After listening to nearly seven hours of heartbreaking testimony from Austinites traumatized by police violence during protests the last week of May, City Council took a vote approving more funds for the Austin Police Department. On its surface, the $430,685…

Monday, June 1, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

City leaders respond to protests

Over the weekend, protesters across the country left their homes in a call for justice for George Floyd and other black victims of police brutality. In Austin, people turned out in an expression of solidarity and to demand accountability for…

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Casar to seek reelection

Council Member Greg Casar announced Monday that he will not be seeking Sen. Kirk Watson’s now-vacant District 14 seat. In early March, Casar explored the possibility of running for state Senate. However, that move was quickly overshadowed by the cancellation…

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin, Travis County extend stay-at-home orders, which now require face coverings

Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt have extended stay-at-home orders until May 8 and have expanded those orders to mandate that residents wear fabric face coverings during essential work and activities.According to a press release sent out by…

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

More parks close, more parks to close

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department continued its recent pattern of issuing increasingly strict rules for city-controlled parks on Tuesday, with an announcement that all city parks and trails will close over Easter weekend in an effort to prevent the…

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…

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