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Monday, March 19, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Parking and … other … concerns

Still hanging around… We have it to thank for our intimate knowledge of celebrities’ lunches, Capital Metro’s train delays and the president’s spontaneous thoughts, so why not also give Twitter pre-emptive credit for helping to establish a working urban cable…

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Is a historic district on the way for Travis Heights?

If at first, second or third you don’t succeed, try something smaller. That might prove the key to a Travis Heights historic district.A local historic district has long been in the works for the South Central Austin neighborhood. For more…

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Court upholds majority of ‘sanctuary cities’ law

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Senate Bill 4 can remain in effect for the time being. Tuesday’s decision will allow the so-called “sanctuary cities” law to take effect while the case against it plays out.However,…

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: CodeNEXT Draft 3

In this week’s show, Planning and Zoning Director Greg Guernsey and Assistant Director Jerry Rusthoven sit down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about the third draft of CodeNEXT. This is the final draft of…

Friday, March 9, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council denies reappointment of five judges

Who judges the judges? On Thursday, it was City Council. Though there was very little dissent on the dais about a recommendation that left five judges without appointments, the public testimony that preceded Council’s vote was critical and, at times,…

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Judicial Committee recommends against reappointment of five judges

City Council’s Judicial Committee acted in swift unity Monday morning, voting unanimously to recommend a slate of Municipal Court judge appointments that did not include five sitting judges. The vote came after a change in the recommendation process and increased…

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Roses are red, violets are blue

He who speaks the loudest wins… During a discussion about a proposed public voucher program last Monday, it appeared that two camps were forming among the commissioners of the Charter Review Commission. There were those who lauded the equity promised…

Monday, February 12, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: We’ve made haranguements

Save Our Strings… Could the city be moving toward declaring musicians as an endangered species? Not yet, but at last week’s meeting of the Austin Music Commission there was a good deal of talk about declaring the city’s music culture…

Monday, February 12, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Publisher Mike Clark-Madison

This week, incoming Austin Monitor publisher Mike Clark-Madison sits down with Monitor editor Elizabeth Pagano and freelancer Caleb Pritchard to talk about why he took the job, who he is and what he has in mind for our future. We…

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin ADU stalled at BoA

Over the past few years, the city has worked to make it easier to build accessory dwelling units. But, despite a chorus of those who tout the addition of a small secondary home as a way for homeowners to capitalize…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Proposed demolitions rattle Old West Austin

At the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission, neighbors showed up in force to protest the prospect of demolishing a swath of homes in the heart of Old West Austin.The five demolitions are all part of a single…

Friday, January 12, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Whellan joins Armbrust & Brown

Today, Armbrust & Brown PLLC announced that attorney Michael Whellan, who is a former president and shareholder of Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody will be joining their firm on Jan. 15.It’s a big change for Whellan, who is well-known at…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Former Council Member Laura Morrison to run against Adler for mayor

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has his first official challenger in the race for mayor in November.Former City Council Member Laura Morrison announced in an email Monday that she will run against Adler for the city’s top elected position.“I’m running for…

Monday, January 8, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission pushes for full preservation of Rosewood Courts

This year, a plan to preserve and redevelop Rosewood Courts will be making its way through City Hall. After more than two years of work, advocates for the plan hope that they have struck a compromise between modernizing the property…

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Troxclair continues to fight

In 2018, Council Member Ellen Troxclair will be having a baby and running for office in addition to continuing to serve as the lone conservative on City Council. Despite a crowded agenda ahead, Troxclair sat down with the Austin Monitor…

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Tovo keeps chipping away

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo came prepared with folders of articles for her look back on 2017. Immediately, she notes that this year’s progress looks a lot like last year’s, but there is a reason for that. Her focus has…

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

In 2017, Kitchen worked on the big issues

For Council Member Ann Kitchen, 2017 was a year of progress. In an interview with the Austin Monitor, she highlighted some of the ongoing work her office has done over the past year that deals with some of the city’s…

Thursday, December 28, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Houston stays true to her district

Council Member Ora Houston sums up this past year as “very interesting.”Speaking to the Austin Monitor, Houston started her review of 2017 by stressing her continued commitment to outreach in her district, which informs the work she does downtown at…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Resolutions could change how demolitions are done in Austin

On Thursday, City Council approved two resolutions that direct the city to take a look at the literal and figurative cost of demolitions in Austin. Each could lead to increased fees for the growing number of building demolitions in Austin.…

Monday, December 11, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic commission rejects CodeNEXT draft

“CodeNEXT continues to enable the demolition and replacement of existing housing stock with new construction. Consequently, the Commission cannot recommend the adoption of CodeNEXT as written.”That’s the consensus of the Historic Landmark Commission, according to a resolution about the second…

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