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Stories by Jack Craver

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Jack Craver

City likely to exceed its budget for pools, again

While City Council members have decidedly mixed opinions about a proposed $124 million bond aimed at upgrading Austin’s aquatics system, everybody acknowledges that the city’s pools are in desperate need of repair.The problem, of course, is that right now the…

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Crowded field of candidates emerges to challenge Troxclair in Southwest Austin

In addition to Mayor Steve Adler, five City Council members are up for re-election this November. In three of those races – District 9, District 5 and District 3 – nobody has yet declared their intention of running against the…

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Jack Craver

Poll shows support for paid sick leave ordinance

Most Austinites like the idea of requiring businesses to provide their employees with paid sick days, according to a poll released Thursday.The survey of 600 Austin voters, which was conducted by Public Policy Polling, a respected national polling firm that…

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Jack Craver

How big of a bond will Austin voters support?

This November, Austin voters going to the polls to vote for mayor, governor and a variety of other city, state and federal positions will likely be asked to approve a bond package worth hundreds of millions of dollars that will…

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Jack Craver

Austin’s new ‘speed cushions’ spark outcry

Susanne Paul worries that Jester Estates, the affluent Northwest Austin neighborhood where she’s lived for nearly 20 years, may be broken beyond repair. What was once an “extremely friendly” community is now fraught with political divisions that many of her…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Jack Craver

Most Austin police officers will soon have body cameras

It may not be long before every Austin police officer is wearing a body camera.Since October, the Austin Police Department has equipped officers at three of its four substations with body cameras, Assistant Police Chief Ely Reyes told the Public…

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by Jack Craver

After one year on Council, Flannigan having the time of his life

Council Member Jimmy Flannigan said his first year on the dais has been defined by “many, many, many little victories.” And that’s how city government is supposed to work, he insists.“Municipal issues are by and large about filling potholes and…

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Jack Craver

Casar reflects on a ‘hellish year’

2017 was a big year for Council Member Greg Casar. Nevertheless, in an interview for the Austin Monitor, he described it as “hellish.”On Nov. 9, 2016, the day after he was easily re-elected to Council, Casar was in no mood…

Thursday, December 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

Child care, CodeNEXT, grocery stores: Garza focuses on economic justice

Before walking into an executive session where City Council members decided unanimously to select Spencer Cronk as Austin’s next city manager, Council Member Delia Garza spoke to the Austin Monitor about her thoughts on her third year on Council.Although she…

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council plans to take up sick leave ordinance in February

Over the past month, the city of Austin has tried to gather community input on the issue of paid sick leave and whether the city should require employers to provide it.Unsurprisingly, many employers aren’t happy about the idea. In the…

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Jack Craver

Advocates urge more assistance for sexual assault victims

A backlog of evidence going back to the 1990s is not the only major challenge the Austin Police Department has faced in prosecuting sex crimes and helping survivors of sexual assault heal. Advocates for survivors have also said the sex…

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council greenlights new pedestrian mall on Congress Avenue

City Council paved the way Thursday for a major state project that will transform three blocks of downtown from roadway into a grass-covered pedestrian mall.Council voted to give the Texas Facilities Commission the OK to seize control of city right…

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council divided over $124M pools proposal

City Council appears divided over a nine-figure bond that the Aquatic Master Plan Task Force has said is necessary to repair, upgrade and expand Austin’s pool system.The bond proposal comes four months after the Parks and Recreation Department unveiled the…

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Jack Craver

By outsourcing, APD has made major progress on sex assault kit backlog

The Austin Police Department’s embarrassing backlog of sexual assault kits will hopefully soon be a thing of the past.APD told members of the Public Safety Commission Monday that there are 856 kits from the backlog left to be analyzed, down…

Friday, December 8, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin’s two city manager finalists: Howard Lazarus and Spencer Cronk

The seemingly interminable search for Austin’s next city manager has finally been winnowed down to two applicants for the job.On Thursday, Stephen Newton of consulting firm Russell Reynolds Associates, which City Council hired to lead the candidate search, recommended that…

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council drills down on Capitol plan

An ongoing effort by the state of Texas to move much of its workforce downtown has City Council members wondering what, if anything, the city can get out of the project.The state is planning on getting started with implementation of…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Jack Craver

Public Safety Commission endorses police union contract

Rejecting the pleas of police accountability activists, the Public Safety Commission voted Monday night to recommend the approval of the proposed new union contract between the city of Austin and the Austin Police Association.Both Police Chief Brian Manley and APA…

Monday, December 4, 2017 by Jack Craver

Cyclists, motorcyclists get committee to postpone update to Balcones conservation plan

Dozens of mountain bikers, motorcyclists and others who enjoy using trails within the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve showed up at City Hall Friday ready for a fight over an update to the preserve management plan that they said endangers their access…

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

A sick leave ordinance is coming, but details are unclear

A coalition of city leaders and advocacy groups is pushing for Austin to join many of the nation’s largest cities in requiring employers to provide employees with a certain number of paid sick days.On Nov. 15 at the People’s Community…

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

Should city elections be moved to odd years?

Some political leaders and activists in Austin believe the city would be better off if elections for City Council did not coincide with higher-profile campaigns for president, governor and Congress.At a meeting of the Charter Review Commission on Nov. 13,…

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