Stories by Jerry Quijano

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Tower Girl, UT’s resident falcon, has laid eggs again. Will one hatch this year?

Tower Girl, the peregrine falcon who has made the UT tower home for a few years, has laid three eggs in her nest as of Sunday.This is the fifth time the falcon has laid eggs in the tower, but none…

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

As contract negotiations drag, Cap Metro bus drivers symbolically protest

Some Capital Metro bus drivers wore black makeup or a black sticker under their eyes Wednesday in a symbolic “Black Eye” protest of drawn-out labor negotiations between their union and a Capital Metro contractor.Capital Metro awarded a $1.4 billion contract…

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin Public Library is checking out whether to stop charging for overdue materials

The Austin Library Commission is looking into eliminating overdue fees for all materials in the city’s public library system.The Austin Public Library stopped charging fees on overdue materials checked out for kids in 2018. Now the commission has created a…

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Got guns or ammo you don’t want anymore? Austin police will take them, ‘No questions asked’

Residents with unwanted firearms and ammunition can turn them over to the Austin Police Department on Tuesday at the first of a series of no-questions-asked gun surrender programs.The point of the program is to prevent weapons from ending up in…

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Jerry Quijano

Proposed partnership with ECHO would convert more motels to temporarily house Austin’s homeless

ECHO, the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, says the addition of 200-300 short-term motel units would substantially impact the community of Austinites living without shelter. In a memo sent Tuesday to the mayor and City Council, city staff said they agree.Earlier…

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by Jerry Quijano

The cost of metered street parking in Austin is going up

The cost of parking in a metered, on-street space in Austin is going up. Beginning next Monday, the standard meter rate around Austin will be $2 per hour.The current metered rate is $1.20 inside the city’s downtown core, from Interstate…

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