Stories by Nina Hernandez

Monday, April 6, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Texas first responders need equipment to tackle Covid-19

Two-thirds of emergency service district first responders reported they have been unable to procure a sufficient amount of the necessary personal protective equipment since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study by the Texas State Association of…

Monday, March 30, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Local groups call for $10 million to help struggling families

Last Thursday, a coalition of community groups called on City Council to allocate $10 million in emergency spending to be distributed to families struggling financially due to the Covid-19 crisis.“By allowing impacted families experiencing financial hardship brought by Covid-19 to…

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Central Texas counties echo Travis, issue stay-at-home orders

While the city of Austin’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the headlines, surrounding counties are also working to keep their communities safe.Alongside the news of its first presumptive coronavirus case, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra issued a state…

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Austin Pets Alive! shutters due to COVID-19, still seeking fosters

Over the weekend, Austin Pets Alive! made the decision to close its lobby and bar its clinic from any public visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.While the city-run Austin Animal Center shuttered its doors last week, Austin Pets Alive! remained…

Friday, March 20, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Updated: Coronavirus shutters Austin Animal Center, but shelter still desperately needs fosters

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect daily life in Travis County with the closure of the Austin Animal Center.AAC announced on its Facebook page Monday that it would close to the public, effective immediately, and not reopen until March 30…

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Coalition demands swift city, county COVID-19 response

A coalition of area advocacy organizations hosted a press conference Monday stressing the importance of providing effective solutions to the most vulnerable populations in our communities.The organizations, which include Grassroots Leadership, Workers Defense Project, Austin EMS Association, Lilith Fund for…

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Airport Advisory Commission wants another look at landfill expansion proposal

The Airport Advisory Commission created a subcommittee Tuesday night to look into the potential expansion of the landfill near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and how it might affect the safety of aircraft flying in and out of the airport.Commissioners heard testimony…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Council members call for CodeNEXT changes

Just as the sun was beginning to glare down on the stretch of lawn around the welcome sign to Blazier Elementary School yesterday morning, a group of four City Council members kicked off what they are calling the #FixtheCode #4AllAustinites…

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Public Safety Commission hears update on Austin’s homeless

Representatives from the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) and the Austin Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST) briefed the Public Safety Commission Monday night on the state of the city’s homeless population.“I think in Austin we know what we…

Monday, June 19, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Eastside Memorial could be on the move

At a hastily called meeting this weekend organized by local education advocates, members of the Eastside Memorial High School community gathered in the cafeteria to discuss an Austin Independent School District bond proposal that would move the school to a…

Friday, May 12, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Years after deadly storms, city still lacks comprehensive flood policy

In the wake of devastating flooding over Memorial Day Weekend in 2015, City Council established the 22-member Flood Mitigation Task Force to examine the city’s flood preparedness and come up with a list of recommendations for how to better prepare…

Friday, January 27, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Adler delivers State of the City address this weekend

Last year was a busy one for Mayor Steve Adler. Among many other things, he kicked off a mammoth undertaking to shepherd through a $720 million mobility bond, worked diligently on public outreach on the city’s land use code rewrite…

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