Stories by Nina Hernandez

Friday, April 24, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City, county to work with business on reopening Central Texas

County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Mayor Steve Adler and Austin Chamber President and CEO Laura Huffman announced the formation of the Opening Central Texas for Business Task Force in a Zoom press conference on Thursday morning.The county, city and chamber are…

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Adler urges Austinites to stay at home despite state rollback

When Gov. Greg Abbott announced last week that he would gradually begin to reopen the state, confusion began to mount about what that means for daily life. Is the stay-at-home order lifted? Should we begin to go back to life…

Monday, April 20, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

In ‘survival mode,’ Austin Pets Alive! flooded with community support

Visitors to the Austin Pets Alive! website are greeted by a pop-up message that says, “We are in survival mode and need your help.”The message redirects to a donation page called “Save Pets in Sweats,” which encourages community members to…

Friday, April 17, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Faith organizations take services online during the Covid-19 pandemic

The city’s stay-at-home order suspended in-person religious services, but that hasn’t stopped churches, mosques and synagogues from reaching their congregations during the pandemic. With all physical gatherings banned, faith communities are going online to practice.Congregation Beth Israel still hosts services…

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

AISD officials discuss Covid-19 response

Austin Independent School District officials spoke at an Austin Justice Coalition panel Wednesday night, discussing how the district and its students are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home order that has shuttered schools.Speakers included AISD Board of Trustees…

Friday, April 10, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

United Way announces ongoing volunteer opportunities

Each year, United Way for Greater Austin hosts a communitywide Spring Day of Action. This year, with the Covid-19 crisis, United Way decided a change-up was in order. The organization is now hosting a Spring Season of Caring and putting…

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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