Monday, December 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

2014: An Austin Monitor review

This past year was a dynamic one in Austin, and though the future promises to be just as interesting, at the close of 2014 we invite you to take a trip back over the past 12 months. Though a lot…

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 by Michael Kanin

For Martinez, 10-1 dominated 2014

Council Member Mike Martinez is fresh off a campaign for mayor, one where he did his level best to bring up big-picture issues. Indeed, as many have reported, affordability and transportation became key notes in the campaign.Still, when he sat…

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Sheryl Cole talks about life on the Council

When we sat down with Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, the first African-American woman elected to the Austin City Council, we asked her what advice she would give to the new Council members.She said, “Respect your colleagues. Value their opinions.…

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Morrison says campaign colored Council in 2014

City Council Member Laura Morrison decided in March that she would not run for mayor. That, of course, did not mean that the decisions by four of her colleagues to seek elected office in 2014 played out far from Morrison’s…

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Spelman remembers the high points

After three terms on the Austin City Council, first from 1997 to 2000 and then from 2009 to present, Council Member Bill Spelman is retiring from his nonpaying city gig. Professor Spelman, who also teaches courses in applied math and…

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Riley looks beyond rail bond loss to Austin’s future

Council Member Chris Riley started his look back at 2014 with an examination of the transportation situation faced by the City of Austin. Rather than lock on to the November failure of a $600 million rail bond that would have…

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