Reporters’ Notebook

Monday, May 22, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Art and other concerns

Austin artists aren’t good enough?… As part of its consent agenda on Thursday, City Council approved three contracts with firms and artists to provide artwork to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and an Austin Energy cooling plant. Council approved the electric…

Monday, May 15, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Not our jam

Bit of turbulence during that pilot program… An attempt by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to make “data driven decisions” went slightly off the rails at Tuesday’s City Council work session, where Council members learned that a “parks pass”…

Monday, May 8, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Return of the hat

Return of the Commission Commission?… Once upon a time, there was a Boards and Commissions Transition Task Force that put together a long report on how the city might best manage its boards and commissions in light of the switch…

Monday, May 1, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: CodeISSUES

CodeNUDE… CodeNEXT might not represent as radical a change as some may hope (or fear). For instance, the draft of the new code that City Council is now examining made absolutely no changes to how the city will define “adult-specified…

Monday, April 17, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: But what came next will surprise you

I, Stuart Harry Hersh… A few months ago, long-time housing advocate and former city staffer Stuart Harry Hersh bought a house. While undoubtedly a big moment for Hersh personally, it’s also been a transition at City Hall where for years,…

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Honoring Mary Gay Maxwell

Remembering Mary Gay… A year after her death, the Environmental Commission remembered its former chair, and longtime Austin conservationist, Mary Gay Maxwell. The commission unanimously passed a resolution to rename the Slaughter Creek Management Unit on Wednesday night. The land’s…

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