Reporters’ Notebook

Monday, March 27, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Which came first?

Rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay… Don’t expect the early evening musical performances at City Council meetings to go away anytime soon. Asked recently about a city staff recommendation to remove the quickie concerts from the agenda of Council’s…

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Monday, March 20, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Gondolas! Open Letters!

High time… Perhaps in accordance with the leisurely speed at which its subject is known for, a long-awaited report on aerial gondolas is taking its sweet time in being made public. The high-flying transit alternative captured headlines last September when…

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Monday, March 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Reporter’s Notebook: Same as it ever was

The cycle continues… South by Southwest has brought another rogue set of transportation providers to Austin. Just as Uber bullied its way into town during a trial run during the 2013 iteration of the festival, several bikesharing companies have deployed…

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Monday, March 6, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Of departures (people, codes and forts)

ZAP! Pow! Bang!… People paying attention to the membership of the Zoning and Platting Commission (if you are out there, you are probably reading this) may have noticed change has come/is on the horizon. As we reported, now-former Chair Thomas…

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Monday, February 27, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: More on Agenda 21

Alternative facts? In our media? It’s more likely than you think… Over the weekend, Zoning and Platting Commissioner Jim Duncan seized the rhetorical zeitgeist in a letter to City Council members, wherein he warned them that the commission had not, as…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Dead, alive and in-between

Dead zoning… There was a lot of debate on Thursday over whether Capitol View Corridors should be extended to the east of the city. And there was even more debate over whether those east-projecting radii should project over the Brackenridge…

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Monday, February 6, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Just more fake news

Alt-facts… The national press has caught wind of Travis County’s skirmish with Gov. Greg Abbott over immigration policy, for better and worse. Reputable outlets such as CBS News and the Washington Post have deigned to talk to County Judge Sarah…

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Monday, January 30, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Pardon

Vote kills Entrada annexation for now… City Council voted 10-1 on Thursday to indefinitely postpone annexation of the Entrada property, approximately 246 acres in northeastern Travis County south of Wells Branch Parkway, with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo opposed. Mayor Steve…

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Monday, January 9, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Regarding Twitter

Vela to Dukes: Time to go… Embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes (Austin) has reneged on her promise to step down from her seat, leaving in limbo those who were hoping to replace her and actively campaigning to do so. One of…

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