Reporters’ Notebook

Monday, September 18, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Zero vision

More, no doubt, to come… As we all well know, the second draft of CodeNEXT was released Friday. As usual, it’s a dense tome that land use enthusiasts studied in earnest over the weekend, and will continue to study in…

Monday, September 11, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Look at all these rumors

Film Commission rumor not confirmed… Louis Black, who is retiring as publisher of the Austin Chronicle, emailed City Council last week claiming that the recent vote to allocate a portion of the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax from Visit Austin (previously…

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: A doozy of a notebook

A doozy of a day… Council Member Ora Houston is a consistent advocate for citizen input. But that doesn’t mean she has to enjoy it. “Thank you Jesus,” she muttered to herself when City Council voted at 9:40 p.m. Thursday…

Monday, August 28, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Field trips and missteps

Why extend the deadline when you can eliminate it?… During a budget work session on Wednesday morning, Council Member Ora Houston asked whether the deadline for submitting items to the budget concept menu was Tuesday night or Wednesday night. Don’t…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Lessons learned

A parking pittance… Members of City Council listening to a lengthy presentation on the Development Services Department budget Wednesday didn’t suggest any major changes to the way the department is running or spending its money. But a number of Council…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Fine by APL

We’re thunderstruck… Into the apparent state Democratic vacuum for next year’s governor’s race steps Austin musician – and owner of an absolutely superb and bitchin’ beard – Thor Harris. The news came last week via Twitter when Harris, holding a…

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