Reporters’ Notebook

Monday, September 14, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: The lighter side of budgets?

Tuesday morning quarterback… Despite Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s recent attempts to rein in off-topic monologues, the public communications portion of the Travis County Commissioners Court’s weekly meetings remains a source of colorful commentary. Last week, one rather notorious local communicant…

Monday, September 7, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Fix(at)ing (on) crazy

“You can’t fix crazy”… During a presentation about traffic fatalities at a City Council Mobility Committee meeting on Sept. 2, Council Member Don Zimmerman expressed consternation about the fact that 43 percent of the traffic fatalities that have occurred so…

Monday, August 31, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: A pornographic departure

We make news… Capital Metro Transportation Authority’s Twitter account went off the rails last week after an apparent security breach led to a decidedly non-family-friendly detour. Shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday, Community Impact’s eagle-eyed reporter Jennifer Curington noticed that…

Monday, August 24, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Precious moments

ICYMI, a rebuttal… On Friday, we mentioned City Council Member Sheri Gallo’s unusual callout of City Manager Marc Ott, who wasn’t physically present on the dais for the conclusion of the short-term rental discussion. As a refresher, Gallo concluded her…

Monday, August 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The return

Council changes positions – literally… At their Thursday meeting, City Council members drew from a hat to determine where they will sit on the dais for the next six months. Mayor Steve Adler, who will remain seated in the middle…

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Penalty cards and petitions

Eckhardt deals a new hand from a new deck… Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt introduced last week a new method for dealing with citizens whose comments during public communications might stray outside of the Travis County Commissioner Court’s wheelhouse. Perhaps with…

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