The Region

Friday, December 27, 2019 by Jack Craver

As the planet warms, Brigid Shea is planning Travis County’s response

Commissioner Brigid Shea may have been elected to handle issues at the county level, but her focus is global.“My major focus in running for reelection, I believe very strongly as community leaders that we have to do more to prepare…

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 by Jack Craver
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TipSheet: Travis County, 12.10.19

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. To help our readers stay informed, each week we offer a selection of interesting items from the voting session agenda. The entire agenda is available at the Travis County…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Hill Country landowners say Kinder Morgan is lowballing them. Special courts are agreeing.

Kay Pence owns a ranch in the Hill Country town of Fredericksburg. About a year ago, she got a call from the pipeline company Kinder Morgan. The caller told her the company planned to run a section of its 430-mile…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by Jack Craver

Eckhardt offers the city Palm School in exchange for expo center, hotel tax

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt says that she and her colleagues on the Commissioners Court are willing to give away the Palm School to the city of Austin. But they want a couple of big things in return.In a letter…

Monday, November 18, 2019 by Jack Craver

Exit Eckstein: Travis County’s retiring lobbyist reflects on his battles at the Legislature

After 11 years, Deece Eckstein is calling it quits as Travis County’s top lobbyist. He recently told members of the Commissioners Court that he will retire from his position as the intergovernmental relations officer at the end of the year.Eckstein,…

Friday, November 1, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County leaders defend bail practices

For years, Travis County leaders have touted the county’s progressive bail policies, which allow a large percentage of the accused to get out of jail without posting a cash bond.Each person who is booked into jail on a charge is…

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