Travis County

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County already has a public defender’s office – for juveniles

Amid the contentious public debate over the creation of a public defender’s office in Travis County is an oft-neglected fact: Travis County already has a public defender’s office. It just doesn’t serve adults.The Travis County Juvenile Public Defender, founded in…

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Indigent defense work group gets new chance to find common ground

Yielding to the expertise of Amanda Woog, chair of Travis County’s indigent legal services work group, the Commissioners Court swiftly appointed two private defense attorneys to the group during its voting session Tuesday afternoon.Local attorneys Paul Quinzi and Michael Watson…

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Eckhardt delivers State of the County address

Like the Wonder Woman mug of tea sitting on the podium before her, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt says Travis County is filled to the brim.With an unprecedented number of infrastructure projects in line for construction, a contentious array of criminal…

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County indigent defense grant still on the table

Austin is currently the largest city in the country with no traditional public defender office. Travis County wants to change that, but efforts so far have been unraveled by personal and political disagreements within the Indigent Legal Services work group,…

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County says affordable housing should be priority in Del Valle PID

Public improvement districts are becoming more prevalent in eastern Travis County, but commissioners are worried that not enough is being done to ensure that lower-income residents will benefit from the opportunities PIDs bring to their communities.Before voting next week on…

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

No opposition to county food inspection frequencies update

In the absence of County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, the Travis County Commissioners Court talked food Tuesday morning.Following the city’s implementation of a risk-based food inspection system last November, Austin Public Health is now asking Travis County to do the same.…

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