Tag Archives: November 2016 elections

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

More than a yard sign: A runoff rematch in District 6

Austin’s District 6 is one of the city’s wealthiest – the median family income is about $86,000 a year. It also boasts the largest number of Asian residents in the city. Council Member Don Zimmerman represents Austin’s northernmost district. He…

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

More than a yard sign: A near repeat of 2014 in District 4 race

Austin’s District 4 is one of its most diverse – more than 65 percent of its residents are Hispanic, and nearly 10 percent of the district is African-American. Currently, City Council Member Greg Casar represents the north central district. Austin’s…

Monday, September 12, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

More than a yard sign: An incumbent, a boxer and a tech guy in District 2

Complaints we hear citywide about affordability are magnified in Austin’s District 2. The southeast district has some of the lowest-income residents, with a median family income of $42,650. The district also boasts the largest Hispanic population – a point of…

Monday, September 12, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Jimmy Flannigan

District 6 City Council candidate Jimmy Flannigan joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to chat about his candidacy. Audio embedded below.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

District 2 candidates debate for first time

Beneath a basketball net and a shut-off scoreboard at the Dove Springs Recreation Center, two City Council candidates for Austin’s District 2 squared off against each other and against the incumbent, Council Member Delia Garza. The forum, hosted by KUT,…

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

$720 million mobility bond could feature hidden costs

The price tag of Austin’s second-largest transportation bond proposal ever has been pegged at $720 million, but extra costs could pile as high as $20 million if voters approve the package in November. The central piece of the plan calls…

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Same as it ever was

Remember your dais voice… City Council members and city management are increasingly pushing back on Council Member Don Zimmerman’s tirades against city staff. It started at a Council budget work session Wednesday, when the cantankerous conservative expressed outrage that a…

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Candidates fail to file financial information

The Austin Monitor asked the Office of the City Clerk on Tuesday for all of the financial information statements filed by City Council candidates running for election and re-election on the Nov. 8 ballot. Although there are 14 candidates, the…

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 by Jack Craver

Mobility bond talks turn to sidewalk regrets

City Council Member Ora Houston says fatigue, a lack of information and compassion for a colleague led her to a bad decision for her constituents toward the end of a late-night City Council discussion in June over the proposed $720…

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Gallo to remove opponent from Parks board

District 10 City Council Member Sheri Gallo has informed her appointee to the Parks and Recreation Board that she will be removed and replaced at today’s Council meeting. Alison Alter, who announced that she would run against Gallo in this…

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by Brad Rollins--San Marcos Mercury

Ruben Becerra, downtown business owner, enters San Marcos mayoral race

Businessman Ruben Becerra filed paperwork today to enter the race for San Marcos mayor, setting up a spirited contest at the top of the Nov. 8 municipal election ballot. Becerra said he is a political moderate who is well-positioned to…

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

PAC’s poll shows big support for light rail

A grassroots effort to put a light rail referendum on the November ballot is adding one more curve to the course as City Council members sprint to decide whether to send Mayor Steve Adler’s $720 million mobility bond proposal to…

Friday, July 22, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Corridors that cure cancer? Preventing it, maybe

Could streets be like doctors? A streetlight that diagnoses ulcerous colon. A sidewalk that administers chemotherapy. That question is what City Council Member Delia Garza levied at the oft-optimistic Mayor Steve Adler during the last Council meeting before members broke…

Friday, July 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Urban Transportation Commissioners dissect mobility bond proposal

Members of the Urban Transportation Commission aired doubts about Mayor Steve Adler’s $720 million mobility bond proposal and also clashed on the vision for light rail in Austin on Wednesday Tuesday night. Three appointees to the advisory body let fly…

Friday, July 15, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Updated: Contribution reports show who’s giving to City Council candidates

Today marks the deadline for filing contribution and expenditure reports for City Council members and candidates, and most have chosen not to file early. However, District 6 Council Member Don Zimmerman was among those who filed a report on Thursday,…

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Alter planning to run for District 10 seat

Alison Alter, a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board as well as the steering committee for the Rosedale Neighborhood Association, on Tuesday filed the first paperwork necessary to run for the District 10 City Council seat. That document…

Friday, July 8, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Why a little line on campaign websites might make a candidate look like a cheater

Natalie Gauldin’s backyard plays by its own rules. The grass tickles our calves and her almost 3-year-old daughter has left some toys scattered around. Dogs bark at us from inside her house in Austin’s District 7. But all these distractions,…

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Getting into the Council transportation bond vote

Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard joins publisher Mike Kanin to chat about Council’s recent transportation bond vote. Post is embedded below:

Friday, June 24, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Council moves $720 million mobility bond forward

While most of Austin slept early Friday morning, City Council gave the green light to a mobility bond with little historical precedent. Just after 1:30 a.m., following a tortuous and fraught discussion marked by simmering tensions that at times neared…

Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Advocates say bond funding for Bicycle Master Plan could diversify local biking community

Sharmar Mohamed Hassan doesn’t know the words in English to describe his bicycle. So he uses his native language, Somali, to tell me it’s a green road bike. And it’s his primary form of transportation in Austin — which, at…

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