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Friday, January 5, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt’s watchword for 2018: Teamwork

Christmas came early for Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt when, on Dec. 11, no one from either of the two major parties stepped up to challenge her for her seat.That means Eckhardt will skate to a second term without the…

Friday, July 14, 2017 by Jack Craver

African-Americans spend more time in Travis County jail for same offenses as whites

Travis County has a long way to go before its criminal justice system matches its progressive reputation, according to a report released Thursday by a local advocacy group.African-Americans booked into the county jail spend more time behind bars than whites…

Friday, June 2, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

‘Middle skill’ workforce plan aims to stabilize area’s poor, vulnerable residents

Austin and Travis County leaders’ focus on growing the region’s middle-class economy was spotlighted Thursday with the announcement of a multiyear effort to train local workers for a growing demand for so-called “middle skill” jobs.The release of the Master Community…

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

State of the County speech features state drama, innovative bonding and a surprise setback

In the early months of her third year in office, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt is still bullish on the state of Travis County.On Wednesday evening, she told a large crowd gathered inside the Commissioners Court chambers that the county is…

Monday, February 6, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Just more fake news

Alt-facts… The national press has caught wind of Travis County’s skirmish with Gov. Greg Abbott over immigration policy, for better and worse. Reputable outlets such as CBS News and the Washington Post have deigned to talk to County Judge Sarah…

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt on Abbott’s cuts: “It’s retribution”

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt is offering unequivocal support for Sheriff Sally Hernandez in the face of costly punishment meted out by Gov. Greg Abbott in response to Hernandez’s new policies regarding immigration enforcement.“We have done an extensive review of those…

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt weighs in on sheriff’s new ICE policy

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has issued a blistering response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s threat to turn off the state funding spigot for Travis County programs over Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s decision to stop cooperating with federal immigration officials at the…

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt charts steady course for 2017

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt says her administration is moving full speed ahead into the new year.In an interview with the Austin Monitor, Eckhardt said 2017 will be a year of continued progress on long-standing issues, and embracing a new…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court tackles sanctuary communities, sexual assault in jail, and Trump

Uncertainty over federal immigration policy following the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump nearly derailed plans to fight back against sexual assault in Travis County jails.At its regular voting session on Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted 3-2 to accept…

Friday, October 7, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County’s courthouse plan B hinges on homeless support group’s failure

A nonprofit that supports homeless residents in Austin could dash Travis County’s short-term plans to accommodate its bulging civil courts needs.Members of the citizens advisory committee that is guiding the search for new court capacity learned on Wednesday night that…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt teases slight tax hike

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt warned on Monday that this year’s budget planning effort could result in a slightly higher tax rate.Eckhardt made the revelation during a special press conference in downtown Austin. The quarterly update on county business was…

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt delivers state of the county speech

More than 100 people gathered at a Northeast Austin hotel on Wednesday night to hear Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt declare that the state of the county is strong.Eckhardt established her case for that assessment in a punchy, pithy and…

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt issues public challenge on transit, affordability, justice reform

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt on Monday challenged the public to get involved and help achieve a broad set of policy goals in 2016.In her first press conference of the year, Eckhardt stood before a line of cameras and reporters…

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County voters reject civil courthouse bonds

It was a tight match all night long, but in the end, Travis County’s $287 million Civil & Family Courts Complex bond fell with a stiff punch in the gut.After several tense hours that at one extended point saw support…

Monday, October 12, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Special Report: Manor, planning for the future

Today, the Austin Monitor, KUT and KLRU present a collaboration that examines the impact of our region’s growth on Manor, Texas: Austin’s Eastern Frontier. We invite you to explore that series and offer you this piece on transportation planning efforts in…

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…

Friday, April 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Eckhardt marks her first 100 days in office

Today marks Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s 100th day in office.Eckhardt got a jump on the celebration Thursday, holding a news conference to commemorate the occasion. She looked back over the past 100 days as well as forward, toward issues that…

Friday, April 3, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Travis County Civil and Family Courthouse and other development plans

Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard interviews Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and Travis County Strategic Planning Manager Belinda Powell about the County’s proposed downtown Courthouse plan, as well as other County-managed real estate interests. Sponsored by Kerbey Lane Cafe. Show embedded…

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

County, state candidates continue to push for property tax reform

Local governments need to look at their non-taxed property and sell it back into private hands if it is underused, according to Sarah Eckhardt, Democratic candidate for Travis County Judge. Eckhardt told a property tax town hall audience Friday that…

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