Tag Archives: Travis County

Friday, April 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City declares broad equity goals for pretrial services

In the middle of a pandemic that has led to a sharp decrease in the Travis County Jail population, Austin City Council plans to leverage its influence to keep the jail population low by reserving use of pretrial detention for…

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

More parks close, more parks to close

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department continued its recent pattern of issuing increasingly strict rules for city-controlled parks on Tuesday, with an announcement that all city parks and trails will close over Easter weekend in an effort to prevent the…

Monday, March 16, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Travis County evictions put on hold, Austin Energy won’t shut off utilities amid COVID-19 outbreak

Eviction hearings in the Austin area will be put on pause until at least April 1, after Travis County justices of the peace issued an order Friday.“It’s not in the public’s interest to have people out in public trying to…

Friday, March 13, 2020 by Jimmy Maas

Rodeo Austin, Luck Reunion are the latest events called off in Austin over coronavirus concerns

Rodeo Austin and Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion will not be held this spring. Organizers received word from Travis County officials Thursday that the public health risk was too great.There will also be no fans at Austin sporting events for the…

Monday, August 5, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County, city of Austin ramp up census efforts

Travis County and the city of Austin are mounting an aggressive effort to make sure the 2020 U.S. census count is as complete and accurate as possible.The county and city are collaborating by jointly funding a temporary position “to energize…

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Long road to expo center revamp could begin Thursday

Thursday’s City Council meeting is expected to see the first moves toward a long-off ballot initiative that will eventually lead to an ambitious rehabilitation of the Travis County Expo Center.The resolution, which is expected to pass on consent, will direct…

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

‘Opportunity’ knocks? Austin doesn’t quite know what to do with areas picked for federal tax breaks

Census tract 48453002411 has a lot to offer. There’s a brewery on the north edge of the tract. There’s a neighborhood park, and you’re not too far from McKinney Falls State Park. On a good day, you can drive from…

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Contractor drops racial slur at county meeting, participants say

A Travis County-led stakeholder discussion between construction contractors and labor interests reached a boiling point last week when one of the participants used a racial slur, according to people at the meeting.Multiple sources confirmed to the Austin Monitor on Monday…

Friday, December 29, 2017 by Austin Monitor

2017: A Monitor year in review

City Manager search Oh boy. City Council closed out the year by (finally) appointing new City Manager Spencer Cronk more than a year after former manager Marc Ott announced his departure. That is great news for a city that has…

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by KUT News

AISD and Travis County bonds win easy victories

AISDVoters resoundingly supported the Austin Independent School District bond, which maintained a wide margin of victory all Tuesday evening. In the end, 72.06 percent voted in favor of the bond.Austin ISD posed a $1.05 billion bond question to do improvements…

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD fails to acquire additional voting sites

Travis County has denied a request from the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees for additional mobile early voting sites during this year’s bond election.In a Sept. 27 memo to County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir explained…

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by Cate Malek

Austin’s crime lab failure points to national crisis

The latest audit of the Austin Police Department’s crime lab would read as a comedy of errors, if the stakes weren’t so high.Some concerns in the report released last fall are simpler to fix – equipment failures or cross-contaminating evidence.…

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by KUT News

Austin is ready to close its shelter for Harvey evacuees

Austin’s centralized shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees at the Met Center could close by the end of the week. About 170 people remain at the South Austin shelter. It held as many as 400 evacuees after the storm, which brought…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: 308 Guadalupe

Mark Gilbert, the managing director of Travis County’s Economic & Strategic Planning Division, sits down with Austin Monitor freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk about the deal to develop 308 Guadalupe Street as a mixed-use development, permanently shelving plans to…

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Travis County bonds

Travis County Bond Advisory Committee member John Langmore joins Austin Monitor freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk about (what else?) bonds. Specifically, they discuss the upcoming November election, and what Travis County has in store for voters this time around.…

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt sends Adler a HOT letter

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has put Mayor Steve Adler and Interim City Manager Elaine Hart on notice that the county is still keeping alive its interest in levying a tax on tourists.In a letter sent to both city officials…

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…

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Travis County explores ways to overcome funding cuts

Travis County raised nearly $90,000 as of Monday afternoon through an online initiative set up after Gov. Greg Abbott cut $1.5 million in grant funding over Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s new immigration policy. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) launched the fundraising…

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

New Rodeo Austin chief calls Expo Center expansion ‘a no-brainer’

With a deep banking and private investment background as well as an extensive business network throughout Texas, new Rodeo Austin CEO Rob Golding could be an important dealmaker in the long-brewing effort to conduct a grand revamp of the Travis…

Friday, December 9, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves bid to buy AISD properties

City Council approved a measure Thursday to move forward with a joint effort between the city, Travis County and the Austin Independent School District to provide affordable housing on publicly owned land.The measure authorized city staff to submit a bid…

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