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Mike Kanin is the Publisher of the Austin Monitor. As such, he doesn't report on much--aside from the workings of the Monitor--any more. In his previous life as a freelance journalist, Kanin has written for the Washington City Paper, the Washington Post's Express, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig, the Austin Chronicle, and the Texas Observer.
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Endorsement meeting set today
Mayoral candidate Steve Adler may not have a very good time at Austin Environmental Democrats today since the Austin Bulldog published a story Tuesday outlining how Adler and his law partner,
SteveMichael Barron, benefited from an old restrictive covenant on land within the Barton Springs zone of the Edwards Aquifer. The group plans to endorse one of the mayoral candidates today, as well as either Kathie Tovo or Chris Riley for District 9 in the November election. According to the Bulldog, Adler and Barron’s property carries a restrictive covenant allowing development at an impervious cover level more than twice what the SOS ordinance would allow. The story is long and complicated but the Bulldog reported, “Bill Bunch, executive director of the Save Our Springs Alliance, slammed Adler for using the restrictive covenant to avoid compliance with the SOS Ordinance, saying, ‘He is trying to say building under the restrictive covenant is different from grandfathering. It is not.’” The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at the El Mercado Restaurant on South First Street. (Whisper corrected to reflect the correct name of Adler’s law partner. It is Michael Barron not Steve Barron.)
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