August 7, 2020
Council members have been floating APD budget cuts. In some cases, it's hard to know what the actual savings will be from a specific cut. But here's what city budget staff said yesterday in a meeting with the Council Public Safety Committee.
August 5, 2020
It looks like there is a consensus on City Council in support of a few big cuts to the APD budget. But there is also hesitancy about pushing forward with major restructuring of the department before the September budget deadline, especially considering the apparent resistance from feet-dragging from city staff.
July 21, 2020
There's talk of evidence that strong mayor systems are less efficient. But I have yet to see it.
July 20, 2020
A set of proposed changes to the charter could make Austin elections more democratic.
July 17, 2020
Leslie Pool has an opponent! Well, this is …
July 16, 2020
Alter ahead, but facing a strong challenge from Sethi in West Austin
July 15, 2020
Incumbent District Attorney Margaret Moore was …
July 15, 2020
Garza wins! And Garza wins! Stinging rebuke to …
July 14, 2020
With all the chest-beating from Council about reimagining public safety in Austin, why did the city manager respond with something that changes almost nothing? Because he's calling their bluff, or at least what he perceives as a bluff. He doesn't believe they're as dedicated to transformational change as they have said.
July 13, 2020
Critical considerations are missing from the Tesla incentives discussion.
July 10, 2020
The county attorney race has become a NIMBY/urbanist proxy battle.
July 9, 2020
n the coming weeks, City Council will hopefully coalesce around support for Project Connect, Austin's much-needed generational investment in mass transit. But that's only half of the work they need to do to build out Austin's non-car infrastructure.
July 8, 2020
The national reckoning on policing has reshaped the district attorney race in Travis County.
July 7, 2020
I still think voters will approve Project Connect. But it's not clear whether City Council members believe so. In fact, it's not clear what City Council members think. There's no evidence that the most consequential transportation policy in a generation has crossed any of their minds in recent weeks.
July 6, 2020
As court rulings and civil rights legislation gradually chipped away at explicitly racial housing restrictions, cities across the country, including Austin, found other ways to keep white neighborhoods white.
June 25, 2020
What's interesting is that some of the loudest voices against new development on the east side are the newer residents. In other words, gentrifiers. The ones who are responsible for driving up home values.
June 24, 2020
There are at least two homes in my neighborhood that …
June 23, 2020
Although the measure is at least partially prompted by a desire to allow bikers and pedestrians to more easily social distance, protected bike infrastructure on Congress is long overdue and should become permanent.
June 22, 2020
A number of Eiserloh supporters are still betting on small-minded NIMBYism carrying the day in a race that has nothing to do with land use.
June 19, 2020
Cronk –– perhaps with the support of the mayor and other Council members –– may be calculating that calls for the chief to go will just blow over. That might be an astute calculation, but I suspect not.
June 18, 2020
It looks like Cronk is trying to find a way to make substantial cuts to the police department budget without actually cutting funds for policing.
June 17, 2020
In a dramatic reversal from past years, every City Council member in Austin has pledged to not accept contributions from police unions.
June 16, 2020
One of the most noticeable changes is downtown, the campus area and Central East Austin, where a bunch of streets are getting lowered from 30 to 25 mph.
June 15, 2020
"I kind of hope, in a way, Trump gets beat. Cuz maybe Biden will haul Mayor Adler's ass out of town, and get him somewhere else."
June 12, 2020
It's far from clear what the outcome of these resolutions will be. Don't be distracted by the headlines around town claiming that Council voted to "divest" from the police.
May 5, 2020
Where we go from here depends on how behavior changes in the coming weeks.
April 27, 2020
There was no justification to shoot at Ramos, let alone shooting into a car that includes another person.
April 24, 2020
While COVID has made the case for transit tougher, it has only strengthened the case to start prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists over cars.
April 23, 2020
It's not just a matter of reducing infections.
April 22, 2020
They're hoping to use fears of COVID and tax hikes to sink Project Connect.
April 21, 2020
Four Council members say Chief Manley has more questions to answer.
April 20, 2020
The initial reactions to the report on Friday were reminiscent of the response to the Mueller report. In both cases, cheerleaders for the accused seized on the inconclusive nature of the report as vindication or exoneration while ignoring many of the report's troubling revelations.
April 13, 2020
Could City Council just approve a bunch of code amendments without facing court challenges?
April 8, 2020
Council's first all-virtual meeting went relatively smoothly.
March 31, 2020
It's still not clear which projects will be allowed to go forward.
March 30, 2020
The coronavirus may very likely be the knock-out blow to long-struggling local media outlets that depend on ad revenue.
March 24, 2020
The county and city issue shelter in place orders. Here's what they do.
March 23, 2020
The only way to realistically reduce traffic is to reduce demand. The only way to do that may be a global pandemic.
March 3, 2020
Yesterday Police Monitor Farah Muscadin and APD officials outlined a new policy for releasing video footage of officer-involved shootings and other cases involving use of force.
March 2, 2020
What's clear is that legitimate concerns have already damaged this year's festival. That could be a terrible blow to the local economy.
February 28, 2020
So far none of the media reporting on the vandalism either know or are willing to say what it is obvious: this was perpetrated by Defend Our Hoodz, the same crowd of wannabe revolutionaries who have disrupted City Council meetings over the 4700 E. Riverside project, harassed Pio Renteria & Alison Alter at their homes and recently attacked the home of an employee of Presidium, the developer responsible for the Riverside project.
February 27, 2020
Fears that the new code will eviscerate Austin's heritage tree ordinance are unfounded. In fact, it's builders who are worried about new tree regs.
February 26, 2020
A gravel mine just west of SH 130 will turn into a major mixed-use development.
February 25, 2020
Street parking should not be discouraged. People should be encouraged to do it –– and to pay for it.
February 24, 2020
Despite its liberal reputation, most of Austin's political leaders are decidedly moderate. That may change as national progressive movements gain steam.
February 21, 2020
It would be a disservice to the community to pass up on the chance to get tens of millions of dollars for the building, particularly when local government is strapped for cash due to revenue caps.
February 20, 2020
Muny represents an egregious waste of resources for both the city and the university. I've played there a few times myself and enjoyed it, but it's insane to think that its preservation should be a top priority for city leaders in the midst of a housing crisis, a mobility crisis and a pending fiscal crisis due to revenue caps.
February 11, 2020
Preservationists on Council propose amendments that will reducing new housing.
February 10, 2020
Pro-reform Council members push for more housing in the new code over the resistance of city staff.
February 7, 2020
Activists say that at the very least they would like the city to have a written policy that makes immediate release the assumption, rather than the exception. If it turns into a legal battle over state law, so be it.