Elizabeth Findell

City Hall reporter

Elizabeth Findell covers Austin government for the Austin American-Statesman. A Colorado ski town native, she’s been in Texas six years. She worked previously for the Dallas Morning News and, in the Rio Grande Valley, for The Monitor.

Latest from Elizabeth Findell

First week on the job: City manager seeks civic input, restaurant tips
 The new manager at the helm of the city of Austin is a 38 year old, 6-foot-6 Minnesotan hired for his fresh eyes on Austin issues and touted ability to bring people together. Spencer Cronk started the job just a week after the Super Bowl he helped organize in his former role as Minneapolis city administrator. His first day coincided with...

Posted: 17 hours ago

The new manager at the helm of the city of Austin is a 38 year old, 6-foot-6 Minnesotan hired for his fresh eyes on Austin issues and touted ability to bring people together. Spencer Cronk started the job just a week after the Super Bowl he helped organize in his former role as Minneapolis city administrator. His first day coincided with...
Austin grants rezoning of Champion tract, again, to allow apartments
 After a particularly protracted battle, Austin City Council members narrowly voted — again — to approve rezoning and waivers of environmental rules for a controversial Northwest Austin development site known as Champion tract. The council first approved the measures 7-4 in November 2016, then faced and lost a challenge over how...

Posted: a day ago

After a particularly protracted battle, Austin City Council members narrowly voted — again — to approve rezoning and waivers of environmental rules for a controversial Northwest Austin development site known as Champion tract. The council first approved the measures 7-4 in November 2016, then faced and lost a challenge over how...
Austin’s finally looking to hire. Does the city need new rules for it?
 After 17 months without a permanent city manager, 14 months without a permanent police chief and with more than a dozen other top city leadership positions unfilled, brain drain and uncertainty have touched various corners of Austin operations. Now, City Manager Spencer Cronk is officially at work and may begin filling some of those jobs...

Posted: 2 days ago

After 17 months without a permanent city manager, 14 months without a permanent police chief and with more than a dozen other top city leadership positions unfilled, brain drain and uncertainty have touched various corners of Austin operations. Now, City Manager Spencer Cronk is officially at work and may begin filling some of those jobs...
Voters Guide: Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4
 The duties for a justice of the peace include certifying circumstances of a death and hearing minor misdemeanor court cases. The job pays $65,000 a year and the term lasts four years. Precinct 4 covers Dripping Springs and the northeastern part of Hays County. ROBERT AVERA, 42, is a lawyer and former wilderness firefighter. He has a bachelor&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

The duties for a justice of the peace include certifying circumstances of a death and hearing minor misdemeanor court cases. The job pays $65,000 a year and the term lasts four years. Precinct 4 covers Dripping Springs and the northeastern part of Hays County. ROBERT AVERA, 42, is a lawyer and former wilderness firefighter. He has a bachelor&rsquo...
Four in the running for Dripping Springs area’s justice of the peace
 A lawyer, a firefighter, a naval commander and an arms salesman walk into a Hays County justice of the peace race. OK, the firefighter and commander are lawyers too, much to the chagrin of the arms salesman, who emphasizes that you don’t need a law degree to be a JP. But it’s anyone’s game as Bill Davis, Robert Avera, John...

Posted: 8 days ago

A lawyer, a firefighter, a naval commander and an arms salesman walk into a Hays County justice of the peace race. OK, the firefighter and commander are lawyers too, much to the chagrin of the arms salesman, who emphasizes that you don’t need a law degree to be a JP. But it’s anyone’s game as Bill Davis, Robert Avera, John...
Voters Guide: Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2
 The duties for a justice of the peace include certifying circumstances of a death and hearing minor misdemeanor court cases. The job pays $65,000 a year and the term lasts four years. Precinct 1 mainly covers San Marcos and the southeastern part of Hays County. MAGGIE HERNANDEZ MORENO, 35, became a Hays County justice of the peace in 2016...

Posted: 9 days ago

The duties for a justice of the peace include certifying circumstances of a death and hearing minor misdemeanor court cases. The job pays $65,000 a year and the term lasts four years. Precinct 1 mainly covers San Marcos and the southeastern part of Hays County. MAGGIE HERNANDEZ MORENO, 35, became a Hays County justice of the peace in 2016...
Two years in, Hays County JP seeks reelection against court clerk
 When Hays County Justice of the Peace Maggie Hernandez Moreno had her daughter baptized, she thought it would be safe to silence her phone for the short few minutes while she walked to the front of the church for the ritual. It wasn’t. She missed a call for a death inquest. “I underestimated how much that becomes a part of your...

Posted: 9 days ago

When Hays County Justice of the Peace Maggie Hernandez Moreno had her daughter baptized, she thought it would be safe to silence her phone for the short few minutes while she walked to the front of the church for the ritual. It wasn’t. She missed a call for a death inquest. “I underestimated how much that becomes a part of your...
From 44 to 1: Did Austin get a good city manager applicant pool?
 The search firm evaluating candidates for Austin city manager screened 250 people for the position, consultant Stephen Newton told the City Council in December, including 200 identified by his company, Russell Reynolds. Most of those people did not apply for the job. Russell Reynolds received 44 applications for the position between August...

Posted: 12 days ago

The search firm evaluating candidates for Austin city manager screened 250 people for the position, consultant Stephen Newton told the City Council in December, including 200 identified by his company, Russell Reynolds. Most of those people did not apply for the job. Russell Reynolds received 44 applications for the position between August...
With aquatic plan approved, Austin staff to look for pool funding
 Come to us first if you need to close a swimming pool, the Austin City Council told staff Thursday evening as it passed a master plan for the city’s aquatic facilities. The council punted on accepting the master plan last year amid outcry that it provided a framework for pool closures, as the plan recommended closing ten pools to save...

Posted: 15 days ago

Come to us first if you need to close a swimming pool, the Austin City Council told staff Thursday evening as it passed a master plan for the city’s aquatic facilities. The council punted on accepting the master plan last year amid outcry that it provided a framework for pool closures, as the plan recommended closing ten pools to save...
Ruling rejects Austin’s old fundraising window. What about the new one?
 Former City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s mixed victory in his fight against Austin campaign finance rules will stand, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s ruling from 2016 that struck down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance rules and left two others...

Posted: 15 days ago

Former City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s mixed victory in his fight against Austin campaign finance rules will stand, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s ruling from 2016 that struck down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance rules and left two others...
Appeals court upholds split ruling in Austin campaign finance case
 Former City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s mixed victory in his fight against Austin campaign finance rules will stand, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s ruling from 2016 that struck down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance rules and left two others...

Posted: 15 days ago

Former City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s mixed victory in his fight against Austin campaign finance rules will stand, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s ruling from 2016 that struck down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance rules and left two others...