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

Reversing on secrecy, Austin announces six city manager finalists
 After weeks of secrecy that included meetings behind security lines at the airport, a lawsuit and a possible violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Austin City Council on Monday named the six finalists in the running for city manager. Mayor Steve Adler posted the names on the council’s online message board and outlined the next...

Posted: 4 hours ago

After weeks of secrecy that included meetings behind security lines at the airport, a lawsuit and a possible violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Austin City Council on Monday named the six finalists in the running for city manager. Mayor Steve Adler posted the names on the council’s online message board and outlined the next...
Finalists’ names released in search for Austin’s next city manager
 1:30 p.m.update: Mayor Steve Adler on Monday released the names of finalists to be Austin’s next city manager after weeks of secrecy surrounding the search for the city government’s most powerful position. In a posting on the city of Austin’s message board, Adler identified the following as finalists for the next round...

Posted: 16 hours ago

1:30 p.m.update: Mayor Steve Adler on Monday released the names of finalists to be Austin’s next city manager after weeks of secrecy surrounding the search for the city government’s most powerful position. In a posting on the city of Austin’s message board, Adler identified the following as finalists for the next round...
Austin water bill spikes: Why no explanation from city utility?
 As soon as he saw his September water bill, OT Greer knew something was wrong. His bill had a dramatic dip in water use in August, typically one of the hottest and highest use months, and an unprecedented spike in September. Hundreds of other customers around Austin, including many in his North Austin neighborhood, had the same pattern. City...

Posted: 3 days ago

As soon as he saw his September water bill, OT Greer knew something was wrong. His bill had a dramatic dip in water use in August, typically one of the hottest and highest use months, and an unprecedented spike in September. Hundreds of other customers around Austin, including many in his North Austin neighborhood, had the same pattern. City...
Frustration mounts as city says there’s no explanation for water spikes
 As soon as he saw his September water bill, O.T. Greer knew something was wrong. In the 44 years he’s lived at his house on Aspen Street in North Austin, he’d never seen a water spike like the one this fall when his bill jumped from $22 to $215 in a month. Greer and his neighbors pride themselves on water conservation. His yard...

Posted: 3 days ago

As soon as he saw his September water bill, O.T. Greer knew something was wrong. In the 44 years he’s lived at his house on Aspen Street in North Austin, he’d never seen a water spike like the one this fall when his bill jumped from $22 to $215 in a month. Greer and his neighbors pride themselves on water conservation. His yard...
Audit: Austin ordinances don’t help the homeless and might not be legal
 Austin policies that seek to keep the homeless from sleeping in public aren’t doing any good — either for the city or its homeless population, according to an audit released this week. Such policies prevent people from pulling themselves out of homelessness by giving them criminal records, are not an efficient use of city resources...

Posted: 4 days ago

Austin policies that seek to keep the homeless from sleeping in public aren’t doing any good — either for the city or its homeless population, according to an audit released this week. Such policies prevent people from pulling themselves out of homelessness by giving them criminal records, are not an efficient use of city resources...
Audit: Austin ordinances don’t help the homeless and might not be legal
 Austin policies that seek to keep homeless people from sleeping in public aren’t doing any good — either for the city or its homeless population, according to an audit released this week. Such policies prevent people from pulling themselves out of homelessness by giving them criminal records, are not an efficient use of city resources...

Posted: 4 days ago

Austin policies that seek to keep homeless people from sleeping in public aren’t doing any good — either for the city or its homeless population, according to an audit released this week. Such policies prevent people from pulling themselves out of homelessness by giving them criminal records, are not an efficient use of city resources...
Settlement paves way for new units to replace crumbling apartments
 Austin leaders have closed the book on a lengthy dispute with the owners of a troubled North Austin apartment complex, approving a settlement agreement that will allow the property to be redeveloped with some units preserved as affordable housing. Walter Olenick and Rae Nadler-Olenick, owners of two apartment buildings near Interstate 35...

Posted: 7 days ago

Austin leaders have closed the book on a lengthy dispute with the owners of a troubled North Austin apartment complex, approving a settlement agreement that will allow the property to be redeveloped with some units preserved as affordable housing. Walter Olenick and Rae Nadler-Olenick, owners of two apartment buildings near Interstate 35...
Reversing course, Austin council to reveal city manager finalists
 Austin City Council members will reverse course on their secret search for a city manager and release up to five finalists’ names in the next few days, a week after the American-Statesman staked out candidate interviews and sued the city over refusing to release records on the search. Stephen Newton, a representative of search firm...

Posted: 11 days ago

Austin City Council members will reverse course on their secret search for a city manager and release up to five finalists’ names in the next few days, a week after the American-Statesman staked out candidate interviews and sued the city over refusing to release records on the search. Stephen Newton, a representative of search firm...
Amid policy disputes, Austin waste contract might pose lobbying test
 Amid a drawn-out review of Austin policies prohibiting wheeling and dealing on contracts while they’re out to bid, the city might get a test of what issuing a major contract without lobbying restrictions looks like. City waste contracts and the lobbying restrictions that accompany them have been on pause since April, when political...

Posted: 13 days ago

Amid a drawn-out review of Austin policies prohibiting wheeling and dealing on contracts while they’re out to bid, the city might get a test of what issuing a major contract without lobbying restrictions looks like. City waste contracts and the lobbying restrictions that accompany them have been on pause since April, when political...
Sutherland Springs community seeks peace at nighttime vigil
 Some had lost friends and neighbors. Others knew victims only tangentially, but felt the quiet peace of their close-knit community shattered. Some didn’t yet know whom they’d lost because not all victim names have been released. Residents of tiny Sutherland Springs and nearby towns stood on the edge of a baseball field Monday...

Posted: 14 days ago

Some had lost friends and neighbors. Others knew victims only tangentially, but felt the quiet peace of their close-knit community shattered. Some didn’t yet know whom they’d lost because not all victim names have been released. Residents of tiny Sutherland Springs and nearby towns stood on the edge of a baseball field Monday...
Sutherland Springs residents grieve lost neighbors in church massacre
 When someone died in Sutherland Springs recently, the whole town came together to raise money for a proper funeral. That’s the town Terri Smith knew when she stepped out of her car Sunday outside the Valero gas station that houses her restaurant, Theresa’s Kitchen. She heard gunshots. “That’s common,” she said...

Posted: 14 days ago

When someone died in Sutherland Springs recently, the whole town came together to raise money for a proper funeral. That’s the town Terri Smith knew when she stepped out of her car Sunday outside the Valero gas station that houses her restaurant, Theresa’s Kitchen. She heard gunshots. “That’s common,” she said...