Taylor Goldenstein

Travis/Hays counties reporter

Taylor Goldenstein covers Travis and Hays counties and is also a breaking news reporter on Saturdays. Previously, she reported for the Los Angeles Times, where she contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning San Bernardino shooting coverage, as well as the Chicago Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. She hails from Buffalo Grove, a suburb of Chicago, and is a proud University of Illinois alumna. She joined the Statesman in September 2016. Follow her on Twitter @taygoldenstein.

Latest from Taylor Goldenstein

Travis County invites developers, landowners to pitch courthouse plan

Posted: 17 hours ago

More than two years after voters rejected a bond proposition to build a new civil courthouse downtown, Travis County commissioners decided Tuesday to take a new approach: They’re asking developers to not only pitch a plan for a courthouse but suggest the site as well. Under the request for proposals going out Friday, county officials...
Voters Guide: Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 4
 The five-member Commissioners Court sets the county’s tax rate and budget, which finances the jails and court system, and oversees roads and parks in unincorporated areas. Commissioners serve four-year terms, and their base salary is $82,151.04. Precinct 4 includes parts of central and northwestern Hays County, including Dripping Springs...

Posted: 18 hours ago

The five-member Commissioners Court sets the county’s tax rate and budget, which finances the jails and court system, and oversees roads and parks in unincorporated areas. Commissioners serve four-year terms, and their base salary is $82,151.04. Precinct 4 includes parts of central and northwestern Hays County, including Dripping Springs...
Travis County invites developers, land owners to pitch courthouse plan
 Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to seek out a land owner and developer team to build the county’s civil and family courthouse facility. The courthouse would replace the 85-year-old Heman Sweatt Travis County Courthouse, which officials have said is overcrowded and dilapidated. Voters in 2015 rejected a $287 million bond...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to seek out a land owner and developer team to build the county’s civil and family courthouse facility. The courthouse would replace the 85-year-old Heman Sweatt Travis County Courthouse, which officials have said is overcrowded and dilapidated. Voters in 2015 rejected a $287 million bond...
Voters Guide: Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 3
 The five-member Commissioners Court sets the county’s tax rate and budget, which finances the jails and court system, and oversees roads and parks in unincorporated areas. Commissioners serve four-year terms, and their base salary is $82,151.04. Precinct 3 encompasses much of south and southwest Hays County, including Wimberley. CANDIDATES...

Posted: a day ago

The five-member Commissioners Court sets the county’s tax rate and budget, which finances the jails and court system, and oversees roads and parks in unincorporated areas. Commissioners serve four-year terms, and their base salary is $82,151.04. Precinct 3 encompasses much of south and southwest Hays County, including Wimberley. CANDIDATES...
Growth, property taxes top issues in Hays Commissioners Court races

Posted: 2 days ago

The makeup of the Hays County Commissioners Court has the potential to see big changes in 2018, with four of five seats up for election. County Judge Bert Cobb, who took a leave of absence last summer to begin treatment for leukemia, is not seeking a third term. Republican Will Conley stepped down as commissioner of Precinct 3 to run for...
New mural unveiled at 12th and Chicon in Austin
 People passing by the mural at 12th and Chicon streets used to be greeted by the immense images of famous black legends Michael Jackson, James Brown and Tupac Shakur. Now, a new mural at the same spot features all of them, plus such Austin household names as musician Gary Clark Jr., East Austin hip hop artist Charles “Nook” Turner...

Posted: 3 days ago

People passing by the mural at 12th and Chicon streets used to be greeted by the immense images of famous black legends Michael Jackson, James Brown and Tupac Shakur. Now, a new mural at the same spot features all of them, plus such Austin household names as musician Gary Clark Jr., East Austin hip hop artist Charles “Nook” Turner...
Man arrested in stabbing in Southwest Austin, police said
 Update 4:30 p.m.: Austin police have arrested a man accused of stabbing another person during a family disturbance at an apartment complex on Monterey Oaks Boulevard in southwest Austin. The victim, who was male, was taken to the hospital and received life-threatening injuries, said Austin Senior Police Officer Jeremy Bohannon. Police were...

Posted: 3 days ago

Update 4:30 p.m.: Austin police have arrested a man accused of stabbing another person during a family disturbance at an apartment complex on Monterey Oaks Boulevard in southwest Austin. The victim, who was male, was taken to the hospital and received life-threatening injuries, said Austin Senior Police Officer Jeremy Bohannon. Police were...
Police: Man injured after shooting in East Austin
 Austin-Travis County EMS took a man in his 30s to the hospital after a shooting in East Austin, officials said Saturday. Austin Police responded at about 2 p.m. to the 8400 block of Garcreek Circle, Lt. Brian Moon said. Moon said the incident began as a disturbance and escalated. Medics took the man to Dell Seton Medical Center with a gunshot...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin-Travis County EMS took a man in his 30s to the hospital after a shooting in East Austin, officials said Saturday. Austin Police responded at about 2 p.m. to the 8400 block of Garcreek Circle, Lt. Brian Moon said. Moon said the incident began as a disturbance and escalated. Medics took the man to Dell Seton Medical Center with a gunshot...
New mural at 12th and Chicon unveiled
 Ten months after Chris Rogers’ mural at 12th and Chicon streets was painted over, sparking outrage from the community over what many saw as an act of gentrification, he will be back Saturday to present his new work at the same spot. In response to the controversy last summer, Austin’s black cultural district, Six Square...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ten months after Chris Rogers’ mural at 12th and Chicon streets was painted over, sparking outrage from the community over what many saw as an act of gentrification, he will be back Saturday to present his new work at the same spot. In response to the controversy last summer, Austin’s black cultural district, Six Square...
UPDATE: Man killed in auto-bicyclist crash in northwest Austin
 An Austin cyclist who had written a book about how supplemental testosterone affected his bike racing performance died Saturday after he was struck by a truck while changing a flat tire on the side of the road. Andrew Tilin, who wrote “The Dope Next Door,” was riding with a group of cyclists from Grupo VOP, a cycling club...

Posted: 4 days ago

An Austin cyclist who had written a book about how supplemental testosterone affected his bike racing performance died Saturday after he was struck by a truck while changing a flat tire on the side of the road. Andrew Tilin, who wrote “The Dope Next Door,” was riding with a group of cyclists from Grupo VOP, a cycling club...
FORECAST: Cloudy, mild, possibly wet weekend ahead
 President’s Day weekend will be a cloudy one, with mostly mild temps and chances of rain, according to the National Weather Serivce. Saturday will be cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. The high will be near 62 degrees. The chance of precipitation will lessen by nightfall to 30 percent chance of showers. It’ll remain cloudy...

Posted: 4 days ago

President’s Day weekend will be a cloudy one, with mostly mild temps and chances of rain, according to the National Weather Serivce. Saturday will be cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. The high will be near 62 degrees. The chance of precipitation will lessen by nightfall to 30 percent chance of showers. It’ll remain cloudy...