Alberta Phillips

Editorial writer & columnist

Alberta Phillips is an editorial writer and columnist at the Austin American-Statesman.

Latest from Alberta Phillips

Abbott shouldn’t mess with Austin’s success
 Will Austin attract Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project? Will bats be involved?   Gov. Greg Abbott wants to have it both ways: Proclaiming Austin’s success as one of two Texas cities that made it to the elite
            20 – the cities Amazon named this week as finalists for the tech giant’s second headquarters,...

Posted: 3 days ago

Will Austin attract Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project? Will bats be involved?   Gov. Greg Abbott wants to have it both ways: Proclaiming Austin’s success as one of two Texas cities that made it to the elite 20 – the cities Amazon named this week as finalists for the tech giant’s second headquarters,...
With its legal arguments in shreds, Austin should release records for manager search
 City of Austin chief communications director Doug Matthews, left, interviews then-candidate Spencer Cronk during a town hall
               meeting at the Austin Convention Center, Dec. 12, 2017. Cronk was later hired as Austin City Manager. (Stephen Spillman /
               for American-Statesman)   This week’s decision by the...

Posted: 10 days ago

City of Austin chief communications director Doug Matthews, left, interviews then-candidate Spencer Cronk during a town hall meeting at the Austin Convention Center, Dec. 12, 2017. Cronk was later hired as Austin City Manager. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)   This week’s decision by the...
AISD’s plan to close, consolidate schools strains public trust
 AISD Superintendent, Paul Cruz during a press conference in 2016. (LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN ARCHIVES) The move by Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz to close and consolidate several East Austin schools
            soon after voters approved a billion-dollar bond package is a betrayal of public trust. Clearly...

7:27 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

AISD Superintendent, Paul Cruz during a press conference in 2016. (LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN ARCHIVES) The move by Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz to close and consolidate several East Austin schools soon after voters approved a billion-dollar bond package is a betrayal of public trust. Clearly...
Alberta Phillips: Just one flag honors all veterans — Old Glory
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler is being slammed for his decision not to participate in last Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade. That criticism from Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and many others took aim at the wrong target. Adler made a moral decision. It was the parade committee that goofed up badly with a decision that demeans the...

6:49 PM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Austin Mayor Steve Adler is being slammed for his decision not to participate in last Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade. That criticism from Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and many others took aim at the wrong target. Adler made a moral decision. It was the parade committee that goofed up badly with a decision that demeans the...
Phillips: How an environmental deal led to Austin’s gentrification
 Austin environmentalist Robin Rather is apologizing for a deal heralded as historic 20 years ago when it was endorsed by business groups, developers and environmentalists as a solution to pitched battles over development of the Barton Springs watershed. Rather didn’t envision that the agreement would spur the gentrification that continues...

7:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Austin environmentalist Robin Rather is apologizing for a deal heralded as historic 20 years ago when it was endorsed by business groups, developers and environmentalists as a solution to pitched battles over development of the Barton Springs watershed. Rather didn’t envision that the agreement would spur the gentrification that continues...
Though late, council makes right decision not to hide names from public
   Austin City Council members interviews city manager candidates during a closed-door executive session at the Hilton Austin
               Airport on Tuesday Oct. 31, 2017. Jim Twombly of Ex Tulsa city manager walks out of an interview at Hilton Austin Airport.
               (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)   Austin...

10:46 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

  Austin City Council members interviews city manager candidates during a closed-door executive session at the Hilton Austin Airport on Tuesday Oct. 31, 2017. Jim Twombly of Ex Tulsa city manager walks out of an interview at Hilton Austin Airport. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)   Austin...
Phillips: Will an African-American hold on to Dawnna Dukes’ district?
 Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore owes state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, an apology. Moore dragged her feet in dropping all charges against Dukes when her case against the state legislator began unraveling — but not before taking some cheap shots. Since being indicted in January, Dukes had been looking at a prison term...

5:57 PM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore owes state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, an apology. Moore dragged her feet in dropping all charges against Dukes when her case against the state legislator began unraveling — but not before taking some cheap shots. Since being indicted in January, Dukes had been looking at a prison term...
Will Amazon’s HQ2 home be the old Motorola campus?
 Eightfold Development of Austin has proposed its campus in East Austin for Amzaon’s HQ2 headquarters and envisions a main
               building in the shape of Amazon’s Alexa cloud-based voice device. Austin is cited as one of the key cities for Amazon’s secondary headquarters, known as HQ2, that the company wants to build...

9:09 PM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Eightfold Development of Austin has proposed its campus in East Austin for Amzaon’s HQ2 headquarters and envisions a main building in the shape of Amazon’s Alexa cloud-based voice device. Austin is cited as one of the key cities for Amazon’s secondary headquarters, known as HQ2, that the company wants to build...
Phillips: Austin City Council can return piece of history to community
 When I first wrote about the former Montopolis Negro School a year ago, it faced almost certain demolition and redevelopment to make way for new housing units, offices and shops – despite its obvious historic value. Consider that the school is one of the last of 42 institutions that educated African-American children from 1935 to 1962...

4:28 PM Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

When I first wrote about the former Montopolis Negro School a year ago, it faced almost certain demolition and redevelopment to make way for new housing units, offices and shops – despite its obvious historic value. Consider that the school is one of the last of 42 institutions that educated African-American children from 1935 to 1962...
Phillips: Will Abbott, Patrick push Confederate lie or right history?
 In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking to a crowd of about 25,000 that had marched from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in support of voting rights for black people, said, “Somebody’s asking, ‘How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred...

12:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking to a crowd of about 25,000 that had marched from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in support of voting rights for black people, said, “Somebody’s asking, ‘How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred...
City Council trying to solve homelessness, parks and convention center puzzle
 The Austin City Council meeting, August 29, 2017.
                (RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) When it comes to the Austin Convention Center expansion, you might say the actions of the City Council are puzzling. Yes, I know that is a play on words, given the name Mayor Steve Adler dubbed his plan to expand the convention center, boost...

10:18 PM Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

The Austin City Council meeting, August 29, 2017. (RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) When it comes to the Austin Convention Center expansion, you might say the actions of the City Council are puzzling. Yes, I know that is a play on words, given the name Mayor Steve Adler dubbed his plan to expand the convention center, boost...