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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: 5 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...

9:11 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...
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...
Phillips: Think the Klan, Nazis are history? Not with Trump’s blessing
 My mother, who celebrated her 88th birthday last weekend, was shocked and dismayed watching events unfold in Charlottesville, Va. There in her living room on her 55-inch TV screen were the nightmares of her youth: White supremacists, Nazi sympathizers and anti-Semites marching in the streets in the name of white superiority and dominance...

6:00 PM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

My mother, who celebrated her 88th birthday last weekend, was shocked and dismayed watching events unfold in Charlottesville, Va. There in her living room on her 55-inch TV screen were the nightmares of her youth: White supremacists, Nazi sympathizers and anti-Semites marching in the streets in the name of white superiority and dominance...
Phillips: Is Patrick lieutenant governor or viceroy? Let voters decide
 Maybe we should change Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s title to viceroy. That seems appropriate, since he is acting more like a ruler exercising control over colonies – Texas cities and counties – than a statewide elected leader interested in solving the big problems and challenges facing Texas, such as the state’s broken school...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Maybe we should change Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s title to viceroy. That seems appropriate, since he is acting more like a ruler exercising control over colonies – Texas cities and counties – than a statewide elected leader interested in solving the big problems and challenges facing Texas, such as the state’s broken school...
Patrick can’t strip blue cities of their autonomy without hurting GOP-controlled cities
 Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick presides over the Texas Senate during the final days of the 84th Texas legislature regular
               session in May, 2015 at the Texas state capitol in Austin. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)   Maybe we should change Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s title to viceroy. That seems appropriate since...

9:23 PM Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick presides over the Texas Senate during the final days of the 84th Texas legislature regular session in May, 2015 at the Texas state capitol in Austin. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)   Maybe we should change Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s title to viceroy. That seems appropriate since...
Three GOP senators help save the day for nation’s healthcare
 WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 28: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) leaves the the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol after voting on the GOP
               ‘Skinny Repeal’ health care bill on July 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Three Senate Republicans voted no to block a stripped-down,
               or ‘Skinny Repeal,’ version...

8:31 PM Friday, Jul. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 28: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) leaves the the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol after voting on the GOP ‘Skinny Repeal’ health care bill on July 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Three Senate Republicans voted no to block a stripped-down, or ‘Skinny Repeal,’ version...
Why East Austin article inflamed, hurt Latinos and African Americans
 The E. 12th Street Business Corridor hosted a district festival featuring food, music, arts and crafts, history, culture and
               family-friendly activities with support from organizations including Austin Revitalization Authority, Huston-Tillotson University
               and City of Austin’s Economic Development Department...

9:26 PM Monday, Jul. 03, 2017

The E. 12th Street Business Corridor hosted a district festival featuring food, music, arts and crafts, history, culture and family-friendly activities with support from organizations including Austin Revitalization Authority, Huston-Tillotson University and City of Austin’s Economic Development Department...
Phillips: How Austin ISD could restore trust by forming unbiased panel
 Austin school trustees and Superintendent Paul Cruz repeatedly touted a bond package that would include only projects that were critical. Yet the $1 billion-plus package trustees approved Monday includes projects that weren’t deemed critical enough for a November ballot — even by the trustee’s hand-picked advisory board...

6:27 PM Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2017

Austin school trustees and Superintendent Paul Cruz repeatedly touted a bond package that would include only projects that were critical. Yet the $1 billion-plus package trustees approved Monday includes projects that weren’t deemed critical enough for a November ballot — even by the trustee’s hand-picked advisory board...
Phillips: Plans for Brackenridge building should look beyond profit
 By now, many are aware of the growing research regarding the links between housing security — meaning a dependable, structurally sound and unpolluted roof over one’s head — and good health. The Princeton, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies focused solely on health...

3:43 PM Friday, Jun. 23, 2017

By now, many are aware of the growing research regarding the links between housing security — meaning a dependable, structurally sound and unpolluted roof over one’s head — and good health. The Princeton, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies focused solely on health...
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