Bridget Grumet

Local editor

Bridget Grumet oversees the American-Statesman’s local metro coverage, including the urban affairs team that covers Austin City Hall and transportation, and coordinates regional coverage with the six community newspapers affiliated with the Statesman.

Latest from Bridget Grumet

Citing health problems, Adler’s senior policy adviser steps down
 Frank Rodriguez, who has served for the past two and a half years as Mayor Steve Adler’s budget guru, health policy expert,
            Latino community liaison and wearer of a half-dozen other hats, has stepped down from his City Hall post, citing health concerns. “It is of great regret that I must leave to take care of my particular...

Posted: 4 days ago

Frank Rodriguez, who has served for the past two and a half years as Mayor Steve Adler’s budget guru, health policy expert, Latino community liaison and wearer of a half-dozen other hats, has stepped down from his City Hall post, citing health concerns. “It is of great regret that I must leave to take care of my particular...
AUSTIN ANSWERED: Your gas pump queries as Harvey gouging complaints near 3,000
 We’re all relieved to see some normalcy return to Austin-area gas stations this week, just as the experts predicted once more refineries came online and drivers calmed down. Even so, last week’s panic at the pumps sparked some interesting questions from Austin Answered readers about the laws around gouging and gas supplies...

5:05 PM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

We’re all relieved to see some normalcy return to Austin-area gas stations this week, just as the experts predicted once more refineries came online and drivers calmed down. Even so, last week’s panic at the pumps sparked some interesting questions from Austin Answered readers about the laws around gouging and gas supplies...
AFTER HARVEY: How Austin crews are bringing some normalcy to Victoria
 Among the many things that Hurricane Harvey destroyed as it tore through Victoria: The town’s traffic lights and road signs. “They have about 88 signals in their city, and they think they had two working” after the storm passed through, said Austin Transportation director Robert Spillar, who received the call from Victoria...

4:44 PM Tuesday, Sep. 05, 2017

Among the many things that Hurricane Harvey destroyed as it tore through Victoria: The town’s traffic lights and road signs. “They have about 88 signals in their city, and they think they had two working” after the storm passed through, said Austin Transportation director Robert Spillar, who received the call from Victoria...
Six Austin recreation centers being considered for temporary homeless shelters
 If you’re looking for a place to temporarily house people who are homeless, you’d start by looking for facilities that have
            plenty of room to set up bedding, with the benefit of showers, industrial-grade kitchens and computer resources already on
            site. Austin’s recreation centers check all of those...

5:38 PM Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

If you’re looking for a place to temporarily house people who are homeless, you’d start by looking for facilities that have plenty of room to set up bedding, with the benefit of showers, industrial-grade kitchens and computer resources already on site. Austin’s recreation centers check all of those...
AUSTIN ANSWERED: Quick answers to 8 more questions on traffic, trees
 Austinites are curious folks — and we mean that in the best possible way, of course. In the month since we’ve launched Austin Answered, a project to gather readers’ questions about our community, we’ve fielded more than 350 queries on everything from the nightly destination of the Congress Avenue Bridge bats to...

1:50 PM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Austinites are curious folks — and we mean that in the best possible way, of course. In the month since we’ve launched Austin Answered, a project to gather readers’ questions about our community, we’ve fielded more than 350 queries on everything from the nightly destination of the Congress Avenue Bridge bats to...
Texas mayor: Transgender and kicked out of military? Join our police force
 In light of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military, Austin’s mayor had a message: Kicked out? Come to Austin. In the first of a series of three tweets, Mayor Steve Adler said, “If you’re qualified to keep our country safe...

1:23 AM Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

In light of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military, Austin’s mayor had a message: Kicked out? Come to Austin. In the first of a series of three tweets, Mayor Steve Adler said, “If you’re qualified to keep our country safe...
Mayor Adler: Transgender and kicked out of military? Join Austin police force
 In light of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military, Austin’s mayor had a message: Kicked out? Come to Austin. In the first of a series of three tweets, Mayor Steve Adler said, “If you’re qualified to keep our country safe...

8:45 PM Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2017

In light of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military, Austin’s mayor had a message: Kicked out? Come to Austin. In the first of a series of three tweets, Mayor Steve Adler said, “If you’re qualified to keep our country safe...
AUSTIN ANSWERED: We’ve got quick answers to 11 of your questions
 Remember that amazing feeling you used to get in school when the teacher threw a question at you and you actually knew the answer? We got a taste of that again with the launch of Austin Answered, a new way for readers to ask us questions.  Over the past week we received more than 160 queries — including nearly a dozen we&rsquo...

5:42 PM Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017

Remember that amazing feeling you used to get in school when the teacher threw a question at you and you actually knew the answer? We got a taste of that again with the launch of Austin Answered, a new way for readers to ask us questions.  Over the past week we received more than 160 queries — including nearly a dozen we&rsquo...
Austin official tapped to become San Marcos city manager
 Bert Lumbreras, who has served as an assistant city manager in Austin since 2006, is the lone finalist to become San Marcos city manager, the city announced Monday morning. The move will be a homecoming of sorts for Lumbreras, who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from what is now Texas State University. “I have...

2:20 PM Monday, Jul. 17, 2017

Bert Lumbreras, who has served as an assistant city manager in Austin since 2006, is the lone finalist to become San Marcos city manager, the city announced Monday morning. The move will be a homecoming of sorts for Lumbreras, who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from what is now Texas State University. “I have...
Your Austin tax dollars at work. Slowly that is
 Take a short drive through Austin and you’ll see some sites that look a little too familiar. The unfinished construction on MoPac Boulevard. Crews still working on the new Central Library and on the Waller Creek tunnel project. And an empty utility building on Lady Bird Lake that still isn’t the public space it promised to...

10:41 PM Friday, Jun. 30, 2017

Take a short drive through Austin and you’ll see some sites that look a little too familiar. The unfinished construction on MoPac Boulevard. Crews still working on the new Central Library and on the Waller Creek tunnel project. And an empty utility building on Lady Bird Lake that still isn’t the public space it promised to...