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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

Some MoPac work to finish this summer, but end date still unclear
 David Armbrust, a Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board member, had a hypothetical question regarding community engagement Wednesday: If he, as a citizen, called and asked when MoPac construction will be completed, what would the answer be? The board burst into chuckles. There’s still not a hard end date for the $200 million...

Posted: 3 days ago

David Armbrust, a Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board member, had a hypothetical question regarding community engagement Wednesday: If he, as a citizen, called and asked when MoPac construction will be completed, what would the answer be? The board burst into chuckles. There’s still not a hard end date for the $200 million...
Trail Foundation taps new leader to enhance Austin’s Butler trail
 The Trail Foundation, which manages signage, restoration and improvements on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail along Lady Bird Lake, has a new boss. The organization has hired Heidi Cohn, currently the development director at the Hill Country Conservancy, to become executive director of the Trail Foundation on June 1. She will replace Susan...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Trail Foundation, which manages signage, restoration and improvements on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail along Lady Bird Lake, has a new boss. The organization has hired Heidi Cohn, currently the development director at the Hill Country Conservancy, to become executive director of the Trail Foundation on June 1. She will replace Susan...
Has Austin council’s lone conservative, Troxclair, worn out her welcome?
 To her colleagues, she’s undermining city policies. To her supporters, she’s the last voice they have left. Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair moved through a crowd of revelers at a Circle C Community Center Family Fun Night on a recent spring evening, shaking hands and making introductions, then went inside to take questions...

Posted: 6 days ago

To her colleagues, she’s undermining city policies. To her supporters, she’s the last voice they have left. Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair moved through a crowd of revelers at a Circle C Community Center Family Fun Night on a recent spring evening, shaking hands and making introductions, then went inside to take questions...
Activists call for greater police accountability ahead of union talks
 Several Austin City Council members said they’d like to see a fundamental shift in how the city negotiates and budgets for police and fire protection, after scores of activists called for greater police transparency and accountability. Austin is amid labor union negotiations for a new contract with public safety employees. Contracts...

Posted: 8 days ago

Several Austin City Council members said they’d like to see a fundamental shift in how the city negotiates and budgets for police and fire protection, after scores of activists called for greater police transparency and accountability. Austin is amid labor union negotiations for a new contract with public safety employees. Contracts...
FROM OVERNIGHT: Activists call for greater police accountability ahead of union talks
 Several Austin City Council members said they’d like to see a fundamental shift in how the city negotiates and budgets police and fire protection, after scores of activists called for greater police transparency and accountability. Austin is amid labor union negotiations for a new contract with public safety employees. Contracts are...

Posted: 8 days ago

Several Austin City Council members said they’d like to see a fundamental shift in how the city negotiates and budgets police and fire protection, after scores of activists called for greater police transparency and accountability. Austin is amid labor union negotiations for a new contract with public safety employees. Contracts are...
New Southeast Travis district would raise taxes for fire protection
 Southeastern Travis County voters have a choice this spring whether to add a second emergency services district over an existing one — essentially a shortcut to allow taxes to be raised above the legal maximum. Vote yes and emergency services district property taxes in the area will likely double, from an average of $115 per year to...

Posted: 10 days ago

Southeastern Travis County voters have a choice this spring whether to add a second emergency services district over an existing one — essentially a shortcut to allow taxes to be raised above the legal maximum. Vote yes and emergency services district property taxes in the area will likely double, from an average of $115 per year to...
Bill to overturn Austin short-term rental rules clears state Senate
 A bill that would overturn Austin’s rules governing short-term rental properties passed the Texas Senate on Tuesday, bringing it a step closer to becoming law. The bill, from Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, would bar cities from prohibiting short-term rentals and allow jurisdictions to regulate them only for health and safety...

Posted: 11 days ago

A bill that would overturn Austin’s rules governing short-term rental properties passed the Texas Senate on Tuesday, bringing it a step closer to becoming law. The bill, from Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, would bar cities from prohibiting short-term rentals and allow jurisdictions to regulate them only for health and safety...
State bill to overturn Austin short term rental rules moves forward

Posted: 11 days ago

The Texas Senate Tuesday gave its approval to a bill that would overturn Austin’s rules governing short-term rental properties. The bill, from Sen. Kelly Hancock, R- North Richland Hills, would bar cities from prohibiting short-term rentals and allow jurisdictions to regulate them only for health and safety purposes. The fight over...
Troubled Northeast Austin apartment complex to be sold to developer
 After years of racking up fines and being held in contempt for not making repairs, the owners of a crumbling Northeast Austin apartment complex might get out of the city’s cross hairs by selling the land to developers. Walter Olenick and Rae Nadler-Olenick, owners of two apartment buildings on East 52nd Street just east of Interstate...

Posted: 15 days ago

After years of racking up fines and being held in contempt for not making repairs, the owners of a crumbling Northeast Austin apartment complex might get out of the city’s cross hairs by selling the land to developers. Walter Olenick and Rae Nadler-Olenick, owners of two apartment buildings on East 52nd Street just east of Interstate...
COMING UP: What we’re watching today at Austin City Council meeting
 A planned vote on the contentious Northwest Austin business park redvelopment Austin Oaks may go ahead today, even as it remains unclear if it can get the nine-vote supermajority currently needed for passage. The Austin City Council will also evaluate an economic development agreement with pharmaceutical giant Merck, plans to move tenants...

Posted: 16 days ago

A planned vote on the contentious Northwest Austin business park redvelopment Austin Oaks may go ahead today, even as it remains unclear if it can get the nine-vote supermajority currently needed for passage. The Austin City Council will also evaluate an economic development agreement with pharmaceutical giant Merck, plans to move tenants...
Austin Animal Services chief leaves for nonprofit
 The director of Austin Animal Services is leaving the city for a gig with a nonprofit that advocates for no kill policies, the nonprofit announced in a news release Wednesday. Tawny Hammond took over city animal services in 2015, after previously running an animal shelter in Fairfax County, Va. She will leave the post May 14 to become the...

Posted: 17 days ago

The director of Austin Animal Services is leaving the city for a gig with a nonprofit that advocates for no kill policies, the nonprofit announced in a news release Wednesday. Tawny Hammond took over city animal services in 2015, after previously running an animal shelter in Fairfax County, Va. She will leave the post May 14 to become the...