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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

No fault found in Ethics Commission probe of Zimmerman payment to wife
 Former Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman is off the hook for a 2015 complaint over a $2,000 payment his campaign made to his wife. Zimmerman signed a formal letter that the Texas Ethics Commission accepted this month. This “assurance of voluntary compliance” includes no determination of fault, but in it Zimmerman acknowledges...

Posted: a day ago

Former Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman is off the hook for a 2015 complaint over a $2,000 payment his campaign made to his wife. Zimmerman signed a formal letter that the Texas Ethics Commission accepted this month. This “assurance of voluntary compliance” includes no determination of fault, but in it Zimmerman acknowledges...
ON THE CITY’S CLOCK: Analyst used resources for second job while on duty at Austin Energy
 An Austin Energy information technology analyst used city equipment to send hundreds of emails and scan or print dozens of files related to his second job, according to an investigative audit released Friday — the latest in a series of probes that have shown employees working second jobs on the city clock. Brent Curry, a senior IT geospatial...

Posted: a day ago

An Austin Energy information technology analyst used city equipment to send hundreds of emails and scan or print dozens of files related to his second job, according to an investigative audit released Friday — the latest in a series of probes that have shown employees working second jobs on the city clock. Brent Curry, a senior IT geospatial...
Austin worker who used resources for second job is latest in a string
 An Austin Energy information technology analyst used city equipment to send hundreds of emails and scan or print dozens of files related to his second job, according to an investigative audit released Friday — the latest in a series of probes that have shown employees working second jobs on the city clock. Brent Curry, a senior IT geospatial...

Posted: 2 days ago

An Austin Energy information technology analyst used city equipment to send hundreds of emails and scan or print dozens of files related to his second job, according to an investigative audit released Friday — the latest in a series of probes that have shown employees working second jobs on the city clock. Brent Curry, a senior IT geospatial...
Pedicab cyclist: Lyft driver pulled a gun after Rainey Street dustup
 A Lyft driver pulled a gun on a pedicab driver and threatened to kill her early Saturday morning after an argument in which she kicked his car near the Rainey Street entertainment district, the pedicabber told police. Austin Police arrested Robert Henderson Rush, 58, on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — though the...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Lyft driver pulled a gun on a pedicab driver and threatened to kill her early Saturday morning after an argument in which she kicked his car near the Rainey Street entertainment district, the pedicabber told police. Austin Police arrested Robert Henderson Rush, 58, on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — though the...
Austin grants aim to keep arts organizations from losing their leases
 It’s a tired tale in Austin: Ritzy downtown development and new techie-popular shops and bars driving to the fringes the music and art that once defined the city. A $200,000 city pilot program will attempt to help a handful of those arts organizations this summer, with microgrants to provide emergency rent or renovation assistance....

Posted: 4 days ago

It’s a tired tale in Austin: Ritzy downtown development and new techie-popular shops and bars driving to the fringes the music and art that once defined the city. A $200,000 city pilot program will attempt to help a handful of those arts organizations this summer, with microgrants to provide emergency rent or renovation assistance....
Rain to continue off and on past the weekend
 Keep an eye on the sky if you’re heading to Barton Springs Pool on Sunday. Saturday’s sporadic thunderstorms in Austin are expected to continue off and on throughout the day, with possible thunder and wind, according to the National Weather Service. The good news is, temperatures are expected to stay well below the triple digits...

Posted: 4 days ago

Keep an eye on the sky if you’re heading to Barton Springs Pool on Sunday. Saturday’s sporadic thunderstorms in Austin are expected to continue off and on throughout the day, with possible thunder and wind, according to the National Weather Service. The good news is, temperatures are expected to stay well below the triple digits...
CAPITOL COMPLEX: Divided Austin City Council grants $7 million favor to state
 After a closed-door discussion Thursday, Austin City Council members agreed to waive $6.9 million in fees and provide other assistance to the state for a new Capitol Complex — a topic that had drawn wry skepticism during a council workshop earlier in the week. The Capitol Complex is a planned $581 million three-phase project to...

Posted: 5 days ago

After a closed-door discussion Thursday, Austin City Council members agreed to waive $6.9 million in fees and provide other assistance to the state for a new Capitol Complex — a topic that had drawn wry skepticism during a council workshop earlier in the week. The Capitol Complex is a planned $581 million three-phase project to...
Divided Austin City Council grants $7 million favor to state
 After a closed-door discussion Thursday, Austin City Council members agreed to waive $6.9 million in fees and provide other assistance to the state for a new Capitol Complex — a topic that had drawn wry skepticism during a council workshop earlier in the week. The Capitol Complex is a planned $581 million three-phase project to...

Posted: 6 days ago

After a closed-door discussion Thursday, Austin City Council members agreed to waive $6.9 million in fees and provide other assistance to the state for a new Capitol Complex — a topic that had drawn wry skepticism during a council workshop earlier in the week. The Capitol Complex is a planned $581 million three-phase project to...
Why Austin officials are looking to snuff out e-cigarettes
 Through a haze of sickly sweet smoke, in front of a shelf of nicotine-infused juices with flavors like strawberry cream/caramel corn and jam/butter/toast, Kemal Whyte reflected on the clientele shifts he’s seen at his South Austin vape shop in recent years. The faces have gotten older, with fewer recent high school graduates and more...

Posted: 7 days ago

Through a haze of sickly sweet smoke, in front of a shelf of nicotine-infused juices with flavors like strawberry cream/caramel corn and jam/butter/toast, Kemal Whyte reflected on the clientele shifts he’s seen at his South Austin vape shop in recent years. The faces have gotten older, with fewer recent high school graduates and more...
AWKWARD TIMING: State officials ask Austin for a $7 million favor
 Austin leaders find themselves paused between two legislative sessions seeking to overturn city regulations and curtail efforts to raise taxes, and City Hall is both suing the state and being sued over immigration enforcement policies. So it might be an awkward moment for the state of Texas to ask them for a $7 million favor. But that&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin leaders find themselves paused between two legislative sessions seeking to overturn city regulations and curtail efforts to raise taxes, and City Hall is both suing the state and being sued over immigration enforcement policies. So it might be an awkward moment for the state of Texas to ask them for a $7 million favor. But that&rsquo...
As Austin and Texas battle, city leaders look warily at partnership
 On this third week of June 2017, Austin leaders found themselves paused between two legislative sessions seeking to overturn city regulations and curtail efforts to raise taxes, and City Hall is both suing the state and being sued over immigration enforcement policies. So it might be an awkward moment for the state of Texas to ask for a $7...

Posted: 8 days ago

On this third week of June 2017, Austin leaders found themselves paused between two legislative sessions seeking to overturn city regulations and curtail efforts to raise taxes, and City Hall is both suing the state and being sued over immigration enforcement policies. So it might be an awkward moment for the state of Texas to ask for a $7...