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

After Charlottesville, Austin’s Confederate monuments get a second look
 After a rally by white supremacists fighting removal of a Confederate monument turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, the response in Austin came swiftly. Austin City Council members immediately began paperwork to rename Robert E. Lee Road, near Zilker Park, and Jeff Davis Avenue, near Allandale. At the Capitol, state Rep. Eric...

Posted: 7 hours ago

After a rally by white supremacists fighting removal of a Confederate monument turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, the response in Austin came swiftly. Austin City Council members immediately began paperwork to rename Robert E. Lee Road, near Zilker Park, and Jeff Davis Avenue, near Allandale. At the Capitol, state Rep. Eric...
Austin Mayor Steve Adler to lead national mayoral anti-bigotry efforts
 In response to violent white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. last week, more than 240 American mayors will join with the Anti-Defamation League to combat extremism and bigotry, the group announced Friday. And Austin Mayor Steve Adler was tapped to head the cause. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, president of the U.S. Conference...

Posted: 16 hours ago

In response to violent white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. last week, more than 240 American mayors will join with the Anti-Defamation League to combat extremism and bigotry, the group announced Friday. And Austin Mayor Steve Adler was tapped to head the cause. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, president of the U.S. Conference...
Police criticism, social services requests lead Austin budget response
 Critics of Austin police dominated a city budgeting session Thursday evening as the City Council heard from scores of residents on what 2018 financing priorities should be. Those should be less money for policing and more money for social services, a large group of activists argued. They urged the council to abandon contract negotiations...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Critics of Austin police dominated a city budgeting session Thursday evening as the City Council heard from scores of residents on what 2018 financing priorities should be. Those should be less money for policing and more money for social services, a large group of activists argued. They urged the council to abandon contract negotiations...
Charlottesville attack fuels push to rename Austin’s Robert E. Lee Road
 City Council Member Ann Kitchen on Tuesday said she will spearhead an effort to rename Robert E. Lee Road in South Austin as a chorus of residents call for the Confederate general’s name to be stricken from Austin streets in light of the Charlottesville, Va., attack. Calls for the street to be renamed have grown since Saturday, when...

Posted: 3 days ago

City Council Member Ann Kitchen on Tuesday said she will spearhead an effort to rename Robert E. Lee Road in South Austin as a chorus of residents call for the Confederate general’s name to be stricken from Austin streets in light of the Charlottesville, Va., attack. Calls for the street to be renamed have grown since Saturday, when...
House sends Abbott tree bill similar to measure he vetoed in June
 On a 119-3 vote, the Texas House Tuesday gave final approval to a measure requiring cities and counties to allow tree-planting in lieu of fees when trees are cut down, sending a bill to Gov. Greg Abbott that’s remarkably like one he vetoed in June. Back then, Abbott said that the assumption cities can charge such fees gave license to...

Posted: 3 days ago

On a 119-3 vote, the Texas House Tuesday gave final approval to a measure requiring cities and counties to allow tree-planting in lieu of fees when trees are cut down, sending a bill to Gov. Greg Abbott that’s remarkably like one he vetoed in June. Back then, Abbott said that the assumption cities can charge such fees gave license to...
Austin City Council will begin process of renaming Robert E. Lee Road
 Austin will begin the process of trying to change the name of Robert E. Lee Road in South Austin, City Council members said Tuesday, after recent white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va, that turned violent. City Council member Ann Kitchen, whose district includes the road, said she would bring forward an application to change...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin will begin the process of trying to change the name of Robert E. Lee Road in South Austin, City Council members said Tuesday, after recent white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va, that turned violent. City Council member Ann Kitchen, whose district includes the road, said she would bring forward an application to change...
Senate passes compromise bill limiting local tree ordinances
 The Texas Senate gave its approval Friday to a third version of a bill limiting local tree ordinances, dropping several provisions that had riled city officials and environmentalists. The original version of House Bill 7, which would lower the fees a city could charge for tree removal if the homeowner planted replacement trees, closely mirrored...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Texas Senate gave its approval Friday to a third version of a bill limiting local tree ordinances, dropping several provisions that had riled city officials and environmentalists. The original version of House Bill 7, which would lower the fees a city could charge for tree removal if the homeowner planted replacement trees, closely mirrored...
Compromise tree bill passes Texas Senate
 The Texas Senate gave its approval Friday to a third version of a bill limiting local tree ordinances, dropping several provisions that had riled city officials and environmentalists. The original version of House Bill 7, which would lower the fees a city could charge for tree removal if the homeowner planted replacement trees, closely mirrored...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Texas Senate gave its approval Friday to a third version of a bill limiting local tree ordinances, dropping several provisions that had riled city officials and environmentalists. The original version of House Bill 7, which would lower the fees a city could charge for tree removal if the homeowner planted replacement trees, closely mirrored...
Priorities narrowing on Spirit of East Austin development initiative
 Before former City Manager Marc Ott departed Austin this summer, he asked the city not to let one initiative die. “The conversation with regards to the Spirit of East Austin (cannot) be just another conversation,” he said. “We all stood up one day on a Saturday, and we put our hands on our hearts and said this time we were...

Posted: 8 days ago

Before former City Manager Marc Ott departed Austin this summer, he asked the city not to let one initiative die. “The conversation with regards to the Spirit of East Austin (cannot) be just another conversation,” he said. “We all stood up one day on a Saturday, and we put our hands on our hearts and said this time we were...
Houston library official named new Austin Public Library director
 A Houston library administrator will take over as director of the Austin Public Library, the city announced Thursday. Roosevelt Weeks, the deputy director of administration for the Houston Public Library, will begin his job in Austin on Sept. 11, according to a city press release. He replaces Brenda Branch, who retired last year after working...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Houston library administrator will take over as director of the Austin Public Library, the city announced Thursday. Roosevelt Weeks, the deputy director of administration for the Houston Public Library, will begin his job in Austin on Sept. 11, according to a city press release. He replaces Brenda Branch, who retired last year after working...
NAACP: Austin budget doesn’t address inequality, minorities’ needs
 Austin’s proposed 2018 budget does little to help minorities or address inequality in the city, representatives of the NAACP said Thursday in a news conference at City Hall calling on city officials to change that. “We’re not addressing the disparities in Austin,” said Nelson Linder, president of NAACP Austin. &ldquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin’s proposed 2018 budget does little to help minorities or address inequality in the city, representatives of the NAACP said Thursday in a news conference at City Hall calling on city officials to change that. “We’re not addressing the disparities in Austin,” said Nelson Linder, president of NAACP Austin. &ldquo...