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

Texas joins legal battle against tree firm blamed in 2011 Bastrop fire
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Friday joined hundreds of other people in suing a tree-trimming company they blame for the 2011 fire that ravaged Bastrop State Park and Bastrop County. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., the lawsuit argues, diverted crews away from tree-trimming along the power lines...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Friday joined hundreds of other people in suing a tree-trimming company they blame for the 2011 fire that ravaged Bastrop State Park and Bastrop County. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., the lawsuit argues, diverted crews away from tree-trimming along the power lines...
In just two months, Adler amasses $283k campaign war chest
 Mayor Steve Adler has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for his 2018 re-election bid, according to a campaign finance report filed Wednesday — a big early war chest in a city that caps individual donations at just $350. The donations, from more than 1,100 individual donors in the last two months of 2017, totaled $283,164...

Posted: 2 days ago

Mayor Steve Adler has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for his 2018 re-election bid, according to a campaign finance report filed Wednesday — a big early war chest in a city that caps individual donations at just $350. The donations, from more than 1,100 individual donors in the last two months of 2017, totaled $283,164...
Austin too cold for campaign cash filing
  You may have heard it was cold in Austin on Tuesday. Too cold for politicians to file campaign finance reports, apparently. Because the city of Austin chose to close most of its city offices, City Council members and 
            candidates for city office were unable to turn in their semiannual campaign finance reports, which were due Jan...

Posted: 3 days ago

You may have heard it was cold in Austin on Tuesday. Too cold for politicians to file campaign finance reports, apparently. Because the city of Austin chose to close most of its city offices, City Council members and candidates for city office were unable to turn in their semiannual campaign finance reports, which were due Jan...
Whatever happened to crowdfunding plan to help Austin music venues?
 Almost a year and a half ago, Mayor Steve Adler announced plans for a crowd-sourced investment fund to save live music venues. Locals, he said, could buy into and preserve favorite venues that might be knocked down as development and rent prices increase. But progress on the idea has been slow, as the city struggles with exactly how that...

Posted: 7 days ago

Almost a year and a half ago, Mayor Steve Adler announced plans for a crowd-sourced investment fund to save live music venues. Locals, he said, could buy into and preserve favorite venues that might be knocked down as development and rent prices increase. But progress on the idea has been slow, as the city struggles with exactly how that...
Deadline delayed a year for crowdsourced fund for music venues
 Almost a year and a half ago, Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced plans for a crowdsourced investment fund to save live music venues. Locals, he said, could buy into and preserve favorite venues that might be knocked down as development and rental rates increase. But progress on the idea has been slow, as the city struggles with exactly how...

Posted: 7 days ago

Almost a year and a half ago, Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced plans for a crowdsourced investment fund to save live music venues. Locals, he said, could buy into and preserve favorite venues that might be knocked down as development and rental rates increase. But progress on the idea has been slow, as the city struggles with exactly how...
Adler recounts wins and missteps as he kicks off mayoral campaign
 Give him another four years and he’ll finish what he started. That’s the message from Mayor Steve Adler as he kicks off his campaign for reelection Sunday with a rally and party at Austin Saengerrunde. There will be music from local artists. There will be Amy’s Ice Cream. There will be words from former Housing and Urban...

Posted: 7 days ago

Give him another four years and he’ll finish what he started. That’s the message from Mayor Steve Adler as he kicks off his campaign for reelection Sunday with a rally and party at Austin Saengerrunde. There will be music from local artists. There will be Amy’s Ice Cream. There will be words from former Housing and Urban...
Adler recounts wins and missteps as he kicks off mayoral campaign
 Give him another four years and he’ll finish what he started. That’s the message from Mayor Steve Adler as he kicks off his campaign for re-election Sunday with a rally and party at the Austin Saengerrunde Hall. There will be music from local artists. There will be Amy’s Ice Cream. There will be words from former Housing...

Posted: 7 days ago

Give him another four years and he’ll finish what he started. That’s the message from Mayor Steve Adler as he kicks off his campaign for re-election Sunday with a rally and party at the Austin Saengerrunde Hall. There will be music from local artists. There will be Amy’s Ice Cream. There will be words from former Housing...
After serving his prison time, he can vote. But can he run for office?
 A criminal justice activist with a past behind bars is the first candidate to jump into the race against Austin City Council Member Ora Houston in northeastern Austin’s District 1. He doesn’t know if he’s eligible. But he might be the first in Texas to challenge a state provision blocking felons from public office. Lewis...

Posted: 8 days ago

A criminal justice activist with a past behind bars is the first candidate to jump into the race against Austin City Council Member Ora Houston in northeastern Austin’s District 1. He doesn’t know if he’s eligible. But he might be the first in Texas to challenge a state provision blocking felons from public office. Lewis...
Attorney general: City manager candidates not a competitive secret
 The city of Austin cannot withhold records showing who applied for its city manager position by claiming the information would harm the city competitively in a search for qualified applicants, the Texas Attorney General’s Office said this week. Nor is the information a trade secret, a matter that would harm the search firm competitively...

Posted: 8 days ago

The city of Austin cannot withhold records showing who applied for its city manager position by claiming the information would harm the city competitively in a search for qualified applicants, the Texas Attorney General’s Office said this week. Nor is the information a trade secret, a matter that would harm the search firm competitively...
Attorney general: City manager candidates not a competitive secret
 The city of Austin cannot withhold records showing who applied for its city manager position by claiming the information would harm the city competitively in a search for qualified applicants, the Texas attorney general’s office says. Nor is the information a trade secret, a matter that would harm the search firm competitively or &ldquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

The city of Austin cannot withhold records showing who applied for its city manager position by claiming the information would harm the city competitively in a search for qualified applicants, the Texas attorney general’s office says. Nor is the information a trade secret, a matter that would harm the search firm competitively or &ldquo...
With Morrison in, expect Austin mayor’s race to heat up
 Laura Morrison, a former Austin City Council member and staunch neighborhood advocate, will challenge Mayor Steve Adler in November, setting up a competitive race for the city’s top elected seat. Morrison, who had  indicated she was weighing a run, filed notice of a campaign treasurer with City Hall on Monday. She kicked off the...

Posted: 11 days ago

Laura Morrison, a former Austin City Council member and staunch neighborhood advocate, will challenge Mayor Steve Adler in November, setting up a competitive race for the city’s top elected seat. Morrison, who had  indicated she was weighing a run, filed notice of a campaign treasurer with City Hall on Monday. She kicked off the...