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

Later live music hours to continue on Red River, at least until April
 Austin will give another six months to test later nighttime music hours on Red River Street, after disparate interests agreed the program was going swimmingly. Even Mary Ingle, president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council, who in January argued passionately that Red River music ruined her quality of life and brought Lady Gaga to her living...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin will give another six months to test later nighttime music hours on Red River Street, after disparate interests agreed the program was going swimmingly. Even Mary Ingle, president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council, who in January argued passionately that Red River music ruined her quality of life and brought Lady Gaga to her living...
Later live music hours to continue on Red River, at least until April
 Austin will take another six months to test later nighttime music hours on Red River Street, after disparate interests agreed the program was going swimmingly. Even Mary Ingle, president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council, who in January argued passionately that Red River music ruined her quality of life and brought Lady Gaga to her living...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin will take another six months to test later nighttime music hours on Red River Street, after disparate interests agreed the program was going swimmingly. Even Mary Ingle, president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council, who in January argued passionately that Red River music ruined her quality of life and brought Lady Gaga to her living...
Council vote would help clear buildings from flood-prone properties
 After 19 years on Heartwood Drive, with Williamson Creek just behind the house, Scott Harpst knows the city of Austin is coming for his land. But he hasn’t decided whether to sell. On one hand, what was once a close-knit neighborhood is now mostly empty lots. On the other, it’s quiet, and the wildlife is starting come back...

Posted: 4 days ago

After 19 years on Heartwood Drive, with Williamson Creek just behind the house, Scott Harpst knows the city of Austin is coming for his land. But he hasn’t decided whether to sell. On one hand, what was once a close-knit neighborhood is now mostly empty lots. On the other, it’s quiet, and the wildlife is starting come back...
Austin council rejects settlement with troubled apartments
 Austin City Council members last week rejected a proposed settlement with the owners of a long troubled Northeast Austin apartment complex, throwing an unexpected wrench in negotiations to sell the property to a private developer and close the lid on years of disputes with its owners. But stay tuned for another attempt. Walter Olenick and...

Posted: 6 days ago

Austin City Council members last week rejected a proposed settlement with the owners of a long troubled Northeast Austin apartment complex, throwing an unexpected wrench in negotiations to sell the property to a private developer and close the lid on years of disputes with its owners. But stay tuned for another attempt. Walter Olenick and...
As jump in water bills riles Circle C residents, few answers from city
 In the 30 years Gordon and Valerie Brown have lived in Austin — 12 in their home on York Bridge Circle in the Circle C development — their recent utility bill was the first one that’s come as a surprise. The couple’s August water bill was only $20. Then, in the billing period from Aug. 25 to Sept. 26 — time that...

Posted: 6 days ago

In the 30 years Gordon and Valerie Brown have lived in Austin — 12 in their home on York Bridge Circle in the Circle C development — their recent utility bill was the first one that’s come as a surprise. The couple’s August water bill was only $20. Then, in the billing period from Aug. 25 to Sept. 26 — time that...
As big water bills rile Circle C residents, few answers from city
 In the 30 years Gordon and Valerie Brown have lived in Austin — 12 in their home on York Bridge Circle in the Circle C development — their recent utility bill was the first one that’s come as a surprise. The couple’s August water bill was only $20. Then, in the billing period from Aug. 25 to Sept. 26 — time that...

Posted: 6 days ago

In the 30 years Gordon and Valerie Brown have lived in Austin — 12 in their home on York Bridge Circle in the Circle C development — their recent utility bill was the first one that’s come as a surprise. The couple’s August water bill was only $20. Then, in the billing period from Aug. 25 to Sept. 26 — time that...
Visit Austin to pay for its own alcohol, promote only Austin musicians
 Visit Austin, the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau, will no longer use city funding to pay for alcohol, after criticism of its hefty client wine-and-dine tabs halted approval of its 2018 budget last month. City Council Member Leslie Pool, who raised concerns after a story by KXAN-TV highlighted the marketing bureau&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Visit Austin, the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau, will no longer use city funding to pay for alcohol, after criticism of its hefty client wine-and-dine tabs halted approval of its 2018 budget last month. City Council Member Leslie Pool, who raised concerns after a story by KXAN-TV highlighted the marketing bureau&rsquo...
Visit Austin to pay for its own alcohol, promote only Austin musicians
 Visit Austin, the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau, will no longer use city funding to pay for alcohol, after criticism of its hefty client wine-and-dine tabs halted approval of its 2018 budget last month. City Council Member Leslie Pool, who raised concerns after a story by KXAN-TV highlighted the marketing bureau&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Visit Austin, the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau, will no longer use city funding to pay for alcohol, after criticism of its hefty client wine-and-dine tabs halted approval of its 2018 budget last month. City Council Member Leslie Pool, who raised concerns after a story by KXAN-TV highlighted the marketing bureau&rsquo...
Why Austin officials keep getting free ACL Fest passes
 It’s that time of year again. Flags have gone up in Zilker Park. Roads and hotels are seeing crowds. Bands are getting ready to take the stage. And city officials are weighing whether to go see Austin City Limits live — and for free. The longstanding policy of giving free ACL tickets to elected officials and some city board members...

Posted: 16 days ago

It’s that time of year again. Flags have gone up in Zilker Park. Roads and hotels are seeing crowds. Bands are getting ready to take the stage. And city officials are weighing whether to go see Austin City Limits live — and for free. The longstanding policy of giving free ACL tickets to elected officials and some city board members...
With no takers on policy change, free ACL passes return to City Hall
 It’s that time of year again. Flags have gone up in Zilker Park. Roads and hotels are seeing crowds. Bands are getting ready to take the stage. And city officials are weighing whether to go see the Austin City Limits Music Festival — free. The long-standing policy of giving free ACL tickets to elected officials and some city board...

Posted: 16 days ago

It’s that time of year again. Flags have gone up in Zilker Park. Roads and hotels are seeing crowds. Bands are getting ready to take the stage. And city officials are weighing whether to go see the Austin City Limits Music Festival — free. The long-standing policy of giving free ACL tickets to elected officials and some city board...