Philip Jankowski

City Hall reporter

Philip Jankowski covers Austin City Hall for the Austin American-Statesman. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Texas’ School of Journalism and has worked for newspapers in Central Texas since. Philip joined the American-Statesman in 2013. Previously he covered breaking news and public safety for the Statesman. He is the winner of the 2016 Michael Brick Award for Storytelling.

Latest from Philip Jankowski

Anti-CodeNext PACs spend thousands to force vote
 Campaign finance reports filed in Austin this week show that groups trying to put CodeNext on the ballot are raising and spending tens of thousands of dollars. Two special political action committees that are by and large against the city’s current revamping of the entire land use code, calling the effort “CodeWreck,” have...

Posted: 3 days ago

Campaign finance reports filed in Austin this week show that groups trying to put CodeNext on the ballot are raising and spending tens of thousands of dollars. Two special political action committees that are by and large against the city’s current revamping of the entire land use code, calling the effort “CodeWreck,” have...
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: 4 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...
Your tax bill: How an Austin bond package is emerging for November
 In a small room at Little Walnut Creek Library in North Austin, about a dozen community members sat face-to-face with the group of Austin residents tasked with an influential role in how hundreds of millions of tax dollars might be spent. With no tax rate increase, the 2018 bond task force members explained, the city could finance $325 million...

Posted: 9 days ago

In a small room at Little Walnut Creek Library in North Austin, about a dozen community members sat face-to-face with the group of Austin residents tasked with an influential role in how hundreds of millions of tax dollars might be spent. With no tax rate increase, the 2018 bond task force members explained, the city could finance $325 million...
Wish lists getting whittled as Austin task force sketches bond plan
 In a small room at Little Walnut Creek Branch Library in North Austin, about a dozen community members sat face-to-face with the group of Austin residents tasked with an influential role in how hundreds of millions of tax dollars might be spent. With no tax rate increase, the 2018 bond task force members explained, the city could finance...

Posted: 9 days ago

In a small room at Little Walnut Creek Branch Library in North Austin, about a dozen community members sat face-to-face with the group of Austin residents tasked with an influential role in how hundreds of millions of tax dollars might be spent. With no tax rate increase, the 2018 bond task force members explained, the city could finance...
Empty city site, once meant for police station, will have new future
 For nearly a decade, a building that once housed a Home Depot and a neighboring car dealership in Northeast Austin have remained almost completely unused, slowly deteriorating behind chain-link fences. Since the city purchased the two lots totaling about 20 acres, plans to develop the property into a police substation and a courthouse have...

Posted: 9 days ago

For nearly a decade, a building that once housed a Home Depot and a neighboring car dealership in Northeast Austin have remained almost completely unused, slowly deteriorating behind chain-link fences. Since the city purchased the two lots totaling about 20 acres, plans to develop the property into a police substation and a courthouse have...
Empty city site, once meant for police station, will have new future
 For nearly a decade, a building that once housed a Home Depot and a neighboring car dealership in Northeast Austin have remained almost completely unused, slowly deteriorating behind chain-link fences. Since the city purchased the two lots, totaling about 20 acres, plans to develop the property into a police substation and a courthouse have...

Posted: 9 days ago

For nearly a decade, a building that once housed a Home Depot and a neighboring car dealership in Northeast Austin have remained almost completely unused, slowly deteriorating behind chain-link fences. Since the city purchased the two lots, totaling about 20 acres, plans to develop the property into a police substation and a courthouse have...
Incoming city manager aims to take reins of City Hall in February
 Spencer Cronk, the man the City Council has picked to be Austin’s next city manager, is hoping to take the reins at City Hall on Feb. 12. Though that is a month away, Cronk said he was urged by many in Minnesota to take his time getting here. After all, he only has to prepare Minneapolis for the nation’s grandest annual sports...

Posted: 11 days ago

Spencer Cronk, the man the City Council has picked to be Austin’s next city manager, is hoping to take the reins at City Hall on Feb. 12. Though that is a month away, Cronk said he was urged by many in Minnesota to take his time getting here. After all, he only has to prepare Minneapolis for the nation’s grandest annual sports...
CAMPO board takes unusual step to keep ex-Hays commissioner as chair
 The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board, the long-term planning group for the region’s roads and highways, has taken the eyebrow-raising action of making its leader a man who no longer holds public office. Former Hays County Commissioner Will Conley was reappointed Monday evening as the board’s chair despite...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board, the long-term planning group for the region’s roads and highways, has taken the eyebrow-raising action of making its leader a man who no longer holds public office. Former Hays County Commissioner Will Conley was reappointed Monday evening as the board’s chair despite...
Despite rules, former Hays commissioner to remain at CAMPO board

Posted: 13 days ago

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board, the long-term planning group for the region’s roads and highways, took the eyebrow-raising action on Monday of making its leader a man who no longer holds public office. Former Hays County Commissioner Will Conley was reappointed as the board’s chair despite bylaws stating...
Homeless under South Austin overpass could face police citations
 The spartan stretch under an elevated portion of U.S. 290/Texas 71 near Pack Saddle Pass in South Austin is nothing pretty to look at. Small, jagged rocks form a bed on top of the concrete floor. Bits of grass poke out from cracks. Empty beer cans, chip bags and the occasional used syringe pockmark the gray landscape. The one constant is...

Posted: 15 days ago

The spartan stretch under an elevated portion of U.S. 290/Texas 71 near Pack Saddle Pass in South Austin is nothing pretty to look at. Small, jagged rocks form a bed on top of the concrete floor. Bits of grass poke out from cracks. Empty beer cans, chip bags and the occasional used syringe pockmark the gray landscape. The one constant is...
Adler blasts ICE director’s threat to jail local elected officials
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Wednesday blasted threats made by the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Fox News to jail local officials who enforce so-called sanctuary policies. “Threatening to jail political opponents, especially for laws they aren’t breaking, is not the America I grew up in,” Adler said in...

Posted: 19 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Wednesday blasted threats made by the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Fox News to jail local officials who enforce so-called sanctuary policies. “Threatening to jail political opponents, especially for laws they aren’t breaking, is not the America I grew up in,” Adler said in...