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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

Austin asks judge to toss ‘sanctuary cities’ suit
 The city of Austin has asked a federal judge to toss Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit over the Senate Bill 4 ban on so-called sanctuary cities from the courts. In a motion filed Wednesday, attorneys representing the city said Paxton’s lawsuit violates the Constitution and that it is out of bounds because SB 4 hasn&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

The city of Austin has asked a federal judge to toss Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit over the Senate Bill 4 ban on so-called sanctuary cities from the courts. In a motion filed Wednesday, attorneys representing the city said Paxton’s lawsuit violates the Constitution and that it is out of bounds because SB 4 hasn&rsquo...
NEW: City wants judge to toss Paxton suit over 'sanctuary' city ban SB 4
 The city of Austin is asking a federal judge to have Attorney General Ken Paxton's lawsuit over the Senate Bill 4 ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” tossed from the courts. In a motion filed Wednesday, attorneys representing the city said Paxton’s lawsuit violates the Constitution and that it is out of bounds because...

Posted: 2 days ago

The city of Austin is asking a federal judge to have Attorney General Ken Paxton's lawsuit over the Senate Bill 4 ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” tossed from the courts. In a motion filed Wednesday, attorneys representing the city said Paxton’s lawsuit violates the Constitution and that it is out of bounds because...
NEW: El Paso County to sue Monday over SB 4
 El Paso County was set to sue the state of Texas on Monday to block the implementation of the controversial “sanctuary cities” ban Senate Bill 4. The county announced Monday in a news release that a lawsuit will be filed later Monday. El Paso County officials, including commissioners and Sheriff Richard Wiles, plan to announce...

Posted: 5 days ago

El Paso County was set to sue the state of Texas on Monday to block the implementation of the controversial “sanctuary cities” ban Senate Bill 4. The county announced Monday in a news release that a lawsuit will be filed later Monday. El Paso County officials, including commissioners and Sheriff Richard Wiles, plan to announce...
Austin to sue state over SB 4 ban on ‘sanctuary cities’
 In what several experts characterized as a move to take the reins of legal challenges against the “sanctuary cities” ban under Senate Bill 4, the Austin City Council voted late Thursday to sue the state of Texas. Austin now joins the city and county of El Paso as Texas urban areas set to sue the state over the controversial immigration...

Posted: 8 days ago

In what several experts characterized as a move to take the reins of legal challenges against the “sanctuary cities” ban under Senate Bill 4, the Austin City Council voted late Thursday to sue the state of Texas. Austin now joins the city and county of El Paso as Texas urban areas set to sue the state over the controversial immigration...
Austin to study lighting in West Campus to address UT safety concerns
 Austin’s City Council voted Thursday to begin a study of lighting in West Campus after students have shown increasing concern over their safety in the dense University of Texas-area neighborhood. The resolution directs Austin Energy to examine how lighting might be improved for pedestrian safety. The perception of danger recently in...

Posted: 9 days ago

Austin’s City Council voted Thursday to begin a study of lighting in West Campus after students have shown increasing concern over their safety in the dense University of Texas-area neighborhood. The resolution directs Austin Energy to examine how lighting might be improved for pedestrian safety. The perception of danger recently in...
City might study lighting in West Campus to address UT safety concerns
 Austin’s City Council on Thursday could vote to begin a study of lighting in West Campus after students have shown increasing concern over their safety in the dense University of Texas-area neighborhood. The perception of danger recently in West Campus hit a fever pitch after the May 1 stabbing that killed UT freshman Harrison Brown...

Posted: 9 days ago

Austin’s City Council on Thursday could vote to begin a study of lighting in West Campus after students have shown increasing concern over their safety in the dense University of Texas-area neighborhood. The perception of danger recently in West Campus hit a fever pitch after the May 1 stabbing that killed UT freshman Harrison Brown...
UPDATE: City Council authorizes suit over ‘sanctuary cities’ ban
 5:45 p.m. update: The Austin City Council has approved a resolution authorizing the city’s legal team to sue over the controversial “sanctuary cities” ban Senate Bill 4. Council Member Ellen Troxclair, the Council’s lone conservative, voted against the item. The vote came after an emotional plea from Council Member...

Posted: 10 days ago

5:45 p.m. update: The Austin City Council has approved a resolution authorizing the city’s legal team to sue over the controversial “sanctuary cities” ban Senate Bill 4. Council Member Ellen Troxclair, the Council’s lone conservative, voted against the item. The vote came after an emotional plea from Council Member...
Other cities may join Austin in fighting ‘sanctuary cities’ ban
 Many of the Democratic centers in Texas appear to be headed toward a collaborative legal fight against the recently signed Senate Bill 4 banning so-called “sanctuary cities,” as some of Texas’ largest cities and counties start taking action to sue the state. On Tuesday, local elected officials from Austin, Dallas, Houston...

Posted: 11 days ago

Many of the Democratic centers in Texas appear to be headed toward a collaborative legal fight against the recently signed Senate Bill 4 banning so-called “sanctuary cities,” as some of Texas’ largest cities and counties start taking action to sue the state. On Tuesday, local elected officials from Austin, Dallas, Houston...
UPDATE: Austin, Dallas, El Paso officials rally against SB 4
 Many of the Democratic centers in Texas appear to be headed toward a collaborative legal fight against the recently signed Senate Bill 4 banning so-called “sanctuary cities,” as some of Texas’ largest cities and counties start taking action to sue the state. On Tuesday, local elected officials from Austin, Dallas, Houston...

Posted: 11 days ago

Many of the Democratic centers in Texas appear to be headed toward a collaborative legal fight against the recently signed Senate Bill 4 banning so-called “sanctuary cities,” as some of Texas’ largest cities and counties start taking action to sue the state. On Tuesday, local elected officials from Austin, Dallas, Houston...
New study will steer fate of Seaholm intake building on Lady Bird Lake
 The Austin Parks Foundation and Trail Foundation on Monday announced that they would put $450,000 toward a study that will determine how the city can better use the old Seaholm Intake facility. Officials said they will rely on the public’s input to determine what to do with the intake facility and the surrounding 3 acres of park land...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Austin Parks Foundation and Trail Foundation on Monday announced that they would put $450,000 toward a study that will determine how the city can better use the old Seaholm Intake facility. Officials said they will rely on the public’s input to determine what to do with the intake facility and the surrounding 3 acres of park land...
Foundations give $450,000 to study next life for Seaholm building
 Two Austin foundations on Monday announced that they are giving $450,000 toward an effort to figure out what to do with the city’s long dormant Seaholm intake building on the shores of Lady Bird Lake. The Austin Parks Foundation and the Trail Foundation are giving the money to Studio Gang, an architectural firm with offices in Chicago...

Posted: 12 days ago

Two Austin foundations on Monday announced that they are giving $450,000 toward an effort to figure out what to do with the city’s long dormant Seaholm intake building on the shores of Lady Bird Lake. The Austin Parks Foundation and the Trail Foundation are giving the money to Studio Gang, an architectural firm with offices in Chicago...