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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.

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Mayors of Texas’ largest cities left out of meeting with Gov. Abbott
 The mayors of Texas’ five largest cities, including Austin Mayor Steve Adler, were left off the list of mayors who will meet with Gov. Greg Abbott over the coming week to discuss city-related issues at the Texas Legislature. Mayors from Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth will not be in any of the meetings taking place...

Posted: 10 hours ago

The mayors of Texas’ five largest cities, including Austin Mayor Steve Adler, were left off the list of mayors who will meet with Gov. Greg Abbott over the coming week to discuss city-related issues at the Texas Legislature. Mayors from Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth will not be in any of the meetings taking place...
Senate panel OKs bill requiring voter approval for annexations
 A state Senate panel approved a bill Sunday that would give residents targeted for annexation by cities in large Texas counties the opportunity to reject such efforts, one of several bills being considered during a 30-day special legislative session that would curb the authority of cities, including Austin. Senate Bill 6 by Sen. Donna Campbell...

Posted: 2 days ago

A state Senate panel approved a bill Sunday that would give residents targeted for annexation by cities in large Texas counties the opportunity to reject such efforts, one of several bills being considered during a 30-day special legislative session that would curb the authority of cities, including Austin. Senate Bill 6 by Sen. Donna Campbell...
Texas Senate panel OKs new annexation rules for large cities
 5:40 p.m. update:  A bill that would give residents the opportunity to block city annexation efforts sailed through a Texas Senate committee on Sunday, clearing its path to likely approval in the Texas Legislature’s upper chamber this week. The Senate Committee on State Affairs approved Senate Bill 6 by Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels...

Posted: 2 days ago

5:40 p.m. update: A bill that would give residents the opportunity to block city annexation efforts sailed through a Texas Senate committee on Sunday, clearing its path to likely approval in the Texas Legislature’s upper chamber this week. The Senate Committee on State Affairs approved Senate Bill 6 by Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels...
So-called hyper-grandfathering bill pushes against local regulations
 A bill aimed at protecting property owners’ rights from changing local government regulations could undo years of safety and land use rules and create a building environment in Texas with the potential for bars to pop up in residential neighborhoods, critics say. Some local officials are calling Senate Bill 12 the “hyper-grandfathering&rdquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

A bill aimed at protecting property owners’ rights from changing local government regulations could undo years of safety and land use rules and create a building environment in Texas with the potential for bars to pop up in residential neighborhoods, critics say. Some local officials are calling Senate Bill 12 the “hyper-grandfathering&rdquo...
It’s hush hush on Austin library director finalists
 Austin’s new Central Library at 710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin on Friday June 30, 2017 RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Next week, the public will get the chance to meet the finalists for Austin’s new director of libraries, a coveted position
            for a person who will likely shape the future of Austin’s public...

Posted: 6 days ago

Austin’s new Central Library at 710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin on Friday June 30, 2017 RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Next week, the public will get the chance to meet the finalists for Austin’s new director of libraries, a coveted position for a person who will likely shape the future of Austin’s public...
UPDATE: Council Member Ann Kitchen belatedly files finance report
 11:45 a.m. update: Council Member Ann Kitchen filed a campaign finance report for the first six months of the year late Tuesday, Kitchen told the Statesman. The report is not yet posted to the city of Austin’s website. Earlier: Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen failed to file a campaign finance report Monday, missing a deadline...

Posted: 7 days ago

11:45 a.m. update: Council Member Ann Kitchen filed a campaign finance report for the first six months of the year late Tuesday, Kitchen told the Statesman. The report is not yet posted to the city of Austin’s website. Earlier: Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen failed to file a campaign finance report Monday, missing a deadline...
City’s staff to overhaul CodeNext zones as draft moves to next phase
 Friday marked the end of the first major phase of the effort to rewrite Austin’s entire land use code, as the city officially stopped taking public comments on its first stab at the CodeNext maps. The deadline was a milestone for the city’s massive development code overhaul, which has been fraught with frustration and confusion...

Posted: 18 days ago

Friday marked the end of the first major phase of the effort to rewrite Austin’s entire land use code, as the city officially stopped taking public comments on its first stab at the CodeNext maps. The deadline was a milestone for the city’s massive development code overhaul, which has been fraught with frustration and confusion...
End of CodeNext Round 1: New zoning classifications coming
 Friday marked the end of the first major phase of the effort to rewrite Austin’s entire land use code, as the city officially stopped taking public comments on its first stab at the CodeNext maps. The deadline was a milestone for the city’s massive development code overhaul, which has been fraught with frustration and confusion...

Posted: 18 days ago

Friday marked the end of the first major phase of the effort to rewrite Austin’s entire land use code, as the city officially stopped taking public comments on its first stab at the CodeNext maps. The deadline was a milestone for the city’s massive development code overhaul, which has been fraught with frustration and confusion...
FIRE UP THE TURBINES: How Austin Energy works the state’s power grid
 It’s 10:10 a.m. on a sunny morning last week and Lei Ye is staring at charts of energy prices updating every few minutes. The room with banks of computer monitors resembles some sort of cross between a trading room floor and NORAD, and here millions of dollars are spent and made per day in attempts to take advantage of the energy market&rsquo...

Posted: 20 days ago

It’s 10:10 a.m. on a sunny morning last week and Lei Ye is staring at charts of energy prices updating every few minutes. The room with banks of computer monitors resembles some sort of cross between a trading room floor and NORAD, and here millions of dollars are spent and made per day in attempts to take advantage of the energy market&rsquo...
A ‘volatile’ market: How Austin Energy traders buy, sell power
 It’s 10:10 a.m. on a sunny morning last week and Lei Ye is staring at charts of energy prices updating every few minutes. In front of him and several other staff in the same room are banks of half a dozen or more wide-screen computer monitors showing the day’s predicted market and real-time data prices for electricity and natural...

Posted: 20 days ago

It’s 10:10 a.m. on a sunny morning last week and Lei Ye is staring at charts of energy prices updating every few minutes. In front of him and several other staff in the same room are banks of half a dozen or more wide-screen computer monitors showing the day’s predicted market and real-time data prices for electricity and natural...
Mike Fisher, head of Bastrop County emergency management, dies
 Mike Fisher, who led the Bastrop County community through six major disasters as director of the county’s Office of Emergency Management, died in his home on the Fourth of July, according to a statement from Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape. Pape reported Fisher’s death on the office of emergency management’s Facebook...

Posted: 21 days ago

Mike Fisher, who led the Bastrop County community through six major disasters as director of the county’s Office of Emergency Management, died in his home on the Fourth of July, according to a statement from Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape. Pape reported Fisher’s death on the office of emergency management’s Facebook...