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Spencer Cronk selected to be Austin’s next city manager
 The Austin City Council on Tuesday tapped Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk to be Austin’s top administrator, bringing a close to a search for a new city manager that has taken more than a year. The council made its choice at City Hall, emerging after a meeting behind closed doors to announce that the group had made its pick...

3:36 PM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

The Austin City Council on Tuesday tapped Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk to be Austin’s top administrator, bringing a close to a search for a new city manager that has taken more than a year. The council made its choice at City Hall, emerging after a meeting behind closed doors to announce that the group had made its pick...
Advocates: Lack of Latinos shows flaws in Austin city manager search
 As the Austin City Council is set to pick the city’s next top administrator Tuesday, many from organizations representing Austin Latinos are crying foul about the selection process because none of the six finalists was Hispanic. The two remaining candidates to be Austin’s city manager are Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk...

12:33 AM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

As the Austin City Council is set to pick the city’s next top administrator Tuesday, many from organizations representing Austin Latinos are crying foul about the selection process because none of the six finalists was Hispanic. The two remaining candidates to be Austin’s city manager are Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk...
Austin City Council to study demolitions’ effect on affordable housing
 The Austin City Council approved a pair of resolutions Thursday evening aimed at addressing a recent audit that found housing demolitions in Austin are on the rise and are happening with little safety oversight. Council Member Kathie Tovo brought both resolutions to the council. Tovo has called for tamping down on demolitions, which have...

10:47 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The Austin City Council approved a pair of resolutions Thursday evening aimed at addressing a recent audit that found housing demolitions in Austin are on the rise and are happening with little safety oversight. Council Member Kathie Tovo brought both resolutions to the council. Tovo has called for tamping down on demolitions, which have...
Austin City Council to study demolitions’ effect on affordable housing
 The Austin City Council approved a pair of resolutions Thursday evening aimed at addressing a recent audit that found housing demolitions in Austin are on the rise and are happening with little safety oversight. Council Member Kathie Tovo brought both resolutions to the council. Tovo has called for tamping down demolitions, which have been...

8:43 AM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The Austin City Council approved a pair of resolutions Thursday evening aimed at addressing a recent audit that found housing demolitions in Austin are on the rise and are happening with little safety oversight. Council Member Kathie Tovo brought both resolutions to the council. Tovo has called for tamping down demolitions, which have been...
City manager candidates lay out their visions for leading Austin
 The two finalists for Austin’s next city manager took the stage at the convention center Tuesday night and offered two different visions of what the city’s next top employee could be: A young, consensus-building outsider on the one hand, and an experienced public servant familiar with Austin on the other. At an open forum to meet...

5:09 AM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

The two finalists for Austin’s next city manager took the stage at the convention center Tuesday night and offered two different visions of what the city’s next top employee could be: A young, consensus-building outsider on the one hand, and an experienced public servant familiar with Austin on the other. At an open forum to meet...
City manager candidates lay out their visions for leading Austin
 The two finalists for Austin’s next city manager took the stage at the convention center and offered two different visions of what the city’s next top employee could be: a young, consensus-building outsider on the one hand, and an experienced public servant familiar with Austin on the other. At an open forum Tuesday night for...

4:23 AM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

The two finalists for Austin’s next city manager took the stage at the convention center and offered two different visions of what the city’s next top employee could be: a young, consensus-building outsider on the one hand, and an experienced public servant familiar with Austin on the other. At an open forum Tuesday night for...
Get smart fast: What you need to know about Austin’s CodeNext hubbub
 Can Austinites find common ground on CodeNext? Austin PBS affiliate KLRU-TV and other media organizations brought politicians and community members together Monday night for a discussion on the rewrite of the city’s land use code, which had generated plenty of acrimony in recent months. The fiery rhetoric from all sides surrounding...

5:10 AM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Can Austinites find common ground on CodeNext? Austin PBS affiliate KLRU-TV and other media organizations brought politicians and community members together Monday night for a discussion on the rewrite of the city’s land use code, which had generated plenty of acrimony in recent months. The fiery rhetoric from all sides surrounding...
City manager search: Lazarus looks to return to Austin
 Howard Lazarus is the closest thing Austin has to an internal applicant to be the next city manager. With eight years as the city’s director of the Public Works Department, Lazarus, 61, would be a familiar face at City Hall, having been away for only a year and a half. Lazarus is a soft-spoken man who is reliable and able to lead the...

9:46 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Howard Lazarus is the closest thing Austin has to an internal applicant to be the next city manager. With eight years as the city’s director of the Public Works Department, Lazarus, 61, would be a familiar face at City Hall, having been away for only a year and a half. Lazarus is a soft-spoken man who is reliable and able to lead the...
Minneapolis, Ann Arbor leaders are final candidates for Austin manager
 The search for a new Austin city manager is down to two candidates: Ann Arbor City Administrator Howard Lazarus, who previously served as Austin’s public works director, and Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk, City Council members agreed Thursday. Cronk and Lazarus will come to Austin next week to meet with city department heads...

11:11 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

The search for a new Austin city manager is down to two candidates: Ann Arbor City Administrator Howard Lazarus, who previously served as Austin’s public works director, and Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk, City Council members agreed Thursday. Cronk and Lazarus will come to Austin next week to meet with city department heads...
Two finalists picked to be Austin’s next city manager
 The Austin City Council has picked the final two candidates to be Austin’s next city manager. They are Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk and Ann Arbor City Administrator Howard Lazarus, who previously served as Austin’s public works director. Those finalists were recommended by lead consultant Steve Newton, who has led...

10:56 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

The Austin City Council has picked the final two candidates to be Austin’s next city manager. They are Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk and Ann Arbor City Administrator Howard Lazarus, who previously served as Austin’s public works director. Those finalists were recommended by lead consultant Steve Newton, who has led...
Text messages reveal City Hall drama of Austin city manager search
 To dodge reporters, consultants suggested the finalists to be Austin’s next city manager don wigs, pretend to be tourists or possibly even wear Halloween masks after American-Statesman reporters managed to identify several candidates during the city’s top secret search for its next leader. That was one of many details revealed...

9:43 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

To dodge reporters, consultants suggested the finalists to be Austin’s next city manager don wigs, pretend to be tourists or possibly even wear Halloween masks after American-Statesman reporters managed to identify several candidates during the city’s top secret search for its next leader. That was one of many details revealed...
Diversions and disguises: Behind Austin’s city manager search
 To dodge reporters, consultants suggested the finalists to be Austin’s next city manager don wigs, pretend to be tourists or possibly even wear Halloween masks after American-Statesman reporters managed to identify several candidates during the city’s top-secret search for its next leader. That was one of many details revealed...

9:32 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

To dodge reporters, consultants suggested the finalists to be Austin’s next city manager don wigs, pretend to be tourists or possibly even wear Halloween masks after American-Statesman reporters managed to identify several candidates during the city’s top-secret search for its next leader. That was one of many details revealed...
Soon mother with cancer will have an accessible bathroom for her son
 As long as she can, Margarita Matias will continue to care for her son. Since seeing her son Ricky Perez, neglected and possibly mistreated at a group home, she knew she had to take charge of his care. But Matias, 72, has stage four ovarian cancer. Her adult son, who has been diagnosed testicular cancer and was born with cerebral palsy and...

3:55 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

As long as she can, Margarita Matias will continue to care for her son. Since seeing her son Ricky Perez, neglected and possibly mistreated at a group home, she knew she had to take charge of his care. But Matias, 72, has stage four ovarian cancer. Her adult son, who has been diagnosed testicular cancer and was born with cerebral palsy and...
Colony Park could bounce back with planned development
 When Barbara Scott first moved to Colony Park 43 years ago, it was a working-class neighborhood full of active-duty troops and veterans. But everything changed when Bergstrom Air Force Base closed in 1993. Many of the residents of the far East Austin neighborhood near Walter E. Long Lake who were in the military found themselves forced to...

6:00 AM Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

When Barbara Scott first moved to Colony Park 43 years ago, it was a working-class neighborhood full of active-duty troops and veterans. But everything changed when Bergstrom Air Force Base closed in 1993. Many of the residents of the far East Austin neighborhood near Walter E. Long Lake who were in the military found themselves forced to...
Bringing pro soccer team to Austin, building stadium may trigger vote
 While local soccer enthusiasts might be elated at the news that a Major League Soccer team is serious about making Austin its home, they might have to persuade Austin residents at large to approve bringing the city’s first professional sports franchise. An election over bringing the Crew SC soccer team — currently based in Columbus...

9:22 PM Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

While local soccer enthusiasts might be elated at the news that a Major League Soccer team is serious about making Austin its home, they might have to persuade Austin residents at large to approve bringing the city’s first professional sports franchise. An election over bringing the Crew SC soccer team — currently based in Columbus...
Margarita and Jessie Matias: Couple worry about cancer, care for son
 The Matias family’s daily routine is one steeped in health care issues ranging from caring for an adult son with disabilities to multiple cancer diagnoses. Margarita Matias, 72, this year had a resurgence of ovarian cancer and said she will now be considered stage 4 for the rest of her life. Doctors diagnosed her son Ricky Perez, 46...

2:00 PM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

The Matias family’s daily routine is one steeped in health care issues ranging from caring for an adult son with disabilities to multiple cancer diagnoses. Margarita Matias, 72, this year had a resurgence of ovarian cancer and said she will now be considered stage 4 for the rest of her life. Doctors diagnosed her son Ricky Perez, 46...
Two more women accuse guard of sexual misconduct at immigration lockup
 Two more women have accused guards at a Williamson County federal immigration detention center of sexual misconduct following another immigrant detainee’s recent accusation of being sexually assaulted at the Taylor facility. The immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership on Tuesday announced that staff had spoken with one woman...

11:48 PM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Two more women have accused guards at a Williamson County federal immigration detention center of sexual misconduct following another immigrant detainee’s recent accusation of being sexually assaulted at the Taylor facility. The immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership on Tuesday announced that staff had spoken with one woman...
Two more women accuse guard of sexual misconduct at immigration lockup
 Two more women have accused guards at a Williamson County federal immigration detention center of sexual misconduct following another immigrant detainee’s recent accusation of being sexually assaulted at the Taylor facility. The immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership on Tuesday announced that staff had spoken with one woman...

11:29 PM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Two more women have accused guards at a Williamson County federal immigration detention center of sexual misconduct following another immigrant detainee’s recent accusation of being sexually assaulted at the Taylor facility. The immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership on Tuesday announced that staff had spoken with one woman...
Reversing on secrecy, Austin announces six city manager finalists
 After weeks of secrecy that included meetings behind security lines at the airport, a lawsuit and a possible violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Austin City Council on Monday named the six finalists in the running for city manager. Mayor Steve Adler posted the names on the council’s online message board and outlined the next...

12:31 AM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

After weeks of secrecy that included meetings behind security lines at the airport, a lawsuit and a possible violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Austin City Council on Monday named the six finalists in the running for city manager. Mayor Steve Adler posted the names on the council’s online message board and outlined the next...
Finalists’ names released in search for Austin’s next city manager
 1:30 p.m.update: Mayor Steve Adler on Monday released the names of finalists to be Austin’s next city manager after weeks of secrecy surrounding the search for the city government’s most powerful position. In a posting on the city of Austin’s message board, Adler identified the following as finalists for the next round...

1:06 PM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

1:30 p.m.update: Mayor Steve Adler on Monday released the names of finalists to be Austin’s next city manager after weeks of secrecy surrounding the search for the city government’s most powerful position. In a posting on the city of Austin’s message board, Adler identified the following as finalists for the next round...
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