Sarah Coppola

Sarah Coppola has covered Austin City Hall (including the Mayor and City Council, city departments and city campaigns) for the Austin-American Statesman since 2004. She previously reported on criminal justice issues in Williamson County. Sarah grew up in upstate New York, graduated from Wellesley College and worked as a researcher and reporter in Newsday's state capitol bureau before joining the Statesman in 2003. 

Latest from Sarah Coppola

How activism led Greg Casar and Laura Pressley to run for City Hall
 You could say water issues brought Laura Pressley and Greg Casar to City Hall. A few years ago Pressley lobbied the City Council, unsuccessfully, to remove fluoride from the city water, invoking her expertise as a chemist to argue that the mineral can have harmful health effects. In 2010, Casar lobbied the council, successfully, to require...

2:34 AM Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

You could say water issues brought Laura Pressley and Greg Casar to City Hall. A few years ago Pressley lobbied the City Council, unsuccessfully, to remove fluoride from the city water, invoking her expertise as a chemist to argue that the mineral can have harmful health effects. In 2010, Casar lobbied the council, successfully, to require...
Mike Martinez accuses Steve Adler of Koch brother ties
 Standing in front of Austin’s iconic swimming hole Wednesday, mayoral candidate Mike Martinez criticized opponent Steve Adler’s environmental credentials and said Adler has ties to conservative activists. He accused Adler’s law firm, Barron & Adler, of representing Koch Industries — a corporation owned by billionaire...

2:43 AM Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Standing in front of Austin’s iconic swimming hole Wednesday, mayoral candidate Mike Martinez criticized opponent Steve Adler’s environmental credentials and said Adler has ties to conservative activists. He accused Adler’s law firm, Barron & Adler, of representing Koch Industries — a corporation owned by billionaire...
Mike Martinez accuses Steve Adler of Koch brothers connection
 Austin mayoral candidate Mike Martinez went on the offensive Wednesday, accusing opponent Steve Adler of once representing Koch Industries, a corporation owned by billionaire brothers who have spent millions of dollars on conservative causes. Martinez said the website of Adler’s eminent-domain law firm listed Koch Industries as a client...

7:04 PM Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Austin mayoral candidate Mike Martinez went on the offensive Wednesday, accusing opponent Steve Adler of once representing Koch Industries, a corporation owned by billionaire brothers who have spent millions of dollars on conservative causes. Martinez said the website of Adler’s eminent-domain law firm listed Koch Industries as a client...
Candidatura de Adler recibe apoyo de grupo de hispanos
 Un grupo de líderes hispanos se reunieron en el este de la ciudad el lunes 10 para decir que planean votar por el único candidato no hispano en la contienda para el puesto de alcalde de Austin: Steve Adler. Adler está mejor preparado que su competidor Mike Martínez, un concejal de la municipalidad, para hacer frente...

2:36 PM Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Un grupo de líderes hispanos se reunieron en el este de la ciudad el lunes 10 para decir que planean votar por el único candidato no hispano en la contienda para el puesto de alcalde de Austin: Steve Adler. Adler está mejor preparado que su competidor Mike Martínez, un concejal de la municipalidad, para hacer frente...
Some Hispanics back Adler; Martinez says focus should be whole city
 Hispanic leaders gathered in East Austin on Monday to say they plan to vote for the only non-Hispanic candidate in Austin’s mayoral race runoff: Steve Adler. Adler is better prepared than competitor Mike Martinez, a longtime City Council member, to tackle the big problems facing Austin, said Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gó...

1:02 AM Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Hispanic leaders gathered in East Austin on Monday to say they plan to vote for the only non-Hispanic candidate in Austin’s mayoral race runoff: Steve Adler. Adler is better prepared than competitor Mike Martinez, a longtime City Council member, to tackle the big problems facing Austin, said Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gó...
5 things to watch in the Austin City Council runoffs
 Last week’s general election whittled the field of 78 candidates for 11 Austin City Council seats down to 16 people who will now compete head-to-head in eight runoffs. District 2 candidate Delia Garza and District 5 contender Ann Kitchen won outright on Tuesday, then City Council Member Kathie Tovo won District 9 when fellow Council...

12:53 AM Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Last week’s general election whittled the field of 78 candidates for 11 Austin City Council seats down to 16 people who will now compete head-to-head in eight runoffs. District 2 candidate Delia Garza and District 5 contender Ann Kitchen won outright on Tuesday, then City Council Member Kathie Tovo won District 9 when fellow Council...
Chris Riley drops out of runoff; Kathie Tovo wins council District 9
 Austin City Council Member Chris Riley bowed out of a runoff Friday against fellow Council Member Kathie Tovo, saying the contest would have been too divisive as Austin ushers in a new form of government. Tovo clinched 49.1 percent in Tuesday’s race for District 9, which covers much of Central Austin. Riley secured 40.4 percent, and...

12:47 AM Saturday, Nov. 08, 2014

Austin City Council Member Chris Riley bowed out of a runoff Friday against fellow Council Member Kathie Tovo, saying the contest would have been too divisive as Austin ushers in a new form of government. Tovo clinched 49.1 percent in Tuesday’s race for District 9, which covers much of Central Austin. Riley secured 40.4 percent, and...
Chris Riley drops out of runoff with Kathie Tovo

10:52 PM Friday, Nov. 07, 2014

Austin City Council Member Chris Riley bowed out of a runoff Friday against fellow Council Member Kathie Tovo, saying the contest would have been too divisive as Austin ushers in a new form of government. Tovo secured 49.1 percent in Tuesday’s race for District 9, which covers most of Central Austin. Riley received 40.4 percent and...
Austin City Council OKs loan for hotel near airport

12:05 AM Friday, Nov. 07, 2014

At its regular meeting Thursday, the Austin City Council: Approved a $3.5 million construction contract to abate asbestos from and demolish homes that the city buys near flood-prone Onion Creek, using funds already budgeted as part of the buyouts. Approved a $402,000 loan for 1707 Airport Commerce, LLC to build a new, $8.3 million hotel near...
Adler, Martinez will sharpen attacks in Austin mayoral runoff
 Austin’s mayoral candidates wasted no time Wednesday launching into what will likely be a bruising, six-week runoff to determine who will lead Austin for the next four years. City Council Member Mike Martinez, who got 29.6 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s general election, sent supporters a fundraising email minutes after midnight...

1:58 AM Thursday, Nov. 06, 2014

Austin’s mayoral candidates wasted no time Wednesday launching into what will likely be a bruising, six-week runoff to determine who will lead Austin for the next four years. City Council Member Mike Martinez, who got 29.6 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s general election, sent supporters a fundraising email minutes after midnight...
Steve Adler, Mike Martinez heading to runoff for Austin mayor

5:26 AM Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2014

A City Hall outsider and an insider are headed into a runoff to be Austin’s next mayor. Eminent domain attorney Steve Adler will vie for the job against City Council Member Mike Martinez, who has served eight years. The two bested six other candidates Tuesday — including Council Member Sheryl Cole — in the campaign to replace...