Bridget Grumet

Editorial writer & columnist

Bridget Grumet writes opinion pieces and editorials for the Austin American-Statesman. Before joining the editorial board in 2018, she directed the Statesman's local news coverage and led the urban affairs team that covers Austin City Hall and transportation. She grew up in Albuquerque, NM, earned her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and studied public policy at Penn State. Before moving to Austin, she worked as a local government reporter and news editor at the Tampa Bay Times.

Latest from Bridget Grumet

Grumet: Marijuana made it look easy, but court diversions can be hard
 Travis County Attorney David Escamilla jokes that maybe he shouldn’t have started with the marijuana diversion program. “It was so easy, it just gave me high hopes that we’d be able to cookie-cutter everything else,” he told me with a chuckle this summer. In a county continually working to keep low-level offenders...

Posted: 6 days ago

Travis County Attorney David Escamilla jokes that maybe he shouldn’t have started with the marijuana diversion program. “It was so easy, it just gave me high hopes that we’d be able to cookie-cutter everything else,” he told me with a chuckle this summer. In a county continually working to keep low-level offenders...
Grumet: Marijuana made it look easy, but court diversions can be hard
 Travis County Attorney David Escamilla jokes that maybe he shouldn’t have started with the marijuana diversion program. “It was so easy, it just gave me high hopes that we’d be able to cookie-cutter everything else,” he told me with a chuckle this summer. In a county continually working to keep low-level offenders...

Posted: 6 days ago

Travis County Attorney David Escamilla jokes that maybe he shouldn’t have started with the marijuana diversion program. “It was so easy, it just gave me high hopes that we’d be able to cookie-cutter everything else,” he told me with a chuckle this summer. In a county continually working to keep low-level offenders...
Grumet: Beyond saving dollars, Austin Sobering Center can save lives
 The new Austin-Travis County Sobering Center offers an appealing proposition: Is it better for taxpayers to spend $102 taking a publicly intoxicated person to a safe place to sleep it off, spend roughly twice that amount booking that person in jail, or pay exponentially more checking them into the emergency room? The economics are a no-brainer...

Posted: 27 days ago

The new Austin-Travis County Sobering Center offers an appealing proposition: Is it better for taxpayers to spend $102 taking a publicly intoxicated person to a safe place to sleep it off, spend roughly twice that amount booking that person in jail, or pay exponentially more checking them into the emergency room? The economics are a no-brainer...
Grumet: Beyond saving dollars, Austin Sobering Center can save lives
 The new Austin-Travis County Sobering Center offers an appealing proposition: Is it better for taxpayers to spend $102 taking a publicly intoxicated person to a safe place to sleep it off, spend roughly twice that amount booking that person in jail, or pay exponentially more checking them into the emergency room? The economics are a no-brainer...

Posted: 27 days ago

The new Austin-Travis County Sobering Center offers an appealing proposition: Is it better for taxpayers to spend $102 taking a publicly intoxicated person to a safe place to sleep it off, spend roughly twice that amount booking that person in jail, or pay exponentially more checking them into the emergency room? The economics are a no-brainer...
Grumet: Girls’ gains revealed in Austin MLS stadium deal
 To their credit, the lobbyist for the Columbus Crew SC admits they screwed up — and they’ve taken steps to make it right. The City Council grilled Crew representatives Thursday evening over the perks for girls if the Crew moves to Austin and builds
            a stadium at the city-owned McKalla Place tract, where it would pay...

3:08 PM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

To their credit, the lobbyist for the Columbus Crew SC admits they screwed up — and they’ve taken steps to make it right. The City Council grilled Crew representatives Thursday evening over the perks for girls if the Crew moves to Austin and builds a stadium at the city-owned McKalla Place tract, where it would pay...
Grumet: Girls deserve same perks as boys in Austin’s MLS stadium deal
 This being 2018 and all, I naturally assumed the girls would share in the perks. But as we found out during last week’s City Council discussion on the proposal to move the Columbus Crew SC to Austin, the largest piece of the community benefits package, an elite youth soccer academy worth $48 million over 25 years, is for boys only....

1:40 PM Wednesday, Aug. 08, 2018

This being 2018 and all, I naturally assumed the girls would share in the perks. But as we found out during last week’s City Council discussion on the proposal to move the Columbus Crew SC to Austin, the largest piece of the community benefits package, an elite youth soccer academy worth $48 million over 25 years, is for boys only....
Grumet: Girls deserve same perks as boys in Austin’s MLS stadium deal
 This being 2018 and all, I naturally assumed the girls would share in the perks. But as we found out during last week’s City Council discussion on the proposal to move the Columbus Crew SC to Austin, the largest piece of the community benefits package, an elite youth soccer academy worth $48 million over 25 years, is for boys only....

1:39 PM Wednesday, Aug. 08, 2018

This being 2018 and all, I naturally assumed the girls would share in the perks. But as we found out during last week’s City Council discussion on the proposal to move the Columbus Crew SC to Austin, the largest piece of the community benefits package, an elite youth soccer academy worth $48 million over 25 years, is for boys only....
Grumet: Goodnight CodeNext (with apologies to Goodnight Moon)
 In the great map room There was a consultant And a neighborhood vexed And a picture of The transect zones from CodeNext And there were 11 council members In yellow vests and hard hats And a planning commission At odds with the ZAP And three drafts of a code That made people holler And piles of invoices For eight million dollars And a petition...

3:55 PM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

In the great map room There was a consultant And a neighborhood vexed And a picture of The transect zones from CodeNext And there were 11 council members In yellow vests and hard hats And a planning commission At odds with the ZAP And three drafts of a code That made people holler And piles of invoices For eight million dollars And a petition...
Manley: Yes, APD is concerned about 3-D printed guns
 Too often after a mass shooting, we reach the sickening discovery that the gunman never should have had a weapon to begin
            with. The man who killed 26 people at a Sutherland Springs church had a military court domestic violence conviction that should
            have barred him from buying a gun, except the computer database hadn&rsquo...

9:16 PM Monday, Jul. 30, 2018

Too often after a mass shooting, we reach the sickening discovery that the gunman never should have had a weapon to begin with. The man who killed 26 people at a Sutherland Springs church had a military court domestic violence conviction that should have barred him from buying a gun, except the computer database hadn&rsquo...
Opinión: Segundo empleo incumbe a Municipio
 No me gusta decirlo, pero si te gusta tener privacidad, un trabajo en el gobierno no es para ti. Para empezar, tu salario, tus correos electrónicos y mensajes de texto, incluso los de tu cuenta de correo electrónico personal y teléfono celular personal, también forman parte de los registros públicos si la...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018

No me gusta decirlo, pero si te gusta tener privacidad, un trabajo en el gobierno no es para ti. Para empezar, tu salario, tus correos electrónicos y mensajes de texto, incluso los de tu cuenta de correo electrónico personal y teléfono celular personal, también forman parte de los registros públicos si la...