Elizabeth Findell

City Hall reporter

Elizabeth Findell covers Austin government for the Austin American-Statesman. A Colorado ski town native, she’s been in Texas six years. She worked previously for the Dallas Morning News and, in the Rio Grande Valley, for The Monitor.

Latest from Elizabeth Findell

Austin Council Member Ora Houston won’t run again, Dem party chair will
 A wide-open City Council election awaits East Austinites as four candidates with civic experience line up to replace outgoing Council Member Ora Houston. Houston said Wednesday that she will not seek a second term in the fall, surprising several colleagues. Only hours after her announcement, Vincent Harding, outgoing chairman of the Travis...

Posted: 4 days ago

A wide-open City Council election awaits East Austinites as four candidates with civic experience line up to replace outgoing Council Member Ora Houston. Houston said Wednesday that she will not seek a second term in the fall, surprising several colleagues. Only hours after her announcement, Vincent Harding, outgoing chairman of the Travis...
Austin City Council member Ora Houston won’t seek re-election
 East Austin City Council Member Ora Houston will not seek re-election in November, she said in a statement Wednesday. First elected to the council in 2014, Houston said she made the decision to leave after “months of personal discernment and conversations with confidants.” “It has been a joy, privilege and a huge responsibility...

Posted: 4 days ago

East Austin City Council Member Ora Houston will not seek re-election in November, she said in a statement Wednesday. First elected to the council in 2014, Houston said she made the decision to leave after “months of personal discernment and conversations with confidants.” “It has been a joy, privilege and a huge responsibility...
LIVE: Follow the CodeNext debate at Austin City Council
 After five years and $8 million, Austin city leaders are beginning to seriously dig into the contentious CodeNext. The rewrite of city land rules aims to increase density along major corridors. It has starkly split neighborhood preservationists from urbanists urging for more housing stock and a more compact city. Last week, Austin City Council...

Posted: 5 days ago

After five years and $8 million, Austin city leaders are beginning to seriously dig into the contentious CodeNext. The rewrite of city land rules aims to increase density along major corridors. It has starkly split neighborhood preservationists from urbanists urging for more housing stock and a more compact city. Last week, Austin City Council...
At Troxclair’s urging, Austin to again weigh hiking homestead exemption
 Once again, Austin City Council members this week will have to decide whether to move forward on a homestead tax break they once promised property owners before backing away from the idea. Council Member Ellen Troxclair will mark her return to work after a two-month maternity leave by asking colleagues to increase the city’s homestead...

Posted: 6 days ago

Once again, Austin City Council members this week will have to decide whether to move forward on a homestead tax break they once promised property owners before backing away from the idea. Council Member Ellen Troxclair will mark her return to work after a two-month maternity leave by asking colleagues to increase the city’s homestead...
The Sophomores: Flannigan, Alter bring fresh dynamic to Austin council
 At his first meeting as an Austin City Council member in January 2017, Jimmy Flannigan made it clear he didn’t fear a lack of consensus. Colleagues had asked him to postpone making a nomination to an environmental advisory board so they could study and discuss the nominee in more depth. Flannigan called that approach a waste of time...

Posted: 6 days ago

At his first meeting as an Austin City Council member in January 2017, Jimmy Flannigan made it clear he didn’t fear a lack of consensus. Colleagues had asked him to postpone making a nomination to an environmental advisory board so they could study and discuss the nominee in more depth. Flannigan called that approach a waste of time...
Jimmy Flannigan, Alison Alter bring sophomore shift to City Council
 At his first meeting as an Austin City Council member in January 2017, Jimmy Flannigan made it clear he didn’t fear a lack of consensus. Colleagues had asked him to postpone making a nomination to an environmental advisory board so they could study and discuss the nominee in more depth. Flannigan called that approach a waste of time...

Posted: 6 days ago

At his first meeting as an Austin City Council member in January 2017, Jimmy Flannigan made it clear he didn’t fear a lack of consensus. Colleagues had asked him to postpone making a nomination to an environmental advisory board so they could study and discuss the nominee in more depth. Flannigan called that approach a waste of time...
At CodeNext session, council talks broad goals, collegial approach
 Mayor Steve Adler passed out “Team Austin” hard hats and reflective vests Tuesday to kick off the City Council’s first CodeNext discussion, making a symbolic plea for unity as the council takes up the city’s most divisive issue. Then the council spent the morning talking about how to talk about the first comprehensive...

Posted: 12 days ago

Mayor Steve Adler passed out “Team Austin” hard hats and reflective vests Tuesday to kick off the City Council’s first CodeNext discussion, making a symbolic plea for unity as the council takes up the city’s most divisive issue. Then the council spent the morning talking about how to talk about the first comprehensive...
At CodeNext session, council talks broad goals, collegial approach
 Mayor Steve Adler passed out “Team Austin” hard hats and reflective vests Tuesday to kick off the City Council’s first CodeNext discussion, making a symbolic plea for unity as the council takes up the city’s most divisive issue. Then the council spent the morning talking about how to talk about the first comprehensive...

Posted: 12 days ago

Mayor Steve Adler passed out “Team Austin” hard hats and reflective vests Tuesday to kick off the City Council’s first CodeNext discussion, making a symbolic plea for unity as the council takes up the city’s most divisive issue. Then the council spent the morning talking about how to talk about the first comprehensive...
Report envisions Seaholm facility as home to concerts, kayaks and more
 Austin’s waterfront Seaholm intake facility should become a multifunctional meeting space, with a coffee shop, food trucks, a large yard and kayak docking, according to a recommendation commissioned jointly by the city and outdoor nonprofits. The report, from Studio Gang, included three layouts for the former power plant structure on...

Posted: 13 days ago

Austin’s waterfront Seaholm intake facility should become a multifunctional meeting space, with a coffee shop, food trucks, a large yard and kayak docking, according to a recommendation commissioned jointly by the city and outdoor nonprofits. The report, from Studio Gang, included three layouts for the former power plant structure on...
Density, affordability at issue as more Austin council hopefuls emerge
 Two candidates have signaled plans to run against Austin City Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria in November, the first to oppose him for East Austin’s District 3 seat. James Valadez, a real estate agent, and Jessica Cohen, a network security administrator, have both appointed treasurers in recent weeks. Such appointments...

Posted: 16 days ago

Two candidates have signaled plans to run against Austin City Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria in November, the first to oppose him for East Austin’s District 3 seat. James Valadez, a real estate agent, and Jessica Cohen, a network security administrator, have both appointed treasurers in recent weeks. Such appointments...
CodeNext opponents sue to get land-use ordinance on November ballot
 Opponents of CodeNext, Austin’s land use code rewrite, sued the city Friday afternoon to try to force a ballot initiative asking voters to make such land-use changes subject to a vote from residents. The suit is the expected next step after Austin City Council members last month declined to place a petition-initiated ordinance on November&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

Opponents of CodeNext, Austin’s land use code rewrite, sued the city Friday afternoon to try to force a ballot initiative asking voters to make such land-use changes subject to a vote from residents. The suit is the expected next step after Austin City Council members last month declined to place a petition-initiated ordinance on November&rsquo...