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.

Latest from Philip Jankowski

TRAFFIC ALERT: Multiple lanes shut down at Texas 130 and U.S. 79
 The Williamson County sheriff’s office has reported that several lanes have been shutdown at the intersection of U.S. 79 and the Texas 130 toll road frontage due to a crash involving an 18-wheeler and another vehicle. Some minor injuries have been reported, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office first reported the...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Williamson County sheriff’s office has reported that several lanes have been shutdown at the intersection of U.S. 79 and the Texas 130 toll road frontage due to a crash involving an 18-wheeler and another vehicle. Some minor injuries have been reported, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office first reported the...
Police: Del Valle man charged with murder in girlfriend’s strangulation
 Austin police have charged a 25-year-old man with murder after they say he strangled his girlfriend to death on Saturday and then tried to escape a police interrogation room after his arrest. An affidavit from Austin police homicide investigators states that Edmundo Cisneroz killed Rosa Hernandez, 36, at their home in the 9600 block of Bear...

Posted: 20 days ago

Austin police have charged a 25-year-old man with murder after they say he strangled his girlfriend to death on Saturday and then tried to escape a police interrogation room after his arrest. An affidavit from Austin police homicide investigators states that Edmundo Cisneroz killed Rosa Hernandez, 36, at their home in the 9600 block of Bear...
As finish line looms, CodeNext struggles down challenge-filled road
 When Matt Lewis took charge of CodeNext in 2015, he saw a chance to indelibly shape Austin’s future by directing the massive rewrite of the city’s land-use code. Flush with anticipation, Lewis ordered hats, shirts, stickers and bags, all marked with the green CodeNext logo. “I was excited,” he said. Nearly three years...

Posted: 21 days ago

When Matt Lewis took charge of CodeNext in 2015, he saw a chance to indelibly shape Austin’s future by directing the massive rewrite of the city’s land-use code. Flush with anticipation, Lewis ordered hats, shirts, stickers and bags, all marked with the green CodeNext logo. “I was excited,” he said. Nearly three years...
Austin City Council turns aside push for public referendum on CodeNext
 The City Council on Thursday voted against placing a petition ordinance on November’s ballot that would have asked Austin voters if they wanted to see CodeNext put to a public vote. The vote sets up a likely legal challenge to the council’s action. Local attorney Fred Lewis, one of the leaders behind the petition that garnered...

Posted: 24 days ago

The City Council on Thursday voted against placing a petition ordinance on November’s ballot that would have asked Austin voters if they wanted to see CodeNext put to a public vote. The vote sets up a likely legal challenge to the council’s action. Local attorney Fred Lewis, one of the leaders behind the petition that garnered...
Austin City Council votes against holding CodeNext election
 5:24 p.m. update: The Austin City Council on Thursday voted against placing a petition ordinance on November’s ballot that would have asked if CodeNext should be put to a vote. The vote sets up a likely legal challenge to the council’s action. Local attorney Fred Lewis, one of the leaders behind the petition that garnered...

Posted: 24 days ago

5:24 p.m. update: The Austin City Council on Thursday voted against placing a petition ordinance on November’s ballot that would have asked if CodeNext should be put to a vote. The vote sets up a likely legal challenge to the council’s action. Local attorney Fred Lewis, one of the leaders behind the petition that garnered...
In his first 100 days, Cronk’s ‘listening tour’ interrupted by a crisis
 It appears the only certainty Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk can count on each day is that he likely won’t get much sleep. Like most days, Tuesday dawned for him as a nearly 12-hour plus workday, but Cronk, the city’s top bureaucrat and the most powerful person at City Hall, said he isn’t bothered by the workload. &ldquo...

Posted: 26 days ago

It appears the only certainty Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk can count on each day is that he likely won’t get much sleep. Like most days, Tuesday dawned for him as a nearly 12-hour plus workday, but Cronk, the city’s top bureaucrat and the most powerful person at City Hall, said he isn’t bothered by the workload. &ldquo...
Must be 21 to buy tobacco? Some City Council members like the idea
 Four members of the Austin City Council on Wednesday mulled whether the city should raise the minimum age for people to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The council members appeared to be united in their support of the change, but they took no official action. “I think it is compelling, and I hope it is something we take consideration of...

8:59 PM Wednesday, May. 16, 2018

Four members of the Austin City Council on Wednesday mulled whether the city should raise the minimum age for people to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The council members appeared to be united in their support of the change, but they took no official action. “I think it is compelling, and I hope it is something we take consideration of...
To be or not to be: CodeNext’s future diverges in city commissions
 With two weeks to go before CodeNext lands in the hands of the Austin City Council, the two city commissions tasked with making final recommendations about the attempt to rewrite Austin’s land use and zoning code have veered in sharply different directions. The embattled Planning Commission, which generally reviews zoning cases within...

11:22 PM Monday, May. 14, 2018

With two weeks to go before CodeNext lands in the hands of the Austin City Council, the two city commissions tasked with making final recommendations about the attempt to rewrite Austin’s land use and zoning code have veered in sharply different directions. The embattled Planning Commission, which generally reviews zoning cases within...
Flannigan’s tweets about $50,000 earmark sparks City Council dust-up
 Tossing out several meeting tweets during Thursday night’s Austin City Council meeting, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan questioned the propriety of an earmark put forth by fellow Council Member Kathie Tovo that would set aside $50,000 for a community development corporation she founded. Flannigan’s tweets led to a brief dust-up...

10:48 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

Tossing out several meeting tweets during Thursday night’s Austin City Council meeting, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan questioned the propriety of an earmark put forth by fellow Council Member Kathie Tovo that would set aside $50,000 for a community development corporation she founded. Flannigan’s tweets led to a brief dust-up...
Flannigan’s tweets during Austin City Council meeting causes dust up
 Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan’s tweets Thursday night during a meeting of the city council caused a brief dust up at the meeting’s conclusion. Flannigan had called into question the propriety of Council Member Kathie Tovo’s amendment in a zoning case that directed $50,000 to a community development corporation...

4:21 AM Friday, May. 11, 2018

Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan’s tweets Thursday night during a meeting of the city council caused a brief dust up at the meeting’s conclusion. Flannigan had called into question the propriety of Council Member Kathie Tovo’s amendment in a zoning case that directed $50,000 to a community development corporation...
Workers’ rights group urges dismissal of suit opposing paid sick leave
 The Workers Defense Project, a nonprofit that was heavily involved in the creation of a city ordinance that mandates paid sick leave, called Thursday for a lawsuit challenging the law to be dropped. The Austin City Council passed the ordinance in February, when the state capital became the first city in Texas to require employers to provide...

11:14 PM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

The Workers Defense Project, a nonprofit that was heavily involved in the creation of a city ordinance that mandates paid sick leave, called Thursday for a lawsuit challenging the law to be dropped. The Austin City Council passed the ordinance in February, when the state capital became the first city in Texas to require employers to provide...