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

Judge orders CodeNext petition on the ballot
 The CodeNext petition ordinance will appear on November’s ballot after a judge on Monday overturned previous action by the Austin City Council. In her order, Travis County state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo ruled it was premature for the City Council to prevent Austin residents from voting on the petition ordinance. “We are...

Posted: 3 days ago

The CodeNext petition ordinance will appear on November’s ballot after a judge on Monday overturned previous action by the Austin City Council. In her order, Travis County state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo ruled it was premature for the City Council to prevent Austin residents from voting on the petition ordinance. “We are...
Austin Mayor Adler’s fundraising tops $574,000, Morrison raises $92,000
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler has raised $291,500 for his re-election campaign since January, plus more than $283,000 in late 2017, easily eclipsing rival Laura Morrison’s fundraising. Adler’s latest campaign finance report filed Monday showed that the mayor’s fundraising has continued unabated since his re-election campaign...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has raised $291,500 for his re-election campaign since January, plus more than $283,000 in late 2017, easily eclipsing rival Laura Morrison’s fundraising. Adler’s latest campaign finance report filed Monday showed that the mayor’s fundraising has continued unabated since his re-election campaign...
Judge orders CodeNext petition ordinance on the ballot
 The CodeNext petition ordinance will appear on November’s ballot and likely pour kerosene on Austin City Council elections this year just as campaign season begins to ramp up. Travis County state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo issued the order on Monday ruling that it was premature for the Austin City Council to deny the petition ordinance...

Posted: 3 days ago

The CodeNext petition ordinance will appear on November’s ballot and likely pour kerosene on Austin City Council elections this year just as campaign season begins to ramp up. Travis County state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo issued the order on Monday ruling that it was premature for the Austin City Council to deny the petition ordinance...
Membership rules for Austin Planning Commission both restrictive, rare
 When Austin voters went to the ballot box in the spring of 1994, they were inundated by nearly two dozen proposition questions regarding possible changes to the city’s charter. One of the 22 items was yet another an attempt to establish single-member districts for the Austin City Council. That proposition failed. So did Proposition...

Posted: 5 days ago

When Austin voters went to the ballot box in the spring of 1994, they were inundated by nearly two dozen proposition questions regarding possible changes to the city’s charter. One of the 22 items was yet another an attempt to establish single-member districts for the Austin City Council. That proposition failed. So did Proposition...
Petition filed to require an efficiency audit of Austin City Hall
 Another petition has been filed with the city of Austin that could place an initiative before Austin voters this November. But this one has nothing to do with CodeNext. On Thursday, organizers with the political action committee Citizens for an Accountable Austin filed a petition with more than 33,000 signatures calling for an outside audit...

Posted: 6 days ago

Another petition has been filed with the city of Austin that could place an initiative before Austin voters this November. But this one has nothing to do with CodeNext. On Thursday, organizers with the political action committee Citizens for an Accountable Austin filed a petition with more than 33,000 signatures calling for an outside audit...
Austin Mayor Adler accused of crossing U.S.-Mexico border illegally
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler has been accused by federal authorities of illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border last month during a trip to a Tornillo tent city housing migrant children, according to a report by Fox News. Fox News published the story Wednesday, citing a letter U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials sent to New York police...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has been accused by federal authorities of illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border last month during a trip to a Tornillo tent city housing migrant children, according to a report by Fox News. Fox News published the story Wednesday, citing a letter U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials sent to New York police...
Report: Mayor Adler accused of crossing U.S.-Mexico border illegally
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler has been accused by federal authorities of illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border during a trip to a Tornillo tent city last month, according to a report from Fox News. Fox News published the story on Wednesday, focusing it on a letter U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials sent to New York City Mayor...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has been accused by federal authorities of illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border during a trip to a Tornillo tent city last month, according to a report from Fox News. Fox News published the story on Wednesday, focusing it on a letter U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials sent to New York City Mayor...
Attorney general sues to oust eight Austin Planning Commission members
 When Northwest Austin resident Patricia Seeger was asked in 2009 to voluntarily join an Austin land-use commission, she thought the opportunity could help her spread smart, responsible development across the city. It was a chance to give back to the community she had come to embrace after moving here from the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years...

Posted: 16 days ago

When Northwest Austin resident Patricia Seeger was asked in 2009 to voluntarily join an Austin land-use commission, she thought the opportunity could help her spread smart, responsible development across the city. It was a chance to give back to the community she had come to embrace after moving here from the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years...
UPDATE: City will represent Planning Commissioners Paxton wants ousted
 1:25 p.m. update: The city of Austin will represent the eight members of the embattled Planning Commission that Attorney General Ken Paxton is seeking to have ousted from the influential land use board. In an emailed statement, the city confirmed that it will be involved in court hearings related to the suit that Paxton’s office...

Posted: 17 days ago

1:25 p.m. update: The city of Austin will represent the eight members of the embattled Planning Commission that Attorney General Ken Paxton is seeking to have ousted from the influential land use board. In an emailed statement, the city confirmed that it will be involved in court hearings related to the suit that Paxton’s office...
After CodeNext debate shifts to courtroom, next move rests with judge
 The next step in the lengthy and costly CodeNext process now rests with state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo. On Monday, Naranjo presided over a roughly four-hour hearing on a lawsuit that seeks to force an election regarding CodeNext, the comprehensive rewrite of Austin’s land-use code. Upon the hearing’s conclusion inside the...

Posted: 17 days ago

The next step in the lengthy and costly CodeNext process now rests with state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo. On Monday, Naranjo presided over a roughly four-hour hearing on a lawsuit that seeks to force an election regarding CodeNext, the comprehensive rewrite of Austin’s land-use code. Upon the hearing’s conclusion inside the...
UPDATE: Judge will weigh arguments after concluding CodeNext hearing
 12:50 p.m. update: No ruling was made Monday in the ongoing lawsuit surrounding CodeNext and the possibility of the controversial land use rewrite being put to a vote. State District Court Judge Orlinda Naranjo said she understood the short timeline revolving around the suit that seeks to have a CodeNext petition ordinance put on November&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

12:50 p.m. update: No ruling was made Monday in the ongoing lawsuit surrounding CodeNext and the possibility of the controversial land use rewrite being put to a vote. State District Court Judge Orlinda Naranjo said she understood the short timeline revolving around the suit that seeks to have a CodeNext petition ordinance put on November&rsquo...