Taylor Goldenstein

Travis/Hays counties reporter

Taylor Goldenstein covers Travis and Hays counties and is also a breaking news reporter on Saturdays. Previously, she reported for the Los Angeles Times, where she contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning San Bernardino shooting coverage, as well as the Chicago Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. She hails from Buffalo Grove, a suburb of Chicago, and is a proud University of Illinois alumna. She joined the Statesman in September 2016. Follow her on Twitter @taygoldenstein.

Latest from Taylor Goldenstein

After reconsidering, Travis County decides women’s jail still necessary
 Five months after activists held up a Travis County Commissioners Court vote on initial funding of a new women’s jail facility as they pushed instead for more diversion programs, identical funding reappeared in a preliminary budget that staffers presented at a budget hearing Thursday. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has said the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Five months after activists held up a Travis County Commissioners Court vote on initial funding of a new women’s jail facility as they pushed instead for more diversion programs, identical funding reappeared in a preliminary budget that staffers presented at a budget hearing Thursday. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has said the...
After reconsidering, Travis County decides women’s jail still necessary
 Five months after activists held up a Travis County Commissioners Court vote on initial funding of a new women’s jail facility as they pushed instead for more diversion programs, identical funding reappeared in a preliminary budget that staffers presented at a budget hearing Thursday. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has said the...

Posted: 3 days ago

Five months after activists held up a Travis County Commissioners Court vote on initial funding of a new women’s jail facility as they pushed instead for more diversion programs, identical funding reappeared in a preliminary budget that staffers presented at a budget hearing Thursday. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has said the...
Travis County to purchase $8 million paper trail voting system
 It may not be the first-of-its-kind, open-source software voting system that Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has been after for more than a decade, but the county will have a voting system with a paper trail by the November 2019 election. County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of an about $8.2 million electronic...

Posted: 6 days ago

It may not be the first-of-its-kind, open-source software voting system that Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has been after for more than a decade, but the county will have a voting system with a paper trail by the November 2019 election. County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of an about $8.2 million electronic...
Travis County approves purchase of $8M paper-trail voting system
 It might not be the first-of-its-kind, open-source software voting system that Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has sought for more than a decade, but the county will have a voting system with a paper trail by the November 2019 election. Travis County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of an about $8.2 million electronic...

Posted: 6 days ago

It might not be the first-of-its-kind, open-source software voting system that Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has sought for more than a decade, but the county will have a voting system with a paper trail by the November 2019 election. Travis County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of an about $8.2 million electronic...
NEW: Two displaced after house fire in Northwest Austin; none injured
 5 p.m. update: Two people were displaced and staying with friends after a house fire in Northwest Austin on Sunday, officials said. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire to the home in the 8000 block of Cima Oak Lane is still unknown, Austin Fire Department officials said. The fire caused about $100,000 in damage to the structure...

Posted: 8 days ago

5 p.m. update: Two people were displaced and staying with friends after a house fire in Northwest Austin on Sunday, officials said. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire to the home in the 8000 block of Cima Oak Lane is still unknown, Austin Fire Department officials said. The fire caused about $100,000 in damage to the structure...
FORECAST: Temps continue to hover below 100, afternoon storms possible
 Sunday will bring more temps just below 100 degrees and a slight chance of storms in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday will be partly sunny and hot with a high near 99 degrees, and heat index values as high as 105 degrees. After 2 p.m., there will be 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The chance...

Posted: 8 days ago

Sunday will bring more temps just below 100 degrees and a slight chance of storms in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday will be partly sunny and hot with a high near 99 degrees, and heat index values as high as 105 degrees. After 2 p.m., there will be 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The chance...
Travis County now shielding more than 1,500 acres of wild Hill Country
 Developers mail Michael Murphy letters every week or so, imploring him to sell his 397-acre Dripping Springs property, Los Madrones Ranch, which he named after the madrone evergreens that dot the land, so striking with their deep orange, flaky bark. While he very likely could have made millions more doing just that, Murphy and his wife, Julie...

Posted: 9 days ago

Developers mail Michael Murphy letters every week or so, imploring him to sell his 397-acre Dripping Springs property, Los Madrones Ranch, which he named after the madrone evergreens that dot the land, so striking with their deep orange, flaky bark. While he very likely could have made millions more doing just that, Murphy and his wife, Julie...
24/7 sobering center in downtown Austin to open this fall
 The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center will open its doors on a limited basis in late August before it officially launches in October, executive director Rhonda Patrick said Tuesday. The center, designed to give law enforcement and emergency medical staff an alternative destination for intoxicated individuals other than jail or a hospital...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center will open its doors on a limited basis in late August before it officially launches in October, executive director Rhonda Patrick said Tuesday. The center, designed to give law enforcement and emergency medical staff an alternative destination for intoxicated individuals other than jail or a hospital...
24/7 sobriety center coming to Austin this fall — and service is free
 The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center will open its doors on a limited basis in late August before it officially launches in October, Executive Director Rhonda Patrick said Tuesday. The center, designed to give law enforcement and emergency medical staff an alternative destination for intoxicated individuals other than jail or a hospital...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center will open its doors on a limited basis in late August before it officially launches in October, Executive Director Rhonda Patrick said Tuesday. The center, designed to give law enforcement and emergency medical staff an alternative destination for intoxicated individuals other than jail or a hospital...
Mammograms or primary care? Future of Big Pink Bus up in the air
 Marva Overton, executive director of the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas, thought it was a bit strange in February when the Seton Healthcare Family rescheduled a couple of events that were expected to include the Big Pink Bus, its free, mobile mammography unit. Her organization, among others, had been working with the...

Posted: 17 days ago

Marva Overton, executive director of the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas, thought it was a bit strange in February when the Seton Healthcare Family rescheduled a couple of events that were expected to include the Big Pink Bus, its free, mobile mammography unit. Her organization, among others, had been working with the...
City engineer: Shoal Creek landslide repairs to take until early 2019
 Repairs to the bluff over Shoal Creek in Central Austin that crumbled in a landslide in May are likely to start in a few months, a city official said at a meeting Thursday night. Mike Kelly, the managing engineer for the city’s Watershed Protection Department, said construction should begin by October and will take about six months...

Posted: 25 days ago

Repairs to the bluff over Shoal Creek in Central Austin that crumbled in a landslide in May are likely to start in a few months, a city official said at a meeting Thursday night. Mike Kelly, the managing engineer for the city’s Watershed Protection Department, said construction should begin by October and will take about six months...