City of Austin
Council not anxious to publish financial disclosures
City officials’ personal financial disclosures are meant to reveal whether they have substantial conflicts of interest in policy matters that they handle, such as a...
The wrong side of town
Almost two years after Winter Storm Uri crippled the unprepared Texas electric system and knocked out power to 40 percent of buildings, Winter Storm...
Charter proposal would discourage grassroots democracy
Council Member Ryan Alter has proposed appointing a 2024 Charter Review Commission to study the signature threshold to get something on the ballot by...
Convention Center plans to retain staff during four years of inactivity
City staff employed by the Convention Center Department could remain on the payroll for four to five years despite closure of the Convention Center itself, according to departmental plans.
City staff failed to stop mayor from misusing city resources
City staff failed to prevent Mayor Steve Adler from making candidate endorsements that were aired live on a city-run television station last December, on the first day of early voting, even though he told them beforehand that that’s what he intended to do when he got in front of the cameras.
Extended outages put manager’s job on thin ice
Special-called council meeting to evaluate his employment Spencer Cronk, 43, has been Austin’s city manager since February 2018, slightly more than five years. That makes...
Austin’s got a $2 million mayor
This story was updated at 4:14pm January 26th to correct the statement made about Jennifer Virden’s total spending. The $220,000 she repaid to herself...
Criminal complaints hit Mayor Adler on final days in office
Mayor Steve Adler’s final day in office is this Friday, but he’s getting kicked in the seat of his pants as he leaves. Criminal complaints were filed against him late today for using city resources to publicly endorse council candidates in the December 13th runoffs.