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Ann Kitchen Not Going Anywhere for Now
City Clerk invalidates petition to recall District 5 council member
News Story  March 10, 2016, by Mac McCann
"...Political action committee Austin4All's angry passion to recall District 5 City Council Member Ann Kitchen has been matched only by their incompetence to actually do it. The recall petition that Austin4All turned in on Feb..."

Ann Kitchen 1, Precourt Sports Ventures Nil
Updating the score in the quest for the Columbus Crew
News Story  February 1, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Chances are, PSV's decision to discontinue its pursuit of the Butler site was the result of a proposed resolution posted by Council Member Ann Kitchen (co-sponsored by Alison Alter, Jimmy Flannigan, and Leslie Pool) to bar any city-owned parkland from being used for private ventures. Though the organization made a feeble attempt to challenge the four CMs – sending a message to local allegiants through their "grassroots" advocacy arm MLS2ATX alleging that "our city leaders are backing down as a result of pressure from a vocal minority, some of whom are from Columbus, Ohio, and who have the obvious motive of killing this move to Austin" – the group ultimately relented..."

Quote of the Week: Ann Kitchen
District 5 council member on Chapter 380 agreements
News Column  September 6, 2018
"...– Council Member Ann Kitchen, last week during Council's consideration of Chapter 380 agreements. See "Support Your Small and Local Businesses," Sept..."

News Roundup: Ann & Astroturf
Clerk stamps DENIED on petition to remove Ann Kitchen
DAILY News  March 7, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...In this week's news roundup: The Police Monitor's office is taking a long time to release its annual report, which many expect to shed light on racial profiling; Council Member Ann Kitchen prevails against dark astroturf forces with the power of clerical oversight; and police and firefighters duke it out in the second annual Battle of the Badges...."

Kitchen's Menu for a Better Austin
Former state rep kicks off District 5 campaign
DAILY News  June 20, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...Former State Rep. Ann Kitchen launched her District 5 City Council campaign Tuesday evening at the Broken Spoke on South Lamar – an apt location for a candidate who focused her kickoff speech on the growing demands of a city in transition...."

Kitchen's District Changes Flavor
Incumbent Kitchen and Republican opponent Todd Baxter spar for seat in reconfigured District 48.
News Story  December 7, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...It's not the same District 48 that she won handily in 1999, but nevertheless Democratic state Rep. Ann Kitchen says she'll seek re-election..."

Kitchen Recall Petitions Submitted
Vote likely to take place in November
News Story  February 25, 2016, by Mac McCann
"...Austin4All, a local political action committee, turned in roughly 5,300 signatures (about 10% more than the required 4,800) late Friday afternoon in support of their petition to force a recall of District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen, whose term lasts through 2018. If there is a recall election, it would likely happen in November, rather than May 7, when Austin voters will vote on the ordinance dealing with regulation of transportation network companies (TNCs)...."

A Hip Girl Hops Into the Kitchen
DIY maven Kate Payne applies her prowess to cooking
Food Story  April 25, 2014, by Jessi Cape
"...Just the thought of maintaining a do-it-yourself-centric household makes some people sweat. Then, like Kate Payne, there are those who seem to have mastered the art of pickling everything from cucumbers to old shoes, making kitchen experiments graceful, and last-minute side dishes delicious..."

Election Notes: It’s a Family Affair ... Again
Susana Almanza's back in D3, and Ann Kitchen has an opponent
News Story  August 9, 2018, by Sarah Marloff, Chase Hoffberger and Austin Sanders
"...• Ann Kitchen finally has an opponent in District 5, and it's ... someone who's running for office because Kitchen hadn't drawn an opponent..."

We Were Once Recalling
Mastermind behind Ann Kitchen recall effort fined $1,900
News Story  July 19, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Council Member Ann Kitchen hasn't drawn any competition in the upcoming election, and it's safe to say the folks behind the most recent effort to dethrone the District 5 CM won't be mounting any new ones. In late June, Joe Basel, who helped found the Austin4All PAC in January of 2016 to recall Kitchen – because she "purposely hurt businesses that employ citizens of Austin" (i.e., opposed the unregulated local operation of transportation network companies) – was fined $1,900 by the Texas Ethics Commission for operating as a political action committee (taking contributions and making expenditures in excess of $500) without having filed a campaign treasurer appointment with the city..."

News Roundup: Police Firings, Uber Conspirings
Police union accuses Acevedo of retaliation
DAILY News  January 25, 2016, by the News Staff
"...In this week's News Roundup: The police union files a complaint for a former officer's missing sick leave pay; who could be behind an effort to recall Council Member Ann Kitchen; Ted Cruz is baffled as to whether he has health insurance; and more ......"

SXSW Interactive: Innovation vs. Regulation in Austin
Local officials weigh in on the Uber/Lyft debate
DAILY SXSW  March 12, 2016, by Ashley Moreno
"...SXSWi panelist and councilmember, Ann Kitchen requested a change to the title of the panel Innovation vs. Regulation in Austin..."

News Roundup: Petitions, Put-Downs, and Peeling Out
Council keeps its eyes on the road
DAILY News  February 1, 2016, by the News Staff
"...In this week's news roundup: a mysterious group seeks signatures to withdraw Council Member Ann Kitchen for her proposed regulations on ride sharing apps; a council member on Twitter accidentally makes public her throwing shade on a neighboring representative; Austin joins a growing list of cities bent on cutting traffic fatalities to zero; and more......"

Naked City
Ann Kitchen bests Mandy Dealey in the Democratic primary for Texas House District 48, and Jill Warren heads into a runoff with fellow Republican Scott Loras.
News Story  March 17, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...Ann Kitchen's pile of endorsements and a strong tie to local politics led her to a surprisingly easy win over Mandy Dealey in the state House District 48 race in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Kitchen, who nabbed 75% of the vote, will now face the winner of a Republican runoff between attorneys Jill Warren and Scott Loras, who took in 34% and 24% of the vote, respectively...."

Living in the Moment
MM Pack profiles legendary foodie Ann Clark.
Food Story  November 8, 2002, by MM Pack
"..."In the Sixties, French kitchens were very spare; they were like little bare laboratories," Clark remembers. "It wasn't that long after World War II, and people still operated very austerely..."

Naked City
Austin freshman Ann Kitchen proves a quick study in her first session at the Texas House of Representatives.
News Story  June 1, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...As a meticulous lawyer who made her living trying to influence public policy, Ann Kitchen was already versed in the bruising world of Capitol politics when she won election last year to Austin's District 48 seat. But when Kitchen crossed the brass bar to the House floor for the first time in January, the freshman representative was instantly relegated to the lowest rung of a seniority-driven ladder...."

¡Sí Se Puede!
How Claudia Alarcón saved Christmas (dinner)
Food Story  August 15, 2008, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Like many first-time homeowners, we had high hopes for the future but very little money. We were able to do little things here and there, such as painting walls, restoring a couple of old windows, adding insulation, fixing roof leaks, and planting a small kitchen garden..."

If You Can't Stand the Heat ...
Republican Jill Warren is behind in the polls and going negative on her Democratic opponent Ann Kitchen, in the race for House District 48 in Travis County.
News Story  October 13, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...October arrived and Austin had heard nary a peep from the campaigns of the only contested state legislative race in the city. Democrat Ann Kitchen and Republican Jill Warren are running for the House seat vacated by Democrat Sheri Greenberg, and the silence is bad news for the Republicans, who face an uphill battle in District 48 -- a north-to-south swath that covers traditional Democratic enclaves in progressive West Austin, and liberal and Hispanic neighborhoods in South Austin...."

Field of Dreamers
Two dems, five gop candidates vie for district 48 race, but the seat is expected to remain Democratic.
News Story  February 4, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...When Sherri Greenberg announced last fall that she would not seek re-election to her District 48 state House seat after a successful 10-year stint, the news awoke a herd of snoozing political hopefuls, particularly a pack of Republicans who scrambled to put together campaigns by the March primary. Perhaps not everyone was so surprised, however, as Democrat Ann Kitchen -- a local businesswoman/attorney who helps health care providers implement public assistance programs -- quickly emerged with a well-organized campaign complete with many of the players who ran Greenberg's efforts in the past. (For instance, Kitchen's husband, Mark Yznaga, ran or consulted on most of Greenberg's campaigns.)..."

Mayor Appoints Council Committees
10-1 Council members begin to take their places
DAILY News  February 10, 2015, by Michael King
"...Sheri Gallo Chair, Leslie Pool Vice Chair, Steve Adler, Greg Casar, Delia Garza, Ora Houston, Ann Kitchen, Sabino Renteria, Kathie Tovo, Ellen Troxclair, Don Zimmerman..."

Dream on, Dream Team
Democrats Fail to Convince Texas
News Story  November 8, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...The Driskill Hotel's elegant second-floor ballroom has hosted better nights. On Tuesday, three separate Democratic campaign gatherings (for Kirk Watson, David Bernsen, and Ann Kitchen) grew more subdued by the hour as muted TV screens displayed an increasingly jubilant GOP crowd just blocks away at the Convention Center..."

Quote of the week: "You, my hyphenated friend, are an ambassador of evil."
Columns  March 17, 2000
"...Kitchen Quality..."

We are wrong, wrong, wrong. So is golf.
Columns  March 10, 2000
"...Kitchen Quality..."

Blacks & whites & various Blues
Columns  August 31, 2001
"...Rep. Ann Kitchen's comment in "Naked City" [Aug..."

Beside the Point: Referendum, Texas
Let's vote on ... something, anything, and all of the time
News Column  July 19, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Referendum votes in Austin are nothing new. For years citizens have tried to determine the fates of single issues at the polls, whether to recall the mayor (Will Wynn, 2005), council members (most recently Ann Kitchen, in 2016; see "We Were Once Recalling," July 20), consider a rail plan (as in 2004), and of course the 2016 battle over regulations for transportation network companies...."

Election Night Live
Up-to-the-minute midterm coverage
DAILY News  November 5, 2014, by the News Staff
"...The @AnnKitchenATX camp now confident of a victory--Kitchen tells me she's "thrilled" to be part of the new, historic city council #ACvotes— Mary Tuma (@TumaTime) November 5, 2014..."

Naked City
Funders gather at Kirk Watson's House, a new campaign finance reform group is born in Austin, and Club DeVille goes Republican.
News Story  August 25, 2000, by Louis Dubose
"...The huge turnout at Ann Kitchen's Monday fundraiser surprised no one, as the event was held in the West Austin home of Mayor Kirk Watson. District Attorney Ronnie Earle, who is again facing Republican challenger Shane Phelps, worked a roomful of lobbyists that included Mike Kelly, Bettie Naylor, Carl Parker, and urban über-lobbyist Pike Powers..."

Naked City
Three high-profile contenders for an open seat on the Travis Co. bench
News Story  December 5, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...(That takeover was further aided by funds from the Texas Association of Business, now being represented by Andy Taylor in its running campaign finance battle with Travis Co. District Attorney Ronnie Earle.) Locally, Maxey decided to leave the Legislature after being paired in the same central-city district as his colleagues Ann Kitchen and Elliott Naishtat; Kitchen herself moved to run in her old Republicanized district, but was defeated by current Rep..."

Council: Like a Room Without a Roof
Council takes on PUD rules and hear late-night STR testimony
News Story  February 4, 2016, by Michael King
"...Council Member Ann Kitchen suggested that maybe the room would need a reprise about 9pm. That turned out to be optimistic..."

This Is the Box We're In
Council doesn't have a budget, but they're cutting it nonetheless
News Story  June 11, 2015, by Michael King
"...None of these efforts are entirely new, and all of them have their own costs and their own timelines. As the work session discussion grew more intense last week – a couple of Council members argued that 5 or 6% is much too small, and most wanted to see this first step as aspirational to a 20% exemption – D5 CM Ann Kitchen asked the mayor (for purposes of public understanding) to explain why Council found itself addressing a homestead exemption (and its potential cost to the overall city budget) long in advance of having any actual FY 2016 budget numbers..."

Oh, Now They Care About Ethics
Former Democratic rep gets $10,000 fine; similar fine for Republican successor was reduced
News Story  January 21, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...But the TEC made a rare exception last week and fined former Rep. Ann Kitchen $10,000 for failing to report in-kind contributions received in her unsuccessful 2002 re-election campaign..."

Lines in the Sand
Austin Legislators Prepare to Redraw Their Own Districts -- While Doing Business as Usual
News Story  January 19, 2001, by Louis Dubose
"...Rep. Ann Kitchen, D-AustinHouse District 48 (Austin)..."

Naked City
With barely a week to go before the primary, District 48 candidates Mandy Dealey and Ann Kitchen square off with local TV ads; meanwhile, the Republican contenders sort themselves out.
News Story  March 3, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...Mandy Dealey and Ann Kitchen are both airing commercials locally to promote their efforts to win the district, which covers a swath of West Austin and much of South Austin. "My knuckles are bruised," says Dealey, adding that it's from knocking on doors to talk to voters, not from any conflict with her opponent...."

Point Austin: About That Puzzle
Council seeks consensus on a still-hatching Downtown project
News Column  September 7, 2017, by Michael King
"...The dust has hardly settled on last Thursday's City Council meeting, when – diverted intermittently by plenty of other business – Council voted unanimously to approve, in principle, allocating 15% (currently about $11 million) of the hotel occupancy tax revenues to "heritage preservation," a catch-all category of historic and cultural resources eligible (under state law) for "tourism-related" funding. That the final vote was unanimous was a surprise, since council members had been in a hot mess over the issue for several days, beginning with a previous work session and reinforced by the day's debate, as sparks flared on the dais between Mayor Steve Adler and the sponsoring council members: Ellen Troxclair, Ann Kitchen, Leslie Pool, and Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo...."

Top 10 City Council Stories
The best from this year's dais
News Story  December 29, 2016, by Michael King
"...8) Less Than Total Recall After Uber and Lyft targeted District 5 CM Ann Kitchen as the sponsor of regulations they disdained, Kitchen became the target of a petition recall effort by right-wing groups that foundered when they failed to follow campaign rules. Better luck – or brains – next time...."

Public Notice: Common Ground?
It's always darkest before the dawn
News Column  February 4, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...• The Recall: A secretive, dishonest, and possibly illegal recall petition campaign against CM Ann Kitchen, loudly proclaimed but still not brought to fruition, literally brought the council together Monday morning, with nine of them (all but Ellen Troxclair and Uncle Don) standing up with her to reject the idea that this is an acceptable tactic. The CMs have some deep policy differences; this attack from the outside helped them see some common ground as well...."

Mobility Committee Talks TNC Regs
TNC proposals now move to full Council
News Story  October 15, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...City Council's Mobility Committee met last week for preliminary discussions on what the framework for transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft will look like moving forward, now that the industry's one-year pilot program is expiring. Committee chair Ann Kitchen laid out two primary plans, centered around permitting costs and accountability, that she expects to serve as the framework for eventual tweaks as the resolution gets readied for Council...."

Austin City Election
Endorsements for mayor and Council
News Story  October 16, 2014, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...He should be particularly successful in representing the rising demographic of District 4, the many working-class immigrants and young families who are making Austin home and transforming the central city. It is a difficult choice, but on balance we recommend the spirited outreach and engagement of Casar. District 5: Ann Kitchen..."

New Plan Aims to Heal Insurance Ills of Small Biz
Nonprofit launches project to help small businesses provide health coverage
News Story  October 17, 2008, by Diana Welch
"..."Most of my employees were like, 'Podiatry? Who goes to a podiatrist?' They want coverage for prevention and stuff like chiropractic care. Meanwhile, I'm like, 'Let's also make sure we have emergency coverage, because there sure are a lot of knives in that kitchen.'"..."

Return of the White Woman Dem
After 4-year drought, Donna Howard's swearing in signals Legislative return of rare species in Texas politics
News Story  March 10, 2006, by Amy Smith
"...Even former state Rep. Ann Kitchen was so delighted over the Democrats' rare win in the House that the "white girl factor" had escaped her notice..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  November 1, 2002
"...Kitchen & Courage..."

News Story  February 25, 2000
"...State Representative, Dist. 48 Ann Kitchen..."

Naked City
Candidates line up to run for Rep. Sherri Greenberg's seat; Austin police disagree with Chief Stan Knee's defense of officer who entered Matthew McConaughey's home; LGRL's Dianne Hardy-Garcia is off to Washington to organize a big march, BFI has received its valuation in the city's condemnation process.
News Story  November 12, 1999, by Amy Smith
"...When Austin Rep. Sherri Greenberg made official what had been rumored for months -- that she would not seek re-election to the Texas House of Reps, the name that emerged as her most likely successor was that of Ann Kitchen..."

Uber On the Offensive
APD is investigating claims that seven Uber and Lyft drivers sexually assaulted their riders between April and August
News Story  November 19, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The news, which broke Friday, came just before Council's Mobility Committee readied a Monday conversation concerning the future of transportation network companies (TNCs) in Austin. Previous meetings had indicated that the committee – chaired by District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen – would recommend that Council adopt regulations that would require TNCs to pay annual administrative fees to the city (either per car or a percentage of gross revenue), and mandate that drivers be subject to city-run background and fingerprint checks..."

So What – Now?
The TRMPAC trial concludes, as the fight continues over the 2002 Lege races
News Column  March 11, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...Five Democrats, including former Austin Rep. Ann Kitchen, subsequently sued three TRMPAC officers after losing their races to Republican candidates who benefited from the PAC's efforts..."

The Chronicle Endorsements, Nov. 2002
The Chronicle endorses for the 2002 November general election
News Story  October 25, 2002
"...What has he done for us lately? Well, for one, he stuck it to local Democrats during redistricting, but ensured his own re-election by retaining a sufficient amount of GOP flavor in his new district.Texas House, Dist. 48: Ann Kitchen We endorsed Kitchen two years ago for several reasons: her experience in setting health care policy, her ability to articulate her positions on issues, and her leadership potential as an Austin delegate..."

Naked City
Rep. Ann Kitchen prepares to file a pipeline safety bill. Judge Sam Sparks questions the Longhorn Pipeline permit process. Ken Herman goes after a Pulitzer Prize.
News Story  February 9, 2001, by Louis Dubose
"...Ann Kitchen must sense that her timing is right. The freshman Democratic state rep from Austin has drafted a bill that would impose safety restrictions on pipelines -- including old pipelines re-permitted to carry a hazardous product..."

Council: Come Get Loopy
Life on the dais, for quite a while
News Story  May 3, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Council members had their own problems with the prioritization matrix. Ann Kitchen, in particular, tried to alter the resolution's language to give the office flexibility to analyze transit improvements on South Lamar, pointing out that focusing energy on one part of South Lamar instead of another would make more sense for her constituents..."

Public Notice: Ask a Silly Question
The faux democracy of online push-polling
News Column  October 8, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...As one of its final actions before leaving office, the last city council pushed through a set of interim regulations enabling trans­port­ation network companies (TNCs) such as Lyft and Uber to operate in Austin pretty much on their own terms – little or no oversight on pricing, insurance, inspections, driver checks, and other topics – with the proviso that Coun­cil revisit the regs in one year. Fast forward one year, and the City Council's Mobility Committee, under chair CM Ann Kitchen, was set to begin that review process at its meeting this Wednesday, Oct..."

Public Notice: Speed Limit?
City government: Rebuilt in two weeks
News Column  February 12, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...Housing & Community Development: Pio Renteria (c), Ann Kitchen (vc), Greg Casar, Sheri Gallo..."

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