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Chronicle Endorsements
Dec. 11 Run-off Election; Early Voting Nov. 29-Dec. 7
News Story  November 21, 2018, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...The run-off has given our Editorial Board reason to reconvene and reflect on the recommendations which follow. For more information, visit our Elections page at"

Point Austin: Giving Thanks
In the spirit of the season, a few celebrations
News Column  November 21, 2018, by Michael King
"...For the Season: The King household is already easing into the holidays this week, with visiting family and friends, and with others checking in from all over the country. Chronicle colleagues are on an accelerated schedule – by the time you read this they will have put to bed an early Thanksgiving issue, and will be taking a few days off from the whirlwind of news and city beats..."

East Austin Studio Tour: The Eureka Room
Hey, pssssst, citizen: Wanna have your mind blown?
DAILY Arts  November 8, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Mike Stefanik is the man responsible for that Austin Events Calendar that hangs on so many local walls and lets people know what’s coming, big-eventwise, throughout the year. I know this, because he always sends over a bunch of calendars to the Chronicle offices, via his pal Kristine Tofte (who used to work at the Chron, but recently left to toil in the commercial depths of KXAN)...."

Austin Water Issues Boil Notice
When will we get good water back? Good question.
DAILY News  October 23, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger and the News Staff

Chronicle Endorsements: City Council
Who should sit on the next dais
News Story  October 18, 2018, by The Chronicle Editorial Board

Chronicle Endorsements: City Propositions
Up or down, yes or no
News Story  October 18, 2018, by The Chronicle Editorial Board

Chronicle Endorsements: Austin ISD and Austin Community College Boards
School’s in session
News Story  October 18, 2018, by The Chronicle Editorial Board

MLS in Austin: Everybody Wins!
Browns owner saves Crew; new Austin FC side by 2021
DAILY News  October 12, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison, Austin Sanders and Nick Barbaro
"...Council Member Leslie Pool, who opposes the stadium deal and represents District 7 where the McKalla Place site is located, offered a less enthusiastic take on the news. “Austin may still get an expansion team, which is also good news for Austin sports fans,” she told the Chronicle Friday..."

Austin Filmmakers’ Waking Nightmares
They're just making a movie. What could possibly go wrong?
Screens Story  October 4, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."This is where this coming-of-age story turns on the director herself. In the middle of the night (at 4pm) and at a very dark hour in crew morale, I found myself on the phone with one of our executives, the Chronicle's own Louis Black..."

Introducing Austin's Pre-Gaming Beers of 2018
Some suds to keep your tailgate up to date
Features Story  August 30, 2018, by Eric Puga
"...Here at the Chronicle, we're inclined to present you with Austin's newest class of tailgating beers. Yes, there are still the legends of the parking lot, like Austin Beerworks' Pearl Snap, Hops & Grain's Zoe, and Live Oak Pilz, so if you decline to heed any new potables this season in favor of these icons, fine..."

Austin's Next Shot at Ending Homelessness
Thanks to an infusion of philanthropic cash, the city and its iTeam embark on a new effort
News Story  August 23, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Since 1985, the city, the Community Advancement Network, and now ECHO have produced at least five different plans to "fight," and then "address," and now "end" homelessness. (This reporter's very first Chronicle story, in 1991, involved what was termed even back then a "crisis" in Downtown homelessness.) At the July ECHO event, Adler claimed that Austin is "an innovative city that gets things done, and done quickly." Well, maybe we are now..."

Austin Pride Parade and Parties
PHOTO GALLERY  August 13, 2018
"...Chronicle team: Nina Hernandez (l), Sarah Marloff, and Jana Birchum..."

How Austin's Queer Community Supports Its Own
How Austin's LGBTQ community supports each other
Arts Story  August 9, 2018, by Sarah Marloff, Charlie Neddo and Beth Sullivan
"...As the Chronicle has covered (see "The State of Trans Health Care," April 14, 2017), Western health care often excludes, dissects, and stigmatizes members of the QTPOC community, and those negative actions can extend beyond doctors' offices and into yoga, herbal, and other self-care classes, which are frequently led by white people. Although some QTPOC folks have found healing in these spaces, others find them isolating and – at worst – retraumatizing...."

Is Austin, Literally, Hot as Hell Today?
You know: Literally … as in, not figuratively?
DAILY News  July 23, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Science, placing its grubby mitts all over the body of faith, estimates that Hell (if it’s really underground, after all; if it’s wayyyyyyyy down deep in the center of the planet) must be somewhere between 9,000 and 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Which temperature the gravel-strewn parking lot behind the Chronicle offices has yet to reach this day – and we assume that the same holds true for the rest of our fair city...."

Brian Manley: “Austin’s Next Police Chief”
APD vet expects appointment Thursday at Council
News Story  June 14, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Austin Justice Coali­tion co-founder Chas Moore stood behind Cronk and Manley at the press conference, and afterwards, offered tepid support. "I can live with it," he confided to Chronicle reporter Nina Hernandez...."

The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Actor/director Norman Blumensaadt, dance artists Kathy Dunn Hamrick and Anuradha Naimpally, and philanthropists Jeanne and Michael Klein join the ranks of cultural heroes
Arts Story  May 24, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...And they do evolve. As Chronicle Dance writer Jonelle Seitz observed, each work seems "more sophisticated, more human, more poignant, and more important than the last..."

Andrew Romero out at Austin Police Association
APA vice president suspended 20 days from APD, resigns from union post
News Story  May 10, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Shortly after the news went public, Romero texted Chronicle News Editor Chase Hoffberger: "My behavior last November was wrong. I immediately apologized to whom I offended and am grateful they have accepted my sincere apology..."

CodeNEXT Public Hearings Open to Austin Residents
When and where you can give feedback on the land use code rewrite
DAILY News  April 18, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Stay up-to-date with all the Chronicle's civics listings at Chron Events...."

Five Recommended Arts Events In Austin This Weekend
Right before all those, you know, festivals rock the city sideways
DAILY Arts  April 13, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...So we’re gonna suggest a thing that’s 1) free and 2) less sensational-and-interactive – but nonetheless an absolute delight to partake of on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon: Ragnar Kjartansson’s S.S. Hangover gig at Laguna Gloria, as recently reviewed right here by your Chronicle’s relentlessly on-the-spot musicmonger Kevin Curtin...."

Soccer in Austin: The Road to Realness
What'll happen at McKalla Place? Good question.
News Story  April 5, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...The McKalla site is nestled into a block of land surrounded by Burnet, Braker, Metric, and Rutland Drive, with narrow access directly onto Burnet, and PSV will need to run a traffic impact analysis and work with business owners in the area to sort out how cars will get in and out. Speaking with the Chronicle last week, local politico David Butts (contracted to handle outreach for PSV here in Austin) also floated the idea that fans could park at the Domain and walk the roughly two miles to the stadium – a big ask during the summer – or get there via shuttle, should PSV form some kind of park-and-ride partnership with that arcology...."

Changes Ahead for Austin Pride
New president, new weekend?
News Story  April 5, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Though Pride has plans to move to Auditorium Shores, that's unlikely to happen this year. Instead, the fest is expected to return to Fiesta Gardens, but its signature late summer date is currently reserved by the Chronicle's own Hot Sauce Festival, of all things...."

The Problem With K2, Downtown Austin’s Most Dangerous Drug
APD cannot depend on big busts alone to solve the problem
News Story  March 14, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Most of those cases have occurred within the city's Downtown area, particularly along the Red River district that includes both the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless and the bustling entertainment district that borders the ARCH to its south and east. Last February, Chronicle Music columnist Kevin Curtin reported several members of that community at their wit's end with the way K2 was wreaking havoc on the area..."

Playback: The Austin Music Industry Awards Come of Age
Kevin Curtin reverses his “awards are bullshit” stance
Music Column  March 1, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...It was long overdue for the Pete Rose of Austin music scribes – the best never honored. A testament to his transcendent talent, after decades penning columns in the Chronicle, Statesman, and Dallas Morning News, "Corky" got the most votes at a time when Facebook remains his foremost publication...."

Austin Free-Net to Be Replaced?
California company slated to replace local digital literacy org
News Story  March 1, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Griffiths contacted the Chronicle to stress her local ties, saying she's now a resident of the Austin area (she moved to Lago Vista this summer) and employs two full-time staff in the city. And although CTN is based in California, it is an "organization with a strategy to expand its programs nationally," wrote Griffiths..."

Five Movies to See in Austin This Week
Your weekly film guide for Feb. 23 through March 1
DAILY Chron Events  February 23, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...Cool? The cats of Istanbul shine in this affecting doc that celebrates a spot on Earth where an odd symbiosis between humanity and felines have flourished for centuries. As Chronicle film critic (and crazy cat lady) Steve Davis notes, “As the raconteurs frequently attest, the street kitties profiled in the film possess distinctive personalities and character traits that endear them to the people they adopt..."

Southern Heights Brewing Co. Ascends Into the Austin Beer Scene
Local brewpub reaches for the highest heights
Food Story  February 15, 2018, by Eric Puga
"...The Chronicle is hosting a party at Southern Heights to celebrate our Pet Issue, Sunday, Feb. 18, 1-3pm..."

Mike Clark-Madison Named Publisher of Austin Monitor
Former Chronicle writer and editor becomes third to run local site
News Story  February 8, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Nevertheless, he has remained active in city issues, in recent years serving at City Hall on the Task Force on Community Engagement, the Central Texas chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Urban Renewal Board. (As best we can recall, MCM is the only individual to serve on a city board or commission while working at the Chronicle; as a part of both the Library Commission and Bond Oversight Committee.) In a post to the Monitor's site, he briefly mentioned the merits of "watchdog" journalism before throwing a more extended nod to the online pub's signature "explanatory service journalism," saying: "Engaged citizens need and want info that will help them understand this complicated and constantly changing city..."

Point Austin: Sick and Tired
Council moves toward commonsense ordinance, despite business resistance
News Column  February 8, 2018, by Michael King
"..."An employer shall grant an employee one hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked for the employer." That's the fundamental provision of the "paid sick time" ordinance that will come before City Council next week – what would seem to be an unremarkable (and quite limited) accommodation for the undeniable fact that human beings occasionally fall ill. As the Chronicle's Mary Tuma reported earlier this year, the Texas flu season has been especially harsh, with more cases than usual statewide and in Travis County. [inset-1-right]..."

Austin Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos
Dude ranch antics make this reimagining of Strauss too busy, but when the music takes center stage, it’s gorgeous
Arts Review  February 1, 2018, by Robi Polgar
"...In Part One, as the various artists and their handlers deal with one another and the dude ranch hierarchy (full disclosure: Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires plays the Manager of the Ranch), the result is a visual cacophony that, although meticulously staged by Jennifer Williams, overwhelms. Where to look? Which character to follow? What to listen to? Strauss' music gets buried under antic activity and a sense that Rourke was cramming English lyrics into once melodious measures...."

Split Decision for Austin Film Critics Association
Get Out, The Shape of Water top local critic awards
Screens Story  January 11, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The AFCA represents film critics for Austin print and online publications, TV, and radio. Chronicle reviewers Marjorie Baumgarten, Kimberley Jones, Josh Kupecki, Marc Savlov, and Richard Whittaker are all members..."

Point Austin: Double Top Secret Probation
City Council goes on a snipe hunt, and is left holding the bag
News Column  December 7, 2017, by Michael King
"...Although in the past the Chronicle has indeed sued the city when it seemed necessary – that's how we acquired a copy of the ludicrous 1992 APD report summarizing the department's credulous "investigation" of satanic abuse charges against Fran and Dan Keller – getting an early disclosure of city manager applicants does not seem high on the list of democratic necessities. It is perfectly understandable to expect the final candidates to meet the public, but it's also true that the appointed manager reports to the elected council members, and it's much more important for them to be assured of a candidate's qualifications than for a randomly assembled group of citizens to decide they like the guy (or gal)...."

CodeNEXT's Delay, "Good for Austin"
Land-use rewrite gets punted to little complaint
News Story  November 21, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...PC Chair Stephen Oliver agreed, telling the Chronicle on Monday, "We don't need staff to be releasing a draft they're not confident in. If the Nov..."

Playback: Revamping the Austin Music Poll
Here's how Playback's voting
Music Column  November 16, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...As you read this, Chronicle staffers are poring over 20 years of online Austin Music Poll results for evidence of Russian interference. Meanwhile, a special counsel’s been appointed to investigate ties between 2016/17 Musician of the Year winner Hayes Carll and the Kremlin..."

East Austin Studio Tour 2017
Where to find the 411 on the 505 stops on this year’s EAST
Arts Story  November 9, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...To know just what kinds of paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, installations, prints, performances, and the like are out there, visit, where all 505 stops are listed along with maps. In partnership with Big Medium, the Chronicle has assembled a special curated tour of 10 stops, which can be found on cards at Canopy and the EAST lounge at Springdale Station..."

Point Austin: Building Cathedrals
Public libraries and schools sustain a common culture
News Column  November 2, 2017, by Michael King
"...You can read the Chronicle endorsement online. I would add that our public education system, long a grand achievement of the whole community (and foundational in the Texas Constitution), remains under siege by the state..."

Austin Police Association, City Nearing Deal
Wages at issue for union after oversight concessions
News Story  October 19, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...Check the Chronicle’s Daily News for updates...."

Wanted: Austin City Manager
The search continues, whether the public knows about it or not
News Story  October 5, 2017, by Michael King
"...Meanwhile, Newton told the Chronicle earlier this week that his firm's outreach has reflected that "Austin's brand is strong."..."

Imagine Austin With CodeNEXT
Draft two brings big changes, more questions
News Story  September 21, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...One speaker during the public comment portion of Tuesday's joint work session of the city's land use commissions (the Planning and Zoning & Platting commissions), called the code "screwed up." Community Not Commodity, another neighborhood coalition, voiced its displeasure with the draft on Monday, when it abruptly canceled a Tues­day morning press conference designed around unpacking the latest draft because "CodeNEXT 2.0 is so bad it cannot be properly analyzed in time." Their email also listed a litany of issues ranging from an overall lack of summaries of changes to the missing data regarding flood mitigation and any information regarding displacement concerns. CNC spokesperson (and Austin Neighborhoods Council board member) Mike Lavigne told the Chronicle that the new draft "only further incentivizes demolitions and displacement in favor of attracting newer, wealthier, and, frankly, whiter residents."..."

Austin: City of Petitions
New Linda Curtis-fronted PAC has agendas for days
News Story  September 21, 2017, by Michael King
"...Speaking to the Chronicle, Curtis pointed to her (mixed) success on previous petition drives as providing useful experience for this latest effort, and blamed former Austin mayor (and current state senator) Kirk Watson for the Charter revision (approved by voters) that enabled immediate ordinance effective dates (although it hasn't prevented Curtis and her allies from mounting persistent petition campaigns)...."

Ambassador of Austin Music
Postmarks  August 28, 2017
"...Now I find myself writing about my memories of her, once again (I was one of the people who was misled by reports of her passing two days earlier), on the anniversary of the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan, who left us on this date in 1990. Margaret and I were not close friends, but I knew her for a long time. I think I met her when I visited one of the first offices of the Chronicle, at the corner of 28th Street and Neches..."

Playback: Touring Austin's Latin Record Stores
Discotecas outnumber Anglo record shops
Music Column  August 17, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...My visit the previous day was more tranquilo. Accompanied by the Chronicle's 21-year-old Juárez-born intern/translator Isabella Castro-Cota, "Playback" browsed a genre selection evincing Latin music's varied landscape: Tejano, Norteño, grupera, banda, merengue, salsa, bachata, ranchera, and an "internationale" section brimming with platinum pop/rock (Colombian Grammy magnet Juanes), as well as youth-resonating reggaeton, including Puerto Rican artist Luis Fonsi's ubiquitous mega-hit "Despacito."..."

Point Austin: Priority Problems
While the world burns, City Council does what it can
News Column  August 10, 2017, by Michael King
"...So what are Chronicle readers most worried about today? Nuclear annihilation, global climate disaster ... or higher property taxes?..."

Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in Austin
How local authors who work beyond the world we know meet, connect, and launch themselves into the business
Arts Story  July 13, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Invigorated with fresh blood and perspectives, those Turkey City workshops are still going on, as are other classes and social gatherings and industry shindigs around our river city. There's the rich milieu of SlugTribe, a protean group of aficionados that's been around for more than 30 years, of which occasional Chronicle contributor Jon Lebkowsky was a co-founder, and of which a young author named Nicky Drayden is a more recent member...."

"This Is Austin Bashing on Steroids"
This legislative session, state GOP lawmakers ran an all-out assault on municipal values
News Story  June 15, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"..."Many of the same people that are historically advocates for local control with respect to Washington don't seem to share the same view when dealing with local communities," Mayor Steve Adler told the Chronicle, noting the hypocrisy of some Republican legislators...."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Flatbed Press founders Katherine Brimberry and Mark L. Smith, choreographer Kate Warren and theatre / spoken word artist Zell Miller III join the ranks of cultural heroes
Arts Story  June 1, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...With her characteristic generosity and artistic dedication, she is seeing to it that the straight line she has followed in modern dance extends to future generations. Plus, as Hamrick revealed to the Chronicle a few years ago, Warren has two qualities that make her an invaluable creative collaborator: "1) she has a great sense of humor and makes me laugh; 2) she tells it like it is."..."

Alison Macor Tells the Tale of Austin’s Greatest Rewrite Man
New book delves into the career of Top Gun script doctor Warren Skaaren
Screens Story  June 1, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...A former film critic for the Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman, Macor has spent years portraying the city as a hub of mutualistic productivity. Skaaren seemed to put a human face to that ideal, divided as he was by powerful ambitions and an equally questing soul: "He was a guy that was doing what a lot of people wanted to do: making a living as a screenwriter while living here in Austin." His friend Bill Broyles, recalls Macor, considered him a "Wizard of Oz-type character," who "worked his ass off" and "prepared all the time" for bigger and better things...."

Point Austin: Awake in the Hurricane
Enduring the last few days of the Lege's biennial cataclysm
News Column  May 25, 2017, by Michael King
"...I don't envy the Chronicle's Mary Tuma and her session beats; she's been tasked to recount the determination of the GOP's hard-liners to impose even greater restrictions on women needing reproductive health care, including the needlessly cruel enforcement of "fetal burial" requirements. And then there's the ongoing crusade to terrorize immigrants, and to arm high school bullies (official and amateur) with better ways (as if they needed them) of discriminating against and humiliating transgender students, for the crime of existing...."

A Guide to Finding Beer Outside of Austin’s City Limits
Drinking outside of the box
Food Story  May 18, 2017, by Brandon Watson
"...For our Summer Fun issue, we’ve created themed playlists to go with each story. Find more playlists at Dripping Springs..."

Reviving Austin's Cab Industry
ATX Co-op Taxi splits the difference between traditional taxis and ridesharing
News Story  April 27, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...So just how successful has the co-op been? The Chronicle filed an open records request to obtain ridership statistics for the three franchises and the co-op over the last six months to find that out. The request remains pending after one of the franchises asked that their statistics be kept private, and sought a ruling from the state's attorney general..."

Texas VegFest Returns to Austin
Any time a bunch of vegans get together, you can bet it will be a party
Food Story  March 30, 2017, by Alisha McDarris
"...Morris helped plan the event the first year and has exhibited every year since. The storefront even won Best New Local Business from the Chronicle when they opened in 2015..."

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