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ICE Found Snooping on Council Member Greg Casar
The Intercept uncovers monitoring of elected officials' social media
News Story  October 12, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...The emails also reveal ICE agents monitoring elected officials' social media, including Congressman Joaquin Castro and City Council member Greg Casar, and scheming about how to respond. "Team, Please be careful ....."

Quote of the Week: Greg Casar
The council member on Trump's decision to shut down DACA
News Column  September 7, 2017
"...– Council Member Greg Casar..."

Council Member Greg Casar Makes Statement on Trump
"I won't call for healing. I'm calling for resistance."
DAILY News  November 9, 2016, by James Renovitch
"...After a decisive victory in the polls for District 4 incumbent Greg Casar, the council member wrote a statement on Trump's presidential victory. Below, we print that statement in its entirety...."

Tovo and Casar Unfiltered on CodeNEXT
The Council members' full conversation with the Chronicle
DAILY News  September 14, 2017, by Nick Barbaro and Michael King
"...If you’re here, it’s because you’ve sought out the full transcription of the Chronicle’s CodeNEXT conversation with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council Member Greg Casar, found below...."

Casar Kicks Off
Campaigns rumble into gear – and Doggett talks House sit-in
DAILY News  June 27, 2016, by Michael King
"...It was a full and enthusiastic house Saturday afternoon at Vivo restaurant for the official kickoff of District 4 Council Member Greg Casar’s campaign for re-election. Former mayor Gus Garcia sang Casar’s praises, as did U.S..."

Casar Files for Summary Judgment
Casar requests dismissal of Pressley election contest
News Story  April 30, 2015, by Michael King
"...On Tuesday, April 28, attorneys for City Council Mem­ber Greg Casar filed a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the lawsuit filed by defeated candidate Laura Pressley. Pressley sued after losing the Dec..."

Casar Returns Fire
Council Member’s legal team responds to Pressley’s election contest
DAILY News  February 24, 2015, by Michael King
"...On Feb. 19, attorneys for District 4 City Council Member Greg Casar filed a response to defeated candidate Laura Pressley’s election contest pleading, calling it “a scattershot attack on virtually the entire election process.” They argue that Pressley’s complaints are vague, insufficient, and legally irrelevant to the election outcome...."

Casar Thumps Pressley
Casar thumps Pressley in D4 run-off
News Story  December 18, 2014, by Michael King
"...There was a bit of celebratory torch-passing late at the Greg Casar District 4 watch party, at the northside, I-35 frontage road Taqueria Arandinas. Congressman Lloyd Doggett had stopped by to wish the candidate well, and Casar introduced him to the crowd, noting that at one time, Doggett had also been considered "too young" to become a public official..."

Casar Calls Out Landlords
Supports D4 renters' suit alleging breach of contract
DAILY News  May 5, 2015, by Amy Kamp
"...Council Member Greg Casar, in whose district the park lies, told the Chronicle that the park’s homes are, in actuality, far from mobile. Many owners have lived in them for 10 years or more..."

Pressley vs. Casar: Appeal Rejected
Court affirms decision that failed Council candidate's election challenge was without merit
News Story  December 29, 2016, by Michael King
"...In a decision long in coming but predictable in content, the state’s 3rd Court of Appeals has confirmed a lower court decision that rejected City Council candidate Laura Pressley's claims that the 2014 District 4 election was inaccurately or fraudulently decided. Writing for the three-judge panel that heard the case, Justice Melissa Goodwin "affirmed the trial court's judgment" in July of 2015 that Pressley's election challenge against Greg Casar was without merit..."

What Will It Take to Get More Police Oversight?
If Greg Casar wants more accountability for cops, the city’s gonna need to give the police union some more money
News Story  May 25, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Members can tack public comment onto any agenda briefing, and Greg Casar, the Item's handler, thought it appropriate. "We [hold public comment] for every zoning case, every contract purchase," he explained later..."

Which Way to CodeNEXT?
A conversation with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council Member Greg Casar
News Story  September 14, 2017, by Nick Barbaro and Michael King
"...In a few days (perhaps by the time you read this), the second draft of the CodeNEXT rewrite will be released ( On September 7, the day following a preview of Draft 2 by city staff and consultants to City Council, we sat down with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and District 4 Council Member Greg Casar, and invited a conversation about CodeNEXT, the direction of the land development code rewrite, and their hopes for the outcome of the process..."

News Roundup: Antis, State and Local
Council appointee blames Hispanics; White won't meet with LGBT group
DAILY News  April 13, 2015, by the News Staff
"...In this week's News Roundup, Hillary Clinton is ready to run; Greg Casar isn't happy with an appointee to Council's Commission on Immigrant Affairs; Molly White prefers to preach to the choir; and more...."

UPDATE: Pressley Files Election Contest
CM Greg Casar responds to Laura Pressley filing
DAILY News  January 30, 2015, by Michael King
"...29, defeated District 4 City Council candidate Laura Pressley filed a formal election contest to confirm or overturn the results of the Dec. 16 run-off against Council Member Greg Casar..."

Austin Wages Legal Battle Against SB 4 in Court
Austin filing argues SB 4 violates U.S. Constitution
DAILY News  June 2, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Mayor Adler, Council Member Greg Casar, and Police Chief Brian Manley, have spoken out publicly against the damaging effects of SB 4 on numerous occasions, and Casar led a sit-in at the Governor’s office to protest the future law. In retaliation, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit against the city and its Council just one day after the bill signing..."

Pressley Ups the Ante
Defeated Council candidate now claims “thousands” of uncertain votes
DAILY News  March 11, 2015, by Michael King
"...In her latest filing contesting the election of City Council Member Greg Casar, defeated District 4 candidate Laura Pressley alleges that enough votes were suppressed or miscounted to overturn the recount results. And she (or her lawyer) doesn’t think much of the “far-left” Chronicle, either..."

Judge Confirms Pressley Sanctions
Defeated candidate and attorney dinged for $98 grand
DAILY News  July 24, 2015, by Michael King
"...Late Thursday, Judge Dan Mills issued his Amended Final Judgment in the City Council District 4 election contest filed by defeated candidate Laura Pressley against Council Member Greg Casar. The judge confirmed his earlier summary judgment in favor of Casar, and granted sanctions of nearly $100,000 against Pressley and her attorney, David Rogers...."

Affordability: Everywhere But Here
Council parses contracts, buys CD’s, and postpones housing
DAILY News  August 8, 2016, by Michael King
"...Last Thursday’s City Council meeting adjourned at the fairly unheard of hour of 5:30pm, and proceeded with relatively little melodrama. There was the ongoing fuss over new toys for the Austin Police Department, and District 4 Council Member Greg Casar asked his colleagues to commit to affordable housing – to a very uneasy response...."

Pressley to be Sanctioned by Judge
Mills calls some claims "unreasonable" or baseless
DAILY News  June 25, 2015, by Michael King
"...Visiting Judge Dan Mills said Thursday that defeated City Council candidate Laura Pressley and one of her attorneys, David Rogers, should pay sanctions for baseless claims in the election contest lawsuit filed against City Council Member Greg Casar. Mills estimated $93,000, but will refine those charges or could add penalties in a formal order...."

Judge Dismisses Pressley Lawsuit
Grants summary judgment on grounds of "no evidence"
DAILY News  May 26, 2015, by Michael King
"...Following a four-hour hearing Tuesday, Judge Dan Mills granted a summary judgment motion in favor of City Council Member Greg Casar, in the contest filed by defeated District 4 candidate Laura Pressley. The judge ruled that Pressley had not identified evidence sufficient to question or overturn the election result...."

Don’t Go Away Mad!
Zimmerman’s Immigrant Affairs nominee withdraws
DAILY News  April 15, 2015, by Michael King
"...Wednesday afternoon, the Statesman reported that Rebecca Forest, District 6 Council Member Don Zimmerman’s nominee to the city’s Immigrant Affairs Commission, had decided to withdraw after broad City Council support for D4 CM Greg Casar’s proposal to rescind her appointment, due to her previous “bigoted” statements...."

The Road to 10-1 … Is Interactive
Austin Reddit enters the candidate discussion, and Meeker makes 8 in 10
DAILY News  June 3, 2014, by Michael King
"...Local Reddit-heads have jumped into the gap, and are scheduling online interviews with the candidates over the next several months. On Monday, District 4 candidate Greg Casar was first man in the barrel...."

In Pre-emptive Attack, Texas Files Suit Against Austin Over "Sanctuary Cities"
Paxton asks federal court to find anti-immigrant law constitutional
DAILY News  May 8, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...A leading face of the local resistance against SB 4, City Council Member Greg Casar responded to the suit in a statement shortly after it was filed: “Yesterday evening the Governor tried to hide from public accountability by signing this discriminatory bill on a Sunday night in his office. Then, the Texas Attorney General sued me and my colleagues for questioning the constitutionality of this immoral and unethical law,” said Casar..."

Council Members Say “#FixtheCode”
Four CMs say CodeNEXT process must strongly address inequality
DAILY News  August 22, 2017, by Michael King
"...In a morning press conference outside Blazier Elementary School, four City Council Members – Delia Garza, Pio Renteria, Greg Casar, and Jimmy Flannigan – declared their unhappiness with the current CodeNEXT process, and called for the next draft to fully address citywide inequality, affordability, gentrification, and displacement...."

Advocates Ask Council to Solve Rape Kit Backlog
APD’s DNA lab closure puts 1,300 kits on hold indefinitely
DAILY News  July 29, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...Victims' advocates joined Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and District 4 Council Member Greg Casar Thursday morning to call on City Council to immediately prioritize the Austin Police Department’s rape kit backlog in light of the DNA lab closure...."

District 4 Contest Arrives in Court
Pre-trial hearing in Pressley v. Casar election contest
DAILY News  April 6, 2015
"...Defeated City Council candidate Laura Pressley had her first day in court Monday morning, in a pre-trial hearing before visiting Judge Daniel H. Mills, of Pressley's election contest against City Council Member Greg Casar..."

Laura Pressley: The Beat Goes On
Defeated candidate makes her case at Tres Amigos
DAILY News  February 16, 2015, by Michael King
"...About three dozen people gathered at Tres Amigos Sunday afternoon to hear defeated City Council District 4 candidate Laura Pressley explain – via a PowerPoint presentation titled, “Was Your Vote Counted?” – why she is contesting the Dec. 16 run-off she lost to Council Member Greg Casar, 65-35%...."

Austin, Texas Cities Promise Legal Fight Against SB 4
City Council to vote on SB 4 lawsuit resolution Thursday
DAILY News  May 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...“The governor and other cynical supporters of SB 4 want local elected officials like those standing behind me to cave in at the end of the summer and betray our communities,” said Austin City Council Member Greg Casar. “But we are sending a strong message today that instead of caving in, the governor is going to get a summer of resistance.”..."

10-1, Take Two
Five City Council incumbents up for re-election this November
News Story  May 19, 2016, by Michael King
"...Greg Casar: Youthful Energy..."

The Run-Off: Live Election Coverage
An historic race crosses the finish line
DAILY News  December 16, 2014, by the News Staff
"...CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 Greg Casar.........2,851 / 64.62% Laura Pressley....1,561 / 35.38%..."

Undocumented, Unafraid
Balancing fear and power in the wake of ICE arrests
News Story  March 9, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...City Council Member Greg Casar told the Chronicle the investment is tantamount to emergency relief. "When there is a flood that's going to occur and families could get separated or hurt, we have APD and EMS to plan a response..."

Point Austin: Homestead Exemption Still Burning
How many votes can $2 a month buy?
News Column  July 21, 2016, by Michael King
"...The mayor's blog was followed, a few days later, by an Alberta Phillips editorial in the Statesman ("Homestead exemption helps rich – and benefits rest of Austin," July 11), borrowing heavily from the mayor's stats and insisting that the vote for the exemption "should have been unanimous." The exemption indeed "helps the rich," wrote Phillips, but it also helps "the rest of us ... who are a paycheck, layoff or illness away from tumbling down an economic ladder that we've clawed our way up." Rest-of-Us Phillips singles out the five mostly Eastside votes against the exemption – Ora Houston, Delia Garza, Pio Renteria, Greg Casar, and Kathie Tovo – and accuses them of "ward-style politics."..."

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..."

"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
"...Council Member Greg Casar, an outspoken critic of the state's right-wing leadership, echoed that point – that as Texas metros such as Dal­las and Houston turn bluer, anxious state legislators have ramped up their attacks on progressive ideology, usurping local ordinances as an avenue for control. "Austin-bashing at the Lege is a long-held tradition, but I think now the Legislature is focused on not just Austin but progressive governance in general," said Casar..."

Will Austin Applicants Get a "Fair Chance"?
Proposed ordinance would require businesses consider job applicants with criminal histories
News Story  March 24, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...City Council will discuss a handful of labor-related items at today's meeting: In addition to a nondiscrimination ordinance (see "Council," Mar. 25), and Council Member Greg Casar's resolution requiring Austin's living wage of $13.03/hour apply to construction workers on city projects, including subcontractors, another Casar-sponsored resolution (Item 19) could see Austin become the first city in the South to implement a Fair Chance Hiring policy..."

Council: Hiding in Plain Sight
Immigration, Fire, Capitol view corridors fill out a busy Thursday
News Story  May 18, 2017, by Michael King
"...1, but has already sparked widespread opposition (in the shadow of renewed federal immigration enforcement under the Trump admin­i­stra­tion), as well as fear among immigrant communities here and elsewhere. Several council members attended a Capitol rally Tuesday opposing the law, and Council Mem­ber Greg Casar will propose a resolution today (Item 45, co-sponsored by Mayor Steve Adler and CMs Delia Garza, Ann Kitchen, and Jimmy Flannigan) that would direct interim City Manager Elaine Hart to prepare whatever legal action is necessary to defend the city against SB 4's eventual enforcement...."

Protesters Stage Sit-in at Governor's Office to Oppose Sanctuary Cities Bill
Activists won't move until Abbott vetoes "racist" bill
DAILY News  May 1, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...UPDATE: Texas Department of Public Safety officers handcuffed then released at least 18 activists, including CM Greg Casar and Austin Pastor Jim Rigby, after they refused to leave the governor’s offices today. Following an all-day sit-in and protest against anti-immigrant bill SB 4, DPS officers forced journalists to exit the building when it closed at 5pm or face arrest, and blocked the entrance...."

Getting Outside the Box
Will City Council decide to give job applicants with criminal records a "fair chance"?
News Story  October 8, 2015, by Amy Kamp
"...This summer City Council Mem­ber Greg Casar announced his intention to introduce a resolution to ban the box for all employers doing business in Austin. (He also said he would be referring to it as a "fair chance" ordinance, so as not to confuse it with the city's anti-traffic initiative, "Don't Block the Box.") Austin would join seven states and 12 cities that have a Ban the Box ordinance that applies to private employers..."

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
"...That happened last Thursday, June 4, after weeks of discussions, as Council settled on a 6% homestead exemption, describing it as a first phase of an eventual 20%. It was a bumpy landing: An alternative proposal, as first laid out by Adler and D4 CM Greg Casar in the June 3 work session, included a 5% exemption and the equivalent of another 1% (about $700,000) to be dedicated "to programs that directly assist renters in our community." This hybrid version was expressly designed to respond to arguments that a percentage homestead exemption only benefits homeowners, and in direct proportion to the values of their homes..."

Election Night Live
Up-to-the-minute midterm coverage
DAILY News  November 5, 2014, by the News Staff
"...Races to watch: District 1: Houston just under 50% – may go to a runoff by morning. District 4: Not much change, but Casar entering runoff at 39%, Pressley at 22%. Transportation bond -- down in flames, 58% to 42%, voters balked at the price tag. And a touching farewell from Sheryl Cole: "And while it will not be my privilege to go on to the runoff, it has been my privilege to serve this City. ....."

Council: Robert Rules, OK?
Plaza Saltillo inches forward, Capitol views move East, and tears flow
DAILY News  February 20, 2017, by Michael King
"...Council approval was not in doubt – several council members had attended an earlier morning press conference to express their support, and the proposal was listed on the consent agenda, suggesting little controversy. Several advocates spoke in favor of the proposal (a single dissenting witness called the funding “a disgrace to the city”), and then District 4 Council Member Greg Casar began to recount a couple of stories from his district – the first of an Iraqi family separated by the federal travel ban, although the father had spent “12 years supporting the U.S..."

Council: From Kitty Hawk to Hornsby Bend
The Grove, Oaks, and Austin Water in between
News Story  December 15, 2016, by Michael King
"...There are no less than five Items (29, 30, 31, 75, 100) bearing on various elements of the Grove, so much tinkering may be in play. Several council members – Greg Casar, Delia Garza, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo – suggested they'd like to see more affordable housing in the final project, and are looking for ways to get there..."

Pressley: Further Unto the Breach
Defeated Council candidate continues appeal
News Story  July 30, 2015, by Michael King
"...In what will likely be a surprise to nobody, defeated City Council candidate Laura Pressley says she intends to press on in her election challenge against District 4 City Council Member Greg Casar, despite judicial sanctions that could cost her $165,000 in penalties before the matter comes to a legal close. On July 23, Judge Dan Mills issued his amended final judgment in the contest, and confirmed his earlier summary judgment in favor of Casar; he also granted sanctions of roughly $100,000 against Pressley and her original attorney, David Rogers..."

Election Follies
Pressley contests D4 election, Zimmerman in ethics trouble
News Story  February 12, 2015, by Amy Kamp and Michael King
"...In the current episode of Laura Pressley's increasingly permanent campaign for City Council, Judge Daniel H. Mills of the 424th District Court (Blanco County) has been appointed to preside in the 201st District Court (Travis County) over the election contest filed by Pressley against District 4 Council Member Greg Casar, who defeated Pressley in the Dec..."

Public Notice: Speed Limit?
City government: Rebuilt in two weeks
News Column  February 12, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...Economic Opportunity, Technology, Innovation & Creative Industries: Ellen Troxclair (c), Ora Houston (vc), Greg Casar, Leslie Pool..."

A Nightmare for DREAMers
Ending DACA affects an estimated 124,000 Texans
News Story  September 28, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Residents in the area had braced for a ruling on anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4 by lying low and not entering the public arena. When Judge Orlando Garcia temporarily blocked the law in August, said Greg Casar, the area's representative on City Council, the market resumed in full swing..."

Point Austin: Looking for a Magic Bullet
CodeNEXT arguments reflect the complexity of affordability problems
News Column  September 14, 2017, by Michael King
"...Elsewhere in this issue, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council Member Greg Casar discuss the in-progress rewrite of Austin's land development code, aka CodeNEXT. By the time you read this, the second draft of the rewrite should have appeared – revised at least for clarity – no doubt re-triggering all the arguments over the first draft..."

Sanctuary Cities and the Ways We Fight for Human Rights
When community matters more than the law
News Story  February 9, 2017, by Victoria Rossi
"...But APD lacks written policy concerning its officers' interactions with undocumented immigrants – nothing in its manual prevents officers from asking someone's legal status, for example. City Council Member Greg Casar stressed, however, that APD does not – and will not – work closely with immigration authorities..."

The Future of Austin’s Crime Lab
The backlog of DNA evidence is moving, but is it shrinking?
News Story  December 1, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"..."The more we learned, the more we realized [the lab] needed a lot of attention," City Council Member Greg Casar told the Chron­icle last month, noting the "unacceptably large" backlog of sexual assault DNA evidence. "What's really important now is for the community and [city] staff to analyze what got us here in the first place and to come up with a solution." APD's Lab or Elsewhere..."

How Do You Get to 100%?
Council seeks consensus on a transportation bond
News Story  June 23, 2016, by Michael King
"...And where there were initially two proposals (see "Dueling Bondage," June 13) – a $720 million package prepared by Mayor Steve Adler, and a counterproposal with the same price tag, offered by Council Members Greg Casar and Leslie Pool – there are now four...."

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