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Short Shelf for Short-Term Rentals?
The Texas Hammer never sleeps
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...(City Council Member Ellen Troxclair testified in support.) The House companion bill, HB 2551, authored by Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, was referred to the House Committee on Urban Affairs last Wednesday..."

The Texas Hammer: The Bathroom Bill
It's not about protecting women and children
News Story  March 16, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...5. (The Senate Affairs Com­mit­tee pushed the bill to the full Senate on March 7, after 21 hours of generally negative testimony from trans activists, doctors, social workers, and Texas businesses.) If passed, the Texas Privacy Act would force transgender people, non-binary, and gender nonconforming folks to use the bathroom that aligns with the gender on their current birth certificate..."

Top Books to Inspire Hope Amidst Change
Jessi Cape's top reads of 2016 helped ground her during a roller-coaster year
Arts Story  December 29, 2016, by Jessi Cape
"...Dallas native Melissa Lenhardt released The Fisher King (Skyhorse), a follow-up to her 2015 Stillwater. This second Jack McBride novel picks up six weeks after the series opener left readers wondering about the state of murderous affairs in small-town Texas..."

Texas Dems to DNC: Pick a Castro, Any Castro
State party suggests Joaquin, Julián to replace Wasserman Schultz
DAILY News  July 26, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Julián made his reputation first as a council member, then as mayor of San Antonio, before being picked by the Obama Administration to head up HUD in 2014. By contrast, Joaquin opted for legislative, rather than administrative, experience: After a decade in the Texas House of Representatives, he was elected to Congress in 2013, and now serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees (he's now also reportedly mulling a U.S..."

HB 2: A SCOTUS Pause Before the Next Storm
Patients, clinics struggle with the impact of legal rulings
News Story  October 23, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Sarah Wheat, vice president for community affairs at Planned Parenthood, said that to address the increase in patients, the health care center is considering everything from extending hours to hiring additional staff, especially if it once again becomes the only refuge for Austin abortion patients. But the ultimate outcome of the court case is difficult to anticipate...."

It's Official: Van de Putte Running for Lt. Gov.
In a historic first, two women will top the Democratic ballot
News Story  November 29, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...A practicing pharmacist, Van de Putte has represented Bexar County in the Legislature since 1990 – first as the state rep for House District 115, and as senator since winning a special election in 1999. Reflecting the number of military facilities and families within her district, her tenure has been marked by a strong position on veterans' affairs..."

Climate Change Stories: A Traveling Sisterhood
The Climate Wise Women visit SXSW Eco
DAILY News  October 14, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...If change is to be possible, connecting human stories with political action is essential. The Maldives serve as a unique microcosm for the current state of global environmental affairs..."

UPDATE: Senate Filibuster in Progress
Close to vote on SB5; clock ticking
DAILY News  June 25, 2013, by Michael King
"...Check back to the Newsdesk blog throughout the day for updates on the Davis filibuster. If you can't attend the Capitol personally, you can follow the Senate action on public affairs TV, or online at various sites, including the Senate's own site, or below...."

Report Highlights Inequities in AISD Funding
Title I cash and private fundraising don't align in most local schools
News Story  September 21, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Overall, the report puts the blame solidly on AISD's administration for turning a blind eye to this disparity, and accused it of "complicity in this inequitable state of affairs." While Harrington was surprised by how big the differences between campuses are, he was equally surprised by the poor state of AISD's financial record keeping. He said: "They don't even understand what they have..."

Tubular Tradition
Sausage stuffed the good ol' fashioned way
Food Story  July 27, 2012, by Mick Vann
"...This, dear reader, was the sausage of past dreams, the holy matrimony of meats. Today, it's in a sad state of affairs, but all is not lost: There are still some sausage producers in Austin that do it the right way – that hang on to tradition and make it the way they always have. Long Horn Meat Co...."

News Story  December 16, 2011
"...• University of Texas School of Law Dean Larry Sager resigned abruptly last week after documents obtained through open records requests revealed questionable and inequitable compensation practices under his management. Stefanie Lindquist, associate dean for academic affairs, has been named interim dean...."

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, April 7-14
News Column  April 8, 2011
"...PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, talks about his participation in improving veterans' health care and what still needs to be done. 11:30am..."

Off the Record
UT and KUT's communications about the Cactus Cafe remain off-grid, while David Kimbrough Jr. reinstates his late father's legacy at TC's, and Alejandro Escovedo goes viral from the Stone Pony in Asbury Park
Music Column  July 30, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...After two months of delays and legal intervention, the University of Texas finally released to the Chronicle in compliance with the Open Records Act e-mails between KUT staff and Vice President for Student Affairs Juan González, Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly, and the University Unions regarding the Cactus Cafe. The big payoff: two inconsequential e-mails between KUT General Manager Stewart Vanderwilt and the UT administration on Feb..."

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, May 20-27
News Column  May 21, 2010
"...PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith talks about the state of journalism. 11:30am..."

News Story  April 23, 2010
"...– former Austin Police Internal Affairs Detective Chris Dunn, challenging his firing for his role in investigating the police shooting of Nathaniel Sanders II. See "Fired Officer's Hearing Concludes."..."

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, Jan. 8-14
News Story  January 8, 2010
"...PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove shares insight into the tradition of the presidency and the future of our local prez library. 11:30am..."

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, Dec. 31-Jan. 6
News Story  January 1, 2010
"...PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Travis County Precinct 5 Constable Bruce Elfant discusses criminal justice issues and the upcoming census. 11:30am..."

Looking for a School Chief
AISD zigzags its way to a new superintendent
News Story  February 27, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...So why the stir over these two e-mails? Saldaña noted that, in addition to himself and Israel, the editorial also named two associates in his public affairs firm, Adelánte Solutions: former state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos and former Travis Co..."

Citizen's calendar, Jan. 15-22
News Story  January 16, 2009
"...WEEKLY PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Attorney Mary Ellen Felps discusses her firsthand experience with the death penalty process. 11:30am..."

Res Publica
Go, go, good citizen, go: Oct. 30-Nov. 6
News Story  October 31, 2008
"...PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM D'Ann Johnson of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid discusses the representation of women of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (For more on the FLDS, see "More FLDS Woes for CPS," p.30.) 11:30am..."

Point Austin: Under Water
James Galbraith on the prospects of an economic bailout
News Column  September 26, 2008, by Michael King
"...That was the most reassuring word I received from professor James Galbraith, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs economist and author, most recently of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too..."

Bats Left, Sings Right
With help from Esther's Follies, Austin Lyric Opera turns Strauss' Viennese waltz into a Texas two-step
Arts Story  May 30, 2008, by Robert Faires
"..."A standard Esther's kind of treatment," Saugey notes. Indeed, it's the sort of material these three grew skilled at writing not only for the Follies' weekly shows at their home on East Sixth but for the specialty gigs that the Esther's gang developed into a lucrative sideline: private parties and corporate affairs where clients could get comedy material personally tailored to them..."

'Chronicle' Endorsements
May 10 municipal elections
News Story  May 9, 2008, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...Allen Demling, by contrast, is a politically refreshing presence with a solid and consistent message: earth-friendly, bicycle-focused transportation, preserving Austin's live music and character, affordability, and governmental transparency. Although he's a relative beginner in local affairs and specifically politics, he has an intelligent approach to public policy that bears watching..."

'Chronicle' Endorsements
May 10 municipal elections
News Story  April 25, 2008, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...Allen Demling, by contrast, is a politically refreshing presence with a solid and consistent message: earth-friendly, bicycle-focused transportation, preserving Austin's live music and character, affordability, and governmental transparency. Although he's a relative beginner in local affairs and specifically politics, he has an intelligent approach to public policy that bears watching..."

March 27-April 3
News Story  March 28, 2008
"...WEEKLY PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM features Texas politics expert Dave McNeely, dean of the Texas Capitol Press Corps and co-author of the new book Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas. 11:30am-12:30pm..."

A Place to Gather Again
The Long Center recycles not only Palmer Auditorium's materials but also its civic purpose
Arts Story  March 21, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...Some Austinites feared they would be losing what little was left of the civic center that served a broad constituency of Austin to the small, exclusive black-tie and ball-gown crowd. That was never the idea, but it took a proposal for erecting a new events center next to Palmer to sway skeptics that the collectible shows, City-Wide Garage Sales, and Junior League's Christmas Affairs, among other community events, would have somewhere to go if the auditorium went away..."

How an Interim Charge Becomes a Law
House committees as in the dark about Craddick's interim charges as anyone else.
DAILY News  December 3, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Like everyone else, her committee is now trying to guess the legislative intent. Sensibly, she contacted Defense Affairs and State-Federal Relations, who share charge eight, and they think (stress, think) it may be something to do with the Federal Real ID program, but they're still not sure. Not knowing the intent of every charge is sort of the deal..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  October 6, 2006
"...Re: "Tough Tacos" ["Point Austin," News, Sept. 29]: Does Gus Garcia really believe that it is the job of the City Council to meddle in the affairs of private citizens or businesses to end this bullshit? The taco place [Las Manitas] is in a tough spot, but a lease is a legal document, and when your stay is up, that may be the end..."

Linebarger, Oden Still Pushing for County Tax Business
But county officials say collections are very efficient
News Story  August 5, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...and beyond. The board of directors includes notable names in business and community affairs, such as May, attorney Pike Powers, the Rev..."

Eddie on the East Side: HB 525
A young politico works to preserve an old neighborhood
News Story  March 4, 2005, by Amy Smith
"..."This is a little experiment to see if the city is really serious about affordable housing," Rodriguez said. He expects to file a revised bill when the proposal goes to a hearing before the Urban Affairs Committee, where Rodriquez recently gained a seat..."

The LCRA Moves to Turn on the Tap
Future of Hill Country waits on Authority's decisions on water plan
News Story  December 3, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...Enter the mayor of Sunrise Beach, a sleepy little hamlet on the shores of Lake LBJ, 60 miles northwest of Austin. Mayor Patricia Frain may have unintentionally handed the pipeline opponents their best weapon yet: documented evidence supporting arguments that the LCRA should get its financial and management affairs in order before heading west on a speculative venture..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  November 26, 2004
"...City of Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs..."

City sues over Owens Photos
Suit filed to stop release of crime-scene pictures in police-shooting case
News Story  May 28, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...The city of Austin filed suit in district court on May 10 in an attempt to block public release of autopsy and crime-scene photos taken in connection with the June 2003 officer-involved shooting of Jessie Lee Owens. The lawsuit was filed in response to an open-records request made by the Chronicle (and a subsequent request made by the Statesman and another local media outlet) seeking records of the Austin Police Department's Internal Affairs investigation into Owens' shooting by Officer Scott Glasgow...."

Supports Kucinich
Postmarks  September 17, 2003
"...Time to reject the detour toward fear and greed. Time to cut the bloated military budget by at least 15% and establish nonviolence as an organizing principle in both domestic and international affairs..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  February 28, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...More wrangling over the way the city's Office of the Police Monitor is conducting its affairs has made strange bedfellows of ACLU attorney Ann del Llano and Austin Police Association President Mike Sheffield. The two agree that Police Monitor Iris Jones is violating the civilian-oversight provisions of the APA's contract by not making public the scheduled meetings of the office's citizen review panel..."

Can Lazarus Rise Again?
Gary Bradley faces bankruptcy, and Austin wonders if he'll survive and thrive one more time.
News Story  October 11, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...That particular testimony also reflects the opposite aspect of Bradley's character: his reflexive self-pity when his affairs are going badly. Each time he publicly stumbles, he laments his fate, points fingers at his detractors, and wonders why such terrible things happen to him..."

Savings or Slush?
In a tight budget year, Austin Energy's debt management fund is under scrutiny.
News Story  August 23, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Right now, there is no "excess cash" for the DMF (or the RRF), although Duncan notes that the fund may still accrue interest in FY2003. According to the city's financial policies, this means AE is actually under-charging -- the policies state that "electric rates shall be sufficient to generate net revenues" for all these purposes, not just to break even on operations and debt service.Spikes and Nukes This state of affairs worries AE a bit; their current plan is to redefine the DMF as a contingency fund, plain and simple..."

Naked City
News Story  January 11, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...Too much asphalt, too few shade trees, localized ozone concentrations: We're not talking about Fantasy Island, but the key ingredients contributing to an "urban heat island" -- a phenomenon that makes summertime temperatures in cities as much as 10 degrees higher than in the surrounding countryside. At the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin's next Sunday public affairs forum, Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman will discuss the city's attempts to address Austin's urban heat island issues -- Jan..."

From Bethlehem to Austin
A journalist moves from the violence of Palestine to the safety of Austin, and finds herself dazed by the difference.
News Story  October 19, 2001, by Muna Hamzeh
"...It never makes this world a better place. n Muna Hamzeh is a Palestinian-American journalist who has reported on Palestinian affairs for numerous publications since 1985..."

Naked City
News Story  October 5, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"...Say No to GMOs will sponsor "Genetically Engineered Seeds of Controversy," a lecture on the politics and dangers of genetically modified organisms, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7-9pm, at Bass Lecture Hall (UT campus, Sid Richardson Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs)..."

Words on the Jesus video, the Instrumental article, the Dance Festival, and other local points of contention.
Columns  May 4, 2001
"...Indeed, Assistant Chief McDonald supported -- and successfully incorporated into the Meet and Confer agreement -- giving more latitude as to what cases could be reviewed. He believed that the general public would want to see officer-involved shootings and other issues, such as claims of racial profiling patterns, investigated too; (3) the POFG did not define "independent investigation," and did not develop any sort of process for it; (4) there were many issues with respect to violations of the Charter and Civil Service Statute contained within the proposal; (5) the POFG's original proposal envisioned wide-ranging public disclosure of the Internal Affairs investigation without considering the common law and statutory privacy rights of the accused employee, the complainant, and witnesses, as well as the negative effect that widespread public disclosure would have on the ability to prosecute an officer for criminal misconduct..."

Capitol Chronicle
Political commentary on the career of Henry B. Gonzalez
News Column  December 8, 2000, by Michael King
"...The San Antonio chamber of commerce types and the media were livid at what they considered D.C. meddling in "local affairs," but Gonzalez knew that municipalities would not protect public water resources against what he called the "unconscionable predators" poised to steal and pollute..."

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
"...Watson described Kitchen as his "candidate of choice," who will fight for a woman's right to choose an abortion, and a patient's choice of doctors in a healthcare system dominated by HMOs and PPOs. Kitchen served as an assistant attorney general trying consumer healthcare suits -- back when the Texas attorney general had an aggressive consumer affairs division under former AG Jim Mattox..."

Confessions of a Cowboy
Working a cattle drive in Texas in the 1870s probably wasn't like what you imagine; ask Frank Harris -- he was there and he knows.
Books Story  May 26, 2000, by James C. Simmons
"...Mixed in with the accounts of his meetings and friendships with Walt Whitman, Karl Marx, Henry James, Richard Wagner, John Ruskin, and others, he penned the most fully detailed and frankly worded account of his sex life that any literary figure has ever written. His sexual recollections began with his peering up girls' dresses in his first school and continued through his explorations in a lifeboat on his way to America to the various kinds of affairs one might expect..."

SXSW Music Festival
Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 17, 2000
"...MICHAEL FRACASSO: Michael Fracasso is one of Austin's best songwriters and his performances can vary from intimate acoustic affairs that touch the soul to sweaty, full throttle band workouts. Lately he's been working with Charlie Sexton on a couple of projects, as well as a follow up to the riveting 1998 release, World in a Drop of Water..."

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
"...Dealey is a former head of the Austin Area Mental Health Association and Planned Parenthood who is working toward a master's degree in public affairs. Kitchen is a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers who formerly worked as a policy analyst with the Texas Dept..."

Coach's Corner
Columns  April 22, 1999, by Andy "Coach" Cotton
"...Which brings us back to David Falk, aka (inside NBA offices) "That Filthy Bastard Falk." By virtue of being Michael Jordan's and Patrick Ewing's agent, Falk automatically vaults to the forefront of agent target practice. Aside from causing the war in the Balkans, Falk's been whispered responsible for everything from defrocking the Easter Bunny to the current state of affairs in the NBA, whatever that means...."

Girlfriend to Girlfriend
Books Story  March 4, 1999, by Roseana Auten
"...And that is such a huge thing. I kept thinking -- and it was almost until I wrote the toddler book -- it was a temporary state of affairs..."

The Wisdom of Years
Whatever Way the Wind Blows
Music Story  February 11, 1999, by Andy Langer
"...It was the last place Willis expected to find herself. In fact, immediately following the dissolution of her MCA deal, Willis attempted to stay as low-profile as possible, taking the time to settle her personal affairs..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  January 7, 1999
"...Get a mink coat and a Cadillac car. Humiliate Billy Graham, for money." Again in December of 1975, after reviewing the poor state of her financial affairs, she wrote, "And where are your dreams Madalyn..."

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