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Lee Leffingwell Makes a Splash
Council member named Conservationist of the Year
DAILY News  April 10, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Talk toilets at work much anywhere, and you'll likely be rewarded with a blank stare. If you're Lee Leffingwell, waxing crapper will get you the Texas chapter of the American Water Works Association's Conservationist of the Year title..."

Ask Lee Leffingwell Anything
Mayor takes to Reddit
DAILY News  March 11, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...Ever wonder if Mayor Lee Leffingwell gets his polos at Jos. A..."

City Hall Hustle: Lee Leffingwell's Big Adventure
The new mayor promises a safe landing
News Column  June 26, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...Although the occasion at City Hall was the swearing-in of the new council – Mayor Lee Leffingwell, new Council Member Chris Riley, and quasi-new Council Member Bill Spelman, plus incumbents Sheryl Cole and Mike Martinez – it began with remarks by Wynn (after a spirited performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" by Shelley King that surely broke the 70-decibel mark – just what is City Hall zoned, anyway?). "In my nine years on this dais, I have served ... with six different City Council combinations, I have served under two different mayors, I have served alongside three city managers, and I promise ya, I leave office more optimistic than I've ever been," Wynn said..."

Lee Leffingwell: 'Think Long-Range'
The incumbent mayor defends his record
News Story  April 27, 2012, by Michael King
"...Lee Leffingwell: Well, I think first and foremost has to be – we all have to be proud of the way our economy has performed here in a very difficult period for really the whole world. It's amazing still to me that the city of Austin has stood out so well in all the basic statistics – unemployment, job creation..."

The Hustle for Mayor: Lee Leffingwell
The Place 1 pol and mayoral candidate opens up to the Hustle
DAILY News  April 23, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...In his interview with The Hustle For Mayor, Lee Leffingwell inveighs on hunkering, budget challenges the city faces, his leadership style, transportation, Capitol Metro reform and more. [video-1]..."

Leffingwell Endorses Adler
Mayor calls attorney the "most trustworthy” candidate
DAILY News  October 27, 2014, by Michael King
"...Monday afternoon in front of City Hall, Mayor Lee Leffingwell endorsed attorney Steve Adler to succeed him as mayor of Austin, saying Adler has spent 36 years “working to make Austin a better place.”..."

Leffingwell's (Yawn) Re-Election Announcement
Incumbent plans on staying put – if that's OK with you.
DAILY News  November 28, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...In a move surprising no one, City Council Member Lee Leffingwell's campaign team issues a press release announcing his re-election intentions for 2008. Leffingwell joins Jennifer Kim in being the second council member to make the formal announcement, but while Kim's facing opponents, Leffingwell hasn't drawn any competition yet – hence the laissez-faire nature of the announcement..."

Leffingwell, Shade: Stanford Behind Culleton Ads
Meeker's newly-former campaign manager colluding with his former campaign treasurer in attack ads
DAILY News  April 29, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...Hoo boy! – there's a pair of explosive press releases from the Randi Shade and Lee Leffingwell camps this morning, on the Rick Culleton-financed – and apparently, Jason Stanford-penned – attack ads against Leffingwell and Jennifer Kim. The long and short of it: the releases claim Stanford left as Meeker's campaign director to immediately work for Culleton – Meeker's former treasurer – in preparing the attacks against the incumbents..."

Leffingwell Proposes Rail/Comp Bond Vote in 2012
Change to city attorney's office, single-member districts also
DAILY News  June 16, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...The question posed this week by the announcement of transportation bond projects – what does this mean for future bond packages on urban rail and a comprehensive bond election? – got an answer this afternoon: Lee Leffingwell is calling for a combined rail and comp bond vote in 2012...."

Leffingwell Still In
City Council candidate Lee Leffingwell will continue his Place 1 run despite recent personal tragedy
News Story  April 29, 2005
"...On Thursday morning, April 28, City Council Place 1 candidate Lee Leffingwell held a brief press conference outside his home in the Wilshire Woods neighborhood. Following the death of his wife, Mary Lou McLain, on April 22, Leffingwell had temporarily suspended all campaign activities while he considered whether to continue..."

Finance Fireworks Flare For Leffingwell, McCracken (Updated)
Leffingwell says McCracken grossly exceeds out-of-town contributions; McCracken's crew shoots back
DAILY News  May 3, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...In his latest campaign finance report, on first blush it appears Brewster McCracken exceeded the legal limit on out-of-town contributions by some $8,500. Lee Leffingwell's campaign says McCracken should know better, as together in 2006 they sponsored an ordinance raising the limit to what it is today..."

Leffingwell Files Complaint Against McCracken
Files in municipal court; alleges 49 violations in McCracken's out-of-town contributions
DAILY News  May 4, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...As his campaign said it would, Lee Leffingwell filed a complaint in Austin's municipal court today alleging 49 violations of campaign finance law by Brewster McCracken's campaign. (We covered the dispute earlier here.)..."

Leffingwell's Got It in the Bag
City to look at sacking petroleum grocery bags.
DAILY News  April 16, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Continuing the welcome trend of simple environmental changes citizens can make (like the city-endorsed switch to fluorescent bulbs), City Council Member Lee Leffingwell's got questions about grocery bags. Not paper or plastic, mind you – how's biodegradable or not? This week, Leffingwell has an item creating a 90-day study period in which to rethink local grocers' reliance on nonbiodegradable, petroleum-based grocery bags..."

Leffingwell Shares the Ride
Former mayor now chair of “Ridesharing Works” campaign
DAILY News  April 12, 2016, by Michael King
"...Ridesharing Works for Austin, the coalition leading the campaign in favor of Proposition 1, announced today that former mayor Lee Leffingwell has joined the campaign as chairman. “I am proud to join the Vote For Prop..."

Leffingwell Announces ‘Rail – or Fail’
In final ‘State of the City’ address, mayor strongly pushes urban rail
DAILY News  February 25, 2014, by Michael King
"...With a trace of lighthearted nostalgia, Mayor Lee Leffingwell delivered his final State of the City address today, calling this “the golden era of our city’s long history,” and touching on economic development, city incentives, the planned U.T. medical school – and the traffic “crisis … a deadly serious threat to almost all of the things we have achieved.”..."

Leffingwell Bites the Apple
Mayor criticizes AISD school closure plans
DAILY News  January 12, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...In an age of occasional mayoral takeovers of major urban school districts, the city of Austin has always been very circumspect about intruding into Austin Independent School District business. But now Mayor Lee Leffingwell has broken that detente by attacking district plans to close schools as contrary to Austin's future wellbeing...."

Texas Rollergirls Pulling for Mayor Leffingwell at Fun Fun Fun (Literally)
Flat track Roller Derby league smashes on Saturday, tugs on Sunday
DAILY Sports  August 17, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Never let it be said the Texas Rollergirls take a weekend off. This Saturday, the local flat track Roller Derby innovators head to title playoff mode, before heading to the Fun Fun Fun Aqua Olympics with Mayor Lee Leffingwell on Sunday...."

Leffingwell Announces New Initiatives
Mayor Breaks New City Policies on April 1st
DAILY News  April 1, 2012, by Michael King
"...If it's Sunday, it must be April 1st. Mayor Lee Leffingwell met the challenge by announcing a series of new initiatives that, if adopted, should change the political landscape of Austin – and its TV channels and operation, its business transactions, and its legendary cuisine..."

Lee & Carole & Brewster & All of Us ...
Five candidates for mayor jockey to be first among equals
News Story  May 1, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...Seeking to contrast this high tech industry with its gasping predecessors, he describes utilities as well as health care and entertainment as less cyclical than consumer-driver computer tech and therefore more resistant to recession. On the stump, he's described himself as a stronger champion of renewable energy than Lee Leffingwell, depicting his own proposals as a way out of the downturn and his opponent's central promise to "focus on the fundamentals" as no better than "hunkering down" – a phrase destined to dwell in local political infamy, alongside "forgivable loan" and "Hi, this is your neighbor Lisa."..."

Meeker vs. Leffingwell
Race for City Council's Place 1 seat off to a bruising start
News Story  February 15, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...Formally announcing last Wednesday, Feb. 6 – almost a month after Leffingwell's official campaign kickoff and even after fellow Place 1 challenger, novice Allen Demling – Meeker has come out swinging..."

Place 1: A Clear Victory for Leffingwell
Meeker's anti-Wal-Mart cred fails to bring in the votes
News Story  May 16, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...A study of the voting returns shows he failed to do that. The challenge to incumbent Lee Leffingwell by the former Responsible Growth for Northcross spokesman got smashed Saturday night like a certain Northwest Austin mall beneath a Lincoln Property bulldozer: Leffingwell cruised to a second term – and a possible mayoral candidacy? – with 68% of the vote, far ahead of Meeker's 23% and political newcomer Allen Demling's 10%...."

(Frank) Leffingwell for Judge
Former mayor's son is up for WilCo judge
News Story  November 21, 2017, by Michael King
"...Occasionally, it's familial. That's the case with Frank Leffingwell, Round Rock City Council member and now a candidate for William­son County judge, on the Republican ticket..."

Leffingwell Has RECA To Thank for His Approval Rating
Postmarks  May 1, 2012
"...Dear Editor, One sentence from the Chronicle’s endorsement of Brigid Shea for mayor really stands out: Lee Leffingwell “has … been on the wrong side of virtually every contested issue that his council has faced over the past few years” [“May 12 Municipal Election: The 'Chronicle' Endorsements,” News, April 27]. I completely agree. In Leffingwell’s very first meeting as a City Council member, he approved a 400,000-square-foot office building (about half the size of the Frost Tower Downtown) on Southwest Parkway in the Barton Springs watershed – exactly where we don’t need more big office buildings. When Advanced Micro Devices proposed ditching East Austin for the Barton Springs watershed, Leffingwell did nothing..."

Leffingwell Has Failed To Lead on Water
Postmarks  April 17, 2012
"...Dear Editor, Michael King’s profile on the Lee Leffingwell vs. Brigid Shea campaign leads with the incumbent’s claims that he supported water conservation and the “expansion” of the Save Our Springs Ordinance to redevelopment projects in the Barton Springs Watershed [“It's Your City Council! Brigid Shea and Clay Dafoe vs..."

Cool City: The Leffingwell Lens
One council member's view of the Austin Climate Protection Plan
News Story  August 31, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...To get a sense of how such a big mission translates (or not) into each tiny day-to-day decision at City Hall, we visited with Council Member Lee Leffingwell. Addressing climate change by significantly reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) is a daunting challenge for any city, he agreed, because it requires such a comprehensive rethinking of the way we live..."

Leffingwell Leapfrogs to Mayor?
Current Council Member considering run for the mayor's seat.
DAILY News  June 26, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...Will Council Member Lee Leffingwell run for mayor? That question has proved popular chaw at recent gatherings of City Hall watchers and community-advocate types. Mayor Will Wynn’s term expires in 2009, and term limits prevent him from running again..."

Wynn, Leffingwell Moved to Undiscosed Location
Mayor, council member meet with Bush, Cheney. The horror, the horror …
DAILY News  September 18, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...Wynn, Leffingwell to Accept Honor for Policies Supporting Military Personnel..."

Leffingwell Gets Faulked Over?
Did the City Council member accidentally wade into a debate with SOS?
DAILY News  August 21, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Don't forget the John Henry Faulk B-day celebration tonight, going down at Zilker Park: check our Events page for all the details. Be sure to get there early for the 6:30 homage to the Lounging Philosophers, an exchange which should be illuminating – espeically for one of the participants, City Council member Lee Leffingwell..."

Deport Leffingwell
Postmarks  May 5, 2016
"...Not so! Uber said his policy should cover the costs. They hired an attorney that should have been unneeded, and finally prevailed. Former Mayor Lee Leffingwell, the chair of Ridesharing Works for Austin, had his candidacy promoted by a "Draft Leffingwell" campaign..."

It's 'Mayor Leffingwell' Now
Twenty-point lead evokes Monday McCracken concession
News Story  May 15, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...Amid a cramped crowd of reporters, supporters, and onlookers at City Hall, Brewster McCracken made official Monday afternoon what his poor second-place showing election night suggested: He would bow out of the mayoral run-off election, effectively making Lee Leffingwell Austin's next mayor. "I believe that pursuing a run-off election would not be in the best interests of Austin," said McCracken..."

Laid-Back with Leffingwell
Leffingwell enjoying a presumed easy win.
DAILY News  May 10, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...The mood was happy but relaxed at City Council Member Lee Leffingwell's election night party at Zocalo in West Austin shortly after early voting returns showed the incumbent cruising to what one must assume will be an easy victory. As of this writing, Leffingwell leads the count at 67%, with challengers Jason Meeker at 22% and Allen Demling at 11%..."

Environmentalist for Leffingwell
Postmarks  April 30, 2009
"...Dear Editor, I am an environmentalist for Lee Leffingwell, and I want to thank the Chronicle for endorsing his candidacy ["'Chronicle' Endorsements," News, April 24]. While Lee and the candidates are all talking about economic recovery, I take comfort in knowing that Lee’s roots were watered at Barton Springs and that he is truly an environmentalist at heart..."

Leffingwell Unveils Staff
Gives it a stroke in press release
DAILY News  June 10, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...Mayor-elect Lee Leffingwell announced his office staff today...."

McCracken Much Better Than Leffingwell
Postmarks  April 23, 2009
"...Dear Editor, I read the news about the Chronicle endorsement of Lee Leffingwell for mayor and was immediately filled with sadness [“'Chronicle' Endorsements,” News, April 24]. In my 13 years as a resident of Austin, I have never felt so alienated from the Chronicle editorial staff. We are at a major crossroads as a city..."

Introducing ... Lee's Long List
News Story  August 28, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...Mayor Lee Leffingwell announced his community cabinet this week, fulfilling a campaign promise to be regularly advised by community leaders. Many of the names should be familiar, as they include several City Hall regulars from the fields of business, development, government, education, arts, and social services..."

Leffingwell? Leffingwell?
Re-election campaigning Bueller style
DAILY News  February 17, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Really, there are only four words you need for this one. Lee Leffingwell..."

The Mayor's Race: Shea vs. Leffingwell
Conversations with the candidates
News Story  April 27, 2012
"...Early voting ends May 8; election day is Saturday, May 12. A few weeks ago, as the campaigns got rolling in earnest, Chronicle reporters Michael King and Amy Smith sat down separately for one-on-one interviews with incumbent Mayor Lee Leffingwell and challenger (and former council member) Brigid Shea..."

Leffingwell and Company's Absurd Evening Parking Meter Fine
Postmarks  October 8, 2011
"...Dear Editor, Congratulations to the 640 people who received tickets for Lee Leffingwell and company's absurd evening parking meter fines. You folks have the opportunity to form a new citizens group..."

Leffingwell Announces Book Club Picks
Two books explore war at home and abroad
DAILY Books  February 11, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Mayor Lee Leffingwell will introduce the authors at a kickoff event on Saturday, March 5, 2pm, at the John Henry Faulk Central Library (800 Guadalupe). Stay tuned for further details about the citywide campaign – years past have seen events like lectures, reading groups, and films, all geared toward getting the town talking...."

Leffingwell 'Troubled' by Sanders Report
City officials respond to KeyPoint report revelations into APD shooting
DAILY News  May 9, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...First, Mayor Lee Leffingwell,'s statement: The Austin City Council was advised by the City Attorney several months ago that the unredacted version of the KeyPoint report was not legally available to the Council for review. As such, the Council remained unaware of the full details until they were reported in the media..."

Austin Needs Leffingwell
Postmarks  April 30, 2009
"...Dear Editor, The well-documented endorsement of City Councilman Lee Leffingwell ["'Chronicle' Endorsements," News, April 24] had me cheering and appreciating the efforts put into the Chronicle board’s decision. His abilities as a consensus-builder and leader who has the necessary skills and experience to work with diverse groups were noted and are some reasons I agree with your decision. Leffingwell’s advocacy and strong support for our city’s social services is especially significant now that our economy has caused such an increase in demand for services and a decrease in private funding..."

Leffingwell Endorsement Boggles the Mind
Postmarks  April 23, 2009
"...the Statesman. The Chronicle's endorsement of Lee Leffingwell over Brewster McCracken, however, boggles my mind [“'Chronicle' Endorsements,” News, April 24]..."

City Hall Hustle: Leffingwell on Draft
Supporters tap Leffingwell for Mayor
DAILY News  December 16, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...State "resign to run" laws mean Lee Leffingwell can't do any campaigning for Mayor until January without triggering a special election – but that doesn't mean a band of supporters, including some political heavyweights, can't float the idea like so many drained kegs. The Hustle documents...."

New Leffingwell Ad
If you're friends with Lee, then you're friends with … Mike Martinez, apparently.
DAILY News  May 6, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...While a 30-second spot has started airing on TV, here's the extended version of Lee Leffingwell's second campaign spot:..."

Town Lake Setback Variances Non-Starters for Martinez, Leffingwell
CMs already against variance request coming before boards and commissions starting tonight.
DAILY News  August 28, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...As setback variances along Town Lake Lady Bird Lake begin to wind their way through the board and commissions system, City Council members are taking preemptive measures voicing their disapproval with the request. Earlier today Mike Martinez fired off this press release announcing his reluctance to "begin dismantling the Town Lake Waterfront Overlay piece by piece." We also just received an email from Lee Leffingwell stating he agrees..."

McCracken Hits the Campaign Circuit
Mayor Pro Tem announces run at solar panel plant, but Leffingwell supporters still wax sunny
DAILY News  December 8, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...Not to be outdone, supporters of Lee Leffingwell – thought strong competition for McCracken, yet incapable of announcing his candidacy until January, lest he trigger a financially (and politically) costly special election – today announced a committee to "draft" Leffingwell into the race. “Draft Lee Leffingwell For Mayor”was unveiled today by longtime parks and open space dude Ted Siff; a website, public rally, and fundraisers are all apparently in the works...."

Meeker Officially Declares for Council
RG4N spokesman challenges Leffingwell.
DAILY News  February 6, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...After what seemed like an eternity of almost-but-not-quite declaring, Jason Meeker, the communications chairman of Responsible Growth for Northcross, finally made it official: He is challenging incumbent Lee Leffingwell for Place 1 on the City Council. Standing in the strip mall marking lot that houses Zinger Hardware, Terra Toys, and other small businesses that he believes will be threatened by the Wal-Mart Supercenter planned for the former Northcross Mall property across Anderson Lane, Meeker called Leffingwell and his supporters "Austin insiders" who were more interested in downtown development and benefiting developers than standing up for neighborhoods. Since his announcement and the press Q&A that followed was relatively brief, I have transcribed the entire event after the jump. We presume that the requisite inflammatory comments will quickly get posted by our mild-mannered blog regulars...."

How People More Important Than You Are Voting
McCracken, Leffingwell list prominent prog, small biz supporters
DAILY News  April 8, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...The celebrity endorsement game, which my boss Michael King touched on in his last column, went into overtime this week, with both Lee Leffingwell and Brewster McCracken presenting lists of our betters as their backers...."

WTP4 Still Running?
More on the controversial waterworks
DAILY News  August 13, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...4 dead as the salamanders it will surely murder (Just joking … or am I?). Lee Leffingwell sent out this mass emailing following his successful substitute resolution Thursday delaying construction of WTP4 at the headwaters of Bull Creek for a year..."

City Hall on Wheels
Mayor Leffingwell to kick off Texas Rollergirls' 2010 season
DAILY Sports  February 27, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's official: If you don't make it to the opening bout of the Texas Rollergirls' 2010 season this Sunday, Feb. 28, you are less cool than Mayor Lee Leffingwell..."

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