"...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..."
"...Ever wonder if Mayor Lee Leffingwell gets his polos at Jos. A..."
"...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: 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..."
"...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]..."
"...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.”..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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.)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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.”..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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."..."
"...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%...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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 to Accept Honor for Policies Supporting Military Personnel..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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%..."
"...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..."
"...Mayor-elect Lee Leffingwell announced his office staff today...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Really, there are only four words you need for this one. Lee Leffingwell..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...the Statesman. The Chronicle's endorsement of Lee Leffingwell over Brewster McCracken, however, boggles my mind [“'Chronicle' Endorsements,” News, April 24]..."
"...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...."
"...While a 30-second spot has started airing on TV, here's the extended version of Lee Leffingwell's second campaign spot:..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."