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Dismantling Family Planning
Advocates say a state Senate budget rider would cripple delivery of health care to poor women
DAILY News  March 17, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Family planning advocates are decrying a new state Senate budget rider that they say would dismantle a health care system that provides care for thousands of uninsured (and underinsured) Texas women. Senate budget rider 56, authored by Sen..."

Dismantling Family Planning Pt. 2
House budget amendment would subvert access to reproductive services
DAILY News  April 16, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...The Chisum amendment would completely rearrange the way Texas' Dept. of State Health Services allocates roughly $42 million in funds to family planning providers -- a reorganization of "funding priorities" that would make the agency's lowest funding priority a large group of providers that currently provide services to the vast majority of women..."

Coalition to Advocate for Increased Family Planning Funding
Full funding will increase state savings
DAILY News  January 25, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...As the Legislative session gets under way, serious questions persist about the future of women's health care funding – and there's a new player in town ready with an answer to cure the state's family-planning woes...."

Family Planning Clinics to Seek Federal Funds on Own
Cutting the state out of women's health
DAILY News  November 19, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...It's been a rough few years for the state's family planning providers, who've had to contend with drastic funding cuts and clinic closures – and now they're fighting back. In the new year a group of providers is hoping to take the reins and provide funding directly to providers, cutting the state health department out of the loop...."

Texas Family Planning (Still) Costs More, Serves Fewer Women
State serves 77% fewer women in 2013
DAILY News  November 19, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...In fiscal year 2013 – for the second year in a row – the number of women served by the state's family planning budget dropped dramatically, while costing the state significantly more money per patient...."

Majority of Texas Voters Favor State-Funded Family Planning
And disapprove of 2011 fam-plan budget cuts
DAILY News  February 19, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...A majority of Texans – across racial, political, and religious lines – support access to family planning for women regardless of their ability to pay, and disapprove of the drastic cuts lawmakers made to the family planning budget in 2011 that last year left more than 127,000 women without access to reproductive health care...."

Brutal Budget Amendments Target Family Planning Funds
Deep cuts proposed for health programs, more money for GOP pet projects
DAILY News  April 1, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Lawmakers in the House are now debating amendments to House Bill 1, that chamber's budget bill. And, at present, lawmakers are considering amendments to Article II, health and human services funding – including amendments that cut services for family planning and preventative health services for women, children and families...."

Pro-Lifer to Oversee Nation's Family-Planning Program
DAILY News  November 20, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...16 that he had chosen pro-lifer Dr. Eric Keroack as his new appointee to oversee the nation’s family-planning program at the Department of Health and Human Services – from where nearly $300 million in federal funds is distributed annually among the states to fund, in large part, the providing of reproductive health care – notably, including access to contraceptives – to poor and uninsured women..."

The New Texas Family Planning
Slashed budgets and anti-abortion politics undermine women's health care
News Story  January 27, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...On Jan. 1, Planned Parenthood's East Seventh Street clinic, which has offered family planning and reproductive health services to low-income and uninsured women since the early Seventies, discontinued its popular walk-in service..."

Pity the Family-Planning Clinic
Budget rider targets specific family-planning operations
News Story  March 27, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...As reported last week ("Low-Income Women Could Take a Hit," March 20), family-planning advocates are up in arms over a proposed state Senate budget rider they fear would dismantle a health-care system that provides care for thousands of uninsured and underinsured Texas women. Senate budget rider 56, by Sen..."

Family Planning Torn Asunder
House strips funding for women's health care
News Story  April 8, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...On April 1, members of the Texas House overwhelmingly approved a series of budget amendments that remove millions of federal dollars from the state's family-planning program and direct it instead to other programs – like providing mental health care for children – that have also been underfunded as a result of the state's $27 billion budget shortfall. According to the Department of State Health Services, if the cuts remain in the state's final budget, two-thirds of the family-planning budget, more than $60 million, will be taken away from providing low-income, uninsured women access to preventative health care services...."

Most Texas Voters Favor State-Funded Family Planning
And disapprove of 2011 fam-plan budget cuts
News Story  February 22, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...A majority of Texans – across racial, political, and religious lines – support access to family planning for women regardless of their ability to pay, and disapprove of the drastic cuts lawmakers made to the family planning budget in 2011 that left more than 127,000 women without access to reproductive health care...."

Women's Coalition Wins Fed Family Planning Funding
Title X funds stripped from state health department
DAILY News  March 25, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...EARLIER: The federal government has pulled from the state of Texas millions in family planning funding, granting the money instead to a coalition led by the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, which says it can serve a greater number of women with the available funds...."

Family Planning Survives House Budget
Funding for family-planning centers reamins intact – for now
News Story  April 24, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...After an all-night floor debate lasting into the early hours April 18, the Texas House passed its version of a $178 billion state budget – and it leaves intact more than $42 million in funds earmarked for traditional family-planning health services for low-income women. That's good news for women's health-care advocates who went into the debate worried that lawmakers would completely dismantle the care network, a proposal floated in a budget amendment by Rep..."

Federal Family-Planning Honcho Resigns
Overseer of funds hits road after Medicaid officials initiate action against his private practice
News Story  April 6, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Eric Keroack, appointed by President George W. Bush to oversee the administration of federal family-planning funds, resigned his post last week after Medicaid officials initiated action against his private practice in Massachusetts..."

Lone Star Circle of Care Proud of Family-Planning Program
Postmarks  October 18, 2006
"...Dear Editor, In response to Jordan Smith's “Planned Parenthood Slashed Again" [News] article, dated Oct. 6, in which she mentions my organization, Lone Star Circle of Care: Midway through the initial family-planning grant cycle, it was apparent that we would not be able to spend the entire award; therefore we returned one-third of our funds to be redistributed appropriately..."

Family-Planning Budget
Families don't come first in this funding scheme
News Story  April 22, 2011
"...Robert Deuell's budget Rider 56. The client numbers have remained steady in the years since the swift drop, but the totals still represent only a fraction of the women in need of these services. Number of Family-Planning Clients Served..."

State Axes Anti-Choice Group's Family Planning Funds
The Heidi Group failed to meet their own patient target goals
DAILY News  August 23, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Last year, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission doled out a $1.6 million contract to the anti-abortion Heidi Group, as well as $5 million in January so it could distribute funds to boost family planning services to area providers. Now, the HHSC has snagged most of that money back after the group failed to meet its expected patient goals..."

Family Planning Contracts Approved
Opponents decry board's contracts with abortion providers
News Story  December 18, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...The contracts are part of a large program of family planning and reproductive health services that the city of Austin has provided for low-income women since the 1970s. When voters created the health care district in 2004, the contracts for family planning services moved from the city to the county..."

Pro-Lifer Appointed to Oversee Nation's Family-Planning Program
Bush announces that he has chosen pro-life doctor Eric Keroack as his new appointee to oversee family planning at Department of Health and Human Services
News Story  November 24, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...16 that he had chosen pro-life Dr. Eric Keroack as his new appointee to oversee the nation's family-planning program at the Department of Health and Human Services – which annually distributes nearly $300 million in federal funds among the states to fund, in large part, the providing of reproductive health care – notably, including access to contraceptives – to poor and uninsured women..."

Reproductive Health and Family Planning
News Story  May 11, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Medical Care? Unsurprisingly, lawmakers are decidedly less enthralled with expanding access to preventative reproductive health care, but there is one bright spot: Austin Rep. Mark Strama received encouraging bipartisan support for HB 1842, which directs the Health and Human Services Commission to undertake a five-year outreach and education campaign providing comprehensive reproductive and family-planning health care for poor women..."

Family Planning And Reproductive Health Services Equals Abortion
Postmarks  February 7, 2006
"...Dear Editor, Why doesn't the writer just call it abortion [“The New Texas Family Planning,” News, Jan. 27]? If it is so noble, why refuse to call it what it is?..."

Prehistoric Pregnancy Planning
Bush taps real live dinosaur as administrator of federal family-planning funds
News Story  October 26, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Once again, President George W. Bush has managed to find a real live dinosaur to appoint as administrator of federal family-planning funds: Last week he tapped Susan Orr, a former official with the Family Research Coun­cil, to head up the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs, which handles roughly $283 million in Title X welfare funding used to provide family-planning health-care services, including birth control, to more than 5 million low-income and uninsured women every year..."

Fam-Planning Uproar
Array of organizations signs on to letter urging Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to reconsider appointment of pro-life, anti-contraceptive doctor to be deputy assistant secretary for population affairs
News Story  December 1, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Twenty-four organizations – including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Organization for Women, and the Union of Concerned Scientists – signed on to a letter sent Nov. 21 to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, urging him to reconsider the appointment of pro-life, anti-contraceptive doctor Eric Keroack to be deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, charged with oversight and administration of the nation's family-planning program funds...."

Our Family Wedding
This is a formulaic wedding comedy about mismatched families, but thanks to several appealing performances, this rote exercise turns out better than most.
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Film Review  March 12, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia, Regina King, Lance Gross, Diana-Maria Riva, Lupe Ontiveros and Anjelah Johnson. “Our marriage, their wedding.” That’s the mantra lovebirds Lucia Ramirez (Ferrera) and Marcus Boyd (Gross) learn early in the process of their clamorous wedding planning..."

Gay Place: THE FAMILY WAY
This week is all about the ties that bind
Columns  June 29, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...Kin transcends conception. For us, it's about LGBT Family Planning and keeping yourself safe, legally..."

Fam Planning for County Uninsured Up for Vote
Senate dumps abortion-care coverage ban amendment, but what about Austin?
DAILY News  December 9, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...That argument has caught some traction in this down economy, yet still falls short on hard facts – indeed, the portion of tax dollars funding the program would, at best, amount to pennies on the dollar. Moreover, the funds go to support health care for more than 100,000 low-income women – including access to reproductive family-planning care that would help prevent the need for abortion...."

Public Notice: Planning for Better Plans
What's been going on at the local Planning and Zoning Department?
News Column  November 17, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...Austin's Office of the City Auditor on Monday issued an Audit of Neighborhood Planning – all in all, a pretty scathing review of the neighborhood planning process as it has been managed over the past 20 years by the Planning and Zoning Department and its predecessors at the city...."

UT Area Cautious -- at Best -- Over Planning Effort
Campus-area residents take their turn in the city's neighborhood-planning spotlight.
News Story  January 17, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...The six neighborhoods comprising the Central Austin Combined Neighborhood Planning Area cover a large swath of land dotted with historic structures worthy of preservation, enormous student-housing complexes, and rustic subdivisions, as well as popular destinations like Spider House, Wheatsville Co-op, and the Posse East (and the offices of The Austin Chronicle). Its inhabitants include students totally clueless about municipal affairs, as well as some of the most sophisticated and politicized residents in town..."

Public Notice: Planning for Affordability
Council tackles thorny zoning cases
News Column  September 22, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...22) are the first and last items on the zoning agenda: starting with the controversial Lenox Oaks development – which is asking to tear down the current Cactus Rose Mobile Home Park in Montopolis to build a new mixed-use development – and ending with the even more controversial Grove at Shoal Creek PUD proposal, finally making its first appearance at Council. Click their headlines to see more detail on those issues, but briefly, let me quote from the "Response to CodeNEXT Prescrip­tion Papers" which the Planning Commission issued this week, largely praising the city staff for their work on the ongoing Land Development Code rewrite process, but also pointing out some concerns about as-yet-unaddressed areas, including: "Demolition of modest housing in Austin's older neighborhoods to make way for larger, more expensive homes ....."

"So my family is in town..."
Events for Thanksgiving and beyond
DAILY Chrontourage  November 21, 2014, by Derek Van Wagner
"...Chances are they're planning on moving here, so they'll want to explore the city and not be cooped up in your living room with your 15 roommates. Here's a collection of events that will suit all the personalities our your wacky family...."

One Big Gay Happy Family?
QueerBomb and Austin Pride meet for a roundtable
Features Story  June 3, 2011, by Kate X Messer
"...AC: As you all approach planning your events, what does community mean to you with regard to gay celebration/LGBTQ togetherness?..."

CAMPO Needs to Inject Quantitative Measurements Into Planning
Postmarks  April 20, 2010
"...Dear Editor, The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is predicting, in their 2035 Plan, how we will travel and where we will live 25 years from now, but they are not taking into account the availability of basic commodities ["Point Austin," News, April 16]. Among critical lifestyle commodities are energy, water, and disposable income..."

Planning Commission Welcomes Input
Postmarks  May 21, 2007
"... Based on the rate of conversions of older central city housing to upscale units, one has to wonder: Had the city not allowed a zoning change to Stoneridge or Lamar and Manchaca, how long would the current developments hang on before converting to chain-store strip malls, fast-food pad sites, or expensive condos? If the incentives aimed at providing walkable retail and affordable housing sped up the redevelopment of these tracts, it is probably by only a short amount. The Planning Commission welcomes input about changes to the city code to promote affordability and reduced reliance on driving..."

Alcoa, von Gonten Family Reach Settlement in Legal Fight
Critics charge suit was meant to intimidate citizens
News Story  December 2, 2005, by Daniel Mottola
"...Observers suspected that Alcoa's six-figure claim was meant to intimidate, given McFaddin's successful lawsuit against the company on behalf of Lee and Bastrop counties citizens group Neighbors for Neighbors, which is opposed to Alcoa's efforts to get statewide rules for coal waste disposal relaxed. McFaddin is currently representing NFN and Public Citizen in new statewide proceedings with the Texas Railroad Commission, the federal Office of Surface Mining, and the EPA, in which the coal industry is allegedly planning another attempt to change the rules for its waste..."

No Family Is an Island
The Piersons on 'Reel Paradise'
Screens Story  September 30, 2005, by Spencer Parsons
"...Instead of in America, where everybody would be in their rooms with their headphones on, in Fiji we were together, we were enjoying it together and having ideas together and having an adventure together. And, in terms of the film itself, the kids were part of the planning and saw it in action, and they were smart about it..."

Past Planning Efforts
News Story  July 15, 1999
"...Viewed with hindsight, the Rainey plans now on the shelf contain a surprising number of what today sound like plausible, even fashionable, ideas. Here are some highlights of the history of Rainey planning:..."

Planning From The Neighborhoods Up
News Story  August 1, 1997
"...-- to get a conditional use permit before they can build projects for which those zoning districts are intended. This means that each project has to go before Planning Commission and council, that neighbors have to be notified, and all the other activity that normally surrounds a zoning change...."

Yates Family Buys Spicewood Vineyards
Manigolds set to live the good life
Food Story  October 19, 2007, by Wes Marshall
"...The main benefit is the Manigolds will now have time to do a little traveling. They're currently planning a trip to Italy, where they can sit on a porch, sip some wine, and watch someone else work a vineyard...."

Mark Killian's "Future Planning"
Second Place winner
Arts Story  February 18, 2016, by Mark Killian


Austin Energy Generation Resource Planning Task Force Recommendations: An Excerpt
News Story  December 25, 2009
"...e) any future generation planning advisory group should include representatives of residential and low-income consumers knowledgeable about energy affordability issues and solutions...."

A Family Affair
Local couple spins traditional kimchi
Food Story  July 31, 2014, by Jessi Cape
"...In mid-July, Oh Kimchi partnered with Crazy Korean Shopping to make the jars available for shipping nationwide. They just signed on with the local Whole Foods branches, and will go regional – almost 40 stores – by the end of the year. As if that wasn't enough, they're also crunching numbers to bring kimchi to schools, writing a cookbook, and planning a grab-and-go restaurant – with Long at the kitchen's helm. Referencing a favorite book, The Alchem­ist, Duane says, "We believe in manifesting our own destiny ....."

Swift's Attic Team Planning Chinese Concept for the Year of the Horse
Wu Chow is on the drawing board for Downtown in late 2014
DAILY Food  December 18, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood


Beside the Point: Planning What's Affordable
The Downtown Austin Plan comes lumbering toward its official adoption
News Column  November 11, 2011, by Michael King


Planning for the Future With LCRA
Postmarks  November 19, 2004


Texas Women's Health Care: Costs More, Does Less
With Planned Parenthood out, state serves fewer for more
DAILY News  November 30, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The number of clients served by the state's family planning budget dropped dramatically in fiscal year 2012, while the cost of serving those patients actually increased, according to Department of State Health Services records...."

'Everybody Loses'
Anti-abortion crusade will devastate health care
DAILY News  May 27, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...As of Friday afternoon, the Lege budget conferees have agreed to leave in place the nearly $62 million in cuts to the state’s family planning program, a move that advocates believe will mean dozens of small clinics will have to shutter their operations – and will result in more than 200,000 women left without access to basic health services...."

Pregnant Pause
Anti-abortion group is poised to siphon big chunk of indigent health-care funds
News Story  February 27, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Under the program, a pass-through entity, the Texas Pregnancy Care Network, contracts with the state to provide funds to so-called "crisis pregnancy centers," which are tasked with promoting childbirth and steering women away from abortion. The program has been controversial since its inception because it siphons funding from established family-planning providers, including Planned Parenthood, which provide actual medical and reproductive services for low-income and uninsured women, and funnels it to CPCs, which, by definition, are unregulated, provide no medical services, and offer only a narrow field of counseling – specifically restricted to childbirth and adoption options..."

State Blackmail Over Health Care Funding?
Is women's health funding in jeopardy?
DAILY News  June 20, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...For Fran Hagerty, CEO of the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, which earlier this year won the right to grant millions in federal family planning funding, there have been both good and not so good consequences of winning access to those Title X funds – funds that had previously been granted directly to the state for allocation...."

Texas Planned Parenthood Supporters Decry New Rules for Women's Health Program
But state plans to move forward without PP
DAILY News  September 5, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Supporters of the current Women's Health Program expressed concern yesterday that new rules for a revamped, state-run program would cause the provider base to dwindle, would interject government into the doctor-patient relationship, and could potentially leave thousands of poor women without access to basic health care or family planning services...."

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