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Former Fleet Services Manager Says Scrap Tires Only a Symptom
Fired whistleblower says city has ignored serious problems for years
"...Officials in the city's Fleet Services department were reportedly warned about problems in the..."

Aug. 4, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Tires on the Move: What About Fleet Services?
Questions pile up as the pile of tires comes down
"...week began cleaning up the mess made by its Fleet Services Division, ultimately responsible for abandoning roughly 6,000 scrap..."

Feb. 19, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Former Fleet Services Manager Says Scrap Tires Only a Symptom
Fired whistle-blower says management has ignored serious problems for years
"...Officials in the city's Fleet Services department were reportedly warned about problems in the..."

Aug. 6, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Kicking the Tires at Fleet
City whistle-blower confirms that the trouble at Fleet Services has been much worse than scrap tires and bad record-keeping. And nobody in charge wanted to hear it.
" the Chron­icle show that officials within the city's Fleet Services Division, and many others in City Hall –..."

July 2, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: The City's Tired Story
Fleet Services may be cleaning up those tires, but there's still a big mess
"...Smith has uncovered tire "disposal" practices at the city's Fleet Services department that are at best incompetent and negligent..."

Dec. 18, 2009 News Column by Michael King

The Tire Mound of Mystery
Thousands of city tires lie moldering southeast of town – and the city is claiming ignorance
"...from every type of vehicle managed by the city's Fleet Services Divi­sion – including police cruisers, ambulances, garbage trucks,..."

Dec. 4, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Did City Pay Twice to Scrap Tires?
The tires are gone, but the controversy still molders
"...away and "disposed of"? That, says city of Austin Fleet Officer Gerry Calk, is a question he can't currently..."

April 16, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Untiring Efforts
The investigation has just begun, but already one city employee has been put on administrative leave
"...this week, the city of Austin has placed one Fleet Services Division employee on administrative leave pending further investigation,..."

Dec. 11, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Xtreme Solution
APD squad cars will now have 'no-idle' battery packs sufficient to run new video hardware – but did city officials fall for a system too expensive and impractical?
" The group – including employees of the city's Fleet Services Division, Wireless Communications Services Division, APD, and purchasing..."

Dec. 2, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

City Still Mired in Tires
Documents reflect management problems within Fleet Services
"...pages of documents concerning parts-tracking problems at the city's Fleet Services Division. We're still reviewing the documents, but they..."

Dec. 25, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Affordability Restructuring
"...IS UNDER: Facilities & Maintenance Parks & Rec. Building Services Division Financial & Administrative Services Vehicle Maintenance Parks &..."

Sept. 12, 1997 News Feature

Top 9 Enviro Stories
"...recycling program, the city booted its old-school Solid Waste Services director upstairs and hired a new green-minded leader to..."

Jan. 1, 2010 News Feature by Amy Smith

Official Tire Manifest Forms Provided by the City of Austin
"...this representative form, provided by the city of Austin's Fleet Services Division, only the first two sections are completed,..."

Dec. 4, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...Betty Dunkerley, director of the city's Financial and Administrative Services, sent one of her department heads packing. David Healey,..."

Oct. 3, 1997 News Feature

City Hall Hustle: Fault Lines
KeyPoint blunders point to weakness in council-manager government
"...stonewall the Chronicle's investigation of corruption in the city's Fleet Services division; and issued a bevy of other creative..."

May 28, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 4/6/10
Get yer council programs right here!
"...Item 22: A $29,000 extension with Baytown, Texas’ Liberty..."

April 6, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...internal communications about any possible wrongdoing within the city's Fleet Services Division made to City Manager Marc Ott or..."

Feb. 26, 2010 News Feature

It's Not Easy Being Green
The city's Office of Sustainability is still trying to find a sustainable mission
" the ambitious Climate Protection Program, the Carbon Neutral Fleet Plan, and the plastic bag ban, as well as..."

April 5, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Playback: Come & Take It
On Austin as a metal town, and a leaked shortlist for the next Austin Music Office boss
"...February. Don Pitts, who helmed the Music & Entertainment Division since its 2010 formulation, resigned mid-winter due to discontent..."

July 7, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

State Gives Almaguer Deadline for Tire Cleanup
Tire shop owner must comply with state law, says TCEQ
" Bill Janousek, Tire Program manager for the city's Fleet Ser­vices Division, but that he has not been paid..."

Jan. 29, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Crash-Scene Budget
The budget balances, and stitching is transparent
" summarize the budget in broad strokes, note which services and programs made the cut and which didn't, and..."

July 31, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

High Stress at EMS
ATCEMS saves lives every day, but the stresses of the job have high costs
"..."be done with this place," Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services paramedic Ryan Burger took a Glock 40 pistol to..."

May 8, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

How Medical Cannabis Provider Compassionate Cultivation Is Adapting to COVID-19
Ineligible for federal aid, Compassionate Cultivation adjusts to a new paradigm: more deliveries and less contact
"...jumped to 80% – an impossible workload for their fleet of three customized Priuses...."

May 1, 2020 News Feature by Kevin Curtin

Council: Meet Your Waterloo
"...almost precisely, according to AW mapping, with the low-to-high division of current water usage from east to west...."

May 13, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Campfire Horror Story
How Carole Keeton Strayhorn and the state destroyed a healing camp for kids
"...School. Inside the Chevy Suburb­ans were Texas Child Protective Services caseworkers who'd come to take custody of 22 foster..."

Nov. 21, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Ecology Action: Recycled by Zoning?
Neighboring 'cop shop' garage dissatisfied with EA's upkeep
"...landed in the sights of the city's Solid Waste Services Zoning Enforcement division. The complaints that initiated the city..."

Oct. 14, 2005 News Feature

Sara Hensley Turns Over a New Leaf
The new PARD director has big ideas – to realize them, she'll have to raise big bucks
"...and cousins. Her family lives in a Southwest Austin subdivision, but she tows her sons to parks all over..."

July 24, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

City Hall Gets Better at the Basic Business of Budgeting
Early indicators are good, but difficult fiscal conversations linger
"...modest, enhancements elsewhere on the political ledger: new victim services counselors, more funding for DNA evidence processing (including rape..."

Aug. 16, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

"Neighborhood Bound: Austin's Mobile Libraries" & Unbound: Sin Fronteras
"...a three-decade run for the Austin Public Library's bookmobile fleet. Rising fuel costs and budgetary issues put the brakes..."

July 10, 2015 Arts Feature

Off the Desk:
"...could be the next manager of Texas' privatized welfare services program. That's the word from Tuesday's Detroit Free Press,..."

Sept. 20, 1996 News Feature

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