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Public Citizen Tom “Smitty” Smith Looks Back on a Life Well Lived
The man in the white hat's relentless hard work and willed optimism
"...The appearance of Public Citizen Execu­tive Director Tom Smith at the November meeting..."

Dec. 16, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

In the Public We Trust
Is the Public More Trustworthy Than City Staff?
"...alone explain the difficulty surrounding its emancipation from the public world. Similarly large hairballs have also occurred of late..."

Oct. 11, 1996 News Column by Alex de Marban

Law Abiding Citizen
Vigilante justice may be just what the law requires in this film starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx.
"...justice system? Sounds promising so far, but Law Abiding Citizen ends on an even grimmer note, stuck fast between..."

Oct. 16, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Independent Citizen's Commission for Redistricting Is the Answer
"...on a petition showing grassroots support for an independent citizen's commission for redistricting. We got hundreds of signatures and..."

Aug. 13, 2003 Postmarks

Public Notice
"...Austin Alliance for Democracy and the Texas office of Public Citizen present a Public Forum on Multilateral Agreement on..."

Nov. 28, 1997 Column by Kate X Messer

Public Downsizing
Reynolds Wants Public To Lay Off
"...a man with such seemingly small regard for the public would care to put himself in the hottest seat..."

Sept. 13, 1996 News Column by Alex de Marban

Time for Public Financing of Elections
"...I can spend some time and energy advocating for public financing of campaigns and against corporate corruption and for..."

April 13, 2008 Postmarks

Public Notice
Holiday Hades
"...notions, tchotchkes, what have you... to submit for the "Public Notice" section Blue Lights Anonymous which will run throughout..."

Oct. 11, 1996 Column by Kate X Messer

Public Notice
" wake up some mornings feeling like nuclear waste? Public Citizen and the Sensible Mothers and others Against Radioactive..."

July 25, 1997 Column by Kate X Messer

Everyone's CNU: Free Public Events
"...CNU conference events listed below are open to the public. Citizen activists, students, developers and real estate professionals, elected..."

March 28, 2008 News Feature

CodeNEXT Public Hearings Open to Austin Residents
When and where you can give feedback on the land use code rewrite
"...with the City Clerk to put the rewrite to public vote). Though time is waning, residents (renters, homeowners, business..."

April 18, 2018 News Post by Sarah Marloff

New Citizen Media App Launches in Austin
Be alert. Be empowered. Free what you see.
"...Launching this month, is a new citizen media platform that allows you to become the media..."

Feb. 4, 2021 Events Post

Citizen Mary
A Profile of Mary Arnold, Advocate for Austin
"...more months until finally a backroom deal came together. Citizens, naturally, did not care for the dubious maneuvering that..."

April 5, 2002 News Feature by Amy Smith

Public Notice – CodeNEXT: Where We Stand
Taking stock after a hectic week
"...• The city clerk certified the Community Not Commodity citizen petition, seeking to force a November election that would..."

April 27, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Going With the Flow
Council chases the dream of shorter meetings
"...Council meetings, to avoid long agendas and "foster greater public participation"..."

Jan. 16, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

A (Citizen Review) Panel of Experts?
New police contract places term limits on CRP
"...empowering the Office of the Police Monitor and its Citizen Review Panel, which meets monthly to discuss complaints and..."

Dec. 15, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

A (Citizen Review) Panel of Experts?
Council considers police contract today at 3pm
"...empowering the Office of the Police Monitor and its Citizen Review Panel, which meets monthly to discuss complaints and..."

Dec. 13, 2017 News Post by Nina Hernandez

Public Notice: Boards and Commissions in Revolt
Moving meetings out of City Hall is not a popular idea
"...Adjustment – over city staff's plan to move their public meetings from City Hall to the new Permitting and..."

Dec. 3, 2021 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Happy Earth Day!
"...aiming to "create a global expansion of open source citizen science data and opportunities for civic engagement" by aggregating..."

April 17, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: A Groving Consensus?
Plus various options for getting carried away
"...Pool and carried forward by a small army of citizen volunteers, hadn't been pushing so hard for more disclosure..."

Sept. 30, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Ten Years Later, Police Misconduct Case Goes Public
Austin's police-review panel hears Lucy Neyens' allegations of "official oppression" against Detective Howard Staha.
"...The Office of the Police Monitor's city-appointed Citizen Review Panel on Monday heard testimony regarding an allegation..."

May 23, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Citizen-Owned Campaigns May Be Only Remedy
"...the legislative attacks on unions [“Page Two,” April 8], citizen-owned campaigns may be the only remedy to the hijacking..."

April 8, 2011 Postmarks

Toll Decision Needs Citizen Vote
"...congestion. Since it was approved, tens of thousands of citizens have voiced concern that this plan will do little..."

Sept. 14, 2004 Postmarks

Public Notice: Government by Committee
Tonight's Town Hall: First step in a "New Way Forward"
"...(Thursday, Jan. 22), to the "special-called City Council meeting, public hearing, and interactive town hall" to discuss the sweeping..."

Jan. 23, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Displacement Bad
New task force report finds room to improve
"...The Austin Anti-Displacement Task Force presented its Final Recommendations..."

Nov. 30, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Trick or Treat!
Scary times for CodeNEXT
"...unsettled: a 90-minute session afforded barely enough time for citizen communication, a truncated staff presentation, several commissioners expressing their..."

Oct. 27, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Good City, Bad City
City staff does some things right, some things wrong
"...on to City Council. Thus far there's been little public reaction, but expect to hear a lot more about..."

Sept. 2, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Out of Their Cold, Dead Brains
GOP refuses to be sensible about guns
"...action to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.'"..."

Jan. 8, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Lily Tomlin, Citizen of Austin
The comedian on our town, Ann Richards, and getting hitched
" been surprised by the sea change in the public's response to this subject?..."

Feb. 27, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

New Police Contract Would Allow Public Release of Citizen Review Panel Documents
Officers must vote to approve new four-year contract
"...a concession that would allow the city to release publicly all disciplinary recommendations made by the Citizen Review Panel..."

June 10, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

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