Former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia joined the race for Senate District 6 November 9th. Among the communities of South East Houston she once represented, she has become synonymous with quality of life projects.

South East Houston Juggernaut Sylvia Garcia Joins The SD-6 Race

Many speculated it. Few denied it. And today, former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia declared it. Sylvia Garcia, a juggernaut of South East Houston politics, will be running for the open Senate District 6 seat left open after the loss of long time Houston East End politician Senator Mario Gallegos. Even all the way up […]

City Council voted in a surprising 6-1 fashion Tuesday, leaving the mayor as the sole "nay" vote to this year's City budget.

Bold or Bust? Mayor Leffingwell Takes Stance on Budget

It seems Austin city politics has been experiencing a flurry of firsts and unprecedented actions this past year. The most recent example is last night’s City Council budget meeting in which Mayor Lee Leffingwell chose to fight a city-wide budget he believed carried too heavy a burden on tax-payers. Leffignwell was the sole “nay” vote […]

Austin City Council will be reviewing City Manager Marc Ott's performance record this upcoming Thursday.

City Manager Ott Faces Scrutiny, Remains Best Option For Austin

This Thursday, Austin City Council will have their regularly scheduled opportunity to scrutinize, critique, and maybe even praise City Manager Marc Ott. The review process is not sliding by the way side; in fact, many opponents of the City manager are gearing up for the opportunity. Ott, a transplant from Fort Worth, is an interesting […]

Austin City Council in a "Work Session" as opposed the more traditionally attended and covered Council Meetings.

City Council Rebukes Petitioners, Takes Up Independent Plan

Austin City Council set a new precedent in public process this morning when they chose to vote on a controversial Council plan in one of their “Work Sessions.” The plan, which calls for an amendment to the City’s Charter, would create 8 council seats filled by unique districts, 2 at-large seats filled by city wide […]

Beautiful day on the main mall

Save Our Springs: 20 Years Later, Reflections From a 22 Year Old

This week, many Austinites will be celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the Save Our Springs movement. The movement, which many affectionately reference as a major turning point in Austin’s political history, was born out of Austin’s long tenured anti-development sentiment and blossomed into a community-wide push for environmentally sensitive development. It conquered the daunting […]