Homelessness is a triple threat — to public safety, public health, and most notably, a humanitarian crisis. The city and the council have already taken some significant moves to offer care and help keep people off the street, but there is more work to do. There is a debate ragingRead More →

Today, three Council Members and I signed off on a Austin City Council Message Board post spotlighting the need for Council to address difficult questions around Land Use. The post offered by District 1 Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen, District 3 Council Member Renteria, and myselfRead More →

It’s very exciting to see so many Council Members in agreement with the City Manager’s approach to reform our land code and that we will quickly be discussing and taking action on key policy issues. It is important that the Council provide clear direction on key policy drivers at theRead More →

Earlier this month, I was proud to march along side our amazing police department in the annual Pride Parade. It was a great showing of mutual support for the hard work we all do to improve our community and our city. As you may know, the City and the policeRead More →

Austin City Council Judicial Committee, of which I was appointed Chair in October 2017, has been hard at work over the last several months to design a process and make recommendations for Municipal Judge appointments for the Austin Municipal Court.  Those recommendations were approved unanimously by the committee this morningRead More →

As you may know, Austin City Council has been considering adopting a Paid Sick Leave ordinance mandating policy to provide certain benefits to employees of private employers.  I first want to thank the co-sponsors of the Paid Sick Leave (PSL) ordinance for the work they’ve done and the attention they’veRead More →