News Archives - Header
News Archives - Civics Mobile

Local government is important. It’s the branch of government that affects your life the most, and yet, many of us can barely remember the name of our mayor or City Council member. That’s why we break it all down for you in a way that’s clear, easy-to-understand, and even a little fun.  No PhD in poli sci needed!

 

New to The Austin Common? Here’s two ways we suggest learning more about local government:

#1 – Get yourself a copy of “A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government: Austin Edition.” 

#2 – Start reading our Civics 101 news stories, conveniently laid out for you below. 

Episode 2 - Rail For Austin?
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Rail For Austin? You Decide (Episode 2)

In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury goes over the basics of Prop A, which, if approved by voters in November, could bring a $7.1 billion transit system to Austin. We also take a deep dive into Austin’s transportation history

Read More »
The Austin Common Radio Hour
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Why Local Elections Matter (Episode 1)

In the first-ever episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury talks about why voting in local elections is so important, kicking off a series of election-themed episodes to get you prepped for November!   Guests include : Austin City Council Member Greg

Read More »
Guide to COA elections
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The City of Austin Elections

Summary There are several important races on the local ballot this year, including 5 City Council seats and 2 propositions that could impact the future of transportation in Austin. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! And don’t forget to vote in these important local races as

Read More »
Vote By Mail
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

So You Wanna Vote By Mail In Texas

Summary With a global pandemic still raging and a long list of problems at the US Postal Service, concerns over voting by mail in the November election are high. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! Make a plan now and decide if you’re going to vote

Read More »
Climate Equity
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

The Austin Climate Equity Plan, Explained

Summary The City of Austin Office of Sustainability has just released a draft of the Austin Climate Equity Plan, which lays out a roadmap for Austin to reduce its emissions by 52% by 2030. Action Box Look through the new plan and then share your

Read More »
Redistricting 1
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Want To Impact Austin Politics For The Next 10 Years?

Summary Every 10 years, Austin’s City Council districts are redrawn by an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Applications for new members are being accepted until Sept. 30th. Action Box Learn more about the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and consider applying! Want to impact Austin politics for

Read More »
Final Budget
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

The City Has A New Budget. Was Your Voice Heard?

Summary Austin City Council recently approved the city’s 2020-2021 budget after months of debate over police spending. Action Box Even though the budget is finalized, there’s still a lot of work to be done, so stay engaged! Follow your favorite nonprofit/ advocacy organization, as well

Read More »
State of the City
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

What is the state of the city? A recap of the mayor’s speech

On Wednesday night, Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered his annual State of the City Address, discussing his major priorities & goals for the city. Didn’t have a chance to watch? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our handy little guide. You can also watch

Read More »
Budget Update
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Budget 101: An Update on APD’s Budget

Summary The city is in the process of developing a budget for its new fiscal year (which starts on October 1st). The main point of debate & discussion is over the police department budget. Action Box Get involved in the city’s budget process! Sign up

Read More »