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Welcome to The Austin Common news feed. This is where you’ll find all the latest, up-to-date info about what’s happening around town. Explore by topic, type, or just scroll through it all by looking at the “latest posts” section at the bottom of the page. 

Our news philosophy is simple. With all of our coverage, we try and do the following:

  • Keep it local

  • Keep it brief

  • Actually explain the news

  • Give you clear steps for action

  • Keep it positive

  • Keep it nonpartisan

You can learn about how we actually do this by clicking on each of our story types below. 

 

As a community-based news source, we’re here to serve you. That’s why we promise:

  • To follow journalistic principles of accuracy, fact-checking, multiple sources, and dedication to the truth

  • To immediately fix mistakes if they’re made and to be honest about how they happened

  • To approach our news coverage from a place of respect, civility, and kindness for our fellow Austinities

  • To honor the value of lived experiences (especially within marginalized communities) as well as expert testimony/ opinion 

  • To allow for open, two-way communication between our staff and readers, ensuring that our content is relevant and useful to you

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Can’t quite decide which type of news post you want to read? You can scroll through all of our latest posts below. 

Brandi Clark Burton
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Remembering The Austin EcoNetwork, 20 Years Later

Summary January 2023 marks 20 years since the founding of the Austin EcoNetwork by Brandi Clark Burton. Action Box Interested in getting involved in Brandi’s climate action work? Send her an email at ecobrandi@gmail.com. This month marks 20 years since the founding of the Austin

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88th Lege - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

The Legislature Is In Session. Here’s What You Need to Know

Summary The 88th Texas Legislative session officially began on January 10th. Action Box Click the badge above to figure out who represents you in the Texas Legislature. The 2023 Texas Legislative session officially began last week. Here what you need to know…  Republican state senators

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airport changes - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Big Changes Are Coming To The Austin Airport

About the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport This post is sponsored by our community partner, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, our city’s airport, which is owned and operated by the City of Austin. Action Box Attend the Airport Open House on January 19th from 5:30pm to 8pm at

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New Council - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

New Year, New City Council

Summary On January 6th, Austin’s new City Council was sworn into office. Action Box Click the badge above to look up your Council district and figure out who your new Council member is. We officially have a new Austin City Council! Keep scrolling to learn

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Zilker Park Vision Plan - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

What’s Going On With Zilker Park?

Summary In November, the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department released a draft of the Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan. Action Box Share your thoughts on the plan with city leadership! Click the badge above to fill out the city’s comment form through January

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Eileen and Lizett
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Net-Zero Heroes: Eileen McGinnis & Lizett Sanchez

About The Author This post is sponsored & written by The Office of Sustainability, the city department that is working toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just local food system, and climate resiliency. Action Box Click the badge above to sign up for

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Mayoral Runoff - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The Austin Mayoral Runoff Election

Summary The Austin mayoral election is headed to a runoff between Celia Israel & Kirk Watson. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Election Day is on December 13th and early voting begins on December 1st. Thought elections were over? Not yet!    The Austin mayoral

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Vision Zero - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Eliminating Traffic Deaths In Austin

About the City of Austin Transportation Dept. This post is sponsored by our community partner, the City of Austin Transportation Department, whose mission is to provide the safest and most efficient, cost-effective and sustainable roadway, bikeway, walkway and transit system for our community. Action Box

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Runoff Podcast - District 3 and mayor
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101 Runoff Edition: Mayor + District 3

Several local races are headed to a runoff! To make it easier for you to do your ballot research, we’re re-publishing some of our election episodes to feature only the candidates who made it to the runoff.   In this episode, you’ll hear interviews with

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