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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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Dr. Murillo
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Net-Zero Hero: Dr. Rosamaria Murillo

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 volunteer with El

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Austin Energy Rates - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Austin Energy Rate Increases, Explained

Summary Austin City Council is getting close to making a final decision on proposed increases to electricity rates at Austin Energy. Action Box Have thoughts about the rate increases? Sign up to speak at Council’s December 1st meeting or send an email to your Council

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My ATX Water
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Save Water (And Money) With My ATX Water

About Austin Water This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Water, our city’s publicly-owned water utility. Action Box Click the badge above to sign up for the My ATX Water customer portal. This post is sponsored by Austin Water. All Austin Common sponsors

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Propositions
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To Local Ballot Propositions

Summary Austin voters will see several propositions on the ballot this year. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Election Day is on November 8th and early voting begins on October 24th. Have you noticed all of the propositions on your ballot this year? Wondering what

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District 1 Podcast
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101: Austin City Council District 1

In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with the candidates running for City Council in District 1 (east Austin).    You’ll hear interviews with: Misael D. Ramos Clinton Rarey Melonie House-Dixon Natasha Harper-Madison   You can hear this

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District 8 Podcast
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101: Austin City Council District 8

In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with the candidates running for City Council in District 8 (southwest Austin).    You’ll hear interviews with Paige Ellis Antonio D. Ross Kimberly P. Hawkins (Richard Smith did not respond to

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District 9 Podcast
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101: Austin City Council District 9

In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with the candidates running for City Council in District 9 (downtown/central Austin).    You’ll hear interviews with: Zena Mitchell Zohaib “Zo” Qadri Greg Smith Joah Spearman Ben Leffler Linda Guerrero Tom

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Mayoral Election
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The Austin Mayoral Election

Summary Six candidates are running to be the next mayor of Austin. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Election Day is on November 8th and early voting begins on October 24th. This year, Austinites have a big decision to make… who will be the next

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Mayoral Podcast
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Elections 101: Who Should Be The Next Mayor Of Austin?

In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with the candidates running to be the next mayor of Austin.    You’ll hear interviews with Celia Israel Kirk Watson Jennifer Virden Phil Campero Brual (Anthony Bradshaw and Gary S. Spellman

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