Austin Sanders

Staff Writer

Austin was born and raised in and around Austin, and now’s he covering City Hall for the Chronicle, a staple of his news diet growing up. He was educated at Texas State University, and has previously written for the Statesman and CultureMap Austin, as well as online film publications.

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Council Contemplates Consensus Changes to the Code
Council Contemplates Consensus Changes to the Code
As the Land Development Code languishes in court, City Council looks for other ways change what can be built where

News, Nov. 24, 2021

Council Recap: New 4 U In 2022, It’s VMU2
Council Recap: New 4 U In 2022, It’s VMU2
City Hall dives into reworking its housing bonus programs

News, Nov. 19, 2021

Council and Advocates Balk at New Municipal Court Security Force
Council and Advocates Balk at New Municipal Court Security Force
Would a proposed a stand-alone City Marshal Office be unmarshaled?

News, Nov. 18, 2021

District Attorney Unveils Multipart Strategy to Curb Gun Violence
District Attorney Unveils Multipart Strategy to Curb Gun Violence
Instruments of peace

News, Nov. 18, 2021

Local Candidates Launch Their 2022 Campaigns
Local Candidates Launch Their 2022 Campaigns
Off to the races with Greg Casar, Eddie Rodriguez, and Jose "Chito" Vela

News, Nov. 11, 2021

Audit: Uri Was Bad, City Made It Worse
Audit: Uri Was Bad, City Made It Worse
Report faults shortcomings in disaster preparedness in city's winter storm response

News, Nov. 11, 2021

Nine APD Officers No-Billed in Aquantis Griffin Shooting
Nine APD Officers No-Billed in Aquantis Griffin Shooting
Grand jury clears officers who killed 21-year-old in 2018 shooting

News, Nov. 11, 2021

Sexual Assault Survivors Watch Warily as APD Touts Change
Sexual Assault Survivors Watch Warily as APD Touts Change
Is everything really different under the new police chief?

News, Nov. 4, 2021

Election Results: Austin Can Save Itself, Thanks
Election Results: Austin Can Save Itself, Thanks
Pro-policing GOP-aligned campaigners crash into city’s fiscal reality on Election Day

News, Nov. 4, 2021

Concerns About Equity and Worker Safety Push Project Connect Negotiations Into Overtime
Concerns About Equity and Worker Safety Push Project Connect Negotiations Into Overtime
Council to pass the joint (powers agreement)

News, Nov. 4, 2021

Council Recap: Despite
Council Recap: Despite "Positive Strides," APD Academy's Not Reimagined Yet
Chief, advocates agree that more changes must be made

News, Oct. 22, 2021

Battle Over APD Staffing Gets Louder
Battle Over APD Staffing Gets Louder
With early voting underway, campaigns for, against Proposition A heat up

News, Oct. 21, 2021

City Council: On South Lamar, Who Can We Trust?
City Council: On South Lamar, Who Can We Trust?
With new zoning, housing project developer commits to some income-restricted units

News, Oct. 21, 2021

Hiring More Police Is Not a Great Way to Prevent Murders
Hiring More Police Is Not a Great Way to Prevent Murders
A closer look at Austin's growing number of homicides

News, Oct. 14, 2021

At Council: More Apartments, North and South
At Council: More Apartments, North and South
Council considers two zoning cases facing opposition from surrounding neighbors

News, Oct. 14, 2021

Austin Firefighters Association Says Nay to Proposition A
Austin Firefighters Association Says Nay to Proposition A
Over 50% of AFA members vote to oppose police staffing initiative

News, Oct. 7, 2021

Amid Tough Questioning, Council Confirms Chacon as New Police Chief
Amid Tough Questioning, Council Confirms Chacon as New Police Chief
Alter, Kelly vote against longtime APD insider

News, Oct. 2, 2021

Firefighters Vote to Oppose Police Union-Backed Proposition A
Firefighters Vote to Oppose Police Union-Backed Proposition A
A "bad law that will actually hurt public safety overall"

News, Oct. 1, 2021

Austin Police Live by Their Own COVID Rules, It Seems
Austin Police Live by Their Own COVID Rules, It Seems
A closer look at vaccine and mask policies among Austin's first responders

News, Sept. 30, 2021

Austin Moves Up Target Date for Net-Zero Emissions Goal
Austin Moves Up Target Date for Net-Zero Emissions Goal
City emphasizes equity as it ramps up climate action

News, Sept. 30, 2021

What Happened After Last Summer's Black Lives Matter Protests? APD Won't Say.
What Happened After Last Summer's Black Lives Matter Protests? APD Won't Say.
City doesn't want to make after-action report reviewing APD's response public

News, Sept. 23, 2021

City Manager Names Interim Chief Joseph Chacon as Chief of Austin PD
City Manager Names Interim Chief Joseph Chacon as Chief of Austin PD
APD veteran awaits City Council confirmation next week

News, Sept. 22, 2021

Record-Breaking Murder Count, Still a Low Murder Rate. Huh!
Record-Breaking Murder Count, Still a Low Murder Rate. Huh!

News, Sept. 16, 2021

Council Funds “One-Stop Shop” to Help Former Prisoners
Council Funds “One-Stop Shop” to Help Former Prisoners
A relatively light agenda approved notable items related to the criminal justice system

News, Sept. 9, 2021

Yay, Nay Campaigns on Proposition A Get Underway
Yay, Nay Campaigns on Proposition A Get Underway
Ballot initiative centered on APD staffing finds friends and foes

News, Sept. 9, 2021

Council Recap: Help for Former Prisoners, An APD Shooting Settlement
Council Recap: Help for Former Prisoners, An APD Shooting Settlement
Also, a split decision in SAN 2.0 ballot language suit

News, Sept. 3, 2021

Confusion Continues in Police Academy Reboot
Confusion Continues in Police Academy Reboot
Efforts to revise the curriculum taught at the Austin police academy proceed in turmoil

News, Sept. 2, 2021

Council Gets Briefed on Controversial I-35 Expansion Plans
Council Gets Briefed on Controversial I-35 Expansion Plans
Let the road rage commence

News, Sept. 2, 2021

Two APD Officers Indicted for Murder in 2019 Shooting of Mauris DeSilva
Two APD Officers Indicted for Murder in 2019 Shooting of Mauris DeSilva
Death led to calls for better mental health crisis response

News, Aug. 27, 2021

Council Backs New Housing on City-Owned Crestview Site
Council Backs New Housing on City-Owned Crestview Site
Multiuse proposal includes 344 housing units, plus service and retail space

News, Aug. 26, 2021

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