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City Hall Reporter

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Audrey McGlinchy is the City Hall reporter at KUT, covering the Austin City Council and the policies they discuss. She comes to Texas from Brooklyn, where she tried her hand at publishing, public relations and nannying. Audrey holds English and journalism degrees from Wesleyan University and the City University of New York. She got her start in journalism as an intern at KUT Radio during a summer break from graduate school. While completing her master's degree in New York City, she interned at the New York Times Magazine and Guernica Magazine.

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Two rows of Austin police cadets.
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Forty-two new police officers graduated Friday at a ceremony at a church in North Austin. It was the last graduating class of new officers for the foreseeable future, as the city put the department’s academy on hold as it audits training materials.

A van has a sign on it that says "rent strike."
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The City of Austin says fewer people have applied for rental assistance than expected. It's given out just $1.3 million so far of roughly $13 million available for tenants hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A new political action committee wants to change the powers and structure of the Austin City Council — and the way local elections are held.

Jarymar Arana places a sign on the doorknob of a North Austin apartment, letting the tenants know their rights and protections against evictions.
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Jarymar Arana aprieta su mochila fuera de un complejo de apartamentos en Pflugerville justo después de las 8 a.m. de un domingo reciente. Arana no vive aquí, pero cientos de personas sí, y a casi dos docenas de ellas se les han presentado órdenes de desalojo durante la pandemia.

Jarymar Arana places a sign on the doorknob of a North Austin apartment, letting the tenants know their rights and protections against evictions.
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Jarymar Arana grips a backpack outside an apartment complex in Pflugerville just after 8 a.m. on a recent Sunday. Arana doesn’t live here, but hundreds of people do, and nearly two dozen of them have had evictions filed against them during the pandemic.

The Austin Police Department Headquarters.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Poor supervision and untrained staff have long plagued the Austin Police Department’s DNA crime lab, forcing it to close briefly in 2016 and then to be overseen by the state.

So, what will a future lab look like?

Protesters march in downtown Austin during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in June.
Michael Minasi / KUT

A new political action committee is trying to put a state law governing police oversight on the ballot next May.

“I think it’s really unique and kind of amazing that [this petition could] allow the voters in Austin to decide if we want to change how policing is done in Austin,” Eric Wikman, treasurer of the Police Oversight Project, told KUT.

The Central Austin Public Library
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A former Austin Public Library employee allegedly used a city credit card to buy at least $1.3 million worth of printer toner, which he then stole and resold for a profit, according to a city investigation released Monday.

A sign at Cesar Chavez and Chicon streets marks the boundary where public consumption of alcohol is forbidden.
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Los miembros del Concejo de la Ciudad de Austin revocaron este jueves una prohibición de décadas contra el consumo público de alcohol en varias partes de East Austin. 

A sign at Cesar Chavez and Chicon streets marks the boundary where public consumption of alcohol is forbidden.
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Austin City Council members Thursday reversed a decades-long ban against the public consumption of alcohol in several parts of East Austin.

A billboard on I-35 warns: "Austin Police Defunded, Enter At Your Own Risk!"
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Dos vallas publicitarias colocadas sobre la I-35 mientras los conductores entran en Austin dicen: "¡La Policía de Austin Desfinanciada, entre a su propio riesgo!"

A billboard on I-35 warns: "Austin Police Defunded, Enter At Your Own Risk!"
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Two billboards stationed alongside I-35 as drivers enter Austin read: "Austin Police Defunded, Enter At Your Own Risk!"

The billboards, paid for by the Texas Municipal Police Association, were erected after City Council voted in August to cut millions from the police budget.

The Austin skyline on a September afternoon.
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El Departamento de Códigos de la Ciudad de Austin les ha dicho a ocho dueños que ya no tienen derecho a alquilar sus propiedades a nuevos inquilinos después de que la ciudad encontrara que no cumplieron con los requisitos de permiso y hasta que no rectifiquen docenas de violaciones de salubridad y seguridad.

"For rent" signs.
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Un programa de la ciudad de Austin destinado a asegurar que los propietarios mantengan apartamentos seguros no está haciendo su trabajo, según señala una nueva auditoría.

The Austin skyline on a September afternoon.
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The City of Austin’s Code Department has told eight landlords they no longer have the right to rent to new tenants after the city says they failed to comply with permitting requirements and rectify dozens of health and safety violations.

"For rent" signs.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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A City of Austin program intended to make sure landlords maintain safe apartments is failing to do its job, a new audit finds.

The dias at Austin City Hall.
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Este año, los residentes de la ciudad de Austin tendrán la oportunidad de elegir (en la mayoría de los casos, reelegir) a los representantes de los distritos 2, 4, 6, 7 y 10.

The dias at Austin City Hall.
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This year, City of Austin residents will get a chance to elect (in most cases, re-elect) representatives in Districts 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10.

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Una capacitación sobre diversidad descrita por los empleados de la ciudad de Austin como "hiriente" y "perjudicial desde el punto de vista emocional y profesional" ha llevado a la ciudad a impedir que una empresa de asistencia al empleado vuelva a brindar este tipo de talleres al personal.

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A diversity training described by City of Austin employees as “hurtful” and “emotionally and professionally damaging” has prompted the city to prevent an employee assistance company from doing this type of training for staff again.

A sign in Central Austin says "Stop Evictions Now."
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Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, en inglés) publicaron una orden la semana pasada que podría proteger del desalojo hasta el 1ero de enero del 2021 a aquellos inquilinos que han perdido su salario u horas de trabajo.

A sign in Central Austin says "Stop Evictions Now."
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an order last week that could protect renters who’ve lost wages or work hours from eviction until Jan. 1.

Michael Minasi / KUT

As he has done time and again over the past six months, Austin Public Health interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said Tuesday that residents need to stay vigilant about wearing masks and social distancing. Otherwise, in weeks’ time, he says we could return to where we were at the end of June, when public health officials feared coronavirus cases could overwhelm our hospitals.

Home prices and sales in the Austin area are higher than usual.
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Blake Taylor quiere deshacerse de la casa de la que apenas sale.

Taylor vive con lupus, una enfermedad autoinmune, y está aterrorizada de lo que significaría si se contagiara de COVID-19. Ha sido muy cuidadosa. Cuando se dirige al supermercado H-E-B a comprar comida, va tan pronto como abre, esperando que haya menos gente. Lleva guantes y una mascarilla. Cuando llega a casa, lava los alimentos sin envasar.

Home prices and sales in the Austin area are higher than usual.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Blake Taylor wants to be rid of the house she hardly leaves.

Taylor lives with lupus, an autoimmune disease, and is terrified of what it would mean if she caught COVID-19. She’s been extra careful. When she heads to H-E-B to buy food, she goes as soon as it opens, hoping fewer people will be there. She wears gloves and a mask. When she gets home, she washes her unpackaged groceries.

Gov. Greg Abbott
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Con la esperanza de disuadir a las ciudades que reducen el dinero que se gasta en la policía, el gobernador Greg Abbott dijo este martes que él y otros líderes del estado apoyan la aprobación de un proyecto de ley que impida aumentar los fondos provenientes de impuestos a la propiedad para cualquier ciudad de Texas que recorte su presupuesto policial.
 

Gov. Greg Abbott
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In the hopes of discouraging cities from reducing money spent on police, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday he and other state leaders support the passage of a bill halting a property tax revenue increase for any Texas city that cuts its police budget.

The City of Austin is opening applications for a rent assistance program on Wednesday.
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La ciudad de Austin comenzará a aceptar solicitudes este miércoles para una segunda ronda de ayuda de alquiler para inquilinos afectados por la pandemia del coronavirus. Las solicitudes estarán disponibles aquí a partir de las 8 a.m.

The City of Austin is opening applications for a rent assistance program on Wednesday.
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The City of Austin will begin accepting applications Wednesday for a second round of rent help for tenants affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications open here at 8 a.m.

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Austin acaba de recortar $20 millones del presupuesto de la policía de la ciudad, y los miembros del concejo prometen mayores reducciones el próximo año.

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