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Hosted and produced by Brad Swail, The Austin City Councilman Podcast brings you news commentary every weekday surrounding the ramifications of decisions made by the Austin City Council, as well as general news and culture of Austin, Texas, and the US. PLUS weekly interviews with prominent thinkers in Austin and beyond!

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    Nov. 11, 2022 - Equitable Transit Oriented Development

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 28:00


    Who does Adler want to replace him!? Austin's Draft Equitable Transit Oriented Development plan Vision Zero is back on the table Dell Children breaking records and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 9, 2022 - Day After

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 25:43


    Some post election thoughts. Here are the results. @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 8, 2022 - Susan Haynes, Candidate for Travis County Clerk

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 39:07


    Susan Haynes is the Republican candidate for Travis County Clerk, which, among other things, handles our local elections. Find out more below: https://www.electsusanhaynes.com/ Watch this on VIMEO ________________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 7, 2022 - Day Before, +Brad on KLBJ

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 23:49


    Just a very breif thought on the elections tomorrow plus my appearance on the Todd and Don show on KLBJ! (@5:58) @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 4, 2022 - Racism in Property Values

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 25:33


    Spectrum News calls the Texas Governors race early You home's appraisal value may be racist. Unclaimed lakefront property and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Nov. 3, 2022 - Roger Falk, Getting Wonky with the Bonds

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 70:11


    Note: there are a lot of helpful visuals in this recording, so I encourage you to watch on vimeo. Roger Falk, member of the Travis County Tax Payers Union, joins me to discuss the upcoming bonds and the associated tax implications. Find out more here: https://www.tctunion.org/  https://ourmobilityourfuture.com/2020-transportation-position-paper/ _____________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!  

    Nov. 2, 2022 - The Bulldog Bites Watson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 20:21


    The Austin Bulldog did a nice write up on Central Health and Watson's role in it all An update on police staffing and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 31, 2022 - Esala Wueschner, Candidate for Council District 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 56:39


    Esala Wueschner is a candidate for Austin City Council District 3. Please visit his website for more information and contact info: https://www.wueuniversal.com/ _______________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 28, 2022 - Saint Watson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 22:45


    Early voting has begun. Is Watson woke? Austin Monitor on police budget and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 24, 2022 - Save Austin Now (Cleo and Matt)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 57:51


    (WATCH THIS CONVERSATION ON VIMEO) Cleo Petricek and Matt Mackowiak are the founders of Save Austin Now PAC. We talk endorsements, the future of Austin homeless policy, and more! Please visit their website and follow on social media: https://www.saveaustinnowpac.com/ https://twitter.com/dallaslatina https://twitter.com/MattMackowiak https://www.facebook.com/SaveAustinNow CORRECTION FROM MATT AND CLEO Matt said Home Depot bond voted for shelter, but it was a for a new police substation. For more info: https://www.kvue.com/article/news/tracking-millions-in-bonds-for-austin-police-where-did-the-money-go/269-12c780a3-3870-4398-b50a-7cd0bffa47ae _______________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 20, 2022 - Mayoral Debate/Forum/Dumpster

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 36:12


    There was a mayoral "debate" hosted by KVUE, The Statesman, and some obviously drunk cameramen. and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 19, 2022 - Steven Haskett, Libertarian Candidate for Senate District 14

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 68:51


    (Watch this episode on Vimeo!) Steven Haskett is the Libertarian Candidate for Texas Senate District 14, running against Sarah Eckhardt. Please visit his website and follow him below: https://www.haskett4texas.com/ https://twitter.com/StevenHaskett https://www.facebook.com/Haskett4StateSenate ___________________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 15, 2022 - Yvonne Weldon, Candidate for District 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2022 66:02


    (Watch this episode on Vimeo!) Yvonne Weldon is a candidate for Austin City Council District 3. Please Check out her website and social medias below: https://yvonneforaustin.com/ https://twitter.com/yweldon https://www.facebook.com/YvonneforATXD3 https://www.instagram.com/yvonneforaustin/ _________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 13, 2022 - The Mayoral Discourse

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 19:38


    Soe thougths on how people speak and think about the mayoral candidates @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 11, 2022 - Do We Still Need to Bulldoze Tarrytown?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 18:59


    Austin home prices dopped 10.3% since June Vanessa takes a bike trip in the Netherlands Tenants rights are on the way and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!  

    Oct. 10, 2022 - Rupal Chaudhari, Candidate for Travis County Judge

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 60:34


    Rupal Chaudhari is the republican candidate for Travis County Judge, running against incumbent Andy Brown. Find out more and follow here: https://www.rupalforcountyjudge.com/ https://twitter.com/RupalforTravis https://www.facebook.com/RupalForTravis Watch this conversation on Vimeo! ______________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 7, 2022 - "Live Anywhere You Want!"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 18:28


    “We need to work for a city in which everyone can thrive. Not just can live in, but thrive. Which means everybody should be able to live where they want..." Ken Craig, Candidate for District 5, to the Austin Monitor. Watson is just too white in his new campaign ad And more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 5, 2022 - Nothing About Us Without Us?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 26:47


    (for some reason this was not released yesterday, so here it is) Nonprofit groups getting $20m for project connect displacemnt which lead to... Nothing About Us Without Us? and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Oct. 3, 2022 - Joel Gross, Austin Monitor

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 60:27


    Joel Gross is the CEO of the non profit, non partisan, local daily news site, Austin Monitor. Check them out out at: https://www.austinmonitor.com/ https://twitter.com/austinmonitor Austin Monitor City Summit Watch on Vimeo! ___________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 29, 2022 - Brad Johnson, The Texan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 74:42


    Brad Johnson is a senior reporter at The Texan. Please check out The Texan, his writings, and their social media below: https://thetexan.news/ https://twitter.com/bradj_TX https://twitter.com/TheTexanNews vimeo.com/bradswail for video! ______________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 28, 2022 - The Affordability Crisis Gets Electric

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 27:41


    Austin Energy is getting more expensive And they have a short fall Barton Creek becomes Trashy Creek and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 27, 2022 - Jack Craver, It's All About The Density Baby!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 74:07


    Jack Craver is the writer and owner of the Austin Politics Newsletter. Learn more, sign up, and follow at: austinpolitics.net twitter.com/JackCraver _____________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 26, 2022 - Trib Fest, + Brad on KLBJ!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 50:01


    Brad went to the Texas Tribune Festival and here are some thoughts Plus Brad on the Todd and Don Show from 9/23/22 (@30:12) and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 25, 2022 - Richard Smith, Candidate for D8

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 71:12


    Richard Smith is a candidate for District 8 in Austin, TX. Please learn more at: richardsmithatx.com/ twitter.com/RSmithForATXD8 facebook.com/RichardSmithATX _________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 20, 2022 - Chris Harris Claps Back!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 18:47


    Quick recap of my conversations with Jack Craver and Brad Johnson Activist Chris Harris isn't happy about Adler letting voters decide and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 19, 2022 - Chief Art Acevedo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 56:27


    Art Acevedo is the former police chief of Austin, Houston, and Miami. We discuss crime, culture, and much more! acevedoadvantage.com twitter.com/ArtAcevedo _____________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 15, 2022 - Aaron Velazquez Webman, Candidate for District 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 69:25


    Aaron Valezquez Webman is a candidate for Austin City Council District 5. Learn more and contact him at his website: webman2022.com ______________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 13, 2022 - But They're Sanctioned

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 25:54


    Twitter arguments about density leading to affordability lead nowhere Matt Mackowiak calls into Todd and Don, might pitch sanctioned camp sites and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 12, 2022 - Ben Leffler, Candidate for Austin District 9

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 58:58


    Ben Leffler is a candidate for Austin City Council District 9 (downtown, UT, and some surrounding areas). benleffler.com twitter.com/Benjleffler instagram.com/benfordistrict9/ facebook.com/BenforDistrict9/ _________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 8, 2022 - Quick Update/KLBJ

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 48:12


    Housekeeping, as it is soemtimes called in the podcast biz, on upcoming interviews (go support the show!) Plus my appearance on The Todd and Don Show! (@10:20) @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Sept. 6, 2022 - Clinton Rarey, Candidate for Austin District 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 58:35


    Clinton Rarey is running for City Council District 1, currently held by Natasha Harper Madison https://www.clintonrarey.com/ https://twitter.com/ClintonRarey https://www.facebook.com/Rarey4CityCouncilD1 Watch this interview on Vimeo ___________________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 30, 2022 - Watson's a NIMBY!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 22:15


    Jack Craver (past and future guest?) had an article saying Watson is a NIMBY because Watson wants you to have the right to protest changes to your zoning. All my candidate interviews in one place! and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 29, 2022 - Bill Welch, Candidate for District 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 66:31


    General Bill Welch is a Retired Air Force General, businessman, and entrepreneur, running for Council District 5 in Austin, TX. www.BillWelch.org www.twitter.com/genwelchforatx www.Facebook.com/GeneralWelchforATX www.Instagram.com/GeneralWelchforATX ___________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 26, 2022 - Final State of the City, +Brad on KLBJ!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 29:26


    Mayor Adler did his final state of the city. (Some housekeeping for the show, as well) Brad on The Todd and Don Show (@11:19) @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 24, 2022 - It's Going to Cost $2.44b to Fix This

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 26:40


    Some leakage at AISD Schools Chicago schools are not doing so hot Port Mortem on Watson/Smith Interviews Austin Monitor publication given Virden a fair shake and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 22, 2022 - Kirk Watson, Candidate for Mayor of Austin

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 60:33


    Kirk Watson is a candidate for mayor of Austin, TX. He served as mayor from 1997-2021 and in the Texas Senate from 2007-2020. https://www.kirkwatson.com/ https://twitter.com/KirkPWatson https://www.facebook.com/KirkPWatson https://www.instagram.com/kirkpwatson/ _____________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 19, 2022 - David Applebaum, Stop Pacaso Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 35:39


    David Applebaum is a member of the group Stop Pacaso Now, a group working to stop the company Pacaso from putting their timeshares in communities and neighborhoods. Austin's Mayor, Steve Adler, recently joined Pacaso's Government Advisory Board https://stoppacasonow.com/ _________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 18, 2022 - Greg Smith, Candidate for D9

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 68:51


    Greg Smith is a candidate for District 9 in Austin, TX. Please visit his website for more info and social media links. https://www.gregford9.com/ _________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 12, 2022 - What's a Few Billion Between Friends?, +Brad on KLBJ!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 39:58


    AISD will be putting a $2.44b bond on the November ballot; ACC $770m; Austin $350m Fauci is Inegrity. Integrity is Fauci. Brad on The Todd and Don Show! (@ 21:27) and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 11, 2022 - It's An Assolute Disaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 24:59


    Our only hispanic candidate for governor said a bad word and boy was it cool More on Pacaso Monkeypox is a disaster in Austin and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 10, 2022 - Steve Adler: Time Share Agent

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 19:00


    Adler is on the board of a high end time share company Adler, et al, want AISD to go all electric for buses and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!  

    Aug. 9, 2022 - Lee Galman, The Quash

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 69:18


    Lee Galman is the host of podcast The Quash. https://twitter.com/USlawreview https://the-quash.captivate.fm/episodes _________________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 5, 2022 - Steven Adler: Affordability Champion!, +Brad on KLBJ!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 40:12


    Addler is having his final (finally!) State of the City Address and he'll tout his "progress on affordabilty" My afterthoughts on Celia Israel and her Chronicle editorial (Martin Prosperity Insitutue info) Brad on The Todd and Don Show! (@19:17) and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!  

    Aug. 3, 2022 - Teddy: In His Own Words

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 48:45


    Teddy was permabanned from twitter, so we talk about that and a lot more! https://teddybrosevelt.substack.com/ https://austintexastimes.com/ ___________________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 2, 2022 - Rep. Celia Israel, Candidate for Mayor of Austin

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 57:01


    Celia Israel represents the 50th district in the Texas House of Representatives and is currently running for Mayor of Austin Texas. https://www.celiaforaustin.com/ https://twitter.com/celiaisrael https://www.facebook.com/CeliaIsraelATX https://www.instagram.com/celiaisraelatx/ _______________________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    Aug. 1, 2022 - Homeless Status Broken

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 19:21


    Looks like the City might not be able to afford their current homeless strategy "Forced Relocation" at congress trailer park You won't belive it, Pfizer is killin it! and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    July 30, 2022 - Bill Aleshire, Independent

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 76:13


    Bill Aleshire is a former Travis County Judge, Tax Collector, and a thorn in he side of Austin City Council and Travis County Commissioners Court. https://twitter.com/AleshireLaw  https://joinsam.org/ https://www.forwardparty.com/ ___________________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    July 28, 2022 - Mayor's Race Heats Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 25:04


    Future guest and mayoral candidate Celia Israel fires back at Kirk Watson's housing plan Adler pushes vasectomies Recession? What Recession? Vote for this tax increase and bond package! and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    July 25, 2022 - From the Car Studio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 25:33


    Recorded in my car Bill Aleshire and potentially another large guest later this week Mike Clarke Madison is upset about the lack of taxing ability 193 item agenda! AustinTexasTimes does a piece on Urban Alchemy and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

    July 19, 2022 - That's Alotta Displacement

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 25:45


    Project Connect might displace 302,000 people Big trouble in Austin's offices meant to protect the vulnerable Taxes, bonds, and budgets and more! @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!  

    July 18, 2022 - Fred Lewis, Audit and Zoning Incoming

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 70:38


    Fred Lewis is a long time attorney who is heavily involved in keeping local government accountable here in Central Texas. https://communitynotcommodity.com/ https://www.healthequityfirst.com/ https://theaustinbulldog.org/commissioners-to-order-central-healths-performance-audit/ _______________________ @bradswail austincitycouncilman.com Support the show on Patreon!

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