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UH,

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MORNING,

[Call to Order ]

UH, TODAY IS, UM, DECEMBER 3RD, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, 2020.

UM, THIS IS THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

IT IS 10 OH FIVE OR WE'RE DOING THIS MEETING, UH, REMOTELY.

UM, WE'RE GOING

[Consent Agenda ]

TO, UM, UH, START, UH, BY READING IN THE CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS.

UH, THERE WAS A REVISED SHEET THAT JUST CAME OUT DATES WRONG AT THE TOP.

IT SAYS NOVEMBER 12TH, 2020 SHOULD SAY DECEMBER 3RD, 2020, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE, UH, ITEM NUMBER EIGHT, UH, IS, UH, IS WITHDRAWN.

IT LOOKS LIKE ITEM NUMBER 23, UH, IS ALSO WITHDRAWN, UH, ITEM NUMBER 44.

UM, HAS, UH, AN ADDED SPONSOR, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER RIGHT AT THIS POINT.

THE, UH, ITEM, UH, PULL IS, UH, ITEM 44 OF TOLD BY COUNCIL MEMBER FLANNIGAN.

UM, I HAVE, UH, AN AMENDMENT TO ADD DAA TO ITEM NUMBER 10.

DOES ANYBODY OBJECT TO THAT AMENDMENT? I WILL.

THE COUNCIL'S, UM, UH, APPROVAL.

WE'LL JUST ADD THAT AMENDMENT TO ITEM NUMBER 10 AND LEAVE IT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER.

DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING? UM, YEAH, I WANTED TO PULL, UM, ITEM 40.

I WAS ASSUMING ALSO THAT WE WERE, UM, PULLING THE HEALTH SOUTH ITEM, OR IS THAT A NON-CONSENT ITEM? WELL, HOLD THAT, UH, UH, CAFE, IF YOU WANTED THAT TO GO TO EXECUTIVE SESSION BEFORE WE, OR IF YOU WANTED TO MAKE A MOTION TO, TO POSTPONE THAT, UM, DO YOU BUY JUST FOR HOUSEKEEPING? DO YOU WANT TO CONSIDER THAT IN EXECUTIVE SESSION TONIGHT? UM, I DO MAYOR THINKS AND I DO ALSO WANT TO MAKE A MOTION TO POSTPONE, SO I, I HOPE THAT WE CAN DO THE POSTPONEMENT.

ARE WE ABLE TO DO WELL? I WOULD LIKE TO DO THE POSTPONEMENT ON THE CONSENT, UM, AND THEN HAVE IT, AND THEN TAKE IT UP IN EXECUTIVE SESSION IN THE DISTRICT, RIGHT? YEAH.

MOVED TO POSTPONE UNTIL NEXT WEEK ON CONSENT.

OKAY.

SO LET'S KEEP THAT ON CONSENT, BUT FOR STAFF KNOW THAT WE'RE, WE'RE GOING TO ADD IT TO EXECUTIVE SESSION AND WE'RE STILL GOING TO DISCUSS IT, UH, IN THE POSTPONEMENT OF HEALTH SOUTH FOR A WEEK, UH, UH, IS, UH, ON THE CONSENT AGENDA COUNCIL MEMBER.

UH, AND THEN, UH, WE'RE ALSO PULLING OUT A MEMBER 40 COUNCIL OVER ALTAR.

SO, UM, TO ME, ITEM NINE AND 40 GO TOGETHER, UM, BECAUSE THERE ARE IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH SOUTH OF THE RIGHT OF WAY CHANGES THAT I NEED TO UNDERSTAND BETTER.

SO, UM, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT CAN BE PART OF THE EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION, UM, OR I'D LIKE IT TO BE POSTPONED TO BE THE NEXT WEEK.

WELL, SO THAT WE CAN GET SOME QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON THAT, UM, ITEM 40.

IT HAS TO DO WITH THE RIGHT OF WAYS THAT ARE FOR THE MOVING OF RED RIVER RIGHT IN FRONT OF HEALTH SOUTH.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO YOU'RE SUGGESTING THEN THAT WE POSTPONE ITEM 40 TO BE CONSIDERED AT THE SAME TIME AS ELLE SOUTH ITEM NINE.

YES.

AND THEN THERE MAY BE SOME QUESTIONS THAT ARISE DURING EXECUTIVE SESSION.

SO I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE IF IT'S LEGAL TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS IN EXECUTIVE SESSION AS PART OF THE REAL ESTATE OR THE LEGAL PORTION, UM, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THOSE FOR 40 AS WELL.

OKAY.

UM, WE'LL DO THAT.

UH, MAYOR PRO TEMP, THEY ARE JUST FOR EFFICIENCY SAKE.

I'M WONDERING WHY WE'RE HAVING AN EXECUTIVE SESSION ON AN ITEM THAT IS AGREED TO BE POSTPONED.

IF THERE ARE ANY, IF COUNCILOR TOVA HAS ANY QUESTIONS, IS THAT SOMETHING THAT CAN HAPPEN OR OF LAW? CAN, CAN SHE DO THAT? UM, YOU KNOW, FROM, IN, IN THE FOLLOWING WEEK, WHICH IS USUALLY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE POSTPONE SOMETHING TO GET MORE INFORMATION AS WE POSTPONE IT, TO HAVE TIME TO ASK QUESTIONS.

I'M JUST CURIOUS WHY I DON'T REMEMBER A TIME WHERE WE'VE AGREED TO A POSTPONEMENT, AND THEN WE TALK ABOUT IT IN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

WELL, IN, IN, IN THIS CASE, UH, SHE, UH, KATHY HAD ASKED ON TUESDAY TO GET SOME QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY LEGAL, UH, AND MAYBE THAT'LL HELP US ACTUALLY RESOLVE

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IT ON THURSDAY WITHOUT HAVING TO, UH, NEXT THURSDAY OR A MOTION TO POSTPONE IT EVEN FARTHER.

BUT IN ANY EVENT ON TUESDAY, WHEN WE DISCUSSED THIS AT WORK SESSION AND, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOPO RAISED THAT ISSUE AND REQUESTED THE TIME TO BE ABLE TO DO AN EXECUTIVE SESSION, I SAID, THEN THAT WE COULD, WE COULD DO THAT.

SO I FEEL THAT WE SHOULD, AT THIS POINT GETS OVER TOPO MAYOR.

THANK YOU, MAYOR PRO TEM FOR THE QUESTION, I'M HAPPY TO RESPOND TO THAT.

I, AS I INDICATED ON TUESDAY, THIS IS A PRETTY IMPACTFUL PROJECT AND THE INFORMATION ABOUT IT HAS REALLY JUST BEEN REVEALED TO THE PUBLIC AND TO US, UM, IN DETAIL ON TUESDAY.

AND SO I, I BELIEVE THAT OUR COMMUNITY, UM, AND I, AS, AS THE PERSON WHO ON THE DAYAS CURRENTLY WHO INITIATED THIS PROJECT, UM, NEEDS HAVE QUITE A FEW QUESTIONS I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT.

I WOULD PREFER TO HAVE TIME BEYOND JUST ONE WEEK, BUT SINCE THAT'S WHAT MY COLLEAGUES, UM, INDICATED A PREFERENCE FOR ON TUESDAY, UM, I THINK WE, I THINK THERE ARE, I COULD CERTAINLY GO AND HAVE MY QUESTIONS ANSWERED INDIVIDUALLY, AND I HAVE RECEIVED SOME INFORMATION FROM STAFF, BUT THIS IS REALLY A CONVERSATION PROTOTYPE SINCE IT'S A PRETTY BIG PUBLIC ASSET.

AND I'D LIKE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH, WITH YOU, MY COLLEAGUES, BECAUSE I WANT TO BRAINSTORM ABOUT WHAT SOME OF OUR OPTIONS ARE FROM HERE.

AND I WOULD JUST SAY, I REMEMBER, UM, A VERY SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCE, PROBABLY THREE OR FOUR MEETINGS AGO WHERE COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON AND COUNCIL MEMBER FLANAGAN WANTED, UM, A POSTPONEMENT ON THE PARKLAND DEDICATION IN DISTRICT NINE.

AND ON THAT DAY WE ALSO HAD AN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

SO, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT, IT'S, I'M SURE WE'VE DONE IT IN OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES TOO, BUT WHEN WE HAVE THOSE ISSUES THAT REQUIRE A FAIR AMOUNT OF CONVERSATION, IT, IT SEEMS USEFUL TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION, UM, IN ADVANCE, EVEN IF WE ARE POSTPONING IT, I THINK IT HELPS US BE.

I THINK WE HAVE, WE HAVE A FAIR AMOUNT OF GROUND TO COVER.

AND SO DOING SOME OF THAT TODAY IS HELPS US BE REALLY, WILL HELP ME, UM, GET SOME, GET FURTHER ALONG THE WAY FOR NEXT WEEK STAFF.

SO ANY PROBLEM WITH POSTPONING, UH, ITEM NUMBER 40 FROM A TIMING STANDPOINT TILL NEXT WEEK, WHEN, UH, ITEM NUMBER NINE IS CONSIDERED MAYOR COUNCIL MEMBERS, THERE IS SOME FEEDBACK FROM STAFF ON THIS.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO ALLOW THAT TIME FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT.

SO COUNCIL HAS THE IMPLICATIONS OF WHAT POSTPONING I AM 40 WOULD WOULD DO.

UM, SO MAYBE IF WE CAN JUST HOLD ON THE ACTUAL ACTION UNTIL MAYBE AFTER WE HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC, UH, WE CAN GET YOU THAT FEEDBACK FROM STAFF AT THIS POINT, LET'S PULL ITEMS NUMBER NINE AND PULL ITEM NUMBER 40 OR CONSIDERATION LATER.

UH, SO NINE 40 AND 44 ARE, ARE POOLED.

UH, CHELSEA MEMBER KITCHEN.

UM, YOU HAVE 46.

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THAT AMENDMENT SAVE? PEOPLE WILL TAKE THAT ON 31 46.

NO, I DON'T WANT IT PULL.

I SENT IT OUT YESTERDAY.

SO, UM, OBJECTION TO THE AMENDMENT THAT COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHENS FOR HILLS ON ITEM NUMBER 46.

THAT'S OUR POINT.

I NEED MORE TIME TO THINK ABOUT 46.

CAN WE JUST PULL UP? OKAY.

TROLLEYS SHOWING, BEING PULLED AT THIS POINT, ITEM NUMBER NINE 40, 44 AND 40, UH, SIX SAR MAYOR.

I HAVE, I'D LIKE TO LEAVE THESE ON CONSENTS IF POSSIBLE, BUT HAPPY TO PULL THEM OFF IF FOLKS NEED DISCUSSION.

I'VE UH, SORRY.

I CAME A LITTLE LATE, BUT CIRCULATED AND EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO 48 THAT I HOPE IS FRIENDLY.

UH, AND I CAN EXPLAIN IT MAYBE AFTER SPEAKERS OR IF USEFUL, BUT I HAVE NO NEED TO PULL IT, BUT I JUST WANTED TO FLAG THAT FOR FOLKS ATTENTION TO POTENTIALLY LEAVE ON CONSENT.

AND THEN I JUST MAKE A COMMENT ABOUT WHY I THINK IS IMPORTANT, BUT HOPEFULLY FRIENDLY.

UM, I'VE ALSO CIRCULATED AN AMENDMENTS ON 11 THAT I LAID OUT DURING WORK SESSION.

WE'VE GOTTEN A LETTER FROM GOODWILL CAUSTIC AND WE'RE DEFENSE TALKING ABOUT IT.

SO, UM, I'LL TRY TO REPLAY IT AGAIN.

YEAH, NO, NOT THAT, UH, NOT TRYING TO CALL YOU OUT.

IT WAS JUST, UH THAT'S OKAY.

WE, WE SO SELDOM CATCH COUNSEL REFLECT IT WASN'T FOR THAT REASON.

I PROMISE.

SO, UM, SO THAT WAS ABOUT, UM, ITEM 48.

SO YOU ALL SHOULD HAVE IT.

ITEM 11 IS THE CHAPTER THREE 80.

I HAD INDICATED THIS AMENDMENT DURING WORK SESSION.

WE'VE GOT A LETTER FROM WORKERS,

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DEFENSE AND GOOD WORK AUSTIN AGREEING TO, TO THAT SET OF RULES.

CONSIDERING THAT THREE EIGHTIES IS USUALLY ABOUT BIG CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS.

NOW THAT WE'RE USING IT, UH, AS A, UH, ECONOMIC DISASTER TOOL.

UM, THIS IS, THESE WERE THE RULES THAT THEY CAME TOGETHER, SMALL BUSINESSES AND WORKERS RIGHTS ADVOCATES TO AGREE TO.

SO HOPEFULLY THAT CAN JUST BE INCORPORATED.

UM, BUT LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS AND, UM, AND THEN, UM, BECAUSE DURING THE CHAPTER THREE 80 DISCUSSION, WE HAD SOME QUESTION ABOUT WHAT, IF ANYTHING, COUNSEL WOULD HAVE TO SAY TO CONSIDER THE QUESTION OF PRE-FUNDING SOME OF THAT PROGRAM WE MANAGER, WE MAY HAVE TO PULL IT IF YOU WANT THAT DISCUSSION OR DIRECTION, OR IF THE MANAGER, MAYBE AFTER TESTIMONY, LETS US KNOW THAT HE COULD JUST HAVE US CONSIDER THAT NEXT WEEK OR SOMETHING.

I HAVE NO BASELINE.

I HAVE NO NEED TO PULL IT, BUT I DID RAISE THOSE TWO.

OKAY.

HAVE CIRCULATED AMENDMENTS ON WHICH NUMBERS I CIRCULATED AMENDMENTS ON, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOGO'S ITEM NUMBER 48 AS WELL AS STAFF ITEM 11 ON CHAPTER THREE.

OKAY.

AND I, I THINK THOSE LIKELIER WITHOUT OBJECTION, BUT HAPPY TO HEAR IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS AND THAT'S, WHICH WENT BY.

SO LET'S, UH, PEOPLE HAVING A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THEM YET, WHICH ARE, LET'S MAKE THE DECISION ON THAT AFTER SPEAKERS.

UH, AND, UH, BUT WE'LL NOTE THAT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, I THINK THAT STAFF HAD SOME, UH, COMMENTS THEY WANTED TO MAKE ON 51 AND 52, WHICH IS RELATED TO THE STREET IMPACT THAT RELATED TO PERHAPS GOING ON SECOND READING TODAY.

UM, SO I DON'T KNOW IF WE CAN JUST TAKE THEIR COMMENTS OR IF THAT NEEDS TO BE PULLED.

IT'S NOT ON CONSENT.

CONSENT IS ITEMS ONE THROUGH 49.

OKAY.

WE'LL BE ABLE TO PICK THAT UP WHEN WE'RE DONE WITH CONSENT.

THANK YOU.

YEP.

ALL RIGHT.

COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

I'D LIKE, UH, I'D LIKE ITEM 33 TO REMAIN ON CONSENT, BUT, UH, MY STAFF HAS HAD CONVERSATION WITH OUR PURCHASING DEPARTMENT IN LIGHT OF OUR, UM, THE WORK THAT OUR COUNCIL HAS DONE ON INSOURCING CONTRACTS.

THIS IS, UH, A NEW CONTRACT FOR PARTICULAR CLEANING PROTOCOL THAT RESPOND TO COVID-19.

UM, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO, I WOULD LIKE IT TO REMAIN ON CONSENT, BUT REALLY LIMITED TO THE INITIAL TERM ONLY, AND THEN COME BACK TO COUNCIL OR THOSE EXTENSIONS IF NEEDED.

OKAY.

IS STAFF OKAY WITH THAT INVITATION? JUST TO THE INITIAL TERM, HAVING TO COME BACK TO COUNCIL FOR EXTENSIONS? I BELIEVE SO.

LET ME CONFIRM.

AND I'M TRYING TO CONFIRM MAYOR WHAT THAT INITIAL TERM IS.

I BELIEVE IT MAY JUST BE A YEAR.

OKAY.

SO I'M GOING TO PUT A STAR NEXT TO 33, THE SAME WAY I PUT IT NEXT TO 11 AND 48 AND WE'LL MAKE SURE WE COME BACK TO THOSE AFTER SPEAKERS, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, UM, UH, COUNCILMEMBER FLANAGAN MENTIONED THAT HE HAD SOME QUESTIONS ON 46.

UM, IF POSSIBLE, PERHAPS HE COULD GET THOSE ANSWERED AND WE COULD LEAVE IT ON CONSENT.

SO I JUST ASK HIM TO THINK ABOUT THAT WHILE WE ARE DOING OUR SPEAKERS.

OKAY, COOL.

I JUST WANTED TO NOTE THAT I GOT HERE A LITTLE BIT LATE, BUT I IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU ON THE DAY.

THANKS EVERYBODY.

ALL RIGHT.

JUST BEFORE WE DO SPEAKERS AGAIN, EIGHT AND 23 HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN 44 AT A COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER 44 WAS PULLED, BUT WE HAVE MADE BACKUP IN ITEM SEVEN, EIGHT, 10, 12, 1316, 2341 42 46, 47 51 52, UH, 68 72.

UH, AND HOPEFULLY I'LL REMEMBER TO SAY IT LATER, BUT, UH, WHEN WE GET TO THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, THERE'S ALSO LIKE BACKUP ON ITEM NUMBER TWO, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER FLANAGAN.

UH, THANK YOU, COUNCILMEMBER KITCHEN FOR THE SUGGESTION.

UM, THAT WAS MY INTENTION.

SO WE'LL UH, WELL LET ME JUST MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ALL UP TO SPEED TO THAT SAME END ON 44.

UH, I, MY STAFF AND I POSTED A VERY SIMPLE, ADDITIONAL, WHEREAS THAT'S THE ONLY CHANGE I'M SUGGESTING.

UH, IT'S ON THE MESSAGE MORE, BUT WE DID POST IT JUST LATE THIS MORNING.

SO, UM, I THINK THAT MIGHT ALSO BE ABLE STAMP CONSENT IF EVERYONE JUST KIND OF PUTS THEIR EYEBALLS TO IT SHOULD BE PRETTY SIMPLE.

OKAY.

UH, THEN I'LL PUT A STAR NEXT TO 44 TO SEE IF WE CAN TAKE

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THE AMENDMENTS.

EVERYBODY SHOULD FIND THAT.

TAKE A LOOK AT THAT TOO.

I THINK THERE WAS SET UP BY THE CLERK.

UM, WE READY TO GO TO, UM, UH, SPEAKERS RIGHT AT THIS POINT, THE CONSENT AGENDA IS ITEMS ONE THROUGH 49.

UH, WE ARE, UH, PULLING NINE 40 AND, UH, 46, UH, POTENTIALLY 1133 BEFORE AND 48.

UH, BUT WE'LL SEE IF THOSE ARE THINGS WE CAN JUST KEEP ON CONSENT.

WE'LL DISCUSS THAT AFTER SPEAKERS, MAYOR, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I CAN JUST MENTION THAT HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO KEEP 46 ON CONSENT.

SO HE'D JUST PUT A STAR NEXT TO THAT ONE TOO.

GOT IT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, KENDRA POLL.

OKAY, THANKS.

UM, AND WITH REGARD TO THE, UM, AMENDMENT THAT CUSTOMER FLANAGAN IS OFFERING, I SEE THAT AS FRIENDLY AND I'M HAPPY TO ADD IT IN AND WE CAN KEEP THAT ITEM 44 ON CONSENT.

OKAY.

SOUNDS GOOD.

WE'RE GOING TO GIVE EVERYBODY A CHANCE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT, BUT THANK YOU FOR ALERTING US THAT IT'S OKAY WITH YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO, UH, THEN DO MORNING SPEAKERS.

WE HAVE 26 SPEAKERS BECAUSE OF 26.

WE'RE GOING TO GO THREE MINUTES EACH.

UH, WHO'S WITH US TODAY FROM THE CLERK'S OFFICE.

IT'S MARINA MAYOR.

GOOD MORNING.

THE FIRST SPEAKER IS PAT DEATH.

GOOD MORNING ACCOUNT NUMBER.

IT'S TABOO TO HERE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AUSTIN, TEXAS MUSIC.

AND I'M WITH YOU.

UH, ONCE AGAIN, TODAY TO URGE QUICK ACTION ON DELIVERY, SAVES FUNDING, UH, TO VENUES.

UH, FIRST OF ALL, UH, REALLY, TRULY WANT TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR A HEARING OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, YOU GUYS HAVE WORKED HARD TO ALLOCATE $5 MILLION IN FUNDING TO AID AUSTIN'S MUSIC VENUES.

UH, AND AS YOU KNOW, OUR STAKEHOLDER PARTNERS HAVE BEEN VERY PLUGGED IN TO THE PROCESS, UH, WITH YOU AS STAFF WORKS TO CREATE PROGRAM GUIDELINES.

UH, BUT THE POINT THAT WE'RE FRUSTRATED, UH, ABOUT, AND I THINK YOU GUYS ALL UNDERSTAND THIS IS THAT NO CLEAR TIMELINE ON DELIVERY HAS BEEN OFFERED, UH, IN YOUR WORK SESSION ON OCTOBER 15TH, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS STATED THAT FUNDS SHOULD BE DELIVERED WITHIN 30 TO 45 DAYS.

AND OF COURSE WE'VE GONE WELL PAST THAT DEADLINE NOW, UH, LEAVING THOUSANDS OF YOUR MUSICIAN AND VENUE WORKER, UH, CONSTITUENTS WONDERING WHY CITY, SUCH NASHVILLE, OKLAHOMA CITY, AND HOUSTON HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DELIVER FUNDS TO VENUES WITHIN JUST WEEKS OF PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT.

SO, UH, WE'RE ALL LEFT WONDERING HERE, AND AS YOU HEARD IT, THE, UH, COME AND TAKE IT RALLY JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, WHAT'S THE HOLDUP.

UH, THE ONLY ANSWER THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO COME UP WITH IS THAT THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT PORTION OF THE PROGRAM, UH, IS AN UNNECESSARY BARRIER RIGHT NOW TO GETTING IMMEDIATE AID OUT THE DOOR AS A REAL ESTATE LAWYERS AND CONSULTANTS ARE HIRED.

AND LISTEN, I GET THAT THE WRITTEN RENEGOTIATION OF LEASES IS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF ENSURING THE FUTURE OF OUR VENUES AND ALL THOSE TECHNICAL TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS ARE GREAT, BUT YOU KNOW, FOR NOW, WHY DON'T WE AT LEAST GET SOME OF THAT MONEY OUT THE DOOR, UH, BEFORE CHRISTMAS? SO VENUES LIKE PARKER, JAZZ CLUB, WHO ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OF CLOSING, HAVE A LITTLE HOPE.

SO THE VENUES LIKE THE ELEPHANT ROOM WHO SHOULD BE CELEBRATING THEIR 30TH ANNIVERSARY IN JANUARY, HAVE A CHANCE TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE KEEP GETTING THE SAME QUESTION OVER AND OVER AGAIN, YOU KNOW, US, OUR PARTNERS WITH THE MUSIC VENUE ALLIANCE IN RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT, AND THEY KEEP ASKING US HOW MANY VENUES ARE IN DANGER OF CLOSING WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH.

UH, AND THE ANSWER IS VERY SIMPLE FROM THE DATA WE HAVE ALL OF THEM, OKAY.

THE COUNCIL HAS WORKED SO HARD THIS YEAR TO DELIVER AID ALL ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY.

AND WE COMMEND YOU FOR THAT.

WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT YOU GUYS HAVE WORKED SO HARD ON THE MUSIC MUSIC, DISASTER RELIEF FUND ON THE CREATIVE WORKER GRANT.

UH, AND WE ARE HUMBLED THAT YOU GUYS HAVE TAKEN THIS TIME, YOU KNOW, TO PRIORITIZE OUR MUSIC COMMUNITY, BUT IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING, LET'S GET THAT AID OUT TO OUR MUSIC VENUES BEFORE CHRISTMAS, SO THAT WE MAY ALL HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE IN THE NEW YEAR, UH, HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY, EVERYONE.

THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU, YOU KNOW, AT

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THE ROTATION THAT WE HAD ON TUESDAY, STAFF INDICATED THAT THEY WERE GOING TO GET THAT, UH, EMERGENCY ALLOCATION OUT RIGHT AWAY.

THEY HOPE TO HAVE THAT OUT BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

UH, AND, AND I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT, UH, STAFF IS, UH, UH, ABLE TO TRY AND MAKE THAT TO TRY AND MAKE THAT GOAL.

UM, NEXT SPEAKER.

HI.

UM, MY NAME IS KARA COSTUMES AND I AM SPEAKING TO YOU ON BEHALF OF THE AMPLIFIED SOUND COALITION AND THE NEWLY FOUNDED TEXAS MUSIC WORKFORCE COALITION, UH, FROM THE MOMENT SOUTH BY WAS CANCELED.

INDUSTRY LEADERS STARTED VOICING THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT SURVIVABILITY, THE IMPACT AND FUTURE OF LIVE MUSIC IN AUSTIN.

UM, YOU KNOW, THE SIMPLE QUESTION IS, HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO US, UH, DID YOU LISTEN TO US THEN? UH, WHY HAS THERE STILL NOT BEEN ANY MEANINGFUL THINGS DONE, UH, TO SUPPORT THE LIVE MUSIC VENUES AND INDUSTRY THAT CREATED THIS TOWN? UM, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE ALSO OFFERED VERY LITTLE SUPPORT AND EVEN THE GRANTS THAT HAVE BEEN OFFERED, IT SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN REVIEWED BY FOLKS THAT REALLY DON'T HAVE A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF THE BUSINESS.

AS FAR AS THE VINCE GO.

UM, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE THE POWER TO WORK WITH PROMOTERS TO, TO HELP STAGE SAFE EVENTS, BUT INSTEAD, UH, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE CHOSEN TO KEEP EVERYTHING SWITCHED OFF AND, YOU KNOW, THAT'S LEFT FOLKS WITHOUT JOBS AND CAREERS.

UH, YOU, WE ARE AN INDUSTRY DRIVEN, UM, OF DRIVEN AND HARDWORKING PEOPLE MADE UP OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE NOT GOING TO JUST STAND BY.

WE'VE HAD NON-PROFITS THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED IN THE WAKE OF THIS INEPTITUDE.

UH, THE MOMENT WE HAD TO START DOING YOUR WORK, YOUR JOBS WAS THE MOMENT THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT FAILED US.

IT'S BEEN NINE MONTHS, YOU KNOW, WHERE'S THE MONEY FOR THIS VENUE.

WHERE'S THE MONEY TO SUPPORT THIS, UH, INDUSTRY THAT CREATED THIS TOWN.

UM, WE'RE JUST SIMPLY ASKING FOR YOU TO PLEASE, YOU KNOW, DO DO YOUR JOB.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SON, HANNAH SANCO.

I JUST WANT TO SAY TO THE LAST SPEAKER, THANKS FOR COMING IN AND PARTICIPATING IN THAT, UH, TODAY'S MEETING WE'RE PROVING GUIDELINES FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE SAVES MONEY FOR VENUES AND FOR, FOR MUSIC.

AND AS I SAID, UH, EXCITED THAT THE PROSPECT THAT SOME OF THE EMERGENCY FUNDS COULD GET OUT POSSIBLY BY THE, OR THE END OF THE MONTH.

AND I'M EXCITED THAT THE PROGRAM THAT WE'RE DOING UNLIKE JUST A REGULAR GRANT PROGRAM AND THAT YOU'VE SEEN IN SOME OF THE OTHER CITIES, UM, THAT, THAT THIS INVESTMENT, WHICH IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT, UM, UH, AMOUNT WE GET OUT QUICKLY, BUT IT'LL GET OUT IN A WAY THAT IT PROVIDES FOR, FOR REAL, UH, SUSTAINABILITY.

UM, BUT WE UNDERSTAND THE NEED, UH, AND, AND UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS AN INDUSTRY THAT IS AMONG THE FIRST TO BE HIT.

SO, SO VERY HARD.

HANNAH SANCO, MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS HANNA SINKO AND I AM A SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR WHOSE CASE WAS CLOSED VIA EXCEPTIONAL CLEARANCE BY APD.

WHEN I STARTED OUT ON THIS JOURNEY, I WANTED TO BELIEVE THAT IF YOU IN THE PUBLIC ONLY KNEW AND UNDERSTOOD THE PROBLEM AT HAND, THEN CHANGE COULD OCCUR AND THAT CHANGE WOULD OCCUR.

I WANTED TO BELIEVE THAT IF YOU KNEW THAT SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES WERE BEING WARRANTS, BEING INVESTIGATED, THAT RAPE KITS WERE SITTING ON SHELVES, UNTESTED THAT CASES WERE ERRONEOUSLY BEING CLOSED, HAD APDS NUMBERS, AND THAT A SURVIVOR ESSENTIALLY DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE OF PROSECUTION LET ALONE JUSTICE THAT YOU TWO WOULD BE PROPELLED TO MOVE INTO ACTION.

JUST THE SAME.

NOW, TWO YEARS LATER, AND AFTER STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU PROVIDING PUBLIC TESTIMONY, NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE AFTER PRESENTING TO OUR PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION.

AFTER SPEAKING ON PODCASTS, WRITING ARTICLES, AGREEING TO MEDIA INTERVIEWS, TRYING TO LINE UP LESS PUBLIC MEETINGS WITH YOUR OFFICES AT NO AVAIL.

AND NOW SERVING AS A LEAD PLAINTIFF ON ONE OF THE TWO CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS AGAINST OUR CITY AND COUNTY, LITTLE TO NO MOVEMENT HAS BEEN MADE DURING THIS TIME.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ANOTHER 220,000 INDIVIDUALS HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO SEXUAL ASSAULT RIGHT HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I ENDED UP STARTING TO REPORT THAT I HAVE HAD TO CHANGE MY MINDSET.

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WE ARE NO LONGER HERE BECAUSE THE PROBLEM ISN'T UNDERSTOOD WE ARE HERE BECAUSE THE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN TAKEN.

I HATE THAT WE HAVE TO KEEP COMING BACK, STAND UP IN FRONT OF YOU AND SHARE STORIES.

I HATE THAT WE ARE NOW HAVING THESE DISCUSSIONS THROUGH THE LENSES OF MULTIPLE LAWSUITS.

NO, THAT WE ARE HERE BECAUSE OVER THE YEARS, APD HAS REFUSED TO STEP UP OWN THE PROBLEM AND SIMPLY SAY, YES, WE WANT TO DO BETTER.

HELP US DO BETTER.

WE CONTINUE TO HEAR THEM DEFEND THEIR POSITION AND TAKE ACTIONS THAT DENY THAT A PROBLEM EVER DID EXIST OR EVEN STILL EXISTS TODAY.

AND NOW WE'RE LEFT WITH NO OTHER OPTION THAN TO GO MORE AND MORE PUBLIC GROWER ARMY OF ADVOCATES AND MAKE OUR CRIES FOR HELP EVEN LOUDER.

I KNOW THAT I DON'T HAVE TO LOOK FAR TO FIND THE SURVIVORS AMONGST ALL OF YOU.

I KNOW THAT EVERY TIME ONE OF US STANDS UP HERE AND BYTES FOR CHANGE THAT SEVERAL NEWS SURVIVORS COME FORWARD AND FIND THEIR COURAGE TO DO SO.

ALSO IT IS NOW IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE CITY IS FIGHTING AGAINST THEIR OWN FEMALE RESIDENTS, PLAYING LEGAL GAMES AND AVOIDING TO ADDRESS THE REAL PROBLEM.

AT HAND, WHILE SURVIVORS ARE LEFT, WAITING IN THE WIND AND CONTINUE TO BE DENIED ACCESS TO THE SAFETY, THE PROTECTION AND JUSTICE IN HOLDING THEIR RAPISTS, ACCOUNTABLE, UH, SURVIVORS AND ADVOCATES HAVE DONE OUR PART.

NOW WE ARE EXPECTING YOU TO DO YOURS.

THANK YOU.

COOL.

SEAN DICKERSON.

UH, HELLO, MY NAME SEAN DICKERSON, UH, ON BOARD OF DIRECTORS WITH, UH, RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT, UM, PRODUCTION MANAGER, UH, THAT SWAN DIVE AT SEVENTH AND RED RIVER.

UH, I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU ALL FOR LISTENING TO IT.

UH, AGAIN TODAY AND AGAIN, ALL THE HARD WORK YOU'VE BEEN DOING AND, UH, OF COURSE ALL, ALL, UH, ALL THE PEOPLE CALLING IN ON BEHALF OF THE MUSIC COMMUNITY TO, UH, TO SPEAK TODAY AS WELL.

UM, JUST ONE, TWO, UH, IDENTITY SPOKEN THAT YOU'RE MOVING, UH, TRYING TO GET THESE FUNDS RELEASED, UH, TO HELP, UH, ADDITIONALLY FUND, UH, TO SAVE OUR VENUES.

UM, AND, UH, YEAH, JUST THESE, UH, ITEMS 11 THROUGH THE TEAM HERE.

UH, AGAIN, UM, LIKE TO THROW ANOTHER HAT IN JUST TO PUSH, UH, UH, HOW MUCH WE NEED REALLY NEED THIS MONEY.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALL SCARED.

WE'RE ALL LOOKING AT, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALL JUST PULLING BY JUST TRYING TO, TRYING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN HERE.

AND, UH, UM, YOU KNOW, WE APPRECIATE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS, AND WE REALLY, UH, REALLY COULD USE THIS, UH, MONEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

UM, AGAIN FOR THE CITY WE ALL LOVE AND MUSIC BROUGHT A LOT OF US HERE.

UH, SO THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AT THIS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR URGENCY AND, UH, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

UM, IT MEANS A LOT TO A LOT OF PEOPLE TO KEEP YOUR MUSIC THAN USE OPEN AND IT'S DOWN.

AND, UH, IT MEANS A LOT TO, UH, NOT ONLY US WORKERS, UH, FOR EMPLOYMENT, BUT EVERYONE WHO, UH, IS MISSING LIVE MUSIC.

AND, AND THE THING WITH THE HEART AND SOUL OF AUSTIN IS, UH, FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE RIGHT NOW.

I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

UH, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU, ALL RYAN GARRETT AND MAYOR ADLER AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS RYAN GARRETT, AND I AM THE GENERAL MANAGER OF STUBB'S BARBECUE, AN OPERATING PARTNER OF THE GREEN JAY, BOTH OF WHICH RESIDE IN THE RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT.

I'M HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF ITEMS 11, 12, AND 13.

YOU WILL HEAR FREQUENTLY TODAY.

THE HARD TRUTH THAT MORE MUSIC VENUES ARE CRITICALLY CLOSE TO PERMANENT CLOSURE.

THE PASSAGE OF THESE THREE RESOLUTIONS WILL GREATLY ASSIST US IN OUR PURSUIT OF SMALL BUSINESS SURVIVAL, BUT AT THE CORE OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BY SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY INVESTMENT IN PEOPLE, THESE ARE RESOLUTIONS DEDICATED TOWARDS JOB PRESERVATION FOR THE THOUSANDS OF HOSPITALITY AND MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS THAT RESIDE IN AUSTIN.

THE PASSAGE OF THESE RESOLUTIONS KEEPS A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD AND FOOD ON THEIR TABLE.

THEY NEED JOBS TO COME BACK TO THE MUSIC.

VENUES NEED TO BE THERE FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN FOR US FOR SO MANY YEARS.

WE ARE OUT OF TIME.

AND THE ACCELERATED OF THE BENEFITS THESE RESOLUTIONS PROVIDE IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE FOR AUSTIN TO MAINTAIN ITS GLOBAL IDENTITY AS AN EPICENTER FOR ARTS CULTURE AND LIVE MUSIC, PLEASE PASS ITEMS 11, 12, AND 13.

PLEASE ENACT A DISTRIBUTION OF THESE BENEFITS IMMEDIATELY.

I THANK YOU

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FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR SERVICE.

MONICA GOES MINE.

YES.

GOOD MORNING.

I'M MONICA GUZMAN POLICY DIRECTOR FOR GABA GO OFF.

AND ONE WAS AUSTIN SPEAKING ON ITEMS, 1143 AND 44.

ITEM 11.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES, AND THE AUSTIN ECONOMIES OR YOUR SUPPORT OF CHILDCARE CENTERS.

ITEM 44.

WE URGE YOU TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF TEXAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE, GINA, YOU KNOW, WHO HAS A HOUSE BILL 84 REPEALING THE PROHIBITION OF INCLUSIONARY ZONING ITEM 43, WHILE THE NEED FOR AN OFFENSE AND PENALTY FOR ANY PERSON, ANY ENTITY INTENTIONALLY IGNORING ORDERS MEANT TO PROTECT US ALL FROM COVID-19 IS UNDERSTANDABLE.

WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT, THE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN AUSTIN'S EASTERN CRESCENT AND OTHER PARTS OF AUSTIN WERE ALREADY STRUGGLING.

THE DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON THESE COMMUNITIES WHO SPREAD THEIR ACCESSORY BAITED BY COVID-19, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO CANNOT SHELTER IN PLACE.

MANY OF THE CITIES STILL DO NOT KNOW ABOUT OR DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SAFETY PROTOCOLS.

WE URGE YOU TO INCLUDE A COVID 19 SAFETY PROTOCOL EDUCATION, INSTEAD OF ONLY FINES FOR THE DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED WHO ARE NOT AWARE ARE NOT UNDERSTANDING.

THANK YOU, SCOTT TURNER, GOOD MORNING, MAYOR, MAYOR PRO TEM AND COUNCIL.

I'M SCOTT TURNER.

I'M A MEMBER OF THE VOLVO AUSTIN COALITION, AND I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THREE-D IMPACT FEES.

UM, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT THE NEW STREET IMPACT THESE WILL HAVE ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY ON TOP OF THE EXISTING FEES ON NEW HOUSING, AS THOSE MOST IMPACTED BY THE NEW FEES WILL BE RENTERS AND SUBURBAN HOMEOWNERS WHO ARE THE MAJORITY OF AUSTINITES.

WE URGE YOU TO CONSIDER STREET IMPACT FEES IN THE CONTEXT OF BROADER OUTCOMES FOR HOUSING, AFFORDABILITY, EQUITY, AND TRANSIT, BECAUSE WE'RE IN A HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS, PLEASE CONSIDER A LOWER BASE FEE.

AS WE ALL KNOW, IT'S EASY FOR CITY FEES TO GO UP, BUT THEY NEVER SEEM TO GO DOWN.

PLEASE USE THE THREE-YEAR REVIEW PERIOD IN THE ORDINANCE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE ACHIEVING EQUITABLE OUTCOMES CITYWIDE.

AND WE ARE GLAD TO SEE TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE INCLUDED IN THE ORDINANCE, BUT WE'D LIKE TO SEE FURTHER DIRECTION FOR SIMPLICITY AND PREDICTABILITY IN THE NOTORIOUSLY COMPLEX CRITERIA MANUAL USE TO IMPLEMENT THEM.

SO AS YOU TAKE UP DISCUSSION TODAY, PLEASE CONSIDER THIS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A CITY PROCESS SIMPLER AND MORE PREDICTABLE WHILE ALIGNING IT WITH THE CITY'S POLICY GOALS FOR A COMPACT AND CONNECTED CITY.

IN OUR IMAGINE AUSTIN COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, BECAUSE WE WILL NEVER ACHIEVE THESE GOALS OR VISION ZERO IF STREET IMPACT FEES, SIMPLY FUND MORE ROADS FOR MORE CARS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

LAUREN, GO GOLD.

HELLO, GOOD MORNING.

AND THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

UH, I'M CALLING WITH REGARDS TO ITEMS 11 THROUGH 13, AND TO ECHO THE WORDS, UH, THAT PAT SHARED AND OTHERS.

UH, AND I'M EXCITED TO HEAR THAT THE, THESE BUGS ARE GOING TO BE DISTRIBUTED HOPEFULLY BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.

UH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT.

AND THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK ON THIS ISSUE.

AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO, UH, TO SHARE MY SUPPORT FOR ITEM 46.

SO THERE'S NOT MUCH I CAN SAY THAT YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY HEARD, BUT THE ISSUE IS SO IMPORTANT THAT IT BEARS REPEATING AGAIN AND AGAIN.

AND SO YOU ACT ON YOUR PROMISES.

IT'S BEEN NINE WEEKS SINCE THE SAME RESOLUTION HAS PASSED, AND NONE OF THOSE FUNDS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A COMPLICATED PROCESS, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THE CARE AND CONSIDERATION THAT NEEDS TO GO INTO THE DISTRIBUTION OF THESE FUNDS.

BUT THESE ARE NOT NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR CONSTITUENTS NEED YOU TO ACT WITH MUCH MORE URGENCY TO CONNECT OUR ALIEN CREATIVE SECTOR WITH THESE DESPERATELY NEEDED FUNDS.

WE'RE IN CRISIS.

YOU'RE PAINFULLY AWARE OF THIS, THAT I'M SURE I'M A FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING MUSICIAN.

AND I'VE BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR ALMOST 10 MONTHS.

NOW, SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAD BEEN DONE PERFORMING AGAIN IN PUBLIC, BUT MOST OF US ARE ALSO IN A SITUATION JUST TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET WHILE DESPERATELY HOPING THERE'S AN INDUSTRY TO COME BACK TO WHEN IT'S TRULY SAFE TO DO

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SO.

I FEAR THAT IF YOU DON'T DISTRIBUTE, AT LEAST SOME OF THESE FUNDS, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THIS ISN'T STREET WILL CRUMBLE AND WITH IT WILL LOSE THE HEART AND SOUL OF AUSTIN.

SO TO THAT END, I'D ALSO LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR ITEM 46.

THIS IDEA PROVIDES A MUCH MORE LONG-TERM SUSTAINABLE OPTIONS FOR YOU TO ENSURE THE SURVIVABILITY OF OUR COMMUNITY AND YOUR BRAND.

WE NEED MORE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS LIKE THIS ONE TO KEEP THIS INDUSTRY THRIVING THROUGH CHANGING TIMES.

SO PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT WHILE THIS UNIQUE AND VIBRANT ARTISTIC NATURE OF THIS TOWN AND BECOME YOUR BRAND, IT'S OUR LIVELIHOOD.

WE'RE DEPENDING ON YOU TO HELP US KEEP IT ALIVE.

PLEASE DON'T DRAG YOUR FEET ON THIS ANY LONGER.

WE NEED YOU TO DO MUCH MORE THAN INCH FORWARD WITH A FEW FORMALITIES EACH MEETING, BUT PLEASE CONSIDER ESCALATING THIS PROCESS IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE TRULY EFFECTIVE.

PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER THAT AT THE OCTOBER 15TH COUNCIL MEETING, I BROUGHT A COMMUNITY PETITION PETITION, WHICH GARNERED 252 SIGNATURES, AND JUST A FEW DAYS IN SUPPORT OF THE VISITOR CENTER FUND, WHICH IS ON THIS WEEK'S AGENDA IN ITEM 46.

IF YOU ACT TO SUPPORT THIS COMMUNITY AND SHOW US THAT YOU MEAN WHAT YOU SAY, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU IN THE NEXT ELECTION CYCLE.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK ON THESE ISSUES AND HAVE A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL HOLIDAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, I'VE JUST BEEN SUGGESTED THAT I MAKE SURE FOLKS KNOW THAT, UH, WHAT THE STAFF TRYING TO GET AT IS THE EMERGENCY, UH, FUNDING, WHICH I THINK IT'S ABOUT $20,000, UH, FOR PER TO VENUE, UH, THAT, UH, IS ELIGIBLE, UH, AS PART OF THE PROCESS THEN TO GET THE FULL PACKAGE OUT, UM, UH, AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE AS PEOPLE GO THROUGH THE PROCESS, UH, BUT WE UNDERSTAND THE URGENCY AND THE NEED, UH, AND WE'RE, WE'RE HOPING TO DO IN THIS PROGRAM.

SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY UNIQUE IN THE COUNTRY, BUT THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER.

SONYA HAD THAT HOWDY, HOWDY MAYOR, ADLER, AUSTIN CITY, COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND FRIENDS.

MY NAME IS SONIA .

I'M A SINGER SONGWRITER, MUSICIAN, MUSIC, PRODUCER, GUITAR TEACHER, AND THE SECRETARY OF THE AUSTIN, TEXAS MUSICIANS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON ITEM 11 AND 13 MUSIC IS A KEY ELEMENT TO EVERY OCCASION THAT HAPPENED IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, AND AROUND THE WORLD.

AS A MUSIC ARTIST, ONE OF THE GOALS IS TO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM IN A MAJOR MUSIC VENUES LIKE KENNY DORM'S, BACKYARD VICTORY GIRL, THE WHIP IN THE ELEPHANT ROOM, ANDERSON MILL PUB, AND THE SLEW OF OPEN MICS.

LIVE MUSIC, ARTISTS NEED BEING USED TO HARNESS OUR SKILLS PREFERABLY OF BEING YOU THAT DEMONSTRATE DIVERSITY AND EQUITY, THE CITY, THE STATE, AND THIS COUNTRY NEEDS MUSIC TO HELP IT HEAL AND GROW AND MOVE FORWARD.

AS A COMMUNITY AUSTIN, TEXAS CARE BE THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

IF IT DOESN'T HAVE LIVE MUSIC VENUES, SAVE THIS DIVERSE COMMUNITY, SAVE THE MUSIC BEING USED.

SAVE OUR VENUES.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

REBECCA REYNOLDS, GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

THIS IS REBECCA REYNOLDS WITH THE MUSIC VENUE ALLIANCE, AND I AM CALLING IN SUPPORT OF ITEMS 11 THROUGH 13.

WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT TODAY IS THE DAY DESPERATELY NEEDED.

DISASTER FUNDING WILL BECOME AVAILABLE FOR AUSTIN LIVE MUSIC VENUES.

I DO WANT TO THANK YOU AND EDD STAFF FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK ON GETTING US TO THIS POINT.

IN RECENT WEEKS, I HAVE HEARD VERY ENCOURAGING FEEDBACK FROM OUR MEMBERS AND SOME COMMUNITY PARTNERS ON CONVERSATIONS HAD WITH COUNCIL MEMBERS, KOBO AND KITCHEN AND MAYOR ADLER.

THEN YOU OWNERS, VENUE, STAFF AND MUSICIANS ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.

WHAT AUSTIN'S MUSIC COMMUNITY NEEDS FROM YOU TODAY IS COMMUNICATION OF A CLEAR TIMELINE OF WHEN THE FUNDS WILL BE DISPERSED SPECIFICALLY, WILL FUNDS BE RELEASED BY THE END OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR, OR IS IT SIMPLY THE APPLICATION PROCESS THAT WILL BEGIN BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR? THE INFORMATION THAT'S CRITICAL BECAUSE WHILE THE EMERGENCY $20,000 IS ESSENTIAL WITHIN YOU OWNER'S NEED, IT'S THE NEWS OF WHAT TO EXPECT THAT THEY CAN TAKE BACK TO THEIR LANDLORD.

I WOULD ASK THAT THE MO THE MORATORIUM ON VENUE EVICTIONS, UH,

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BE EXTENDED UNTIL ROUND TWO OF SAVED SPENDING HAS BEEN DISPERSED.

WE HAVE MANY ICONIC VENUES RELYING ON THAT MORATORIUM RIGHT NOW.

WE ALSO HAVE 18 MUSIC VENUES THAT HAVE BEEN OPERATING FOR AT LEAST 20 YEARS CONTINENTAL CLUB, HOLDING THE WALL, SAXON PUB ELEPHANT ROOM AND FLAMINGO CANTINA.

JUST TO NAME A FEW KENNY'S LEGACY BUSINESSES EXPECT TO BE SERVED ON THE SAME TIMELINE AS THOSE APPLYING THROUGH THE VENUE FUND, OR WILL THE TIMELINES BE DIFFERENT? WE WOULD ALSO ASK THAT COUNCIL AND STAFF TAKE TO HEART MAYOR ADLER'S ASSERTION DURING TUESDAY'S WORK SESSION THAT SCORING AND PERFORMANCE METRICS SEASON A PANDEMIC DISASTER RELIEF PROGRAM SHOULD SIMPLY BE SURVIVAL JOBS, WORKERS, AND MUSICIANS, MENTAL HEALTH, OR CULTURE AND IDENTITY, AND THE RESILIENCY OF AUSTIN'S ECONOMY.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY ARE RESTING ON THE SUCCESS OF THESE PROGRAMS. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR STEWARDSHIP AND CAREFUL CONSIDERATION.

CODY CO COAT COHEN COUNCIL MEMBERS.

GOOD MORNING, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

THIS IS CODY CALLAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT SPEAKING TODAY IN FAVOR OF ITEMS, 11, 12, AND 13.

WE'RE VERY THANKFUL FOR THE SUPPORT DELIVERED BY COUNCIL AND STAFF FOR OUR CITY'S MUSIC ECONOMY AND MUSIC WORKERS THROUGH THE PANDEMIC BY MANY STANDARDS, THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S DELIVERY OF DISASTER LEAVE FOR THE MUSIC SECTOR HAS BEEN EXCELLENT.

AND IT'S ALSO BEEN UNSURPASSED BY ANY OTHER CITY IN THIS COUNTRY THAT BEING OBSERVED.

I WANTED TO CONVEY A FIRM REMINDER ABOUT TIME.

THE YEAR IS DRAWING TO A CLOSE MUSIC VENUES STILL DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE SABES FUNDING APPROVED BY COUNCIL OVER 60 DAYS AGO.

AND A REMINDER THAT THESE FUNDS ARE SIMPLY A BRIDGE TO THE ANTICIPATED FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE, AWARDING THESE FUNDS THIS MONTH WILL MAKE AN EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR THE VENUES AS WELL AS FOR THEIR DEDICATED STAFF AND PERFORMING MUSICIANS.

MOST OF WHOM HAVE GONE UP TO 10 MONTHS WITHOUT ENGAGING IN THAT DEEPLY REWARDING WORK.

THAT IS NOT ONLY THEIR PASSION AND THEIR INCOME, BUT ALSO THEIR PURPOSE AND THEIR CRAFT.

TODAY, YOU CAN GIVE THAT GIFT OF HOPE TO OUR CITIES, WORKING CLASS CREATIVE, THAT ALL IS NOT LOST.

THAT A BETTER TOMORROW MAY YET COME, PLEASE APPROVE MEASURES TO RELEASE THIS MONEY QUICKLY TODAY.

THANK YOU TO THE MAYOR CITY COUNCIL, VERONICA SYNOVIA, AND THE WHOLE EDD TEAM LET'S WORK FOR THE COMMUNITY, BUT ALSO FOR YOUR ONGOING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE DEEP PUBLIC AND ECONOMIC BENEFIT THAT OUR MUSIC SECTOR PROVIDES TO AUSTIN WORKING TOGETHER.

WE WILL EMERGE FROM THESE HARD TIMES THROUGH GRIT, DETERMINATION, FEARLESS LEADERSHIP, AND THROUGH OUR STRENGTH AS A COMMUNITY PEACE BE UPON YOU ALL PAUL ROBBINS COUNSEL.

TODAY, YOU WILL BE SETTING A PUBLIC HEARING ON EXPANDING THE CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR WATER UTILITY DISCOUNTS TO LOW-INCOME CUSTOMERS IN MASTER METER DEPARTMENTS.

I BELIEVE THIS IS ITEM 49.

THIS WILL ALLOW A DISCOUNT PER CUSTOMER OF ABOUT $200 A YEAR.

I 10 EARLY SUPPORT THIS RECOMMENDATION.

HOWEVER, I HAVE TO POINT OUT THAT THE INCREASE IN TAXES YOU TO STAMP IMPLEMENTED FOR RAIL IS THE LARGEST REGRESSIVE TAX INCREASE IN AUSTIN'S HISTORY.

IT MAY PARTIALLY OR TOTALLY CANCEL ANY UTILITY DISCOUNT BENEFITS THAT YOU ARE GIVING HERE.

YOU ARE GIVING WITH ONE HAND AND TAKING AWAY WITH THE OTHER.

IT SEEMS EVERY COUNCIL MEETING, THERE'S A DISCUSSION OF EQUITY.

WHERE IS THE EQUITY HERE? HOW PROP A TAXES FALL ON THE POOR DOES NOT SEEM TO BE SOMETHING THAT WAS PLANNED FOR.

AND THIS EXAMPLE OF GIVING WITH ONE HAND AND TAKING AWAY WITH THE OTHER IS CAUSTIC.

I'M GOING TO SAY THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME THOUGH.

I HOPE TO REPEAT IT AT FUTURE MEETINGS.

I BELIEVE THAT THERE SHOULD BE A BLANKET EXEMPTION FROM PROP A TAX FROM THE PROPERTY TAX ON THE FIRST $200,000 OF A RESIDENTIAL UNITS.

PROPERTY TAX, SINCE MOST APARTMENT UNITS ARE WORTH

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LESS THAN SINGLE FAMILY HOMES.

THIS EXEMPTION WILL BENEFIT THESE RENTAL UNITS THE MOST.

AND SINCE THE MAJORITY OF APARTMENT DWELLERS MAKE LESS INCOME THAN HOMEOWNERS, IT WILL BE MORE EQUITABLE.

THE CITY'S PUBLICLY REQUIRED.

NOTICE OF TAX INCREASE OF THE TAX INCREASE FOR PROP A ESTIMATED THAT THE COST FOR THE, IT ESTIMATED THE COST FOR THE AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL HOMESTEAD.

IT DID NOT ESTIMATE THE RENT INCREASE FOR AN APARTMENT.

AND AS YOU KNOW, THERE ARE MORE HOUSEHOLDS IN AUSTIN THAT RENT THAN OWN.

THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION, AUSTIN BAILEY.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR ADLER AND COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS AUSTIN BAILEY AND I'M TALENT BUYER FROM MOHAWK LOCATED IN THE RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT.

I'M SPEAKING TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AGENDA ITEMS, 11, 12, AND 13 ARE INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED LIVE MUSIC.

VENUES ARE THE BEDROCK OF CULTURAL TOURISM AND A KEY ECONOMIC FORCE IN OUR CITY, EMPLOYING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AUSTINITES AND GENERATING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX REVENUE ANNUALLY.

I LOCALLY OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE FIRST TO CLOSE AND WILL BE THE LAST TO REOPEN.

WE HAVE ZERO REVENUE, BUT OBLIGATIONS SUCH AS RENT, MORTGAGE UTILITIES, LOANS, TAXES, AND INSURANCE, CONTINUE TO ACCRUE.

THE ABILITY TO OPEN A PARTIAL CAPACITY IS NOT ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE.

THE AFOREMENTIONED OVERHEAD COSTS ARE NOT ON A SLIDING SCALE MATCHING THE REDUCED CAPACITIES.

WE WILL LIKELY FACE WHEN WE ARE PERMITTED TO HOST LIVE EVENTS.

ONCE AGAIN, THESE ARE FIXED COSTS DUE TO THE NATIONAL ROUTING OF MOST TOURS.

OUR INDUSTRY WILL NOT RECOVER UNTIL THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS OPEN AT A HUNDRED PERCENT CAPACITY, WHICH BY MOST INDUSTRY ESTIMATES WILL BE WELL INTO Q4 OF 2021 UNTIL WE CAN DO SO.

WE HAVE NO OPPORTUNITIES TO REEMPLOY THE SOUND ENGINEERS, LIGHTING DESIGNERS, BARTENDERS SECURITY BOX OFFICE, AND OTHER VENUES, STAFFS THAT WERE LET GO IN MARCH.

MANY OF WHOM ARE NEARING THE END OF THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AGENDA ITEM 11.

MOST SPECIFICALLY, THE RECOVERY LEASING IT INCENTIVE OFFERING COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TAX REIMBURSEMENTS TO PROPERTY OWNERS AND EXCHANGE FOR RENEGOTIATING LEASES WILL BE AN INTEGRAL STEP IN ADDRESSING THE LONG-TERM CRISIS.

WE ARE CURRENTLY FACING AS OUR INDUSTRY WILL BE ON LIFE SUPPORT FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS, 12 AND 13 ESTABLISHING GUIDELINES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF FUNDS DESIGNATED BY THE STATE'S RESOLUTION THAT WAS PASSED IN SEPTEMBER SHOULD BE ADOPTED IMMEDIATELY TO ENSURE THAT THESE FUNDS ARE DISTRIBUTED AS EXPEDITIOUSLY AS POSSIBLE.

IT HAS BEEN OVER TWO MONTHS SINCE COUNCIL PASSED THE SADE'S RESOLUTION WHILE I APPRECIATE AND COMMEND COUNCIL FOR ADOPTING THIS RESOLUTION FURTHER DELAYS WILL INEVITABLY RESULT IN PERMANENT CLOSURES OF OUR ICONIC LOCAL BUSINESSES.

PLEASE DIRECT STAFF TO DISTRIBUTE EMERGENCY FUNDS BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH, ESPECIALLY TO THE MOST VULNERABLE BUSINESSES AS DETERMINED BY THE METRIC OF BEING AT RISK OF CLOSURE IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

MEDINA GARRETT, COUNCIL MEMBERS, MAYOR ADLER.

MY NAME IS MIRANDA GARRETT, AND I AM A SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR.

LAST TIME I WAS SPEAKING TO YOU ALL, EACH ONE OF YOU HAD A YELLOW BANDANA TIED AROUND YOUR MICROPHONE AND SUPPORT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS.

THAT WAS ALSO THE TIME THAT COUNCILMAN NATASHA HOPPER MADISON SHARED THAT MY TESTIMONY IN 2016 WAS WHAT LED HER TO GET TO PUBLIC SERVICE.

THAT WAS ALSO AROUND THE TIME THAT COUNCIL MEMBER COULD TELL HER STATED IN AN INTERVIEW THAT IT WAS TESTIMONIES LIKE MINE THAT WERE HELPFUL TO THE COUNCIL.

HERE I AM TODAY TO TELL YOU ALL, AS THIS LAWSUIT GETS CLOSE TO ENTERING ITS THIRD YEAR, I'M BEGINNING TO FEEL LIKE THAT SUPPORT IS FALLING TO THE SIDE.

THE RETRAUMATIZATION I'M FEELING BY RECENT ACTIONS OF YOUR LAWYERS IS HARD TO IGNORE WHEN YOUR LAWYERS MAKE AN EMBARRASSMENT OF A SETTLEMENT OFFER OR ASK US TO MEDIATE AND THEN NEVER RESPOND, OR THEY'RE DISINGENUOUS FILINGS IN COURT, WE ARE HURT OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

AND YOU ALL RIGHT HERE, HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE IT STOP.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO LET SURVIVORS AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN KNOW THAT YOU DO SUPPORT SURVIVORS AND THAT YOU DO WANT TO DO TO RIGHT THE WRONG.

THAT HAPPENS TO ALL OF US AT THE HANDS OF YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I KNOW THAT MIGHT FEEL LIKE POLICY CHANGE, BUT IT ISN'T JUST POLICY CHANGE.

IT'S ACCOUNTABILITY.

AND WHERE DOES THAT ACCOUNTABILITY LIE? IF NOT IN THE SETTLEMENT THAT WE TRULY DESERVE WITH EACH OF THESE AWFUL STEPS YOUR LAWYERS ARE TAKING IT'S BEGINNING TO FEEL LIKE THE PLAN IS TO BREAK US, TO BREAK US AND TO HAVE US DROP THIS LAWSUIT, BUT WE AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE.

WE'VE BEEN THROUGH TOO MUCH TO LET ANYTHING GET IN THE WAY OF OUR FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.

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AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT IF THIS LAWSUIT WAS ABOUT ANY OTHER CRIME BEING MISSED MS. HANDLED, I DON'T THINK THAT THE SETTLEMENT WOULD EVEN BE IN QUESTION.

AND I THINK THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT GOT US TO THIS PROBLEM.

THANK YOU.

YES.

UM, AT, UH, MS. GARRETT FOR HER TESTIFYING, ALTHOUGH OBVIOUSLY IT'S, UH, I KNOW THAT SHE WOULD PREFER TO NOT HAVE TO KEEP COMING BACK TO TESTIFY HERE.

I THINK IMPORTANT FOR THE BIAS AND THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT WE DO HAVE A EXECUTIVE SESSION TEED UP ON TUESDAY TO TALK ABOUT THIS.

AND I THINK AS MISS SANKO SAID, DURING HER TESTIMONY, THAT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US AS, AS COUNCIL TO, TO KEEP STEPPING UP AND TO DO OUR PARTS, I THINK IN HER WORDS.

UM, AND SO WE WILL ALL BE ARE POSTED FOR THAT TODAY.

UH, WE, WE, I THINK WE ALL JUST GOT AN EMAIL THAT WE WILL BE DISCUSSING IT ON TUESDAY, TYSON SWINDELL GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS TYSON SWINDELL, I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT AND A SMALL BUSINESS FOR PROBABLY TWO OR THREE TIMES OVER IN DISTRICT NINE.

I'M HERE TO VOICE FAVOR FOR ITEMS 11 THROUGH 13.

THE TIME HAS ELAPSED THAT WE HAD TO MAKE A DECISION OF HOW TO DISPERSE THIS MONEY.

AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD THAT I, MY S I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD MY SUPPORT DIVIDE.

I'M 48.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION.

I WON'T KEEP YOU LONG.

I KNOW QUITE A FEW OF THESE TESTIMONIES, BUT I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT THE TIME IS NOW FOR ACTION AND NOT HOPES AND PROMISES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, JEANETTE GREGOR.

HI, I'M JEANETTE.

I'M THE CO-FOUNDER OF THE AMPLIFIED SOUND COALITION, UH, GOOD MORNING, AND THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT ITEMS 11 THROUGH 13, AS THEY PERTAINED TO THE SAME RESOLUTION, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE POTENTIAL IMPACT THESE RESOLUTIONS CAN HAVE ON MY VERY FRAGILE EVENT COMMUNITY.

I'LL BE DIRECT HERE IN ONE WEEK.

LAST MARCH, I LOST SIX FESTIVAL CONTRACTS, ONE FULL-TIME AND ONE PART-TIME JOB, BECAUSE MY ENTIRE 20 PLUS YEAR CAREER IS DEPENDENT ON MASS GATHERINGS OF PEOPLE WHO GO SEE LIVE MUSIC.

WE'VE BEEN PLEADING WITH THE CITY FOR MONTHS NOW TO SEND THE EVENTS COMMUNITY, A LIFE RACKS.

AND IN SEPTEMBER, WE WERE ACKNOWLEDGED.

AND I FELT HOPEFUL FOR THE FIRST TIME, SINCE MARCH, EVERY DRAFT OF THIS RESOLUTION INCLUDES LANGUAGE LIKE IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY AND RAPID WHEN IT COMES TO FUNDING, WHICH I TAKE TO MEAN THAT SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN, YOU KNOW, SOON WE'RE NOW BEING TOLD THAT MAYBE POSSIBLY APPLICATIONS FOR VENUES WILL OPEN IN FEBRUARY FOR MAYBE POSSIBLY APRIL DISPERSAL.

I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT WHAT HAS HAPPENED THUS FAR IS NEITHER IMMEDIATE, NOR IS IT RAPID.

AND IT CERTAINLY DOESN'T DENOTE AN EMERGENCY.

RECENTLY, THE EDD GAVE AN INTERVIEW ON KSAN IN WHICH THEY SAID FUNDS WOULD BE DISPERSED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH RESPECT TO THE TAXPAYER'S MONEY.

AND I THINK THIS PERFECTLY ILLUSTRATES THE PROBLEM HERE, AND THAT WORKERS ARE NOT SEEN AS PART OF THIS COMMUNITY, BUT WE ARE THE WHO'S TAXPAYERS.

IF YOU NEED ANY FURTHER PROOF OF THAT DISCONNECT BETWEEN OUR INDUSTRY AND CITY MANAGEMENT, I URGE YOU TO LIVE WITH THE PROPOSED GUIDE GUIDELINES IN YOUR BACKUP SECTION SIX OF THE LIVE MUSIC PRESERVATIONS ON NEW GUIDELINES, SUGGEST VENUE OWNERS, TALK TO THEIR LANDLORDS ABOUT LOWERING RENT AND EXTENDING LEASES.

Y'ALL COME ON.

DO YOU THINK THERE'S A VENUE OWNER IN THIS CITY THAT HASN'T HAD THAT CONVERSATION MULTIPLE TIMES, THE ENIGMATIC YET MANDATORY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM HAS ZERO DEFINITIONS AND WILL UNNECESSARILY ADD TIME TO THE AWARD PROCESS TIME.

WE DON'T HAVE, WE'RE TIRED.

WE'RE OUT OF TIME.

OUR COMMUNITY WANTS TO FOCUS ON HOW TO MAKE OUR SECTOR BETTER, SAFER, MORE DIVERSE, EQUITABLE, AND FAIR, BUT WE CANNOT MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT KNOWING OUR INDUSTRY WILL SURVIVE HERE.

AT THE VERY LEAST, I'M ASKING COUNCIL TO PLEASE REMOVE THE MANDATORY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN THOUGHT OUT AND GIVE VENUES THE OPPORTUNITY TO SURVIVE BY ADMINISTERING FUNDING.

NOW, BEFORE THE NEW YEAR SAVED MY JOB AND THOUSANDS LIKE IT, AND LAST, IF, IF THE FOLKS TASKED WITH THIS PERSON, THESE FUNDS QUICKLY CANNOT DELIVER, TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY AWAY FROM THEM AND GIVE IT TO SOMEONE WHO CAN, I FEEL LIKE WE DESERVE AT LEAST THAT MUCH RESPECT.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME.

KRISTIN.

[00:55:01]

GOOD MORNING, MARIANA AND CITY COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS KRISTEN CHOKAN.

I'M A SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR AND A PLAINTIFF ON THE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT INVOLVING THE CITY.

YOU WILL HAVE HEARD FROM SEVERAL OF US TODAY.

I'VE BEEN VOCAL ABOUT MY STORY AND THE LAWSUIT, BUT I'VE HELD MY RESERVES ABOUT COMING BEFORE YOU, UNTIL TODAY.

I'M NOT HERE TO TELL YOU MY STORY FOR ANY OF OUR STORIES.

YOU ALREADY KNOW THEM.

WE ARE SURVIVORS OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT, BUT MOST OF YOU KNOW, THE DEPTH OF THE WEIGHT THAT WE CARRY, LIKE BEING KIDNAPPED AND HELD HOSTAGE, STOCKED, AND STRANGLED, BEATEN, AND TIED UP AT A STRANGER IN YOUR OWN HOME.

YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT WE FEEL RETRAUMATIZED BY VERY SPECIFIC ACTS AND INSTITUTIONS WITHIN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM.

IT WOULD BE POINTLESS TO GO OVER THE DETAILS TO ADD SHOCK VALUE, BECAUSE YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW TRULY HORRIFIC THE DETAILS CAN BE.

I AM HERE IN SEARCH FOR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, BUT IN A YEAR LIKE 20, 20, AREN'T WE ALL, IT'S BEEN A CRAZY YEAR TO SAY THE LEAST A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND NATIONWIDE SHUTDOWN, SHUTDOWN, MATH WRITING, AND A SOCIETY OF PEOPLE AT WAR WITH THE TRUTH.

I FEEL SELFISH TO STAND HERE BEGGING FOR AN HONEST COMMITMENT AND A HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ALL DOING.

BUT HERE I AM, I AM IN CONSTANT SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF PROMISE.

I WAS THRILLED TO SEE A JUDGE AWARDED AND THEN AN OFTEN SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM, 19.1 MILLION AFTER AN ASSAULT AT A LOCAL MASSAGE PARLOR.

THAT IS UNTIL I FOUND OUT THAT THE VICTIM WAS MALE, BECAUSE AT A RECENT SETTLEMENT MEETING WITH THE CITY ATTORNEYS, OUR ENTIRE CLASS OF WOMEN WAS OFFERED A SMALL FRACTION OF THAT.

WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE ARE YOUR LAWYERS TRYING TO SET? HOW MUCH DOES THE CITY VALUE? ITS WOMEN $6.4 MILLION IS BUDGETED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN ANNUALLY FOR THE CARE OF 16 HORSES.

OUR ENTIRE CLASS OF WOMEN WAS OFFERED.

A FRACTION OF THAT.

SINGLE HORSE ALONE IS BUDGETED $400,000 A YEAR.

AND OUR ENTIRE CLASS OF WOMEN WAS OFFERED.

A FRACTION OF THAT.

IS THAT HOW YOU REALLY FEEL THE CITY VALUES ONE SINGLE HORSE MORE THAN THE WOMEN HAVE OFTEN THAT VIOLENT CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN DON'T MATTER, BUT SIXTH STREET, CROWD CONTROL HORSES.

DO I HOPE THIS NEWS SHOCKED YOU AS MUCH AS OUR STORIES DID.

WE ARE 12 WOMEN WHO HAVE FOUGHT THROUGH HELL AND THEN CHOSE TO GO THROUGH IT AGAIN SO THAT OTHERS WON'T HAVE TO.

WE ARE NOT ACTIVISTS.

WE ARE NOT LOBBYISTS.

WE ARE WARRIORS AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US HAVE THE BATTLE SCARS TO PROVE IT.

WE ALL STAND