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[CALL TO ORDER]

[00:00:04]

UH, I CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

THIS IS A ONLINE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN MUSIC COMMISSION.

TODAY IS FEBRUARY 1ST, THE FIRST DAY OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

AND WE ARE AT CISCO WEBEX, EXTRAORDINARY EXTRAVAGANZA.

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION]

WE'RE GOING TO START OFF WITH, UH, OUR CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

UM, AND YOU SENT ME A LIST, RIGHT? OKAY.

I WAS LOOKING FOR THAT JUST A SECOND THERE.

YEAH.

SO I SENT AN EMAIL WITH THE LIST.

YOU HAVE TWO GENERAL COMMUNICATION PEOPLE, AND THEN A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER FOLKS WHO ARE SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO A, SO YOU MIGHT WANT TO TAKE THE GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS FIRST, AND THEN THE PEOPLE SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO, A COULD SPEAK DURING THAT ITEM.

I'M SORRY.

SAID THE TWO THAT I LISTED IN THE EMAIL WHO WAS SPEAKING ON GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS CAN GO AHEAD AND SPEAK AND THEN THE OTHERS ON ITEM TWO, A DURING THAT ITEM AND TO CLARIFY SO THAT PEOPLE ON TWO EIGHT, WE CAN ACTUALLY ASK THEM QUESTIONS AND ENGAGE THEM DURING THAT SECTION.

IS THAT CORRECT? CORRECT.

OKAY.

SO WE HAVE, YEAH, WE HAVE A LONG LIST HERE FOR ITEM TWO, A AND WE HAVE TEAS, UH, LEGGETT.

IS SHE HERE? SHOCK.

I THINK WHAT KIM WAS SUGGESTING IS YOU SKIP IT, THE HOLD OFF ON THE TWO-WAY FOLKS UNTIL WE GET TO TWO A AND JUST GENERAL FOLKS.

NOW THAT WAY THEY CAN BE IN PART OF THE CONVERSATION.

I, I THINK THAT'S WHAT I'M AT.

UH, TWO PEOPLE, A TEASER LEGGETT AND LISA UMAR MONTH, CORRECT? IT'S TISA NEGATIVE.

YES, SIR.

I'M ON.

ALL RIGHT.

BUT, AND I, A LITTLE ALVAREZ AND I WAS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO YOU.

I THINK, I THINK YOU MIGHT BE SIGN UP LATER.

IS THAT FOR AS I FIND THEM TOO? OH, YES.

I'M SO SORRY.

YEAH, NO PROBLEM.

OKAY.

UH, TESA.

YES, SIR.

YEAH, GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU COMMISSION FOR YOUR WORK THEN UP FOR MUSICIAN AND BEEN USED AN UPSTANDER UP WITH YOU.

SO LET ME TELL YOU HOW THAT'S GOING TO START.

AS YOU'VE WORKED TO REOPEN SAFELY AND EVEN JUST TO SURVIVE, IT WOULD BE EASY TO MISS THE HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MORE AWARENESS ABOUT AN EQUITY.

CURRENTLY, THERE IS NO TRANSPARENCY OR SHARE TOOL BETWEEN MUSICIANS AND THE NEWS, MAKING THE PROCESS AND EFFICIENT.

I'M ACTUALLY RISKY AND EQUITABLE.

IF YOU SEE PAGE THREE AND FOUR IN YOUR BOOK SO THAT WE CAN OVER TO YOU, AMPED UP WITH CREATIVE, TO RECONSTRUCT AS DEMOCRATIZE MUSIC CULTURE, MAKING IT EASIER FOR MUSICIANS, AND THEN USED TO MAKE A LIVING.

SO PEOPLE OF COLOR WOMEN, LGBT COMMUNITIES HAVE A FAIR SHOT.

OUR TOOL IS SEAMLESS AND THAT VENUES CAN FIND BOOKS AS GOOD RELATIONSHIPS WITH MUSICIANS.

WE ARE THE ONLY SITE IN THE WEB TO DATE WITH THE FUNCTIONALITY THAT YOU WILL SEE.

I LIKE TO SHARE A FEW KEY ELEMENTS TO OUR PLATFORM AND PROVIDE YOU ACCESS.

FIRST IS OUR DIVERSITY TRACKING.

IF YOU LOOK ON PAGE SIX, OUR PLATFORM HAS SEARCHED FILTERS FOR DIVERSITY.

I'VE BEEN, YOU CANNOT OWN SEARCH FOR A BAND BY DATE, JOHN DRA, LOCAL VERSUS TOURISTS AND THE LIGHT, BUT IT ALSO CAN SEARCH FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR FEMALE LGBTQ.

THESE METRICS ARE TRACKED ON THE BACK END AND WILL ALERT BIG.

IF THEY'RE HIRING AND PAY DISPROPORTIONATELY, THOSE DATA CAN ALSO BE USED BY CITY GOVERNMENTS TO HELP TRACK FUNDING REQUIREMENTS AROUND DIVERSITY.

THIS PROVIDES A MACRO VIEW WITH AFFORDABLE DATA OF HOW THE BURSTS ARE SAGES TRULY ARE SECOND.

WE TACKLED THEIR PAY AND TRANSPARENCY AND BOOKING.

IF YOU LOOK ON PAGE SEVEN AND EIGHT IN OUR PACKET THAT WE SENT TO YOU ALL WITH THAT, AN AGENT IS IT IS EXTREMELY COMMON TO PLAY A GIG WITH ALMOST NO IDEA WHAT YOU'LL GET PAID.

AND WITHOUT THIS BASIC INFORMATION, IT'S HARD TO MAKE SMART CHOICES THAT BUILD YOUR CAREER AT AMPED UP.

WE START BY WRITING DOWN THAT AGREEMENT WITH EAT OR EAST GATE EMPOWER YOU TO SET SIX PRICING.

PLEASE LOOK ON PAGE NINE.

WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR VENUES.

WE PROVIDE THE MOST VALUABLE DECISION-MAKING TOOL, A MUSICIANS, TICKETS, SALES HISTORY, WHICH IS DISPLAYED NEXT TO EACH PAST SHOW.

IT COMES FROM TRANSACTION HISTORY.

IT'S TRUSTWORTHY AND IT'S CONSISTENT.

AND AT THE END OF EACH PERFORMANCE AND SAFELY AS AUTOMATICALLY DEPOSITS PAYMENT AND TO MUSICIANS ACCOUNTS WELL WHEN OUR MONEY ON TIME, RIGHT? SO THAT ARTISTS KEEPING THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION IN MIND, AS WELL AS EXITING A DARK ALLEY WITH HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS IN CASH, OR SEARCHING OUT A BAR MANAGER IN A BACKROOM AT 2:00 AM TO GET PAID.

THIRD MUSICIANS HAVE BEEN MOST EXCITED.

[00:05:01]

THIS IS WHAT'S REALLY FUN ABOUT OUR PATENT SPEAKING TOUR ROUTING TOOL.

NOT ONLY DOES THIS PROCESS SHAPE UPDATES OF PLANNING AND HELP THEM PITCH THE RENT VENUES, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, ELECTS POTENTIAL BEEN USED.

NO THERE'LL BE NEARBY.

THIS OPENS UP ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITY TO FILL THOSE GAPS AND SPREAD THE LOVE OF LIVE MUSIC TO TOWNS THROUGH THE RAPS THAT OFTEN GET PASSED OVER.

SO WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS WE'RE LAUNCHING IN MARCH RIGHT HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND WE'D LIKE TO RESPECTFULLY REQUEST PLACEMENT ON YOUR AGENDA FOR NEXT MONTH MEETING TO DISCUSS THE TECHNOLOGY INDEPENDENT HOSTING THE FREE EDUCATION SERIES FOR VENUES AND MUSICIANS REGARDING DIVERSITY FAIR PAY.

AND RE-IMAGINING THE REOPENING.

THEN YOU'D SEND ME BUSINESS.

WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT AMPED UP.

WE NEED BETA TESTERS.

IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO'S INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT US.

AND MY INFORMATION IS IN THAT POWERPOINT.

I WANTED TO BE VERY RESPECTFUL OF OUR THREE MINUTE TIME LIMIT.

SO IF THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS OR YOU WANT TO GET TO KNOW ME A LITTLE BIT MORE, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM.

SUSAN DOES JUST TO LET YOU KNOW WHEN, WHEN THE IT'S NOT AN AGENDA ITEM, WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO ASK QUESTIONS BECAUSE THE TRANSPARENCY REQUIREMENT MEANS THAT WE NEED TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS ANY PARTICULAR TOPIC.

WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME COMMISSION.

I DO APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

CAN YOU OFTEN, OKAY.

I CAN NOW, NOW AGAIN.

YES.

YEAH.

OKAY.

WHAT'S GOING ON IN MY MIND.

I DIDN'T HEAR ANY OF THAT AUDIO, WHATNOT, BUT UH, I'LL TAP IN WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND I'LL CHECK IT OUT AND IT SOUNDED LIKE A GOOD START.

THANK YOU, UH, TITA.

UM, NEXT ON THAT, I THINK YOU SAID LISA THERE.

OKAY.

UM, I GUESS THAT'S ENOUGH, BUT DID YOU NEED ME TO GO AGAIN? I MEAN, I JUST, I DON'T WANT TO BE OUT OF MY PROBLEM.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT.

OKAY, WELCOME.

OKAY.

OH, YESTERDAY.

OKAY.

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

SO, UH, HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW THE MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING? YEAH.

I'LL MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

I'D SECOND THAT MOTION.

YEAH, A SECOND.

OKAY.

UM, ALL IN FAVOR.

HI.

AND IF YOU CAN'T SEE, FOLKS ARE, EVERYBODY'S RAISING THEIR HANDS I'M, I'M LIKE ON MY PHONE LOOKING AT EMA AND ANYBODY OPPOSED TO THAT? NOPE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

AND WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON.

UM, WANTED TO, BEFORE WE GET INTO, UM, THE REST OF THE AGENDA, JUST TO ACKNOWLEDGE, UM, THAT IT IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND, YOU KNOW, LAST MONTH, UH, WE TALKED ABOUT HAVING PRESENTATION, UH, FROM ARTISTS, UM, APPROXIMATELY DURING OUR, DURING OUR MEETINGS.

AND WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN THAT TOGETHER, BUT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT TODAY.

UM, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT TO OCCUR, BUT AS FOLKS KNOW I'M ARTISTS.

SO, UM, I WANTED TO SHARE A PIECE OF POETRY, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT I WROTE, UM, ON THE, UH, 4TH OF JULY AT 4:00 AM.

WHEN I WOKE UP IN THE MORNING ON THE 4TH OF JULY, THIS IS CALLED FOR OF NO LIES.

IF YOU THINK, EVEN FOR A SPLIT SECOND, THAT BECAUSE I WAS BORN WITH MELANIN AND YOU WILL NOT THAT YOU ARE SOMEHOW ENTITLED TO RULE OVER MY BREATH, MY COMINGS, AND GOING MY CHOICE OF LOVE

[00:10:01]

MY SELF-WORTH, MY STORY, MY FREEDOM TO BE WHO I WAS CHOSEN TO BE, I WILL CORRECT IT.

I WILL CORRECT YOU.

I WILL CORRECT ALL OF THIS SIMPLISTIC, CHILDISH, IRRATIONAL, AND SPOILED WORLDVIEW THAT SOMEHOW CONTINUES TO LIVE INSIDE OF YOUR DENTS AND TANGLED SYNOPSIS.

I WILL CORRECT IT WITHOUT A SINGLE WORD.

THERE WILL BE NO MORE PRAYERS FOR LIBERATION FROM THE SICK AND TWISTED CONSTRUCT THAT YOU CLAIM AS REALITY.

I WILL CORRECT IT WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR PRESENCE AT ALL, BECAUSE YOUR PRETEND IS A LIE AND THESE LIES ARE BEING EXPOSED FOR WHAT THEY ARE.

I COVER UP AND ILLUSION UNNECESSARILY RUDE TO PERPETUATE A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY ENTITLEMENT, SUPERIORITY.

I WILL CORRECT IT.

YOUR WORLD IS ENDING AND YOU'RE SCARED, BUT THAT IS NOT MY PROBLEM.

THAT IS THE BREAKTHROUGH.

AND THIS IS THE HEADLINE.

AWESOME MISSION IS NO LONGER THE ADMISSION, NO LONGER THE PRICE OF THE TICKETS TO OUR LIBERTY OFF IN THE DISTANCE.

YOU CAN NOT RUN AND WE DO NOT NEED TO ESCAPE.

THERE WAS NO MORE TIME FOR FALSE IDOLS OR IDLE MANTRAS OR IDEALIST PURITANICAL BIBLE THUMPING.

THE NORTH STAR BROUGHT US RIGHT HERE TO THIS DAY.

AND WE AIN'T GOING BACK TO ANY TIME THAT NARRATES OURSELF DISTRACTION.

DAVID'S ONLY NOW ONLY FORWARD, ONLY THE REVELATION OF A SUCCESSFUL MOVEMENT INTO THE DAY WE KNEW WE COME, THIS IS THE DAY OF OUR INDEPENDENCE FROM ANY BONDAGE TO YOUR NECK AND ARCHAIC FRAMEWORKS.

THIS IS THE DAY OF OUR INDEPENDENCE AND THE OWNERSHIP OF EVERYTHING WE ARE RIGHTFULLY BORN TO RECEIVE.

THIS IS THE DAY OF OUR INDEPENDENCE AND OUR FULLEST SELF REALIZATION THAT A FLAG ISN'T NECESSARY ONLY OUR DEEPLY EMBODIED COLLECTIVE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT YOUR SON HAS COMPLETE DATE SET.

OUR FIREWORKS WERE LIT WHEN THAT PRECINCT IN MINNEAPOLIS BURNS TO THE GROUND, NO COOKOUTS WILL BE HELD AT MY RESIDENCE TODAY.

I WILL FAST LIKE AS RAMA DOWN WHILE VISUALIZING MY ANCESTORS, SMILING, DANCING, REVELING TO THE RHYTHM OF THEIR ONE STOLEN DRUMS THAT REACH BACK INTO OUR HUMAN GENESIS AND SYNCOPATE THE PULSE OF EACH AND EVERY STEP FORWARD, THEY WILL BE NO PARADE SCHEDULED, NO BANDS PLAYING YOUR WARHEADS, NO STREAMERS, POMPOMS, OR EMPTY RATIONALIZATIONS FOR A DESTINY DREAM DEFERRED.

THIS IS A NEW DAY.

THIS IS OUR WATER, OUR AIR, OUR EARTH, OUR WE BIRTH.

THIS IS OUR DECLARATION OF ASCENDANT.

THANK YOU ALL FOR LISTENING.

THAT WAS CALLED THE, OF NO ALIVE.

AND HOPEFULLY EVERY, UH, EVERY MUSIC COMMISSION, WE WILL HAVE SOMEBODY PERFORMING SOME TYPE OF TALENT THAT'S MUSICALLY RELATED.

UM, AND WE ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD ON THE AGENDA.

HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH, EVERY FIVE.

LET ME PULL UP.

I GOT SO MANY, OKAY.

APOLOGIZE.

[2a. Discussion and Possible Action on music permitting during COVID following presentations by Monica Caivano, Director of Esquina Tango and Brian Block,]

ALL RIGHT.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON MUSIC PERMITTING DURING COVID FOLLOWING PRESENTATIONS BY MONICA SABANO DIRECTOR OF THE AND TANGO AND BRIAN BLOCK ENTERTAINMENT, SERVICE MANAGER DEVELOPMENT SERVER SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THIS IS TWO 80 OF THESE YET.

THERE WAS THIS, WHAT ARE WE CALLING THE FOLKS TO SPEAK HERE? DID I GET THAT? THIS THE NAMES GOING? YES, I THINK SO.

OKAY.

I'M JUST GOING TO START IN THE ORDER THAT THESE ARE, AND, UM, IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ALPHABETICAL, BUT WE'RE JUST GOING TO START AT THE TOP JENNIFER TO SECCHI, UH, I'M I'M HERE.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, THIS, THE PLATFORM THAT WE WERE TOLD WE WOULD HAVE, WE WERE TOTALLY BE ABLE TO, UM,

[00:15:01]

HAVE THE PRESENTATION THE SAME WAY MONICA HAD ONE LAST TIME.

AND SO WE'RE NOT ACTUALLY ORGANIZED TO DO THIS IN THREE MINUTES SEGMENTS, BUT I'LL TRY AND GET THROUGH AS MUCH OF OUR PRESENTATION AS WE HAVE IN THREE MINUTES.

UM, I'M NOT QUITE SURE WHY WE'RE NOT GETTING THAT SAME AMOUNT OF TIME, BUT, UM, BASICALLY WE WOULD LIKE THE COMMISSION TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, THE, THE, UH, SANTA RITA COURTS, THOSE WERE BUILT IN 1938.

MOST OF THE HOUSES ON THE STREETS SURROUNDING, UH, THE TANGO IS, OR THE ACQUAINTED TANGO, THOSE WERE BUILT IN THE FORTIES AND THE FIFTIES.

THIS NEIGHBORHOOD HAS BEEN HERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

AND THE ACQUAINTED TANGO IS THE NEWCOMER TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, NOT, NOT THE RESIDENTS.

WE KNOW THAT SHE'S BEEN HERE FOR 15 YEARS, BUT THE RESIDENTS AND THE RESIDENCES IN HERE MUCH LONGER THAN THAT, UM, AND OUR, OUR RIGHTS REALLY NEED TO BE UPHELD SINCE MONICA HAS OPENED HER DOORS.

UM, AND WE HAVE SENT EVIDENCE TO THE COMMISSIONERS OF THIS.

SHE HAS NOT ADHERED TO OPERATING HOURS.

SHE OPERATES AFTER TWO AND THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING.

WE SPENT A COUPLE OF VIDEOS OF THAT.

SHE DOES NOT ADHERE TO DECIBEL LIMITS.

SHE HAS OPERATED WELL OUTSIDE OF DECIBEL ON IT DURING THE DAY AND AT NIGHT, AND KEPT HER NEIGHBORS AWAKE AND INTRUDED INTO OUR HOME.

AND THAT HAS HAD A HORRIBLE IMPACT ON OUR LIVES.

WE HAVE TROUBLE, UM, WORKING, SLEEPING, YOU KNOW, JUST CONDUCTING OUR DAILY LIVES IN OUR HOUSE.

AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT SHE WANTS TO BE AN OUTDOOR MUSIC VENUE NOW, UM, AND THAT SHE DID THAT FOR A FEW MONTHS AND THE FEW MONTHS THAT SHE DID IT, YOU KNOW, THAT IT GOT, IT GOT EVEN WORSE.

UM, AND THERE IS NO WAY TO FUNCTION IN YOUR HOUSE WHEN SOMEBODY ELSE'S MUSIC IS BLARING THROUGH IT, YOU KNOW, UPWARDS OF 20 OR THREE HOURS EVERY SINGLE WEEK.

UM, SHE MADE SOME COMMENTS AT THE LAST MEETING THAT IT WAS AN OCCASIONAL DISTURBANCE.

IT WAS NOT, WE HAVE COPIES OF HER SCHEDULES, UH, FROM HER PERFORMANCES.

SHE WAS AMPLIFYING MUSIC INTO OUR HOMES AND HAVING Y PERFORMANCES AND DRUM CIRCLES AT BROWN, 75 TIMES EVERY MONTH.

THAT'S NOT AN OCCASIONAL DISTURBANCE.

THAT'S A ROUTINE DISTURBANCE.

UM, ON TOP OF THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, WE UNDERSTAND THAT SHE HAS A LOT OF SUPPORTERS, BUT PEOPLE THAT FIND HER PETITION AND ARE PERHAPS GOING TO SPEAK AT THIS MEETING, I WOULD ASK HOW MANY OF THEM ACTUALLY LIVE WITHIN A HUNDRED FEET OF THIS RESIDENCE, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT ACTUALLY VOTING TO GIVE AWAY THE RIGHTS AND PRIVACY AND PEACE IN THEIR OWN HOMES WITH THEIR, WHAT THEY'RE SAYING IS, IS WE WANT THIS COMMISSION TO RECOMMEND GIVING AWAY THE RIGHTS AND THE PEACE AND THE LIVABILITY HOMES OF RESIDENTS AROUND A BUSINESS THAT I LIKE.

AND, BUT I GET TO GO HOME TO MY HOUSE AND, AND STILL HAVE MY PEACE AND QUIET.

I'M NOT THE ONE THAT'S GOING TO BE INTRUDED ON, AND THAT'S REALLY NOT FAIR.

IT REALLY SHOULD BE THE PEOPLE SURROUNDING THE ESTABLISHMENT THAT DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT A BUSINESS GETS TO COME IN AND INTRUDE INTO THE, THE SANCTITY OF THEIR HOMES.

UM, LASTLY, I REALLY WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THIS COMMISSION, I THINK MAYBE LOOKING AT THE ISSUE, UM, KIND OF DIFFERENTLY THAN IT SHOULD, RATHER THAN GIVING AWAY THE RIGHTS OF THE NEIGHBORS, YOU KNOW, THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR, YOU KNOW, AS THESE HOME 70, 80 YEARS, PERHAPS THE THING TO DO IS TO LOOK AT HOW THE CITY CAN HELP BY GIVING HER AN UPDATE TEMPORARILY DURING COVID.

UM, YOU KNOW, SHE, THE CITY OWNS A LOT OF PROPERTIES AND THE CITY HAS OPPORTUNITIES TO, UH, FIND A VENUE, UM, THAT THEY COULD ALLOW HER TO OPERATE AT WHERE SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE DRIVING THE NEIGHBORS OUT OF THEIR HOME.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE, WE UNDERSTAND THAT MONICA CLASSIFIES HERSELF AS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE, BUT, YOU KNOW, I SPENT MOST OF 2020 WORKING FOR AN ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION ORGANIZATION CALLING UP FAMILIES WHO HAD JUST SUFFERED DEATH AND TRYING TO GET THEM TO DONATE LIFE-SAVING ORGANS.

WE HAVE NEIGHBORS ON THIS STREET, UM, THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, WORK IN GROCERY STORES, PROVIDING ACTUAL FOODS TO PEOPLE.

UM, THE, THE SERVICE THAT MONICA PROVIDES PEOPLE CAN EXERCISE AFTER HOMES.

THEY CAN EXERCISE AND PARKS.

THEY CANNOT EXERCISE ALL KINDS OF OPEN AIR AREAS WITHOUT INTRUDING ON OTHER PEOPLE.

THEY CAN STREAM MUSIC INTO THEIR HOME.

THEY CAN EVEN STREAM FOR PERFORMANCES IF SHE HOLDS THEM IN DOORS INTO THEIR HOME.

SO THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS FOR THOSE GAPS.

WE DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER OPTIONS OTHER THAN TO LIVE IN OUR HOMES.

WE ARE DOING WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE BY STAYING HOME.

AND WE DON'T DESERVE TO BE DRIVEN OUT OF OUR HOMES BY THOSE VENUE.

UM, AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT'S BEING DISCUSSED.

I THINK A BETTER OPTION WOULD BE FOR THE CITY TO, UM, LOCATE A DIFFERENT AREA FOR HER TO TEMPORARILY USE THAT IS NOT WITHIN A HUNDRED FEET OF PEOPLE'S RESIDENCES.

[00:20:01]

UM, YOU KNOW, I, I SENT THE COMMISSION A VIDEO JUST OF ONE PERFORMANCE OF HOW LOUD IT WAS INSIDE OUR HOUSE.

IT'S, YOU KNOW, I WORK FROM HOME.

ERIC WORKS FROM HOME, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT SIX PEOPLE ON THE STREET.

WE HAVE ELDERLY PEOPLE ON THE STREET.

NOT ONLY ARE WE BEING KEPT UP TO THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING AND LATER BECAUSE OF THE NOISE OF THE, YOU KNOW, AT THE VENUE.

UM, BUT EVEN DURING THE DAYTIME, WE CAN'T TEND TO UP OUR, OUR BUSINESS AS APPROPRIATE.

UM, AND SO, YOU KNOW, I REALLY THINK THAT IF THE CITY IS WANTING TO HELP HER, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO DO THAT BY TAKING AWAY THE RIGHTS OF THE NEIGHBORS OR SUGGESTING THAT OUR CITY COUNCIL PEOPLE DO THAT IS MAYBE NOT THE MOST APPROPRIATE WAY TO GO ABOUT IT.

UM, THERE ARE GOTTA BE OTHER OPTIONS AND MONICA AND HER GUESTS CERTAINLY HAVE OTHER OPTIONS, UM, BY, YOU KNOW, MEETING IN PARKS, BY, YOU KNOW, ATTENDING HER CLASSES VIRTUALLY IT'S REALLY COMES DOWN TO THEIR PREFERENCE TO DO IT OUTSIDE IN THAT SPACE.

WE DON'T GET TO MAKE A CHOICE.

WE HAVE TO LIVE IN OUR HOMES.

UM, AND IF I HAVE ANY TIME LEFT, YOU KNOW, I, I DO THINK THAT THE COUNCIL SHOULD CONSIDER THE REST OF THE EVIDENCE, YOU KNOW, THAT WAS SENT OVER.

IT WAS A VERY SMALL SAMPLING.

WHAT WE SPENT AS A VERY SMALL SAMPLING, THAT BEHAVIORS HAVE BEEN ROUTINE, THE CARS PARKING IN FRONT OF DRIVEWAYS, THE BEER BOTTLES AND WINE BOTTLES BEING THROWN INTO OUR YARDS, UM, YOU KNOW, DRUNKEN PEOPLE BACKING INTO OUR CARS, UH, YOU KNOW, THE, THE NOISE THEY'RE NOT SHUTTING DOWN OR OPERATING WITHIN ANY TYPE OF DECIBELS LIMIT OUR HOURS.

IT REALLY HAS BEEN A GREAT DISTURBANCE TO IT.

IT DOES JUST SERVE THE PIECE OF THIS COMMUNITY AND IT HAS NOT HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT ON IT.

YEP.

IS THAT, ARE YOU DONE JENNIFER? GUESS IF I ONLY GET THREE MINUTES, I'M NOT SURE IF YOUR TIME IS UP SO YOU CAN GO UNTIL THEY TELL YOU TO STOP.

THE ALARM WAS THE, UH, THREE MINUTES.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU ALL WERE ABLE TO HEAR THAT.

I DIDN'T HEAR THE ALARM.

I APOLOGIZE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU, JENNIFER.

UM, ERIC DRYDEN.

YES, I AM HERE WHENEVER YOU'RE READY.

WELL, UH, I, I DON'T REALLY HAVE MUCH MORE TO ADD, UM, TO WHAT JENNIFER SAID.

UM, UH, JENNIFER AND I LIVE TOGETHER AND, UH, FOR ME, UH, THE ISSUE COMES DOWN TO SOMETHING THAT IS, IS JUST PRETTY SIMPLE AND THAT'S, AND THAT'S BASIC GEOGRAPHY.

AND THAT IS IF, IF MONICA AND A SKINNY TANGOE DECIDE THAT THEY WANT TO HOLD A CONCERT OUTSIDE TO, UM, OVER, YOU KNOW, SINCE COVID STARTED WELL, THEN THAT BASICALLY MEANS THAT IF WE ARE AT HOME AND WE'RE AT HOME, MOST OF THE TIME NOW THAT WE HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THE CONCERT AS WELL, UM, WE DON'T, UH, WE DON'T HAVE THE SAY IN THE MATTER.

AND, AND THE PROBLEM THERE IS THAT OUR PROPERTY LINE IS 11 FEET FROM HER PROPERTY LINE.

AND THEN THE STAGE SET UP THAT SHE HAS IS ROUGHLY, I DON'T KNOW, 15, 20 FEET FROM THE FENCE LINE.

SO AGAIN, WE'RE TALKING, TALKING ABOUT CONCERTS GOING ON ROUGHLY FOUR TO FIVE TIMES A WEEK, SOMETIMES TWICE A DAY, WHICH IS WHAT, WHAT WAS HAPPENING, UM, WHERE WE DON'T HAVE A SAY IN THE MATTER.

SO, YOU KNOW, IF SHE WANTS TO HAVE A CONCERT, THEN, LIKE I SAID, WE HAVE TO SIT FOR IT TOO.

UM, IF IT'S, IF IT'S EIGHT O'CLOCK AT NIGHT OR SEVEN O'CLOCK AT NIGHT, AND, UH, MAYBE WE'RE NOT FEELING WELL, OR HE WON'T ONE-ON-ONE WATCH A MOVIE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND THEN SHE DECIDES THAT SHE WANTS TO, UH, HAVE THIS CONCERT OVER THERE.

AGAIN, IT'S, IT'S, WE DON'T HAVE A CHOICE IN THE MATTER.

WE BASICALLY HAVE TO SIT THROUGH IT FOR SEVERAL HOURS UNTIL IT ENDS, BECAUSE IT IS RIGHT THERE.

AND, UH, AND THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT, WHICH, YOU KNOW, AS JENNIFER SAID, FRANKLY, IS IT, I DON'T THINK IS FAIR TO US, BUT, UH, SO THAT'S BASICALLY HOW I SEE IT.

IT'S, IT'S, IT'S SOMETHING WHERE WE FEEL LIKE

[00:25:01]

WE'RE NOT IN CONTROL WHERE, WHERE WE DON'T HAVE ANY POWER TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, EXCEPT CALL IN TO THE FOOT, TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO MAKE A NOISE COMPLAINT, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND, BUT THAT REALLY ISN'T CONTROL.

THAT'S JUST THAT THAT'S MORE, THAT DOESN'T REALLY GET ANYTHING DONE.

SO, YOU KNOW, UH, AS JENNIFER SAID, IF SOME KIND OF ALTERNATIVE MEANS CAN BE A USE SO THAT MONICA, YOU KNOW, SOME ADDITIONAL PROPERTY OR SOMETHING WHERE MONICA CAN GO AHEAD AND DO THIS, THEN I THINK THAT THAT WOULD BE THE BEST THING FOR EVERYONE.

UM, CONSTRUCT SOMETHING LIKE A FACILITY SHE HAS CONSTRUCTED OUTSIDE OF HER PLACE AND, AND DO IT SO MANY MINUTES ARE UP WHERE, EXCUSE ME, WHERE IT'S NOT GOING TO BE, UH, COMING INTO PEOPLE'S HOMES.

AND, UH, SO I, I THINK THAT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE COMMISSION SHOULD CONSIDER.

UH, I THINK IT'D BE A GOOD ALTERNATIVE FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.

AND, UH, THAT'S WHAT I HAD TO SAY.

ONE THING TO CLARIFY IF YOU'RE, IF THE PRESENTATION WASN'T COMPLETED AND THIS IS A GROUP EFFORT, ONE PERSON CAN SEE IT A PORTION OF THEIR TIME TO THE PERSON WHO'S MAKING THE PRESENCE, PATIENT NELSON REPEATEDLY AT MEETINGS.

YEAH, I THINK, I THINK THEY CAN'T DONATE TIME.

UH, KIM CHECKED WITH THE CITY CLERK ON THAT, BUT, UM, I PROBABLY, I'M GOING TO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS, I THINK FOR JENNIFER AND A BIT HERE.

SO HOPEFULLY BETWEEN ALL OF THIS, THERE'LL BE ABLE TO SAY EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE PLANNED TO SAY THIS EVENING.

THAT'S CORRECT.

UH, THE SPEAKERS CAN'T DONATE TIME, UH, BECAUSE IT'S A REMOTE MEETING AND THERE'S AN ISSUE WITH TRANSPARENCY, UH, WITH IT BEING A REMOTE MEETING AND DONATING TIME.

SO I CHECKED WITH THE CLERK'S OFFICE AHEAD OF TIME ABOUT IT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, NEXT IS THE ROW CRUISE.

YEAH, THIS IS RELEVANT.

HOW ARE YOU DOING? YES.

I JUST WANT TO ADD A COUPLE OF ITEMS TO WHATEVER WE TALKING ABOUT.

UH, ORIGINALLY THE OTHER ONE THAT I'VE BEEN TRYING TO ADD ON IS THAT WHEN SHE CAME HOME, APPROACHED US TO OPEN THE PLACE AND SHE ELSE ESPECIALLY APPLIED, WHO WAS THE GUEST, ONE OF THE FAMILY, A FAMILY, UH, I GUESS, GET TOGETHER TO LEARN HOW TO SPEAK MEAN.

THEY LEARN HOW TO TANGO AND, UM, FOR THE OLD FOLKS AND ALL THAT.

BUT, UH, I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT HAPPEN.

AND, UH, THE OTHER ONE IS, UH, I UNDERSTAND HER LICENSE, WHICH WHENEVER THEY SEE THE PAPERWORK OF THIS CT MENTIONING WHAT SIDE, A LARGE, AND SHE WAS APPLYING FOR AFTER WE SIGN AND THAT ALL THIS ROAD IS STARTED LATER.

UH, THEY NOTICED THAT THE LICENSE THAT SHE APPLIED ACTUALLY LESS FOR A NIGHTCLUB, AND THAT'S NOT WHAT WE WERE AWARE.

I AGREE ON.

AND THAT'S THE ONE THING IS YOU, WE CAN FIX THAT.

OR WHEN I DO, BECAUSE SHE LIED TO EVERYBODY, ALL THE, ALL THE RESIDENTS HERE, OH, THEY'RE OLD FOLKS.

AND BY DOING SO I WENT, I SIGNED A PETITION.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT TOLD US THAT SHE WAS GOING TO BE DOING THAT.

NOT AT NIGHTCLUB.

UH, I DON'T KNOW IF Y'ALL HAVE, Y'ALL HAD A CHANCE TO CHECK ON HER LICENSE.

WELL, WHAT'S THAT VELOCITY APPLIED.

THERE WAS LIKE A SLAVE.

WE NEVER DID SEE IT.

UH, THE OTHER ONE THAT PARKING LOT IS SO BAD THAT I DON'T, I KNOW WE MENTIONED IT LAST TIME, BUT THEN WHEN SHE BRINGS ALL THESE OTHER CUSTOMERS ON THE, ON HER NEIGHBORHOOD, ON HER SIDE, IT'S ONLY A LIMITED SPACE.

THEY USED TO BE THE PARKING THAT IS THE PARKING SPACE FROM HER HOME, WHICH IS RIGHT NEXT TO IT.

AND, UH, THERE'S NO PARKING LOT HERE FOR ANYBODY LIKE THAT.

AND THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT COME SEE HIM AND, UH, AND LIVING THE, A VISION OF THE SYSTEM AND, UH, THE DAMAGE IN CARS.

THAT WAS MY MAIN COMPLAINT.

LAST TIME, ONE OF MY, TWO OF MY VEHICLES GOT HIT AND, UH, OCTOBER OSCAR, WHAT THEY'RE GONNA DO.

AND SHE SAYS SHE WAS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.

THIS HAS BEEN AN ONGOING PROBLEM WE HAVE WITH HER.

SO I NEED TO SEE IF WE CAN, UH, WE DON'T NEED NO MORE PERMITS FOR LIKE CLOTHES AROUND HERE.

LIKE I SAID,

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WE DID MAKE A MISTAKE BY NOT SEEING THE HEART CONTRACT WITH A CD, WHICH SHE NEVER DID SHOW THAT TO ANYBODY.

UH, ALL SHE WAS JUST SAYING THAT SHE NEEDED THE SIGNATURES, THAT YOU CAN OPEN THE PLACE.

AND, UH, THAT'S WHAT WE DID.

BUT LIKE I SAID, OUR MISTAKE WAS WE NEVER DID SEE THE CONTRACT.

UM, AND NOW IT JUST STARTED THIS, UH, OUTDOOR DANCING EVEN BEFORE THE COVID.

AND NOW IT'S UP TO CODE.

THEY'RE NOT EVEN COMPLIANT WITH THE FACE MASK.

THEY HAVE LIMITED SPACE IN THREE MINUTES.

I MEAN, THERE'S NO WAY THAT YOU'RE GOING TO FEED LIKE 40, 60 FEET ON ONE LITTLE SPACE, WHICH IS THE OLD PARKING SPACES THAT SHE'S GOT FROM HER HOUSE.

I'M SORRY.

THREE MINUTES.

JUST A HEADS UP.

I'M SORRY.

I'M NOT SURE IF YOU CAN HEAR IT.

SORRY.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YOU I'M HAVING TROUBLE HEARING YOU.

SORRY.

I APPRECIATE IT.

CAUSE IT'S ON MY PHONE.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S SLOW, BUT I CAN.

IT, YEAH.

WE'RE HAVING SOME TECH ISSUES AT CITY HALL.

I'M TRYING TO CATCH IT, BUT WE'LL UH, WE'LL KEEP LISTENING FOR IT.

THANK YOU, STEPHANIE.

UM, DORIS CRUZ.

YES.

I'M HERE.

GO AHEAD.

SORRY.

OKAY.

IT'S MY HUSBAND SAID HE DID.

SHE DID COME IN TO THE NEIGHBOR AND THERE'S QUITE A BIT OF US THAT ARE OLDER.

AND SHE DID ASK IF SHE COULD DO THIS AS A DANCE STUDIO, TOO, WHERE SHE WAS GOING TO BE CONTINUED TANGO AND GIVING CLASSES TO THE ELDERLY, MAYBE PULL OUT, EASE HER DOING SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

SHE'S GOTTEN OUT OF ADAM OUT OF PROPORTION HERE.

SHE STAYS UP LATE.

THEY STAY UP LATE.

SHE MIGHT NOT EVEN BE OUT THERE AS FAR AS I KNOW SHE HAS, YOU KNOW, LEASED OUT TO SOMEONE ELSE.

MY UNDERSTANDING A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT AT WHICH IT DOESN'T MATTER TO ME, BUT THE NOISE IS VERY LOUD.

YOU KNOW, Y'ALL WIND UP GIVING HER THIS.

AND THIS IS A RESIDENTIAL.

IF SHE WINDS UP BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE TO MAKE THIS LOUD VOICE, I WOULD LIKE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOUR PHONE NUMBERS.

SO I CAN CALL YOU WHEN THIS GOES ON, BECAUSE I'D LIKE TO WAKE YOU UP SO YOU CAN SEE, I DO, SINCE SHE'S NOT COMPLAINED BY THE TIME HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE AT, I HATE THE IDEA OF DOING THIS.

HE JUST GETTING OUT OF RANGE HERE.

HE'S CONTINUES TO MAKE NOISE.

I DON'T KNOW IF ANY OF Y'ALL EVER HEARD HER HUSBAND, BUT HE HAS ALLOWED PITS.

AND HE LIKES TO STAY UP UNTIL THREE OR FOUR O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING TO CONTINUE HIS PARTY.

AFTER THEIR DANCE CLASSES.

VERY LOUD FOR ME, THAT IS YOU CAN HEAR HIS VOICE CARRY ACROSS THE STREET TO MY HOUSE.

AND I GO IN AT FOUR O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING.

YEAH, HE, NO, HE IS AN ALARM CLOCK.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE JUST, YOU KNOW, IF YOU WANT TO GET HER SOMETHING, LET HER GO TO THE PARK.

THERE'S THE PARK RIGHT DOWN THE STREET.

IT'S EMPTY.

IT'S GOT A, IT'S GOT A, A LITTLE STAGE THERE.

HE CAN GO THERE AND TEACH NOT HERE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

I UNDERSTAND THAT Y'ALL LIKED MUSIC.

Y'ALL WANT TO DANCE, BUT IT'S NOT IN THE NEIGHBOR, ESPECIALLY WITH THE CORONA VIRUS.

AND EVEN AFTER THE CORONA VIRUS, WE NEED OUR REST.

AND I'M SERIOUS.

I'M GOING TO TAKE Y'ALL'S NAMES DOWN BECAUSE I WILL FIND YOU ON FACEBOOK AND LET YOU KNOW WHEN SHE'S GOT THIS LOUD MUSIC GOING ON, I'LL FIND A PHONE NUMBER FOR YOU.

I'D LIKE FOR Y'ALL TO HEAR ALL OF THIS.

I KNOW THAT Y'ALL HAVE BEEN SENT VIDEOS TO Y'ALL CAN SEE WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

THANK YOU, BOB.

YOU THERE? BOBBY YOUNGER.

OKAY.

WELL WHILE WE'RE U N G E R.

GOT IT.

ALL RIGHT.

I'M HERE.

UH, MY NAME IS BOBBY YOUNG OR MY WIFE

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NAME IS PAM YOUNGER.

HE'S AT HOME IN THE BAY BECAUSE FRIDAY SHE WENT TO A PAIN DOCTOR AND GOT FOUR SHOTS.

AND THEN NATE, OKAY.

THE LADY ON THE DANCE STUDIO, SHE USED TO BE ON THE INSIDE.

THAT WAS A LIE.

BUT NOW THAT THE COBRA, SHE DOWN MOVED OUTSIDE, HANDSOME STAGES, BE BLED FROM THE BAD FIXED, UM, AND UH, A STAGE FOR THE BAND.

THEY BE OUT HERE FROM ASTIA FROM WHEN PAST SIX O'CLOCK SOME NIGHTS TOOK THREE, SOME NIGHTS TO FOUR.

YOU CAN'T SLEEP IN THE HOUSE.

I SAID LIKE AROUND 10 O'CLOCK YOU TRYING TO LISTEN AT YOUR TV, YOU GOT THE CHINESE GUY.

HI, THAT.

BE ABLE TO HEAR WHAT YOU LISTENING AT.

OKAY.

THEY COME OUT, I PICK UP, I STAY IN SANTA RITA COURSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM HER.

I GET UP IN THE MORNING.

I GOT TO PICK UP WINE, BOWELS DEAL BOWELS.

AND I MEAN, THEY, I MEAN, THEY COME OVER.

THEY'RE LIKE THEY GONE TO A NIGHT CLUE, YOU KNOW? AND I HAVE BEEN OVER THERE AT LEAST ABOUT 12 OR 13 CAN ASK THEM, DO THEY MET AND QUIETENED DOWN BECAUSE YOU GOT PEOPLE SICK AND JOHN ASLEEP.

AND THEY ACQUIRED THAT.

I HAVE CALLED THE POLICE, THE POLICE COME OUT HERE AND DO SOME KIND OF LITTLE TESTS WITH THE GUN.

WELL, ONCE THEY SEE THE POLICE, THEY TURNED THE MUSIC DOWN.

THE POLICE, THEY WELL, THEY IN A, NO A ZONE OR WHATEVER RADAR HE SHOOT.

HE LEAVE, THEY TURN IT RIGHT BACK UP.

SO, YOU KNOW, AND I'VE BEEN HERE EVER SINCE NINE AND ONE.

AND SHE'D BEEN HERE PROBABLY ANYWHERE BETWEEN 14 AND 15 YEARS WHEN SHE FIRST CALLED ME.

AND SHE WAS REAL LOW KEY, BUT HERE LATELY, I MEAN, AND THEN YOU CAN'T SHOOT AND I'M GLAD THEY CALLED IS NEEDING BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

I'M GLAD SOMEBODY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD JUST TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, BOBBY PAM, PAM YOUNGER.

IS SHE AVAILABLE AFTER FRIDAY AND GOT SHOT.

OKAY.

FROM A DOC.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, SIR.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UM, FRANCISCO MORENO, PLEASE.

FRANCISCO.

OKAY.

AARON.

NICK, ARE YOU THERE? I AM HERE.

IT'S KINDA, BUT I'LL TAKE IT.

CAN IT, I'M SORRY.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, MY NAME IS AARON KIDNAP AND MY FAMILY AND I LIVE TWO DOORS DOWN FROM THE DINA AT 2,509 EAST THIRD.

AND MY HUSBAND AND I BOUGHT OUR HOME ALMOST 16 YEARS AGO NOW, UM, JUST BEFORE MONICA AND GUSTAVO STARTED, UM, BOUGHT THEIR PROPERTY AND STARTED RENOVATING WHAT AT THAT TIME WAS AN EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC VENUE CALLED CHURCH OF THE FRIENDLY GOATS.

UM, I, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT THE CLIMATE BETWEEN WHAT UNIT IS NOW AND WHAT CHURCH OF THE FRIENDLY GHOST WAS, WHICH I'M SURE RUBBLE AND DORIS CAN REMEMBER NOT FONDLY, UM, WAS QUITE DIFFERENT.

IT WAS AN EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC VENUE THAT CATERED TO 20 YEAR OLDS.

AND THERE WERE DEFINITELY BEER CANS AND OCCASIONAL VOMIT ON THE SIDEWALK FROM NIGHTS THERE.

SORRY TO BE, UM, GRAPHIC, BUT IN DEFENSE OF STENA, I PERSONALLY DON'T KNOW WHERE ALL THESE BEER BOTTLES AND WINE BOTTLES ARE COMING FROM ON THE STREET.

I WALK MY DOG REGULARLY AND DON'T WITNESS

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THAT.

BUT AGAIN, I'M TWO DOORS DOWN, SO MAYBE EVERYBODY'S CLEANING IT UP BEFORE I HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE IT, REGARDLESS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, I WOULD SAY THAT WHEN HE GOT INTO THE SABO HAVE BEEN MODEL NEIGHBORS AND WONDERFUL FRIENDS, UM, AND I THINK THEY'RE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO CREATING A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE MUSIC AND THE DANCE THAT THEY OFFER THE COMMUNITY.

UM, AND IF YOU FOLLOWED THE QUOTE UNQUOTE PROGRESS OF AUSTIN EAST SIDE PARENTS, THAT CULTURE HAS SLOWLY BEEN BULLDOZED AND PAVED OVER, ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS.

I THINK I WAS TRYING TO BIG THREE, WHAT JENNIFER MENTIONED IN TERMS OF THE STREET ITSELF AND HOW LONG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR, SO I WOULD SAY THAT MORE THAN 50% OF THE PEOPLE ON THE STREET RIGHT HERE WERE NOT HERE WHEN IT FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS.

UM, AND THAT'S A TESTAMENT TO HOW THE EAST SIDE IS CHANGING AND HOW THIS ESSENTIALLY WE LIVE DOWNTOWN RIGHT NOW.

AND WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT.

THAT'S ONE OF THE, IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT AS A CONVENIENCE TO LIVING DOWNTOWN OR AN INCONVENIENCE, I THINK WE CAN ALL COME UP WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT, UM, ANSWERS TO THAT QUESTION.

AND AT VARIOUS TIMES, DEPENDING ON HOW IT AFFECTS US, BUT MY RELATIONSHIP WITH A KNOW FROM THE VERY BEGINNING HAS BEEN POSITIVE.

I HAVEN'T BEEN IN DANCE CLASSES THERE.

I, MY CHILDREN HAVE TAKEN DANCE CLASSES THERE.

MONICA HAS BEEN VERY ACCOMMODATING TO MY 13 YEAR OLD WHO TAKING DANCE CLASSES ONLINE, WHICH I HAVE TO SAY IS THE WORST WAY TO TAKE A DANCE CLASS.

UM, AND SHE HAS OPENED HER DOORS AND LET MY DAUGHTER COME IN ALONE TO PRACTICE IN HER STUDIO, WHICH HAS BEEN VERY GRACIOUS OF HER TO DO THAT.

UM, I THINK THAT GIVEN WHERE WE LIVE GIVEN HOW MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE I HAVE MISSED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND MAYBE I AM PART OF THE PROBLEM.

SURE.

SOME PEOPLE COULD SAY THAT, UM, WE JUST, WE CHOOSE TO LIVE HERE.

WE CHOOSE TO LIVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS CONSTANT CONSTRUCTION, WHICH WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THOSE NOISE LEVEL WE TO LIVE AROUND.

UM, BUT THAT'S ONE OF THE, THANK YOU.

IT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE CHOSEN IS TO LIVE HERE FOR LOTS OF DIFFERENT REASONS.

THANK YOU.

W WOULD THAT BE A TIME? YES, I'LL JUST STOP HIM WHEN IT'S THREE MINUTES.

THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

AND CAN YOU, UM, RENA SHRADER, PLEASE.

HI, THANK YOU.

UM, I'M REENA SCHRADER AND MY HUSBAND AND I LIVE NEARBY, UM, ON THIRD STREET, JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE SKIN OF TANGO.

UM, AND I KIND OF REFLECT WHAT, UH, AARON IS STATING.

WE MOVED HERE IN 2013 AND, UM, THE FAMILY LIVED DIRECTLY NEXT DOOR TO US, HAD PARTIES EVERY NIGHT UNTIL THE SUNRISE.

AND I JUST KNEW THAT WHEN WE ARRIVED INTO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, THAT THAT'S WHAT WE WERE MOVING INTO.

AND IT WAS PART OF THE CULTURE HERE.

AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT THIS IS WHAT A SKINO TONDO IS, BUT WHAT I'M SAYING IS IT'S AN ECLECTIC NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND I DO NOT RECALL ANYBODY COMING AND COMPLAINING ABOUT ALL OF THE PEOPLE PARTYING AND THEIR CARS WITH THEIR HEAVY BOOM BOXES PLAYING UNTIL 5:00 AM.

SO WHAT I WILL SAY IS THAT THE OF TONGA HAS CURATED SOME AWESOME MUSIC AND, UM, THEY'RE PROVIDING INCOME FOR MUSICIANS AND DANCERS AND ENTERTAINERS THAT WE DON'T HAVE RIGHT NOW.

AND WE'RE, WE'RE LIVING THROUGH UNPRECEDENTED TIMES AND WE NEED TO HAVE SOME PATIENCE AND, UM, JUST GIVING A LITTLE BIT, WE HAVE TO GIVE, TO ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE TO SURVIVE.

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AND I KNOW, YOU KNOW, NATE, YOU KNOW, I APPRECIATE THE MUSIC.

UM, I THINK WHAT THEY DO IS PROFESSIONAL.

IT'S DONE WELL.

I'VE NEVER SEEN ANY WINE BOTTLES OR CANS OF BEER ANYWHERE.

SO I, SAME THING.

I DON'T HAVE A DOG, BUT I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHERE THAT'S COMING FROM.

UM, BUT IT IS WE'RE YEAH, WE ARE, WE'RE IN THE EAST SIDE AND THIS IS A DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOOD AND IT HAS A GREAT, IT HAS A GREAT SPIRIT OVER HERE THAT INCLUDES MUSIC AND AN ART AND, AND I'M OKAY WITH HOW THIS IS.

AND I LIVE JUST A FEW HOUSES DOWN.

I NEVER HEARD ANY KIND OF DISTURBANCE OR NOISE OR ANYTHING THAT WAS, UM, OUT OF THE ORDINARY.

SO, UM, I, I DON'T REALLY KNOW.

UM, I'M, I'M JUST, I THINK A SKIN OF TONGA IS A, THEY'RE A GREAT NEIGHBOR.

THERE'VE BEEN RESPECTFUL.

UM, DO SAVO AND MONICA ALWAYS COME AND ASK US IF, IF, IF WE'VE HEARD ANYTHING OR IF ANYTHING HAS BEEN DISTURBING AND I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING THAT'S I NEVER HAD ANYTHING THAT HAD THAT.

SO, UM, THAT'S REALLY ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, LET'S SEE HERE.

UM, IRENE DUELING, DUELING I'M HERE.

OKAY.

HI, MY NAME IS IRENE DUELING AND I LIVED AT 26, 11 EAST THIRD, UM, WHICH IS ABOUT ONE AND A HALF BLOCKS DOWN THE STREET FROM US, GHANA TANGO TO THE EAST.

AND MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE LIVED HERE SINCE 2009 AND HAVE RAISED TWO KIDS WHO ARE NOW SIX AND EIGHT.

AND OVER THE YEARS IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WE CHOSE TO LIVE IN WITH ITS PROXIMITY TO DOWNTOWN IT'S PROXIMITY, TO CULTURE, PROXIMITY TO BUSINESSES.

WE ACTUALLY WANTED TO LIVE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT HAD EVEN MORE BUSINESSES JUST BECAUSE THAT'S THE KIND OF PLACE WE WANTED TO RAISE OUR FAMILY.

SINCE OUR KIDS WERE BORN, THEY'VE PROBABLY GONE ON TWO TO THREE WALKS FIRST, HOLDING OUR BABIES AND PUSHING THEM IN STROLLERS AND TODDLING ALONG WITH THEM.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, TWO OR THREE WALKS A DAY, SORRY.

UM, MORE RECENTLY WE'VE ADDED BICYCLES, ET CETERA.

IT'S GETTING TO TANGO HAS ALWAYS BEEN A LANDMARK ON ALL OF OUR WALKS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

THERE'S THIS WONDERFUL BRIGHTLY COLORED INSTITUTION THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE, PROBABLY TAUGHT MY KIDS EVEN ABOUT UNDERSTANDING WHERE THEIR HOUSE IS IN PROXIMITY TO EVERYTHING, JUST BECAUSE IT WAS JUST AS BEAUTIFUL PLACE.

UM, SINCE I CAN REMEMBER, MY KIDS HAVE BEEN CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT A SKIN TINGLE WAS AND HAVE LOVED THE FREEDOM THAT THEY'VE HAD TO FEEL SAFE AND WELCOME AT AS COMMUNITY SPACES, BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE, THEY HAVE A GREAT LITTLE SECRET PATHWAY THAT THEY GO THROUGH.

THEY PRACTICE INDEPENDENCE WALKING THROUGH THE PARKING LOT AROUND MONICA AND I NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH US WALKING ON THEIR PROPERTY.

UM, WE HAVE USED THE MUSIC, COSTUME SIGNAGE FOR MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS ON CULTURAL LANGUAGE, GEOGRAPHY, COMMUNITY BUSINESSES, AS THE KIDS HAVE GOTTEN OLDER.

WE'VE USED IT AS TO SAY, WHY ARE PEOPLE USING SEEING SPANISH? WHY ARE PEOPLE PEEK SPEAKING, PORTUGUESE? WHAT'S THAT INSTRUMENT? WHY ARE THEY WEARING FLAMENCO DRESSES? AND IT'S BEEN THIS WONDERFUL CONVERSATION TO TEACH OUR KIDS ABOUT SOMETHING THAT THEY WOULDN'T HAVE SEEN IF THEY GREW UP IN A REALLY SORT OF MONOGAMOUS HOMOGENOUS NEIGHBORHOOD, UM, THAT DIDN'T HAVE BUSINESSES AND CULTURE SORT OF FILLING OUT ON THE SIDEWALK, UM, PLUS THE EVENTS, UM, TO SPEAK SPECIFICALLY TO, UM, RIGHT, LOST MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT, TRYING TO READ ON MY COMPUTER.

UM, THESE CONVERSATIONS HAVE MULTIPLIED SINCE THE PANDEMIC, AS WE CAN HEAR THE MUSIC AS WE PASS BY AND BETTER SEE THAT PEOPLE PLUS THESE EVENTS ARE BEFORE THEIR BEDTIME.

AND WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SIT ON THE SIDEWALK AND WATCH THEM AT TIMES WHEN WE CAN'T PARTICIPATE MONICA AND ALL THE ATTENDEES AND ARTISTS AND VOLUNTEERS HAS ALWAYS BEEN FRIENDLY AND OPEN AS NEIGHBORS AND HAS ALWAYS HAD AN OPEN DOOR.

IF YOU HAD A QUESTION THAT ORGANIZATION DOES AN IMPECCABLE JOB KEEPING THE CYCLE TRACK, WHICH IS LIKE THE BIKE TRACK RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEIR BUSINESS, WHICH USED TO BE A SIDEWALK THAT THEY HAD TO GIVE UP TO HAVE A CYCLE TRACKS, PUT IT IN BY THE CITY.

AND THEY'VE ALWAYS KEPT IT CLEAR AND THE FRONT OF THE SPACE.

AND THERE'S A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN GARDEN THAT HAS ALWAYS BROUGHT LIKE GREAT CURIOSITY.

I'M SURE TO OTHER NEIGHBORS, UM, MY CHILDREN, PEOPLE WALKING BY IN THE CYCLE TRACK AND SHE DOES A WONDERFUL JOB CLEANING THAT AREA CLEAN.

I'VE NEVER HAD TO REPORT BROKEN GLASS OR ANYTHING THERE WHERE IT'S JUST, YOU KNOW, TWO BLOCKS UP.

WE'RE CONSTANTLY REPORTING, BROKEN GLASS ON THE SIDEWALKS AND IN, UM, THE CYCLE TRACKS THREE MINUTES ARE UP.

UM, NO, I'M SORRY.

YEAH, YOU HIT THREE MINUTES.

OH MY GOODNESS.

I THOUGHT IT WAS TALKING.

YEAH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, IRENE FOR THAT.

UM,

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IT IS TISA LEGGETT.

ARE YOU COMING, COMING BACK SPEAKING FROM, IS THAT, OR IS THAT A SCRATCH OUT KIMBERLY? THAT STILL WASN'T SHE SPOKE EARLIER, RIGHT? SHE DID SPEAK EARLIER ON A SPECIFIC ITEM.

I DON'T HAVE ANY INDICATION THAT YOU'D ALSO BE SPEAKING ON THIS ITEM.

I THINK THE NEXT SPEAKER WAS IRENE DUELING AND THEN, UM, TESA ALREADY SPOKE AND LISA WAS, AND THEN AFTER THAT, HIS ROLE ALVAREZ.

OKAY.

RAUL.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD EVENING.

UM, THANK YOU, UM, FOR YOUR SERVICE.

UH, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

UM, MY NAME'S , I AM AN EAST SIDE RESIDENCE, UH, NOT A NEIGHBOR OF HIS KINA, BUT I LIVE ON KNOWLEDGE, UH, CLOSER TO A PARTY THAT I WAS, UH, UM, PART OF THE GROUP ON .

AND ACTUALLY THIS YEAR WE'LL BE CELEBRATING AND SOME WAY, I GUESS, THAT I LIVE AT 90TH ANNIVERSARY.

SO STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS ABOUT THOSE FESTIVITIES.

I ALSO REPRESENT A NONPROFIT CALLED EAST SIDE GUARDIANS THAT PROVIDES PROPERTY TAX ASSISTANCE TO LONGTIME EAST SIDE FAMILIES.

UH, IN ADDITION TO ADDRESSING ECONOMIC AND RACIAL DIVERSITY, OUR ORGANIZATION ALSO AIMS TO HELP PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE CULTURAL, HISTORICAL AND LEGACY BUSINESSES OF EAST STOCKTON.

UH, I FEEL THE ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL ELEMENTS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARE NO LESS IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE THAN HOUSING AFFORDABILITY.

SO THAT'S DEFINITELY ONE OF THE ANGLES THAT I'M COMING AT THIS FROM.

UM, I'M HERE TO SPEAK AS SUPPORTIVE AS SKEENA AS AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL ASSET OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT'S IT'S STUFF JUST SPEAK BEFORE KIND OF SEEING THE PRESENTATIONS FROM MS. DINA AND FROM STAFF.

UM, CAUSE IF THERE IS SOME KIND OF SOLUTION THAT'S GOING TO BE DISCUSSED, I CERTAINLY WOULD WANT TO KIND OF SPEAK IN, IN FAVOR OF IT, BUT I'LL PROCEED WITH KIND OF THE LIMITED INFORMATION.

UM, WHAT DO YOU THINK GUSTAVO AND THEIR FAMILY ARE, AS WE SAY IN MY KIND OF CULTURE AND WE WANT TO HINT, THEY'RE VERY GOOD PEOPLE.

THEY ARE WELL-MEANING PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD TO ADJUST TO NEW CONDITIONS, BROUGHT ON BY THE PANDEMIC.

THEY HAVE ADJUSTED AS BEST AS THEY'VE BEEN ABLE, GIVEN CURRENT LIMITATIONS.

IF DINA'S DRUGS, ME LIKE MANY OTHER INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, BUSINESSES, AND NONPROFITS, AND WHEN THE NEIGHBORS AND NEEDS, THEN WE SHOULD HELP THEM OUT.

THAT'S ONE OF THE MAIN IDEAS THAT DRIVE OUR WORK WITH EAST SIDE GUARDIANS IS NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS.

OF COURSE THERE ARE LIMITS TO WHAT WE CAN ALLOW, BUT WE SHOULD TRY TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO HELP OUR NEIGHBORS GET THROUGH ROUGH PATCHES.

WHEN THOSE ROUGH PATCHES PRESENT THEMSELVES, WE'RE A CREATIVE TOWN.

SO LET'S GET CREATIVE ABOUT HELPING FOLKS SURVIVE.

THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, IT'S EASY TO BE AGAINST SOMETHING IT'S MUCH HARDER TO BE SOLUTIONS ORIENTED.

THINGS WILL GO BACK TO NORMAL IN A FEW MONTHS.

AND WE WANT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND NEIGHBORS NOT JUST TO COME BACK THE SAME, BUT COME BACK STRONGER.

A CRISIS RESPONSE REQUIRES THAT WE HAVE EACH OTHER'S BACKS TO GET THROUGH EMERGENT CRISES AND, AND HAVING EACH OTHER'S BACK THEN OUR RELATIONSHIP IS STRENGTHENED.

AND WHEN THE CRISIS SUBSIDES, WE COME BACK STRONGER BECAUSE OUR RELATIONSHIPS ARE STRONGER.

SO AS A COMMISSION, PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO HELP NONPROFITS SURVIVE AT A CITY STAFF.

PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO HELP NONPROFITS SURVIVE.

AND AS NEIGHBORS LET'S ALL DO WHAT WE CAN TO HELP NONPROFITS SURVIVE.

THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE HIRED EACH OTHER IN THE PROCESS, RIGHT.

BUT WE MUST BE THOUGHTFUL AND CAREFUL, BUT WE CAN'T GIVE UP ON EACH OTHER.

WE CAN'T GIVE UP TRYING.

I THINK THERE'S A SOLUTION HERE.

SO, UM, SHORT-TERM AND LONGTERM, I, THERE NEEDS TO BE A SOLUTION TO IT.

LET'S JUST STICK WITH IT FOR A FEW MORE MONTHS.

LET'S BE PATIENT AND SUPPORTIVE.

UM, I HEARD ONE OF THE NEIGHBORS TALK ABOUT MAYBE USING THE HILLSIDE IN SOME WAYS THE THREE MINUTES IS FLORIDA, WHATEVER IDEAS ANYONE HAS, LET'S EXPLORE AND SEE IF WE CAN MAKE THEM.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YEP.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, RYAN LOWERY, UH, CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? OKAY.

AND SO, OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO MY NAME IS RYAN LOWERY.

I'M A PEDIATRICIAN IN THE COMMUNITY.

ALSO A NEIGHBOR OF THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IS KINDA THING.

AND I'M SPEAKING TODAY ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AS A NEIGHBOR AND NOT ON BEHALF OF ANY OF THE ORGANIZATIONS I WORK FOR.

UM, MY WIFE AND I LIVE JUST A FEW HOUSES DOWN THE BLOCK FROM ESKIN AT TANGO, AND WE'VE NEVER BEEN NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY THE NOISE FROM THE PERFORMANCES OR EVENING EVENTS WHEN THEY WERE STILL HAPPENING.

UM, MY WIFE AND I SPECIFICALLY SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN OUR BACKYARD AND WHEN EVENING

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EVENTS WERE STILL HAPPENING, WE RARELY NOTICED THE NOISE IS ANYTHING DIFFERENT FROM THE NORMAL LEVEL OF NEIGHBORHOOD NOISE FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD WE LIVE IN, WE LIVE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD SURROUNDED BY BARS, RESTAURANTS, CONSTRUCTION, AND LOCATED IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE TRAIN TRACKS.

SO REALLY ANY ADDITIONAL NOISE IS SIMPLY ADDING TO THE NOISE LEVEL THAT ALREADY EXISTS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

I'D ALSO LIKE TO COMMENT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINING NONPROFIT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS LIKE ESCAPING THE TANGO.

I THINK THERE'S AN OBVIOUS NEED TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THAT BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER TO PROMOTE HEALTHY OUTLETS IN A PERIOD OF TIME, LIKE WE'RE LIVING, IT'S ESSENTIAL TO RECOGNIZE THAT MENTAL WELLNESS OF INDIVIDUALS IS DEPENDENT ON BEING ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTHY, ACTIVE OUTLETS, SUCH AS ATTENDING A CULTURALLY EDUCATIONAL DANCE CLASS OR CONCERT LIKE THOSE PROVIDED BY ESKIN AT TANGO.

FINALLY, I WANT TO COMMENT ON HOW THOUGHTFULLY THE STAFF AND ORGANIZERS AND SKIN OF TANGO HAVE SET UP THEIR OUTDOOR CONCERT AND CLASS STAGES AND PLATFORMS IN A SOCIALLY DISTANCE MANNER.

THE MASK WEARING AN OUTDOOR SETUP HELP CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT PROMOTES INDIVIDUAL SAFETY IN A GROUP SETTING.

AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, THERE'S A NUMBER OF BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN AUSTIN, WHICH ARE BY COMPARISON FUNCTIONING IN A VERY UNSAFE MANNER.

IT ARE ALLOWED TO REMAIN OPEN IN ORDER TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THESE BUSINESSES.

I THINK IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT ORGANIZATIONS WHO HELP GENERATE A HEALTHY SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND PROMOTE CULTURAL COMPETENCY ARE ABLE TO BE SUPPORTED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND FOR THIS REASON I SUPPORT THE EFFORTS MADE BY .

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, RYAN.

UH, MEET WITH, WHY ARE YOU THERE? YES, I'M HERE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

OKAY, GO AHEAD.

YES.

UH, I AM, I MEAN, IT'S FUNNY.

I SERVE ON A FEW BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS ON THE CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION AND I'VE SPENT 20 YEARS WORKING IN NONPROFITS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND I'M NOT HERE IN ANY OF THOSE CAPACITIES, BUT RATHER AS A CONSUMER, UH, OF MUSIC AND CULTURE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS FOR OVER A QUARTER CENTURY.

AND THOUGH THAT MAY MAKE ME SOUND OLDER THAN I AM.

I REALLY HAVE SEEN NOTHING LIKE THE SKEENA TANGO IN AS MUCH AS A VENUE, A PLACE OR AN INSTITUTION THAT BRINGS TOGETHER SO MUCH HEALING, MUSIC, CULTURE, MOVEMENT, INSTRUCTION, DIVERSITY FAMILY.

IT'S JUST AN INTERSECTION OF SO MANY OF THE VALUES THAT WE CERTAINLY BELIEVE IN.

AND OFTEN WE DON'T DO AS GOOD OF A JOB REPRESENTING AS WE MIGHT LIKE TO SAY WE DO.

AND IT'S CERTAINLY UNFORTUNATE THAT AN INSTITUTION OR A VENUE LIKE THIS CAN CREATE INCONVENIENCES FOR NEIGHBORS.

AND I THINK AS PREVIOUS SPEAKERS HAVE MENTIONED, IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE CONSEQUENCE OF THE STATUS QUO OF THAT NEIGHBORHOOD AND REALLY JUST THE GENERAL LEVEL OF SOUND AND ACTIVITY THAT ARE IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD.

OF COURSE, THERE'S A BREWERY JUST RIGHT UP THE STREET AROUND THE CORNER.

UH, THERE IS AN A BAR AGAIN, ANOTHER BLOCK DOWN AND THE SCHEME, THE TANGLE WAS AS WAS MENTIONED, THE CHURCH OF THE FRIENDLY GHOST BEFORE, WHERE I'M SURE THAT THE FAMILIES WERE HEARING HEAVY METAL, UH, AND, AND SIMILAR MUSIC, NOTHING AGAINST NECESSARILY HEAVY METAL MUSIC.

UM, BUT IT'S LIKELY MORE PERVASIVE INTO THE HOUSEHOLD.

AND I THINK THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF HIS KEEN AT TANGO, WHATEVER ELSE MIGHT BE, THERE MIGHT STILL BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE INCONVENIENCING, YOU KNOW, THE TWO NEIGHBORS, UH, THAT, THAT SEEMED TO BE FREQUENTLY SPEAKING, YOU KNOW, ABOUT THESE CHALLENGES.

AND I THINK FOR THE COMMUNITY VALUE THAT THIS ORGANIZATION BRINGS THAT WE SHOULD REALLY, REALLY BE ABLE TO FIND A WAY TO COME TOGETHER AND FIND A SOLUTION, UH, INSTEAD OF LOSING THIS INSTITUTION, YOU KNOW, HOW CAN WE CONSTRUCT A SOUND BARRIER THAT CAN WORK? HOW CAN WE COME TOGETHER AND FIND OUT IN AGREEMENT AROUND DAYS AND TIMES AND CREATE SORT OF HARD STIPULATIONS AROUND THAT? BECAUSE WHAT I'M HEARING REALLY SEEMS TO BE A GRUDGE FROM PRE PANDEMIC

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DAYS WHEN SKEENA WAS OPERATING AS AN INDOOR INSTITUTION, UH, AND FOLKS WERE MAYBE UNNECESSARY OR MAYBE UNHAPPY WITH THAT.

UH, I HAVE ATTENDED ONE OF THE EVENING, UH, PERFORMANCES THAT OCCURRED, UH, WHEN, AS KINA DID SET UP THEIR INNOVATIVE PLATFORMS. AND I WAS LED OUT AT, UH, 10 AND THE MUSIC STOPPED AT NINE JUST AS PROMISED.

AND THE DECIBEL LEVELS WERE EXACTLY SORT OF WHAT A RESIDENT HAVE THE ABILITY TO PLAY FROM THEIR OWN HOMES.

UM, BUT JUST DUE TO A TECHNICALITY BECAUSE IT'S KEYNOTE IS A NONPROFIT QUOTE UNQUOTE BUSINESS.

THEY AREN'T ABLE TO DO THE SAME THING THAT A RESIDENT IS ABLE TO DO.

LET'S GET PAST THIS TECHNICALITY.

LET'S FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN SOUND LIKE IT.

THANK YOU.

UH, ALL RIGHT.

UH, MARTHA RAMOS DEFFER.

HEY, CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY? YES.

OKAY.

YES, I AM MARTHA HUMMEL STUFFER, AND I ALSO AM A LONG-TIME NEIGHBOR OF AND A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST.

AND I WANTED TO SPEAK TO THE MUSIC COMMISSION TONIGHT FIRST TO THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL WORK THAT YOU DO IN OUR CITY.

AND SECONDLY, TO TALK ABOUT THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF IT'S NOT DONE WELL IN OUR COMMUNITY AND, AND SPECIFICALLY FOR MUSICIAN, ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT AUSTIN THAT OFTEN HAS HAD TO GRAPPLE WITH FOR A LONG TIME IS THAT TO HAVE A THRIVING LIVE MUSIC CULTURE, WE HAVE TO NEGOTIATE THE COMPLEXITIES OF COMPETING NEEDS FOR YEARS.

IT'S OUR HAS BEEN A PLACE OF CULTURAL GATHERING, SUPPORTING THE ARTS IN MULTIPLE FORMS. AND AGAIN, PARTICULARLY MUSIC PROVIDING REGULAR LIVE MUSIC EVENTS THAT SUPPORT MUSICIANS, BOTH IN TERMS OF DIRECT FINANCIAL SUPPORT, AS WELL AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET NEW FANS AND BUILD THEIR FOLLOWING.

WHEN THE PEN DEMEC HIT, IT WAS DEVASTATING FOR ALL OF US IN SO MANY WAYS, INCLUDING US GINA, AS THEY WERE FACING SHUTTING DOWN.

THIS WAS A HUGE LOSS FOR ALL THOSE OF US WHO WENT FREQUENTLY TO DEENA, INCLUDING ME.

AND I WAS DEEPLY INSPIRED WHEN I SAW HOW IT'S, YOU KNOW, BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAME TOGETHER AND WITH GREAT EFFORT AND CREATIVITY, WE'RE ABLE TO CRAFT THIS AMAZING OUTDOOR SPACE WITH DISTANCE PLATFORM.

I AM SOMEBODY WHO HAS MULTIPLE HIGH RISK CATEGORIES FOR COVID.

SO FROM MARCH FOR SIX MONTHS HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO LEAVE MY HOME.

I WAS OVERJOYED WITH RELIEF WITH THIS FIRST CONCERT THAT I WAS ABLE TO GO TO WITH MY SMALL POT OF PEOPLE THAT INCLUDES AN 85 YEAR OLD WOMAN WITH A WHEELCHAIR.

AND IT WAS THE FIRST THING THAT WE HAD FOUND THAT WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO GO AND ENJOY LIFE MUSIC.

ONCE AGAIN, WE WERE ALL EQUALLY MOVED WITH THE JOY, THE CONNECTION, THE HEALING THAT LIVE MUSIC CAN BRING.

AND FOR ME, PARTICULARLY AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, HAVING OBSERVED FOR MY CLIENTS, I HAVE CLIENTS THAT BENEFIT FROM SKEENA EVENTS AND CLASSES, AND I GET TO SEE THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS FOR THEM AS WELL AS EXPERIENCING IT FOR MYSELF.

I DO UNDERSTAND, AS A LONG TIME, EAST AUSTIN REV RESIDENT IN A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT'S RAPIDLY TRANSFORMING, I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE INCONVENIENCE OF NEARBY NOISE.

PEOPLE HAVE MENTIONED THE BARS NEARBY, UM, LESTER, PEARL.

I'M STILL AMAZED AT HOW DIFFERENT RULES APPLY TO DIFFERENT VENUES AND COULD BE, YOU KNOW, IS A NON-PROFIT PROVIDING CULTURAL ARTS AND THAT PROVIDES MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH.

I HOPE WE CAN SUPPORT THEM.

THANK YOU, MARTHA.

UM, RACHEL TILT, MAN.

YOU GOT IT.

THANK YOU.

CAN EVERYBODY HEAR ME? YES, GO AHEAD.

OKAY, THANKS.

UM, YEAH, SO I AM ALSO A NEIGHBOR OF A SKEENA TANGO.

I LIVE ON THE SAME BLOCK AS MONICA AND, UH, THIS STUDIO AND, UM,

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MY PARTNER AND I MOVED HERE TO AUSTIN A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

AND TO BE COMPLETELY HONEST, WHEN WE WERE MOVING TO AUSTIN, WE'VE LIVED IN A LOT OF OTHER MAJOR CITIES.

WE WERE SO EXCITED TO BE IN THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE COUNTRY.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE ACTUALLY LOOKED FOR WAS A MUSIC AND CULTURE THAT WE COULD WALK TO, THAT WE COULD EXPERIENCE THAT, UM, WE COULD REALLY LIVE IN AUSTIN AND EXPERIENCE THAT.

AND SO WE WERE THRILLED TO FIND A PLACE ON THIRD STREET.

UM, WE'RE JUST A COUPLE DOORS DOWN AND WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, BEFORE COVID, I, ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS WAS SEEING THE LIVELINESS THAT, UH, SKINO TANGO BROUGHT TO OUR STREET TO REALLY MAKE IT COME ALIVE.

UM, THE TANGER MUSIC, UH, I SPENT TIME IN THE SOUTH OF SPAIN AND IT REMINDED ME SO MUCH OF THAT, BUT ALSO WITH ITS OWN KIND OF AUSTIN AND MEXICAN AMERICAN FLAIR.

UM, AND SO I WAS HUGELY SUPPORTIVE.

UM, AND THEN I MET MONICA AND HER KIDS AND THEY ACTUALLY COME OVER AND PLAY WITH MY DOG.

SOMETIMES THEY'VE BEEN PHENOMENAL NEIGHBORS.

THEY'RE THE FIRST PERSON I CALL WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS OR I NEED HELP.

UM, I FEEL LIKE WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD COMMUNITY ON THIS BLOCK AND I'VE HEARD SO MANY OF MY NEIGHBORS SPEAK IN SUPPORTIVE MONICA AND HAVE HAD THE SIMILAR EXPERIENCES I HAVE WHERE SHE'S BEEN THOUGHTFUL AND CONSIDERATE.

UM, AND SO WHEN COVID HAPPENED, I WAS REALLY WORRIED ABOUT HER BUSINESS AND I KNOW THAT IT WAS A STRUGGLE AND I WAS SO HAPPY THAT THEY FOUND A SOLUTION.

UM, AND I ACTUALLY REMEMBER NOT REALIZING THAT THEY HAD FOUND A SOLUTION AND THEN HEARING MUSIC ON OUR STREET AGAIN.

AND WHEN I SAY HEARING MUSIC ON OUR STREET, I DON'T MEAN LIKE IT