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AND, UH, IN MAINE, THE, UH, AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING HERE AT 10 39 ON APRIL 6TH, 2021, UH, IT'S A MEETING THAT'S BEING CONVENED, UH, VIRTUALLY WE HAVE A COHORT PRESENT.

UH, HOPEFULLY SOME MORE COLLEAGUES WILL BE JOINING US.

UM, WE HAVE A LOT OF BRIEFINGS THIS MORNING MANAGER.

AGAIN, I KIND OF RAISED THE ISSUE WHERE WE HAVE A LOT OF BRIEFINGS.

THAT MEANS WE GET CROWDED OUT THE TIME TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO EACH OTHER THINGS LIKE THE EXECUTIVE SESSIONS ARE ON, UH, ISSUES.

IT'S A DAY FOR US REALLY TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO EACH OTHER, CAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER WAY TO, TO DO THAT.

SO I THINK THAT, UH, THERE'S KIND OF A GENERAL CONSENSUS THAT WE WANT TO MOVE MORE TOWARD GETTING KIND OF WRITTEN REPORTS, GETTING THE PRESENTATIONS AHEAD OF TIME.

AND THEN MAYBE WE CAN MEET AT THE WORK SESSION THAT WE JUST BEGIN WITH.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON THE MEMO AND THE REPORT THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY HANDED OUT AND THE PUBLIC HAS, AND WE JUST GO STRAIGHT TO THE QUESTIONS THAT PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE AS A WAY TO, TO HELP US ON THE WORK SESSION DAYS.

LIKE PEOPLE ARE GETTING A LITTLE BIT FRUSTRATED THAT THERE AGAIN, TIME TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO ONE ANOTHER, UM, ON TODAY'S SCHEDULE, UH, THE ORDER I THINK THAT WILL FOLLOW GIVEN THE LOGISTICS OF THE PEOPLE WAS WE'LL START WITH A BRIEF ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE LEGISLATION SO SHE CAN GET BACK UP TO THE, UH, TO THE CAPITOL.

UH, SO WE WOULD START WITH THAT.

WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE, UH, UH, D ONE DISCUSSION OF ALLOWABLE FAR, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN RENTING FROM WORK SESSION TO WORK SESSION.

AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO DO THE HEAL, UH, BRIEFING B TWO.

UM, AND WE'RE GOING TO START THERE.

THEN WE'LL GO TO THE POLLED ITEMS, UH, THE ITEM 20 AND ITEMS 33 32, AND THEN BACK TO BRIEFINGS FOR THE DARTY ARTS CENTER.

WE HAVE THE EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH THE MANAGER AND IT'S THE INTENT TO TAKE A LUNCH BREAK ROUGHLY FROM NOON TO ONE, BUT MEMBER KITCHEN, UM, UH, ON THE DOOR TO THE ART CENTER.

THAT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT BRIEFING, BUT IF WE NEED TO DO IT ON THURSDAY, WE COULD, THE BOTTOM LINE WITH THAT IS WE'RE GOING TO BE EXPECTED TO VOTE ON IT ON APRIL 22ND.

SO WE, WE NEED THE TIME TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION, BUT IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR MORE TIME, WE COULD DO THAT ON THURSDAY.

I JUST WANT TO SKIP IT.

AND I DON'T WANT TO WAIT UNTIL THE WORK SESSION BEFORE THE 22ND, BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO BE ASKED TO VOTE ON THE 22ND.

SO CELL HELPFUL INFORMATION, LET'S SEE HOW WE GO IN THIS ORDER.

AND THEN WE MAKE A CALL AS WE GET CLOSER TO THAT.

OKAY.

[B3. 87th Legislative Session Update]

SO WITH THAT SAID, UH, MANAGER, UH, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU FOR THE, UH, LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING.

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

AND WE DO HAVE TO START OFF TODAY'S WORK SESSION AND UPDATE ON OUR LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY WITH OUR, UH, OUR DIRECTOR OF INTER-GOVERNMENT WORK WITH THE PREPARERS BRI FRANCO.

AND I'M GOING TO KICK IT OVER TO HER TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE IS GIVING YOU AN UPDATE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE STATE LEVEL.

BRI, THANK YOU.

YOU THANK YOU, SPENCER.

GOOD MORNING.

MARIN COUNCIL, BRIEF BRONCO INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICER FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN HERE TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THEIR LEGISLATIVE SESSION GOING ON RIGHT NOW, IF IT COULD PULL UP THE POWER PORT.

THANK YOU.

AND I WILL BE QUICK.

IN FACT, I'M GOING TO GO THROUGH VERY QUICKLY AND JUST OPEN IT UP TO QUESTIONS FOR YOU ALL ON THINGS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

IT THANK YOU.

SO, UH, IN TOTAL THERE'VE BEEN 7,000 BILLS FILED.

UM, THAT'S ON TRACK WITH ALL OTHER SESSIONS, DESPITE THE PANDEMIC, DESPITE EVERYTHING GOING ON THERE, WE SAW JUST AS MANY BILLS FILED THIS SESSION.

WE ARE CURRENTLY TRACKING ABOUT 2200 OF THOSE BILLS THAT WE'RE FOLLOWING MONITORING AND GETTING ANALIZATION ON WHERE WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH SESSION.

IT FEELS LIKE IT'S BEEN LONGER THAN THAT, BUT IT HASN'T.

WE STILL HAVE THE SECOND HALF TO GO.

55 DAYS LEFT.

THAT'S WHEN THE MAJORITY OF WORK ON THE FLOOR STARTS TO BEGIN.

THERE ARE STILL IN HEARINGS RIGHT NOW.

IN FACT, THERE'S A NUMBER OF HEARINGS GOING ON THAT WE'RE MONITORING RIGHT NOW, BUT, UM, THEY WILL ASSUME BE MOVING TO MORE FLOOR ACTION.

THEY, AS YOU KNOW, THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SET OUT 31 PRIORITIES FOR ALL 31 OF HIS SENATORS AND THE SPEAKER FEELIN HAD SEVEN PRIORITY BILLS AND RESPONSE.

THE MAIN CHANGE BETWEEN WHAT STARTED IN THE BEGINNING OF THE SESSION AND NOW IS THAT THEY ADDED, UM, BILLS RELATED TO WINTER STORM HURRY OR UREA.

I'M NOT QUITE SURE ON THE CORRECT PRONUNCIATION, BUT IN RELATED TO A POWER GRID, STABILITY OR COPY FORM AND SO FORTH.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

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THE BILLS I HAVE IN THE PRESENTATION TODAY ARE AT THE VERY TOP OF WHAT WE'RE MONITORING.

SO, I MEAN, AND THIS IS JUST SKIMMING THE TOP 15 OR 20 BILLS OUT OF THOSE 2200 WE'RE MONITORING.

I'M STARTING WITH THE BILLS THAT ARE ACTUALLY HAVING HEARINGS RIGHT NOW AS WE ARE PRESENTING.

SO THERE ARE, AS YOU KNOW, THREE BILLS MOVING RIGHT NOW RELATED TO THE LAKE AUSTIN PROPERTIES, ALSO KNOWN AS THE MAƱANA PROPERTIES.

THOSE WERE THE ONES THAT WERE NOT BEING TAXED DUE TO THAT 1986 ORDINANCE.

AND THEN THE COUNCIL REPEALED THAT ORDINANCE.

AND SO NOW THEY'RE SEEKING TO BE DISHONEST FROM THE CITY, UM, TO NOT HAVE TO BE IN THE CITY LIMITS ANY LONGER.

THERE'S ALSO WEST RIM, WHICH IS A REFILE FROM LAST SESSION.

AND THEN LOST CREEK IS ALSO ANOTHER COMMUNITY IN THIS, IN THIS AREA.

THESE ARE ALL GOING TO BE SERVED BY THAT NEW FIRE STATION OUT AT THREE LOOP, THREE 60.

SO THEY'RE ALL IN THAT SAME AREA.

LOST CREEK IS ALSO BEING HEARD AND LAND AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, AND ACTUALLY WAS ALREADY HEARD THIS MORNING, WEST RIM AND LAKE AUSTIN ARE BE GOING TO BE HEARD TODAY AS WELL IN THE SAME COMMITTEE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE ALSO HAVE UP TODAY, A ANOTHER COMMITTEE THAT IS HEARING, UH, PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDING BILLS.

SO TWO WEEKS AGO THERE WAS THREE BILLS HEARD AND OR FOUR BILLS HEARD IN STATE AFFAIRS AND TODAY IN WAYS AND MEANS THERE ARE FOUR OTHER BILLS BEING HEARD.

SO DIFFERENT COMMITTEE, SAME TOPIC.

THEY GENERALLY ALL DEFINE THE FUNDING, UM, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AS THE SAME.

THEY JUST HAVE DIFFERENT PENALTIES FOR THE RESULT, AS IT RELATES TO EITHER THE ABILITY TO INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES, THE ABILITY TO INCREASE ANY REVENUE OR ALSO SWIPING SALES TAX TO COMPENSATE FOR DPS BEING SENT IN BY THE GOVERNOR TO MANAGE, UM, PUBLIC SAFETY ACTIVITIES.

UM, THOSE ARE ALL IN A HEARING GOING ON RIGHT NOW, UM, WITH TEACHER CON PRESENT TO TESTIFY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND AS I STATED, THESE WERE THE BILL, SORRY.

SO IT'S FOUR BILLS IN WAYS.

THAT MEANS THREE, A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO IN STATE AFFAIRS.

AND THEN THERE IS AIR IN THE SENATE.

THERE IS ALSO SB 23 MOVING BY SENATOR HUFFMAN.

THAT IS THE MAIN POLICE FUNDING BILL THAT IS MOVING IN THE SENATE COMPARED TO THE SEVEN TO 10 BILLS MOVING IN THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THESE ARE THE REMAINING PUBLIC SAFETY BILLS.

NEXT SLIDE.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THEM THAT WE ARE FOLLOWING RIGHT NOW.

SLIDE AIDS.

IT THANK YOU.

UM, ALSO ANOTHER BIG ISSUE RELATES TO THE CAMPY BAN ORDINANCE.

THERE IS A BILL THAT IS MOVING FORWARD, THAT IF YOU SEE THE CAMPY MAN AT THE BOTTOM, THAT WOULD MAKE IT A STATEWIDE OFFENSE TO BE CAMPING IN PUBLIC PLACES.

THAT WAS HER TWO WEEKS AGO AND STATE AFFAIRS.

THIS WEEK IN URBAN AFFAIRS, THERE WILL BE A HEARING ON ONE OF THE SHORTNER BILLS THAT HE FILED IN RESPONSE TO THE HOTEL PURCHASES.

UM, IT, IF YOU CAN MOVE BACK TO THAT HOMELESS SLIDE, SOMEHOW WE WENT BACK TO SLIDES.

THANK YOU.

UH, THERE, THIS ONE OF THEM WILL BE HEARD.

THEY BOTH BEEN HEARD BY SCHWERTNER.

THEY'VE BOTH BEEN VOTED OUT OF COMMITTEE.

ALTHOUGH THOSE BILLS ARE RELATED TO THE PURCHASE OF THE HOTEL IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY, THESE BILLS HAVE A MUCH BROADER EFFECT BECAUSE THEY, THEY RELATE TO HOUSING.

ANYONE THAT HAS EXPERIENCED HOMELESSNESS AND TO BE FRANK ALL OF OUR PUBLIC HOUSING AT SOME POINT WE'LL DEAL WITH SOMEONE THAT EXPERIENCES HOMELESSNESS, UH, PUBLIC HOUSING IS ABOUT MOVING PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE HOMES INTO HOMES.

SO THESE BILLS HAVE A MUCH BROADER EFFECT THAN JUST THOSE HOTEL, THAT HOTEL PURCHASE IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY.

THERE ARE ALSO AS YOU KNOW, UH, BILLS RELATED TO AUSTIN ENERGY THAT ARE MOVING THROUGH RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW, THE BILLS THAT ARE ARE HAVING HEARINGS ARE BY SENATOR BUCKINGHAM.

AND THERE'S A CARRYING BEING HELD IN THE HOUSE STATE AFFAIRS BY REPRESENTATIVE TAIN.

UM, AND THAT'S NOT A FAMILIAR NAME TO OUR DELEGATION, JUST LIKE ON THOSE BILLS.

NONE OF THEM, THE PEOPLE THAT FILED THOSE IN THE HOUSE ARE PART OF THE AUSTIN DELEGATION.

THIS BILL HAS TO DO WITH, UM, ALLOWING THE PUC TO HAVE RATE APPEALS.

IT WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO GO THE PUC ANY TIME AND PRACTICALLY ALL THE TIME TO APPEAL AUSTIN ENERGY RATES.

UM, AND SO WE WOULD PROBABLY BE UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW BY THE PUC IF THESE BILLS PASSED NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND THEN WE HAVE RIGHT NOW WHAT WE CALL THE COMMUNITY ADVOCACY BILL, THE OTHER SIDE CAUSES THE TAXPAYER FUNDED LOBBYING BILLS, AND THESE

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BILLS WOULD LIMIT THE ABILITY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS DOWN THE STATE LEGISLATURE.

AND THEY ARE TAKING A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT FORMS. UM, SB 10 IS GOING TO BE HEARD AS WELL TODAY AND SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

SO THERE ARE SO MANY BILLS THAT AFFECT LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

THE SENATE HAS AN ENTIRE COMMITTEE DEDICATED TO IT, BUT THIS BILL WOULD SAY, WE CAN NO LONGER HIRE LOBBYISTS.

AND THE TEAM AT TML CAN NO LONGER HIRE LOBBYISTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT PROCESS.

UM, IT ALSO IS UNCLEAR ON WHETHER INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICES COULD BE RETAINED, UM, BY CITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN PROCESSES.

UM, THEN THERE'S SOME THAT ARE MORE JUST ABOUT DISCLOSURE, ABOUT PUTTING THINGS ON OUR WEBSITES ABOUT PUTTING, UM, THINGS BEFORE COUNCIL TO BE APPROVED, UH, CAPRI LEONI, AND THE HOUSE HAD A BILL RELATED TO THAT, THAT WE SUPPORTED.

BEN COURT HAS A BILL RELATED TO THAT, THAT WE ARE ON BECAUSE THEY HAVE LANGUAGE IN THESE BILLS THAT TALK ABOUT THAT POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS CAN'T SPEND MONEY TO DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF A LEGISLATION THAT INDIRECTLY INFLUENCED LANGUAGE IS SO BROAD.

IT LEAVES THE LANGUAGE SO VAGUE THAT IT WOULD BE HARD FOR CITIES AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE DOING OR NOT DOING THAT VIOLATES THESE BILLS.

AND SO THAT'S WHAT MAKES THAT BILL DIFFICULT.

UM, ALSO I WILL NOTE THAT SB 10 BY CENTER HALL ONLY APPLIES TO COUNTIES AND CITIES.

SO OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS CAN SPEND TAXPAYER FUNDED MONEY TO LOBBY THE LEGISLATURE.

WHEREAS, UM, ON THE HOUSE SIDE, THE S HB SEVEN 49 BY MIDDLETON DID APPLY TO ALL POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.

UM, SO THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO BILLS RIGHT NOW, NEXT SLIDE IT.

AND SO WE ALSO HAVE JUST SOME AUSTIN PREEMPTION STUFF GOING ON TOO.

UM, I KNOW YOU ALL HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT HB 38, 13, THAT WOULD PREEMPT OUR NOISE ORDINANCE ONLY FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THIS BILL WOULD ONLY PREEMPT THE CITY OF AUSTIN AS NOISE ORDINANCE, EVERY OTHER, ALL CITIES ACROSS THE STATE HAVE NOISE ORDINANCES, BUT THIS ONE JUST TARGETS OURS.

IT WOULD SAY THAT BARS AND LIVE MUSIC VENUES CAN GO UP TO 75 DECIBELS, WHICH IS ABOUT THE SOUND OF A LAWNMOWER.

AND EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK FROM 10:00 AM TO 2:00 AM, IF THEY'RE IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS, UM, THE COMMITTEE SUB ACTUALLY REMOVES LIKE MUSIC VENUES BECAUSE OUR LIVE MUSIC VENUE COMMUNITY HAS, YOU KNOW, STATED THEY DIDN'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS BILL.

THEY HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE CITY AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS ON THESE ORDINANCES.

AND, BUT SO THE COMMITTEE SUB TOOK THEM OUT.

IT WASN'T ADOPTED, BUT IT ALSO GOES UP TO 80 DECIBELS AND 80 DECIBELS IS ABOUT THE NOISE OF, UH, CAN BE THE NOISE OF A JACKHAMMER OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE BETWEEN 10:00 AM TO 2:00 AM SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

UM, THERE ALSO IS SB 14 BY SENATOR CREIGHTON.

YOU GUYS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THIS BILL FROM LAST SESSION.

IT WOULD PREEMPT THE CITY'S NON-DISCRIMINATION ORDER.

IT WOULD PREEMPT OUR WATER BREAK ORDINANCE.

IT WOULD CREATE, UM, A NUMBER OF OUR PAID SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE AND SO FORTH.

SO IT PREEMPT A NUMBER OF WORKERS AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND RIGHTS.

AND THEN THERE'S ALSO JUST, AGAIN, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE BILLS THAT RELATE TO SUPER PREEMPTION THAT BASICALLY WOULD PREEMPT ANY REGULATION FOR INSTANCE, FOR ANY LICENSE HOLDERS.

SO FOR INSTANCE, POOL OPERATORS ARE LICENSE HOLDERS THAT WOULD AFFECT HOW WE OPERATE OUR PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS.

UM, SO THAT BILL HAD A HEARING IN MARCH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THEN THERE'S BEEN SOME BILLS OF COURSE, RELATED TO GAS AND PIPELINE ISSUES OF SIGNIFICANCE, BECAUSE I KNOW, UM, WELL, BOTH OF THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT BILLS.

HB 17 BY REPRESENTED DEATHS.

HOTEL BECAME A PRIORITY ITEM, BASICALLY SAYS WE CAN'T RESTRICT, UM, OR FORCE IN BUILDING WHICH ENERGY SOURCE IS USED.

UM, THE PIPELINE PREEMPTION BILL HB 1683 BY REFS AND LAND GRAPH.

I KNOW RECEIVED A LOT OF ATTENTION IN THE NEWS BECAUSE IT WAS POTENTIAL EFFECT ON OUR OPERATION OF BARTON SPRINGS.

UM, BUT THAT ONE HAS NOT MOVED AND WE ARE WORKING WITH REPRESENTATIVE LAND GRAPH ON LANGUAGE THAT COULD ADDRESS THE ISSUE RELATED TO BARTON SPRINGS.

AND HE UNDERSTANDS THAT ISSUE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE PENSION BILL THAT WAS FILED BY THE AUSTIN POLICE RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

UM, AS YOU GUYS KNOW, THIS WAS FILED ON THEIR OWN, UM, WITHOUT WORKING WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN ON THAT BILL.

UM, IN FACT, WE GOT A DRAFT OF THE BILL A WEEK BEFORE THEY WENT TO FIND SOMEONE TO FILE IT.

UM, AND OUR INPUT WASN'T, UM, ACCEPTED AS PART

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OF THIS BILL.

SO IT DOESN'T REFLECT THE WORK THAT THE CITY HAS BEEN TRYING TO DO ON THE PENSION.

UM, THAT BILL IS, HAS BEEN FILED BY REPRESENTATIVE RODRIGUEZ.

AND THEN THERE'S A BILL THAT RELATES TO, UM, THAT WAS DISCUSSED LAST SESSION AS PART OF THE SB TWO REVENUE CAP DISCUSSIONS.

AND THAT WOULD BE THAT, UM, ALL DEBT WOULD HAVE TO BE VOTER APPROVED GOING FORWARD.

AND THAT WOULD TAKE OUT THE ABILITY TO USE A LOT OF DEBT THAT WE USE FOR IMMEDIATE PURCHASES THAT WE USE FOR PURCHASE OF THINGS LIKE VEHICLES.

UM, AND SO THIS WOULD ACTUALLY PRETTY MUCH NEGATE THAT 3.5 REVENUE CAP THAT WE CAN GO UP TO NOW, IF IT WAS MOVED OVER TO OUR SIDE OF THE EQUATION, THAT BILL IS STILL PENDING IN WAYS AND MEANS, BUT WE ARE STILL DEALING WITH SOME FINANCE, UH, LEGISLATION OUT THERE TOO.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND OF COURSE, AS YOU GUYS CAN IMAGINE, THERE'S DEFINITELY BILLS RELATED TO THE PANDEMIC THAT ARE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.

THEY'RE GOING TO LIMIT LOCAL GOVERNMENT'S ABILITY TO TAKE ACTION DURING PANDEMICS IN THE FUTURE.

I KNOW YOU ALL ARE AWARE OF THE ELECTION ON INTEGRITY BILLS.

UM, THAT WAS, UH, WE HAVE LANGUAGE IN OUR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA RELATED TO THESE ISSUES THAT WAS PUT FORWARD BY FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER GARZA AND COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR.

AND I KNOW WE HAD SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS DOWN THERE TO TESTIFY AGAINST HB SIX.

UM, BUT AS YOU GUYS KNOW, THOSE ARE MOVING THROUGH, THEY CALL THEM ELECTION INTEGRITY.

I THINK WE WOULD CALL THEM SOMETHING ELSE.

THEY DEFINITELY LIMIT PEOPLE'S ABILITY AND RIGHTS TO VOTE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

I LIKE OUR TITLE.

THERE IS MORE BIG BILLS.

SO ON SOME BRIGHT SPOTS WE HAVE MOVING FORWARD, UM, WE DO HAVE THEM, THE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT FOR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, WHICH IS A BILL.

WE TRIED TO GET LAST SESSION WITH HOUSTON AND THAT IS MOVING FORWARD.

IT'S BEEN PLACED ON THE SENATE AND 10 CALENDAR.

THE BILLS RELATED TO PRIME OF FACIAL SPEED LIMIT ARE GETTING SOME MOVEMENT.

WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN SOME ACTION HERE LOCALLY, BUT THAT WOULD STILL HELP US WITH THE FRAME, THE COST OF THOSE ACTIONS WITH THOSE BILLS AND NOT TO MENTION BEING ABLE TO EXPAND IT TO EVEN MORE ROADS WITHIN AUSTIN, THE LOWER SPEED LIMIT THAT IS SUPPORTED BY MANY IN OUR COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE IS.

AND AS YOU KNOW, WE ALSO WANT TO GIVE AN UPDATE, THE INCLUSIONARY ZONING BILL.

UNFORTUNATELY IT HAS NOT MOVED IN AND ST LAND AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, WHICH IS A DIFFICULT COMMITTEE, BUT WE DID HAVE A HEARING ON THE CLOUD COMMUNITY COMPUTING BILL.

LAST SESSION, WE HAD A NUMBER OF POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS COME OUT TO SUPPORT THAT BILL, WHICH WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS TO FINANCE, CAL COMPUTING.

AND ALSO THE TECH SECTOR WAS IN SUPPORT.

RACKSPACE GOT UP TO TESTIFY FOR THAT BILL AS WELL.

UM, SINCE USING HARDWARE, COMPUTERS IS NOW BECOMING AND LESS ACCESSIBLE, MORE OBSOLETE, THIS WOULD HELP MODERNIZE THE CODE.

AND I THINK THAT'S THE LAST SLIDE.

NEXT SIDE.

WE HAVE A QUICK QUESTION ON THAT SLIDE.

GO AHEAD.

BREE.

DO YOU KNOW ON THE INCLUSIONARY ZONING, UM, HB 84 HAS REPRESENTATIVE HINOJOSA REQUESTED THE HEARING? I BELIEVE SHE HAS, BUT I WILL CONFIRM RE UH, COUNCIL MEMBER.

THANKS.

I AM AVAILABLE FOR ANY OTHER QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? CAN YOU TAKE IT DOWN FROM THE SCREEN? THANK YOU, COLLEAGUES.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR BREE PEEL AND THEN, SORRY, VERY, UH, ON THE, UH, THEN THE ANNEXATION OF A BILL, IS THAT, UH, INCLUDED ALL IN ONE, THE WEST RIM, THE LOST CREEK AND THE LAKE AUSTIN, OR IS IT SEPARATE PILLS? THEY ARE THREE SEPARATE BILLS.

OKAY.

AND, UH, HOW DO THEY LOOK? DO THEY, THEY LOOK LIKE THEY'RE GONNA MIGHT HAVE SUPPORT TO PASS.

THESE COMMUNITIES DEFINITELY HAVE, UM, CONNECTIONS TO THE CAPITOL.

THEY DEFINITELY HAVE STRONG CONNECTIONS TO CAPITAL LAKE AUSTIN FOR INSTANCE, IS BEING CARRIED BY FORMER SPEAKER CRADDICK.

UM, AND HE, AS, YOU KNOW, AS, AS A VERY POWERFUL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE, SO UNFORTUNATELY THEY DO HAVE SOME STRENGTH BEHIND THEM MANAGER.

I, YOU KNOW, I REALLY THINK THAT WHAT WE SHOULD DO ON THE EASTERN SIDE SUSPENDING THE KIND OF SPENDING IN THAT AREA UNTIL WE FIND TO THE INTERCESSION, IT'S JUST TO SEE IF WE'RE, UM, UH, IN FACT GOING TO HAPPEN, WHY INVEST OUR, OUR RESOURCES INTO THAT AREA IF THEY REALLY HAVE A CHANCE TO PULL OUT.

SO I WOULD FEEL LIKE THAT IF THAT'S WHAT THEY, UH, THE POSSIBILITY THEN THE POSSIBILITY IS THERE.

AND I THINK THAT WE SHOULDN'T BE SPENDING A DIME IN THAT AREA.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE INVESTED IN A LOT OF OUR MONEY WITH THE FOR THE

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BRIDGES AND THE ROAD IMPROVEMENT AT THREE 60.

UH, IT'S JUST, YOU'RE NOT AVAILABLE, WANT TO BE PART OF AUSTIN ANYMORE.

THEN, THEN WE SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT DAMAGED BY ANY OF THE ACTIONS THAT MIGHT HAPPEN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I DO WANT TO SAY ON THE LAKE AUSTIN BILL, TOO, IT ALSO AFFECTS OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT LAKE AUSTIN AS A DRINKING SOURCE.

SO WHEN THEY DNX, IT PULLS OUT THOSE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS TO PROTECT NOT JUST THE BEAUTY AND CHARACTER THAT'S SHORELINE, BUT THE EROSION THAT COULD RESULT FROM BUILDING ALONG THAT SHORELINE AND THEN THE IMPACT THAT CAN HAVE ON THE WATER QUALITY THAT, THAT WATER SOURCES FOR AUSTIN AND OTHER TEXANS MARIJUANA TO THANK HIM, TAKE A MINUTE TO, TO THINK, UH, BREE AND EVERYBODY ON THE TEAM ARE MANAGING THE MANAGEMENT STAFF, SUPPORTING HER AND OUR TEAM ALONG WITH A LOBBY TEAM.

IT'S JUST SUCH, UM, GRUELING WORK, UH, IN SUCH AN INTENSELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

UH, SO I JUST REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU HERE DURING THIS SESSION.

UM, UH, AND IT SEEMS LIKE THEY GET WORSE AND WORSE.

YOU KNOW, I JUST SAW THAT, UH, THAT PRESENTED, TALERICO FILED A BILL TO, TO CAP THE PRICE OF INSULIN WHERE PEOPLE ARE SOMETIMES PAYING A THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH FOR THEIR INSULIN.

AND THAT, THAT SHOULD, YOU KNOW, WE WOULDN'T ANY REASONABLE LEGISLATURE, I WISH WOULD FOCUSED ON THINGS LIKE THAT OR ON HARDENING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE OR ON HEARING THE INCLUSIONARY ZONING, UM, REPRESENTATIVE, YOU KNOW, HOSA.

BUT INSTEAD IT JUST TO BE CLEAR FROM WHAT YOU NOTICE IN THAT PRESENTATION, WHAT YOU'RE HAVING TO BE FOCUSED ON IS MAKING SURE THAT SOME OF THE HIGHEST PROPERTY PRICE VALUE PROPERTY IN THE CITY HAS TO STILL PAY TAXES LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, BUT THAT'S WHAT YOU HAVE TO FOCUS ON OR PROTECTING OUR DRINKING WATER FROM GETTING POLLUTED OR PROTECTING OUR ABILITY TO DEFEND AGAINST DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, GENDER, RELIGION, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION, PROTECTING OUR RULES FOR WATER BREAKS, HELPING KEEP BARTON SPRINGS OPEN AND PROTECTING OUR ABILITY TO WRITE AND PASS OUR OWN BUDGET.

UM, AND THAT'S REALLY CRITICAL WORK.

THAT'S BEING DONE BY A SMALL TEAM AND THEY WANT TO CUT THE ABILITY FOR YOU TO EVEN HAVE THAT TEAM.

UM, AND SO I JUST WANT TO EXTEND THEM ALL IN A THANKS FOR THAT WORK AND TO RECOGNIZE, UM, HOW FRUSTRATING IT IS THAT INSTEAD OF ADVANCING THE BETTER INTEREST OF THE STATES, WE'RE JUST DOING OUR BEST TO, TO KEEP THE DRINKING WATER CLEAN AND TO ALLOW CITIES TO WRITE THEIR OWN BUDGETS AND TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM DISCRIMINATION OR BAD PRACTICES AT WORK.

SO, SO THANK YOU FOR, THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER.

THANK YOU, ALICE.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UM, BRI, HAVE YOU FOLLOWED THE PERMITLESS CARRY BILL? I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS PART OF OUR ADOPTED, UM, YOU KNOW, COUNCIL FOCUSED LEGISLATIVE AGENDA.

UM, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW IF YOU HAD UPDATES ON THAT OR IF YOUR TEAM WAS WATCHING IT, WE ARE MONITORING THE GOD DAMN LEGISLATION COUNCIL MEMBER, BUT I WILL HAVE TO FOLLOW UP WITH, UH, UM, I CAN FOLLOW UP WITH A MEMO TO ALL OF YOU SPECIFICALLY ON THOSE BILLS.

UM, SO I'M SORRY THAT I CAN'T, I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH KNOWLEDGE RIGHT NOW TO SPEAK TO IT, BUT I KNEW THAT WASN'T GOING FORWARD.

I KNOW THERE'S HEARINGS ON THOSE BILLS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, TOO.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THAT, THAT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL FOR US TO, TO KNOW MORE ABOUT.

UM, AND I JUST WANT TO ECHO THE CONCERNS OF, YOU KNOW, WITH THE DNX NATION BILLS THAT, UM, WE HAVE, UM, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT OUR DRINKING WATER FOR OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY, UM, AND ALSO, UM, FLOODPLAIN AND, AND SHORELINE ISSUES.

YOU KNOW, A LOT OF THE WORK THAT WE DO IS ABOUT, UM, ATLAS 14 AND THE FLOOD PLAINS.

AND SO JUST UNDERSTANDING, WE HISTORICALLY HAVE HAD AN ABILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT EVEN IF IT'S IN OUR ETJ, THAT WE CAN DO FLOOD PLAIN VARIANCES AND EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE REALLY DO HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE WE'RE WATCHING THOSE SHORELINES, UM, YOU KNOW, WORKING ON ISSUES WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY DEVELOPMENT THAT'S IN OR NEAR THE WATER, THE CREEKS AND THE LAKES, UM, IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE THE POWER TO AFFECT.

I THINK THAT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT, UM, POWER THAT WE HOPEFULLY CAN CONTROL AS A CITY.

I AGREE.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

I HAD A COUPLE OF QUICK, QUICK QUESTIONS.

UM, ONE, THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER LS FOR RAISING THE BILLS RELATED TO PERMITLESS CARRY.

I THINK THAT IS INDIRECT CONFLICT WITH, WITH MULTIPLE RESOLUTIONS WITH PAST ASKING, ASKING, UM, OUR LEGISLATURE TO PASS REASONABLE,

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UM, GUN REGULATIONS.

THIS IS GOING IN THE OTHER DIRECTION AND REALLY MAKING, MAKING ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES LESS SAFE.

SO I HOPE THAT THE CITY WILL, BASED ON THOSE PAST RESOLUTIONS, I HOPE THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN WILL, WILL AT LEAST WEIGH IN ON THOSE.

I UNDERSTAND THERE'S A LOT COMING BEFORE YOU.

AND, AND LET ME TO ADD MY, THANKS TO ALL THE WORK THAT YOU AND JAMIE ARE DOING AND IN A LEGISLATIVE SESSION THAT HAS MUCH NOT MUCH TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT.

UM, I TOOK, I WANT TO ASK YOU IN PARTICULAR ONE, AND I JUST WANT TO, I WANT TO NOT LOSE SIGHT.

I THINK THERE WERE A LOT OF ELEMENTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT WITH REGARD TO THE ANNEXATION BELLS, BUT I, I JUST WANT TO UNDERSCORE, UH, TO THE COMMUNITY THAT, TO ME, THIS IS ABOUT FAIR TAXATION AND WHETHER ALL, ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE RECEIVING SERVICES IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN ARE HELPING PROVIDE THE TAX LISTS THAT SUPPORT THOSE INVESTMENTS.

AND SO IT, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF FAIRNESS AND A MATTER OF EQUITY.

AND I, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WHO ARE BENEFITING FROM CITY SERVICES BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULDN'T SHARE IN THE COST OF, OF HELPING, UM, SUPPORT THOSE THROUGH THEIR TAXES.

IT, IT JUST, IT IS REALLY, UM, AN UNFAIR SITUATION, UH, RESOLVED.

YES, YES.

UH, SENATOR ECKHART DURING THE HEARING, THE SENATE MADE AN EXCELLENT POINT OF HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THESE RESIDENTS VERSUS SIMILARLY SITUATED RESIDENTS.

AND WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE AT SOME POINT BETWEEN THOSE UP AT THAT PART OF THE SHORELINE VERSUS FURTHER DOWN.

AND IT IS CONCERNING THAT THESE BILLS PASS YOU'LL CONTINUE.

I BELIEVE WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE A WAVE OF THOSE THAT CAN FIRE A LOBBYISTS OR HAVE LOBBYISTS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, OR HAVE CONNECTIONS TO LAWMAKERS SEEK TO THE ANNEX THAT CONTINUED TO DNX AT THE CAPITOL, AND THAT CONTINUE TO BE ALLOWED, UM, WITHOUT ANY KIND OF PRINCIPLES LAID OUT THAT DETERMINE WHAT IS THE STANDARD THAT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DMX.

AND WHAT SHOULD THE CONVERSATION BE WITH BOTH THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HOW AND THE RESIDENTS OF HOW THAT PROCESS SHOULD OCCUR? UM, I WILL NOTE DURING THE LOST CREEK HEARING THEIR WORD, A HAM, JUST A COUPLE, BUT SOME RESIDENTS THAT GOT UP THERE TO SPOKE AGAINST THIS SPOKE AGAINST THE BILL THAT FELT LIKE THEY WEREN'T, THE BILL DID NOT PROVIDE THE PROCESS FOR THEM TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT, HOW WOULD SERVICES BE TRANSFERRED? HOW WOULD THEY, WHO WOULD TAKE OVER? WHAT, WHAT DID THAT MEAN? UM, AND SO I THINK THAT, THAT THOSE ARE FAIR QUESTIONS TO ASK, AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN FULLY DISCUSSED, UM, WITH US WITH THE CITY OR OTHER PROVIDERS, OR EVEN THE COUNTY PER SE.

SO YEAH, THOSE ARE REALLY INTERESTING POINTS, AND I'M GLAD THAT WE HAVE MEMBERS OF THOSE COMMUNITIES WHO ARE, ARE RAISING THEM AND THANKS TO OUR SENATOR FOR RAISING ANOTHER POINT, WHICH IS THAT THIS IS NOT JUST AN IMPACT ON AUSTIN, BUT I HOPE OTHER CITIES AND TOWNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, I MEAN, ACROSS THE STATE ARE, ARE PAYING ATTENTION BECAUSE IT CERTAINLY COULD BE, THIS COULD BE, UM, COMING TO THEM NEXT, NEXT SESSION.

THEY MAY HAVE AREAS THAT WANT TO BE DNX BECAUSE THEY DON'T, THEY DON'T WANT TO PLAY PAY TAXES ANY LONGER EITHER.

UM, I WANTED TO TALK JUST BRIEFLY ABOUT THE PENSION BILLS.

SO, UM, I, I AM SUPER FAMILIAR WITH THIS SITUATION BECAUSE I SERVE ON THE COUNCIL WORKING GROUP IN MY, IN A DIFFERENT HAT I SERVE ON, ON THE PENSION REVIEW BOARD.

AND SO, UM, I WAS, UM, YOU KNOW, I'M, I AM REALLY HOPEFUL THAT THE PENSION RESCUE THAT OUR AUSTIN POLICE RETIREMENT BOARD WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND IT SEEMED LIKE THAT WAS HAPPENING IN A WAY THAT IT OUGHT TO HAVE.

UM, CAN YOU HELP ME UNDERSTAND, DID YOU HAVE CONVERSATIONS, WERE YOU ABLE TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH, UM, REPRESENTATIVE RODRIGUEZ BEFORE THIS BILL WAS FILED? I MEAN, CONVERSATION SINCE IS HE AWARE OF THE WORK THAT THE CITY HAD BEEN DOING, UM, WITH THE STAFF AT POLICE RETIREMENT? UM, I BELIEVE REPRESENTATIVE JS WAS, IS AWARE OF SOME OF THIS, UH, UM, WHAT IS GOING ON, BUT WE HAVE NOT, UM, HAD A CONVERSATION WITH HIM YET.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO DEFINITELY HAVE CONVERSATION WITH HIM AND HAVE THOSE MEMBERS OF YOU ON COUNCIL THAT, ESPECIALLY IN THE AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE THAT HAVE OVERSEE OR OVERSEEING THIS, AND PARTICULARLY YOU COUNCIL MEMBER TOBAR AS A CITY MEMBER ON THE AUSTIN POLICE RETIREMENT SYSTEM THAT CAN EVEN SPEAK TO THOSE ACTIONS THAT WERE TAKEN DURING THOSE MEETINGS AS WELL, UM, WITH HIM SO THAT HE KNOWS THE FULL STORY.

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AS YOU KNOW, THE CITY DOES BELIEVE THE PENSION NEEDS TO BE FIXED.

THERE ARE ISSUES WE NEED TO RESOLVE.

WE DO, IT DOES NEED MORE FUNDING, BUT ALSO NEEDS, UM, SOME OF THE PROTECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE IN PRIOR PENSIONS, I'VE GONE THROUGH THIS STATE.

SO WE DON'T END UP BACK HERE AGAIN, OR EVEN TOO SOON, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO, TO FIND OUT HOW, YOU KNOW, FIX HOW WE GOT HERE AND THEN ALSO HOW WE CAN SHORE IT UP TO BE A STABLE PENSION FOR THOSE POLICE, UH, MEN AND WOMEN GOING FORWARD.

SO WE WANT TO WORK WITH THAT.

I KNOW THAT JUST, UH, HAD ANOTHER CORRESPONDENCE TO PATTY FEATHERSTONE EXPRESSING OUR STRONG INTEREST OF WANTING TO GET BACK TO THE TABLE TO CONTINUE TO DISCUSS THIS, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH REPRESENTATIVE GIGAS.

YEAH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT.

AND I WOULD ECHO THAT, I MEAN, CLEARLY OUR PENSION NEEDS NEEDS REFORM.

UM, AND I KNOW THAT THE CITY HAS COMMITTED TO THAT, SO I HOPE THAT WE CAN FIGURE OUT A PATH TO DO SO IN A WAY THAT WORKS, WORKS AND CREATES A SUSTAINABLE PATH.

CORRECT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, I WANT TO, UM, YOU KNOW, PIGGYBACK A LITTLE BIT ON COUNCIL MEMBER TOGO'S COMMENTS WITH RESPECT TO THE PENSIONS AND UNDERSCORE WHAT MS. FRANCO JUST SAID THAT IT IS, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A, A SITUATION THAT, UM, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR A FEW YEARS IN GOOD FAITH.

UM, AND WITH THE HOPES OF COMING TO A RESOLUTION THAT ACTUALLY SOLVES THE PROBLEM, AND DOESN'T JUST KICK IT DOWN THE ROAD, UM, AND DOESN'T CREATE ENORMOUS RISK EITHER FOR OURSELVES OR FOR, UM, THE, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR CITY AS POLICE OFFICERS.

UM, WE HAD PUT TOGETHER A PROPOSAL THAT DID THAT, UM, AND THE PROPOSAL THAT IS BEFORE US AT THIS POINT, UM, DOESN'T ACCOMPLISH THOSE GOALS THAT I BELIEVE THAT WE SHARE.

AND IT IS MY HOPE THAT WE WILL GET TO A POINT, UM, WHERE WE HAVE A STABLE PENSION, UM, AND THAT THE INVESTMENTS ARE BEING MADE, UM, TO, TO, TO FURTHER THAT.

AND I WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO ENGAGE IN THAT CONVERSATION WITH REPRESENTATIVE RODRIGUEZ.

I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT WE WERE NOT ABLE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION BEFORE THE BILL WENT FORWARD IN THE FIRST PLACE, SINCE WE HAVE A LOT MORE DETAILS ABOUT WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON AND THE RISKS AND HAVE BEEN TAKING THIS RESPONSIBILITY SERIOUSLY FOR MANY YEARS.

AND IT'S SET IN MOTION A TO, TO ADDRESS, UM, THE CHALLENGES.

UM, I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT A DIFFERENT SET OF BILLS OR DIFFERENT SET OF ISSUES RELATED TO THE LOBBYING, UM, QUESTION, UM, WHICH I APPRECIATE MR. KOSSAR'S, UM, WORDS ON THAT.

UM, THIS DOESN'T JUST APPLY TO THE CITY THOUGH, WITHIN AUSTIN.

CAN YOU TELL US WHICH OTHER ENTITIES WITHIN AUSTIN WOULD BE UNABLE TO LOBBY? YEAH.

ON THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE BILL, IT IS SCHOOL DISTRICTS, COUNTIES, CITIES, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, OUR TRANSIT AUTHORITY, WATER DISTRICT, PUBLIC HEALTH, ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION, UM, WOULD BE EXEMPTED INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THOUGH, WITH A SCHOOL DISTRICT STORY, IT IT'D BE SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT WOULD BE COULDN'T LOBBY, BUT CHARTER SCHOOLS STILL COULD BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT, UH, NAMED A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION.

SO THAT'S SOME OF THE NUANCES THERE.

AND FOR INSTANCE, WATER DISTRICTS COULD NO LONGER LOBBY, BUT PRIVATE WATER COMPANIES COULD.

UM, SO YEAH, SO BASICALLY ANY ENTITIES THAT ARE NOT ABLE TO MAKE DONATIONS TO LEGISLATORS WOULD BE UNABLE, UM, TO LOBBY, BUT ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONS, ALL OF THE BUSINESSES, ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE IN A POSITION TO PROVIDE CAMPAIGN DONATIONS WOULD BE ABLE TO LOBBY, BUT THOSE OF US WHO ARE ELECTED AND REPRESENT AND, AND, UM, STORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LOBBY.

UH, YES, THAT'S CORRECT.

YES.

UM, HOPEFULLY THAT WILL NOT SUCCEED.

THAT THAT IS, UM, UH, I'M NOT SURE HOW YOU EVEN SWALLOW THE LOGIC OF THAT.

UM, THE REASON I'M ASKING THOUGH IS WE HAVE, UM, A SERIOUS SITUATION OF A FUNDING PROBLEM WITH OUR SCHOOLS HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND IN MANY PLACES ACROSS THE STATE, UM, THE SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM IS STILL BROKEN.

WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE SOME REALLY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES LAST, UM, SESSION, WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL BE CONTINUED TO BE ADOPTED, BUT THERE ARE STILL SERIOUS PROBLEMS. AND THEN TO BOOT OUR EDUCATORS HAVE IN OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN FACING THE PANDEMIC WITHOUT AID FROM THE STATE

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WITHOUT TAKING THE FEDERAL AID.

UM, I'M ABOUT TO GO, UM, IN A HALF AN HOUR UP TO THE CAPITOL SO THAT MY DAUGHTER CAN SPEAK, UM, ON THE CAPITOL STEPS TO ENCOURAGE THE GOVERNOR AND THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TO STOP THE SWAP AS WE LIKE TO SAY.

SO IF MY COLLEAGUES ARE NOT AWARE, UM, AUSTIN, ACCORDING TO THE FORMULAS FROM THE LAST TWO, UM, CARES ACT AND ARP IS SUPPOSED TO JUST AUSTIN ISD ALONE, NOT ALL OF THE OTHER DISTRICTS IS SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING ABOUT $240 MILLION BY THE FORMULAS.

UM, AND AT THIS POINT THERE'S NO CLEAR FOR THAT MONEY TO COME DOWN, UM, TO AUSTIN OR TO ANY DISTRICT TO HELP STUDENTS ACROSS THE STATE.

AND WE, WE, UM, OUR STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOLS NEED THAT MONEY.

WE NEED OUR SCHOOLS TO BE ABLE TO REOPEN FOR OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY, AND WE NEED THE GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, UM, AND ANY LEGISLATORS WHO WILL HAVE A SAY ON THIS TO BE ON BOARD WITH GETTING THAT MONEY OUT AS INTENDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

I INTEND TO BRING, UM, A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THAT EFFORT, UM, IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.

UM, BUT I JUST WANT TO UNDERSCORE THAT I SEE THAT VERY MUCH AS PART OF OUR, UM, LEGISLATIVE AGENDA, BECAUSE IT HAS AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR ABILITY, UM, FOR THIS ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND TO INVEST IN THE CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THAT'S RIGHT.

WELL, AND, AND, AND AS YOU KNOW, CAUSE YOU'VE BEEN LEADING ON THESE ISSUES, IT'S NOT ONLY VITAL WEEK THAT THE SCHOOLS GET THE SUPPORT AND THE FUNDING THEY NEED CAUSE THAT BENEFITS ALL OF US, BUT THAT WHEN THEY DON'T, THEY COME TO US TO HELP FILL THAT GAP.

AND SO THE STATE BELIEVING THAT NOT FUNDING, IT MEANS THAT THE NEED NO LONGER EXISTS, DOESN'T FALL DOWN TO THE LOCAL LEVEL AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, THE COMMUNITY AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT STILL SEES THE NEEDS AS EXISTING AND COME TO US TO ASK FOR HELP TO FILL THOSE GAPS.

WOULD YOU ALL HAVE ALWAYS ANSWERED THE CALL? SO, UH, MAY I, YES.

GO AHEAD.

UM, COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR, THANK YOU FOR THE, THANK YOU FOR THOSE POINTS THAT YOU RAISED.

AND I THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR THE RESOLUTION THAT YOU'RE BRINGING FORWARD.

UH, THIS TOO IS AN AREA WHERE I, I BELIEVE WE HAVE PASSED RESOLUTIONS, UM, ASKING THE CITY TO TAKE STRONG STANCES ON, ON SCHOOL FUNDING AT THE LEGISLATURE.

SO THIS IS AN AREA LIKE ON PERMITLESS CARRY WHERE I HOPE THAT OUR STAFF FEELS AND BOLDEN AND EMPOWERED BASED ON PAST RESOLUTIONS TO GO FORWARD AND, AND WEIGH IN AS APPROPRIATE.

IN FACT, ONE YEAR I BELIEVE WE WERE EVEN IN A, HAD FILED AN AMICUS BRIEF IN THE LAWSUIT.

SO I THINK THAT, UM, I'M FAIRLY CERTAIN THAT WE'VE PASSED A RESOLUTION ASKING FOR IT TO BE ADDED TO OUR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA TOO.

YES, THERE IS LANGUAGE IN THERE.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND I DIDN'T WANT TO, I JUST TO CLARIFY, I WASN'T SUGGESTING THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE THAT AS PART OF OUR LEGISLATIVE, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF REALLY IMPORTANT SPECIFICS WITH THIS THAT I THINK WE SHOULD BE SIGNING ON AND I WANT TO JOIN WITH OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND OTHER FOLKS IN RAISING THE VOICE AND SUPPORT OF OUR SCHOOLS.

YEAH.

THAT ALL SOUNDS GREAT TO ME.

I JUST WANT, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STAFF ARE ALSO, AS THEY SEE APPROPRIATE WAITING IN, IN THE MEANTIME WE DO, UM, IN TERMS OF ASSISTING PARTICULARLY OUR MEMBERS, UM, CITIES OFTEN DON'T GO UP TO TESTIFY ON EDUCATION, UM, RELATED ITEMS TOO OFTEN BECAUSE, UM, WE LET OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS TAKE THAT LEAD, BUT WE WORK CLOSELY WITH THEM AND OUR DELEGATIONS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND SUPPORT AND ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO CROSS COLLABORATE ON THOSE EFFORTS AS WE'VE WORKED THROUGH THIS SESSION AS WELL.

BUT WE CAN ALSO GO FURTHER IN TERMS OF LETTERS, IN TERMS OF OTHER WAYS TO VOCALIZE SUPPORT, DEFINITELY HAVING COUNCIL MEMBERS GO UP LIKE COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER DOES, AND THE WORK THAT SHE DOES TO GENERATE KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS ON THE ISSUE IS ALSO HELPFUL.

REALLY, THANKS FOR THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING UP THERE.

AND I APPRECIATE IT.

AND I'LL LET YOU GET BACK THERE.

UM, I WOULD JUST SAY, UH, AT A, AT A REALLY HIGH LEVEL, THE LEGISLATIVE, I THINK ALMOST THE ATTACK ON CITIES IS, IS REAL DISTURBING, UH, AND, AND REALLY NOT IN THE, IN THE STATE'S BEST INTEREST.

UH, AND IT'S A SHAME, UH, THESE KINDS OF ISSUES BECOME POLITICIZED.

UM, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN'S ONLY 4% OF THE POPULATION IN TEXAS, UH, BUT WE WERE ABLE TO BRING A THIRD OF THE PATENTS AND HALF THE VENTURE CAPITAL, THE STATE ENJOYS A DIVERSIFIED PORTFOLIO OF CDS

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AND THEY'RE ALL DIFFERENT.

UH, WHEN, WHEN AUSTIN IS ABLE TO, UH, DRAW A LARGE COMPANIES LIKE TESLA OR APPLE OR OTHERS, UH, THE, UH, THE FUTURES, ARMY FUTURES COMMAND, UH, THOSE THINGS HAPPEN, UH, IN PART BECAUSE AUSTIN IS UNIQUE AND, AND IF THEY DON'T COME TO AUSTIN, IT'S NOT LIKE THEY GO TO HOUSTON OR TO DALLAS, THEY GO SOMEWHERE OUT OF STATE HOUSTON, DALLAS, SAN ANTONIO, FORT WORTH CORPUS CHRISTI, EL PASO, ALL INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL CITIES, BUT ALL VERY DIFFERENT.

UH, AND, AND IN THAT DIFFERENCE, THERE IS A REAL STRENGTH THAT COMES TO OUR, OUR, OUR STATE, UH, AND, AND TRYING TO, UM, FORCE, UH, THOSE, THOSE DIFFERENCES TO DISAPPEAR OR TO HAMSTRING, UH, CITIES LIKE AUSTIN, UH, AND OUR ECONOMIC VITALITY, UH, IS SOMETHING THAT, THAT JUST REALLY ULTIMATELY DISTURBS, I MEAN, HURTS THE HURTS THE STATE.

I JOINED MY COLLEAGUES WITH RESPECT TO THE, THE, THE ANNEXATION BILLS.

AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND EITHER THE, THE THOUGHT PROCESS OF PEOPLE, UH, THAT, THAT, THAT LIVE IN A COMMUNITY, UM, UM, WANTING TO BE IN A POSITION WHERE THEY, WHERE THEY DON'T CONTRIBUTE THEIR FAIR SHARE.

UM, UM, THESE, THESE ARE, THESE HOMES ARE OUR, THAT DRIVE ON AUSTIN'S ROADS.

UH, THEY CHILDREN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, OF, OF OUR LIBRARIES.

IT'S THE COMMUNITY'S LIBRARY IS IT'S A COMMUNITY'S ROADS.

IT'S THE, IT'S THE COMMUNITY ECONOMY, UH, THAT THEY AND THEIR BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM WHEN THEY TRAVEL.

UH, AND PEOPLE ASK THEM WHERE THEY'RE FROM.

THEY SAY THEY'RE FROM AUSTIN.

AND THEY SAY THAT WITH, WITH, WITH, UH, WITH A, WITH A REAL SENSE OF, OF, OF PRIDE, THOSE THINGS HAPPEN ONLY BECAUSE NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITIES JOINING TOGETHER AND, AND HELP SUPPORT, UH, THE, THE ACTIVITIES THAT HELPED MAKE THAT COMMUNITY STRONG.

UH, I KNOW THAT THAT SOME OF THOSE FOLKS MAY NOT GET, UH, UH, UH, ALL OF THE WATER UTILITY OR THE ELECTRIC UTILITY.

THEY'RE THE PEOPLE THAT GET THOSE UTILITIES PAY FOR THOSE UTILITIES ON THEIR, ON THEIR WATER, ON THEIR, ON THEIR BILLS AND THE PEOPLE THAT DON'T GET THOSE UTILITIES DON'T.

UM, BUT THE OVERWHELMING, UM, BENEFIT OF LIVING IN A COMMUNITY LIKE AUSTIN GOES BEYOND THOSE THINGS.

IT'S, IT'S THE OTHER THINGS, UH, THAT THEY'RE CERTAINLY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF.

AND, AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND, UH, WHY ARE THEY WOULD RESIST PAYING THEIR, THEIR FAIR SHARE AND, AND THE, THE, UH, ATTACKS ON, ON CITIES AND ON LOCAL CONTROL, TRYING TO REMOVE FROM COMMUNITIES THAT ARE THE, THE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY INTEREST ASSOCIATED WITH BEING ABLE TO MAKE A DECISIONS, UH, IS, IS DISTURBING.

AND THE MOST RECENT EXAMPLE IS THE ONE THAT, UH, WAS BEING CALLED UP TODAY WITH RESPECT TO, UH, SOUND ORDINANCES, UH, AN ISSUE THAT HAS DIVIDED THIS COMMUNITY AND MULTIPLE SECTIONS FOR DECADE ON THIS ISSUE.

UH, COMMUNITY PEOPLE ALL SIT DOWN AND, AND WORK OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR AND A HALF, TWO YEARS TO, TO FASHION UP A COMPROMISE IN THE SOLUTION THAT WORKS FOR US.

UM, UH, ONLY TO HAVE THE STATE THEN STEP IN WHEN THERE'S A DISGRUNTLED VIEW, UH, WHO, UH, WANTS TO TRY TO CHANGE THE COMMUNITY WILL, UH, I CAN GO TO THE LEGISLATURE AND, AND FIND, UH, AND HOW TO AREA LEGISLATOR, UH, TO, TO, TO, TO CHAMPION THAT CAUSE THE SUIT'S NOT RIGHT.

UH, AND, AND IT ULTIMATELY, UH, PROVIDES A GREAT DISSERVICE TO THE STATE AND OUR STATE'S ECONOMY, UH, AND OUR STATE'S EXCEPTIONALISM.

SO THANK YOU FOR GOING UP THERE.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING WITH THE OTHER CITIES THAT I THINK ARE HELPING, UH, TO, TO TRY TO, TO, TO PRESERVE, UH, THE ECONOMIC ENGINES AND INCUBATORS AND INNOVATION THAT CITIES ARE OKAY.

THAT'S RUBBER ON 30TH.

DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO CLOSE US? YEAH.

I JUST WANT TO CLOSE IT OUT, YOU KNOW, AS YOU COULD HEAR MY FRUSTRATION WHEN YOU KNOW THAT, UH, IT HAPPENS EVERY TWO YEARS, BUT THEY COME HERE AND ATTACK US.

AND THEN WE'RE ONE OF THE BEST MANAGED CITIES OR THE MOST POPULAR CITIES.

YEAH.

I MEAN, WE ARE, AS YOU SAID, MANNER, WE HAVE CORPORATIONS THAT WANT TO MOVE DOWN HERE.

WE DON'T EVEN HAVE TO PAY THEM.

YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY WANT TO BE HERE IN AUSTIN AND, AND WE HAVE LEGISLATORS THAT

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DON'T EVEN HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN COMING DOWN HERE AND TELLING US THAT WE'RE, UH, WE'RE NOT MANAGING OUR CITY.

RIGHT.

AND THEY PASS ALL THESE LEGISLATIONS TO HURT US.

AND, AND THEIR FRUSTRATION IS THAT, YOU KNOW, WE ENDED UP TAKING THE BEATING AND COMING OUT EVEN STRONGER.

AND, AND, UH, AND THIS HAPPENS EVERY TWO YEARS AND IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO STOP.

I MEAN, WE GROW THIS STATE, YOU KNOW, AND JUST BECAUSE THEY WANT POLITICAL POWER, THEY DON'T CARE WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO OUR CITY WITH A BLOOD LINE, OR THE WHOLE STATE OF TEXAS.

OUR CITIES ARE THE ONES THAT ARE PRODUCING ALL THE REVENUE, CREATING ALL THE JOBS.

AND, UH, AND THESE LITTLE CITIES, I MEAN, WE COULD WORK TOGETHER.

WE COULD, WE CAN PROVIDE AND SUPPORT THEIR RURAL HOSPITALS, YOU KNOW, INSTEAD OF HURTING EACH OTHER AND, AND, AND, YOU KNOW, FIGHTING, AND THIS COURSE DOESN'T GET US ANYWHERE.

AND IT ONLY MAKES US SLOW DOWN TO THE POINT WHERE, UH, AND THEN WE CAN TELL OUR CITIZENS THE FRUSTRATION THEY SAY, WHAT COULD YOU DO THAT? HOW CAN WE BECAME BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING? HOW COME HE CAME? AND WE SAY, WELL, WE, WE WOULD LOVE TO, WE HAVE THE RESOURCES, BUT WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO DO IT.

AND THAT'S THE FRUSTRATION I HAVE THAT I HAVEN'T SEEN SO MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE HOMELESS.

AND, AND WE CAN TELL YOU TO FIGHT IT A LITTLE, YOU KNOW, SOCIAL BATTLES.

SO FOR ALL PHOTO PROBLEMS, WE CONSTANTLY OVER AND OVER AGAIN, AND IT JUST WEARS PEOPLE DOWN OR JUST FITS THEM.

SO FRUSTRATED, LIKE, LIKE REALLY, I WAS JUST FRUSTRATED TO SEE THAT, THAT I HEAR I'M WILLING TO ROLL UP MY SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK, TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO OUR PROBLEMS, YOU KNOW, TO GET UP HOMELESS HEALTHCARE.

WE WERE JUST SPENDING TIME FIGHTING EACH OTHER.

SO THAT'S MY FRUSTRATION, BUT, YOU KNOW, I REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU MUCH FOR THE WORK YOU'RE DOING AND IT'S FAIR, YOU KNOW, UH, WE JUST NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PUBLIC KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE UP TO HERE IN AUSTIN, SO THAT, YOU KNOW, WE CAN SAY, HEY, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO NEED YOUR HELP HERE.

WE NEED YOU TO CALL THE LEGISLATORS.

WE NEED YOU TO JUST LOBBY BECAUSE THEY'RE RESTRICTING US IN A LOT AND YOU PRETTY EVER COMES DOWN TO THAT POINT, BUT WE CAN'T EVEN LOBBY THE LEGISLATORS.

AND IT'S GOING TO BE UP TO THE CITIZENS.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER.

AND TO YOUR POINT IN THAT RAISED BY OTHERS, IT KEEPS US FROM WORKING ON SOLUTIONS FOR PROBLEMS. IF YOU GO THROUGH MY POWERPOINT, NOT MANY SOLUTIONS IN THERE, UM, AND THAT'S FRUSTRATED, AND THEN IT'S FRUSTRATING THAT WE CAN'T, UM, THROUGH BANDWIDTH AND THROUGH OTHER MEANS COLLABORATE MORE ON OTHER ISSUES THAT THIS COMMUNITY CARES ABOUT, LIKE BETTER EDUCATION AND REFORM OTHER HOUSING SOLUTIONS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO I HEAR YOU ALL AND THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND HELP, AND THE CITY MANAGER.

AND THERE'S A BIG TEAM BEYOND MY OFFICE THAT CONTRIBUTES TO THIS WHO, UM, YOU KNOW, ANSWER OUR EMAILS.

AND A MINUTE WHEN WE ASK AND PHONE CALLS AND GO UP TO THE CAPITOL AND TAKE HARD QUESTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE CITY.

SO THIS IS A CITYWIDE TEAM EFFORT, AND I'VE GOT THE, YOU KNOW, THANK GOD WE HAVE SOME GREAT PEOPLE THAT WORK HERE AT THE CITY TO HELP WITH THAT EFFORT.

AND I WANT TO THANK THEM ALL TO THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

YOU BRING ME IN FOR A TIME.

YOU HAD SOMETHING I DID AND I'LL KEEP IT BRIEF TOO.

I ALSO JUST WANTED TO, TO ECHO THAT THE THANKS FOR BREE AND HER TEAM, I THINK IN A LOT OF WAYS FOR FOLKS LIKE ME WHO ARE NEW TO MUNICIPAL AND STATE LEVEL POLITICS, REALLY JUST DIVING IN HEAD FIRST, IT'S A LOT LIKE COUNCIL MEMBER RENTER MARIA SAID, AND THAT IT WEARS YOU DOWN, RIGHT? PEOPLE WHO AREN'T BORN AND BRED TO DO THIS JOB, IT'LL WEAR YOU DOWN TO A NUB.

AND I THINK IT REALLY ULTIMATELY AFFECTS OUR ABILITY TO, TO DO THAT CAPACITY BUILDING, TO BUILD THAT PIPELINE OF REGULAR PEOPLE, BEING ABLE TO REPRESENT THEIR MUNICIPALITY.

THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE.

YOU KNOW, THE FACT THAT ONLY A COUPLE OF US ON THIS DIOCESE HAD POLITICAL EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO TAKING ON THE BIG JOB OF REPRESENTING OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR CITY.

AND SO I, I FIND MYSELF WITH THE QUESTION AND I THINK SOME FOLKS WHO AREN'T AS FAMILIAR AS THE POLICY WALKS, WHO'VE BEEN WATCHING, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN AND THE STATE OF TEXAS FIGHT EACH OTHER FOR TWO DECADES.

I DON'T REALLY HAVE A WHOLE LOT IN THE WAY OF A FRAME OF REFERENCE, BUT I JUST WONDERED TWO THINGS THAT I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO CONVEY TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC NUMBER ONE.

UM, DO YOU EVER FORESEE A TIME WHERE WE WON'T BE LOOKING AT SOMETHING THAT FRANKLY STRIKES ME AS SO BIZARRE THAT THERE WAS A BILL THAT EXCLUSIVELY AFFECTS ONE CITY? THE CAPITAL

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CITY OF THIS GREAT STATE OF TEXAS IS EFFECTED BY BILLS THAT ARE EXCLUSIVELY DIRECTED AT US.

I FIND IT ODD AND BIZARRE.

AND I'D LIKE FOR YOU TO MAYBE JUST TELL THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S NORMAL.

AND THEN THE OTHER QUESTION I HAVE, AND YOU MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ANSWER IT, BUT, YOU KNOW, IN TALKING TO YOUR COLLEAGUES IN A SIMILAR POSITION AS YOURS, IS THERE ANY OTHER CITY AND A STATE AND I WE'RE GREAT REPUBLIC THAT HAS TO FIGHT THEIR STATE IN ORDER TO PROTECT AND REPRESENT THEIR CONSTITUENTS, UM, AS HER BILLS TARGETED AT, JUST AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN, LIKE THESE DEANNA TAXATION BILLS.

AND, UM, THERE WERE NOISE ORDINANCE, WHICH TO ME IS EVEN KIND OF, UH, FURTHER GOING INTO THE STRATOSPHERE OF THE STATE FITTING INTO LOCAL ISSUES.

UM, NO, IT'S NOT THAT IT'S IT'S DO I SEE THAT CHANGING ONLY AT THE POLITICS CHANGE.

AND THAT MEANS THAT THE VOTERS HAVE TO TELL REPRESENTATIVES, THIS IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO.

AND THIS IS WHAT I SEND YOU DOWN IN THERE TO DO.

AND WHAT I DON'T NEED YOU TO GO DOWN THERE AND DO I NEED YOU TO FOCUS ON ISSUES LIKE EDUCATION, LIKE THE WINTER STORM SECURITY SECURITY FOR ELECTRICITY, NEVER HAPPENING THAT SITUATION NOT HAPPENING.

AND AGAIN, FOOD SECURITY, YOU KNOW, MEDICAID, THINGS LIKE THAT.

UM, AS LONG AS THEY DON'T COMMUNICATE THAT THROUGH THEIR VOTES THROUGH ELECTIONS, I THINK WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE THIS.

UM, BECAUSE PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY, THERE'S A GROUP, THERE'S DEFINITELY A GROUP OF PEOPLE, AS YOU SAY, WHO HAVE, WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS PROCESS AND HAVE CONNECTIONS AND LIVE HERE YEAR ROUND.

AND THEY'RE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT TO THE CITY'S DETRIMENT AND THEN THERE, BUT IT AFFECTS EVERYONE.

IT AFFECTS EVERYONE IN THE CITY AND IT LEAVES ALL, IT LEAVES OUT LARGE PORTIONS OF THE CITY OUT OF THAT PROCESS.

AND THAT'S WHERE IT EVEN BECOMES, UM, MORE INEQUITABLE ABOUT.

AND THEN TO YOUR POINT, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THE PROCESS IS, UM, UNKNOWN TO A LOT OF PEOPLE.

IT'S I LEARN SOMETHING NEW, EVERY SESSION THAT I DIDN'T KNOW BEFORE.

I DON'T KNOW EVERY, YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS CAN CALL ME QUESTIONS AND SOMETIMES I KNOW THE ANSWER, AND SOMETIMES I HAVE TO GO DO A COUPLE OF HUNTING AND LOOKING AND, AND THE ROLES CHANGE AND THE ROLES, YOU KNOW, EVERY SESSION CAN'T BE DIFFERENT.

AND SO YOU DO NEED, WE DO NEED EXPERTS AND PEOPLE INVOLVED TO HELP NAVIGATE THIS PROCESS.

I NEED HELP NAVIGATING THE PROCESS.

I DON'T HAVE ALL THE EXPERTISE, EVEN WITH MY 20 YEARS OF DOING THIS, TO JUST NAVIGATE IT ENTIRELY ON OUR OWN.

AND I GROW SO, UM, TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE THE VOICE.

SO AT LEAST THAT BILL DOES APPLY TO EVERYBODY.

IT ISN'T JUST TARGETED AUSTIN, BUT, UM, LIKE YOU SAID, IT JUST THE BILLS THAT DO TARGET AUSTIN, THEY ARE UNIQUE, BUT WHAT OTHER CITIES NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT AS ONCE THEY COME AFTER AUSTIN, THERE ARE CITIES NEXT CAUSE THE DOOR'S BEEN OPENED ONCE THOSE BILLS PASS.

SO THAT THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW, THIS GETS STARTED.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, BRI, UH, COLLEAGUES, UH, THE NEXT ITEM THAT WE HAVE, UM, IN THE HALF AN HOUR BEFORE LUNCH

[D1. Discussion on Section 25-2-739 (B)(6) regarding exceptions to allowable FAR of the Downtown Density Bonus Program.]

HERE, LET'S GO AHEAD AND LET'S START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT ELLA ALLOWABLE FAR.

UM, COUNCILMEMBER TOVO YOU WANT TO, UH, OPEN THAT? YEAH.

THANK YOU, MARIN.

THANK YOU TO OUR STAFF.

I KNOW WE HAVE LOTS OF STAFF WHO WERE ON THE CALL LAST WEEK, UM, PREPARED TO TALK AND ARE HERE AGAIN TODAY.

SO, UH, I'M GONNA TURN IT OVER TO THEM SO THAT WE CAN ASK QUESTIONS, BUT I JUST WANTED TO TOUCH ON A FEW POINTS THAT I RAISED IN MY MESSAGE BOARD POSTS.

SO, AND I'M FRIDAY, I POSTED A PRETTY LENGTHY BACKGROUND, UH, ABOUT, ABOUT THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM AND IN PARTICULAR, THE ELEMENTS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT TODAY, SOME OF THOSE CHANGES ARE PART OF THE RESOLUTION THAT, THAT I BROUGHT FORWARD, UM, FOR THIS WEEK'S AGENDA.

AND THANKS SO MUCH TO MY CO-SPONSORS ON THAT.

THAT IS, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER, RENTERIA FONTUS AND ALTER.

SO WE HAVE TO, YOU KNOW, THE CASES THAT WE HAVE REGARDING RAINY ARE RAISED, UH, A VARIETY OF POLICY QUESTIONS, AND I'M NOT REALLY, I DIDN'T PULL IT FOR DISCUSSION TODAY TO REALLY TALK ABOUT THE MERITS OF THOSE CASES.

I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THE POLICY MATTERS.

THE FIRST IS, IS, IS ONE THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE.

UM, WE HAD SEVERAL RESOLUTIONS, ONE I SPONSORED TO ASK OUR CITY STAFF TO RECALIBRATE, TO LOOK AT OUR DENSITY BONUS PROGRAMS, SEE HOW THEY'RE PERFORMING AND CONSIDER WHETHER THEY NEEDED TO BE RECALIBRATED

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AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WORK.

AND THAT I THINK WAS SUPPLEMENTED BY ANOTHER, ANOTHER RESOLUTION THAT HAPPENED AROUND THE TIME THAT THE COUNCIL VOTED TO DELAY THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE.

SO THAT WORK HAPPENED.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN CONTRACTED WITH CONSULTANTS, THEY DID THE WORK OF RECALIBRATING, THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

THEY BROUGHT BACK WHAT THEY WOULD SUGGEST AS THE UPDATED FIGURES.

THEY STILL SEEM, UM, TO ME COMPARED TO WHAT IS USED OTHER CITIES, BUT REGARDLESS WE HAVE THEIR RECOMMENDATION.

AND THOSE CHANGES WENT THROUGH THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

THE CITY COUNCIL HAS NOT PUT THOSE INTO PLACE.

AND SO THE RESOLUTION ON THURSDAY'S AGENDA WOULD, WOULD MAKE SEVERAL CHANGES, INCLUDING THAT ONE, UM, ADOPTING THE PASSING THE, THE FEE FEE CHANGE FOR THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM THAT OUR CONSULTANTS RECOMMENDED.

WE ALSO HAVE A SITUATION AND HAVE HAD FOR QUITE SOME TIME WHERE THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, COMMERCIAL PROJECTS THAT ARE DOING THAT ARE NOT DOING RESIDENTIAL, HAVE NO RESIDENTIAL COMPONENT PERCEIVED THROUGH THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

THEY CAN MAKE USE OF THE ENTITLEMENTS AND THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, BUT THE FEE THAT'S ASSESSED TO THEM AS ZERO.

SO IN OTHER WORDS, THEY PAY NO FEE, UM, THROUGH THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM WHEN THEY PARTICIPATE.

AND THAT'S, AGAIN, ANOTHER, ANOTHER THAT I THINK IS LONG OVERDUE AND IT IS ALSO FUN FOR STAFF RECOMMENDED.

SO THE RESOLUTION, AGAIN, ON THURSDAY, WE DO A VARIETY OF THINGS, BUT THREE IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WOULD DO IS TO POST, TO POST FOR OUR COUNCIL, UM, ACTION TO UPDATE THE UNIT, UH, THE UNIT, UH, AFFORDABILITY SET ASIDE, AS WELL AS THE FEES TO CONSOLIDATE ALL THESE FEES INTO ONE SCHEDULE AS OUR STAFF HAVE RECOMMENDED SO THAT THESE DON'T NEED TO BE, IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE A PRODUCTION.

WE CAN JUST ANNUALLY REVIEW THEM AND, UM, ANNUALLY MAKE CHANGES, WHICH WAS ALSO PART OF THE RECOMMENDATION.

AND IT WOULD CHANGE THAT COMMERCIAL, UM, SLASH UH, THE COMMERCIAL, THOSE COMMERCIAL PROJECTS SO THAT THEY NO LONGER HAD A FEE OF ZERO.

AND THEN THERE'S ANOTHER IMPORTANT PART OF, OF THE WORK, UH, THE RESOLUTION THAT'S COMING FORWARD.

SO THAT'S, I CAN'T TELL IF SOMEBODY ELSE ASKED A QUESTION OR THAT WAS ME.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF WE WANT TO PAUSE THERE FOR A MOMENT OR IF I SHOULD JUST LAY OUT THE OTHER GPS, THE KEY, UM, THE CASES THAT ARE COMING FORWARD ON THURSDAY ARE CASES THAT ARE, THAT WE'VE HEARD AND PASSED ON FIRST.

AND IN ONE CASE ON SECOND READING, UM, PENDING THIS CONVERSATION, THESE ARE ALL CASES THAT ARE, ARE PROCEEDING THROUGH THE RAINY AND THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, BUT THEY ARE EXCEEDING THE CAP FOR THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BROKER PROGRAM.

AND I PROVIDED, YOU KNOW, MAYBE MORE INFORMATION THAN ANYBODY WANTS IN MY, IN MY POST ABOUT THE HISTORY.

AND, UM, THANKS ALLIE FOR GOING BACK AND REALLY RECOUNT, YOU KNOW, GOING THROUGH TRANSCRIPTS AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED, UH, BACK IN 2014, WHEN WE PASSED THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM OR THE CHANGES TO THE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM.

AND AT THE TIME WHEN REALLY IMPORTANT, UM, THERE WAS AN AMENDMENT THAT SAID WE'RE PASSING THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM WITH CAPS, UH, BUT WE WANT TO PROVIDE FOR WASN'T A UNANIMOUS VOTE, BUT IT PASSED, THERE WAS AN AMENDMENT TO ALLOW PROJECTS TO BE ABLE TO COME FORWARD ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS AND EXCEED THOSE CAPS, ANOTHER AMENDMENT ON THAT SAME DAY, BUT ALSO PASSED, SAID, OKAY, BUT IN THOSE CASES WHERE PROJECTS WANT TO EXCEED THE CAPS OF THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, THERE SHOULD BE SOME DISCUSSION AND REVIEW OF WHETHER, UM, HIGHER LEVEL OF FEES APPLY.

SO IN ESSENCE, LIKE WHAT'S THE PURPOSE OF HAVING A CAP.

IF, IF THOSE PROJECTS THAT WANTED TO, UM, PROVIDE, YOU KNOW, WANT TO EXCEED THE ENTITLEMENTS ARE, ARE STILL PROVIDING THE SAME LEVEL OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS RATHER THAN AN ENHANCED LEVEL OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS.

AND ALSO WHAT ARE THE, WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA WHEN YOU HAVE A PROJECT COME FORWARD FOR THAT CASE EXCEPTION? UM, WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA THE COUNCIL SHOULD USE TO EVALUATE WHETHER IT'S APPROPRIATE TO OKAY, THE CAP, AN EXCEPTION TO THE CAP OR NOT? SO ALL OF THAT POLICY CONVERSATION WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO THROUGH THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

I HAVE NOT MY STAFF AND I HAVE NOT FOUND ANY EVIDENCE THAT THOSE POLICY CONVERSATIONS EVER HAPPENED.

AND SO THAT'S IN ESSENCE HOW WE GOT TO THE SITUATION WE'RE IN TODAY, WHERE WE HAVE THREE CASES COMING FORWARD, ALL PROPOSING, UM, EXCEPTIONS TO THE