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[CALL TO ORDER]

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AND GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY.

UM, UM, CALL THE MEETING, UH, THIS MEETING OF THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION TO ORDER IT IS 5:34 PM.

ON APRIL 21ST, 2021.

UH, FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS.

MONA, WOULD YOU BE KIND ENOUGH TO TAKE ROLL? YES.

CHAIR HARRIS, COMMISSIONER OF SHARE, UM, COMMISSIONER REIN AND PRESTON.

I'M SORRY IF I'M MISPRONOUNCING YOUR NAME.

UH, COMMISSIONER COMMISSIONER GOMEZ.

COMMISSIONER VICE-CHAIR LEMAN COMMISSIONER TEMPLETON HERE.

COMMISSIONER LEVINE.

THANK YOU, MIKE COMMISSIONER.

FISCHLER COMMISSIONER MEISENBACH HERE.

CHAIR HARRISON HERE, HERE, UH, COMMISSIONER HAIM, SOUTH COMMISSIONER KEATON, COMMISSIONER LEVITAN.

HE DID LET ME KNOW THAT HE WOULD BE UNABLE TO ATTEND.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

UM, COMMISSIONER HERE.

THANKS MELISSA COMMISSIONER WEATHERBY AND COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ HERE.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

AND I BELIEVE COMMISSIONER GOMEZ UH, WAS MUTED, BUT HE IS HERE.

THANK YOU, SIR.

SAME HERE.

AND IT'S GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, ONE NEW MEMBER THAT'S JOINED US COMMISSIONER LEVINE, UH, AND, UH, COMMISSIONER LEVINE.

IF YOU WANTED TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF, UH, TO THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION AND LET US KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU.

SURE.

THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN.

I, UH, I EVEN PUT ON A BUTTON DOWN SHIRT FOR THIS, SO IT'S WASTED.

UM, MY NAME IS MIKE LEVINE.

I WAS, UH, KINDLY APPOINTED BY COUNCIL MEMBER POOL AND I DO GOVERNMENT PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR LIVING, BUT I ALSO, UM, AM INVOLVED IN SOME BARS AND RESTAURANTS, SORTS OF THINGS.

UH, THE VIOLET CROWN CLUBHOUSE AND CRESTVIEW AND NEW BAR ON THE EAST SIDE.

AND I AM REALLY EXCITED TO TAKE PART IN THIS AND TRY TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER.

AND I'M ALWAYS AVAILABLE.

IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME OR YOU WANT TO TALK TO ME OFFLINE, UM, I'M PRETTY EASY TO FIND AND I'M ALWAYS HAPPY TO BUY A CUP OF COPIES OR BEER.

I APPRECIATE Y'ALL AND I APPRECIATE Y'ALL SERVICE.

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING HELPFUL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS IS CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

MONA, DO WE HAVE ANYBODY SIGNED UP TO SPEAK? NO CHAIR.

THERE ARE NO CITIZENS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK.

OKAY.

UH,

[1. Approval of Minutes of the March 17, 2021 Meeting Minutes]

NEXT ITEM, WE HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE MARCH 17TH, 2021 MEETING.

HOPE EVERYBODY HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW THE MINUTES.

ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, OR ADDITIONS CORRECTIONS TO THE MINUTES I'M HEARING? NONE.

WIANNO W WAS I NOTICED IN THE MINUTES THAT, AND THIS IS MY, MY FEEBLE MEMORY, UM, THAT, UM, WE APPROVED AT THE LAST MEETING, THE DECEMBER 16TH, 20, 20 MINUTES.

YES, THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UH, HEARING NO COMMENTS.

DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS PRESENTED? I APPROVED IT LOOPS IT, MR. MEISENBACH AND DO I HAVE A SECOND? OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

BUT THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED.

UH, NOW, UH, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE ITEMS OUT OF ORDER IF THE COMMISSION WON'T MIND, UH, BECAUSE THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND HEARINGS ARE ONGOING, UH, WE'VE HAD A BIT OF A CHANGE IN PRESENTERS.

[2e. House Bill 3813: Regulating Amplified Sound: Discussion and possible action regarding HB 3813 (Brie Franco, COA Intergovernmental Relations Officer – 15 minutes)]

TAYLOR WOR WILL BE REPRESENTING, UH, THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS STAFF TODAY TO DISCUSS, UH, ITEM E HOUSE BILL 38 13, WHICH IS THE REGULATION OF AMPLIFIED SALE.

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IS TAYLOR AVAILABLE? CAN YOU HEAR ME? IS THAT TAYLOR? THAT'S ME.

HI TAYLOR.

YES, WE CAN.

PERFECT.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

THAT'S MY FIRST TIME USING THIS PLATFORM.

SO YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BEAR WITH ME A LITTLE BIT, BUT, UM, I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE WITH YOU GUYS TODAY AND THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME PRESENT TO YOU.

UM, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU ARE JUST LOOKING FOR AN UPDATE ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION.

UM, AND IF THAT'S THAT'S RIGHT THEN I WILL GET STARTED.

OKAY.

THAT IS CORRECT.

OBVIOUSLY WITH THIS, WITH SESSION GOING ON RIGHT NOW AND THIS BILL, UH, MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH IT'S THERE IS NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW TO, TO GET A BRIEFING ON IT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

I, I, I SENT IN SOME SLIDES.

COULD IT PULL THOSE UP TURNING, PLEASE? I BELIEVE WE JUST PULLED THOSE UP FOR YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SO, FIRST OFF I'LL GET STARTED AND KIND OF INTRODUCE MYSELF AND MY ROLE HERE.

UM, I'M A SENIOR INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS COORDINATOR FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, WE WORK ON ALL THINGS THAT DEAL WITH THE LEGISLATURE, UM, AT THE STATE AND THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND BREE UNFORTUNATELY WAS PULLED AWAY.

AND I BELIEVE YOU, YOU'VE ALL HEARD FROM HER BEFORE, UM, ON, ON THE RESOLUTIONS THAT, THAT YOU ALL PASSED TO REGARDING COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AND THAT SORT OF THING.

UM, BUT THE ISSUE BEFORE US TODAY OF COURSE, IS HB THREE EIGHT ONE THREE.

UM, IF IT COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, THERE'S A LITTLE DELAY ON MY SIDE.

SO I'LL JUST KIND OF JUMP IN HERE.

UM, FOR ANYBODY WHO DOESN'T KNOW, HB THREE EIGHT, ONE THREE IS THE BILL FILED BY REPRESENTATIVE CODY HARRIS, UM, THAT WILL PREEMPT THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S CURRENT AMPLIFIED SOUND ORDINANCE.

UM, THE BILL IS CURRENTLY WRITTEN IS GOING TO ALLOW AMPLIFIED SOUND THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CITY UP TO 85 DECIBELS.

UM, AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT FOUND EXPERTS, JUST LIKE ME, THAT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF A LARGE MOTORCYCLE AT ALL TIMES.

SO, UM, THE BILL IS WRITTEN, WE'LL ALLOW IT UNTIL 2:00 AM CITYWIDE.

UM, THE BILL IS AUTHORED BY A LAWMAKER FROM PALESTINE, TEXAS.

AND IF YOU GUYS DON'T REMEMBER VOTING FOR HIM, UM, IN THE AUSTIN AREA, WE DO NOT CAESAR.

SO THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IT'S INTERESTING TO US.

UM, AND THE BILL IS ALSO BRACKETED ONLY TO AUSTIN.

UM, THERE'S NO OTHER CITY IN TEXAS THAT WOULD BE, UM, IMPACTED BY THIS LEGISLATION.

UM, AND IN, IN, IN EFFECT, IT WOULD REQUIRE THAT ALL AUSTIN RESIDENTS TO BE ABLE TO REDRESS GRIEVANCES RELATED TO THEIR LOCAL SOUNDBOARD AND IT WOULD HAVE TO LOBBY THE LEGISLATURE EVERY TWO YEARS.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE NEXT SLIDE HERE IS GOING TO GIVE YOU KIND OF A QUICK OVERVIEW OF WHAT OUR CURRENT SOUND ORDINANCE IS.

AND I'LL RUN THROUGH THAT VERY BRIEFLY.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE MAP ON THE SIDE, UM, THERE ARE THREE CAVEATS TO, TO OUR SOUND ORDINANCE, AND I'M SURE A LOT OF THIS, UM, UM, OUR SOUND ORDINANCE RIGHT NOW GOES FROM SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY UNTIL 10 30 AND THEN ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AND CAN GO UP TO 12:00 AM.

UM, THERE ARE SOME SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS HERE, WHICH IS THE SIXTH AND WAREHOUSE DISTRICT WHERE AMPLIFIED NOISE IS ALLOWED UNTIL 2:00 AM EVERY DAY.

AND THEN THE RED RIVER DISTRICT, WHICH ALLOWS AMPLIFIED SOUND UNTIL 12:00 AM ON THURSDAY AND THEN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY UNTIL 1:00 AM.

UM, IN REGARDS TO THE CITYWIDE CITYWIDE ORDINANCE, THERE IS A SPECIAL PERMIT THAT CAN BE SOUGHT, UM, TO EXTEND THOSE HOURS.

UM, BUT THERE'S ALSO A SPECIAL PERMIT THAT HAS TO BE SOUGHT IF THAT BAR OR ESTABLISHMENT FALLS WITHIN 600 FEET OF A PROPERTIES OUT, UM, FOR RESIDENTIAL ABUSE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE NEXT SLIDE HERE, I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU KIND OF A TIMELINE OF, OF HOW OUR SOUND ORDINANCE CAME TO BE, UM, REALLY WHAT THIS HAPPENED.

IT STARTED BACK IN 2003 WHERE THE CITY COUNCIL AMENDED OUR BASELINE ORDINANCE AND REVISED, UM, PROVIDE THE ORDINANCE THAT THEY HAD ON THE BOOKS AND THEN ADDED A PERMIT REQUIREMENT, WHICH WAS THE 600 FEET.

UM, RESIDENTIAL USE PERMIT THAT I WAS SPEAKING ABOUT BEFORE AT THAT SAME TIME, MAYBE A FEW MONTHS LATER AFTER THE ORIGINAL BASELINE ORDINANCE WAS CREATED, THEY ALSO CREATED THE SIX AND WAREHOUSE DISTRICT, UM, WHICH ALLOWED AMPLIFIED

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NOISE UNTIL 2:00 AM.

AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THESE ALL HAPPENED IN 2003.

AND THEN IN 2011, WE ADDED IN 2012, ACTUALLY WE ADDED SOME, SOME LOOSENING TO WHERE THOSE, UM, SOUND PERMITS WITHIN 600 FEET OF THE PROPERTY IS OUT IN USE FOR RESIDENTIAL COULD BE ADDED UNTIL 12:00 AM.

UM, AND THEN IN 2018, THE RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT WAS CREATED, WHICH ALLOWED, WHICH WE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT.

UM, AND THEN IN 2021 OF COURSE IS WHEN THIS BILL GOT FILED, UM, OF COURSE, TO DO AWAY WITH THOSE ESSENTIALLY TWO DECADES OF WORK THAT YOU SEE RIGHT THERE.

I CAN GET THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IN THIS NEXT SLIDE, UM, WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE KIND OF USEFUL TO GIVE YOU SOME EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT WE'RE HEARING AROUND THE CAPITOL AND WHY THIS BILL WAS, WAS PURSUED BY THE HANDFUL OF BAR OWNERS, UM, THAT, THAT ARE PURSUING IT.

UM, AND GIVE YOU KIND OF SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT, THAT THEY'VE BEEN SHARING WITH WITH LAWMAKERS THAT WE'RE WORKING VERY HARD TO, TO KIND OF COMBAT, UM, THE FIRST BEING THAT THE CITY IMPLEMENTED THE CURRENT ORDINANCE AFTER, UM, THE BAR OWNERS HAD ESTABLISHED A PRESENCE DOWNTOWN, UM, AS YOU SAW BY THE SLIDES BEFORE, THAT'S NOT EXACTLY TRUE BECAUSE OUR CURRENT ORDINANCE HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2003.

UM, THE NEXT ONE BEING THAT THE CITY'S CURRENT ORDINANCE IS COMPLETELY ANTIBUSINESS.

UM, THAT IS THAT'S A CLAIM THAT WE'VE HEARD MULTIPLE TIMES FROM SOME OF THE BAR OWNERS, UM, AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PUSHING THIS LEGISLATION, UM, WHICH, WHICH IS COMPLETELY FALSE AS WELL.

UM, THIS BILL IS ACTUALLY BEING PURSUED BY A VERY SMALL LIST OF BAR OWNERS AND THEY DON'T SPEAK FOR THE COLLECTIVE WHOLE AS BUSINESSES IN AUSTIN.

UM, BUT WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH HOTEL GROUPS, APARTMENT GROUPS, YOU NAME IT REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS WHO ALL HAVE EXPRESSED OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO DISPEL THAT CLAIM THAT, UH, IT'S AN ANTI-BUSINESS MEASURE WHEN THERE ARE QUITE A FEW BUSINESSES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE.

THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, THEN THE OTHER ONE, UM, THE OTHER, THE LAST THING THAT I'LL MENTION ON THIS IS THAT THEY ARE ALSO SAYING THAT NO OTHER CITY HAS A SOUND ORDINANCE IN TEXAS, WHICH IS COMPLETELY FALSE.

UM, THAT'S A NARRATIVE THAT'S BEING PUSHED AND WE DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S COMING FROM.

HOWEVER, WE HAVE ALL OF THE, UM, MAX SOUND LEVELS IN THE MAX ALLOWABLE HOURS LISTED OUT HERE.

AND YOU'LL SEE THAT OFTEN ACTUALLY THERE'S ONE OF EVERY SINGLE LARGE CITY IN TEXAS THAT DOES HAVE A SOUND ORDINANCE.

AND IN FACT, OURS IS THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE.

SO WE WERE CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY A LEGISLATION.

THAT'S GOING TO COMPLETELY PREEMPT OUR SOUND BOARD MINUTES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE NEXT STEPS, UM, HERE, AND I KNOW I RAN THROUGH THIS VERY QUICKLY AND I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AFTERWARDS.

UM, REALLY WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW IS THE BILL IS PENDING RIGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE CALENDARS COMMITTEE, WHICH IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR, IS THE COMMITTEE THAT CHOOSES WHICH BILLS THAT ARE HEARD ON THE HOUSE FLOOR.

UM, WE SEE THIS AS A, AS A PROBLEM BECAUSE THE REPRESENTATIVE WHO AUTHORED THE BILL IS ACTUALLY A MEMBER OF THAT COMMITTEE.

SO WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CALENDARS COMMITTEE, UM, ARE AWARE OF OUR OPPOSITION AND HOW ENGAGED THAT THE COMMUNITY IS ON THIS.

UM, THE SECOND PART OF OUR STRATEGY HERE IS, IS WE'RE REALLY ENGAGING SOME RESIDENTS AND THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION BUSINESSES, OTHER STATEWIDE ASSOCIATIONS, AND OUR ENTIRE AUSTIN DELEGATION TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A VERY NEGATIVE BILL FOR THIS CITY.

UM, RIGHT NOW YOU MAY ASK US, WHAT CAN YOU DO? UM, THERE, I, I'M HAPPY TO SHARE SOME INFORMATION AFTER THIS CALL WITH YOU GUYS.

UM, BUT RIGHT NOW WE'RE, WE'RE, OUR FOCUS IS REALLY ON THAT HOUSE CALENDARS COMMITTEE.

SO ANY CALLS, ANY KIND OF EMAILS THAT YOU GUYS CAN PROVIDE TO THOSE MEMBERS WOULD BE EXTREMELY HELPFUL.

UM, AND THEN OF COURSE JUST SPREADING THE WORD AND TELLING THEM HOW THIS IS NEGATIVE FOR AUSTIN AND THAT SORT OF THING.

SO, UM, I BELIEVE THAT WRAPS UP MY PRESENTATION, BUT I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONER HER'S QUESTIONS.

I HAVE A QUESTION.

CAN WE BE SENT THE NAMES AND THE EMAILS AND THE PHONE NUMBERS OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THE CALENDAR? ABSOLUTELY.

I CAN FOLLOW UP, UM, WITH, WITH AN EMAIL AFTER THIS, THAT WE HAVE A FIRE THAT WE'VE BEEN CIRCULATING IN IT, AND IT OUTLINED EXACTLY WHO TO CALL, UM, AND THEN SOME TALKING POINTS AS WELL.

SO I'M HAPPY TO

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SHARE THAT WITH YOU.

THANK YOU.

I HAVE A QUESTION, MR. CHAIRMAN.

YES, PLEASE.

UM, THANKS FOR THE PRESENTATION, TAYLOR.

UH, IS THERE A SENATE COMPANION TO THIS ONE? THERE IS NOT, THERE IS NOT JUST YET.

UM, WE ARE UNSURE OF, OF KIND OF WHERE IT WOULD HEAD IN THE SENATE.

SO THAT IS, THAT'S WHY ALL OF OUR EFFORTS HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON THE HOUSE AT THIS POINT.

BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION QUICKLY, THE ANSWER'S NO, WHICH HOUSE COMMITTEE DIDN'T COME THROUGH.

UH, I WASN'T REALLY WATCHING IT.

WAS IT URBAN AFFAIRS AND IT WAS THE HOUSE, IT'S THE HOUSE CULTURE RECREATION AND TOURISM COMMITTEE THAT VOTED IT OUT.

OKAY.

UM, I'M ALSO CURIOUS, AND IT'S NOT DIRECTLY TO THIS BILL, BUT IS, HAS OUR CITY COUNCIL TAKEN A POSITION ON THIS ONE OFFICIALLY OR, OR HOW DO Y'ALL GET YOUR GUIDANCE AS TO WHEN TO START FIRING AWAY ON BILLS LIKE THIS? SURE, SURE.

SO OUR, UM, OFFICIAL CAPACITY AND TO BE ABLE TO, TO WORK WITH THE LEGISLATURE COMES FROM OUR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA THAT, UM, IS PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL.

AND I BELIEVE IT WAS PASSED LAST OCTOBER.

UM, IN THAT THERE IS A GENERAL STATEMENT OF ESSENTIALLY PREEMPTION THAT, THAT WE WOULD FIGHT ESSENTIALLY BECAUSE THE STATE WOULD BE ESSENTIALLY TAKING AWAY THE CITY'S EFFORTS TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT THEIR RESIDENTS, PROTECT THEIR, THEIR BUSINESS OWNERS, THAT SORT OF THING.

SO OUR AUTHORIZATION COMES FROM THAT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA.

UM, COUNCIL IS AWARE.

I'M SORRY, GO AHEAD.

NO, THAT'S FANTASTIC.

I'M JUST WONDERING ALSO IF THAT WOULD APPLY TO LIKE HB 27 89, JUST DO YOU ALL HAVE THE SAME AUTHORITY FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? LIKE, CAUSE THAT WOULD BE A PREEMPTIVE BILL AS WELL.

I'M JUST WONDERING IF THAT SURE.

I'M NOT EXACTLY FAMILIAR WITH, UM, THAT BILL.

HOWEVER, I'M HAPPY TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND FOLLOW BACK UP WITH YOU.

I WOULD, I WOULD APPRECIATE THAT.

THANKS SO MUCH.

AND THANKS FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION.

YEAH, I HAVE A QUESTION.

YES, PLEASE.

HI.

UM, SO THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, I'M WONDERING, UM, SO THE, THE, THE BUSINESS OWNERS, THE BAR OWNERS THAT ARE PUSHING FOR THIS, DO THEY HAPPEN TO BE FROM THE JURISDICTION OF THE PERSON THAT, THAT, UH, THAT AUTHORED THIS BILL MEAN? IT JUST SEEMS KIND OF STRANGE, RIGHT? IT IS VERY ODD.

UM, NO, AS A MATTER OF FACT, NO ONE IN AUSTIN COMES FROM THE JURISDICTION OF CODY HARRIS.

HE'S A MEMBER FROM PALESTINE, UM, WHICH IS OUTSIDE OF HILLSBORO IN BETWEEN THERE, IN COURSE OF CANA.

UM, IT, IT IS KIND OF AN INTERESTING PERSON TO CARRY THE BILL.

HOWEVER, HE LAID IT OUT AS, AS AN EXPLANATION THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN SOUND ORDINANCE WAS TOO RESTRICTIVE.

UM, AND HE FELT PERSONALLY AFFECTED BY THAT.

SO, UM, THAT WAS HIS EXPLANATION FOR CARRYING THE BILL.

UM, BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION NOW, HE IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE AUSTIN DELEGATION.

AND, BUT, BUT I GUESS MY QUESTION WAS THE, THE OWNERS, THE BUSINESS OWNERS THAT ARE, THAT HAVE COME FORWARD AND ARE SUPPORTING THIS, UM, WHAT IS, DO THEY HAVE A CONNECTION TO THIS GUY? NO, THEY DO NOT.

THEY DO NOT.

UM, THEY ARE ACTUALLY ALL FROM, FROM AUSTIN.

UM, THEY, THE CONNECTION CAME FROM THEM BEING ABLE TO HIRE A LOBBYIST, UM, WHO FOUND A BILL AUTHOR WHO WAS WILLING TO CARRY IT.

UM, THEY, THEY HAVE LOBBIED THE LEGISLATURE AND CODY HARRIS WAS, WAS THE MEMBER WHO CHOSE TO CARRY IT, UM, BASED ON THAT LOBBYIST SUGGESTION, FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, UH, TEXAS POLITICS.

THANK YOU.

IT'S ALWAYS FUN.

UH, COMMISSIONER LAYMAN, IS THERE A WEBSITE FOR THIS GROUP OF LOCAL BAR OWNERS TO THINK WE SHOULD HAVE 85 DECIBELS CITYWIDE, 24 SEVEN? THERE IS NOT, I DON'T BELIEVE THERE, THERE IS ANY SORT OF FORMAL COALITION THAT THEY PUBLICIZED OR DONE ANY ADVERTISING AROUND.

UM, BUT DO YOU HAVE A, HAVE A VERY SHORT LIST OF THE ONES THAT I DO KNOW WHO ARE INVOLVED BECAUSE THEY WERE THE ONES WHO TESTIFIED AT THE HEARING.

UM, OTHER THAN THAT, THEY'RE, THEY'RE A VERY CLOSE-KNIT GROUP THAT, THAT I'M UNAWARE OF, OF WHO ALL IS INVOLVED.

CAN WE BE MADE AWARE OF THIS GROUP? UM, I CAN, I CAN POINT YOU TO, UM, THE TESTIMONY THAT WAS GIVEN ON THE BILL, AND I'M HAPPY TO SHARE THAT LINK WITH YOU.

UM, THERE WAS A FEW BAR OWNERS THAT TESTIFIED THAT DAY AND I'M HAPPY TO FOLLOW UP WITH, WITH THE LINK TO THAT TESTIMONY.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD PRESENTATION.

WOULD YOU BE KIND IF YOU HAVE THE LIST HANDY, AT LEAST, DID YOU POINT TO A NUMBER OF THE BAR OWNERS SINCE THEY'RE ALSO CONSTITUENTS? AT LEAST SOME OF THEM MAY BE OF THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION.

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I'M SORRY, ERIC, WAS THERE A QUESTIONNAIRE? I THINK YOU CUT OUT.

YEAH.

YES, YES.

UH, I SAID, UM, WOULD YOU BE, UM, ABLE TONIGHT TO, UM, POINT TO GIVE US THE NAMES OF A NUMBER OF THEM JUST SINCE SOME OF THEM ARE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, UH, VENUES ARE SUSPECT AND THUS ARE PART OF OUR, UH, OUR COM DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY.

SURE, SURE.

LET ME, UH, YES.

SO, UM, MY BOSS BRIEF BRONCO WHO WAS, WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE TONIGHT.

UNFORTUNATELY SHE COULDN'T LET ME, LET ME, UM, CHECK IN WITH HER ON THE, ON THE BEST WAY TO SHARE THAT INFORMATION WITH YOU GUYS.

IF YOU DON'T MIND, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

IT'S IT'S THAT WE HAVEN'T HAD THIS COME TO US BEFORE, AND HAVEN'T HAD STAKEHOLDERS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE, UH, THE CONVERSATION, UH, COME TO THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION TO USE IT AS A FORUM TO DISCUSS THESE ITEMS BEFORE WENT TO THE LEGISLATURE, BUT WE ARE WHERE WE ARE.

UM, BUT IF WE'RE NOT, UH, UH, AWARE OF WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT THIS WITHIN OUR DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY, I THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

UH, I'M SORRY, COMMISSIONER LEVENTON IS NOT WITH US THIS EVENING.

HE IS OUR LIAISON FROM THE MUSIC COMMISSION, AND I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HEARD WHAT HE HAD TO SAY TO SEE EVENING CARE HARRIS YESTERDAY, COMMISSIONER AND BOB.

HI, I REALLY APPRECIATE, UM, MR. WARD, YOUR, YOUR PRESENTATION.

I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY CLEAR.

UM, AND, UM, I'M SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, BUT PROBABLY MOST OF THE COMMISSIONERS KNOW, BUT MAYBE ONE OR TWO DON'T THAT WHEN THE SOUND ORDINANCES WERE MADE AND STUDIED, THERE WERE BAR OWNERS AND HOTEL OWNERS, AND IT MANY TIMES THE HOTEL OWNERS WOULD HAVE LIKED IT TO BE QUIETER BECAUSE THEY WOULD HAVE TO REFUND HOTEL ROOM FEES WHERE THE BAR OWNERS WANTED IT LONGER AND LOUDER, BUT IT WASN'T JUST ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE.

IT WASN'T JUST CITIZENS.

IT WAS THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I SHOULD HAVE EXPANDED UPON THAT AS WELL.

UM, THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.

IT W IT WAS THE PRODUCT OF COLLABORATION THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, AND THAT'S WHERE WE GOT TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

UM, SO THAT'S WHY IT'S A LITTLE DISAPPOINTING, BUT THAT WE HAVE TO GO TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO HAVE ANY CHANGES HERE WHEN WE COULD DO IT AS A COMMUNITY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? I JUST HAD ONE QUICK QUESTION TO CLARIFY THAT IT WOULD BE FOR EVERY DAY, UNTIL 2:00 AM CITYWIDE.

IS THAT RIGHT? THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT IS RIGHT.

IT WOULD BE EVERYDAY CITYWIDE, UM, BETWEEN 10:00 AM AND 2:00 AM.

THERE COULD BE UP TO 85 DECIBELS.

OKAY.

AND SO I'M, I'M ASKING YOU TO CLARIFY THAT BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THE PLACE WHERE IT WOULD END UP EXPANDING THE HOURS THE MOST WOULD BE ACTUALLY OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN.

UM, AND SO I WAS ACTUALLY WONDERING IF IT WAS THE SOUTH AUSTIN STRETCH OF BARS, IF IT WAS SOME OF THE MORE OUTLYING SORT OF, WHAT DO WE CALL, WE CALL THEM ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS, THE DRINKING DISTRICTS.

SO THAT WAS ACTUALLY MY QUESTION TO SEE IF WE COULD GET SOME CLARITY, IF IT WAS SOME OF THE NEW, THE SORT OF FORMING ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS THAT WERE COMING.

SURE, SURE.

AND YOU KNOW, FROM WHAT WE'VE UNDERSTOOD IS, IS MOST OF THE WEST STICKS AREA IS WHERE WE SEE THE CONCERN.

THANK YOU MUCH.

ANYBODY ELSE? THIS IS SCHEDULED FOR POSSIBLE ACTION TO SEE EVENING.

DOES ANYBODY REALIZING THAT IT'S AT THE LEGISLATURE AT THIS MOMENT? UM, DOES ANYBODY HAVE A MOTION THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO BRING, SEEING NONE HEARING NONE, UH, COMMISSIONER WISER, BOB? UH, I'M NOT SURE HOW TO FORM A MOTION AND WHAT IT WOULD BE.

UM, I THINK THIS WOULD BE HORRIBLE FOR ME.

UM, SO, AND MY NEIGHBORS.

SO CAN I MOVE TO SUPPORT THIS, THIS WORK OF THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL, UH, RELATIONS GROUP? NO.

OH, NO.

I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO.

UM, DOES ANYBODY WANT TO TRY TO WORDSMITH IT? UM, I THINK THE, WELL, ESSENTIALLY YOU'RE TRYING TO SAY IS THAT THE DOWN TOWN COMMISSION,

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UH, IS IN OPPOSITION TO HOUSE BILL 38, 13, PERHAPS.

THAT'S NOT TRUE.

UM, I AM AGAINST IT, BUT IF YOU MAKE THAT AS A MOTION AND GET A VOTE OF THE COMMISSION, UM, I, I MOVE, AS YOU STATED, I HAVE A MOTION.

DO I HAVE A SECOND, A SECOND? I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND.

IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? I MEAN, MY ONLY QUESTION IS, ARE WE JUST SENDING OUR RECOMMENDATION TO CITY HALL? LIKE WE WOULD LIKE, IT'S A DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT ENTITY.

LIKE WHERE DOES THIS GO? ALL WE'RE DOING IS THIS WILL GO TO COUNCIL INDICATING THAT THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION UP OPPOSE HOUSE BILL 38, 13, WHICH WOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH THE INNER GOVERNABLE INNER GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS POLICY REGARDING THE BILL.

ANYWAY, IT'S A LITTLE AFTER THE FACT THAT MR. CAN I DO THAT? DID THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? I HAVE A QUESTION.

UH, OH, IT'S LAURA TEMPLETON.

IF THERE WAS NO COMPANION SENATE, THEN ALL THIS ISN'T GOOD.

WE HAVE NO IDEA IF THERE IS A SENATOR WILLING TO SPONSOR THE BILL TAYLOR.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

SO I WOULD SAY THAT IF IT LEAVES THE HOUSE LEAVES THE HOUSE, IF IT GETS PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE, I THINK THERE'S A LARGE POSSIBILITY THAT A SENATOR WOULD PICK IT UP.

UM, BUT THAT'S, AS FAR AS WE KNOW, WE DO NOT KNOW OF A SENATE COMPANION AT THIS POINT.

HOWEVER, IT COULD BE VERY EASY FOR A SENATOR TO PICK IT UP.

SO SHOULD I LIVE TO TAKE A VOTE ON SAYING THAT THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION, AS OPPOSED, SAY BILL 38, 13, WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND ON THE FLOOR TO THAT APARTMENT.

OKAY.

SO ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR JUST ONE, ONE COMMENT OR, OR, OR STATEMENT TO BE MADE IS I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT, UM, AS MANY VOICES ARE HEARD, UM, INCLUDING THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION TOWARDS OUR, OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR STATE GOVERNMENT, THAT, UM, WE PREFER TO LEGISLATE OURSELVES IN THE NOISE IN OUR, IN OUR AREA OURSELVES AS WE ALREADY HAVE.

AND I THINK THAT VOTING, HOWEVER, THIS BOAT GOES, THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT, UH, OUR VOICES BE HEARD.

AND THIS IS JUST ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR A GROUP OF VOICES TO BE HEARD AND TO SAY, NO, THIS IS WE DON'T, WE DON'T SUPPORT THIS AT ALL THAT HOSPITAL.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GOMEZ.

UM, DO YOU WANT TO MAKE ANY SORT OF AMENDMENT TO THE LANGUAGE OR JUST MOVE FORWARD AS IT IS? I THINK IT'S GOOD AS IS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, DO I HAVE ANY OTHER DISCUSSION HEARING NONE? I'LL CALL THE QUESTION ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

BYE BYE.

ANY OPPOSED, PLEASE SAY NAY HEARING NONE.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, TAYLOR.

UM, UH, I THINK, UH, BETWEEN YOU AND MS. FRANCO, WE WOULD CERTAINLY LOVE TO HAVE YOU BACK, UH, VERY SHORTLY, UH, TO DISCUSS WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE LEGISLATURE.

UH, AS IT WINDS DOWN TO SUNNY DIE, THAT WOULD POSSIBLY AFFECT DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

UH, SO IF, UH, W W MONA AND CHRISTINE, IF YOU ALL WOULD BE KIND TO WORK WITH THE GOOD FOLKS IN, IN INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS TO SEE IF WE CAN GET THEM SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS ALL THE OTHER LEGISLATION THAT MIGHT HAVE AN EFFECT ON OUR DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY, WE CAN CERTAINLY DO THAT CHAIR.

AND DO YOU FEEL IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF, UM, IN ADVANCE OF THAT CONVERSATION AT AN ACTUAL COMMISSION MEETING, IF TAYLOR AND PRI COULD, UH, FORWARD A DOCUMENT THAT I COULD DISTRIBUTE FOR REVIEW PRIOR TO THE CONVERSATION? I THINK THAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL FOR EVERYBODY.

OKAY.

I'LL WORK WITH TAYLOR AND BRIA ON THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, TAYLOR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US AND, UH, CONTINUE TO YOUR HARD WORK AT THE CAPITOL ON BEHALF OF THE CITY.

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OF COURSE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LETTING ME JOIN YOU GUYS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH AS, AS ANOTHER AGENDA ITEM, PLEASE NOTE THAT ITEM C UH, BECAUSE WE, UH, HAD TO MOVE, UM, THE INTER-GOVERNMENT RELAY RELAY, EXCUSE ME, INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS, UH, PRESENTATION OF THE AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PRESENTATION WILL HAVE TO BE MOVED.

UH, AND WE'RE GOING TO PUT THAT ON OUR MAY AGENDA.

I DON'T THINK I HAVE TO MONA CHRISTINA.

I DON'T THINK I HAVE TO TAKE ANY ACTION ON THIS TO MOVE IT TO A NO CHAIR.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, THAT TAKES US BACK TO

[2a. Election of Officers: Discussion and possible action.]

ITEM A UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND THAT'S THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS.

UM, MONA, CHRISTINE, DO YOU WANT TO HANDLE THIS PART OF IT? UH, YES.

TERRY HARRIS.

I CAN HANDLE THIS APPARENTLY.

AND, UM, I APOLOGIZE FOR NOT KNOWING THIS AT THE, AT THE PREVIOUS MEETING AT THE LAST MONTH'S MEETING, BUT THE CHAIR POSITION AND THE VICE CHAIR POSITION OF CO OF CITY OF AUSTIN COMMISSIONS, BOARD AND COMMISSIONS, UH, ARE, UM, EXCUSE ME, SORRY.

I JUST LOST MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT NEED TO BE APPROVED ANNUALLY.

SO THEREFORE WE, WE DID APPROVE, UM, COMMISSIONER LAYMAN AS VICE CHAIR, AND NOW WE JUST NEED TO BE PROACTIVE AND, OR YOU AS A COMMISSION NEED TO BE PROACTIVE AND, AND, UH, DISCUSS THE NOMINATION OF THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION CHAIR ONCE AGAIN, AND SINCE I'M CHAIR AT THE MOMENT, UH, I, THIS IS A LITTLE AWKWARD.

UM, IS THERE ANYBODY I'M HAPPY TO CONTINUE TO SERVE FOR ANOTHER YEAR, UNLESS THERE'S SOMEBODY WHO, UH, HAS A, UH, WISHES TO, UH, TAKE, TAKE THE REINS.

I WISH TO NOW EIGHT CHAIR HARRIS TO BE CHAIRMAN AGAIN.

UM, I GUESS I CAN CALL THE VOTE.

IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION SINCE I HAVE EMOTION AT A SECOND, NOBODY WANTS NOBODY TO TAKE ON THIS, THIS MIGHTY ROLE YOU'RE DOING ALL RIGHT.

I WANT SAY YOU'RE DOING A GOOD JOB AND WE'D LIKE TO HAVE SOME CONSISTENCY.

SO THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THE, THIS HAS BEEN A VERY CHALLENGING YEAR TO BE A CHAIR AND CERTAINLY FOR EACH OF YOU TO BE COMMISSIONERS DURING THE PANDEMIC.

AND I REALLY HOPE THAT WE ALL GET TO MEET IN PERSON SOON.

SO, UH, AS MUCH AS I LIKE SEEING YOUR FACES ON THE SCREEN, I SURE WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU IN PERSON.

OKAY.

ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY, AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED, WAITING, WAITING, HEARING NONE.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND, UH, I HOPE TO CONTINUE TO EARN YOUR, YOUR FAITH AS CHAIR OF THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION.

WE APPOINT A VICE CHAIR.

WE DID THAT AT THE LAST MEETING.

OKAY.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE FINE.

THANK YOU.

UH, THE NEXT

[2b. Joint Downtown Commission and Music Commission Meeting: Discussion and possible action.]

ITEM OF BUSINESS, EXCUSE ME, IS, UH, TO DISCUSS THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION MUSIC COMMISSION JOINT MEETING.

WE DISCUSSED IT BRIEFLY AT OUR LAST MEETING.

AND AGAIN, UM, I HAD HOPED THAT COMMISSIONER LEVITTON WOULD BE HERE SINCE, UM, UH, HE AND I, AND THE MUSIC COMMISSION WERE INVOLVED IN THIS CONVERSATION, UM, WITH SO MANY THINGS HAPPENING.

THE SOUND BILL IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THEM, BUT WITH SO MANY THINGS HAPPENING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, AS IT AFFECTS DOWNTOWN AND WHAT WE'VE DISCUSSED IN TERMS OF DOWNTOWN'S RESILIENCE, UM, COMING OUT OF THE PANDEMIC, UM, WE FELT IT WOULD BE CONSTRUCTIVE TO HAVE A JOINT MEETING WITH THE MUSIC COMMISSION.

AND I MIGHT KNOW, AND, UH, CHRISTINA, RAMONA, UH, MAYBE YOU CAN FILL US IN, I BELIEVE THE MUSIC COMMISSION AND THE ARTS COMMISSION WERE HAVING A JOINT MEETING RECENTLY, OR WILL BE, IS THAT CORRECT? YES.

IN APRIL.

SO THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR A JOINT COMMISSION MEETING, BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE ONE PER QUARTER WOULD BE IN THIS UPCOMING QUARTER, WHICH IS WHAT JULY TO SEPTEMBER.

OKAY.

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WELL THAT WILL BE RIGHT AS WE'RE, EVERYBODY'S A HUNDRED PERCENT VACCINATED.

RIGHT.

AND WE CAN ALL GO OUT AGAIN.

OKAY.

UM, WELL, SINCE WE WON'T BE ABLE TO DO ONE UNTIL NEXT QUARTER ANYWAY, UM, WOULD THE COMMISSION MIND IF WE POSTPONED ANY ACTION SO WE COULD GET COMMISSIONER LEVITANS INPUT OR DO WE NEED TO, AND PERHAPS THIS IS FOR CHRISTINE, DO WE NEED A PLACEHOLDER TO TAKE ACTION? UM, WHAT WE CAN DO IS TAKE A PHOTO NOW TO AUTHORIZE STAFF TO WORK WITH THE OTHER COMMISSION, WE'LL DO A DOODLE POLL.

UM, AND, UM, IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO, TO KNOW IF THE PREFERENCE OF THIS COMMISSION WOULD BE TO USE ONE OF OUR, UH, THIRD, WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH MEETING.

UH, THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION'S PREFERENCE IS, I MEAN, SORRY, NOT DOWNTOWN COMMISSION, BUT THE MUSIC COMMISSION'S PREFERENCE BY THE COMMISSIONERS IS THAT THEY, THEY, A JOINT MEETING WOULD NOT OCCUR AT ONE OF THEIR NORMAL MEETINGS.

UM, SO IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF THERE'S ANY DIRECTION FROM THE COMMISSION ABOUT, UH, WHEN OR WHAT DATES OR WHETHER WE CAN SUGGEST USING OUR COMMISSION.

ONE OF OUR COMMISSION TIMES, UM, WE CAN DO A DOODLE POLL.

IF, IF YOU WANT TO TAKE ACTION, EITHER WAY WE CAN WORK IT OUT.

IT PROBABLY IS MORE HELPFUL THOUGH, TO GET SOMETHING ON THE CALENDARS TO, TO CALL DIBS ON THE QUARTER BECAUSE THE MUSIC COMMISSION IS VERY ACTIVE IN JOINT MEETINGS, ESPECIALLY LIKE WHAT THE ARTS COMMISSION COMMISSIONER'S THOUGHTS.

PLEASE.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY, ANY FEELINGS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER ABOUT HAVING A JOINT MEETING WITH THE MUSIC COMMISSION? I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MEET AT JOINT MEETING.

I THINK THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU ALL.

UM, WELL, AND WE CAN WORK ON THE AGENDA TOGETHER.

UH, SO I DON'T THINK THAT'S ANYTHING THAT WE NEED TO FIRM UP NOW.

I CERTAINLY WOULD APPRECIATE EVERYBODY'S INPUT.

UM, AS WE PUT THAT TOGETHER FOR A JOINT MEETING, UM, MY PREFERENCE AND I REALIZE WE'RE ALL MEETING TO DEATH.

UM, MY PERSONAL PREFERENCE IS THAT WE NOT DO IT DURING OUR REGULAR MEETING, BECAUSE I THINK THAT THERE IS ENOUGH BUSINESS OF THE COMMISSION, UM, ON A MONTHLY BASIS THAT TO HAVE AN ENTIRE MEETING DEVOTED TO, UM, W ONE OF OUR ENTIRE MEETINGS DEVOTED TO THE MUSIC COMMISSION MAY PREEMPT SOMETHING THAT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION.

UM, AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT AS A SEPARATE DATE.

UM, BUT I, UH, I ENCOURAGE YOUR INPUT AND, YOU KNOW, IF Y'ALL HAVE, IF Y'ALL FEEL THAT IT SHOULD BE DURING ONE OF OUR REGULAR MEETINGS, WE'LL CERTAINLY MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

THOUGHTS.

IS THERE ANY WAY WE COULD EAT OUTDOORS WITH THE MUSIC COMMITTEE PERMISSION THAT A LOT OF MUSIC VENUE, PERHAPS? WOW.

I THINK THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA.

UM, SINCE, SINCE WE'LL BE IN THE, UH, WE'VE DISCUSSED, UM, I DISCUSSED WITH MONA TODAY WHEN, UM, AND WHEN THE THOUGHT WAS THAT WE MIGHT WIND UP MEETING IN PERSON AGAIN AND IT COULD BE FOR ALL WE KNOW IT COULD BE THE JULY MEETING.

SO HAVING, UM, HAVING AN OUTDOOR GATHERING TOGETHER, UH, WOULD CERTAINLY BE AN OPPORTUNITY, UH, SEPARATELY.

I'D BE HAPPY TO EXPLORE, EXPLORE THAT THOUGH.

I DO THINK WE'RE STILL IN THIS WEIRD HYBRID COVID SITUATION THAT THE LOGISTICS OF ALSO TAPING THE MEETING AND, UH, LOOK RECORDING THE MEETING WOULD JUST BE SOME LOGISTICS THAT WE WOULD WORK OUT FREE.

COVID WE, WE, THERE WERE OPPORTUNITIES TO, I DON'T THINK OUT OUTDOORS, UM, BUT IN A BIGGER ROOM OR VENUE, SO WE'LL CHECK IT OUT, BUT THERE COULD BE SOME RULES THAT WOULD REQUIRE THAT WE DO RECORD AND WE DO HAVE A B.

SO THE WOOD'S THE NEW, UH, THE NEW AMPHITHEATER W W WALLER CREEK.

THE, UH, SINCE IT'LL BE WIRED FOR SOUND, THAT MIGHT BE FUN.

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I SAT ON THAT OUR, OUR WATERLOO GREENWAY FRIENDS, UH, MY, UH, MY VERY MUCH ENJOY HOSTING THERE FOR THAT.

SURE.

I WOULD LIKE TO THOUGH FOLLOW UP IN YOUR COMMENT ABOUT, I THINK THAT OUR COMMISSION'S GOING TO HAVE A LOT TO DO SO NOT HAVING TAKEN UP ONE OF OUR MEETINGS.

UM, SO HAVING IT HAPPEN OUTSIDE OF OUR REGULAR MEETING DATES SO THAT WE CAN NOT INTERRUPT THE BUSINESS THAT WE HAVE TO DO, UH, WOULD BE MY PREFERENCE, BUT, UH, IF WE'RE GOING TO DO A DOODLE POLL AND MAYBE THAT'LL ALL COME THAT WAY, BUT I WOULD PREFER THAT IT'D BE OUTSIDE OF OUR MEETING REGULAR MEETING TIME, BECAUSE, UH, I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF THAT'S GOING TO BE COMING, UM, BEING PUT ON OUR PLATES.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GOMEZ, FOLKS.

ANY OTHER THOUGHTS, CHRISTINE? HAVE WE MADE YOUR LIFE THAT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT? IT'S FUN.

YOU MAKE IT FUN AND INTERESTING AND WONDERFUL.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE CAN ALWAYS EXPLORE THIS AND WE WILL GET BACK WITH Y'ALL, BUT, BUT THE FORTUNATE THING IS NOT LIKE IN MAY, UM, WHERE YOU KNOW, THAT WE'RE SCRAMBLING, SO IT IS TIME AND WE'LL GET THE DOODLE POLL OUT AND WE'LL, WE'LL DETERMINE THE LOGISTICS.

SO Y'ALL ARE WONDERFUL.

AND A, IT IS THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.

OKAY.

UM, WITH THAT SAID, UM, I GUESS, UH, FROM DIRECTION OF STAFF, WE PROBABLY NEED TO HAVE A MOTION TO, UH, MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANNING FOR A JOINT MEETING BETWEEN THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION AND THE MUSIC COMMISSION.

DO I HAVE A MOTION? HELLO? I MOVE THAT.

WE, UM, HAVE A COMBINED, I'VE GOT A MOTION.

DO I HAVE A SECOND? MEGAN? I HAVE A MOTION AND I'VE GOT SEVERAL CHEERFUL SECONDS.

ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED HEARING NONE.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

NOW, UM, WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE, UH, MOLLY ALEXANDER WITH THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE FOUNDATION HERE TO PRESENT ON VARIOUS STANTON ACTIVITIES, MOLLY.

WELCOME.

WOW.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER HARRIS.

UM, I MAY HAVE SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.

I NEED TO SHARE MY SCREEN.

AND, UM, WITH THE AB AT CITY HALL, I CHANGED MY SYSTEM PREFERENCES TO ALLOW ME TO DO IT, BUT IT'S STILL NOT DOING IT.

SO MY QUESTION TO OUR TECH IS, DO I NEED TO LEAVE AND COME BACK IN? AND I APOLOGIZE, COMMISSIONERS, I'M SORRY.

WE'VE GONE AHEAD.

AND GIVEN YOU THE PERMISSIONS RIGHT NOW, SO YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH THE SHARE BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN.

IT'S NOT ALLOWING ME TO, EVEN THOUGH I'VE ADDED IT.

SO IT ESSENTIALLY IS GIVING ME A MESSAGE THAT I NEED TO QUIT AND COME BACK IN.

OH, OKAY.

WELL THEN THAT MIGHT BE THE CASE.

YEAH.

I'M VERY SORRY TO TAKE UP YOUR TIME.

YOU GUYS, I WILL BE RIGHT BACK.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU.

THANK YOU.

WHILE WE HAVE A MOMENT, UH, BEFORE, UM, MOLLY REJOINS US, UH, DO WANT TO REMIND THOSE WHO ARE, HAVE BEEN REAPPOINTED, AND THIS IS NOT AN AGENDA ITEM.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN DO THIS OR NOT.

UH, BUT IT'S A REMINDER TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN REAPPOINTED, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET YOUR OATH, UH, COMPLETED AND NOTARIZED AND RETURNED TO CITY STAFF.

UH, THE DEADLINE FOR THAT IS THE END OF THE MONTH, WHICH IS GETTING EVER CLOSER.

AND AGAIN, THAT IS JUST FOR THOSE WHO'VE BEEN REAPPOINTED.

AND SINCE WE HAVE A MOMENT, UM, AS LIAISON, I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO, UM, TONIGHT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A PROBLEM, BUT IT IS REALLY HELPFUL.

I'M SUCH A VISUAL PERSON THAT IT'S REALLY HELPFUL.

IF YOU CAN KEEP RE YOUR, UM, VIDEO ON AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.

I UNDERSTAND IF YOU HAVE TO SHUT IT OFF AT TIMES, BUT IT REALLY HELPS ME KEEP, KEEP A STRONG EYE ON, YOU KNOW, IT DOES HELP ME KEEP COUNTING, ET CETERA.

THANK YOU.

HM.

HAVING TO RELOAD.

UM,

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SO I'M WONDERING IF WE CAN MAYBE PERHAPS DO OLD BUSINESS OR, OR, OR SOMETHING I'M HAPPY.

I'M HAPPY TO MOVE THINGS OUT OF BUDGET OUT OF THE ORDER, IF WE WANT TO TAKE UP OLD BUSINESS.

UM,

[3. Old Business – Items from representatives of collaborating commissions including nonvoting members (Part 1 of 2)]

THE FIRST ITEM OF OLD BUSINESS WOULD BE AN UPDATE FROM, FROM MILAN, UH, COMMISSIONER AN HOUR.

LEDO ON ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE DESIGN COMMISSION.

HELLO, EVERYBODY.

UM, WE'RE MEETING ON MONDAY.

UM, I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO REPORT RIGHT NOW AND I DON'T HAVE MY NOTEBOOK FROM WHAT HAPPENED AT LAST SESSION.

SO I DON'T REMEMBER.

I'M SO SORRY.

THAT'S NOT VERY HELPFUL.

I HOPE EVERYONE IS WELL, IS THERE, IS THERE ANYTHING EXCITING GOING ON? I MEAN, THEY'RE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF, YOU KNOW, TAKING A LOOK AT, UM, THE URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES AND KIND OF, YOU KNOW, FEELING OUR WAY THROUGH THAT.

UM, AND BEYOND THAT, I DON'T REALLY HAVE ANYTHING UP AND RUNNING TO REPORT.

ALRIGHTY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

I'M SETH, CAN YOU UPDATE US ON WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THIS HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION THESE DAYS? FOR SURE.

UH, WE'RE VERY EXCITED TO HAVE BEEN, UH, ABLE TO HAVE A LOCAL, UH, LET'S SEE, HOW DO THEY CALL THEM THE LOCAL CONSUMPTION? IT'S A DESIGNATED, UH, UH, PROGRAM WITH CERTIFIED CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

THERE YOU GO.

I, YOU KNOW, THANK YOU CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT GRANT.

THAT'S ADMINISTERED THROUGH THE TEXAS HISTORIC COMMISSION AND THAT WAS, UH, APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL.

SO WE ARE, UH, IN THE EARLY STAGES OF REVAMPING OUR, UH, COMPREHENSIVE, UH, PRESERVATION PLAN FOR THE CITY.

AND ONE OF THE EXPRESS PURPOSES IS TO REALLY FOCUS ON AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN, UH, UNDERSERVED AND WITH COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN AS ACTIVE IN THE PARTICIPATION OF PRESERVATION.

SO IT ALLOWS, UH, UH, A CHANCE FOR OUR WHOLE PROCESSES TO BE BROADENED.

SO IT'S A VERY EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR US.

UH, IT DOES PARALLEL SOME OF THE OTHER, UH, ACTIVITIES WE'VE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT.

UH, WE HAVE HAD DEMOLITION CASES, UM, AND, UM, PROBABLY ANOTHER ITEM THAT THE COMMISSION WON'T BE FOLLOWING AS CLOSELY AS WE WILL, BUT THE LEGISLATURE ALSO HAS A, UM, BILL AND I, I'M SORRY, I DON'T HAVE THE DETAILS, BUT, UH, WE WERE BRIEF, UH, JUST TO SIMILARLY, YOU KNOW, UH, GIVEN AN OVERVIEW OF A BILL THAT WOULD DO A WAY OR SEVERELY RESTRICT THE POWER TO HAVE, UM, UH, HISTORIC, UH, DISTRICTS.

AND AS YOU MAY BE AWARE, THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS ALLOW NOT JUST A SPECIMEN PROPERTY, BUT ALL OF THE CONTRIBUTING BUILDINGS AROUND TO NOT ONLY HAVE SOME LEVEL OF PROTECTION, BUT THERE ALSO ARE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS TO ALLOW OWNERS, UH, WHO MAY NOT HAVE THE PERFECT HISTORIC LANDMARK THAT MEETS ALL THE CRITERIA, BUT, UH, BUT ARE WILLING AND PART OF THE, UH, ACTIVITIES TO KEEP THOSE DISTRICTS INTACT.

UM, BUT, UH, UH, MOST OF THAT WOULD WIND UP BEING FROZEN, UH, WITH A, UH, ONCE AGAIN, A PUNITIVE BILL THAT'S BEING CONSIDERED RIGHT NOW.

SO, UM, IF I HAVE MORE INFORMATION, I'LL DEFINITELY SEND IT TO OUR STAFF AND MAYBE BE ABLE TO GET THAT OUT TO COMMISSION MEMBERS BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE A BIG IMPACT, UM, ON THE DOWNTOWN AND SURROUNDING AREAS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COMMISSIONER.

UH, I BELIEVE I SAW, UM, MOLLY THAT, YES, I'VE REAPPEARED.

WONDERFUL.

[2d. Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation (DAAF): Discussion and possible action regarding Downtown activities, funding and future plans (Molly Alexander, DAA – 15 minutes)]

WELL, LET US GO BACK TO THE AGENDA AND WELCOME AGAIN.

GREAT.

THANK YOU ALL FOR INVITING ME TONIGHT.

UM, I WAS ASKED TO DISCUSS A COUPLE OF THINGS IN ONE, AS YOU MAY KNOW, THAT THERE WAS AN IFC IN ITEM FROM COUNCIL PASSED IN, UH, LATE JANUARY AROUND DOWNTOWN AND ACTIVATIONS AND AROUND, UH, ONE OF THE ART PROJECTS THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON.

AND SO WHAT I'M GOING TO DO TONIGHT IS, UM, I HAVE A PRETTY LARGE SLIDE DECK THAT I'M GOING TO GO THROUGH KIND OF QUICKLY IN TERMS OF WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING? WHAT ARE WE WORKING ON, UM, FROM THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE FOUNDATION SIDE? SO BEFORE I JUMP INTO THAT, I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT, UM, I'VE BEEN WITH THE DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE FOR 18 YEARS, UM, WITH A NUMBER OF HATS AND A NUMBER OF ROLES.

AND OVER THE PAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS, I HAVE WORKED TO CREATE, UM, A NEW FIVE OH ONE C3 WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION CALLED THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE FOUNDATION.

UM, AND I'M GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT OUR WORK IS TONIGHT.

UM, WE WERE BIRTHED OUT OF THE DOWNTOWN VISION, UM, OUR VERY AMBITIOUS

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VISION, UM, THAT WE SET THE COURSE FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS.

AND WE REALIZED THAT WE NEEDED MORE PEOPLE ENGAGED AND INVOLVED.

UM, WE ALSO NEED, NEED A NEW FUNDING STREAMS, UM, AND NEW KINDS OF PARTNERSHIPS THAT THE DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE ITSELF, THE WAY IT'S STRUCTURED, JUST COULDN'T ACCOMPLISH ON ITS OWN.

SO WE CREATED THE FOUNDATION, UM, FOR A NUMBER OF PURPOSES, UH, BUT DIRECTLY TO HELP ACHIEVE THE VISION.

SO I'M GONNA MY SCREEN.

SO PRIOR TO GOING, CAN YOU ALL SEE THIS? OH, TERRIFIC.

OKAY.

SO, UM, LET'S SEE IF I CAN MOVE IT.

THERE WE GO.

SO THE MISSION OF THE DOWNTOWN ARTS ALLIANCE FOUNDATION IS TO IGNITE THE POTENTIAL OF DOWNTOWN THROUGH ART AND CREATIVE SPACES THAT CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF AUSTIN BY AND FOR EVERYONE.

WE HAVE A BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

CURRENTLY, THERE ARE FIVE MEMBERS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE ARE A STARTUP NONPROFIT.

UM, OUR MEMBERS SHIP COMES, TWO OF THEM COME FROM THE DA BOARD.

UM, THREE OF THEM CURRENTLY COME FROM THE COMMUNITY.

SO I'LL JUST LET YOU KNOW, HOBBY OR PENA.

WE ST.

DAVID'S FOUNDATION AND A DOWNTOWN RESIDENT SITS ON OUR BOARD RAISING MACINTOSH WITH, UH, PLACEMAKING UM, ON THE EAST SIDE RAISIN IN THE SUN, NONPROFIT, UM, AND THEN NICK MULLANEY WITH DPR CONSTRUCTION, WE'RE CONTINUING TO SEARCH FOR NEW LEADERS, UM, AS WE'VE JUST CREATED A STRATEGIC PLAN, UH, ALIGNED THE MISSION AND THE VISION, UM, TOGETHER WITH THE PARENT COMPANY OR THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, UH, AND SET FORTH NEW STRATEGIC ALLIANCE AGREEMENTS, ALL THAT BEING SAID, WE'VE BEEN BUSY AND HARD AT WORK.

SO OUR FIRST PROJECT REALLY HAS BEEN REPUBLIC SQUARE OVER THE YEARS.

SO THE FOUNDATION OPERATES, MANAGES, AND PROGRAMS, REPUBLIC SQUARE.

WE ALSO RAISED $350,000 A YEAR, UM, TO FULLY PROGRAM AND OPERATE, MAINTAIN.

WE PARTNERED WITH AIA AUSTIN THIS YEAR WITH PARK SPACE, UH, TO BEGIN TO PROVIDE COVID FREE, UH, AND COVID FRIENDLY, UH, PROGRAMMING, UH, WHEN WE WERE AT THE DIFFERENT STAGES THAT WE WERE ALLOWED TO DO.

SO DURING THE ENTIRE PANDEMIC, WE'VE REMAINED, OPENED, OUR RESTROOMS HAVE REMAINED OPEN, AND, UM, WE OPENED SALT AND TIME CAFE IN AUGUST.

SO THE FIRST TIME THERE'S EVER BEEN A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, ALLOWING A RESTAURANT SERVING BEER AND WINE, UM, AND, UH, NEIL SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, UH, IN THE PARK, WE'RE VERY EXCITED.

UH, BEN AND HIS WIFE ARE AN AMAZING, ARE AMAZING ENTREPRENEURS.

AND, UH, BUT FOR A PANDEMIC THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN OPEN A LITTLE EARLIER.

AND, BUT FOR THEIR TENACITY, WE WOULD HAVE NEVER HAD THEM OPEN.

THEY WERE AMAZING.

SO WE'RE VERY EXCITED AND HOPE YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO GO HAVE A DRINK OR EAT THERE.

UM, WE ALSO RECEIVED A GRANT FROM, UH, THE CLARITY PROJECT WITH CLARITIN, UM, WHEN THE PARK WAS REDONE AND OPENED IN 2017, THE AUCTION OAKS REALLY HAD NOT BEEN TOUCHED.

AND IT'S BEEN A PRIORITY OF OURS TO MAKE SURE THESE 850 YEAR OLD AUCTION OAK TREES WHERE THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS WAS FOUNDED, UH, REMAIN HEALTHY AND TAKEN CARE OF.

SO, UM, THIS WAS THE AREA, UH, THIS SUMMER PRIOR TO OUR WORK, AS YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF OVERGROWN BRUSH AND PLANTS, UM, AND THE OAKS THEMSELVES ARE JUST MEG MAJESTIC, UM, AND JUST THE ARCHITECTURAL AND SCULPTURAL NATURE OF THEM.

WE REALLY WANTED TO REALLY RETHINK THE DESIGN.

SO WITH THE PROJECT FOR PUBLIC, WHO WAS OUR PARTNER ON THIS, UH, TBG LOCALLY VOLUNTEER WITH CHRIS JACKSON, UH, WE BEGAN TO SCHEMATICALLY THINK ABOUT HOW COULD WE OPEN UP THE TREES AND REALLY RETHINK, UM, THE BEDS.

AND WE ALSO PARTNER WITH THE LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER.

SO THIS IS THE WORK THAT WE DID.

WE REMOVED THESE LARGE BOLLARDS THAT WERE IN THE CRITICAL ROOT ZONE THAT WERE DONE ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO.

UM, DONATED THEM TO THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT, UM, AND THEN BEGAN TO DEADWOOD THE TREES AND THEN AIRFREIGHT THREES.

UM, WE WORKED WITH, UM, AS I SAID, THE WILDFLOWER CENTER AND PLANTED NATIVES, UH, THROUGHOUT AND UNDER THE AUCTION OF AREA.

UH, THE LEFT SIDE IS THE BEFORE, UH, THE RIGHT SIDE IS THE AFTER.

UM, SO REALLY OPENED UP THIS AREA AND, UM, REALLY PROVIDED AN ADDED ELEMENT TO THE PARK.

UM, AFTER IT WAS DONE NOW, SNOW VID, UH, KILLED A LOT OF THOSE PLANTS.

UM, SO WE REPLANTING ON MAY 15TH, UH, WITH SOME OF OUR PARTNERS IN THE PARK.

SO THE PROJECT ITSELF WAS ABOUT $75,000.

WE HAVE A PHASE TWO PROJECT, WHICH IS OPENING UP THIS AREA BETWEEN THE COURTHOUSE PLAZA, UM, AND, UH, THE AUCTION OAK AREAS ON THE LEFT, WHERE THE IS YOU CAN SEE THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE KIND OF HAS THOSE, UM, YOU KNOW, CONCRETE BARRIERS.

UM, AND THE IDEA WOULD REALLY TO BE OPENING UP THAT AREA.

THAT'S KIND OF RIGHT NOW, UM, UH, UH, GRASS THAT, YOU KNOW, REALLY DOESN'T NEED TO BE THERE.

IT'S JUST, UM, IT'S AN INVASIVE PIECE, BUT TO REALLY OPEN IT UP AND ADD COLOR, UM, PARTICULARLY IN SPRING AND FALL.

SO THIS IS WHAT ONE DAY THE VISION WOULD LOOK LIKE WHEN WE GET TO PHASE

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TWO, THE THIRD ASPECT AND REPUBLIC SQUARES.

WE RECEIVED ANOTHER GRANT FROM CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY INSTITUTE TO REALLY THINK ABOUT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AND HOW TO REALLY RETHINK PROGRAMMING AND OUR PARTNERS IN THE PARK.

AND THIS YEAR, UM, OUR FISCAL YEAR STARTS IN MAY, WE'LL BE DEPLOYING THE $25,000 GRANT TO REALLY THINK ABOUT NEW WAYS TO ACTIVATE NEW AUDIENCES AND BRING MORE PEOPLE TO REPUBLIC SQUARE INTO DOWNTOWN.

UM, WE LAUNCHED THE FOUNDATION LAST YEAR, THIS TIME, LAST YEAR, RIGHT BEFORE COVID MARCH 4TH THROUGH THE 11TH WITH OUR NEW SIGNATURE EVENT CALLED WRITING ON THE WALLS.

AS YOU ALL MAY KNOW, UH, IT INCLUDED TWO LARGE-SCALE MURALS.

THIS IS THE LARGEST IN AUSTIN, UH, WHICH IS, UH, CALLED, UM, THE BEAUTY OF LIBERTY AND EQUALITY.

IT WAS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS CENTER, CHEVY EA AND SHEPARD FAIREY, UH, COMMEMORATING THE 19TH AMENDMENT OF THE PASSAGE OF A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO VOTE, BUT NOT ALL WOMEN.

SO WE HAD A SERIES OF, UM, SEVEN DAYS, 23 DIFFERENT FREE EVENTS THAT INCLUDED, UM, FILMS. WE HAD FOUR FILM SCREENINGS, UH, WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS, AS WELL AS CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT WASN'T EQUAL.

AND WHAT DID THAT MEAN WHEN WE LOOK AT, UH, QUALITY AND WANTING EQUALITY FOR ALL THE OTHER MURAL? WE ALSO, UM, DID AT THE SAME TIME, UH, WE, UH, WORKED WITH LOCAL ARTISTS, UM, SHOT A LAWSON AND HAD HER ON THE SAME BILLING WITH TWO INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, WHICH COMPLETELY CHANGED HER LIFE AND RAISED HER PROFILE AS AN ARTIST.

IT WAS ONE OF OUR GOALS, UM, AND, UH, THIS WALL HAD BEEN TARGETED FOR MANY, MANY YEARS BY AIPP, BUT NO ONE COULD QUITE GET IT.

SO WE WERE ABLE TO SECURE IT, HIRE THE ARTISTS.

AND THEN DURING COVID, WE'VE STRUGGLED WITH MAINTAINING, UH, THE AMOUNT OF GRAFFITI THAT'S HAPPENED ON THERE, UH, BUT CONTINUE TO BE COMMITTED TO KEEPING THAT IN THE BEST SHAPE AS WE CAN, AND POSSIBLY CAN.

WE'VE WORKED, UH, THIS FALL, UM, WITH PRIVATE REAL ESTATE COMMUNITY.

SO THIS IS MANIFOLD REAL REAL ESTATE.

UM, THE FOUNDATION DOESN'T HAVE ANY BOUNDARIES LIKE THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE DOES.

UH, HOWEVER, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF OUR WORK IS EITHER IN AND AROUND THE CENTRAL CITY OR CONNECTED BY TRANSIT CORRIDOR.

SO THIS IS MANIFOLD REAL ESTATE PROJECT CALLED BOLDEN CREEK.

UH, WE WORKED, UH, WITH COMMISSIONING FOR LOCAL ARTISTS, UM, TO PAINT FOUR DIFFERENT MURALS.

SO TYLER HOBBES, JANICE WACK, SOPHIE ROACH, AND FULLY DAD FERNANDEZ WHITE CHURCH.

UM, THE PROJECT WAS AMAZING.

AND WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WE'RE SUPPLYING AND GETTING, HAVING LOCAL ARTISTS WORK DURING A PANDEMIC, IT'S BEEN REALLY IMPORTANT.

US, ALL OF US ARE LAUGHING.

OUR MOST RECENT INSTALLATION WITH WRITING ON THE WALLS HAS BEEN THE ANN RICHARDS, UM, BANNERS.

THIS WAS PART OF THE IFC WHERE WE ASKED THE CITY TO WAIVE THE $30,000 IN BANNER FEES FOR US TO BANNER FROM THE CONGRESS AVENUE OR ANN RICHARDS BRIDGE UP TO THE CAPITOL COMMEMORATING, UM, THE 45TH GOVERNOR OF TEXAS AND RICHARDS ON THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER INAUGURATION.

WE PARTNERED WITH THE ANN RICHARDS LEGACY PROJECT, UM, AND THE ANN RICHARDS SCHOOL FOR YOUNG WOMEN.

UM, AND WE ALSO HIRED SOLELY DODD FERNANDEZ TO DO AN, UH, A SELFIE KIND OF INSTALLATION, UM, AROUND, UM, THE FORMER GOVERNOR 60TH BIRTHDAY WHEN SHE WAS ON THE COVER OF TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE, RIDING A HARLEY.

UM, SO WE REALLY WANTED TO ENGAGE THE PUBLIC DURING THE PANDEMIC, UH, GETTING THEM OUT IN THE STREET.

UM, IT IS REALLY GREAT FUN TO WATCH PEOPLE INTERACT WITH THOSE BANNERS, EITHER LAUGHING OR WONDERING WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.

SO, UM, THAT'S BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF FUN IN A PLACEMAKING SENSE.

SO OUR THIRD AREA OF WORK IS AROUND PLACEMAKING AND WE CALL IT RIGHT NOW PLACE.

IT'S, IT'S ESSENTIALLY WHAT I WOULD CALL KIND OF A PLACE STUDIO, WHERE WE LOOK AT IT, TACTICAL INTERVENTIONS, UH, TO IMMEDIATELY ADDRESS OR SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF DOWNTOWN.

THIS IS THE DOWNTOWN DRIVE IN, UM, WE WERE APPROACHED LAST SUMMER TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WAYS IN WHICH PEOPLE COULD STILL COME DOWNTOWN, STILL ENTERTAIN THEMSELVES, UM, AND BE ABLE TO SEE A MOVIE OR A FILM.

SO WE PARTNERED WITH THE BLUE STARLIGHT.

UM, THE CITY COULDN'T GIVE US A PERMIT, UM, BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN ACTIVATION, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE OF ACE AND THE RULES AND COVID, BUT THE STATE OF TEXAS COULD.

SO WE PARTNERED WITH THE TEXAS FACILITIES COMMISSION.

THIS IS CONTINUING, IT'S BEEN QUITE SUCCESSFUL AND IT'S ON THE ROOFTOP OF THE HOBBY BUILDING PARKING GARAGE.

UM, WE ALSO WORKED WITH THE MERCHANTS IN THE 600 BLOCK OF CONGRESS, UH, TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST SHOP, THE BLOCK INSTALLATIONS, UH, LAST OCTOBER, UM, ROYAL BLUE WAS CLOSED AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO REOPEN ON CONGRESS.

AND WHEN WE ALL CAME TOGETHER TO ASK THE MERCHANTS, WHAT WE COULD DO TO HELP THEY ORGANIZED ROYAL BLUE SAID THEY WOULD REOPEN IF WE COULD EXECUTE ON CHOCKABLOCK.

SO OUR TEAM, UH, DID THE DESIGN.

UM, WE HELPED PAY FOR THE FURNITURE AND ACTIVATIONS AND THE MERCHANTS ACTUALLY EVERY DAY GO OUT AND SET IT UP THE INITIAL DAY, WE CAME IN AND HELPED SET IT UP.

UM, BUT AFTER THAT, THEY HAVE ACTUALLY, WE HAVE MUSIC EVERY SATURDAY.

THEY'VE ACTUALLY REPLANTED THE PLANTERS.

WE HAVE MERCHANTS, WE HAVE VENDORS, UM, IT'S JUST A REALLY BRING

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SOMETHING ALIVE.

AND SO HERE IS ONE WHERE WE, WE REALLY SUPPORTED THE MERCHANTS DOING WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO AND PROVIDED THE SUPPORT NEEDED TO DO IT.

AND WE DO A REFRESH EVERY FEW MONTHS.

UM, THIS HAS BEEN A PROJECT THAT COSTS ABOUT $30,000 AND SOMETHING THAT WE KNOW OTHER DOWNTOWN BLOCKS WANT TO DO, UH, BUT WE WOULD NEED TO RAISE THE MONEY OR FIND THE MONEY TO HELP THEM DO THIS AS WELL.

BUT IT'S BEEN QUITE SUCCESSFUL.

ONE OF THE MERGED, JOE COHEN AND SON, UM, UH, BILL COHEN, THEY HAD CARDBOARD IT UP THEIR WINDOWS WITH DUCT TAPE AND THEY BROUGHT HIM DOWN, CLEANED IT UP.

I MEAN, EVERYBODY KIND OF SPRUCED UP THEIR, UM, STOREFRONTS, STILL WORKING TO GET CAB METRO TO DO THE SAME THING.

AND, YOU KNOW, AS THEY'VE KIND OF COME OUT OF PROJECT CONNECT ELECTION INTO IMPLEMENTATION, UM, WE'RE HOPING THAT THERE'LL BE OUR FINAL KIND OF ACTIVATION ON THAT BLOCK, BUT IT'S, IT'S REALLY FUN TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE MERCHANTS HAVE SOME INSPIRATION AND WORK TOGETHER.

WE'VE NOT SEEN THIS KIND OF COLLABORATION AND EXECUTION, UM, IN THE PAST, EXCUSE ME.

UM, WE ALSO REVAMPED HOLIDAY STROLL.

SO ONE OF OUR SIGNATURE EVENTS IS THE HOLIDAY STROLL, WHICH IS TYPICALLY THE FIRST SATURDAY OF DECEMBER WHERE WE LIGHT A 40 FOOT TALL CHRISTMAS TREE AT 11TH AND CONGRESS.

AND IT'S A TWO HOUR EVENT OF ARTS AND EXPERIENCE.

UH, THIS YEAR WE CHANGED IT INTO A 30, 30 DAY OR AN ENTIRE MONTH LONG, UH, ASPECT OF ACTIVITIES WHERE WE HAD POP-UP INSTALLATIONS.

YOU COULD SEE MR AND MRS. CLAUS.

UM, WE HAD SELFIE SPOTS.

UM, WE CREATED A PASSPORT FOR MERCHANTS.

WE HAD OVER 34 BUSINESSES PARTICIPATE IN THE PASSPORT SO THAT YOU COULD DOWNLOAD THE PASSPORT.

IF YOU WERE GOING TO COME TO DOWNTOWN, GO TO THESE DIFFERENT MERCHANTS, GET IT STAMPED.

AND WHEN A NIGHT AT THE W HOTEL WITH SPA TREATMENT OR A WEEKEND AT THE HOTEL.

AND SO WE HAD A NUMBER OF PEOPLE DOWNLOADING IT SHOPPING, AND THE MERCHANTS HAD CONTINUED TO TELL US THAT THESE ARE THE KINDS OF WAYS THAT WE CAN DRIVE FOOT TRAFFIC AND HELP SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES.

UH, WE ALSO BEGAN PROGRAMMING LIVE MUSIC, UM, ON, UH, SECOND IN FRONT OF, UH, RIGHT IN FRONT OF CITY HALL, ESSENTIALLY, UM, AT THE CORNER OF, UM, GUADALUPE AND, UM, SECOND STREET.

UM, WE DID INSTALLATIONS AT, UM, REPUBLIC SQUARE.

WE WORKED ON, UM, WORKING ON WINDOWS AND DECORATING, UH, VACANT WINDOWS.

AND OF COURSE, AS YOU SEE, SANTA WAS EVERYWHERE.

HE LOVES DOGS.

I DID DIDN'T HOW MUCH HE LOVED THEM, BUT HE LOVES THEM SO GOOD TO KNOW.

UM, THE MUSIC PROGRAM WAS SO SUCCESSFUL IN THE MERCHANTS.

I MEAN, THE MUSICIANS TOLD US THAT IN DECEMBER, UM, THAT THE GIGS THAT WE HIRED THEM FOR, UM, WERE SOME OF THE ONLY PAYING GIGS THAT THEY HAD RECEIVED.

SO WE'VE RAISED AN ADDITIONAL $10,000 PRIVATELY, AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH HAM HAM AS OUR PARTNER.

THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE ACTUALLY, UM, BOOKING THE MUSICIANS FOR US AND A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE PROCEEDS GO TO THE MUSICIANS.

SO IN THE COURSE OF ABOUT THREE AND A HALF MONTHS, WE HAVE PAID MUSICIANS WELL OVER $25,000, UH, HELPING THEM BE ABLE TO PAY THEIR RENT OR THEIR BILLS.

AND, UM, IN THE MONTH OF MARCH, WE PROGRAMMED ALL FEMALE MUSICIANS, UH, IN COMMEMORATION WITH WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH.

THIS WILL CONTINUE WITH FUNDING THROUGH MAY.

UM, AND WE'RE ALSO, WE'RE DOING CONGRESS MUSICIANS, SOME MUSICIANS ON CONGRESS EVERY SATURDAY, AND THEN MUSICIANS ARE ON SECOND STREET EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

UM, THEY ARE AMPLIFIED, UM, BUT WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY COMPLAINTS.

SO, UM, ANOTHER, ANOTHER REASON TO KIND OF PUSH FORWARD, UH, BUSKING AND THE ABILITY TO BUS, UM, WITHOUT ANY REPERCUSSIONS FOR