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I THINK WE'LL GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED.

UM, IT IS JUST A MOMENT.

ALL RIGHT.

SO A QUORUM OF THE CITY COUNCIL, UM, IS OUR CITY COUNCIL, UH, PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE IS PRESENT.

[CALL TO ORDER]

SO WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

UM, SO AT 2:05 PM, UH, WE ARE AT AUSTIN CITY HALL.

UM, CITY COUNCIL MEMBER MAY PRETEND TO TOUCH UP MADISON.

UM, WE ARE IN, WE ARE NOT IN CHAMBERS.

WE ARE VIRTUALLY MEETING AT THREE OH ONE WEST SECOND STREET, AND, UM, WE HAVE A GOOD SIZE AGENDA TODAY, INCLUDING SOME BRIEFINGS THAT I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO.

UM, COLLEAGUES, I'M GOING TO TRY TO GET US OUT OF HERE ON TIME.

I KNOW EVERYBODY'S GOT A BUSY DAY AHEAD OF THEM.

UM, OKAY.

SO I HAVE ADDED GENDA.

[1. Approve minutes of the March 10, 2021 meeting of the Public Safety Committee.]

UM, IT LOOKS LIKE THE FIRST THING WE NEED TO DO IS APPROVE OUR MINUTES FROM THE MARCH 10TH MEETING.

IN WHICH CASE I'M LOOKING FOR A MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES.

IT LOOKS LIKE COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY MOTIONS TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM THE MARCH 10TH MEETING WITH VICE CHAIR, CASA SECONDING.

CAN WE TAKE A VOTE ON APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM MARCH 10TH? IT'S LIKE, WE'RE ALL IN FAVOR.

UM, WITH MAYOR ADLER, UM, NOT PRESENT CURRENTLY, WE DO HOWEVER, HAVE THE BENEFIT OF HAVING COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS FOR THIS THIS AFTERNOON.

[2. Briefing and discussion on the Austin-Area Wildfire Hub. in response to the Wildfire Preparedness Audit Report, October 2019.]

UM, SO IT LOOKS LIKE OUR FIRST ITEM AFTER OUR AGENDA, UM, IS A BRIEFING.

SO BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION ON THE AUSTIN AREA, WILDLIFE HUB, UM, IN RESPONSE TO THE WILDLIFE PREPAREDNESS AUDIT REPORT FROM AUGUST, 2019.

UM, AND SO I'M ASSUMING WE HAVE STAFF ALL LINED UP.

I CAN SEE.

OKAY, SO WHO'S GOING TO BE RUNNING THE SHOW FOR THIS ONE.

GOOD.

I FINE.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MAYOR PRO TEM COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER AND OTHER DISTINGUISHED COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

I'M A ASSISTANT CITY, UH, ASSISTANT CHIEF DELAROSA WITH, UH, THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE WILDFIRE.

AND YOU TAKE A FEW MINUTES OF YOUR TIME TODAY, AND WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE LATEST TOOL CREATED TO HELP SUPPORT THE MISSION OF FIRE RESILIENCE AND, UH, HOW THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ARE HELPING EACH OTHER GAIN THAT RESILIENCE.

WE'RE GOING TO DO A TAKE FIVE TO 10 MINUTES, AND WE'RE GOING TO COVER THE FEW, THE WHY AND THE WHAT OF THE AUSTIN WILDFIRE UP WHEN IT PASSED THE MIC OVER TO DIVISION CHIEF, CARRIE STEWART, WHO WILL TALK TO YOU ABOUT DATA.

HI EVERYONE.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

I AM CURIOUS TO READ THE DIVISION CHIEF FOR THE WILDFIRE DIVISION, AND IT HAS BEEN A DEFINITE LEARNING EXPERIENCE TO LEAD THE WILDFIRE DIVISION FOR THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF.

AND TO UNDERSTAND THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE DIVISION, THE WILD PART OF BEGAN IN 2012 AFTER THE LOCAL WILDFIRES IN 2011, AND WORKS TO IDENTIFY RISK IN OUR AREA AND ALSO TO REDUCE THAT RISK IN COMMUNITY EDUCATION, WHICH IS OUR FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES, MISSION FIELDS MITIGATION, WHICH IS OUR FIRE RESILIENT LANDSCAPES MISSION, AND FEEL EFFECTIVE BLEEDS, MITIGATE WILDFIRES, WHICH IS OUR EFFECTIVE FIREFIGHTING RESPONSE WITH OUR OPERATIONS DIVISION.

THOSE THREE PIECES ARE THE FRAMEWORK FOR THE STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THE DIVISION.

AND THE DIVISION IS MADE UP OF UNIFORMED AND CIVILIAN STAFF TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS WHILE PARTNERING WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE CITY TO MEMBERS THAT ARE FOUNDATIONAL TO THE MISSION OF THE DIVISION ARE JUSTICE JONES AND NATE CASE SPEAR JUSTICE AS OUR WELFARE MITIGATION OFFICER AND HAS BEEN WITH THE DIVISION SINCE ITS INCEPTION AND HAS EXPERIENCE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS A FIELD COORDINATOR AND WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE COORDINATOR COORDINATOR BEFORE JOINING AFD, NATE IS OUR DIVISIONS G I T GIS ANALYST, AND HAS BEEN WITH THE DIVISION FOR FOUR YEARS.

NATE ORIGINALLY JOINED AS A FORESTER.

AND SO HE UNDERSTANDS THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THE GIS WORK HE'S CURRENTLY DOING FOR US AND IS GOING TO HELP DEMONSTRATE TODAY.

SO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW EVERYBODY THE HUB AND HOW IT CAN HELP US POSITIVELY AFFECT SOME POSITIVE CHANGE FOR THE COMMUNITY AS WE ADDRESS THE WELFARE RISKS TO THEM TOGETHER.

THANK YOU, CARRIE.

AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE JUSTICE JONES, WHICH YOU JUST MENTIONED.

HE'S GOING TO TELL US WHY WE HAVE GONE IN AND CREATED THE HUB.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

UM, WE'RE EXCITED AND HONORED TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY AND THANK YOU FOR THAT OVERVIEW FROM CHIEF STEWARD ON OUR STRATEGY.

AS YOU MENTIONED, I'M THE WILDFIRE MITIGATION OFFICER AND I HELP PROVIDE STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP TO THE LA PART DIVISION AND ASSIST CHIEF STEWARD AND IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR STRATEGIC

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PLAN.

UM, THE HUB HAS ORIGINATED, UM, BECAUSE WE NEEDED A WAY TO COMMUNICATE OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS AS A DIVISION OF THE CITY, UM, TO THE PUBLIC, TO OUR LEADERSHIP AND TO OUR PARTNERS.

AND WE WANTED TO, UH, BE TRANSPARENT ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING TO PREPARE AUSTIN FOR ALL FIRE, BUT WE ALSO ARE NOT THE ONLY PLAYERS AT THE TABLE.

AND WE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANT ROLES THAT OUR PARTNERS PLAY IN OUR ARC AWARENESS.

THE HUB IS A RESULT OF THAT NEED AND, UM, A NEED IDENTIFIED IN OUR RECENT WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS AUDIT.

AND SO WE DECIDED ON A PLATFORM THAT WE FELT ADDED THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLABORATION AND COALITION BUILDING.

I MEAN, YOU CAN PUT IT THE INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED IS A CITY LEADERSHIP AT YOUR FINGERTIPS.

WE LOVE TO TELL YOU THE STORY ABOUT, UM, WILDFIRE AND GREAT WORK THAT WE'RE DOING, BUT WE ALSO WANT TO BE ABLE TO SHOW YOU THAT GREAT WORK ANYTIME THAT YOU NEED TO SEE IT OR THAT IN THE HUB IS DESIGNED TO BE ABLE TO DO JUST THAT.

UM, IT PROVIDES SITUATIONAL AWARENESS OF, AS I MENTIONED, OR ONGOING MITIGATION ACTIVITIES, YOU CAN SEE WHERE FUELS MITIGATION IS HAPPENING ACROSS THE CITY.

AND, AND TO SOME EXTENT ACROSS THE COUNTY, BECAUSE MUCH OF OUR WILD LAND, URBAN INTERFACE IS OWNED BY PARTNER AGENCIES.

SO WE HAVE A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY.

UM, IT CAN GIVE YOU A, UH, SITUATIONAL AWARENESS OF WHAT'S HAPPENING FROM A FIRE DANGER AND A FIRE CURRENT STANDPOINT.

UM, OUR WILDFIRE ACTIVITY, IT IS ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE WILDFIRE HUB.

SO THAT'S USEFUL FOR BOTH THE PUBLIC AND OUR FIREFIGHTING AND EARTH RESPONDING COMMUNITY TO HAVE THAT ONE ACCESS POINT SITUATIONAL AWARENESS.

IMAGINE, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RISK MEDIA MUNICIPALITIES IN THE COUNTRY.

UM, THE HIGHEST OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA HAD AN ON THE ANALYSIS THAT YOU USE.

AND THE HUB IS ALSO A GREAT WAY TO COMMUNICATE TO THE PUBLIC.

THE FIRST STEP IN TAKING ACTION OR PREPARING FOR WILDFIRE IS UNDERSTANDING WHAT THAT RISK IS, AND THIS MAKES THAT VERY ACCESSIBLE, UH, MEAN AND INDIVIDUALIZED.

SO YOU CAN ENTER YOUR ADDRESS AND FIND OUT WHAT YOUR RISK IS.

AND THEN THAT IS COUPLED WITH SOLUTIONS THAT YOU CAN USE TO PREPARE YOURSELF, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND THE CITY AND COUNTY.

ALSO, IT CREATES VERY CONTINUITY AND COLLABORATION ACROSS MANY OF OUR PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS.

UM, IT ALSO HOSTS, UH, UH, CURRENT ACTIVITIES AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES CALENDAR.

SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT SCHEDULED OUT INTO THE FUTURE RELATED TO WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS.

AND WE'RE GOING TO OPEN THAT UP FOR OUR PARTNERS AND OTHERS TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS AND COMMUNICATE THEIR STORY.

I'LL HAND IT BACK TO YOU AND, UM, BE PREPARED FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH JUSTICE.

UH, SO THAT'S THE WHO WE ARE AND WHY WE STARTED THIS.

AND HE KIND OF TAUGHT THE TOUCHING ON SOME OF IT I'M GOING TO GO IN AND I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU THE, WHAT IT IS AN OUTWARDLY FACING BLOG LIKE THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT.

IT'S A WEBSITE THAT SHOWS YOU EVERYTHING AS OUR RISK HAS BECOME MORE EDUCATED TO OUR COMMUNITY.

WE WANTED TO GIVE THEM THE TOOLS TO KNOW.

SO WE STARTED OFF AS ALWAYS WITH SITUATIONAL AWARENESS, AND THIS IS THE HOME SPLASH PAGE.

YOU GO DOWN, YOU CAN SEE THE ENTIRE STATE WITH THE CURRENT, UH, CURRENT OBSERVED, AS WELL AS THE FORECAST.

IT'S GOING TO GO.

IT ALSO LINKS IN AND TELLS YOU THE CURRENT STATUS OF ALL THE COUNTIES BURNED DOWN WHAT OUR FIRE DANGER RATINGS ARE AS THEY GO.

THIS WILDFIRE, SITUATIONAL AWARENESS IS ACTUALLY LINKEDIN, NOT ONLY WITH WHAT WE HAVE REPORTED, BUT ALSO WITH SATELLITE MAPPING.

SO YOU CAN SEE THESE LITTLE RED SPOTS HERE AND ACTUALLY ZOOM IN OUR HEAT MAPS THAT WERE FOUND THROUGHOUT, UH, THROUGH A SATELLITE PAGE.

IT LINKS INTO OUR ACTIVE INCIDENT PAGE, AND YOU CAN SEE EVERYTHING BEYOND WILDFIRE AND JUST WHAT'S GOING ON.

SOMETIMES THINGS START OFF AS A CAR FIRE THAT LEADS INTO THAT.

SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THAT IN THERE AS WELL.

LOTS OF IN HERE, I'M GIVING YOU THE VERY TOPICAL 10,000 SQUARE FOOT OR 10,000 FOOT VIEW.

IT'S GOT LINKS TO ALL THE HISTORICAL DATA THAT SHOWS THAT WE ARE THE FIFTH HIGHEST WILDFIRE RISK INTONATION.

AND IT'S GOT, UH, MANY OF THE APPLICATIONS AND LINKS TO OUR PARTNERS OF OTHER CITY AGENCIES, BESIDES BESIDES THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT THAT ARE HELPING WITH THE FIGHT ENGAGED WILDFIRE PANTING INCREASE THE PREPAREDNESS.

YOU HAVE THE UPCOMING, UH, EVENTS, CALENDAR THAT JUSTICE MENTIONED, AND YOU'LL SEE, FRONT AND CENTER IS THE WELFARE SYMPOSIUM THAT WE HOPE SOME OF YOU ALL WILL BE JOINING US ON WEDNESDAY, SHAMELESS PLUG, GOING BACK UP TO THE TOP.

YOU'LL SEE, WHAT'S MY WILDFIRE RISK.

THIS IS A VERY EASY TOOL THAT WE LIKE TO SHOW BECAUSE IT ALLOWS OFTEN THE QUESTION WE HAVE IS, WELL, HOW ARE WE IN THE CITY? THIS ALLOWS YOU TO BRING IT UP AND YOU CAN EITHER USE THE MAP FUNCTION TO GO IN AND GET DOWN TO THE GRANULAR VIEW OF WHAT YOUR RISK IS FOR.

YOU CAN ACTUALLY PUT IN YOUR ADDRESS IN THE ADDRESS BAR, AND IT'LL SHOW YOU WHETHER YOU'RE A HIGH, MEDIUM, OR LOW RISK.

AND WHAT IS YOUR IN THAT AREAS AROUND YOU

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THAT YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH? THE RESILIENT LANDSCAPE IS WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT.

THIS IS, UH, JUSTICE MENTIONED, THIS IS OUR FUEL MITIGATION PROJECT BY OUR PARTNERS AND THIS, AND THROUGHOUT THE CITY TALKS ABOUT BROADCAST PRESCRIBED FIRE.

WHAT IT IS THE SHADED FUEL BREAKS THAT MANY OF YOU ALL HAVE IN YOUR DISTRICTS OR IN YOUR NAME AND WHAT IT IS BEFORE.

AFTER LITTLE QUICK, LITTLE, A FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION SECTION, AS WELL AS THE HOMES BY RISK AND THE VALUES THAT WE'VE, WE'VE, UH, PROTECTED IN THE PAST.

WELL, THIS IS, UH, IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO, YOU CAN GET PRETTY GRANULAR ON HERE.

THIS WILL ALSO SHOW YOU THE SCHEDULED PROJECTS, THE IN PROGRESS PROJECTS OR THE ONES THAT HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN COMPLETED, AND YOU CAN CLICK ON EACH ONE OF THESE AND COME UP WITH A LITTLE FLY OUT THAT TELLS YOU MORE ABOUT EACH ONE.

IT'S A GREAT TOOL THAT SHOWS YOU WHO IS DOING WHAT AND WHERE THE THERE'S MORE DIVE IN HERE THAT WILL LET YOU GO ALL THESE LINKS AND IS ALL LIVE RIGHT NOW.

SO EACH OF YOU ALL CAN DO A BETA OR GO AND EXPLORE IT AS YOU WILL.

THE FIREWISE COMMUNITY SECTION IS THE LEADING THE STATE.

RIGHT NOW, WE ARE SYDNEY, BOSTON WITH RECOGNIZED FIREWISE COMMUNITIES.

IT'S THE BIGGEST BANG FOR OUR BUCK IS SHOWING HOW OUR RESIDENTS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING OUT THERE OR COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAN HARDEN THEIR OWN HOMES.

THERE THAT'S THE VERY FIRST STEP IN MAKING OUR CITY THE BEST PREPARED FOR THE EVENT OF A WILDFIRE.

WE ALL HAVE OUR PART TO DO THE CITIZENS AS WELL AS THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND OUR DIFFERENT CITY AGENCIES.

SO AT THE VERY LAST, UM, YOU'LL SEE MORE ABOUT THAT AND IT SHOWS YOU HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE COMMUNITIES IN CASE YOU'RE NOT ALREADY A FIREWISE, A COMMUNITY, IT SHOWS YOU HOW TO GET THERE.

AND IT'S GOT A CONTACT US, AND I'M AN ABOUT US THAT GOES MORE INTO THIS.

IT IS A GREAT TOOL THAT IS VERY MUCH, UH, AVAILABLE AND IS WHAT WE MOST PROUD OF IS IT'S A LIVING DOCUMENT THAT ALLOWS US TO CUSTOMIZE IT AS THE NEEDS CHANGE, OR, UH, NOT ONLY CITY LEADERSHIP, BUT OF OUR COMMUNITY AS WELL.

SO WE CAN GIVE THEM THE TOOLS THEY NEED AT THEIR FINGERTIPS.

WE HAVE THE WHOLE TEAM HERE OR ANY THAT.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

AWESOME.

I'VE LOST MY ACTUAL SCREEN, UH, FOR ANY QUESTIONS THAT Y'ALL MAY HAVE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT THERE WERE A COUPLE OF FOLKS WHO ARE NOT HERE.

OH, NEVERMIND.

I SEE COUNCIL MEMBER ALTERNATES JOINED US AND, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOBER.

I KNOW THEY WERE WANTING TO BE PRESENT FOR THIS, IN WHICH CASE I MOVE OVER TO MY COLLEAGUES QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.

COUNCIL MEMBER, KEVIN, THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU ALL PUT INTO GETTING THAT HUB PUT TOGETHER.

I KNOW THAT SITUATIONAL AWARENESS IS VERY IMPORTANT IN THE COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS EDUCATION.

I KNOW THAT DISTRICT SIX AND DISTRICT 10 HAVE THE HIGHEST RISK OF WILDFIRES.

I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS.

MY FIRST IS I NOTICED THERE WASN'T A SPANISH LANGUAGE OPTION ON THE WEBSITE.

AND SO I WAS WONDERING IF YOU WERE LOOKING INTO MAYBE ADDING THAT.

AND THEN MY SECOND QUESTION IS MORE ABOUT HOW YOU'RE EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY ON HOW TO BECOME FIREWISE.

I KNOW THAT RIVER PLACE IN PARTICULAR IS A FIREWISE CERTIFIED COMMUNITY, BUT I'D LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT OTHER EFFORTS GOING ON.

SO IF YOU COULD ANSWER THOSE TWO, THAT'D BE GREAT.

WONDERFUL.

YEAH.

UH, FOR THE QUESTION ABOUT UPCOMING FEATURES AND ENHANCEMENTS AND BILINGUAL STATUS OF THAT, I WILL DEFER OVER TO NATE CASE BEAR WHO IS ACTUALLY THE ARCHITECT AND GENIUS BEHIND IT.

NATE, THANK YOU, CHIEF TAYLOR RAISA.

I'M NATE CASE.

I'M A MEMBER OF STAFF WITH THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT.

NOW QUICKLY.

I MENTIONED THAT, UM, PERHAPS I COULD SHARE MY SCREEN.

WELL, MAYBE NOT, BUT IF YOU GO TO THE WILDFIRE HUB, YOU'LL SEE A LITTLE LINK ON THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN.

IT'S A TRANSLATE BUTTON AND IT'LL TRANSLATE THE ENTIRE HUB TO ANY LANGUAGE NOW, UH, LETTING PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THAT FUNCTIONALITY IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE WORKING ON TO MAKE THOSE FEATURES, UH, CAPABLE.

AND I'LL LET JUSTICE JONES OUR FIRE MITIGATION OFFICER TALK ABOUT OUR FIREWISE PROGRAM TO, UM, ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO ADOPT THE FIREWISE PROGRAM THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THAT, GREG AND I, WE'RE VERY PROUD TO BE, UM, ONE OF THE COMMUNITIES WITH THE MOST ACTIVE FIREWISE PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY AND CERTAINLY IN THE STATE.

AND WE LEAVE THE STATE WITH A NUMBER OF NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FIREWISE COMMUNITIES.

UH, ONE OF THE MECHANISMS WILL BE YOU TO FACILITATE THE EXPANSION OF THAT PROGRAM IS WE'VE FORMED AN ALLIANCE.

SO ALL OF OUR 20 FIREWISE COMMUNITIES IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN,

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UM, AND THEY EACH HAVE AMBASSADORS THAT HELP SHARE INFORMATION AND CREATE A MULTIPLIER EFFECT BETWEEN THE EXISTING COMMUNITIES.

AND WE INVITE ALL OF OUR NEW AND PROSPECTIVE FIREWISE COMMUNITY THINKS THAT ALLIANCE.

UM, SO THEY'RE NOT REINVENTING THE WHEEL.

THEY CAN LEARN FROM OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCE AND, UM, ENSURING THEIR COMMUNITIES THAT ARE FIRE ADAPTED, BUT WE DON'T STOP THERE.

UM, MECHANISMS LIKE OUR ANNUAL WILDFIRE SYMPOSIUM ARE A GREAT WAY FOR US TO RENEW, UH, RECRUIT AND MENTOR NEW ENGLAND, PROSPECTIVE FIREWISE COMMUNITIES.

UH, WE WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS AT TEXAS A AND M FOREST SERVICE AND TRAVIS COUNTY TO INCLUDE OTHER COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTY AND OUR FIREWISE ALLIANCE.

AND SO WE'RE ACTUALLY HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS AND ADJOINING COMMUNITIES MITIGATE WILDFIRE RISK AS WELL.

UM, AND WE, UH, TRAIN THOSE COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES OF OUR FIREWISE ALLIANCE TO BE ABLE TO CONDUCT HOME RISK ASSESSMENTS FOR NEIGHBORS AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT CREATES A MULTIPLIER AND A LEVERAGING EFFECT.

IT'S ONE OF THE ONLY FIREWISE ALLIANCES IN THE NATION, AND IT'S BEEN A REALLY EFFECTIVE GRASSROOTS APPROACH, BUT ALSO, UM, RELIED HEAVILY ON THE FEEDBACK OF COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP.

AND, UM, MANY OF OUR REQUESTS ARE AT THE BEHEST OF COMMUNITY LEADERS LIKE YOURSELF, IDENTIFYING A NEED AND A COMMUNITY THAT'S WILLING AND WANTING TO TAKE ACTION TO REDUCE WILDFIRE RISK.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, NATE.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER COLLEAGUES.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR.

THANK YOU, MAYOR PRO TEM.

UM, THIS IS A REALLY, UH, EXCITING HUB.

THERE'S LOTS OF GOOD INFORMATION TO BE DIGESTED ON IT.

UM, CAN YOU TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, YOUR GROUP'S INVOLVEMENT WITH SOME OF THE, UM, RUSH DEBRIS PICKUP FROM THE STORM? UM, I KNOW WE'D BEEN TALKING TO RESOURCE RECOVERY JUST BECAUSE THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT STILL HAVE PILES OF DEAD BRUSH.

THEY'RE TRYING TO GET MOVED.

ARE YOU COLLABORATING WITH THEM OR CAN YOU PROVIDE ANY INSIGHT, UM, FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY BE WORRIED ABOUT THIS, ESPECIALLY AS TEMPERATURES ARE ALREADY HITTING 90 DEGREES.

UM, CAN YOU TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT? YES, MA'AM, UH, WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH ALL OUR CITY PARTNERS, UH, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.

WELL, WE WERE A LITTLE BUSY DURING THE EVENT ITSELF, BUT WE WERE RIGHT AFTER IN THAT REMEDIATION AND RECUPERATION AFTERWARDS, WE'VE BEEN MEETING WITH THEM IN A DIFFERENT ADVISING CAP, ASSAY INFORMATION CAPACITY.

SO, UH, LAST MONDAY WE HAD AN ADDITIONAL MEETING THAT WAS WITH AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY, AUSTIN WATER HARD, AS WELL AS AUSTIN ENERGY.

AND WE'RE ALL WORKING IN A COLLABORATIVE WAY.

THE WAY THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT IS MOST EFFICIENT AND BEST ABLE TO HELP IS WE'RE WORKING WITH OUR, WHEN THEY IDENTIFY AN AREA THAT HAS A BIG, UH, UH, AREA OF CONCERN, YOU DO PERHAPS A LOT LARGE AMOUNT OF DEAD AND DOWN.

WE'LL GO OUT THERE AND THEY'LL SHARE THE ADDRESSES WITH US AND WE'LL GO OUT AND EVALUATE THAT TO SEE THE CRITICALITY OF THAT CONCERN.

ADDITIONALLY, WE ARE ALSO KEEPING UP WITH THE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS FOR ALL OUR PARTNERS, AS WELL AS OUR CITIZENS RESIDENTS, WITH WHAT WE CALL THE DEAD FUEL MOISTURE.

WE HAVE THE LIVE FUEL MOISTURE FOR THINGS THAT ARE STILL GROWING IN THERE.

WHAT WE DID SEE DURING THE WINTER STORM, LOTS OF OUR FUEL FELL DOWN ON THE GROUND AND BECAME DISCONNECTED.

WE HAVE A WAY OF TAKING OUR RA'S, IT'S A WEATHER STATION AND, UH, CALCULATING, UTILIZING THE TOOLS WE HAVE IN THAT SYSTEM TO HA SEE HOW PROBABILITY, HOW HIGH THE PROBABILITY OF THE CONDITION OF THOSE DIFFERENT FUELS ARE, ARE THE BIGGER BRANCHES, OF COURSE.

SO IT'S MUCH LIKE FIREWOOD WHEN YOU CUT IT DOWN.

UH, IT TAKES A WHILE TO CURE.

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE OUT ON THAT, SHARING THAT CONCERN WITH OUR PARTNERS SO THAT WE CAN, SINCE EVERYONE HAS A LIMITED AMOUNT OF RESOURCES, WE'RE HELPING PRIORITIZE ON THOSE AREAS AND KEEP A SITUATIONAL AWARENESS FOR OUR RESPONDING, UH, OUR STATIONS IN THAT AREA AND THE COMMUNITIES IN CASE IT STARTS TO BECOME RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE STILL VERY MOIST AND WE'RE, UH, WE'VE GOT SOME TIME TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM BECAUSE BEFORE IT BECOMES CRITICALITY.

SO WE'RE WORKING WITH THEM IN THE IDENTIFIED RISKS TO KEEP EVERYONE AWARE AS WELL AS WHERE WE CAN, WE, WE GO IN AND HELP OUR DIFFERENT LANDOWNER PACK.

THAT'S REALLY HELPFUL.

THANK YOU.

OF COURSE, MAN, COUNCILMEMBER ALTAR.

I THINK HE MAY HAVE HOTEL.

UM, BEFORE I ASK MY QUESTION, I JUST WANTED TO FLAG, UM, FOR COUNCIL MEMBER ELLISON FOR ANYONE ELSE.

UM, WE'VE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD ON THIS ISSUE TRYING TO ADDRESS THE DOWN DEBRIS FROM THE STORM.

UM, WE WORKED WITH ARR TO CONVENE THAT MEETING ON MONDAY.

UM, AND IF YOUR STAFF WANTS TO CONNECT UP WITH MY STAFF, WE WELCOME, UM, YOUR ENGAGEMENT AND INVOLVEMENT, UM, IN THAT

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PROCESS, UM, WE'VE ALSO BEEN WORKING WITH AUSTIN ENERGY, UM, AS WELL.

UM, THERE WERE A LOT OF, UH, DOWN LIMBS AND STUFF FROM THE WORK THAT HAPPENED DURING THE STORM THAT DID NOT GET PICKED UP AND WE'VE WORKED OUT A MECHANISM FOR GETTING THAT DEBRIS PICKED UP, UM, AND SOME PROTOCOLS FOR HOW TO GET THAT, UM, INFORMATION OUT TO FOLKS APPROPRIATELY, UM, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

AND, UM, JUST BROADLY, I WAS REALLY PLEASED TO SEE THE TEAMS WORKING TOGETHER AND FOCUSING ON IT.

UM, AS THE CHIEF MENTIONED, UM, THE ASSUMPTION AT THE MOMENT IS THAT WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO GET THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL, BUT I WILL SAY THAT AS YOU HAVE, LIKE THERE WERE IN YOUR DISTRICT, IT'LL BE SIMILAR TO MINE.

THERE IS STILL A LOT OF DEBRIS IN OUR GREENBELTS AND OUR PARKS AND ELSEWHERE, MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS WE FEARED, BUT STILL QUITE A BIT THAT, UM, HAS THE POTENTIAL TO TURN INTO A POWDER KEG IF WE DO NOT ADDRESS THE SITUATION.

UM, AND SO WE'RE TRYING ON MANY FRONTS, UM, TO DO THAT.

AND I WOULD INVITE YOU TO CONNECT UP WITH MY OFFICE IF YOU WANNA HELP US FINANCE THOSE EFFORTS.

UM, AND THEN IN TERMS OF MY QUESTION ON THE HUB, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK A REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF PREVENTING WILDFIRE IS AWARENESS AND PREPAREDNESS.

AND SO I APPRECIATE, UM, THIS WORK, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD GO INTO MORE DETAIL ON HOW YOUR, UH, FUELS MITIGATION EFFORTS ARE, UM, YOU KNOW, REFLECTED ON THE WEBSITE AND, YOU KNOW, JUST ANY MORE UPDATES THAT YOU CAN PROVIDE ABOUT THOSE EFFORTS MORE GENERALLY.

YEAH, WE CAN DO A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE, UH, MITIGATION AND FIRE RESILIENT LANDSCAPE SECTION.

NATE, IF YOU WANT TO KIND OF TALK ABOUT IT, I'LL DRIVE THE HUB, LET ME TRAIN, UH, I'LL START SHARING MY SCREEN AND TRANSLATE IT BACK TO ENGLISH.

I HOPE EVERYONE.

I TRIED DOING THAT WELL, WE HAD THEM TALKING, BUT THERE'LL BE ANOTHER WAY TO SHARE THAT TRANSLATION.

THANK YOU, CHIEF.

SO A BIG PART OF THE, UH, THE CATALYST FOR US CREATING THE HUB IS FOR US TO BE ABLE TO CREATE A MECHANISM FOR OUR PARTNERS TO BE ABLE TO SELF REPORT ON THEIR EFFORTS.

AS YOU KNOW, AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT DOESN'T ACTIVELY MANAGE ANY LAND, BUT WE HELP OUR PARTNERS WITHIN THE CITY TO MANAGE PUBLICLY ON PROPERTY.

AND SO WITHIN THE RESILIENT LANDSCAPES TAB OF THE HUB, WE'VE CREATED A ROBUST DATABASE THAT OUR PARTNERS WHO DO MANAGE, UM, AUSTIN PUBLIC LANDS CAN SELF-REPORT ON THEIR MITIGATION ACTIVITIES.

SO IT'S NOT ONLY THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT WHO MANAGES THE DATA THAT GOES INTO THIS HUB.

IT'S OUR PARTNERS AS WELL.

AND SO ON THE MAP THAT YOU PAY, THE RAISIN IS SHOWN.

YOU CAN SEE, UM, MITIGATION PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

NOT ONLY ARE IMPLEMENTED BY THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT BY BOSTON WATER, UTILITY PARKS AND REC PUBLIC WORKS, AUSTIN ENERGY AND OTHER PARTNERS HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN FIRE.

AND SO I'VE EMPOWERED THEM WITH THEIR GIS ANALYST GROUPS WITH, UH, THE, UH, OPPORTUNITY TO, UH, INPUT DATA INTO THIS SYSTEM.

WE HAVE A ROBUST MECHANISM FOR IDENTIFYING AREAS THAT NEED TREATMENT.

AND OVER THE PAST YEAR, OUR FUELS CREW HAS GONE OUT AND ACTUALLY WITH BOOTS ON THE GROUND, ASSESSED MANY OF THESE AREAS, UH, OVER 843 AREAS FOR ITS, UM, ITS DEPTH OF FUEL AND ITS UH, ABILITY TO BE TREATED.

AND SO OUT OF THE 843 THAT WE'VE ASSESSED IN THE PAST YEAR, WE'VE FOUND 525 SITES THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM A FUELS REDUCTION TREATMENT.

SO THAT WORK IS ONGOING.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE GRAPH, YOU'LL SEE THAT THERE ARE POTENTIAL TREATMENT ZONES WITHIN EACH OF THE 10 COUNCIL DISTRICTS.

AND I SHOULD ALSO MENTION THAT WE MANAGE A CITY OF AUSTIN LAND OUTSIDE OF COUNCIL DISTRICTS THAT WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR.

SO WE FINALLY HAVE THIS MECHANISM TO REPORT OUT REPORT OUT ON OUR PROGRESS AND TO MAINTAIN A LIVING DOCUMENT OF THE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE IN REAL TIME.

THANK YOU.

AND, UM, CAN YOU ALSO SHOW THE PART WHERE IT RANKS THE COUNCIL DISTRICTS BY BRISK AND, UM, I DON'T KNOW IF THE SAME PAGE TALKS ABOUT THE PROPERTY THAT'S AT RISK PEOPLE.

UM, RIGHT.

HERE'S THE TREATABLE ACRES BY COMP BY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

AND THEN UP HERE IS THE ACRES TREATED BY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

UM, SO YOU'LL SEE THAT THESE ARE THE DIFFERENT AREAS THAT ARE THE POTENTIAL TREATMENT ZONES.

AND SO YOUR TOTAL IN THE BOTTOM AND WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR, AND THEN THOSE ARE THE ACTIVE, THE GRAPHICAL INTERFACE OF THERE.

IS THAT, UH, IS THERE ANOTHER ASPECT

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THAT YOU, UH, WHEN IT CLARIFYING THEM? UM, I THINK IT WAS JUST, UH, THE, UH, STATEMENT WAS MADE EARLIER ABOUT THE COUNCIL DISTRICTS WITH ICE RISK AND I THOUGHT IT WAS DISTRICT EIGHT AND THEN 10 AND SIX AND I JUST PLAY SO THAT THERE'S THE TREATABLE ACRES HERE, UH, BY, UH, THE POTENTIAL TREATMENT ZONES.

AND THEN IT'S EIGHT TO 10, ONE, FIVE AND SIX.

AND IT GOES DOWN HERE AGAIN, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE MAPS THAT YOU USED TO HAVE ABOUT WHERE THE RISKS WERE AS OPPOSED TO THE TREATABLE LAND, BECAUSE WE MAY NOT HAVE A LOT OF TREATABLE LAND, BUT WE MAY BE AT HIGH RISK FOR WILDFIRE.

AND SO, UH, CHIEF TAYLOR, IF YOU EVER GO TO THE ABOUT US SECTION, THERE ARE RESOURCES AT THE BOTTOM.

UM, AND 2019, WE'D CREATED A VERY ROBUST, UH, WILDFIRE RISK REPORTS BY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

AND THOSE ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN THIS HUB FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE THIS THERE ON THE RIGHT, UM, TUESDAY, THE RESIDENT, OH, BY DISTRICT.

OKAY.

AND, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER IS RIGHT.

UH, DISTRICT EIGHT IS RANKED HIGHEST AMONG THE 10 DISTRICTS FOR WILDFIRE RISK FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY DISTRICT SIX AND DISTRICT 10 AND DISTRICT ONE AND TWO ARE CLOSELY BEHIND THEM.

SO WE'VE QUANTIFIED WILDFIRE RISK BY WHAT WE CALL COMMUNITY RESPONSE AREA.

AND THIS HELPS US PRIORITIZE, UM, OUR TREATMENT WORK AND IN OUR COMMUNITY WORK THROUGHOUT THE CITY AND HELPS US BETTER STRATEGICALLY PLAN AND PREPARE FOR WILDFIRE.

BUT THERE IS SIGNIFICANT POCKETS OF RISKS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE CITY, WHICH ARE WILDFIRE RISK MAP OR HIGH RESOLUTION WELFARE RISK MAP CAN SHOW, UM, MAYOR PRO TEM, MAYBE, UM, IN A FUTURE PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING AT AN APPROPRIATE TIME WHEN WE HAVE TIME ON THE AGENDA THAT, UM, THEY CAN DIVE INTO SOME OF THESE RISKS BY DISTRICT.

I HAD ASKED ON MULTIPLE TIMES TO GET THIS PRESENTED TO COUNCIL AND WE NEVER REALLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY AND THERE'S A HUGE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION THERE.

UM, IT WAS DISTRIBUTED, I THINK ONLY AS KIND OF BACKUP.

AND IT WAS, UM, BROUGHT UP WHEN WE MADE SOME INCREASES TO THEIR, TO THEIR BUDGET.

UM, BUT ONE OF THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE IS THAT WE HAVE NOT COMMUNICATED THE THREAT AS WELL AS WE MIGHT.

UM, AND PART OF THAT IS COMMUNICATING THAT THREAT, UM, TO COUNSEL AND UNDERSTANDING THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE RISK AREAS ALL AROUND THE CITY.

THERE'S KIND OF LIKE A RING AND THEN IT'S ALSO CONCENTRATED IN ONE, TWO, EIGHT, SIX, AND 10.

UM, BUT IF ANY OF THOSE DISTRICTS WERE TO CATCH ON FIRE, IT CAN EASILY SPREAD AND ALL SORTS OF DIRECTIONS.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY, UM, ASKING IS, YOU KNOW, ARE WE PREPARED? HAVE WE DONE ENOUGH TO MITIGATE THE RISKS? UM, GIVEN WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE RISKS THAT ARE OUT THERE AND WHAT IS AT STAKE, BOTH IN TERMS OF PROPERTY AND PEOPLE, UM, AND HOW THIS COULD IMPACT, UM, OUR CITY.

SO I APPRECIATE THIS STEP OF THE TRANSPARENCY.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT.

I WOULD INVITE MY COLLEAGUES TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION OUT, UM, WITH YOUR CONSTITUENTS.

I HAVE SEVERAL MEMBERS OF MY DISTRICT WHO WERE VERY ACTIVE IN FIREWISE AND ARE LEADING SOME OF THAT ALLIANCE WORK.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN WORKING TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS.

UM, IT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT TOOL.

IT'S AN ALL HANDS ON DECK SITUATION WITH RESPECT TO WILDFIRE.

AND, UM, I THINK THE TOOLS THAT ARE PROVIDED FOR FIREWISE ARE, UM, ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.

UM, WE HAD AN AUDIT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO OF WILDFIRE ISSUES, UM, THROUGH THE AUDITOR'S OFFICE.

UM, AND IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS, WE'LL BE ASKING THEM TO REPORT ON, UM, IN AUDIT AND FINANCE.

WE'LL BE ASKING THEM TO REPORT ON THE PROGRESS I'VE MADE IN FULFILLING THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE IN THAT AUDIT.

UM, BUT I THINK IT'S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT THAT, YOU KNOW, AS WE, WE ENTER INTO OUR DISCUSSIONS ABOUT STORM YURI AND ITS AFTERMATH, THAT STORM YURI WAS A LOW PROBABILITY HIGH IMPACT EVENTS AND WHY A FIRE IS A HIGH PROBABILITY HIGH IMPACT EVENT.

AND SO WE NEED TO BE MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN, UM, TO PREPARE AND YOU KNOW, OTHER WHO ARE INTERESTED IN, UM, PUSHING ON THIS ALONG WITH ME, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU AND ENGAGE.

UM, WE'VE MADE SOME GOOD PROGRESS, BUT THERE'S A LOT MORE TO BE DONE.

SO THANK YOU.

MY APOLOGIES.

SORRY FOR THAT.

I ABSOLUTELY AGREE.

IN FACT, RIGHT BEFORE

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YOU SAID THAT IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT, UM, I SHOULD PROBABLY LET A COUNCIL MEMBER FLOOD THIS AND HER STAFF KNOW TO, TO WATCH THE PRESENTATION WE JUST GOT, BUT IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE FOR ME TO HAVE, UM, TO HAVE A FOLLOW-UP THAT'S A DEEPER DIVE.

UM, SO WE'LL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR OFFICE AS WE'RE PLANNING THE NEXT AGENDA.

UM, AND I WILL ADD THAT THE LIST OF CONSIDERATIONS FOR FUTURE ITEMS. I BELIEVE I SAW YOUR HAND.

NOPE.

ANY OTHER COUNCIL MEMBER CASA? I KNOW WE'RE TIGHT ON TIME, BUT I DO WANT A SECOND.

WHAT COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER HAS SAID, AND THE MORE THAT THE STAFF OR THE MANAGER CAN PRESENT ALSO WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE FOR OUR CITY TO EXPERIENCE WHAT IS, AGAIN, NOT HIGH PROBABILITY HIGH IMPACT EVENTS, JUST BECAUSE, UM, IT'S BETTER FOR US TO HAVE THAT INFORMATION UPFRONT AND FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO START HEARING MORE ABOUT IT THAN FOR US TO BE FIGURING IT OUT, UH, IN THE, IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT KIND OF A DISASTER.

SO, UM, SO I SECOND THAT IT WOULD BE JUST USEFUL IN A MORE PUBLIC SETTING FOR, FOR Y'ALL TO WALK PEOPLE THROUGH, UM, WHAT, WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE IN THAT, IN THAT MOMENT.

AND AGAIN, OF COURSE, ALL THE PREVENTATIVE WORK IS REALLY CRITICAL, BUT FOR PEOPLE TO, TO, TO BETTER HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT THAT WOULD BE LIKE AND WHAT OUR PLANS WOULD BE.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER.

CAUSE JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, YOU SIT IN A MORE PUBLIC SETTING.

ARE YOU SUGGESTING THIS COMMITTEE OR THE COUNCIL I'LL, I'LL LEAVE IT TO, TO Y'ALL TO, TO THINK THROUGH THE BEST SETTING FOR THAT CONVERSATION.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS.

I JUST WANT TO SAY IF THE WILL IS TO DO IT IN A FULL COUNCIL.

I CERTAINLY THINK THAT THE ISSUE MERITS THAT IT'S JUST BEEN REALLY HARD TO GET IT ONTO, UM, THE AGENDA, BUT IF MY COLLEAGUES ALSO SEE THE VALUE IN THAT, I JUST THINK WE REALLY DO HAVE TO CONTINUE TO RAISE AWARENESS AND HELP PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR THEM SO THAT THEY CAN BEST PREPARE AND PROTECT THEIR OWN FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES, UH, COUNCIL NUMBER ELLIS, AND THEN MAYBE ROSLYN.

THANK YOU.

MA'AM HELLO, TIM.

UM, VERY QUICKLY.

I WOULD ALSO BE INTERESTED TO KNOW ABOUT PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

I KNOW WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT DISTRICTS AND DIFFERENT NEEDS, AND I THINK, UM, IF YOU COULD REACH OUT TO MY OFFICE, IF THE OTHER OFFICES WOULD BE INTERESTED, I KNOW I HAVE CONSTITUENTS THAT WOULD REALLY LOVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND THAT COULD BE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY WHERE WE GET THE MESSAGE OUT FARTHER AND, UM, TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION, BECAUSE WE KNOW, UM, YOU CAN'T HEAR EVERY BIT OF UNDERBRUSH YOURSELVES, BUT WE DO HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE VERY INVESTED AND, UM, VERY EAGER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IT.

OKAY.

OUR FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTS LINK UP.

MAY I ADD THE CHAIR AND CATCH MEMBER ALTER OUR WORK WITH YOU TO GET THIS IN FRONT OF THE FULL COUNCIL COUNCIL FREQUENTLY? DID I SEE YOUR HAND? I JUST SAID ME TOO.

THANK YOU.

I'D BE HAPPY TO HELP WITH THAT.

AWESOME.

THANK YOU.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS I'M HEARING? NONE.

I HAVE JUST A COUPLE OF BRIEF QUESTIONS.

UM, I WONDER WHAT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ARE.

IS THAT A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO DO A MORE SORT OF COMMUNITY Y EDUCATION EFFORT OR IS THAT, UH, UH, CAN YOU TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT SYMPOSIUM AND, AND WHAT THE GOAL IS? YES, MA'AM THE SYMPOSIUM SYMPOSIUMS AN ANNUAL EVENT THAT'S OPEN TO ANYONE AND ALL, WE HAVE A LARGE, UH, MAILING LIST THAT GOES OUT MANY OUT TO MANY OF Y'ALL'S OFFICES AS WELL.

AND THAT'S IN HOUSING IS EXTENDED BY A MULTITUDE OF THE RECIPIENTS.

THERE IS AN ONLINE ONE AND I WILL PASS IT TO JUSTIN'S IS KIND OF RUNNING THAT THE SYMPOSIUM SIDE, AND HE'LL BE ABLE TO SHARE MORE OF THE DETAILS OF WHO'S CURRENTLY ATTENDED AND HOW WE, WE SPREAD THEM, SPREAD THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE COUNTRY.

UM, AND THIS IS THE NINTH GEAR FOR US.

UM, PUTTING ON A WILDFIRE SYMPOSIUM, WE'VE COMMITTED TO BE NIMBLE WHEN WE'VE PLANNED THESE EVENTS, UM, TO ADDRESS CURRENT ISSUES THAT ARE ARISING IN OUR COMMUNITY OR ISSUES WE WANT TO MAKE ARE AWARE OF THIS YEAR.

WE'RE GOING TO FEATURE A NATIONAL LEVEL SPEAKERS TO TALK ABOUT OUR NATIONAL COHESIVE STRATEGY AT THE STATE LEVEL OF PARTNERS, TO TALK ABOUT HOW THE STATE IS ASSISTING IN WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES TO BECOME FIRED AFTER OUR MUNICIPAL LEVEL, THAT THE COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR AND MYSELF, AS WELL AS FROM GRASSROOTS OVERVIEW, FROM A COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE.

SO WE'RE TRYING

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TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE CONTINUITY OF OUR EFFORTS FROM THE NATIONAL LEVEL DOWN TO THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY.

UM, AND AS A FOLLOWUP IN THIS NEW VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT WHERE WE'RE PLANNING A SERIES OF LUNCHTIME LECTURES AS AN EXTENSION OF THE SYMPOSIUM, WE CAN HOST KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, RELEVANT TOPICS.

THAT'S A LOT MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN OUR ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM, WHICH WE PLAN LONG IN ADVANCE.

NOW TO GIVE US THE FLEXIBILITY TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES AS THEY ARISE LIKE STORM, YOU ALREADY THAT'S CHANGED THINGS AND WE'RE GOING TO PIVOT BECAUSE OF THAT.

SO IT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO HAVE THAT ONGOING DIALOGUE WITH, IN ADDITION TO MANY OTHER MECHANISMS WE USE, THAT'S JUST ONE OF THEM.

HMM.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND, YOU KNOW, I SORT OF WONDER IF THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE TO ALIGN WITH OUR, YOU KNOW, WE ALL HOST A SERIES OF MEETINGS FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS.

SO I WONDER IF THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THAT EFFORT ALIGNED WITH SOME OF OUR TOWN HALLS, UM, THAT'S MEMBER ALTAR.

THANK YOU.

SO I TOTALLY ENCOURAGE, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS AND MAYOR PRO TEM ON THOSE IDEAS AND BRINGING IT OUT TO THE COMMUNITY AND TRYING TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO THAT WHEN COUNCIL FOR A LONG TIME AND THAT WE CAN BE PARTNERS.

SO I LOVE THAT YOU GUYS ARE VOLUNTEERING THAT AS WELL.

UM, I WANTED TO LET FOLKS KNOW THAT MAY 1ST IS NATIONAL WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS DAY.

I'M DOING A PROCLAMATION FOR THAT, UM, AT THE SYMPOSIUM, BUT IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO AMPLIFY, UM, WHAT YOU CAN IN THE COMING WEEK.

UM, ABOUT WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS.

I HAVE A NEWSLETTER, THAT'LL PROBABLY BE GOING OUT TOMORROW ON STUFF AND YOU CAN BORROW FROM THAT IF YOU LIKE.

UM, BUT IT IS, UM, NATIONAL WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS DAY.

AND AS WE MOVE INTO THIS HOTTER SUMMER AREA REALLY DO WELCOME EVERYONE AND JOINING THEIR VOICES AND THIS EFFORT TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY BE, UM, PREPARED COME IN, BUT I'M ON CAMERA.

I'M SORRY.

UM, OKAY, WELL, THANK YOU.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

WELL, YOU GUYS HAVE A GOOD REST OF YOUR DAY.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION THAT YOU BROUGHT FORWARD, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING YOU AGAIN SOON.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU EVERYONE.

[3. Update on Joint Memorandum from the Austin Police Department and Office of Police Oversight on improvements to police misconduct investigations and processes.]

RIGHT.

AND SO NEXT STEP, IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BRIEFING ON, UH, OR AN UPDATE RATHER ON THE JOINT MEMORANDUM FROM, UH, THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT ON IMPROVEMENTS TO POLICE MISCONDUCT, INVESTIGATIONS AND PROCESSES.

AND SO I DON'T HAVE MY HANDY LIST IN FRONT OF ME AT THE MOMENT, BUT MY ASSUMPTION IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE, UM, INTERIM CHIEF CHICONE AND, UM, OPPOSITE POLICE OVERSIGHT DIRECTOR, FARRAH MUSKEGON.

UM, LET ME SEE, ARE THERE OTHERS? YEAH, IT LOOKS LIKE THAT'S, THAT'S WHO WE HAVE TO PRESENT FOR US THIS MORNING.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU, MAYOR PRO TEM AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

UH, JOSEPH CHUCK ON THE INTERIM CHIEF OF POLICE.

I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE WITH DIRECTOR MUSKET AND PRESENTING ON THE JOINT MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN APD AND THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT.

UH, DIRECTOR MUST GET IN AND I, UH, WORKED ON THIS TOGETHER AND ISSUED IT LATE, LATE LAST WEEK AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE SHOULD HAVE A COPY.

THE MEMO WAS REQUESTED BY A COUNCIL MEMBER COSAR DURING THE MARCH 25TH COUNCIL MEETING IN WHICH I WAS CONFIRMED AS THE INTERIM CHIEF OF POLICE WITH THE ASS BEING THAT OUR TWO DEPARTMENTS REVIEW OUR WORKING RELATIONSHIP AND DETERMINE IF THERE WERE AREAS WHERE WE COULD RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO FAIR, UNBIASED, AND COMPLETE INVESTIGATIONS OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST APD OFFICERS.

UH, THIS REQUEST RESULTED IN A SERIES OF MEETINGS BETWEEN THE OPO AND APD TO VERIFY EACH DEPARTMENT'S NEEDS FROM THE OTHER AND WHERE THAT COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP COULD BE STRENGTHENED.

SO, SO THAT IN THE END, UH, WE ACHIEVED THE GOAL OF COMPLETE AND UNBIASED INVESTIGATIONS.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A JOINT SET OF STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES BETWEEN OUR TWO DEPARTMENTS.

UH, THIS DOCUMENT IS STILL IN DRAFT FORM AND WE CONTINUE TO COLLABORATE ON THE FINAL PRODUCT, BUT IT WILL DO MANY OF THE THINGS, UH, THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR, INCLUDING LAYING OUT THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR EACH DEPARTMENT IN THE COMPLAINT PROCESS, THE TIMELINES THAT EACH DEPARTMENT MUST ABIDE BY AND IMPORTANTLY, A PROCESS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION WHEN THERE IS DISAGREEMENT ON THE DIRECTION OF COMPLAINTS SHOULD TAKE.

IF THE TWO DEPARTMENTS CANNOT INITIALLY AGREE, I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THIS WILL, UH, IMPROVE THE OVERALL WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO DEPARTMENTS AS WELL AS THE WORK PRODUCT PRODUCED BY THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION AT THE END.

UM,

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ANOTHER SPECIFIC QUESTION ASKED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COULD DURING THE MARCH 25TH MEETING WAS IF WE WERE WILLING TO RE IF I WAS WILLING TO REAFFIRM A COMMITMENT TO ASK A RELEVANT QUESTIONS THAT ARE POSED BY THE OPO DURING INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATIONS.

UM, THIS IS REALLY A MATTER THAT'S DICTATED BY THE 2018 APDA APA MEET AND CONFER AGREEMENT, AND ONE TO WHICH WE SHOULD BE ABIDING.

AND SO THIS IS CONFIRMED IN THIS MEMORANDUM AS WELL.

THE PROCESS FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A QUESTION IS RELEVANT OR NOT IS GOING TO BE SPELLED OUT IN THAT JOINT SOP.

ADDITIONALLY, IN ACCORDANCE WITH COUNCIL RESOLUTION, UH, 2020, UM, POST SIX 11 ZERO NINE FIVE, WHICH DIRECTED THE LPO TO HAVE INPUT INTO GENERAL ORDERED RELIGIONS RELATED TO USE OF FORCE MATTERS AND OVERALL INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS, I'VE COMMITTED IN THE MEMORANDUM TO HAVING COLLABORATIVE REVIEW, UH, COLLABORATIVE REVIEW WITH THE OPO ON THESE REVISIONS.

AND, UH, WE HAVE ACTUALLY ALREADY BEGUN THAT PROCESS.

ALL OF THESE THINGS, UM, WERE, ARE BEING COMMITTED TO BY BOTH DEPARTMENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING GREATER TRANSPARENCY WITH THE PUBLIC THAT WE SERVE.

AND THIS WILL RESULT IN GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRUST WITH THAT COMMUNITY.

I WILL, OF COURSE BE STAYING ON TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, BUT I WANTED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK HERE TO ALLOW DIRECTOR MUST GET INTO PROVIDE ANY OPENING COMMENTS THAT SHE MIGHT HAVE AS WELL.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

UM, MAYOR PRO TEM COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I'M AGAIN ALSO HERE, HAPPY TO PRESENT THIS JOINT, UM, MEMORANDUM WITH CHIEF CHICAGO.

AND I HOPE THIS SIGNALS TO YOU A NEW DIRECTION THAT WE'RE GOING IN THAT WILL, UM, HOPEFULLY SUSTAINABLY BE MORE, UM, MORE COLLABORATIVE IN THE LONGTERM.

UM, FROM THE OPO PERSPECTIVE, THIS IS A WELCOMED COLLABORATION.

UM, WE'VE HIT SEVERAL BRICK WALLS, UM, THROUGH OUR WORK.

UM, AND SO I DO THINK THAT PARTICULARLY WITH THE TYPE OF WORK THAT WE DO COLLABORATION WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS, UM, IS A BENEFIT TO, TO US ALL.

AND SO AS MUCH AS THAT DOOR CAN REMAIN OPEN AND BE OPENED AND THAT WE WORK COLLABORATIVELY TOGETHER, NOT TO THE POINT WHERE WE AGREE ON EVERYTHING CAUSE WE WON'T, BUT FUNDAMENTALLY HAVING A FOUNDATION OF COLLABORATION I THINK IS IMPORTANT FOR THE GREATER GOAL OF, YOU KNOW, EQUITABLE POLICING FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

SO I, I DO, I AM VERY MUCH APPRECIATIVE OF THIS JOINT MEMO AND THE NEW LEADERSHIP WITH, TO CHICAGO.

I APOLOGIZE FOR MY DOG.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DIRECTOR MUST GET IN AND TEACH JACOME COLLEAGUES.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER CASA? WELL, THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS AND THANK YOU CHIEF, BECAUSE IT WAS, UH, AN EARLY, UH, QUESTION THAT, THAT DAY OF YOUR CONFIRMATION.

AND, UH, AND I APPRECIATE YOU GETTING BACK WITH US.

SO, SO QUICKLY ON IT, GIVEN ALL THE THINGS YOU HAVE GOING ON, UM, AS FAR AS THOSE JOINT STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES, WHAT IS THE TIMELINE ON THOSE? SO THE TIMELINE THAT WE'VE LAID OUT IN THE MEMOS TO HAVE THOSE DONE THIS WEEK, I AM CERTAINLY HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO MEET THAT DEADLINE.

UM, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, WE, UH, AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE A NUMBER OF ISSUES THAT ARE, THAT WE'RE WORKING ON.

AND, AND I KNOW THAT, UH, DURESS DIRECTOR MUSCADET AND HER OFFICE HAVE A NUMBER AS WELL.

SO, UM, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO GET BACK TOGETHER WITH HER, UH, THIS WEEK TO KIND OF NAIL DOWN THE FINAL THINGS IN THAT JOINT SOP THAT WE NEED.

BUT I WOULD SAY THAT THE MAJORITY OF IT IS DONE AND WE FEEL VERY GOOD ABOUT WHERE WE ARE, UM, JOINTLY ON, ON THAT.

AND OF COURSE, ONCE WE, UH, BOTH, UH, FINISH IT AND, UM, AND HAVE HAD SOME INPUT FROM, UH, CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE TO MAKE SURE THAT, UH, THEY'RE COMFORTABLE WITH EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE DOING, UM, THAT WILL BE SHARED, UM, THROUGH I'M SURE THAT, UH, DIRECTOR MUSCULAR IS GOING TO PUT IT ON HER WEBSITE AND IT'LL BE SHARED DIRECTLY WITH A MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

GREAT.

WELL, I REALLY APPRECIATE, UH, THE COMMITMENT, UH, TO ASKING THE QUESTIONS AS LAID OUT IN THE MEET AND CONFER AGREEMENTS AND, UH, AND THOSE OTHER ISSUES REALLY, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY THE CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND THE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES WHERE A LOT OF IT REALLY HAPPENS.

AND SO ONCE Y'ALL ARE DONE WITH THAT, UM, AND I UNDERSTAND IF YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR TIME TO GET IT DONE RIGHT, ONCE YOU'RE DONE WITH IT, IF THERE ARE ANY SIGNIFICANT, UH, DIVERGENCE BETWEEN EITHER OF YOU, IF YOU ALL WOULD LET US KNOW ABOUT THAT, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

UH, I'M NOT LOOKING FOR THIS FOR DISAGREEMENT, BUT IT'S HELPFUL TO KNOW WHERE ANY, HOW ANY DISAGREEMENTS IS RESOLVED, BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE YOU ALL ARE IN FULL AGREEMENT HERE ON THE ISSUES IN THE MEMO.

UM, AND THAT'S, THAT'S REALLY PROMISING.

AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, UH,

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ANY SENSE QUITE YET ON WHEN A QUESTION IS WHEN THERE'S A DISPUTE ABOUT WHETHER A QUESTION IS RELEVANT OR NOT, HOW THAT MIGHT BE, HOW THAT MIGHT BE HANDLED IN THE WAY TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T MISS OUT ON A RELEVANT QUESTION IN TERMS OF AFFAIRS INTERVIEW.

I DIDN'T KNOW.

I I'M SORRY.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I THOUGHT I WAS JUST EXPLAINING WHAT I SAID, A QUESTION THAT WAS KIND OF VAGUE, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, WHEN, WHEN IN AN INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATION, THE OPL HAS THAT ADDITIONAL QUESTION OR TWO THAT THEY WOULD LIKE ASKED, BUT IT'S UNCLEAR WHETHER THAT QUESTION IS DETERMINED TO BE RELEVANT.

AND THERE'S A DISPUTE ABOUT WHETHER IT'S RELEVANT.

DO WE HAVE YET A PROCESS COMING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ASKING ALL THE RELEVANT QUESTIONS? SO THERE IS GOING TO BE A PROCESS THAT'S LAID OUT IN THE JOINT SOP FOR THAT VERY ISSUE, DETERMINING THE RELEVANCY OF QUESTIONS.

AND, UM, AND THEN IF THERE IS, UH, BECAUSE AGAIN, AS, AS A DIRECTOR MUSCULAR AND ACTUALLY, UH, ALLUDED TO, THERE'S NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TWO OFFICES, THERE WILL BE A PROCESS FOR KIND OF APPEALING IT UP THE CHAIN OF COMMAND.

SO THAT ULTIMATELY, UM, EVEN, UH, EVEN IF WE NEED TO GO TO THE DIRECTOR LEVEL, WHICH WOULD BE MYSELF AND FARRAH TO, UM, DETERMINE WHAT THAT RELEVANCY IS THAT WE HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AND, AND THEN, UH, AND THEN MAKE A DECISION.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR.

THANK YOU.

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I REALLY WELCOME, UM, THIS RENEWED COOPERATION AND COLLABORATION, UM, TO THANK YOU, DIRECTOR MUSCADET AND CHIEF CHECON FOR TAKING THIS ON AND, UH, THANK YOU TO COUNCIL MEMBER CASAR, UM, FOR OPENING THE SPACE FOR THOSE CONVERSATIONS TO HAPPEN QUICKLY, UM, IN, IN THIS TIME PERIOD.

SO I'M THINKING COLLEAGUES, ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COUNCILMEMBER, CASA, AND THEN I ALSO APPRECIATE THE THANK YOU FOR THAT COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR AND THAT CHIEF, I ALSO APPRECIATE THE COMMITMENT HERE ON TRAINING TO TREAT EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL COMPLAINTS, UH, EQUALLY AS EQUALLY AS POSSIBLE.

ARE THERE PARTICULAR SHIFTS THAT WE'RE CONTEMPLATING MAKING TO ENSURE THAT THOSE EXTERNAL COMMUNITY COMPLAINTS, UM, ARE VETTED AS THOROUGHLY AS POSSIBLE? AND I'LL, I'LL, I'LL GO AHEAD AND KICK THAT OFF IF YOU LIKE.

AND THEN, AND THEN DIRECTOR MUSCADET CAN KIND OF TALK ABOUT HER PROCESS AS WELL, BUT, YOU KNOW, THE, THE INITIAL VETTING OF THE COMPLAINTS ACTUALLY COME IN THROUGH THE OPO AND THEN SHE ADVANCES THOSE THAT SHE STILL HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT.

AND ONES THAT SHE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO RESOLVE IS EITHER, UM, YOU KNOW, NOT HAVING SOME MERIT, UH, YOU KNOW, MAYBE SHE HAS REVIEWED A BODY-WORN CAMERA VIDEO FROM THE OFFICER AND CAN DETERMINE THAT, UM, THAT THE INCIDENT DID NOT OCCUR AND SHE WOULD, AND THEN SHE WOULD CLOSE THOSE OUT DIRECTLY WITH A COMPLAINANT.

UH, BUT THOSE THAT, UM, THAT SHE STILL HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT ARE, ARE GOING TO BE ADVANCED.

AND WHAT THE, WHAT THE SOP ULTIMATELY IS GOING TO SAY IS THAT, UM, THAT INVESTIGATIONS ARE PRESUMED UNLESS THERE IS, THERE ARE MITIGATING FACTORS THAT, UM, THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT ARE BROUGHT UP THAT WOULD INDICATE THAT WOULD BRING WHATEVER THE ALLEGATION IS INTO QUESTION.

AND SO I THINK THAT IS A WAY THAT WE'RE REALLY LOOKING AT IT TO SAY THAT WE, UM, ARE PUTTING THE SAME, UH, TIME AND EFFORT INTO EVERY COMPLAINT, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT'S AN EXTERNAL OR INTERNAL COMPLAINT AND MAKING SURE THAT THERE'S CONCURRENCE FROM BOTH DEPARTMENTS ON THAT.

YEAH.

AND WHAT I WOULD ADD TO THAT IS THAT, UM, THE PRELIMINARY REVIEW IS SOMETHING THAT IS NEW, THAT WE INSTITUTED.

UM, WE STARTED IN 2019 AND PRIMARILY IT WAS TO ENGAGE OUR COMPLAINTS STAFF ON THE FRONT END OF ALL, COMPLAINTS THAT COME INTO THE OFFICE.

AND SO FOR EXAMPLE, WE MAY GET 50 CALLS, EMAILS, OR SOME SORT OF COMPLAINTS THAT COME INTO OUR OFFICE ON A MONTHLY BASIS AND ONLY FORWARD ABOUT MAYBE 10 NOTICE NOTICE AS A FORM OF COMPLAINTS.

SO COMPLAINTS THAT SHOULD INITIATE AN INVESTIGATION.

AND SO IT IS THAT 10 THAT WE WANT TO SEE INVESTIGATED BECAUSE HISTORICALLY WHAT WE'VE SEEN, UM, THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IS THAT ONLY ABOUT 20% OF THOSE HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED.

AND SO I THINK THE PRESUMPTION IS APPROPRIATE.

UM, I CAN GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE WHERE WE RECEIVED A COMPLAINT ABOUT A SPECIFIC OFFICER.

WE SENT IT DOWN FOR A COMPLAINT WHEN INTERNAL AFFAIRS LOOKED INTO IT FURTHER, THAT PARTICULAR OFFICER WORKED FOR A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

SO THAT ENDED THAT COMPLAINT.

IT DID NOT MOVE FORWARD INTO ANY FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

I PROVIDED THAT INFORMATION TO US AND THEN IT WAS DONE.

SO THAT IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHERE ADDITIONAL

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INFORMATION, UM, WOULD, WOULD SHOW THAT, UH, AN INVESTIGATOR FULL ON INVESTIGATION WOULD NOT BE WARRANTED AND WE UNDERSTAND THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT WE FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT COMPLAINTS FROM THE COMMUNITY, UM, PARTICULARLY AFTER THEY'VE GONE THROUGH A PRELIMINARY REVIEW OF OUR OFFICE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED.

AND THAT GETS COMMITTED TO HERE IN THE SPINOFF, ESSENTIALLY.

YES.

AND THE ANSWER.

THANK YOU, BETH.

THANK YOU BOTH JUST REAL QUICK, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY.

I'M GONNA, I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I DIDN'T WRITE THIS WRONG, UM, DIRECTOR MUST GET IN.

DID YOU SAY 20%? IT'S ROUGHLY BEEN BETWEEN ABOUT 20 TO 25%.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR PRO TEM.

UM, AND THANK YOU FOR EXPLAINING THIS UPDATE TO US.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

I'M JUST WONDERING HOW IT'S BEEN COMMUNICATED TO THE OFFICERS THAT THIS CHANGE HAS HAPPENED.

AND IF YOU'VE GOTTEN ANY FEEDBACK FROM THEM ABOUT THAT CHANGE, UM, YES, WE'RE, YOU KNOW, THE FIRST STEP OF COURSE, IS COMMUNICATING IT DIRECTLY WITH OUR INVESTIGATORS SO THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THE FOCUS OF THE MEMO.

UM, I THINK, UH, WHERE THE CONFUSION CAN BE FOR OUR OFFICERS IS THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A WHOLESALE CHANGE INTO THE WAY THAT WE DO THINGS.

AND I WANT TO, I WANT TO KIND OF BE CLEAR THAT THIS IS REALLY A REAFFIRMATION OF THE COMMITMENT THAT WE, THAT WE HAVE MADE THROUGH THE PROCESS THAT'S LAID OUT BY MEET AND CONFER AND BY CHAPTER ONE 43.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, WE CAN NOT GO OUTSIDE OF THE CONTRACT.

WE CANNOT GO OUTSIDE OF STATE LAW WHEN IT COMES TO THE INVESTIGATIONS.

HOWEVER, I THINK A LOT OF THE CONTENTION HAS BEEN AROUND THE INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS AND HOW SOME OF THOSE DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE AFTER OPO INPUT AND WHETHER OR NOT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S FOR INSTANCE, RELEVANCY TO QUESTIONS.

UH, MANY TIMES THAT THAT DECISION WAS MADE AT, UH, KIND OF AT THE, AT THE INVESTIGATION LEVEL.

AND, AND IT DIDN'T GO ANY FURTHER THAN THAT.

AND THAT HAS BEEN, YOU KNOW, THAT HAS BEEN A COMPLAINT.

AND SO IN THE JOINT SOP, FOR INSTANCE, THIS WOULD GIVE A KIND OF AN APPEAL PROCESS, UH, FOR THE OPO TO SAY, UM, WELL MAYBE THIS INVESTIGATOR DOESN'T THINK IT'S RELEVANT, BUT DOES THE SUPERVISOR THINK IT'S RELEVANT? AND TO, TO ESCALATE THAT A LITTLE BIT, TO SEE WHETHER THERE IS GOING TO BE MERIT TO ASKING A QUESTION, UM, AND YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT I, THAT I TALKED ABOUT, THOSE ARE ALL, UH, THINGS THAT EITHER HAVE BEEN, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'VE ALREADY BEEN DOING AND WE'RE REAFFIRMING, UH, ON THE, ON THE PART OF THE, UM, THE INPUT INTO OUR GENERAL ORDER REVISIONS.

THAT WAS A, UH, THAT WAS ACTUALLY A 2019 RESOLUTION.

AND, UM, OR MAYBE I'M SORRY, A 2020 RESOLUTION.

AND SO THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE ARE, WE ARE SIMPLY PUTTING INTO PROCESS TO MAKE SURE THAT, THAT WE ARE DOING WHAT HAS BEEN ASKED OF US AND, AND CONTINUE TO DO THOSE THINGS.

THANK YOU FOR EXPLAINING THAT.

I WANT TO ENSURE THAT WHENEVER WE DO MAKE A CHANGE, THAT WE'RE ABLE TO GET POSITIVE BUY-IN FROM THE OFFICERS SO THAT THEY DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY'RE BEING MISMANAGED OR HAVING SOMETHING PULLED OUT FROM UNDER THEM WITH A CHANGE.

I JUST WANT TO, THAT WE GO ABOUT IT THE RIGHT WAY.

SO THEY'RE FULLY EDUCATED ON WHY THE CHANGE IS HAPPENING.

OF COURSE.

THANK YOU.

IF I COULD JUST ADD, I ALSO THINK THAT IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO REEDUCATE OFFICERS, BUT HOW, YOU KNOW, KIND OF OUR ROLE IN WHAT WE DO, BECAUSE I DO THINK THAT THERE IS A LOT OF MISINFORMATION THERE.

AND SO, UM, YOU KNOW, I OBVIOUSLY WELCOME THAT OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO OFFICERS BEFORE THE PANDEMIC.

I DID THAT QUITE A BIT.

SO, UM, I, I DO HEAR THAT AS WELL.

A COUNCIL MEMBER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU ALL.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COLLEAGUES? OKAY.

IN THAT CASE, I DO HAVE A FEW OF MY OWN, UM, THE QUESTION AROUND COMMUNICATION WITH OFFICERS FROM COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, UM, PIQUED MY INTEREST, IN WHICH CASE, I SORT OF WONDER WHEN THAT COMMUNICATION HAPPENS.

I'D LIKE TO GET SOME SORT OF DISTINCTION BETWEEN, UM, WHAT COMES FROM APD AND WHAT COMES FROM APA IN TERMS OF INFORMATION AROUND, UM, ACCLIMATING TO NEW PROCESSES.

CERTAINLY.

SO, UM, THE APA KIND OF WORKS ON THEIR OWN SCHEDULE AND WILL, UM, DETERMINE BASED ON THEIR LEADERSHIP AND KEN CASSIDY, WHEN HE WANTS TO, UH, DELIVER MESSAGES TO HIS, UM, TO HIS MEMBERSHIP.

WE DON'T REALLY DICTATE THAT AT ALL.

UH, WE'D LIKE TO BE KEPT IN THE LOOP AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE KEEP THEM IN THE LOOP WHEN WE ARE GETTING READY TO COMMUNICATE THINGS OUT AS WELL.

SO I ACTUALLY HAD A CONVERSATION LAST WEEK WITH, UH, WITH KEN TO

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DISCUSS THE ISSUANCE OF THIS MEMO AND WHAT WAS GOING TO BE IN IT.

UM, THE MEMO WAS SHARED WITH INTERNAL AFFAIRS, UH, WORK GROUP LAST WEEK.

UM, ONCE THE, ONCE THE MEMO HAD, HAD ISSUED TO GO AHEAD AND HAVE SOME DISCUSSION AND MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD, UH, WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT ISN'T.

AND, AND THEN FOR THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP, UM, THAT HAS BEEN AN ONGOING PROCESS.

AND, UH, SINCE I KIND OF STARTED A MONTH AGO, I'VE BEEN GETTING IN FRONT OF GROUPS OF OFFICERS ON A VERY CONSISTENT BASIS TO TALK ABOUT ALL TYPES OF THINGS RELATED TO, UH, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND, AND, YOU KNOW, NOT TO MENTION, UH, THE ISSUES AROUND, AROUND STAFFING AROUND, UH, THESE TYPES OF ISSUES RELATED TO INTERNAL, UH, UM, AND JUST OTHER THINGS THAT, UH, CAN REALLY WEIGH ON THE ROUTE AND, AND TRYING TO ANSWER THOSE, TRYING TO HAVE GOOD, UM, OPEN FORUMS WHERE PEOPLE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO, UH, AIR THEIR OPINIONS AND, AND PERHAPS CRITICISMS, UH, WITHOUT ANY KIND OF FEAR OF RETALIATION OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

SO W THAT HAS BEEN ONGOING AND WILL CONTINUE.

UH, AND I WAS JUST TALKING TO KEN TODAY ABOUT ADDRESSING THE MEMBERSHIP, UM, NEXT WEEK.

THANK YOU.

I, I APPRECIATE THAT.

IT WAS, IT'S ONE OF MY GREATER REGRETS, UM, AS DURING THE COURSE OF THIS RE-IMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY CONVERSATION.

SO MANY THINGS WERE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT.

AND SO MANY THINGS WERE, A LOT OF ASSUMPTIONS WERE MADE, AND FRANKLY, THE ISSUE OF, OF RE-IMAGINING OUR PUBLIC SAFETY IT'S LIKE AT SOME POINT WE WERE ONLY TALKING ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT IT'S AS THOUGH WE FORGOT THAT WE HAVE OTHER AGENCIES THAT, YOU KNOW, PROVIDE PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES.

AND THEN IT ALSO BECAME EXTREMELY POLITICIZED TO THE POINT WHERE, I MEAN, JUST TO THINK ABOUT SOME OF THE ABSURDITIES, RIGHT.

YOU KNOW, ONE DAY I GOT CALLED UP A BOOT LICKER AND TOLD, I HATE COPS.

IT'S LIKE, HOW CAN YOU BE BOTH? AND ONE DAY.

AND SO REALLY I THINK A LOT OF FOLKS BY WAY OF A LACK OF CLEAR COMMUNICATION WERE PUT IN A POSITION TO WHERE THEY HAD TO PICK A SIDE AND PICKING SIDES, YOU KNOW, BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

AND SO I HAD ASKED HER TO LEON DURING THE RE-IMAGINING PROCESS, IF I COULD ADDRESS THE BODY AND FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND THEN EVENTUALLY IT WAS COVID, IT JUST NEVER HAPPENED.

AND IN HINDSIGHT, I REALLY DO WISH THAT WE HAD HAD MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO HAVE COUNCIL MEMBERS ADDRESS THE GENERAL BODY, AS OPPOSED TO THE MESSAGES TRICKLING DOWN, BECAUSE INEVITABLY IT BECAME A GAME OF TELEPHONE WHERE, WHAT WAS TOLD TO RANK AND FILE.

ISN'T WHAT WE SAID AT ALL.

UM, AND SO I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO, AS WE CONTINUE TO EVOLVE THESE PROCESSES, I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR LEADERSHIP AND HELPING, UM, MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUES DO A BETTER JOB OF HAVING CLEAR COMMUNICATION WITH RANK AND FILE.

UM, I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR THEM DIRECTLY TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON.

I, I KEEP GETTING THESE CALLS AND EMAILS FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS THAT SAY X INTEL IS HAPPENING IN