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GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AND WELCOME TO THE JULY MEETING OF THE CAP METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT TIMES 12, 10 ORDER, UH, HAPPILY OUR FIRST, UH,

[I. Oath of Office]

AGENDA ITEM TODAY WILL BE THE OATH OF OFFICE FOR NEW BOARD MEMBER, BECKY ROSS FROM LEANDRA, HALF OF THE BOARD.

I WANT TO WELCOME YOU HERE.

AND, UH, IF YOU WILL WALK AROUND WITH ME TO THE OTHER SIDE, WE'LL GET YOU OFFICIALLY SWORN IN BEFORE WE GET YOU SWORN AT YEAH.

IF I'M DOING THIS RIGHT, I'M READY.

IF YOU WILL RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AFTER ME, I, BECKY ROSS, BECKY ROSS, SOLEMNLY SWEAR.

DO YOU SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE DUTIES? SO THE OFFICE OF CAPITAL METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION, THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF THE CAPITOL, METRO TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF TECH, WELL, TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES, TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, PRESERVE, PROTECT, AND DEFEND, PRESERVE, PROTECT, AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, THE CONSTITUTION, THE STATE AND OF THE STATE.

SO HELP ME GOD.

SO HELP ME.

GOD, CONGRATULATIONS.

YEAH, RIGHT.

WELL, I WANT TO WELCOME, UH, BECKY AND, UH, WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR HER SERVICE HERE AND LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU AS A COLLEAGUE ON THE BOARD.

UH, NEXT ON OUR AGENDA WILL

[II. Public Comment (see note on registration below)]

BE OUR PUBLIC COMMENT SECTION AS ALWAYS.

I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE TWO SPEAKERS SIGNED UP WITH US TODAY, BUFFALO, WHOM WHO BOTH OF WHOM HAVE ELECTED TO JOIN US VIA TELEPHONE.

WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME, PLEASE UNMUTE YOURSELF AND YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK.

AND I'LL ASK THAT WE, UH, WE, UH, CAREFULLY OBSERVED THE TIME LIMITATIONS AS WE HAVE A LONG AGENDA TODAY.

FIRST WE'LL BE, UH, MS. BARBARA EPSTEIN.

WELCOME BACK, MISS EPSTEIN.

I AM, I WAS MUTED, BUT I DIDN'T DO IT.

OKAY, SO YOU READY FOR ME? OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

I'M HERE.

AGAIN, BOTH AS A BEST WRITER AND AS AN ADVOCATE FOR SENIORS BECAUSE YOU AND YOUR STAFF HAVE EITHER BEEN SILENT OR BRUSHED ASIDE MY REQUEST TO CREATE NEIGHBORS AT BEST SERVICE, CONNECTING TO CROSSTOWN ROUTES SERVICE THAT WOULD BENEFIT EVERYONE.

MY PAST INTERACTIONS WITH THE BOARD AND STAFF MAY OFFER A CLUE AS TO WHY I'M BEING IGNORED.

MOST OF YOU ARE PROBABLY STILL DRIVING A CAR.

SO BUS SERVICE DOESN'T AFFECT YOU PERSONALLY.

YOU WOULDN'T TAKE A BUS TO GO TO WORK THE GROCERY STORE.

WHEN YOU FIND YOU'RE OUT OF MILK OR TO HER DOCTOR, WHEN YOU SUDDENLY FEEL SICK.

OKAY, WELL, WHAT ABOUT YOUR RELATIVES? YOU HAVE AN AUNT AND UNCLE PARENT FOR REFUSES TO STOP DRIVING.

THEY NEED A SENSE OF INDEPENDENCE AND TRANSIT TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO QUIT DRIVING.

COINCIDENTALLY, JUST THIS MORNING, I GOT A CALL FROM THE 93 YEAR OLD.

I RAISED THAT HIS DRIVER'S LICENSE HAS BEEN REVOKED, EVEN THOUGH HIS FAMILY IS HAPPY TO DRIVE HIM ANYWHERE HE WANTS TO GO.

HE WANTS TO KEEP DRIVING CAB METRO'S NEW ON-DEMAND VAN SERVICE FOR SENIORS.

DOESN'T CREATE INDEPENDENCE TO USE THE BUS AND RAIL SYSTEMS. INSTEAD IT HAS BEEN PRESENTED AS AN UBER EQUIVALENT AND THAT PSYCHOLOGICALLY IS STILL DEPENDENT ON SOMEONE ELSE FOR ESSENTIAL NEEDS.

THE FIRST NEIGHBORHOOD IN CENTRAL AUSTIN TO GET THE SERVICE.

AS FAR AS I KNOW WAS TARRYTOWN.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE SERVICE WASN'T STARTED IN THE ZIP CODE WITH THE HIGHEST SENIOR DEMOGRAPHIC,

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BUT WHAT GOOD ARE ALL THE LIGHT RAIL PLANS YOU AS TAX THE PUBLIC, OR IF THEY STILL WON'T LET WIDER AS TO THEIR ESSENTIAL AND FINAL DESTINATIONS.

AS NORTH OF UT, I HAVE TO TAKE TWO BUSES TO GO SEVEN BLOCKS TO THE GROCERY OR 10 BLOCKS TO MY DOCTOR.

A CIRCULATOR BUS WOULD EASILY TAKE ME TO BOTH, BUT IT'S NOT JUST ME ADVOCATING FOR THIS.

THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN BUSINESS ALLIANCE HAS DETERMINED THAT BOTH BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS WANT THE DOWNTOWN BELOW TO COME BACK.

THE SPEAKER IN AN URBAN CONFERENCE OF DECADES AGO, PREDICTED AUSTIN'S FUTURE.

HE SAID, DEVELOPERS WANT RAIL STOPS, NOT BUS STOPS.

AND THEN HE SAID, PEOPLE WON'T USE MASS TRANSIT UNLESS IT RUNS EVERY 10 MINUTES OR LESS, AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO WALK MORE THAN TWO BLOCKS TO THEIR DESTINATION.

I HAD NO GOOD ANSWER FOR AUSTIN SENIORS WHO NEED NEIGHBORHOOD BUS SERVICE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEY WANT TO AGE IN THEIR HOMES INDEPENDENTLY AND FRUGALLY MAY I SUGGEST THAT EACH OF YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR THIS EVENING AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'LL NEED WHEN YOU TURN 79 AND IT STARTS TO GET HARDER TO RENEW YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE.

MAY I ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU, MISS EPSTEIN.

GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK NEXT STEP.

NO QUESTIONS, NO QUESTIONS.

WELL, AGAIN, YOU KNOW, I, I'M AN ELDER LAW ATTORNEY AND I'M A BUS RIDER AND I SEE THIS NEED EVERYWHERE AND CAMP METRO REALLY NEEDS TO THINK HARD ABOUT WHAT IT'S DOING, BUT THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK.

THANK YOU.

BYE.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS, UH, ZENOBIA JOSEPH .

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS.

I'M GOING OVER YOUR JOSEPH.

I JUST WANTED TO DOVETAIL OFF OF THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER.

MY COMMENTS ARE IN THE CONTEXT OF TITLE SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, WHICH PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AND ALL ACTIVITIES THAT RECEIVE FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

I JUST WANTED TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION AROUND 392 ONCE AGAIN, BUT I WANT TO ACTUALLY REMIND YOU OF A COMMENT THAT WAS MADE BY ROBERTO GONZALEZ, APRIL 22ND, 2013.

HE SAID SOME OF OUR LARGEST AREAS OF ACTIVITY OUTSIDE OF A MAJOR TRANSIT CENTER DO OCCUR IN AND AROUND SHOPPING AREAS, PARTICULARLY THE ATVS AND THE WALMARTS.

AND THAT'S WHEN CAPITAL METRO WAS ACTUALLY ADOPTING TITLE SIX, THEIR FIRST TITLE, SIX POLICIES.

HE ALSO SAID, WE FOUND THAT, YOU KNOW, A ONE-SEAT RIDE IS WHAT'S MOST BENEFICIAL FOR FOLKS AS WELL AS A HIGH-FREQUENCY SERVICE AND FAST FORWARD TO JUNE 16TH, 2016, RUSS CHISM TALKED ABOUT SPONTANEOUS YOUTH.

AND HE SAID, WHEN YOU NEED TO TRANSFER, THAT MEANS THAT ACTIVITY THAT WAIT TIME HAS TO HAPPEN TWICE.

AND SO I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE EXPERTS TOLD YOU THAT A ONE-SEAT RIDE IS WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT.

SO I'M ASKING YOU ONCE AGAIN, TO RESTORE THE SERVICE FROM 3 92 AT BREAKER AND BURNET ABOUT 1.9 MILES TO GREAT HILLS TARGET.

AND WHAT I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT I DO RECOGNIZE THAT 3 92 IS SET TO IMPROVE TO 30, 35, AUGUST, 2021 SERVICE CHANGES, BUT YOU'RE NOT LISTENING TO US.

I NEVER ASKED YOU TO RUN THE BUS EMPTY DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY IN 2017, I DID A SURVEY AND THE INDIVIDUALS ON ROUTE 3 92 ARE WORKING CLASS INDIVIDUALS.

THEY GO TO WORK IN THE MORNING.

I ASKED FOR PEAK TIME, 30 MINUTES IN THE MORNING TO GET THEM TO WORK ABOUT THREE HOURS IN THE AFTERNOON TO GET THEM HOME.

AND SO I'M GOING TO ASK YOU IF YOU NEED TO DO ANYTHING WITH OUR ROUTE 30 MINUTES PEAK AND THEN RESTORE THE SERVICE ALL THE WAY TO THE ARBORETUM, WHERE AT THE TERMINUS WAS AT THE TARGET.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT ROBERTO GONZALEZ UNILATERALLY ELIMINATED ROUTE 3 92.

HE SHOT LINED IT AT BREAKER AND BURNET WITH NO DISCUSSION.

AND SO I ASKED THROUGH AN OPEN RECORDS REQUEST, JULY 9TH, 2021.

IT WAS ACTUALLY SENT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE.

YOU COULD SAVE A LOT OF HEARTACHE IF YOU JUST LISTEN TO ME, ONCE AGAIN, I ASKED COMMISSIONER TREVELYAN TO INTERVENE, BUT THAT JACOB LABORDE, WHO IS ACTUALLY THE

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OPEN RECORDS COORDINATOR, SENT THE REQUEST FOR DATA FOR 3 92 TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE.

I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER MR. CHAIR BACK ON 2009 IN THE SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2009.

UM, THERE'S A SUNSET REVIEW, SELF EVALUATION OF CAPITAL METRO ROLLINGWOOD AND WESTLAKE HILLS WITHDREW IN 1988.

AND YOU ARE STILL PROVIDING SERVICE.

SO WESTWOOD ON 30 WALLS, CHARLTON, EVERY 30 MINUTES, IT VIOLATES STATE LAW, THE TRANSPORTATION CODE FOUR OR FIVE, 1.609 AFFECTIVE WITHDRAWAL.

AND SO IF YOU CAN SERVE WHITE STUDENTS THE 27 OR SO OUTSIDE OF THE SERVICE AREA IN VIOLATION OF THE STATE LAW, THEN SURELY YOU CAN IMPROVE THE ROUTE 3 92 AND THE RESTORE, THE SERVICE, THE METRO RAPIDS, SAMSUNG'S AT APPLE WITH $4.7 MILLION.

AND THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT DOES PERMIT YOU TO USE THAT FUNDING TO RESTORE SERVICE.

AND SO I WOULD ASK YOU TO DO THAT AS WELL AS TWO 40 RUTLAND, WHERE THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS HELL BENT ON PUTTING THE HOMELESS PEOPLE AT 1934 SPARROW WHERE THE BUS WAS A UNILATERALLY ELIMINATED.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME, BUT I WOULD ASK YOU TO LISTEN TO THAT A LAWYER THAT JUST SPOKE TO YOU BECAUSE SHE'S ACTUALLY RIGHT ON POINT.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO LISTEN TO RUSS CHISM AND ROBERTO GONZALEZ.

WHO'S BEEN WITH YOU ABOUT 25 YEARS NOW.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, WE'LL NEXT, TAKE UP

[III. Advisory Committee Updates]

OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATES, THE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

I THINK MR. CARTER HAS OUR REPORT.

ALL RIGHT, GOOD AFTERNOON.

CHAIR COOPER, VICE CHAIR.

TREVELYAN PRESIDENT CLARK MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

MY NAME IS BRIAN CARTER.

I'M THE CHIEF EXPERIENCE AND ENGAGEMENT OFFICER HERE FOR CAPITAL METRO.

AND I HAVE THE PLEASURE PLEASURE OF GIVING YOU THE UPDATE FOR THE JULY MEETING OUR ACCESS AND C-SAT COMMITTEES.

THE ACCESS COMMITTEE, UH, DECIDED NOT TO MEET IN THE MONTH OF JULY.

UH, THEY TOOK THE MONTH OFF AS THEY SOMETIMES DO HERE IN THE SUMMER, BUT THEY WILL RESUME WITH A VIRTUAL MEETING IN AUGUST.

SO I'LL HAVE THAT UPDATE FOR YOU NEXT MONTH FOR THEM, FOR THE CUSTOMER ADVISORY SERVICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE THAT C-SAT COMMITTEE, UH, THEY DID MEET AND, UM, YONIS BANKS WHO NORMALLY GIVES YOU THE RECAP OF THOSE MEETINGS PRESIDED OVER THAT MEETING OF THE, UH, THE SAC GROUP ON JULY 14TH.

UH, THE AGENCY STAFF GAVE US SOME UPDATES ON PROJECT CONNECT RIDERSHIP, UH, ALSO TRANSIT SPEED AND RELIABILITY PROGRAMS AND LEANDER SERVICES.

UH, MR. BANKS DID INTRODUCE MS. EDNA PARRA, WHO WISHES SHE COULD BE WITH YOU TODAY, BUT SHE'S TAKING SOME MUCH NEEDED TIME OFF, UH, AWAY FROM THE OFFICE.

AND, UH, SHE IS GOING TO BE SERVING AS THE NEW STAFF LIAISON, UH, THAT, AND THAT'S GOING TO BETTER ALIGN WITH THEIR NEW DUTIES THAT, UH, BOTH EDNA AND YANNIS ARE TAKING ON HERE FOR THE AGENCY.

UH, SHE COULDN'T BE HERE WITH US TODAY, BUT SHE IS GOING TO BE WITH YOU, UH, NEXT MONTH AND EVERY MONTH THEREAFTER, IT'D BE, UH, PROVIDING THESE UPDATES TO YOU ON THOSE TWO COMMITTEES.

SO CURRENTLY C-SAT HAS, UH, FIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND FOUR VACANCIES.

AND OUR STAFF HERE AT METRO HAS, OR HAS REVIEWED THREE APPLICATIONS TO FILL THOSE REMAINING VACANCIES.

UH, ONE OF WHICH HAS BEEN APPROVED, UH, BY, UM, BOARD MEMBER COOPER AND WILL BE ADDED TO THE AUGUST CONSENT AGENDA.

UH, THE COMMITTEE NOTED THAT THEY DO NEED TO FILL THOSE VACANCIES TO EASILY HAVE A QUORUM, UH, WHICH HAS BEEN A LITTLE TOUGH FOR THEM IN RECENT MONTHS.

AND, UH, WE, OF COURSE, WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THOSE BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE TO FILL THOSE REMAINING VACANCIES.

IN THE MEANTIME, THOUGH, THE BOARD OR THE COMMITTEE RATHER WOULD LIKE TO INCREASE SOME OF THEIR AWARENESS OF THEIR MEETINGS AND, UM, WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME MORE PARTICIPATION IN PEOPLE JOINING THOSE MEETINGS.

SO WE ARE GOING TO, UM, HAVE MS. POWER WORK WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM HERE AT CAP METRO AND, UH, YOU ALL, IF YOU HAVE OTHER WAYS THAT WE NEED TO PUBLICIZE THOSE MEETINGS, WE'RE GLAD TO TAKE THAT INPUT.

UH, BUT WE WANT TO POST THOSE AGENDAS, PUT MORE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS AROUND THOSE TOO, SO THAT PEOPLE CAN BE MORE AWARE OF THOSE AND THAT THEY CAN ATTEND THEM.

SO WE WANT TO, UM, HELP TO RAISE THE AWARENESS LEVEL OF THOSE TWO COMMITTEES.

AND WHEN THEY MEET, UH, THE COMMITTEE ALSO DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF RECORDING AND POSTING MEETINGS IN THE FUTURE AND COMMITTEE CHAIR, TAYLOR WOULD LIKE TO BRING THIS ITEM TO AN OFFICIAL RECOMMENDATION IN AUGUST, UH, WHEN WE AIM TO HAVE A QUORUM AT THAT MEETING ANY QUESTIONS FOR THOSE TWO QUESTIONS, I DON'T SEE ANY QUESTIONS.

I JUST WANT TO COMMEND THE COMMITTEE'S WORK AND STAFF WORK TO SUPPORT SEASET COMMITTEE, HAVING A BROADER OUTREACH, BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S ONE WAY IN WHICH WE COULD REALLY IMPROVE OUR, UH, INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY.

AND I THINK ANYTHING WE CAN DO AT THE BOARD LEVEL AND AT THE STAFF LEVEL TO FACILITATE THAT WOULD BE IMPORTANT.

REMEMBER KITCHEN PRETTY.

YES.

YEAH.

I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU.

THAT'S KIND OF A FOLLOWUP.

WE HAD SOME CONVERSATION AT OUR LAST MEETING ABOUT, UM, THOSE ADVISORY COMMITTEES

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BEING MORE OPEN.

UM, I THINK WE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE RECORDED AND THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE TH THAT THERE WAS, THEY SHOULD BE PUBLIC AND TRANSPARENT.

SO DID, WERE YOU FEELING LIKE THERE'S STILL SOME QUESTION ALONG AMONGST THOSE, UM, AMONGST THE, UH, APPOINTEE OR THE, THE BOARD MEMBERS ON WHETHER THAT SHOULD HAPPEN OR NOT? I MEAN, YOU'RE NOT CERTAIN WHY THEY'RE WAITING FOR A VOTE ON THAT.

THEY WANT TO BRING FORWARD A RECOMMENDATION.

THAT'S I THINK HOLISTIC IN TERMS OF HOW THEY'RE GOING TO DO THAT, WE DO NEED TO TALK ABOUT TECHNOLOGY.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THEY DID HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT LOCATIONS AND WHERE THEY DO RECORDINGS, HOW THE CODING RECORDINGS GET STORED.

THEY HAD PROBABLY MORE QUESTIONS FOR HOW THAT WORKS.

AND SO WE SAID WE WOULD, THE STAFF WOULD, UH, WOULD ANSWER SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS AND THEN BRING THAT TO THE COMMITTEE SO THEY COULD MAKE THOSE OFFICIAL RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW THEY WOULD DO THAT.

OKAY.

AND SO THE NEXT MEETING IS AUGUST.

SO WE COULD PROBABLY GET THAT GOING BY SEPTEMBER.

IS THAT THE THINKING IF THERE IS A QUORUM? YEAH.

AND THEY, UH, THE, UH, THE CHAIR DID ASK, UH, THOSE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO WERE PRESENT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY, THEY PUT THIS ON THEIR AGENDAS FOR, FOR AUGUST TO BE AT THE MEETINGS.

UM, BUT THAT IS THEIR AIM TO HAVE THAT FOR AN AUGUST RECOMMENDATION.

OKAY.

WE CAN CERTAINLY TALK ABOUT THAT MORE, BUT I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT FROM THE BOARD PERSPECTIVE, I THINK WE HAD AN AGREEMENT LAST TIME THAT THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.

UM, AND SO IT'S REALLY NOT UP TO THEM VOTING ON IT.

I MEAN, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY CONSIDER THE LOGISTICS OF IT, BUT I DON'T THINK IT SHOULD WAIT FOR A VOTE MUCH LESS FOR A QUORUM.

SO, UH, I HAVE ONE OTHER QUESTION THEN TOO THEN, UM, WHICH I JUST FORGOT.

LET'S SEE.

SO, UM, ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

IN THE MEANTIME, UM, MAYBE THERE ARE, MAYBE THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS WE COULD DO, UM, IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, IDENTIFYING RESOURCES FOR TAPING, DO THEY HAVE EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEED? AND THEN IF THEY DO HAVE MISGIVINGS, UM, WE NEED TO PROBABLY HAVE THEM DOCUMENTED AND, AND, UH, AND WORK WITH OUR, OUR GENERAL COUNSEL, UH, TO DETERMINE, I THINK THERE'S AN INTEREST TO BE TRANSPARENT.

I THINK WE SHARE THAT INTEREST.

UM, IF, IF THE ISSUE IS LOGISTICS LET'S KNOW THAT, AND IF IT'S SOMETHING ELSE, LET'S LET US KNOW WHAT THAT IS AS WELL.

AND, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHAT STEPS HAVE TO BE TAKEN IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT, THAT THE, UH, THE MEETINGS ARE TAPED, IF THAT'S THE WILL OF THE MAJORITY, UM, JUST, YOU KNOW, I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE, THERE ARE, UH, SOMETIMES MOVING MEETINGS AND WHATNOT, AND THAT, AND THERE MAY BE LOGISTICAL DIFFICULTIES THERE, BUT LET'S SEE WHAT THEIR LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ARE AND SEE WE CAN ADDRESS THANK YOU FOR THIS CHAIR.

YEAH.

I JUST, UM, WOULD WEIGH IN AND NOTE THAT IT'S THE WILL OF, OF THE BOARD, THAT THESE, IT APPEARS TO ME, IT'D BE THE BILLBOARD THAT THESE MEETINGS WOULD BE, UM, ACCESSIBLE AND VIDEOTAPED.

UM, I, I SEE THAT AS A, UH, THE ENTIRE CAPITAL METRO APPROACH TO THINGS WHERE WE WANT TO BE PUBLICLY TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE.

I DOUBT THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE VARIOUS COMMITTEES, UM, WOULD WANT TO WITHHOLD THAT INFORMATION FROM ANYBODY.

UM, I ALSO, WHILE I WOULD LIKE THEM TO SUPPORT IT, ISN'T REALLY THEIR DECISION.

IT'S KEPT METRO IN THE BOARD'S DECISION, AS FAR AS THE, UM, TAPING AND THE, UM, THE PUBLIC NATURE OF THESE MEETINGS.

SO IF THAT'S, I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE A PROBLEM FOR ANY OF OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

I DO SEE THAT THERE MAY BE SOME LOGISTICS ISSUES, BUT STAFF CAN EASILY, UM, WORK THROUGH THOSE AND MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THE FUTURE MEETINGS ARE EASILY VIEWABLE.

AND, UM, I DON'T THINK THERE SHOULD BE A QUESTION ABOUT DOING THAT.

SO IS THAT CLEAR ENOUGH? YES, IT IS.

AND I THINK ONE THING, IF I WENT OVER TOO QUICKLY, THAT THE GROUP WANTS TO DO IS THEY WANT TO PROCEED MORE PARTICIPATION ENGAGEMENT FROM THOSE MEETINGS.

I THINK WHAT'S JUST AS IMPORTANT PROMPTING AT SAY THAT, UH, THEIR MEETINGS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OPEN.

SO ANYONE CAN, WE'VE ALWAYS PUBLISHED THE, THE LINKS FOR THOSE MEETINGS FOR PEOPLE TO ATTEND.

WHAT WE'VE BEEN LACKING IS SOME OF THAT PARTICIPATION FROM PEOPLE ATTENDING.

WE COULD USE MORE OF OUR PUBLIC TO BE ENGAGED IN, IN THOSE MEETINGS.

AND THAT'S WHY THE CAP METRO COMMUNICATIONS TEAM AND MARKETING TEAM WILL BE USING THE CHANNELS THAT WE HAVE TO, TO GET MORE AWARENESS FOR THOSE MEETINGS, TOO.

OKAY.

SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS THESE ARE PUBLIC MEETINGS AND SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE.

AND IF THAT MEANS TAPING THEM AND PUTTING AND BROADCASTING THEM,

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THEN WE SHOULD ALREADY HAVE THOSE, THAT ABILITY IN PLACE.

CERTAINLY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, THE CITY COUNCIL DOES THAT AND HAS DONE THAT FOR YEARS.

YEAH.

HISTORICALLY THE LOGISTICS OF THAT HAVE BEEN A CHALLENGE OVER TIME.

AND I THINK, UM, INSOFAR AS WE NEED TO DIVE INTO THE DETAILS, WE CAN DO THAT.

BUT, UM, IF WE ON THE BOARD, WE'LL DO A GOOD JOB OF GETTING OUR PEOPLE TIMELY, PUT ON THE BOARD, THAT'LL HELP.

UH, AND ANYTHING THAT YOU GUYS IN THE MARKETING TEAM CAN DO TO CREATE MORE ENERGY AROUND THAT.

IT'LL BE GREAT.

REMEMBER KITCHEN, YOU ANSWERED MY QUESTION.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

VICE CHAIR.

JUST REMINDING EVERYBODY, WE HAVE A LONG AGENDA TODAY.

ALL RIGHT.

I'LL BE, I WON'T BE BAD.

JUST I'LL BE METHODIST.

UM, DID WE FIND ANY UPTICK IN PARTICIPATION, UH, WITH ELECTRONIC, UH, WITH THE USE OF ZOOM CALLS OR TEAMS CALLS? BECAUSE IF, IF WE, UH, IF WE FOUND THAT PARTICIPATION INCREASED, MAYBE THAT'S A WAY TO MAINTAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION, AND THAT WOULD BE PRETTY EASY TO, UH, TO TAKE IF WE CHOSE TO DO SO.

UM, MAYBE IT'S THE GETTING UP AND GETTING OUT AND COMING DOWNTOWN, UH, THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO CREATE A QUORUM.

UM, MAYBE WE OUGHT TO LOOK AND SEE, COMPARE OUR NUMBERS TO, UM, WHEN, WHEN WE HAD TAPED MEETINGS VERSUS LIVE MEETINGS.

YEAH, THAT'S A GOOD POINT.

YES, WE'RE GOOD.

THANK YOU, VICE CHAIR.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

GOOD METHODIST COMMENT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

NEXT, UH, BOARD MEMBERS WE'LL HAVE OUR COMMITTEE UPDATES AT FIRST OPERATIONS PLANNING AND SAFETY COMMITTEE CHAIR, KITCHEN.

UM, YES, THE, THE, UM, OPERATIONS PLANNING AND SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING, UH, WAS HELD LAST WEEK.

UH, WE HAD ONE ACTION ITEM, WHICH YOU'LL SEE ON YOUR AGENDA TODAY UNDER CONSENT, WHICH HAD TO DO WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN, UH, CAP METRO AND THE, UM, COMBINED TRANSPORTATION AND EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTER.

SO THAT WAS A, AND WE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO PUT THAT ON CONSENT.

WE ALSO HAD SOME CONVERSATIONS, UH, AROUND, UM, WHAT YOU SEE IN YOUR MEMORANDUM UPDATE, UH, FROM, FROM CARRIE BUTCHER RELATED TO, UM, CHALLENGES THAT CAP METRO IS HAVING RIGHT NOW WITH LABOR SHORTAGE.

SO I WON'T GO INTO DETAIL THERE.

THE INFORMATION IS IN THE MEMO THAT YOU HAVE, AND I IMAGINE PRESIDENT CLARK IS AVAILABLE TO S TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS WHEN HE GETS TO HIS, UH, PRESENTATION LATER.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

UM, REMEMBER, UH, MITCHELL IS HERE, SO WE WILL NOT HAVE A CAMPO UPDATE AND MEMBER, UH, STRATTON IS NOT HERE, SO WE WON'T HAVE A ATP UPDATE TODAY.

AND THE, UH, UH, FINANCIAL AND AUDIT COMMITTEE DIDN'T MEET DID NOT MEET THIS MONTH.

SO WE WON'T HAVE THAT, UM, AS WELL.

[V. Consent Items]

UH, SO NEXT STEP, WE HAVE THREE ITEMS ON OUR CONSENT AGENDA TODAY, BEFORE I READ THESE ITEMS, ARE THERE ANY MEMBERS OF THE BOARD WHO WISHED TO REMOVE AN ITEM FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA? HEARING NONE I'LL READ THE THREE ITEMS. NUMBER ONE IS APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE MAY 24TH, 2021 BOARD MEETING.

ITEM TWO IS THE APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION APPOINTING BECKY ROSS AS A MEMBER OF THE FINANCE AUDIT AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2021, UH, THE 2021 CALENDAR YEAR.

AND ITEM THREE IS APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN CAP METRO AND THE COMBINED TRANSPORTATION AND EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTER REQUIRING ALL PARTNERS TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY CTECH IN CASE OF ANY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS THAT MAY IMPACT THE OPERATIONS OF THE CTECH FACILITY OR PROCEDURES, INCLUDING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, SYSTEM BREACHES, UNEXPECTED OUTAGE OF SHARED SYSTEMS OR INTERRUPTIONS IN THE CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS AT THE FACILITIES, UM, CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE OUR CONSENT AGENDA CHAIR, UM, MOVED THAT WE, UH, THAT WE APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS AS LISTED VERY WELL.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S A MOTION BY OUR VICE CHAIR.

SECOND, SECOND, SECOND.

ALSO ONE COMMENT ON THE ACTUAL RESOLUTION.

IT HAS, UM, YOUR 2014 TO THAT, THAT DOES NEED TO BE CORRECTED BEFORE VERY WELL.

ASHLEY, YOU GOT THAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE SORT OF EMBARRASSED IN THIS RIGHT OFF THE BAT.

WE'RE SETTING A HIGH BAR VERY WELL.

WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND, AND, UH, ANY DISCUSSION ALL THEN IN FAVOR OF THE CONSENT, APPROVING THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING, AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? NAY MOTION CARRIES FIVE TO ZERO.

THANK YOU.

UH, NEXT

[VI.1. Approval of a resolution authorizing the President & CEO, or his designee, to finalize and execute a contract with Applications Software Technology LLC for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and implementation services for a base period of two (2) years with three (3) option periods for twelve (12) months each in an amount not to exceed $17,578,715.]

WILL BE OUR ACTION ITEMS.

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WE HAVE SIX ITEMS TODAY STARTING WITH A CONTRACT FOR A NEW ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SYSTEM REPLACEMENT.

AND WITH THIS ITEM, WE'D ALSO LIKE TO WELCOME OUR CFO, CATHERINE WALKER.

WELCOME THE FLOOR IS YOURS LADIES.

OKAY.

CHAIRMAN COOPER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, PRESIDENT CLARK I'M CATHERINE WALKER.

I AM CAPITOL METRO'S CHIEF FINANCIAL AND RISK OFFICER STANDING HERE WITH ME.

I'M JANE SCHROEDER.

CIO.

GLAD TO HAVE YOU BOTH HERE.

LET'S HEAR ABOUT IT.

YES.

SO WE COME HERE REQUESTING APPROVAL FOR A NEW ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SYSTEM.

UH, THE SYSTEM WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BY APPLICATION SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES AND WE'RE REQUESTING APPROVAL FOR A TWO YEAR AND THREE OPTION YEAR PERIOD CONTRACT FOR THE AMOUNT OF $17,578,715 TO SUPPORT THAT.

I'VE GOT A SHORT PRESENTATION WITH THREE SLIDES I'D LIKE TO SHARE.

ALL RIGHT, SO BRIEFLY, I'D LIKE TO TAKE YOU THROUGH WHAT AN ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SYSTEM IS.

ERP SYSTEMS TIE TOGETHER, MULTIPLE BACKED, UH, BEHIND THE SCENES FUNCTIONS, SUCH AS FINANCE, BUDGETING, HUMAN RESOURCES, RECRUITING TIME AND ATTENDANCE BENEFITS SYSTEMS ALL INTO ONE UMBRELLA PACKAGE.

SO CURRENTLY CAPITAL METRO HAS A DISINTEGRATED ERP SYSTEM.

WE HAVE TWO COMPONENTS THAT DON'T COMMUNICATE TOGETHER.

FIRST WE HAVE FOR OUR FINANCIAL AND BUDGETING SYSTEMS, WE USE A SYSTEM CALLED MICROSOFT DYNAMICS.

AIX.

THAT SYSTEM WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 2016 AND PERFORMS LIMITED FINANCIAL BUDGETING AND PROCUREMENT FUNCTIONS.

THE SYSTEM IS AT THE END OF ITS USEFUL LIFE AND IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED BY MICROSOFT, NOT THE LIGHTS DIMMING.

UH, THE SYSTEM IS NOT CURRENTLY SCALABLE FOR CAP METRO, NOR FOR THE EXPANSION OF ATP ON THE HUMAN CAPITAL SIDE.

WE USE A SYSTEM CALLED ULTIPRO.

THIS SYSTEM WAS IMPLEMENTED MORE THAN A DECADE AGO IN 2007, AND ALSO PERFORMS LIMITED FEATURES AND FUNCTIONALITY AS IT IS IMPLEMENTED TODAY, THE SYSTEM IS NOT SCALABLE TO INTEGRATE HR BENEFITS, MANAGEMENT, TALENT MANAGEMENT, LEARNING MANAGEMENT, OR OTHER FUNCTIONS, NOR DOES IT, WOULD IT, IS IT CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING THE CURRENT NEEDS OF CAPITAL METRO OR ATP? OKAY.

SO HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION.

THIS IS CONSIDERED A STATE OF GOOD REPAIR PROJECT BECAUSE BOTH SYSTEMS ULTI PRO AND MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AXR AT THE END OF THEIR USEFUL LIFE, THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION IS PLANNED TO TAKE US THROUGH THE WINTER OF 2023.

SO TO DATE, BACK IN JUNE, JULY OF 2020, WE CONDUCTED A NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF CAPITAL METRO.

AT THIS TIME, WE DIDN'T HAVE ATP PLANNED AS PART OF THE INTEGRATION.

UH, IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR, WE BEGAN AN RFP PROCESS CURRENTLY, WHERE WE ARE TODAY IS WE'VE MADE A SELECTION OF SOFTWARE AND FOR THE SERVICE PROVIDER, WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE COMING TO YOU FOR TODAY FOR APPROVAL, WE WOULD BEGIN OUR KICKOFF IN AUGUST WITH A GO LIVE FOR A FINANCIAL SYSTEMS IN OCTOBER OF 22, AND THEN HR IN THE WINTER OF 23.

ALL RIGHT.

SO OUR DECISION AT THIS POINT THROUGH OUR RIGOROUS ANALYSIS, WE HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT ORACLE CLOUD ERP IS THE SYSTEM OF CHOICE.

ORACLE IS REGARDED AS A TOP TIER ERP SYSTEM BY GARTNER AND PROVIDES ENHANCED ANALYTICS AND REPORTING THE KEY INDUSTRIES THAT ORACLE CURRENTLY SERVES INCLUDE INFORMATION, TECHNOLOGY, FINANCIAL SERVICES, HOSPITALS, GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION, AND PUBLIC SECTORS, CAPITAL METRO ATP.

UM, I'M SORRY, CAPITAL METRO AND A T B P BOTH HAVE REQUIREMENTS THAT THIS SYSTEM FULFILLS A S T OR, UH, APPLICATION SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY LLC WOULD BE THE IMPLEMENTATION PARTNER OF CHOICE.

THEY ARE THE LEADER IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTATIONS.

THEY'VE DONE MORE THAN 500 IMPLEMENTATIONS OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS AND HAVE DONE 20 PLUS CLOUD ERP SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATIONS.

WE ALSO FOUND THAT THIS PARTNER HAS EXPERIENCED WITH SPECIFICALLY TRANSIT AGENCIES AND THEY SUPPORTED LA METRO, METRO AND CHICAGO TRANSIT.

UH, THE RECOMMENDED AWARD AGAIN IS $17,578,715.

THAT INCLUDES A TWO YEAR BASE PERIOD WITH THREE OPTIONAL.

ONE-YEAR EXTENSIONS INTO THAT NUMBER.

WE HAVE A CONTINGENCY OF APPROXIMATELY 15% OR 2.2, $9 MILLION AND PMP SUPPORT OF 1.7 MILLION.

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SO WITH THAT QUESTION QUESTIONS, NICE CHAIR, WILL THIS SOFTWARE INTERACT WITH THE SOFTWARE THAT TRACKS, UH, D ATTRACTS AND MONITORS, DBE PURCHASES AND, UM, AND DBE PARTICIPATION.

SO THAT INFORMATION WILL EVENTUALLY FALL INTO THE ERP SYSTEM.

UM, AT THIS POINT I DON'T HAVE THE DATA BEHIND ME TO SAY IF THE SYSTEMS INTERACT OR HOW WE RECEIVE THE INFORMATION FROM OUR DBE TODAY, BUT THE INFORMATION WOULD EVENTUALLY GO INTO THE SYSTEM AS PART OF OUR HOLISTIC FINANCIAL DATA.

OKAY.

UM, SO I KNOW THAT THE, UH, THE NEXT REPORT IS GOING TO BE OUR UPDATE ON DIVERSITY AND EQUITY.

UM, BUT IT IT'S GOING TO BE PRETTY IMPORTANT THAT, UH, ANY SYSTEM THAT ADDRESS PR ADDRESSES, PURCHASING AND ADDRESSES RFPS GOING OUT OF THE DOOR, UH, TRACKS IN REAL TIME, HOW WE DIS-AGGREGATE, UH, CONTRACTS AND, AND THE ABILITY TO REACH OUT TO COMMUNITIES AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO PARTICIPATE, WHAT LEVELS WE INCLUDE THE COMMUNITY AND, AND THEN WHETHER THOSE NUMBERS ARE BEING MET.

SO, UM, I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT THERE'S NOT A MORE, UH, SPECIFIC UNDERSTANDING ABOUT HOW OUR DB NUMBERS WILL BE TRACKED AND, UH, THAT MIGHT BE IMPACTED.

YES.

SO, UH, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF SYSTEMS THAT WILL BE INTEGRATED WITH THIS, THAT KIND OF LINK FINANCIAL OR PROCUREMENT INFORMATION.

SO TEAMMATE IS THE SOLUTION THAT THE DBE GROUP USES, AND DEPENDING ON THE FUNCTIONALITY THAT'S AVAILABLE IN THE ERP SYSTEM, EITHER IT COULD POTENTIALLY BE REPLACED OR IT WILL BE INTEGRATED, AND TO PROVIDE THAT CRITICAL INFORMATION FROM THAT SYSTEM TO THE TEAMMATES SYSTEM.

AND THERE ARE ANOTHER, A NUMBER OF OTHER PROJECTS OR PRODUCTS THAT WE WILL BE INTEGRATING THAT FINANCIAL PROCUREMENT OR OTHER KINDS OF INFORMATION INTO DOWNWARD FACING SYSTEMS LIKE OUR NEW ENTERPRISE ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.

SO THERE'S ANOTHER POINT OF INTEGRATION, OUR NEW DATA WAREHOUSE.

OKAY.

UM, THIS IS AN OFFLINE CONVERSATION PROBABLY, UH, BUT I'M GOING TO BE INTERESTED IN WHAT OUR CURRENT STATE LOOKS LIKE AND, UM, THE, THE, UH, THE WORKFLOW YEAH.

HOW WE, HOW WE TRACK THAT INFORMATION TODAY, AND THEN HOW WE TRANSITIONED TO OUR NEW SYSTEM, UH, PR UH, PROJECT PLANNING TO MOVE US FROM WHERE WE ARE TO WHERE WE'RE GOING.

THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE COULD DO, AND RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT, THAT WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

YES, THERE ARE, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SYSTEM INTEGRATIONS THAT WILL HAPPEN BEHIND THE SCENES.

I DON'T, AGAIN, I DIDN'T BRING THE LIST, BUT WE HAVE POTENTIALLY UPWARDS OF 20 OR MORE SYSTEMS THAT WILL CONNECT INTO THAT.

I UNDERSTAND.

AND YOU ALL ALWAYS DO GREAT WORK.

I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT YOU DO.

UH, I WOULD, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE HAVE TIME, I'D LIKE TO KIND OF SIT DOWN AND GO THROUGH IT WITH YOU, JUST SO THAT I UNDERSTAND.

OKAY.

ONE MORE THING THAT WE DO PLAN ON DOING IS PROVIDING REGULAR UPDATES, ESPECIALLY TO THE FINANCE AUDIT AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE, SO THAT, YOU KNOW, UM, THE TIMELINE, WE HAVE A VERY AGGRESSIVE TIMELINE.

SO WE KNOW THAT THAT WE'RE GOING TO NEED YOUR SUPPORT AS WELL, TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS GOES THROUGH SMOOTHLY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT, THAT, UM, AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR DISPARITY PLAN, OUR, UM, THAT, THAT WE ARE JUST OUR DISPARITY STUDY, THAT, UH, WE MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE LOOKING AT THESE THINGS AND THAT THEY ARE AS HELPFUL AS THEY CAN IN TERMS OF TOOLS AND SYSTEMS THAT WORK IN AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN MENTIONED.

THANK YOU.

OTHER QUESTIONS, NONE.

I'LL JUST COMMENT THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE BEEN ON THE BOARD A LONG TIME WHEN YOU REMEMBER WHEN WE APPROVED THE LAST ONE, WHICH IS NOW OUT OF DATE AND NO LONGER BEING SERVICED, UM, I'VE, I'VE SURVIVED THE ERP, UH, UH, OBSOLESCENCE, WHICH MAY INDICATE SOMETHING ABOUT MY OWN STUFF, BUT, UH, WITH THAT, UH, SHARE, WE'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION WITH RESPECT TO ACTION ITEM, NUMBER ONE, MOVE APPROVAL MOTION BY THE VICE CHAIRS, OR A SECOND CHAIR WILL SECOND THE MOTION, ANY DISCUSSION, ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING AYE.

AYE, AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? NAY MOTION CARRIES FIVE ZERO.

THANK YOU.

BOTH.

WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO, UH, ONGOING ACTION REPORTS ON THAT IMPLEMENTATION.

I REMEMBER THE LAST TIME IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A MONSTER, SO IT'S NO SMALL AMOUNT OF WORK TO GET THAT DONE.

WE APPRECIATE THAT.

YEAH, THAT IS A HUGE DEAL.

[VI.2. Semi-annual update on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and approval of a resolution adopting the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Director’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy Statement.]

UH, NEXT ITEM IS OUR SEMI-ANNUAL UPDATE ON DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION AND APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE CAP, METRO,

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UH, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION POLICY STATEMENT, AND DONNA SIMMONS AND, UH, UH, JACQUELYN EVANS HERE TO PRESENT.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

AND GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIR COOPER, UM, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND PRESIDENT CLARK, AGAIN, I'M JACQUELINE EVANS.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION FOR CAPITAL METRO.

AND TODAY I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE OF THE DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAM, AS WELL AS CONSIDERATION FOR THAT BOARD POLICY STATEMENT.

TODAY'S CONTENTS.

AGAIN, WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS THOSE DIVERSITY UPDATES, OUR WORKFORCE, UM, UH, FOR THE F I'M SORRY, AS REQUIRED BY THE FTA, UH, AN EMAIL UPDATE SERVICE PROVIDER DATA UPDATE AND UPDATES ON OUR SBE AND S N S B N D B D PROGRAMS AND PAYMENTS.

UH, WE'LL GIVE YOU A DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION AGAIN, PROGRAM UPDATE AND PROPOSED BOARD OF DIRECTORS, THE DEA POLICY STATEMENT.

AND I'LL BE BRINGING UP THAT POLICY STATEMENT A COUPLE OF TIMES THROUGHOUT THIS PRESENTATION.

OKAY.

SO OUR SUMMARY REPORT OVERALL, A REPORT FOR OUR CAPITAL METRO SERVICE TO PROVIDERS.

AND THIS IS ALL UP AGAINST THE AVAILABILITY OF AUSTIN, UM, WORKERS, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM HERE IN COMPARISON TO THAT BLUE LINE CAPITAL METRO IS ACTUALLY DOING VERY, VERY WELL, UM, IN TERMS OF DIVERSITY.

OKAY, OVERALL, AGAIN, THIS IS ALL BROKEN DOWN, UM, IN YOUR PACKET WITH A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION PROVIDED WITH THAT DATA, A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL, UH, THAT AVAILABILITY REPORT, UH, WAS PROVIDED IN TWO, IN 2018.

THAT WAS THE MOST RECENT DATA THAT WE COULD FIND SO PROMOTIONS ARE PROMOTIONS BY DEMOGRAPHICS HERE.

YOU WILL SEE THAT, UM, WE'VE HAD 32 PROMOTIONS AS OF MARCH 31ST, 2021, UH, 50, I'M SORRY.

I'VE GOT TO LOOK AT THAT.

56% WERE WHITE MALES.

UM, AND THEN WE'VE HAD MY GLASSES AREN'T WORKING TODAY.

SO FORGIVE ME FOR THAT.

6% WHITE MALES, I'M SORRY, 6% ASIAN PACIFIC TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT AFRICAN-AMERICAN, UM, TWO OR MORE RACES.

AND THEN WE'VE HAD 5% HISPANIC, I'M SORRY, 9% HISPANIC NEW HIRES BY GENDER.

THERE ARE 53% MALE AND 47% FEMALE SO OF OUR VENDOR DIVERSITY DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE OR DBES AND OUR SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE, IT SAYS HERE, THESE ARE NOTED BY FEDERAL, UM, FUNDED, AND THEN THOSE ARE THE DBES AND THE SPS ARE LOCAL FUNDED, UM, ORGANIZATIONS SO OUR VENDOR DIVERSITY FOR CAPITAL METRO F Y 21 DBE, UM, ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT GOAL.

OUR GOAL WAS 19% AND WE FOR, UM, 2020, WE WERE AT 18.7%.

SO WE'RE PRETTY CLOSE TO OUR GOAL FOR 2021.

OUR GOAL IS 19% WE'RE WE'RE CURRENTLY AT 12%, AND WE PLAN ON REACHING THAT GOAL BECAUSE WE DO HAVE SOME VENDORS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT WE ARE SPEAKING WITH CURRENTLY, THE NEURO-DIVERSITY CAPITAL METRO FOR 2021.

OUR ANNUAL SEMI-ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT GOAL IS 60 CENT PER 66%.

WE HAVE SURPASSED OUR GOAL THERE OUR GOAL IS 21%.

AGAIN, WE'RE AT 20, UH, 66% IN TERMS OF VENDOR PAYMENTS RIGHT NOW FOR OUR, BOTH OUR

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DBES AND SPS AMONGST CAUCASIAN FEMALES OVER 4 MILLION HAVE BEEN, HAS BEEN PAID OUT HISPANICS, A ONE OVER 1.3 MILLION HAVE BEEN PAID OUT AMONGST THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATION.

OVER $3 MILLION HAS BEEN PAID OUT AND OUR ASIAN POPULATION OVER $1 MILLION HAS BEEN PAID OUT.

NOW OUR OVERALL DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION UPDATE, AS HERE WE'VE COME UP WITH OUR DEFINITIONS.

THOSE ARE ALSO GOING TO BE LOCATED IN THAT DBE STATEMENT.

POLICY STATEMENT, WE'VE COME UP WITH OUR DEFINITIONS HERE.

THEY ARE.

WE'VE MADE A DEFINITE CREATE THE DEFINITIONS FOR DIVERSITY EQUITY AND A RACIAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION.

WE'VE BOTH GOTTEN OUR STEERING COMMITTEE INVOLVED INTERNALLY AND OUR EXTERNAL COMMITTEE AS WELL.

THEY'VE ALSO REVIEWED THIS WITH US.

SO INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY, WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THIS, GO THROUGH THESE DEFINITIONS AND THEY HAVE BEEN APPROVED SO OUR DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION COUNCIL, UH, WE'VE DEVELOPED THAT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

UM, WE'VE ESTABLISHED OUR CHARTER THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY OUR COMMITTEE.

WE'VE BEEN HAVING QUARTERLY MEETINGS.

WE'VE HAD TWO THUS FAR.

I PERSONALLY HAVE BEEN MEETING WITH ALL OF THE ADVISORY GROUP MEMBERS ON A ONE-ON-ONE BASIS AND TALK THEM THROUGH, ASK THEM WHAT ARE, WHAT THEIR EXPECTATIONS ARE, WHAT OUR EXPECTATIONS WERE OF THEM.

UH, WE'VE ALSO BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR ACCESS TEAM.

UH, WE'VE ALSO, WE'VE BEEN TAUGHT, PARTNERING WITH ATP TO ENSURE THAT OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND OUR DEFINITIONS ARE ALIGNED WITH THEIRS.

SO 2021 OVERALL UPDATES WE'VE DISCUSSED THAT, UH, DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION COUNCIL HAVE BEEN HAVING, AGAIN, OUR QUARTERLY MEETINGS.

THOSE HAVE ALL BEEN ESTABLISHED, UH, WE'VE UH, DEVELOPED THAT ADVISORY GROUP CHARTER THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED.

UM, OUR GAP ASSESSMENT.

WE'VE HAD SURVEYS GO OUT TO OUR EMPLOYEES AND THEN THE DUST, THE DBE SBE DISPARITY, AND DBE AVAILABILITY STUDY RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT.

UM, I STARTED ON JUNE 7TH AS THE DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION.

UH, WE'VE COMPLETED THE TITLE SIX UPDATE AND POLICY APPROVAL.

WE'VE ESTABLISHED THE BOARD OF DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION POLICY STATEMENT.

AGAIN, WE'D LIKE FOR YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND APPROVE THAT TODAY.

AND WE'VE HAD SOME COMMUNITY EVENTS AND AWARENESS SOME OF OUR EQUITY INITIATIVES OR PICKUP ZONES WERE BEING ADDED, HAVE BEEN ADDED NORWOOD BUS, STOP IMPROVEMENT, PROJECT, OUR BUS STOP LIGHTING AND ASSESSABILITY IMPROVEMENTS, FARE CAPPING, PILOT, FREE TRANSIT TO VACCINATE THE VACCINES WE CAN FERRISS TO INCLUDE FOR JUNE 4TH, JUNE THROUGH JULY 4TH AND OUR JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY OBSERVATION, DON'T GET, WE ARE ALSO WORKING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WORKFORCE PLAN SO WHAT'S NEXT THE COMPLETION OF THE DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION PLAN, WHICH WILL INCLUDE A STRATEGY OVERALL FOR DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION, WE'LL BE REVIEWING THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.

WE'LL BE STARTING EMPLOYEE RESOURCE GROUPS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION.

RESOURCE GROUPS WILL BE HELPING US TO DEVELOP DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN CAPITAL METRO, AROUND DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION, OUR PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN REVISED APPROACH TO OUR, TO SECURITY THROUGH, THROUGH TRANS, UH, TRANSIT POLICING.

AND THEN THAT ADVISORY COMMUNITY GROUP GROUP, THOSE COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP MEETINGS WILL BE CONTINUED AS WELL.

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NO, THE PERFECT PAUL WAS THE DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION BOARD POLICY STATEMENT HAS, SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN YOUR NOTES.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW IT, BUT IT ALSO TALKS ABOUT, UM, AND DEFINES DIVERSITY EQUITY, UM, RACIAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION.

UM, IT TALKS TO ALSO, UM, TALKS ABOUT IT GOES THROUGH TITLE SEVEN AND REALLY THIS IS SERVES AS A REFERENCE POINT TO YOU ALSO THAT WHEN YOU'RE MAKING DECISIONS AROUND DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND INCLUSION, YOU CAN REFER TO THIS DOCUMENTATION GOING FORWARD.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? REMEMBER KITCHEN.

OKAY.

UM, UH, I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS, SO, UM, LET'S SEE.

LET ME, LET ME START WITH, UH, WELL, I'LL JUST START WITH THE, I'LL START WITH THE, UM, LET'S SEE, LOOKING AT THE PRESENTATION, UM, THE PRESENT THE ON PAGE, UM, I FORGET WHICH PAGE, THE PAGE WHERE YOU WERE, UH, SHOWING THE, YEAH, HERE IT IS.

PAGE 33 OF THE PACKET, WHICH IS, UH, THE ONE THAT SHOWS THE OVERALL DIVERSITY REPORT.

CMTA SERVICE PROVIDERS IN AUSTIN THAT THE BAR CHART, IF YOU WANT TO GO BACK TO THAT, UH, THE SERVICE PROVIDERS, I JUST WANT TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT IT'S SHOWING A 29%, UM, FOR FEMALES AND 71% FOR MALES.

CAN YOU JUST TELL ME WHAT THAT REPRESENTS, KEEP GOING BACK.

I THINK IT'S BEFORE THE DBE THINGS, BEFORE THAT, THERE YOU GO THERE.

SO, UM, SO GENDER, THIS IS THE GENDER OF ALL THE STAFFING, RIGHT? AND THE SERVICE PROVIDERS IS, IS THE, OUR BUS OPERATORS AND THE, UH, ET CETERA, RIGHT? SO I, AS A PRETTY, THAT'S PRETTY LOW FOR WOMEN.

I SUSPECT THAT THAT IS REPRESENTATIVE.

I MEAN, I SUSPECT THAT THAT'S NOT UNUSUAL, UH, IN THIS INDUSTRY, BUT, UM, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION OCCURRING AROUND THAT 29% NUMBER AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO, UM, TO PROVIDE FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN THESE JOBS? WELL, FROM WHAT WE FOUND 9%, ONLY 9%, UM, ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN AUSTIN.

UM, THAT'S WHAT I'M UNDERSTANDING OF AROUND THE SERVICE PROVIDERS.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT OVERALL HANGING OUT WITH THAT A LITTLE BIT.

OKAY.

I'LL STEP IN HERE JUST A LITTLE BIT, GIVEN MINE THAT JACQUELINE HAS BEEN HERE ABOUT A MONTH, SO IT SORT OF PUTS YOU IN THE MIDDLE.

I HAD A LOT MORE, UM, HISTORY AND DETAIL AROUND THAT THE SERVICE PROVIDER WORKFORCE.

UM, SO WE DO HAVE, WHEN WE GATHERED DETAILED INFORMATION AS WELL AROUND THE AVAILABILITY BY EEO JOB CATEGORY, MOST OF THE EO JOB CATEGORIES THAT ARE, THAT THE SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE ARE BUS OPERATORS, MAINTENANCE AND MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEES.

SO THEY AVAILABILITY, UM, IN THOSE TYPES OF JOBS IS MUCH LESS THAN THE AVAILABILITY IN THE WORKFORCE AS A WHOLE.

SO, SO THAT IS THE REASON THAT THERE, YOU SEE A LOWER PERCENTAGE OF FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN THE SERVICE PROVIDER WORKFORCE, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE DON'T THINK THAT THERE'S MORE THAT WE CAN DO.

UM, SO WE, WE HAVE BEEN ENGAGING WITH THE SERVICE PROVIDERS, UM, OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS AND REALLY MUCH MORE IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS.

UM, AS DOTTIE MENTIONED AT THE, AT THE OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING, UM, WE, OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE SEEING SOME REAL CHALLENGES IN RECRUITING BUS OPERATORS IN PARTICULAR RIGHT NOW.

SO WE ARE WORKING VERY, VERY CLOSELY WITH THEM TO HELP THEM TO ADDRESS THAT ISSUE.

AND ONE OF THE AREAS WE WILL BE ASSISTING THEM TO FOCUS ON IS, ARE, ARE THERE WAYS THAT WE CAN ASSIST WITH RECRUITING MORE, UH, FEMALE EMPLOYEES INTO THOSE ROLES? OKAY.

OKAY.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

I WOULD, I'D LOVE TO HAVE A LONGER CONVERSATION OFFLINE, JUST ABOUT THE SPECIFICS OF THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT, UM, WE'RE WORKING WITH THE SERVICE PROVIDERS ON THAT COULD BE A NICE DOVETAIL WITH THE ISSUES AROUND THE LABOR SOURCE SHORTAGE.

ALTHOUGH IT, IT COULD, IT COULD, UM, I DON'T KNOW, THE, THE, THE NUMBERS, IT COULD JUST POINT TO THE NEED FOR, UH, FOR GREATER TRAINING, UH, AND TRAINING KINDS OF PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN.

BUT THAT'S A NUMBER THAT IS, IS SOMETHING THAT I'D LIKE FOR US AS CAP METRO.

LIKE YOU SAID, TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO PROACTIVELY TO HELP WORK ON THAT.

COMPLETELY AGREE.

OKAY.

UH, THEN THE NEXT QUESTION, I'LL JUST ASK TWO QUESTIONS AND THEN LEAVE IT FOR OTHERS.

AND THEN I HAVE A FEW MORE AFTER THAT, BUT TH THE NEXT SLIDE I JUST WANTED TO UNDERSTAND BETTER.

UH, SO THIS ONE ON THE PROMOTIONS BY GENDER.

SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTOOD THAT.

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SO IS IT, IS THAT ONE ACROSS ALL THE ENTITIES IS, OR IS THAT JUST, THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO UNDERSTAND THE STATUS, JUST CAPITAL METRO DATA.

WE DON'T GET THIS LEVEL OF DETAILED DATA FROM THE SERVICES SERVICE PROVIDERS ON THE HIRING, MOST PROMOTIONS THAT WE GET THEIR OVERALL WORKFORCE DATA.

SO THIS IS JUST FOR CAPITAL METRO.

SO FOR CAPITAL METRO, WE HAD, UH, IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR, WE HAD A TOTAL OF 33 PROMOTIONS.

SO THAT BROKE DOWN BETWEEN GENDER AND RACE IS JUST FOR CAPITAL METRO EMPLOYEES THROUGH MARCH.

UM, AND SINCE MARCH ACTUALLY, WE'VE BEEN DOING QUITE A BIT OF HIRING.

SO THE NEXT, UH, AND PROMOTIONS FOR AS A MATTER OF FACT.

SO THE NEXT REPORT THAT THE BOARD GETS WILL INCLUDE THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR, AND I'VE LOOKED AT SOME OF THAT DATA ALREADY.

AND I DO EXPECT THOSE PERCENTAGES, UM, UH, FOR BOTH FEMALE AND, UH, FOR MINORITY GROUPS, UM, ON PROMOTIONS TO INCREASE BASED ON WHAT'S HAPPENED OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.

OKAY.

TH THAT, WHAT MY QUESTION WAS, WAS IT EVERYONE, OR JUST KEPT METRO? SO THAT ANSWERS MY QUESTION THERE.

OKAY.

SO, UM, OTHERS HAVE QUESTIONS I CAN KEEP GOING.

SHOULD I KEEP GOING, OR SHOULD I KEEP GOING? OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THEN, UM, MY, MY NEXT QUESTION GOES TO THE POLICY STATEMENT AND I WANTED TO, TO TALK ABOUT THE POLICY STATEMENT THAT WE'RE ADOPTING TODAY FOR A MOMENT.

UM, I THINK WHAT I'M THINKING ABOUT IS INHERENT IN THE WORDING, BUT IT'S NOT QUITE THE WORDING THAT I WOULD THINK OF.

SO I JUST WANT TO ASK ABOUT IT, AND THAT'S THE USE OF THE TERM INCLUSION? UH, MY THOUGHT IS THAT, UM, THAT WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, UM, INCLUSION WHERE EVERYONE FEELS WELL, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, LET'S SAY I DON'T HAVE IT'S INVOLVEMENT AND EMPOWERMENT, UM, AND WHERE EVERYONE FEELS WELCOMED, RESPECTED, SUPPORTED, AND VALUED THE WORD THAT I'M NOT SEEING HERE THAT, YOU KNOW, IT COULD BE THAT THE ASSUMPTION IS THAT IT'S INCLUDED IS THE WORD HEARD, UH, BECAUSE WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO TO THINK ABOUT IS THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IS, UH, IS ABOUT THE VOICES OF THE, OF IS ABOUT PEOPLE'S VOICES, UH, AT THE TABLE AND, AND, UM, IDEAS PARTICIPATION BEING GENERATED THAT WAY AS A, AND I THINK THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE, I REALLY WANT US TO ACKNOWLEDGE AS PART OF A POLICY STATEMENT THAT WE ARE ADOPTING AS A BOARD.

SO, UM, SO IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU ALL HAD CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THAT ASPECT OF IT, OR, UM, I THINK WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT, UM, INVOLVEMENT AND EMPOWERMENT, THAT WAS, THAT WAS OUR INTENT THERE, BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A, IT'S A BOARD POLICY WE'RE PRESENTING THIS FOR Y'ALL'S CONSIDERATIONS.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, THE, UH, THE WARD'S DISCUSSION AROUND THAT, UM, WOULD, UM, RESULT IN US CHANGING SOME OF THE WORDS TO MEET WHAT YOU WANT YOUR POLICY STATEMENT TO BE.

WE WILL REALLY BE, WE'LL BE REALLY HAPPY TO DO THAT.

OKAY.

WELL, I WOULD, I WOULD SUGGEST TO THE BOARD THAT, UM, THIS IS, THESE ARE GOOD WORDS, AND I REALLY, I SHOULD HAVE STARTED WITH I'VE.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THE EFFORT THAT IS, UM, I APPRECIATE THIS EFFORT AND INITIATIVE.

I SEE A LOT OF POSITIVE FORWARD MOVEMENT ON IT AND, AND WELCOME.

SO I THINK IT'S VERY EXCITING, ACTUALLY.

SO, UH, WITH REGARD TO THE POLICY STATEMENT, IF IT'S, IF IT WAS JUST ME, I WOULD ADD THE WORD AND HEARD.

SO IT READS INVOLVEMENT IN AN EMPOWERMENT WHERE EVERYONE FEELS WELCOME, RESPECTED, SUPPORTED, VALUED, AND HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.

I MEAN, THAT MAY PEOPLE MAY FEEL LIKE THAT'S INHERENT, BUT I WOULD FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE IF WE COULD ACTUALLY STATE THAT.

SO I JUST LOOKED AT MY COLLEAGUES TO SEE IF THEY HAVE ANY THOUGHTS.

I DON'T HAVE ANY OBJECTION IN, UH, IF YOU WANT TO ADD THAT INTO THE MOTION, I WOULD BE OKAY WITH THAT.

OKAY.

WELL THEN I WOULD LIKE TO, CAN WE CONSIDER THAT THE MOTION? YES.

I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THE MOTION WITH THAT, UH, WITH THAT ADDITION.

WELL, THERE'S NO MOTION YET TO MAKE A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT TO, SO THAT'S THE MOTION.

IS THERE A SECOND, SECOND BY THE VICE CHAIR DISCUSSION? OKAY.

THERE'S NO DISCUSSION THEN ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WITH THE ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE FROM MEMBER KITCHEN, UH, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? NAY MOTION CARRIES FIVE TO ZERO.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND WELCOME JACQUELINE.

I HAVE ONE LAST QUESTION.

OH, I'M OOPS.

IT'S A QUICK ONE.

OH, I'M SORRY.

UH, ALSO, UH, NEGLECTED TO, UH, INVITE MS. JOSEPH'S TO SPEAK.

SO, UH,

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LET'S UH, HAVE MS. JOSEPH'S AND THEN YOUR QUESTION, AND IF WE NEED TO GET BACK UP ON THE, UH, WE SHOULD HAVE HEARD MS. JOSEPH'S FIRST.

UH, IF THERE'S NO OBJECTION, THEN WE'LL, UH, UH, PUT THAT IN ASHLEY.

I'M GOING TO ASK YOUR HELP TO UNWIND THAT PENDING MS. JOSEPH'S COMMENTS, OR WE CAN RATIFY THE MOTION SUBJECT TO ALL RIGHT.

LET'S UH, THE CHAIR WE'LL MOVE TO RECONSIDER THE PRIOR MOTION.

THERE'S A SECOND.

ANY DISCUSSION? ALL IN FAVOR OF THE, WELL, LET ME JUST ASK YOU A QUESTION.

RECONSIDERING, TEXAS BACK PRO WE'LL VOTE AGAIN.

SO WE'RE AND DOES THE VOTE AND PUTS US BACK ON THE FLOOR.

SO ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING AYE, ANY OPPOSED? NAY MOTION CARRIES FIVE TO ZERO.

SO NOW MS. JOSEPH'S WILL WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS.

WELL, LET'S, UH, UH, TAKE, UH, MEMBER KITCHEN'S QUESTION, AND THEN IF YOU CAN GET HER IN THE INTERVENING TIME PERIOD, WE'LL GO BACK TO HER.

OKAY.

UH, MY QUESTION JUST RELATES TO THE DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION PLAN AND THE WEBSITE.

SO, UM, AGAIN, I'M EXCITED ABOUT, UM, MOVING FORWARD WITH THESE, I THINK IT'S, IT'S, UM, VERY, UH, POSITIVE AND IMPORTANT STEP.

SO JUST WANTING TO UNDERSTAND IF YOU HAD A TIMELINE IN MIND FOR A COMPLETION OF THAT PLAN, WHETHER THAT PLAN WILL BE IF THE COUNTY, IF THE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE BOARD WILL BE BRIEFED ON THAT PLAN.

AND THEN ALSO THE WEBSITE, WHAT CHELSEA WAS THINKING ON THE TIMELINE FOR THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH OUR MARKETING COMMUNICATION STAFF TO, TO GET THAT READY.

WE THINK WE'LL BE READY TO MAKE THAT GO LIVE WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS.

UM, SO WE CAN CERTAINLY MAKE THE REPORT TO THE BOARD, UM, BEFORE THAT, OR, OR RIGHT AFTER IT.

UM, THE BOARD DESIRES WOULD BE REALLY HAPPY TO DO THAT, WHAT WE EXPECT TO BE, UH, INCLUDED ON THAT WEBSITE AS SOME OF THE SAME INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE NOW AROUND OR RELATED TO TITLE SIX AND OUR DBE AND SBE PROGRAM, BUT ALSO INCLUDING, UM, THE INFORMATION ON THE, THE MEMBERSHIP OF OUR, UM, COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP, THE COUNCIL THAT WE'VE CREATED, UH, THE BOARD'S DNR POLICY STATEMENT, UM, SOME OF THE INFORMATION FROM OUR WORK SOURCE FORCE STATISTICS THAT WE SHARE WITH YOU ALL.

SO IT WILL BE A LOT OF THE SAME INFORMATION THAT THE BOARD SEES, BUT THEN IT WOULD, IT WILL BE ON THAT WEBSITE FOR THE PUBLIC TO VIEW AS WELL.

OKAY.

AS WELL AS THE MEETINGS OF THAT GROUP, THE MINUTES OF THE WIND HAS CERTAINLY THE MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS OF THAT GROUP WILL BE, UM, INCLUDED ON THAT WEBSITE AS WELL.

GEN CODES ALMOST CALLED JUDGE.

UM, I SHARE.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, I WANT, WANNA MAKE SURE IT'S, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A BASELINE, AND I THINK THAT YOU'VE WORKED REALLY HARD TO PUT A BASELINE TOGETHER.

UM, I THINK THAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE DISPARITY STUDY PROCESS, AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE GOOD TO PUT THE INFORMATION THAT YOU'VE PUT TOGETHER IN FRONT OF AN, IN FRONT OF CO-LED HOMES, BECAUSE SHE WILL HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF PHRASES OF ART.

AND THERE ARE SOME PHRASES THAT ARE PHRASES OF ART IN THE SECTOR, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE, UH, WE ARE CONVEYING THROUGH PHRASES OF ART, EXACTLY WHAT OUR EXPECTATIONS ARE AND THAT WE AREN'T SEEING THINGS THAT MIGHT ULTIMATELY, UH, BE MET IN A VERY CONSTRUCTIVE WAY.

AND BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF ART, SOMEBODY SEES IT IN A WAY OTHER THAN IT WAS CONSTRUCTED.

COMPLETELY AGREE.

SHE'S UM, THAT'S MY NEXT ITEM THAT WE'LL TALK ABOUT.

SHE'S GOING TO BE A GREAT RESOURCE TO US.

OH, OKAY.

SO, SO THEN THE, THE WEBSITE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IN THE FALL, UM, AND SO WILL THE MEETINGS OF THIS COMMITTEE BE OPEN, UH, AND POSTED

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SO THAT PEOPLE CAN LISTEN IF THEY WANT TO, UM, BE THE DIVERSITY COMMITTEE.

SO, UH, WE HAVE HAD SOME OF THAT RACHLIN IN HER INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS, UM, WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, UM, WITH THE, SHE'S ALSO HAD SOME OF THAT DISCUSSION WITH THEM.

UM, WHAT WE'RE HEARING SO FAR ANYWAYS WITH THE PREFERENCE OF THOSE MEMBERS IS THAT THE, AT LEAST INITIALLY AS WE'RE DEVELOPING THE PROGRAM, UM, THAT THEY, NOT, THAT THEY'D BE OPEN ONLY TO THE GROUP SO THAT THEY REALLY FEEL, UM, COMFORTABLE VOICING WHATEVER THEIR ISSUES AND CONCERNS ARE.

UM, IN, IN A, IN A WAY THAT'S IN MORE OF A CONTROLLED GROUP.

UM, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT ULTIMATELY THEY MIGHT BE MORE COMFORTABLE DOING THAT, BUT INITIALLY OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM HAS BEEN THAT THEY PREFER THAT THEIR INTERACTIONS WITH US BE, UM, IN A MORE PRIVATE SETTING, UM, AS WE'RE DEVELOPING THE PROGRAM AND AS THEIR, UM, BECAUSE WHAT WE REALLY, REALLY WANT FROM THEM MORE THAN ANYTHING IS TO PROVIDE REALLY, REALLY CANDID FEEDBACK TO US AND TO TELL US WHEN WE'RE NOT, WHEN THEY DON'T THINK THAT WE'RE MEETING, UM, THE ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS THAT WE'RE SETTING.

SO, UM, AND OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM SO FAR, THAT IS THEIR PREFERENCE.

OKAY.

AND THEN THE PLAN, WHEN WILL THAT, WHAT'S THE TIMELINE FOR THAT? SO OUR NEXT REPORT TO THE BOARD, OUR SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT WILL, UM, WILL OCCUR IN JANUARY.

UM, AND SO WHEN WE COME BACK TO THE BOARD WITH THAT REPORT, UH, WE WILL BE ABLE TO LAY OUT THE DETAILS OF THE PLAN AT THAT MEETING.

OKAY.

OKAY.

I, I THINK WE HAVE MS. JOSEPH'S MR. CHAIR.

YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? HELLO? YES.

SO WE CAN HEAR YOU YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

HELLO.

OH, OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

I HAD TO CALL BACK.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR MEMBERS.

I'M SYNOVIA JOSEPH.

SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS AS IT RELATED TO COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHENS REQUEST JUST A MINUTE AGO ABOUT INDIVIDUALS FEELING LIKE THEY NEED TO BE HEARD.

I'LL JUST CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THE TEXAS SUNSET COMMISSION, WHICH NOTED THE AUTHORITIES LONG LEGACY OF APPEARING TONE, DEAF TO PUBLIC CONCERNS.

AND THEN THERE'S A COMMENT FROM JULY 29TH, 2019, THE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE FROM YANAS BANKS, WHERE HE SAID QUOTES.

PEOPLE FEEL LIKE WHEN THEY ARE GIVING FEEDBACK AT THE OPEN HOUSES, THEY ARE GOING INTO A BLACK HOLE.

AND SO WHILE I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHENS, UM, REQUEST TO INCLUDE THAT LANGUAGE, I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THERE'S BEEN A HISTORY.

AND SO IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT IS JUST BEING MADE UP TODAY.

AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO TITLE SIX, I DO SEE THAT YOU HAVE THAT ON PAGE 29 OF THE BACKUP MATERIALS, BUT I WOULD JUST REITERATE THAT YOU SAY ONE THING, DO ANOTHER DOCUMENT, WHAT IS SAID TO FOOL THE FEDS.

AND SO, AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO EQUITY, I JUST WANT TO CALL IT TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT IT APPEARS ABOUT 83 TIMES IN THE BOARD PACKET.

AND THE WORD DIVERSITY APPEARS 87 TIMES OUT OF 192 PAGES, BUT BLACK PEOPLE STILL WAIT 60 MINUTES FOR THE BUS.

AND THEN YOU PASS THE RESOLUTION AUGUST 7TH, 2020 TO LEAVE THE ROUTER THAT WAY.

AND YOU CALLED IT EQUITABLE, BUT THAT'S 10 TIMES LONGER THAN THE PEOPLE WHO BOUGHT THE BUS AT METRO RAIL KRAMER OR METRO RURAL CRESTVIEW, EXCUSE ME, ONE MILE SOUTH OF NORTH AMAR TRANSIT CENTER TO DOVE SPRINGS, HISPANICS.

AND SO I GET THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT WORDS ON PAPER, THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, UNLESS THEY COME TO AUSTIN AND DO AN INVESTIGATION, IT WILL LOOK AS THOUGH EVERYTHING IS WELL AND GOOD IN AUSTIN.

WHEN IT'S NOT, YOU HAVE LANGUAGE, YOU'RE SAYING THAT YOU'RE COMMITTED TO CONNECTING PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES TO JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES.

WHEN IN FACT YOU ELIMINATED NORTHEAST WEST CONNECTIVITY ON ROUTES 3 92, 3 23 AND 3 25 WALMART TO WALMART.

AND SO I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOUR WORDS DON'T MATCH YOUR ACTIONS AND THAT YOU DO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE RIGHT THING, AS OPPOSED TO JUST PASSING A RESOLUTION THAT SAYS YOU WILL.

AND AS IT RELATES TO THE SALARIES, I WOULD JUST CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION ON MARCH 17TH, 2021, CEO, RANDY CLARK ACTUALLY SAID THAT YOU HAVE THE MOST DIVERSE, UH, TRANSIT EXPANSION PROGRAM, SENIOR TEAM OF ANYONE IN THE COUNTRY.

AND THAT INFORMATION AS IT RELATES TO SALARIES USED TO BE ONLINE WHEN LINDA WATSON WAS THE CEO.

AND I WOULD JUST URGE YOU TO PUT IT ONLINE.

UH, TRAVIS COUNTY