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ALL RIGHT, LET'S GO AHEAD AND CONVENE.

TODAY'S A CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

TODAY'S SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2021.

IT IS 10 0 8.

UH, WE ARE HERE IN, UH, AUSTIN, UH, UH, CITY HALL.

WE HAVE A QUORUM PRESENT COLLEAGUES.

WE'RE GOING TO CONVENE THE MEETING THIS MORNING.

I'M GOING TO READ IN THE CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS.

UH, WE'LL CONVENE THE MEETING.

WE'LL WE'LL, WE'LL CALL THE SPEAKERS TO SPEAK.

UH, IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE ABOUT, UH, EIGHT OR 10 THAT HAVE SIGNED UP.

SO WE'LL TAKE THEM.

EVERYONE WILL GET THREE MINUTES WHEN WE'RE DONE WITH THE SPEAKERS.

BEFORE WE DO ANYTHING ON CONSENT, WE'RE GOING TO RECESS THIS MEETING.

UM, AND WE WILL, UH, UH, GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION JUST TO LOOK AT THE, UH, BALLOT LANGUAGE QUESTIONS SO THAT STAFF CAN START WORKING ON THAT.

SO WE'LL GO BACK TO THE EXECUTIVE SESSION.

WE'LL COME BACK OUT.

WE HAVE THE OPTION TO TAKE ACTION AT THAT POINT ON THAT ITEM.

UH, AND THEN WE'LL MOVE THEM TO THE PROCESSING OF THE CONSENT AGENDA AT THIS POINT.

UH, IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE WE HAVE A LOT OF ITEMS, UH, OR ANY OF THE ITEMS TO PULL.

I'M SURE THAT WILL POTENTIALLY CHANGE, BUT WE'LL SEE IF WE CAN GET THROUGH THAT.

WE HAVE ONE CITIZEN COMMUNICATION SPEAKER ON ZONING THIS AFTERNOON.

WE HAVE SPEAKERS THAT CAN SIGN UP TO 1 45, UH, WILL THAT, UH, CALL THE SPEAKERS AS CLOSE TO TWO O'CLOCK AS WE CAN, UH, AT THIS POINT, UH, JURY IS PREDICTING THAT WE DON'T HAVE ANY DISCUSSION ITEMS. UH, IF IT WORKS THAT WAY, THERE, MAYBE THIS WOULD BE THE WAY AHEAD, UH, EARLIER THAN NORMAL TODAY, I'M GOING TO BE, UH, OFF THE DIOCESE, UH, FROM ABOUT, UH, TWO-ISH TO ABOUT 3, 3 30 ISH.

UH, BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THERE'S ANYTHING THIS AFTERNOON THAT, UH, I NEED TO BE HERE FOR THAT YOU CAN HEAR BILL, IT MIGHT HAVE SETS.

AND THE MAYOR PRO TERM IS AWARE OF THAT MIGHT HAVE TO STEP OFF THE DICE IF THAT'S OKAY WITH EVERYBODY, WE'RE GOING TO GO

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AHEAD AND JUMP RIGHT INTO, UH, SPEAKERS.

REMEMBER PEOPLE HAD, UH, TILL 9 45 THIS MORNING DECIDE UP AS A PRACTICAL MATTER.

I THINK THEY ACTUALLY CLOSED IT AT FIVE TIL, UH, BUT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT COUNT ON THAT.

UH, 9 45, UH, IS THE TIME WHERE THEY CAN CUT IT OFF.

I'M GONNA GO AHEAD AND CALL THE SPEAKERS IS, UH, MARTIN JONES HERE.

MR. JONES, WHY DON'T YOU COME ON DOWN TO THE PODIUM? YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK.

I'LL SET MY TIMER AS THE OLD PREACHER ONCE TOLD ME, BLESS IT, OR THE BRIEF, OR THEY SHALL BE INVITED BACK.

GOOD MORNING, MR. MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

WELCOME BACK TO YOUR CHAMBER.

MY NAME IS MARTIN JONES AND I'M THE STUDIO DIRECTOR AT AUSTIN STUDIOS.

OUR 20 ACRE COMPLEX AND MILLER IS OWNED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AS YOU KNOW, AND OPERATED BY THE AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY.

FOR THE PAST 21 YEARS, I'M HERE TO EXPRESS OUR SUPPORT OF THE CREATIVE CONTENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR THE TELEVISION SERIES OF WALKER AN HOUR AGO, THE CAMERAS STARTED ROLLING FOR THE SECOND SEASON OF THE SERIES.

WALKER IS PROUDLY BASED AT AUSTIN STUDIOS AND THEY EMPLOY OVER 300 PEOPLE.

EVERY SEASON, AUSTIN RESIDENT, JARED PADDLE, LUCKY IS THE TITLE STAR OF THE SERIES.

AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN ITSELF IS HIS COSTAR.

THANKS TO YOUR INNOVATIVE PROGRAM.

YOUR $213,000 INVESTMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR A BROADCAST SERIES LIKE THIS.

AND HERE IS HOW ALONG AS A LONG TIME FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCER MYSELF, I CAN TELL YOU THAT MOST SERIES IN THEIR SEASON, IN THEIR SEASON RUNNING PLUS, OR MINUS TWO TO $300,000, AND THIS INCENTIVE HELPS RECONCILE THE BALANCE SHEET.

THE YEAR, THE YEAR END OVERAGES ARE EVEN HIGHER NOW BECAUSE OF COVID AND THE COSTLY SAFETY PROTOCOLS WALKER SHOOTS DOWNTOWN FREQUENTLY, WHICH IS EXPENSIVE.

THEY PAY PERMITS AND A LOT OF LOCATION FEES.

IT WOULD BE CHEAPER TO AVOID DOWNTOWN SHOOT AT OUR STUDIO, BUT THEY DON'T DO THAT.

THEY WEAVE IN THE STREET, THE CITY INTO THE STORY $213,000 REPRESENTS 400 DAYS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR A SINGLE CREW MEMBER EARNING WELL OVER $30 AN HOUR.

AND TO BE REALLY CANDID, THEY COULD HAVE DONE LIKE MANY TV SHOWS, SHOT THE PILOT HERE IN AUSTIN, FILMED SOME ESTABLISHING SHOTS AND GONE OFF TO ANOTHER STATE LIKE NEW MEXICO AND SAVED $3 MILLION A YEAR, BUT THEY DIDN'T LONG RUNNING TELEVISION SERIES ARE INCREDIBLE JOB PRODUCING FACTORIES, AND THIS MAKES TEXAS A VIABLE LAW, LIFELONG HOME FOR CREW MEMBERS.

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WE SEE THIS INCENTIVE COMMITMENT AS THE CENTRAL TO THE STRATEGY FOR MAINTAINING A SHOW OF THIS MAGNITUDE IN AUSTIN FOR THE LONGTERM.

AND I WANT TO THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND TO HUMANIZE THIS.

I'D LIKE TO TELL YOU A QUICK STORY, A TEXAS NATIVE WHO LIVES WHO'S LIVED IN AUSTIN FOR 20 YEARS, STARTED HIS CAREER IN 1998.

AS A PRODUCTION ASSISTANT HAS NOW PRODUCED OVER 41 EPISODES OF NETWORK TO PRIME TIME TELEVISION.

HIS NAME IS JOHN PATTERSON, AND HE'S ONE OF THE PRODUCERS OF WALKER.

HE'S GETTING TO WORK AT HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME.

IN MANY YEARS THIS YEAR HE'LL ADD 22 MORE EPISODES TO HIS RESUME.

SO MANY PEOPLE ARE BENEFITING FROM THIS.

WE SEE THIS INCENTIVE AS ESSENTIAL.

WE HOPE THAT YOU'LL KEEP THIS A PART OF YOUR PORTFOLIO AND STRATEGY AND HELP US TO SUCCEED IN THE MOST BUSY YEAR OF FILMING IN THIS CITY IN PAST DECADE SINCE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS LEFT.

THANK YOU.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION MR. JONES WHILE YOU'RE HERE, UH, ON THIS ISSUE, I, UH, I'VE BEEN TOLD BY OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPER STAFF AND THEY MAY SPEAK TO IT LATER THAT GETTING A LOCAL INCENTIVE HELPS YOU PULL DOWN A STATE INCENTIVE.

IS THAT RIGHT? YEAH.

HAVING THE MIXTURE OF BOTH IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF, UH, INCENTIVES AVAILABLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND FRANKLY AROUND THE WORLD ARE LOOKED AT AS ESSENTIAL.

I MET WITH EXECUTIVES IN LOS ANGELES ABOUT THIS SERIES, A VICE-PRESIDENT WHO TOLD ME DIRECTLY THAT THE INCENTIVE MIX WOULD BE, UM, CRITICAL TO THEIR DECISION TO COME TO AUSTIN AS WELL.

IN SO FAR AS THE LOCAL COMMITMENT HELPS PULL DOWN THE STATE BECAUSE THE STATE LOOKS TO SEE WHETHER THE LOCALS ARE PARTICIPATING OR NOT.

IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT LAST YEAR, UH, COUNCIL GAVE, UH, AS PART OF THIS THREE 80 PROGRAM, ABOUT $140,000.

AND THAT HELPED PULLED OUT A STATE, UH, UH, INCENTIVE OF JUST UNDER $10 MILLION, ABOUT $5.4 MILLION.

AND I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S IMPORTANT.

I, I AM REAL APPRECIATIVE THAT, UH, UH, THAT THE, UH, PRODUCT OF THE PROJECT, UH, UH, HAPPENS HERE THAT JARED PADDLE LUCKY WHO'S IN AUSTIN NATIVE, UH, JUST KEEPING THE SHOW HERE.

UH, SO, YOU KNOW, PLEASE EXPRESS THAT APPRECIATION.

UH, I GREW UP AT A HOUSE COLLEAGUES WITH, UH, WITH THREE GIRLS.

SO GILMORE GIRLS IS SOMETHING THAT, THAT, UH, UH, I GREW UP WITH, UH, AND, UH, OBVIOUSLY HE WAS CENTRAL TO THAT.

AND, BUT THEN 15 YEARS RUNNING, UH, WITH SUPERNATURAL, UH, FILLED HERE, IT, IT SPAWNS A LOT OF CREATIVES THAT OUR CITY BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE WORKING AT OUR CITY, UH, TO, TO ACTUALLY PLAY AT ROOTS IN THE CITY, RAISE FAMILIES IN THE CITY, UH, HAD CREATIVES.

AND THAT'S KIND OF THE, WHAT ARE THE SECTORS THAT WERE IN DANGER OF LOSING, UH, IN THE CITY.

SO BEING ABLE TO SUPPORT THAT I THINK IS, IS, IS, IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

SO IF YOU EXPRESS THE APPRECIATION FOR, FOR JARED, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT AS THE STAR OF THESE SHOWS OF HIS NEW SHOW, UH, HE HAD A SIGNIFICANT, UH, CLOUT IN DECIDING WHERE IT WOULD BE CITED AND HOW IT WOULD BE DONE.

THAT'S RIGHT.

MR. MAYOR, AFTER 15 YEARS OF FLYING TO VANCOUVER, UH, AFTER THAT SUCCESSFUL SERIES, HE TOLD THE PRESIDENT OF THE CW, WHEN HE SAID, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO NEXT? HE SAID, I WANT TO SLEEP IN MY BED AND HAVE BREAKFAST WITH MY CHILDREN AND THEN GO TO WORK FROM HOME.

AND THAT'S WHAT HE DID IN DEVELOPING THIS.

OKAY, THANK YOU, COLLEAGUES DID IT AGAIN? YES.

MEREDITH I HAVE A QUESTION.

I ASSUME THAT THIS, ISN'T THE TIME TO ASK QUESTIONS OF STAFF THAT WE'VE NOW STARTED TO DISCUSS, BUT I DO HAVE JUST A FOLLOW UP QUESTION FOR YOU.

THANK YOU FOR REACHING OR THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN A CONVERSATION YESTERDAY.

I WANT TO BE SURE THAT I'M UNDERSTANDING THE ANSWER, THE, THAT YOU JUST PROVIDED TO THE MAYOR.

SO IN OUR CONVERSATION YESTERDAY, IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT LOCAL INCENTIVES ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR THE STATE GRANT FOR THE STATE INCENTIVES.

SO I ASSUME YOUR RESPONSE TO THE MAYOR IS REALLY ABOUT, UM, NOT A REQUIREMENT, BUT JUST THE BREADTH OF THINGS THAT THE FILM COMMISSION AT THE STATE LEVEL WILL BE WE'LL BE REVIEWING.

IS THAT CORRECT? MY UNDERSTANDING, AND OF COURSE I'M NOT THE PRODUCER OF THIS SHOW, SO I, I'M NOT APPLYING, BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT, UM, IT IS NOT REQUIRED ONE OR THE OTHER, BUT FROM A EXECUTIVE POSITION AT A MAJOR, UH, PRODUCTION COMPANY OR A STUDIO, THEY'RE LOOKING AT THE PORTFOLIO OF OPPORTUNITIES.

AND SO HAVING THE STATE INCENTIVE AND THE CITY INCENTIVE DOES REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING THE FINAL DECISION.

OKAY.

I JUST WANTED TO BE SURE THAT WE'RE ALL UNDERSTANDING THAT IT IS NOT, I MEAN, THERE ARE OCCASIONS WHERE IT IS REQUIRED THAT THERE BE A S A LOCAL PARTICIPATION TO BRING DOWN STATE FUNDING.

THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE PROGRAMS. SO I JUST WANT TO BE SURE THAT WE'RE, WE'RE REALLY ALL HAVING THE SAME CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT POINT.

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UM, I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE WORK THAT YOU DO.

I'M DELIGHTED THAT WALKER, TEXAS IS GOING TO BE FILMED HERE.

AGAIN, APPRECIATE ALL OF THOSE WHO, WHO WORK ON IT.

I DO HAVE QUESTIONS FOR STAFF.

IT DOES NOT DIMINISH THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING OR THAT WALKER TEXAS IS DOING, BUT I AM GOING TO ASK THOSE QUESTIONS OF STAFF LATER.

SO IF YOU WOULD PLEASE PULL THIS ITEM, MAYOR, AND I HAVE A COUPLE OTHER STAFF COUNCIL OVER KELLY.

THANK YOU.

I JUST WANTED TO SHOW SOME APPRECIATION AND PUSH IT FORWARD YOUR WAY FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO AT AUSTIN STUDIOS.

I'VE TAKEN CLASSES THERE.

I KNOW PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN CLASSES THERE.

THE WORK THAT YOU PROVIDE IN THE TRAINING FOR THE COMMUNITY IS IMPRESSIVE AND GREAT.

AND IF YOU COULD THINK DOUG GRAY FOR ME AS WELL, THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL.

YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL CREW OVER THERE, AND YOU'RE DOING GREAT THINGS IN THE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

WELL, WE APPRECIATE YOU AND GLAD TO HEAR THAT.

AND THANK YOU FOR APPROVING THE, UM, AUSTIN PUBLIC CONTRACT THAT AFS HAS BEEN RUNNING.

THIS IS OUR SECOND TIME AND EXPANDING IT FOR OUR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

WE'LL BE BRINGING THOSE PEOPLE AND THOSE OPPORTUNITIES TOGETHER WITH SHOWS LIKE THIS, TO BECOME THOSE LIFELONG, UH, CAREERS BASED HERE AND NOT ELSEWHERE.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL GO.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

AND I'VE GOTTEN A CHANCE TO MEET A GOOD HANDFUL OF CREW MEMBERS BECAUSE YOU HAVE A STANDING SET IN MY DISTRICT AT 7 0 7 ST JOHN'S AND THEY GRABBED COFFEE, UH, WHERE I TEND TO GRAB COFFEE IN THE MORNING.

IT'S JUST BEEN, IT'S BEEN GREAT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT STANDING SET IN THAT PRODUCTION, IN THOSE JOBS, UH, UP IN MY DISTRICT AND, AND JUST WANT TO THANK THE EVERYDAY FOLKS THAT ARE, THAT ARE DOING THAT WORK IN THE INDUSTRY.

SO THANK YOU.

WELL, THANK YOU.

AND ANECDOTALLY, I JUST FOUND OUT, UH, TWO OR THREE SENIOR DEPARTMENT HEADS HAVE MOVED BACK TO AUSTIN FROM ATLANTA.

THEY HAD BOUGHT HOUSES AND MOVED AND THEY'VE COME BACK TO AUSTIN.

SO HOPEFULLY YOU'LL BE SEEING MORE OF THOSE PEOPLE AT COFFEE.

I'VE BEEN ASKING FOR SNEAK PEEKS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO IN THE SHELL FROM THEM AND THEY'VE STAYED.

TIGHT-LIPPED SO GREAT.

YOU SHOULD BE PUSHING FOR A CAMEO.

IT WAS A LONG DAYS.

IF YOU LIKE WATCHING PAINT, DRY BEAT, BE AN EXTRA ON A TV SHOW.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

WE'RE REALLY HAPPY FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

WE ANTICIPATE THAT ITEM WILL BE PULLED IN DISCUSSED LATER.

UH, LET'S HAVE, UH, UH, REGINALD SMITH.

COME ON DOWN.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD MORNING.

COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS REGINALD SMITH.

I'M THE FOUNDER AND CHAIR OF BUILDING PROMISE USA.

AND I'M HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF FUNDING, THE RE-ENTRY HUB.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS A, A VERY IMPORTANT INVESTMENT IN THE COMMUNITY.

UH, AS A PERSON WHO HAS TRANSITIONED FROM JAILS AND PRISONS, MYSELF, I'M AWARE OF THE CHALLENGES AND BARRIERS THAT PEOPLE FACE WHEN THEY'RE TRYING TO REINTEGRATE BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY.

UH, WE LOOK FORWARD TO PROVIDING, UH, REENTRY SUPPORT SERVICES TO ALL THE FOLKS THAT, THAT NEED THOSE KINDS OF SERVICES AND THEIR FAMILIES.

AND, YOU KNOW, JUST ON BEHALF OF MY BOARD AND MY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UH, CARL HUNTER, THE THIRD, WE JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE CITY IN THIS WAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOU.

YES.

WELCOME BACK TO CHAMBERS MR. SMITH.

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING FOR PUSHING OUR CITY, UH, TO CONTINUE TO DO BETTER FOR OUR REENTERING COMMUNITY FOR SUCH A LONG TIME.

I APPRECIATE THE FOLKS AT THE LEGISLATURE, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS.

LAST NIGHT, I CONTINUE TO TRY TO KEEP, UH, BAN THE BOX POLICIES IN EFFECT THAT I KNOW YOU'VE WORKED ON FOR SO LONG.

AND I WANT TO ALSO, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS WORK AND THINK THAT THE CITY MANAGER AND ALL OF THE STAFF FOR TAKING THIS, THESE FUNDS THAT, UM, THAT HAVE, WERE ALLOCATED AS PART OF A RE-IMAGINING PROCESS TO, TO ACTUALLY REDUCE HARM, BECAUSE WE KNOW WE CAN REDUCE RECIDIVISM BY, BY BEING BETTER AT HAVING RE-ENTRY SERVICES HERE.

AND SO I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU AND THANK THE, THE COUNCIL AND THE STAFF, BECAUSE SO MUCH OF WHAT WE DID IN THE BUDGET BACK IN 2020 IS STARTING TO BEAR FRUIT AS WE BRING THESE SORTS OF PROGRAMS TO THE COMMUNITY.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND CHAMPIONING THE CAUSES OF FOLKS IN REENTRY FOR MANY YEARS.

AND I JUST WANT TO FINALLY SAY THAT BP USA REALLY LOOKS FORWARD TO HELPING PUT A REAL DENT IN FOLKS CYCLING BACK INTO JAILS AND PRISONS.

WE HOPE WE CAN HELP THEM ON A SUCCESSFUL TRAJECTORY IN LIFE, AND WE HOPE TO ELIMINATE THE NEED TO BUILD MORE JAILS AND PRISONS.

AND THE MAYOR PRO TEM I KNOW WAS, UH, WAS A REAL LEADER ON BRINGING THAT AMENDMENT FORWARD TO US BACK IN THAT 2020 BUDGET PROCESS.

SO CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO YOU AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT MAYOR, IF YOU DON'T MIND, IF I'M RECOGNIZED AS WELL, I'M SORRY, IF YOU DON'T MIND, IF I'M RECOGNIZED AS WELL, I'D LIKE TO ASK MR. SMITH A QUESTION AS WELL.

UM, AND SO THANK YOU, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER CASA, UH, THAT DEFINITELY IS IT'S NEAR AND DEAR.

IT'S A CAUSE THAT'S NEAR AND DEAR TO ME, UM, YOU KNOW, AS A

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PERSON WHOSE FORMATIVE EXPERIENCE LOOKS LIKE MINE, YOU KNOW, MY, MY FAMILY IS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN SO MANY WAYS ON SO MANY LEVELS.

UM, I WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH FOR YOU TO VERY BRIEFLY, UM, TALK TO MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT OUR RECENT DISCUSSION, ABOUT A PROJECT THAT YOU'RE BRINGING TO AUSTIN THAT YOU'RE DOING IN HOUSTON.

UM, I THINK SOME OF THE WORK THAT WE NEED TO DO AROUND PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND REMOVING BARRIERS THERE, I THINK WE NEED TO ALSO DO THAT WORK FROM A WORKFORCE PERSPECTIVE.

SO LIKE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A SPACE IN AUSTIN RIGHT NOW, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU WANT TO DUPLICATE, UM, IT'S, IT'S LIKE, UH, TIRES AND BODY SHOP AND HOUSTON, BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT HOUSTON, YOU KNOW, DOESN'T HAVE THE SAME BARRIERS AND RESTRICTIONS THAT WE DO FROM A ZONING PERSPECTIVE.

AND SO IF YOU COULD JUST REAL QUICK TALK ABOUT WHAT Y'ALL ARE DOING IN HOUSTON.

AND I THINK SOME OF THE WORK THAT MY COLLEAGUES AND I ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO MOVING FORWARD IS HELPED TO REMOVE SOME OF THOSE BARRIERS FOR PEOPLE DOING THE KIND OF WORK YOU'RE DOING AND PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO PRODUCE PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

UM, SURE.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

UH, YES.

UH, THE COUNCIL MEMBER IS REFERRING TO A COMPANY IS A PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION CALLED IN COURAGEOUS INDUSTRIES, PBC FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION.

WE'RE IN USED IN SIMPLY BECAUSE WE, THE CHALLENGES TO FINDING SPACE HERE IN AUSTIN WOULD JUST INSURMOUNTABLE.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS IT IS A COMPANY THAT'S OWNED BY FOLKS THAT HAVE JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT.

WE STARTED A TIRE STORE WHERE WE EMPLOY FOLKS THAT HAVE JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT OR CHALLENGES TO EMPLOYMENT.

AND THEN WE ALSO OFFER THEM PEER SUPPORT ON THOSE JOBS BECAUSE WE REALIZED THAT BECAUSE THEY'RE TRANSITIONING INTO, BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY AND BACK INTO THE WORKFORCE, THAT THEY MIGHT LACK SOME OF THOSE SOFT SKILLS THAT ARE NECESSARY NOT ONLY TO GET A JOB, BUT TO KEEP A JOB.

AND THEN WE ALSO WANT THEM TO HAVE A CAREER LADDER.

SO I MEAN, A CHANGE IN TIES IS GREAT AND WE PAY A GOOD WAGE, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT FOLKS WANT MORE OUT OF LIFE.

THEY WANT A JOB THAT THEY CAN BUY A HOUSE AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES.

AND SO WE'RE ALSO TRYING TO WORK WITH AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN HOUSTON.

WE WANT TO PARTNER WITH EUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO BRING IN OTHER TRADES THAT WE CAN HELP FOLKS LEARN SUCH AS A SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION OR, OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE.

SO WE WOULD REALLY LOVE TO DO THAT HERE IN AUSTIN.

IF, IF YOU COULD, THE CITY COUNCIL COULD HELP US IN THAT REGARD, WE ARE READY TO INVEST OUR RESOURCES IN AUSTIN.

WE JUST NEED AUSTIN TO INVEST IN, IN COURAGEOUS INDUSTRY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S GO TO THE NEXT SPEAKER.

THANK YOU, SIR.

NEXT SPEAKER I HAVE, UH, IS, UH, UH, COLIN, UH, HOULIHAN.

NO.

WHAT ABOUT THE CITY OF VASQUEZ? HAROLD MACMILLAN.

HAROLD MACMILLAN MORNING.

GOOD MORNING.

UH, GOOD MORNING, MAYOR, MAYOR PORTEND AND COUNCIL.

UH, MY NAME IS HAROLD MCMILLAN.

I'M HERE IN SUPPORT OF AGENDA ITEM 48.

UM, AND FIRST I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, UH, TO MAYOR PRO 10 HARPER MADISON, UH, FOR HELPING US DRIVE THIS RESOLUTION THROUGH THE PROCESS AND COMING TO YOU WITH FIVE CO-SPONSORS.

SO I THINK THAT NAMES WE'RE IN GOOD SHAPE WITH THAT.

UM, I WROTE THAT RESONANCE RESOLUTION.

I WROTE THAT, UH, I'M VERBOSE.

SO IT WEIGHED IN AT LIKE 15 PAGES.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO READ 15 PAGES, IT'S A LOT CLEANER.

UH, BUT FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON'T KNOW THE, THE ITEM IT IS WORKING WITH THE CITY TO REINFORCE THE GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE CULTURAL HISTORY, ARTS AND CULTURE OF CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN AND THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT AND ADDRESSING A NEED FOR A PROFESSIONAL MIXED USE ESTABLISHMENT.

THERE, UH, THAT'S A CULTURAL CENTER AND I SAY PROFESSIONAL, UM, MEANING NOT A CITY FACILITY, BUT SOMETHING THAT OPERATES LIKE THE INDUSTRY DOES 24 HOURS A DAY ARTISTS, WHEN THEY'RE PAINTING, THEY DON'T DO NINE TO FIVE.

THEY NEED ACCESS TO THEIR STUDIO TWO O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING IF THEY NEED IT.

AND

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IT'S A WHOLE PACKAGE OF, OF PROGRAMMATIC THINGS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THAT RESOLUTION THAT WE ARE QUITE PROUD OF.

UH, I AM THE DIRECTOR OF DIVERSE ARTS CULTURE WORKS, AND I'M THE CHAIR OF THE SOUTHEASTERN CREATIVE COALITION.

UM, MY ORGANIZATION RUNS KENNY DURHAM'S BACKYARD.

THE URBAN RENEWAL BOARD IS OUR LANDLORD THERE AND HAS BEEN, WE'VE BEEN ON THAT VACANT LOT, UH, I THINK 14 YEARS NOW.

AND I ALSO LIVE RIGHT DOWN THE STREET FROM THERE.

SO I'M IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION AS WELL.

I'VE BEEN A STUDENT OF URBAN RENEWAL POLICIES AND PRACTICES IN THE CITY FOR A LONG TIME.

UM, SOCIAL POLICY WAS MY FIRST TRIP THROUGH GRADUATE SCHOOL.

UH, SO I'M NOT PEDESTRIAN ABOUT THIS STUFF.

AND WHEN YOU READ THAT PROPOSAL, THAT RESOLUTION, YOU SAW THAT, THAT, BUT THE ISSUE, THE BIG ISSUE ABOUT ALL OF THAT LANGUAGE, ALL OF THE THINGS THAT NEEDS TO DO TO BE DONE IS REALLY ABOUT THE LEGACY OF URBAN RENEWAL PROGRAMS AND THE NEGATIVE EFFECT ON BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES, UM, IN AUSTIN AND I'M VERBOSE, I COULD GO ON AND ON, BUT I WON'T THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

UH, THIS WORK REPRESENTS AT THIS POINT, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE PROVIDED POSITIVE INPUT AND SUPPORT.

AND WE TAKE THAT VERY SERIOUSLY.

THANK YOU.

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, MAYOR PRO TEM.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I THINK, UH, I THINK MR. MCMILLAN IS BEING, UM, A LITTLE TOO HUMBLE.

UM, YOU SAID A VERY LONG TIME, BUT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, OVER A DECADE IN THE MAKING OF, OF US, YOU KNOW, GET INTO THIS PLACE WHERE SAYING THAT WE HAVE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT ACTUALLY MEANS SOMETHING.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU RECALL THIS, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SAID TO ME WHEN I WAS MAKING MY ROUNDS IN CAMPAIGN, AND YOU GO, ARE WE EVER GOING TO HAVE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE CULTURAL DISTRICT ACTUALLY MEANS SOMETHING? AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT.

I CERTAINLY DIDN'T RECOGNIZE IT OVER A DECADE OF WORK HAD GONE INTO CREATING THE LANGUAGE AND THE SPACE AROUND THIS ECOSYSTEM.

THAT'S SO VERY IMPORTANT.

UM, SO I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PERSISTENCE AND YOUR ADVOCACY FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOR CULTURAL ARTS.

UM, I THINK WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU, IT'S EASY FOR POLICYMAKERS TO REALLY OVERLOOK THE IMPORTANCE OF, UM, OF USING OUR, OUR POWERS AS YOU WILL, UM, TO, TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT, THAT WE ARE TAKING CARE AND PERPETUITY OF THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE CARE OF US IN THAT WAY.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PERSISTENCE AND YOUR DEDICATION.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

AND 10 YEARS, YES.

BUT TO BE VERY CLEAR, I CONCEIVED AND WROTE UP THE DESCRIPTION FOR THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT AROUND 2000.

WOW.

THE CITY ADOPTED IT IN 2007 AND WE'RE BACK HERE.

I FELT REALLY GOOD ABOUT WHERE WE ARE NOW THOUGH, BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE I FEEL LIKE PEOPLE GET IT, THEY'RE TAKING IT SERIOUSLY.

AND WE MARSHALED A LOT, A LOT, A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE PREPARED TO DO THE NEXT PHASE OF HARD LIFTING, YOU KNOW, THE HEAVY WORK.

WE APPRECIATE YOU LAYING THAT.

THANK YOU, MR. MCMILLAN.

NO, THAT WAS HER OVER 30 YEARS.

I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU.

YOU KNOW, I, UM, I'M A PERSON THAT GREW UP THERE ON, ON, UH, OFF 11TH STREET, ON 10TH STREET OR ON LYDIA AND, UH, AND I'M 71 YEARS OLD.

SO I, I KNOW VICTOR BELL, CHARLIE PLAYED HOUSE, YOU KNOW, I WENT AND HANGED OUT THERE, YOU KNOW, ALL MY YOUTH GROWING UP THERE AND WHILE I LIVE IN NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND SO, AND I SEEN WHAT, WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE URBAN RENEWAL, WHICH WE CALL IT URBAN REMOVAL.

YEAH.

AND, AND JUST THE, THE INJUSTICE AT THAT HALF HAPPENED, YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST HORRIBLE BECAUSE I LOST ALL MY FRIENDS AND FRIENDS THAT I GREW UP WITH US.

AND I COME THIS DAY ON, I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE THEY WENT OFF TO, YOU KNOW, WHERE THEY GOT, THEY MOVED TO.

BUT, UH, THERE WERE NO BENEFITS, NOTHING.

IT JUST SAY, OKAY, YOU KNOW, MOST OF, A LOT OF THE PEOPLE WERE RENTERS THERE AND THEY JUST TOLD THEY HAD TO MOVE.

NOPE, NOPE, NOPE.

FUNDING FOR ANYTHING JUST BUYING, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT, TO THAT AREA THERE.

AND IT'S JUST SAD.

IT NEVER BEEN BACK THE WAY IT USED TO BE.

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AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN MAKE SOME INVESTMENTS IN THERE SO THAT WE CAN BRING THAT BACK.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

YES.

PERFECT.

I'M SORRY, MR. MCMILLAN, THIS ISN'T FOR YOU CTM.

IF YOU'RE LISTENING, I NEED A HAND WITH MY COMPUTER.

UM, I'M NOT, I'M UNABLE TO USE MY MOUSE.

OKAY.

LET'S GO TO THE NEXT SPEAKER IS, UH, STACY WILLIAMS HERE.

DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK WHILE YOU'RE COMING DOWN AS BONNIE RAMSEY HERE? YOU'LL BE NEXT.

GO AHEAD PLEASE.

HELLO.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS STACY WILLIAMS. I AM A MEMBER OF THE EAST AUSTIN CREATIVE COALITION.

I'VE BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH HAROLD FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS IN THE RUNNING OF EVENTS AND THINGS THAT KENNY DORM'S BACKYARD AND SOME OTHER THINGS DEALING WITH THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM 48, I'M HERE IN SUPPORT OF THAT.

UM, REALLY I'M HERE TO SAY THANK YOU ALL FOR, FOR HEARING.

FINALLY, AS FAR AS A UNIT GOES, I KNOW WE'VE HAD THROUGH THE PROCESS, UM, THROUGH THE YEARS TO THE HISTORY OF AUSTIN, CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE BEEN WILLING TO HEAR, BUT NEVER AS A UNIT LIKE THIS, WHERE IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO ACTUALLY BE TANGIBLE TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, NOT JUST THE BLACK COMMUNITY THAT WAS NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THE HISTORY.

THIS IS THE EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS AND EFFORTS ACTUALLY MAKE AN EFFORT TO LINK ARMS WITH THE CITY INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT THE CITY LIKE THE ADVERSARY.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR PROVIDING THAT OPPORTUNITY.

MANY OF Y'ALL KNOW, I WOULD HOPE THAT ALL OVER AUSTIN, THERE'S THESE MICROCOSMS OF LITTLE CULTURAL THINGS THAT ARE JUST DESPERATE TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED.

AND I WOULD HOPE THAT JOEL WOULD EACH TAKE THIS AS AN EXAMPLE THAT WE CAN DO IT AND THE CITY IS BEHIND IT.

AND WE WANT TO PRESENT AS A DIVERSE AND WELCOMING CITY FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST THE BASTION FOR CERTAIN DEMOGRAPHICS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE.

THANK YOU, NATASHA HARPER, MADISON MAYOR PRO TIM.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU'VE DONE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

THANK YOU, MAYOR ADLER.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL.

THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER.

UH, BODY RAMSEY WHILE MS. RAMSEY IS COMING DOWN.

IS CLIFFORD GALLARD HERE? NO.

WHAT ABOUT MATTHEW? BROADMAX.

OKAY.

WHAT ABOUT, UH, UH, ZAID? UH, THE DIE ZANE DIED? NO.

UH, WHAT ABOUT, UH, LILY? UH, RARE SUCH.

HE'LL BE UP NEXT.

GO AHEAD.

MA'AM YES.

UH, MY NAME IS BONNIE RAMSEY AND I'VE LIVED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ABOUT A BLOCK AND A HALF AWAY FROM KENNY DURHAM'S BACK YARD FOR 24 YEARS.

AND WHEN I MOVED TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, I WAS PART OF, UM, I THINK IT WAS PHASE ONE OF, UM, ANDREW'S INHALE, UM, THE REVITALIZATION PROJECT, AND I WAS GIVING GRANTS BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND A FEDERAL GRANT.

AND I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MOVE INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD WITHOUT IT.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A HOMEOWNER.

THERE WAS NO WAY I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IT WITHOUT THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S HELP AND ASSISTANCE, AND I FEEL BLESSED AND COUNT MY BLESSINGS EVERY DAY.

UM, I HAVE IN THE MEANTIME WATCHED, UM, THE NEIGHBORHOOD BE REVITALIZED AND THE CULTURE DECIMATED, THE CULTURAL DISTRICT IS BEING CHIPPED AWAY AND PROMISES BEING MADE BY VARIOUS COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE CITY COMING TO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS AND PROMISING US THAT THIS BUILDING OR THAT PARCEL WOULD NOT BE DESTROYED OR PRESERVED.

AND IT WAS, UM, DESTROYED OR ANOTHER BOX WOULD

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BE BUILT AND, UM, ALL IN THE GUISE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND, UM, IT WAS VERY DISTURBING FOR ME TO WATCH IT OVER THE PAST 24 YEARS.

AND, UM, WHEN AFFORDABLE HOUSING WAS, WAS BUILT, WE AGREED TO THAT.

AND NOW THERE'S, UH, THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS THAT I'M AWARE OF REMAINED VACANT RIGHT ACROSS FROM KENNY DURHAM'S BACKYARD.

SO THIS IS THE LAST STAND THAT I SEE TO PRESERVE CULTURE.

AND, UM, IT JUST SEEMS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, LIKE BEFORE THE DEVELOPERS WERE OFF THE RADAR AND THEY CHIPPED AWAY AT ALL THE CULTURE AND IT'S ALL GONE AND HAROLD IS SO HUMBLE.

UM, I CONSIDER HIM A LIVING LEGEND AND, UM, I JUST RESPECT HIM SO MUCH FOR WHAT HE'S DOING AND WHAT HE'S BEEN WORKING SO HARD AND DILIGENTLY, UH, JUST TRYING TO DO.

AND I'M JUST SO PROUD OF HIM.

SO I WOULD HOPE THAT YOU WOULD APPROVE THIS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JUST CONSIDERING IT AND LISTENING TO EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON.

BOSTON IS WATCHING AND THE COUNTRY IS WATCHING RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, MS. , WHY DON'T YOU COME ON DOWN IS, UH, AUSTIN, UH, HEISTER HERE.

WHAT ABOUT THE AUSTIN? BARRY.

BARRY? WHAT ABOUT, UH, DOUG YOUNG? I SAID, I GET THAT'S A ZONING CASE.

NO, NO.

AUSTIN YARN.

DOUG YOUNG BROTHER.

NO.

UM, THAT IS ONLY CASE BE CALLED THIS AFTERNOON.

UH, IS LEAH BHOGAL YOU WANT TO SPEAK? OKAY.

UM, THAT WOULD GET US THE HFC SPEAKERS IS RACHEL STOWED HERE.

AND WHAT ABOUT MARK GILBERT? HEY, WE'LL CALL THOSE PEOPLE JUST A SECOND.

WHAT COULD NEED TO BE DUE TO CALL THOSE? GO AHEAD.

HERE I AM LILY.

AND I'M HERE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUPPORT ITEM 50 LIGHT POLLUTION IS A, WE HAVE COME TO LIVE WITH SOMETIMES THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE NOT EVEN VISIBLE DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS FOR US.

THIS IS SAD, BUT FOR BIRDS, THIS CAN BE DEATH DURING MIGRATION AND IN MASSIVE NUMBERS.

THE SOLUTION IS LITERALLY AS SIMPLE AS THE FLICK OF A SWITCH AND IT'S NOT ENERGY OR TIME CONSUMING WORK.

ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY THE CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY, TURNING OFF THE LIGHTS CAN REDUCE THE MORTALITY RATES OF BIRDS BY SIX AND 11 TIMES AND FALL AND SPRING MIGRATIONS.

WHEN WE LEARN ABOUT POLLUTION IN SCHOOL, WE LEARN ABOUT OIL IN RIVERS, BUT WHAT WE CAN ALL SEE EACH DAY CLOSE TO HOME IN THE CITY IS LIGHT POLLUTION, WHICH IS JUST AS DESTRUCTIVE AND A LOT EASIER TO STOP TURNING OFF THE LIGHTS AND TELLING PEOPLE WHY THE TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT THE POLLUTION THAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US.

BIRDS HAVE BEEN VERY IMPORTANT TO ME FOR A LONG TIME, BUT WATCHING THE BIRDS OUTSIDE EACH DAY DURING THE PANDEMIC HAS BEEN EVEN MORE SPECIAL TO ME.

EVEN DURING TIMES LIKE WINTER STORM ORI, WHEN IT FELT LIKE THE WORLD WAS TURNING UPSIDE DOWN, THE BIRDS WERE STILL THERE.

THE BIRDS WE SEE ARE OUR CONNECTION TO NATURE, EVEN WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE THERE ISN'T ONE AND THEY SHOW US WHAT MARVEL'S NATURE HAS WENT IN.

THE CITY NATURE MIGHT SEEM FAR AWAY.

WHEN I LOOK OUT MY WINDOW, I WON'T SEE A WHITE TAIL DEER, BUT I MIGHT SEE A WHITE DOVE.

RACHEL CARSON WROTE HER FAMOUS WORKS OUT SPRING.

SHE ARGUED THAT BIRDS ARE NATURAL INDICATORS OF AN ECOSYSTEM'S HEALTH AND WROTE ABOUT THE HORRORS OF THE SPRING DEVOID OF BIRD SONG.

HER BOOK WAS CALLED SILENT SPRING.

AUSTIN HAS CONSIDERED THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD AND THE LIVING BIRDS ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THAT BY SEEING IN THE SONGS WHERE THEY'RE MIGRATING OR NOT, LET'S SAVE THE BIRDS.

THINK, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ANY QUESTIONS? YEAH, NOT A QUESTION NECESSARILY.

I JUST WANT TO APPLAUD YOUR BRAVERY.

A LOT OF PEOPLE GET TO THAT PODIUM AND THEY FORGET THEIR WORDS AND THEY AREN'T CONFIDENT AND YOU WERE EVERYTHING, BUT, UH, LACKING CONFIDENCE.

AND SO I REALLY JUST WANTED TO COMMEND YOU ON THAT AND I COULDN'T HELP, BUT NOTICE YOU HAVE ON A SCHOOL UNIFORM.

WHAT GRADE ARE YOU IN? I'M IN SEVENTH GRADE AT VAN RICHARD SCHOOL FOR YOUNG WOMEN LEADERS.

FANTASTIC.

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU COMING TODAY AND PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROCESS AND I HOPE TO SEE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE COME TO CHAMBERS.

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NOW THAT WE'RE BACK IN CHAMBERS, COME TO CHAMBERS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS.

IT'S FANTASTIC.

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR PARTICIPATION.

THANK YOU AGAIN.

ONE MOMENT.

HOLD ON, HOLD ON.

I THINK THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT WANT TO TALK TO YOU TOO, DR.

KELLY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING TO SPEAK BEFORE US TODAY.

I HAVE A SEVENTH GRADER MYSELF AT HOME, AND SHE'S REALLY SCARED OF COMING UP HERE AND TALKING.

SO I JUST WANT TO ECHO THE MAYOR PRO TEM SENTIMENTS AND SAY THAT IT WAS A DELIGHT TO LISTEN TO YOU.

SPEAK WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS AT SCHOOL TO COME TO IOWA.

ALL RIGHT.

ANYONE ELSE? YOU DID A GREAT JOB.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU AGAIN.

THANK YOU AND MAYOR.

YES.

AND I WOULD JUST NOTE, AND THEN IT'S AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE.

SO THANKS VERY MUCH AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, CAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE REAL FAMILIAR WITH THE CITY COUNCIL PROCESS.

UM, WE OFTEN MAKE DECISIONS IN PART BECAUSE OF THE TESTIMONY THAT PEOPLE, THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC GIVE US.

SO THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF YOUR CLASS DAY.

I KNOW YOU'RE IN SCHOOL RIGHT NOW.

THANKS FOR TAKING YOUR TIME TO, TO COME AND TO TALK ABOUT AN IMPORTANT ISSUE ON OUR AGENDA.

ALL OF ALL OF THAT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION HELPS US MAKE GOOD DECISIONS.

SO IT'S REAL IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO STAY ENGAGED.

SO THANKS.

THANKS FOR DOING SO.

WE HAVE ANYBODY ELSE THAT SIGNED UP ON CITY COUNCIL BATTERS HERE THIS MORNING THAT WE DIDN'T CALL.

OKAY.

I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD THEN AND RECESS FOR JUST A MOMENT.

THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING, I'M

[Austin Housing and Finance Corporation Meeting (Part 1 of 2)]

GOING TO CONVENE THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION.

UM, TODAY IS, UH, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2021.

THE TIME IS 10 44.

UM, WE HAVE A QUORUM OF THE, UH, CORPORATIONS, UH, UH, DIRECTORS HERE.

UH, I WANT TO, UH, CALL SOME PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK IS RACHEL STONE HERE? NO IS, UH, MARK GILBERT EAR.

YOU OUGHT TO SPEAK, YOU DON'T NEED TO SPEAK.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UH, ANYBODY ELSE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THE US ASIC PRODUCTS CORPORATION? I HAVEN'T CALLED.

ALL RIGHT.

SO NOW THAT WE'VE CALLED ALL THE SPEAKERS, WE'RE GOING TO RECESS THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION MEETING.

WE'LL RECONVENE IT LATER IN THE DAY TO TAKE, UH, ACTION.

UH, AND UH, HERE AT, UH, 10 45

[Consent Agenda (Part 1 of 2)]

ALSO AT 10 45, I BROUGHT A RECONVENE THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, UH, HERE ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2020 WIDE, 10 45, UH, COLLEAGUES, UH, LET ME READ INTO THE RECORD, THE, UH, CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS.

UH, WE WILL REPEAT LATER WHERE WE CALL THE OFFICER HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION.

THAT ITEM AID WAS WITHDRAWN REPLACED WITH ITEM NINE AND THAT ADDENDUM NUMBER ONE, UH, IS, ARE WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED WITH A DEAD ITEM BY, BUT WE'LL DO THAT WHEN WE GET TO THAT AGENDA LATER, YOU HAVE THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

UH, I REMEMBER ONE THE MINUTES, UH, WE'RE APPROVING THE WIDES ON AUGUST 10TH, 2021.

AND JUST THAT I REMEMBER 18 IS WITHDRAWAL TO REPLACE WITH ITEM 72.

ITEM 25 IS WITHDRAWAL REPLACEMENT, ITEM 73, ITEM NUMBER 34 RECOMMENDED BY THE WATER WASTEWATER COMMISSIONER TO SEVEN OH VOTES ON COMMISSIONER MICHAEL'S MOTION, VICE CASTLEBERRY SECONDED WITH COMMISSIONERS MUST GROW FISHER, UH, TO RITA ABSENT AND WITH ONE VACANCY, I DON'T REMEMBER.

39, UH, INCLUDES DISTRICTS SIX.

IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER DISTRICTS LISTED ITEM NUMBER 41, I'M GONNA READ INTO THE RECORD THAT WE ARE TODAY.

REAPPOINTING THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS TO THE AUSTIN ROSEWOOD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, BOARD OF DIRECTORS POSITION ONE, JIM BURNS HER TERM EXPIRING JANUARY 1ST, 2023, POSITION SIX NELSON LINDER FOR A TERM EXPIRING JANUARY 1ST, 2023, POSITION AID QUINCY DODD LAB FOR A TERM EXPIRING JANUARY 1ST, 2023 POSITION DIED FRANCIS JORDAN FOR A TERM EXPIRING JANUARY 1ST, 2023.

UH, AS THAT IS POSTED, UM, ITEM NUMBER 54 HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 14TH, UH, 2021.

I DON'T REMEMBER.

76, UH, ADS, A COUNCIL MEMBER, UH TOVO AS A SPONSOR, WE ARE PULLING FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA TODAY.

ITEM 13 AND ITEM 71 M H S C LAID BACK UP WHERE WE GET TO HFC.

WE'LL POINT OUT

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THAT ITEM.

NUMBER ONE, ITEM NUMBER SIX, A MEMBER, A TAB HAVE BACKUP, BUT DID THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING? WE HAVE A BACKUP AT 8 10, 13 39 41 46, 48, 54, 55, 60 60 WIDE, 64 AND 75 COLLEAGUES.

IS ANYONE PULL ANYTHING OTHER THAN THOSE TWO ITEMS COUNCIL OVER TOVO MARY YOU'VE CAPTURED 13.

I'D ALSO LIKE TO PULL EIGHT AND 19.

I HAVE QUICK QUESTIONS ABOUT ALL THREE OF THOSE ITEMS. OKAY.

EIGHT AND 19.

YEAH, EIGHT 19.

AND YOU CAPTURED 13 AND I'VE, AS I SAID, QUICK QUESTIONS ABOUT ALL THREE OF THOSE.

SOUNDS GOOD.

ANYTHING ELSE? DEPAUL, IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEM, WHICH IS ITEMS ONE THROUGH 51 67 THROUGH 74 AND ITEM NUMBER 76.

UH, WE'RE PULLING ITEMS EIGHT, 13 AND 19 AND 71.

SARAH MOTION.

MAYOR PRO TEM MAKES THE MOTION.

IS THERE A SECOND TO THE MOTION COUNTS, BARBARA ELLIS SECONDS COUNCIL, YOU WERE TO READ INTO THE, TO THE RECORD, UH, FILL IN THE BLANK.

YES.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL CINDY CROSBY LAW DEPARTMENT.

I'M HERE TODAY TO RECOMMEND THAT YOU APPROVE A PAYMENT OF 2 MILLION, 250,000 TO SETTLE THE ROCA VERSUS CITY OF AUSTIN LAWSUIT.

THIS IS ITEM 15 ON YOUR AGENDA TODAY.

THIS LAWSUIT ARISES OUT OF AN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING ON MAY 2ND, 2017 INVOLVING JASON ROCA AND OFFICER JAMES HARVILLE AND EXCHANGE FOR THIS PAYMENT.

PLAINTIFF'S, I'LL BE IN A ROCHA AND VICENTA ROCA INDIVIDUALLY AND AS HEIRS AT LAW TO THE ESTATE OF JASON ROCA.

AND ON BEHALF OF ALL WRONGFUL DEATH, BENEFICIARIES OF JASON ROQUET, WE'LL EXECUTE A FULL AND FINAL RELEASE, WHICH WILL RELEASE OFFICER JAMES HARVIL AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF THE MAY 2ND, 2017 INCIDENT AND DISMISS THEIR LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST THE CITY AND OFFICER IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS.

THANK YOU.

ITEM 15, THAT WAS ITEM NUMBER 15.

ALSO COLLEAGUES WERE PULLING ITEMS 43, 44 AND 45, WHICH ARE THE COMPENSATION ITEMS SO THAT WE CAN DISCUSS IN EXECUTIVE SESSION AND THEN WE CAN COME OUT AND ACT ON THOSE.

SO THE MOTION HAS BEEN MOVED AND SECONDED DISCUSSION.

BEFORE WE VOTE COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

COULD YOU PLEASE REFLECT MY VOTES AS NO ON 10 15, 22, 23, 28, 29 31 42 69 AND 73.

SO NOTED IN THE RECORD.

THANK YOU.

STAKE A, VOTE THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE CONSENT AGENDA.

PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

THOSE OPPOSED IT'S UNANIMOUS ON THE DIAS AND WE'RE MISSING A COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER, UH, THERE'S VOTING.

I COUNT TO OUR POOL.

I WANTED TO MAKE A COUPLE OF, UH, COMMENTS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA CONSENT AGENDA.

OKAY.

I CAN'T BE SURE IF, IF I COULD BE HEARD ON MUFFLED, UM, LET ME TRY THIS.

UM, THERE WERE TWO ITEMS THAT I'M BRINGING TODAY.

THEY'RE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA AND I JUST WANTED TO, UM, OFFER, UH, UH, SOME SHORT REMARKS ON ITEM 50.

I WANT TO THANK THE TRAVIS COUNTY AUDUBON FOR THEIR LIGHTS OUT CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT OUR BIRD POPULATION DURING BOTH THE FALL AND SPRING MIGRATION PERIODS.

WITH THIS RESOLUTION, WE JOINED TRAVIS COUNTY IN TURNING OFF NON-ESSENTIAL LIGHTING IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS FROM 11:00 PM TO 6:00 AM FOR THE PERIOD, THE FALL PERIOD OF SEPTEMBER FIVE TO OCTOBER 21, 29 THAT'S PEAK MIGRATION.

AND WE'LL BE DOING IT AGAIN IN THE SPRING FROM MID MARCH TO MID MAY.

WE ARE ALSO ASKING THE PUBLIC TO JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT.

NIGHTTIME LIGHTING CAN DISORIENT THE BIRDS THAT ARE MIGRATING AND THEIR USUAL MIGRATION PATH AND MAKE THEM VULNERABLE TO COLLISIONS WITH BUILDINGS, AN ADDED BENEFIT FOR THE CITY AND FOR THE PUBLIC TO TURN IT OFF.

THE LIGHTS IS ENERGY CONSERVATION AND POLLUTION REDUCTION.

I, UM, I WANT TO THANK LILLY RAREST NICHE, AND I'M SURE THAT I HAVE MANGLED YOUR LAST NAME.

AND I APOLOGIZE.

I WANT TO THANK LILY, A STUDENT FROM THE ANN RICHARDS SCHOOL FOR YOUNG WOMEN LEADERS FOR COMING TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION TODAY.

AND I SEE SHE'S STILL OUT IN THE AUDIENCE.

THANK YOU, LILY.

AND MY THANKS TO MY CO-SPONSORS WHO JOINED ME IN THIS RESOLUTION AND TO THE ENTIRE DIOCESE FOR SUPPORTING TRAVIS COUNTY AUDUBON'S EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR BIRD POPULATION.

AND THEN I HAD A COUPLE OF COMMENTS ON ITEM 74, WHICH IS THE EASY WIND TRAFFIC STUDY.

AND THIS IS BEFORE WE APPROVE IT.

I'M EAGER TO SEE THE DATA THAT OUR TRANSPORTATION STAFF WILL BRING US AS PART OF THIS STUDY SO THAT WE CAN MOVE

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TOWARD OPENING THE STREET TO ENABLE BETTER PUBLIC SAFETY RESPONSE AND ACCESS FOR THE CRESTVIEW STATION COMMUNITY.

I WANT TO BE REALLY CLEAR THE GATE PREDATES THIS COUNCIL.

IT WAS INSTALLED ACTUALLY ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO IN 2011 WITH THE KRESGE STATION ZONING ORDINANCE CONCERNS THAT WERE SHARED BY THE DEVELOPER AT THE TIME WERE FOCUSED ON THE NEGATIVE AFFECTS OF ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC CARS ON AN EXISTING NEIGHBORHOOD OVER TIME.

IT HAS ACTUALLY IMPEDED PUBLIC SAFETY, AND THAT WAS NOT THE INTENTION AT ALL OF THE ORDINANCE THAT WAS PASSED IN 2011.

THE GATE HAS ALSO RECENT IN THE RECENT PAST ATTRACTED VANDALISM OF PUBLIC PROPERTY.

NO ONE ON THIS DYESS SUPPORTS OR ENCOURAGES DAMAGE TO, OR DESTRUCTION OF PUBLIC PROPERTY.

AND I WANT TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR ON THAT POINT.

THE POSITIVE SIDE OF THIS SITUATION NOW DEVELOPING IS THE COMMUNITY BUILDING HAPPENING WITH CRESTVIEW STATIONS, HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, AND AS THE RECOGNIZED VOICE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THEY ARE RESPECTFULLY ENGAGED WITH CITY STAFF AND WITH MY OFFICE.

AND I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THAT AND I SUPPORT THIS ACTION AND THE PILOT STUDY, WE WILL APPROVE ON CONSENT HERE TODAY.

THE STUDY IS RUNNING CONCURRENTLY WITH NEW TRAFFIC DATA THAT WILL BE GATHERED THAT IS BEING GATHERED ON MORO, WHICH RUNS PERPENDICULAR TO EASY WIND AND HAS MULTIPLE SPEED MITIGATION DEVICES ALREADY INSTALLED FROM MEDIUMS AND SPEED BUMPS TO BIKE LANES AND EXTENSION A NEW EXTENSION OF THE SIDEWALKS FROM NORTH LAMAR TO WATSON.

SO I WANT TO THANK MY CO-SPONSORS FOR JOINING ME ON THIS STUDY.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PRELIMINARY RESULTS THAT WE WILL HEAR SOON FROM OUR CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEER.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

I JUST WANT TO NOTE A COUPLE OF THINGS HERE REAL FAST, MYSELF, A MANAGER, REALLY EXCITED TO SEE ITEM NUMBER EIGHT.

UH, AS I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY AT CATALOG POINT, THOSE ACCOUNTS I REMEMBER AT THE RIO ARE THIS IS TO A FUN DUAL LANGUAGE PRE-K, UH, IN THE DELL VALLEY, UH, ISD FOR FAMILIES THAT, UH, OTHERWISE WERE ELIGIBLE OR QUALIFIED.

UH, AND, AND I JUST THINK ONE, THIS IS IMPORTANT PROGRAM JUST BY ITSELF, UH, BUT IS, UH, EVIDENCE I THINK OF, OF HOW, UH, THE CITY IS INTERNALIZING, UH, THE CALLS TO, TO PUSH FOR EQUITY PARTICIPATION AND ACCESS, UH, IN WAYS THAT, THAT THE CITY JUST DIDN'T DO, UH, NOT TOO LONG AGO.

SO REAL PROUD TO BE VOTING.

I VOTED FOR, FOR THAT TODAY AND THEN MANAGER WITH RESPECT TO ITEMS 2022 OR 24, WHICH ARE CONTRACT EXTENSIONS FOR HOMELESSNESS SERVICES.

I RAISED THE SAME ISSUE I'VE RAISED THE OTHER WEEK.

WE HAVE TO PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THOSE EXTENSIONS INCLUDE TERMS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE GETTING ALL OF THE DATA THAT IS NECESSARY TO REALLY EVALUATE THE SYSTEM OVERALL, KEEP EVERYBODY WORKING FOR IT.

I KNOW THAT, UH, HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER, UH, GRAY, UH, IS, UH, ANTICIPATING DOING THAT, PLEASE KNOW THAT THAT IS JUST REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO MAKE SURE WE GET, UH, BUT I AM, UH, UH, PLEASED TO BE PART OF A COUNCIL THAT IS VOTING TO EXTEND THOSE CONTRACTS FOCUSED ON HELPING, UH, PEOPLE THAT ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

ANYTHING ELSE BEFORE WE VOTE COLLEAGUES KITCHEN, I ALSO JUST WANTED TO NOTE, UH, SO MUCH GOOD BEING DONE IN THIS CONSENT AGENDA AND I CAN'T HELP, BUT REFLECT ON THAT.

GOOD AS PART OF WHAT REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY CAN DO WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE DISTRICTS THAT ARE FAIR VOTERS THAT ARE ENGAGED IN A BODY THAT IS TRYING TO WORK TOWARDS WHAT'S BEST FOR THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WE HAVE ON THIS AGENDA HOUSING FOR, FOR CHILDREN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS HOUSING FOR ADULTS, EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS HOUSING FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV OR AIDS PRE-K FOR CHILDREN IN SOUTHEAST AUSTIN SUPPORT FOR THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL DISTRICT THAT'S BEEN WORKED ON FOR SO LONG RE-ENTRY SERVICES FOR PEOPLE, UH, COMING BACK INTO OUR CITY, AS WE WELCOME THEM WITH OPEN ARMS AND THAT JUST ON A BACKDROP OF STATE LAWS GOING INTO EFFECT THAT RESTRICT VOTING RIGHTS OR UNCONSTITUTIONAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND UNCONSCIONABLE ATTACKS ON THE RIGHT TO ABORTION CARE OR THE ABILITY TO CARRY A GUN OPENLY WITHOUT A LICENSE.

THESE AREN'T THINGS THAT I THINK THE MAJORITY OF TEXANS OR THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WANT.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, I THINK YOU SEE SOME OF THIS BEAR OUT BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A DISTRICTS THAT ARE FAIR.

WE DON'T HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX.

AND WE CONTINUE

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TO SEE, I BELIEVE RULE BY, BY A VERY SMALL MINORITY OVER THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE.

AND SO, UM, THAT MAKES ME EVEN MORE APPRECIATIVE OF OUR SYSTEM OF DEMOCRACY AND AUSTIN, WHERE WE ALL WORK TOGETHER TO TRY TO FIND THE RIGHT PATH FOR THE MOST PEOPLE.

AND SO WHILE I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY, INCLUDING MANY OF US ON THE DYESS FEELS SUCH A HEAVY WEIGHT TODAY.

I FIND HOPE IN OUR COMMUNITY HERE AS WE TO DO OUR BEST FOR THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN WAS NEXT COUNCIL MEMBER FOR WEB DESIGN AND COUNCIL ROBERT KELLY.

UM, I JUST HAVE A COMMENT ON ITEM NUMBER 37 IN A REQUEST TO OUR CITY MANAGER.

THIS RELATES TO A, UM, CONTRACT FOR THE, UM, AAC, THE, THE, OUR, UH, ANIMAL SERVICES CENTER.

SO, UM, I'M WANTING TO, I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS ITEM WAS NOT BROUGHT TO THE COMMISSION.

SO I'M JUST ONE CITY MANAGER TO ASK YOU TO, UM, AS THIS GOES FORWARD, JUST TO CONSULT WITH THE COMMISSION AND, UM, AND TALK WITH THEM ABOUT IT.

I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOME CONCERNS AND IT WAS, UH, AN ISSUE THAT WASN'T BROUGHT TO THEM.

CAN, CAN WE DO THAT? CAN WE ASK THE STAFF TO BRING IT TO THEM? I'LL CERTAINLY LET STAFF KNOW THAT.

YES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, COLLEAGUES, I'M EXCITED TO SEE ITEM NUMBER EIGHT COME FORWARD, WHICH IS OUR EXPANSION OF QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR OUR FAMILIES IN DEL VALLEY.

UM, THIS AGREEMENT BUILDS OFF THE DIRECTION THAT I BROUGHT FORWARD DURING THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN DISCUSSIONS THAT WE HAD EARLIER THIS SUMMER.

AND SO I'M EXCITED TO SEE THIS MOVE FORWARD, AND THIS WILL HELP US EXPAND ACCESS TO DUAL LANGUAGE FULL DAY PRE-K, WHICH IS PRETTY EXCITING.

I'M ALSO WANTING TO HIGHLIGHT THAT TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT ALSO JOINED US AND THEY WERE INSPIRED BY OUR, OUR INVEST, OUR COMMITMENT, AND THEY ARE ALSO ALLOCATING 750,000, UM, FROM THEIR ARPA FUNDS.

AND SO WE'LL SEE AN EVEN BIGGER INVESTMENT IN EXPANDING ACCESS TO PRE-K.

UM, AND WITH THIS FUNDING THAT THE CITY IS DOING, AND THAT THAT'S IMPORTANT THAT TRAVIS COUNTY IS ALSO, UM, JOINING US IN THIS EFFORT BECAUSE AS Y'ALL KNOW, DEL VALLEY IS IN THE CITY, AND IT'S ALSO IN THE COUNTY, UM, WITH THE CITY'S PORTION OF THE FUNDING, WE'RE ABLE TO EXPAND, UH, DUAL LANGUAGE PRE-K PROGRAMS AT FIVE CAMPUSES THIS YEAR.

SO WE'RE ALREADY SEEING AN IMPACT FROM OUR COMMITMENT AND THOSE CAMPUSES INCLUDE COLLINS ELEMENTARY DEL VALLEY ELEMENTARY, HORNSBY GILBERT, AND POP THEM.

AND WHAT WE'VE KNOWN IS THAT FOR FAR TOO LONG, OUR FAMILIES IN DEL VALLEY HAVE LACKED ADEQUATE ACCESS TO CHILDCARE OPTIONS.

AND WITH THIS FUNDING, WE'LL BE ABLE TO HELP FAMILIES NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH LONG WAIT LISTS OR HAVING TO MAKE DIFFICULT DECISIONS ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE TO QUIT THEIR JOB TO BE ABLE TO STAY HOME, TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR KIDS.

AND SO THIS REALLY BRINGS US ONE STEP CLOSER TO MAKING SURE THAT DEL VALLEY IS NO LONGER A CHILDCARE DESERT.

AND IT'S ALSO, FOR ME, THIS IS A PERSONAL PRIORITY AS SOMEONE WHO WENT TO HEADSTART AND IS A RECIPIENT OF FEDERALLY FUNDED PRE-K I KNOW FIRSTHAND THIS TYPE OF OPPORTUNITY, WHAT IT CAN DO AND SHAPING AND CHANGING ONE'S LIFE.

AND SO THIS ONE HITS CLOSE TO HOME AND I'M EXCITED THAT WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT IT.

I ALSO WANT TO THANK CITY STAFF STAFF IN DEL VALLEY ISD STAFF, OR DRAFTING THIS AGREEMENT SO QUICKLY, UM, AND GETTING IT THROUGH THE PROCESS AND ALSO WANT TO THANK UNITED WAY SUCCESS BY 16 FOR BEING A CONSTANT CHAMPION AND PARTNER IN THE FIGHT FOR INCREASED QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS. UM, AND I ALSO WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO GIVE A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO, UM, MY PREDECESSOR, YOU KNOW, OFTENTIMES AS NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS, WE REALLY GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD OFF THE WORK OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO CAME BEFORE US.

AND IN THIS CASE ARE NOW COUNTY ATTORNEY DELI GARZA.

UM, ALSO WORKED ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR OUR DISTRICT AND, UH, REALLY SERVED AS THE FOUNDATION.

UM, SO MY TEAM WAS ABLE TO BUILD OFF OF WHAT HER AND HER TEAM WERE ABLE TO DO.

UH, AND THANK YOU TO OUR, MY COLLEAGUES HERE ON THE DAY IS TODAY FOR MAKING SURE THAT CHILDCARE WAS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT DOLLARS AND IN INCLUDING THIS IN THE SPENDING FRAMEWORK.

AND SO I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ALL IN SIMILAR EFFORTS IN THE FUTURE.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

AND I SPOKE EARLY CAUSE APE WAS PULLED ACTUALLY BY COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO.

SO WE'LL BE DISCUSSING THAT ITEM.

A AND I APOLOGIZE FOR MISLEADING PEOPLE ALSO NUMBER 48.

I THINK THERE'S SOME LANGUAGE CHANGES BEING DISCUSSED OUR BAT.

UH, SO I KNOW WE JUST VOTED TO APPROVE THAT ARD CONSENT.

UM, UH, DO WE WANT TO RECONSIDER THAT SO WE CAN PULL THAT LATER? I WOULD RATHER NOT PULL IT, BUT I DO HAVE SOME LANGUAGE THAT I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES, WHICH BASICALLY IS COLLEAGUES.

I BELIEVE THAT THE AGENDA OFFICE HAS SENT OUT AN UPDATED DRAFT OF ITEM 48.

THIS DRAFT REFLECTS EDITS PROPOSED BY THE B.

AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE

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SURE THAT THE CONSENT AGENDA REFLECTS VERSION THREE OF ITEM 48.

I CAN'T QUITE DO THAT.

SO THE LOGISTIC WAY WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT, I THINK IS I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

SO AS TO TAKE 48 OFF SO THAT WE CAN MAKE THOSE CHANGES, THAT WE COULD COME BACK AND PUT IT.

OKAY.

THERE'S A MOTION TO RECONSIDER.

IS THERE A SECOND TO THAT COUNCIL MEMBER POOL SECONDS THAT ANY DISCUSSION ON THE RECONSIDERATION OF THE VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? YES.

I JUST WANTED TO SPEAK BEFORE WE FINALIZED THAT WE'LL GIVE EVERYBODY A CHANCE TO SPEAK.

I DON'T MEAN TO MOVE PAST THAT OTHER PEOPLE RAISED THEIR HAND TO SPEAK.

WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

THOSE IN FAVOR OF RECONSIDERING THE VOTE OVER THE CONSENT AGENDA, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

THOSE OPPOSED IT SHOULD ANATOMIST WITH EVERYONE HERE.

COUNCIL MEMBER, AUTHOR OFF I'M NOW GOING TO ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA, BUT ADD A TO THE PULLED ITEMS, ITEM NUMBER 48.

SO IT'S 8 13, 19 43, 44 45 ALSO NUMBER 48 AND 71.

UH, IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITHOUT ADDITIONAL ITEM PULL CUSTOMER GETS HARVICK'S EMOTION, COUNCIL MEMBER, ALICE SECONDS, THAT DISCUSSION WE'RE GOING TO VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

ALL THE COMMENTS PEOPLE MADE EARLIER WITH RESPECT TO THINGS THAT THEY WANTED TO BE SHOWED VOTING.

NO ODDS STILL REMAIN THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE CONSENT AGENDA.

PLEASE RAISE YOUR HANDS.

THOSE OPPOSED OTHER DIETS WITH COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER OFF CONTINUING NOW, PEOPLE THAT WANTED TO MAKE COMMENTS ON THE CONSENT THAT WAS APPROVED AND REGARDING THE COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY AND OVER TO COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS.

THANK YOU.

I ALWAYS ADMIRE THE WAY YOU RUN SUCH A TIGHT SHIP.

YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

I JUST WANTED TO TALK ON ITEM 74 FOR A MOMENT.

UM, THE MAYOR SPOKE IN HIS STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS ABOUT DIVISION IN OUR CITY, AND IT CAN COME IN SEVERAL FORMS, INCLUDING PHYSICAL BARRIERS.

I APPRECIATED THE COMMENT THAT COUNCIL MEMBER POOL BROUGHT UP ABOUT THE GATE AT CRESTVIEW PREDATING THIS COUNCIL AND, UM, THE PILOT PROGRAM TO OPEN THE GATE IS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT PEOPLE AND FACILITATE MOBILITY, ESPECIALLY ALL IMPORTANT FIRST RESPONDER VEHICLES AT A SITE, WHICH HAS BECOME INEXPENSIVE SAFETY HAZARD.

HAVING COST A CITY OVER $15,000 IN MAINTENANCE AND HAS BEEN THE SCENE OF NEARLY 384 CAR WRECKS OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS.

SO THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER POOL FOR BRINGING FORWARD THIS IMPORTANT ITEM AND