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I'M GOING TO TAKE OVER ON THE DIOCESE SO THAT MAYOR PRO TEM CAN BE IN HER OFFICE.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS WENT US AND KELLY WITH ME HERE ON THE DIOCESE AND COUNCIL MEMBERS POOL ELLIS AND RENTERIA ON THE SCREEN.

UM, IT IS 11:23 AM ON SEPTEMBER 28TH.

AND I'M GOING TO CONVENE THIS WORK SESSION OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

[A. Pre-Selected Agenda Items]

UM, THIS MORNING WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A COUPLE OF BRIEFINGS WE'RE GONNA HEAR ABOUT FROM OUR DEMOGRAPHER ON THE 2020 CENSUS FINDINGS, AND THEN HAVE A BRIEFING ON THE AUSTIN CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, UM, BREAK FOR LUNCH, UM, AND THEN COME BACK FOR THE AUSTIN ENERGY MEETING.

AND THEN I BELIEVE WE HAVE SEVERAL EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS. THE ONE PULLED ITEM WAS, UM, THE ANNEXATION, WHICH I PULLED FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION.

SO WE WILL COVER THOSE ALL IN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

UM, WE DO HAVE A LOT ON OUR EXECUTIVE SESSION PLATE, SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN MOVE, UM, QUICKLY THROUGH THINGS.

UM, SO WITH THAT ALTAR, YES.

HI.

I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, I AM COMING DOWNSTAIRS TO JOIN Y'ALL ON.

GREAT.

WE'LL SEE YOU DOWN THERE.

UM, SO I DON'T KNOW IF MS. VALENCIA IS VIRTUAL, BUT, OKAY,

[B1. Presentation of 2020 Census results for Austin.]

GREAT.

SO, UM, WE'LL HEAR OUR FIRST BRIEFING FROM OUR NEW DEMOGRAPHER MS. VALENCIA, UH, THE 2020 CENSUS FINDINGS FOR AUSTIN.

AND I'LL TEE THIS UP, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER.

THANK YOU.

UH, THE US CENSUS BUREAU RECENTLY RELEASED THE REDISTRICTING DATA SET, WHICH PROVIDES COMMUNITIES WITH THE OFFICIAL 2020 CENSUS COUNTS FOR THEIR COUNTIES, CITIES, AND NEIGHBORHOODS AS EXPECTED AUSTIN'S OFFICIAL CENSUS COUNTS, AFFIRMS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH WITHIN OUR CITY, WHICH IS ALSO ACCOMMODATE ACCOMPANIED BY SIMILAR GROWTH IN A REGIONAL CITIES AND COUNTIES TODAY.

OUR CITY DEMOGRAPHER LAILA VALENCIA WILL PRESENT KEY 2020 CENSUS INFORMATION AND COMPARATIVE DATA FOR POPULATION HOUSING, UNIT COUNTS AND RACE RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY.

LAYLA'S PRESENTATION ALSO INCLUDES VALUABLE GEOGRAPHIC MAPPING DATA SHOWING THE SIGNIFICANT SHIFTING PATTERNS OF GROWTH AND POPULATION MIGRATION IN OUR CITY.

AND NOW WE'LL TURN THE PRESENTATION OVER TO LAILA VALENCIA.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU, CITY MANAGER, CRUNK.

UH, GOOD MORNING COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THEY, UM, MY NAME IS LAILA VALENCIA.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME SOME TIME TO SHARE WITH YOU FINDINGS FROM THE 2020 CENSUS DATA.

THE DATA INCLUDED IN THE PRESENTATION AS A CITY MANAGER STATED IN OUR, FROM THE CENSUS BUREAU'S RELEASE OF THE PUBLIC LAW, 94, 1 71 FILE, OR WHAT'S CALLED THE REDISTRICTING FILE.

THESE DATA WERE MADE AVAILABLE AUGUST 12TH AND THEY PROVIDE COMMUNITIES.

THE FIRST LOOK OF THEIR OFFICIAL 2020 CENSUS COUNTS DOWN TO THE BLOCK LEVEL.

THE DATA INCLUDED, UM, INCLUDE TOTAL POPULATION, TOTAL HOUSING UNIT COUNTS, POPULATION BY RACE AND ETHNICITY AND, UH, POPULATION RESIDING IN GROUP QUARTERS, SUCH AS COLLEGE DORMITORIES AND NURSING HOMES.

SO I'LL BRIEFLY, UM, WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE OR CAN I CONTROL THIS OR WILL SOMEBODY FORWARD THIS FROM? OKAY, PERFECT.

UM, THANK YOU.

UH, I'LL BRIEFLY COVER POPULATION GROWTH IN AUSTIN THROUGHOUT THE LAST DECADE.

DESCRIBE AUSTIN'S UNIQUE DIVERSITY, DIVE INTO AREAS OF THE CITY TO EXPLORE GROWTH AND DECLINES IN POPULATION.

AND THEN I'LL RECAP SOME FINDINGS FOCUSING ON AREAS TO CELEBRATE AS WELL AS SOME AREAS THAT MAY REQUIRE MORE TIME FOR REFLECTION AND CONTEMPLATION.

SO LET ME GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED.

WE'LL FIRST TALK ABOUT AUSTIN'S POPULATION GROWTH ON THE NEXT SLIDE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

SO THIS THE LAST, UH, THE LATEST CENSUS DATA REVEAL CONTINUED GROWTH FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THE CITY HAS BEEN DOUBLING ITS POPULATION ABOUT EVERY 20 TO 25 YEARS.

SO FOR INSTANCE, HERE, YOU'LL SEE IN 1970, WE WERE AT ABOUT A QUARTER MILLION POPULATION IN AUSTIN, AND THEN BETWEEN 1990 AND 2000, WE SURPASSED THAT HALF A MILLION MARK.

AND NOW IN 2020, WE ARE JUST SHY OF THE 1 MILLION MARKET, 961,855 PEOPLE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN REMAINS THE 11TH LARGEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY, BUT ITS GROWTH IS RIVALING THAT OF THE VERY LARGEST CITIES IN THE NATION.

AUSTIN ADDED MORE POPULATION THAN MOST CITIES.

UH, WE ADDED 171,000 PEOPLE IN THE LAST DECADE AND ONLY NEW YORK, HOUSTON AND FORT WORTH ADDED MORE PEOPLE THAN THE CITY OF AUSTIN BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

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HERE WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE REGIONAL GROWTH IN THE AUSTIN METRO AREA AMONG METROS WITH POPULATIONS OF OVER 1 MILLION.

THE AUSTIN METRO WAS THE FASTEST GROWING METRO EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

THIS DECADE, WHILE AUSTIN GREW AT A RATE OF ABOUT 21.7%, THE METRO AREA GREW EVEN FASTER AT 33% AND ADDED OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE DECADE.

AUSTIN CONTRIBUTED ABOUT 30% OF THAT TOTAL GROWTH AND WITH HAYES COUNTY AS THE THIRD, FASTEST AND WILLIAMSON COUNTY, AS THE 11TH FASTEST AMONG THE NATION'S MOST RAPIDLY GROWING COUNTIES, IT'S CLEAR THAT OUR REGION IS GROWING AND IT'S GROWING RAPIDLY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR SURROUNDING CITIES, WE SEE A SIMILAR PATTERN AS FAR AS FAST AS AUSTIN IS GROWING, THE SURROUNDING CITIES ARE GROWING EVEN FASTER.

A NUMBER OF CENTRAL TEXAS HAVE TAKEN THAT NUMBER ONE SPOT AMONG RECENT LISTS OF THE FASTEST OR FASTEST GROWING CITIES IN THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING LEANDER AND CEDAR PARK, AND ALSO GROWING REALLY RAPIDLY, OUR MAINER AND BUDA AND HUDDLE.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THOUGH, THAT ALTHOUGH AUSTIN SHARE OF THE METRO GROWTH IS SMALLER TODAY THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST AND THAT THE SURROUNDING AREAS ARE GROWING MUCH FASTER THAN AUSTIN.

THE BULK OF THE GROWTH STILL ORIGINATES IN THE CITY.

IT'S LARGEST NEIGHBOR TO THE NORTH ROUND ROCK ADDED A 10TH OF THE POPULATION THAT AUSTIN ADDED THIS DECADE.

AND EVEN THE LARGE INCREASE THAT WE SAW IN LEANDER IS ONLY TWO TENTHS OF THE GROWTH SEEN IN AUSTIN.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND AS POPULATION HAS GROWN HERE IN THE CITY, SO HAS THE NUMBER OF HOUSING UNITS IN 2020, THERE WERE 444,426 HOUSING UNITS IN AUSTIN.

AND WE EXPANDED BY OVER 90,000, SINCE 2010 AT A RATE OF GROWTH OF ABOUT 25 AND A HALF PERCENT WHILE THE NUMBER OF HOUSING UNITS IS LARGER THAN IN DECADES PAST THE RATE OF GROWTH HAS SLOWED DOWN THIS DECADE.

UH, IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER THAT THESE DATA DO NOT INCLUDE ANY OTHER INFORMATION ON HOUSING TYPES OR A NUMBER OF BEDROOMS OR OTHER HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS THAT COULD FURTHER INFORM HOW WELL THE HOUSING STOCK MATCHES THE HOUSING NEEDS OF THE POPULATION.

SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND, UM, GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND WE'RE GOING TO SHIFT GEARS AND TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT POPULATION.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE CITY'S POPULATION GROWTH EXTENDED ACROSS ALL RACE, ETHNICITY GROUPS.

AND FIRST, LET ME GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT.

SO THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THE STATE, UH, POPULATION GROWTH WAS DRIVEN LARGELY BY POPULATIONS OF COLOR.

AND SO FOR INSTANCE, IN TEXAS 95% OF THE TOTAL POPULATION GROWTH IN THE LAST DECADE CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO POPULATIONS OF COLOR IN AUSTIN.

WE SEE SOMEWHAT OF A UNIQUE PATTERN OF DIVERSITY.

AND SO I REALIZED THERE'S A LOT OF NUMBERS IN THIS TABLE, BUT I'M GOING TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THEM.

SO LET'S START AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER WHERE WE CAN SEE THE BIGGEST DRIVERS OF GROWTH.

THE NON-HISPANIC WHITE POPULATION IS DRIVING GROWTH IN AUSTIN.

THEY CONTRIBUTED NEARLY 40% OF ALL GROWTH THIS LAST DECADE, EXPANDING BY OVER 67,000 TO A TOTAL POPULATION OF 450, 2,994 PERSONS.

AND THIS IS AT A TIME WHEN THE COUNTRY EXPERIENCED A DECLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 230 YEARS.

AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IDENTIFYING AS NON-HISPANIC WHITE.

SO SEEN SUCH STRONG GROWTH AMONG THIS COMMUNITY IN AUSTIN IS, IS UNIQUE.

NOW LET'S MOVE TO THE COLUMN TO THE LEFT, TO SEE THE FASTEST GROWING, UH, RACE GROUPS, THE FASTEST GROWING RACE ETHNICITY GROUP WAS THE GROUP THAT SAID, THERE'S NO RACE.

THAT'S LISTED HERE BY THE CENSUS BUREAU THAT REPRESENTS ME OR THE SOME OTHER RACE GROUP.

UM, AND THEY GREW BY OVER THREE AND MORE THAN QUADRUPLED IN SIZE BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020.

ANOTHER FAST GROWING RACE ETHNICITY GROUP WAS THE MULTI-RACIAL OR TWO OR MORE RACIST GROUP.

AND BOTH OF THESE GROUPS, UM, SOME OF THAT GROWTH CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO SOME CHANGES THAT THE CENSUS BUREAU MADE IN THE WAY THAT THEY CODE THE DATA AND THE RESPONSE CHOICES THAT THEY MADE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY WERE RESPONDING TO THE SURVEY.

BUT THESE GROUPS WERE ALSO ALREADY FAST-GROWING GROUPS IN THE PAST.

THE ASIAN POPULATION WAS THE FASTEST SINGLE RACE GROUP OVER ONE IN FIVE PEOPLE, ADD IT TO THE POPULATION OF AUSTIN WERE OF ASIAN DESCENT AND THEY CONTRIBUTED OVER 21% OF THE TOTAL POPULATION GROWTH.

HISPANICS MADE UP ABOUT 20% OF THE TOTAL GROWTH IN THE CITY IN THE LAST DECADE.

AND THIS COMPARES WITH ABOUT 50% AT THE NATIONAL AND STATE LEVELS.

HISPANIC RESIDENTS GREW BY OVER 34,000 PEOPLE TO A TOTAL POPULATION OF 300, 12,448 PERSONS.

THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATION ALSO GREW THIS DECADE, BUT AT A SLOWER RATE, BLACK RESIDENTS GREW

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BY OVER 5,200 TO A TOTAL POPULATION OF 66,002 PERSONS SINCE DECADE.

THIS IS IN THE CONTEXT OF STRONG MIGRATION BY AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO CITIES IN THE SOUTH, INCLUDING DALLAS AND HOUSTON.

AND SO FOR INSTANCE, SIMILARLY SIZED FORT WORTH ADDED NEARLY 40,000 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND OVER 67,000 HISPANICS, THIS DECADE, IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, THIS SLIDE HERE IS A VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF OUR CITIES, UM, DIVERSITY.

AND SO, ALTHOUGH NO RACE ETHNICITY GROUP MAKES UP A MAJORITY, THE NON-HISPANIC WHITE POPULATION CONTINUES TO MAKE UP THE LARGEST SHARE OF THAT POPULATION.

AND THEY ARE NOW AT 47%, WHICH IS A SLIGHT DROP FROM NEARLY 49%.

IN 2010, THE HISPANIC POPULATION ALSO SAW A DECREASE IN ITS SHARE FROM 2010, THEY DROPPED ABOUT THREE PERCENTAGE POINTS FROM ABOUT 35% TO 32 AND A HALF PERCENT.

THE ASIAN POPULATION IS NOW THE THIRD LARGEST RACE ETHNICITY GROUP IN THE CITY.

AND IT MAKES UP NEARLY 9%, UH, UP FROM 6% IN 2010.

AND THE BLACK POPULATION NOW MAKES UP 7% OF OUR CITY'S POPULATION, WHICH IS ABOUT A ONE PERCENTAGE POINT LOWER THAN AT THE START OF THE DECADE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE REDISTRICTING DATA ALSO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE POPULATION 18 AND OLDER.

AND SO WHEN WE SUBTRACT THIS FROM THE TOTAL POPULATION, WE'RE ABLE TO SEE THAT, THAT VOTING AGE POPULATION, BUT WE'RE ALSO ABLE TO SEE THE CHILD POPULATION AND IN AUSTIN, THE ADULT POPULATION CONSISTS OF ABOUT 775,000 PEOPLE.

AND THE CHILD POPULATION TOTALS ABOUT 186,000.

THE ADULT POPULATION IS LESS DIVERSE IN THE OVERALL POPULATION, AND IT'S A LITTLE LESS DIVERSE THAN IT WAS A DECADE AGO AS WELL WHILE NO GROUP HOLDS A MAJORITY IN THE TOTAL POPULATION.

AS I DESCRIBED BEFORE IN THE 18 AND OLDER, JUST OVER 50% IDENTIFY AS NON HISPANIC WHITE.

AND THIS IS COMPARED TO ABOUT 42 AND A HALF PERCENT IN 2010, THE CHILD POPULATION IS MUCH MORE DIVERSE.

AND WITH 67% IDENTIFYING AS NON-HISPANIC WHITE WITH THE LATINO POPULATION BEING, UH, I'M SORRY, NOT AS NON-HISPANIC WHITE, BUT IT'S NON WHITE.

AND WITH THE LATINO POPULATION BEING THE LARGEST GROUP MAKING UP ABOUT 44% ON THE NEXT SLIDE, YOU'LL SEE THAT THE GROWTH IN THE CHILD POPULATION WAS DRIVEN BY ASIAN NON-HISPANIC WHITE AND MULTI-RACIAL CHILDREN.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

YOU CAN ALSO SEE HERE THAT THERE WAS A DROP IN THE NUMBER OF LATINO AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020.

AND WE TYPICALLY LOOK AT THE CHILD POPULATION TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE DEMOGRAPHIC FUTURE OF AN AREA MAY LOOK LIKE.

AND IN THIS CASE, WE SEE FEWER AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC CHILDREN AND PERHAPS FEWER LATINO AND BLACK ADULTS IN AUSTIN'S FUTURE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO NOW WE'LL DIVE INTO, UM, PARTICULAR AREAS OF GROWTH AND DECLINE.

AND SO THE MAP ON THE LEFT DEPICTS THE POPULATION DENSITY AND DARKER SHADED AREAS HAVE HIGHER DENSITY POPULATION DENSITY.

AND THE CITY HAS INCREASED FROM ABOUT 26,000 PERSONS PER SQUARE MILE IN 2010 TO OVER 3000 PERSONS PER SQUARE MILE IN 2020, THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED TRACKS CAN BE FOUND AROUND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, JUST NORTH OF THE RIVER, AS WELL AS ALONG THE CORRIDOR FROM CZECH RIDGE DOWN THROUGH ST.

JOHN'S CENTRAL EAST, AUSTIN, RIVERSIDE, AND THEN DOWN TO ONION CREEK.

THE MAP ON THE RIGHT DEPICTS POPULATION CHANGE BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020 WITH GROWTH IN AREAS IN WHITE AND BLUE AND DECLINE IN AREAS IN RED FOR THE MOST PART TREKS AROUND THE CITY, ADDED MORE POPULATION AND HIGH GROWTH CAN BE SEEN IN AREAS IN THE MUELLER AREA, THE DOMAIN WEST CAMPUS, AND NORTHWEST AUSTIN AREAS OF THE CITY THAT LOST POPULATION THROUGHOUT THE DECADE CAN BE SEEN, UM, IN THE FLOOD MITIGATION AREA OF LOWER ONION CREEK, ALSO IN THE DOVE SPRINGS AREA ST JOHN'S NORTH LAMAR AREAS, AND THEN ALSO THE TRACK THAT HOUSES THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO WHEN WE FIRST TAKE A LOOK AT THESE MAPS, IT DEFINITELY GIVES AN IMPRESSION OF SPRAWL, RIGHT? AND SO SOME OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE NATURE OF THE GEOGRAPHIC AREAS THAT WE'RE REPRESENTING HERE IN THE MAPS, CENSUS TRACKS, ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT LIE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF CITIES AND IN MORE RURAL AREAS TEND TO BE LARGER AND LAND AREA.

AND SO THEY TEND TO STAND OUT IN SOME OF THESE MAPS

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AND ACTUALITY, THE POPULATION DISTRIBUTION IS MUCH CLOSER TO THE CITY LIMITS, BUT YOU KNOW, THERE, THERE IS SOME SPRAWL THAT'S TAKING PLACE AS IT HAS BEEN FOR SOME TIME NOW AND IN MOST URBAN CENTERS AROUND THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY IN URBAN CENTERS HERE IN TEXAS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO HERE, YOU'LL SEE, HOWEVER THAT A LARGER SHARE OF THE METRO GROWTH THAT'S TAKING PLACE IN AUSTIN RELATIVE TO OTHER PRINCIPAL'S CITIES AND OTHER METRO AREAS.

SO WHILE AUSTIN CONTRIBUTED 30% OF THE TOTAL GROWTH IN THE METRO REGION IN THE LAST DECADE, SAN ANTONIO AND HOUSTON AND DALLAS CONTRIBUTED 26, 18 AND 8% RESPECTIVELY TO THEIR METRO REGIONS.

SO WE SEE THAT IN AUSTIN OR IN THE AUSTIN METRO, THE BULK OF THE POPULATION GROWTH IN THE REGION CONTINUES TO ORIGINATE WITHIN THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IN THIS NEXT SET OF SLIDES, WHAT I'M GOING TO SHOW IS A COUPLE OF MAPS AND THEY'RE EACH GOING TO HAVE THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF A DIFFERENT RACE ETHNICITY GROUP.

AND THIS IS THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION FOR THE ASIAN POPULATION.

SO THE MAP ON THE LEFT LOOKS AT THE ASIAN SHARE OF THE POPULATION WITH HIGHER SHARES DEPICTED, AND INCREASINGLY DARKER SHADES OF GREEN AND TRACKS WITH HIGHER SHARES OF ASIAN POPULATION CAN BE SEEN IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF AUSTIN STRETCHING FROM JOLLYVILLE TO AVERY RANCH AND DOWN TO SPICEWOOD, MANSFIELD AND RIVER PLACE.

AND THEN TRACKS WITH HIGHER SHARES OF THE ASIAN POPULATION CAN ALSO BE SEEN IN PARTS OF SOUTHWEST AUSTIN, AROUND BARTON CREEK AND WEST OAK HILL AND IN THE NORTHEAST AREAS AROUND HARRIS, BRANCH, AND PIONEER CROSSING.

NOW, THE MAP ON THE RIGHT TO PICKS POPULATION CHANGE IN THE ASIAN POPULATION BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020, AND GROWTH IS SHOWN IN GREEN AND DECLINE IS SHOWN IN AREAS OF BROWN GROWTH IN THE ASIAN POPULATION CAN BE SEEN MOSTLY IN THE NORTHWEST AND NORTHEAST, AND THEN ALSO SOME SOUTHWEST PARTS OF THE CITY, AS WELL AS IN THE DOMAIN, THE UNIVERSITY AREA.

AND THEN SOME AREAS OF DECLINE IN THE ASIAN POPULATION CAN BE FOUND AROUND THE RIVERSIDE AREA, UH, SOUTH OF CZECH RIDGE IN THE NORTHEAST, AND THEN AROUND THE SCOFIELD FARMS IN LAMPLIGHT VILLAGE AREA, IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE CITY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS SET OF MAPS, UH, FOCUSES ON THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF THE BLACK POPULATION.

AND SO AGAIN, THE MAP ON THE LEFT LOOKS AT THE SHARE OF THE BLACK POPULATION WITH HIGHER SHARE SHOWN AN INCREASINGLY DARKER SHADES OF PURPLE AND AREAS OF THE CITY WITH HIGHEST SHARES OF BLACK POPULATION CAN BE FOUND IN PARTS OF MLK AND HIGHWAY 180 3, AS WELL AS IN PARTS, NORTH AUSTIN, INCLUDING THE AREAS OF TECH RIDGE PIONEER CROSSING AND HARRIS BRANCH.

AND THEN THE MAP ON THE RIGHT LOOKS A CHANGE.

UM, SO AREAS IN GREEN ARE SHOWING GROWTH IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATION IN AREAS IN PURPLE ARE SHOWING DECLINE AREAS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN GROWTH CAN BE SEEN IN PARTS OF HARRIS, BRANCH AND TECH RIDGE IN THE NORTHEAST PARTS OF AUSTIN AND DOWN IN FAR SOUTH AUSTIN, AND THEN AREAS WITH THE STEEPEST DECLINES IN THE BLACK POPULATION CAN BE FOUND IN TRACKS LOCATED IN HISTORIC EAST AUSTIN AND EAST OF MLK AND HIGHWAY 180 3, NEXT MAP PLEASE, OR NEXT SLIDE.

AND THIS SET OF MAPS LOOKS AT THE HISPANIC GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION.

SO THE DARKER SHADED AREAS ARE GOING TO SHOW, SHOW HIGHER SHARES OF HISPANIC POPULATION.

AND SO WHAT WE CAN SEE HERE IS THAT AREAS WITH HIGHER SHARES CAN BE FOUND IN THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE CITY, ESPECIALLY THE PARTS, UM, SOUTHEAST AUSTIN, LIKE KNUCKLES CROSSING AND MONTOPOLIS, AND ALONG ONE 30, AND THEN OTHER AREAS WITH HIGH SHARES INCLUDE, UM, THE ST JOHN'S AND NORTH LAMAR AREA, AS WELL AS, UH, LONG NORTH DESA.

AND THEN IN THE SOUTH, WE SEE, UH, HIGHER SHARES OF HISPANICS AROUND THE ST EDWARDS UNIVERSITY, AS WELL AS SELF FIRST.

AND THEN THERE'S A NUMBER OF CENSUS TRACKS WITH SMALLER SHARES OF HISPANIC POPULATION, PARTICULARLY IN HISTORIC CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN.

AND THEN THE MAP ON THE RIGHT DEPICTS POPULATION CHANGE FOR HISPANICS WITH RED AREAS, SHOWING GROWTH AND IN THE BLACK AND GRAY AREAS, SHOWING DECLINE, UH, TRACKS WITH HIGHER GROWTH AMONG HISPANICS CAN BE SEEN IN THE NORTHEAST AND SOUTHEAST AREAS OF THE CITY, UH, EXTENDING WHAT WE ONCE CALLED THE EASTERN CRESCENT FARTHER, FARTHER EAST, AND THEN AREAS, UH, WITH DECLINES IN THE HISPANIC POPULATION CAN BE SEEN IN THE CENTRAL PARTS OF THE CITY STRETCHING FROM NORTH DELORES LAMAR REGION DOWN TO HISTORIC AUSTIN, AND THEN FARTHER DOWN TO DOVE SPRINGS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND THEN THIS SET

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OF MAPS IS THE LAST SET OF MAPS AND IT'S FOR THE NON-HISPANIC WHITE POPULATION, A GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION.

AGAIN, THE MAP ON THE, ON THE LEFT LOOKS AT THE HIGHER SHARES OF THE NON-HISPANIC WHITE POPULATION IN DARKER SHADES OF BLUE.

AND THEN THE MAP DEPICTS THE FAMILIAR PATTERN OF AREAS OF HIGHER SHARES OF WHITE POPULATION FOUND MOSTLY ON THE WESTERN PARTS OF THE CITY.

UH, WE ALSO SEE MANY TRACKS THOUGH WITH HIGHER SHARES OF WHITE POPULATION ALONG THE CENTRAL CORRIDOR AND TO THE EAST OF , PARTICULARLY FROM UNIVERSITY HILLS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO, TO GO VALLEY.

AND THEN THE MAP ON THE RIGHT DEPICTS CHANGE IN THE NON-HISPANIC WHITE POPULATION BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020.

AND SO THESE, UM, THE AREAS OF GROWTH ARE GOING TO IN THE, IN BLUE AND THEN THE AREAS OF DECLINE ARE GONNA BE IN SHADES OF BROWN AND AREAS OF NON-HISPANIC WHITE POPULATION GROWTH CAN BE SEEN IN THE LAKELINE DOMAIN, MUELLER AND HOLLY NEIGHBORHOODS, AS WELL AS NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE RIVER IN THE DOWNTOWN AREAS.

AND THEN AREAS OF NON-HISPANIC WHITE POPULATION DECLINE CAN BE SEEN IN A NUMBER OF TRACKS IN NORTHWEST AUSTIN, INCLUDING AVERY RANCH, AND ALSO, UH, IN THE TRACK THAT HOUSES THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND PARTS OF WEST CAMPUS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

YOU CAN SKIP OVER THIS SLIDE AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO JUST TO RECAP, UM, THE FINDINGS THAT WE SEE HERE OFFER US MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO CELEBRATE OUR CITY CONTINUES TO GROW AND ITS GROWTH IS RIVALING THAT OF THE NATION'S LARGEST CITIES, UM, GROWTH IN HOUSING APPEARS TO BE ON PAR WITH POPULATION GROWTH WITH LOW VACANCY RATES, INDICATING ABSORPTION OF NEW HOUSING UNITS AS THEY'RE BEING ADDED.

AND THEN WE SAW GROWTH AMONG ALL OF OUR RACE AND ETHNICITY COMMUNITIES, AND THIS IS YIELDING INCREASED DIVERSITY FOR OUR CITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU.

HOWEVER, THE DATA ALSO PROVIDES SOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR REFLECTION.

THERE IS A CONTINUED GEOGRAPHIC SEGREGATION AMONG OUR CITIES, DIFFERENT RACIAL COMMUNITIES.

THERE ALSO IS A CONCURRENT FARTHER EASTWARD MOVEMENT OF THE POPULATION WITH INCREASINGLY HIGHER SHARES OF THE NON-HISPANIC WHITE POPULATION AND HISTORICALLY BLACK AND BROWN NEIGHBORHOODS.

ADDITIONALLY, OUR HOUSING RATE OF GROWTH HAS SLOWED DOWN BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020, GIVEN THE CITY'S LONG TRENDS OF STRONG AND SUSTAINED GROWTH.

IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT HOUSING GROWTH IS ABLE TO CONTINUE TO KEEP PACE WITH POPULATION GROWTH AND THEN POPULATIONS OF COLOR LED GROWTH THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THE STATE.

WE SEE A UNIQUE PATTERN OF GROWTH AMONG HISPANICS AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN AUSTIN, INCLUDING A DECLINE AMONG BLACK AND LATINO CHILDREN.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE CURIOUS ABOUT IN ORDER FOR ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES IN THE CITY TO BE ABLE TO FULLY PARTICIPATE IN THE CELEBRATION OF THESE RESULTS.

WE MUST FIRST SEEK TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS IT THAT'S CONTRIBUTING TO THIS UNIQUE DIVERSITY IN OUR CITY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THIS SLIDE, I JUST PROVIDE A NUMBER OF RESOURCES, INCLUDING, UH, AN INTERACTIVE MAP SERIES THAT WE HAVE ON OUR WEBSITE, THE STATIC MAPS THAT I SHARED WITH YOU HERE.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE A DASHBOARD WITH KEY FINDINGS.

I ALSO SHARED SOME LINKS TO THE CENSUS BUREAU'S, UM, AND THEY HAVE SOME INTERESTING BLOGS AND DATA VISUALIZATIONS.

AND THEN THE TEXAS DEMOGRAPHIC CENTER, THEY HAVE PROVIDED SOME INTERACTIVE DASHBOARDS FOR ALL CITIES AND ALL COUNTIES IN TEXAS.

SO FEEL FREE TO, YOU KNOW, LOOK THROUGH THOSE AND I THINK YOU'LL FIND THAT INFORMATION HELPFUL.

UM, AND THAT'S THE END OF MY PREPARED COMMENTS.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY, ANY QUESTIONS IF TIME ALLOWS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MS. VALENCIA.

UM, WE'LL NOW ENTERTAIN SOME QUESTIONS.

UM, I DID HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY LAST WEEK TO MEET WITH MS. VALENCIA WITH MY STAFF, AND I'D HIGHLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT OPPORTUNITY.

UM, YOU KNOW, TO DIG MORE INTO THE DATA NOW THAT YOU HAVE SEEN IT, I MAY DO DOING THAT AGAIN.

UM, IT WAS REALLY HELPFUL TO BE ABLE TO KIND OF PLAY AROUND IN THE MAPS AND, AND SEE THERE'S SOME REALLY GREAT, UM, RESOURCES THAT HER TEAM HAS PUT TOGETHER.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS AND THINGS AFTER YOU'VE HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THAT, UM, DATA, WE MAY BE ABLE TO HAVE SORT OF RICHER CONVERSATIONS.

UM, SO I WILL OPEN IT UP TO SOME QUESTIONS.

I JUST WANT TO BE MINDFUL OF TIME TODAY.

WE HAVE AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT ON OUR AGENDA COUNCIL MEMBER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MS. VALENCIA FOR TASTE PRESENTATION.

YOU KNOW, OFTENTIMES I KNOW A LOT OF US WERE EXPECTING TO SEE FROM THE CENSUS COUNT THAT AUSTIN REACHED A MILLION RESIDENTS, AND WE KNOW THAT PART OF THE REASON WHY THE NUMBERS DON'T REFLECT THAT IS BECAUSE THERE'S

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LIKELY AN UNDERCOUNT, UM, GIVEN THAT WE'RE IN A PANDEMIC AND BECAUSE OF THE, THEN ADMINISTRATION'S ATTEMPTS TO, UM, SUPPRESS DATA COLLECTION AND, AND USE TACTICS THAT, UM, MADE IT HARDER FOR FOLKS TO WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CENSUS.

UM, BUT I ALSO THINK THERE'S ANOTHER AREA THAT WE OFTEN DON'T TALK ABOUT IN THAT WHILE AUSTIN IS A GROWING CITY, WE'RE ALSO, WE'RE ALSO EXPERIENCING A DISPLACEMENT CRISIS.

AND I THINK WE'RE SEEING THAT IN THE NUMBERS WHILE WE DID ADD 34,000 LATINOS TO THE AUSTIN AREA, OUR PORTION AS A LATINO COMMUNITY HAS DECREASED.

AND FROM MY UNDERSTANDING AND LOOKING AT ANOTHER DATASET, THE PERCENTAGE OF LATINOS, AND I THINK I HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST LATINO DISTRICTS IN THE CITY, UM, THAT WAS TRADITIONALLY AT A LITTLE OVER 70% LATINO, 10 YEARS AGO.

UH, WE DISTRICT TWO EXPERIENCED A 10% DECLINE IN OUR LATINO POPULATION AND THAT IS NOT OKAY.

AND THAT, AND SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU AND FROM YOUR, UM, EXPERIENCE AND ANALYSIS WITH THIS DATA SET FROM THE SPERM, THE CENSUS, UH, TO WHAT EXTENT IS DISPLACEMENT, UH, SHOWN IN THE DATA, HOW, YOU KNOW, HOW PREVALENT IS IT COMPARED TO OTHER CITIES, OUR SIZE AND ANY OTHER FACTORS THAT WE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING.

AND I APPRECIATE THAT YOU SHOW THAT OUR MINORITY COMMUNITIES OR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR ARE MOVING FURTHER EAST, UM, GIVEN THE AFFORDABILITY CRISIS THAT WE HAVE IN THE CITY.

UM, BUT YOU KNOW, YOU MENTIONED THAT THE, THE CHILDREN, UH, THE PERCENT OF, UH, BLACK AND LATINO CHILDREN IN AUSTIN IS DECREASING.

SO IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND JUST TOUCHING ON, YOU KNOW, TO WHAT CONSIDERATIONS SHOULD WE GIVE TO THE DISPLACEMENT CRISIS THAT WE'RE EXPERIENCING IN AUSTIN? SURE.

SO THE DATA ARE DEFINITELY INDICATING, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THAT, UM, DISPLACEMENT PHENOMENON.

AND, YOU KNOW, AS, AS YOU MENTIONED, WE SEE THAT FARTHER EASTWARD MOVEMENT OF COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN PARTICULAR AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS.

AND THEN ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE SEEING IS THAT WE ARE SEEING AREAS WHERE WE MAY HAVE EXPECTED GROWTH, THAT THERE COULD BE SOME POPULATION DECLINES.

AND TYPICALLY THESE WERE IN AREAS WHERE THERE WERE, UM, HIGHER CONCENTRATIONS OF, OF HISPANICS FAMILY.

SO IN THE CORNETTO HILLS AND ST JOHN'S NEIGHBORHOODS AND DOVE SPRINGS.

AND SO WHAT WE THINK MAY BE HAPPENING THERE IS THAT AS THE DISPLACEMENT OCCURS, THEN THE PEOPLE WHO MOVE INTO THOSE AREAS HAVE A DIFFERENT MAKEUP OF, UH, FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD SIZE THEN THAN THE FAMILIES THAT WERE THERE PREVIOUSLY.

AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO START TO LOOK AT WHEN THE DATA BECOME AVAILABLE, THIS IS, YOU KNOW, AN INITIAL SET, BUT WE DO NEED TO START TO DISENTANGLE.

HOW MUCH OF THIS IS DISPLACEMENT, WHERE PEOPLE ARE MOVING FARTHER AND FARTHER EAST OR MOVING OUT OF THE CITY ALTOGETHER.

AND THEN ALSO HOW MUCH OF THIS IS, UM, IS AN UNDERCOUNT, RIGHT? WHEN I SAW THOSE FIGURES FOR THE DECLINES AND BLACK AND BROWN CHILDREN RIGHT AWAY, I WAS LIKE, WELL, THIS, THIS IS IN LINE WITH, YOU KNOW, THE DISCUSSIONS AROUND DISPLACEMENT AND FAMILIES NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD TO LIVE IN AUSTIN.

BUT I ALSO REMEMBER THAT THESE POPULATIONS, ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN UNDER FIVE AND CHILDREN OF COLOR, UH, ARE THE MOST LIKELY TO BE UNDER COUNTED.

AND SO WE NEED TO START TO DISENTANGLE THOSE, YOU KNOW, THAT INFORMATION.

SO WE CAN GET A CLEARER UNDERSTANDING OF TRULY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE CITY AND WHERE WE NEED TO FURTHER EXPLORE, UM, AREAS, YOU KNOW, UM, WHERE WE NEED TO AMPLIFY OUR MITIGATION DISPLACEMENT EFFORTS, BUT ALSO AREAS WE REALLY NEED TO EXPLORE WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS, UM, TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT LIKE, AND ARE WE SEEING A, A TRUE DECREASE IN THE CHILD POPULATION OR IS SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENING HERE? THANK YOU.

THAT THAT WAS SUPER HELPFUL.

AND I THINK YOU'RE, YOU'RE SPOT ON WITH THE UNTANGLING OF THE DATA, GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE CENSUS WAS HELD AND COLLEAGUES, YOU KNOW, DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION IS ONE OF MY OFFICES, TOP PRIORITIES, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED WORK ON THE DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION FRONT, AND MY OFFICE WILL BE BRINGING FORWARD POLICY, UH, LATER IN OCTOBER AROUND AROUND THIS ISSUE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER .

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS THERE.

COUNCIL MEMBER FRANCIS.

AND I THINK WHAT WE MAY FIND IS THAT WE CAN'T DISTINGUISH BETWEEN IN THIS CENSUS DATA, HOW MUCH DISPLACEMENT THERE WAS VERSUS HOW MUCH INTIMIDATION OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES THERE WERE, BUT WE KNOW THAT THERE WERE BOTH, AND WHAT YOU'VE RAISED IS THAT WE SHOULD ABSOLUTELY ADDRESS BOTH ONE INTERESTING THING FOR US TO THAT.

IT POPPED OUT TO ME AND THIS DATA, UM, WAS HOW IN THE HERITAGE HILLS CENSUS TRACK, THERE WAS THIS REALLY SIGNIFICANT GROWTH OF LATINO FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT.

AND IN THE LAST 10 YEARS,

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A LOT OF THE COMMERCIAL, LOTS AROUND THE WALMART THERE HAVE BECOME AFFORDABLE HOUSING ENABLED AND SUPPORTED BY THIS DIOCESE WHERE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS WERE ADDED THERE.

UM, AND OTHER PARTS OF MY DISTRICT WHERE THERE WASN'T NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADDED, AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING TO PRESERVE IT.

WE SAW SOME OF THE DECLINES AND MY ANECDOTAL CENSUS, SOME OF THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE INTIMIDATION, UH, BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020 DATA.

AND SOME OF IT HAS TO DO WITH WHAT YOU'VE LAID OUT HERE, WHERE CHILDREN HAVE GROWN UP, THEY'VE LEFT THE HOUSEHOLD, UH, PARENTS OR DEALS IN THE US ARE STILL THERE, BUT THEIR CHILDREN NO LONGER CAN AFFORD TO LIVE THERE.

AND THEY'RE NOT LIVING WITH THEIR PARENTS.

AND AGAIN, THAT SPEAKS TO THAT CONTINUED NEED TO PRESERVE OUR HOUSING AND THEN ADD THAT NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHERE BEFORE WE HAD PARKING LOTS OR COMMERCIAL STRIP CENTERS, WE'VE SEEN IN SOME OF THOSE CENSUS TRACKS IN MY DISTRICT WHERE WE SAW DISPLACEMENT AND GENTRIFICATION, WE ALSO SAW SOME ADDITION WHERE WE WENT AND DID THAT, THAT KEY WORK IN THE LAST DECADE.

SO AGAIN, I THINK YOUR POINTS ARE SPOT ON.

COUNCIL MEMBER OF DOES WHERE WE HAVE TO ADDRESS BOTH.

WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE FEEL INCLUDED AND SAFE.

UM, AND WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE DISPLACEMENT WE'VE SEEN BECAUSE AGAIN, MANY OF OUR DISTRICTS, MY DISTRICT, UH, I THINK HAD SECOND MOST LATINOS IN THE PAST AND SECOND, MOST, UH, BLACK RESIDENTS EXCEPT FOR, YOU KNOW, SECOND TO DISTRICT ONE.

AND WE SAW THAT REALLY STEEP DECLINE IN THE BLACK POPULATION AND OR IN THE RELATIVE BLACK POPULATION IN DISTRICT FOUR.

SO EVEN IF WE'RE SEEING INCREASES IN THE NUMBER OF LATINOS AND THE NUMBER OF BLACK AUSTINITES, I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE ABLE TO KEEP FAMILIES HERE AND KEEP, AND I THINK YOU CAN LOOK AT THE MAP AND SEE HOW, WHEN WE ADD AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT WORKS.

SO, UH, I THINK OUR COMMITMENT OVER THE NEXT DECADE, LOOKING AT THIS DATA IS TO PROVIDE THAT, UH, PROVIDE THAT FEELING OF SAFETY THAT YOU ARE, UM, THAT YOU'RE INCLUDED IN THIS COMMUNITY.

UM, AND ALSO PRESERVE AND ADD AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

BECAUSE I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MAP, YOU CAN SEE THAT WHERE WE DID NOT, WELL, WE DIDN'T SEE THOSE DECLINES COUNCIL MEMBER RENTERIA.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP? GO AHEAD.

UH, YES.

IT IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHAT ARE OUR FAILURE NOT TO BUILD A POWERFUL, ESPECIALLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE, WE COULD GO AND LOOK AT HOW IT WORKS, UH, UH, SCOREBOARD CARD AND SEE, DO WE HAVE SOME DISTRICT THAT HAVE 0, 0 4 HOUSING AND THAT'S GOING TO BE A PROBLEM.

I MEAN, MAN VAN, YOU GETS TO BE 400 TO $500,000 JUST FOR A LOT.

YOU CANNOT BE A SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING, ESPECIALLY AFFORDABLE SINGLE FAMILY HOUSE.

IT'S JUST SO EXPENSIVE.

AND UNLESS WE REALLY HAMMERED DOWN AND START ACCEPTING THESE TYPES OF DEVELOPMENTS THAT COME INTO EACH BAR DISTRICT, WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE THAT PATH.

WE'VE BEEN, WE'VE BEEN SHOUTING THIS OUT FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS AND IT JUST FALLS ON DEAF EAR.

IS THAT BACK WHEN WE JUST GOT ON THE CHIN ONE WHO STARTED REALLY INVESTED IN HOUSING BEFORE THEN WE SET ASIDE ONE OR TWO PREVIOUS COUNCIL SET ASIDE ONE OR $2 MILLION FOR TAX CREDIT COPY.

AND THAT WAS IT BESIDES THE FEDERAL FUNDING, KATIE DOWN UNIT.

AND SO UNLESS WE REALLY STARTED GETTING HER NOW I SEE THIS, YOU KNOW, BUT I CAN SEE THE AREAS WHERE THE DISTRICT THAT DON'T HAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WE'RE TRYING TO REALLY FOCUS ON, YOU KNOW, AND, UH, IT'S, IT'S JUST A SLOW PROCESS WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A LOT OF HELP FROM, UH, THE REST OF THE BUSINESSES AROUND HERE.

PEOPLE READ OUT AND GET OFF AND START SUPPORTING THIS, UM, BUILDING MORE DENSITY IN DOWNTOWN FISHY AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE YOUR WORKERS AND YOUR WORKFORCE.

IF YOU LIVE IN AUSTIN, THAT'S WHERE THEY GO.

AND THEY'RE GOING OUT TO DEL VALLEY.

THEY'RE GOING OUT TO HAYES COUNTY, THEY'RE GOING TO GEORGETOWN, WILLIAMSON COUNTY.

THEY JUST CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE HERE.

IT'S JUST SO DARN INEXPENSIVE, YOU KNOW, WHERE, WHERE IT'S REALLY GETTING TO THAT POINT WHERE WE'RE GOING TO START LOSING A LOT MORE.

WE'RE NOT, WE DON'T GET REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT BUILDING MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? UM, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD AND THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER RENTERIA FOR, UM, RAISING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR BUSINESSES TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION AND PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UM, I DO WANT TO UNDERSCORE THAT THE DATA THAT WE HAVE AT THIS POINT IN TIME IS VERY INCOMPLETE.

UM, AND WHEN WE GET THE FULLER DATA SET, WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO A LOT MORE ANALYSIS THAT WILL GIVE

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US MORE INFORMATION ABOUT, UM, HOW OUR POLICIES ARE WORKING AND HOW THEY'RE NOT, YOU KNOW, WE, WE WILL BE ABLE TO BETTER SEE THINGS LIKE UNIT SIZES AND WHETHER UNIT SIZES ARE IMPACTING, UM, THE CHOICES THAT FAMILIES ARE MAKING, WHETHER WE ARE, UM, CREATING SITUATIONS WHERE YOU HAVE A LOT OF SINGLE PEOPLE MOVING INTO AREAS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY, UM, FAMILIES.

UM, AND I THINK THAT LEVEL OF DATA TO THE EXTENT THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO, TO DIVE INTO THAT I THINK WILL BE REALLY HELPFUL, BUT I THINK THAT'S STILL QUITE A WAYS AWAY.

UM, SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOTO.

I LIKE, UH, THANK YOU FOR THAT SUGGESTION COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER.

I THINK IT WOULD ALSO BE USEFUL TO SEE THAT DATA ALONGSIDE, UM, SOME OF THE INFORMATION FROM THE HOUSING WORKS SCORECARDS, WHICH SHOWS DISTRICT BY DISTRICT, UM, CREATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

IT IS, I APPRECIATE COLLEAGUES, ALL OF YOUR COMMENTS AND LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING ANTI-DISPLACEMENT POLICY EFFORTS, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER FUND US, AND, AND HOPE TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO, UH, WORK WITH YOU ON THAT.

IF YOU'RE STILL LOOKING FOR CO-SPONSORS.

I DO THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, RENDER YEAH.

SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND, AND WANT TO SEE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN ALL PARTS OF OUR CITY AND INCREASED INVESTMENTS.

I JUST DO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THOUGH THAT, THAT BOTH PAST COUNCILS AND PAST VOTERS HAVE SUPPORTED AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND PACKAGES.

UM, IN, YOU KNOW, WE, THE CITY OF AUSTIN WAS I BELIEVE THE FIRST CITY IN THE NATION TO HAVE AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND PACKAGE.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, THAT THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO PREVIOUS COUNCILS AS WELL.

IT, THEY DIDN'T, THEY WEREN'T IN THE SAME AMOUNT AS OUR LAST ONE, BUT THEY WERE IN THE AREA OF 60 MILLION.

AND I JUST WANT TO CONTINUE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SUPPORT, NOT JUST FROM OUR, OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES OR, YOU KNOW, PAST COUNCILS, BUT ALSO THE VOTERS OF AUSTIN BECAUSE THE CITY OF AUSTIN VOTERS HAVE INVESTED IN.

AND IT'S IMPORTANT.

I EVEN REMEMBER THE ONE YEAR THAT IT WENT DOWN, UM, SEVERAL OF US THAT THE BOND PACKAGE WENT DOWN.

THE ONLY TIME THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND PACKAGE WENT DOWN, UM, SEVERAL OF US PUSHED FOR A $10 MILLION INVESTMENT FROM SURPLUS FUNDS, WHICH WAS VERY CONTROVERSIAL.

WE, I GOT LOTS OF SUPER ANGRY EMAILS, BUT THIS COUNCIL, BECAUSE IT HAD JUST BEEN VOTED DOWN, THE BOND PACKAGE HAD BEEN VOTED DOWN THAT FALL.

UM, SEVERAL OF US WERE ABLE TO PERSUADE ON A VERY TIGHT COUNCIL VOTE, UM, A $10 MILLION EXPENDITURE THAT YEAR.

SO THE PROJECTS THAT HAD BEEN HOPING FOR IN COUNTING ON BOND FUNDS WERE ABLE TO GO FORWARD, INCLUDING A FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES FUND.

SO, YOU KNOW, I, I JUST, I THINK THAT THE COMMITMENT TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING HAS BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE.

DO WE HAVE MORE TO DO? ABSOLUTELY.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ENCOURAGE, UM, ALL OF US TO CONTINUE TO THINK ABOUT WAYS THAT WE CAN USE ALL THE TOOLS IN OUR TOOLBOX, INCLUDING OUR DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, AS EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE, INCLUDING OUR CITY OWNED LAND, WHICH WE'RE DOING NOW, THANKS TO THE LEADERSHIP OF COUNCIL MEMBER, CASAR AND COUNCIL MEMBER POOL.

WE'RE DOING THAT ON OUR CITY OWNED TRACKS AT ST.

JOHN'S AND AT, UM, RYAN DRIVE.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE, THESE ARE ALL TOOLS THAT WE NEED.

WE NEED VERY MUCH, UM, IF WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING SUPPLY.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU, MS. VALENCIA FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING.

UM, HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO, TO DISCUSS THE DATA AND I WILL ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES AGAIN.

UM, DO TAKE A LOOK AT A LOOK AT THE UNDERLYING DATA AND FOR THE PUBLIC.

UM, YOU CAN FIND THAT ON OUR, ON OUR WEBSITE, UM, AND BE ABLE TO TAKE A LOOK FOR YOURSELF.

THERE'S SEVERAL TABS AND IT, IT'S REALLY A VERY HELPFUL SNAPSHOT OF THE DATA THAT WE HAVE TO DATE FROM THE CENSUS.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, WE'LL NOW TAKE

[B2. Presentation of Austin Climate Equity Plan]

UP THE NEXT BRIEFING ITEM, WHICH IS THE AUSTIN CLIMATE EQUITY PLANS.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER, ALTAR AND COUNCIL.

UH, WE'RE GOING TO DIVE RIGHT INTO THIS PRESENTATION AND JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATE ALL THE INCREDIBLE WORK THAT HAS GONE INTO THIS PRODUCT THAT IS BEFORE YOU TODAY, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE JOINING US, UH, THAT WERE PART OF THIS DEVELOPMENT.

UH, AND WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO ZACH TO START OUR PRESENTATION.

GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

THANKS FOR HAVING US TODAY.

I'M ZACH BOMBER CLIMATE PROGRAM MANAGER WITH THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

SO TODAY WE'RE GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE AUSTIN CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, WHICH IS ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA FOR THURSDAY, UM, TWO FOR ADOPTION.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UH, WE HAVE, YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR A LOT ABOUT COLLABORATION AND WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY ON THIS PLAN.

UM, ALL THE FOLKS LISTED ON THE RIGHT HERE ARE, UM, ON THE WEBEX, UH, AT THE END OF THIS PRESENTATION FOR FOUR QUESTIONS.

AND HERE WITH ME ARE,

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UH, SHANE JOHNSON AND KATIE COYNE, WHO ARE TWO OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS AND WE PUT A LOT OF FAITH IN OUR, UH, COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

WHO'VE DONATED HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF HOURS AT TIMES TO HELP CREATE THIS PLAN.

AND SO THEY'RE GOING TO SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS BEFORE WE GET STARTED BEFORE I DIVE INTO THE PRESENTATION.

OKAY.

THANKS ZACH.

HI EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS KATIE COIN.

I'M A ONE OF THREE CO-CHAIRS FOR THE STEERING COMMITTEE FOR THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

I SWEAR IT'S MORE HUMID IN HERE THAN IT IS OUT THERE.

SORRY.

UH, YOU KNOW, I REALLY WANT TO FOCUS ON WHY PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THIS PLAN IS IMPORTANT AND IT'S NOT JUST BECAUSE OF WHAT'S IN IT.

IT'S HOW IT WAS CREATED.

UM, JUST A LITTLE BACKGROUND I'M, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER KOSSAR'S APPOINTEE TO ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

UH, AND I ALSO VICE CHAIR OF THAT COMMISSION AND VICE CHAIR OF THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE.

SO THAT'S KIND OF HOW I FIRST GOT INVOLVED IN THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN PROCESS.

WE CREATED A WORKING GROUP THAT REALLY FOCUSED ON ENGAGEMENT.

AND WHEN WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT, UH, THE NEED TO UPDATE THIS PLAN, WHICH IS UPDATED EVERY FIVE YEARS FROM THE GET-GO EQUITY WAS A KEY PART OF WHAT WE KNEW NEEDED TO BE EMBEDDED AT THE CORE OF THIS WORK.

THERE WERE KIND OF TWO KEY THINGS THAT WE STARTED WITH AS KEY MOMENTS FOR US TO REALLY MAKE SURE WE WERE DOING THAT.

WE CULTIVATED A MORE DIVERSE STEERING COMMITTEE THAT I HAVE SEEN FOR A PLANNING PROCESS IN THE CITY, UH, MADE UP OF COMMUNITY LEADERS, UH, WHO HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN EXCLUDED FROM PROCESS OR NOT LISTENED TO AND HAVE SOME DISTRUST FOR THE, UM, SO IT WAS A BIG DEAL FOR THEM TO COMMIT TIME AND ENERGY, AND HONESTLY, EMOTIONAL VULNERABILITY TO A PROCESS WITH THE CITY.

WE ALSO REALLY ADVOCATED FOR PAID CLIMATE AMBASSADORS AND ZACK, WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT LATER, BUT THAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US RECOGNIZING THAT IN ONE SINGULAR PROCESS, WE CANNOT BUILD BACK TRUST WITH COMMUNITIES THAT WE'VE HISTORICALLY EXCLUDED IN THE PAST, BUT WE CAN PAY MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE TRUST WITH THOSE COMMUNITIES TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK, TO PROVIDE A CONDUIT TO THOSE FOLKS WHO WE HAVE NOT BEEN GREAT AT REACHING.

UH, IN THE PAST, WE ALSO STARTED WITH A CLIMATE JUSTICE WORKSHOP BY DR.

TONY WARD.

THIS WAS REALLY VITAL, NOT JUST BECAUSE IT PROVIDED A FOUNDATION OF INFORMATION FOR US TO BUILD OUR COMMON UNDERSTANDING OF CLIMATE AND EQUITY AND JUSTICE ISSUES IN THE CITY, BUT IT REALLY CULTIVATED THIS CULTURE OF EMPATHY, WHICH TO ME IS KIND OF A CORE FIRST STEP IN BEING ABLE TO DO EQUITY WORK WELL.

UM, IT FELT FUNDAMENTALLY FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT AND WAS ALSO REALLY IMPORTANT FOR FOLKS WHO MAYBE WERE A LITTLE FEARFUL OF DOING A PROCESS DIFFERENTLY.

AND THAT'S UNDERSTANDABLE.

UH, WE CREATED A CULTURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH THAT INITIAL WORKSHOP AND THROUGH OUR CONTINUING WORK THAT I THINK WAS VITAL IN BEING ABLE TO DO THIS PROCESS WELL AS WELL.

UM, AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT ALLOWED US TO WORK FROM A PLACE OF LOVE INSTEAD OF FEAR.

SO OFTEN WHEN WE'RE SAYING WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN WE'VE EVER DONE IT BEFORE WE'RE FEARFUL, AND THAT IS NATURAL.

SO ONE OF THESE, UH, FEARFUL CONFLICTS THAT KEPT COMING UP WAS, WELL, WHAT IF IN THIS CLIMATE PLAN, IF WE HAVE EQUITY AS A CORE GOAL, IS THAT GOING TO BE AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR CLIMATE GOALS AS A CITY? THE ANSWER IS NO.

AND EVERY TIME THAT ISSUE CAME UP, WE HAD TO SAY, LOOK, WE'RE APPROACHING THIS FROM A PLACE OF LOVE, NOT FEAR.

WE ARE GOING TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO ONE ANOTHER.

SO IF A CONFLICT ARISES, WE WERE ACCOUNTABLE TO SOLVING IT AND FIGURING OUT THE BEST PATH FORWARD THAT FELT FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING I'VE BEEN A PART OF BEFORE, AND WAS HONESTLY REALLY SPECIAL TO ME PERSONALLY.

UH, SO, YOU KNOW, WE BELIEVE WE'VE CULTIVATED A, A PLAN THAT REALLY CENTERS EQUITY AT ITS CORE AND IS HONESTLY REALLY OPTIMISTIC.

I THINK IT'S RADICAL IN, UH, THE WAY THIS PROCESS BEGAN TO BUILD BACK SOME TRUST WITH COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE LOST TRUST WITH THE CITY.

UH, AND I'M EXCITED TO SAY THAT OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER FOLKS IN THE CITY ARE LOOKING TO THIS AS A MODEL FOR HOW WE CAN BUILD ON OUR EQUITY DRIVEN WORK.

WE EVEN HAVE FOLKS IN OTHER CITIES, HOUSTON, FOR INSTANCE, WHO'S REALLY LOOKING AT OUR PLAN ALREADY AND SAYING, THIS IS HOW YOU DO EQUITY DRIVEN CLIMATE PLANNING.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE CHANCE TO SPEAK.

AND I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK AND Y'ALL HOPEFULLY SUPPORTING THIS PLAN MOVING FORWARD.

THANKS.

GREAT.

AND NEXT IS SHANE JOHNSON.

WHO'S UH, WAS ALSO A CO-CHAIR.

THANKS SECOND, KATIE.

UH, HELLO COUNSEL, GOOD MORNING OR WELL AFTERNOON, UH, SHANE JOHNSON, HE HIM PRONOUNS.

UM, AND I'LL SAY I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT FOUR GROUP IN DISTRICT SEVEN.

UM, AND YEAH, SO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK, UH, AND REALLY EXCITED ABOUT HOW FAR WE'VE COME, HOW MUCH WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED.

UM, AND, UH, WE'LL BUILD OFF OF THE FOUNDATION.

KATIE JUST LAID IN TERMS OF, UM, HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANT

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ELEMENTS OF THIS PLAN.

UM, BUT I ALSO KIND OF WANT TO FLIP IT THE WAY WE'RE COUCHING THIS A LITTLE BIT ON ITS HEAD.

AND SO THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN IS A RACIAL EQUITY PLAN SEEKING TO HELP ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE.

IT'S NOT A CLIMATE PLAN.

IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO NECESSARILY BE A CLIMATE PLAN IN ITSELF.

IT SHOULD BE A RACIAL JUSTICE PLAN, AND THAT IS HOW WE CAN ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE.

UM, AND SO THE TOP PRIORITY IS OF COURSE, RACIAL EQUITY THROUGH COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP.

UM, AND I WOULD SAY THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON, UM, THAT, UH, EVERY COUNCIL MEMBER AND THE MAYOR, UH, AND ALL STAFF CAN TAKE AWAY FROM THIS IS, IS, AS I WAS SAYING, WE CAN'T BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE WITHOUT CENTERING RACIAL EQUITY SPECIFICALLY IN OUR WORK.

UM, UH, YOU KNOW, WE WON'T EVEN COME CLOSE WITHOUT, UH, CENTERING EQUITY.

UH, AND AS KATIE WAS SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE WERE ABLE TO DO THIS SO WELL.

AND SO COMPREHENSIVELY FOR, I THINK THE FIRST TIME EVER IN A CITY PLANNING PROCESS TO THIS SCALE AND THIS EFFECTIVENESS, UM, BECAUSE, UH, OF THIS, UH, FOUNDATIONAL PROCESS WE DID WITH THE EQUITY TRAININGS FOR, UH, NOT ONLY ALL OF THE ADVISORY GROUP MEMBERS AND THE STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS, WHICH THERE ARE ABOUT 120 FOLKS IN TOTAL, BUT THERE WERE ALSO MULTIPLE EQUITY TRAININGS AND ANNETTE, UH, SPECIFICALLY ANTI-RACISM TRAINING AT THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY STAFF WENT THROUGH EVEN BEFORE BEGINNING THIS PROCESS.

AND THAT WAS REALLY, REALLY KEY TO DO.

SO I'M REALLY HAPPY THAT THAT WAS THAT, THAT WAS OUR FOUNDATION.

UM, AND AS KATIE WAS SAYING THAT ALLOWED US TO BUILD THE TRUST WE NEEDED, UH, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF WE'RE BEING TOTALLY HONEST, THERE'S, UM, YOU KNOW, THERE'S FOLKS WHO'VE ARE USED TO WORKING WITH THE CURRENT PROCESS WHO MAY BE A LITTLE DISTRUSTFUL OF CHANGING IT ON THE FLIP SIDE THERE'S COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE, OR ARE DISTRUSTFUL EVEN WORKING WITH THE CITY IN THE FIRST PLACE.

SO WE HAVE, WE HAD TO CHANGE IT TO SOME EXTENT, RIGHT.

JUST TO BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES ABOUT THE HISTORY AND THE PRESENT CONTEXT, UH, THAT I THINK, UH, YOU KNOW, IT, UH, FLIPPING THINGS ON ITS HEAD TO TRY AND BUILD THAT TRUST IS, UH, IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO WITH EVERYTHING.

AND I THINK IT REALLY TOUCHES ON THE POINTS.

UH, I WAS JUST HEARING BEFORE COMING UP FROM Y'ALL ABOUT, YOU KNOW, UH, DISPLACEMENT AND HOW, UM, COMMUNITIES WERE INTIMIDATED TO PRODUCE AN UNDERCOUNT IN THE SENATE.

YOU KNOW, IT ALL GOES HAND IN HAND.

UM, AND, UH, BUT YEAH, SO WE HAD TO FLIP THAT ON ITS HEAD AND, AND DO A TRUST BUILDING PROCESS, ALSO A PROCESS IN WHICH WE DEVELOPED A COMMON LANGUAGE OF, OF UNDERSTANDING EQUITY.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT, I CAN'T UNDER UNDERSTATE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE ALL HAVE THE SAME IDEA OF WHAT WE MEAN BY EQUITY IN OUR LANGUAGE.

AND WE'RE NOT TALKING PAST ONE ANOTHER.

I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE AND OTHER PROCESSES THAT TRY TO CENTER EQUITY AND DON'T DO SO QUITE EFFECTIVELY.

UM, AND, UH, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THIS ALLOWED US TO BUILD THE TRUST WE NEEDED TO CENTER, UH, OUR WORK, UH, AND START FROM A PLACE OF LOVE, UH, AND THAT, UM, UH, HELPED ALLOW US IN THE STEERING COMMITTEE, ABLE TO FOCUS ON REALLY LEADING THE PROCESS AND NOT HAVING TO, YOU KNOW, FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING, HOLD HANDS AND WORRY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE ADVISORY GROUPS ARE GOING TO DO A GOOD JOB OR, OR BRING UP THE RIGHT STRATEGIES.

AND, UM, IT ALLOWED US TO BE, UH, INTENTIONAL AND NOT JUST BE SWEPT UP IN THE URGENCY OF THIS BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IT'S A CATCH 22, WE NEED TO BE URGENT, BUT WE CAN'T RUSH THINGS EITHER.

UM, AND THAT ALLOWED US TO REALLY, UH, INTENTIONALLY DEVELOP THE EQUITY TOOL AND PROCESS, UM, THAT MADE THIS EFFECTIVELY.

AND AS KATIE WAS SAYING THAT I'M SUPER PROUD TO HEAR, UH, YOU KNOW, INNUMERABLE TIMES ABOUT HOW SO MANY OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS AND OFFICES ARE EXCITED TO LEARN FROM THAT AND RECREATE, OR, OR REUSE THAT AND, AND LEARN HOW TO USE THAT TOOL FOR THEIR OWN WORK.

UM, AND SO, UH, YEAH, THE EQUITY TOOL IS BASICALLY A SIX, SEVEN STEP ITERATIVE PROCESS WHERE, UM, A SERIES OF ANALYSES WERE CARRIED OUT, UH, AND THERE'S ACTUALLY A LESSONS LEARNED IN AN OVERVIEW DOCUMENT PUT TOGETHER BY THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

SO Y'ALL CAN REVIEW THAT SEPARATELY.

UM, BUT BASICALLY THE, THE MAIN TAKEAWAY FROM THAT IS THAT IF A STRATEGY FAILED AT, UH, IN TERMS OF ANALYZING IT WITH EQUITY, IT WASN'T JUST THROWN AWAY.

WE, UH, ITERATE OVER THAT.

WE ANALYZE THE, HOW CAN WE IMPROVE IT? HOW COULD IT BE PAIRED WITH ANOTHER STRATEGY, ET CETERA.

AND THAT WAS A REALLY KEY PART OF MAKING THIS PLAN SUCCESSFUL.

UM, AND IN TERMS OF DOING THAT, THERE WERE SEVEN, UH, EQUITY THEME AREAS, OR MAYBE QUALITY OF LIFE AREAS THAT, UH, WE SETTLED ON AS A STEERING COMMITTEE TO ANALYZE THE STRATEGIES THROUGH.

UM, AND I'LL JUST WRAP UP BY SAYING, YOU KNOW, I'M, I'M REALLY

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PROUD OF WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED AND I'M EQUALLY EXCITED FOR, UH, WHAT WE CAN DO MOVING FORWARD AND HOW WE CAN RECREATE THIS PROCESS, UH, FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION PLANNING PROCESS SPECIFICALLY, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE, UH, INSTEAD OF WE, WE USED TO HAVE A CLIMATE PLAN.

NOW WE HAVE A CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

WE'VE HAD IMPLEMENTATION PLANS, NOT LET'S HAVE AN IMPLEMENTATION EQUITY PLAN THAT REALLY PARALLELS WHAT WE'VE DONE THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS.

AND, AND, UM, IT'S NOT ONLY, YOU KNOW, THE RIGHT THING TO DO IN TERMS OF CENTERING RACIAL EQUITY, BUT THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE WILL BE EFFECTIVE ENOUGH TO DEFEAT CLIMATE CHANGE, UM, AND IN DOING SO AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

UM, SO YEAH, I THINK THAT THAT'S IT.

IF Y'ALL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO LET US KNOW.

THANK YOU.

GREAT, THANKS SO MUCH, SHANE AND KATIE, UH, SHANE, KATIE, AND MY AIRY PUT IN, UH, HUNDREDS OF HOURS AND, YOU KNOW, 30, 50 PLUS CALLS WITH ME, UH, TO REALLY HELP GUIDE THIS WHOLE PROCESS.

SO I APPRECIATE THEIR KIND WORDS.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE, MR. BELMAR, IF YOU DON'T MIND, I JUST REALLY, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS.

AND THEN JUST IN THE CHANCE THAT I GET TO JUST THINK SHANE AND KATIE AND MARY, AS WELL FROM ALL OF US HERE ON THE DIOCESE, WE KNOW THAT THIS IS JUST REALLY EXTRA WORK YOU HAVE TO DO, AND I'VE JUST HEARD SUCH POWERFUL AND GOOD THINGS THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS.

SO I WANT TO, UH, COMMEND THE MANAGER AND HIS STAFF FOR HIS WORK, BUT THE TWO OF YOU IN PARTICULAR, UM, YOU MAKE OUR CITY REALLY PROUD.

SO THANK YOU.

YEAH, THANKS.

OKAY.

SO THE TIMELINE ON THIS PLAN, THE INITIAL CITY COUNCIL ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE ACTUALLY GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO 2007 AND 2014 CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE TARGET OF NET ZERO COMMUNITY-WIDE EMISSIONS BY 2050.

AND WE WENT THROUGH THE INITIAL PLANNING PROCESS TO CREATE WHAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN HERE, THE FIRST AUSTIN COMMUNITY CLIMATE PLAN, THIS WAS ADOPTED BY COUNCIL IN 2015, AND THEN WRITTEN INTO THE RESOLUTION ADOPTING THAT PLAN WAS THAT WE WOULD UPDATE THIS PLAN EVERY FIVE YEARS.

SO IN THE FALL OF 2019, WE STARTED THE UPDATE PROCESS TO UPDATE AND REVISE THIS PLAN, WHICH I'M GOING TO TALK A LOT ABOUT.

UH, AND THEN OVER THE COURSE OF 2019, 2020 THROUGH THE PANDEMIC, WE, UH, HAD NUMEROUS VERSIONS OF THE PLAN THAT WERE RELEASED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

UH, THE, THE PROCESS TO ADOPT THE PLAN SORT OF WENT ON HOLD IN, UH, JANUARY 21 AS THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION STARTED UP.

AND THERE WERE NUMEROUS BILLS IN TEXAS LEGISLATOR, TEXAS LEGISLATURE THAT WERE SORT OF ANTI CLIMATE CHANGE.

SO WE JUST PUT EVERYTHING ON HOLD AND THAT CONCLUDED.

AND THEN WE ARE NOW, UH, WE RELEASED THE DRAFT FINAL VERSION OF THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN IN AUGUST.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO WHEN YOU SEE THE NEWS, OBVIOUSLY THE IPS, THE SIXTH IPC REPORT CAME OUT A FEW WEEKS AGO AND, UH, IT'S NOT GOOD NEWS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, RIGHT? THE CLIMATE HAS ALREADY BEGUN TO CHANGE.

WE'RE ALREADY SEEING EXTREME WEATHER ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ALL ACROSS THE WORLD.

AND GLOBAL EMISSIONS HAVE NOT STARTED TO COME DOWN.

SO THE URGENCY AROUND REDUCING EMISSIONS TO AVOID CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE CHANGE IS MORE THAN EVER.

HOWEVER, I WOULD SAY THAT THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD NEWS AND A LOT OF PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE RECENTLY AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AT THE LOCAL LEVEL.

UM, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE STARTED THIS PLAN, THE FORMER PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION WAS IN POWER AND THINGS DID NOT LOOK GOOD.

UM, BUT THIS, THE US HAS COMMITTED TO THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT COMMITTED TO MAJOR GOALS AROUND ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND NUMEROUS OTHER THINGS ARE UNDERWAY AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, WHICH IS REALLY GOOD.

UM, LOCALLY, UH, TWO REALLY BIG THINGS ARE KEPT METRO COMMITTING TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR THEIR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND PROJECT CONNECT PASSING, WHICH IS HUGE IN TERMS OF OUR CITY'S ABILITY TO TRY TO GET PEOPLE, UM, OUT OF CARS, THAT'LL FOSSIL FUEL BURNING CARS, AND THEN NUMEROUS OTHER, UH, LOCAL INITIATIVES THERE, ESPECIALLY THE BILLION CONSERVATION CORPS, WHICH IS A GREAT HIGHLIGHT OF THE CONNECTION OF GREEN JOBS WITH THIS PLAN.

EXCELLENT.

SO WHAT IS THIS PLAN AND IS IT NOT, UM, IT'S, UH, IT'S BEEN POSTED, YOU ALL HAVE THIS, IT'S A HUNDRED PAGES.

UM, IT'S A CO-CREATION BETWEEN STAFF AND 120 COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS.

UM, THIS WAS A TRUE CO-CREATION PROCESS.

THIS WAS NOT WRITTEN BY ME OR MY STAFF OR THE CITY ALONE.

UM, IT'S AGGRESSIVE, BUT REALISTIC.

UH, IT'S FOCUSED ON REDUCING EMISSIONS AND IT'S NOT A RESILIENCE PLAN.

IT'S NOT ON HOW WILL WE ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE? THE FOCUS IS REDUCING EMISSIONS AGGRESSIVELY, AND AS REALISTICALLY AS POSSIBLE, IT BUILDS A LOT ON EXISTING CITY PLANS, BUT WE'RE ALSO TRYING TO CHART NEW VISIONARY GOALS AND ACTIONS AND STRATEGIES.

UM, THE CITY HAS BEEN WORKING ON CLIMATE CHANGE FOR SO LONG THAT THIS IS BAKED INTO HOW AUSTIN ENERGY DOES ITS BUSINESS, IT'S BAKED INTO RESOURCE RECOVERY.

SO WE, WE HAD TO FIND THE PLACES WHERE WE NEEDED TO PUSH FURTHER.

UH, THIS TIME WE HAD A VERY STRONG FOCUS ON, UH, 10 YEARS IN FIVE YEARS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT WE WILL, UH, PROBABLY UPDATE THIS PLAN AGAIN

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IN FIVE YEARS.

SO THE STRATEGIES ARE FOCUSED ON WHAT DO WE DO IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS? AND WE DEVELOPED 17 DIFFERENT 10 YEAR GOALS.

SO THEY'RE QUANTITATIVE GOALS THAT WE WANT TO COLLECTIVELY ACHIEVE AS A COMMUNITY BY 2030.

SO WHAT, WHAT IS THE PLAN? NOT, IT'S NOT THE AUSTIN ENERGY GENERATION PLAN.

SOMETIMES THINGS GET CONFUSED AROUND THAT.

UH, WE NEED TO IMPLEMENT, IMPLEMENT THE AUSTIN ENERGY GENERATION PLAN.

IT WILL HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON REDUCING EMISSIONS.

IT'S BAKED INTO OUR CALCULATIONS ON REDUCING EMISSIONS, UM, BUT IT'S, IT'S COMPLIMENTARY AND SUPPORTIVE.

UH, THIS IS ALSO NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE.

UM, THERE ARE, UH, THERE ARE A MYRIAD OF THINGS THAT ARE BEYOND THE SCOPE OF THIS PLAN THAT STILL NEED TO HAPPEN.

UH, AND THEN FINALLY, UH, THERE IS NOT A FULL IMPLEMENTATION WITH THE EXACT COST BENEFITS AND FUNDING IDENTIFIED FOR EVERYTHING IN THIS PLAN.

THAT'S JUST THE HONEST ANSWER.

UM, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE BELIEVE NEED TO GET DONE TO ADVANCE CLIMATE AND EQUITY.

AND THE HOPE IS, IS THAT IN THE COMING MONTHS AND INTO THE NEXT YEAR, WE DEVELOP A VERY DETAILED IMPLEMENTATION PLAN WITH FUNDING AND COST ESTIMATES FOR HOW ACTUALLY EVERYTHING WILL GET DONE, DONE AND IMPLEMENTED.

EXCELLENT.

SO IS CANAAN AS SHADING.

KATIE BOTH SAID IN THE VERY BEGINNING OF THIS PROCESS, UM, AND BEING CLEAR THAT WE WERE HAVING MEETINGS WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE, WE WERE SPEAKING WITH THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE AND IT BECAME CLEAR THAT EQUITY NEEDED TO BE CENTERED IN THIS PROCESS.

AND WE WEREN'T EXACTLY SURE HOW TO DO THAT OR WHAT THAT MEANT AT THAT TIME.

SO WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME WORKING WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE.

UH, WE HIRED, UH, AN EXTERNAL CONSULTANT, A GUY NAMED TAWNY WARD WHO, UM, FACILITATED, UH, EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENT, UM, UH, FULL DAY SESSIONS FOR ALL CLIMATE PLAN PARTICIPANTS TO PARTICIPATE IN AND REALLY BREAK DOWN AND PEEL BACK AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND RACIAL EQUITY ALIGN, AND WHY DO THOSE TWO TOPICS CONNECT? AND SO, WHILE WE'RE TRYING TO ELIMINATE THE USE OF FOSSIL FUELS, WE'RE ALSO TRYING TO ELIMINATE DISPARITIES THAT CAN BE PREDICTED BY RACE.

THE PLACE THAT THOSE CONNECT REALLY IS AT THE ROOT OF THOSE ISSUES AND THE EXPLOITATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND PEOPLE, AND IT'S THE SAME SORT OF ROOT CAUSE THAT'S CAUSING THOSE THINGS TO HAPPEN.

SO WE, THROUGH COLLABORATION IN THOSE MEETINGS, WE DEVELOPED THE SEVEN GOALS IN THE CENTER, WHICH ARE GOALS THAT, UH, THESE SEVEN THEMES, THESE THEMES WENT ON TO ACTUALLY GO INTO AN EQUITY TOOL THAT WE CREATED, WHERE WE SCREENED EVERY SINGLE THING IN THE PLAN TO ENSURE THAT WE WERE TRYING TO MAXIMIZE THOSE BENEFITS FOR ALL PEOPLE IN AUSTIN.

SO THE BOTTOM LINE WITH THIS AND THE REAL SORT OF LEARNING A PLACE FOR ME WAS THAT IF WE ARE NOT PROACTIVELY ADDRESSING EQUITY AND CENTERING IT IN OUR PLAN TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE, WE WOULD JUST BE PERPETUATING INJUSTICE.

AND THAT THERE ISN'T A WORLD WHERE WE CAN FIX CLIMATE CHANGE WITHOUT AND STILL HAVE, UM, EQUITY CONCERNS.

EXCELLENT.

SO WE WERE REALLY BIG ON PROCESS.

THIS IS THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHART FOR, UH, CREATING THE PLAN.

THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE HAS A CITY COMMISSION THAT, UH, WE STARTED WITH IN THE BEGINNING TO CHART OUT WHAT WE WERE GOING TO COVER.

THE STEERING COMMITTEE WAS MADE UP OF 25 COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO, UH, DONATED TIME TO ESSENTIALLY BE MY BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THIS PROJECT.

UM, THEY HELPED WITH EVERY MAJOR DECISION AND I WORKED