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[CALL TO ORDER]

ON OCTOBER 12TH, 2021.

AND I'D LIKE TO CALL THE OCTOBER MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION TO ORDER.

AND AS WE LIKE TO BEGIN WITH THE MISSION STATEMENT OF THIS BOARD, THE PURPOSE OF THE BOARD IS TO ADVISE THE COUNCIL IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO SERVE THE POOR AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS. UM, WE'LL START WITH CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

DO WE HAVE ANY SPEAKERS SIGNED UP? DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS SIGNED UP? UH, SO WE COULD MOVE IN TO THE AGENDA

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

ITEM ONE, WHICH IS APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON THE AUGUST 10TH, 2021 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, MEETING MINUTES, THEY ARE INCLUDED IN THE BACKUP OR GIVE EVERYONE A MINUTE TO READ, REVIEW THEM.

OKAY.

DEAR, THE SEPTEMBER 14TH MEETING MINUTES AND AS SUNNI IS, ANYONE IS SO MOVED LOVED TO ENTERTAIN A NOTION TO APPROVE OR ANY DISCUSSION MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE TO YOU APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER TOLLIVER.

WE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM THE SEPTEMBER 14TH MEETING WHO A SECOND I'LL SAY.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER SLOAN SECONDS.

ANY DISCUSSION? ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED.

NAY.

ANYONE ABSTAINING, PLEASE MAKE IT CLEAR.

THANK YOU.

THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY AND LET'S MOVE INTO THE SECOND ITEM

[2A. Briefing and discussion on the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) (Angel Zambrano, Manager, Neighborhood Services Unit, Austin Public Health)]

OF BUSINESS, WHICH IS THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT AND THE BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION ON THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT FROM WHO'S THE MANAGER AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNIT WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

ALL RIGHT, EVERYONE.

HEAR ME? OKAY.

WE CAN R WELL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE.

I'LL BE BRIEF TONIGHT.

IT'S A REGULAR REPORT OUT.

UH, JUST A REMINDER THAT THE CSBG GRANT, UH, FUNDS TO DELIVER YOUR BASIC NEEDS SERVICES IS MANAGEMENT SERVICES, PREVENTIVE HEALTH, AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SERVICES THROUGH ALL OF THE CITY SIX NEGATIVE CENTERS AND OUTREACH SITES.

UH, THIS MONTH ON PAGE ONE, YOU WILL FIND, UH, BASICALLY THE DESCRIPTION OF WHAT WE DO A LITTLE BIT ON THE BUDGET.

WE'RE ON TRACK, UH, HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR, AS IT GOES THROUGH AUGUST 1ST, BEFORE WE EXPAND THIS GRANT, BY THE END OF THE CALENDAR YEAR, IF WE HAVE ANY FUNDS LEFT OVER, WE USUALLY ASK FOR AN EXTENSION AND COMPLETELY EXPEND THE FUNDS BY JANUARY.

IF YOU GO TO PAGE TWO, SOME OF OUR DATA AND OUTCOMES ARE WE CONTINUE TO HELP FOLKS AVOID EVICTION WITH OUR CARES ACT FUNDING.

WE GET TO PAGE THREE, THERE'S A PROGRAMMATIC UPDATE ON HOW MUCH WE'VE ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PAY AND RENT ASSISTANCE TO OUR CLIENTS.

UH, WE WILL FULLY EXPAND THE CARE SITE FUNDS.

UM, THIS MONTH WE'VE HELPED ABOUT 1,360 HOUSEHOLDS AVOID EVICTION WITH THESE FUNDS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

UH, WE'RE ALSO DOING A LITTLE BIT MORE, UH, KIND OF STARTING UP OUR CHILD CAR SEAT EVENTS, UH, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VMS. SO THAT'S ONE OF OUR OUTCOMES FOR THE STATE FIVE E UM, EXCUSE ME, FIVE D INDIVIDUALS TO IMPROVE SKILLS RELATED TO THE ADULT ROLE OF PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, 41 FOLKS ENROLLED.

UM, THERE'S A PRE AND POST TEST.

UM, WE MEASURE, UH,

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HOW MUCH ARE PARENTS WHO COME TO THE SERVICE, LEARN ABOUT, UM, USING THEIR CAR SEATS SAFELY? UH, WE'VE ALSO ASSISTED ABOUT, UH, 26,278, UH, PEOPLE WITH OUR FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENTS.

AND WE CONTINUED TO GIVE THE MORE VOLUNTEERS COMING THROUGH 518 HOURS, THE VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR THE AGENCY.

YOU GO TO PAGE THREE, WHICH HAS OUR PROGRAMMATIC UPDATES.

COUPLE OF HIGHLIGHTS.

THE HOME DELIVERY PROGRAM CONTINUES TO BE STOOD UP.

UH, WE, UH, IN AUGUST ASSISTED 438 HOUSEHOLDS, THAT'S ABOUT ALMOST 1400 INDIVIDUALS HAD FOOD BOXES DELIVERED TO THEIR DOORSTEP.

THIS IS THE PROGRAM WHERE WE PARTNER WITH THE CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK AND AMAZON, UH, WE'RE IN DISCUSSION TO ADD THURSDAYS.

UH, SO HOPING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT IN NOVEMBER, WE ARE LUCKY WE'RE GETTING, UH, FUNDS ARPA FUNDS FOR A COUPLE OF A FULL TIME TEMPLE TEMP COMMUNITY WORKER POSITIONS THAT WILL HELP US FULLY STAND AS BROKEN OFF, COMING INTO THE NEW YEAR, A TALKED ABOUT OUR CARE SITES ONE DAY EARLIER, OR WE'VE THROUGH AUGUST ASSISTED ALMOST 450 HOUSEHOLDS AND PROCESSED ALMOST $1.1 MILLION IN RENT ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS.

UM, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT AS LONG AS WE ARE FUNDING.

UM, BACK A FEW MONTHS AGO, WE GOT SOME CSBG DISCRETIONARY FUNDING FROM THE STATE BY $93,522.

UH, WE WERE VERY HAPPY THAT WE GOT THAT MONEY.

WE WERE ABLE TO ASSESS 47 HOUSEHOLDS WITH RENT ASSISTANCE USING THOSE FUNDS.

YOU JUST FULLY EXTENDED THE POST, UM, BY THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR.

SO SEPTEMBER LAST TO ENERGY PROGRAM, PLUS ONE PROGRAM WHERE OFFER A UTILITY ASSISTANCE TO OUR CLIENT AS WELL, STRONG TO START A NEW FISCAL YEAR THAT WE ARE CONTINUING TO HELP PEOPLE AVOID GETTING CITY TURNED OFF IT'S TIP NUMBER TWO, THEN OF A WRITING, JUST A REMINDER THAT COVID, WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE OUR SERVICES VIRTUALLY DRIVE THROUGH, DRIVE UP AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

BUT AGAIN, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM EVERY MONTH WHEN I COME, WE CONTINUE TO DELIVER OUR SERVICES, UH, TO ALL THE FOLKS THAT QUALIFY IN ARE ELIGIBLE.

UM, WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN WE CAN START SEEING PEOPLE IN PERSON AGAIN, IN A SAFE MANNER.

OBVIOUSLY, UM, TWO THINGS THAT I DID NOT PUT ON HERE THAT ARE KIND OF NEWER DEVELOPMENTS, UH, IS WE'RE RESTARTING OUR SPECIALISTS FOR FAMILIES PROGRAM.

I USED TO BE A PRETTY MASSIVE DISTRIBUTION IN OUR CENTERS.

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WOULD COME IN THOSE EVENTS IN A VERY SMALL SPACE.

UM, THE GOOD THING ABOUT THAT WAS THAT IT WAS ALL FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

UM, WE ARE NOW GOING TO STAND THAT UP IN A COVID WORLD MANNER BY PROVIDING THOSE GENE DRIVE THROUGH.

UM, SO AGAIN, WORKING WITH THE FOOD BANK RIGHT NOW, AND THE LOGISTICS AND HELPING TO BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION ON THAT AS PEOPLE ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS PROGRAM AGAIN, UM, ANOTHER RECENT UPDATE IS THAT WE CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH HEALTH EQUITY, UM, EQUITY UNIT, AUSTIN, PUBLIC HEALTH ON OUR PPE AND FOOD ASSISTANCE.

WE JUST HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL EVENT.

I DID MY RECREATION CENTER THIS PAST SATURDAY.

UM, I'VE REPORTED ON SOME OF THESE EVENTS IN THE PAST, UH, REPORT NEXT MONTH AGAIN, ON THE OCTOBER EVENTS, WE HAVE ONE COMING UP OCTOBER 17TH, SUNDAY AT DOVE SPRINGS REC CENTER, BEFORE FOUR AREA CODE.

WE HAVE ONE AT GUST GARCIA ON OCTOBER 23RD UP IN WEINBERG.

SO THE NORTH AUSTIN AREA AND THE, YET TO BE DETERMINED ON NOVEMBER 7TH.

SO I WILL BE SENDING YOU ALL AN EMAIL WITH THE INFORMATION AND THE FLYERS, SINCE I GET THEM, YOU CAN PLEASE, UM, YOU KNOW, GET THE WORD OUT TO, TO THE FOLKS THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU REPRESENT IN THE COMMUNITY.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT ALSO BE SENDING OUT ANOTHER, UM, REMINDER FOR THE HOME DELIVERY PROGRAMS IS WE'RE ADDING THURSDAYS.

AGAIN, IF YOU CAN SEND THAT OUT AND SPREAD THE WORD TO THE FOLKS THAT YOU REPRESENT IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, AND THAT WOULD BE GREAT, OTHER THAN THAT IS THE SUCCESS STORY.

AND I'M BRIEF TODAY, BOYS, BACK TO THE NURSING, AS YOU ALL KNOW, OUR PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNIT WERE REDIRECTED REASSIGNED ALMOST 20 MONTHS AGO.

OUR TWO BELIEF TO 400

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RESPONSE AND A TPC HERE FROM THE SHORT VERB, UH, THEY HAVE, UM, HELPED ADMINISTER ALMOST 300,000 COVID-19 VACCINES, UM, SO FAR IN THIS PANDEMIC.

UH, AND DURING THOSE TIMES THEY'RE ALSO ABLE TO KIND OF ADDRESS OTHER CHRONIC OF DISEASE ISSUES AND FOR PEOPLE TO OTHER RESOURCES AS WELL.

SO THEY ARE WORKING VERY HARD.

THEY CONTINUE TO BE REASSIGNED.

CAN'T WAIT FOR THE DAY WHEN THEY COME BACK TO OUR UNITS AND WE CAN GET BACK TO DOING THAT, UH, MORE INTIMATE AND FACE-TO-FACE, ONE-ON-ONE PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING, UH, COMPONENT.

UM, SO THAT'S ALL I HAVE FOR TODAY.

AND YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, LET ME KNOW IF NOT, THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME OF THIS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH ON HAND FOR YOUR MONTHLY REPORT AND FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND ALL OF YOUR TEAM'S HARD WORK.

UH, ANY QUESTIONS, UH, COMMISSIONER DESOLTEL.

THANK YOU.

ON ONE QUICK QUESTION.

SO, UH, ON NUMBER THREE, THE HOME DELIVERY PROGRAM, HOW, HOW WOULD SOMEBODY GO ABOUT SIGNING UP A SENIOR FOR THAT PROGRAM? I WAS THINKING OF THE INFORMATION.

IT'S PRETTY, IT'S REALLY EASY IF THE PHONE NUMBER OKAY.

SO THEY JUST CALL AND GET SIGNED UP AND WE EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY.

SO MOST FOLKS CAN DEFINITELY BENEFIT.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT.

COMMISSIONER DELGADO.

HELLO.

AND THANK YOU FOR THAT REPORT.

IT WAS AWESOME.

I JUST HAVE TWO QUESTIONS.

ONE OF THEM IS, I THINK YOU SAID THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE HAVING A DISTRIBUTION AND YOU HAD MENTIONED A COUPLE OF DATES AND A COUPLE OF AREAS, UM, AND AN NOVEMBER 7TH TO BE DETERMINED IS AN EAST AUSTIN DISTRIBUTION GOING TO BE ON THE SCHEDULE OR NOT.

UH, WE'VE HAD TWO ALREADY AT THESE TIMES, THE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER, UM, UM, AT THE ONE, UM, LOCATED ON SECOND STREET, CORRECT? CORRECT.

OKAY.

ARE YOU GOING TO BE HAVING ANY MORE? CAUSE I DIDN'T REALLY SEE OUTREACH TO THAT.

I JUST SAW THAT IT WAS HAPPENING AND THEN WE STARTED TO CALL OUR NEIGHBORS TO TELL THEM TO GO.

SO IS THERE, WHAT TYPE OF OUTREACH ARE YOU DOING? OKAY, THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.

WE DO OUTREACH THROUGH, UM, YOU, YOU GUYS, YOU KNOW, I CAN SEND YOU EMAILS.

WE GO THROUGH OUR PIO AND THEY DO BLAST AND MARA INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, OR THE DPH DEPARTMENT.

UH, WE ALSO GO TO THE, UH, DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS, UH, THIS SERVES FOLKS THAT WE HAVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH AND THEN, UH, OUR CLIENTS CALL, IF YOU CAN PLEASE IN THE FUTURE, SEND ME A FLYER AND I WOULD DISTRIBUTE IT TO ALL OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, THE CONTACT TEAM AND THE HOUSING, UM, UH, SANTA RITA COURTS, CHALMERS, ALL OF THOSE THAT ARE ADJACENT TO THAT NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER, I WILL BE MORE THAN GLAD TO HELP RIGHT NOW.

THAT WAS ONE QUESTION I APPRECIATE THAT.

YOU WELCOME.

THE SECOND QUESTION WAS I DID SEE A VACANCY FOR DOVE SPRINGS.

UH, DOES APA TAB A DATE OF WHEN THAT ELECTION WILL BE HAPPENING? THAT ELECTION HAPPENED YESTERDAY AND THE PERSON HAD HEARD THAT THERE WAS ONE PERSON WHO WAS INTERESTED IN THE WORK, BUT THEY HAD OTHER COMMITMENTS AND, UH, DECIDED TO KIND OF WITHDRAW THEIR INTEREST.

SO WE WILL BE REDOING THE ELECTION NEXT MONTH.

SO I CAN SEND YOU THAT INFORMATION TO HAVE ANY OF, YOU KNOW, FOLKS WHO LIVE IN THAT AREA, GEOGRAPHIC AREA, WHO WOULD BE A GOOD FIT AND INTERESTED AND PASSIONATE ABOUT REPRESENTING THE SPRINGS.

UM, I'D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HAVE YOU GUYS HELP US FIND THE CANDIDATE.

SO GOT AGAIN, IT'LL HAPPEN NEXT MONTH.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANKS COMMISSIONER DELGADO.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? ALRIGHT, WELL WITH THAT SAID THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UH, WHAT, SORRY, JESSE.

NO.

OH, AND I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE FOR THOSE WHO ARE ONLINE, UM, OR DIALED IN, I DON'T WANT TO RUSH BY IN CASE THERE'S A QUESTION OR A COMMENT FROM ANYBODY.

SO I'M GOING TO PAUSE FOR A SECOND AND JUST MAKE SURE, OKAY.

UH, I ALSO WANT TO REMIND, UH, THE COMMISSIONERS THAT ARE ONLINE, THAT IF YOU, IN ORDER TO BE COUNTED AS PRESENT, YOU NEED TO TURN YOUR VIDEO ON.

AH, THANK YOU.

SO, UH, TO REPEAT THAT, THOSE OF THE COMMISSIONERS WHO HAVE JOINED THE MEETING, UH, VIA THE ONLINE MEDIUM, PLEASE KEEP YOUR CAMERAS ON, UH, TO BE COUNTED AS PRESENT.

THANK YOU, JESSE.

AND DID WE HAVE ANY OTHER, UH, DID WE HAVE, I THOUGHT I HEARD SOMEBODY MAYBE SAYING SOMETHING, UH, THAT THEY MAY HAVE A QUESTION OR A COMMENT? YEAH.

I WANT TO SAY, I THINK CHRIS HARRIS IS ON, IS AVAILABLE TO, UM, TALK ABOUT, UM, NO ON PROP A AND TWO B CAN MOVE THAT UP ON THE AGENDA.

OH YEAH, YEAH, WE WILL.

WE WILL, WE WILL.

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THAT'LL THAT'LL COME TO THE TOP OF THE NEW BUSINESS AGENDA.

UM, SO THAT WAS, THAT WAS YOU COMMISSIONER GARRETT WHO WAS SAYING SOMETHING? NO, THAT WAS NO, BUT THAT WAS MY COMMENT.

OKAY.

BECAUSE I HEARD, I HEARD, I HEARD SOMEBODY SOMEBODY'S VOICE RIGHT BEFORE JESSE'S FOLK AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE IT WASN'T SOMEBODY WHO WAS ONLINE.

UM, PERFECT.

WELL WITH THAT SAID THANK YOU, UH, ON CAMERA AND ALSO THANK YOU FOR HAVING SENT US THAT HOME DELIVERY INFORMATION BACK IN AUGUST AS WELL.

SO WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO IT AGAIN, UH, AND, AND GOOD TO HEAR THAT IT'S SUCH A SUCCESS THAT IT'S BEING CONTINUALLY INVESTED IN.

UM, WE WILL MOVE ON TO A NEW BUSINESS, UM, WHERE WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A PACKED AGENDA AND, BUT I THINK WE CAN MOVE THROUGH IT QUICKLY, UH, BECAUSE THE BACKUP MATERIALS WERE PROVIDED TO US, UH, SOMETIME BEFORE.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO, UH, ASK THAT IN THESE FIRST TWO PRESENTATIONS THAT WE DO OUR BEST TO LIMIT OUR QUESTIONS, TO REALLY, REALLY POINTED, UH, AND DIRECTIONAL QUESTIONS, UM, AND PERHAPS SAVE THE DISCUSSION FOR A CONCENTRATED, UH, PERIOD RIGHT AFTER THE PRESENTATION.

UM, AND, UH, WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO MOVE, UH, ITEM C, UH, EXCUSE ME, ITEM D UH, TO THE BEGINNING OF NEW BUSINESS, BECAUSE WE HAVE A PRESENTER, UH, ON THAT ITEM, UH, WHO WAS TIME IS LIMITED AT THIS MOMENT.

SO, UH, WE'LL START

[3D. Discussion and possible action on Prop A]

WITH THE DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON, ON PROPOSITION A AND, UH, COMMISSIONER GARRETT ASKED THAT WE WOULD ADD THIS TO OUR AGENDA LAST MEETING.

I'M GOING TO GIVE THE FLOOR TO COMMISSIONER GARRETT.

AWESOME.

UM, I GO AHEAD AND INTRODUCE OUR GUESTS.

UH, CHRIS HARRIS WILL BE GIVING A PRESENTATION OR, UM, TALKING ABOUT, UM, THE ONE PROPERTY AND ALSO THE INTERSECTION OF POVERTY AND POLICING.

THANKS, COMMISSIONER GARRETT.

AND IT'S, UH, WE'RE REALLY HAPPY TO HAVE YOU, CHRIS.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

YEAH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

AND I'M SO SORRY.

I WASN'T ABLE TO GET A PRESENTATION IN ORDER TO, IN TIME TO GET INTO THE BACK OF MATERIALS.

SO HOPEFULLY, I MEAN, JUST TALKING THROUGH IT WILL SUFFICE.

UM, SO, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK REALLY QUICK, THEY DECIDE TO, UH, ALWAYS START THESE CONVERSATIONS BY ESTABLISHING, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE KNOW TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE ABOUT WHAT, WHAT DRIVES POLICING IN THE CITY OF BOSTON AND REALLY QUICKLY.

MY NAME IS CHRIS HARRIS.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF POLICY AT THE AUSTIN JUSTICE COALITION.

AND, UM, SO LAST YEAR, UH, OUR ORGANIZATION BEFORE I, I JOINED, UM, COMMISSIONED A STUDY BY A FIRM CALLED A H DATA ANALYTICS, UH, AND THEY STUDY PARTICULAR POLICE CALLS FOR SERVICE, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS NOT ON ONE CALLS AROUND THE COUNTRY.

UM, THEY HAD A PRETTY PROMINENT NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE, UH, COMPARING, UH, VARIOUS CITIES, UH, AS IT RELATES TO 9 1, 1 CALLS.

AND SO, UH, THEY, WHEN THEY LOOKED AT THE CITY OF BOSTON'S NINE 11 CALLS, UH, UH, LAST YEAR, UH, FOR THE YEAR PRIOR AND ALMOST EVERYTHING I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY IS FROM 2019, THE LAST YEAR WHERE EVERY THINGS WERE MORE NORMAL AND ALL THE DATA MAKES SENSE.

UM, SO FOR THAT YEAR, UM, 40% OF, OF THE 9 1, 1 CALLS, UH, WERE 40.2% WHERE IT WERE NON-CRIMINAL COSTS, UH, MEANING THEY WERE ABOUT NON ULTIMATELY CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.

AND OF THOSE ONLY 12% OF THOSE CALLS RESULTED IN A REPORT, UH, WHICH WOULD BE REQUIRED WHEN SOME SORT OF ACTIONS TAKEN COULD MAKE AN ARREST OR A CITATION OR A WARNING.

SO, UM, THAT IS THE, THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE THAT'S THE PLURALITY OF CALLS IS THESE NON-CRIMINAL CALLS.

IF WE LOOK DOWN AT OTHER KIND OF IMPORTANT AREAS, TRAFFIC WAS THE NEXT BIGGEST AREA AT 23%.

UM, SO CALLS RELATED TO TRAFFIC, UH, WERE 23%, UH, 10% OF THOSE RESULTS IN A REPORT.

UH, PROPERTY CRIME WAS 4% OF CALLS, UH, JUST ABOUT UNDER 60% OF THOSE ENDED UP IN A REPORT AND VIOLENT CRIME WAS COMMITTED 6%, OF COURSE, UH, AND ABOUT 74% OF THOSE RESULTS IN A REPORT, WE LOOK AT TIME AS, UH, AS OPPOSED TO CALLS, UH, TIME OF THEIR TIME WAS SPENT ON THOSE NON-CRIMINAL CALLS.

AGAIN, THIS IS THE PLURALITY, UH, AND IF WE LOOK AT TRAFFIC IT'S 21.1% AND THEN VIOLENT CRIME TOOK A LITTLE UNDER 3% OF THEIR TIME.

IT WAS 2.8% OF THE TIME.

SO I ALWAYS LIKE TO START THERE WITH ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT POLICE DO AND WHAT THEIR TIME IS SPENT ON, UH, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S NOT WELL KNOWN EITHER EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND.

SO NEXT THING I'LL JUST REALLY QUICKLY TALK ABOUT IS THIS AN OVERLAP WITH POVERTY AND POLICING? UM, AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE BEST DATA THAT WE HAVE IS WHEN WE LOOK TO THE NEXT LEVEL UP FROM THE POLICE, WHICH IS AT THE CRIMINAL COURT STAGE.

SO IN LOOKING AT 2019, UH, COMMUNITY IMPACT, UH, WAS STUDYING THE ISSUE AROUND THE TIME OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER,

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UH, ORGANIZING.

AND AT THAT TIME, 75% OF ADULTS IN THE CRIMINAL SYSTEM, 17 IS CONSIDERED AN ADULT 17 AND OLDER, 75% OF THOSE ARRESTED IN TRAVIS COUNTY WERE DEEMED INDIGENT.

OKAY.

AND THAT, THAT MEANS THAT THEY WERE THEN UNABLE TO AFFORD AN ATTORNEY OF THEIR OWN.

OKAY.

UH, AND WHAT IS THE STANDARD FOR INDIGENCE? WELL, THAT'S BASED ON THE FEDERAL POVERTY LINE AND TRAVIS COUNTY GOES UP A LITTLE BIT ABOVE THAT, I SUPPOSE, 125% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LINE.

SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS FOR AN INDIVIDUAL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, YOU'RE MAKING $15,600 A YEAR OR LESS.

OKAY.

SO 75% OF THOSE ARRESTED IN TRAVIS COUNTY MADE UNDER 15, UNDER $15,000 WINNING INDIVIDUAL, UH, THE OTHER MARKERS FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR.

AND THAT'S IN ABOUT THE $26,000 RANGE, UM, AT THAT ONE 25%.

SO, SO THAT'S WHO, YOU KNOW, SO THAT'S, WHO'S BEING ARRESTED, UH, THAT SUITS FACING, UH, UH, CRIMINAL CHARGES IN THE COUNTY.

UH, WHEN WE LOOK AT CHILDREN, UH, IT'S 16 AND 10 TO 16 TO 97% OF CHILDREN ARE, ARE REQUIRE A, UM, UH, A PUBLIC DEFENDER, UH, IN TRAVIS COUNTY.

SO, UH, OVERWHELMINGLY WHO THE POLICE ARE INTERACTING WITH, AND PARTICULARLY WHO THEY'RE ARRESTING AND PUTTING INTO, AND INVOLVING THE FAMILIAR SYSTEM, OUR FOLKS WHO ARE INDIGENT, RIGHT.

AND OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE, UH, I THINK THERE'S SOME, THERE'S SOME FEEDBACK LOOPS THAT ARE, THAT, THAT DRIVE THAT, UM, WHAT WE SEE IS, UM, WHEN WE LOOK AT THINGS LIKE, UM, YOU KNOW, DRUG WAR RELATED ARREST, PARTICULARLY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, THAT STUDENT RAN, UH, THERE WAS A BIG REPORT PUT OUT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, UH, BY, UH, WHAT, WHAT THEN WAS CALLED THE TEXAS CRIMINAL JUSTICE COALITION ARM REDUCTION ALLIANCE, UH, AND SOME OTHER GROUPS, UM, AND, UH, OVER HALF OF ALL THE ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, LESS THAN ONE GRAM.

SO LESS THAN A GRAM OF GRANDMA'S ABOUT SUGAR PACKET, UM, WE'RE IN 15 NEIGHBORHOODS AND YOU WON'T BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT THOSE 15 NEIGHBORHOODS OVERLAP, UH, VERY HIGHLY WITH SOME OF THE POOREST NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE CITY, RIGHT.

UH, WHEN YOU LOOK AT A TRAFFIC ARREST, YOU LOOK AT ARREST FOR A WHOLE HOST OF, UH, QUALITY OF LIFE RELATED ISSUES, UM, AND, UH, YOU KNOW, MORE MINOR OFFENSES.

UH, WE SEE, UH, POLICE IN POVERTY INTERTWINED.

OKAY.

AND SO, UM, AGAIN, THERE'S SOME FEEDBACK LOOPS HERE, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT, UM, IT IS, UM, AN ISSUE WHERE THERE'S, YOU KNOW, UH, CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, UH, IN SOME OF THESE COMMUNITIES, RIGHT? SO IT'S THAT THEN POLICE FOCUS THEIR ATTENTION, THEIR, UH, THAT ATTENTION, UH, MAYBE ON MORE SERIOUS OFFENSES, UH, THEN STILL TURNS INTO ENFORCEMENT OF A LOT OF MINOR ISSUES.

LOTS OF TRAFFIC STOPS, LOTS OF, UH, SEARCHES, LOTS OF, UH, UH, JUST INTERACTION ON THE STREET, UH, WITH PEOPLE IN THOSE COMMUNITIES, UH, LEADING TO OVERALL DEGRADATION OF COMMUNITY POLICE, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, UH, MORE VIOLENCE IN PART ON THOSE COMMUNITIES, UM, AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER ISSUES.

UH, WE SEE IT THE OTHER WAY AS WELL, RIGHT? SO, UH, PEOPLE THAT HAVE THESE CONSTANT INTERACTIONS AND, AND TO THE CENTER, THEY'RE PULLED INTO THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM, THEY FACE FINES AND FEEDS.

THEY FACE, UM, ISSUES WITH THEIR DRIVER'S LICENSE BEING SUSPENDED, REVOKED.

UH, THEY OBVIOUSLY FACE ARREST, UH, BAIL AND OTHER, UH, EXPENSES THAT ARE HEARD AS PART OF BEING IN THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM THAT REDUCES THE RESILIENCY OF THOSE COMMUNITIES.

SO, UM, POLICE INTERACTIONS ARE BOTH DRIVEN BY POVERTY AND THEY REINFORCE POVERTY IN THOSE COMMUNITIES.

AND SO IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE LOOK AT A HOLISTIC AND COMPREHENSIVE WAYS TO ADDRESS POVERTY AND THE SOCIAL ILLS ASSOCIATED WITH POVERTY IN OUR COMMUNITY SAYS THAT WE'RE NOT SIMPLY SUBJECTING PEOPLE TO MORE POLICING, THEREBY WE'RE KEEPING FOLKS IN POVERTY RATHER THAN HELPING THEM GIVE UP.

UM, SO I SEE ALL THAT AND THERE'S A LOT MORE I COULD GO INTO, BUT THEN TO KIND OF PIVOT TO PRODUCT PROPOSITION A RIGHT CAUSE, UH, WHAT THIS DOES IS PROBABLY DOES THE EXACT OPPOSITE THING THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES, UH, WHICH IS THAT IT LOOKS TO TAKE, UM, A CONSIDERABLE PORTION OF DOLLARS.

UH, THE CITY'S ESTIMATE WAS AT THE HIGH END OF $219 MILLION FOR A YEAR, UH, EXTRA, UM, OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND PUT IT INTO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, UH, ON TOP OF THE BUDGET THAT THEY ALREADY HAVE TODAY, UH, IN ORDER TO FUND, UM, THE HIRING OF, UH, AGAIN, UP TO, UH, 680 NEW POLICE THIS YEAR AND UP TO AROUND 800 PLUS OVER THE FIVE-YEAR PERIOD IN ORDER TO REACH A,

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UH, CONSISTENT STAFFING RATIO OF TWO PER 1000.

UH, IT ALSO HAS SOME OTHER STIPULATIONS, WHICH I, I DON'T WANT TO WORRY WITH.

THERE'S A LOT OF TIME, BUT, UM, ULTIMATELY THE, THE, THE BRASS TAX IS $119 MILLION IS MORE THAN 10% OF THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET THAT FUNDS SERVICES IN THE CITY, UH, WHICH WAS 1.1, $5 BILLION AND FLIGHT 21.

SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AN IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF OVER 10% OF THE CITY BUDGET, UH, USED ON THOSE OTHER SERVICES AND PUT INTO POLICING.

AND AGAIN, UH, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT IT IN THE CONTEXT OF ITS POVERTY AND POLICING, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT NEIGHBORHOODS WHO LACK RESILIENCY, LACK SOCIAL SERVICES ARE OVERWHELMINGLY FOLKS DON'T HAVE HEALTH CARE, DON'T HAVE, UH, ACCESS TO A WHOLE HOST OF THINGS THAT PEOPLE NEED IN ORDER TO LIVE DIGNIFIED LIVES.

AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO TAKE MORE THINGS AWAY, MORE SOCIAL SERVICES AWAY FROM THE CITY, WHETHER IT'S RENT AND FOOD ASSISTANCE, WHETHER IT'S, UH, WHETHER IT'S, UH, PUBLIC HEALTH DOLLARS, UM, PARKS, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, EMS REMEMBER REGISTERING MEDICAL SERVICES, MEDICS, UM, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT THE CITY DOES TODAY, UH, WOULD BE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THIS.

UM, AND THERE'S, THERE'S REALLY NO WAY AROUND IT.

I THINK IT'S A COUPLE OF THINGS ARE IMPORTANT, UH, TO REALLY NOTE, UH, PARTICULARLY AS IT RELATES TO KIND OF THE DIALOGUE AND THE COMMUNITY AROUND THIS, BECAUSE I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF MISINFORMATION OUT THERE FIRSTLY, AS IT RELATES TO CRIME ITSELF, UM, THERE IS A, I THINK A MISCONCEPTION THAT A CRIME OVERALL IS, IS ON THE RISE.

AND THAT'S JUST FACTUALLY TRUE.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE CITY OF BOSTON'S, UH, THE CHIEF'S MONTHLY REPORTS, UH, THE LATEST ONE RELEASED WAS FOR AUGUST OF 2021.

HE'S LOOKED BACK FOR A FULL YEAR, UM, CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS, UH, WERE DOWN 12 OR DOWN 5%, UH, CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY.

WE'RE DOWN 7%.

UH, SO IN THE LAST YEAR, UH, CRIMES IN BOTH OF THESE AREAS, UH, ARE DOWN, UH, THEY'RE ALSO DOWN MONTH OVER MONTH FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR, IT'S GONNA BE 21.

UM, NOW EVERYBODY KNOWS THE BIG ISSUE IS, IS HOMICIDE AND THAT HAS INCREASED RADICALLY ACROSS THE NATION.

AND AUSTIN IS NO EXCEPTION.

UM, THIS IS THE ONE OF THE ONE THAT ONE OF THE FEW AREAS WHERE WE ARE SEEING THIS INCREASE.

UM, I THINK THE OTHER BIG MISCONCEPTION OUT THERE THOUGH IS THAT, THAT THIS INCREASE IS SOMEHOW TIED TO SOMETHING THAT THE CITY OF BOSTON HAS DONE.

UH, AND AGAIN, IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AROUND THE COUNTRY, UH, THIS IS A CONSISTENT PROBLEM NATIONALLY.

UM, AND NOT ONLY THAT, UM, IT BEGAN BEFORE THE PROTEST BEFORE ANY BUDGET DECISIONS BY THE CITY COUNCIL LAST YEAR.

UM, IF YOU LOOK AT THE CHIEF'S MONTHLY, UH, PRIME REPORT FROM MAY OF 2020, AND NOTE THE PROTEST, DIDN'T START UNTIL THE END OF THAT MONTH.

SO IF YOU LOOK AT THE REPORT FROM THERE, MURDER WAS ALREADY WELL, UH, UH, FROM THE YEAR PRIOR, UH, IN, IN, INTO THAT YEAR.

UM, SO WHAT WE'VE SEEN IS THAT THESE, THIS INCREASE IN MURDER REALLY STARTED, UM, RIGHT AROUND THE TIME OF THE PANDEMIC.

AND I THINK IT'S, YOU KNOW, IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS WHY, UH, YOU KNOW, A GLOBAL PANDEMIC MIGHT REDUCE, UH, YOU KNOW, SOCIAL COHESION AND RESILIENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

UM, THE LAST THING I WOULD REALLY POINT OUT HERE IS, UM, THAT, UH, THERE'S A LOT OF TALK ABOUT AEDP, UH, HAVING BEEN DEFUNDED AND WHILE IT'S TRUE, THE CITY DID REDUCE THEIR BUDGET SUBSTANTIALLY.

LAST YEAR I STATE LAW WAS PASSED THIS YEAR THAT, THAT FORCED THE CITY AND ALL CITIES IN TEXAS TO, UH, COMPLETELY PUT BACK ANY MONEY THAT HAD BEEN CUT.

AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT, THE CITY COUNCIL RAISED THE POLICE BUDGET, AN ADDITIONAL $10 MILLION.

UM, AND SO, UH, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THE AUSTIN POLICE BUDGET IS THE HIGHEST THAT IT HAS EVER BEEN.

UH, IT IS, UH, YOU KNOW, 440 PLUS MILLION DOLLARS.

UM, SO YOU KNOW, THIS, THIS IDEA THAT THE CITY, A POLICE DEPARTMENT IS UNFUNDED IS, IS JUST PATENTLY UNTRUE.

UM, SO AGAIN, WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT THESE ISSUES, WE CAN, WE SEE A POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT'S BEEN COMPLETELY REFUNDED.

UH, WE SEE CRIME THAT'S ACTUALLY DOWN ACROSS THE CITY.

UM, AND WE SEE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE NATION REALLY GRIPPED BY THIS SPIKE IN HOMICIDES, BUT THAT'S REALLY UNTIED TO ANY LOCAL ISSUES OR UNTIL IT REALLY POINTS TO THE FACT THAT THERE'S REALLY NO NEED FOR PROPOSITION EIGHT.

THERE'S NO, UH, THERE'S NO, THERE'S NO REASON FOR IT.

UH, AND, BUT UNTIL YOU LOOK AT WHO'S BEHIND IT.

OKAY.

AND SO OBVIOUSLY THAT THE POLICE ASSOCIATION IS ONE OF THE BIG PLAYERS BEHIND IT.

UH, AND THEY STAND DIRECTLY TO BENEFIT,

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UH, BY HAVING HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF NEW DUES-PAYING MEMBERS, UH, AS PART OF THIS, UM, AND YOU HAVE THE TRAVIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY, UM, WHO'S VERY ACTIVE TO USE THESE CAMPAIGNS TO, TO PULL IN NEW DONORS AND, AND, UM, AND SPREAD THEIR INCIDENCE THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY.

AND SO, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS ULTIMATELY WHAT'S GOING ON, UH, AND IT HAS REALLY NOTHING TO DO WITH SITUATION ON THE GROUND.

SO WITH THAT, I WILL, I'LL LEAVE IT THERE.

AND, UH, YOU'LL TAKE QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, UH, FOR JOINING US, WE APPRECIATE IT.

AND, UH, WHAT I SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED IN A PREAMBLE IS THAT, YOU KNOW, OUR, AS OUR MISSION IS TO REALLY, REALLY LOOK AT POLICIES THAT AFFECT THE POOR, UM, HERE IN AUSTIN OR THOSE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING POVERTY, UH, THAT AS WE DISCUSSED PROP A, UH, AND POTENTIALLY TAKE ACTION THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DRAWING A LINE TO PROP A AND POVERTY.

AND I, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU CHRIS, FOR CRYSTALLIZING THAT FOR US.

UM, AND WITH THAT SAID, I'D LIKE TO OPEN THE FLOOR FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, COMMISSIONER DELGADO.

THANK YOU, CHRIS.

THAT WAS A, UM, VERY DETAILED AND FACTUAL AND TRUTH, UH, OBSERVATION OF PROP A.

AND SO, UM, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT, CAUSE I, I DON'T REALLY SEE, UM, PEOPLE COMING OUT AND REALLY TAKING, UM, AN ACTION TO WHERE THEY'RE GIVING AN EXPLANATION.

CAUSE I THINK SO MANY COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND SO MANY, UM, PARTIES THAT ARE OUT THERE ARE MISLED.

UM, THERE'S SO MUCH, UH, PROPAGANDA GOING ON.

UM, AND SO THANK YOU FOR CLEARING THAT AIR.

SO PEOPLE THAT ARE TUNING IN AND, AND THE COMMISSIONERS HERE TODAY CAN ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THAT PROP.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO, TO JUST TELL YOU, THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, BECAUSE IT'S NEEDED AS WE ARE ALL GEARING UP RIGHT NOW, HERE IN OUR CITY TO, UH, PREPARE VOTERS FOR EARLY ELECTION AND FOR THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

UM, THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST, UM, PROPS I BELIEVE THAT'S EVER HAS HAPPENED, UM, IN OUR CITY.

THAT IS, THAT IS VERY SERIOUS.

UM, THE LOSS OF FUNDING FROM PARKS FROM, FROM CITY ENTITIES, LIKE YOU JUST MENTIONED ARE REALLY AT A, CAN I TAKE THIS OFF OR MY ALLOWED TO TAKE THIS UP AND TALK? UH, OKAY.

I JUST CAN'T READ WHEN I'M TALKING JESSE, DO YOU KNOW THE GUIDANCE OR LET ME PUT MY NOSE DOWN UNDER THE MASK.

I'M JUST GOING TO, SUPPOSED TO WEAR YOUR MASK.

OKAY.

I'LL JUST TAKE IT DOWN FROM MY NOSE.

UM, I JUST WANT EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS, UM, BECAUSE WE ARE GEARING UP TO DO MORE PRESS CONFERENCES, TO OUTREACH TO THE COMMUNITY, GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION, THE LANGUAGE THAT THEY NEED TO KNOW, UH, THAT'S ON THIS BALLOT, UH, BECAUSE IF WE DO NOT SUPPORT, UM, YOU KNOW, GOING AGAINST THE PROP, UH, PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THE DEFICIT, THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN ON OUR BUDGET THROUGHOUT ALL OF OUR CITY ENTITIES.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU CHRIS, FOR ADVOCATE ADVOCATING AND BEING THAT ACTIVIST OUT THERE.

UM, THANK YOU AGC FOR DOING THE WORK OUT THERE AS WELL.

I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE THAT DOES NOT KNOW WHAT'S ON THESE PROPS.

PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF, UM, ASK QUESTIONS, UM, AND, AND REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE VOTING FOR BECAUSE WE'RE, WE ARE REALLY FACING A FINANCIAL, UH, DEFICIT HERE IN THE CITY'S BUDGET IF THIS BOND GETS PASSED.

AND SO I DO NOT SUPPORT THE BOND AND I AM GOING TO BE DOING OUR COMMUNITY.

WE'LL BE DOING A PANEL DISCUSSION ON OCTOBER 16TH AT CHICANO PARK ORGANIZED BY CYNTHIA BASQUEZ.

UM, WE ALSO WILL BE HAVING A PRESS CONFERENCE.

ALL OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS ARE GEARING UP RIGHT NOW, UH, TO GO AGAINST THE BOND AT THIS TIME.

SO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR COMING UP, STANDING UP AND, UH, GIVING AN EXPLANATION TO OUR COMMISSION AND TO EVERYONE THAT'S TUNING IN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

UH, THEN DARWIN WITH THAT BEING SAID, I THINK IT'S PROBABLY GOOD FOR US TO TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE POTENTIAL ACTION, UH, THAT WE COULD MAKE, UNLESS THERE ARE ANY BURNING QUESTIONS I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT THE RESOLUTION THAT COMMISSIONER GARRETT, SO KINDLY DRAFTED FOR US, UH, AND WE WOULD BE ABLE TO LET, UH, CHRIS, UH, UH, GO BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT, THAT YOU, YOU MIGHT'VE HAD A TIME LIMITATION.

SO ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR CLARIFYING SO MUCH FOR US.

HI, CHRIS.

SO MUCH.

IF WE COULD LOOK AT,

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IN THE BACKUP, UM, I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW IT.

UH, COMMISSIONER GARRETT, UH, PUT TOGETHER A RESOLUTE, UH, SORRY, A RECOMMENDATION, UH, FOR THIS COMMISSION, UH, TO POTENTIALLY RESOLVE IF YOU WILL, AROUND, UH, OPPOSITION TO PROPOSITION EIGHT, WITH RESPECT TO OUR MISSION.

IT'S ITEM THREE D AND EXCUSE ME, IT'S ITEM THREE, ITEM 3D IN THE BACKUP.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

OH, HMM.

IT'S GOT, IT'S JUST ITEM 3D AND IT HAS A LITTLE HIGHLIGHTED X, X, X, X, X, NEXT TO THE RECOMMENDATION.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

UM, WOULD YOU LIKE TO READ IT OUT LOUD FOR US COMMISSIONER GARRETT, IF NOT, I'M HAPPY TO, BUT YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S, IT'S GOOD FOR, YOU KNOW, THE AUTHOR, IF YOU INSIST, I CAN READ, I READ THE WHOLE RESOLUTION.

ALL RIGHT.

I THINK IT'S WORTH IT.

YEAH.

UM, WHEREAS THE CITY OF AUSTIN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION CORE MISSION IS CENTERED ON SERVING THE POOR AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

AND WE'RE ASKED THE COUNCIL PASSED RESOLUTION 2 0 2 0 0 6 1 1 0 5.

OH, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN POLICY SERVICES AND INSTITUTIONS CONTINUES TO SUPPORT A WEB OF CONNECTED OUTCOMES THAT DISPERSED THIS DISPARATELY IMPACT, BLACK AND LATIN X AND OTHER NONWHITE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, SUCH AS POVERTY, INCREASED FOOD INSECURITY, INCREASED INCARCERATION, DECREASED TASTEFUL, ATTAINMENT, DECREASED ECONOMIC MOBILITY, SHORTER LIFE EXPECTANCY AMONG OTHERS, WHICH MAY LAST FOR GENERATIONS AS WELL AS A FEW OPPORTUNITIES, TERMINATE THESE OUTCOMES AND BREAK THE CYCLE.

SO THAT PERPETUATE THEM.

AND WHEREAS THE COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION, UM, 2 0 1 8 0 6 1 4 0 7 3 AND 2 0 1 8 0 1 6 4 0 7 FOR THE FREEDOM CITY RESOLUTIONS TO SEEK REPORTING ON AND ENCOURAGE THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISPARITIES IN DIS IN DISCRETIONARY ARRESTS AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS.

AND WHEREAS AUSTIN PROPOSITION, A NOVEMBER, 2021 BALLOT INITIATIVE IS SUCCESSFULLY PASSED, WOULD ESTABLISH A MINIMUM LEASE STAFFING REQUIRED IN THE CITY TO HIRE NO THIER THAN TWO OFFICERS PER 1000 RESIDENTS, WHICH EQUATES TO HIRING UP TO 860 ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS AT THE COST OF $120 MILLION EACH YEAR OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

AND WHEREAS THE EFFECT OF THIS REC RECOMMENDATION, SORRY, THE EFFECT OF THIS REQUIREMENT WOULD REALLOCATE THE CITY'S GENERAL FUNDS FROM ESSENTIAL PUBLIC SERVICES, HOUSING PROGRAM INITIATIVES AND MENTAL HEALTH PARKS, LIBRARIES, ET CETERA, AND POTENTIALLY LAY OFF FIREFIGHTERS, MEDICS, AND NINE 11 RESPONDERS TO COVER THE COST OF ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS.

AND WHEREAS RESEARCH SHOWS THAT MORE POLICING DOES NOT REDUCE VIOLENCE AND CRIME.

AND WHEREAS ONLY A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO PUBLIC SAFETY THAT MEETS THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE RESIDENTS CAN, WHICH INCLUDES ADEQUATELY FUNDING, ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND PROVIDERS, WHICH OF HOUSING AND WHERE HAS THE BUDGET CUTS TO ESSENTIAL PUBLIC AND HOUSING PROGRAMS WOULD HARM THE ABILITY FOR RESIDENTS TO JUST TRANSITION OUT OF POVERTY AND TO LEAD THRIVING LIVES.

SO THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THE CDC RECOMMENDS THE ENDORSEMENT OF NOT OF NO ONE PROFIT CAMPAIGN EXPRESSING ITS OPPOSITION TO PREP STUDENT EIGHT ON THE NOVEMBER 21ST, 2020 21 BALLOT AND ADDING ITS NAME TO THE LIST OF ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS ON THE WAY ON PROFIT CAMPAIGN WEBSITE.

YEAH, IT'S DETAILED.

AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HEAR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE DETAILS.

THANK YOU FOR INDULGING US.

I KNOW THAT WAS LONG.

AND I WAS QUESTIONING LIKE ME ASKING YOU TO HAVE DONE THAT MIDWAY THROUGH WHAT I REALLY APPRECIATE.

IT REINFORCES WHAT COMMISSIONER GAIL GATO AND WITH CHRIS HARRIS SAID AROUND LIKE POLICING AND THIS, THIS PROPOSITION REINFORCES, UM, POVERTY, WHICH IS WHAT OUR GOAL IS TO ALLEVIATE.

AND SO IN ORDER TO REALLY INVEST IN CITY SERVICES THAT REALLY HELP FOLKS WITH RESILIENCY INTEREST IN TRANSITION OUT OF POVERTY, LIKE THIS PROPOSITION IS NOT, UM, THE WAY TO GO.

AND SO LIKE REALLY LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE RE-IMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY TASKFORCE THAT WAS DONE POST, UM, LAST YEAR THAT REALLY NAILS DOWN LOTS OF WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY BASED IN MEETING THEIR BASIC NEEDS.

AND SO THAT'S WHAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS RESOLUTION.

AND I HOPE THAT THE COMMISSION WILL VOTE TO PASS IT.

YEAH.

I MEAN, A PRIME, A FACIAL.

I LIKE IT LIKE IT IS.

AND

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I MIGHT SUGGEST THAT WE PASS IT AS IT IS.

I DO HAVE A, WOULD LIKE TO OPEN THE FLOOR TO SEE IF ANYBODY HAS ANY QUESTIONS.

I THINK THE ONLY CONCERN I MIGHT HAVE IS, UM, WHETHER THERE'S ANY, UH, LEGAL CONCERN AROUND, UH, BEING AN ENDORSING, UH, ORGANIZATION.

AND I CAN DEFER TO, IF DOES ANYBODY KNOW IF THERE'S PRECEDENT AROUND THAT, HAVE Y'ALL SEEING THAT HAPPENING IN COMMISSIONS OTHERWISE? OR SHOULD WE DEFER TO, UM, COUNSEL OR LEGAL TO SORT THAT OUT FOR US COMMISSIONER TOLLIVER? I LIKE TO ASK THE QUESTION, UH, AS A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS IS WE'RE UNDER THE HEADING OF ANY LAWS THAT IF WE SAT IN THIS PETITION, ARE WE IN TROUBLE WITH THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE LAW DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY INVOLVED IN? NO ON PROPOSITION.

HEY, AND THAT'S THE MAIN THING WE NEED TO LOOK AT BEFORE WE VOTE ON THIS YEAR.

AND I'M HOPING SOMEONE, UH, JC CAN GET SOME INFORMATION TO LET ME KNOW BEFORE I VOTE.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

TAVOR UM, UH, JESSE.

YEAH, I GOT A NOTE FROM ERICA LEEK THAT THERE'S NO CONCERN.

OKAY, BRILLIANT.

ANY THOUGHTS FROM ANYBODY ON THE ROW ON THIS RECOMMENDATION OR HAPPY TO ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO PASS IT AS YES.

COMMISSIONER WOODS.

IF I CAN OFFER A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT, THAT WOULD BE THAT WE HAVE A SECOND BE IT RESOLVED CLAUSE THAT SIMPLY SAYS, UH, AND THE COMMISSION URGES OUR FELLOW CITIZENS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS PROPOSITION FOR THE REASONS SET ABOVE.

IN OTHER WORDS, THAT IF, UH, SOMEONE IN THE CITY DECIDED TO STRIP OUT THE FIRST PART OF THE, BE IT RESOLVE CLAUSE WILL HAVE SOMETHING ALREADY IN PLACE THAT AT LEAST HAS SOME, UM, MORAL.

I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT, UH, OVER REDUNDANCY IN A POSITIVE WAY AT ALL.

UM, I, I AGREE.

YEAH.

I THINK IT'S A GOOD STRATEGY.

UM, I KNOW YOU ALREADY THAT VICE CHAIR POP, UM, POINT OF ORDER.

I DON'T THINK WE CAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT UNTIL WE HAVE A MOTION AND I'D BE HAPPY TO MAKE A MOTION, BUT SINCE COMMISSIONER GARRETT BROUGHT US THIS, I THOUGHT SHE MIGHT LIKE TO MAKE THE MOTION, UH, VICE CHAIR.

COULD THAT HAVE BEEN JUST AN AMENDMENT TO THE RECOMMENDATION PRE HAS IT BEEN MOVED YET? SO WHEN SHE SAID FRIENDLY AMENDMENT COULD JUST BE, SHE'S PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THIS RECOMMENDATION.

UH, AND THEN ONCE WE COULD, WE COULD MOVE THAT THE RECOMMENDED OVER THE RECOMMENDED CHANGES THEN B BE VOTED ON.

AND I DON'T, I DON'T MEAN TO BELABOR IT.

MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE THAT.

WE MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THESE, UH, RESOLUTION.

OKAY.

UH, WE HAVE A MOTION FROM COMMISSIONER TOLLIVER TO, UH, A VOTE ON THIS RESOLUTION.

AND IT SOUNDS LIKE, AND IF YOU MAY REPEAT IT, WE HAVE A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT FROM COMMISSIONER WOODS, UH, TO ADD IN THAT EXTRA CLAUSE, THE VIET RESOLVE CLAUSE, ENCOURAGING OUR FELLOW CITIZENS TO VOTE.

DOES THAT SOUND RIGHT? THAT'S CORRECT.

YES.

AND COMMISSIONER GARRETT IS OKAY WITH THAT.

UH, RATHER, UH, COMMISSIONER TOLERBER IS OKAY WITH THE FRIENDLY AMENDMENT.

AND, UH, WITH THAT SAID THEN ALL IN FAVOR OF, UH, VOTING SUPPORT THIS RECOMMENDATION.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED ANY ABSTAINING, PLEASE MAKE IT CLEAR FOR ME.

OKAY, BRILLIANT.

SO IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SURE.

DID WE NEED A SECOND FOR THAT BEFORE? I WAS ABOUT TO SAY, OH YEAH, WELL, LET'S, UH, LET'S RUN THAT BACK.

CAN WE, UM, UH, CAN WE JUST PLAY THAT BACK REALLY QUICKLY? COMMISSIONER TODDLER, WOULD YOU PLEASE, UH, INDULGE US WITH A MOTION, UH, TO THE COMMISSIONER CHAIRMAN, OTHER COMMISSIONS INTO OTHER COMMISSIONERS? I COMMISSIONED A TALLER MAKE THE MOTION THAT WE ACCEPT THE RESOLUTION.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

AND, UH, DO WE HAVE A SECOND? WE HAVE A SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER DELGADO AND W DO WE HAVE A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT, SO REQUESTED YES.

AS DISCUSSED EARLIER.

BRILLIANT.

AND, UH, UH, JUST TO DO IT REALLY QUICKLY, ONCE MORE, ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED.

ALL OPPOSE NAME HAVE STANCHIONS.

GREAT.

IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, COMMISSIONER GARRETT FOR PUTTING THAT ON OUR RADAR AND ALSO PUTTING TOGETHER THAT RECOMMENDATION.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

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AND WE WILL GO BACK INTO THE ORDER OF THINGS, UH, WITH A TENANT'S RIGHT PRESENTATION.

[3A. Tenant’s Rights presentation]

I WOULD, UH, MEAN TO JACOB AND SHOSHANA KRIEGER WITH BUSTA, WHICH IS BUILDING AND STRENGTHENING TENANT ACTION.

THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR RESILIENCE AND US MOVING THE AGENDA AROUND A LITTLE BIT.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

AND, UM, JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT COMMISSIONER HAWTHORNE IS ABLE TO JOIN US EVEN IF ONLY BY AUDIO, BUT JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE'S ABLE TO PARTICIPATE.

ARE YOU HERE? I ASKED I'M STILL HERE.

OKAY, FANTASTIC.

UH, AND SO I'LL GIVE THE FLOOR OVER TO THE BUSTA TEAM.

OKAY.

WELL, THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR HAVING US TODAY.

AND IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BE BUMPED BY CHRIS.

UM, I, HE CAN BUMP US ANYTIME.

UM, MY NAME IS JOSHUA KRIEGER, UM, AND I AM THE PROJECT DIRECTOR OF BOSTON AND HERE WITH ME, JOE, DO YOU WANT TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF? HELLO? MY NAME IS MITCHELL JACOB, AND I'M THE COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR WITH BUSTA.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.

AND WE HAVE A PRESENTATION.

I DON'T KNOW.

CAN YOU PULL THAT UP COMING UP AND BUSTA TEAM, JUST SO YOU KNOW, UM, WE ARE SUPER APPRECIATIVE TO HAVE YOU HERE AND VERY HUNGRY FOR THE CONTENT THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SHARE, BUT WE ALSO DO ASK THAT, UM, WE MOVE AS QUICKLY THROUGH THE PRESENTATION AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT CURTAILING, OF COURSE, ANY OF THE KEY COOL INFORMATION THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SHARE WITH US.

DEFINITELY.

AND WE CAN TRY TO SPEED THROUGH IT.

I KNOW A LOT OF THIS IS STUFF THAT Y'ALL HAVE HEARD BEFORE.

SO I'M GONNA QUICKLY TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT COVID 19 AND EVICTIONS AND THE DATA AND JUST WHAT WE'VE BEEN SEEING.

THE MAIN SHOW.

WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE EXISTING LOCAL PROTECTIONS.

WE'LL QUICKLY TALK ABOUT WHAT WE'RE HEARING ON EXTENSIONS AND THEN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING ON THE GROUND.

HOW DO YOU DO TWO MINUTES? OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO THIS IS, UH, JUST PUTTING COVID-19 EVICTIONS IN CONTEXT.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO THIS IS A GRAPH WHICH SHOWS THE EVICTIONS IN TRAVIS COUNTY, UM, WHERE WE HAVE THE BEST DATA FROM, UM, WE'RE TRYING TO GET OUR HANDS ON WILLIAMSON COUNTY DATA.

THAT'S TRICKIER.

UM, BUT IT'S FROM 2014 TO 2021.

YOU SEE, NOT UNEXPECTEDLY.

UM, WE HAVE NUMBERS DRASTICALLY BETWEEN 2019 AND 2020, AND THEN OUR EVEN LOWER IN 2021.

AND THESE ARE, UM, EVICTION FILINGS.

UM, SO YOU CAN SEE RIGHT NOW WITH 1049 EVICTIONS FILED, UH, WE ARE, UM, RIGHT NOW ABOUT 10%, UH, WE ARE LESS THAN 10% OF THE NUMBER OF FILINGS, UM, FOR ALL OF 2019.

SO WE'RE PRETTY DARN LOW NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

UM, THIS IS THAT SAME INFORMATION, BUT BASED ON, UM, JT PRECINCT, JUST, UH, JUSTICE COURTS, UH, WHICH WERE PRESIDED OVER BY JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.

UM, SO YOU CAN SEE IT, THAT THERE ARE DISPARITIES, UM, AND WHERE EVICTIONS ARE FILED IN PRECINCT TO, WITH HAT, WHICH HAS SOME OF NORTHEAST AND NORTHWEST AUSTIN HAS HISTORICALLY HAD THE MOST EVICTIONS FILED.

THIS, HAD THE STEEPEST INCREASE UP UNTIL 2008.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO THIS IS JUST ZOOMING IN A LITTLE BIT ON WHAT'S HAPPENED FROM 2020 TO PRESENT.

SO THE FIRST GRAPH YOU'LL SEE, WHICH KIND OF IS THAT FLAT IN THE CURVE, UH, YOU KNOW, WHICH WE ALL TALKED ABOUT A LOT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC IS SHOWING THE BEGINNING OF 20, 20 IT'S REGULAR BUSINESS AS USUAL.

SO EVICTIONS ARE GOING UP, UP, UP, AND THEN ON MARCH 13TH, WHICH IS THE DAY OUR COURTS, UM, ISSUED, UH, THE MORATORIUM ON HEARINGS ON YOU START SEEING IT LEVELING OFF, UM, TILL, UM, AND THEN ON THE SLIDE TO, UH, NEXT TO IT IS FROM THAT MARCH 13TH DATE.

SO FROM ONE COVID HIT UNTIL PRESENT.

SO YOU CAN SEE, YEAH, AS OUR EVICTION PROTECTIONS HAVE OPENED, COURTS HAVE OPENED A LITTLE, THEY NOT OPEN THAT MUCH, BUT THEY'VE OPENED A LITTLE, YOU CAN SEE THAT THE NUMBER OF FILINGS, UM, HAS INCREASED.

UM, AND JUST FOR SOME CONTEXT IN, SINCE, UH, THE, UH, SINCE COVID BEGAN, WE'VE ONLY HAD 876 FILINGS.

UM, SO INCREDIBLY LOW NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO THIS IS NOT TOTALLY COMPLETE DATA.

UM, UH, CORE DATA IS, UM, REALLY, REALLY MESSY AND WE'RE DOING OUR BEST TO BE

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PUNCHING IT.

UM, BUT THIS IS A FAIRLY COMPLETE DATA OF, UM, EVICTIONS BROKEN DOWN BY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

UM, SINCE THE MORATORIUM, NOT SURPRISINGLY, UM, IT'S EASTERN CRESCENT, WHICH IS ALSO THE EASTERN PRECEDENT ON OUR PIE CHART.

UM, UH, ONE, TWO DISTRICTS, 1, 2, 3, AND FOUR, UM, WHICH HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE, UM, NUMBER OF EVICTIONS NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND SO Y'ALL ARE INTERESTED IN MORE REAL TIME DATA.

YOU CAN GO TO, UM, THE WEBSITE, UH, WHICH WE MAINTAIN IN CONJUNCTION WITH SOME OF OUR EVICTION SOLIDARITY NETWORK PARTNERS, WHICH IS EVICTION IS NOT A CURE.COM.

AND WE HAVE A DASHBOARD WHICH UPDATES IN REAL TIME, THE NUMBER EVERY DAY, UM, THE NUMBER OF EVICTIONS FILED.

AND YOU CAN CLICK AROUND TO ALSO GET SOME INFORMATION BY DATE KEY.

UM, YOU CAN CLICK AND SEE BY ZIP CODE ON, WE SHOULD HAVE SOME CENSUS DATA, UH, LEVEL, UH, MAPPING COMING UP PRETTY SOON.

EXCELLENT.

AND SO JUST A FEW THINGS ABOUT WHAT THE DATA DOESN'T SHOW.

SO ONE THING THAT REALLY IT DOESN'T SHOW IS INFORMAL EVICTIONS.

SO THOSE ARE EVICTIONS WHICH HAPPEN WITHOUT THE COURT EVEN BEING INVOLVED, WHICH PROBABLY HAS BEEN THE VAST MAJORITY OF EVICTION DURING COVID.

SOMEONE GETS A NOTICE FROM THEIR LANDLORD SAYING, GET OUT AND THE TENANT MOVES AND THAT'S NOT IN THE DATA WE JUST SAW.

UM, WE ALSO DON'T HAVE AFTER JUDGMENT INFORMATION.

SO THE COURTS DO NOT MAINTAIN NICE, EASY WAY.

UM, WHETHER IF THERE'S A JUDGMENT IT'S FOR THE DEFENDANT, THE TENANT OR THE PLAINTIFF, THE LANDLORD, MOST OF THE TIME IT'S PLAINTIFF, BUT IT MAKES IT HARDER TO UNDERSTAND THIS DATA.

UM, SIMILAR, IT DOESN'T TRACK WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE'S A DISMISSAL.

AND SO ABOUT HALF OF THE FILINGS, THE NUMBERS, WE JUST WENT THROUGH OUR FILING.

SO THAT'S A FILING, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS ON THE OTHER SIDE.

AND IF THE CASE IS JUST THIS MESS AND THE RATE OF DISMISSAL WAS ABOUT THE SAME DURING THE PANDEMIC AS BEFORE.

WE DON'T KNOW THOUGH WHAT HAPPENED WITH THIS, THE DISMISSALS, UM, IF IT WAS BECAUSE, UH, THE TENANT HAD ALREADY MOVED OUT, SO THE LANDLORD JUST SAID, I'M DISMISSING.

OR IF IT'S THE COURT SAID, LANDLORD, YOU DON'T HAVE ANY GROUNDS.

AND SO I'M DISMISSING, UH, THE SUIT.

SO THAT MEANS THAT OUTCOME SIDE OF THE FILINGS.

UM, WE DON'T HAVE A FULL GRASP OF IN TERMS OF THE DATA.

UM, ALSO MS, RIGHT NOW DOESN'T HAVE CENSUS, UH, LEVEL INFO, WHICH IS CONNECTED TO THE FINAL POINT, WHICH IS IT DOESN'T HAVE DEMOGRAPHIC INFO.

UM, THE COURTS DON'T MAINTAIN DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION AT ALL.

UM, WE'RE HOPING WHEN WE GOT THE CENSUS LEVEL NUMBERS, WE CAN AT LEAST DO SOME ANALYSIS, UM, ON CENSUS LEVEL DEMOGRAPHICS, UM, AND, UH, WHERE WE'RE SEEING, UM, DISPROPORTIONATE RATES OF EVICTION ON IT'S ALSO WHERE IN A MINUTE, WE'LL TALK ABOUT EVICTION SOLIDARITY NETWORK OR FORT TRAPPERS ARE ALSO TRACKING DEMOGRAPHICS.

SO WITH THAT, I WILL PASS THE BATON TO.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

AND IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, UM, WE'RE GOING TO TALK REAL QUICK ABOUT, UM, KIND OF PROTECTIONS AND WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE ONSET OF THE PANDEMIC, WHICH WAS ALSO A LONG AGO, BACK IN MARCH, 2020, UM, BACK THEN IT WAS VIEWED VERY NATIONALLY.

AND, UM, IF YOU REMEMBER THE CARES ACT THAT CAME OUT, THAT WAS BIG, IT GAVE THE STIMULUS MONEY.

IT GAVE AN EVICTION MORATORIUM, UM, ON A LOT OF FEDERALLY BACKED, UH, PROPERTIES THAT HAD MORTGAGES OVER FRIGIDLY BACKED, UM, THAT WENT AWAY, BUT IT STILL DOES MATTER.

THERE IS STILL, UM, NOTICES TO VACATE RULES THAT COME FROM PROPERTIES LIKE THAT.

SO THEY HAD TO GIVE 30 DAYS AND WE'VE SEEN THAT PLAY OUT IN THE COURTS.

SO THAT ONE STILL DOES HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF LIFE STILL INTO THIS LATE DATE OF THE PANDEMIC.

UM, IN TEXAS, THERE WAS AN EARLY MORE TRIAL WHICH WENT AWAY.

UM, THE SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS HAS GIVEN SOME ORDERS THAT HAVE ALLOWED FOR LOCAL JPS JUSTICE OF THE PEACE TO MAKE SOME MODIFICATIONS.

LIKE WE'VE BEEN HERE IN TRAVIS COUNTY.

SO THAT HAS GIVEN SOME PROTECTION, ALTHOUGH FOR THE MOST PART, IT'S PRETTY WEAK IN THE STATE.

UM, AND THEN YOU HAVE HERE LOCALLY IN AUSTIN, WHICH, UM, AS MUCH AS WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE ZERO EVICTIONS, UM, AUSTIN HAS HAD REALLY ROBUST PROTECTIONS AS SARNA WAS SHOWING IN THOSE GRAPHS.

UM, WHEN YOU COMPARE IT TO OTHER COUNTIES AROUND THE STATE AND NATIONALLY, UH, OUR NUMBERS ARE, ARE REALLY, REALLY LOW AT OUR COVID NUMBERS RELATIVELY LOW THROUGHOUT THAT WHOLE TIME.

AND I THINK THERE'S A REALLY STRONG CORRELATION THAT CAN BE MADE THERE.

UM, SO WE'VE HAD MAYORAL AND COUNTY JUDGE ORDERS, UM, ORDINANCES THAT HAVE ALLOWED, UH, RENTERS TO, UH, CURE OR, UM, MAKE

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THEIR CONTRACT GOOD AGAIN.

AND THEN THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURTS HAVE HAD RULES TO.

UM, AND, AND IF YOU COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I'LL, I'LL DETAIL THOSE REAL QUICKLY.

UM, SO THESE PROTECTIONS, MOST OF THESE ARE, AS YOU CAN SEE, ARE EXPIRING ON OCTOBER 15TH, THAT'S FRIDAY, WE DO EXPECT SOME KIND OF EXTENSIONS.

THERE WILL BE A STEP DOWN AT SOME POINT, BUT THIS IS STILL KIND OF A BASIS OF WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE.

SO, UM, UNTIL THE 15TH AND THE FIRST TWO KIND OF GO TOGETHER IN A LOT OF WAYS, UM, THE MAYOR AND THE COUNTY JUDGE HAD ORDERED THAT NOTICE TO VACATE ARE PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN CASES, AND THIS IS FOR NON PAYMENT.

AND RIGHT NOW, IF YOU OWE LESS THAN THREE MONTHS OF RENT AND YOU WILL HAVE BEEN LATE ON YOUR RENT, THE LANDLORD SHOULD NOT GIVE A NOTICE TO VACATE.

AND THE COURTS ALSO WILL NOT HEAR THAT IF YOU OWE MORE THAN THREE MONTHS OF RENT, UM, THE LANDLORD SHOULD HAVE APPLIED FOR ALL THREE OF THE AVAILABLE RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. THAT'S WHAT THE CITY, THE COUNTY AND THE STATE, UM, AND THEY MUST WAIT 45 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF APPLICATION TO SEE IF THERE IS, UM, RENTAL ASSISTANCE MONEY THAT WILL COME.

AND WE'VE SEEN THAT STILL A YEAR AND A HALF AGO.

THAT WAS, IT WAS ALL NOTICES TO VACATE OR NONPAYMENT WE'RE OUT THERE.

AND THEY STEPPED THAT DOWN AND WE HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE OF, UM, EVICTION FILINGS, BUT IT'S STILL PRETTY STRONG AND PRETTY ROBUST.

UH, THE LAST ONE THAT'S REALLY GOOD ON HERE IS THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS AN ORDINANCE TO CURE YOUR CONTRACT.

AND THE CURE IN LEGAL TERMS MEANS TO MAKE IT RIGHT.

USUALLY IF YOU'RE A DAY LATE ON YOUR RENT, YOU COULD GET EVICTED.

UM, IN AUSTIN RIGHT NOW, WE'VE HAD THIS FOR A YEAR THAT YOU WOULD HAVE 60 DAYS TO PAY BACK YOUR RENT.

AFTER YOUR LANDLORD GIVES YOU A NOTICE OF PROPOSED EVICTION.

AND THAT GIVES A CHANCE FOR FOLKS TO STAY HOUSED, AND WE BELIEVE THAT'S GOING TO GET EXTENDED AS WELL.

IT MAY BE MODIFIED A LITTLE BIT FOR LESS TIME, BUT IT IS A REALLY IMPORTANT THING.

AND THAT HAS TO BE GIVEN BEFORE A LANDLORD CAN GIVE A NOTICE TO VACATE SO EVERYWHERE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, NOT NECESSARILY COUNTY, IT MAY BE PART OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY IS LOW, BUT IF YOU'RE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, THAT THE LANDLORD IS SUPPOSED TO GIVE A NOTICE OF PROPOSED EVICTION TO A TENANT WHO WAS LATE.

AND THAT GIVES THAT TIME.

AND IF YOU COULD GO TO THE NEXT TIME, PLEASE, SORRY, IF I'M RUSHING, I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET IT ALL THE TIME.

UM, I WON'T GO THROUGH THIS TOO MUCH, BUT SHOSHANA HINTED AT THIS EARLIER, EVICTION IS A JUDICIAL PROCESS.

AND THAT IS REALLY ONE OF THE MOST BASIC THINGS.

IF WE COULD EDUCATE PEOPLE, IS THAT A NOTICE TO VACATE SAYS, YOU NEED TO LEAVE IN ONE DAY OR THREE DAYS.

IT DEPENDS A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS DEPENDING ON THE LEASE AND WHERE YOU LIVE, BUT IT WILL BE LIKE YOU TENANT HAVE VIOLATED YOUR LEASE FOR NON-PAYMENT OR WHATEVER YOU NEED TO LEAVE IN TWO DAYS OR THREE DAYS, SORRY, OR WHAT THE TENANT DOESN'T HAVE TO LEAVE THEIR WITHIN THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS TO STAY.

AND THEN THAT WILL GO THROUGH A PROCESS WHERE THE LANDLORD HAS TO FILE BASICALLY A LAWSUIT, AND THEN THEY GO TO COURT AND THERE'S EVEN APPEAL TIME, WHICH TAKES THREE TO FIVE WEEKS.

SO OUT OF THIS, THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO REMEMBER TENANTS DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE WHEN THEY JUST GET THAT NOTICE TO VACATE.

AND IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I'LL SHOW HOW THOSE, UM, APPLY TO THIS RATE.

SO AT THE BEGINNING, A LANDLORD HAS TO GIVE A NOTICE OF PROPOSED EVICTION, EVEN BEFORE THAT, AND THE WAY THAT THIS IS ALL A NON QUEBEC, EXCUSE ME FOR NOT SAYING THAT FURNISHED FOR NOT PAYING THE RENT, BUT THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED EVICTION HAS TO GO, AND THAT TENANT HAS A RIGHT TO CURE THEIR DOWN PAYMENT.

IF THAT TIME PASSES, THEN THE LANDLORD CAN GIVE A NOTICE TO VACATE, BUT EVEN THEN THE TENANT STILL HAS TIME THAT HAS TO GO TO COURT.

AND THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT HAVE TO HAPPEN.

UM, SO THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO KNOW, LIKE, I'VE GET CALLS LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME, AND IT'S LIKE, PEOPLE ARE LIKE, OH, I HAVE SOMEBODY I KNOW IS GOING TO GET EVICTED THIS WEEKEND.

THAT SHOULD NOT BE THE CASE.

WE DON'T, WE DO KNOW PEOPLE WILL LEAVE.

WE DO KNOW LANDLORDS DO THINGS THAT THEY SHOULDN'T, BUT THERE IS A PROCESS AND THERE IS AVENUES FOR HELP.

AND, UM, THERE'S SOME RESOURCES WE WILL SAY IN JUST A MOMENT.

UM, IF YOU COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE AGAIN, PLEASE.

UM, SO I'M GOING TO PASS THIS BACK TO SZUSZANNA AND THEN AT THE END, WE'LL TALK ABOUT SOME RESOURCES AVAILABILITY FOR FOLKS, BUT SHE'S GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, WHAT WERE WE EXPECT TO SEE AFTER OCTOBER? YEAH, SO AS BEING SAID, UM, IT SEEMS LIKE FROM THE CONVERSATIONS WE'VE HAD, THERE IS GOING TO BE AN EXTENSION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNTY JUDGE ORDERS RELATED TO NOTICE TO VACATE AND ALSO THE, UH, ORDINANCE, UH, FOR THE, TO CARE THAT'S ON AGENDA FOR THURSDAY.

UM, THERE WILL BE A STEP DOWN PROCESS AND IT SEEMS LIKE THE PLAN WOULD HAVE THIS ALL GOING AWAY BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

UM, BUT IT WOULD BE REQUIRING AGAIN, IT'S DOING THIS CONCEPT OF RENTAL ASSISTANCE BEING A PREREQUISITE TO MOVING FORWARD WITH EVICTION.

UM, SO IT BECOMES WHERE IT'S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT TO GET FOLKS CONNECTED TO RENTAL ASSISTANCE MONEY.

AND THAT LANDLORDS WILL ALSO HAVE TO APPLY FOR THAT MONEY BEFORE MOVING TO EVICT TENANTS FOR NON-PAYMENT OF

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RENT.

UM, AND ANOTHER THING ON THE AGENDA ON THURSDAY, UM, THAT I, I HEARD ABOUT IS THERE'S ANOTHER, UM, ALMOST $7 MILLION, UH, WHICH COUNCIL, UH, COULD BE PUTTING INTO, UM, RENT 3.0, UM, NEXT SLIDE AND THEN THE OTHER, SO THESE ARE JUST THE MAIN RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. SO WE HAVE RENT 3.0, WHICH Y'ALL HAVE HER UPDATE THEM OUT FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

UH, AND THEN WHEN IT WAS RENT 2.0 IN THE PAST, UM, THERE'S ALSO TEXAS RENT RELIEF, WHICH ACTUALLY IS