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I'M GOING TO CALL TO ORDER

[Call to Order]

THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING HERE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2021.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER.

UH, IT IS, UH, 10 12.

WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN THE COUNCIL MEETING.

WE HAVE A QUORUM.

UH, THE MAYOR PRO TEM, UH, IS, UH, UH, NOT WITH US YET.

EVERYBODY ELSE IS, UH, UH, HERE, KATHY IS ON THE SCREEN.

UH, I'M GONNA START BY

[Consent Agenda]

READING CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS, UH, ITEM NUMBER TWO, RECOMMENDED BY THE WATER AND WASTEWATER COMMISSION ON AN EIGHT O VOTE COMMISSIONER TALA, ABSENT COMMISSIONER, OR THE ADDA OFF THE DIOCESE ITEM.

NUMBER THREE.

UH, SAME COMMENT ITEM NUMBER SEVEN, SAME COMMENT ITEM NUMBER 10.

UH, UH, SAME COMMENT.

AND IN ADDITION, COMMISSIONER MICHAEL IS RECUSING.

I THINK YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO READ INTO THE RECORD ON ITEM NUMBER 34.

YES.

COLLEAGUES.

THIS IS NOT IN THE CHANGES IN CORRECTION, BUT I WANT THE RECORD TO REFLECT THE, THAT OUR COUNCIL IS BREATHING, UH, IN TO THE RECORD, THE BLANK, UH, FOR ITEM NUMBER 34.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR COUNCIL.

WE RECOMMEND, UH, THAT YOU APPROVE, UH, AS I'M 34 PAYMENT OF $300,000 TO PLAINTIFFS SINCE YOU HUNG.

AND TERRY KIM, UM, AS A RESULT OF A SEPTEMBER, UH, 27TH, 2019 CAR WRECK IN EXCHANGE FOR THE PAYMENT, UH, THE PLAINTIFFS TO THIS MATTER WILL DISMISS THE CASE AGAINST THE CITY AND WE'LL RELEASE THE CITY AND ALL OF ITS EMPLOYEES, UM, OF ANY LIABILITY RELATED TO THIS ACCIDENT.

GREAT.

THANK YOU COLLEAGUES, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

THAT'S HOW IT WILL APPEAR ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

ITEM NUMBER 36 POSTPONE TO NOVEMBER 18TH, 2020 1 37 POSTPONE TO DECEMBER 2ND, 2021.

ITEM NUMBER 46.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO, UH, SHOULD BE LISTED AS ONE OF THE SPONSORS ITEM NUMBER 47.

I SHOULD BE LISTED AS ONE OF THE SPONSORS ITEM NUMBER 49, POSTPONED OCTOBER 21ST, 2021 ITEM 54, UH, AT IT'S 2:00 PM TIME, CERTAIN OR REQUEST TO POSTPONE THIS ITEM TO OCTOBER 21ST WILL BE MADE.

SO THAT'S JUST NOTICE THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A POSTPONEMENT REQUEST MADE LATER IN THE DAY.

SAME THING FOR ITEM 55.

ITEM NUMBER 60 IS ACTUALLY IN DISTRICT FOUR.

I REMEMBER 74 ACTUALLY IN DISTRICT NINE, ITEM 75 IS WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED WITH A DATA ITEM 89 ITEM 76 IS ACTUALLY IN DISTRICT NINE AND ITEM 87 IS WITHDRAWN.

MAYBE.

WOULD YOU SAY NUMBER 60 AGAIN? REMEMBER 60 IS ACTUALLY IN DISTRICT FOUR.

YOU'D HAVE FOUR.

YES, VERSION THREE.

OKAY.

NOW THAT WAS A CORRECTION FROM VERSION TWO.

OKAY.

UM, THERE'VE BEEN SOME, UH, ITEMS WITH LATE BACKUP, UH, ITEMS 7 8, 9 30 37 44, 48, 49, 54 55 59, 60 61 62 66, 70 71 72, 73, 74, 76, 78, 79, 81 82, 84 AND 85 AND 88 AND 89 COLLEAGUES FOR TODAY'S MEETING.

UM, UH, WE, UH, HAVE, UH, ABOUT 10 SPEAKERS TO SPEAK THIS MORNING.

WE HAVE, UH, TODAY'S, UH, UH, AGENDA, UH, AT NOON.

I THINK WE JUST HAVE TWO CITIZEN COMMUNICATION SPEAKERS, OR WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK IN THE AFTERNOON.

UH, LIKE, UH, 55.

I THINK SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

THESE ARE ON THE ZONING CASES.

I THINK THE BEST PREDICTION AT THIS POINT IS THERE'S ONLY GOING TO BE THREE OR FOUR THAT ENDED UP AS DISCUSSION ITEMS. SO I DON'T KNOW THAT EVERYONE WILL CONTINUE TO COME IN.

UH, BUT, UH, I'VE SUGGESTED TO THE CLERK THAT WE HAVE THREE MINUTES FOR EACH SPEAKER TODAY, UH, ZONING CASES, UH, I KIND OF LABORED WITH WHETHER TO TAKE THAT DOWN BECAUSE THAT'S A LOT OF TIME, BUT WE'RE ONLY HEAVY TODAY IN ZONING BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE, UH, NOTICE, UH, ISSUE, UH, THAT, UM, UM, I WAS WORKED OUT BETWEEN THE LEGAL AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.

UH, SO WE'RE GOING TO DO IT THAT WAY AND SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE COME.

UH, THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEM FOR TODAY IS, UH, UM, CONSENT

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AGENDA ITEMS ARE ONE THROUGH 48 AND 87 AND 88.

UH, I'M NOT SHOWING ANY OF THESE ITEMS BEING, UH, UM, PULLED, UH, DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY PULL BY THEM? I DON'T HAVE PULLED, BUT I DO HAVE A COMMENT AND A REQUEST ON ONE OF THEM FOR STAFF.

OKAY.

IF THERE AREN'T ANY PULLED ITEMS, I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CALL THE SPEAKERS AND THEN YOU CAN GIVE YOUR COMMENT AFTER YOU'VE HAD A CHANCE TO HEAR THE SPEAKERS.

OKAY.

AND THAT SOUND RIGHT? YEAH.

MY APOLOGIES.

I DO WANT TO PILL, UM, ITEM 31, I'M GOING TO CIRCULATE AN AMENDMENT HERE SOON.

AND AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME, I HAVE SOME DIRECTION TO ADD AN, A SLIGHT AMENDMENT TO 30, BUT 30 CAN STAY ON CONSENT.

OKAY.

AND WHAT WAS THERE, WERE THERE AMENDMENTS THAT, THAT YOU WERE PUTTING INTO A 47 OR IS THAT THE CORRECT, UH, VERSION OF THAT, UH, OF RECORD COUNSELOR? ACTUALLY, THANK YOU FOR ASKING THAT QUESTION.

I DO HAVE A VERY SMALL AMENDMENT, UH, TO MAKE TO 47.

THAT TWO CAN STAY ON CONSENT.

IT'S JUST THE REMOVAL OF THE WORD WEST AMENDMENTS.

PLEASE LEAVE ON CONSENT 30 AND 47, BUT I, I NEED TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR SOME PERSON, VERY SMALL AMENDMENTS.

AND THEN IF I COULD PULL 31 FOR A LARGER AMENDMENT THAT I'M GOING TO CIRCULATE YOUR SOON.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WITH REALLY ONLY 31 BEING PULLED COUPLE COMMENTS AND QUICK CHANGES TO THE OTHERS.

UH, WE'LL CALL NOW SPEAKERS, UH, FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA AS IS OUR PRACTICE.

WE'RE GOING TO CALL THE PEOPLE IN PERSON FIRST SO THAT THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE IF THEY WANT TO.

AND THEN WE'LL DO THE FOLKS OVER THE PHONE.

UH, SO, UH, IN PERSON, UH, SPEAKERS, UM, IS, UH, SETH MINETTA, DYLAN HERE.

THAT'S NOON.

WHAT ABOUT, UH, CARMEN? ANA'S PALITO? IS SHE WITH US? I THINK SHE HAD SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THE PHONE, BUT ON THE LINE, BUT WE DO HAVE A, UM, WHO REGISTERED TO SPEAK OVER THE PHONE, BUT SHE IS HERE IN PERSON.

OKAY.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO COME UP AND SPEAK, NOW YOU CAN DO THAT.

GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY.

MY NAME IS AND I'M THE DIRECTOR OF FAMILY PATHWAYS AT UNITED WAY FOR GRADED AUSTIN.

I'M HERE TODAY REPRESENTING THE TWO GEN COALITION, 110 ORGANIZATIONS THAT SERVE THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WITH LOW INCOME IN AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY FAMILY SPOT COMMITTEE PATHWAYS IS THAT PILLAR OF UNITED WAY WORK THAT FOCUSES ON FINANCIAL STABILITY.

WE DO THAT MOSTLY USING A TWO GEN APPROACH OR GOAL IS TO MOVE FAMILIES TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING WAGES BY REMOVING SYSTEMIC BARRIERS TO CAREER EDUCATION PATHWAYS FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN AT FAMILY PATHWAYS.

PARENT BOYS ARE AT THE CENTER OF WHAT WE DO.

PARENTS INSIGHTS, STRENGTHS, AND LIVE EXPERIENCE ARE THE GREATEST TOOL FOR ADVANCING EQUITY IN STRINGING WELLBEING, WHICH IS WILDLY SENDING TO PARENT.

BOYS IS A HALLMARK OF THE TWO GENERATION APPROACH, WHICH BUILDS FAMILIAR WELLBEING BY INTENTIONALLY AND SIMULTANEOUSLY WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND THE ADULTS IN THEIR LIVES TOGETHER.

PARENTS ARE THE MOST, UM, INTIMATELY AFFECTED BY LONGSTANDING POLICIES AND PRACTICES THAT ARE IN PLACE AND THEREFORE OFFER INVALUABLE LEADERSHIP TO MEANINGFUL PURSUE IDEAS AND INNOVATION FOR COMMUNITIES TO PROVIDE TESTIMONY, ENSURE THEIR VOICE IS IMPORTANT.

THAT BARRIERS ARE REMOVED.

PARENTS USUALLY DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY TO ME'S ED.

THEY WORK, UM, ARRANGE CHILDCARE CHILDCARE, AND HAVE TRANSPORTATION TO EAT HERE AND PROVIDE THEIR TESTIMONY.

I URGE YOU TO APPROVE THEIR BUDGET REQUIRE, UM, TO HAVE HYBRID MEETINGS SO THAT COMMUNITY CAN PROVIDE THEIR VOICE EXPERTISE AND INSIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU AGAIN, THE TWO SPEAKERS THAT, UH, ALSO VISITED, UH, THE OTHER SPEAKER,

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UH, IN PERSON WAS SETH MINETTA, ELLEN, ANYBODY ELSE HERE IN PERSON THAT BELIEVES THEY SIGNED UP TO SPEAK? YOU, YOU THINK YOU SIGNED UP TO SPEAK, WHO WOULD YOU COME DOWN TO THE CLERK, BUT YOU GET TO THEIR CLERK, YOUR NAME? DID WE OKAY, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

GOOD MORNING.

UM, MY NAME IS JUSTIN SHAW AND, UH, MET ME UP BEFORE WORKING WITH CAVES, UH, HERE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, I'VE HAVE BEEN STUDYING THE CAVES HERE IN AUSTIN SINCE I WAS A VERY YOUNG KID.

UM, SO ACTUALLY I HAVE ABOUT 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE.

AND SO I'M HERE TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY ABOUT THE DEAD DOG CAVES, WHICH ARE UNDER THE PROPERTY, UH, WHICH IS CURRENTLY HAS THE LUBY'S ON IT.

AND IT'S BEING LOOKED AT TO BE REZONED, UM, FOR A DENSE DEVELOPMENT LOCATION-WISE IN THE CITY.

IT'S A GREAT PLACE FOR A DENSE DEVELOPMENT BEING RIGHT ON MOPAC.

UM, SO IT'S VERY UNDERSTANDABLE.

HOWEVER, THERE IS A VERY SENSITIVE CAVE UNDERNEATH THERE.

IT'S PRETTY NEAT.

IT'S REOPENED.

THERE'S AN INTERESTING DEBATE OVER WHETHER IT'S A NEW CASE.

SOME PEOPLE SAY IT'S LUBY'S CAVE AND MY EXPERTISE, AND HAVING TALKED WITH BILL RUSSELL ABOUT IT, UH, AFTER IT STARTED TO REOPEN ORIGINALLY IN 2015, HE AGREES, THIS IS THE DEAD DOG CAVE.

NUMBER TWO, REOPENING, UM, REGARDLESS AS IT IS NOW, IT'S NICK CAVE AND SHOULD BE PRESERVED, UM, SHOULD BE RESTORED AND IT SHOULD BE STUDIED.

AND IN MY OPINION, THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT WOULD BE TO SEPARATE A SMALL PARCEL OF LAND AROUND THE CAVE OFF FROM THE LIBBY'S TRACK.

UM, THEN I WOULDN'T SEE ANY PROBLEM WITH THE ZONING FOR THE LUBY'S TRACK.

AND THEN THAT SMALL PARCEL OF LAND COULD BE TRANSFERRED TO AN ENTITY THAT, UH, DOES CASE MANAGEMENT.

UM, IT COULD BE WITHIN THE CITY OF BOSTON OR IT COULD BE WITHIN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR.

AND, UM, I THINK THAT'D BE A GREAT SOLUTION THAT WOULD, UH, ALLOW FOR SOME MUCH NEEDED DENSE DEVELOPMENT IN AN IDEAL LOCATION.

WHILE ALSO PROTECTING THE CAVE.

YOU LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF THE CAVE.

IF I DID A HISTORY REPORT, UM, I SENT IT TO THE ZONING.

SO FOR SOME REASON, IT DIDN'T TRANSFER ALONG WHEN I LOOKED TALKING TO HEALTH SUPPORT DOCUMENTS.

SO, UM, ANYWAY, BUT IF YOU LOOK ON THE SUPPORT DOCUMENTS FOR THE ZONING CASE, YOU'LL SEE, OR REPORT FOR THE DEAD DOGS CAVE, AND THERE WILL BE AN UPDATED ONE.

THAT'S MORE INFORMATION COMING UP SHORTLY ON THE, UH, THE POINT IS, IS THE CAPE HAS BEEN WRONGED MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY, SIMILAR TO AUSTIN CATHERINE'S OVER IN TARRYTOWN, MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS TO FILLING IT, UM, CROSSING IT WITH UTILITIES, THINGS THAT SHOULDN'T BE HAPPENING INSIDE OF THE, UH, CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURE, YOU KNOW, BASED ON THE LAND USE CODE.

AND SO I THINK WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE A HISTORY OF WRONGS AND, UM, BUILD ON RECENT STEPS THAT COUNCIL HAS TAKEN TO PRESERVE THE CAVES IN THE CITY AREA.

AND, UM, SO YEAH, BASICALLY I SEE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR IF THE DEVELOPER COULD GET WHAT THEY WANT, AND THIS COULD FURTHER THE CITY'S GOALS OF, UM, PROTECTING CAVES AND, UH, DOING SOME REALLY NEAT THINGS WITH, UH, YOU KNOW, TAKING SOMETHING WHERE SOMETHING WRONG HAS HAPPENED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND KIND OF MAKING IT RIGHT IF YOU WILL.

SO THAT'S MY IDEA ON THAT AND I'M REALLY THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME AND FOR LISTENING TO ME.

THANK YOU.

WOULD YOU PLEASE NOW CALL THE PHONE SPEAKERS? SURE.

THE FIRST SPEAKER IS CARMEN YANNIS, LIDO.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND MAYOR PRO TEM AND COUNCIL.

UH, THANK YOU AS ALWAYS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

I'LL TRY TO BE BRIEF BECAUSE I'M SPEAKING ON BOTH ITEMS 46 AND 48 ON 46.

UH, JUST WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR, UH, THOSE OF YOU WHO SPONSORED THIS ITEM AND PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOU TO INVEST WHAT WE NEED TO IN ORDER TO KEEP A HYBRID TESTIMONY SYSTEM.

I KNOW LOTS OF PEOPLE COMPLAINED WHEN WE FIRST WERE DEALING WITH REMOTE TESTIMONY AND THE PANDEMIC, AND THERE WERE EVEN CALLS FOR MORATORIUM ON DIFFERENT ITEMS BECAUSE IT WAS SO DIFFICULT TO TESTIFY, BUT THAT'S NORMAL WITH ANY KIND OF TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGICAL HURDLE.

UH, I THINK, YOU KNOW, YOUR, UM, YOUR TECH GUYS HAVE DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB AND ALL YOUR TEXTS, PEOPLE IN GENERAL HAVE DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB GETTING US TO THIS POINT.

AND I REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO THINK ABOUT THE ASPECT OF ABLEISM INVOLVED WITH REQUIRING PEOPLE TO SPEAK IN PERSON, NOT JUST IN COUNCIL MEETINGS, BUT IN EVENTS IN GENERAL.

UH, THIS HAS BEEN AN AMAZING GROWING EDGE FOR GABA AS AN ORGANIZATION FOR ALL OF US TO ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH MORE ACCESS TO SAFETY, COMFORT AND, AND RICHNESS COMES WITH ALLOWING REMOTE TESTIMONY IN ANY SETTING AND HOW YOU CAN ACTUALLY BRING MORE DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE TOGETHER.

UH, WE'RE STILL SPENDING THE MONEY DOING BOTH.

SO I HOPE THAT YOU ALL WILL FIND A WAY TO MAKE THAT POSSIBLE.

AND ON ITEM 48, ALSO VERY THANKFUL TO COUNCIL MEMBERS WHEN DEZ AND ALL THE CO-SPONSORS.

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UM, AND MY HEART'S A LITTLE HEAVY BECAUSE I FEEL WE'RE HERE AGAIN, OFFERING ANOTHER RESOLUTION, UH, TO DO SEVERAL THINGS THAT SHOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN DONE OR SHOULD BE GETTING ADDRESSED, OR HAVE SOME KIND OF MOMENTUM, UM, IN THE WINGS.

SO THE MEMORIAL AT ONION CREEK IS VERY IMPORTANT, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS ENSURING THAT PEOPLE ARE SAFE SO THAT EVERY TIME WE HAVE A HARD RAIN, LIKE LAST NIGHT, WE'RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT OUR NEIGHBORS DOWNSTREAM AND ENSURING THAT WE HAVE PREPAREDNESS SHOUT OUT TO YOUR HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR FINDING FUNDS TO PRINT OUR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MANUAL, WHICH WE WILL HOPEFULLY MAKE MORE AND MORE WIDESPREAD FOR FLOOD, BUT THERE'S JUST A LOT MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

SO DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOUR PAST STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS REPORTS AND ALL OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT WERE GENERATED AFTER PREVIOUS RESOLUTION ON RESILIENCE, CLIMATE RESILIENCE, FLOODING, ET CETERA, PLEASE MAKE THIS ACTIONABLE, MAKE SURE THE CITY MANAGER GETS THESE THINGS DONE.

AND THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE, JESSICA JOHNSON.

HI THERE.

MY NAME IS JESSICA JOHNSON.

I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT NINE AND A MEMBER OF THE REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE.

SPEAKING IN OPPOSITION TO ITEMS 36.

I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR POSTPONING THIS ITEM.

UM, AND I DO WANT TO DRAW SOME ATTENTION TO, UH, THE FLAWS IN THIS PARTICULAR PIECE.

UM, THE CREATION OF ANOTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AND HIRING MORE POLICE OFFICERS REGARDLESS OF THE AGENCY NAME IS ANTITHETICAL TO THE WORK OF THE TASK FORCE.

COUPLED WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STATEWIDE CAMPING BAN, CREATING AN ADDITIONAL AGENCY THAT WILL HAVE THE POWER TO SERVE WARRANTS FOR CLASS NEEDS AND TO PUT PEOPLE IN JAIL MEANS FURTHER ENTRENCHING LOW-INCOME TEXANS INTO THE TANGLED AND OFTEN INESCAPABLE WEB OF THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM.

I FIND IT INCREDIBLY CONCERNING THAT THIS MEASURE WAS ALLEGEDLY PROPOSED AS PART OF THE REIMAGINING INITIATIVE.

THE CITY CANNOT SIMPLY SLAP THE WORD RE-IMAGINED IN FRONT OF MEASURES THAT DO NOT RETHINK THE WAY THAT WE INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY IN OUR CITY.

AS WE'VE MADE CLEAR THROUGHOUT THE TASK FORCE PROCESS, MORE POLICE DO NOT MAKE US SAFER.

RE-IMAGINING TAKES MORE TIME, EFFORT AND INTENTION THAN A CONSTRAINED NINE MONTH PROCESS FOCUSED ON PRODUCING BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE MEMBERS OF THE TASKFORCE ARE COMMITTED TO TRULY RE-IMAGINING REGARDLESS OF THE CITY'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROCESS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT AND HOPE THAT ANY ITEMS PROPOSED IN THE NAME OF REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY, BE THOROUGHLY VETTED BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY IF THOSE ITEMS ARE NOT DIRECTLY IN LINE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE.

SO WE ASK THAT COUNCIL OPPOSE ITEM 36 WHEN IT COMES BACK UP AND ANY ACTIONS THAT INCREASE THE PRESENCE OF THE POLICE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THANK YOU, DAVID KEENE.

YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, PLEASE PROCEED.

SO CUTE.

THAT'S THE KING.

I'M SPEAKING ON A COUPLE OF ITEMS TODAY.

UH, ITEM NUMBER 30, UH, TO ADD 4.05, $1 MILLION TO THE CONTRACT WITH LINCOLN PARK PROPERTY COMPANY, COMMERCIAL INCORPORATED FOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR THE CITY'S PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER.

THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY AND I'M VERY HAPPY THAT COUNCIL MEMBER TOBO HAS DUG INTO THIS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE GETTING GOOD VALUE FOR OUTSOURCING PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR OUR CITY BUILDINGS.

AND GIVEN THE TRENDS OF WORK FROM HOME, THE NEED FOR OFFICE SPACE FOR EMPLOYEES MAY LEVEL OFF OR DECREASE.

THIS TRENDS SHOULD BE FACTORED INTO POLICIES REGARDING OUTSOURCING OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR CITY OWNED OFFICE SPACE REGARDING ITEM 45, UH, THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT APPLICANT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ITEM.

I HOPE YOU'LL APPROVE THIS AND MAKE SURE THAT IT'S EQUITABLE TO HOMEOWNERS OF COLOR AND LOW INCOME HOMEOWNERS ITEM 46, THE BUDGET RESOURCES FOR HYBRID MEETINGS BY BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND SUBCOMMITTEES AND COUNCILMEN AND THE COUNCIL AS WELL.

UH, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ITEM AND I THINK THIS WOULD BE ONE OF THE, ONE OF THE PRIORITIES FOR THE COUNCIL TO PROVIDE FULL, CONSISTENT FUNDING FOR THIS.

AND I WANT TO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE EMPHASIS IS ON LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND FAMILIES OF COLOR TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE ACCESS.

THEY NEED THE RESOURCES, THE CELL SURFACE, THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT THEY NEED TO ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE REMOTELY AND VIRTUALLY, AND WE SHOULD FOLLOW THE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT PROCESS.

THEIR PROCESS IS SIMPLE.

IT ACTUALLY ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR MEETINGS.

THERE'S ONE NUMBER THAT'S POSTED ON THEIR AGENDA THAT YOU CALL IN.

AND AS LONG AS YOU CALL IN BEFORE THAT ITEM HAS BEEN DISPOSED OF, YOU WILL BE PUT INTO THE SPEAKERS QUEUE.

THEY MAKE IT SIMPLE AND EASY, NO BARRIERS TO, TO, TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR COMMISSIONER'S MEETING.

SO I'LL HELP YOU.

WE'LL LOOK AT THEIR MODEL AND FOLLOW THAT ANY RELIEF STAFF AND THE CHAIRS OF THESE COMMITTEES AND THE BOARDS.

AND IT WOULD RELIEVE STAFF AND CHAIRS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS OF COMMITTEES AND BOARDS

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FROM HAVING TO MANAGE THE SPEAKER QUEUE AND THAT PROCESS.

AND IT LETS THEM FOCUS MORE ON THE MEETING AND THE AGENDA ITEMS. SO I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT AND, UH, NUMBER ITEM 48, UH, THIS SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY TO REAFFIRM THE COMMITMENT, THE CITY'S COMMITMENT TO BUILDING FLOOD RESILIENT COMMUNITY AND, UH, ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE FLOOD RISK DAMAGE.

I HOPE THAT YOU WILL MAKE A DIRECT, THE CITY MANAGER MAKE THESE TOP PRIORITIES TO PREVENT FLOODS AND MITIGATE BUDS WITH FULL AND CONSISTENT FUNDING.

AND PLEASE ENSURE THAT THIS FUNDING AND RESOURCES ARE FOCUSED ON LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, MOST VULNERABLE TO FLOODING AND FINDING AN ITEM, ADA, THE EXTEND THE EXPIRATION DATE FOR NOTICES OF PROPOSED POST.

UM, I'M SO HAPPY THAT YOU'RE STAYING ON TOP OF THIS, THE PREVENTION OF THE EVICTIONS OF OUR LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND FAMILIES OF COLOR SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY, THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITY THAT WE HAVE.

AND SO I HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS AND HOLD THE CITY MANAGER ACCOUNTABLE FOR ENFORCING THIS ORDINANCE RIGOROUSLY AND EQUITABLY.

AND AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO MY COMMENTS AND FOR YOUR SERVICE, MICHELLE MAHIA MICHELLE, PLEASE UNMUTE EMILIA .

HI, MY NAME IS AMELIA AND I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT SIX.

AND SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE TEXAS FAIR DEFENSE PROJECT AND OPPOSITION TO ITEM 36.

FIRST, I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR POSTPONING ITEM 36.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE THIS ACTION, BUT FOR FOLKS WHO MAY NOT KNOW, THE MUNICIPAL COURT HANDLES CLASSY ON FENCES, LARGELY ASSOCIATED WITH POVERTY AND THE NEW VOCAL AND STATEWIDE CAMPING BAN UNDER THE PROPOSED MARSHALL'S PROGRAM, PLEASE, WITH THE NEW NAME, WE'LL HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SERVE WARRANTS FOR CLASSES AND FOR BOOKING AND TRANSPORTING FOLKS TO COURT OR DETENTION.

NOTHING ABOUT THESE ACTIONS QUALIFY AS REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY UNDER HB 1925.

VIDEO CAN ENACT POLICIES THAT PROVIDE SERVICES INSTEAD OF TICKETS FOR FOLKS ACCUSED OF VIOLATING THE CAMPING BAN.

AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE SHOULD PRIORITIZE.

INSTEAD OF CREATING A MARSHALL PROGRAM, THE CITY CAN ADOPT A DIVERSION POLICY AND USE THAT $1.4 MILLION FROM THE RESERVE TO CONNECT FOLKS TO SERVICES RATHER THAN A CARCERAL SYSTEM.

THAT'S SO CONTINUED TO BE VIOLENTLY DISPLACED.

THE REVENUE FUNDS CAN GO TOWARDS PRESS TWO ORGANIZATIONS ON THE GROUND PAYING FOR PEOPLE'S EXTENDED HOTEL STAYS OR INCREASING ACCESS TO HOUSING VOUCHERS OR PERSONAL STORAGE INITIATIVE.

LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS LARGELY FAILED TO TREAT OFF NIGHTS IN A HUMANE AND DIGNIFIED MANNER THROUGH PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT AND APPROVING A MARSHALL'S PROGRAM WOULD ONLY BE ANOTHER FAILURE.

WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE ENACT A DIVERSION POLICY FOR UN-DESIGNATED CAMPAIGN AND OPPOSE ANY FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF A MARSHALL'S PROGRAM.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

REMEMBER THIS ITEM 36 HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 18TH.

GO AHEAD, MICHELLE.

MIHIR.

HI, I'M HERE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

UM, MY NAME IS MICHELLE LIGIA, UM, AND I AM THE CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY HEALTH ORGANIZER WITH GO AUSTIN DEMOS, AUSTIN.

UM, I AM HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 46 AS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER WHO PREDOMINANTLY WORKS WITH EMILY, THE YOUNG CHILDREN, AND THOSE THAT CARE FOR THEM.

OUR NETWORK OF FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBOR CARE.

THE PANDEMIC POINTED US IN ACKNOWLEDGING HOW MUCH OUR CARE INFRASTRUCTURE IS UNDERFUNDED AND NOT PRIORITIZE.

IT POINTED US THAT PARENTS AND THOSE CARING FOR OTHERS CARING MUCH STRESS THAT WAS EXACERBATED BY COVID-19 AS A COMMUNITY.

AND AS A CITY, WE HAVE MEETINGS CONFERENCES.

WE DECIDE ON PROGRAMS AND BUDGETS AND RADICALLY.

DO WE HEAR THE VOICES OF THE DIRECT DIRECTLY IMPACTED? WHY? BECAUSE MEETINGS HAPPEN WHEN FOLKS WORK, SOMETIMES THEIR KIDS GET SICK.

THINGS COME UP CARETAKING AND BEING CIVICALLY ENGAGED.

SOMETIMES DON'T GO HAND IN HAND BECAUSE AS CARETAKERS WE PRIORITIZE THOSE, WE ARE CARING FOR, IF THERE HAS BEEN A SILVER LINING ABOUT ALL OF THIS HYBRID MEETINGS HAVE GIVEN OPTIONS TO PARENTS, TEACHERS, CAREGIVERS, TO BE MORE VOCAL ABOUT THEIR NEEDS.

WE NEED TO DO MORE, BUT I THINK THIS IS ONE STEP IN THE PAST, ON FOR ACCESSIBILITY.

BACK IN MAY WE AS GABA, WE WERE ABLE TO COORDINATE A PRESENTATION AROUND SUBSIDY CARE RECOMMENDATIONS AT AN EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL.

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WE HAD A PARENT, A CENTER DIRECTOR AND A HOME-BASED CHILDCARE PROVIDER WHO ALL SPOKE VIA THE COMFORT OF THEIR JOBS AND HOMES.

IT'S MOMENTS LIKE THOSE THAT WE, THAT MAKE ME REALIZE THAT WE NEED TO MAKE PARTICIPATION MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS.

THAT IS WHY WE ARE IN SUPPORTIVE ITEM 46.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS A SPANISH SPEAKER.

UM, JACQUELINE THE INTERPRETER.

ARE YOU ON THE LINE, JACQUELINE? YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

OKAY.

I'M GOING TO, UM, CALL ESTHER OKAY.

GO AHEAD.

JUGGLING.

THANK YOU.

PROPOSITION 46 SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO EDUCATE REMOTELY.

YEAH, FOR THEN A FOR JUST BECAUSE THIS ISN'T A VERY GOOD OPTION FOR US BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE WORK AND CHILDREN AND THINGS TO DO AND WHERE WE'RE FAR AWAY.

SO THIS IS A MORE VIABLE WAY TO COMMUNICATE.

I'M ALSO IN FAVOR OF 48, AGAIN, NOT BIGGER, BUT AND THE ONLY FACTOR.

SO THEY'LL STILL BE DEFENDING US, UH, THE RESIDENTS, IF THERE'S A NATURAL DISASTER.

YEAH.

IT'S OR IT WOULD DENY ME THE E HE WAS REALLY WARMING BECAUSE THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING AND WE DON'T HAVE, AND WE DON'T HAVE THE PREPARATION YES.

MORE IMPORTANT.

AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

THAT IS IT.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS FRANCIS .

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, PLEASE PROCEED.

UH, YES.

UM, MY NAME IS FRANCIS .

I'M A LONG-TIME RESIDENTS OF DEF SPRINGS AND A CLIMATE RESILIENCE COMMUNITY LEAD ORGANIZER WITH GABA GO AUSTIN, VAMOS AUSTIN.

I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU AND HIGHLIGHT COUNCIL MEMBER FOR HER ADVOCACY.

I AM HERE IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 46 TO ENSURE REPRESENTATION AND COMMUNITIES THAT ARE MORE IMPACTED.

IT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE A DAY OFF TO RAISE THEIR VOICES.

I'M ALSO IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 48, AND I ASKED TO USE SECURE FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE TRAININGS BY CONTRACTING, WITH OPPORTUNITIES WITH CD DEPARTMENTS THAT CURRENTLY PROVIDE SIMILAR SERVICES, AS WELL AS ADVOCATING FOR AND SUPPORTING AFFORDABLE FLOOD INSURANCE FOR HOMEOWNERS AND CONTENT INSURANCE FOR RENTERS ENSURE FUNDING FOR PRIOR TO PRIORITIZE A STORM WATER SYSTEMS, ADAPT ADAPTABILITY IN AREAS, MORE IMPACTED BY LOCALIZED FLOODING IN TRIBUTE AND TRIBUTARY WATER, WEIGHT MAINTENANCE ON A YEARLY BASIS TO MITIGATE FLOODING, PRIORITIZE GRID, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS THAT CAN HAVE A POSITIVE HEALTH IMPACT ON CHRONIC ILLNESSES, STRESS, MENTAL HEALTH HIT MITIGATION WHILE WHILE, UH, LIFE RECREATION ACTIVITIES, PHYSICAL ACT, AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES, AS WELL AS WE KNOW, NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS ARE MORE AFFORDABLE LAST LONGER AND REQUIRES LESS, LESS, UM,

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MAINTENANCE.

I DEMAND STREET REGULATIONS FOR FEEDING NEW DEVELOPERS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO REPLACE TREES IN THE SAME AREA THAT THEY ARE CUTTING THEM.

AND LASTLY, I REQUEST THAT A MEMORIAL PLAQUE, UH, A MURAL BE PUT IN ONION CREEK, METRO PARK IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LIGHTS AND PROPERTIES LOST DURING THE 2013 AND 2015 HALLOWEEN FLOOD.

THERE NEEDS TO BE AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR RESIDENTS THAT ARE STILL GOING THROUGH THE TRAUMA OF HAVING LOST A LOVED ONE, OR HAVING LOST THEIR HOMES, NOT ONCE BUT TWICE.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

AND I APPRECIATE YOUR, YOUR TIME, UM, FOR THAT YOU PUT WITH IT.

THANK YOU, PAUL AUSTIN.

GOOD MORNING.

MAYOR MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, PAUL KUDURO FROM THE AUSTIN APARTMENT ASSOCIATION WITH JUST A FEW QUICK COMMENTS ON ITEM 88, TO SAY THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGED THE WIND DOWN PROCESS FOR THIS 60 DAY NOTICE REQUIREMENT AND THE RELATED GOVERNMENT ORDERS.

THE NOTICE AS YOU KNOW, WAS PROPOSED, UH, WAS INACCURATE A YEAR AND A HALF AGO IN THE EARLY EIGHT EARLY AGENT STAGES OF A PANDEMIC.

THE PURPOSE OF THE REQUIREMENT WAS TO ALLOW RENTERS WHO MAY HAVE LOST WAGES OR EMPLOYMENT THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, TO SECURE TIME, TO SECURE RESOURCES AND ESTABLISH RENT ARRANGEMENTS.

THIS TEMPORARY REQUIREMENT HAS FULFILLED ITS PURPOSE MORE THAN 17,000 HOUSEHOLDS HAVE WORKED IN COOPERATION WITH THEIR RENTAL HOUSING PROVIDERS TO SECURE ASSISTANCE FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S PROGRAM.

AND THE STATE OF TEXAS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS HAS HELPED MORE THAN 7,500 HOUSEHOLDS IN TRAVIS COUNTY.

WITH MANY OF THOSE HOUSEHOLDS LOCATED IN THE CITY.

NOW THAT OFTEN HAS MADE UP ALL OF THE PANDEMIC, RIGHT? THE JOB LOSSES IN THE ECONOMY HAS ESSENTIALLY RETURNED TO PRE PANDEMIC CONDITIONS.

THE WIND DOWN OF THIS REQUIREMENT IS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE, BUT IT DOES NOT SIGNAL THE END OF TENANT PROTECTIONS OR THE END OF RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

ACCORDING TO FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS, MANY PROPERTIES IN AUSTIN ARE CURRENTLY REQUIRED TO ISSUE 30 DAY NOTICES TO VACATE.

AND THOSE SITUATIONS WHEN NOTICES ARE REQUIRED, THE SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS REQUIRES THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURTS TO GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT RENTAL SYSTEMS PROGRAMS, AND THE COURTS ARE AUTHORIZED TO STOP ANY PROCEEDINGS FOR 60 DAYS WHILE RENTAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS ARE BEING PROCESSED.

AND THERE IS A NEW INFLUX OF RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUNDS TO ACCOMPANY THE EXTENSIVE OUTREACH CAMPAIGNS AIMED AT CONNECTING RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS WITH AVAILABLE RESOURCES ENDING.

THIS REQUIREMENT IS IN KEEPING WITH GOOD GOVERNMENT PRACTICE TO END TEMPORARY COVID RELATED REGULATIONS.

THE POLICE KNOW THAT THE AUSTIN APARTMENT ASSOCIATION MEMBERS WILL CONTINUE WORKING WITH ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS TO SEEK RENTAL ASSISTANCE THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR MANY MONTHS TO COME A MEMBER OF THE SAR.

MARY, I JUST WANT TO THANK MR. KUDURO.

I THINK WE CALL ACCIDENTALLY CALLED YOU PAUL AUSTIN, BECAUSE YOU'RE REFERRING THE AUSTIN APARTMENT ASSOCIATION.

I THINK THAT SOUNDS LIKE A COOL NAME TOO, BUT THANK YOU, MR. KUDURO JUST BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, WE HAVEN'T ALWAYS BEEN EXACTLY ON THE SAME PAGE.

I APPRECIATE WHAT I'VE BEEN ABLE TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT YOUR MEMBERS ARE FACING TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP THEM FINANCIALLY AFLOAT.

UM, YOU UNDERSTANDING, UH, US TRYING TO MAKE THESE PROGRAMS WORK.

AND I THINK THAT TOGETHER, WE MADE SURE THAT, UH, SOME PROGRAMS THAT AT FIRST WEREN'T GETTING THE MONEY OUT TO TENANTS AND TO YOUR MEMBERS QUICKLY ENOUGH NOW ARE DOING MUCH BETTER.

UH, SO I APPRECIATE THE STAFF.

I APPRECIATE YOU STEPPING, UM, UP ON WORKING TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS WORKS THE BEST THAT IT CAN FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS IN A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION FOR EVERYONE.

AND SO I JUST APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR, YOUR MEMBERS, UH, AND YOUR BOARD ALONG WITH THE FOLKS AT, UH, THE BOARD OF REALTORS AS WE, UH, DO THIS EXTENSION OF RENTAL ASSISTANCE DOLLARS IN THIS, UM, EXTENSION OF THE ORDINANCE THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR.

I JUST WANT TO ADD TO THAT REAL QUICKLY.

UM, UM, PAUL AND, AND THE STAFF AT THE AUSTIN APARTMENT ASSOCIATION AND AUSTIN BOARD OF REALTORS HAVE BEEN KIND OF AS A, NOT VERY VISIBLE, BUT SILENT PARTNERS.

WE'VE WORKED THROUGH, UM, MANY CITY ISSUES INCLUDING THIS ONE.

UH, WE'RE INVOLVED AT THE VERY BEGINNING, UH, WHEN, UH, WHEN I FIRST ISSUED, UH, THE ONE OF THE FIRST ORDERS ON EVICTIONS, UH, AND, AND, UH, I REALLY APPRECIATE THEIR, THEIR ADVICE AND SUGGESTIONS AS WE WORKED THROUGH THE PROCESS, DIDN'T ALWAYS AGREE ON ALL POINTS, BUT, UH, UM, MOSTLY, UM, AND, AND CERTAINLY UNIFIED IN, IN WANTING TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR BOTH THE TENANTS AND FOR, UH, UH, LANDLORDS THROUGH A PANDEMIC WHO HAVE HAD TO CONTINUE TO MAKE A MORTGAGE PAYMENTS, UM, AND ALSO, UH,

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BOTH, UH, FOR THE CONTINUED WORK AND PARTNERSHIP ON HELPING US ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS IN THE CITY AND HELPING US FIND PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO BE, UM, YOU DON'T COME BEFORE US VERY OFTEN, AND THEN YOU'RE HERE.

SO I JUST WANTED TO ADD MY THANKS AS WELL.

THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WORKED, UH, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER COSAR ON THE EVICTION STUFF.

THERE WERE SEVERAL THIS MORNING THAT SPOKE A LOT OF THE TENANT ADVOCACY GROUPS.

UM, IT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID BEST, I THINK, UH, IN THIS PANDEMIC, UH, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, UH, WHO HAVE BEEN EVICTED IN AUSTIN SO MUCH LOWER THAN, AND ALMOST ANY OTHER MAJOR CITY, PROPER ALL OTHER MAJOR CITIES.

AND THAT'S ONE OF THE CONTRIBUTING REASONS WHY THE MORTALITY RATE FROM COVID IS, IS, IS HALF, UH, OF, UH, AUSTIN'S RATE IS ABOUT HALF OF WHAT IT IS IN THE, IN THE STATE AND THEN THE COUNTRY.

SO APPRECIATE THAT WORK.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

NEXT SPEAKER IS ZENOBIA ZENOBIA JOSEPH THANK YOU, MAYOR COUNCIL MEMBERS, I'M SYNOVIA.

JOSEPH.

MY COMMENTS ARE SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO AGENDA ITEM 32, WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY TO EXTEND THE AGREEMENT CONCERNING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EAST 11TH AND 12TH STREETS, URBAN THE NEW PLAN BETWEEN CITY AND THE URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY TO SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022.

I SIGNED UP NEUTRALLY ON THIS ITEM BECAUSE I DO SUPPORT A POSTPONEMENT.

HOWEVER, I WOULD RECOMMEND POSTPONING UNTIL JANUARY, 2023, AFTER THE MAYORAL RACE.

THIS WAS JUST TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO THE NOVEMBER, 2022 ELECTION.

AND I THINK IT WOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY.

IF THE NEW MAYOR WOULD ACTUALLY NEGOTIATE THIS PARTICULAR CONTRACT, I WANT TO CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION SPECIFICALLY IN RESPECTFULLY, UH, YOU'VE SHOWN AN AVERSION TO BLACK PEOPLE.

I WANT YOU TO RECALL BACK ON MARCH 4TH, 2021, THE APOLOGY THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS INCLUDED DISCRIMINATION, URBAN RENEWAL POLICIES IN THE 1928 MASTER PLAN.

AND SO I WOULD ASK THE CITY MANAGER TO MA MARRY THOSE TWO ITEMS TOGETHER AS IT RELATES TO THIS STUDY, WHICH I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE.

WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER STUDY TO PLAN AND RECOGNIZE THE ECONOMIC DETRIMENT TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN AUSTIN.

BUT AFTER I TESTIFIED JULY 29TH, 2021, BRIAN OAKS, THE EQUITY OFFICER POSTED THE NEXT DAY AN EXTENSION FOR THAT ITEM UNTIL JANUARY 31ST, 2022.

AND SO THEY'RE BOTH IN 2022.

SO I WOULD ASK YOU TO JUST PUT THOSE TWO ITEMS TOGETHER IN TANDEM.

WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS WILLFUL BLINDNESS, WHERE YOU HAVE TURNED A BLIND EYE TO THE NEEDS OF BLACK PEOPLE.

I WANT TO RECALL 2017 MAYOR, WHEN YOU ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN YOUR INSTITUTIONAL RACISM AND SYSTEMIC INEQUITIES REPORT, YOU ALSO TALKED ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN 2015, WHEN YOU FIRST TOOK OFFICE, AS IT RELATES TO THE SPIRIT OF EAST AUSTIN IN 2017, THERE WERE THE OPPORTUNITY ZONE.

THEN YOU DID NOTHING AS IT RELATES TO THOSE 21 ZONES, THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO ACTUALLY REINVISION.

WHAT DO WE WANT IT TO SEE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THAT AREA? LASTLY, I WOULD JUST SAY, AS IT RELATES TO THE 20 18, 19 20 EIGHTH AND 90TH YEAR, THE 1928 PLANTS, UH, IT REALLY DON'T NEED AN EQUITY SCORE CARD TO RECOGNIZE THAT BLACK PEOPLE WAIT 60 MINUTES FOR THE BUS IN NORTHEAST AUSTIN ONLY.

AND THE ONLY THING YOU'VE DONE RESPECTFULLY IS COME UP WITH ECHO DOT ATX, WHICH IS A SPANISH WORD FOR EQUITY.

UH, IT'S NOT EQUITABLE.

IT DOESN'T REFLECT WHAT YOU'VE DONE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT THERE'S A FOOTNOTE ON THAT WEBSITE THAT SAYS THE SPIRIT OF THE SAUCEPAN.

AND SO I'M LOOKING AT THE EXTENSION FROM BLIND, OH, JULY 30TH, 2021.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO RESPECTFULLY CONSIDER EXTENDING THIS PARTICULAR NEGOTIATION.

SURE.

YOU'RE OUT OF OFFICE.

YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS I'LL GLADLY ASK THEM AT THIS TIME, THAT CONCLUDES ALL OF THE CONSENT SPEAKERS.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UH, COLLEAGUES, THE CONSENT AGENDA IS ITEMS ONE THROUGH 48 AND 87 AND 88.

UM, BEFORE WE CONSIDER THEM, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOBY, DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING QUICK YOU WANTED TO DO ON 30

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AND 47 AND, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, I THINK HAD A COMMENT YOU WANTED TO MAKE AS WELL.

YES, I DO.

UM, ON THE, ON ITEM 30, IT IS MY FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WANT TO APPRECIATE THE STAFF FOR SPENDING SO MUCH TIME PREPARING THE MEMO, ANSWERING MANY OF MY QUESTIONS.

AND THEN ALSO MEETING WITH ME YESTERDAY TO GO OVER SOME ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, UM, IN OUR CONVERSATIONS AND IN THE MEMO THAT THEY PROVIDED TO COUNCIL, THEY DID INDICATE THAT THAT, UH, THE AUTHORIZATION COULD BE LOWERED FROM WHERE IT IS IN THE BACKUP, UM, BY, BY $1.5 MILLION.

AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE.

I WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE THE AUTHORIZATION TO AN INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF 2,550,960.

AND SO THAT'S THE FIRST NUMBER CHANGE.

AND THEN THE REST OF THE SENTENCE WILL READ FOR A REVISED TOTAL CONTRACT AMOUNT, NOT TO EXCEED 4 MILLION, 500,000.

AND IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT STAFF ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT APPROACH MANAGER.

IS THAT CORRECT? WE ARE COMFORTABLE.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ANY OBJECTION TO THAT CHANGE BEING MADE HEARING NONE, THE CHANGES MADE AND IT REMAINS, IT CHANGED IT'S ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

REMEMBER TOBO 47.

GREAT.

AND I SHOULD JUST SAY, WELL, I'M FINDING MY CHANGE, THE CHANGE I NEED TO MAKE IN 47, THAT HAVEN'T GONE THROUGH THAT INFORMATION REALLY CAREFULLY ABOUT 30 WITH OUR STAFF.

IT DOES APPEAR THAT THAT'S A, UM, FISCALLY PRUDENT WAY TO PROCEED TO OUTSOURCE THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT IN, UM, THE BUOY STREET UNDERPASS RESOLUTION.

THE OLD AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION WAS INADVERTENTLY CHANGED TO THE OLD WEST BOSTON NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.

SO ON, ON 1 34 LINE 1 34, IF THAT STAKEHOLDER COULD PLEASE BE THE OLD AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, OBJECTION TO THAT CHANGE BEING MADE, HEARING NONE THAT CHANGES MADE AND IT'S KEPT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND WHILE YOU'RE ON THAT ITEM COUNTS, REMEMBER TOVAR, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THAT, UH, ITEM.

I DID WANT TO ADDRESS THAT REAL BRIEFLY, UH, UH, WITH COLLEAGUES, UH, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS THAT UNDERPASS PROJECT THAT WAS IDENTIFIED AS A PRIORITY BY PRIOR COUNSEL.

IT WAS SPECIFICALLY INCLUDED IN THE, UH, TURF PROGRAM THAT WE HAD MONEY FOR AND OPTIONS GOING AWAY, UM, UH, BUT YET THAT NEED, AND THAT PRIORITY STILL EXISTS AS EARLIER IDENTIFIED.

AND I THINK IT'S PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE, UH, FOR, UM, UH, THE ACTION THAT, UM, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO IS RECOMMENDING THAT STAFF TAKE A LOOK AT THE AVAILABLE MONEY IN THAT TERMS AND SEE, UH, WHAT ALTERNATIVE MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE FUNDED WITH THOSE SAME DOLLARS TO ACHIEVE THAT OR CLOSE TO THE PURPOSE THAT WAS DONE, UM, THAT STILL LEAVES SOME ADDITIONAL MONEY PERHAPS IN THAT TERS.

AND AT SOME POINT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO ADOPT, UH, AND CONSIDER A POLICY WITH RESPECT TO WHAT WE DO WITH EXTRA MONEY THAT ARE IN TERS OR TIFS.

ONCE THE MONEY THAT WE, UH, HAD GATHERED HAS ACTUALLY BEEN SPENT ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, BECAUSE IT'S A POLICY QUESTION, UH, WE CAN CONTINUE TO CHANGE THE, UH, PLAN.

WE CAN ADD ADDITIONAL PROJECTS IN THE TERRORS AND USE THE ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR PROJECTS THAT WERE NOT PART OF THE ORIGINAL PRIORITY LIST.

AND CERTAINLY THERE ARE NEEDS IN THIS AREA AND SOME HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE MASTER PLAN, AND WE COULD USE SOME OF THE TOUR'S DOLLARS FOR THOSE THINGS IN THOSE AREAS.

WE COULD ALSO SAY, UH, NOW THAT WE HAVE PAID FOR THE THINGS THAT THE TERMS WAS SUPPOSED TO PAY FOR, THAT WILL DISSOLVE THE TERS, UH, AND, UH, HAVING DISSOLVED THE TERRORS, THEN THAT MONEY GOES INTO THE GENERAL FUND, AND THEN WE CAN APPLY THAT MONEY SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE CITY.

UH, IF WE FELT THAT THERE WERE A HIGHER PRIORITY SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE CITY, THEN TAKING THAT MONEY AND PUTTING IT INTO THAT PLACE.

I IT'S MY INTENT TO BRING AN IFC TO COUNSEL, UH, THAT, THAT ASKS THE MANAGER TO HELP US, UM, UH, TAKE A LOOK AT THAT ISSUE AND COME UP WITH A GOVERNING POLICY FOR US WITH RESPECT TO, UH, THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE THERE'S EXTRA MONEY, ADDITIONAL MONEY THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN AUGMENTED, BUT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOVA.

I APPRECIATE YOU, I APPRECIATE THE STAKEHOLDERS, UH, INCLUDING, UH, IN YOUR, UH, RESOLUTION, THE LANGUAGE THAT NOT ONLY

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ASKS THE STAFF TO TAKE A LOOK AT OTHER NEEDS THAT ARE IN THAT AREA THAT COULD BE PAID FOR THE TOURIST, EXTRA TOURIST DOLLARS IN THAT AREA.

AND AGAIN, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT SUBSTITUTE FOR THE OVERPASS.

I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE MOVED FORWARD THAT WAS ALREADY PRIORITIZED, AND I THINK IT'S ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE THAT THAT MOVES FORWARD.

UH, BUT THERE'S ALSO A PARAGRAPH THAT I ASKED STAFF TO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THOSE DOLLARS COULD ALSO BE USED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY, AND TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THE PRIORITIES ARE IN THE CITY AND COME BACK WITH A RECOMMENDATION, UH, ASSOCIATED WITH THAT, UM, UH, SPECIFICALLY LISTS AS, AS SOMETHING TO TAKE A LOOK AT WOULD BE HOMELESSNESS OR HOUSING.

I MEAN, IT COULD BE THAT THESE ARE DOLLARS THAT MIGHT BE OVER TO HELP WITH THE, UH, ONGOING OPERATIONS FOR THE HOMELESSNESS SYSTEM THAT WE SET UP THREE YEARS FROM.

NOW, WHEN WE'RE LOOKING FOR, HOW DO WE KEEP THIS THING CONTINUING TO GO? AND NONE OF THOSE DECISIONS ARE MADE.

THOSE THINGS ARE ALL LEFT, UH, OPEN.

UH, BUT, UH, THIS DOES FOCUS ON MOVING FORWARD WITH TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE SUBSTITUTE IS FOR THE, UH, OVERPASS.

UH, AND I AM, I AM, UH, SUPPORTIVE ON THAT.

SO, SO COUNCIL MEMBER TOBY, THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU TO THE STAKEHOLDERS, UH, FOR, FOR THEIR WORK TOGETHER ON THIS, UH, COUNCILMAN POOL.

THANKS MAYOR.

AND I SHARE YOUR INTEREST IN, UM, LOOKING FORWARD ON HOW WE MIGHT MANAGE TERS ONCE, UM, THEY FOCUS, THE ORIGINAL FOCUS FOR THEM HAS BEEN ACHIEVED.

AND I WOULD, UM, IF YOU'VE GOT ROOM IN THAT SUB FORUM, I'D LIKE TO BE INCLUDED WELCOME ABOARD, THANKS AT THIS POINT, IT'S ME AND YOU.

UM, AND WE WOULD CERTAINLY INVITE OTHER PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE AS WELL, BUT THE GOAL IS INTENT IS TO THROW IT OPEN TO THE COUNCIL, UH, FOR POLICY DISCUSSION AND NOT SO MUCH TO, TO, TO DIRECT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO.

YES, I'D CERTAINLY LIKED TO BE INVOLVED IN THAT CONVERSATION.

AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO MAYBE KICK THAT ONE OFF WITH A CONVERSATION WITH OUR LEGAL STAFF.

WE, WE DID IN THE CON IN THE CONTEXT OF THE RESOLUTION, I BROUGHT, UM, HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH OUR LEGAL STAFF, AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE A PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATION FOR THE FULL COUNCIL BEFORE WE REALLY JUMP INTO THE POLICY CONVERSATIONS, REALLY UNDERSTAND WHETHER THERE ARE ANY LEGAL IMPEDIMENTS TO USING CHAIRS DOLLARS THAT WERE COLLECTED FOR ONE PARTICULAR PURPOSE IN ONE PARTICULAR AREA FOR, OR A DIFFERENT ONE, IF THAT'S SO THAT WE UNDERSTAND KIND OF WHAT THE PARAMETERS OF CONVERSATION NEED TO BE.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU, UM, SINCE WE'RE SAYING THANKS FOR THAT.

I REALLY WANT TO THANK AND APPRECIATE SHANNON HOLLY ON MY STAFF, WHO, WHO, UM, WRESTLED WITH THIS ISSUE OF THE, OF THE BUOY UNDERPASS AND CAME UP WITH A SOLUTION, WHICH I THINK IS A VERY GOOD ONE AND, AND MUCH NEEDED.

THERE ARE A LOT OF STAKEHOLDERS WHO ARE VERY, VERY INTERESTED IN A SOLUTION HERE.

AND I THINK THIS GETS US ON A GOOD PATH TO CONSIDERING WHAT THOSE OTHER SOLUTIONS WERE.

I WISH WE HAD HAD A BETTER RESULT THAT CAME THROUGH WITH OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH UNION PACIFIC.

BUT AS I UNDERSTAND, IT'S NOT FROM LACK OF OUR CITY STAFF AND THEIR EFFORTS IN THAT CONVERSATION.

UM, I DID NEGLECT ONE PIECE OF DIRECTION FOR ITEM 30, UM, AND ITEM 30, WHICH AS I SAID WITH THE CHANGE THAT, THAT I SUGGESTED, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO PROVIDE DIRECTIONS, ANY MANAGER THAT IN, IN THE FUTURE, WHEN WE ARE CONTEMPLATING NEW BUILDINGS OR SIGNIFICANT REDEVELOPMENTS OF CITY FACILITIES, THAT THE FISCAL NOTE FOR THAT ALSO INCLUDE ESTIMATED.

AND I UNDERSTAND THAT ESTIMATE IS GOING TO BE ROUGH, BUT ESTIMATED COSTS FOR OPERATING AND MAINTAINING IT, UM, IN THIS CASE, OUR BEST INFORMATION AT THIS POINT SUGGESTS THAT THAT PIECE OF INFORMATION WASN'T, WASN'T PRESENTED TO THE COUNCIL WHEN WE WERE CONSIDERING THE COSTS OF CONSTRUCTING A NEW PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT BUILDING.

AND I THINK IT SHOULD BE PART OF THAT IF YOU'RE INCREASING THE SPACE, YOU KNOW, THAT IS GOING TO INCREASE THOSE ONGOING PROPERTY MAINTENANCE COSTS AND, AND SHOULD BE PART OF THE INITIAL DELIBERATION.

SO IF YOU NEED ME TO BRING AN IFC TO DO THAT ONE, UM, POLICY MEASURE, I SURE CAN.

BUT IF YOU WERE ABLE TO JUST TAKE THAT AS DIRECTION, INCORPORATE THAT AS A MATTER OF COURSE IN THE FUTURE, THAT WOULD, THAT WOULD BE MY DIRECTION IF THE COUNCIL, IF MY COLLEAGUES AGREE, CERTAINLY WE CAN TAKE THAT DIRECTION.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER.

OKAY.

COLLEAGUES GOT ACCOUNTS ON HER KITCHEN.

DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO DO? UM, I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR, UM, POSTPONING POSTPONING, EXCUSE ME, ITEM NUMBER 36, WHICH, UH, RELATES TO THE CREATION OF A, I THINK IT'S CALLED STYLE, THE CITY MARSHAL OFFICE.

UM, I'M WANTING TO ASK, UM, WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, WELL, ACTUALLY WHAT I'M WANTING TO SUGGEST THAT BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER 18TH, WHEN IT COMES BACK THAT THIS ITEM BE BROUGHT TO OUR BOARDS AND COMMITTEES,

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ARE OUR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

IT'S THE, UH, PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION.

UM, I THINK IT WOULD ALSO BE RELEVANT IF, IF THERE'S A SCHEDULED MEETING, I DON'T KNOW IF THERE IS, BUT, UM, OUR COUNCIL PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE.

AND AGAIN, I'D LEAVE THAT UP TO THE CHAIRS OF THAT COMMITTEE, WHETHER THEY WOULD WANT TO HAVE THAT COME TO THEM.

UH, BUT I THINK THIS IS AN ITEM THAT NEEDS SOME PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND THE, AND THOSE ARE OUR TWO FORUMS. I MEAN, THERE'S OTHER BEANS FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OBVIOUSLY, BUT THOSE ARE OUR TWO FORUMS THAT ARE SET UP TO DO THAT.

SO COULD WE, COULD WE DO THAT? COULD WE BRING IT TO OUR PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION? AND IF THE CHAIR DESIRES TO OUR PUB, OUR COUNCIL PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE COMES TO MY BROTHER, HAS TO HAVE TO CHECK WITH STAFF ON THE TIMING, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THAT, BUT WE CAN GET BACK TO, UH, KNOWING THAT THAT'S THE DIRECTION.

THAT'S GREAT.

IF WE NEED TO PUSH THE DATE BACK THEN, I THINK WE SHOULD, UH, TO ALLOW THAT TO GO TO THAT COMMISSION.

THANK YOU.

YES.

THAT'S NUMBER ELLIS.

BEFORE WE DID OUR CONSENT VOTE.

I JUST WANTED TO, UM, EXTEND MY APPRECIATION FOR ALL OF THE GOOD ITEMS COMING FROM COUNCIL THIS WEEK.

UM, THE MAYOR PRO TEM HAS ONE ABOUT THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, WHICH IS GOING TO HELP ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO WAS FOUND THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS, UM, UH, A LITTLE BIT UNAPPROACHABLE OR DIFFICULT TO ACCESS.

SO I'M VERY EXCITED THAT, THAT SHE BROUGHT THAT, UM, MAYOR, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR REMOTE TESTIMONY RESOLUTION WOULD LIKE TO BE SHOWN, UM, AS CO-SPONSOR, IF THAT IS ACCEPTABLE TO YOU.

UM, AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER TO-DOS BIKE AND PAD CONNECTIVITY, I THINK IS REALLY INNOVATIVE.

AND I WAS GLAD TO GET, TO HAVE MY INPUT ON YOUR RESOLUTION, WHICH WAS FANTASTIC.

AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES ON FLOOD RESILIENCE AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.

THESE ARE JUST REALLY GOOD RESOLUTIONS THAT CAME OUT OF MY COLLEAGUES THIS WEEK.

SO I WANTED TO SAY, UM, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THEM AND GOOD WORK.

THANK YOU.

AND WITH THE CLERK, PLEASE NOTE THAT ADDITIONAL SPONSORSHIP, UH, ON THAT, UH, ITEM SAR, THEN COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR, MARY.

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP AND WORK ON THE ORDERS.

I KNOW THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN THE EASIEST YEAR AND A HALF TO BE THE MAYOR OF ANY CITY IN THE COUNTRY.

AND, UM, AND IT'S HARD TO, UH, CELEBRATE ANYTHING IN THIS LAST YEAR AND A HALF, BUT I THINK THAT WE HAVE REALLY LED THE WAY, UH, ON ADDRESSING EVICTIONS AND YOUR ORDERS AND THE COUNTY JUDGES ORDERS AND THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB.

AND I APPRECIATE, UH, THE COUNCIL AND OUR CO-SPONSORS AND EVERYONE ON, ON OUR ORDINANCE, BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS A FEDERAL MORATORIUM, SUPPOSEDLY ON EVICTIONS, WE'VE SEEN 25,000 OF THEM.

AND MOST OF THE OTHER BIG CITIES IN THE STATE, UH, AND JUST OVER 1500 EVICTIONS FILED IN AUSTIN SO MUCH LOWER IN HOUSTON IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, THEY'VE HAD MORE EVICTIONS FILED THAN WE HAVE HAD IN THE ENTIRE PANDEMIC.

AND WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT BY DISTRIBUTING FUNDING, TO TENANTS THAT GETS TO LANDLORDS.

I APPRECIATE THE COUNCIL WORKING TOGETHER, UH, LAST SUMMER TO SET ASIDE THIS NEARLY 7 MILLION ADDITIONAL DOLLARS, UM, THAT WILL BE GOING TO OUR RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, UH, AND JUST APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S WORK HERE BECAUSE TOGETHER WE HAVE MANAGED TO AVERT THE LARGE WAVE OF EVICTIONS THAT WE SAW IN THIS CITY AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS IN TWO EIGHT THROUGH 2010.

UH, AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE DOING THIS WORK, UM, BY EXTENDING THE ORDINANCE THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR.

UH, I ALSO DO WANT TO JUST THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR ALL THE OTHER GOOD WORK AND ITEMS ON THE AGENDA I WANTED TO SEE FROM COUNCIL MEMBER FUNDUS, IF I COULD BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR HER ITEM ON, ON, ON FLOODING, IT'S JUST SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE.

UH, AND ESPECIALLY LAST NIGHT, JUST HEARING FROM PEOPLE AND, AND FLOODPLAINS AND PEOPLE KNOWING, UH, FEELING THAT LEVEL OF ANXIETY.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO BOTH MEMORIALIZE THE FLOODS AND THE LIVES LOST OF THE PAST SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

I THINK THAT WAS A THUMBS UP FROM THE COUNCIL MEMBER FOR THE CLERK.

YEAH.

CATHERINE, FOR THIS, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE LISTED AS A SPONSOR ON THAT ITEM AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

HOW'S REMEMBER ELVIS BECAUSE REMEMBER ALL, THEN I'LL COME BACK TO, I WAS JUST REAL QUICK.

I DIDN'T MEAN TO LEAVE OUT COUNCIL MEMBER CASAR, SO THANK YOU TOO.

THANK YOU ALL THERE.

THANK YOU.

I WANT, UM, JOIN MY COLLEAGUES AND MY COLLEAGUES AND RECOGNIZING SOME, SOME GREAT RESOLUTIONS ON THE AGENDA THIS MORNING.

UM, BUT I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ITEM 25 AND OUR STAFF WE'VE WORKED REALLY HARD TO FULFILL THE DIRECTION TO, UM, CREATE AND BUILD, UH, FIVE NEW FIRE STATIONS.

UM, ITEM 25, UM, SETS FORWARD THE FUNDING FOR, UH, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DEVONPORT LOOP 360 STATION, WHICH IS IN MY DISTRICT, WHICH IS THE THIRD OF THESE TO BE CONSTRUCTED.

AND ALSO DOES THE DESIGN FOR

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THE GOODNIGHT RANCH AND THE CANYON CREEK FIRE STATIONS.

UM, THIS WORK IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO IMPROVE RESPONSE TIMES FOR FIRE AND EMS. UM, FOR THIS PARTICULAR STATION FOR DEVONPORT LOOP 360, IT'S ALSO GOING TO BE CRITICAL FOR, UM, OUR WILDFIRE RESPONSE POTENTIALLY.

UM, AND I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO MOVING THESE FORWARD.

I KNOW THAT THE TASK THAT WE GAVE TO STAFF, UM, IN MOVING FORWARD WITH THESE FIVE STATIONS WAS A LARGE ONE, AND I'M PLEASED TO SEE THEM, UM, EXECUTE ON THIS AND ALSO WANT TO THANK ST STEPHENS FOR WORKING CLOSELY, CLOSELY WITH US TO IDENTIFY AND WORK WITH US ON A LOCATION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, R KELLY, THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU MAYOR FOR BRINGING FORWARD ITEM 46.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THAT REMOTE PARTICIPATION.

IT REALLY ALLOWS PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY IN DISTRICT SIX, WHICH IS SO FAR AWAY TO PARTICIPATE IN MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT.

AND IF IT'S OKAY WITH YOU, MAY I PLEASE CO-SPONSOR THAT AS WELL? YES, ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

AND THEN I'D LIKE THE CLERK TO REFLECT A NO VOTE ON THE FOLLOWING ITEMS FROM ME, ITEM 33 39 45 AND 88.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU COLLEAGUES.

AS YOU KNOW, UM, WE ARE GOING TO BE TAKING A VOTE HERE SHORTLY ON AN ITEM.

I'M BRINGING FORWARD ITEM 48 AROUND FLOOD RESILIENCE, AND IT'S NOT LOST ON ME THAT TODAY, AS WE CONSIDER THIS POLICY INITIATIVE, THAT MUCH OF OUR COUNTY AND PARTICULARLY MY DISTRICT IS IN A FLASH FLOOD WARNING.

UM, SO JUST HIGHLIGHTS THE IMMEDIATE NEED THAT WE HAVE FOR OUR COMMUNITY AS PART OF REPRESENTING AUSTIN THAT'S IN CENTRAL TEXAS KNOWN AS FLASH FLOOD ALLEY.

UM, ONE OF MY FIRST RESOLUTIONS I BROUGHT FORWARD AS A COUNCIL MEMBER AT MY FIRST COUNCIL MEETING WAS AROUND FLOOD RESILIENCE AND THAT POLICY, AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT ON, ON THAT INITIATIVE, UM, ASKED STAFF TO DEVELOP A SCOPE OF WORK AROUND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A RESILIENT AND EQUITABLE COMMUNITY PLAN TO ADDRESS, UH, INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING A DEVASTATING IMPACT FROM FLOODING.

WE ALSO ASKED CITY STAFF TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT CAME OUT OF THE FLOOD MITIGATION TASK FORCE THAT WAS FORMED A FEW YEARS AGO.

AND WE ALSO ASKED STAFF TO TAKE A LOOK AT LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS FOR BOTH NEW AND REDEVELOPMENT.

AND IT WAS THROUGH THAT FIRST POLICY INITIATIVE THAT WE RECEIVED AN UPDATE FROM CITY STAFF.

AND THAT LEADS US TO THIS, WHAT I LIKE TO CALL PART TWO OF OUR FLOOD RESILIENCE WORK.

AND THANK YOU TO, UH, GOD-MAN YANEZ PALITO FOR HIGHLIGHTING THAT THERE HAS BEEN SEVERAL RESOLUTIONS ON THIS AREA.

AND SO I KNOW THAT I AM JUST CONTINUING THAT WORK AND BUILDING OFF OF, UM, THE MOMENTUM.

SO WITH THIS ITEM ITEM NUMBER 48, WE'RE ASKING FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A MEMORIAL PLAQUE AT ONION CREEK METRO PARK IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LIVES AND PROPERTY LOSS DURING THE 2013 AND 2015 HALLOWEEN FLOODS.

WE'RE ALSO ASKING FOR STAFF TO IDENTIFY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

AND, UM, FOR SPECIFICALLY FOR FLOOD-PROOFING PROPERTIES, BOTH FOR RENTERS AND FOR HOMEOWNERS, UH, LOOKING AT OPPORTUNITIES TO DO ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMUNITY TRAINING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR CITY DEPARTMENTS AND ENSURE THAT OUR ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT FOR OUR AFFORDABLE FLOOD INSURANCE FOR RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS, AND THAT'LL BE ADDED TO OUR FEDERAL AGENDA.

WE KNOW THAT, UM, AS PART OF THIS WORK, UM, I GUESS REALLY, I DON'T WANT TO, THE HEART OF THIS IS TAKING A MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE HALLOWEEN FLOOD OF 2013 RESULTED IN 745 HOMES THAT RECEIVE SOME LEVEL OF FLOOD DAMAGE AND OF THESE 116 OR COMPLETELY DESTROYED.

AND THE HALLOWEEN FLOOD OF 2015, WE HAD 3000 OVER 3000 RESIDENCES THAT WERE DAMAGED AND THE INDIVIDUAL COSTS ESTIMATE WAS NEARLY $40 MILLION.

UM, AND AS PART OF OUR RECOGNITION, I DID WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE LOST DURING THE HISTORICAL HALLOWEEN FLOODS, SO THAT WE WON'T FORGET THEIR NAMES.

THEY INCLUDED THE REVEREND ED, EDWARD JACKSON, 72 YEARS OLD, JOSEFINA RODRIGUEZ, 31 YEARS OLD, AND HER EIGHT MONTH OLD, JAY RODRIGUEZ, TRACEY WARD, 51 YEARS OLD, SAMUEL JEAN RAWSON, 26 YEARS OLD, CYNTHIA GENE MCKEE 57, BRIAN SCOTT CARNAHAN, 51, JOSE AGUILAR TORRES 50 EDWARD AT NANDES 37 INEZ ORTHOS GAZA, 67, AS WELL AS TWO UNIDENTIFIED MALES IN THE LOWER

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ONION CREEK.

SO I APPRECIATE THE INDIVIDUALS AND, AND ESPECIALLY COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO SPOKE UP TODAY AND JOINED US TO, TO PROVIDE COMMENTS AND SUPPORT OF THIS POLICY RESOLUTION.

UM, AND, AND I ALSO HAVE TO THANK MY CO-SPONSORS COUNCIL MEMBERS, ALTAR KITCHEN POOL, ELLIS CASSADA, AND THE MAYOR FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR CONTINUED WORK IN THIS SPACE.

UH, AND LASTLY TO MY DISTRICT TO TEAM FOR CONSISTENTLY ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY, THERE'S STILL SO MUCH MORE WORK TO BE DONE IN THIS AREA AND OUR EFFORT TO PROTECT LIVES AND IN THE ENVIRONMENT.

AND I'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT WORK.

AND SO I'M GRATEFUL TO Y'ALL SUPPORT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

GOT TO REMEMBER KITCHEN.

UM, YES, I, WELL, TWO THINGS, UM, UH, I WANNA THANK COUNCIL MEMBER , UH, FOR HER WORK ON THIS FLOOD RESOLUTION AND FOR, UH, YOU KNOW, REALLY WORKING VERY HARD ON THIS AND SHE BECAME A COUNCIL MEMBER AND, AND APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP THERE.

UM, YOU KNOW, UH, DISTRICT FIVE UPPER ONION CREEK WAS IMPACTED, UM, AS WELL, UH, AS A DISTRICT TOO, AND THAT WHOLE ONION CREEK AREA HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED.

AND SO, UH, THE WORK THAT THAT YOU'RE DOING NOW TO CONTINUE THE EFFORTS THAT THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN IS, IS NECESSARY AND IMPORTANT.

UM, AND AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE WATERSHED DEPARTMENT AS THEY UP AS THEY, UM, UM, UPDATE THEIR FLOOD MITIGATION PLANNING, WHICH IS PART OF THEIR OVERALL STRATEGIC PLAN WILL NEED TO BE LOOKING AT THAT, UH, WITH, UM, THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE IN, BY THE FLOOD MITIGATION TASK FORCE AS A, AS, AS A GUIDE, UH, THE FLOOD MITIGATION TASK FORCE IS SOMETHING THAT THIS COUNCIL PUT TOGETHER RIGHT AFTER THOSE HALLOWEEN FLOODS.

AND, UM, I WANT TO THANK AGAIN, THE, UH, COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT, THAT PARTICIPATED IN THAT WITH, ALONG WITH THEIR STAFF AND CAME UP WITH SOME VERY THOUGHTFUL, IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS, UH, THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK ON.

I KNOW THIS IS A VERY STRESSFUL TIME, UH, BOTH BECAUSE WE'RE NEARING HALLOWEEN AND BECAUSE OF THE RAIN, LIKE THE RAIN WE HAD LAST NIGHT.

SO FOR ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS ALONG ONION CREEK, AS WELL AS OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY, UM, I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT WE'RE STILL, THAT WE ARE CONTINUING TO PAY INTENTION TO FLOOD MITIGATION AND CONTINUING THAT WORK.

SO, UH, THANK YOU, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER , UM, FOR CONTINUING, FOR LEADING ON THAT EFFORT.

SO I WANTED TO JUST MARK ONE OF THE THINGS THERE'S SO MANY THINGS ON THIS AGENDA THAT ARE, ARE EXCELLENT.

AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THAT, BUT I ALSO WANTED TO MARK ITEM NUMBER 38, WHICH IS, UM, THE, UM, UH, CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR TWO, THE OTHER ONE'S FOUNDATION.

THE OTHER ONE'S FOUNDATION HAS BEEN REALLY STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE RECENTLY IN TERMS OF PROVIDING SERVICES FOR OUR, UH, HOMELESS NEIGHBORS.

AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THE WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING AND APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIP THAT THE CITY IS CREATING WITH THEM.

THANK YOU.

THAT WAS GOOD.

I REMEMBER IN THIRD YEAR YOU HAVE FELT ALSO WANT TO MAKE A COUNCIL MEMBER WENT TO, UH, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, WE'RE, WE'RE IN A PERIOD RIGHT NOW WHERE, YOU KNOW, HISTORICALLY THIS IS A TIME WHERE FLOODING HAPPENS.

THERE'S A MEMORIAL DAY OR BOTH, YOU KNOW, AND I WENT OVER THERE TO ONION CREEK AND HELP SOME OF THE PEOPLE CLEAN OUT THEIR HOUSE.

AND I SAW THE HURT AND THE TRAGEDY THAT HAPPENED TO A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR STORY WAS JUST AMAZING.

I ACTUALLY WENT DOWN TO ONION CREEK, UH, A GOLF CLUB AND SAW THAT THE FOREST OF