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ALL RIGHT.

[Proclamation 1]

WELL, GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY.

WE GET A CHANCE TO HONOR SOME OF THE, KIND OF THE UNSUNG HEROES OF KEEPING OUR SYSTEM WORKING AS IT NEEDS TO IN TIMES THAT ARE JUST REALLY, REALLY HARD.

WE GET TO DO THAT FOR THE MUNICIPAL COURTS.

SO LET ME READ IT, READ A PROCLAMATION JUDGE, BE IT KNOWN THAT WHEREAS SINCE MORE RESIDENTS COME INTO CONTACT WITH MUNICIPAL COURTS THAN, THAN ANY OTHER COURTS IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, THE PUBLIC'S IMPRESSION OF THE ENTIRE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS LARGELY DEPENDENT ON THEIR EXPERIENCE IN OUR MUNICIPAL COURTS.

AND WHEREAS AUSTIN MUNICIPAL COURT, THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT AND THE LAW DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL HAVE PLEDGED TO BE EVER MINDFUL OF THEIR NEUTRALITY AND IMPARTIALITY RENDERING EQUAL SERVICES TO ALL.

AND WE'RE, AS WE ARE PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF OUR AUSTIN MUNICIPAL COURT, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, COMMUNITY COURT AND LAW DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING OUR JUDGES OR PROSECUTORS SUPPORT PERSONNEL.

AND WE SALUTE THEIR CRITICAL ROLE IN PRESERVING PUBLIC SAFETY, PROTECTING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR AREA RESIDENTS AND DETERRING FUTURE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.

NOW, THEREFORE I, STEVE ADLER MAYOR, THE CITY OF AUSTIN, TEXAS DO HEREBY PROCLAIM NOVEMBER 1ST THROUGH FIFTH, 2021 AS MUNICIPAL COURTS WEEK IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, TEXAS.

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SERVICE.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET THIS WORD BACK TO, TO THE STAFFS AND ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS, UH, WITH, UH, WITH, WITH GREAT APPRECIATION.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

AND THEN WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY STEPPING BEFORE NOW? ONE OF MY FEW ENDEARING QUALITIES, ESPECIALLY FOR A LAWYER IS THAT I AM NOT A BIG TALKER, BUT IF I COULD SAY A FEW BRIEF WORDS, UM, I WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE EMPLOYEES AND THE MANAGEMENT OF BOTH THE AUSTIN MUNICIPAL COURT AND DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT.

OUR EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING THE CITY, PROSECUTORS DO A DIFFICULT AND SOMETIMES DANGEROUS JOB.

AND THEY CONDUCT THEMSELVES WITH PROFESSIONALISM, PATIENCE, AND COMPASSION DURING COVID.

THE COURTS HAD TO QUICKLY RETOOL HOLD DOCKETS AND PROVIDE SERVICES IN COMPLETELY NEW WAYS.

OUR STAFF ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THEN SOME FINALLY A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF PROFESSIONALISM AND PERSONAL KINDNESS FOR ALL OF US STARTS WITH MANAGEMENT, SPECIFICALLY MUNICIPAL COURT CLERK, MARY JANE GRUB AND DACC COURT ADMINISTRATOR, PETE VALDEZ, FOR ME HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE EVERY DAY IS LIKE WINNING THE LOTTERY.

I FEEL SO LUCKY AND SO BLESSED.

SO ON BEHALF OF THE COURT STAFF AND THE JUDICIARY, THANK YOU FOR THIS PROCLAMATION.

ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YEAH, I THINK WE HAVE EVERYBODY WITH US HERE TODAY, SO FAR, EXCEPT FOR THE MAYOR PRO TEM.

SHE'S NOT REMOTE OR ANYTHING, IS SHE? OKAY? I DON'T SEE HER YET.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

[Call to Order]

LET'S GO AHEAD AND CONVENE THE MEETING HERE TODAY ON NOVEMBER 4TH, 2020 WIDE.

THIS IS THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING OR IN CITY HALL.

UH, THE TIME IS 10 15, UH, COLLEAGUES

[Additional Item]

REGARDING TO, TO, UH, UH, DO THE CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS AND THEN WE'LL, UH, UH, TOUCH BASE ON THE, UH, CONSENT, UH, CALENDAR.

WE HAVE A LITTLE OVER 20 SPEAKERS I'M IN PERSON, SOME REMOTE, UH, AND THEN WE'LL PROCEED.

SO CHANGES IN CORRECTIONS TODAY.

ITEM NUMBER TWO ON NOVEMBER 3RD, 2021, THIS WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE WATER AND WASTEWATER COMMISSION ON A 700 VOTE WITH COMMISSIONERS MICHAEL MUSGROVE WILLIAMS ABSENT ONE VACANCY I'D HAVE NUMBER 13 AND 15

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ARE WITHDRAWN ITEMS. NUMBER IS 22, 23 OR 24 ARE IN DISTRICT TWO.

THAT WAS INCORRECTLY REPORTED ITEM NUMBER 60, A VALID PETITION HAS BEEN FILED, UH, IN OPPOSITION TO THE ZONING REQUEST AND THE SPONSORS ON ITEM NUMBER 64, UH, ADDED TO THE LIST SHOULD BE, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS, POOL CASAR, L S THERE MAY OR PRO TAM COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, KITCHEN AND RENTER RHEA.

WE HAVE TWO ITEMS I'M SAYING BIG PULLED OFF THE AGENDA.

THUS FAR.

ONE OF THEM IS ITEM 38 PULLED BY COUNCIL MEMBER POOL.

AND I DON'T REMEMBER 63 PULLED BY COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS.

THE CONSENT AGENDA MAY ALSO SAY THAT THERE'S LAID BACK UP IN ITEMS 12 20 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 34, 46, 47, 49, 50 51 52 53 54, 56, 57, 60 60 WIDE, 64 AND 65 COLLEAGUES.

THE CONSENT AGENDA ARE ITEMS ONE THROUGH 41 THROUGH 42 AND ALSO 64.

WHAT I'M SHOWING, BEING PULLED AT THIS POINT OR 38 AND 63, ANYBODY WOULD, UH, PULL ANYTHING ELSE OR SANDY GUYS BEFORE WE GO TO THE SPEAKERS THAT WE HAVE TO SPEAK, OKAY,

[Public comments (Part 1 of 4)]

WE'LL GO STRAIGHT TO THE SPEAKERS.

THEN.

UH, WE HAVE SOME SPEAKERS THAT ARE HERE AS I'M ON THE PHONE AS IS OUR CUSTOM.

WE'RE GONNA CALL THE ONES THAT ARE IN PERSON FIRST, UH, SO THAT THEY CAN LEAVE.

IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THEY, THEY WISH TO DO.

AND WE GO THROUGH THE LIST OF THE FOLKS HERE THAT ARE CLERICAL CALL THE ONES THAT HELP US FACILITATE THE WHY IS IT AROUND, UH, ON THE PHONE? UM, LET'S BEGIN WITH, UH, UH, FIRST GREG.

UM, SURE.

UH, COME ON DOWN AND YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

ASHLEY CHANG IS ACTUALLY CHATTING HERE.

YOU'LL BE ON DECK.

YOU'LL BE NEXT.

GO AHEAD, SIR.

WELL, I'M MARIANA ADLER, MAYOR PRO TEM HARPER, MADISON MEMBERS OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS GREG .

IT MEANS A LOT TO ME PERSONALLY, TO BE HERE, SPEAKING TO YOU TODAY AND TELL YOU WHY I SUPPORT THIS, UH, AUSTIN PETS ALIVE AND RESOLUTION 38.

I ALSO WANT TO PERSONALLY THINK MY COUNCIL MEMBER AND KITCHEN FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS ITEM, AND ALSO ALWAYS CHAMPIONING, UH, ANIMAL WELFARE ISSUES.

TODAY'S IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE I'M HERE TO SPEAKING TO YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL THE VETERANS WHO VOLUNTEER AT AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.

BEFORE I TELL YOU ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE, I HAVE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK WITH THE HOMELESS.

EVERY VETERAN KNOWS THAT A FEW NIGHTS OF BAD DREAMS CAN LEAD TO EMOTIONAL CRISIS AND LOST WAGES, AND THAT CAN EASILY LEAD TO SLEEPING OUTSIDE.

WE KNOW THAT WE'RE VULNERABLE.

SO THANK YOU WITH YOUR HELP, AUSTIN PETS ALIVE OR SORRY.

AUSTIN HAS BECOME A LEADER AND ANIMAL LIFE SAVING.

I'VE BEEN A VOLUNTEER AT APA NOW FOR ABOUT SEVEN YEARS.

PRIOR TO THAT, I DID ALL THE PTSD TREATMENTS THAT EVERYONE SUGGESTED.

I TRIED GROUP THERAPY AND KETAMINE THERAPY, MEDITATION, EMDR, EVERYTHING.

I TRIED IT, IT DIDN'T WORK NOTHING.

APA IS MASSIVE AND EFFECTIVE.

PUBLIC OUTREACH BROUGHT ME TO THE DOOR AND HELPING THEM SAVE LIVES HAS KEPT ME THERE COMING BACK WEEK AFTER WEEK, IT'S BEEN VERY THERAPEUTIC FOR ME.

I MOSTLY WORKED WITH DOGS THERE.

AND THE BEST THING ABOUT THAT IS THAT DOGS REMIND YOU TO JUST STOP AND FEEL THE TEXAS SUN ON YOUR BACK.

AND WHEN THAT AUSTIN WIND KICKS UP, IT REMINDS YOU TO JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES AND LEAN INTO IT AND KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS OKAY.

THESE DOGS HAVE, UH, HAVE RECONNECTED

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SOMETHING IN ME THAT I FORGOT WAS THERE.

AND MAYBE IT WAS NEVER THERE.

I DON'T KNOW, BUT I KNOW THAT THEY'LL GO ON TO DO THE SAME FOR OTHER PEOPLE.

SO BEING PART OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT BRINGS SO MUCH JOY TO SO MANY INDIVIDUALS IN THIS COMMUNITY IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME.

IT'S WHAT KEEPS ME COMING BACK WEEK AFTER WEEK TO SPEND MY TIME WITH THEM, HELPING THEM SAVE LIVES AND HELPING THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS.

APA SOLVES COMPLICATED PROBLEMS. THEY ADAPT TO RAPID CHANGES, BUT LIKE ANY NGO, THEY NEED SOME GOVERNMENT COOPERATION AND SUPPORT TO DO WHAT THEY DO.

NO ONE IS ASKING THE CITY COUNCIL TO FUEL IT OR MAINTAIN IT.

WE'RE SIMPLY ASKING YOU FOR SPACE TO LET IT RUN.

THANK YOU.

PLEASE VOTE.

YES.

ON 38.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR COMING IN, SPEAKING WITH US AND SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

IT REALLY HELPS TO HEAR THAT.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OKAY.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

AFTER ASHLEY CIGS SPEAKS IS RYAN CLINTON HERE.

YOU'LL BE ARMED BACK.

GO AHEAD PLEASE.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HELLO, COUNCIL MEMBERS AND MAYOR.

THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME.

MY NAME IS ASHLEY CHANG AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT SEVEN.

UH, I'VE BEEN, I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON CONSENT AGENDA ITEM NUMBER 28 AND SUPPORT OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN CONTRACTING WITH THE ASIAN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES OF AUSTIN.

UM, I'VE BEEN INVOLVED AS A VOLUNTEER AND A SUPPORTER OF APHSA SINCE I MOVED BACK HOME IN 2013.

UM, AND I'VE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THEIR WORK TO KEEP ASIAN IMMIGRANT AND REALLY ALL PEOPLE SAFE FROM THE HARMS OF VIOLENCE.

AND WHAT I ADMIRE ABOUT THEM MOST IS THAT THEY DO THIS, THIS WORK WITH AN APPROACH TO SOME OF OUR SOCIETY'S BIGGEST PROBLEMS LIKE HOMELESSNESS AND HOLISTICALLY BY ADDRESSING THEM THROUGH A CULTURAL LENS AND THROUGH MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS, AS WELL AS PROVIDING BASIC NEEDS LIKE SUPPORTIVE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, SOMETIMES EVEN FOOD ACCESS AND SAFETY PLANNING.

AND IT'S AN APPROACH THAT I'VE SEEN MANY OF THE MEMBERS HERE, UH, CHAMPION, UM, THROUGH OTHER ISSUES AS WELL.

AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE ASIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IS THE FASTEST GROWING IN TRAVIS COUNTY, UM, WHERE WE GREW BY ABOUT 77% IN THE LAST CENSUS.

AND WE MAKE ABOUT 10% OF THE POPULATION HERE.

NOW.

UM, THE ASIAN DIASPORA IS MADE UP OF MORE THAN 50 ETHNICITIES AND MORE THAN A HUNDRED DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

WE SAY THIS ALL THE TIME.

WE'RE NOT A MONOLITH, BUT BECAUSE OF THE MODEL MINORITY MYTH AND THE LACK OF DATA DESEGREGATION, A LOT OF FOLKS MISTAKENLY THINK THAT ASIAN-AMERICANS AS A WHOLE ARE BETTER OFF SOCIOECONOMICALLY, BUT OF COURSE WE HAVE THE LARGEST INCOME INEQUALITY GAP OF ANY DEMOGRAPHIC WITH MANY IN AUSTIN EXPERIENCING EXTREME POVERTY, LOW ENGLISH, PROFICIENCY, AND ABSENT IS UNIQUELY EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THE NEEDS OF THESE GROWING COMMUNITIES IN THE HORRIFIC ATLANTA SPA SHOOTINGS.

FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR, I THINK PUT ON A NATIONAL STAGE, SORT OF THE DANGERS OF HOW RACISM AND MISOGYNY CAN IMPACT, UM, ESPECIALLY ASIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN.

UM, BUT THERE ARE SIMILAR INSTANCES OF VIOLENCE JUST LIKE THIS, THAT HAPPENED MORE QUIETLY AND MAYBE ON A SMALLER SCALE ALL OF THE TIME RIGHT HERE AT HOME IN AUSTIN.

AND I KNOW THIS BECAUSE THEY'VE HAPPENED TO ME PERSONALLY AS WELL.

AND THAT'S WHY ORGANIZATIONS LIKE ASSA ARE SO ESSENTIAL.

THEY CATER TO SPECIFIC NEEDS THAT ARE IGNORED OR MISUNDERSTOOD EVERYWHERE ELSE.

THEY OFFER DIRECT SERVICES IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES.

NOT ONLY DO THEY PROVIDE CORE SERVICES TO HELP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS, BUT THEY SEE THE BIG PICTURE AND THEY WORK TOWARDS SHIFTING THE CULTURE AND ENDING THE CYCLES OF VIOLENCE.

AND THEY'RE ALSO A HAVEN FOR RELIEF IN TIMES OF CRISIS.

WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT, I WENT TO APHSA TO ASK IF THEY KNEW HOW IT WAS IMPACTING OUR PEOPLE AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN EVEN TURNED TO THEM TO HELP REACH ASIAN-AMERICANS AND FINANCIAL NEED WITH THE DISTRIBUTION OF RISE FUNDS AND ABSA WAS THERE FOR US.

AND WHEN WE HOSTED ONE OF THE, ONE OF OUR LARGEST STOP ASIAN HATE RALLIES IN THE COUNTRY AT HOUSTON TILLISON EARLIER THIS YEAR TO NEEDED VOLUNTEERS AND SPEAKERS TO REPRESENT US AGAIN, ABSA WAS THERE FOR US.

AND WHEN OUR POWER GRID FAILED DURING THE WINTER STORM, I REACHED OUT TO APHSA TO CONFIRM WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO OUR MOST VULNERABLE AND OFTEN FORGOTTEN OUR COMMUNITY AND THE STATESMEN, EVEN ROSE STORY THIS SPRING ABOUT HOW I'LL CLOSE THIS UP ABOUT HOW OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FAIL TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE FOR ASIAN-AMERICANS.

BUT AGAIN, ABSA WAS THERE FOR US.

AND THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE WAYS THAT APHSA HAS TOUCHED MY LIFE PERSONALLY IN CRISIS THIS YEAR.

UM, OF COURSE THERE ARE CRISES EVERY DAY WE DON'T HEAR ABOUT OF DAUGHTERS BEING SEXUALLY ABUSED OF CHILDREN, BEING SOLD TO TRAFFICKERS OF MOTHERS, BEING BEATEN IN THEIR OWN HOMES AND HAVE CLIENTS NEEDING ABORTION ACCESS AND ASSISTANCE.

I DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO OUR COMMUNITY THE NEXT TIME A CRISIS HITS AND APPS THAT CAN'T BE THERE FOR US NOW, ABSOLUTE IS IN CRISIS.

THEY NEED ASSISTANCE, UM, BRIDGING THIS FUNDING GAP AND I URGE, I URGE YOU TODAY AND THANK

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YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THEM.

THANK YOU.

YES, GOD'S WORK.

SORRY, ASHLEY.

I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU AND DARLENE AND ZAHRA AND SAMIRA AND EVERYBODY, IT SUPPORTS US FOR COMING DOWN TODAY.

NO COUNCIL MEMBER, TO-GO STAFF AND MINE AND OTHERS ON THE DICE.

WE'RE IN TOUCH WITH MANAGER WITH YOUR TEAM.

I'D LIKE TO JUST ALSO THINK DIRECTOR OF STIR UP AND, UH, ACM HAYDEN HOWARD FOR STEPPING UP SO QUICKLY TO FILL THIS, UH, REALLY CRITICAL GAP, UH, CREATED BY THE STATE.

I STILL CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY AT THIS TIME WE WOULD HAVE REDUCED FUNDING FOR ADDRESSING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT.

AND SO I APPRECIATE THE COUNTY STEPPING UP OUR STAFF, STEPPING UP AND YOU ALL ADVOCATING FOR PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND LOOK FORWARD TO PASSING THIS TODAY.

SO THANK YOU FOR COMING DOWN.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

GOOD MORNING, MR. MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS RYAN CLINTON.

I AM ON THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION, BUT I AM SPEAKING IN MY PERSONAL CAPACITY ONLY, UH, TODAY IN SUPPORT OF ITEM NUMBER 38.

I ALSO DO NOT SPEAK ON BEHALF OF AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.

UM, SO I APOLOGIZE IF MY, UH, WHAT I HAVE TO SAY IS IT IS NOT THEIR TALKING POINTS, CAUSE I HAVE NOT, UH, ORCHESTRATED THIS WITH THEM.

UM, THE REASON I SUPPORT, UH, ITEM NUMBER 38 IS THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE MATERIALLY CHANGED SINCE THE LAST TIME, UH, THAT THE CITY NEGOTIATED A CONTRACT WITH AUSTIN PETS ALIVE, UH, INTAKE, AS YOU MAY KNOW, IS AT HISTORICAL LOWS.

UM, THE BUDGET OF THE SHELTER OF AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER IS THAT HISTORICAL HIGHS, UM, IN THE SPACE THAT AUSTIN PETS ALIVE WILL BE PROVIDED UNDER THE NEW, UH, UH, MASTER PLANNING PROCESS OF THE, UH, LAMAR BEACH AREA IS DRAMATICALLY, UH, RESTRICTED FROM THE TIME THAT THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT WAS MADE.

BUT I THINK IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE FOR THE COUNCIL TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE, UM, THAT MAKES IT EASIER TO, TO, TO, UH, COORDINATE AND MAKE ATTUNED THE, THE CIRCUMSTANCES AS THEY EXIST NOW AS COMPARED TO WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE.

THE SECOND THING I WANT TO JUST MENTION IS THAT I'VE READ THE CITY, UH, STAFF'S MEMO REGARDING, UM, THIS, AND I THINK THAT IT CREATES, UH, IT HAS, IT CONTAINS AND IT'S BASED ON A LOGICAL FALLACY.

AND THAT IS THAT THE CITY STAFF HAS COMPARING THE STATUS QUO TO THE PROPOSAL.

THE STATUS QUO IS NOT ON THE TABLE.

THAT'S NOT ONE OF THE OPTIONS BEFORE THE COUNCIL.

UH, WE CANNOT MAINTAIN, WE CANNOT CONTINUE AS IT IS NOW BECAUSE THE CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CHANGED.

AND THE ABILITY TO, FOR AUSTIN PETS ALIVE TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES THAT IT DOES HAVE HAS CHANGED BECAUSE THE, UH, SPACE PROVIDED FOR THEM UNDER THE NEW MASTER PLAN IS SO SEVERELY CONSTRAINED.

SO THE STAFF, THE STAFF MEMO IS GIVING YOU A FALSE COMPARISON.

THE REAL COMPARISON IS BETWEEN NOT HAVING APA AT, UH, NOT PROVIDING THAT SERVICE OR HAVING APA UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE MORE IN TUNE WITH THE UNDER NEGOTIATING POINTS.

THEY'RE ARE MORE IN TUNED WITH THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE, ARE REAL AND THE REALITY ON THE GROUND.

SO I APPRECIATE THE COUNCIL'S TIME VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE HOW MANY OF YOU, CO-SPONSORED THE ITEM, AND I HOPE THAT YOU WILL VOTE IN FAVOR OF 38.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, IS, UH, SAMIRA GAUCHE HERE AND THEN, UH, UH, AFTER MS. GIRSCH, THEN IT'LL BE, UH, UH, JEREMY, UH, UH, GILBERTO JEREMY HERE, OR YOU'LL BE UP NEXT.

YES.

IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY WE COULD TAKE UP SPEAKERS TOGETHER WHO ARE SPEAKING ABOUT THE SAME ISSUE? YES.

UM, SO ARE THERE TWO MORE SPEAKERS OR YOU'RE HERE? AREN'T YOU GO AHEAD AND SPEAK AND THEN WE'LL GO BACK TO 38.

THAT'D BE GREAT.

GO AHEAD.

GOOD MORNING.

CAN CUBE MAYOR ADLER.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

AND THANK YOU, GREG KSR FOR, UH, GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO, TO TALK, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT OF TIME AND FOR YOU, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER COSAR FOR CHAMPION CHAMPIONING OUR CAUSE I'M HERE TO TALK ON BEHALF AND IN SUPPORT OF ITEM NUMBER 28, UH, PROVIDING ADDITIONAL FOUND FUNDING FOR ASIAN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES OF AUSTIN.

I WILL TALK ON BEHALF OF THE SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY, ASIAN COMMUNITY, IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY, MARGINALIZED COMMUNITY.

I AM THE DIRECTOR OF, UH, DIRECT SERVICES AND ADVOCACY AT APHSA.

AND I AM HERE TO GIVE YOU A VISUAL OF WHAT A DAY FOR US SURVIVORS LOOK LIKE A SURVIVOR WHO IS FACING A DAY IN COURT, A HEARING SHE IS PICKED UP IN THE MORNING BY AN ADVOCATE.

SHE IS DRIVEN TO THE COURTHOUSE.

SHE DOES NOT HAVE TO

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NAVIGATE TRAFFIC AND PARKING BECAUSE SHE'S NERVOUS.

SHE'S PROBABLY NOT SLEPT PROPERLY.

THE DAY BEFORE SHE IS PROVIDED, THE SURVIVOR'S PROVIDED BY EMOTION HELPED BY HER ADVOCATE THROUGHOUT THE DAY, PROVIDING EMOTIONAL SUPPORT BY PROVIDING CLARITY AND HAVING, HELPING THE SURVIVOR NAVIGATE THE COMPLEX LEGAL SYSTEM.

THE ADVOCATE HAS ALREADY CALLED IN THE COURT TO MAKE SURE, UH, UH, AN INTERPRETER IS PROVIDED DURING THE HEARING AND THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE DAY WHEN SHE IS GOING TO BE PROCESSING AND FACING HER ABUSER AGAIN.

UH, SO THE SURVIVORS CHILDREN ARE LOOKED UP TO HER BY VOLUNTEERS IN OUR OFFICE.

UH, SHE IS PROVIDED WITH A PRO SE PRO BONO REPRESENTATION, AND SHE'S ALSO PROVIDED WITH, UH, ALL KINDS OF RESOURCES SO THAT SHE FINDS EQUITY WHEN SHE IS, UH, IN THE HEARING, WHEN SHE IS ABLE TO GET SEEK JUSTICE.

AND IN THE EVENING, THIS ADVOCATE IS ABLE TO PROCESS WITH HER AND DECOMPRESS WITH HER AND DROP HER BACK HOME.

AND OFTEN THAT HOME IS A TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FACILITY PROVIDED BY OUR PROGRAMS. ALL OF THESE SERVICES NEED MONEY AND HENCE THESE ARE CRITICAL, UH, SERVICES THAT IS A LIFELINE FOR OUR SURVIVORS AND OUR COMMUNITY.

AND WE WOULD LIKE THIS FUNDING AND A CONTINUED SUPPORT FROM THE COUNCIL MEMBERS SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE THESE SERVICES UNINTERRUPTED.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU TO CONSIDER THIS AND I WILL LET MY OTHER COLLEAGUES CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

WE HAVE TWO MORE SPEAKERS ARE ITEM NUMBER 38 HERE IN PERSON.

UH, I THINK WE ALSO STILL HAVE TWO MORE SPEAKERS ON 28, WHICH WE WERE JUST, WE'VE HAD SOME 30 AND WE'VE HAD SO MUCH 28.

SO I'M GOING TO DIVIDE THEM NOW INTO TWO GROUPS.

THE OTHER TWO SPEAKERS WE HAVE ON ITEM 38 ARE JEREMY GILBERTO AND ALICE JEFFERSON.

AND THEN WE'LL GO BACK TO 28.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR ADLER, UH, MAYOR PRO TEM, HARPER, MADISON, AND COUNCIL.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION.

MY NAME IS DR.

JEREMY GILBERTO AND I LIVE IN COUNCIL MEMBER TOWBOATS DISTRICT IN OLD INFIELD.

I CURRENTLY SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AUSTIN PETS ALIVE AND WAS DRAWN TO THIS POSITION BECAUSE OF THE PUBLIC BENEFIT.

APA BRINGS TO OUR COMMUNITY.

I'M ALSO A PHYSICIAN IN TENT ON EXPANDING MY COMMITMENT TO SAVE HUMAN LIVES, TO INCLUDE SAVING THE LIVES OF ANIMALS.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS A NATIONAL REPUTATION AS THE SAFEST PLACE FOR HOMELESS PETS.

WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THAT FACT, AND IT IS A VALUE THAT OUR COMMUNITY COMMUNITY HOLDS DEAR THROUGH ITS INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP.

APA HAS LED NATIONWIDE REFORM EFFORTS IN ANIMAL CARE IN THIS NEW INNOVATIVE LE UH, LEADERSHIP.

I MEAN, ERA, IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER THAT OUR NONPROFIT CONTINUED TO EXPAND AND SERVE THE ANIMALS MOST AT RISK OF EUTHANASIA ACROSS THE STATE.

AT THE SAME TIME, WE WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT WE CAN AND WILL ALSO SERVE THE CITY OF AUSTIN BY MAINTAINING NO KILL HERE AT HOME.

WHILE THE CITY ANIMAL SERVICES BUDGET HAS INCREASED OVER THE PAST DECADE AND THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS THEY INTAKE EACH YEAR IS DECREASED.

WE ARE BEING ASKED TO CONTINUE WITH THE SAME AGREEMENT TERMS PUT IN PLACE 10 YEARS AGO, APA CONTINUES TO SAVE THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS HERE IN AUSTIN EACH YEAR THROUGH OUR OWN PRIVATE FUNDRAISING EFFORTS TO BENEFIT THE CITY THROUGH THE PROPOSED NEW AGREEMENT TERMS, WE ARE SIMPLY ASKING FOR A FAIR AND EQUITABLE CONTRACT.

WE AGREE TO BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE RENOVATIONS ON THE ONE ACRE OF BUILDABLE LAND AT T LAC WHILE ALSO ACQUIRING ADDITIONAL PROPERTY AT OUR OWN EXPENSE TO REPLACE THE OPERATIONAL SPACE LOST TO US.

ONCE THE CURRENT FACILITY IS DEMOLISHED.

WE BELIEVE WE HAVE BEEN A STEADFAST PARTNER OF THE CITY THESE PAST 13 YEARS, AND THAT THE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF OUR NONPROFIT TO THE CITY ARE WORTH THE LAND AT T LAC.

YOU HAVE ALLOWED US TO CALL HOME OUR THOUSANDS OF FOSTER HOMES, STRETCHING ACROSS THE CITY HOUSING CARE FOR HOMELESS PETS, WAITING FOR ADOPTION.

THESE HOMES RELY HEAVILY ON OUR CENTRAL LOCATION AT T LACK TO ACCESS MEDICAL TREATMENT SUPPLIES AND OTHER ASSISTANCE.

WE KNOW OF COURSE THAT OUR CITIZENS ARE STRONGLY IN SUPPORT

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OF A SOLUTION TO THIS JUST THIS MORNING.

AS I WALKED MY DOG IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WEARING MY APA SWEATSHIRT, I WAS AGAIN ATTRACTING A SMALL CONCERN CROWD ASKING ME WHEN THE CITY AND APA WOULD AGREE ON A PATH FORWARD.

I SHARED WITH THEM THAT THE RESOLUTION BEFORE YOU TODAY IS THE KEY TO THAT PATH FORWARD.

IN CONCLUSION, I WOULD SIMPLY ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE OUR BOARD STRONG COMMITMENT TO WORKING PRODUCTIVELY WITH THE CITY.

IF OUR PAST CLAIRE COLLABORATION IS PREDICTIVE OF THE FUTURE, WE CAN ONLY WIN BIG FOR OUR PETS, THEIR OWNERS, AND OUR SUPPORTIVE CITIZENS.

I RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT YOU VOTE YES.

ON THE ITEM BEFORE YOU TODAY.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER.

OUR JEFFERSON ON DECK IS A DARLENE'S ATLANTA.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

COUNCIL MEMBER POOL, AND ALL THE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS ITEM ARE SO APPRECIATIVE OF HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN FRONT OF YOU AND, UM, UM, GET, GET THIS RESOLUTION MOVING FORWARD.

HOPEFULLY, UH, I THINK YOU ALL KNOW, BUT WHEN APA FIRST STARTED HELPING THE CITY, THE CITY HAD A 15% LIVE RELEASE RATE AND WE ARE NOW AT A 97% LIVE RELEASE RATE.

AND AUSTIN PETS ALIVE IS A HUGE PART OF THAT.

WE LED THE, THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR GETTING AUSTIN TO BECOME A NO-KILL CITY.

AND WE CONTINUE TO LEAD THAT THE, UM, WE ARE ASKING FOR SUPPORT ON THIS BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO AUSTINITES THIS, THAT THIS RESTRICTION IS REMOVED OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS.

SOCIAL MEDIA HAS MADE IT SUCH THAT AUSTINITES CAN SEE AND FEEL THE DEATHS OF ANIMALS ALL AROUND US IN TEXAS, 150,000 ANIMALS DIE EVERY SINGLE YEAR NEEDLESSLY IN SHELTERS, IN GOVERNMENT SHELTERS AND IT'S INHUMANE AND UNCONSCIONABLE AND COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY IN 2021.

WE, WE ABSOLUTELY AGREE THAT AUSTIN CANNOT TAKE ALL THOSE ANIMALS IN, AND IT SHOULD NOT TAKE ALL THOSE ANIMALS IN.

AND WE WOULD NEVER ADVOCATE FOR THAT, BUT WE DO TRAIN AND MENTOR COMMUNITIES TO MAKE PROGRESS LIKE AUSTIN HAS.

AND OUR STAFF GOES INTO THESE SHELTERS AND WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE PEOPLE THAT ARE KILLING THOSE ANIMALS AND TRYING TO HELP THEM FLIP THE SWITCH IN THAT PROCESS.

IT'S NOT HUMANE FOR ME AS THE LEADER OF AUSTIN PETS ALIVE TO ASK THOSE PEOPLE TO SIMPLY LET THEM GET KILLED AND LITERALLY THROWN INTO THE GARBAGE IN GARBAGE BAGS.

AND, UM, INSTEAD THEY NEED THE ABILITY, THE ABILITY TO INTERVENE IN THOSE DEATHS AND ALSO MAKE IT SO THOSE, THOSE DEATHS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN IN THOSE COMMUNITIES.

I'M CONFIDENT THAT NOBODY ON THE DAYAS WOULD ASK STAFF OR ANYBODY THAT WORKS FOR YOU TO DO THAT.

SO ON BEHALF OF THE 200 PLUS EMPLOYEES AT AUSTIN PETS ALIVE, AND THE 1000 PLUS VOLUNTEERS, WE WANT AGENDA ITEM 38 TO PASS AS IT REMOVES THE RESTRICTION THAT WOULD PREVENT US FROM SAVING THE LIVES OF THOSE ON DEATH ROW, NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE.

AND, UM, I WANT TO ASSURE YOU JUST LIKE JEREMY DID THAT.

AUSTIN HAS BEEN, AND ALWAYS WILL BE OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.

IF SOMETHING CATASTROPHIC HAPPENS IN AUSTIN, WE WILL DROP EVERYTHING AND FOCUS ON AUSTIN 100%.

UM, WE HAVE DONE THAT SINCE THE BEGINNING AND WE WILL ALWAYS DO THAT.

WE WILL NEVER LET AN ANIMAL DIED NEEDLESSLY IN AUSTIN.

UM, WE JUST NEED OUR CONTRACT TO REFLECT THAT WE CAN SERVE OUR MISSION AS WELL AS KEEP AUSTIN NO-KILL FOR THE NEXT 75 YEARS.

UM, THE LAST THING I'LL SAY IS THAT, UH, YOU HAVE AUTHORIZED AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER TO RECEIVE THE MOST GENEROUS GOVERNMENT BUDGET IN THE COUNTRY PER CAPITA AND PER ANIMAL, WHICH IS ASTONISHINGLY ASTONISHING AND AWESOME.

AND WE'RE GRATEFUL THAT THIS RESOLUTION ASKED STAFF TO NEGOTIATE A FAIR NUMBER OF ANIMALS THAT MUST COME TO APA SOLELY IN EXCHANGE FOR THE LAND THAT IS NOW A QUARTER OF THE SIZE THAT WE WERE PROMISED IN 2016.

UM, WE NEED THAT.

WE'RE GLAD THAT IT SAYS IN THE RESOLUTION THAT THOSE ARE RESTRICTED TO ONLY THOSE AT RISK OF EUTHANASIA.

THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN OUR INTENT.

AND WE APPRECIATE THAT YOU ARE REITERATING THAT IN THIS RESOLUTION MOVING FORWARD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NEXT SPEAKER IS, UH, DARLENE LINER AND ON DECK IS A ZARA SHAKARA JAMAL, GOOD MORNING, MAYOR ADLER MEMBERS OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR, UH, HEARING US, UH, TODAY AND INVITING US TO COME.

AND I'D LIKE TO THINK, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER COSAR, UH, PARTICULARLY FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON, ON THE ISSUE, UH, WHEN WE, UH, REALIZED THAT WE NEEDED THE CITY'S SUPPORT, UH, YOU WERE THE FIRST PERSON TO STEP UP AND RESPOND BACK TO US WITH OPTIONS AND, AND GUIDANCE, AND ALSO COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO, UH, THAT

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YOUR RESPONSE IN THOSE EARLY DAYS WAS VERY MEANINGFUL TO OUR COMMUNITY.

AND TO US, I, UH, THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING SUPPORT OF AGENDA ITEM NUMBER 28, TO SUPPORT OUR ORGANIZATION, ASIAN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES OF AUSTIN, UH, TO PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN A BASELINE LEVEL OF SERVICES WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY FOR 29 YEARS.

UH, WE HAVE BEEN HONORED TO SERVE THE CITY OF AUSTIN, ALL AUSTINITES, UH, ALL SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE WITHOUT REGARD TO IDENTITY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON ASIAN AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES WHO OFTEN FACE HIGH BARRIERS AND VERY COMPLEX NEEDS TO ACCESSING JUSTICE AND ACCESSING CARE.

UH, LAST YEAR ALONE, WE SERVED IN 33 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

AND, UH, THIS YEAR, YOU KNOW, OUR, OUR CASE MANAGERS HAVE CASE LOADS OF 20 TO 25 CLIENTS WHO ARE SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE THAT DO NEED, UM, H YOU KNOW, HIGH TOUCH, HIGH SUPPORTIVE SERVICES TO ACCESS HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS, CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS, LAW ENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS, COURT SYSTEMS, SCHOOL SYSTEMS, HOUSING SYSTEMS, AND OUR CASE MANAGERS, UH, THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT.

UH, WE'LL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE WORKING AND SERVING IN THOSE POPULATIONS.

AND AS ASHLEY HAD SAID EARLIER, UM, WE WON'T HAVE TO GIVE UP CULTURE CHANGE AND WORKING WITH OUTREACH AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS AND HELPING CLIENTS AND COMMUNITIES TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE HERE IN AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY, CENTRAL, TEXAS USA, AND HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES THAT ARE MEANINGFUL TO THEM IN THEIR HOME LANGUAGE AND IN A WAY THAT'S CULTURALLY RELEVANT TO THEM.

SO I, I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONSIDERING THIS.

IT HAS BEEN A JOY TO BE BACK IN CONTACT WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

UM, Y'ALL, DIDN'T CREATE THE SITUATION THAT WE'VE FOUND OURSELVES IN, BUT WE, UM, ARE HOPING TO COUNT ON YOU TO HELP US, UH, NAVIGATE OUR WAY AWAY FROM AWAY FROM THAT AND TO ENSURE BASELINE CORE SERVICES FOR OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR, UH, I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO.

UM, I THINK IT'S REALLY CRITICALLY IMPORTANT, AND I APPRECIATE YOU REACHING OUT TO OUR OFFICES WHEN, WHEN YOU LEARNED THAT THERE WAS A FIGHT, A FUNDING CRISIS, UM, BROUGHT ABOUT BY, BY THE STATE CUTS.

SO THANK YOU AND FOR THE WORK AGAIN, AND, AND I THINK THIS IS A REALLY CRITICAL INVESTMENT FOR, FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER TOVA YEAH.

MS. LANDEN.

I ALSO WANTED TO, UM, THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU AND AFS S ARE DOING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

IT'S VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE, UM, WORK TO SUPPORT OUR SURVIVORS AND TO PREVENT THE VIOLENCE AND, UM, THE WORK THAT YOU DO TO BE CULTURALLY SPECIFIC AND PROVIDE THE LANGUAGE SUPPORTS SO THAT EVERYONE CAN ACCESS THE SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE, UM, IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I WANT TO THANK YOU.

AND THE OTHER FOLKS WHO'VE COME DOWN, UM, TO SPEAK WITH US TODAY FOR ALL THAT YOU'RE DOING, UM, ON THESE ISSUES.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR.

WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU'VE DONE ON BEHALF OF SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS AS WELL IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, PAUL ROBERTS IS ON DECK.

GO AHEAD, PLEASE.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD MORNING.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

AND THANK YOU.

IT'S IT FEELS GOOD TO BE AMONG SUPPORTERS IN THE MOVEMENT AND GUIDANCE GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE.

MY NAME IS .

I AM A WOMAN OF COLOR, A MUSLIM WOMAN, A PAKISTANI-AMERICAN A TEXAN AND A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT SEVEN, SIX YEARS AGO WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I MOVED TO AUSTIN, IT IMMEDIATELY FELT LIKE HOME AS WELCOMING AS OUR COMMUNITY STRIVES TO BE.

THERE ARE VERY REAL BARRIERS THAT KEEP MANY IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AT THE MARGINS, INCLUDING LANGUAGE ACCESS, FEAR OF PERSECUTION, BASED ON IMMIGRATION STATUS AND OTHER CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC BARRIERS FOR THE LAST CLOSE TO THREE DECADES.

THE ASIAN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES HAS PROVIDED CRISIS SERVICES, LIFE-SAVING SAFETY AND HEALING SERVICES FOR THOSE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES THAT ARE EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE.

IN ADDITION TO THESE SERVICES, AND PERHAPS IN SUPPORT OF THESE SERVICES AFTER HAS EFFECTIVELY OUTREACH TO ASIAN AND IMMIGRANT REFUGEE COMMUNITIES, OUR OUTREACH AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, NOT ONLY CONNECT FOLKS WITH OUR HOTLINE, BUT MAKE MANY CITY AND STATE SAFETY NET RESOURCES WITHIN REACH FOR COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT AND DON'T ACCESS THOSE SERVICES COMFORTABLY BY FUNDING.

AFTER TODAY, THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO DISRUPT THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE AND POVERTY.

OUR PREVENTION

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WORK IN SCHOOLS AND CONGREGATIONS ENGAGES YOUTH IN CONVERSATIONS THAT ADDRESS GENDER-BASED NORMS, MEN NOT BEING ABLE TO SHOW EMOTION OR BEING AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP.

YOUNG WOMEN ARE NOT FEELING COMFORTABLE OR SAFE SAYING NO.

UM, AND STANDING UP FOR THEIR MOST BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS.

MANY OF THESE YOUNG FOLKS THAT WE WORK WITH DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO ANY POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP, ROLE MODELS, AND MAY VIEW ABUSE.

AS NORMAL.

OFTEN THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT ONLY CHARGED TO ENSURE THEIR OWN SAFETY AND SUCCESS AT SCHOOLS, BUT SERVE AS INTERPRETERS AND ADVOCATES FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND PARENTS.

SOME OF THESE YOUNG FOLKS PRESENTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL A FEW YEARS AGO, ADVOCATING FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES.

AND WE'RE THANKFUL FOR Y'ALL OFFERING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT.

FINALLY ABSENCE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE OUTREACH AND EDUCATION OF MAINSTREAM SERVICE PROVIDERS, INCLUDING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

WE WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, UH, TO EFFECTIVELY OUTREACH TO API COMMUNITIES SO THAT THEY ARE MORE COMFORTABLE REACHING TO POLICE WHEN THINGS GO WRONG, BUT ALSO TO TRAIN OUR INF UH, LAW ENFORCEMENT ON HOW TO BEST SUPPORT IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE.

AGAIN, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THEN GIANNI IS ON DECK AFTER MR. ROBBINS DIDN'T MEAN TO CONFUSE YOU, SORRY, COUNSEL ITEM FIVE ON YOUR AGENDA.

AS FOR $1.1 MILLION A YEAR OVER FIVE YEARS FOR AUTOMATIC ENROLLMENT OF AUSTIN'S LOW IN LOW INCOME CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, THIS ENROLLMENT MIGHT BE DONE LESS EXPENSIVELY WITHOUT ANY DECREASE IN PARTICIPATION.

IF YOU CAN SAY, SAY HALF THE MONEY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, YOU CAN REPURPOSE IT TO HELP MORE CUSTOMERS.

NOW, ONE WAY TO DO THIS, WOULD WE TO CHANGE FROM AUTO ENROLLMENT TO INCOME QUALIFICATION SACRAMENTO, MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT DOES THIS WITH THEIR DISCOUNT AND THEY HAVE GREATER PARTICIPATION THAN AUSTIN WHILE SAVING ADMINISTRATIVE MONEY.

THE OTHER WAY WOULD BE TO HAVE A LOW-INCOME PROGRAM FOR GAS UTILITIES AND COMBINE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.

UH, AND I'M GOING TO EXPOUND ON THIS SECOND IDEA.

I BELIEVE I'VE FOUND $1.8 MILLION IN GREENWASH CONSERVATION MONEY FROM THE GAS COMPANY.

THIS IS A LITTLE MORE THAN GLORIFIED MARKETING.

AS A VOLUNTEER.

I'VE BEEN WORKING FOR WEEKS TO PREPARE TESTIMONY, TO BRING THIS IDEA TO COUNCIL.

SOME OF THIS WASTED MONEY COULD BE REPURPOSED FOR CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE.

I'VE BEEN TOLD FOUR SEPARATE TIMES BY CITY OFFICIALS THAT I WOULD BE ALLOWED TO MAKE A PRESENTATION, UH, AT A HEARING TO BE HELD ON THIS RATE CASE NOVEMBER 18TH.

BUT TWO DAYS AGO, I WAS TOLD THAT STAFF IS REFUSING TO BRING THIS CASE TO COUNCIL.

PERHAPS CERTAIN PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF THE EVIDENCE I'M ASKING COUNCIL TO USE ITS PREROGATIVE, TO POST A RATE HEARING AND VOTE FOR NOVEMBER 18TH ON THE TEXAS GAS SERVICE CONSERVATION RATE.

THE RATE MAKING PROCESS IS BEING TWISTED TO PREVENT COUNCIL FROM VOTING ON THIS RATES.

LEVIED WITHOUT COUNCIL OVERSIGHT ARE IMPROPER.

AND THE RESPECTFUL WAY THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN TREATED IS BAD FORM AND INTENTIONALLY MANIPULATIVE CITY COUNCIL IS THE PRIMARY REGULATOR OF GAS RATES IN AUSTIN.

CONTRARY TO STAFF'S OPINION.

THE LEGISLATIVE INTENT OF THE CONSERVATION ADJUSTMENT CLAUSE WAS NOT TO YOUR SERP CITY COUNCILS, REGULATORY AUTHORITY, AND PERPETUITY.

AGAIN, I'M ASKING COUNCIL TO USE ITS PREROGATIVE TO POST THIS FOR A RATE, A HEARING ON NOVEMBER 18TH.

I APPRECIATE YOUR ATTENTION.

WE HAVE OUR LAST IN PERSON SPEAKER.

GOOD

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MORNING, MAYOR.

GOOD MORNING CITY CONSOLE.

I AM HERE REPRESENTING IUC INTERFAITH ACTION FOR CENTRAL TEXAS.

UH, LAST WEEK SAW SEVERAL VERY UGLY INCIDENTS OF ANTISEMITISM IN THE CITY.

WE AT MADE A STATEMENT, A STRONG STATEMENT, SUPPORTING OUR JEWISH.

BROTHER-IN-LAW SUPPORTING A JEWISH FAMILY AND AGAINST ANTISEMITISM.

I AM HERE TODAY TO READ THE STATEMENT TO YOU, BUT THEN I WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE OF PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THIS WHOLE ISSUE OF ANTISEMITISM.

SO HERE IS A STATEMENT.

WE ARE PEOPLE OF DIVERSE FATES CULTURES AND BACKGROUNDS FROM ALL FACETS OF THE AUSTIN AND CENTRAL TEXAS COMMUNITY.

WE EXPRESS GRIEF, SADNESS AND ANGER AT THE DEHUMANIZING ERUPTIONS OF HATE A COMMUNITY THAT HAS EXPERIENCED RECENTLY.

WE BELIEVE IN A SOVEREIGN RIGHTS THAT ALL ARE BORN EQUAL AND ALL A BORN GOOD.

WE BELIEVE IN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE RIGHT FOR PEOPLE TO PRAY AND WORSHIP IN PEACE.

WE CONDEMN ALL HATE AND ACTS OF VIOLENCE UPON ANY OF OUR FAITH COMMUNITIES, HATEFUL ACTS OF INTIMIDATION TO INCITE WIRELESS IS UNACCEPTABLE, AND WE WILL NOT BE SILENT.

WE STAND UNITED WITH A JEWISH COMMUNITY AS THEIR TARGETED AND VICTIMIZED BAGS OF ANTISEMITISM.

WE PLEDGED TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER AS DIVERSE AND COMMITTED LEADERS TO ACHIEVE THIS VISION OF A PEACE FIELD AND SAFE COMMUNITY, WHERE EVERYONE IS VALUED ON A PERSONAL NOTE.

BEFORE I CAME TO HOUSTON, AUSTIN, I LIVED IN HOUSTON AND I SERVED AS A DOCENT AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM FOR 10 STRAIGHT YEARS.

AND ONE OF THE LESSONS THAT COMES OUT OF THE HOLOCAUST FOR ME PERSONALLY, IS THAT THE HOLOCAUST WAS ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE PEOPLE OF GOODWILL LOOKED AWAY.

WE ALL SAY THIS, NONE OF OUR BUSINESS, IT'S THE JEWS THAT ARE SUFFERING.

WHY SHOULD WE GET AN WALL? AND IT IS PRECISELY THAT SMALL AND TEST THE MEDIC MOVEMENT IN GERMANY THAT BECAME SUCH A HUGE PROBLEM FOR THE WORLD.

WE MAY LOOK AT THESE ACTS OF ANTISEMITISM IN OUR CITY AND SAY, OH, IT'S THE LITTLE THING.

IT'S NO BIG DEAL, BUT I WANT TO SAY TO YOU THAT YOU, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOOK AWAY.

WE CANNOT AFFORD TO SAY THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM.

IT IS A PROBLEM.

IF WE LET IT GET OUT OF HAND, IT WILL BECOME A PROBLEM.

I THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I THANK YOU CITY COUNCIL FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THIS.

AND I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN THIS REGARD TO FIGHT ANTISEMITISM, PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE IS A HUGE INTERFAITH COMMUNITY THAT STANDS BEHIND YOU FULLY IN SUPPORT OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, MR. JOHNNY.

YES, SIR.

SIR, SIR.

REMEMBER HALTER WANTS TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION.

I JUST WANTED TO, UM, THANK YOU.

AND THANK I ACT AND THE 500 PLUS PEOPLE WHO HAVE SIGNED ON TO THAT STATEMENT.

UM, YOUR WORDS TODAY WERE VERY POWERFUL.

AND I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, AS WE VOTE, UM, THIS MORNING, THEY WILL, THEY WILL BE PRESENT IN OUR EARS AND APPRECIATE THE CALL THAT YOU ISSUED.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

CAN WE GO TO THE PHONE PLEASE? YES.

MA'AM THE FIRST SPEAKER IS PAT .

HI.

UM, CAN EVERYBODY HEAR ME? YES, PLEASE.

GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS PAT .

I HAVE LIVED IN AUSTIN SINCE 1985, AND I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN ANIMAL WELFARE SINCE 1991.

I AM HERE TO REQUEST THAT YOU POSTPONE ACTION ON ITEM 38 TO GIVE ANIMAL SHELTER, VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF, AS WELL AS ANIMAL ADVOCATES IN AUSTIN, AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS AND WEIGH IN ON THE CHANGES

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THAT AUSTIN PETS ALIVE IS REQUESTING TO THE LICENSE AGREEMENT.

I OFTEN LISTEN TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS, AND I OFTEN HEAR MANY OF YOU SPANKED THE HARDWORKING CITY EMPLOYEES WHO HELP MAKE THIS CITY, THE GREAT CITY THAT IT IS WHAT I HAVE NOT HEARD IN THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT APS REQUESTS IS THE IMPACT THAT WILL HAVE ON THE CITY SHELTER, STAFF AND CITY SHELTER, VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THEIR PERSPECTIVES WITH YOU AND HOW HARD THEY WORK TO MAKE THE CITY.

THE CITY THAT BRAGS ABOUT 95% SAY RATE WHEN KIMBERLY MCNEALY WAS INTERIM DIRECTOR OF THE ANIMAL SHELTER IN 2019, I WAS SITTING IN A MEETING WITH HER IN HER OFFICE.

WHEN A SHELTER STAFF MEMBER RUSHED UP TO HER DOOR.

HE HAD TEARS IN HIS EYES, A PANICKED LOOK ON HIS FACE AND HIS VOICE BROKE.

AS YOU SAID, DOGS ARE POURING IN AND WE HAVE NO PLACE TO PUT THEM.

THAT WAS TWO YEARS AGO.

FAST FORWARD TO THIS MONTH, I HAVE BEEN AT THE SHELTER AND HAD SHELTER STAFF MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS COME IN TO ME ABOUT THE IMPACT.

THIS DISCUSSION, AND THIS DECISION WILL HAVE ON THEIR MENTAL HEALTH.

THEY WORK SO HARD ON SAVING OVER 95% OF THE ANIMALS, BUT KNOW THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERING TAKING IN PETS FROM OTHER CITIES INTO OUR, A CITY FACILITY.

THEY FEEL UNAPPRECIATED AND DISCOUNTED.

I HAVE HEARD THE SAME THING FOR MANY OF THE VOLUNTEERS AT THE CITY SHELTER, WHO ALSO FEEL LIKE THEIR VOICES ARE NOT BEING HEARD.

IF YOU ARE PROUD OF OUR CITY SHELTER EMPLOYEES AND THE HARDWARE WORK THEY DO TO GIVE US THE HIGH SAVE RATE WE HAVE.

IF YOU ARE PROUD OF OUR CITY'S SHELTERS, VOLUNTEERS WHO ALSO WORK HARD FOR NO PAY, PLEASE DON'T DISCOUNT THEIR VOICES.

THEY, THEY NEED YOU TO HEAR THEM.

THEY NEED YOU TO ASK THEM WHAT WILL VOTING ON THIS RESOLUTION MEANS TO THEIR LIVES, THEIR MENTAL HEALTH AND THEIR WORKING CONDITIONS.

PLEASE POSTPONE ITEM 38.

PLEASE MAKE TIME TO LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF YOUR HARDWORKING ANIMAL SHELTER STAFF, YOUR ANIMAL SHELTER, VOLUNTEER YOURS AND YOUR ANIMAL ADVOCATES IN AUSTIN WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO GET THE CITY TO WHERE IT IS.

THANK YOU, LESLIE PEDEA.

UM, THANK YOU, MAYOR ADLER AND, UH, MAYOR PRO TEM HARPER MADISON.

MY NAME IS LESLIE PIDEA.

UM, I THINK PEOPLE MAY BE WONDERING WHY ATA FEELS LIKE IT CAN THROUGH CITY COUNCIL DICTATE SPECIFIC TERMS OF A NEW LICENSE AGREEMENT.

I KNOW PART OF THE ANSWER I'VE VOLUNTEERED AT APA FOR FIVE YEARS, BEGINNING IN 2013, I SOON STARTED TO WONDER HOW IT WAS THAT THE CITY ALLOWED APA TO USE A FACILITY THAT WAS IN SUCH POOR CONDITION.

AND THAT LED ME TO THE LICENSE AGREEMENT.

I REVIEWED IT CAREFULLY AND REALIZED THAT APA WAS IN VIOLATION OF A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS OF THE AGREEMENT, INCLUDING THE REQUIREMENTS ABOUT THE SOURCE OF THE ANIMALS THAT APA TAKES IN EVEN THREE OR FOUR YEARS AGO.

APA WAS ROUTINELY IMPORTING ANIMALS FROM OUTSIDE THE FIVE COUNTY AREA.

AND IT WAS NOT GETTING THE NECESSARY APPROVALS FROM THE CITY.

APA WAS USING KENNELS THAT IT WASN'T PERMITTED TO USE APA WASN'T FOLLOWING REQUIRED NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR CARE.

THEY WEREN'T EVEN DOING REQUIRED QUARTERLY REPORTING TO THE CITY.

AND FOR YEARS, THE CITY LED ALL OF THIS SLIDE.

I ALERTED COUNCIL TO THESE PROBLEMS THREE YEARS AGO.

UM, THE CITY AUDITOR RECOGNIZED THESE KINDS OF PROBLEMS WITH CITY LEASES IN THE AUDIT THEY DID IN MAY, 2019.

AND IT WAS ONLY WHEN A NEW INTERIM ANIMAL SERVICES ONLY LIKE PAT JUST MENTIONED, DID SOME OF THESE ISSUES BEGIN TO BE ADDRESSED NOW THAT A NEW LICENSE AGREEMENT HAS TO BE NEGOTIATED.

I'M HAPPY TO FINALLY SEE THE CITY INSIST ON TERMS THAT THE CITY WANTS.

AND I'M NOT SURPRISED THAT APA DOESN'T LIKE IT.

THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO PRETTY MUCH WHATEVER THEY WANT FOR A LONG TIME.

IF AP IS INTERESTED IN SERVING AS A TRUE PARTNER TO THE CITY, THEY SHOULD MAKE GOOD ON THEIR THREATS TO GO.

IF IT'S SORRY, IF ACA, ISN'T INTERESTED IN SERVING THIS GREAT PARTNER, THEY SHOULD MAKE GOOD IN THEIR THREATS TO GO BUILD THEIR OWN SHELTER.

WE ALL KNOW THAT T LACK IS AN ABOMINATION.

WHAT THE CITY ACTUALLY NEEDS IS A MORE ROBUST ANIMAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

AUSTIN IS THE ONLY LARGE CITY IN THE UNITED STATES THAT HAS A SINGLE SHELTER LOCATION IN THE ENTIRE COUNTY.

MOST CITIES HAVE MORE THAN ONE LOCATION OR CITY AND COUNTY EACH HAVE A SHELTER.

SO IF APA DOESN'T WANT TO PLAY THE ROLE THAT IT COMMITTED TO WHEN IT WAS ALLOWED TO USE T LACK IN THE FIRST PLACE, AUSTIN SHOULD FIND A BETTER PARTNER OR SHOULD DO THE JOB ON ITS OWN.

SO I OPPOSE RESOLUTION 38.

THANK YOU

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VERY MUCH, CATHERINE CHAMBLEE.

HI.

YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN.

HI, MY NAME IS KATHERINE CHAMBLEE.

UM, I LIVE AT 1,906 MADISON I'M IN DISTRICT SEVEN.

UM, AND I THINK, UM, SO I WANT TO ACTUALLY FOSTER FOR APA.

UH, I HAD TWO DOGS IN THE LAST THREE WEEKS, GET ADOPTED THROUGH ME.

I HAVE A FOSTER, THE DOGS LIVING IN MY HOME.

UH, HOWEVER, WHAT I'M HERE TO SAY IS THAT WHAT APA IS PUTTING OUT TO THE PUBLIC IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY WANT IS MAKING AUSTINITES BELIEVE THAT SOMEHOW AUSTIN WILL BECOME NO KILL OR NOT, NO KILL.

THEY WILL NO LONGER BE NO KILLED IF APA IS REQUIRED ART, ART MAT.

AND THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE.

AND IN MIND MY UNDERSTANDING, CAUSE I WROTE MS. POOL TO EXPRESS MY, MY, UH, ARGUE MY OPINION THAT, UM, INCREASING ANIMALS FROM OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN AND DECREASING THE NUMBER OF POLES FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN SHELTER.

I WAS IN DISAGREEMENT WITH THAT.

AND THAT IS BECAUSE DESPITE WHAT I HEARD DR.

JEFFERSON SAY DURING COVID APA WAS STILL PULLING FROM OUTSIDE OFTEN, THEY HAD A LONG LINE UP OF FOSTERS WAITING FOR DOGS.

HOWEVER, AUSTIN ANIMAL SHELTER WAS CLOSED AND IT WAS BASICALLY PUT UPON AUSTINITE TO CROWDSOURCE ANIMALS THAT THEY FOUND TO THE EXTENT THAT I ENDED UP WITH A 84 POUNDS, BRIGHT PYRENEES MIXED IN THE MIDDLE OF CRESTVIEW IN MY BACKYARD DURING THE SUMMER, BECAUSE THAT WAS THE NEXT BEST OPTION TO THE PEAK, TO THE FINDER, JUST LETTING THE DOG GO.

OKAY.

SO ESSENTIALLY AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.

MEANWHILE, YOU KNOW, IT WAS STILL PULLING FROM OUTSIDE AUSTIN BECAUSE I THOUGHT THOSE EMAILS FROM THEM, YOU KNOW, I COULD SEE THAT ON THEIR FOSTER FACEBOOK PAGE, THEY HAD A LINE OF A FOSTERS WAITING FOR APA TO BRING IN ANIMALS FROM OUTSIDE OFFICE.

SO THE ARGUMENT THAT SOMEHOW APA AND BEING ALLOWED TO BRING IN EVEN MORE ANIMAL FROM OUTSIDE AUSTIN SOMEHOW IS A BENEFIT TO AUSTINITE AND OR AUSTINITES SHELTER.

ANIMAL SHELTER IS, IS NOT TRUE.

IT, I MEAN THE ARGUMENT FOR APA TO ALLOW MORE ANIMALS TO COME FROM OUTSIDE AND LESS TO COME FROM INSIDE OFTEN IS ESSENTIALLY MAKE, MAKE THE STATE OF TEXAS LESS, NO KILL, NOT MAKE OFTEN, NO, YOU KEEP OFF THE NO KILL IT.

IT MAKE THE REST OF TEXAS LAST NO PILL.

I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT IT'S REALLY BECOME.

AND I SAY THAT, LIKE I SAID, I'M A FOSTER FOR AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.

IT'S NOT THAT I DON'T SUPPORT THEM OR WHAT THEY DO.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT AWESOME ANIMALS AREN'T COMING FIRST AND FOREMOST AND THE AGREEMENT THAT, OR THE, UH, WHAT I READ FROM MS. POOL, THE, WHAT SHE HAD PUT FORWARD WAS NOT THAT WHAT SHE PUT FORWARD WAS AN INCREASE OF OUT OF AREA IN DECREASE IN AREA.

RIGHT.

AND SO, UM, YEAH, AND THE ARGUMENT TOO, WHEN THAT, IN HER MEMO TO ME, WAS THAT BECAUSE AWESOME SHOWED HER, BUT THE INTAKE WAS LESS THAN ANY YEAR PREVIOUSLY.

WELL, INTAKE WAS LEFT, NOT BECAUSE SHELTER, YOU KNOW, THE SHELTER IT'S BECAUSE THE SHELTER CURRENTLY IS SHIPPING DOGS NORTH.

LIKE I'VE GOTTEN THOSE EMAILS AS WELL.

TAKE A SHORT-TERM FOSTER.

THE DOGS HAVE BEEN PULLED BY RESCUES OF NORTH.

WE'RE SHIPPING THE NORTH AND YOU KNOW, QUITE ALL SOURCED FOR DOGS.

LIKE WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE A MINUTE TO SHELTER.

YOU HAVE TO HOLD ONTO THEM FOR TWO TO THREE WEEKS UNTIL WE HAVE ROOTS THAT IS BEYOND LOGIC TO CONTINUE TO ALLOW OR NOT EVEN CONTINUE TO ALLOW IT, TO ALLOW, TO PULL SANDRA MUELLER.

HI, UH, GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL MEMBERS AND CITY MANAGER.

MY NAME IS SANDRA MUELLER, DISTRICT SEVEN, AND I OPPOSE ITEM 38.

THE CHIEF ANIMAL SERVICES OFFICER IN APA NEEDS TO NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH AND COME TO AN AGREEMENT.

IF AN AGREEMENT CANNOT BE REACHED, IT SHOULD BE TERMINATED AND THE LAND CAN BE RETURNED TO THE CITIZENS OF AUSTIN AS PARKLAND.

SO PROP B JUST OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED WITH SUPPORT FROM SOME OF YOU.

SO I ASKED, IS IT FAIR TO ALLOW A WELL-FUNDED NONPROFIT TO USE CENTRAL PARKLAND OR HOW THE ANIMALS ARE OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN?

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IF YOU DO DECIDE TO PASS THIS RESOLUTION, IT SHOULD BE AMENDED AS FOLLOWS PARAGRAPHS BEGINNING AT LINES, 91 AND 96 SHOULD BE DELETED IN THEIR ENTIRETY.

THE PARAGRAPH BEGINNING AT LINE 1 0 4, APA MINIMUM INTAKE REQUIREMENTS SHOULD EQUAL AACS PRIOR YEARS OWNER'S SURRENDER PERCENTAGE.

IN ADDITION TO THE VULNERABLE ANIMALS LISTED AT LINES ONE 12 THROUGH ONE 14, PARAGRAPH BEGINNING AT LINE 1 0 6 APS, MONTHLY REPORTS SHOULD BE IN A FORMAT SET FORTH BY AAC AND WILL INCLUDE ALL APPLICABLE PARAGRAPHS AS SET FORTH IN SECTION THREE DASH ONE DASH TWO SEVEN OF ORDINANCE NUMBER 2 0 1 9 1 0 1 7 DASH 0 25.

AND WE'LL INCLUDE ALL ANIMALS AT APA, NOT JUST THE ANIMALS THEY TAKE FROM AAC, WHICH IS WHAT THEY'RE ONLY REPORTING ON.

NOW, PARAGRAPHS BEGINNING AT LINES, ONE 16 AND 1 22 SHOULD BE DELETED IN THEIR ENTIRETY.

AND THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT SECTION.

8.1 AS CURRENTLY WRITTEN MUST REMAIN BECAUSE IT ALREADY ALLOWS APA TO BRING ANIMALS OUTSIDE OF THE FIVE COUNTIES IT'S ALREADY THERE.

UM, AND HERE'S ANOTHER THING.

APA SHOULDN'T BE BRINGING ANY ANIMALS FROM OUTSIDE THE FIVE COUNTIES WHEN THERE ARE MANY OTHER PETS, ALIVE ENTITIES THROUGHOUT TEXAS, SUCH AS HOUSTON PETS ALIVE, FORT WORTH DALLAS, FORT BEND, PFLUGERVILLE, KERRVILLE, THE WOODLANDS BRAZOS, CLEAN BEAUMONT, WACO, SAN ANTONIO, AND THE COUNTIES OF ROUGH PARKER AND SMITH.

THOSE WERE ALL PETS ALIVE ENTITIES THROUGHOUT TEXAS AND THE THOUSANDS, LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS THAT APA BRINGS IN FROM OUTSIDE OF BOSTON DO NOT HELP THIS CITY.

IT MAKES A LONGER WAIT FOR THE APPROXIMATELY 17,000 STRAY SICK, INJURED AND UNWANTED PETS THAT COME INTO AAC FROM AUSTIN AND THE COUNTY EVERY YEAR, ESPECIALLY AT A TIME WHEN ADOPTIONS ARE IN DECLINE, APA IS SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE A PUBLIC PURPOSE AND BENEFIT FOR THE CITY.

THIS RESOLUTION DOES NOT DO THAT.

SO PLEASE VOTE NO ON THIS AND SEND THEM ALL BACK TO THE BARGAINING TABLE.

LOTS IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN PARKLAND SHOULD ONLY SUPPORT AUSTIN TO ANIMALS.

APA DOESN'T HAVE TO OCCUPY THE CRUMBLING T LAX ON A SMALLER FOOTPRINT TO CONTINUE THEIR MISSION, TO SAVE ANIMALS NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED.

UM, A BETTER LOCATION FOR APA WOULD ACTUALLY BE SOUTHEAST OR SOUTHWEST, WHERE WE DON'T CURRENTLY HAVE A LARGE RESCUE.

SO I ASKED YOU ALL TO CONSIDER THAT AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME, WENDY MERCY.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS WENDY MURPHY.

I'M A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF BOSTON AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT FOUR.

UH, THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK TODAY OF REGARDING ITEM 38.

I'M ASKING THAT YOU PLEASE VOTE TO POSTPONE ITEM 38.

I DON'T THINK THE COMMUNITY HAS HAD ENOUGH TIME TO, UM, RECEIVE THIS INFORMATION.

I'M NOT SURE HOW MANY PEOPLE EVEN KNOW THAT THIS IS GOING ON, BUT THERE HAS NOT BEEN ENOUGH DISCUSSION ABOUT IT.

AND AS WAS PREVIOUSLY STATED, THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY WORK AT THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AND THE, BOTH THE VOLUNTEERS AND PAID WORKERS SHOULD ALWAYS BE CONSULTED IN AND, UM, BE ALLOWED TO INPUT ON STUFF LIKE THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE SO, UH, GREATLY AFFECTED.

BUT ACTUALLY THIS, THIS DECISION IMPACTS EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN AUSTIN IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

AND IT IMPACTS THOSE OF US WHO, UH, I DON'T WORK AT THE SHELTER, BUT I'VE DONE ALL THE YEARS FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS.

I'VE BEEN DOING PRIVATE, PRIVATELY RESCUING DOGS FROM THE STREET AND GETTING THEM ADOPTED AND FOSTERING FOR VARIOUS PEOPLE AND TRAPPING FERAL CATS.

SO I I'M, I'M VERY MUCH AFFECTED BY THESE TYPES OF DECISIONS AND PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT'S GOING ON.

UM, THERE JUST HASN'T BEEN ENOUGH INFORMATION AND ENOUGH OPPORTUNITIES TO DISCUSS.

SECONDLY, UM, THIS WAS ALREADY STATED, BUT I JUST FEEL THAT THE IT'S JUST TOO VAGUE.

I MEAN, TO SAY THAT APA, WE'RE GONNA, WE'RE GONNA SIGN A CONTRACT WITH APA AND THEN, AND THEN LET THE NUMBERS BE DECIDED LATER WITH, WITH THE CITY MANAGER THAT TELLS US REALLY NOTHING.

SO IT'S GOING TO BE NEGOTIATED AND WILL WE HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT? WILL WE EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT? THE NUMBER OF, OF, UH, ANIMALS THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE FROM THE, FROM THE ANIMAL CENTER.

AND, UH, I THINK THAT A CONTRACT, YOU KNOW, IF I TOOK A CONTRACT TO A LAWYER AND IT WAS VAGUE LIKE THAT, I THINK THE LAWYER WOULD SAY, NO, YOU CAN'T, YOU SHOULDN'T SIGN SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

SO I THINK IT'S ODD THAT THE CITY IS, UM, SO, YOU KNOW, WILLING TO SIGN SOMETHING WITH, WITHOUT EVEN A DEFINITE NUMBER AND, UH, REALLY JUST, JUST VOTE TO POSTPONE IT TILL THERE.

YOU KNOW, I JUST DON'T

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THINK THERE'S BEEN ENOUGH TIME TO DISCUSS ALL THESE RAMIFICATIONS AND, UH, YOU KNOW, ALL THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF IT.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY ON THE, ON APA CLAIMING THAT THERE'S SUCH A LOW INTAKE AT THE CENTER, THAT'S QUITE DISINGENUOUS.

YOU KNOW, I WAS DIRECTLY AFFECTED AS WERE SO MANY PEOPLE WHEN THE CENTER STARTED CLOSING INTAKE AND, YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY DURING COVID, BUT, BUT STILL, YOU KNOW, JUST CLOSING INTAKE WHENEVER AND THEN KILLING PEOPLE.

NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE THAT DOG.

YOU JUST DEAL WITH IT YOURSELF.

YOU KNOW, THAT'S A COMMUNITY DOG, YOU GUYS DEAL WITH IT.

THAT'S, UH, THAT'S UNFAIR, YOU KNOW, ALL THOSE OF US WHO DO RESCUE, WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY INPUT ON THAT.

WE DIDN'T GET TO SAY, OH YEAH, THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

WE'D LIKE TO DO THAT.

AND WE DON'T GET PAID, YOU KNOW, W AND WE, AND WE SPEND OUR TIME AND SOMETIMES WE'RE JUST NOT ABLE TO KEEP THOSE DOGS THAT ARE RUNNING LOOSE ON THE STREETS.

WE'RE NOT ABLE TO TAKE THEM IN, AND THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE A CITY SHELTER THAT DOES THAT.

THAT'S WHAT THE ANIMAL CENTER.

THANK YOU FOR.

THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK TODAY.

JULIE DAMIEN.

HELLO.

I AM SPEAKING WITH KIDDOS IN THE BACKGROUND, SO SORRY, IF YOU HEAR SOMETHING IN THE BACKGROUND, BUT LIKE CAN SAY THANK YOU TO THE CITY COUNCIL AND TO EVERYBODY THAT IS SPONSORING ITEM NUMBER 39.

THIS IS FOR A RESOLUTION IN HONOR OF MY SON.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR A LITTLE WHILE NOW, BUT, UH, ON MARCH 22ND, 2018, MY LIFE CHANGED FOREVER FOR MY MIDDLE SON.

KAY DIED ONE MONTH BEFORE HIS THIRD BIRTHDAY KATE'S HEAD AND NECK BECAME TRAPPED BETWEEN THE OPEN OR EXPOSED PICKETS OF A NEIGHBOR'S RED IRON SCENT.

I NEVER CONSIDERED THE FENCE OR THE TYPE OF SENSING A DANGER UNTIL CADE'S DEATH THAT DAY.

I KNOW NOW FIRSTHAND HOW LETHAL THE FENCING CAN BE SINCE KATE'S DEATH.

I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT EXPOSED OR OPEN-ENDED TICKET SENSING HAS INJURED OR KILLED WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE, AND MANY DIFFERENT PLACES AND CIRCUMSTANCES, AGING COMMUNITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES HAVE ALREADY BANNED THIS STYLE OF FENCING.

AND MANY GROUPS ARE WORKING ON AN ADVOCATING FOR MORE PLACES TO DO THE SAME HAS BEEN SCARED AND THUNDERSTORMS AND HOME JUST LIKE PAID ON THE FENCE.

THAT STYLE OF WILDLIFE HAS BEEN GUTTED AND LEFT TO DIE IN SOME DEATHS, SORRY, BABIES CRYING.

UM, THEN THERE'S ALSO BEEN MANY PEOPLE WHO'VE TALKED ABOUT AS CHILDREN PLAYING AND FALLING AND THEN NEEDED SUBSTANTIAL STITCHES TO MEND INJURY.

MANY