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9 0 3 ON TUESDAY, MARCH 22ND.

I'M MAYOR PRO TIME.

ALISON ALTER.

I WILL BE STEPPING IN FOR THE MAYOR TODAY AND RUNNING THE WORK SESSION.

UM, SO WE WILL CONVENE THIS WORK SESSION.

UM, IT'S 9 0 3 ON THE DIOCESE WITH ME IS COUNCIL MEMBERS.

VAILA KELLY, POOLE AND QUANTAS, AND ONLINE.

WE HAVE COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO, UH, WE'D LIKE TO START BY RECOGNIZING COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY FOR A FEW REMARKS ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S WEATHER.

THANK YOU, MAYOR PRO TEM YESTERDAY, WE HEATED THE WARNINGS OF LOCAL METEOROLOGISTS AND PUBLIC SAFETY PROFESSIONALS.

AS WE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER, OUR NEIGHBORS IN ELGON ROUNDROCK AND PARTS OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY WERE HIT WITH TORNADOES THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN CENTRAL TEXAS IN NEARLY 10 YEARS.

AND AS DAYLIGHT EMERGED TODAY, COMMUNITIES ARE SURVEYING THE DAMAGE TO THEIR HOMES TODAY.

LIKE MANY OF YOU, I PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL CENTRAL TEXANS.

THIS IS A TIME TO HELP ONE ANOTHER, JUST NEIGHBORS, HELPING NEIGHBORS AFTER EXPERIENCING A DISASTER.

AND IT HAS ALREADY BROUGHT OUR COMMUNITIES TOGETHER.

I'M THANKFUL TO REPORT THAT.

I SPOKE WITH OUR HOUSE DISTRICT 1 36 REPRESENTATIVE LAST NIGHT, SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE ROUND ROCK CITY COUNCIL AND WITH THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY JUDGE AND SHERIFF, THEY ALL KNOW THAT AUSTIN IS READY TO HELP.

WHEN WE WERE ASKED I ABOVE ALL ELSE, I'M THANKFUL THAT THERE WERE NO LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES REPORTED AND NO LOSS OF LIFE.

PLEASE BE SAFE.

AUSTIN AREA RESIDENTS.

WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, AND UH, CITY MANAGER.

I ASSUME THAT, UM, WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY TO ASSIST AS NEEDED.

ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

MAYOR PRO TEM AND COUNCIL MEMBER.

UH, WE HAVE BEEN COORDINATING VERY CLOSELY WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO RESPOND, UH, AS, UH, AGGRESSIVELY AND EFFECTIVELY TO THIS, UH, SITUATION.

UH, JUST THIS MORNING WAS IN COMMUNICATION WITH THE CITY MANAGER OF ROUNDROCK AND REALLY ASSISTING THEM IN WHATEVER THEY NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES TO ASSESS THOSE DAMAGES AND TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR RESIDENTS.

UM, BUT THIS HAS BEEN AN ALL HANDS ON DECK AND WE ARE FORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN WORSE DAMAGE OR FATALITIES, UH, THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED AS A RESULT OF THE STORM.

THANK YOU.

UM, HE TAKES ON, I BELIEVE THAT MAYOR ADLER IS TRYING TO GET IN ONLINE.

I DON'T KNOW IF HE NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT OVER.

THIS IS THE AB TICKER.

I DO NOT SEE MIRA EITHER YET, BUT I WILL LOOK UP FOR SURE.

OKAY.

YES.

THIS IS COUNCIL MEMBER TOPO.

I JUST WANTED TO THANK OUR, OUR STAFF, OUR CITY STAFF WHO HELPED GET THE WORD OUT IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES AND REALLY KEPT, KEPT THE PUBLIC INFORMED ABOUT, ABOUT THE LEVELS OF DANGER THROUGHOUT THE STORM.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO I WANTED TO JUST BRIEFLY GO THROUGH WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TRY AND DO FOR, UM, THE RUN OF SHOW THIS MORNING.

UM, SO MAYOR ADLER IS GOING TO BE TRYING TO, UM, ZOOM IN WITH US HERE THROUGH WEBEX, UM, IN A FEW MINUTES AND WE WILL TAKE UP THE PULLED ITEMS, WHICH INCLUDE ITEMS, WHICH HE'S SPONSORING.

UM, WE WILL TAKE CARE OF ITEMS, 55 AND 57.

THEN WE WILL MOVE TO THE PRESENTATION FROM THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION, AND THEN WE WILL MOVE INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION.

UM, WE WILL LIKELY BE ABLE TO TAKE A LUNCH BREAK, UM, DEPENDING ON OUR TIMING.

UM, AND, UM, MAYOR ADLER HAS REQUESTED TO TRY TO BE AVAILABLE FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEM THREE, BUT IT'S NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL THREE, SO THAT MAY OR MAY NOT WORK, BUT WE'RE GOING TO SEE, WE'LL SEE HOW THE DAY UNFOLDS AND WHAT THE WILL OF THE COUNCIL IS.

I WON'T DO IT THAT I'M NOW JOINED ON THE DAYAS ALSO BY COUNCIL MEMBER, KITCHEN AND COUNCIL MEMBER ELLISON.

UM, LET ME JUST SEE IF YOU HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT MAY BE GOING ON WITH MAYOR ADLER SINCE HE WANTED TO BE HERE FOR THESE IT'S DAVY TICKETS STILL DO NOT SEE THE MAYOR ONLINE, WAITING.

I'M CHECKING ONE SECOND, PLEASE.

COUNCIL MEMBER TOVA OR COUNCIL MEMBER POOL.

DID YOU WANT TO LAY OUT YOUR CONCERNS FOR 55 AND 57? I'M ASSUMING HE'S GOING TO BE ON SHORTLY AND HE IS HE'S ON THERE NOW.

OKAY.

UM, MAY I APPROACH HIM? I HAVE SOME AMENDMENTS.

I HAD ASSUMED THAT WE WOULD TAKE UP THE PULLED ITEMS. I HAD THE SAME GROUP TO TAKE UP THE POLITE ITEMS AFTER THE BRIEFING AS WE TYPICALLY DO.

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SO IT'S JUST GOING TO TAKE ME A LITTLE BIT TO, TO RECAP THEM OUT.

I CAN SUMMARIZE THEM.

I CAN'T DISTRIBUTE THEM.

UM, BUT I'LL BE ON THE DIOCESE HERE IN JUST A MINUTE AND CAN MORE READILY THAN WALK THROUGH SOME OF THE AMENDMENTS THAT I'M GOING TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER FOR BOTH OF THOSE TWO.

OKAY.

ALISON, I I'LL BE IN A CAR, UH, AND I COULD COME BACK ON AT, IN LIKE A QUARTER TO 10 OR AT, UH, 10 30, I MEAN, AT A QUARTER TO 10 OR AT NINE 30.

SO I COULD DO THAT TOO.

I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THE BRIEFING IS THIS MORNING.

OKAY.

UM, CATHERINE I'M FULL.

THANKS.

MER PER TIME.

I WANTED TO MENTION TO THE MAYOR IF, IF HE IS TRYING TO BE ONLINE SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF THE ITEM THAT HE'S BRINGING.

I KNOW, I JUST LIKE TO NOTE THAT THE COMMENTS THAT I'M MAKING ARE TODAY, AT LEAST SPECIFICALLY ON THE CRYPTOCURRENCY, UM, RESOLUTION THAT'S COMING BEFORE US.

AND I WAS NOT GOING TO SPEAK TO THE BLOCKCHAIN ITEM, WHICH IS THE ITEM THAT THE MAYOR WAS LEADING ON.

IF THAT, IF THAT'S ANY HELP TO HIM.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO SEEING AS COUNCIL MEMBER TOBO HAS AMENDMENTS IN CAMP, PRESENT THEM HERE, WHY DON'T WE MOVE TO THE PRESENTATION

[Bl. Update from the Office ofViolence Prevention]

FROM THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION? AND THEN IF WE NEED TO GO BACK FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS ON THAT, UM, IN ORDER TO ALLOW, UH, MAYOR ADLER TO BE PRESENT FOR AN ITEM THAT HE'S A SPONSOR ON, UM, THEN WE WILL DO THAT.

UM, SO GOOD MORNING WITH SMILES.

GOOD MORNING.

UM, OKAY, GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

MAYOR PRO TEM AND COUNCIL.

UH, THIS MORNING WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON OUR OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION.

THIS IS A RELATIVELY NEW OFFICE, BUT THE WORK BEHIND IT, UH, IS PART OF THE WAY IN WHICH WE ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH OUR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

AND WE ARE JUST FORTUNATE TO HAVE SOME INCREDIBLE STAFF THAT ARE LEADING THESE EFFORTS WITH A PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR COMMUNITY.

I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO ACM HAYDEN HOWARD, WHO WILL INTRODUCE THE TOPIC.

THANK YOU, SPENCER.

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

UM, WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE, UM, OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION.

UM, YOU GOING TO HEAR FROM MICHELLE MILES AND AS YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEE, SHE HAS BEEN VERY BUSY.

UM, THE OFFICE IS REALLY TAKING ON THIS FROM A LENS OF PUBLIC HEALTH, REALLY, UM, WORKING AT THIS FROM A, UM, LOOKING AT PREVENTION AND REALLY TRYING TO DO THINGS, UM, BEFORE THEY HAPPEN.

UM, WE ARE REALLY, REALLY WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

AND, UM, WE HAVE SOME REALLY STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO, UM, REALLY, REALLY WORKING ON THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN, UM, A FEW CHALLENGES IN OUR COMMUNITY COMMUNITY FROM A BALANCED PERSPECTIVE.

SO I WILL TURN THIS OVER TO MICHELLE MILES.

THANK YOU ALL.

GOOD MORNING.

MARIN COUNCIL AND CITY MANAGER.

MY NAME IS MICHELLE MILES AND I MANAGE THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION.

NEXT LINE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, THROUGH THE COLLECTIVE KNOWING OF COMMUNITY AND DATA SCIENCE, THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION SEEKS TO INVEST IN THE RIGHT INTERVENTIONS AT THE RIGHT TIME WHILE BUILDING LOCAL CAPACITY FOR DOING THE WORK AND ADDRESSING THE INTERCONNECTED ASPECTS OF SAFETY AND HAS BIPOLAR EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION.

ALL OF WHICH HAS BEEN OUR FOCUS AS WE ARE ESTABLISHING THE OFFICE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE OPPOSITE ARMS PREVENTION HAS BEEN UP AND RUNNING FOR ABOUT NINE MONTHS WITH A KIND BUDGET OF 2.47, $9 BILLION.

UH, WE HAVE THREE BUDGETED POSITIONS, INCLUDING MINES, UH, AND TWO 10 POSITIONS.

ALL OF WHICH ARE FILLED.

WE HAVE SOME YOUTH CONTRACTS, UM, THAT PROVIDES SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMMING THAT SERVES AT RISK YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS AND AREAS MOST IMPACTED BY VIOLENCE.

DO OUR CONTRACT WITH LOG ARMS FOR LIFE.

WE PROVIDE GUN LOCKS AND EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THE IMPORTANCE OF USING GUN LOCKS OR SECURELY STORING FIREARMS TO PREVENT INJURIES AND DEATHS LAUNCHED DURING SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST ARE SAFE.

GUN STORAGE SAVE LIVES.

CAMPAIGN IS SPONSORED BY GOVERNMENT AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS DEDICATED TO EDUCATING AUSTINITES ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF STORING FIREARMS SAFELY.

THIS CAMPAIGN IS SUPPORTED BY THE SAFE GUN

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STORAGE SAVES LIVES, WEBSITE BILLBOARDS AND BUS ADS, AND SPONSORED BY LOCK ARMS FOR LIFE.

THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION, AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, THE TRAVIS COUNTY DA'S OFFICE AND TEXAS GUN SENSE OVP CREATED THE ADDRESS, YOUR STRESS CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON HOW THE STRESS RESPONSE, IF LEFT UNCHECKED COULD LEAD TO HARMFUL BEHAVIORS AND PROVIDE STRATEGIES DESIGNED TO REDUCE STRESS LEVELS.

EDUCATION IS PROVIDED TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH OUR ADDRESS, YOUR STRESS WEBSITE, RADIO VIDEO, AND BUS ADS THROUGH OUR CONTRACT WITH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN COLLABORATION WITH DR.

CHICO TILLMAN, BOTH OF WHICH ARE NATIONAL EXPERTS ON VIOLENCE REDUCTION STRATEGIES.

THE AUSTIN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A GUN VIOLENCE REDUCTION STRATEGY RECOMMENDATION, WHICH INCLUDES THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMUNITY VIOLENCE, INTERVENTION, PROGRAMMING, AND TARGETED AREAS.

A GUN VIOLENCE PROBLEM.

NOW IS THIS DESIGNED TO IDENTIFY INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE DRIVING VIOLENT, VIOLENT CRIME IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AUSTIN IS ONE OF 16 CITIES SELECTED BY THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A PEER TO PEER LEARNING AROUND EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY-BASED PUBLIC STRATEGIES DESIGNED TO REDUCE GUN AND COMMUNITY VIOLENCE.

NEXT ONE, PLEASE.

THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION, WE'LL BE RELEASING TWO SOLICITATIONS IN APRIL, BOTH OF WHICH WERE RECOMMENDATIONS COMING OUT OF THE RE-IMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE.

THE FIRST, UM, SOLICITATION, UH, WOULD BE A COMMUNITY VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAMMING, WHICH PROVIDES SERVICES AND LOCATIONS IDENTIFIED AS TRIUMPH HOTSPOTS TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HIGHEST RISK FOR GUN VIOLENCE BY USING TRUSTED MESSENGERS TO INTERRUPT VIOLENT BEHAVIORS WHILE FOSTERING POSITIVE BEHAVIOR AND NORM CHANGES THROUGH OUTREACH CASE MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH OUR COMMUNITY ROUTE ADMITTING GRANTS.

WE'RE LOOKING TO INVEST IN GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS WHO, WHO IMPLEMENT COMMUNITY BASED STRATEGIES THAT CREATES SAFETY, HEALING, AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION IN COLLABORATION WITH, UM, OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.

WE APPLIED TO A COUPLE OF GRANTS.

WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN THEM YET, BUT WE'LL BE FINDING OUT WITHIN, UM, SEVERAL MONTHS IF WE RECEIVED THEM.

FIRST OF WHICH IS OUR FIREARMS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT, WHICH IS OFFERED THROUGH THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND IS DESIGNED TO DEVELOP A STANDARDIZED FIREARMS SURRENDER PROTOCOL, UM, THAT CUTS ACROSS JURISDICTIONS IN AREAS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

AND WE APPLIED TO THIS GRANT IN COLLABORATION WITH TRAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS RIO GRANDE LEGAL AID, AND SAY IN ANOTHER GRANT, THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS, IT WAS, UM, APPLIED FOR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH APD AND IS DESIGNED TO REDUCE VIOLENT CRIME IN AND IDENTIFY LOCATION.

AND INVEST IN DEESCALATION, TRAIN THE TRAINER, UM, AND CONFLICT MEDIATION TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND OVP IS CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR, UM, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES AS WE BUILD CAPACITY TO APPLY FOR THOSE GRANTS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

OH, VP IS REALLY INVESTED IN TAKING A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO VIOLENCE PREVENTION, WHICH REQUIRES UNDERSTANDING LOCAL NEEDS, INVESTING IN COMMUNITIES MOST IMPACTED AND USE US USING PROCESS IMPROVEMENT METHODOLOGIES TO ENSURE A SCALE IS BEING ATTAINED.

ALL STRATEGIES MUST BE TAILORED FOR THE COMMUNITY BEING SERVED TO ENSURE EQUITY AND POSITIVE IMPACT.

THESE STRATEGIES ARE DESIGNED TO LOOK AT ROOT CAUSES AND DEVELOP UPSTREAM SOLUTIONS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, AS THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION IS, UM, LOOKING AT ADDRESSING VIOLENCE IN AUSTIN AND ENHANCING PEACE.

WE ARE LOOKING AT A SOCIAL ECOLOGICAL MODEL, WHICH WE'RE CALLING ACTUALIZING PIECE, AND IT'S A, IT'S A STRENGTHS BASED APPROACH AND EMPHASIZES ON GOAL ATTAINMENT OUTCOMES FOR EACH SECTOR OF THE MORNING.

WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT CENTERED AWARENESS, WE'RE LOOKING AT INTERVENTIONS THAT ARE STILL EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THAT ENHANCE WISDOM AND REDUCE HARMFUL BEHAVIORS ON THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL, CREATING THE FOUNDATION FOR ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE CELL AND THAT TO OTHERS, WITH OUR HEALING PLUS CONNECTION, WE KNOW THAT WE FEEL BEST WITHIN OUR RELATIONSHIPS AND THESE INTERVENTIONS WILL FOSTER HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP BUILDING.

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WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT THRIVING COMMUNITIES, WE WANT TO HAVE INTERVENTIONS THAT ADDRESS COMMUNITY LEVEL DYNAMICS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE NATURAL INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORTS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES, AND WITH OUR ACTIVELY SAFE CITY, WE WANT TO PROVIDE POLICIES, NARRATIVES, AND STRATEGIES DESIGNED TO IMPACT THE COMMUNITY ON A SOCIETAL LEVEL AND ENSURING EQUITABLE ACCESS TO HOMELESS, THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES THAT ARE DATA-DRIVEN ACCOUNTABLE WITH PROVEN OF ASSAULT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, THROUGHOUT THE ELABORATIONS.

UM, WE ARE VERY DEDICATED TO WORK ACROSS DEPARTMENTS AND GOVERNMENTAL JURISDICTIONS AND WITH COMMUNITY THROUGH OUR GRANT APPLICATIONS.

UM, OUR INITIATIVES WITH GIVENS PARK, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO ENTER TO WORK INTERDEPARTMENTALLY AND WITH COMMUNITY, UM, TO DESIGN AND ENHANCE SAFETY AROUND GIDDENS PARK.

WE'RE ALSO WORKING WITH THE TRAVIS COUNTY DA'S OFFICE, LOOKING AT GEN JOINT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND STRATEGIES TO INCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR VIOLENCE PREVENTION COALITION.

AS WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR IT AND DATA INFRASTRUCTURE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, UM, WE HAVE MET WITH SEVERAL INTERNAL, EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS, UM, AS WE WERE DEVELOPING OUR DATA ANALYTICS STRATEGY AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT EXISTING CITY RESOURCES TO INCLUDE DASHBOARD DEVELOPMENT AND ACCESS TO SOFTWARE.

UH, WE'VE MET WITH NATIONAL LEADERS, UM, TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOMICIDE REVIEW TEAMS AND, UM, LEARN HOW THEY HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO REDUCE HOMICIDES WHERE THEY'VE BEEN IMPLEMENTED.

THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION IS DEDICATED TO, UM, INTERVENTIONS AND STRATEGIES DESIGNED TO REDUCE KIND OF VIOLENCE, WHICH IS SHOWN IN OUR WORK TO IMPLEMENT OUR COMMUNITY VIOLENCE, INTERVENTION PROGRAMMING, BUT GUN VIOLENCE, PROBLEM ANALYSIS, AND OUR WORK WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND OUR SAFE GUN STORES SAVE LIVES CAMPAIGN.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

OUR VALUE PROPOSITION IS THAT OUR ACTIONS WILL LEAD TO IMPACTS BY INVESTING IN EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES.

CO-CREATED WITH COMMUNITY.

WE WILL INCREASE SAFETY, IMPROVE TRUST, CREATE BUY-IN AND BUILD LOCAL CAPACITY AND CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION IN AUSTIN.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THAT'S THE END OF MY PRESENTATION.

ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU, MS. MILES.

UM, BEFORE I OPEN IT UP TO QUESTIONS, I JUST WANT TO, UM, NOTE THAT THIS OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION GREW OUT OF A TASK FORCE FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION THAT I SPONSORED IN 2019.

UM, A KEY RECOMMENDATION OF THE TASK FORCE, WHICH WAS CHARGED WITH LOOKING AT HOW YOU REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN AUSTIN, WAS TO CREATE AN OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND TO TAKE A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO GUN VIOLENCE IN PARTICULAR, UM, IN THE 2021 BUDGET THAT WE FUNDED IN THE SUMMER OF 2020, UM, I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO CREATE THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION, WHICH IS THE SEED FOR THE PROGRAM, WHICH IS NOW FULLY STAFFED AND FUNDED AT THE LEVELS THAT MS. MILES, UM, MENTIONED.

UM, IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE TREAT GUN VIOLENCE IN PARTICULAR AS A DISEASE AND TAKE A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH.

UM, THIS DOESN'T SUBSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY APPROACHES THAT COMPLIMENT THIS WORK.

UM, BUT IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IF WE WANT TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF VIOLENCE AND TO ULTIMATELY, UH, PREVENT IT.

UM, WHAT I FIND PARTICULARLY USEFUL ABOUT THIS APPROACH IN ADDITION TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH IS THE EMPHASIS ON DATA, THE EMPHASIS ON, UM, TAILORING THE PROGRAMS TO WHAT WE NEED IN AUSTIN AND WHERE WE ARE AT AT THE PARTICULAR TIME IN, IN OUR DISCUSSIONS.

UM, I WILL OPEN IT UP FOR OTHER QUESTIONS.

I HAVE SEVERAL QUESTIONS, BUT, UM, I WILL OPEN IT UP FOR MY COLLEAGUES FIRST, UM, MAYOR ADLER.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

UH, REMEMBER TIM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.

UM, AND MICHELLE, IT SOUNDS GREAT TOO IN THE OFFICE IS BEING SET UP BECAUSE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE'RE FINDING IS IN, IN, IN OUR CITY, WE SAW SOLID AGAIN THIS WEEKEND.

UH, WE HAD ANOTHER VIOLENT EPISODE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE WERE, UH, WE HAD AN ABUNDANCE OF POLICE OFFICERS, UH, ON DUTY, UH, STILL HAD A VIOLIN.

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UM, AND APPARENTLY IT WAS TOO, UH, BODIES THAT RAN INTO CONFLICT THAT THE COST OF VIOLENCE AND THE POSITIVE CONFLICT IS INCREASING AS WE HAVE.

AND MORE GUNS ON THE STREET, UH, DISAGREEMENTS ARE USED TO ADD THE FISTFIGHTS AROUND AND THEY WILL SEE PENNSYLVANIA WEAPONS.

UM, SO HAVING AN OFFICE LIKE THIS IS CRUCIAL, I JUST WANTED TO THANK PUBLICLY, UH, BY NEW ADMINISTRATION AND, UH, JULIA RODRIGUEZ, UH, IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOR, UH, ASKING US, UH, FOR THE CALLING TO SEE IF WE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN BEING PART OF THE, UH, THE WHITE HOUSE IS PUT TOGETHER.

AND I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT THAT THEY'RE BRINGING TO THE 16 SENIORS ASPEN INCLUDE.

THANK YOU.

I THINK THE OPPORTUNITIES, UM, FOR SOME EXTERNAL FUNDING, PARTICULARLY FROM THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, BUT ALSO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND THE COUNTY, UM, ARE REALLY POWERFUL, LIKE COUNCIL MEMBER, KITCHEN.

UM, THANK YOU.

AND, AND, UM, THIS IS EXCITING TOO, TO SEE THAT WE'RE AT THIS STAGE AND THANK YOU, MAYOR PRO TEM FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD INTO THE, IN YOU ALSO MAYOR FOR THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE.

UM, MY QUESTION HAS TO DO WITH, UH, I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS AND I KNOW THAT YOU ALL ARE, ARE, ARE REALLY JUST GETTING, UM, WE'RE NOT JUST GETTING STARTED, BUT YOU'RE IN YOUR INITIAL YEARS.

AND SO THIS MAY NOT BE SOMETHING YOU'RE FOCUSING ON YET, BUT I DID WANT TO ADD, ASK YOU ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, IF YOU, IF YOU CONSIDER THAT WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION.

UM, SINCE THAT IS, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A HUGE INTERSECTION BETWEEN THAT AND, UH, DOING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND, UM, UH, AND PUBLIC HEALTH.

AND SO JUST WANTED TO ASK YOU IF THAT WAS SOMETHING WITHIN YOUR SCOPE OR PERHAPS MIGHT BE WITHIN YOUR SCOPE IN THE FUTURE.

UM, YOU BROKE UP A LITTLE BIT THERE.

I THINK YOU WERE ASKING ABOUT, UM, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE WORK OF THE OFFICE OF BALANCE FOR THEM.

YES.

I WANTED TO SEE IF THAT WAS WITHIN YOUR SCOPE EITHER NOW OR IN THE FUTURE.

IT IS, IT IS ACTUALLY WITHIN OUR SCOPE, UM, THROUGH THE FIREARMS SURRENDER PROTOCOL, UM, GRANT THAT WE APPLIED FOR, WE ARE LOOKING TO LOOKING AT THE NEXUS BETWEEN GUN VIOLENCE AND, UM, AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

AND IT'S REALLY DESIGNED TO HAVE TO CREATE THIS, UM, COMMUNITY-WIDE COLLABORATIVE.

IT'S NOT JUST WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT JURISDICTIONS, IT'S WITH PEOPLE, INDIVIDUALS, MOST IMPACTED AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE, THAT ARE DOING THE WORK AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

AND THROUGH THAT, WE WILL BE BUILDING OUT A SYSTEM, LOOKING AT WAYS TO SUPPORT, UM, SAFETY IN, UM, SITUATIONS THAT INVOLVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

AND AS WE GET MORE ROOTED, UM, AND ESTABLISHED AS AN OFFICE AND GET INTO THE DATA MORE THAT WE'LL START LOOKING AT WAYS THAT WE CAN DESIGN INTERVENTIONS, UM, TO HELP PREVENT AND REDUCE, UM, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

SO AT THIS POINT, AND JUST A QUICK FOLLOW-UP, SO AT THIS POINT, UM, THE OFFICE AND I D I DO THINK IT'S CRITICAL, THE DATA ANALYSIS, UM, AS A MAYOR PRO TEM MENTIONED, I DO THINK THAT THAT IS, UM, CRITICAL.

AND SO DO YOU, DO YOU ENVISION YOUR OFFICE CONTRACTING FOR SERVICE PROVISION OR IS, IS YOUR OFFICE MORE DATA ANALYSIS AND INITIATING PROGRAMS THAT OTHERS WILL CARRY OUT? UH, WE, WE, I THINK I DO NOT ENVISION US DOING DIRECT SERVICE.

I SEE US WORKING MORE ON THE STRATEGY LEVEL, WORKING WITH COMMUNITY AND CONTRACTING ORGANIZATIONS AND SUPPORTING OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE DOING THE WORK.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

THAT HELPS ME, UH, UNDERSTAND THAT THEN THE LAST QUESTION, UM, I NOTICED THAT THE SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS INITIATIVE, SO CAN YOU HELP ME UNDERSTAND THE SCOPE OF THAT? SO IF, IF YOUR OFFICE IS FOCUSED ON DATA ANALYSIS AND IN BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND, AND PERHAPS, UM, YOU KNOW, INITIATING OR BEING A CATALYST FOR, FOR THE WORK THAT OTHERS ARE DOING, HOW DO YOU ENVISION WORKING WITH NEIGHBORHOODS? SO IN THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS, UM, AROUND WE'RE GOING TO WORK WITH APD AND COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOODS, BUT WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT BY EDUCATING THE, UH, THE COMMUNITY ABOUT DEESCALATION, UM, CONFLICT, MEDIATION.

SO WE'RE LOOKING TO INFUSE,

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UM, NECESSARY, UM, SKILLS AND UNDERSTANDINGS IN THE COMMUNITY, UM, TO GET IT OUT THERE.

SO WITH THE DEESCALATION TRAIN, THE TRAINER TRAINING IS DESIGNED TO TEACH COMMUNITY MEMBERS, UH, DEESCALATION TECHNIQUES AND GIVE THEM THE SKILLS TO GO OUT AND TRAIN OTHERS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY TO DO S DO, TO DO DEESCALATION.

AND SO THAT WAY IT HAS THIS RIPPLE EFFECT TO INCREASE THE SKILLSET WITHIN COMMUNITY, AND THEN TO LEVERAGE THAT LEARNING AND UNDERSTANDING TO IMPROVE THE CONFLICT MEDIATION, TO PULL AND TIE IN OTHER INITIATIVES, UM, SO THAT WE CAN AMPLIFY THE WORK.

SO IT'S LESS SO THAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD OR THE AREA THAT WE'RE TARGETING IS, UH, THE CHARLIE SECT APDS CHARLIE SECTOR, WHICH INCLUDES GIBBONS PARK.

AND THE GOAL WOULD BE TO PULL IN THOSE RESOURCES WITH OTHER INITIATIVES WE'RE DOING, LET'S SAY WITH GIVENS PARK TO, UM, TO WORK TOGETHER SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE THESE SERVICES AND THIS UNDERSTANDING WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

APPRECIATE COUNCIL MEMBER, ELLIS TOVO AND FUNDED.

THANK YOU.

UM, I APPRECIATE THIS PRESENTATION, MS. MILES, COULD YOU GO INTO A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL ABOUT COLLABORATION WITH NUMBER ONE LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHETHER THAT'S APD OR SHERIFFS OR CONSTABLES, AND NUMBER TWO GROUPS LIKE SAFE OR SURVIVE TO THRIVE THAT HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS WELL? SO WE'RE WORKING, UM, THROUGH SEVERAL INITIATIVES THROUGH THE APPLICATION FOR, LIKE I SAID, THE FIREARM SAFETY PROTOCOL, WHICH IS RIGHT NOW IS THE INITIAL GRANT IS WITH, UM, THE APPLICATIONS WITH TRAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS RIO GRANDE LEGAL AID, AND SAY, UM, BUT THE GOAL IS TO EVEN EXPAND IT FURTHER, TO EXPAND THE NETWORK, TO INCLUDE OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY, BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH COLLECTIVE WORKING COLLECTIVELY FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES, WE'LL BE ABLE TO ADDRESS, UM, ALL VIOLENCE TO INCLUDE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

UM, AND AS WE BUILD, THAT'S KIND OF THE ARC OF THE WORK IS, IS TO WORK AND TO MOVE AS ONE UNIT, UM, SO THAT WE CAN COVER ALL OUR BASES AND HAVE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS WE CAN SO THAT WE CAN ADDRESS VIOLENCE.

AND IN TERMS OF WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, WE THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE PUBLIC SAFETY IS A CONTINUUM FROM PREVENTION ALL THE WAY TO CRISIS INTERVENTION, WHICH INCLUDES LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ALL THE WAY IN BETWEEN.

AND, UH, THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES WHERE WE CAN LEVERAGE OUR RESOURCES AND WORK COLLECTIVELY, UM, TO ADDRESS AND PREVENT VIOLENCE AND USE INTERVENTIONS, UM, WHEN THINGS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, BUT WHERE THERE SO OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVENE, INTERVENE BEFORE SOMETHING MOVES TO A LEVEL OF NEED LAW ENFORCEMENT OR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

THAT'S GREAT.

I, I COULDN'T COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THAT, YOU KNOW, FOLKS THAT ARE EITHER ASSISTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS HAVE PROBABLY SEEN SOME STORIES WHERE, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE MAY KNOW WELL AHEAD OF TIME THAT SOMETHING MAY BE IMMINENT.

AND SO I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AND I'M GLAD THAT Y'ALL ARE LOOKING OUT FOR THOSE TYPES OF CONVERSATIONS.

AND, AND I AM ALSO, UM, THINKING ABOUT HOW WE'VE DONE SAFE STORAGE EDUCATION CAMPAIGNS, AND, YOU KNOW, PARTNERED WITH, UH, LOCK ARMS FOR LIFE, WHICH, UM, THE ORGANIZATIONS WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH ARE FANTASTIC AND REALLY TRYING TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GET THE WORD OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT, YOU KNOW, SAFE, RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERSHIP.

SO I KNOW A NUMBER OF US HAVE SPONSORED AND CO-SPONSORED THOSE INITIATIVES ALONG THE WAY, AND I'M REALLY GLAD THAT YOU'RE CARRYING THOSE FORWARD COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO AND THEN IT'D BE FUN TO US.

AND THEN HARPER, MADISON.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THIS REALLY IMPORTANT WORK.

UM, I AM, I'M VERY GLAD TO SEE THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING.

I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE IMPACTFUL AS THE MAYOR MENTIONED, YOU KNOW, JUST THIS LAST WEEKEND WE HAD YET ANOTHER SHOOTING, UM, IN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT, AND I'M EXTREMELY CONCERNED ABOUT THE RISE OF GUN VIOLENCE.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR STRONG ACTIONS.

WE NEED TO USE ALL OF THE STRATEGIES THAT WE CAN, UH, TO CONFRONT THAT INCLUDING CONTINUING TO ARE CONTINUING TO ADVOCATE FOR, UM, MORE SENSIBLE GUN REGULATIONS AT THE STATE LEVEL.

SO I HAD TWO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.

COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT, AS I TALK ABOUT THE WORK THAT THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION IS DOING IT, IT'S A LITTLE HARD TO DESCRIBE, UM, SOME OF THE PROJECTS AND SOME OF THE PROGRAMS. SO COULD YOU TALK US THROUGH SOME SPECIFICS FOR SOMETHING SUCH AS THE, UH, THE AUSTIN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROJECT? YOU KNOW, WHAT WILL THAT LOOK LIKE? WHAT WILL BE SOME SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS? AND THEN I HAVE A COUPLE FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS.

SO IT WAS THE AWESOME VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROJECT, WHICH IS A CONTRACT WITH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND, UM, DR.

CHICO TILLMAN,

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UM, IT'S REALLY DESIGNED TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE GUN VIOLENCE REDUCTION STRATEGY AND THIS COMPREHENSIVE GUN VIOLENCE REDUCTION STRATEGY.

IT HAS MULTIPLE FACETS.

SO ONE OF WHICH IS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMUNITY VIOLENCE INTERVENTION, WHICH IS, UM, TARGETING PROGRAMMING IN CRIME HOTSPOTS TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HIGHEST RISK.

AND IT'S REALLY USING, IS REALLY TAKEN AS KIND OF AS A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH, UM, TO CONNECT WITH INDIVIDUALS, PROVIDE THEM RESOURCES TO PROVIDE, UM, CASE MANAGEMENT, OUTREACH RESOURCES, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

SO THE, IN THE COMMUNITY GAUGE IS DESIGNED TO CHANGE CULTURAL NORMS AROUND VIOLENCE AND TO, TO HOLD EVENTS AND TO REALLY BRING COMMUNITY TOGETHER WHEN IT COMES TO VIOLENCE PREVENTION.

AND THEN WITH THE GUN VIOLENCE PROBLEM ANALYSIS, THAT'S GOING TO BE DONE WITH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE COMING INTO AUSTIN AND WORKING WITH, UM, APD, UM, SWORN OFFICERS, UM, AND DATA ANALYSTS TO LOOK AT THE QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE DATA, UM, AT THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DRIVING CRIME.

UM, THEY KIND OF SAY, UM, AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE THAT THEY'RE LOOKING AT HOT PEOPLE, NOT HOTSPOTS, UM, TO SEE, TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONTEXT OF WHICH VIOLENCE OCCURS, UM, AND WHO IS, UM, HAS A PROPENSITY TO, TOWARDS VIOLENCE, AND THEN TO WORK WITHIN A COLLABORATION, TO HAVE REGULAR MEETINGS, TO DO, UH, UH, UH, GOING TO REVIEW, UM, PROCESS, UH, THE HOMICIDE REVIEW PROCESS, AND THEN, UM, IDENTIFY PEOPLE AND THEN ROUTE THEM WITHIN, INTO OUR COMMUNITY RESOURCES.

IT'S KIND OF, UH, THIS, UH, PLANNING PROCESS TO HELP PEOPLE STAY OUTSIDE OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND PROVIDE RESOURCES TO THEM SO THAT THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL.

SO DIRECTOR MILES WILL THAT, WILL THE AUSTIN AUSTIN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROJECT ACTUALLY FUND SOME OF THOSE INTERVENTIONS, OR IS IT PRIMARILY FUNDING THE STRATEGY WORK? SO THAT THAT PARTICULAR CONTRACT IS FUNDING THE STRATEGY.

I SEE.

UM, AND THEN WE HAVE FUNDING WITHIN OUR BUDGET TO FUND THE COMMUNITY VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAMMING.

I SEE.

AND COULD YOU TALK US THROUGH A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT MIGHT, WHAT SOME OF THE COMPONENTS MIGHT BE RELATED TO THE GIVENS PARK WORK AND, AND ALSO AS PART OF THAT, ALL IN BED, MY SECOND QUESTION WITHIN THIS ONE, SO THAT OTHER COLLEAGUES HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, YOU KNOW, THE FIRST TIME WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT, ABOUT OTHER KINDS OF THAT, I RECALL, UM, ON COUNCIL THAT WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY AND INVESTING IN PROGRAMS THAT WOULD, THAT WOULD HELP, UM, HAVE GOOD PUBLIC SAFETY OUTCOMES.

WE TALKED ABOUT IT IN TERMS OF YOUTH PROGRAMS, AND WE HAD A REALLY INTERESTING CONVERSATION AT OUR, OUR COUNCIL RETREAT THAT YEAR.

UM, AND I BROUGHT UP A PROGRAM THAT RANDY AND THE PARKS DEPARTMENT HAD MENTIONED TO ME CALLED ROVING LEADERS, AND IT WORKED WITH YOUTH AND IT, AND IT TARGETED, UM, COMMUNITIES THAT HAD HIGH RATES OF YOUTH VIOLENCE.

AND WE WERE ABLE THAT YEAR OR TWO AS A, AS A PRODUCT OF THAT CONVERSATION TO FUND THAT YOUTH PROGRAM AND HAVE CONTINUED TO DO SO, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT, SO IF YOU COULD TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE GIVENS PARK, WHAT SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS OR COMPONENTS OF THAT PROGRAM MIGHT BE? I JUST THINK, I THINK AS WE TALK ABOUT THAT, YOU KNOW, EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY IS CONCERNED ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AND THE, AND THE, YOU KNOW, RECENT SHOOTINGS THAT WE'VE HAD, UM, AND SEEN.

AND SO I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE PROVIDE THEM WITH SOME VERY DESCRIPTIVE EXAMPLES OF WHAT THIS WORK LOOKS LIKE.

UM, BECAUSE I KNOW WHEN I SAY COMMUNITY-BASED STRATEGIES THAT ARE TAKING PLACE WITHIN THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION, THE NEXT QUESTION IS LIKE, LIKE WHAT, LIKE, GIVE ME SOME EXAMPLES.

SO IF YOU COULD GIVE US SOME EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE COMPONENTS THAT MIGHT BE PART OF SAY THE GIVENS PARK INITIATIVE, AND THEN IF YOU COULD ALSO ADDRESS THE QUESTION OF, YOU KNOW, OUR YOUTH PROGRAMS, YOU KNOW, ARE YOU PRIMARILY REACHING OUT TO ADULTS THROUGH THESE DIFFERENT INTERVENTIONS AND DIFFERENT, UM, AREAS OF FOCUS, OR ARE YOU ALSO KIND OF, UH, REFLECTING BACK ON THAT STRATEGY OF, OF WORKING WITH YOUTH AND MAKING SURE THAT THERE ARE REALLY HEALTHY, UH, HEALTHY KINDS OF PROGRAMS THAT OFFER ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUTH AND IN AREAS WHERE WE'VE SEEN, WE'RE SEEING RISES IN VIOLENCE.

SO REGARDING OUR GIVENS PARK WORK, WE ARE IN THE EARLY STAGES.

SO WE'RE WORKING ACROSS DEPARTMENTALLY.

SO THAT'S WHAT THE LOOP AS THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION WITH PARKS AND REC, UM, WITH APD AND WITH COMMUNITY, AND WE'RE PULLING THAT TEAM TOGETHER.

AND SO RIGHT NOW GIVENS PART IS DOING A LOT OF REVITALIZATION.

AND SO AS THEY'RE DOING REVITALIZATION, WE ARE LOOKING AT STRATEGIES AND INTERVENTIONS

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THAT CAN BE USED TO HELP.

SO ONE OF WHICH, UM, WILL BE, UM, THE DEESCALATION AND CONFLICT MEDIATION, UM, TRAIN TO TRAINER TRAINING THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO IMPLEMENT AS WELL AS THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY REALLY GRANTS.

UM, THERE ARE SOME OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVIDE INTERVENTIONS, UM, TAILORED FOR GIVENS PART BECAUSE I MEAN, W I MEAN, REALLY WHEN IT COMES TO DEVELOPING STRATEGY, UM, IT'S MORE ABOUT FINDING OUT WHAT THE COMMUNITY ACTUALLY NEEDS AND THE WAY YOU DO THAT IS TALKING TO COMMUNITY.

SO DOING THAT RESEARCH, TALKING, YOU KNOW, WORKING WITH APD, WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS WHO HAVE EYES AND, AND HAS EXPERIENCE WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH GIBBONS, WHAT INFORMED THE PROCESS.

SO WHILE IT'S IN THE DEVELOPMENT STAGES, SOME OF THOSE STRATEGIES WILL INVOLVE, LIKE I SAID, DEESCALATION AND CHANGE AND CONFLICT MEDIATION, UM, TRAININGS AS, ALSO AS AN OFFERINGS.

SO IT COULD BE BOTH PRO OH, I'M SORRY TO INTERRUPT.

IT COULD BE BOTH PROGRAMMING, PROGRAMMING IDEAS, AS WELL AS, UM, POTENTIALLY PHYSICAL CHANGES TO THE SPACE OR OTHER, AN ARRAY OF SOLUTIONS, BUT YOU'RE GOING TO WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY TO DETERMINE WHICH ONES THOSE ARE BEST.

YES.

SO THERE'LL BE A, MULTI-PRONGED LIKE, LIKE YOU SAID, CHANGES TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, UM, OFFERINGS, A COMMUNITY, UM, PROGRAMMING, JUST OFFERINGS OF JUST COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES OR DIFFERENT THINGS TO ACTIVATE THE SPACES.

YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO MAKE THOSE SPACES WELCOMING FOR ALL, FOR YOUTH, FOR CHILDREN, FOR COMMUNITY.

UM, WE WANT TO MAKE IT A SAFE PLACE AND, UM, LIVE IT LIVE AND, AND BE THE KIND OF, UH, THE INSPIRATION OF GIVENS PARKER.

DR.

GIVEN DAN, UM, JUST THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT PARKS ARE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, WE DON'T WANT PARKS TO BE A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE DON'T FEEL SAFE.

AND TO YOUR OTHER QUESTION ABOUT YOUTH PROGRAMMING, WE DO HAVE SOME GOOD CONTRACTS, UM, THAT ARE, ARE, THAT ARE FOCUSED IN AREAS THAT ARE MOST IMPACTED BY VIOLENCE, AND IT DOES PROVIDE SCHOOLING, UM, AND COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCES.

AND IT JUST DOESN'T, UM, PROVIDE THE SERVICES TO THE CHILD THEMSELVES, BUT IT ALSO OFFERS SERVICES TO THE FAMILY UNIT TO SUPPORT THE, UM, TO TAKE A KIND OF A SYSTEMS APPROACH TO SUPPORTING, UM, CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

SO WE FIND THAT TO BE VERY IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO PREVENTION, WHETHER IT'S ON THE PREVENTION SIDE OR THE INTERVENTION SIDE.

NOW, WHAT WE'RE FINDING IN AUSTIN IS A LOT OF THE CRIME IS IT'S MORE TARGETED AROUND THAT 18 TO 35 ISH AGE.

UM, AND THOSE ARE THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE DRIVING THE CRIME, BUT IN TERMS OF PREVENTION, WHEN WE'RE LOOKING FURTHER UPSTREAM, REALLY INVESTING IN YOUTH AND FAMILIES IS REALLY A CENTRAL FOCUS OF THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE, PRUDENTIAL, BUT ALSO TO A GREATER EXTENT, UM, AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH IS REALLY ROOTED IN, UM, IDENTIFYING, UH, PREVENTION, UM, STRATEGIES AND SERVICES THAT CAN HELP SUPPORT COMMUNITY.

AND TO THAT END THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION AS WE ARE EMBEDDED WITHIN AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, BUT WE WILL WORK ACROSS NOT ONLY ACROSS DEPARTMENTS, BUT WITHIN OUR DEPARTMENT TO LEVERAGE OUR RESOURCES AND OUR COLLECTIVE KNOWING SO THAT WE CAN SERVICES TO COMMUNITY.

THANKS VERY MUCH.

AND I THINK WHERE YOU, WHERE YOU LANDED, UM, IN YOUR FINAL COMMENT IS REALLY INTERESTING TO ME.

THIS IS ALSO A LENS.

THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING, THE PERSPECTIVE YOU'RE BRINGING IS ALSO A LENS THROUGH WHICH WE SHOULD SEE THE PROGRAMS THAT MAY NOT BE DIRECTLY AFFILIATED WITH YOUR OFFICE, BUT MAYBE TAKING PLACE IN THE PARKS AND RECREATION OR THE LIBRARY DEPARTMENT.

AND SO MANAGER, I WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW, IN ADDITION TO THE, TO THE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS THAT ARE UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THIS OFFICE, I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THERE CONTINUED TO BE DIRECTOR MILES.

I'M SO GLAD THAT YOU MENTIONED THAT, THAT YOU CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THOSE OTHER DEPARTMENTS TO HELP LOOK TO THOSE OTHER, THOSE OTHER KINDS OF PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE WHETHER WHETHER THEY CAN ALSO, UM, HELP FIT WITHIN THIS MISSION, EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT DIRECTLY AFFILIATED WITH YOUR DEPARTMENT.

SO THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR WORK ON YOUR INNOVATION ON THIS ISSUE, COUNCIL MEMBER QUINTUS.

THANK YOU.

ALSO WANT TO EXTEND MY GRATITUDE MS. MILES FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE DOING CERTAINLY NEEDED IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I'M SO PROUD OF THE LEADERSHIP FROM OUR MAYOR PRO TEM AND BRINGING AND CREATING THIS OFFICE AND BRINGING THIS WORK FORWARD.

DO YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS, UM, JUST WANTING TO HIGHLIGHT PROJECT SAVED.

I THANK YOU FOR LAYING THAT OUT AND PROVIDING ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT HOW THAT PROGRAM WILL BE EMBEDDED IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND ALSO WORK TO EDUCATE OUR COMMUNITY ON DEESCALATION PRACTICES.

UH, CERTAINLY AM EXCITED TO HEAR

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HOW, UH, THAT PROGRAM GOES IN ANY DATA THAT IS GLEANED FROM, FROM THAT PROGRAM AND TO SEE, YOU KNOW, TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN EXPAND IT TO OTHER AREAS THROUGHOUT OUR CITY, UM, OF PARTICULAR NOTE ON DEESCALATION, I WANTED TO, UM, HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT YOUR, YOUR WORK WITH AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

YOU KNOW, FROM MY UNDERSTANDING OUR OFFICERS RECEIVE DEESCALATION TRAINING AS A CADET WHEN THEY GO THROUGH THE POLICE ACADEMY.

UM, BUT PERHAPS THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVIDE TRAININGS TO OUR OFFICERS, UM, THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREER ON, YOU KNOW, UPDATED DEESCALATION PRACTICES.

SO JUST WANTING TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS ON ANY STRATEGIES THAT YOU'RE SEEING, THAT WE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING AS A COUNCIL AND HOW WE CAN PROVIDE MORE DEESCALATION OPPORTUNITIES AND TRAININGS FOR OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND OR IF YOU WANTED TO DAYLIGHT ANY OF THE WORK OR CONVERSATIONS THAT YOU'RE HAVING WITH APD ABOUT THIS.

UM, I THINK DEESCALATION TRAINING IS CRUCIAL FOR EVERYONE.

I MEAN, QUITE FRANKLY, I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE'RE ESCALATED, WE DON'T MAKE OUR BEST DECISIONS.

I MEAN, THIS IS WHY, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE OPPOSITE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION IS LEADING WITH IS WITH ADDRESS YOUR STRESS, AS WELL AS THE DEESCALATION AND THE CONSTANT MEDIATION.

I THINK THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES IN MANY DIFFERENT CONTEXTS FOR US TO, TO DEPLOY THESE STRATEGIES, UM, SO THAT WE CAN HAVE COOLER HEADS WHEN WE'RE IN A VERY NSP AND, UM, HEIGHTENED SITUATIONS, UM, IN TERMS OF, UM, HAVING DEEPER CONVERSATIONS WITH APD REGARDING TRAINING, I HAVE NOT HAD THAT, BUT I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS, UM, TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT APD IS DOING AND TO SEE HOW WE CAN, UM, HELP WITH THAT, UM, IF THAT'S NEEDED.

SO, UM, WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP WITH APD, AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO ANY KIND OF, ANY WAYS THAT WE CAN BE OF SUPPORT AND HELP, UM, APD, BUT AS WELL TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY SO THAT WE CAN ALL BE SAFE AND WE CAN BEHAVE IN WAYS THAT WE, UM, WE COULD FEEL PROUD OF.

THANK YOU.

AND CERTAINLY I WANT TO SUPPORT YOU IN THOSE CONVERSATIONS IN THAT WORK.

AND WE'LL BE FOLLOWING UP WITH YOU LATER THIS WEEK ABOUT THAT.

THE OTHER QUESTION I HAVE, YOU KNOW, IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT DOWNTOWN SHOOTING THAT WE HAD OVER THE WEEKEND, UM, YOU KNOW, I KNOW THE OPPOSITE VIOLENCE PREVENTION IS VERY FOCUSED ON A NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL STRATEGIES.

UM, BUT I'M CURIOUS, ARE THERE STRATEGIES OUT THERE, UM, THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY THAT ARE PARTICULAR OR SPECIFIC TO AREAS OF HIGH ACTIVITY, LIKE OUR DOWNTOWN AREA, UM, THAT YOU'RE SEEING BEING IMPLEMENTED, UM, ANY MODELS THAT WE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING AND JUST WANTED TO GET YOUR INSIGHT AS TO WHAT ELSE AND WHAT MORE CAN WE BE DOING TO PREVENT THESE TYPE OF INCIDENTS FROM HAPPENING IN OUR DOWNTOWN AREA? I THINK WITHIN OUR DOWNTOWN AREA, I MEAN, WHEN WE HAVE THIS, UM, I MEAN, WE LIVE IN TEXAS AND, UM, TEXAS IS, UH, A VERY, UH, GUN SUPPORTER CULTURE.

UM, AND AT THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION, WE'RE NOT, ANTI-GUN, WE'RE PRO GUN SAFETY.

AND SO I THINK LEANING INTO MORE, UM, PROGRAM SAFETY, UM, UH, PRACTICES, UM, TO CHANGE NORMS AROUND VIOLENCE, UM, TO DO THINGS IN, IN TERMS OF EDUCATING LIKE THE BAR AREA AND, UH, THE ENTERTAINMENT AREA DOWNTOWN ABOUT, UM, UH, THE ESCALATION.

I THINK THAT WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT.

UM, WE CAN DO COLLECTIVE MESSAGING, WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH OUR DRESSER STRESS CAMPAIGN TO KIND OF GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF, UM, MANAGING STRESS LEVELS, UM, SO THAT IT DOESN'T LEAD TO VIOLENT CONFLICT.

I MEAN, THAT IS THAT, THAT IS REALLY THE INTENTION OF THAT STRATEGY OR LEAD TO BEHAVIORS THAT CAN HARM OTHERS BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT, WHEN WE'RE HEIGHTENED, UM, YOU KNOW, AND WE'RE IN A VERY CHARGED ENVIRONMENT, UM, IT CAN LEAD TO, UM, NOT MAKING THE BEST JUDGEMENTS.

AND SO ANY OPPORTUNITY THAT WE CAN FRONT LOAD AS INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC, UM, IF FRONT LOAD THIS SKILLSET IN THE PUBLIC AND TO INCLUDE NOT JUST WITH THE PUBLIC, BUT WITHIN OUR OWN STRUCTURES WITHIN THE CITY, WITHIN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, I THINK YOU CAN HELP REDUCE VIOLENCE.

UM, AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO LEAD INTO.

I WOULD ALSO DOING CONTINUED RESEARCH TO LOOK AT DIFFERENT STRATEGIES THAT COULD BE, THAT CAN BE UTILIZED IN AREAS SUCH AS DOWNTOWN AND THEN THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

AND, AND CERTAINLY, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU LAUNCHING THE ADDRESS, YOUR STRESS CAMPAIGN.

I THINK THAT'S GOING TO GO A LONG WAY IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND I CERTAINLY WILL HELP IN SHARING THAT OUT TO OUR DISTRICT, TO COMMUNITY IN SOUTHEAST AUSTIN.

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UM, THE LAST THING I WANTED TO ASK YOU, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE IT AS PART OF YOUR PRESENTATION THAT YOU INCLUDED YOUR FISCAL YEAR 2020 TO FOCUS ON, UH, FOR THE, FOR THE OFFICE BEING FOCUSED ON STRUCTURE AND CREATING THE PROGRAMS AND, UM, REALLY SETTING THAT STRONG FOUNDATION FOR US.

SO I'M CURIOUS, YOU KNOW, CAN YOU LET US IN ON WHAT YOUR OUTLOOK WILL BE MOVING FORWARD? YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE AREAS THAT YOU REALLY, UM, BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO BUILD OUT AND SUPPORT AND, OR STRENGTHEN AS WE, UM, AS WE STRENGTHEN OUR OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION, I MEAN, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, I THINK WE NEED TO, IT'LL BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO INVEST IN COMMUNITY MORE.

UH, ONE AREA THAT I WOULD LOVE INVESTMENT IN IS TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTERS, UM, AND TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTERS PROVIDES, UM, MORE THAN JUST PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES IN COMMUNITY.

IT, UM, PROVIDES SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN MOST IMPACTED BY CRIME.

IT PROVIDES CASE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE TO, UM, TO LEGAL SERVICES, HOUSING SERVICES, AND THEIR, UM, ROOTED IN COMMUNITY.

AND THEY PROBABLY CAN'T, THEY CAN PROVIDE SERVICES AT NO COST.

AND, UM, I THINK IT'D BE HAD TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTERS IN AUSTIN.

IT WOULD HELP COMMUNITIES HEAL AND RESTORE.

SO THAT'S ONE AREA OF FOCUS THAT I WOULD LIKE FOR US TO, UM, TO LEAVE INTO.

AND THEN ALSO REALLY LOOKING AT OUR DATA THAT I KEEP GOING BACK TO DATA, BUT IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE INTERVENTIONS AND TO, UM, INVEST IN AND FAMILIES, YOU KNOW, AND, AND, AND YOUTH, BECAUSE A LOT OF, UM, YOUTH ARE VERY, UM, STRESS AND FAMILIES ARE VERY STRESSED.

AND WHEN WE HAVE THIS, UM, THIS ENVIRONMENT WHERE PEOPLE ARE UNDER, UNDER RESOURCED AND OVERSTRESSED, IT CAN LEAD TO VIOLENCE, SO VIOLENCE AND HARM.

AND I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN.

I HAVE A HEART I DON'T LIKE TO CALL, UM, KIDS, YOUTHS, I THINK, UM, OFTEN OFTENTIMES PEOPLE SCAPE HILL, UH, YOUNG PEOPLE.

AND, UM, I SAY YOUNG PEOPLE CAN'T VOTE YOUNG PEOPLE CAN'T SIGN THEIR EXCUSE FROM SCHOOL.

THEY CAN'T DO ANY OF THOSE THINGS, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO VIOLENCE, THEY BEAR A BIG BRUNT OF THE BLAME.

AND I THINK FOR AS ADULTS, IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT WE CREATE SAFE SYSTEMS, WE ARE RESOURCE FAMILIES SO THAT KIDS CAN BE, FEEL SAFE, YOU KNOW, SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO RESORT TO HARM FOR SO THAT THEY CAN FEEL LIKE THEY CAN RELAX AND BE KIDS AND ENGAGE IN THE THINGS THAT KIDS ENGAGE IN.

UM, SO I, I REALLY WOULD LIKE US TO KIND OF FOCUS ON INVESTING IN FAMILIES AND YOUTH, GOOD MORNING DIRECTOR, STIRRUP AUSTIN, PUBLIC HEALTH.

AND I JUST WANTED TO ADD ONTO WHAT MICHELLE SAID.

UM, YOU KNOW, THE, THE DATA COLLECTION AND THE STRATEGY WORK THAT THE OFFICE IS, IS UNDERTAKING WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT AS WE, UM, STRUCTURE OUR INVESTMENTS.

AND SO, AS WE LOOK AT OUR YOUTH CONTRACTS, AS WE LOOK AT OUR, SORRY, MICHELLE, AS WE LOOK AT OUR CONTRACTS THAT SERVE YOUNG PEOPLE, AS WE LOOK AT OUR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONTRACTS, HOW DO WE, UM, INFORM THOSE SOLICITATIONS? SO WE KNOW WHAT THE CITY IS BUYING AND HOW DO WE STRUCTURE THOSE PERFORMANCE MEASURES.

SO WE CAN COME BACK TO COMMUNITY AND IT KIND OF MAKE THOSE LINKAGES OF THE WORK OF THE OFFICE, HOW THEY IMPACTED SYDNEY INVESTMENTS AND WHAT THE EFFECT ON OUR COMMUNITY WAS.

AND SO AS WE CONTINUE TO ROUND OUT THAT STRATEGY, THAT THAT'S WHERE I SEE US REALLY COMING INTO FRUITION IN 23 AND FORMING OUR SOCIAL SERVICE INVESTMENTS AND ALSO BEING A CONVENER IN COMMUNITY AND PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THOSE OTHER AGENCIES THAT ARE DOING THIS WORK AND SERVING THOSE POPULATIONS AND PROVIDING THAT SUPPORT.

INCREDIBLE, THANK YOU SO MUCH DIRECTOR STIRRUP AND MS. MILES FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

AND I JUST WHOLEHEARTEDLY BELIEVE IN THE MISSION AND THE PROGRAMS THAT THEY Y'ALL ARE OFFERING AND PROVIDING ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND, UM, MS. SMILES, I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE ABOUT THE TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTERS.

THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THAT COLLEAGUES THAT IS ON THE AGENDA ON THURSDAY FOR COUNCIL CONSIDERATION.

UM, AND AS YOU SO ELOQUENTLY LAID OUT, IT IS WORTH OUR INVESTMENT AS LEADERS OF OUR COMMUNITIES TO INVEST IN SAFE SYSTEMS AND TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTERS ARE PART OF THAT SYSTEMIC CHANGE THAT WE NEED.

AND PART OF THAT WORK OF INVESTING IN FAMILIES AND PROVIDING CRITICAL SERVICES TO EVERYONE, UH, THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY.

AND SO JUST WANT TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE AND, AND LOOK FORWARD TO COUNCIL'S CONSIDERATION OF TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTERS ON, ON THURSDAY.

THANK YOU,

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COUNCIL MEMBER, HYPER MEDICINE.

OKAY.

YOU'LL HAVE TO FORGIVE ME IF THERE'S ANYBODY ON THE LINE.

WHO'S ALLERGIES ARE LIKE ON 10 RIGHT NOW.

RAISE YOUR HAND 10.

I MEAN, EVERYTHING, ALL THE STUFF, BUT THIS CONVERSATION IS NOT JUST IMPORTANT TO ME BY WAY OF THE CALLS I GET FROM MY CONSTITUENTS.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS I DO IS I GO AND SIT IN A LARGER ROOMS IN INCOME, RESTRICTED HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS.

I WANT, I WANT PROJECT MAMAS TO KNOW THEY HAVE SOMEBODY.

SO I GO AND I SIT IN THERE AND JUST HANGING OUT AND WE CHOP IT UP AND EXCUSE ME, BUT THEN I HAVE TO COME BACK TO Y'ALL AND I'VE TALKED TO THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENT HEADS AND HAVE REFINED SOPHISTICATED CONVERSATIONS.

RIGHT.

BUT THEN Y'ALL SAY THINGS LIKE, MAN, MS. MICHELLE MILES, YOU BEING ABLE TO BE SO CONCISE AND SO CLEAR ABOUT THE NEED.

SO ALL MY PEOPLE JUST GOT A BUNCH OF MONEY BECAUSE THEY GOT THEIR INCOME TAX RETURNS.

THEY WAS HEARD RICH FOR TWO WEEKS, $8,000 GONE FAST.

I MEAN LIKE IT'S LIKE, IT NEVER HAPPENED.

I JUST DON'T FEEL LIKE WE'RE HAVING THAT CONVERSATION.

THERE REALLY HURTS MY FEELINGS.

I PROMISED MYSELF I WAS NEVER GONNA CRY ON CAMERA EVER AGAIN, BUT I WILL SAY DURING THE COURSE OF THIS CONVERSATION, IF WE'RE NOT HAVING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT, UH, PEOPLE JUST GOT THE INCOME TAXES, THEY'RE BUYING CARS, THEY CAN'T AFFORD OUTTA YOUR O TWO SENSOR GOES OUT, THEN YOU CAN GET INSPECTED.

THEN YOU CAN'T GET REGISTERED.

NOW YOU RIDING DIRTY.

YOU ALREADY GOT WARRANTS.

COME ON GUYS.

LIKE, I JUST FEEL LIKE WE'RE NOT, WHILE I CAN APPRECIATE THAT Y'ALL ARE MORE REFINED AND SOPHISTICATED THAN I AM.

I'M LEARNING WHAT I'M FEELING AWAY BETTER AS NOT HAVING REAL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW ALL OF THESE THINGS AFFECT PEOPLE.

SO THE GUY WHO SHOWS UP AT HIS BABY MAMA HOUSE, BECAUSE SHE JUST GOT THE INCOME TAX RETURN, BUT HE SAID, I WANT TO CLAIM THAT BABY.

AND SHE SAID, I DON'T CLAIM THESE TWO.

AND YOU DO THAT ONE.

AND I DON'T THINK WE'RE HAVING REAL CONVERSATIONS.

AND IT BOTHERS ME.

I THINK THE CONVERSATIONS SHOULD JUST BE INHERENTLY MORE GENUINE AND MORE CANDID.

HONESTLY, I THINK, YOU KNOW, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT ON A PANEL THE OTHER DAY AND I SAID SO BAD.

IT HIT US OFF, WENT TO STORM URI.

HE HIT US ALL.

SO THEN IT WAS A SHARED COMMUNAL PROBLEM, BUT POVERTY.

AND I'M NOTHING ABOUT THAT.

SO IF IT, IF IT'S NOT A SHARED COMMUNAL PROBLEM, WE'RE THE MOST INCOME SEGREGATED CITY IN THE NATION.

YO, IF WE DON'T START SAYING THAT AND IF IT DOESN'T HIT US ALL, THEN THAT'S A PROBLEM.

BECAUSE IF YOU NOT POOR, IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK AT THE PER UNIT ITEM, INCOME COSTS, THE B I, YOU SEE MOST PEOPLE DON'T LOOK AT THAT CAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE TO.

I, I WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU CHAIR FOR ALLOWING ME A LITTLE EXTRA TIME.

UM, YES.

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IF WE DON'T START LOOKING AT HOW DEEPLY EMBEDDED OUR INCOME SEGREGATION IS THE ROOT CAUSE, THE RICH PEOPLE, HEY, THE FIX IS IN WATCH TRADING PLACES.

I DARE YOU DO ANY OF MY OTHER COLLEAGUES HAVE COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, COUNCIL MEMBER AVAILA.

UM, MY, MY COMMENTS EVERETT, I DO APPRECIATE, UH, NATASHA'S COMMENTS THAT, YOU KNOW, POVERTY STRESS, UH, IS DRIVES KIND OF PANIC AND BAD DECISIONS.

UH, AND IT'S REALLY, I THINK, DIFFICULT TO ADDRESS VIOLENCE KIND OF IN ISOLATION, OUTSIDE OF THE, THE KIND OF BROADER SOCIAL FACTORS THAT REALLY, YOU KNOW, PUSH PEOPLE TO THE EDGE AND SOMETIMES OVER IT, UNFORTUNATELY AGAIN, LIKE AS WE SAW ON SIX WEEK, BUT MY QUESTION WAS, UH, THE, THE, THE, AGAIN, THE SHOOTING ON SIXTH STREET.

UH, AND I DON'T WANT TO DWELL ON THAT TOO, TOO MUCH, BUT IT'S THE SECOND MASS SHOOTING ON SIXTH STREET IN UNDER A YEAR.

I CAN'T EXACTLY REMEMBER WHEN THE LAST DAY WAS, IT WAS VERY RECENTLY, UH, AND I WAS, I WAS ACTUALLY ON, UH, SIXTH STREET, SATURDAY NIGHT.

WE WERE, UH, WENT TO GO SEE JAMES FROM MCMURTRY, AT STUBS AT 1:00 AM.

AND WE WERE LEAVING, YOU KNOW, WE PROBABLY WILL, 10 MINUTES, 15 MINUTES, UH, OUTSIDE OF, UH, OF THE SHOOTING.

WE LEFT PROBABLY ABOUT 10 MINUTES, 15 MINUTES OUTSIDE OF THE SHOOTING.

AND I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN MORE POLICE ON SIXTH STREET.

AND I SAW ON SATURDAY NIGHT, I WAS, I MEAN, MAN, THEY WERE OUT IN FORCE, UH, FOR GOOD REASON, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, BUT IT IT'S, IT'S DISAPPOINTING, I GUESS, CONCERNING THAT, YOU KNOW, DESPITE A MASSIVE AND VERY HIGHLY VISIBLE, UH, POLICE PRESENCE, THEY HAD THE BARRICADES UP, YOU KNOW, THEY WERE IN THE MIDDLE, UH, YOU KNOW, THEY HAD THE, UH, THE, THE HORSE PATROL, THE MOUNTED PATROL OUT LIKE EXTREMELY, HIGHLY VISIBLE, UH, LOTS OF POLICE OFFICERS, UH, YOU KNOW, PROBABLY NOT 30 YARDS FROM THAT KIND OF GROUP OF POLICE.

YOU KNOW, THERE WAS A, UH, AN EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE.

SO, UH, IT, IT JUST, IT, IT, IT MAKES ME DESPAIR A BIT IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, CLEARLY THE, THE, YOU KNOW, A STRONG POLICE REACTION LIKE THAT IS NOT A STRONG POLICE PRESENCE IN AND OF ITSELF WAS NOT ENOUGH TO, TO STOP THIS.

AND, AND, YOU KNOW, WE HAD FOUR PEOPLE INJURED ALMOST AT THE SAME TIME.

UH, IN SOUTH BEACH IN MIAMI, THERE WAS A SHOOTING WHERE THREE PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A VERY, VERY SIMILAR SITUATION.

AND, UM, IT JUST, ANECDOTALLY MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT SOUTH BEACH, UH, AND OCEAN DRIVE, AND THAT'S A, YOU KNOW, WITH A FAMOUS KIND OF ART DECO BUILDINGS ARE THE REAL NIGHTLIFE SPOT IN MIAMI IS HAVING THE SAME ISSUES THAT SIXTH STREET IS HAVING WHERE, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ONCE A VERY, STILL IS A VERY POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT, BUT THE LEVELS OF GUN VIOLENCE, UH, IN SOUTH BEACH, UH, ARE VERY HIGH AND THERE ARE INCREASING CONCERNS WITH VIOLENCE, UH, IN OTHER ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

SO ANY THOUGHTS ON, ON JUST KIND OF, YOU KNOW, SHARED, UH, SOLUTIONS? I KNOW MIAMI, I BELIEVE IN PULSE CURFEW, MIAMI BEACH, I BELIEVE IN POLLS, THE CURFEW, UH, RIGHT AFTER THE, THE SHOOTING IN RESPONSE TO IT.

UM, AGAIN, JUST, UH, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING IF ANYTHING, LIKE, YOU KNOW, OTHER, UH, CITIES WITH POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS, HOW ARE THEY HANDLING? AND THEN AGAIN, I KNOW THE OFFICE OF PREVENTION GOES BEYOND JUST KIND OF THE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT, BUT JUST BEING, YOU KNOW, CONSIDERING WHAT HAPPENED ON SATURDAY NIGHT, ANY KIND OF NATIONAL TRENDS, IDEAS, UH, RESPONSES THAT, THAT Y'ALL COULD, UH, UH, Y'ALL COULD SPEAK TO WELL, IN TERMS OF NATIONAL TRENDS.

I MEAN, AS YOU POINTED OUT, THERE'S A NATURAL TREND, A NATIONAL TREND OF VIOLENCE INCREASING, YOU KNOW, EVEN IN LIGHT OF POLICE PRESENCE.

I MEAN, IT'S, IT IS, IT IS, IT IS, IS, IT IS A REALITY OF WHAT'S HAPPENING, YOU KNOW, AND SOME OF THE STRATEGIES, LIKE I MENTIONED BEFORE, LIKE ADDRESS YOUR STRESS, A DEESCALATION OF CONFLICT MEDIATION ARE DESIGNED TO BE UTILIZED, UM, TO BE USED SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THAT SKILLSET WITHIN THE COMMUNITY AND THOSE SERVICES.

BUT IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY TO ADDRESS VIOLENCE, IT IS THROUGH THAT COLLABORATION OF WORKING TOGETHER AND LOOKING AT DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF SAFETY, UM, THAT GOES BEYOND POLICING.

UM, AND THAT REALLY IS DESIGNED AS NOT JUST IN THE MOMENT, THERE'S A LOT OF PLANNING THAT HAS TO HAPPEN AND COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION,

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UM, TO HELP BUILD WITHIN COMMUNITY WITHIN OUR BUSINESS DISTRICT, WITHIN THE CULTURE OF AUSTIN, UM, ATTITUDES AROUND ANTIVIOLENCE RIGHT, THAT WE'RE JUST NOT GOING TO ACCEPT IT RIGHT BY NOT HERE, NOT NOW, VIOLENCE IS NOT TOLERATED.

WE'RE GOING TO SECURELY, WE'RE GOING TO SAFELY SECURE OUR FIREARMS. WE DON'T ADDRESS OUR, JUST DEAL WITH OUR DISPUTES IN THIS WAY.

UH, BUT THAT'S GONNA TAKE TIME, UM, FOR US TO INFUSE THAT WITHIN COMMUNITY.

AND IT DOES REQUIRE US TO WORK ON THAT LEVEL PERSON, TO PERSON, NOT JUST WITH THE, UM, WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, BUT WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS TO HELP COME UP WITH THOSE SOLUTIONS TO BE ABLE TO LISTEN, BECAUSE THAT WAS AS, UM, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER HARBOR, MADISON SAID, YOU KNOW, THROUGH THERE'S A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, STRUCTURAL THINGS THAT ARE RELATED TO WHAT'S HAPPENING.

UM, THERE ARE STRUCTURAL RACISM THAT HAS KIND OF BAKED INTO THE CAKE, THEN THESE DISPARITIES THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS, UM, THERE ARE SOME SO THERE'S DISPARITY THAT OF COURSE LED DOWN TO PEOPLE EXPERIENCING POVERTY, UM, BUT NOT ONLY EXPERIENCING POVERTY, JUST BEING, NOT INVESTED IN AS A KID, AS COMMUNITIES, UH, WHICH IS KIND OF WHAT, YOU KNOW, HISTORICALLY THE DESIGN TO CONTROL BLACK AND BROWN BODIES, UM, POPULATION GROWTH AND ACCESS TO RESOURCES.

AND SO THROUGH THIS WORK THAT WE'RE DOING, WE ARE WANTING TO INFUSE THE COMMUNITY WITH RESOURCES AND CREATE THE STRUCTURES, UM, UM, SO THAT WE CAN UNDO THOSE THINGS AND DECIDE AS A COMMUNITY THAT, BUT I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE WITH THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPEN, UM, IN THE PAST.

AND THERE'S SOME NOT SO GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPEN, AND WE WANT TO LEARN FROM THOSE GOOD THINGS AND AMPLIFY IT, AND, UM, BE ABLE TO INFUSE THAT WITHIN ALL ASPECTS OF COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY IN, UM, COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN INCLUDED IN THAT PROCESS.

UM, THROUGH THE, UM, THE MECHANISMS I MENTIONED EARLIER, I APPRECIATE WORK.

AND, UH, HE SAID, I THINK THE, THE, THE GUNS, THE, THE WIDESPREAD AVAILABILITY, UH, I KNOW NOW IT'S, I MEAN, YOU CAN, IF, IF I'M UNDERSTANDING THE LAW CORRECTLY, YOU CAN OPEN CARRY ON SIXTH STREET.

UH, AND I JUST THINK THAT'S ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE, UH, AND JUST A RECIPE FOR DISASTER.

UM, BUT, UH, I KNOW THAT'S OUT OF Y'ALL'S CONTROL, BUT ANYWAY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER OF VAIL.

I THINK THE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE OFFICE ITSELF WAS INFORMED BY WHAT WE LEARNED FROM OTHER CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY.

UM, BOTH WHEN THE TASK FORCE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA, AND THEN WHEN WE PUT FORWARD THE AMENDMENT, UM, AND ALSO IN THE DESIGN AND HOW IT'S FUNCTIONING, IT IS BUILDING OFF OF BEST PRACTICES, UM, FROM OTHER PLACES.

AND I, AND I BELIEVE, UM, THAT COUNCIL MEMBER RESOLUTION THAT WE PASSED THE OTHER WEEK WITH SAFER SIX THROUGH IS ALSO INFORMED BY WHAT WE'VE LEARNED FROM HOW YOU ADDRESS THIS KIND OF VIOLENCE IN OTHER ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS.

UM, DID YOU HAVE A REAL QUICK COMMENT THEN? AND THEN I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS AS WELL.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

THANKS MAYOR PRO TEM, BECAUSE I WANT TO JUST SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE ISSUE OF SIXTH STREET.

SO IN, IN THE SAFER SIXTH STREET, PART ONE THAT WE PASSED IN JULY COUNCIL MEMBER FRONT US, YOU ASKED ABOUT WHETHER THERE ARE STRATEGIES THAT WE CAN LOOK TO FROM OTHER CITIES.

WE ACTUALLY INITIATED IN INITIATING THE SAFER SIX.

WE ASKED OUR STAFF TO DEVELOP AN INTERDEPARTMENTAL TEAM, TO CREATE A NIGHTLIFE STRATEGY, UH, AN EXCUSE ME, A NIGHTLIFE MANAGEMENT PLAN, WHICH IS EXACTLY THAT LOOKING AT BEST PRACTICES AROUND THIS, AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR HOW PEOPLE ARE MANAGING THEIR ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT.

AND SO, AND ALSO, UM, THE OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION WAS STATED AS A PARTY IN THAT, UM, INTERDEPARTMENTAL TEAM THAT HAS BEEN WORKING IN MEETING.

AND SO I DO HAVE A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER, YOU KNOW, WHETHER AND HOW INTEGRATED YOU ARE INTO THAT PROCESS THAT INVOLVES THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS.

I ALSO JUST WANTED TO LET MY COLLEAGUES KNOW IN THE SAFER SIXTH STREET PART TWO THAT WE JUST PASSED.

WE DID ASK OUR, OUR CITY LEGAL, OUR CITY MANAGER TO SET UP A TIME FOR US TO TALK WITH CITY LEGAL ABOUT, ABOUT ONE THING.

AND I JUST ADDED ANOTHER YESTERDAY.

UM, THE FIRST BEING, WHAT OPTIONS, WHAT LEGAL OPTIONS WE HAVE TO TAKE ACTION, LEGAL ACTION AGAINST ESTABLISHMENTS, WHERE THERE ARE REPEATED HISTORIES OF VIOLENCE.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT, UH, THE HOUSTON MAYOR HAS ROLLED OUT IN TRYING TO WORK OUT A PLAN TO CONFRONT THE INCREASING VIOLENCE IN THEIR CITY.

UM, AND SO I'VE ASKED OUR, OUR, WE ALL DID ACTUALLY, UM, IN PASSING MY RESOLUTION, WE ASKED OUR CITY MANAGER TO BRIEF US ON LEGAL OPTIONS THAT WE MAY HAVE

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TO TAKE AGAINST, UH, ESTABLISHMENTS.

I'VE ALSO ASKED, I'VE HAD VARIOUS CONVERSATIONS THROUGH THE LAST MONTH ABOUT WHAT OPTIONS WE HAVE FOR ADDRESSING THE ISSUE THAT YOU MENTIONED, COUNCIL MEMBER VELLA, WHICH IS THE PRESENCE OF GUNS ON SIXTH STREET, THE ABILITY TO OPEN CARRY.

AND I KNOW THERE'S AT LEAST ONE OPTION THAT I THINK WE CAN CONSIDER.

AND I'VE ASKED OUR CITY LEGAL TO SET UP A TIME FOR US TO TALK ABOUT THAT AS WELL.

AND EXECUTIVE SESSION.

I THINK IT'S, IT'S, UM, WELL OVERDUE BECAUSE EVERY, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL, UM, TWO MASS SHOOTINGS.

NOW IN THE LAST YEAR, AS YOU MENTIONED, LESS THAN THE LAST YEAR, THERE HAVE BEEN QUESTIONS AGAIN ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT IT'S TIME TO CONSIDER.

REIMPLEMENTING A CURFEW ON SIXTH STREET FOR, UM, INDIVIDUALS