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IT IS THURSDAY,

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MAY 5TH, 2022 AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

UH, TIME IS, UH, 10 18.

UH, WE ARE IN THE CITY COUNCIL.

CHAMBERS READING IS ALSO BEING YOUNG, VIRTUALLY, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

UH, TOVO AT HARPER MADISON, UH, ARE ON THE SCREEN.

COUNCIL MEMBER POOL IS ON A TRIP THAT, UH, IS A RESCHEDULED COVID TRIP.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY.

I IS, UH, OFF THE DIES TODAY.

SO SEVEN, UH, PRESENT, UM, TO REMOTE.

UH, THAT MEANS WE HAVE, UH, NINE AND TWO GOD.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS CHANGES AND CORRECTION, UH, FOR, UH, TODAY.

ITEM NUMBER FIVE WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE WATER WASTEWATER COMMISSION ARTISTS 7 1 1 VOTE COMMISSIONER MORIARTY VOTING.

NO, AND CHEERLY RECUSING COMMISSIONER FISHER ABSENT ONE VACANCY.

I HAVE NUMBER SIX, ROCK APRIL 13, 22 IS RECOMMENDED BY WATER, RACE, WATER COMMISSION, NORTHERN IDAHO VOTE, COMMISSIONER FISHER, ABSENT ON VACANCY ITEM NINE.

UM, I ON APRIL 13TH, 2022 WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE WATERWAYS WHERE COMMISSIONER NINE O VOTE COMMISSIONER FISHER ABSENT ONE VACANCY.

I HAD A NUMBER 40 TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION REPORTING, UH, KAVITA GUPTA AND JOHN UMPHREY'S.

I THINK HIS LAST NAME WAS MISSING AS COMMISSIONERS, THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL COURT COMMISSION FOR THREE YEAR TERM.

I HAVE A 65, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS ELLIS AND READ THE AREA I'VE BEEN ADDED AS A CO UH, SPONSORS, UH, ITEM NUMBER 22 PULLED ITEMS. UH, I'D REMEMBER, 22 IS GOING TO BE TAKEN UP, UH, AFTER, UH, EXECUTIVE, UH, SESSION, UH, COUNSEL ITEM NUMBER 35 WAS PULLED BY COUNCIL MEMBER.

UH, KELLY, UH, I DON'T THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE HER TODAY, BUT I'M GOING TO LEAVE THIS POLLED, UH, CASE FOR WHATEVER REASON WE HEAR FROM HER OR SHOWS UP AND WE CAN VOTE ON THAT RIGHT AFTER THE CONSENT AGENDA IS, UH, IS ACTED ON LATE BACKUP ON ITEMS 20 21 32 33 34 35, 42 47, 48, 49, 50 51 58 AND 60.

UH, CONSENT AGENDA IS ITEMS ONE THROUGH 41 AND ITEM 63 AND 66 ITEM 67, UH, IS THE, UH, ITEM, UH, THAT IS JUST THE DISCUSSION ON, UH, ON, UH, LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE.

OTHER THE CHANGES WE CAN DO TO ENCOURAGE, UH, UH, HOUSING SUPPLY, SPECIAL SPECIALTY AFFORDABLE HOUSING SUPPLIER ON CORRIDORS.

WE PUT IT ON THE AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION ONLY, UH, THIS TODAY IN CASE THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT WANTED TO DAYLIGHT SOMETHING, UH, IN ADVANCE OF, UH, TWO WEEKS FROM NOW.

UH, OBVIOUSLY YOU COULD DAYLIGHT STUFF ON THE MESSAGE BOARD AND OTHERWISE, DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANYTHING THEY WOULD THE DAYLIGHT, UH, AT THIS POINT, UH, THAT THAT'S WHERE OUR KITCHEN? UH, NO, I DON'T.

I JUST WANTED TO REMIND FOLKS THAT WE HAD TALKED ABOUT REALLY HAVING A DISCUSSION ON THE 17TH OR THE 19TH, IF I'VE GOT THOSE DATES, RIGHT.

AND THAT WE HAD POSTPONED THE ITEM TO JUNE 9TH FOR ACTION.

SO, UH, SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 17TH AND THE 19TH.

AND ALSO I THINK COUNCIL MEMBER OF ALA HAD, UH, RECOMMENDED THAT WE SET A DEADLINE FOR OURSELVES FOR POSTING, UM, PROPOSALS.

AND SO I FIGURED WE COULD TALK ABOUT THAT ON THE 17TH, IF I'VE GOT THE DATES, RIGHT.

AND THAT'S THE WORK SESSION, I THINK THAT'S RIGHT.

AND I THINK THAT THERE'S A SUGGESTION FROM COUNCIL MEMBER VALLA WAS EVEN PRIOR TO THE 17TH, UH, FOR THAT DISCUSSION OR THE 17TH AND PEOPLE COULD POST THINGS, UH, AHEAD OF THAT, THAT WOULD BREAK THAT WORK SESSION DISCUSSION, UH, A BUNCH OF BETTER HAD YOU'RE RIGHT.

THERE WAS A, UH, A DAY THE VW TWO ITEM WAS POSTPONED TO JANUARY, TO JUNE 9TH.

UH, WE ALSO HAD THIS ITEM THAT WAS SET FOR BROAD DISCUSSION, UH, AND, UH, THAT DISCUSSION WAS SET, UH, FOR THIS WEEK AND HAS BEEN ON THE AGENDAS, UH, SET FOR THE WEEK OF THE 17TH AND 19TH AS WELL.

I JUST WANTED TO CALL IT UP TODAY TO SEE IF ANYBODY HAD ANYTHING, IF NOT, I'M GOING TO CROSS THAT OFF THE AGENDA FOR TODAY.

UH, EVERY WE'LL HAVE COVERED THAT HERE TODAY.

UH, THAT GETS US GO AHEAD.

CAN I ASK A QUESTION TO MAKE SURE THE RECORD IS CLEAR? SO WHEN WE COME BACK ON THOSE

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DAYS IN JUNE, WE WERE GOING TO POST BOTH THINGS, THE VENUE TO THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE ITEM PLUS THIS LANGUAGE, CORRECT? BECAUSE THE DISCUSSION.

THANK YOU.

AND I THINK WE HAVE AN EXECUTIVE SESSION TODAY.

YES.

AREN'T OPEN GOVERNMENT, RIGHT.

GOTCHA.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

YES.

UM, I'D LIKE TO BE LISTED AS A CO-SPONSOR FOR ITEM 65 COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN'S ITEM REGARDING BINDING ARBITRATION AND RESPECTING THE WILL OF AUSTIN'S VOTERS.

OKAY.

HOW MANY ANSWER SPEAKERS THAT S OH, I'M SORRY.

BEFORE WE GO.

UH, ALL RIGHT.

APRIL TYPE.

I APOLOGIZE.

REP RECOGNIZE A YOU EARLIER FOR NOTES RIGHT HERE.

NO PROBLEM.

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

I WANTED TO WELCOME ISABELLA MATORY WHO SERVES AS A MEMBER OF THE GERMAN PARLIAMENT, ISABELLA, FOR YOU WANNA, UM, SHE REPRESENTS THE CITY OF MANNHEIM IN THE PARLIAMENT.

UM, SHE'S ALSO A MEMBER OF THE MANHEIM CITY COUNCIL.

SO YOU IMAGINE DOING BOTH JOBS, UM, SHE'S HOSTED BY THE FRIEDRICH , WHICH IS THE THINK TANK FOUNDATION FOR THE GERMAN SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, UM, WHO HAVE AN ONGOING, UH, COLLABORATION HERE IN AUSTIN, UH, PARTICULARLY WITH UT, UM, FOR TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS.

AND SHE'S JOINED BY MICHAEL SAGALA AND KNUTE DEF LISTEN FROM THE FRIEDRICH ABRAHAM SHIFTING.

SO WELCOME TO AUSTIN.

UM, THEY'RE GOING TO BE WATCHING SOME OF OUR COUNCIL MEETING THIS MORNING, AND THERE'LL BE GOING TO THE CAPITOL THIS AFTERNOON AND MET WITH, UM, REPRESENTATIVE DOGGETT AND THE GERMAN AMERICAN SOCIETY, UM, YESTERDAY.

SO WELCOME TO AUSTIN.

I'M SURE YOU'LL FIND AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS TO BE BRUNCH FOR RIVETING AND EXCITING CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.

I'M HOME.

WELCOME.

UH, WE HAVE, UH,

[Public Comments (Part 1 of 2)]

SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO, UH, SPEAK, UH, I THINK A LITTLE OVER 50.

UH, SO THE, A SPEAKER SPEAKING OF THIS MORNING WAS SPEAK FOR WHAT HE DID EACH.

I THINK THERE WERE 15 SPEAKERS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK THIS AFTERNOON, OUR ZONING.

SO WE'LL DO THREE MINUTES A SPEAKER THIS AFTERNOON.

WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN THE SPEAKERS TODAY WITH FOUR REMOTE SPANISH SPEAKERS.

UH, SINCE WE HAVE, UH, AN INTERPRETER HANDY AND WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK IN AND ASK THE CLERK TO CALL THE SPEAKERS THAT ARE HERE, PRESENT PHYSICALLY, UH, AND THEN WE'LL DO RETURN TO THE REMAINDER OF THE REMOTE SPEAKERS IF THEY'RE ALREADY.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THE FIRST SPEAKER IS MYRNA RODRIGUEZ.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS YOURS AND I'M GIVING MY VOTE TO ITEM 21 BECAUSE THIS PILOT PROGRAM HELPED US A LOT DURING THE PANDEMIC THANK YOU FOR THE CONTRACT THAT WAS APPROVED DURING THE PANDEMIC YEAH.

AND THANK YOU FOR THIS PROGRAM UP TOGETHER THAT HELPED MANY FAMILIES HERE IN THE CITY OF BOSTON TO GET IT.

THE CITY COUNCIL OF AUSTIN HAS TO GUARANTEE THAT NO FAMILIES ARE LEFT BEHIND IN THIS LOW RECOVERY PATH AFTER THE PANDEMIC AND AFTER THE STORM

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AND THE, UH, CRISIS OF AFFORDABLE LIVING HERE IN AUSTIN HAS IMPACTED MANY FAMILIES PROFOUNDLY.

PLEASE ASK HER TO CONCLUDE.

I CANNOT HEAR YOU.

PLEASE ASK HER TO CONTINUE TO CONCLUDE HER CANDIDATES.

THEY FEET THEY'LL TOGETHER AND YES, I AM SUPPORTING ITEM NUMBER 21 FOR APP TOGETHER.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MANUAL JOYA.

YES.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS MANUEL .

HEY, YO, LET ME, UH, UH, AND I'M IN FAVOR OF ITEM NUMBER 21.

I'M VERY THANKFUL ABOUT THAT.

I WAS IN THAT PROGRAM DURING THE PANDEMIC, AND IT HELPED ME VERY MUCH DURING COVID TIMES YOURS BECAUSE MANY OF US LOST OUR JOBS AND LIKE MYSELF AND MY KIDS, WE SUFFER WITH COVID MY, THIS HOUR.

AND I WAS HAVING PROBLEMS PAYING RENT.

AND THANKS TO THAT HELP.

I WAS ABLE TO GET OFF MY FEET AND I WISH THIS COULD COME BACK AGAIN SO HE CAN HELP MANY OTHER FAMILIES AS WELL.

AND YES, I AM VERY THANKFUL FOR THAT PROGRAM.

AND I'M VERY HAPPY TO HAVE THAT PROGRAM NECESSARILY DALLAS AND I WISH THIS, THIS COULD COME BACK TO HELP MANY NEEDED FAMILIES.

IN ST.

THOMAS AND I AM IN AGREEMENT FOR ALL THAT, TO BE APPROVED, TO HELP ALL OUR KIDS GROUP AND TUNE.

AND I AM IN AGREEMENT WITH ALL THE HELP OF ARTICLE 21.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER.

NEXT SPEAKER IS ON ITEM 21 AS WELL.

IRENE HERNANDEZ.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS .

YES, .

AND I AM IN FAVOR OF ITEM 21.

NOT THAT WOULD HELP A LOT OF FAMILIES HAVE A LOW INCOME THAT HAVE LOW INCOME.

THANKS TO THAT MONEY.

MANY PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO PAY RENT.

OTHERWISE IT COULD NOT HAVE, UH, .

THIS WILL BE IN THE AND THINGS TO THIS ARTICLE 21, IT WOULD HELP FAMILIES THAT ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY PAYING RENT AND ALSO WOULD HELP THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST JOBS.

SO INDEED IT WOULD HELP MANY FAMILIES.

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WELL, THAT'S ALL I AM IN FAVOR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

NEXT SPEAKER ITEM 21, ELENA RODRIGUEZ.

OKAY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? WELL, GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS ELENA RODRIGUEZ SPRINT DOVE SPRINGS.

INTERPRETER.

COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE WAS.

SHE SAID, I AM A RESIDENT OF DOVE SPRINGS.

SO YOU NOTICE YOU, THEN I AM A RESIDENT OF THOSE SPRINGS.

IF THERE I AM IN FAVOR.

SHE, SHE IS IN FAVOR OF OUR, UH, UH, AGENDA ITEM 21 BECAUSE IN PANDEMIC TIME IS HELP HER A LOT BECAUSE SHE'S A SINGLE MOTHER AND SHE SAW A LOT OF, UH, FAMILY IS BENEFITING FROM THIS, UM, FUNDS.

AND SHE'S IN FAVOR OF ARTICLE 21.

YES.

FEDERAL CAN.

WHAT IS AND SHE HOPES THAT THIS, UH, FUNDS CONTINUE FOR YEARS TO COME BECAUSE, UH, SHE SAW A LOT OF FAMILIES, UH, PROFIT FROM THIS .

THANK YOU.

AND I HOPE YOU KEEP DOING IT.

G THAT CONCLUDES REMOTE SPANISH-SPEAKING ON TWO IN-PERSON PLEASE.

ON ITEM SEVEN OF THE NEXT 20 SPEAKERS WILL BE ON ITEM 21, STARTING WITH ANA GONZALES WITH DEVIN, KARL ON DECK.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS ANNA GONZALEZ.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT ONE.

I AM A .

I AM A LATINA.

UH, I WAS A SINGLE MOTHER AT 17 AND WAS STRUGGLING, UH, TO BE WELL, UH, WHEN I ARRIVED HERE IN AUSTIN AND IT WAS THANKS TO INVESTMENTS MADE IN MY FUTURE THAT I WAS ABLE TO COMPLETE GRADUATE SCHOOL.

I WORKED NOW FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

I COMPLETED, UH, A PHD AND I AM SERVING MY COMMUNITY BACK.

IT IS INVESTMENTS.

WHAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

THIS IS NOT GIVEAWAYS.

THIS IS JUST BELIEVING THAT PEOPLE WILL LIFT UP AND GIVE BACK WHAT THEY ARE ABLE TO DO WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN THEM.

SO PLEASE SUPPORT ITEM 21 IN THE AGENDA.

I CAN TRUST THAT YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE A GOOD DECISION, A GOOD FISCAL DECISION.

THANK YOU, DEVIN.

CARL WITH SAM KIRSCH ON DECK.

IT'S CARLY.

MA'AM DEVIN CRIED, BUT YOU GOT MY FIRST NAME, RIGHT? USUALLY PEOPLE GET IT WRONG.

UM, SO MY NAME IS DEVIN CARLY I'M IN SUPPORTIVE ITEM 21.

AND, UH, THE REASON FOR THAT IS BACK DURING THE ICE STORM.

UM, MY HOUSE, MY, A PLACE GOT REALLY RAMMED, BUT REAL BAD AND THINGS GOT PIPES, FROZE, WATER WENT EVERYWHERE.

UM, THEN AFTER THAT I FOUND OUT I HAD HIV AND, UM, MADE MY LIFE A LOT HARDER.

AND I HAD, YOU KNOW, I'M GOING THROUGH ALL THIS STUFF AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO TURN WAS GOING TO FEMA, ASK THEM FOR HELP.

THEY KEPT DENYING MY APPLICATION, KEPT KICKING IT BACK, TELLING ME THAT, UH, I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION AND JUST COULDN'T GET IT IN TIMES.

STILL, NEVER GOT IT.

AND THEN, UH, OUT OF NOWHERE UP TOGETHER SHOWED UP AND, UH, MAN, THEY SAVED ME.

THEY SAY, THEY SAY TO ME, AND THEY TOOK

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A LOT OF STRESS OFF ME.

AND THEN THE FACT THAT ALL THE STUFF THAT I WAS GOING THROUGH IN THE ALREADY, AND I'M A SINGLE FATHER, I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT I HAVE CUSTODY OF MY TIP, MY 11 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER.

AND IT WAS JUST REALLY HARD.

AND IF IT WASN'T FOR UP TOGETHER, I WOULDN'T BE HERE ABLE TO TELL YOU THIS.

I BROUGHT MY DAUGHTER, PUPPY AND CPS, YOU KNOW, SHE'D PROBABLY, GOD KNOWS WHAT, BUT YOU KNOW, THEY STEPPED IN AND THEY DID WHAT THE GOVERNMENT DIDN'T.

SO I'M ASKING YOU ALL, THANK YOU.

YOU KNOW, KEEP IT.

SO YOU NEED TO KEEP OUT OF 20, 21 TAKE YOU AND MR. CARLY, MR. CARLY, NO ONE KNOWS.

IT'S THE GOVERNMENT WORKING WITH UP TOGETHER.

JUST WANT TO LET YOU, I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU DO THAT, THAT YOUR COMMUNITY AND THE TAXPAYERS WE'RE HELPING.

I GET THAT, BUT FEMA SHOULD HAVE.

I MEAN, I, I GOT DETAILED, YOU KNOW, WHAT, WHAT HAPPENED AND THE SITUATION, I MEAN, I'VE GOT FILES AND I JUST KEPT KICKING IT BACK OVER TECHNICALITIES AND FILING.

WOULDN'T TAKE IT AND THEN HAVE TOGETHER CAME IN.

GOTCHA.

SO, I MEAN, I GET UP TOGETHER AS A, AS A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM.

I'M TALKING ABOUT THE MAIN GOVERNMENT PROGRAM.

GOTCHA.

THAT'S A FEDERAL PROGRAM.

RIGHT? I GET IT.

I KNOW FRUSTRATING, BUT I'M HAPPY.

THANKS FOR COMING BY.

YES, SIR.

SAM KIRSCH.

HELLO.

UH, MY NAME IS SAM KIRSCH.

I'M AN ORGANIZER WITH DISTRICT FIVE FOR BLACK LIVES.

WE HEARD MAYOR ADLER, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, AND THE CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE TO SUPPORT ITEM 21 ITEM 21 WILL PROVIDE CRUCIAL EMERGENCY FUNDS TO 85.

AUSTINITES.

WE KNOW THAT A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF BLACK OF AUSTIN, BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES LIVE IN POVERTY AND HOUSING INSECURITY.

ITEM 21 IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE FUNDS TO AUSTINITES AT RISK OF EVICTION.

IT'S MORE COST-EFFECTIVE TO KEEP PEOPLE HOUSED THAN IT IS TO TRY TO HOUSE THEM.

WHEN THEY'RE ALREADY LIVING ON THE STREETS, PROVIDING THIS DIRECT CASH ASSISTANCE WILL BE PEOPLE'S LIFELINE FOR FOOD RENT AND OTHER NECESSARY COSTS TO LIVE ITEM 21 IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN COMMITTING TO RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE.

PLEASE VOTE.

YES ON ITEM 21.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

NEXT IS KATHLEEN MITCHELL WITH RICHARD SMITH ON DECK RICHARD SMITH WITH ANDREA BLACK.

ON-DECK GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS RICHARD SMITH.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT EIGHT AND I OPPOSED AGENDA ITEM 21 BECAUSE OF ITS USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS NOT A TEST TUBE FOR CONDUCTING SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS.

BASED ON PERSONAL IDEOLOGIES, AUSTIN TAXPAYERS PROVIDE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THOSE IN NEED THROUGH FEDERAL AND STATE PROGRAMS AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS.

INDEED, MANY OF THE PRIOR GBI PILOTS WERE SUPPORTED BY NONPROFITS, SUCH AS THE HOPEWELL FUND SPRINGBOARD TO OPPORTUNITY AND START SMALL.

I'M PERSONALLY FAMILIAR WITH THE ST VINCENT DEPAUL ORGANIZATION THAT DOES PROVIDE IMMEDIATE CASH, IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF ELECTRIC BILLS.

AND IT DOES RESPOND TO PEOPLE ON THE BRINK OF HOMELESSNESS.

THAT'S OUT THERE TODAY.

THE TAX DOLLARS OF AUSTIN RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR THIS MATTER.

I ALSO WANT TO MENTION THAT I'M SURE MOST OF YOU KNOW, A PROGRAM LIKE THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, ANDREA BLACK.

MY NAME IS ANDREA BLACK.

I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF UNDOING WHITE SUPREMACY, AUSTIN.

I WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE RE-IMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE.

WE'RE INVEST RE-INVESTMENT WORKING GROUP THAT REP RECOMMENDED THE $12 MILLION, UH, GUARANTEED BASIC INCOME PROGRAM.

UM, I ASKED, PLEASE DO NOT DELAY THIS $1 MILLION PILOT.

THE CITY COUNCIL MUST TAKE VOTE BOLD AND VISIONARY ACTION TO HELP AUSTIN'S MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS STAY AND MAKE IT AN EQUITABLE CITY WHERE EVERYBODY CAN THRIVE.

SIMILAR PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN TESTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH REMARKABLE SUCCESS.

FRANKLY, MANY OF THE QUESTIONS AND CRITIQUES ARE ROOTED IN WHITE SUPREMACY.

THEY BLAME POOR PEOPLE

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FOR THEIR POVERTY.

WHEN WE KNOW IT AS A RESULT OF MULTI-GENERATIONAL SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION, THE QUESTION, THE LEADERSHIP OF UP TOGETHER, A PEOPLE OF COLOR LED ORGANIZATION, DESPITE ITS TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS HERE IN AUSTIN AND ELSEWHERE.

YOU ALL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVE THIS PROGRAM A YEAR AGO AND APPROPRIATED FUNDS.

PLEASE DON'T LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS.

THE LAYING SOWING DOUBT, ASKING FOR MORE RESEARCH NITPICKING DETAILS ARE TRIED AND TRUE TACTICS OF WHITE SUPREMACY TO UPHOLD THE STATUS QUO.

PLEASE KEEP THE FAITH AND VOTE FOR THIS PILOT PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE A CRITICAL STEP TOWARDS ADDRESSING THESE CHALLENGES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

POWERLESS SYLVESTRI WITH ASHLEY HAMILTON ON DECK.

UM, GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY.

MY NAME IS AND FROM 2019 TO 2022, I WAS THE DIRECTOR OF FAMILY PATHWAYS OR UNITED WAY FOR GREATER OSTEEN.

THAT PILLAR THAT FOCUSES ON FINANCIAL STABILITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

I CREATED THE FIRST GUARANTEED INCOME PROJECT IN AUSTIN, WHICH PROVIDES $6,000 A YEAR ASSISTANCE WITH CHILDCARE CONNECTION TO BASIC NEEDS, ADVISING, TUTORING, AND OPPORTUNITIES TO EARN A LEARN, BE AN INTERNSHIP IN APPRENTICESHIPS.

THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM IS NOT NEW OR AS A TEREK SINCE 1982, ALASKA HAS GIVEN EACH CITIZEN, UM, AN ANNUAL CHECK FOR JUST TO BE ALIVE, EFFECTIVELY WIPING OUT EXTREME POVERTY THEY MONEY, WHICH CAN RANGE FROM AROUND $2,000 PER PERSON TO A THOUSAND DOLLARS COMES FROM THE ALASKA PERMANENT FUND S STATE ON INVESTMENT.

WE FIND THAT SHOW REVENUES OR THE REVENUES ECONOMISTS INVESTIGATOR, WHERE THE PAYMENT WAS LEADING PEOPLE TO WORK LESS AND FOUND THAT THE DV THEN HAD NO OFFENSE EFFECT ON EMPLOYMENT.

OVERALL, ANOTHER LONG RUNNING PROGRAM HERE SPRINGBOARD OFF OPPORTUNITY IN JACKSON.

MISSISSIPPI HAS PROVIDED A THOUSAND A MONTH TO HUNDREDS OF BLACK FAMILIES SINCE 2018, THE RESULT 66% INCREASE IN PAYING BILLS ON TIME WITHOUT SUPPORT 48% MORE LIKELY TO HAVE MONEY SAVED FOR EMERGENCIES.

25%.

I CAN LIST THIS FOREVER HERE IN AUSTIN OR PROJECT WITH ACC.

WE HAVE SEEN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PILOT THAT 96% OF PARTICIPANTS ENROLLING THE NEXT SEMESTER VERSUS ONLY 68% OF OTHER STUDENTS, A 20% HIGHER GPA TIME HAS EXPIRED.

OKAY.

UM, PLEASE, UM, THAT PARTNERSHIP WITH FII IS REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LOW BARRIER.

I URGE YOU TO VOTE YES.

ON 9 21, GUARANTEED INCOME OFFERS THE BEST HOPE TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH RESOURCES, TO MAKE IMPORTANT LIFE CHOICES THAT EVERYBODY WANTS.

THEY ARE RELATED TO MAKE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, ASHLEY HAMILTON WITH CHRIS HARRIS ON DECK.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS ASHLEY HAMILTON AND DISTRICT ONE RESIDENT AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZER WITH COMMUNITIES OF COLOR UNITED FOR RACIAL JUSTICE.

THIS PLACE SEVERAL TIMES DUE TO GENTRIFICATION, I'M A BLACK SINGLE MOTHER OF TWO.

I'M HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 21 GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT PROGRAM.

ALTHOUGH 1 MILLION IS JUST THE START.

WE NEED TO HONOR THE ORIGINAL ASK OF 12 MILLION IT'S TIME TO GET RID OF THE NARRATIVE.

ARGUING THAT PEOPLE EXPERIENCING POVERTY SIMPLY NEED TO WORK HARDER AND MAKE BETTER PERSONAL CHOICES.

I TOO AM A RECIPIENT OF THE UP TOGETHER FUND.

IN FACT, THE CITY HAS LONG HISTORY OF POLICIES AND LAWS THAT CREATE AND PERPETUATE POVERTY AND RACIAL INEQUITY.

UNFORTUNATELY, IT IS WHAT OUR NATION IS BUILT ON CENTURIES OF RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY CONTRIBUTE TO AMERICA'S HYPER POVERTY RATE, SPECIFICALLY BLACK AND BROWN FAMILIES WHO FACE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, AND ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT BENEFITS SUFFER HIGH RATES OF POVERTY AND HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO BUILD GENERATIONAL WEALTH.

IT IS SAID THAT BLACK AND BROWN FOLKS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO MANAGE THEIR FINANCES.

IN REALITY, IT IS SYSTEMIC RACISM THAT HAS ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET FOR WHITES WHILE DESTROYING IT FOR BLACKS.

WE ARE TAUGHT TO SPEND NO MORE THAN 30% OF OUR INCOME ON RENT.

NOT ONLY IS IT UNREALISTIC BUT IMPOSSIBLE WHEN THERE'S NO THERE'S NO RENT CONTROL AND NO INCREASE IN WAGES, GUARANTEED INCOME PROGRAMS HELP ADDRESS THE INCOME DISPARITIES.

THIS PROGRAM WILL ALLOW BLACK AND BROWN FAMILIES, THE ABILITY TO BREATHE AND LIVE IN ORDER TO MAYBE ONE DAY BUILD GENERATIONAL WEALTH START BUSINESSES, OR FOR SOME LIKE ME JUST ENJOY THEIR CHILDREN.

SO HERE, THOSE SAY THINGS LIKE THEY AREN'T GOING TO WORK AND THAT THEY JUST WANT TO HAND OUT TO COLLECT MONEY.

LET'S BE REAL.

SOME OF US ARE HAVING TO WORK TWO AND THREE JOBS JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET, AND THEN WE'RE BEING PENALIZED FOR NOT BEING WITH OUR KIDS.

CPS IS INVOLVED.

PLEASE.

AGAIN, I ASK THAT YOU ALL DO THE RIGHT THING AND APPROVE THIS AND GET 12 MILLION TOWARDS THE GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT PROGRAM.

THANK YOU, CHRIS HARRIS, CYNTHIA VASQUEZ ON DECK.

GOOD MORNING.

UH, MY NAME IS CHRIS HARRIS.

I'M

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THE DIRECTOR OF POLICY AT THE AUSTIN JUSTICE COALITION.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS YOU THIS MORNING.

UH, I'M HERE, UH, IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 21.

UH, I WILL, UH, FIRSTLY, UH, ECHO THE COST FOR, UM, FOR AN EXPANDED PROGRAM.

UH, THAT WAS PARTICULARLY, THAT WAS CONTAINED WITHIN THE REIMAGINE PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE.

UH, WE, WE, WE GO TO THOSE CALLS AGAIN WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT BUDGET SIGNED ON BY A GROWING GROUP OF MORE THAN 30 ORGANIZATIONS, UH, ENCOMPASSING A WIDE SWATH OF SOCIAL, UH, UH, OF THE, UH, CIVIL SECTOR HERE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, ULTIMATELY WE'RE IN A SITUATION WHERE, UM, YES, UM, THE CONSTERNATION THAT YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS PROGRAM THAT SOME HAVE EXPRESSED ABOUT, ABOUT HOW IT WORKS.

UM, THESE ARE WHAT COME ALONG WITH ULTIMATELY WHAT IT MEANS TESTED PROGRAM.

AND THAT'S WHY THE IDEA BEHIND THE UBI IS THAT IT IS UNIVERSAL.

AND SO, SO THOSE SAYING, YOU KNOW, HOW IS THIS STRUCTURED? AND IT SHOULDN'T JUST BE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

YES, IT SHOULD.

BUT WE HAVE A CRISIS RIGHT NOW IN OUR CITY, A CRISIS THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED AND WE'RE HERE NOW AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT.

AND SO PLEASE DO IT.

OUR FAMILIES CAN'T WAIT, UH, THE PEOPLE IN THE CITY CAN'T WAIT, PLEASE ACT NOW AND APPROVE ITEMS. WOULDN'T WANT TO.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

CYNTHIA VASQUEZ WAS SUE GABRIEL ON DECK.

HI, MY NAME IS CYNTHIA VASQUEZ.

I'M A NATIVE EAST AUSTIN CHICANA AND DISPLAY.

SO FOR, FOR, DURING THE PANDEMIC, I WORKED AS AN ORGANIZER FOR GABA GO AUSTIN, VAMOS AUSTIN.

AND I WAS ABLE TO MAN GIVE CASH CODES FOR DIRECT CASH ASSISTANCE TO OVER 20 FAMILIES IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.

THAT WAS A PRIVILEGE AND IT DAMN SURE FELT LIKE AN HONOR TO BE ABLE TO CALL WILLIE AND TELL HIM I GOT $500 TO HELP HIM OUT WITH RENT.

IT ALSO FELT GOOD TO CALL JEANETTE WHO LIVES IN FOUR, FOUR AND WAS DISPLACED TO NORTH AUSTIN, ABOUT 15 MILES AWAY FROM HER HOMESCHOOL.

IT FELT GOOD TO BE ABLE TO CALL HER AND TELL HER I HAD $2,000 TO HELP HER OUT WITH RENT.

I WAS ABLE TO ASSIST FAMILIES IN 4, 4, 4 5 5 2 5 8 5 6.

THIS MONEY HELPED OUR FAMILIES MAKE IT THROUGH THE PANDEMIC.

AND I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT IT COULD DO FOR OUR FAMILIES TO GET THEM OUT OF POVERTY OVER THE NEXT YEAR.

THIS $1 MILLION IS A PIECE OF WHAT WAS INITIALLY ASKED.

I'D LIKE TO REMIND YOU ALL WHO ARE QUESTIONING THAT.

I QUESTION YOUR, YOUR MORALE, YOUR MORALS, NOT THE MORALS OF PEOPLE IN POVERTY PASS ITEM 21.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

SUE GABRIEL WITH EVELYN JOHNSON, NICHOLS ON DECK.

UM, SO GABRIEL WITH COMMUNITIES OF COLOR UNITED, UM, FOR ITEM NUMBER 21, THE REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT STATES THAT THE CITY WILL OVERSEE THE IMPLEMENT IMPLEMENTATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF A GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT PROGRAM IN THE FORM OF DIRECT RECURRING CASH PAYMENTS TO TOTAL $12 MILLION ANNUALLY.

THIS MONEY MUST BE USED AT THE RESIDENTS DISCRETION CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS.

AND NO ONE ELSE HAS THE RIGHT TO QUESTION WHERE THE POOR PEOPLE CAN BE QUOTE UNQUOTE RESPONSIBLE WITH THE FUNDS.

IT IS PAST TIME FOR THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO EXAMINE YOUR OWN RECORDS OF ADDING TO THE OVERLOADED AB APD BUDGET YEAR AFTER YEAR, GIVING TAXPAYERS MONEY TO CORPORATIONS AND DEVELOPERS.

THEY'RE ERADICATING NEIGHBORHOODS, GIVING TAXPAYERS MONEY TO UNNECESSARILY INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, PLEASE VOTE FOR NUMBER 21.

EVELYN JOHNSON, NICHOLS WITH JEREMY GARS ON DECK JEREMY GARZA.

HOW DO YOU ALL, MY NAME IS JEREMY GARZA AND I LIVE IN SOUTHEAST AUSTIN AND DISTRICT NUMBER THREE IN HERE IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 21.

AND I URGE YOU TO PASS AND FUND THIS PILOT PROJECT.

AND EVENTUALLY THE FULL $12 MILLION SPECIFICALLY, I WANTED TO SPEAK TO THE OPINION ARTICULATED BY SOME OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS MEMBERS THAT ARGUE THAT THE RECIPE, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NOT THE LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT TO FUND AND IMPLEMENT A GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT.

I FELT THAT THAT COMMENT WAS A GASLIGHTING SLAP IN THE FACE THAT REALITY OF OUR FEDERAL POLITICS, I WAS BORN AND RAISED HERE IN AUSTIN AND SPENT MONTAGE MOMENTS MY ENTIRE LIFE HERE.

AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN REPRESENTED AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL OTHER THAN THE STAUNCHEST OF CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS THAT HAVE NEVER REFLECTED

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MY VALUES.

WHEN THIS COUNCIL MOVED TO THE CURRENT 10 DISTRICT MODEL, I FELT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, MY VALUES COULD, COULD BE FINALLY REFLECTED IN AT LEAST ONE OF MY ELECTED OFFICIALS.

I IMPLORE YOU TO PUT YOUR ACTIONS WHERE YOUR PURPORTED VALUES ARE AND ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING TO HELP POOR PEOPLE, TO HELP STOP DISPLACEMENT.

BECAUSE IF IT'S NOT YOU, IT WILL NOT COME FROM ANYWHERE ELSE.

THIS PROGRAM IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO TO UPLIFT TO THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE.

AND I WANT YOU ALSO TO THINK CRITICALLY ABOUT THE WAY THAT POOR PEOPLE ARE BEING TALKED ABOUT IN THE PRESS AND THOSE WHO AGAINST IT, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE PASS THIS MEASURE.

ANA WITH PAUL ROBBINS ON DECK.

GOOD MORNING COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS ANA DE FRITAS.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT THREE.

I'M HERE BEFORE YOU AND SUPPORTIVE ITEM 21 FOR THE SAME REASONS THAT I WAS HERE SUPPORTING THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF HOMELESSNESS.

AND THAT'S BECAUSE I KNOW AND HAVE SEEN THAT SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, THE PEOPLE THAT I'VE BEEN ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF BEFORE THIS BODY FOR YEARS NOW, BENEFIT DEEPLY WHEN THEY HAVE ACCESS TO HAVING THEIR, THEIR IMMEDIATE NEEDS MET.

I EXPECT OPPOSITION FROM THE STATE LEGISLATURE.

I EXPECT MUCH MORE FROM, FROM THIS BODY.

UM, THIS IS A PLACE WHERE WE CAN SET NEW STANDARDS AND THIS PILOT IS A WAY TO MODEL THE LEADERSHIP THAT IS SO BADLY MISSING FROM THE CAPITOL.

RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE 33 OTHER CITIES THAT HAVE DONE THIS.

THIS IS NOT RISKY.

I ASKED THAT IF YOU'RE CONCERNED WITH FINDING SAVINGS, YOU LOOK FOR THEM ELSEWHERE AND NOT ON THE BACKS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THIS IS AN EXCITING DAY, A REAL OPPORTUNITY TO IMPLEMENT WHAT WAS INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET SOMETIME AGO.

THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH YOU.

PAUL ROBBINS WITH MONICA GUZMAN NEXT MONICA GUZMAN.

GOOD MORNING.

CAN YOU HEAR ME THROUGH MY MASK? OKAY, GOOD.

I'M MONICA GUZMAN POLICY DIRECTOR AT GABA.

DIDN'T EXPECT TO GET CHOKED UP THIS EARLY.

UM, I WAS A MEMBER OF THE REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE AND A DISTRICT FOR RESIDENT.

EVERYTHING I HAVE TO SAY FROM THIS POINT FORWARD IS MY THOUGHTS AND MINE ALONE.

SO IT DOES NOT REFLECT IN ANY WAY ON MY EMPLOYER OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.

THIS PROGRAM IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME.

I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE CITY.

I, THERE WAS A TIME IN MY LIFE.

WHEN MY PARENTS SPLIT, MY MOTHER HAD SIX CHILDREN.

SHE WORKED A FULL-TIME JOB FOR THE STATE, WENT TO SCHOOL AT NIGHT.

VERY FORTUNATE.

HER PARENTS WERE AROUND TO HELP TAKE CARE OF US.

IT TOOK HER 20 YEARS TO GET THROUGH COLLEGE, BUT SHE DID IT.

SHE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IT.

IF IT WEREN'T FOR PROGRAMS AND FAMILY IN PLACE, THERE WAS NO GUARANTEED INCOME PROGRAM.

BACK THEN MYSELF.

I WAS A SINGLE PARENT AND THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM NOW A SURVIVOR, BUT A VICTIM STRUGGLING TO FIND MY FINANCIAL FOOTING.

I WAS BACK INTO THE ROOM WITH MY MOTHER, AS WELL AS ANOTHER FAMILY, THREE FAMILIES INTO THE SAME ROOF.

THAT'S NOT PEACEFUL.

HELP IS NEEDED.

EVEN AS I STRUGGLED TO FIND MY OWN FINANCIAL FOOTING, I WAS HELPING PAY MY MOTHER'S PASTOR UTILITY BILLS.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE IN THE CITY, YOUR CONSTITUENTS, WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO INFANTILIZE THEM AND EXPECT TO KNOW WHAT THEY SPEND IT ON MEANS YOU DON'T TRUST ADULTS WHO KNOW WHAT THEY NEED BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE.

DINNER.

EVERYTHING THAT WAS SAID AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

DITTO, WHAT EVERYBODY WHO HAS SUPPORTED THIS BEFORE ME AND WILL COME UP AFTER ME TO SAY IT.

I URGE YOU.

I EXPECT YOU.

I DEMAND YOU PASS ITEM 21.

THANK YOU, TAYLOR LANE WITH ANY FLOM ON DECK.

THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME SOME EXERCISE.

MY NAME IS TAYLOR LANGE.

I AM A SOCIAL SCIENTIST.

I'VE FIRST ENCOUNTERED GUARANTEED INCOME AS A CONCEPT.

WHEN I WAS DOING MY UNDERGRADUATE IN APPLIED SOCIOLOGY, I THOUGHT IT WAS A DISGUSTING IDEA BECAUSE I WAS RAISED TO BELIEVE THAT HANDOUTS, BEGET, LAZINESS, AGAIN, ALL THIS OTHER STUFF I DID THE READING FOR Y'ALL FOR YOUR CONCERNS.

WELL, THIS

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CAUSED PEOPLE NOT TO WORK, NOT ACCORDING TO STANFORD UNIVERSITY OR THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS OR A HUNDRED OTHER INSTITUTIONS THAT I COULD TALK ABOUT.

AD NAUSEUM.

I DID THE READING.

I, I REFLECTED I WAS WRONG.

MY MORALS DIDN'T HAVE ANY IMPORTANCE.

DIDN'T HAVE ANY PLACE IN SCIENCE.

THIS HELPS REAL PEOPLE.

THIS EMPOWERS THE, THE, THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES OF THE WHOLE CITY.

THE MONEY STAYS IN AUSTIN.

PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO FIND MORE MEANINGFUL WORK.

PEOPLE DIDN'T STOP WORKING.

THEY JUST DIDN'T.

THEY DRANK LOSS.

THEY SMOKED LESS BECAUSE THOSE ARE, UM, THOSE ARE SYMPTOMS, NOT CAUSES.

PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER.

THEY'RE ABLE TO WORK.

IT JUST WORKS.

THE SCIENCES THERE.

THANK YOU, ANNIE PHLOEM WITH WALLACE.

LUNGREN ON DECK.

GOOD MORNING.

MAYOR ADLER AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

MY NAME IS ANNIE FLOM.

I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT NINE AND THE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER FOR INCOME MOVEMENT, WHICH IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING FOR BASIC INCOME POLICY.

IN MY WORK, I'M A CONSTANT WITNESS TO THE TRANSFORMATIVE EFFECTS OF GUARANTEED INCOME PILOTS PROGRAMS IN CITIES, FROM STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA TO JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI HAVE SHOWN THAT DIRECT CASH IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT WAYS TO LIFT PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY WHILE PRIORITIZING THE RECIPIENT'S DIGNITY AND AGENCY TO DECIDE HOW BEST TO MEET THEIR OWN NEEDS.

THE DATA CONSISTENTLY SHOW THAT GUARANTEED INCOME DRAMATICALLY IMPROVES JOB PROSPECTS, FOOD SECURITY, AND FINANCIAL STABILITY, AND THE OVERALL WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH OF RECIPIENTS.

AND THIS ISN'T JUST A BAND-AID SOLUTION.

WE LIVE IN A TIME OF CRISIS FROM PANDEMICS TOWARDS TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND CRISES REQUIRE CASH TO WEATHER.

THE ECONOMIC SHOCKS THAT COME WITH THEM.

MAYOR SHAWN PATTERSON, HOWARD, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE MAYOR'S FOR GUARANTEED INCOME COALITION ALONGSIDE MAYOR ADLER HAS A GREAT WAY OF PUTTING IT.

CASH IS THE CURRENCY.

I URGE YOU TO RECOGNIZE THE URGENCY.

SO MANY AUSTINITES ARE FEELING AND SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM.

THANK YOU, WALLACE.

LUNGREN GOOD MORNING.

I'M HERE TO TELL Y'ALL THAT.

I THINK IT'S TIME TO PUT THIS OFF UNTIL THE ELECTION.

THERE'S GOING TO BE AN ELECTION AND PRETTY SOON PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE GOING TO WORK EVERY DAY AND PAYING TAXES, OR HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DECIDE.

I HAVE THE LUXURY OF COMING DOWN HERE AND TALKING.

THEY DON'T HAVE A STATEMENT HERE.

THIS IS NOT A UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME.

ACCORDING TO MAYOR ADLER, OUR MARCH 4 21 AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, COMMITTED TO ACKNOWLEDGING AND CORRECTING THE CITY'S SYSTEMICALLY RACIST PRACTICES AND ERADICATING THE EFFECTS OF THE CITY'S SYSTEMICALLY RACIST PRACTICES IN RESOLUTION 2 0 2, ET CETERA, AND GUARANTEED INCOME PROGRAMS ALSO SERVE AS A FORMER FOR A, FOR THE HISTORIC AND STRUCTURAL ECONOMIC INEQUITIES THAT BLACK INDIGENOUS AND OTHER COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAVE FACED FOR YEARS NATIONALLY.

SECONDLY, THE, UH, UH, LOST A PERMANENT BOND WAS QUOTED AS A GREAT PLACE TO FOUND MISS ALASKA FACES HUGE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM BUDGET PROBLEMS. AND THE PERMANENT FUND IS THAT CENTER OF BOTH.

THANK YOU FOR ITEM 33 JOA POWER LAW CONNOLLY.

UM, GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY.

UM, I'M NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE BASIC INCOME PROGRAM, ALTHOUGH I DO HAVE TO QUICKLY JUST ADD MY VOICE IN SUPPORT.

I HOPE THAT WE CAN GET THAT DONE.

I HOPE WE CAN GET IT DONE TODAY.

ONLY BY STARTING WITH THIS PILOT PROGRAM.

CAN WE LEARN AND IMPROVE AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET IT RIGHT? SO IF WE JUST KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT, WE'LL NEVER FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET IT RIGHT.

SO LET'S DO IT TODAY.

UM, BUT I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

UM, THE ATX MOBILITY COALITION SENT YOU ALL AN EMAIL ABOUT OUR CONCERNS ABOUT, UM, THE AUSTIN, UM, THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP AND DISCUSSIONS ABOUT, UM, CHANGING THE BOARD STRUCTURE FOR ATP.

AND I AM NOT SURE HOW MANY OF YOU WERE ABLE TO READ THAT EMAIL, BUT I JUST WANTED TO KIND OF RESTATE A FEW OF THE KEY CONCERNS THAT WE HAVE.

UM, CHANGING THE BOARD STRUCTURE IS A SERIOUS DEAL.

IT HAS MAJOR POTENTIAL EQUITY IMPLICATIONS IN TERMS OF WHO IS REPRESENTED ON THAT BOARD, HOW MUCH INDEPENDENCE THAT BOARD HAS AND HOW MUCH OF A COMMUNITY VOICE IS ON THAT BOARD.

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SO WE CAN'T TALK ABOUT CHANGING IT WITHOUT A PROPER AND THOROUGH PROCESS.

AND THAT PROCESS SHOULD BE IN LINE WITH THE KINDS OF RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE MADE BY THE, YOU KNOW, CENTER REPORT TO THE ATP.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME ON ITEM 35, NICOLE NETHERTON GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS NICOLE NETHERTON.

I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TRAVIS AUDUBON.

I'M HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY, WHICH TAKES PLACE ON MAY 14TH.

EACH SPRING.

WE HAVE SOME HONORED GUESTS PASSING THROUGH OUR CITY THAT MANY OF US DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT BETWEEN MARCH AND JUNE OF EVERY YEAR.

ONE OUT OF EVERY THREE BIRDS THAT MIGRATE THROUGH THE UNITED STATES WILL PASS THROUGH TEXAS GUYS AT NIGHT.

THAT'S NEARLY 2 BILLION BIRDS, MANY JOURNEYING, THOUSANDS OF MILES.

IT'S WONDERFUL TO IMAGINE ALL THOSE BIRDS IN FLIGHT, BUT I KNOW THAT THE COUNCIL HAS MANY OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES TO CONSIDER TODAY.

SO WHY IS MIGRATION IMPORTANT? THESE ARE JUST LITTLE BIRDS AFTER ALL.

THIS IS A TRICK QUESTION BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW, THERE ARE NO LITTLE THINGS IN NATURE.

BIRDS MAY BE SMALL, BUT THEY ARE CONNECTED TO EVERYTHING ELSE.

THEY ARE THE UMBRELLA SPECIES FOR ALL THE LOWER ORGANISMS IN THE SYSTEM, AND THEY NEED THE SAME THINGS THAT HUMANS DO, CLEAN AIR AND WATER ENOUGH FOOD TO GET THROUGH THE DAY AND SAVE QUIET PLACES TO MAKE SHELTER AND PROTECT THEIR YOUNG THREATS TO BIRDS ARE WARNING FOR WHAT BECOME THREATS TO HUMANS.

BIODIVERSITY DESERVES PROTECTION.

THANK YOU FOR AMPLIFYING THE IMPORTANCE OF MIGRATORY BIRDS WITH THIS RESOLUTION AND FOR WORKING WITH TRAVIS AUTOBON AND OUR PARTNERS TO PROTECT BIODIVERSITY IN THE CITY AND ITEM 63, ALEXANDER STRINGER.

GOOD MORNING COUNCIL.

I'M SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 63 AND THE NEED TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THE GREATEST EMERGENCY WE ARE FACING IS COVID.

AND THAT IS WHY I AM WEARING A MASK.

AND THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO REINSTATE THE MASK MANDATES CASES ARISING, AND A NEW VARIANT IS GOING TO COME OUT RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION.

SO WE NEED TO GET A HEADSTART ON THIS THING.

I'M WEARING THIS MASK TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I TAKE COVID SERIOUSLY, BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN SCIENCE AND BECAUSE I WANT TO PROTECT YOUR GRANDMOTHER.

AND I REFUSE TO ALLOW ANOTHER PERSON TO DIE.

AN ACCOUNT OF THESE COVID DENYING ANTI-VAX TRUMP SUPPORTING RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS, JOE BIDEN, THE GREATEST PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY.

HE'S CREATING A DISINFORMATION BOARD AND WE HAVE AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD ON THIS ISSUE.

AND THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO PUT THESE MEGA HAT WEARING SCIENCE DENIERS IN REEDUCATION CAMPS.

IMMEDIATELY, THERE IS NO GREATER THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY THAN WHITE SUPREMACY.

AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WEAR A MASK AND GET VACCINATED, THEN YOU ARE A WHITE SUPREMACIST AND YOU NEED TO BE REMOVED FROM SOCIETY AT ONCE.

FURTHERMORE, THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE TO BE A U S CITIZEN TO VOTE IS ROOTED IN RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY AS WELL.

LISTEN, GUYS, I'M GOING TO LEAVE YOU WITH THIS CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, VLADIMIR PUTIN AND THOSE RACIST JUDGES ON THE SUPREME COURT.

THEY DID NOT CURE COVID.

SO WE'RE A GODDAMN MASK.

THANK YOU.

AND ITEM 67 DANIEL KOPPELMAN, THAT CONCLUDES IN-PERSON SPEAKERS.

DOES ANYBODY ELSE SHOW UP IN PERSON THAT WE WENT THROUGH? THEY WERE NOT HERE TO STAND UP.

YES.

YOU'RE WITH WENT DOWN TO THE CLERK.

YES.

MS. SPECTRAL.

HI, I'M KATHY MITCHELL.

AND I USUALLY AM HERE ON KIND OF OTHER TOPICS.

UH, I'M HERE TODAY ON BEHALF OF EQUITY ACTION.

WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A COMMUNITY BUDGET THAT INCLUDES THIS ITEM AMONG MANY OTHERS AS PRIORITIES THAT WE HOPE YOU WILL BE CONSIDERING FOR THE NEXT BUDGET CYCLE.

AND I'M SORRY THAT WE'RE HAVING TO SPEND SO MUCH TIME ON SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY BEEN APPROVED FROM THE LAST BUDGET CYCLE.

UH, BUT HERE WE ARE.

AND I GUESS I JUST WANT TO ADD SOMETHING PERSONAL.

UM, THERE'S, UH, THERE'S A LOT OF IDEOLOGY THAT SEEMS TO BE SPARKED BY THIS ISSUE, BUT I THINK IT COMES DOWN TO SOMETHING REALLY FUNDAMENTAL, UM, PEOPLE WHO HAVE ADEQUATE INCOME AND WEALTH, WHEN A THING HAPPENS TO THEMSELVES OR THEIR CHILDREN, INCLUDING THEIR ADULT CHILDREN, THEY PAY FOR IT.

IF YOUR CAR BREAKS DOWN AND IT COSTS $700,

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YOU PAY FOR IT.

IF YOU ARE NOT MAKING IT, IF YOU ARE NOT MAKING ENOUGH MONEY AND YOU HAVE NO WEALTH.

AND I WANT TO REMIND YOU OF THOSE CHARTS THAT WE'VE SEEN RECENTLY FLOATING AROUND, DESCRIBING THE INCREASED GAP BETWEEN THE BOTTOM 50% AND THE TOP 0.01%.

IF YOU ARE IN THAT BOTTOM 50%, YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR THAT $700 CAR REPAIR FOR THAT UNEXPECTED MEDICAL BILL.

AND AT THAT POINT, YOUR LIFE IS IN CRISIS.

AND TO ME, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

FAMILIES THAT DON'T AFTER 40 YEARS OF MASSIVE REDISTRIBUTION OF THE WEALTH FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP, WE HAVE HALF OF OUR AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO CAN'T DEAL WITH ONE BAD THING THAT HAPPENS.

AND SO FOR ME PERSONALLY, TO YOU PERSONALLY, I WANT US TO REMEMBER THAT WE'RE TRYING TO WALK DOWN A PATH AND WE'RE TRYING TO STAY THE COURSE AND BE WHO WE ARE AS A CITY.

AND THIS IS THE MOMENT WHEN WE CAN SHOW THAT AND THEN WE CAN TAKE ANOTHER STEP IN THE NEXT MOMENT.

SO I HOPE WE DO THAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ANYONE ELSE HERE? WE DID NOT GET A CHANCE TO RECOGNIZE, WOULD YOU PLEASE CALL THE PROPOSED SPEAKERS AND ITEM 20 ONES NOW HALL PATEL.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS PATEL AND I'M A PHYSICIAN IN AUSTIN.

UM, I STRONGLY SUPPORT AGENDA ITEM NUMBER 21 BUNNY, A GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT.

UH, IN ADDITION TO THE $1 MILLION IN ITEM NUMBER 21, WE NEED AT MINIMUM TO 12, $12 MILLION ALLOCATED TO THIS PILOT AS WAS OUTLINED IN THE REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS AT LEVI GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT, THAT DIRECTLY DIRECT INCOME TO THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE MADE MOST VULNERABLE.

AND AS BERKELEY UNDERSERVED PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RELIABLE INCOME STREAM THAT WOULD HELP RECIPIENTS RESPOND TO THEIR NEEDS AT THEIR OWN DISCRETION.

YOU KNOW, AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED IN AUSTIN, WE HAVE A VERY SIGNIFICANT WEALTH IN, UH, YOU KNOW, WEALTH GAP AND THERE'S SIGNIFICANT INEQUALITY.

AND THIS DIRECTLY IMPACTS THE SOCIAL DETERMINES OF HEALTH, THAT INFLUENCE HEALTH OUTCOMES AND A GUARANTEED INCOME PROGRAM LEADS TO SUBSTANTIVE IMPROVEMENTS IN PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, AS WELL AS COST SAVINGS IN HEALTHCARE EXPENDITURES.

WE SAW THIS WITH THE RISE BONDS THAT ENABLED FAMILIES TO FACE THE HEALTH AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE PANDEMIC DECREASING THE RISK OF HOMELESSNESS, DECREASING FOOD INSECURITY AND HEALTH CRISES, AND ULTIMATELY SAVING MONEY FOR THE CITY.

SO WELL-FUNDED GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT PROGRAM ENABLES HOUSING STABILIZATION AND IT IMPROVES INDIVIDUAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH AND IS A STEP TOWARD REPAIRING STRUCTURAL HARM AND IMPROVING.

THANK YOU.

I AM 21.

RACHEL SHANNON, GOOD MORNING.

COUNCIL MEMBERS AND MAYOR ADLER.

MY NAME IS RACHEL.

SHANNON BEGAN AS A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT ONE AND A MEMBER OF UNDOING THE AUSTIN, ERIC, THE COUNCIL MAYOR BASIC INCOME PILOT.

I'M ASKING THAT THE TAX COUNSEL ACTUAL SYSTEM IT'S FULL YEAR 2022 BUDGET WRITER, WHICH IS CIVICALLY NAMED UP TOGETHER FOR THIS PILOT.

I GUARANTEE HE DIDN'T COMPILOT HELP.

CITY OF AUSTIN ADDRESS MULTIPLE FACTORS FOR RESONANT COMMUNITY STABILITY, INCLUDING OUTDOOR INSTABILITY, FOOD INSECURITY, ECONOMIC INSECURITY, AND PUBLIC HEALTH BECAUSE OF SYSTEMIC RACISM, BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES ARE HIT HARDEST BY THESE CHALLENGES IS BEYOND TRYING TO SHOW UP WITH MEANINGFUL COMMITMENTS TOWARDS RACIAL EQUITY.

YOU'VE HEARD THE WISDOM OF FOLKS DIRECTLY AFFECTED TODAY.

WE CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS TO BE IMPLEMENTED AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL OFTEN AS GARNERING, WHY WORLDWIDE ATTENTION OR I'LL DO PRICES CAN BE DESPERATE.

WE NEED LOCAL LEADERSHIP IN THE INTEREST OF ALL OUR RESIDENTS.

THE CITY HAS THE SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES OF WORKING WITH US TOGETHER THROUGH THE RISE OF BRIDGE DIRECT FUNDING PROGRAM.

THE GOAL OF THIS PILOT IS TO LEARN THROUGH THE SPECIFIC IMPLEMENTATION HERE IN AUSTIN, SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE THAT THE COP TOGETHER HAS A DOCUMENTED RECORD OF SUCCESS.

NATIONALLY, THIS IS A BOLD MOVE TOWARDS EQUITY, NOT AN OVERLY RISKY ONE.

DO NOT WAIT TO INVEST IN A MORE EQUITABLE AUSTIN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, KATIE.

DRACKETT ALSO AN ITEM 21.

HI, MY NAME IS KATIE DRUCKER.

I AM A FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT IN DISTRICT NINE AS A SINGLE COLLEGE STUDENT.

UM, I PERSONALLY,

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I HAVE VERY MUCH FINANCIALLY STRUGGLING, SO I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO STOP THEM.

WHAT IT IS LIKE TO TRY AND FEED AN ENTIRE FAMILY.

WHEN I AM STRUGGLING TO PAY MY OWN RENT.

UM, IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD TO ACCESS A FEDERAL PROGRAM, YOU WOULD KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT IS AND HOW MUCH RED TAPE IS INVOLVED.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS A CHANCE TO REALLY SHOW THAT WE PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH.

IT OFTEN CLAIMS TO BE THIS PROGRESSIVE FORWARD THINKING CITY.

YET HERE WE ARE SPENDING SO MUCH TIME DEBATING AN ITEM THAT IS PROVEN WITH DATA THAT IT, THAT IT WORKS.

THERE'S SCIENCE TO BACK IT.

SO I PLEASE ASK THAT YOU VOTE YES.

ON ITEM 21 AND HELP CLOSE THAT GAP.

THAT IS PAINFULLY OBVIOUS.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY I HAVE TO CALL IN TODAY.

THANK YOU.

ARNOLD OR NIKA.

ARMO ARNOLD.

YES, MA'AM.

MY NAME IS MIKA ARNOLD NIKA ARNOLD.

I'M A BLACK SINGLE MOTHER IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

I LIVE AT DISTRICT ONE.

UM, I WAS A PART OF THE WORKING GROUP OR RE-IMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY.

AND I AM A RECEPTIONIST WITH SEPARATE TENT OF THE RISE UP PROGRAM.

AND MIND YOU, IF I WOULD HAVE NEVER RECEIVED THOSE SONGS IN THE TIME OF ME, I, BY MYSELF, THE FOUNDER OF THE HEALING PROJECT, WHAT HAS NEVER BEEN ABLE TO MOVE 4% OF THE UNHOUSED POPULATION BY MYSELF, NO HELP FROM ANY OTHER CITY WORKERS OR FROM THE CITY, IF ANYTHING, I HELPED THE CITY THAT DAY.

SO IMAGINE, IMAGINE HOW THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN POURING INTO THESE PEOPLE.

POWER IS BLACK AND BROWN BLOOD THAT MAKE THIS CITY GROWTH PERIOD AND Y'ALL NEED TO DO WHAT Y'ALL NEED TO DO FOR US.

I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE TO COME AND EXPRESS MYSELF.

I'M TIRED OF PLEADINGS.

THIS IS THE DEMAND.

THIS IS NOT A TEST.

IT'S OTHER RED LINES BUREAUCRACY PROGRAMS THAT DON'T GIVE US ANYTHING THAT WANT OUR SOCIAL SECURITY.

THAT'S LIMITED TO A HOUSEHOLD THAT WON'T ALL OUR INFORMATION AND WE STILL DON'T GET APPROVED FOR FUNDING.

IT IS OBVIOUS.

LOOK AT THE DATA, LOOK AT THE PEOPLE WE ARE NOT TEST DUMMY.

THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

THANK YOU.

HI, THIS IS AMY .

UM, I'M A RESIDENT IN DISTRICT ONE IN CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN FOR NOW.

I MIGHT MOVE OUT OF THIS DISTRICT BECAUSE MY RENT IS INCREASING MORE THAN 20%.

UM, SO I PROBABLY WON'T RENEW MY LEASE.

UM, AND I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE FOLKS WHO BROUGHT UP IDEOLOGY AND THE CONCERN FOR FISCAL CONCERNS WITH ITEM 21 AS A POTENTIAL HANDOUT.

AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO AVOID THAT FRAMING AND IT THINK OF IT AS AN INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY.

IT'S A COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE FAILURE WHEN WE HAVE ENOUGH MARGINALIZED PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE BRINK OF ANOTHER EMERGENCY TO LEAD TO EVICTION AND OTHER, UM, CONCERNING EMERGENCY ISSUES.

UH, I'M A CHILD OF REFUGEE.

SO I KNOW BETTER THAN A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT LIKE, UM, PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY ARE EXTREMELY RESOURCEFUL, ARE EXTREMELY RESILIENT AND IT'S TOO LONG.

NOW THAT WE'VE BEEN EXPECTING THAT LEVEL OF RESILIENCE JUST FOR MERE SURVIVAL.

SO I THINK THIS INVESTMENT WILL LEAD TO REALLY GREAT THINGS IS FOR FOLKS WHO ARE LESS MOVED BY THE IDEA OF JUST HUMAN DIGNITY AND HAVING FOLKS, FAMILIES, BEING ABLE TO BREATHE AT CHILDREN, BEING ABLE TO EAT, UH, THINK THE, THE FINANCIAL RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS WILL BE REALLY POSITIVE IN TERMS OF, UM, HIGHLIGHTING AREAS OF NEED OF HOW WE CAN BETTER IMPLEMENT THIS PROGRAM.

UH, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TODAY.

ME UH, HELLO.

MY NAME IS TAMMY .

I'M CALLING FROM LESLIE POOLS DISTRICT TO URGE TO VOTE.

YES.

ON AGENDA ITEM 21.

ALL OF US HERE ARE ENTIRELY TOO AWARE OF THE GOOD THAT A GUARANTEED INCOME PROGRAMS CAN DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

ESPECIALLY AS IT BECOMES MORE AND MORE EXPENSIVE JUST TO LIVE HERE.

COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE BUDGET WRITER, ESPECIALLY SPECIFICALLY NAMING UP TOGETHER TO DO THE GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT PROGRAM.

AND NOW IT'S JUST UP TO US TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON ADMINISTERING THE FUNDS, THE PROJECT, HONESTLY, IT'S KIND OF WILD TO ME THAT THERE COULD EVEN BE ANY PUSHBACK ON THIS UP TOGETHER HAS DOCUMENTED A RECORD OF SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION.

AND ON TOP OF THAT, WE ALL KNOW THAT THE PENNIES THAT WILL COME FROM THIS PROGRAM WILL GO STRAIGHT TO FOOD AND RENT.

EVEN

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IF IT IS A HANDOUT, IT'S A HANDOUT THAT DOESN'T EVEN LAST.

IT GOES STRAIGHT TO FEEDING PEOPLE SO THEY DON'T START AND STRAIGHT TO RENT.

SO THAT THEY'RE ON THE STREETS.

WHY DO WE NEED TO POLICE THAT? WHY DO WE NEED TO QUESTION THAT IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT SHOULD BE DEBATED? IT'S THE FACT THAT THE BILL IS TOO LOW.

I WOULD OWN THE TASK FORCE, LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE ALL TODAY AND 12 MILLION IS WHAT WE ASKED FOR.

THIS IS THE PENNIES IN COMPARISON.

AND YET WE STILL HAVE TO BEG FOR PENNIES.

PLEASE APPROVE THE FUNDS FOR THIS PROGRAM.

ANYTHING LESS THAN 12 MILLION IS SPENT IN THE FACE OF THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE CITY, BUT IT'S THE LEAST YOU COULD DO.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I REALLY LOZAR.

HI.

MY NAME IS BEVERLY LAVAR AND I REPRESENT DISTRICT EIGHT, THE AUSTIN JUSTICE COALITION AND UNDOING WHITE SUPREMACY, AUSTIN.

AND I AM SUPPORTING THE GUARANTEED INCOME PROGRAM.

AS I BELIEVE IT WAS A SPRINGBOARD FOR FAMILIES TO REACH ECONOMIC STABILITY FROM OUR PROGRAMS ACROSS THE US HAVE SHOWN THAT AFTER 12 MONTHS OF EXTRA INCOME FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE A LEVEL OF STABILITY AND SAVINGS THAT ALLOW THEM TO MOVE OFF OF ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS LIKE THESE OVER THE ROUTINE OR HISTORY OF GUARANTEES INCOME PROGRAMS, THEY HAVE DISTRIBUTED OVER $135 MILLION TO 200,000 HOUSEHOLDS.

THOSE HOUSEHOLDS REPORT A 200 TO 300% INCREASE IN MONTHLY SERVINGS AND RETIREMENT SAVINGS.

PERCENT OF FAMILIES REPORTED IMPROVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S GROUPS, WHICH I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN AS A RETIRED TEACHER AND A 36% DECREASE IN THE USE OF SUBSIDIES LIKE SNAP, MUCH OF THE IMPACT INFORMATION I JUST REFERENCED COME DIRECTLY FROM UP TOGETHER, WHICH AUSTIN ALREADY HAS DIRECT EXPERIENCE WITH UP TO BROTHER WAS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF YOUR SUCCESS PROVIDING WAS THAT TIME.

THANK YOU, FRANCES.

AKUNA ON ITEMS 21 AND 39.

HI, MY NAME IS FRANCIS AND I'M A RESIDENT OF DEF SPRINGS AND A CLIMATE RESILIENCE COMMUNITY LEAD ORGANIZER WITH GABA GO AUSTIN, VAMOS AUSTIN.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE.

I ALSO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING OUR TRANSLATE, UH, OUR RESIDENTS THAT LEAD TRANSLATION FIRST BECAUSE THEY TAKE THEIR TIME FROM, UH, THEIR WORK OR, OR THE, THE THINGS THAT THEY ARE DOING.

SO THEY COULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THIS ISSUE.

I'M ASKING THAT YOU VOTE YES FOR ITEM 21.

IT GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT PROGRAM IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

I THINK BEFORE THE APPROVED FUNDS DURING THE PANDEMIC WITH UP TOGETHER WHERE RESIDENTS RECEIVED DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM RICE FUNDS AND WHICH HELPED MANY OFTEN FAMILIES REMAIN IN THEIR HOMES.

GOD KNOWS MANY OF THE MANY FAMILIES BENEFIT FROM BENEFITED FROM, FROM THEM.

I MUST SAY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HELPING RESIDENTS THROUGH MY JOB WITH THIS FUND.

I ASKED THAT YOU CONTINUE TO ENSURE THAT NO FAMILY IS LEFT BEHIND ON A SLOW ROAD TO RECOVERY FROM ALL OF THESE CLIMATE DISASTERS IN THE AUSTIN HOUSING CRISIS THAT HAS THESE PROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED AUSTIN EASTERN CRESCENT COMMUNITIES.

THANK YOU, LISA BLACKWELL ITEM 21.

HI, MY NAME IS LISA BLACKWELL.

I MAY, I LIVE IN DISTRICT TWO AND I'M CALLING IN FAVOR OF ITEM 21, THE GUARANTEED INCOME PILOT PROGRAM.

I BELIEVE IT WOULD BENEFIT OUR MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHILE BOOSTING QUALITY OF LIFE FOR AUSTIN AS A WHOLE, I FEEL THIS WAY PROTECTS PEOPLE MOST MARGINALIZED BY OUR STATE LAWS AND THE GUARANTEED INCOME HAS BEEN SHOWN IN OTHER COMMUNITIES TO REDUCE INCOME VOLATILITY, IMPROVE HEALTH AND WELLBEING AND REDUCE ANXIETY AS WELL AS CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR GOAL SETTING, CHOICE, RISK, TAKING SUCH AS EDUCATION AND STARTING BUSINESSES.

AND SELF-DETERMINATION, I BELIEVE IN LIGHT OF AUSTIN'S AFFORDABILITY CRISIS AND ATTACKS ON OUR MOST MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES.

IT'S TIMELY THAT WE CONSIDER MEASURES SUCH AS THIS TO PROTECT THE FAMILIES THAT BUILT OUR CITY INTO THE GREAT PLACE THAT IS WHERE EVERYONE ELSE WANTS YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALIA DANETTE.

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HELLO.

HI, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

MY NAME IS AALIYAH DEMAT.

I WORK WITH THE AUSTIN JUSTICE COALITION, AND I WANT TO START BY SAYING THAT EVERYTHING I HAVE TO SAY IS OF MY OWN OPINION.

UM, I'M SPEAKING TODAY IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 21 AND THE PUSH FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM.

IT'S STATISTICALLY PROVEN THAT BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IMPACTED THE WORST DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, FROM THE LOSS OF JOBS THAT WEREN'T PROVIDING A LIVING WAGE TO BEGIN WITH.

SO EXPERIENCING THE WORST OF MEDICAL RACISM WHILE SEEKING TREATMENT OR LACK THERE OF SKYROCKETING HOUSING CRISIS ALREADY REDLINED NEIGHBORHOODS, EXPERIENCING ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM.

IT'S CRUCIAL THAT WE TAKE CARE OF OUR MOST MARGINALIZED COMMUNITY MEMBERS, ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP SO MUCH OF THE LABOR FORCE IN THE CITY OUTSIDE OF THE, UM, HIGHLY WHITE SECTOR.

UM, THAT IS THE TEXT AID THAT'S TAKING OVER.

PEOPLE ARE BEING PUSHED OUT OF THEIR HOME.

THE COST OF FOOD AND GROCERIES IS ON PAR WITH EATING AT RESTAURANTS AND FOLKS ARE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE.

THE ONLY WAY THAT WE CAN EFFECTIVELY TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE IS BY MAKING SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE MEANS TO KEEP THEIR LIGHTS ON AND TO KEEP THEIR WATER ON.

WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE? HOW WOULD AUSTIN CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF THIS ENTIRE COUNTRY BY REFLECTING AS SUCH IN GROWING AND BOOMING CITIES WITH SO MUCH MONEY AND SO MUCH WEALTH TO PRIORITIZE THE WELLBEING OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INTENTIONALLY LEFT OUT OF THE WAY BY, THROUGH HISTORIC LEGISLATION IN THE CITY.

UM, SO I'M SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF PROPOSITION 21.

I BELIEVE THAT BLACK AND BROWN FOLKS, THIS IS THEIR RIGHT TO LIVE.

NICHOLAS ROTH ON ITEM 31.

HI, UH, DRAW, I JUST HAVE A QUICK COMMENT ON THE LIGHTING SITUATION.

AND ALSO THE ROAD SAFETY FEATURES LIKE SAFETY LIGHTING.

THERE'S THIS TERRIFYING PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK AT FOURTH STREET AT 9 35 WITHOUT SIGNAGE OR A SIGNAL.

UH, I'VE SEEN PEOPLE RUN ACROSS IT AND GET