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IS THE FEED READY? WE LIVE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO I'M GOING TO CALL TO ORDER

[Call to Order]

TODAY'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON JUNE 16TH, 2022.

UH, WE ARE, UM, HERE AT, UH, CITY HALL.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER IS A REMOTE AS IS THE MAYOR PRO TEM.

UH, WE HAVE, UM, SIX MORE ON THE DESK.

WE HAVE A QUORUM THAT'S PRESENT, UH, COLLEAGUES, UH, CHANGES IN CORRECTIONS.

UH, WE HAVE SOME ADDITIONS THAT GO BEYOND VERSION TWO.

I REMEMBER ONE IS WITHDRAWN ITEM.

NUMBER THREE WAS HEARD ON JUNE 7TH, 2020 TO THE RIGHT AWAY VACATION PROCESS FOR SKY MOUNTAIN DRIVE WAS APPROVED OR THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ON THE 700 VOTE ITEMS. 14 AND 19 WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE WATER AND WASTEWATER COMMISSION WITH A SEVEN O VOTE WITH COMMISSIONERS NAVARRO FISHER AND TAREE AT THE ABSENT ONE VACANCY ITEM 17 AND 27 ON JUNE 14TH, 2022 APPROVED BY THE AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION ON THE NIGHT OF VOTE WITH CHAIR, UM, EUGENE PODA AND COMMISSIONER HENDRIX, ABSENT ITEM 18, JUNE 8TH, 2022 RECOMMENDED BY THE WATER AND WASTEWATER COMMISSION ON A SIX O VOTE WITH SHARON LEE RECUSING, A COMMISSIONER NAVARRO FISHER, AND TAREE AT THE ABSENT ONE VACANCY ITEM, 86 SPONSORS.

UM, I'M BEING ADDED AS A SPONSOR TO ABC SIX ITEM NUMBER 96 IS WITHDRAWN.

IN ADDITION TO VERSION TWO OF THE, UH, CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT ITEM 84, UH, IS BEING POSTPONED TO JULY 28TH.

THAT RELATES TO ITEM 1 0 2, ALSO BEING POSTPONED TO JULY 28TH AND ITEM NUMBER 1 0 1 IS BEING POSTPONED TO JULY 28TH.

UM, 84 IS ON THE CONSENT, HAD REMAINED THERE, BUT BEING POSTPONED.

AND IF YOU ALL WOULD HELP REMIND ME WHEN WE GET THE 1 0 1, 1 0 2, WE TO TAKE A VOTE TO POSTPONE THOSE ITEMS. WE HAVE SOME ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PULLED.

ITEM.

NUMBER FOUR HAS BEEN PULLED BY COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO ITEM NUMBER 91 HAS BEEN PULLED BY COUNCIL MEMBER, KELLY ITEM.

92 HAS BEEN PULLED BY, UH, MYSELF AND ALSO COUNCIL MEMBERS FLIGHT, THIS AND, UH, VALLA.

UM, ARE THERE ANY OTHER POLLED ITEMS, COUNCILLOR, ARVADA? UH, I HAVE A POSSIBLE, UH, AMENDMENT TO ITEM 51, BUT I JUST WOULD LIKE TO TOUCH BASE WITH THE SPONSOR RIGHT QUICK BEFORE PULLING IT.

OKAY, SO WE'LL LEAVE THAT ON.

YEAH.

UM, AND MAYOR, I'D LIKE TO BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR TO THAT ITEM.

JEWISH ITEM 51.

OKAY.

RIGHT HERE TO CLERICAL, PLEASE REFLECT THAT.

OR COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, UH, ON ITEM NUMBER 36.

DOES LEGAL WANT TO READ SOMETHING INTO THE RECORD? IS LEGAL HERE TO DO THAT? IF NOT, WE CAN DO THAT LATER.

OKAY.

THANK YOU MAYOR FOR ITEM 36, IT'S A SETTLEMENT IN THE JOSEPH USE VS.

CITY OF AUSTIN LAWSUIT FOR $75,000 INVOLVES A CAR WRECK CASE IN AUSTIN ENERGY.

THE COUNCIL RECEIVED A MEMO ABOUT IT BEFORE THE MEETING WITH THE SETTLEMENT OF $75,000, IT WILL BE A FULL AND FINAL SETTLEMENT FOR THE CITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER.

MADISON IS PULLING ITEM NUMBER 95.

UM, KYLIE'S WE HAVE 120 PEOPLE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK THIS MORNING, UH, WITH THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE JOINED US AT THE, UH, AT THE KIOSK, UH, CANCER.

REMEMBER FIGHT THIS.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

I'D LIKE TO BE AT AS A CO-SPONSOR ON ITEMS, 86, AN ITEM 91.

OKAY.

THE RECORD WILL REFLECT THAT COUNTS FOR KELLY.

YEAH.

UM, I JUST I'D LIKE TO REMOVE MY CREW SPONSORSHIP FROM ITEM NUMBER 95, WHICH WAS JUST

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PULLED.

OKAY.

AND WE'RE 95 IS WITHDRAWN.

AND YOU WANT TO RULE YOUR SPONSORSHIP? I THINK I MAY HAVE CALLED THE WRONG NUMBER.

95 IS NOT WITHDRAWN.

IT'S PULLED I THINK COUNCIL MEMBER.

NO, NO, I THINK I, I THINK I MESSED UP ON NUMBERS, WHICH WAS THE SIXTH STREETS ISSUE.

THAT'S 95.

IS THAT RIGHT? OKAY.

THE POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT IS 96.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT'S BEEN WITHDRAWN.

OKAY.

I KNOW 96 HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN.

GOT IT.

THINK I JUST HAD HER WRONG NUMBER.

SORRY.

SO THE POLE ITEMS THAT I HAVE THUS FAR ARE ITEM 4 91 92 AND 95, WHATEVER.

TOTAL THE MAYOR OF 51, THE, I WASN'T SURE WHAT YOU HAD DECIDED TO DO WITH COUNCIL MEMBER VELA, WHO SAID HE HAD SOME AMENDMENTS? I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUICK THINGS TO READ INTO THE DYESS ON THAT ONE AS WELL.

IT DIDN'T SOUND LIKE YOU THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE LONG.

SO I THINK I'M, HE'S GOING TO TOUCH BASE WITH YOU PERHAPS WHILE WE GO THROUGH THE 120 SPEAKERS, YOU CAN LET US KNOW WHETHER THAT NEEDS TO BE PULLED.

I'LL HAVE TO CHECK AND SEE WHETHER I'M AT QUORUM TO DO THAT.

BUT I HAVE, I HAVE A COUPLE OF EDITS TO READ INTO THE AGENDA AS WELL.

MAYOR, YOU HAD INDICATED TO ME THAT YOU WERE, UM, ADDING YOURSELF TO 95 AS A SPONSOR.

I AM, AS I, AS I ISSUED, I TOLD YOU THERE'S A, THERE'S A CONVERSATION I WANT TO HAVE ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THESE PEOPLE ARE, ARE BEING IN ESSENCE, UM, HELD IN A BAND.

SO ON THOSE PROPERTIES, THEY'RE NOT, BUT I THINK OUR STAFF CAN, CAN CONFIRM THAT.

SO I WANT TO SEE THAT I WON'T HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.

SO ARE YOU ADDING YOURSELF OR NO, I'M GONNA ADD MYSELF DEPENDENT ON THAT CONVERSATION.

AND I HAVE, I AM PULLING, UM, 48 FOR AMENDMENTS, PLEASE.

THEY'RE PRETTY QUICK.

WE MAY BE ABLE TO, UM, I'LL PULL THEM AND DISTRIBUTE THAT SHEET.

AND IF THE CO-SPONSOR, IF THE LEAD SPONSOR IS FINE WITH IT, I CAN PULL IT BACK.

I DON'T NEED TO DISCUSS THE EDITS.

WE'LL PULL THAT FOR RIGHT NOW.

HOPEFULLY WE CAN PUT THAT BACK ON.

AND THEN 88, I ALSO HAVE AMENDMENTS AND SAME, SAME SITUATION.

OKAY.

SO WE'LL PULL 80 EIGHTS AND YOU LIVE THIS.

IF THEY CAN STAY BACK ON PULL ITEMS FOR 48, 88, 91 92 AND 95.

YES.

COUNCIL MEMBER, ALICE.

I JUST WANTED TO FLAG.

WE'RE GOING TO BE CIRCULATING A VERSION TWO OF ITEM 52.

I DON'T KNOW THAT WE NEED TO PULL IT, BUT JUST WANT TO, MAYBE BEFORE, BETWEEN SPEAKERS AND TAKING THE VOTE, WE CAN JUST SEE IF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT IT.

BUT I WANTED TO FLAG THAT WE ARE NOW DISTRIBUTING A VERSION TWO THAT IS REDLINED.

OKAY.

SO IT WAS A V2 RED LINE FOR 152.

IT'S NOT BEING PULLED AT THIS POINT.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S GO AHEAD AND DO SPEAKERS, UH, AS I POSTED ON THE MESSAGE BOARD YESTERDAY, MY HAND UP AS WELL.

I'M SORRY, GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

IT'S CHALLENGING.

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

UM, I WANT TO MAKE ONE, ONE COMMENT AND THEN ADD MY NAME AS A CO-SPONSOR.

I JUST WANTED TO ASK IN THE FUTURE, IF WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE GETTING REDLINED COPIES OF CHANGES THAT ARE VIRGIN TWOS, ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE COMING.

UH, THE DAY BEFORE COUNCIL, WE HAD A TON OF CHANGES, UM, AND IT'S REALLY CHALLENGING TO FOLLOW THEM, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S A WORD CHANGE OR WHATEVER.

IT ADDS A WHOLE LOT OF WORK.

IF WE, IF WE, UM, DON'T HAVE THOSE RED LINES.

UM, SO I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF WE COULD MAKE THAT OUR PRACTICE.

UM, AND THEN SECONDLY, I WANTED TO BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR TO 89, WHICH IS THE INTERGENERATIONAL CHILDREN'S CENTER.

MY SENIORS COMMISSIONER JOCKEY, IDAHO HAS BEEN STARTING THIS PROGRAM FOR QUITE SOME TIME, AND I'M EXCITED TO SEE IT MOVE FORWARD WITH ENOUGH AND NEXT STEP.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

I AGREE WITH YOU ON THE RED LINE VERSION.

AND I WOULD SAY WE SHOULD JUST DO THAT AS A MATTER OF COURSE, EVEN IF IT'S NOT DAY OF, UH, SO IF SOMEONE DOES A LATER VERSION, THEY CAN PUBLISH A RED LINE VERSION OF LEGAL COULD HELP WITH THAT.

THAT'D BE HELPFUL.

ALL RIGHT,

[Public Comments (Part 1 of 2)]

WE READY TO HEAR SPEAKERS? OKAY.

UH, WE'RE GONNA CALL THE SPEAKERS OR WE'RE GOING TO CALL THEM IN PERSON FIRST.

THEN WHEN WE'RE DONE ALL OF THE IN-PERSON SPEAKERS, WE'RE GOING TO DO THE REMOTE SPEAKERS.

WHEN WE COME BACK IN JULY, WE MAY REVERSE THAT DEPENDING ON WHERE WE ARE WITH RESPECT TO COVID, WE'RE GOING TO GO ONE MINUTE FOR THE 120 SOME ODD SPEAKERS HERE THIS MORNING.

UH, IT'LL TAKE US PROBABLY ABOUT TWO AND A HALF HOURS TO GET THROUGH THE SPEAKERS AT ONE MINUTE.

RECOGNIZE IT.

IF WE WERE AT THREE MINUTES, WE WOULD BE ANOTHER FIVE HOURS PLUS.

YES.

UH, JUST A QUICK QUESTION.

I HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK IS, IS THERE A PARTICULAR ITEM THAT WE HAVE MOST SPEAKER, MOST SPEAKERS ON THERE IS?

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AND THANK YOU FOR POINTING THAT OUT.

IT'S UM, UH, THE $22 ITEM, AND AS WE POSTED ON THE MESSAGE BOARD YESTERDAY IN EACH SECTION, WE'RE GOING TO CALL THOSE SPEAKERS FIRST.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

YEP.

ALL RIGHT, CLARK, WHY DON'T YOU GO AHEAD AND CALL THE IN-PERSON SPEAKERS BEGINNING WITH THOSE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP FIRST ON THE, UM, UH, $22 ITEM.

OKAY.

SORRY.

ONE SECOND.

FIRST SPEAKER ON ITEM.

NUMBER 50 IS MOHAMED A MOD, A MUD SORRY.

AND, UM, IN QUEUE IS MANUEL L GALA HELLO.

MY NAME IS MUHAMMAD AND I AM A WORKER IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

I MOVED TO AUSTIN FROM MY HOME COUNTRY OF AFGHANISTAN IN AUGUST, 2021.

I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO START NEW LIFE IN THIS CITY, BUT IT HAS NOT EASY RIGHT NOW.

I AM MAKING $15 AN HOUR IN STRUGGLE TO MAKE RENT, BUT BUY GROCERY AND SEND MONEY TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY.

BACK IN AFGHANISTAN, I WAS RECENTLY DENIED AN APPLICATION FOR A HOME BECAUSE OF MY INCOME WAS NOT ENOUGH.

ONE DAY I WOULD LIKE TO OWN A HOME AND REUNITE MY FAMILY IN LAY FIELD, FALLING LIVE IN AUSTIN, BUT I CANNOT DO THAT WITH A $15 FEED OUR WORK ON IT RIGHT NOW, SUPPORT US IN RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGES TO $22 THREE HOURS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

AND, AND TO THE CLERK, AS YOU'RE CALLING PEOPLE, AFTER WE CALL THIS NEXT PERSON WHO YOU PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED AS BEING ON DECK.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS, IS THAT YOU HAVE TWO, UH, UH, SPEAKERS, REMOTE SPEAKERS THAT REQUIRE AN INTERPRETER.

LET'S GO DO THOSE SPEAKERS, JUST FOR THE LOGISTICS ISSUE.

AND THEN WE'LL CONTINUE BACK WITH THOSE THAT ARE HERE.

SO CALL THE NEXT PERSON HERE AS WE CALLED THAT OUT A MOMENT AGO, AND THEN WE'LL DO THE REMOTE TUESDAY.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER THAT WAS CALLED, WHAT IS MANUEL ALCALA? OKAY.

ARE YOU READY TO CALL THE TWO OF OUR SPEAKERS? JACQUELLINE CAN YOU HEAR US? JACQUELYN.

ARE YOU READY? THIS IS MYRNA.

I'M READY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

THANK YOU.

SO THE FIRST SPEAKER IS PERLA, IF NONE, THIS THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING.

I LIVE IN ZIP CODE 76, 6 4, AND I'M I'M PROS ARE ITEM 51.

UM, UH UH, BUT , I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S A GUY FOR THIS, FOR THESE DISASTERS THAT HAPPENED, LIKE THE DISASTER THAT HAPPENED IN 2021.

UH UM, WHEN I, WITH MY, UH, UM, FOR THEIR, UM, , THAT'S WHAT I WOULD LIKE IS THAT FOR THIS TIME, IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN AGAIN, AND THESE TIMES THAT WE WOULD BE PREPARED AND THERE WAS A TRAINING, SO IF WE COULD RECEIVE SOME KIND OF TRAINING TO BE PREPARED, UM, RESPONDED OR ARE YOU THAT , UH, YOU RANDALL, UH

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UM, AND WE ALSO WOULD LIKE A BETTER RESPONSE OF WHAT TO DO AND HELP AND, AND UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN GET FUNDS TO HELP WITH THIS SITUATION.

I LEFT YOU THAT IT .

THAT'S WHY I ASKED THEM THAT, THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH FUN FOR THE CITY PREPARED FOR SOME, IF SOMETHING WERE TO HAPPEN LIKE THIS AGAIN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MONDAY MAYER.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS IRENE , BUT SHE JUST DISCONNECTED.

SO WE ARE GETTING HER BACK IN THE QUEUE.

SHE'S NOT ANSWERING APPARENTLY.

I'M SORRY.

WHEN SHE COMES BACK, LET US KNOW AND WE'LL, WE'LL GO OVER TO HER.

WE'LL DO JACQUELINE, PLEASE HOLD UNTIL WE CALL YOU AGAIN.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, THEN NEXT IN-PERSON SPEAKERS SPEAKING ON, UH, ITEM 50.

NEXT IN-PERSON SPEAKER IS TERRY AT GIGYA LC AND ON DECK IS JOE SET, IOLA HELLO? MY NAME IS COHEN.

MAZZOLA ON THE SILVER PARK GROUNDS CREW MEMBER, AND A PROUD MEMBER OF ASPE LOCAL 16, 24.

I'M A NAME IS TALIA.

I'M A PROUD MEMBER OF ASKED ME LOCAL 16, 24.

HEY, MY NAME IS BRIAN.

I'M A CITY OF AUSTIN EMPLOYEE.

I'M A PROUD ASKED ME 16 AND 24 MEMBER.

UM, MY NAME IS REBECCA.

I AM A PROUD MEMBER OF ASKED ME LOCAL 16.

I SUPPORT 22 COST OF LIVING WAGE FOR THE YEAR 22, BECAUSE WE DESERVE IT.

WE NEED TO PAY OUR CITY LABORERS AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

I'M OUT HERE SUPPORTING THE 22 AND 20 AND 22 CAMPAIGN BECAUSE WE DESERVE IT HERE TO SUPPORT 22 IN 2022, BECAUSE WE DESERVE IT.

AND I'M HERE TO SUPPORT 22 AND 2022 BECAUSE OUR MEMBERS DESERVE IT.

YOU GUYS BEING PUSHED OUT OF THIS CITY BECAUSE IT COST TOO MUCH IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

FIVE FOR THE WORKERS AND PAY THEM A LIVABLE WAGE BECAUSE WE AS PUBLIC SERVANTS DESERVE IT.

STAND WITH BE 1624 AND JOIN OUR UNION.

$22 AN HOUR IN THE YEAR 2022 IS FAIR AND EQUITABLE.

THE VIDEO WILL CONTINUE OR ARMANDO YES.

OKAY.

THAT CONCLUDED THE VIDEO.

SO THE NEXT SPEAKER IS JOE SET.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS JOSEPH, UH, WORK FOR THE AUSTIN AIRPORT AND THAT SUPPORT THE WILLING, WHICH FOR $22 AN AVERAGE, BECAUSE GAS HAS WINDED UP.

LET'S NOT TALK ABOUT GAS AND AS RAN IN A 14, HAVING THREE KIDS AND ALL THAT, IT'S HARD WORKING IN

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A MINIMUM WAGE, ESPECIALLY HAVING LIKE NO EMPLOYEES TO WORK AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

IT'S PRETTY HARD, BUT THAT'S UP.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER IS ON HILLABEE ANGELA BAKER AND ON-DECK IS FABIOLA.

BARRETO GOOD MORNING.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE SPACE TO SPEAK THIS MORNING.

MY NAME IS ANGELA AND I'M HERE TODAY AS CITY OF AUSTIN EMPLOYEE.

IN MY 18TH YEAR OF SERVICE, I ASK YOU TO PLEASE CONSIDER THE PAY RAISE INCREASE PROPOSAL OF 22 IN 22, LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, I PUT MYSELF THROUGH UNDERGRAD AND GRAD SCHOOL WITH THE HELP OF FEDERAL AND PRIVATE LOANS AFTER 18 YEARS OF SERVICE AND ON THE PAY AS YOU EARN REPAYMENT PLAN FOR MY LOANS, I STILL OWE $30,000, ESSENTIALLY BECAUSE I CHOSE PUBLIC SERVICE.

I WILL BE PAYING FOR MY STUDENT LOANS, MY STUDENT LOANS, LONG AFTER I RETIRE.

I'M ALSO HERE IN SUPPORT OF MY HUSBAND, ROBERT.

HE IS IN HIS 11TH YEAR OF SERVICE AND HE LEADS AN OPERATIONS CREW WITH RESOURCE RECOVERY OF HIS STAFF OF EIGHT, SEVEN OF THEM HAVE SECOND AND THIRD JOBS.

AND ONLY TWO OF THEM LIVE IN AUSTIN, BOTH RENTERS, WITHOUT THE HOPE OF EVER BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE IN A CITY, THEY WORKED SO HARD FOR PLEASE CONSIDER THE UNION PROPOSAL TODAY.

THANK YOU.

FABIOLA BURRITO ON DECK IS A DONNA BARRY.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR, MAYOR PRO TEM AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS FABIOLA BURRITO AND I AM THE AUSTIN POLICY COORDINATOR AT WORKERS.

DEFENSE WORKERS.

DEFENSE IS A MEMBERSHIP-BASED ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPORTS TEXAS LOW WAGE IMMIGRANT CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND IMPROVING THEIR LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS.

WE'D LIKE TO THANK COUNCILOR MUMBLE AND CO-SPONSORS FOR SUPPORTING 22 BY 22 IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN WORKERS.

DEFENSE SERVED ON THE LIVING WAGE WORKING GROUP IN 2015, WHICH HAD A PART IN INCREASING THE LIVING WAGE BY 15 TO $15 AN HOUR.

ALTHOUGH AT THE TIME $15 WAS A SUFFICIENT LIVING WAGE.

WE'RE IN NEVADA, DIFFERENT COMMUNITY.

NOW OUR MEMBERS ARE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND THEY ARE QUICKLY MOVING AWAY FROM THE CITY.

THEY CONTINUE TO BUILD BECAUSE OF LOW WAGES IN AUSTIN.

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ON PUBLIC PROJECTS WOULD BE DIRECT BENEFICIARIES OF A $22 MINIMUM WAGE.

INCREASING THE LIVING WAGE IS AN EQUITY ISSUE, CONSTRUCTION WORKERS BUILDING THE CITY SHOULD BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO LIVE HERE.

THANK YOU ALL.

AND WE URGE YOU TO VOTE.

YES.

ON ITEM 50 MAYOR, WE HAVE THE SPANISH SPEAKER ONLINE, SO WE'LL CALL HER NEXT.

JACQUELLINE ARE YOU READY? AND WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE THE TWO MINUTES PER TIME.

OKAY.

JEFF IRENE, IF NONE, THIS MONDAY, UM, ONE THING.

MY NAME IS ERIC HERNANDEZ AND I LIVE IN FAIRFIELD 7 8, 7 4 4.

AND I AM PRO ITEM 51.

UH THAT? WE'RE WE'RE TRYING TO, WE, WHAT WE WANT TO FIGHT FOR IS TO HAVE A PLAN FOR DISASTERS.

IF THIS AFTERS WERE TO HAPPEN AGAIN, SO WE HAVE THE FUNDS AND BE PREPARED WITH TRAINING IT'S FEDERALLY WORKED.

THE NEXT DISASTER.

IS A STORY THAT WE DON'T WANT TO REPEAT.

DISASTER.

THAT'S WHY I ASKED FOR THE FUNDS TO BE THERE AND GET TO GET THE FUNDS TOGETHER SO WE CAN BE UNITED IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN AGAIN.

UH UM

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YES.

YEAH.

YOU GOT TO LISTEN TO OUR VOICES.

SO THIS WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN.

WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR? THAT'S YOU? THANK YOU.

THE NEXT IN-PERSON SPEAKER ON ITEM 50 IS A DONNA BARRY ON DECK IS BOP BATTLIN BOB BATTLIN ON DECK IS HOPE BLENDING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I AM BOB BATTLIN FROM THE TEXAS ANTI-POVERTY PROJECT IN 2015, THE CITY KNEW ITS WORKFORCE COULD NOT AFFORD TO LIVE HERE.

I WAS PART OF A WORK GROUP FORM TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.

WE LEARNED THAT A $30 PLUS WAGE WAS NEEDED FOR AN AUSTIN FAMILY.

WE WERE ADVISED BY MIT EXPERT, DR.

PAUL OSTERMAN, THAT THERE WAS NO POLITICAL WILL TO ENACT A $30 LIVING WAGE.

WE TOOK HIS ADVICE TO BOW TO THAT REALITY AND RECOMMENDED AN INCREMENTAL ACTIONS.

JOB VACANCIES.

STATISTICS TELLS US THAT THE BABY STEPS IMPLEMENTED THROUGH 2018 ARE INSUFFICIENT.

NOW WE STILL SEE NO POLITICAL WILL TO ENACT A $30 LIVING WAGE.

DESPITE RISING COSTS.

YOUR VISION FOR AUSTIN WILL NOT BE ACHIEVED WITHOUT PUTTING THE WORKFORCE.

FIRST RAISE LIVING WAYS TO $22 NOW AND ENDORSE LAND FOR 27 BY 27.

THANK YOU.

HOPE BLENDING ON DECK IS CHRIS BLANTON.

CHRIS BLANTON ON DECK IS CHRISTOPHER CARTER.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL ASKED ME STAFF.

WHEN I READ A TESTIMONY FROM ONE OF OUR MEMBERS, CARLOS GARCIA, GARCIA WORKING AT BUILDING SERVICES FOR ARTISTS, A STATEMENT.

HE HAS BEEN AN EMPLOYEE AT THE CITY FOR 21 YEARS AND SUPPORTS ITEM NUMBER 50 TO INCREASE THE LIVING WAGE TO $22 AN HOUR.

I SEE NEW EMPLOYEES COMING IN AND THEIR STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE.

CHECK THE CHECK IS REAL AND IT'S SCARY.

LIVING IN AUSTIN IS NOT A SUSTAINABLE ANYMORE, UNLESS YOU'RE A CEO OR MANAGER, EVEN SUPERVISOR SALARIES ARE IN THE BRACKET OF SURVIVAL MOOD.

I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE ON MY TEAM TO GET THE BEST EVERY DAY, BUT IT'S HARD TO ASK FOR SUCH GIVE SO MUCH AND GIVE SO LITTLE IN RETURN.

AND BY THAT, I MEAN WITH THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY SEE IN THEIR BANK, EVERY TWO WEEKS, I JUST ASK THAT YOU HELP US KEEP PEOPLE PAYING THE WAGES THEY DESERVE.

SO WE DON'T HAVE AN OPEN POSITION PERPETUALLY BECAUSE THAT PUTS A SUPER STRAIN IN THE ENTIRE GROUP.

AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

CHRISTOPHER CARTER ON DECK IS SCOTT CUB.

HI, MY NAME IS CHRISTOPHER CARTER.

I'M AN EMPLOYEE FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN BUILDING SERVICE DEPARTMENT, AND I SUPPORT ITEM 50 FOR THE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE TO 2250 FOR ALL CITY EMPLOYEES TO BUILD A SERVICE DEPARTMENT.

CUSTODIAL DIVISION IS THE LOWEST PAY GRADE FOR THE ENTIRE CITY OF AUSTIN.

WE HAVE WORKED RELENTLESSLY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PANDEMIC TO ENSURE THE SAFETY FOR THE PUBLIC AND AS WELL AS OUR COWORKERS AT TIMES, TAKING ON ROLES AS HAS MANIC UNITS, SANITIZING AND DISINFECTING, AND OTHER TIMES BEING CUSTOMER SERVICE REPS BY INFORMING AND DIRECTING THE PUBLIC AND COWORKERS ON INFORMATION THAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, AS WELL AS OFFER INSECURITY DUTIES BY REPORTING ANY ACTIONS OR INDIVIDUALS THAT APPEAR TO BE A THREAT TO THEMSELVES, OTHERS, OR THE FACILITIES THAT WE MAINTAIN.

THE VISION STATEMENT FOR THE CITY OF BOSTON IS THAT WE WANT AUSTIN, TEXAS TO BE THE MOST LIVABLE COMMUNITY IN THE COUNTRY.

AT THIS POINT, I FEEL THAT I'M MERELY EXISTING AND NOT LIVING THE DEBT THAT HAS BEEN PILED UPON ME IS WITHOUT MEASURE.

AND AS INFLATION RISES AFFECTING RENT, FOOD AND GAS, SCOTT CUB ON DECK IS EDDIE.

WHEN THE BUZZER GOES OFF, IF YOU WANT TO FINISH YOUR THOUGHT, FINISH THE SENTENCE.

THAT'S OKAY,

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GO AHEAD.

WELL, MY NAME IS SCOTT COBB.

I WORK AS AN OPEN A LIFEGUARD AT BARTON SPRINGS POLE, AND I, UH, I SEE THIS PROPOSAL AS A JOBS CREATION PROPOSAL.

WE ARE 18%, 17, 18% SHORTAGE VACANCIES JOB VACANCIES ACROSS THE CITY ARE AROUND 300 CARDS SHORT AT, AT BARTON SPRINGS BY INSTITUTING A $22 LIVING WAGE.

YOU WILL FILL JOBS.

YOU WILL CREATE JOBS.

YOU WILL HAVE PEOPLE IN THE JOBS, SERVING THE PEOPLE, RENDERING THE SERVICES THAT THEY WERE HIRED TO DO THAT THAT JOB WAS CREATED TO DO, BUT IT'S GOING EMPTY NOW BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE TAKING JOBS ELSEWHERE, RAISE A LIVING WAGE AT 22, YOU WILL CREATE THOSE JOBS AND THOSE SERVICES.

UM, YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THAT THERE'S YESTERDAYS STATESMEN, THAT LIFEGUARDS ARE SEEKING OTHER BENEFITS THAT WE ARE LEFT OUT OF LIKE HOLIDAY PAY AND, UH, PAID TIME OFF.

WE ARE WILLING TO GIVE UP REGULAR, REGULAR BENEFITS, REGULAR EMPLOYEE STATUS.

WE YOU'RE WILLING TO GIVE THAT UP WITH THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF $22.

LIVING WAGE THAT IN ITSELF IS WHAT WE WANT 22 FOR EVERYONE.

IT WILL BENEFIT NOT JUST US, BUT ALL CITY EMPLOYEES, FORGET OUR OTHER BENEFIT.

SUGGESTIONS THAT JUST DO THAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, EDDIE.

EQUIA ON DECK IS HENRY EPPERSON.

GOOD MORNING.

UM, MY NAME IS EDDIE .

I'M A PARAMEDIC WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

I'VE BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT ABOUT FOUR YEARS.

UM, I'M HERE TO ENDORSE THE INCREASE IN WAGE FOR ALL CITY EMPLOYEES, BUT, UH, ALSO TO TALK ABOUT EMS, UH, I PROBABLY DON'T NEED TO TELL Y'ALL, UH, WE'RE IN A HISTORIC STAFFING CRISIS.

UM, BUT JUST TO GIVE YOU GUYS AN IDEA OF OUR DAILY STAFFING SITUATION, UH, EVERY DAY WE RUN OUT OF PEOPLE TO CALL IN.

CAUSE THERE'S JUST NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE.

WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MEDICS.

AND, UH, I AM ACTUALLY A SYSTEM FLOATER AND THE AMBULANCE THAT I'M ON GETS SHUT DOWN EVERY, ALMOST EVERY DAY.

I'M PROBABLY GOING TO GET SHUT DOWN TOMORROW.

UM, AND OBVIOUSLY THIS IS NOT, THIS IS NOT A SUSTAINABLE, UH, USING OUR OVERWORKED PEOPLE, UH, TO FILL HOLES IS JUST NOT RIGHT.

IT'S, WE'RE EXHAUSTED.

UM, I THINK THAT THE CITY SHOULD REALLY CONSIDER, UH, INCREASING OUR PAY SO WE CAN HIRE AND RETAIN PEOPLE.

AND, UH, I THINK, UH, SHUTTING DOWN AMBULANCES IS DANGEROUS FOR THE CITY AND FOR THE PUBLIC.

AND I THINK IT SHOULD REALLY CONCERN COUNCIL.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION FOR MR. AGUILA.

YES, GO AHEAD.

YES, THANK YOU.

YES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TESTIMONY.

I WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE KNOWN OTHERS, UM, IN THE DEPARTMENT WHO HAVE LEFT THE EMS PROFESSION AS A RESULT.

YES.

UH, I MEAN, I, IT'S ALMOST, IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE EVERY WEEK I HEAR ABOUT SOMEBODY NEW LEAVING AND I MEAN, I HAVE MULTIPLE FRIENDS IN THE DEPARTMENT THAT ARE CONSIDERING LEAVING BECAUSE WE'RE JUST, WE FEEL WE'RE NOT BEING VALUED HERE AT THE CITY AND WE JUST, WE CAN'T AFFORD TO LIVE HERE ANYMORE.

SO I MEAN, ALMOST EVERYBODY THAT I KNOW LIVES OUTSIDE OF THE CITY AND WE HAVE TO COMMUTE.

AND I MEAN, I DON'T NEED TO TELL YOU ALL THE GAS IS EXPENSIVE.

SO WHEN WE HAVE OTHER PLACES OFFERING TO PAY US EQUAL OR MORE NEAR WHERE WE LIVE, THEN IT'S ALMOST A NO-BRAINER TO MOVE TO THAT OTHER DEPARTMENT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

ANY MORE QUESTIONS? THANK YOU.

HENRY EPPERSON ON DECK IS OSCAR GARCIA.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS HENRY EPPERSON AND I'M A NATIVE AUSTINITE.

I'VE WORKED IN AUSTIN FOR SEVEN YEARS.

EVER SINCE I'VE BEEN ABLE TO, I WANTED TO SPEAK TODAY ABOUT THE CHALLENGES WORKING CLASS PEOPLE FACE IN AUSTIN.

I'M A FULL-TIME COLLEGE STUDENT WORKING TWO JOBS TO FUND MY EDUCATION AND MAKE ENDS MEET BY TWO ROOMMATES.

AND MYSELF RECENTLY DISCOVERED THAT OUR RENT WAS BEING RAISED BEYOND OUR BUDGETS WITH RENT FOOD AND GAS PRICES AND KEEP INCREASING A HIGHER WAGE WOULD ALLOW US TO AFFORD THESE GOODS AND LIVE DECENTLY.

WE WORKING.

PEOPLE NEED A LIVING WAGE IN AUSTIN.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $22 AN HOUR.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OSCAR GARCIA ON DECK IS CHARLIE GONZALES.

GOOD MORNING.

AND THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK ON ITEM 50.

MY WIFE AND I MOVED TO AUSTIN IN OCTOBER OF 2020 WITH THE HOPES OF STARTING NEW JOBS, STARTING A SAVINGS ON A HOME, GETTING MARRIED

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AND STARTING A FAMILY.

WHAT ALLOWED ME TO MOVE WAS A JOB OFFER AT AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY IS R O D O C.

I WAS GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE, TO REDUCING AUSTIN'S HAZARDOUS WASTE FOOTPRINT AND KNOWING I FEEL LUCKY TO BE A PART OF THE COMMUNITY WITH SO MUCH TO OFFER.

I FELT FORTUNATE THAT A CITY JOB WOULD PROVIDE EVERYTHING WE NEEDED AND MORE AND MORE AS THE ADULTS, I PUT THE LEARN TO APPRECIATE THE LABOR AND ORGANIZATION NECESSARY FOR TRASH RECYCLING COLLECTION AND HAVING CLEANED STREETS.

SUMMER OF LAST YEAR, I WAS OFFERED MY CURRENT POSITION AS A TREE AND ENVIRONMENTAL INSPECTOR AT DSD.

THE JOB THAT HAS TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE THE CITY'S EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR URBAN FOREST FOR GENERATIONS TO COME WITH DEVELOPMENT PRESSURES AS IT IS NOW, THIS JOB GROWS MORE IMPORTANT WITH EACH CONSTRUCTION PROJECT.

DURING THIS TIME I REALIZED WE ARE FACING THE REALITY THAT THE GOAL OF OWNING A HOME IS OUT OF OUR REACH RENT INCREASES IN AUSTIN HAVE GROWN TREMENDOUSLY.

OURS JUMPED 30% TO ME THAT TRANSLATES TO GOING BACK TO LIVING LIKE A COLLEGE STUDENT, BUT I KNOW THOUSANDS MORE ARE HURTING WITH EVEN WORSE SITUATIONS.

EVICTION NUMBERS ARE SPIKING HIGHER THAN SINCE THE COVID PANDEMIC BEGAN.

NOBODY DESERVES THAT FINAL THOUGHT.

SO ON BEHALF OF MY FAMILY, AND THOSE ARE GOING TO LEAVE TO WORK ATTEMPT AT THIS TESTIMONY PERIOD.

I URGE THE COUNCIL TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF ITEM 50 LEAD IN PROVIDING A LIVING WAGE BECAUSE THE CITY IS NOT SUSTAINABLE WITHOUT SUSTAINING ITS EMPLOYEES.

THANK YOU, CHARLIE GONZALES ON DECK IS CAROL GUTHRIE.

HELLO, Y'ALL MY NAME'S TARA GONZALEZ.

I WORK AT THE AIRPORT AND I'M WITH THE UNITED HERE, UM, MEMBERSHIP.

UM, THIS YEAR HAS BEEN BUSIER THAN BEFORE THE PANDEMIC.

AND I'VE HEAR PEOPLE THAT, THAT COME IN TO THE, TO THE AIRPORT SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY CAN'T AFFORD, YOU KNOW, GAS THAT CAN'T AFFORD THE COST OF LIVING IN AUSTIN.

AND I KNOW IF YOU ALL WERE TO SUPPORT THE $22 AN HOUR FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN YELLED, KEEP MORE EMPLOYEES AT THE AIRPORT.

AND THAT'S ONLY TO SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CAROL GUTHRIE ON DECK IS SHELBY HYNDMAN.

GOOD MORNING.

UH, MY NAME IS CAROL GUTHRIE, THE BUSINESS MANAGER FOR ASKING ME LOCAL 16, 24.

I AM HERE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO SUPPORT ITEM 50.

WE HEAR EVERY DAY FROM YOUR EMPLOYEES AND HOW THEY'RE STRUGGLING, HOW THEY'VE BEEN STRUGGLING.

UH, THEY HAVE BEEN ON THE GROUND THROUGH COVID THROUGH THE WINTER FREEZE.

UH, THEY'RE ALWAYS THERE FOR THIS COMMUNITY.

THEY ARE WORKING MANDATORY OVERTIME.

THEY ARE WORKING OUT OF THEIR CLASSIFICATIONS TO FILL IN FOR OTHERS BECAUSE OF THE STAFFING SHORTAGE.

SO EVEN THOUGH WE'RE HAVING A STAFFING SHORTAGE, PERHAPS THAT COULD HELP GENERATE SOME OF THE FUNDS NEEDED TO PROVIDE 22 AND 22, UH, BECAUSE I'M CERTAIN, THE CITY WILL HAVE SOME SAVINGS, UH, IN THE BUDGET THIS YEAR.

UH, WE ASK YOU, PLEASE VOTE.

YES.

ON ITEM 50 BECAUSE YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE WORTH IT.

THANK YOU.

SHELBY HYNDMAN ON DECK IS TODD KILLOCK GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS SHELBY HINDMAN.

I HAVE BEEN A COMMUNICATIONS MEDIC FOR ALMOST FIVE YEARS TODAY.

I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THE STRUGGLES THAT WE ARE FACING AND COMMUNICATIONS.

UM, WE ARE SO GROSSLY UNDERSTAFFED THAT OUR ON CALL DAYS ARE TWO, THREE TIMES A WEEK.

WE ARE MOSTLY EVERY WEEK BEING CALLED IN AND IT IS EXTREMELY HARD TRYING TO ORGANIZE THAT AND WORK THAT AROUND MY NORMAL LIFE.

UM, MY HUSBAND IS ALSO A PARAMEDIC WITH THE CITY AND HE HAS ON CALL DAYS AS WELL.

HE ACTUALLY GOT CALLED IN TODAY.

THAT'S WHY HE COULDN'T ATTEND WITH ME.

UM, AND WE HAVE A ONE-YEAR-OLD SON, SO TRYING TO, UH, PLAN OUR SCHEDULE AROUND THESE DAYS THAT WE ARE BEING MANDATORILY CALLED IN IS EXTREMELY HARD.

UM, WE ARE SO UNDERSTAFFED AND THE COMMUNICATIONS THAT SOMETIMES IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD, UM, CAN'T EVEN GET UP FROM MY DESK FOR A WATER BREAK TO GO TO THE BATHROOM.

UM, I MEAN, IT'S, IT'S SO HARD.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR TESTIMONY.

UM, I TRY TO ALWAYS BE MINDFUL THAT WE'RE, UM, ALSO HAVE KIND OF A BROADER AUDIENCE HERE.

AND SO I WONDER IF FOR THAT AUDIENCE, YOU WOULD EXPLAIN WHAT YOU MEAN BY ON-CALL DAYS, UM, THAT THESE ARE NOT YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED DAYS, BUT IF YOU WOULD JUST EXPLAIN THAT, I THINK THAT'LL HELP.

OH, SORRY.

UH, SO ON CALL DAYS.

UM, SO WE HAVE OUR REGULAR SCHEDULE.

I WORK, UM, EITHER TWO

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TWELVES A WEEK, OR I WORK, UH, FOUR TWELVES A WEEK.

SO IT'S A ROTATING THREE TO SCHEDULE.

UM, ON TOP OF MY REGULAR SCHEDULE, I HAVE ON CALL DAYS WHERE IF THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH STAFF, I AM BEING CALLED IN ON MY DAY OFF BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO DO OUR JOB.

UM, AND WE HAVE ANYWHERE FROM TWO TO THREE OF THOSE A WEEK OR SIX TO EIGHT OF THEM A MONTH.

THANKS FOR THAT ADDITIONAL EXPLANATION.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, TODD.

KILLOCK ON DECK IS GINGER LOCK FLOYD OH, HELLO, MAYOR COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS TODD KILLOCK.

UM, ASKED ME STAFF, I'M GOING TO READ SOME MEMBER TESTIMONY, MIKE CONTI LIBRARY.

I HOPE THAT THE COUNCIL RECOGNIZES THAT IF PUBLIC SERVICE SERVANTS CAN'T PAY THE RENT, CAN'T AFFORD A DOWN PAYMENT.

AREN'T ELIGIBLE FOR A LOAN AND CAN'T AFFORD DAYCARE.

WE'RE GOING TO BE FORCED OUT TO OTHER COMMUNITIES OR JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

EMPLOYEES SERVING OUR PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS TODAY ARE PRICED OUT, UH, EVEN 60% OF MFI UNITS THAT MAKE UP A PORTION OF AUSTIN'S AFFORDABLE STOCK.

I LOVE WORKING.

I LOVE THE WORK OF CARING FOR OUR PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND YOUR CONSTITUENTS, BUT LOVE DOESN'T PAY THE BILLS AND THE WORK WILL NOT GET DONE WITHOUT CITY EMPLOYEES, STACY, BABY, FABIAN, AUSTIN ENERGY.

CURRENTLY 50% OF OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES POSITIONS ARE VACANT.

60 OUT OF 120 VACANT CUSTOMERS HAVE TO WAIT OVER AN HOUR TO TALK TO CUSTOMER SERVICE.

I ENCOURAGE EACH OF YOU AS COUNCIL MEMBERS, WHOSE INTEREST IS TO PROVIDE TAX, PAYING CITIZENS, ELECTRIC, WATER, TRASH, AND INFRASTRUCTURE, TO DO ANYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO INCREASE OUR WAGES.

SO THE EMPLOYEES, THE CITY OF AUSTIN CAN PROVIDE ROOFS OVER THEIR HEADS.

THANK YOU, JORDAN.

I'M SORRY.

CASSIE LEIDEN AND ON-DECK IS JORDAN MALONE.

HELLO.

MY NAME IS CASSIE LEIDEN AND I'VE BEEN A PARAMEDIC HERE IN AUSTIN FOR 16 YEARS.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT EIGHT.

I AM ONE OF THE RARE PARAMEDICS WHO WORKS FOR US, WHO SAYS THAT I ACTUALLY LIVE IN THE CITY.

UM, AND I'M REALLY PROUD TO SAY THAT I'M A PARAMEDIC FOR AUSTIN, BUT IT'S A JOB THAT'S REALLY HARD.

IT'S UNLIKE ANY OTHER JOB.

EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT.

EVERY CALL IS DIFFERENT ALMOST EVERY MINUTE IS DIFFERENT.

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE.

AND LIKE I SAID, IT'S A JOB THAT I LOVE.

THE CONNECTIONS THAT I GET TO MEET, UH, MAKE THE PEOPLE THAT I GET TO MEET THE DIFFERENCES I GET TO MAKE IN THEIR LIVES.

BUT I ALSO SEE PEOPLE ON THE HARDEST DAY OF THEIR LIVES, THE DAYS WHEN THEY ARE BROKEN AND HORRIBLE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED AND THAT'S EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY SCARRING FOR US.

IT'S ALSO PHYSICALLY DANGEROUS, NOT JUST THE PANDEMIC, BUT WE GET PUNCHED SPIT ON ALL SORTS OF THINGS, ASSAULTED ON A REGULAR BASIS.

AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GET GOOD EMPLOYEES HERE.

WE'RE DOWN ALMOST A QUARTER OF OUR STAFF.

THAT'S HUGE.

LIKE SHELBY WAS SAYING I HAVE TO GET CALLED IN ON MY DAYS OFF ALL THE TIME AND SORRY.

UM, IT JUST REALLY HURT TO ONLY BE OFFERED SO LITTLE AS A LIVING WAGE AND TO NOT HAVE PEOPLE BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO LIVE HERE AS COWORKERS.

IT JUST BREAKS MY HEART TO NOT BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, JORDAN MALONE ON DECK IS DON MASSEY.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS JORDAN MALONE.

UH, I AM A FIELD MEDIC FOR EMS. I WAS BORN IN AUSTIN.

I'VE LIVED HERE MY WHOLE LIFE.

UM, I STARTED WORKING FOR EMS TWO YEARS AGO AT THE AGE OF 20.

UNFORTUNATELY MY DECISION TO, UH, TO SERVE THE CITY I WAS BORN IN IS THE DIRECT REASON I CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO LIVE HERE IN AUSTIN.

AUSTIN, MEDICS ARE OVERWORKED UNDERPAID, BUT IN CONSTANT DANGER AND GIVEN NO DEFENSIVE WEAPONS ON MY LAST SHIFT, I HAD TO CALL MY COMMANDER AT 3:00 AM TO PUT MY AMBULANCE OUT OF SERVICE BECAUSE I HAD NOT HAD A CHANCE TO FINISH LUNCH FROM THE DAY BEFORE.

THIS IS NOT UNCOMMON.

THE RETIREMENT PLAN IS A HUGE RETENTION KILLER FOR YOUNGER MEDICS LIKE MYSELF.

FOR EXAMPLE, I WILL HAVE TO WORK 40 MORE YEARS BEFORE I SEE A SINGLE RETIREMENT CHECK FOR COMPARISON AFD AND APD PERSONNEL RECEIVE RETIREMENTS.

AND ONLY 25 YEARS I COULD SWITCH DEPARTMENTS AND NOT ONLY WOULD I BE COMPENSATED MORE, I WOULD CUT MY RETIREMENT CLOCK ALMOST IN HALF.

DESPITE THE SHORTCOMINGS I WHOLEHEARTEDLY LOVED THE WORK I DO.

AND I URGE EACH OF YOU TO INCREASE WAGES,

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TO MAKE RETIREMENT ATTAINABLE SO THAT WE DO NOT CONTINUE TO HEMORRHAGE THE MEDICS THAT SAVED THE LIVES OF AUSTINITES EVERY SINGLE DAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, DON MASSEY ON DECK IS MARIA MCCARTHY.

MARIA MCCARTHY ON DECK IS JANICE MCGRAW.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND CITY, AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

UH, I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO COME TALK TO YOU ALL ABOUT THE MEN, MINIMUM LIVING WAGE.

FIRST OF ALL, I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY JOB WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

I REALLY ENJOY IT.

AND I LOVE WORKING WITH MY CLIENTS.

I ACTUALLY WANT TO RETIRE HERE AND I'M NOT SURE THAT WILL BE FEASIBLE.

I CAN BEFORE YOU TODAY, BECAUSE I DON'T THINK I'M GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

I'M GOING TO BE PRICED OUT SOON AND THAT EVERY DAY I'M IN FEAR.

AND I HAVE A LOT OF SADNESS WHILE I APPRECIATE THIS EFFORT TO INCREASE THE LIVING WAGE TO $22.

IT REALLY IS A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT.

IT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED BEFORE THE PANDEMIC WHEN DETERMINING HOW TO CALCULATE THE APPROPRIATE AND CORRECT LIVING WAGE, PLEASE CONSIDER USING THE PT RATIO RIGHT NOW.

AUSTIN HAS AN EIGHT TO ONE, WHICH MEANS THAT IT'S EIGHT SALARIES, MEDIAN SALARIES TO ONE MEDIAN COST OF A HOUSE.

I HAVE THE STATISTICS FOR IT LAST YEAR, 78 K WAS THE MEDIAN INCOME AND 98 K FOR THE FAMILY.

AND THIS YEAR A HOUSE IS 6, 6 60.

THE MATH DOES NOT WORK.

SO I WANT TO THANK YOU, PLEASE RAISE IT AT LEAST TO 22.

I WANT TO LIVE HERE AND I WANT TO RETIRE HERE.

THANK YOU.

JANICE MCGRAW ON DECK IS RACHEL MELENDEZ.

RACHEL MELENDEZ ON DECK IS ROBERT MIDDLETON.

GOOD MORNING COUNCIL.

AND RACHEL MELINDA'S WITH UNITE HERE.

UH, THE HOSPITALITY WORKERS UNION.

OUR UNION IS A MEMBER OF THE LIVING WAGE WORKING GROUP, AND WE WANT TO THANK, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER AND THE REST OF THE CO-SPONSORS FOR, UH, BRINGING FORWARD THIS RESOLUTION.

UM, LIKE MANY OF, YOU KNOW, WE REPRESENT CONCESSIONS WORKERS AT THE AIRPORT AND AS EMPLOYEES OF A COMPANY WITH A CITY CONTRACT, THIS WOULD REALLY HELP PEOPLE REALLY BENEFIT FOLKS.

UM, AS YOU'VE HEARD FROM SOME OF OUR MEMBERS AND YOU WILL HEAR FROM MORE OF OUR MEMBERS, UH, IT IS THAT VERY DIFFICULT TO LIVE IN THE CITY.

AND, UH, THE AIRPORT IS ALSO SERIOUSLY UNDERSTAFFED.

UH, IF YOU'VE BEEN AT THE AIRPORT, YOU WILL HAVE SEEN MANY OF THE RESTAURANTS, MANY OF THE SHOPS ARE CLOSED.

UM, FOLKS ARE LEAVING TO GO WORK SOMEWHERE ELSE.

THAT'S LESS DEMANDING.

UM, EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT MAKING THAT MUCH MORE.

SO, UH, THIS WOULD BE A HUGE BENEFIT, NOT JUST TO THE WORKERS, RIGHT, BUT TO THE SERVICES AT THE AIRPORT, WHICH HAVE BEEN, UH, REGULARLY IN THE NEWS AS I'M SURE YOU ALL KNOW.

SO, UH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

ROBERT MIDDLETON ON DECK IS DANIEL MANANA.

OH, HOW YOU DOING? MY NAME IS ROBERT MIDDLETON, ONE STREET AND BRIDGE.

UH, THERE'S BEEN A MASS EXODUS OF, UH, EMPLOYMENT WITHIN MY DEPARTMENT.

AND, UH, THE WORK HAS NOT BEEN MITIGATED.

UH, WE STILL HAVE TO WORK 10 TO 12 HOURS A DAY.

AND A LOT OF THE GUYS THAT I DO WORK WITH HAVE HAD TO HAVE PART-TIME JOBS.

AND AFTER WORK IN 10 TO 12 HOURS A DAY, THAT'S NOT FEASIBLE FEEDING YOUR FAMILY AND PROVIDING GAS FOR THE WEEK SHOULD NOT BE A CHOICE THAT ANYONE HAS TO MAKE.

THAT'S NOT LIVING.

SO A $22 AN HOUR MAY SOUND LIKE A LOT TO SOME PEOPLE, BUT TO BE HONEST WITH YOU FOR THE WORK THAT WE DO, IT'S NOT, UH, WE, UH, ACTUALLY, UH, REPAIR THE, THE ROADS THAT YOU GUYS DRIVE.

WE, UH, WORK ON THE SIDEWALKS THAT YOU GUYS WALK EVERY DAY.

UH, THAT JOB IS DANGEROUS.

THAT JOB IS HOT.

NOT MANY WILL DO IT, AND WE'RE LOSING EXPERIENCE BY THE DAY AND WE'RE NOT REPLACING THAT EXPERIENCE DECADES OF EXPERIENCE.

SO, UH, IF THAT HELPS RETAIN THE EMPLOYERS THAT WE HAVE, THE EMPLOYMENT OF EMPLOYEES

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THAT WE HAVE, UH, RECOMMENDED THAT WE DO THAT.

UH, AND, UH, IT'S SAD TO SAY THAT EVEN EMS CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO WORK IN THE CITY, IT REALLY IS SAD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

DANIEL MANANA ON DECK IS LYNN MONTHA GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS DANIEL.

I'M A BSD SECURITY CITY EMPLOYEE.

I ACTUALLY USED TO WORK IN THIS BUILDING ALONGSIDE OF YOU UNTIL I HAD TO REQUEST TO TRANSFER TO RLC UP NORTH CLOSER TO ROUND ROCK, BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE I LIVE, BECAUSE I CAN NOT AFFORD TO LIVE IN THE CITY FOR A SINGLE DECLARING PERSON WITH BENEFITS AND A RETIREMENT PLAN, WORKING AS A GUARD FOR A CITY, A GUARD THAT IS STATIONED TO PROTECT YOU.

AND THIS BUILDING IS AROUND $12 AND 30 CENTS AFTER TAXES.

NOW I ASK YOU WHO AMONG YOU CAN HAVE A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD OR FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR $12 AN HOUR, WHO COULD AFFORD TO PAY AN AVERAGE RENT BILL OF $2,245.

WHEN YOUR TAKE HOME IS 1,969.

I KNOW THESE NUMBERS, CORRECT, BECAUSE THEY'RE MINE.

THIS CITY HAS NO LIKE NO OTHER IN THE WORLD, BUT IT'S GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE I CAN SAY I CAN'T AFFORD TO WORK FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

HELL I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD A HAIRCUT RIGHT NOW.

UH, NO VOTE ON THIS SAYS TO ALL EMPLOYEES, YOU'RE NOT WORTH IT.

WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR JUST A RAISE.

WE'RE ASKING FOR HELP.

WE'RE ASKING TO PUT CLOTHES ON OUR KIDS' BACKS.

WE'RE ASKING TO PUT FOOD ON OUR TABLE.

SO PLEASE JUST HELP US.

THANK YOU, LYNN.

MONTY ON DECK IS CHRISSY O'BRIEN HI EVERYONE.

THANK YOU FOR YOU.

ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON ITEM 50, WHICH I SUPPORT.

I'M AN ADMIN SPECIALIST WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND I HAVE BEEN WITH THE CITY FOR OVER 20 YEARS.

I LOVE WHAT I DO AT APD, AND THAT INVOLVES SUPPORTING DOWNTOWN PATROL.

I'VE SEEN A LOT OF CHANGES IN MY WORKLOAD FROM SUPPORTING PATROL TO INCLUDE PAYROLL.

AND NOW MANDATORY 3, 1, 1 CALLS, WHICH CAN BE VERY CHALLENGING.

OUR CITIZENS HAVE TO WAIT A WEEK, SOMETIMES TWO WEEKS TO GET A CALL BACK DUE TO STAFFING ISSUES.

SOME OF THESE CALLS ARE GENERAL QUESTIONS, BUT MOST OF THE TIME I FIND MYSELF WRITING A POLICE REPORT.

I'VE SEEN GOOD EMPLOYEES COME AND GO.

IT SEEMS LIKE WE'RE DOING MORE WITH LESS.

OUR ECONOMY IS ON THE RISE AND IT PUTS A STRAIN ON MY BUDGET, WHICH ALSO PUTS A STRAIN ON THE FAMILY.

I BELIEVE IN ITEM 50, TO RAISE THE LIVING WAGE TO $22, WHICH SHOULD ALLOW US TO FILL OUR VACANCIES, REDUCE POVERTY AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME BACK TO WORK FOR AUSTIN.

THIS COMMUNITY DESERVES THE BEST SERVICE WE CAN PROVIDE.

THANK YOU, CHRISSY O'BRIEN ON DECK IS CRISTINA ORTIZ MORNING MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I'M GOING TO BE READING A STATEMENT FROM A CITY EMPLOYEE AT AUSTIN, PUBLIC HEALTH.

I'M AN EMPLOYEE OF APA, UH, APH AS AN ANALYST, I WORKED DURING THE PANDEMIC.

I BELIEVE IN MY JOB AND THE WORK OF THE CITY AND AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

I FEEL THAT MY FEEL THAT MY TRUE CALLING IS PUBLIC HEALTH.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WAKING UP EVERY DAY TO SERVE MY COMMUNITY.

BUT AS OF NOW, I FEEL DISILLUSIONED.

I MAKE ABOUT 27 AN HOUR.

YOU WOULD THINK THAT THIS WOULD BE ENOUGH, BUT I'M STILL BARELY MAKING IT WITH THE COST OF LIVING INCREASE IN AUSTIN.

ONE OF MY CHECKS GOES COMPLETELY TO RENT AND IT'S STILL NOT ENOUGH TO COVER IT.

I HAD TO USE PORTIONS OF MY SECOND PAYCHECK TO COVER IT AND OTHER BILLS.

I BARELY TAKE VACATION DAYS AND I ALWAYS HAVE OUTSTANDING ON MY EVALUATIONS, BUT CURRENTLY I DO NOT FEEL OUTSTANDING.

I CANNOT IMAGINE MAKING $15 AN HOUR OR LESS, ESPECIALLY WITH A FAMILY.

SO MANY PEOPLE GIVE SO MUCH OF THEMSELVES TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO MAKE THIS BUDGET AND THE VIBRANCY OF THE CITY POSSIBLE.

IF WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE HERE, THEN UNFORTUNATELY THAT MAY CAUSE FOR US TO HAVE TO MOVE, WHICH IN TURN LEADS US TO WORK FOR OTHER PLACES THAT ARE CLOSER TO OUR HOMES.

I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THE CITY OF AUSTIN BECAUSE I LOVE THIS COMMUNITY.

AND ALSO PUBLIC HEALTH.

HOPEFULLY, HOPEFULLY A CHANGE WILL MOVE US IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION AND UPLIFT THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF MANY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, CHRISTINA.

OR THIESS ON DECK IS LOOSE.

GOOD MORNING, CHRISTINA ORTIZ.

I'M ASKED ME STAFF ALSO READING A MEMBER TESTIMONY.

SHE WANTED TO BE HERE, BUT COULDN'T TAKE TIME OFF WORK.

HER NAME IS KATHLEEN ANDRE.

SHE'S A SCHEDULING SPECIALIST FOR EMS BASED ON MY CURRENT SALARY.

I CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN NOR TRAVIS COUNTY.

AND NOW WITH THE PRICE OF GAS, I CAN'T AFFORD TO COMMUTE.

IN MY SMALL DEPARTMENT, WE ARE REQUIRED TO OPERATE 16 HOURS A DAY, 365 DAYS A YEAR.

WE RECEIVED NO NIGHT OR SUNDAY DIFFERENTIALS.

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WE ARE MANDATED TO WORK ALL MAJOR HOLIDAYS AND THE OFFICE IS ONLY CLOSED FROM 10:00 PM TO 6:00 AM DAILY.

WE CANNOT JUST TAKE THE DAY OFF OR CALL IN SICK WITHOUT IT IMPACTING ANOTHER STAFF MEMBER, FORCING SOMEONE INTO OVERTIME.

I CAN WORK AT A MAJOR RETAIL STORE OR RESTAURANT AND GET 15 TO $18 AN HOUR, LIVE CLOSER TO HOME AND BE OFF ON MAJOR HOLIDAYS.

BUT I'VE BEEN IN PUBLIC SERVANT FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS AND I ENJOY WHAT I DO.

BUT AFTER 40 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE, I ALSO THINK I SHOULD BE APPRECIATED AND COMPENSATED TO RECEIVE MY WORTH BASED ON THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND EXPERIENCE I BRING TO THE CITY AND TO LIVE MY BEST LIFE WITHOUT A DAILY STRUGGLE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

LOOSE ON DECK IS SOFIA PENA.

BINGO.

AND I PULL YOU LEG IT'S THE GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS LUCY AND I'M HERE TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT FOR 2,222, BECAUSE EVERYTHING HAS DONE UP THE GAS, THE RENT, AND WE CAN AFFORD TO PAY THAT WITHOUT, UH, WHAT ARE WE GETTING RIGHT NOW? AND SHE WORKS AT THE AIRPORT.

IT'S THE AND WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE $22 SO WE CAN AFFORD WHAT WE HAVE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

SOPHIA PENA ON DECK IS CHRISTOPHER PITS.

GOOD MORNING.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, MAYOR CITY MANAGER.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO SEE Y'ALL AGAIN.

I COULD TALK TO Y'ALL ABOUT THE ECONOMY, HOW GAS HAS INCREASED, HOW BASIC GROCERIES HAVE INCREASED, BUT I'M HERE TO TALK TO YOU LIKE AS FAMILY MEMBERS, AS PARENTS, AS AUNTS, UNCLES, MAYBE GRANDPARENTS, OUR JOB IS TO PROVIDE A SAFE SPACE FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES AT THE CITY POOLS, BARTON SPRINGS, FOR MANY TOURISTS, THOUSANDS OF TURNS STALEY.

OUR JOB IS TO PROTECT THEM, TO PROTECT THEIR LIVES AS FAMILIES.

JUST THIS MONDAY, WE W MY COWORKER, HE HAD A SAVE WHERE HE SAVED A CHILD AND HIS DAD WERE BOTH DROWNING BECAUSE THE DAD WAS TRYING TO HELP HIS KID, AND THEY BOTH ENDED UP DROWNING AND MY COWORKER SAVED THEM.

SO WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE F THE FULL STAFFING, THE FULL CUSTOMER SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT.

BAND-AIDS FIRST AID, EVERYTHING.

WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO OPEN ALL CITY CITYWIDE POOLS IN AUSTIN, ESPECIALLY FOR SUMMER WITH THIS A HUNDRED DEGREE WEATHER WHO DOESN'T WANT A REALLY HOT DAY VA TO GO AND SWIM.

SO PLEASE I'D BE NOT FOR US FOR THE WHOLE AUSTIN COMMUNITY AND THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS.

VISIT US.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

CHRISTOPHER PITS ON DECK IS AMANDA POSSEN.

AMANDA POSSEN ON DECK IS MICHAEL SEGAL MORNING MAYOR COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I'M AMANDA PASSIN, SENIOR POLICY ANALYST WITH EVERY TEXAN, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES.

YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A FACT SHEET WITH DATA SUPPORTING $22 AS A VERY MODEST LIVING WAGE IN AUSTIN, IF NOT HAVE EXTRA COPIES IN ORDER FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR, TO BE ABLE TO COVER THEIR BASIC HOUSEHOLD COSTS AND AUSTIN, ACCORDING TO THE ECONOMIC POLICY.

AGAIN, THIS IS VERY MODEST.

THE FAMILY NEEDS TO EARN $87,105 PER YEAR, WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY $7,259 PER MONTH FOR A COMBINED WAGE OF 42 PER HOUR FOR AN INDIVIDUAL IN AUSTIN, THEY WOULD NEED TO EARN $3,563 PER MONTH.

AND THIS EQUATES TO ROUGHLY $22 PER AN HOUR.

AGAIN, THIS IS A VERY MODEST, UM, CALCULATION THAT EPI USES AUSTIN'S UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH IS COSTING ALL OF US, INCLUDING OUR CITY EMPLOYEES, THE AVERAGE ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT RENTS AT $1,500 A MONTH, WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THIS REALITY.

NATIONALLY AT THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE HAD KEPT UP WITH ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY.

WE WOULD ALREADY HAVE

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A $22 MINIMUM WAGE.

FEDERALLY DATA SUPPORTS 22 AS A MODEST LIVING WAGE.

AND EVERY TEXAN IS IN FAVOR OF THE LIVING WAGE WORKING GROUP RESOLUTION.

IF THE WORKERS VOICES ISN'T ENOUGH, PLEASE LOOK AT THE DATA.

OUR CITY BUDGET IS A MORAL DOCUMENT AND OUR WORKERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS SHOULD BE PRIORITIZED TO ENSURE QUALITY PROVISION OF VITAL PUBLIC SERVICES.

THANK YOU, MICHAEL SIEGEL ON DECK IS MINERVA CAMARENA, SKEET.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL MICHAEL SIEGEL, POLITICAL DIRECTOR OF GROUND GAME, TEXAS, UH, SUPPORTING IN FAVOR OF 22 FOR 22.

I THINK THIS IS BOTH GOOD POLICY AND GOOD POLITICS.

I MEAN, WE NEED TO HAVE A WORKFORCE THAT IS STRONG AND HEALTHY AND THEY CAN AFFORD TO LIVE IN THIS REGION.

AND ALSO WE NEED TO SET AN EXAMPLE IN THIS CONTEXT OF OUR STATE OF TEXAS DEFUNDING LOCAL GOVERNMENT, A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT HASN'T PASSED A LIVING WAGE.

UH, WE NEED TO SET A MODEL HERE IN AUSTIN.

THAT WILL BE AN INSPIRATION FOR THE REST OF THE STATE THAT WE TAKE CARE OF OUR WORKERS AND THAT WE BELIEVE A ONE JOB IS ENOUGH.

SO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND HOPE YOU GET THIS DONE.

THANK YOU, MINERVA, PREMARIN AND S E I AM.

RECTOR OF ST.

JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND LEADER WITH CENTRAL TEXAS INTERFAITH.

WE HAVE HEARD THE COUNCIL ASK, HOW WAS $22 AN HOUR IMPACT THE BUDGET? WHAT WILL WE GIVE UP? THIS IS THE LANGUAGE OF SCARCITY.

AUSTIN IS ONE OF THE RICHEST CITIES IN THE ONE OF THE RICHEST STATES.

AND ONE OF THE RICHEST COUNTRIES.

IT IS NOT ABOUT EITHER, OR IT IS ABOUT BOTH AND PAIN EMPLOYEES, LESS THAN 20 TO $22 IS NOT AN OPTION.

IF WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT DEPARTMENTS THAT RUN OUR CITY HAVE THE RIGHT EMPLOYEES TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAMS, TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY.

CITY EMPLOYEES USED TO AFFORD TO BUY A HOME IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, GET INVOLVED IN THEIR CHILDREN'S SCHOOLS AND BE LEADERS IN OUR CONGREGATION.

THEY EVEN HAD ENOUGH MONEY TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO COLLEGE AND RETIRE NO LONGER.

THEY CANNOT EVEN AFFORD TO LIVE IN THIS CITY, LONG COMMUTE.

IT'S A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.

THE QUESTION IS NOT, WHAT DO WE GIVE UP? IF WE PAY OUR EMPLOYEES $22 AN HOUR, THE QUESTION IS WHAT KIND OF A CITY DO WE WANT TO BUILD CENTRAL TEXAS AND AFRAID CALL FROM YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND ACT NOW 22 IN 22.

THANK YOU.

ESTELLE SKLAR ON DECK IS BRIGHT IN SUMMERS HELLO.

MY NAME IS ESTELLA.

I'M A MEDIC FOR AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY EMS. OUR UNITS ARE BUSIER THAN EVER.

AND OUR LOW STAFFING CAUSES US TO SHUT DOWN AMBULANCES EVEN WHILE EXHAUSTING OUR MANDATORY OVERTIME.

THIS HAS ONLY FURTHER DECREASING MORALE AND CAUSING PEOPLE TO QUIT FASTER.

I CURRENTLY WORK ON THE BUSIEST STAND-ALONE AMBULANCE IN THE COUNTY, AND I RUN 24 HOURS OFTEN WITHOUT ANY SLEEP.

WE HELP PEOPLE ON THE WORST DAYS OF THEIR LIVES.

AND WE SEE TRAGEDY AND HORRIFIC THINGS THAT MOST PEOPLE WILL NEVER SEE IN THEIR LIVES.

AND WE DO IT ON A DAILY BASIS.

ADDITIONALLY, IT TOOK ME ONLY FIVE MONTHS OF WORKING IN THIS FIELD FOR ME TO GET PHYSICALLY ATTACKED BY A PATIENT.

I CAN'T AFFORD TO LIVE IN THE CITY THAT I WORKED TIRELESSLY FOR.

I RECENTLY TURNED DOWN AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AS A PARAMEDIC BECAUSE I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO WORK THE OVERTIME WHILE TRAINING.

THE FACT THAT I HAVE TO WORK OVERTIME TO AFFORD TO LIVE HERE AFFECTS MY MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH.

EVEN WHILE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE, YOU ARE CREATING A SPIRAL BY NOT PAYING EMS APPROPRIATELY, AND IT IS DIGGING US INTO A HOLE BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT IS CHOOSING TO MAKE US WORK MORE OVERTIME OR SHUTTING DOWN AMBULANCES, WHICH ONLY INCREASES THE CALL VOLUME PER TRUCK, BOTH WHICH ARE CAUSING MORE PEOPLE TO QUIT.

THIS IS ALREADY AN INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT JOB, PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, AND EMOTIONALLY.

HOWEVER, YOU ALL HAVE THE CONTROL AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO LESSEN THAT FINANCIAL BURDEN THAT THE PARAMEDICS ARE FACING BEFORE.

IT'S TOO LATE.

THANK YOU.

MA'AM MA'AM.

I JUST WANTED TO ASK A QUESTION REAL QUICK OVER HERE, GIVEN THE, THE OVERTIME, THE WAGES AND ALL THAT.

I MEAN, ARE YOU GOING TO BE STAYING IN THE EMS PROFESSION? I MEAN, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? ABOUT WORKING AT EMS? I LOVE MY JOB.

UM, I'M NOT LOOKING TO LEAVE EMS. I I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK FOR, YOU KNOW, THE COMMUNITY AND HELP SERVE THE PEOPLE AT THIS POINT.

UM, BUT FINANCIALLY IT IS ABOUT LOOKING AT OTHER DEPARTMENTS IN THE NEARBY AREA.

MOST PEOPLE I KNOW ARE LOOKING AT COUNTIES NEARBY BECAUSE THE WAY TO START OFF HIGHER.

AND HAVE YOU HAD, UH, UH, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING FOR EMS? I HAVE BEEN THERE 17 MONTHS, 17 MONTHS.

AND IN THAT 17 MONTHS, HAVE YOU HAD, UH, COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE HAVE LEFT DURING THAT TIME? UM, IT MIGHT BE CLASS.

THERE WERE 25 OF US ORIGINALLY.

WE ARE DOWN TO ABOUT 20 OF US NOW IN THE 17 MONTH PERIOD.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

YEAH, OF COURSE.

THANK YOU GUYS.

BRYDEN

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SUMMERS ON DECK IS DEVOTED SWENSON.

I'M AARON COUNCIL.

MY NAME'S BRIAN SUMMERS.

I'M A CITY OF AUSTIN EMPLOYEE.

I'M A MEMBER OF ASKED ME TO 1624, THE MEAN GREEN.

UM, I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE STANCE THAT YOU TAKE ON ITEM 50, UH, SHOWS US IF YOU VALUE THE WORK THE CITY EMPLOYEES DO.

I'VE WORKED FOR A FEW DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS.

AND WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE COURT CLERK ASSISTANTS, THE MUNICIPAL COURT THAT WORK WITH THE PEOPLE THAT COME IN TO DEAL WITH THEIR CASES FACE TO FACE, BUT THOSE PEOPLE DESERVE A LIVING WAGE AND THEY DESERVE TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF AT THE NEW, VERY NICE PDC BUILDING THAT WORK WITH THE HOMEOWNERS THAT ARE COMING IN TO GET THEIR PERMITS, THOSE PEOPLE DESERVE A LIVING WAGE.

I ALSO WANT TO JUST REALLY EMPHASIZE THAT YOU GUYS NEED TO PUT THE BIGGEST COST OF LIVING RAISE THAT YOU CAN IN THE BUDGET THIS YEAR FOR EXISTING CITY STAFF, THAT INFLATION AS IS THAT A 40 YEAR HIGH, WE ARE TRYING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THAT YOU GUYS ARE WORRIED ABOUT AS WELL, AFFORDABILITY, MOBILITY, HEALTH FOR THE CITY.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT EVEN THOUGH I KNOW THAT THERE ARE CONFLICTING, UH, BUDGET, YOU KNOW, UM, THERE'S CONFLICTING THINGS IN THE BUDGET THAT YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT, THAT YOU NEED TO SHOW THAT YOU VALUE THE CITY EMPLOYEES THIS YEAR.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

DEVOTE A SWENSON ON DECK IS SKY SKYLAR.

WELL, SKYLAR, WELL ON DECK IS NO IT LES.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS SKYLAR WHILE I'M A MEDIC FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN, I'VE BEEN WORKING FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS.

NOW, TOOK ME JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS BEFORE I WAS FIRST ASSAULTED.

I'VE BEEN ASSAULTED FIVE TIMES TODAY, UH, CAUSING BODILY HARM IN SENDING ME TO THE HOSPITAL.

MY LAST ONE, I HAD SOMEONE STOMP ON MY CHEST ABOUT 20 TIMES HERTZ, DEGRADE, STILL.

UH, THESE ARE THE THINGS WE GO THROUGH ALMOST REGULARLY ON A DAILY BASIS.

WE GET PHYSICALLY AND VERBALLY ASSAULTED CONSTANTLY.

UH, THAT'S JUST WHAT HAPPENS IN EMS. NOW WE DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY THAT THE APD GETS IN TERMS OF DEFENSE, BODY, ARMOR, TASERS, ANYTHING LIKE THAT WHEN THESE VIOLENCE SITUATIONS HAPPEN, WE JUST HAVE TO KIND OF DEAL WITH IT AND WAIT FOR BACKUP.

UM, IT