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QUORUM, PRESENT COUNCIL MEMBER VALLA IS WITH US REMOTELY.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

UM, AND WE HAVE, UH, SEVEN MORE ON THE, UH, ON THE DAY S COLLEAGUES WE HAVE TODAY, UM, UH, ABOUT 50 OR SO SPEAKERS, 53 TOTAL SPEAKERS, UH, ABOUT HALF REMOTE, HALF IN PERSON.

WE'RE GOING TO DO THE REMOTE FIRST, THEN WE'LL DO THE IN-PERSON.

UH, THAT WOULD MEAN THAT WE HAVE, UH, PROBABLY, UM, ABOUT TWO HOURS WORTH OF SPEAKERS.

UH, THAT SHOULD GET US A LITTLE AFTER FIVE O'CLOCK UNLESS YOU TELL ME DIFFERENTLY.

UH, WE'RE NOT GOING TO ASK FOR DINNER TO BE BROUGHT IN AND WE'LL JUST WORK THROUGH TILL SEVEN OR EIGHT.

UH, AND THEN WE'LL BREAK FOR DINNER.

WE'LL JUST END THE MEETING AND GO EAT.

BUT UNLESS WE TELL KAY, OTHERWISE SHE'S NOT BRINGING IN DINNER, IT WOULD BE WHAT, A BURGER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT IF SHE BROUGHT IT IN FOR US, BUT I'VE TOLD HER NO, UNLESS WE TELL HER, UH, OTHERWISE, UH, THERE ARE FIVE THINGS ON THE AGENDA WE'RE GOING TO DO THE SPEAKERS AND THEN WE'LL APPROVE, UH, ITEM NUMBER ONE, WHICH IS THE MAXIMUM TAX RATE DOES NOT SET THE TAX RATE.

IT'S JUST A PROCEDURAL, UH, UM, ACTION REQUIRED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO SAY, THIS IS A RATE ABOVE WHICH WE WILL NOT GO.

UH, AND WE'LL SET THAT, UH, WE HAVE ON OUR AGENDA, THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE BUDGET, BOTH PROCESS AND PROCEDURES.

UH, AND WE ALSO HAVE AN EXECUTIVE SESSION, UH, FOR US TO, TO BE ABLE TO DISCUSS A COUPLE OF MATTERS THERE.

UH, SO WITH THAT, UH, YES, VERY PRO TIME.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UM, I UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE THAT SPEAKER UP WITH CLOSED AT TWO 15 FOR THE THREE O'CLOCK HEARING.

I KNOW OF AT LEAST ONE PERSON WHO GOT HERE AT TWO 19 AND SO WAS NOT ABLE, UM, TO SIGN UP, I'M WONDERING IF WE COULD LET ANYONE WHO'S IN THE ROOM, HE WASN'T SIGNED UP, BUT AT THIS POINT HE WANTS TO SPEAK TO GO OVER TO THE CLERKS AND BE ADDED.

UM, WHO'S IN THE ROOM.

WE COULD DO THAT.

UM, UM, UM, I'M A LITTLE HESITANT ABOUT DOING SOMETHING THAT'S THAT BROAD, UM, ON THE, BECAUSE THEN WE SET THE RULE THOUGH, THOUGH, THE PRECEDENT, DO WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT, THAT TRIED TO SET UP, SIGN UP AND COULDN'T TRUST THE ONE GENTLEMEN TO, OKAY.

WOULD YOU THREE, PLEASE GIVE YOUR NAME TO THE, UH, TO THE CLERK.

UH, AND I THINK WHEN WE HAVE SPEAKERS IN PERSON, THERE'LL BE SOMEONE ON THE DAY AS THE MOVES TO LET YOU SPEAK.

I'M SURE IT'LL BE A LOUD TO LET THEM SPEAK.

AND I THINK THIS IS DIFFERENT IN THAT IT'S A BUDGET HEARING.

SOUNDS GOOD.

AND WE'LL JUST DO IT WITH THOSE THREE NAMES RATHER THAN WHAT THE GENERAL RULE, UH, CATERPILLAR TOE BONE MARROW ARE WE DEFINITELY GOING INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION TODAY? UH, I THINK SO, BECAUSE I THINK THERE ARE ONE OR TWO THINGS AREN'T GOING TO TAKE LONG WORD COUNSELOR NEEDS TO TALK TO US.

I WAS JUST GOING TO SUGGEST THAT IF WE'RE, IF WE'RE AT THE POINT WHERE WE WERE THROUGH SPEAKERS AND WE'RE DOING DISCUSSION, IF WE COULD TRY TO DO THE EXECUTIVE SESSION AROUND THE DINNER TIME PERIOD, THAT WAY WE COULD AT LEAST EAT, EAT DURING THAT PERIOD, WE COULD CERTAINLY DO THAT.

I'M NOT SUGGESTING KANE ORDER US DINNER.

I'M JUST SAYING THAT WOULD GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY JUST TO GET A DRINK.

DO YOU HAVE THAT KIND OF THING? YEAH, WE'LL PROBABLY NEED A BREAK THEN.

ALL RIGHT, COLLEAGUES, LET'S GO AHEAD AND START THE SPEAKERS.

AS SOON AS THE CLERK HAS TAKEN DOWN THOSE THREE NAMES.

THE FIRST

[5. Conduct a community input session to receive public comment on the City of Austin Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Proposed Budget.]

SPEAKER IS CYRUS READ.

MR. REED, PLEASE.

UNMUTE.

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CAN YOU HEAR ME SAY THAT AGAIN? YOU GUYS CAN HEAR ME OR NO, JUST BARELY, BUT WE CAN HEAR YOU IF YOU COULD SPEAK UP AND THEN START.

OKAY.

THIS IS, UM, CYRUS REED.

I'M HERE.

UH, HOPEFULLY YOU CAN HEAR ME REPRESENTING THE LONESTAR CHAPTER, THE SIERRA CLUB.

I WAS MEETING TO SPEAK ON ITEMS THREE, WHICH INVOLVES THE AUSTIN ENERGY BUDGET AND RATES, AND I SENT SOME WRITTEN TESTIMONY.

SO HOPEFULLY YOU ALL GOT IT.

UH, SO I'LL BE VERY BRIEF IN MY, UH, SPOKEN TESTIMONY.

UH, AND I JUST WANTED TO REMIND THE COUNCIL, UM, AND HOPEFULLY YOU CAN ALL HEAR ME.

YES.

UM, YEAH.

GREAT.

THAT THE, UM, THE DOCUMENT, THE BUDGET DOCUMENT BEFORE YOU, UM, INCLUDES AN EXPECTATION THAT YOU GUYS, AREN'T GOING TO BE APPROVING A RATE INCREASE FOR AUSTIN ENERGY.

AND OBVIOUSLY I THINK YOU ALL KNOW THAT THAT RATE INCREASES SUBJECT TO A RAPE PROCEEDING AND HEARING.

UM, AND SO I WOULD JUST ASK THAT YOU, THAT YOU CONSIDER THAT, UH, AS YOU LOOK AT THE BUDGET FOR 2023 AND THAT YOU NOT MAKE ANY MAJOR CHANGES TO THE AUSTIN ENERGY BUDGET BASED ON A, UM, PROPOSED RATE INCREASE THAT HAS A LOT OF OPPOSITION IN THE COMMUNITY, AND IT HASN'T GONE THROUGH THE, UH, RATE PROCEEDING YET.

AND I HAVE SOME INFORMATION IN THE WRITTEN COMMENTS ABOUT THAT, AND THEN SPECIFICALLY AN AUSTIN ENERGY TARIFFS.

UH, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TARIFFS THAT COULD BE INFLUENCED, UH, BY THE RATE CASE.

AND SO THE LONESTAR CHAPTER WOULD ASK THAT YOU, THAT YOU KEEP THAT UNDER CONSIDERATION AS YOU CONSIDER A NEW, NEW POTENTIAL RATES ON, UM, VALUE OF SOLAR OR ENERGY EFFICIENCY, TEES, OR CAP PROGRAMS THROUGH THE COMMUNITY BENEFIT CHARGE, UH, THAT YOU CONSIDER THAT LATER IN THE YEAR, YOU'LL BE CONSIDERING A RATE INCREASE.

UM, AND THEN I ALSO WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THE, UH, ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF WHICH I'M A MEMBER WILL BE LOOKING IN DEPTH AT THE AUSTIN BUDGET ON MONDAY EVENING, I'VE GIVEN YOU SEVEN OR EIGHT ISSUES WE'LL BE LOOKING AT, I DON'T WANT TO GET AHEAD OF THE COMMITTEE I SERVE ON.

UM, SO JUST, UH, KNOW THAT WE'LL BE, UH, SENDING YOU ALL SOME INFORMATION ABOUT OUR RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE AUSTIN ENERGY BUDGET AT THAT TIME.

AND WITH THAT, YOU'VE GOT MY WRITTEN TESTIMONY, UM, AND I'LL, I'LL, I'LL LET YOU READ IT AND REACT ACCORDINGLY.

THANKS SO MUCH LINDSEY.

IGNATOWSKI HI, I'M SORRY.

HOW MANY, HOW LONG DID WE HAVE TO SPEAK THREE MINUTES? THANK YOU.

SO MY NAME IS LINDSEY AND NICK POWER.

SHE, THEY PRONOUNS.

I AM A MEMBER OF DISTRICT FOUR AND ALSO I'M A MEMBER OF DSA AUSTIN CHAPTER.

UM, SO I'M WANTING TO SPEAK ON THE BUDGET.

AND MY FIRST THING IS JUST, YOU KNOW, THE LACK OF CLARITY IN THE BUDGET DOCUMENTS THAT ARE PUT OUT.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S A SNAPSHOT IN ADDITION TO A 971 PAGE BUDGET PROPOSAL DOCUMENT AS A PERSON WHO HAS A MASTER'S DEGREE IN COMMUNICATIONS, I STILL HAVE A REALLY HARD TIME TRYING TO PARSE WHAT IS IN THAT BUDGET.

AND I WANT TO PROPOSE SOMETHING LIKE HAVING A LINE BY LINE ITEM, UM, THAT REALLY MORE DIRECTLY AND SUCCINCTLY COMPARES THIS YEAR PROPOSAL TO PREVIOUS YEARS WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL.

UM, I WANTED TO SEE HOW MUCH THE INCREASED PROPOSED INCREASES TO THE POLICE BUDGET.

I MEAN, IT'S REALLY HARD FOR ME TO ACTUALLY DISCERN THAT.

SO IT'S, IF SOMEONE WERE ABLE TO THROW OUT A NUMBER WHEN I'VE BEEN SPEAKING, THAT'D BE VERY HELPFUL.

UM, BUT REGARDLESS I DO WANT TO JUST CITY COUNCIL, ANY INCREASE TO THE POLICE BUDGET IS GOING TO BE PERMANENT.

THANKS TO THE LAW PASSED SIDE OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE LAST YEAR, THAT ONLY AFFECTS OUR LARGE BLUE CITIES LIKE AUSTIN AND OTHER BIG CITIES.

SO, UM, THEY URGE YOU ALL TO NOT FUND ANY INCREASE TO APD, UM, THAT WOULD BE PERMANENT AND WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO BE TAKEN BACK AND INSTEAD FIND THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

UM, WE ARE ASKING FOR A $22 PER HOUR MINIMUM RANGE FOR OUR CITY EMPLOYEES TO FIND EMS TO FUND, UM, TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTER TO FUND CLIMATE RESILIENCY CENTERS.

UM, AND ESSENTIALLY JUST TO TAKE CARE OF OUR CITY AND INVEST IN THE COMMUNITIES RATHER THAN INVEST, UM, RATHER THAN INVEST IN POLICING.

UM, AND THEN I ALSO JUST TO CLARIFY THE, THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, WHICH HAS OVER 30 ARE ASKING FOR $75 MILLION, UM, WHICH IS A REALLY, REALLY SMALL FRACTION OF THE OVER 1 BILLION AND THE GENERAL FUND.

AND AS I UNDERSTAND IT AS MUCH LESS THAN EVEN THE AMOUNT THAT'S BEING PROPOSED TO INCREASE APD.

SO WE ASKED FOR FULL FUNDING OF

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THE 75 MILLION REQUESTS FOR THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET, SASHA ROSE.

HI.

YES, I COUNCIL MEMBERS THIS TIME SLASH CROSSROADS, PLEASE.

EXCUSE MY RASPY.

THIRD.

I HAVE COVID AGAIN.

UM, I'M HERE, UH, I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AUSTIN MUTUAL AID.

AS YOU MAY KNOW, WE RUN A COMMUNITY PAGE AND WE'VE ADD AN OPPORTUNITY TO A COMMUNITY RESOURCE PAGE.

WE'VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY WITNESS THE STRUGGLES THAT SOME OF OUR MEMBERS ARE OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE REALLY HAVING DURING THIS TIME DURING COVID OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

AND I'M HERE TO SPEAK IN, UM, IN SUPPORT AS WELL OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

AS WE KNOW, HOMELESSNESS IS A HUGE ISSUE AND THAT'S ONLY INCREASING IN OUR CITY RIGHT NOW.

THE PROPOSED BUDGETS HAVE NOT HAVE ENOUGH FUNDS FOR EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE, EVICTION LEGAL PROTECTION, UH, NOT TO MENTION THIS HEALTH DURING WE ARE SO LACKING AND SHELTERING, UH, SHELTER SPACE, UM, AS WELL, PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IN OUR COMMUNITY GROUP, WHICH HAS OVER 7,000 MEMBERS.

WE WITNESSED ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS NEEDING SUPPORT FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE, AND THOSE FUNDS HAVE BEEN LONG GONE.

AND RIGHT NOW IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET, WE DO NOT FEEL THAT THERE IS ENOUGH FUNDING ALLOCATED TO PREVENT EVEN MORE PEOPLE BEING FORCED OUT OF THEIR HOMES.

SO WE REALLY, WE, I REALLY WANT TO, UM, ENCOURAGE A LONG HARD LOOK AT THE CURRENT BUDGET PROPOSAL.

THE, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT REALLY CONCERNS ME IS THE AMOUNT GOING TOWARDS NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT WHEN I SHARED THAT WITH MY FRIENDS WHO LIVE ON THE STREET, WHAT THEY EXPERIENCED NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING AT IS BASICALLY MORE SWEETS, MORE ATTEMPTS TO SHOVE THEM OUT.

WHEN WE KNOW THAT THERE IS NO PLACE FOR THEM TO GO, THERE IS NO PLACE FOR THE THOUSANDS THAT WE HAVE ON THE STREET TO GO.

SO I REALLY CONCERNED AT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY BEING INCREASED AND SET ASIDE FOR POLICING.

WHEN WE KNOW AT THIS POINT THAT THE POLICE ARE POLICING THEMSELVES AND THAT THERE IS NO STRONG ACCOUNTABILITY THERE.

SO ONE OF MY OTHER CONCERNS IS THAT THE CITY OF BOSTON AND I DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND POLICY, I'M STILL LEARNING.

UM, I HAVE BEEN AN ADVOCATE THOUGH FOR OUR COMMUNITY FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS, BUT THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAD THE BALANCING ACT RIGHT WHERE WE COULD PUT OUR INPUT.

I'M REALLY CONCERNED THAT NOBODY REALLY LISTENED TO THAT FROM MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THAT THESE WERE GOING TO BE REVIEWED, BUT IT'S STILL OPEN.

SO I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THIS, THE INTAKE COULD HAVE BEEN REVIEWED AT THIS POINT IN TIME, AND THAT PEOPLE'S VOICES ARE ACTUALLY BEING HEARD.

SO I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO REQUEST THAT THE CITY OUTTAKE THE FULL 75 MILLION ASKED FOR WE ARE ONE OF THE 30 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAS ASKED FOR THIS AMOUNT TO BE ALLOCATED TOWARDS THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

THANK YOU.

AND I WANT TO TALK BRODY MANNEQUIN.

HI, I'M BERNIE MADDEN QUINN, AND I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT NINE, UH, AWESOME PRIDES ITSELF ON ITS INNOVATIVENESS AND PROGRESSIVISM.

AND IT TRIES TO DRAW FRESH THINKERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND FIGHTS ODD, UNJUST OR AGGRESSIVE STATE LAWS SUCH AS WITH THE RECENT GRACE ACT.

BUT I'M ALSO CALLING BECAUSE OF THE PROPOSED BUDGET CONCERT TODAY, WHICH I DON'T CONSIDER TO BE BOLDLY INNOVATIVE OR BOLDLY PROGRESSIVE WHEN IT COMES TO CRITICAL ISSUES, SUCH AS HOUSING AND PUBLIC SAFETY.

UM, I ALSO AM A SUPPORTER OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

UH I'M WITH AUSTIN DSA AND WHILE THE CURRENT BUDGET HAS A FEW NEW PROGRAMS TO GET PARTIAL FUNDING, MANY OF THE CORE PROGRESSIVE ASKS, UH, IN THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET ADVOCATED FOR BY OVER 30, UH, COALITION GROUPS,

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SUCH AS, UH, 22 AN HOUR LIVING WAGE FOR CITY WORKERS, MORE EMS FUNDING, UH, RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND EVICTION AND INCLEMENT WEATHER SHELTERING.

UM, ALL OF THIS FUNDING HAS BEEN DEEMED INADEQUATE OR COMPLETELY MISSING FROM THIS BUDGET.

UH, THEREFORE I FULLY SUPPORTED THE FUNDING OF THE FULL SEVENTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLAR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET IN ORDER TO TRULY MAKE AUSTIN BOLD AND INNOVATIVE, UH, IN HOW WE AS A CITY ADDRESS.

SO MANY OF THE ISSUES THAT FACE US AND WE'VE SEEN OVER THE PAST YEARS, OH, SLACK IN COMMUNITY INVESTMENT, ESPECIALLY ON ISSUES OF HOUSING AND SAFETY IS READILY TAKEN UP BY POLICE WHO ARE NOT ADEQUATE.

WE TRAINED OR, UH, HOLD A ROLE EFFECTIVE FOR ADDRESSING HOUSING ISSUES OR SAY CERTAIN SAFETY ISSUES.

UM, IT'S BEEN TRIED TIME AND TIME AGAIN, AND IT, IT HAS NOT PROVED TO BE WORTHWHILE.

AND THIS COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET IS ABOUT 6% OF THE TOTAL REVENUE BUDGET.

AND THEREFORE, I THINK IT'S FULLY WORTH INVESTING OR A BOLD FUTURE FOR AUSTIN.

MELODY, VALIC, MELODY VALIC, PLEASE UNMUTE.

OH, I DIDN'T MEET ME AGAIN.

WE CAN HEAR YOU.

HELLO.

ALL RIGHT.

SORRY.

I THINK I DID THE OPPOSITE.

HELLO, I'M MAYOR ADLER PRO TEM ALTER IS NAMED COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS MELODY VOLEK AND I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT NINE.

I'M SPEAKING TO YOU TO ADVOCATE THAT YOU ADOPT THE ENTIRETY OF THE 75 MILLION COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AS PROPOSED BY 31 LOCAL ORGANIZATION.

75 MILLION IS ONLY 6% OF THIS YEAR'S PROJECTED TOTAL BUDGET THAT THE BENEFITS ARE IN CALCULABLE.

I COMMEND THE COUNCIL FOR ALLOCATING 1 MILLION FOR THE CREATION OF TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTERS TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE, BUT THERE ARE CONCERNING GAPS REGARDING OTHER SERVICES THAT SUPPORT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF AUSTIN RESIDENTS.

THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET FILLS THESE GAPS.

ONE OF THESE GLARING EMISSIONS IS THE FAILURE TO SET ASIDE ANYTHING, TO PAY A LIVING WAGE, TO PARAMEDICS, THE LOWEST PAID PUBLIC.

THEY DO WORKERS.

THIS FAILURE HAS PUT OUR SAFETY AT RISK BY LEADING TO EMS SHORTAGES.

LOCAL NEWS RECENTLY REPORTED THAT A RESIDENT WAS FORCED TO WAIT OVER 20 MINUTES FOR AN AMBULANCE DANGEROUS WAIT TIMES WILL BE FIXED BY OFFERING A WAGE THAT WILL ALLOW ENS TO LIVE IN A CITY.

IN FACT, ALL CITY EMPLOYEES DESERVE THE PROPOSED MINIMUM WAGE AT $22.

SO THAT THOSE WHO LITERALLY MAKE THE CITY FUNCTION CAN AFFORD TO LIVE HERE IN A TIME OF HISTORIC INFLATION.

I'D ALSO LIKE TO MENTION THE PROPOSAL IN THIS BUDGET TO FUND ABORTION ACCESS DURING AN UNPRECEDENTEDLY BRAZEN ATTACK ON THE RIGHT TO BODILY AUTONOMY.

THIS MONEY IS DESPERATELY NEEDED BY CITIZENS WHO NOW HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE, BUT TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE STATE TO SPEAK REPRODUCTIVE CARE, I'VE LISTED ONLY A FEW ITEMS, BUT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET ADDRESS THE SERVICES THAT OFTEN NEED.

THESE ALSO INCLUDE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND SEVERAL INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT HOMELESS CITIZENS, HISTORICALLY BLACK COMMUNITY CENTERS AND IMMIGRANT LEGAL SERVICES, WHICH IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THESE GRIEF GROUPS HAVE BEEN THE HARDEST HIT BY THE PANDEMIC AND ITS SUBSEQUENT ECONOMIC FALLOUT.

AS A TAXPAYER AND ORDINARY AUSTINITE.

I DEMAND THAT THE COUNCIL ADOPT THE ENTIRE 75 MILLION COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AND DO NOT CAPITULATE TO EXTREMISTS DEMANDING, EVEN GREATER FUNDING FOR OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHICH SIMPLY CANNOT PROVIDE THE SAME SERVICES AS THE LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DOING THE MOST EFFECTIVE WORK TO KEEP AUSTIN SAFE AND THRIVING TO SPEAK.

FRANKLY, IT WOULD BE SHAMEFUL NOT TO FULLY SUPPORT THIS COALITION WHO DARES EVERYDAY TO UNEQUIVOCALLY SUPPORT THE HEALTH AND RIGHTS OF ALL AUSTINITES THEY NEED YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, JORDAN MIDDLEBROOKS.

SO CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN.

ALL RIGHT.

HELLO.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME SPEAK TODAY.

MY NAME IS JORDAN MIDDLEBROOK.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT FOUR.

UM, I'M ALSO A PART OF THE SUNRISE MOVEMENT IN AUSTIN.

AND I'M ASKING FOR YOU TO FULLY SUPPORT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS BUDGET.

AS WE KNOW, THE INCREASE IN POLICING AND INCREASE IN POLICE BUDGET CANNOT BE REVERSED.

THANKS TO STATE LEGISLATURE THAT WAS PASSED.

AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT INCREASES IN POLICING DO NOT KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE.

OUR COMMUNITY SAFETY COMES THROUGH THE COMMUNITY ITSELF.

SO I AM ASKING THAT WE INSTEAD INVEST IN SERVICES THAT PROVIDE SAFETY LIKE INCREASING THE EMS

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WORKERS TO MAKE $22 PER HOUR, UM, SO THAT WE CAN KEEP THESE PEOPLE IN THE CITY AND THE CITY IN WHICH THEY NEED TO LIVE IN ORDER TO HELP OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER.

UM, PARAMEDICS ARE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS THAT WE HAVE IN THE CITY AND ARE PAID THE LEAST.

UM, AND WITH THAT, WE ALSO NEED TO INCREASE THE FUNDS GOING TO OUR HOUSING, ESPECIALLY FOR THE INCREASE IN UNHOUSED PEOPLE THAT WE'RE SEEING YEAR OVER YEAR.

AND SO I'M ASKING THAT YOU ALSO PROVIDE MORE FUNDING FOR SUPPORTING HOUSING AND WRAPAROUND SERVICES, AS WELL AS INCLUDING INCREASES FOR OUR PARTS AND JUST REALLY OUR CITY SERVICES IN TERMS OF MENTAL HEALTH HARM REDUCTION, PARKS AND SERVICES RECREATION.

UM, WE DRASTICALLY UNDEFINED THE, EVERY AREA OF WHAT THE CITY NEEDS FROM HEALTHCARE TO EDUCATION SERVICES, TO RECREATION AND THINGS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE A LIVABLE FUTURE.

AND IF WE CONTINUE TO DO SO, WE ARE NOT GOING TO SEE RESILIENCY IN THE CITY AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY IN THE WAYS IN WHICH OFTEN HAS IN THE PAST.

AND SO I'M ASKING FOR YOU TO ADOPT THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AND TO NOT INCREASE THE POLICE BUDGET AT ALL.

UM, FROM WHAT IT WAS IN THE YEARS PRIOR, AND WITH THAT, I WILL WAIVE THE REST OF MY TIME.

OKAY, SUSAN PENTEL EVERY YEAR, THE CITY MANAGER PUTS OUT A BUDGET AND IT INCLUDES A TABLE SHOWING THE IMPACT ON THE AVERAGE HOMEOWNER, BUT THERE'S NO SIMILAR TABLE SHOWING THE IMPACT ON THE AVERAGE RENTER AND AS RENTERS, WE'RE TREATED LIKE WE'RE NOT LEGITIMATE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMUNITY.

WE PAY YOU FEES.

AND WE ALSO PAY TAXES THAT ARE INCLUDED IN OUR RENT AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TAX RATES ARE NOT GOING DOWN.

THEY'RE GOING UP.

WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING SUBTRACTED OUT FROM OUR RENT, FROM OUR FEES AT THE BOTTOM, LIKE HOMEOWNERS TOO.

YOU NEED TO HAVE TWO TABLES AND SHOW THE IMPACT ON REDFORD.

I OPPOSE THE, UH, PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION FOR HOMEOWNERS ON AVERAGE, HOMEOWNERS ARE ABSOLUTELY WEALTHIER THAN RENTERS AND THE, THE, UH, BURDEN OF THE BUDGET IS INCREASINGLY BEING SHIFTED TO RENTERS BECAUSE YOUR AFTER YEAR, YOU REDUCE THE PROPERTY TAX RATE FOR HOMEOWNERS AND IT'S NOT EQUITABLE.

I SUPPORT AS THE OTHER SPEAKERS, I SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET OF 75 MILLION.

I ALSO WANT TO STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO INCREASE THE BUDGET FOR EMERGENCY WEATHER SHELTERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE MINT IN THE WINTER.

WE NEED SHELTERS WITH BACKUP, THE ACT OF GENERATORS OR ENERGY SOURCES.

PEOPLE NEED A PLACE TO GO.

AND TWO OR FOUR FOR THE WHOLE CITY IS NOT ENOUGH.

WE NEED MORE MONEY FOR THAT.

AND THAT SHOULD BE A PRIORITY.

I ALSO ASKED YOU TO PRIORITIZE CUTTING THE TREE LIMBS THAT FALL ON THE POWER LINE.

WE SHOULD HAVE ZERO PREVENTABLE DEATHS FROM EXPOSURE TO ELEMENTS AND THESE WEATHER EVENTS ARE NOT GOING AWAY.

THEY'RE THEY'RE ONLY GETTING WORSE.

SO PUTTING THE MONEY IN UPFRONT IS A GOOD IDEA.

THANK YOU, ERICA.

SLAYMAKER HELLO.

MY NAME IS ERICA PLAYMAKER AND I AM A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT 10.

I'M SPEAKING TODAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE COALITION WHO BUILT THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE MUCH WORK TO DO TO BECOME THIS FAMILY SUPPORTIVE, EQUITABLE COMMUNITY.

WE ALL WAS TO LIVE IN.

I KNOW THE COALITION WILL STICK TOGETHER TO NEGOTIATE FOR EVERYONE.

SO IT BEING AND NOT FIGHT AMONGST ONE ANOTHER FOR SCRAPS, MANY OF US AND OUR NEIGHBORS ARE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE IN OUR CHANGING CITY.

NO ONE KNOWS THAT AS INTIMATELY, AS MANY GRASSROOTS ORGANIZERS AROUND TOWN, WORKING DIRECTLY ALONGSIDE COMMUNITIES TO WEATHER DIFFICULT IN MANY CASES, WORSENING LIVING CONDITIONS, THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET IS THE ONLY MAJOR DIRECT BUDGET INPUT FROM A MASSIVE COALITION OF LONG TIME COMMUNITY CONNECTED ORGANIZATIONS, MANY MEETINGS,

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MANY HOURS, MANY COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND MANY BRILLIANT MINDS CRAFTED THIS BUDGET.

THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET IN ITS ENTIRETY IS A CAREFULLY THOUGHT OUT BUDGET STRATEGY TO SUPPORT AUSTIN FAMILIES IN THESE TRYING TIMES.

AND I BELIEVE THAT COMMITTING JUST 6% OF THE GENERAL REVENUE IS THE RIGHT SIZE AMOUNT TO BEGIN ADDRESSING ISSUES.

WE FACE IN THE COMING YEAR AND EXCITED TO SEE SOME PIECES OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET FUNDED, BUT WE KNOW THAT THE FULL PACKAGE IS WHAT WILL GET OUR COMMUNITY ON ITS WAY TOWARDS A MORE EQUITABLE CITY COMMUNITY HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLBEING RELY ON FULLY FUNDING.

THESE, HE TOOK INVESTMENTS IN THE FINAL BUDGET.

SO PLEASE REVISIT THE THOUGHTFUL PIECES OF THE PROPOSAL AND AMEND THE BUDGET AS OPPOSED TO INCLUDE ALL 75 MILLION.

I'M ESPECIALLY CONCERNED ABOUT FULLY FUNDING, HOUSING AND AN IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE BECAUSE EVERYDAY PEOPLE ARE BEARING THE BRUNT OF BOTH INSTALLATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE.

SO WE AS A CITY NEED TO BE COMMITTED TO HELPING PEOPLE STAY HOUSED AND ALSO HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO WEATHER CLIMATE EMERGENCY.

IT'S NOW UP TO YOU MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO ACT COURAGEOUSLY AND FULLY FUND THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BY THE PLAN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GREG BOSLEY.

HI, MY NAME IS GREG BOSLEY.

I'M A RESIDENT DISTRICT THREE AND A MEMBER OF AUSTIN DSA.

AND I'M CALLING TO URGE YOU TO FIND THE FULL $75 MILLION THAT'S PROPOSED IN THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET EARLIER THIS SUMMER.

Y'ALL THE RESOLUTION THAT DIRECT THE CITY MANAGER TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $22 AN HOUR.

LIVING WAGE FOR CITY EMPLOYEE CONTRACTORS AND THE CITY MANAGER'S DRAFT BUDGET PROPOSES ONLY EIGHT ONLY $18 MINIMUM WAGE.

THAT'S WELL BELOW A LIVING WAGE FOR A SINGLE PERSON AND OFTEN LET ALONE SOMEONE WHO'S TRYING TO RAISE A FAMILY.

SO WE APPRECIATE THE NONBINDING SUPPORT THAT YOU'VE SHOWED ALREADY, BUT WE EXPECT THAT Y'ALL STAND BY YOUR WORD.

UM, THE WORKERS WHO PLAN, BUILD AND CARE FOR THE CITY NEED THE JOBS THAT ALLOW US TO SAY HERE IN AUSTIN WITH OUR FAMILIES AND ENJOY THE WONDERFUL CITY THAT WE ARE BUILDING AROUND US.

UM, AS PREVIOUS SPEAKERS HAVE STATED, THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM ON THIS BUDGET IS, UM, INCREASES TO THE HISTORICALLY SWOLLEN POLICE DEPARTMENTS SHARE OF THE GENERAL BUDGET.

UM, THAT SHARE CAN'T BE REALLOCATED IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE OF THE REACTIONARY, UM, STATE LAW, BUT AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN A PRIORITY, UM, OR AN INCREASE IN THIS BUDGET, ESPECIALLY AS THEY'RE CURRENTLY ALLOCATED MORE FROM THE BUDGET THAN OUR PARKS, LIBRARIES AND EMS DEPARTMENTS COMBINED.

WE'VE ALREADY HEARD, UM, SOME GREAT SPEAKERS EXPLAIN WHY TAKING CARE OF OUR PARAMEDICS, OUR PARKS, OUR LIBRARY OF HIS AND OUR CITY'S POOR AND WORKING CLASS IS THE ONLY WAY TO BUILD A SAFE AND HEALTHY CITY.

UM, THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET, AS YOU KNOW, IS THOUGHTFULLY DEVELOPED BY A LARGE ORGANIZED COALITION OF MORE THAN 30 ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAKE UP AUSTIN SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE MOVEMENT.

UM, THAT MOVEMENT HAS ALWAYS FOUGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL AUSTINITES, ESPECIALLY THE COMMUNITIES THAT WERE HIT HARDEST BY THE CURRENT AND RECENT CRISES THAT WE FACE, BUT ALSO THAT WILL BE MOST EFFECTED BY ANY FUTURE CRISIS.

SO WE NEED YOU TO PLEASE FIND THE FULL $75 MILLION TO BILL FOR ALL THOSE CITIZENS.

SHANTELLE PRIDGEN SHANTELLE, PLEASE UNMUTE JULIE SWAG.

MY NAME IS JULIE'S WAGON.

I'M ONE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS OF ATX KIND A GROUP OF JEWISH WOMEN WHO CAME TOGETHER TO ADDRESS RISING ANTISEMITISM IN AUSTIN.

I'M SPEAKING ON ITEM NUMBER FIVE, UH, AND IN THE LAST YEAR, WHITE SUPREMACISTS WHO SET FIRE TO AN AUSTIN SYNAGOGUES, LITTERED OR CITY WITH PROPAGANDA AND REPEATEDLY OUR COMMUNITY ONLINE.

THIS HAS TO STOP AND WE BELIEVE THAT THE CITY MUST TAKE ACTION.

NOW WE NEED A ROBUST PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO SHOW THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO ENDING HATE AND TO REMIND PEOPLE HOW TO REPORT IT.

WE NEED BETTER TRAINING FOR CITY STAFF, ESPECIALLY POLICE OFFICERS ADDRESSING THE NEW TACTICS OF HATE GROUPS

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ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

AND WE NEED TO FIX OUR REPORTING AND TRACKING SYSTEM FOR HATE INCIDENTS.

MORE THAN 19,000 PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TO FILE A REPORT WITH 3, 1, 1, AND FAILED BECAUSE THE SYSTEM ISN'T WORKING, I PERSONALLY TRIED TO REPORT A NON-EMERGENCY INCIDENT, BUT I DISCOVERED THAT WHEN YOU CALL 3, 1, 1, THEY DON'T ACTUALLY TAKE THE REPORT.

THEY HAVE AN OFFICER CALL YOU BACK FROM AN UNKNOWN NUMBER.

AND IF YOU DON'T ANSWER, THEY CLOSE THAT CASE.

THIS DIDN'T JUST HAPPEN TO ME.

IT HAPPENED TO ONE IN FIVE PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO REPORT A NON-EMERGENCY INCIDENT SINCE OCTOBER, AND IT HAS TO BE FIXED CALLS AND ONLINE REPORTS ALSO NEED TO BE FLAGGED AS HATE INCIDENTS SO THAT THEY CAN BE PROPERLY TRACKED AS CASES.

UH, AND SO THAT CASES LIKE MINE DON'T FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS.

WE NEED A HATE INCIDENT DASHBOARD, A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING AND WHERE WE ALSO NEED A STREAMLINED, EASY TO REVIEW SYSTEMS, SOMETHING EASY TO REMEMBER, LIKE TEXTS, UH, REPORT HATES AND 5 1, 2, 1, 2, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE TURNING TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO REPORT HATE BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE ELSE TO TURN.

LET'S MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM.

WE HAVE BEEN MEETING WITH CITY LEADERS FOR MONTHS TO ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE, BUT THE TIME TO ACT AS NOW, WE BELIEVE MAYOR PRO TEM ALTAR WILL BE ALTERING A BUDGET AMENDMENT TO ADDRESS THE KEY AREAS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION, TRAINING AND REPORTING.

AND WE HOPE EACH OF YOU WILL SUPPORT THAT REQUEST.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, REBECCA BERNHARDT.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN.

MY NAME IS RAY.

MY NAME IS REBECCA BERNHARDT.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT 10 AND I SERVE AS CHAIR OF THE AUSTIN PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION.

UM, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK BRIEFLY TO THE BUDGET OVERALL AND THEN SPEAK ON AGENDA ITEM FIVE.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL ADOPT THE ENTIRE 75 MILLION COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AND PAY.

UM, EMS ARE LIVING EQUITABLE WAGE OF AT LEAST $22 PER HOUR.

UM, BOTH OF THESE ITEMS HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED BY THE ENTIRE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO CITY COUNCIL, UM, REGARDING AGENDA FIVE IN PARTICULAR, WHICH HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED BY THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION YET.

UM, UH, I WOULD HOPE THAT AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL WOULD NOT AUTHORIZE FUNDING FOR LICENSE PLATE READERS, UM, IN SHORT LICENSE PLATE READER, TECHNOLOGY, UM, WHICH COLLECTS PEOPLE'S, UH, INFORMATION BY AUTOMATICALLY SCANNING THEIR LICENSE SITES.

UM, REGARDLESS OF WHAT ARE PLACED ON THE USE AND STORAGE OF THE DATA COLLECTED, UM, CAN AND WILL MOST LIKELY BE MISUSED BY PEACE OFFICERS.

UM, IT CAN EASILY BE MISUSED TO ASSIST IN THE DEPORTATION OF IMMIGRANTS, UM, AND STATE LAW PREVENTS THE CITY AND SPECIFICALLY APD MANAGEMENT FROM STOPPING INDIVIDUAL OFFICERS FROM SHARING DATA, UM, FOR THIS PURPOSE, UM, IT CAN BE MISUSED TO TRACK WOMEN TRYING TO ACCESS ABORTION SERVICES, UM, AND IT CAN BE USED TO TRACK TARGETS OF POLICE INFILTRATION.

UM, PLEASE I URGE THE CITY COUNCIL, UM, NOT TO ADD FUNDING FOR LICENSE PLATE READERS TO THE BUDGET.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SAM KIRSCH.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS SAM CARSON.

I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT FIVE.

THE STATE HAS PROCLAIMED MAKING, ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS, THEIR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, BUT THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO BE DONE IN COUNSELING NEEDS TO ACTUALLY FOLLOW THROUGH ON THAT.

THE CITY SHELTERS ARE ONE CATASTROPHE AFTER THE NEXT I WAS PRESENT AT LAST THURSDAY CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND I CAN EMPATHIZE, BUT THE TYPICAL SITUATION COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE IN WHEN AN IMMEDIATE DECISION HADN'T BEEN MADE, BUT IT MUST ALSO BE RECOGNIZED THAT SHELTERS ARE A PARTIAL STOP GAP AT BEST.

IF YOU HAVE EVER ASKED ANYONE WHO IS ACTUALLY UNHOUSED ABOUT SHELTERS, YOU WILL KNOW WHY PEOPLE OFTEN AVOID THEM.

THEY'RE SPARKED TOO MANY RULES AND RISKS TO ONE'S OWN BODY AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS.

ADDITIONALLY, EMERGENCY WEATHER CENTERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE NECESSARY, BUT THEY ARE RIGHT NOW.

KAT METRO SHOULD ALSO MAKE THESE, UM, UH, FREE FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST.

SO ON HOW PEOPLE CAN GET TEMPORARY ACCESS TO AIR CONDITIONING AND AVOID HEAT STROKE, BUT THEY NEED IT NEED FOR THESE ACTIONS SHOULD WAKE YOU UP TO REALIZE THAT THESE MEASURES WILL NEVER SOLVE HOMELESSNESS.

ONLY GUARANTEEING HOUSING AS HUMAN RIGHTS AND FOLLOWING THROUGH ON BUILDING HOUSING FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON WITH THE OTHER APPROACH MUST BE BOLDLY ADDRESSING THE COST OF LIVING CRISIS.

ON THURSDAY, THE CITY COUNCIL HONORED RHINOS FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP AT THE EQUITY OFFICE.

BRIAN SPOKE OF HOW IT IS A CRITICAL MISTAKE TO TAKE THE MODERATE APPROACH.

HE SPOKE OF HOW WE NEED TO FIGHT FOR THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE SAY YOU SHOULD NOT TOUCH.

SO PLEASE DO NOT LET HIS DEPARTING

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RECOMMENDATIONS JUST BE SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER, BUT LET THEM ACTUALLY BE A THROUGH LINE FOR THIS YEAR'S BUDGET.

CITY MUST SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE FUNDS FOR EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR EVICTION LEGAL PROTECTIONS, WHETHER SELL DURING PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND MORE, LET SIGNIFICANTLY RAISE THE CITY WORKERS MINIMUM WAGE TO $22 AN HOUR AND GIVE EVEN HIGHER INCREASES TO PARAMEDICS WHO ARE VASTLY OVERWORKED AND UNDERSTAFFED.

PLEASE FUND THE FULL $75 MILLION IN COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MARIN LUAN.

YOU'VE BEEN TRYING TO HEAR ME.

YES, IT'S VERY SOFT.

SO HELLO.

IS THIS BETTER? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU BETTER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE TO SPEAK.

UM, MY NAME IS MAREN AND I WORKED FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND I'M HERE TO DISCUSS THE BUDGET SPECIFICALLY THE ACROSS THE BOARD PERCENTAGE RAISES FOR COST OF LIVING.

I'D LIKE TO ASK THAT WE BE CONSIDER ACROSS THE BOARD, RAISES A PERCENTAGE, INCREASE, INCREASE INEQUITABLY, FAVORS THOSE AT THE TOP OF THE INCOME SCALE.

UM, I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT HOW WE PLAY SUCH AN EMPHASIS ON RETAINING LEADERSHIP TALENT AND MAINTAINING THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.

AND THIS IS AT A DISSERVICE TO THE TALENTS OF OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS.

STAFF CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE TO PAY RENT, GETS FURTHER DISPLACED TO THE OUTSKIRTS.

AND THE RESULT IS CLEAR.

WE ARE STRUGGLING TO HIRE AND TO RETAIN QUALITY STAFF.

WE'RE ACTIVELY DISINVESTING IN OUR CITY AND OUR WORKERS, MANY MORE OF OUR STAFF FALL THROUGH THE GAPS, NOT NEITHER QUALIFYING FOR SERVICES NOR BEING PAID A LIVING WAGE AND UP TO AFFORD THEIR RENT AND EQUITABLE POLICIES ARE A CHOICE.

I BELIEVE THERE ARE SEVERAL MORE EQUITABLE MODELS THAT EXIST, AND I LEAVE THAT ISSUE TO THE EXPERTS TO ADDRESS HOW BEST TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.

BUT THAT ALSO BRINGS ME TO A SECOND POINT OF THE ISSUE OF MERIT PAY AND HOW THE LACK OF UPWARD MOBILITY IMPACTS RETENTION AND DRIVE UP OUR TURNOVER RATE.

WE LOST, WE LOSE PRODUCTIVITY, WE LOSE INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND, UH, WE SPEND ADDITIONAL, WE HAVE ADDITIONAL COSTS IN RECRUITING AND INTERVIEWING AND ONBOARDING NEW INDIVIDUALS, INDIVIDUALS LIKE ME, WHO ARE DEDICATED TO THEIR POSITION, BUT, UH, WOULD LIKE TO SEE AN INCREASE IN MY SALARY AND MY MOBILITY, BUT I HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO.

CONTINUING AT MY SAME WORK, THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE MY CONDITIONS.

I THINK ALSO, UM, FOR OUR BUDGET TO, TO, UM, MIRROR WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF HOW THE BUDGET IS DISTRIBUTED BY DEPARTMENTS, HOW THE BUDGET IS USED, WHAT, WHAT THE EQUITY, UM, ASSESSMENT OF THAT BUDGET COSTS IS AND HOW IT WILL IMPACT OUR COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

FRAN TATTOO.

YEAH.

HI AND GOOD AFTERNOON.

THIS IS .

I'M A RESIDENT OF HAYS COUNTY AND AN AUSTIN CITY VOLUNTEER.

I'M CALLING INTO REQUEST THAT YOU APPROVE THE FULL 75 MILLION OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AS A BARE MINIMUM, AS SOMEONE WHO DOES OUTREACH ON THE STREETS, I CAN TELL YOU THERE ARE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS EVERY DAY.

IN FACT, ANYONE OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY COULD BE ONE EMERGENCY, THEREFORE WE NEED, WE DEFINITELY NEED MORE FUNDS FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND EVICTION ASSISTANCE.

UM, LAST WINTER, IT WAS A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS THAT PULLED OURSELVES TOGETHER, RAISED FUNDS AND PUT, UH, PROBABLY A, A VERY GOOD HANDFUL OF PEOPLE, UH, IN HOUSING, OURSELVES AND HOTELS, WHICH JUST AS SIMPLY IS NOT SUSTAINABLE.

I HAD HEARD FROM THE OFFICE OF HOMELESS, UH, STRATEGY THAT THERE WAS ZERO FUNDING DURING THE WINTER FOR, UH, WARMING CENTERS.

SO I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU APPROVE THE BASELINE REMAINING NEED FOR SHELTERS.

I UNDERSTAND THIS 1.2 MILLION HAS BEEN REQUESTED AS A BASE, UM, FURTHER, UH, THERE WAS JUST A UNHOUSED MAN WHO WAS FOUND IN 15TH AND BELIEVED TO HAVE DIED OF HEAT EXHAUSTION.

SO DEFINITELY THERE NEEDS TO BE CONTINUED.

UM, COOLING CENTERS OFFERED FOR OUR UNHOUSED MEMBERS TO AVOID THESE KINDS OF TRAGEDIES.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE TIME.

UM, I ASK THAT YOU APPROVE ALL OF THE, ALL OF THE ITEMS IN, UM, IN THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET, AND PLEASE REFRAIN FROM, UM, ADDING ANYTHING MORE TO THE POLICE BUDGET AT THIS TIME.

APD DOES NOT HAVE A GOOD, UH, REPUTATION, AND I DON'T KNOW WHY WE WOULD, WHY WE WOULD REWARD THAT AT THIS TIME.

WE NEED TO, UM, PRESERVE OUR FUNDS

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FOR, FOR THE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MARRIOTT HUMMEL.

HI, MY NAME IS MARRIOTT HUMBLE AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT SEVEN.

I AM ONE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS OF ACX KIND A GROUP OF JEWISH WOMEN WHO CAME TOGETHER TO FIGHT ANTISEMITISM AND HATE IN AUSTIN.

AND I AM HERE TO SPEAK ON ITEM NUMBER FIVE AND ASK FOR ROBUST AND URGENT ACTION AGAINST ANTISEMITISM IN OUR CITY.

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY HAS BEEN AN INCREASE OF INCIDENTS OF HATE, INCLUDING NEO-NAZI AND ANTI-SEMITIC BANNER OVER MOPAC HATEFUL FIRES IN PARKS AND ON PEOPLE'S DRIVEWAYS, AN ARSON AT A LOCAL SYNAGOGUE THAT CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING.

THIS TROUBLING TREND NEEDS TO BE STOPPED AND WE BELIEVE THE CITY MUST ACT.

NOW LATE LAST YEAR, COUNCIL ADOPTED A RESOLUTION BY MAYOR PRO TEM ULCER, COMMITTING TO FIGHTING ANTI-SEMITISM IN OUR CITY.

WE WANT TO ENSURE THE CITY FOLLOWS THROUGH ON THIS RESOLUTION WITH FUNDING AND CLEAR ASHTON.

WE WANT TO BE A WHOLE, SOME PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.

I'M SORRY.

MY DAUGHTER'S TALKING TO, UH, AGAINST ANTISEMITISM TO SHOW EVERYONE RESIDENTS ON FACEBOOK THAT THIS CITY STANDS AGAINST.

HEY, AND TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ON HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT AND HOW SOCIETY IS PUTTING TWO BILLBOARDS THAT MAKE ROBUST MEDIA AND WEB.

WE WOULD ESTIMATE A BUDGET 200 K FOR THIS.

WE HAVE ALSO FOUND THAT THAT THE REPORTING SYSTEM IN THE CITY IS LACKING.

THERE SHOULD BE AN EASY TO USE SYSTEM TO REPORT CASE INCIDENTS SUCH AS REPORT HATE BY TEXTING THIS NUMBER RIGHT NOW, THE REPORTING METHODS ARE SCATTERED AND NOT KNOWN TO BOTH PRESIDENTS.

IN ADDITION, WE ARE ASKING FOR A HATE INCIDENT DASHBOARD FOR THE CITY AS IS SEEN IN OTHER PLACES SUCH AS CHICAGO.

SO EVERYONE CAN TRACK HATE INCIDENTS.

NEO-NAZIS GROUPS APPROACH HAS EVOLVED AND SO MUCH OUR CITY'S PROACTIVE STRATEGIES IN PREPARATION.

THIS INCLUDES UPDATED AND SPECIFIC TRAINING FOR ALL CITY STAFF TO CREATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF ANTI-SEMITISM, HOW TO AVOID IT AND HOW TO ADDRESS IT.

THE LOCAL ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE IS A READILY AVAILABLE RESOURCE FOR THIS TYPE OF TRAINING.

WE HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR ACTION FOR MANY MONTHS AND WE CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER ACTION AGAINST HATE DOES NOT ONLY BENEFIT OUR JEWISH COMMUNITY, BUT IT HELPED ALL MARGINALIZED GROUPS IN OUR CITY.

WE ALL DESERVE TO FEEL SAFE IN THE CITY.

WE BELIEVE MAYOR PRO TEM ALTAR WILL BE OFFERING A BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR THIS APP.

AND WE HOPE EACH OF YOU WILL WE'LL SUPPORT THAT REQUEST.

THANK YOU, MAYOR COUNCIL MEMBER HARBOR MADISON HERE, MAY I PLEASE? I BELIEVE THEY CALL IS STILL ON THE LINE.

THERE WERE A COUPLE OF THINGS I WANTED TO SAVE, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I WANT IT TO POINT OUT FOR THE CALLER, UM, THAT THEY COULD GO BACK TO THE ARCHIVES AND GRAB THAT CHUNK OF FOOTAGE FROM 3 46 ON THE 2ND OF AUGUST, UH, WHEN THEIR BABY MADE A VERY STRONG STANCE AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM, UH, IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UH, I DON'T KNOW THAT A LOT OF FOLKS RECOGNIZE THAT YOU CAN GO IN AND SNATCH THAT CLIP.

I ENCOURAGE THAT THEY DO THAT.

AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING EVEN WHEN SOMETIMES IT'S CHALLENGING TO DO SO.

I THINK EVERY ALL THE PARENTS ON THE DIET'S DEFINITELY APPRECIATE YOUR PARTICIPATION TODAY.

CLAUDIA IMMUNOS HI.

UH, MY NAME IS .

I WORK AT GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP, BUT TO THEM ONLY CALLING US A COMMUNITY MEMBER AND ON BEHALF OF MY UNDOCUMENTED FAMILY MEMBERS IN DISTRICT FOUR AND SEVEN, AND THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DISPLACED BY GENTRIFICATION AND OVER POLICING, I WAS HEAVILY SURVEILLED AS AN ACTIVIST.

I'M THERE, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.

UNFORTUNATELY, MOST OF THE TECHNOLOGIES YOU'VE BEEN TO SURVEIL PEOPLE REMAIN TO THE EAST, WHICH HAS A LICENSE PLATE READER, WHICH IS SOLD TO US AS A SAFETY MEASURE.

BUT WHICH REPORTS CONTINUE TO SHOW IS QUITE AN EFFECTIVE.

IT IS ALSO ALARMING THAT HIS CONTRACT WILL BE HOUSED UNDER APD, WHICH RENT THE FUSION CENTER THAT HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO SURVEILLING ACTIVISTS AND CULTURAL EVENTS, SUCH AS A JUNE TEAM CELEBRATION.

THIS TECHNOLOGY COULD ALSO BE USED TO TRACK PEOPLE, SEEKING ABORTIONS, TO BE CLEAR.

I AM ALSO AGAINST THE CURRENT PROPOSED BUDGET BECAUSE HE DOES NOT FULLY FUND THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AT THE REQUEST OF 74 MILLION THAT INCLUDED HARM REDUCTION MEASURES.

AND WHAT'S CRAFTED BY OVER 30 ORGANIZATION.

I KNOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED IN THE CITY COUNCIL A LOT RECENTLY.

AND, UM, A LOT OF THAT TRIED TO SEND US BACK IN TIME, BUT I ENCOURAGE THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN INTERACTING WITH THESE COMMUNITY FOR A YEAR SYSTEM STRONG.

WE HAVE PULLED YOUR YEAR AFTER YEAR, UM, AND THROUGH THEIR REIMAGINE PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE RAPPORT, WHAT OUR NEEDS ARE, YOU KNOW, THOSE VERY WELL, UH, THOSE OF YOU WHO ACTUALLY INTERACT WITH THEM.

SO PLEASE FOCUS ON FULLY FUNDING

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THOSE INSTEAD OF BACKTRACKING ON THE PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE COLLECTIVELY IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, UH, BECAUSE A LOT OF THAT PROGRESS RESTS ON THE SHOULDERS OF THOSE MOST IMPACTED LIKE MY FAMILY AND MYSELF.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHANTELLE PRIDGEN.

UM, MY NAME IS AND I AM ALLOWED LIFELONG OPTIMIZING TEXTS, ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE AND GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP.

UM, I AM CALLING IN REGARDS TO ITEM FIVE.

UM, I BELIEVE THAT THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND SHOULD BE, UM, FULLY FUNDED, 74 BILLION.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY.

UM, WE HAVE ONLY SUCH A SMALL PERCENTAGE, YOU KNOW, WE ARE TAXPAYERS AND, AND THERE ARE OTHER MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND HARM REDUCTION SERVICES, JOBS, AND HOUSING THAT CAN BE, UM, FUNDED THROUGH THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND.

SO I'M ASKING THAT THE CITY COUNCIL FULLY FUND THAT.

AND ALSO, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY, UM, THE AUTOMATIC LICENSE PLATE READER IS BACK ON AS MORE POLICING, UM, MORE, MORE BIAS, MORE TARGETING, MORE PROFILEY.

UM, SO I'M ASKING THAT THAT NOT BE RENEWED.

WELL THERE KARTRA.

THANK YOU, FRANK NESTOR, FRANK, PLEASE UNMUTE.

HI, SORRY.

I WAS MUTED.

UH, I DIDN'T TRACK NATURE.

I AM A MEMBER OF THE EMPLOYEES UNION AS WELL, THAT OFTEN DFA I'M CALLING TO, AGAIN, REACT, GO, EVERYTHING THAT I'VE BEEN HEARING TODAY, WHICH IS THAT, UH, WE DON'T NEED TO PUT MORE FUNDING INTO POLICING.

I'LL ECHO.

UH, MY, MY FRIEND, CHRIS HARRIS, WHEN I SAY THAT, UH, PEOPLE ARE NOT KEPT SAFER BY BELIEVING THEY'RE KEPT SAFER WHEN WE HAD HEALTH CARE HOMES AND JOBS, UH, THAT COULD BE REFLECTED BY OUR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

UH, $23 AN HOUR IS WHAT YOU REQUESTED.

IT IS WHAT YOUR EMPLOYEES DESERVE, AND IT IS WHAT WE ALL NEED.

I WOULD LIKE TO FURTHER ELABORATE THAT, UH, WE KEEP LOSING POWER IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.

UH, IT SUCKS AND, UH, RATE CHANGES THAT ARE GOING TO BE AFFECTING, UH, THE MOST LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS ARE REALLY UNFORTUNATE.

UH, ESPECIALLY YOU'RE GIVING THAT MONEY.

IF THAT COULD BE FIXING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, REBUILDING OUR SCHOOLS, MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE A CLIMATE SAFE ZONE FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME, THAT LOSE POWER FREQUENTLY.

SO I HAD SOMEWHERE TO GO TO, UH, THAT WOULD BE FANTASTIC IF WE COULD HAVE THAT MONEY FOR THEM, RATHER THAN FOR PEOPLE THAT FURTHER INCARCERATE PEOPLE AND THROW KIDS INTO OUR RAPIDLY DECAYING, JUVENILE DELINQUENT SYSTEM OR JUVENILE DETENTION CENTERS.

UM, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD THAT, UH, LAST WEEK I CALLED IN ABOUT MY MOTHER WHO HAD BEEN PUT INTO THE ER AND BEEN FORCED TO SLEEP IN A HALLWAY ALL NIGHT, UM, BECAUSE THE ROOMS WERE FULL PUBLIC HEALTH IS A HUGE ISSUE THAT WE COULD BACK THE MONEY INTO, BUT RATHER INSTEAD, WE WANT TO PUT MONEY INTO LICENSE PLATE LEADERS, BECAUSE I'LL TELL YOU WHEN I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL, THERE WERE A BUNCH OF COP CARS JUST PARKED RIGHT OUTSIDE, WATCHING EVERYBODY GO IN AND OUT.

AND IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THE, WHERE THE IMPLICATIONS ARE FOR ABORTION THERE.

UH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION.

I HOPE YOU ADOPT THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET RATHER THAN A CITY MANAGER, CROCS UNFORTUNATE PROPOSAL.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

YES, GO AHEAD.

UH, JUST A QUICK COMMENT.

I KNOW THERE WAS A KIND OF A VEILED REFERENCE TO IT, BUT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE JUVENILE BECAUSE THE CALLER WAS TALKING ABOUT THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN TEXAS RIGHT NOW.

AND, UH, JUST FOR EVERYONE'S INFORMATION, THEY'RE HAVING VERY SERIOUS STAFFING SHORTAGES AT VARIOUS JUVENILE DETENTION CENTERS, JUVENILE PRISONS, WHERE, YOU KNOW, KIDS ARE ESSENTIALLY BEING KEPT IN THERE.

SO THE WHOLE TIME THERE'S A LACK OF SERVICES.

THE LACK OF SECURITY IS THE LACK OF OVERSIGHT.

SO ANYWAY, HE WAS JUST REFERRING TO IT.

THERE'S BEEN A NUMBER OF ARTICLES ABOUT THAT RECENTLY, AND I JUST WANTED TO GIVE THE PUBLIC A HEADS UP THAT THAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THAT CONCLUDES ALL THE REMOTE SPEAKERS WE HAVE IN THE QUEUE.

SO I'M GOING TO SWITCH OVER TO IN-PERSON.

FIRST UP IS SHAYLA WILLIAMS FOLLOWED BY YVONNE WELDON.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MAYOR MAY APPROACH HIM AND THE COUNCIL MEMBERS.

UH, I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I AM IN SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT

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BUDGET, AND PARTICULARLY TO HAVE SOME OF THOSE FUNDS ALLOCATED TO THE CARVER MUSEUM.

I WANT TO JUST SPEAK TO YOU JUST HOW IMPORTANT THE CO THE CARVER MUSEUM IS TO THE COMMUNITY.

I GREW UP IN EAST AUSTIN.

SO IT WAS THE CARVER LIBRARY.

WHEN I WAS GROWING UP BEFORE IT WAS TURNED INTO A MUSEUM, YOU HAVE TO SEE IT MORE AS JUST A MUSEUM.

THE CARVER MUSEUM TELLS STORIES ABOUT THE HISTORY OF EAST AUSTIN, WHICH IS NOW CALLED CENTRAL AUSTIN.

IT IS THERE, IT GIVES OUR CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS, THEIR PROGRAMS THERE FOR OUR KIDS IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT HELPS THEM ADVANCE, NOT JUST IN, UM, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, BUT ALSO IN EDUCATION.

BUT IT ALSO TELLS THE STORY.

IT TELLS THE STORIES OF WHAT WAS, FOR EXAMPLE, ANDERSON, UH, THE ORIGINAL ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL.

THEY WERE CALLED THE YELLOW JACKETS AND THEIR COLORS WERE BLACK AND GOLD.

I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT BECAUSE THAT'S THE SCHOOL THAT MY MOTHER AND MY AUNTIE GRADUATED FROM.

THERE'S A YEARBOOK IN THAT, UM, MUSEUM THAT THEY ARE IN.

AND IT'S PERSONAL TO ME BECAUSE OF THE SIMPLE FACT.

I SEE IT MORE THAN JUST A MUSEUM, BUT IT ALSO IS A LEGACY.

AND THIS IS WHERE I CAN TAKE MY GRANDCHILDREN AND SHOW THEM THE HISTORY IN WHICH I GREW UP IN THE W THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT I KNOW THEY'VE CHANGED ON THE OUTSIDE.

BUT THE CARVER MUSEUM HAS WHAT WAS, WHAT WAS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME OF THOSE FUNDS ALLOCATED TO THE CARVER MUSEUM TO KEEP IT GOING, NOT JUST BECAUSE IT'S A MUSEUM, BUT BECAUSE IT'S A LEGACY, IT'S A LEGACY TO THOSE OF US WHO GREW UP IN THAT COMMUNITY.

IT'S A LEGACY TO THE KIDS WHO ARE CURRENTLY THERE, BUT ALSO IT'S A LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE OF OTHER CHILDREN THAT ARE A PART OF THAT COMMUNITY, BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MY GRANDCHILDREN GO THERE AND SEE THE EXHIBIT OR THE HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL THAT THEIR GREAT GRANDMOTHER GRADUATED FROM.

AND THE GREAT AUNT GRADUATED FROM.

SO I SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET, AND I ASKED THAT YOU DONATE MONEY TO KEEP THE CARVER MUSEUM GOING, THANK YOU, YVONNE WELDON FOLLOWED BY BED.

BEN SAID A B HI, GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS YVONNE WELDON, AND I AM A CANDIDATE FOR AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE.

I HAVE BEEN GOING DOOR TO DOOR TO FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT ASKING WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO THEM OVERWHELMINGLY THE TOP ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO US ARE AFFORDABILITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY, ESPECIALLY THE CRIME PLAGUING OUR DISTRICT.

LAST THURSDAY, WE WENT INTO A RECESSION.

FOLKS ARE STRUGGLING WITH PAYING BASIC BILLS LIKE THEIR RENT AND FOOD, AS WELL AS UTILITY BILLS.

AND EVEN BACK TO SCHOOL ESSENTIALS.

THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE INCREASING THE TAX RATES THAT WILL AFFECT RENDERS AND PROPERTY OWNERS AND OTHER RESIDENTS.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN CAN EFFECTIVELY REDUCE THE TAX RATE AND STILL RECEIVE MORE REVENUE OVER LAST YEAR.

THE RIDICULOUS $350 MILLION BOND.

I'M OBLIGATING ABOUT $350 ON EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE RESIDENTS OF AUSTIN.

WE NEED A FULL EXTERNAL AUDIT ON HOW YOU ARE SPENDING OUR MONEY AND THEN MOVE FORWARD ON IT TOWARD A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

AS FAR AS THE LICENSE PLATE READERS, MACKENZIE KELLY HAS GIVEN COMPELLING DATA TO SUPPORT IT.

THESE READERS CAN SAVE LIVES, QUIT PLAYING GAMES AND WASTING TIME AND MONEY AND PASS IT ALREADY.

RECENTLY, THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF FOLKS CALLING 9 1, 1 HAVING LONG HOLD TIMES, OR HAVING TO WAIT ALMOST 30 MINUTES FOR AN AMBULANCE, AS WELL AS POLICE OFFICERS THAT ARE SO UNDERSTAFFED.

THEY ARE UNABLE TO RESPOND TO ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY.

I SUGGEST NON-ESSENTIAL CITY EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE REROUTED TO THE 9 1, 1 APD AFD AND EMS DEPARTMENTS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THOSE ESSENTIAL SERVICES UNTIL THE STAFFING CRISIS THAT YOU, THE CITY COUNCIL HAVE CREATED IS BACK UNDER CONTROL.

WE NEED TO FULLY FUND AND SUPPORT THE DEMANDS OF THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS THE AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY EMS, TO FULLY ENSURE THE PUBLIC SAFETY OF AUSTIN NIGHTS.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, BADDEST.

YOU HAD YOUR HAND RAISED EARLIER, AND IF YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING, THANK YOU, MAN.

I APPRECIATE IT.

I CAN'T SEE THE CHAMBERS.

AND SO I'M NOT CERTAIN IF THAT SPEAKER THAT ASKED ABOUT THE CARVER STILL IN THE ROOM, I WAS JUST GOING TO ENCOURAGE THE SPEAKER TO REACH OUT TO THE DISTRICT ONE OFFICE AND JUST MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE AWARE OF SOME UPCOMING, UM, REPAIRS, RENOVATIONS, AND, UH, THE MANIFESTATION OF SOME BOND DOLLARS THAT ARE IN, UM, THAT ARE, UH, COMING UP FOR THE CARVER.

UH, SO, SO NOT ONLY, UH, IS THERE DEFINITELY A DISTINCT,

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UH, COMMITMENT TO INVESTMENT IN THE CARVER IN THE FUTURE, BUT WE ARE ACTIVELY SEEING SOME OF THE INVESTMENTS IN THE CARVER MANIFEST RIGHT NOW.

UM, SO FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO THE DISTRICT ONE OFFICE AND I CAN HAPPILY ELABORATE.

SHE'S SEEN HER AND GAVE YOU A THUMBS UP NEXT SPEAKER, BEN, SOON TO BE.

AND THEN ALICIA TORRES, HELLO, MAYOR, MAYOR PRO TEM CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, BOTH IN PERSON AND ONLINE.

UH, MY NAME'S BEN I'M A MEMBER OF BOTH ASKED ME 16, 24 AUSTIN DSA, AND PROUD TO BE A RECENT, UH, MOVE FROM D ONE OVER TO D FOUR, SORRY TO MY ONLINE, UH, FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER.

I WANT TO START OFF BY SAYING THAT, UH, ACKNOWLEDGE THE WORK THAT Y'ALL DO.

UH, LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS CONSTRAINED IN TEXAS, YOU KNOW, OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT THE CAPITOL.

YOU KNOW, THAT PINK BUILDING UP ON CONGRESS HAS SEEN FIT TO TIE YOUR HANDS AS FAR AS TRYING TO DO GOOD.

UH, WHEN IT COMES TO BUDGET PROCESSES IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, UH, FOR ITEM ONE, I DO INVITE YOU TO, TO APPROVE LETTING PEOPLE KNOW THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE A, UH, AT LEAST THIS YEAR, THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE A VOTE TO, UH, TO HAVE A HIGHER RATE THAN WHAT THE MAXIMUM IS.

WE'RE NOT TRIGGERING THAT THIS YEAR, BUT CONSIDER IT FOR FUTURE YEARS.

IF, IF, IF, IF, YOU KNOW, IF THERE'S GOOD TO BE DONE WITH THAT MONEY, UM, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING PEOPLE TO SPEAK, UH, ADOPTING THAT SAME POLICY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE BUDGET PROCESS IS A VERY GOOD THING, UH, ALLOWING COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO COME AND, UH, HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD.

I AM TROUBLED THOUGH BY, UH, COUNT, UH, THE PROCESS THAT ALLOWS FOR A COUNCIL TO THANKFULLY, UH, GIVE DIRECTION, UH, IN, ON JUNE 16TH, UNANIMOUSLY, UH, INSTRUCTING THE CITY MANAGER TO DEVELOP A BUDGET THAT GAVE A $22 AN HOUR, UH, RAISED OR MINIMUM AT THE CITY.

AND THEN HE RETURNED WITH ONE THAT FALLS FALLS QUITE SHORT FROM THAT.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE, UH, MORE PRESSURE PUT ON, UH, HIRED PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF CITY COUNCIL WHEN THEY'RE DEVELOPING THOSE BUDGETS.

UM, THE, THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT, UH, THAT EVERYONE HERE IS SPEAKING ABOUT, PLEASE FUND THAT.

UH, IT IS A WAY THAT YOU DO HAVE POWER IN OUR COMMUNITY TO SHOW THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE CONSTRAINED BY THE, BY THE STATE, IN SOME WAYS DO GOOD WHERE YOU CAN, AND THAT IS ONE PLACE WHERE YOU CAN DO GOOD FOR, UH, THE RE THE CHANGES OF RATES, UH, AT THE AUSTIN, UH, ENERGY I'M TROUBLED BY, UH, A CHANGE.

I UNDERSTAND THERE'S RISING COSTS AND THEY NEED TO ACCOUNT FOR THAT.

BUT FROM GOING TO FI, UH, FIVE TIERS OF RESIDENTIAL DOWN TO THREE, WHERE THE POOREST ARE SEEING AN INCREASE IN THEIR ENERGY COSTS, AND THOSE HEAVY USERS, RESIDENTIALLY ARE SEEING A DISCOUNT THEY'RE GONNA ACTUALLY BE PAYING LESS, UH, THAT NEEDS TO BE REVISITED AND RETOOLED.

SO THAT, THAT IS NOT THE CASE.

UH, THOSE WITH THE LEAST SHOULDN'T BE BEARING THE BRUNT, UM, WHEN IT COMES TO, UH, OUR, OUR BUDGETS, AS FAR AS, YOU KNOW, LICENSE PLATE READERS, UH, I ASKED YOU TO PLEASE DO NOT FUND THAT.

THERE'S A CONCEPT OF NOT CREATING DATA.

IF DATA IS NOT COLLECTED AND CREATED, THEN IT CAN'T BE TAKEN BY THE STATE TO BE MISUSED.

IT CAN'T BE LEAKED.

UH, LOOK AT THIS WIRED ARTICLE FROM, UH, JUST A MONTH AGO ABOUT THE DANGERS OF LICENSE PLATE READERS IN A POST ROW WORLD.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO NOT DO THAT.

AND THEN FINALLY, ONCE AGAIN, I URGE YOU PLEASE, THE, THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT, UH, THAT EVERYONE HAS ADDRESSED TODAY AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.

THIS IS KEY.

THANK YOU, ALICIA TORRES, AND THEN AMELIA COST US HELLO, MY, CAN EVERYBODY HEAR ME VOICE? UM, HELLO, MY NAME IS ELISA TORRES.

I AM A MEMBER OF ICE FOR THE AUSTIN AND PART OF THE GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP TEAM, AS WELL AS A COMMUNITY MEMBER OF DISTRICT THREE.

I AM HERE TODAY TO ASK ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS TO NOT ACCEPT THE CURRENT PROPOSED BUDGET.

I'M PART OF CITY MANAGERS, SPENCER CRUNK.

WE NEED A BUDGET THAT IS COMMUNITY CENTERED, AND THAT ADDRESSES THE DISPARITIES.

OUR COMMUNITY FACES AT THE COST AND NOT JUST BANDAID APPROACHES.

WHAT WE NEED AND DEMAND IS THAT CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS MAY YOUR ADLER AND CITY MANAGER, SPENCER CRONK.

REMEMBER THAT YOU WERE PRESENT US THE PEOPLE AND PUT FORTH A CITY BUDGET THAT COMPLETELY FUNDS THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AT 75 MILLION AND NOT THE MERE 21 MILLION THAT IS CURRENTLY BEING PROPOSED.

TO START, WE NEED 1.5 MILLION TO CREATE CULTURALLY SPECIFIC SERVICES FOR ON HOUSE BLACK AUSTINITES

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WHO FORM ABOUT 40% OF THE UNHOUSED COMMUNITY IN OUR CITY TO START, WE NEED 3 MILLION TO HARM FOR HARM REDUCTION SERVICES, PERMANENT HOUSING, INCLEMENT WEATHER SHELTERS, INSTEAD OF INCREASED FUNDS FOR SWEEPS, LIKE THE ONES THAT HAPPEN TODAY TO START, WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND PARENTS BY ALLOCATING MONEY FOR AISD PARENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST.

WE NEED IN SHORT, WE NEED TO FUND ALL THE ITEMS THAT RECEIVED NO FUNDING IN THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

HOW DO WE DO THIS? WE START, WE START, WE STARTED THAT BY NOT ALLOWING THE CONTRACT RENEWAL OF THE AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READERS TO HAPPEN.

THIS WOULD INCREASE FUNDING TO APD FOR AN INEFFICIENT, INEFFECTIVE, AND FAR THE SORRY BEING WE WOULD, THIS WOULD INCREASE, UH, THE FUNDING TO AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR AN INEFFECTIVE AND HARMFUL TECHNOLOGY THAT OUR COMMUNITY ALREADY SAID DOES NOT MAKE US FEEL SAFE BACK IN 2020 AND TAKES CLOSE TO 114,000 AWAY FROM POSSIBLE INVESTMENT INTO OUR COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY PRIORITIES AND SAFETY.

FURTHERMORE, SOME OF THE TRACKED ISSUES WITH AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READERS THAT ARE ALIGNED IN THE DOCUMENT.

I JUST HANDED OUT, UM, THAT WAS CREATED BY GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP AND JUST FUTURES.

UM, LOCATION DATA COULD BE SHARED WITH ICE FOR CIVIL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT, LEADING TO SEPARATION OF FAMILIES THROUGH DETENTION AND DEPORTATION AOL, UH, AUTOMATIC LICENSE PLATE READERS MAY BE USED BY POLICE ANTI-ABORTION GROUPS WHO SEEK TO SURVEIL ARREST AND PROSECUTE WOMEN SEEKING ABORTION SERVICES ACROSS STATE LINES.

CURRENTLY, TEXAS DOES NOT HAVE AN AOPR STATUTE TO ENSURE PRIVACY AND SECURITY AND TO MONITOR WHERE A OF SUCH DATA ALP ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY SURVEIL NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE LOW INCOME AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, NO TO THE RENEWAL OF THE AUSTIN ITEM, AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READER, CONTRACT, AND FUND THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AT THE FULL 75 MILLION.

WE AS AUSTINITES TO SERVE MORE AND DEMAND MORE.

THANK YOU, EMILIA CASAS FOLLOWED BY ANNA GONZALES.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS AMELIA AND A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT SIX AND POLICY ANALYST FOR THE TEXAS FAIR DEFENSE PROJECT.

TODAY, I STAND HERE TO URGE YOU ALL TO FULLY FUND THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

IF YOU HAVE, THE ITEMS HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE CITY, MANAGER'S PROPOSED BUDGET.

HOWEVER, AS YOU'VE HEARD, SOME ITEMS ARE STILL UNDERFUNDED OR NOT INCLUDED AT ALL, INCLUDING HIGHER WAGES FOR EMS WORKERS, CRITICAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, HARM REDUCTION SERVICES, AND VIOLENCE INTERRUPTER PROGRAM, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

WE NAMED THE 75 MILLION IN THE RECOMMENDATIONS AS A MINIMUM STARTING POINT FOR WHAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS AND HAS BEEN CALLING FOR.

THIS IS A TINY FRACTION OF THE CITY'S OVERALL 1.3 BILLION GENERAL FUND, AND SHOULD RECEIVE FULL INVESTMENT.

ONE PIECE I'D LIKE TO UPLIFT IS OUR ASK FOR HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING TOWARDS A PILOT VIOLENCE INTERRUPTER PROGRAM VIOLENCE INTERRUPTER PROGRAMS ACROSS THE NATION HAVE SHOWN INCREDIBLE OUTCOMES AND PREVENTING COMMUNITY AND GUN VIOLENCE BY ADVANCING COMMUNITY HEALING AND ADDRESSING THE ROOT CAUSES OF HARM AND VIOLENCE.

THERE IS NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW TO ADD THIS ESSENTIAL VALUE TO OUR CITY.

I WILL SAY IT IS INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTING TO SEE THE CITY INVEST SO HEAVILY IN HARMFUL APPROACHES TO ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS BY ALLOCATING $4.8 MILLION IN ENCAMPMENT SWEEPS IN THE NAME OF HARM REDUCTION AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION.

YOU MUST REALLOCATE THESE FUNDS TO REAL AND LIFE SAVING SERVICES FOR OUR UNHOUSED NEIGHBORS.

LASTLY, I WANT TO VOICE MY SUPPORT FOR THE PROPOSED CREATION OF AN INDEPENDENT FORENSICS DEPARTMENT OUTSIDE OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THIS HAS BEEN A CRITICAL INVESTMENT THAT WAS PUSHED BY THE RE-IMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE FOR YEARS.

AND SO I APPLAUD OUR CITY LEADERS FOR TAKING THIS STEP.

HOWEVER, HISTORICALLY, AUSTIN SPENDS MORE ON POLICE PER CAPITA THAN THAN ANY MAJOR JURISDICTION IN TEXAS.

AND LOOKING AT THIS BUDGET, IT LOOKS NO DIFFERENT WITH THAT SAID, I ASK THAT YOU DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO OPPOSE ANY INCREASES IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING A REAUTHORIZATION OF AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READERS.

INSTEAD, I HOPE YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT AUSTINITES DESERVE AND FULLY INVEST IN THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET FUND COMMUNITY, NOT COPS.

THANK YOU ON A GONZALEZ FOLLOWED BY SCOTT COB.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

UM, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME AND GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY.

I ALSO WANT TO, UH, SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT THAT EVERYBODY HAS SO ELOQUENTLY TALKED ABOUT.

UM, I, I WORKED FOR THE CITY ON, I WANT TO TAKE ISSUE WITH ONE OF THE PROPOSALS

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IN THE BUDGET.

UH, THE 4% RAISE, INCREASE GRATEFUL AS I AM THAT THEIR EFFORTS TO RECOGNIZE THAT WORKERS NEED AN INCREASE.

AND THERE IS PEOPLE LEAVING BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE HERE ANYMORE.

UH, AND THE REASON WHY I TAKE ISSUE WITH THIS IS BECAUSE IT IS A PERCENT INCREASE ACROSS THE BOARD.

SO THE ONES THAT MAKE THE MOST ARE GOING TO GET MORE MONEY, THE MOST MONEY ON THEIR