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[Call to Order]

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WE'RE GONNA GO AHEAD AND CONVENE THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING, UH, HERE THIS MORNING.

IT'S THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13TH, 2022.

UH, WE HAVE A QUORUM PRESENT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, POOL IS OFF THE, UH, DAIS.

WE HAVE COUNCIL MEMBERS, HARPER, MADISON, AND CALI, UH, REMOTE.

UM, SO WE HAVE A QUO ON PRESENT.

WE'RE IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, UH, COLLEAGUES, UH, WE HAVE SOME CHANGES IN CORRECTIONS.

ITEM NUMBER 18 IS WITHDRAWN.

ITEM NUMBER 26TH, THIS POSTPONE TO OCTOBER 27TH, 2022 10.

ITEM NUMBER 40 BEING POSTPONED.

OCTOBER 27TH, 2022.

ITEM NUMBER SEVEN, THE, UH, FIVE I BEING ADDED AS A, UH, CO-SPONSOR.

UH, AT THIS POINT, WE DON'T HAVE ANY ITEMS THAT ARE PULLED ON THE AGENDA.

UM, I'M SURE WE'LL HAVE SOME HERE IN JUST A MOMENT.

BEFORE WE GET TO THAT, WE HAVE LATE BACKUP AND ITEMS 27, 30, 37, 41, 42, 49, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 61, 69, 70, 75.

UM, AS, UM, ITEMS WITH LATE BACKUP

[Consent Agenda]

COLLEAGUES, DO WE HAVE ANY ITEMS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA WE NEED TO PULL, NOTING THAT THE CONSENT AGENDA ARE ITEMS ONE THROUGH 44 AND 71 THROUGH 79 ITEMS TO BE PULLED.

COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

UM, I, I'M JUST WAITING FOR SOME MORE INFORMATION.

DEPENDING ON WHEN WE DO CONSENT, I CAN PUT IT BACK ON IT.

AND THAT'S 32 AND, AND AND 33.

UM, OKAY.

I'M WORKING ON SOME DIRECTION, UH, RELATED TO 32 AND PART OF 33.

AND SO I'M, I'LL GET THAT DONE AS QUICKLY AS I CAN.

OKAY.

SO FOR RIGHT NOW, WE'RE GONNA PULL 32 AND 33.

UH, MAYOR PRO 10, I LIKE TO PULL 74 PLEASE.

OKAY.

AND I MAY, I MAY HAVE JUST A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ON ITEM, UH, 12.

I DON'T ANTICIPATE, UH, PULLING IT, BUT, UH, I WOULD JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF, OKAY.

WE'LL LEAVE IT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA IF THAT CHANGES.

UM, MAKE SURE THAT YOU, UH, MAKE SURE THAT YOU LET US KNOW.

UM, , THE ITEMS THAT I SEE BEING POSTPONED, I THINK ARE, UH, ITEM NUMBER 27.

IS THAT BEING POSTPONED? UM, I THINK IT'S ITEM 27.

THIS IS THE RIGHTS TO ORGANIZE.

OH, SORRY.

UM, ISN'T THAT BEING POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 3RD? UH, MAY, I'LL HAVE SOME COMMENTS ON THAT IF I'M NOT SURE IF WE NEED TO PULL IT TO POSTPONE IT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER SOME COMMENTS ON THE FIRST COMMENT.

OKAY.

SO IT'S ON CONSENT.

DO WE NEED TO PULL IT, OR THERE IS IT ON THE CONSENT AS A POSTPONE ITEM TO NOVEMBER 3RD, BUT PEOPLE CAN STILL COMMENT ON, YOU CAN COMMENT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

DOES THAT WORK? THEN I'LL MAKE MY COMMENTS DURING THE CONSENT AGENDA.

OKAY.

SO IT'S ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

ITEM NUMBER 27 TO POSTPONE TO NOVEMBER 3RD.

SO I HAVE 26 AND 27 BEING POSTPONED.

I HAVE 40 BEING POSTPONED.

UM, AND THEN, UH, 77 AND 78 BEING SET FOR NOVEMBER 30TH, 77 AND 78.

UM, THAT'S JUST SETTING THE, THE PUBLIC HEARINGS.

COUNCIL MEMBER, KELLY HAS HER HAND UP IN CASE YOU CAN'T SEE.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY.

THANK YOU.

UM, I TO SUPPORT THE POSTPONEMENT OF 27, UM, BUT I WAS WONDERING IF WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO POSTPONE ITEM 48.

UM, WE GOT SOME MATERIAL FROM STAFF THIS MORNING THAT I HAVEN'T YET HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW, AND I KNOW PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY ALSO HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO, SO I WAS WONDERING IF THAT MIGHT BE AMENABLE TO THE REST OF THE COUNCIL.

5 48 IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL, UH, ORDINANCE, UM, INCLUDING THOSE ALBUMS. I'M SORRY, WHAT? IT'S NOT A CONSENT.

IT'S NOT A CONSENT.

IT'S NON CONSENT.

UH, COUNCIL ARE, KELLY.

THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION ON THAT.

IT'S MY INTENT IF IT'S OKAY WITH COLLEAGUES TO CHECK PRETTY EARLY, MAYBE RIGHT AFTER WE VOTE ON CONSENT TO TAKE A VOTE ON WHETHER OR NOT WE WANT TO POSTPONE ITEM NUMBER 48 SO THAT PEOPLE KNOW HOW MUCH WORK TO BE DOING HERE THIS MORNING.

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NOT TO CALL IT UP ON ITS MERITS RIGHT AWAY, BUT TO CALL IT UP ON THE, UH, QUESTION OF WHETHER WE SHOULD POSTPONE THAT ITEM.

ALL RIGHT.

SO BE PREPARED FOR THAT VOTE ON POSTPONEMENT, UH, RIGHT AFTER WE VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

OKAY.

TOVO? YEAH, I'M PULLING 39.

I SAY WE HAVE SOME INFORMATION ON THE DIAS THAT I'M GONNA TAKE A LOOK AT AND WE BELIEVE WE HAVE SOME INFORMATION IN THE BACKUP AND MANAGER IF WE DON'T ALREADY HAVE IT.

I'D BE INTERESTED TO KNOW AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME WHETHER THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES HAVE ISSUED A RECOMMENDATION ON THIS ITEM.

OKAY.

THEY MAY HAVE INDICATED THAT IN THE Q AND A ABOUT TO TAKE A LOOK.

COULD YOU REPEAT THE NUMBER? 39? I ALSO HEARD, I, I READ THE, THE Q AND A ON CONCRETE POURS, AND THE QUESTION THAT COUNCIL BAR TOPO ASKED WAS WHETHER THIS HAS EVER HAPPENED OUTSIDE OF THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT BEFORE.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT IT HAPPENED AT THE HEB SITE ON EXPOSITION IN LAKE AUSTIN BOULEVARD, UM, WHICH IS NOT THE, THE ANSWER THAT I SAW IN Q AND A.

UM, IF THEY DID, WE DIDN'T GO THROUGH COUNCIL, CUZ THAT'S IN MY DISTRICT AND I DON'T REMEMBER AUTHORIZING IT.

RIGHT.

OKAY.

UM, SO, UH, MAYOR MAN, YES.

AT KITCHEN.

OKAY.

UM, I THINK ITEM 74 HAS BEEN PULLED BY MAYOR PORT, IS THAT CORRECT? UM, YES.

WHEN WE GET TO THAT, I MIGHT SUGGEST POSTPONING IT.

UM, WE CAN TALK, TALK ABOUT IT, BUT, UM, I, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS RELATED TO IT ALSO.

OKAY.

MIGHT CONCERN I'LL ALSO BE POSTING AND HANDING OUT A VERSION TWO.

OKAY.

THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE COUNCIL LETTING STAFF INITIATE ANY ORDINANCES.

OKAY.

MM-HMM.

, WHICH IS, UM, A CONCERN THAT I'VE HEARD RAISED.

YEAH.

SO WE'RE GONNA HAND OUT A VERSION TWO THAT, THAT REMOVES THAT COMPONENT OF IT.

OKAY.

SO WE CAN TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

BUT IT'S BEEN PULLED.

BUT WE'LL POST, WE'LL GET THAT OUT TO EVERYBODY ON THE DIRE MOMENTARILY AND WE'LL ALSO POST IT FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE.

THANK YOU.

YEP.

GUYS, AT 30 AM UH, YES.

ON ITEM 39, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A QUICK COMMENT ON THAT.

UH, YOU KNOW, THIS IS, UH, THE ISSUE IS THAT I, UH, HEB WANTS TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR.

AND, UH, BY DOING IT THE WAY THEY'RE, THEY WERE REQUESTED IT WOULD BE DONE THREE MONTHS EARLIER, SO THEY DIDN'T WANT TO PUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE CITY THAT DR.

TRAFFIC, THAT, UH, PEOPLE THAT DRIVE THEIR VEHICLES THROUGH THAT TRA THAT AREA INTO A TRAFFIC JAM, WHICH THAT WOULD HAPPEN CUZ UH, O TURF IS JUST A FOUR LANE HIGHWAY WITH NO MIDDLE, I MEAN ROAD WITHOUT A A, A DIVIDER, UH, NO LEFT HAND PROTECTED TURN.

SO, UH, THAT'S WHAT THEIR REQUEST WAS.

UH, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TRYING TO BE GOOD NEIGHBORS, TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T CREATE A BIG TRAFFIC JAM FOR THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE AND BE ABLE TO SAFELY, UH, EXIT THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

OKAY.

AND, UH, IT, AND WITHOUT THAT, THEY WOULD HAVE TO TAKE THREE MORE MONTHS UP, UP TO POOR.

SO THAT'S THE, THE WHOLE ISSUE RIGHT NOW.

OKAY.

IT'S BEEN PULLED, WOULD HAVE A DEBATE DISCUSSION ON THAT.

UH, UH, LATER THAT IT'S BEEN PULLED MANAGER, I NOTICED THAT ON THE CONSENT WE'RE POSTPONING.

UH, AND I APPRECIATE, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO, UM, UH, POSTPONING THE, UM, UH, PROPERTY, UM, THE, THE IFC WITH RESPECT TO, TO PROPERTY SO THAT THERE'S MORE TIME TO PEOPLE TO, TO WORK ON IT.

I AM CONCERNED MANAGER THAT IN THE ANSWER TO THE Q AND A, UM, I ASK THE QUESTION, WHAT WERE STAFF'S REACTIONS TO THIS? AND THE ANSWER IS, IT'S BEEN POSTPONED.

SO THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION IS BEING POSTPONED.

THAT DOESN'T HELP ME.

I'M GONE NEXT WEEK.

THIS IS MY DAY AND TOMORROW TO, TO REALLY BE ABLE TO WORK ON THIS.

AND I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE A POLICY ONCE SOMETHING GETS POSTED ONTO THE AGENDA, STAFF SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE COMMENTS TO COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT ARE ASKING FOR, FOR COMMENTS, EVEN IF THE SPONSOR'S CONTINUING TO WORK ON IT, WHICH I THINK IS GREAT AND, AND IMPORTANT TO HAVE HAPPENING.

UH, AND MY HOPE IS, IS THAT IT GETS BETTER AND BETTER, BUT ALL THE REST OF US ON THE DIETS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TOO.

AND I HAVE FELT BADLY THIS WEEK AS WE'VE GOTTEN CLOSER TO THIS BEFORE WE KNEW IT WAS GONNA GET POSTPONED AS COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO WAS ASKING FOR COMMENTS OR THOUGHTS OR SUGGESTIONS.

AND I COULDN'T GIVE ANY BECAUSE I DIDN'T HEAR, I WANTED TO HEAR WHAT STAFF WAS THINKING OR WHAT ITS CONCERNS WERE, BUT COULDN'T GET THAT INFORMATION.

SO I THINK THERE'S A, A POLICY ISSUE, AND I THINK THAT THE POLICY ANSWER SHOULD BE, IF IT'S POSTED, THEN STAFF HAS THE ABILITY TO BE

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ABLE AND, AND NEEDS TO, IN RESPONSE TO A COUNCIL MEMBER'S QUESTIONS TO PROVIDE WHAT THEIR THOUGHTS ARE AT THAT POINT, THEY CAN SAY, HEY, WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS.

THE, THE COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT ARE CONTINUING TO WORK ON IT CAN SAY, HEY, WE'RE CONTINUING TO WORK ON THIS, BUT THE REST OF US HAVE HAVE WORK TO DO AS WELL.

I WOULD APPRECIATE GETTING ANSWERS TO THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED.

I DON'T WANNA WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK IF STAFF HAS THOUGHTS OR QUESTIONS ON, ON WHAT'S EVER BEEN POSTED OR FURTHER THOUGHTS OR WHATEVER.

UM, THAT, BUT THAT THE VERY LEAST ON THE POSTED ONE THAT'S PUBLIC, I'D LIKE TO SEE THOSE ANSWERS.

I DON'T WANNA WAIT CERTAINLY UNDER UNDERSTOOD MAYOR AND, AND APPRECIATE, UH, YOU RAISING THIS BECAUSE WE HAD BEEN WORKING ON THE RESPONSES AND IT WAS KIND OF A TIMING THING WHERE WE HAD THE RESPONSES READY TO GO AND THEN WE SAW A REVISED VERSION.

AND SO WE WERE JUST PUT IN THIS A CHALLENGING SITUATION WHERE WE DIDN'T WANT TO THEN HAVE THOSE BE OLD RESPONSES BASED ON A PREVIOUS DIRECTION.

BUT I, I, I HEAR EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

I KNOW THAT, UH, ACM GONZALEZ HAS BEEN CLOSER TO THIS WORKING WITH STAFF AND IF YOU WANT TO ADD A FEW WORDS AS WELL, THANK YOU RODNEY GONZALEZ AND MAYOR, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR CONCERNS.

AND STAFF HAD A VERY DETAILED RESPONSE, UH, THAT WE WERE GONNA POST.

UH, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOGO'S OFFICE AND THERE WERE CHANGES BEING MADE EVEN AS YESTERDAY.

AND SO WHAT WE DIDN'T WANT TO DO WAS ADD CONFUSION TO THE MATTER.

WE DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE YOU SOME RESPONSES TO THE INITIAL RESOLUTION KNOWING THAT THERE WAS GONNA BE ANOTHER RESOLUTION THAT WAS POSTED.

AND SO THAT WAS OUR JUDGMENT CALL.

UM, WHAT WE COULD DO, OF COURSE, IS POST SOME GENERAL OVERALL CONCERNS, UM, THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO TO ADDRESS RATHER THAN VERY SPECIFIC CONCERNS BECAUSE COUNCIL MEMBER TOGO'S OFFICE IS LOOKING AT THOSE SPECIFIC CONCERNS AND ADDRESSING THEM AS, AS BEST AS POSSIBLE.

AND I UNDERSTAND YOU MADE A DIS A DISCRETION CALL, JUDGMENT CALL, AND THAT'S WHY I'M BRINGING IT UP.

MM-HMM.

, BECAUSE I STILL WANT TO SEE THE STAFF'S COMMENTS TO THE ORIGINAL FILED ONE THAT'S UP PUBLIC SO THAT I CAN SEE HOW THOSE CONCERNS WERE RESOLVED.

AND WITHOUT SEEING WHAT THE ORIGINAL CONCERNS WERE, THERE COULD EASILY BE A RESOLUTION OF IT.

AND I NEVER HEARD, I WILL NEVER LEARN WHAT THE CONCERN WAS TO BE ABLE TO SEE IF, I ALSO THINK THAT WAS A GOOD RESOLUTION OF THAT CONCERN.

SO EVEN IF YOU'RE CONTINUED TO WORK ON OTHER DRAFTS, WE HAVE A POSTED DRAFT, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE STAFF'S COMMENTS TO THE POSTED DRAFT SO THAT I CAN DO MY WORK AND MY EVALUATION.

I APPRECIATE YOUR CONTINUING TO TO ITERATE AND THAT'S GREAT, BUT WHAT THE PUBLIC SEES AND WHAT I SEE IS SOMETHING THAT'S POSTED AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE STAFF'S CONCERNS WERE, WHETHER THEY'VE BEEN RESOLVED OR NOT TO WHAT WAS POSTED.

WE CAN DO THAT.

AND YOU CAN PUT AT THE TOP UP, WE UNDERSTAND THERE'S A, IN FACT THERE IS NOW A RE RESERVE A, A POSTED VERSION TWO.

I STILL WANNA SEE WHAT THE CONCERNS WERE FOR VERSION ONE SO THAT, SO THAT I CAN LEARN WHAT THE ISSUES WERE SO I CAN DO A BETTER JOB ON THE, ON THE DAIS.

WE CAN DO THAT, BUT JUST LABEL IT REALLY WELL SO THAT PEOPLE DON'T GET CONFUSED.

MAYOR, YES, THIS IS MY RESOLUTION.

I'D LIKE TO ASK A COUPLE QUESTIONS ABOUT IT.

UM, AS I, YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU RAISED A CONCERN ON TUESDAY ABOUT NEEDING MORE TIME.

THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS I'VE REQUESTED A POST-PAYMENT TODAY.

I POSTED A REVISED VERSION YESTERDAY THAT ACCOMMODATES MANY OF, OF THE STAFF'S CONCERNS AS ACM GONZALES SAID, WE MET YESTERDAY AND MADE SOME ADDITIONAL CHANGES EVEN AS WE WERE MEETING.

SO I'M, I'M NOT SURE I'M UNDERSTANDING THE UTILITY OF THE STAFF POSTED WHAT THEIR CONCERNS WERE ABOUT THE DRAFT THAT POSTED IN THE AGENDA THREE WEEKS AGO WHEN THERE'S ALREADY A NEW DRAFT THAT DOESN'T SEEM AT ALL, UM, WORTHWHILE IN TERMS OF THE STAFF TIME.

AND FRANKLY, THIS IS, THIS IS THE ITERATIVE PROCESS THAT EVERY ONE OF US GOES THROUGH WHEN THEY'RE A SPONSOR ON, ON, UM, A RESOLUTION.

THEY HEAR COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, THEY HEAR COMMENTS FROM STAFF WHEN, WHEN THEY POST IT AND THEY MAKE CHANGES AND THEY SOMETIMES BRING FORWARD AND EDITED AND REVISED VERSION.

AND I JUST DON'T RECALL ANY, ANY TIME BEFORE WHERE YOU'VE MADE A REQUEST THAT THE STAFF GO BACK TO THE POSTED VERSION AND LET US KNOW THE CONCERN SO THAT YOU CAN TRACE IT THROUGH THE, THE ITERATIONS.

I'M HAPPY IF YOU WOULD, YOU KNOW, YOU AND I HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT WHETHER YOU'D LIKE TO CO-SPONSOR.

I MEAN, I, I THINK IT WOULD BE MORE PRODUCTIVE OF OUR COUNCIL TIME AND THE STAFF TIME IF WE FOCUS ON THE LATER DRAFT.

AND I'M HAPPY TO POST ANOTHER ONE.

IT IS OUR STAFF, IT IS OUR PLAN IN OUR OFFICE TO TRY TO FINALIZE THE LANGUAGE ON MONDAY.

AND I WOULD BE GLAD TO WORK THROUGH THE ADDITIONAL STAFF COMMENTS THAT WE GOT YESTERDAY AND ANY OTHERS THAT COME.

I THINK WE'RE SHOOTING FOR ANOTHER MEETING ON MONDAY AND WE'RE GONNA TRY TO FINALIZE

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THE LANGUAGE AND I WILL POST THAT.

AND THEN IF THERE ARE ADDITIONAL STAFF CONCERNS, I THINK THAT WOULD BE THE APPROPRIATE TIME RATHER THAN ASKING STAFF TO POST INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THEIR CONCERNS WERE ON THE FIRST DRAFT.

AND I HEAR THAT AND I, AND I ONE AGAIN, WANT TO SAY I REALLY APPRECIATE, APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP AND BRINGING THIS FORWARD BECAUSE I, I REALLY LIKE THE CONCEPT AND THE IDEA OF THIS, CUZ I THINK WE'VE GONE THROUGH A LOT OF THINGS AS COUNCIL AND I THINK WE CAN HELP SHARE, UM, AND, AND SET FUTURE COUNCILS UP TO, TO NOT HAVE TO, TO, TO, TO RELIVE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH.

AND I ALSO BELIEVE THAT WHEN COUNCIL OFFICERS ARE WORKING WITH STAFF AND THEY'RE GETTING COMMENTS, THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE PUBLIC OR POSTED.

BUT WHEN THERE IS A VERSION THAT IS POSTED, ONCE THAT VERSION BECOMES POSTED, IT NO LONGER BELONGS TO ANY COUNCIL MEMBER.

IT NOW BELONGS TO THE ENTIRE CITY AND TO THE COMMUNITY.

I APPRECIATE THAT THAT STAFF AND COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO MAY BE RESOLVING SOME OF THE CONCERNS.

I DON'T KNOW THAT I WOULD NECESSARILY RESOLVE THOSE CONCERNS THE SAME WAY, BUT WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THE CONCERN WAS TO THE ORIGINAL POSTED ONE, I I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT.

AND SINCE IT WAS POSTED AND IT WAS PART OF THE PUBLIC, MY UNDERSTANDING IS, IS THAT STAFF MAY HAVE ALREADY PREPARED RESPONSES OR A LIST OF CONCERNS.

SO I'M NOT SURE IT'S ADDITIONAL WORK.

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SEE IT.

SO, SO I COULD SAY, SAY I RE RECOGNIZE YOU TWO HAVE GONE AHEAD AND RESOLVED IT THIS WAY, BUT, BUT I HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY TO RESOLVE IT THAT I THINK MIGHT BE BETTER.

BUT WITHOUT KNOWING THE CONCERN, I MIGHT NOT EVER, I MIGHT NOT EVER SEE IT, BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT, THAT, AND I APPRECIATE COUNT MY TOGO YOUR WILLINGNESS TO POSTPONE IT.

AND I DID RAISE ON, ON TUESDAY THAT I WASN'T READY, BUT IF COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO DID NOT POSTPONE IT TODAY, I WOULD BE EXPECTED TO VOTE ON THIS AND THERE BE NOT.

AND I, AND I, AND THERE WOULD BE ANOTHER VERSION THAT WAS, BUT NOT IN ANY SITUATION IN THE FUTURE.

I, I GOT TO WITHIN SEVERAL DAYS OF TODAY'S MEETING WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO HEAR WHAT STAFF'S COMMENTS WERE ON SOMETHING THAT WAS POSTED.

SO AS A GENERAL POLICY, I WOULD THINK THAT ONCE SOMETHING, ONCE A COUNCIL MEMBER POSTS SOMETHING, WHICH THE COUNCIL MEMBER CONTROLS, THE COUNCIL MEMBER DOESN'T HAVE TO POST ANYTHING IF IT'S NOT READY YET TO, TO BE POSTED, BUT TO THE DEGREE IT'S POSTED AT THAT POINT, ALL OF US IN THE COMMUNITY ARE SUPPOSED TO START WORKING ON IT SO THAT WE CAN DO OUR WORK.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE CONCERNS WERE SO THAT I CAN EVALUATE THE RESOLUTIONS OF THOSE CONCERNS.

MAYOR, IF I MAY, YES.

I MEAN THAT, THAT I INVITED YOU TO BE A CO-SPONSOR.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE PART OF THE ITERATIVE PROCESS AND HEAR ARE THE CONCERNS AND, AND SUGGEST DIFFERENT RESOLUTIONS TO THEM, THEN PLEASE SIGN ON.

AS A CO-SPONSOR, I'M SPONSORING THIS.

I HAVE THE ABILITY TO RESPOND TO, TO THOSE CONCERNS.

AND WHEN IT HITS THE DIAS FOR CONSIDERATION AND DELIBERATION, THEN IT BELONGS TO EVERYBODY ON THE DIAS TO MAKE DIFFERENT SUGGESTIONS.

IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT UNTIL WE HAVE THE MEETING, I MEAN, I HAVE THE ABILITY TO, TO WITHDRAW IT, HAVE THE ABILITY, I MEAN, YOU ARE MORE THAN HAPPY.

I MEAN, I'M MORE THAN HAPPY TO INCLUDE YOU IN THIS PROCESS.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE A CO-SPONSOR, WE CAN WORK TOGETHER AND LOOK AT THE RESOLUTION.

I CAN TELL YOU THEY RANGE FROM, YOU KNOW, VARIOUS SUBSTANTIAL CONCERNS THAT I MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ADDRESS TO REQUEST TO DIVINE THINGS LIKE THE PHRASE MEET WITH OR THE PHRASE DEVELOP, REDEVELOP AND DISPOSITION.

YOU KNOW, IT'S, THEY ARE BOTH MICRO LEVEL.

I'M NOT SURE THAT IT'S HELPFUL TO LOOK AT THE STAFF RESPONSES TO EARLIER DRAFTS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, RANGE FROM REQUESTS TO DEFINE THE WORD MEET WITH.

SO WE'RE DOING OUR BEST.

I MEAN, I I, AND I DON'T, THIS IS A VERY NECESSARY, I THINK THIS IS A VERY NECESSARY PROCESS.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE ENTHUSIASM TO WORK ON IT, UM, THAT I'M HEARING FROM YOU.

AND I, AND I APPRECIATE ALL THE STAFF'S TIME IN HELPING US GET A, WHAT I HOPE IS A PROCESS THAT WORKS WELL FOR THE CITY THAT EVERYONE CAN LIVE WITH.

AND I WILL, AGAIN, YOU HAVE MY COMMITMENT THAT I'M GOING TO POST THAT NEXT DRAFT JUST AS SOON AS IT'S AVAILABLE.

AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

I STILL WANNA SEE THE COMMENTS AND, AND TRY LAST WEEK TO GET THE COMMENTS.

AND AS I'VE SAID, I'M, I WOULD, I WOULD LOVE THIS TO CO-SPONSOR THIS.

I CAN'T COMMIT AT THIS POINT THAT I APPROVE OF ALL OF THE SECTIONS OR WOULDN'T MAKE AMENDMENTS BECAUSE IT'S STILL CHANGING AND BECAUSE I HAVEN'T HEARD THE STAFF COMMENTS YET.

SO, SO WHAT I HAVE CONSISTENTLY SAID IS THAT, UH, BEFORE I COULD COMMIT TO UPBRINGING AMENDMENTS OR NOT BRINGING CHANGES, I NEED

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TO HEAR WHAT THE COMMENTS WERE.

WE TRIED TO GET THE COMMENTS LAST WEEK AND COULDN'T BECAUSE THERE WAS A POLICY OR A PRACTICE THAT SAID THAT STAFF WAS GOING TO HOLD THOSE THINGS WHILE IT CONTINUED TO WORK, WHICH I UNDERSTAND AND, AND I'M, I THINK IT'S GREAT YOU'RE WORKING WITH, BUT THAT'S WHY I'M ELEVATING IT BECAUSE I'M SUGGESTING THAT THERE SHOULD BE A DIFFERENT POLICY OR OR PRACTICE FOR ANYBODY THAT WOULD ASK ONCE IT GETS POSTED.

MAYOR PROTE, UM, I THINK THIS COULD BE RESOLVED BY YOU MEETING WITH STAFF TOMORROW AND THEN GOING OVER ANY OUTSTANDING CONCERNS OR SHARING WHAT THEIR CONCERNS WERE WITHOUT HAVING TO MAKE A DRAFT OF COMMENTS THAT WERE SENT TO AN INDIVIDUAL COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, PUBLIC AT THIS STAGE.

IT, THAT SEEMS A LITTLE LIKE, IT SEEMS LIKE THAT MIGHT BE A MORE CONSTRUCTIVE WAY FORWARD GIVEN WHERE WE ARE WITH THAT, UM, PROCESS.

AND I APPRECIATE YOU'RE HAVING A MEETING TOMORROW.

I TRY TO HAVE A MEETING LAST WEEK AND I TRIED TO GET DON'T HAVE A, I DON HAVE A MEETING.

I'M SUGGESTING THAT YOU COULD HAVE A MEETING WITH THEM.

I, I TRIED TO GET THIS INFORMATION LA LAST WEEK SO THAT I COULD BE WORKING ON IT TOO, AND COULDN'T AND I'M JUST SUGGESTING THAT THE BETTER PRACTICE FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS WOULD BE FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO GET THE INFORMATION TO SO THEY CAN WORK ON IT AT THE SAME TIME.

MAYOR, I JUST, YOU KNOW, THIS ISSUE ASIDE, I WOULD HAVE A CONCERN WITH THE STAFF SUDDENLY STARTING TO MEET WITH OTHER COUNCIL OFFICES ABOUT AN ITEM THAT'S COMING UP FROM ONE OF THEIR COLLEAGUES.

THAT'S JUST NOT THE WAY WE USUALLY DO PRACTICE.

AGAIN, I'M, WHEN I ASKED YOU TO CO-SPONSOR IT WASN'T WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU WOULDN'T SUGGEST ANY AMENDMENTS.

THAT'S NEVER, THAT'S NEVER THE KIND OF CONVERSATION I HAVE WITH MY CO-SPONSORS.

IT'S NEVER THE WAY I BEHAVE WHEN I'M A CO-SPONSOR.

SO YOU'RE YOU'RE WELCOME TO, YOU KNOW, I, I, I APPRECIATE, UM, AGAIN, I APPRECIATE YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR THE SUBJECT AND, AND HOPE THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON IT AND I WOULD HOPE SO TOO.

AND IF YOU'LL SHARE WITH ME THE COMMENTS THAT STAFF RAISED LAST WEEK SO I CAN SEE WHAT THEIR COMMENTS WERE.

RIGHT.

IT IT'S FINE IF, IF YOU SHARE, JUST TRYING TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT QUORUM RULES, YOU KNOW, THAT'S THE NATURE OF BEING A CO-SPONSOR AND AN ITEM IS THAT THEN YOU CAN TALK VERY FREELY ABOUT IT AND SHARE THE DOCUMENTS.

OKAY.

SO AS I TOLD YOU, I'M, I AM HAPPY TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF IT.

I WOULD AND, AND CUZ I THINK IT'S A REALLY GOOD IDEA, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT THE, WHAT THE CONCERNS WERE ON STAFF, WHICH WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU WERE NOT READY TO, TO BE ABLE TO SHARE.

BUT IF YOU'RE GOING, BUT IF YOU'LL SHARE IT WITH ME, I'M HAPPY TO GET IT FROM YOU.

AND IF THE REST OF THE COLLEAGUES WON'T HAVE IT, THEY CAN, THEY CAN, THEY CAN FEND FOR THEMSELVES I GUESS.

I THINK THE BETTER POLICY WOULD BE TO STILL LET STAFF CO TO ANYONE ON COUNCIL WHEN SOMETHING GETS POSTED.

BUT FOR RIGHT NOW, UM, UH, I DON'T NEED STAFF TO GIVE IT TO ME IF YOU'LL GIVE IT TO ME AND I AM HAPPY TO CO-SPONSOR CUZ CONCEPTUALLY I THINK IT'S A REALLY GOOD IDEA.

I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT ANY OF THE CONCERNS WERE.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF I HAVE SUGGESTED CHANGES YET, BUT I WANNA START WORKING ON THAT RIGHT AWAY AND I'M OUTTA TOWN NEXT WEEK, SO I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO DO WORK ON IT THIS WEEKEND, BUT I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO WORK ON YET AND NEED THAT C STAS COMMENTS TO BE ABLE TO START.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY HAS HER HAND UP.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, I WAS JUST SO THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO WRAP THIS UP.

I KNOW WE'VE HAD SPEAKERS WAITING TO ADDRESS US PUBLICLY SINCE, UM, 10:00 AM SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE CONVERSATION.

THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY.

LET'S, YES, RODNEY, SO WHAT WE HEAR IS, UH, TO POST THE COMMENTS FROM THE ORIGINAL RESOLUTION TO THE Q AND A.

UM, WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH COUNCIL MEMBER TOBY'S OFFICE ON THIS.

THEN I GUESS I'M GONNA HAVE TO INSIST THAT WE START MAKING PUBLIC EVERY PIECE OF CORRESPONDENCE FROM EVERY STAFF MEMBER ABOUT THE ITEMS, INCLUDING IN DRAFT FORM FROM HERE ON OUT ONCE SOMETHING GETS POSTED ON THE AGENDA.

I THOUGHT THAT WHEN COUNCIL MEMBERS ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THINGS THAT WERE POSTED ON THE AGENDA AND STAFF GAVE ANSWERS, I THOUGHT THEY MADE THOSE PUBLIC.

UM, SO, SO THAT ALL THE COUNCIL MEMBERS HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF THE SAME THING THAT THAT ONE COUNCIL MEMBER WAS HEARING.

I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION WHEN I GET COMMENTS THAT LIKE IN THE Q AND A, BUT REGARDLESS, I CAN'T START WORKING ON THIS UNTIL I CAN SEE WHAT STAFF COMMENTS WERE AND I'M, AND IF NO ONE ELSE WANTS TO SEE IT, THEN IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE POSTED.

YOU CAN JUST GIVE THEM TO ME.

OH, CAN I? YES, CAN TURN KITCHEN.

UM, YOU KNOW, MAYBE WE SHOULD, UM, LET'S, CAN WE SET THIS ASIDE FOR RIGHT NOW AND UM, AND, AND MOVE FORWARD? UM, I THINK WHAT WE'RE REACTING TO MAYOR IS SOMETHING THAT PERHAPS YOU'RE NOT INTENDING,

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WHICH IS, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'RE JUST SAYING THAT IF WE'RE WORKING ON A PARTICULAR IFFC THEN THAT WE CAN HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE STAFF DIRECTLY.

IF WE ARE WORKING WITH THE COUNCIL AS A WHOLE, THEN YEAH.

AND IF WE ASK QUESTIONS AS PART OF THE Q AND A PROCESS, YEAH, EVERYBODY NEEDS THAT.

OKAY.

AND I THINK THAT MAY BE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

SO IF WE CAN THINK ABOUT IT THAT WAY, UM, AND IF A QUORUM IS JUST WORKING WITH STAFF AS A QUORUM, THEN THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE STUFF OR THINGS THAT ARE NOT POSTED TO EVERYBODY.

CUZ OTHERWISE WE'D BE VIOLATING QUORUM.

AND I KNOW YOU'RE NOT SAYING THAT.

SO I THINK MAYBE WE'RE TALKING MORE, YOU KNOW, JUST LIKE YOU GUYS ALWAYS DO, IF WE POST A QUESTION TO Q AND A, YOU'RE GONNA SHARE THAT WITH ALL OF US.

SO I THINK THAT'S THE QUESTION.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SH COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

I'VE ASKED THE QUESTION ABOUT SOMETHING THAT WAS FILED, I'VE ASKED IT ON THE Q AND A.

I THINK YOU CAN RESPOND TO MY QUESTION.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHARE ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION THAT I ASKED.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND AND AGAIN, LIKE I SAID, WE HAD MADE A JUDGMENT CALL, THERE WERE SEVERAL ITERATIONS TO THIS ONE THAT WAS POSTED, THEN WE KNOW THAT ANOTHER ONE'S GONNA BE POSTED.

WE DIDN'T WANT TO ADD ANY CONFUSION, UNDERSTAND TO THE MATTER, AND I UNDERSTAND EVERYBODY WAS, WAS ACTING IN GOOD FAITH HERE.

EVERYONE WAS.

BUT IF YOU WOULD GO AHEAD AND ANSWER THE QUESTION WITH THE INFORMATION THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO CREATE ANYTHING NEW.

WE WILL, I WOULD APPRECIATE THAT.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND THE ONLY THING THAT HAS TO BE DISCLOSED OR ANSWERS TO Q AND A QUESTIONS.

OKAY, SO LET'S CONTINUE ON.

YES, MAYOR, ON ITEM 27, THE TENANT ORGANIZING ITEM, UM, OUR PRIMARY ATTORNEY WILL NOT BE HERE THAT DAY ON THE THIRD, WOULD IT BE OKAY IF, IF WE MOVE THAT TO THE FIRST OR ONE OF THE, UM, SPECIAL CALL MEETINGS? WE'LL ALSO HAVE THE 27TH, OCTOBER 27TH IS THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING.

OKAY.

THAT THAT WOULD BE FINE.

OKAY, SO INSTEAD OF 11 THREE, WE'LL MOVE THAT TO 10 27.

THAT'S ITEM NUMBER 27.

OKAY.

ANYTHING ELSE BEFORE WE CALL SPEAKERS?

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THANKS.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND CALL SPEAKERS.

SPEAKERS THIS MORNING.

HAVE, UH, HAVE TWO MINUTES TO SPEAK AND THE SPEAKERS SHOULD KNOW.

I THINK WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT SIGNED UP ON THE TENANT RIGHTS, UH, ISSUE THAT'S NOW BEEN POSTPONED OCTOBER 27TH.

UH, SO DIRECTLY THE, THE CONVERSATION IF YOU'RE TALKING SHOULD BE ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER IT SHOULD BE POSTPONED OR NOT.

WHY DON'T YOU GO AHEAD AND CALL SPEAKERS MAYOR, WE HAVE A SPANISH SPEAKER WHO REGISTERED, UM, IN PERSON TO SPEAK IN PERSON.

SO IF WE CAN TAKE THEM FIRST, THAT WOULD BE GREAT SO WE CAN RELEASE THE INTERPRETER.

THAT WOULD BE GOOD.

JOSE BEES AND AS WE CALL UP MR. PETS HERE, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

UM, THERE WERE A FEW PEOPLE THAT TRIED TO SIGN UP THIS MORNING SPEAKING, ONE OF THE MACHINES WAS UNPLUGGED TO ACCOMMODATE THE, UH, THE PROCLAMATION THIS MORNING.

SO THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION ASSOCIATED WITH THAT.

PEOPLE WERE HERE ABOUT THE NINE 15, SO I'M GONNA LET FOUR PEOPLE SPEAK WHO SAID THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO SIGN UP BUT GOT CONFUSED BECAUSE OF THE PROCLAMATION, BUT I REMIND EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY, NINE 15 IS WHEN YOU NEED TO, TO, TO SIGN UP.

UH, AND IF, UH, STAFF COULD ENDEAVOR NOT TO UNPLUG ANY MACHINES THAT WOULD, THAT WOULD BE BEST TOO.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

UH, MR. GARS WAS GONNA SPEAK ON ITEM 27 AND SINCE THAT'S POSTPONED, HE WON'T BE SPEAKING TO.

GREAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

SPEAKING REMOTELY.

LAUREN OR TE ON ITEM 25.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS LAUREN ORTEL AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT ONE.

I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK AGAINST ITEM NUMBER 25, WHICH PROPOSES TO SPEND $170,000 TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT TO LAWYERS.

THE CITY IS HIRED TO FIGHT AGAINST PAYING THE FAMILY OF LAND AND NOBLES WHO WAS MURDERED BY AUSTIN POLICE OFFICERS IN 2017.

I'M SICKENED BY HOW THE CITY CONTINUES TO FIGHT, PAYING THE NOBLES FAMILY, EXTENDING THEIR NOW FIVE PLUS YEAR AGONY THROUGH THE COURTS.

POLICE VIOLENCE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE RESTITUTION.

IF YOU WANT TO AVOID THESE SETTLEMENTS IN THE FUTURE, WE NEED TO CREATE AN OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM THAT TRULY DETERS THE BEHAVIOR BY YOUR EMPLOYEES THAT CAUSES UNDUE HARM LIKE THIS.

AND WE NEED TO STOP RELYING ON PEOPLE WITH THE AUTHORITY TO CAUSE HARM AS OUR MAIN STRATEGY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY FOR THIS CASE, LOCAL JURORS PROCLAIMED THAT IN AUSTIN BLACK LIVES MATTER AND WE NEED CITY COUNCIL TO SHOW THAT YOU BELIEVE THE SAME.

PLEASE STOP TORTURING THIS FAMILY THAT HAS ALREADY LOST SO MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THIS BEGAN.

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I AM 44 AND 76 WILLIAM BUNCH.

YES.

UH, GOOD MORNING, UH, MAYOR, MAYOR PRO TIM COUNCIL MEMBERS THIS BILL BUNCH WITH SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

UH, THANK YOU FOR OUR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO MENTION QUICKLY ON ITEM 44 AND THEN 20 ON 44.

UM, I BELIEVE THAT, UH, THE MOVE TO NEX OUR WATER QUALITY PROTECTION LANDS IS AN EXCELLENT MOVE AND VERY MUCH SUPPORT IT.

I DO WANNA MAKE A, A WORD OF CAUTION ABOUT THE CITY'S OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE, UH, UTILITY SERVICES TO ANNEX AREAS AND TO BE VERY CAREFUL THAT YOU'RE NOT, UH, MAKING A COMMITMENT THAT WOULD REQUIRE SOME, UH, EXPENSIVE EXTENSION OF SERVICES AREAS THAT ARE JUST CONSERVATION EASEMENTS RATHER THAN CITY OWN.

PRESERVE LAND ON ITEM 20, I BELIEVE THAT IS VULCAN, UH, ROAD MATERIALS AND THE NEW WAY THE CITY IS DOING THE, UH, ROAD REHABILITATION IS REALLY TERRIBLE.

UM, IT PRODUCES A WHOLE BUNCH OF GRAVEL AND DUST.

THE GRAVEL IS ACTUALLY DANGEROUS FOR BICYCLES, UH, SKATEBOARDERS AND WALKERS.

UH, ALMOST CERTAINLY THE WATER POLLUTION, AIR POLLUTION FROM THIS NEW APPROACH IS, UH, MUCH MORE HARMFUL THAN THE WAY IT WAS DONE BEFORE.

IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING IT IS CHEAPER, UH, BUT IT DOESN'T LAST AS LONG AS WHAT CITY'S SAYING.

UH, PLEASE LOOK AT THIS ISSUE BEFORE YOU COMMIT THREE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS TO BUY, UH, THIS ROAD BASED MATERIAL THAT'S, UH, REALLY CAUSING TROUBLE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, IN PARTICULAR IN NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND LOTS OF NEIGHBORS HA ARE COMPLAINING.

I'M SURE YOUR STAFF IS AWARE OF THAT.

SO IF THIS IN FACT IS THAT MATERIAL, AND I BELIEVE IT IS, PLEASE HOLD OFF ON APPROVING THIS CONTRACT UNTIL YOU LOOK AT THIS ISSUE FURTHER.

THANK YOU.

UH, MAYOR, COULD I ASK THE SPEAKER A QUICK QUESTION? UM, MR. BUN, ARE YOU STILL ON? WE CAN CALL HIM BACK IF YOU'D LIKE.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

I'LL JUST REACH OUT TO HIM.

MAYOR, IF I COULD JUST SAY IF ANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE INTERESTED ON THAT QUESTION.

WE JUST SPENT AN HOUR WITH PUBLIC WORKS ON THAT, UM, AND HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION.

IT'S NOT ACTUALLY A NEW PROCESS, IT'S JUST THEY GO THROUGH, THEY GO THROUGH A CYCLE WITH THE ROADS AND THIS IS THE CYCLE WHERE A LOT OF ROADS ARE HAPPEN TO BE.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, WE, WE'VE HAD SOME CONVERSATIONS ABOUT IMPROVING THE PROCESS AND THE COMMUNICATION TO NEIGHBORHOODS, UM, WHEN THEY COME FORWARD TO DO THIS WORK SO THAT THAT GRAVEL, IF IT IS REMAINING, UM, CAN BE REMOVED MORE QUICKLY.

UM, AND, AND BEEN TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THE PROCESS.

SO IF ANYONE WANTS TO CONNECT WITH MY STAFF ON THAT, UH, WE CAN HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.

AND AND WHICH ITEM WAS THAT? I'M SORRY.

IT WAS RELATED.

I MEAN, THE ITEM HAS TO DO WITH THE, THE PAVEMENT.

I KNOW, BUT THE NUMBER, DO YOU KNOW, I, I DON'T KNOW.

CAUSE WE, THAT'S, WE HAD SET THIS UP BEFORE THE ITEM WAS WE'D BEEN HEARING COMPLAINTS AND SET IT UP EVEN BEFORE THE ITEM.

WHEN WE GET TO THAT ITEM, I'LL HAVE A FEW COMMENTS.

SO SPEAKING ON ITEMS 48 AND 75, LUKE METZKER.

GOOD MORNING MAYOR, MAYOR PROTE AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

LUKE METZKER, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENT TEXAS.

JUST, UH, REAL QUICKLY ON THOSE TWO ITEMS, UM, I'M 48.

I UNDERSTAND YOU MIGHT BE CONSIDERING A POSTPONEMENT AND, UH, THE PLANNING COMMISSION IS RECOMMENDED, UM, KIND OF, UH, PULLING OUT SOME OF THE ITEMS, UH, FOR A LONGER REVIEW.

UM, I WOULD JUST STRESS THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE VERY EAGER TO, TO GET THESE DONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND, UH, INCLUDING THE FUNCTIONAL GREEN PROGRAM, WHICH WE THINK WOULD JUST BE TRANSFORMATIVE AND HELPING REDUCE WATER POLLUTION, URBAN HEAT, AND INTRODUCING MORE, UH, NATURE AND WILDLIFE HABITATS AND, AND MORE BEAUTY INTO OUR CITY, AND PARTICULARLY WANNA SEE THAT ITEM, UM, ADOPTED AND PUT INTO CODE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

AND THEN ON, UH, ITEM 75, UH, JUST, YOU KNOW, UH, REALLY APPRECIATE, I CAN'T REMEMBER TOGA'S EFFORT ON THIS.

PLASTIC POLLUTION IS A HUGE PROBLEM, YOU KNOW, REAL THREAT TO, TO WILDLIFE, UM, AN EYESORE OF OUR WATERWAYS AND OUR PARKS.

AND WHILE THE, UNFORTUNATELY THE STATE LEGISLATURE YOU'RE RESPONSIBLY HAS, YOU KNOW, TAKEN AWAY THE RIGHTS AND CITIES TO, UH, REALLY PROACTIVELY ADDRESS THE PLASTIC POLLUTION CRISIS.

UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER TOGO'S RESOLUTION HERE DOES A REALLY GOOD JOB OF, UM, DOING WHAT WE CAN WITHIN THE, THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE LAW, BUT IN A MEANINGFUL WAY THAT WILL HELP, YOU KNOW, ENGAGE, UM, BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS, UH, TO HELP IDENTIFY WAYS TO PRODUCE OUR USE OF SINGLE USE PLASTICS, THINGS

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LIKE STYROFOAM AND OTHERS.

UM, SO, UM, ARE STRONGLY IN SUPPORTIVE OF THAT MEASURE AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

SAM PFEIFFER, ITEM 48.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS SAM AND I'M A LOCAL CIVIL ENGINEER.

UH, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE RUSH NATURE OF ITEM 48, ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO THE PROPOSED FUNCTIONAL GREEN CHANGES.

UM, THESE CHANGES DO HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO DRAMATICALLY AFFECT DEVELOPMENT DOWNTOWN AND ALONG CRITICAL CITY CORRIDORS IF IT BECOMES OVERBURDENSOME.

UH, THE CRITERION THAT'S CURRENTLY, CURRENTLY WRITTEN DO NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN CALIBRATED TO WORK WITH EXISTING REGULATIONS, INCLUDING GREAT STREETS DESIGN STANDARDS DOWNTOWN, NOR DO THEY APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN PROPERLY TESTED OR VETTED ON MORE TYPICAL DOWNTOWN OR URBAN SITES.

THEREFORE, I BELIEVE ADDITIONAL TIMES NEEDED TO STUDY THE SPECIFIC CRITERION AND SCORING SYSTEM TO DETERMINE WHETHER THIS CAN BE PRACTICALLY APPLIED AS INTENDED.

THEREFORE, I'M REQUESTING THAT YOU PLEASE VOTE TO POSTPONE THE FUNCTIONAL GREEN SECTION CODE CHANGE AND REQUIRED THAT STAFF UNDERGO A COMPREHENSIVE STAKEHOLDER PROCESS TO IRON OUT SOME OF THESE DETAILS BEFORE THEY REALLY CAUSE ISSUES IN AREAS OF TOWN THAT MOST PROMOTE TAX BASE AND DENSITY.

THANK YOU.

ANNA AGUIAR, ITEM 48.

GOOD, MORE GOOD MORNING MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS AK AND I'M SPEAKING ON ITEM 48.

I CURRENTLY SERVE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION IN THE PRESIDE OF THE AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOODS COUNCIL AND THE IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR OF THE SAN NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN CONTACT TEAM.

PLEASE NOTE, I'M NOT SPEAKING, I'M ONLY SPEAKING FOR MYSELF ON THIS ITEM.

THE PROPOSED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS ARE A MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

I DO AGREE WITH THE URGENCY TO ADDRESS A LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

MY CONCERN IS THAT IN INCLUDING THE SMALL PROJECTS, WHICH MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THESE PROJECTS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED FOR CONSTRUCTION ON SLOPES IN PURPOSE, COVER LIMITS IN CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES.

THE RESULT WILL BE THAT ANY FUTURE SMALL PROJECTS LOCATED WITHIN THE DESIRED DEVELOPMENT ZONE THAT MAY HAVE NOT EVER HAD ANY PRIOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS WILL CREATE A PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE FOR THE RESIDENTS.

AN EXAMPLE IS LOT TO LOCK FLOODING.

OUR CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE EQUAL PROTECTIONS FOR ALL RESIDENTS REGARDLESS OF WHERE PEOPLE LIVE.

PLEASE CONSIDER DELAYING THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT REDEVELOPMENT CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO SMALL SCALE MISSING METAL HOUSING PROJECTS WITH THE DESIRE DEVELOPMENT ZONE, AND REQUIRE THE ENVIRONMENTAL STAFF TO WORK WITH THE AUSTIN'S EQUITY OFFICE TO ADDRESS INEQUITIES CREATED BY DIFFERENT RULES BY THE DESIRE DEVELOPMENT ZONE IN THE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONES.

ALTHOUGH IT MAY NOT BE THE CURRENT PRACTICE, WE SHOULD STRIVE TO ENSURE ALL RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS ARE REVIEWED FOR ALL ENVIRONMENTAL WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS, WHICH WILL MINIMIZE CONFUSION ABOUT CODE APPLICABILITY, INCONSISTENT ENFORCEMENT, AND POOR ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES LONG SUBJECTED UPON THE RESIDENTS IN CENTRAL AND EAST AUSTIN AND WITH THE DESIRED DEVELOPMENT ZONE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

MARA POWERS ITEM 48.

HI, GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS MA POWERS.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT PENN.

I'M A VOLUNTEER WITH THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE OF THE TRAVIS AUTO BOND SOCIETY, AND WE'RE COMMENTING TODAY IN FAVOR OF THE IMMEDIATE ADOPTION OF I 48, THE FUNCTIONAL GREEN AMENDMENT TO THE CITY BUILDING CODE.

THE NATIONAL ABAN SOCIETY WAS FOUNDED IN 1905 AND OUR CHAPTER WAS FOUNDED 70 YEARS AGO WITH THE PURPOSE OF PROTECTING BIRDS FROM DEVELOPMENT AND OTHER RISKS IN TRAVIS COUNTY.

SINCE THE 1960S, TRAVIS ABAN HAS MAINTAINED AND MANAGED THE BANK, THE BUTLER SANCTUARY, TO PROVIDE A REFUGE PRIMARILY FOR THE GOLDEN SHE WAR BLUR.

YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW THAT AUSTIN IS UNDER THE CENTRAL FLYWAY FOR MIGRATING BIRDS IN NORTH AMERICA.

HOWEVER, HUMAN POPULATION GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN CENTRAL TEXAS HAS OVERTAKEN A BOMBS AND OTHER CONSERVATION GROUPS' ABILITY TO PROTECT HABITAT.

IN THE PAST 30 YEARS, TEXAS HAS EXPERIENCED A STUNNING DECLINE IN THE BIRD POPULATION.

THE FALL MIGRATION TWO YEARS AGO SAW HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS AND POSSIBLY A MILLION BIRDS DIE AS THEY TRIED TO MIGRATE THROUGH COLORADO, ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, AND WEST TEXAS.

THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS FOUND TO BE STARVATION, MOST LIKELY DUE TO A LACK OF INSECTS TO FEED ON.

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THIS MASS DIE OFF EVENT DID NOT SEEM TO RESONATE MUCH IN AUSTIN, PROBABLY BECAUSE THE BIRDS FAILED TO MAKE IT TO CENTRAL TEXAS BEFORE DYING.

WHILE THE DECLINE OF ALL NON-HUMAN SPECIES IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM, SOLUTIONS MUST BEGIN AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, AND THIS CODE AMENDMENT IS IMPORTANT TOWARDS SYSTEMIC IMPROVEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN CENTRAL TEXAS.

FOR THIS REASON, TRAVIS, TRAVIS ABAN COMES BEFORE COUNCIL TODAY TO URGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE IMMEDIATE ADOPTION OF THE FUNCTIONAL GREEN LANDSCAPE REQUIREMENTS, WHICH HAVE BEEN UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR MANY YEARS AND WILL PROVIDE SUSTENANCE IN HABITAT FOR OUR ENDEMIC AND MIGRATORY SPECIES.

WE ALSO SUPPORT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATION THAT LANDSCAPING REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE A LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE PLAN SO THAT THE LANDSCAPING PROVIDES THE BENEFIT NEEDED.

THANK YOU, SPEAKER, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.

MICHAEL LEHAN, ITEM 48.

UH, THIS IS MICHAEL LENAHAN WITH MAN STRATEGIES INQUIRY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING FIRM, AND WE HAVE BEEN REVIEWING THE FUNCTIONAL GREEN UPDATE ON ITEM 48.

AND I BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT ISSUES WITH THE CURRENT, UH, MODEL, UH, THAT NEED A MORE COMPREHENSIVE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT.

UH, WE DID REVIEW SOME SITES AS A CASE STUDY AND FOUND, ESPECIALLY IN THE URBAN CORE THAT THE CURRENT MODEL WAS UNACHIEVABLE WITHOUT EXORBITANT COSTS AND WITH NO REAL GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, UH, BENEFIT TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

SO WE ARE IN FAVOR OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, HOWEVER, WE BELIEVE THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE A MUCH MORE COMPREHENSIVE STAKEHOLDER PROCESS IN ORDER TO GET THIS, THIS MODEL CORRECTED AND ACTUALLY ACHIEVE THE GOALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN IT.

UM, THAT'S ALL THAT I, UH, I HAVE FOR THAT, BUT I, UH, ASK FOR YOU TO POSTPONE THIS ITEM SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE STAKEHOLDER, UH, DISCUSSION.

THANK YOU, DAVID KING, ITEM 74.

YES, THIS IS DAVID KING.

I'M SPEAKING ON IM 74.

ITEM 74 INITIATES CODE AMENDMENTS AND A FRAMEWORK TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES AND ENTITLEMENTS TO DEVELOPERS TO OFFSET THE IMPACT OF DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS THAT REDUCE DEVELOPMENT CAPACITY OR INCREASE DEVELOPMENT COSTS.

VIRTUALLY EVERY SECTION OF CITY CODE IMPACTS DEVELOPMENT CAPACITY OR COSTS.

ITEM 74 EFFECTIVELY DIRECTS THE CITY MANAGER TO CONDUCT THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF CITY CODES AND INITIATE THE MOST EXTENSIVE CODE AMENDMENTS SINCE CODE NEXT, THE RESULTING FRAMEWORK IS LIKELY TO BECOME A HUGE LOOPHOLE THAT DEVELOPERS LEVERAGE LUCRATIVE DEVELOPMENT ENTITLEMENTS AND OTHER CONSIDERATION FOR ANY AND ALL DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS.

THE RESULTING CODE AMENDMENTS ARE LIKELY TO BE USED CED BY DEVELOPERS TO SHIFT THEIR COST FOR MARKET RATE AND LUXURY DEVELOPMENT TO LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES.

COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT HAVE TIES TO DEVELOPMENT OR REAL ESTATE INTERESTS OR HAVE RECEIVED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FROM DEVELOPMENT OR REAL ESTATE INTEREST DURING THEIR CURRENT CAMPAIGN, CITY COUNCIL CAMPAIGN ELECTION SHOULD RECUSE THEMSELF FROM THIS ITEM.

PLEASE REMOVE INITIATION OF CODE AMENDMENTS FROM THE RESOLUTION AND POSTPONE THIS ITEM TO ALLOW MORE TIME FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENTS.

THANK YOU.

THAT CONCLUDES REMOTE SPEAKERS.

WE'LL MOVE ON TO IN PERSON SPEAKING ON ITEM SEVEN, ALEXANDER STRINGER.

GOOD MORNING COUNCIL.

I AM, UH, SPEAKING OUT AGAINST ITEM SEVEN AND OUR ADOPTION FOR OUR 2223 BUDGET BECAUSE WE NEED TO, WE NEED TO INVEST THOSE FUNDS IN THE COMMUNITY AND LIKE, THERE'S NO BETTER WAY TO INVEST THOSE FUNDS THAN THROUGH DRUG REHABILITATION.

LOOK GUYS, I'M ADDICTED TO FENTANYL AND I, I SELL FENTANYL TO THE KIDS IN AIS D TO LIKE FUND MY ADDICTION.

AND YOU KNOW, FIRST OFF, YOU HAVE BIG SHOUT, JOSE GARZA.

UM, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN ARRESTED LIKE A WHOLE BUNCH OF TIMES, LIKE HAVEN'T SPENT A NIGHT IN JAIL.

SO, UH, YOU KNOW, JOSE GARZA, YOU'RE THE MAN.

YOU'RE THE REAL MVP DOG.

LET'S GO.

UH, YOU ARE THE COOLEST, MOST CHILLEST DA IN THE HISTORY OF AUSTIN.

PLEASE DON'T CHANGE.

ALSO, UM,

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THANK YOU FOR KEEPING MY DRUG DEALER JAVIER OUT OF JAIL TOO, SO, UH, THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, ANYWAY, GUYS, UH, WE NEED TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE, UM, ME AND THE KIDS, I SELL THAT, UM, FENTANYL TOO CAN, UH, USE THAT FED RESPONSIBLY, AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO BUILD A, UH, FENTANYL DISTRIBUTION CENTER RIGHT IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE, UM, ARE ABLE TO, UH, BECOME SUPERVISED BY NURSES AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WHILE WE ARE USING, AND ALSO, YOU KNOW, I WANT TO CREATE A THRIVING ECONOMY FOR MY DRUG DEALER, JAVIER.

SO, UM, PLEASE CONSIDER BUILDING THIS IF YOU TRULY CARE ABOUT RESTORATIVE JUSTICE.

THANK YOU.

CHRIS DOYLE, ITEM 24 ON DECK, MARGARET ATKINS.

GOOD MORNING COUNSEL.

UH, I'M HERE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 24 IN ORDER TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AND FROM THE AUSTIN TENANTS COUNCIL TO EDUCATE TENANTS ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS AS TENANTS.

SPEAKING AS SOMEONE, AS A CASE WORKER FOR THE HOMELESS, I SPEND EVERY DAY ON THE FRONTLINE OF THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS.

I HELP PEOPLE GET INTO HOUSING AND THEN PROVIDE THEM WITH SERVICES TO ACHIEVE HOUSING STABILITY.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT THOUGH IS THROUGH EDUCATION, THROUGH EMPLOYMENT, THROUGH LIFE SKILLS, AND IT'S HARD TO FOCUS ON THOSE WHEN YOUR HABITAT IS NOT HABITABLE.

UM, I'VE SPEAK WITH SOMEONE, I SPEAK AS SOMEONE WHO'S HAD CLIENTS DEAL WITH ESTS, DEAL WITH FAULTY INFRASTRUCTURE, AND I SPEAK AS SOMEONE WHO'S DEALT WITH THAT MYSELF.

AND BECAUSE OF HOW RAPID AND DYNAMIC AND HIGH UP THE MARKET IS RIGHT NOW, UM, IT'S EASY FOR A LANDLORD TO SAY, WELL, I CAN GET SOMEONE ELSE, YOU CAN JUST LEAVE.

I'LL FILL THE COST LATER.

SO I SPEAK TODAY HOPING THAT THIS IS ADOPTED SO THAT PEOPLE ARE MORE FLUENT WITH THEIR, THEIR RIGHTS AS TENANTS SO THAT PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO JUST LEAVE EVEN THOUGH THAT MIGHT BE AN IMPRACTICAL OR IMPOSSIBLE OPTION IN THIS MARKET.

UM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

MARGARET ATKINS, ITEM 24, CHRIS HARRIS ON DECK.

CHRIS HARRIS, ITEM 25.

GOOD MORNING COUNSEL.

UH, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

MY NAME IS CHRIS HARRIS, UM, THE DIRECTOR OF POLICY AT AND JUSTICE COALITION AND A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT NINE.

UM, I'M MERGING YOU TODAY TO VOTE NO ON ITEM 25.

UM, IN 2017, AUSTIN POLICE, UH, KILLED LANDON NOBLES.

UM, UH, IN THE RUN UP TO HIS TRIAL, THE CITY LEGAL DEPARTMENT FAILED TO FILE A MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT, UH, SO CONFIDENT WHERE A, THAT, UH, THAT THIS CASE WILL GO NOWHERE.

THEY HAD NO CITY DISCIPLINE HAD BEEN RENDERED AGAINST THE OFFICERS FOR THIS ACT.

NO, NO CRIMINAL DISCIPLINE HAD BEEN RENDERED AGAINST THE OFFICERS FOR THIS ACT.

AND SO WE HAD A RARE CASE WHERE A JURY ACTUALLY SAW THE EVIDENCE IN ONE OF THESE POLICE CASES AND RENDERED A VERDICT.

AND THAT VERDICT WAS THE LARGEST EVER, UH, VERDICT IN, IN, IN A POLICE VIOLENCE CASE IN THIS NATION'S HISTORY, $67 MILLION FOR A REFERENCE.

GEORGE FLOYD'S FAMILY RECEIVED A $27 27,000,007 SETTLEMENT.

BRIANNA TAYLORS RECEIVED 12.

ELIJAH MCLEANS RECEIVED 15.

WE NOW HAVE A, A SITUATION WHERE THE JUDGE HAS KNOCKED THIS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO EIGHT AND THE SAME CITY LEGAL DEPARTMENT THAT SO MISJUDGED THE ORIGINAL TRIAL IS ASKING YOU TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS FAMILY, CONTINUE TO DENY HIM THE RESTITUTION THAT THEY DESERVE.

UH, IT'S WRONG, MUCH LESS.

IF THIS GOES TO THE FIFTH CIRCUIT, WE CAN ENSURE THAT MORE BAD CASE LAW, PARTICULARLY AROUND THE ISSUE OF QUALITY QUALIFIED IMMUNITY COULD BE CREATED.

UH, AND THE CITY SHOULD NOT BE BANKING ON THE FIFTH CIRCUIT, THE MOST CONSERVATIVE COURT IN THE LAND TO HELP IT AVOID SETTLEMENTS.

YOU CAN AVOID SETTLEMENTS.

YOU CAN DO THAT BY CREATING A SYSTEM OF OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO DETER THE HARMFUL BEHAVIOR THAT'S LEADING TO THESE SETTLEMENTS.

YOU CAN DO THAT BY WORKING TO CREATE ALTERNATIVE CRISIS RESPONSE SYSTEMS. AS THAT WE'RE MINIMIZING THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN YOUR EMPLOYEES WHOSE PRIMARY ROLE IS TO USE AND THREATEN TO USE VIOLENCE, WHOSE PRIMARY TRAINING IS IN THE USE OF WEAPONS WITH THE COMMUNITY.

UH, WE CAN, WE CAN BUILD ALTERNATIVE CRISIS RESPONSE SYSTEMS, UH, TO HELP MINIMIZE THOSE INTERACTIONS.

WHAT WE CAN ALSO DO IS WE CAN WORK ON PREVENTION AND AS WE'VE DONE THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET AND

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OTHER BUDGET PRIORITIES PREVENT ISSUES FROM OCCURRING IN THE FIRST PLACE.

SO AGAIN, HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE NO ONE ITEM 25 AND HELP THE NOBLES FAMILY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, FRAN.

TATTOO ITEM 25 WITH KATHY MITCHELL ON DECK.

YES, GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS FRAN.

THERE'S AN ADAGE THAT SAYS YOU CAN'T FIGHT CITY HALL, AND YET IT FEELS LIKE WE ARE DOING THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

UH, COMING HERE TO ASK FOR ACCOUNTABILITY FROM ALL OF YOU.

THE OFFICERS IN THE CASE OF LANDON NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

AN ENTIRE JOURNEY.

A JURY SAT, LISTENED AND DELIBERATED IN THE CASE, THEY HEARD THE FACTS AND THEY HANDED DOWN WHAT THEY FELT WAS A FAIR RULING.

THIS PLOY OF DRAGGING CASES THROUGH THE COURTS TO WEAR DOWN THE VICTIMS, YOU KNOW, AND THE GREAT TRADITION OF OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL NEEDS TO STOP.

I'M ASKING ALL OF YOU WHO ARE, YOU KNOW, NO ONE'S LOOKING AT ME .

I DON'T KNOW IF IT MATTERS THAT I COME, I KNOW I'M A LITTLE, LITTLE PERSON, UM, BUT YOU'RE OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND I'D LIKE YOU TO NOT ENABLE THIS BEHAVIOR.

WE KNOW THAT IF IT GOES TO THE FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT, JUSTICE WILL NOT BE SERVED.

SO TODAY I STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH A FAMILY OF LAND AND NOBLES.

THANK YOU.

KATHY MITCHELL, ITEM 25.

CHAZ MOORE ON DECK.

I'M GOOD.

CHAZ MOORE, ITEMS 25 AND 27.

I THINK 27 GOT POSTPONED, RIGHT? THE TENANT ALL, UM, YEAH, SO I, I'M, I'M HERE, UM, TODAY TO STAND IN, UM, SOLIDARITY WITH THE NOBLE'S FAMILY, UM, AND JUST REALLY ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO VOTE NO AGAINST ITEM 25.

UM, THIS CASE HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE 2017.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, I IT'S, IT'S SO MANY LAYERS TO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEBODY'S LIFE IS TAKEN, UM, ABRUPTLY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO, UM, ARE AT THE HANDS OF POLICE VIOLENCE, RIGHT? IT, THE ACTUAL TRAGEDY HAPPENS AND THE TRAUMA FROM THAT.

UM, AND THEN A LOT OF FAMILIES ATTEMPT TO SEEK SOME TYPE OF REST RESTITUTION, UM, JUSTICE THROUGH THE COURT CASE OR THROUGH THE COURT SYSTEM.

UM, AND FOR THIS PARTICULAR FAMILY, IT'S BEEN FIVE YEARS.

UM, AND JUST, YOU KNOW, CHRIS SAID EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID ABOUT, ABOUT ALL THAT.

BUT, UM, I REALLY HOPE YOU ALL DON'T, UM, PROLONG THIS FAMILY FROM JUST KIND OF BEING AT PEACE WITH THIS.

UM, YOU KNOW, FIVE YEARS IS A LONG TIME TO BE CAUGHT UP IN, IN SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE YEARS AGO.

UM, AND TO KEEP IN MIND, WE STILL HAVE OPEN CASES WITH ALEX GONZALEZ, MIKE RAMOS.

SO I THINK, UM, I THINK IT WOULD BEHOOVE YOU ALL TO, UM, DO DO WHAT YOU ALL BEEN DOING IN THE PAST, YOU KNOW, 8, 5, 6 YEARS, UM, AND REALLY STAYING IN, IN, IN TOW IN LINE WITH POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY.

AND I THINK THIS IS ALL A PART OF THAT SAME CONVERSATION.

SO, UM, YEAH, YOU KNOW, I, I'M SURE THERE ARE SOME LEGAL REASONS WHY CITY LEGAL WANTS YOU ALL TO APPROVE THIS, BUT, UM, FROM A MORAL AND ETHICAL STANDPOINT, IT'S JUST, IT'S TIME TO BE DONE WITH THIS.

SO I REALLY HOPE YOU ALL VOTE AGAINST ITEM 25, SPEAKING ON THE MERITS OF POSTPONEMENT OF ITEM 27, BOB THOMPSON, DONNA GARZA, RODRIGUEZ, EMILY BLAIR, ERICA JOHNSON, JO PLO, CONNOLLY CONNOLLY, JOSE PEREZ, LINDSEY HAYNES, REBECCA TUCKER, SOHAN KREGER WITH STEVEN FRI MOTH ON DECK.

STEVEN'S NOT HERE TODAY.

UM, GOOD MORNING Y'ALL.

UH, MY NAME IS SHAHAN KRIEGER AND I'M PROJECT DIRECTOR OF BAA BUILDING AND STRENGTHENING TENANT ACTION.

BAA WORKS WITH TENANTS TO THROUGHOUT AUSTIN TO FORM TENANTS ASSOCIATIONS AND SUPPORT TENANTS IN MULTI-FAMILY PROPERTIES.

I'M SPEAKING TODAY ON ITEM 27, RIGHT TO ORGANIZE.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THE ITEM WILL BE POSTPONED, WHICH IS UNFORTUNATE.

UM, MEMBERS OF TENANTS ASSOCIATIONS WITH WHOM WE WORK, WE'RE EXCITED TO COME TODAY TO SPEAK OR EVEN TO JUST SHOW UP AND SUPPORT THEIR NEIGHBORS WHO WOULD BE

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SPEAKING.

MANY HAVE NEVER BEEN TO CITY HALL, HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THESE CHAMBERS BEFORE, AND THIS WOULD BE THEIR VERY FIRST TIME.

UM, SOME FOLKS EVEN TOOK OFF WORK, UH, TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TODAY.

THIS IS REFLECTIVE.

THE, THE COMMUNITIES WITH WHOM BAA HAS THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH, UM, MANY FOLKS WHO HAVEN'T PREVIOUSLY PARTICIPATED IN OR BEEN ENGAGED WITH, UH, CITY AFFAIRS.

AND IT'S THROUGH THEIR WORK AND THEIR TENANT ASSOCIATIONS AND THE LEADERSHIP THAT THEY HAVE DEVELOPED THERE THAT IS BRINGING THEM INTO THESE CHAMBERS.

WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT THIS ITEM WILL RETURN PROMPTLY SO THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MEANINGFULLY SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH Y'ALL AND PROVIDE INPUT ON THIS REALLY IMPORTANT ITEM.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET THIS ORDINANCE RIGHT.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE VERSION THAT IS IN BACKUP DOES NOT ACHIEVE THE GOALS ARTICULATED IN THE RESOLUTION, WHICH WAS PASSED IN FEBRUARY AS WE SHARED.

AND THE TENANTS WE WORK WITH SHARED AT THE NUMEROUS STAKEHOLDER SESSIONS, WHICH HAVE OCCURRED OVER THE PAST MONTHS.

UH, LANDLORDS ROUTINELY CALL THE POLICE TO DISRUPT TENANT MEETINGS AND TO KICK TENANT ORGANIZERS WHO ARE INVITED GUESTS OF TENANTS OFF OF PROPERTIES.

THEY PREVENT TENANTS FROM ENGAGING IN ORGANIZING ACTIVITIES LIKE COLLECTING REPAIR REQUESTS FROM THEIR NEIGHBORS UNDER THE CURRENT PROPERTY CODE.

RETALIATION PROTECTIONS DO NOT PROTECT TENANTS FROM LANDLORD INTERFERENCE OF THOSE KINDS AND ALSO DON'T PREVENT LANDLORDS FROM KICKING OUT THIRD PARTY ORGANIZERS.

UM, A LOCAL ORDINANCE THAT DOES NOT ADDRESS, UH, THESE PROTECTIONS IS NOT GOING TO BE SUFFICIENT.

UM, WE JUST WANNA QUICKLY THANK COUNCIL MEMBER BELLA'S OFFICE WHO HAS BEEN MEANINGFULLY ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS, UM, BOTH ON THE TENANT SIDE AND THE LANDLORD SIDE OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS TO INCORPORATE FEEDBACK, UH, WHICH WOULD BOTH PROTECT TENANTS AND ADDRESS, UH, LANDLORD CONCERNS.

AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND BEING BACK THERE BACK HERE WHERE HOPEFULLY WE'LL TAKE SOME ACTION.

THANK YOU.

QUA BREWSTER , MONICA GUZMAN ON ITEMS 27 48 AND 74.

UH, GOOD MORNING MARION COUNCIL.

I'M MONICA GUZMAN, POLICY DIRECTOR AT GO AUSTIN BAMO AUSTIN ON ITEM 48, GAVA PARTICIPATED IN THE PLANNING COMMISSION WORK GROUP LISTENING SESSIONS, MAKING CLEAR WE ARE OPPOSING THE PROPOSED WAIVER OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION REVIEW AND PUBLIC PROCESS OF NOTIFICATIONS AND HEARINGS OPPOSING THE PROPOSED DELETION OF APPROVED NEIGHBORHOOD PLANS, SUPPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THOSE, UH, PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED POINTS AND PROPOSING NOTIFICATIONS BE SENT IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH AND WITH AN EXTRA PAGE IN THE TOP FIVE TO SEVEN LANGUAGES STATING HOW TO REQUEST A NOTIFICATION IN THEIR LANGUAGE AS HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE WITH CITY CORRESPONDENCE.

ITEM 74, THERE IS GREAT CONCERN AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS ITEM.

FIRST, THE DESCRIPTION.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO OFFSET SPECIFICALLY WHAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT, CURRENT OR PROPOSED ZONING, CALLING FOR A BALANCE, BUT WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN AFFORDABILITY AND DEVELOPER ENTITLEMENTS.

THE USE OF BROAD LANGUAGE DESCRIBING ALL DEVELOPMENT, SUGGESTING GIVING AWAY ALL PROTECTIONS FOR NEEDED COMMUNITY BENEFITS FOR THE SAKE OF ENTITLEMENTS.

PARKLAND, GREEN SPACE, WATER QUALITY, ALL THINGS FOR PE, ALL THINGS PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT.

AND THESE REGS ARE ABOUT IF YOU REALLY WANNA TACKLE DISPLACEMENT AND AFFORDABILITY, THERE ARE STILL UNTOUCHED PLANS IN THE PEOPLE'S PLAN WITHOUT INTRODUCING DEREGULATION.

THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT INCREASING ZONING CAPACITY OR DEVELOPMENT CAPACITY THROUGH ZONING INCREASES ACTUAL HOUSING AND NO EVIDENCE THAT IT MAKES HOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE DUE TO MARKET AND SPECULATION, WE KNOW IT CAN INCREASE COST.

COUNCIL IS STILL BASING POLICY RESOLUTIONS ON TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMIC THEORY WHERE PEOPLE MAKING THE MOST PROFIT, THAT IT WILL TRICKLE DOWN TO CONSUMERS WITH REDUCED PRICES.

IT DIDN'T WORK IN REAGANOMICS, IT JUST MADE WEALTHY PEOPLE WEALTHIER.

IT TARGETS THE MOST AFFORDABLE HOUSING STOCK FOR REDEVELOPMENT.

WE SHOULDN'T BE TAKING WHAT WE CAN GET BECAUSE THAT IS SETTLING FOR LESS.

PASS A RESOLUTION THAT ADDRESSES HIGH AND INCREASING COST OF MATERIALS, DISINVESTMENT AND LABOR, WE KNOW YOU'RE UNDER PRESSURE EVERYDAY.

GAVA GAVA COALITION LOSES PEOPLE DUE TO DISPLACEMENT AND HIGH COST OF LIVING.

RESIDENTS WE WORK WITH, EVEN OUR STAFF HAVE HAD TO MOVE DUE TO THE COST OF LIVING.

WE HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT THE HIGH COST.

WE'RE DESPERATE FOR SOLUTIONS, BUT THIS ISN'T IT.

STRIPPING PROTECTIONS AND DUE TO DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, AUSTIN WILL BECOME THE PLAYGROUND FOR THE RICH HIGH END AND UPPER INCOME.

THANK YOU.

CRAIG NASER, ITEM 48

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WITH RICHARD BREER ON DECK.

RICHARD BREER, ITEM 48 WITH RICHARD SUBTLE ON DECK.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR.

MAYOR, PORT TIM, AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS RICK BREMER.

I'M A RESIDENT OF, UH, DISTRICT 10 AND I AM ALSO ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON ITEM 48, CITY CODE TITLE UPDATES.

I HAVE SEVERAL CONCERNS WITH THE GUARD TO THE <