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OKAY.

WELCOME EVERYBODY.

IT IS 5 31, UH, JUNE 21ST, 2023.

I'M CALLING

[CALL TO ORDER]

THE MEETING OF THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION TO ORDER.

UH, FIRST ITEM IS THE ROLE.

CHRISTINE, CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THAT? YES.

CHAIR, CHAIR HARRIS.

HERE.

CHAIR WEAVER.

UH, COMMISSIONER WEAVER.

COMMISSIONER RYAN.

COMMISSIONER KUFAL.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER ISHMAEL.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER CARDONA BEALER.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER MAJOR.

COMMISSIONER LEVINE.

COMMISSIONER ICK.

COMMISSIONER LEVINSON.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER SCHIFFER.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER ANSTEAD.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER MOK.

WE HAVE A QUORUM.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, AS A HEADS UP TO FOLKS, I DO HAVE A PRIOR ENGAGEMENT AT SIX 30 THIS EVENING.

I'M GONNA TRY TO GET THROUGH AS MUCH OF THE AGENDA AS I CAN WHILE I'M HERE.

UM, AND THEN VICE CHAIR ISHMAEL WILL TAKE OVER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MEETING.

THE CHALLENGE IS IF ONE OF THESE FOLKS WHO IS NOT HERE YET, UH, DOES NOT MAKE IT, THEN WE LOSE QUORUM.

SO I AM HOPING THAT ONE MORE OF OUR COMMISSIONERS, UH, MAKES IT, UH, EITHER ONLINE OR IN PERSON HERE SHORTLY.

UH, AND I'M SORRY IT WAS A PRIOR COMMITMENT, SO, ALRIGHT.

UM, ARE THERE ANY, UH, FOLKS FROM THE PUBLIC HERE TO SPEAK? NO.

CHAIR.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UH, THE NEXT ITEM IS THE APPROVAL OF THE

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES ]

MINUTES.

HAS EVERYBODY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THE MINUTES? ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS OR CHANGES Y'ALL CAN HEARING NONE.

ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED? HEARING NONE.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

UH, WE'RE GONNA MOVE

[2. Presentation on the Safer Sixth Initiative to be given by Brian Block of the City of Austin Development Services Department (DSD) and Police Commander Jeff Olson the Austin Police Department (APD). The Commission may approve a recommendation to Council on this item.]

ON TO THE FIRST, UH, DISCUSSION ITEM TODAY.

THAT'S PRESENTATION ON THE SAFER SIXTH STREET INITIATIVE.

OUR FRIEND BRIAN BLOCK IS HERE.

WELCOME BRIAN.

WE HAVE COMMANDER JEFF OLSON OF A B D HERE AS WELL.

THANK YOU, GENTLEMEN.

WELCOME GENTLEMEN.

UH, THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING US.

GOOD EVENING CHAIR AND COMMISSIONERS.

UM, I'M BRIAN BLOCK, THE NIGHTLIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT MANAGER WITH THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND, UM, DOWNTOWN COMMANDER.

I'LL LET YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

UH, YEAH.

I'M COMMANDER JEFF OLSON WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT DOWNTOWN AREA COMMANDER, AND I'M GOING TO RUN THROUGH THE PRESENTATION AND THEN BOTH THE COMMANDER AND I WILL BE HERE FOR, UH, Q AND A AND DISCUSSION.

UM, SO THANKS AGAIN FOR HAVING US.

THIS IS AN UPDATE ON THE SAFER SIXTH STREET INITIATIVE.

UM, THIS IS, UH, JOINT PROJECT WITH NIGHTLIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES FROM D S D AND A P D A GREAT COLLABORATION.

UM, AND KIND OF STEPPING BACK, WE'LL JUST KIND OF REMIND YOU OF SORT OF THE VISION FOR THIS PROJECT AND HOW IT CAME TO BE.

UM, THE VISION IS THAT SIXTH STREET SHOULD BE A WELCOMING, VIBRANT, SAFE, AND WELL-PLANNED ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT WITH BOTH A WIDER VARIETY OF NIGHTLIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES, CATERING TO A DIVERSE DEMOGRAPHIC OF AUSTINITES AND TOURISTS, AND MORE TYPES OF BUSINESSES, INCLUDING BARS, CLUBS, LIVE MUSIC AND COMEDY VENUES, AS WELL AS RESTAURANTS, CAFES, AND RETAIL THAT PEOPLE CAN ENJOY DURING THE DAY, EVENING AND LATE AT NIGHT.

AND, UM, OH, YOU NEED TO, I NEED TO DO BOTH.

UM, SO A REMINDER OF THE OVERALL APPROACH, UM, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POLICING ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO A SAFE SIXTH STREET.

AN APD HAS AN ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT POLICING STRATEGY, AND A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF RESOURCES DEDICATED TO THE DISTRICT.

UH, BUT POLICING ALONE ISN'T SUFFICIENT.

AND THAT'S KIND OF WHAT COUNCIL'S MANDATE TO STAFF WAS.

UM,

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THEIR SAFER SIXTH STREET RESOLUTION ASKED STAFF TO COMPLIMENT POLICING BY TAKING A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS, THEY WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO A SAFE DISTRICT IN A HOLISTIC AND SUSTAINABLE WAY.

UM, SO LOOKING AT IT, COMPLIMENTING AND BEING BROADER THAN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN POLICING, I THINK THIS TIES IT INTO AN EMERGING FIELD AND MOVEMENT IN CITY GOVERNMENT AROUND NIGHTTIME PLANNING, NIGHTTIME MANAGEMENT.

UM, THERE ARE NOW 15 CITIES THAT HAVE AN OFFICE OR A STAFF ROLE THAT DOES THIS KIND OF WORK, HAS A NIGHTTIME LENS AS A LIAISON BETWEEN STAKEHOLDERS AND CITY DEPARTMENTS FOCUSED ON, YOU'LL KIND OF HEAR THESE THREE TERMS, THAT IT'S SAFE, THAT IT'S WELL PLANNED, AND THAT IT'S VIBRANT.

AND, UH, THAT'S THAT LIAISON ROLE THAT, UM, WE TRY TO PLAY AND THAT OTHER CITIES ARE ADDING THIS ROLE.

SO, UM, WE'D LIKE TO DO MORE OF IT.

UM, KEY GOALS FROM THE SAFER SIXTH STREET INITIATIVE.

THESE ARE PRETTY BROAD, YOU KNOW, THEY COVER PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN, IMPROVING PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN TO BRING MORE ORGANIZATION AND PEDESTRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE TO THE SPACE.

UM, DESIGN THAT KIND OF BOTH ACCOMMODATES THE LARGER CROWDS AND THE TYPE OF ACTIVITIES THAT HAPPEN AT NIGHT AND LEVERAGES IT.

UM, YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY NOW WE'VE GOT THE, A LOT OF THE PUBLIC SPACE THAT ISN'T DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE IT, AND IT CREATES A KIND OF A CHAOTIC ENVIRONMENT.

THAT'S SOMETHING WE'D LIKE TO SEE MORE ORGANIZED AND MORE WELL DESIGNED.

A BIG THING WE'RE FOCUSED ON IS BAR OPERATOR PARTNERSHIPS, CREATING THESE BETTER PARTNERSHIPS WITH BARS TO WORK TOGETHER ON SAFETY, ON ORGANIZATION, ON ENHANCING OPERATING STANDARDS.

UM, AND THEN DIVERSE USES IN ACTIVITIES, ENCOURAGING MORE DIVERSE NIGHTLIFE AND ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES IN BUSINESSES, UH, BEYOND BARS FOCUSED ONLY ON SERVING ALCOHOL OR THAT ARE HIGH VOLUME ALCOHOL FOCUSED, ADDING LIVE MUSIC AND COMEDY AND OTHER TYPES OF, OF ACTIVITIES, RESTAURANTS, UM, BOTH OTHER NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES AND OTHER KINDS OF USES.

UM, WE'LL GO INTO A LITTLE BIT ON THE PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN AND WHAT'S TAKEN PLACE AROUND LIGHTING.

UM, THE SIXTH STREET DECORATIVE POLES ALREADY HAD L E D BULBS IN THEM.

THE BRIGHTNESS IS ALREADY PROGRAMMED TO BE TURNED UP AT CLOSING TIME.

AUSTIN ENERGY TOOK A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LIGHTING, UM, AND ON THE SIDE STREETS AS WELL AS SIXTH STREET ITSELF, THE SIDE STREETS DON'T HAVE THOSE DECORATIVE POLES.

UM, THEY WENT THROUGH, UM, THEY REPLACED ALL THE BULBS WITH L E D BULBS.

UM, ON THE SIDE STREETS, THEY FIXED 10% THAT WEREN'T WORKING.

SO THAT UPGRADE TOOK PLACE DURING THE PROGRAM.

UM, WE'VE KIND OF ESTABLISHED A CITY, UM, GOAL THAT ANY FUTURE REDESIGN OF THE STREET, UM, WOULD BE RECOMMENDED TO INCLUDE DEDICATED PEDESTRIAN LIGHTING VERSUS TRYING TO GET THAT LIGHTING FROM THE STREET LIGHTING NETWORK, WHICH IS HOW IT IS NOW.

UM, AND THEN AS STAFF, WE'LL BE ENCOURAGING ESTABLISHMENTS TO INSTALL SECURITY LIGHTING ON THE FRONT OF THEIR BUILDING ON THE FRONT OF THEIR BUSINESS.

TURN THAT ON AT CLOSING TIME TO KIND OF HELP, UM, HELP WITH CLOSING TIME ORGANIZATION.

UM, STREETSCAPE, WE REALLY KIND OF ESTABLISHED GOALS RELATED TO MORE ORGANIZED SPACE FOR PEDESTRIANS AND LINE CUES.

UM, REDUCING THE CONGREGATING IN THE TRAVEL LANES SINCE IT HINDERS PEDESTRIAN MOBILITY.

AND SINCE IT'S NOT DESIGNED FOR GATHERING CURRENTLY, IT LEADS TO A CHAOTIC ENVIRONMENT.

I MEAN, WE COULD FORESEE A FUTURE WHERE, UM, IT COULD BE DESIGNED FOR GATHERING AND OPERATE BETTER.

CURRENTLY, IT'S NOT THE LINES COMING OUT OF THE BARS RUN INTO WHERE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO, UH, MOVE ALONG THE STREET.

AND THERE'S ALSO IMPROMPTU GATHERINGS THAT, THAT MAKES IT A BIT MORE CHAOTIC.

UH, POTENTIAL INTERVENTIONS THAT WE'VE LOOKED AT AND, YOU KNOW, WOULD HOPE TO HAVE WIDER SIDEWALKS THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE LARGER CROWDS IN LINES.

UM, AND BALLARD'S INTEGRATED INTO THE STREET INFRASTRUCTURE.

THIS WOULD ALLOW

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A P D TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND BE ABLE TO DO MUCH MORE QUICKLY A STREET CLOSURE IF AND WHEN THEY NEED TO.

UM, INSTEAD OF HAVING TO HAVE SO MUCH LEAD TIME NEEDED TO GET THAT DONE, THEY COULD DO MUCH MORE OF A TARGETED, TARGETED EFFORT TO GET IT DONE QUICKLY AS NEEDED.

UM, WE HAVE EXPLORED PILOTS AND TACTICAL INTERVENTIONS TO DO STUFF LIKE THIS TEMPORARILY, TEMPORARILY WIDENING SIDE SIDEWALKS OR, UM, LIMITED REOPENING OF TRAVEL LANES.

WE REALLY JUST WEREN'T SUCCESSFUL IN COMING UP WITH SOLUTIONS TO DO THESE THINGS COST EFFECTIVELY AND SAFELY IN A TEMPORARY MANNER.

HOPEFULLY, UM, IN THE FUTURE, IF THERE ARE REDESIGNS OR, UM, RECONSTRUCTIONS, IT'LL, IT CAN INCORPORATE SOME OF THOSE THINGS.

UM, MOVING ON TO BAR OPERATOR PARTNERSHIPS.

UM, OUR GOAL HERE IS TO ENHANCE SAFETY THROUGH COMMUNICATION TRAINING AND INCREASED OPERATING STANDARDS FOR VARS, UM, AS WELL AS ENLISTING THEM AS PARTNERS IN, YOU KNOW, BETTER ORGANIZATION OF THE PUBLIC SPACE.

UM, OUR APPROACH IS FOCUSED ON BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND TRUST, FOCUSING ON PREVENTION AND GUIDANCE AND TRAINING AND SUPPORT, AND WORKING ON INCREASING COORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION WITH A P D WITH CITY DEPARTMENTS AND WITH EACH OTHER FOR BETTER KIND OF PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT.

UM, SORRY.

OKAY.

THERE WE GO.

THAT'S THE ONE WE WANTED TO BE ON.

UM, THIS IS WHERE, UM, WE'VE KIND OF ARE ESTABLISHING MORE, UM, ON THE GROUND PROGRAMS RELATED TO THIS OBJECTIVE.

UM, THERE'S A COUPLE KEY ONES WE'VE EITHER ROLLED OUT OR WE'LL BE ROLLING OUT SOON.

UM, OUR NIGHTLIFE ESTABLISHMENT TRAINING PROGRAM.

THIS IS PROVIDING TRAINING AND SUPPORT TO BAR AND ESTABLISHMENT OPERATORS, AND ALSO ALSO LOOKING TO INCREASE COORDINATION WITH THE CITY.

UM, ALONG WITH THAT, WE CONDUCTED OUR FIRST TRAINING IN APRIL, AND I'LL GET MORE INTO THAT, WHAT TOOK PLACE ON THE NEXT SLIDE.

BUT, UM, WE WERE GLAD TO LAUNCH THAT AND WE'LL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT IT.

AND THE NEXT ONE, WE INTEND TO LAUNCH SOON AS A NIGHTLIFE ESTABLISHMENT ACCREDITATION PROGRAM.

THIS IS A VOLUNTARY PROGRAM, UM, TO ENHANCE ESTABLISHMENT OPERATING STANDARDS.

RECOGNIZE RESPONSIBLE OPERATORS BUILD A COALITION OF BUSINESSES THAT WORK TOGETHER AND HOLD EACH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE.

AND THIS PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION IS COMING SOON.

UM, HERE'S A SLIDE ON OUR NIGHTLIFE ESTABLISHMENT TRAINING PROGRAM.

OUR FIRST TRAINING PROGRAM WAS, UM, ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE AND STOPPED THE BLEED TRAINING.

IT WAS LED BY A P D IN E M S.

IT WAS, UH, GREAT TRAINING.

35 BAR OWNERS, MANAGERS AND STAFF REGISTERED AND ATTENDED.

UM, AND IT WAS RECEIVED REALLY WELL.

UM, NEXT STEPS FOR THIS PROGRAM ARE DEFINITELY TO CONTINUE, UM, WITH MORE OF THE ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE AND STOP THE BLEED, UM, UNTIL WE'VE GOTTEN THROUGH, YOU KNOW, AS MANY STAFF AND MANAGERS THAT WANT IT AS POSSIBLE.

AND WE'D LIKE TO EXPAND TO MORE TOPIC AREAS.

YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE POTENTIAL TRAININGS HERE.

UM, HARM REDUCTION AND NARCAN TRAINING FOR OVERDOSE PREVENTION, DEESCALATION TRAINING FOR BAR STAFF.

UM, MORE INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR DOOR STAFF, THAT THAT'S THEIR JOB.

UM, SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING.

WE'D LOVE TO ADD THESE AS WE GO FORWARD WITH MORE RECURRING AND REGULAR TRAININGS.

UM, NEXT IS THE, UM, NIGHTLIFE ESTABLISHMENT ACCREDITATION PROGRAM.

I TOLD YOU WHAT THAT IS AND THAT WE PLAN TO ROLL IT OUT SOON.

BUT, UM, WE'LL GIVE YOU A LITTLE MORE DETAIL ON IT.

UM, HOW WOULD ESTABLISHMENTS GET ACCREDITED? UM, THEY WOULD ADOPT REQUIRED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.

THEY WOULD AGREE TO IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES.

THEY WOULD PARTICIPATE IN REQUIRED TRAININGS.

UM, SOME OF THE KEY THEMES HERE ARE SECURITY AND DOOR POLICIES, PREVENTING

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AND RESPONDING TO DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND VIOLENCE, FOCUSING ON RESPONSIBLE ALCOHOL SERVICE, MANAGING LINES AND CROWDS IN THE SPACE IN FRONT OF THE BAR, UM, SIDEWALK AND STREET, UM, DIVERSIFYING ACTIVITIES, PREVENTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE AND HARM REDUCTION IF WE CAN, YOU KNOW, GET BARS IN ENHANCING THEIR PRACTICES AND IMPLEMENTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.

THAT'S, THAT'S THE GOAL OF THIS PROGRAM.

THROUGH THIS ACCREDITATION.

UH, NEXT STEPS.

WE'VE MADE PROGRESS.

WE'VE DRAFTED THE ACCREDITATION CRITERIA.

WE'VE DONE THAT IN CONSULTATION WITH OUR OWNERS AND OPERATORS AND PROPERTY OWNERS.

NEXT STEPS, YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO FINALIZE THOSE CRITERIA, PARTNER WITH A LOT OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE HERE ON YOUR AGENDA FOR OTHER REASONS.

TONIGHT, DAA THE SIXTH STREET PROPERTY OWNERS.

UM, OTHER ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT ASSOCIATIONS.

CAUSE WE'D LIKE TO DO THIS IN ALL OF THE DOWNTOWN ENTERTAINMENT AREAS.

THIS IS, WOULD BE USEFUL FOR ALL OF THEM, NOT JUST SIXTH STREET, WEST SIXTH RAINEY, THE WAREHOUSE DISTRICT.

UM, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S A GOAL, WE DON'T HAVE IT YET, BUT WE'D LIKE TO SECURE FUNDING FOR GRANTS TO ACCREDITED BARS SO THEY CAN MAKE ADDITIONAL SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS.

UM, THINGS LIKE METAL DETECTORS, SECURITY CAMERAS, LIGHTING LINE MANAGEMENT TOOLS ID SCANNERS, THINGS THAT CAN KIND OF HELP THE CAUSE.

UM, ORLANDO'S GOT A GREAT PROGRAM WHERE THEY HAVE A LOT OF FUNDING FOR FIVE AND $10,000 GRANTS.

WE'D LOVE TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

UM, AND I THINK WE'RE DOWN I TO OUR LAST SLIDE.

UM, WANNA COVER THE LAST THEME, WHICH IS DIVERSIFYING USES IN ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

UM, WE DEFINITELY BELIEVE THAT ENHANCEMENTS IN THE PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN AND BAR OWNER BAR OPERATOR PARTNERSHIP CAN CONTRIBUTE TO MAKING THE DISTRICT MORE CONDUCIVE TO DIVERSE USES IN ACTIVITIES.

WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT ACHIEVING THIS GOAL INVOLVES STAKEHOLDERS IN ACTIVITIES THAT GO WELL BEYOND THE SAFER SIXTH STREET INITIATIVE.

WE JUST WANTED TO KIND OF CLOSE BY EMPHASIZING AND AMPLIFYING THIS ASPIRATIONAL GOALS SINCE WE DO SEE IT AS A CENTRAL, IT'S CENTRAL TO THE VISION FOR A VIBRANT AND SAFE AND WELL-PLANNED ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT.

AND IT WON'T MOVE, BUT THAT TAKES US, THERE WE GO.

UM, THAT'S THE END OF OUR PRESENTATION, AND WE'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, UM, DISCUSS THINGS THAT, UM, YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS WITH US.

THANK YOU, BRIAN.

UM, DO YOU HAVE, I KNOW THAT YOU MENTIONED THAT, UM, Y'ALL WOULD LIKE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR A GRANT PROGRAM.

HAVE Y'ALL COME UP WITH A NUMBER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE? WE HAVE NOT COME UP WITH A NUMBER, BUT, UM, I THINK WE'D EN ENVISIONED AS MANY FIVE OR $10,000 GRANTS AS MAYBE WE CAN GET FOR, UM, OPERATORS AND OWNERS TO BE ABLE TO APPLY AND, AND THOSE, AND IT WOULD BE APPLICABLE CITYWIDE FOR THIS SORT OF PROGRAM.

I MEAN, WE'D ENVISION THIS PROGRAM STARTING WITH SIXTH STREET AND THEN MAYBE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE EXPANDING BEYOND THAT.

WELL, WHAT I, WHAT I ASK IS THAT THE NEXT TIME YOU COME AND PRESENT TO US, I THINK WE'D LOVE TO TALK ABOUT A NUMBER THAT WE COULD ENCOURAGE COUNSEL TO SUPPORT FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

MM-HMM.

, ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT I WAS THINKING ABOUT AS YOU WERE MAKING YOUR PRESENTATION ABOUT THE ACCREDITATION PROGRAM, AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THERE'S AN ANSWER TO THIS, BUT, UH, WHETHER THE BAR OWNER OPERATORS, UM, BY GOING THROUGH THIS ACCREDITATION PROGRAM OR BY THE CITY WORKING FOR WITH THEIR INSURANCE PROVIDERS, COULD GET THEM LOWER, UH, PREMIUMS BECAUSE I'M SURE THEY PAY A GAZILLION DOLLARS FOR INSURANCE.

AND IF, IF A PROGRAM LIKE THIS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REDUCE THE COST FOR THE BAR OWNERS BY REDUCING THEIR INSURANCE PREMIUMS, IT MIGHT BE A REAL INCENTIVE FOR THEM TO PARTICIPATE.

ABSOLUTELY.

I'VE ACTUALLY TALKED TO AN INSURANCE AGENT WHO WORKS WITH, UH, NIGHTLIFE AND LIFE MUSIC VENUES, UM, ASKED HIM ABOUT THIS KIND OF

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THING.

UM, WE'VE TALKED TO FOLKS WHO DO COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING FOR DOOR STAFF, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THEY PITCH IS IF YOU GET YOUR STAFF TRAINED, UM, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO GET LOWER PREMIUMS. LOOK AT THAT.

HE'S ALREADY AHEAD OF ME.

.

ABSOLUTELY.

BRIAN'S PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THAT STUFF.

UH, COMMISSIONER'S QUESTIONS? UM, I HAVE ONE QUESTION.

SO IN REGARDS TO THE ACCREDITATION PROGRAM, UH, BARS AND, AND JUST PLACES ON SIXTH STREET TEND TO HAVE HIGH TURNOVER AMONG EMPLOYEES.

WAS THERE CONSIDERATION OF WHO HAS TO ATTEND THE TRAINING TO GET ACCREDITATION? BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF, IF YOU'RE THERE FOR THREE WEEKS AS A BOUNCER, THEN YOU'RE GONE.

THAT KNOWLEDGE SORT OF LEAVES WITH YOU, IT KIND OF DEFEATS THE PURPOSE.

IT'S A GREAT QUESTION AND IT'S DEFINITELY COME UP.

WE'VE HEARD THAT FROM THE OWNERS.

UM, YOU KNOW, THEIR DESIRE WOULD BE TO HAVE AS MUCH ON DEMAND TRAINING AS POSSIBLE ON VIDEO, THAT IT COULD BE PART OF NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION.

THEY COULD KIND OF SAY, ALL RIGHT, YOU GOTTA SIT DOWN AND WATCH THIS TRAINING.

SO IT'S SOMETHING I THINK WE'D LIKE TO EXPLORE.

YOU KNOW, WE'VE, NEW YORK'S DONE, UM, THEY'VE GOT A REALLY COOL PROGRAM.

THEY'VE BRANDED IT, UM, IT'S CALLED NIGHT SCHOOL, N I T E SCHOOL.

UM, THEY'VE DONE WHERE THEY TRY TO VIDEO SOME OF THE TRAINING AND PUT IT UP ON YOUTUBE.

SO I THINK WE'D LIKE TO EXPLORE THAT.

UM, THEY HADN'T REALLY, THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET ALL OF THE TRAINING OR THE FULL BREADTH OF, OF THE TRAINING, BUT IT'S, IT'S A TOPIC THAT'S COME UP THAT WE KNOW OUR OPERATORS AND OWNERS ARE INTERESTED IN.

SO WE NEED TO KIND OF MAKE SURE WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THAT AS WE GO FORWARD.

THANK YOU.

I HAVE A QUESTION, MICROPHONE.

CAN YOU GUYS HEAR ME? YES.

UM, FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING TO PRESENT TO US TODAY.

THIS IS REALLY, UM, THIS IS REALLY AN EXCELLENT PLAN.

MY QUESTION IS AROUND, UM, HOW YOU'RE BENCHMARKING YOUR EFFECTIVENESS.

IS THERE, IS THERE DATA THAT YOU'RE BENCHMARKING THIS PLAN AGAINST IN TERMS OF, THIS IS WHERE CRIME IS AT TODAY, AND IF WE'RE EFFECTIVE, THIS IS WHERE IT WILL BE IN A YEAR OR TWO YEARS? WHAT DOES THAT TIMELINE INTANGIBLE LOOK LIKE? I THINK THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

AND WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT BENCHMARKING AND DATA TO SHOW SUCCESS.

AND CRIME ANALYTICS IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING WE'VE TALKED ABOUT.

I THINK, UM, WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN BEYOND.

UM, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S ON THE TO-DO LIST IS TO, IS TO LOOK AT MORE SPECIFICS ABOUT, HEY, HOW CAN WE, UM, SHOW SUCCESS AND WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE.

IT'S GOOD OPPORTUNITY.

YEAH.

AND I THINK THAT WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE PART OF IMPLEMENTATION WOULD BE KEEPING TRACK OF THE STATS, YOU KNOW, PRE INITIATIVE, YOU KNOW, AND THEN AS IT'S GOING ON, JUST KIND OF KEEPING BENCHMARKS THAT WE CAN LOOK AT AND SEE LIKE, OH, YOU KNOW, COMPARING THE BARS THAT ARE ACCREDITED AND MAYBE THE ONES THAT AREN'T.

UM, BUT OF COURSE THAT'S GONNA REQUIRE MM-HMM.

A DATA SET THAT'LL TAKE, YOU KNOW, UM, A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME.

BUT I DEFINITELY AGREE THAT'S, THAT'S SOMETHING TO, FOR US TO KEEP TRACK OF AND, AND HOPEFULLY AS A SUCCESS THAT CAN HELP US CONTINUE TO SELL THE PROGRAM TO SHOW THAT, HEY, YOU KNOW, IF, IF YOU DO COOPERATE WITH US AND, AND VOLUNTARILY OBTAIN THIS CERTIFICATION, UM, WE HAVE STATS TO SHOW THAT THERE'S A BETTER CHANCE THAT, THAT THE BAR AND THE AREA AROUND YOUR BAR IS GONNA BE A SAFER PLACE FOR YOUR PATRONS.

THANK YOU.

I ALSO, I ALSO HAVE A QUESTION.

IS THERE ANY TIMEFRAME OR ANTICIPATED PROCESS FOR REDESIGN IN MIND? UM, FOR STREET REDESIGN? YEAH.

IT'S REALLY OUTSIDE OF THE SCOPE OF THIS PROJECT.

UM, I WONDER, UM, YEAH, IF IT, IF THAT MIGHT COME UP THROUGH OTHER AGENDA ITEMS OR OTHER TOPICS THE COMMISSION MIGHT HAVE IN THE FUTURE.

I'VE GOT A QUESTION.

YOU HAD MENTIONED, UM, ABOUT ELEVATING LIGHTING AT AS AT CLOSING TIME AND THAT SWITCH OVER TO L A D LIGHTING.

IS ANY OF THAT BEING DONE IN THE ALLEYS BEHIND SIXTH STREET? SO THE DECORATIVE POLES ARE NOT, I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT DECORATIVE POLES.

I'M CONCERNED ABOUT WHY WE'RE ENCOURAGING.

UM, WE'RE ENCOURAGING OWNERS TO INSTALL LIGHTING ON THE BACKSIDE OF THEIR BUILDING FACING THE ALLEY.

WHAT WE DISCOVERED IS THAT AUSTIN ENERGY IS, HAS LIMITED LIGHTING IN THE ALLEYS, AND WHEN THEY GET SORT OF ZERO LOT LINE DEVELOPMENT, THERE'S REALLY NO ROOM FOR THEM TO HAVE

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LIGHTING FACING THE ALLEYS.

AND SO IT SEEMED LIKE THE BEST STRATEGY WAS TO ENCOURAGE PROPERTY OWNERS TO INSTALL IT THEMSELVES ON THE BACK FACING THE ALLEY.

HOW ARE WE DOING ON, ON A SUCCESS RATE ON THAT? I THINK, YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK WE'D HAVE TO COME BACK TO YOU TO SEE WHAT THE NUMBERS LOOK LIKE, BUT JUST ANECDOTALLY, I THINK I'VE SEEN SOME, THE CHE ALLEY HAS IT.

YEAH, IT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING WE'VE BEEN PUSHING.

AND AGAIN, BECAUSE A LOT OF THIS IS THE PRIVATE PROPERTY ISSUE OF GETTING TO WORK WITH THOSE BAR OWNERS AND THE, THE RESTAURANTS AND ALL THOSE TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO IT FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND THEIR STAFF SAFETY AND TO JUST CREATE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYBODY.

AND I THINK THEY'RE VERY AMENABLE TO IT.

IT'S JUST GETTING THE WORD OUT.

AND AGAIN, I THINK THAT'S WHERE THE ACCREDITATION PROGRAM CAN, CAN DEFINITELY HELP WITH THAT AS IS PART OF IT, TO, TO ENCOURAGE THAT, THAT LIGHTING IN THE AREAS THAT WE CAN'T GET TO FROM THE CITY.

YEAH.

BUT THEY CAN ASSIST US WITH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? UM, Y'ALL HAD COME, UH, I THINK IT WAS COMMANDER OLSEN AND THE TEAM THAT WAS HERE AT OUR LAST MEETING, UM, BROUGHT, UH, WERE GOING TO SEND US, UH, SOME INFORMATION ON ROAD BARRIERS.

UH, THE VEHICLE SAFETY MEDICA MITIGATION PLAN AND THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR, WITH THE FUNDING REQUEST FOR THAT.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT Y'ALL ARE SUPPORTIVE OF? I KNOW, UH, LIEUTENANT JUDO HAD LOOKED INTO SOME OF THAT FOR US'.

I'LL HAVE ADDRESS REAL QUICK.

HOWDY, UH, LIEUTENANT JU AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT DOWNTOWN AREA COMMAND.

UM, SO I HAD A REQUEST, UH, FROM SEVERAL COMMISSIONERS AFTER THE LAST MEETING ABOUT SOME OF THE BARRICADES THAT WE HAD RENTED FOR SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST.

AND SO, UM, AFTER THAT MEETING I WAS IN COMMUNICATION WITH Y'ALL.

UM, GOT YOU.

UM, THIS PROPOSAL THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER BY THE CONTRACTOR THAT WE USED, UH, MERIDIAN BARRICADES.

UH, AND IT OUTLINES, UH, THEIR, UH, SUGGESTION ON HOW MANY BARRICADES WE WOULD HAVE TO BUY IF THIS WERE THE TYPE OF BARRICADE THAT WE WANTED TO GO WITH TO PROTECT PEDESTRIANS ON SIXTH STREET.

UM, SO, UH, WE CAN CLICK THROUGH IT.

UH, THOSE ARE ESSENTIALLY THE POINTS THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO, UM, ROLL THESE OUT EVERY THURSDAY AND REMOVE THEM EVERY SUNDAY, UH, ON BOTH ENDS OF SIXTH STREET AND ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH SIDES OF, UH, FIFTH AND SEVENTH STREET RESPECTFULLY.

UM, THE NEXT SLIDE WILL SHOW HOW MANY WOULD BE NEEDED ACROSS EACH STREET, UH, ACCORDING TO THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS.

THIS IS BRAZOS STREET GOING ALONG SIXTH STREET TO PREVENT, UH, CARS FROM GOING THE WRONG WAY.

ON SIXTH STREET.

YES, PLEASE.

UH, THIS IS, UH, SAN ENO AND SEVENTH STREET.

SO THEY WOULD, UH, COUNT THE, THAT MANY BARRICADES, UH, HERE IS, UH, THE SOUTH OF SEVENTH STREET.

AND SANJAK, I THINK IT WAS THE SAME THING.

WE CAN JUST ADVANCE THROUGH THESE SLIDES CUZ BASICALLY IT'S JUST GONNA GO YELLOW SQUARES ON ROADS.

YEAH.

ALONG SEVENTH STREET, ALONG ALL THE ROADS AND THEN FIFTH STREET AND ALONG ALL THE ROADS.

AND SO THIS WAS THEIR RECOMMENDATION ON WHAT WE NEEDED TO PURCHASE, UH, THE ARCHER 12 HUNDREDS OR THE ACTUAL BARRICADES.

UH, THERE'S HOLLERS THAT GO ALONG WITH IT, THE QUOTE.

AND THEN, YEAH, THE LAST THING WOULD BE THE QUOTE FOR, UM, ALL OF THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AND ITEMS. AND WHEN WE FIRST ASKED THEM HOW MUCH IT WAS TO PURCHASE THEM, I BELIEVE THE QUOTE YEAR AND A HALF AGO WAS THE SAME AS IT IS NOW.

SO ABOUT HALF A MILLION DOLLARS, $508,000.

UM, I DID, UH, EMAIL Y'ALL SOME, UH, PROS AND CONS AS WELL, UM, FOR THESE TYPES OF BARRICADES, WHERE ARE THEY GONNA BE STORED? WHO'S GONNA PUT THEM OUT? UM, I DID ALSO TALK WITH, UH, MATT MCKOY, UH, WITH TRANSPORTATION.

AND HE'S ALSO LOOKING AT THIS AS WELL.

SO, UM, THERE MIGHT BE SOME SHARED RESPONSIBILITY THERE AS FAR AS PUTTING THEM OUT AND TAKING THEM IN ON THE WEEKENDS.

UM, WE HAVEN'T REALLY DEVELOPED THAT INTO A PLAN, UM, BUT MOVING THESE AROUND IS GOING TO BE A, A TON OF WORK FOR OFFICERS, UM, COMPARED TO WHAT WE HAVE WITH THE TYPE THREE BARRICADES.

IS THIS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO SEE DEPLOYED? YES.

I THINK ANY, ANYTHING THAT'S GOING TO HELP PREVENT, UH, DRUNK DRIVERS OR ANY KIND OF DRIVER THAT WANTS TO CAUSE HARM TO PEDESTRIANS ON SIXTH STREET IS GOING TO BE, UH, EXPONENTIALLY BETTER THAN WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE WITH THOSE TYPE THREE BARRICADES.

SO, UM, THIS IS A START.

UM, I ALSO SHOWED SOME OTHER OPTIONS WITH BALLARDS, WITH FENCES THAT SWING IN THE MIDDLE AND LOCK.

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UM, THOSE WOULD BE AN OPTION.

AND I CAN'T ANSWER FOR PUBLIC WORKS OR STREETS AS TO WHY THEY CAN'T DO THE BALLARDS THAT POP UP.

BUT, UM, THOSE ARE ANOTHER OPTION THAT'S ALSO AVAILABLE.

THESE COULD BE DEPLOYED TO OTHER PLACES AROUND TOWN IF NECESSARY.

RIGHT.

THEY COULD.

SO IF THERE WAS A FESTIVAL IN ANOTHER PART OF THE CITY AROUND THE PARK THAT WE NEEDED TO INSTALL THESE IN AS WELL, WE COULD PROBABLY TAKE THEM DOWN TO THOSE AREAS SO IT DOES HAVE THAT, UH, BENEFIT AS WELL AS TRANSPORTING THEM AND INSTALLING THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE.

WOULD Y'ALL LIKE THE COMMISSION TO TAKE ACTION TO ENCOURAGE AS THE COUNCIL GOES INTO BUDGET DELIBERATIONS, UH, TO, UH, UH, HAVE A RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT THE ACQUISITION OF THESE? YES.

CHAIR.

OKAY.

UM, COUPLE OF FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS, IF THAT'S OKAY.

GO AHEAD.

UM, I THINK MY FIRST QUESTION IS THESE BARRIERS.

HOW DO THESE BARRIERS IMPACT FIRST RESPONDERS? LIKE, THERE'S A FIRE, CAN, CAN FIRE TRUCKS DRIVE OVER 'EM? DO THEY JUST SLOW DOWN IF AN AMBULANCE NEEDS TO GET THROUGH? SO THEY COME WITH A DOLLY THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE AT EVERY INTERSECTION.

AND SO IF A AMBULANCE OR FIRETRUCK NEEDED TO GET THROUGH, WE WOULD HAVE TO TRAIN THOSE DRIVERS TO MOVE THE BARRICADES OR HAVE OFFICERS MEET THEM AT THAT INTERSECTION KNOWING THAT THEY'RE RESPONDING TO SOMETHING TO MOVE 'EM.

UM, IDEALLY IF WE WERE TO INSTALL THESE, WE WOULD HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE, UH, ONE OF THOSE TWO OPTIONS.

UH, IDEALLY, I MENTIONED LAST TIME WE HAD THAT PUBLIC SAFETY ZONE AT, UH, NICHE'S STREET.

UM, THERE'S ALWAYS OFFICERS OVER THERE, SO HAVING THEM KNOW WHAT STREET'S PROBABLY THE BEST ONE TO ACCESS, UH, SIXTH STREET FROM, UM, IT WOULD JUST TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF COMMUNICATION, BUT I THINK WE COULD GET THAT SQUARED AWAY BETWEEN OUR DEPARTMENTS.

OKAY.

AND THEN THE, UH, THE QUOTE FOR APPROXIMATELY 509 GRAND, DID YOU ALL SORT OF SHOP THAT AROUND AND TALK TO VARIOUS VENDORS OR DID YOU JUST TALK TO THESE, THIS ONE COMPANY? SO THIS IS GONNA BE THE ONLY COMPANY.

IT'S GONNA BE A SOLE SOURCE PURCHASE, MEANING THAT THEY OWN, UM, ALL OF THE COPYRIGHT LAWS AND EVERYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH THESE DEVICES.

SO THERE IS NOBODY ELSE THAT OFFERS THESE TYPES OF BARRICADES.

MM-HMM.

, UH, WE COULD SHOP AROUND FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF BARRICADES, LIKE I MENTIONED.

YEP.

UM, BUT I THINK THAT WOULD PROBABLY, UM, INVOLVE TRAFFIC ENGINEERS AND, AND SURE.

OTHER DEPARTMENTS AS WELL.

SO THESE ARE THE ONES THAT WE KNOW AND WE USE FOR SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED.

OKAY.

SO, UM, THIS IS PRETTY EASY FOR US TO GET TOGETHER FOR YOU.

OKAY.

QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS.

WELL, I'D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO, UM, THAT THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION, UH, RECOMMEND THE ADOPTION OF THE VEHICLE SAFETY MITIGATION PLAN AND APPROVE AN AMOUNT FOR, UH, APPROPRIATION NOT TO EXCEED 109,000 FOR THE PURCHASE OF ARCHER 1200 BARRIERS TRAILERS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT FOR 65 BARRIERS.

I'LL SECOND.

I HAVE A MOTION TO SECOND.

ANY DISCUSSION? I'LL THIRD .

ALL RIGHT.

HEARING NOTHING CALL QUESTION.

ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

UH, ANY OPPOSED? HEARING NONE.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL PASS IT ON TO, TO COUNCIL AS THEY GO INTO BUDGET DELI DELIBERATIONS.

THE SAFETY OF FOLKS ON SIXTH STREET AND DOWNTOWN IS PARAMOUNT TO THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION, AND HOPEFULLY THIS MAKES IT SAFER FOR EVERYBODY.

AND OF COURSE, THE ABILITY TO DEPLOY 'EM AROUND TOWN CAN CERTAINLY HELP OTHER COMMISSIONER ISHMAEL, I THINK YOU HAVE SOME BUSINESS.

YES.

UM, IS, IS THIS ON, IS THIS WORKING? UM, SO FOLLOWING UP ON THE PRESENTATION THAT WE'VE JUST HEARD, AND THANK YOU FOR THAT BY THE WAY.

I NOTED THAT ONE OF THE, UM, ASPECTS OF THE PLAN AND THE, UM, DIRECTION THAT YOU WERE GIVEN FROM COUNCIL HAD TO DO WITH, UM, MAKING THE SIXTH STREET AREA, AND I WOULD SAY ALL OF DOWNTOWN, BUT IN THAT INSTANCE, THE SIXTH STREET AREA, MORE WELCOMING.

UM, AND YOU SAID, UM, ALSO TAKING STEPS TO MAKE THE DEMOGRAPHIC OF THE AREA MORE DIVERSE.

UM, AND SO, AS MANY OF YOU MAY KNOW, THIS MONTH IS LGBTQ PLUS PRIDE MONTH.

AND, UM, FOLLOWING ALONG THOSE LINES AND THE FACT THAT THE LGBTQ Q COMMUNITY, UM, HAS FELT UNDER PRESSURE LATELY, I WANTED TO OFFER A RESOLUTION TO THE COMMISSION FOR ITS, UM, CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL.

AND, UH, WITH YOUR PERMISSION, I WILL JUST READ THE RESOLUTION.

PLEASE GO AHEAD.

WHEREAS DOWNTOWN AUSTIN IS A VERY, THE VERY HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY.

AND WHEREAS DOWNTOWN AUSTIN IS AND SHOULD ALWAYS BE WELCOMING, INCLUSIVE, AND DIVERSE, AND WHEREAS MEMBERS

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OF THE L G B LGBTQ COMMUNITY AS RESIDENTS, WORKERS, PROFESSIONALS, EMPLOYERS, CREATIVES, ENTREPRENEURS AND VISITORS CONTRIBUTE TO DOWNTOWN'S, VIBRANCE AND VITALITY.

AND WHEREAS JUNE 28TH, 2023 MARKS THE 54TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STONEWALL UPRISING IN NEW YORK CITY, WHICH SPARKED THE GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

AND JUNE IS THE NATIONWIDE MONTH TO RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND QUEER QUESTIONING AND, UH, PLUS COMMUNITY.

AND WHEREAS CELEBRATING PRIDE MONTH, EACH JUNE RAISES AWARENESS AND PROVIDES SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY FOR THE LGBTQ PLUS COMMUNITY, AND IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME EDUCATED, ENGAGED IN DIALOGUE, STRENGTHEN ALLIANCES, AND BUILD UNDERSTANDING.

AND WHEREAS THE AUSTIN PRIDE PARADE TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 12TH, 2023 ON CONGRESS AVENUE WILL CULMINATE A WEEK OF ACTIVITIES CELEBRATING PRIDE AND EQUALITY.

AND WHEREAS THE LGBTQ PLUS COMMUNITY CURRENTLY FACES MOUNTING DISCRIMINATION AND TOLERANCE AND HATE AT TIMES, RESULTING IN INCREASINGLY HOSTILE AND DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTS FOR LGBTQ PLUS PEOPLE.

AND WHEREAS BY PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL, WE ENHANCE AND STRENGTHEN THE VALUE OF EVERYONE THROUGHOUT OUR ENTIRE SOCIETY, ENABLING ALL TO LIVE OPENLY, EQUALLY AND WITHOUT FEAR.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S DOWNTOWN COMMISSION, THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN SHALL CONTINUE TO REAFFIRM EACH JUNE AS LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND QUEER QUESTIONING PLUS PRIDE MONTH.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S DOWNTOWN COMMISSION SHALL URGE THE CITY COUNCIL TO TAKE ALL STEPS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE A CULTURE OF INCLUSIVENESS AND ACCEPTANCE, WHILE ENSURING THAT DOWNTOWN CONTINUES TO BE A SAFE, WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT THAT EMBRACES AND CELEBRATES OUR DIVERSITY, OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITY.

I'M SORRY.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S A MOTION.

DO I HAVE A SECOND? I SECOND.

I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND DISCUSSION.

UH, I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS IF YOU DON'T MIND.

UM, COMMISSIONER RYAN.

SO, UH, TODAY IS MY FIRST COMMISSION MEETING.

UH, SIR, I'M A LITTLE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE HISTORY OF SORT OF THESE RESOLUTIONS.

UH, IS THERE A PRECEDENT FOR RESOLUTION LIKE THIS? THERE ARE, THERE'S PRECEDENT FOR RESOLUTIONS.

ARE YOU MEANING A GAY PRIDE? YES, SIR.

SIR, YES, SIR.

I AM NOT SURE BECAUSE I HAVEN'T BEEN ON THE COMMISSION MORE THAN ABOUT A YEAR.

OKAY.

BUT THERE ARE, UH, PRECEDENTS FOR RESOLUTIONS THAT FOLLOW ALONG WITH WHATEVER IS BEING PRESENTED TO THE COUNCIL.

AND THIS, IN MY OPINION, UM, FOLLOWED ALONG WITH SAFETY AND DIVERSITY AND HAVING A WELCOMING DOWNTOWN.

OKAY.

UH, I THINK I, I THINK THERE MIGHT BE AN ARGUMENT TO BE MADE, UH, SORT OF HOW THIS FALLS ON THE COMMISSION'S PURVIEW.

I, I THINK THAT'S FINE.

UH, I BELIEVE I, I CHECKED THE PARADE ROUTE AND I THINK IT STARTS AT THE CAPITOL AND GOES SOUTH.

SO THAT INCLUDES THE BOUNDARIES OF, OF DOWNTOWN.

THAT'S PERFECTLY FINE.

UH, I JUST WANTED TO FOLLOW UP ON TWO MORE POINTS, SIR.

I WENT TO THE ORGANIZATION THAT'S SPONSORING THE PARADE.

MM-HMM.

, UH, THEY VERY PROUDLY REPORTED THAT, UH, SOMETHING LIKE MORE THAN 400,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED LAST YEAR.

YES.

UH, THAT'S A HUGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE.

YES.

AND I WAS WONDERING, UM, AND THIS IS, I'M SIMPLY IGNORANT OF THE MATTER.

DID THE COMMISSION HAVE ANY, ANY, ANY CONVERSATIONS WITH ABOUT HOW 400 PEOPLE DOWNTOWN IMPACTS EMS, UH, TRASH COLLECTION, DOWNTOWN, RESIDENCE, DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES, AND SO FORTH? ACTUALLY, THAT'S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION.

AND AT OUR LAST MEETING, WE HAD PRESENTATIONS FROM FIRE, EMS AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, UH, AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

WAIT, WHO? THERE WAS ANOTHER POLICE, FIRE, EMS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, UM, ABOUT, UM, SORT OF, UM, MASS EVENTS DOWNTOWN, NOT, NOT, NOT, UH, DANGEROUS EVENTS, BUT WHEN THERE IS A, UM, MASS EVENT DOWNTOWN AS FAR AS A FESTIVAL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, EXACTLY WHAT STEPS ARE TAKEN.

UM, NOTHING WAS SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED ABOUT PRIDE, BUT SINCE THEN, I HAVE ACTUALLY REACHED OUT AND I THINK IT WAS YES.

AND I CAN'T YOUR LAST NAME, I HAVE A HARD TIME SAYING, CAN YOU TELL ME AGAIN? IT'S JULA.

YES.

UM, I REACHED OUT TO HIM AND, UM, WE'VE HAD SEVERAL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE PARADE ROUTE ABOUT SAFETY CONCERNS, ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THE PROUD BOYS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SPECIFICALLY SAID THAT THEY INTEND TO TARGET PRIDE EVENTS MM-HMM.

AROUND THE COUNTRY.

UM, I ALSO REACHED OUT TO THE, THE PRIDE, UM,

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ALLIANCE.

I THINK IT'S, IT'S CALLED PRIDE ASSOCIATION.

PRIDE ALLIANCE.

I, I THINK THAT'S THE ORGANIZATION HOSTING.

YEAH.

THAT'S WHAT I DISCOVERED ON THE INTERNET.

YEAH.

SO I'VE REACHED OUT TWICE BY EMAILING, BY PHONE.

I HAVEN'T HEARD BACK FROM THEM, BUT I DID WANT TO TRY TO COORDINATE WITH THEM ALSO.

SO, TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, UM, YES.

UM, WE, I PERSONALLY IN THE COMMISSION I DO, DOES HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT PRIDE ROUTE SAFETY OF THE PARTICIPANTS.

IT IS A HUGE EVENT.

UM, AND IT'S, UM, A GREAT EVENT FOR CELEBRATING THE COMMUNITY, NOT JUST THE LGBTQ PLUS COMMUNITY, BUT AUSTIN AS A WHOLE.

UM, ONE OF OUR GREAT STRENGTHS IN AUSTIN IS OUR DIVERSITY AND THE FACT THAT WE ARE A WELCOMING CITY.

SURE.

UM, I, I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION, UM, AND I WANT TO SORT OF TAKE A STEP BACK AND SAY THAT DOWNTOWN'S A PUBLIC SPACE, RIGHT? IT'S PART OF THE CITY.

AND I, AND I I DO SUPPORT THIS IDEAL THAT EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF, UH, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, RACE, HEIGHT, HAIR COLOR, WHATEVER IT MAY BE, SURE SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN DOWNTOWN IN THE PUBLIC SPACE.

UH, I FULLY SUPPORT THAT.

BUT IN RESEARCHING, UH, THE RESOLUTION, UH, I WAS VERY UNFAMILIAR WITH THE, UH, STONEWALL UPRISING.

MM-HMM.

, UH, IT WAS NEWS TO ME.

SO I SORT OF RESEARCHED IT AND I FOUND THE SOURCE, UH, COONEY CITY, UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK.

THEY HAD A SORT OF A WRITE UP ABOUT IT.

UM, AND I UNDERSTAND, UH, CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT, BUT ONE THING SORT OF JUMPED OUT, UH, THAT SORT OF CAUGHT MY EYE, UH, AS A PART OF THE UPRISING.

UM, PARTICIPANTS, UH, THREW BEER BOTTLES AND, AND THINGS AT LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES.

UH, AND THAT'S A BIT CONCERNING THAT THIS WAS INCLUDED IN YOUR RESOLUTION SIMPLY BECAUSE, I DUNNO IF YOU RECALL, BUT MAYBE FOUR MONTHS AGO, UH, WE SAW A VIDEO ON TWITTER OF FIREWORKS AND ROCKS BEING THROWN, LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES, AND I BELIEVE A MEMBER OF APD WAS IN FACT INJURED.

SO THAT WAS A BIT CONCERNING TO ME THAT, THAT THAT PARTICULAR, WHEREAS CLAUSE WAS INCLUDED IN THE RESOLUTION, UH, BEING SO CLOSE TO WHAT WE SORT OF RECENTLY SAW IN THE DOWNTOWN CITY CENTER, UH, JUST SIMILAR BEHAVIOR.

UM, JUST, JUST WONDERING, DID YOU HAVE ANY COMMENT ON THAT? OH, I'D ACTUALLY LIKE TO COMMENT ON THAT.

YOU'RE, I'D ACTUALLY LIKE TO COMMENT ON THAT.

I'VE ACTUALLY DRIVEN MY CAR IN THE PRIDE PARADE BECAUSE MY TEMPLE GETS A, UM, SPACE EVERY YEAR FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY.

AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY MARCHES UNDER A BANNER.

AND I'VE DRIVEN MY CONVERTIBLE BECAUSE IT'S REALLY EASY.

PEOPLE CAN KIND OF DANCE ON MY BACK SEAT.

AND THERE IS NEVER, IN MY EXPERIENCE, BEEN ANYBODY ASSAULTING THE POLICE AT A PRIDE PARADE.

IT JUST DOES NOT HAPPEN.

EVERYBODY IS HAPPY AND IN A GOOD MOOD, AND THE ONLY CONCERN THAT HAS EVER BEEN HAS BEEN, IN SOME CASES, THREATS AGAINST THE PARADE AS OPPOSED TO PEOPLE IN THE PARADE ACTING OUT.

THAT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN.

SO, UM, I SHOULD CLARIFY, I WASN'T SUGGESTING THAT PARTICIPANTS AT THE PARADE WOULD ATTACK LAW ENFORCEMENT.

MY CONCERN IS THAT WE'RE AT, WE'RE BEING ASKED TO VOTE ON A RESOLUTION THAT'S MENTIONING AN EVENT THAT HAD VIOLENCE TARGETING LAW ENFORCEMENT.

AND THIS EVENT WAS, WAS 54 YEARS AGO.

YEAH.

SO I'M NOT SAYING IT'S GONNA HAPPEN NOW, I'M JUST CONCERNED THAT, THAT WHERE AS CLAUSE WE'RE BEING ASKED TO VOTE ON INCLUDES VIOLENCE AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHICH I THINK, UH, SHOULD JUST BE RECONSIDERED IS ALL I'M SAYING HERE.

WELL, IT'S, IT, IT'S MY EXPERIENCE, UM, THAT THOSE OF US IN THE LGBTQ PLUS COMMUNITY, WHEN WE CELEBRATE PRIDE AND WE CELEBRATE STONEWALL, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT CELEBRATING THE VIOLENCE THAT NECESSARILY TOOK PLACE.

ALTHOUGH WE UNDERSTAND THE ANGER THAT MAY HAVE PROMPTED IT, UM, WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE ALL THAT AUSTIN'S POLICE DEPARTMENT DOES TO REACH OUT TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY.

UM, AND OUR INTENT, MY INTENT PERSONALLY, AND MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE INTENT OF MY COMMUNITY WHEN WE CELEBRATE, UM, STONEWALL, IS SIMPLY THE FACT THAT WE AS A COMMUNITY FINALLY SAID, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

AND, UM, WE STOOD UP FOR OURSELVES.

AND I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYBODY, I'M NOT SAYING IT'S NEVER HAPPENED, BUT I'VE NEVER HEARD ANYBODY TALKING ABOUT THE, UM, STONEWALL UPRISING AS JUSTIFICATION FOR ANY VIOLENCE AGAINST POLICE FIRST RESPONDERS OR ANYTHING TO THAT EFFECT.

IT'S MORE ABOUT FINALLY AT SOME POINT WE STOOD UP FOR OURSELVES AND WE REALIZED THAT WE HAD POWER AND THAT WE HAD PRIDE, AND THAT WE WEREN'T GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE.

UH, I THINK THOSE ARE ALL MY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMENTS? ALL THE QUESTION, UM, ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION IS PRESENTED.

PLEASE SAY, AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED? OPPOSED.

WE HAVE ONE IN OPPOSITION.

MOTION CARRIES.

THANK Y'ALL.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU GENTLEMEN.

APPRECIATE YOU.

UM, WE'LL GET THE, UH, THE RECOMMENDATION

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TO COUNSEL AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE BARRIERS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC.

ALRIGHT.

NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS

[3. Presentation on the East Sixth Street Public Improvement District to be given by Caitlyn Ryan and Shawn Cirkiel of the Pecan Street Owners Association. The Commission may approve a recommendation to Council on this item.]

IS THE PRESENTATION OF THE EAST SIXTH STREET PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT.

UH, WE HAVE KAITLYN RYAN AND SEAN CRILE.

I APOLOGIZE IF I MISPRONOUNCE.

THATS, UH, CERIL, UH, THE PECAN STREET OWNERS ASSOCIATION.

WELCOME FOLKS.

HEY, EVERYBODY.

UM, WE JUST WANTED TO COME AND KIND OF FOLLOW UP.

PLEASE, UH, GO TO THE MIC.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I DON'T, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MY NAME IS SEAN CIL.

I'M THE CHEF OWNER OF PARKSIDE, UH, THE BACKSPACE DOWNTOWN ON ANDERSON LANE, UH, AND JUNE AND VAMINOS ON AIRPORT BOULEVARD.

WE ALSO HAVE, UH, BRAZOS HALL AND 800 CONGRESS.

UM, I'M ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SIXTH STREET PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION.

UM, AND I THINK WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THE SIXTH STREET PROPERTIES OWNER OWNERS ASSOCIATION IS AS A, UH, PROPERTY GROUP, WE HAVE, UM, SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT INTERESTS SOMETIMES THAN BOTH THE BUSINESSES AND, UM, THE DIFFERENT TRANSITORY TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT THAT HAPPENS IN DOWNTOWN.

AND AS A GROUP, WE'VE BEEN VERY FOCUSED IN, UM, ON LIGHTING, UH, CLEANLINESS AND KIND OF ORGANIZING OURSELVES FOR THE FUTURE.

UM, STARTING IN 2022, UM, WE IMPLEMENTED AN ALLEY CLEAN, UH, AS PRIVATELY FUNDED THROUGH OUR OWN DISTRICT.

UM, WE FOCUSED ON CLEANING THE ALLEYS ON A BI-MONTHLY BASIS, REMOVING ALL THE TRASH, UM, UH, WEEDING, ET CETERA.

AND THROUGH THAT PARTNERSHIP, UM, WE GOT THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND WASTE MANAGEMENT TO RE-ENGAGE IN THEIR OWN CONTRACT AND HAVE, UH, ESSENTIALLY STARTED CLEANING AND MAINTAINING THE ALLEYS AGAIN, WHICH HAS BEEN VERY BENEFICIAL.

UH, WE WORK HAND IN HAND WITH, UH, WITH THE A P D ON A BI-MONTHLY BASIS THROUGH OUR MEETINGS, TALKING ABOUT SAFETY AND SECURITY CONCERNS.

WE'VE ALSO, UH, STARTED TO BUDGET AND OUTLINE A PLAN FOR THE DECORATIVE LIGHTING ON SIXTH STREET TO UPGRADE.

IT'S BEEN THERE FOR ABOUT 12 OR 13 YEARS, UM, AND HASN'T REALLY HAD THE MAINTENANCE DONE TO IT IN AN APPROPRIATE WAY.

WE'VE ENGAGED A THIRD PARTY VENDOR OUT OF, UM, HOUSTON, WHO WE'RE LOOKING TO ESSENTIALLY UPGRADE THE WHOLE DISTRICT TO BE ON A MODERN CONTROLLABLE WIFI SYSTEM.

SO IT COULD BE GREEN FOR TONIGHT WITH AUSTIN FC WHEN UT PLAYS ON SATURDAY, IT COULD BE ORANGE.

THE WHOLE DISTRICT COULD BE ILLUMINATED TO BE BRIGHT WHITE AT TWO, THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING FOR A P D AND EMS AND FOR THE CITY.

UM, WE'VE ALSO, UM, ENGAGED A COUPLE PRIVATE SECURITY RESOURCES TO EXPLORE DOING OUR OWN SELF-AUDITS FOR THE DIFFERENT AREAS, BUSINESSES AND ENVIRONMENTS, TO SEE IF WE CAN'T COME UP WITH A MORE COHESIVE PLAN THROUGH OWNERSHIP, UM, TO MAYBE TACKLE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT HAPPEN DOWNTOWN.

UM, WE'VE ALSO BEEN VERY ACTIVE WITH, UM, WITH, UH, THE SAFER SIXTH STREET PLAN.

ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS THAT PROPERTY OWNERS ARE EXCITED ABOUT WITH THE PLAN IS THAT WE CAN UTILIZE IT FOR, UM, TENANTS AND TENANT REPRESENTATION.

SO RIGHT NOW, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THERE WAS A QUESTION, UH, PREVIOUSLY ABOUT THE, UM, BARS THAT, FOR INSTANCE, DON'T JOIN THE, UH, THE, THE, THE PLAN OR DON'T SIGN UP OR AREN'T ENGAGED WELL, IT BECOMES VERY EASY FROM A LANDLORD PERSPECTIVE, ESSENTIALLY, WE CAN SLOWLY START TO ASK ALL THE TENANTS, ANY OF THE BARS IN THE NEAR TERM, ARE YOU CERTIFIED? HAVE YOU BEEN ACCREDITED? IS IT MANAGERS OR EMPLOYEES? WHAT'S YOUR PLAN FOR ONBOARDING? SO IT STARTS TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE POWER BACK TO THE STREET.

UM, AND THROUGH OWNERSHIP RIGHT NOW, IT TENDS TO BE SO MUCH DRIVEN.

THE NARRATIVE REALLY IS SO MUCH DRIVEN BY WHAT'S THERE CURRENTLY WITH THE BARS.

AND OUR GOAL IS REALLY TO FOCUS ON A MORE ROBUST LONG TERM.

UM, WE, WE'VE ALSO PROPOSED, UM, UH, BALLARD SYSTEM AS WELL IN COORDINATION WITH DAA AND TRANSPORTATION AS PART OF THE CITY SIDEWALK, UM, REMODEL.

THAT'S LOOKING TO GO THROUGH OVER THE NEXT, HOPEFULLY TWO YEARS THERE, THERE SHOULD STILL BE BUDGET LEFT OVER FROM THE 2010, UM, BOND.

AND AS PART OF THAT, WE ARE HOPING TO GET PERMANENT BALLARDS, UH, INSTALLED ON THE STREET SO THAT THEY COULD BE HYDRAULICALLY ADJUSTED SO THAT A P D WOULD HAVE THE POWER TO, UH, CUT OFF CERTAIN BLOCKS, OPEN CERTAIN BLOCKS FOR WEATHER, ALLOW ACCESS FOR VALET, UM, AND KIND OF ALLOW IT TO BE A MORE MANAGEABLE SYSTEM AS WELL.

UM, AND WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF RENEWING OUR PI FOR NEXT YEAR.

UM, WE WOULD ASK THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION TO APPROVE THAT.

UM, AS PART OF, UH, THE RENEWAL PIT AND PLAN, WE'RE ALSO GOING TO INCREASE OUR MAXIMUM PIT, UM, ALLOCATION FROM OUR OWN PROPERTY GROUP SO THAT WE HAVE MORE MONEY TO SPEND ON THE RESOURCES THAT WE WANT TO.

AND THEN THIS IS .

THANK

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YOU VERY MUCH.

QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS? UH, ONE QUESTION IF I MAY.

SO THE REVENUE FROM THE PIT COMES FROM THE, THE PEOPLE, THE ENTITIES IN THE, IN THE DISTRICT.

RIGHT.

AND YOU GUYS ARE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE ABOUT RENEWING IT? YES.

OR NOT ALL, BUT MAJORITY, YES.

OKAY.

THERE IS, THERE IS A, THERE IS A SMALL MATCHING PORTION THAT DOES COME FROM THE CITY.

SURE.

UM, BUT THE MAJORITY OF IT DOES COME FROM ALL OF THE PROPERTY OWNERS.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

WELL, THEY'VE ASKED US IF WE WOULD SUPPORT THE RENEWAL OF THE, THE, THE EAST SIXTH STREET, UH, PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, UH, PIT.

I, SO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE.

I'LL SECOND.

I HAVE A MOTION.

AND SECOND, ANY QUESTIONS? ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED? HEARING NONE.

WE'LL PASS THAT ON TO COUNSEL AND, UH, HOPE THANK YOU'ALL FOR DOING THE WORK YOU DO.

IT'S, I KNOW IT'S FRAUGHT WITH CHALLENGE.

THANK Y'ALL SO VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

AND BACKSPACE ROCKS, .

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, THE NEXT ITEM OF

[4. Presentation on the Downtown Strategic Plan to be given by Melissa Barry of the Downtown Austin Alliance. The Commission may approve a recommendation to Council on this item]

BUSINESS IS, UH, THE DOWNTOWN STRATEGIC PLAN.

UH, WE'VE GOT MELISSA BARRY WITH THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, AND I'M GONNA STEP OFF THE YES, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO.

YEAH.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

AND MELISSA, I APOLOGIZE.

I HAVE A PRIOR ENGAGEMENT.

SO, UH, VICE CHAIR FINAL IS GONNA TAKE OVER THE BALANCE OF THE MEETING.

OKAY.

DULY NOTED.

UH, SO MY NAME'S MELISSA BARRY.

I'M THE CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER WITH THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

UM, AND MUCH LIKE THE EAST SIXTH STREET PI, THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE IS THE PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FOR, UM, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

SO, UH, THIS SLIDE HERE IS SHOWING YOU THE, THE RED BOUNDARY IS THE DISTRICT BOUNDARY.

AND, UM, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT CONCEPT, UM, THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, THE PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT CONCEPT IS, IS, UM, FORMS OUT OF STATE STATUTE AND PROPERTY OWNERS PAY AN ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT.

IT'S CALLED A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT TO, UM, GET SERVICES ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT THE CITY IS PROVIDING.

AND WE, THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE MANAGES THE PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT UNDER A CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF BOSTON.

SO, UM, WE JUST WENT THROUGH A 10 YEAR RENEWAL PROCESS.

SO WE HAVE A, UM, A NEW SERVICE PLAN THAT GETS US TO 2032.

UM, AND WE, AS PART OF THAT, UM, PLANNING PROCESS, WE ALSO OPERATE UNDER A FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN.

WE HAVE A, WE'RE A COMPLEX ORGANIZATION, WE ALSO HAVE A BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

SO, UM, OVER THE COURSE OF THIS PAST YEAR, OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNDERSTANDING THE NEW SERVICE PLAN WAS UNDERWAY, INITIATED ON A STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS TO LOOK AT WHAT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS LOOKED LIKE.

SO, UM, WHAT I AM SHARING WITH YOU TODAY IS A VERY HIGH LEVEL SUMMARY OF OUR FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN.

I, I WILL SAY THAT, UM, WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, OUR, OUR BOARD ORGANIZES BY COMMITTEES, AND EACH COMMITTEE IS DEDICATED TO ONE OF THE PRIORITY AREAS OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN.

SO WE'VE IDENTIFIED GOALS AND OBJECTIVES, UM, AND THE WORK OF REALLY GETTING INTO THE DETAILS HAS YET TO COME.

THAT'S, UM, THE NEXT STEP WITH EACH OF THE COMMITTEES.

WE'LL BE WORKING THROUGH THE IDENTIFIED GOALS AND OBJECTIVES TO DEFINE WHAT THESE ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, JUST AS A, A QUICK RE RECAP, OUR MISSION, UM, AND THIS MISSION WAS ACTUALLY UPDATED IN OUR, OUR CURRENT STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS.

OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE, PRESERVE, AND ENHANCE THE VIBE, VITALITY, AND VALUE OF DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

AND, UM, FOR EV THAT'S FOR EVERYONE.

WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT DOWNTOWN AUSTIN IS A PLACE FOR EVERYONE.

UM, I LOVE ALL THE WORDS THAT I'M HEARING TONIGHT.

WELCOMING, INCLUSIVE, WE'VE BEEN REALLY WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT DOWNTOWN IS WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE.

UH, AND I THINK YOU'LL SEE THAT AS WE, WE WORK THROUGH SOME OF THE PRIORITIES IN OUR STRATEGIC PLAN.

AND, UM, IN 2017, WE WENT ON A VERY, UM, ROBUST PROCESS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY.

WE, WE WENT OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN.

WE MET WITH PEOPLE ALL OVER AUSTIN TO TRY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF DOWNTOWN AND THE VISIONS OF THE COMMUNITY FOR DOWNTOWN.

THAT, UM, PROCESS LED TO WHAT WAS CALLED THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN

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VISION.

AND THAT DOWNTOWN AUSTIN VISION HAS BEEN THE NORTH STAR FOR HOW WE THINK ABOUT OUR STRATEGIC PLAN MOVING FORWARD.

SO WHEN YOU SEE THE LANGUAGE IN OUR STRATEGIC PLAN, IT'S REALLY CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY AND HAVE CONTINUED TO HEAR REALLY CONSISTENTLY EVEN SINCE THE, UM, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN VISION WAS CREATED.

SO THERE'S FIVE STRATEGIC PRIORITIES.

THIS IS, AGAIN, IT'S A FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN, UM, MEANT TO LAST US UNTIL 20 28, 5 STRATEGIC PRIORITIES.

UM, AND I'M GONNA WALK THROUGH EACH ONE OF THEM, UM, VERY BRIEFLY.

SO, OUR FIRST STRATEGIC PRIORITY IS AROUND PUBLIC SPACE EXPERIENCE.

AND, UM, THIS IS REALLY ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT DOWNTOWN IS CLEAN AND SAFE, AND IT'S ALSO WELCOMING FOR EVERYONE.

SO, UM, YOU ALL PROBABLY ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH OUR DOWNTOWN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM.

YOU'VE SEEN OUR AMBASSADORS, UM, WALKING THROUGH DOWNTOWN, HELPING PEOPLE FIND THEIR WAY.

UM, YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY DO, OUR AMBASSADORS DO SO MUCH.

THEY, THEY CLEAN, THEY PICK UP CLEAN GRAFFITI, THEY PICK UP TRASH, THEY POWER WASH THE SIDEWALKS, BUT THEY ALSO ARE TRAINED TO BE, UM, YOU KNOW, THE HOSPITALITY, THE FRONT, THE, THE FACE OF DOWNTOWN FOR EVERYONE.

SO OUR AMBASSADORS ARE, ARE A BIG COMPONENT OF THE PUBLIC SPACE EXPERIENCE.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE OBJECTIVES THIS YEAR TO REALLY, UM, TACKLE AND DECREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN DOWNTOWN.

BY INCREASING ACCESS TO FACILITIES AND SERVICES.

WE ARE LOOKING TO REDUCE CRIME.

AND, YOU KNOW, THIS IS VERY RELEVANT WITH, UM, THE WORK OF, OF THE EAST SIXTH STREET PIT.

WE'RE REALLY LOOKING TO, UM, ADDRESS CRIME AND VIOLENT CRIME, UM, INCREASE VIBRANCY AND DIVERSITY.

SO HAVING MORE PEOPLE DOWNTOWN, MORE, MORE PEOPLE WALKING AROUND, MORE VIBRANT STREETS, MAKING DOWNTOWN MORE WELCOMING AND CLEANLINESS IS ALWAYS THE, THE FOUNDATION OF EVERYTHING WE DO WITH OUR AMBASSADOR PROGRAM.

SO THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN OUR STARTING POINT.

THE SECOND PRIORITY AREA IS ACTIVE URBANISM.

AND THE GOAL HERE IS TO IGNITE A ATTRACT AND CULTIVATE AUTHENTIC ARTS CULTURE, NATURE, MUSIC, AND SENSE OF PLACE.

SO THIS IS REALLY LIKE THE ESSENCE OF AUSTIN, AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT THAT EXPERIENCE, THE THINGS THAT WE ALL LOVE ABOUT AUSTIN, THE REASONS WHY WE'RE HERE ARE REALLY, UM, REVERBERATING THROUGH DOWNTOWN AND THE, THE EXPERIENCE THAT PEOPLE HAVE DOWNTOWN.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS INCLUDES EVERYTHING FROM LOOKING AT STREETS AND STOREFRONTS AND MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE ACTIVE STOREFRONTS, UM, BRINGING MORE ARTS, MUL MUSIC AND CULTURE SUPPORTING, UM, AND, YOU KNOW, ACTIVATING PARKS AND GREEN SPACES AND, UM, FINDING MORE WAYS FOR ARTISTS AND CREATIVES TO THRIVE IN DOWNTOWN.

THE THIRD PRIORITY IS BUILT ENVIRONMENT.

AND THIS IS REALLY, THIS PHOTO IS, IS A REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE, THE WAY OUR BOARD REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.

IN THIS STRATEGIC PLAN, WE REALLY GRAPPLED WITH HOW DO WE PRESERVE THE HISTORIC, THE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, UM, REALLY THE, THE HISTORY AND CULTURE AND HISTORY AND HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND THE CHARACTER WHILE CONTINUING TO GROW INTO THIS MODERN CITY THAT WE ARE.

SO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT GOALS ARE REALLY LOOKING AT, UM, HOW DO WE DO THAT? HOW DO WE, UM, PUT MORE TOOLS AND INCENTIVES IN PLACE FOR PRESERVATION? HOW DO WE, UM, MAKE SURE THAT NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS CONTINUE TO EVOLVE AND, AND ARE SORT OF MANAGED AND SUPPORTED? HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S TREES DOWNTOWN SO PEOPLE CAN WALK IN THE SHADE ON DAYS? LIKE TODAY, WHEN MY COLLEAGUE AND I WALKED FROM OUR OFFICE TO HERE AND REALIZED THAT WITHOUT TREES, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY MISERABLE.

UM, THE FOURTH CATEGORY IS MOBILITY.

AND HERE, UM, YOU KNOW, IN THE MOBILITY SPACE, THERE'S A LOT GOING ON DOWNTOWN RIGHT NOW WITH, UM, TWO BIG PROJECTS UNDERWAY.

I 35 BEING RECONSTRUCTED AND PROJECT CONNECT IN, UM, IN PROGRESS.

AND SO WE ARE REALLY LOOKING AT HOW TO CONTINUE TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO GET DOWNTOWN.

WE REALIZE THAT ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN IS, IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST BARRIERS FOR PEOPLE COMING DOWNTOWN.

SO HOW DO WE, UM, ENHANCE ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN? UM, WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AND PARTNERING WITH THE CITY ON THE AFFORDABLE PARKING PROGRAM, WHICH IS A, A REALLY GREAT PROGRAM THAT HELPS, UM, FOLKS WHO WORK IN VENUES TO HA FIND AFFORDABLE PARKING PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY.

WE WANNA CONTINUE AND EXPAND THAT KIND OF ACCESS TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, EVEN THE DAYTIME EMPLOYEES HAVE ACCESS

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TO SERVICE EMPLOYEES HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE PARKING.

UM, WE ARE LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE, WE'RE STARTING TO THINK ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THESE BIG PROJECTS THAT ARE ON THE HORIZON AND WHAT IT'S GONNA DO TO, TO THE CONSTRUCTION'S GONNA DO, TO ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN.

AND, UM, REALLY WANNA GET AHEAD OF THAT WITH A PLAN FOR HOW WE'RE GONNA, UM, BEGIN TO MITIGATE SOME OF THAT SO THAT, UM, OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES CAN STAY AND THRIVE DURING THAT CONSTRUCTION SO PEOPLE CAN GET TO WORK, UM, AND VISITORS CAN KEEP COMING.

AND, UM, LASTLY, WE ARE REALLY, UM, OUR BOARD HAS DONE A LOT OF WORK IN OUR LEADERSHIP AND INFLUENCE CATEGORY.

WE WENT THROUGH A PRETTY, UM, EXTENSIVE UPDATE TO OUR GOVERNANCE AND OUR BYLAWS RECENTLY.

AND REALLY, UM, WITH THE INTENT TO, UM, BE A STRONGER AND MORE INFLUENTIAL LEADER AND, AND VISIBLE STEWARD OF DOWNTOWN FOR EVERYONE.

SO WE'RE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE CONTINUING THAT GOVERNANCE WORK THAT WE, WE'VE BEEN DOING TO TRANSFORM THE GOVERNANCE OF THE ORGANIZATION, UM, BUILD OUR ADVOCACY AND RESEARCH AGENDAS, UM, AND REALLY COMMUNICATE THOSE THINGS IN WAYS THAT, UM, ELEVATE THE, THE FOCUS AND THE, THE INITIATIVES THAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, WE WORK ON ENGAGEMENT.

WE, WE HAVE, UM, A LOT GOING ON AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S HARD TO CONTINUE TO KEEP PEOPLE ENGAGED IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, UM, WITH SO MANY THINGS GOING ON.

BUT YOU, WE, WE ARE LOOKING TO FIND MORE CREATIVE WAYS TO COLLABORATE AND ENGAGE WITH FOLKS, UM, IN, IN WAYS THAT WORK FOR THEM.

UM, LASTLY, WE HAVE A SERIES OF TRANSFORMATIVE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE PART OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN.

THESE ARE THINGS THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, IN THIS, IN THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS, WE THINK ARE GOING TO SHAPE DOWNTOWN IN REALLY MEANINGFUL WAYS.

AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE INVOLVED IN SOME CASES WE'RE, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE AT THE TABLE ALREADY.

IN OTHER CASES, WE ARE, UM, REALLY LOOKING TO, UM, BE A PARTNER ON THESE THINGS.

SO I 35 AND, UM, HA THE CAP AND STITCH OPPORTUNITY THAT THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY CAP AND RECONNECT THE CITY PROJECT CONNECT, UM, MOVING FORWARD, WHAT, HOW THAT SHAPES OUT DOWNTOWN IN TERMS OF THE STATION DESIGN AND THE STREET DESIGN IS GONNA BE REALLY IMPORTANT.

UM, THE HISTORIC ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES EAST SIXTH STREET, UM, FIGURING OUT AND TRYING TO WORK WITH THE PARTNERS ALREADY AT THE TABLE.

WE'VE HAD ALREADY HAD A LOT OF FOLKS IN THE ROOM TODAY TALKING ABOUT THAT.

WE REALLY WANT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND AND BE, BE A PARTNER IN, UM, THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN THERE.

AND THEN OBVIOUSLY THE CONVENTION CENTER AND THE EXPANSION OF THE CON CONVENTION CENTER IS GONNA BE IMPORTANT FOR DOWNTOWN.

SO WE WANNA CONTINUE TO STAY INVOLVED IN THAT.

UM, SO AT THIS POINT, I THINK, UM, I HAVE LAID OUT SORT OF AT A HIGH LEVEL THE FOCUS OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN.

AS I SAID, WE ARE, UM, AND I SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, UH, COMMISSIONER SCHIFFER IS ON OUR BOARD, UM, AND WE'RE, OUR BOARD MEMBERS ARE REALLY WORKING THROUGH WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE WITH, WITH ALL OF THESE GOALS AND INITIATIVES.

BUT I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT Y'ALL MIGHT HAVE.

WELL, FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, WE APPRECIATE IT.

COMMISSIONERS.

ANY QUESTIONS? UH, MAYBE JUST ONE QUESTION.

SO YOU SAID THIS IS VERY HIGH LEVEL, WHICH I THINK WE ALL UNDERSTAND.

ARE YOU GUYS GONNA COME BACK WHEN YOU HAVE MORE DETAIL TO SHARE? BECAUSE I, I THINK A LOT OF THE STUFF YOU MENTIONED IS REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT.

UH, PERSONALLY I WAS, I, I REALLY ENJOYED READING ABOUT INCREASING THE TREE CANOPY BY 10%.

I, I THINK THAT'S HUGE, UH, FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.

MM-HMM.

, UH, SO I WOULD JUST ENCOURAGE YOU GUYS TO CONSIDER COMING BACK TO JUST UPDATE US ONCE YOU HAVE, UH, MORE DETAIL.

WE'D BE HAPPY TO COME BACK.

UM, YOU KNOW, OVER, MAYBE OVER, WE CAN TALK WITH STAFF AND OVER THE COURSE OF, UM, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, THE AGENDAS THAT Y'ALL HAVE, WE CAN SEE HOW TO FIT THAT IN.

YOU KNOW, I THINK WITH ALL OF OUR PRIORITIES, THERE'S A LOT MORE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND A LOT MORE THINKING THROUGH.

SO, UM, THERE'S PROBABLY A LOT OF ALIGNMENT WITH WORK THAT Y'ALL ARE ALREADY LOOKING AT.

SO WE, WE'D BE HAPPY TO DO THAT.

AND AT THIS STAGE, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU NEED FROM THE COMMISSION? I'M SORRY, CAN YOU SAY THAT AGAIN? AT THIS STAGE, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU NEED FROM THE COMMISSION? THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE NEED RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT.

I'M SURE THERE WILL BE IN THE FUTURE.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU.

MELISSA.

I HAVE ONE QUESTION.

I'M SO SORRY.

, I WAS TRYING TO TURN ON MY MIC.

UM, YES, I ALSO HAVE, I'M THE DATA NERD.

I HAVE ANOTHER DATA QUESTION FOR YOU.

WHEN YOU TALK