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[00:00:03]

HELLO, EVERYBODY.

[CALL TO ORDER ]

I BELIEVE WE HAVE QUORUM.

SO WELCOME TO, WE'RE GONNA GET STARTED BECAUSE WE HAVE A TIGHT SCHEDULE, AS ALWAYS.

THANK YOU.

UM, WELCOME TO THE OCTOBER, UM, REGULAR MEETING OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION.

UM, WE WILL FIRST, UM, DO ROLL CALL.

UM, COMMISSIONER ORR HERE.

COMMISSIONER RUTAN PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER KOFF PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER HALL.

MARTIN PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER NEN PRESENT.

I AM ALSO HERE.

COMMISSIONER PENA.

AND COMMISSIONER PENA.

I'M GONNA NEED YOU TO HAVE YOUR CAMERA ON IF YOU'RE GONNA BE PRESENT DURING THE MEETING.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES PRESENT.

BARELY.

I'M SORRY.

UM, OKAY.

UM, AND I BELIEVE EVEN WITHOUT COMMISSIONER PENA, WE ARE AT QUORUM, SO WE'RE GONNA GET GOING.

OKAY.

UM, FIRST UP

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL ]

IS PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

WE HAVE CARLOS LEON, SO CARLOS LEON, FIRST AND FOREMOST, FOR LETTING ME ASTRAY CHRISTIAN MAN SPEAK AGAINST SICKO SATANIC HARASSMENT AND STALKING BEHAVIOR, THREATENING OUR PUBLIC SAFETY AND THOSE WRONGLY PROTECTING SUCH CRIMINAL EVIL IN FRONT OF YOU.

NOW IS THE POLICE REPORT I FILED ONLINE SEPTEMBER 24TH AGAINST AN ABUSIVE OLDER WHITE MALE STALKER TARGETING ME AT RUDY'S BARBECUE AND AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY CENTRAL AT SEA HOME.

IN RETURN, A P D IMMEDIATELY ISSUED A TEMPORARY REPORT NUMBER UNTIL MY REPORT IS APPROVED FOR PAST FILED REPORTS AGAINST OTHER SICKO STALKERS.

A P D SUBSEQUENTLY ISSUED ME AN OFFICIAL POLICE REPORT NUMBER WITHIN FIVE BUSINESS DAYS FOLLOWING THEIR PROCESSING GUIDELINES.

HOWEVER, THIS TIME I HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED AN OFFICIAL POLICE REPORT NUMBER, AN ALLEGED PROTOCOL VIOLATION.

THAT'S A PROBLEM RIGHT NOW BECAUSE A P L CENTRAL SECURITY TOLD ME THEY FIRST NEED ME TO PROVIDE THEM AN A P D CASE NUMBER BEFORE SENDING SECURITY VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE STALKER TO A P D.

SO A P D DETECTIVES CAN LAWFULLY STOP THE STALKER FROM ILLEGALLY FOLLOWING AND HARASSING ME.

IT'S TIME FOR A P D TO TAKE ACTION BECAUSE THE STALKERS HARASSMENT HAS RECENTLY ESCALATED IN FREQUENCY, INTENSITY, AND REACH.

WHEN I DIRECTLY TOLD HIM TO STOP STALKING ME, HE TOLD ME TO GO F**K MYSELF.

MORE CONCERNING WHEN I ASKED A HELPFUL A P D OFFICER TO LOOK UP MY REPORT AND PROVIDE ME THE CASE NUMBER.

HE SAID IT WAS NOT IN THE SYSTEM THOUGH IT SHOULD BE.

THEREFORE, PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION LAWFULLY USE YOUR POWER TO MAKE SURE A P D HAS MY REPORT TODAY.

SO A P D CAN ISSUE IT AN OFFICIAL POLICE REPORT NUMBER TODAY AND PROVIDE THAT OFFICIAL POLICE REPORT NUMBER TO ME AND A P L CENTRAL SECURITY TODAY.

SO A P D CAN STOP.

OH, SO A P L CENTRAL SECURITY CAN FIRST SEND THE SECURITY VIDEO OF THE STALKER TO A P D TODAY.

SO A P D CAN STOP THIS STALKER ASAP TO MAKE AUSTIN SAFER FOR US ALL BECAUSE THE STALKER TALKS AND ACTS LIKE HE'S PART OF A NETWORK OF LIKE-MINDED EVIL, LIKE THE PEDOPHILE, SEX OFFENDER, SEX TRAFFICKING, HUMAN TRAFFICKING RINGS EXPOSED IN THE MOVIE SOUND OF FREEDOM, WHO NEED TO BE ROUNDED UP AND REMOVED FROM SOCIETY ASAP.

THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED PROMPT ASSISTANCE WITH THIS MATTER.

MAY GOD GRANT US THE VICTORY OVER EVIL.

IN JESUS' NAME I PRAY.

AMEN.

THANK YOU LORD.

AND GOD BLESS TEXAS.

I BELIEVE WE ALSO HAVE TATE CAROL

[00:05:01]

JOINING US.

HEY, GOOD AFTERNOON.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

OH, UH, MY, MY WIFE RACHEL IS, UH, PASSING AROUND A A FLY OUT THAT KIND OF GOES OVER, UH, A LITTLE BIT WHAT I'M, WHAT I'M GONNA BE, UH, DISCUSSING.

UM, BUT JUST, UH, REAL QUICK TO INTRODUCE MYSELF.

UH, MY NAME'S, UH, TATE CARROLL.

I, UH, JUST SEPARATED FROM THE, UH, MILITARY BACK IN MAY.

UM, SINCE THEN, I, UH, STARTED MY OWN, UM, SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, UM, TO KIND OF UTILIZE THE EXPERIENCE THAT I I I GAINED, UM, WHILE MY, UH, TIME IN THE, IN THE AIR FORCE.

UM, SO COMING BACK, I WAS ABLE TO, UH, GET THE GROUND RUNNING ON A COUPLE DIFFERENT PROJECTS.

AND, UM, ONE OF THE FIRST ONES, UM, I GOT STARTED ON, UM, WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT, UH, ALL RIGHT, HOW CAN WE USE THIS NEW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO NEW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TECHNOLOGY TO BETTER SERVE, UM, THE COMMUNITY? AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST, UH, ISSUES THAT I'VE SEEN, UM, LATELY IS THE DISPATCHER SHORTAGE.

UM, SO HAVING A HARD TIME TRYING TO FIND PEOPLE, UH, TO WORK THE, THE 9 1 1 DISPATCHER JOB, IT'S A, UM, DEFINITELY A, A HARD ROLE.

UM, SO IT, FINDING SOMEONE TO FILL THAT JOB IS OBVIOUSLY, UH, COMES WITH A CHALLENGE.

UM, SO I, I'VE LOOKED AROUND AT SOLUTIONS THAT, THAT WERE BEING OFFERED.

UM, A LOT OF THEM WERE FULLY AUGMENTED SOLUTIONS TO WHERE YOU CALL SOMEONE AND, UM, YOU'RE TALKING TO A, UH, NINE ONE, UH, AI THE WHOLE TIME.

UM, THEN NEXT THING YOU KNOW, IT, UH, A FIREMAN SHOWS UP AT YOUR HOUSE WHEN YOU REALLY NEEDED A POLICE OFFICER OR AN AMBULANCE, UH, JUST BECAUSE THE AI CLASSIFIED IT WRONG OR, OR GOT THE MISTAKES WRONG.

UM, THE WAY, UH, MY SOFTWARE KIND OF WORKS IS, UM, SIMILAR, UH, PROCESS.

IT USES AI TO CLASSIFY THAT EVENT.

SO A USER'S GONNA CALL IN STATE THEIR EMERGENCY, UM, AND THEN THE AI IS GONNA CONTINUE TO HAVE A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION WITH THAT AND CONVERSATION WITH IT TO KIND OF GAIN A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION WHILE IT'S DOING THIS.

UM, THE DISPATCHERS ON THE OTHER END WILL HAVE A DISPATCHER, UH, VIEW, UH, SCREEN.

YOU CAN KIND OF SEE IT, UH, ABOUT THREE QUARTERS THE WAY THROUGH THE, THE PAGE HERE, UM, THAT I PASSED AROUND.

BUT IT, UH, ON THAT, IT SHOWS THERE, UM, EMERGENCY THAT THEY REQUIRED OR REQUESTED, UM, THE CLASSIFICATION FOR IT, WHETHER IT'S A FIRE, POLICE, MEDICAL, UM, AND THEN A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION FOR THAT AS WELL.

UM, AND SO WHAT IT DOES IS IT KIND OF PROVIDES, UH, DISPATCHERS WITH A FASTER WAY TO BETTER MANAGE, UH, CALLS, UH, AND EMERGENCIES BY USING, UM, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

UM, HOWEVER, IT'S NOT COMPLETELY HANDS OFF BECAUSE THE DISPATCHERS STILL HAVE TO APPROVE, UM, THE, THE, THE, THE SERVICE TO GO OUT THERE.

UM, AND YOU CAN KIND OF SEE ON HERE, I HAVE AN EXAMPLE, UM, WHERE IT SHOWS WHERE SOMEBODY CALLED AND SAID, HELP, I LOST MY DOG.

WELL, THAT'S NOT TYPICALLY SOMETHING YOU WOULD CALL THE EMERGENCY OR, UH, NINE ONE ONE SERVICES FOR.

UM, SO IT CLASSIFIED THAT AS UNKNOWN, AND IT CONTINUED TO ASK FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS TO GET MORE INFORMATION.

BUT WHAT THE CALLER WOULD THEN DO WOULD BE CLICK THAT, CONNECT THAT CALLER BUTTON, AND THEN, UM, BE ABLE TO TALK AND KIND OF FIGURE OUT, HEY, IS THIS A KID THAT CALLED? WHAT'S, WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS? IS THIS SOMEONE PRETENDING TO, THERE'S NOT AN EMERGENCY.

OR LIKE, JUST TO BE ABLE TO GATHER MORE DETAILS.

UM, AND SO I I, I JUST WANTED TO COME OUT HERE AND KIND OF PREVENT PRESENT YOU GUYS, UM, WHAT I'VE BEEN, UH, MY COMPANY'S BEEN WORKING ON.

JUST TO KIND OF GET ON YOUR, ON YOUR RADAR.

I WORKED WITH, UH, UH, MR. NEN TO, TO KIND TO GET, UM, GET THIS IN, IN FRONT OF YOU GUYS.

AND SO, UH, THANK YOU TO HIM AND, UH, MISS, UH, JACKSON TO, FOR, FOR LETTING ME GET OUT IN FRONT OF YOU.

AND, UH, YEAH, THANK YOU.

IS IS THERE ANY I SPOT ON WITH THAT TIME.

PERFECT.

.

ALL RIGHT.

I BELIEVE THAT IS IT.

UM, I

[2. STAFF BRIEFINGS ]

THINK FOR STAFF BRIEFINGS, UM, WHICH IS WHEN WE GENERALLY JUST TALK ABOUT FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS TO OUR PREVIOUS MEETING.

UM, I SEE HERE A NOTE, CHIEF MASON, THAT YOU HAD SOMETHING THAT YOU WANTED TO RESPOND TO WITH RESPON WITH REGARDS TO THE RESPONSE TO RESISTANCE REPORTS.

YEAH, SO, UH, I KNOW THAT COUNCIL HAS REQUESTED THE RESPONSE TO RESISTANCE REPORTS.

UNFORTUNATELY, WITH LOSING A MEMBER IN OUR PLANNING AND DEVELOPING, UH, GROUP, UH, WE, WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE THAT, UH, REPORT THIS MONTH, BUT WE DO PLAN ON HAVING EVERYTHING AVAILABLE.

AND OF COURSE, UH, WITH THE RESOLUTION FOR IN THE FUTURE, EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE ONLINE ON OUR DASHBOARD, SO IT'LL MM-HMM.

LL MAKE IT SUPER EASY FOR EVERYBODY.

BUT OBVIOUSLY WE'RE ALWAYS OFF ON THAT, DEVELOPING THE TIMELINE FOR THAT PART.

SO, UH, BUT WE'RE, WE'RE, WE'RE ON TRACK TO HAVE THAT NEXT MONTH TO HAVE THAT FOLLOW UP QUESTION TAKEN CARE OF FOR THE R TO R'S.

OKAY.

THE LAST UPDATE THAT WE GOT ON THE R TO R REPORTS WAS THAT ONE OF THEM WAS READY AND JUST AWAITING APPROVAL, AND THAT ONE STILL HAD LIKE THE, I GUESS THE 20 21 1 WAS READY AND WAITING FOR APPROVAL.

SO THAT APPROVAL'S NOT COMING EITHER.

IT'S JUST GONNA BE RELEASED ALL WITH THE COUNSEL RESOLUTION INFORMATION.

CORRECT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

UM, ANYTHING ELSE? AND JUST FOR REFERENCE, FOR EVERYONE LISTENING, WHENEVER WE HAVE FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS THAT ARE

[00:10:01]

A, QUESTIONS THAT ARE ASKED IN OUR PREVIOUS MEETING THAT GO UNANSWERED DURING THE MEETING, WE GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF TALLYING ALL THOSE QUESTIONS AND FOLLOWING UP WITH ALL THE CHIEFS OF STAFF SO THAT WE CAN GET ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS AND THOSE ARE ALL AVAILABLE ON BACKUP, UM, SO THAT EVERYBODY CAN SEE THOSE.

UM, OKAY.

THERE WAS A QUESTION ON THE, THE, UH, 9 1 1 COMMUNICATIONS.

DO YOU WANNA GO OVER THAT OR ARE YOU GUYS COMFORTABLE WITH THAT? NO, I THINK IT'S FINE.

I THINK WE'VE GOT THE ANSWERS ONLINE FOR THAT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND THEN I THINK NEXT IS A P D, UM, RIGHT, THE PUBLIC QUARTERLY REPORT.

DO WE NEED, SORRY, DO WE NEED, DO WE NEED THE MINUTES? MINUTES? OH, RIGHT.

WE DO NEED TO DO THE MINUTES.

THANK YOU GUYS.

I AM GOING TO ADMIT RIGHT OFF THE BAT, I'M A LITTLE SCATTERED TODAY, SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

IF WE CAN GO OVER

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES ]

MINUTES, DID EVERYBODY HAVE A CHANCE TO REVIEW? OKAY.

IF I CAN GET A MOTION FROM THE FLOOR TO APPROVE THE MINUTES, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

SO MOVED.

AND A SECOND.

I SECOND.

OKAY.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A VOTE ON THAT.

UM, COMMISSIONER ORR? YES.

COMMISSIONER RUTAN? YES.

COMMISSIONER KOFF.

I'LL ABSTAIN.

COMMISSIONER HALL? MARTIN? YES.

COMMISSIONER NEN? YES.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES? YES.

AND COMMISSIONER, UM, PENA.

I SEE YOU'RE AVAILABLE ONLINE.

COMMISSIONER PENA? YES.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

AND

[3. Public Safety Quarterly Report – Austin Police Department (Sponsors: Commissioners Ramírez and Bernhardt) ]

NOW WE WILL MOVE ON TO OUR NEXT ITEM, WHICH IS THE A P D QUARTERLY REPORT.

ALL RIGHT, WELL, THANK YOU AND GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY.

UH, JAMES MASON WITH THE ASSISTANT CHIEF WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

UM, THIS IS KIND OF THE, UH, THE AGENDA FOR MY PRESENTATION.

UH, I JUST WANNA LET YOU KNOW THAT, UH, CHIEF GREENWALD IS A LITTLE UNDER THE WEATHER.

HE'LL BE TAKING OVER THESE AND, AND DOING THESE IN THE FUTURE.

UH, BUT HE'S JUST NOT ABLE TO ATTEND TODAY.

UH, WE HAVE AT THE REQUEST OF, UH, THE COMMISSION, UH, GOING TO CHANGE THIS REPORT, UH, IT HAS NOT CHANGED THIS MONTH JUST FROM HIM BEING OUT AND STAFFING ISSUES AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

BUT WE ARE GOING TO SUBMIT MOST OF THE, ALL THE NUMBERS AND EVERYTHING IN BACKUPS.

UH, SO YOU GUYS WILL HAVE THAT TO BE ABLE TO LOOK, UH, OFFLINE AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

BUT, BUT THIS, THIS MONTH OR THIS QUARTER, IT IS GONNA BE THE SAME AS, AS YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE.

SO I'LL, I'LL GLIDE RIGHT THROUGH MOST OF THE, UH, THE NUMBERS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

YOU CAN LOOK AT IT AS BACKUP, BUT I MEAN, I'LL GET TO THE STAFFING AND STUFF LIKE THAT, WHERE WE'RE MOST CONCERNED WITH, WITH OUR STAFFING OF SWORN AND CIVILIAN STAFFING, AS WELL AS NINE BY ONE CALL CENTER.

SO, UH, FIRST SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, IF WE LOOK AT, UH, CITYWIDE CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS, UH, OVERALL WE'RE DOWN 10%, UM, WHICH IS A GOOD THING FOR AUSTIN.

UM, THAT'S OUR, YOU KNOW, NUMBER ONE GOAL IS CRIME AND REDUCING CRIME AND KEEPING EVERYBODY SAFE TO BE ABLE TO GO ABOUT THEIR LIVES, UH, IN THE CITY.

UH, WE ARE, UM, THANKFUL THAT D P S IS STILL HERE.

UH, WE DO NOT HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH 'EM, BUT OF COURSE, THEY HAVE STATEWIDE JURISDICTION, AND THEY ARE, UM, HERE TO, UH, HELP IN CALLS AND, AND REPRESENT.

UH, SO WE'RE NOT SURE HOW MUCH THAT 10% WE WERE ABLE TO SHOW IN PRIOR MONTHS, UH, SHOW HOW THEY AFFECTED IT, NOT, BUT WE JUST DON'T KNOW THEIR, THEIR, THEIR WORKFORCE.

WHAT THEY'RE TARGETING IS, THAT'S, THIS IS ON THEIR OWN OF WHAT THEY, WHAT THEY DO NOW.

AND ITS OBVIOUSLY NOT A PARTNERSHIP WITH, WITH THE A A P D.

SO, UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, IF WE, IF WE LOOK AT IT, UH, CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY, UM, YOU SEE MOST, SOME REDS, UH, BUT MOSTLY ARE YELLOWS, WHICH, WHICH ARE DOWN, OF COURSE, THE BIGGER NUMBERS, UH, LIKE THE 300% AT THE BOTTOM, BOTTOM FOR BRIBERY IS SMALL NUMBERS PRODUCED.

BIG, SMALL NUMBERS PRODUCE BIG NUMBERS AND PERCENTAGE WISE, BUT OVERALL, WE'RE DOWN, UH, MINUS 8%.

SO MORE OR LESS FLAT, BUT WE'RE, WE'RE, WE ARE DOWN, WHICH, WHICH IS A GOOD THING.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, GOOD THINGS ARE, LIKE BURGLARY VEHICLES IS DOWN 14% IN THE CITY.

THAT'S, THAT'S VERY POSITIVE THING FOR, FOR THE, THE CITIZENS OF AUSTIN, UH, AS WELL AS CREDIT CARD THEFT, IMPERSONATION, ET CETERA.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, WE ARE UP BY 5% ON CRIMES AGAINST SOCIETY, UH, WHICH IS THIS, UH, IT IS OUR DRUG VIOLATIONS OF WEAPON VIOLATIONS, ANIMAL CRUELTY, GAMBLING, ET CETERA.

UH, AGAIN, HERE, UH, LITTLE NUMBERS MAKE BIG, UH, BIG CHANGES.

UH, YOU CAN SEE THE MINUS A HUNDRED PERCENT, BUT THAT'S, YOU KNOW, IT'S GOING FROM ZERO TO ONE, UM, OR ONE TO ZERO RATHER.

UH, BUT OVERALL, UH, UP ONLY SLIGHTLY 5%.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, IF WE MO LOOK INTO OUR, OUR CLEARANCE RATES FOR OUR DETECTIVES, UM, AND WE'RE STARTING WITH THE PER PERSONS, UH, YOU CAN SEE THAT DETECTIVES HAVE, UH, OBVIOUSLY BEEN BUSY FOR THE QUARTER AND THEY'VE CLEARED 993 CASES BY ARREST.

UH, ONE OF 'EM IS WAITING ON A, UH, A VICTIM TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION, UH, TO BE ABLE TO, UM, MAKE THE CASE GO FORWARD.

UH, BUT BASICALLY

[00:15:01]

993 OUTTA 994, THEY WERE ABLE TO OBTAIN, THEY WERE CLEAR IT BY ARREST.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, IF WE GO TO PROPERTY CRIMES, UH, HERE, THEY'RE ALSO, UH, BEEN VERY BUSY.

UH, 466 CASES WERE ALSO CLEARED BY ARREST, AND ONE CASE WAS SUS IS SUSPENDED, WAITING FOR, AGAIN, THE VICTIM TO BE ABLE TO COME FORTH IN A ROBBERY TO BE ABLE TO HELP US, UH, MOVE THAT CASE FORWARD.

SO, UH, 467 CASES TOTAL, AND 466 CASES OF THOSE WERE, WERE CLEARED BY ARREST.

NEXT, UH, SLIDE PLEASE.

IF WE LOOK AT CRIMES AGAINST SOCIETY, UM, 496 CASES WERE ALSO WORKED HERE, AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF 'EM, UH, WAS CLEARED BY ARREST, SO THAT WAS A HUNDRED PERCENT RATE ON THAT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, IF WE, IF WE SWITCH OVER TO OUR CITYWIDE RESPONSE TIMES, CALLS FOR OUR EMERGENCY P P ONE AND OUR URGENT CALLS, UH, OUR TARGET IS 10 44 FOR OUR AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME.

UH, AND YOU CAN SEE, UM, OVER THE, THE, THE COURSE OF JULY, AUGUST OF SEPTEMBER, UH, JULY, WE WERE AT 10 57, UH, 10 28 FOR AUGUST, AND WE'RE UP, UH, AT 10 16.

HOWEVER, IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING THAT THE CALL VOLUME HAS GONE DOWN, UM, UH, FOR, FOR THAT TIME PERIOD.

UH, AND THEN IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THIS ACTUALLY BREAKS IT DOWN BY COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, DISTRICT, UM, YOU CAN SEE THAT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE HAD THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CALL VOLUMES JUST OVER, I'M SORRY, YEAH, 10,000, JUST OVER 10,500 CALLS, UM, COMPARED TO OTHER PLACES IN THE CITY, YOU COULD, YOU CAN KIND OF LOOK AT WHERE YOUR DISTRICTS ARE IN YOUR COVERING OF, UH, HOW EXACTLY THE CALL VOLUME LAYS OUT, AS WELL AS TO THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME.

UH, WE DID HAVE THE, THE SECOND LOWEST IN THE, UH, IN, IN FOR P ZEROS AT 7 31.

UH, BUT THEN OF COURSE, AS YOU INCREASE TIME AND DISTANCE, UH, YOUR RESPONSE TIMES ARE GONNA BE GONNA BE LARGER.

SO, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS SLIDE LOOKS AT P ZERO AND P ONE'S CALLS, UH, BY MONTH.

AND THIS LOOKS AT JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER.

WE ARE DOWN.

AND THAT WAS ON THE PREVIOUS CALL.

UH, PREVIOUS TWO SLIDES.

UH, WE ARE DOWN ON CALL VOLUME, UH, FOR THE MONTH, UM, OF SEPTEMBER.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

IF WE START LOOKING AT, UH, STAFFING, SWORN STAFFING, WERE AUTHORIZED FOR 1812.

WE HAVE 1,467 FILLED.

THAT LEAVES US WITH 345 OC OCCUPATIONAL VACANCIES.

AND IF WE SWITCH OVER TO OUR CIVILIANS STAFFING, WHICH IS DEFINITELY A MUST NEED AND KEEPS US, KEEPS US GOING EVERY SINGLE DAY.

UH, WE HAVE 627 FILLED.

THIS INCLUDES CADETS.

ALL, ALL OF THE CADETS, UH, THE 77 OF THEM ARE ON THE CIVILIAN SIDE UNTIL THEY BECOME SWORN AT GRADUATION.

UH, AND RIGHT NOW WE DO HAVE 112 PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING AS TEMPORARY POSITIONS WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, HELPING US OUT DAY TO DAY.

UH, THAT LEAVES US WITH 134 VACANCIES, UM, WHICH INCLUDES FOUR INTERNS AND, AND, AND THE 40 CADETS AS WELL.

AND THAT TOTAL IS 758.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, IF WE SWITCH OVER TO COMMUNICATIONS AND LOOK AT THEIR STAFFING, UM, NINE ONE ONE CALL TAKER.

OUT OF THE 104 POSITIONS, WE ARE DOWN TO 32.

BY NO MEANS WE ARE, UH, OUT OF, OUT OF THE WOODS YET.

BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT WE WERE ALMOST, UH, AT ONE TIME CLOSE TO ALMOST 60 VACANCIES.

SO, UM, I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH.

UH, I'M OVER, UH, 9 1 1 AND COMMUNICATIONS CENTER AND OUR HR TEAM, AS WELL AS OUR TRAINERS, OUR BACKGROUND INVESTIGATORS, OUR, OUR TRAINING STAFF, UH, HAS JUST DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB OF RECRUITMENT, GETTING PEOPLE THROUGH BACKGROUND, GETTING 'EM READY FOR ONE CLASS, ONE, ONE CLASS GRADUATES.

THE OTHER CLASS HAS ALREADY STARTED.

AND SO WE HAVE A CLASS IN THERE.

WE JUST HAD ANOTHER CLASS GRADUATE.

THEY'VE DONE AN AMAZING JOB, AND WE STILL HAVE 32 VACANCIES TO GO.

UH, BUT THAT'S, THAT'S DOWN BY HALF.

AND THEY'VE DONE AN AMAZING JOB TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

AND, YOU KNOW, WITH THE INCREASE IN PLAY AND, AND THE PROGRESSION CAREER, CAREER PLAN, UH, WE'VE ACTUALLY BEEN ABLE TO GET QUALIFIED APPLICANTS IN AND BE ABLE TO, UH, THE, I KNOW THE LAST CLASS, THE TRAINING CLASS GOES, WE NEED EVERY CLASS LIKE THAT BECAUSE THEY WERE DIS SUPERIOR COMING IN.

SO IT'S REALLY WORKING TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THEM THE EXTRA PAY TO BE ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, HAVE THEM A PROGRESSION PLAN THAT THEY COULD, THEY COULD SHOOT FOR TOWARDS THE FUTURE.

UH, I WILL SAY ON THE DISPATCHER SIDE, UH, IT SAYS SEVEN.

THERE WE WERE DOWN TO FIVE.

UH, ONE PERSON, SHE RETIRED.

CONGRATULATIONS TO HER.

AND THEN, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS WE DO IS IF, IF THEY'RE NOT, YOU HAVE TO BE 21 TO BE ABLE TO BE, BE A PEACE OFFICER, UH, HERE IN TEXAS, UH, ONE THING THAT'S VERY ENCOURAGING IS PEOPLE WILL COME ON AND THEN THEY WANNA DECIDE THEY WANTED TO BE A POLICE OFFICER WHEN THEY HIT 20 AND A HALF OR 21, DEPENDING ON, SO WE HAD ONE OF OUR DIS, ONE OF OUR DISPATCHERS, POLICE DISPATCHER.

SHE WAS A DISPATCHER, AND THEN SHE JUST RECENTLY WENT TO THE ACADEMY THAT STARTED THIS, THIS PAST MONTH.

SO, UH, SAD TO LOSE HER ON THE COMMUNICATIONS SIDE, BUT WE'RE GLAD TO GAIN HER ON THE SWORN SIDE EVENTUALLY.

SO, UH, WE WERE DOWN

[00:20:01]

TO FIVE, BUT WE'RE DOWN TO SEVEN NOW, SO LOOKING A LOT BETTER.

AND, UH, MYSELF AND CHIEF HENDERSON, UH, REPORTED OUT TO THE CITY MANAGER, UH, LAST MONDAY.

UH, AND IT WAS DEFINITELY, UH, IT'S, IT'S REFRESHING TO BE ABLE TO GO IN THERE WITH GOOD NEWS AND BE ABLE TO TELL THE CITY MANAGER THAT WE'RE MAKING A POSITIVE DIFF DIFFERENCE AND MAKING A, A GREAT, UH, FUTURE INVESTMENT FOR THE CITIZENS OF AUSTIN.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, IF YOU LOOK AT EACH CADET CLASS, THE ONE 48TH, UH, IS ALREADY GRADUATED WITH 19, UH, THE ONE 49TH.

UH, CURRENTLY IT STARTED WITH 34.

UH, AND THEY, UH, CURRENTLY HAVE 28 CADETS THAT ARE STILL IN THERE.

THEY, THEY WILL GRADUATE JUST BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

UH, THE 1 51 WAS, UH, GOING TO BE A MODIFIED CLASS.

UH, SO WE ACTUALLY COMBINED THAT THERE WASN'T ENOUGH INTEREST TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A CLASS BY ITSELF.

THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE, UM, GOT THROUGH BACKGROUND CHECK, ET CETERA, WERE, UH, STARTED WITH A ONE 51ST.

UH, THEY, THEY, UH, WE STARTED WITH 49 49 CADETS.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE 48, AND THEY'RE SET TO GRADUATE, UH, IN APRIL 19TH OF NEXT YEAR.

UH, WE DO PLAN TO START THE ONE 52ND AND THE ONE 53RD, UM, THE BE, UH, IN FEBRUARY FOR THE ONE 52ND.

AND THEN SOMETIME IN, UH, THERE HASN'T BEEN A DATE SET FOR THE ONE 53RD, BUT THAT'S SOMETIME IN, UM, IN, IN SUMMER.

WE'LL START THAT NEXT YEAR.

UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THIS IS KIND OF LOOKING AT ONE OF THE OTHER PRIOR STAFFS, JUST IN A GRAPH FORM.

UH, YOU CAN SEE OUR ALLOCATED, UM, THE DIFFERENCE, UH, PER YEAR, UH, THAT WE'RE ALLOWED ALLOCATED FOR STAFFING.

UH, IF YOU LOOK AT 20 22, 18 0 9 AND WENT TO 1812, THOSE WERE THE THREE OFFICERS THAT WERE APPROVED TO GO TO THE AIRPORT.

SO THERE'S THREE OFFICER POSITIONS FOR THAT.

UH, IF WE LOOK AT SWORN FOR, UH, THROUGH 2020 THROUGH 2023, WE'RE AT 145 TOTAL THAT HAVE LEFT.

UM, AND COMPARED TO LIKE 157, UH, THAT THAT LEFT LAST YEAR.

SO, UH, STILL SEVERAL MONTHS IN THE, UM, THE YEAR, BUT HOPEFULLY WE DO NOT REACH THAT NUMBER OR, OR SUCCEED IT.

SO, UH, AND I THINK THIS ONE MORE IS MY LAST SLIDE.

AND THEN OF COURSE, JUST BREAKING DOWN THIS 1 45, UH, FOR THIS YEAR OF WHERE WE'VE SEEN OUR PEOPLE LEAVING THE DEPARTMENT, UH, WE HAD 98 PEOPLE SO FAR THAT HAVE, UH, UM, GONE ON TO RETIREMENT.

40 45, UH, RESIGNED FROM THE DEPARTMENT, ONE TERMINATION AND ONE PERSON PASSED AWAY.

AND I THINK THAT'S MY LAST SLIDE.

COMMISSIONER STEWART, COMMISSIONER PENA, THANK YOU FOR TURNING YOUR CAMERA BACK ON.

UM, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, YOUR CHAIR? OH YEAH, GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, IT'S GREAT SEEING, UH, SOME OF THE PROGRESS AND, AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK.

UM, I DID HAVE A QUESTION 'CAUSE YOU SAID THAT THERE, THERE WERE SOME DISPATCHERS.

SO FOR THE DISPATCHERS, UH, THE REQUIREMENT IS 18 YEARS OLD, IS THAT CORRECT OR? YES, SIR.

OKAY.

SO ARE YOU SEEING A, A, A GOOD TREND OF DISPATCHERS THAT, UM, ARE LOOKING INTO ONCE THEY REACH 21, MOVING INTO UNIFORM? UH, THE UNIFORM SERVICE SIDE OF A P D THERE, I KNOW AS, AS I MAKE THE FLOOR AS WELL AS MY COMMANDER MAKES THE FLOOR AND THE LIEUTENANT, THERE ARE, THERE ARE SEVERAL THAT ARE YOUNG AND THERE ARE CONSIDERING IT.

UM, AND IT'S POSSIBLE FOR THEM IN THE FUTURE.

THEY JUST HAVEN'T MADE THAT DECISION.

BUT, YOU KNOW, THE, THE WORK KNOWLEDGE AND THE EXPERIENCE THEY'RE GAINING AND POLICE COMMUNICATIONS IS, IS PHENOMENAL.

AND SO WHEN THEY MOVE INTO THAT CADET ROLE, THEY OPERATING THE RADIO AND KNOWING HOW TO SAY HOW TO RUN THINGS, HOW TO HEY, YOU KNOW, LOOK FOR INVOLVEMENT, HOW TO HELP THE DISPATCHER ROUTE AND THEIR JOB IS JUST PHENOMENAL.

AND IT'S, IT JUST MAKES THEM FAR SUCCEED, ANYBODY ELSE IN THEIR CADET CLASS.

SO IT IS GREAT EXPERIENCE.

IT GETS 'EM INTO THE, YOU KNOW, THEY CAN LEARN WHAT TYPE OF CALLS, UH, OCCUR, WHAT WHAT COMES OUT, AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

SO I THINK IT'S, IT'S BY FAR WE ENCOURAGE THAT AS WELL AS ANYBODY THAT IS, UH, GOING THROUGH, UH, OUR RECRUITING PROCESS.

AND THERE'S GONNA BE LIKE, UH, A, A, A GREAT, NOT A GREAT AMOUNT OF TIME, BUT AT LEAST, YOU KNOW, MONTHS AMOUNT OF TIME.

UH, WE ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET ON BOARD WITH 9 1 1 AND JUST GET THAT EXPERIENCE.

AND, YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY INSTEAD OF GOING TO GET AN OUTSIDE JOB OUTSIDE THE CITY, WE KEEP 'EM HERE AND GIVE 'EM EXPERIENCE.

AND THAT'S JUST ONLY, LIKE I SAID, KNOWLEDGE GAINED BEFORE WHEN THEY GO INTO THE ACADEMY.

SO WE CAN, WE CAN EMPLOY THEM, UH, BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY GO INTO THE ACADEMY.

THAT'S AWESOME.

UH, AND, AND CHIEF, JUST TO, UH, ADD TO THAT, IS THAT SOMETHING THAT IS BEING MARKETED? I'M, I'M CURIOUS IF THAT'S SOMETHING BEING MARKETED IN THAT DISPATCHER ROLE, THAT THERE IS A POTENTIAL, UM, TO MOVE INTO THAT UNIFORM FOR THOSE THAT ARE ASPIRING THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE ASPIRING TO DO THAT? ABSOLUTELY.

THERE'S ALSO, UH, REQUIRED WRITE OUTS THAT THE DISPATCHERS HAVE TO GO AND WRITE OUT WITH THE OFFICERS ON THE STREET.

SO THEY JUST KIND OF GET A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE OF THE WAY THE OFFICERS WAS.

SO THEY'RE, THEY'RE, THEY'RE BEING HIT AT EVERY LEVEL, WHETHER IT'S THEIR, THEIR SUPERVISORS AS WELL AS THE OFFICERS GETTING TO KNOW THEM, UH, OF HOW GREAT THIS JOB CAN BE IF, IF IT'S

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SOMETHING FOR THEM, IF THEY HAVE THE, THE RIGHT POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE TO BE ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, BECOME A POLICE OFFICER, WE'D LOVE TO WELCOME SOME.

SO THEY'RE, THEY'RE ALWAYS GETTING THAT TYPE OF INPUT.

AND SO, AND ALSO, YOU KNOW, OUR, OUR RECRUITING FOR H UH, FOR COMMUNICATIONS ALSO GOES WITH OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT RECRUITING TO EVENTS TO RECRUIT TOO.

SO WE'RE ALSO RECRUITING AT THE SAME TIME FOR 9 1 1 OPERATORS AND DISPATCHERS AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE RECRUITING FOR OFFICERS AND IF THEY'RE NOT OLD ENOUGH OR THEY'RE NOT READY, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES THEY CAN'T PASS THE PHYSICAL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, WE CAN, WE CAN GET THEM ON A PLAN, BUT YET WE CAN GET THEM EMPLOYED TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THEM INTERESTED IN THE CITY FOR THE FUTURE.

COMMISSIONER KOFF, UM, I BELIEVE IS YOUR CADET CLASS 1 51 IS BLENDED OR WHAT'S A BLENDED? SO, SO, UH, WE HAD, WE HAD PLANNED TO RUN A, A MODIFIED, UH, ACADEMY.

UH, BASICALLY OFFICERS THAT ARE ALREADY OFFICERS THAT ARE COMING FROM OTHER, UH, AGENCIES, THERE WASN'T ENOUGH OF THEM TO MAKE A FULL CLASS.

SO I CAN'T REMEMBER THE EXACT NUMBER, SAY THERE WAS THREE OR FOUR.

SO WE BLENDED THEM, SO TO SPEAK.

I GOTCHA.

WITH ANOTHER CLASS.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORT.

YES, SIR.

THANK YOU SIR.

AND I JUST HAD A, ON THE SLIDE 18, WHICH IS THE SWORN SEPARATIONS FOR 2020 THROUGH 2023, UM, IS THAT FISCAL YEAR OR CALENDAR YEAR? JUST SO THAT I CAN GET A SENSE OF WHETHER OR NOT THIS NUMBER IS, THIS 1 45 IS CLOSED OUT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR, OR WHETHER IT'S A NUMBER THAT'S ACCUMULATING FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS, UH, NEXT THREE MONTHS.

SO, OKAY.

SO IN THE, UM, ALL OF OUR OTHER SWORN AUTHORIZATION, ALL, ALL OF THE OTHERS ARE DONE THROUGH FISCAL YEAR.

SO IT WOULD JUST BE NICE IF THAT MATCHES UP IN THE FUTURE WHEN YOU GUYS ARE PULLING THAT TOGETHER.

IT'LL JUST MAKE THE NUMBERS MAKE MORE SENSE.

UM, SO I'D APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, OKAY.

JUST ONE MORE QUESTION.

YES.

UM, SO I, I WAS ALSO WONDERING, 'CAUSE I THINK IN AD'S REPORT THEY TALK ABOUT COMMUNITY OUTREACH.

UM, I THINK PART PARTICULARLY WE, WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE WILDFIRE PRESENTATIONS.

I'M WONDERING IF WE CAN INCLUDE SOMETHING IN TERMS OF NUMBERS OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS.

I KNOW Y'ALL HAVE A NATIONAL NIGHT OUT THAT'S COMING UP HERE, UH, TOMORROW.

TOMORROW.

UM, I, I'D LOVE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT, UM, SOME OF THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS WE MIGHT BE DOING, UM, AS WE'RE TALKING MORE ABOUT MARKETABLE SKILLS AND, UM, UH, MOVING THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT WITH, UH, FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

ABSOLUTELY.

I MEAN, THAT'S, YOU KNOW, UH, WE HAVE A LIEUTENANT OVER, OVER EXACTLY THAT, UH, WORKS WITH THE HOMELESS CONSTANTLY.

UM, OF COURSE THERE'S CLEANUPS AND STUFF THAT GOING ON, BUT THERE'S ALSO OUR STRATEGIC PLAN.

WE'RE OUT THERE IN THE COMMUNITY.

UH, I THINK THERE'S AN EVENT THIS WEEK TO BE ABLE TO, UM, HAVE THE COMMUNITY INPUT IN OUR STRATEGIC FIVE YEAR PLAN MOVING FORWARD.

UM, AND THEN, YEAH, OF COURSE, NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, WE HAD OUR KICKOFF, UH, SATURDAY OF ALL, ALL THE AGENCIES THAT CAME TOGETHER AND STUFF, BUT YEAH, BUT I THINK THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

WE'LL, WE'LL DEFINITELY INCLUDE THAT FOR THE FUTURE.

OKAY.

IF WE HAVE NO MORE QUESTIONS, WE ARE GOING TO CLOSE THAT OUT.

THANK YOU.

AND, UM, WE WILL

[4. Biannual Wildfire Readiness Update and discussion on wildfire mitigation (Sponsors: Commissioners Ramírez and Bernhardt) ]

MOVE ON TO OUR BIANNUAL WILDFIRE READINESS UPDATE.

UM, CHIEF FIRES, IF YOU WANNA INTRODUCE EVERYBODY THAT'S GONNA BE JOINING US, I FEEL LIKE WE'VE GOT A FULL SLATE OF FOLKS.

ALRIGHT.

CHIEF DALE REZA, WHO'S OVER OUR, THIS ASSISTANT CHIEF OVER OUR WILDFIRE DIVISION, ALONG WITH JUSTICE JONES.

UH, ONE OF OUR HIGHEST DRINKINGS, UH, CIVILIAN FOLKS, VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE OVER ALL THE, THE WILDFIRE STUFF, UH, EXPERT RENOWNED AROUND THE WORLD.

SO WITH THAT, I WILL YIELD THE FLOOR TO THEM.

GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSION.

UH, AS ALWAYS, WE COME AND TRY TO BE, UH, MEET WITH Y'ALL BI-ANNUALLY EVERY SIX MONTHS, DEPENDING ON Y'ALL'S SCHEDULE.

UH, LAST MONTH, UH, LAST, UH, COMMISSION MEETING, Y'ALL DID MAKE A REQUEST TO HEAR FROM OUR PARTNERS WHO WORK WITH US BECAUSE IT'S A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO ADDRESS THE CITY'S WILDFIRE MITIGATION, UH, EFFORTS.

SO WE'RE GOING TO CONSOLIDATE SOME OF OUR SLIDES TO GIVE UP SOME TIME SO THAT WE DON'T TAKE BE RE SO THAT WE ARE RESPECTFUL OF EVERYONE.

AS ALWAYS, PER THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION, YOU CAN SEE THERE, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO REPORT ON CERTAIN METRICS.

WE HAVE PUT THOSE INTO A REAL TIME MAP THAT'S AVAILABLE BY THIS LINK RIGHT HERE.

IT'S IN YOUR BACKUP, YOU CAN HIT THAT.

WE'RE WORKING TO GET A BETTER, MORE EASILY MEMORABLE U R L, BUT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WAS THERE, THAT WILL HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION OF REQUIRED BY THE RESOLUTION IN A WAY TO, FOR Y'ALL TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS IT AT ANY TIME.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

I'M GONNA PASS IT OVER TO OUR WILDFIRE MITIGATION OFFICER.

AND, UH, JUSTICE WILL LEAD US THROUGH THE, THE FIRST FEW SLIDES.

GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS.

UM, ONE OF OUR FIRST, UH, UPDATES THAT WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT, UM, UH, SOME OF YOU MAY REMEMBER IN, UH, 2014, THE CITY COUNTY COLLABORATED TO DEVELOP, UH, THE FIRST, UM, COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN THAT WAS BASED

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ON THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR WILDFIRE.

AND WE CALL THAT THE NATIONAL COHESIVE WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY.

UM, AND WE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST CITY COUNTIES IN THE COUNTRY TO HAVE DEVELOPED A PLAN, UM, BASED, BASED ON THOSE TENANTS.

UM, WE'VE BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY OVER THE LAST NINE YEARS TO IMPLEMENT THIS PLAN, UM, FROM A COLLABORATIVE STANDPOINT.

AND BY THAT I MEAN, UM, MAJORITY OF THE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND MANY DEPARTMENTS WITHIN, UH, TRAVIS COUNTY ALL WORKING, UM, HAND IN HAND TO IMPLEMENT THIS PLAN.

THE PLAN FOCUSES ON THREE, UH, KEY AREAS THAT WE HAVE FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES WHERE WE CAN EXPERIENCE WILDFIRE WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT LOSS OF LIFE OR PROPERTY.

UM, THAT OUR LANDSCAPES ARE RESILIENT FOR THE IMPACTS OF WILDFIRE AND CAN RECOVER QUICKLY.

AND THAT, UH, OUR FIREFIGHTERS, OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND OUR PUBLIC ARE SAFE IN THE EVENT THAT WE HAVE WILDFIRE AND WE CAN IMPLEMENT EVACUATIONS WITHOUT THE LOSS OF LIFE.

UM, AND SO THOSE TENANTS HAVE DRIVEN US OVER THE LAST NINE YEARS.

UH, WE RECENTLY RECEIVED A US FOREST SERVICE GRANT TO UPDATE THAT PLAN.

UM, AND SO WE'RE, UH, EXCITED ABOUT THAT OPPORTUNITY.

THAT FUNDING'S GONNA BE LEVERAGED IN ADDITION TO SOME LOCAL FUNDS, UH, TO HAVE A MULTIPLIER EFFECT SO WE CAN HAVE AS MUCH EMPHASIS AND RESOURCES AS POSSIBLE TO UPDATE THIS PLAN.

IF YOU'LL GO TO OUR NEXT SLIDE, WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT.

SO, AS I MENTIONED IN THE UPPER LEFT HAND QUADRANT IS AN OVERVIEW OF THE UPDATED NATIONAL COHESIVE WILDLAND FIRE STRATEGY.

UM, AND SO THERE ARE SOME NEW ELEMENTS ADDED TO THE STRATEGY THAT WERE MISSING INITIALLY, AND THEY WERE MISSING FROM OUR PLAN AS WELL, THAT WE WANNA MAKE SURE REPRESENTED.

UH, WHAT WE DO HAVE IS A GOOD SOLID, UH, RISK ASSESSMENT.

UH, WE WANT TO EVALUATE THAT RISK ASSESSMENT.

WE WANT TO INCORPORATE THE CHANGES THAT HAVE HAPPENED ON THE GROUND, UM, IN AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY, CHANGES IN OUR DEVELOPMENT, OUR VEGETATION, UM, AND OUR LAND USE TO ENSURE THAT OUR RISK IS REFLECTED BACK TO OUR PUBLIC SO THEY CAN BE INFORMED AND MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS AS WELL AS OUR PARTNERS ACROSS THE CITY AND THE COUNTY.

UM, THAT PLAN'S GONNA FOCUS ON COMMUNITY RESILIENCY, UH, PREPARATION, UH, DOING THE THINGS THAT IT TAKES TO PREPARE A COMMUNITY FOR A WILDFIRE BEFORE IT OCCURS, UM, HOW WE'RE GONNA RESPOND TO THAT WILDFIRE.

AND EQUALLY, UH, IMPORTANT IS HOW WE'RE GONNA RECOVER FROM WILDFIRE WHEN IT DOES OCCUR.

AND IT'S INEVITABLE THAT WE WILL EXPERIENCE WILDFIRE AGAIN.

AND WE ALSO WANT TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE NOT JUST BASING OUR, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS ON WHAT, UH, CURRENT SITUATION IS.

WE'RE GONNA INCORPORATE CLIMATE PROJECTIONS INTO THAT PLAN, AND SO WE CAN ANTICIPATE THOSE IMPACTS INTO THE FUTURE AND START BUILDING MITIGATION MEASURES, UM, THAT INCORPORATE CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS, UH, INTO THAT PLAN.

BUT WE ALSO WANNA ENSURE THAT, UH, WE'RE PRO PROMOTING AND CULTIVATING A, A WORKFORCE AND WORKFORCE CAPACITY, UH, TO BE EFFECTIVE IN IMPLEMENTING THIS PLAN AND SUSTAINING THE PLAN.

UM, AND THAT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE FOR CITY DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE CITY AND COUNTY TO GAIN THAT WILDFIRE EXPERTISE AND RETAIN IT.

UH, WE ALSO WANNA ENSURE THAT DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION IS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.

UH, WHEN WE DEVELOP THIS PLAN, WHEN WE INTEGRATE, UM, OUR CONSIDERATIONS INTO WILDFIRE RISK, UH, WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE INCLUDED AND CONSIDERED, UM, AS PART OF THAT PROCESS.

AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT, WE WANNA MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE.

UM, THE PREVIOUS PLAN WAS ABOUT 900 PAGES LONG WITH ALL THE APPENDICES.

AND WHAT THAT REFLECTS BACK TO YOU IS THAT WE'RE AN EXTREMELY COMPLEX PLANNING ENVIRONMENT.

UM, AND THAT WAS REFLECTIVE OF WHAT IT TOOK TO BUILD COLLABORATION AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY WAS HEARD.

NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT BASE OF COLLABORATION, WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS SIMPLIFY THAT PLAN TO MAKE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE.

WHO'S GONNA READ A 900 PAGE PLAN? WE WANT THIS TO BE SOMETHING THAT'S USABLE BY THE, OUR PARTNERS AND THE PUBLIC.

SO THAT ACCESSIBILITY IN MULTIPLE ASPECTS IS GONNA BE A HIGH PRIORITY FOR THIS PLAN.

UPDATE CHIEF.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THESE ARE TWO OF THE, THESE ARE TWO OF OUR SLIDE, UH, SLIDES THAT ARE ON THAT LINK THAT YOU CAN GET TO.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE METRICS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY ABOUT OUR C W P P AND HOW WE LOCALIZE THEM TO SMALLER COMMUNITIES.

UH, QUICK NUMBERS THERE THAT WE REPORT ON EACH YEAR AND, UH, EACH BI-ANNUALLY AND WE'LL, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO DIG INTO IT MORE ON THAT SLIDE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THIS IS SPECIFICALLY TO THE NUMBER OF POTENTIAL LOCAL CWPP THAT ARE ONGOING IN OUR AREAS AND ESPECIALLY IN OUR HIGH RISK AREAS.

YOU'LL SEE MORE OF THAT ON THAT LINK AS WELL, TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE TIME FOR OUR PARTNERS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UH, WE'VE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD, ESPECIALLY AFTER THIS, UH, NOT HISTORIC BECAUSE 2011 STILL RAINED SUPREME FOR OUR WILDFIRE ACTIVITY IN THAT TIME.

BUT IN THE, THE MONTH OF, UH, SEPTEMBER, WE HAD 963 DIFFERENT GRASS AND BRUSH ALARMS THAT WERE, UH, HAPPENED IN OUR RESPONSE AREA.

WE WERE ABLE TO KEEP THOSE VERY SMALL BECAUSE WE UPST STAFFED AND WE WORKED COLLABORATIVELY WITH OUR, IN A REGIONAL WILDFIRE RESPONSE WITH OUR FELLOW ASDS.

AND WE WERE ABLE TO KEEP THEM FROM GROWING INTO SOMETHING THAT WOULD REQUIRE AN EVACUATION, BUT WE COULDN'T RELY ON JUST THOSE EFFORTS.

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WE KNEW THAT IT'S JUST ONE MOMENT OF BAD WEATHER COINCIDING WITH A, WITH A SLOW RESPONSE DUE TO A TRAIN OR, OR ANY SITUATION.

SO WE HAD TO BE ABLE TO BE PREPARED FOR THAT POSSIBILITY.

SO WE WORKED WITH HESSAM, OUR, UH, OUR DEPARTMENT THERE TO WORK WITH NOTIFICATION AREAS AS WELL AS TO PREPARE THE AREA, THE RESIDENTS OF OUR TOWN THAT PREPAREDNESS TOWN HALL MEETINGS ARE HAPPENING MONTHLY IN THE DIFFERENT AREAS.

THEY BOUNCE AROUND THE ENTIRE CITY DURING WILDFIRE RISK.

WE WERE WORKING VERY SPECIFICALLY ON THAT TO INCREASE AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO BEFORE THE FIRE.

AND IN CASE OF THAT, WE WORKED WITH, UH, TRADITIONAL MEDIA AND ELEVATING THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO WERE SIGNED UP AT WARREN CENTRAL TEXAS SO THEY COULD BE NOTIFIED ABOUT THE, UM, THE POTENTIAL FIRE ENVIRONMENT THAT THEY'RE IN.

AND IN CASE THERE WAS AN EVENT THAT THEY'D BE ABLE TO BE NOTIFIED AND, AND TOLD TO EVACUATE EARLIER.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH ALL OUR, OUR DIFFERENT PARTNERS IN THAT AS WELL AS IN GENERAL WITH THE, UH, THE WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS SYMPOSIUM, WHICH IS OUR ANNUAL EVENT THAT WE WORK WITH PARTNERS THIS YEAR AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY AND ENGAGED TO KEEP THEM ENGAGED AND WELL EDUCATED.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, DO YOU WANNA TALK ABOUT THE OUTREACH ACTIVITIES? CERTAINLY.

UM, AS YOU CAN SUSPECT, UH, WE'VE SEEN AN UP UPTICK IN THE NUMBER OF REQUESTS FOR, UH, PUBLIC EDUCATION AND AWARENESS.

UH, SO WE'VE WORKING HARD TO, UH, MEET THAT, UH, DEMAND OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS.

AND WE HAVE NUMEROUS, UH, REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE SCHEDULED OUT INTO THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR.

AND SO PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION ARISING.

WE HAVE HAD A STAFFING ISSUE.

SO THOSE NUMBERS ARE A LITTLE BIT LOWER THAN WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST, BUT WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO IS DIRECT THOSE PEOPLE REQUESTED TO THOSE HESO TOWN HALL PRESENTATIONS.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO GAIN LEVERAGE WHERE WE CAN.

NEXT SLIDE.

ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE RESOLUTION IS TO TRACK AND, UH, CONSOLIDATE ALL OF OUR PAR UH, THE FUELS MITIGATION EFFORTS GOING ON IN OUR REGION IN AN EFFORT A F D HAS TRANSITIONED OUT OF THAT TO MORE OF AN ADVISORY AND EDUCATIONAL COORDINATION OF THAT.

BUT WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS, SO THESE ARE THE NUMBERS THAT HAVE BEEN SHARED WITH US THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GO AND THEY'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT SPECIFICALLY AS THEY GO INTO THEIR SECTION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, ONCE AGAIN, WE'LL COME BACK AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR QUESTIONS AT ALL AT THE END, BUT WE'VE GOT OUR PARTNERS WITH US THAT WORK HEAVILY IN THE FUELS REDUCTION AND MANAGING THAT ACTUAL, UH, FIRE RESILIENT LANDSCAPE.

WE'RE GONNA START OFF WITH, UH, PARKS AND RECREATION WITH MS. AMANDA ROSS.

IF I COULD INTERJECT REAL QUICK, I APOLOGIZE IF I FAILED TO, TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALSO IN THE AUDIENCE.

WE HAVE CHIEF, UH, DIVISION CHIEF CARRIE STEWART, WHO'S HERE TO HELP WITH ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE ON THE FIRE SIDE.

AND HER LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL WITH US, WITH THE PROGRESS BAY IN OUR WILDFIRE DIVISION.

AND, AND WHILE THEY PULL THAT UP, I JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY.

THE, THE, THE PARTNERS THAT CAME.

I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT WE, WHEN WE THINK OF WILDFIRE, WE THINK OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO SORT OF ACKNOWLEDGE AND TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS THAT PLAY A ROLE IN FUEL MITIGATION AND LAND MANAGEMENT.

UM, AND IT'S NOT JUST FIRE THAT MANAGES FIRES , SO THAT'S VERY TRUE.

EXCUSE ME.

SO I CLEAR MY THROAT A LITTLE BIT.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

MY NAME IS AMANDA ROSS AND I AM THE DIVISION MANAGER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

AND I JUST WANTED TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT HAS REALLY BEEN, UM, BEEN ABOUT FOR THE PAST COUPLE YEARS.

UM, AND I'M GONNA START JUST TAKE A COUPLE STEPS BACK EVEN FURTHER TO 2019.

AND AS A RESULT OF THE WILDFIRE AUDIT, UM, THERE WAS A RECOMMENDATION THAT AT THAT POINT IN TIME THAT PARKS WORK TO, UM, CREATE PLANS FOR ALL OF ITS LAND THAT WERE CONSIDERED NATURAL AREAS.

PARKS DEPARTMENT HAS ABOUT 20,000 ACRES OF LAND, JUST OVER 10,000 ACRES OF THAT ARE ACTUALLY NATURAL AREAS OF LAND.

AND SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT WE'VE BEEN, UM, STEWARDS OF THOSE PROPERTIES, BUT NOT ACTIVE STEWARDS.

AND SO IT HAS BEEN VERY MUCH A, A LEAVE ALONE AND LET BE APPROACH.

AND SO WE'VE REALIZED PARTICULARLY WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, THAT WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

AND SO AS A RESULT OF THAT, WE, UM, GOT THE DIRECTION FROM THE 2019 WILDFIRE, UM, AUDIT, AND WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO KIND OF MOVE FORWARD IN THOSE STEPS AND WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU GUYS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHERE WE ARE ON SOME OF THAT.

AND SO, UM, THIS IS JUST A LIST HERE OF MULTIPLE PLANS THAT ACTUALLY ALSO SUPPORT THIS, RIGHT? SO IT WASN'T JUST THE 2019 WILDFIRE AUDIT, UH, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT 10 YEAR PLAN HAS THIS AS A MAJOR TENANT.

THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN FOR THE CITY ALSO HAS THIS AS A MAJOR TENANT.

SO IT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT WE WERE TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH AS WELL, UH, ON MULTIPLE FRONTS.

AND WE WERE ALSO ABLE RIGHT AFTER 2019 TO RECLASSIFY A STAFF PERSON AS A RESULT OF THAT AUDIT.

AND SO WE WERE ABLE TO KIND OF CREATE A TEAM OF TWO.

UM, SO THAT'S

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KIND OF WHERE WE STARTED.

UM, AND THIS PAST TWO WEEKS AGO, I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT WE ACTUALLY, UM, ACTUALLY, UH, HAD AN APPROVED LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN.

SO ON THE NEXT SLIDE, I'LL JUST TELL YOU VERY QUICKLY SOME OF THE ELEMENTS OF WHAT IS IN THE LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN OR GUIDE AS WE CALL IT.

AND SO THERE IS A LINK THERE TOO, IF YOU WANNA READ IT.

UM, IT IS 200 PAGES, SO JUST GONNA SHARE THAT IT'S IN TWO VOLUMES.

READ THE FIRST VOLUME, THE SECOND VOLUME IS BY BY SPECIFIC SITE.

SO YOU CAN DIG INTO JUST SPECIFIC SITES IF YOU WANT.

BUT BASICALLY WE, UM, WORKED WITH A CONSULTANT WHO WENT OUT AND THEY DID TRANSECTS WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR PROPERTIES, AND WE ACTUALLY FOUND THAT THEY WERE FAIRLY DEGRADED, RIGHT? SO HOW MANY INVASIVE SPECIES, WHAT'S THE DIVERSITY COUNT? YOU KNOW, WHAT, WHAT IS THE CONDITION OF THOSE PROPERTIES? AND THEN WE ALSO DID A CLIMATE VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS AS WELL AS PART OF THIS.

SO IT'S VERY MUCH A SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENT, UM, TAKING DEFINED CONCERNS FOR, YOU KNOW, HEAT, DROUGHT, WILDFIRE, UM, AS WELL AS LOOKING AT SOMETHING CALLED THE SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX, WHICH IS, UM, A COMMUNITY'S ABILITY TO RESPOND TO AN EVENT.

SO, UM, WHAT YOU'LL SEE THERE IS OFTENTIMES COMMUNITIES WITH MEANS ARE ABLE TO RESPOND TO AN EVENT MUCH FASTER THAN, UM, A COMMUNITY WHO DOESN'T NECESSARILY HAVE, YOU KNOW, EXTRA MONEY IN THE BANK ACCOUNT TO DO THAT.

AND SO WE TOOK THAT INTO OUR EQUATION FOR CLIMATE VULNERABILITY RISK AND, AND TRY TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT MORE EQUITABLE AND UNDERSTANDABLE WHEN WE LOOK AT WHICH PROPERTIES POTENTIALLY WE'LL WORK ON IN, IN THE FUTURE.

UM, AND SO WE ALSO, UM, IT ALSO INCLUDES INFORMATION ABOUT DIFFERENT STRATEGIES THAT WE CAN DO ON THE PROPERTIES AS WELL AS AN ABILITY TO MONITOR THOSE PROPERTIES.

AND AGAIN, SO THE CURRENT PLAN IS ACTUALLY FOR 10,000 ACRES THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

UM, GO AHEAD TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO, UM, REALLY QUICKLY, WE'RE CONSIDERING F Y 24 KIND OF OUR SURGE YEAR.

WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

UM, WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS YEAR, UM, THANKS TO FUNDING AND SUPPORT FROM OUR PARTNERS AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, WE INSTALLED 2.4 SHADED, UM, MILES OF SHADED FUEL BREAK, UM, AT ZILKER MAYFIELD, BLU CREEK NATURE PRESERVE, AND STEVENSON NATURE PRESERVE.

I'LL RECEIVE SHADED FUEL BREAK WORK THIS YEAR, BUT IT'S A DROP IN THE BUCKET OF THE NEED THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

AND SO, UM, IT WAS A START.

UM, AND THEN WE ALSO DID 169 ACRES OF RESTORATION EFFORTS, WHETHER THAT BE THROUGH PRESCRIBED FIRE, THROUGH THINNING OR THROUGH, UM, INVASIVE REMOVAL, THESE OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT HAD BEEN OCCURRING AND THOSE OCCURRED, UM, AT DUCKER AND ONION, UM, ONION CREEK, METRO GREENBELT AREAS.

SO THOSE ARE KIND OF WHERE WE'VE BEEN BEEN THIS YEAR, BUT WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT F Y 24.

WE DID RECEIVE TWO ADDITIONAL STAFF, SO THAT DOUBLED OUR TEAM.

UM, AND WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

WE ALSO ARE WORKING TO CREATE MASTER AGREEMENTS SO THAT WE CAN HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS WORK QUICKER AND FASTER, UM, SO THAT THERE CAN BE MULTIPLE CONTRACTORS ON BOARD SO THAT WE COULD GO OUT AND GET FUNDING AND DO THAT A LITTLE BIT EASIER AND BE READY TO, TO IMPLEMENT QUICKLY.

UM, AS PART OF THAT TOO, THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY, UM, FOR FUNDING RIGHT NOW, UM, FOR THE CITY AND THE AMOUNT OF $2.5 MILLION THAT WE'RE HOPING TO GET AS OF JANUARY OF THIS YEAR.

WE'LL HAVE AN 18 MONTH TIMEFRAME FOR IMPLEMENTATION ON THAT.

AND REALLY, FUTURE GROWTH IS A BIG PART OF WHERE WE'RE GOING NEXT, AND WE'RE HOPING TO WORK, CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS AND OUR NEIGHBORS ON WORKING TO IMPLEMENT THAT LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN IN AREAS, UM, REALIZING THAT IT'S GONNA, IT'S GONNA BE A LONG PROCESS, BUT WE'RE STARTING.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AMANDA.

WE'RE GONNA TRANSITION NOW OVER TO OUR FELLOW PARTNERS IN AUSTIN ENERGY.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, WHICHEVER CHAIR YOU WANT, CHRIS.

ALL RIGHT, GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

UH, MY NAME IS CHRIS FETCHER MILL AND I AM THE BRAND NEW WILDFIRE MITIGATION PROGRAM MANAGER AT AUSTIN ENERGY.

I'VE BEEN THERE TWO MONTHS.

I DO COME FROM A BACKGROUND OF BEING FOUR YEARS WITH THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE WILDFIRE DIVISION.

UH, SO THAT'S DEFINITELY GOING TO HELP OUT OUR PARTNERSHIP AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, JUSTICE JONES ALREADY KIND OF MENTIONED EVERYTHING THAT I'M GONNA SAY IN THIS SLIDE, BUT THE PROGRAM THAT, UH, AUSTIN ENERGY HAS, UM, IS KIND OF IN THE INFANCY AS YOU WILL, UH, UNDERSTAND.

AND WHAT WE WANT TO DO WITH THAT IS BUILD IT OUT.

AND WHERE WE'RE GONNA BUILD THAT PROGRAM OUT IS WE'RE GONNA FOLLOW THAT, UM, THE WILDFIRE, UH, NATIONAL COHESIVE WILDFIRE MITIGATION PLAN.

AND WE'RE GONNA JUST TWEAK IT A LITTLE BIT AS WE GO AND BRING THAT IN AND STILL USE THOSE THREE, UH, GOALS THAT, THAT THEY HAVE THE RESILIENT LANDSCAPING, FIRE ADAPTED INFRASTRUCTURE INSTEAD OF FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES, AND THEN HAVE ALSO THE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE WILDFIRE RESPONSE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, OH, SORRY, SORRY.

GOT EXCITED.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WITH THAT, THE FIRST PART OF THAT IS THE RESILIENT LANDSCAPING.

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AND WHAT REAL LANDSCAPING MEANS IS JUSTICE ALREADY POINTED OUT IS BASICALLY LOOKING AT THAT VEGETATION MANAGEMENT.

AND AUSTIN ENERGY DOES HAVE A VERY ROBUST, UH, VEGETATION MANAGEMENT, UH, SCHEDULE THAT THEY'RE, THEY'RE FALLING THROUGH.

UM, BUT DUE TO THE WINTER STORMS AND THINGS OF THE PAST COUPLE YEARS, THEY'VE, UH, FALLEN BEHIND A LITTLE BIT AND WE JUST HAD THE VEGETATION, UH, MANAGEMENT AUDIT COME THROUGH.

UH, BUT WE WILL BE LOOKING AT THAT AND FOCUSING ON THAT.

AND THEN ALSO ADDING IN A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE WILDFIRE SIDE TO THAT, WHERE WE'LL DO IN THE WILDFIRE AREAS THAT WE KNOW OF AND THE CIRCUITS THAT RUN THROUGH THERE, WE'LL DO MORE WORK IN THOSE AREAS AND POSSIBLY EXPAND OUT TO DOING SOME MORE WORK AROUND ACTUALLY THE POLES THEMSELVES AS WELL.

SO VEGETATION MANAGER IS VERY IMPORTANT AND IT'S PROBABLY PART OF THE BIGGEST, UM, ASPECT THAT WE NEED TO FOCUS ON BECAUSE WHEN WE HAVE THOSE LINES TO THE TREES, THAT'S WHERE THEY CREATE THE SPARK.

AND WHEN IT CREATES THE SPARK, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GONNA GET THE POTENTIAL FOR WILDFIRE.

SO WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT VEGETATION MANAGEMENT, UH, VERY DILIGENTLY AS WE'RE MOVING FORWARD.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO THE NEXT PART, LIKE I SAID BEFORE, IS WILDFIRE.

IT'S REALLY A FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES, BUT WE'RE GONNA MORPH THAT INTO KIND OF A, A FIRE ADAPTED INFRASTRUCTURE, AND THAT'S LOOKING AT OUR INTERNAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE HAVE, UH, MOREOVER THAN JUST THE COMMUNITY AND THE HOUSE ITSELF.

UH, AS WE'RE DOING THAT, WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT OUR GRID.

AND THE GRID HARDENING IS, IS ONE OF THE BIG ASPECTS THAT WE WANT, WANT TO TAKE INTO EFFECT.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT AUSTIN ENERGY HAS ALREADY BEEN DOING.

WE'RE LOOKING AT NEW TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY THAT THEY'RE USING ON THE WEST COAST TO HAVE SYSTEMS THAT CREATE LESS OF A SPARK.

UH, SO IF WE HAVE COVERED CONDUCTOR WIRE THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT PUTTING IN PLACE, AND WHAT THAT'LL DO IS IF ONE OF THOSE BRANCHES FALLS ON THAT, THAT WIRE, IT WON'T ARC AND CREATE A SPARK AND GO TO GROUND AND THEN, UM, POTENTIALLY CREATE A WILDFIRE WHEN IT SITS THERE AND IT'S COVERED, IT WON'T MAKE THAT CONNECTION, AND THEN THAT WON'T START THE FIRE.

OTHER THINGS WE CAN LOOK AT ARE, UM, DIFFERENT KIND OF FUSES THAT WE CAN PUT INTO PLACE.

SO WHEN YOU HAVE A FAULT, A FUSE USUALLY BLOWS, AND THAT'S AN INCENDIARY DEVICE.

AND THEN, THEN THAT BLOWS, AND THEN IT CREATES THAT SPARK DOWN TO THE GROUND AS WELL.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT OTHER TECHNOLOGIES, AND WE DO HAVE SOME IN PLACE NOW CALLED TRIP SAVERS THAT ARE ELECTRONIC SO THEY CAN ACTUALLY TRIP AND THEN COME BACK ON.

UM, BUT THEN WE'RE GONNA LOOK INTO THOSE AND MAKE THEM SMART TECHNOLOGIES SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY TALK TO THEM.

SO IN HIGH FIRE DANGER DAYS, WE CAN ACTUALLY GO THEN AND TELL THEM WE DON'T WANT THEM TO RESET.

SO IF IT IS A POTENTIAL THAT COULD HAVE BEEN A FIRE OR A TREE AND GET A SPARK, ONCE IT TRIPS, IT STAYS TRIPPED AND WE'LL HAVE TO SEND THE CREW OUT.

UM, BUT ON NORMAL DAYS, IF SOMETHING DOES TRIP AND THEY'RE NOT HIGH FIRE DANGER DAY, IT'LL ACTUALLY RESET ITSELF UP TO THREE TIMES BEFORE IT SAYS, OKAY, THAT'S REALLY A PROBLEM AGAIN.

AND THEY'LL, THEY'LL SEND, SEND A CREW OUT.

SO THERE'S ALL KINDS OF TECHNOLOGY THAT WE'RE GONNA WORK ON.

AND THE OTHER THING THAT WE'RE GONNA ALSO DO IS WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT HOW WE, UH, AN ANALYZE THE RISK, AND WE'RE GONNA GO IN AND WE'RE GONNA BE TRYING TO GET SOME MORE, UM, SMART TECHNOLOGY FOR THAT SOME, UH, NEW TECHNOLOGY IN SOFTWARE PROGRAMMING, AND THEN BRING SOMEONE IN.

SO LIKE I SAID, I'M A DIVISION OF ONE AT THE MOMENT, SO BRING SOMEONE ELSE IN TO HELP ME, UH, WITH THAT, AND THEN BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD AND THEN ANALYZE THE RISK ACTUALLY A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAILED, AND THEN KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CIRCUITS AND WHAT AREAS WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AT AND WHAT, WHAT PART OF THE GRID WE'RE NEED TO HARDEN THE MOST AND START THERE AND THEN KEEP MOVING OUR OUR WAY OUT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THE, THE LAST PART TO THAT IS A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE WILDFIRE RESPONSE.

AND WHAT THIS MEANS FOR US IS THAT IF A FIRE DOES HAPPEN OR THERE IS SOMETHING GOING ON OUT THERE AND, UH, AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT IS ON SCENE, THEY'RE ABLE TO, UH, CALL IN DIRECTLY TO OUR, UH, E C C, WHICH IS OUR, UM, E UH, ELECTRIC EMERGE, UH, EXCUSE ME.

SEE, I'M STILL NEW, GETTING THE ACRONYMS DOWN.

KNOW IT'S E C C, THE CONTROL CENTER, AND, UM, FIGHT THE ACRONYMS. YES, FIGHT THE ACRONYMS. NO ACRONYMS. WE'LL JUST CALL IT THE CONTROL CENTER.

UH, AND SO THE CONTROL CENTER BASICALLY IS THE ONE WHO CAN TURN ON AND OFF THOSE SWITCHES AND ACTUALLY KILL, UM, SOME OF THOSE CIRCUITS AND TURN THEM OFF.

AND SO IF THEY CALL IN AND SAYING THAT WE'RE WORKING THIS AREA, THERE'S A FIRE IN THIS AREA, WE DON'T WANT IT TO BURN INTO THOSE, OR WE HAVE WIRES DOWN AND WE HAVE SAFETY FOR THE CREWS, THEY CAN SH THEY CAN SHUT OFF THE POWER AS WELL.

AND THEN WITH THAT, THEN ONCE THE FIRE DOES MOVE THROUGH OR SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN, WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO THEN GO IN AND THEN RESPOND TO OUR CREWS IN A SAFE MANNER, BUT IN, AND ALSO AN EFFECTIVE AND THEN QUICK MANNER TO GET BACK ON, GET THE POWER TO BACK UP.

I THINK.

DO I HAVE A LAST SLIDE OR? YEP.

SO THEN IN CONCLUSION, BASICALLY WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS THE, UH, AUSTIN ENERGY IS REALLY, UM, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO THEM TO HAVE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY, TO HAVE THE COMMUNITY SAFETY, TO HAVE THE SAFETY OF THE FIREFIGHTERS AS WELL IN MIND.

AND SO WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WE'RE LOOKING AT EVERYTHING IN TWO FASHIONS TOO, IS WE WANT TO HARDEN THE GRID AND MAKE IT MORE FIRE RESILIENT SO THAT WE DON'T CREATE A FIRE.

WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT WAYS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT AND EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE DOING IS THAT IF A FIRE DOES ROLL THROUGH, IT DOESN'T, DOESN'T COME INTO AND IMPACT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE.

SO WHERE WE HAVE TWO SIDES TO THAT, AND WITH THAT, BASICALLY THAT'S JUST HARDENING THE WHOLE, UM, THE WHOLE GRID ITSELF AND HAVING BETTER RESILIENCY.

AND THEN WE'LL KEEP THE POWER ON FOR THE, THE CUSTOMERS INSIDE OF AUSTIN ENERGY AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CHRIS.

TWO MONTHS IN.

HE'S DOING A GREAT JOB ALREADY.

THANK YOU.

UH, AND WE'LL GO TO OUR FINAL, UH, PARTNER WHO'S MANAGED TO JOIN US AS SHERRY.

COOL.

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GLAD YOU WERE ABLE TO HEAR.

I WASN'T GONNA GO THROUGH YOUR SLIDES.

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OKAY.

YEAH, SORRY ABOUT THAT.

UM, SO OUR ROLE REALLY IN WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE A PART OF THE FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITY AND THAT WE'RE DOING THINGS TO MANAGE OUR USE OF PRESCRIBED FIRE ON THE LAND AND ALSO TO MANAGE WILDFIRE RISK.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO THERE'S A NUMBER OF WAYS THAT WE DO THAT.

WE HAVE A NUMBER OF FUEL REDUCTION PROJECTS.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON WHAT WE CALL SHADED FUEL BREAKS, WHICH ARE ALONG THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN US AND WHERE WE HAVE HOMES THAT ARE CLOSE TO THE LANDS THAT WE MANAGE.

SO WITHIN THAT WILD END URBAN INTERFACE, WHICH I'M SURE YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT, UM, WE ARE LOOKING AT TRYING TO REDUCE FUEL OR TRYING TO AT LEAST GET BETTER ACCESS FOR WHERE THE FIRST RESPONDERS CAN GET IN AND BE ABLE TO FIGHT THE FIRE.

UM, WE ALSO TRY TO PREVENT IGNITION ON OUR LANDS.

WE HAVE A NUMBER OF WAYS THAT WE DO THAT.

UM, ALL OF OUR CONTRACTORS AND VOLUNTEERS AND WORKERS HAVE TO DO A WILDFIRE PREVENTION PLAN BEFORE THEY GO OUT AND LET US KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GONNA DO TO MITIGATE FIRE RISK.

UM, THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS IN THEIR VEHICLE.

THEY NEED TO LET US KNOW WHERE THEY'RE GONNA BE, IF THEY'RE GONNA DO ANY KIND OF HOT WORK, THEY GOTTA PAY ATTENTION TO THE FIRE CONDITIONS AND HAVE A SPOTTER.

UM, SO WE JUST A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT WE DO TO TRY TO HELP MITIGATE RISK.

ALSO, JUST FENCING OUR PROPERTIES SOMETIMES CAN KEEP OUT, UM, PEOPLE THAT MIGHT COME IN AND START A, DO A, HAVE A CAMPFIRE OR DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

UM, WE ALSO DO ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION WITH PRESCRIBED, UM, BURNING.

AND THEN WE HAVE A NUMBER OF COOPERATIVE EFFORTS THAT I'M GONNA TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT.

AND THEN WE JUST HAVE LONG RANGE PLANNING FOR ALL OF OUR LANDS.

SO I, I PUT IN A MAP, IT'S KIND OF A SMALL SCALE.

NEXT SLIDE, UM, THAT SHOWS THE BA'S CANYON LANDS PRESERVE ON THE LEFT SIDE.

AND LARGELY THE WATER QUALITY PROTECTION LANDS ON THE RIGHT IN BLUE.

SO WE HAVE TWO MAIN PROGRAMS IN THE WILDLAND CONSERVATION DIVISION IN AUSTIN WATER.

ONE OF THEM IS THE BA'S CANYON LANDS PRESERVE, WHICH IS A SERIES OF LANDS THAT THE CITY OWNS ABOUT 13,000, CLOSE TO 14,000 ACRES.

OF THAT THE WHOLE PRESERVE IS CLOSER TO 33,000 ACRES.

UM, TRAVIS COUNTY IS OUR MAJOR PARTNER IN THAT THEY MANAGE ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF LAND AS WE DO, AND THEY HOLD THE PERMIT, UH, WITH US.

AND THAT PERMIT, UM, THAT WE HAVE GIVES US THE ABILITY TO