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WELL, GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY.

[Call to Order]

IT'S 10 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING ON DECEMBER 14TH, 2023.

SO I WILL CALL TO ORDER THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

WE HAVE A QUORUM OF THE COUNCIL PRESENT.

WE ARE MEETING AT IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, LOCATED AT CITY HALL AT 3 0 1 WEST SECOND STREET IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

MEMBERS, UM, I'M GONNA START BY READING CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS INTO THE RECORD TO GET THAT ON THE RECORD.

AND THEN WHAT WE'LL DO IS WE WILL GO TO, UM, THE EVERY SIX MONTH PICKING OF SEATS FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.

UH, WE'VE BEEN AT IT ANOTHER SIX MONTHS, SO JUST AS I GOT USED TO WHERE EVERYBODY'S SITTING.

UM, I THINK, UH, I'M NOT SURE WHO ANTICIPATED THAT I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH EVERYBODY SITTING, BUT HERE WE GO.

UH, WE'LL DO THAT AND THEN I'LL, UH, WE READ THROUGH THE REST OF THE, THE BUSINESS OF THE DAY.

HERE ARE THE CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS FOR THE RECORD IN ITEM NUMBER ONE, THE DATE, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2024.

THAT SHOULD BE CHANGED TO READ MEETING OF NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 AND DELETE THE WORDS AND SPECIAL CALL OF DECEMBER 7TH, 2023.

ON ITEM NUMBER 34, THE PHRASE BEGINNING 400 EAST WESLEY DRIVE, AUSTIN, TEXAS.

THE ZIP CODE SHOULD BE DELETED AND THE REPLACED WITH 7 8, 7 5 3 ITEMS 45 AND 46 HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN.

ITEM 59 SHOULD READ, UH, I'LL JUST READ THE WHOLE THING JUST TO MAKE IT CLEAR.

AUTHORIZED NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION OF AMENDMENT NUMBER THREE TO THE AGREEMENT WITH AUSTIN AREA URBAN LEAGUE TO OPERATE THE SOUTH BRIDGE SHELTER PROGRAM TO ADD THREE MONTHS TO THE TERM ENDING ON DELETE JANUARY 1ST, 2024, AND REPLACE IT WITH DECEMBER 31ST, 2023.

ON ITEM NUMBER 83, IT SHOULD READ A VALID PETITION HAS BEEN FILED IN OPPOSITION TO THIS ZONING REQUEST.

ALL RIGHT, COUNSEL, BEFORE, UM, WE GO FURTHER.

AS I INDICATED JUST A SECOND AGO, EVERY SIX MONTHS, COUNSEL ROTATES ITS SEATS ON THE DAAS.

UH, ADDITIONALLY, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, WE CONDUCTED THIS PAST YEAR, WE CONDUCTED THE ELECTION OF THE MAYOR PRO TEM AND THE COUNCIL ELECTED CURRENT MAYOR PRO TEM ELLIS, UH, IN, IN THE CAPACITY OF MAYOR PRO TEM FOR THE YEAR JANUARY, 2023 TO DECEMBER OF 2023 AND VOTED COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE AS MAYOR PRO TEM FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR, BEGINNING JANUARY, 2024 TO JANUARY, 2025.

UH, WHEN WE WILL ELECT A NEW MAYOR PRO TEAM AT THAT POINT IN TIME.

SO WHAT WE'LL DO IS WE'LL NOW HAVE THE CLERK WHO IS, UH, COMING ON THE DAIS.

SHE'LL ASK YOU TO PULL A NUMBER CARD.

PLEASE READ THE NUMBER YOU SELECT INTO THE RECORD SO THAT THE INFORMATION IS CAPTURED.

THE NEW SEATING, ARRA SEATING ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE EFFECTIVE JANUARY, 2024 TO JUNE, 2024 IN THE CHAMBERS.

SEAT NUMBER ONE IS ON THE WEST END OF THE DIOCESE NEAR THE CLERK'S DESK, WHERE COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE IS SEATED.

UH, WHEN, WHEN WE MEET IN BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

ROOM SEAT NUMBER ONE IS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE ROOM, NEAR THE ENTRANCE OF THE ROOM.

COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE, WHAT'D YOU DRAW? UH, I'M STAYING HERE, SO I'M ONE .

OKAY.

IT MAKES IT EASY FOR YOU.

YES.

YOU, YOU, YOU KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO BE.

YEAH.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELAZQUEZ, I'M MOVING TO EIGHT EIGHT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER POOL WILL BECOME MAYOR PRO TIMM AND WE DECIDED THAT WE WOULD HAVE AN PERMANENT SEAT FOR THE MAYOR PRO TIMM, WHICH IS WHERE, UH, THE MAYOR PRO TIMM IS CURRENTLY SEATED, AND THAT'S WHERE SHE WILL BE.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER FIVE.

I'M STAYING WHERE I AM AS WELL.

THERE, THERE YOU GO.

AND, UM, I DO HAVE A QUESTION AT THE END.

OKAY.

MAYOR PRO TEM.

I DREW NUMBER TWO.

ALRIGHT, YOU'LL BE DOWN THERE BY COUNCIL MEMBER CODRE.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELA NINE.

ALRIGHT.

THREE, FOUR.

LUCKY NUMBER SIX.

NUMBER SIX.

ALL RIGHT.

AND COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER IS NUMBER SEVEN.

VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER, YOU HAD A QUESTION? ? UM, YEAH, I JUST WANTED TO EXPRESS, UM, FIRST OF ALL MY GRATITUDE TO MAYOR PRO TEM ELLIS FOR HER SERVICE THIS YEAR AS MAYOR PRO TEM.

THANK YOU.

AND THEN I WANTED TO JUST EXPRESS THAT, UM, I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT IF WE WENT BACK TO HAVING OUR WORK SESSIONS IN THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS ROOM.

I THINK IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT TO HAVE A CONVERSATION AND COLLABORATE, UM, IF WE'RE ONLY TALKING ON THE DAIS AND WE CAN'T REALLY FACE EACH OTHER AND, AND

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HAVE A CONVERSATION.

SO IF THERE'S NOT A, UM, A HELP PUBLIC HEALTH REASON FOR BEING IN THIS CHAMBER FOR WORK SESSION OR A PRESENTATION THAT REQUIRES A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO EXPRESS THAT I THINK IT IS A PRODUCTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH TO HAVE WORK SESSION IN THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS ROOM AND, UH, COUNCIL MEETINGS IN THE CHAMBERS.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER MEMBERS, THE, THE ORDER OF THE BUSINESS THAT WE'LL GO TODAY IS, UM, NOW THAT WE'VE COMPLETED THAT BUSINESS, IS WE'RE GONNA HEAR FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA, SPEAKERS, BOTH VIRTUAL AND IN PERSON.

UH, WE WILL THEN GO TO THE CONSENT VOTE, AND AT THAT POINT WE WILL ALSO HAVE BRIEF COMMENTS FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS RELATED TO THE CONSENT AGENDA.

WE WILL THEN, UH, GO TO THE NON-CONSENT ITEMS, PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS 78 AND 79 WILL BE BROUGHT UP.

ITEMS REFERRED FROM COUNCIL COMMITTEES, WHICH IS ITEM 1 0 2 WILL BE BROUGHT UP.

UH, WE WILL CLOSE THOSE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND WE WILL TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION.

UH, THE, THE, UM, SPEAKERS WILL BE CALLED AT THAT POINT IN TIME.

HOWEVER, IF SOMEONE IS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK FOR ONE OF THOSE, THOSE NON-CONSENT ITEMS, AND IT'S MORE CONVENIENT FOR THEM TO SPEAK, UH, DURING THE CONSENT AGENDA, WE'LL, WE'LL, WE'LL, WE'LL ACCOMMODATE THAT IF WE CAN.

AS, UH, AS, AS THE TIME ALLOWS US TO, WE WILL RECESS THE REGULAR MEETING AND CALL THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING TO ORDER.

WE WILL HEAR THE SPEAKERS, IF ANY, WE WILL ACT AND WE WILL ADJOURN THE CORPORATION MEETING AT NOON.

WE WILL HEAR NOON PUBLIC COMMENT AND HAVE OUR LIVE MUSIC.

AND THEN WE WILL CLOSE OUT THE AGENDA WITH THE TWO O'CLOCK TIME CERTAIN, WHICH ARE THE ZONING ITEMS, UH, MEMBERS AS WE BEGIN THE DAY.

AND BEFORE WE GO TO THE 10 O'CLOCK SPEAKERS, I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS ABOUT, UH, THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND DECORUM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND HOW WE DEAL WITH, UH, SPEAKERS THAT WANT TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL DURING ANY OF THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD, WHETHER THAT'S CONSENT, AGENDA, OR OTHERWISE.

UH, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT BEHAVIOR THAT VIOLATES THE RULES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING WON'T BE PERMITTED.

SO PEOPLE MAY NOT SPEAK OUT OF TURN, MAY NOT, THEY MAY CRITICIZE A PUBLIC OFFICIAL, BUT YOU MAY NOT USE PERSONALLY DEROGATORY OR DISPARAGING REMARKS.

MAY NOT DEFAME ANOTHER PERSON.

USE OBSCENE LANGUAGE.

USE ABUSIVE LANGUAGE THAT IS LIKELY TO INCITE A BREACH OF THE PEACE, MAKE THREATS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ANY OTHER PERSON OR OTHERWISE DISRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THE MEETING, SUCH AS YELLING AND SCREAMING COMMENTS.

ALSO NOTE THAT COMMENTS FROM A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC ON A NUMBERED AGENDA ITEM MUST BE RELEVANT TO THAT ITEM IN ORDER TO ENSURE ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE SAFE AND EFFICIENT ACCESS TO WITNESS THE COUNCIL'S DELIBERATIONS.

YOU MAY NOT SIT OR STAND IN THE AISLES OR OTHERWISE OBSTRUCT THE EXITS OR EMERGENCY EXITS.

IF YOU WISH TO DISPLAY A SIGN FLAG OR OTHER OBJECT, YOU MUST DO SO IN THE DESIGNATED AREA, WHICH IS IN THE BACK OF THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

YOU MAY NOT HOLD UP SIGNS IN THE SEATS SO THAT YOU OBSTRUCT THE VIEW OF ANY OTHER MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO IS SEATED IN THE SITTING AREA.

THERE MAY NOT BE DEMONSTRATIONS AT THE PODIUM.

IN OTHER WORDS, THE SPEAKER CANNOT BE ACCOMPANIED BY OTHERS AT THE PODIUM THAT OF COURSE, THERE WILL BE EXCEPTIONS IF THEY SOMEBODY'S HOLDING A CHILD OR SOME SITUATION OF THAT.

UH, LIKE THAT.

IF YOU VIOLATE THE RULES, UH, TIME MAY BE CUT SHORT OR YOU MAY BE REMOVED FROM COUNCIL CHAMBERS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS MEETING.

I DON'T ANTICIPATE ANY PROBLEM WITH THAT, BUT I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THE RULES AS WE GO FORWARD WITH THAT, UH, WE

[Public Comment]

WILL GO TO OUR CONSENT AGENDA AND I WILL TURN TO THE CITY CLERK, UH, TO HELP US NAVIGATE THAT PROCESS.

OKAY, THE FIRST SPEAKER IS TY HAKI SPEAKING ON ITEM 71.

HI, UH, I'M KY A HOMEOWNER IN DISTRICT, UH, FIVE, UH, JUST SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 71.

I DON'T KNOW IF THIS WAS, I GUESS, PART OF THE CONSENT OR NON CONSENT AGENDA, BUT YEAH, BASICALLY I'M IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 71.

UM, HOPE THAT YOU TAKE ACTION TO MAKE IT, UH, POSSIBLE FOR THE HOMEOWNERS THAT OWN, UM, THAT ARE TRYING TO RE-DEVELOP THEIR LAND, REALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, UH, THE HOME INITIATIVE AND THAT, UH, THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO SO.

UH, ALSO SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF 71, UH, SORRY, 72 AND 1 0 1.

UM, I JUST REALLY HOPE THAT, I MEAN, IT DOESN'T REALLY NEED TO BE SAID.

OBVIOUSLY ANY AMOUNT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT CAN BE CONSTRUCTED AND ANYTHING THAT CAN EASE THAT PROCESS IS A, UH, NET POSITIVE.

UH, SO I HELP YOU, UH, YOU ALL VOTE TO APPROVE THAT.

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UM, AND THANK YOU.

71 IS A POOLED ITEM THAT, AS I INDICATED, IF SOMEONE WAS WISHES TO SPEAK ON THAT, EVEN THOUGH IT'S BEEN PULLED.

BUT ITEM NUMBER 71 IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT I HAVE THAT HAS BEEN PULLED.

NEXT SPEAKER IS ENOVIA JOSEPH SPEAKING ON FOUR AND 40.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

COUNSEL, I'M ENOVIA JOSEPH, LET ME JUST PREFACE MAYOR BY SAYING SPECIFICALLY GOVERNMENT CODE CHAPTER 5 5 1 0.07, PUBLIC TESTIMONY SPECIFIES A GOVERNMENTAL BODY MAY NOT PROHIBIT PUBLIC CRITICISM OF THE GOVERNMENTAL BODY IN INCLUDING CRITICISM OF ANY ACT OMISSION, POLICY, PROCEDURE, PROGRAM, OR SERVICE.

THIS SUBSECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO PUBLIC CRITICISM THAT IS OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO PUT THIS ITEM ON THE AGENDA SO THAT WE CAN BETTER DISCUSS HOW TO MAKE THIS PROCESS OF REMOTE SPEAKING FAIR TO ALL, ESPECIALLY WITH THE DONATION OF TIME AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO YOUR ACTION.

ITEM FOUR, WHICH IS THE 11 MEMBERS FOR THE PROJECT CONNECT COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

I ACTUALLY AM IN OPPOSITION TO THESE ITEMS. THIS ITEM BECAUSE OF ARTICLE 13, TAX MATTERS AND JUST SOLUTIONS.

AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, AS YOU'RE AWARE, IS A SECTION 5 0 1 C3.

THE INTERNAL INTERNAL REVENUE CODE SPECIFIES THAT REGARDLESS OF ANY OTHER PROVISIONS OF THESE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION, IT SPECIFIES THAT THE A TT SHALL NOT DIRECT ANY OF ITS ACTIVITIES TO ATTEMPTING TO INFLUENCE LEGISLATION BY PROPAGANDA.

OTHERWISE, THERE ARE SEVERAL MEMBERS THAT YOU ARE NOMINATING WHO ACTUALLY TESTIFIED IN OPPOSITION TO HOUSE BILL 3 8 9 9, WHICH WOULD ACTUALLY VIOLATE YOUR ARTICLES INCORPORATION, SPECIFICALLY JAY CROSSLEY, AND ALSO YOU HAVE BOARD MEMBERS THAT DID SO AS WELL.

I WOULD ASK YOU TO TABLE THIS ITEM AND RECOGNIZE THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS THAT YOU ARE NOMINATING VIOLATE YOUR ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION.

AND I HAVE REQUESTED THE IRS TO SUSPEND OUR REVOKE ATPS 5 0 1 C STATUS AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY, UM, TO THE DECEMBER 11TH DECEMBER 6TH LETTER IN YOUR BACKUP.

AND THEN I ALSO, UH, AM IN OPPOSITION NUMBER 40, WHICH IS TEXAS RIO GRANDE LEGAL AID $900,000 BECAUSE THERE IS ACTUALLY A FY 2022 AUDIT FROM THE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT, AND THEY, UH, HAVE ACTUALLY NOT DEMONSTRATED AN ABILITY TO.

THANK YOU, JOSEPH.

THE FUNDS FROM THANK YOU SPEAKER.

YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? THEM NEXT SPEAKER IS CARMEN YEZ SPEAKING ON 71.

HELLO, THIS IS CARMEN JANNIS.

UM, COMING BACK TO, UH, FOLLOW UP AROUND, UM, SOME OF THESE ITEMS THAT YOU ALL HAVE MENTIONED YOU WOULD BE INTRODUCING FOR A WHILE.

I'M GLAD THAT, UH, THE DRAFT RESOLUTION, I BELIEVE HAS BEEN UPDATED AND CORRECTED WITH SOME INFORMATION FROM PRIOR RESOLUTIONS, UM, INCLUDING THOSE THAT WE'VE BEEN REFERENCING.

I AM NOT AWARE YET OF WHETHER YOU ALL HAVE PLACED AN AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENT ON THIS, BUT THAT I THINK IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.

AND WITHOUT THAT, UM, I DON'T THINK THIS SHOULD HAVE DISPLACEMENT OR AFFORDABILITY REALLY ANYWHERE IN THE, WHEREAS IS, UM, THIS MIGHT MAKE THINGS COST LESS COST PROHIBITIVE FOR SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE RESOURCES.

I THINK, UH, THE REPLACEMENT OF DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE, WHICH DIDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE WITH HOPEFULLY SOME FORGIVABLE LOAN LANGUAGES INCLUDED, AGAIN, THAT NEEDS TO HAVE AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS.

ALSO WANNA SAY, I AM GLAD TO SEE THIS GETTING LOOKED AT AGAIN SO WE CAN FINALLY GET IT IMPLEMENTED.

IN NO WAY IS THIS FACILITATED BY THE HOME INITIATIVE.

AND IN NO WAY DOES THIS ABSOLVE OR IMMEDIATE AMELIORATE THE DAMAGE THAT HAS BEEN DONE BY THE VERY, VERY PROBLEMATIC VOTE LAST THURSDAY.

AND I JUST WANNA MAKE THAT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR BECAUSE I'M ALREADY SEEING ARTICLES GOING OUT ABOUT TINY HOMES AND ALL THESE WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT ADUS AND ADUS HAVE BEEN PERMITTED ON MANY SINGLE FAMILY LOTS.

THEY ARE COST PROHIBITIVE.

SO I'M GLAD THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT WAYS TO MAKE THEM LESS COST PROHIBITIVE TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T JUST HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF CAPITAL OR CREDIT.

AGAIN, IN NO WAY DOES THIS ABSOLVE WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH THE HOME INITIATIVE AND IF IT'S GOING TO HAVE ANY IMPACT ON AFFORDABILITY OR DISPLACEMENT, THERE NEEDS TO BE AN AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENT TIED TO THE INCENTIVES.

FINALLY, I HOPE THAT YOU ALL ARE TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE TAX BURDEN.

I THINK IT'S PROBLEMATIC THAT UPROOTED IS MENTIONED IN THE RAZ AROUND TAX BURDEN BECAUSE AS WAS POINTED OUT TO YOU ALL LAST WEEK, HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IS LOST WHEN YOU RENT OUT AN A DU EXCEPT FOR THE SQUARE FOOTAGE UNDER YOUR PRO PRIMARY RESIDENCE.

SO THAT IS AN INCREASED TAX BURDEN.

MASSIVE TAX BURDEN.

THANK YOU, SPEAKER, YOUR TIME HAS WITH RENTING OUT A PROPERTY.

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WE'RE MOVING ON TO IN-PERSON SPEAKERS.

WE'VE GOT BILL BUNCH SPEAKING ON ITEM 11 AND 64.

ALEXANDER STRANGER REGISTERED TO SPEAK ON 45 AND 46, WHICH HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN.

ELIA , ITEM 53.

IF YOUR NAME HAS BEEN CALLED, PLEASE APPROACH THE PODIUM, THE REMAINDER OF THE SPEAKER'S, I'M SORRY, KAI GRAY SPEAKING ON 72.

ALL THE OTHER SPEAKERS ARE REGISTERED FOR ITEM NUMBER 71, WHICH HAS BEEN PULLED.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK NOW, PLEASE APPROACH THE PODIUM, LUIS OLUGO, JASON JOHN, PAUL HASKINS, JEFF DICKERSON, FELICITY MAXWELL, AND JANICE BOOKOUT.

IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SPEAK NOW, YOU CAN SPEAK WHEN THE ITEM IS HEARD, MR. BUNCH.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, BILL BUNCH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

I'D LIKE TO, AGAIN, URGE YOU TO CLOSE DOWN THE TURS, UH, ON SEA HOME AS RECOMMENDED BY STAFF.

UM, SO I WANNA SUPPORT THE STAFF ON THIS.

IT'S TIME TO DO THAT.

UH, I OBJECT TO THE REALLOCATION OF THE MONEY AND THE LATER ITEM 64, I BELIEVE, UM, THAT'S NOT PROPERLY NOTICED.

IT'S NOT TELLING PEOPLE WHAT YOU'RE GONNA DO WITH THAT $12 MILLION AND REALLY SHOULD GO THROUGH A NORMAL BUDGET PROCESS.

I'D LIKE TO USE THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME VERY QUICKLY ON THE BARTON SPRINGS ROAD BRIDGE MATTER SINCE I WON'T BE ABLE TO SPEAK LATER ON THAT.

UM, CERTAINLY WANT TO, AGAIN, URGE YOU TO SEND THIS TO THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, HISTORICAL LANDMARK COMMISSION ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION PARKS BOARD BEFORE YOU TAKE ACTION.

IT MAKES NO SENSE TO WAIT AND DO THAT LATER AS YOUR STAFF IS URGING YOU AFTER YOU'VE ALREADY TOLD THE STAFF TO DESTROY AND DEMOLISH OUR HISTORIC ART AND SPRINGS ROAD BRIDGE AND HAVE THE, THE COMMISSIONS THEN, UH, BE LEFT BEING TOLD WHAT TO DO.

THAT'S NOT HOW THIS ADVISORY PROCESS WORKS.

THE INFORMATION YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN IS FALSE.

THAT BRIDGE IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.

THE NOTICE IS LEGALLY DEFICIENT.

IT SAYS NOTHING ABOUT IT BEING A HISTORIC BRIDGE.

IT SAYS NOTHING ABOUT WHAT THE PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING REPORT IS ACTUALLY RECOMMENDING, WHICH IS TOTAL DEMOLITION.

AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THE REPORT ITSELF WAS NEVER EVEN PUBLISHED UNTIL LATE ON MONDAY, OR NO LATE TUESDAY.

ACTUALLY NO LATE MONDAY.

UH, IT'S 641 PAGE PDF.

THERE'S NO WAY ANYBODY INCLUDING YOURSELVES CAN CONSUME THAT TODAY.

PLEASE DON'T DO THIS.

IT'S THE WRONG THING.

WE NEED TO BE SAVING OUR HISTORIC BRIDGES, INCLUDING THIS ONE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MR. BUNCH.

SIR, THE ITEMS YOU'VE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK FOR HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN.

MS. APTA, IF YOU PLEASE, PLEASE GO AHEAD AND BRING HER UP TO THE MICROPHONE.

OKAY.

THERE, YOU'RE, THERE'S THE MICRO GOOD MORNING COUNSEL.

MAYOR, MR. MAYOR, AND, UM, MY NAME ISTO.

I AM A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER WITH THE TEXAS ANTI-PARTY PROJECT.

I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON ITEM NUMBER 53, THE SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYEE PROGRAM.

I WAS ONE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS OF THE PROGRAM OVER 25 YEARS AGO.

IT WAS CREATED TO REDUCE JUVENILE CRIME FOR OUR 14, 15 YEAR OLDS TO HAVE MEANINGFUL WORK EXPERIENCE WORKING FOR THE CITY AND COUNTY.

I AM VERY GRATEFUL THAT IT STILL IS, THAT YOU ARE STILL INVESTING IN THE PROGRAM.

AN ISSUE THAT HAS PUT A BURDEN ON THE PROGRAM IS THAT NOW THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS REQUIRING BACKGROUND CHECKS ON OUR 14, 15 YEAR OLDS.

SO THEREFORE, THE CITY HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO PLACE ANY STUDENTS 14 TO 15 YEAR OLDS IN ANY CITY DEPARTMENT.

SO I ASK THAT YOU RECONSIDER AND REMOVE THAT BACKGROUND CHECK.

BY LAW, IT IS ILLEGAL TO DO BACKGROUND CHECKS ON OUR 14, 15 YEAR OLDS, THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY ISSUE TO MANDATE THAT CHANGE.

AND SO I, IT HAS PUT A BURDEN ON OUR STUDENTS NOT BEING ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY CITY DEPARTMENT JOBS AT THAT AGE.

AND THEY CAN ONLY WORK HERE BECAUSE BY LAW, THEY CAN'T EVEN WORK OUTSIDE.

SO IT WAS CREATED AGAIN WITH THE INVESTMENT SO THAT OUR STUDENTS BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR EDUCATION BY THIS WORK EXPERIENCE.

SO I HOPE THAT YOU WILL HELP

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MAKE THAT CHANGE HAPPEN.

I DISCOVERED THAT ISSUE IN 2015 WHEN I WAS TRAINING YOUTH AT EAST SIDE MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL, AND OUR STUDENTS WERE NOT HIRED BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE, THEY COULDN'T GET BACKGROUND CHECK AND CHECKING WITH MANY ATTORNEYS AT THE LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL.

YOU CAN'T DO BACKGROUND CHECKS ON 14, 15 YEAR OLDS.

SO I ASK YOU TO PLEASE RECONSIDER, REMOVE THAT BARRIER SO THAT THE CITY CAN CON INVEST IN OUR YOUTH AND GIVE THEM SOME MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

YES, FUENTES.

I WANNA THANK TRUSTEE FOR JOINING US TODAY AND, AND FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT I'M VERY PROUD TO, TO CHAMPION AT THE CITY LEVEL AND COLLEAGUES, I DID ASK A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS IN THE Q AND A BACKUP, UH, THROUGH THIS PROGRAM JUST LAST YEAR, WE HAD 633 STUDENTS PARTICIPATE, AND THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE COUNTY.

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK STAFF IF, UH, PERHAPS DIRECTOR STIRRUP OR A CM HAYDEN HOWARD OR CITY MANAGER, IF YOU CAN GET BACK TO ME ON THE CONCERNS THAT TRUSTEE EFTA RAISED AROUND THE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR 14 AND 15 YEAR OLDS.

THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

YEAH, WE HEARD MS. ZAPATA'S CONCERNS AND WE, WE'VE COMMIT TO REVIEWING THAT AND, UH, THOROUGHLY REVIEWING IT AND VETTING IT AND GETTING BACK TO THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL ON THAT ISSUE.

THANK YOU, MANAGER.

THANK YOU.

THANK, THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE AGAIN.

LET ME REMIND FOLKS THAT IF YOU HAVE SIGNS, THE SIGNS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM.

IF YOU'RE SEATED IN THESE SEATS, YOU NEED TO LOWER YOUR SIGNS, PLEASE.

OTHERWISE, WE'LL HAVE SOMEBODY ASK YOU TO, TO MOVE TO THE BACK.

AND I DON'T, I REALLY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT.

I WANT EVERYBODY TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE AS BEST THEY CAN.

BUT IF YOU HAVE A SIGN UP AND I'M LOOKING AT SOMEBODY RIGHT NOW WHO IS IGNORING ME, UM, SO WE'LL ASK YOU TO, TO PLEASE MOVE TO THE BACK OF THE ROOM, SIR.

UM, REMIND ME YOUR NAME.

YES, A .

THE TWO ITEMS THAT YOU'VE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN, SO YOU WON'T BE RECOGNIZED TO SPEAK.

I, I STILL SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO MY RIGHT TO SPEAK, AND I HAVE STILL, WELL, YOU WITHDRAWN.

OUR RULES REQUIRE THAT YOU SPEAK ON ITEMS THAT ARE SPECIFIC ON THE AGENDA, BUT IT WAS ON THE AGENDA.

IT WAS ON THE AGENDA YESTERDAY.

YOU PULL THE ITEM WHEN I SIGNED UP.

IT'S ALMOST LIKE COPY SPEAKING.

WELL, I'M SORRY.

I'M NOT GONNA ARGUE WITH YOU.

THE ITEMS ARE NOT ON THE AGENDA AND YOU HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR SPECIFIC ITEMS. WELL, I DID SIGN UP AND YOU WON THE AGENDA BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT ME TO SPEAK.

YOU'RE LITERALLY DISENFRANCHISING ME AS A POSITION THAT WAY YOU'RE DOING, I MEAN, I HAVE, LOOK, I HAVE A LAWYER ON STANDBY.

THAT'S FINE.

I HAVE NO PROBLEM.

OKAY.

I, I'LL LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HIM.

THANK YOU.

CAN WE ASK WHICH ITEMS WERE BOTH, I'M SORRY.

YES.

45 AND 46.

YEAH, I SIGNED UP FOR IT YESTERDAY.

I HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK.

THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

NO, YOU DISCIPLINE.

NO, LOOK, YOU CAN, YOU CAN DRAG ME OUT HERE, BUT I, I HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO SPEAK TO AS MUCH AS ANYBODY ELSE DOES UNDER OUR RULES.

YOU SIGN UP FOR SPECIFIC ITEMS. THOSE ITEMS HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN.

YOU TOLD THE ITEM CORRECTLY BECAUSE I DIDN'T, YOU DON'T WANT ME TO SPEAK.

THIS IS ILLEGAL.

I LOOK, I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR ORDER.

RIGHT.

THAT'S ALL.

I WHAT? YEAH, WHAT WILL YOU, IT WAS ABOUT ITEM 45 AND 46 TO, UM, CHANGE THE NAME OF BARN SPRINGS.

I WANTED TO CHANGE THE NAME OF BARNES SPRINGS TO THE HUNTER BY NATURE PRESERVE TO GET RID OF OUR LEGACY.

WOULD YOU PLEASE SPEAK? IT'S DISENFRANCHISEMENT THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR BEING HERE.

FOR ALL THE OTHER SPEAKERS, IF YOUR NAME HAS BEEN CALLED AND YOU WISH TO SPEAK NOW, PLEASE APPROACH THE PODIUM AND STATE YOUR NAME.

UH, GOOD MORNING.

I'M, UH, JASON AL HASKINS, FORMER DISPLACED AUSTIN RESIDENT AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

A ARCHITECT AND ADVOCATE HERE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF ITEM 71, WHICH I KNOW HAS BEEN PULLED FOR LATER, BUT I HAVE OTHER OBLIGATIONS.

SURE.

UH, FIRST THANK YOU FOR THE EFFORTS LEADING UP TO PASSING THE FIRST PART OF THE HOME INITIATIVE LAST WEEK.

UH, WE KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE READY TO PUT THAT TO GOOD USE, AND THANK YOU ALSO FOR CLOSING THE POTENTIAL LOOPHOLES THAT WOULD'VE UNDONE THE INTENT.

BUT WE KNOW THAT WAS JUST ABOUT LEGALIZING OPTIONS.

UM, AND WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE STILL MAJOR OBSTACLES TO EQUITABLE ACCESS TO THOSE OPPORTUNITIES, OBSTACLES THAT GO BEYOND ZONING, AND THAT WE WITH THE A I A HOUSING ADVOCACY COMMITTEE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT YEAR.

BUT ITEM 71 REPRESENTS A POTENTIAL HUGE STEP IN ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BARRIERS.

E EQUITABLE ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSEHOLDS FOR REPAIRS, PRESERVATION, AND EXPANSION.

THERE WILL NEED TO BE MULTIPLE OPTIONS IF THIS IS GOING TO WORK.

DISTRUST OF BANKS IS MORE THAN JUSTIFIED, UH, AS THEY PERSIST IN RACIST POLICIES AND BEHAVIORS, AND IN THE SIN OF USY.

DISTRUST OF OUR CITY PROGRAMS IS JUSTIFIED.

GIVEN OUR HISTORY AND OUR RECENT TRACK RECORD WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEBACLE.

WE NEED TO EXPLORE MULTIPLE MECHANISMS AND MULTIPLE OPTIONS WITH MULTIPLE INSTITUTIONS MAKING THEM AVAILABLE, ESPECIALLY INSTITUTIONS WITH REAL TRACK RECORDS OF WORK, ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRUST IN EAST AUSTIN.

WE'LL BE CALLING FOR THE NEED TO FOCUS ON LONG-TERM ACCOUNTABILITY AND LONG-TERM AFFORDABILITY.

THAT ALSO BALANCES BUILDING EQUITY.

I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD OPPORTUNITIES AND, UH,

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INNOVATIVE, UH, FINANCIAL MODELS THAT WE CAN IMPLEMENT.

UM, SO I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHERE THIS EXPLORATION GOES.

UM, ALSO, COUNCIL MEMBER POOL'S, AMENDMENT POINTS TO AN, UH, AN IMPORTANT COROLLARY.

EQUITABLE ACCESS TO INFORMATION.

THE DSD IS A COMPLETE AND UTTER FAILURE DEALING WITH PROFESSIONALS, HOMEOWNERS LEAVE IN TEARS ROUTINELY.

ACTUALLY, I'M A PROFESSIONAL.

I LEAVE IN TEARS ROUTINELY.

SO HAVING THE IDEA OF HAVING FOLKS WHO CAN, UH, SHEPHERD PROCESSES THROUGH, UM, TO HELP THESE HOMEOWNERS THAT I HAVE SEEN SUFFER THROUGH THE DSD PROCESSES IS ALSO HUGELY IMPORTANT.

SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN THE NEXT YEAR TO MAKE HOME, UH, LIVE UP TO ITS POTENTIAL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THAT CONCLUDES ALL THE, UM, SPEAKERS, MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

UM,

[Consent Agenda]

MEMBERS, WE WILL NOW GO TO A VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, BUT LET ME ASK BEFORE WE GO TO THAT VOTE, IS THERE ANY OTHER ITEM ON THE CONSENT AGENDA THAT A MEMBER WOULD LIKE TO HAVE PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA? IS THERE ANY ITEM THAT A MEMBER WOULD LIKE TO BE SHOWN AS ABSTAINING FROM VOTING COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER, I'D LIKE TO BE SEEN AS ABSTAINING ON 74.

PLEASE AND MAYOR, I'D LIKE TO BE SEEN AS ABSTAINING FROM 40.

ALL RIGHT.

FOR THE RECORD, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER WILL BE SHOWN AS ABSTAINING ON ITEM NUMBER 74.

COUNCIL MEMBER MCKENZIE KELLY BE SHOWN AS ABSTAINING ON ITEM NUMBER 40.

ARE THERE ANY ITEMS A MEMBER WOULD LIKE TO BE SHOWN AS RECUSING THEMSELVES FROM VOTING ON ANYONE WISHING TO BE SHOWN VOTING? NO.

THE CHAIR INTENDS TO TAKE THIS UP AS A MATTER OF, UH, CONSENT.

UH, UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER.

I'D LIKE TO BE SHOWN.

VOTING NO ON 47, PLEASE.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTAR WILL BE SHOWN VOTING NO ON ITEM 47.

ANY OTHER MEMBERS WISHING TO BE SHOWN? COUNCIL MEMBER VELA? UH, I'M SORRY.

UH, I NEED TO RECUSE ON ITEM 40.

MY WIFE WORKS FOR TEXAS GRAND LEGAL AID.

I FILED THE PROPER PAPERWORK WITH, UH, THE CITY OF CLERK AND, UH, I WILL BE, UH, UH, RECUSING ON THAT ITEM.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

ANY, ANY OTHER ABSTENTIONS, RECUSALS, OR NO VOTES? YES.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER, UM, I'D LIKE TO BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR FOR ITEM 100, WHICH IS COUNCIL MEMBER VELAS, UM, RESOLUTION TO ASSIST OUR EMPLOYEES WHO ARE DEALING WITH IMMIGRATION ISSUES.

UM, AND I'D LIKE TO BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR TO ITEM 68, WHICH EXTENDS LIBRARY ACCESS TO THE ETJ COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES ITEM.

THANK YOU.

WITHOUT OBJECTION.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALSO WILL BE SHOWN AS CO-SPONSOR OF ITEM 100 AND ITEM 68 MEMBERS.

IS THERE ANY BEFORE I'LL, I'LL HAVE CON UH, REMARKS RELATED TO THE CONSENT AGENDA, BUT IS THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION BEFORE WE GO TO, UH, A VOTE? IS THERE ANY OBJECTION TO THE ADOPTION OF THE CONSENT AGENDA OTHER THAN WHAT WE'VE ALREADY, UH, SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIED WITHOUT OBJECTION.

THE CONSENT AGENDA IS ADOPTED WITH COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, ALLISON ALTER AND BEING SHOWN AS ABSTAINING ON 74.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY BEING SHOWN ABSTAINING ON ITEM 40.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELA RECUSING HIMSELF ON 40.

AND COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER BEING SHOWN AS VOTING NO ON ITEM NUMBER 47.

AND COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER OFF THE DAIS MEMBERS THAT WILL TAKE US, UM, TO ITEM NUMBER 71.

AND I'LL RECOGNIZE COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ, I'M SORRY.

WE DO WANT COMMENTS AND THAT'LL ACTUALLY WORK OUT BEAUTIFULLY BECAUSE I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT, FOLKS.

UH, WHAT WE'LL DO IS WE'LL HAVE COMMENTS AND THEN WE'LL GO TO THE A HFC BOARD MEETING, UH, INSTEAD OF ITEM 71.

WE'LL COME BACK TO THAT AFTER THE BOARD MEETING.

AND I, I DO APOLOGIZE, COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED TO SPEAK, UH, BRIEFLY ON THE CONSENT AGENDA AS WE VOTED.

THANK YOU.

UM, FIRST I WANNA ACKNOWLEDGE THE GOOD WORK OF OUR AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TOGETHER WITH OUR OTHER STAFF ON ITEM NINE, AS PART OF OUR CULTURAL TRUST INVESTMENTS.

UM, THIS ITEM WILL FACILITATE OUR INVESTMENT IN THE AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE ARTS CENTER PROJECT AT 1717 EAST ANDERSON LANE FOR CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MULTIPURPOSE TWO THEATER BUILDING AND WILL SECURE LONG-TERM TENANCY FOR A LONGSTANDING OPERATING THEATER COMPANY THAT HAS BEEN DISPLACED MANY TIMES IN AUSTIN.

WE ALSO BRING A PROFESSIONAL THEATER COMPANY'S EXPERTISE TO MANAGING A NEW PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY ARTS FACILITY, WHICH WILL SERVE AS PART OF THE AUSTIN CULTURAL TRUST.

SO CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT.

VERY GOOD WORK.

UM, I ALSO WANNA ACKNOWLEDGE ITEM 66, UM, AND CELEBRATE THE IMMINENT APPROVAL OF THAT ITEM, WHICH HAS AUTHORIZED THE CITY MANAGER TO APPLY FOR LOW INTEREST LOANS FROM THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD'S CLEAN WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND FOR THE BUTTERMILK CREEK WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT.

THESE STATE FUNDS ALLOW US TO ACCESS CAPITAL AT A LOWER THAN MARKET COST, WHICH SAVES RATE PAYERS MONEY.

WE OFTEN CRITICIZE THE STATE, SO I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE, UM, APPLAUDING

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WHEN THEY DO SOMETHING RIGHT AS WELL.

UM, ITEM 47 IS NOT A CASE WHERE I'M GONNA APPLAUD THE STATE.

THIS IS, UM, UPDATES TO A PARKLAND DEDICATION FEES.

UM, I ASK TO BE SHOWING AS VOTING.

NO.

UM, THIS IS A, UH, AN ITEM THAT RELATES TO LEGISLATION THAT ESSENTIALLY TOOK AWAY OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO PARKS ACROSS OUR CITY.

THIS HAS BEEN FOISTED ON US BY STATE LEGISLATORS WHO ARE UNACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN.

THIS FEE REDUCTION WILL MEAN THAT PARKLAND ACQUISITION WILL BE DECIMATED.

UM, PROJECTS LIKE ITEM 36, WHICH IS A PURCHASE OF PARKLAND AND DISTRICT FOUR AND A PARK DEFICIENT AREA, ARE GOING TO BECOME THAT MUCH HARDER, UM, BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO TAKE OVER MUNICIPAL CONTROL.

UM, SO I'M NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THAT.

UM, AND I WANTED TO EXPLAIN WHY I'M, UH, STANDING ON ITEM 74.

I APPRECIATE THE WORK DONE BY COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY TO BRING THIS ITEM FORWARD.

THIS IS A VOTE ON THE CANDIDATES FOR THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY, UM, BOARD.

UM, BUT I, I JUST DON'T FEEL CASTING AN AFFIRMATIVE VOTE FOR THEIR NOMINATION, UM, WHEN WE HAVE ZERO INFORMATION ABOUT THE CANDIDATES COUNCIL.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED, FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER POOL AND COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE.

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND MEMBERS.

I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT TWO ITEMS ON THIS WEEK'S AGENDA THAT WE JUST PASSED.

UM, FIRST IS ITEM 51 TO ACCEPT AND APPROPRIATE GRANT FUNDING FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN OFFICER RECRUITMENT RETENTION AND WORKFORCE DIVERSIFICATION PROJECT.

AS EVERYONE IN THIS CITY KNOWS, WE'RE DEALING WITH HISTORIC VACANCIES OF OFFICERS AND OUR CITY NEEDS OFFICERS NOW MORE THAN EVER.

UM, THIS GRANT WILL HELP OUR CITY NAVIGATE THAT CRISIS, AND I'M THANKFUL TO SUPPORT THE ITEM.

SECOND, I'M HAPPY TO BRING FORWARD ITEM 70, WHICH DIRECTS THE CITY MANAGER TO ADD ENHANCED DRONE REGULATIONS TO OUR FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA.

BUT THE CITY AS BIG AS OURS, AND WITH MORE LARGE EVENTS COMING TO AUSTIN, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BE AHEAD OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT IMPACT THE PUBLIC SAFETY OF OUR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS.

I'D LIKE TO THANK MY CO-SPONSORS, COUNCIL MEMBER, UM, OR I'M SORRY, MAYOR PRO TEM ELLIS.

THIS IS YOUR LAST MEETING AS MAYOR PRO TEM.

UM, COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ, AND ESPECIALLY COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTAR, WHOSE TEAM CONTRIBUTED TO THE RESOLUTION.

I ALSO WANNA THANK AP D'S SPECIAL EVENTS UNIT FOR BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO MY ATTENTION AND FOR LOOKING OUT FOR US, WHETHER IT'S A MARATHON HAPPENING, ACL OR SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST.

AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO I WORKED WITH THIS WEEK TO INCORPORATE MULTIPLE AMENDMENTS INTO THEIR ITEMS, INCLUDING COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES, COUNCIL MEMBER VELA, AND COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ.

WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE, COUNCIL MEMBER CADRY, COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES AND COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

THANKS, MAYOR.

I HAVE NO COMMENTS.

THANK YOU.

OH, OKAY.

UM, COUNCIL MEMBER CADRY.

SORRY.

UM, I JUST WANNA QUICKLY SPEAK ON ITEM 61 AND 64, UH, FOR ITEM 61.

UH, WE HAD RECEIVED A LOT OF FEEDBACK FROM THE CHERRYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD FOLKS, UH, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE EXPLORE MAKING IT FULLER EAST WEST MULTIMODAL CONNECTION.

THAT'S 32ND STREET TO 9 35.

UH, INSTEAD OF THE TURNAROUND BEING OFFERED, UH, I LIKE TO SEE THAT OPTIONS EXPLORED IN THE DESIGN PROCESS.

AND IT WOULD BE GREAT TO GET FEASIBILITY ON THIS BACK, UH, BY FEBRUARY WHEN WE REVISIT OUR PRIORITIES FOR I 35 CAPS AND STITCHES.

ADDITIONALLY, I UNDERSTAND THAT TDOT IS PHASING INTO CONSTRUCTION SOUTH, UH, OF HOLLY STREET.

UH, AND WE'RE APPRECIATIVE OF THE FLEXIBILITY GIVEN TO US, UH, WHEN THAT, WHEN WE MIGHT CONSTRUCT CAPS AND STITCHES NORTH OF HOLLY STREET.

UH, IN OUR PREVIOUS I 35 RESOLUTIONS AND COMMENTS, UH, WE BROUGHT UP THE NEED TO EXPLORE A FEW OTHER SIMPLE, UH, PET BIKE CROSSINGS AT, UH, MILLER NORTHWEST GREENWAY, UH, MARY POSTA DRIVE, AND ST.

EDWARDS DRIVE.

UH, THESE SIMPLE PED BIKE CONNECTIONS WOULD REALLY IMPROVE EAST WEST CONNECTIONS, UH, ACROSS I 35.

SO I'D REALLY LIKE TO SEE MORE ABOUT THE FEASIBILITY OF THESE CONNECTIONS, UH, AND PRELIMINARY, UH, PRELIMINARY COSTS BY THE TIME WE REVISIT OUR PRIORITIES, UH, ON CAPTION STITCHES.

UH, AND I LOOK FORWARD, UH, TO WORKING WITH STAFF TO SEE THIS THROUGH SINCE WE'VE ALREADY PROVIDED THIS DIRECTION, UH, IN PREVIOUS RESOLUTIONS.

AND THEN WITH ITEM 64, UH, JUST WONDERING QUICKLY TOUCH ON THAT.

UH, WHEN UNION PACIFIC SHUTS ITS DOOR, UH, THEY SEE HOME TIFF OPENS A WINDOW.

UH, WHILE IT'S UNFORTUNATE WE CAN'T PURSUE THE LONG PLAN BUOY STREET UNDERPASS, IT'S EXCITING, UH, THAT WE ARE ABLE TO USE THESE FUNDS TO IMPROVE CONNECTIONS ALONG THE SHOAL CREEK TRAIL.

IT BEARS REPEATING.

THESE IMPROVEMENTS AREN'T JUST FOR, FOR ONE CORNER OF DOWNTOWN, THE SEA HOME DISTRICT IS A MAJOR NETWORK OF OUR URBAN TRAIL NETWORK, THE SHOAL CREEK TRAIL, THE BUTLER TRAIL, AND THE LANDS.

ARMSTRONG BIKEWAY ALL CAR, UH, UH, CONVERGE HERE.

THE STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS, THE STAFF RECOMMENDED IMPROVEMENTS WILL GREATLY IMPROVE MOBILITY FOR PEOPLE ON BIKES, SCOOTERS, AND FOOT, AND ALSO PEOPLE IN CARS.

UH, SO I JUST WANNA THANK STAFF, UH, TO THE ADVOCATES, INCLUDING THE SHOAL CREEK

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CONSERVANCY FOR GETTING THESE PROJECTS FUNDED.

UH, AND I CAN'T WAIT TO FIND OPPORTUNITIES TO DO MORE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER, COUNCIL MEMBER PUENTES, THEN COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

THANK YOU.

UH, GOOD MORNING, COLLEAGUES.

I'M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT ITEM 68, WHICH WE JUST PASSED.

THIS IS ALL ABOUT ELIMINATING BARRIERS TO OUR LIBRARIES.

WHAT WE KNOW IS OUR LIBRARIES PLAY SUCH A KEY PART IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

THEY ARE TRULY THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITIES.

IT'S WHERE OUR FOLKS GO TO GET ACCESS TO BOOKS, TO INFORMATION, TO DIGITAL MATERIALS, WHERE WE HAVE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, WHERE WE HAVE, WHERE WE'RE ABLE TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE.

THERE'S SO MANY PROGRAMS AND KEY SERVICES THAT ARE OFFERED AT OUR LIBRARIES THAT WE WANNA ENSURE THAT EVERYONE IN OUR AREA HAS ACCESS.

AND SO I WAS REALLY PLEASED TO SEE THE LIBRARY COMMISSION ISSUE.

THIS RECOMMENDATION FOR US TO REMOVE THE NON-RESIDENT FEE, WHICH BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IS 120 BUCKS FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE LIMITED JURISDICTION TO LIVE IN THE ETJ PORTIONS OF OUR CITY.

AND, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE FOLKS WHO, WHO WORK IN AUSTIN, WHO DRIVE OUR STREETS, WHO GO TO OUR RESTAURANTS, WHO HELP CONTRIBUTE TO WHAT MAKES AUSTIN, AUSTIN.

THEY CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY AND OUR CULTURE.

AND SO WE WANNA ENSURE THAT THEY ALSO HAVE ACCESS TO OUR LIBRARIES.

AND SO I WANNA THANK MY, UH, CO-SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS.

ITEMS. MAYOR PRO TEM ELLIS, COUNCIL MEMBERS HARPER MADISON VELASQUEZ, RYAN ALTER, ALISON ALTER, AS WELL AS THANK YOU TO COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY AND HER TEAM, AS WELL AS OUR LIBRARY STAFF, OUR LIBRARY COMMISSION.

YOU KNOW, TODAY I'M REALLY PROUD THAT WE'RE ABLE TO REMOVE ONE MORE BARRIER TO ACCESS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON, FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER VELA.

I'D LIKE TO ECHO THAT APPLAUSE FROM CHAMBERS, AND THIS IS A PHENOMENAL CONSIDERATION.

AND TO YOUR POINT ABOUT LIBRARIES BEING THAT, THAT FIXTURE IN THE COMMUNITY, I, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.

UM, THANK YOU MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE ITEMS ON OUR AGENDA, UM, THAT THE D ONE TEAM IS EXCITED ABOUT AS WE CLOSE OUT THE YEAR.

UM, BEFORE I DO THAT THOUGH, I'D LIKE TO READ INTO THE RECORD SOME DIRECTION FOR STAFF ON ITEM NUMBER SIX REGARDING THE DAC, UH, THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT JURISDICTION EXPANSION.

UM, MY OFFICE AND I HAVE ALREADY REVIEWED THIS DIRECTION WITH STAFF AND LEGAL, AND I BELIEVE THAT THE ENTIRE DAIS, UH, WILL APPRECIATE THE DIRECTION.

SO STAFF IS DIRECTED TO RETURN TO CITY COUNCIL IN 60 DAYS TO REPORT ON THE EFFICIENCY OF THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT CITYWIDE EXPANSION AND ANY SUGGESTED CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCE.

UM, AND WITH THAT SAID, OUR OFFICE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT'S EXPANDED JURISDICTION TO INCLUDE CLASS C MISDEMEANORS.

UM, THIS WILL ALLOW MORE INDIVIDUALS WHO ENGAGE WITH THE DECK COURT SERVICES TO BENEFIT FROM ONSITE CASE MANAGERS, WHICH IS REALLY CRITICAL.

UM, BASIC NEEDS SOCIAL SERVICE RESOURCES AND COMMUNITY RESOURCE NAVIGATION SERVICES CITYWIDE.

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH STAFF AND WITH COUNCIL COLLEAGUES AS WE DEVELOP A PRIORITIZATION AND PHASING STRATEGY FOR THE I 35 CAP AND STITCH ELEMENTS.

AS AUSTIN CONTINUES TO GROW AND DENSIFY, WE WILL HAVE TO HAVE THE STAMINA OVER THE NEXT DECADE AND CREATIVITY TO PROVIDE AUSTIN WITH MORE ACCESSIBLE OPTIONS FOR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION AND LESSEN THE CONGESTION OF CARS ON OUR ROADWAYS.

I'M GONNA TELL Y'ALL A FUNNY STORY THIS MORNING AS WE WERE ON OUR WAY IN, A MEMBER OF MY STAFF AND I, WE LOOKED OVER, WE'RE CROSSING THE OVERPASS ON 12TH STREET TO GET INTO DOWNTOWN.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'D LIKE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION AS WE ARE HAVING THE EXPANSION CONVERSATION AND CAPS AND STITCHES, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT CAPS AND STITCHES AT 11TH AND 12TH, AND THERE WERE SCOOTERS PARKED RIGHT THERE ON THE OVERPASS OVERLOOKING THE BRIDGE, AND WE JUST KIND OF SCRATCHED OUR HEADS AND WONDERED WHERE THOSE PEOPLE WENT, AND HOW THEY COMPLETED THEIR JOURNEY.

AND IT JUST GOT ME REALLY THINKING ABOUT HOW APPROPRIATE IT WOULD BE FOR THOSE TO BE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS POINTS AND CONNECTION POINTS BETWEEN EAST AND WEST, UM, AND EAST OF I 35 AND DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

UM, SO THAT SAID, LASTLY, I'D LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, UM, THE AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, A EDC, AND THEIR EFFORT FOR THE AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE.

UM, I'LL, UH, ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER, UH, THE ARTS CENTER PROJECT.

OUR OFFICE IS EXCITED TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH A EDC THROUGHOUT THIS PROJECT, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE ARTS FACILITY COME TO LIFE AND EXPAND ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ARTS, ESPECIALLY WITH OUR NORTHEAST AUSTIN COMMUNITIES.

UM, SO THANK YOU AGAIN, STAFF.

THANK YOU AGAIN, MAYOR AND COLLEAGUES FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK IN GETTING SOME OF THESE IMPORTANT ITEMS ON THE AGENDA BEFORE WE MOVE INTO THE NEW YEAR.

UM, I HAD WHOLEHEARTEDLY HOPED TO EMBARRASS DIRECTOR, TRUE LOVE, BUT, UM, HER EYES WERE ALREADY MOIST THIS MORNING DURING THE, THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

SO I'LL LEAVE HER BE AND JUST, UH, LEAVE THAT WITH A, WITH A, A BIG THANK YOU, UM, FOR MYSELF AND, UH, OTHER MEMBERS OF, OF

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THIS BODY.

UH, WE TRULY APPRECIATE, UH, YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS, DECADES OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR CITY AND TO CITY HALL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COUNCIL, COUNCIL MEMBER, COUNCIL MEMBER VELA.

JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF, UH, ITEMS ON THE AGENDA.

UH, ITEM, UH, 100 IS AN, UH, IMMIGRATION ITEM.

THE CITY HAS MANY, UH, EMPLOYEES, HAS A NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE, UH, DIFFERENT TYPES OF WORK PERMITS, DIFFERENT TYPES OF STATUSES, WHICH SOMETIMES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT AS, UH, EFFICIENT AND AS GOOD AS IT SHOULD BE IN RENEWING WORK PERMITS OR RENEWING EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTS OR DIFFERENT THINGS LIKE THAT.

THIS ITEM IS DESIGNED TO GIVE, UH, OUR EMPLOYEES AS MUCH FLEXIBILITY AS POSSIBLE, UH, WHENEVER THERE ARE PROBLEMS, AND TO POTENTIALLY EVEN FACILITATE, UH, THEIR LONG-TERM LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY IN THE UNITED STATES.

I'M EXCITED TO PASS IT, AND HOPEFULLY IT'LL HELP A LOT OF, UH, FOLKS THAT HAVE, UH, DACA AND OTHER, UH, SIMILAR, UH, TEMPORARY, UH, STATUSES.

UM, I ALSO WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT ITEM 36.

UH, WE, UH, THE CITY IS BUYING, UH, UH, SMALL, UH, UH, TWO LOTS IN WINDSOR PARK TO CREATE A NEW POCKET PARK IN AN AREA, UH, CLOSE TO, UH, UH, MANNAR AND, AND, AND RAGI THAT, UH, BADLY NEEDS SOME, UH, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

UH, IT'S GONNA BE A WHILE, I'M SURE, BEFORE WE ACTUALLY GET THE PARK, BUT BUYING THE LAND IS AN IMPORTANT, UH, FIRST STEP.

UM, AND LASTLY, I I, I WANT TO ECHO, UH, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT.

UH, I'M VERY GLAD TO SEE THE JURISDICTION EXPAND CITYWIDE.

THIS HAS BEEN AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAM.

I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE THEM ON, UH, RECEIVING A, UH, THEIR SELECTION BY THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS ONE OF ONLY 10 CITIES TO BE A CRIMINAL JUSTICE MENTAL HEALTH LEARNING SITE, MEANING THAT OTHER CITIES ARE GONNA COME AND SEE HOW THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT OPERATES.

AND WE'RE ALSO GONNA GO TO OTHER CITIES AND SEE HOW THEIR SIMILAR MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION, UH, UH, COURTS OPERATE.

UM, IT'S BEEN SUCCESSFUL WITH REGARD TO CLASS C MISDEMEANORS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

IT'S BEING EXPANDED TO HANDLE SIMILAR TYPES OF, OF BEHAVIORAL CLASSY, UH, MISDEMEANORS CITYWIDE.

AND, UH, I WOULD LIKE TO POTENTIALLY LOOK AT DEALING WITH SOME OF THE CLASS B AND CLASS A MISDEMEANORS AS WELL, UH, EXPANDING ITS, UH, MISSION TO HELP ADDRESS, UH, SOME OF THE OTHER, UH, UH, MENTAL HEALTH RELATED, UH, CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUES THAT, UH, WE FIND IN DOWNTOWN.

SO CONGRATULATIONS THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT AND, UH, BEST WISHES TO THEM AS THEY HELP US ENSURE, UH, THE, UH, PUBLIC SAFETY.

THANK YOU COUNCIL, MEMBER MEMBERS, UH, WITH THAT IN THE COMPLETION OF THE CONSENT AGENDA, WITHOUT OBJECTION, UH, WE WILL RECESS THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL AT 10:42 AM AND I WILL

[10:30 AM - Austin Housing and Finance Corporation Meeting]

CALL TO ORDER THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING.

IT'S DECEMBER 14TH, 2023 AT, UH, 10 43.

WE ARE MEETING IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

AND, UM, I'LL ASK STAFF TO PLEASE MAKE A PRESENTATION.

YES, SIR.

THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT MADAM VICE PRESIDENT, UH, BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

MY NAME IS JAMIE MAY, I'M THE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

UH, THIS MORNING YOU HAVE A RELATIVELY LIGHT AGENDA WITH THREE ITEMS, AND, UH, I WILL BE READING FROM THE CORRECT AGENDA THIS MORNING AS OPPOSED TO LAST TIME.

UM, THE FIRST AGENDA ITEM IS, UH, APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE NOVEMBER 9TH, UH, MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

SECOND AGENDA IS THE AUTHORIZATION OF A CONTRACT WITH A HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

THIS IS A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE, TO PROVIDE, UH, RENTAL SUBSIDIES FOR INDIVIDUALS EXITING HOMELESSNESS FOR UP TO 24 MONTHS.

OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS, THIS PROGRAM HAS EXCEEDED ITS, UH, ITS TARGETED GOALS AND, UH, SERVED OVER 100 PEOPLE.

UH, WE DO EXPECT TO SERVE IT, UH, 100 PEOPLE AGAIN THIS YEAR.

THE THIRD ITEM ON YOUR AGENDA IS THE AUTHORIZATION OF, UH, THE PURCHASE OF A PROPERTY FROM THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THIS IS A 0.3 ACRE PARCEL, UH, LOCATED AT 400 EAST WESLEY DRIVE, UH, IN DISTRICT FOUR.

AND, UH, WE ARE PURCHASING THIS PROPERTY FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SUM OF $10,000.

AND THAT IS A DEEP DISCOUNT.

UH, WE DO EXPECT TO DEVELOP THIS PROPERTY INTO OUR COMMUNITY, AUSTIN COMMUNITY LAND TRUST IN THE COMING YEARS.

I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS MEMBERS, UH, OF THE BOARD.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

WE HAVE A, WE, WE, WE WILL TAKE THIS UP AS A CONSENT AGENDA AND COUNCIL, UH, DIRECTOR POOL MOVES ADOPTION.

LEMME LET ASK BEFORE I DO THAT.

UM, IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO PULL SOMETHING FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA? ALRIGHT, COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE MOVES ADOPTION OF THE CONSENT AGENDA.

MAYOR, WE HAVE A SPEAKER.

OKAY, UH, IS THERE A SECOND TO THE MOTION? SECOND BY, UH, DIRECTOR HARPER MADISON, LET'S LISTEN TO THE SPEAKER.

THANK YOU ENOVIA JOSEPH, THANK YOU.

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AND THANK YOU MAYOR DIRECTORS.

I'M ENOVIA JOSEPH.

MY COMMENTS ARE SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO THE HOMELESSNESS ASSISTANCE TENANT-BASED JOURNAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO HAVE A WORK SESSION ITEM WHERE YOU ACTUALLY DISCUSS ALL OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEEDING RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT MAYOR, SPECIFICALLY, SECTION 5 5 1 0.050, THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTAL BODY PLACE A POSTING NOTICE.

THE NOTICE WAS NOT POSTED ONCE AGAIN IN THE CITY HALL FOR THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION.

ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE KIOSK.

IT SAID PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE.

AND ON THE RIGHT IT HAD YOUR REGULAR MEETING.

A MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTAL BODY SHALL POST NOTICE OF EACH MEETING ON A PHYSICAL OR ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARD AT A PLACE CONVENIENT TO THE PUBLIC IN THE CITY HALL AS A RESULT OF OUR DIFFERENCE OF OPINION AS IT RELATES TO THE INTERPRETATION OF THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT.

I HAVE WRITTEN TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE AND HOPE THAT THEY WILL CLARIFY.

I DO BELIEVE WE NEED TO POST A NOTICE IN THE LOBBY AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO THE RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT THESE FUNDS ARE GOING TO THE LANDLORD, BUT UNDER THE TREASURY RULES, IT SPECIFIES THAT THE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND IT MUST BE PAID TO THE TENANT.

AND SO I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT IF YOU'RE USING, OR IN THE PAST HAVE USED IN WHOLE OR IN PART ANY OF THE MONEY FROM TREASURY TO COMPLY WITH GUIDELINES THAT SPECIFIES THAT GRANTEES ARE REQUIRED TO ALLOW TENANTS TO APPLY DIRECTLY FOR ASSISTANCE EVEN IF THE LANDLORD OR OWNER CHOOSES NOT TO PARTICIPATE.

IT SAYS, SHALL IT IS NOT PERMISSIVE, IT IS A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT AND YOU CONTINUE TO PAY THE LANDLORD DIRECTLY, WHICH ACTUALLY DISENFRANCHISES INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IN NEED OF THE RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

UM, THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS, AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO JUST COMPLY WITH THE TREASURY RULES.

THIS ONE WAS UPDATED, MAY 7TH, 2021.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME AND WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE THE NOTICE OF 72 HOURS ON YOUR OWN WEBSITE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THAT CONCLUDES ALL THE SPEAKERS.

THANK YOU.

UH, MEMBERS, THAT CONCLUDES ALL OF THE SPEAKERS.

WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND.

IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO BE SHOWN ABSTAINING FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING? ANYONE WISHING TO SHOW THEMSELVES UTE BEING RECUSED FROM A VOTE ON THE A HFC BOARD? ANYONE WISHING TO BE SHOWN VOTING? NO.

I'D LIKE TO BE SHOWN VOTING NO ON ITEM TWO, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, UH, DIRECTOR KELLY WILL BE SHOWN VOTING NO ON ITEM NUMBER TWO.

ANYONE ELSE? ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION WITHOUT OBJECTION.

THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION MEETING BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS APPROVED WITH COUNCIL, WITH DIRECTOR KELLY BEING SHOWN VOTING NO ON ITEM NUMBER TWO AND DIRECTOR RYAN ALTER BEING ABSENT.

UH, THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT THIS REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING.

UH, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING IS ADJOURNED AT 10:48 AM I'LL CALL BACK.

THANK YOU, SIR.

I WILL CALL BACK TO ORDER THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, UH, FOR ITS REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING.

IT IS 10:48 AM AND I WILL

[71. Approve a resolution relating to financial assistance for residential property owners who want to add an additional housing unit on their homesteaded property, to include an outreach and education campaign and assistance with infrastructure fees.]

RECOGNIZE COUNCIL MEMBER VELAZQUEZ ON ITEM NUMBER 71.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

UM, SO ITEM 7 71 LOOKS TO DEVELOP FUNDING THAT PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE WITH LOW AND MODERATE INCOMES, DEVELOPED COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING TO TARGET PEOPLE WITH LOW OR MODERATE INCOMES, CONSIDER IMPACTS TO WATER AND ELECTRICITY BASED ON INCREASED HOUSING DENSITY.

LOOK AT A GRANT TO HELP BUILDING AUS TO PAY CITY FEES FOR THINGS LIKE PLUMBING, ELECTRIC LINES, ELECTRICAL LINES, ET CETERA, EX AND EXPLORE THOSE WHO RECEIVE FIN, UH, EXCUSE ME, EXPLORE, EXCLUDING THOSE WHO RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM BEING ABLE, UH, TO OPERATE A SHORT-TERM RENTAL TO ENSURE THAT UNITS BUILT ARE PROVIDING LONG-TERM AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UM, AND I ALSO HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO THAT.

YES.

YES.

UM, MEMBERS, THE, THE WAY WE'RE GONNA PROCEED IS HE'S LAID OUT THE, THE, THE ORDINANCE OR THE PROPOSAL.

WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IS, UH, ASK FOR SPEAKERS.

I WILL TELL YOU WE HAVE TWO PROPOSED AMENDMENTS, SO YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET THOSE IN FRONT OF YOU.

ONE IS A PROPOSED AMENDMENT THAT'S LABELED MOTION SHEET NUMBER ONE, VERSION ONE FOR COUNCIL MEMBER JOSE VELASQUEZ.

AND THE SECOND IS A PROPOSED AMENDMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE THAT'S, UH, UH, IDENTIFIED AS, AS, AS A MOTION SHEET WAS SIMPLY, UH, BEING FROM HER.

SO, I'LL, I'LL TURN TO THE CLERK AND ASK IF THERE'S ANYONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK THAT IS NOT ALREADY SPOKEN ON.

ITEM NUMBER 71.

THERE ARE A FEW

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SPEAKERS, UM, LUIS OLUGO, JEFF DICKERSON, FELICITY MAXWELL, AND JANICE BOOKOUT.

IF YOUR NAME HAS BEEN CALLED, PLEASE APPROACH THE PODIUM AND STATE YOUR NAME.

THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING.

UH, FULL CITY MAXWELL D FIVE RESIDENT AND AA BOARD MEMBER.

THANK YOU TO COUNCIL MEMBERS OF THE EASTERN CRESCENT FOR BRINGING ITEM 50 71 AS MUCH NEEDED FOLLOW ONTO HOME.

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO SEE THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN DISTRICTS 1, 2, 3, AND FOUR, AND THE FOCUS ON, UH, ACCESS, ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AS A HOUSING ADVOCATE, I CAN PERSONALLY ATTEST THE BYZANTINE RULES AND REGULATIONS IN THE VARIOUS CITY OF AUSTIN HOUSING PROGRAMS. WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT THIS RESOLUTION IS A FIRST STEP IN BOTH CLARIFYING THESE VARIOUS PROGRAMS AS WELL AS MAKING THEM MORE ACCESSIBLE AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND, AS WELL AS AN EXCITING START, POTENTIAL NEW PROGRAMS THAT WILL DIRECTLY SUPPORT THE HOME INITIATIVE.

AS PASSED LAST WEEK BY CITY COUNCIL, WE URGE YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS I ITEM.

FINALLY, WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE THE EFFORTS OF DIRECT ROSIE TRUELOVE WITH HER MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITY AND HOUSING ISSUES SPECIFICALLY.

YOUR EFFORTS ARE DEEPLY APPRECIATED.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, ALL THE SPEAKERS HAVE BEEN CALLED MAYOR.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, MEMBERS I'LL RECOGNIZE COUNCIL MEMBER OF VELASQUEZ FOR A MOTION ON ITEM NUMBER 71.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UH, I NEED TO AMEND THIS, UH, MOTION.

UH, AFTER SPEAKING WITH STAFF, I WANT TO AMEND MY, UH, MOTION.

LET'S GET A MOTION ON THE FLOOR AND THEN I'LL COME, I'LL COME BACK TO YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ MOVES ADOPTION OF ITEM NUMBER 71.

IT'S SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED FOR A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO ITEM NUMBER 71.

UM, THANK YOU MR. MAYOR.

UH, AFTER SPEAKING WITH STAFF, I WANT TO AMEND MY MOTION.

ONE TO REPLACE JANUARY 18TH TO MARCH.

THIS WILL GIVE STAFF MORE TIME TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE ABOUT, UH, PAST COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS MEMBERS.

YOU HAVE A, UH, MOTION SHEET THAT INDICATES VERSION ONE, AND I'M GONNA READ THIS INTO THE RECORD TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE IT, UH, COMPLETE BECAUSE THERE'S THE, THE MOTION TO AMEND, UH, THAT WAS JUST MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ, UH, DIFFERS FROM THE, THE MOTION THAT THAT WAS HANDED OUT.

HE MOVES TO AMEND THE REVISED RESOLUTION AT LINE 57 TO READ, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED.

THE CITY MANAGER IS DIRECTED TO COME BACK TO COUNCIL BY MARCH 18TH, 2024, WITH UPDATES ON PROGRESS MADE ON RESOLUTIONS 2 0 2 1 1 2 0 9 6 4 AND 2 2 0 4 0 9 8 OH THAT WERE PASSED BY PREVIOUS COUNSELS.

AND EXPLORE HOW THEY CAN BE INCORPORATED AND OR COMPLIMENT THIS LATEST DIRECTION TO EXPLORE FINANCIAL TOOLS.

DO I HAVE THAT RIGHT? COUNCIL MEMBER? YES, SIR.

IS THERE A SECOND TO THE MOTION TO AMEND? SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER VELA.

UM, MEMBER'S DISCUSSION WILL BE ON THE MOTION TO AMEND AS READ INTO THE RECORD.

IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION WITHOUT OBJECTION? THE MOTION TO AMEND IS ADOPTED WITH COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER BEING ABSENT.

I'LL NOW RECOGNIZE COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE ON A MOTION TO AMEND ITEM NUMBER 71 AS AMENDED.

THANKS MAYOR.

MY MOTION, UH, IS TO DIRECT THE CITY MANAGER TO CREATE AND STAFF AN OMBUDSMAN POSITION TO ASSIST APPLICANTS WITH THE PROGRAM.

FOR EXAMPLE, NAVIGATING THE PERMITTING PROCESS.

IS THERE A SECOND TO THE MOTION? SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES.

IS THERE DISCUSSION ON COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE'S? MOTION TO AMEND ITEM NUMBER 71 WITHOUT OBJECTION.

ITEM, UH, THE MOTION TO AMEND BY COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE IS ADOPTED WITH COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER BEING ABSENT MEMBERS THAT WILL TAKE US BACK TO THE MAIN MOTION, WHICH IS TO ADOPT ITEM NUMBER 71 AS IT HAS NOW BEEN AMENDED.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ, I'LL RECOGNIZE YOU TO CLOSE.

WELL, COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY HAS SOMETHING SHE WANTS TO SAY.

IF IT'S OKAY, I BE FAST.

I JUST WANTED TO THANK COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD AND FOR TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE AMENDMENTS THAT I SUGGESTED RELATED TO COMMUNITY INPUT AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH NONPROFITS.

I'M VERY APPRECIATIVE THAT YOU INCORPORATED THOSE INTO A VERSION TWO SO THAT WE COULD SAIL THROUGH THIS MORNING.

UM, COULD YOU I PLEASE BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR TO THIS RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY WILL BE SHOWN AS A CO-SPONSOR.

I WAS GONNA SAY THIS AFTER THANK YOU.

BUT, BUT I'LL ALSO ADD, UH, INDICATE THAT COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER INDICATED HE WANTED TO BE DE UH, SHOWN AS A CO-SPONSOR.

AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER WILL ALSO BE SHOWN AS A CO-SPONSOR.

COUNCIL MEMBER CADRY, AND I'LL MAKE IT REALLY QUICK.

I'D SELECT TO BE A CO-SPONSOR, SO PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

THAT OBJECTION.

COUNCIL MEMBER CADRY WILL BE SHOWN AS A CO-SPONSOR OF ITEM NUMBER 71.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ, I'LL RECOGNIZE YOU TO CLOSE.

UH, THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

SO I AM, UM, ENDING THE YEAR HOW I STARTED BY CONTINUING TO PUSH FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING MEASURES

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WHILE WORKING TO PREVENT DISPLACEMENT.

MY VERY FIRST ITEM ON THIS DIOCESE WAS TO MOVE MORE THAN TWO ACRES OF CITY OWNED LAND INTO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

I AM VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THIS DIOCESE HAS ACCOMPLISHED AND THE SENSE OF URGENCY WE'VE MOVED TO CREATE MORE AFFORDABLE, MAKE AUSTIN MORE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL.

THIS IS AN ONGOING EFFORT AND I WILL CONTINUE ADVOCATING FOR COLLABORATIVE AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO AUSTIN'S AFFORDABILITY CRISIS.

BECAUSE OUR CITY NEEDS US AS NEXT STEPS IN A SERIES OF MEASURES I'M WORKING ON TO BRING AFFORDABLE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND ACCESSIBILITY TO AUSTIN AND ADDRESS CONCERNS FROM LOW TO MODERATE INCOME PEOPLE.

I'M BRINGING FORWARD TWO ITEMS TODAY.

UH, WE PASSED THE OTHER ONE ON ON, UH, CONSENT EARLIER, UM, THAT WORK TOWARDS CREATING MORE EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL FOLKS TO CONTINUE LIVING IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS THAT THEY GREW UP IN, TO LIVE WHERE THEY WORK AND TO KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER.

ITEM 71 AIMS TO OFFER, UH, FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO LOWER AND MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BUILD AN ADDITIONAL HOUSING UNIT ON THEIR PROPERTY WHILE ENSURING WE CREATE A PROCESS OF WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS TO ENGAGE AND INFORM THE COMMUNITY WITH THE GOAL OF REACHING THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT MOST.

AND ITEM 1 0 1 SUPPORTS A DEEPLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT THAT WILL BRING 156 NEW UNITS ON TWO ACRES OF LAND AT CHALMERS COURTS BY HELPING