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WELL, GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY.

[Call to Order]

I'M GONNA CALL TO ORDER THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

IT IS FEBRUARY 1ST, 2024, AND IT'S 10 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING.

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

AND, UH, WE HAVE A, UH, QUORUM OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL THAT IS PRESENT.

MEMBERS, UH, THE WAY THIS DAY WILL GO, OR THE ORDER THAT WE'LL WE'LL TRY TO FOLLOW WILL BE THAT WE WILL HEAR THE CONSENT AGENDA AND THE SPEAKERS BOTH VIRTUALLY AND IN PERSON.

WE WILL THEN GO TO A CONSENT VOTE WITH BRIEF COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS RELATED TO THE CONSENT AGENDA.

WE WILL HEAR THE NON-CONSENT SPEAKERS, UH, AND, AND THOSE WILL ALSO BE BOTH VIRTUALLY AND IN PERSON.

WE WILL THEN TAKE UP NON-CONSENT ITEMS, WHICH ARE PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS 35 AND 36, ALTHOUGH WE WILL TAKE IT PROBABLY TAKE UP BEFORE THOSE ITEMS OF ANY PULLED ITEMS, UH, BY COUNCIL MEMBERS.

WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARINGS ONCE WE HOLD THOSE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION FOLLOWING THOSE.

LET ME CLARIFY AS I TRY TO DO AT EACH COUNCIL MEETING THAT ANYONE REGISTERED TO SPEAK ON A PUBLIC HEARING ITEM WILL BE HEARD DURING THAT ITEM AND NOT WITH THE CONSENT SPEAKERS, UNLESS IT IS JUST MORE CONVENIENT FOR YOU TO SPEAK DURING THE CONSENT SPEAKERS AND NOT STAY FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS. IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO THAT, PLEASE LET THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE KNOWS.

KNOW THAT AS TIME ALLOWS, WE HAVE SET ON OUR AGENDA A TIME CERTAIN OF 10 30 FOR THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING.

I WILL TRY TO CALL THAT MEETING TO ORDER AFTER RECESSING THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING, WE WILL TRY TO CALL THAT MEETING TO ORDER AS NEAR TO 10 30 AS WE CAN, AND PROBABLY BEFORE WE TAKE UP OTHER ITEMS SUCH AS THE PUBLIC HEARINGS, UM, OR UH, POOL ITEM, UH, POOL ITEM, IF THAT'S NECESSARY, WE WILL HAVE OUR NOON PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND LIVE MUSIC.

WE WILL ALSO THEN AT TWO O'CLOCK HAVE OUR ZONING ITEMS. AT THIS TIME, I'M GOING TO READ CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS INTO THE AGENDA INTO THE RECORD.

ITEM NUMBER 25 WILL BE POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 15TH, 2024.

ITEM NUMBER 26 IS WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED BY ITEM NUMBER 54.

ITEM NUMBER 29 IS WITHDRAWN UNDER BOARD BOARDS AND COMMISSION.

ACTION ITEM NUMBER FOUR SHOULD READ JANUARY 22ND, 2024, NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION ON A FIVE TO ONE VOTE WITH VICE CHAIR WHITE VOTING AGAINST COMMISSIONERS ALVAREZ, BLACKBURN, AND CHAPMAN ABSENT, AND TWO VACANCIES.

ITEM NUMBER SIX SHOULD READ JANUARY 22ND, 2024, RECOMMENDED BY THE ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION ON A SIX OH VOTE WITH COMMISSIONERS ALVAREZ, BLACKBURN, AND CHAPMAN ABSENT, AND TWO VACANCIES.

ITEM NUMBER 24 SHOULD READ JANUARY 22ND, 2024.

THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD RECOMMENDED ON AN EIGHT TO ZERO VOTE WITH TWO BOARD MEMBERS ABSTAINING AND ONE BOARD MEMBER ABSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 54 IS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA, AND I'LL RECOGNIZE COUNCIL MEMBER VELA AT THE TIME.

I DON'T BELIEVE ANY OTHER ITEM HAS BEEN, IS PULLED RIGHT NOW, BUT WHEN WE GET TO THE CONSENT AGENDA, I'LL ASK IF ANY OTHER ITEM, UH, ANYBODY MEMBER WISHES TO PULL ANOTHER ITEM.

UH, BEFORE WE BEGIN, UH, WITH OUR CONSENT SPEAKERS, COUNCIL MEMBER VELA, LET ME RECOGNIZE YOU.

UH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAYOR.

I JUST WANTED TO, UH, ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, UH, DR.

KAREN KOREMATSU, UH, IS IN THE AUDIENCE, DOCTOR, UH, UH, THERE SHE IS.

UH, I, SHE IS A DAUGHTER OF FRED KOREMATSU OF, UH, THE KOREMATSU V US CASE FROM WORLD WAR II, WHERE, UH, HE WAS, UH, GOING TO BE INTERNED, WAS ULTIMATELY, UH, INTERNED, BUT, UH, HE WAS THE ONE THAT WITH A CLU AS HIS, UH, UH, ATTORNEYS TOOK THE CASE TO THE US SUPREME COURT, WHERE THE US SUPREME COURT SAID THAT, UH, IT WAS ALLOWED.

THAT WAS AN INFAMOUS CASE THAT REALLY HAUNTED THE, UH, THE SUPREME COURT FOR, FOR YEARS AND YEARS UNTIL RECENTLY IT WAS OVERTURNED IN THE, IN, IN THE, UH, IN 2018, THE US UH, SUPREME COURT, UH, UH, ABANDONED THE REASONING IN THAT CASE.

I JUST WANTED TO, UH, ACKNOWLEDGE

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HER PRESENCE AND ALSO SAY THAT TODAY WE PROCLAIMED IT FRED KOREMATSU DAY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

AND, UH, I JUST WANT TO THANK HER FOR ALL HER WORK, THANK FOR HER FATHER, FOR HIS TREMENDOUS WORK ADVANCING, UH, CIVIL LIBERTIES AND, AND, AND CIVIL RIGHTS.

UH, AND, AND WE APPRECIATE, UH, HIM, WE APPRECIATE YOU AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT HIS WORK AND HIS MEMORY IS, UH, ACKNOWLEDGED AND, AND, AND, AND CONTINUES.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK, THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, I'LL RECOGNIZE YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAYOR.

UM, THIS MORNING I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF DECLARING AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND I WANT TO THANK ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM COURSE THAT I RECENTLY TAUGHT WHO LEARNED SKILLS FROM EMS COMMANDER, MICHAEL KANE, WHO ALSO GOT A DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD.

THIS INDIVIDUAL IN OUR COMMUNITY TOOK TIME OUT OF HER OWN DAY TO LEARN THESE SKILLS OVER THE COURSE OF 24 TOTAL HOURS, AND SHE WAS ABLE TO SAVE A LIFE WHILE DOING A VOLUNTEER RUN ON MEALS ON WHEELS AS A RESULT OF THAT.

SO, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT, AND I JUST WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE TAKEN THOSE CLASSES BECAUSE THEY CAN ULTIMATELY SAVE LIVES.

SO THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I APPRECIATE THE RECOGNITION.

UM, I JUST HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT PROCESS.

OKAY.

WHEN IS THE APPROPRIATE TIME FOR ME TO SPEAK TO AN ITEM THAT, UM, WE PULLED TODAY FOR A LATER DATE? UH, I WOULD STILL LIKE TO SPEAK TO IT BRIEFLY.

ITEM THAT WAS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA THAT'S BEEN PULLED.

I AM SORRY, I SAID PULLED POSTPONED, UH, BUT IT'S ON THE, IT IS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA AS A POSTPONED ITEM, CORRECT.

AFTER WE PASS THE CONSENT AGENDA.

WE'LL, WE'LL, I'LL, I'LL RECOGNIZE COUNCIL MEMBERS TO MAKE BRIEF COMMENTS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I LOOK FORWARD TO IT.

THANK YOU.

AND, UH, I'M GONNA PAUSE JUST A SECOND AND ASK, UH, WELL, COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES, I'LL RECOGNIZE YOU BEFORE I DO THAT.

THANK YOU.

UH, MAYOR, I STEPPED OFF THE ICE REALLY QUICKLY.

JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT ITEM 23 HAS BEEN PULLED.

OH, I'M SORRY.

I, I THOUGHT ITEM 23 WAS GONNA STAY ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, AND WE'RE GONNA DISCUSS IT AT THAT POINT IN TIME, BUT I, WE'LL PULL ITEM NUMBER 23.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND JUST FOR THE RECORD, UNLESS SOMEBODY TELLS ME SOMETHING DIFFERENT, UH, FOR THOSE THAT WERE WORKING ON THE SOUND SYSTEM, I WILL TELL YOU I THINK IT IS MUCH BETTER.

SO, UH, NICE, NICE WORK ON THAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, WE, WE HAVE OUR FIRST WIN OF THE DAY, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, WITH THAT, WE WILL GO TO

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OUR CONSENT SPEAKERS, AS I MENTIONED ALREADY.

UM, WE'LL DO THAT FOR TODAY'S MEETING AND, AND, UM, WE'LL HEAR FROM THE SPEAKERS, UH, BOTH VIRTUAL AND IN PERSON.

SO, UM, I'LL TURN TO THE CITY CLERK TO HELP US WITH THIS PROCESS.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND GO TO REMOTE SPEAKERS.

FIRST WE HAVE SANDRA MUELLER SIGNED UP FOR ITEM TWO.

UH, HI, GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL MEMBERS AND MAYOR.

UH, THIS IS SANDRA MULLER, AND I AM HERE IN FAVOR OF ITEM TWO'S REVISIONS TO THE CODE.

AND I URGE ALL OF YOU TO SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE ADOPTIONS IN THE NAME OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AUDITOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE DUNBAR SCALE WOULD BE A MORE ACCURATE WAY OF ASSESSING INJURY, AND IT'S USED NATIONWIDE.

THE CITY NEEDS TO BE MORE CAREFUL ABOUT ADOPTING OUT OR TRANSFERRING DOGS WITH BITE RECORDS, EVEN IF IT'S A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE.

HONESTLY, I'M SURPRISED THE CITY HASN'T BEEN SUED ALREADY.

SO, DURING MY TIME AS A DOG VOLUNTEER AT AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER, I PERSONALLY HAD TWO NEAR MISSES WITH DOGS WITH BITE HISTORIES.

SHORTLY AFTER THE ORIGINAL RIGHT TO RESCUE ORDINANCE WAS PUT INTO PLACE, I WAS THREE FEET AWAY FROM A DOG THAT BIT AND HELD ONTO ANOTHER VOLUNTEER'S FOREARM CAUSING OVER 20 PUNCTURE WOUNDS.

SO PER THE ORDINANCE, IT WAS TO RESCUES AND A PA DID DECLINE THIS DOG.

THEN IT WENT, WHEN IT WAS BEING RETURNED TO ITS OWNER, IT SEVERELY ATTACKED AN A A C ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER.

TWICE ANOTHER TIME, I SLIPPED LEACHED A, A DOG THAT WAS RUNNING LOOSE IN THE ZEROES BUILDING, AND I RETURNED IT TO ITS KENNEL.

BUT ONCE I WAS IN THE KENNEL WITH THE DOG, I THOUGHT, OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT DOT COLOR IS THIS DOG? AND I GOT OUT AND FOUND OUT IT WAS A RED.DOG, MEANING THAT IT HAD TO BE HANDLED BY SPECIALLY TRAINED VOLUNTEERS OR STAFF.

SO THIS DOG WAS EVENTUALLY ADOPTED AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER, BIT A VICTIM.

AND MORE RECENTLY, AND THIS I WAS NOT INVOLVED IN, IN AUSTIN, THERE WAS A STRAY DOG THAT HAD BIT A VICTIM, AND IT WAS TAKEN INTO A A C, AND THEN IT WENT TO A PA FOR EVALUATION, WHERE IT BIT TWO STAFF MEMBERS, THEN IT BIT, ITS FOSTER, THEN IT BIT TWO GOOD SAMARITANS.

AND IT WAS RUNNING LOOSE IN AUSTIN FOR AT LEAST TWO DAYS BEFORE BITING STAFF AT THE RESCUE THAT IT WAS TRANSFERRED TO.

SO OF THESE THREE DOGS, WE HAVE RETURNED TO OWNER AND ADOPTION AND THE TRANSFER TO RESCUE

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AND ALL THREE EVENTUALLY HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

YOUR TIME IS UP.

NEXT SPEAKER WE HAVE IS LESLIE PADILLA SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO.

UH, THANK YOU MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

UH, MY NAME IS LESLIE PADILLA.

UM, BACK IN 2019, WHEN THIS ORDINANCE, THE RIGHT TO RESCUE WAS FIRST PUSHED THROUGH, IT DIDN'T GET NEARLY AS MUCH CONSIDERATION AS IT SHOULD HAVE.

I WAS ONE OF ONLY A SMATTERING OF PEOPLE WHO LEARNED ABOUT THE ORDINANCE CHANGES AND ADVOCATED FOR CHANGES TO MAKE IT MORE HUMANE AND LESS LIKELY TO RESULT IN BAD OUTCOMES.

THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CODE ARE AN IMPORTANT STEP IN MAKING ANIMAL SHELTERING IN OFF IN AUSTIN MORE SAFE FOR STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, AND ADOPTERS, WHILE ENSURING THE LIVE OUTCOME RATE REMAINS HIGH.

I HOPE IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT PUBLIC POLICY SHOULD PRIORITIZE SAFETY AS A FORMER VOLUNTEER AND FOSTER AT A PA AND A A CI DO KNOW FIRSTHAND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS WHEN A SHELTER DOG THAT YOU KNOW AND LOVE IS NOT A SAFE ADOPTION CANDIDATE.

I ALSO KNOW THAT IT CAN BE INHUMANE TO KEEP THAT ANIMAL ALIVE WHEN THERE ARE NO GOOD PROSPECTS FOR A SAFE ADOPTION.

THIS IS ESPECIALLY SO WHEN OUR SHELTERS ARE CROWDED AND OUTDATED.

DOMESTIC ANIMALS LIKE DOGS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO LIVE THEIR LIVES IN ENCLOSURES THAT ARE SMALLER THAN WHAT WE WOULD PROVIDE FOR ANIMALS IN ZOOS, OR IN THE CASE OF A PA SHELTERS THAT WERE BUILT IN THE 1950S.

I SAW THE CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCE THAT WERE ISSUED LAST NIGHT, AND I, UNFORTUNATELY, I DO STILL, STILL THINK THERE'S AN ISSUE.

UM, I THINK IN 3 1 25, YOU NEED THE LANGUAGE ABOUT THE DUNBAR BITE SCALE IN SUBSECTION G.

UM, I THINK THERE MAY STILL BE SOME DRAFTING ERRORS, UNFORTUNATELY.

UM, AT THE WORK SESSION ON TUESDAY, I WANTED TO, UM, I WANTED TO COMMEND COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE FOR, UH, SUGGESTING THAT AACS RESCUE PARTNERS, UH, BE REQUIRED TO INFORM ADOPTERS ABOUT BITE HISTORIES.

UM, AND LASTLY, I'M VERY ENCOURAGED TO HEAR THE DISCUSSION ABOUT BUILDING A SECOND SHELTER IN AUSTIN.

THIS IS MUCH NEEDED AS AUSTIN IS THE ONLY LARGE CITY IN THE UNITED STATES WITH ONLY A SINGLE SHELTER LOCATION.

THANK YOU.

SPEAKER, YOUR TIME IS UP.

ENTIRE CITY COUNTY.

NEXT SPEAKER IS PAT RES.

PAT VAL, PLEASE PROCEED.

WE'LL MOVE ON.

NEXT SPEAKER IS HEATHER MEYERS SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS HEATHER MEYERS AND I AM A RESIDENT OF AUSTIN, AN ATTORNEY AND A CURRENT VOLUNTEER AT THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

I'VE ASKED TO SPEAK TODAY TO URGE YOU ALL TO VOTE NO ON AGENDA ITEM TWO.

THIS ITEM PROPOSES AN AMENDMENT TO CITY CODE, WHICH WILL IMPOSE A DOG FIGHT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM THAT, TO DATE HAS NEVER BEEN USED OR IMPLEMENTED BY A A C AND FURTHER WILL PERMIT A A C TO PER PERFORM AUTHORIZATIONS WITHOUT THE NOTIFICATIONS OTHERWISE REQUIRED UNDER CITY CODE 3 1 26.

I AM NOT HERE TO DISPUTE THAT THERE MAY BE A PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE THAT SHOULD BE RESOLVED, BUT I AM HERE TO ADVISE THAT THE CHANGES PROPOSED BY AGENDA ITEM TWO ARE NOT CERTAIN TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE.

IF CITY COUNCIL IS TRULY CONCERNED THAT A A C RELEASING DOGS WITH BITE HISTORIES POSES A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY, AN AMENDMENT TO THE CITY CODE IS NOT THE SOLUTION.

RATHER, CITY COUNCIL MUST TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DOCUMENTED FAILURES OF A A C TO PROPERLY CLASSIFY BITES UNDER THE CITY CODE'S CURRENT DEFINITION, AND A'S INCONSISTENT REPORTING OF BITE DATA TO ITS RESCUE PARTNERS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

I SHARED SOME EXAMPLES WITH YOU ALL IN ADVANCE OF YOUR WORKING SESSION, BUT THERE ARE OTHERS WHICH SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS PART OF THIS DECISION, INCLUDING MISCLASSIFICATION OF BITES.

INCORRECT INFORMATION SHARED WITH RESCUE PARTNERS BITE HISTORIES EXCLUDED FROM RECORDS SHARED WITH ADOPTERS AND BITE HISTORIES RETROACTIVELY MODIFIED IN SOME CASES MORE THAN 400 DAYS AFTER THE BITE OCCURRED.

I ALSO THINK WE, IT'S WORTH NOTING THAT A VOTE OF YES BY THIS BODY TODAY WILL BE A ROLLBACK OF THE CITY'S NO KILL PLAN, WHICH ALSO CURRENTLY REQUIRES NOTIFICATIONS PRIOR TO EUTHANIZATION, ANY ACTUAL ROLLBACK.

THE NO KILL PLAN SHOULD NOT BE MADE LIGHTLY, AS IT WILL MARK A. SHARP DEPARTURE FROM A POLICY THAT HAS GUIDED THIS CITY AND THE NATION FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS.

THEREFORE, BEFORE MAKING A CHANGE THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE MISUSED IMPROPERLY APPLIED, WILL ROLL BACK THE NO KILL PLAN AND WILL RESULT IN LESS OVERSIGHT AND LESS ACCOUNTABILITY FOR A CITY RUN SERVICE THAT HAS BEEN FAILING THIS COMMUNITY FOR YEARS.

I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THE CITY COUNCIL VOTE NO ON AGENDA ITEM TWO.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME NECESSARY TO DIG IN AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE SCOPE OF A'S CURRENT.

THANK YOU SPEAKER.

YOUR TIME IS UP IN ORDER TO ASSESS

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NEXT SPEAKER SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO, DANIEL MCCARTHY.

HEY, COUNSEL.

UH, YEAH, I WAS JUST GONNA SAY I AGREE WITH, UH, MS. PADILLA WHO SPOKE EARLIER.

UM, IT, IT'S THE NO KILL THING IS, IS ACTUALLY, IF YOU LOOK AT IT MORE INHUMANE, UH, THAN, THAN PUTTING DOWN SOME OF THESE DOGS THAT ARE, THAT ARE A PUBLIC SAFETY RISK.

UM, IT'S A WIN-WIN FOR THE CITY IF YOU DO ADOPT, UH, ITEM TWO BECAUSE IT, YEAH, IT, LIKE I SAID, IT'S, IT'S NOT HUMANE, UH, TO KEEP THESE DOGS FOR YEARS ON END IN TINY CAGES.

UH, IT WOULD BE A LOT MORE HUMANE JUST TO PUT THEM DOWN, PLUS THE PUBLIC SAFETY BENEFITS.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE FOR YOU.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER IS WILLIAM BUNCH, SPEAKING ON ITEMS FOUR 10 AND 24.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, IT'S BILL BUNCH WITH SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

I'M JUST GONNA CONFINE MY COMMENTS TODAY TO ITEM 10 AND, UM, IN SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THAT.

THIS IS A ACQUISITION BY THE CITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HAYES COUNTY TO BUY A CONSERVATION EASEMENT OF ABOUT 490 ACRES ALONG ONION CREEK AND JUST UPSTREAM OF THE RECHARGE ZONE OF BARTON SPRINGS.

UM, THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT, UH, ACQUISITION.

I COMMEND YOUR STAFF AND, AND PARTNERS AND PULLING THIS TOGETHER AND, UH, ENCOURAGE YOU TO ENCOURAGE YOUR STAFF TO, TO DO MORE OF THIS.

WE, WE NEED TO BE PROTECTING AS MUCH OF THE REMAINING UNDEVELOPED PORTION OF THE BARTON STRINGS WATERSHED AS WE POSSIBLY CAN, UH, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE, AND, UH, IT COMES UNDER THE DEVELOPER'S GRASP.

SO THANKS SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS AND, UM, UH, LET'S DO MORE.

THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS PAT VALS TRES SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO.

LOOKS LIKE WE'VE LOST PAT TRES, WE'LL MOVE ON.

EDGAR HANDEL SPEAKING ON ITEM 33, SIGNED UP FOR 54, WHICH WAS PULLED.

HI, MY NAME IS EDGAR HANDEL.

I'M, I'M A RESIDENT OF THE GO VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD IN DISTRICT THREE.

I'M SPEAKING TO, IN SUPPORT OF ITEMS 33 AND 54 ON VMU TWO AND EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT.

IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EFFORTS IN AUSTIN, BUT IN ORDER TO HAVE TRULY SUCCESSFUL TRANSIT, WE NEED TRANSIT, SUPPORTIVE LAND USE, THAT MEANS DENSE MIXED INCOME HOUSING, ALL ALONG OUR TRANSIT LINES SO THAT MORE PEOPLE OF VARIOUS INCOME LEVELS HAVE THE ABILITY TO WALK BY RURAL TO NEARBY TRANSIT STATION.

UM, NOT ONLY THE SUPPORT TO INCREASING ACCESS TO TRANSIT AND THE LONG-TERM SUCCESS OF OUR TRANSIT INVESTMENTS, BUT IT'LL BE A KEY IN GETTING THE FEDERAL GRANTS THAT WE REALLY NEED TO GET OUR TRANSIT BUILT.

SO, UM, I THINK WE REALLY NEED THIS TRANSIT FOR, I MEAN, THE HOUSING FOR AFFORDABILITY, WE NEED IT FOR CLIMATE, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND SO MANY MORE REASONS.

THIS JUST SEEMS LIKE SOMETHING THAT REALLY JUST REALLY NEEDS TO BE DONE, A NO BRAINER.

SO I, I'M, I'M THANKFUL THAT, UM, EVERYONE WHO HAS DONE THEIR WORK ON THIS IN COUNCIL.

UM, SO YEAH, LET'S DO IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SPEAKER.

THE OTHER REMOTE SPEAKERS ARE SIGNED UP ON AN ITEM THAT WAS PULLED.

WE'LL MOVE OVER TO IN PERSON FOR CONSENT IN PERSON HASIB ABDULLAH SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO.

IF YOUR NAME'S BEEN, WHEN YOUR NAME IS CALLED, SHE'LL CALL ABOUT THREE NAMES AT A TIME WHEN YOUR NAME'S BEEN CALLED.

GO AHEAD AND GET UP AND COME DOWN AND SIT ON THE FRONT ROW.

IF THERE'S AN OPEN MICROPHONE, GO AHEAD, BUT IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND THAT WAY WE'LL, UH, MOVE MORE EFFICIENTLY FOR THOSE THAT ARE BEHIND YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE, SIR.

THANK YOU.

UH, MAYOR, MAYOR, COUNCIL MEMBERS NAME'S HASTI ABDULLAH, UH, RESIDENT OF DISTRICT SEVEN.

I'M HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT ITEM NUMBER TWO AND 23, WHICH I GUESS HAS BEEN PULLED.

UM, UNFORTUNATELY I SEE THIS IS, UH, ITEM TWO IS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, BUT I WOULD SPEAK AGAINST IT SPECIFICALLY.

UM, THE LEVEL FOUR OF THE DUNBAR DOG, UH, BITE BEING THE STANDARD BEING USED FOR, UH, SECTION 3.1, TWO SIX C3, I THINK,

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UM, ACCORDING TO THE DUNBAR LEVEL, ANY DOG BITES, UH, 99% OR OVER 99% OF DOG BITES ARE TWO AND UNDER.

AND SO YOU'RE DEALING WITH A, UM, A VERY SMALL GROUP OF, UM, DOGS, UH, WHEN YOU GO THREE LEVEL THREE AND HIGHER.

AND I THINK WE, YOU PRIORITIZE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE HU THE HUMAN BEINGS IN AUSTIN, ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN, AS OPPOSED TO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOGS.

UM, AGAIN, I KNOW IT'S A CONSENT AGENDA, BUT I THINK A MIDDLE GROUND, MAYBE, I STILL BELIEVE LEVEL THREE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE, THE STANDARD, BUT, UH, MULTIPLE LEVEL THREE BITES, MAYBE LIKE A, YOU KNOW, HYBRID LEVEL, 3.5 DUNBAR SCALE WOULD'VE BEEN A LITTLE BIT MORE, UM, HAPPY MEDIUM, BUT I THINK LEVEL FOUR IS WAY, WAY TOO HIGH AND IT'S DANGEROUS, UH, LEVEL.

EXCUSE ME.

UM, MOVING ON TO ITEM 3 23.

I WOULD JUST STATE THAT, UH, WE NEED TO HAVE A, UH, MORE ROBUST, UH, LONG TERM.

UH, I, I, I AM FOR, FOR ITEM NUMBER 23, BUT I'M SAYING THAT I THINK THERE'S BEING A LONG TERM, UH, AGREEMENT WITH THE, UH, THE, THE PEACE OFFICERS HERE IN AUSTIN TO PROTECT US.

YOU KNOW, WE DON'T NEED TO STEREOTYPE ANY PROFESSION, RACE, RELIGION, UM, UH, AND FOR POLITICAL GAIN OF ANY WAY IN ANY SORT.

AND SO I WOULD JUST HOPE FOR THIS TO COUNCIL TO PRIORITIZE A, UH, MUTUAL BENEFICIAL CITY, UH, PEACE OFFICER AGREEMENT FOR THE LONG TERM.

IT HELPS RETAIN THE BEST AND RECRUIT THE BRIGHTEST.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THANK YOU.

NEXT THREE SPEAKERS, RYAN CLINTON, LORI, MICHELLE, MADISON COOPER SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO.

IF YOUR NAME HAS BEEN CALLED, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE PODIUM AND STATE YOUR NAME.

GOOD MORNING, MY NAME'S RYAN CLINTON.

I AM THE CHAIR, EXCUSE ME, OF THE AUSTIN ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION.

ALTHOUGH I SPEAK IN MY PERSONAL CAPACITY OF COURSE TODAY.

UM, I WANNA MAKE TWO COMMENTS.

UM, WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I REGISTERED AS, AS AGAINST, I PROBABLY WOULD'VE REGISTERED AS ON, UH, HAD THE CHANGES THAT WERE MADE LAST NIGHT, UM, BEEN MADE PREVIOUSLY OR HAD BEEN IN THE ORIGINAL DRAFT.

UM, I THINK THE CHANGES THAT WERE MADE LAST NIGHT DO RESOLVE A NUMBER OF THE ISSUES THAT I HAD.

UM, WITH THE ORIGINAL DRAFT.

I WANNA TALK ABOUT PROCESS.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE AUDITOR, UH, DETERMINED WAS THAT THE CITY SHELTER WAS, AND THE CITY STAFF WAS NOT ENGAGING WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND THE CITY AND THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.

AND THAT THAT PROCESS AND THAT, THAT THOSE RELATIONSHIPS SHOULD BE IMPROVED.

SO THE VERY FIRST TIME, THE CITY NOW HAS A CHANCE TO SHOW THAT IT CARES ABOUT THOSE THINGS AND THAT IT IS GOING TO INVOLVE STAKERS HOLDERS AND IS GOING TO INVOLVE THE COMMISSION.

IT DIDN'T DO SO.

SO THE COMMISSION HAD NO NOTICE THAT THIS WOULD BE ON THE AGENDA, HAD NO NOTICE THAT THIS WOULD BE, UH, PROPOSED, WAS NOT CONSULTED IN ANY WAY, UM, NOR WAS I CONSULTED PRIOR TO, UH, IT BEING PROPOSED.

UH, I WILL SAY, AND I WANT TO, UH, READILY ADMIT THAT MR. DESAI DID CALL ME AFTER IT WAS PLACED ON THE AGENDA.

WE HAD A VERY, VERY CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATION.

UM, IT DID.

WE BOTH WERE ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT A NUMBER OF THE THINGS THAT WERE IN THE ORDINANCE WERE NOT INTENTIONAL.

A NUMBER OF THE CHANGES WERE NOT INTENTIONAL POLICY DECISIONS.

WE WERE ABLE TO REMOVE THOSE, UH, UNINTENTIONAL POLICY DECISIONS FROM THE ORDINANCE.

AND NOW IT'S REDUCED, EXCUSE ME, REDUCED TO WHAT WAS INTENTIONAL.

AND I THINK IT'S A MUCH BETTER, UH, PROPOSAL BECAUSE OF THAT.

SECOND, UH, WITH REGARD TO SUBSTANCE, UH, I, I AM NOT ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAS EVER GONE TO THE CITY SHELTER TO PROTEST, UM, ON A DOG THAT IS DEEMED DANGEROUS.

I HAVE THREE LITTLE KIDS.

I'M AN APPELLATE LAWYER BY NATURE, WHICH, UM, THE MAYOR WILL UNDERSTAND MEANS THAT MY JOB IS TO ELIMINATE RISK, TO MAKE SURE BAD STUFF DOESN'T HAPPEN.

AND SO I HAVE NO OBJECTION FROM A POLICY PERSPECTIVE OF, OF, OF TRYING TO FIND MECHANISMS TO REDUCE RISKS OF SEVERE, UH, DOG BITES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, AND THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

NEXT THREE SPEAKERS SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO, CRAIG NASER.

CHRISTOPHER SUMMERS BEVERLY LUNA, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE PODIUM AND STATE YOUR NAME, MAYOR COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS LORI MICHELLE.

I'M A LOCAL ATTORNEY HERE IN AUSTIN AND A LONGTIME ANIMAL WELFARE ADVOCATE.

UM, I INITIALLY SIGNED UP AGAINST ITEM NUMBER TWO ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

I'M CURRENTLY, UH, REGISTERING ON SEVERAL CHANGES AS MR. CLINTON INDICATED WERE MADE, UM, TO THE POSITIVE.

UM, I ECHO MR. CLINTON'S CONCERN ABOUT PROCESS.

EVER SINCE THE CURRENT MANAGEMENT THAT HAS TAKEN OVER THE SHELTER OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS WAS, WAS IN PLACE.

STAKEHOLDERS HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THE PROCESSES THAT AFFECT THE IT AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

MY CONCERN HERE TODAY FOR YOU MAYOR, FOR, UH, CITY MANAGER GARZA AND COUNCIL MEMBERS, IS THAT WE HAVE A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

WE ARE STEP TAKING

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STEPS BACKWARDS.

WE SHOULD NOT BE FOCUSING ON ITEMS THAT AND, AND TAKING, MAKING GESTURES AND, AND PROPOSING POLICIES THAT THAT ROLL BACK THE ADVANCES THAT WE'VE MADE.

WE USED TO BE ONE OF THE SAFEST PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES FOR HOMELESS PETS.

AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN NO LONGER IS, FOR EXAMPLE, THIS ITEM INITIALLY HAD ON IT REMOVING THE HOLD PERIOD FOR A BITE DOG.

WHY IN THE WORLD AND HOW IN THE WORLD DID THAT GET INTO THIS OR ORDINANCE OR THIS, THIS AGENDA ITEM? AND ONLY AFTER FORCING ITS REMOVAL, IT GET TAKEN OUT.

THAT IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE STEPS BACKWARDS THAT WE ARE TAKING UNDER CURRENT CITY MANAGEMENT.

THE BIGGER ISSUE IS ADDRESSING THE REPEATED MANAGEMENT FAILURES, NOT IN STEPPING BACK STANDARDS, LOWERING STANDARDS.

THE RESULT TO A FAILED AUDIT BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S, UH, ANIMAL SHELTER DEPARTMENT IS NOT TO LOWER STANDARDS AND STEP THINGS BACK.

AND MR. THANK YOU.

IF YOUR NAME HAS BEEN CALLED, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE PODIUMS AND STATE YOUR NAME.

HELLO, MY NAME IS CRAIG NAZER.

I WAS ON THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION FOR EIGHT YEARS.

THE LAST TWO IS CHAIR.

THESE ORDINANCE CHANGES ARE IMPROVING, BUT I STILL HAVE SOME CONCERNS.

NO KILL IS NOT JUST A NUMBER.

SOME RULES MAY APPEAR TO SUPPORT NO KILL WHEN THEY ACTUALLY MAKE IT EASIER TO KILL DOGS FOR OTHER REASONS, INCLUDING LACK OF SPACE.

DOGS BEING HELD AND FOSTERED DURING THE STRAY HOLD PERIOD IS A GOOD IDEA, BUT ONLY IF A PICTURE OF THE DOG IS SO HELD IS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE FOR THE ENTIRE PERIOD IN FOSTER AND CERTAINLY FOR THE LENGTH OF THE STRAY HOLD PERIOD.

THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE THING A NO KILL SHELTER CAN DO IS TO GET LOST DOGS BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES.

AS THIS CREATES THE KIND OF STRONG AND ENDURING SUPPORT NO KILL SHELTER MUST HAVE TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

USING THE DUNBAR SCALE IS ALSO A GOOD CHANGE.

UNFORTUNATELY, REMOVING THE REQUIREMENT TO DETERMINE IF A, A BITE IS PROVOKED OR UNPROVOKED IS A STEP BACKWARD AS IT MAKES IT MORE CONVENIENT TO KILL DOGS AND NOT THAT ARE NOT ACTUALLY DANGEROUS.

THIS WON'T MAKE US MORE SAFE.

IF AUSTIN WANTS TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT DOG BITES, YOU WOULD FIND A WAY TO ENFORCE OUR LEASH LAWS.

THAT WAS BY FAR, FAR THE MOST COMMON COMPLAINT I RECEIVED FROM CONSTITUENTS WHILE I WAS ON THE COMMISSION.

I BELIEVE IT IS THE MOST COMMON SOURCE OF UNPROVOKED BITES IN THE CITY.

IF THE POINT IS TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OF LACK OF SPACE OFF THE SHELTER, THE SOLUTION IS TO BE FOUND IN OUTCOMES.

RETURNS TO OWNER MUST BE INCREASED, STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS WITH FOSTERS AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS MUST BE ESTABLISHED AND EXPANDED.

BUILDING SATELLITE SHELTERS IS A GREAT IDEA.

IN FACT, IT IS SOMETHING THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDED BACK IN OCTOBER OF 2020.

REMOVING WILDLIFE USE, EUTHANASIA FROM THE NO KILL DATA WILL CHANGE NOTHING BECAUSE IT HAS NEVER BEEN INCLUDED IN THAT DATA, DESPITE THE REQUIREMENT THAT IT BE INCLUDED.

I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS.

KNOWLEDGE AND DATA WILL SUCCESSFULLY SOLVE MORE PROBLEMS THAN OLD ASSUMPTIONS AND POLITICS.

THANK YOU.

HI, I'M BEVERLY LUH.

I'M WITH AUSTIN LOST AND FOUND PETS.

WE HAVE 80,000 MEMBERS.

OUR GOAL IS TO REUNITE LOST PETS WITH THEIR OWNERS.

UH, I APPRECIATE SOME OF THE CHANGES MADE IN TO DRAFT TWO YESTERDAY EVENING, AND I AGREE WITH MR. NASER THAT THE BIG PROBLEM IS THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AND ANIMAL SERVICES REFUSAL TO PICK UP STRAY DOGS, JUST GO TO 3 1 1 DOT AUSTIN TEXAS.GOV AND LOOK AT, SINCE DON BLAND HAS BEEN HERE, STRAY DOGS ARE LEFT TO ROAM ON THE STREETS.

THEY ROAM IN PACKS, PEOPLE ARE GETTING BITTEN.

IT'S, IT'S NOT THESE FEW, YOU KNOW, SEVERELY DANGEROUS DOGS.

THEY'RE THAT ARE REALLY THE ISSUE.

IT'S THE STRAY DOGS.

IT'S AACS REFUSAL TO TAKE IN DOGS.

WE HAVE ACCEPTED THE BURDEN OR TAKEN ON THE BURDEN OF PICKING UP THESE STRAYS OURSELVES AND FINDING FOSTERS AND FINDING ADOPTERS.

IT'S OUTRAGEOUS THAT, THAT WE ARE REQUIRED TO DO THIS BECAUSE DON BLAND IS NOT DOING HIS JOB.

I WOULD ALSO ECHO THAT, THAT, UM, THE, THE BITE SHOULDN'T, SHOULD BE, HAVE TO BE PROVOKED.

I DON'T WANT SOMEONE COMING ON MY PROPERTY, MY DOG BITING SOMEONE, AND THEN MY DOG GETS KILLED FOR PROTECTING MY PROPERTY.

UM, I APPRECIATE THE CHANGES REGARDING THE THREE DAY STRAY HOLD TO FOSTERS.

I WOULD ASK THAT MAYBE GIVE A LITTLE BIT LONGER,

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FOR INSTANCE, FIVE DAYS.

UM, AND THAT YOU REQUIRE THAT THE PICTURES ACTUALLY BE POSTED IN THE LOBBY.

THE PICTURES OF THE DOGS THAT ARE IN THAT ARE WITH THE FINDERS BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE GO TO THE SHELTER AND LOOK FOR THEIR DOGS, THEY WON'T SEE THEM.

AND MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW TO LOOK ON THE WEBSITE.

ANYWAY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL AND MAYOR.

MY NAME IS CHRISTOPHER SUMMERS AND I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON NO FOR THIS PROPOSAL.

UH, WHILE ON THE SURFACE, THIS PIECE OF WORK FROM AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER APPEARS TO SUPPORT NO KILL.

YOU HAVE TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES TO FIND THE HIDDEN AGENDA, WHICH I CAN ASSURE YOU THE ANIMAL WELFARE COMMUNITY HAS BECOME VERY ADEPT AT IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS.

WHAT IT ACTUALLY DOES IS PROMOTE THE HIDDEN AGENDA, WHICH CURRENT MANAGEMENT HAS TRIED TO IMPLEMENT FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS, NAMELY THE KILLING OF INNOCENT ANIMALS.

THE VERY FIRST MEMO ISSUED ADVOCATED KILLING ANIMALS FOR SPACE, SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR SECOND CLUE THAT THIS KIND OF ATTITUDE WAS NOT SUITED FOR AN ORGANIZATION CHARGED WITH ANIMAL WELFARE.

THE A A C PROCESS IS BROKEN DURING THE LAST FOUR YEARS AFTER ONE FAILURE AFTER ANOTHER, INCLUDING FAILING NOT JUST ONE, NOT TWO, BUT EVERY SINGLE CONCEIVABLE METRIC BY THE CITY TO AUDITOR BEFORE THAT FLAT OUT FAILING YOUR OWN HRD MANPOWER SURVEY COMING IN DEAD LAST AMONG ALL 30 PLUS CITY DEPARTMENTS, HAVING THE LOWEST MORALE ON THE HIGHEST TURNOVER OF STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.

UH, AS I MENTIONED, WE'VE GOTTEN VERY GOOD AT READING BETWEEN THE LINES AND HEARING WHAT'S NOT BEING SAID ORIGINALLY, THE WAY I READ IT THAT THIS PROPOSAL ALL DOES IS LICENSE THE KILLING OF ANIMALS FOR ANY REASON WITH ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY, MERELY BY CHANGING THE CLASSIFICATION OF AN ANIMAL, IT CAN BE KILLED AND NOT COUNTED OR REPORTED.

SO THE ILLUSION OF 90% NO KILL WOULD BE MAINTAINED.

IT'S THIS TYPICAL SLIGHT OF HAND WE'VE COME TO EXPECT, UH, WHICH LED THE AUSTIN ANIMAL COMMISSION TO ISSUE A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE TWO YEARS AGO AFTER A ONE YEAR INVESTIGATION IN THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

THE ANIMAL WELFARE COMMUNITY HAS HAD IT.

WE'VE PUT UP WITH THIS FOR FOUR YEARS AND WE'RE TIRED OF IT.

I URGE YOU IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS TO REEVALUATE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AND REJECT THIS PROPOSAL.

AND BETTER YET, TAKE A PAGE FROM THE NFL'S PLAYBOOK WHEN THE TEAM HAS FAILED SO CONSISTENTLY.

AND SO SPECTACULARLY REPLACE THE COACH.

NEXT SPEAKER IS PAT VALIS, IN PERSON T MIKEL BALLS AND DAVID EDWARDS.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, MAYOR PROTE.

MY NAME IS PAT RES AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT THREE.

I AM HERE IN SUPPORT OF ITEM SIX.

UM, I APPRECIATE THE DISCUSSION THAT ALL OF YOU HAD ON TUESDAY AT YOUR WORK SESSION REGARDING THIS ITEM.

AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER FOR YOUR VERY GOOD QUESTION ABOUT SPAIN NEUTER.

I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH.

UM, I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO CITY MANAGER , UH, A ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, HAYDEN HOWARD, AND DIRECTOR BLAND, FOR PUTTING THIS ISSUE ON THE AGENDA, NOT ONLY AS AN ISSUE TO ADDRESS CERTAIN ITEMS OF THE AUDIT, BUT ALSO DURING YOUR DISCUSSION ON TUESDAY SAYING THAT MORE DISCUSSION WOULD FOLLOW.

AND THAT'S THE PART THAT I WANNA BE HERE TO, UM, ADDRESS.

I DO AGREE WITH, UM, CHAIR CLINTON, ALTHOUGH HE WAS SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF HIMSELF, NOT AS THE CHAIR OF THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION, BUT HE IS THE CHAIR AND I DO APPRECIATE THAT HE SAID THAT WE NEED MORE AND BETTER STAKEHOLDER PROCESS.

I WOULD LIKE TO BE PART OF THAT PROCESS.

I'VE BEEN PART OF AN ANIMAL SERVICES, UH, COMMUNITY SINCE 1992, AND I THINK THAT WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF MAKING LOTS AND LOTS OF IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION AND TO COMMUNITY INPUT.

AND I WANNA THANK, UM, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, HAYDEN HOWARD FOR, UH, TALKING WITH ME ABOUT THAT SEVERAL TIMES AND I HOPE TO CONTINUE TO DISCUSS THIS WITH HER.

I DO THINK THAT WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD IMPROVING THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION.

THIS IS THE YEAR TO DO IT.

THIS IS THE YEAR TO HAVE, UM, BETTER DISCUSSIONS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU, UH, WITH CHAIR CLINTON WITH A CM HAYDEN, HOWARD DIRECTOR BLAND, AND EVERYONE WHO IS TRYING TO IMPROVE ANIMAL SERVICES IN AUSTIN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

AND FOR THE RECORD, I BELIEVE YOU WERE TESTIFYING ON ITEM NUMBER TWO INSTEAD OF ITEM NUMBER SIX.

WHY DID I SAY, OH, SORRY ABOUT THAT.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

JUST WANNA MAKE SURE OUR RECORD'S CLEAR.

MORNING, I'M ML BALLS TESTIFYING A

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FOUR ITEM NUMBER TWO, I'M A WI WIFE, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER AT FORMER PUBLIC SERVANT OF TRAVIS COUNTY.

I'M A SURVIVOR OF A DOG MULLING AND A PARTIAL SCALPING THAT REQUIRED A LEVEL THAT QUALIFIED AS A LEVEL FIVE ON THE IAN DUNBAR SCALE.

MY SURGERY INCLUDED OVER A HUNDRED SUTURES AND 13 STAPLES TO REATTACH FOUR SEPARATE SECTIONS OF MY SCALP.

THE DOG WAS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED FROM AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER WITH A HISTORY OF ATTACK ON AT LEAST ONE CHILD.

HE WAS THEN SURRENDERED TO THE KILL CLEAN SHELTER BECAUSE HE CAUSED ANOTHER ATTACK ON A CHILD AND THEN WAS PULLED BY A LOCAL RESCUE HERE IN CENTRAL AUSTIN AND PLACED IN A BOARDING KENNEL IN THE HAYES COUNTY JURISDICTION.

I HAVE SPENT CLOSE TO A DECADE VOLUNTEERING WITH SHELTERS, RESCUES, AND OTHER ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS.

I HAVE DE DEDICATED THOUSANDS OF HOURS TRANSPORTING, FOSTERING NURSING TRAINING DOGS, AS WELL AS ASSISTING VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF.

I HAVE BEEN AND REMAIN PASSIONATE ABOUT DOING ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP THE COUNTLESS DOGS THAT ARE ABANDONED, ABUSED, OR WHO NEED HAVE MEDICAL NEEDS BEYOND THE RESOURCE OF THEIR ORIGINAL OWNERS.

WHILE I WOULD TRULY LOVE NOTHING MORE FOR EVERY DOG WHO COMES TO THE ATTENTION OF SHELTERS AND RESCUES TO GET TO THE POINT OF HEALTH AND STABILITY AND BECOME THE PERFECT SHE ADDITION TO A LOVING FAMILY, THE REALITY IS THAT IS NOT ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY DUE TO OVERBREEDING AND SUBSEQUENT GENETIC ISSUES, NEUROLOGIC, NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS AND OR CRUEL TREATMENT THAT CANNOT BE REVERSED.

SOME DOGS ARE TRAGICALLY BEYOND THE HELP THAT CAN BE PROVIDED.

ADDITIONALLY, THE SPECIALIZED TRAINING TIME, MONEY, TOOLS NEEDED TO RE REHABILITATE DOGS WITH THESE SEVERE ISSUES ARE RESOURCES BEYOND THE SCOPE OF THE MAJORITY OF RESCUES AND SHELTERS.

I AM HERE TODAY TO RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT MAYOR WATSON AND THAT EACH COUNCIL MEMBER TAKE THE TIME TO THOUGHTFULLY REVIEW THE EMAIL AND PICTURES I HAVE PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED ON JANUARY 27TH AND HAVE PROVIDED HARD COPIES TODAY.

I DO NOT TAKE THIS MATTER.

THANK YOU, SPEAKER, YOUR TIME IS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO ARE SASHA EDWARDS, JOANNE NORTON, AND ROBERT CORBIN.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT.

HI THERE, MY NAME IS MADISON.

UM, I'M JUST TESTIFYING ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND AS A CONSTITUENT OF DISTRICT THREE, UM, AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO WEAR THE SWEATER.

YOU KNOW, UM, I PERSONALLY THINK THAT THE EXPANSION OF THIS FORM OF EUTHANASIA COULD OPEN, OPEN A CAN OF WORMS. I THINK WE SEE IT AT THE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL WHEN THINGS AREN'T SPECIFICALLY PUT IN STATUTE.

YOU MIGHT HAVE LEADERSHIP OF LOCAL SHELTERS OR INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS FINDING LOOPHOLES IN THAT.

AND SO I THINK WHILE THIS IS ROOTED IN SAFETY, IN MY TRANSITION TO SOMETHING OUT OF CONVENIENCE, AND SO AS YOU TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION, I WOULD JUST BE VERY CAUTIOUS OF THE SPECIFIC LANGUAGE THAT WILL BE PUT INTO EFFECT.

AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

MOVING ON.

THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS REGISTERED FOR ITEM TWO ARE ELLEN JEFFERSON, CHELSEA REMAN, AND CHAZ JACQUE.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT.

IF THERE'S AN OPEN MICROPHONE, PLEASE JUST GO AHEAD, JUST IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING, I'M JOANNE NORTON.

FIRST I WANNA GIVE A QUICK THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR BRINGING SO MANY TREE TRIMMING CREWS TO AUSTIN.

MY AREA OF DISTRICT THREE HAS DECADES OLD GROWTH REMOVED, AND I'M MORE CONFIDENT THAT THE ELECTRIC LINES ARE GONNA STAY UP DURING ICE OR WIND.

I'M HERE TO ASK YOU, OH, I'M ALSO A RETIREE FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN LAW DEPARTMENT AND FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

I'M HERE TO ASK YOU TO PASS ITEM TWO.

AS A FORMER ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSIONER REPRESENTING DISTRICT THREE, I SAW THE PROBLEMS WITH THE CURRENT ORDINANCE FORMED.

A WORKING GROUP CONSULTED WITH FELLOW COMMISSIONER, AND IT RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM DOGS WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

IT PROTECTED STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS LIKE ME FROM RISKING ENCOUNTERS WITH THIS VERY SMALL POPULATION OF DOGS.

SADLY, IT DID NOT PASS THE COMMISSION, AND BOTH COMMISSIONERS, CLINTON AND NASER, WHO SPOKE TODAY WERE ON THAT COMMISSION.

USING THE DUNBAR SCALE IS A FAIR AND NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED METHOD TO EVALUATE BITES.

THE RATING APPLIED TO THE BITE BASED ON THE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BITE WILL BE DETERMINED BY ANIMAL ANIMAL PROTECTION.

THE SAME GROUP THAT LOOKS AT BITES NOW.

SO THERE IS APPLICATION CONSISTENCY.

CURRENTLY DETERMINING THE OUTCOME FOR THE DOG IS BASED ON THE BITE PLUS LENGTHY DEFINITIONS OF PROVOKED AND UNPROVOKED.

THIS HAD LED TO DOGS BEING RELEASED TO RESCUE GROUPS WHEN THE BITE BASED ON DUNBAR WOULD'VE KEPT THE PUBLIC SAFE PASSING.

ITEM TWO DOES NOT PUT NO KILL IN JEOPARDY.

IT DOES NOT MEAN THE ANIMAL CENTER WILL NOT MEET A 95% LIVE OUTCOME.

IT DOES NOT MEAN

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THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER WILL HIDE STATISTICS BECAUSE THEY'RE AVAILABLE EVEN TODAY ON THE PUBLIC DASHBOARD.

IT DOES NOT MEAN DOGS WILL BE KILLED ON DEMAND.

IT IS NOT ABOUT CURRENT LEADERSHIP.

IT IS ABOUT A PROCESS THAT AFFECTS ANY LEADER.

PASSING ITEM TWO SIMPLY MAKES THE PUBLIC SAFER AND MAKES THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER SAFER FOR STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

HELLO, MY NAME'S CHAZ JAKE WAY.

I'M WITH JACK, JACK, JACK JACK'S PACK STREET DOG RESCUE.

UH, OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, UH, OUR ORGANIZATION WORKING WITH UH, TWO EMPLOYEES HAVE GONE AND, UH, TAKEN OVER 400 DOGS OFF THE STREETS OF AUSTIN SURROUNDING AREAS AND FOUND THEM HOMES.

UH, IN DOING THAT, UH, WE'VE COME TO LEARN AND SEE THAT THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT ARE ISSUES WITH THE CURRENT REPORTING AND THE DOCUMENTATION THAT GOES INTO PUTTING DOWN HOW THESE DOGS ARE ACTUALLY, UH, BEING INVOLVED IN WITH BITES.

UH, ONE OF THESE THINGS I CAN SAY, 'CAUSE IT INVOLVES MYSELF.

UM, I WAS OUT ON A RESCUE AND THERE WAS A CASE WHERE A, I HAD TO MAKE A DECISION.

UH, AND I, THIS IS WHERE PROVOKED VERSUS UNPROVOKED BECOMES VERY IMPORTANT.

I MADE A DECISION TO REACH OUT AND GRAB A DOG TO STOP IT FROM GOING INTO TRAFFIC, AND A BITE WAS INVOLVED.

NOW, THIS DOG, AT NO POINT EVER ENTERED INTO THE SHELTER SYSTEM.

I DID SUSTAIN INJURIES AND HAD TO GO AND GET, UH, CARE AT THE URGENT CARE, HEARD NOTHING FROM THE SHELTER, THE DOG NEVER WENT INTO THE SHELTER SYSTEM.

10 MONTHS LATER, I RECEIVED A NOTICE FROM THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER STATING THAT THE ANIMAL HAD CONCLUDED A QUARANTINE AT THE SHELTER, AND THAT IT HAD BEEN EVALUATED BY MEDICAL PERSONNEL AT THE SHELTER, AND THAT IT WAS GIVEN AN A NUMBER AND THAT I WAS, UH, CLEAR TO GO.

NOW, HOW CAN A EVALUATION BEEN DONE REGARDING A BITE WHEN THE DOG WAS NEVER THERE? THEY NEVER HAD ANY WAY TO IDENTIFY WHO THE DOG WAS.

SO IF THE TRACKING SYSTEM IS STATING THAT THERE ARE DOGS OUT THERE THAT ARE DOING BITES AND THEY'RE GIVING THEM A NUMBERS AT A SHELTER WHEN THE DOG DOESN'T EVEN EXIST AND HAS NEVER BEEN AT THE SHELTER, HOW CAN WE SAY THERE'S ANY ACCOUNTABILITY ACROSS THE BOARD? THEY HAVE NO WAY TO DETERMINE OR ACTUALLY KEEP TRACK OF WHICH DOGS ARE COMING WHEN A BITE'S INVOLVED.

AND IT BECOMES VERY, VERY DANGEROUS WHEN WE DON'T DOCUMENT WHETHER A BITE IS PROVOKED OR UNPROVOKED.

WE HAVE THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

IF YOUR NAME HAS BEEN CALLED, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE PODIUM.

ANY ONE OF YOU.

I, HI, I'M DR.

ELLEN JEFFERSON AND I'M THE PRESIDENT OF A PA AND A VETERINARIAN.

FIRST, I WANNA THANK THE MAYOR FOR INSERTING THE SIX MONTH REVIEW PROCESS INTO THE DOG BITE SECTION.

WE ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE, UM, OF THE RULE WITH THAT, BUT WE ASK THAT IT COME BACK FOR REVIEW BEFORE GOING INTO LAW.

IN ADDITION, I WANNA HELP, UH, PLEA PLEA TO YOU FOR HELP OVERALL.

UM, WHEN THE NO KILL RESOLUTION PASSED IN 2011, IT WAS PASSED BECAUSE THE SYSTEM BACK THEN WAS ONLY CAPABLE OF PRODUCING 10,000 LIVE OUTCOMES A YEAR.

SO IF INTAKE WENT UP, EUTHANASIA WENT UP, THE PROGRAMS PUT IN PLACE WITH THE NO KILL RESOLUTION WORKED NOT PERFECTLY, BUT THEY WORKED FOR MANY YEARS.

NOW, 13 YEARS LATER, AFTER ALL THAT WORK THAT YOUR POSITIONS DID TO CREATE A BETTER PROCESSING SYSTEM, THE SHELTER IS PROCESSING 8,500 LIVE OUTCOMES, NOT INCLUDING THE ONES COMING TO US.

THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE PROCESSING IS THE KEY WORD.

IT REQUIRES EQUAL FOCUS ON THE INTAKE, THE PREPPING FOR THE PREPPING FOR A LIVE OUTCOME, AND THE LIVE OUTCOME ITSELF.

ONE PROGRAM CALLED FOR BEHAVIOR DEPARTMENT TO CREATE PROGRAMS TO ASSIST ANIMALS WITH BEHAVIOR ISSUES AND TO ACCLIMATE STRAYS TO THE SHELTER ENVIRONMENT.

THAT PROGRAM IS NOW DISMANTLED IF YOU HAVE A DOG AND PUT THEM IN A CAGE FOR WEEKS WITHOUT WALKS.

WHAT KIND OF MONSTER DO YOU THINK YOU'RE CREATING? I SEE OUR CITY TRYING TO BANDAID A BROKEN PROCESSING SYSTEM BY CLOSING INTAKE AND CREATING MORE DEAD OUTCOMES OR PUSHING MORE ANIMALS TO US WITHOUT EVER FOCUSING ON THE PREP THAT IS REQUIRED TO GET A LIVE OUTCOME.

A PA IS YOUR LARGEST PARTNER ON THIS ISSUE.

WE CONTRIBUTE OVER, WE CONTRIBUTE MILLIONS A YEAR JUST TO A, A C AND EMPLOY OVER 250 AUSTINITES TO RESPOND TO YOUR CITY SHELTER'S NEEDS.

WITHOUT OUR WORK, AUSTIN WOULD ONLY BE AT AN 84% NO KILL RATE.

WE HAVE ALL THE SAME PROBLEMS. WE HAVE A LARGER SHELTER, WE TAKE IN MORE ANIMALS.

YET NO ONE HAS ASKED US HOW WE RESOLVE THE SAME PROBLEMS THAT THE CITY HAS NOT IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AND INCLUDING NOT THE AUDITORS, BUT IT IS NOT JUST IMPORTANT TO US A PA, IT'S IMPORTANT TO EVERYBODY HERE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

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MY NAME'S ROBERT CORBIN, AND TO START WITH, I WANT TO CALL Y'ALL'S ATTENTION TO ALL THESE NO KILL SHELTERS.

THEY'RE FOOD WAREHOUSES ARE FULL OF DEAD, MURDERED, TORTURED ANIMALS, SO THERE ARE NOTHING NO KILL ABOUT 'EM.

SO THANK YOU FOR MAKING CHANGES TO NO KILL CHANGES THAT GO NOT FAR ENOUGH.

NO KILL POLICIES SHOULD END COMPLETELY.

NO KILL HAS BEEN A DISASTER FOR THIS CITY FOR PEOPLE CIVILITY, FINANCES, PARKS, AND WATERWAYS.

EVERY ASPECT OF AUSTIN HAS BEEN IN SOME WAY DEGRADED BY NO KILL AUSTIN'S GREEN BELTS, PARKS AND NATURE PRESERVES ARE UNDER CONSTANT ASSAULT BY DOGS.

AUSTIN BARELY HAS PARKS FOR PEOPLE, ONLY PARKS FOR DOGS ILLEGALLY OFF IN EVERY PUBLIC PARK AND RIPPING THEM APART.

MANY NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS HAVE OFF LEASH PARKS VISIT ONE AND YOU'LL OFTEN SEE MORE DOGS OFF LEASH OUTSIDE THE FENCED AREA THAN INSIDE IT POOR AUSTIN, WHERE EVERYONE INCLUDING CITY EMPLOYEES DECLARES LEASH LAWS CAN BE ENFORCED DUE TO ALL SORTS OF SILLY OBFUSCATING REASONS.

AND WE'LL STATE THAT CERTAINLY THE POLICE CAN ACT AS THEY GOT MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS.

WHICH BRINGS ME TO THE MOST OBNOXIOUS INSTITUTED CRAZINESS OF NO KILL AUSTIN, WHERE ILLEGAL OFF-LEASH DOGS CAUSE MASSIVE NUMBERS OF INJURIES TO OUR CITIZENS AND MAKE PARENTS AFRAID TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE PARK.

A PD HAS A SPECIAL UNIT STAFFED BY TWO OFFICERS WAS THREE AND ONE CIVILIAN WHOSE FULL-TIME JOBS RIGHT NOW ARE GUESS WHAT TO LOOK INTO ANIMAL MISTREATMENT OR ABANDONMENT ISSUES.

THEY GOT THAT EVEN THOUGH ACCORDING TO THE STORYLINE, A PD IS UNDERFUNDED AND HAS SHORTAGES OF PERSONNEL.

THREE, FULL-TIME PERSONNEL TO PROTECT DOGS, BUT NOT ONE SINGLE OFFICER GOING PARK TO PARK TO QUICKLY AND AGGRESSIVELY WRITE CITATIONS TO ALL LAW BREAKERS, WHICH WOULD CLEAN UP THE LAWLESSNESS OF OUR PARKS.

I HOPE YOU SEE THE DRIBBLE, THE ROT YOU NEED TO COMPLETELY KILL THE EVIL HYPOCRISY.

THAT IS NO KILL.

THANK YOU.

NEXT THREE SPEAKERS SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO, JADA BARTON, SASHA, ALY, JEANNIE RAMIREZ.

IF YOUR NAME HAS BEEN CALLED, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE PODIUM AND STATE YOUR NAME.

HI THERE.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS TODAY.

UM, MY NAME IS CHELSEA RISMAN AND I'M THE DIRECTOR OF THE DOG BEHAVIOR PROGRAM AT AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.

AND I CAME HERE TODAY TO EXPRESSED MY VERY DEEP CONCERN OVER, UM, THE RESOLUTION AND TELL YOU MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAM AND WHERE IT STANDS RIGHT NOW.

OUR BEHAVIOR PROGRAM AT A PA IS COMPRISE OF 21 SKILLED INDIVIDUALS WHOSE ROLES ARE TO PROVIDE BEHAVIORAL EVALUATIONS, ENRICHMENT, SOCIALIZATION, INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT PLANS FOR THE DOGS IN OUR PROGRAM, AND MATCHMAKING COUNSELING AND ONGOING BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT TO THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO TAKE THEM INTO THEIR CARE.

THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE DOGS WHO RECEIVE THESE SERVICES UNDER OUR PROGRAM ARE TRANSFERRED TO US FROM AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

THIS PROGRAM WAS BUILT AND FUNDED TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER BEHAVIOR PROGRAM, WHOSE CREATION WAS CALLED FOR IN THE 2011 NO KILL RESOLUTION.

WE WERE BEST ABLE TO UPHOLD THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF BOTH RESCUE AND SAFETY AT THE TIME WHEN THIS PROGRAM WAS IN PLACE.

BECAUSE DOGS WERE GETTING THEIR NEEDS MET, BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT WAS PROVIDED TO THEM.

BEHAVIORAL EVALUATIONS WERE CARRIED OUT BY KNOWLEDGEABLE ASSESSORS AND MORE ACCURATE, CONSISTENT, AND TIMELY.

NOTES WERE RELAYED TO US, WHICH HELPED BOTH A, A, C AND US TO BEST ASSESS WHICH DOGS MAY POSE A REAL THREAT TO SAFETY AND WHICH JUST NEEDED SOME MORE SUPPORT OR HAD SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS.

HAVING A BEHAVIOR PROGRAM IS NOT JUST ABOUT SAVING DOGS, IT'S ABOUT ENSURING THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY.

WE NEED TO SAFELY EVALUATE THE DOGS, COMMUNICATE THEIR BEHAVIORS TO RESCUE PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY, AND PROVIDE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THOSE FACING CHALLENGES.

HOWEVER, CONTRARY TO THE COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY THAT THIS RESOLUTION STANDS ON.

AACS BEHAVIOR PROGRAM WAS DISMANTLED YEARS AGO WITHOUT NOTICE OR CONSULTATION WITH A PA RESULTING IN ALMOST ALL THOSE ADDITIONAL DOG CASES FALLING ON OUR SHOULDERS.

BEYOND THIS, WITHOUT LACK OF DEDICATED SUPPORT, THESE DOGS ARE BEING SHELTERED LONGER WITHOUT THEIR NEEDS BEING MET OR BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT TO ACCOMMODATE THIS.

LACKING ASSESSMENTS ARE NOT BEING CARRIED OUT BY BEHAVIORALLY TRAINED TEAM MEMBERS TO ENSURE CORRECT ASSESSMENT OF SAFE OR UNSAFE BEHAVIORS.

AND MINIMAL INCONSISTENT NOTES ARE BEING SHARED WHEN THEY'RE BEING PLED TO US, OFTENTIMES WITH VERY CONCERNING DISCREPANCIES THAT COULD HOLD LARGE IMPLICATIONS FOR THESE DOGS.

THEREFORE, IT'S BEEN PARTICULARLY DISTRESSING TO HEAR THE MISINFORMATION CIRCLING TO BOLSTER THIS RESOLUTION.

SPECIFICALLY INFLAMMATORY STATEMENTS SUGGESTING THE RELEASE OF DANGEROUS DOGS TO RESCUES WHO THEN RELEASE THEM TO THE COMMUNITY COMMUNITY.

IN REALITY, OUR TEAM IS DILIGENT DILIGENTLY TAKING ON THE MAJORITY OF THESE CASES, TIRELESSLY WORKING.

THANK YOU.

YOUR, YOUR TIME'S EXPIRED.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

GOOD, MOR.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS SASHA VIOLET GILLY, AND I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF JACK CHECKBACK STREET DOG RESCUE.

I'M AGAINST THE CURRENT PROPOSAL, AND I WANNA SHARE WHY I THINK IMPLEMENTING A CHANGE IN THE EUTHANIZATION POLICY REGARDING BITES IS A POOR IDEA AND WHY I THINK SO MANY WILL SUFFER FROM THIS PROPOSAL.

A A C LACKS EMPATHY AND TRANSPARENCY.

CURRENTLY, CITIZENS WHO PAY TAX DOLLARS ARE TURNED DOWN EVERY DAY.

THEY SHOW UP WITH STRAY,

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LOST AND DUMPED DOGS.

EVEN THE, SHE, EVEN IF THE SHELTER HAS SPACE, THEY ARE TURNED AWAY.

THE EMPLOYEES ARE COLD TO THEM AND MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE CRIMINALS FOR ASKING FOR HELP, WHICH IN RETURN HAS CAUSED A RISE IN STREET DOGS.

IF WE CAN'T TRUST AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER TO TAKE IN DOGS WHO ARE FOUND ON A STREET CORNER ABOUT TO BE HIT BY CARS ARE FREEZING TO DEATH ON A PORCH, HOW CAN WE TRUST THEY WON'T EUTHANIZE DOGS WHO DESERVE TO LIVE, WHO WILL BE RATING THESE BITES, WHO WILL DECIDE WHETHER THE BITE WAS UNPROVOKED OR PROVOKED? THE DUNBAR BITE SCALE DOESN'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHETHER A BITE IS UNPROVOKED OR NOT.

THIS IS IMPERATIVE IN ANIMAL BEHAVIOR.

FOR EXAMPLE, ACOS USE SHELTER ACOS AND SHELTER EMPLOYEES USE CATCH POLES TO SECURE STRAYS AND MOVE THEM FROM KENNELS.

THIS IS A METAL POLE WITH A LOOP THAT GOES AROUND THE FEARFUL DOG'S NECK.

MANY DOGS IN THIS CASE WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE REACTION.

EVEN THE NICEST DOMESTICATED DOGS WILL BITE.

A LEVEL FOUR BITE ISN'T HARD TO GET TO WITH SHARP TEETH.

THERE ARE MANY SITUATIONS WHERE A DOG WILL BE PROVOKED TO BITE, AND THAT SHOULDN'T MEAN AUTOMATIC DEATH.

DEATH IS SO FINAL AND TO DECIDE ON WHETHER YOU END A LIFE WITHOUT SHARING THE SITUATION WITH RESCUES AND KILLING A DOG IS WRONG.

LOVE DOGS AND LOST DOGS WHO HAVE FAMILIES WILL LOSE THEIR LIVES OVER THIS.

I ASK THAT YOU VOTE, VOTE AGAINST THIS.

I ASK THAT YOU VOTE NO.

HI THERE.

UH, I'M JEANNIE RAMIREZ.

UM, I WANNA SAY, FIRST OF ALL, THERE ARE SO MANY RUDE PEOPLE IN HERE I CAN'T EVEN HEAR BECAUSE EVERYONE'S TALKING IN THE BACK.

I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE WITH THE PRESS, QUIT TALKING AND LISTEN.

ANYWAY.

UM, I I I'M NEUTRAL ON THIS BECAUSE I GET PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ATTACKED AND MAULED AND KILLED, AND THAT DOES, YOU KNOW, IT AFFECTS ME.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, Y'ALL ARE QUALIFIED.

THERE'S NO, TO ME, YOU WOULD HAVE TO HAVE AN AGGRESSIVE DOG ASSESSOR THAT HAS EXTENSIVE QUALIFIED BACKGROUND DATA REPORTED, WHICH EVERYONE HAS NOW SAID.

THERE'S NO DATA BEING REPORTED REALLY CORRECTLY.

UM, THE TRANSPARENCY, LACK OF THERE, THE LAST COUNCIL FAILED TO EXPAND THE SHELTER AND YOU GOT PROBLEMS WITH THE SHELTER.

OKAY? IF A DOG'S SCARED AND YOU, AND, AND THERE'S LACK OF PEOPLE THERE TO HELP AND FEED AND ALL OF THAT, IT'S GONNA GET SCARED.

IT COULD BITE.

AND THEY'RE GONNA, WHO'S GONNA DO THIS ASSESSMENT IS WHAT I WANNA KNOW.

I WANT TRANSPARENCY ON THAT WHEN THEY'RE GIVING THESE FLOORS AND ON.

I WANNA KNOW HOW MANY DOGS ARE BEING KILLED.

SECOND OF ALL, TIM CRUMB, IN THAT CASE, NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT THIS.

DID A, DID AN AUDIT.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT HE FOUND? EVERYONE, HE FOUND ALGAE IN THE WATER BOWLS.

GREEN, GREEN WATER.

NOBODY WANTS TO DRINK.

UH, EXTENDED STAYS.

MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ISSUES.

UM, UH, MULTIPLE DOGS GET THIS IN A CAT CARRIER.

THIS OKAY? NO VENTILATION THERE.

THAT IS SO DANGEROUS FOR THE DOGS AND THE STAFF THAT IS ACTUALLY ABUSIVE WORKING CONDITIONS.

AND, AND, AND TO ME, TIM BLAND, WHO'S A SHELTER DIRECTOR, WHY DOES HE STILL HAVE HIS JOB WHEN THIS HOR HORRIFIC REPORT FROM TIM CRUMP CAME OUT IN SEPTEMBER, WHY WASN'T HE FIRED? YOU KNOW, RYAN, YOU'RE IN MY DISTRICT.

I I WANT YOU TO GET ON THIS.

PLEASE, PLEASE SPEAK OUT.

YOU KNOW, I THINK Y'ALL SHOULD DO WALKTHROUGHS UNEXPECTEDLY OVER THERE.

I REALLY DO.

UH, KEITH, SALLY DID THE AUDIT.

WHAT, WHAT'S HIS JOB TO DO? THE MONEY.

THANK YOUR TIME'S EXPIRED THAT WE HATED MA'AM.

RESPONSIBLE MA'AM, YOUR TIME'S EXPIRED.

CHARGE THE ANIMAL.

MA'AM, YOU CAN'T DO THIS UNLESS YOU TAKE CARE.

THE NEXT SPEAKERS.

YOU STARTED BY TALKING ABOUT BEING RUDE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

WHATEVER.

YOU DON'T WANNA LET PEOPLE TALK TOP ALL YOU.

JUST NEXT SPEAKER SPEAKING ON ITEM TWO IS JANE TAYLOR.

CATHERINE MCCARDLE SIGNED UP FOR ITEM TWO AND 23, WHICH WAS PULLED.

AIDEN NASH SPEAKING ON ITEM THREE.

IF YOUR NAME HAS BEEN CALLED, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE PODIUM.

PLEASE COME FORWARD.

IF THERE'S AN EMPTY PODIUM, JUST IDENTIFY YOURSELF PLEASE.

HI EVERYONE, MY NAME IS CATHERINE MCCARDLE.

SHOULD I HOLD MY ITEM 23? UH, COMMENTS UNTIL LATER? SPEAK NOW.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, YEAH, I'LL WAIT.

HI EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS CATHERINE MCCARDLE.

I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT NINE.

AND SO RIGHT NOW I'M SPEAKING AGAINST ITEM TWO.

WHILE I'M GLAD TO SEE THE UPDATES TO ITEM TWO AS OF LAST NIGHT, I STILL OPPOSE IT FOR SEVERAL REASONS.

THE BIGGEST OF WHICH IS THAT IT DIDN'T GO THROUGH THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION.

THIS IS ESPECIALLY MORE IMPORTANT.

AFTER THAT AUDIT CAME OUT, AFTER THE VOTE OF

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NO CONFIDENCE IN THE HEAD OF THE ANIMAL SERVICES, UM, AS EVIDENCED BY MANY OTHER SPEAKERS TODAY, THERE'S ALREADY A HUGE LACK OF TRUST BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND ANIMAL SERVICES LEADERSHIPS AND ATTEMPTS LIKE THIS TO CIRCUMVENT THE COMMISSION, ESPECIALLY ON SOMETHING AS SENSITIVE AS EUTHANASIA DECISIONS THAT ONLY MAKES THAT, UH, LACK OF TRUST WORSE.

SECOND, IT'S WELL KNOWN AMONG ANIMAL BEHAVIOR EXPERTS THAT THE DUNBAR SCALE, WHICH THIS ITEM WANTS TO USE, IT'S DEEPLY FLAWED AND THERE ARE BETTER OPTIONS AVAILABLE.

SO WHY AREN'T WE USING THOSE? IF THIS HAD GONE THROUGH THE PROPER CHANNEL WITH THROUGH THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION, THEY WOULD'VE KNOWN THAT AND PIVOTED TO A BETTER I, UH, OPTION LIKE THE KARA SHANNON SCALE.

THIS TYPE OF THING IS JUST WHY THE, UH, ITEMS SHOULD HAVE GONE THROUGH THE ADVISORY COMMISSION.

I THINK IT'S ALSO KIND OF ABSURD TO REMOVE, UM, TRANSPARENCY REQUIREMENTS AND REPORTING LIVE OUTCOME RATES FOR ALL ANIMALS.

SO PLEASE VOTE AGAINST ITEM TWO AND LET THE COMMISSION WORK WITH THESE KINDS OF PROPOSALS INSTEAD.

THANK YOU.

Q.

HELLO.

UH, I'LL BE HONEST, I WAS NOT TAUGHT IN SCHOOL HOW TO SIGN UP TO SPEAK AT CITY CITY COUNCIL, SO I DON'T WANNA SPEAK ON NUMBER THREE, UH, OR ITEM NUMBER THREE.

BUT DUE TO MY FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE ACOSTA VERSUS MESSA CASE, I'M ALLOWED TO TALK HERE.

AS LONG AS I'M NOT DISRUPTIVE OR ANYTHING, I WILL SAY IT DOESN'T DISRUPT OR DISORDER THE CONDUCT HERE, HERE, ACCORDING TO THE ACOSTA VERSUS MESSA CASE.

WELL, IF PAIR WITH MY FIRST UNDER OUR RULES, YOU'RE REQUIRED TO SPEAK ON A SPECIFIC ITEM.

SO IF YOU'RE HERE TO SPEAK ON AN ITEM, GO AHEAD.

COOL.

BUT YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO FOUR AND 23.

COOL.

UH, I'LL SPEAK ON ITEM FOUR.

I AGREE WITH THE PEOPLE HERE THAT, UH, THERE'S NOT ENOUGH AWARENESS AND PROPER PROCEDURES IN PLACE, UH, SO VOTE AGAINST.

AND THEN ALSO FOR ITEM 23, THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES SEEMS TO BE WRONG.

UH, WITH THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES THERE, I WILL SAY THAT THEY SHOULD BE ALLOCATED IN DIFFERENT WAYS, SUCH AS MAYBE CALLING FOR A CEASEFIRE AND, UH, USING THOSE FUNDS TO THEN PROVIDE FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO EDUCATE AND INFORM THE PEOPLE IN YOUR SOCIETY.

AS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, WE HAVE OPPOSE, WE HAVE APPOINTED YOU TO DO SUCH.

WHAT HAS BEEN DONE NOW BY COUNCIL MEMBERS OTHER THAN TWO, THREE, AND NINE? UH, SPEAKING ON AN ITEM POSTED ON THE AGENDA I HAVE, IT'S