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GOOD MORNING

[Call to Order]

EVERYBODY.

IT'S 10 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING ON MARCH 21ST, 2024, AND I WILL CALL TO ORDER THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

WE ARE MEETING IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS, WHICH IS LOCATED IN CITY HALL AT 3 0 1 WEST SECOND STREET IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, AND WE HAVE A QUORUM OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL PRESENT.

UM, I WANT TO WALK THROUGH QUICKLY THE ORDER FOR THE DAY.

UH, WE WILL HEAR, UH, FROM, I'LL, I'LL READ CORRECTIONS INTO THE RECORD HERE IN JUST A SECOND, AND THEN WE WILL HEAR FROM CONSENT SPEAKERS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, BOTH VIRTUALLY AND IN PERSON.

AND WE WILL GO TO A CONSENT VOTE, A VOTE ON THE CONSENT ITEMS IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER.

UH, WITH, UH, BRIEF COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCIL MEMBERS RELATED TO THE CONSENT AGENDA.

WE WILL THEN, UH, DEPENDING UPON THE TIME, EITHER GO TO, EXCUSE ME, RECESS, THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND GO TO A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, OR WE WILL GO TO THE NON-CONSENT ITEMS, UH, MEMBERS FOR PURPOSES OF, UH, THE, THE DAY, THE ONLY PULLED ITEM RIGHT NOW IS ITEM NUMBER 24, AND THAT'S BECAUSE ITEM NUMBER 24 NEEDS TO BE TAKEN UP.

AT THE SAME TIME.

WE TAKE UP ITEM NUMBER 48, WHICH IS A ZONING ITEM, WHICH IS SET FOR A TWO O'CLOCK TIME CERTAIN.

SO WHAT YOU SHOULD ANTICIPATE IS THAT AFTER WE COMPLETE THE ZONING MATTERS, I'LL CALL BACKUP ITEM NUMBER 24.

AT THAT TIME, UH, LIKE I SAID, WE WILL THEN GO, WE WILL ALSO HAVE THE NON-CONSENT ITEMS MEMBERS.

THOSE NON-CONSENT ITEMS ARE PUBLIC HEARINGS, AND WE WILL HAVE PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THOSE ITEMS. 44 THROUGH 47.

WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND WE WILL TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION.

I WANT TO CLARIFY AGAIN THAT IF YOU'RE HERE TO SPEAK ON A, A PUBLIC AT A PUBLIC HEARING OR ONE OF THE NON-CONSENT ITEMS, YOU WILL BE CALLED UP AT THAT TIME.

HOWEVER, IF IT IS MORE CONVENIENT TO YOU TO BE, UH, PART OF THE CONSENT AGENDA OR SPEAK AT THAT POINT IN TIME, THEN FEEL FREE TO LET US KNOW THAT, BUT I WOULD ASK THAT YOU LET THE CITY CLERK KNOW THAT AND WE WILL WORK TO ACCOMMODATE YOU.

UH, AFTER WE FINISH THAT, UH, HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE CLOSE TO OUR NOON TIME CERTAIN, WHICH IS OUR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT.

WE WILL DO THAT.

WE WILL RECESS AND HAVE LIVE MUSIC, AND WE WILL, UM, AT TWO O'CLOCK TAKE UP ZONING ITEMS. AT THIS TIME, I WILL READ INTO THE RECORD CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS TO THE AGENDA FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 21ST, 2024.

ON ITEM NUMBER 33 SPONSORS SHOULD BE ADDED.

MAYOR KIRK WATSON AND COUNCIL MEMBER VANESSA FUENTES.

ITEM NUMBER 31 HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN AND IT'S BEEN REPLACED WITH ADDENDUM.

ITEM NUMBER 67.

ITEM NUMBER 69 SHOULD ADD AS A SPONSOR, MAYOR KIRK WATSON, BOARD AND COMMISSION ACTIONS.

ITEM NUMBER TWO SHOULD READ MARCH 18TH, 2024, RECOMMENDED BY THE ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION ON A SEVEN TO ZERO VOTE WITH COMMISSIONER ALVAREZ OFF THE DAAS AND THREE VACANCIES.

ITEM NUMBER TWO, MARCH 19TH, 2024, RECOMMENDED BY THE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMISSION ON A 7 0 1 VOTE WITH COMMISSIONER CDI, ABSTAINING, CHAIR STONE, AND COMMISSIONER STY ABSENT, AND ONE VACANCY ON ITEMS NUMBER THREE, NUMBER FOUR, NUMBER FIVE, AND NUMBER 11.

IT SHOULD READ MARCH 13TH, 2024, RECOMMENDED BY THE WATER AND WASTEWATER COMMISSION ON A SEVEN TO ZERO VOTE WITH FOUR ABSENT MEMBERS.

THAT WILL TAKE US TO THE CONSENT AGENDA, AND I WILL TURN TO

[Public Comment]

THE CITY CLERK, UH, TO CALL ON SPEAKERS, UH, BOTH START WITH, UH, VIRTUAL AND THEN GO TO, UH, THOSE THAT ARE IN PERSON, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

FIRST, WE HAVE WILLIAM BUNCH ON ITEMS 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 22, 30, 36, 39, AND 41.

YES, GOOD MORNING.

THIS IS BILL BUNCH FROM SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

I'M JUST GONNA LIMIT MY COMMENTS TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO ITEM FIVE.

THE FEE IN LOW FOR WATER REUSE.

UM, OUR WATER SITUATION IS, IS GETTING RATHER DIRE.

UM, HAVING THESE, UH, PROJECTS DONE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL.

AND, UH, THE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO REQUIRE ACTUAL PARTICIPATION ON SITE, UH, REUSE OR HOOKING UP TO THE CITY'S, UH, PURPLE PIPE SYSTEM.

UM, AND

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AS WE ALL KNOW, FEE AND L JUST, UH, BASICALLY DODGES THE ACTUAL GOAL AND DELAYS AND POSTPONES IT.

SO, UH, PLEASE DELETE THIS AND, UH, REQUIRE ACTUAL WATER REUSE ON SITE AND IF NOT ON SITE, UH, HOOK UP TO THE CITY SYSTEM.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS AN OIA JOSEPH SPEAKING ON ITEMS 12 19 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 63, 64, 65.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

COUNSEL ENOBI.

JOSEPH, MY COMMENTS ARE SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO ITEM 12.

IT'S THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT $700,000 CONTRACT.

I I AM IN OPPOSITION TO THIS ITEM BECAUSE IT, THE OUTCOMES FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVE NOT CHANGED IN 20 YEARS OR MORE.

AND I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT IF YOU HAVE $700,000 TO SPEND TO TRY TO REACH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND OTHER MINORITIES, THAT IT WOULD BE WISE TO ASK US WHAT WE NEED.

I WOULD ASK YOU TO WITHDRAW ITEM NUMBER 26.

THAT'S THE PUBLIC HEALTH ITEM.

IT'S ASKING FOR $60,500 FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON.

AND I JUST WANNA CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION, YOUR SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2023 COUNCIL ACTION REQUIRED FOUR 12 MONTH EXTENSIONS AT $20,000, AND THIS ACTUALLY IS ASKING FOR THREE TIMES THAT AMOUNT WITH NO TRANSPARENT JUSTIFICATION IN THE BACKUP AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO ITEM 27, WHICH IS THE WORK SOURCE ITEM FOR, UH, CHILDCARE.

I JUST WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE SPECIFICALLY THAT TAMARA ATKINSON ON OCTOBER 25TH, 2022, TOLD TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT THAT SHE RECEIVED $54 MILLION FOR CHAIR CHILDCARE, WHICH WAS AN INCREASE OVER THE PAST YEARS.

SO I WOULD ASK YOU TO WITHDRAW THIS ITEM AS WELL, AND TO ACTUALLY ASK ADRIAN STIRRUP TO SHOW YOU HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FOR CHILDCARE AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL.

I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO INCLUDE BUS STOP SHELTERS FOR ALL OF THE SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY IN NORTHEAST AUSTIN MCD AND WALNUT CREEK AS WELL.

AND AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO I 35, I JUST WANT TO SAY MY OPPOSITION TO THE CAPS AND STITCHES IS SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE I THINK IF YOU ARE GOING TO CONNECT EAST AND WEST, THEN THAT LAND NEEDS TO BE USED FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS TO HAVE SOME TYPE OF HOUSING.

AND DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE BLACK.

THANK YOU.

YOUR TIME HAS K THANK YOU, MS. JOSEPH.

THAT CONCLUDES REMOTE CONSENT SPEAKERS.

WE'LL MOVE TO IN-PERSON WITH BRAD INGAL ON ITEMS 21 AND 36 WITH GUS PENA AND TOM RAMSEY, JR.

ON DECK, BRAD INGAL.

IF YOUR NAME'S BEEN CALLED, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT, UH, EVEN IF IT'S, IT'S BEEN CALLED WHERE YOU'RE ON DECK, SO THAT YOU'LL BE PREPARED TO, UH, GIVE YOUR COMMENTS.

PLEASE CALL THEIR NAMES AGAIN, BRAD MESSING, GUS PENA, TOM RAMSEY, JR.

NEXT WE HAVE PEDRO VILLALOBOS, ISAAC DILL, CAROL GUMTREE.

IF YOUR NAME'S BEEN CALLED, PLEASE MOVE TO THE PODIUM.

STATE YOUR NAME.

MOVING ON, WE HAVE ANA ALMANZA MIRANDA BEST CAMPOS CARLOS PINON.

IF YOUR NAME'S BEEN CALLED, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT.

NEXT WE HAVE VALERIE MENARD, PEDRO HERNANDEZ JR.

CARMEN YANES, MONICA GUZMAN SPEAKING.

OKAY, SHE, MS. GUZMAN INDICATES SHE'S SPEAKING ON THE A HFC AGENDA THAT CONCLUDES IN-PERSON SPEAKERS.

ALL NAMES HAVE BEEN CALLED.

ALRIGHT, I'M GONNA TRY ONE MORE TIME.

IF ANYBODY'S NAME'S BEEN CALLED YOU, YOU, I'M SORRY SIR, BUT YOUR, YOUR NAME WASN'T CALLED.

IF YOUR NAME'S BEEN CALLED, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE MICROPHONE.

ALRIGHT, THAT MEMBERS, THAT CONCLUDES ALL OF THE SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

UH, THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE

[Consent Agenda]

A MOTION TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA.

IT'S MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER.

UH, IS THERE DISCUSSION WITH REGARD TO THE CONSENT AGENDA? REMEMBER, THE ONLY ITEM THAT'S BEEN PULLED IS 24, AND WE WILL TAKE THAT UP LATER.

IS THERE ANY OTHER ITEM, ANYBODY WISHES TO PULL? IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO BE SHOWN AS ABSTAINING FROM A VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA AS READ? YES.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, THANK YOU FOR POINTING THAT OUT.

I THANK YOU.

UM, I APPRECIATE YOUR RECOGNITION.

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I WOULD LIKE TO BE SHOWN ABSTAINING FROM 65 AND 33, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

AND, AND, AND COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, AND, AND COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON, I'LL, I'LL, AS YOU KNOW, I DO MY BEST TO LOOK UP AND PAY ATTENTION, BUT IF I MISS YOU, DON'T HESITATE TO CRY OUT.

SO I DON'T, SO I DON'T MISS YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER.

MADISON, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD? OKAY.

ANYBODY WISHING TO BE SHOWN AS RECUSING THEMSELVES FROM A VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? ANYONE WISHING TO BE SHOWN VOTING NO ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? ALRIGHT, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

THE CONSENT AGENDA IS ADOPTED WITH COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY BEING SHOWN AS ABSTAINING ON ITEM NUMBER 65 AND ITEM NUMBER 33.

I'LL NOW RECOGNIZE COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR BRIEF COMMENT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

UH, MAYOR PRO TIM POOL, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED, FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER, AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY MAYOR.

THANKS SO MUCH.

AND COLLEAGUES, I WANTED TO SPEAK TO ITEM 39, UH, WHICH IS THE INITIATIVE THAT I'M BRINGING HERE TODAY.

UH, ON GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, IN THE FACE OF A WARMING PLANET AND WITH TEMPERATURES RISING, EXTREME WEATHER, AS WE KNOW, IS BECOMING MORE COMMON AND THE CITY MUST ACT TO MITIGATE THESE IMPACTS FOR TODAY AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

TREE LINED STREETS AND OTHER TYPES OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE OFFER A NATURAL SOLUTION TO COMBAT THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT, PROVIDING MUCH NEEDED SHADE AND COOLING FOR OUR CITY LANDSCAPE.

AND ESSENTIAL TO THIS LANDSCAPE ARE OUR TREES.

TREES ENCOURAGE WALKING AND CYCLING AND MAKE IT SO MUCH NICER WHEN WE'RE OUT OF DOORS.

TREE, TREE-LINED ROADWAYS AND SHADED SIDEWALKS.

WALKS ARE WELCOMING AND WELCOMING.

LANDSCAPES ADD TO OUR DAY-TO-DAY ENJOYMENT AND SENSE OF PLACE, TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE.

OUR FEELING OF HOME AND COMMUNITY TREES MAKE OUR CITY BETTER AND WE, AS WE KEEP PUSHING TO BUILD A CITY THAT IS RE RESILIENT, EQUITABLE, AND SUSTAINABLE.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT DECISIONS WE ARE MAKING TODAY ARE SHAPING THE AUSTIN OF TOMORROW.

AND I WANNA SEE A WHOLE LOT MORE TREES IN OUR FUTURE WITH A STRONG AND HEALTHY URBAN CANOPY OFFERING SHADE AND SHELTER THROUGHOUT THIS CITY.

WITH THIS ITEM, WE ARE GOING TO GET THERE.

THIS ITEM PRIORITIZES PLANTING STREET TREES WITHIN AUSTIN'S PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY.

AS THE RESOLUTION SITS FORTH, IT WILL CLARIFY REQUIREMENTS AND DETERMINE THE BEST APPROACH TO MANAGE OUR RIGHTS OF WAY HOLISTICALLY TO ALLOW AND SUSTAIN NEEDED AND NECESSARY GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALL FUTURE RIGHT OF WAY PROJECTS.

SO I WANNA THANK A FEW PEOPLE.

I WANNA THANK MY GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE CO-SPONSORS, COUNCIL MEMBERS, ELLIS RYAN, ALTER VELAZQUEZ, AND HARPER MADISON FOR JOINING ME ON THIS ITEM.

AND I UNDERSTAND, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE, DID YOU WANT TO ADD YOUR NAME? UH, I WOULD BE HONORED TO ADD MY NAME, , AND I'M HONORED TO HAVE YOU ADD YOUR NAME WITHOUT OBJECTION, COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE WILL BE ADDED.

I ALSO WANNA THANK THE DEPARTMENT STAFF WHO WORKED THROUGH MANY COMPETING CITY NEEDS TO FIND THIS SHARED VISION, AND THESE FOLKS ARE COMMITTED TO OPERATIONALIZING AND SUSTAINING THESE NEW APPROACHES.

I WANNA THANK A COUPLE PRIVATE CITIZENS, JANA MCCANN AND KEVIN HOWARD FOR DAYLIGHTING THIS ISSUE LAST FALL, AND WORKING WITH MY TEAM OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS WHILE WE DID EVERYTHING WE NEEDED TO DO TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN TODAY.

AND TO THE MANY SUPPORTERS, MY THANKS, THE SUPPORTERS IN THE NONPROFIT AND BUSINESS SECTORS WHO ALSO SEE THE INTRINSIC AND ACTUAL VALUE OF OUR GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, WHO ARE CHEERING FOR OUR TREES AND HOW THEY MAKE OUR CITY A MORE LIVABLE SPACE.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT INITIATIVE, MAYOR, AND I AM SO PLEASED TO SEE IT LAUNCH TODAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, MAYOR PRO TEM I'LL RECOGNIZE COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN AL ALTER, FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY.

AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER ALISON AL ALTER.

UH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAYOR.

I JUST WANT TO THANK, UH, MAYOR PRO TEM POOL FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ITEM.

IT REALLY IS CRITICAL FOR OUR CITY AND OUR LOCAL CLIMATE.

YOU KNOW, AS I LOOK OUT THE WINDOWS HERE, WHAT STANDS OUT TO ME ARE THESE BEAUTIFUL TREES THAT WE SEE, UH, ALONG OUR ROADWAYS.

AND THAT SHOULD BE THE NORM.

WE SHOULD SEE THAT EVERYWHERE IN THIS CITY.

AND SO I KNOW YOU PUT A LOT OF WORK INTO THIS AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

SO JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THAT.

I ALSO WANT TO THANK AUSTIN ENERGY AS IT RELATES TO ITEM EIGHT FOR GOING OUT AND FIGURING OUT HOW WE CAN, UH, CREATE MORE DEMAND RESPONSE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.

YOU KNOW, WHEN DONE RIGHT, DEMAND RESPONSE NOT ONLY REDUCES, UH, ELECTRIC

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USAGE BY, UH, COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS, IT ALSO SAVES THEM MONEY.

SO IT'S A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYBODY.

I'M REALLY EXCITED, UH, THE PATH THAT AUSTIN ENERGY IS TAKING ON THIS AND LOOKING FORWARD TO HOW WE AS A CITY CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE MAXIMIZE OUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS IN THE FUTURE.

SO I APPRECIATE THEIR WORK AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER, AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

I WANNA THANK COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ FOR BRINGING ITEM 35 FORWARD TODAY.

IT ASKS THE CITY MANAGER TO ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EMERGENCY CLOSURE AND BAD WEATHER PAY PROCEDURE AND REPORT BACK TO COUNCIL.

WE HAVE THE BEST EMPLOYEES IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN WHO OFTEN WORK ON OUR WORST DAYS.

AND SINCE MY TIME ON COUNCIL, WE'VE SEEN FREEZES, TORNADOES AND FLOODS, AND IN THOSE INSTANCES, OUR COMMITTED CITY OF AUSTIN PERSONNEL WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR US AND WE SHOULD SUPPORT THEM ACCORDINGLY.

SO THANK YOU FOR THIS ITEM.

I'D LIKE TO BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR IF POSSIBLE.

WITHOUT OBJECTION, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY BE SHOWN AS A, A SPONSOR.

THANK YOU.

UM, I ALSO WANNA THANK COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER FOR INCLUDING ME AS A CO-SPONSOR ON ITEM 36, WHICH DIRECTS THE CITY MANAGER TO EXPLORE A COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN.

THIS RESOLUTION WILL ENSURE THAT OUR CWPP, THE COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN IS UPDATED TO COMPREHENSIVELY ADDRESS THE CRITICAL AREAS OF OUR WILDFIRE PROTECTION STRATEGY.

AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, DISTRICT SIX, WHICH I REPRESENT, HAS SOME OF THE, UH, MOST HEAVILY FORESTED REGIONS LIKE THE BALCONES CANYON LANDS.

AND THIS IS WHY I SUPPORT CRUCIAL INITIATIVES LIKE THIS ITEM THAT WORKED TO ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY.

I'VE ACTUALLY SPENT THIS ENTIRE WEEK, YOU CAN SEE I'M VIRTUAL NOW, UM, WITH FIRE CHIEFS FROM ACROSS THE STATE OF TEXAS AT THE TEXAS FIRE CHIEFS CONFERENCE.

THEY INVITED ME TO SPEAK AT THEIR CONFERENCE AND WILDFIRES AND THE WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE ARE A FOCUS OF WHAT WE'RE DISCUSSING THIS WEEK.

AND SO I'M SO THANKFUL FOR THE CITY COUNCIL ENSURING THIS IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR DISCUSSIONS.

UM, I LOOK FORWARD TO THE CITY MANAGERS BRIEFING ON ANY UNMET NEEDS, UM, IN THE BUDGET FOR OUR WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLANNING.

UM, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER IN THE BUDGET TO ENSURE THAT THIS IS, UH, TAKEN CARE OF.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH COUNCIL, AND WITH THAT MAYOR I YIELD THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COUNCIL MEMBER, COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER, FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES THAN COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ.

THANK YOU.

UM, WE'RE GONNA PROBABLY BE DOING MORE SPEECHES THAN WE WE HEARD FROM THE, FROM THE AUDIENCE TODAY.

THIS IS ONE OF THOSE AGENDAS THAT HAS A LOT IN THERE.

UM, SEVERAL OF US HAVE BEEN WORKING ON, UM, DIFFERENT ITEMS THAT ARE PART OF THIS.

UM, AND, YOU KNOW, WE CAN'T CITE ALL OF THEM, BUT IT, IT, I DO, OUR STAFF WORK HARD ON A LOT OF THESE ITEMS AND, AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO, TO RECOGNIZE THEM, UM, WHEN WE VOTE.

SO I WANNA TALK ABOUT SEVERAL DIFFERENT ITEMS. UM, THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY FOR ACKNOWLEDGING THE WORK ON THE COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN.

I'M REALLY PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT ITEMS 22 AND 23 FROM STAFF AND THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR SUPPORTING, UH, MY RESOLUTION FOR ITEM 36.

ALL OF THESE ARE RELATED AS COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY SAID TO THE COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN UPDATE, WE CREATED OUR CURRENT PLAN, UM, IN 2013 AND UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED IT THE YEAR AFTER.

UM, THIS WAS A, A RESPONSE TO THE CATASTROPHIC FIRE IN THE AUSTIN AREA IN 2011.

WE LEARNED FROM THAT EVENT THAT WE HAVE A REAL NEED TO BE PROACTIVE AND PREVENTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO WILDFIRE.

AND THAT IS NO LESS TRUE TODAY.

AFTER 10 YEARS, IT IS TIME TO IDENTIFY NEW GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE CWPP TO CONTINUE TO EFFECTIVELY GUIDE OUR WILDFIRE EFFORTS.

WE HAVE ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED MOST OF THE GOALS THAT WERE IN THAT PLAN, UM, IN TERMS OF APPROACH AND STRATEGY.

AND WE NEED TO RETHINK REGIONALLY HOW, UM, WE ARE GONNA TAKE THE NEXT STEPS TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY.

THE VERY FIRST LINE OF THE BRIEFING PAPER OF THE 2014 VERSION, WHICH IS OUR CURRENT PLAN, SAYS WILDFIRE IS EVERYBODY'S FIGHT.

THAT HAS BEEN A VERY IMPORTANT MOTTO FOR ME IN MY WORK ON WILDFIRE PREVENTION.

UM, AND I THINK IT ACKNOWLEDGES THE NEED FOR PLANNING WITHIN AND ACROSS DEPARTMENTS AND ACROSS THE REGION.

THIS IS NOT JUST SOMETHING THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS TO PAY ATTENTION TO.

WHAT ITEM 36 DOES IS REALLY, UM, ASK THE CITY MANAGER TO EMPOWER OUR DEPARTMENTS TO PLAY AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN THIS PLAN.

UM, AND NOT JUST THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

WE'VE ALSO ASKED THAT THIS PLAN BE INCORPORATED INTO THE IMAGINE AUSTIN COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ITS SUCCESSOR, AS WELL AS RELATED CITY PLANS THAT TOUCH ON THIS, SUCH AS URBAN FOREST PRE-PLAN AND HAZARD MITIGATION ACTION PLAN.

THE MORE THAT WE AS A COMMUNITY, AND THAT INCLUDES OUR INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTS CAN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WILDFIRES EVERYBODY'S

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FIGHT, THE BETTER WE'RE GONNA BE PREPARED FOR PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY.

SO, THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUES AND STAFF FOR YOUR CONTINUED ACTIONS THAT RECOGNIZE THIS IMPORTANCE.

PLEASE, THAT WE HAVE, UH, RECEIVED A GRANT THAT WE'RE ACCEPTING AS WELL AS COLLABORATING WITH TRAVIS COUNTY ON THIS.

UM, I'M GONNA JUMP AROUND A LITTLE BIT HERE ON TOPICS, BUT I WANNA, UM, THANK COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES FOR BRINGING FORWARD ITEM 38, WHICH PROPOSES CHANGES TO OUR EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PROGRAM.

AND I'M PLEASED TO CO-SPONSOR THIS.

THIS IS ONE OF MANY STEPS WE'VE BEEN TAKING TO ENSURE THAT WE IMPROVE OUR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND MAKE AUSTIN AN EMPLOYER OF CHOICE.

UM, WHILE I FULLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, I DO WANNA TAKE A MOMENT TO SPEAK ABOUT AN OUTSTANDING ISSUE THAT RELATES TO EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND BEING FAMILY FRIENDLY.

WHEN WE ADOPTED SIX WEEKS OF PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR ALL SWORN EMPLOYEES, WE DID NOT ADDRESS THE ORIGINAL CHALLENGE THAT WAS RAISED BY OUR FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS.

NAMELY THE NEED TO PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF LEAVE TO ACCOMMODATE THE PHYSICAL RECOVERY AFTER CHILDBIRTH AND BE PHYSICALLY READY TO RETURN TO WORK.

ACCORDING TO THE CITY'S CURRENT POLICIES, BIRTHING FIREFIGHTERS ARE EXPECTED TO RETURN TO WORK ON THE FIRST DAY.

THEY MIGHT HAVE JUST BEEN CLEARED TO START EXERCISING.

THIS IS PROBLEMATIC ON MANY LEVELS.

UM, AND TODAY, I I SIMPLY WANNA FLAG THIS ISSUE.

UM, I HAVE BEEN TALKING WITH THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE AND I APPRECIATE, UM, THE INITIAL TALKS, BUT I, I DID WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS AS WE ADOPT, UM, ANOTHER ITEM RELATED TO MAKING, UM, IMPROVING BENEFITS, UM, THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY NEED TO SEE A SOLUTION FOR, UM, IF WE WANT THE CITY TO BE CONSIDERED A SUPPORTER SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYER.

UM, ITEM EIGHT, WHICH MY COLLEAGUE COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER MENTIONED, UM, FOCUSES ON DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM, UM, FROM AUSTIN ENERGY.

AND I WANNA SAY THAT I'M GLAD TO SEE THIS PARTICULAR ITEM COMING FORWARD.

AMONG THE MANY RECOMMENDATIONS THAT CAME OUT OF THE ELECTRIC UTILITY COMMISSION'S WORKING GROUP FOR THE AUSTIN ENERGY GENERATION PLAN.

DEMAND RESPONSE WAS A KEY STRATEGY.

UM, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH, UM, FOR BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS.

GOOD DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAMS CAN REDUCE LOAD SERVING ENTITY RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS IN PEAK AND GRID STRESS HOURS, INCREASE ELECTRIC OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY AND REDUCE WHOLESALE MARKET PRICES AND REDUCE TOTAL UTILITY RESOURCE AND CAPITAL COSTS.

DEMAND RESPONSE IN OUR COMMUNITY IS UNDERUTILIZED AND UNDER COMPENSATED.

UM, AND SO I'M REALLY PLEASED TO SEE THAT WE ARE FIGHTING FUNDING THIS TYPE OF INVESTMENT, WHICH WILL IDENTIFY WAYS THAT WE CAN EXPAND THAT.

AND I HOPE THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE GENERATION PLAN PROCESS, THAT THIS WILL BE A KEY ELEMENT OF WHAT WE LOOK AT.

AND THEN FINALLY, AGAIN, SWITCHING TO A TOTALLY DIFFERENT TOPIC, I WANNA, I HIGHLIGHT ITEM 28, WHICH OUR STAFF HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR QUITE SOME TIME, UM, WHICH RELATES TO VARIOUS CHILDCARE CONTRACTS.

UM, THESE ARE INCREASING DIRECT ACCESS TO C CHILDCARE, PROVIDING CRITICAL TRAINING TO EARLY CHILDHOOD STAFF, FUNDING CULTURALLY COMPETENT EDUCATION FOR PARENTS, AND PROMOTING SCHOOL READINESS FOR LOW INCOME CHILDREN.

WE KNOW THAT WE AS A COMMUNITY SEE THE BENEFITS FROM THESE TYPES OF INVESTMENTS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY DIRECTLY REACH THE PARENTS AND THE CHILDREN IN WHAT WE CALL A TWO GENERATION APPROACH.

UM, IT'S NOT ONLY A MORAL IMPERATIVE THAT WE FUND THESE PROGRAMS, BUT A FINANCIAL IMPERATIVE AS WELL.

UM, THESE MA INVESTMENTS DO MAKE OUR FAMILIES WORKFORCE AND ECONOMY STRONGER, AND I WANNA THANK AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH FOR THEIR WORK ON THESE AGREEMENTS, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE GOOD WORK THAT WILL COME FROM THESE PARTNERSHIPS.

UM, I KNOW THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE REALLY THANKFUL FOR OUR SUPPORT, WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO HELP MANY MORE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER, WE HAVE COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES, THEN COUNCIL MEMBER OF VELASQUEZ, THEN COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

AND LAST WILL BE CLOSING US OUT.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELA.

COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES.

THANK YOU.

I THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER, YOU CERTAINLY COVERED ALL OF THE GOOD ITEMS WE HAVE ON TODAY'S CONSENT AGENDA.

I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT ONE IN PARTICULAR, WHICH IS ABOUT EXPANDING HEALTH COVERAGE FOR CITY EMPLOYEES WHEN IT COMES TO FERTILITY CARE AND FOSTER CARE ASSISTANCE.

THIS IS AN AREA THAT BUILDS OFF OF WORK FROM OUR FORMER MAYOR, STEVE ADLER.

AND, UH, HIS TEAM, UH, MICHAEL MCGILL WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN, IN LEADING THE CHARGE IN THIS EFFORT.

AND WE TOOK A LOOK AT OTHER CITIES, OTHER COUNTIES, AND THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE OPTIONS.

AND WHAT WE FOUND IS THAT THIS REALLY IS AN AREA WHERE THE CITY OF AUSTIN STANDS TO LEAD AND OFFERING THIS AS A BENEFIT FOR CITY EMPLOYEES.

UM, I ALSO WANNA MENTION, I BELIEVE AFSCME IS HERE.

THEY WERE, UM, NOT ABLE TO SPEAK TODAY, BUT THEY DO.

THEY ARE IN SUPPORT OF THIS ITEM.

UH, SO I'M EXCITED FOR US TO, TO MOVE FORWARD IN REDUCING BARRIERS AND OBSTACLES FOR FAMILIES WHO WANT TO EXPAND, UH, THEIR FAMILY.

AND THIS ALSO WILL ENSURE THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS A COMPETITIVE EMPLOYER AS WELL.

SO I, I THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR SUPPORT TODAY.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

COUNCIL MEMBER VELASQUEZ, FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER VELA.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

UM, COLLEAGUES, IT IS A GREAT DAY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, AND I AM EXCITED ABOUT A NUMBER OF ITEMS ON THE AGENDA.

UM, WITH

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ITEM 35, THE COUNCIL WILL PRIORITIZE THE WELFARE OF OUR EMPLOYEES BY IMPLEMENTING COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY PROCEDURES AND EQUITABLE COMPENSATION BY ENSURING THAT BY ENSURING THAT OUR EMPLOYEES FEEL SUPPORTED, WE LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE IN SERVING OUR COMMUNITY.

THIS RESPONSIBILITY BEGINS WITH SAFEGUARDING THE WELLBEING OF OUR COMMITTED EMPLOYEES WHO SERVE AS FRONTLINE RESPONDERS DURING CRISIS AND CALAMITY.

THANK YOU TO MY CO-SPONSORS, COUNCIL MEMBER, FUENTES COUNCIL MEMBER MARVELLA COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO THE DEDICATED MEMBERS AND LEADERSHIP OF AFSCME FOR, UM, UH, FOR THEIR CONSISTENT ADVOCACY.

ON BEHALF OF OUR UNION FAMILY, THANK YOU TO OUR HR LEADERSHIP FOR THEIR ONGOING COMMITMENT TO ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR CITY EMPLOYEES.

THANK YOU TO MY, UH, TO THE DISTRICT THREE CHIEF OF STAFF FOR ALL OF HER HUSTLE ON THIS ITEM.

AND FOR, UH, HUSTLING ON BEHALF OF OUR EMPLOYEES, LIZETTE MELENDEZ TO CEDRIC BAKER, CARLOS VERA, AND JARED MENDEZ OF OUR GUARDRAIL CREW, SOUTH DISTRICT AND TO JEREMY MORRIS, THOMAS RUTI, ANO ANO RADO, AND ROBERT GOMEZ OF THE ASPHALT CREW SOUTH DISTRICT AND TO ALL OF OUR TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC, UH, PUBLIC WORKS CREWS.

I GOT YOUR BACK, UM, ON ITEM 65.

UH, I AM THRILLED TO SEE THIS MONUMENTAL OPPORTUNITY COME TO COUNCIL.

THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT MOMENT FOR DISTRICT THREE, AND I AM GRATEFUL TO BE A PART OF IT.

THE PURCHASE OF, UH, TOKYO ELECTRON PROPERTY ALLOWS US TO PRIORITIZE HOUSING NEEDS OF THE HARDWORKING AUSTINITES WHO KEEP THIS CITY GO, UH, GOING, INCLUDING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, TEACHERS, AND OTHER PUBLIC SERVANTS SIMULTANEOUSLY, IT OFFERS AN AVENUE FOR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES TO THRIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND, AND IT WILL BE ADDING UPWARDS OF, OF 1100 UNITS OF HOUSING TO AN AREA THAT HAS BEEN RAVAGED BY DISPLACEMENT AND UNAFFORDABILITY, WHILE ALLOWING US TO KEEP OUR AMBITIOUS COMMITMENTS MADE TO THE COMMUNITY.

WITH THE 2017 STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT, ONE OF THE GREATEST ASPECTS OF THIS ACQUISITION IS THAT WE ARE THE DRIVERS.

AND WITH INTENTIONALITY, DISCIPLINE, THOUGHTFULNESS, AND A FOCUS ON ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION, WE CAN LEVERAGE THIS OPPORTUNITY INTO CREATING A VIBRANT, AFFORDABLE, TRANSIT FRIENDLY COMMUNITY THAT SUSTAINABLY SERVES THE NEEDS OF MANY AND WORKS TO, UH, TO MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF DISPLACEMENT.

AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS DEVELOPMENT, I WILL KEEP AFFORDABILITY, DEEP AFFORDABILITY, AND MEANINGFUL LOCAL COMMUNITY BENEFIT AT THE FOREFRONT.

AND THAT IS THE, IS MY COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY.

AND LAST, BUT DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, ITEM 33, AUSTIN HAS BECOME A, AN ATTRACTIVE CULINARY DESTINATION BECAUSE OF THE DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE, NOT ONLY FROM AUSTIN, BUT THOSE THAT CAME TO AUSTIN AND WERE INSPIRED TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP BY WAY, BY WAY OF A FOOD TRUCK.

FOOD TRUCKS ARE SENT ARE A CENTRAL COMPONENT OF THE CULTURE OF AUSTIN.

SMALL AND MICRO BUSINESSES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE AUSTIN ECONOMY, AND WE CAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE HOW NECESSARY FOOD TRUCKS AND THEIR OWNERS ARE TO THE STORY OF OUR GREAT CITY.

THEY SERVE AS INCUBATORS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND OFFER ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS A LOW OVERHEAD FIRST ENTRY POINT INTO AUSTIN'S VIBRANT FOOD SCENE.

CONSIDER ICONIC AUSTIN LATINX FEMALE OWNED ESTABLISHMENT LIKE VERA CRUZ, WHICH STARTED AS A HUMBLE FOOD TRUCK IN EAST AUSTIN, AND HAS SINCE BLOSSOMED INTO A THRIVING ENTERPRISE, EMPLOYING NUMEROUS AUSTINITES AND ENRICHING OUR COMMUNITY AND OTHERS, THOUGH NOT YET ICONIC, PROVIDE A NECESSARY INCOME TO SUPPORT OUR AUSTIN FAMILIES.

TODAY WE ARE CLEARING NUMEROUS ANTIQUATED AND TEDIOUS HURDLES FOR SMALL AND MICRO BUSINESS OWNERS WITH A MAJOR EMPHASIS ON TIME AND MONEY, BOTH, UH, BOTH OF WHICH CAN EXIST ON EXTREMELY SLIM MARGINS IN THE FOOD TRUCK UNIVERSE.

THIS ITEM NOT ONLY HELPS US MODERNIZE OUR PROCESSES, BUT IT ALSO MAKES THE PROCESS MORE ACCESSIBLE, INCLUSIVE, AND EQUITABLE BY ENSURING CULTURALLY PROFICIENT LANGUAGE ACCENTS ACCESS TO BE CONSIDERED THROUGHOUT THE PERMITTING PROCESS.

IF WE WANT TO REMAIN A VIBRANT HUB OF CULINARY INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, THEN IT'S TIME FOR US TO REEVALUATE OUR PERMITTING PROCEDURES AND EXPLORE MORE COST EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT, AND EQUITABLE ALTERNATIVES THAT SUPPORT RATHER THAN HINDER THE GROWTH OF OUR LOCAL FOOD TRUCK INDUSTRY.

I WANT TO THANK THE DI UH, OUR DISTRICT THREE POLICY ADVISOR, VICTORIA HALL, FOR ALL OF HER DILIGENT WORK ON THIS ITEM, WHICH STARTED OVER A YEAR AGO.

I'D LIKE TO THANK MY CO-SPONSORS, MAYOR WATSON, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON, COUNCIL MEMBER VELA, COUNCIL MEMBER KARI,

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AND MOST RECENTLY, COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS ITEM.

AND GRA TACOS ARMER I, AND WITH THAT I SAY LET THEM COOK .

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON, FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER VELA.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR RECOGNITION, MR. MAYOR.

AND I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR, UH, FOR OFFERING SO MUCH SUPPORT FOR ONE ANOTHER TODAY.

THAT'S MOSTLY WHAT I WANTED TO DO AS WELL.

UM, SO I HAVE SOME BRIEF REMARKS AND A FEW ITEMS FROM OUR CONSENT AGENDA.

TODAY I'M EXCITED FOR US TO PASS ITEM NUMBER 29 REGARDING THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT.

WITH A ISD, IT REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT AND IMPROVING OUR CITY'S MOBILITY INFRASTRUCTURE, SPECIFICALLY AROUND OUR SCHOOLS.

OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FAMILIES SHOULD ALWAYS FEEL SAFE AND WELL CONNECTED TO THEIR SCHOOLS BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER SCHOOL HOURS.

BY INVESTING IN SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS, WE ARE COMMITTING TO OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A CITY TO ENHANCE SAFETY, ACCESSIBILITY, AND CONNECTIVITY WITH OUR COMMUNITIES.

UH, ADDITIONALLY, I'D LIKE TO EXTEND A THANK YOU TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE DAAS FOR YOUR WORK ON SEVERAL INITIATIVES.

I'M GONNA BE REPEATING SOME OF THE THANKS, UM, SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE EXPRESSED, BUT I THINK IT'S WELL WORTHWHILE.

UM, WITH ITEM NUMBER 35, THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER VELAZQUEZ FOR LEADING A RESOLUTION ON PRIORITIZING THE WELLBEING OF OUR ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES, ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR EMERGENCY PAY PROCEDURES.

UM, I THINK IT DEMONSTRATES OUR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING THOSE WHO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY DURING CHALLENGING TIMES.

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ENSURE OUR WORKFORCE'S NEEDS ARE ALWAYS MET AND THAT THEIR EFFORTS ARE RECOGNIZED.

I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT MAYOR PRO TEM POOL'S INITIATIVE ON ITEM NUMBER 37 REGARDING A FORWARD THINKING APPROACH TO URBAN PLANNING THAT INTEGRATES GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY AND WORKING TOWARDS OUR CLIMATE EQUITY GOALS.

UM, LASTLY, I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY EXCITEMENT FOR ITEM NUMBER 31, THE SUBMITTAL FOR A STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK LOAN TO FUND THE I 35 CAP AND STITCH PROJECT.

SECURING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THIS PROJECT IS CRUCIAL FOR US TO MOST EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS CONGESTION AND IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY IN OUR CITY.

THIS WEEK, MY STAFF CAME ACROSS AN ARTICLE THAT LISTED THE TOP 30 STREETS TO VISIT IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, AND I WAS VERY HONORED TO SEE THAT RIGHT HERE IN THE HEART OF DISTRICT ONE, IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CULTURAL DISTRICT THAT EAST 11TH STREET WAS NAMED NUMBER THREE IN THE NATION.

SO SEEING AN 11TH AND 12TH STREET CAP INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT WILL BE A HUGE WIN FOR OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES AND FOR MOBILITY IN THE AREA, AND FRANKLY FOR FINALLY HAVING TRUE EAST WEST CONNECTIVITY.

THANK YOU TO STAFF FOR ALL YOUR WORK ON THIS HISTORIC I 35 PROJECT AND FOR YOUR PRESENTATIONS DURING WORK SESSION.

UM, THANK YOU AGAIN TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES, CITY STAFF.

LET'S KEEP DOING THE WORK, Y'ALL.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER VELA.

UH, THANK YOU MAYOR.

UH, FIRST OFF, I WOULD, UH, ASK TO BE A CO-SPONSOR ON ITEM 39, A MAYOR PROAM POOLS ITEM.

I THINK THAT'S JUST AN EXCELLENT ITEM AND BE BEYOND JUST THE STREET TREES.

I THINK A MORE THOUGHTFUL AND HOLISTIC LOOK AT HOW WE'RE USING THE RIGHT OF WAY AND MAKING SURE THAT, THAT, THAT WE'RE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ALL THOSE OPPORTUNITIES.

I JUST THINK THAT'S A GREAT ITEM AND I WOULD LIKE TO BE SHOWN AS A CO-SPONSOR WITH WITHOUT OBJECTION.

THANK YOU.

AND, UH, THEN BRIEFLY, WE HAVE, UH, AN ITEM, ITEM 34 ON TODAY'S AGENDA.

UH, UH, AGAIN, UM, CO-SPONSORING WITH, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER THE, UH, WE'VE PASSED THE EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT AND THAT'S GONNA BE COMING BACK TO US.

BUT WITHIN THAT, AT CRESTVIEW, THERE WAS ALREADY AN EXISTING TOD, UH, AND ITEM 34 WOULD ESSENTIALLY HARMONIZE THE, UH, CURRENT CRESTVIEW TOD WITH THE, UH, THE ETOD THAT'S MOVING FORWARD.

UH, EXCITED ABOUT THAT, THAT'S GONNA CREATE A LOT OF, UH, HOUSING, UH, OPPORTUNITY AND, UH, IT'S GONNA MAKE THAT, UH, AREA JUST LOOK AND FEEL, UH, ULTIMATELY A LOT BETTER.

AND AGAIN, I'VE GOTTA THANK, UH, MAYOR PROAM POOL AND HER STAFF FOR WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH ME ON THIS ITEM.

AND THANK THE, THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT AS WELL, UH, FOR ALL, ALL, ALL THEIR WORK ON IT.

UM, AND THEN FINALLY, I WANT TO REITERATE, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER OF ELASTIC'S COMMENTS WITH REGARD TO THE PURCHASE OF THE TOKYO ELECTRON PROPERTY ON EAST RIVERSIDE.

THAT IS A BIG CHUNK OF LAND.

IT'S GOING TO FULFILL A LOT OF DIFFERENT NEEDS THAT THE CITY HAS, AND IT'S GONNA BE RIGHT NEXT TO A, UH, TRANSIT STOP FOR, UH, PROJECT CONNECT.

UH,

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR DEEPLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THAT AREA IS TREMENDOUS.

UH, I'M VERY, UH, HAPPY THAT THE, AGAIN, CREDIT TO THE CITY MANAGER TO CITY STAFF FOR JUMPING ON THAT OPPORTUNITY AND SNATCHING UP THAT PROPERTY, UH, BECAUSE WE CAN DO A LOT OF GOOD WITH THAT PROPERTY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER, ANYTHING ELSE? COUNCIL MEMBERS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

UH, MEMBERS WITH THAT AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, WE WILL RECESS THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, UH, MEETING AT 10:35 AM AND I WILL NOW CALL TO ORDER THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION.

IT'S 10:35 AM ON MARCH 21ST, 2024.

WE ARE MEETING AS A BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF A HFC IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT AUSTIN CITY HALL 3 0 1 WEST SECOND STREET, AND HAVE A MAJORITY OF, UH, WE HAVE ALL OF THE BOARD MEMBERS FOR A HFC PRESENT AND I'LL RECOGNIZE STAFF.

GOOD MORNING, MR. PRESIDENT MADAM VICE PRESIDENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

MY NAME IS JAMIE MAY, I AM THE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TODAY ON YOUR AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION BOARD AGENDA.

YOU HAVE ONE ITEM AND THIS IS A, UH, COMPANION ITEM TO, UH, WHAT WAS JUST APPROVED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

ITEM NUMBER 65 FOR THE PURCHASE.

AS, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER VELA MENTIONED THE PURCHASE OF, UH, PROPERTY ON EAST RIVERSIDE.

UH, AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION IS EXCITED TO INVEST IN THIS PROPERTY AND TO BE PART OF THIS ACQUISITION AS WE KNOW THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO DEVELOP LARGE AMOUNTS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON THIS PROPERTY ALONG WITH ALL OF THE OTHER AMENITIES THAT, UH, UH, DIRECTOR, UH, VELA MENTIONED.

UH, I OFFER THIS ON CONSENT MEMBERS.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OF STAFF WITH REGARD TO THIS ITEM? I'LL, UH, DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING? I DON'T HAVE A QUESTION.

I HAD A QUICK COMMENT.

OKAY.

DO YOU WANNA DO THAT NOW OR YOU WAIT TILL AFTER SPEAKER? I CAN DO IT AFTER SPEAKER.

OKAY.

UH, THEN I'LL TURN TO THE CITY CLERK AND ASK THEM TO CALL UP ANY SPEAKERS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE.

FIRST REMOTELY, WE HAVE JOSEPH ON ITEM AFC ONE MAYOR COUNSEL SLASH DIRECTORS.

I'M ENOVIA JOSEPH.

MY COMMENTS AS IT RELATES TO THIS $27 MILLION PROJECT CONNECT ANTI DISPLACEMENT FUNDING IS THAT HISTORY MATTERS.

AND I JUST WANT COUNCIL MEMBER VELAZQUEZ IN PARTICULAR TO RECOGNIZE THAT ON OCTOBER 17TH, 2019, COUNCIL REZONE THE EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR.

IT WAS 1,308 AFFORDABLE APARTMENT UNITS THAT WERE GREEN LIT, IF YOU WILL, IN OCTOBER 23RD, 2019, HALTING DISPLACEMENT ON THE EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR.

THERE WAS AN ARTICLE BY UT LAW PROFESSOR HEATHER WAY, ELIZABETH MUER AND JAKE WEGMAN, WHICH SAID THAT THIS WAS A GREEN LIGHT FOR THE LARGEST TENANT DISPLACEMENT PROJECT ALONG THE EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR AND ONE OF THE LARGEST IN AUSTIN'S HISTORY.

AND IT DID NOT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

SO ESSENTIALLY YOU ARE SIMPLY REPLACING THE UNITS THAT YOU REMOVED IN 2019, MARCH, 2021, YOU HIRED NEFERTITI JACKMAN AS THE FIRST ANTI DISPLACEMENT OFFICER AFTER YOU DISPLACED THE TENANTS.

SO I WOULD ASK YOU TO BE TRANSPARENT AND TO INCLUDE THIS HISTORY AS YOU MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PARTICULAR DEVELOPMENT.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO VISIT THIS AREA.

IT'S NEAR THE DOLLAR GENERAL, AND RIGHT NOW IT'S LIKE A GARBAGE DUMP NEXT TO THE DOLLAR GENERAL.

IT'S LIKE AN ENCAMPMENT THAT HAS BEEN ABANDONED.

I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT MATTERS AS WELL.

AND ON THE, AND MAYOR ADLER'S 2020 ADDRESS, HE DID MENTION THE DELIBERATE SEGREGATION AND COMPOUNDED LACK OF INVESTMENT OVER GENERATIONS IN HIS 2020 STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS.

AND SO I JUST WOULD ASK YOU TO BE TRANSPARENT AND TO BE HONEST, AND TO REMIND COUNCIL MEMBER POOLE, THAT AFTER YARD FALL WAS MURDERED.

SHE'S THE ONE THAT SAID WE NEED TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

SO PLEASE LEAD BY EXAMPLE, PUT THE HISTORY IN THE RECORD AND PLEASE DON'T JUST USE THIS SITE TO TRY TO GET FUNDING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR PROJECT CONNECT.

I THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO MAKE MY COMMENTS AND WOULD ASK YOU TO LOOK AT THE HISTORY AND THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

NEXT IN PERSON WE HAVE MONICA GUZMAN.

MS. GUZMAN, GOOD MORNING MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I'M MONICA GUZMAN, POLICY DIRECTOR AT GAVA GO.

AUSTIN VAMOS AUSTIN GAVA AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE TOKYO ELECTRON PURCHASE.

ACCORDING TO THE PROJECT CONNECT TIMELINE, FISCAL 24 IS THE FOURTH YEAR.

HOWEVER, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE CITY IS STILL MORE OR LESS IN YEAR TWO WHERE FUNDING FOR LAND ACQUISITION IS KEPT AT 23 MILLION, 4 MILLION LESS THAN THE PROPOSED 27 MILLION.

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I READ MAYOR WATSON LIKENS THE PROPOSED HOUSING TO THE MUELLER NEIGHBORHOOD, UNAFFORDABLE TO MANY AND A COMPONENT BEING WORKFORCE HOUSING.

SINCE WORKFORCE HOUSING IS GENERALLY ACCEPTED TO BE AFFORDABLE TO FOR 80 TO ONE 20% MEDIUM FAMILY INCOME, WHICH EXCEEDS THE MFI RANGES FOR ANTI DISPLACEMENT FUNDS, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT USING SAID FUNDS FOR PAYING PART OF THE LAND ACQUISITION COST.

WE ALSO HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE AFFORDABILITY OF THE PROPOSED HOUSING.

WILL IT BE AFFORDABLE TO CURRENT DISPLACED RESIDENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING AT OR BELOW 60% MFI? WILL IT BE AFFORDABLE TO RESIDENTS WHO MIGHT OR WILL BE DISPLACED BY THE PROJECT CONNECT BLUE LINE? HOW MANY UNITS, IF ANY, WILL BE AFFORDABLE FOR THE 30 TO 80% MFI RANGES SHOWN ON THE PROJECT CONNECT ANTI DISPLACEMENT DASHBOARD.

HOW DID THIS PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT SCORE ON THE PROJECT CONNECT RACIAL EQUITY ANTI DISPLACEMENT TOOL? SINCE THE RACIAL EQUITY, UH, ANTI DISPLACEMENT ASSESSMENT IS NOT POSTED IN THE BACKUP DOCUMENTS WE REQUESTED BE POSTED FOR REVIEW.

IF THE RACIAL EQUITY ASSESSMENT HAS NOT BEEN DONE, WE ASK YOU TO POSTPONE YOUR VOTE TO ALLOW TIME FOR COMPLETION OF THIS NEEDED ASSESSMENT.

THESE QUESTIONS AND REQUESTS ARE CRITICAL CONSIDERING THE PROPERTY SITS IN DISTRICT THREE, WHERE ACCORDING TO THE CITY'S DEMOGRAPHIC DASHBOARD STATES, 75% OF THE DISTRICT ARE LOW TO MODERATE INCOME LEVEL AND IT'S LOCATED AT OR NEAR THE BORDER FOR THE MON TOPLESS NEIGHBORHOOD, A COMMUNITY AT OR BELOW 50% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS REMOTE.

FRAN TATTOO? YES.

HI.

GOOD MORNING.

THANK YOU.

UH, FRAN TTU WITH AUSTIN MUTUAL AID.

I AM, UH, IN THE STREETS WORKING WITH, UH, THE UNHOUSED AND I WOULD SAY THAT THE NUMBERS ARE INCREASING BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF DEEPLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

I TOO STAND WITH MONICA AND, UM, SIGNED UP NEUTRAL.

WENT AFTER LISTENING TO SOME OF THE CALLERS WOULD ASK THAT YOU POSTPONE THE VOTE SO THAT WE CAN, UM, KNOW THAT YOU HAVE, UH, MADE PROVISIONS FOR DEEPLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING OF THESE 1100 UNITS.

I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU HAD A SMALL SHELTER IN THE BASE OF ONE OF THE BUILDINGS NEXT TO THE CITY OFFICES.

I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU HAD A DEMOGRAPHIC STUDY OF THOSE BEING DISPLACED.

AND HAVE THERE BEEN PROVISIONS MADE FOR THOSE BEING DISPLACED? WHAT ARE THOSE? I THINK I HEARD, UH, MAYOR WATSON MENTION WORKFORCE HOUSING.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS NOT, NOT THE SITUATION FOR MOST PEOPLE ARE LIVING AT 30, UH, YOU KNOW, 30 TO 60% THEY WERE ABLE TO PAY.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE CONSIDERATION.

WE ARE FOLLOWING THIS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE, UH, ASKING OTHERS TO, UH, SPEAK UP.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THAT CONCLUDES ALL A HFC SPEAKERS, BOARD MEMBERS.

THAT CONCLUDES ALL OF THE A HFC, UM, SPEAKERS.

IS THERE, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OF STAFF? I'M GOING TO CALL FOR A MOTION AND A SECOND AND THEN, UM, I'LL GO TO COMMENTS.

ALRIGHT, COUNT, UH, BOARD MEMBER CADRE MOVES ADOPTION OF THE CONSENT AGENDA, WHICH IS THE ONE ITEM.

IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND BY, UH, BOARD MEMBER VELA? UH, ANY ANYBODY WISHING TO BE SHOWN AS ABSTAINING FROM A VOTE ON THE A HFC? OKAY.

COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, BOARD MEMBER KELLY, I WILL SHOW YOU AS ABSTAINING.

UH, THANK YOU.

I'M SORRY.

I JUST SAID THANK YOU.

OH, GOOD.

WELL, I'M NOT USED TO HEARING THAT, SO IT'S, UM, I, I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU SAID.

UH, NO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I, I APPRECIATE, UM, ANYONE WISHING TO BE SHOWN, SHOWN RECUSING THEMSELVES ON A VOTE.

ANYONE WISHING TO BE SHOWN VOTING? NO.

ANY DISCUSSION WITH REGARD TO THE CONSENT AGENDA? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONSENT AGENDA IS ADOPTED.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

UM, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION IS ADJOURNED AT 10:44 AM MEMBERS, I CALL BACK TO ORDER THE, UH, CITY COUNCIL, THE REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL ON MARCH 21ST.

IT IS 10:44 AM UH, WE WILL NEXT GO TO OUR NON-CONSENT ITEMS, WHICH ARE PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS. MEMBERS I WILL CALL UP ITEM NUMBER 44,

[44. Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance renaming “Kellam Road” to “Circuit of the Americas Boulevard” under City Code Chapter 14-5 (Street Name Change).]

UH, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PUBLIC HEARING TO ITEM NUMBER 44 IS NOW OPENED AND I'LL TURN TO THE CITY CLERK.

WE HAVE NO SPEAKERS ON ITEM 44 MEMBERS.

THERE'S NO ONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON ITEM NUMBER 44.

SO WITHOUT OBJECTION, WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING ON ITEM NUMBER 44 AND THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO ADOPT.

ITEM NUMBER 44 MOTIONS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES.

IT IS SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE IS THEIR DISCUSSION WITH REGARD TO ITEM NUMBER 44.

HEARING NONE WITHOUT, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

ITEM NUMBER 44 IS ADOPTED.

UH, WE'LL NOW GO TO ITEM NUMBER 45

[45. Conduct a public hearing and approve a resolution reauthorizing the South Congress Preservation and Improvement District]

AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, WE WILL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING.

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ON ITEM NUMBER 45, I'LL TURN TO THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.

WE DO NOT HAVE ANY SPEAKERS FOR 45 AT THIS TIME.

MEMBERS, THERE'S NO ONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON ITEM NUMBER 45.

SO WITHOUT OBJECTION, WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

ON ITEM NUMBER 45, COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE REMOVES ADOPTION OF ITEM NUMBER 45.

IT IS SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER.

IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION WITH REGARD TO ITEM NUMBER 45 WITHOUT OBJECTION? ITEM NUMBER 45 IS ADOPTED.

WE'LL GO TO ITEM NUMBER 46

[46. Conduct a public hearing and consider a resolution related to an application by Austin Leased Housing Associates V, LLLP, or an affiliated entity, for housing tax credits for a multi-family development to be financed through the private activity bond program and to be known as Sage at Franklin Park, located at or near 4605 South Pleasant Valley Road, Austin, Texas 78744.]

WITHOUT OBJECTION, WE WILL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON ITEM NUMBER 46 AND I'LL TURN TO THE CITY CLERK.

WE DO NOT HAVE SPEAKERS ON 46.

THERE'S NO ONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON ITEM NUMBER 46.

SO WITHOUT OBJECTION, WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

ON ITEM NUMBER 46, COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE MOVES ADOPTION.

IT IS SECONDED BY COUN, BY COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS.

IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION WITH REGARD TO ITEM NUMBER 46? HEARING NONE WITHOUT OBJECTION.

ITEM NUMBER 46 IS ADOPTED.

ITEM NUMBER

[47.Conduct a public hearing and consider an ordinance amending City Code Title 25 relating to the North Burnet/Gateway Regulating Plan.]

47, UH, WITHOUT OBJECTION, WE WILL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON ITEM NUMBER 47, WE HAVE RICHER, SUBTLE, SIGNED UP FOR ITEM 47.

MR. SUTTLE, ARE YOU WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM NUMBER 47? THAT CONCLUDES OUR ITEM 47.

UH, WITHOUT OBJECTION THERE, NO ONE ELSE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK AND MR. SU IS NOT PRESENT.

IS THERE ANY WITHOUT OBJECTION, WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

ON ITEM NUMBER 47, COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE MOVES ADOPTION IS SECONDED BY THE MAYOR PRO TIMM.

IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION WITH REGARD TO ITEM NUMBER 47? MAYOR PRO TIMM, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED, JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS IF, IF I COULD, UM, BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

THIS IS THE CREATION OF A RESEARCH AND SCIENCES SUB-DISTRICT FOR THE NORTH BURN GATEWAY PLAN.

IT'S RESPONSIVE TO AUSTIN AS AN EMERGING NATIONAL LIFE SCIENCES HUB.

THIS IS SUCH AN EXCITING PROSPECT FOR OUR CITY.

IT'S SUPPORTED LOCALLY BY COMMUNITY PARTNERS LIKE AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY AUSTIN, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AND MANY HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS.

I'M PARTIAL TO THE NORTH BURN GATEWAY AREA.

OF COURSE, IT IS THE CENTRAL JEWEL IN DISTRICT SEVEN, BUT IT IS FURTHER ENVISIONED AS A REGIONAL DESTINATION AND AS SUCH A JEWEL FOR CENTRAL TEXAS AND BEYOND THE NORTH BURNETT GATEWAY REGULATING PLAN, LIKE ALL OF OUR LIVE, WORK AND PLAY AREAS NEEDS CONTINUAL CARE AND ATTENTION TO RESPOND TO THE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF AUSTIN AND THE REGION.

SO THIS IS NOT THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE PLAN AND NOR WILL IT BE THE LAST.

SUCH UPDATES ARE A MATTER OF COURSE TO ENSURE A BENEFIT TO THE WORKERS, RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, THE TRANSIT SYSTEM, AND TO OUR CITY AS A WHOLE.

SO I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE THIS MOMENT, MAYOR, TO, TO APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS OF MY COUNCIL, COLLEAGUES, STAFF PLANNING COMMISSIONERS, AND THE COMMUNITY TO SECURE THE FUTURE FOR THIS AREA.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR PROAM.

ANY COMMENTS WITHOUT OBJECTION? ITEM NUMBER 47 IS ADOPTED, UH, MEMBERS.

THAT TAKES US TO OUR 12 O'CLOCK TIME CERTAIN, BUT IT AIN'T 12 O'CLOCK.

SO, UM, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

THE CITY COUNCIL OF AUSTIN, TEXAS WILL BE IN RECESS UNTIL 12 O'CLOCK.

UH, WHEN WE WILL TAKE UP OUR 12 O'CLOCK TIME CERTAIN, WHICH IS GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT.

UH, MEMBERS, IT IS 10 48 WITHOUT OBJECTION.

WE ARE IN RECESS.

HERE WE GO.

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY.

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IT'S 12 O'CLOCK NOON AND ON MARCH 21ST, 2024, I WILL CALL BACK TO ORDER THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

UH, WE HAVE, UM, A 12 O'CLOCK TIME CERTAIN, WHICH IS OUR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS, UM, MEMBERS AND, AND, AND PUBLIC.

WHAT I ANTICIPATE WE WILL DO IS WE WILL GO WITH OUR 12 O'CLOCK TIME CERTAIN WHEN THAT IS COMPLETED, WE WILL, UH, RECESS, UH, HAVE OUR, EXCUSE ME, OUR LIVE MUSIC.

UH, AND I ANTICIPATE THAT, UH, WHEN WE RECESS, WE'LL RECESS UNTIL OUR TWO O'CLOCK TIME CERTAIN.

AS WE BEGIN THIS GENERAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, I WANNA MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS ABOUT THE RULES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING, UH, AND, AND WHAT ACTIVITY WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.

UH, DURING THE GENERAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

PEOPLE MAY NOT SPEAK OUT OF TURN.

YOU MAY CRITICIZE A PUBLIC OFFICIAL, BUT YOU MAY NOT USE PERSONALLY DEROGATORY OR DISPARAGING REMARKS.

YOU MAY NOT DEFAME ANOTHER PERSON.

USE OBSCENE LANGUAGE OR USE ABUSIVE LANGUAGE THAT IS LIKELY TO INCITE PEOPLE IN A BREACH OF THE PEACE.

YOU MAY NOT MAKE THREATS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON OR OTHERWISE DISRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THE MEETING, SUCH AS SCREAMING COMMENTS OR YELLING COMMENTS OUT OF ORDER FROM, UM, WHEREVER YOU MIGHT BE IN THE CHAMBERS.

UM, ALSO SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE

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PUBLIC HAVE A SAFE AND EFFICIENT ACCESS TO WHAT, UH, THE COUNCIL MIGHT BE HEARING AND WHAT WITNESSES MIGHT BE SAYING.

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

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

UH, YOU MAY NOT HOLD UP SIGNS IN YOUR SEATS AND I SEE A COUPLE OF SIGNS THAT PROBABLY ALREADY VIOLATE THAT.

UM, INCLUDING NOT, NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO ME, BUT I'LL, UH, POINT OUT A SIGN.

UH, THOSE SIGNS NEED TO BE LOWERED IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE IN THE SEATS OR YOU CAN GO TO THE BACK OF THE CHAMBERS BECAUSE, UH, WE DON'T WANT TO BLOCK OTHER PEOPLE'S VIEW AND YOU MAY NOT EVEN KNOW YOU'RE DOING THAT.

SO THAT'S WHY WE, UH, ASK THAT YOU NOT DO IT AT ALL.

ITEMS NEED TO MEASURE NO MORE THAN 23 BY 28 INCHES RECTANGULAR IN A RECTANGULAR AREA.

YOU MAY NOT OBSTRUCT THE VIEW OF OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE SEATED IN THE SEATING AREA, AS I'VE JUST INDICATED.

AND THERE MAY NOT BE DEMONSTRATIONS AT THE PODIUMS. SO IF A SPEAKER IS CALLED ON TO SPEAK, THAT SPEAKER MAY BE AT THE PODIUM, BUT YOU MAY NOT HAVE OTHERS ACCOMPANYING THAT SPEAKER AT THE PODIUM.

SO IF THE VI RULES ARE VIOLATED, AND I'M NOT ANTICIPATING THEY WILL, BUT I WANNA MAKE SURE EVERYBODY'S CLEAR.

IF THE RULES ARE VIOLATED, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO, MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE CHAMBERS AND YOUR TIME MAY BE CUT SHORT AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIR.

SO WITH THAT, THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR LISTENING AND FOLLOWING THOSE RULES.

I'LL TURN TO THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE TO CALL THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP FOR OUR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

WE WILL BEGIN WITH OUR REMOTE SPEAKERS.

OUR FIRST SPEAKER IS NAZAR DOER.

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY.

MY NAME IS AZAR DOWA.

I AM ZACHARIA DOAR FATHER, THE YOUNG MAN THAT GOT STABBED IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN IN FEBRUARY THE FOURTH.

THE REASON MY SON WAS STABBED IS AN ACT OF A CRIME OF A MALICIOUS MAN THAT SAW A PALESTINIAN FLAG.

AND TORIA AND MY SON TRUCK, HE TRIED TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE CIVIL RIGHTS THAT WE HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN OR WE WERE PARTICIPATING IN CITY OF AUSTIN.

THANK GOD MY SON SURVIVED IT.

AND I REALLY THANK EVERYBODY THAT CALLED AND CHECK AMONG MY SON AND GAVE THEIR SUPPORT TO US.

AND THAT'S WHY I EXPECTED REALLY FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN PEOPLE AND THE CITY COUNCIL AND EVERYBODY IN THE UNITED STATES TO DO THIS IS WHAT WE STAND FOR.

STAND WITH HUMANITY AND STAND WITH THE OPPRESSED.

THIS ACTION UNFORTUNATELY CAME IN RETALIATION OF WHAT HAPPENED IN GAZA WHEN AN ACTION WAS TAKEN FROM HABA AGAINST, UH, ISRAEL.

ISRAEL RETALIATED VIOLENTLY AGAINST A CIVILIAN PEOPLE.

THEY WERE, THEY WERE INNOCENT THAT HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS.

THIS ACTION IS NOT JUSTIFIABLE.

IT IS EXACTLY LIKE I AM.

TRY IF I REACTED TO WHAT MY, WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SON AND WENT INTO THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND TRIED TO TAKE ACTION TO REVENGE FOR WHATEVER THAT MAN, MAN THAT HAVE DONE TO MY SON, THIS IS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE BY ANY LAWS OR ANY OTHER HUMAN BEING IN THIS WORLD.

AND THAT'S EXACTLY WE CALL IT FOR A CEASEFIRE TO SHOW EVERYBODY THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES IS STANDING WITH, THE OPPRESSED IS STANDING FOR WHAT'S RIGHT.

NO INDIVIDUAL AND NO OTHER COUNTRY CAN TAKE ACTION BY THEIR OWN SELF TO RETALIATE AGAINST A MAN ACTION.

THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, NOT BY THE UNITED STATES AND NOT ACCEPTABLE WELL BY, UH, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

AND I REALLY FEEL THERE IS A HUGE DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE CITY OF AUSTIN COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN.

IF THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN IS REQUIRED,

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MAYBE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO EXPLAIN FOR YOU.

THANK, THANK YOU, SIR.

THE HISTORY OF WHAT HAPPENED.

THANK YOU SPEAKER.

YES, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE WILL NOW MOVE TO IN PERSON.

FIRST WE HAVE VALERIE MENARD WITH OMAR GECK WHEN YOUR NAME HAS BEEN CALLED, IF YOU'LL JUST COME FORWARD.

WELCOME.

HERE YOU GO.

HEAR ME? YES.

OKAY, PLEASE GO.

OKAY.

UM, GOOD AFTERNOON MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I AM THE PROJECT DIRECTOR FOR POES, COLORADO RIVER CONSERVANCY AND A VOTER IN DISTRICT ONE.

TODAY I WANT TO TALK ABOUT GENTRIFICATION BECAUSE IF YOU ASK THE WORKING CLASS FROM EAST AUSTIN, THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT IT IS THEIR BIGGEST PROBLEM.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE GOING FROM BEING UPWARDLY MOBILE HOMEOWNERS TO RENTERS AND UNHOUSED AND POLICIES LIKE HOME WILL ACCELERATE THAT AND ACCELERATE GENTRIFICATION.

SO AS WE SEE IN THIS FIRST SLIDE, TO GIVE A BIT OF HISTORY, WE ALL KNOW THE 1928 MASTER PLAN, SEGREGATED EAST AND WEST AUSTIN, PLACING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR NEXT TO POLLUTING INDUSTRIES ON THE EAST SIDE.

DECADES LATER, WEST AUSTIN WAS DESIGNATED AS THE WATERSHED PROTECTION ZONE WHILE EAST AUSTIN BECAME THE DESIRED DEVELOPMENT ZONE.

SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR WHAT'S HAPPENING IN 2024? THERE'S BEEN A LONG HISTORY OF DISINVESTMENT IN EAST AUSTIN LEADING TO CHEAPER LAND THAT DEVELOPERS, INVESTORS, ET CETERA, NOW WANT TO DEVELOP TO MAKE MASSIVE PROFIT.

HOME WILL HELP WITH THAT.

MASSIVE PROFITS DON'T COME FROM BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WHICH IS WHY DEVELOPERS DON'T AND WON'T BUILD IT.

HOME OFFERS NO INCENTIVE OR REQUIREMENT.

SO TO CLAIM THAT IT WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF, OF AFFORDABLE UNITS IS ILLOGICAL AND UNTRUE.

IN CASE I WASN'T CLEAR, THIS IS HOW GENTRIFICATION CAME TO AUSTIN.

IT BEGAN WITH A HISTORY OF DISINVESTMENT IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT THAT PRODUCED LOW LAND COST IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT THAT EQUALED HIGHER PROFIT MARGINS FOR DEVELOPERS.

ADD TO THAT DEREGULATION OF THE MARKET, INCLUDING UPZONING POLICIES LIKE HOME AND FINALLY BUILDING MARKET RATE LUXURY HOUSING IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT, THAT DEVELOPERS THAT DESTROYS LOW INCOME HOMES AND DRIVES UP PROPERTY TAXES.

WHEN DEREGULATION HAPPENS, THERE IS AN INCREASED POTENTIAL FOR PROFIT MARGINS AND THEN AN INCREASED RISK OF DISPLACEMENT.

CITY COUNCIL IS PASSING A POLICY TO LET INVESTORS AND DEVELOPERS BUILD MARKET RATE LUXURY HOUSING, DISPLACING OUR BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES.

THAT THIS IS NOT JUST MERELY CONJECTURE, BUT FACTS BASED ON ROBUST RESEARCH POLICIES LIKE HOME ACCELERATE GENTRIFICATION.

AND WE'VE SEEN IT HAPPEN IN EAST AUSTIN WHERE AFFORDABLE SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING USED TO EXIST HOME WILL DENY WORKING CLASS AUSTINITES A SENSE OF SECURITY, THE DREAM OF HOME OWNERSHIP, AND A CHANCE FOR UPWARD MOBILITY FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN.

THIS WILL BE HOME'S LEGACY.

WE'VE ALREADY SEEN IT HAPPEN TO EAST AUSTIN.

PLEASE DON'T MOVE FORWARD WITH HOME, BUT INSTEAD RETHINK IT.

THANK YOU.

OMAR GAVI WITH NA HASAN ON DECK.

YOUR NAME'S BEEN CALLED AND YOU'RE ON DECK.

PLEASE COME FORWARD.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, I'D LIKE TO START BY SAYING THAT ANY ARAB DESCENDING PERSON WHO GETS UP HERE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE DOES SO WITH A CERTAIN DEGREE OF FEAR.

WE HAVE FEAR OF RETALIATION, UH, FEAR OF BEING DOXED, FEAR THAT WE'RE GONNA BE LABELED SUPPORTERS OF TERRORISM AND FEAR THAT WE'RE GONNA BE LABELED ANTISEMITIC.

AND I JUST WANT TO CORRECT THIS CONSTANT AND STUPID MISLABELING AND CHALLENGE EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM TO SIMPLY PULL YOUR PHONE OUT AND LOOK UP THE DEFINITION OF THE WORD SEMITIC.

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME OR ANY OTHER ARAB DESCENDING PERSON TO BE ANTI-SEMITIC.

WHEN THE BLOOD IN OUR BODIES IS LITERALLY SEMITIC, OUR PEOPLE COME FROM THE SAME EXACT SOIL AND WE ARE NATIVE TO THE SAME LAND.

WE CONTINUOUSLY CALL REFERENCE TO OCTOBER 7TH WHEN IN REALITY THE PRESENT ISSUE HERE STEMS FROM A PROBLEM THAT STARTED IN 1948 WHEN AMERICA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM OUTWARDLY REJECTED SURVIVING VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST FROM ENTERING THIS COUNTRY.

IT IS WILDLY IRONIC THAT AFTER 166 DAYS, 40,000 TONS OF EXPLOSIVES USED 70% OF ALL OF THE STRUCTURES DESTROYED.

AND OVER 30,000 CIVILIANS SLAUGHTERED THAT WE CONSTANTLY SEE

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GETTING KILLED IN THE PALMS OF OUR HANDS ON THESE SCREENS.

WE HAVE JEWISH HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS OLDER THAN