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IT

[Call to Order]

IS APRIL 4TH, 2024.

IT'S 10 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING, AND I WILL CALL TO ORDER THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING FOR THIS REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

WE HAVE A QUORUM OF THE CITY COUNCIL PRESENT.

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

THE ORDER FOR THE DAY, I'LL, I'LL QUICKLY RUN THROUGH THE ORDER FOR THE DAY.

UH, WE'RE GONNA HEAR, UH, FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA, SPEAKERS, BOTH VIRTUAL AND IN PERSON.

AND AFTER THAT, WE WILL GO IMMEDIATELY TO A VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH BRIEF COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS RELATED TO THE CONSENT AGENDA.

WE WILL HAVE, WE WILL THEN HEAR THE NON-CONSENT SPEAKERS, BOTH VIRTUAL AND PERSON MEMBERS, THE, UH, NON-CONSENT ITEMS AT ITEM NUMBER 71.

AND THEN WE HAVE PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS 46 THROUGH 48 AND ITEM 71, WE WILL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARINGS, HAVE THE PUBLIC HEARING, THEN CLOSE IT IMMEDIATE, AND TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION.

I'D LIKE TO CLARIFY THAT ANYONE THAT WISHES TO SPEAK ON A NON-CONSENT ITEM OR AT A PUBLIC HEARING, YOU'LL BE CALLED TO SPEAK DURING THE ITEM, THE NON-CONSENT ITEM, OR DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING, WHATEVER YOU'VE SIGNED UP FOR, UNLESS IT'S MORE CONVENIENT FOR YOU AND YOU WANT TO DO IT DURING THE CONSENT TIME.

BUT IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO THAT, I WOULD ASK THAT YOU PLEASE TELL THE CITY CLERK SO THAT WE CAN COORDINATE AND ORGANIZE THAT.

UM, AS TIME ALLOWS, AS NEAR TO 10 30 AS WE CAN, WE WILL RECESS THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, AND I WILL CALL TO ORDER THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE A-H-P-F-C.

UH, WE WILL HAVE THAT MEETING, HEAR ANY HEAR SPEAKERS, IF ANY, UH, CONDUCT BUSINESS VOTE AND ADJOURN THAT MEETING.

AND THEN WE WILL COME BACK TO THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

WE HAVE A NOON PUBLIC COMMENT, THEN LIVE MUSIC, AND THEN WE WILL GO TO ZONING ITEMS, WHICH IS ALSO SET FOR A TIME, CERTAIN OF TWO O'CLOCK.

UM, COUPLE THINGS I WANNA POINT OUT AND I'LL, I'LL, I'LL GO INTO MORE DETAIL, UM, IF NEED BE.

WITH REGARD TO THE RULES OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND PUBLIC COMMENT, I DO WANNA POINT OUT THAT ONE OF OUR RULES IS THAT YOU CAN'T HOLD UP THINGS IF YOU'RE SEATED IN THE SEATS, SO THAT YOU MIGHT BLOCK THE VIEW OF SOMEONE IF YOU WANT TO HOLD UP A FLAG OR A, A POSTER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, UM, WE HAVE SPACE IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM FOR THAT.

OTHERWISE, WE WILL ASK YOU NOT TO HOLD THOSE UP.

UM, AND, AND, AND WE MEAN IT.

SO, UM, MEMBERS IN YOUR, I WANNA NOW READ INTO THE RECORD THE CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 4TH.

ITEM NUMBER ONE, YOU SHOULD DELETE THE WORD APRIL AND A A, UH, REPLACE IT WITH THE WORD MARCH.

THE OTHER THING I WANNA POINT OUT FOR CHANGES ON, UH, IN CORRECTIONS IS ITEM NUMBER 37 MEMBERS THAT RELATES TO BOARD AND COMMISSION NOMINATIONS AND WAIVERS.

YOU HAVE A, YOU HAVE LATE BACKUP IN THAT REGARD, AND I DON'T NORMALLY POINT OUT LATE BACKUP, BUT BECAUSE IT DEALS WITH NOMINATIONS AND, AND THE NAME HAS BEEN REMOVED, I JUST WANNA CALL ATTENTION TO THAT ITEM.

THE OTHER THING I WANNA CALL ATTENTION, SO THAT, AND THAT COVERS THE CHANGES IN CORRECTIONS, UH, FOR APRIL 4TH, 2024.

ONE OTHER THING THAT I WANNA POINT OUT ARE FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SPEAKING ON ZONING ITEMS OF ITEM NUMBER 63, IT'S ITEM NUMBER 63.

ITEM NUMBER 63 HAS A NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THAT ITEM.

HOWEVER, ITEM NUMBER 63 IS ON THE AGENDA TO BE POSTPONED.

SO IF YOU HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK, IF YOU'RE LISTENING, IF YOU'VE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK EITHER VIRTUALLY OR IN PERSON, YOU'LL BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK, BUT ONLY AS TO THE MERITS OF THE POSTPONEMENT.

AND THAT MAY NOT BE SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO UNTIL, BECAUSE YOU WANNA SPEAK ON THE MERITS AT A LATER POINT IN TIME.

SO IF YOU'RE, IF YOU'RE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON ITEM NUMBER 63, AND WE DO HAVE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THAT, THAT IS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA TO BE POSTPONED.

AND I JUST WANNA CALL THAT TO EVERYONE'S ATTENTION NOW, SO THAT YOU MIGHT MAKE YOUR DECISIONS, UH, FOR AT, AT, AT THE TWO O'CLOCK TIME CERTAIN, UH, MEMBERS THAT WILL TAKE US TO OUR CONSENT AGENDA AND THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK, UH, ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

AND I WILL TURN TO THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.

OH, YES, COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES.

THANK YOU.

UM, I JUST WANNA FLAG FOR THE MANAGER THAT WE, OUR PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE MADE A RECOMMENDATION FOR AN APPOINTMENT TO THE CENTRAL HEALTH BOARD OF MANAGERS AND JUST WANNA FLAG THAT AS AN ITEM THAT, UM, SHOULD GET ADDED TO OUR NEXT COUNCIL AGENDA.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, WITH THAT, I'LL TURN

[Public Comment]

TO THE CITY CLERK AND ASK THAT YOU, UM, START US WITH OUR SPEAKERS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

FIRST

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SPEAKER IS PAUL ROBBINS COUNCIL, UH, THIS IS PAUL ROBBINS.

IS THE CHART, IS THE CHART THAT I SENT, UH, DISPLAYED? NO, IT'S NOT.

THERE IT IS, IT IS.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

LET ME START.

COUNSEL ITEM FOUR ON YOUR AGENDA STARTS THE PROCESS FOR AN INTERIM ANNUAL RATE INCREASE FOR TEXAS GAS SERVICE.

IF APPROVED, IT WILL BE FOR $32, ABOUT 11% IN JUST ONE YEAR, AND AN INCREASE OF $170, A 58% INCREASE IN JUST FIVE YEARS.

ABOUT HALF OF ALL AUSTIN ENERGY CUSTOMERS ALSO HAVE GAS SERVICE.

MULTIPLY THIS RATE INCREASE TIMES THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL GAS CUSTOMERS, AND YOU HAVE A COLLECTIVE INCREASE OF ABOUT $38 MILLION TO AUSTIN GAS CUSTOMERS IN ONLY FIVE YEARS.

IF YOU LAYER ON THE SECURITIZATION CHARGE FOR THIS OUTRAGEOUS, UH, PRICE INCREASE THAT WE PAID DURING WINTER STORM YEAR IN 2021 FOR FUEL, THE INCREASE IS 73%.

HOWEVER, YOU WILL NOT NOTICE THIS CHARGE BECAUSE TEXAS GAS SERVICE HAS HIDDEN IT IN THE FUEL COSTS.

ALSO, YOU'LL FIND THAT AUSTINITES SERVED WITH NATURAL GAS ARE MORE LIKELY TO VOTE THAN HOMES THAT HEAT WITH ELECTRICITY.

TEXAS GAS SERVICE HAS A HISTORY OF HIGH RATES, POORLY RUN CONSERVATION PROGRAMS, PUNISHING THE POOR WITH ITS RATE DESIGN, IGNORING A MEANINGFUL CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AND NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS.

BUT THIS IS, THERE'S ONE IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THIS.

THE FRANCHISE FOR THE COMPANY THAT IS IT'S LICENSED TO OPERATE IS EXPIRES IN 2026.

NOTHING OBLIGATES AUSTIN TO RENEW IT.

THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON.

THIS IS A ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY.

THANK, THANK YOU.

YOUR TIME.

GET ALL NEEDED REFORMS. BOB HENDRICKS.

MY NAME IS BOB HENDRICKS.

I LIVE IN ALLENDALE DISTRICT SEVEN, BUT I AM ALSO HERE TO REPRESENT THE 4,000 SIERRA CLUB MEMBERS WHO LIVE IN AUSTIN.

THE, AS THE CHAIR OF THE AUSTIN SIERRA CLUB EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, WE FULLY SUPPORT ITEM NUMBER 39 ON THE AGENDA.

WE NOTE THAT THE CARBON POLLUTION, PUTTING A BLANKET OF HEAT TRAPPING GAST AROUND THE PLANET HAS LED TO AN INCREASED WARNING, EXCEEDING ONE AND A HALF DEGREES.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, WE'VE READ THE SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS ON HOW THE OVERHEATING OF THE PLANET IS CAUSING WILDFIRES, HURRICANES, DROUGHT, AND MORE.

ON AN UNPRECEDENTED SCALE, WE MUST MORE AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE TO REDUCE OUR CARBON POLLUTION.

WE KNOW THAT ANY REDUCTION IN ELECTRICITY DEMAND REDUCES CARBON POLLUTION, AND WE SUPPORT, UM, UM, SHOOT.

WE SUPPORT AUSTIN ENERGY'S EXCELLENT DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS TO HELP REDUCE THE POLLUTION.

WE ALSO AGREE THAT THIS WITH THE CITY COUNCIL, THAT WE MUST GET OUT OF THE LCRA CONTRACT ON RUNNING OUR PORTION OF THE FA COAL PLANT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

WE AGREE THAT THE AUSTIN ENERGY DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM CAN REDUCE STRAIN ON THE ELECTRIC GRID BY REDUCING ENERGY DEMANDS DURING PEAK USAGE TIMES, AND LOWER THE OVERALL COST OF ELECTRICITY FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

WE AT THE AUSTIN SIERRA CLUB PLAN TO HELP EDUCATE OUR MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC AND URGE MORE OF THEM TO ALSO SIGN UP FOR THE DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM.

WE ALSO HOPE TO WORK WITH AUSTIN ENERGY IN OTHER WAYS TO HELP OUR TRANSITION TO A HUNDRED PERCENT CLEAN ELECTRICITY FUTURE THAT IS ALSO AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING US TO SPEAK.

THANK YOU SUSAN LIPMAN.

UH, GOOD MORNING COUNCIL MEMBERS AND MAYOR.

MY NAME IS SUSAN LIPMAN.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT FIVE, UH, GEAL SLAUGHTER LANE, AND I SAY GOOD MORNING ALSO TO MY COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER.

UM, I WANT TO, UH, SPEAK ON ITEM 39 AND, UH, I'M IN FAVOR OF IT.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

OUR CITY HAS AN EXCELLENT DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM FOR, UH, COMMERCIAL, UM, BUILDINGS, AND I APPROVE OF THIS PROPOSAL TO INCLUDE CITY BUILDINGS.

UM, WHAT I'D LIKE TO ASK IS THAT WE ALSO IMPROVE OUR, UM, PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND OUTREACH FOR, UM, DEMAND RESPONSE BY, UM,

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ORDINARY CITIZENS AND RESIDENCES.

UM, THERE WE HAVE A, A DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM FOR, UM, FOR THOSE, BUT IT'S JUST, UH, YOU JUST GET A $25 CREDIT FOR SIGNING UP FOR IT.

UM, BUT I THINK, UM, THERE'S AN UNTAPPED POTENTIAL OF THE CITIZENS OF AUSTIN TO RESPOND WHEN WE'RE HAVING WEATHER EXTREMES AND TO CUT THEIR POWER, UH, USAGE, UM, BY A FEW DEGREES.

AND, UM, I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THOSE, THOSE TIMES OF EXTREME WEATHER ARE WHAT GIVES US OUR, UM, PEAK DEMAND ON ELECTRICITY FOR HEATING OR COOLING.

AND, UM, IF MORE PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD THAT THEY COULD PARTICIPATE, THEY PROBABLY WOULD.

AND I'D LIKE TO SEE IT STRUCTURED SO THAT, UM, PEOPLE COULD HAVE, UM, THE, THE RESULTS OF, UM, RESPONDING TO THE DEMAND RE UM, DEMAND RESPONSE NEEDS SHOULD BE ABLE TO CUT A PERSON'S ELECTRICITY BILLS ACCORDING TO HOW MUCH THEY, UH, REDUCE THEIR ENERGY USAGE.

UM, I, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT STRUCTURED LIKE THAT AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE HAVE A DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM AT ALL IF WE CAN CUT OUR ENERGY USE DURING THESE TIMES AND THUS NOT NEED TO BUILD WHOLE NEW GAS PLANTS IN ORDER JUST TO MEET THOSE PEAK TIMES.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL BE DOING OUR PART TO THANK YOU.

YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED ENERGY.

ROBERT BOWLER.

HEY COUNSEL, THIS IS ROBERT BOWLER.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.

UH, I'M SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF ITEM UH, 40, UH, FOR KEEPING VEHICLES OUT OF BIKE LANES.

UM, I SUBMITTED A, UM, A DIGITAL DOCUMENT WITH MY PERSONAL STORY.

UM, BECAUSE OF THE CAR IN THE BIKE LANE, I HAD THE MOST SERIOUS BIKE CRASH I'VE EVER HAD.

I BROKE MY BACK AND WAS IN A BACK BRACE AND IF IT WEREN'T FOR THIS UNIQUE KIND OF HELMET, WOULD'VE HAD MORE SERIOUS DAMAGE TO MY FACE.

THIS WAS ACTUALLY, UH, IN AN AREA WHERE THERE IS A PROTECTED BIKE LANE, UM, BUT THE CAR PARKED IN IT JUST PAST IT, AND SO I COULDN'T SEE IT PAST THE LEGALLY PARKED CARS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BIKE LANE.

UM, YOU CAN SEE THE DIAGRAM FOR MORE INFORMATION, BUT I JUST WANTED TO VOICE MY SUPPORT FOR THIS AND ALSO EMPHASIZE THAT, UM, THIS INITIATIVE IS NOT STRICTLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF CYCLISTS.

THE MORE PEOPLE WE HAVE SAFELY AND COMFORTABLY RIDING IN OUR BIKE LANES IS MORE PEOPLE OFF OF OUR CONGESTED ROADWAYS AND IT ALSO MEANS A BUNCH OF HEALTHIER AUSTINITES, UH, USING THAT WAY TO GET AROUND.

IT'S ALSO, FRANKLY, A LOT MORE FUN IF YOU HAVE NOT TRIED THIS, UM, IN, IN A SAFE AREA.

UM, SO HUGE FAN OF ITEM 40.

UH, PLEASE SUPPORT THAT, ESPECIALLY I SEE LISTED IN MY COUNCIL MEMBER CHETO NOT, UH, NOT ON THERE.

SO GIVE THIS TO YOUR VOTE, MA'AM.

THANKS A LOT Y'ALL.

ENOVIA JOSEPH.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

COUNSEL, I'M ENOVIA JOSEPH SPEAKING ON ITEM 67 SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO THE COMMUNITY LAND TRUST.

I JUST WANNA CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION A PREVIOUS RESOLUTION THAT MENTIONED THE NORTHEAST PLANNING DISTRICT RESOLUTION 2 0 2 3 0 8 3 1 DASH 1 3 7, WHICH MAKES REFERENCE TO THE GREEN LINE.

THE COMMUTER RAIL IS NEVER GOING TO NORTHEAST AUSTIN AND IT IS UNFUNDED HAS NEVER BEEN FUNDED.

I WANNA CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT THESE ARE FALSEHOODS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY STATED IN THIS RESOLUTION.

YOU'RE ASKING THE CITY MANAGER TO DEVELOP QUALITY, AFFORDABLE COMMUNITIES IN TARGETED GEOGRAPHIC AREAS.

AND YOU MENTIONED THE NORTHEAST PLANNING DISTRICT.

I JUST WANNA REMIND YOU THAT MANDY DEO SUBMITTED A HUD RESOLUTION OR APPLICATION TO PATHWAYS TO REMOVING OBSTACLES TO HOUSING IN 2023 OCTOBER, AND IT SPECIFIED THAT FEWER THAN 10 AFFORDABLE HOMES WERE BUILT IN DISTRICTS 5, 6, 8, AND 10 HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FOR LOW INCOME AUSTINITES IS CONCENTRATED IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT.

I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU ARE VIOLATING TITLE SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, WHICH PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, AND NATIONAL ORIGIN.

BLACK PEOPLE IN COLONY PARK AND CRAIG WOOD.

WAIT 60 MINUTES FOR THE BUS.

I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THAT THE SMART HOUSING POLICY IS OVER 20 YEARS OLD AND THAT'S IN THAT DOCUMENT AS WELL.

AND SO IF YOU WANT TO BE SINCERE, THEN PLEASE RECOGNIZE THAT YOU'VE HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES SINCE CAP REMAP TO IMPROVE THE SERVICE FOR BLACK PEOPLE.

I'M NOT SURE WHY YOU HAVE SUCH AN AVERSION OF BLACK PEOPLE, BUT THIS IS REALLY JUST A SCREEN TO TRY TO GET THE $5 BILLION OR HALF OF THAT FOR THE LIGHT RAIL.

THE COMMUTER RAIL IS NOT GOING TO NORTHEAST AUSTIN.

IT IS NOT IN THE JUNE 3RD, 2023 REVISED PROJECT CONNECT LIGHT RAIL PLAN.

SO I WANT YOU TO KEEP THAT IN

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MIND AND TO ALSO REMEMBER DR. KING TODAY IN HIS ASSASSINATION AND THE FAIR HOUSING ACT OF 1968, WHICH THIS ALSO VIOLATES.

AND SO IT'S DISINGENUOUS AND TO THE MEMBERS WHO ARE BLACK AND BROWN, I'M REALLY DISAPPOINTED IT IS DISINGENUOUS FOR YOU TO SUPPORT THIS SOLUTION.

THANK YOU.

TIME EXPIRED.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S ALL THE REMOTE SPEAKERS WE HAVE, MAYOR, SO I'M GONNA MOVE TO IN PERSON.

MAYOR, I HAD SIGNED UP, MAYOR THERE.

WE'RE NOW MOVING TO IN PERSON MR. PENA, AND, AND I SEE YOU .

NO, NO.

I'M GONNA CALL THREE NAMES IN A ROW.

IF YOU HEAR YOUR NAME, PLEASE COME DOWN AND LINE UP FOR THE PODIUM AND STATE YOUR NAME INTO THE MIC.

BILL BUNCH.

ITEM 6 23 35 43, FOLLOWED BY SCOTT COBB AND ALEX STRINGER.

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

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, BILL BUNCH.

LET SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

UH, JUST AS A POINT OF ORDER, ARE YOU STILL LIMITING TWO MINUTES TO ALL CONSENT ITEMS THAT YOU SIGNED UP ON? YES, THAT'S WHAT THAT THE WAY I READ THE RULES.

OKAY.

I WANT TO ALL LODGE AN OBJECTION TO THAT AND SPECIFICALLY DIRECT IT TO YOU.

MAYOR WATSON, UH, MR. RYAN ALTER, MS. VELA, UM, Y'ALL ARE ALL LAWYERS.

YOU HAVE A PROFESSIONAL DUTY TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW.

THE LANGUAGE OF THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR AND YOU CAN ONLY LIMIT TIME ON A PER ITEM BASIS.

ARE YOU SPEAKING? YOU CANNOT ON AN ITEM CANNOT LIMIT ITEM.

YOU CANNOT LIMIT IT TO THE ENTIRE AGENDA.

MR. BUNCH, ARE YOU SPEAKING ON AN ITEM? I AM SIGNED UP FOR FOUR ITEMS AND I WANT, AND WHY DON'T YOU, ON EACH OF THOSE FOUR ITEMS UNDER THE LAW THAT YOU UNDERSTAND IS WHAT IS REQUIRED.

PLEASE GO AHEAD.

DO I GET MY EIGHT MINUTES? NO, SIR.

I GET TWO MINUTES FOR MY FOUR ITEMS AND YOU'RE DOWN TO 1 0 1.

OKAY.

AND I WILL SEE YOU IN COURT PROMPTLY AND WE WILL HAVE THIS FOOLISHNESS PUT TO AN END 51.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, I AM OPPOSED TO FUNDING THE SOUTHWEST PRESSURE ZONE STUDY.

THIS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL.

WE SHOULD NOT BE THINKING ABOUT HAVING TO EXPAND OUR WATER PIPES.

WE SHOULD BE DOING THE FACING REALITY OF OUR WATER FUTURE THAT IS NOT GUARANTEED BY A HUNDRED YEAR CONTRACT.

AND WE GOTTA MAKE DO WITH THE WATER WE HAVE.

AND THE IDEA THAT WE'RE GONNA EXPAND PIPES AND BE PUSHING OBSCENE AMOUNTS OF MORE WATER IS ABSURD.

UM, SETTING THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT, UH, DEREGULATION PLAN IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON, UH, LADY BIRD LAKE AND OUR WATER QUALITY AS WELL AS COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING THAT SHOULD NOT BE SET FOR MAY 2ND THAT NEEDS TO GO AWAY.

SCOTT COBB.

ALEX STRINGER.

HELLO, MY NAME IS SCOTT COBB.

I WORK AS A LIFEGUARD FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN, INCLUDING BARTON SPRINGS AND OTHER POOLS.

AND, UM, I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON ITEM 35 TO NAME THE BATHHOUSE OF BARTON SPRINGS.

FOR JOAN MEANS AS SOMEONE WHO SPENT A LOT OF HOURS AT THE FRONT GATE OF BARTON SPRINGS, I SEE PEOPLE COME IN ALL THE TIME AND I SEE WHAT A GREAT PLACE OF JOY AND COMMUNITY AT BARTON SPRINGS BRINGS SMILES AND LAUGHTER ON EVERYBODY'S FACE.

WHO COMES IN THERE? PEOPLE SAY MERELY HAVE THEY GO IN.

OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SPOT.

LET'S GO BACK TO 1960.

JOAN COULD NOT GO IN THAT POOL.

SHE WAS 17 YEARS OLD THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER OF 1960, AND SHE WAS TOLD THAT THE CLASS PICNIC AT AUSTIN HIGH TO BE HELD AT ZUCKER PARK, GOING TO SWIMMING AFTERWARDS, SHE WAS NOT ALLOWED.

AND THE OTHER BLACK STUDENTS AT AUSTIN HIGH WERE NOT ALLOWED TO GO SWIMMING.

SHE SAID, THAT'S NOT SOMETHING I'M GONNA PUT UP WITH.

AND SO SHE ORGANIZED SWIM INS.

SHE JUMPED IN WITHOUT PERMISSION, SHE BROKE THE RULES.

LIFEGUARDS LIKE ME BACK THEN HAD TO KICK HER OUT.

THEY DID.

AND SHE CAME BACK THE SAME DAY OVER AND OVER.

SHE DID THAT ALL SUMMER LONG.

1962 YEARS LATER, THEY DESEGREGATED AN OPENED BARTON SPRINGS POOL FOR EVERYBODY.

THAT IS WHY I SUBMITTED

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THIS NOMINATION TO CHANGE THE BATHHOUSE SO THAT WHERE SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO GO IN, SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO WALK THROUGH THAT BATHHOUSE IT NOW AFTER YOU VOTE WILL BEAR HER NAME.

I THINK THAT'S A FITTING HONOR FOR HER AND FOR ALL, EVERY, ALL THOSE TEENAGERS BACK THEN AND THE TEENAGERS TODAY WHO STAND UP FOR WHAT'S THEY BELIEVE IS WRONG AND WANNA MAKE IT RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

AFTER ALEX STRINGER IS LING Z AND KELSEY HUGHES, SHE'S CALLED YOUR NAME, PLEASE COME FORWARD.

GOOD MORNING, COUNSEL.

UM, I'M SPEAKING OUT AGAINST ITEM 38 BECAUSE SEX TRAFFICKING, UM, SEX TRAFFICKING, JUST LIKE THE WORD PEDOPHILE, IS A RACIST REPUBLICAN WHITE SUPREMACIST DOG WHISTLE.

OKAY? AND THE LAST THING THAT WE NEED IS RIGHT WING VITRIOL.

HONESTLY, YOU WOULD THINK THAT A MAGA REPUBLICAN WROTE THIS LEGISLATION, AND I'M HONESTLY SURPRISED THAT Y'ALL ARE NOT WEARING YOUR KKK ROBES AND WHITE HOODS ON THE DAIS RIGHT NOW.

YOU KNOW, OUR DEMOCRACY, IT'S ON THE LINE.

AND DONALD TRUMP IS ON THE VERGE OF GETTING REELECTED TO THE OVAL OFFICE, OKAY? AND THE ONLY HOPE OF SAVING OUR DEMOCRACY AND GETTING JOE BIDEN BACK INTO THE WHITE HOUSE IS TO SURGE THE BORDER AND GET AS MANY OF THESE MIGRANTS TO VOTE AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE UNITED STATES CITIZENS.

YOU KNOW, LOOK, THE BLACK COMMUNITY, THEY HAVE BECOME BRAINWASHED WITH RIGHT WING DISINFORMATION AND THEY ARE NO LONGER A USEFUL VOTING ALLY TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, OKAY? AND THIS IS ALL THAT WE HAVE.

IMMIGRANTS ARE OUR ONLY HOPE TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY FROM FASCISM.

OKAY? AND NOT ONLY THAT, NOBODY IN OUR COUNTRY WANTS TO DEFEND DEMOCRACY AGAINST VLADIMIR PUTIN, AND WE NEED TO PROVIDE CITIZENSHIP TO EVERY SINGLE MIGRANT THAT CROSSES THE BORDER AS LONG AS THEY GO INTO UKRAINE AND FIGHT ALONGSIDE THE AZOV BATTALION.

THEY ALSO NEED TO REPLACE OUR RACIST AND WHITE SUPREMACIST POLICE FORCE.

FURTHERMORE, WE NEED TO CHANGE THE NAME OF BARTON SPRINGS TO THE HUNTER BIDEN NATURE CENTER IN ORDER TO RID OURSELVES OF THE LEGACY OF WHITE SUPREMACY ENTRENCHED IN OUR CITY.

THANK YOU.

YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED.

I CANNOT BE, I BEGIN NOW.

YES, PLEASE.

YEAH.

YES.

OKAY.

UH, MY NAME'S LIN ZU.

I HAVE TO READ IT.

AND FROM DISTRICT EIGHT, UH, I'M HERE WITH SIERRA CLUB.

I'M HERE TO PROVIDE COMMENTS ON ITEM 39 REGARDING DEMAND RESPONSE POLICY.

IT IS GOOD POLICY, UH, INCENTIVIZE GOVERNMENT BUILDING AND A BIG POPULATION ENERGY USERS TO REDUCE THEIR USAGE WHENEVER THEY CAN VOLUNTARILY GIVEN THE FAST POPULATION GROWTH IN OUR CITY AND TEXAS IN GENERAL.

PLUS THE, THE MORE FREQUENT EXTREME WEATHER, LIKE A COLD WINTER STORM, THE SUMMER HEAT WAVES DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE.

OUR POWER GRID IS FACING HIGH AND HIGH PRESSURE TO DELIVER THAT ENERGY AND MUCH HIGHER ENERGY COST TO EVERYBODY.

AND WE HAD THAT, UM, NEAR MISS INCIDENT ALREADY HAPPENING IN WINTER.

YURI, WE DON'T WANT TO RELIVE THAT.

HOWEVER, SUCH A GOLD POLICY SHOULD BE, UM, SHOULD BE EXPANDED TO EVERYBODY, NOT JUST BIG, UH, UH, CORPORATES, RIGHT? UH, INFLATION HAS COOLED DOWN A LITTLE BIT.

I MEAN, SIGNIFICANTLY PLAY FROM THE PEAK TIME, BUT THE PRICE, IT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S GOING DOWN.

THE PRICE IS STILL GOING UP JUST SLOWLY THAN BEFORE.

NOW THOSE LOW INCOME COMPANY, UH, LOW INCOME, UH, ALL, ALL ENERGY CUSTOMERS, THEY'RE FACING REAL, REAL HARD, UH, FINANCIAL, UH, PRESSURE.

SO I THINK THIS, UH, GOOD POLICY CAN EXPAND TO THOSE FAMILY, ESPECIALLY THOSE, UH, UM, LIVING, UM, BARELY GETTING BY THOSE LEVELS.

I THINK THEY'RE GET INCENTIVIZED TO REDUCE ENERGY.

SO LOWER THE ENERGY BILL.

THAT'S ALL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

KELSEY HUGHES ON 39 AND 40, FOLLOWED BY DANIEL CAMAN AND EDGAR HANDEL.

IF I'VE CALLED YOUR NAME, PLEASE COME ON DOWN, GO RIGHT UP TO THE PODIUM AND STATE YOUR NAME.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR.

CANCEL.

MY NAME IS DANIEL CAVEMAN.

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I'M THE PROJECTS AND POLICY MANAGER AT SHELL CREEK CONSERVANCY AND A MEMBER OF THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION.

UH, FIRST OF ALL, I'M HERE IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 39, WHICH WILL ENROLL CITY BUILDINGS THAT ARE ELIGIBLE INTO THE AUSTIN ENERGY COMMERCIAL DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM, UH, WHICH IS GONNA BE GREAT FOR OUR CLIMATE RESILIENCY AND THAT OF OUR GRID AS WELL.

UM, BUT MAINLY I'M HERE IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 40, WHICH WILL ALLOW FOR GREATER CLARITY REGARDING PARKING AND BIKE LANES, UM, AND INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE ENFORCEMENT.

IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF BICYCLISTS VEHICLES PARKED IN BIKE LANES, PUT CYCLISTS IN HARM'S WAY.

AND LAST YEAR BETWEEN 2022 AND 2023, WE HAD A 500% INCREASE IN FATAL INCIDENTS REGARD, UM, OF THOSE PEOPLE ON BIKES.

AND IT'S ACTUALLY REALLY REFRESHING THAT YOU GUYS ARE SO WILLING TO JUMP IN AND MAKE SOME GOOD IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SAME MOBILITY COMMITTEE MEETING.

UM, THE CITY HAS A GOAL OF INCREASING THE SHARE OF PEOPLE COMMUTING TO WORK FROM 1% TO 5% ACCORDING TO THE A SMP.

UH, AND IF WE WANNA HAVE FIVE TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE CYCLING TO WORK, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY FEEL SAFE ON THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE ALREADY DO HAVE.

UM, MUCH OF THIS ITEM COMES FROM RECOMMENDATIONS PUT TOGETHER BY THE BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL AND THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION.

UM, AND I, UM, REALLY HOPE THAT THERE ARE ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE FOR US TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO CRAFT GOOD POLICY.

AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE WORK TO HELP MAKE OSMO TRULY MULTI MULTIMODAL CITY.

UM, GREAT WORK AND THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

EDGAR HANDEL, MONICA GUZMAN, AND THEN SPENCER SHOEMAKER.

HI, I'M EDGAR HANDEL.

I'M A RESIDENT OF GO VALLEY IN EAST AUSTIN, DISTRICT THREE.

I'M ALSO BOARD VICE PRESIDENT OF AURA, A LOCAL PRO HOUSING PROT TRANSIT GROUP THAT ADVOCATES FOR AN AUSTIN MADE FOR PEOPLE, NOT JUST CARS THROUGH AURA.

I'VE COME TO KNOW MANY PEOPLE WHO USE BIKES FOR TRANSPORTATION AND IT'S VERY CLEAR CARS, PARKING AND BIKE LANES IS VERY COMMON IN SERIOUS ISSUE, BUT I'VE ALSO SEEN IT FIRSTHAND.

MY WIFE AND I BIKE OUR SON TO PRESCHOOL, MY WIFE BIKES TO WORK.

WE BIKE ALL AROUND EAST AUSTIN AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT CARS PARKING IN BIKE LANES HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

WHEN THAT HAPPENS, WE HAVE TO LEAVE THE RELATIVE SAFETY OF THE BIKE LANE WITH OUR KIDS AND CONTEND WITH CARS THAT ARE OFTEN DRIVING AT DANGEROUS SPEEDS AND DON'T EXPECT BIKES TO BE MERGING INTO THEIR LANE.

I SUPPORT ITEM 40 TO PROTECT OUR BIKE LANES FROM CARS PARKING BECAUSE IT'S JUST COMMON SENSE.

IT'S GOOD FOR SAFETY, GOOD FOR CLIMATE, PROTECTS PEOPLE OF COLOR AND OTHER VULNERABLE POPULATIONS WHO ARE HIT HARDEST BY TRAFFIC VIOLENCE.

AND TO MAKE SURE WE'RE GETTING THE MOST OUTTA OUR BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS.

I ALSO WANTED TO SPEAK ABOUT MY SUPPORT FOR ITEM 67 ON COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS.

THE VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD ALREADY HAS ACTUALLY ALREADY HAS SOME COMMUNITY LAND TRUST HOMES.

AND HAVING THESE KINDS OF AFFORDABLE HOMES IN OUR OWN BACKYARD MAKES ME APPRECIATE THE NEIGHBORHOOD EVEN MORE.

IF I HAD ONE COMPLAINT IS THAT WE COULD USE MANY MORE AFFORDABLE HOMES, SO I'M VERY HAPPY TO SEE THIS ITEM.

I THINK IT WILL PAIR EFFORTS, PAIR WELL WITH EFFORTS LIKE THE HOME INITIATIVE, MAKING IT SO THAT MONEY SPENT ON PROGRAMS LIKE THIS GOES FURTHER.

AND WE CAN USE PUBLICLY OWNED LAND FOR BUILDING MORE HOMES FOR PEOPLE IN NEED.

WE'VE SEEN IN AUSTIN AND OTHER CITIES THAT BETTER LAND USE POLICIES AND REFORMS CAN LEAD TO UPTICKS IN PUBLIC AND SUBSIDIZED HOUSING CONSTRUCTION.

I HOPE TO SEE AUSTIN FOLLOW THIS TREND AND INCREASE INVESTMENT IN COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS AND PUBLIC HOUSING AND PERHAPS EVEN LOOKING TO MIX INCOME, SOCIAL HOUSING.

THERE'S A LOT THAT WE CAN DO FOR HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND THIS COMMUNITY LAND TRUST RESOLUTION SEEMS LIKE A GOOD STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

EXCUSE ME.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I'M MONICA GUZMAN, POLICY DIRECTOR AT GAVA.

GAVA SUPPORTS THE SIERRA CLUB LONE STAR CHAPTERS ADVOCACY FOR ITEM 39.

WHILE AUSTIN ENERGY DOES HAVE A DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM, IT'S TOO SMALL AND ARE MANY WAYS TO IMPROVE RESIDENTIAL DEMAND RESPONSE SO THAT WE CAN HELP PEOPLE ON THEIR BILLS RIGHT NOW AND MAKE OUR GRID EVEN MORE RELIABLE.

THE PROGRAM CAN BE IMPROVED BY PAYING AUSTIN ENERGY CUSTOMERS DIRECTLY FOR REDUCING THEIR POWER, NOT JUST AN ANNUAL $25 CREDIT FOR ENROLLING IN THE PROGRAM.

AUSTIN ENERGY WILL NEED TO DETERMINE WHAT IS AN APPROPRIATE AMOUNT THAT WILL LEAD TO A REAL INCREASE IN PARTICIPATION, GIVEN THAT ANY RESIDENT IS ABLE TO OPT OUT OF EVERY DR CALL, EXPAND ENROLLMENT AND BETTER PROMOTE THE PROGRAM.

MOST PEOPLE IN AUSTIN DON'T SEEM TO EVEN KNOW THIS PROGRAM EXISTS.

HELP ENSURE MORE CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CAP CUSTOMERS CAN PARTICIPATE IN DR BY PROVIDING CAP CUSTOMERS WITH FREE SMART THERMOSTATS, NOT JUST A REBATE FOR THEM.

WE'D ALSO LIKE TO SEE WAYS TO IMPROVE ENROLLMENT IN DR FOR SMALL COMMERCIAL USERS LIKE MOM AND POP SHOPS AND OTHER SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES.

FINALLY, ERCOT NOTED RECENTLY THAT CONSERVATION ALERTS ASKING PEOPLE TO VOLUNTARILY REDUCE THEIR ENERGY USE ARE BECOMING LESS EFFECTIVE OVER TIME.

SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE AUSTIN ENERGY'S DEMAND RESPONSE AS EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE.

GAVA SUPPORTS ITEM 67.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MEDICINE AND OTHER SUPPORTING COUNCIL MEMBERS ON THIS COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

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RESOLUTION AS A CITY MANAGER IS WORKING WITH INTERNAL DEPARTMENTS AND GROUPS.

WE ASK EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PROCESS.

THEY HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE WHO WOULD MOST BENEFIT FROM HOME OWNERSHIP THROUGH ACL T.

AND IN THE FEW SECONDS I MAY HAVE LEFT AS JUST A D FOUR RESIDENT, A REFLECTION ON GAVA.

THANK YOU FOR ITEM 38, UH, WHERE I LIVE IN PARTS OF SOUTH AUSTIN WITH THE INTERSTATE RUNNING THROUGH THERE.

IT MAKES IT A HIGH RISK AREA FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

I HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE STATISTICS OVER THE YEARS IN THE PAST AND EVEN ATTENDED, UH, INFORMATION SESSIONS ABOUT IT.

SO WE DO NEED IMPROVEMENTS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON OR GOOD MORNING, UH, MAYOR AND COUNSEL.

MY NAME IS SPENCER SCHUMACHER AND I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OR FOR ITEM UH, 40.

UH, I AM ON THE BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL IN THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION, BUT I'M VERY EXCITED TO SPEAK TO YOU GUYS AS AN INDIVIDUAL.

UH, SO THE BIKE LANE PARKING PROGRAM IS, IS VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND.

UH, IN 2020, WE CREATED A, A PROGRAM BY WHICH PEOPLE CAN REPORT BIKE LANE PARKING VIOLATIONS VIA 3 1 1, AND THEN WE WOULD HAVE A MOBILITY OFFICER.

IN SOME CASES A PEACE OFFICER COME RESPOND.

YOU CAN SEE FROM THESE STATISTICS THAT THAT IS NOT WORKING.

63% OF ALL OF THESE ARE CLOSED OUT WITH NO PROBLEM, FOUND ONLY 12.5% AND WITH A CITATION AND NO PROBLEM FOUND DOES NOT MEAN THE VEHICLE'S NOT PARKING THE BIKE LANE.

AND WE CAN SEE ON THE NEXT SLIDE, UH, THESE ARE JUST A COLLECTION OF SOME OF THE ONES I'VE MADE OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS WHERE YOU CAN VERY CLEARLY SEE SOMEONE BLOCKING THE BIKE LANE.

BUT THE PROBLEM IS THEY ARE GONE BY THE TIME PARKING ENFORCEMENT SHOWS UP OR MOBILITY OFFICERS SHOW UP.

AND IN FACT, IF YOU TALK TO COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DRIVERS, THEY KNOW THIS, THEY WILL TELL YOU, GO AHEAD AND CALL PARKING ENFORCEMENT BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY'RE GOING TO BE GONE BY THE TIME THEY SHOW UP.

SO THE SOLUTION IS PROACTIVE ENFORCEMENT, NOT REACTIVE ENFORCEMENT.

AND ITEM 40 GETS US THERE.

IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, FIRST WE NEED TO ASK MORE FROM OUR TRANSPORTATION MOBILITY OFFICERS.

RIGHT NOW, 73.2% OF THEIR CITATIONS IN FISCAL YEAR 24 ARE ABOUT PAID PARKING ONLY.

0.3% ARE ABOUT BIKE LANES.

WE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGING THEM TO FOCUS ON PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES, NOT REVENUE ISSUES.

ALSO, HAVING A VOLUNTEER BIKE LANE ENFORCEMENT GROUP WILL HELP SUPPLEMENT TRANSPORTATION MOBILITY OFFICERS, FOR INSTANCE, WHEN THEY DON'T WORK ON SUNDAYS.

UH, I WANT TO CLOSE BY THANKING OUR WONDERFUL MOBILITY COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP, UH, CHAIR ELLIS AND VICE CHAIR CADRY, UH, FOR GETTING US TO A DAY THAT SO MANY IN THE COMMUNITY DIDN'T THINK WOULD COME.

UH, AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE REST OF YOU FOR KEEPING THIS ON CONSENT, SO THANK YOU.

LUIS OSTA LUGO ON 40, FOLLOWED BY LUIS D AND THEN STREETCAR NALU.

GOOD MORNING MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I'LL KEEP THIS BRIEF.

I'M HERE IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 40.

I WANT TO THANK MY COUNCIL.

CAN YOU STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD? LUIS OLUGO.

THANK YOU.

SORRY ABOUT THAT, MAYOR.

IT'S ALRIGHT.

UM, KEEP IT BRIEF.

I'M IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 40.

I WANTED TO THANK MY COUNCIL MEMBER, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS FOR LEADING ON THIS MAYOR, MY PARTNER, LIKE EVERY DAY, GET GROCERIES, VISIT OUR FRIENDS.

I HANG OUT WITH FAMILY, UH, WOULD LOVE TO BE TO SAFER.

AND I THINK ITEM FOUR, ITEM 40 WILL DO THAT.

SO APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

UH, THANK YOU MAYOR WATSON AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS LOUIS DEANGELOS AND I'M A DISTRICT SEVEN RESIDENT SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF ITEM 40.

UH, ABOUT 18 MONTHS AGO AFTER PURCHASING AN E-BIKE FOR $800, WE WENT FROM BEING A TWO CAR HOUSEHOLD TO A ONE CAR HOUSEHOLD.

IT HAS ALREADY SAVED US THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN CAR PAYMENTS, INSURANCE, AND OTHER EXPENSES.

UH, IN THE LAST FEW YEARS SINCE MOVING HERE TO AUSTIN, I'VE NOTICED MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BIKE LANES IN THE CITY.

UH, IT'S NOT GONE UNNOTICED, SO THANK YOU ALL FOR THAT.

UM, BUT, UH, THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE, UH, TO MAKE MORE FOLKS LIKE MYSELF FEEL SAFE ENOUGH, UH, ON THE STREETS TO TRADE AT LEAST SOME OF THEIR CAR TRIPS, UH, FOR BIKE TRIPS, HELPING THE CITY TO ACHIEVE ITS GOAL OF A 50 50 MODE SHARE OF COMMUTES BETWEEN DRIVING AND OTHER MODES BY 2039.

ITEM 40 IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN AND I FULLY SUPPORT IT.

UH, ONE RELATED AREA I WOULD LIKE TO SEE FURTHER INVESTIGATION INTO IS THE ABILITY FOR VOLUNTEER BIKE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AS, UH, THE FORMER SPEAKER SPENCER HAS MENTIONED.

UM, UH, AS SOMEONE WHO HAS SUBMITTED PARKING IN THE BIKE LANE PHOTOS TO 3 1 1, THE CURRENT SYSTEM MOSTLY DOES NOT WORK, UH, WITH ALMOST 70% OF THOSE REQUESTS, UH, BEING SHOWN AS NO PROBLEM FOUND, UH, BECAUSE MOBILITY OFFICERS WERE NOT ABLE TO RESPOND IN TIME, UH, A VOLUNTEER PROGRAM, UH, COULD MAKE IT SO THAT SO MANY OF THOSE ISSUES DISAPPEAR BEFORE A 3 1 1 REQUEST IS EVEN NEEDED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

UM, PARKING IN THE BIKE LANE MIGHT SEEM LIKE IT'S JUST A SMALL PROBLEM, BUT ON BUSY STREETS STEPPING OUT INTO FAST MOVING TRAFFIC IS NOT ONLY INTIMIDATING, BUT IT CAN ALSO BE DANGEROUS AS WE SAW IN THE SPEAKER WHO SPOKE REMOTELY EARLIER WITH HIS ACCIDENT.

UM, IF IT'S INTIMIDATING TO ME, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW IT IS FOR PARENTS BIKING WITH THEIR KIDS AS WE HEARD FROM, UH, OR SOME OF MY ELDERLY NEIGHBORS, UH, AND FRIENDS WHO ENJOY BIKING AROUND TOWN.

PLEASE VOTE YES ON ITEM 40 AND

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CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS ISSUES.

THERE ARE A LOT OF US WHO WANNA MAKE AUSTIN A SAFE PLACE TO GET AROUND IN, WHETHER THAT BE BY CAR, ON FOOT, UH, BIKING OR VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

UH, THANK YOU ALL FOR THE TIME AND IF ANYONE EVER WANTS TO GET OUT FOR A BIKE RIDE, THERE'S A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GONNA BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO GO FOR A RIDE WITH YOU IN THE CITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

RECAR NALU FOLLOWED BY CUTTER GONZALEZ AND THEN ADAM GREENFIELD, ALL ON ITEM 40.

YOUR NAME'S BEEN CALLED.

PLEASE COME FORWARD.

OKAY.

ROY WHALEY, FOLLOWED BY QUINCY DUNLAP AND EDGAR HANDEL.

SORRY, I THINK I'VE ALREADY CALLED EDGAR HANDEL.

MR. WALEY, WHY DON'T YOU MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE MICROPHONE.

ALRIGHT, YOUR NAME'S BEEN CALLED AND YEAH, JUST DO IT.

OKAY, GOOD.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

ADAM GREENFIELD HERE WITH SAFE STREETS AUSTIN.

UH, WE ARE STRONGLY IN SUPPORTIVE OF ITEM 40, UH, REGARDING THE PROHIBITION ON PARKING IN BIKE LANES.

UH, THIS IS, THIS IS A MAJOR ISSUE.

I, UH, I HAVE WATCHED MANY TIMES ON CONGRESS AVENUE.

PEOPLE HAVE TO PULL INTO THE, UH, VEHICLE LANE TO OVERTAKE PARK CARS.

SOMETIMES IT'S CHILDREN, CHILDREN ARE RIDING ON CONGRESS AVENUE AND MANY OTHER STREETS, AND THEY, NEITHER THEY NOR ANYONE ELSE ON A BIKE SHOULD HAVE TO DO THAT.

SO THIS IS A, A, A COMMON SENSE POLICY.

UH, THIS IS A, THIS IS A GREAT THING TO DO.

IT'S ALSO A, UH, THOUGHTFUL POLICY.

IT'S GREAT TO SEE IN THIS ITEM, UH, REFERENCES TO IMPROVING THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACES WHERE THESE, THESE INFRACTIONS ARE HAPPENING SO THAT THEY'RE LESS LIKELY TO OCCUR IN THE FUTURE.

SO THIS IS A WONDERFUL STEP IN THE CONTINUED ADVANCEMENT OF AUSTIN AS A GREAT PLACE TO RIDE A BICYCLE.

SO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

HOWDY, Y'ALL.

MY NAME IS ROY WHALEY.

I AM THE CONSERVATION COMMITTEE CHAIR FOR THE AUSTIN REGIONAL GROUP OF THE SIERRA CLUB.

I WANT TO START OUT TALKING ABOUT 37.6.

DON'T LOOK ON YOUR AGENDA.

IT'S NOT AN AGENDA ITEM, IT'S THE LAKE LEVEL.

AND IN TRAVIS COUNTY, THAT'S HOW FULL IT IS.

37.6%.

PLEASE THINK ABOUT OUR WATER SUPPLY EVERY TIME YOU SHOW UP AT THIS OFFICE.

WE'RE NOT THE ONLY STRAW IN THERE AND IT'S FALLING.

AND I WANNA THANK MY FELLOW SIERRA'S OWN, OWN SPEAKING ABOUT ITEM 39 AND ALSO SCOTT COBB.

AND THE, UH, THE BATHHOUSE CHANGED NOW ON ITEM 40, I AM A CYCLIST, UM, AND I HAVE BEEN OFF MY BIKE FOR QUITE A WHILE BECAUSE I DID HAVE A WRECK IN, UH, NOVEMBER.

UH, BROKE MY ELBOW AND MESSED UP MY KNEE.

BUT I'M BACK RIDING AGAIN AND I'M HAPPY, EXCEPT FOR WHEN I HAVE TO SWERVE AROUND A PARKED CAR AND MY BIKE LANE.

I DON'T PARK MY BIKE IN THEIR LANE.

I WISH THEY WOULDN'T PARK THEIR CARS IN MY LANE.

NOW THEN WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT PEACE, LOVE, AND UNDERSTANDING, WE, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE TIMES, UM, I WOULD RATHER HAVE SOMEONE PULL OVER BRIEFLY IN A BIKE LANE TO CHECK DIRECTIONS ON THEIR PHONE TO SEE WHERE THEY'RE GOING BECAUSE THEY'RE IN A SHADE SHADE TREE AREA THAN HAVE THEM DRIVING AROUND CHECKING THEIR PHONE.

I FEEL A LOT SAFER GOING AROUND THEM, BUT THERE, THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS.

UM, BUT OVERALL THIS IS, THIS IS OUR BIKE LANE, THIS IS HOW WE GET PLACES AND WE WANNA BE ABLE TO GET PLACES SAFELY.

AND, UM, I HAVE BEEN BUSTED UP MORE TIMES ON A BICYCLE THAN I HAVE BEEN AT CITY HALL, IT SEEMS. SO THAT'S A LOT.

ANYWAY.

YAY, YAY, YAY.

ITEM 40, I BELIEVE I WAS NEXT.

QUINCY DUNLAP, UH, A AREA URBAN LEAGUE, ACKNOWLEDGING MAYOR WATSON, D FOUR REPRESENT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON, THE REST OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

UM, INTERIM CITY MANAGER GARZA THE, A AREA URBAN LEAGUE IS IN IMPORT IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 67 REGARDING COMMUNITY LAND TRUST AND LAND BANKS TO BE HEARD ON APRIL 4TH.

IN GENERAL, WE ARE STRONG PROPONENTS OF OUTSIDE OF THE BOX AND NUANCED APPROACHES TO IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS TO INCLUDE AFFORDABILITY AND HOUSING EQUITY, WHICH INCLUDES THE UTILIZATION OF CLTS AND LAND BANKS.

THE RESOLUTION PROPOSES TO GIVE DIRECTION TO THE CITY MANAGER OF AUSTIN TO TAKE PROACTIVE MEASURES TO UTILIZE LAND BANKING AND COMMUNITY LAND TRUST AS A TOOL FOR

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ADDRESSING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, UH, LACK IN AUSTIN AND PROMOTING EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT.

IT AIMS TO IDENTIFY VIABLE LAND ACQUISITION OPPORTUNITIES, EXPLORE BEST PRACTICES FOR EXPANDING LAND BANKING AND CLT DEVELOPMENT, ALLOCATE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THESE INITIATIVES AND COLLABORATE WITH RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS TO LEVERAGE EXISTING RESOURCES.

ULTIMATELY, THIS INITIATIVE SIX, TO INCREASE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AND SUSTAINABLE HOUSING OPTIONS, PREVENT DISPLACEMENT IN THE GROWING PARTS OF AUSTIN AND PROVIDE HOMEOWNERS AND HOME BUYERS WITH THE AUTONOMY IN AUSTIN.

THE A A UL WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSCORE THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLABORATING AND CO-CREATING WITH COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING NON-PROFITS AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATES.

IN THE EFFECTUATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, IT IS NOT ONLY IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE AND LISTEN TO STAKEHOLDERS, BUT TO EFFECTIVELY LAYER IN THEIR INPUT INTO THE DESIGN AND EVENTUAL REPORT REGARDING THIS MECHANISM.

IT WILL CONTINUE TO COME, IT WILL CONTINUE TO COME.

IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT WE ARE ALSO WARY OF THIS VENTURE DUE TO THE HISTORIC INGENUITY OF THE CITY IN RELATION TO THE REVITALIZATION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD, MY TIME'S UP, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY WE SUPPORT IT IF IT IS CUTTER GONZALEZ FOR ITEM 40.

AND THEN ITEM ON ITEM 67, ANUSH RAISON.

ERIC, BY AND ASHTON CUMBERBATCH, I'VE CALLED YOUR NAME, PLEASE COME ON DOWN.

YOUR NAME'S BEEN CALLED.

PLEASE COME FORWARD.

ANUSH RAISON, ERIC BY ASHTON CUMBERBATCH, GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS ANUSH RAZAN.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT THREE.

UM, I ALSO WANTED TO SPEAK ON ITEM 40.

UM, I'M HERE IN, UH, IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 40.

I BIKE MY SON TO SCHOOL ALMOST EVERY DAY AND TRY TO BIKE TO WORK REGULARLY.

AND WE GENERALLY LOVE BIKING IN AUSTIN.

UH, THE SAFETY OF MY ROUTE, THOUGH IS WHAT MAKES, UM, DETERMINES IF I DRIVE OR I BIKE.

UM, I APPRECIATE ALL THE CHANGES THAT WE'VE SEEN IN AUSTIN RECENTLY IN BIKE LANES.

UM, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE THE SAFETY OF OUR BIKE RIDERS.

UM, IT'S NOT UNCOMMON ON MY ROUTES THAT CARS ARE PARKED IN THE BIKE LANE.

JUST YESTERDAY AS I WAS BIKING BACK, UM, FROM PICKING UP MY SON, UM, A RIDESHARE PULLED INTO THE BIKE LANE.

I WAS RIDING IN, UH, TO PICK UP PASSENGERS.

UM, AND I EVEN SAID, HEY, THIS IS THE BIKE LANE.

AND HE SAID, YEAH, BYE.

NO.

UM, AND THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, UM, HAPPENS.

I SEE IT ALL THE TIME.

I, UM, TAKE PICTURES SOMETIMES IN HOPES OF SENDING IT TO 3 1 1, BUT WE KNOW THAT THAT'S NOT REALLY SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS VERY QUICKLY.

UM, AND, AND THIS LANE WAS EVEN A LANE THAT HAD FLEX POSTS, SO IT WASN'T JUST, IT WAS SOMEONE WENT AROUND THE FLEX POSTS JUST TO GET IN THE LANE.

UM, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE MAKING BIKING SAFER IN AUSTIN, UM, AND MAKING SURE THAT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN CONTINUE USING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS ERIC BYRD AND I AM THE PRESIDENT OF THE BLACK PROFESSIONAL ALLIANCE OF AUSTIN.

I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY WHOLEHEARTED SUPPORT FOR ITEM 67.

IT'S A RESOLUTION AIMED AT UTILIZING LAND BANKING AND COMMUNITY LAND TRUST TO ADDRESS OUR CITY'S URGENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEEDS.

THIS RESOLUTION IS A COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION AND EQUITY AND HOUSING.

IT ACKNOWLEDGES THE NECESSITY OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND IT ENSURES THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD.

LET'S LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION, AND LET'S DO THIS IN A WAY THAT WE CAN BE PROUD OF.

I AM A NATIVE AUSTINITE.

I COME FROM A PRETTY BIG FAMILY.

MY GRANDMOTHER HAD 14 CHILDREN AND I HAVE 50 THANK YOU .

I I HAVE 51 COUSINS, UH, FIRST AND SECOND ON THAT SIDE, THAT ONE SIDE.

UM, OUT OF ALL OF US, I AM PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE THAT LIVES WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS AND IS NOT ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

EVERYONE ELSE HAS BEEN PUSHED OUT TO THE MARGINS.

THAT'S WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT.

UM, WE DESERVE TO BE ABLE TO CREATE A LEGACY IN THIS CITY.

WE BE, WE DESERVE TO BE ABLE TO CALL OURSELVES AUSTINITE FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS.

ADDITIONALLY, I'D LIKE TO INVITE EVERYONE PRESENT, UH, ON COUNCIL ON THE DIOCESE, AND IN THE BROADER COMMUNITY TO THE UPCOMING BPA HOUSING AND INNOVATION SUMMIT AT A CC EASTVIEW.

IT'LL BE SATURDAY MAY 4TH.

WE WILL HAVE A, AN INFORMATIONAL PANEL DISCUSSION FROM NINE TO ONE.

IT'S DESIGNED TO EXPLORE INNOVATIONS AND POLICY PRACTICES AND TECHNOLOGY THAT MAKE HOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE.

WE WILL, UH, WE ARE PROUD TO COLLABORATE

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WITH ESTEEMED PARTNERS SUCH AS AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION, COMMUNITIES, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, UH, THE AUSTIN BLACK REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS.

SO WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU ALL OUT.

UM, THIS IDEA CAME FROM A CONVERSATION THAT I HAD WITH THE FORMER CEO OF HABITAT, UM, TALKING ABOUT TECHNOLOGY SUCH AS 3D PRINTING AND, UH, WE NEED TO MAKE HOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE.

THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR COUNCIL, UH, INTERIM CITY MANAGER, JESUS GARZA.

MY NAME'S ASHTON CUMBERBATCH.

I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF ADAT A TX.

HERE TO SPEAK ON SUPPORT OF ITEM 67.

UH, THIS ITEM DIRECTS THE CITY MANAGER TO EXPLORE THE UTILIZATION OF TWO KEY HOUSING TOOLS, COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS, OR CLTS, AND LAND BANKING.

AS YOU'RE MOST LIKELY AWARE, CLTS ARE AN EVIDENCE-BASED TOOL FOR PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

THERE ARE OVER 200 ACTIVE CLTS IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING SOME RIGHT HERE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

AND AS NOTED BY THE UPROOTED PROJECT, CLTS PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF LOW INCOME RESIDENTS TO OWN HOMES IN A GENTRIFYING NEIGHBORHOOD.

WHILE GIVING COMMUNITIES LONG-TERM CONTROL OVER THE LAND.

CLTS CAN QUALIFY FOR SIGNIFICANT PROPERTY TAX SAVINGS IN TEXAS, AND CLTS CAN BE USED WITH A SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING AS WELL AS MIXED USE AND MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENT AND WITH HOME OWNERSHIP AS WELL AS RENTAL HOUSING.

REGARDING LAND BANKS, THE NHC HOUSING POLICY GUIDE STATES THAT THEY PROVIDE LOCAL JURISDICTIONS WITH LAND FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PROBLEM PROPERTIES IN THE COMMUNITY BY CREATING A PROCESS FOR MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSITION.

LAND BANKS ARE A POWERFUL TOOL FOR JURISDICTIONS FACED WITH PROBLEMS FROM BOTH THE HOT AND COLD ENDS OF THE HOUSING MARKET SPECTRUM.

IN HOT MARKETS, LAND BANKS ALLOW JURISDICTIONS TO MAKE DEVELOPMENT DECISIONS WITH LESS CONCERN ABOUT THE COST OF LAND BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAVE A PORTFOLIO OF PARCELS READY FOR DEVELOPMENT IN COAL MARKETS, LAND BANKS REDUCE BLIGHT BY ACQUIRING ABANDONMENT AND OR DELINQUENT PROPERTIES, CLEARING TITLE AND THEN PUTTING THE PROPERTIES BACK INTO PRODUCTIVE USE.

WHAT NOT THE ONLY NEEDED TOOLS USED IN WISE HARMONY AND IN A CO-CREATIVE MANNER WITH APPROPRIATE STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND THOSE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE.

CLTS AND LAND BANKING CAN HELP AUSTIN ADDRESS ITS CRITICAL DEARTH OF PERMANENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING, THE LACK OF ALL TYPES OF HOUSING IN ALL PARTS OF TOWN AND MIXED INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE LOOK FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON ITEM 67.

THANK YOU, MR. BERBA.

MAYOR, WE HAVE CALLED ALL CONSENT SPEAKERS.

I'M SORRY, SAY THAT AGAIN.

WE'VE CALLED ALL CONSENT SPEAKERS.

GREAT.

MR. PENA, DID YOU SIGN UP? MR. PENA SIGNED UP.

I'M SORRY, MAYOR, I DON'T SEE HIM ON THE LIST.

WELL, I'M SORRY IF YOU, IF YOU, IF IT DIDN'T GET SIGNED UP, UH, YOU KNOW HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS AND I APOLOGIZE THAT YOU'RE NOT SIGNED UP FOR TODAY, BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, MEMBERS, THOSE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT SIGNED UP ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

UH, IS THERE ANYONE

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WISHING TO PULL AN ITEM FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA? IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO BE SHOWN ABSTAINING FROM AN ITEM ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? ANYONE WISHING TO SHOW THAT THEIR VOTE THAT THEY'RE RECUSING THEMSELVES FROM A VOTE ON ANY ITEM ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? ANYONE WISHING TO BE SHOWN VOTING NO ON AN ITEM ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? UM, I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION WITH REGARD TO THE CONSENT AGENDA.

MOTION IS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER.

IT IS SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

UH, ANY DISCUSSION WITHOUT OBJECTION? THE CONSENT AGENDA IS ADOPTED WITH COUNCIL MEMBER VELA TEMPORARILY OFF THE DAIS MEMBERS WITHOUT OBJECTION.

I WILL RECESS THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

UM, AT IT IS 10:49 AM I'LL NOW CALL TO ORDER

[10:30 AM - Austin Housing Public Facility Corporation Meeting (Part 1 of 2)]

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING OF THE AUSTIN HOU AUSTIN HOUSING PUBLIC FACILITY CORPORATION MEETING.

AND MAYOR, YES, NOT TO INTERRUPT, BUT, OH, I'M SORRY.

I, YOU HAVE TO TELL ME THAT EVERY WEEK AND I'M NOT SURE WHY.

THANK YOU.

BUT, UM, UM, SO I'LL AND, AND YOU'RE THE TOP OF THE LIST SO I, IT'S APPROPRIATE I GUESS THAT YOU BROUGHT IT UP.

THANK YOU.

UM, LET ME, LET ME RECESS THE MEETING WITHOUT OBJECTION.

WE'LL RECESS THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING PUBLIC FACILITY CORPORATION MEETING AT TEN FORTY NINE.

I'LL CALL BACK TO ORDER THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL AT 10 49 AND I'LL

[Consent Agenda (Part 2 of 2)]

RECOGNIZE COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY, FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS.

AND THEN ANYONE ELSE THAT WISHES TO SPEAK ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE RECOGNITION, MAYOR.

UM, THIS MORNING I HAD THE HONOR OF HOSTING FILM AND TV ACTRESS CHRISTIE CARLSON ROMANO HERE AT CITY HALL TO CELEBRATE AND HIGHLIGHT THE GREAT WORK THAT SHE'S

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DOING TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH.

SHE'S A RESIDENT OF AUSTIN AFTER LEAVING HOLLYWOOD.

AND THE PROCLAMATION THAT I PRESENTED HER WITH TODAY SERVES AS A REMINDER THAT WE CAN ALL BE DILIGENT IN MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH.

SHE SHARED HER BRAVE STORY WITH US THIS MORNING AND IT'S WORTH A WATCH.

SO IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY, PLEASE GO BACK INTO THE ARCHIVES AND CHECK IT OUT.

MY RESOLUTION ITEM 38, WHICH WE PASS TODAY, DIRECTS THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE MEASURES TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

I WANNA THANK MY CO-SPONSORS, COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER, RYAN ALTER, COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER, AND COUNCIL MEMBER JOSE VELASQUEZ FOR SUPPORTING THIS CRITICAL EFFORT.

THANK YOU TO THE SIX ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDED LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR THIS POLICY.

AND THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO CAME TODAY TO SUPPORT THE ITEM.

I'M PROUD THAT MY POLICY PASSED ON CONSENT AND UNANIMOUSLY SIGNALING TO THE COMMUNITY THAT WE SUPPORT COMBATING THIS CRIME.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING STAINS THE FABRIC OF OUR SOCIETY WITH ITS DARKNESS AND CRUELTY.

YET TODAY THE CITY COUNCIL STANDS TOGETHER IN OUR MISSION TO ILLUMINATE THE SHADOWS BY COLLABORATING WITH STAKEHOLDERS, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND OUR COMMUNITY.

WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS ITEM TOGETHER, WE ARE DEDICATED TO AMPLIFYING AWARENESS AND PROVIDING CRITICAL RESOURCES FOR SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

HERE IN AUSTIN, I PLEDGE UNWAVERING DEDICATION TO FOSTERING A SAFER AUSTIN WORKING TIRELESSLY TO REALIZE THIS VISION AS MY COLLEAGUES ALSO DO, UM, TO THOSE VOICES WHO HAVE BEEN SILENCED BY THE INJUSTICE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

HEAR THIS, YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

I STAND WITH YOU.

OUR COMMUNITY STANDS WITH YOU AND TOGETHER WE WILL ENSURE THAT YOUR VOICES ARE HEARD AND YOUR RIGHTS ARE UPHELD.

WITH THAT MAYOR IU.

THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER.

COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON.

AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER CADRY.

THANK YOU FOR THE RECOGNITION, MAYOR.

I HAVE A COUPLE ITEMS TO SPEAK ON TODAY.

ITEM NUMBER SIX IS, UH, AUSTIN WATER UTILITY CONTRACT FOR THE SOUTHWEST PRESSURE ZONE.

THIS IS GONNA BE A PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING REPORT ABOUT PROVIDING MORE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUNDANCY FOR THE DAVIS LANE PUMP STATION.

UM, IT'S GONNA INCLUDE A VARIETY OF OPTIONS INCLUDING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ANALYSIS AND POTENTIAL LAND ACQUISITIONS.

UM, THIS IS REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT FOR FAR SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST AUSTIN.

'CAUSE IN WINTER STORM OF 2021, THIS AREA HAD RESIDENTS WHO DID NOT HAVE DRINKABLE WATER FOR, I BELIEVE IT WAS ABOUT A WEEK AT THAT POINT.

SO I KNOW THERE WERE SOME OTHER PARTS OF THE AUSTIN WATER UTILITY SYSTEM THAT EITHER DIDN'T HAVE IMPACTS, DIDN'T LOSE WATER, OR WERE ABLE TO GET IT BACK ON RELATIVELY QUICKLY.

BUT THIS PART OF TOWN IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER.

ITEM NUMBER 31 IS THE MCCARTY LANE PARKLAND ACQUISITION.

UH, THIS IS GOING TO BE, UM, 3.66 ACRES OF 2018 VOTER APPROVED BONDS.

UM, SO WE'RE VERY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO EXPAND GREENBELT EXTENSIONS THROUGH THE WILLIAMSON CREEK AREA IN SOUTHWEST AUSTIN AND LOOK FORWARD TO POTENTIALLY HAVING A NEW TRAILHEAD.

SO I THINK THAT'S GONNA BE REALLY, UM, IMPORTANT FOR THE FOLKS WHO LIVE IN THAT AREA.

ITEM 35 IS RENAMING THE BARTON SPRINGS BATHHOUSE AFTER JOAN MEANS CABBEL.

I REALLY APPRECIATE MR. COBB COMING AND SPEAKING TO US TODAY AND PUSHING THAT INITIATIVE FORWARD.

WE JUST DID A GROUNDBREAKING ON THAT BATHHOUSE.

SO I THINK THIS IS VERY TIMELY.

AND I REMEMBER A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN WE ISSUED A PROCLAMATION TO HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN HER HONOR, THEY WERE ABLE TO TELL STORIES ABOUT A SCHOOL SANCTIONED EVENT WHERE THEY WERE GOING TO BARTON SPRINGS, BUT SOME OF THE STUDENTS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SWIM IN THE POOL.

THIS IS JUST THE 1960S, THIS IS NOT A HUNDRED YEARS AGO.

UM, THIS IS A VERY REAL PART OF OUR HISTORY THAT WE HAVE TO CONFRONT.

WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS BATHHOUSE FUNCTIONS FOR EVERYBODY THAT NEEDS TO USE IT AS IT GOES THROUGH ITS REMODEL, AND THAT WE HONOR THE HISTORY OF BARTON SPRINGS AND JOAN MEANS KABEL.

AND THAT BRINGS ME TO THE LAST ITEM THAT I'M VERY EXCITED TO HAVE BROUGHT FORWARD TODAY, THE BIKEWAY PARKING PROHIBITION INITIATIVE.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL AND THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION TO WORK ON THIS INITIATIVE.

AND I KNOW WE'VE HAD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS WITH STAFF ALSO ON THE BACKEND TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS RESOLUTION FUNCTIONS WELL.

UM, I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF FOLKS IN TOWN THAT SEE BIKE LANES AND THEY MAY NEVER RIDE A BIKE AND THEY MAY NEVER USE THEM, AND SO THEY DRIVE PAST THEM EVERY DAY AND THEY THINK THEY'RE JUST TAKING SPACE THAT COULD BE USED OTHERWISE.

BUT THE TRUTH IS, IF YOU ARE ON A BIKE AND YOU ARE IN A BIKE LANE, YOU HAVE BEEN BLOCKED BY A CAR.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MAY SEEM LIKE A VERY MOMENTARY IMPACT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL WHO IS PULLING OUT OF THE TRAFFIC LANE, BUT IT HAS VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES AS YOU'VE HEARD FROM SOME OF OUR SPEAKERS TODAY.

UM, THESE CAN BE LIFE CHANGING.

PEOPLE CAN GET KILLED BY HAVING TO SWERVE OUT OF A BIKE LANE UNEXPECTEDLY WITH ONLY THE PROTECTION OF A BIKE HELMET.

UM, SO THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT INITIATIVE THAT I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HAD THEIR HANDS ON AND I'M PROUD TO BRING THIS FORWARD TODAY AND APPRECIATE, UM, MY CO-SPONSORS WORKING ON THIS WITH

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ME AND TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING THIS IN AN EFFECTIVE MANNER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON, FOLLOWED BY COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE.

THEN COUNCIL MEMBER RYAN ALTER.

THANK YOU MAYOR FOR THE RECOGNITION.

UM, THANK YOU COLLEAGUES.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT OUR CONSENT AGENDA TODAY.

UM, THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS FOR YOUR INITIATIVE ON ITEM NUMBER 40 REGARDING HOW WE AS A CITY CAN BETTER ENFORCE THE PROHIBITION OF PARKING AND BIKE LANES.

THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE AND MOBILITY ISSUE, AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE PROTECTING ALL MODES OF TRANSPORTATION, ESPECIALLY IN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION LIKE OUR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS.

AND I JUST WANTED TO POINT OUT MY GREAT APPRECIATION AND POINT OUT FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC JUST HOW MUCH WORK YOU DID TO ADDRESS CONCERNS AROUND EQUITY.

UM, I IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE I OFTEN REPRESENT FOLKS WHO, ONE, FIND THAT SNOWBALLS INTO A MUCH BIGGER DEAL CAN BE A PROBLEM.

AND I, A COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS REALLY TOOK THE TIME TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS, SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

ADDITIONALLY, I'M VERY EXCITED THAT, UM, WE ARE RENAMING THE ZILKER BATHHOUSE.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT, UM, TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO TAKE BOLD AND BRAVE STEPS IN THE FACE OF INJUSTICE.

UM, IT'S ONE OF THOSE, YOU KNOW, MARKS ON AUSTIN'S HISTORY THAT WE'RE NOT PROUD OF.

BUT THE ABILITY TO, IN 2024, BE MOVING TOWARDS RECONCILIATION FOR SOME OF THOSE WRONGS OF OUR PAST DOES MAKE ME PROUD.

UH, LASTLY, I'M EXCITED TO PASS A RESOLUTION ON COMMUNITY LAND TRUST AND LAND BANKING.

THANK YOU TO OUR CO-SPONSORS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND CITY STAFF FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO EXPLORE AND UTILIZE ALL POSSIBLE TOOLS THAT WE AS A CITY HAVE TO ADDRESS OUR CRITICAL HOUSING SHORTAGE AND PRODUCE MORE AFFORDABLE AND ATTAINABLE.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT SOMEBODY SAID RECENTLY THAT I REALLY APPRECIATE BECAUSE HOUSING IS IMPORTANT AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL.

UM, SO AFFORDABLE CAN SOMETIMES BE MISCONSTRUED AFFORDABLE TO WHO, UM, SO ATTAINABLE HOUSING, THAT MEANS IT'S AFFORDABLE AND ATTAINABLE BY YOU.

AND WE NEED THAT AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL AND SUSTAINABLE HOUSING OPTIONS IN ALL AREAS OF AUSTIN USING THESE TOOLS, UM, TO MR. DUNLAP FROM AUSTIN AREA URBAN LEAGUE.

TO HIS POINT, USING THESE TOOLS WITH AN EQUITY EMPHASIS WILL EMPOWER AUSTIN RESIDENTS, UM, THE, WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT BENEFIT OF ALL.

AND THAT'S ACCESS.

SO THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. MAYOR.

AYE.

THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER.

COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE.

GREAT.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

UH, I'LL KEEP MY COMMENTS, UH, REALLY BRIEF.

I JUST WANTED TO THANK COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS FOR HER LEADERSHIP.

NOT ONLY, UH, ON THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE AS CHAIR, BUT ALSO FOR BRINGING FORWARD ITEM NUMBER 40, UH, WHICH