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[00:00:04]

THE TIME

[CALL TO ORDER]

NOW IS 6 31, I DO BELIEVE.

AND, AND ARE WE READY? TURN ON.

MY SON HAVE EIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

HERE WE GO.

CAMERAS AREN'T ON.

OKAY.

WELL I'LL BE PULLING THIS UP OVER HERE.

AT THIS TIME, WE'RE GONNA CALL TO ORDER THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION APRIL MEETING.

AND THE PURPOSE OF THE BOARD, UH, IS TO ADVISE THE COUNCIL IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO SERVE THE POOR AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS. SO AT THIS TIME, WE WILL HAVE

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL ]

OUR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, THE GENERAL, THIS WILL BE OUR SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO TALK ABOUT ITEMS THAT ARE NOT ON THE AGENDA.

EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

COMMISSIONERS, WE ASK THAT WE LISTEN AND RESERVE QUESTIONS FOR SOME OTHER TIME.

WE HAVE TWO.

THANK YOU.

I THINK, ONE, THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME DO THIS.

MM-HMM? .

OH.

OH, WHERE'S MINE? NO, NO.

I NEED, I'LL BRING IT TO YOU.

YOU BRING MINE? NO, I NEED TO DO IT.

SPEAKERS.

THIS IS ME.

THAT'S ANOTHER.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT THAT.

OKAY.

YEAH.

THIS IS JUST YOUR SPEAKERS.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

'CAUSE SHE SAID WE NEED TO DO IT BEFORE WE GET STARTED.

ALRIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

WE HAVE TWO SPEAKERS THAT ARE SIGNED IN.

WE HAVE MS. ANOVIA.

JOSEPH IS GOING TO, UM, BE SPEAKING.

IT DOES LOOK LIKE YOU'RE SPEAKING ON ITEMS NUMBER FOUR.

UM, SO THAT MEANS THEN THAT, UM, SHE CAN WAIT UNTIL THAT POINT.

YES.

OKAY.

SO, MS. JOSEPH, ALTHOUGH YOU'RE ON, WE, YOU ARE, UH, UH, SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS ON THE, ON THE, UM, AGENDA ALREADY.

ITEM NUMBER FOUR.

SO WE WILL BRING YOU IN AT THAT TIME.

OKAY.

BUT RESPECTFULLY, MADAM CHAIR, THIS IS FOR WHAT'S NOT ON THE AGENDA.

OKAY.

WHICH PART IS THAT? THAT IS THE PUBLIC COMMENT.

SHE CAN DO A PUBLIC COMMENT.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

AND COME BACK.

OH, FOR, COME FOR.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT THEN.

SO YOU ARE A COMMENT.

YOU'RE SPEAKING NOW ON A PUBLIC COMMENT.

AND THEN WE WILL HAVE MS. SUSANNA, IS IT ALMAREZ? AMANZA.

AMANZA ALMANZA.

THANK YOU DEAR.

UM, MS. SUSANNA AMANZA SPEAKING ABOUT HOUSING.

ALRIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

VERY GOOD.

OKAY.

YES.

THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR MEMBERS.

I'M ENOVIA JOSEPH, LET ME PREFACE BY SAYING VIEWPOINT DISCRIMINATION MEANS THAT YOU ACTUALLY DO NOT PUT UP THE PUBLIC COMMENTS THAT ARE SENT IN ADVANCE TO THIS COMMISSION.

AND I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION ACTUALLY ALLOWED ME TO JUST IN REAL TIME CREATE MY SLIDES.

AND BEFORE I SPOKE, I SIMPLY GAVE IT TO THEM ON A THUMBNAIL DRIVE.

THERE IS NOTHING POSTED ON YOUR WEBSITE THAT ACTUALLY TELLS THE PUBLIC THAT WE HAVE TO SUBMIT OUR COMMENTS IN ADVANCE FOR IT TO BE SCRUTINIZED BY THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.

AND I WOULD ASK THAT IF THAT IS IN FACT YOUR METHODOLOGY, IN YOUR METHOD OF ACTUALLY DEALING WITH THE PUBLIC, THAT YOU TRANSPARENTLY POST THAT, BECAUSE THAT IS NOT HOW THE OTHER COMMISSIONS OPERATE AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO THE ITEM THAT YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU.

YOU MENTIONED FEDERAL FUNDING, AND I JUST WANT TO CONTEXTUALIZE MY COMMENTS BY SAYING TITLE SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, AND NATIONAL ORIGIN.

TOMORROW IS CAPITAL METRO'S BOARD MEETING.

THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING SPECIFICALLY TO AMEND THEIR TITLE SIX POLICY.

WHAT I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY PLAN TO AMEND IS THAT THEY USED THE 2010 CENSUS DATA WHEN THEY DID THE TRIENNIAL REVIEW IN 2021.

AND YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THE REDISTRICTING AND HOW IT WAS DELAYED BECAUSE THEY USED THE 2020 CENSUS DATA.

AND WHAT IT DID WAS CIRCUMVENT IT, TITLE SIX.

AND SPECIFICALLY, IT'S BECAUSE THEY SAID THAT IN CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN, THERE'S GOOD TRANSIT FOR THE MINORITY POPULATION.

WELL, THAT WAS 20 YEARS AGO.

MM-HMM.

THAT IS NOT TODAY.

AND SO NOW WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IS USE ORIGIN AND DESTINATION INFORMATION, WHICH IS THE DATA THAT'S COLLECTED ON THE BUSES, WHICH MEANS THAT ANYONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DOES NOT GET ON THE BUS OR ANY OF THE SYSTEM.

THAT MEANS THAT YOUR VOICE WILL NEVER BE HEARD AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO COLLECT YOUR TAXES TO IMPROVE THE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM IN HYDE PARK, WHICH IS DEVELOPED EXCLUSIVELY FOR WHITE PEOPLE.

SO IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU HAVE MY SLIDES, WHICH SPECIFY THAT THERE IS NOT ANY NEGROES NOW AND NEVER WILL BE IN HYDE PARK.

AND SPECIFICALLY WHAT I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT WAS THE PROJECT CONNECT COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE THAT ACTUALLY RECOGNIZED THE RACIST ZONING HISTORY.

AND SO I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY, THEY'RE DETERMINED TO GET THE FEDERAL FUNDING.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND SPECIFICALLY THAT

[00:05:01]

THE OTHER THING THAT WILL BE ON THE AGENDA TOMORROW IS THESE CHANGES FOR FALL 2024.

AND YOU WILL SEE THAT THEY'RE CONNECTING THE ROUTES ON UT SO THAT IT'S MORE CONNECTIVITY FOR THE WHITE STUDENTS.

PREDOMINANTLY IT'S ONLY 4.5% UNDERGRADUATES, 2.9% PHD STUDENTS THAT ARE BLACK.

AND I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE REASON THAT THEY DO NOT CONNECT OUR BUSES IS BECAUSE WHEN IT COMES TO RIDERSHIP, THEY ACTUALLY COUNT EVERY TRANSFER.

THEY HAVE AUTOMATIC PASSENGER COUNTERS, AND THEY EXPLAIN THAT IN THEIR MARCH 25TH, 2024, UH, MEETING.

AND SO I KNOW IT SOUNDS STRANGE TO YOU, BUT IN FACT, THE MORE DISCONNECTED OUR ROUTES ARE, THAT MEANS THEY'RE ABLE TO DOUBLE AND TRIPLE COUNT AFRICAN AMERICANS AND HISPANICS.

AND THEN THEY'RE ABLE TO GET MORE FEDERAL FUNDING TO IMPROVE THE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM DOWNTOWN.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

OKAY.

THANK YOU MS. JOSEPH.

UM, FOR THAT COMMENT, UM, WE WON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT THIS MOMENT.

UM, BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND WE EXPECT TO SEE YOU BACK, UM, FOR THE NEXT ITEM.

CERTAINLY.

AND IT'S GERMANE TO ITEM NINE.

OKAY.

YOUR EQUITY DISCUSSION.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM, , WE'RE, WE'RE READY FOR THE NEXT SPEAKER.

I THINK THEY'RE SENDING THAT.

I GETTING IT TOGETHER.

OKAY.

WHAT AM I GETTING? I AM GETTING ON MY PHONE SO I CAN AUTHENTICATE WHO I, HEY, HEY.

COME ON.

OVER THIS SIDE.

MM-HMM.

.

HEY, GOOD AFTERNOON.

I LIKE THE SUN DISCRIMINATION.

I DUNNO.

EDDIE IS RIGHT, BUT ARE WE READY? OH, IN JUST A MINUTE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

I'M NOT GONNA SHOW YOU'RE NOT RESPECT BECAUSE I KNOW WHY THERE'S A DIFFERENCE IN YEAH.

LIKE MS. JOSEPH HAS IT ALL MEMORIZED.

WHERE IS IT? WE'RE READY.

COMMISSIONER, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

OH, COMMISSIONERS.

I'M SUSAN ALMANZA WITH PO.

UM, I, SORRY, I BROUGHT MY THUMB DRIVE, SO AT LEAST HE'S LETTING ME SHARE THEIR INFORMATION SINCE I'M NOT ALLOWED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU ALL.

BUT I WANNA TALK ABOUT THE TOKYO ELECTRON PURCHASE THAT THE CITY BOUGHT FOR $97 MILLION.

27 MILLION OF THOSE DOLLARS WERE FROM THE PROJECT CONNECT ANTI DISPLACEMENT FUND.

MM-HMM.

.

AND SO WHEN WE LOOKED AT, UM, AT WHAT THEY WERE, THE UNITS THEY, UH, PRE, UH, PUT UP, THEY DID, UH, UH, THEIR 121%, THEY, UH, SPENT, UH, 1 146, UH, THOUSAND 750.

UH, SO THEY DID, UM, WHEN WE LOOK AT ALL THE DIFFERENT HOUSING THAT THEY DID, 18,000 UNITS FOR PEOPLE LIVING AT ONE 21% MEDIUM FAMILY INCOME, 14,000 1 43 FOR 81% MEDIAN INCOME AND 3,597 AND 61% MEDIUM INCOME.

AND THEY ONLY BUILT 6,484 AT 31 TO 60%, UH, MEDIUM INCOME.

SO WE DON'T KNOW IF THERE WERE ANY AT 30, BUT THEY DID SAY AT 30% THEY ONLY BUILT 363 UNITS.

THAT'S ALL THAT THEY BUILT.

HMM.

UH, THEN, THEN, UH, THEY WERE, UH, THEN THEY WERE SAYING, UH, THAT THEY NEEDED TO BUILD HOUSING LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO FOR TEACHERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND SO FORTH.

BUT WHAT WE'RE SEEING HOUSING IS NEEDED FOR CHILDCARE WORKERS, HOME HEALTHCARE WORKERS, CUSTODIANS, CASHIERS, CLERKS, FAST FOOD WORKERS, CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, HOSPITALITY WORKERS, SALES CLERK, RESOURCE RECOVERY WORKERS, ET CETERA.

SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT HOUSING IS REALLY BILLED FOR THE WORKING CLASS, THE LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES, AND NOT AT JUST ONE HIGHER INCOME.

UH, THE OTHER THING THAT WE LOOKED AT IS THEY SAID THAT THEY WOULD DO, UH, THE HOUSING, UH, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AT

[00:10:01]

THAT.

IT'S A HUNDRED, I BELIEVE 107 ACRES.

UH, AND WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AROUND SOLAR ENERGY, THE NEW, THE RENEWABLE ENERGIES THAT ARE COMING.

BECAUSE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SOLAR INDUSTRY, IT'S BASICALLY A WHITE LED INDUSTRY.

MM-HMM.

.

SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S EMPLOYMENT AND CAREERS OPPORTUNITY FOR LOW INCOME AND PEOPLE OF COLOR.

AND SO I'M ASKING THE COMMISSION TO PUT IT ON THE AGENDA TO HAVE THE HOUSING PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOW PURCHASED THIS UNDER THEIR PURVIEW TO COME AND REPORT TO YOU OF THEIR HOUSING PLANS AND WHAT THEY PLAN TO BE, UH, BUILT THERE.

AND TO MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THAT, AT LEAST THAT 27 MILLION FROM PROJECT CONNECT HAS NO HUD DEVELOPMENT.

THAT'S TAX MONEY.

SO YOU ACTUALLY COULD BUILD, UH, HOUSING AT A LOWER CRITERIA AT 30% MEDIUM FAMILY INCOME.

SO WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT THAT MONEY IS EARMARKED AT THAT 30% AND NOT USING FEDERAL HUD GUIDELINES BECAUSE THIS IS TAX MONEY.

AND SO I JUST WANTED TO BRING THIS TO THE FOREFRONT FOR YOU ALL TO KNOW THIS AND TO KEEP A, KEEP A TAB ON IT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU MS. AMANZA.

I APPRECIATE BRINGING THAT TO OUR ATTENTION.

YES.

THAT WAS RECOGNIZED.

I WAS THE LETICIA ASSISTANT.

EVERYBODY SIGNING.

THANK YOU.

NO PROBLEM.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

AT THIS TIME, THANK I.

OH, WE, YEAH, YOU CAN MAY QUICKLY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MM-HMM.

MADAM CHAIR.

UM, THIS, SO I JUST WANNA MAKE A QUICK, YOU KNOW, UM, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, JOSEPH AND ALMANZA, I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR, UM, THE PREPARATION THAT I KNOW YOU'VE, YOU YOU PUT INTO COMING FOR PUBLIC COMMENT TODAY.

AND, UM, I WANT TO ENSURE THAT MOVING FORWARD, UM, WE ARE, YOU KNOW, PRODUCING, UM, THAT WE'RE WORKING IN AN EQUITABLE MANNER CAN, CAN COMPARED TO OUR OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONERS HERE.

AND SO, JUST KNOW, I I, I HEAR TOTALLY THAT THERE WAS, UH, EXPECTATION THAT MAYBE IT WASN'T MET TODAY.

AND I WANNA SAY SORRY FOR THAT.

UM, AND THAT I, I, UH, WILL LOOK INTO WORKING WITH THE OTHER COMMISSIONERS TO SEE HOW WE CAN ENSURE THAT FOR BOTH POSTERITY AND ALSO FOR THE SAKE OF THE COMMUNITY, THAT WE ARE ABLE TO VIEW YOUR FULL COMMENTS IN THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU.

UH, OKAY.

WE'LL DO THIS AND THEN WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE CONDUCT THE MEETINGS, AND THEN WE'LL HAVE THAT, THE, THE PUBLIC COMMENT PART.

UH, COME ON.

SINCE I OPENED THE DOOR, I'M ALLOWED TO CONTINUE ON.

THANK YOU.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO RESPOND TO OUR, UH, CITIZENS COMMUNICATION, UM, MS. ALMANZA AS WELL.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

SHE IS A FORMER COMMISSIONER OF THIS COMMISSION.

PERFECT.

AND SO SHE HAS SERVED, UH, FOR COUNTLESS YEARS.

SO THANK YOU FOR JUST BEING HERE.

UM, I DID WANTED A CLARIFICATION WHEN YOU HAD STATED THAT, UH, HOUSING, UH, YOU WANTED US TO PUT THIS AS A FUTURE AGENDA.

AND THEN YOU STATED ABOUT THE HOUSING.

UM, ARE YOU REFERRING TO NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING OR ARE YOU REFERRING TO, UH, WHICH DEPARTMENT? SO WE KNOW I EXACTLY WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT WHEN YOU SAID THE 27 MILLION.

WHO'S OVERSIGHTING THAT? HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

SO NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING.

MM-HMM.

.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT WAS JUST A CLARIFICATION, AND THANK YOU AGAIN, UH, FOR BOTH OF YOU ALL BEING HERE.

THANKS.

AND, AND YES, WE DO APPRECIATE BOTH OF YOU ALL.

AND, UM, WE WILL BE, UM, ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS AT ANOTHER POINT.

ALL RIGHT.

AT THIS TIME, WE WILL MOVE

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

ON TO THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES, APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

THE MARCH MINUTES ARE IN FACT ATTACHED IN OUR PACKET.

COMMISSIONERS, PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE TWO.

YES.

UM, COMMISSIONER ACHILLES, THANK YOU FOR NOTICING THAT.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE JUST SMALL COMMISSIONER ESTEVAN DELGADO WAS ONLINE.

OKAY.

THAT'S CORRECT.

I WAS ON ONLINE FOR LAST MEETING.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONERS? WE GOOD? ALL RIGHT.

I'LL ACCEPT A MOTION THAT WE GO, MM-HMM, .

I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM MARCH 12TH.

ALRIGHT.

I HAVE COMMISSIONER, UM, EXCUSE ME.

UH, COMMISSIONER ALIAS IS MAKING THE MOTION.

[00:15:01]

WHO? SECOND? SECOND.

SECOND.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER BERTHA REDONE, UM, DELGADO IS SECONDING THE MOTION.

WE'RE READY FOR A VOTE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES AS READ OR POSTED, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

I THINK I'M GOOD.

WE'RE GOOD.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

, WE'LL MOVE DIRECTLY INTO OUR

[2. Conduct CDC annual officer elections. Current officer terms will expire at the end of April with new terms beginning May 1, 2024. City Code requires that all boards/commissions elect a Chair and Vice Chair.]

DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS. WE'RE GONNA BE DOING OUR, UH, ELECTIONS.

AND SO, UM, THE TWO THAT WE HAVE THAT, UM, WE HAVE ARE HERE.

IT IS THE, LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT ALL BOARDS ELECT A CHAIR AND A VICE CHAIR ANNUALLY FOR A TERM OF ONE YEAR IS GONNA RUN FROM MAY 1ST THROUGH APRIL 30TH OF THE NEXT YEAR.

UH, PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, COMMISSIONERS THAT ALL VOTES ARE PUBLIC.

THERE'S NO BALLOT SYSTEM, UH, FOR ANY ACTION, NO REQUIREMENT TO REELECT THE OFFICERS.

UH, THE CHAIR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE TO LEAD THE BOARD MEETINGS, APPROVE DRAFT AGENDAS, APPOINT MEMBERS OF WORKING GROUPS AND COMMITTEES WITH INPUT FROM MEMBERS, AND TO COMPLETE THE ANNUAL REVIEW AND REPORT.

UM, THAT, THAT GOES FROM JULY 1ST THROUGH JUNE 30TH.

AT THIS TIME, WE WILL, UM, MOVE INTO THE, UM, VOTING FOR THE, THE CHAIR AND THE VICE CHAIR, AND THAT I'M GOING TO MAKE, UM, OPEN NOMINATIONS FOR VICE CHAIR.

WE'LL DO THE VICE CHAIR FIRST, I'LL CONTINUE WITH THAT.

AND AFTER THAT, UM, VICE CHAIR ALIAS WILL, UM, CONTINUE WITH PRESIDING OVER THE ELECTION FOR THE CHAIR POSITION.

SO RIGHT NOW I'M ACCEPTING WE'RE OPENING NOMINATIONS FOR VICE CHAIR.

MADAM CHAIR, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE NOMINATION THAT THE CURRENT VICE CHAIR CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER TERM.

OKAY.

WE HAVE COMMISSIONER ALIAS BEING NOMINATED BY COMMISSIONER, UH, DELGADO, UH, ESTEBAN DELGADO.

UM, ANY OTHER NOMINATIONS? HEARING NONE.

MR. BLAKE, WOULD YOU PROVIDE GUIDANCE? I HEAR NONE.

DO I STILL VOTE ON PROCEED WITH THE VOTE FOR JUST THIS ONE CANDIDATE? YES.

TO HAVE TO VOTE.

OKAY.

I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE.

ALL RIGHT.

I'LL OP, UH, MAKE SURE.

UH, YES, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE WE NEED A SECOND.

OKAY.

WE NEED A SECOND? OKAY.

YES.

ALRIGHT.

IT LOOKS LIKE I HAVE COMMISSIONER GARCIA ORTIZ.

MS. GARCIA.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER ORTIZ.

THANK YOU, MY DEAR.

THANK YOU.

I REALLY DO NEED TO GET LARGER, UM, THINGS.

I NEED TO LOOK OVER MY SHOULDER.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER ORTIZ.

THANK YOU.

I DO THAT.

AND YOU ARE SECONDING THE NOMINATION FOR COMM, UH, VICE CHAIR ALIAS TO REMAIN, UM, TO BE.

OKAY.

SO WE HAVE A NOMINATION FROM COMMISSIONER ESTEBAN DELGADO AND A SECOND BY COMMISSIONER ORTIZ.

AT THIS POINT, WE WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR VOTE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND AND HOLD IT UP.

CAMERA'S ON.

YEAH, YOU CAN VOTE.

I GUESS SO.

UHHUH.

.

ALRIGHT.

YES.

ALL RIGHT.

IT LOOKS LIKE THAT'S A UNANIMOUS.

YES.

UM, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS.

ALRIGHT.

UM, AT THIS TIME, I TURN IT OVER FOR VICE CHAIR TO PRESIDE OVER THE CHAIR.

UM, ELECTION.

ALRIGHT, COMMISSIONERS.

SO NOW WE WILL TAKE NOMINATIONS FOR THE CHAIR POSITION.

WOULD ANY COMMISSIONERS AT THIS TIME LIKE TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION? COMMISSIONER TOVER? I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE MRS. THOMPSON.

WE HAVE A NOMINATION FOR COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

WOULD SOMEBODY LIKE TO SECOND THAT? I SECOND THAT.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER BROWN.

COMMISSIONER BROWN SECONDS.

DO WE HAVE ANY MORE NOMINATIONS? ALL RIGHT.

SO WE DO NOT HAVE ANY MORE NOMINATIONS.

SO WE HAVE THE NOMINEE OF, UM, COMMISSIONER THOMPSON TO REMAIN AS CHAIR.

LET'S GO TO THE VOTE.

EVERYBODY SHOW US YOUR VOTE WITH YOUR HANDS.

.

Y'ALL MADE MY JOB REAL EASY.

ALRIGHT, I GOT IT.

WE'RE GOOD.

I TURN IT OVER TO YOU CHAIR.

[00:20:01]

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH AND, AND COMMISSIONERS.

I DO WANT TO, UH, SINCERELY EXPRESS MY, UH, APPRECIATION, UM, IN THE CONFIDENCE THAT YOU ALL HAVE NOT ONLY SHOWN ME THIS LAST YEAR, UM, BUT THE FACT THAT YOU BESTOW UPON ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THE COMMISSION, I AM HONORED TO DO SO.

UM, AND I DO IT, UM, VERY SERIOUSLY.

I, I, I LOVE WORKING WITH THIS GROUP.

I DO WANNA RECOGNIZE THE STAFF AND ALL THE WORK THAT THEY'VE, UM, DONE IN SUPPORTING THE ENTIRE COMMISSION AND WHAT WE DO.

AND IT'S PARTICULARLY FOR ME.

AND SO THANK YOU STAFF FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE.

ALL RIGHT.

WITH THAT, I JUST WANNA SECOND THAT .

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

.

FABULOUS.

ALL RIGHT.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, THAT'S ITEM TWO.

WE'LL BE MOVING ON TO ITEM

[3. Discuss and vote on shortening speaking time duration and utilizing a round-robin format for discussions, ensuring all CDC members have a chance to speak on each item (Chair Thompson)]

THREE.

WE'RE GONNA BE DISCUSSING AND VOTING ON, UM, THE SHORTING OF OUR SPEAKING TIME DURATION, AND UTILIZING A ROUND ROBIN FORMAT FOR DISCUSSIONS ENSURING THAT ALL CDC UH, MEMBERS HAVE A CHANCE TO SPEAK, UH, ON EACH ITEM.

THERE WAS, UM, INFORMATION THAT WAS FORWARDED TO YOUR EMAIL, UM, THAT OUTLINED HOW THAT, UM, PROCESS WILL MOVE FORWARD.

I WILL REVIEW THAT WITH YOU.

AND, UM, AND SO BE LISTENING FOR ANYTHING THAT YOU FEEL, UM, WOULD, WOULD NOT WORK FOR YOU ALL.

I'M GONNA READ DIRECTLY FROM, UM, THE INFORMATION THAT WAS FORWARDED TO CONSISTENTLY MANAGE THE LENGTH OF OUR CDC MEETINGS.

UM, CHAIR, I AM PROPOSING THAT ALL SPEAKERS, INCLUDING COMMISSIONERS, BE ALLOWED THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK.

UH, AS A REMINDER, OUR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS, UM, SECTION THAT WE HAVE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CALL TO ORDER IS NOT A TIME FOR DISCUSSION.

UM, THAT IS A TIME THAT OUR CITIZENS ARE GIVEN THREE MINUTES TO COMMUNICATE THEIR CONCERNS REGARDING ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA.

COMMISSIONERS ARE TO, UH, JUST LISTEN AND MAKE NOTES, UH, AS DESIRED.

AND THEN WE CAN CIRCLE BACK, UH, TO THOSE ITEMS, UM, LATER.

UH, FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS, IF THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS RAISED THAT, UH, WE DO FEEL THAT THERE WAS A CONCERN, WE DO APPRECIATE OUR CITIZENS, UH, SHARING, UH, WITH US AND BRINGING ITEMS TO OUR ATTENTION.

SO IF FURTHER DISCUSSION IS DESIRED, A COMMISSIONER MAY MAKE A MOTION, UH, FOR THE MATTER TO BE ADDED TO THE, UH, FUTURE AGENDA.

AS I WAS MENTIONING, IF ANOTHER COMMISSIONER AGREES, STAFF WILL INVITE THE APPROPRIATE CITY DEPARTMENT OR ENTITY OR ORGANIZATION AND PERHAPS EVEN THE CONCERNED CITIZENS, UH, TO ADDRESS THE ITEM AT A FUTURE MEETING.

OKAY.

AND SO THAT'S GONNA HELP US, UM, MOVING FORWARD WITH THAT.

THE PROPOSAL ITEM TWO IS TO ALLOW ALL COMMISSIONERS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AND ASK QUESTIONS OF THE PRESENTERS DURING THE DISCUSSION ITEMS OR DISCUSSION AND ACTION SECTIONS OF THE AGENDA.

A ROUND ROBIN MEETING FORMAT IS PROPOSED THAT WOULD ACTUALLY INCLUDE EACH COMMISSIONER BEING ALLOWED THREE MINUTES TO MAKE COMMENTS AND ASK QUESTIONS.

IF DESIRED, THE PRESENTER IS THEN ALLOWED THREE MINUTES TO RESPOND, THEN THE NEXT COMMISSIONER WILL BE RECOGNIZED.

ANY UNUSED TIME WILL BE FORFEITED.

COMMISSIONERS CAN YIELD THEIR FULL THREE MINUTES TO ANOTHER COMMISSIONER, AND ANY UNUSED TIME AGAIN IS FORFEITED.

SOLICITING TIME WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.

UH, IF THERE IS A DESIRE FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION, AFTER ALL HAVE SPOKEN, A COMMISSIONER CAN REQUEST THAT THE DISCUSSION CONTINUE.

IF ONE OTHER COMMISSIONER AGREES, THEN COMMISSIONERS WILL BE GIVEN ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE FOR FOLLOW UP ROUND OF QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS.

PRESENTERS WILL ALSO BE GIVEN ONE MINUTE TO RESPOND.

IF A COMMISSIONER FEELS ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION IS STILL WARRANTED, THEY MAY ASK THAT THE MATTER BE ADDED TO A FUTURE AGENDA AND ONE COMMISSIONER.

UM, ALL WE NEED IS ONE COMMISSIONER TO AGREE OR PROVE THAT FOR A FUTURE AGENDA ITEM, AND THEN WE CAN ACTUALLY MAKE IT BE AN AGENDA ITEM GOING FORWARD.

AND THEN THAT WAY WE CAN MANAGE OUR TIME, UM, GOING FORWARD.

UH, I DO KNOW THIS IS NOT A PERFECT PROPOSAL AND WE CAN GIVE IT A TRY.

UM, BUT IT'S, I FEEL IT'S A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION KIND OF TO MANAGE, UH, OUR TIME SO THAT

[00:25:01]

WE CAN GET IN AND OUT.

BECAUSE RESEARCH SHOWS THAT AFTER ABOUT TWO HOURS OF A MEETING, UM, IT STARTS GOING DOWNHILL FAST.

SO WE WANT TO, UH, GET US WHILE WE'RE PRIME AND READY FOR IT.

SO, UM, COMMISSIONERS, THIS IS ITEM FOR DISCUSSION.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT? WHAT YOU SAID? I DO? YEP.

MM-HMM.

, AM I ON? YES.

YOU YOU.

I RECOGNIZED YOU.

I NEVER TURNED OFF.

MM-HMM.

.

OKAY.

MM-HMM, .

SO, UM, FIRST OF ALL, IS THIS A PROPOSAL THAT WAS, THAT'S BEING BROUGHT TO US FOR A VOTE TODAY? SO WE DO DISCUSSION TODAY AND THEN WE WILL VOTE ON THIS TODAY.

THAT'S FIRST QUESTION.

THAT WAS, THAT WAS, THAT'S WHAT THE, I THE PLAN IS.

OKAY.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, SECOND IS, UM, IT'S THE ROUND, LIKE A ROUND ROBIN.

EVERYBODY OKAY.

GETS TIME.

SO THIS TYPE OF EX EXERCISE OR, UH, IMPLEMENTATION THAT WE'RE PUTTING IN, IN, INTO OUR POLICY TODAY.

UM, ARE WE ADOPTING THIS AS A PILOT OR IS SOMETHING WE'RE EXPERIMENTING AND DO OTHER COMMISSIONS ARE, ARE THEY DOING THIS AS WELL IN THE CITY? MM-HMM.

, I, I WILL SAY, YOU ASKED, UH, WHAT I HEARD YOU ASK IS, IS IT SOMETHING THAT WE'RE IMPLEMENTING AS A PILOT? AND, UM, I THOUGHT THERE WAS ANOTHER ITEM.

AND THEN THE THIRD THING I THOUGHT I HEARD YOU SAY WAS, IS THIS SOMETHING THAT OTHER COMMISSIONERS, UH, OR COMMISSIONS ARE DOING? WHAT WAS THE SECOND THING? DO YOU, UH, DID YOU BRING THIS AS A PROPOSAL? I BROUGHT IT COMING FROM YOU.

IT'S COMING FROM ME.

IT'S COMING DIRECTLY FROM ME.

UH, AFTER OUR MEETING LAST TIME THAT LASTED ALMOST TO 10 O'CLOCK, I DROVE HOME THINKING OF HOW CAN WE, HOW CAN WE DO THIS A LITTLE BIT BETTER? UM, BUT IN TERMS OF, UM, LET ME GET SOMEONE FROM STAFF TO RESPOND.

I DON'T KNOW IF LISA RODRIGUEZ MAY BE ABLE TO DO THAT SINCE I KNOW SHE DOES A LOT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE STUFF WITH THAT.

OR ED, IF YOU WANNA TAKE THAT, EITHER ONE OF YOU AS HOW COMMON IS THE ROUND ROBIN FORMAT, UM, WITH OTHER COMMISSIONS.

I'M NOT SURE HOW OTHER COMMISSIONS DO IT, BUT YOU, YOU ARE THE CHAIR, SO IF YOU WANNA BRING THIS FORWARD, IT'S, IT'S COMPLETELY ON UP TO YOU.

OKAY.

UM, BUT EVERYONE, WE NEED EVERYONE'S INPUT AND TO AGREE ON THE SPEAKING TIME, SO, OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

AGREED.

AGREED.

I, I'VE SEEN IT DONE BEFORE.

MM-HMM.

.

SO IT'S NOT TOO FARFETCHED.

AND I THINK IT'S WITHIN YOUR PURVIEW TO, TO DECIDE THAT.

MM-HMM.

MM-HMM.

THAT, THAT'S LISA RODRIGUEZ.

YEAH, THAT WAS, YEAH.

SORRY.

SORRY.

THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING YOURSELF.

YEAH.

YEAH.

LISA .

SORRY.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

I, LISA, I, I CALLED ON YOU LISA, SO THAT KIND OF PUT YOU OUT THERE.

UM, AND I AM COMFORTABLE THAT IT IS IN FACT, WITHIN MY PURVIEW.

UM, BUT I, I DO THINK THAT, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION THAT, UH, COMMISSIONER DELGADO BERTHA DELGADO BROUGHT UP ABOUT, UM, HOW, HOW COMMON IS IT? I KNOW IT'S COMMON IN MY WORLD, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW COMMON IS WITH OTHER COMMISSIONS ANNOUNCE YOURSELF.

GOOD QUESTION.

I, I'M NOT SURE HOW COMMON IT IS, BUT I HAVE SEEN IT USED, SO, OKAY.

THANK YOU, LISA.

I RECOGNIZE, I RECOGNIZE, UM, MS. JACKMAN, UH, NO, WE DO NOT.

LOOKS SAID IT WAS GREEN.

HELLO.

NO, HER GIVE HER A DIFFERENT MIC.

YOU, YOU'RE OFF.

I'M OFF THERE.

YOU NOW YOU'RE OFF.

YEAH.

IT'S, I GET YOU BACK NOW I CAN HEAR IT.

OKAY.

I WAS JUST GONNA SAY THAT, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN CONSIDER, AND IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE AN OFFICIAL RULE MM-HMM.

OF THIS BODY, BUT IT CAN BE HOW YOU SELF GOVERN.

SO IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A POLICY THAT YOU GUYS ADOPT MM-HMM.

WITH A LEVEL OF FLEXIBILITY.

RIGHT.

SO I, I, I COULD SAY, WOULD LOVE TO ENCOURAGE THE DIALOGUE AND SO THAT YOU GUYS CAN COME UP WITH WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU, BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A RULE OR A POLICY, BUT JUST A FRAMEWORK FOR HOW YOU GUYS WANT TO MOVE DISCUSSIONS ALONG.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IF THAT HELPS.

I HOPE THAT HELPS.

THAT DOES HELP.

AND I WILL SAY I WAS GETTING THEM TO RESPOND ABOUT THE COMMISSION PART, BUT I WILL SAY IN REFERENCE TO IT BEING A PILOT, I WAS DEFINITELY OPEN TO, LIKE I SAID, IF THIS IS NOT PERFECT, IT'S A PROPOSAL, LET'S GIVE IT A TRY WITH SOME ADJUSTMENTS.

I'M DEFINITELY COOL WITH THAT.

BUT, UH, AGAIN, NOTHING THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO BE IN HARD FORCE, AND I'M NOT, WE'RE NOT GONNA BE THE POLICE.

I'M NOT THE POPO AND WE WON'T BE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE DO WANNA RECOGNIZE THAT WE WANT EVERYBODY TO, UM, PARTICIPATE FAIRLY AND EQUALLY.

MM-HMM.

, COME ON.

SO, YEAH.

THANK YOU STAFF.

I JUST, THAT'S, THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANTED CLARIFICATION JUST TO SEE IF THIS WAS GONNA BE A POLICY CHANGE THAT WE'RE IMPLEMENTING HERE IN THE COMMISSION TO MOVE FORWARD, UM, AS A CITY POLICY CHANGE.

SO THANK YOU FOR, FOR ANSWERING THAT.

UM, AND THEN I JUST WANTED TO KNOW, UM, BECAUSE FROM COMING FROM OUR COMMISSION MM-HMM.

AND, AND WHERE IT WAS ACTUALLY, UM, LIKE CREATED

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FROM, LIKE WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS? AND I, I WANTED TO KNOW IF THIS WAS FROM YOU OR ANY OTHER COMMISSIONER.

UM, JUST ONLY BECAUSE AGAIN, THESE ARE OUR IDEAS, RIGHT? MM-HMM.

.

AND THESE ARE OUR PRACTICES.

MM-HMM.

, YOU KNOW, I COME FROM THE, FROM A CIRCLE WORLD AS WELL.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, BUT WE ARE IN A GOVERNMENT BODY.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, AND SO WE DO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT IF WE, IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE EXPERIMENTING, THAT WE JUST CLARIFY THAT AND HAVE THAT MM-HMM.

ADOPTED IN THE WRITING.

AND AS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT TO WHATEVER WE'RE DOING TODAY AS FAR AS AN ADOPTION, UH, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS TYPE OF CIRCLE, UM, IS GONNA BE, UH, SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, IS GONNA, IS GONNA BE, YOU KNOW, EXPERIMENTED AND NOT JUST ADOPTED FOR EVERY COMMISSION TO DO THAT.

MM-HMM.

.

SO THAT WAS JUST A CLARIFICATION.

MM-HMM.

.

ALSO, I ALSO WANNA MAKE SURE, 'CAUSE I COME FROM THE CITY COUNCIL WORLD, UM, AND WE HAVE BEEN LIMITED ALL THE WAY DOWN TO ONE MINUTE OF SPEAKING TIME AT ONE TIME.

AND SO WE COME FROM THAT WORLD OF, OH, WE GOTTA HURRY UP AND DO EVERYTHING IN THREE MINUTES.

UM, BECAUSE THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE'RE GONNA HAVE.

I JUST DON'T WANT US TO, UH, LIKE REVERT.

THIS IS NOT A CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, RIGHT? MM-HMM.

, UH, WE ARE COMMISSIONED.

UM, AND I WANT US TO BE ABLE TO, UH, FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH NOT HAVING THOSE TYPE OF PRACTICES WHERE WE'RE GONNA FEEL LIKE, OH, WE'RE TALKING TO THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL AND WE ONLY HAVE THREE MINUTES TO DISCUSS AND TALK AND ADOPT AN ITEM.

UH, BECAUSE IN COUNCIL WE HAVE TO STAY TILL MIDNIGHT OR ONE O'CLOCK AT TIMES FOR AGENDA ITEMS THAT CAN RUN TO 150 AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER COMMISSIONS WE'VE HAD TO STAY LATE, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THE WORK DONE, OR THAT WORK IS, IS BEING DONE, UH, IN A FAIRLY MANNER.

'CAUSE THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE THAT SIGN UP TO SPEAK.

MM-HMM.

.

SO I KNOW THAT WE DON'T LIKE TO GO HOME AT NINE OR 10 O'CLOCK.

THIS IS AN UNPAID POSITION, .

UM, AND SO AS YOU CAN SEE, WE'VE HAD, WE HAVE SEVERAL VACANT POSITIONS.

UM, SO YEAH, I UNDERSTAND THAT, THAT, BUT I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE THAT IF THERE IS AN, UM, AN ISSUE THAT GETS BROUGHT UP OR, OR WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, SOMEONE DOESN'T FEEL COMFORTABLE, AND ONCE MORE TIME, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, OH, WE'RE GOING TO, WE'RE GONNA GIVE TIME TO SOMEBODY, OR WE'RE GONNA JUST GIVE UP OUR TIME.

THAT WAS ANOTHER QUESTION I HAD.

LIKE, WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT? UH, ARE WE GONNA, 'CAUSE IN CITY COUNCIL, WE GIVE OUR TIME TO SPEAKERS, UH, BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY.

SO THEY'LL SAY, OKAY, WELL WE'RE GONNA GIVE YOU THREE MINUTES SO YOU CAN HAVE SIX TO EIGHT MINUTES TO PRESENT OR, YOU KNOW, DEBATE THE ITEM OR COME OUT AND COUNTER.

I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE THAT THOSE PRACTICES THAT WE'RE DOING COUNCIL ARE NOT THE, THE SAME REPLICATE, YOU KNOW, THAT WE'RE DOING HERE, BECAUSE I DON'T WANNA FEEL LIKE I'M IN CITY COUNCIL.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT.

I, I WILL SAY, UM, THOSE ARE GOOD COMMENTS.

I WILL SAY THAT I WAS THINKING MORE KIND OF IN LINE OF COUNCIL A LITTLE BIT, UM, WHEN I, I THOUGHT ABOUT IT .

UM, SO WHEN YOU SAY THAT WE DON'T WANNA DO THAT, I WAS LIKE, OH, WELL THAT WAS KIND OF WHERE I WAS MODELING IT FROM.

SO, UM, UH, THAT BEING SAID, GUYS, AGAIN, THIS IS OUR, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS SOMETHING FOR US TO TALK TO TALK ABOUT.

THAT'S WHY IT IS, UH, COME ON, COMMISSIONER ESTEBAN DELGADO.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONER.

MM-HMM.

YOU, DR. THOMPSON.

MM-HMM.

.

AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU SAID THAT REALLY RESONATE WITH ME ARE, UM, I DEFINITELY DO THINK, YOU KNOW, AND I, I'VE SEEN THIS IN THE, THIS IS LIKE, WHAT MY THIRD OR FOURTH MEETING NOW.

MM-HMM.

.

AND I, I DO SEE THE TRAIL OFF, RIGHT? THAT HAPPENS NOT ONLY IN GROUP DISCUSSION, BUT ALSO MY OWN THINKING AND THE QUALITY OF WORK THAT I'M ABLE TO DO AFTER A CERTAIN TIME PERIOD.

MM-HMM.

.

SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT THIS HAS, UH, KIND OF A NOD TO THAT, TO KIND OF THINK ABOUT HOW ARE WE BEING MOST PRODUCTIVE.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, THE OTHER THING THAT I REALLY LIKE ABOUT THE PROPOSAL IS THAT IT DOES, IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THINGS FROM DISCUSSION TO WHAT ACTUALLY NEEDS TO BE AMPLIFIED UP TO AN ITEM IN THE NEXT MEETING.

RIGHT? WE CAN, IT'S, I THINK IT'S VERY EASY FOR US TO WANT TO HAVE CONVERSATION AND DISCUSS IN THE MOMENT, BUT I THINK A LOT OF TIMES WE NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

AND THE, THE IDEA THAT WE'RE TALKING FOR THREE MINUTES, IF WE DECIDE THAT IT NEEDS ADDITIONAL TIME, WE CAN GIVE IT.

BUT IF IT STILL NEEDS ADDITIONAL TIME, WE CAN ELEVATE IT TO AN ITEM IN THE NEXT, UM, IN THE NEXT MEETING.

AND I THINK THAT THAT THEN ALLOWS US TO GET THE CLARITY AND, AND THE DISTANCE FROM A, FROM AN ITEM TO BE ABLE TO TAKE IT UP AGAIN.

AND SO, AND I THINK THIRD, THE LAST THING THAT I'LL SAY IS, UM, I LIKE STRUCTURE AND I LIKE THAT IT'S A STRUCTURE THAT THEN WE CAN, UM, MAYBE TWEAK IF WE NEED TO IN THE FUTURE.

BUT IN MY OPINION, I'D LIKE TO ADOPT SOMETHING SO JUST SO THAT WE KNOW WHAT WE'RE HOLDING EACH OTHER AND OURSELVES ACCOUNTABLE TO MOVING FORWARD.

SO THANK YOU.

OKAY.

YES.

COMMISSIONER KEES.

AND THEN I'LL GET VICE CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR THOMPSON.

MM-HMM.

, JUST REAL QUICK COMMENT.

WANTED TO SAY I, I, AS SOMEONE WHO LIKES TO TALK A LOT, I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS AND I APPRECIATE THAT IT'S INTENTIONALLY MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE ALL GETTING A CHANCE.

AND SO SOME, LIKE, AGAIN, AS A TALKER, THAT WHO'S AN EXTROVERT, LIKE, I'M NOT DOING ALL OF IT.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT YOU'LL,

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THAT YOU CALL ON EVERYONE.

YOU MODELED IT LAST TIME AS A SAMPLE AND I REALLY APPRECIATED IT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

VICE CHAIR.

YES.

UM, I COMPLETELY AGREE THAT WE DO NEED A STRUCTURE, UM, IN OUR MEETINGS.

UM, MY QUESTION WAS, UH, THE WAY WE ADOPT IT, WHEN AS WE ADOPT IT, OR WE, HOW FLEXIBLE IS IT? HOW CAN WE REVISE IT? HOW OFTEN, UH, FOR EXAMPLE, IF WE SEE SOMETHING IN ONE COMMISSION MEETING THAT MAYBE DIDN'T WORK, HOW, YOU KNOW, HOW FAST CAN WE CHANGE IT FOR THE NEXT COMMISSION MEETING? I DO BELIEVE THAT, UM, WITHIN, I'LL LET, UH, THE STAFF, LET, CORRECT ME IF I'M INCORRECT.

I THINK THAT IF WE MOVE FORWARD, AS MS. JACQUELINE SAYS, THAT THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY SOMETHING THAT WE EVEN VOTE ON, IT'S JUST, JUST KIND OF WHAT WE PROFESSIONALLY AS A GROUP SAY, WE'RE GONNA, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GONNA LEAN TOWARDS, YOU KNOW? AND, UM, I DO WANT THOUGH, IF YOU GOT, IF IT'S SO, AND TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, HOW FLEXIBLE ARE WE? YOU KNOW, AND HOW FLUID IS IT? AND WE CAN BE VERY NIMBLE.

WE CAN CHANGE IT THE VERY NEXT, UM, NEXT SESSION.

BECAUSE AGAIN, IF IT'S UNDER MY PURVIEW, UH, AS CHAIR, THEN WE CAN MAKE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS RIGHT AWAY.

UM, SO THE VERY FOLLOWING, UM, COMMISSION MEETING, WE CAN MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS IF THAT'S, IF THAT IS ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION.

OKAY.

I HEAR, I SEE COMMISSIONER TOLL'S HAND AND, UH, COMMISSIONER, UH, BROWN.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND MS, UM, OH, IS THAT MR. GARRETT? YES.

I DO WANNA RECOGNIZE OUR, UM, OUR, OUR NEW MEMBER JUST IN JUST A MOMENT.

I'LL COME BACK TO YOU, MR. UH, UH, UH, GAVIN IN JUST A SECOND.

BUT LET ME GET TOVER RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU.

YES.

I'M, UH, MADAM CHAIR.

MM-HMM.

WITH THE THREE MINUTES, UH, PUT IN PLACE FOR THE COMMISSIONER AND THE SPEAKER, PUBLIC SPEAKER.

IT IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE THREE MINUTES OKAY.

FOR AS I'M CONCERNED, BECAUSE IT IS, I'VE BEEN HERE EVER SINCE 2016.

MM-HMM.

.

AND THAT IS THE REASON I WOULD, UH, VOTE FOR THIS BECAUSE SOMETIME SOMEBODY PUTS TOO MUCH TALK OUT THERE AND NOT ENOUGH QUESTIONS ASKED TO THE PUBLIC.

OKAY.

SO I'M IN FAVOR OF THE THREE MINUTES FOR THE COMMISSIONERS AND THE PUBLIC.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

COMMISSIONER BROWN.

THANK YOU CHAIRWOMAN, FOR RECOGNIZING ME.

I JUST WANTED TO GET SOME CLARITY.

ONE IN REGARDS TO THIS IS FOR THE PUBLIC SPEAKERS, UH, YOU'RE REQUESTING THAT THE COMMISSIONERS KIND OF SAVE ALL OF THEIR COMMENTS TILL AFTER THEY SPEAK, AND THEN WE'LL HAVE A LITTLE CONVERSATION AT A LATER TIME.

UH, NOT NECESSARILY ENGAGING, UM, OR ASKING A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS WHILE THE PUBLIC IS SPEAKING.

UH, I, I AM FOR SHORTING.

UH, SO I JUST WANTED TO ONE, GET CLARITY TO THAT.

AND THEN SECONDLY, I AM FOR FINDING SOME WAY TO EFFICIENTLY WORK THROUGH THESE MEETINGS.

I GUESS, UM, IF WE'RE STILL USING ROBERTSON RULES OF ORDER, IF, IF THIS DOESN'T WORK OR THIS KIND OF GOVERNANCE ISN'T WORKING, WE CAN STILL MAKE A MOTION TO, UH, IN A MOTION AND SOMEONE CAN SECOND AND WE CAN TAKE A VOTE, UH, AS REGARDS TO HOW WE, HOW WE CAN ADJUST OR, OR, UH, ADJUST THINGS IN THE FUTURE.

ALSO IN, IN REGARDS.

AND IF, IF THIS IS FOR A DISCUSSION FOR A LATER TIME AND, AND AS, AS COMMISSIONERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO, UH, HAVE OUR THREE MINUTES, UM, WILL STAFF BE KEEPING TIME OF THAT, OR YOU AS THE CHAIRWOMAN BE KEEPING TIME OF THAT.

OKAY.

AND WHO WILL BE CUTTING PEOPLE OFF AND MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE STAYING IN THAT ORDER.

MM-HMM.

THANK, THANK YOU COMMISSIONER BROWN FOR, UM, BOTH OF THOSE QUESTIONS.

I'LL ANSWER YOUR FIRST QUESTION FIRST.

EXCUSE ME.

YOU WERE ASKING WAS I PROPOSING THAT, UM, THE, DURING THE PUBLIC, UM, COMMUNICATIONS GENERAL, THE VERY, UH, EARLY ONES, THOSE COMMENTS ARE THE ONES THAT ARE NOT, UH, ASSOCIATED WITH AN AGENDA ITEM.

THOSE ARE WHEN OUR, THE CITIZENS COME AND BRING THINGS TO OUR ATTENTION AND WE WANT THEM TO CONTINUE TO DO SO.

UM, BUT AT THAT TIME, THAT IS NOT AN ITEM THAT WE WOULD ENGAGE WITH THE, UM, CITIZEN AT THAT TIME.

WE WOULD HOLD THOSE, HOLD THAT CONVERSATION FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS, UM, AT THE AT AND WE CAN BRING IT UP.

YOU KNOW, FOR INSTANCE, I HAVE TWO ITEMS. UM, THE TWO VISIT, UH, THE TWO, UM, CITIZENS THAT SPOKE EARLIER.

I DO WANNA FOLLOW UP ON THAT.

AND SO I'LL BE, UH, BRINGING THAT UP DURING OUR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS SECTION.

SO, UM, THAT'S THAT PART.

SO NO

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QUESTIONS DURING THE, UM, COMMENT SECTION WHERE THE CITIZENS ARE JUST SPEAKING ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE NOT ON THE AGENDA.

NOW, WHEN WE HAVE SOMEONE, WE HAVE ONE TODAY, UM, MS. JOSEPH, SHE'S GONNA BE RETURNING TO SPEAK ON ITEM NUMBER FOUR.

I DO BELIEVE SHE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT OUR BUDGET.

YES.

AND SO WHEN WE GET TO THAT PORTION, THEN WE WILL HAVE, UM, UH, A OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THAT THREE MINUTE CONVERSATION, UH, AT THAT TIME.

DID I ANSWER THAT CORRECT? I MEAN, WELL, FOR YOU YES.

THAT'S, THAT'S PERFECT.

SO I JUST WANNA MAKE, WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS JUST FOR AGENDA ITEMS, AND IF COMMISSIONERS DON'T WANNA SAY ANYTHING, THAT'S FINE.

BUT ANY COMMISSIONER THAT DOES WANNA SPEAK SPEAKING OR QUESTION FOR CLARITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES.

THAT'S CORRECT.

AND THEN TO MOVE, OKAY.

TO SEGUE INTO YOUR SECOND QUESTION, WHICH WAS WHO'S GOING TO BE, UM, MONITORING THAT? WE ARE GOING TO COMMISSIONERS, IF IT'S OKAY WITH YOU ALL, UM, JUST SO THAT WE ALL CAN GET ACCUSTOMED TO WHAT THREE, APPROXIMATELY THREE MINUTES IS GOING FORWARD.

I DO WANT THE, UM, UH, MONITOR, THE MEDIA MONITOR TO STILL ADHERE TO THE SAME CLOCK THAT WE USE FOR OUR CITIZENS.

AND, UM, SO THAT WE CAN DO THEN, AND AT THAT TIME, IT'S, UH, JUST LIKE ANYTHING, THIS IS NOT ABOUT CUTTING ANYBODY OFF.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO MAKE SURE.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT THAT.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, IF SOMEONE IS SPEAKING AFTER THE TIME, UH, I'M GONNA ASK THAT WE ALL JUST BE MINDFUL THAT THE CLOCK HAS GONE OFF.

AND, BUT NO, IN TERMS OF ANYBODY GOING TO, UH, HOLD IT.

NOW, I WILL SAY, UH, COMMISSIONER BROWN, IF, IF, IF SOMEONE IS GOING ON, IF I HAVE COMMISSIONER SMITH THAT CONTINUES TO GO ON, WELL AFTER THE BILL, I WILL SAY COMMISSIONER SMITH, WE DO HAVE OTHER COMMISSIONERS CAN, UM, YOU KNOW, WE CAN HOLD IT OFF UNTIL WE CAN COME BACK TO IT.

'CAUSE KEEP IN MIND, IF IT NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT BACK UP DURING THE AGENDA, FUTURE AGENDA, WE CAN BRING THIS BACK.

EVERYTHING HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ESCALATED UP.

OKAY.

SO, YES.

AND THEN, AND THEN OUR LAST PORTION IS IN, IN REGARDS TO ANY AGENDA.

WHEN IS THE, WHEN IS THE APPROPRIATE TIME UNDER THE ROB ROBINSON RULES OF ORDER? WHEN IS THE APPROPRIATE TIME? WOULD YOU LIKE FOR US TO MAKE MOTIONS IN REGARDS TO THE, TO THE, UH, ANY, ANY ISSUE THAT'S GOING ON? WOULD YOU LIKE FOR US TO MAKE A MOTION AT THE END OF THE DISCUSSION? THE AGENDA ITEM OR THE, OR WHAT, WHAT DO YOU LIKE? I WOULD LIKE FOR US TO HOLD THAT TO THE FUTURE AGENDA ITEM PORTION.

IF WE COULD MAKE OUR NOTES KIND OF LIKE I DID, UM, SOME OF THE THINGS THAT OUR, UH, CITIZENS SAID EARLIER WERE SIGNIFICANT.

THEY, THEY RESONATED WITH ME, SO I MADE NOTES.

AND SO I WOULD LIKE FOR US TO HOLD THOSE OFF UNTIL THAT POINT, BECAUSE I THINK THAT'LL BE A OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO BASICALLY DETERMINE THAT WE NEED TO HAVE FOLLOW UP WITH THAT AND, AND MOVE THAT TO AN, AN AGENDA FOR SOMETHING IN THE FUTURE.

SO DOES THAT ADDRESS THAT? THANK YOU FOR THE CLARITY.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

AND I WILL SAY ONE OTHER ITEM TOO IS THAT COMMISSIONERS, YOU ALL ALWAYS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REACH OUT TO MR. BLAKE UP UNTIL, UH, UM, I WANNA SAY 10 DAYS BEFORE OUR MEETING, UM, TO LET US KNOW IF THERE'S ANY CONCERN THAT YOU HAVE THAT MAY NEED TO BE, UM, BROUGHT UP.

AND HE WILL LET ME KNOW DURING OUR AGENDA MEETING.

AND, UH, I WILL DEFINITELY SAY YES TO THAT IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE DO NEED TO, IS THAT CORRECT, ED? THAT IS CORRECT.

OKAY.

CAN SHARE REALLY QUICK? YES.

WHAT, WHAT YOU'RE PROPOSING IS A BASELINE FOR THE MINUTES.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE YOU'S A SOLID RULE, RIGHT? IT'S A BASELINE.

RIGHT.

AND AT THE BEGINNING OF ANY MEETING, IF YOU WANT TO, UM, DO A WAVE WITH THE THREE MINUTES, IF YOU THINK THERE'S SOMETHING THAT'S ON THE AGENDA THAT THAT'S GONNA GONNA REQUIRE MORE THAN THREE MINUTES, THEN YOU CAN WAVE IT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING.

OKAY.

JUST FI.

OKAY.

FAIR ENOUGH.

THAT SOUNDS GOOD.

I LIKE THAT BECAUSE THERE MIGHT BE THINGS THAT WE ALREADY KNOW THAT MIGHT BE, YOU KNOW, REQUIRE A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THE THREE MINUTES OR, UH, YOU KNOW, SO THAT'S GREAT THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY, THAT'S VERY NIMBLE.

WE CAN ACTUALLY DO IT WE CAN DO IT IMMEDIATELY IN THE DAY OF.

SO THAT'S GOOD.

UH, COMMISSIONER, UH, ESTEBAN DELGADO SPEAK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHAIR.

UM, WANTING TO BE RESPONSIVE TO OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE HERE TODAY.

UM, WANTED TO, UM, ADD TO THIS, THE ADD TO THIS DISCUSSION.

I KNOW THAT WE ARE LIMITING, UH, THAT PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING TO THREE MINUTES, BUT WOULD WE BE AMENABLE TO ACCEPTING, UM, ONE SLIDE FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS IF THEY WELL, YEAH, I'M, WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT THAT.

'CAUSE I WAS, UM, I, I, YEAH, I WASN'T AWARE THAT THAT OF THAT LIMITATION.

DEFINITELY.

AND SO THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT SURPRISING TO ME 'CAUSE I WAS ACTUALLY ASKING THAT IT BE DONE.

SO, UM, WE'LL FIND OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT IT AT THIS POINT.

I DON'T KNOW.

COOL.

SOUNDS GOOD.

I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE UHHUH , GO AHEAD.

I'M GONNA FOLLOW WITH THE, UH, CITY CLERK'S OFFICE ON THAT.

OKAY.

UM, BUT YEAH, WE WERE TOLD THAT

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PRESENTERS WE CANNOT PUT PRESENTATIONS ON SCREEN.

WE CAN PRINT 'EM, HA UH, PASS 'EM OUT, OR THEY CAN BRING THEM AND PASS THEM OUT.

BUT WE COULD NOT PUT 'EM ON SCREEN FOR THE, THE THREE MINUTE COMMENT PERIOD.

BUT, OKAY.

I'M GONNA FOLLOW UP WITH THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.

YES.

AND I'LL GET BACK WITH YOU CHAIR.

CAN YOU MAKE SURE TO EXPRESS TO THE CLERK, UM, THE, THE CITIZEN CONCERNS WHEN WE ASK ABOUT IT, JUST TO ENSURE THAT THEY, I'M NOT SURE, IT SOUNDS LIKE OTHER COMMISSIONERS OR OTHER COMMISSIONS ARE MAYBE DOING THINGS IN A DIFFERENT WAY.

AND I JUST WANT TO ENSURE THAT, UM, IF THE CLERK'S OFFICE ISN'T AWARE OF THE RULE AND WHY IT'S BEING CIRCUMVENTED, I WANT WANTING TO KNOW, WANTING THEM TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE, THAT THE CITIZENS ARE FEELING LIKE THEY, THAT, THAT THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS ON THEIR VOICE BEING HEARD AT THESE MEETINGS.

I MOST CERTAINLY WILL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MM-HMM.

.

AND I DO WANT, I RECOGNIZE, UH, COMMISSIONER TOLIVER AND I, I DON'T KNOW IF COMMISSIONER ORTIZ WAS WANTING BUT GET HIM.

OKAY.

UM, COMMISSIONER ORTIZ, ARE YOU STILL WANTING TO SPEAK? I DIDN'T KNOW IF SHE, IF SHE HAD HER HAND UP, UM, TO SPEAK, UM, AND SO FORTH.

UM, AND I WILL, ANYONE'S OKAY.

OKAY.

EVERYBODY, YEAH, WE'RE GOOD.

.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

AND I WILL, UM, PIGGYBACK BEFORE I MOVE AND RECOGNIZE COMMISSIONER TOLIVER.

I DO WANNA SAY, UM, AT THAT, UM, WHEN YOU SPEAK TO THE CITY CLERKS, I'M ECHOING WHAT COMMISSIONER, UH, DELGADO, UH, ESTEBAN DELGADO MENTIONED, WHICH IS WE DO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE IN FACT A CITIZEN FRIENDLY COMMISSION.

THAT IS, WE WANT TO BE CITIZEN FRIENDLY.

AND SO IF IF THERE'S ANY QUESTION, ANY IN AMBIGUITY IN IT, WE WANNA SIDE ON THE SIDE OF OUR CITIZENS.

UNDERSTOOD.

OKEY DO.

UH, COMMISSIONER TOLIVER? YES.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

MM-HMM.

, UH, CITY CLERK'S OFFICE IS CHANGING A LOT OF THINGS IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

UH, THE CITY ATTORNEYS ARE GETTING DOWN ON THEM ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS.

YEAH.

MM-HMM.

AND THEREFORE EVERYTHING IS CHANGING HERE AT THE CITY.

MM-HMM.

.

AND IT'S A POSSIBILITY IT WILL BE CHANGING MORE WITH THE NEW CITY MANAGER COMING ON BOARD.

SO THAT'S MY PERSPECTIVE OF WHY WE ARE CHANGING THIS HERE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT PERSPECTIVE TOO, BECAUSE YOU'VE BEEN AROUND, UH, FOR A WHILE.

UH, COMMISSIONER BERTHA DELGADO, I JUST WANTED TO ADDRESS STAFF.

UM, UM, CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

UH, THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN ALLOWED TO PRESENT, UH, IN EVERY COMMISSION, PARKS BOARD, UH, HISTORICAL COMMISSION, UH, PRESERVATION COMMISSION, UH, PLANNING COMMISSION.

UH, WE ARE NOT A SOVEREIGN BOARD.

UM, AND SO PLEASE DO, UH, GET THAT INFORMATION.

'CAUSE THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO PRESENT.

ALWAYS.

SO, I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TODAY 'CAUSE I WALKED IN WHEN MS. ALMANZA WAS DOING HER, UH, TALKING WITH YOU, BUT SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO PRESENT.

'CAUSE EVERY COMMISSION IS ALLOWED TO PRESENT.

AS LONG AS EVERYTHING IS WITHIN THE THREE MINUTES, YOU CAN HAVE A SLIDE AND YOU CAN SPEAK ON YOUR SLIDE.

AND THAT'S NEVER BEEN DENIED.

AND I'VE BEEN ON THIS COMMISSION FOR EIGHT YEARS.

THANK YOU.

I UNDERSTAND.

YEAH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND WE WILL DEFINITELY, GUYS, UH, 'CAUSE THAT WAS A LITTLE SURPRISING FOR I, UH, FOR MULTIPLE, I THINK ALMOST ALL OF US, EVERYBODY WAS LIKE, WHAT, WHAT SCOOBY DO.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONERS.

UH, LIKE I SAID, IT'S NOT SOMETHING WE HAVE TO VOTE ON.

UH, I JUST WANTED TO JUST SHARE THAT WE, WE'VE GOT PROBABLY LET'S MOVE TOWARDS SOMETHING, SOME LITTLE BIT OF STRUCTURE, A LITTLE FRAMEWORK, SO, OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

MOVING ON,

[4. Discuss and approve a recommendation from the Budget Working Group regarding the City of Austin 2024 – 2025 budget. Information on the budget can be found at: www.austintexas.gov/budget (Chair Thompson)]

UM, TO ITEM FOUR CHAIR.

OH, EXCUSE ME.

I'M SORRY.

EXCUSE ME.

YES.

BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO ITEM FOUR, UHHUH , WE HAD A PRESENTER, UH, NOT A PRESENTER, BUT SOMEONE THAT WANTED TO SPEAK.

YES.

AND, AND THE, UM, BUT HER PHONE NUMBER DID NOT SHOW UP CLEAR ON OUR SCREEN.

SO WE DIDN'T, WE DIDN'T CATCH HER.

BUT HER NAME IS, UM, UH, QUA BREWSTER AND I WANTED TO GIVE HER HER THREE MINUTES TO BE, TO BE FAIR.

SO SHE IS THAT IS, UM, IS SHE SPEAKING ON ITEM FOUR? IS SHE SPEAKING ON ITEM FOUR? IT IS NO AGENDA ITEM ON, ON, FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND.

THERE'S NO, SHE'S DOING A, NO, SHE JUST WANTED TO, TO SPEAK ITEM FORM O.

OKAY.

WAS HER PUBLIC COMMENT? YEAH, JUST PUBLIC COMMENT.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT.

OKAY.

WE MISSED HER.

WE MISSED HER.

BUT LET ME ASK, LET ME BE REAL CLEAR.

MM-HMM.

IS HER, UH, LET ME, UH, LET ME DIRECT HER.

YES.

UM, MS. UH, WHAT IS HER NAME? MS. BREWSTER.

MS. BREWSTER.

MS. BREWSTER.

MS. BREWSTER, CAN YOU HEAR ME? I WANTED TO LET YOU, MS. BREWSTER HIT STAR SIX.

OKAY.

TRYING TO GET IN.

OKAY.

MS. BREWSTER HIT STAR SIX ON YOUR PHONE AND YOU'LL, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SPEAK.

THANK YOU.

YOU HEAR ME? YES.

THERE WE GO.

YES.

WELCOME.

WELCOME MS. BREWSTER.

AND WE ARE SO SORRY ABOUT THE TECHNICAL, UM, UH, DIFFICULTIES,

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UM, TO GETTING YOU IN.

UH, EARLIER.

I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU, JUST A QUICK QUESTION.

THIS IS A YES OR NO, AND THEN I'LL MOVE FORWARD BASED ON THAT.

IS YOUR COMMENT ON ITEM FOUR OF THE, UM, OF THE AGENDA? YES.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

STAY PUT.

ALL RIGHT.

SO ED.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

I HAVE TWO SPEAKERS THAT WANNA SPEAK, UH, REGARDING ITEM FOUR.

YES.

AND I, YES.

YES.

OKAY.

MM-HMM.

, YES.

AND I WANT TO, UM, I WANT TO HEAR FROM THEM BEFORE I HAVE, BEFORE THE WORKING GROUP TALKS ABOUT THEIR RECOMMENDATION.

UM, OR SHOULD THE WORKING GROUP TALK ABOUT THEIR RECOMMENDATION PREVIOUS B BE BEFORE OUR CITIZENS SPEAK? THAT'S KIND OF TO YOU, BUT I WOULD LET THEM SPEAK FIRST.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

AND THEN, AND THEN MOVE ON TO, TO OUR CONVERSATION.

OKAY.

VERY GOOD.

ALRIGHT THEN, UH, MS. BREWSTER, STAY, STAY PUT.

I'M GOING TO UM, UM, HAVE MS. ZIA JOSEPH ALSO COME UP BECAUSE SHE HAD SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON ITEM FOUR.

SO SHE'S GONNA BE OUR FIRST SPEAKER ON ITEM FOUR, AND THEN YOU WILL BE OUR SECOND SPEAKER ON ITEM FOUR.

OKAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

HOLD TIGHT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MS. JOSEPH.

THANK YOU MS. JOSEPH FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR MEMBERS, I'M ZIA JOSEPH, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS ABOUT THE FY 25 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE WORK GROUP THAT'S IN YOUR BACKUP MATERIALS.

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR THEM ACKNOWLEDGING NORTH AND NORTHEAST AUSTIN FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE.

YES SIR.

ITEM THAT'S THERE AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO THE BUS STOP SHELTERS.

OKAY.

I JUST WANNA CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION ON MARCH 25TH, 2024, THAT WAS WHEN CAPITOL METRO ACTUALLY HAD A BOARD MEETING.

IF YOU LOOK ON PAGES 1 61 TO 1 69 AT THE END OF THE BOARD PACKET, THAT IS WHERE THEY ACTUALLY RESPONDED TO MY REQUEST AS IT RELATES TO CLOSING THE MIDBLOCK STOP CHINATOWN, STOP ID 5 8 5 7.

I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE HOWEVER THAT CAPITOL METRO HAS DECIDED THAT THEY WANT TO LEAVE THE STOP THERE.

AND I HAVE PROPOSED INSTEAD THAT IT ACTUALLY CAN BE CLOSED BECAUSE THE MIDBLOCK STOPS ARE WHERE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY GETTING KILLED.

THERE'S A 2009 STUDY THAT WAS WITH TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE, CAPITAL, METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, THE CITY OF AUSTIN HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND POLICE.

ALL WERE THERE.

IT WAS A 20 MONTH STUDY OF NORTH LAMAR IN PARTICULAR.

AND CAPITAL METRO ACTUALLY PROPOSED THAT THIS WOULD BE A PHASED APPROACH, $250,000.

SO I'M JUST ASKING THAT SPECIFICALLY IN YOUR BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS THAT YOU INCLUDE $250,000.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMISSION ACTUALLY PUT THAT NUMBER AS WELL.

THAT MONEY WOULD BE USED TO CLOSE THE MID-BLOCK STOP, WHICH DOESN'T COST ANY MONEY.

THE LANDING PAD IS STILL THERE AT KRAMER AND NORTH LAMAR, BUT IT WOULD BE TO ACTUALLY CREATE A A 88 PATH FROM 8 0 1 NORTHBOUND.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY TO BREAKER IN NORTH LAMAR BECAUSE THERE IS A SIDEWALK, BUT THERE IS JUST A DRAINAGE ISSUE.

AND I THINK THAT'S IN YOUR PACKET OF THE PICTURES THAT I GAVE YOU, WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THAT IT'S JUST A LITTLE TRAIL WITH ROCKS.

SO IF YOU'RE IN A WHEELCHAIR WALKER OR A CANE, IF YOU'RE A MOTHER WITH A BABY IN A STROLLER, YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO CROSS THE FIVE LANES OF TRAFFIC TWICE.

I WOULD ALSO ASK YOU TO INCLUDE THE MIDBLOCK STOP THAT'S AT THE METROPOLITAN PARK, WHICH IS NORTH CLOSER TO PALMER STATION.

ONE OF THE EXCUSES THAT CAPITAL METRO GAVE IS THAT THEY SAID THAT THEY WOULD NEED MORE TIME TO PUT THE CANTILEVER SHELTER.

THAT'S THE ONE THAT ANGLES UP TO THE SKY.

BUT IF YOU'RE IN THE PARMA LANE AREA, YOU WILL SEE THAT IT'S JUST A REGULAR BUS STOP SHELTER.

THOSE SHELTERS COST APPROXIMATELY $40,000.

SO I PROPOSE THAT WE CAN HAVE A PAIR SHELTER, IF YOU WILL, FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE OVER AT KRAMER AND ALSO OVER AT CVS PHARMACY AT BREAKER NORTH LAMAR.

SO THAT IS THE SPECIFIC DOLLAR AMOUNT AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO THE RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

I JUST WOULD ASK YOU TO INCLUDE ONCE AGAIN THAT WE NEED FUNDING FOR THE ATTORNEYS TO ACTUALLY BE IN JP COURT BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW MUCH RENTAL ASSISTANCE YOU GIVE, IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH.

AND WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IS THAT IT HAS TO STOP WITH THE EVICTION IN THE COURT SYSTEM.

AND MARK MELTON IS THE DALLAS ATTORNEY THAT I ACTUALLY SHARED WITH YOU THE, THE ARTICLE.

UM, AND THAT IS A GOOD MODEL FOR YOU TO FOLLOW AS WELL.

BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

MM-HMM, .

ALRIGHT.

YOU ALL CAN DO IT.

MM-HMM.

.

MM-HMM.

, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I GOT DOWN YOUR RECOMMENDATION.

CORRECT.

SO THERE WAS THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE ADDITION OF $250,000 TO CLOSE THE MIDBLOCK STOP THAT YOU HAD MENTIONED AND TO, UH, CREATE AN A DA, UH,

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ACCESSIBLE PATHWAY.

AND DID YOU MENTION THAT THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN ENDORSED BY ANY ANOTHER PARTICULAR GROUP? AND, AND IF SO, DO YOU MIND REPEATING THAT FOR ME? SURE.

SO I WENT TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING AND THEIR FY 25 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS LAST WEEK.

THEY MET AND ACTUALLY INCLUDED THE $250,000 TOO.

AND AS IT RELATES TO THE SHELTER, THERE'S ALSO THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE AND THEY ACTUALLY ARE COMMISSIONED, THEY ACTUALLY PUT $2.2 MILLION IN THEIR BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SHADED BUS STOPS AS WELL AS SHADED FACILITIES.

SO IF YOU'RE IN THE PARK OR DIFFERENT PLACES, THEY ACTUALLY INCLUDED THAT IN THEIR BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS.

IMAGINE AUSTIN ALSO HAS THE BUS STOP SHELTERS INCLUDED IN THERE.

UM, SO THERE ARE A NUMBER OF, UH, THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION ACTUALLY INCLUDED THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSIONS RECOMMENDATION.

UM, AND SO THOSE ARE JUST TO PIGGYBACK OFF OF EACH OTHER AND TO SAY WE'RE ALL IN AGREEMENT THAT WE NEED SHADED BUS STOP SHELTERS.

UM, AND JUST AS A POINT OF CLARIFICATION, THE BUS STOPS THAT ARE, UH, THE BENCHES THAT ARE BEING PLACED IN NORTHEAST AUSTIN, UNFORTUNATELY DON'T HAVE SHELTERS.

IT'S JUST A FLAT SILVER BENCH.

AND THEN IF YOU'RE AT HEB RUNDBERG, YOU WILL SEE THAT IT'S JUST THE AWNING AND IT DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A SCREEN IN THE BACK.

SO IT'S DISCRIMINATORY.

IF YOU, YOU GO TO HYDE PARK AS A POINT OF COMPARISON ON 45TH STREET, 51ST STREET, 30TH STREET, YOU'LL ACTUALLY SEE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD SHELTERS THAT HAVE SCREENS.

UM, AND THOSE HOMES RUN UP TO $2.2 MILLION.

AND ALSO AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, RIGHT THERE FOR THE STUDENT HOUSING, IT'S BEING DEVELOPED.

THE SCREEN, THE FENCING IS STILL AROUND IT, BUT THE BUS STOP BENCHES WITH THE SHELTERS ARE ALREADY IN PLACE.

AND SO WE'RE JUST ASKING FOR IT TO BE EQUITABLE AND THERE IS MONEY.

UM, JUST SO YOU KNOW, UM, THE CITY