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GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY.

IT IS

[Call to Order]

MAY 2ND, 2024 AT, AT 10 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING, AND I WILL CALL TO ORDER THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL FOR THIS REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING.

WE HAVE A QUORUM OF THE CITY COUNCIL PRESENT.

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

UH, LET ME WALK EVERYBODY THROUGH THE, UH, WHAT I'M GONNA DO FIRST IS READ CORRECTIONS, UH, INTO THE, INTO THE, AND CHANGES INTO THE RECORD, AND THEN I'LL REVIEW THE ORDER FOR THE DAY ON ITEM NUMBER THREE THAT HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN.

ITEM 49 IS POSTPONED TO MAY 16TH, 2024.

ITEM 52 IS WITHDRAWN.

ITEM 57 IS WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED BY ADDEND.

ITEM NUMBER 92, ITEM NUMBER 73, THE PUBLIC HEARING, PUBLIC HEARING ITEM NUMBER 73 IS TO BE TAKEN UP AFTER ZONING.

ITEM NUMBER 89.

THOSE ARE ALL OF THE CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS, UH, THAT NEED TO BE READ INTO THE RECORD FOR THURSDAY, MAY 2ND, 2024.

UH, THE, THE ORDER OF BUSINESS THAT WE'LL FOLLOW TODAY IS THAT WE WILL TAKE UP OUR CONSENT AGENDA.

UH, WE WILL THEN, UH, WE WILL HAVE, UH, WE'LL HAVE THE CONSENT AGENDA.

UH, AS I POINTED OUT ON THE MESSAGE BOARD YESTERDAY, PEOPLE WILL BE ENTITLED TO THREE MINUTES PER ITEM THAT THEY SPOKE UP ON.

AND THE, THE CITY CLERK WILL HELP US MAKE SURE THAT WE, UH, HAVE A, A RECORD OF THAT AND PROVIDE YOU WITH NOTICE OF HOW MUCH TIME YOU HAVE.

WE WILL THEN HAVE COMMENTS FROM COUNSEL, AND WE WILL VOTE ON, UH, THE CONSENT AGENDA AT THAT TIME.

WE WILL THEN GO TO NON-CONSENT ITEMS, AND WE WILL HEAR THE, WE WILL TAKE THE NON-CONSENT SPEAKERS AT THAT TIME.

HOWEVER, I WANNA POINT OUT THAT IF IT IS MORE CONVENIENT FOR YOU TO SPEAK DURING THE CONSENT AGENDA ON AN ITEM THAT'S NOT ON CONSENT, UM, PLEASE LET THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE KNOW THAT AND WE'LL, WE'LL ACCOMMODATE YOU WITH THE TIME THE DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WILL BE.

ON THE NON NON-CONSENT ITEMS. UH, LET ME TELL YOU WHAT ITEMS THOSE ARE.

ITEM NUMBER 69, WE WILL HAVE A, A PRESENTATION BY STAFF AND A DISCUSSION, AND PEOPLE MAY ARE IN A POSITION TO SPEAK ON THAT.

HOWEVER, UH, AFTER THE WORK SESSION ON TUESDAY, I ANTICIPATE THAT WHAT WE WILL DO IS HAVE ITEM 69, UH, POSTPONED FOR A VOTE SO THAT COUNCIL WILL HAVE TIME, UH, TO TAKE IN ALL THAT'S BEEN SAID ABOUT THOSE ITEMS. UH, TO MAY 30TH, WE WILL HAVE PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS 71 THROUGH 7 77, AND AN ITEM THAT'S REFERRED FROM A COUNCIL COMMITTEE, AND THAT'S ITEM NUMBER 99.

UH, ON ALL THE PUBLIC HEARINGS, WE WILL OPEN A PUBLIC HEARING.

WE WILL TAKE PUBLIC TESTIMONY, WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING, AND WE WILL TAKE AN IMMEDIATE ACTION ON THOSE.

UH, AGAIN, I WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY THAT ANYONE REGISTERED TO SPEAK ON A PUBLIC HEARING ITEM.

YOU WILL BE HEARD DURING THAT PUBLIC HEARING WHEN WE CALL THAT, AND NOT WITH THE CONSENT SPEAKERS, UNLESS IT'S MORE CONVENIENT AND YOU WANT TO, UH, LET THE CLERK'S OFFICE KNOW THAT.

UM, AT, AT, WE WILL ALL, WE TYPICALLY WILL HAVE HAVE THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, AND I KNOW PEOPLE GET ACCUSTOMED TO THAT, UH, MEETING AT AROUND 10 30.

IT'S POSTED IN SUCH A WAY THAT WHEN WE CAN GET TO IT IN THE MORNING, WE USUALLY GO TO IT.

UH, THERE'S BEEN A REQUEST BY STAFF THAT WE TAKE THAT UP IN THE AFTERNOON.

SO COUNSEL, WE WILL TAKE UP A HFC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING IN THE AFTERNOON.

UM, BUT THE WAY WE'LL DO THAT IS THAT WE TYPICALLY DO IT AND WE WILL RECESS THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

I'LL CALL TO ORDER THE HFC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING.

WE'LL HOLD THAT.

THEN WE WILL ADJOURN IT AND WE'LL GO BACK INTO, UH, THE, THE COUNCIL MEETING AT SOME POINT, DEPENDING UPON HOW THE CALENDAR AND THE SCHEDULE WORKS OUT, WE WILL ALSO HAVE AN EXECUTIVE SESSION WHERE THE CITY COUNCIL WILL GO INTO, UM, A, A, A CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION AT 12 O'CLOCK.

WE HAVE SCHEDULED A TIME CERTAIN FOR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

UH, WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE THAT RIGHT AT 12 O'CLOCK.

AND THEN AT TWO O'CLOCK WE HAVE A TIME CERTAIN SCHEDULED FOR ZONING.

AND, UM, WE WILL, WE WILL TAKE THAT UP AS CLOSE TO TWO O'CLOCK AS WE CAN DO THAT AS WELL.

UM, WE, AND WE DO HAVE ONE ZONING ITEM THAT HAS BEEN PULLED FROM THE ZONING CONSENT AGENDA.

SO MEMBERS, THAT IS THE ORDER OF BUSINESS THAT WE WILL GO THROUGH, UH, TODAY, UH, THERE HAS BEEN NOTHING PULLED FROM

[Consent Agenda (Part 1 of 2)]

THE CONSENT AGENDA, SO, SO YOU KNOW WHAT THE CONSENT AGENDA IS, AND AT

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THIS POINT, I WILL TURN TO THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE TO OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

WE'LL START WITH REMOTE NORA.

MATT MATSON, ITEM 64, 3 MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

UM, I WANTED TO TALK THIS MORNING ABOUT TRANS HEALTHCARE IN AUSTIN, UM, BECAUSE THIS IS A VITAL LIFE SAVING AND LIFE-AFFIRMING ISSUE FOR A LOT OF VERY IMPORTANT MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, INTERFERING WITH THE, THE WORK OF PEOPLE AND THEIR DOCTORS AND INFRINGING ON THEIR FREEDOM IN THAT WAY, IN WAYS THAT CAN BE POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING AND CAN, CAN CHASE MANY IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE COMMUNITY MEMBERS AWAY FROM AN AMAZING CITY LIKE AUSTIN, UM, SHOULD BE TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COUNCIL.

UM, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SPEAK UP ON THIS, AND I THINK THAT, I HOPE THAT, UM, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT THE CITY GOVERNMENT CHOOSES TO ALLOCATE ITS PRECIOUS RESOURCES TOWARDS, UM, HURTING THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP THIS, THIS WONDERFUL CITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

CHRISTIE.

SLATE, ITEM 64, 3 MINUTES.

HI.

YES.

UM, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SPEAK AGAINST ITEM 64.

UM, I BELIEVE THAT NO ONE IS BORN IN THE WRONG BODY, AND WE REALLY HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE, UM, HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND REALLY AROUND THE WORLD.

UM, THERE'S A RISE IN GENDER DYSPHORIA AND MEDICATIONS AND SURGERY ARE JUST ADDING TO THE PROBLEM.

SO I JUST WOULD SPEAK AGAINST, UM, MAKING AUSTIN BASICALLY A SANCTUARY CITY FOR, UM, ANY KIND OF GENDER PROCEDURES, AND WE REALLY, TRULY NEED TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN.

UM, THERE OBVIOUSLY WAS A LAW PASSED JUST RECENTLY IN THE LEGISLATURE, AND SO, UM, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO REALIZE THAT, UM, DOCTORS WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR DOING, UH, ANY PROCEDURES OR GIVING MEDICATIONS TO CHILDREN THAT, UM, CHANGE THEIR GENDER.

THANK YOU, TY.

HOKI, FREEDOM 64, 94, 98 FOR A TOTAL OF NINE MINUTES.

YEAH, I'M GONNA KEEP THIS SHORT AND SIMPLE.

UH, FIRST, I, I'M SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 64.

I BELIEVE THAT, UM, GIVING ACCESS TO GENDER AFFIRMING CARE, UM, SHOULD BE A HIGH PRIORITY TO LIKE, YEAH, YEAH, FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF OUR POPULATION IN ORDER TO HELP THEM FEEL, UM, AT HOME IN THEIR BODIES AND HELP THEM PROGRESS IN THEIR TRANSITION ON THEIR JOURNEY.

UM, I, I FEEL LIKE IT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.

I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE DONE.

UM, IN TERMS OF ITEM THE BUILDING CODE REFORMS. UM, I HOPE THAT AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL DECIDES TO ADD, UM, SINGLE STA UH, REP BUILDINGS, UH, TO THAT.

UH, I BELIEVE THAT HAVING SINGLE STAIR BUILDINGS MAKES IT MORE POSSIBLE TO CREATE, UM, JUST A VARIETY OF HOUSING, LIKE THE KIND, LIKE SMALLER MULTIFAMILY HOUSING UNITS THAT BUILDINGS THAT, UM, MIGHT FIT ON SOME OF THE NEW, HOPEFULLY, YOU KNOW, REDEVELOPED PLANNED PARCELS.

UM, AND LASTLY, UH, I WANTED TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE, UH, OF HEARING FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT DISTRICT AS A, UM, RESIDENT OF SOUTH AUSTIN.

I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES THAT, UM, THIS NEW WATERFRONT DISTRICT ENTAIL.

LIKE, I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THAT COME TO FRUITION, AND I, UM, YEAH, I, I'M SUPER EXCITED, .

ALRIGHT, UH, THANK YOU COUNSEL.

SCRE NALU, ITEM 64 94, 6 MINUTES.

UH, HELLO.

UH, GOOD MORNING, COUNSEL.

MY NAME IS SHIKA MALARY.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT NINE.

UH, I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF ITEMS 64 AND 94.

UM, IN TERMS OF THE FIRST ONE, UH, MY WHOLE FAMILY IS, UH, COMPOSED OF A LOT OF DOCTORS, AND I BELIEVE CULTURES LIKE THAT ARE BEST ANSWERED BY, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO SPEND THEIR WHOLE LIVES STUDYING MEDICAL SCIENCE.

AND SO I, I, I DON'T THINK IT'S LIKE SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD, UH, IMPOSE ON IN TERMS OF THE GOVERNMENT.

SO, UH, I SUPPORT, YOU KNOW, KIND OF ANY MEASURE TO LET LET THE DOCTORS DECIDE THAT.

UH, AND THEN FOR THE SECOND ITEM, UM, AS WAS JUST SAID RIGHT BEFORE ME, UH, I THINK,

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YOU KNOW, MODERNIZING OUR BUILDING CODE TO KIND OF MATCH THE BEST STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD WILL REALLY LIKE, IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE WHO, UH, LIVE IN SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

SO, UH, YEAH, PLEASE, UH, PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING THESE ITEMS. MICHELLE TAYLOR, ITEM 64, 3 MINUTES.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, MY, MY HEART REALLY GOES OUT TO THE FAMILIES THAT ARE DEALING WITH GENDER DYSPHORIA.

OUR KIDS HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS THAT THEY REALLY NEED OUR ABOVE ATTENTION AND STABILITY.

BUT THAT BEING SAID, RECENT STUDIES AND REVIEWS HAVE SHOWN THAT FAST TRACKING A CHILD TRANSITIONING DOES ANYTHING.

BUT I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO ADDRESS EVERY ASPECT OF TRANSITIONING.

SO I'LL FOCUS ON THE FIRST PHARMACEUTICAL STEP, WHICH IS PUBERTY BLOCKERS.

PUBERTY BLOCKERS WERE CREATED AND TESTED IN THE EIGHTIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF TEMPORARILY STOPPING PUBERTY AND CHILDREN WITH PRECOCIOUS PUBERTY.

IT WASN'T MEANT TO BE USED FOR YEARS ON END, IT WAS JUST LONG ENOUGH TO GET THE CHILD THROUGH TO A NORMAL AGE FOR PUBERTY.

THESE DRUGS AREN'T TESTED NOR FDA APPROVED FOR USE IN GENDER DYSPHORIA.

FURTHERMORE, THESE DRUGS COME WITH A HOST OF COMPLICATIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS THAT YOU DON'T GET TO PICK AND CHOOSE WHICH ONES AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'LL END UP WITH.

UM, THAT CAN CAUSE LONG-TERM BODILY HARM.

SOME OF THESE ISSUES ARE SIDE EFFECTS, AND THIS ISN'T BY ANY MEANS A COMPLETE LIST 'CAUSE I DON'T HAVE TIME ARE HEADACHES, MOOD CHANGES, NEWER, INCREASED MENTAL ISSUES SUCH AS DEPRESSION, WEIGHT GAIN, CHRONIC PAIN, LOWER BONE DENSITY, OSTEOPOROSIS, SLEEP ISSUES, S STUNT GROWTH AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT.

AND THE LIST JUST GOES ON AND ON.

THESE TREATMENTS CAN CAUSE MORE HARM THAN GOOD, UNDERMINING LONG-TERM HEALTH AND WELLBEING.

FINLAND, SWEDEN, NORWAY, AND EVEN THE INFAMOUS TAVISTOCK CLINIC IN LONDON ARE TAKING A STEP BACK TO REEVALUATE IN REVERSE COURSE.

SINCE WHEN OUR CHILDREN UNDER 18 MATURE ENOUGH TO MAKE SUCH SERIOUS LIFELONG DECISIONS AND GIVE CONSENT WHEN THEY CAN'T EVEN VOTE, DRINK, GAMBLE, GET A TATTOO OR CONSENT FOR SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A ROOT CANAL, THE STATE WAS LOOKING OUT FOR ITS BEST INTEREST.

AND FOR THE INTEREST OF THIS, OF THESE CHILDREN, WHY WOULD WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE AND PROTECT SOMETHING SO DANGEROUS THAT COULD GROW THE NUMBER OF DISABLED OR CHRONICALLY ILL ADULTS IN THE NEXT DECADE? WHEN THE DOCTORS LEFT DELL CHILDREN'S TO AVOID INVESTIGATION, IT'S BECAUSE THEY KNEW THEY WERE IN THE WRONG ON SOME THINGS OR THEY WOULDN'T HAVE, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE LEFT, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO WORRY ABOUT IT.

THIS IS ABOUT MONEY FOR THEM BECAUSE ONCE A CHILD STARTS DOWN THIS PATH, THEY'LL NEED MEDICATIONS OR OTHER MEDICAL TREATMENTS FOR LIFE.

AND WHO IS LEFT PICKING UP ALL THE PIECES? THE FAMILIES ARE, BUT WHO KNOWS? BECAUSE AS IS THE CASE IN LONDON, MANY LAWSUITS ARE POPPING UP FROM PEOPLE THAT TRANSITIONED.

IF THE CITY OF AUSTIN BECOMES A SANCTUARY CITY, NOT ONLY IS IT GREEN LIGHTING PRACTITIONERS TO RUN ROUGHSHOD AND DO WHATEVER IS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST IGNORING THEIR HIPPOCRATIC OATH, IT COULD ALSO OPEN THE CITY UP TO LAWSUITS FOR DEFUND, FOR DEFYING THE STATE LAW AND ALLOWING IT.

SO I CLOSE IN SAYING, PLEASE LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE, FOLLOW THE MONEY AND CONSIDER OUR FUTURE.

AND PARENTS, PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH AND EVALUATE THE PROS AND CONS OF ANY MEDICATION THAT IS PRESCRIBED FOR YOUR CHILD BEFORE YOU GIVE IT TO THEM.

AND DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK THE DOCTOR'S QUESTIONS OR ASK.

THANK YOU PETER.

TON.

ITEM 94, 3 MINUTES.

GOOD MORNING.

ARE Y'ALL ABLE TO HEAR ME? YES, I APOLOGIZE.

THIS IS MY FIRST TIME, UH, ON VIRTUAL.

UH, THANK YOU FOR CONFIRMING YOU CAN HEAR ME.

I FIRST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU TO CITY OF AUSTIN STAFF AND THE CLERK AND APOLOGIZE AS I EMAILED EARLIER THIS MORNING TRYING TO ADD SOME ITEMS ONTO MY SUPPORT.

UNFORTUNATELY, I EMAILED TOO LATE, BUT I WANTED TO SAY THAT I AM IN SUPPORT OF ITEMS 64, 73, 89 AND 94.

UM, FIRST ON ITEM 64, I THINK STANDING WITH OUR MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITY MEMBERS IS A RIGHTEOUS THING TO DO.

AND AS, UM, FRANKLY, THE RIGHT THING TO DO, REGARDLESS OF WHAT OUR LEGISLATURE SAYS IS THEIR OPINION.

UM, SECONDLY, FOR ITEM 73 AND 89 ON SUNSET RIDGE, I WANTED TO SAY THAT WE NEED TO SUPPORT THIS, UH, HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SPECIFICALLY, IT'S, UH, DEVELOPMENT WITH OVER 150 AFFORDABLE UNITS IN DISTRICT EIGHT.

THESE ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED ACROSS OUR CITY AND IN DISTRICT EIGHT AS WELL.

AND ON 9 94, WE HAVE TO REFORM OUR BUILDING CODES TO PROPEL US FORWARD, UH, AND ENABLE ESSENTIAL VARIETY IN OUR BUILDINGS.

THAT'S WHAT OUR CITY NEEDS

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SPECIFICALLY.

I THINK WE NEED TO ENABLE MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS TO USE SINGLE STAIR EGRESS UP TO SIX STORIES, AND THAT'S SEEN IN MANY OTHER CITIES AROUND THE WORLD AND IN THE UNITED STATES.

UH, AGAIN, THANK YOU.

I'M SORRY I COULDN'T BE THERE IN PERSON.

I HOPE Y'ALL ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL MORNING AND CONTINUE TO HAVE A WONDERFUL COUNCIL MEETING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

SUN NOIA JOSEPH, ITEM 38, 41, 44, 45, 55, 59, 60 65 FOR TOTAL 24 MINUTES.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

COUNSEL, I'M ENOVIA JOSEPH AND I DON'T ANTICIPATE SPEAKING 24 MINUTES, BUT I APPRECIATE THE TIME.

I WOULD JUST PREFACE MAYOR BY SAYING THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE A DISCUSSION AS IT RELATES TO REMOTE SPEAKERS.

YOU ADD LAID BAKE BACKUP MATERIALS AT EVERY MEETING, SO THERE SHOULD BE SOME PARITY WHERE THE SPEAKERS WHO ARE REMOTE AND EVEN THOSE IN PERSON ARE ABLE TO ADD THEIR ITEMS LATE AS WELL.

UM, AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO ITEM 45, THAT'S THE ACQUISITION AND REHABILITATION, IT IS, UH, $24.8 MILLION FOR COLLINWOOD.

I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT COLLINWOOD IS ACTUALLY ON ROUTE 3 92, JUNE 3RD, 2018.

CAPITAL METRO ELIMINATED THE SERVICE.

THIS IS A SPECIFIC, UH, DEVELOPMENT THAT IS FOR OUR ELDERS.

SO IT'S CONSIDERED 55 PLUS 60% AREA MEDIAN INCOME.

AND I JUST WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE HALF A MILE BUS STOP THAT THEY'RE REFERRING TO IN THE BACKUP MATERIALS IS ONE THAT I ACTUALLY GOT THEM TO PUT THERE BECAUSE WHEN QT WAS BEING BUILT, IT ACTUALLY, UH, OUR SENIOR CITIZENS WERE WALKING WITH THE TRAFFIC AND I SAID THAT THEY COULD GET KILLED ACROSS FROM THERE.

HOWEVER, WE HAVE A BLACK MAN THAT IS ACTUALLY AT THE BUS STOP.

THERE'S ONLY ONE SHELTER IN THAT AREA AND HE HAS RETURNED.

SO I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THE INEQUITIES AND SPECIFICALLY AS IT RELATES TO 65, THAT'S THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DOCUMENT.

I WANT YOU TO, TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU APOLOGIZE, NOT YOU SPECIFICALLY, BUT COUNSEL APOLOGIZED TO AFRICAN AMERICANS MARCH 1ST, MARCH 4TH, EXCUSE ME, 2021.

SO I WOULD JUST SAY TO THE MEMBERS WHO ARE WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN TIME ON MORE OUTREACH AT JUST THE LAST MEETING, IF YOU GO BACK TO THE MINUTES, YOU WILL SEE THAT YOU APPROVED OUTREACH.

AND SO I'M NOT SURE WHY, UH, NATASHA HARPER, MADISON, AND DISTRICT FOUR AND SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS OF COLOR ARE ACTUALLY SUPPORTING THIS ITEM.

I WOULD JUST SAY SINCE IT'S POETRY MONTH THAT YOUR PREDATORY POLITICIANS PIMPING POOR PEOPLE'S PAIN.

SO A LITTLE ALLITERATION THIS MORNING.

I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE WAITING 60 MINUTES FOR THE BUS IN CRAIG WOOD AND COL COLONY PARK.

THAT'S ROUTE 3 39, WHICH IS INNER LINE WITH OUR NEIGHBORS WHO ARE FORMALLY UNHOUSED ON ROUTE 2 37 AT COMMUNITY FIRST VILLAGE.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND, MAYOR, THAT WHEN THEY ELIMINATE ONE OF THE BLOCKS, YOU HAVE HAVE PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS WAITING 60 MINUTES FOR THE BUS PLUS ANOTHER 60 MINUTES.

SO TWO HOURS 60 MINUTES IS 10 TIMES LONGER THAN SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL WHITE.

I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT I WAS TRYING TO GET TO SEE YOU GIVE THE PROCLAMATION DURING THE SECOND DAY OF THE FAIR HOUSING SUMMIT ON, UH, OR NOT THE SUMMIT, BUT CONFERENCE APRIL 17TH.

AND WE, THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHO ARE MINORITIES WERE FORCED TO WAIT AN ADDITIONAL 45 MINUTES BECAUSE THE RAIL WENT DOWN AND THE BUS WAS TAKEN OFF THE ROUTE TO SERVE THE WHITE CHOICE RIDERS AT HOWARD STATION.

SO I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS DISCRIMINATORY AND I WOULD POINT YOU TO YOUR OWN 2023.

IT WAS IN OCTOBER THAT YOU SUBMITTED THE PRO HOUSING GRANT, UM, PATHWAYS TO REMOVING OBSTACLES TO HOUSING THROUGH THE THROUGH HUD.

AND UH, SPECIFICALLY IT SAYS IN THAT DOCUMENT THAT YOU HAVE PUT LESS THAN 10 AFFORDABLE HOMES IN WEST AUSTIN AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO THE I 35 ITEMS. NUMBER 38 IS THE $1.4 MILLION FROM NELSON NIGAR, AND IT'S THE IH 35 CAP AND STITCH CONNECTING AUSTIN EQUITABLY MOBILITY STUDY.

AGAIN, THAT'S A WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT I'M IN OPPOSITION TO THE $206.5 MILLION, SPECIFICALLY THE MULTIMODAL PROJECT DISCRETIONARY GRANT BECAUSE YOU ACTUALLY WENT TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMMISSION RATHER, AND, UH, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE GOT SUPPORT FOR THE $1 MILLION GRANT, THE EQUITABLE GRANT SUPPOSEDLY CONNECTING COMMUNITIES.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND AS WELL THAT CAPITAL METRO USED THE 2010 CENSUS, THAT DATA AND SAID THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE ACTUALLY CONNECTED TO GOOD TRANSIT IN CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN.

WE KNOW THAT THE

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2020 CENSUS DATA CAME UP JUST SHORTLY AFTER THEY SUBMITTED THEIR TITLE SIX SERVICE EQUITY ANALYSIS AND THE TRIANNUAL TRIANNUAL REVIEW.

SO I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU ARE USING BLACK PEOPLE TO GET THE FEDERAL DOLLARS AND WHEN YOU RECEIVE THEM RESPECTFULLY, YOU DO NOT IMPROVE SERVICE FOR US AND IT'S GENTRIFIED IN THAT AREA.

BUT MORE SPECIFICALLY, MAYOR, I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE THANKED THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE AND I PUT IN AN OPEN RECORDS REQUEST.

I GOT A REPLY BACK NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023 FROM KAREN HILLIS, THAT'S THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR AND THAT'S THE SPECIFICALLY HIS PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER AND SAID HE HAD NOTHING RESPONSIVE TO MY REQUEST.

O OOG, PIR NUMBER 4 4 7 DASH 23.

BUT I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE WAS ACTUALLY, UH, A PRESENTATION SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2023 TO THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE THAT SAID THAT CAMP ESPERANZA WAS MITIGATION FOR THE I 35, UH, PROJECT.

AND SO I THEN WANTED TO UNDERSTAND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TWO AND THAT'S, I GOT NO INFORMATION.

SO I JUST WANNA REMIND YOU THAT TITLE SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, AND NATIONAL ORIGIN.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS, UH, PROJECT WHERE YOU'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO PUT 700 MORE PEOPLE, THAT $65 MILLION DEAL THAT YOU MADE WITH GOVERNOR ABBOTT IS NOT AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHERING FAIR HOUSING.

THEREFORE, IT ACTUALLY VIOLATES THE FAIR HOUSING ACT OF 1968 AS WELL.

I WOULD ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU MUST COMPLY WITH THE FEDERAL LAW.

AND SO WHILE I GET THAT MR. GOODE PUT IN THE BACKUP MATERIALS THAT YOUR I 35 FUNDING, UH, APPLICATION IS DUE ON MONDAY AND HE PLANS TO SUBMIT IT TOMORROW, I WOULD ASK YOU TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THAT THE SYSTEM AS IT IS PRESENTED IS NOT EQUITABLE.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO DO MORE TO HELP OUR INDIVIDUALS THAT LIVE NORTH OF US 180 3 AND COUNCIL MEMBER POOL.

I JUST WANNA ASK YOU, WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO TO GET THE TRASH PICKED UP AT STOP ID 4 5 5 0 NEXT TO WALNUT CREEK ELEMENTARY IN YOUR AREA AS IT RELATES.

LASTLY, UH, TO THE FOOD ITEMS THAT ARE ON THE AGENDA, IT'S EXPANDING THE FOOD ACCESS FOR PEOPLE IN NORTHEAST AUSTIN, BUT THE CRESCENT IS NOT THE ONLY PART OF DISTRICT ONE THAT NEEDS FOOD.

THERE IS NO TRANSPORTATION FOR OUR SENIORS OVER AT HARRIS BRANCH SENIOR LIVING, AND THERE'S NO TRANSPORTATION ON PALMER LANE FOR HARRIS BRANCH OR FOR THE PEOPLE, UM, THAT LIVE IN PIONEER CROSSING.

THERE ARE SENIOR CITIZENS AND PEOPLE THAT WALK ONE TO FIVE MILES FROM THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THEY NEED FOOD TOO ON PALMER LANE FM NINE, UH, FM 7 34.

SO I WOULD ASK YOU TO EXPAND IT SO THAT THEY GET SERVICE AS WELL.

AND AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO THESE HOOD, I ACTUALLY AM IN NEUTRAL ON THAT AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO DISAGGREGATE THE DATA AND FIND OUT HOW MANY AFRICAN AMERICAN FARMERS ARE ACTUALLY IN THE AUSTIN TRAVIS COUNTY AREA AND SPECIFICALLY I KNOW THERE'S AN A FARMER, NANCY THAT'S ON KAZI AT TIMES YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET INPUT FROM HER AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO LOOK AT HILLTOP URBAN GARDENS.

THEY ACTUALLY DO THESE MICRO GARDENS WITH THE, IN THE COMMUNITIES AND THEN THEY SHARE THE PRODUCE, BUT THEY'RE ADDING SOMETHING IN 2024 SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE SOME TYPE OF ECONOMIC STABILITY AS IT RELATES TO THE, UH, FARMER'S MARKET.

SO GOOD IDEA, BUT I LOOKED AT THE HOUSING AND PLANNING, UH, PRESENTATION AND THERE WERE NO AFRICAN AMERICAN FARMERS.

AND SO I WOULD ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE AS WELL THAT YOU HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO THE OPPORTUNITY ZONES TO GET INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITIES TO DO BETTER.

AND I WOULD JUST SAY, I KNOW THAT WE COULDN'T SIGN ON 78, THAT'S THE PROJECT CONNECT LAWSUIT, BUT I ACTUALLY SUPPORT THE PLAINTIFFS AND I APPRECIATE THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS ON THE SIDE OF THE PLAINTIFF BECAUSE THIS SYSTEM IS DISCRIMINATORY.

MAYOR, RESPECTFULLY, I NEED TO REMIND YOU AGAIN, UM, THAT NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER WAS DEVELOPED IN 1985 AND IT TOOK ABOUT 30 YEARS JUST TO GET A SIDEWALK FROM NORTH LAMAR TRANSIT CENTER TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACROSS THE HIGHWAY ON ROUTE 2 7 5, WHICH IS NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD.

AND SO IT IS DISINGENUOUS FOR YOU TO SIMPLY, UH, WORDSMITH THE DOCUMENT SO THAT YOU HAVE THE LANGUAGE THAT THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION AND THE US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS REQUIRING SO THAT YOU CAN GET THE 50% FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM.

AND SO, UM, THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS, BUT I ACTUALLY, UM, I GUESS I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT EAGLE'S LANDING.

UM, IT'S JUST, UM, THE PUBLIC FACILITY CORPORATION IS REALLY JUST A LOOPHOLE.

THERE IS NOTHING IN THERE THAT TALKS ABOUT WHAT THE REHABILITATION WILL BE.

AND SO I WOULD ASK THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO STOP GIVING THE DEVELOPERS THESE TAX, UM, THESE TAX BENEFITS WITH NO BENEFIT OR COMMUNITY BENEFIT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN THE DEVELOPMENTS.

THIS IS NOT ONE WITH VERRON, WHICH IS THE SAN FRANCISCO DEAL THAT THEY KEEP DOING.

THIS IS A DIFFERENT DEVELOPER.

IF YOU LOOK IN THE BACKUP MATERIALS, YOU WILL SEE PRETTY PICTURES OF THE STAFF, THE CONSULTANTS,

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BUT IT DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO REHAB.

IT'S APPROXIMATELY 240 UNITS OVER THERE OFF OF DECKER LANE.

AND I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO BE TRANSPARENT AND TO RECOGNIZE I APPRECIATE MR. BUNCH ACTUALLY FILING THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY SO THAT WE CAN HAVE MORE TIME TO SPEAK.

BUT IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE REMOTE SPEAKERS.

IT ONLY SPEAKS TO THE APRIL 4TH IN-PERSON EXCHANGE THAT THE TWO OF YOU HAD.

UM, I THINK THAT'S ALL OF MY COMMENTS.

I'M NOT SURE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE, BUT IF YOU TELL ME, I'LL LET YOU KNOW IF I HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY.

YOU HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 14 MINUTES.

IS THERE 14 MINUTES? YES, MA'AM.

OKAY, I JUST WANNA SAY THAT'S A LOT OF TIME THERE, .

UM, I JUST WANNA SAY YES MA'AM.

ITEM 43.

THAT'S THE BUNDLE.

THAT'S KIND OF BEEN MY POSITION FROM THE BEGINNING.

YEAH.

YES, MAYOR.

UM, I JUST WANNA SAY AS IT RELATES TO THE BUNGALOWS, I DO RECOGNIZE YOU NEED PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

UM, BUT RESPECTFULLY, MAYOR, THIS IS SEGREGATED HOUSING.

IF YOU ARE POOR, I'M POOR, WE'RE ALL POOR AND WE'RE ALL LIVING TOGETHER AND WE'RE ALL STRUGGLING, THEN HOW ARE WE EVER GOING TO GET OUT OF THE POORNESS THAT WE'RE IN? UM, AND SO THE BUNGALOWS, WELL, IT'S $4 MILLION AND IT WILL HELP, UH, SOME INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN FORMALLY HOMELESS.

THEY'RE SEGREGATED, AND SO THEY'RE ALL GOING TO BE IN THIS SPACE TOGETHER.

UM, I WOULD ASK YOU TO RECOGNIZE, UM, AND LAST TIME YOU MET, I ACTUALLY, UH, TEST, WANTED TO TESTIFY AGAINST THE MARSHALING YARD.

I WOULD JUST TELL YOU THAT CONCENTRATING POVERTY AGAIN DOES NOT AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHER FAIR HOUSING AND THE BUNGALOWS TO, UH, MAYOR PRO TIM COUNCIL MEMBER POOL, ONCE AGAIN, SHE HAS NOT FOUND A WAY TO PUT ANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST IN NEED ON THE WEST SIDE OF LOOP ONE.

AND THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF LAND THERE.

YOU CAN ACTUALLY LOOK AT CONVIC HILL WHERE THERE WAS ACTUALLY A, A BUILDING, AND YOU CAN REVISIT THIS.

YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO, UM, SOMETHING THAT'S LESS DISCRIMINATORY THAN CONCENTRATING POVERTY IN THE FAR NORTHEAST AND NORTH AND SOUTHEAST CORNERS OF THE CITY.

UM, AND IT IS VERY DISTURBING THERE.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND, UM, AS IT RELATES TO 59, THAT'S THE, THE ROAD SAFETY, UM, THE $22.9 MILLION.

I'M ACTUALLY NEUTRAL ON THE THAT ITEM AS WELL.

I SUPPORT THE SAFETY, BUT I HAVE ASKED, AND I'VE TESTIFIED BEFORE, THERE NEEDS TO BE PRIORITY PLACED AT CHINATOWN, CLOSE, THE MID-BLOCK STOP, AND THERE NEEDS TO BE A SIDEWALK.

IF YOU CAN IMPROVE THE SIDEWALK AREA FOR PEOPLE GOING TO THE SOCCER STADIUM, THEN SURELY PEOPLE IN THEIR WHEELCHAIRS, WALKERS AND CANES AND MOTHERS WITH THEIR BABIES AND STROLLERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET FROM CHINATOWN, WHICH CHEETO VELA PROMISED ON KAZI AND HAS DONE NOTHING TO CLOSE THAT STOP TO BREAKER LANE.

IT'S JUST A LITTLE PATH WITH SOME PEBBLES, SOME ROCKS, AND THEY CAN'T GET THERE, WHICH MEANS THAT IT DOESN'T COMPLY WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT EITHER BECAUSE OUR PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS HAVE TO THEN CROSS THOSE DANGEROUS INTERSECTIONS, FIVE LANES OF TRAFFIC TWO TIMES.

THERE ARE OVER 39,000 VEHICLES PER DAY IN THAT AREA, MAYOR.

AND SO YOU CAN'T SAY YOU'RE ALL ABOUT SAFETY AND THEN LEAVE THAT STOP OPEN.

I, IT DOESN'T COST ANY MONEY.

THE LANDING PAD IS STILL AT KRAMER AND NORTH LAMAR, AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY MOVE THE STOP DOWN THE CVS PHARMACY AT BREAKER AND NORTH LAMAR AND CAPITAL METRO HAS HEARD ME SAY THIS MANY TIMES, BUT YOU HAVE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENTS WITH THEM, SO IT SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM, UM, TO ACTUALLY GET THAT TAKEN CARE OF.

UM, THAT'S A WHOLE LOT AND, AND I DO APPRECIATE THE TIME I'M LOOKING AT MY LIST HERE.

UM, AND I'M NOT REAL SURE HOW YOU'RE GOING TO RUN THE, UM, WHEN WE, WE CALL IN FOR EXAMPLE, BUT THEN IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER TO CALL BACK AGAIN.

YOU MENTIONED EARLIER AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION IN THE AFTERNOON, BUT THERE WAS NO SPECIFIC TIME, THERE'S NO, UH, NUMBER FROM THE CLERK.

UM, I CALLED BACK, UM, AT THE LAST MEETING AND THEN GOT THROUGH TWICE AND THEN THE SYSTEM DISCONNECTED ME.

UM, AND SO THERE'S JUST A LACK OF CLARITY, UM, AS IT RELATES TO THAT, UM, AS WELL.

UM, THAT'S A WHOLE LOT.

UM, AND I COULD, I COULD SAY MORE.

UM, AND SPECIFICALLY I'LL JUST TELL YOU, UM, THE REFERENCE THAT I USE, JUST SO YOU HAVE A POINT OF REFERENCE, IS THE TITLE SIX LEGAL MANUAL, WHICH IS UPDATED, UM, THROUGH THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

UM, AND I WOULD JUST REMIND COUNSEL THAT ON DECEMBER 8TH, 2022, THAT IS WHEN YOU ACTUALLY, UM, USED IMMINENT DOMAIN IN THE BREAKER EAST BREAKER AREA OFF OF PALMER LANE TO RELIEVE CONGESTION IN THE SAMSUNG AREA.

AND THE 2014 PROJECT CONNECT NORTH CORRIDOR LOCALLY PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE SAID

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THAT TWO THIRDS OF THE JOBS WOULD BE IN THE TWO MOST POPULATED COUNTIES, UM, WHICH IS SAMSUNG TO APPLE, UM, SERVING WILLIAMSON AND TRAVIS COUNTY, UM, BY 2035.

AND SO IT IS DISINGENUOUS FOR YOU TO CONTINUE TO PUSH, UM, PROJECT CONNECT AND, AND THE THINGS THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, EQUITABLE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT, UM, WHEN IN FACT YOU HAVE EXERCISED EMINENT DOMAIN.

AND FOR CONTEXT FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T FOLLOW YOU THAT MUCH, I WOULD JUST SAY THAT THE US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AGREEMENT IS IN THE DECEMBER 8TH, 2022 BOARD PACKET AS WELL.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE LAST THINGS THAT MAYOR ADLER DID BEFORE HE LEFT.

AND I JUST WILL REMIND YOU THAT, UM, IT WAS AUSTIN CHRONICLE THAT DOVE, PETE BUTTIGIEG QUOTE, THE MAYORAL BFF.

SO THE FUNDING KEEPS FLOWING TO AUSTIN BECAUSE OF THESE INCESTUOUS FRIENDSHIPS.

AND I WILL LASTLY JUST TELL YOU THAT BEFORE URI FERNANDEZ, THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATOR WAS ACTUALLY CONFIRMED, UM, SHE DID THE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE, THE SUPPORT FOR, UH, THE PROJECT CONNECT AND THE THE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS HERE IN AUSTIN THROUGH THE AUSTIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

AND SHE WAS FRIENDS OR IS FRIENDS, UH, WITH THE FORMER CEO, UM, OF CAPITAL METRO, WHO RANDY CLARK SAID HE'S KNOWN FOR YEARS.

AND SO IT IS GOING TO TAKE US TO, UM, HAVE THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OR SOME OTHER ENTITY, UH, REVIEW THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING HERE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UM, BECAUSE THE SYSTEM IS DISCRIMINATORY.

AND I WOULD JUST LASTLY SAY THIS, WE HAVE OVER 2000 UNITS WITHIN ABOUT A MILE FROM SAMSUNG AT PALMER AND DESHAW.

WE HAVE ABOUT 2000 UNITS AT TECH RIDGE BOULEVARD AND YEAGER LANE.

AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT THE DEVELOPER GOT ENTITLEMENTS TO BUILD DENSITY AND SAID THAT 3 92 WAS A FREQUENT BUS ROUTE.

IN FACT, THAT WAS A LIE IN THE BOARD PACKET OF FALSEHOOD.

IT IS NOT A FREQUENT ROUTE.

IT'S A 45 MINUTE ROUTE, AND THERE ARE NO SHELTERS IN THAT AREA.

SO I WAS JUST ASKING YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC MOBILITY PLAN IS UNDERGIRDED BY PROJECT CON PROJECT CONNECT BY THESE, UM, CAP REMAP, THE BUS ROUTES, THE 52 ROUTES THAT CHANGED JUNE 3RD, 2018.

UM, AND SO I TESTIFIED BEFORE THE JOINT, UH, SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE, AND THEY, UM, DON'T HAVE THE DATA THAT THEY NEED, BUT IT'S WRITTEN IN THE 2017 CAPITAL METRO FINANCIAL PLAN.

AND REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE CONSULTANT SAID IN 2016, UM, THEY DID THE OPPOSITE.

HE TOLD THEM THAT SOUTHWEST AUSTIN DID NOT HAVE THE DENSITY, BUT YET THE BUS RUNS FREQUENTLY THERE.

SO I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO MAKE THE SYSTEM MORE EQUITABLE.

I WOULD ASK PAIGE ELLIS TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE BUS IS RUNNING EMPTY, THE 40 FOOT BUS IS RUNNING THE CONVICT HILL EVERY OTHER LAP.

IT'S 15 MINUTES ON WILLIAM CANNON AND 30 MINUTES FOR 2.9 BOARDINGS AN HOUR.

AND YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO GROW RIDERSHIP THERE BECAUSE IT'S THE WATERSHED RESTRICTED AREA.

AND SO IT IS DEEPLY DISTURBING YOUR WAREHOUSING OUR BLACK PEOPLE IN THE MARSHALING YARD.

THAT'S 300 PEOPLE.

AND WHEN YOU GET UPDATES IN THE FUTURE, MAYOR, I WOULD JUST ASK YOU TO GET THE DISAGGREGATED DATA.

YOU PRAISED MR. GRAY, BUT MR. GRAY NEVER ONCE GAVE YOU ANY DEMOGRAPHIC DATA.

SO THE ONLY POINT OF REFERENCE I CAN GIVE YOU IS THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE OVER SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE HOMELESS THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS OF CARD.

AND THE ECHO ENDING COMMUNITY HOMELESSNESS COALITION 2022 REPORT ON OR ABOUT JULY 1ST IS WHEN IT CAME OUT.

AND SO WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO SELL THAT, THEY ARE GETTING THREE SQUARE MEALS A DAY IN WHAT YOU'RE DOING TO THE BLACK PEOPLE, I THINK YOU NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU ARE WAREHOUSING THEM.

THAT'S 300, WHICH IS 200 WITHIN TWO MILES OF CAM ESPERANZA WITH 200 PEOPLE THERE.

AND THEN THE DEAL YOU MADE WITH THE STATE FOR $65 MILLION IS TO EXPAND 700 MORE.

YOU'RE PUTTING THESE PEOPLE OUT OF SIGHT OUTTA MIND AND THEY CAN'T EVEN GET TODAY LABOR, I'M SORRY, THEY DO HAVE VANS ABOUT THREE, BUT THREE VANS FOR 300 PEOPLE.

YOU CAN'T GET TO WORK.

AND LASTLY, TO THESE ADVOCATES ABOUT THE, THE, THE LITTLE PICKUP SERVICE THAT IS NOT THE LEAST DISCRIMINATORY ALTERNATIVE, IT DOESN'T WORK LIKE UBER OR LYFT.

I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU CALL, YOU WAIT ON HOLD FIVE TO 60 MINUTES, AND THEN AFTER YOU'RE ON HOLD, THEN DISPATCH GETS TO YOUR, TELLS THE DRIVER TO COME PICK YOU UP.

ONCE YOU'RE EN ROUTE, IT'S A SHARED ROUTE.

SO IF SOMEBODY ELSE CALLS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND WANTS TO GET PICKED UP, THEY PICK YOU UP.

SO ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS JUST ABOUT BRANDING AND THERE'S ONE ITEM ON YOUR AGENDA THAT I ACTUALLY OPPOSED AS IT RELATES TO BRANDING.

THAT'S NUMBER 41.

AND IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT BRANDING THE CITY, UM, REALISTICALLY, YOU'RE BRANDING THE CITY SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE IT APPEAR THAT YOU ARE COMPLYING WITH TITLE VI OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU NOT TO RENAME THE AIRPORT AFTER

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LBJ BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT, UM, DEMONSTRATING A COMMITMENT TO CIVIL RIGHTS.

INSTEAD, YOU ARE SIMPLY CIRCUMVENTING FEDERAL LAW.

AND ON THAT NOTE, I JUST NEED YOU TO TELL ME HOW YOU'RE GOING TO OPERATE THE REMOTE SPEAKERS FOR THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION.

I THINK THAT IS THE ONLY OTHER ITEM I HAVE LEFT, UNLESS YOU WANNA CALL BACK FOR THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS.

UH, WHAT I'LL, ALL I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT WE WILL BRING IT UP IN, IN DUE ORDER.

THERE'S NOT MUCH WAY, UH, FOR ME TO, UH, ORGANIZE AND CALCULATE WHEN WE MIGHT BRING IT UP WHEN SOME SPEAKERS, UH, HAVE THE LENGTH OF TIME TO SPEAK.

AND I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE, UM, IN THIS CASE, UH, CLOSE TO 21 MINUTES.

SO IT'LL BE SOMETIME THIS AFTERNOON.

OH, YES, MA'AM.

UH, SOMETIME THIS AFTERNOON.

YES, MA'AM.

I'D ASK THAT YOU PLEASE IF YOU, IF YOU CAN'T, SO I'LL PLEASE WA PLEASE WATCH, AND I WILL TRY TO, UH, AS I ALWAYS DO, I WILL TRY TO GIVE NOTICE ABOUT WHAT THE ORDER OF THE COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE.

AND MS. JOSEPH, PLEASE, UH, THANK YOU MAYOR.

AND I WILL JUST CALL, I'LL JUST CALL BACK ON THE NUMBER THAT I HAVE, UNLESS THE CLERK SENDS ME SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY.

AND I APPRECIATE YOU ALLOWING ME TO BE SO EXPENSIVE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME, BUT WE'LL JUST ASK YOU TO TAKE THIS ITEM OF PUBLIC INPUT, UM, UPON AN AGENDA ITEM.

I KNOW YOU POSTPONED IT INDEFINITELY, BUT AGAIN, IT DOESN'T, THE LAWSUIT DOESN'T ADDRESS THE REMOTE SPEAKERS.

BUT THANK YOU, MS. JOSEPH.

I'M SENDING YOU BACK INTO THE QUEUE.

JUST REMAIN ON THE LINE.

NEXT SPEAKER, JEANIE RAMIREZ, FRIDAY, 9 55 64 FOR A TOTAL OF NINE MINUTES.

HI, COUNSEL AND, AND MAYOR WATSON.

UH, I, UM, I'M AGAINST THE SOBERING HOUSE ON NUMBER NINE.

I JUST FEEL LIKE THERE'S NOT ENOUGH DATA AND TRANSPARENCY WITH ALL THE INFORMATION.

LIKE HOW MANY ARE ACTUALLY IN THE SOBER HOUSE PER MONTH AND THEN HOW MANY END UP GOING TO JAIL OR HOW MANY REPEATS, UH, GOING ON TO 55.

THE, UM, UH, I'M IN FAVOR OF THIS MOBILE UNIT FOR, UH, THE FOOD LIKE PANTRY, BUT I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE EXPANDED.

THERE WAS JUST ONE ADDRESS AND YOU KNOW, THERE'S OTHER ADDRESSES HERE THAT NEED THIS MOBILE UNIT.

I THINK THE CITY CAN AFFORD THIS.

Y'ALL PUT MONEY INTO EVERYTHING, UH, OF ALL THESE OTHER ISSUES.

AND, UM, I JUST DON'T, I DON'T, YOU KNOW, HOW, HOW DO YOU JUST HAVE IT ON THE ONE EAST SIDE, EAST SIDE THOUGHT THE ONLY ONE HURTING YEARS AGO, I WAS IN A FINANCIAL SITUATION AND, UM, I WAS HAVING TO GO TO THE FOOD PANTRY OFF HERE AT MANCHAC.

IT WAS A CHURCH THAT WAS DOING IT, UH, OFF MANCHAC AND WAYNE CANNON.

UM, AND, AND THEY DIDN'T GET ENOUGH HELP THERE.

AND I, YOU KNOW, I MEAN, , IT, IT'S UNTIL YOU'VE HAD TO GO TO FOOD PANTRY TO, TO EAT.

I MEAN, IT'S, IT'S, YOU KNOW, I IT'S JUST NOT ON THE EAST SIDE, OKAY? SO I, I AM APPROVING THAT, BUT I WANT MORE LOCATIONS, PLEASE.

UM, ALSO, UM, 64, UM, UH, HANG ON, 64 IS, LISTEN, UM, I AM AGAINST ANY MEDICATION SURGERY GOING FOR, UH, CHILDREN UNDER 18, I THINK TRANSGENDER FOR THE TRANSGENDER.

UH, I SUPPORT TRANSGENDER.

I SUPPORT GAY.

I'VE BEEN SUPPORTING GAY COMMUNITIES IN THE EIGHTIES WHEN IT, IT WASN'T POPULAR AND WHEN, UM, IT WAS DANGEROUS TO SUPPORT THEM.

YOU KNOW, I'M 60 YEARS OLD HERE, SO ANYWAY, UM, BUT I WANTED TO LET Y'ALL KNOW, THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

WE, WE DON'T LET A 12-YEAR-OLD GET TATTOOS AND DON'T, AND, AND CHEETO BELLA WAS SAYING, WELL, YOU KNOW, THEY, IT COULD CAUSE UH, SUICIDES, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

I DON'T THINK THESE PEOPLE HAVE THE DATA.

I DON'T EVEN THINK THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH DATA ON THAT.

I'M NOT SAYING THAT IT HAS NOT HAPPENED.

ONE CHILD LOST A SUICIDE, IT WAS TOO MANY.

OKAY? SO I'M NOT SAYING THAT.

BUT WHAT I'M SAYING IS I THINK THAT HAS BEEN A THREAT, IF YOU WILL, FROM THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY.

PARENTS, MY CHILD'S GONNA COMMIT SUICIDE, YOU KNOW, AND, UM, I'M A SURVIVOR.

SOME OF Y'ALL DON'T KNOW THE OTHER, YOU KNOW, I SPEAK, I'VE BEEN SPEAKING OUT FOR 23 YEARS, SO, UM, BUT, BUT SOME OF Y'ALL DON'T KNOW.

THIS NEW, THIS NEW CITY COUNCIL, UH, I'M A SURVIVOR, STAGE THREE BREAST CANCER.

UH, AND I'VE HAD MY BREAST CUT OFF AT 50, AND I, IT'S STILL TRAUMATIC.

I LOOK LIKE FRANKENSTEIN'S BRIDE UNDERNEATH MY CLOTHES.

AND IT'S STILL, EVEN WITH BREAST RECONSTRUCTION, I, THIS, YOU CANNOT TELL ME A ATTEND A NINE, 8-YEAR-OLD, WHATEVER, 15-YEAR-OLD CAN, UH, GET THE BREAST CUT OFF.

THEY WANNA BE A BOY ONE MINUTE, AND THEN, AND THEN WHAT? TWO YEARS LATER, I, I THINK I WANNA BE MY GIRL AGAIN.

AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS? THE BLOCKERS CAUSE UH, UH, GIRLS TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE, UH, PRODUCE, YOU KNOW, BE ABLE

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REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM TO HAVE BABIES LATER ALSO, UM, THERE'S NO GOING BACK ON THIS.

THAT CAN CAUSE SUICIDE RIGHT THERE, YOU KNOW, OR A MALE GETTING HIS PENIS CUT ON.

I MEAN, THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE.

Y'ALL ARE EVEN SAYING SHE A BELLA.

I'M GONNA TELL Y'ALL RIGHT NOW, ALL THE HISPANICS ON THIS CITY COUNCIL, SHAME ON YOU.

I'M A LATINA.

I I HAVE NOT BEEN IMPRESSED WITH ANY OF Y'ALL.

NOW HAVE, HAVE I AGREED WITH A COUPLE OF THINGS? UH, YEAH, BUT BARELY THIS CITY COUNCIL IS ONE THAT I'VE NOTICED.

70% OF PEOPLE WILL SPEAK OUT AGAINST SOMETHING.

HEY, WHAT DO Y'ALL DO? YOU DO IT FOR? IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

I PERSONALLY CAN'T WAIT.

SO ALL OF Y'ALL ARE TAKEN OUT OF YOUR TERMS. YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR TERMS AND, AND, AND WASHINGTON, YOU HAVE BEEN A CAREER POLITICIAN.

I WISH YOU WOULD NOT RUN FOR MAYOR AGAIN.

LIKE GO OFF INTO THE SUNSET AND RETIRE AND JOIN LIFE.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, ZACHARY FADI 64 94 FOR A TOTAL OF SIX MINUTES.

HOWDY COUNSEL.

MY NAME IS ZACH FADI AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT NINE.

I WISH TO LIVE IN AN AUSTIN THAT CAN BE A BASTION AND SAFE HARBOR FOR ALL TO FLOCK TO THE WEIRD QUEER TRANS OR THOSE WHO JUST DON'T FEEL AT EASE IN THEIR HOMETOWN.

I WANT AUSTIN TO BE THE PLACE THAT GIVES NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND PROVIDES THE NOURISHING ENVIRONMENT TO ALLOW THEM TO THRIVE.

THIS IS WHY I AM IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 64, 73 AND 94.

IN ORDER TO BE THE WELCOMING CITY WE ASPIRE TO BE, WE MUST FIRST PROVIDE NEWCOMERS WITH HOUSING THAT THEY CAN AFFORD, AND THEN WE MUST ENSURE THAT THEY CAN SLEEP SAFELY AND LY IN THAT HOME SECURING THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE LAWS AND THEIR CITY HAVE, HAVE THEIR BACKS, AND NO ONE WILL COME AFTER THEM PURSUING THE HEALTHCARE THEY FEEL THEY NEED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK TO MAKE THIS DECISION A REALITY.

GOODBYE.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THAT CONCLUDES ALL THE REMOTE SPEAKERS I HAVE FOR CONSENT.

SO I'M GONNA SHIFT TO IN PERSON.

THANK YOU.

I'M GONNA, YOU WERE THE MEMBERS OF THE, OF THE COUNCIL.

IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE AT CAPACITY IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

SO THERE MAY BE SOMEBODY'S NAME THAT IS CALLED, UM, WHO'S HERE TO SPEAK, UH, AS PART OF THE PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, BUT THEY'RE NOT IN THE CHAMBER.

SO IF THAT HAPPENS, WE'LL GO ON TO SOME, TO THE NEXT PERSON.

BUT IF SOMEBODY COMES IN AND THEY WERE EXCLUDED BECAUSE OF THE, UM, THE CAPACITY SITUATION, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND TAKE THEM UP AT THAT TIME.

OR IF WE SEE SOMEBODY TRYING TO QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPICS AND GET IN HERE, WE'LL, UH, WE'LL, WE'LL, WE'LL WAIT ON THEM AND LET THEM DO THAT.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS, MEYER, BAX, BRAXTON, MICHAEL WAYLAN, T EDWARDS, BOTH, ALL SIGNED UP FOR ITEM THREE EACH HAVING THREE MINUTES.

IF YOU HEARD YOUR NAME, PLEASE COME ON DOWN, QUEUE UP, AND PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME INTO THE PODIUM.

MYRA BRAXTON.

MICHAEL WAYLAN.

T EDWARDS.

YEAH, ITEM NUMBER THREE WAS WITHDRAWN.

IF SOMEBODY'S HERE ON ITEM NUMBER THREE, UM, THAT ITEM HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN, SO THERE'S NOT A NEED TO, UH, COMMENT ON THAT TODAY.

SHE, SHE WILL PROBABLY STILL CALL YOUR NAME AND, AND SAY THAT IT WAS ITEM THREE, BUT IF WE HEAR IT'S ITEM THREE, WE'RE GONNA ASSUME THAT YOU'RE NOT SPEAKING ON THAT UNLESS YOU STAND UP.

AND, UH, THEN WE WILL DEAL WITH IT AT THAT TIME, BUT THERE'S NO REASON TO COMMENT ON IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK, THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UH, MOVING ON.

CRAIG NASER, ITEM 3, 4, 5, 6 FOR A TOTAL OF 12 MINUTES, FOLLOWED BY PAUL ROBIN.

THAT WOULD BE, THAT WOULD BE NINE MINUTES BECAUSE ITEM THREE'S BEEN WITHDRAWN.

MY APOLOGIES.

MAYOR CRAIG NASER, YOU HERE? NO.

OKAY, THEN PAUL ROBBINS FOR ITEM 4, 5, 6, TOTAL OF NINE MINUTES.

I KNOW PAUL'S HERE ON DECK, BOBBY LAVINSKY 4, 5, 6, 9 MINUTES AS WELL.

PLEASE GO AHEAD AND PLEASE GO AHEAD AND CALL THE NEXT THREE NAMES SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET READY, UM, AND MOVE THEIR WAY DOWN TOWARD THE FRONT OF THE CHAMBERS.

SURE, MAYOR.

AND FOLKS, THE REASON WE DO THAT IS OUTTA RESPECT TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE TO TESTIFY.

THAT WAY PEOPLE ARE READY AND, AND, UH, WE, WE WILL GET TO YOU A LITTLE MORE RAPIDLY.

WELCOME, MR. ROBINSON.

NICE TO SEE YOU.

UM, I WON'T BE TAKING ALL THE TIME.

I'M GRANTED.

UH, GOOD MORNING, COUNSEL.

UH, I'M AN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST, CONSUMER ADVOCATE, AND I SERVE ON THE CITY'S RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMISSION.

I'M SPEAKING ABOUT AUSTIN'S CONSERVATION PLAN.

WHAT IS IN THE CONSERVATION PLAN IS NOT WRITTEN IN STONE THE DAY AFTER YOU PASS IT.

AUSTIN CAN ESTABLISH STRATEGIES IN PROGRAMS TO INCREASE WATER SAVINGS BY MUCH MORE AGGRESSIVE VOLUMES, BUT SYMBOL SYMBOLISM ACCOUNTS FOR SOMETHING AS

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OF 8:00 AM THIS MORNING.

THE HIGHLAND LAKES WERE ONLY 43% FULL.

WE NEED TO SHOW THE PUBLIC A MORE AGGRESSIVE STRATEGY.

LET ME GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE.

IN AT LEAST FOUR LARGE TEXAS CITIES LANDSCAPE, IRRIGATION RATES FOR COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS ARE SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER THAN REGULAR COMMERCIAL WATER RATES.

YET AUSTIN DOES NOT HAVE A COMMERCIAL IRRIGATION RATE.

UH, ALL WE HAVE IS A SLIGHT INCREASE IN VOLUME RATES IN FOUR SUMMER MONTHS.

HOWEVER, WHEN I CHECK THE STATISTICS, AUSTIN COMMERCIAL BILLS PER THOUSAND GALLONS ACTUALLY FALL IN THE SUMMER DUE TO WATER VOLUME IN THESE MONTHS DIVIDED INTO THE FIXED MONTHLY CHARGE, WE ARE GIVING A SLIGHT DISCOUNT FOR LUXURY, THE LUXURY OF WATERING GRASS, WHILE SAN ANTONIO'S WATER UTILITY APPEARS TO BE CHARGING MORE THAN DOUBLE ITS NORMAL COMMERCIAL WATER RATE FOR IRRIGATION.

UH, ONE OTHER, UH, OBSERVATION ON A SIMILAR NOTE IS THAT AS OF A WEEK AGO, THERE WAS NOTHING ABOUT WATER CONSUMPTION OR CONSERVATION BEING DISCUSSED IN THE SUSTAINABILITY BONDS THAT WILL BE PRESENTED TO COUNSEL IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

BEFORE I GO, AND THIS IS THE LAST THING I'LL SAY BEFORE I GO, UH, I WANT TO STATE THAT I'VE NOT BEEN HERE IN A COUPLE MONTHS, SO I'VE NOT SEEN THIS NEW RESTRICTED AREA AROUND THE DAY, UH, DURING MEETINGS.

THIS IS ENTIRELY JUSTIFIED, BUT IT RESTRICTS INFORMAL, UH, CONVEYANCE OF INFORMATION TO COUNSEL WHEN NOT IN SESSION.

THIS NEW RAIL KIND OF SYMBOLIZES LIKE YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR FROM US WHEN YOU'RE NOT IN SESSION.

RESPECTFULLY.

THANK YOU.

AFTER BOBBY LAVINSKY IS WILLIAM BUNCH.

ROY WHALEY.

MONICA GUZMAN.

THANK YOU MAYOR COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS BOBBY LAVINSKY.

I'M WITH THE SAVE SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

UM, THIS IS ACTUALLY A REALLY GOOD ITEM, UM, TO POINT OUT THAT 90% OF WHAT WE'RE PROBABLY SAYING RIGHT NOW COULD PROBABLY BE RESOLVED IF THIS WERE JUST SENT BACK TO THE WATER FORWARD TASK FORCE.

THEY DIDN'T GET AN ADEQUATE TIME TO, UH, REVIEW THE ITEMS. AND THAT'S USUALLY WHERE WE CAN, UH, CREATE A LOT OF COMPROMISE AND SAVE YOU GUYS SOME TIME.

BUT IT IS NICE TO ACTUALLY HAVE TIME TO MAKE A REAL POINT.

UM, SO FOR THE, UM, THESE ITEMS, WE REALLY NEED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHAT OUR LAKE STORAGE LEVELS ARE.

SO RIGHT NOW WE'RE SITTING ABOUT 42% FOR OUR TWO LAKES.

THAT'S NOT UNCOMMON.

NOT ANYMORE.

IT'S GONNA GET WORSE.

LEMME GET TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

OR ACTUALLY HERE, SORRY.

THIS IS WHAT IT'S GONNA LOOK LIKE FOR THIS SUMMER.

WE'RE GONNA BE HITTING STAGE THREE BY JULY, YOUR WATER FORWARD TASK FORCE, PUT TOGETHER SOME, UM, WORKED WITH THE, UM, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ON VARIOUS SCENARIOS FOR OUR WATER FUTURE.

THEY DID 666 SCENARIOS OF THOSE, 40% OF THEM HAD US HITTING THE, UH, THE WATER, UH, TARGET MARK WHERE WE HAVE TO START PAYING LCRA FOR OUR WATER IN ABOUT 23, 24, 23 TO 30 YEARS, SOMEWHERE AROUND THERE.

THIS IS A REALLY SERIOUS ITEM THAT NEEDS ADEQUATE ATTENTION.

I'M ALSO SERVING ON THE COST OF SERVICE STUDY RIGHT NOW, AND, UM, I I WOULD IMAGINE THAT BECAUSE THE UTILITY'S IN A BAD STATE RIGHT NOW, WE WANNA SELL MORE WATER THAT THAT COUNTERS OUR GOALS.

AND SO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO INSTEAD IS STOP INVESTING SO MUCH ON LARGE SCALE INFRASTRUCTURE, DELAY SOME OF THOSE PROJECTS OUT SO THAT WAY WE CAN NOT HAVE A 22% INCREASE ON OUR LOWEST INCOME, UH, UH, FAMILIES IN, IN THE CITY.

THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GONNA BE PROPOSE ON.

THAT LOWEST BLOCK RATE.

WATER CONSERVATION SAVES MONEY.

IF WE DON'T KEEP SPENDING AND WE INVEST SERIOUSLY IN WATER CONSERVATION, THAT MEANS THAT THE NEXT STEP WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO DO IS GONNA BE A LITTLE BIT, IT'S GONNA BE MORE ROUGH.

IT'S GONNA BE ASKING THOSE COMMERCIAL USERS TO STOP WATERING SO MUCH THAT'S CANNOT CONSIDERED A LOW HANGING FRUIT THAT'S NOT IN YOUR DRAFT PLAN RIGHT NOW.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE COULD JUST ADD.

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WE COULD GO, WE GO TO THOSE COMMERCIALS AND SAY, WE WANT YOU TO ZERO ESCAPEE AND YOU COULD SAVE A LOT OF WATER JUST BY INSTITUTING THAT.

BUT WE ARE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION NOW WHEN WE, THAT WATER, THAT CONVERSATION NEEDS TO BE HAD BY THE WATER FOUR TASK FORCE.

SO LET'S NOT DO THIS TODAY AND JUST AGREE TO POSTPONE IT.

LET THE WATER FOUR TASK FORCE SAVE YOU GUYS SOME TIME AND LET'S GET THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED IN THIS.

THANK YOU BILL BUNCH.

ROY WHALEY, MONICA UZMAN.

BILL BUNCH HAS SIGNED UP FOR 4 5 6 14 16 22 37 48.

68 98 FOR A TOTAL OF 30 MINUTES.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, BILL BUNCH WITH SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, JUST FOR CONFIRMATION.

UH, AND BECAUSE OF THE SECURITY DELAY, I DID NOT HEAR AT THE VERY BEGINNING.

FOUR, FIVE, AND SIX ARE STILL ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, IS THAT CORRECT? YES.

AND IS, UH, 16 THE ALL, ALL OF THE ITEMS YOU'RE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? WELL, OKAY, ALL THE ONES.

I DON'T THINK SO.

THAT'S WHY SHE INDICATED YOU HAD 30 MINUTES.

WELL, I'M ACTUALLY, I KNOW I'M SIGNED UP FOR STUFF THAT'S NOT ON THERE, BUT I APPRECIATE IT.

I WOULD ASK YOU TO PULL THIS, UM, OUR WATER CONSERVATION PLAN, DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN.

UH, THOSE ARE SUPER IMPORTANT.

I MEAN, Y'ALL SHOULD, THIS SHOULD BE STARTING TO REGISTER WITH Y'ALL.

I MEAN, YOU'RE, Y'ALL ARE SLEEPWALKING THROUGH A CRISIS AND YOU'RE SITTING HERE READY TO VOTE ON CONSENT.

NO, NO DISSENT, NO DISCUSSION, NO QUESTIONS ON A PLAN.

THAT LITERALLY GOES BACKWARDS ON OUR CONSERVATION GROWTH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE LITERALLY THE 19 EARLY EIGHTIES, OUR CITY'S CONSUMPTION OF WATER IS GOING UP.

OUR, OUR CONSERVATION GAINS, OUR REUSE GAINS ARE NOT KEEPING PACE WITH POPULATION GROWTH.

AND THEY'D DONE THAT SURPRISINGLY AMAZINGLY, UH, WITH WHOLESALE COMMUNITY BUY-IN LITERALLY FOR DECADES.

AND NOW, RIGHT, WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE DON'T HAVE RELIABLE WATER, WE REALLY DON'T.

UM, AND THIS TIES INTO, UM, ITEM 22, UH, 1.2 MILLION FOR HOFF PAIR CONSULTING.

UM, I'M GUESSING Y'ALL HAVEN'T LOOKED AT THAT AT ALL EITHER.

UH, I'M, I'M GUESSING ABSOLUTELY NONE OF YOU HAVE ACTUALLY READ THE WATER CONSERVATION PLANT.

HAVE ANY OF YOU, MR. ALTER? THANK YOU AND COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER NUMBER TWO.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THE REST OF YOU RECOGNIZING THAT YOU HAVEN'T AND BEING HONEST ABOUT THAT.

UM, AND IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT BECAUSE THE STAFF SPRUNG IT ON THE WATER TASK FORCE TO, THEY WANTED THEM TO VOTE ON IT BY GIVING IT TO 'EM TWO HOURS BEFORE THEIR MEETING AND THEY SAID, NO, WE'RE NOT DOING THAT.

AND THEY SET A SECOND MEETING, BUT WITH ONE WEEK'S NOTICE, AND THEY HAVE REFUSED TO ENDORSE THIS, AND Y'ALL SHOULD REFUSE TO ENDORSE THIS.

YOU NEED TO SEND THIS BACK AS MR. LAVINSKY ASKED YOU TO, TO THE TASK FORCE.

AND WE NEED TO SET CONSERVATION GOALS THAT KEEP OUR TOTAL USE OF THE HIGHLAND LAKES AT MINIMUM SUSTAINABLE AND FLAT LIKE WE'VE BEEN DOING FOR DECADES.

AND WHAT WE REALLY HAVE TO DO IS WE HAVE TO START BEATING POPULATION GROWTH AND REDUCING OUR TOTAL USE BECAUSE WHAT HOF POWER CONSULTING IS TELLING US, AND THEY NEED TO TELL YOU WHAT THEIR PRELIMINARY RESULTS ARE ALREADY, BECAUSE I'M FAIRLY CERTAIN THEY HAVE THEM.

AND THAT IS WE DON'T HAVE THE WATER IN THE HIGHLAND LAKES THAT WE'VE BEEN BETTING ON AND PLANNING ON THE FIRM MANUAL YIELD OF THE HIGHLAND LAKES IS GREATLY REDUCED IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE HEATING.

AND WE CAN'T, YOU KNOW, WE CAN'T WHISTLE PAST THE GRAVEYARD ANYMORE.

IT'S, WE THINK IT'S WET.

WE'VE HAD A LOT OF RAIN, BUT IT HADN'T BEEN THAT MUCH RAIN.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE HIGH LAKES OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS, THEY'VE STAYED FLAT.

THEY HAVEN'T REFILLED AT ALL.

THE RUNOFF INTO OUR WATER SUPPLY LAKES HAS KEPT PACE WITH EVAPORATION AND CONSUMPTION,

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BUT THAT'S IT.

AND THIS IS OUR WET SEASON AND THE LONG RANGE FORECASTS TELL US WE'RE GOING INTO LA NINA HOTTER AND DRIER, AND WE COULD BE REPEATING THE DROUGHT OF RECORD FROM THE 1950S AS SOON AS A FEW MONTHS FROM NOW.

DID ANY OF Y'ALL KNOW THAT THIS IS A FACT? ARE ANY OF YOU AWARE OF IT? WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THEORETICAL DOWN THE ROAD.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT HERE AND NOW, AND YET WE'RE WASTING MORE WATER SITTING HERE TODAY THAN WE DID FOUR OR FIVE YEARS AGO.

WE'RE NOT MEETING OUR CONSERVATION GOALS.

SO WHAT IS THE RESPONSE OF OUR WATER UTILITY TO BACKSLIDE AND WEAKEN AND VIRTUALLY ELIMINATE CONSERVATION GOALS AND CONCEDE THAT WE'RE GONNA STAY BASICALLY EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE IN THE YEARS AHEAD? THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE.

YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS DOING THIS.

YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS DOING IT AND CLAIM THAT YOU CARE ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY OR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OR RESPONSIBILITY TO RATE PAYERS.

THIS TIES INTO ITEM 14 AS WELL.

$500 MILLION OF WATER AND WASTEWATER REFUNDING BONDS.

NOW WHAT THE BACKUP SAYS IS THAT, UM, YOU'RE GONNA GET LOWER RATES.

SO ON THE FINANCE SIDE, HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE? I MEAN, THE LAST I CHECKED, WE'RE AT A TIME OF WHERE WE HAVEN'T HAD THIS HIGH OF BORROWING RATES IN YEARS.

IS THAT REALLY TRUE? I MEAN, MAYBE IT IS.

DO YOU HAVE SOMEBODY FROM YOUR STAFF THAT CAN GET UP HERE AND TELL YOU HOW WE'RE GONNA GET LOWER REFINANCING RATES NOW THAN WHAT WE'VE HAD IN PREVIOUS, UH, YEARS? AND BURIED IN THERE IS 50 MILLION BUCKS, NOT JUST FOR REFUNDING, BUT FOR FUNDING THE EXPANSION AND MAJOR CAPITAL WORK TO WATER TREATMENT PLANT FOR WHICH IS WHOLLY UNNECESSARY.

THAT'S THERE'S $50 MILLION.

YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT UTILITIES, YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT UTILITY RATES.

THAT WHOLE THING COULD BE SET ASIDE.

IN FACT, YOU COULD MOTHBALL WHAT A TREATMENT PLANT FOR AND WE'D BE FINE AND WE'D SAVE A TON OF MONEY DOING SO FOR THOSE WHO WEREN'T HERE.

YOUR UTILITY, YOUR UTILITY TOLD US WE HAD TO HAVE WATER TREATMENT PLANT FOR, UM, BECAUSE OF RISK MANAGEMENT, A THREAT OF TERRORISM, AND THAT IT WAS DANGEROUS TO HAVE TWO, ONLY TWO WATER PLANTS.

AND WE HAD TO HAVE A THIRD THAT WAS TOTALLY FABRICATED BECAUSE WE ASKED, WHERE'S YOUR RISK MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT? WHAT ARE YOUR RISKS? AND THE ONLY THING THEY PRODUCED WAS A SINGLE MEMO FROM AN INTERNAL EXERCISE THAT SAID, THE ONLY REAL DANGER TO OUR RELIABILITY, BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE CONSTANT RELIABLE WATER TO THE CITY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ONLY HAVING TWO PLANTS.

WHAT IT HAD TO DO WITH IS WE HAVE TO HAVE BACKUP POWER FOR WHAT OUR, FOR OUR WATER TREATMENT PLANTS, FOR OUR PUMP STATIONS, FOR OUR DELIVERY SYSTEMS. AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED IN THE BIG FREEZE, WE HAD NO BACKUP POWER.

THE ONE THING THAT THEY TOLD US WE HAD TO DO, THEY DIDN'T DO IT.

AND THAT COST HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND IN EXTREME SUFFERING ACROSS THIS WHOLE CITY.

AND YET WE BUILT A $800 MILLION TREATMENT PLANT WE DON'T NEED