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LET'S GO AHEAD AND START.

I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CONVENE THIS MEETING.

UH, JUNE 4TH, 2020.

UH, THIS IS THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING HAPPENING REMOTELY.

UH, THE TIME IS 10 12.

I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND ARE YOU THE, UH, WE HAVE A CHECK AND WE HAVE QUORUM.

IS A COUNCIL MEMBER OR MADISON HERE? NO.

WHAT ABOUT SHE IS ON SCREEN AND SHE HERE, CAN WE COME BACK? YES, UH, IS, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, PART THAT COUNCIL HERE I'M HERE AND I CAN SEE THAT SHOW ON TV.

SO I'M HERE.

I COULDN'T HEAR YOU.

I CAN SEE YOUR LIPS MOVING, BUT I COULDN'T HEAR YOU.

I CAN HEAR YOU NOW.

OKAY, GOOD.

THANK YOU, RIGHT.

UH, I'M HERE.

UH, MADIGAN HERE.

UM, COUNCIL MEMBER.

YEP.

I'M HERE.

THANKS.

THAT'S A MEMBER.

UH, TOBO.

HOW'S THAT ALTER.

OKAY, SO WE'RE ALL PRESENT HERE.

SORRY.

THANK YOU.

MMM LET'S LOOK AT THE CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS FOR THIS MORNING.

UH, ITEM NUMBER SIX IS WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED BY ITEM 44.

ITEM NUMBER 16 WAS REVIEWED BY THE MOBILITY COMMITTEE ON MAY 28.

ITEM NUMBER 19, IT'S FOR THE SOUTH CONGRESS PRESERVATION AND IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NUMBER 35 AND 52 ARE RELATED.

NUMBER 41 42 AND 43 ARE RELATED AND THERE NUMBER 46 IS TO AUTHORIZE EXECUTION OF AN INNER LOCAL AGREEMENT.

ITEM NUMBER 48 HAS COUNCIL MEMBERS ALTER AND ALICE JOINING AND SPONSORS.

ITEM NUMBER 50 HAS COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN JOINING AS A SPONSOR, I THINK ON THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR TODAY, WE HAVE THREE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN POLLED ITEMS, SEVEN 40 AND 48.

WE HAVE, UM, SEVEN WAS PULLED OUT TO BE VOTED ON AFTER THREE AS THE SAME SPEAKER SIGNING UP ON ITEM SEVEN.

ALSO WANTED TO SPEAK ON THE SPECIAL CALLED MEETINGS AND

[Consent Agenda]

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THOSE MEETINGS CONCURRENTLY AT THREE.

UM, I DON'T REMEMBER.

40 IS PULLED BY COUNSELOR KASAR ITEM 48, PULLED BY COUNCIL MEMBER FLANAGAN.

WE HAVE LAID BACK UP AND ITEMS SIX 1829 31 33 38, 40 41 42 43, 46, 48 51 ALSO 32 AND 38 AND 39 AND 47.

YES.

ON, ON 48.

I HAVE, HOPEFULLY YOU WILL HAVE SEEN THE AMENDMENT THAT WAS DISTRIBUTED.

UM, IT SHOULD NOT BE, UM, A LONG DISCUSSION OR MAYBE NO DISCUSSION AT ALL IF THE CO-SPONSORS ARE AMENABLE TO IT.

YES, YES.

OH YEAH.

I, I CONSIDER

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THAT AMENDMENT ENTIRELY FRIENDLY.

I'M I'VE SUGGESTED TO MY STAFF THAT MAYBE WE ADD A COUPLE OF WORDS FOR FLOW, BUT, UH, BUT BASICALLY COUNSELING ARE FLAT AGAIN, IT'S ADJUSTED A FACTUAL STATEMENT AND THEN SOME CONTEXTS THAT I THINK WE ALL AGREE WITH.

AND SO, UM, I DON'T THINK, I THINK WE COULD, ONCE YOU SEE IS A COUPLE OF WORDS, WE JUST TRIED TO MAKE IT, UM, A WAY THAT I THINK READS A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

UM, BUT I DON'T THINK IT WILL REQUIRE DISCUSSION BECAUSE I THINK WE'LL INCORPORATE WHAT HE'S DONE.

GREAT.

OKAY.

SO WE'LL LEAVE THEN LET'S LEAVE IT POOR FOR RIGHT NOW UNTIL YOU COME BACK WITH THAT.

BUT WHEN WE TAKE THE VOTE, WHY DON'T YOU TRY TO PUT THAT BACK ON? I WILL POST THAT ON THE MESSAGE BOARD IN 10 MINUTES.

OKAY.

THAT'LL WORK.

UH, ALL RIGHT.

THE, UM, ALL RIGHT.

THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR TODAY ARE ITEMS ONE THROUGH 19 AND ITEMS. 40 THROUGH 50.

WE HAVE SOME SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THESE ITEMS. I WOULD PROPOSE THAT WE GO TO THOSE SPEAKERS, UH, FIRST, UH, AND THAT WE WORKED THROUGH THAT.

WE HAVE, UH, A, SOME ASSISTANCE TODAY WITH RESPECT TO THE SPEAKERS.

WE'RE GOING TO CALL THE SPEAKERS THAT NEED TRANSLATION FIRST, IF THEY HAVE CALLED IN, UH, IF NOT, WE'LL GO THROUGH THOSE OTHER SPEAKERS.

UM, AND AS WE START GOING THROUGH THOSE SPEAKERS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SPEAKERS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA ON THE, ON THE, ON, ON EVERYTHING OTHER THAN ZONING AND NUMBER SEVEN, UH, THIS MORNING AT NINE.

AND THEN AT TWO O'CLOCK, WE'LL HAVE THE SPEAKERS FOR THE ZONING CASES, THE PENNY, AND THEN, UH, AS CLOSE TO THREE O'CLOCK AS WE CAN WE'LL, UH, TAKE ACTION ON SEVEN, HAVE THE DISCUSSION, UM, A SPECIAL CALL ITEM.

UH, IT'S MY INTENT TO RECOGNIZE, UH, UH, SPEAKERS UNDER OUR RULES.

UH, THIS IS REALLY DIFFICULT, UH, AND THERE'S NO RIGHT ANSWER WITH RESPECT TO THE SPEAKERS THIS EVENING.

UH, NEVERTHELESS, IT WOULD BE GREAT IF WE GAVE EVERYBODY THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK, UH, BUT WE HAVE 335 SPEAKERS, UH, SPEAKING.

UH, AND IF WE DID THAT, WE WOULD, WE WOULD HAVE LITERALLY LIKE 18 HOURS OF SPEAKERS, WHICH WE CAN'T DO.

AND WE NEED TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION AMONG OURSELVES ABOUT ALSO ABOUT, UH, POLICE PROCEDURES AND PROTOCOLS BEFORE WE CONTINUE ON WITH DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE CITY.

UH, SO I LOOKED AT DIFFERENT KINDS OF OPTIONS IN TERMS OF HOW TO HAVE SPEAKERS, TRYING TO CHANGE IT, AND, UH, ULTIMATELY IN A HOPE TO BE ABLE TO GET TO ALL THE SPEAKERS TONIGHT SO THAT WE CAN MEET IN THE MORNING.

UM, I'M GLAD TO STICK BY OUR REGULAR RULES, WHICH IS THE FIRST 20 SPEAKERS GET THREE MINUTES.

EVERYBODY ELSE GETS ONE MINUTE.

I ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE THE ABILITY TO EXTEND THE SPEAKERS TIME AS, AS WE HAVE VERY INFREQUENTLY, BUT, BUT HAVE ALLOWED.

SO IF ANY OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, HAVE, UH, A SPEAKER THAT I WANT TO GET OF AT THREE MINUTES, UH, KEEPING IT A VERY SMALL NUMBER, UH, PLEASE LET THE CLERK KNOW THAT'S THE PROCEDURE.

SO WHEN WE GET TO IT THIS AFTERNOON, UM, EVERY ONE OF US WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO BE ABLE TO SAY SOMETHING QUICKLY.

ONCE YOU TRY TO KEEP IT AS CLOSE TO TWO MINUTES AS YOU CAN, WELL, YOU HAVE THE POLICE CHIEF, A CHANCE TO ADDRESS US AND THE COMMUNITY, THE MANAGER HE WISHES TO, AND THEN WE'LL HAVE THE SPEAKERS AT THE LAST SPEAKER SPEAK.

WE WILL END THE MEETING AND HOLD OFF FURTHER ON COUNCIL DELIBERATION OR DISCUSSION UNTIL WE CONVENE TOMORROW AT NINE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING.

I SEE US TAKING A LUNCH BREAK AFTER WE DO HOPEFULLY THE AGENDA AND COMING BACK AT TWO, I SEE US TAKING A 30 MINUTE, UH, DINNER BREAK, UH, THIS, THIS EVENING, UH, WHILE SPEAKERS ARE BEING, UH, UH, RAISED.

SO WITH THAT, I WOULD TURN OVER THE, UH, UH, CHAIR TO THE MAYOR PRO TEM.

THANK YOU FOR PICKING THIS UP.

AND, AND, UH, I WOULD HAVE OUR, OUR, UH, ASSISTANT, UH, CALL THE, UH, SPEAKERS, UH, FOR EVERYTHING.

AND MARY, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO KNOW WHEN THE INNER BREAK WILL BE FOR THOSE OF US TO HAVE KIDS? IT WOULD BE MUCH EASIER IF WE AT LEAST HAD A TIME.

I WOULD ANTICIPATE THAT WE'LL START AT THREE.

I ANTICIPATE

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YOU'RE GOING TO SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 10 AND 11.

UH, SO HOW BAD IF WE TAKE THE DINNER BREAK, UH, AT, UH, SIX OR SIX 30 AND SIX O'CLOCK.

OKAY.

GREEN DOESN'T HAVE ANY FACES AT THIS POINT, BUT I'LL TAKE THAT AS ACQUIESCENCE.

SO WE'LL TAKE A DINNER BREAK AS CLOSE TO SIX AS WE CAN.

OKAY.

MAYOR, UM, IF WE COULD GET CLARITY TWO, THANK YOU, COUNCIL NUMBER ALTER.

IF WE COULD GET CLARITY ON THE LUNCH BREAK.

I THINK I WASN'T CLEAR WHETHER YOU SAID WE WERE JUST GOING TO TAKE IT AS, UM, AFTER WE'RE DONE WITH SPEAKERS AND THE CONSENT AGENDA, OR IF THAT TOO IS A SCHEDULED, I THINK WE'LL TAKE AS MUCH AS WE CAN THIS MORNING, UH, WITH SPEAKERS.

UM, UM, BUT LET'S SAY ABOUT NOON SHOOTING IN FRONT OF THEM KNOWN FOR A LUNCH BREAK, UNLESS WE'RE REAL CLOSE TO ENDING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN, WE CAN RAISE THAT ISSUE THEN.

UH, BUT I WOULD ANTICIPATE US TAKING A NOON BREAK LET'S PLAN ON TAKING A NOON BREAK.

IF WE'RE REAL CLOSE, WE'LL JUST COME BACK A LITTLE BIT BEFORE TWO AND FINISH IT UP.

THAT WAS PLANNED ON A NOON BREAK FOR LUNCH.

OKAY, MAYOR? YES.

UH, THIS IS, UM, COUNCIL HOME KITCHEN.

UM, SO, AND THEN TOMORROW WE'LL WE'LL CONVENE AT NINE.

YES.

DO WE HAVE, UH, UH, AN ESTIMATED, IS THAT NINE UNTIL WE FINISH OR IS THAT NINE UNTIL A, AN END? UH, I THINK, UH, PEOPLE HAD THINGS ON THEIR CALENDARS.

MY HOPE IS, IS THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO FINISH OUR CONVERSATION IN THE MORNING.

SO I'M PROBABLY GOING FROM NINE TO NOON.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, I'M GOING TO TURN THE, UM, THE COLUMN HERE OVER TO THE AMERICAN 10 MINUTES.

UH, ASSISTANCE COULD START SPEAKERS.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THE FIRST SPEAKER IS NICKEL MEAD.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU AGAIN.

MIQUEL MEAD WITH HUSH BLACKWELL.

I'M ACTUALLY SPEAKING ON TWO ITEMS AND HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO GO AHEAD AND SPEAK ON BOTH OF THOSE ITEMS AT ONE TIME.

FIRST, THAT LIKES TO MAKE COMMENTS ON ITEM 40.

THE COVID-19 SPENDING FRAMEWORK.

I SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF HAM HEALTH ALLIANCE FOR AUSTIN MUSICIANS.

AND I WANT TO FIRST SAY WE ARE VERY MUCH IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 40 AND GETTING A FRAMEWORK UNDERWAY.

UM, WE WANT TO REALLY JUST EXPRESS THAT THERE HAS BEEN A QUESTION OUT THERE ABOUT WHETHER HAM WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OF THESE FUNDS.

WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THERE'S A POSSIBILITY THAT THE INTERPRETATION OF THE ORDINANCE OR THE RESOLUTION THAT WAS ADOPTED ON MAY 7TH WOULD THAT HAND WAS INELIGIBLE.

AND WE TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH THAT INTERPRETATION.

SO WE WOULD JUST ASK THE COUNCIL TO HAVE STAFF WORK WITH US, TO WORK THROUGH THE REASONS WHY WE MIGHT BE INELIGIBLE.

AND IF THERE IS AN INELIGIBILITY EMBEDDED IN THAT RESOLUTION THAT BE AMENDED.

THE OTHER ITEM THAT I'D LIKE TO SPEAK ABOUT IS ITEM 50, WHICH IS VACATE A REQUEST TO VACATE AN ALLIE.

UM, THIS IS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, UM, THAT HAS BEEN CALLED THE LOPEZ TOWER.

UH, IT'S A GREAT PROJECT.

IT IS A GREAT PROJECT THOUGH, THAT IS IN A TERRIBLE LOCATION.

IT IS ON A SITE THAT IS MUCH TOO SMALL.

AND THE PROBLEM WITH THE SITE IS THAT IT HAS NO ACCESS.

OUR FIRM REPRESENTS TYNDALL PARTNERS.

TINDALL IS A BUILDING OF 180 HOMES THAT IS DIRECTLY ADJACENT TO THIS LOT.

AND THE REQUEST FOR THIS ALLEY VACATION, JUST PUT THAT NEW BUILDING, EVEN CLOSER, MAKING ACCESS TO THE SITE, EVEN WORSE.

SO WE ARE ASKING COUNCIL TO POSTPONE ACTION ON THIS TO ALLOW THERE, TO BE TIME FOR THE DEVELOPER TO MEET WITH THE 180 OWNERS AND THE TYNDALL TO TALK ABOUT THE PLANS TO DATE, THE DEVELOPER HAS NOT PRESENTED A FINAL SET OF PLANS.

AND SO THEY'RE ASKING COUNCIL TO MAKE THIS DECISION BASED ON A SET OF PLANTS THAT IT'S OUTDATED.

SO WE WOULD ASK THAT THIS BE POSTPONED ITEM 52, THE JULY 30TH MEETING, UM, TO GIVE TIME FOR THAT DISCUSSION TO HAPPEN.

AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK THE NEXT SPEAKER IS LISA BROWN AND YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, MY NAME IS LISA BROWN AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT NINE.

I'M A WHITE PERSON HERE SUPPORTING THE DEMANDS OF THE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR UNITED GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP.

I

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SAID OF AUSTIN, JAVA AND OTHERS, UM, TO ALLOCATE THE $70 MILLION OF THE FEDERAL CODE, THAT FUND TO DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN AUSTIN.

AND I SAVED THE REST OF MY TIME TO DIRECTLY IMPACTED PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS PAULA ROJAS.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, THIS IS FROM COMMUNITIES OF COLOR UNITED FOR RACIAL JUSTICE.

UM, I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF CCU.

THERE'S MANY OF US THAT WANTED TO SPEAK, BUT WE KNOW THERE'S HUNDREDS.

UM, AND WE'RE WITH GABA.

I THOUGHT OF AUSTIN GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP.

I'LL GO ON MY SON, THAT TEXAS ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE, BREAKTHROUGH, CENTRAL, TEXAS, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS ASKING YOU TO TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY THE DECISION OF HOW TO ALLOCATE THE COVID, THE NATIONAL COVID THE FEDERAL COVID RELIEF FUNDS TODAY.

WE KNOW YOU'RE MAKING VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS WITH LOTS OF COMPETING NEEDS FOR OUR CITY THOUGH.

WE THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO FULLY FUND AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

WE THINK THAT YOU CAN FIND MORE MONEY MAYBE FROM OTHER SOURCES, OTHER PARTS OF IT, INCLUDING FUNDS, GOING TO THE BUSINESS AND OTHERS TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT'S GOING DIRECTLY INDIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES.

AND THAT IS DIRECT ACH TRANSFERS, PREPAID CARDS, UH, AND WE ARE ASKING OR RECOMMENDING OR DEMANDING AT THIS POINT THAT 70 MILLION NEEDS TO GO IN THAT DIRECTION.

IF YOU THINK ABOUT PER CAPITA, HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN POVERTY IN AUSTIN RIGHT NOW AND WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING TO MANY OF THEM, IT'S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY THAT PEOPLE RECEIVE DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE.

AND SO THAT WE CAN CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC.

UM, PEOPLE ARE OUT LOOKING FOR WORK, UH, AND UNSAFE CONDITIONS BECAUSE THEY'RE UNEMPLOYED OR CONTINUING TO WORK AND, UH, UNSAFE CONDITIONS.

WE HAVE 1,271 SIGNATURES ON THE PETITION THAT CAME INTO YOUR INBOX THIS MORNING, AND MANY MORE SO WANTING TO SIGN ON TO THIS.

UM, PLEASE LOOK, SHAN, THERE'S A VIDEO WE SENT YOU AS WELL.

UM, THE, THE WAY YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY SPEAKS TO WHO WE ARE AS HUMANS THINK ABOUT THOSE WHO RIGHT NOW ARE RUNNING OUT OF FOOD, CLEANING SUPPLIES, OR ABOUT TO HAVE MASSIVE EVICTIONS.

THIS HAS TO BE THE PRIORITY, AND WE MUST FIND THE MONEY.

WE MUST YOU FUND THE POLICE.

AS WE'VE BEEN ASKING FOR YEARS, THERE'S MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT YOU CAN MOVE TO THIS PRIORITY.

SO I'M, I KNOW YOU HAVE VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS THAT YOU'RE SITTING ON, BUT THIS IS THE MOMENT TO DECISIVELY SHOW THAT AS AUSTIN, WE HAVE OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT AS A CITY.

UM, WE CAN SHOW THAT WE CAN TAKE CARE OF ALL OF OUR PEOPLE.

I URGE YOU TO TAKE THIS DECISION VERY SERIOUSLY.

AND I SPEAKING, THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS AMANDA FIFI.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, I'M AMANDA FIFI.

AND I'M THE CHAIR OF THE HISPANIC, LATINO QUALITY OF LIFE RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMISSION.

AND WE DID HAVE A COMMISSION MEETING LAST WEEK.

WE HAD SEVERAL, UH, RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS CALL IN, UM, JUST EXPRESSING CONCERNS ABOUT COVID-19 AND THE, HOW IT'S DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTING THE LATINO COMMUNITY.

UM, WE ALSO HAD, UH, CAROLYN KNACK AND JOSH FALL, JOHN BOSCH FROM THE TYREX GROUP, WHICH IS A MANUFACTURING GROUP, UM, CALLING IN SAYING THAT, UM, IN 14 DAYS THEY HAD 14 POSITIVE COVID CASES.

AND AS THIS 14, 12 WERE HISPANIC AND LATINO.

UM, AND SO REALLY THEY WERE ALSO ASKING THAT, YOU KNOW, WE EDUCATE THE WORKFORCE AND COMMUNITY.

AND SO WE DID PASS THE RECOMMENDATION.

UM, THE COVID-19, UM, IT'S CALLED COVID-19 AND DESPERATE, UH, IMPACTS FOR LATIN MIX AND OTHER PEOPLE

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OF COLOR IN AUSTIN.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE INCLUDED ALL THE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW WE ARE BEING DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY COVID-19 ALSO, YOU KNOW, THERE IS SOME FEAR IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT BEING TESTED FOR COVID-19 BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IT MIGHT EXPECT EXPOSE THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS.

AND SO WE DID A REQUEST CONCRETE ACTION TO ADDRESS THIS FOR OUTCOMES, FOR OUR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, INCLUDING, UM, YOU KNOW, ADDRESS THE DIGITAL ACCESS AND TECHNOLOGY THEY'RE YEARS MAKING SELF-ASSESSMENTS AND ENROLLMENT AND AVAILABLE THROUGH A MULTILINGUAL CALL CENTER OR PHONE LIST, AND REALLY PROVIDING ALL THIS INFORMATION VIA TELEPHONE OR IN SOME OTHER WAY THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE MODERATE ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY.

UM, CREATING MOBILE SITE BASED TESTING, FOCUSED ON BOTH IDENTIFY CLUSTERS AND POTENTIAL AREAS OF RISK.

SO REALLY GOING INTO THOSE, UH, LIVING IN HOUSE, PUBLIC, TEMPORARY HOMELESS SHELTERS AND OUR CONSTRUCTION SITES, UM, REQUEST THAT AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER TO PRIORITY TO PRIORITIZE, IF NOT ALLOCATE ALL TESTS FROM THE, I AM AWARE CONTRACT TO PERFORM MOBILE TESTING IN PRIORITY, ZIP CODES OF CONCENTRATED POVERTY IN LATIN X, BLACK AND ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

UM, AND WE URGE THAT COUNCIL CONTINUE FUNDING THIS CONTRACT.

YOU KNOW, IF IT IS SUCCESSFUL IN PRIORITIZING ZIP CODES OF CONSTANT, AGAIN, CONCENTRATED, UM, ZIP CODES PRIORITIZE, UH, CITY SOCIAL SERVICES FUNDING FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE TESTED POSITIVE AND EXPRESSED FINANCIAL NEEDS TO ENSURE THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE ABLE TO ISOLATE AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILY, YOU KNOW, RENT UTILITIES, FOOD ASSISTANCE, AND NOT TYING ANY OF THIS ASSISTANCE TO IMMIGRATION STATUS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS RACHEL MANNY.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS.

HI THERE.

AM I TAKING HER? IS IT RACHEL ONE SECOND, PLEASE? YEAH, OF COURSE.

OKAY, GO AHEAD.

RACHEL.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

YEAH.

HI.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, MY NAME IS RACHEL MANNY.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT ONE.

UM, I AM SPEAKING TODAY, UM, FROM UNDOING RIGHTS TO SUPREMACY AUSTIN, BUT I'M ACTUALLY GOING TO KEEP THIS VERY SHORT, UM, FALLA WHO JUST SPOKE ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONS, UM, GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP, CCU, GABA, AND I TAUGHT AT BOSTON AND MANY MORE, UM, REALLY SAID IT BEST.

UM, SO I AM A WHITE PERSON HERE, UM, SUPPORTING THE DEMANDS OF ALL, UM, OF ALL OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS TO ALLOCATE THE $70 MILLION AT THE FEDERAL COVID FUND TO DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO, UM, COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN AUSTIN.

AND I SEE THE REST OF MY TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS JERMAINE WILLIAMS. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI.

YES.

MY NAME IS DR.

JERMAINE WILLIAMS. I'M A RESIDENT OF THE TYNDALL AND I'M CALLING TO SPEAK ON ITEM NUMBER 50.

THE MAIN THING WITH THIS PROJECT IS THAT I SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

HOWEVER, WE'VE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THE PLANS SINCE WE ARE NEIGHBORS RIGHT NEXT DOOR, TO ENSURE THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST PROJECT FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I WOULD ASK THE COUNCIL TO PLEASE POSTPONE ANY THIS PROJECT ANY FURTHER.

I KNOW THAT THIS IS JUST A VACATION OF AN ALLEYWAY, BUT IT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SITE PLAN, AT LEAST AS FAR AS WE KNOW.

THANK YOU.

AND THAT'S ALL I NEED FOR MY TIME.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS AMANDA TRAP HAGAN.

AMANDA TRA PAGAN.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, THIS IS AMANDA TRAFFICKING FROM DISTRICT COURT.

UM, I JUST WANT TO ECHO WITH THE OTHER, SPEAKING OF SAYING

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APD AND DIRECT THOSE AMOUNTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND OTHER COMMUNITY FUNDS TYPICALLY NEED $7 MILLION TO THE BRIAN SWANSON EXPONENTIAL OR THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, UM, THAT SHE NEEDED THE REST OF MY TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS CLAIRE ATWOOD.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI THERE.

I JUST WANTED TO ADD MY VOICE TO PREVIOUS SPEAKERS AND SUPPORTING AGENDA ITEMS 40 AND 49 AROUND COVID-19 SPENDING FRAMEWORK AND ADDING TO THE RISE FUND FOR DIRECT FINANCIAL RELIEF.

UM, I BELIEVE THAT THE CITY HAS A MORAL OBLIGATION TO PRIORITIZE THE NEEDS OF COMMUNITIES OF COLOR LIKE OTHERS.

I'VE SEEN STATISTICS THAT BLACK AND LATINO RESIDENTS IN AUSTIN ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED BY COVID-19 HERE IN AUSTIN, BOTH IN TERMS OF HOSPITALIZATIONS AND ECONOMIC FALLOUT.

UM, AND SO I'M ASKING THAT THE CITY COUNCIL ALLOCATE $70 MILLION TOWARDS THE RISE FUND AND PRIORITIZE ORGANIZATIONS WHERE IT CAN DIRECTLY WITH COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND BLACK COMMUNITIES IN PARTICULAR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT CALLER IS MATT MATHIAS.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HELLO, GREETINGS MAYOR COUNCIL, MAYOR PRO TEM.

THIS IS MATT MATHIAS AND I AM ONE OF THE DEVELOPERS ALONG WITH THE OFFICE OF THE STEAM PARTNER, TERRY MITCHELL OF THE TYNDALL PROJECT.

WE'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT ITEM NUMBER 50, THE ALLEY VACATION, UH, CARRIE, AS YOU KNOW, IS WELL KNOWN IN THIS COMMUNITY FOR BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

HE'S BUILT OVER 750 UNITS, AND HE'S GOT MULTIPLE PROJECTS ON THE WAY TOTALING ALMOST 5,000 UNITS, MANY OF WHICH IN FACT, THE MAJORITY OF WHICH WILL BE AFFORDABLE.

SO, UH, WE AS AN ORGANIZATION ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND ALL 25 RESIDENTS OF THE TYNDALL, UH, THAT SPOKE AT PLANNING COMMISSION, ALL EXPRESS THEIR SUPPORT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

THIS VOTE TODAY IS BEING COUCHED AS AN ALLIE VACATION, WHICH IT REALLY IS, BUT THE EFFECT OF DEATH IS ALLOWING A PROCESS TO BE FORWARDED THAT IS NORMALLY AFFORDED TO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS THAT TYNDALL NEIGHBORHOOD CONSISTS OF 182 HOMES AND RESIDENCES.

UM, IN THE GUADALUPE NEIGHBORHOOD.

I KNOW THIS IS MR. ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN, AND HE'S DONE A GREAT JOB SUPPORTING IT, BUT THERE'S NEW RESIDENCES HERE.

AND THE PROBLEM IS THE CITY MISSED THE NOTIFICATION OF THE SITE PLAN SUBMITTAL.

SO NONE OF THE RESIDENTS KNEW ABOUT IT A YEAR AGO AND DIDN'T HAVE ANY INPUT INTO IT WITH GMDC.

THEN THEY MISSED THE NOTIFICATION OF THIS ALLEYWAY, WHICH WENT THROUGH THE PROCESS.

AND ONLY AFTER YOU HAD VOTED TO VACATE IT, DID THEY FIND OUT? SO WE'RE GETTING TO HAVE THIS PROCESS OVER AGAIN.

THE DAY THE BOTTOM LINE IS ON MAY 11TH.

THE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION ASKED G AND DC FOR A SET OF PLANS AND TO MEET AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE.

ANY OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD IN THIS TOWN SHOULD HAVE THE COURTESY OF HAVING INPUT ON WHAT'S BUILT NEXT TO THEM SO THAT THEY CAN CREATE THE BEST PROJECT POSSIBLE.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ASKING YOU FOR TODAY IS PROCESS ALLOW AT TIME DON'T VOTE ON THIS ALLEYWAY TODAY, POSTPONE IT.

SO GE AND DC AND THE TYNDALL NEIGHBORS CAN GET TOGETHER AND UNDERSTAND FOR THE FIRST TIME, WHAT IS PROPOSED TO BE BUILT BY THE WAY THE CITY WEBSITE, DURING COVID HAS LINKED THIS CASE TO A SET OF PLANS ON METRIC DRIVE, NOT THE, NOT THE PROJECT THAT'S UNDER CONSIDERATION HERE.

IT'S FINALLY BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, BUT IT'S BEEN A PROBLEM.

SO WE ASKED FOR YOUR DELAY ON THIS AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MERRIAM CONNOR.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES, MIRIAM CONNOR.

HI, THIS IS MIRIAM CONNOR.

I AM THE VICE CHAIR OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN RESOURCE ADVISOR COMMISSIONS SPEAKING AS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AND MEMBER THERE, ADLER CITY, COUNCIL AND STAFF.

GOOD MORNING REGARDING ITEM NUMBER 40 BUDGETS ARE MORAL DOCUMENTS.

DR.

CORNELL WEST SAID, JUSTICE IS WHAT LOVE LOOKS LIKE.

AND PUBLIC ALLOTTING, LITTLE TO NO MONEY TO RISE AS IRRESPONSIBLE AND SHOWS A LACK OF CARE GIVEN TO AUSTIN'S HISTORICALLY OPPRESSED POPULATIONS OR SEEING PEOPLE INTO FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAMS ASSUMES THAT THEY ARE HAVE THAT THEY HAVE THE TIME AND THEY DON'T HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND OR THEIR FAMILIES.

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IT'S NOT RESPECT.

IT'S AVAIL OF SYSTEMIC IGNORANCE THAT WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO CHANGE.

WE NEED TO PLAN TO DEFUND THE POLICE.

WE NEED TO, WE NEED DIRECT SUPPORT AND WE NEED THAT $70 MILLION TO GO TO RISE.

THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT.

Y'ALL DO.

HOWEVER WE HAVE GOT TO DO MORE NOW.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS EMILY SHEN AVERT.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

ONE MOMENT.

GOOD MORNING.

THEY ARE IN COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS EMILY SHEDA THERE I AM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR THE AUSTIN BOARD OF REALTORS.

LET ME START JUST BY SAYING THAT ON BEHALF OF OUR 14,000 MEMBERS, I'D LIKE TO THANK EACH OF YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PUBLIC SERVICE, PARTICULARLY DURING LAST WEEK.

IF THIS HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT TIME IN OUR COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY, I WANT TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF ITEM 40, AND I'M ASKING COUNCIL TO ALLOCATE $40 MILLION TOWARDS RENTAL ASSISTANCE THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR BOTH TENANTS AND LANDLORDS.

SPECIFICALLY, I WOULD ASK THAT YOU KEEP ONE TO $2 MILLION IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR SMALL LANDLORD ASSISTANCE.

AFTER A CERTAIN DATE, IF THERE WERE ANY UNUSED FUNDS REMAINING, THOSE COULD BE SHIFTED TO OVERALL RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, WE'VE HEARD EXPERIENCES AND ANXIETY FROM THOSE THAT ARE MILITARY FAMILIES, CURRENTLY FISHING OVERSEAS, WHO RELY ON EACH MONTH RENT TO MAINTAIN AND PAY THEIR FAMILY HOME UNTIL THEY CAN RETURN HOME TO AUSTIN.

WE'VE HEARD FROM FAMILIES THAT ARE FINANCIALLY IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THEY'RE GOING TO PAY NEXT MONTH'S RENT.

WE'VE HEARD FROM RETIRED SENIORS WHO RELY ON THEIR INVESTMENT PROPERTY, INCOME AS THEIR LIVELIHOOD.

WE'VE HEARD SOME PROPERTY OWNERS WHO CARE ABOUT THEIR TENANTS AND ARE WORKING WITH THEM TO EASE THEIR FINANCIAL HARDSHIP BY WAIVING LATE FEES AND SETTING UP INDIVIDUALIZED PAYMENT PLANS IN WAYS THAT WORK FOR BOTH SIDES.

SADLY, WE'VE ALSO HEARD STORIES FROM PROPERTY MANAGERS WHO WERE EXPERIENCING UNRESPONSIVE AND UNCOOPERATIVE TENANTS WHO ARE PURPOSEFULLY NOT PAYING RENT, CITING THE COUNCIL 60 DAY GRACE PERIOD, AS THE REASON FOR DOING SO THESE STORIES AND EXPERIENCES REMIND US THAT WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

WE'RE ALSO REMINDED THAT AS A MAJORITY OF THE ATTENDANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE AND HARDWORKING INDIVIDUAL, THE SAME AS IS.

SO FOR THE MAJORITY OF LANDLORDS, THAT OUR CITY WE'RE REMINDED THAT BOTH SIDES NEED TO NOT LET A FEW BAD APPLES SPOIL OUR BUNCH.

THAT IS WHY I RESPECTFULLY ASKED THE COUNCIL TO WORK TO UNITE COMMUNITY BY ALLOCATING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, PARENTAL ASSISTANCE ASSISTANCE TOWARDS BOTH TENANTS AND LANDLORDS, JUST AS TENANTS TENANTS, SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BEAR THE BRUNT OF THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THIS PANDEMIC WITHOUT SIMILAR RELIEF AND ASSISTANCE OPTIONS.

NEITHER SHOULD THOSE SMALL LANDLORD.

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE DURING THIS CRISIS.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD MORNING THERE.

AND CITY COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS DAVID WADDELL.

I'M EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION THIS MORNING.

I COULDN'T EVEN TALK ABOUT ITEM 47 ASKING FOR THE APPROVAL OF AN AUDIENCE, UM, ORDINANCE, UH, CREATING A PILOT PROGRAM THAT WOULD AUTHORIZE SPECIFIC BUSINESSES TO PRIVATE, PRIVATE PARKING LOTS AND PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAYS FOR EXPANDED BUSINESS OPERATION.

UM, THE BENEFIT WOULD BE THE PARKLETS TO PROVIDE A REAL BENEFIT TO THE BUSINESSES AND HELP BRING PEOPLE BACK, UH, TO START BUYING AGAIN, UM, BUSINESSES, ESPECIALLY RESTAURANTS THAT HAVE SPECIFICALLY BEEN DEVASTATED BY THE PEN.

AND, AND WE ESTIMATE ABOUT 30 TO 35% OF ALL RESTAURANTS WILL CLOSE THAT, UH, PERMANENTLY, UM, BECAUSE OF THE DEFENDANT THEM, UM, USING A SOURCE ANALOGY.

THEY SAY THAT A GREAT COACH IS JUDGED ON HOW WELL THEY MAKE ADJUST RESENT HALF TIME.

THIS IS A CRUCIAL TIME FOR OUR INDUSTRY.

ALLOWING PARK WINS WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT ADJUSTMENT FOR BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS UNTIL, UH, OUR LIFE AND OUR BUSINESSES COME BACK TO, UH, THE NEW NORMAL, WHATEVER THAT IS.

CREATIVITY IS KEY IN RESTAURANTS, I'VE SHOWN THESE LAST 60 DAYS LAST 90 DAYS THAT THEY CAN BE CREATIVE TO HELP TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESSES OPEN.

THE PARKLETS WILL HELP WITH THREE FACTORS, NONE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

WHEN WE HEAR THE GOVERNOR AND HAS SPINNER OUR GREAT MAYOR TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO GET PAST THIS IS SOCIAL DISTANCE.

AND I THINK PARKLETS, OR RETHINK THE ASSOCIATION FEELS THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL HELP A GREAT DEAL.

IT WILL BRING

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BACK A CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IN GOING BACK TO THE RESTAURANT, THEY'LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHECK BEFORE WE, UM, CHOOSE BETWEEN SITTING INSIDE OR OUTSIDE.

AND A LOT OF TIMES NOW WE'RE HEARING PEOPLE WOULD RATHER SIT OUTSIDE.

AND SO THE PARK IS WE'LL GIVE THE RESTAURANTS ANOTHER OPTION FOR, UM, THEIR, THEIR FOLLOWERS AND FINANCIALLY BENEFIT INITIALLY WILL HELP THE RESTAURANTS GET BACK UP ON THEIR FEET.

I MEAN, THE RESTAURANTS THAT HAVE, UM, TIME THAT KIND OF AGAIN, UM, REALIZING WHAT IS ASKED OF THEM, BUT IT WAS 25%, 50% AND IT'S 75%.

AND WITH EACH STEP, THEY'VE TRIED TO DO THEIR BEST TO ADHERE TO ALL OF THEM.

SO WE BELIEVE THAT THE PARKWOOD, UM, ORDINANCE WOULD BE A GREAT AUDIENCE.

DALLAS IS DOING IT NOW, AND WE THINK THAT WE WOULD BE ON A TEMPORARY BASIS.

AND WE'D LIKE TO DO THAT AS WELL.

UM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WAITING TO SPEAK THAT I JUST WANT TO HIT THE KEY POINTS, HAVE A BLESSED DAY.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS .

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, THANK YOU.

GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS AND I'M A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER WITH DAY.

WE PROVIDE DIRECT LEGAL SERVICES TO FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO'VE BEEN DETAINED AND RELEASED.

UM, I'M CALLING TODAY ALONGSIDE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR UNITED AND GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP.

AND TO URGE YOU ALL TO REPRIORITIZE, REPLENISHING AND SIMPLIFYING THE RISE FUND PROCESS, UH, OUT OF AROUND 236 FAMILIES THAT WE DIRECTLY WORK WITH AND WHO WE'VE INFORMED OF THE FUNDS AND THE DISTRIBUTING, OR WE ONLY KNOW OF ONE FAMILY WHO CONFIRMED ACTUALLY RECEIVING ANY KIND OF ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF RENT PAYMENT, NOT EVEN CASH ASSISTANCE.

UM, AND THIS DOESN'T INCLUDE THE OTHER COUNTLESS FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE PROGRAM AND WHO HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO ACCESS IT.

MANY OF THE FAMILIES THAT I ORGANIZED WITH CURRENTLY ARE NOT ABLE TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND THEIR RENT BILLS ARE ACTUALLY ACCUMULATING WHEN THEY MAY FACE EVICTION IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

A LOT OF THEM HAVE MAJOR MEDICAL BILLS TO PAY AND ACCOUNT FOR AS WELL.

UM, AND THEN YOU DO NOT HAVE ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF ACCESSING SUPPORT BECAUSE SOME ARE OUT OF FEAR OF THE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL, UM, JUSTICE STATUS, ONE DAY, I'D LIKE YOU TO TAKE THAT INTO ACCOUNT.

AND, UM, I'M ASKING FOR IT FOR TWO THINGS, ONE FOR YOU ALL TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF ITEM 40 AND REALLOCATING $70 MILLION TO GO TO THE COVID-19 RELIEF RESPONSE, UM, TO DIRECTLY TO THE RIGHT FUND, UH, FOR PROJECT DISCUSSION SYSTEM, TO THESE FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUAL WHO ARE DISPROPORTIONALLY AFFECTED SPECIFICALLY COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, AS MANY HAVE, HAVE ALREADY SAID, I'D ALSO LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO VOTE OR, UM, IN FAVOR OF ITEM, NUMBER 49, TO SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS AND REMOVE ANY BARRIERS AND CHALLENGES TO ACTUALLY BEING ABLE TO APPLY FOR THESE FUNDS.

MANY FAMILIES WE WORK WITH HAVE REPORTED CALLING DISTRIBUTING ORDERS AND PHONE LINES BEING CONSTANTLY SWAMPED OR ORGANIZATIONS RUNNING OUT OF FUNDS.

AND THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY A, TO NO FAULT OF THE DISTRIBUTING OR, BUT INSTEAD IT'S TELLING OF THE VOLUME OF NEED AND THE LACK OF STRUCTURE TO MEET THAT NEED.

SO I'M ASKING FOR YOU ALL TO CONSIDER SIMPLIFYING THINGS, SIMPLIFYING AND STREAMLINING THE PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR VIBER ASSISTANCE.

UM, AS, AS CCU AND GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP HAVE ALREADY STATED PREVIOUSLY THAT WE ARE, I WORK THE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND ADULTS WERE DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED IN THIS TIME AND NOT TO PRIORITIZE FUNDING THE POLICE, YOU KNOW, THAT'S IN COUNCIL IN THE PAST.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS DENISE PRINCE.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI.

UM, I, I CAN BE HEARD MONEY IS JIMMY'S PRINCE LIVING IN DISTRICT THREE.

AND, UM, I WANTED TO SPEAK OF FOUR ITEMS, 40 AND 49.

UM, AS, UH, ARTISTS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE.

I HAVE INCREDIBLE PRIVILEGE, UM, IN COMPARISON TO THE PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THIS CITY OR PEOPLE THAT ARE MOSTLY STRUGGLING WITH POVERTY.

AND I FEEL THAT, UM, IT'S ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO HAVE VOICES TO REMIND, YOU KNOW, CARING HUMANS OF OUR HUMANITY BECAUSE WE, I THINK ONE IN US, ONE IS STRUGGLING WITH THESE ISSUES FIRSTHAND THAT ONE CAN EASILY NOT UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT IN ONE'S LIFE.

AND SO AS A PERSON WHO HAS COME FROM A LAW ENFORCEMENT BACKGROUND, MY FATHER WAS CHIEF OF POLICE OF DALLAS,

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TEXAS.

YOU KNOW, I'M INCREDIBLY CONCERNED WITH THE FUNDING OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HERE BECAUSE I'M HORRIFIED AS THE WAY THAT, UM, THAT, THAT OUR CITIZENS ARE BEING, ARE BEING TREATED AND MURDERED IN THIS COUNTRY BY THEM.

SO I'M URGING, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, DEFUNDING THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE UNTIL THE, THE PEOPLE, THIS COUNTRY FEELS SAFE.

AND THAT MEANS MOSTLY THE BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE AND OTHER PEOPLES OF COLOR.

SO I AM TIRED WITH IT, MORE EDUCATED, ALL THAT, THE EXACT INFORMATION THAT THESE ITEMS, YOU KNOW, THESE AGENDA ITEMS, BUT I'M STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE MYSELF, BUT I STILL AM INCREDIBLY PRIVILEGED IN COMPARISON.

SO I HONESTLY SEE QUICKLY THAT I SHOWED MY TIME TO EVERYONE ELSE.

BUT, UM, THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME AND THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS DAVID JOHNSON.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

OKAY.

MY NAME IS DAVID JOHNSON AND I'M WITH GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP AND TEXAS ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO, UH, WELL, SINCE SEVEN HAS BEEN PUSHED, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK ON 40 AND 49.

SIMPLY PUT RECENT EVENTS OF THE PAST FEW MONTHS HAVE SHOWN US THAT THERE ARE SYSTEMIC INEQUITIES THAT TRULY AFFECT MORE PEOPLE THAN WE EVER IMAGINED, OR PERHAPS IN ANYONE ELSE EVER IMAGINED.

BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR AND PEOPLE FROM LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC SECTORS HAVE KNOWN THAT THESE INEQUITIES EXISTED FOR A LONG TIME, BUT NOW WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THERE IS THIS RUSH TO SUDDENLY TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE.

AND THE WAYS IN WHICH MANY PEOPLE ARE CARED FOR BY THE, BY THE COMMUNITY, THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT IS CONDESCENDING AND PATRIARCHAL AND IS ABSOLUTELY DISREGARDING TOWARDS THEIR AUTONOMY AND THEIR AGENCY.

AND IT TREATS INDIVIDUALS AS THOUGH THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR THEMSELVES AND HOW TO BEST PROVIDE FOR THEIR OWN NEEDS WHEN GIVEN ADEQUATE RESOURCES.

SO I ASKED THAT BOTH 40 AND 49 BE PASSED SO THAT THERE ARE ADEQUATE FUNDS PUT ASIDE AS THEY SHOULD BE, AND THAT THEY ARE ADEQUATELY AND SUFFICIENTLY ALLOCATED TOWARDS THE RISE FUND.

AND ALSO SO THAT THE MANNER THROUGH WHICH THE FUNDS ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST IN THE COMMUNITY IS MOST IMPACTFUL AND EFFECTIVE AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS AARON WALTER.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HELLO.

MY NAME IS REVEREND AARON WALTER I'M WITH THE TEXAS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST JUSTICE MINISTRY.

AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT THREE.

I'M A WHITE PERSON HERE ASKING YOU TO DEFUND APD AND SUPPORT THE DEMANDS OF COMMUNITIES OF COLOR RATCHETS LEADERSHIP.

I SAT A BOSTON GABA AND OTHERS ALLOCATE $70 MILLION IN THE FEDERAL COVID FUND TO DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN AUSTIN.

I WANT TO SAY AMEN TO EVERYTHING.

MR. JOHNSON JUST SAID, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME.

AND I SEE THE REST OF MY TIME TO DIRECTLY IMPACTED PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS BRIA MOORE.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HELLO.

MY NAME IS BRIA MAURA, AND I'M AN AUSTIN RESIDENT LIVING IN DISTRICT SIX.

I'M CALLING TO REQUEST THAT 70 MILLION AND FEDERAL COVID-19 OR LEASE FUNDS BE ALLOCATED TO THE RISE FUND AND USED TO PROVIDE DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF DIRECT DEPOSIT AND PREPAID CARDS TO THE BLACK AND BROWN LIVES DISPARATELY IMPACTED BY THIS PANDEMIC OR YOU'LL BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS AARON COOPER.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

AARON COOPER.

HI.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

HI, MY NAME IS AARON COOPER AND I'M CALLING IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 40 AND WHEN A MINIMUM OF $79 TO BE ALLOCATED TO THE DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, THE OTHER, I, THEM AS A COMMUNITY MEMBER OF THE CITY, I'M

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MANY OTHERS NOW, BUT THE TREATMENTS THERE WERE 19 OF MOP AND EQUITABLE, AND THAT THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY ARE ALREADY BEING DISPROPORTIONALLY AFFECTED BY THIS VIRUS AND THE POLICE.

I WANT TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT WITH A 20% DECREASE OF APD BUDGET, WHO HAS A HISTORY OF RACIAL VIOLENCE, WHICH HAS BEEN ON CLEAN SPOT OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS.

AND I WANT THAT MONEY TO BE REINVESTED FOR THE RISE FUND AND OTHER EQUITABLE ACTION.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS WELL DAVIES.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD MORNING.

UH, MY NAME IS .

I LIVE IN DISTRICT ONE AND I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON ITEMS 40 AND 49 ON A LONG TIME CENTRAL TEXAS EDUCATOR SPEAKING TODAY ON BEHALF OF BREAKTHROUGH CENTRAL TEXAS, WHICH IS AN EDUCATIONAL NONPROFIT TO COLLABORATE WITH STUDENTS, FAMILIES, COMMUNITY, AND DISTRICT PARTNERS TOWARDS YOUR PATH TO AND THROUGH COLLEGE FOR STUDENTS WILL BECOME THE FIRST IN THEIR FAMILIES TO EARN A FOUR YEAR DEGREE.

AS WE ALL KNOW, SUPPORTING STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO ACHIEVE THEIR OWN DEFINITION OF PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS IS ABOUT FAR MORE THAN JUST WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CLASSROOM.

AND THAT'S PERHAPS NEVER BEEN MORE CLEAR THAN NOW AS THE DISPARATE IMPACT OF COVID-19 SHRUNK SPOTLIGHT ON THE DEEP AND EMBEDDED ECONOMIC INEQUITIES CAUSING LONG LASTING AND HARSHER CONSEQUENCES ON AUSTIN'S BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES, WHERE PEOPLE ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS UNEMPLOYMENT, BUT EVENTS IN FEDERAL STIMULUS.

ON TOP OF ALL THE OTHER SYSTEMIC BARRIERS THEY ALREADY FACE, UH, DURING THE FIRST ROUND OF RIFLING DISTRIBUTION ORGANIZATION WAS ABLE TO HELP DISTRIBUTE DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES EXPERIENCING SEVERE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP THAT SERVES AS A CRITICAL LIFELINE TO OUR STUDENTS AND THOSE THAT CARE FOR THEM TODAY, WE SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF MANY ORGANIZATIONS ARE GOING TO SEE AUSTIN ADDRESSING ON HIS HEAD TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY BY LEVERAGING LOCAL NEURO FUNDS TO ALLOCATE ADDITIONAL MONIES TO THE RISE FUND THAT USES THE EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE IN PLACE IN DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE DIRECTLY IN THE HANDS OF AUSTIN'S MOST EFFECTED FAMILIES, BOTH THE RESEARCH AND OUR OWN ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE ARE CLEAR, DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS COST EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT.

THAT'S THE STRONGEST RACK TRACK RECORD ORTIZ VULNERABILITY, AND IT CAN EVEN STIMULATE THE LOCAL ECONOMY FROM THE BOTTOM UP.

SO FOR THIS REASON THAT THE CITY SHOULD ALLOCATE AT LEAST 70 MILLION INTO RICE FOR ME FOR DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT, WHERE CAN WE USE ACROSS THE NATION ON RISING UP FOR BLACK LIVES IS NOT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY CONDEMN PUBLICLY VISIBLE FORMS OF RACISM.

IT'S ALSO WELL-HIDDEN AND PRESENT WHEN EACH OF US AND A PART OF THE VERY FABRIC OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS AND OUR INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING OUR BUDGETS.

WE ALL HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO DO THE NECESSARY WORK, REEVALUATE REPRIORITIZE, AND CREATE ALTERNATIVE POLICIES AND PRACTICES THAT ALLOW ALL PEOPLE TO THRIVE.

IT'S JUST AT THE VERY HEART OF WHAT WE BUY AS A CITY AND SOCIETY IN SUPPORTING FAMILIES, WHICH MEANS SUPPORTING YOUTH THEY'RE ALLOCATING 70 MILLION ADDITIONAL RESPONSE IS NOT ONLY MORAL AND EQUITABLE, EQUITABLE, BUT IT'S ALSO A PRAGMATIC INVESTMENT IN OUR PRESENT AND OUR FUTURE THAT BENEFITS ALL AUSTINITES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS ON A DIFF FRET.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, MY NAME IS ANA .

I LIVE IN DISTRICT THREE, UM, AND I'M HERE IN THE CAPACITY OF ONE OF THE COFOUNDERS OF SURVIVOR JUSTICE PROJECT.

WE'RE A LOCAL ADVOCACY GROUP, UM, SEEKING SYSTEM AND COMMUNITY LEVEL OF TRANSFORMATION TO ADDRESS SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN AUSTIN.

AND, UH, WE'RE HERE TESTIFYING IN SUPPORT OF ITEM 40, UM, AND THEN FOLLOWED AREA WITH A BROAD COALITION OF FOLKS, UM, INCLUDING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR UNITED, WHO ARE DEMANDING THAT $70 MILLION BE ALLOCATED TO THE RISE FUND.

UM, I, THIS IS RELEVANT TO US BECAUSE THE WAYS IN WHICH PEOPLE HAVE USED DIRECT ASSISTANCE WHEN THE $2 MILLION WAS ALLOCATED TO THE EQUITY OFFICE, UM, WILL ABSOLUTELY ENHANCE PEOPLE'S SAFETY.

UM, I THINK THAT THE EQUITY OFFICE IS AN UNDER UTILIZED AND UNDERFUNDED ASPECT OF OUR CITY GOVERNMENT THAT PROVED THE SERVER REALLY CRITICAL ROLE WHEN THEY WORK TOGETHER WITH LOCAL ORGANIZERS TO AWARD $2 MILLION IN DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE IN AUSTIN.

I TRUST THE EQUITY OFFICE TO, YOU KNOW, DEVELOP AN EQUITY BASED APPROACH AND WE'LL PRIORITIZE BLACK AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF COLOR IMMIGRANTS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

UM, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

UM, I HAVE NO, YOU KNOW, I, I DON'T WANT TO THROW SHADE AT THE ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE CURRENTLY SERVING AS SORT OF THE MIDDLE PASTORS FOR THESE FUNDS, BUT I THINK WE'VE SEEN FROM EXPERIENCE AND WE'VE HEARD FROM GROUPS LIKE THAT, UM, THEY ARE UNABLE TO MEET THE TASK.

AND SO WE HAVE TO THINK DIFFERENTLY.

WE HAVE TO THINK BOULDER

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AND I, I, I THINK WE HAVE TO NOW MORE THAN EVER TRUST THE LEADERSHIP OF BLACK WOMEN SPECIFICALLY, WHO ARE TELLING US THAT THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

UM, WE'VE ALSO SPENT A LOT OF TIME HISTORICALLY ADVOCATING FOR REFORMS WITHIN THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT RELATED TO SEXUAL ASSAULT.

AND WE ARE NOW MOVING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION BECAUSE WE SEE THAT THAT WAS NOT TIME AND RESOURCES WELL SPENT.

UM, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

I SEE THE REST OF MY TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS PAT BOOKTA.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI.

YES.

GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, AT HERE TO HERE.

UH, PLEASE FORGIVE ME IF I HAVE A LITTLE TROUBLE TALKING TODAY IS I HAD TWO TEETH PULLED YESTERDAY.

UH, YOU SEE SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW ME AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AUSTIN, TEXAS MUSICIANS, BUT I'M ALSO A RIPPER TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT.

AND AS SUCH MY REJECTION MEDS CAUSED SOME PRETTY SEVERE TOOTH DECAY.

UH, FORTUNATELY HAM WAS ABLE TO COVER THE COST OF THIS DENTAL WORK AND THE ANTI-REJECTION MEDS THAT KEEP ME ALIVE.

UH, AND YET AS WE SIT HERE TODAY, HAM AND MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT SERVE THE MUSIC COMMUNITY AROUND THE BRINK OF CLOSURE, AFTER A LOSS IN FUNDING DUE TO THE CANCELLATION OF SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST.

AND COVID-19, UH, THAT IS WHY I AM HERE TODAY, ALONG WITH OUR NONPROFIT PARTNERS TO ASK FOR YOUR HELP, UH, WE ASK THAT YOU KEEP CURRENT ALLOCATIONS OF CLEAR MONEY'S IN PLACE MUSICIANS AND INDUSTRY WORKERS THAT ARE COUNTING ON CLEAR FUNDS TO HAVE JOBS AGAIN, THE WHY MUSIC ECONOMY THAT DRIVES TOURISM AND REINFORCES QUALITY OF LIFE CONSIDERATIONS FOR BUSINESSES WHO CHOOSE TO RELOCATE TO AUSTIN, HAVE NO CHANCE OF RECOVERY IN WEST CLEAR FUNDS BECOME AVAILABLE.

WE ALSO ASK THAT THROUGH ANCHOR FUNDING, YOU SUPPORT MUSIC, NONPROFIT SERVICE PROVIDERS CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO MUSICIANS AT NO COST, EVEN AS THEY THEMSELVES NO LONGER HAVE OPERATIONAL FUNDING IN PLACE.

AND ALTHOUGH THOSE NONPROFITS ARE AT RISK OF CLOSING THEIR DOORS, THE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THAT RELY ON THESE NONPROFIT SERVICES, UH, FOR BASIC HEALTHCARE, LEGAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ADVOCACY, AND EDUCATION, THOSE ARE THE COMMUNITIES THAT WILL SUFFER MOST.

UH, SO BY NAME, I WANT TO NAME THOSE NONPROFITS, UH, THAT INCLUDE AUSTIN MUSIC FOUNDATION, AUSTIN, TEXAS MUSICIANS, BLACK FRET, ETU, AUSTIN, THE HEALTH ALLIANCE FOR AUSTIN MUSICIANS, HOME, MOSAIC SOUND, RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT, THE SIMS FOUNDATION AND TALA THAT'S, TEXAS ACCOUNTANTS AND LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS.

UH, I WANT TO THANK EACH OF YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK.

THESE PAST MONTHS SURVIVE HR MUSIC COMMUNITY.

UH, OBVIOUSLY YOU EACH UNDERSTAND THE VALUE THAT WE BRING TO OUR CITY AND THE DIRE SITUATION WE NOW FACE.

I KNOW IT'S A HEAVY BURDEN TO BEAR, BUT PLEASE KNOW THAT AUSTIN, TEXAS MUSICIANS AND OUR NONPROFIT PARTNERS ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOUR EFFORTS ON THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS, UM, REMI COLLINS.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, THIS IS RAINY, RAINY COLLINS, AND I AM THE EXEC.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, MY NAME IS RONNIE COLLINS AND I AM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR HEALTH ALLIANCE FOR AUSTIN MUSICIANS.

I AM SPEAKING TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AGENDA ITEM, NUMBER 40 SPECIFICALLY REGARDING ANCHOR FUNDS FOR HAM.

UM, I SENT A LETTER TO, UH, COUNSEL, UH, CLARIFYING TWO THINGS.

ONE IS THAT HAM BE CONSIDERED FOR ANCHOR FUNDS OR OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH FUNDS TO ENSURE THAT AUSTIN MUSICIANS HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE SERVICES OUTLINED IN THE LETTER OR SPECIFIC POINTS SHOWING WHY HAM WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR THESE FUNDS AS A NONPROFIT, BRINGING HEALTHCARE SERVICES TO AUSTIN'S LOW INCOME MUSICIANS, WHILE HAM USES THE WORD MEMBERS TO DESCRIBE OUR MUSICIANS, THEY ARE NOT MEMBERS IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE.

THIS WORD IS USED AROUND DIGNITY.

THEY ARE CLIENTS.

OUR MUSICIANS ARE CLIENTS JUST AS, UH, THEY ARE CLIENTS OF OTHER SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES.

WE ALSO ASK THAT COUNCIL DIRECT CITY STAFF TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH HAM STAFF TO HELP FIND SOLUTIONS THAT

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WILL HELP US CONTINUE TO FIND OUR ESSENTIAL SERVICES FOR AUSTIN'S MUSICIAN.

YOU HEARD RECENTLY, YOU JUST HEARD PAT BUCK TO TALK ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES, BUT I WANTED TO PAINT A PICTURE FOR YOU.

THAT MIGHT BE A LITTLE MORE PERSONAL TOO.

UM, LIKE EVERY ORGANIZATION COVID HAS HURT HAM, BUT FOR US IT IS ESPECIALLY DIRE BECAUSE OUR HEALTHCARE SERVICES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER DURING THIS PET PANDEMIC.

AND AT THE SAME TIME, OUR MUSIC INDUSTRY IS FACING THE MOST DEVASTATING IMPACT THEY'VE EVER FACED TO MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR MUSICIANS TO WORK.

UM, I ALSO WANT TO PAINT A PICTURE OF HOPE FOR YOU AND INSPIRE YOU ABOUT HIM VALUE.

I THINK YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT, BUT I WANTED TO LET YOU UNDERSTAND THE PRESSURE THAT I FEEL BECAUSE HAM IS AT RISK DUE TO COVID RELATED CHALLENGES OF ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS IN LOST FUNDING.

WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT STARTING IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, HAM WILL BE FACED WITH SOME CHALLENGING CHOICES OF CUTTING SERVICES AND OR REDUCING THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS.

WE ARE ABLE TO SERVE BY A LARGE MARGIN, PERHAPS AS MANY AS A THOUSAND MUSICIANS.

UM, I WANTED MY WORDS TODAY TO HAVE A FRAME OF URGENCY BECAUSE WE ARE FACING THESE GREAT CHALLENGES.

AND I'M, I'M LOOKING FOR COUNCIL AND CITY STAFF TO HELP US BECAUSE WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT THIS TRUST AND HEALTH CARE SAFETY NET, THAT HAM IS, DOES NOT LEAVE AUSTIN.

WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE IT IF WE DON'T RECEIVE, UM, ANCHOR FUNDS OR OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH FUNDS, I THINK PHYSICIANS WILL BE LOSING LIFE SAVING SERVICES, UM, BECAUSE OF HAM OVER 2,600 MUSICIANS HAVE ACCESS TO WIDE VARIETY OF HEALTH SERVICES.

AND YOU'VE HEARD ME SAY THIS BEFORE, WE'VE GOT PRIMARY MEDICAL CARE, HOSPITALIZATION, EMERGENCY SERVICES, SPECIALTY SERVICES, DENTAL HEARING VISION.

WHAT DOES THAT LIST OF LONG SERVICES REALLY MEAN? IT MEANS THAT IF YOU HAVE CANCER, YOU HAVE THE RESOURCES TO GET TREATMENT, RATHER THAN GO TO SET UP A GO FUND ME TO GET PEOPLE TO PAY BECAUSE NO TREES WE'LL TAKE YOU.

IF YOU DON'T PAY THE BAND MEANS PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION FOR A CHRONIC CONDITION THAT COSTS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR.

YOU CAN GET THE MEDICINE YOU NEED.

IT MEANS THAT IF YOU ARE HAVING CHEST PAINS THAT ARE NOT SURE WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN AFFORD TO GET TO THE HOSPITAL IN CASE IT'S REALLY NOT SERIOUS THAT YOU DO GO AND THAT YOUR LIFE