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[Item 3A]

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ADRIAN DID HAVE A TIME CONSTRAINT.

SO YOU WERE ORIGINALLY PLANNING TO MOVE TO THIS ITEM ABOUT APH AUSTIN, PUBLIC HEALTH AND HOW THEY'RE BENEFITING INDIVIDUAL DISABILITIES DURING COVID-19.

IF THERE AREN'T ANY OBJECTIONS, I'M GOING TO MOVE THIS AGENDA ITEM TO THE BEGINNING.

OKAY.

HEARING NO OBJECTIONS.

GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

WELL, GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS.

AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING, HAVING ME HERE TODAY TO PROVIDE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE COVID-19 RESPONSE EFFORTS TO SUPPORT PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

UM, I AM DONNA SUNDSTROM.

I AM ONE OF THE ASSISTANT DIRECTORS WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

AND THE DIVISION THAT I OVERSEE IS THE COMMUNITY SERVICES DIVISION, WHICH INCORPORATES THE, OUR SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN INFANTS AND CHILDREN, OUR WIT PROGRAM, OUR FAMILY CONNECTS OUR NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS, UM, AND OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH, AND SOME OF OUR YOUTH PROGRAMS THAT'S DURING MY NORMAL JOB.

AND OF COURSE, RIGHT NOW WITH COVID-19, UM, AS WE ARE RESPONDING TO THE COORDINATE 19 PANDEMIC, I AM ALSO PART OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH AND THE OPERATIONS CENTER WORKING, UM, AS THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH DIRECTOR, AND ALSO LEADING THE CHILDCARE TASK FORCE.

SO WITH THAT, I WANTED TO PROVIDE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF AN OVERVIEW OF THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS COMMAND STRUCTURE.

UM, WE HAVE A FAIRLY LARGE OPERATION, UM, EFFORTS GOING ON AND IN THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH, WE HAVE, UM, COMMUNITY SERVICES, FOOD ACCESS, PRO LODGES, HOMELESSNESS, AND PRIORITY POPULATION, UM, IN THAT GROUP ARE IN THAT BRANCH, BUT THROUGHOUT THE OPERATION, UM, THERE ARE DEFINITELY OTHER AREAS, UM, WHERE OLDER ADULTS ARE, UM, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, IT WOULD BE, UM, IMPACTED AND IMPORTANT TO NOTE AND WANTED THAT IS IN OUR FIELD OPERATIONS GROUP, WHERE WE HAVE ALTERNATIVE CARE SITES.

WE HAVE LONGTERM CARE DIALYSIS, UM, ARE AT ISOLATION IRI AFFECT FACILITY ALONG WITH, UM, ALSO UNDER OPERATIONS, OUR TRANSPORTATION BRANCH.

SO THERE'S A VARIETY OF AREAS THROUGHOUT THE OPERATION.

UM, THAT WOULD BE IMPORTANT TO NOTE FOR THIS CONVERSATION THINKING SINCE I WORK SPECIFICALLY IN THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH, UM, I WANT TO DIG A LITTLE BIT DEEPER INTO THESE DIFFERENT AREAS.

THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH INCLUDES COMMUNITY SERVICES.

AND WITHIN THAT WE HAVE OUR WIC PROGRAM, UM, SERVING OUR WOMEN INFANTS AND CHILDREN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INCLUDED IN HERE AND CHILDCARE AS PART OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AND, UM, GROUP HOMES, GROUP AND BOARDING HOMES.

ALSO, UM, ANOTHER GROUP IS THE FOOD ACCESS GROUP.

THAT'S WORKING ON A WIDE RANGE OF DIFFERENT PROJECTS RELATED TO FOOD ACCESS.

THEN WE HAVE OUR PRIORITY POPULATIONS THAT INCLUDES FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS, IMMIGRANTS, UM, HOMELESSNESS, I MEAN, I'M SORRY, THAT INCLUDES OUR FAITH BASED, UM, ORGANIZATIONS ALONG WITH SENIORS, UM, AND OUR IMMIGRANT POPULATION AS WELL.

AND THEN WE HAVE HOMELESSNESS AND ALSO PROTECTIVE LODGES THAT HAVE BEEN SET UP AS PART OF THIS OPERATION.

SO ALTHOUGH WE, YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T MENTION EQUITY EQUITY THAT THE EQUITY OFFICE IS ACTUALLY PART OF THE ENTIRE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER, UM, AND SHARING THAT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS RESPONSE IT'S BEING LOOKED AT WITH AN EQUITY LENS.

AND SO THAT ACTUALLY IS PART OF THE UNIFIED COMMAND, UM, AND PROVIDING A BROADER SCOPE AND NOT SPECIFICALLY ONLY ON SOCIAL SERVICES, BUT THROUGHOUT THE OPERATIONS.

SO AS YOU CAN IMAGINE THIS IN OUR, UM, IN OUR REGULAR SERVICES OR IN OUR

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SERVICES AND LOOKING AT THE RESPONSE, THERE WERE MANY THAT HAD TO RETHINK THE WAY THAT WE TYPICALLY DO SERVICES AND WHAT THOSE NEEDS AND, UM, HOW WE CAN BEST DELIVER SERVICES.

AND SO MANY OF THE PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT SOCIAL SERVICES HAVE PIVOTED TO INCLUDE, UM, THEN TO CONSIDER NEEDS FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITIES INCLUDE, YOU KNOW, UM, THROUGHOUT.

SO WE'VE HAD TO PIVOT AND REALLY PROVIDE, UM, TRANSFER LAW SERVICES TO PHONE SUPPORT OR TELE-HEALTH OR TELEPHONIC SERVICES.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE INCORPORATED A LOT OF HOME DELIVERIES OR HOME SERVICES, UM, ESPECIALLY AROUND FOOD ACCESS.

AND, UM, SO HAS BEEN INCORPORATED IN ADDITION TO IF THERE WERE OTHER NEEDS IDENTIFIED AND CURBSIDE SERVICES.

SO A LOT OF OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES HAD ME TO PIVOT TO THESE TYPE OF, UM, WAYS TO DELIVER THE SERVICES, UM, ALSO THROUGHOUT SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH, AND, AND YOU'LL HEAR IT IN SOME OF THE OTHER AREAS ASSISTANT WITH SOME OF THE PPE AND HEALTH AND SAFETY SUPPLIES THAT ARE NEEDED FOR SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS.

ALSO, UM, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MEDICAL AND THE MEDICAL BRANCH AND THE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER, WE HAVE THE NURSING HOME AND LONGTERM CARE TASK FORCE THAT'S SUPPORTING, UM, AND ENSURING INDIVIDUALS ARE PROTECTED FROM COVID-19 EXPOSURE.

SO SOME OF THOSE ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN TO NURSING HOME CONTROL OR ORDERS TO MITIGATE RISK OF COVID-19, INCLUDING LIMITED OUTSIDE VISITORS, UM, TRAINING TO NURSING, HOME STAFF AND HEALTHCARE STAFF ON APPROPRIATE INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES, AND THOSE CONTINUE, UM, TODAY THEY CAN, UM, THEY WERE DOING SOME THIS WEEK, EVEN ON SOME OF THE HEALTH CLEANING HEALTH KEEPING, INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES, ET CETERA.

UM, THERE'S ALSO THE USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND PROVIDING TESTING AND ONGOING DISEASE SURVEILLANCE TO PROACTIVELY RESPOND TO POSSIBLE OUTBREAKS.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE THE DIALYSIS TASKFORCE THAT WAS ESTABLISHED TO REDUCE THE POTENTIAL OF COVID-19 EXPOSURE WHEN ACCESSING DIALYSIS SERVICES AND COORDINATING TESTING.

UM, AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TESTING, WE HAVE MOBILE TESTING HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE LIMITED ACCESS TO TESTING AND MOBILE UNITS ARE DISPATCHED TO WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL IS LOCATED AND SAFELY COLLECT THE COVID-19 TEST SAMPLE AND EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY TO INCREASE THE ADDITIONAL LOCAL CAPACITY FOR IN-HOME TESTING AND MOBILE TESTING OR POPUP TESTING AS WELL.

AND SO THAT CONTINUES TO EVOLVE AND BE WORKED ON TO INCREASE THAT LOCAL CAPACITY IN THAT.

SO WITH THAT, UM, I KNOW THAT WITH THESE VIRTUAL MEETINGS, TIME IS LIMITED.

SO I'LL STOP THERE TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS OR THOUGHTS THAT COMMISSIONERS MAY HAVE.

OKAY.

UM, THIS IS CONDITIONAL OR LASKY.

UH, I'VE BEEN CONCERNED THAT, UH, SEVERAL, UH, BUSINESSES HAVE USED AT COVID 19, UM, AS AN EXCUSE TO, UH, SET UP ROPE BARRIERS.

I, I UNDERSTAND SOCIAL DISTANCING, UM, BUT THEY'VE CLAIMED THAT THE CDC REQUIRES THEM TO SET UP LOW PUT BARRIERS, WHICH MAKES, UH, MOBILITY INSIDE THE STORE DIFFICULT, UM, THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

AND SO, UM, JUST SO I'M UNDERSTANDING THE FULL SCOPE OF THAT, DID YOU SAY SOME OF THIS IS JUST ME, UM, CLARIFYING AS WELL? WHAT I HEARD IS IT, YOU SAID ROAD BARRIERS OR IS IT ON THE SIDEWALKS AND ACCESS BARRIERS TO STORES? UH, WHAT BARRIERS INSIDE THE STORES? I WROTE BARRIERS DO NOT PREVENT THE VIRUS FROM SPREADING.

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OKAY.

RIGHT.

GOTCHA.

THE CITY MEETS THE CITY NEEDS TO REMOVE THEM THE BARRIERS.

CAN YOU PROVIDE ME A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION ON, ARE YOU SEEING THIS IN SPECIFIC TYPES OF BUSINESSES OR IS IT IN THE FIRST RESPONDER STORES SUCH AS ATB? OKAY.

THE CITY NEEDS TO, UH, GO IN AND REMOVE THEM AND EXPLAIN IT.

THOSE ARE NOT EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING DISEASE.

YOU MAY NOT HAVE THEM.

UM, THEY DON'T PREVENT PEOPLE FROM STAYING APART.

THEY DO CREATE BARRIERS FOR PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE SURE.

AND I APPRECIATE THE FEEDBACK AND I'LL DEFINITELY TAKE THAT BACK AS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN LOOK INTO.

THANK YOU.

WERE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YEAH.

THIS COMMISSION, IT GETS GO AHEAD.

YES.

I, UH, I WE'VE BEEN READING THAT THEY WERE NOT RELEASING THE NAMES OF ALL OF THE ASSISTED AND NURSING HOMES, WHERE THERE WERE INFECTIONS, UH, OF PEOPLE WITH COVID.

UM, AND SO I WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THOSE NUMBERS AND HOW WE FIND OUT WHICH PLACES THOSE ARE.

AND ALSO ABOUT THE, UM, THE AUSTIN SSL CC TOO.

CAN YOU REPEAT THAT LAST ONE FOR ME? YOU SAID THE AUSTIN, A STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER.

AND CAN I SHOW YOU CORRECT GUY EVENT? UM, WE HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASING LIKE NAMES OR, OR BUSINESSES SPECIFICALLY WHERE, UM, WHERE WE MIGHT BE SEEING THROUGH THE CONTACT INVESTIGATION OR TRACING THOSE TAKING PLACE.

UM, ON THE WEBSITE, WE DO HAVE A SECTION THAT HAS INFORMATION ON CLUSTERS AND MAPS OUT WHERE, WHERE THE CLUSTERS ARE TAKEN PLACE.

UM, AND THAT IS LOCATED ON THE AUSTIN, TEXAS.GOV FORWARD SLASH COVID-19, IF THAT IS SUCCESSFUL.

AND THAT WEBSITE CONTINUES TO, UM, BE UPDATED AND IT'S EVOLVING AS WELL, AS FAR AS WHAT INFORMATION AND HOW MUCH INFORMATION IS BEING SHARED ON THERE, IT'S CHANGED.

IT'S CHANGED QUITE A BIT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE RESPONSE.

UM, THERE'S AND AS THIS WEEK HAS, WE'VE SEEN THE TREND INCREASE THAT OF COURSE, UM, HAS INCREASED THE, YOU KNOW, THE CONTACT TRACING CONTACT INVESTIGATION RESPONSE AS WELL, BUT THE WEBSITE, I DEFINITELY, UM, THE WEBSITE IS A, IS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR SOME OF THAT INFORMATION.

BUT AS YOU MENTIONED, YOU KNOW, IT HASN'T RELEASED NAMED THE SPECIFIC, UM, BUSINESSES IN GENERAL.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OH, OH, I SEE.

I WAS MEETING, I DON'T KNOW WHY I WAS MUTED.

UM, CAUSE I'VE BEEN TALKING SO THAT INFORMATION, SO ONE THE WEBSITE, I JUST TRIED GOING THERE.

LET'S SEE.

SO NOW IT'S LOADING.

UM, AND TWO, ARE YOU SAYING THAT THEY WOULD NOT THE NAMES OF THE FACILITIES WHERE THERE ARE, UM, HOTSPOTS, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT IS NOT BEING RELEASED? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE SAYING? MY KNOWLEDGE

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CORRECT.

TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THAT'S NOT BEING RELEASED AT THIS POINT.

THEY'VE MAPPED IT OUT.

WELL, I'M ON THE WEBSITE OF WHERE THE, WHERE SOME OF THE CLUSTERS ARE.

UM, BUT NOT REALLY THINGS SPECIFIC.

IT JUST SAYS NORTHWEST FOUR CLUSTERS, NORTHEAST SIERRA CLUSTER, SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

BUT LIKE, IT DOESN'T HAVE ANY GEOGRAPHIC EVEN MAPPING TO KNOW WHERE, YOU KNOW, ALL IT'S THAT'S, ALL IT SAYS IS NORTH NORTHWEST SOUTHWEST.

SO, I MEAN, THERE ISN'T IS THIS CAUSE, I MEAN, HOW WOULD FAMILY KNOW IF THEIR LOVED ONE WAS AT RISK? YOU KNOW, NOW, UM, AS FAR AS IF WE DID HAVE INDIVIDUALS INSIDE OF A FACILITY, LIKE AT ONE OF THE FACILITIES THAT DID HAVE RISKS, THEN, UM, THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS WOULD BE INFORMED.

IT'S INTERESTING.

I'VE BEEN READING OTHERWISE, BUT OKAY.

WHO ARE THEY INFORMED BY? WELL, AND I CAN I'LL CONFIRM THAT BECAUSE THAT'S NOT SPECIFICALLY MY AREA, BUT, UM, BUT I'LL INFORM THAT.

AND I SAY THAT I'M FROM A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.

UM, I'VE BEEN WORKING MORE CLOSELY WITH THE CHILDCARE TASK FORCE AND AS LIKE, IF AN EXPOSURE IS, UM, IDENTIFIED AT ONE OF THOSE FACILITIES, THEN THAT FACILITY IS NOTIFYING, UM, PARENTS AND INDIVIDUALS OF THAT FACILITY FOR THAT.

AND SO I TOOK THAT, THAT THE, THAT THE NURSING, THE LONGTERM CARE FACILITIES WOULD BE SIMILAR, BUT I CAN CONFIRM THAT JUST TO MAKE SURE I'M NOT MISSTATING THAT, BUT THAT WOULD BE THROUGH, UM, YEAH, GO AHEAD.

YEAH.

CAUSE IT SAYS THERE'S 19 AS OF JUNE 5TH.

AWESOME.

PUBLIC HEALTH WAS ACTIVELY INVESTIGATING CLUSTERS OF CASE AT 19 LONGTERM CARE FACILITIES.

UM, AND ALL IT SAYS IS NORTHWEST WORD CLUSTERS, SOUTHWEST 14 CLUSTERS AND SOUTHEAST.

SO THAT INFORMATION WOULD NOT GIVE ANYONE, UM, ANY KIND OF SPECIFIC INFORMATION TO KNOW.

I NEED TO GET MY, MY LOVE ROUTE NOW, IF POSSIBLE, SO THAT, YEAH, IF YOU COULD DOUBLE CHECK THAT AND LET, UM, CHAIRMAN RANKS KNOW OR DAVID KNOW, SO HE CAN SEND US THAT.

CAUSE I KNOW THAT'S VERY SERIOUS.

UM, SURE.

I'D BE HAPPY TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, IT'S ONLY FOR MAYBE ONE OR TWO MORE QUESTIONS IF NO ONE HAS A QUESTION, I HAVE A QUESTION.

THIS IS THERE'S NO ONE ELSE.

GO AHEAD, COMMISSIONER GETS IT.

OKAY.

SO ONE THING I'VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT IS A LACK OF AVAILABILITY OF PPE FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE CONSUMER DIRECTED, SO MISSES.

UM, AND SO I WAS CURIOUS TO KNOW ABOUT, UH, HOW, HOW SOMEBODY COULD ACCESS PPE THAT ISN'T EXORBITANTLY PRICE, IF THAT'S ANYTHING THAT THE CITY HAS BEEN OR CAN MAKE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE.

AND IS THAT THROUGH, UM, ARE YOU SPEAKING ABOUT INDIVIDUALS? ARE YOU SPEAKING ABOUT, UM, UH, ORGANIZATION SOCIAL, LIKE A SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION? UH, I WOULD SAY INDIVIDUALS, UM, INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES SO, UM, I WILL TAKE THAT QUESTION BACK AS WELL.

UM, WE HAVE BEEN HELPING THROUGH SOME OF THE SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE, UM, FOCUSED ON PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

UM, I THINK RECENTLY, UM, SOME OF THE, LIKE, JUST LIKE THE AGE, UM, AGE OF CENTRAL TEXAS, AND I THINK ADAPT, WE'RE GETTING SOME SUPPLIES FOR THEM, BUT AS FAR AS INDIVIDUALS I'LL NEED TO TAKE THAT BACK, I WANT TO SAY THAT, UM, THAT WOULD BE PROBABLY A REFERRAL TO A SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION, BUT I'LL TAKE THAT BACK.

AND WHEN I PROVIDE INFORMATION ON AS FAR AS, UM, WHERE, WHERE EXPOSURES ARE HAPPENING AND THAT I WILL INCLUDE THE INFORMATION ABOUT THEM, IF

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THERE IS ANY RESOURCE FOR THAT.

YEAH.

CAUSE THAT THAT'S ONE IS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

AND THEN THE OTHER ONE IS, YOU KNOW, I WAS ASKED ABOUT, UH, IF, YOU KNOW, FOR NON DISABLED FOLKS, YOU KNOW, HOW PEOPLE IN A SPECIFIC APARTMENT COMPLEX, WHERE WOULD THEY GO TO TO GET MASKS? AND I DIDN'T HAVE AN ANSWER.

SO IF THERE ARE SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WOULD PROVIDE, UM, PPE FOR EVEN PEOPLE WITHOUT DISABILITIES AS WELL, THAT'S A, I GUESS THAT'S A DIFFERENT QUESTION, BUT THAT'S SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW EITHER, YOU KNOW, IF YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL AND NOT AN ORGANIZATION OR IF THERE'S AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS PROVIDING THAT TO INDIVIDUALS AND FOR WHAT THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA IS FOR THAT, THESE ARE ALL SUPER IMPORTANT THINGS.

SO SURE, DEFINITELY.

AND I KNOW THAT'S BEEN AN ONGOING CONVERSATION AS FAR AS, UM, TPP AND I, YOU KNOW, UM, AS WELL AS, AS THE RESPOND TO THE, YOU KNOW, IT STARTED.

SO, UM, SO IF I DO FIND OUT RESOURCES THERE, I'LL DEFINITELY SHARE THEM WHEN I GET THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CLUSTERS.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

ALRIGHT.

ONE MORE QUESTION.

IF ANYONE HAS ONE.

OKAY.

WELL THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION FOR COMING IN.

AND WE DEFINITELY LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE INFORMATION THAT YOU'LL BRING FORWARD DID TO GET THIS RELATE WITH DAVID ONDECK AND HE'LL CIRCULATE IT AMONGST OUR COMMITTEE.

ALRIGHT, SOUNDS GOOD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

YOU TOO.

BYE BYE.

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ALL RIGHT.

NOW, ANY OTHER PARTS OF THE AGENDA WE MOVE ON TO THE MINUTES? UM, DAVID'S SENT THE MALLET.

IS THERE ANY CORRECTIONS OR DISCUSSION ABOUT THE MINUTES AND IF NOT FROM OUR LAST, LAST SPECIAL CALL MEETING AND IF NOT, I WILL ACCEPT A MOTION AND A SECOND.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER WHO I'LL MOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

OKAY.

CHAIR FRANKS.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, SIR.

UH, THERE ALSO IS A CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

OH, I'M SORRY THAT WASN'T A MEMBER.

OKAY.

THAT'S FINE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, THERE HASN'T BEEN A MOTION.

IS THERE A SECOND? THIS IS COMMISSIONER LEVY OUR SECOND DAY.

OKAY.

MOVE HAS BEEN MOVED AND SECONDED.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE.

ALRIGHT.

OKAY.

OPPOSED.

ALRIGHT.

THE MEETING MINUTES HAVE BEEN ADOPTED YOU EVERYONE.

THANK YOU.

IF IT'S YOUR HARD WORK AND WE'LL MOVE ON TO CITIZEN COMMUNICATION, YOU STATE YOUR NAME AND YOU WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, THIS IS THE AB TICKET CITY HALL.

AND DO NOT BELIEVE WE ACTUALLY HAD ANYONE CALLING ULTIMATELY VERSUS COMMUNICATION.

SO I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYONE TO SPEAK RIGHT NOW.

OKAY, APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, THEN WE

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WILL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA.

STARTING A DISCUSSION ABOUT FEDERAL AND STATE CHANGES TO SOCIAL SECURITY, DISABILITY, INCOME, AND SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME COMMISSIONER BROOKS.

THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

COMMISSIONER BROOKS SYSTEM.

YOU DID.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? YES, SIR.

OKAY.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

UM, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY, UH, TO BRING THIS, UM, CRITICAL ISSUE, UM, BEFORE THE COMMISSION.

UM, AS YOU KNOW, UM, I'D SIT OUT TO, UH, DAVID, UM, AN ARTICLE THAT SHOULD HAVE GIVEN YOU ALL A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND INFORMATION INTO, UH, THESE PROPOSED CHANGES.

SO WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS JUST KIND OF START OFF WITH A BRIEF, UM, HISTORICAL, UM, PERSPECTIVE OF THE, UH, SOCIAL SECURITY, UH, ACT, BUT MORE SPECIFICALLY SSI AND SSD.

I, UM, AND JUST BY THE WAY, UM, THIS MONTH

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MARKS 100 YEARS SINCE THE SMITH FEST ACT WAS ENACTED, THAT WAS IN 1920.

UM, AND THE SMITH FEST ACT, UH, WAS, UM, AN ACTED PRIMARILY TO BRING PEOPLE, UM, INTO THE REHABILITATION OR VOCATIONAL REHAB SYSTEM THAT HAD NOT SERVED IN THE MILITARY PRIOR TO 1920.

UM, IT WAS ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE SOLDIERS THAT HAD BEEN INJURED, UM, AND, UH, IN WORLD WAR ONE.

SO IN 1920, THAT, THAT ALL, UH, CHANGED.

AND OF COURSE WE ALL KNOW IN 1935, UH, THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT, UM, WAS, UH, WAS PASSED AND APPROVED.

AND, UM, OVER THE YEARS WE'VE HAD, UM, THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT AMENDED.

UM, AND IN ABOUT 1956, UM, 1956 WAS THE FIRST YEAR THAT PEOPLE STARTED TO RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY, DISABILITY, UH, PAYMENTS, SSI, AND SSD.

I, UM, LET ME JUST TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SSI, SUPPLEMENTARY, SOCIAL SECURITY, SUPPLEMENTARY INCOME, AND SSD I, THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE, UH, PROGRAM, UH, BECAUSE THEY ARE, THERE ARE, UM, VAST DIFFERENCES IN TERMS OF WHO QUALIFIES AND WHAT THAT QUALIFICATION, UH, REALLY LOOKS LIKE.

SO FOR THOSE, UH, FOLKS THAT RECEIVE SSD, I, SO SECURITY, DISABILITY INSURANCE, THOSE INDIVIDUALS HAD TO WORKED, UH, OR ROUGHLY 10 YEARS AND PAID INTO THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION.

IF THAT PERSON WORKED FOR, UH, THAT NUMBER OF YEARS AND SOMETHING GOD FORBID HAPPENED THAT DISABLED THEM, UM, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO APPLY.

AND, UM, UH, FOR SSD, I PAYMENTS IT IS A PROGRAM THAT'S, UM, UH, THAT'S EACH PERSON PAYS INTO.

SO UNLIKE THE SSI PROGRAM WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL NEVER HAD TO WORK A DAY IN HIS OR HER LIFE, UM, UM, IT IT'S, IT'S JUST, IT'S VASTLY DIFFERENT.

THE AMOUNT, THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THAT ONE RECEIVES ON SSD VERSUS SSI, UH, IS GREATLY, UH, JUST VERY DIFFERENT.

UM, AND SO WHAT WE HAVE HERE AND IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION, UM, SOME MONTHS BACK THAT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, UM, HAS PUT INTO MOTION, UM, HOW THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, UH, WOULD DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE, UH, IS TO SABLE OR NOT.

UM, AND A LOT OF THIS, UH, HAS BEEN DRIVEN OVER THE YEARS, UM, BY, UM, CONSERVATIVE THINK TANKS THAT HAVE SAID THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, UM, CREATE TOO MUCH OF A DRAW ON, ON GOVERNMENT.

UM, AND SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE IF WE GO BACK AGAIN.

AND THEN IN THE 1980S, DURING PRESIDENT REAGAN, UH, PRESIDENT REAGAN'S ADMINISTRATION, UH, WE HAD, UH, AN ATTEMPT TO QUOTE FIN THE ROLES.

UM, SOME OF YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER, UM, HEARING NEWS, UH, UH, CLIPS.

UM, SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE BEEN IMPACTED PERSONALLY, BUT PEOPLE WERE KICKED OFF OF, UH, BOTH SSI AND SSD.

I, AND, UM, IT WAS EVENTUALLY, UM,

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OVERTURNED AND MANY PEOPLE WERE ALLOWED BACK ON, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES.

AND SO WHAT THIS NEW PROPOSAL, UH, WANTS TO, UM, TO ENACT, UM, IS A POLICY THAT SAYS IF YOU'RE ABLE TO WORK 30 HOURS A WEEK VERSUS IT'S FIRST IS 40 HOURS A WEEK, UH, YOU ARE NOT, UH, YOU DON'T QUALIFY FOR A DISABILITY DISABILITY SERVICES.

UM, THERE, THIS GETS REALLY COMPLICATED BECAUSE THE 40 HOURS A WEEK, UH, HAS BEEN, OR IS BASED ON SOME OF OUR LAY LABOR MARKET, UM, DATA AND GRANTED SOME OF THAT DATA IS, IS OLD.

SO, UH, FOR EXAMPLE, IF I WORKED, UH, FOR, OH, SAY 10 YEARS, UM, AS A CONSTRUCTION, UM, PERSON, AND I GET, UH, KNOCKED OFF A BUILDING AND I HAVE A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, UM, THEN WHAT HAPPENS IS THE, THE PERSON THAT'S GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO THE PERSON'S GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO BASICALLY GIVE HIS ENTIRE LIFE HISTORY WORK HISTORY AND WHAT THE DISABILITY DETERMINATION, UH, UNIT'S GOING TO LOOK AT, UH, IN TERMS OF TRYING TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THIS PERSON IS TO SABLE ARE WHAT WE CALL VOCATIONAL FACTORS AND THOSE VOCATIONAL FACTORS, UM, ARE THINGS LIKE HOW OLD IS THE INDIVIDUAL WHEN THE, WHEN THE, THE ONSET, UM, OCCURRED, UM, HOW MUCH EDUCATION DOES THAT INDIVIDUAL HAVE, UM, AT THE TIME OF, UH, UPON ONSET, UM, AND WHAT'S THEIR, WHAT'S THEIR WORK HISTORY, UM, HAVE THEY ALWAYS WORKED, UM, IN CONSTRUCTION ARE NOT, UM, WELL, SO, UM, THE OLD LABOR MARKET, UM, DATA WOULD SAY THAT, OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT ALL OF THESE FACTORS AND WE'RE GOING TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THIS PERSON'S EDUCATION, WHAT THEY'RE DOING, AND WHAT'S THE LIKELIHOOD OF THAT PERSON GOING BACK TO WORK.

WHAT'S THE LIKELIHOOD OF THEM GOING BACK AND DOING THAT JOB.

UM, AND UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM, UM, THOSE FACTORS WERE FOR, OR INCLUDED UNDER THIS NEW PROPOSAL THEY WANT TO DO WITH THE DUAL WAY, WITH THE VOCATIONAL, UM, FACTORS.

UH, AND AGAIN, AND BY SAYING, IF YOU'RE ABLE TO WORK 30 HOURS VERSUS 40 HOURS A WEEK, YOU'RE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR, UM, FOR THE SERVICES.

WHAT'S WHAT WHAT'S, WHAT'S ALSO, UM, INTERESTING ABOUT, UM, THE PROPOSAL, UM, IS THAT, UM, EVERYONE, EVERYONE WHO RECEIVES SSI OR SSD, I WILL PERIODICALLY BE REVIEWED, UM, AND THERE ARE ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES, UM, THAT, UH, INDIVIDUALS WILL BE, UH, CLUMPED INTO.

AND, UM, IF YOU WERE IN A CATEGORY, SAY A MEDICAL, UM, CONDITION THAT COULD SHOW IMPROVEMENT, UM, YOUR REVIEW PROCESS MAY BE, UM, EVERY TWO YEARS.

UM, AND WHAT POLICIES, UH, SPECIALISTS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IS THAT THIS WHOLE PROCESS OF MAKING PEOPLE PROVE THAT THEY'RE STILL DISABLED.

IT'S GONNA COME AT A COST, UM, BECAUSE OF THE COMPLICATIONS OF THE COMPLEXITY OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH IT.

AND SO MANY PEOPLE WILL THROW UP THEIR HANDS AND JUST SAY, WELL, I CAN'T DEAL WITH IT, OR THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET LEGAL HELP.

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AND, UM, MANY PEOPLE WILL, UM, LOSE SERVICES.

AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT, UM, THE ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, UH, WITH DISABILITIES WHO RECEIVE, UM, DISABILITY SERVICES.

UM, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I'VE, I'VE HEARD, UM, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, UM, THAT, UM, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, UM, ARE, ARE REALLY SORT OF, UH, GAMING THE, UM, THEY'RE NOT REALLY, UH, THEY REALLY SHOULDN'T BE RECEIVING THE BENEFITS.

THEY SHOULD BE OUT THERE, UH, WORKING.

AND I'M NOT, I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO GO INTO, UM, TO SOME OF THOSE, THOSE ISSUES.

BUT IF THAT WERE THE CASE, I THINK FEWER PEOPLE WOULD BE ON SSI N SSI, UH, IF THEY COULD GET A JOB THAT WAS, UM, UH, THAT WAS GOING TO AFFORD THEM, UM, A REAL QUALITY, UH, AND, AND LIVING.

SO I WANTED TO BRING THIS THIS UP, UM, BECAUSE, UH, AS I UNDERSTAND THE ACT IS THAT THE PROPOSAL IS STILL IN THE PLANNING STAGES.

SOMETIMES THE SUMMER, UM, IS WHAT I'VE BEEN TOLD.

UH, THE, THE CHANGES WILL BE APPROVED AND TAKE PLACE.

NOW, SOME HAVE ARGUED THAT, UM, BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, BUT BECAUSE OF, UM, ALL THESE OTHER THINGS GOING ON, UM, THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS GONNA PUSH THAT BACK, BUT I'M URGING PEOPLE TO REACH OUT TO THEIR, UM, UH, THEIR REPRESENTATIVES, UH, TO GET INFORMATION AND REALLY, UM, VOICE YOUR CONCERNS OR OUR CONCERNS ABOUT THE DANGER OF, UH, OF CHANGING THESE POLICIES.

UM, BECAUSE AGAIN, UM, IT WILL MEAN, UM, FEWER PEOPLE RECEIVING THE BENEFITS AND, UM, PEOPLE WHO ARE LEFT OFF THE SYSTEM WILL PRIMARILY GO BACK TO WHAT, UM, THIS COUNTRY LOOKED LIKE PRIOR TO, UM, UM, 1920S, UM, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, UM, RECEIVED, UM, UM, HELP FROM EITHER FAMILIES OR CHURCHES, BECAUSE BACK THEN REMEMBER THERE WAS NO SECURITY.

SO THEY WERE AT THE MERCY OF, UM, THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES AND PHILANTHROPIC, UH, GROUPS TO, UM, TO SURVIVE.

UM, AND I DON'T THINK THAT ANYONE WANTS, UM, AMERICA TO GO BACK TO, UM, TO THAT, TO THAT, TO THAT POINT.

SO, UM, I KNOW WE HAVE OTHER AGENDA ITEMS. UM, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS , UH, COMMISSIONER FRANKS? I HAVE A QUESTION.

OH, UM, HELLO? YEAH.

COMMISSIONER FRANKS.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER THREADPOOL.

I HAVE A QUESTION.

GO AHEAD.

UM, COMMISSIONER BROOKS, THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS PERSPECTIVE WITH US IN THIS INFORMATION.

UM, ARE THERE SOME MATERIALS THAT YOU CAN FORWARD TO ALL TO DAVID TO SEND TO ALL OF US, UM, ABOUT THIS AND, AND HELP US SHARE THIS INFORMATION OUT? I HAVE, I'VE SENT, UH, DAVID, UH, AN ARTICLE, AND I THINK HE SENT IT OUT TO ALL OF THE COMMISSIONERS, BUT HERE'S THE POINT THIS, THIS WHOLE PROCESS HAS BEEN KEPT IN SECRECY.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES KNOW THAT THIS PROPOSAL IS EVEN OUT THERE.

SO THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT FOR, UM, FOR, FOR US TO REACH OUT TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE POLICY CHANGE, WHERE IT IS, AND, UM, AND, AND, AND, UH,

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RAISE OUR VOICES THEN JUST TO FOLLOW UP.

SO I, WE DO HAVE THE ARTICLE, I WAS JUST SORT OF HOPING LIKE THE CALL TO ACTION HAD BEEN WRITTEN UP BY SOME FOLKS.

UM, BUT I GUESS FOR YOU AND FOR EVERYBODY ELSE ON THE CALL, IF WE EITHER GET RELEVANT INFORMATION, WE CAN SHARE OUT AND ASK FOLKS TO DISSEMINATE OR, UM, OR YOU DO, UM, LET'S JUST MAKE SURE THAT, UM, WE SHARE IT OUT, UH, TO ALL OF US SO THAT WE CAN HELP ACTIVATE OUR, OUR NETWORKS AND POINT WELL TAKEN.

UH, SOUNDS LIKE THIS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO GET ON THE PHONE WITH OUR U S CONGRESSMAN, UM, CONGRESSMEN'S OFFICE, UM, AND OR SANITARY ABOUT YES, ABSOLUTELY.

UH, DISABILITY RIGHTS, TEXAS WOULD, UH, WOULD BE A GOOD SOURCE.

AND I'VE REACHED OUT TO A COUPLE OF, UH, POLICY, UH, NONPROFITS AND I HAVE NOT GOTTEN BACK ANY, ANY RESPONSE.

UM, BUT I WILL BE HAPPY TO SHARE AS I GET INFORMATION IN ABOUT THE, UM, THE PROPOSED CHANGES, COMMISSIONER BROOKS.

THIS IS CHAIR FRANK.

I, MAYBE I CAN PUT YOU IN CONTACT WITH ONE OF THE POLICY SPECIALISTS AT VRTX THAT MAY BE ABLE TO CIRCULATE THIS, MAYBE SEE HOW, WHAT OUR STANCE IS.

WONDERFUL.

YEAH, DEFINITELY A COMMISSIONER IN ALASKA YOU'RE SPEAKING BEFORE.

UH, YES.

UM, I'M JUST CURIOUS WHAT THE CITY WOULD BE ABLE TO DO.

UM, IF THIS IS A FEDERAL ISSUE, I DON'T KNOW, UH, WHAT, UH, WHAT ABILITIES THE CITY WOULD HAVE.

CAN I, CAN I COMMENT ON THAT CHAIR FRANKS? YES.

GO FOR IT.

WELL, CLEARLY, IF, IF PEOPLE ARE, ARE KICKED OFF THE ROLLS, THEN AGAIN, CITIES, UM, CHURCHES, FAMILIES BE THE ONES ASKED TO PICK UP THE, UH, THE SLACK, WHETHER IT'S, IT WOULD BE IN, UH, HOUSING, UM, HELPING THEM FIND HOUSING AND PAY FOR HOUSING BECAUSE THEIR, THEIR FUNDS HAVE BEEN TERMINATED.

AND WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A LOT FOR SSD SSI FOLKS.

I THINK IT'S ABOUT $733 A MONTH.

IT'S THE MAXIMUM PAYMENT FOR SSI.

THAT'S NOT A LOT OF, LOT OF MONEY, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW ANYBODY COULD GAME THE SYSTEM BY TAKING $733, BUT, UH, I'LL I WON'T GO THERE.

AND THEN WE ASKED HIM WHAT THE QUESTION ROBIN.

OH, OH, NO, THANK YOU FOR THE CLARIFICATION.

IT WASN'T CLEAR FROM THE PRESENTATION.

THIS HELPED CLEAR IT UP.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, I'LL OPEN THE FLOOR FOR ONE FINAL BRIEF QUESTION.

IF THERE IS ANY, OKAY.

HEARING NINE COMMISSIONER BROOKS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS PRESENTATION.

UM, I, I CAN DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND HOW THIS CAN IMPACT SO MANY PEOPLE

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THAT WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON TO THE, UM, SO MOVING ON TO THE NEXT GEN ITEMS. SO DURING OUR LAST SET OF CALLED MEETING, UH, FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS, I BROUGHT UP THE POINT THAT MY WIFE AND SOME OTHER INDIVIDUALS THAT I KNOW WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED HAVE SOUGHT OUT SHOPPING ASSISTANCE.

AS WE ARE ENTITLED TO TITLE THREE OR THE ADA, UM, FOR AN EMPLOYEE TO HELP THOSE INDIVIDUALS SHOP FOR THEIR PARTICULAR FOOD ITEMS OR WHATEVER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, WHAT HAVE YOU, AND BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICES THAT THE INDIVIDUALS ARE BEING DENIED.

AND IN THIS CASE, THE ISSUE WAS THAT, UM, THE FIRST THEY REQUESTED THE INDIVIDUAL WITH VISUALLY IMPAIRED TO PRINT OUT A LIST OF WHAT THEY WANTED.

AND THEY MAY, YOU KNOW, JUST DUE TO THE TIME, THESE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PRINT SOMETHING.

IT MAY NOT HAVE A PRINTER OR THERE'S NO, THERE'S NO ENTITY THAT WAS OPEN IN ORDER TO HAVE PRINTING SERVICES.

AND SO THAT WAS A BARRIER.

IT HAPPENED TO MY WIFE, PERSONALLY, WHERE SHE SAID, WELL, ONE OCCASION,

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I WAS ABLE TO TEXT MY LIST TO ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES.

AND THEN THE MANAGER AT ONE PARTICULAR HEB CAME BACK AND SAID, NO, WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO GIVE A PHONE NUMBERS.

AND THEN MY WIFE CONVINCED HER TO BE ABLE TO, UM, TO ASK FOR A VOLUNTEER OR, UM, OF AN EMPLOYMENT JUST VOLUNTARILY GIVE OUT THEIR PHONE NUMBER.

AND SO THAT WAS A BARRIER.

AND DURING THIS AS SAYS, THE SHOPPING ASSISTANT WOULD GO, AND IN THIS CASE, PICK OUT ORGANIC MEAT ITEMS, WHICH ARE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER PRICE.

AND YOUR TYPICAL MEAT PRODUCTS UNDERSTAND THAT THEY DO ECONOMICS SUPPLY AND DEMAND BY FOOD ITEMS ARE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN BEFORE, BUT STILL OUR BILLS WERE OVER A HUNDRED DOLLARS MORE THAN THEY TYPICALLY WORE BECAUSE OF CERTAIN ITEMS. WE, FOR ONE MORE QUICK EXAMPLE, WE REQUESTED FOUR CHICKEN BREASTS.

SHE'D BOUGHT US A BAG OF 20.

AND SO I'M SURE Y'ALL CAN UNDERSTAND THE PRICE, THE PRICE DISPARITIES BETWEEN THAT.

SO COMMISSIONER BROOKS, THANKFULLY PUT ME IN CONTACT WITH A LITTLE BIT KENDALL.

SHE WORKS WITH A, LIKE THE ADA ISSUES WITH HEB, AND SHE DID SPEAK WITH HER LEADERSHIP TEAM.

AND TO CLARIFICATION ON THE POLICY IS THAT YES, TYPICALLY THEY WOULD PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL SHOPPING ASSISTANCE, BUT DUE TO THE COVET 19 PANDEMIC, THEY CANNOT DO THAT.

BUT WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO TO THEIR POLICY IS SIT DOWN WITH THAT AT THE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED INDIVIDUAL.

AND THEY, THE EMPLOYEE GIRAFFES THE LIST AND THAT THEY, IF THERE'S ANY CLARIFICATION QUESTIONS, WHETHER IT'S SIZE, UM, IF THEY DON'T HAVE A PARTICULAR BRAND, HERE'S ANOTHER, LIKE HERE'S ANOTHER BRAND WE HAVE IS THIS, YOU KNOW, THIS IS FINE.

AND SO THIS IS WHAT HAS NOT BEEN HAPPENING.

UM, THERE'S INDIVIDUALS, THE LEADERSHIP TEAM TEAM DID SPEAK TO THAT PARTICULAR HEB, UM, WITH THE MANAGEMENT TEAM.

AND THEY HAVE CIRCULATED THIS STATEWIDE ABOUT THIS POLICY THAT THEY CAN NOT DENY SHOPPING ASSISTANCE IF THE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS DOES NOT HAVE A TANGIBLE LIST, THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE THE LIST TO DROP THE LIST FOR THEM.

AND SO THE RULES ARE NOT EXPLICIT TO EIGHT, ACCORDING TO HEB THAT IF SOMEONE UNEMPLOYED WANTS TO VOLUNTEER TO GO WITH THE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED INDIVIDUAL TO GO SHOPPING, THAT THEY CAN.

SO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THIS AGENDA ITEM WAS TO DRAFT A LETTER TO HEB CITING THIS DISPARITIES.

SO WHAT THIS NEWLY INFORMATION PROVIDED, I WANTED TO GATHER THE COMMISSION'S OPINION ON, SHOULD WE STILL DROP THE LETTER OR IS IT MORE JUST MAKE SPREAD AWARENESS TO OTHER INDIVIDUALS TO BRING IT TO OUR ATTENTION? AND THIS IS STILL HAPPENING.

SO I WANTED TO OPEN THE FLOOR TO GATHER ANYONE'S THOUGHTS OR ANY QUESTIONS.

THIS IS IT.

THIS IS CONDITIONAL OR LAO SKI.

UM, I HAVE FOUND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT AGB AND, UH, THEY'RE SHOCKED, BIG POLICIES.

THEY HAVE A PROGRAM FOR SENIORS.

THEY CALL THEM VULNERABLE, THEY CHARGE EXTRA FOR SHOPPING ASSISTANCE.

UM, THEY TELL YOU, HEY, WE'LL HELP YOU, YOU'RE VULNERABLE.

UH, BUT, UH, IT DOES COST YOU EXTRA.

THEY TELL YOU ON THE WEBSITE, UM, IN OTHER WORDS, YES, YOU GET HELP, BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE MONEY.

SO NOT EVERY SENIOR IS GOING TO GET THAT AID.

UM, MY, UM, THEREFORE MY POSITION IS, UH, WE SHOULD, WE COULD DRAFT A POLICY, UH, THAT HEY, UM, ECONOMICS, UH, SHOULD BE, UH, SHOULD TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION COST EFFECTIVENESS.

UM, IT SHOULD TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION A CLASS, UH, MAYBE, MAYBE WE SHOULD, MAYBE THE GROCERY AREA GROCERY STORE SHOULD LOOK AT, UH, HOW HELPFUL THEY'RE ACTUALLY BEING, UM, INCLUDING DURING THE PANDEMIC.

UH, MAYBE THEY SHOULD BE MORE SENSITIVE DURING THE PANDEMIC TO EVERYBODY.

UH, AGAIN, CAUSE IT'S ONLY SEEMS LIKE IT DON'T ONLY HELP A CERTAIN TYPE OF SENIOR OR A CERTAIN TYPE OF PERSON WITH DISABILITIES, LIKE A 1%, 2%.

UM, BUT I'M NOT SURE THAT THAT'S OUTRIGHT DISCRIMINATION SINCE,

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UM, AS CERTAIN PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CAN USE THE STORE.

UH, SENIORS CAN USE THE STORE.

IT'S JUST A CERTAIN TYPE.

I WOULDN'T GO AND SAY WITHOUT BRIGHT DISCRIMINATION, IT'S A CERTAIN ECONOMIC CLASS.

UM, WE'D HAVE TO WORD IT VERY CAREFULLY INSTEAD OF SAYING IT THAT RIGHT.

DISCRIMINATION.

OKAY.

COMMENTS.

THIS IS A COMMISSIONER.

TRIAC GO AHEAD.

SO IT, IT SEEMS LIKE THE ISSUE THAT YOU HAD HAS BEEN RESOLVED, UM, AND I'M GLAD TO HEAR THAT THEY DIDN'T JUST RESOLVE IT AT THE STORE LEVEL, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING THAT THEY DID ADDRESS ON THE STATE LEVEL.

SO THAT'S GOOD TO HEAR.

UM, BASED ON THAT INFORMATION, I DON'T KNOW THAT THERE WAS REALLY A NEED TRUSTED TO TAKE ANY ACTION, BUT CERTAINLY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HEARING IF, IF THIS PROBLEM DOES CONTINUE AND, AND IF IT DID, THEN MAYBE AT THAT POINT, YOU KNOW, THAT WOULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO RESPOND.

UM, SO THANKS FOR PROVIDING THAT UPDATE.

YEAH.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

AND I DID, SHE DID ELIZABETH KENDALL.

THE HEB DID REQUEST THAT IF THIS DOES CONTINUE TO HAPPEN TO LET HER KNOW AND TO CITE THIS SPECIFIC HEB AND MASON THE WEEK DEAL IN THERE.

OKAY.

ANYBODY ELSE? OKAY.

OKAY.

SO I THINK, UH, I WOULD SAY THAT , YOU KNOW, IF THESE INCIDENTS DO OCCUR, THEN WE, UM, LOOK TOWARDS TAKING ANY TYPE OF ACTION.

SO I WILL, I'LL REACH OUT TO THE DIFFERENT BINDERS COMMUNITIES I'M AFFILIATED WITH TO, UM, BRING THIS TO THEIR ATTENTION, TO JUST KEEP LETTING ME KNOW.

AND THEN WE'LL PROCEED IF WE NEED TO TAKE ANY FURTHER ACTIONS.

RIGHT.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO MY PRESENTATION ON THIS AND YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS.

YOU CAN MOVE ONTO THE NEXT PART OF THE AGENDA, WHICH IS THE

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POSSIBLE ACTION ON THE RESOLUTION DRAFTED TO OPPOSE, PLEASE VIOLENCE WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

WHAT'S YOUR LAST, LAST GAME, MR. TREADMILL ON THIS AGENDA ITEM.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, AS YOU KNOW, UH, POLICE VIOLENCE HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS LATELY, UH, AND INTERESTING ENOUGH, EVEN THOUGH, UH, AUSTIN HAD MADE IT AT THE TOP, I BELIEVE A YEAR AGO FOR, UH, POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

UH, THIS WAS NOT MENTIONED IN, UM, THE CURRENT COVERAGE.

UM, IT SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN.

UM, UT LAW SCHOOL HAD CITED OUR CITY, UH, AS ONE OF THE, AS A CITY, WHICH HAD THE MOST PROBLEMS, UH, ADDRESSING VIOLENCE AGAINST ADDRESSING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

UH, OUR POLICE WERE KILLING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, THE MOST COMPARED TO OTHER SIMILAR, FAIRLY SIZED CITIES AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE PROTESTING VIOLENCE, COMMITTED BY PEOPLE, COMMITTED BY THE POLICE, DID NOT KNOW THIS.

UH, AND I WOULD LIKE US TO, MMM, OKAY.

TELL THE CITY, HEY, YOU KNOW, IF YOU WANT TO OPPOSE ALL FORMS OF POLICE VIOLENCE, YOU NEED TO INCLUDE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

MMM.

OKAY.

THAT'S WHY WE HAVE, WE NEED TO PASS A RESOLUTION SAYING, HEY, YOU HAVE TO ADDRESS THIS.

I ALSO, THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT NEEDS TO, UM, ADDRESS INCIDENCES, UH, VIOLENCE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TOO.

UM, I WAS ASKED, I WAS, UM, I WENT TO AN EVENT, UM, FOR A COMMISSION, UM, AND THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT WAS ODDLY UNAWARE OF THE UT LAW SCORE REPORT.

UH, WHICH SEEMS VERY STRANGE AGAIN, BECAUSE THAT MADE NEWS.

AND, UM, WHY,

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WHY WASN'T THERE AWARENESS THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WERE BEING KILLED BY THE POLICE? UH, YES.

VIOLENCE SHOULD BE STOPPED.

UH, INCIDENTS OF POLICE MISCONDUCT SHOULD BE STOPPED, UH, AND EFFECTIVELY STOPPING.

THAT MEANS ADDRESSING ALL COMMUNITIES.

UH, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE IN FEDERAL HATE CRIME STATISTICS.

UH, THEY'RE IN STATE HATE CRIMES STATISTICS, UH, AND BEING KILLED BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE, IS A HATE CRIME.

UH, WE NEED TO GET PEOPLE COMFORTABLE WITH SAYING, HEY, YOU SHOULDN'T BE TARGETED BECAUSE YOU HAVE A DISABILITY.

WE NEED TO SAY THAT, THAT, THAT THAT'S IMPORTANT.

UH, IT'S GREAT THAT THEY'RE SAYING YOU NEED TO STOP VIOLENCE BECAUSE OF RACE, BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO INCLUDE DISABILITY AND THAT'S NOT HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

A CITY NEEDS TO BECOME, BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH ACKNOWLEDGING THAT TOO.

THANK YOU, RON.

I DON'T MEAN TO CUT YOU OFF.

WE DO HAVE OTHER AGENDA ITEMS OPEN, OPEN THE FLOOR FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THIS PARTICULAR RESOLUTION.

THIS IS A COMMISSION I GET SAID.

GOOD.

YEAH.

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT I SUPPORT THIS AND ALSO, UM, DOES IT ASK FOR DATA TO BE GATHERED ABOUT TWO O'CLOCK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHEN THERE ARE, FOR INSTANCE, UM, RESPONSE TO RESISTANCE REPORTS OR OTHER KIND OF REPORTS THAT THEY GENERATE AND, UH, HAVE TO DOCUMENT AND UPLOAD TO THEIR WEBSITE OR SUBMIT TO THE OFFICE OF THE POLICE MONITOR, UH, OR GOSH, OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT NOW, UM, I'D ALSO BE REPORTING DATA ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHETHER THAT PERSON WAS DISABLED IN ANY WAY.

UM, SO THAT WOULD BE MY ONLY SUGGESTION IF THAT'S NOT IN THE RESOLUTION ALREADY.

OKAY.

I AGREE WITH THAT.

OKAY.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER THREATFUL.

UM, UM, I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE REST OF THE MEMBERSHIP IS.

IF WE'RE, IF EVERYBODY'S FEELING LIKE, YOU KNOW, NOT OPPOSED TO DOING THIS IN FAVOR OF IT, BUT I DID.

UH, AND NO THAT WASN'T INCLUDED, IT COULD BE INCLUDED IN THE VERY LAST PARAGRAPH COMMISSION OR GET SICK.

UM, I WENT THROUGH THE DRAFT AND HAVE RECOMMENDED EDITS TO IT.

UM, SO IF THE PULSE OF THE COMMITTEE IS TO GO AHEAD AND APPROVE IT, THEN I WOULD, UH, MAKE SOME, UM, RECOMMENDED AMENDMENTS TO IT.

SO I GUESS IN TERMS OF PROCEDURE, UM, I WOULD MOVE TO AMEND THE DRAFT RESOLUTION IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS.

AND THEN I WOULD GO, I GUESS I WOULD GO THROUGH IT AND THEN HOPE THAT I COULD GET A SECOND AND THEN WE CAN TAKE A VOTE ON THE WHOLE THING.

IT'S NOT, I DON'T HAVE ANY SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES, BUT I HAVE A BUNCH OF CLEANUPS.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, SO I MOVED TO, UM, UH, TO AMEND THE REP AS THE DRAFT RESOLUTION PRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS.

FIRST, THE HEADER OR RESOLUTION I'D RECOMMEND, WE DELETE THE WORD POLICE IN FRONT OF VIOLENCE.

SO LET ME JUST READ YOU WHAT, I MEAN, A RESOLUTION OPPOSING VIOLENCE, COMMA, INCLUDING POLICE VIOLENCE, COMMA AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

AND THAT'S BECAUSE THE RESOLUTION IS BROADER THAN JUST BEING ABOUT POLICE VIOLENCE.

NOT BECAUSE THAT'S NOT A MAIN THING TO OPPOSE.

UM, SO THAT'S JUST AN EDITOR, JUST AN EDIT OF BASICALLY DELETING POLICE IN FRONT OF VIOLENCE AND PUTTING A COMMA AND INCLUDING POLICE VIOLENCE, COMMA AFTER THE WORD BUTTONS.

OKAY.

THE NEXT IS THAT, UM, THE FIRST SENTENCE, ISN'T A SENTENCE, IT'S A FRAGMENT.

SO I JUST RECOMMEND DELETING THE WORD BECAUSE, AND CAPITALIZING ABLEISM, AND THEN AT THE END OF THAT SENTENCE FOR SENTENCE, UH, INSERTING A COMMA AND, AND THEN LOWER CASING THE FIRST, NEXT, FIRST LETTER OF THE NEXT SENTENCE.

SO THOSE ARE THE FIRST

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TWO SENTENCES IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH.

SO THAT WOULD BE CALM AND ABLEISM AND THEN DELETE ALSO.

SO THAT FIRST SENTENCE WOULD READ ABLEISM AS DISCRIMINATION OR SOCIAL PREJUDICE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH, WITH DISABILITIES, CALM AND ABLEISM INCLUDES VIOLENCE PERPETRATED AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

OKAY.

THE NEXT IS A FORMATTING CHANGE THROUGHOUT UP UNTIL THE FINAL, UH, DECLARATORY PARAGRAPH.

AND THAT IS THAT AT THE END OF EACH DECLARATION, THERE'S A SEMI COLON.

AND THEN THE WORD AND GOES WITH THE TOP PARAGRAPH.

AND THEN YOU START THE NEXT PARAGRAPH WITH A CAPITAL LETTER AND THEN MAKE THE THOUGHTS.

SO HERE'S THE FIRST PLACE I'M DOING THAT.

SO AT THE END OF THAT SECOND SENTENCE, WE JUST TALKED ABOUT INSERT A SEMI COLON AND THE WORD AND START THE NEXT FULL PARAGRAPH, A CAPITOL CAPITOL, A 29 18 REPORT PREPARED BY.

AND THEN IT SAYS UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS THAT NEEDS, UH, UM, AN APOSTROPHE, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IS SO TEXTS, APOSTROPHE, UM, LAW SCHOOL, HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC.

UM, THEN DOWN ON THE THIRD LINE OF THAT PARAGRAPH SAYS TWICE AS HIGH COMPARED TO INSTEAD OF AGAINST TWO STRIKE AGAINST REPLACED WITH TWO, AND THEN SAYS SIMILARLY SIZED POLICE DEPARTMENTS THAT NEEDS A HYPHEN BETWEEN SIMILARLY IN SIZE.

UM, AND THEN, UH, THE END OF THAT LINE, IT SAYS ACROSS AMERICA INSERT A COMMA, DESPITE ALL INSERT AUSTIN CADETS, RECEIVING AMERICAN AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES TRAINING AND THAT WITH A SEMICOLON AND THEN LOWERCASE AND A QUESTION, ROB COMMISSIONER ORLOWSKI THAT IS THE INTENT, RIGHT.

YOU'RE SAYING THAT ALL CITY OF AUSTIN CADETS SPECIFICALLY RECEIVE AMERICAN'S WITH DISABILITIES TRAINING.

YEAH.

OKAY.

CAUSE IT SOUNDED, IT WAS TALKING ABOUT NATIONAL STUFF, SO IT SOUNDED LIKE EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTRY DOES, AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S TRUE.

I COULD BE WRONG, BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S TRUE, YOU KNOW, IT'S TRUE.

TRAINING.

OKAY.

SO THEN LET'S MAKE IT MODIFY THAT, THAT BIT THE WAY WHICH IS TO START AUSTIN IN FRONT OF THE DEATH.

THIS IS MY SHIRT GETS LIKE GWEN QUESTION SPEAK.

YES.

OKAY.

OKAY.

UM, OKAY.

WOULD RECEIVE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES TRAINING WOULD NOT REALLY KNOW WHAT THAT MEANT.

UH, MAYBE YOU MEAN TRAINING ON OR TRAINING ABOUT, UH, AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES OR OKAY.

THE LAW OR ABOUT INTERACTING WITH COMMUNICATING WITH SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

SOMETHING MORE SPECIFIC TO, YEAH.

PERFECT.

I'LL ACCEPT THAT AS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT TO MY FRIENDLY AMENDMENT.

SO BACK TO THAT LAST LINE, DESPITE ALL AUSTIN CADETS, UH, RECEIVING TRAINING REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, OKAY.

AND THEN NEXT THEN IT GOES SEMI-COLON AND NEXT PARAGRAPH STARTS WITH CAPITAL ONLY.

AND THEN CERTAIN SWORN IN AUSTIN SWORN IN SHOULD HAVE A HYPHEN, UM, DEPARTMENT OFFICERS.

UM, AND THEN AFTER OFFICERS INSERT, THE WORD HAS IN FRONT OF HAD, SO HAS HAD MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING.

AND THEN AT THE END OF THAT SENTENCE STRIKES THE PERIOD AND, BUT THE, AND REPLACED WITH, AND SO MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING AND DISPATCHERS, AND THIS NEXT BIT STRIKE WE'RE IN STEAD AND REPLACED WITH GENERALLY.

SO WOULD SAY, AND DISPATCHERS, UM, GENERALLY SEND DELETE.

I N G WHOEVER IS STRIKE WAS WHOEVER IS AVAILABLE TO CALLS INVOLVING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, SPECIFICALLY NEEDING MENTAL HEALTH CARE, INSERT COMMA RESULTING IN.

AND IT SAYS OFTEN FATAL SITUATIONS.

I STRIKE AUSTIN AND REPLACED WITH SOMETIMES FATAL SITUATIONS AT THE END OF THAT PARAGRAPH, INSERT SEMI-COLON AND ANT BEGINNING OF THE NEXT ONE, CAPITALIZED, DESPITE DOWN TO THE SECOND LINE AFTER OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT STAFF, UM, IT'S SHOULD SAY, HAS H A S HAS NOT SUCCESSFULLY ADDRESSED.

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AND THEN IT SAYS EITHER THE CONTENTS OF QUESTION, UM, WHEN YOU WENT FROM, UH, OFTEN TO SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T SPEAK TO B YOU KNOW, AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENTS, VERY HIGH RATE OF, UM, KILLINGS OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS, AS OPPOSED TO OTHER BIG CITIES.

SO, I MEAN, IT IS A SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS BEING POINTED OUT THERE, BECAUSE IF WE SAY SOMETIMES AT LEAST MAYBE IF SOME SORT OF LIKE LEGAL UNDERSTANDING HERE.

SO IF IT'S A LEGAL UNDERSTANDING OF THAT, JUST AN UNDERSTANDING, HERE'S MY ISSUE, THE WAY THE SENTENCE READS NOW, OFTEN FATAL SITUATIONS.

IT MAKES IT SOUND LIKE WHEN YOU USE OFTEN THAT'S FREQUENCY.

TO ME, IT IMPLIES THAT MORE OFTEN THAN NOT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE KILLED WHEN THEY INTERACT WITH THE POLICE AND THAT'S NOT TRUE.

I SEE THIS MISLEADING AND IT'S ENOUGH TO SAY SOMETIMES FATAL, THERE SHOULD BE ZERO RIGHT.

ZERO.

SO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT ALL IN ALL INTERACTIONS WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

AND WE'RE THINKING JUST WITH THAT, I SEE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

THAT'S WHAT THE PARAGRAPH ABOUT JUST THE GENERAL DISPATCH OFFICERS TO BE WITH THIS BUILDING.

AND I THINK IT'S OVER STATES AND IT'S MISLEADING TO SAY THAT THAT'S OFTEN TAPE.

I NEED TO SEE SOME REAL NUMBERS ON THE FREQUENCY OF FATALITIES, UM, TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THAT KIND OF LANGUAGE.

UM, IT JUST SOUNDS INFLAMMATORY, BUT DOESN'T MATTER TO ME BECAUSE ONE IS TWO MEN AND FAMILIES.

ONE I KNOW, UM, ABOUT AUDIT THE OFFICE OF THE POLICE.

UH, NO, IT'S THE AUDIT FROM THE AUDITOR'S OFFICE, BUT SURE.

OKAY.

THAT'S THE ISSUE.

OKAY.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER LEVY.

COMMENT ABOUT THE FOCUSING ON IF I, IF I MAY, UH, COMMENT ABOUT THE USE OF FATAL, YOU WANT TO FOCUS ON FATALITIES OR DO WE JUST WANT TO USE, UH, USE OF FORCE BECAUSE, UH, IN MY EXPERIENCE, INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES, WHEN IT HAD BAD INTERACTIONS WITH POLICE ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE THROWN ON THE GROUND TO BE HANDCUFFED AND TO BE TASED.

AND SO MAYBE THIS IS NOT FATAL, IT'S JUST NOT A FATAL ISSUE WOULD BE, MAY SHOT JUST OTHER NON FATAL THINGS THAT HAPPEN.

RIGHT.

I THINK THAT'S GREAT.

I SHOULD ACCEPT THAT FRIENDLY AMENDMENT.

HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS? UM, RESULTING IN ALL TWO OFF INSERT, SO RESULTING IN INSERT ALL TOO OFTEN INAPPROPRIATE USE OF FORCE AND SOMETIMES FATAL SITUATIONS FOR THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY.

OKAY.

AND THAT WOULD, THAT WOULD ALSO SCRATCH THE WORD THOSE IN THAT REWRITE.

OKAY.

SO NOW WE'RE DOWN ON THE NEXT PARAGRAPH DESPITE, OKAY.

WE, OKAY.

SO WE'RE ON THE SECOND LINE.

THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT STAFF HAS NOT SUCCESSFULLY ADDRESSED EITHER THE CONTENTS OF, AND I'D SCRATCH THAT LOSS FULL REPORT WITH THE 2019 REPORT, UM, WHICH WE'VE REFERENCED UP ABOVE, UH, OF THE 2019 REPORT OR THE ULTIMATE IMPACT OF, UM, IT SAYS VIOLENCE.

SO LET'S, THAT REPORT WAS ABOUT POLICE VIOLENCE.

SO I THINK WHAT THEY INSERT POLICE VIOLENCE HERE.

SO THE IMPACT OF INSERT POLICE VIOLENCE ON THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY, THEN, UM, SEMI-COLON AT THE END AND MMM.

AND THEN THE NEXT ONE START WITH CAPITAL THE FIRST FEDERAL CRIMES, AND THEN GO DOWN TO THE THIRD LINE, UH, AMONG OTHER INSTITUTIONS DEVOTED TO SERVICING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY.

I'D REPLACED THAT WITH SERVING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES OR IT COULD BE PROVIDING SERVICES TO RATHER THAN SERVICING.

UM, YEAH.

UH, BUT SO I WOULD SAY DEVOTED TO SERVING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN SIR COMMA, UM, HASN'T SAID DOWNPLAY EIGHT.

OKAY.

ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THAT PARAGRAPH WITH AN INSERT SEMI-COLON AND ADD.

AND THAT FINAL PARAGRAPH BEFORE THE DECORATION IS, UM, STARTS WITH TEXAS STATE HATE CRIMES LAW ALREADY LIST DISABILITY AS A SPECIFICALLY RECOGNIZED CATEGORY PERIOD STRIKES THE END OF THAT SENTENCE AND THE WHOLE REST OF THAT PARAGRAPH, BECAUSE WHAT IT SAID WAS ACCORDING TO YOUR REPORTS, WHICH ARE ISSUED BY THE DPS TO CATEGORIZE PEOPLE COVERED UNDER HATE CRIME STATUTE.

SO THAT'S ONLY SAYING

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THAT IN REPORTS THAT LOOK AT WHAT CRIMES WERE COMMITTED UNDER A STATUTE, THEY LIST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THAT PROVES THEY'RE IN THE STATUTE, THEY'RE IN THE STATUTE, THAT'S THE LAW, THEY ARE IN THE STATUTE.

WE SAY THAT IN THE FIRST BIT TAXES, HATE, HATE CRIMES LAW ALREADY LESS DISABILITY RECOGNIZED CARE TO GO.

WE DON'T NEED A SITE TO REPORT TO THAT SAME LAW TO PROVE THAT THAT'S WHAT IT DOES.

SO, UM, SO STRIKE TO THE ANSWER THAT ENDS WITH A PERIOD.

SO RECOGNIZE CATEGORY PERIOD, AND THEN THE FINAL PARAGRAPH, THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE, THEREFORE CALLS FOR ABLEISM TO BE ELEVATED AS A CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE MMM.

THOROUGHLY ADDRESSED AND FULLY RESOLVED.

UH, AND THEN IT SAYS WITH FULL ATTENTION BY THE POLICE MONITOR OR POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND THIS IS WHERE JOEY'S COMMENT, UM, ABOUT SHOULDN'T WE ASK THEM TO, I THINK, COLLECT DATA.

AND SO HERE, I WOULD SAY WHATEVER JOEY WANTED INSERTED AND KNIGHTED SCRIBBLE IT DOWN.

SO I THINK INCLUDING REPORTING DATA OR WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO SAY.

SO MY SUGGESTION WOULD BE JUST THE VERY END OF THAT PARAGRAPH COMMA.

AND THEN YOU INSERT YOUR LANGUAGE, WHICH CAN BE A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT TO MINE.

MICHELLE GETS IT.

YEAH, I DON'T, THIS IS COMMISSIONER.

IT GETS LIKE, I DON'T HAVE EXACT, I DON'T HAVE EXACT LANGUAGE, BUT I KNOW THAT, UM, THE COUNCIL JUST RECENTLY, UH, VOTED TO APPROVE, UM, SOME RESOLUTIONS.

AND I KNOW IN ONE OF THOSE RESOLUTIONS, THEY HAD SOMETHING ABOUT, UH, REPORTING ON, UH, DATA RELATED TO RACE AND, UM, POLICE VIOLENCE.

AND I WOULD THINK THAT IT WOULD BE SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THAT.

UH, JUST ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WAS THIS PERSON DISABLED IN ANY OF THESE RELAYS OR DID THEY HAVE A DISABILITY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

OKAY.

LET ME TRY THIS THEN.

OKAY.

INCLUDING, OKAY.

THAT'D BE HELPFUL.

LET ME JUST FINISH THIS THEN JUST TRY AND GET THIS ONE GROUP COMMENT, INCLUDING REPORTING ANNUALLY TO THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE, WITH PEOPLE, WITH, FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND CITY COUNCIL AS TO THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS OF POLICE VIOLENCE INVOLVING A PERSON WITH DISABILITIES, BUT THEY ALSO NEED TO, I THINK THAT THEY ALSO NEED TO INCLUDE IT IN THERE IN THEIR, OR IT'S THAT THEY HAVE, THAT THEY SEND TO THE, UM, THE OPPOSITE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT.

CAUSE THEY HAVE TO RESPOND TO RESISTANCE AND, UH, YOU KNOW, OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO IT'S LIKE ANOTHER, IT'S LIKE ANOTHER THING, ANOTHER DATA POINT THAT THEY ADD TO THEIR REPORTS AND THAT ONE COULD BE, WELL, WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FOR, WE CAN GO TO THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT, WHICH HAS ALL OF THOSE REPORTS AND, AND WE CAN SEE THERE, YOU KNOW, OKAY.

HOW ABOUT THIS? CAUSE WE'VE GOT TO HAVE THE EXACT LANGUAGE TO BE ABLE TO ALL APPROVE IT.

SO HOW ABOUT, AND BE INCLUDED IN REPORTS ISSUED VOP? I DON'T OFFICE POLICE OVERSIGHT I'M WITH GUARDIAN.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THIS IS GOOD, BUT YOU SHOULD SAY, UH, I, OR EITHER TWO AND BUY OR BUY INTO.

OKAY.

HELP ME DRAFT IT.

I'M JUST DOING MY BEST TO GET US THROUGH AGENDA ITEMS. I KNOW.

YOU'RE GREAT.

IT'S GOOD.

UM, I'VE DONE THE BEST I CAN.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO, I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO DO.

I'VE GOT INCLUDING REPORTING ANNUALLY TO CITY COUNCIL AS TO, SO WE WERE CALLING ON PROPER ATTENTION BEING PLAYED BY THE OFFICE OF POLICE MONITOR AUSTIN PD AND CITY OF COUNCIL, INCLUDING THERE REPORT, YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU KNOW WHAT, LET ME JUST SAY THIS.

I THINK, I THINK IT'S, IF YOU SCRATCH THAT LAST PART AND YOU JUST GO WITH WHAT YOU SAID, THE ONLY WAY THAT THE OPPOSITE OF THE POLICE OVERSIGHT CAN'T EVEN REPORT ON IT WOULD BE IF IT'S BEING GATHERED.

SO I THINK THAT'S SORT OF IMPLIED.

I THINK IT'S FINE.

THE WAY THAT YOU HAD IT BEFORE I COMPLICATED THINGS, I LIKED THE LANGUAGE.

UM, I WOULD ALSO ADD GETTING THE DATA TO THE EQUITY OFFICE BECAUSE THE EQUITY OFFICE IS ALSO GATHERING INFORMATION ON RACIAL SHOOTINGS.

UM, UH, OKAY.

HOW ABOUT, OKAY.

INCLUDING IN THEIR REPORTS ON POLICE VIOLENCE

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INCIDENTS INVOLVING, UM, WHAT'S THE WORD? UH, SPECIFICALLY TRAPPED GROUPS.

OKAY.

OKAY.

GOT IT.

I GOT IT.

THIS IS MY FINAL ATTEMPT COMMA, INCLUDING PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND POLICE VIOLENCE IN REPORTS TRACKING, UM, SUCH INCIDENCES, UH, INVOLVING SPECIFIC GROUPS.

HOW ABOUT THAT? IT'S GOOD.

I MEAN, WE GOTTA DO SOMETHING, RIGHT.

SO THAT'S MY AMENDMENT.

IF I HAVE A SECOND, CAN I, SHOULD I GET SOME SECOND? ALL