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[CALL TO ORDER]

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THIS MEETING OF THE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMISSION TO ORDER AT THREE OR 4:00 PM.

UM, FIRST I WILL, UH, GO THROUGH ROLL CALLS, UH, FOR WHICH I THINK MY UNDERSTANDING IS I DO NEED JUST A QUICK AUDIO.

I KNOW WE'VE, I THINK WE'VE TESTED ALL OUT, BUT I'LL DO THIS QUICKLY.

UH, THIS IS CHAIRMAN DANA HARMON.

UH, COMMISSIONER WHITE HAS BEEN COMMISSIONER BADDECK PRESENT.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER BLACKBURN.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

BRENNAMAN PRESENT MR. CHAVARRIA.

THANK YOU.

UH, COMMISSIONER FREELAND ON.

THANKS.

THANK YOU, JAMIE.

UH, COMMISSIONER JOHNSON.

I'M HERE, SO THANK YOU AND COMMISSIONER SMITH.

I'M HERE AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

HEY SANTA, YOU MISSED ME, MR. DILLMAN IS PRISON.

THANK YOU.

HOW DID I MISS YOU? I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT.

LEO COMMISSIONER.

THANK YOU.

CHAIRMAN CHAIRMAN EMERITUS.

DIOVAN IS HERE AS WELL.

UM, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

SO WITH THAT, LET'S MOVE ON TO OUR FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA, WHICH IS THE APPROVAL OF

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Approve minutes of the June 17, 2020 Special Called Meeting of Resource Management Commission.]

THE MINUTES FROM OUR LAST MEETING.

THE MINUTES WERE DISTRIBUTED WITH THE PACKET THAT JAMIE SENT OUT TO THE COMMISSION, UH, LAST WEEK.

UM, DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? DANA? THERE'S ONE CORRECTION THAT, UH, UH, THEN I NOTICED THAT THE COMMISSIONERS AND ATTENDED THAT STILL HAS ME SHOWN AS THE CHAIR FOR THE JUNE MEETING.

AND I BELIEVE YOU WERE THE CHAIR IN JUNE.

SO JAMIE THAT'S ONE CORRECTION THAT WOULD BE CORRECT.

WOULD THAT CHANGE AT ALL? UH, WITH THAT CHANGE I'LL I'LL MOVE TO, TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

WE HAVE A MOTION TO ACCEPT.

DO I HAVE A SECOND? ALL SECOND.

ALRIGHT, MR. THOMPSON.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER JOHNSON.

UH, WE HAVE A SECOND ALL IN FAVOR.

HI.

HI.

HI REBECCA.

I JONATHAN DANA.

I THINK THAT WAS EVERYONE.

UH, SORRY.

JAMES WAS AT YOU ABSTAINING.

YEAH.

YEAH, THE SUSTAINING I WASN'T HERE.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

WHAT'S THE, AND, AND ANY OPPOSED, OKAY.

WITH THAT, THE, THE MINUTES, UM, NEXT, BEFORE WE GO ON TO ITEM TWO, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A QUICK THANK YOU TO, UM, HEATHER, LOTS OF, PART OF THE LAW DEPARTMENT, THE CITY LAW DEPARTMENT, WHO, UM, UH, ORGANIZED A WORKSHOP FOR THE, ON THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT FOR THIS COMMISSION.

AND THANK YOU ALSO TO JAMIE FOR, UH, ORGANIZING THAT AND THE STAFF THAT WERE INVOLVED, UM, AND ALSO TO THE COMMISSIONERS WHO WERE ABLE TO ATTEND.

UM, FOR ME, IT WAS AN EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE DISCUSSION AND I THINK IT WILL HELP US ALL, UM, BE MORE IMPACTFUL IN OUR ROLES, ON THE COMMISSION, UM, IN EXECUTING OUR MISSION.

SO, UM, JUST SORT OF SAY A QUICK, THANK YOU AGAIN TO HEATHER, UM, UH, FOR THAT PRESENTATION AND THE, UM, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ATTEND THE MATERIALS FROM THE WORKSHOP ARE AVAILABLE AND CAN BE DISTRIBUTED, UM, IF YOU HAVEN'T RECEIVED THEM.

UM, AND WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO GO ON TO ITEM TWO.

UM,

[2. STAFF REPORTS AND BRIEFINGS Briefing by Office of Equity on Resource Management Commission consideration of equity and inclusion regarding the commission and its work.]

WE HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST WITH US TODAY, JOSHUA ROBINSON FROM THE EQUITY OFFICE.

UM, JOSHUA, THANK YOU VERY MUCH ONCE AGAIN, FOR BEING WITH US.

AND WE HAVE, UM, 30 MINUTES FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

UM, W ONE COMMENT HERE, UM, WE'LL GO THROUGH JOSHUA'S PRESENTATION.

WE ALSO HAVE AN ITEM UP FOR DISCUSSION REGARDING EQUITY AND INCLUSION, UM, FOR THE SUBMISSION.

UM, SO THIS COMMISSION WILL HAVE A DISCUSSION AS ITEM FOR THIS, UH, THIS PIECE IS FOR JOSHUA'S PRESENTATION, UH, WITH THAT I WILL HAND IT OVER TO YOU, JOSHUA.

AWESOME.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS.

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UM, AS MADAM CHAIR SAID, JOSHUA ROBINSON, I, WITH THE CITY OF CITY OF AUSTIN'S EQUITY OFFICE, I HAVE BEEN WITH THE OFFICE A LITTLE BIT OVER A YEAR.

I'M ACTUALLY ORIGINALLY FROM KANSAS.

SO I'M GETTING USED TO THIS, UH, TEXAS WEATHER, YOU KNOW, SO WE GET ALL FOUR SEASONS, ALL FOUR SEASONS IN KANSAS.

I'M STILL GETTING USED TO YOU ALL FOR HAVING ME.

SO I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND SHARE MY SCREEN.

OKAY, THERE WE GO.

CAN YOU ALL SEE MY POWERPOINT PRESENTATION? OKAY, PERFECT.

AND SO QUICKLY A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MYSELF.

I CURRENTLY IN THE EQUITY OFFICE, ONCE AGAIN, I'M THE QUALITY OF LIFE COMMISSIONS LIAISON.

SO I WORK WITH ALL OF OUR QUALITY OF LIFE COMMISSIONS, WHICH IS ABOUT THEM, AND THEY HAD AN IDENTITY DRIVEN PURPOSE.

SO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMISSION AND SPENDING LATINO LGBT COMMISSION FOR WOMEN AND COMMISSION ON SENIORS, UM, ASIAN AMERICAN COMMISSION.

AND SO I HELPED THEM TO STRATEGIZE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE, AND WORK THROUGH THE BUREAUCRACY OF THE ORGANIZATION.

SO I WORK WITH NON COMMISSIONS, BUT IT'S ALSO A GOOD FOR ME TO KIND OF STEP OUT OF THAT AND SEE OTHER COMMISSIONS AS WELL.

UM, ONE THING I DO WANT TO PREFACE IS THAT WE TYPICALLY DO GIVE THIS PRESENTATION IN TWO HOURS BY CONDENSE IT, UM, FOR THIS COMMISSION.

SO THIS IS KIND OF JUST A QUICK ONE.

SO WHAT WE DO IN THE EQUITY OFFICE.

SO, UM, I THINK SOME QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT AS I'M GOING THROUGH THIS PRESENTATION IS, DOES THIS COMMISSION, RIGHT? YOU KNOW, WHAT IS YOU ALL'S PURPOSE? AND THEN WHAT ROLE DO YOU PLAY IN THIS COMMISSION, YOUR MISSION AND THE GOALS AND OUTCOMES YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE? I BRING THIS UP BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT AS YOU ALL THINK ABOUT EQUITY, IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT THE FOUNDATION OF WHY THIS COMMISSION WAS STARTED AND HOW AND HOW THE FOUNDATION IS EQUITY BEING USED.

SO KIND OF JUST THINK A LITTLE ABOUT WHY DOES THIS COMMISSION EXISTS AND HOW CAN WE INTEGRATE EQUITY IN THE WORK THAT YOU ALL DO? OR HOW CAN YOU INTEGRATE EQUITY IN THE WORK THAT YOU DO? BECAUSE THIS IS A CO-CONSPIRATOR MOVEMENT, RIGHT? EVERYBODY HAS TO BE INVOLVED IN IT.

IT JUST CAN'T BE THE ONES WHO ARE DOING THE EQUITY WORK CONSISTENTLY.

IT HAS TO BE A JOINT EFFORT.

WHO ARE WE? SO BASICALLY WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE DO WORK AROUND RACIAL EQUITY, UM, EVERYONE IS CLEAR ON WHAT EQUITY MEANS AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EQUALITY, QUALITY AND COMPARISONS TO EQUITY.

I THINK A LOT OF YOU HAVE PROBABLY SEEN THIS GRAPHIC BEFORE.

IT'S A VERY COMMON GRAPHIC, BUT WE USE IT BECAUSE IT'S VERY, VERY SIMPLISTIC AND IT GETS TO THE POINT, A QUALITY MEANS EVERYBODY GETS THE SAME THING, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, NO MATTER IF THEY HAVE BEEN EFFECTED BY STRUCTURAL OR SYSTEMIC RACISM, RIPE EQUITY IS WHEN INDIVIDUALS GET WHAT THEY NEED WHEN THEY NEED IT RIGHT AT THAT MOMENT.

RIGHT? WE UNDERSTAND THAT LOOKING AT STRUCTURAL AND SYSTEMIC RACISM, THAT CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN AT A DISADVANTAGE DUE TO THOSE SYSTEMS. AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE, THEY ARE PROVIDED WHAT THEY NEED RIGHT NOW.

AND THAT'S WHAT EQUITY SPEAKS TO IS GIVING FOLKS WHAT THEY NEED.

SO WHEN WE STARTED THE EQUITY OFFICE, WE HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAD A CLEAR DEFINITION OF RACIAL EQUITY.

AND SO THE CITY RECOGNIZES THAT THAT RACE IS A PRIMARY DETERMINANT OF, OF SOCIAL EQUITY.

AND THEREFORE WE BEGIN THE JOURNEY TOWARDS SOCIAL EQUITY.

WITH THIS DEFINITION, RACIAL EQUITY IS A CONDITION WHERE RACE NO LONGER PREDICTS A PERSON'S QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND WHEN I TALK ABOUT QUALITY OF LIFE, THAT MEANS YOUR SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, YOUR HEALTH, THAT MEANS YOUR, UH, SOCIAL ECONOMIC STATUS, ALL OF THOSE DIFFERENT DETERMINANTS LEAN TOWARDS YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE, RIGHT? AND SO WITHIN OUR OFFICE, WE LEAD WITH RACE BECAUSE AS YOU SEE HERE, RACE IS A DETERMINING, LITERALLY IS THE BEST DETERMINING FACTOR OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S QUALITY OF LIFE.

SO BLACK AND BROWN CHILDREN ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE IN POVERTY IN COMPARISON TO WHITE CHILDREN, BLACK AND BROWN WOMEN ARE PAID CONSIDERABLY LESS IN COMPARISON TO WHITE WOMEN, RIGHT? BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ARE TREATED DIFFERENTLY.

THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN COMPARISON TO WHITE PEOPLE, RIGHT? AND THEN ALSO, AS WE'VE SEEN WITH COVID-19 BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET COVID-19 AND THEN DIE FROM IT.

AND THERE'S AN EMPIRICAL DATA AND EMPIRICAL RESEARCH JUST SUPPORT EVERYTHING I JUST SAID.

SO THAT'S WHY WE LEAD

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WITH RACE.

SO OUR EQUITY FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITY AND HOW WE DO OUR EQUITY LENS IS WE LOOK AT TO NORMALIZE, OPERATIONALIZE AND ORGANIZE, RIGHT? SO WE WANT TO NORMALIZE CONVERSATIONS AROUND RACIAL EQUITY, RIGHT? A LOT OF TIMES, SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, WHEN SOMEONE BRINGS UP RACE OR EVEN DIVERSITY, SOME FOLKS KIND OF CRINGE KIND OF TENSE UP A LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO NORMALIZE THIS CONVERSATION.

SO WE DON'T HAVE THOSE KIND OF CRINGEY MOMENTS.

RIGHT.

AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS CAN BE DIFFICULT, BUT WHAT WE ASK PEOPLE TO DO IS TO LEAN INTO IT, LEAN INTO YOUR DISCOMFORT, LEAN INTO WHAT THAT IS WITH THE OPERATIONALIZED PIECE.

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT, SO WHAT WE DO ON OUR WORK, WE LOOK AT SYSTEMS WE'RE VERY HIGH LEVEL SYSTEMS LEVEL BECAUSE WHEN YOU ARE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE SYSTEM, THEN EVERYTHING KIND OF TRICKLES DOWN.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, EVEN IN THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, IT WE'RE ABLE TO LOOK AT WHERE ARE THE, WHERE ARE THE STRUCTURAL DEFICIENCIES WITHIN THOSE SYSTEMS? WE CAN THEN GO IN TO HELP TO FIX IT.

THAT'S WHERE THE OPERATION OF THE OPERATIONALIZED PIECE COMES IN.

THE ORGANIZING WITHIN OUR OFFICE, WE WERE BIRTHED OUT OF COMMUNITY, ORGANIZING LITERALLY THE COMMUNITY, MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE NEEDED AND MADE SURE THAT THIS OFFICE COULD EXIST.

SO WHEN IT COMES TO ORGANIZING, WE'RE ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIP, BUILDING ALL ABOUT PARTNERSHIP.

AND SO WHAT WE TRY TO DO IS ORGANIZE WITHIN THE CITY AND THEN FOLKS ARE ORGANIZING OUTSIDE OF THE CITY.

SO THEN THERE'S THAT PRESSURE COOKER WHERE WE'RE ABLE TO GET ORGANIZING AND ABLE TO GET PUSHED ON BOTH ENDS.

SO ORGANIZE IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE THOSE RELATIONSHIPS AS WE CONTINUE TO DO THIS WORK AND HAVE THOSE ALLIES AS WELL.

SO OUR EQUITY ASSESSMENTS, OR IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE REALLY PROUD OF, BASICALLY IN A NUTSHELL, IT'S A GENERAL SET OF QUESTIONS THAT HELP THE CITY DEPARTMENTS TO LOOK AT HOW EQUITABLE ARE THEIR FUNCTIONS WORKING, RIGHT? SO WE'RE LOOKING AT THEIR BUDGET, WE'RE LOOKING AT THEIR, UH, PERSONNEL, WE'RE LOOKING AT THEIR INITIATIVES, THEIR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

AND WE'RE SEEING WHERE ARE YOU ALL BEING EQUITABLE AND HOW CAN YOU BE MORE EQUITABLE? AND SO FOR EACH DEPARTMENT, IT LOOKS KIND OF DIFFERENT.

SO IT'LL LOOK DIFFERENT FOR AUSTIN ENERGY IN COMPARISON TO MAYBE THE DEVELOPMENT SERVE AS THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT OR EVEN CTM, WHICH IS THE, CITY'S IT DEPARTMENT WITH THIS TOOL WE'RE ABLE TO ASSESS WHAT DOES EQUITY LOOK LIKE IN YOUR DEPARTMENT? AND HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE HAVING EQUITABLE OUTCOMES IN THE WORK THAT WE DO AND THE WORK THAT THEY DO.

SO REALLY QUICK, I WANTED TO SHOW THIS GRAPHIC.

SO OBVIOUSLY THIS IS OF AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY, AND THIS IS A MAP UP OF A MAP OF POVERTY HERE IN THE CITY.

SO THE BLUE THAT KIND OF DARK BLUE COLOR IS WHERE THERE IS LESS THAN 10% OF POVERTY, RIGHT? AND AS YOU ALL KNOW, IF YOU KNOW THE HISTORY BEHIND AUSTIN, THERE'S A DIVIDE.

LOT OF , I'M PRETTY SURE EVERYONE HERE HAS DRIVEN ON 35, UH, ONCE IN THEIR TIME, LIVING HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND JUST A COOL LITTLE FACT, I'M FROM KANSAS CITY, THERE'S AN ODD 35 IN KANSAS CITY.

CAUSE I, 35 GOES STRAIGHT UP ALL THE WAY TO CANADA.

BUT, UM, IF YOU LOOK WEST OF OUR 35, IT'S LESS THAN 10% OF POVERTY, RIGHT? BUT THEN IF YOU LOOK AT EAST OF AND THAT KIND OF MUSTARD, KIND OF ORANGE COLOR, THERE'S 20 TO 40% OF POVERTY.

AND THEN THEIR RED COLOR, THERE'S OVER 40% KNOWING THE HISTORY BEHIND AUSTIN IN THE 1928 MASTER PLAN, WE KNOW THAT BLACK AND BROWN WILL SPECIFICALLY BLACK PEOPLE WERE PUSHED OUT WHERE WERE PUSHED TO EAST AUSTIN.

AND IF THEY DID THE MOVE, THEY HAD THEIR UTILITIES CUT OFF.

SO, SO THEY WERE LITERALLY FORCED TO MOVE TO AUSTIN.

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THIS BECAUSE IN THE WORK THAT WE DO, HISTORIES OF HISTORY IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART BECAUSE HISTORY IS ABLE TO GIVE A CONTEXTUAL, UM, REASONING, NOT, NOT REASONING, BUT IT'S ABLE TO GIVE US SUBTEXT ON WHY WE'RE IN THE POSITION THAT WE'RE IN.

SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THIS IDEA OF WHY BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ARE MORE, MORE IN POVERTY WAS BECAUSE WE WERE STRIPPED OF RESOURCES OF ACCESS AND PUSH TO EAST AUSTIN HERE,

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UM, IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

AND SO NOW EVEN IN 2020, OR EVEN IN THE 21ST CENTURY, THOSE DISPARITIES ARE STILL PREVALENT.

SO YOU SEE IN WEST AUSTIN, IT'S LESS THAN 10% OF POVERTY, BUT THEN, UH, BUT THEN EAST OF OUR 35 BB POVERTY INCREASES ANOTHER GRAPHIC.

I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE REALLY GOOD FOR, YOU KNOW, IN THE WORK THAT YOU ALL DO WITH AUSTIN ENERGY, UM, IS WHO POLLUTES AND WHO WAS IMPACTED.

RIGHT? SO THIS STUDY BY THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND 2019 FOUND THAT THE, UH, WHITE, SO THAT WHITE FOLKS ARE THE MAJORITY OF POLLUTERS, BUT BLACK AND LATIN NEXT ON THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IMPACTED THE MOST.

RIGHT? SO EVEN SEEING THE IDEA THAT ALTHOUGH BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ARE NOT POLLUTING THAT MUCH, WE ARE RECEIVING THE IMPACT TO WHAT WE ARE BEING IMPACTED THE MOST AND EVEN SPEAKS TO THE IDEA OF COVID-19 WITH THIS IDEA THAT, UM, BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET COVID-19 AND THEN DIE FROM IT.

AND IT'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS.

I THINK A LOT OF REASONS IS FOR THE UNDERLINING CONDITIONS, BUT WHEN WE LOOK AT, BUT, BUT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE HEALTH DETERMINANTS THAT BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO LIVE IN IMPOVERISHED AREAS WHERE THERE'S A FOOD DESERT, WHERE THEY WERE, WHERE THERE'S A LACK OF CLEAN ENERGY AND CLEAN AIR, THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT DETERMINANTS THAT REALLY, UM, EXACERBATES THE, THE, UH, CHANCES OF BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE GETTING COVID-19 ANOTHER ONE.

AND I SPOKE ABOUT THIS TOO.

ANOTHER DISPARITY THAT WE SEE IN TRAVIS COUNTY IS THAT BLACK AND BROWN CHILDREN ARE MORE LIKELY TO LIVE IN POVERTY IN COMPARISON TO WHITE CHILDREN.

RIGHT? AND SO WE BRING THIS DISPARITY BECAUSE THESE DISPARITIES NOT ONLY FOCUSED ON ONE, ONE SECTOR, IT'S MANY DIFFERENT, IT'S VERY INTERSECTIONAL, RIGHT? AND SO THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THESE DATA, TO SEE HOW THESE DISPARITIES ARE AFFECTING BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE.

AND THE REASON WHY WE SHOULD LEAD WITH RACE.

AND ONE THING I WANT TO, UH, MAKE CLEAR IS IT'S ABOUT A SYSTEMIC PATTERN THAT IS HAPPENING, RIGHT? SO WE LOOK AT, EVEN DURING JIM CROW, RIGHT? SO IF YOU WERE BLACK, THERE WERE SCHOOLS THAT YOU COULD ONLY GO TO.

AND THOSE SCHOOLS WERE FUNDED AT A CERTAIN LEVEL, RIGHT? SO EVEN LOOKING AT IT FROM BACK THEN, THOSE ARE STILL HAVING EFFECTS TO US TO THIS DAY.

SO WE SEE HOW IT'S VERY SYSTEMIC.

AND THEN ALSO THERE'S THIS IDEA OF RACIAL BIAS AGAINST BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE.

SO ANOTHER DISPARITY THAT WE HIGHLIGHT IS THAT BLACK AND BROWN, BLACK WOMEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN CHILDBIRTH IN COMPARISON TO WHITE WOMEN.

AND A REASON FOR THAT IS, IS BECAUSE WHEN BLACK WOMEN EXPLAIN THAT, THAT, THAT THEY'RE SUFFERING, THEY'RE NOT BELIEVED RIGHT.

AND SOME RACIAL BIAS ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO THE DISPARITIES THAT WE SEE FOR BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE.

AND THEN THE LAST GRAPHIC I WANTED TO SHOW YOU ALL IS THIS IDEA OF, OF COLORBLINDNESS, RIGHT? SO, UM, 19,000 EMAILS TO PUBLIC SERVICE DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING LIBRARIES, SCHOOLS, SHERIFF COUNTY TREASURERS, AND CLERK'S OFFICES WERE SENT IN THE IDENTICAL EMAIL, RIGHT? SO FOR BLACK SOUNDING NAMES, THEY WERE LESS LIKELY TO RECEIVE A RESPONSE AND LESS LIKELY TO HAVE A CORDIAL, RESPECTFUL RESPONSE.

SO YOU SEE HERE, WE HAVE SUSAN SMITH AND THEN WE HAVE A LA KESHA WASHINGTON.

AND WHAT THIS IS SAYING IS THAT WITH RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, IF YOUR NAME IS LAKISHA OR, OR, OR IF YOUR NAME IS JAMAL, YOU, YOU ARE NOT TAKING SERIOUS, NOT TAKING SERIOUSLY IN YOUR REQUESTS OR YOUR INQUIRY WHEN IT COMES TO GOVERNMENT ENTITIES.

RIGHT? SO EVEN WHEN WE HEAR SOMEONE'S NAME, THERE'S A RACIAL COMPONENT TO WHAT AS WELL ON HOW WE TREAT THEM.

AND WE CAN EVEN TAKE CARE OF FURTHER TO IF SOMEONE HAS AN ACCENT, RIGHT? SO IF THEY HAVE A BRITISH ACCENT, WHICH IS SEEN AS MORE ELEGANT, A MORE REGAL VERSUS A SPANISH, OR IN A AFRICAN ACCENT, HOW DO WE TREAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS BASED OFF OF THEIR ACCENT? RIGHT? SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT, UH, SO, SO THIS IS WORK THAT WE

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ALSO LOOK AT AS WELL TOO.

SO A QUESTION THAT I WANTED TO PROPOSE TO YOU ALL, AND I'M PRETTY SURE YOU HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT IT IS WHAT WOULD EQUITABLE RECOMMENDATIONS LOOK LIKE FOR THE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMISSION? AND I THINK THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU ALL SHOULD KIND OF THINK ABOUT AND KIND OF LEAN INTO AND NOT EVEN, AND NOT EVEN RECOMMENDATIONS, BUT ALSO THE WORK THAT SHE WILL ALL DO.

AND I THINK THAT A PART OF DOING THIS WORK AROUND RACIAL EQUITY BASED OFF OF THESE DISPARITIES IS THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO SENSOR BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE IN YOUR WORK.

AND IT GETS BACK TO THE EQUITY PIECE, RIGHT? BECAUSE BASED OFF OF DISPARITIES, BASED OFF OF THIS DATA, WE HAVE TO CENTER BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE MOST, WE ARE THE MOST WHO ARE SUFFERING AND HE IS NOT EVEN WITH SOCIAL SERVICES, IT COULD BE WITH THE UTILITIES.

RIGHT, RIGHT.

IT COULD BE WITH THE WORK THAT YOU ALL DO.

SO I THINK THAT'S ABOUT CENTERING BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE.

SO, UM, ARE THE THANK YOU.

AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, JOSHUA, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT IMPORTANT PRESENTATION.

AND, UM, I THINK THIS, THIS TOPIC IS SO INCREDIBLY RELEVANT AND WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

AND I THINK SO MANY OF THOSE STATISTICS ARE FOR ME PERSONALLY, IT'S JUST, IT'S, IT'S TOUCHING AND EYE OPENING TO THINK ABOUT THE MULTITUDE OF WAYS THAT SYSTEMIC RACISM PLAYS OUT IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY.

SO, SO THANK YOU.

UM, WE DO HAVE TIME, UH, SET, UH, FOR A DISCUSSION ABOUT EXACTLY THE QUESTION YOU'VE POSED TO US JOSHUA, ABOUT WHAT CAN THIS CONDITION DO TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE DOING OUR PART TO ACTIVELY DISRUPT SYSTEMIC RACISM.

UM, BUT, AND WE HAVE TIME FOR THAT DISCUSSION, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, I'D LIKE TO POSE, UH, JUST ASK THE COMMISSION, WHAT QUESTIONS MIGHT YOU HAVE OF JOSHUA? WELL, WHILE WE'VE GOT A WHILE WE'VE GOT HIM HERE, MANY, I BELIEVE I SAW YOUR HAND RAISED.

YEAH.

I WAS WONDERING IF YOUR INTERNAL DISCUSSION, UM, LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON, ABOUT HOW WOULD QUESTIONS INCLUDE AND EQUITY, UM, IN THOSE AREAS THAT ARE IN THE PURVIEW OF OUR CONDITIONS.

SO I'M CLEAR YOU ASKED IF I WOULD STAY FOR THE LATER DISCUSSION SO I CAN STAY.

YEAH, I'LL BE AT, I WAS PLANTED THIS DAY, BUT YEAH, I'LL BE ABLE TO, I'LL BE ON THE CALL.

GREAT.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE FEELING, UM, BOTH WELCOME.

AND I ASKED, THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN.

I THINK YOU MAY HAVE A SECOND MIC OPEN, UM, IN YOUR WORKSPACE OR AT LEAST SOMEBODY THAT IS OPEN AND WE'RE GETTING FEEDBACK.

LET'S SEE.

I'M GOING TO TRY TO MEET BOTH MY MIC FOR JUST A MOMENT.

LET'S SEE IF THAT MAKES IT GO AWAY.

DID IT GO AWAY FOR OTHER PEOPLE, NOT YOU DANA SOMEBODY ELSE.

LET'S SEE.

I'M LOOKING AROUND TO SEE HOW MANY RED MIX I SEE.

NOT SURE WHERE THE FEEDBACK IS COMING FROM.

THANK YOU SO MANY WILL, WILL DO IT.

I GUESS IF YOU THINK IT MAY BE YOUR ENVIRONMENT, PLEASE, PLEASE DO REMEMBER TO GO TO GO ON MUTE.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR, OR COMMENTS OR THOUGHTS FOR JOSHUA FOR, FOR THIS PART OF THIS DISCUSSION.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

LET'S UH, I BELIEVE WE'RE, WE'RE TRACKING WELL TIMEWISE, SO LET'S MOVE ON.

GREAT COMMENT.

THAT'S A SHAME.

YES, OF COURSE.

SORRY.

I WOULD NEED IT ON MY PHONE AND I UN-MUTED MY PHONE, BUT NOT MY, MY LAPTOP, YOU KNOW, THE BUTTON ON THE SCREEN.

UM, YEAH.

SO ON THAT POINT, UH, YOU KNOW, ON THE POINT OF ENTERING EQUITY AND PRACTICING EQUITY, I WANTED TO BRING UP THAT, YOU KNOW, THE EQUITY OFFICE FOR, UH, OR THE, THE CITY, I THINK LED BY THE EQUITY OFFICE FOR AWHILE FREE COPING, I'VE BEEN DOING, UM, UNDOING RACISM TRAINING ON ANTI-RACISM, UH, TWO, WHICH ARE A LITTLE MORE ADVANCED THAN SORT OF AS INTRODUCTORY EQUITY PRESENTATION.

SO I WANTED TO UPLIFT THAT AND, AND, YOU KNOW, PUT THAT OUT THERE AS AN OPTION THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE LOOKING INTO FOR THE FUTURE.

UH, AND ALSO TO ASK HIM REAL FAST, UM, UH, DO Y'ALL ANTICIPATE, YOU KNOW, I GOT COVID Y'ALL ANTICIPATE PRESUMING THOSE WORKSHOPS.

YEAH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SHANE, FOR THAT RECOGNITION.

YES.

WE DO PLAN TO RESUME THE WORKSHOPS

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BECAUSE OF COVID-19.

WE DID HAVE TO PUT THEM ON HOLD, BUT WE DO PLAN TO RESUME MILLS, UM, RIGHT NOW.

SO WE, THE WORKSHOPS ARE FACILITATED BY THE PEOPLE'S INSTITUTE FOR SURVIVAL AND BEYOND.

THEY'RE AN ORGANIZATION OUT OF NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, AND THEY'VE BEEN DOING THESE WORKSHOPS FOR A VERY LONG TIME, UM, ALONE TIME AND WORKING SO DISRUPT AND DISMANTLE STRUCTURAL RACISM.

SO, YES, TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, WE WILL BE CONTINUING THOSE PROBABLY IN 2021 AT THIS MOMENT, BUT I WILL, AND I CAN SEND THIS TO, UH, JAMIE, BUT THE INSTITUTE, THEY ARE DOING SOME VIRTUAL WORK TO ADAPT TO.

UM COVID-19 SO THEY DO HAVE SOME VIRTUAL, UH, SESSIONS THAT THEY'VE BEEN DOING IS NOT, IT'S NOT THE FULL ONE THAT YOU'VE PROBABLY BEEN TO SHAME, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT THEY'RE DOING RIGHT NOW IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, UM, BECAUSE CURRENTLY WHAT THE CLIMATE FOLKS ARE WANTING TO JUMP INTO THIS WORK.

SO YES.

AND I COULD SEND THAT INFORMATION TO JAMIE.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

THANK YOU, JOSH.

AND THAT'S A, I'M GLAD YOU BROUGHT THAT UP.

UH, AND ACTUALLY I WOULD EVEN SAY THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, SHORTER ZOOM WORKSHOPS ARE PROBABLY A GOOD PLACE TO START THE, UM, THE 20 HOUR TRAINING THAT I'VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE A COUPLE OF TIMES IS IT'S PRETTY ADVANCED.

AND I THINK THAT THERE'S, IT CAN BE, IT CAN BACKFIRE A LITTLE, WE GO INTO IT WHEN FOLKS AREN'T QUITE READY FOR IT.

UM, BUT YEAH, I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING, UH, TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MEANTIME, AND GETTING FOLKS PLUGGED INTO THAT, UM, YOU TO FURTHER ADVANCE OUR LEARNING PROCESS AND BE ABLE TO BETTER PRACTICE EQUITY IN OUR WORK.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SHANE.

AND THANK YOU JOSHUA VERY MUCH FOR, FOR SHARING THAT INFORMATION WITH US AS IT'S AVAILABLE.

JAMES, I THINK I SAW YOUR HAND.

I HAD ONE JUST GENERAL COMMENT.

UM, JUST ABOUT THIS, I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, UH, JOSHUA PROVIDED A LOT OF THE, UM, THE INFORMATION REGARDING WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACCOUNT FOR OR WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO TRACK OR UNDERSTAND ABOUT, UM, LIKE WHAT THE ACTUAL EXPERIENCES, BUT, YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE GO ABOUT IN OUR WORD GETTING AN IMPROVEMENTS OR TRACKING IMPROVEMENT? UM, SO, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF TIMES IN OUR, UM, ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS OR ANY OF OUR PROGRAMS, AND WE DO COST-EFFECTIVENESS TESTS, RIGHT, WE'RE EVALUATING ON TRC, UH, TESTS AND WAITING, WAITING, YOU KNOW, THE, THE DIFFERENT COST OVER TIME OF THE PROGRAM, WHETHER IT'S COST EFFECTIVE.

UH, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY, I KNOW SOME OF Y'ALL ARE FAMILIAR WITH, OBVIOUSLY THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO US, BUT IN THE OVERALL SCOPE, THERE'S ALSO THE SOCIETAL COSTS TEST, WHICH REFLECTS, WHICH YOU CAN ADD IN AND PROVIDE THINGS, UM, YOU KNOW, LIKE EQUITY WEIGHTING, SO THAT WE, AS WE LOOK AT OUR PROGRAM, BUT THAT IS ALSO CONSIDERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH, UH, AS MUCH OF OUR, OUR, OUR OTHER, UM, TESTS THAT WE APPLY.

SO I'LL ADD TO THAT AS A KIND OF A, UM, POSSIBLE EVALUATION METRICS.

NOW, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT EVERY UTILITY, UH, USES, UM, ALL OF THE DIFFERENT TESTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE, RIGHT.

UM, AS FAR AS RATE IMPACT, PARTICIPANT COST TEST ALL THESE OTHER TESTS, RIGHT.

BUT IT'S JUST A TOOL AT OUR DISPOSAL THAT WE JUST, I THINK SHOULD KEEP IN MIND.

UM, AND, BUT OBVIOUSLY THE WEIGHT, BIG WEIGHT OF THAT IS IF WE USE THIS, THE TOTAL COST TEST, AND OBVIOUSLY IT TAKES SOMEBODY TO PUT SOME LIKE SOME NUMBERS OR THOUGHT BEHIND IT, IN THAT SCOPE, UM, WHICH IS USUALLY THE PROHIBITING FACTOR FOR IMPLEMENTATION PEOPLE GET CONSULTANTS.

AND THEY'RE LIKE, OH, WE JUST, OUR LEGAL REQUIREMENTS ONLY TRC.

SO WE'LL ONLY LOOK AT THAT, BUT IT'S JUST A THING TO, UM, FOR US TO, I THINK, TO LOOK AT, ARE, ARE CONSIDERED, UM, IS TO HAVE THAT AS AN ADDITIONAL ITEM TO BE AWARE OF OUR ADDITIONAL PATHS IN OUR SPACE, THAT WOULD BE A POTENTIALLY USEFUL.

THANK YOU, JAMES.

I THINK IT'S A GREAT SUGGESTION.

AND, YOU KNOW, AS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, I THINK BOTH HOW WE AS A COMMISSION, UM, CAN INCORPORATE, UM, BOTH THE CONCEPTS OF EQUITY IN, IN PRACTICE, IN OUR WORK, UM, AND EVALUATION OF, OF EQUITY.

I THINK THOSE, THOSE PIECES ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER.

UM, YOU KNOW, I'M REALIZING NOW THE WAY IT'S PLAYING OUT, I APOLOGIZE FOR HAVING THE, THE PRESENTATION AND THE DISCUSSION AT SEPARATE PLACES ON THE AGENDA, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT DOES MAKE IT AWKWARD FOR ALL OF US.

UM, SO JOSHUA, I'LL SAY THANK YOU AGAIN FOR AGREEING TO, TO STAY ON FOR OUR DISCUSSION, UM, WHICH WE HAVE ON THE SCHEDULE RIGHT

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NOW FOR FOUR O'CLOCK.

SO I HOPE THAT DOESN'T, UM, THAT, THAT WORKS WITH YOUR SCHEDULE AS WELL.

AND SO LET'S JAMES LET'S CONTINUE THAT CONVERSATION WHEN WE GET TO, TO ITEM FOUR.

UM, AND THEN ALL THOSE SAY AS SO WE

[4. NEW BUSINESS Discussion and possible action on increasing equity and inclusion though a workshop of commissioners and developing processes to increase equity and inclusion within the Commission.]

CAN BE, OH, YES.

UM, WHEN I SIT AT THE AGENDA AND CONSULTATION WITH CITY LEGAL, THEY SAID YOU COULD JUST MOVE TO ITEM FOUR, WHICH IS ACTION ON THIS ISSUE, WHICH FOR THE FLOW OF THE MEETING, WE'VE WORKED A LOT BETTER.

IT WOULD WORK BETTER, LIKE GREAT.

LET'S DO IT.

OKAY.

LET'S LET'S CONTINUE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, SO I'D LIKE TO THEN MAYBE LET'S CONTINUE THAT SUGGESTION OF JAMES, UM, ABOUT WHAT KIND OF, WHAT, UH, MAYBE WHAT OTHER SUGGESTIONS DO WE HAVE IN PRACTICE FOR HOW THIS COMMISSION MIGHT, UM, CENTER EQUITY AND ADOPT PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES THAT HIGHLIGHT EQUITY IN OUR WORK, UM, AND THE, THE FLOOR IS OPEN FOR DISCUSSION.

AND, UM, NOW WE'RE MADAME CHAIR.

UM, I HAD ASKED TO HAVE THIS PUT ON THE AGENDA AFTER DISCUSSIONS WITH A NUMBER OF OUR MEMBERS OVER TIME AND HAVING SERVED ON MISSIONS FOR, I DON'T KNOW, 20 SOMETHING YEARS.

I BET YOU MAYBE LONGER.

UM, IT, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I REVIEW THE EXPERIENCE WE HAVE, UM, THAT HAS TROUBLED ME IS THAT WE DON'T REALLY GET INPUT ON MANY OF THE DECISIONS AROUND THE PROGRAMS THAT WE ARE DESIGNING AND DEVELOPING, UM, FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED OR PEOPLE OF COLOR.

UM, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THAT.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, UM, A RELATIVELY STAID AND AGED SYSTEM OF OUTREACH THAT CLEARLY IS FAILING AND GETTING THE ISSUES THAT IMPACT, UM, THOSE COMMUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR MEETINGS.

PART OF IT CLEARLY IS THE FORMAT AND IT'S IN THE EVENINGS AND IT'S IN A DOWNTOWN OFFICE BUILDING FROM THE COMMUNITY.

UM, BUT OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT HAS TROUBLED ME, UM, IS THAT AS SOMEONE WHO HAS HELPED RECRUIT MEMBERS TO THIS COMMISSION OVER TIME, UM, THAT IT'S ALWAYS DIFFICULT, UM, US TO FIND INTERESTED AND, UM, QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO RECOMMEND A VARIOUS COUNCIL PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE AND, UM, UH, APPOINTMENT COMING UP.

AND FRANKLY, I THINK WE DO A REALLY POOR JOB.

UM, AND, UM, SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANT TO ASK MY FELLOW COMMISSIONERS ABOUT IS THEIR THOUGHTS ON THIS, AND ALSO TO HELP US GET SOME PROFESSIONAL ADVICE ON HOW TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE IN OUR THIS BODY AND, AND OTHERS THAT WE MAY BE IN A POSITION TO RECOMMEND.

UM, THIRD, I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO ENGAGE THIS COMMISSION AND A DISCUSSION ABOUT DOING AN EQUITY TRAINING TOGETHER.

UM, I DID THIS PROBABLY 20 YEARS AGO IN NEW ORLEANS.

UM, THE NAME OF THE PROGRAM WAS DIFFERENT, BUT IT'S BASICALLY XY UNDERSTAND IT, THE SAME COMPONENTS AND IT'S BEEN UPDATED AND IT'S FAR MORE EFFECTIVE.

NOW I HAVE HAD SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND MY WIFE WHO RECENTLY WENT THROUGH THE EQUITY AND TRAINING PROGRAM.

THE TINY AWARD, UM, DID THAT FOR ALL OF THE COMMISSION MEMBERS THAT WERE WORKING ON THE CLIMATE PLAN.

AND SEVERAL OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED IT SAID IT WAS EXTREMELY PROFOUND AND REALLY CHANGED THEIR WAY OF, UM, AND THEIR LENSES FOR LOOKING AT THIS PROBLEM AND THE IMPACT OF GOING THROUGH IT AS A GROUP SORT OF CLIMATE.

WHAT I DON'T THINK THERE WERE COMMISSIONERS, BUT THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE CLIMATE

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UPDATE WAS AN EXERCISE THAT HELPED PEOPLE HAVE A LOT MORE RESPECT FOR THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS COMMISSION OF THAT COMMISSION.

AND, UM, I CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE AND, UM, WAY THAT MY WIFE LOOKS AT THE WORLD, UM, SINCE HAVING GONE THROUGH THAT TRAINING.

AND I THINK WE, AS A BODY OWE IT TO OURSELVES TO DO IT TOGETHER, UM, BECAUSE IT WILL BE A MORE COHESIVE AND, UM, BODY, AND IT WILL HELP US HAVE COMMON LENSES TO LOOK AT THE CHALLENGES OF BEING MORE INCLUSIVE, UM, IN OUR WORK AND TO THINK OF WAYS THAT THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING, UM, CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVE TO THE AFFECTED COMMUNITIES.

SO THOSE ARE THE THREE THINGS THAT WHEN I PUT THIS ON THE AGENDA THAT I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT, AND, UM, I'M SURE THERE ARE MANY MORE THAT PEOPLE ON THIS COMMISSION WOULD LIKE TO PUT ON THE TABLE TO DISCUSS THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I WONDER IF IT WOULD MAKE SENSE MAYBE FOR US EACH TO DISCUSS THOSE THREE POINTS, UM, IT TOGETHER INPUT FROM, FROM THE REST OF THE COMMISSION.

UM, AND, AND MAYBE EVEN STARTING IN REVERSE ORDER, BECAUSE I THINK EACH OF EACH IS IMPORTANT AND PERHAPS EVEN BUILDS ON ONE ANOTHER.

UM, AND, AND REGARDING THE TOPIC OF AN UNDOING RACISM TRAINING SESSION, UM, WHICH SHANE ALSO THANK YOU FOR, FOR YOUR COMMENTS REGARDING THE, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT IT'S, IT'S NOT A TRAINING, IT'S NOT A ONETIME EVENT, YOU KNOW, AND UNDOING RACISM IS A, IT'S A PROCESS.

AND, UM, I WOULD PROPOSE, UM, A CULTURE THAT WE AS A COMMISSION SHOULD CONSIDER ADOPTING.

UM, SO TO THE EXTENT THAT THERE ARE VIRTUAL SESSIONS AVAILABLE FOR US TO PARTICIPATE IN AS A COMMISSION, UM, I WOULD SUPPORT THAT EFFORT.

UM, AND SMITTY, I ALSO PERSONALLY LIKE YOUR IDEA OF US GOING THROUGH THE TRAININGS TOGETHER, BECAUSE I DO THINK THAT MAKES US STRONGER AS A BODY.

UM, BUT I'D LIKE TO JUST OPEN THAT TOPIC UP TO THOUGHTS FROM THE OTHER COMMISSIONERS, MAYBE HERE'S THE SIMPLE QUESTION.

WOULD YOU ALL BE WILLING TO GO THROUGH AN UNDOING RACISM TRAINING? YEAH, I SEE SOME THUMBS UP.

YEAH.

CHIME IN REAL FAST TO CLARIFY SOMETHING.

YEAH.

SO, UH, AND, UH, YOU KNOW, BACK TO WHAT JOSHUA WAS SAYING IS THAT, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE THESE WEBINARS OR, UH, CONVERSATIONS FOR HAP, UM, THAT WOULD DEFINITELY BE SHORTER AND NOT THE FALL TRAINING.

AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE GREAT TO DO RIGHT NOW, UM, AND JUST TO BE CONSISTENT AND MAKE SURE EVERYBODY'S ON THE SAME PAGE, YOU KNOW, THERE, THERE, THERE, THERE ARE AN ARRAY OF DIFFERENT ASSET RACISM AND EQUITY TRAINING.

I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY THAT THE UNDOING RACISM TRAINING, IT'S THE NAME OF A SPECIFIC ANTI-RACISM TRAINING BY THE PEOPLE'S INSTITUTE.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE THE LAUNDRY DUDE ALREADY INVOLVED IN THAT.

I JUST WANT TO, THIS IS A POINT THAT I'VE HAD TO BRING UP IN OTHER CIRCLES WHEN WE FIRST STARTED TALKING ABOUT TRAININGS OF THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T WANT TO CONTEMPLATE THE NAME OF ONE TRAINING WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF FOUR CATEGORIES OF TRAINING.

I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY THAT, UM, AND THAT, YOU KNOW, WOULD NOT BE THE UNDOING RACISM TRAINING THAT INSTITUTE OFFERS AND THAT'S, AND THANK YOU, SHANE FOR MAKING THAT A POINT I WANTED TO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE OF COVID-19 DEFINITELY HAD THINGS THE WAY THAT WE OPERATE.

SO JUST SOME CONTEXT, WE WERE DRILLING THE UNDOING RACISM TRAINING PEOPLE'S INSTITUTE ONCE A MONTH, WE HAVE A CON.

SO, SO THERE'S A CONTRACT WITH THE CITY, WITH THE ORGANIZATION.

SO WE WERE DOING THE ONCE A MONTH.

AND SO BECAUSE OF COVID-19, WE JUST, WE JUST STOPPED AS FAR AS THE VIRTUAL ONES THEY'VE BEEN DOING, UM, THAT'S STUFF THAT WE HAVE NOT EXPLORED HE HAD WITH THEM.

AND SO, UM, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE, IT'S SOMETHING THAT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE QUITE NOT DOING RIGHT NOW.

I THINK ONE THING I CAN OFFER YOU OFFER YOU ALL, IS THAT WHAT THE PRESENTATION I DID TODAY, IT WAS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DENSE.

AND SO, UH, THE EQUITY OFFICE, WE COULD DO A PRESENTATION WITH YOU ALL THAT'S ABOUT TWO HOURS LONG THAT

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CAN GIVE SOME MORE CONTEXTUAL WORK AROUND WHAT WE DO.

AND THERE'S SOME INTERACTION.

THERE IS SOME TALKING THAT IS DEFINITELY SOME OF IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO IN THE FUTURE.

UM, BUT AS FAR AS THE VIRTUAL ONES WITH THE PEOPLE'S INSTITUTE, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE CITY, AS FAR AS, UH, THE CONTRACT WE'RE CURRENTLY NOT DOING RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, JOSHUA.

AND I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA.

UM, TH TH A TWO HOUR TRAINING SESSION, UM, I REALIZED YOU WERE TIME CONSTRAINTS TODAY, BUT I THINK THAT'S A GREAT FIRST STEP AND TO ALLOW US TO HAVE ADDITIONAL DISCUSSIONS, UM, KIND OF WORKSHOP STYLE, PERHAPS, UM, AMONG THIS BODIES.

UM, AND I LOVE THE STRUCTURE OF YOUR PRESENTATION, I THINK WAS EVEN KIND OF OFFERED THOSE CHALLENGES TO US AS A BODY.

UM, SO IT WOULD BE NICE TO, TO HAVE THE TIME TO GO INTO THOSE CONVERSATIONS.

UM, SO I THINK THAT'S LIKE, PERHAPS LET'S, LET'S SAY LET'S TRY TO SCHEDULE THAT TYPE OF WORKSHOP.

OH, JAMIE, YES, PLEASE GO AHEAD.

RIGHT.

I'M SURE.

SINCE THIS WAS POSTED FOR FORMAL ACTION TO SET UP A WORKSHOP, YOU CAN JUST TAKE A VOTE ON IT REAL QUICK TO BE SAFE, TO MAKE SURE, GET COMFORTABLE WITH THE POSTING LANGUAGE AND NOT INCLUDE THE WORDS I'M DOING RACISM WORKSHOP.

IT JUST SAID, HEY WORKSHOP.

SO WHATEVER WORKSHOP WE FIND WITH YOUR WELL, THANK YOU.

SO, UM, IS THERE A MOTION, DO I HAVE A MOTION FOR A VOTE TO, UH, TO ESTABLISH A, AN EQUITY WORKSHOP FOR THE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMISSION? YEAH, I'LL MAKE THAT MOTION IF THAT'S THE QUESTION.

OKAY.

UH, MOVED BY COMMISSIONER JOHNSON.

DO I HAVE A SECOND SECOND AND BY COMMISSIONER BABIAK.

THANK YOU.

UM, ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE.

WE HAVE ENOUGH VIDEO TO RAISE HANDS.

UH HUH.

THANK YOU, EVA.

UH, ALL OPPOSED ANY ABSTENTIONS? SO WITH THAT, THE MOTION PASSES.

THANK YOU ALL.

UM, MAYBE THE OTHER TWO POINTS THAT YOU BROUGHT UP, I THINK WERE, WERE ALSO QUITE RELEVANT, INCLUDING HOW DO WE INCREASE DIVERSITY, UH, TOM, THIS COMMISSION, AS WELL AS, HOW DO WE RECEIVE ADDITIONAL CITIZEN, UH, INPUT FROM A MORE DIVERSE, UH, GROUP OF CITIZENS THAT WE ARE REPRESENTING ON THIS COMMISSION? UM, IS THERE ADDITIONAL, ARE THERE ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS, COMMENTS, OR DISCUSSIONS FROM OTHER COMMISSIONERS ABOUT THE OTHER TWO ITEMS THAT COMMISSIONER SMITH HAS PROPOSED? SO TO THE ISSUE OF THE MEETING LOCATIONS AND, UM, ONE OF THE REASONS WHERE TETHERED, UM, OR HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST TETHERED TO THE, UH, THE AUSTIN ENERGY BUILDING WAS THE ABILITY THAT THE EQUIPMENT THEY HAD TO BROADCAST.

AND, UM, IT WAS, UH, THE PRIMARY REASON THEY WANTED US THERE.

AND THEN THE OTHER, WHICH IS MAKES GOOD SENSE.

UM, AND ONE LEVEL IS THAT THIS IS WHERE THE STAFF ARE AND SHOULD THERE BE, AND THEIR MATERIALS.

AND SO SHOULD THERE BE, AS THERE OFTEN ARE QUESTIONS THAT THE STAFF IS ILL PREPARED FOR, SOMEBODY CAN RUN UPSTAIRS AND GET DOCUMENTS.

UM, HOWEVER, THE LOCATION, UM, IS INTIMIDATING AND SHOULD BE FAST.

ISN'T THAT FANCY? SO IT'S NOT THE, NOT THE ROOF ITSELF, IT'S INTIMIDATING, BUT AT THESE BIG BUILDINGS DOWNTOWN, AND IT'S NOT PART OF THE COMMUNITY THAT WE'RE SEEKING.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WOULD LIKE MY PITCH TO JAMIE AND ASK HIM TO RUN UP THE AUSTIN ENERGY, UM, IS, ARE THERE OTHER LOCATIONS OR COULD THERE BE OTHER LOCATION AND, UM, VARIOUS, UH, CITIES OR PRECINCTS THAT ARE DIVIDED OUT BY

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CITY COUNCIL BE AT, WOULD BE, UM, PLACES FROM WHICH WE COULD BROADCAST, UM, AND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS.

IS IT WITH THESE TECH, THE TECHNOLOGIES WE NOW HAVE TODAY, UH, TO DO A GOOD QUALITY MEETING OFF OF OUR COMPUTERS, OUR IPHONE, UM, TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN, TO BE CHECK THAT OUT, JAMIE, THAT'D BE APPRECIATED.

WE'LL BE HAPPY TO RUN THAT UP, THE FLAGPOLE SMITTY, BUT, UH, I WILL MENTION THAT WHEN AUSTIN ENERGY WAS LOOKING FOR A LOCATION FOR A FLEET OF HEADQUARTERS, WHICH I BELIEVE WILL BE HOPEFULLY MOVING INTO WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 14 MONTHS, IT WAS A VERY CENTRAL LOCATION THAT HAS EASIER ACCESS THAN WHERE WE ARE NOW.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE KEY THINGS WE LOOKED AT.

SO THAT WOULD BE FROM STARTER LANE.

I'LL GIVE YOU THAT, BUT WE DID CHOOSE A NEW HEADQUARTER BUILDING WITH ACCESS FOR NOT ONLY EMPLOYEES, BUT THE PUBLIC IN MIND PULLING.

SEE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING? YOU KNOW, YOU'RE HAPPY TO TALK TO PEOPLE DOWN HERE WE CAN DO.

YEAH.

AND THERE, THERE ARE COMMUNITY CENTERS AND VARIOUS CITY OFFICE BUILDINGS ALL OVER THE CITY.

AND SO THERE MAY WELL BE THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE SOMEWHERE EMBEDDED IN THOSE BUILDINGS, SIMILAR CAPACITIES OR EASY PLACES TO GET STABLE.

UM, MAYBE UPGRADE SIGNALS OUT.

SOMEBODY PROBABLY COULD LOOK INTO THAT.

I DO BELIEVE THERE'S SOME TECHNICAL ISSUES THERE THAT THEY GO BEYOND JUST A ZOOM MEETING AND WE'LL GET BACK TO A DOOR TELEVISION, BUT LET ME HAVE SOME CONVERSATIONS WITH SYDNEY CLERK AND OTHERS.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU, JAMIE.

I BELIEVE THAT THIS, THIS, UM, WELL, I HOPE BE AN ONGOING CONVERSATION, UM, WITH THIS COMMISSION.

AND SO, UM, THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT OUR ONLY OPPORTUNITY TO, UM, TO DISCUSS HOW WE WILL INCREASE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, UM, AMONG THIS COMMISSION AND ALSO SOLICITS, UM, GREATER ENGAGEMENT FROM A DIVERSE TOPIC, A DIVERSE GROUP OF, OF CITIZENS THAT WE'RE REPRESENTING.

UM, ANY OTHER, ANY OTHER THOUGHTS ON THIS TOPIC BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM? I WOULD LIKE, I WAS JUST DONE THAT I WAS GOING TO SAY REALLY QUICKLY.

I CAN REACH OUT TO JAMIE AS REGARDS TO SCHEDULING AND DIFFERENT THINGS LIKE THAT OFFLINE.

RIGHT.

JOSHUA.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU AGAIN SO MUCH.

GO AHEAD.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ASK THE EQUITY OFFICE, IF THEY COULD HELP DO A PRESENTATION FOR US AT SOME POINT ON ESSENTIALLY HOW TO FIND SOLICIT RAIN, UM, UNDER INVOLVED COMMUNITIES, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD AND GET IN AND HELP THEM AND HELP SOLICIT THOSE PEOPLE AS APPLICANTS FOR VARIOUS POSITIONS.

UM, WHEN YOU, WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO CAST OUR NET BIGGER AND THAT, AND I'LL MAKE AN, I MADE A NOTE OF THAT AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN UNPACK DURING THE WORKSHOP.

ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, JOSHUA.

UM, AND THANK YOU FOR STAYING ON AND PARTICIPATING IN OUR DISCUSSION.

UM, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE THIS WILL BE THE FIRST OF MANY OF MANY, SO WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

UM, NOW WE'D LIKE TO, UM, MOVE, UH, BACK TO ITEM THREE,

[3. Presentation of 2021 Austin Energy Customer Energy Solutions Budget.]

UH, ON THE AGENDA.

UM, DEBBIE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PATIENCE, UH, WITH OUR, OUR SCHEDULING.

UM, THIS IS A PRESENTATION OF THE, UM, CUSTOMER ENERGY SOLUTIONS BUDGET, UM, AND DEBBIE, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING WITH US AND WE'LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU.

IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE.

UM, CAN YOU HEAR ME AND THOSE, THE AB TECH AT CITY HALL HAVE MY PRESENTATION LOADED OR DO I NEED TO SHARE MY SCREEN? LET ME VERIFY ONE MOMENT.

SO WHILE HE'S DOING THAT, IF I COULD JUST, UM, IF YOU DON'T MIND HAVING LISTENED TO THAT DISCUSSION, I WANT TO GIVE A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO THE EQUITY OFFICE.

THEY ARE A SMALL STAFF, BUT VERY IMPACTFUL.

AND ABOUT A MONTH AGO, MYSELF, SOME MEMBERS OF MY STAFF, JACKIE SERGEANT, AND HER CHIEF OF STAFF WENT THROUGH THE TWO HOUR EQUITY TRAINING THAT, UH, JOSHUA, UM, CONDENSED FOR YOU TODAY.

AND I CAN SAY WITHOUT HESITATION, IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST THOUGHT PROVOKING, REVEALING AND EDUCATIONAL TRAININGS THAT I HAVE GONE THROUGH IN GAGE.

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BUT, UM, THERE WERE MANY THINGS AS SOMEBODY WHO IS NOT FROM AUSTIN, THAT MEMBERS OF MY STAFF WEREN'T AWARE OF.

UM, AND THAT HELPED ME UNDERSTAND WHY SAYING I'M FROM THE CITY AND I'M HERE TO, YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS RESONATE WELL WITH CERTAIN COMMUNITIES.

SO I DO WANT TO SAY THEY A MARVELOUS JOB AND THEY DID IT IN A WAY THAT WAS AS EFFECTIVE AS I'VE EVER SEEN.

AND I'VE BEEN THROUGH SOME OF THESE TRAININGS, RIGHT.

SO IF CITY HALL IS NOT ABLE, YES.

IS IT THE EQUITY PRESENTATION? NO, IT'S THE CES BUDGET PRESENCE.

OH, I'M SO SORRY HERE.

LET ME LOAD THAT ONE.

OKAY.

UM, SO, UM, SO MY APOLOGIES FOR WEIGHING IN ON THAT DISCUSSION, BUT, UM, THAT TRAINING IS STILL VERY PRESENT IN MY, MY MIND AND THEY DO A WONDERFUL JOB.

UM, I'LL, I'LL JUST START OFF BY TALKING AS, UM, THE GENTLEMEN BRINGS UP MY PRESENTATION BY INTRODUCING MYSELF.

MY NAME IS KIMBERLY.

I'M THE VICE PRESIDENT OF CUSTOMER ENERGY SOLUTIONS AT AUSTIN ENERGY.

AND AS, UH, WE, OR AS I HAVE DONE FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW, I THINK I'VE LOST COUNT.

I'M HERE TO PRESENT THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CES CUSTOMER ENERGY SOLUTIONS, PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021.

NOW YOU SHOULD HAVE ALSO RECEIVED AN ADVANCE, A DOCUMENT ENTITLED CUSTOMER ENERGY SOLUTIONS, BUDGET, BUDGET OVERVIEW, AND THAT'S A WORD DOCUMENT THAT GOES ON AT SOME LINE OR PDF THAT PROVIDES A LOT OF DETAIL ABOUT THE CURRENT YEAR THAT WE'RE IN, UM, WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED AND, UM, OUR PROPOSED BUDGET AND WHAT WE'RE SETTING OUT TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE COMING YEAR.

UM, IF YOU COULD MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, I WANTED TO, UH, BUT BACK WHEN I WANTED TO FRAME THIS PRESENTATION IN TERMS OF THE GENERATION RESOURCE PLAN, AND SO YOU CAN SEE HERE, I WON'T READ THROUGH THIS.

SOME OF THE GOALS THAT WERE RECENTLY UPDATED AND THE GENERATION RESOURCE PLAN AT 2030, AND I WANT TO AGAIN, OFFER MY, THANKS TO THOSE OF YOU ON THIS COMMISSION WHO WERE EITHER DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THOSE DELIBERATIONS OR WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE WORKING GROUP COMMITTEE.

AND SO I KNOW SOME OF YOU SHANE, I SAW, I KNEW THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TIMES THAT IS EXACTLY, UH, THE PURPOSE OF THAT GROUP.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE GOALS, THEY'RE VERY AMBITIOUS SCHOOL, BUT SOME OF THE OTHER GOALS THAT AREN'T SHOWN HERE, BUT I DON'T WANT TO OMIT, UM, OR THE GOALS TO GET TO, UM, UH, CONTINUED SHARE SOLAR, SHARED SOLAR PRIVATE WE'VE MADE GREAT PROGRESS ON THAT AFFORDING LIMITED INCOME CUSTOMERS, PREFERENTIAL ACCESS TO COMMUNITY SOLAR AT A DISCOUNTED RATE RETAINING.

AND THIS ONE'S IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DISCUSSION, YOU KNOW, THIS TED RETAINING A THIRD PARTY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST TO ASSIST US IN HOSTING CONVERSATIONS WITH COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE NOT TAKEN PART IN OUR PROGRAMS WITH THE OBJECTIVES OF IDENTIFYING AND REMOVING BARRIERS TO PROGRAM OPTION.

SO THIS GIVES YOU A SENSE AS TO WHAT THE GOALS WERE THAT WERE ESTABLISHED.

I BELIEVE IT WAS LATE MARCH WHEN THE CITY APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY THE WORKING GROUPS, UM, AND RECOMMENDATION FOR THE GENERATION RESOURCE PLAN TO 2030, AND THEY, OUR STRETCH GOALS, BUT THEIR GOALS THAT WE AS STAFF ARE ALL PROUD TO SUPPORT NEXT SLIDE.

SO TO FURTHER, UH, PREFACE MY REMARKS, I WANT TO NOTE, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE REST OF YOU.

I HOPE THIS IS A YEAR THAT I NEVER FOR, NONE OF US EVER REPEAT.

UM, AGAIN, IT HAS BEEN UNPRECEDENTED IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD, ALL OF AUSTIN ENERGY'S BUDGETS AND YEAH, CF BUDGET WERE DEVELOPED PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC AND THAT HAS, AND IT WILL IMPACT OUR ACTUAL RESORTS RESULTS FOR THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR, AS WELL AS OUR FISCAL 21 ON PROGRAM DELIVERY.

THIS SIDE WAS USED WITH THE EUC LAST WEEK AND IT PROVIDES A ONE PAGE SNAPSHOT OF OUR BUDGET.

SO JUST FOR MY GROUP OF ABOUT 120 PEOPLE, YOU CAN SEE OUR AGGREGATE BUDGET.

IT'S RELATIVELY UNCHANGED AT $44 MILLION.

AND THAT INCLUDES NOT ONLY ARE THOSE COSTS THAT ARE RECOVERED AND THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES, TARA, BUT IT ALSO INCLUDES COSTS THAT ARE REQUIRED.

I'VE WRITTEN BASE RATES.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, OUR DATA ANALYTICS GROUP, OUR KEY ACCOUNTS GROUP COSTS FOR THOSE PROGRAMS, SOME OF THE GREEN BUILDINGS PROGRAMS ARE RECOVERED IN BASE RATES.

IF YOU LOOK DOWN THE LOW THAT YOU SEE THE BREAKOUT IN TERMS OF THE ALLOCATION OF THOSE PROGRAMS

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BY BUCKETS.

AND SO THE LARGEST BUCKET REALLY ARE ENERGY EFFICIENCY INCENTIVES, AND YOU HAVE LABOR, UM, AND, UH, CONTRACTUALS THAT GO TO SUPPORT PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION.

SO I HAVE A WORKFORCE WITH PEOPLE TAKE IN APPLICATIONS, THEY SUPPORT CUSTOMER, WE RUN A MINI CALL CENTER.

WE GO OUT AND WE CONDUCT OFFERS AUDITS.

WE DO INSPECTIONS, QA QC.

UM, SO ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE WRAPPED INTO OUR BUDGET, AND THEN YOU CAN SEE SEPARATE AND APART FROM THE E INCENTIVES ARE THE SOLAR PROGRAM.

SO MORE THAN HALF OF OUR BUDGET REALLY RELATES TO INCENTIVES.

I'M ALSO HAPPY TO NOTE THAT AS PART OF OUR BOOK, ASSUMING THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES IT, WE SOUGHT THE CONVERSION OF TWO CONTRACTUAL BOYS CONTRACTORS TO FULL TIME EQUIVALENTS IN THE GREEN BUILDING AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES GROUP ONE TO FOCUS ON SUPPORT FOR COMMERCIAL GREEN BUILDING, WHICH HAS GROWN AT A STUNNING PACE.

AND ANOTHER TOOK FOCUS ON EXTENDING LAST MILE.

WELL, TRANSPORTATION, ELECTRIFICATION COME CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

WE HAVE SOMEBODY THAT'S BEEN DOING THAT ON A CONTRACTUAL BASIS.

SHE'S AN AMAZING ASSET WHO BY THE WAY, HAS ALSO WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE EQUITY OFFICE AND BRINGS AN ENORMOUS SKILL SET WITH HER.

AND THE LAST, THE LAST THING THAT I WANTED TO NOTE THAT YOU CAN SEE WE'VE GOT, UM, OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST FEW YEARS, WE HAVE A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN BUDGET.

MOST OF THAT HAS FOCUSED ON, UM, UH, ON CHARGING STATIONS.

I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT WE NOW HAVE AS A, I BELIEVE IT WAS LAST MONTH, PUT IN PLACE 26 DC FAST CHARGING STATIONS, UM, AT VARIOUS AT NINE SEPARATE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT OUR SERVICE TERRITORY.

UM, A NUMBER OF THOSE FIVE OF THOSE WERE FACILITATED FROM THE TCEQ GRANT AND IN THE COMING FISCAL YEAR, THAT A LINE THAT YOU SEE THERE REPRESENTS FOUR ADDITIONAL PORTS THAT WILL BE INSTALLED AND ELECTRIC.

SO IF YOU WANT TO MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, SO SLIDE FOUR SHOWS YOU JUST THE INCENTIVE PORTION OF OUR BUDGET.

THIS LOOKS AT BOTH THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY INCENTIVES, AS WELL AS THE SOLAR INCENTIVES AND AS WELL AS THE FUNDING PROVIDED FROM THE CAP CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TARIFF.

SO JUST A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ON THIS SLIDE FUNDING FOR LOW INCOME WEATHERIZATION AND THE PROPOSED UPCOMING BUDGET YEAR IS UNCHANGED AT ROUGHLY TWO POINT $3 MILLION.

WE'VE ALLOCATED AN ADDITIONAL, ALMOST THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE REDESIGNED LIMITED INCOME MULTIFAMILY WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM.

THIS PROGRAM WAS GOING TO REFER SICKLY WELL BEFORE COVID HIT IN, IN MARCH.

AND, UM, TO THAT END, WE'VE SEEN STRONG UPTAKE THROUGH A PROGRAM THAT HAS BUNDLED DIFFERENT MEASURES TOGETHER.

WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO, UM, PAY FOR 100% OF THE INSTALLED MEASURES.

UM, AND, UH, I BELIEVE IT'S SOMETHING LIKE OVER 2,600 APARTMENT UNITS.

NOW, THE SOLAR INCENTIVES ARE REDUCED MODESTLY BY A TOTAL OF $250,000 THAT WON'T CONSTRAIN PROGRAM GROWTH POST COBIT INTEREST IN RESIDENTIAL SOLAR SYSTEM SYSTEMS STRONG.

AND IN FACT, WE ANTICIPATE WE'LL PROBABLY SPEND OVER $6 MILLION AGGREGATE IN SOLAR INCENTIVES THIS YEAR, WHICH EXCEEDS OUR BUDGET ALLOWANCE DUE TO THE EXTENT SUCCESS AND ACHIEVING LOW INFLOW INSTALLED COSTS.

SOME OF OUR CUSTOMERS AREN'T EVEN SEEKING INCENTIVES ANYMORE.

SO IN ANY ONE YEAR WE'RE SEEING 10 TO 20% OF SOLAR INSTALLATIONS ARE NOT EVEN APPLYING FOR AN INCENTIVE.

THE ONLY PROGRAM THAT'S CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY IN OUR, OUR UPCOMING BUDGET YEAR IS THE SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM.

THAT PROGRAM FOCUSES ON LIGHTING.

UM, THAT PROGRAM WAS FUNDED NOT BECAUSE OF CODE, BUT BECAUSE AGAIN, THIS ALL TOOK PLACE PRIOR TO COVID, BUT REALLY BECAUSE LIGHTING STANDARDS HAVE IMPROVED TO THE POINT THAT WE DIDN'T NEED TO SPEND AS MUCH MONEY.

IT WAS THE STANDARD THAT WAS AVAILABLE, BUT WE'RE ACUTELY AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THIS CUSTOMER IS VERY IMPACTED BY THE PANDEMIC AND BY THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND SO STAFF, AS WE SPEAK IS WORKING TO DEVELOP A BUNDLED MEASURE APPROACH TO REACH THIS MARKET THAT INCLUDES SMART THERMOSTATS AC TUNER, AND DO IT YOURSELF, INSTALLED LAMPS AS OPPOSED TO PROMOTING VALVE REPLACEMENT AS WELL.

WE FEEL IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO RE REACH THAT SEGMENT TO YOU MOVED TO THE NEXT SLIDE, TRYING TO BE MINDFUL OF YOUR TIME.

SO THIS GIVES YOU A, UM, UH, ONE-PAGE OF FIDDLY YET, UM, BUSY OVERVIEW OF OUR PROGRESS RELATIVE TO THE 1200

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MEGAWATT GOAL THAT I MENTIONED EARLY ON.

SO IF WE WERE TO GET TO OUR FISCAL 24 FUEL, WE'LL PROBABLY EXCEED IT BY ROUGHLY FIVE MEGAWATTS.

AND I'LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A MOMENT, WE'D HAVE 332 MEGAWATTS LEFT TO CLOSE THE GAP AND THE CHART TO THE RIGHT SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH WE WOULD NEED TO FILL IN WITH LOCAL SOLAR, UM, AS WELL AS CUSTOMER SITE OF SOLAR.

SO REMEMBER THE GOAL FOR LOCAL IS 375 MEGAWATTS, THE 200 MEGAWATTS CUSTOMER SIDED, EITHER IN FRONT OF, OR BEHIND THE METER.

NOW, IN THE CASE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY, I CAN TELL YOU THAT I BELIEVE.

UM, AND SO THE DNB STUDY HAS BEEN COMPLETED JUST AS OF YESTERDAY, I GOT IT IN DRAFT FORM.

UM, I BELIEVE WE WILL BE TAKING MUCH LOWER CREDIT FOR ENERGY CODE SAVINGS.

AND THAT'S WHERE YOU'VE SEEN.

IF YOU LOOK AT EACH OF THOSE SLICES IN RECENT YEARS, WITH THE GROWTH IN AUSTIN, WE'VE SEEN SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE ENERGY.

SO I BELIEVE YOU WILL SEE THAT SCALED BACK.

IT WILL BE VERY MUCH A STRETCH GOAL, UM, IN THE FUTURE.

AND IN THE CASE OF THE LOCAL SOLAR, YOU CAN SEE THAT'S A LARGE GAP.

I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT ONCE.

UM, AND, AND IT'S BEEN DELAYED A BIT, BUT ONCE THE EAST BLACKLINE'S FACILITY, UM, IS UNDERWAY AND ONLINE, THAT WILL HELP CLOSE THE GAP.

AND OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE SOME COMMUNITY SOLAR INSTALLATIONS THAT, UM, ARE, UM, IN THE PIPELINE.

SO IF YOU COULD ADVANCED A SLIDE SIX, WHEN I TALK ABOUT OUR RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS, WHAT WE PROJECT FOR THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR COMPARED TO WHAT WE'RE TARGETING FOR THE UPCOMING FISCAL YEAR AND SOME OF THE FACTORS BEHIND THE PERFORMANCE.

UM, SO YOU CAN SEE, I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE FACT THAT MEGAWATT SAVINGS OR ONE OF THE GOALS THAT WE STRIVE TO REACH.

WE CAN'T IGNORE ENERGY SAVINGS, AND WE CAN'T IGNORE THE FACT THAT SOME PROGRAMS THAT MAY YIELD VERY MODEST, UM, MEGAWATT SAVINGS ARE DEEPLY IMPACTFUL WHEN IT COMES TO MISSION.

SO I'LL START WITH SORT OF THE BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS, IF YOU DON'T MIND.

SO IN TERMS OF THE PANDEMIC AND THE ECONOMY, IT, THOSE HAVE HAD A, A REALLY MORE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS, THE WEATHERIZATION PROGRAMS, THE HOME PERFORMANCE WITH ENERGY STAR PROGRAM AND THE RESIDENTIAL RATINGS RATINGS.

I MEAN, KEEP IN MIND, BACK IN MARCH, WE WENT INTO A SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER, AND THAT CONTINUED FOR QUITE SOME TIME THAT AFFECTED NOT JUST MY STAFF, BUT ALSO AFFECTED OUR, OUR PARTICIPATING CONTRACTORS WE DIDN'T HAVE.

AND IN FACT, WE STILL HAVE SUPPLY CHAIN CONSTRAINTS IN TERMS OF GETTING EPE.

CUSTOMERS ARE RELUCTANT TO LET SOMEBODY OTHER THAN AN IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER INTO THEIR HOUSE, GIVEN THE WAY CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE UNFOLDED OVER THE LAST FOUR TO FIVE MONTHS.

SO I'VE SAID ALWAYS, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO SAY THE SAFETY OF OUR CUSTOMERS, OUR EMPLOYEES, AND OUR CONTRACTORS IS PARAMOUNT.

AND SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS LIKE THE WEATHERIZATION PROGRAMS WHERE PEOPLE WERE IN THEIR HOMES, IN THEIR APARTMENT UNITS WERE PRETTY MUCH SUSPENDED SINCE THE MIDDLE OF MARCH.

AND THEY WERE RECENTLY REINITIATED IN EARLY JULY AS WE GOT A SUPPLY OF PPE, AS WE WERE ABLE TO DO MORE VIRTUAL INSPECTIONS, BUT ENSURING THAT OUR CONTRACTORS ALSO HAD HAD, UM, PROTECTED, UM, GEAR.

LET ME TELL YOU, UM, WHERE I THINK WE'LL END UP, I THINK WITH WEATHERIZATION, WE'LL PROBABLY END UP AT ROUGHLY 275 HOMES WEATHERIZED BY THE END OF THE YEAR, NOT WHAT WE TARGETED, BUT NONETHELESS, UM, I THINK RESPECTABLE GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, AND AGAIN, SOME OF THOSE HOMES THAT WE'RE GOING IN ARE SO PEOPLE THAT ARE VULNERABLE.

SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND THE SAFETY OF OUR CUSTOMERS.

I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT.

AS I SAID IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THE MULTIFAMILY 100% WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM, WE WEATHERIZE 2,600 APARTMENT UNITS.

THAT'S AN ALL TIME RECORD.

I MEAN, WE ARE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, EVEN AT THAT POINT IN THE YEAR OF WHERE WE'VE EVER BEEN WITH OUR MULTIFAMILY PROGRAM OVER THE YEARS, THE SPAN OF A FIVE YEARS, ANOTHER ONE, AND HERE'S A BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY STAFF.

WHEN SCHOOLS WENT REMOTE, OUR STAFF DID A WONDERFUL JOB.

THEY PULLED TOGETHER, THEY PUT TOGETHER THE AUSTIN ENERGY, ALL STARS KIDS.

THESE ARE THE KITS THAT ARE SENT TO TITLE NINE SCHOOLS.

IT'S USUALLY IN, IN SCHOOL TRAINING, WE WERE ASKED TO DELIVER THOSE TO CENTRAL LOCATION SO THAT THOSE COULD BE DISTRIBUTED WHEN KIDS WERE RECEIVING

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THEIR WEEKLY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS OR WHEN THEY WERE RECEIVING MEALS.

AND WE DISTRIBUTED KITS TO ALMOST 4,800 FAMILIES.

AND THAT EXCEEDED OUR GOAL BY 870%.

THAT'S EIGHT, SEVEN ZERO.

UM, SO AGAIN, AND THOSE COME WITH MEASURES AND THEN THEY COME WITH SMART PLUGS.

THEY COME WITH LED LIGHTS, THE OTHER GOOD NEWS, WHICH WE'LL SEE THE HUGE CONTRIBUTION ON HERE.

I'M FROM THE MULTIFAMILY ENERGY CODE.

AND OVER THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS USUALLY SEE 70 PROJECTS IN PROGRESS AND 20 NEW PROJECTS.

UM, ANY, ANY ONE YEAR, LAST YEAR WAS A RECORD AT ROUGHLY 20, AS OF EARLY JUNE.

THIS WAS OVER A MONTH AGO.

WE SAW 88 MULTIFAMILY PROJECTS IN PROCESS 27, NEW PROJECTS SUBMITTED YEAR TO DATE, AND THAT ACCOUNTED FOR OVER 18,000 APARTMENT UNITS.

ALL OF THOSE PROPERTIES FOR BEING BUILT TOO 2015, UM, INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE AS AMENDED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN STANDARDS.

AND MY STAFF ADVISES ME.

THEY ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT AUSTIN.

IT'S NOT IN ANY ONE LOCATION, THE LAST LITTLE BIT OF GOOD NEWS AND THIS SLIDE, IT'S NOT LITTLE, IT'S ACTUALLY BIG.

LET'S LOOK AT THE RESIDENTIAL SOLAR UPTAKE, WHICH WE PROJECT THE YEAR, UH, ARE NORMALLY WE'RE TARGETING SEVEN MEGAWATTS.

WE'RE LOOKING AT, UM, GETTING TO ABOUT 8.6 MEGAWATTS THIS YEAR.

SO EXCEEDING OUR GOAL BY 23% AND OVERSPENDING OUR BUDGET.

AND JUST AS A FRIENDLY DEBBIE KIMBERLY REMINDER, WE DON'T SUSPEND, UM, OUR PROGRAM.

IF WE EXCEED OUR BUDGET, NEVER WILL DO THAT.

UM, THAT'S YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

A CERTAINTY.

WE HAVE ANOTHER SEVEN MEGAWATTS TARGETED, UH, FOR NEXT YEAR AND WITH OUR BUDGET, UH, RESIDENTIAL BUDGET, WE'RE LOOKING AT ROUGHLY 1000 RESIDENTIAL, THE SOLAR INSTALLATIONS.

WE ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO ENROLLING OUR, UH, RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS IN THE COMMUNITY, SOLAR INSTALLATION AT ABI AT THE AIRPORT PROBABLY EARLY NEXT YEAR AT THE LATEST.

UM, AND AS WE'VE DONE BEFORE, AND I KNOW COHIBA IS ON, IT