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OH, I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND

[Call to Order]

CONVENE TODAY'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING, UM, HERE AT 10 OH FOUR ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 2020.

UH, WE ARE DOING THIS, UH, VIRTUALLY, UM, COLLEAGUES.

I'M GOING TO READ IN THE CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS, UH, THAT WE HAVE, UH, ON ITEM NUMBER 14, UH, IT'S UH, OUTREACH SERVICES AND AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED.

UM, $75,000.

UH, STRICKEN WAS LANGUAGE ABOUT THE TOTAL AGREEMENT AMOUNT.

WE HAVE SOME ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PULLED ON OUR AGENDA AS SHOWN, UH, ON THE CHANGES OR CORRECTIONS YOU HAVE IT'S ITEMS 11 OR BY COUNCIL MEMBERS TOBO AND ELLIS 12, OR PULL BY COUNCIL NUMBER TOBO FIVE PULLED BY COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

ALSO WE HAVE ITEM NUMBER 23 PULLED BY A COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER.

THOSE ARE THE FOUR ITEMS I'M SHOWING AS BEING COOL AND LAID BACK UP.

WE HAVE 10, 1138 39, 40 42 43, 45, 54 AND 55 COLLEAGUES.

THE, UH, CONSENT AGENDA AGENDA ITEMS TODAY ARE ONE THROUGH 37 AND ALSO 51 TO 62, UH, WITH RESPECT TO, UH, ITEM NUMBER 52.

UM, UH, AS I INDICATED ON THE MESSAGE BOARD YESTERDAY, UM, AND AMENDMENTS GOTTA BE BROUGHT FORWARD TO STRIKE FROM ITEM NUMBER 52, THE FUNDING THAT COMES FROM THE PAY FOR SUCCESS MODEL, UH, AND THE FUNDING THAT COMES FROM THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT MOBILITY FUND, UH, IN ITS PLACE.

UH, THERE'S GOING TO BE PROPOSED DIRECTION TO THE CITY MANAGER TO COME BACK WITH, UH, ORDINANCES AND INSTRUMENTS NECESSARY TO MAKE UP THAT $8.5 MILLION AVAILABLE FROM SALES TAX.

UM, SO THAT, UH, UH, HEAVY WORKLOAD THE DIRECTION FOR THE CITY MANAGER TO PROCEED IMMEDIATELY WITH THE PROGRAMMATIC WORK, UH, FOR THE FULL $15 MILLION AS PROPOSED AND THE MEMO, UH, FROM STAFF.

UH, AND THEN I UNDERSTAND THAT NEXT WEEK, UH, OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE AFTER OTHER PEOPLE CAN PROPOSE DIFFERENT WAYS TO, TO, TO FUND, UH, THOSE PROGRAMS OR MORE, UH, BUT THIS AT LEAST WOULD GIVE THE ASSURANCE TO, UH, STAFF THAT, UH, THEY'RE GOING TO GET THE $15 MILLION IN SHOULD PROCEED PROGRAMMATICALLY, UH, WITH THE, UM, WITH THE THREE FUNDS.

UH, IF WE OPTED TO DO THAT, THEN WE WOULD NOT NEED TO CONSIDER ITEM NUMBER 53, UH, BECAUSE THAT WAS TO ENABLE THE, UH, AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT MOBILITY.

WE WOULDN'T BE DOING THE TOUGH, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER.

TOVA OKAY.

MAYOR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

SO A COUPLE OF, A COUPLE OF QUICK THINGS, SORRY, MULTIPLE THINGS GOING ON.

UM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR PROPOSING THOSE CHANGES.

THOSE RESPOND TO SEVERAL OF THE CONCERNS THAT ARE RAISED ON TUESDAY, ABOUT PAY FOR SUCCESS, AS WELL AS, UM, THE TRANSPORTATION USER FEES.

SO I THINK THAT'S A GOOD SOLUTION AND I SUPPORT IT.

I DID WANT TO POINT OUT, UM, I, AND I APOLOGIZE THAT NOT ALL OF THIS INFORMATION GOT TO YOU, SO THANK YOU.

YOU PULLED 11 AND I WOULD LIKE YOU TO PULL THE COMPANION 40 AS WELL.

I'M ALSO PULLING 12, WHICH I THINK YOU NOTED 57, 55, AS I UNDERSTAND IT.

COUNCIL MEMBER, KITCHEN POLLED, AND 23 COUNCIL MEMBER ALL TRICKLED.

AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO PULL 52 OR SOME ADDITIONAL.

I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT, SORRY.

HI, THANKS FOR DOING 52.

I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MEMO WE GOT AND I WANT TO TALK THROUGH AND, AND, UM, VOTE ON SOME ADDITIONAL DIRECTION.

AND THEN I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION ON 14 AND I WOULD JUST MENTION TO OUR, UM, AB FOLKS I NOTICED I CONTINUE TO FREEZE.

I WAS NOT FREEZING BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE GOT HERE.

WHEN I SIGNED ON AT NINE 30, IT WAS FINE.

I THINK IT'S JUST WHEN OTHER PEOPLE JOIN WHEN OTHER PEOPLE JOINING THE GROUP THAT I SUDDENLY START TO FREEZE.

AND SO THAT'S KIND OF A GOOD SEGUE JUST TO SAY, I'VE

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BEEN TRYING AS I FREEZE TO KIND OF FREEZE LOOKING RIGHT AT THE CAMERA BECAUSE WE SOMETIMES GET COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC THAT WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT THE MEETING OR THAT WE'RE LOOKING DOWN AND MAY, OR SOMETIMES YOU'D COMMENT ON THIS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING.

SO I'LL JUST USE THAT AS A SEGUE TO DO SO MYSELF, BUT FOR THOSE OF YOU WATCHING, IT'S JUST EXTREMELY HARD TO LOOK AT THAT DOT ALL DAY LONG, UM, BECAUSE IF WE DO SO WE'RE NOT ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TALKING, WHO ARE OUR COLLEAGUES AND THE STAFF, BECAUSE THEY'RE DOWN IN A DIFFERENT PLACE ON THE SCREEN.

SO I HOPE, UM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL UNDERSTAND THAT IF WE DON'T APPEAR TO BE LOOKING STRAIGHT OUT AT YOU, THAT'S BECAUSE WE'RE, WE'VE GOT A LOT OF DIFFERENT FACES ON OUR, ON OUR SCREEN MAYOR.

DID YOU NEED ME TO SAY THOSE AGAIN, THOSE THINGS I'M PULLING, I THINK YOU'RE MUTED 1255 IN ADDITION TO ITEM PULLED 11, 1255 AND 23, YOU ARE ALSO PULLING 40, UM, WHICH IS DEPENDENT, I GUESS, TO 11.

YOU'RE ALSO PULLING 50.

YOU'RE ALSO PULLING 1452 AND 57.

OKAY, COOL.

YES, I WOULD LEAVE 14 ON CONSENT IS JUST A SUPER QUICK QUESTION.

OKAY.

I DON'T NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT.

I JUST WANTED TO VERIFY THAT I WAS UNDERSTANDING THE SALARIES CORRECTLY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THAT'S GOOD.

THANK YOU.

SO LET ME MAKE NOTE ON MY PAGE HERE.

UM, OKAY.

SO ITEM NUMBER 40.

I DON'T SEE AS IT, THAT'S NOT A CONSENT ITEM, SO 11 WILL BE HANDLED AT THE SAME TIME, 40 AS HANDLED.

THAT'S NOT ON CONSENT.

UM, 57.

GOT IT.

AND 52.

GOT IT.

OKAY.

AND 14, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE RECORD.

I'M GOING TO RECUSE ON ITEM NUMBER 14.

UH, THE COUNTY JUDGE AND I, UH, ARE STATUTORILY, UH, THE CHAIRS OF THAT, UH, EFFORT.

UH, SO SINCE I SHARE THAT EVER WITH THE COUNTY JUDGE, I DON'T WANT TO BE VOTING FOR THE FUNDING.

UM, ALRIGHT.

UM, THIS MORNING, UH, AND I'M GOING TO COME BACK, I GUESS I SEE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE THEIR HAND RAISED, BUT JUST BEFORE WE DO, UH, DO THAT, UH, WE HAVE A LITTLE OVER 60 PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK THIS MORNING.

UM, WE'RE GOING TO CALL THE SPEAKERS WHEN WE'RE DONE THIS PART HERE.

UH, EACH OF THEM ARE GOING TO GET TWO MINUTES TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK.

UM, AND THEN AFTER ALL THE SPEAKERS, THEN WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO HANDLE THE CONSENT AGENDA.

ALL RIGHT.

IF WE CAN, UH, WE'LL WE'LL HANDLE A POLL ITEMS. UH, WE ALSO CONCEIVABLY COULD HANDLE NON-CONSENT ITEMS 38, 39, 40 AND 64, UH, NUDE.

WE HAVE, UH, THREE SITCOMS SPEAKERS, UH, AT THREE MINUTES EACH, UH, I WOULD HAVE US CONTINUING TO WORK UNTIL ONE O'CLOCK, UH, AND THEN TAKE A LUNCH BREAK TODAY FROM ONE TO TWO.

UH, AND THEN AT, UH, TWO, WE WOULD TAKE, UH, ZONING SPEAKERS AND THEN OUR ZONING CASES.

UM, UH, I DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE WANTS TO HAVE AN ADDITIONAL EXECUTIVE SESSION TODAY.

UM, UH, THIS ASSUMES NOT, BUT IF WE NEED ONE, PEOPLE JUST NEED TO LET ME KNOW, BUT THAT WOULD BE THE SCHEDULE TODAY.

HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE EVERYTHING TODAY BEFORE DINNER.

UH, BUT IF WE DON'T, UH, DINNER BREAK, UH, PLANNING ON ABOUT SIX O'CLOCK, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO DO DINNER.

UH, AND IF THERE'S WAY FOR ME, AT SOME POINT TO SNEAK IN A LITTLE MUSIC BY PLAYING THE WALK WITH ME, AUSTIN, A YOUTUBE VIDEO, I'M GONNA TRY AND FIND A CHANCE TO DO THAT.

UM, OKAY.

ALRIGHT, COUNSEL, REMEMBER KITCHEN.

UM, JUST TO KNOW, UM, I DON'T NEED TO PULL IT, BUT I'LL HAVE A QUICK QUESTION ABOUT NUMBER 62.

UM, AND THEN I WASN'T CLEAR ON WHAT WAS HAPPENING WITH 53 THAT'S.

IS THAT BEING PULLED? YES, THAT'D BE POSTPONED AND LET'S, LET'S SEE HOW THE CONVERSATION, THE GOAL IS TO HAVE THAT POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.

YEAH.

BUT WE HAVE TO PULL IT TO DO THAT, RIGHT.

OR, OR THAT COULD BE ON THE CONSENT.

UH, SO WHILE WE'RE HAVING THE SPEAKERS, I'M GOING TO CIRCULATE, LIKE I SAID, YESTERDAY, EMOTION SHEET.

AND IF WE COULD JUST DO THAT AND WE DON'T HAVE TO PULL ANY OF THOSE THINGS, ANY OF WHICH THINGS WERE YOU SAYING? 52 53 WOULD NOT NEED TO BE PULLED? NO, REMEMBER I

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HAVE QUESTIONS ON 52 AND I HAVE ADDITIONAL DIRECTION, SO I DO NEED TO, OKAY.

THAT'S OKAY.

THAT'S RIGHT.

SO LET'S SAY 10 53 PULLING 52 AND 53.

OKAY.

THE CONSENT AGENDA TODAY IS ITEMS ONE THROUGH 37 AND ALSO 51 THROUGH 62.

WE HAVE PULLED AT THIS POINT ITEMS 11 AND 1252 53 55 AND 57.

OKAY.

WE READY TO HEAR FROM SPEAKERS, COUNCIL MEMBER POOL? NO, YOU'RE.

I HAD, UM, SOME REMARKS THAT I WANTED TO MAKE.

UM, OCTOBER STARTS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.

AND, UM, I HAVE SOME COMMENTS FROM OUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AT TRAVIS COUNTY THAT I'D LIKE TO READ NOW.

BE A GOOD TIME FOR THAT.

OKAY, GREAT.

UM, OCTOBER 1ST MARKS THE BEGINNING OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH AS OUR COUNTY HAS BEEN, AND OUR COUNTRY HAVE BEEN SPINNING BECAUSE OF COVID-19.

AND WE URGED EVERYONE TO STAY AT HOME TO STAY SAFE.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS DID NOT HAVE A SAFE HOME.

WE KNOW LOCALLY THAT INCIDENCES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCREASED AND YET OPTIONS WERE LIMITED.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS WORKED WITH OUR LOCAL NONPROFITS TO FIND ALTERNATIVE HOUSING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS. AND THOSE WHO HAVE BECOME HOMELESS BECAUSE THEY HAVE FLED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

DURING THIS MONTH OF OCTOBER, WE ARE URGING THE RESIDENTS OF AUSTIN TO LIGHT UP THEIR HOMES WITH PURPLE LIGHTS.

YOU CAN FIND THEM AT SOME OF THE BIG BOX STORES IN AUSTIN, AND WE ENCOURAGED LOCAL BUSINESSES TO DO SO AS WELL TO MAKE THEM AWARE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, TO REMIND THEM OF HOPE AND TO BE THE VOICE WHEN THEIR OWN VOICE HAS BEEN SILENCED.

IF YOU WANT TO TALK TO SOMEONE YOU CAN CALL OR TEXT THE SAFE ALLIANCE, THE 24 HOUR SAFE LINE THAT'S TYPE ONE TO TWO SIX, SEVEN SAFE, WHICH IS SEVEN TWO, THREE, THREE, OR YOU CAN TEXT TO (737) 888-7233.

IF YOU'RE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, PLEASE CALL NINE ONE ONE.

THERE ARE ADVOCATES WORKING TO HELP YOU MAKE A SAFETY PLAN FOR YOUR CHILDREN.

AND FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AN EVENTS IN AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY THIS MONTH, PLEASE GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR A T C F V TASKFORCE.

SO THAT'S FACEBOOK.COM/FORWARD/ATC F V T I F V.

TASKFORCE.

THANKS SO MUCH.

I'M SEEING SCREENS FREEZE UP.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN HEAR ME NOW.

WE CAN HEAR YOU, BUT WE CAN'T SEE YOU MAY, OR MY HAND IS RAISED UP.

THIS IS COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER.

LISTEN, I CAN SEE EVERYBODY.

MY SCREEN IS SHOWN AS BEING FROZEN.

IT IS, UM, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON.

YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD? YES, PLEASE.

THERE ARE TWO THINGS I'D LIKE TO RAISE.

UM, UM, OCTOBER ALSO IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AND AS A THRIVING SURVIVOR BY TO REMIND FOLKS TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES THIS MONTH, UM, I, I WAS ABLE TO BE SITTING HERE TODAY BECAUSE I WAS ABLE TO TAP INTO RESOURCES THAT WERE AVAILABLE.

SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VISIT PLACES LIKE THE BREAST CANCER RESOURCE CENTER WITH QUESTIONS AND REMIND EVERYBODY TO GET MAMMOGRAMS. UM, THE OTHER THING I'D LIKE TO RAISE IS AT ONE O'CLOCK IS TRICKY FOR PEOPLE WITH SCHOOLING CHILDREN.

UM, I KNOW FOR ME THAT WOULD, THAT WOULD REALLY BE SORT OF DISRUPTIVE AT MY HOME.

I WONDER IF YOU'D CONSIDER ADJUSTING LUNCH TO 1230.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND DO THAT.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

UH, COLLEAGUES, UH, LAKE BACKUP IS IN ITEMS 10, 1138 39, 40 42 43, 45, 54 AND 55.

UH, WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD NOW AND CALL

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SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THE, UH, ON EVERY ISSUE WE HAVE OTHER THAN THE ZONING ISSUES, A LITTLE OVER 62 MINUTES EACH, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS JUST QUICKLY FOR THE RECORD.

I THINK YOU MAY HAVE SAID THAT I HAD PULLED 12 AND I WANTED TO SURE IT WAS THAT I'VE PULLED 11.

SEEMS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT 12 ANYWAY, BUT I JUST WANTED IT TO BE REFLECTED IN THE RECORD THAT IT WAS 11 AND NOT 12 THAT I WAS INTERESTED IN POLLING.

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IF I SAID OTHERWISE I MISSPOKE TOVO AND ELLIS PULLING 11 AND TOVO PULLING 12.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

IS THE CLERK WITH US? WE'RE READY.

ALRIGHT.

TWO MINUTES EACH LET'S CALL THE SPEAKERS ON EVERYTHING OTHER THAN ZONING.

THE FIRST SPEAKER IS VALERIE WARD.

HELLO, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS VALERIE WARD AND I ON SWEET RITUAL, VEGAN ICE CREAM WITH A SHOP IN DISTRICT NINE AND OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT SEVEN.

AND I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON ITEMS 52 AND SEPTEMBER.

YOU PASSED A RESOLUTION THAT ACKNOWLEDGED THAT CHILDCARE MUSIC, VENUES, AND BARS AND RESTAURANTS ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE SECTORS IN OUR ECONOMY.

DURING THIS PANDEMIC AND DIRECTED CITY STAFF SIDE IS BY EVERY POSSIBLE FUNDING SOURCE TO HELP THOSE INDUSTRIES ITEM 52.

THE RESULT OF THAT EFFORT FAILED TO MEET THAT MANDATE.

I APPLAUD THE OFFERS AND MUSIC VENUES AND CHILDCARE.

THE AMOUNTS IDENTIFIED WILL GO A LONG WAY TO HELP THESE VITAL SECTORS, BUT YOU HAVE LEFT OUT RESTAURANTS, ALMOST COMPLETELY.

THE $5 MILLION PORTION ALLOCATED TO BE SHARED AMONG BARS, RESTAURANTS, VENUES, AND PERFORMANCE BASIS IS A PITTANCE COMPARED TO THE NEEDS.

THERE ARE OVER 3000 BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN THE AUSTIN AREA AND PULLING OVER 85,000 PEOPLE.

$5 MILLION DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH WITHOUT SUBSTANTIAL AND IMMEDIATE SUPPORT.

ONE THIRD TO ONE HALF OF THESE BUSINESSES ARE PROJECTED TO CLOSE PERMANENTLY.

BY THE END OF THE YEAR, THEY THINK 25 TO 40,000 PEOPLE OUT OF WORK.

YOU MUST DO BETTER FOR RESTAURANTS.

THERE ARE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SITTING UNUSED EARMARKED FOR CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION.

THERE ARE VIABLE OPTIONS TO USE THIS MONEY OUTLINED IN A SEPTEMBER 24TH LEGAL MEMO TO THE CITY CITY COUNCIL NEEDS TO TAKE A STAND AND FIGHT THE LEGAL BATTLE TO TEMPORARILY REALLOCATE THAT MONEY.

SO THOSE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO STAND UP FOR THE CULTURE OF AUSTIN, FOR THE CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS AND HARDWORKING RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES FOR THE FUTURE OF A CITY, IT COMES TOGETHER OVER FOOD AND DRINK.

THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH MONEY IN THIS FUND TO HELP MUSIC VENUES, CHILDCARE PROVIDERS, ART SPACES, AND BARS AND RESTAURANTS.

PLEASE FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT.

IF THIS RESOLUTION PASSES AS IS, AND YOU CONSIDER YOUR WORK TO HELP THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY DONE, THEN YOU WILL HAVE FAILED ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MEDIA SECTORS OF OUR CITY'S ECONOMY.

THANK YOU, STEPHEN HOWARD.

HI, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAYOR ADLER AND HIS TEAM OF COUNCIL MEMBERS.

UH, WHEN I'M THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING ITEMS 52 AND 55 TO SAVE AUSTIN'S MOST VULNERABLE INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING, AND ESPECIALLY, UH, CHILDCARE CHILDCARE IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE MY WIFE AND I ARE BOTH AISD EDUCATORS AND WITHOUT PROPER HEALTHCARE OR EXCUSE ME, CHILDCARE, WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE THE SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR OUR FAMILY SO THAT WE MAY CONTINUE TO TEACH AND SUPPORT THE THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES THAT RELY ON OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

AS TEACHERS IT'S IMPORTANT TO US, THAT WE PRIORITIZE AUSTIN FAMILIES WHO NEED QUALITY, AFFORDABLE OPTIONS.

SO WE MAY BE ABLE TO PERFORM OUR BEST AT OUR JOBS, WHICH IS TO EDUCATE OUR AUSTIN YOUTH.

WE RECOGNIZE YOU ARE MAKING HARD DECISIONS.

HOWEVER, CHILDCARE PROVIDES THE FOUNDATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED BY ALL SECTORS TO GET BACK ON TRACK THE COMBINATION OF STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS IN THE SHORT TERM, THROUGH THE SAVES INITIATIVE IN 1952 AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR THE LONGTERM, FOR THE CREATION OF THE EDC IN ITEM 55, WHERE RESULT IN A RESILIENT CHILDCARE SECTOR, READY TO SUPPORT THE WORKFORCE OF TODAY AND TOMORROW, INCLUDING CARE FOR THE CHILDREN OF THOSE WHO, WHO, UH, OWN AND SERVE IN VENUES AND RESTAURANTS AND PLAN THE INCREDIBLE MUSIC THIS CITY IS SO PROUD OF, PLEASE, UH, CONSIDER YOUR SUPPORT FOR ITEMS 52 AND 55.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, LYNN OSGOOD.

THANK YOU.

HELLO, I'M LYNN OSGOOD, A RESIDENT IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, AND A, UH, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CIVIC ARTS.

AND I WANT TO THANK THE COUNCIL FOR ALL YOUR WORK AT FINDING WAYS TO SUPPORT THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY IN AUSTIN WITH ITEM 52, THE SAVES PROGRAM IS A STRONG RESPONSE TO THE DEEP ECONOMIC IMPACT THAT THE PANDEMIC IS CREATING, BUT LIKE OTHERS OF YOU, I WANT TO ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THESE EFFORTS ALONE, UNFORTUNATELY DO NOT AND CANNOT FULLY ADDRESS THE PROBLEM AT HAND.

SO AS THE COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD TO FIND NEW SOLUTIONS, I URGE YOU TO KEEP THREE THINGS IN MIND.

ONE, A VITAL ARTS CULTURE AND CREATIVE SECTOR INCLUDES MORE THAN MUSIC.

WE HAVE AN UNFORTUNATE TRADITION IN AUSTIN OF DIVIDING OUR CONVERSATIONS ON THE CREATIVE SECTOR BETWEEN MUSIC AND OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS, LIKE DANCE THEATER AND VISUAL ARTS SUPPORTING THESE OTHER FORMS OF EXPRESSION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT FOR ACHIEVING A THRIVING

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CULTURAL SECTOR.

NUMBER TWO, EXPLICIT SUPPORT FOR BIPAP ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL AT THIS TIME.

NOT ONLY IS THE ARTS SECTOR DEEPLY IMPACTED BY THE PANDEMIC, BUT THE EFFECTS OF THE PANDA BANK ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN AUSTIN RELIEF PROGRAMS FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR NEEDS TO BE EXPLICIT ABOUT THEIR INTENTION AND OFFER ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR BYPATH ARTISTS.

AND NUMBER THREE, THE ARTS CAN DO MORE THAN WE'RE ASKING OF THEM.

BROADLY SPEAKING, THE ARTS NEED TO BE THOUGHT OF AS MORE THAN JUST ENGINES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND MORE THAN SIMPLE BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS.

THESE ROLES ARE IMPORTANT, BUT THE VITAL ROLE THAT ARTS CAN PLAY CITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES ARE INTEGRATING ARTS ARTISTS INTO THE VERY FABRIC OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROJECTS, BRINGING IN ARTISTS TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY STAFF, TO ENVISION NEW SOLUTIONS AND SOLVE TOUGH ISSUES IN TRANSPORTATION, PUBLIC SAFETY, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND ALL THE DIMENSIONS OF CITY BUILDING.

BUT THIS COUNCIL TENDS TO, WE NEED TO START HAVING AN EXPANDED CONVERSATION ABOUT THE ROLE THAT THE ARTS CAN PLAY IN HELPING US TO ENVISION BUILD AND BRING LIFE TO OUR NEXT NORMAL.

THANK YOU, PATSY HARNETT.

HI.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

GO AHEAD.

HELLO.

HELLO.

UH, GOOD MORNING.

MAYOR ATLAS, UM, MPT GARZA ESTEEM, AUSTIN CITY, COUNCIL MEMBERS AND CITY MANAGER CROP.

MY NAME IS PATSY HOSTAGE ON A BLOOD BEGINNINGS CHOCOLATES IN NORTH AUSTIN.

AS YOUR CONSTITUENT.

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING CHILDCARE IS ONE OF THE VITAL ECONOMIC SECTORS AND OFTEN DETRIMENTALLY IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE PROPOSED $5 MILLION CHILDCARE PROVIDER.

WE LINK GRIT AS PART OF SAVING VITAL ECONOMIC SECTORS INITIATIVE.

THIS WILL SUPPORT THE CHILDCARE INDUSTRY IN THE SHORT TERM AND BUILD A MORE RESILIENT, SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY FOR THE LONG TERM.

THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE I WANT TO CONTINUE TO STAY ON BUSINESS, TO GIVE THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES MORE OFTEN THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

PROJECTORS CITIZENS OF AUSTIN, TEXAS.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE SAFE INITIATIVE.

THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING CONSIDERING BOTH ACTIONS TO SUPPORT OUR CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND THE ECONOMY ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, I URGE YOU TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF ITEMS, 52 AND 55 ITEM 52, ASK THE STATE OFFICE MOST VULNERABLE AND AT RISK INSTITUTION, INCLUDING CHILDCARE ITEM 55 WEEKS IN AWESOME ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TAKEN TOGETHER.

THESE TWO INITIATIVES WILL SUPPORT THE CHAPTER PROVIDERS IN THE SHORT TERM AND BUILD A MORE RESILIENT, SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY FOR THE LONGTERM ACCESS TO OUR AFFORDABLE QUALITY CHILDCARE, WHETHER HOME-BASED OR CENTER-BASED IS ESSENTIAL.

I ONLY TOOK PARENTS FOR WORK OR RECEIVED EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

IT IS ALSO THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GROW THE NEXT GENERATION COLLECTIVE HUMAN POTENTIAL.

I ASKED YOU TO SUPPORT THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF OUR CHILDREN, AND IT'S THE ABILITY OF BOSTON FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY IN THE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, MOST HIGHLY IMPACTED BY COVID-19.

SO YOU CAN DO SO DEPRIVED OF THEIR POTENTIAL AND ERODES OUR IDEAL OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL.

MOST OF THE JOBS HERE FOR WORKFORCE IS MADE UP OF BRILLIANT, DEDICATED WOMEN OF COLOR.

MANY OF WHOM ARE ALSO PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN CURRENTLY IN TRAVIS COUNTY, 116 CHAPTER CENTERS ARE TIPPERARY CLOSE.

THIS EQUATES TO OVER 30% OF THE TOTAL LICENSE CAPACITY OR 9,438 CHILDREN, 16 PROGRAMS THAT PERMANENTLY CLOSED ARGUING WITH ANY KID METAPHOR FOR THESE NUMBERS TO INCREASE.

WE RECOGNIZE YOU'RE MAKING HARD DECISIONS.

HOWEVER, CHILDCARE PROVIDES THE FOUNDATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED BY ALL SECTORS TO GET BACK ON TRACK THE COMBINATION OF THE STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS IN THE SHORT TERM, THROUGH THE SAFE WITH MR. TIP AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR THE LONGTERM OF THE DAY AND TOMORROW, INCLUDING CARE FOR THE CHILDREN OF THOSE WHO VOTE AND SERVE AND BEING USING RESTAURANTS AND PLAY INCREDIBLE MUSIC CITY IS SO PROUD OF PLEASE SUPPORT AUSTIN BABIES, BRUNCH IN BARS.

I WILL BE GRATEFUL TO BE PART OF A COMMUNITY THAT COMES.

YEAH.

NEXT SPEAKER IS MONICA GUZMAN.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

GO AHEAD.

AND GOOD MORNING.

I'M MONICA WHO'S MOM POLICY DIRECTOR FOR JAVA GO AUSTIN, VAMOS AUSTIN SPEAKING ON ITEMS 52 AND 55.

THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING

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BOLD ACTIONS TO SUPPORT OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES, AND THE AUSTIN ECONOMY.

I, EXCUSE ME, URGE YOU TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF ITEMS. 52 AND 55 APPROVING ITEM 52, WE'LL SAVE AUSTEN'S MOST VULNERABLE AND AT RISK INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING CHILDCARE APPROVING ITEM 55 CREATES AN AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TOGETHER.

THE RESOLUTION SUPPORT CHILDCARE PROVIDERS IN SHORT TERM, AND BUILD A MORE RESILIENT, SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY FOR THE LONGTERM ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE QUALITY CHILDCARE, WHETHER HOME-BASED OR CENTER-BASED IS ESSENTIAL, NOT ONLY PREPARES TO WORK OR RECEIVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING IS ALSO THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GROW THE NEXT GENERATION OF COLLECTIVE HUMAN POTENTIAL.

I ASK YOU TO SUPPORT THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF OUR CHILDREN AND THE STABILITY OF AUSTIN FAMILY, ESPECIALLY IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, MOST HIGHLY IMPACTED BY COVID-19 FAILURE TO DO SO DEPRIVED US OF THEIR POTENTIAL AND AROSE OUR IDEAL OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL.

MOST OF THE CHILDCARE WORKFORCE IS MADE UP OF BRILLIANT, DEDICATED WOMEN OF COLOR.

MANY OF WHOM ARE ALSO PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN.

CURRENTLY IN TRAVIS COUNTY, 116 CHILDCARE CENTERS ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED AND 16 PROGRAMS HAVE PERMANENTLY CLOSED.

OUR COMMUNITY CANNOT AFFORD TO THESE NUMBERS TO INCREASE.

WE RECOGNIZE YOU'RE MAKING HARD DECISIONS.

HOWEVER, CHILDCARE PROVIDES THE FOUNDATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED BY ALL SECTORS TO GET BACK ON TRACK THE COMBINATION OF STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS IN THE SHORT TERMS OF THE SAFE RESOLUTION AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR THE LONGTERM TO THE CREATION OF THE AUSTIN ADC WILL RESULT IN RESILIENT CHILDCARE SECTOR, READY TO SUPPORT THE WORKFORCE OF TODAY AND TOMORROW, INCLUDING CARE FOR THE CHILDREN OF THOSE WHO OWN AND SERVE AND THINGS AND RESTAURANTS AND PLAY THE MUSIC.

THE CITY IS SO WELL KNOWN FOR PLEASE ABOARD AUSTIN BABIES, BRUNCH BARD ON GREENVILLE TO BE PART OF A COMMUNITY THAT COMES TOGETHER AND TAKES CARE OF EACH OTHER IN TIMES OF NEED.

LET'S TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO SHOW UP EACH DAY TO TAKE CARE OF OUR YOUNGEST CITIZENS GO OUR OFFICE, TEACHER LEADERS, BUS DRIVERS, ARTISTS, PARENTS, MUSICIANS, ATHLETES, FARMERS, ENTREPRENEURS, ORGANIZERS, TEACHERS, AND CHILDCARE PROVIDERS.

PLEASE APPROVE ITEMS 52 AND 50 SAVE ON CHILDCARE.

THANK YOU.

JEANETTE GREGOR.

GOOD MORNING.

MAYOR ADLER, CITY MANAGER, CRUNK AND CITY COUNCIL.

UM, MY NAME'S JEANETTE GREGOR.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT ONE.

I'M THE COFOUNDER OF THE AMPLIFIED SOUND COALITION, WHICH IS AN ADVOCACY GROUP DEDICATED TO THE LABOR FORCE BEHIND THE LIVE MUSIC EVENT INDUSTRY HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON ITEM 52.

I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS AND PERFORMERS IN OUR WORKFORCE, BUT I'M ALSO SPEAKING FOR ME.

I'M ONE OF THOSE FURLOUGHED FROM A LIVE MUSIC VENUE.

AND I WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING CLEAR TO EVERYONE HERE.

I WANT TO WORK.

I'M NOT ASKING FOR A RUSH TO OPEN TO REOPENED VENUES, BUT WHAT I AM ASKING Y'ALL FOR IS THE CHANCE TO GO BACK TO WORK WHEN IT'S SAFE.

AND FOR SOME FAITH THAT I'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP DOING THE JOB THAT I'VE BEEN DOING FOR OVER A DECADE WHEN Y'ALL DISCUSS THE SAME RESOLUTION AND THE MONEY YOU'RE PROVIDING TO MUSIC VENUES.

PLEASE THINK ABOUT ME.

I'M A SKILLED PROFESSIONAL, AND I'M WATCHING MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY WITHIN THIS INDUSTRY SUFFERED.

WE'RE ASKING FOR CLEAR AND FAIR ELIGIBILITY TRANSPARENCY WITH ALLOCATIONS OF GRANTS AND LOANS AND FAST-TRACK FUNDING.

I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH HOW BADLY OUR VENUES NEED THIS MONEY.

BUT THEN YOU HAD LIKE THREE MONTHS AGO.

I'M HOPING THAT YOU ALL SEE THIS.

LIKE I SEE THIS AS A START.

OUR LABOR FORCE NEEDS SOME PROMISE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

WE NEED A FUTURE, NOT JUST A BANDAID.

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS MONEY, PLEASE TALK ABOUT IT.

LIKE WE ARE VENUES EQUAL OUR JOBS.

WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY HERE TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AND SAY, OUR MUSIC INDUSTRY IS WORTHY OF INVESTING IN THAT OUR WORKFORCE OF OVER 28,000 PROFESSIONALS HAS VALUE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, ADAM ORMAN, HELLO COUNCIL MEMBERS IN THEIR AD THERE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THIS IS ADAM MORMON, CO OWNER OF LOCA DORA AND GOOD WORK AUSTIN RIVER.

IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT I SPEAK.

I GET, I MUST SPEAK TODAY AGAINST ITEM 52 THAT SAYS RESOLUTION, WHICH PROVIDES MUCH NEEDED ASSISTANCE FOR CHILDCARE AND MUSIC VENUES, BUT NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL DISTANCE DIFFERENCE.

OFTEN LOCALLY OWNED BARS AND RESTAURANTS, WE HAVE A NATIONS AND THE CITY'S BIGGEST EMPLOYER HAVE BEEN DAMAGED IN COMPLEX WAYS BY THIS PANDEMIC.

AND NO LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT SEEMS CAPABLE OF TAKING THE RISK AND FINDING THE FUNDS TO HELP THE INDEPENDENT PORTION OF OUR SECTOR OPEN AND STAY OPEN SAFELY.

PUBLIC HEALTH MUST BE THE FIRST PRIORITY AND BUSINESS OWNERS SHOULD BE RECEIVING HELP FROM OUR LEADERS SO THAT THE PLACES WHERE TRANSMISSION IS MOST LIKELY DO NOT FEEL FINANCIAL PRESSURE TO PACK PEOPLE IN AND MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SECRET.

THE CDC HAS RECENTLY CONCLUDED THAT EATING AND DINING ROOMS AS THE ACTIVITY THAT MOST PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS HAVE IN COMMON, WE MUST RECOGNIZE

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THAT AND DECIDE THAT NO AMOUNT OF ILLNESS IS ACCEPTABLE, WHICH IS TO SAY THIS RESOLUTION IS INCOMPLETE.

THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE POTENTIAL TO INCLUDE MONEY FROM THREE 80 AGREEMENTS OR MONEY FROM CONVENTION CENTER OPERATING REVENUE.

THERE IS NO MENTION OF CONTRACTS THAT CAN BE AWARDED TO LOCAL BUSINESSES, UTILITIES, RELIEF, PROPERTY TAX RELIEF, EXEMPTION OF PERSONAL GUARANTEES ON RENTAL BASIS, OR MANY OF THE OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE A PART OF EDD IS RECOMMENDATION BASED ON THIS SUMMER'S FOOD SERVICES, RECOVERY FOCUS GROUP.

FINALLY, THIS RESOLUTION NEEDS TO BE NEED-BASED ESTABLISHMENT THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO OPEN NEED TO BE PRIORITIZED ESTABLISHMENTS THAT HAVE NOT RECEIVED PRIOR ASSISTANCE.

PLEASE COME BACK TO US IN TWO WEEKS WITH A FUND THAT WILL BE ABLE TO TOUCH THE OVER A THOUSAND BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND VENUES THAT MOST NEED HELP TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS WITHOUT INFECTING OUR EMPLOYEES AND GUESTS.

YOU NEED ONLY LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF APPLICANTS TO THE SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT TO DETERMINE THE SIZE OF THE NEED AND TO CONGRESS TO SEE WHAT INACTION LOOKS LIKE.

PLEASE DON'T FOLLOW THEIR LEAD.

TAKE THE CHANCE YOU TOOK BY PASSING THE PAID LEAVE ORDINANCE AND DECLARING OF THE SANCTUARY CITY AGAINST THE WILL OF THE STATE.

PLEASE TAKE THAT RISK, BUT THEY'RE ORMAN'S COMMENTS, WHICH ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE REMINDED ME OF SOMETHING I'D MEANT TO MENTION.

IN MY COMMENTS.

WE TALKED, I DID PULL, UM, THIS ITEM FROM THE COUNCIL AGENDA IN PART TO OFFER SOME DIRECTION THAT I HOPE THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER AND VOTE ON TODAY, BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY MY INTENTION.

AND I BELIEVE IT'S THE INTENTION OF, OF AT LEAST ONE OTHER COLLEAGUE, UM, TO BRING FORWARD SOME ADDITIONAL MEASURES ON OUR NEXT MEETING THAT WOULD RESULT IN, IN MORE MONEY, UM, OR THIS AREA.

UM, AND I JUST ALSO WANT TO MENTION THAT IT'S MY INTENTION IN PULLING 57 TO OFFER SOME DIRECTION, TO KIND OF VOTE ON AT OUR NEXT MEETING AS WELL.

THAT'S THE CAREGIVER FEELS CONTRACT.

SO, UM, THANK YOU MR. ORMAN.

AND I KNOW OTHERS MAY COMMENT ON THIS AS WELL.

UM, YOU KNOW, I SEE TODAY'S ACTION AS A, AS A START IN THAT DIRECTION, BUT, BUT PLEASE KNOW THAT SEVERAL OF US ARE WORKING ON OTHER, OTHER MEASURES TO COME BACK AT OUR NEXT MEETING THAT WOULD INCREASE, INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING THAT'S AVAILABLE, INCLUDING SOME OF THE IDEAS THAT YOU'VE MENTIONED JUST NOW TODAY, COUNCIL MEMBER, TOBO, I'M GONNA SUPPORT YOU IN THOSE EFFORTS TO BRING ADDITIONAL DOLLARS, UH, TO THE CAREGIVER MEAL PROGRAM, AS YOU INDICATED.

AND I APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP IN MOVING THAT FORWARD.

IT WAS GOOD TO SEE.

AND I SPOKE WITH, UH, THE, UH, OUR CONSULTANTS IN WASHINGTON, DC.

IT ALSO LOOKS IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY BE MOVING FORWARD, MAYBE THERE'S SOME AGREEMENT NOW TO ANY CLOSER, YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE READING ABOUT SMOKE SIGNALS OR TEA LEADS, BUT, UH, IT LOOKS AS IF THERE'S MOVEMENT TOWARD AGREEMENT TO BRINGING RELIEF TO RESTAURANTS, WHICH IS JUST AN ENORMOUS, UH, TASK AND CHALLENGE GIVEN SCALE.

UH, AND, AND HOPEFULLY THAT'S GOING TO BRING A DOLLARS AND IT COULD BE THAT THERE'S DOLLARS ALSO FOR MUSIC VENUES AS WELL.

SO I THINK EVERYBODY IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT.

NOW I KNOW THAT, UH, IT'S INDICATED THAT SENATOR CORNYN, UH, IS SUPPORTING THE, THIS WORK IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW.

I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM SENATOR CRUZ.

UH, SO I WOULD URGE EVERYBODY TO, TO REACH OUT TO OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO SEE IF WE CAN GET MONEY THAT WOULD EITHER AUGMENT OR EVEN REPLACE SOME OF THE DOLLARS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT, UH, TODAY, BUT ESPECIALLY WITH RESPECT TO RELIEF FOR RESTAURANTS.

UH, YES, THAT'S OUR KITCHEN.

I'LL SPEAK TO THIS MORE LATER, BUT I JUST WANT TO ASK, UM, MR. ORMAN TO, UM, SEND US, I THINK YOU HAVE SAID IT BEFORE, BUT I THINK IT'D BE HELPFUL TO SEND, UH, THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE, UM, COMMITTEE THAT YOU REFERENCED.

YOU SPOKE TO SOME OF THEM, BUT IF YOU COULD SEND THAT, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

AND I'LL BE SPEAKING LATER, UH, TO MY INTENTION, TO, TO BRING BACK ON THE 15TH, UM, SOME ADDITIONAL SOURCE OF FUNDING RELATED TO, UH, THE THREE 80 AGREEMENTS AND THEN, UH, SUPPORTING MY CO, BUT NOT THREE 80.

I MEAN, I'LL BE BRINGING BACK AMENDMENTS RELATED TO POT TEXT IN THE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERS, UM, SUPPORTING MY COLLEAGUES AS WE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THREE 80 AGREEMENTS, UTILITY RELIEF, UH, OTHER ASPECTS OF HOT TEXTS.

SO I'LL SPEAK TO IT MORE, LESS.

OKAY.

SOUNDS GOOD.

UH, BEFORE WE GO BACK TO SPEAKERS, COUNCILOR POOL, UM, I APPRECIATE, APPRECIATE IT.

GOOD WORK, AUSTIN AND ADAM ORMAN'S COMMENTS, AND WE CONTINUED TO WORK REALLY HARD, LINING UP THE ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF REVENUE THAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO DISTRIBUTE.

UM, SPECIFICALLY FOR RESTAURANTS, I'VE TALKED ABOUT

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THE, UM, THE ICONIC NATURE OF OUR RESTAURANTS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A FOOD CULTURE IN AUSTIN.

WE, UM, WE'RE NOT TURNING OUR BACKS, SO I'LL BE BRINGING SOME DIRECTION TO STAFF LATER TODAY AND THEN CONTINUE MY EFFORTS WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO FIND ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF FUNDING.

I'M GOING TO BE LOOKING AT THREE 80 AGREEMENTS, UM, SOME BALANCING OF THE FUNDS TO ADDRESS THE CONCERN THAT YOU RAISED ADAM ABOUT NEEDS BASED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE TARGET THOSE ENTITIES THAT HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED ANY RELIEF FROM THESE AWARDS.

AND THEN LOOKING AT NON HOT REVENUE.

SOUNDS GOOD.

PROBABLY A MOTION SHEET WITH RESPECT TO ITEM G WITH RESPECT TO ITEM 52 THAT I TALKED ABOUT THIS MORNING.

IT'S NOT BEEN POSTED ON THE MESSAGE BOARD AS WELL AS SENT OUT TO EVERYONE.

I CLERK, IF YOU WILL SORT OF HELP US CONTINUE ON WITH SPEAKERS.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR, MAYOR PRO TEM AND COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS MISHA AND I AM THE PRESIDENT OF TEXAS MUSICIANS AND THE PROGRESS IN WINTER PARK.

UM, MONDAY AFTERNOON, OVER 200 MUSICIANS, VENUE OPERATORS, PRODUCTION AND EVENT STAFF RALLIED IN FRONT OF CITY HALL TO DEMAND THAT THE CITY COUNCIL CREATE A DEDICATED LIVE MUSIC VENUE PRESERVATION FUND.

WE ARE ASKING THAT THIS HAPPENED WITH EXPEDIENCE EQUITY AND TRANSPARENCY.

THE CITY MUST BRING IN QUALIFIED EXPERTS FROM OFTEN MUSIC SECTOR TO HELP ADMIN THIS FUN.

AND MUSICIANS MUST HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE WHERE THE ECONOMY AND MUSIC IS BEING DISCUSSED.

SAVES IS A GOOD START, BUT WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME.

RIGHT NOW, TEXAS HAS MORE VENUES THAT ARE PERMANENTLY CLOSED SINCE MARCH THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE COUNTRY.

AND OFTEN HAS THE MOST CLOSURES IN ALL OF TEXAS.

THAT'S BECAUSE THE ENTIRE MUSIC EAST COAST SYSTEM WE'VE ALL HELPED TO CREATE WAS BUILT OUT OF MATCHSTICKS.

ALL IT TOOK WAS SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST BEING CANCELED TO LIKE THE FIRST ONE AND EVERYTHING ELSE HAS CAUGHT FIRE AFTER EVEN THE BELOVED NONPROFITS THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED BY LOVING MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY TO CARE FOR IT'S MUSICIANS THAT PINNED ON LIVE MUSIC, VENUES, AND EVENTS TO RAISE MONEY, TO PAY FOR THAT CARE.

WE URGE CITY COUNCIL TO FIND THE WAYS FOR ITS MUSICIANS TO BE CARED FOR FIND WAYS TO USE SOME OF THE MONEY THAT THESE FESTIVALS PAY FOR THEIR PERMITS TO GO INTO A FUND FOR AUSTIN'S MUSICIANS AND VENUES CREATE NEW PROGRAMS TO DEMAND DEVELOPERS AND NEW INDUSTRIES MOVING TO AUSTIN, PAY INTO A FUND FOR OUR MUSIC COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY OUR BRAC BLACK AND BROWN MUSICIANS WHO HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF BEING DISPLACED.

AND I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF BEING IGNORED.

WE SEE YOU AND WE HEAR YOUR CRIES AND WE STAND WITH YOU BECAUSE BLACK LIVES DO MATTER.

WE DON'T NEED WRISTBANDS.

WE NEED INVESTMENT AND SUPPORT, AND PLEASE, PLEASE QUIT DRAGGING MUSIC, MUSICIANS, MUSIC VENUES INTO THE FIGHT OVER FUNDING SOURCES.

YOU DON'T ASK YOUR CHILDREN, WHERE DO YOU GET THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM WHICH BANK ACCOUNT THAT SHE WAS FROM? STOP MAKING IT.

SO THE MONEY THAT THANK YOU.

HI, I'M KATIE CAM.

I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON ITEMS 52.

I'VE LIVED IN AUSTIN SINCE THE EARLY EIGHTIES, AND I'M CURRENTLY A RESIDENT DISTRICT NINE I'M FAVOR OF THE FUND AND AGAINST THE EXPANSION OF THE AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER, THE HOTEL TAX REVENUE BONDS, THAT WOULD GO TO THE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION.

SINCE THAT GO TO THE SAFE FUN, WHICH AS YOU HAVE HEARD FROM PREVIOUS SPEAKERS NEEDS MUCH MORE DATA, MUCH MORE MONEY THAN CURRENTLY PLAN TO SUPPORT ALL THE SECTORS THAT USE ASSISTANCE DURING THIS KIND OF BANK AND ANALYSIS OF TEXAS TAX CODE THREE 51 INDICATES THAT SAYS ALREADY POSSIBLE TO SUPPORT THE MUSIC AND CREATIVE ARTS ECONOMY WITH THE CONVENTION CENTER FUND.

AND THE VENUE THAT CITY MANAGES IN PART SUCH AS RENT IS A CROSSLINE CONVENTION CENTER VENUE.

LOCAL VENUES CAN BE CONTRACTED OF QUALIFYING VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERS.

THERE'S ALREADY BEEN PRECEDENT TO USE HOTEL TAX FUNDS, TO SUPPORT MUSICIANS, ARTISTS, FILMMAKERS, AND MUSIC AND ARTS VENUES THROUGH HOTEL TAX FUNDED, EMOTIONAL PROGRAM, LONG TERM POST PANDEMIC.

THE CITY SHOULD ENCOURAGE USE OF LOCAL ESTABLISHMENT AS THE PLACES FOR MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES, FILM, COMEDY, MUSIC, AND OTHER FESTIVALS USE LOCAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

FOR YEARS, I ATTENDED A LARGE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF OVER 10,000 PEOPLE IN DC, AND IT WAS NOT HELD IN CONVENTION CENTER.

UM, CURRENT STATE AND LOCAL LAW ALREADY ALLOWS FOR THE SUPPORT.

I DID MY MASTER'S THESIS ON THE CONVENTION CENTER INDUSTRY WITH A SPECIFIC ANALYSIS OF THE 1998 PROPOSED EXPANSION OF THE US AT CONVENTION CENTER.

THAT RESEARCH REVEALED THAT INVESTING IN CONVENTION CENTERS IS NOT A GOOD INVESTMENT CONSIDERING HOW LITTLE THE CONVENTION CENTER CONTRIBUTES TO THE ABSTINENCE TOURISM INDUSTRY.

FINALLY, I'M A SWING DANCER

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THAT THOROUGHLY ENJOYS AND MISSES GOING TO LIVE MUSIC VENUES TO HEAR AND DANCE TO THE PHENOMENAL LOCAL TALENT IN THE CITY ALREADY.

THE PLACE THAT USED TO GO TO SALSA DANCES AND GONE AS A RESULT OF THIS PANDEMIC, I URGE YOU TO USE THE HOTEL TAX REVENUE TO SUPPORT THE MUSIC AND ARTS THAT MAKES AUSTIN SUCH A UNIQUE, FUN, AND ATTRACTIVE PLACE TO LIVE IN FOR A BIT.

THANK YOU, MICHAEL BAJAN.

HELLO.

UM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

MY NAME IS MICHAEL PAN AND I'M THE OWNER OPERATOR OF CASCADE STUDIOS, AUSTIN, WHICH IS A REHEARSALS TEACHING AND RECORDING STUDIO.

AND THERE'S ALSO BEEN A BACKLINE SUPPLY HOUSE FOR NEAR 10 YEARS.

I'M ALSO A WORKING MUSICIAN AND NUMEROUS FANS HERE IN THE AUSTIN AREA.

IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU COME UP WITH A PLAN AND ACTION ON THAT PLAN, WHICH WILL GIVE A DEDICATED MUSIC PRESERVATION FUND TO THE MUSIC VENUES.

THIS PLAN NEEDS TO BE OVERSEEN BY A COMPETENT AND HIS DAY, NOT THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU.

YOU SAID I LAID BY THEN THE MONIKER YOU SEW UP THE TOUT OF AUSTIN BEING THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD WILL DISAPPEAR TO BE CLEAR.

WE, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE THE MUSIC VENUE, OWNERS AND OPERATORS, MUSICIANS, SOUND, ENGINEERS, LIGHTING, ENGINEERS, OUR STAFF DOOR GUYS, AND EVERY OTHER PERSON THAT TAKES IT, MAKE A SHOW GO OFF ARE WHAT MAKE THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

IF YOU LOSE A C YOU LOSE THE VERY THING THAT DRAWS THE MILLIONS OF TOURISTS DOLLARS TO THIS CITY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

BRIAN STEPS.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UM, CITY MANAGER AND COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR HAVING ME HERE, UH, AGAIN, TO SPEAK.

UM, I DON'T HAVE TOO MANY PREPARED REMARKS BECAUSE I WORKED WITHOUT A MORMON AND, UH, HE SAYS IT A LOT BETTER THAN I DO.

UM, WE'RE FACING A 52 IS A START AND IT DOES DOES SOME STUFF FOR VENUES AND CHILDCARE THAT ARE SO DESPERATELY NEEDED, BUT THE RESTAURANT NEEDS ARE SO GREAT, SO MUCH GREATER.

UH, WE'VE WE'VE LINED THOSE OUT.

AND, AND I KNOW THAT YOU GUYS ARE HEARING US ON THAT FRONT.

SO I WOULD JUST ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE TO FIND THE POLITICAL WILL TO DO MORE.

UM, WE ARE RELYING ON CITY LEADERSHIP TO BE MORE NIMBLE, UH, THAN OUR STATE AND FEDERAL LEADERS.

UM, IT IS GONNA TAKE US LONGER, BUT WE WANT TO, UH, TO RECOVER, BUT WE ARE GOING TO BE CRUCIAL IN THE RECOVERY OF AUSTIN.

AND, UM, JUST KEEP IT UP.

THIS IS THE BEGINNING, UH, GO AFTER THE STUFF THAT, UH, THAT YOU CAN, UH, THE, THE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION FUNDS, UM, YOU KNOW, WE, WE CAN, WE CAN FIGURE OUT WAYS TO, UM, TO DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO.

AND THEN WE'RE RELYING ON YOU GUYS TO, TO TAKE BOLD ACTION AND REMAIN CREATIVE, UM, AND, UH, WE'RE, WE'RE HERE TO HELP AND WE'RE ANXIOUS TO, UM, TO BE PART OF THE RECOVERY.

SO THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND KEEP WORKING.

CAROLYN BRADFORD.

OH, HELLO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR.

I I'M CAROLYN BRADFORD.

I PERFORM IN TOWN UNDER THE NAME CAROLYN WONDERLAND.

AND I WANTED TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR CONSIDERING THE MONEY THAT YOU HAVE ALLOTTED FOR THE VENUE PRESERVATION FUND IN PARTICULAR.

I, UM, I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO PLEASE GO ABOUT THIS IN THE QUICKEST MANNER POSSIBLE.

WE HAVE ALREADY LOST SO MANY VENUES AND WE'RE LOOKING AT CHANGING THE ENTIRE LANDSCAPE OF AUSTIN AND ITS SOUL.

THE MUSIC IS NOT JUST AN ECONOMIC DRIVER.

THERE'S ALMOST 30,000 PEOPLE WHO ARE EMPLOYED BY THE VENUES THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, BUT IT'S ALSO THE SOUL OF THE CITY.

WHEN PEOPLE WANT TO COME VISIT AUSTIN, OR THEY THINK ABOUT MOVING HERE, THEY'RE NOT MOVING HERE FOR THE CONDOS AND CONVENIENCE STORES THERE.

THEY'RE MOVING HERE FOR THE CULTURAL VALUE OF THE MUSIC.

AND THERE'S A GREAT IN THAT MUSIC.

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ADDRESS THAT.

AND I DO HEAR PEOPLE SPEAK IN THIS THINGS AS THE CONVENTION CENTER.

AND I AGREE THAT PERHAPS THAT MONEY COULD BE PUT TO BETTER USE FOR VENUES THAT ARE BEING LOST RIGHT NOW, INSTEAD OF PROJECTS THAT WE COULD PUT OFF DOWN THE LINE.

AND SO FAR AS DISTRIBUTING THE FUNDS, I, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE FINE FOLKS AT THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU, I THINK WE NEED SOMEONE WITH EXPERIENCE DISTRIBUTING GRANTS AND SOMEONE WITH A TRUE WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF THE AUSTIN MUSIC SCENE.

IT'S GOTTA BE TRANSPARENT

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AND IT'S GOTTA BE FAST.

THIS IS OUR GARDEN TO TEND.

AND I REALLY, REALLY HOPE THAT Y'ALL WILL ATTEND IT.

IF YOU DIDN'T HEAR WHAT FOLKS SAID AT THE RALLY ON MONDAY, I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF KEVIN RUSSELL, BECAUSE WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON BEING ALIVE IS THE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, BUT WE DEFINITELY ARE GOING TO LOSE THAT IF WE DON'T TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW.

SO USUALLY MUSICIANS IN TIMES LIKE THIS, WE WOULD GATHER IN THESE VENUES SO THAT WE COULD THROW ON, YOU KNOW, A BENEFIT, RAISE MONEY FOR PEOPLE IN NEED, BUT WITHOUT THESE VENUES, WHICH ARE JUST OUR CULTURAL CENTERS, THAT'S OUR COMMUNITY.

THAT'S, THAT'S OUR CHURCH.

WITHOUT THOSE WE'RE GOING TO MISS OUT.

I REALLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THIS QUICKLY.

AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME, CATHERINE HOWARD.

HI, GOOD MORNING, MAYOR ADLER CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS VOTE IN DISTRICT FIVE.

MY NAME'S KATE HOWARD, AND I'M A MUSICIAN.

UM, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

I'M HERE TO ADDRESS ITEM 62.

UM, THE ALARMING RATE AT WHICH MUSIC VENUES IN AUSTIN ARE CLOSING IS IT'S HORRIFYING TO ME.

THE CITY SOUNDTRACK IS UNDERGOING AN EXCRUTIATINGLY PAINFUL SEED OUT WITHOUT ADEQUATE FUNDING.

WE WILL HAVE NO PLACE TO LIVE, TO PLAY THE HEARTBREAKING DEVELOPMENT AND EVERY SINGER AND SONGWRITER AND MUSICIAN.

I KNOW EVERY BARTENDER, COCKTAIL, WAITRESS SOUND ENGINEER, WE'RE ALL GOING THROUGH THIS AND IT'S NOT JUST MONETARY FOR US.

IT'S OUR SOUL LIKE CAROLYN BRADFORD WAS JUST SAYING, UM, AND IF YOU WOULD HANDLE THE FINANCIAL ASPECT OF THIS, UM, WE'LL TAKE CARE OF THE REST.

AND AS SOON AS WE'RE ABLE TO GET BACK TO WORK SAFELY, WE WILL, I'M ASKING THAT YOU CREATE A DEDICATED MUSIC VENUE PRESERVATION FUND OF AT LEAST $10 MILLION.

AND I GREATLY APPRECIATE THE FUNDS THAT YOU'VE RAISED SO FAR AND HAD AN EXPERIENCED ARTS GRANTS, ADMIN WHO WORKED FOR A NOMINAL FEE.

THANK YOU FOR THE FUNDS YOU'VE RAISED SO FAR.

AND PLEASE DO WHAT I MIGHT COLLEAGUES ASK AND DO IT SOON.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

BE SAFE AND BE WELL SWEENEY.

SIVA, SWAMI, HELLO, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS SWEENEY.

THE SWAMI MEMBER OF GOOD WORK, AUSTIN AND OWNER OF SETS HERE, BEVERAGE SUPPLIER TO OFFICE INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS, WHICH SITS ON THE EDGE OF DISTRICT SEVEN AND FOUR.

I STAND AGAINST, I AM 52.

WE HEAR AS OF THE CONVERSATIONS THIS MORNING, THAT THERE WILL BE CHANGES TO CONSIDERING WHERE THE FUNDING MAY COME FROM AND THAT THIS ITEM IS NOW UNDER FURTHER REVIEW.

SO PLEASE KEEP IN MIND.

FUND SUPPORT IS NO DOUBT NEED FUNDS.

PROPOSED WAS NOWHERE CLOSE TO WHAT WAS NEEDED.

THERE ARE SUPPORTING BUSINESSES THAT ARE ALSO DIRECTLY AFFECTED THAT YOU CAN SUPPORT THE ITEM DID NOT ADDRESS ANY OF OUR OTHER ASKS, PROPERTY TAX HEALTH INSPECTION FEES, ASSISTANCE TO NAME A FEW.

THERE ARE VARIOUS AREAS.

YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO HELP, AND WE NEED YOU TO CONTINUE THESE EFFORTS TO BE SURE THAT THOSE IN NEED ARE TOTALLY SUPPORTED.

WE ALSO NEED TO WORK TOGETHER.

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT RESTAURANTS IN ONE BUBBLE AND CHILDCARE, AND THEN USE IN BARS AND MUSIC VENUES.

WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

PLEASE CONSIDER ALL OF THE SERVICE INDUSTRY THAT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT, FAILING TO SUPPORT THE SERVICE INDUSTRY AND SUPPORTING SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES IS A COOL ONE TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU STATING THAT YOU SUPPORT AND WANT TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE THE ECONOMIC DIVIDE IN THE CITY.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY BEEN GOING ON FOR FAR TOO LONG.

WHAT'S PLEASE WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD THE BUSINESSES AND THE FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS MOST EFFECTED AND NEED HIGHER AND UP AND STRONGER.

WE REALLY NEED AND WANT YOU TO MAKE THOSE HARD CHOICES OF CONSIDERING THE FUNDS EARMARKED FOR THE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION, WHICH IS A MOOT POINT WHERE THE CITY IS CLEARLY NOT NEEDING THAT.

RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE OTHER ISSUES THAT ARE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT.

THE PASSIVITY NEEDS ATTENTION.

WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU TO MAKE THE CHANGES WE ARE HERE ON THE GROUND WORKING DAY TO DAY TO KEEP OUR BUSINESSES UP OUR TEAMS TOGETHER AND TO SUSTAIN.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

NANCY COPLIN GOOD MORNING.

MARIN COUNCIL AND CITY MANAGER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LETTING ME SPEAK.

I'M NANCY COPLIN.

I WAS THE FIRST CHAIR OF THE AUSTIN MUSIC COMMISSION AND JUST FINISHED UP THIS YEAR, BEING INDUCTED INTO THE AUSTIN MUSIC INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME.

AND IN BETWEEN I PRODUCED OVER 7,000 PERFORMANCES AT AUSTIN AIRPORT.

SO I'M REALLY PROUD TO BE A PART OF AUSTIN'S MUSIC COMMUNITY, WHICH NEEDS YOUR HELP.

UH, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF COMMENTARY ABOUT HELP FOR THE COMMUNITY

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HELP FOR CHILDCARE, WHICH IS OF COURSE, VALID IN RESTAURANTS AS WELL.

UH, FORTUNATELY FOR THE RESTAURANTS, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SERVE FOOD AND ARE NOW STARTING TO BRING, UM, AND, UH, INSIDE SEATING AS WELL AS FOOD TO GO.

SO I'M GOING TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT MUSIC.

UH, AS YOU KNOW, MUSIC IS A HUGE DRIVER FOR TOURISM AND RELOCATION OF COMPANIES HERE.

UM, THE LANDLORDS, UH, HAVE TO PAY THEIR BILLS.

THE VENUES HAVE TO PAY THE LANDLORDS AND THEY NEED HELP BECAUSE CLUBS ARE GOING TO BE GETTING EVICTED.

SO THAT IS ONE ISSUE THAT I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU USE AS, UH, A FEATURE TO, UM, THIS MONEY TO GET OUT QUICKLY.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND THAT YOU CREATE AND CONTINUE A FUND TO EXPAND, UM, THE SERVICES TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, THROUGH THE VENUES AND OTHER AREAS, NOT JUST VENUES, BUT EQUIPMENT, RENTAL COMPANIES AND OTHER VALID AND VITAL MUSIC INDUSTRY BUSINESSES THAT WILL SIT DOWN FOR THE MUSICIANS AS WELL.

UM, PERSONS WITH EXPERTISE.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT IN, UH, DIVVYING UP THIS MONEY.

I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND THAT YOU, UM, INVOLVE SOMEONE, BRING SOMEONE IN, WHO KNOWS THE MUSIC STRUCTURE AND ALL MY TIME IS UP.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

AYLIEN BRISTOL, HER NAME.

MY NAME IS EILEEN BRISTOL.

I'M A LOCAL MUSICIAN.

I PLAY ELECTRIC BASS AND I ALSO OPERATE TO HAIR LOUNGE, WHICH IS AN EAST SIDE LIVE MUSIC VENUE.

SO I SEE THE SITUATION FROM BOTH SIDES AS A PERFORMER AND AS A PERSON WHO BOOKS BANDS, WE'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR NINE YEARS.

AND BEFORE WE OPENED TCU LOUNGE OPERATED IN THE BUILDING FOR 33 YEARS.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF MUSIC IN THE WALL AND WE'RE DOING ALL WE CAN TO PRESERVE THAT LEGACY.

WE WERE HONORED TO RECEIVE THE 20, 20 AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS FOR BEST RESIDENCY.

I APPRECIATE THAT THE COUNCIL IS AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LIVE MUSIC THEME.

AND I'M ASKING YOU TO APPROVE THE MEASURE, ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED MUSIC VENUE, PRESERVATION FUND.

IT'S A CHALLENGING BUSINESS.

AS YOU KNOW, EVEN IN NORMAL TIMES, THEN THIS YEAR WE'VE LOST OUR BUSIEST MONTH.

WE FEEL TREMENDOUS GRATITUDE FOR THE GRANT WE RECEIVED FROM THE CITY THAT TOGETHER WITH THE FEDERAL LOANS HAVE BEEN A TREMENDOUS HELP.

I ALSO WANT TO SHARE AN IDEA THAT HAS THE CAPACITY TO SUPPORT MUSICIANS AS WELL AS VENUES DURING THE COMING TIME OF REBUILDING.

THAT IDEA IS TO USE A PORTION OF THE MUSIC VENUE FUND OR ESTABLISH A SEPARATE FUND TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED LIVE PERFORMANCE INCOME, TO BANDS PERFORMING IN LOCAL VENUES THAT WOULD PUT MONEY DIRECTLY INTO THE POCKETS OF MUSICIANS AND WOULD ALSO SUPPORT THE VENUES BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE GOOD BANDS, CUSTOMERS COME OUT TO HAVE A BEER, AND THAT ALL HELPS TO REBUILD SCENE.

AS WE ALL KNOW, IT MAY BE SOMETIME BEFORE THINGS NORMALIZE IN JUNE WHEN WE WERE OPEN FOR A FEW WEEKS, BUSINESS WAS REALLY SLOW.

AND THE BANDS WHO WERE PAID THROUGH A COVER CHARGE COLLECTED AT THE DOOR WERE EARNING A PORTION OF WHAT WAS NORMAL BEFORE.

COVID.

I EXPECT THAT WHEN BARS REOPENED, THIS WILL BE THE CASE FOR AWHILE.

IF WE WERE ABLE TO ACCESS A FUND TO PROVIDE GUARANTEES TO LIVE BANDS, WHEN WE BOOK THEM, IT WOULD BE A BIG HELP AND RESTARTING THE ECONOMY AND BRING BACK SOME JOY TO OUR WONDERFUL CITY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, RYAN GREENBELT.

HI.

UM, MY NAME IS RYAN GREENBLATT AND I'M A FULL TIME MUSICIAN HERE IN AUSTIN.

UM, I'M HERE TODAY TO ADDRESS ITEM 52 AND TO ASK THE CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE A MEASURE, TO CREATE DEDICATED MUSIC VENUE PRESERVATION FUND FOR AUSTIN, STRUGGLING MUSIC VENUES.

UM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, BY THE WAY, THE SPIRIT AND CULTURE OF AUSTIN IS, AND HAS BEEN BASED AROUND ITS LIVE MUSIC SCENE.

SINCE THE BROKEN SPOKE, WHAT'S CONSIDERED THE EDGE OF TOWN, AND IF WE DON'T HELP SAVE THE REMAINING VENUES IN AUSTIN, THEN WHAT IS AUSTIN AT ALL ANYMORE? I THINK IT'S EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP IN THE IDEA OF PROGRESS AND WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AND PROGRESS OF COURSE, BUT AT WHAT COST, IF WE DON'T ENSURE OUR BELOVED MUSIC SCENE AND ITS VENUES SURVIVE, DEPEND DEMIC GO FAR, THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS, POINT MORE TOWARD EXPANDING THE CONVENTION CENTER AND LESS FOR THE RELIEF, THE VENUES AND INDUSTRY,

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WHICH MAKE UP THE SOUL AND CHARACTER OF OUR TOWN NEED TO KEEP THEM ALIVE FOR THE FUTURE.

WE NEED TO MAKE THESE VENUES AND THE ARTS COMMUNITY, A BIGGER PRIORITY, A DEDICATED RELIEF FUND, WHICH SHOW THE ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY THAT THE CITY HAS NOT ABANDONED ITS SOUL.

NOT TO MENTION IT'S MONIKER AS THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

IF AND WHEN LIVE MUSIC IS SAFE.

AGAIN, AN ARTISTS EVENTS, STAFF PRODUCTION, STAFF RUN PALS, ACTIVE HOUSE WORKERS ARE ABLE TO GO BACK TO WORK.

IT WILL BE ABSOLUTELY PARAMOUNT TO THE REVIVAL OF THE INDUSTRY IN AUSTIN FOR VENUES TO BE ABLE TO HOUSE