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TickTock: Austin City Council 4.20.2017

Monday, April 24, 2017 by Michael Kanin

TickTock is the sortable transcript of @austinmonitor Tweets from the most recent Austin City Council meeting.

ITEMS

TickTock for Friday, April 21, 2017

Participants:

austinmonitor 191

eraycollins 1

austin78753 1

PointAustin 1

ndhapple 1

Thursday, April 20, 2017 9AM

All Access Readers! Get a head start on today’s Austin City Council meeting with @lizpagano’s TipSheet: https://t.co/oN6MPGDfnq #atxgov April 20, 2017 09:30 AM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 10AM

RT @JackCraver: I’ll be running the tweets for @austinmonitor of the #ATXCouncil meeting this morning! Enjoy! April 20, 2017 10:00 AM
RT @binghamgp: “Traffic, affordability plague Austin in latest Zandan Poll” – (via @AustinMonitor) https://t.co/6sdeYkF6bQ April 20, 2017 10:00 AM
#ATXCouncil meeting kicking off. It looks like a pretty mellow agenda for 4/20. April 20, 2017 10:11 AM
One potential source of debate could be the police labor contract. And, of course, zoning issues always offer possible controversy. April 20, 2017 10:12 AM
Item 6
Item 6,7 being pulled for staff presentation. Item 10, 13 postponed. April 20, 2017 10:13 AM
Pulled items: 32, 30, 6, 7, 26, 28, 11, 16, 20, 27 #atxcouncil #atxgov April 20, 2017 10:16 AM
“My name is Stu and I live in District 2,” says Stuart Harry Hersh. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:16 AM
Gus Pena says he’s in a “monkey suit” b/c he’s about to go talk to @GovAbbott. “A friend of mine, even tho he’s a Republican.” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:20 AM
RT @MKanin: Head over to @austinmonitor for #atxcouncil live tweets #atxgov https://t.co/FxZpOmv02y April 20, 2017 10:21 AM
David King says companies getting paid big bucks by ATXGov should help “solve some of these problems” of poverty/displacement. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:24 AM
In particular, David King says city should see if companies getting big city contracts are fighting to get appraisals/taxes lowered. April 20, 2017 10:25 AM
Item 31
.@kathietovo had to withdraw item 31 b/c of a posting error. Something about how posting didn’t mention “robot.” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:27 AM
Consent agenda passes unanimously. @EllenforAustin opposes/abstains from a few items over spending concerns. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:28 AM
.@AnnKitchenATX intrigued by concerns from Stuart Hersh about if city can track how demolitions are affecting housing supply. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:31 AM
RT @MKanin: So it stuck? (https://t.co/9sju1PDn6r) #atxcouncil https://t.co/ZUXsLOmORI April 20, 2017 10:31 AM
Item 6
Items 6 & 7 approved unanimously with CM Ora Houston recusing on Item 6. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:32 AM
Albert Longoria is speaking in favor of funding for juvenile delinquency services. A military vet who was recently homeless. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:33 AM
Longoria says has been shocked by # of homeless in ATX. “They’re not getting assistance they need to get back on their feet.” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:35 AM
We wrote about new police program aimed at engaging more w/homeless population recently: https://t.co/jLnVGm9G4f #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:36 AM
Item 11
Item 11, which authorizes $500k for juvenile delinquent services, passes unanimously. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:36 AM
.@EllenforAustin & @AnnKitchenATX have concerns about a $3.5 million contract for meter-reading services. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:39 AM
And now @JimmyFlannigan is worried that item was not vetted by Water & Wastewater Commission with a quorum. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:40 AM
.@EllenforAustin worried final version of contract allows vendor more inaccurate readings. (5 for every 1,000 instead of 1) #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:43 AM
AE staff concerned about a postponement of meter-reading contract. Says waiting more than 2 wks probably too much. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:46 AM
.@LesliePoolATX suggests that if there is problem w/contract, Council should direct staff to change it, not just postpone it. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:47 AM
CM Ora Houston says she’s cool postponing meter-reading contract till May 4. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:47 AM
.@D5Kitchen is wondering how this meter-reading contract will move more ppl towards electric meters. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:48 AM
.@AnnKitchenATX doesn’t want city locked into manual meter-reading contract if more ppl won’t need such services in coming yrs. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:50 AM
.@MayorAdler is cool with postponing as courtesy to @EllenforAustin. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:54 AM
.@kathietovo will support postponement, but says it is not a courtesy she will always extend to CMs, based on time sensitivity. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:55 AM
Item 16
Item 16 postponed till May 4. Nays: Pool, Flannigan, Houston, Renteria. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:56 AM
New fleet contract will feature city’s first electric van. It passes, with only @EllenforAustin in opposition. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 10:59 AM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 11AM

Robert Spillar of Transpo Dept says city is working to go neighborhoods and help people use non-car transit. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:03 AM
.@Alison_Alter concerned about the efficacy of the Smart Trips contract w/@CapMetroATX. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:04 AM
Spillar: City is identifying areas w/lots of transit options but where ppl aren’t taking advantage of them. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:05 AM
Re: question from @Alison_Alter about how many ppl are affected by Smart Trips program, Spillar says whole city benefits. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:06 AM
Getting ppl in Central Austin out of cars helps reduce congestion and helps commuters coming from further away, says Spillar. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:06 AM
.@D5Kitchen says SMART Trips can help fulfill Connections 2025 overhaul of bus routes. More on that: https://t.co/4ezl7N1YRC #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:10 AM
Smart Cities grant puts volunteers in neighborhoods to hear from residents about why they’re not walking, biking, using buses. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:12 AM
Spiller says goal is to ultimately get Smart Trips engagement program to all of Central Austin. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:13 AM
.@Oraatx1 concerned about cost of Smart Trips grant. Also “not hearing ppl talking about East-West connectivity.” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:16 AM
Item 26
Smart Trips program (Item 26) passes. Nays: Houston & Troxclair #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:17 AM
Whoops. The trauma of Smart Cities still deeply ingrained in my psyche. https://t.co/e5UjrB5dvA April 20, 2017 11:20 AM
Item 28
David King is worried about changes to land development code for Bowie High School (item 28). #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:21 AM
Item 28
But #ATXCouncil is setting aside Item 28 until after lunch. April 20, 2017 11:21 AM
Item 30
.@JimmyFlannigan has concerns about Item 30…which is revising neighborhood planning boundaries for Rosedale & Allandale. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:22 AM
Greg Guernsey explaining history of neighborhood planning process. Began about 20 yrs ago. Ideally NHs have about 5,000 ppl…#atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:24 AM
Neighborhood Plans, says Guernsey, were partially result of failure to do a comprehensive plan in late 90’s. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:26 AM
.@JimmyFlannigan on neighborhood plans: “So there’s no underlying planning principle? it’s just an arbitrary division of areas?” April 20, 2017 11:27 AM
Item 30
.@JimmyFlannigan the only NO vote on Item 30, which changes boundaries of Allandale and Rosedale NH plan boundaries. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:31 AM
Item 32
Finally, on to real city business. Item 32: Lemonade Day Austin. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:32 AM
.@EllenforAustin : “We don’t need a City Council resolution to allow 10-yr-olds to set up a lemonade stand.” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:33 AM
AISD rep is explaining why Bowie High School needs some help from #ATXCouncil on land use regulations. April 20, 2017 11:40 AM
.@EllenforAustin, in whose district Bowie HS is located, notes that the school is severely overcrowded. Must expand. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:40 AM
The issue of impervious cover at Bowie HS is particularly fraught b/c it is located in Barton Springs Zone. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:44 AM
Item 18
Vote on Item 18 (Bowie HS) passes unanimously. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:48 AM
There’s talk about setting public hearing on uniform plumbing code. Austin plumbing code different than most other cities. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:51 AM
TJ Dodd, of the plumbers union, says industry in Austin united in support of uniform plumbing code. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:52 AM
TJ Dodd: Having international plumbing code for residential and uniform code for commercial has not worked in past. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:54 AM
Adler: There’s a difference of opinion between commission and staff on plumbing code issue. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:55 AM
Robert Thornton, chair of commission, says he is cool keeping international code for residential. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 11:57 AM
#ATXCouncil votes to set public hearing in June for plumbing code matter. April 20, 2017 11:57 AM
OK, that’s the morning session folks! April 20, 2017 11:59 AM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 12PM

Growth slows, making city budget tighter. Read more (via @JoClifton78704): https://t.co/5epZyFAIvk #atxgov April 20, 2017 12:05 PM
What We Woke Up To: April 20, 2017 – https://t.co/p5fKx6tZNl April 20, 2017 12:17 PM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 1PM

Sleep researchers cheer efforts to curtail late Council m’tings. Read more (via @AKMcGlinchy & @KUT p’ship): https://t.co/JILmjb4sQ0 #atxgov April 20, 2017 01:00 PM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 2PM

Texas House sets the table for Austin return of Uber & Lyft. Read more (via @cubbie9000): https://t.co/6Bnb6e72az #atxgov #txlege April 20, 2017 02:00 PM
Stirring on the dais, gang. April 20, 2017 02:11 PM
#ATXcouncil back in session for the afternoon. Working through consent agenda on zoning items. 46 & 47, ppd 44. April 20, 2017 02:15 PM
Rep from Brentwood NA voices support for 1st reading rezoning of fmr car dealership at 1501 W. Koenig (in front of… https://t.co/245yxEDC3Q April 20, 2017 02:19 PM
austinmonitor "Rep from Brentwood NA voices support for 1st reading rezoning of fmr car dealership at 1501 W. Koenig (in front of… https://t.co/245yxEDC3Q"
CM @GregCasar expresses interest in getting affordable housing and increased on this site. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 02:20 PM
austinmonitor "CM @GregCasar expresses interest in getting affordable housing and increased on this site. #atxcouncil"
.@GregCasar Applicant wants to go from mixed-use to MF6. Casar suggests maybe VMU. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 02:21 PM
austinmonitor ".@GregCasar Applicant wants to go from mixed-use to MF6. Casar suggests maybe VMU. #atxcouncil"
.@GregCasar Anyway, that passes unanimously on 1st reading. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 02:21 PM
Gosh, it was long walk down here. We motion to appoint @TheLeeTeam as mayor emeritus and give him authority over the chambers thermostat. April 20, 2017 02:33 PM
In any case, #atxcouncil now discussing Items 42 & 43, a rezoning of 7717 Southwest Parkway. These trees (but not t… https://t.co/AYaZyZrJkc April 20, 2017 02:37 PM
austinmonitor "In any case, #atxcouncil now discussing Items 42 & 43, a rezoning of 7717 Southwest Parkway. These trees (but not t… https://t.co/AYaZyZrJkc"
.@GregCasar questions a proposed restriction on live music. Jolly Jerry Rusthoven points out the ban is only on amplified music. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 02:40 PM
MPT @kathietovo raises environmental concerns, e.g. impervious cover. Asks WPD’s Chuck Lesniak if this is a gain. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 02:47 PM
austinmonitor "MPT @kathietovo raises environmental concerns, e.g. impervious cover. Asks WPD’s Chuck Lesniak if this is a gain. #atxcouncil"
.@kathietovo Lesniak: “In my opinion, this is not a big environmental gain.” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 02:48 PM
The site’s developer, JD Ivey, takes the mic. @kathietovo asks him about the impervious cover issues. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 02:49 PM
Whispers: CodeNEXT Freak Out Day?; more. Read more: https://t.co/5dObFnOTN1 #atxgov April 20, 2017 02:50 PM
austinmonitor "The site’s developer, JD Ivey, takes the mic. @kathietovo asks him about the impervious cover issues. #atxcouncil"
.@kathietovo .@kathietovo says current area standards are ~25% IC. Ivey explains he has an approved site plan that… https://t.co/CfK1WtWOi2 April 20, 2017 02:50 PM
austinmonitor ".@kathietovo .@kathietovo says current area standards are ~25% IC. Ivey explains he has an approved site plan that… https://t.co/CfK1WtWOi2"
.@kathietovo Ivey’s proposed project would come in a 58% IC. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 02:51 PM
Lesniak contradicts Ivey and says approved site plan IC is closer to 55%. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 02:53 PM
CM @Alison_Alter’s turn. She wants to know why the city has to pay for a new stoplight near the site, rather than the developer. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 02:57 PM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 3PM

austinmonitor "CM @Alison_Alter’s turn. She wants to know why the city has to pay for a new stoplight near the site, rather than the developer. #atxcouncil"
.@Alison_Alter Staff explanation is that city legal advised the policy. @Alison_Alter says that policy could be aff… https://t.co/Rpn5WN8eOW April 20, 2017 03:00 PM
CM @LesliePoolATX now reading a request from Oak Hill NA requesting from developer $80k for the stoplight. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:04 PM
austinmonitor "CM @LesliePoolATX now reading a request from Oak Hill NA requesting from developer $80k for the stoplight. #atxcouncil"
.@LesliePoolATX Rusthoven tells her the city got that check this morning. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:04 PM
Now @LesliePoolATX moves onto impervious cover concerns that @kathietovo aired. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:05 PM
Lesniak explains that prior agreements with the city from the 90’s/00’s entitled the site to 60%. Again, project would be 58%. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:08 PM
Now on an undiscovered plane of complexity n’ confusion over the IC issues. Restrictive covenants, percentages, current code, #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:18 PM
CM @EllenforAustin champions the project: Says developer is building less IC than entitled, paying 3/4 cost of needed stoplight. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:22 PM
.@GregCasar now motions to amend the agreement to allow amplified music before 10pm. Does not score a second. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:23 PM
austinmonitor ".@GregCasar now motions to amend the agreement to allow amplified music before 10pm. Does not score a second. #atxcouncil"
.@GregCasar .@MayorAdler explains that he wants to hear from neighbors before he supports the idea. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:24 PM
austinmonitor ".@GregCasar .@MayorAdler explains that he wants to hear from neighbors before he supports the idea. #atxcouncil"
.@GregCasar @MayorAdler .@EllenforAustin points out that a letter from Oak Hill NA requested no amplified music. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:25 PM
austinmonitor ".@GregCasar @MayorAdler .@EllenforAustin points out that a letter from Oak Hill NA requested no amplified music. #atxcouncil"
.@GregCasar @MayorAdler @EllenforAustin Discussing a motion that received no second, @kathietovo says there’s a way… https://t.co/g4j6znfj2M April 20, 2017 03:26 PM
austinmonitor ".@GregCasar @MayorAdler @EllenforAustin Discussing a motion that received no second, @kathietovo says there’s a way… https://t.co/g4j6znfj2M"
.@GregCasar @MayorAdler @EllenforAustin @kathietovo Still no second, but CM @D5Kitchen interjects with her desire t… https://t.co/PXmB5MKCvU April 20, 2017 03:27 PM
austinmonitor ".@GregCasar @MayorAdler @EllenforAustin @kathietovo Still no second, but CM @D5Kitchen interjects with her desire t… https://t.co/PXmB5MKCvU"
.@GregCasar @MayorAdler @EllenforAustin @kathietovo @D5Kitchen Still no second, @GregCasar says he would rather hav… https://t.co/bU5za5nXpD April 20, 2017 03:29 PM
Looks like we’ve settled the live music question.

For now.

#atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:29 PM

Items 42 & 43 approved (all three readings on the zoning item), 8-3. @kathietovo, @alisonalter, and @d3forpio agin it. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 03:32 PM
And #atxcouncil takes a 30-minute recess. The dais shall stir again come 4pm. April 20, 2017 03:33 PM
Our quote of the day for Thursday, April 20, 2017. Read more at https://t.co/wKFeARNcQq #atxgov https://t.co/W565mw4jyh April 20, 2017 03:36 PM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 4PM

Austin growth slows, city budget will be tighter. Read more (via @JoClifton78704): https://t.co/99qZZsu7kj #atxgov April 20, 2017 04:00 PM
Item 49
The dais, she has stirred. #atxcouncil is back. Immediately ppd’s Item 49. April 20, 2017 04:06 PM
austin78753 "@austinmonitor When live music is outlawed, only outlaws will have bagpipes."
@austin78753 Make Bagpipes Great Again. https://t.co/09erUwOFvc April 20, 2017 04:06 PM
Item 48
On to Item 48, the public safety labor negotiations update. Bad sign when staff presenters pull up a chair to do the briefing. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:09 PM
Briefing starts with electrifying remedial course on the city’s current bargaining model. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:14 PM
austinmonitor "Briefing starts with electrifying remedial course on the city’s current bargaining model. #atxcouncil"
Moves on to history of contract base wage increases. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:14 PM
austinmonitor "Moves on to history of contract base wage increases. #atxcouncil"
This slide is a two-parter. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:15 PM
eraycollins "@austinmonitor Who is speaking?"
@eraycollins Staff member that this erstwhile #TravCo reporter has never seen before. April 20, 2017 04:17 PM
According the presentation: APD officers best-paid in state after probationary period. AFD cats rank near best. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:21 PM
ndhapple "#ATX Twitter massive — anyone got an idea as to what sort of architecture this is? Victorian?

https://t.co/ISYYqkHSQa"
@ndhapple Haunted. April 20, 2017 04:22 PM
PointAustin "@austinmonitor Electrifying or just shocking? #ATXCouncil"
@PointAustin Riveting, thrilling, life-sustaining. April 20, 2017 04:24 PM
Now outlining the stakes of failing to negotiate contracts with three branches of public safety. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:29 PM
austinmonitor "Now outlining the stakes of failing to negotiate contracts with three branches of public safety. #atxcouncil"
City would lose control over AFD promotions (civil service rules would take over) among other things. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:32 PM
Without a contract w/ police association, the city could lose out on oversight. Citizen Review Panel cut off from Internal Affairs files. April 20, 2017 04:37 PM
Also, no contract could lead to a raft of police officer retirements due to recalculation of sick leave payouts. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:41 PM
RT @TopherJNeely: if EMS neg’s fail, contract would revert back to civil service law, can’t appoint division chiefs, loss of cert. pays #at… April 20, 2017 04:49 PM
Briefing is mercifully over. Public testimony (the part we all expect to be actually exciting) begins. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:50 PM
First up is Rebecca Webber, chair of Public Safety Commission. She wants more Civilian Review Panel to enjoy more sunlight. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:52 PM
CRP member Dominic Gonzales(z?) echoes Webber (also a CRP member). Says “clear mandate” to strengthen citizen oversight of PD. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:55 PM
Now up: brother of man shot by police two weeks ago (https://t.co/BmqUk6XuJ2). He complains of lack of video of the shooting. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 04:58 PM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 5PM

Now @HGerbracht. She asks Council to “hold the line on behalf of citizens” on contract negotiations. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:00 PM
Didn’t catch next speaker’s name, but he’s wearing a @KOOPradio shirt. If our memory serves, the one from 3 pledge drives ago. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:05 PM
Ridership numbers!!!! https://t.co/TDRrRYx1qr April 20, 2017 05:05 PM
austinmonitor "Didn’t catch next speaker’s name, but he’s wearing a @KOOPradio shirt. If our memory serves, the one from 3 pledge drives ago. #atxcouncil"
.@KOOPradio More importantly, he also called for stronger police oversight. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:06 PM
Tony Marquardt just gave a brief (and rapid) update on negotiations with his ATCEMS Association. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:07 PM
Word from @MayorAdler is we’ve got 40 or so speakers in the dugout. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:08 PM
Next speaker from Austin Justice Coalition wants to reform and expand how complaints against police are submitted. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:12 PM
austinmonitor "Next speaker from Austin Justice Coalition wants to reform and expand how complaints against police are submitted. #atxcouncil"
He also offers a new twist on an old classic: Says he wants to give community more #tools in the **#toolbelt**. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:13 PM
Fairly timely. #atxcouncil https://t.co/WObVozNkzQ April 20, 2017 05:17 PM
Next speaker targeting what she’s framing as lax punishment for officer misconduct. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:19 PM
ACLU Texas’ Matt Simpson assumes the lectern. He also calls for transparent processes. Says “we’re on the right track here.” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:23 PM
Next speaker reads statement from sister of David Joseph, teen killed by APD officer in Feb. 2016. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:25 PM
austinmonitor "Next speaker reads statement from sister of David Joseph, teen killed by APD officer in Feb. 2016. #atxcouncil"
Stirring stuff. Outlines her family’s tragedy, links it similar tragedies nationwide, calls for strengthening Police Monitor. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:31 PM
austinmonitor "Stirring stuff. Outlines her family’s tragedy, links it similar tragedies nationwide, calls for strengthening Police Monitor. #atxcouncil"
First testimony today to draw applause from the audience. @GregCasar takes a moment to commend both speaker and writer. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:32 PM
.@MayorAdler says about 25 speakers left. He hits the pause button and says we’ll resume at 6:45 p.m. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 05:33 PM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 7PM

Item 50
Nearly 15 min behind schedule, the dais has stirred and #atxcouncil is back in action. Taking up Item 50 before circling back to labor stuff April 20, 2017 07:01 PM
Item 50
Item 50 is public hearing on 2017-2018 Action Plan and Community Development Program. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 07:02 PM
Item 48
We resume Item 48, the briefing on public safety labor union contract negotiations. Still 20+ speakers signed up to testify. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 07:10 PM
Next round of speakers approach the lectern with a small squad of sign-bearing children. “We demand a change,” reads one colorful sign. April 20, 2017 07:18 PM
austinmonitor "Next round of speakers approach the lectern with a small squad of sign-bearing children. “We demand a change,” reads one colorful sign."
It also had a butterfly on it. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 07:18 PM
Next speaker is, like, eight and killing it. Reading remarks in two languages, demanding no cooperation with ICE. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 07:19 PM
Current speaker had to hand off a wriggly baby in the middle of her demand for more power to the Office of Police Monitor. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 07:23 PM
Speaker just threw down some seriously impassioned action, decrying rules barring ex-cons serving on the Police Monitor Citizen Review Panel April 20, 2017 07:38 PM
Subsequent speaker, speaking like a tommy gun, says people who have been affected by the system should be able to weigh in on the system. April 20, 2017 07:42 PM
austinmonitor "Subsequent speaker, speaking like a tommy gun, says people who have been affected by the system should be able to weigh in on the system."
Think she just managed to fit twelve minutes of testimony into three. April 20, 2017 07:43 PM
Austin Police Association President Ken Casady now up. Working a tough crowd. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 07:45 PM
Casady labels “a lot” of the remarks made by earlier speakers as “rumors” and “innuendos.” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 07:47 PM
Whoops. That’s Ken *CasadAy. April 20, 2017 07:48 PM
Casaday says many issues brought up tonight should be handled at the state level. Person in the audience: “Lies!” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 07:49 PM
austinmonitor "Casaday says many issues brought up tonight should be handled at the state level. Person in the audience: “Lies!” #atxcouncil"
Draws a tut-tutting chide from @MayorAdler. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 07:51 PM
Next speaker reads off names of people shot and/or killed by police. Says city and unions have opportunity to make sure no more names added. April 20, 2017 07:53 PM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 8PM

A thoroughly fired-up speaker went overtime and defied @MayorAdler’s attempts to wind her down. Gave #atxcouncil a stiff dressing-down. April 20, 2017 08:01 PM
Activist & known e-mailer Debbie Russell ends her remarks offering to talk more later. @MayorAdler says, “You can also email us.” Shade? April 20, 2017 08:06 PM
Testimony is now over. Tom Stribling from Labor Relations Office is now taking questions from CMs. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 08:08 PM
CM @Alison_Alter says overtime seems to be an issue across three public service branches. Asks how come. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 08:09 PM
.@MayorAdler jumps in and tells her that future “deep-dive” meetings are probably better venues for that question. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 08:10 PM
.@GregCasar, reflectS on tonight’s testimony, says he won’t support any future contracts w/o beefed up accountability action. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 08:14 PM
CM @JimmyFlannigan sides with @GregCasar: “I for one am not afraid of impasse.” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 08:15 PM
.@MayorAdler: “This is a conversation and we’re all gonna have to get there together.” #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 08:21 PM
Think @MayorAdler just said he wants to start budget wrangling with a pre-set percentage for public safety. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 08:25 PM
austinmonitor "Think @MayorAdler just said he wants to start budget wrangling with a pre-set percentage for public safety. #atxcouncil"
.@MayorAdler I thought right.

https://t.co/MLiIYi0bVp April 20, 2017 08:26 PM

austinmonitor ".@MayorAdler I thought right.

https://t.co/MLiIYi0bVp"

.@MayorAdler Doubly confirmed. https://t.co/1FyN1exQ3Z April 20, 2017 08:26 PM
Hey, that’s a wrap! Thanks for watching, gang. #atxcouncil April 20, 2017 08:29 PM

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Austin City Council: The Austin City Council is the body with legislative purview over the City of Austin. It offers policy direction, while the office of the City Manager implements administrative actions based on those policies. Until 2012, the body contained seven members, including the city's Mayor, all elected at-large. In 2012, City of Austin residents voted to change that system and now 10 members of the Council are elected based on geographic districts. The Mayor continues to be elected at-large.

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