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TickTock Austin City Council Meeting: 10.6.2016

Monday, October 10, 2016 by Michael Kanin

TickTock for Friday, October 7, 2016


MKanin 164

JacobDirr 2

eraycollins 1

marieacunaa 1

brennangriffin 1

lubomudrov 1

PointAustin 1

Thursday, October 06, 2016 9AM

Checking in from #atxcouncil where yours truly is hoping things end in time for me to take in the start of the Red Sox playoff run. #atxgov October 06, 2016 09:59 AM

Thursday, October 06, 2016 10AM

Could be a quick #atxcouncil day. All Access @austinmonitor readers can check out @lizpagano’s preview here: #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:06 AM
seems 2, 10, 11, 12, 24, & 30 (coyotes, Asian-Am Resource ctr rennos, election day stuff, Zach theater contract, Champion tract) are pulled October 06, 2016 10:12 AM
also seems that the zach/cultural arts contracts items’ll be set for 2pm or later #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:12 AM
@MayorAdler notes that today is new (interim) CMgr Elaine Hart is on the dais for the first time today #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:15 AM
@MayorAdler also taking a minute to thank CMgr Ott for his service #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:15 AM
brennangriffin "@MKanin are they postponing the imagine austin amendment, or is that on consent?"
@brennangriffin no ppd yet but its a public hearing so could come later October 06, 2016 10:19 AM
items 26, 27 ppd to 10/20 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:19 AM
Item 39
item 39 is withdrawn #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:19 AM
Item 58
item 58 will be withdrawn at 4pm #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:19 AM
pulled: 2, 11, 12 (2pm), 24 (related to 53; request for ppd), 30 #atxcouncil #atxgov #wowlightday October 06, 2016 10:22 AM
ICMgr Hart addresses #CitCom concerns from David King re:investment policy. interesting mgmt contrast right off the bat #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 10:27 AM
before we move along to pass consent, @Oraatx1 raises concerns over 17 of 20 purchasing items that have no m/wbe goals #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:31 AM
staff to @Oraatx1’s concerns: notes some deals don’t qualify for m/wbe goals. #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:33 AM
@Oraatx1 singled out landscaping contracts on today’s agenda as possible m/wbe targs. staff: done our best to get there #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:34 AM
Item 39
@DonZimmermanATX now on to talk to item 39, which has been withdrawn #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:38 AM
@DonZimmermanATX credits his office for the withdrawal. says prices had ballooned. #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:39 AM
@DonZimmermanATX also calling for a five-year history of expenditures associated with future purchasing items #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:39 AM
RT @austinmonitor: And @MKanin is back! Keep him live tweeting by donating here: October 06, 2016 10:40 AM
consent passes. yeas: 10 (with abstentions, etc) #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:42 AM
off the dais, as she will be all day, @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:42 AM
#atxcouncil moves along to items 24 and 53. this seems set for ppd #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:43 AM
@SheriGalloD10 on champions tract: amendments, TIA still outstanding, some disagreement on density. #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:44 AM
seems champions’ll be back in November #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:45 AM
@SheriGalloD10: heavy workload on staff, wants to be reasonable with expectations here #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:47 AM
@SheriGalloD10 offers champions ppd until 11.3 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:48 AM
that passes. yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:48 AM
abstain: @PoolforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:49 AM
Item 52
MPT @kathietovo moves approval of item 52, #atxgov audit plan. passes yeas: 10 #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 10:49 AM
Item 2
#atxcouncil moves along to item 2. item 2 is for coyote response! #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:50 AM
@DGarzaforD2 wonders whether the deal is necessary. #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:50 AM
staff: we’ve done it for a while. also, it complies with #atxcouncil policies #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:51 AM
@SheriGalloD10 notes that new deal allows #atxgov to deal directly w vendor, skip going thru county #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 10:53 AM
first speaker suggests that existing CoA coyote program is solid and that #atxgov shouldn’t look for an outside vendor #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 10:55 AM
speaker: “colossal waste of time, energy and possibly money” re: coyote contract #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:55 AM
speaker is from animal advisory commission #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 10:56 AM

Thursday, October 06, 2016 11AM

ah. this is about coyote traps. @DonZimmermanATX: put his hand in traps. doesnt seem concerned about humane concerns #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:00 AM
MPT @kathietovo, picking up on commissioner point: things are working fine, no need for the deal #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:02 AM
Commissioner: yup. also: vendor has violated city ordinances, doesn’t seem to think it’s subject to #atxgov rules #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 11:02 AM
@SheriGalloD10 also notes it’s already funded, and that coyotes are a real concern #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 11:05 AM
Texas Humane Society director up now. Argues #atxgov has a chance to be leader in humane treatment of wildlife #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 11:05 AM
@AKMcGlinchy THERE IS STILL A COYOTE STORY OUT THERE October 06, 2016 11:05 AM
Humane society director runs down materials, support it has provided to #atxgov #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 11:07 AM
@SheriGalloD10 wonders what n’hoods Humane Society has met with on coyotes. HS: offered, haven’t heard back #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:08 AM
Craig Mazur up now.on animal advisory commission. also w Austin Sierra Club, nat’l Sierra Club. @PoolforAustin appointee #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:09 AM
Mazur: Heard, not seen coyotes. argues this is ’cause they haven’t been “trapped out…” #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:10 AM
Mazur: trapping out means new coyotes come in that don’t know rules and start interacting w human populations #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:11 AM
@D5Kitchen notes that stipulation in contract allows Chief Animal Services Officer to not use contract #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:15 AM
@DGarzaforD2 asks CASO if current coyote policy is effective. CASO: yup #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:16 AM
@DGarzaforD2 has amend that would remove execute portion of deal #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:18 AM
staff: only thing i think i heard that isn’t already in there is checking back w animal services comm #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:18 AM
staff continues to argue that removing county from process is best way forward here #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:19 AM
@Oraatx1 bangs on members of Animal Advisory Comm, who she says spread mis-information that she was behind items here #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:20 AM
@MayorAdler: what’s the difference btwn executing deal immediately versus negotiating only #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:21 AM
idea here would be that deal would be executed only in the event of a public safety issue #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:21 AM
@MayorAdler: also, what do we get for the $10k here? #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:23 AM
staff: technical assistance, reporting, on-call for “certain…dire situations, public safety threat” #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:23 AM
@MayorAdler…so, what do you want us to do here? #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:24 AM
CASO: we’re trying to untangle contract. don’t anticipate public safety issue #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:24 AM
@Oraatx1: also a javelina problem in her district. suggests A&M deal could help with other wild animal problems #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:26 AM
somewhere in there, @Oraatx1 picked up on the notion that coyotes are smart, and that they might respect #atxgov boundaries? #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 11:27 AM
based on current discussion, @JackCraver has invoked notion of a “coyote apocalypse” (as in: in case of the event of…) #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:30 AM
@PoolforAustin also has concerns about how A&M wild life mgmt deals w #atxgov #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 11:31 AM
Animal Advisory Comm mem Lundquist: Animal Services doesnt want contract w agency; not being said for political reasons #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:33 AM
cx: animal advisory comm member is lundsted, not lundquist October 06, 2016 11:34 AM
👏 October 06, 2016 11:35 AM
@DonZimmermanATX says this is about struggle over policy control. adds that policy was established by “downtown #atxcouncil” #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:36 AM
@DonZimmermanATX “are we going to respect the suburbs?” #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:36 AM
MPT @kathietovo takes “great objection” to idea former #atxcouncil was “dwntwn city council” #atxgov; notes she got all round city for input October 06, 2016 11:38 AM
@JackCraver advice to all: “keep your cats inside” #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:39 AM
@JackCraver amends: cats = “feline citizens” #atxcouncil #atxgov #coyoteugly October 06, 2016 11:40 AM
ACM Lumbreras and CASO Hammond seem to be passing responsibility for asking for wanting deal back and forth #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:40 AM
ps many thanks to @PointAustin for coyote item hashtag #atxcouncil #atxgov #coyoteugly October 06, 2016 11:40 AM
wants to set this up so CASO is in charge of deal; would allow #atxgov to not use deal #atxcouncil #atxgov
October 06, 2016 11:45 AM
amend now calls for staff to bring any action on #coyoteugly deal to animal advisory comm #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:45 AM
@DonZimmermanATX would also like it to go to public safety comm #atxcouncil #atxgov #coyoteugly October 06, 2016 11:46 AM
#atxcouncil divides question. execution authority at staff’s discretion up first #atxgov #coyoteugly October 06, 2016 11:48 AM
discretion to animal services officer passes #atxcouncil #atxgov #coyoteugly yeas: 9 October 06, 2016 11:50 AM
abstain: @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov #coyoteugly October 06, 2016 11:50 AM
and, seeing no need to send item back to commission, that is w.drawn #atxcouncil #atxgov #coyoteugly October 06, 2016 11:51 AM
meanwhile, @DonZimmermanATX forces vote on w.drawl of amend to send back to comm #atxcouncil #atxgov #coyoteugly October 06, 2016 11:52 AM
Item 11
that fails. and #atxcouncil moves along to item 11 #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:53 AM
11 is setting up voting locations, precincts etc #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:54 AM
@DonZimmermanATX has concerns about the change of a voting location from celebration church. #atxcouncil #atxgov this is pct 336 October 06, 2016 11:54 AM
clerk says #TravCo said that church has closed. @DonZimmermanATX says that’s not what he heard #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:55 AM
with that 11 passes. yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:56 AM
@GregCasar @kathietovo off dais for 11 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:56 AM
Item 30
#atxcouncil moves along to item 30. this is for the smarter smart meters #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:57 AM
@austinmonitor latest on smart meters here, courtesy of @JackCraver: #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:58 AM
@SheriGalloD10 wonders how Austin Energy will make decisions about replacements, with an eye toward the $s #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 11:59 AM

Thursday, October 06, 2016 12PM

eraycollins "What time does that game start, @mkanin? @PointAustin"
@eraycollins @PointAustin 7pm. fingers crossed October 06, 2016 12:00 PM
30 passes. yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 12:05 PM
@DonZimmermanATX objects to the whole thing, seemingly under the idea that the comm agrees w staff #atxcouncil #atxgov #coyoteugly October 06, 2016 12:05 PM
cx: yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 12:05 PM
nays: @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 12:05 PM
off the dais: @GregCasar #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 12:06 PM
that’ll take us to #CitCom. I’ll be back ’round 1:30 or 2 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 12:07 PM

Thursday, October 06, 2016 2PM

marieacunaa "@MKanin When SH130 south towards Lockhart 1st opened, there were accidents from these animals. Most r are cross of hogs & Russian boars."
@marieacunaa russian boars?! October 06, 2016 02:53 PM

Thursday, October 06, 2016 3PM

RT @marieacunaa: @MKanin believe it or not yes. Some got loose decades ago. These things breed as fast as mosquitos. They don’t respond to… October 06, 2016 03:05 PM
RT @eraycollins: Yep. @MKanin @marieacunaa October 06, 2016 03:05 PM
Item 12
back at #atxcouncil a bit late. picking up at item 12. 12 is the cultural arts contracts/Zach theater item #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:27 PM
we’re at #citcom, much of it seemingly about Zach #atxgov #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 03:28 PM
here is our latest on the issues w Zach theater: #atxgov #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 03:29 PM
here is @D5Kitchen on an amend from she & @GregCasar designed to address concerns of Zach labor: #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:31 PM
Zach managing director Elizabeth Challener up now. Emphasizing that “there is not a labor dispute” right now. #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:35 PM
Challener: Zach believes in dialogue. Argues majority of employees aren’t concerned w wage issues raised by labor orgs #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:37 PM
Challener: @D5Kitchen, @GregCasar amend is an ultimatum. calls for more time, suggests amend undercuts federal law #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:38 PM
Challener: assured by @D5Kitchen that amend was clarifying, not major changes. argues amend is instead a major change #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:40 PM
Challener also references an amend from @SheriGalloD10; MPT @kathietovo notes no amend exists (least not yet) #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:41 PM
@D5Kitchen argues that interaction w Zach was more collaborative than Challener suggests #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:42 PM
Challener now pushing for a bit more time to speak #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:43 PM
@DGarzaforD2 asks Challener to address whether a stagehand’s hours had been cut, and she instructed not to wear a shirt #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:43 PM
Challener says that didn’t happen. #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:44 PM
@DGarzaforD2 asks about whether Zach instructed employees to not speak with union organizers #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:44 PM
Challener: we haven’t done that. we have board members who know this stuff, we follow the rules #atxcouncil #atgov October 06, 2016 03:45 PM
from gallery: “you did tell us not to sign the cards” #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:45 PM
Challener: we know we can’t tell people not to sign union cards #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:46 PM
next speaker: “it’s hard to speak out against the violations” suggests there are others who aren’t able to speak out #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:47 PM
Kara Sheehan w AFL-CIO is this speaker #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 03:49 PM
Here are the changes proposed to cultural arts deals. October 06, 2016 03:54 PM

Thursday, October 06, 2016 4PM

speakers continue to go back and forth on Zach theater issue. #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:20 PM
we’re back to the dais on the cultural arts contracts. #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:42 PM
@GregCasar: “not taking a side” on union or not; wants employees to make that decision #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:42 PM
@GregCasar also calling for both parties to not interfere with employee vote #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:43 PM
@D5Kitchen calls language a simple ask: that arts orgs offer good faith negotiations #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:44 PM
@D5Kitchen adds that no agreement would not impact this cycle of funding #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:45 PM
more clearly: that a failure to reach an agreement would not imperil funding this time around #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:46 PM
@Oraatx1 says she feels bullied about not having enough time to make a decision here #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:47 PM
MPT @kathietovo notes that, tho #atxgov hasn’t always included worker provisions, effort here aligns w efforts over past 5 yrs #atxcouncil October 06, 2016 04:50 PM
@DonZimmermanATX will be against this #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:51 PM
and, in fact, @DonZimmermanATX moves to strike changes in red. @SheriGalloD10 seconds #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:52 PM
@DonZimmermanATX concerned that language as written is written “to promote ability of union to advance its interest” #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:53 PM
@SheriGalloD10 wonders about notion that rule as proposed goes beyond fed law. @GregCasar: not breaking laws, doing jobs #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:56 PM
@SheriGalloD10 expresses concerns over labor issues brought to cultural arts contracts #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:57 PM
@DGarzaforD2 this is affordability issue. leverage. thanks “one employee who had courage” to speak on behalf of labor #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 04:59 PM

Thursday, October 06, 2016 5PM

PointAustin "When @PointAustin teased meeting this morning, missed this Consent Agenda time-bomb on Zach union recog. Apologies to all #atxcouncil"
@PointAustin no one’s perfect… October 06, 2016 05:00 PM
@Oraatx1: understand more folks (zach employees) couldn’t b here (for labor) thanks to economic considerations (working) #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:01 PM
@Oraatx1 asks colleagues to remove card check provision #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:01 PM
@D5Kitchen on card check: “it says or other system” that assures “similar result” #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:02 PM
@MayorAdler supports policy of #atxgov inserting language like that here into agreements #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:04 PM
still, @MayorAdler has concerns that there wasn’t enough time for public vetting here #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:05 PM
seems, however that @MayorAdler will support ord lang changes #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:05 PM
@DonZimmermanATX attempt to strike amends fails yeas: @SheriGalloD10 @DonZimmermanATX October 06, 2016 05:08 PM
abstain: @Oraatx1 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:09 PM
nays: 7 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:09 PM
@Oraatx1 now moves to strike specific reference to card checks #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:09 PM
@PoolforAustin wonders what other methods there would be. @DonZimmermanATX off mic: secret ballot. #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:11 PM
@GregCasar notes card check, agreements from labor side to not strike, mgmt to remain neutral are fed standard #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:12 PM
@GregCasar suggests that #atxcouncil leave card check, but add secret ballot too #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:16 PM
@Oraatx1 likes that, and it sticks #atxcouncil #atxgov yeas: 10 October 06, 2016 05:16 PM
main motion passes, with @D5Kitchen @GregCasar language. yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:17 PM
nay: @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:17 PM
Item 63
#atxcouncil now ppds item 63 to 10/14 #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:18 PM
Item 61
#atxcouncil will now have public hearings on item 61, item 62, and item 63 all annexation hearings #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:19 PM
Item 60
no speakers on annexation in item 60 #atxcouncil #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:20 PM
with that, #atxcouncil closes public hearing on 60. #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:22 PM
Item 61
#atxcouncil moves to item 61 #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:22 PM
no speakers on 61 either. #atxcouncil closes hearing. #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:23 PM
no speakers on 62 either, and #atxcouncil closes that hearing #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:24 PM
‘fraid i have to leave midway through today’s #atxcouncil meeting. thanks for following along! #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:26 PM
Item 62
#atxcouncil moves along to item 62. 62 is another annexation hearing #atxgov October 06, 2016 05:35 PM

Thursday, October 06, 2016 7PM

JacobDirr "can’t think about @evanasmith & @WellsDunbar without natural slide to @MKanin. I admire the hell out of @MKanin. Had a vision. Made it real."
@JacobDirr very kind sir. Many thanks October 06, 2016 07:28 PM
JacobDirr "can’t think about @evanasmith & @WellsDunbar without natural slide to @MKanin. I admire the hell out of @MKanin. Had a vision. Made it real."
@JacobDirr would add, however, that we’ve still got a long way to go October 06, 2016 07:30 PM

Thursday, October 06, 2016 10PM

lubomudrov "@MKanin oh great, now I have to decipher Councilese on my own. #comebacksoonmike"
@lubomudrov sorry man October 06, 2016 10:15 PM

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