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TickTock: Austin City Council meeting 4.14.2016

Monday, April 18, 2016 by Nora Ankrum

TickTock is the sortable-by-item-number transcript of Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard’s Twitter feed from City Council. Click on the item number to scroll to the corresponding tweets.

ITEMS

Tick Tock

Participants:

cubbie9000 144
JeffStensland 2
PAONCO 2
tcb 2
eraycollins 1
MixingChris 1
JackCraver 1
lorddtynan 1
ChrisMissal 1
BillNovakNews 1
BobbyLevinski 1
fredcantu 1
muelleratx 1
downtown_austin 1
lubomudrov 1
DanKeshet 1
Grace_Heinrich 1

Thursday, April 14, 2016 8AM

Nash Boy, he got that trade dress down, yo. #YearOfMobility https://t.co/lveZlBZuyK April 14, 2016 08:59 AM
Nash Boy, he got that trade dress down, yo. #YearOfMobility https://t.co/lveZlBZuyK April 14, 2016 08:59 AM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 10AM

ICYMI: https://t.co/ob6yf9OE0n April 14, 2016 10:11 AM
Tomorrow is now today and I am about to live-tweet the living hell out of this #atxcouncil meeting. April 14, 2016 10:12 AM
If you aren’t down with recondite details of local governance, hit that mute button now, because there is a #stirringonthedais. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:13 AM
First up, question of when to set hearing for One Two East. Possible postponement! #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:14 AM
.@MayorAdler says he’s confused. Asks staff whether there has been a previous request to postpone the item. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:17 AM
Greg Guernsey says it was, as requested by developer. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:18 AM
Postponed several times by agents, and most recently by neighborhood. @MayorAdler: “I’m still confused.” Not alone! #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:18 AM
JackCraver "Is it just in Austin that people say “heighth” instead of “height”? #atxcouncil @cubbie9000 @lizpagano @MKanin"
@JackCraver @lizpagano @MKanin Much weighth to this query. #cromulent #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:19 AM
Some of the confusion has apparently been cleared. @MayorAdler moves to discuss further postponement. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:20 AM
CM @Oraatx1 invites n’hood rep to discuss postponement. Cat from Robertson Hill NA up now. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:20 AM
Incidentally, @lizpagano wrote about One Two East recently. Read it! https://t.co/y3UJsXSSwQ
#atxcouncil
April 14, 2016 10:21 AM
Nhood cat says he wants postponement until adoption of CodeNext, or barring that, September. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:21 AM
MPT @kathietovo asks why September. Nhood cat says details keep changing, NAs don’t meet frequently enough to keep up. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:22 AM
Steve Drenner, rep for the developer is now up. Says Sept. postponement is too much. Offers June as compromise. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:24 AM
CM @Oraatx1 says May is too soon, she’s gonna be traveling in June, #atxcouncil vacations in July. Offers August as compromise. April 14, 2016 10:27 AM
.@MayorAdler asks Drenner August is cool (IT’S HOT). Drenner goes to consult with developer. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:27 AM
Meantime, @MayorAdler moves to consent agenda. Only Items 1 & 2 are on it. @DonZimmermanATX moves for approval. Unanimous vote! #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:28 AM
Some talk about #zoning agenda items is now happening, but have mercy on your #TravCo reporter for not following all of it. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:31 AM
Some talk about #zoning agenda items is now happening, but have mercy on your #TravCo reporter for not following all of it. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:31 AM
#TravCo don’t #zone. April 14, 2016 10:32 AM
Items 20 & 21 (upzoning for Texas Assoc. of Counties props at 12th & San Antonio): @MayorAdler will abstain, @kathietovo will recuse. April 14, 2016 10:37 AM
Item 16
Item 16, the One Two East thing is being postponed to Aug. 4. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:38 AM
What she said: https://t.co/aYELB5Y8F9 April 14, 2016 10:40 AM
Item 3
#atxcouncil now rapping about Item 3, reqs for solicitation on bids for the [re]Manufacturing Hub in SE Austin. Gus Pena speaking on it. April 14, 2016 10:43 AM
lubomudrov "Aug 4? Was there a specific reason, or is that like being postponed to Sine Die at the Lege."
@lubomudrov Gives NAs time to digest info, and for Council to come back from vacation…? April 14, 2016 10:44 AM
Pena: This is not Seattle, this is not Portland, Oregon. cc @PolitiFactTexas #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:45 AM
CM @EllenforAustin offers amendment to 3. Wants to change “giving preference to developers” to “critically evaluate developers.” #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:48 AM
CM @GregCasar questions reason for the amendment. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:48 AM
CM @DonZimmermanATX asks for motion before debate. @GregCasar obliges, @EllenTroxclair offers amendment. Debate is #ON! #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:49 AM
(really more of discussion. but sensationalism tho) #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:50 AM
CM @D5Kitchen says she understands “gives preference” to mean extra points in evaluation. Change wouldn’t, or does it, she asks. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:52 AM
As solicitation process for [re]Manufacturing Hub stands now, staff says there’s no matrix developed yet. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:53 AM
Which means that adding implying extra points right now could be cart before the horse (if that idiom works here). #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 10:54 AM
What we’re rapping about here is proposal to “give preference” to developers who embrace this action. #atxcouncil https://t.co/D9CcDzH3uh April 14, 2016 10:56 AM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 11AM

.@EllenforAustin’s amendment goes down. CMs 6,8,10 are for it. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:00 AM
.@EllenforAustin points out that proposed resolution doesn’t point out #atxcouncil’s duty of financial stewardship. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:02 AM
She asks if “giving preference” to labor standards precludes considering financial standing of potential developers. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:03 AM
Legal staff says it’s likely that all that will be included when the scoring matrix is hashed out. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:03 AM
Legal staff says it’s likely that all that will be included when the scoring matrix is hashed out. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:03 AM
.@GregCasar says this resolution merely adds intents and preferences to solicitation, and isn’t the “entire package.” #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:04 AM
.@Oraatx1 asks about public engagement. Legal staff says this is the first time public has a chance to see and comment on item. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:06 AM
.@GregCasar says there should and will be more public input as bidding process moves forward. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:06 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX now looks at “labor peace agreement” section of resolution. Says right-to-work gives liberty to both sides. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:08 AM
Legal staff says language is borrowed from D.C. (cc @MKanin) and is broad but thoroughly vetted. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:09 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX discusses shafting taxpayers w/ higher wages, someone in room nearly lols, & @PoolforAustin calls question. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:11 AM
Calling the question fails to get 2/3 vote to proceed. Discussion continues. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:11 AM
.@SheriGalloD10 says she can’t support because stakeholder process wasn’t robust enough. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:13 AM
.@GregCasar says re: labor rights, colleagues should read Communist Mani… er… state labor laws. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:13 AM
.@GregCasar says re: stakeholder process, resolution reflects longstanding understanding of city expectations. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:15 AM
.@Oraatx1 says she also won’t support because stakeholder process wasn’t good enough. Minority-owned businesses were unaware. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:16 AM
.@GregCasar offers amdt to require dev to be Better Builder certified, relieves pressure on subcontractors to play catch up. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:20 AM
Item 3
.@MayorAdler says he’ll support resolution. Takes vote. Item 3 passes 7-4. CMs 6, 8, 10, and 1 oppose. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:21 AM
BTW, catch up your brain on the [re]Manufacturing Hub in this recent @austinmonitor piece: https://t.co/82kTTTdTIA #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:22 AM
Item 4
Now on to Item 4: Res. directing City Mgr to develop recs for funding Child Care Continuity Svcs during upcoming budget proce$$. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:24 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX asks if this $$ would “finally close all the gaps” or would we see other groups asking for more $$ next week. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:25 AM
Staff: “Of course this would not close all the gaps.” #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:26 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX says he speaks on behalf of taxpayers who have to pay for beneficiaries of social programs. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:27 AM
Item 4
Item 4 passes, 9-1. @DonZimmermanATX opposes, @EllenforAustin abstains. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:28 AM
Item 4
Item 4 passes, 9-1. @DonZimmermanATX opposes, @EllenforAustin abstains. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:28 AM
Item 5
Item 5: Designation of Austin as “compassionate community.” @D5Kitchen says its “a recognition of what we already do as a city.” #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:30 AM
Tip your reporters. https://t.co/2qbpAApGox April 14, 2016 11:33 AM
Public speakers now publicly speaking. First says she wants to be each Austinite “to be a virutoso of compassion.” #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:34 AM
Next speaker says she opposes designation of Austin as Compassionate Community “because it’s not.” Likens Austin to David Duke. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:35 AM
Lemme explain: She says she met Duke years back & he was v. friendly, despite her being black. Says that’s what Austin is like. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:36 AM
Next speaker says she agrees with 2nd, but sometimes labels of encouragement are needed. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:37 AM
PAONCO "@cubbie9000 With writing like this how can I not? 🙂 https://t.co/v6wZkMaIqb"
@PAONCO Public speakers gonna publicly speak. April 14, 2016 11:37 AM
.@SheriGalloD10 offers amendment. Wants to include first “whereas” into first “be it resolved.” #atxcouncil https://t.co/tdDmjhn4M8 April 14, 2016 11:39 AM
Wonder what New York’s or Chicago’s city councils are up to today. April 14, 2016 11:39 AM
RT @TumaTime: On Tues. Zimm complained that the resolution was too full of religion and bashed it for promoting idolatry of the Earth #atxc April 14, 2016 11:40 AM
BillNovakNews "@JackCraver @cubbie9000 @lizpagano @MKanin They also use cubits."
@BillNovakNews @JackCraver @lizpagano @MKanin Makes my .357 that much more impressive. #YeeHaw April 14, 2016 11:41 AM
.@EllenTroxclair pauses our 10-1 council’s fraught discussion on compassion resolution to acknowledge Boy Scout in the chambers. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:43 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX says he’d rather be talking about traffic congestion than religion, but here we are. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:45 AM
.@donzimmerman offers amendment to include Whereas of Luke 4:8. https://t.co/LjBIH76SC7 #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:46 AM
Now @DonZimmermanATX is talking about Satanic Temple. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:47 AM
Glad to have a new pinned tweet. April 14, 2016 11:48 AM
.@D5Kitchen says resolution is not “speaking to any religion.” It’s speaking to compassion. Won’t accept his amendments. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:49 AM
RT @TumaTime: HE BROUGHT A VISUAL #atxcouncil https://t.co/HfAEs3U9zc April 14, 2016 11:49 AM
Someone please have compassion for objective journalist dying of suppressed snark rn. April 14, 2016 11:50 AM
Someone please have compassion for objective journalist dying of suppressed snark rn. April 14, 2016 11:50 AM
Here comes vote on @DonZimmermanATX’s amendments. They died! Only Zim opposes, @EllenforAustin off the dais. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:52 AM
Oh. It seems @DonZimmermanATX has injected Satanic Temple language into the resolution. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:54 AM
.@D5Kitchen: “This language doesn’t speak to Satanic culture.” #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:54 AM
Amendment now to remove the Satanic Temple language. @DonZimmermanATX
say he supports. “I can’t go with the devil on this.” #atxcouncil
April 14, 2016 11:56 AM
Item 5
Revised Item 5 passes. https://t.co/CKVbisOghV #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:57 AM
Item 7
Item 7 now. Transit priority policy. Brilliant write-up of the ins and outs here: https://t.co/nyBFIWOSzR #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 11:58 AM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 12PM

.@D5Kitchen moves approval, @PoolforAustin seconds, @SheriGalloD10 volunteers as co-sponsor. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 12:00 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX says he’s abstaining but then decides he’s agin it. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 12:01 PM
.@Oraatx1 talks about public input, and wants to include all stakeholders including transit riders. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 12:02 PM
Item 7
Item 7 passes 9-1. @DonZimmermanATX opposes, @EllenforAustin off the dais. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 12:02 PM
Now time for #citcomm. Your @austinmonitor team is out to lumch (i.e., pray and sacrifice to our dark master). #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 12:04 PM
Grace_Heinrich "@cubbie9000 what is going on/happened?"
@Grace_Heinrich .@TumaTime’s TL, I think, had a more lucid rundown of events. April 14, 2016 12:30 PM
eraycollins "Responsible journalism can be such a bummer, @cubbie9000."
@eraycollins It burns! April 14, 2016 12:43 PM
@CarolineOMeara https://t.co/2vjUIBbl6U April 14, 2016 12:44 PM
RT @DanKeshet: @cubbie9000 What on earth is happening? I just tuned in and Zim is talking about Jesus of Nazareth and the sum of human mise April 14, 2016 12:48 PM
RT @ABJGovernment: @cubbie9000 @donzimmermanatx – I had tuned out for a bit, then came back and the council was talking about the Satanic T April 14, 2016 12:48 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 1PM

lorddtynan "@lorddtynan tasking @cubbie9000 with tracking down a video of it…"
@lorddtynan Their YouTube channel has a new vid from @TheLeeTeam, but not sure that’s what you’re looking for: https://t.co/rZj1vcMYAS April 14, 2016 01:03 PM
Same. https://t.co/bRqXInARyw April 14, 2016 01:04 PM
RT @JaceDeloney: So glad that @austinmonitor’s @cubbie9000 mentions the disparity between rail and bus capital expenditures: https://t.co/C April 14, 2016 01:06 PM
RT @JaceDeloney: So glad that @austinmonitor’s @cubbie9000 mentions the disparity between rail and bus capital expenditures: https://t.co/C April 14, 2016 01:06 PM
ChrisMissal "@cubbie9000 I’m familiar with One Two East, but what’s the “thing” exactly?"
@ChrisMissal Sorry. Public hearing on request for zoning change. April 14, 2016 01:07 PM
These flags aren’t upside down. It’s *America* that’s upside down. https://t.co/kiGFBeHru8 April 14, 2016 01:20 PM
JeffStensland "JUST IN: Lone Star Rail District to hold special meeting tomorrow after Union Pacific backed out of plan. https://t.co/8h8tniiUNp"
@JeffStensland In San Marcos? April 14, 2016 01:21 PM
JeffStensland "@cubbie9000 yes, at 120 Stagecoach Trail"
@JeffStensland Send us a postcard, huh? April 14, 2016 01:23 PM
MixingChris "Really looking forward to the pre- vs post-millennialism discussion in afternoon session of #atxcouncil."
@MixingChris Yes, that will come after 4pm in the public hearing on full-purpose annexation for the Cascades MUD. April 14, 2016 01:26 PM
cubbie9000 "@MixingChris Yes, that will come after 4pm in the public hearing on full-purpose annexation for the Cascades MUD."
@MixingChris In order to make it more secular, @PoolforAustin has offered an amendment to focus instead on millenarianism as a whole. April 14, 2016 01:29 PM
Back here at #atxcouncil, a #stirringonthedais. Unfortch, I have to go to a meeting. But @lizpagano is here to pick up the slack. BRB, gang. April 14, 2016 01:38 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 2PM

RT @genvc: @cubbie9000 @DonZimmermanATX Perhaps we could use said Temple as a courthouse? April 14, 2016 02:45 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 3PM

RT @lizpagano: Oh, #atxcouncil is in recess until 4. April 14, 2016 03:14 PM
fredcantu "Ofc Jaime Padron was killed 5 yrs ago this month. Looking at Officer Involved shootings at 6 @keyetv https://t.co/8adqLEerjb"
@fredcantu @keyetv Four years! April 14, 2016 03:17 PM
tcb "Whats the over/under on lawsuits brought by BCRC members to stop the Grove? https://t.co/fDfWoNkOZt"
@tcb Sad! April 14, 2016 03:35 PM
Funny looking bike. https://t.co/0KTUAXXDqo April 14, 2016 03:48 PM
tcb "@muelleratx IANAL, but I dont see a whole lot of firm footing for them."
@tcb @muelleratx Great, big NOPE to that acronym, sir. April 14, 2016 03:59 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 4PM

Item 27
Back at #atxcouncil. #stirringonthedais, etc. Three items in 4pm public hearings. Item 27 is postponed to May 5. April 14, 2016 04:11 PM
Item 26
Now on Item 26, public hearing on a slew of changes to Land Development Code. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 04:13 PM
Zilker Resident David King speaks against change of site plan application from 180 days to a full year. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 04:14 PM
Stuart Hersh, a renter, lays out a few of his “legitimate concerns.” Urges #atxcouncil to withhold 3rd reading passage. April 14, 2016 04:16 PM
Item 26
Here, for your reference, is Item 26 language. #atxcouncil https://t.co/WBO2MqyG9Y April 14, 2016 04:17 PM
MPT @kathietovo says all the proposed changes make sense. But she does have concerns about the site plan extension action. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 04:19 PM
MPT @kathietovo says all the proposed changes make sense. But she does have concerns about the site plan extension action. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 04:19 PM
We are waaaaay into the weeds of Land Development Code discussion (seems complicated, maybe should be reformed?). #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 04:28 PM
PAONCO "@cubbie9000 WWMKD?"
@PAONCO Tweet about D.C. hardcore? https://t.co/xQqg7icGID April 14, 2016 04:31 PM
While the adults are talking, some dopey reporter’s alarm for The @elkmating Show goes off. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 04:32 PM
Item 26
Item 26 passes on first reading, btw. #atxcouncil April 14, 2016 04:33 PM
After a few housekeeping items, #atxcouncil adjourns for the day. Thanks for watching. April 14, 2016 04:37 PM
Now I pivot over to my next gig of the day: https://t.co/y6BPCIVZ7F. Apparently, we’re live-streaming it on the Face Book. Keep you posted. April 14, 2016 04:41 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 5PM

cubbie9000 "Bit of a problem with the MetroRail gate arm at Comal Street. https://t.co/tpNVP9lDCX"
Another broken MetroRail gate arm. This one on southbound Waller Street won’t open. https://t.co/fVsVaidOk2 April 14, 2016 05:03 PM
cubbie9000 "Another broken MetroRail gate arm. This one on southbound Waller Street won’t open. https://t.co/fVsVaidOk2"
#YearOfMobility, natch. April 14, 2016 05:03 PM
BobbyLevinski "@cubbie9000 You shall not pass!"
@BobbyLevinski Greatest disappointment of my life was not capturing the car it nearly whacked before the cop blocked it off. April 14, 2016 05:16 PM
muelleratx "@cubbie9000 pulled by developer?"
@muelleratx Pulled, or postponed? Request for ppd was made by opponents, I think. April 14, 2016 05:23 PM
DanKeshet "@cubbie9000 @muelleratx Developer agreed to postponement until August 4th, though Drenner suggested earlier they may just give up."
@DanKeshet @muelleratx Yup. I didn’t tweet that because discussion was getting on top of me. But, yup. April 14, 2016 05:25 PM
RT @JBriggeman: Utterly unsurprising: The only #ATXCouncil member I follow on Twitter is the one who drops Smith quotes https://t.co/FkNhoX April 14, 2016 05:25 PM
downtown_austin "@cubbie9000 “OK, team. What do we call this building?””Boss, what if we name the building… an activity, like walking? People like walking”"
@downtown_austin See, I would’ve gone with Shoal Creek Bog Stench but that’s why I’m not in marketing. April 14, 2016 05:27 PM
RT @downtown_austin: After nearly two decades of fitful effort and planning, work is set to begin on upgrades to downtown #austin’s… http April 14, 2016 05:27 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 6PM

Pretty decent crowd as doors open at our #ATXprop1 debate tonight. https://t.co/pNDs5ILd3M April 14, 2016 06:36 PM
Relevant info for cats who can’t make it to #ATXprop1 debate tonight. https://t.co/12iUFslP0E April 14, 2016 06:37 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 7PM

The view from my debate. #ATXProp1 https://t.co/xooEHdXguZ April 14, 2016 07:21 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2016 9PM

RT @PolitiFactTexas: Count the bikes and rain puddles? TRUE. https://t.co/v2woAuzoRC April 14, 2016 09:57 PM
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