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TickTock: Austin City Council meeting 6.15.2017

Monday, June 19, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

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

TickTock for Friday, June 16, 2017

Participants:

austinmonitor 103

SomewhereinATX 3

Thursday, June 15, 2017 9AM

Creek project creates long delay for bridge replacement in Southeast Austin. Read More (via @cubbie9000): https://t.co/4RlPzMBnkr June 15, 2017 09:05 AM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 10AM

Hi! Okay, Items 14, 15, 32, 34, 38, 45, 62, 69, 71, 72 are going to be pulled from the consent agenda. This is #atxcouncil. Welcome! June 15, 2017 10:11 AM
Item 64
Discussing the fire department audit now. Looks like it is going to be pulled from consent (Item 64) so everyone can read it before voting. June 15, 2017 10:15 AM
Item 22
Postponement on Item 22 to give the neighborhood time to discuss it. June 15, 2017 10:16 AM
RT @MoseBuchele: Makes important point. The suggested detour likely more dangerous than just cutting over dry creek bed (what most everyone… June 15, 2017 10:17 AM
Item 24
Item 24 is withdrawn, CM Casar explains that this is just pending actual programming to approve, not just the number of events. June 15, 2017 10:26 AM
As a reminder, this is the Republic Square item — programming at the park is a new thing, so there are some kinks being worked out here June 15, 2017 10:27 AM
MPT Tovo revisiting how we value encroachments into the pubic space — there is a review in the works, apparently. June 15, 2017 10:28 AM
Item 23
.@JimmyFlannigan votes no on Item 23. @EllenforAustin votes no on 3, 27, 38, 41, 56 and abstains from 59, 28, 66, 67, 23. (I think.) June 15, 2017 10:29 AM
Item 14
Item 14 which is an art thing passes, with Houston and Troxclair voting in opposition. June 15, 2017 10:32 AM
Item 15
Item 15 up — it would create a contract with ESD 4 and allow AFD to take over that area & for those firefighters to become city employees. June 15, 2017 10:34 AM
There are a lot of… details… on this item. CM Alter is now talking about the makeup of the coordinating committee. June 15, 2017 10:35 AM
CodeNEXT activists sign on with opposing petitions. Read More (via @TheeChad): https://t.co/p1QfFnJcFI June 15, 2017 10:35 AM
Item 15
I had to get some coffee, but Item 15 passed. I think they are talking about decorative streetlights now? June 15, 2017 10:54 AM
Item 32
Item 32 passes unanimously — As a reminder (useful until my coffee kicks in) agenda backup is online here. https://t.co/O8c8jFnDRC June 15, 2017 10:55 AM
Item 34
Item 34 up now — MPT Tovo is proposing an amendment that would limit the extension of the contracts. (This contract is for janitorial) June 15, 2017 10:57 AM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 11AM

Item 38
Item 38 up now — tree education and trees for people from Treefolks and Arborholic (!) This is a program that’s been in place abt decade. June 15, 2017 11:02 AM
CM Houston likes the program, but wants to make sure the information is reaching everyone, wants demographic data. June 15, 2017 11:02 AM
passes in a vote of 10-1, with CM Troxclair voting in opposition. June 15, 2017 11:04 AM
Item 62
Item 62 up now — would create a Charter Review commission. June 15, 2017 11:07 AM
This is CM Pool’s item, and she says that it will most likely be postponed until June 22 to allow for some refinement of language June 15, 2017 11:08 AM
Unanimously postponed until next week — check out the City Council Message Board for potential amendments to that. June 15, 2017 11:09 AM
Item 64
Item 64 up now, this is an audit of the Austin Fire Department. June 15, 2017 11:10 AM
Right now #atxcouncil is trying to work out the timing — kind of tricky, given timing of contract negotiations, budget process, etc. June 15, 2017 11:12 AM
Hoping for an update by the end of July… City Auditor says that’s possible, with the final report up by August, maybe? June 15, 2017 11:14 AM
Talk starts for 2018 city bond election. Read More (via @JoClifton78704): https://t.co/arSzngqAt5 June 15, 2017 11:15 AM
CM Pool says OT a result of a complicated situation (consent decree, etc.), worries AFD is being targeted for things “beyond their control” June 15, 2017 11:21 AM
Tovo and Kitchen will support audit, but they seem to support Pool’s sentiments. June 15, 2017 11:21 AM
“I don’t think any department in the city is exempt from an audit” says Council Member Ora Houston June 15, 2017 11:22 AM
CM Garza says this is asking auditor to find answers to questions that have already been answered. June 15, 2017 11:26 AM
Item 64
Item 64 passes.. June 15, 2017 11:29 AM
Item 64
Item 64 passed 10-0-1, by the way, with Pool abstaining #atxcouncil June 15, 2017 11:32 AM
Item 71
On to Item 71! This is a green infrastructure item – would create a plan that would bring together a bunch of green goals. June 15, 2017 11:34 AM
This proposal will impact “three to infinity” units. June 15, 2017 11:36 AM
CM Casar asking how this might impact affordability — not just cost implication, but how it might impact types of housing developments June 15, 2017 11:39 AM
RT @statesman: Bike bridges open, linking South Austin to Zilker Park https://t.co/VxAQwLzkHF https://t.co/rfmqH1AX9v June 15, 2017 11:41 AM
Speakers up now. Unsurprisingly, environmental groups support this item (which a lot of them have been working on for a while) June 15, 2017 11:52 AM
Item 71
Item 71 passes unanimously. Item 72 … kind of… up now. June 15, 2017 11:53 AM
Item 72
Item 72 up now. This would find funding for the Passages program (childcare for those experiencing homelessness) June 15, 2017 11:56 AM
The problem here is about how to address budget shortfalls — not necessarily whether the city should support the program June 15, 2017 11:57 AM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 12PM

Study could shed more light on housing discrimination in Central Texas. Read More (via @KUTsyeda): https://t.co/LUnIfalCsc June 15, 2017 12:00 PM
Though some are worried about funding things one at a time, Tovo argues that a resolution like this allows for more robust discussion. June 15, 2017 12:03 PM
Alright… breaking for citizen’s communication. See you after lunch! June 15, 2017 12:14 PM
What We Woke Up To: June 15, 2017 – https://t.co/s9Di3c4Zzq June 15, 2017 12:15 PM
Our Quote of the Day for Thursday, June 15, 2017. Read More: https://t.co/GOENMK1BM2 https://t.co/09u7qrk5Xa June 15, 2017 12:30 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 1PM

Whispers: City launches Austin Street Design Guide; more. Read more: https://t.co/8rzQtqzQEX June 15, 2017 01:35 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 2PM

Creek project creates long delay for bridge replacement in Southeast Austin. Read More (via @cubbie9000): https://t.co/FaAqueEPtB June 15, 2017 02:10 PM
Item 72
#atxcouncil is back, still discussing item 72 and how/if to fund the Passages program. June 15, 2017 02:16 PM
Item 72
Item 72 passes unanimously. June 15, 2017 02:17 PM
Item 80
Item 80 — Central Health board appointment of Julie Oliver is up now. CM Houston reiterates her support. June 15, 2017 02:19 PM
CM Renteria says that he had concerns, and the amount of discussion about the appointment also concerns him, cannot support the nomination. June 15, 2017 02:20 PM
Vote is 6-5, nomination is approved. June 15, 2017 02:21 PM
RT @EnvironmentTex: Austin City Council approves this unanimously! Thanks to @AnnKitchenATX, @MayorAdler, @LesliePoolATX & @ALTERforATX htt… June 15, 2017 02:22 PM
SomewhereinATX "@austinmonitor Does she have a Twitter?"
@SomewhereinATX I don’t see it immediately June 15, 2017 02:24 PM
Item 87
Zoning consent agenda approved, with Items 87 and 90 pulled. Item 87 will be up at 7:00. 90 up now. June 15, 2017 02:25 PM
Item 90
Item 90 up now — MPT Tovo is questioning whether the city can collect taxes retroactively. Answer: yes, up to three years back. June 15, 2017 02:27 PM
This is the Pompee-Clarke-Cook House, which was previously exempt due to its historic designation. Now seeking mixed-use zoning. June 15, 2017 02:28 PM
Tovo wants to make sure the taxes are collected. Asks whether it can go back further than three years, even. #atxcouncil June 15, 2017 02:29 PM
Looks like she would like to send a message about rezoning historic properties. Three years is the limit for retroactive taxes now, June 15, 2017 02:30 PM
Mike McHone, the agent for the property, says the owner is happy to pay back taxes. Has been paying hotel/motel taxes as a B&B June 15, 2017 02:31 PM
… Happy to pay, but would like the city to move along quickly. (Before the break, mostly.) Tovo thinks that’s fine. June 15, 2017 02:32 PM
Item 92
On to 5810 Steiner Ranch — Item 92. Just some cleanup on prohibited uses. June 15, 2017 02:33 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 3PM

CodeNEXT activists sign on with opposing petitions. Read More (via @TheeChad): https://t.co/WxTBlzqNe3 June 15, 2017 03:00 PM
RT @AKMcGlinchy: Spoiler: it was a woman’s idea to respond to the sexist email https://t.co/yAlKRcY4ae June 15, 2017 03:04 PM
Sorry for the break — had to take a very hot bike ride! We are back with #atxcouncil now, though. June 15, 2017 03:05 PM
… who is in recess. (Time for a popsicle.) June 15, 2017 03:06 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 4PM

Talk starts for 2018 city bond election. Read More (via @JoClifton78704): https://t.co/SRkUdBkM4E June 15, 2017 04:00 PM
Hey, we are back in session at #atxcouncil, talking gas rates. June 15, 2017 04:12 PM
Item 98
Item 98 now, which is a housing action plan item — basically giving people time to talk about the draft for FY 2017-18 June 15, 2017 04:15 PM
#atxcouncil won’t be taking action today — this is just the public hearing, and the plan will come back as a final draft for a vote in Aug. June 15, 2017 04:34 PM
Public hearing closed, now moving on to Items 69 and 99 which are the curfew items. June 15, 2017 04:38 PM
There seems to be a variety of opposition to the curfew laws, first speaker argued bad for homeschoolers, now a UT data scientist against June 15, 2017 04:41 PM
“Virtually no violations given to youth in West Austin” according to this speaker #atxcouncil June 15, 2017 04:43 PM
Gotta say, a variety of opposition to the current curfew laws so far. Speaker now speaking on behalf of homeless youth. #atxcouncil June 15, 2017 04:47 PM
RT @TopherJNeely: Interesting tidbit: most of CitCom has focused on community policing. Contract negotiations with @Austin_Police begin in… June 15, 2017 04:48 PM
Yeah, things must have been worked out in Executive Session… https://t.co/zaM45eiLm1 June 15, 2017 04:49 PM
Item 103
Newsflash! Item 103 will be postponed until August 3. June 15, 2017 04:56 PM
Okay, back to curfews now. David King now speaking. June 15, 2017 04:57 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 5PM

Speaker up now saying APD can’t be trusted to enforce curfew restrictions properly or to track them accurately. June 15, 2017 05:00 PM
RT @KUTsyeda: Gov. @GregAbbott_TX ‘s 50 vetoes include #HB3281, the homestead preservation bill penned by @EddieforTexas https://t.co/q3kZA… June 15, 2017 05:07 PM
“Teenagers go out at night, kids skip school. Those might not be the best decisions, but they shouldn’t be criminalized.” June 15, 2017 05:13 PM
Looks like there are ten more speakers at @ one minute each. Council is going to take them before dinner, then resume after the break. June 15, 2017 05:34 PM
So far, no one has spoken in favor of extending the curfew restrictions. June 15, 2017 05:35 PM
#atxcouncil will be back with a vote and discussion on juvenile curfews at 6:45 or so. June 15, 2017 05:52 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 6PM

Item 99
Back with #atxcouncil, CM Casar moves to deny extending the curfew (Item 99) and approve Item 69, which would look for alternatives. June 15, 2017 06:57 PM
Council Member Houston would like to approve both. June 15, 2017 06:58 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 7PM

Casar argues that the resource spent enforcing curfew laws could be better spent protecting those kids, not prosecuting them (essentially) June 15, 2017 07:00 PM
Study could shed more light on housing discrimination in Central Texas. Read More (via @KUTsyeda): https://t.co/mmWFwmmoxE June 15, 2017 07:00 PM
APD @chief_manley says he hears the concerns, but believes the curfew does help keep Austin’s kids safe. June 15, 2017 07:03 PM
SomewhereinATX "@austinmonitor Can this be the “Quote of the day” for tomorrow? Please? https://t.co/IOeGQDqUof"
@SomewhereinATX Eek! No! (Clutches pearls) June 15, 2017 07:11 PM
APD Chief Manley is explaining when curfew laws come up, and how they can help children. June 15, 2017 07:13 PM
SomewhereinATX "@austinmonitor Can this be the “Quote of the day” for tomorrow? Please? https://t.co/IOeGQDqUof"
@SomewhereinATX Well, we’ll see if @AKMcGlinchy includes that in her report. June 15, 2017 07:17 PM
CM Renteria trying to ensure that we are not without curfew laws if an “Over the Edge” situation occurs in Austin… https://t.co/jIsFcwLV1E June 15, 2017 07:22 PM
CM Casar now trying to get an explanation for the disparity in how curfew rules are applied across races. #atxcouncil June 15, 2017 07:24 PM
It seems like some Council members are worried about having a gap between the old rules expiring and new solutions being found. June 15, 2017 07:30 PM
CM Kitchen offers an amendment to 99 to make it only for the evening hours (not during the day.) June 15, 2017 07:34 PM
Some amendments might have to be taken up next week, because of how agenda items were posted. June 15, 2017 07:35 PM
Kitchen would also like to have public safety involved as stakeholders in conversation about new curfew rules. June 15, 2017 07:36 PM
Lotsa choices from @MayorAdler , including extending curfew for a shorter time than just a year. June 15, 2017 07:38 PM
Municipal Judges are here. They can only offer up facts, but can’t argue for or against statutes. June 15, 2017 07:41 PM
Item 69
Sorry! Yr friendly neighborhood Monitor must sign out for a bit. Prediction: pass Item 69 and postpone 99, but will check back later. #bets June 15, 2017 07:55 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2017 11PM

RT @GregCasar: We should have ended the juvenile curfew in its entirety today. We didn’t. My full statement here:
https://t.co/T7ksbk2GBg
June 15, 2017 11:55 PM
And the result, via @AKMcGlinchy: Council nixes daytime juvenile curfew, extends late-night curfew through summer (read more tomorrow!) June 15, 2017 11:56 PM

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