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TickTock: Austin City Council Meeting 8.06.15

Monday, August 10, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Tick Tock is the sortable-by-item-number transcript of Monitor intern Sunny Sone’s Twitter feed from City Council. Simply click on the item number to scroll to the corresponding tweet. It’s embedded below.

ITEMS

Tick Tock

Participants:

sunnysone95 206
JennCurington 2
eraycollins 1
AKMcGlinchy 1
cubbie9000 1
PointAustin 1
bgreymatter 1

Thursday, August 06, 2015 9AM

RT @MKanin: I’m out of town for today’s #atxcouncil meeting. Please follow @sunnysone95 for the @austinmonitor live play-by-play. #atxgov August 06, 2015 09:20 AM
RT @MKanin: I’m out of town for today’s #atxcouncil meeting. Please follow @sunnysone95 for the @austinmonitor live play-by-play. #atxgov August 06, 2015 09:20 AM
RT @austinmonitor: All Access readers: We’ve got a TipSheet up to get you a head start on today’s #atxcouncil meeting https://t.co/6BbvtDp7 August 06, 2015 09:49 AM
I’m livetweeting the #atxcouncil meeting for the @austinmonitor today! Follow for live updates. @MKanin August 06, 2015 09:57 AM

Thursday, August 06, 2015 10AM

Looks like the #FFFFest hearing will be at 4 p.m. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 10:10 AM
Looks like the #FFFFest hearing will be at 4 p.m. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 10:10 AM
10:20 a.m. – council members on the dais, but the meeting hasn’t started yet. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 10:22 AM
And the #atxcouncil meeting is starting! #atxgov August 06, 2015 10:24 AM
Called to order: @MayorSteveAdler announces his wife’s birthday, @Oraatx1 says the Voting Rights Act turned 50 today
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 10:27 AM
cubbie9000 "@sunnysone95 I believe you mean, “There’s a stirring on the dais.”"
@cubbie9000 Lol – you’re right. August 06, 2015 10:30 AM
CM Pool pulled several items from consent to comment. She and MPT Tovo are speaking before council puts them back on consent. #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 10:33 AM
Pool says the city’s traffic fatalities merit discussion.
Kitchen says issue scheduled for Mobility comm in September.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 10:39 AM
On consent agenda: 3, 5, 7, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 44, 46, 49, 51, 52, 55, 72. Zim lists abstentions (19, I think).
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 10:42 AM
Abstaining on 20 items – not 19. #atxcouncil #atxgov https://t.co/3AUssufABT August 06, 2015 10:43 AM
David King: delaying parkland dedication fees hearing isn’t beneficial for taxpayers. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 10:45 AM
Paul Robninson: The Low-Income Task Force is not diverse enough – said three members work in the same building.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 10:49 AM
RT @JennCurington: #ATXcouncil regular Paul Robbinson speaking to issues of Low-Income Task Force, says one reappointed person hasn’t shown August 06, 2015 10:50 AM
Item 45
Council votes to reconsider Item 45, CM Casar speaks about his appointment to the Low-Income Task Force.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 10:52 AM
PointAustin ".@sunnysone95 Would be Paul Robbins"
@PointAustin Thanks – excuse me on that one. August 06, 2015 10:52 AM
Tweeted the wrong name. https://t.co/ZmsLq9jJWI August 06, 2015 10:53 AM
MPT Tovo – brought resolution so the entire task force wasn’t reappointed. Says more effective to keep group together. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 10:57 AM
Item 45
Item 45 delayed to later today. Robbins: heard Weiss hasn’t been to a meeting since February. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 10:59 AM

Thursday, August 06, 2015 11AM

Council now drawing for new seats so they can all sit next to each other. Adler’s words, not mine. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:02 AM
RT @LillyRockwell: First to draw is @kathietovo. She ironically gets her same spot. #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 11:02 AM
Zimm moves pretty to seat three… far to the left. #zimcity #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:04 AM
Zimm moves pretty to seat three… far to the left. #zimcity #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:04 AM
Consent agenda passed after 11 a.m. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:05 AM
RT @AndraCLim: New order of #atxcouncil on dais: Tovo, Houston, Zimm, Troxclair, Pool, Adler, Garza, Renteria, Gallo, Casar, Kitchen August 06, 2015 11:05 AM
Now speaking on 5, a professional service agreement with five firms. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:07 AM
Speaker: expand list. Five excludes smaller firms. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:11 AM
Item 5
Item 5 postponed until next week. Speakers allowed next week. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:16 AM
Item 19
Item 19 – the Harry Whittington item – delayed until later today. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:19 AM
Zimm pulls Zimmerman Ln item (surprise, surprise) – consider purchase of tract of land for Balcones Preserve.
#atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity
August 06, 2015 11:24 AM
Specifically, the Balcones Canyonland Preserve. #atxcouncil https://t.co/6t4kTRQAta August 06, 2015 11:24 AM
Zimm: Area around the land is growing. BCLP’s appetite for land is like a “Bastrop wildfire.” #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 06, 2015 11:28 AM
continues simile throughout discussion https://t.co/p02PIIiMTs August 06, 2015 11:29 AM
sunnysone95 "Zimm: Area around the land is growing. BCLP’s appetite for land is like a “Bastrop wildfire.” #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity"
@sunnysone95 *BCCP August 06, 2015 11:29 AM
Tovo moves approval of items 3 and 24, thanks Conrad for work, followed by @MayorSteveAdler. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:32 AM
Zimm proposes to drop payment from $400,000 to $100,000, @Oraatx1 seconds. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:33 AM
Zimm’s amendment fails. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:38 AM
Pool: if the price is lowered, the money will still be used to purchase land for BCCP. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:40 AM
Zimm: Add housing in rural areas, such as wildlife preserve areas. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:42 AM
Items 3 and 24 pass, Zimm and Houston voting no. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:42 AM
On to items 29 and 30, pulled by Casar and Houston. Renegotiating contracts for living wage. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:45 AM
Kitchen: City won’t be able to revisit living wage or W/MBE for three years, per this contract proposal. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:51 AM
Kitchen: City won’t be able to revisit living wage or W/MBE for three years, per this contract proposal. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:51 AM
Casar’s amendment passes – contract will come back after the first three years. Items 29&30 pass unanimously.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 11:53 AM
Whoops. That was just 29 that passed a minute ago. 30 passes, with Troxclair, Zimmerman and Houston voting no. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 11:59 AM

Thursday, August 06, 2015 12PM

RT @AndraCLim: #atxcouncil will take up the bullhook item at 2 p.m. August 06, 2015 12:00 PM
Citizen communication now, then exec. Elephant bullhook issue set for 2 p.m. time certain. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 12:02 PM
And the @austinmonitor folks are off to get some lunch. #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 12:06 PM

Thursday, August 06, 2015 1PM

A break from #atxcouncil tweets for this important message: https://t.co/JI87MTxTT4 August 06, 2015 01:40 PM

Thursday, August 06, 2015 2PM

*There is a stirring on the dais.* Looks like the bullhook discussion will start up in a minute. #atxcouncil #atxgov @cubbie9000 August 06, 2015 02:06 PM
Item 51
Council reconvenes with Item 51, the elephant bullhook issue. 30 signed up to speak in favor, 10 against.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:09 PM
Tovo argues against limiting public testimony. Houston proposes limiting to 10 speakers from each side, 3 minutes each.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:12 PM
Gallo: We need to change the rules on speaker limits.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:16 PM
IF council has to keep side-stepping/questioning it. https://t.co/3yZliUWVVR August 06, 2015 02:17 PM
Garza: It’s not a rule, it’s a process.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:19 PM
RT @ericwg: My favorite thing is to listen to debates about how to debate #ATXCouncil August 06, 2015 02:22 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Renteria throws out maybe doing away with the committee structure #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 02:24 PM
RT @lizpagano: @CM_Renteria notes that #atxcouncil is constantly debating when the public can talk. Not an exaggeration. 20 minutes every t August 06, 2015 02:25 PM
Kitchen: Make a note, address this at work session.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:26 PM
JennCurington "Amazed at how many #ATXcouncil members want to do away with limit on public testimony rule they all passed months ago"
@JennCurington how many minutes did that take? August 06, 2015 02:27 PM
Speaker limit (10 people w/ 3 minutes each) passes. Council votes 10-1 to modify speaking rules on vote. August 06, 2015 02:28 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Kitchen says she’s got an amendment: so ordinance applies to any person (and thus will not be limited to circuses) #atxcounc August 06, 2015 02:30 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Kitchen says she’s got an amendment: so ordinance applies to any person (and thus will not be limited to circuses) #atxcounc August 06, 2015 02:30 PM
RT @AndraCLim: #atxcouncil votes 7-4 to limit testimony (Tovo, Pool, Garza, Casar vote no) August 06, 2015 02:30 PM
JennCurington "@sunnysone95 started at 2:10 p.m. so by my count it took 18 minutes…."
@JennCurington gosh… thanks.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:30 PM
Bill Swain: privately owns 3 elephants. Walked down carrying a bullhook – currently showing it to council.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:34 PM
Here’s a story from @HoustonChron about Bill Swain, the last speaker: http://t.co/k88fhtf004
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:39 PM
Council examining another bullhook, this one a little larger.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:41 PM
RT @PointAustin: “Every elephant that has killed a person has been subject to bullhook abuse”; says many localities have outlawed #atxcounc August 06, 2015 02:45 PM
Trista Adams, speaking against the ordinance. She represents Ringling Bros.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:46 PM
Adams says if 51 passes, Ringling Bros won’t be able to visit Austin again until 2018. Next circus scheduled in 2 weeks.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:48 PM
“Forgetting the bullhook” … “simply not an option,” Adams says.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:49 PM
12-year-old Olivia: “Animals know what pain feels like, but they can’t speak up for themselves.”
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:51 PM
Finishes her speech to a chamber chock full o’ applause. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 02:52 PM
Stacy Kirby, here for Margaret Whitaker, elephant sanctuary in Tennessee up now. (Spelling might be off.)
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:54 PM
Patient application of positive reinforcement works, Whitaker says. Bullhook is negative reinforcement.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 02:55 PM

Thursday, August 06, 2015 3PM

Former Texas A&M Dept. of Animal Science professor up now. He conducted studies on elephant welfare in circuses.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:00 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Speaker: Animal rights groups had to pay $$ to Ringling for unsubstantiated claims re animal cruelty #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 03:04 PM
Speaker: “Any stick, rock … or ankus [elephant hook] can be abused when used by idiots.”
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:05 PM
William Rivas-Rivas, director of philanthropy for Animal Legal Defense Fund, up now.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:09 PM
Rivas-Rivas: Says no humane way to make an elephant stand on her head.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:09 PM
Neat bit of #atxcouncil trivia: Sheri Gallo grew up riding and training horses. #TheMoreYouKnow August 06, 2015 03:11 PM
Neat bit of #atxcouncil trivia: Sheri Gallo grew up riding and training horses. #TheMoreYouKnow August 06, 2015 03:11 PM
Next speaker: Ban bullhooks this year. Works with elephants in Zimbabwe.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:13 PM
Next speaker: The video council saw earlier was an outlier. USDA investigated and found Feld not in violation of law.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:19 PM
@Oraatx1: How much is an elephant worth?
Speaker: $60-70thousand, but they have significant costs.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:22 PM
Zimm: They used to come in on ships, now they’re from the U.S.?
#atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity
August 06, 2015 03:24 PM
Zimm: Should the ban apply to cats and dogs, too?
#atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity
August 06, 2015 03:26 PM
David Lundstedt, head of Animal Advisory Commission: comission sent recommendation two years ago.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:28 PM
Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond: In order to protect animals in Austin, the ban makes sense.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:31 PM
Hammond: something like this should take place immediately.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:33 PM
bgreymatter "@MKanin @sunnysone95 @austinmonitor Better look out! She’s doing a dangerously outstanding job!"
@bgreymatter @MKanin @austinmonitor Thank you! August 06, 2015 03:34 PM
Pool: Wondering if other cities have been able to inspect backstage during training (planned and surprise visits).
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:36 PM
Zimm: Resolution uses propaganda, animal cruelty is already illegal. A “false accusation against our city.”
#atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity
August 06, 2015 03:41 PM
For context, here’s a story that came out when Ringling announced it was phasing out elephants.
http://t.co/2drLd9XQMC
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:53 PM
Tovo moves approval w/ Sept. 1 start date. Kitchen has an amendment to extend ordinance to people, not just circuses.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:56 PM
Zimm: against amendment, says animal abuse is already against the law.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:57 PM
RT @PointAustin: You think elephant bullhooks raise a circus? Wait until we get to Fun Fun Fun Fest! #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 03:57 PM
Gallo received letters from the American Veterinarian Medical Association & AV Zoo Association, against the ban.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 03:59 PM

Thursday, August 06, 2015 4PM

Kitchen: If we say a bullhook is not an appropriate way to treat an elephant, it is not appropriate for anyone.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:01 PM
Amendment passes 7-4. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 04:01 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Zimmerman offers amendment for effective date Oct. 1, 2018 #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 04:02 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Zimmerman offers amendment for effective date Oct. 1, 2018 #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 04:02 PM
Troxclair: need to hear more about contract b/w Ringling and UT. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 04:03 PM
Tovo: Delaying a ban on bullhooks to October 2018 would be useless. Feld is phasing out elephants by 2018.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:06 PM
Houston: All for the humane treatment of animals, but some of her schoolchildren will never be able to see elephants.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:08 PM
Haggling over start date. Adler: I’m going to vote against the amendment to the amendment, as well as the amendment.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:11 PM
RT @JennCurington: Mayor Adler: I’m frustrated bullhook ban didn’t stay in committee so could have been sorted out better and not caused an August 06, 2015 04:14 PM
Amendment to start ban in 2016. Pool wants 2015.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:16 PM
Amendment changed to 2016. Now voting on amendment to change the date in ordinance.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:17 PM
Garza: UT wouldn’t face a breach of contract if ordinance just says Ringling can’t use bullhooks.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:18 PM
Amendment passes 7-4, start date is now October 2016.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:19 PM
Houston: Nothing in Section C (bullhooks, baseball bats, etc.) has happened in Austin; ordinance should be prescriptive.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:23 PM
Gallo: Be inclusive of all animals, in favor of striking section c.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:25 PM
Tovo: Important to articulate vagueness of torture.
Houston: Torture detailed in areas other than section c.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:29 PM
Adler supports striking language to support all animals.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:29 PM
Zimm: This is a false accusation made against our city. (Again.) “We don’t have this problem.”
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:30 PM
Houston’s amendment passes, section c struck from ordinance.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:31 PM
Approved 6-5. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 04:31 PM
Gallo offers 12-year-old an internship next summer.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:33 PM
And, unless you can afford to fly kids to Africa, this ordinance makes sure they won’t see them.
#atxcouncil #atxgov https://t.co/67Ax8hsDIK
August 06, 2015 04:36 PM
Bullhook ordinance passes 10-1, Zimm voting no.
#atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity
August 06, 2015 04:36 PM
Bullhook ordinance passes 10-1, Zimm voting no.
#atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity
August 06, 2015 04:36 PM
Item 69
Item 69 PP’d, 70 withdrawn. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 04:39 PM
AKMcGlinchy "@sunnysone95 and tells her to borrow her parent’s car and drive??"
@AKMcGlinchy She’s older and more articulate, but all I thought of was this: http://t.co/BwFNzQuCUV August 06, 2015 04:41 PM
Item 45
Back to Item 45, the item tabled this morning. This one was about the Low Income Advisory Task Force membership.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:41 PM
Motion to substitute Wong for Kelly Weis in Low-Income Advisory Task Force. Wong is now a member.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:42 PM
Item 45
Item 45 officially adopted. On to the FUN stuff – #FFFFest.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:43 PM
Casar: balancing needs of public and #FFFFest delicate, presenting amendments to compromise.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:45 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: Transmission Events rep is also pledging to keep area roads open between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. (I think?) #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 04:51 PM
Spillar: In the past they’ve been able to serve all three events with the traffic circle open.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:52 PM
Turf grass has had “ample” grow-in period.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 04:57 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: City staff says event promoter is responsible for repairing any damage to grass at Auditorium Shores. #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 04:57 PM

Thursday, August 06, 2015 5PM

Gallo wants to make sure everyone is able to park, remote or garage.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:01 PM
On to public input. Up first: David King. He says there needs to be a “clear and consistent policy” for the dog park.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:03 PM
David King has been a DJ!!
Been getting lots of facts for a City Hall trivia night today.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:04 PM
Jennifer Houlihan of Austin Music People up now.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:05 PM
RT @lizpagano: @sunnysone95 And Daniel Llanes is the musical performer today! #austinthings August 06, 2015 05:06 PM
Houlihan: Issue today is about “keeping a promise that was made and doing things right.”
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:06 PM
Houlihan: promise was already broken.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:07 PM
Council has received about 11,000 emails on #FFFFest issue.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:08 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: I’m assuming Houlihan meant 11,000 just from her supporters. #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 05:09 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: I’m assuming Houlihan meant 11,000 just from her supporters. #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 05:09 PM
Transmission: No longer using Butler Park, won’t (and hasn’t ever) encouraged parking in the garage.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:13 PM
Bouldin Creek resident: Get clear rules for public spaces.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:15 PM
John Nash from the opera: they need Lamar open, need sound from #FFF minimized, stages moved as far west as possible.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:20 PM
Betsy Giles of Settlement Club: Settlement Home will celebrate its 100th anniversary. 40th year to hold the event.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:23 PM
Giles: Keep Riverside open w/ east and west access, adequate parking, no sound bleedover.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:24 PM
Lots of speakers stressing the need for a long-term solution.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:26 PM
Transmission: Location displacement, bad weather contributed to sound bleedover/sound check.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:34 PM
Last two speakers and then Adler would like to quickly vote.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:36 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: Jamie Grant w/ Long Center up now. When Palmer first opened in 60s had 1,600 parking spots. Now has 1,200. #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 05:37 PM
Marcus Lawyer from the Glendale Neighborhood says there are lots of places to take dogs – also works for festival.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:40 PM
Houston: This will go to the Parkland Events Task Force for next year. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 05:40 PM
Casar: clarifies this resolution is strictly about traffic and the dog park for this year.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:44 PM
Motion passes unanimously.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:46 PM
Break for Proclamations and Music.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 05:53 PM

Thursday, August 06, 2015 7PM

RT @LillyRockwell: They passed the Whittington settlement money unanimously. #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 07:03 PM
RT @atxgo: #ATXCouncil approves application for tax credits for a proposed affordable housing complex on East Parmer Lane. August 06, 2015 07:03 PM
Went on a coffee run, came back to council discussing items 23 and 72, low-income housing tax credits. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 07:04 PM
23 approved 9-2, Zimm and Houston against. On to Housing and Finance Corporation meeting.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:05 PM
Items 1 and 3 from Housing and Finance Corp approved 10-1, Zimm voting no.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:08 PM
Items 1 and 3 from Housing and Finance Corp approved 10-1, Zimm voting no.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:08 PM
Item 2
Now discussing Item 2, a loan agreement w/ Foundation Communities. Zimm bringing up Zimm Ln issue from earlier.
#atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity
August 06, 2015 07:09 PM
The loan will go toward purchasing land for and developing Cardinal Point apartments: https://t.co/XQAt9evz7R
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:12 PM
Passes 10-1, Zimm voting no. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 06, 2015 07:12 PM
Item 1
Revoting on Item 1, Troxclair last-minute note to abstain from Item 2.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:13 PM
Back to the regular agenda. Adler announces that a computer will be permanently available w/ closed captioning now on.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:15 PM
Item 44
On to Item 44 – base-wage increases.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:16 PM
Kitchen: Council may take this up at a later date.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:17 PM
David King up in favor of granting raises to city employees; those making below a living wage should be a priority.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:19 PM
King: also look at merit increases.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:20 PM
Carol Guthrie, business manager at ASME, speaking against tiered wage increase proposal.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:21 PM
Guthrie says ASME supports 3 percent increase across the board – for all employees.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:22 PM
Kitchen/Adler: appropriate to postpone to budget conversations, Kitchen makes motion.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:24 PM
Garza: Ready to vote on this, ready to vote against it.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:25 PM
Kitchen: Can’t support proposal in current form, concerned that setting living wage at $13 is too low
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:27 PM
Troxclair: Resolution is for this fiscal year, this was one idea to take a serious look at affordability.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:29 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: Troxclair: My constituents are “floored” by how the City Council spends money, increases taxes. #atxcouncil August 06, 2015 07:31 PM
Postponement fails. Further discussion starting with Zimm.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:32 PM
Zimm: No public hearings, taxpayers weren’t involved in 3 percent increase.
#atxcouncil #atxgov
August 06, 2015 07:33 PM
Zim: This is a common-sense thing to do, but still has to come up in budget.
Adler: This is an ill-advised vote to take.
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August 06, 2015 07:34 PM
Zim: This is a common-sense thing to do, but still has to come up in budget.
Adler: This is an ill-advised vote to take.
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August 06, 2015 07:34 PM
Context: Adler thinks it’s ill-advised to vote on this today – wants to bring it up in budget discussions.
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August 06, 2015 07:35 PM
CM Renteria: City asks a lot from staff, they deserve a 3 percent increase.
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August 06, 2015 07:36 PM
Gallo: We were elected to make tough decisions. We can’t fund everything – we need to hear from the public.
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August 06, 2015 07:37 PM
CMs keep saying they need more input or information, but most voted against postponement.
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August 06, 2015 07:38 PM
Now reconsidering postponement, motion by Troxclair.
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August 06, 2015 07:42 PM
Oh no – a motion mess.
#toomanymotionstoolittletime
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August 06, 2015 07:43 PM
Motion to reconsider postponement passes.
Now a motion to postpone – approved 7-4.
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August 06, 2015 07:45 PM
Item 46
Next: Item 46, pulled by Zimm, about Barton Springs Fest.
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August 06, 2015 07:46 PM
Zimm makes a motion to strike Save Our Springs Alliance and Save Barton Creek Association from the resolution.
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August 06, 2015 07:48 PM
Pool: Those organizations have been instrumental in Barton Springs University & maintaining Barton Creek.
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August 06, 2015 07:49 PM
Zimm: All other organizations have boards w/ elections, SOS and SBCA “don’t fit” … are too political.
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August 06, 2015 07:50 PM
Organizations added back in on 10-1 vote (Zimm against). 46 approved 10-1, Zimm still against.
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August 06, 2015 07:53 PM
Item 49
Next: Item 49, pulled by Troxclair. Selecting a replacement site for Google Fiber. Troxclair nominates Community Care.
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August 06, 2015 07:55 PM
eraycollins "At least some CMs must have needed a few minutes to vent. https://t.co/3ZWQlLZSta"
@eraycollins very true! August 06, 2015 07:55 PM
49 passes unanimously. Now 52, creating a Taxpayer Impact Statement. Pulled by Troxclair, passes unanimously.
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August 06, 2015 07:57 PM
Last item! 71! It’s 7:57! Floodplain variance request at Oakclaire Drive.
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August 06, 2015 07:58 PM

Thursday, August 06, 2015 8PM

Request is in Gaines Creek, a tributary to Barton Creek.
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August 06, 2015 08:00 PM
Adler: there’s no good resolution to this.
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August 06, 2015 08:41 PM
Adler: we commit an injustice no matter what we choose. Tough decisions tonight at #atxcouncil. #atxgov August 06, 2015 08:44 PM
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