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TickTock: Austin City Council meeting 8.18.2016

Monday, August 22, 2016 by Michael Kanin
ITEMS

TickTock for Monday, August 22, 2016

Participants:

MKanin 268
eraycollins 5
DanKeshet 3
ndhapple 3
StephanieKTrinh 2
nanciwilson 1
jasoncherkis 1
cubbie9000 1
cbrendonriggs 1

Thursday, August 18, 2016 9AM

eraycollins “I’m waiting to pounce on that keep Kanin tweeting link, @MKanin. Are you in for the long haul today?”
@eraycollins oh yeah! August 18, 2016 09:05 AM
eraycollins “Yeah, check out the section on partnerships, something y’all are already doing. @MKanin @austinmonitor”
@eraycollins @austinmonitor word! August 18, 2016 09:05 AM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 10AM

Checking in from #atxcouncil, where we should get some #atxbondage, maybe some AE rate case settlement, more #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:03 AM
42, 46, & 47 will be w.drawn #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:10 AM
Item 95
tenant notification (item 95) will go at 6pm or later #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:11 AM
oh! and this! KEEP ME HERE IN CHAMBERS ON THURSDAYS https://t.co/dvCjzOjtB9 #atxgov #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 10:12 AM
DanKeshet “@MKanin Any idea when 75 will be taken up?”
@DanKeshet no time certain there yet. Will keep you posted August 18, 2016 10:21 AM
Item 2
add item 2 to the list of items withdrawn #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:29 AM
@MayorAdler talking about lotsa late action on tenant relocation, lobbying items. suggests 1st reading only approval #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:31 AM
@d3forpio has no problem waiting for a couple weeks on tenant relocation #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:32 AM
@PoolforAustin reports that she was planning on 1st reading only today for lobbying rules #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:32 AM
more on tenant relocation here: https://t.co/zKC061Cp9M #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:33 AM
more on lobbying rules here: https://t.co/yPQ4Eslcwi #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:33 AM
@MayorAdler indicates transpo bond discussion could happen right after consent #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 10:36 AM
pulled: 9, 19, 21, 23, 25, 30, 48, 49, 54, 55, 58, 59, 63, 64, 65, 73, 74, 75 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:38 AM
#atxcouncil hearing citcom on items that’ll go on consent #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:40 AM
Item 29
MPT @kathietovo puts 19 back on consent, will ask a quick question on item 29 before it goes on consent #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:43 AM
consent passes. yeas: 11 (unanimous), w exceptions as per usual #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:46 AM
Item 82
#atxcouncil takes up item 82 first. 82 initiates density bonus code changes. much more to come here #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:48 AM
Zilker’s David King up. Not a big fan of density bonus. cites limited impact on affordability #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:50 AM
@DonZimmermanATX wants to see what will come back, indicates that he will probably vote against whatever comes back #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:52 AM
82 passes. yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:52 AM
abstains: @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:52 AM
#atxcouncil will talk about mobility bond…right after a “5-10” minute executive session. #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 10:53 AM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 11AM

#atxcouncil remains in executive session discussion over the potential mobility bond #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 11:26 AM
@DonZimmermanATX clearly agitated after coming out of exec session. remains the only CM on the dais currently #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:39 AM
@d3forpio is now out of exec too. no other stirring on dais #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:47 AM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 12PM

RT @cubbie9000: And 72 minutes later, they’re back. https://t.co/SsRUu6L9A9 August 18, 2016 12:05 PM
#atxcouncil returns from exec session. MPT @kathietovo at the helm. head directly to citcom #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:05 PM
Some things just kind of happen naturally… https://t.co/wrwemitFgh August 18, 2016 12:26 PM
I *do*, thanks for the reminder! https://t.co/8mfm08mEsg August 18, 2016 12:28 PM
Item 48
CitCom concludes. #atxcouncil heads to item 48. 48 is concrete pours. #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:36 PM
@DonZimmermanATX pulled this one. notes amount of time it’s taken to do this. suggests that its time to just stop trying #atxcouncil #Atxgov August 18, 2016 12:38 PM
staff asks for “one more shot to see” if they can get enforcement down #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:39 PM
staff: gunning for return to #atxcouncil in late september, early october #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:39 PM
staff: more specifically, we can’t enforce ordinance as it is written #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:39 PM
@DonZimmermanATX is against. would rather “hit the reset button” #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:40 PM
48 passes, i believe on first reading yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:41 PM
nay: @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:41 PM
#atxcouncil moves along to items 23, 74, 75, 76. that is to say: #atxbondage #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:42 PM
@MayorAdler reports he & @D5Kitchen agreed base document they’ll vote on is here: https://t.co/wTuvb4Xfjb #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 12:45 PM
@DGarzaforD2 wanted to divide question here, @MayorAdler thought they could. city legal seems to disagree #atxcouncil #atgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 12:46 PM
oh hey, @cubbie9000 is also tweeting about this #atxbondage stuff… August 18, 2016 12:48 PM
staff: only problem left to tackle is enforcement #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:50 PM
@SheriGalloD10 pitching this amend now… #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage https://t.co/y7ANGRrcQD August 18, 2016 12:51 PM
@SheriGalloD10 amend is an attempt, based on @EllenforAustin call, for further voter ed surrounding tax impact here #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:52 PM
https://t.co/kYLZ8JhiXp August 18, 2016 12:53 PM
@EllenforAustin seconds @SheriGalloD10 amend, @MayorAdler supports #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 12:53 PM
DanKeshet “@MKanin Wait, does Council need to call elections? Could they just call a snap election sometime?”
@DanKeshet dont think we can do a snap election like a *real* snap election? August 18, 2016 12:55 PM
RT @cubbie9000: @DanKeshet @MKanin Only on uniform dates spelled out by state law. May and November. August 18, 2016 12:55 PM
@D5Kitchen also supports, @DonZimmermanATX no objections–then suggests nothing legally binding re: what’s in front of #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:57 PM
@MayorAdler then points to language in res that is, in fact, legally binding. #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 12:57 PM
@D5Kitchen says she wouldn’t support anything that wasn’t legally binding #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 12:58 PM
@DonZimmermanATX pushes his case. suggests that language reflects just an intent to create contract #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 12:59 PM
@MayorAdler, an attorney you’ll remember, refutes #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 12:59 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 1PM

Gallo amend passes. yeas: 11 #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:01 PM
i believe this is the document we’re working from https://t.co/DWbKs5ouZf #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:04 PM
@EllenforAustin moves amend that would add details about estimated tax impact on, we think, bond language. #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:05 PM
eraycollins “Refutes what, @MKanin? @MayorAdler”
@eraycollins @MayorAdler the notion that the language is not legally binding August 18, 2016 01:06 PM
nevermind. we’re voting on additions to ordinance language, not bond language #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:07 PM
@EllenforAustin amend passes. yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:08 PM
abstain: @d3forpio #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:08 PM
now, MPT @kathietovo moves to strike language in bond question about estimated tax impact #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:09 PM
MPT @kathietovo: doing a good bit of other public ed around tax impact, better to heed city legal warnings #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:10 PM
@MayorAdler adds to @kathietovo argument, suggests that this bond discussion will be most transparent #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:12 PM
@EllenforAustin argues against #atxgov legal interpretation of tax impact language rules, suggests her convos w AG leave room #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 01:14 PM
eraycollins “What are the city legal department’s warnings, @MKanin? @kathietovo”
@eraycollins not clear yet, but seems against including language that illustrates tax impact August 18, 2016 01:15 PM
@DonZimmermanATX revealing his frustrations here. suggests city legal “deliberately misleading” him on language ? here #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:17 PM
@DonZimmermanATX accuses #atxgov legal of lobbying against tax impact language, giving him purposefully bad counsel #atxcouncil #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:18 PM
@MayorAdler challenges @DonZimmermanATX. suggests what CM Zim is saying is untrue; Gallo amend handles transparency ?s #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:19 PM
Honestly dont know. @cubbie9000 ? https://t.co/hjD18C9FWP August 18, 2016 01:20 PM
RT @cubbie9000: Mayor counters that including estimated tax impact on $300k on ballot language is misleading. #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 01:23 PM
RT @cubbie9000: Adler: “This is the most transparent bond posting this city has ever had.” #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 01:23 PM
RT @cubbie9000: Mayor sez he supports because tax impact could change. Also cites other ‘transparency’ changes offered by CMs Gallo & Troxc… August 18, 2016 01:23 PM
RT @cubbie9000: @MKanin @eraycollins Ayup. August 18, 2016 01:25 PM
@EllenforAustin takes issue w @MayorAdler suggestion that ballot language statement is untruthful #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:27 PM
@EllenforAustin suggests that language in educational materials is the same as what shes trying to put on ballot #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:28 PM
@EllenforAustin wonders how it can be untruthful in one place and not in another #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:28 PM
@MayorAdler backs off a little. says “untruthful” might have been a bit hyperbolic #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:29 PM
that is to say, a statement that illustrates impact to all residents, regardless of home value #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:30 PM
amend to strike language passes. yeas: 7 #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:33 PM
Nays: @EllenforAustin @DonZimmermanATX @Oraatx1 @DGarzaforD2 #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxvondage August 18, 2016 01:34 PM
Now. Question coming on dividing ordinance and resolution #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:35 PM
with only two #atxcouncil members looking to divide question, @MayorAdler seems inclined to keep it all as one vote #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:37 PM
@EllenforAustin moves to split ballot into three props #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:39 PM
@DonZimmermanATX seconds #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:39 PM
@MayorAdler will vote against splitting bond into three props #atxcouncil #atxgov #atxbondage August 18, 2016 01:39 PM
@MayorAdler continues. says he worked all week to find a way to make the ballot language universally true #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:40 PM
motion to break into three props fails yeas: @DonZimmermanATX @EllenforAustin & @Oraatx1 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:41 PM
abstain: @DGarzaforD2 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:41 PM
yeas: 7 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:42 PM
@DonZimmermanATX tries a vote on separating ord and resolution. fails. yeas: @EllenforAustin & @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:42 PM
nays: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:43 PM
now to the main event. vote on bond coming #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:43 PM
@Oraatx1 offering up respect for @MayorAdler and apparently lining up to vote against prop #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:44 PM
@Oraatx1 will vote and campaign against the bond #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:44 PM
@DGarzaforD2 echoes @Oraatx1 concerns about process, limited voices heard here #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:45 PM
@DGarzaforD2 also looking for more public transit “we have to get people out of their cars” #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:46 PM
@DGarzaforD2 notes imperfections. adds, if i only voted for perfect plans, i’d never vote for anything #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:46 PM
@DGarzaforD2 now thanking @MayorAdler & @D5Kitchen but won’t vote yes #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:47 PM
difference ‘tween @Oraatx1 & @DGarzaforD2 is CM Houston’s from-the-dais promise to urge others to vote against bond #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:49 PM
https://t.co/obrcOEj38J August 18, 2016 01:54 PM
@d3forpio in signaling his support takes a quick shot at @DonZimmermanATX & warding of #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:55 PM
@d3forpio bets that if they separated projects by district, the folks in D6 wouldn’t even vote for roads #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:56 PM
@Oraatx1 returns to notion that she’s been “bullied” re: this bond; argues portions of the community left out of convos #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:57 PM
@D5Kitchen will support, would have preferred a smaller package but is in #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:58 PM
@GregCasar also supports. “portions of this bond…not my favorite”; but others are really important #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 01:59 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 2PM

@DonZimmermanATX will abstain. wanted it broken up. hates legal advice here on language #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:02 PM
https://t.co/bhVH1KyDup August 18, 2016 02:02 PM
@DGarzaforD2’s vote will also be an abstain #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:03 PM
one hard no, two abstains thus far #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:03 PM
@DGarzaforD2 argues that Austin is very far from ward politics #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:05 PM
@EllenforAustin is also an abstain. one hard no, three abstains #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:06 PM
https://t.co/9wiptPCTjY August 18, 2016 02:07 PM
@SheriGalloD10 is a yes #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:07 PM
RT @AKMcGlinchy: Gettin’ close, folks. https://t.co/tHnmmk5cNQ August 18, 2016 02:07 PM
@SheriGalloD10: “geographic equality does not mean ward politics” #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:08 PM
$720m transpo bond will be on ballot. yeas: 7 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:09 PM
nays: @Oraatx1 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:09 PM
abstains: @DGarzaforD2, @DonZimmermanATX , @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:10 PM
#atxcouncil now heads to lunch, exec session re: interim city manager. back at 3, they say #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 02:10 PM
#hero https://t.co/fXv4HH7F1p August 18, 2016 02:52 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 3PM

#atxcouncil remains in executive session #atxgov August 18, 2016 03:15 PM
stirring on dais, #atxcouncil looks set to return #atxgov August 18, 2016 03:46 PM
#TravCobondage https://t.co/kmg4jnse1o August 18, 2016 03:49 PM
https://t.co/X2mw938v8C August 18, 2016 03:50 PM
#atxcouncil is back #atxgov August 18, 2016 03:55 PM
speakers on 21 seem inclined to let it head along on 1st reading. and it does. yeas: 10 #atxgov #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 03:58 PM
off the dais: @Oraatx1 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 03:58 PM
for the record, 1st reading is pretty much a punt to a later date #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 03:59 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 4PM

Item 9
#atxcouncil will now try to quickly deal with item 9. 9 is a loan agreement for Austin Water capital improvements #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:00 PM
loan would be $20.4m+ for multiple Austin Water capital improvements #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:01 PM
@DonZimmermanATX not a big fan. suggests reclaimed water project costs $7.2m, doesnt want to accept loan for work on it #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:04 PM
as promised, @MayorAdler signals lobbying regs & tenant relo will be 1st reading only pending more work. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:05 PM
AWU head Greg Meszaros argues reclaimed water about managing resources, not triggering more costs w other water sources #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:05 PM
still, 9 passes. yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:07 PM
nays: @EllenforAustin @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:07 PM
Item 25
#atxcouncil moves along to item 25. 25 is ACVB deal for tourism promotion. five year deal at $16.47m #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:08 PM
Item 21
with that, #atxcouncil moves to item 21. 21 is the lobbying rules change item #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:10 PM
MPT @kathietovo turns to hotel/motel occupancy tax. wants to talk about how those $$s are used #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:10 PM
MPT @kathietovo argues that level funding would allow #atxcouncil to explore other uses of h/motel occ tax #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:12 PM
that aside for the moment, staff are arguing that no increase in the budget could result in layoffs #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:14 PM
MPT @kathietovo fires back: why would staff be on-boarded w funds that are not yet approved #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:14 PM
staff: we work on a forecast. also, it seems there is an event coming that will require sig staff? #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:15 PM
@MayorAdler wonders how ACVB is expected to plan if they don’t plan (maybe hire) ahead of budget horizon #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:17 PM
MPT @kathietovo notes distinction between ACVB/Convention Center staff. talking ACVB contract here #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:17 PM
with that in mind, MPT @kathietovo pitches a steady level of funding (no increase) through the budget process. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:20 PM
staff notes proportional nature of increase (8%)–steady figure, he argues, but convention center has done well #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:23 PM
As MPT @kathietovo notes here: h/motel occ tax dollar use is restricted #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:25 PM
now we get into the code definitions of who can use h/motel tax revs. short answer: tourism. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:26 PM
@PoolforAustin wonders if Convention Center could continue w marketing plan if #atxcouncil freezes $$s. staff signals concern #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:29 PM
@PoolforAustin keys in on Convention Center ops, bonuses. hints at wider convention center $$ freeze. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:32 PM
lots of blurring here between ACVB, Convention Center ops. concern from at least three CMs over that whole set of $$s #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:34 PM
h/motel tax is of course is the deal. CMs looking for room to use those $s elsewhere #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:36 PM
DanKeshet “@muelleratx @MKanin I was a bit off. They’re talking about funding the visitor’s bureau, which is a purely marketing operation.”
@DanKeshet @muelleratx yeah, but the my are also talking about the convention center August 18, 2016 04:37 PM
MPT @kathietovo circles back. looks at $2m+ increase in ACVB and wonders if #atxcouncil can use some of that elsewhere…#atxgov August 18, 2016 04:38 PM
to be clear: MPT @kathietovo is interested in exploring the idea, could return $s after budget process #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:39 PM
New ACVB head now up to make his case #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:40 PM
ACVB: avg h/motel collection is 31%; #atxgov = c. 20% #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 04:41 PM
ndhapple “@MKanin did they ever announce that time certain for #94, the tenant relocation assistance?”
@ndhapple seems 6pm? August 18, 2016 04:42 PM
ACVB: implies that there is very little wiggle room in budget, compared to competitors (and that this could spiral) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:44 PM
ndhapple “@MKanin that’s what I was told, didn’t know if they ever actually announced it.”
@ndhapple they actually havent done it formally yet. Just indicated that this was their intwbt August 18, 2016 04:45 PM
ndhapple “@MKanin that’s what I was told, didn’t know if they ever actually announced it.”
@ndhapple …*intent* August 18, 2016 04:45 PM
staff arguing that window for planning events goes out 4-6 years ahead of time. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:47 PM
ACVB: 81% increase in hotel rooms by ’19, argues “there is a need” for ACVB work here #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:48 PM
ACVB head argues further argues that a lack of marketing will drive down occupancy (and supports w two studies) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:49 PM
ACVB head also not happy with make-up of task force. wants more industry reps, city legal #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:49 PM
@DonZimmermanATX wonders how ACVB manages downturns #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:51 PM
ACVB: some conventions will always be there? gives them a base to work from #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:52 PM
as ACVB head worries aloud re: less $s, MPT @kathietovo continues to press idea that it’s not actually less $s #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:55 PM
MPT @kathietovo turns to concept of heritage tourism. notes decline in funding here. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:56 PM
ACVB head: heritage tourism $s still there, just in a different budget (marketing vs specifically heritage marketing) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 04:58 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 5PM

Standing media desks! Hurrah! https://t.co/JazU8OrDkL August 18, 2016 05:03 PM
(for those wondering, here is something on ‘Heritage Tourism’): https://t.co/DbQ3KPWvWO #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:04 PM
now we get speakers on items 25 & 75. #atxcouncil #Atxgov August 18, 2016 05:04 PM
@DGarzaforD2 has an amendment to the task force item; looking to add a community rep #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:21 PM
@MayorAdler moves to add rep from convention center, restaurant industry to convention task force #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:27 PM
@DGarzaforD2 offers a total of five new members here #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:29 PM
@EllenforAustin looking to maneuver membership in a way that would keep the size smaller, add more voices #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:29 PM
@DGarzaforD2 list includes a member of the environmental commission #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:31 PM
@EllenforAustin skeptical of an environmental commission rep (@D5Kitchen’s idea, it seems) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:32 PM
@D5Kitchen not concerned re:task force at 18. suggests flood mitigation task force (22 membs, she says) worked fine #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:33 PM
@PoolforAustin thinks 18 is too big, timeline is too short to fill #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:34 PM
@EllenforAustin wonders if @DGarzaforD2 could drop unspecified community member; argues all are community members #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:39 PM
MPT @kathietovo reminds us that all nominees here will have to be approved by #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:40 PM
#atxcouncil haggling over convention center task force make up. seems we may be getting close…#atxgov August 18, 2016 05:46 PM
@EllenforAustin trying to trim the task force by one, moves to strike UTC rep #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:50 PM
#atxcouncil seems to have intended to remove UTC rep #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:52 PM
task force item passes. yeas: 11 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:53 PM
@MayorAdler & @GregCasar note public testimony on tenant relocation doesn’t need to happen tonight, as item will be back #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:53 PM
#atxcouncil takes dinner break. will be back at 7:15 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 05:54 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 7PM

stirring on dais, #atxcouncil looks set to return #atxgov August 18, 2016 07:16 PM
#atxcouncil headed to budget public hearings (items 81, 89) #atxgov August 18, 2016 07:29 PM
#atxcouncil reports five hours of speaking time on the budget #atxgov August 18, 2016 07:30 PM
with five hours of public testimony on budget, and THEN 16 items to complete, #atxcouncil is looking for solutions #atxgov August 18, 2016 07:33 PM
first up, #atxcouncil will hear from families with children on the budget #atxgov August 18, 2016 07:34 PM
Item 59
#atxcouncil will next ppd item 59 to sept 1. passes. yeas: 11 (unanimous) #atxgov August 18, 2016 07:36 PM
nothing else to do now. #atxcouncil will start hearing from budget speakers w families #atxgov August 18, 2016 07:37 PM
First set of speakers up to call for, as one said, “prime-time after school programs” #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 07:42 PM
meanwhile, @EllenforAustin will put 63 up for approval real fast. it passes yeas: 11 (unanimous) #atxgov #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 07:45 PM
fire alarm here at city hall #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 07:56 PM
#atxgov city hall evacuated after fire alarm. #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 07:59 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 8PM

MKanin “#atxgov city hall evacuated after fire alarm. #atxcouncil”
Council members, aides outside #atxcouncil city hall after fire alarm. For the record: this does not seem serious https://t.co/TsmBZdpsqM August 18, 2016 08:00 PM
Welp, @Oraatx1 is back inside #atxcouncil #atxgov https://t.co/jaRlj8wk9B August 18, 2016 08:02 PM
StephanieKTrinh “@MKanin Why is Houston still on the dais?”
@StephanieKTrinh she was outside for a minute, then back then August 18, 2016 08:05 PM
cubbie9000 “.@MKanin is rich in both charm and integrity. https://t.co/eOEdv1OENY
@timmytyper @TexasMonthly @MichaelDell hey! That’d be fun. @cubbie9000 gets a transpo column? August 18, 2016 08:09 PM
Still outside here at #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:09 PM
city hall being evacuated with fire alarm going off #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:10 PM
@andrewdobbstx asked if id ever been part of a fire alarm here at #atxcouncil city hall. Answer: nope #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:10 PM
Yay! We get to go back in #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:11 PM
Seems something got burned next door at @AustinJava #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:13 PM
#atxcouncil taking care of some quick business. 64 passes; 65 ppd to 9.1 #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:26 PM
we’re also gonna skip the AE public hearing; speakers will get another shot on 8.25 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:26 PM
that settled, #atxcouncil continues on w budget hearing. speakers continue to urge CMs to offer up more $s for after school programs #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:29 PM
This is how these things happen, right? Like via Twitter? https://t.co/khoAcoPMxQ August 18, 2016 08:31 PM
Item 58
now #atxcouncil ppds item 58 to 9/1. #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:34 PM
budget hearing continues #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:34 PM
jasoncherkis “@MKanin All the great publishing deals happen on Twitter. That’s how Bezos bought WaPo.”
@jasoncherkis ohhhhhhhh…maybe i should have tweeted my gawker bid? August 18, 2016 08:35 PM
88, 93 public hearings now closed w no speakers. #atxcouncil #atxgov continues on with budget hearing August 18, 2016 08:37 PM
StephanieKTrinh “@MKanin Is there an 8.25 meeting?”
@StephanieKTrinh might be an AE meeting? No official full #atxcouncil meeting tho August 18, 2016 08:38 PM
RT @ShelbyLAlex: @MKanin @StephanieKTrinh yes, I think that is set aside for a public hearing on AE rates specifically August 18, 2016 08:43 PM
#atxcouncil continues to hear testimony in support of #atxgov dollars for after school programs #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:47 PM
nanciwilson “@MKanin Sad that they only care about kids in AISD and not all the schools in ATX tax base.”
@nanciwilson how do you mean? August 18, 2016 08:49 PM
next set of speakers up pushing for use of “equity lens” as part of budgeting for this coming year. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 08:54 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 9PM

@DGarzaforD2 pitch to take some $s from APD to fund HHS programs getting some support from speakers here #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:01 PM
@d3forpio pushes back a bit on APD $s to HHS, notes he feels APD money support is as important #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:02 PM
ritual at city hall whenever folks -18 show up. @SheriGalloD10 tells ’em to register to vote; @DonZimmermanATX urges them to get a real job. August 18, 2016 09:04 PM
RT @ndhapple: Zimmerman gets boos for telling group of largely Hispanic kids visiting to finish school, get jobs, do something productive… August 18, 2016 09:04 PM
Item 94
#atxcouncil pauses a second to dispatch (for today) with item 94. 94 is the tenant relocation item #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:13 PM
94 will pass on first reading only, with more work to do before it comes back #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:13 PM
oh wait. seems some some amendments on 94 will need discussing–before it passes on 1st reading. it’ll be back later #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:17 PM
budget hearing continues. StuartHarryHersh up. got a comprehensive list of proposed housing budget $ changes #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:19 PM
cbrendonriggs “@ndhapple the Hart kids?”
@cbrendonriggs @ndhapple believe so August 18, 2016 09:19 PM
current speakers are up noting what they term as poor wages, conditions for Zach Scott Theater stagehands #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:30 PM
@MayorAdler wants to know what the connection is between Zach Scott and #ATxgov is. answer: there is $40k in #atxcouncil budget for theater August 18, 2016 09:32 PM
@DGarzaforD2 asks for confirmation on Zach Scott funds. staff: ongoing $40k expense for Zach Scott theater maintenance #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:40 PM
more calls from the public to move dollars from APD to other sources #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:45 PM
Item 54
#atxcouncil pauses for a second to approve item 54, solix contract sans $50k for multi-site search #Atxgov August 18, 2016 09:50 PM
deal on 54 also removes $50k from contract (for that search) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:52 PM
54 passes as amended. yeas: 11 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:57 PM
with that, budget testimony continues #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 09:57 PM
next speaker up pushing for healthy food options across #atxgov #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 09:57 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 10PM

Item 94
#atxcouncil returns to try item 94 again. seems there is an agreement on what gets passed now. either way, more discussion next time #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:00 PM
Believe this is what they are about to add…#atxcouncil #atxgov https://t.co/WEMr0nhqHP August 18, 2016 10:01 PM
@SheriGalloD10 will abstain on this vote. passes. yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:02 PM
off the dais: @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:02 PM
nays: @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:02 PM
abstain: @SheriGalloD10 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:03 PM
next set of speakers offers more criticism of APD budget, community policing plans #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:10 PM
two speakers from D10 call for spending $600k+ on upgrading old quarry. make general statement re: spending on branches #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:36 PM
another batch of speakers up to call for freeze in APD budget #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 10:39 PM
@DGarzaforD2 picks up on thematic issue tonight: struggles of those w brown, black skin in #atxgov #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 10:57 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 11PM

reps from #atxgov flood mitigation task force up, arguing for more flood mitigation spending #atxcouncil August 18, 2016 11:02 PM
eraycollins “Names? @MKanin”
@eraycollins missed em August 18, 2016 11:07 PM
@DGarzaforD2 also takes a minute to fire back at @DonZimmermanATX for earlier comments; adds, “we don’t condone” them #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:10 PM
@GregCasar picks up on comments made by speakers re suspended APD robbery detective about the shooting of David Joseph. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:31 PM
@GregCasar calls those comments appalling. didn’t want to let evening pass w.out acknowledging #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:32 PM
composting folks will take a turn now. these folks pushing for curbside citywide composting #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:32 PM
compost supporters raise existing pilot program, argue its success. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:34 PM
@andrewdobbstx says compost push generated 27k communications in support of idea #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:35 PM
@andrewdobbstx says pilot saw avg +9lbs per household of landfill diversion under compost pilot #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:37 PM
@DonZimmermanATX not a fan of curbside composting. argues that it will cost more, contribute to affordability crisis #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:41 PM
@andrewdobbstx fires back: most folks will save dollars w curbside composting #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:41 PM
Item 90
oh. did i mention we’ve moved on to item 90? cause we have. we’re now on 90. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:42 PM
and, i’m afraid, this will mark the end of my evening. thanks for following along this far. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 18, 2016 11:44 PM
RT @cubbie9000: https://t.co/38PtYRTqj8 https://t.co/tW98uGNhYf August 18, 2016 11:52 PM

Friday, August 19, 2016 12AM

RT @loganfountain: and by tonight we mean always forever https://t.co/evaQ6BAmq2 August 19, 2016 12:03 AM
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