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TickTock: Austin City Council Meeting 8.20.15

Monday, August 24, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Tick Tock is the sortable-by-item-number transcript of Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin’s Twitter feed from City Council. Simply click on the item number to scroll to the corresponding tweet.

ITEMS

Tick Tock

Participants:

MKanin 339
DanKeshet 3
AKMcGlinchy 2
austinmusicppl 2
CadenaMitchell 1
AndraCLim 1
natebrigmon 1
austinbulldog 1
ericwg 1

Thursday, August 20, 2015 9AM

The early scene at #atxgov City Hall, where advocates for more STR regs have already reserved seats. #atxcouncil http://t.co/rcEEAgfgqu August 20, 2015 09:32 AM
DanKeshet "@MKanin Hmm…What’s the social convention on seat savers?"
@DanKeshet extremely debatable? August 20, 2015 09:36 AM
.@austinmonitor All Access readers can get a head start on todays #atxcouncil meeting here: http://t.co/kMeFe6KGK8 #atxgov August 20, 2015 09:38 AM
DanKeshet "@MKanin @austinmonitor Now it’s happening to me. I have to login anew every few hours."
.@DanKeshet every few hours? I’ll ask my folks. August 20, 2015 09:39 AM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 10AM

#atxgov security stepped in & made the STR more regs supporters clear out the signs sitting on seats. no reserving, it appears. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 10:05 AM
RT @LillyRockwell: Looks like so far there is no time certain for STRs. But it is being pulled off for consent so there will be discussion. August 20, 2015 10:09 AM
#atxcouncil under way. #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:16 AM
Item 51
item 51 is w.drawn #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:18 AM
items 2 & 51 are STRs. they will be heard together. #atxcouncil #ATxgov August 20, 2015 10:19 AM
items 4, 5, 11, 14, 17, 18, 19, 23, 35, 36, 41, 42, 50 all also pulled #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:20 AM
Item 70
item 70 also pulled (thats 64 Rainey) #Atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:20 AM
Item 22
item 22 also pulled #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:20 AM
.@sherigallod10 requests 2pm time for STRs. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:21 AM
thats set. 2pm (or later) for STRs #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:21 AM
Item 6
add also item 6 to the list of pulled #atxcouncil items #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:21 AM
Item 53
add item 53 to the list of pulled. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:22 AM
Item 44
#atxcouncil looks set to continue work on P, DR in wake of Zucker report. this is item 44 and it also looks set to remain on consent #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:26 AM
Item 12
consent passes (w. usual @donzimmermanatx exceptions). yeas: 11 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity not before Zim pulls item 12 too August 20, 2015 10:32 AM
Item 12
consent passes (w. usual @donzimmermanatx exceptions). yeas: 11 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity not before Zim pulls item 12 too August 20, 2015 10:32 AM
Item 70
#atxcouncil takes up item 70 first. thats 64 rainey. #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:32 AM
at @mayorsteveadler move, each side will get one speaker to address issue, then he will make statement. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:33 AM
RT @LillyRockwell: .@MayorAdler says there is no “action” to resolve on Rainey/MACC issue, but will let a few people speak. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 10:33 AM
…and were going to hold on 70, because not everyone is here #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:34 AM
Item 35
#atxcouncil moves into quicker nonconsent. starts with item 35, where @kathietovo has a question. #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:34 AM
.@kathietovo wants to be sure that Austin Film Society will work with all in its (pending) contract to run #atxgov public access #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 10:35 AM
#atxgov staff assuring that this will be the case–and is, indeed central to the program. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 10:36 AM
that in hand, @kathietovo moves approval. passes. yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:37 AM
abstain: 1 (@donzimmermanatx) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 10:37 AM
Item 23
#atxcouncil moves along to item 23. this is an encroachment agreement w Skyhouse Austin. #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:38 AM
.@d3forpio pulled, looking to reduce fee here from $507k to $450k., #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:40 AM
seems the move would add money to a rainey mitigation fund? #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:40 AM
.@d3forpio amendment to send dollars to Rainey mitigation fund passes, as does item yeas: 11 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:41 AM
Item 53
#atxcouncil moves along to item 53. this is for the Cameron Apartments. @gregoriocasar calls for 1 week ppd to add conditions. #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:42 AM
.@gregoriocasar changes would add use limitations, trip limitations. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:43 AM
again, would ppd. until next week to take care of all that. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:43 AM
.@sherigallod10 voices concerns over #atxcouncil tendency to move non AE items to AE #atxcouncil agenda. #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:44 AM
.@mayorsteveadler suggests @gregoriocasar instead ppd to Tuesday, when #atxcouncil will call special called meeting. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:45 AM
.@gregoriocasar amenable, and the 53 is moved until Tuesday. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:45 AM
.@gregoriocasar amenable, and the 53 is moved until Tuesday. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:45 AM
Item 14
#atxgov staff urges #atxcouncil to take up bond sale item 14 next. and it will. @donzimmermanatx pulled #zimcity August 20, 2015 10:46 AM
.@donzimmermanatx wonders if item is asking #atxcouncil to approve expenditure before approval of budget it is intended for #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 10:47 AM
#atxgov confirms @donzimmermanatx question, but reminds #atxcouncil that those dollars would be reappropriated if not approved. #zimcity August 20, 2015 10:47 AM
.@donzimmermanatx suggests that this is not the #atxcouncil being involved in the budget process #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 10:48 AM
.@mayorsteveadler suggests that #atxcouncil send the policy question to audit and finance. #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:49 AM
.@donzimmermanatx instead moves to remove $6.9m in question. gets a second from @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 10:49 AM
#atxgov staff suggests that this move would impead citys ability to operate. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 10:50 AM
#atxgov staff also suggests that this is typically the way that city does its bond sales. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 10:50 AM
.@mayorsteveadler will vote against @donzimmermanatx move. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:51 AM
.@ellenforaustin suggests that regular replacement of equipment doesnt fall into this sort of thing. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:52 AM
#atxgov notes that the standard read out by @EllenforAustin is a different category of debt than the one under discussion. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 10:52 AM
difference here is KOs v COs. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:52 AM
.@kathietovo makes substitute to return $6.9m. gets a second from @GregorioCasar #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:54 AM
.@donzimmermanatx looking for a place to make a statement against spending. rather than abstract A&F discussion #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:54 AM
.@kathietovo amendment passes yeas: 9 nays: 2 (@ellenforaustin, @donzimmermanatx) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 10:55 AM
Item 14
…as does item 14. yeas: 9 nays: (@ellenforaustin, @donzimmermanatx) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 10:56 AM
#atxcouncil moves along to settlement with River Place. items 18 & 4. #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:56 AM
dollar amount in settlement $800k #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:57 AM
18 passes. yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:58 AM
18 passes. yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:58 AM
off the dais: 1 (@d5kitchen) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:58 AM
Item 4
as does item 4. yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 10:58 AM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 11AM

Item 17
#atxcouncil moves to item 17. settlement over lawsuit on pregnancy centers signage. #atxgov. legal fees in exchange for dismissal of action August 20, 2015 11:01 AM
.@gregoriocasar takes a minute to thank those who championed policy. vows to continue work on transparency here. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:01 AM
.@kathietovo also thanks pro bono #atxgov legal counsel. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 11:02 AM
passes yeas: 9 abstain: 1 (@donzimmermantatx) off the dais: 1 (@d5kitchen) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:02 AM
.@donzimmermanatx abstained based on concern that he might know attorneys involved. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:03 AM
Item 12
#atxcouncil just voted to approve item 12, but not before @donzimmermanatx asked if AIBA dir Rebecca Melancon has relationship w Ken Martin August 20, 2015 11:06 AM
Martin, of course, runs @austinbulldog. the Bulldog & zim got into it last year. Melancon is Martins wife. @donzimmermanatx voted no. August 20, 2015 11:07 AM
Item 6
#atxcouncil now on item 6. 6 is for reclaimed water contract #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:09 AM
.@donzimmermanatx wants to know cost delta between reclaimed and treated water. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 11:10 AM
RT @lizpagano: @MKanin “business relationship” August 20, 2015 11:11 AM
6 passes. yeas: 9 abstain: 1 (@donzimmermanaxt) off the dais: 1 (@d5kitchen) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:16 AM
Item 41
#atxcouncil moves along to item 41. 41 is for solar equipment. @donzimmermanatx pulled to yell at perceived costs of solar. #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 11:18 AM
.@donzimmermanatx suggests that #atxgov staff left out costs. #atxcouncil #zimcity August 20, 2015 11:19 AM
AE staff notes that community solar project was not subsidized. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:20 AM
41 passes. yeas: 8 nays: 1 (@donzimmermanatx) off the dais: 2 (@gregoriocasar, @D5Kitchen) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 11:21 AM
Item 19
#atxcouncil moves along to item 19. this is for $25m in HACA bonds for MF project at 12433 Dessau Road. #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:22 AM
19 passes. yeas: 9 nays: 1 (@donzimmermanatx0 off the dais: 1 (@gregoriocasar) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:23 AM
19 passes. yeas: 9 nays: 1 (@donzimmermanatx0 off the dais: 1 (@gregoriocasar) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:23 AM
Item 22
#atxcouncil moves along to item 22. 22 is a lease for Skillpoint Alliance for land at Bolm Road. would be an E #atxgov innovation center August 20, 2015 11:24 AM
.@ellenforaustin asks @atxgov staff how price ($1.34m) on lease was determined. staff says its full market value. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 11:28 AM
#atxgov staff notes that all revenue going to Austin Resource Recovery. this is because ARR owns land in question. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 11:29 AM
#atxgov legal clarifies that all CoA property is held by CoA, not by departments. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 11:31 AM
22 passes. missed the count. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:33 AM
Item 5
#atxcouncil moves along to item 5. passes. yeas: 9 nays: 1 (@ellenforaustin) abstains: 1 (@donzimmermanatx) #zimcity #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:34 AM
austinbulldog "@MKanin Thanks for the tweet, Michael. I what Zimmerman would’ve said if Rebecca had answered yes. You have any idea?"
@austinbulldog none, I’m afraid. August 20, 2015 11:34 AM
Item 50
#atxcouncil moves to item 50, these are annexation public hearing settings. @donzimmermanatx successfully seperates old lamp trail #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:36 AM
.@donzimmermanatx says his office is still trying to contact property owners. #Atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:36 AM
#atxgov staff notes that setting of hearing is what triggers notice to affected parties. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 11:38 AM
#atxgov suggests that early notice could prove to be a waste of resources. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 11:40 AM
.@mayorsteveadler, himself an eminent domain attorney, notes that much of this is dictated by state law. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:41 AM
RT @LillyRockwell: .@DonZimmermanATX argues for residents being able to vote for or against annexation. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 11:41 AM
RT @LillyRockwell: Guernsey: There are two public hearings. They can contact your office directly. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 11:42 AM
natebrigmon "@MKanin #zimcity is an excellent hashtag"
@natebrigmon hey thanks! August 20, 2015 11:43 AM
RT @civicanalytics: .@MKanin is it possible to un-annex disgruntled suburbs? We could use their portion of city funds for transit. August 20, 2015 11:43 AM
RT @PointAustin: @austinbulldog My guess is he would have objected to the AIBA payment as a conflict of interest. Considering rules for Cou August 20, 2015 11:44 AM
public hearing for old lampasas annexation is set. yeas: 10 nays: 1 (@donzimmermanatx) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 11:44 AM
Item 70
#atxcouncil moves along to item 70. again, this is the 64 Rainey item #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:45 AM
Item 70
#atxcouncil moves along to item 70. again, this is the 64 Rainey item #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:45 AM
.@mayorsteveadler will hear one speaker from each side here. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:45 AM
Catherine (Katherine) McMahon up repping Rainey NA, business association. reports in favor of proposal as is. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:46 AM
McMahon: not fighting w MACC, sees 64 Rainey issue one as one of safety, business. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:47 AM
McMahon says staging area in middle of street is a huge issue for us #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:48 AM
Dr Jane Rivera up on behalf of Raza Roundtable. Against 64 Rainey proposal. biggest concern is re: expansion of alley. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:48 AM
Rivera suggests that expansion of alley could cut off MACC from pocket park. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:49 AM
.@mayorsteveadler underscores that now is not the time that #atxcouncil will work out deal on issue. #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:52 AM
.@gregoriocasar still trying to get his head around sculpture garden support. Rivera: wants 64 Rainey part of MACC #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:53 AM
.@gregoriocasar sums: MACC community wants say in park, has concerns about traffic #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:54 AM
McMahon suggests that original proposal involves getting community involved in 64 Rainey decision. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:55 AM
.@mayorsteveadler: he put 64 Rainey on agenda because it was sucking a lot of oxygen out of the room wants it settled. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:55 AM
.@mayorsteveadler: highest and best use of 64 Rainey is front door to the MACC. issue for him is how we get there #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:56 AM
.@mayorsteveadler notes that #atxgov has an interest in not closing Rainey Street. (this is coming as observations for staff) #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 11:57 AM
.@mayoradler suggests $$ for Rainey closure could go to MACC ops ($288k) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 11:59 AM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 12PM

.@mayoradler laying out clear preferences for 64 Rainey settlement. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:03 PM
and, @mayoradler closes with a reminder that hed like to get this all wrapped up. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:04 PM
.@poolforaustin offers report on issue from her committee. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:04 PM
.@dgarzaford2 never questioned idea that 64 should be parkland, and part of MACC. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:05 PM
.@Dgarzaford2 notes past collabs w developers on PARD, also state of things we have to continue working w developers. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:06 PM
.@Dgarzaford2 notes past collabs w developers on PARD, also state of things we have to continue working w developers. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:06 PM
.@dgarzaford2 wants to keep pushing for compromise, max community benefits for MACC #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:07 PM
.@d3forpio: getting MACC done has been a struggle; notes importance of presence west of I35. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:08 PM
.@d3forpio on MACC: something is missing always thinks whats lacking there is a musem or historic site. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:09 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: .@d3forpio It’s not a world-class attraction. Maybe what’s lacking is a museum. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 12:09 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: .@d3forpio amphitheater is an enitrely new idea to me. Supports turning it into a park. But wants more for MACC. #atxcou August 20, 2015 12:11 PM
.@sherigallod10 notes that developer has two options. adds delays are driving costs up. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:13 PM
.@sherigallod10 doesnt get why project continues to be delayed w.r.t right of way. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:14 PM
.@sherigallod100 also underscores benefit of using $288k for park, rather than street closure. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:15 PM
yikes. i think i just added 90 districts to #atxcouncil. August 20, 2015 12:15 PM
.@kathietovo notes difficulties w negotiation. adds that she is glad it will be delayed. no surprise on concerns of use. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:17 PM
.@kathietovo echoes Dr Rivera, says work should begin with whats been done by community #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:18 PM
.@kathietovo also calls for public hearing on 64 Rainey issue. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:19 PM
RT @PointAustin: Extraordinary Council detour to discuss the history & importance of @MACC_Austin over specific issue of project staging ar August 20, 2015 12:20 PM
.@donzimmermanatx wonders what happened to what he calls deliverable requested in 2012. CMgr turns to ACM Lumbreras #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:21 PM
Lumbreras: #atxgov staff did prepare a report. will pass along a copy. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 12:21 PM
.@gregoriocasar suggests deal on table would make sense if property would become pocket park. maybe not, he says, w.out #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:22 PM
.@gregoriocasar says it would be difficult for me if #atxcouncil leaves money on table. #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:23 PM
RT @JoClifton78704: So much chatter, so little action #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 12:25 PM
.@poolforaustin says that elements of deal have changed; says $400k in deal is moving around like a bead of mercury #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:27 PM
.@poolforaustin says that elements of deal have changed; says $400k in deal is moving around like a bead of mercury #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:27 PM
.@poolforaustin says #atxcouncil should direct CMgr to preserve MACC on existing land. #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:28 PM
.@poolforaustin further notes that risk is inherant in real estate, suggests #atxcouncil role is to minimize risk for #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:30 PM
RT @DanKeshet: CM Pool now warning that future councils may want to move the MACC and put up a high-rise. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 12:30 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: .@PoolforAustin noting how crowded Rainey gets, and there are no sidewalks. Wants master plan on Rainey, parks. #atxcou August 20, 2015 12:31 PM
.@poolforaustiin: compromises cannot only come from the community have to come from the developer #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:32 PM
.@dgarzaford2 wants to hear proposals for uses. #atxgov staff reports that these are not yet ready. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 12:33 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: .@PoolforAustin says this issue is “highly delicate and important” and wants reasoanble compromise. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 12:33 PM
.@mayoradler pulls discussion up. notes #atxcouncil cant act under this item. #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:34 PM
.@sherigallod10 wants to know why fees from developer are included in values of property. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:35 PM
.@kathietovo suggests that rezones on MACC, 64 are and have been ready. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:36 PM
.@kathietovo suggests that conversation over 64 has been disjointed. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:36 PM
#atxcouncil heads to #citcom. @austinmonitor team heads to lunch. #atxgov August 20, 2015 12:37 PM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 2PM

#atxcouncil is back and into items 2 & 52. this is STRs. #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:20 PM
#atxcouncil members are laying out where we all are today. four speakers for, four against are cued up. #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:20 PM
latest from the @austinmonitor on all of this is here: http://t.co/CyOBYPvRSC #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:22 PM
AndraCLim "Adler says Springdale Farm item will have 30 minutes of speakers on each side #atxcouncil"
and, later: RT @AndraCLim: Adler says Springdale Farm item will have 30 minutes of speakers on each side #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:22 PM
Palmer Korone (sp?) is up on the pro side. suggests common ground, and argues that current situation is a mess #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:24 PM
speaker calls on guys in suits in the back of the room, who she calls industry reps, to do more. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:25 PM
Paul Hilgers w @abor_government up. supports resolution, as pitched by planning commission, without occupancy limits. #Atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:27 PM
Paul Hilgers w @abor_government up. supports resolution, as pitched by planning commission, without occupancy limits. #Atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:27 PM
Hilgers sounds frustrated about #atxgov code inability to enforce existing rules, with current tools. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 02:28 PM
Kristen (sp?) Hotop (?). up reiterates that pro side supports type 1s, not full-time rentals. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:29 PM
speaker says former #atxcouncil unleashed STRs on #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:30 PM
voluble applause from both sids here in #atxcouncil chambers. #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:31 PM
Bob Easter w Austin Rental Alliance up. argues org doesnt appreciate bad actors adds this is a fraction of operators #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:32 PM
speaker continues to underscore notion that STR bad actors are a small portion of population. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:33 PM
next speaker continues argument from pro side: STR tax revenues below expectations & that rogue hotels are cancers. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:35 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Sly: HomeAway and AirBnB police listings in other cities, why not Austin? #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 02:36 PM
thunder here at #atxgov City Hall. appropriate for STR discussion? #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 02:37 PM
Next speaker, STR operator, says ability to rent enriches his life. casts renters as family-types. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:38 PM
speaker argues against six person occupancy limit. notes he has five kids. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:39 PM
ANC pres Mary Ingle up. commercial use of single family property is wrong #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:39 PM
next speaker argues resolutions wont solve problems. argues there are ways around occupancy limits #atxcouncil #atxgov notes common ground August 20, 2015 02:42 PM
speaker suggests that #atxcouncil move violators to court, pitches as better venue. #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:42 PM
.@sherigallod10 moves approval of STR resolution #atxcouncil #atxgov anticipates motion to move one section to Sept. August 20, 2015 02:43 PM
.@ellenforaustin thanks @sherigallod10 for work. angles to move six person occupancy limit to sept. discussion #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:46 PM
.@ellenforaustin argues that this is neither pro, con. some audible groans from gallery. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:47 PM
.@kathietovo supports occupancy applying to unrelated adults. suggests occ primary challenge for bad actor neighbors. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:50 PM
.@kathietovo wont support amendment. @d5kitchen will, but only for more discussion could support later. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:50 PM
.@kathietovo wont support amendment. @d5kitchen will, but only for more discussion could support later. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:50 PM
.@gregoriocasar also supports move. but notes that it might come back to #atxcouncil as is. doesnt want to create loopholes #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:51 PM
looks like the occupancy question will be delayed. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:52 PM
.@donzimmermanatx also supports, expresses concern about entire process says could see a train wreck coming #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 02:55 PM
.@donzimmermanatx i dont see a good way to fix problem finds lack of enforcement of existing ordinances #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 02:57 PM
amendment to separate occupancy passes. yeas: 10 nays: 1 (@kathietovo) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:57 PM
#atxcouncil is back to main STR motion. #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:58 PM
.@katietovo notes rare moment of agreement with @donzimmermanatx on congenital issues w STR rules. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 02:59 PM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 3PM

AKMcGlinchy "can someone tell me why all talk is on 6 people occupancy when that’s already in the code? #atxcouncil #STR"
.@AKMcGlinchy we think the 6 person limit is for duplexes only… August 20, 2015 03:00 PM
RT @PointAustin: @DonZimmermanATX declares entire problem began with Austin’s assumption of zoning laws: #returntolibertarianparadise #atxc August 20, 2015 03:00 PM
.@oraatx1 fires rhetorical-sounding what are you going to do to help w STRs at @aobr_governments Paul Hilgers. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:02 PM
Hilgers: will work to use existing tools; says @abor_government has produced reporting about violations. #atxgov #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 03:03 PM
Hilgers: finds fault w being vilified for lack of #atxgov enforcement. #atxcouncil. August 20, 2015 03:04 PM
.@oraatx1 suggests that original STR regs were unenforcable. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:07 PM
.@donzimmermanatx will vote against STR changes. suggests that it will make things worse. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 03:07 PM
AKMcGlinchy "@MKanin hmmm but they’ve been talking about that regardless of STR type…it needs to be clearer"
looks like, its a bit complicated, @AKMcGlinchy: http://t.co/LtqQFb5E1p August 20, 2015 03:11 PM
.@d3forpio disappointed that new rules will still not allow code to inspect houses. #atxcouncil #atxgov adds that ord really has no teeth August 20, 2015 03:13 PM
.@d3forpio suggests that he will bring up inspections on Sept. 13. wants to give code power to verify compliance. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:15 PM
.@gregoriocasar notes that #atxcouncil is initiating significant change, cites penalities, license revoke. #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:17 PM
.@gregoriocasar notes that he still harbors concerns about guest registry. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:18 PM
.@gregoriocasar notes that he still harbors concerns about guest registry. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:18 PM
.@donzimmermanatx offers prediction Code wont enforce new rules, and that #atxgov will be right back in the same place #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 03:19 PM
.@sherigallod10 offers Code: its time to do your job now and to CMgr: we hold you responsible for enforcing rules #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:21 PM
ICYMI: @sherigallod10 took a real shot at CMgr there. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:22 PM
ahead of vote, @mayoradler offers praise for process. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:24 PM
STR changes pass. yeas: 10 abstain: 1 (@donzimmermanatx) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:25 PM
#atxcouncil recesses until 4. #atxgov August 20, 2015 03:25 PM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 4PM

#atxcouncil looks set to return. Springdale Farm, budget public hearings remain on the agenda. #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:18 PM
#atxcouncil returns. @mayoradler notes two significant issues left: Springdale, budget #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:30 PM
there is a ppd request on Springdale Farms. Daniel Llanes will speak in favor of PPD first. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:32 PM
Llanes says that groups attorney, Bill Aleshire, isnt available. argues Aleshire critical to testimony. asks week ppd #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:34 PM
Michelle Lynch up for Springdale. owner cant be here next week, and argues that oct is untenable. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:34 PM
.@oraatx1 moves to ppd. doesnt get a second. #atxcouncil will hear case today. #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:35 PM
#atxgov staff will go first with their presentation. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 04:35 PM
in short: Springdale is, on appeal, looking for additional leeway to hold more events. some in nhood opposed. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:37 PM
DanKeshet "@MKanin It sounded like both sides agreed next week would be fine. Why didn’t they postpone?"
they didnt, @DanKeshet. Springdale reps said that a co-owner would be out of the country next week. August 20, 2015 04:37 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: The #atxcouncil passed an urban farm ordinance rewrite in 2013 and it went into effect in 2014. August 20, 2015 04:39 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: One of the big issues on urban farms was whether to allow events. Did provide exception for up to 6 events per year. #at August 20, 2015 04:39 PM
Springdale Farm rep Michelle Lynch up first. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:45 PM
Springdale presentation will be broken up over speakers in a 30 minute chunk. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:46 PM
Springdale presentation will be broken up over speakers in a 30 minute chunk. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:46 PM
Owner Paula Foore up first. going over history of case. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:47 PM
Foore portraying Springdale as cooperative w #atxgov through process, on the wrong end of multiple complications. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 04:49 PM
heres our (@austinmonitor) latest on this whole thing: http://t.co/2fJdM929tF #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:49 PM
Lynch up now. well get into the code details (from Springdale perspective) here. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:50 PM
Lynch suggests that Springdale asking for nothing new, adding additional #atxgov requests. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 04:51 PM
Lynch also portrays Springdale as cooperative, but notes some restrictions (e.g. limit to less than 10 events) onerous #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:53 PM
Lynch adds: were doing exactly what we are supposed to do under Urban Farms ord, also notes broad support #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:54 PM
Springdale rep up now reading letter from State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez. Rodriguez supports permit for Springdale Farms. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:55 PM
next speaker is Springdale employee. argues that Springdale plays an educational role in community. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:57 PM
Next Springdale testimony is a video of neighbors who support farm. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 04:59 PM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 5PM

Greg Esparza now up to support Springdale Farm. was married at farm. #atxcouncil #atxgov Esparza also set to argue importance to city August 20, 2015 05:04 PM
Esparza notes Springdale commerical prop taxes at $7500. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:05 PM
Jack Waite up now. worked on urban farm code language, in context of Imagine Austin. was what past #atxcouncil passed. #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:07 PM
Jeremy Barnwell up. continues support for Springdale, underscores education value. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:10 PM
Grae Nonas, chef up. arguing for value of farm as source of food. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:11 PM
Tanya Tarr, Springdale neighbor up. married at Springdale, customer of food stand. calls venue authentically austin #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:13 PM
Glenn Foore, co-owner of Springdale up to close Farm side. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:15 PM
Glenn Foore echoes Farms cooperation. adds notes on opposition: that they dont really support urban farms, he says #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:16 PM
Foore also fights the notion that Springdale is an events center, cites relatively small portion of revenue. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:17 PM
Foore also fights the notion that Springdale is an events center, cites relatively small portion of revenue. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:17 PM
#atxcouncil will table Springdale item and turn to quicker stuff before live music and procs. #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:19 PM
Item 58
item 58 will be ppd. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:20 PM
58 will be back 10.1 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:20 PM
.@mayoradler takes minute reports CMgr heard @sherigallod10 message on how its his responsibility to enforce STR rules #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:21 PM
Item 63
#atxcouncil closes item 63 public hearing w no speakers. moves along. #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:22 PM
Item 66
#atxcouncil moves to item 66. public hearing on AE. #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:23 PM
Jeremy Martin w @AustinChamber up. supports #atxcouncil affordable goals for utility as is. #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:24 PM
Carol B up next. suggests that eligible members of AE CAP program (low income vets) left out. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:27 PM
Natalie Egan up now. With AIBA. echoing AIBA call to reset Demand rate mark to 20 KwH. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:30 PM
#atxcouncil will hear futher testimony on 66 after return from break. 4 hours of public testimony on various items remains. #atxgov August 20, 2015 05:33 PM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 6PM

#atxcouncil on its way back. #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:35 PM
#atxcouncil is back and will try to dispense with a few quick items before diving back into big stuff. #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:46 PM
Item 59
item 59 is first. #atxcouncil will close hearing and move forward. #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:46 PM
Item 60
next up for #atxcouncil is item 60. chapt 26 hearing for repairs on greenbelt,. will conduct legally-required hearing, move ahead. #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:48 PM
.@kathietovo asks whether #atxgov staff believes that compensation is adequate in chapt 26 hearing. answer is yes. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 06:50 PM
should also note that this is connected to construction of Fairmont hotel. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:50 PM
#atxcouncil closes PH on 60. #atxgov staff questions continue. August 20, 2015 06:51 PM
RT @DanKeshet: City staff making case for skywalk between Fairmont and Convention Center, centered on dangers of ped crossing between them. August 20, 2015 06:52 PM
…and also skybridge between convention center and Fairmont gets brought up. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:53 PM
…and also skybridge between convention center and Fairmont gets brought up. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:53 PM
.@poolforaustin notes that parks board approved plan 5-0. praises connection to waller creek. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:54 PM
Item 65
and #atxcouncil moves along to item 65. PH on Austin Resource Recovery budget and fee changes. no speakers so we move along #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:55 PM
Item 68
#atxcouncil next heads to item 68. PH on west gate ridge apartments. again, no speakers, so CMs move along #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:56 PM
#atxcouncil approves resolution attached to 68. yeas: 10 nays: 1 (@donzimmermanatx) #atxgov #zimcity August 20, 2015 06:57 PM
Item 67
with that, #atxcouncil moves back to Springdale farms item 67. #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:57 PM
opposition will be up now. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:57 PM
Daniel Llanes is up first. uses first part of time to show video testimony of neighbors against Springdale CUP. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 06:59 PM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 7PM

a couple of thank yous for former CM @LAURAatCityHall in Springdale Farm CUP opposition video. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:02 PM
video includes highlights from 6.9.15 Planning Commission meeting. our coverage of that is here: http://t.co/Hvngj8J5cw #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:04 PM
Llanes wraps up. echoes Jeff Jack statement. that CUP sets precident. not about urban farming…about compatibility #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:06 PM
Susana Almanza up now. leads w argument that Springdale is out of compliance w covenant. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:08 PM
Almanza portrayal of Springdale suggests that the farm pushed for more and more from #atxgov #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 07:11 PM
Almanza runs through list of farms in nh and concessions to neighbors. trying to establish contrast w Springdale. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:13 PM
Almanza implies Springdale acceptance of SNAP was reluctant. pro CUP tweets suggest farmstand only one to accept SNAP. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:14 PM
Almanza also dings Springdale for permitting use of alcohol. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:16 PM
Candice Vallejo up. argues that CUP grant would encourage Springdale to tack more toward events. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:17 PM
Robin Schneider up. continues anti-CUP points: –not against urban farms, –events inappropriate for neighborhood. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:22 PM
David King is next. similar arguments here. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:23 PM
#citcom on Springdale ends. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:29 PM
#citcom on Springdale ends. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:29 PM
.@poolforaustin moves to grant CUP on appeal. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:30 PM
.@oraatx1 turns back to ppd. suggests that lack of one here was unfair to anti-CUP side. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:31 PM
.@oraatx1 makes it into a larger policy question before turning specific, and wondering what happened here. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:32 PM
#atxgov staff breaks it down: was expected last week, but notice failed to go out. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 07:32 PM
.@oraatx1 goes broad again, wants to set policy about ppds on cases such as this. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:33 PM
.@d3forpio will support. notes that support from D3 urban farm supporters got him elected. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:33 PM
.@mayoradler will also support appeal. echoes that issue is about framing. says Springdale is more than a farm. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:34 PM
.@mayoradler: notes that Springdale is not a farm, nor something that is intended to be consistent w residential use. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:36 PM
.@mayoradler cites amount of time spent on compromise. says there has to be compromise here, notes other compromises. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:37 PM
.@mayoradler calls previous #atxcouncils compromise the right one, sees no reason to undo it. #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:38 PM
.@gregoriocasar echoes @mayoradler. notes uses bumping up against urbanization. picks up on gentrification angle … #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:40 PM
.@gregoriocasar supports item. but also sees concerns over gentrification & inequity. calls on all to take seriously #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:41 PM
wow. @gregoriocasar going long. weaves in swath of urban issues. stick around for the budget session & temp workers #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:43 PM
this has got to be about more than one small zoning case @gregoriocasar #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:43 PM
67, Springdale farm appeal passes yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:44 PM
nays: 1 (@oraatx1) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:44 PM
Item 66
#atxcouncil heads back to pick up item 66, the AE budget public hearing. #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:44 PM
more support, as part of 66, for AIBA request for demand charge change. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:46 PM
Paul Robbins up now. calling again for AE to fix CAP–as he has for sometime. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:53 PM
Paul Robbins up now. calling again for AE to fix CAP–as he has for sometime. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:53 PM
Robbins dives into community benefit charge–allegation that poor not getting fair share. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:56 PM
Robbins sums: upper half of income bracket does, according to his findings, pay more on community benes charge. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:57 PM
.@ellenforaustin calls for update on CAP work…#atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 07:59 PM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 8PM

Ruby Roa up. echoing calls to fix VASH situation. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:02 PM
.@kathietovo thanks folks for coming down. calls on #atxcouncil colleagues to add VASH program issues to agenda #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:03 PM
with that, #atxcouncil closes public hearing on 66. #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:03 PM
#atxcouncil heads to the drainage fee public hearing. 3 speakers #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:04 PM
SHH up, suggests that the increase in drainage fee for property owners will see a $50-$100 increase in rent #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:06 PM
Hersh: would be a wealth transfer from the poorest among us to the wealthiest among us #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:07 PM
David King now. disagrees w SHH, says more impervious cover = wider distribution of fees. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:09 PM
speakers on 69 finish. #atxcouncil closes public testimony. #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:11 PM
.@mayoradler reports that 90 folks are signed up to speak on budget. #atxgov #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 08:12 PM
Item 64
and, with that, #atxcouncil moves along to take up that budget public hearing, item 64. #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:13 PM
.@d5kitchen reminds the gallery of other opportunities for public to offer comment on budget. #atxcouncil #atxgov #pleasegohome? August 20, 2015 08:14 PM
#atxcouncil, under suggestion from @mayoradler, @sherigallod10, looks ready to limit budget #citcom to (generally) one go per person #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:18 PM
current calculations put us at about 4.5 hours worth of testimony here. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:19 PM
stuart hersh (SHH) is up. calling on #atxcouncil to move $1m from code to Nh housing. #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:21 PM
Hersh: freeze vacant code positions, cut code new positions, merge with development review. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:21 PM
AISD Board Chair Gina Hinajosa up. calls on #atxcouncil to not cut funding for parent support specialists #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:25 PM
AISD Board Chair Gina Hinajosa up. calls on #atxcouncil to not cut funding for parent support specialists #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:25 PM
UT assitant Prof Eric Tang up, was part of report that illustrated #atxgov is losing A-A population in dramatic fashion. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 08:29 PM
Tang supports @oraatx1 calls for a-a cultural heritage district, and dollars for health equity. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:30 PM
next speaker up to also support parent support specialists for AISD #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:31 PM
Dr Dixon up to push for A-A cultural heritage district funding. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:34 PM
Dr Dixon adds that all #atxcouncil members (not just @oraatx1) should be held to account as reps of minority communities. #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:36 PM
Angela Atwood w One Voice Central Texas up to push for increase health and human service funding. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:36 PM
gotta hit pause on the live tweeting for a quick venue change. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 08:37 PM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 9PM

ericwg "@MKanin I heard that theres not a demand tariff update as 1 speaker stated. Thatd be piecemeal ratemaking? Interesting to track that down"
.@ericwg yeah, we’ve heard the same. we’re on it! thx!! August 20, 2015 09:08 PM
back watching the #atxcouncil budget hearing. #atxgov August 20, 2015 09:10 PM
current speaker pushing for more dollars for security at Franklin park. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 09:12 PM
next speaker, D8 resident arguing against Homestead exemption #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 09:14 PM
next speaker up to urge #atxgov to bring living wages to temporary workers. #atxcouncil August 20, 2015 09:18 PM
next speaker, H-T prof pushing for funding for A-A cultural district. argues integral to H-T programming #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 09:20 PM
next speaker also critical of homestead exemption: “what am i going to do with my” $1/year? #atxcouncil #atxgov August 20, 2015 09:21 PM
#atxcouncil budget hearing continues. but i’ve got to check out. thanks all for following along! #atxgov August 20, 2015 09:30 PM
austinmusicppl "@MKanin Did speaker indicate thru what dept or program?"
@austinmusicppl I believe @Oraatx1 has proposed a funding initiative, but I know no more August 20, 2015 09:37 PM
austinmusicppl "@MKanin @Oraatx1 Thx. Wondering why request for $ for AA cultural dist wouldn’t just go thru the regular cultural contracts process"
@austinmusicppl @Oraatx1 good point. Could also be a push for more general funding in that regard? August 20, 2015 09:41 PM

Thursday, August 20, 2015 10PM

RT @CadenaMitchell: @MKanin @ATXInterfaith leaders was not saying more security for park, but that investing in park amenities enhances nbr August 20, 2015 10:16 PM
CadenaMitchell "@MKanin @ATXInterfaith leaders was not saying more security for park, but that investing in park amenities enhances nbrhood safety"
Ah, thanks for the clarification @CadenaMitchell @ATXInterfaith August 20, 2015 10:16 PM
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