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TickTock: Austin City Council Meeting 8.27.15

Monday, August 31, 2015 by Michael Kanin

TickTock 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 271
lizpagano 2
BrandonTucker 1
tcb 1
GinSingh 1

Thursday, August 27, 2015 11AM

checking in from #atxcouncil, where CMs are still in their Austin Energy committee. #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:00 AM
checking in from #atxcouncil, where CMs are still in their Austin Energy committee. #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:00 AM
RT @AshleyG_KVUE: So far 46 people have signed up to speak to the #ATXCouncil about the proposed budget. August 27, 2015 11:09 AM
#atxcouncil adjourns AE committee meeting and will move ahead to its agenda. #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:10 AM
oops. n/m. #Atxcouncil will take 10 minutes before proceeding… August 27, 2015 11:11 AM
RT @LillyRockwell: The #atxcouncil meeting is beginning. They are primarily talking the budget today. August 27, 2015 11:32 AM
Item 1
#atxcouncil takes up item 1. 1 is the ABIA S Terminal lease. #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:32 AM
.@kathietovo moves approval. citcom coming. #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:32 AM
1 would finalize an agreement to open a low cost terminal for low cost airlines at ABIA. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:34 AM
David Sellers w @southwestair up. against s. terminal lease. says hes flooded #atxcouncil inboxes. #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:36 AM
Sellers says @southwestair has not been included in any transparency related to new lease. #Atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:37 AM
Sellers says @southwestair has not been included in any transparency related to new lease. #Atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:37 AM
Sellers implies that @southwestair was not included in discussions. was told that terminal would open. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:37 AM
Sellers appears concerned about impact to @southwestair #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:38 AM
Michelle Baton (sp?) w @united airlines also concerned. suggests that deal is unfair to airlines at current terminal. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:39 AM
United calls for #atxcouncil to delay agreement on s. terminal. to sum: bigger carriers against current wording. allegiant air pro #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:40 AM
.@donzimmermanatx wonders whether potential costs of s. terminal would ping back to main terminal, and airlines there #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:41 AM
Sellers, of @southwestair, suggests s. terminal deal risk free first 3 years. wouldnt care, but exposes current terminal #atxcouncil #Atxgov August 27, 2015 11:42 AM
.@southwestair rep also implies that deal could impact future service to #atxgov #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 11:43 AM
seems existing terminal airline reps are pitching an amendment that would mitigate impact, from their perspective. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:43 AM
.@d3forpio wonders how long delay might be. @southwestair rep says term sheet could be signed today. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:45 AM
.@oraatx1 asks ABIA staff how many times s. terminal deal gone before airport advisory committee. 3 times is the answer. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:46 AM
ABIA says effort has gone through numerous delays seems ready to go as is. as is @oraatx1 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:47 AM
Chuck Allen with @americanair up. echoes remarks of colleagues, adds new s. terminal service would handle 3% of traffic #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:50 AM
.@americanair rep also appears concerned about length of deal (30 years) #atxcouncil #Atxgov August 27, 2015 11:50 AM
.@donzimmermanatx says he still hasnt seen a copy of the lease agreement. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 11:51 AM
Keith Hanson w Allegiant Air up. Supports deal, naturally. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:51 AM
sounds like Allegiant would be joined by Canada Air, Texas Air?, Frontier at S. Terminal. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:52 AM
Allegiant rep says that major carriers did not take part in conversations leading up to deal. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:52 AM
Allegiant rep says that s. terminal would be open to all airlines. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:53 AM
.@donzimmermanatax still looking for a copy of a lease. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity how can we award lease…we dont have August 27, 2015 11:55 AM
.@donzimmermanatax still looking for a copy of a lease. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity how can we award lease…we dont have August 27, 2015 11:55 AM
.@kathietovo wonders how long it might take to negotiate w airlines. ABIA staff says could be like a year. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:57 AM
major airlines pitching extension of terms at main terminal. @kathietovo, like @oraatx1 seems ready to move as existed. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:57 AM
.@poolforaustin also ready to go ahead w s. terminal deal as is. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:58 AM
RT @PointAustin: @MKanin Fundamental misunderstanding of roles & authority of Council vs city management. August 27, 2015 11:58 AM
.@d5kitchen, on the other hand, wonders why extension for majors isnt connected to s. terminal. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 11:59 AM

Thursday, August 27, 2015 12PM

ABIA staff breaks it down: if s. terminal fails, reimbursement would come from non-airline revenue, so not connected. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:00 PM
RT @eraycollins: @PointAustin @MKanin I don’t think he misunderstands, micromanagement is his way of life. August 27, 2015 12:01 PM
.@d5kitchen asks when ABIA might start w new lease negotiations w airlines. ABIA: whenever they want. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:02 PM
.@d5kitchen is ready to go ahead w s. terminal, but is concerned about open-ended process w major. wants report back. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:02 PM
.@sherigallod10 asks who will manage s. terminal. answer: vendor (Highstar) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:03 PM
ABIA oversees, but Highstar manages. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:03 PM
.@sherigallod10 not ready to hand management over to Highstar. doesnt see why #atxgov wouldnt manage s. terminal itself #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 12:05 PM
so @SheriGalloD10 will be a no on 1. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:05 PM
.@donzimmermanatx offers amendment that would strike capital recovery in deal. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:06 PM
would remove #atxgov responsibility for loan payback, says @donzimmermanatx #atxcouncil #zimcity August 27, 2015 12:07 PM
.@donzimmermanatx suggests that deal, as is, would leave #atxgov without cap on risk. #atxcouncil #zimcity August 27, 2015 12:08 PM
.@kathietovo asks ABIA staff whether Highstar had agreed to $11m cap. they say yes. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:09 PM
.@kathietovo also wonders whether Highsmith would walk w @donzimmermanatx amendment. ABIA believes so. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 12:10 PM
ABIA staff: we dont like capital recovery either, but its part of the deal. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:11 PM
ABIA staff: we dont like capital recovery either, but its part of the deal. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:11 PM
ABIA staff offers this risk: even w $11m cap, 3 new gates at s. terminal cost less than $24m for 1 at main terminal #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:11 PM
RT @JBriggeman: This has to be the weakest attempt at silencing journalists I’ve ever seen. Congratulations, @CapMetroATX. https://t.co/5YI August 27, 2015 12:14 PM
.@donzimmermanatx amendment fails yeas: 1 (#zimcity) Nays: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:17 PM
…and 1 passes yeas: 10 abstain: 1 (@donzimmermanatx) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 12:17 PM
Item 2
#atxcouncil has moved on to set the max tax rate. this is item 2. #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:21 PM
RT @AndraCLim: The rollback rate is 46.09 cents per $100 in taxable value #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 12:21 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Rollback rate raises roughly 8 percent more tax revenue than the past year, citizens could petition for election to lower #a August 27, 2015 12:21 PM
.@mayoradler angling toward lowering tax bills for residents. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:22 PM
.@ellenforaustin moves to reduce rate additional cent or so. would, she says, bring amount to number in budget. (.4598) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:24 PM
.@d5kitchen notes that #atxcouncil is only setting the maximum rate. actual rate setting gets set later. #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:24 PM
.@ellenforaustin grabs @D5Kitchen statement. says that her number is a commitment to get rate lower. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:25 PM
.@donzimmermanatx echoes @ellenforaustin here. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 12:25 PM
.@mayoradler not ready to make hard decisions re budget. waiting for debate. not comfortable making any value choices #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:26 PM
.@d5kitchen agrees w @mayoradler. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:27 PM
.@ellenforaustin amendment fails. yeas: 3 (Troxclair, @donzimmermanatx, & @sherigallod10) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 12:30 PM
nays: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:31 PM
#atxgov clerk calls roll on max tax rate. passes by same vote nays: (@ellenforaustin, @sherigallod10, @donzimmermanatx) #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 12:31 PM
yeas: #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:31 PM
nay from @donzimmermanatx was audibly forceful. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 12:32 PM
nay from @donzimmermanatx was audibly forceful. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 12:32 PM
Item 3
#atxcouncil moves along to item 3, setting the public hearing for the tax rate discussion. proposed: 9.10 at 9am, 9.17 at 4pm #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:33 PM
Item 2
nevermind, #atxcouncil is actually on the second graf of item 2? #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:34 PM
Item 3
okay. so. that was to set the final hearing on tax rate. thatll be sept. 22. NOW #atxcouncil moves to the public hearing dates, item 3. August 27, 2015 12:37 PM
.@donzimmermanatx moves to change time on 9.17 hearing to 5:30pm. seconded by .@oraatx1. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 12:38 PM
.@mayoradler notes #atxcouncil wont close hearing until folks have had a chance to register. wont close list until at least 6:30pm #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:40 PM
#atxgov clerk notes that sign-up wont close until #atxcouncil actually closes the hearing (like, as @mayoradler says, always) August 27, 2015 12:41 PM
and those hearings are set. yeas: 11 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:41 PM
Item 4
#atxcouncil moves along to item 4. this will point us all toward the public hearing, which is actually item 6. #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:42 PM
54 speakers on budget. #atxcouncil seems set to break for lunch. #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:42 PM
.@ellenforaustin suggests, to applause, #atxcouncil move ahead. @mayoradler notes that this will leave holes is dais for testimony. #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:43 PM
so it seems #atxcouncil will truck ahead, no break. im not sure we can say the same for your @austinmonitor crew. #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:44 PM
so im headed to lunch. @lizpagano will be here, but not tweeting. ill be back. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 12:46 PM

Thursday, August 27, 2015 2PM

GinSingh "@MKanin I don’t know how you keep all that #atxcouncil stuff straight – agenda item 4 is really 6, etc. – but thanks!"
@GinSingh of course, sometimes I don’t…. August 27, 2015 02:34 PM
Back at #atxcouncil. CMs on public comment on budget. Current batch is cadre pushing for $s for healthy corner store initiative #atxgov August 27, 2015 02:36 PM
#atxcouncil is, at this point, still mostly listening to advocates on budget priorities. #atxgov August 27, 2015 02:54 PM
RT @cubbie9000: CapMetro stressing that they didn’t vindictively block journalists. Seems @JBriggeman had the right idea here: https://t.co August 27, 2015 02:59 PM

Thursday, August 27, 2015 3PM

RT @cubbie9000: @DanKeshet @JBriggeman Yup. Look for it in our next edition of Reporter’s Notebook. August 27, 2015 03:35 PM
#atxcouncil still hearing public input on budget. Current speakers urging funding for A-A youth harvest effort. #atxgov August 27, 2015 03:51 PM

Thursday, August 27, 2015 4PM

#atxcouncil appears close to the end of public input on budget. #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:02 PM
#atxcouncil appears close to the end of public input on budget. #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:02 PM
.@MayorAdler reading required script on public hearing closure. #atxgov #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:03 PM
This brings #atxcouncil to take a swipe at the menu of budget options. Seems this will be just a dipping of toes. #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:05 PM
The concept menu is a list of suggested budget adds and subtractions for example…#atxcouncil #atxgov http://t.co/G1gMObuHC3 August 27, 2015 04:07 PM
Doc is 11 pages printed, front and back. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:08 PM
#atxcouncil is now into how they will discuss concept menu. #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:09 PM
.@MayorAdler suggests #atxcouncil take up the issue of #atxgov raises. August 27, 2015 04:10 PM
It’ll be a bit more broad…anything that has to do w #atxgov employ and benefits. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:11 PM
.@MayorAdler paints current discussion as a way for #atxcouncil to get an idea of where CMs stand #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:11 PM
.@SheriGalloD10 asks what #atxgov proposed budget would mean for property taxes vs 2015. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:12 PM
#atxgov says that current budget would allow for a $12 decrease in tax bill for $217k homeowner #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:13 PM
.@mayoradler also points to $5.9m in #atxgov budget that is unallocated, could be dropped, sent to reserves, allocated #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:16 PM
BrandonTucker "@MKanin Buys me lunch at @torchystacos sounds good to me."
@BrandonTucker #atxgov budget season is fast turning into marketing opportunity for local taco stands… August 27, 2015 04:16 PM
RT @lizpagano: Okay! City Manager’s proposed budget would save avg homeowner $12. Time to play #beatthatbudget #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:19 PM
.@donzimmermanatx pitches killing utility transfers? but wants money to just show up in the budget, in the gen fund #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:22 PM
RT @lizpagano: FYI – there is $5.9 million in unallocated funds, and about $50 million in budget increases on the concept menu (this is maj August 27, 2015 04:24 PM
CMgr Ott: suggests that allocation as pitched would increase enterprise funds cost of doing business #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 04:25 PM
.@donzimmermanatx brings us to a specific question (menu item) about econ dev transfers. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 04:26 PM
this menu item would eliminate enterprise fund support of econ dev funds. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 04:27 PM
.@mayoradler would prefer to make conversation more broad; phrase as whether or not we should be funding econ dev as #atxgov #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:28 PM
.@mayoradler would prefer to make conversation more broad; phrase as whether or not we should be funding econ dev as #atxgov #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:28 PM
.@kathietovo says she regards AE transfer not as technical issue. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:28 PM
RT @AKMcGlinchy: .@lizpagano, right now they’re talking about raising min. wage for temp. workers to $13.03…do you know why only temp wor August 27, 2015 04:29 PM
RT @lizpagano: @AKMcGlinchy Good question. I assume that it’s because that’s being addressed via that other process, but that doesn’t actua August 27, 2015 04:29 PM
CMs appear ready to dive into specific issues; @mayoradler wants to keep conversation more broad. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:30 PM
as @lizpagano says, they are all over the map #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:30 PM
for the record, @mayoradler isnt ready to cut support for #atxgov economic development. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:31 PM
seems that @kathietovo, @d5kitchen are ready to go (w @mayoradler) into employees and benefits. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:32 PM
.@mayoradler wants to get into each of the nine areas listed on menu today #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:32 PM
.@ellenforaustin casts conversation re econ dev (her proposal) not about defunding EDD, but how to pay for it. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:34 PM
#atxcouncil collectively moves into employees and benefits. @d5kitchen sets up item on health coverage for #atxgov temps August 27, 2015 04:34 PM
as pitched, this item would cost $2.3m #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:35 PM
.@gregoriocasar also wants to include living wage for temps. but recognizes many priorities. looking for best package. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:38 PM
.@gregoriocasar suggests that temp proposals could guide depts to hire full time staff when jobs are full time rolls. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:39 PM
RT @impactnews_cta: Mayor: rubs me the wrong way we’ve had employees working here for so long & they’re still called temps #ATXcouncil August 27, 2015 04:42 PM
.@kathietovo supports trying to find room for living wage and health insurance for temps in #atxgov budget. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:44 PM
.@kathietovo suggests that some temp employees maybe working 6 months on, one off and such #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:45 PM
.@kathietovo also points out, and #atxgov staff confirms, that summer youth employees would not be included here. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:45 PM
#atxgov staff suggests that cycling of temps is part of depts trying to game city policy about how it uses temps. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:46 PM
.@kathietovo worries that same effect might be engaged with health insurance coverage. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:47 PM
.@kathietovo worries that same effect might be engaged with health insurance coverage. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:47 PM
(like 11 months working, one off, and restarting clock) #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:47 PM
.@gregoriocasar looking to work w #atxgov to find administrative solution to curb temp cycling. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 04:48 PM
.@donzimmermanatx wants to gauge #atxcouncil w vote on salary, benes for temp employees. @mayoradler sees as oversimplification #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:51 PM
.@mayoradler and @donzimmermanatx going back and forth over that idea…@d3forpio brings us back to specifics. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:53 PM
.@d3forpio trying to get handle on variety of props related to temp workers & costs. @mayoradler not adding lines yet. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:56 PM
.@poolforaustin says shell continue to support good pay for #atxgov workers. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 04:57 PM

Thursday, August 27, 2015 5PM

.@d5kitchen asks about a non-specific pitch from @ellenforaustin that would restructure raises for non-sworns by $6m. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:00 PM
#atxgov says theyve looked at options, including delay of market rate salary implementation and delayed raises. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 05:02 PM
ah. the TBDs in @ellenforaustin pitch come from staff. still working on exact numbers. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:03 PM
.@ellenforaustin says she favors 3% raise, also looking for savings. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:04 PM
.@ellenforaustin on tiered raise: that was my attempt at being a progressive…i guess im not cut out for it #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:05 PM
.@donzimmermanatx says budget is rigged against fiscal conservatives. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 05:06 PM
and with those last two remarks, ill say thats first real partisanship (jokes count!) ive seen in 5 years of watching #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:07 PM
.@dgarzaford2 notes pace, suggests well all be here past midnight. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:09 PM
and that brings us back to process, with @mayoradler urging #atxcouncil to move more quickly. #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:09 PM
to that: @DGarzaforD2 says, i still dont have any idea where anybody stands. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:10 PM
we keep moving. #atxcouncil goes to parks. #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:10 PM
wait. nope. @sherigallod10 back to temp worker compensation qs. and concerns on stability of pension fund contributions. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:15 PM
.@sherigallod10 looking for way to carve off some part of pension fund contributions in name of savings. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:17 PM
.@sherigallod10 looking for way to carve off some part of pension fund contributions in name of savings. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:17 PM
answer from staff is: not really #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:18 PM
.@mayoradler suggests that discussion of pension policies is a broader one, not for budget. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:20 PM
#atxcouncil moves along to parks. #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:21 PM
.@kathietovo calls Georgian Acres park is really critical #atxcouncil #atxgov. August 27, 2015 05:21 PM
.@gregoriocasar brought a powerpoint (re: georgian acres)! #atxcouncil #atxgov #shadesofspelman August 27, 2015 05:22 PM
.@gregoriocasar powerpoint suggests need for Georgian Acres. argument here includes notion that area is a parks desert. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:24 PM
RT @HGerbracht: .@MKanin @GregorioCasar needs more slides. And references to home appliances. August 27, 2015 05:24 PM
.@d5kitchen wants to have conversation about how we approach parks #atxcouncil #atxgov looking for dollar figure, then to backfill August 27, 2015 05:27 PM
.@donzimmermanatx suggests that #atxcouncil go district by district w $ figure allotted per district. #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 05:28 PM
.@d5kitchen resistant to that idea. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:28 PM
RT @lizpagano: Zimmerman just proposed dividing the budget equally between districts, I think. Kind of radical, but I guess it would shorte August 27, 2015 05:30 PM
lizpagano "Zimmerman just proposed dividing the budget equally between districts, I think. Kind of radical, but I guess it would shorten meetings."
@lizpagano #whatwouldthezimbuild? August 27, 2015 05:30 PM
.@oraatx1 calls on #atxcouncil to think holistically, include maintenance for Parks too…#atxgov August 27, 2015 05:31 PM
and @oraatx1 wants to know cost of dwntn library FTEs #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:32 PM
library staff: 48 FTEs is barebones minimum to open. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:32 PM
#atxcouncil moves along to public safety. @mayoradler suggests EMS, body cameras, and FTEs are big issues. #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:35 PM
.@dgarzaford2 highlights fact #atxcouncil will have different priorities. notes that parks and libraries are also public safety. #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:37 PM
.@dgarzaford2 pivots to EMS proposal, says EMS is taxed and that they need some help, introduces 42 hour work week #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:38 PM
.@donzimmermanatx would limit APD hires to 53, remove funding for Lt. assigned to FBI counterterror task force. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 05:40 PM
.@donzimmermanatx would limit APD hires to 53, remove funding for Lt. assigned to FBI counterterror task force. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 05:40 PM
.@d5kitchen also backs reductions in APD hiring, to the point that it doesnt impact public safety. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:43 PM
.@kathietovo looking for cost impact of moving to EMS 42-hour work week. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:43 PM
EMS Chief: one-time equipment costs. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:44 PM
RT @GregorioCasar: @MKanin keeping the tradition alive! I’m also stuck with his office, parking spot, & place on dais. @HGerbracht @lubomud August 27, 2015 05:45 PM
sounds like lots of #atxcouncil support for EMS 42-hour work week. #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:46 PM
.@kathietovo looking for rationale behind proposals to limit APD staff to 53 and no funding for counterterror Lt. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:48 PM
.@donzimmermanatx: not sure we can fill cadets, hire no. of officers. adds: no community policing metric #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 05:49 PM
proposal to drop payment for Lt. on counterterror came from @oraatx1, doesnt see reason to pay for fed employee #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:51 PM
.@d3forpio defends community policing. notes hes been involved for 20 years. casts community approach as effective. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:51 PM
.@oraatx1 fires back: Im an advocate for community policing but wants to direct dollars to other social programs #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:55 PM
APD promises metric to track efficacy of community policing. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 05:59 PM

Thursday, August 27, 2015 6PM

.@D5kitchen asks how other communities do community policing. @ArtAcevedo promises to share that information. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:10 PM
.@sherigallod10 brings STRs into policing conversation. wonders if code could respond to STR noice complaints. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:11 PM
.@artacevedo: wed love to give it up (STR noise complaints). suggests it is a safety issue. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:11 PM
RT @lizpagano: @MKanin short-term rentals, short-term rentals, short-term rentals, short-term rentals, short-term rentals #shorttermrentals August 27, 2015 06:13 PM
lizpagano "@MKanin short-term rentals, short-term rentals, short-term rentals, short-term rentals, short-term rentals #shorttermrentals"
@lizpagano best use of Twitter August 27, 2015 06:13 PM
.@d3forpio asks how a reduction to 53 new APD FTEs would impact. @ArtAcevedo: would hurt relationship bldng. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:15 PM
.@ellenforaustin notes the 53 APD hire number shes offered is not particularly inspired but intended to start convo #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:19 PM
.@ellenforaustin appreciates @d5kitchen proposals. also notes cut of FTEs not lack of care re: public safety. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:20 PM
.@ellenforaustin appreciates @d5kitchen proposals. also notes cut of FTEs not lack of care re: public safety. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:20 PM
.@oraatx1 also notes concern about APD officers not living in #atxgov. suggests officers could live as far as DFW #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 06:21 PM
.@donzimmermanatx back to solve crimes. suggests that solving a burglary improves community relationships. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 06:23 PM
.@artacevedo wonders where idea that APD doesnt want to solve crimes comes from. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 06:24 PM
.@artacevedo says #atxgov slightly above natl avg. @donzimmermanatx disputes, adds that natl avg is abismal #atxcouncil #zimcity August 27, 2015 06:26 PM
.@d5kitchen wonders how much more time #atxcouncil wants to spend on policing, @lizpagano suggests 67% #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:27 PM
.@mayoradler suggests that #atxcouncil wont have enough info on policing tonight. #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:28 PM
RT @AndraCLim: So far, #atxcouncil grilling Acevedo and Manley about what community policing is and whether it would decrease crime August 27, 2015 06:28 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Adler suggests that #atxcouncil submit questions to APD after Kitchen notes they have many more items to get through August 27, 2015 06:28 PM
RT @juliogatx: Here’s the property crime trend for Austin via APD’s annual report. http://t.co/kDGbPtuic5 August 27, 2015 06:29 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Kitchen: What you’re hearing from me & others are concerns about balance of budget (GF budget is 70% public safety) #atxcoun August 27, 2015 06:29 PM
.@ellenforaustin moves #atxcouncil to expenditure for renting rest of Shady Hollow Fire Station. #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:30 PM
.@dgarzaford2 notes that AFD has called for 5 new fire stations, sees @ellenforaustin proposal a good opportunity. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:32 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Garza: I don’t know why CMs feel bad advocating for their districts (after Troxclair talks fire station in her district) #at August 27, 2015 06:34 PM
.@gregoriocasar raises plan to shift $$s from Code to found a community nonprof that would handle property rights issues #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:37 PM
more on @gregoriocasar proposal here: http://t.co/cGMcNONyyZ #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:38 PM
#atxcouncil taking a minute to discuss whereto for the evening. will go until 8. #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:40 PM
#atxcouncil moves along to fees #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:41 PM
.@ellenforaustin, @sherigallod10 looking at ways to cut back on utility bill costs. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:44 PM
.@sherigallod10 suggests that, tied into utility bill rates, are long histories of #atxcouncil pet projects #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:44 PM
.@sherigallod10 suggests that, tied into utility bill rates, are long histories of #atxcouncil pet projects #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:44 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Kitchen says she supports Troxclair proposal to lower the average utility bill “in general” #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 06:45 PM
RT @AndraCLim: #atxcouncil members, mayor: People might be willing to pay more in areas of transportation, permitting August 27, 2015 06:48 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Houston: I support organics, but when we expand city-wide, it’s an extra cost for those on fixed income #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 06:48 PM
.@d3forpio says he is really struggling to support #atxgov-wide curside organics pickup. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 06:49 PM
.@d3forpio raises concerns about culture of resource recovery department. suggests some inefficiency. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 06:50 PM
RT @AndraCLim: #atxcouncil now onto temporary food permit fees August 27, 2015 06:53 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Back on the organics program, Casar said he supports giving it a shot #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 06:59 PM

Thursday, August 27, 2015 7PM

.@kathietovo doesnt want to make it impossible for small groups to have events but sees need for change in fees #Atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:00 PM
#atxcouncil moves along to utilities…#atxgov August 27, 2015 07:01 PM
.@kathietovo brings #atxcouncil to discussion on VASH/CAP program #atxgov #ae August 27, 2015 07:05 PM
RT @PointAustin: APD only at 41%, public safety at 71% — and that’s the way the money goes . . . https://t.co/pG4aUArk0r August 27, 2015 07:06 PM
.@gregoriocasar looking for number for cost of enrolling all on CAP list. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:09 PM
and #atxcouncil moves along to financial policies #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:11 PM
.@d3forpio asks re @SheriGalloD10 proposal for across board cuts in depts. CM Gallo says 20% meant as discussion starter #Atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:15 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Gallo on proposal to cut budget for traveling, training, etc.: not an attempt to “micromanage” but to do some “belt-tighteni August 27, 2015 07:16 PM
RT @lorddtynan: .@MKanin @d3forpio @SheriGalloD10 it takes guts to propose those cuts after just increasing CMs personal staff headcount #a August 27, 2015 07:18 PM
.@ellenforaustin wonders about increase of budget stabilization fund from 12% to 12.5%. would prefer not to. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:20 PM
#atxgov staff says that 12.5% is based on projected needs. #atxcouncil adds, on prompt from @mayoradler, that 12% is longtime policy. August 27, 2015 07:22 PM
.@mayoradler wonders about nature of policy that results in 12%, suggests it is overly conservative. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:24 PM
.@mayoradler wonders about nature of policy that results in 12%, suggests it is overly conservative. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:24 PM
.@mayoradler suggests tying stabilization number to funds as overall percentage of, not set percentage. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:26 PM
.@ellenforaustin asks if $2m in stabilization fund is not accounted for. answer: yes. plus $1.5m in other cont funds. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:30 PM
.@ellenforaustin would like to use this money to bring down tax rate. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:32 PM
.@gregoriocasar looking to reduce ad budget for Code; @sherigallod10 wants to look at ad budget across #atxgov #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 07:34 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Gallo: I would prefer to spend our money on people rather than advertising (she proposed to cut advertising positions) #atxc August 27, 2015 07:37 PM
.@kathietovo looks for details about proposed contract rates for two large firms. deals would be in budget. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:40 PM
#atxcouncil now moves along to quality of life. 20 minutes to reported hard stop #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:44 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Houston: 10 years later, little financial support for African-American quality of life initiatives #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 07:44 PM
.@oraatx1 pitching package of dollars that would be aimed at african-american quality of life issues. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:47 PM
.@mayoradler wonders if @oraatx1 pitch is drawing recurring gen fund items, or if they could be funded elsewise. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:48 PM
#atxgov staff to @MayorAdler: that analysis hasnt been done. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 07:48 PM
.@donzimmermanatx: funding 4 a-a QOL $s might bring requests from european americans, native americans #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 07:51 PM
.@donzimmermanatx adds that #atxgov could be sued for discrimination, with QOL $s. asks for response from city legal. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 07:52 PM
#atxgov legal: this is not a legal question #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity August 27, 2015 07:52 PM
tcb "@MKanin Is he the one planning on doing the suing?"
@tcb fine question August 27, 2015 07:53 PM
.@dgarzaforD2 & @gregoriocasar looking for hispanic quality of life programs. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:55 PM
with five minutes left, #atxcouncil dives into economic development #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:56 PM
.@d3forpio expresses concerns over Capital Idea program. doesnt believe that #atxgov is getting its moneys worth. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 07:56 PM
RT @cubbie9000: 10-1, everybody. 10-1. https://t.co/GHCrmelXZg August 27, 2015 07:56 PM
RT @cubbie9000: 10-1, everybody. 10-1. https://t.co/GHCrmelXZg August 27, 2015 07:56 PM
.@d3forpio on capital idea: other groups in #atxgov doing far more with less money. #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 07:58 PM
.@kathietovo: ROI for capital idea is good. suggests money well spent there. adds that other programs are worthy too #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:59 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Tovo: Capital IDEA keeps good records, documents and has good information about return on investment #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 07:59 PM
.@oraatx1 says she has the same concern that @d3forpio has over capital idea. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 07:59 PM

Thursday, August 27, 2015 8PM

.@sherigallod10 brings up AIPP. suggests #atxgov so short on infrastructure. suggests there could be wider policy discussion #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 08:01 PM
RT @civicanalytics: @AndraCLim thanks to Chris King & gang @TheLBJSchool Ray Marshall Center. August 27, 2015 08:02 PM
.@dgarzaford2 suggests that @d3forpio comparison of capital idea to goodwill program is apples-orange. backs CI program. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 08:03 PM
.@ellenforaustin highlights effort by her, @poolforaustin to fund 2 #atxgov music office FTEs called for by austin music census #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 08:05 PM
RT @civicanalytics: @MKanin not apples oranges if city required cost-benefit for all econ dev and work dev programs. August 27, 2015 08:05 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Gallo, Zimmerman questioning art in public places spending. Adler going over benefits of public art #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 08:07 PM
.@d3forpio suggests that AIPP program suffers from departmental issues. calls for better management in office. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 08:08 PM
.@donzimmermanatx tries to sneak in a motion to adjourn. no vote on it. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 08:08 PM
.@oraatx1 also has concerns about AIPP. suggests that community input doesnt get heard. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 08:09 PM
.@kathietovo also highlights support for sobriety center. #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 08:09 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Tovo supportive of increased funding for sobriety center, AISD items #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 08:10 PM
.@poolforaustin highlights AHA pitch for healthy corner stores; @adlerforaustin, a call for a chief equity officer #atxcouncil #atxgov August 27, 2015 08:10 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Pool on $6.7 million on HHS social services contracts: Need to look at carefully and fund as much as possible #atxcouncil August 27, 2015 08:12 PM
#atxcouncil members now moving through what sounds like a verbal checklist of items they support. #atxgov August 27, 2015 08:14 PM
…but thats it. #atxcouncil adjourns. thanks for following along. #atxgov August 27, 2015 08:15 PM
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