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TickTock: Austin City Council meeting 9.1.2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Michael Kanin
ITEMS

TickTock for Friday, September 2, 2016

Participants:

MKanin 174

scATX 1

neville_park 1

eraycollins 1

StephanieKTrinh 1

davidahartman 1

PointAustin 1

Thursday, September 01, 2016 10AM

Checking in from #atxcouncil where we’re watching ALL kinds of stuff. More (for All Access readers) here: https://t.co/KthnzyVQCV #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:08 AM
We are expecting a briefing on issues related to the Zucker Report at 10:30 or after #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:18 AM
we’ve also got dueling requests for a time certain on the expedited permit review item. that’ll be at or after 2 or 6:30 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:19 AM
#atxcouncil is under way #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:19 AM
pulled: 2, 4, 10, 14, 15, 16, 22, 25, 29 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:25 AM
Item 29
#atxcouncil now debating the time certain for item 29. #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:25 AM
@D5Kitchen notes that the 6:30 time certain on 29 is to ensure folks can get here after work #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:26 AM
Item 29
@SheriGalloD10 seems okay with the idea of going with 6:30 for item 29. 29 is expedited permitting #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:26 AM
so 29 (expedited permitting) and 50 (tenant relocation) will both be set for 6:30 or later time certain #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:27 AM
#atxcouncil into citcom on consent agenda #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:28 AM
Item 2
item 2 has been placed back on consent #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:32 AM
consent passes. #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:33 AM
Item 51
seems item 51 will be ppd at 4pm. 51 is a vaguely worded item to amend imagine austin #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:34 AM
Item 46
item 46, the garage apartment item, also seems likely headed for ppd #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:34 AM
Item 34
#atxcouncil heads to item 34, the item to appoint an interim city manager #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:36 AM
CitCom first on 34 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:37 AM
welp, that was quick. after David King, #atxcouncil will head to exec session “for 10 minutes” #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:38 AM
Item 37
first, they will ppd item 37–the champions tract–until 9.22 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:39 AM
37 ppd. yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:39 AM
off the dais: @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:39 AM
#atxcouncil now in exec session to discuss interim city manager #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 10:40 AM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 11AM

#atxcouncil looks set to return here in just a second #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:05 AM
#atxcouncil is back #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:09 AM
Item 4
seems we won’t do interim city manager yet. instead, item 4. 4 is for the historic rehab of Oakwood Cemetery Chapel #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:10 AM
i step away from this for one minute and we start talking about zombies #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:19 AM
to be clear: stakeholder is not happy that folks dress up for halloween and head to the cemetery. #atxcouncil #Atxgov September 01, 2016 11:20 AM
@DonZimmermanATX agrees with the sentiment, but not sure how one would police it #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:21 AM
@Oraatx1 was against the idea of limiting halloween events at the cemetery #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:21 AM
but really, we’re talking about restoring a building #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:22 AM
@DonZimmermanATX would rather see the public dollars here go toward irrigation than to chapel renovation #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:22 AM
city staff making an excellent point here: different folks celebrate the dead in different ways #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:24 AM
RT @PointAustin: #21stCenturyProblems #ATXCouncil https://t.co/6xwyJxtEhx September 01, 2016 11:26 AM
MPT @kathietovo notes that she is going to explore using some ACVB funds to help with civic buildings. #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:27 AM
sigh. context.
https://t.co/7jQCDLVtDU
September 01, 2016 11:28 AM
4 passes. yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:29 AM
off the dais: @MayorAdler & @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:30 AM
Item 14
we move along to item 14. 14 is for computer hardware, thru the combined purchasing route #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:31 AM
neville_park "@PointAustin @DanKeshet @MKanin Canada, too, has pondered this question https://t.co/ETTgb64mkC"
@neville_park @PointAustin @DanKeshet woah September 01, 2016 11:32 AM
citizens here are telling #atxcouncil that they can have staff negotiate this deal #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:34 AM
@DonZimmermanATX suggests that staff has spent only a portion of the dollars authorized since FY13 for computers #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:36 AM
@SheriGalloD10 wants to ppd this pending more information; wants to tie it “more closely to actual spending” #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:39 AM
Here’s an amendment about all this from @SheriGalloD10 #ATXCouncil #atxgov https://t.co/5gS3yUEmWX September 01, 2016 11:43 AM
Council questions here are circling around what appears to be spending below appropriation for these computers #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:43 AM
@GregCasar wonders if unspent funds could be re-appropriated, but notes that appropriation is diff’t than authorization #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:45 AM
basically: staff wants the dollars to get what it needs, but doesn’t always spend that much #Atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:46 AM
sometimes staff asks for authorizations that are over budget, suggests @SheriGalloD10 . #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:47 AM
a few times this morning, CMs have tried to reign in @DonZimmermanATX a bit–mostly on what they see as rhetorical ?s #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:54 AM
14 passes. yeas: 9 #Atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:55 AM
nays: @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:55 AM
items 15 and 16 then also pass. yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:56 AM
nays: @DonZimmermanATX #atxgov #atxcouncil September 01, 2016 11:56 AM
Item 22
that moves us along to item 22. 22 is for garage door maintenance #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:57 AM
concerns here from @DonZimmermanATX again, who argues that contract has increased unreasonably #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 11:57 AM
staff: contract has increased because #atxgov anticipates more need #atxcouncil September 01, 2016 11:59 AM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 12PM

22 passes. yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 12:00 PM
nay is @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 12:00 PM
and now the manager’s seat is firing at @DonZimmermanATX, objects to accusations of “sandbagging” #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 12:01 PM
@DonZimmermanATX fires back. “we don’t have any fiscal discipline here” #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 12:01 PM
with that, we head to CitCom #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 12:01 PM
and your @austinmonitor team heads to lunch #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 12:02 PM
#atxcouncil expects to be back about 1:45 #atxgov September 01, 2016 12:02 PM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 2PM

#atxcouncil set to return #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:24 PM
Item 25
#atxcouncil is back and headed to item 25. 25 is an interlocal w UT for salamander research #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:28 PM
@DonZimmermanATX tries to kill. suggests $ for Rape Kit DNA testing more important. colleagues suggest false equivalency #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:32 PM
@GregCasar confident #atxcouncil will find $ for rape kit testing; @PoolforAustin looks forward to @DonZimmermanATX support #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:33 PM
25 passes. yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:36 PM
abstains: @SheriGalloD10 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:36 PM
@DonZimmermanATX is the nay #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:36 PM
Item 10
#atxcouncil moves along to item 10. this is the Wildhorse PID item. #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:37 PM
our latest on 10 is here, courtesy of @JackCraver: https://t.co/vlwdDKLEUf #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:38 PM
@MayorAdler moves adoption of Wildhorse PID w amendment #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:39 PM
@Oraatx1 will also have some amendments #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:39 PM
@Oraatx1 handed this out to media row prior to discussion #atxcouncil #atxgov https://t.co/Xqrsy6xahb September 01, 2016 02:40 PM
@Oraatx1 worries about the nature of the agreement. doesn’t like #atxgov role as just an observer #atxcouncil September 01, 2016 02:40 PM
Here is the Mayor’s amendment to the Wildhorse PID res #ATXCouncil #atxgov https://t.co/bORsDqz84I September 01, 2016 02:51 PM
MPT @kathietovo wonders if #atxcouncil rejection would allow developer here to continue working w #atxgov? staff: no. September 01, 2016 02:53 PM
but staff also suggests that #atxcouncil should fix its policy #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:53 PM
davidahartman "@MKanin interesting thx."
@davidahartman ‘course! September 01, 2016 02:53 PM
@Oraatx1 thanks all for additions, but will still vote against this #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:54 PM
10, Wildhorse PID passes. Yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:59 PM
nays: @Oraatx1 & @kathietovo #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 02:59 PM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 3PM

@GregCasar takes a minute to thank #TravCo for following better builder standards on Wildhorse PID #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 03:00 PM
#atxcouncil now turns to appoint an interim city manager #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 03:00 PM
BREAKING: new #atxgov interim City manager lining up to be Elaine Hart #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 03:01 PM
#atxcouncil will leave ACMs in their current positions. #atxgov September 01, 2016 03:02 PM
@Oraatx1 makes the motion for Hart as interim CMgr #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 03:02 PM
Elaine Hart appointed interim City Manager. yeas: 10 (unanimous w those on dais) #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 03:03 PM
#atxcouncil now discussing next steps toward permanent City Manager #atxgov September 01, 2016 03:05 PM
#atxcouncil looking at services that will be performed by contractor looking for new City Manager #atxgov September 01, 2016 03:06 PM
in short: #atxgov will issue solicitation for an executive search firm, with an eye toward recruitment start in November #atxcouncil September 01, 2016 03:08 PM
here’s staff’s initial scope of services for CMgr search firm #atxcouncil #atxgov: https://t.co/D3Jd3uI2XL September 01, 2016 03:13 PM
#atxcouncil moving along to the briefing on Zucker Report progress. #atxgov September 01, 2016 03:25 PM
#atxgov staff suggests that turnaround times on a pilot volume builder program have dropped from +2 weeks to less than 1 #atxcouncil September 01, 2016 03:38 PM
@Oraatx1 & @MayorAdler praising Dev Services Dept head Gonzales for the work he’s done thus far on Zucker report items #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 03:59 PM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 4PM

@D5Kitchen adds her note of thanks #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:00 PM
@SheriGalloD10 suggests that code department be folded in under DSD #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:02 PM
with all that, briefing concludes. we move along to Austin Housing Finance Corp items #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:03 PM
Item 51
#atxcouncil now set to ppd item 51. 51 ppd to 10/6 #atxgov @lizpagano wrote about this here: https://t.co/4E0pwmUK3N September 01, 2016 04:17 PM
Item 48
we move along to item 48 and 49. 49 is w.drawn. 48 will be ppd until…sometime. (be back later for date) #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:18 PM
Item 47
#atxcouncil now moves along to item 47. 47 is for a MF affordable housing project at 1143 shady lane #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:19 PM
#atxcouncil closes public hearing on 47, passes endorsement of project yeas: 9 #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:20 PM
abstain is @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:20 PM
#atxcouncil now moves along to the budget item. will hear public testimony on #atxgov budget. September 01, 2016 04:21 PM
Item 45
#atxcouncil will take up item 45 on tax rate first. one speaker here #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:21 PM
#ATxcouncil closes hearing on tax rate. moves along to budget hearing #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:26 PM
Item 44
the budget hearing is item 44. this is the last time that #atxcouncil will conduct a public hearing on the 2017 budget. #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:28 PM
first batch of speakers on budget pushing for $ for DNA lab & rape kit processing. backlog currently 4 years #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:31 PM
Austin Interfaith up next. Looking for $1.2+m for parent support specialists, $ for after-school programs, more #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 04:43 PM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 5PM

testimony continues in support of $s for DNA lab and rape kit processing #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 05:02 PM
Emotional @GregCasar takes a moment to promise rape survivors and advocates that #atxcouncil will find the $s for rape kit testing #atxgov September 01, 2016 05:12 PM
scATX "@MKanin wait, are you saying it’s backed up by 4 years? Like, that is the oldest one?"
@scATX that was what one of the advocates said. Not in a position to verify just now September 01, 2016 05:14 PM
MKanin "@scATX that was what one of the advocates said. Not in a position to verify just now"
@scATX tho, of course, no reason to doubt the number September 01, 2016 05:15 PM
Zach Theater stage hand reps back to push #atxcouncil to insert contract language in Zach lease that would allow collective barg #atxgov September 01, 2016 05:16 PM
Item 48
#atxcouncil pauses budget testimony to ppd item 48. 240 minutes of public testimony left #atxgov September 01, 2016 05:28 PM
should also note that expedited permitting and tenant relocation have about two hours (together) worth of testimony #Atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 05:29 PM
Item 48
item 48 ppd until 11.8 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 05:30 PM
#atxcouncil breaks. will be back at 6:45, 7. #atxgov September 01, 2016 05:30 PM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 6PM

@DonZimmermanATX piñata at workers’ rally outside #atxgov City Hall #ATXCouncil https://t.co/GgThpRNSfe September 01, 2016 06:22 PM
#atxcouncil due back in about 15 minutes. #atxgov September 01, 2016 06:27 PM
#atxcouncil returns. and picks up where it left off with public testimony on the 2017 #atxgov budget September 01, 2016 06:56 PM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 7PM

StephanieKTrinh "@MKanin are they really doing all budget testimony before relo??"
@StephanieKTrinh seems so September 01, 2016 07:03 PM
@MayorAdler pauses budget hearing. two remaining items have agreed to limit speakers to 4/side. trying to move to those #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:29 PM
those two items are expedited permitting and tenant relocation #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:29 PM
#atxcouncil will also take more budget testimony in between taking these two items #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:30 PM
Item 50
with that, we move along to item 50. 50 is tenant relocation #atxgov #atxcouncil September 01, 2016 07:30 PM
@d3forpio moves approval of item #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:31 PM
our most recent on tenant relocation is here, courtesy of @JoClifton78704 #atxcouncil #atxgov https://t.co/UqAjjjpLei September 01, 2016 07:32 PM
These amendments were just added to tenant relocation #ATXCouncil #atxgov https://t.co/z6eUCNjxKC September 01, 2016 07:33 PM
#atxcouncil will now hear testimony from advocates on both sides of the tenant relocation ord #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:33 PM
It seems @SheriGalloD10 will eventually offer these amendments #ATXCouncil #atxgov https://t.co/T9RROdxLXr September 01, 2016 07:35 PM
CitCom concluded, #atxcouncil moves into deliberations. @SheriGalloD10 laying out her amendments now #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:45 PM
says @SheriGalloD10, #atxcouncil should be sure that tenants who receive relocation aid be in “good standing” #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:46 PM
“good standing” here means not in arrears on rent for more than 45 days #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:46 PM
@GregCasar won’t support either of @SheriGalloD10 amends. would rather work these issues out in guidelines #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:47 PM
@GregCasar also worries that “unintended consequences” could surface #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:48 PM
@kathietovo also won’t support amendments #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:48 PM
some concern here about 45 day limit making notification timing a manipulative thing #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:49 PM
@GregCasar also worries about what happens w @SheriGalloD10 if tenant is on month to month lease #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:49 PM
@DonZimmermanATX will support. Raises legal concerns, outline here by attny Roger Borgelt #atxgov #atxcouncil https://t.co/frS9kqor9h September 01, 2016 07:51 PM
MKanin "@DonZimmermanATX will support. Raises legal concerns, outline here by attny Roger Borgelt #atxgov #atxcouncil https://t.co/frS9kqor9h"
yikes. that image didn’t work. #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:51 PM
@PoolforAustin @d3forpio will also not support @SheriGalloD10 amends #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:52 PM
seems these might have a tough time passing #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:53 PM
@MayorAdler also won’t support #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:53 PM
Gallo amend 2 fails. nays: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:55 PM
yeas: @SheriGalloD10 @DonZimmermanATX September 01, 2016 07:55 PM
@SheriGalloD10 amend 1 fails. nays: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:56 PM
yeas: @DonZimmermanATX @SheriGalloD10 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:56 PM
#atxcouncil now poised to pass tenant relocation w @MayorAdler amends. #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:56 PM
@GregCasar, in his wind up to vote, calls it a great day to be part of a progressive #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:57 PM
@GregCasar closes his remarks to applause in chambers #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:58 PM
@SheriGalloD10 asks where $1.6m to fund relocation program will come from #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:59 PM
staff: haven’t identified funding. it’s on budget concept menu (to be potentially added) #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 07:59 PM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 8PM

In her remarks, @kathietovo shouts out to former #atxcouncil colleague @LAURAatCityHall for work in getting relocation ord done #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:01 PM
@DonZimmermanATX picks up on @SheriGalloD10 argument that there isn’t any money to fund relocation program #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:02 PM
tenant relocation passes yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:02 PM
nays: @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:03 PM
#atxcouncil now turns back to take a bit more testimony on budget. after this, they’ll tackle expedited permitting #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:04 PM
Item 29
#atxcouncil moves back now to pick up item 29. 29 is the expedited permitting item #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:23 PM
our two stories from this morning on the issue are here: https://t.co/NnJwzMstQK and here: https://t.co/sNFRhWtII7 #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:24 PM
These amends from @MayorAdler were just incorporates into expedited permitting #ATXCouncil #atxgov https://t.co/IRuqQIek9q September 01, 2016 08:25 PM
@D5Kitchen notes what’s in front of #atxcouncil is a kick-off for a longer process; it’ll be back before final approval #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:26 PM
@GregCasar careful here. says what’s here doesnt add to bureaucracy, doesn’t mandate one particular monitoring org #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:27 PM
that point re: particular monitoring org is response to idea that @workersdefense might end up with that responsibility #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:28 PM
very vocal set of supporters for @workersdefense in chambers tonight #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:33 PM
for those who haven’t followed this, this is about adding better builder regs to expedited permit #atxcouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:37 PM
Jeez. Ya go to the bathroom for a minute and things happen. Expedited permitting passes. Yeas: 9 #ATXCouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:56 PM
Nays: @DonZimmermanATX #ATXCouncil #atxgov September 01, 2016 08:56 PM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 9PM

#atxcouncil returns to budget discussion. and with that, i’m done for the day. thanks for following along! #atxgov September 01, 2016 09:01 PM
PointAustin "@MKanin Sposed to take your laptop with you."
@PointAustin or at least my phone September 01, 2016 09:03 PM
RT @StephanieKTrinh: Super thankful @MKanin livetweets! Errbody donate! https://t.co/ZO4MWqhJVX September 01, 2016 09:30 PM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 10PM

Or, the @austinmonitor’s version is here: https://t.co/2es5eGEpUu https://t.co/VenHMkMpTE September 01, 2016 10:01 PM

Thursday, September 01, 2016 11PM

eraycollins "Should have been complimented. @JoClifton @JeffStensland @MKanin Can I borrow the @austinmonitor copy editor?"
@eraycollins @JoClifton @JeffStensland @austinmonitor our copy editor is your copy editor September 01, 2016 11:16 PM

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