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TickTock: Austin City Council 5.19.2016

Monday, May 23, 2016 by Michael Kanin

TickTock is the sortable-by-item-number transcript of Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin’s Twitter feed from City Council. Click on the item number to scroll to the corresponding tweets.

ITEMS

TickTock for Thursday, May 19, 2016

Participants:

MKanin 260

MateoClarke 4

cubbie9000 3

tcb 2

HGerbracht 2

eraycollins 1

MerryGoAustin 1

brennangriffin 1

allisonkaplan 1

lubomudrov 1

Thursday, May 19, 2016 10AM

Checking in from #atxcouncil, where we’ve got potential action on water bill adjustments, MF-6 zoning, a co-op cab franchise & more #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Looks like the @VisionZeroATX vote will be at 4pm or later #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:01 AM
also looks like the speed limit on east MLK will be ppd #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:01 AM
#atxcouncil underway after memorial day ceremony #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:23 AM
MateoClarke ".@MKanin body cam discussion should be interesting too! Keep us posted on what happens with agenda items 30 & 31! :)"
@MateoClarke yup and will do! May 19, 2016 10:23 AM
Item 29
item 29 ppd until june 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:26 AM
Item 35
item 35 ppd until june 23 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:27 AM
Item 29
Cx: item 29 ppd until june 16, not june 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:30 AM
pulled: 11, 12, 13, 26, 32, 37 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:30 AM
Item 4
quick question from @Oraatx1 about item 4. this is for a debt payment on airport hotel thx to poor revenues #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:31 AM
.@Oraatx1: why isn’t it making money? staff: devs paid too much money during construction #aTxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:32 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX wants in on 4, too. puts debt at $62m. notes 6.75 interest rate #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:34 AM
staff: #atxgov is landlord here (land lease), that is its interest #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 10:34 AM
questioning ends. seems 4 will remain on consent #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:35 AM
#atxcouncil now taking speakers on consent agenda #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:36 AM
adding items 30 and 31 (those APD body cam items) to the list of pulled items #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:37 AM
MateoClarke "@MKanin welp, nvm then."
@MateoClarke i mean, they will discuss it May 19, 2016 10:39 AM
so. #atxcouncil discussion items: 11, 12, 13, 26, 30, 31, 32, 36, 37, 41, 42 #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:39 AM
MateoClarke "@MKanin ah, pulled means it moves on to consent agenda? vs postponed?"
@MateoClarke pulled means its pulled from consent and will be a discussion May 19, 2016 10:41 AM
Item 3
item 3, the water utility bill refund. remains on consent and will pass #ATxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:42 AM
3 will pass over objections (& no) from MPT @kathietovo, who worries about refunds w no clear finding of utility error #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:44 AM
RT @AndraCLim: Never mind, 36 will not be pulled. #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 10:44 AM
so that’s a Cx: 36 remains on consent #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 10:44 AM
MateoClarke "@MKanin ok thanks for the clarification/education! carry on good sir!"
@MateoClarke ‘course! and will do! May 19, 2016 10:57 AM
RT @AndraCLim: Greg Casar requesting postponement of Kathie Tovo’s housing trust fund item https://t.co/JHvhIdgLF0 #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 10:57 AM
#citcom on consent agenda continues… #atxgov #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 10:58 AM
RT @cubbie9000: Cx to story today: Commissioner Kristina Hager didn’t “insist” on putting I-35 into the resolution: https://t.co/ymRliKrjOL May 19, 2016 10:59 AM

Thursday, May 19, 2016 11AM

Item 3
.@d3forpio will also be a no on item 3. #atxcouncil #ATxgov May 19, 2016 11:00 AM
consent passes. yeas: 10 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:00 AM
.@GregCasar is off the dais, as he will be all day #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:01 AM
Item 41
#atxcouncil moves along to item 41 first. this is the TNC item. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:01 AM
.@EllenforAustin notes irregularity of not going in chronological order. @MayorAdler: I want to get this one over with #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:02 AM
41. this instructs CMgr to look into ways #atxgov can support firms re: “meet the demand for transpo options” #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:04 AM
RT @AndraCLim: 3 speakers on ride-hailing resolution #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 11:04 AM
.@EllenforAustin asks for removal of unspecified whereas clauses #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:05 AM
Gus Pena, speaker, looking for clarification of what” transportation” here means. getting no help from #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:05 AM
MPT @kathietovo suggests “transportation” is broad here on purpose #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:07 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX points to a part of res that specifically references TNCs #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:07 AM
MPT @kathietovo moves approval of 41 as is in backup #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:08 AM
.@EllenforAustin worries about lack of coherent policy. calls on #atxgov to be “transparent and fair” #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 11:09 AM
.@EllenforAustin circles back to concerns detailed in this @austinmonitor piece: https://t.co/q2zWGuN1iu May 19, 2016 11:10 AM
.@EllenforAustin: one company told by #atxgov staff about fingerprints; that this wouldn’t be an issue until next year #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:13 AM
.@EllenforAustin also suggests that TNC resolution before #atxcouncil is “a little rushed” #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:14 AM
.@MayorAdler notes, in re: Pena point, that there will be debate about what “transportation” means here #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:15 AM
.@MayorAdler calls some of @EllenforAustin remarks inaccurate; raises notion #atxcouncil ord has no specific call for fingerprints #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:17 AM
.@MayorAdler : “there is nothing in this ordinance that required them or forced them to leave” #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:17 AM
.@MayorAdler suggests @EllenforAustin amend would first time any background checks mentioned in code; can’t support it #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:20 AM
Here is that @EllenforAustin amend #atxcouncil #atxgov https://t.co/L9RRw1PdpZ May 19, 2016 11:21 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX picks up @MayorAdler statement, notes that lack of predictability makes agreement hard #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:22 AM
eraycollins "I view taxi dereg as #atxcouncil’s effort to boost coop, which won’t be required to buy medallions w/$ they don’t have. Thoughts, @MKanin?"
@eraycollins makes sense to me, but i really don’t know May 19, 2016 11:23 AM
.@MayorAdler rules @EllenforAustin amendment “not germane”; says scope of posting is narrow, doesn’t leave room for this #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:26 AM
.@MayorAdler thinks conversation is needed, but doesn’t fit here #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:27 AM
.@EllenforAustin defends. “all this is asking…is a report (whether)” companies are following rules #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:27 AM
and @DonZimmermanATX formally challenges @MayorAdler ruling. there will be vote on germaneness of @EllenforAustin amend #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:29 AM
.@EllenforAustin also calling for written germaneness guidelines. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:29 AM
germaneness ruling challenge fails. yeas: @DonZimmermanATX @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:30 AM
nays: 8 (rest of everyone up there) #ATxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:30 AM
HGerbracht "@MKanin has this happened before that you remember? i dont. usually law dept would be ones to pipe up, right?"
@HGerbracht i’ve never seen it go down like that. May 19, 2016 11:31 AM
that was…something #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:31 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX turns now to address the main issue. calls departure of @lyft @Uber an “unintended consequence” #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:32 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX will still oppose main resolution. @Oraatx1 calls on colleagues for all to get to a resolution #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:33 AM
HGerbracht "@DanKeshet @MKanin shades of movement toward strong mayor?"
@HGerbracht to me, that was more shades of serious splintering on dais May 19, 2016 11:34 AM
RT @AndraCLim: Houston: Not sure “subsidy” correct terminology for this resolution. Any small biz can seek support from city #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 11:35 AM
.@EllenforAustin again returns to predictability of law, suggests not to be so is unfair (& city is being unpredictable) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:37 AM
.@EllenforAustin also takes a second to issue concerns over “parliamentary procedures” used on dais #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:37 AM
.@D5Kitchen turns to @EllenforAustin amend. argues it contains factually inaccurate information #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:39 AM
still, city legal agrees w @MayorAdler, who adds that his ruling is not further debatable #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:40 AM
.@EllenforAustin requests that whereas clauses will be voted on separately. @MayorAdler will allow #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:41 AM
vote will be on first and third clauses and rest of res? #atxcouncil #ATxgov May 19, 2016 11:41 AM
yeas: 10 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:42 AM
remaining clause also in, but with two nays: @EllenforAustin @MayorAdler #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:43 AM
yeas on the last clause: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:43 AM
#atxcouncil moves along to items 12 and 13. these are concrete pouring reg items #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:43 AM
seems that parties maybe close to an agreement here. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:45 AM
staff suggests, then, that #atxcouncil grant extension on existing rules so agreement can get completed #atxcouncil #Atxgov May 19, 2016 11:46 AM
staff: closest we’ve been in 1.5 years to a resolution here #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:47 AM
lubomudrov "@cbrendonriggs @DanKeshet @HGerbracht @MKanin I’d love to see a cost estimate for a parliamentarian to sit in on Council meetings"
@lubomudrov …and the results thereof… May 19, 2016 11:48 AM
Item 12
that passes. so: no action on item 12. item 13 passes: yeas: 10 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:51 AM
Item 11
#atxcouncil moves along to item 11. this is to add $418k to Parks budget for life guards #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:52 AM
staff argue that 11 is necessary to remain competitive as employers #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:52 AM
.@SheriGalloD10 seems to support concept, but worries version of allocation will drop reserve below 12% (against #atxgov policy) #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 11:53 AM
C Mgr Ott sees not much in the way of options, adds that #atxcouncil has dropped below 12% before, and recently #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:54 AM
staff confirms no other options here. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:55 AM
brennangriffin "I feel like the concrete pour item has been kicking around city council for like 3 years https://t.co/ObiGE4BrOT"
@brennangriffin it’s been a while May 19, 2016 11:55 AM
staff offers cx to Ott statement: previous allocations have not dropped us below 12%, rather just to that number #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:57 AM
.@SheriGalloD10 picks up on that. continues to probe for other sources for dollars #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:57 AM
.@SheriGalloD10 asks how long it’s been since #atxcouncil dropped below 12%; staff: don’t know, it’s not common #atxgov May 19, 2016 11:58 AM

Thursday, May 19, 2016 12PM

reminder: this goes back to larger conversation about living wage, which #atxgov has committed to as policy #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 12:00 PM
#atxcouncil taking a break from 11 to discuss plans for the rest of the day #atxgov May 19, 2016 12:07 PM
#atxcouncil breaking now, will also take lunch and then be back at 1:30 for flood mitigation task force briefing #atxgov May 19, 2016 12:08 PM
tcb "@MKanin The December ordinance? What am I missing here?"
@tcb december ord on TNCs May 19, 2016 12:13 PM
tcb "@MKanin Am I in need of sleep, or is Mayor saying “[dec ord] has no specific call for fingerprints”?"
@tcb i believe thats what hes saying May 19, 2016 12:16 PM

Thursday, May 19, 2016 1PM

stirring on dais. #atxcouncil looks set to return #atxgov May 19, 2016 01:37 PM
#atxcouncil is back and will take one last #citcom speaker before returning to agenda #atxgov May 19, 2016 01:43 PM
Item 50
seems #atxcouncil would like to ppd item 50. #atxgov May 19, 2016 01:47 PM
#atxcouncil will start with the briefing from the flood mitigation task force #atxgov May 19, 2016 01:47 PM
our piece (shared w partners at @KUT) on the flood mitigation task force is here: https://t.co/GJjfp33LqR May 19, 2016 01:49 PM

Thursday, May 19, 2016 2PM

oh! about that Flood Mitigation Task Force story! we’ve got an update. go here to see it: https://t.co/gpM5lNkk0f #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:05 PM
Task Force reps arguing that debris from past floods clogging creeks turns into dams, then becomes fire hazards #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:11 PM
.@PoolforAustin hints at “smaller workgroup” that could help prioritize action items in Fld Mitigation Task Force report #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:19 PM
.@Oraatx1 points to impervious cover as factor in increasing flood frequency #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:20 PM
Task Force reps concur. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:21 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX pivots to buyout pricing; as he has before, suggests that prices are inflated. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:24 PM
task force reps concede a few “surprise(ing)” prices. still note needs here. @DonZimmermanATX presses. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:26 PM
task force reps: “it’s a quandary.” buyouts are a tool, but some concern over the prices. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:27 PM
Briefing concludes. #atxcouncil heads back to rest of agenda #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:32 PM
Item 50
#atxcouncil will quickly ppd item 50. #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:32 PM
that happens. yeas: 10 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:33 PM
Item 55
#atxcouncil hints that item 55, the Torchy’s liquor permit item will be w.drawn at 4pm #atxgov we’ve heard the same from other sources. May 19, 2016 02:34 PM
Item 26
we move along to item 26, a contract for an APD license plate recognition system #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:35 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX expresses concern about turning APD into a “collections” outfit on behalf of his D6 constituents #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:36 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX frames it in relation to low solve rate for property crimes #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:36 PM
.@ArtAcevedo wonders what @DonZimmermanATX means by “collections”; says APD won’t be using 2 surf 4 “revenue generating” #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:38 PM
.@ArtAcevedo says that license plate reader will be used in “fighting crimes” #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:39 PM
.@PoolforAustin turns to asset forfeiture fund; wondering whether that could be used to pay for o/t…#atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:41 PM
.@PoolforAustin casts asset forfeiture use for o/t against purchase of license place reader #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:42 PM
Item 55
on Torchy’s (item 55): statement from Torchy’s spox seems to indicate that variance request will be back #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:45 PM
APD Assn rep: don’t spend on license plate reader, spend on officers #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:46 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Acevedo: We have plenty of overtime programs. We just have problems getting people to work #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 02:48 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Acevedo: This will make us more efficient and enable us to solve a lot more crimes #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 02:48 PM
some dispute here about what APD can do with asset forfeiture funds (supplant–normal expenditures) at issue #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:54 PM
.@Oraatx1 asks about rumor contractor would sell data here. this contract, apparently, doesn’t include that provision #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:55 PM
.@ArtAcevedo: criminal aspect to anything the license plate reader would be used for #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:56 PM
.@ArtAcevedo: license plate data used only by APD, and for “crime fighting only” #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:57 PM
.@Oraatx1 wants to hold up here. wants to see what else dollars could be used for, ensure data use limits #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:57 PM
on timing: @artacevedo says the sooner the better. casts as way to fill service gap #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:58 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Acevedo: We’re 100s of officers short, so this will help us stretch our resources #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 02:58 PM
.@PoolforAustin moves to ppd item for 2 weeks #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:59 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX would also like to have it go to committee #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 02:59 PM

Thursday, May 19, 2016 3PM

seems dollars in asset forfeiture fund could be used for o/t? #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:02 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Acevedo: $575K in fund. Can be used for overtime #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 03:02 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX wants to take forfeiture policy question to public safety committee #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:03 PM
committee motion fails. yeas: @Oraatx1 @DonZimmermanATX @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:04 PM
that brings #atxcouncil back to @PoolforAustin motion to ppd for 2 weeks #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:05 PM
.@ArtAcevedo notes that when he got here in ’07, APD had issues w how they were spending this fund. wants to be careful #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:06 PM
.@d3forpio wonders how many car thefts we have in #atxgov. @ArtAcevedo : many #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 03:06 PM
.@D5Kitchen notes five year contract. wants to know what pays for. staff: upfront hardware, out years: license, support #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:08 PM
ppd passes yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:09 PM
nays: @d3forpio #atxcouncil #aTxgov May 19, 2016 03:09 PM
that moves us to items 30 and 31. this is body cameras #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:10 PM
#atxcouncil will hear public testimony first #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:12 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX moves to ppd body cameras item to June 9, gets a second from @Oraatx1 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:27 PM
.@Oraatx1 sees missing items here. wants to ppd to take another look #atxcouncil #Atxgov May 19, 2016 03:29 PM
ppd of body cam items passes. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:30 PM
yeas: 10 (unanimous) #atxgov #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 03:30 PM
Item 11
that brings #atxcouncil back to item 11, the lifeguards thing #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:30 PM
.@Oraatx1 pointing out contradiction in pay described by staff, and that listed on #Atxgov web site #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 03:31 PM
.@Oraatx1 also wants to better understand how parks defines pay for lifeguards #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:32 PM
.@Oraatx1 “there is no rhyme or reason” to how lifeguards are paid. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:32 PM
staff outlines thinking on pay; argues structure is set up to address experience, sometimes age not a factor there #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:34 PM
.@Oraatx1 calls for career ladder, something that would allow #atxcouncil to start folks at $8/hr, maybe save some cash? #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:36 PM
to that, staff suggests that other places (Amy’s, Home Depot, etc) pay $15/hr (read: more) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:38 PM
staff: “our wage is not competitive enough” to attract lifeguard recruits #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:38 PM
again, #atxcouncil living wage policy in play here. @PoolforAustin puts that at $13.03/hr #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:39 PM
staff: w.out lifeguard pay, “we are in jeopardy of” some pools not opening this season #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:40 PM
.@MayorAdler takes a moment to remind that there are 12 items left for #atxcouncil to deal with #atxgov #backtoregularlyscheduledprogramming May 19, 2016 03:42 PM
.@EllenforAustin notes that lifeguard issues are not new. wants to know why issue didn’t surface during budget #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:43 PM
.@EllenforAustin returns to concerns over use of reserve here. approval would drop #atxgov just below policy-mandated 12% mark #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 03:47 PM
.@SheriGalloD10 promises moves that would be aimed at getting reserves back up to 12% in policy #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:48 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX takes a wider view. sees staff ability to spend (as he casts) w.out authorization. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:50 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX casts item as game-playing. ACM steps in. says Zim statement is mischaracterization #Atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:52 PM
MPT @kathietovo argues that use of reserve here (midyear for unexpected expense, she says) is appropriate #atxcouncil #atgov May 19, 2016 03:55 PM
.@SheriGalloD10 clarifies. says she’d like CMgr to find way to bring reserve back to 12%; will bring item if not #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:57 PM
MerryGoAustin "#atxcouncil – Funding lifeguards? Consider charging more for those that can’t swim. Like fee for out-of-towners. #BIGSpenderTovo"
@MerryGoAustin i believe we do charge out-of-towners extra for swimming May 19, 2016 03:57 PM
n/m. law rules instruction from @SheriGalloD10 to find $$s out of order here. resolution will come back #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:58 PM
MPT @kathietovo takes issue w @DonZimmermanATX statement about games played here. notes perpetual underfunding of dept #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 03:59 PM

Thursday, May 19, 2016 4PM

item passes all three readings. yeas: 7 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:00 PM
nays: @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:00 PM
abstains: @EllenforAustin and @Oraatx1 #Atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:00 PM
Item 32
#atxcouncil moves along to item 32. this is contracting for an AWU rate study. nearly $500k. pulled by @DonZimmermanATX #ATxcouncil #ATxgov May 19, 2016 04:02 PM
staff laying out ins and outs of cost of service study, how it will all go down #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:02 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX references successful MUD suit against #atxgov w.r.t. Austin Water rates. wants 2 be sure this gets considered #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 04:05 PM
staff: “our intention is to comply w PUC orders” #atxcouncil #atxgov would have to go back to PUC to raise rates May 19, 2016 04:05 PM
somehow, we’re now into the Zucker report. @DonZimmermanATX raises by way of wanting to see drafts of any reports #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:10 PM
32 passes yeas: 9 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:11 PM
off the dais: @Oraatx1 (in addition to @GregCasar , who’s been gone all day) #Atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:11 PM
Item 37
#atxcouncil moves along to item 37. this is the Coop taxi franchise item #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:11 PM
passage here would be on first reading only #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:12 PM
.@SheriGalloD10 offers amend that would offer no upper limit of number of cabs in a franchise #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:13 PM
.@D5Kitchen supports amend #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:13 PM
Ed Kargbo of Yellow Cab will go first #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:15 PM
Yellow Cab has some concerns. letter has been distributed. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:17 PM
anyway. we’ll get first reading approval today. any fireworks will be reserved for next time #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:17 PM
and it passes easily w @SheriGalloD10 amend included. yeas: 10 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:20 PM
#atxcouncil moves along to housing trust fund item from @kathietovo #atxcouncil #Atxgov May 19, 2016 04:20 PM
this would put 100% of property taxes from buildings in desired development zone into affordable housing trust fund #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:22 PM
oops: Bull Creek property included in 100% prop tax to affordable housing trust fund #Atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:23 PM
@gregory.@GregCasar has requested ppd, as he is off the dais. also item is set for hearings at 2 committees #atxcouncil #Atxgov May 19, 2016 04:23 PM
.@MayorAdler in support here. but will move for ppd to honor @GregCasar request #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:24 PM
first speaker, stuartharryhersh suggests #atxcouncil look at what prop revenue from MF6 properties too #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:25 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Casar’s request to hear this item in committee https://t.co/JHvhIcZagq #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 04:29 PM
RT @lubomudrov: Property tax allocations to Housing Trust Fund not be set in stone, says @kathietovo. #ATXCouncil could change % annually. May 19, 2016 04:29 PM
cubbie9000 "@MKanin Like most in Austin, he rents."
@cubbie9000 he didn’t say that this time!!! May 19, 2016 04:29 PM
.@D5Kitchen also supports ppd here #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:30 PM
MPT @kathietovo suggests that her item doesn’t fit w broader ones she sees@GregCasar wanting #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:32 PM
cubbie9000 "@MKanin No way. I heard him loud and clear on ATXN."
@cubbie9000 really!? dang… May 19, 2016 04:33 PM
RT @lubomudrov: .@MKanin @AndraCLim presumably, if the % is set annually, the financial impact could be quantified at that time? cc: @Ellen… May 19, 2016 04:33 PM
RT @lubomudrov: @MKanin @cubbie9000 without revealing too much, it is possible that the statement from Mr. H may be revised in the not-too-… May 19, 2016 04:34 PM
.@kathietovo calls on colleagues to make this happen asap, in light of what she says is critical need #Atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:35 PM
continued concerns from MPT @kathietovo, @d3forpio over issue getting tangled w larger ones. calling for direct back to #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:42 PM
ppd (to june 9) passes. yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:43 PM
nays: MPT @kathietovo #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:43 PM
Item 49
that brings us to item 49, the vision zero plan #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:44 PM
for background on this, check out our partners at @KUT’s excellent series. that’s here: https://t.co/zB6jnmYx0m May 19, 2016 04:46 PM
allisonkaplan "@MKanin biting my fingernails"
@allisonkaplan staff still laying it out. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:52 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX seems…angry? bike lanes. says few things infuriate his constituents more than repainting 4 bikes #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:59 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX calls information in plan one-sided. says plan is not a good plan #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 04:59 PM

Thursday, May 19, 2016 5PM

Item 55
.@MayorAdler notes real fast that #atxcouncil will not take any action on item 55 (the torchy’s liquor thing). #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:01 PM
with that, #atxcouncil moves to CitCom on Vision Zero #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:02 PM
RT @urbaszewski: dots = major crashes #atxcouncil https://t.co/L3qLiP7FV1 May 19, 2016 05:02 PM
RT @cubbie9000: The fun coalitions of local politics: @DonZimmermanATX and PODER. https://t.co/DD6UvaPaBJ May 19, 2016 05:05 PM
#atxgov Public Safety Commissioner Mike Levy up. Continues his criticism of report. implies its superficial #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:08 PM
Levy: questions efficacy of education programs. suggests reckless drivers un-educable #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:10 PM
RT @urbaszewski: Levy: “34% of drivers involved in fatal accidents have either suspended or no license.” #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 05:12 PM
RT @urbaszewski: Levy’s referring to the 2015 fatalities in Austin. I actually thought that number was closer to 40%. #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 05:13 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX continues to hammer on staff; @D5Kitchen calls 4 stop. Zim keeps going: “political agenda” from #atxgov staff #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 05:24 PM
RT @KUT: #atxcouncil is considering the Vision Zero plan now. For background, check out our #RoadtoZeroATX series: https://t.co/zCiUy62xBo May 19, 2016 05:24 PM
.@DGarzaforD2 needs to head to Del Valle commencement. supports Vision Zero; disappointed Torchy’s request pulled #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:31 PM
.@D5Kitchen moves passage of Vision Zero Action plan #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:32 PM
.@Oraatx1 offers amend to include language over suspended or unlicensed drivers #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:33 PM
49 (Vision Zero) passes. yeas: 7 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:37 PM
nays: @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:37 PM
abstains: @Oraatx1 @EllenforAustin #ATxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:38 PM
Item 55
#atxcouncil will take a quick moment to address item 55. 55 is the Torchy’s item that’s w.drawn #Atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:38 PM
MPT @kathietovo: notes frustration about no #atxcouncil vote. reminds folks that item has been up before & w.drawn #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:39 PM
MPT @kathietovo calls for new rules that might prevent similar circumstances in future #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:40 PM
RT @AndraCLim: Tovo: No waiting period where applicant could bring back a withdrawn waiver request #atxcouncil May 19, 2016 05:40 PM
BREAKING: CMgr has appointed Platte River Power Authority GM Jackie Sargent as new Austin Energy GM #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:41 PM
RT @MKanin: BREAKING: CMgr has appointed Platte River Power Authority GM Jackie Sargent as new Austin Energy GM #atxgov May 19, 2016 05:42 PM
MKanin "RT @MKanin: BREAKING: CMgr has appointed Platte River Power Authority GM Jackie Sargent as new Austin Energy GM #atxgov"
here’s a screenshot of #atxgov statement on new AE GM Jackie Sargent hire… https://t.co/YQm35EWPLH May 19, 2016 05:43 PM
RT @MKanin: here’s a screenshot of #atxgov statement on new AE GM Jackie Sargent hire… https://t.co/YQm35EWPLH May 19, 2016 05:43 PM
cubbie9000 "@MKanin Did… did you just RT yourself?"
@cubbie9000 yes. Tragic accident May 19, 2016 05:44 PM
RT @lizpagano: Truly, bicycles are killing people at an alarming rate in this city. I’m so glad someone is finally speaking out about it. May 19, 2016 05:54 PM

Thursday, May 19, 2016 7PM

stirring on dais, #atxcouncil looks set to return #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:13 PM
#atxcouncil is back! #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:19 PM
we start with a ATMOS gas rate increase item. if memory serves, this is probably a formality #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:20 PM
with no present speakers, #atxcouncil closes ATMOS gas rate public hearing. #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:23 PM
53 passes yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:24 PM
abstain: @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:24 PM
off the dais: @DGarzaforD2 @GregCasar #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:24 PM
Item 56
We head now to item 56, an alcoholic beverage waiver for Lone Star Pizza Garden. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:25 PM
ppd request here #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:25 PM
56 ppd. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:26 PM
Item 57
#atxcouncil moves along to item 57. 57 would extend special exemptions for residential structures #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:27 PM
David King up. Suggests that special exceptions allowed a neighbor to operate an STR #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:28 PM
#atxcouncil closes public hearing. @DonZimmermanATX moves adoption. #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:30 PM
MPT @kathietovo wonders if King concerns covered in lang prohibiting certain broad impacts (life safety, traffic, etc) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:33 PM
staff: some appear to? answer was vague #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:33 PM
57 passes. yeas: 8 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:34 PM
Item 58
#atxcouncil moves along to item 58. repair & replacement wastewater facilities in Lake Creek park. #atxgov chapt 26 hearing. May 19, 2016 07:36 PM
chapt 26 hearings mandated when parkland is taken. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:36 PM
58 passes. yeas: 9 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:38 PM
Item 59
#atxcouncil moves to last agenda item. item 59. this is the MF6 density bonus discussion #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:38 PM
staff: this would allow unlimited FAR in exchange for 60%MFI (among others) #atxcouncil #atxgov more frm @lizpagano: https://t.co/9zfCWpXD4B May 19, 2016 07:41 PM
MPT @kathietovo suggests that original intent behind amendment has been lost; looking to deny to send to CodeNEXT #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:43 PM
and, with @RECA_Austin and ANC on the same side in support of denial, that happens #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:44 PM
MF-6 code change denial happens yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:44 PM
abstains: @DonZimmermanATX #aTxcouncil #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:45 PM
and with that, #atxcouncil adjourns. thanks for following along! read @austinmonitor coverage tomorrow! #atxgov May 19, 2016 07:55 PM

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