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by Alison Alter
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Business Expansion Amendment
Replies: 2
Views: 2795

Re: Business Expansion Amendment

CM Casar, thank you for posting these in advance of Thursday. I would welcome the following clarifications. 1. Where exactly in item 14 do you anticipate including each of these amendments? A redline or page number and section indications would be very helpful. 2. How do you define “higher-wage firm...
by Alison Alter
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 61
Replies: 3
Views: 3566

Item 61

Dear Colleagues, Based on our discussion at work session, please see proposed language below: For the “whereas” portion of the resolution (lines 21-22), highlighted with asterisks: $149 million for Parks and Recreation to improve existing parks, *make strategic acquisitions* and create more parks by...
by Alison Alter
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: M.L.S. article in NY Times
Replies: 0
Views: 2506

M.L.S. article in NY Times

Colleagues, I wanted to bring your attention to an article in today's "NY Times", entitled "M.L.S. Tries a New Tactic: Selling Its Young Stars" - https://nyti.ms/2Ku4Dh4. The article provides some interesting information on the economics of M.L.S. and the second half discusses how and why M.L.S. has...
by Alison Alter
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Soccer, McKalla, and a possible, special called meeting
Replies: 4
Views: 5374

Re: Soccer, McKalla, and a possible, special called meeting

Dear Mayor, When you post additional details on Monday, I think it would be useful if you could indicate a proposed end time for our McKalla session on Wednesday. This will be helpful for us, our staff, city staff and the general public. The budget work session was originally set for 9AM - 5 PM and ...
by Alison Alter
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Amendments to Item 125 on the 6/28/18 Agenda
Replies: 2
Views: 3387

Re: Amendments to Item 125 on the 6/28/18 Agenda

Colleagues,

I’ve drafted the suggested amendments into a motion sheet for your consideration. I look forward to the discussion on this item.

http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 93807.docx


Regards,
Alison Alter
by Alison Alter
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Amendments to Item 125 on the 6/28/18 Agenda
Replies: 2
Views: 3387

Amendments to Item 125 on the 6/28/18 Agenda

Colleagues, First, I want to thank Council Member Troxclair for her leadership in developing this resolution to ensure we have a code that works and achieves the goals of Imagine Austin. I’d like to offer the following amendments to this item: • Change part (1)(b) to specify that proposed recommenda...
by Alison Alter
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Council Member Houston's Bond Amendments
Replies: 4
Views: 3604

Re: Council Member Houston's Bond Amendments

CM Houston, I greatly appreciate the thorough work you have done to build this sensible package. I do have some items I don’t see addressed within and will be ready to respectfully engage in conversation of the possibility for their inclusion when we get to this item. I am also pleased to see CM Kit...
by Alison Alter
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 80 on the 6/28/18 Agenda
Replies: 0
Views: 1939

Item 80 on the 6/28/18 Agenda

Dear colleagues, I would like to thank Council Members Casar and Renteria for bringing this item through the Housing and Planning Committee. I believe this resolution will help better connect people in need of affordable housing with available inventory. Following clarifying questions asked during t...
by Alison Alter
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: June 28th Item #27 - 2018 Bond
Replies: 2
Views: 3053

Re: June 28th Item #27 - 2018 Bond

CM Houston,

I agree that it would be useful to discuss the cost and tax impact early in the bond discussion tomorrow. I also share your desire to be in a position to make the investments our city needs at this time via successful bond propositions.

Regards,
Alison Alter
by Alison Alter
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Next Tues/Wed (6/26 & 06/27) Council Work Session and CodeNE
Replies: 3
Views: 3683

Re: Next Tues/Wed (6/26 & 06/27) Council Work Session and Co

Mayor, I would like to see us spend some significant time on Tuesday discussing the proposed bond. Given how the timing played out for our last meeting, as a whole council, we have not had an opportunity to discuss our goals on the size of the bond nor the particulars. I believe that public testimon...
by Alison Alter
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Re: Council Members to Tornillo on Thursday?
Replies: 7
Views: 5548

Re: Council Members to Tornillo on Thursday?

Colleagues,

I am planning to fly to El Paso tomorrow afternoon and will join the delegation to bring attention to this critical issue on Thursday. I appreciate the invitation and fully condemn this inhumane policy.

Regards,
Alison
by Alison Alter
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: soccer stadium discussion, June 12 work session
Replies: 2
Views: 5077

Re: soccer stadium discussion, June 12 work session

Colleagues, I appreciate the opportunity to begin discussions on the MLS proposal and would like to thank staff and the consultants for their work on this item. I share many of the concerns outlined by Council Member Pool and have many of the same questions that were raised today during the work ses...
by Alison Alter
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CodeNEXT Discussions (06/12 & 06/13)
Replies: 2
Views: 3840

Re: CodeNEXT Discussions (06/12 & 06/13)

Colleagues, We would like to focus on the following topics at our next meeting(s): Transition Zones & Compatibility By-Right Entitlements & the Affordable Housing Bonus Program Timeline and Testing for the Land Development Code Before Effective Date Public Input Opportunities in Code For each of the...
by Alison Alter
Sun May 27, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Codenext Topics
Replies: 6
Views: 6386

Codenext Topics

Dear Colleagues, During Thursday's meeting, I promised to contribute some topics for our upcoming Codenext deliberations. I would like to suggest the following: - Compatibility standards - Transition zones - McMansion standards - Uses (Especially alcohol-related uses, etc.) - Parkland, civic space, ...
by Alison Alter
Tue May 22, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 6 Amendments for 5/24/2018 Meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 2525

Item 6 Amendments for 5/24/2018 Meeting

Dear Colleagues, I intend to offer amendments to Item 6 at Thursday's meeting - see link below. The current language prohibits a customer who **applies** for a bill adjustment under the high volume water bill section from applying for an adjustment under the section covering water leaks. My amendmen...
by Alison Alter
Wed May 09, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Planning Commission Item #16
Replies: 1
Views: 3024

Re: Planning Commission Item #16

Colleagues,

Below is the amendment that I distributed at work session on Tuesday. I still intend to offer it at tomorrow's meeting.

Link to amendment: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AmqT4f ... sp=sharing


Regards,
Alison Alter
by Alison Alter
Wed May 09, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 49 on the 5/10/18 Agenda
Replies: 0
Views: 2281

Item 49 on the 5/10/18 Agenda

Dear Colleagues, I am sponsoring a resolution to facilitate the implementation of projects approved in the recent AISD bond. This resolution streamlines the site development plan process for AISD schools by promoting collaboration between City staff and AISD project teams to review site plan applica...
by Alison Alter
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 10 - Proposed Amendments related to Planning Commission
Replies: 1
Views: 3020

Re: Item 10 - Proposed Amendments related to Planning Commis

Dear Colleagues, I have revised my proposed amendments to Option B. The link to the new version is posted below. This document continues to be redlined distinguishing my proposed changes to the staff drafted resolution. https://drive.google.com/file/d/17yoUIgIvbH9Jk1Z0zgwDO0f5KZao14Fz/view?usp=shari...
by Alison Alter
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 10 - Proposed Amendments related to Planning Commission
Replies: 1
Views: 3020

Item 10 - Proposed Amendments related to Planning Commission

Dear Colleagues, For Item 10, I intend to propose amendments to Option B at tomorrow’s Council meeting. Please find a link to a redlined version of the proposal below. The purpose of these amendments is to provide greater clarity and create a removal mechanism to bring the composition of the Plannin...
by Alison Alter
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Thursday's Meeting Plan
Replies: 0
Views: 3002

Thursday's Meeting Plan

Dear Colleagues, At work session we agreed to a late start for our council meeting this Thursday. As this is not our normal practice I thought it might be helpful to share some additional logistical information via the Message Board. I am hopeful that we can begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. I intend to ...
by Alison Alter
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Letter regarding Mckalla Place and MLS Stadium
Replies: 1
Views: 3526

Letter regarding Mckalla Place and MLS Stadium

Dear Colleagues, As promised, below you will find a link to the letter from Stanford Professor Roger Noll outlining the information he believes we need to evaluate the proposed stadium project. Dr. Noll has studied sports economics for decades and is a recognized expert. I think we will find his sug...
by Alison Alter
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: McKalla Lane/MLS Soccer
Replies: 6
Views: 9125

Re: McKalla Lane/MLS Soccer

As promised today in work session, I am posting my proposed amendment to the first bullet of the "Be It Resolved..." for item #99. - An economic analysis of direct and indirect benefits, "opportunity costs, potential liabilities and substitution effects"; [quotation marks indicate the amendment] Cou...
by Alison Alter
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Fee Waiver for March For Our Lives
Replies: 2
Views: 5424

Re: Fee Waiver for March For Our Lives

Thank you, Council Member Pool, for bringing this opportunity to Council. Gun violence is a serious and devastating issue that demands immediate action. I will proudly join you in supporting the fee waivers. In addition to challenging current laws allowing largely unrestricted access to high-capacit...
by Alison Alter
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Amended Ordinance for Item 49
Replies: 3
Views: 6822

Re: Amended Ordinance for Item 49

I also want to bring to your attention the recent letter from One Voice. I will be passing out the letter in its entirety when we return to the dais. Below, I've included the letter's closing, which further clarifies the purpose and intent of my proposed amendment. "As we support the ordinance in pr...
by Alison Alter
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Amended Ordinance for Item 49
Replies: 3
Views: 6822

Re: Amended Ordinance for Item 49

Colleagues, Thank you for the work that you’ve all put into creating a paid sick leave policy for Austin. Our nonprofits are dedicated to furthering social good and helping those in our communities that are the most in need. Many 501 (c)(3)s depend on fundraising to meet their financial needs and pl...