Downtown Puzzle Work Session 9/22?

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Downtown Puzzle Work Session 9/22?

Postby Steve Adler » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:33 pm

Colleagues,

At our 8/31 City Council meeting, we discussed setting aside time to discuss the Downtown Puzzle and related issues. I would like to propose Friday Sept. 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.for a work session. How does this work for folks?

Thank you...
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Re: Downtown Puzzle Work Session 9/22?

Postby Kathie Tovo » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:44 pm

Mayor,

I know we're not scheduled to move forward at this point with the work session that our offices had tentatively scheduled for 9/22 or 9/26; are you still planning on bringing forward the resolution on 9/28?

As I mentioned in our discussion at Council, I believe we still has much to talk about with regard to the different elements in your resolution, so I do hope we will have the opportunity for a designated work session before the item returns to Council.

Best,

Kathie Tovo
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Re: Downtown Puzzle Work Session 9/22?

Postby Genoveva Rodriguez » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:52 pm

On behalf of Council Member Houston:

I agree with Mayor Pro Tem Tovo. There is more information needed to clarify some of my questions. I would appreciate more time and a dedicated work session to work through those with all of our colleagues.

Shall we consider postponing Item #52 on the September 28th council agenda?

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Council Member Ora Houston
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Re: Downtown Puzzle Work Session 9/22?

Postby Steve Adler » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:14 am

I think and hope that there’s a way for us to move this item forward next week that recognizes that there are outstanding questions. Many of these questions will only be answered with the review and analysis that the resolution calls for. We will not be taking any final action on any plan.

An amendment is under consideration that would allow the process to move forward, but would also allow Council Members to be a part of it so as to be able to continue to ask questions, test concerns, and refine the concept.

Seems the only dates that the Council can gather to discuss the resolution if there’s interest are next week, Tuesday’s council meeting work session and Wednesday’s Code Next briefing. It is noticed for both just in case.
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Re: Downtown Puzzle Work Session 9/22?

Postby Leslie Pool » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:19 pm

Colleagues, thanks to all for the extra efforts and hard work dealing with the proposal the Mayor is offering. A number of questions relating to process and expected outcomes still need to be answered before any decisions are made to expand the Convention Center. This is a huge decision with far-reaching consequences; it’s important that the community at large has accurate and complete information about and sufficient time to understand what is proposed.

I agree that more conversations are needed, and look forward to having them.

Regards,

Leslie
Council Member District 7
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Re: Downtown Puzzle Work Session 9/22?

Postby Alison Alter » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:12 pm

As multiple colleagues have expressed, I too would welcome the opportunity to examine the many elements in item 52 more deeply. I sense that there is discomfort over more than just the process here. Fundamentally, we have not had a chance to craft either the frame nor the elements of the vision for downtown together as a Council. Nor have we examined some of the underlying assumptions.

The downtown area affects all parts of town in a way that no other part of town does. There may be more pieces to this puzzle or additional dimensions that might lead to greater improvements. In my view each component of the puzzle merits its own work session and perhaps more. We need to review data and financial models to make sure our good intentions are matched by thorough forecasts and accurate assumptions.

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