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by Ann Kitchen
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Potential Special Called Meeting on COVID-19
Replies: 3
Views: 668

Re: Potential Special Called Meeting on COVID-19

I will participate on Monday.

Best
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
by Ann Kitchen
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Institutional reform
Replies: 15
Views: 4259

Re: Institutional reform

Colleagues,

After considering feedback from the Law Dept, please see this REVISED v2 of the amendment I intend for item #96:
http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 130651.pdf

Best Regards
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
by Ann Kitchen
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Institutional reform
Replies: 15
Views: 4259

Re: Institutional reform

Colleagues,

Here the amendment I intend for item #96:
http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 090342.pdf

Best Regards
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
by Ann Kitchen
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Institutional reform
Replies: 15
Views: 4259

Re: Institutional reform

Colleagues On Saturday I proposed that we find a way to fully fund the Mental Health Diversion Initiative. This program is an example of how our city can shift funding from policing to social services and addressing health disparities - in this case intervening in a crisis situation with mental heal...
by Ann Kitchen
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Institutional reform
Replies: 15
Views: 4259

Re: Institutional reform

Institutional Reform and Mental Health Colleagues Thank you all for your work in putting together these Criminal Justice Reform resolutions for Council action on Thursday. I appreciate and respect the work that all of you have been doing through the Council Judicial Committee and on other initiative...
by Ann Kitchen
Fri May 01, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: COVID-19 Budget Resolution for May 7
Replies: 3
Views: 1356

Re: COVID-19 Budget Resolution for May 7

Colleagues Thank you to everyone's comments. My co-sponsors (MPT Garza, Casar, Pool, Alter) and I have posted Item #60 on the Addendum for the May 7th agenda. The resolution is intended as establishing an approach to discuss holistically our community's needs and the use of CARES Act and other fundi...
by Ann Kitchen
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: COVID-19 Budget Resolution for May 7
Replies: 3
Views: 1356

COVID-19 Budget Resolution for May 7

Colleagues I wanted to let everyone know that I am working on a resolution for Council consideration on May 7th related to budgeting for the use of COVID-19 federal and state funding. The budget needs to be developed and voted on by the full Council after everyone has the opportunity to contribute t...
by Ann Kitchen
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Special Called Executive Session re police matters this coming Friday or Tuesday
Replies: 8
Views: 1930

Re: Special Called Executive Session re police matters this coming Friday or Tuesday

Colleagues

I am available on Friday also, and would prefer not to wait until Tuesday due to the critical nature of these issues. My preference would be early afternoon if possible.

Best Regards
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
by Ann Kitchen
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Senior Wellness Check Calls
Replies: 1
Views: 1111

Senior Wellness Check Calls

Hello all, I wanted to share the work we are doing to check in with our district during the Covid-19 sheltering in place. We put together a means to check in with our 75 to 85 year old constituents who may be finding the current new reality challenging. The link provides you our short report that in...
by Ann Kitchen
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Financial aid to Austinites
Replies: 11
Views: 2811

Re: Financial aid to Austinites

Thank you MPT Garza for including essential hygiene in this resolution. I would like to suggest the following amendment in order to fully capture the intent of my amendment and avoid misunderstanding about application for homeless individuals. See my addition in " ": "Other direct relief services pr...
by Ann Kitchen
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Financial aid to Austinites
Replies: 11
Views: 2811

Re: Financial aid to Austinites

All I wanted to let you know that we have posted an amendment, with back-up supporting information, to Item 81 which states the following: Adding to the list of programs listed as "Direct Relief Services" in the "Funding Distribution" section of the first Be It Resolved clause (which currently begin...
by Ann Kitchen
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Waiver of City Rental and Other Fees
Replies: 1
Views: 1017

Re: Waiver of City Rental and Other Fees

Colleagues The city's disaster declaration serves as the authority to waive city rental and other fees at this point. Currently that declaration extends until May 1st, and any extension will serve to lengthen the time period for these waivers. We are working with staff on this issue, and will bring ...
by Ann Kitchen
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Financial aid to Austinites
Replies: 11
Views: 2811

Re: Financial aid to Austinites

Colleagues Thank you to everyone's comments - I appreciate everyone's thoughts and ideas and am heartened to see concrete actions that we can take on April 9th to support staff efforts and provide direct assistance and support for those hard hit by COVID-19, including city staff. I am also looking f...
by Ann Kitchen
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Digital Access
Replies: 1
Views: 810

Re: Digital Access

CM Alter

Thank you so much for sharing this information. We will be sure to pass it along as widely as we can.

Thank you for working on this - access to the internet is even more critical than ever and lifesaving.

Best
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
by Ann Kitchen
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Financial aid to Austinites
Replies: 11
Views: 2811

Re: Financial aid to Austinites

Mayor Pro Tem Thank you for sharing this information and thank you for pursuing options for the city to provide direct financial assistance. As you mentioned, some residents may not be able to qualify for the federal stimulus because they aren't employees - they may be independent contractors or hav...
by Ann Kitchen
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Waiver of City Rental and Other Fees
Replies: 1
Views: 1017

Waiver of City Rental and Other Fees

Colleagues I wanted to let everyone know that my office is exploring how the city can defer and/or waive fees for people financially suffering from COVID-19. For example, we are hearing from constituents requesting assistance deferring rent where the city is the landlord, certain business fees relat...
by Ann Kitchen
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Senior Well Checks
Replies: 0
Views: 1473

Senior Well Checks

Colleagues I wanted to provide an update and a bit more detail than what I said on the dais at the Council meeting. My office is creating an outreach program to provide well-check calls for seniors in District 5. We are learning from the work that CM Flannigan mentioned with Rep Bucy and are coordin...
by Ann Kitchen
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: SXSW Resilience Plan
Replies: 22
Views: 5101

Re: SXSW Resilience Plan

Hi All My thought is that it would be important to call out the undocumented workforce, for the reasons that CM Tovo suggested. I think to address the concerns that CM Flannigan raised, the "including, but not limited to," would work - allowing us to mention this vulnerable population specifically w...
by Ann Kitchen
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 31 - Bike Share of Austin
Replies: 7
Views: 1856

Re: Item 31 - Bike Share of Austin

Thanks All

On item #31 - so 9 months made sense to me for the contract term. We will also ask staff to report back to Mobility Committee in August so we can have a conversation at that time.

Best Regards

Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
by Ann Kitchen
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 31 - Bike Share of Austin
Replies: 7
Views: 1856

Re: Item 31 - Bike Share of Austin

CM Flannigan I think I understand your concern now - with the length of the contract. I suggest a one year term, with an extension of one year. That avoids unnecessarily stopping this contract at a time where we will likely still be dealing with this crisis. Again, the amount is only $168,000 and wi...
by Ann Kitchen
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: SXSW Resilience Plan
Replies: 22
Views: 5101

Re: SXSW Resilience Plan

CM Flannigan Thank you for putting all these suggestions together. I have now heard back from advocates in the senior community and have a clause to add that clarifies needs for elderly and persons with disabilities. These are in the last Be It Resolved AMENDMENT 1). Take references to personal care...
by Ann Kitchen
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 31 - Bike Share of Austin
Replies: 7
Views: 1856

Re: Item 31 - Bike Share of Austin

CM Flannigan Thank you for your comments on this one and your interest in BCycle. I do want to keep Item #31 on track as written for a 2 year contract term. But, I think we can also accommodate the need for further discussion at the August Mobility Committee and an understanding / discussion about t...
by Ann Kitchen
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Anti-Eviction Ordinance on 3/26 agenda
Replies: 6
Views: 2074

Re: Anti-Eviction Ordinance on 3/26 agenda

Thank you CM Casar

As we discussed, please add my name as a co-sponsor.

Best Regards
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
by Ann Kitchen
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: COVID19 Response
Replies: 1
Views: 1172

Re: COVID19 Response

Thank you Mayor Pro Tem for raising this issue. Here are some ideas that I'd like to discuss together as part of the briefing: 1). What programs can the city staff fund and/or create immediately? As the Mayor Pro Tem identified, staff can take some actions immediately and that is likely the quickest...
by Ann Kitchen
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: SXSW Resilience Plan
Replies: 22
Views: 5101

Re: SXSW Resilience Plan

Thanks to everyone for joining in. Thanks CM Flannigan for incorporating ideas. When you post again - would it work to post a word version, and then we could redline any changes? Whatever you think works and will indicate in an easier way for you any proposed changes. I would also suggest considerin...