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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: 150

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: 6
Views: 421

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: 47

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: 6
Views: 421

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: 150

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: 86

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: 2557

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: 770

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: 770

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: 2557

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: 770

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: 978

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: 584

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: 2557

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...
by Ann Kitchen
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: SXSW Resilience Plan
Replies: 22
Views: 2557

Re: SXSW Resilience Plan

Thank you CM Flannigan. I think the broader posting language allows the Council to address workers and businesses impacted by restaurant closures and other issues related to COVID-19 response. Thank you for including the subject areas I suggested in the last Be It Resolved. I would like to keep some...
by Ann Kitchen
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: SXSW Resilience Plan
Replies: 22
Views: 2557

Re: SXSW Resilience Plan

Thank you CM Flannigan

I will also share with our nonprofits and Commission members who support our seniors, and will get back to you with feedback by tomorrow

Best Regards
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
by Ann Kitchen
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: March Council Meetings
Replies: 6
Views: 918

Re: March Council Meetings

Thanks CM. Flannigan Yes I would think we could keep 55 on consent. It is important for the Council to move forward on this. Regardless, I think 55 should stay on the agenda, because if everything doesn't get added by the meeting = then I would expect additional amendments might be minimal and we ca...
by Ann Kitchen
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: March Council Meetings
Replies: 6
Views: 918

Re: March Council Meetings

Thank you Mayor I think this works, with one suggestion. I would suggest adding a briefing from the City Manager on the status of the city's COVID19 response. If need be, that could be an Executive Session briefing limited to legal matters related to ability to operate etc. It may be appropriate to ...
by Ann Kitchen
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: SXSW Resilience Plan
Replies: 22
Views: 2557

Re: SXSW Resilience Plan

Jimmy Thank you for bringing and I look forward to using this Message Board to share everyone's ideas with you for the resolution. Please share the resolution when you have it ready. I expect that I will want to be included as a co-sponsor All of our staff are doing incredible work to address this s...
by Ann Kitchen
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: UPDATE: LDC Amendments
Replies: 7
Views: 1808

Re: UPDATE: LDC Amendments

Colleagues, I've updated my Kitchen-1 Amendment to incorporate the Mayor's addition that was posted earlier at the following link: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/4C-20200212132127.pdf Appreciate the Mayor's language and support and have included all his wording. highest regards, An...
by Ann Kitchen
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Kitchen 2nd Reading Amendments
Replies: 0
Views: 1271

Kitchen 2nd Reading Amendments

Colleagues, To be effective, the code and mapping must recognize differences across the city and protect the ability to plan and be responsive to changes over time. I think we all agree increasing housing makes sense along major corridors where the city has the most opportunity for building housing ...
by Ann Kitchen
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 2nd Reading of Land Development Code Rewrite
Replies: 2
Views: 1637

Re: 2nd Reading of Land Development Code Rewrite

Colleagues, Regarding the Mayor’s proposal for public comment at 2nd reading meetings, I would propose that we do allow donations of time as we have with other public comment sessions. With limited time for individual speakers, it is important to allow people to use their time how they choose, inclu...
by Ann Kitchen
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: LDC Direction 19
Replies: 0
Views: 1406

LDC Direction 19

Colleagues,

I'm attaching an additional proposed amendment which reflects a concern related to mapping and zoning categories of public land and land managed under MUD agreements.

http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 104939.pdf

Best,
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
by Ann Kitchen
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Kitchen LDC Direction
Replies: 0
Views: 1247

Kitchen LDC Direction

Colleagues I’m attaching my proposed amendments which should reflect the topics that I am planning to cover. After reviewing other’s amendments and the testimony from the public on Saturday - I may make adjustments which I will post. That could include combining or condensing Direction with others. ...
by Ann Kitchen
Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 29 proposed language
Replies: 5
Views: 2185

Re: Item 29 proposed language

Colleagues, Attached is the redlined ordinance from Cm Tovo, Alter, Pool and I which has been revised to match the formatting of the Mayor's proposal. http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/87-20191017102850.pdf I've also included another document providing comparison of all proposals. htt...