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by Leslie Pool
Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: HEAL Initiative - Connecting individuals to housing
Replies: 2
Views: 2694

Re: HEAL Initiative - Connecting individuals to housing

All, I'm happy to join with my co-sponsors in support of CM Kitchen's HEAL initiative, and thank CM Kitchen for bringing it to the Council on Feb 4. Kitchen's resolution advances our collective work to address and end homelessness, a continuing challenge - and priority - for our city, as it is in so...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Mayor Pro Tem
Replies: 2
Views: 1028

Re: Mayor Pro Tem

Colleagues, last week I stated my intention to support Council Member Casar’s nomination as mayor pro tem when the new City Council is sworn in. I appreciated Council Member Casar’s pledge to help bring the dais together and heal some of the divisions that have persisted over the last few years. I, ...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Mayor Pro Tem 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 3013

Re: Mayor Pro Tem 2021

Greg, the position of mayor pro tem is, as some point out, largely ceremonial but I see it, too, as a position of increased responsibility to the entire community. I concur with the remarks the mayor and CM Kitchen have made here in support for you as MPT. It’s imperative for us to reestablish equil...
by Leslie Pool
Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: RE: Mobility-related Positions
Replies: 5
Views: 1336

Re: RE: Mobility-related Positions

All, I'm looking forward to the chance to join Cap Metro’s Board of Directors to work more closely with their leadership and professional staff on Austin's transportation system. There are many reasons for me to take on this new assignment: - The resolutions I passed to identify funding for rail sta...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 2021 Council Meeting Calendar
Replies: 2
Views: 753

Re: 2021 Council Meeting Calendar

Mayor, I had wondered about that January date, too, and that proposed change looks good to me. The balance of the year seems to flow well, otherwise.

Thanks to the Clerk for assembling the calendar.

Leslie
by Leslie Pool
Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Supreme Court Justice RBG
Replies: 7
Views: 2211

Re: Supreme Court Justice RBG

I don’t own Dissent Earrings for nothing! Ruth Bader Ginsberg leaves an impressive legacy that few will ever surpass, and she did it quietly, without fanfare, with humility and humanity. Please add my name as a co-sponsor on the upcoming resolution recognizing and appreciating Justice Ginsberg - Not...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Save Austin's Vital Economic Sectors (“SAVES”)
Replies: 17
Views: 5396

Re: Save Austin's Vital Economic Sectors (“SAVES”)

Colleagues, I believe CM Flannigan spoke to this just now, so he & I may be bringing similar amendments. My staff is preparing text to insert on the appropriate line our intention to include staging companies, artist service organizations, and studio spaces. These local businesses are key components...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: IFC for 09/03
Replies: 2
Views: 1420

Re: IFC for 09/03

Mayor and all, thanks for bringing additional clarification stating that the Council intends to consult with and include neighborhoods along Project Connect routes as the City develops its anti-displacement strategies and priorities. I have not wavered at all from my firm support for City policies t...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Base Motion for Community Reinvestments
Replies: 9
Views: 2851

Re: Base Motion for Community Reinvestments

Greg, I agree with your approach in establishing as our base motion the combination of amendments we have all laid out and as you have incorporated them in your latest spreadsheet. We do seem to have reached unanimity on most (if not all) of them. I am proud to be a member of this council as we pull...
by Leslie Pool
Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Immediate Reinvestment & Long Term Change plan [budget]
Replies: 22
Views: 11414

Re: Immediate Reinvestment & Long Term Change plan [budget]

Thank you, Greg, for your hard work on this proposal. I support the changes as you’ve laid them out, and I’ve noted where you included the EMS Community Health Paramedics and abortion access initiatives that I am carrying. Thanks so much. I want to bring everyone’s attention to three other budget am...
by Leslie Pool
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CM Pool APD budget amendments
Replies: 1
Views: 1696

CM Pool APD budget amendments

Colleagues, here is my APD budget proposal that includes both funding and structural changes: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/25-20200803194952.pdf The changes I am recommending amount to nearly $80 million, but I consider this to be just a start to the larger effort we will need to...
by Leslie Pool
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CMPool FY21 budget amendments (non-APD)
Replies: 0
Views: 1083

CMPool FY21 budget amendments (non-APD)

Colleagues, here are the budget amendments I will be bringing as part of our adoption process next week. We will also have a chance to discuss these at our work session tomorrow. Amendment #1: Austin Fire Department, Aerial Ladder Staffing (16 FTEs) at the Moore’s Crossing EMS/Fire Station. $1,796,7...
by Leslie Pool
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Gun Violence Task Force: Office of Violence Prevention
Replies: 4
Views: 2671

Re: Gun Violence Task Force: Office of Violence Prevention

CM Alter, I would like to join you as a sponsor on additional initiatives that strengthen our work around ending gun violence. The Garrett Foster shooting drives home, once more, how critical it is to end gun violence — full stop — and I echo entirely CM Tovo’s comments. I, too, grieve with Garrett ...
by Leslie Pool
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CM Pool’s APD Budget amendments
Replies: 0
Views: 2593

CM Pool’s APD Budget amendments

We continue to hear from so many in our community – from organized advocates to residents engaging with us for the first time – all demanding a transformational change in policing in Austin. I stand firmly with our communities demanding that change. I believe these transformations are achieved with ...
by Leslie Pool
Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Monday’s Joint Meeting with Capital Metro RE: Project Connect
Replies: 7
Views: 3721

Re: Monday’s Joint Meeting with Capital Metro RE: Project Connect

Colleagues, in advance of our joint meeting Monday with Cap Metro and the attendant tax rate discussions I’d like to add my support to: - approve a FY21 tax rate no higher than 3.5% - set TRE financing for Project Connect at ~8.5 cents, and - commit to adding significant funds in the TRE to mitigate...
by Leslie Pool
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Budget Amendment: Chief Medical Officer
Replies: 3
Views: 1847

Re: Budget Amendment: Chief Medical Officer

Agree with all comments here - CM Alter’s proposal to establish an office of Chief Medical Officer; its transformative and critical importance, as CM Kitchen points out; and the desire to learn more about intersections with existing systems, as CM Flannigan urges. Thanks, CM Alter, for offering this...
by Leslie Pool
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Institutional reform
Replies: 15
Views: 9247

Re: Institutional reform

MPT Garza and CM Casar, I've read the resolutions below that you will bring on the June 11 agenda, and support the directions you’re heading. The specifics in these items essentially align with statements each of us separately has made recently and with policy positions we've championed together at ...
by Leslie Pool
Sun May 24, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Shop the Block! initiative, June 4 agenda
Replies: 0
Views: 2225

Shop the Block! initiative, June 4 agenda

Colleagues: I am placing an item on our June 4 agenda addendum that I hope will bring relief to our small businesses – namely restaurants, bars, and retail – by allowing them use of their parking lots, portions of the sidewalk, and more of the public right-of-way. This is intended to increase their ...
by Leslie Pool
Fri May 15, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Workers rights strategies to save lives
Replies: 4
Views: 3609

Re: Workers rights strategies to save lives

hi Greg, thanks for bringing this resolution. Would you be open to including direction to the city manager to consider hazardous duty pay for front-line and essential City workers? I have talked with the city manager about this and asked HRD to pull an estimate together for us to review. I believe h...
by Leslie Pool
Wed May 06, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Community Resilience Initiative – Item 22
Replies: 5
Views: 3060

Re: Community Resilience Initiative – Item 22

Colleagues, The success of our community resilience work necessitates earnest collaboration – in that spirt, I want to thank everyone who contributed amendments here – I truly value and appreciate your input. MPT Garza, thank you for your thoughtful amendments, and I do view them as friendly. We kno...
by Leslie Pool
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Financial aid to Austinites
Replies: 11
Views: 5846

Re: Financial aid to Austinites

Colleagues, the FFCRA provides some expanded support for employees under FMLA, but that expanded support still falls short of ensuring 100% of an employee’s salary be paid if/when the employee has to stay home due to Covid-related reasons. AFSCME is advocating for full pay for those who need to take...
by Leslie Pool
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Public Hearing on LDC Third Reading
Replies: 0
Views: 3533

Public Hearing on LDC Third Reading

Colleagues, as an early heads up, I request that we follow Council’s standard practice of allocating speaker time for public input in March and April at the Third Reading of the land development code rewrite. The standard that we’ve set out in our rules is three minutes plus donated time of two minu...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Wednesday's Schedule
Replies: 1
Views: 2059

Re: Wednesday's Schedule

colleagues, I agree with Alison's point and request that we end our evening tonight around 9 p.m.
This is not just about our day or our staffers', but also about the MANY city staff whose schedules must accommodate the Council's.
by Leslie Pool
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 59 on Jan 23rd agenda
Replies: 2
Views: 3053

Re: Item 59 on Jan 23rd agenda

Colleagues, here's the revised amendment language for CM Casar's updated resolution that I'll offer later this afternoon. Thanks to Emily Gerrick for collaborating with my staff to craft the new text for the Be It Resolved section. The two items are ... 1. Add "misdemeanor" after "low level" through...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: revised amendment to item 59 (Jan 23, 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 3293

revised amendment to item 59 (Jan 23, 2020)

Colleagues, here's the revised amendment language for item 59 that I'll offer later this afternoon. Thanks to Emily Gerrick for collaborating with my staff to craft the new text for the Be It Resolved section. The two items are ... 1. Add "misdemeanor" after "low level" throughout the document, and ...