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by Leslie Pool
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Institutional reform
Replies: 15
Views: 4255

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: 1069

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: 1959

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: 1194

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: 2806

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: 2783

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: 1225

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: 2056

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: 2731

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 ...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: revised amendment to item 53 (Jan 23, 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 2542

revised amendment to item 53 (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 ...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: amendments to item 59 (Jan 23, 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 2446

amendments to item 59 (Jan 23, 2020)

Colleagues: I am wholly supportive of our move to de-prioritize misdemeanor marijuana offenses, and I agree with the sponsors that this is the right move in light HB 1325 that came without the necessary funding for testing to support local law enforcement and prosecutors. I would like to make some c...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Suggested format for 11/18 LDC Rewrite work session
Replies: 2
Views: 1351

Re: Suggested format for 11/18 LDC Rewrite work session

colleagues, at our last work session, the mayor asked us to list LDC topics we’d like to discuss. Thanks to the mayor for posting the starter list of discussion topics. We have a few more to add, some of which were mentioned at work session: tax impact (discussion with Travis CAD), parking, protest ...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: resolution for Nov 14 agenda
Replies: 3
Views: 1475

Re: resolution for Nov 14 agenda

And I just got word that CM Ellis has joined as a co-sponsor on item 57, the Red Line Parkway resolution - thanks, Paige!

Leslie
by Leslie Pool
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: resolution for Nov 14 agenda
Replies: 3
Views: 1475

Re: resolution for Nov 14 agenda

Thanks, Jimmy! The rail stations will make a big difference in years to come. Thanks for adding your name as a co-sponsor.

Leslie
by Leslie Pool
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: resolution for Nov 14 agenda
Replies: 3
Views: 1475

resolution for Nov 14 agenda

colleagues, I am bringing two transit-related resolutions for consideration at the Nov 14 meeting. I welcome your sponsorships and support. Both resolutions advance the Council’s ASMP goal to reduce vehicle travel 50% by 2039 by adding infrastructure that supports alternative modes of travel in our ...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Camping and Sit / Lie Resolution and Ordinance
Replies: 3
Views: 3630

Re: Camping and Sit / Lie Resolution and Ordinance

My thanks to CMs Kitchen and Tovo for bringing this resolution for our consideration in an upcoming Council meeting. I recognize the differences in approach that you've identified and support the tack you're taking with your resolution. I would be glad to offer support as a co-sponsor to bring your ...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: FY20 budget priorities update
Replies: 0
Views: 2003

FY20 budget priorities update

Colleagues, I’d like to provide an update to my earlier post on the upcoming city budget, and to the priorities I laid out for investment in our community’s needs. After reviewing the City Manager’s well-crafted budget, I am very supportive of the focus on the needs of those experiencing homelessnes...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Austin Water Oversight Committee of Council
Replies: 5
Views: 2045

Re: Austin Water Oversight Committee of Council

Mayor, thanks for the prompt about the new Water Oversight Committee and also much appreciation for CM Alter's work to constitute this new oversight entity. I would like to reaffirm my interest in serving on the new committee. I'm vice chair of Audit & Finance and AE Oversight and, as I do not curre...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CM Pool Budget Priorities
Replies: 0
Views: 1920

CM Pool Budget Priorities

Colleagues: This will be the last fiscal year before the effect of the 3.5% revenue cap imposed upon our city by the state legislature is fully realized. That means striking an appropriate balance this budget season between setting aside revenue for the stormy days ahead and shoring up important inv...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Working on an Equity & Women’s Rights agenda
Replies: 0
Views: 1715

Working on an Equity & Women’s Rights agenda


Colleagues, in light of recent events in Texas and around the country, I am working on an Equity & Women’s Rights agenda to bring forward sometime in the fall for action. I wanted to give you an idea early on in this process to invite you to join me in crafting the agenda. For example, under the le...
by Leslie Pool
Sat May 25, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Responding to Alabama's abortion ban
Replies: 3
Views: 3672

Re: Responding to Alabama's abortion ban

postscript ... I hope you will join me, my co-sponsors, and key advocates - NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Lilith Fund, and Planned Parenthood Greater Texas - in supporting this resolution. Please let me know if you have any additional feedback - thanks!

Best,

Leslie
by Leslie Pool
Sat May 25, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Responding to Alabama's abortion ban
Replies: 3
Views: 3672

Responding to Alabama's abortion ban

Colleagues: I wanted to make sure anyone looking for the resolution in the previous thread is able to find it easily here, below. Thank you again for participating in the important dialogue around the resolution I have drafted in response to Alabama’s newly signed anti-abortion law. I believe that t...
by Leslie Pool
Thu May 23, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: resolution to boycott Alabama.
Replies: 9
Views: 6036

Re: resolution to boycott Alabama.

Colleagues, since posting my original message about boycotting Alabama, I have received a tremendous amount of support. I have also worked hard to draft a resolution that takes into account the feedback and concerns that have been raised. For example, the resolution clearly states that we oppose the...
by Leslie Pool
Tue May 21, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: resolution to boycott Alabama.
Replies: 9
Views: 6036

Re: resolution to boycott Alabama.

MPT Garza, thank you very much for your feedback. I see this boycott as being very similar to Austin's boycott of Arizona from 2010-2018 - a boycott that I supported and one that was in effect for four years after we started the new 10-1 council until City Manager Cronk lifted it last year. So there...
by Leslie Pool
Fri May 17, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: resolution to boycott Alabama.
Replies: 9
Views: 6036

resolution to boycott Alabama.

Colleagues, In response to Alabama’s newly signed anti-abortion law – the most restrictive in the country – I am drafting a resolution for the June 6 Council agenda that would prohibit the city from doing business with Alabama, including any staff travel to the state for meetings or conventions. Ala...