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by Leslie Pool
Wed May 05, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item #70 on 5/6 Agenda - designated camping areas
Replies: 5
Views: 546

Re: Item #70 on 5/6 Agenda - designated camping areas

CM Tovo, count me in to help lift these strategies toward implementation. I support your item, and - in concert with CM Kitchen’s important work with HEAL - believe we are making good on our promise to do all we can to connect people to housing and needed services. Thanks for your constancy in this ...
by Leslie Pool
Sat May 01, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Citizen Charter Review Commission
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Citizen Charter Review Commission

I should be posting here when I'm fully focused, and not while a rainstorm is threatening to flood my kitchen.
Given that we're now in 2021, the two-year period required between charter petitions puts us in 2023.
by Leslie Pool
Sat May 01, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Citizen Charter Review Commission
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Citizen Charter Review Commission

posting error - November 2022 is the target date for the proposed Charter Review Commission ballot, not 2024.
by Leslie Pool
Sat May 01, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Citizen Charter Review Commission
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Citizen Charter Review Commission

Colleagues, just a quick note here to advise that I have been working with our legal staff on an IFC to convene a Citizens Charter Review Commission. The commission would be appointed sometime this year with the November 2024 ballot as the target for public vote. An important element is ensuring the...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: DT Density Bonus Program & Rainey cases
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: DT Density Bonus Program & Rainey cases

CM Tovo, I would like to co-sponsor your item to make needed changes to the city’s Density Bonus program. We have known adjustments would be required even as we have watched our city’s growth exceed many expectations. Thanks for your sustained effort and careful research, on this and many other init...
by Leslie Pool
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Early Childhood Funding and the American Rescue Plan
Replies: 6
Views: 657

Re: Early Childhood Funding and the American Rescue Plan

CM Alter, thanks for posting your thoughts about the United Way's Success by 6 proposal. I hope that Council will agree to pursue fully funding the plan, especially in collaboration with other local government partners. The ARP funds make is possible for us to meet child care and other key prioritie...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Agenda & reading list, AE segment of Joint Oversight mtg March 3, 2021
Replies: 0
Views: 288

Agenda & reading list, AE segment of Joint Oversight mtg March 3, 2021

Colleagues: In preparation for our joint utility oversight committee meeting Wednesday, March 3, at 1pm, I’d like to lay out the framework for the AEUOC portion and potential topics. First, I’d like to say that there is a lot of ground to cover, and there's general consensus that Wednesday’s meeting...
by Leslie Pool
Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: HEAL Initiative - Connecting individuals to housing
Replies: 5
Views: 4656

Re: HEAL Initiative - Connecting individuals to housing

CM Alter, thanks so much for your support of CM Kitchen's HEAL resolution. CM Kitchen asked me to pass along to you (she's not near a computer at the moment) that she accepts you as cosponsor and that you can expect your language to be added. Any suggested wording that you'd like to send to us or po...
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: 5
Views: 4656

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: 1758

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: 4432

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: 2425

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: 1113

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: 3394

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: 7205

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: 1757

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: 3894

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: 13985

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: 2005

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: 1320

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: 3691

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: 2829

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: 4613

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: 2304

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: 10981

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 ...