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by Greg Casar
Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Alternative ARP Framework
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Alternative ARP Framework

Thank you for the alternative proposal, CM Alter. I appreciate the additions to the priority areas of childcare and workforce development, and I strongly support maintaining the $100M in homelessness funding. I also am happy that our federal allocation from the federal government was higher than exp...
by Greg Casar
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 6/7 Special Called Meeting
Replies: 6
Views: 882

Re: 6/7 Special Called Meeting

Mayor: Thanks for your post. After hard work done on this by our staff and our Council—with staff proposals and discussions in March, April, May, and last week—I support approval of this latest version you’ve posted. I believe that a $100M commitment to addressing homelessness is critical, and that ...
by Greg Casar
Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Early Childhood Funding and the American Rescue Plan
Replies: 6
Views: 1006

Re: Early Childhood Funding and the American Rescue Plan

Thank you CM Alter for this thread. I support the Success by 6 initiative and I support funding this proposal. I'm proud to join all of you in this critical work. I also hope that we can engage our school districts' trustees in opening up even more classrooms and seats for high quality childcare, so...
by Greg Casar
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 28 – Resilience Hubs Amendment
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Re: Item 28 – Resilience Hubs Amendment

CM Tovo, thanks for your amendment. I think it captures much of what I intended. Please see some small suggestions below. The City’s effort should include not only the necessary facilities planning but also engagement with each community *to ensure adequate* communications, personnel, transportation...
by Greg Casar
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 28 – Resilience Hubs Amendment
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Item 28 – Resilience Hubs Amendment

CM Tovo and Co-sponsors, Thank you for bringing forward this item on resilience hubs to help our City further prepare for future emergencies. I would like to offer the following amendment to elevate the need to appropriately prepare and operate these facilities to benefit our community. http://asset...
by Greg Casar
Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 37 Amendments
Replies: 2
Views: 675

Re: Item 37 Amendments

CM Alter,

Thank you for these thoughtful amendments. I look forward to supporting them.

-Greg
by Greg Casar
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 3/25 Item 112
Replies: 0
Views: 425

3/25 Item 112

Colleagues, Here is an amendment I’d like to offer on Item 112 regarding enforcement of code violations stemming from the winter storm that have yet to be resolved. I’ve spoken with CM Fuentes and she is willing to accept these as friendly. http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/24-2021032...
by Greg Casar
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 3/25 Item 37
Replies: 1
Views: 553

3/25 Item 37

Colleagues, Below are my proposed amendments for Item 37 re: cadet classes. http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/FE-20210324165229.pdf I believe the work laid out in the Kroll report and in the Blueprint is necessary and important. These amendments are written with the goal of ensuring t...
by Greg Casar
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item #67 (Tovo IFC) - Exhibit A
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Re: Item #67 (Tovo IFC) - Exhibit A

CM Tovo, Thank you for bringing forth this item to help highlight our City's readiness, response, experiences, and learnings during Winter Storm Uri. I believe these conversations are essential to ensure that our City is better prepared to respond to future disasters and focus on saving lives. I wou...
by Greg Casar
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 3/25 Item 63
Replies: 0
Views: 493

3/25 Item 63

CM Kitchen and cosponsors, Please see below the letter that my office has submitted to TxDOT. Our community has been working so hard toward a more connected, safe, and accessible city. That vision for Austin could be harmed for generations if the wrong decisions are made for I-35. Let me know if you...
by Greg Casar
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: self-financing limits and rules; public campaign voucher programs
Replies: 0
Views: 681

self-financing limits and rules; public campaign voucher programs

Colleagues: For decades our community has worked on public campaign finance programs. In 2018, our charter review commission recommended a voucher program for public campaign finance. Their recommendations included a cap on self-financing of campaigns that are participating in the public voucher sys...
by Greg Casar
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 6 on 2/25
Replies: 6
Views: 1303

Re: Item 6 on 2/25

Mayor,

Thank you for your amendment.

I would like to make the following motion to Item 6 to further highlight and elevate more immediate actions to address our communities' critical needs.
http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 121053.pdf

Greg
by Greg Casar
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Special Called Meeting Request
Replies: 12
Views: 3507

Re: Special Called Meeting Request

CMs Fuentes and Ellis, thank you for your posts, and I agree with your thoughts. I support putting to the voters the addition of new council districts, while also ensuring that we do not have a system that inadvertently creates tie votes. I support the special called meeting request. It may mean we ...
by Greg Casar
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Proposed Charter Amendment
Replies: 1
Views: 1137

Re: Proposed Charter Amendment

Colleagues, The charter amendment language will be in backup along with the other items for tomorrow. I am also posting the language here for your reference: "Notwithstanding any other provision of this Charter, the city council may provide for a director of police oversight who shall be appointed a...
by Greg Casar
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Proposed Charter Amendment
Replies: 1
Views: 1137

Proposed Charter Amendment

Colleagues, I am proposing a charter amendment at Tuesday’s Special Called Meeting that would give City Council and the community the opportunity to make the office even stronger and more independent moving forward through future discussion and Council ordinance. In other cities, the Office of Polic...
by Greg Casar
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CORRECTED MESSAGE BOARD POST ITEM 49 HEAL INITIATIVE FACT SHEET AND QUESTIONS/ANSWERS
Replies: 7
Views: 2238

Re: CORRECTED MESSAGE BOARD POST ITEM 49 HEAL INITIATIVE FACT SHEET AND QUESTIONS/ANSWERS

Colleagues, Here are my amendments to reflect the intentions stated at work session -- that this will not expand policing and criminalization as opposed to housing and services, this will not divert from our permanent housing efforts, and we are focused on health, safety, and reasonable access to pu...
by Greg Casar
Wed Feb 03, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CORRECTED MESSAGE BOARD POST ITEM 49 HEAL INITIATIVE FACT SHEET AND QUESTIONS/ANSWERS
Replies: 7
Views: 2238

Re: CORRECTED MESSAGE BOARD POST ITEM 49 HEAL INITIATIVE FACT SHEET AND QUESTIONS/ANSWERS

Colleagues, We have received calls from community members to postpone this item, so that we can engage with people who would be affected if policing is to be expanded beyond the current rules. I generally agree with that. However, at work session and here on the message board, co-sponsors made clear...
by Greg Casar
Mon Feb 01, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 2/4 - Item 32 - Forensics Dept
Replies: 2
Views: 5344

2/4 - Item 32 - Forensics Dept

Colleagues, After years of advocacy from survivors, justice reform advocates, and scientific organizations, I am glad that we have Item 32 on this week’s agenda. Establishing a Forensic Science Department --that is independent of law enforcement agencies-- is an important step for public safety, com...
by Greg Casar
Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CPRC and Item 95
Replies: 0
Views: 939

CPRC and Item 95

Colleagues, The members of the Public Safety Committee, the City Manager, Chief Manley, and OPO Director Muscadin have received a request from the Chair and Vice Chair of the Community Police Review Commission (CPRC) to review all General Order changes directed in Resolution 20200611-095 regarding p...
by Greg Casar
Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Mayor Pro Tem 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 4764

Re: Mayor Pro Tem 2021

Colleagues, I appreciate everyone’s support and am thankful that my colleagues are willing to express confidence in my ability to unify the dias and bring our shared goals into focus in the coming year. Shortly after my announcement, many of you began receiving calls urging you to switch your votes....
by Greg Casar
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Mayor Pro Tem 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 4764

Mayor Pro Tem 2021

Colleagues, I would be honored to serve as Mayor Pro Tem if elected by you. Every voice in our city should have a say in our local government. If elected Mayor Pro Tem, my commitment is to serve in pursuit of this goal. In this pandemic, we have shown how local government can save lives when we work...
by Greg Casar
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: RE: Mobility-related Positions
Replies: 5
Views: 2688

Re: RE: Mobility-related Positions

Thank you, Mayor, for these suggestions. I support this plan.
-Greg
by Greg Casar
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: HealthSouth - 1215 Red River and 616 East 12th St.
Replies: 3
Views: 2215

Re: HealthSouth - 1215 Red River and 616 East 12th St.

Thank you, CM Tovo, for laying out your thoughts and providing the documents above. I am supportive of finding ways to achieve even more affordable housing at the Health South location. If we can give direction on Thursday to continue to increase the affordable housing component (both # of units and...
by Greg Casar
Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Open Letter to APD on Public Safety
Replies: 0
Views: 986

Open Letter to APD on Public Safety

Greetings Council Colleagues, We have all received multiple requests about APD’s plans to keep Austin safe in the probability of free speech/free assembly activity after election day. In many of those requests, we’ve received specific questions about what will be done differently from APD’s approach...
by Greg Casar
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Supreme Court Justice RBG
Replies: 7
Views: 3939

Re: Supreme Court Justice RBG

Thank you, CM Harper-Madison and MPT Garza, for leading on this. I am also happy to add my name as a co-sponsor.

-Greg