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by Alison Alter
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 17 - City's State Legislative Program
Replies: 0
Views: 134

Item 17 - City's State Legislative Program

Dear Colleagues, After discussions with Brie Franco, I intend to submit the following additions to our legislative agenda during tomorrow’s meeting. The first item addresses last session’s school finance bill. The second item addresses sexual assault. In the Tax Reform & Debt Issuance section of the...
by Alison Alter
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Save Austin's Vital Economic Sectors (“SAVES”)
Replies: 17
Views: 1977

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

Mayor Adler and colleagues, I share the sense of urgency surrounding the future of these vital economic sectors and would like to join you in co-sponsoring this resolution. I will continue to brainstorm over the next few days some additions to this resolution. For now, let me add that we anticipate ...
by Alison Alter
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Immediate Reinvestment & Long Term Change plan [budget]
Replies: 22
Views: 7500

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

Colleagues, I am posting the following for our deliberations. Below, I am sharing a new version of my amendment ALTER #1 (establishing the Office of the Chief Medical Officer). This proposal is funded through fee adjustments. ALTER 1 Summary: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/F0-20200...
by Alison Alter
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Base Motion for Community Reinvestments
Replies: 9
Views: 1530

Re: Base Motion for Community Reinvestments

Colleagues, Thank you CM Casar for pulling together most of our proposals into the proposed base motion above. For clarity and simplicity, I’d like to ask that we pull all budget riders out from the base motion. I believe many budget riders require additional discussion for the benefit of the public...
by Alison Alter
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Immediate Reinvestment & Long Term Change plan [budget]
Replies: 22
Views: 7500

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

Colleagues, I want to thank everyone for their work on this budget and for the ideas they have brought forward for consideration. I believe we share the same vision for a safer, healthier city in which we provide vital services and resources to our residents, reduce our reliance on a punitive justic...
by Alison Alter
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Alter FY21 Budget Amendments
Replies: 0
Views: 461

Alter FY21 Budget Amendments

Dear Colleagues, Below, I’m sharing my amendments and riders. I will share my feedback and ideas on the broader public safety proposals once I receive some additional information from staff. ALTER Amendment #1: Creating the Office of the Chief Medical Officer; Co-sponsors: Kitchen, Tovo, Pool Amendm...
by Alison Alter
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Reallocating Funds to Invest in Community Assets
Replies: 0
Views: 517

Reallocating Funds to Invest in Community Assets

Colleagues, As we discussed in today’s Public Safety Committee, I propose deploying $750,000 of Capital Rehabilitation Fund dollars to fund deferred maintenance of PARD assets. These funds are currently set aside to replace the synthetic running track surface at the Public Safety Training Center. Pe...
by Alison Alter
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CM Tovo availability
Replies: 3
Views: 792

Re: CM Tovo availability

Dear Council Member Tovo, Know that we are holding you and your loved ones in our hearts and wishing you strength and solace. If we can be of any support to you, please let us know. The City is well-served by your contributions, and I am grateful for your wisdom and discernment as we navigate these ...
by Alison Alter
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 90 - July 29th Agenda
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Item 90 - July 29th Agenda

Dear Council Member Ellis and colleagues, I'd like to make what I hope will be considered a friendly amendment to item #90. The Austin Strategic Mobility Plan makes reference to the Neighborhood Partnering Program as an implementation strategy (page 291 of the ASMP). My amendment would be to add the...
by Alison Alter
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Budget Amendment: EMS investments
Replies: 2
Views: 1428

Budget Amendment: EMS investments

Dear Colleagues, Austin’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department medics are responsible for responding to medical emergencies throughout the City, and have faced resource and FTE constraints while doing so. These challenges have existed for years but have become especially clear during the coro...
by Alison Alter
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Gun Violence Task Force: Office of Violence Prevention
Replies: 4
Views: 1373

Gun Violence Task Force: Office of Violence Prevention

Dear Colleagues; I drafted the post below before learning of the killing downtown yesterday evening. While we do not yet know all the details of the tragic events, I feel even greater urgency in wanting to advance our longstanding efforts to reduce violence in our community. As you know, in August o...
by Alison Alter
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Budget Amendment: Chief Medical Officer
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

Budget Amendment: Chief Medical Officer

Dear Colleagues, As I mentioned during this Monday’s Public Safety Committee meeting, I am interested in pursuing the creation of a Chief Medical Officer position (CMO) and transitioning the “Office of the Medical Director” to the “Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO)”. The creation of this of...
by Alison Alter
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Institutional reform
Replies: 15
Views: 6572

Re: Institutional reform

Colleagues, Thank you for putting forth these proposals; I look forward to supporting them on Thursday. As I mentioned earlier today in work session, I am proposing amendments that I hope will be taken as friendly. You can find links to my amendments below. I look forward to discussing them this aft...
by Alison Alter
Wed May 20, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Amendments and Updated Back up for 5/21
Replies: 3
Views: 1748

Re: Amendments and Updated Back up for 5/21

As flagged in work session, I would like to make what I hope is a friendly amendment to item 38 on worker safety. Page 8 of 8 (top of page). The addition would be the third bullet in the section which now would read: helping ensure workplaces have the technical assistance and resources to adapt thei...
by Alison Alter
Wed May 06, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Austin Civilian Conservation Corps - Item 61
Replies: 0
Views: 1633

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps - Item 61

Colleagues,

Here is a link to Version 2 of Item 61 updating elements related to the Austin Civilian Conservation Corps.

http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 220255.pdf

Regards,
Alison Alter
by Alison Alter
Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Financial aid to Austinites
Replies: 11
Views: 4181

Re: Financial aid to Austinites

Thank you MPT Garza for your work advancing this resolution and for adding my suggestion on seniors. Please find below additional direction and proposed amendments for Item #81. The direction is related to identifying and assisting with the capacity building of our service providers. My two amendmen...
by Alison Alter
Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Wildland Urban Interface Code - Item #40
Replies: 2
Views: 1451

Re: Wildland Urban Interface Code - Item #40

Thank you to the law department for a quick review. Below please find slightly updated language for my WUIC Item #40 direction... The model international Wildland Urban Interface Code (WUIC) includes rules governing vegetation management and fuels mitigation not yet adopted into the Austin code. The...
by Alison Alter
Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Wildland Urban Interface Code - Item #40
Replies: 2
Views: 1451

Re: Wildland Urban Interface Code - Item #40

Note the direction should read "Include extensive stakeholder engagement".
by Alison Alter
Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Wildland Urban Interface Code - Item #40
Replies: 2
Views: 1451

Wildland Urban Interface Code - Item #40

Dear Colleagues, Austin is one of the nation’s top cities at risk of wildfire. It’s not a matter of if, but when. I am happy that we are moving forward with the adoption of a Wildland-Urban Interface Code (WUI code) for Austin (item #40). This code represents years of effort on the part of the wildf...
by Alison Alter
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Budget and Fiscal Health Discussions
Replies: 0
Views: 2191

Budget and Fiscal Health Discussions

Dear Colleagues, As Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee, I’ve been working with the City’s Budget & Finance offices on the state of city finances and how they may be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The good news is, Austin’s financial policies and fiscal health mean we are in a strong ...
by Alison Alter
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Digital Access
Replies: 1
Views: 1179

Digital Access

Dear Colleagues, My office has been working closely with the City’s digital equity team and the Digital Empowerment Community of Austin (DECA) to coordinate efforts throughout the city to ensure all Austinites have access to home internet, devices, and the necessary skills to conduct day-to-day life...
by Alison Alter
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Anti-Eviction Ordinance on 3/26 agenda
Replies: 6
Views: 2845

Re: Anti-Eviction Ordinance on 3/26 agenda

Colleagues, Thank you for your work on this issue. It's an important matter we must address and with limited tools I believe this will help address some of our challenges. However, it would be helpful if we also could consider and address the ripple effect of this issue on landlords operating on sma...
by Alison Alter
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 31 - Bike Share of Austin
Replies: 7
Views: 2955

Re: Item 31 - Bike Share of Austin

CM Kitchen and Flannigan, it is my understanding that the current suggestion would be 9 months for the contract term with a report back to Mobility committee in August. I wonder if additionally we could authorize a one year extension, but only with council approval. This would save an unnecessary pr...
by Alison Alter
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Austin Energy Generation Plan
Replies: 2
Views: 1631

Re: Austin Energy Generation Plan

Thank you CM’s Tovo and Pool. I think you offer an excellent path forward for item 2. The working group and AE have produced an innovative approach to achieve our environmental and economic goals simultaneously. As we enter a period of economic uncertainty, I believe the flexibility built into this ...
by Alison Alter
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: SXSW Resilience Plan
Replies: 22
Views: 7527

Re: SXSW Resilience Plan

Two more amendments to share.... Our choices moving forward should seek to leverage information in the community on needs and solutions. The following two amendments to the last Be It Further Resolved are meant to begin to speak to that issue. *Exploring using 311 to gather real time needs assessmen...