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by Leslie Pool
Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Washington Post article :: importance of parks
Replies: 1
Views: 6055

Washington Post article :: importance of parks

Colleagues, one of my Austin friends sent along a link to this September WaPo article that discusses a growing body of research that documents the psychological and physical health benefits of spending time in natural settings - forests or parks - especially for people who live in urban areas. We re...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Open Space Committee meetings for 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 3810

Open Space Committee meetings for 2016

All, here's the schedule for Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee meetings for next year. I plan to have eight total meetings, with no meetings in the months of March, July, August and December. The November meeting will be held on the third Wednesday that month. It's possible agenda...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Lobby/Advocates Registration bill
Replies: 1
Views: 4471

Lobby/Advocates Registration bill

Colleagues, I’d like to clarify some areas of concern that have been raised about my proposal to update the city’s lobby registration ordinance so that it more closely mirrors state law. First, simply meeting with staff on a discretionary issue does not constitute lobbying in and of itself. Under my...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Merit Awards Special Recognition: Bluebonnet Hills LHD appl
Replies: 1
Views: 3698

Merit Awards Special Recognition: Bluebonnet Hills LHD appl

Preservation Austin has announced its awards for 2015 and, along with Merit Award winners Paramount Theatre, Covert Monument on Mt Bonnell, and the Seaholm Power Plant, Bluebonnet Hills Local Historic District is listed for Special Recognition. Read about it on the organization's blog here :: https:...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Oct 18, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: First Lady Cecilia Abbott celebrates libraries
Replies: 1
Views: 3477

First Lady Cecilia Abbott celebrates libraries

Colleagues, thought you'd be interested in this event :: The Texas Center for the Book is moving to the Texas State Library. First Lady Cecilia Abbott opened the short ceremony earlier today at the Archives and Library Building just east of the Capitol, including a book signing and refreshments. The...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Proposed Council Schedule for winter holidays
Replies: 1
Views: 4253

Re: Proposed Council Schedule for winter holidays

As an update, and to give everyone plenty of advance notice, I'm advised the Council typically does not have Council meetings until the third week in January. A draft 2016 calendar is in the works for Council to consider on October 15 that shows our first work session on Jan 26 and first Council mee...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Proposed Council Schedule for winter holidays
Replies: 1
Views: 4253

Proposed Council Schedule for winter holidays

All, at our work session this morning I offered a schedule of meetings for us to consider for November, December and the new year. Traditionally, work tapers down during the holiday season to allow all COA employees to spend well-deserved time with their family and friends. I propose the following: ...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Sep 27, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: pervious concrete
Replies: 1
Views: 4323

pervious concrete

Colleagues, what if Austin were a test city for permeable concrete? https://www.facebook.com/techinsider/videos/419013808296981/ From an asphalt industry site: Porous Asphalt: “When it pours, it’s porous.” http://www.asphaltpavement.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=359&Itemid=863 Por...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: The Adelaide Opal
Replies: 1
Views: 4449

Re: The Adelaide Opal

Colleagues, my office continues working on a draft resolution to return the Adelaide Opal to its home city. I thought you'd like to read the letter from the Adelaide City Council, signed by Stephen Hains, Acting Chief Executive Officer, formally requesting its return. I have co-signer signals from M...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Ad Hoc Legislative Committee
Replies: 2
Views: 5667

Re: Ad Hoc Legislative Committee

Mayor, thanks for moving forward on this initiative, and it's early enough for us to be able to spend some time thinking about structure and content. The four areas you list sound great. Couple items I'd add: - monitor legislative activity during the interim, with our Governmental Affairs staff keep...
by Leslie Pool
Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Two Questions
Replies: 0
Views: 3247

Two Questions

Colleagues, on Tuesday, at some point during our budget discussions, I will request this information from staff: 1. What is the estimate of our unexpended balance going into the end of FY15, and 2. Are Certificates of Obligation a feasible way to pay for body-worn cameras? Hope everyone is enjoying ...
by Leslie Pool
Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Margo Frasier appointed to nat'l task force - body cameras
Replies: 0
Views: 2958

Margo Frasier appointed to nat'l task force - body cameras

All, it's terrific that Austin is recognized and Margo is appointed to such a prestigious panel! I would support moving the issue of body cameras forward with two considerations: 1. Consider scoping our timeframe to align with and make the best use of recommendations that may come from this national...
by Leslie Pool
Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Budget Adoption Process
Replies: 2
Views: 5509

Re: Budget Adoption Process

All, I'm happy to advise my staff and I were able to lower the dollar costs for some of my initiatives. Please make note the following updates to the Excel workbook posted earlier tonight by Mayor Adler and I'll make these changes formally when the items are called on the dais: 1.53 :: reduce funds ...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Suggested process for budget adoption
Replies: 5
Views: 8335

Re: Suggested process for budget adoption

MPT Tovo, this is a very good process suggestion and I look forward to working through our budget amendments on Tuesday and Wednesday. If anyone else has a suggestion, I'm glad to consider but absent another approach, I would be happy to follow this.

Leslie
by Leslie Pool
Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Concept Menu: District 6 $2M mobility re-allocation
Replies: 2
Views: 5956

Re: Concept Menu: District 6 $2M mobility re-allocation

CM Zimmerman, are you requesting these projects for funding from the quarter-cent Cap Metro allocation to District 6?
by Leslie Pool
Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Press Conference on Ethics Reform today
Replies: 0
Views: 3601

Press Conference on Ethics Reform today

All, as you're probably aware, many in Austin are concerned over the City's campaign finance and ethics rules. Both the City's Commission on Ethics Review and the League of Women Voters, as well as many other parties, have been working on updating and enhancing these rules. A press conference is set...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Proposed Office of Equity
Replies: 2
Views: 6759

Re: Proposed Office of Equity

Mayor,

I think this week we need a second "plus-one" and I would be glad to join in this effort.

Thanks.
by Leslie Pool
Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: items for PARD budget consideration
Replies: 1
Views: 3606

items for PARD budget consideration

All, as we're considering parks budget items, please let me know what projects in your district that you'd like added to the Concepts list for staff to cost out. Since we're in the plus-one phase, I am happy to be your plus-one on specific asks for parks or pools in your district. I will ask staff f...
by Leslie Pool
Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Date for consideration of MileStone PUD, Bull Creek Road
Replies: 0
Views: 2955

Date for consideration of MileStone PUD, Bull Creek Road

All, at our Council meeting Thursday I supported postponing the Grove at Shoal Creek PUD baseline setting to October 8. It wasn’t until Friday that I realized I’m going to be out of town on Oct. 8. I emailed the mayor to let him know and suggest that we move the item to October 15, or another date, ...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: where resolutions go to die...
Replies: 4
Views: 6127

Re: where resolutions go to die...

all, CM Houston (via Christopher!) raises a great question; a few months back my office asked staff to provide all of us with a list of Council resolutions that are unfulfilled or in process - staff shorthand for this is CUIR. We did receive some information at one point, but am pretty sure more was...
by Leslie Pool
Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Flood Mitigation Task Force appointments
Replies: 1
Views: 3545

Flood Mitigation Task Force appointments

Colleagues, we touched on this task force in discussion of the final item on our Aug 6 Council agenda. To refresh our intent, the Task Force is made up of two appointments from each Council office, and the deadline for making nominations is September 1 for posting to our first council meeting in Sep...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Flood Mitigation Task Force
Replies: 0
Views: 3538

Flood Mitigation Task Force

Colleagues, relating to our plan to review the City's policies on flood buyouts and permitting development in flood plains, and knowing FEMA officials are in Austin responding to the Memorial Day 2015 floods, I'm copying below some details from today's Statesman to keep in mind about NFIP and FEMA p...
by Leslie Pool
Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:24 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Public Safety Cmte - request to table item
Replies: 2
Views: 5233

Public Safety Cmte - request to table item

all, I note that EMS & Fire item on our Public Safety Committee agenda today appears to have caught the affected departments unaware. I would suggest that we table the item, and will make that motion if no one else does. Here is an excerpt from Chief Rodriguez's weekly newsletter: “Both the EMS and ...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Senior and Disabled Homestead Exemption
Replies: 1
Views: 4049

Re: Senior and Disabled Homestead Exemption

CM Gallo, I would like to work with you and CMs Houston, Kitchen, and Troxclair on the proposed homestead exemption benefiting seniors and people with disabilities.

Thanks.

Leslie
by Leslie Pool
Mon May 25, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Flood Mitigation Initiative
Replies: 2
Views: 4972

Re: Flood Mitigation Initiative

Portions of two primary watersheds north of the river run through District 7. Shoal Creek jumped its banks where it always does .... and Walnut Creek was running high. I would be interested in joining the conversation. I went out to check the creeks a couple times today and one positive take-away wa...