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by Alison Alter
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Thursday's Meeting Plan
Replies: 0
Views: 3581

Thursday's Meeting Plan

Dear Colleagues, At work session we agreed to a late start for our council meeting this Thursday. As this is not our normal practice I thought it might be helpful to share some additional logistical information via the Message Board. I am hopeful that we can begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. I intend to ...
by Alison Alter
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Letter regarding Mckalla Place and MLS Stadium
Replies: 1
Views: 3765

Letter regarding Mckalla Place and MLS Stadium

Dear Colleagues, As promised, below you will find a link to the letter from Stanford Professor Roger Noll outlining the information he believes we need to evaluate the proposed stadium project. Dr. Noll has studied sports economics for decades and is a recognized expert. I think we will find his sug...
by Alison Alter
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: McKalla Lane/MLS Soccer
Replies: 6
Views: 9769

Re: McKalla Lane/MLS Soccer

As promised today in work session, I am posting my proposed amendment to the first bullet of the "Be It Resolved..." for item #99. - An economic analysis of direct and indirect benefits, "opportunity costs, potential liabilities and substitution effects"; [quotation marks indicate the amendment] Cou...
by Alison Alter
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Fee Waiver for March For Our Lives
Replies: 2
Views: 5835

Re: Fee Waiver for March For Our Lives

Thank you, Council Member Pool, for bringing this opportunity to Council. Gun violence is a serious and devastating issue that demands immediate action. I will proudly join you in supporting the fee waivers. In addition to challenging current laws allowing largely unrestricted access to high-capacit...
by Alison Alter
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Amended Ordinance for Item 49
Replies: 3
Views: 7209

Re: Amended Ordinance for Item 49

I also want to bring to your attention the recent letter from One Voice. I will be passing out the letter in its entirety when we return to the dais. Below, I've included the letter's closing, which further clarifies the purpose and intent of my proposed amendment. "As we support the ordinance in pr...
by Alison Alter
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Amended Ordinance for Item 49
Replies: 3
Views: 7209

Re: Amended Ordinance for Item 49

Colleagues, Thank you for the work that you’ve all put into creating a paid sick leave policy for Austin. Our nonprofits are dedicated to furthering social good and helping those in our communities that are the most in need. Many 501 (c)(3)s depend on fundraising to meet their financial needs and pl...
by Alison Alter
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Police Contract Public Testimony
Replies: 2
Views: 5333

Police Contract Public Testimony

Dear colleagues, I am glad that we were able to set aside the 13th to hear public testimony and consider the police contract on a single day. I understand that we set a start time of 3 PM to allow those who cannot attend in the evening to speak to us before traffic gets bad. On the flip side, I am h...
by Alison Alter
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Police Contract
Replies: 1
Views: 3796

Re: Police Contract

Mayor, thank you for raising this issue. I think adding a special meeting on the 13th devoted to the police contract is a good idea.
by Alison Alter
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 17 - council meeting schedule
Replies: 0
Views: 3594

Item 17 - council meeting schedule

Dear colleagues, In reviewing item 17, our proposed meeting calendar, I wanted to suggest that we consider holding one or both of our budget hearing sessions separate from our regularly scheduled council meetings in August. It was unfortunate this year that we did not get to hear from the public reg...
by Alison Alter
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 19
Replies: 0
Views: 3495

Item 19

At our meeting tomorrow, I will be requesting a one week postponement of Item 19, the audit plan. This will allow us to have a conversation in work session with Corrie Stokes, the auditor, present. She was out of town this week at a conference. I had a chance to speak with her today and she indicate...
by Alison Alter
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Audit Topics
Replies: 0
Views: 3256

Audit Topics

Dear Colleagues, At last week’s Audit and Finance Committee meeting I shared with the committee a handful of audit topics that I hope make the list for the FY18 Audit Plan. I am posting them here so that you also may have access to them. For your context, each item on my list was identified as a pot...
by Alison Alter
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 55 - Paid Sick Leave stakeholders
Replies: 3
Views: 5051

Re: Item 55 - Paid Sick Leave stakeholders

I appreciated the productive conversation on item 55 at Tuesday's work session. Thank you Mr. Casar for incorporating the Austin Asian Chamber and the other groups highlighted by CMs Houston and Flannigan into the invited participants list. As I mentioned in work session, I also would like to see AI...
by Alison Alter
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Downtown Puzzle Work Session 9/22?
Replies: 6
Views: 9159

Re: Downtown Puzzle Work Session 9/22?

As multiple colleagues have expressed, I too would welcome the opportunity to examine the many elements in item 52 more deeply. I sense that there is discomfort over more than just the process here. Fundamentally, we have not had a chance to craft either the frame nor the elements of the vision for ...
by Alison Alter
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Code Next work session
Replies: 2
Views: 3927

Re: Code Next work session

Mayor Pro Tem, I agree that it would be helpful to schedule one or more sessions before the 2nd draft of CodeNEXT is released on Sept. 15. I would prefer the 7th afternoon given an option. Based on recent discussions at the Planning Commission, we should spend some time reviewing the timetable as we...
by Alison Alter
Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Beyond Diversity Training Opportunity
Replies: 1
Views: 3435

Re: Beyond Diversity Training Opportunity

Dear Colleagues, I posted the below opportunity during a break in a Council meeting and I wanted to draw it to your attention again in case you missed it. I have heard directly or indirectly from 4 other offices that would like all of their staff to attend the Beyond Diversity training recommended b...
by Alison Alter
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Beyond Diversity Training Opportunity
Replies: 1
Views: 3435

Beyond Diversity Training Opportunity

Dear Colleagues, As we well know, the violence we have seen nationally in the past few days, our community’s struggle with SB4, our local history with segregation (http://bit.ly/2v1cuLs), and the situation faced by children and families in our region (http://bit.ly/2uHXVku) are strong indicators of ...
by Alison Alter
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Regarding Agenda Item #15: City Manager Search
Replies: 1
Views: 3404

Re: Regarding Agenda Item #15: City Manager Search

Tomorrow I plan to propose an amendment to the job responsibilities that uses different language to accomplish the intent of the Mayor's original suggestion posted above. Before posting here, I shared the language below with the Mayor and Mr. Newton. I understand that the Mayor has communicated with...
by Alison Alter
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 06/28 CodeNEXT Worksession
Replies: 2
Views: 3960

Re: 06/28 CodeNEXT Worksession

Colleagues, I have the following questions related to Imagine Austin implementation and the Growth Concept Map: 1. On page 118 of Imagine Austin, LUT P4 states that we should, “protect neighborhood character by directing growth to areas of change that include designated redevelopment areas, corridor...
by Alison Alter
Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CodeNext Process - Item # 43
Replies: 0
Views: 2876

CodeNext Process - Item # 43

Dear Colleagues, Item #43 on the agenda this Thursday is to "Approve a resolution reflecting changes to the review process for adoption of a new Land Development Code, commonly referred to as CodeNext, to provide for additional drafts and commission review" - [http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sire...
by Alison Alter
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: ESD4
Replies: 0
Views: 2491

ESD4

Here is a link to the new proposed language governing the coordinating committee's composition.

http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 91225.docx

As mentioned in work session, we added two Council appointed ESD4 Community Representatives.
by Alison Alter
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CodeNEXT work session 06/14
Replies: 3
Views: 5153

Re: CodeNEXT work session 06/14 and 6/13

At last week’s CodeNext session, the consultants suggested that T3 on a 50'x135' lot would produce 3,300 s.f. vs. SF-3 yielding 2,700 s.f. That suggests a 600 sq feet increase in entitlement. I know these were calculations done on the fly so I am requesting further clarification. Specifically, I wou...
by Alison Alter
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CodeNext Process
Replies: 1
Views: 2956

CodeNext Process

Dear Colleagues, This morning at work session I proposed that we consider adding a fourth version of the draft code / maps to our CodeNext process. Since two of our colleagues were out of town on city business and we also adjusted the agenda timing for the CodeNext discussion, I wanted to take a mom...
by Alison Alter
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Code Next work session 06/07
Replies: 3
Views: 6400

Re: Code Next work session 06/07

Broadly speaking, I am interested in seeing models of different scenarios that would help us understand the mass, scaling and density of the proposed code in particular instances. I have the following questions for work session tomorrow: 1. What other tools were considered for management of scale/ma...
by Alison Alter
Tue May 23, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Code Next work sessions
Replies: 14
Views: 15519

Ideas for CodeNext work sessions

Thank you Mayor Pro Tem Tovo for kicking off this discussion. The City Charter requires that land development regulations be consistent with the comprehensive plan. I think it would be useful for us to discuss how the CodeNext draft map and text may or may not be following the guidelines laid out in...
by Alison Alter
Thu May 18, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: AFD Budget Amendment 5.18.2017 Questions
Replies: 0
Views: 2727

AFD Budget Amendment 5.18.2017 Questions

Dear Colleagues, I am posting the questions I shared in hard copy during Tuesday’s work session related to the proposed budget amendment of $3.5 million for AFD overtime (http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/15-20170518083308.pdf). Some of the answers can be found in this week’s Q&A for ...