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by Alison Alter
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Re: Council Members to Tornillo on Thursday?
Replies: 7
Views: 10445

Re: Council Members to Tornillo on Thursday?

Colleagues,

I am planning to fly to El Paso tomorrow afternoon and will join the delegation to bring attention to this critical issue on Thursday. I appreciate the invitation and fully condemn this inhumane policy.

Regards,
Alison
by Alison Alter
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: soccer stadium discussion, June 12 work session
Replies: 2
Views: 7399

Re: soccer stadium discussion, June 12 work session

Colleagues, I appreciate the opportunity to begin discussions on the MLS proposal and would like to thank staff and the consultants for their work on this item. I share many of the concerns outlined by Council Member Pool and have many of the same questions that were raised today during the work ses...
by Alison Alter
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: CodeNEXT Discussions (06/12 & 06/13)
Replies: 2
Views: 6092

Re: CodeNEXT Discussions (06/12 & 06/13)

Colleagues, We would like to focus on the following topics at our next meeting(s): Transition Zones & Compatibility By-Right Entitlements & the Affordable Housing Bonus Program Timeline and Testing for the Land Development Code Before Effective Date Public Input Opportunities in Code For eac...
by Alison Alter
Sun May 27, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Codenext Topics
Replies: 6
Views: 12441

Codenext Topics

Dear Colleagues, During Thursday's meeting, I promised to contribute some topics for our upcoming Codenext deliberations. I would like to suggest the following: - Compatibility standards - Transition zones - McMansion standards - Uses (Especially alcohol-related uses, etc.) - Parkland, civic space, ...
by Alison Alter
Tue May 22, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 6 Amendments for 5/24/2018 Meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 4223

Item 6 Amendments for 5/24/2018 Meeting

Dear Colleagues, I intend to offer amendments to Item 6 at Thursday's meeting - see link below. The current language prohibits a customer who **applies** for a bill adjustment under the high volume water bill section from applying for an adjustment under the section covering water leaks. My amendmen...
by Alison Alter
Wed May 09, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Planning Commission Item #16
Replies: 1
Views: 4671

Re: Planning Commission Item #16

Colleagues,

Below is the amendment that I distributed at work session on Tuesday. I still intend to offer it at tomorrow's meeting.

Link to amendment: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AmqT4f ... sp=sharing


Regards,
Alison Alter
by Alison Alter
Wed May 09, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 49 on the 5/10/18 Agenda
Replies: 0
Views: 3991

Item 49 on the 5/10/18 Agenda

Dear Colleagues, I am sponsoring a resolution to facilitate the implementation of projects approved in the recent AISD bond. This resolution streamlines the site development plan process for AISD schools by promoting collaboration between City staff and AISD project teams to review site plan applica...
by Alison Alter
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 10 - Proposed Amendments related to Planning Commission
Replies: 1
Views: 4492

Re: Item 10 - Proposed Amendments related to Planning Commis

Dear Colleagues, I have revised my proposed amendments to Option B. The link to the new version is posted below. This document continues to be redlined distinguishing my proposed changes to the staff drafted resolution. https://drive.google.com/file/d/17yoUIgIvbH9Jk1Z0zgwDO0f5KZao14Fz/view?usp=shari...
by Alison Alter
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 10 - Proposed Amendments related to Planning Commission
Replies: 1
Views: 4492

Item 10 - Proposed Amendments related to Planning Commission

Dear Colleagues, For Item 10, I intend to propose amendments to Option B at tomorrow’s Council meeting. Please find a link to a redlined version of the proposal below. The purpose of these amendments is to provide greater clarity and create a removal mechanism to bring the composition of the Plannin...
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: 4779

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: 5092

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: 13601

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 indicat...
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: 7737

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: 9439

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 ...
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: 9439

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: 7061

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: 5177

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: 4616

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: 4410

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: 4227

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: 7096

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: 12636

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: 5567

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: 4758

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: 4758

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 ...