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by Leslie Pool
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Council Member Houston's Bond Amendments
Replies: 4
Views: 6474

Re: Council Member Houston's Bond Amendments

CM Houston, between your proposal and CM Kitchen's I feel certain that we'll be able to craft a solid bond proposal to take to our residents in November. My sincere thanks to both of you (and your amazing staffers!) and the City Manager for all of the very hard work that's gone into this item. My th...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Bond Proposal Amendment
Replies: 6
Views: 10047

Re: Bond Proposal Amendment

CM Kitchen, between your proposal and CM Houston's I feel certain that we'll be able to craft a solid bond proposal to take to our residents in November. My sincere thanks to both of you (and your amazing staffers!) and the City Manager for all of the very hard work that's gone into this item. My th...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Council Member Houston's Bond Amendments
Replies: 4
Views: 6474

Re: Council Member Houston's Bond Amendments

All, just a quick note in support of CM Houston’s proposal, below. I think this is a good starting point for our discussion tomorrow. I will have some items that I’d like to add back in, and I look forward to hearing from folks from District 7 and all across the city about what they’d like to see as...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Items 60 & 130, McKalla Place, June 28 agenda
Replies: 0
Views: 4560

Items 60 & 130, McKalla Place, June 28 agenda

Colleagues, I wanted to follow up on my work session remarks on Items 60 and 130. These items are complementary and, together, put the City in the best decision-making and negotiating position. I believe that directing City staff to consider only one proposal would put the City staff who will be neg...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Next Tues/Wed (6/26 & 06/27) Council Work Session and CodeNE
Replies: 3
Views: 6363

Re: Next Tues/Wed (6/26 & 06/27) Council Work Session and Co

All, I agree that we should devote time at Tuesday's work session to discussing the bond proposals due to the time-sensitive nature of that decision. We should ensure we have time for pulled items before breaking for lunch and executive session, too. Additionally, I must attend the City of Austin Em...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:56 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, Thank you again for engaging on the McKalla Place conversation – I appreciated the questions and discussion as we think through this together. As promised, I wanted to provide links to several resources that I believe can help inform our deliberations: - My office’s in-depth review of th...
by Leslie Pool
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: soccer stadium discussion, June 12 work session
Replies: 2
Views: 7399

soccer stadium discussion, June 12 work session

Colleagues, I am looking forward to having a discussion on the site analysis and economic impact analysis related to the city-owned McKalla Place property. I appreciate the hard work that our city staff have done to compile information on the site, certain infrastructure costs, and a high-level disc...
by Leslie Pool
Sun May 27, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Codenext Topics
Replies: 6
Views: 12442

Re: Codenext Topics

Colleagues, the Mayor pro tem and I wish to add these issues to the list of topics CM Alter has posted: Administration & procedures - Minor Use Permits/Conditional Use Permits - Notification timelines & public input Historic preservation incentives and status of Historic Preservation Distric...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Letter regarding Mckalla Place and MLS Stadium
Replies: 1
Views: 5092

Re: Letter regarding Mckalla Place and MLS Stadium

Colleagues, the Roger Noll letter is quite helpful in laying out the issues we should consider and address as part of a serious and necessary feasibility study of the proposal to bring a sports stadium and team to Austin. The insights may be helpful to Precourt Sports Ventures, too. I am especially ...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Chief Manley and Item 47
Replies: 1
Views: 17126

Re: Chief Manley and Item 47

Colleagues, I write to indicate my agreement with the sentiments in CM Garza's post. First: I support formalizing the selection of Interim Chief Manley as Austin’s Chief of Police. He is eminently qualified and has done a superb job since assuming those responsibilities when Chief Acevedo left for H...
by Leslie Pool
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: McKalla Lane/MLS Soccer
Replies: 6
Views: 13601

Comments and Amendments to the McKalla Place resolution, Ite

Colleagues: As you are all aware, I joined MPT Tovo’s resolution to pursue a feasibility study and community engagement process for a soccer stadium focused on the city-owned McKalla Place site in District 7 – I did this to begin a full public conversation about the potential opportunities and chall...
by Leslie Pool
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Dates for Council's CodeNEXT public hearings
Replies: 1
Views: 5358

Dates for Council's CodeNEXT public hearings

Colleagues, last week Planning & Zoning staff checked with Council offices to advise that dates for Council's two CodeNEXT public hearings were being tentatively set for May 30 and 31, 2018. What wasn't evident at the time this was done was that graduation ceremonies for numerous area high schoo...
by Leslie Pool
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: McKalla Lane/MLS Soccer
Replies: 6
Views: 13601

Re: McKalla Lane/MLS Soccer

MPT Tovo, thanks for posting. Let's include the list of stakeholders as an exhibit, emphasizing that the list is not intended to be all-inclusive. If we've overlooked a group or interested party, then this list will help us identify them. The list is copied from PARD's memo sent December 14, 2017. I...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 35 on 3/8/18 agenda (AWU rates)
Replies: 1
Views: 4565

Re: Item 35 on 3/8/18 agenda (AWU rates)

MPT Tovo, thank you for the questions to AWU relating to ammonia and sulfates levels in our water supply coming from industrial users. I am of the opinion that these customers should be fully financially and operationally responsible for removing or remediating any pollutants their industrial proces...
by Leslie Pool
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Fee Waiver for March For Our Lives
Replies: 2
Views: 7737

Fee Waiver for March For Our Lives

Dear Colleagues: On March 24, in response to the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, FL, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC and in communities across the US, including in Austin, to demand their lives and safety become a priority a...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 2018 dates for AE Utility Oversight Cmte
Replies: 0
Views: 4937

2018 dates for AE Utility Oversight Cmte

All, I wanted to provide some context for the dates for our Austin Energy Oversight committee meetings in 2018. AE General Manager Jackie Sargent and her staff prepared a proposal that moves our meetings from fourth Monday mornings at 9.30 a.m. to fourth Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. specifically to align...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item 46 – Proposed Amendment
Replies: 3
Views: 8288

Re: Item 46 – Proposed Amendment

MPT Tovo, thanks for bringing your resolution relating to Major League Soccer. I am intrigued by the possibilities, too, and see the opportunities very broadly. So what I will propose when we bring this item up for discussion is to remove all names and specific team references so that we may have th...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Item #14 - Amendment to Draft Ordinance
Replies: 1
Views: 5055

Re: Item #14 - Amendment to Draft Ordinance

CM Houston, I would be supportive of the more generic reference in place of the specific. Thanks for offering this.

Regards,

Leslie
by Leslie Pool
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Thoughts on CodeNEXT timeline
Replies: 0
Views: 4725

Thoughts on CodeNEXT timeline

Colleagues, this week’s agenda has an item (Item 6) approving an additional $2 million for Opticos to continue its work. This provides us an opportunity to have a conversation on some very pressing issues facing all of us on CodeNEXT -- namely, whether the hard April 2018 deadline we have set for ou...
by Leslie Pool
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: additional topics for CodeNEXT work sessions
Replies: 0
Views: 3656

additional topics for CodeNEXT work sessions

Colleagues: I’d like to add a few topics to the CodeNEXT work sessions. 1. Open Space Changes from present code; new definitions and design models; relationship between “Open,” “Common,” and “Civic” space; applicability of Open Space related to parkland dedication requirements. 2. Watershed Protecti...
by Leslie Pool
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 9/27 Work Session
Replies: 2
Views: 5249

Re: 9/27 Work Session

sorry - the entry I just posted here was intended for a different thread!

Leslie
by Leslie Pool
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:19 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?

Colleagues, thanks to all for the extra efforts and hard work dealing with the proposal the Mayor is offering. A number of questions relating to process and expected outcomes still need to be answered before any decisions are made to expand the Convention Center. This is a huge decision with far-rea...
by Leslie Pool
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 9/27 Work Session
Replies: 2
Views: 5249

Re: 9/27 Work Session

Colleagues, thanks to all for the extra efforts and hard work dealing with the proposal the Mayor is offering. A number of questions relating to process and expected outcomes still need to be answered before any decisions are made to expand the Convention Center. This is a huge decision with far-rea...
by Leslie Pool
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: HOT resolution on August 31, 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 4954

Re: HOT resolution on August 31, 2017

Colleagues, I appreciate and support MPT Tovo's message. I, too, am looking forward to discussing the ways we can share the revenue the City receives via the Hotel Occupancy Tax. Additionally, I want to re-emphasize that our Legal staff reminds us that we cannot use HOT revenue to fund projects rela...
by Leslie Pool
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Waste Management Policy Work Group
Replies: 1
Views: 4515

Re: Waste Management Policy Work Group

Addendum - go here for transcripts and presentations from the work group :: http://austintexas.gov/workinggroup