but i’m so glad to see about 10 members of the public here this morning!!
5:30-6:30 closed session
6:30-8 “community matters” 16 speakers (8 online signups, 8 signups at meeting), 3min each and (NEW!) council has optional 2min response after each speaker
unlimited matters from public
award, recognitions, & proclamations now quarterly
heather argues against using facebook at all because some people don’t use it.
wes says he will not comply with a no devices policy.
mike is taken aback. “but if the body takes a vote and passes a rule...”
heather emphasizes need for the public to feel heard, getting eye contact. agreed.
nikuyah brings up meaninglessness of mike’s influence issue - citizens can talk to you any time.
facilitator is moving us along. “you’ve let each other know how you feel.”
heather seeks clarification from page on how printed agendas & background can be accessed: city manager’s office can print on request
i feel like spanish language agendas should be PRETTY EASY though?
wes’ take: “the space is old. it’s old as hell.” truth. it’s original to the building, maybe the 60s? never updated.
heather emphasizes need for better space, says it came up a lot in her talks with constituents during her campaign.
yes. yes if we have money for housing, that comes first, second, AND third. the council chamber is a bummer, but i don’t live there. people need homes. homes without leaks and mold.
we’d see ~$600k in revenue per 1cent increase. it seems like a simple choice!
galvin: “community sensitive redevelopment” — what exactly does that mean?
mayor nikuyah walker
vice mayor heather hill
city manager maurice jones
wes: we have a significant population of young black men who are effectively homeless, going couch to couch.
housing authority has high demand for one BR/studios
how often is the list checked to see if everyone on it is still waiting?
kathy: 80% of city employees don’t live in the city (THEY CANT AFFORD IT BECAUSE YOU DON’T PAY THEM)
when asked what she thinks, nikuyah says “that seems like a long time.”
yeah, it’s been a long day... but actually the meeting started 8 hours ago and we had three breaks. so that’s kind of just a regular workday. lower your voice.