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[1. Invocation]

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IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

WE WELCOME DR. CLAUDETTE COPELAND AS OUR GUEST INVOCATOR.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR.

LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.

IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME ♪ ♪ WOULD HUMBLE THEMSELVES ♪ ♪ SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WAYS ♪ ♪ THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN ♪ ♪ THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN ♪ ♪ THEN WILL I HEAR AND I WILL HEAL ♪ ♪ I'LL HEAL THE LAND ♪ GRACIOUS GOD WE BLESS YOUR NAME THIS MORNING AND WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR ANOTHER DAY'S JOURNEY.

WE'RE THANKFUL TO BE ON THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE.

WE'RE THANKFUL TO STAND BEFORE YOU AS EMPTY PITCHERS BEFORE A FULL FOUNTAIN.

WE COME THIS MORNING THANKING YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVICE.

THANKING YOU FOR SOUND MINDS AND DEDICATED HEARTS.

WE HAVE COME THIS MORNING THANKING YOU FOR THESE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEMSELVES FOR PUBLIC SERVICE.

WE PRAY THIS MORNING FOR THESE LEADERS.

WE THANK YOU FOR WISDOM THAT IS NOT THEIR OWN.

WE THANK YOU FOR STRENGTH AND FORTITUDE WHEN THESE DAYS OF SERVICE ARE WEARYING.

WE PRAY TODAY FOR THE POWER OF UNITY, FOR THERE YOU COMMANDED THE BLESSINGS.

MAY OUR CONTENTIONS END UP IN CREATIVE SOLUTIONS.

LET OUR STRENGTH BE FROM HIM WHOSE STRENGTH DOES NOT FAIL.

AND WE PRAY TODAY FOR THESE WHO MUST MAKE HARD DECISIONS AND WHO STRUGGLE FOR THE GREATEST GOOD FOR THE GREATEST PEOPLE.

BE WITH THIS MAYOR AND THESE COUNCIL MEMBERS.

BE WITH THE CITIZENS OF THIS CITY AND CAUSE OUR DECISIONS TO BE GOOD FOR THOSE YET UNBORN.

WE GIVE YOU THE DAY NOW, HAVE YOUR OWN WAY.

UNIFY OUR HEARTS.

AND WHEN THE DAY IS DONE WE'LL Y THANK YOU FOR THE WORK ACCOMPLISHED.

WE PRAY THIS IN YOUR NAME AND ALL THE PEOPLE SAID AMEN.

[2. Pledge of Allegiance]

AND AMEN .

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU SO MUCH, REVEREND COPELAND.

[3. Approval of Minutes for the City Council Regular Meetings of September 19 - 20, 2018]

ALL RIGHT.

OUR FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS TODAY IS THE APPROVAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES FROM SEPTEMBER 19 AND 20.

>> SO MOVE.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THERE'S A MOTION AND A SECOND FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES SEPTEMBER 19 AND 20, 2018.

PLEASE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES.

[4. Councilmember John Courage will be sworn-in as Mayor Pro Tem, serving the term October 31, 2018 through January 9, 2019.]

ALL RIGHT.

ITEM NO. 4 IS THE SWEARING IN OF OUR NEW MAYOR PRO TEM, COUNCILMAN JOHN COURAGE.

>> GOOD MORNING.

RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND REPEAT AFTER ME.

>> I, JOHN COURAGE, DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF MAYOR PRO TEM FOR THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO AND OF THE STATE OF TEXAS.

AND WILL, TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, PRESERVE, PROTECT, AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND OF THIS

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STATE, SO HELP ME GOD.

>> CONGRATULATIONS.

>> COURAGE: THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: SERVE WITH DISTINCTION, JOHN.

>> COURAGE: THANK YOU.

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO INTRODUCE MY WIFE TO ANY OF YOU WHO HAVEN'T MET HER.

MY PARTNER.

WITHOUT HER, I WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY.

AND I'LL BE VERY PROUD TO PROVIDE THIS SERVICE TO THE CITY WHEN CALLED UPON.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, JOHN.

[Additional Item]

ALL RIGHT.

I WANT TO RECOGNIZE OUR COLLEAGUE, COUNCILMAN SALDANA, FOR A POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE.

>> SALDANA: THANK YOU, MAYOR.

AND I WANT TO INVITE SOMEBODY UP, IF THEY'LL JOIN US AT THE PODIUM.

HER NAME IS GINA MARTINEZ.

THIS IS IN CELEBRATION OF A MUSIC FESTIVAL.

AS SAN ANTONIO IS THE NEIGHBOR TO AUSTIN, WE'RE NOT WELL KNOWN FOR OUR MUSIC FESTIVALS BUT WE HAVE ONE THAT IS BURGEONING AND ATTRACTING SOME GREAT HEADLINES.

IT'S PROUD TO CALL SAN ANTONIO HOME.

AND AMONG OTHER THINGS I THINK GINA'S GOING TO WALK US THROUGH A LITTLE BIT OF THAT PRESENTATION.

I'M HONORED TO HAVE HER HERE, NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH MALA LUNA BENEFITS NOT JUST THE ATTENDEES, BUT NONPROFITS IN THE COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS LIFTING THE VOICES OF LOCAL MUSICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY.

THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY THAT SAN ANTONIANS YOUNG AND OLD GET TO ENJOY.

GINA.

>> THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, COUNCILMAN SALDANA, AND COUNCILWOMEN AND MEN AND MAYOR.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DOM AND RECOGNIZE US.

MALA LUNA HAS BEEN IN PROGRESS FOR THREE YEARS.

WE'RE HEADING INTO OUR THIRD YEAR.

OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS WE HAVE HOSTED OVER 80,000 PEOPLE.

THE FIRST YEAR ATTENDANCE WAS AROUND 30,000.

LAST YEAR WE GREW BY 60% AND HAD 50,000 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE.

WE ARE HOPING TO CONTINUE ALONG THAT PATH.

SOME OF OUR PERFORMERS HAVE BEEN INTERNATIONAL POP STARS, INCLUDING LITTLE WAYNE AND AMIGOS.

THIS YEAR WE HAVE TWO AWESOME ARTISTS, INCLUDING SOCIAL MEDIA QUEEN CARDI B, AND INTERNATIONAL STAR NICKI JAM , WHO HAD THE WORLD CUP SONG.

WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE HIM.

WE ARE ABLE TO FOCUS ON SOME OF THE SAN ANTONIO FLAIR, INCLUDING FOOD VENDORS.

WE HAVE HIRED OVER 500 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE FESTIVAL AND WILL HOPEFULLY LEARN FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE THERE AND GO ON TO DO GREAT THINGS FOR THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO.

WE'VE ALSO HAD A GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIVISION, INCLUDING THE BEAT AND LATINO MIX 95.1.

AND THEY HAVE BEEN GREAT PARTNERS IN SUPPORTING US.

AND WE HOPE TO CONTINUE THIS GROWTH AND SHOWCASE THE INTERNATIONAL TALENT, OR THE TALENT THAT SAN ANTONIO HAS, AND HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BECOME AN INTERNATIONALLY-KNOWN FESTIVAL THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND SOUTHWEST.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> SALDANA: THANK YOU AGAIN, GINA.

THIS IS THE ONE THING THAT MAKES ME COOL TO MY TEENAGE YOUNGER BROTHER.

IT'S THE ONE THING, AS THE DOCTOR IS HERE, YOU GET TO SEE SOME UTSA STUDENTS THAT COME AND MAKE UP A BIG PART OF THE CROWD.

WOLFF STADIUM IS WHERE IT WILL BE AGAIN THIS YEAR.

CORRECT?

>> YES.

IT IS TAKING PLACE AT WOLFF STADIUM ON OCTOBER 27 AND 28.

AND IT WILL BE A TWO-DAY FESTIVAL CELEBRATING KIND OF ALL GOOD THINGS.

>> SALDANA: GREAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, GINA.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN SALDANA.

ALL RIGHT.

WE HAVE -- ACTUALLY, LET'S DO OUR ANNOUNCEMENT FOR TRANSLATION SERVICES.

I APOLOGIZE.

[Consent Agenda]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: ALL RIGHT.

FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC, ITEMS 25 AND 26 HAVE BEEN PULLED FROM THE AGENDA BY STAFF AND WILL NOT BE ADDRESSED TODAY.

WE DO HAVE A COUPLE OF ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INDIVIDUAL BRIEFING.

THAT'S ITEMS 5 AND 6.

THE REST OF THE ITEMS ON OUR MORNING AGENDA ARE ON CONSENT.

SO AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO

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ASK MY COLLEAGUES IF THERE ARE ANY ITEMS FROM WHICH THEY WOULD LIKE TO PULL FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA.

ALL RIGHT.

HEARING NONE, I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION FOR THE BALANCE OF THE CONSENT AGENDA.

>> SO MOVE.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: OKAY.

THERE'S A MOTION AND A SECOND FOR APPROVAL OF THE BALANCE OF THE CONSENT AGENDA.

THAT'S ALL ITEMS SAVE FOR 5, 6, AND 25 AND 26.

I WANT TO RECOGNIZE COUNCILMAN SHAW FOR A BRIEF COMMENT.

>> SHAW: THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WORKS IN OUR COURTHOUSE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS AS A PRACTICING ATTORNEY.

HE DOES WONDERS IN THE COURTROOM.

AND HE'S NOW BEING APPOINTED AS A MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE FOR THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO.

HIS NAME IS KENNETH BELL.

I THINK HE'S HERE IN THE CROWD WITH HIS FAMILY.

I JUST WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE MR. AFTER WE GO THROUGH THIS VOTE, WE CAN CALL YOU JUDGE BELL.

CONGRATULATIONS.

YOU HAVE EARNED IT.

I HAVE KNOWN YOU FOR MANY YEARS.

I HAVE SEEN YOUR WORK ETHIC.

I SEE THE WAY THAT YOU CARRY YOURSELF IN THE COURTROOM.

YOU DEMAND RESPECT DURING TRIALS, THE WAY YOU WORK WITH CLIENTS.

I LOVE FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN THE MUNICIPAL COURT AS YOU WORK WITH THE CONSTITUENTS OF SAN ANTONIO.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR APPLYING.

THANK YOU AGAIN TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN SHAW.

COUNCILMAN PELAEZ.

>> PELAEZ: I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING BEEN AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR AT ST. MARY'S LAW WHEN MR. BELL WAS A STUDENT.

AND I GOT TO WORK WITH HIM.

HE, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T KNOW, HE'S NOT JUST A SMART GUY WITH A GOOD WORK ETHIC, HE'S ONE OF THE PREEMINENT ORAL ADVOCATES IN THE COURTROOM.

AND HE'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST BRAINS I HAVE EVER MET.

I THINK WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE BETTER THAN APPOINTING MR. BELL.

THE SECOND THING I WANT TO POINT OUT, HE THEN BECAME AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR HIMSELF, TRAINING YOUNG STUDENTS TO BE ETHICAL AND STRONG ADVOCATES AS WELL.

AND HE'S GOT A SERVANT'S HEART.

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE TAKING THIS NEXT STEP TO BECOME A MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE TO BRING THAT SERVICE TO BEAR AND HELP PEOPLE WHO COME BEFORE YOU.

THAT'S NO SMALL THING.

AND THAT YOU'RE HERE WITH YOUR FAMILY IS VERY, VERY NICE.

AND THEY SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOU TODAY.

IT'S A BIG, BIG DAY.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN PELAEZ.

WE DO HAVE A FEW CITIZENS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON ITEMS REMAINING ON CONSENT, SO I'LL CALL THEM NOW.

SEVERAL CITIZENS HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

SO WHAT I'LL DO IS I'LL CALL YOU UP, I'LL CALL THE NEXT PERSON IN LINE.

IF YOU COULD BE PREPARED TO STAND CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE PODIUM WHERE WE CAN KEEP EVERYTHING MOVING.

WE'LL START WITH EDWARD HARDMAN.

FOLLOWED BY STELLA GRENAGE.

>> GOOD MORNING TO THE MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL, AND THE CITY MANAGER SCULLEY.

MY NAME IS EDWARD HARDMAN.

I'M AN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR HERE IN THE SAN ANTONIO, ELECTRICAL SERVICES, LLC.

BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR OVER 22 YEARS.

BEFORE I GET STARTED, IF THE COUNCIL WOULD HAVE MY WIFE, WHICH IS MS. GRENNAGE, TO RELINQUISH HER TIME TO ME.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: MS. GRENNAGE, ARE YOU HERE? YOU'RE GIVING MR. HARDMAN YOUR TIME? GO AHEAD.

>> THANK YOU.

I'M HERE TODAY TO ASK FOR YOUR APPROVAL FOR THE FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION FOR THE SWIMMING PROGRAM.

I HAVE BEEN A BENEFACTOR FOR THAT PROGRAM BY WHICH I WORKED FOR A COUPLE OF CONTRACTORS IN THE CITY ON CITY PROJECTS.

THE PROGRAM IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY.

WE HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOME VERY GOOD THINGS WORKING ON DIFFERENT JOBS, SUCH AS LIBRARIES IN THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, OLMOS BASIN, THE ALAMODOME, AND THE FIRE STATIONS HERE IN THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO.

I COME TO YOU WITH SOME CONCERNS WITHIN THE MAKEUP OF THE SWIMMING PROGRAM.

WE HAVE ISSUES CONCERNING THE CONTRACTORS NOT BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH US WHEN THERE'S AN ISSUE SUCH AS CONVENIENCE.

WE HAVE BEEN TERMINATED BECAUSE OF CONVENIENCE.

THE WORK IS SATISFACTORY.

THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO HAS APPROVED THE PROJECTS.

THERE'S NO CONCERNS WHATSOEVER AS FAR AS THE PERFORMANCE OF US IN THE FIELD.

BUT WE'RE BEING TERMINATED BECAUSE OF CONVENIENCE.

THIS IS ONE OF THE ISSUES WE'RE ASKING THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO TO LOOK AT AND TO SEE IF THERE'S A WAY THAT THAT CAN BE NULLIFIED.

AND IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE TERMINATED, BE TERMINATED FOR CAUSE.

THAT MEANS THAT YOUR WORK IS NOT PERFORMING IN THE CAPACITY THAT IT SHOULD BE OR THAT YOU'RE NOT COMING ON THE JOB.

WHATEVER THOSE CONCERNS MAY BE THAT THEY WILL PUT IN WRITING, AS OPPOSED TO SAY WE'RE TERMINATING YOU FOR CONVENIENCE.

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ALSO -- EXCUSE ME.

THIS IS A NEW ERA.

THE FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE HAD HAS DONE SOME GREAT THINGS FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

AT THE SAME TIME THE CITY IS SUPPOSED TO HELP BUILD CAPACITY FOR MINORITY BUSINESSES.

WE CAN'T DO THAT IF THE COMPANIES THAT WE'RE WORKING FOR IS NOT WORKING IN OUR BEST INTERESTS.

WHEN WE'RE ON THE JOB WORKING HARD, ONLY TO BE TERMINATED FOR CONVENIENCE AND A COMPANY COMES BEHIND US THAT IS HIRED AND MAKES MORE MONEY THAT WE DO ON THOSE JOB SITES.

WE ARE ASKING THE CITY IF THEY WOULD LOOK INTO THOSE ISSUES AND COME BACK WITH SOMETHING THAT CAN HELP THE MINORITY CONTRACTORS THAT ARE WORKING OUT IN THE FIELD WITH GENERAL CONTRACTORS THAT THE CITY HAS UNDER THEIR UMBRELLA AT THIS PRESENT TIME.

I AGAIN THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THESE MATTERS.

THESE OF GREAT CONCERNS AND THAT IF YOU APPROVE THIS FIVE-YEAR APPROVAL FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE PROGRAM, I THINK IT WOULD BENEFIT SAN ANTONIO IN A GREAT AND IMPORTANT WAY.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU,M.

JANE GONZALES FOLLOWED BY JACK FINGER.

>> GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCILWOMEN AND MEN.

MY NAME IS JANE GONZALES AND I OWN A MEDICAL IN THE EAST SIDE OF SAN ANTONIO.

AND I'M HERE TO THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL, ESPECIALLY THE DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN.

I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE COUNCILWOMAN GONZALES, COUNCILMAN SALDANA, COUNCILWOMAN VIAGRAN, CITY COUNCILMAN CRUZ, COUNCILMAN TREVINO, AND YOU, MAYOR.

YOU HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE.

I WOULD THANK TO THANK ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, RENE DOMINGUEZ AND MICHAEL, WHO HAVE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH US.

ALONG WITH TROY ELLIOTT AND NORBERT.

BECAUSE THIS DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN WAS CREATED BY BLACKS, BY HISPANICS, BY ASIANS, BY WHITES, BY MEN, BY WOMEN.

THEY ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR LOCAL SMALL COMPANIES AND OF OUR RESIDENTS.

IT'S GOT TO BE -- AND I HAVE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH.

REALLY NEED TO PUT OURSELVES ON A CHARTER.

THAT WE SHOULD CONGRATULATE OURSELVES FOR WORKING AND COLLABORATING TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

AND WHAT THIS PLAN HAS DONE IS THAT IT'S NOT ONLY A PLAN, BUT IT'S A PLAN OF ACTION.

BECAUSE IT HAS CREATED OUTCOMES.

IN THE CASE OF MY COMPANY, MAYOR, A YEAR AGO WHEN WE STOOD BEFORE YOU REGARDING MAKING SOME POLICY CHANGES, BECAUSE OF THOSE POLICY CHANGES, MY COMPANY HAS DOUBLED IN REVENUE.

AND I JUST WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL OF YOU FOR THIS TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SUCCESS BEING CREATED HERE IN SAN ANTONIO.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. GONZALES.

THANK YOU, ALL.

>> I WANT TO DITTO WHAT JANE SAID.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, GUYS.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK Y'ALL.

JACK FINGER FOLLOWED BY CHRIS HERRING.

>> WELL, MAYOR NIRENBERG, AND OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR ILLUSTRIOUS SAN ANTONIO CITY COUNCIL.

FOR THE RECORD, MY NAME IS JACK M. FINGER.

BEFORE YOU DO THAT, MR. AUDIO-VISUAL MAN, LET ME GIVE YOU A FEW PREPARATORY REMARKS.

RETURN THE CAMERA TO THE PODIUM, IF YOU WOULD.

ITEM -- A FEW ITEMS I WISH TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION ON THE CONSENT AGENDA HERE.

ITEM 23, JUST FOR YOUR INFORMATION, IS ABOUT A -- OH, A CPS ENERGY TARIFF FOR A PILOTING PROGRAM.

YES.

I HAD LOOKED AT THIS AND I THINK REALLY, FOLKS, IT'S ABOUT CPS WANTING TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH JUICE YOU USE TO CHARGE UP YOUR ELECTRIC CARS SO THEY WILL KNOW HOW TO CHARGE YOU AND YOUR POCKETBOOK LATER ON.

MAYBE YOU GUYS WANT TO PULL THAT AND SAY NO TO IT.

BUT THE BIG THING HERE IS ITEM 22, WHICH A COUPLE OF THE PROCEEDING SPEAKERS TALKED ABOUT.

YES.

IT IS ABOUT THE DIVERSITY PLAN, DIVERSITY PLAN.

YES, WE HAVE HAD A FIVE-YEAR DIVERSITY PLAN AND NOW YOU WANT TO ESTABLISH A NEW FIVE-YEAR PLAN.

YES.

OKAY.

I THOUGHT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IS ABOUT 50 OR SO YEARS OLD NOW.

HOW MUCH LONGER DO WE HAVE TO

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KEEP GIVING PEOPLE A CRUTCH MERELY BASED ON THEIR SKIN COLOR AND THEIR RACE? HUH? I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT.

I THOUGHT ALL PEOPLE WERE SUPPOSINGLY CREATED EQUAL.

EQUAL.

I THOUGHT WE WERE SUPPOSED TO ACHIEVE BASED ON OUR OWN MERITS AND OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, NOT TO GIVE US EXTRA MONEY FOR THESE THINGS.

YES, AND IF YOU THINK IT'S NOT A QUOTA SYSTEM, I BEG TO DIFFER.

LOOK AT THE BACK UP DOCUMENTS IF YOU WILL, MR. AUDIO VISUAL MAN.

THE UNDERLINED AREA WHERE THE STAR IS.

AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESSES ENTERPRISES ARE ESTIMATED TO RECEIVE 4% OF ALL DOLLARS.

YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT.

OF THE VARIOUS PROJECTS YOU HAVE EARMARKED FOR THEM.

TURN THE PAGE.

THERE WE GO.

YEAH.

ESPECIALLY WHERE THE CIRCLES ARE.

YEAH.

THERE YOU GO.

THAT'S -- WHERE THE LITTLE BLUE LINES, THAT'S WHERE YOU HAVE SUPPOSED EARMARKS FOR.

YEAH.

33%, 34%, 40%, SO FORTH.

THEN THE NEXT PAGE, MR. AUDIO-VISUAL MAN.

DO YOU KNOW FRAUD CAN HAPPEN HERE? CONDUCT OUTREACH IN EDUCATION, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

THE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND QUEER.

A PERSON CAN SAY HE'S HOMOSEXUAL AND HE'LL GET MONEY FOR IT.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MR. FINGER.

CHRIS HERRING.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG, COUNCIL MEMBERS, CITY MANAGER YOU JUST HEARD FROM MR. FINGER AND HIS WORDS HAVE DISTURBED ME BECAUSE TODAY WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO DO SOMETHING I KNOW EACH OF YOU HAS THE WILL POWER TO DO WHICH IS TO PASS AGAIN THE DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN.

THE FIRST DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN WAS PUT INTO PLACE BY MAYOR JULIAN CASTRO.

SINCE 2013 I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CHAIR THE DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN SUBCOMMITTEE.

AND I'M REMINDED THAT WE HAD A GOOD PLAN THEN.

EVERYBODY SAID GOOD.

NOW TODAY WE HAVE A GREAT PLAN.

AND THE GREAT PLAN IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO NOW ADD INDIVIDUALS' BUSINESSES TYPES THAT WE HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO DO REAL GOOD BUSINESS WITH BEFORE.

WHEN I LOOK AT THE DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN AND HOW WE HAVE EXPANDED IT, MR. FINGER, TO INCLUDE OUR VETERANS IS A GOOD THING.

ACTUALLY, IT'S A GREAT THING.

WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR LARGEST DISABILITY GROUP IN AMERICA, WHICH ARE THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DISABILITY, I'M REMINDED OF JANE THOMAS, WHO WOULD COME EVERY MEETING IN A WHEELCHAIR TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO INCLUDE PEOPLE WHO NEEDED A HELPING HAND.

AND SO THIS DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN ADDRESSES PUTTING PEOPLE WHO NEED A SECOND OPPORTUNITY IN LIFE, IN SOME CASES, WHO CAN'T NECESSARILY GET EMPLOYMENT BUT NEEDS TO CREATE A BUSINESS.

AND SO THIS DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN INCLUDES THEM.

AND MAYBE WE MAY NEED TO STUDY AND HAVE A DIVERSITY OR DISPARITY STUDY TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE DISPARITY IS FOR THE SBEDA, BUT RIGHT NOW AUDIO].

YES, WE DO HAVE THE LGBTQ.

AS WE LOOK AT THE CITY AND HOW THE CITY IS MAKING PROGRESS, WELL, PERHAPS THERE IS DISPARITY THERE BUT IT HAS NEVER BEEN STUDIED.

THE DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN IS REALLY THE LAUNCHING BOARD.

THANK YOU TO THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, TO CAPITAL AND TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS.

TO THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT FOR BEING FLEXIBLE.

THE SUBCOMMITTEE, TO THE LEADERS WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY COMING FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS TO IMPROVE THE PLAN.

TO OUR LAST MAYOR WHO SAID TEE IT UP.

WE WANT TO CONTINUE THE PLAN.

TO OUR CURRENT MAYOR FOR SAYING MOVE THE PLAN FORWARD.

THIS IS WHERE WE'RE AT.

WE'RE FIVE YEARS LATER AND WE STILL NEED TO MAKE PROGRESS IN THE AREAS THAT WERE AANNOUNCED EARLIER.

YOU KNOW, THE AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS CONCERN IS A HEARTFELT PLACE THAT I KNOW AS CHAIRMAN OF THE I KNOW.

AND I THANK THE CITY FOR THE SUPPORT YOU GAVE US IN OUR CONFERENCE.

BUT I WANT TO SAY AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCACY, WE REALLY NEED TO HAVE

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THIS DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN APPROVED TODAY.

LET'S TAKE THIS PLAN FROM GOOD TO GREAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. HERRING.

GEEANI CASTILLO FOLLOWED BY IRENE CHAVEZ.

>> GOOD MORNING, MAYOR NIRENBERG, CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, CITY MANAGER SCULLEY.

I'M A LONG-TIME RESIDENT OF DISTRICT ONE.

TODAY I STAND ON BEHALF OF THE GLOBAL CHAMBER OF SAN ANTONIO.

OUR LEADERSHIP PRESIDENT, CHRISTOPHER HERRING, WHO JUST SPOKE, AND CHAIRWOMAN DR. CRYSTAL NERIO.

WE UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF TODAY'S VOTE.

WE ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE REVISED PLAN AND TO APPROVE IT INTO LAW.

WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR LEADER AND ACTIVIST, MINORITY BUSINESSES.

MR. HERRING, WHO HAS CHAIRED THE CITY'S DIVERSITY ACTION PLAN SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2013.

AND NOW OVERSEES THE CHAIRMAN -- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCACY COMMITTEE.

THE NEW PLAN WILL OPEN DOORS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS THAT THE CITY MANAGER, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, FINANCE AND TRANSPORTATION AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS IN MAKING THIS PROPOSED PLAN WORK.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. CASTILLO.

IRENE CHAVEZ.

>> GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I AM IRENE CHAVEZ.

I AM HONORED TO BE THE D7 APPOINTEE FOR THE SBAC COMMITTEE.

I AM HONORED TO BE THE INCOMING CHAIR TO CONTINUE THE WORK THAT CHRISTOPHER HERRING HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH.

I WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE STAFF BECAUSE AS A ONE-TIME STAFFER IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, I UNDERSTAND THE WORK AND THE AMOUNT OF THOUGHTFUL WORK AND THE AMOUNT OF DEDICATION IT TAKES TO ACTUALLY HAVE A PROJECT LIKE THIS.

IT'S BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR OVER A YEAR.

SO MY CONGRATULATIONS TO RENE DOMINGUEZ AND HIS TEAM, MICHAEL SINDON, TONYA AND THE GANG.

SO I WANTED TO MENTION A COUPLE OF THINGS I'M VERY PROUD OF THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH.

FOR THIS PLAN IT REALLY GETS PEOPLE READY TO BID.

ENTREPRENEURS, AS YOU KNOW, SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE HEART OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WITHIN OUR CITY.

THE DAP WILL WORK HAND IN HAND WITH SBEDA TO REMEDY DISPARITY.

THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THIS, MORE OUTREACH AND MARKETING.

NOT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS OR KNOWS HOW TO BID WITH THE CITY NOR DO THEY KNOW THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT EXIST.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, YOU'VE BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF A BUY-DOWN PROGRAM THAT'S BEEN ADMINISTERED THROUGH LIFT FUND.

AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH THAT IMPACTS SMALL BUSINESS, LET ME TELL YOU THAT $1.5 MILLION HAS BEEN ALLOCATED IN THAT MANNER FOR LOANS AT 0% INTEREST.

AND IT'S HELPED 70 SMALL BUSINESSES.

SO THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING THAT.

AND I HOPE THAT THE OBJECTIVE TO CONTINUE THAT IS TO REALLY STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS WITH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SO THEY CAN CONTINUALLY ADDRESS THE DIFFERENT NEEDS THAT SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.

I ALSO WANTED TO TAKE A POINT OF PRIVILEGE JUST TO SAY THANK YOU TO COUNCILWOMAN ANA SANDOVAL FOR PUTTING SMALL BUSINESS ON THE AGENDA.

ED DOES A GREAT JOB OF HAVING VENDOR ORIENTATIONS AND DIFFERENT EVENTS.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT MORE THROUGHOUT THE DIFFERENT DISTRICTS.

AND FOR PARTICIPATION OF EACH OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS AT THOSE VENDOR OUTREACH, BECAUSE IT MATTERS.

SMALL BUSINESSES MATTER.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE, I'LL SAY IN OUR RESEARCH LOOKING AT CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY -- CITIES ACROSS THE STATE, SAN ANTONIO IS REALLY LEADING BY EXAMPLE AND I'M HAPPY THAT YOU CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT THIS DAP WILL DO FOR ALL OF OUR CITIZENS.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. CHAVEZ.

COUNCILWOMAN SANDOVAL.

>> SANDOVAL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAYOR.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS ABOUT THE ITEMS ON CONSENT.

FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, IRENE, FOR BEING HERE AND FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION ON THIS ON THE GROUP AND PUTTING TOGETHER THIS PLAN.

IT'S THE SECOND PLAN THAT COMES FORWARD, SO I THINK IT'S A LITTLE BIT HISTORIC.

AND, YOU'RE RIGHT.

YOU WENT FROM GOOD TO GREAT.

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SO THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE SBAC COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK ON IT.

I ALSO WANTED TO MAKE A COMMENT ON ITEM -- IS THIS AN APPROPRIATE TIME TO MAKE COMMENTS ON THE OTHER ITEMS ON CONSENT, MAYOR?

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN SANDOVAL.

>> SANDOVAL: NO?

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: OH, GO AHEAD.

>> SANDOVAL: ARE WE TAKING COMMENTS ON CONSENT ITEMS?

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: YES.

>> SANDOVAL: GREAT.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COMMENT ON THE TARIFF BEING PUT FORWARD BY CPS.

I DON'T KNOW IF JOHN LEAL IS HERE.

JOHN, THANK YOU AND YOUR WHOLE TEAM FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS.

I KNOW IT'S A PILOT.

IT'S A LITTLE BIT EXPERIMENTAL BUT I THINK IT OPENS THE DOOR FOR WHERE WE WANT TO GO IN TERMS OF A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE.

WITHOUT THIS WE CAN'T REALLY GET THERE.

SO I THINK THAT'S HISTORIC TOO AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE RESULTS THAT THAT WILL BRING.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: GREAT.

THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN SANDOVAL.

THERE IS A MOTION AND A SECOND FOR THE BALANCE OF THE CONSENT AGENDA, WHICH IS ALL ITEMS SAVE FOR 5, 6, 25, AND 26.

[5. Ordinance approving the sale of approximately 2.583 acres located at 506 Dolorosa and 2.032 acres located at 702 Dolorosa for an amount not less than $7,367,000 and the negotiation and execution of a Development Agreement between the City of San Antonio and the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System to support The University of Texas at San Antonio’s 10 year downtown vision in Council District 1. [Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager; John Jacks, Director, Center City Development and Operations]]

PLEASE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES.

ITEM NO. 5.

>> ITEM NO. 5 IS AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE SALE OF APPROXIMATELY 2.583 ACRES LOCATED AT 506 DOLOROSA AND 2.023 ACRES LOCATED AT 702 DOLOROSA FOR AN AMOUNT NOT LESS THAN $7,000,367 AND THE NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION OF A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM TO SUPPORT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO'S TEN-YEAR DOWNTOWN VISION IN CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1.

>> GOOD MORNING.

ITEM NO. 5 IS THE CONVEYANCE OF TWO CITY-OWNED PARCELS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OF SAN ANTONIO IN THE AMOUNT OF $7.3 MILLION.

THESE TWO PARCELS WILL HELP FACILITATE THE PHASE ONE OF THE DOWNTOWN UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OF SAN ANTONIO'S EXPANSION.

HERE TO TALK MORE ABOUT THE VISION FOR THAT EXPANSION IS PRESIDENT DR. TAYLOR AMY.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG, COUNCIL MEMBERS, CITY STAFF, CITIZENS OF THE GREAT CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, THIS IS A VERY PROFOUND MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF MY UNIVERSITY AND I BELIEVE VERY STRONGLY IN THE HISTORY OF THE CITY AND WHERE OUR TRAJECTORIES ARE GOING.

AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPRESS UPON YOU THIS FACT THAT THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL MOMENT IN TIME TO DO SOMETHING BIG AND BOLD FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS GREAT CITY AND THIS GREAT UNIVERSITY.

I'M A HUGE PROPONENT OF THIS NOTION THAT GREAT UNIVERSITIES NEED GREAT CITIES.

AND WE INTEND TO BE ONE OF YOUR GREAT UNIVERSITIES.

LET ME DIVE INTO THE CONCEPT OF WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING, BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF GOOD NEWS TO SHARE.

WE ARE FOCUSED NOW FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS ON BEING AN EXEMPLAR FOR STUDENTS' SUCCESS NATIONALLY.

WE ARE WELL ON OUR WAY TO BECOMING A GREAT PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITY.

AND WE ARE GOING TO BE STRATEGICALLY GROWING AND BECOMING MORE INNOVATIVE AS WE DRIVE TOWARDS EXCELLENCE.

WHAT WILL WE LOOK LIKE IN TEN YEARS? WE'RE GOING TO BE BIGGER.

WE'RE GOING TO BE AT AROUND 45,000 STUDENTS.

WE'RE 32,000 STUDENTS TODAY.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE FACULTY.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE TALENTED FACULTY.

WE ALREADY HAVE VERY TALENTED FACULTY.

WE WANT MORE OF THEM.

WE'RE GOING TO BE MEETING NATIONAL METRICS FOR STUDENTS' SUCCESS.

OUR BUDGET WILL BECOME A BILLION DOLLAR ENTERPRISE HERE IN THIS CITY.

WE'RE GOING TO BE ADDING CAPITAL PROJECTS ON ALL OF OUR CAMPUSES AND WE ARE GOING TO GO FORWARD AND BE A DEEPLY-COMMITTED PARTNER TO THIS CITY, ALL PARTS OF THIS CITY, OVER THE NEXT 500 YEARS.

THAT'S OUR PLAN.

I WANT YOU TO IMAGINE THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS A LITTLE BIT.

IMAGINE FOUR OR MORE COLLEGES DOWNTOWN, NEW SCHOOLS, NEW RESEARCH INSTITUTES.

A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT CONCEPT AROUND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR GOVERNMENT UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS.

IMAGINE IF WE HAD A DRAMATIC IMPACT ON THE TRAJECTORY OF THE NEAR WEST SIDE OF DOWNTOWN, THE WEST SIDE, AND THE ENTIRE CITY AS WE REALIZE THIS POTENTIAL.

WE'VE BEEN SPENDING A LOT OF

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TIME TALKING ABOUT THIS.

YOU MAY RECALL THAT WHEN I CELEBRATED OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR DOWNTOWN CAMPUS LAST FALL I STARTED TO TALK ABOUT THIS.

AND THE REPORT IN THE BUSINESS JOURNAL HAVE BEEN COVERING MY DISCUSSIONS AROUND THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS SINCE JANUARY.

AND I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF CHATTING WITH MOST OF YOU ABOUT THESE VISIONS.

WE HAD AN URBAN LAND INSTITUTE VISIONING SESSION THIS JULY WHERE WE LOOKED WITH ALL THE INSTITUTIONS IN THE NEAR WEST SIDE ABOUT HOW WE MIGHT WORK TOGETHER AS WE GO FORWARD TO DO THIS.

WE HAVE MORE CONVERSATIONS THAT HAVE TO HAPPEN WITH OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS DOWNTOWN.

THAT'S GOING TO BE HAPPENING IN CONCERT WITH SOME OF YOUR COLLEAGUES ON THE COUNCIL.

COUNCILWOMAN GONZALES, COUNCILMAN TREVINO.

WE HAVE A LOT OF EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEGUN THIS PAST YEAR ABOUT REVITALIZING THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS, BRINGING MORE SERVICES BACK, BRINGING MORE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS DOWNTOWN.

THAT IS ALL UNDERWAY.

THE CONCEPT THAT'S SHOWING UP ON THE SLIDES RIGHT NOW IS REALLY A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE PROPERTIES RELATED TO WHERE WE INTEND TO LOCATE OUR NEW SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY COLLABORATION CENTER.

WE ALSO ARE GOING TO BE VERY MUCH FOCUSED ON WHAT WE DO WITH CATTLEMAN'S SQUARE AS A RESIDENTIAL LOCATION FOR OUR STUDENTS.

THOSE ARE ALL SHOWN IN GREEN.

THE PROPERTIES IN ORANGE OVER ON FRIO STREET ARE SORT OF A DOWNSTREAM FOCUS ON WHERE WE NEED TO GO AND THE FUTURE CONVERSATIONS WE WANT TO HAVE WITH YOU ABOUT GROWING THE CAMPUS AND MAKING USE OF THOSE PROPERTIES.

THE SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE WILL BE THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN TEXAS AND PROBABLY NATIONALLY.

AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE OBTAINED THE FUNDING FROM THE REGENTS AND FROM A DONOR ABOUT BEING ABLE TO PROCEED WITH BUILDING 138,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY FOR US THAT WOULD INVOLVE A NUMBER OF OUR DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE ALREADY ON CAMPUS.

AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT GETTING GOING WITH THIS.

WE ALSO HAVE THE FUNDING IN PLACE TO ESTABLISH A NATIONAL SECURITY CENTER DOWNTOWN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALL OF OUR FEDERAL PARTNERS HERE IN SAN ANTONIO AND MANY PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERS.

WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS NOTION OF AN ECOSYSTEM THAT INVOLVES DATA INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, CYBERSECURITY, INFORMATION SCIENCE GENERALLY, DATA SCIENCE GENERALLY.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ECOSYSTEM FOR THE FUTURE OF SAN ANTONIO.

WE ARE ALSO IN PROGRESS, WORK IS IN PROGRESS ABOUT REALIZING THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE THE MAJORITY OF OUR COLLEGE OF BUSINESS DOWNTOWN.

IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, IF THIS ALL COMES TO FRUITION AS PLANNED, WE WILL HAVE THREE FOUNDATIONAL STRUCTURES IN THE NEAR WEST SIDE.

THE SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE, NATIONAL SECURITY COLLABORATION CENTER AND COLLEGE OF BUSINESS DOWNTOWN, ALL LOCATED IN THAT ECOSYSTEM I JUST DESCRIBED.

LET ME DIGRESS SLIGHTLY.

IF WE ARE AS SUCCESSFUL AS WE CAN BE WITH THIS, WE ARE BRINGING COMPANIES TO DOWNTOWN THAT WILL BE CREATING JOBS, HIGH-WAGE PAYING, HIGH-SALARY JOBS.

IF WE HAVE OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE IN THOSE PROGRAMS INTERNING IN THOSE BUSINESSES THAT MIGRATE DOWNTOWN OR LOCATE DOWNTOWN, WE'RE CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT THAT MEANS HIGH-PAYING JOBS AND A WORKFORCE THAT STAYS HERE IN SAN ANTONIO INSIDE THIS ECOSYSTEM.

THAT IS WHAT I REFER TO AS PROSPERITY.

WE'RE ALSO ABOUT TO LAUNCH OUR RFQ/RFP FOR DEVELOPING CATTLEMAN'S SQUARE.

THAT'S TO GET MORE STUDENTS LIVING DOWNTOWN.

REMEMBER, STUDENTS NEED AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY MARKET RATES.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A STRATEGY TO GET MORE OF OUR STUDENTS DOWNTOWN IN THE NEAR WEST SIDE AND ACROSS THE CITY WHO HAVE ACCESS TO OUR DOWNTOWN CAMPUS WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A TEASER FOR SOMETHING THAT'S COMING UP RELATED TO OUR URBAN EDUCATION INSTITUTE WITHIN OUR COLLEGE.

WE HAVE BEEN HARD AT WORK WITH LEADERSHIP ESTABLISHING A LABORATORY SCHOOL MODEL BETWEEN OUR COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND THOSE THREE NEIGHBORS OF OURS WHERE THEY ADOPT US AND WE ADOPT THEM AS WE GO FORWARD.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'LL BE SHARING AS A STORY SOON, BUT I WANTED TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU NOW, A GOOD NEWS STORY ABOUT THE THINGS WE ARE TRYING TO DO IN THE WEST SIDE OF DOWNTOWN.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO US THAT WE PURSUE THIS WITH VIGOR.

SO THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU.

I LOOK FORWARD TO QUESTIONS AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME.

>> THANK YOU, DR. AMY.

IF DOCTOR AMY'S VISION IS IMPLEMENTED, THIS WOULD BE HUGE AND CATALYTIC FOR THIS AREA OF DOWNTOWN.

HE IS PROPOSING TO GROW THE CAMPUS FOUR TIMES THE AMOUNT.

SO 15,000 STUDENTS AND 2,000 MORE FACULTY AND STAFF IN OUR DOWNTOWN AREA.

IT'S CURRENTLY AT ABOUT 5,000

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TODAY.

THE PHASE ONE EXPANSION INCLUDES A $341 MILLION INVESTMENT.

THAT IS BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT.

THEY ARE PROPOSING TO RETAIN THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, THE COLLEGE OF PUBLIC POLICY, AND THE COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AT THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS AND RELOCATE THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS TO THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS FROM THE MAIN CAMPUS.

THEY ARE PROPOSING TO DEVELOP A NEW SCHOOL THAT WILL BE LOCATED DOWNTOWN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COLLABORATION CENTER ALSO DOWNTOWN.

THEY ALSO ARE PROPOSING MUCH-NEEDED STUDENT HOUSING AND WORKFORCE HOUSING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR STAFF AND FACULTY.

THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO IS A PARTNER IN THIS PHASE ONE EXPANSION.

WE ARE PROPOSING THE CONVEYANCE OF TWO CITY-OWNED PARCELS, 506 DOLOROSA TO THE U.T. SYSTEM IN THE AMOUNT OF $7.3 MILLION.

DR. AMY IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH JUDGE NELSON WOLFF ON THE CONVEYANCE OF THREE PARCELS OF PROPERTY WHERE THE FEDERAL DETENTION CENTER IS CURRENTLY LOCATED, AND THAT WILL GO TO COMMISSIONERS COURT IN THE COMING MONTHS.

THESE FIVE PARCELS WILL BE THE LOCATION OF THE NEW SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE, THE NATIONAL SECURITY COLLABORATION CENTER, AND THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS.

AND THIS REPRESENTS A AUDIO] NEAR THEIR DOWNTOWN CAMPUS AND WILL BE WORKING ON ISSUING AN RFP FOR THE AUDIO] PROJECT ON THAT SITE TO ACCOMMODATE FACULTY AND STAFF HOUSING NEEDS.

WE DO HAVE A PHASE TWO OF THE DOWNTOWN EXPANSION.

PHASE ONE IS FROM 2018 TO 2023.

AND PHASE TWO IS FROM 2023 TO 2028.

OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS, UTSA ON THE PHASE TWO EXPANSION, WHICH WILL INCLUDE THREE CITY-OWNED PARCELS ON FRIO STREET ACROSS FROM THEIR DOWNTOWN CAMPUS.

THESE THREE PARCELS CURRENTLY HAVE THE MUNICIPAL COURT, THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO FLEET CENTER, THE ITSD DEPARTMENT, WHICH WILL BE LOCATING TO THE FROST BANK TOWER, AND AN SAPD SUBSTATION.

TODAY'S ACTION IS LIMITED TO THE TWO PROPERTIES IN PHASE ONE WITH UTSA AND WILL RETURN TO CITY COUNCIL WITH A PROPOSAL FOR PHASE TWO PROPERTIES.

HOWEVER, AT THE TIME OF THAT REQUEST CITY STAFF WILL HAVE IDENTIFIED RELOCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE THREE OPERATIONS ON THOSE PROPERTIES AS WELL AS FUNDING FOR THOSE PROPERTIES.

BUT WE'LL BE COMING BACK TO COUNCIL WITH THAT IN THE NEXT YEAR OR SO.

THE 506 DOLOROSA PROPERTY AND 702 DOLOROSA PROPERTY ARE CURRENTLY BEING USED BY THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO.

506 DOLOROSA IS THE LOCATION OF THE TEMPORARY MODULAR COMPLEX WHERE WE HAVE SEVERAL STAFF MEMBERS OFFICED AS A RESULT OF THE CITY HALL RENOVATION.

THAT MODULAR COMPLEX WILL BE NEEDED THROUGH FEBRUARY OF 2020.

SORRY.

THROUGH NOVEMBER 2020 TO ACCOMMODATE THE RESTORATION OF CITY HALL AND THE RESTORATION OF FROST BANK TOWER.

ONCE WE COMPLETE THOSE PROJECTS, THAT SITE WILL BE VACATED AND UTSA WILL HAVE CONTROL OF THAT SITE.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT NOVEMBER OF 2020 FOR THAT SITE.

702 DOLOROSA IS CURRENTLY BEING USED AS A SURFACE PARKING SPACE.

SEVERAL OF OUR CITY STAFF PARK IN THAT LOT.

WE WILL NOT BE CEDING CONTROL OF THAT SLOT UNTIL THE FROST BANK TOWER HAS BEEN VACATED AND WE HAVE ACCESS TO THE FROST BANK GARAGE, WHICH AS 732 SPACES.

THAT WAY WE HAVE PARKING SPACES FOR THAT CITY STAFF THAT HAVE HAVE TO VACATE THAT LOT.

WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT VACATING THAT UNTIL OCTOBER 2019.

AND THAT'S DURING THE TIME THAT FROST BANK WILL BE VACATING THE TOWER THE CITY CURRENTLY OWNS.

WE HAVE ONE MORE ACTION THAT WILL COME BACK TO CITY COUNCIL AT A LATER DATE, AND THAT IS A CLOSURE OF A STREET THAT BIFURCATES THE COUNTY'S PIECE OF PROPERTY THAT CURRENTLY HOUSES THE JAIL AND THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO SERVICE PARKING LOT.

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IF TODAY'S ACTION IS APPROVED, WE'LL INITIATE THE NOTIFICATION PROCESS AND GO THROUGH THE REGULATORY PROCESS TO INCLUDE PLANNING COMMISSION AND WE'LL COME BACK TO CITY COUNCIL.

IT IS A SMALL LOT THAT HAS SEVERAL METERS.

IT'S A SMALL STREET THAT HAS SEVERAL METERS ON IT AND WE'LL DO THE APPROPRIATE NOTIFICATION PROCESS TO VACATE AND ABANDON THAT.

THE FISCAL IMPACT OF THIS PROJECT IS HUGE.

WE HAVE ALREADY DONE AN ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY FOR PHASE ONE.

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT IS NORTH OF $150 MILLION AS A RESULT OF THE CONSTRUCTION.

UTSA WILL PURCHASE THE CITY PROPERTY FOR $7.3 MILLION, WHICH IS FAIR MARKET VALUE.

THESE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO OFFSET THE DEBT NECESSARY TO DO THE RENOVATIONS OF THE FROST BANK TOWER, AND THAT WAS PART OF THE P3 TRANSACTION THAT CITY COUNCIL APPROVED IN 2015.

UTSA WILL ALSO BE DEVELOPING A PHASE ONE CAPITAL FUNDING REQUEST OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS.

IT WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO AFTER THEY HAVE DONE MORE DUE DILIGENCE ON THIS PHASE ONE EXPANSION.

THAT CAPITAL FUNDING REQUEST WILL REQUEST FUNDING FOR PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS SUCH AS UTILITY BURIAL, UTILITY CONNECTIONS, STREET IMPROVEMENTS, OR POTENTIAL CLEAN UP.

THEY WILL RETURN TO CITY COUNCIL WITH THAT DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 2020 BUDGET PROCESS.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO MENTION THAT THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, THANK YOU TO THE VOTERS, APPROVED $80.9 MILLION IN INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS IN THE ZONAL CULTURAL AND AREA SURROUNDING UTSA THESE THESE.

THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE COORDINATED WITH UTSA TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT FOR THE RESIDENTS OF OUR DOWNTOWN TO USE.

STAFF IS RECOMMENDING THE CONVEYANCE OF TWO CITY-OWNED PROPERTIES VALUED AT $7.3 MILLION THAT TOTAL APPROXIMATELY 4.5 ACRES.

AND WE'RE ALSO REQUESTING APPROVAL TO EXECUTE AFTER THE NEGOTIATION A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM AN AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT THEIR PHASE ONE EXPANSION.

THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION.

DR. AMY AND MYSELF ARE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: GREAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, LORI.

AND THANK YOU, DR. AMY.

WE HAVE SEVERAL CITIZENS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM.

AND SO WE'LL BEGIN NOW WITH THOSE FOLKS.

I WILL CALL THE FIRST NAME UP AND THEN I'LL CALL THE NEXT NAME IN LINE.

WE'LL START WITH SECRETARY HENRY CISNEROS FOLLOWED BY RICHARD PEREZ.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG, MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE.

CITY MANAGER SCULLEY AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY EXECUTIVE STAFF.

DR. AMY AND THE UTSA TEAM, INCLUDING A MEMBER OF THE BORDER PATROL BOARD OF REGENTS, WHO IS HERE WITH US.

THIS IS A VERY POWERFUL PLAN, AND DR. AMY HAS ASKED ME TO BE HERE THIS MORNING IN TWO CAPACITIES.

FIRST AS A FORMER HUD SECRETARY WHO OVERSAW A STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES AND CITIES.

AND PARTICULARLY UNIVERSITIES THAT HAVE DOWNTOWN CAMPUSES.

SECONDLY, AS A RESIDENT OF A NEAR DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ON THE WEST SIDE.

LET ME JUST SAY A QUICK WORD ABOUT THE STUDY THAT WE DID.

WHAT WE WERE ATTEMPTING TO DO WAS FIND OUT WHAT ARE THE DRIVERS OF THE NEW AMERICAN ECONOMY.

AND WHAT WE FOUND IS THAT IT WAS A DIFFERENT ECONOMY, FUNDAMENTALLY, THAN THE OLDER ECONOMY THAT WAS LARGELY MANUFACTURING, THAT WERE TEXTILE MANUFACTURES AND ALL KINDS OF MANUFACTURES IN MOST AMERICAN CITIES.

THE NEW ECONOMY IS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, NEW MEDIA, MEDICAL CENTERS, INTERNATIONAL, AND VERY IMPORTANTLY HIGHER EDUCATION.

YOU NAME ME AN AMERICAN CITY AND I WILL DESCRIBE TO YOU A HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE, THAT IS THE LARGEST EMPLOYER, IN MANY CASES, A LARGE CONTRACTOR, A GENERATOR OF TRAFFIC, PEOPLE, MOVEMENT, AND A POWERFUL, POWERFUL FORCE IN GUIDING THE ECONOMY OF A CITY.

SEATTLE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, LOS ANGELES, AND UFC.

NEW YORK CITY, MULTIPLE INSTITUTIONS.

AND WHEN THOSE INSTITUTIONS ARE DOWNTOWN IT'S IMMENSELY DYNAMIC IN TERMS OF WHAT IT DOES FOR THE CITY.

A PLACE LIKE AUSTIN, FOR EXAMPLE, AND WHAT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEANS THERE.

OR WASHINGTON, D.C. WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY.

SAN FRANCISCO, THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IN SAN FRANCISCO.

AND NEW YORK, MULTIPLE NEIGHBORHOODS SUCH AS THAT AROUND NYU, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, OR COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.

PHOENIX, WHERE CITY MANAGER SCULLEY HELPED EXPAND THE

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CAPACITY OF ARIZONA STATE INTO THE DOWNTOWN OF PHOENIX WITH GREAT EFFECT.

ONE OF THE BY-PRODUCTS OF THIS WORK THAT WAS DONE IN THE 1990S WAS THE CREATION OF SEVERAL NONPROFIT GROUPS THAT FOCUS ON WHAT ARE CALLED ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS.

INSTITUTIONS THAT BY THEIR SCALE BRING IMMENSE VOLUME OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY.

AND HIGHER EDUCATION IS CLEARLY ONE OF THOSE.

NOW, WHEN YOU COMBINE A LARGE UNIVERSITY PRESENCE WITH A FUTURE-ORIENTED FIELD OF STUDY, SUCH AS THE CYBERSECURITY DATA SERVICES ACTIVITY, IT IS A TWO-FER SAN ANTONIO.

THIS IS A TWO PLUS TWO EQUALS FOUR, FIVE DYNAMIC THAT IS ABOUT TO BE RELEASED.

LET ME SAY JUST A FEW QUICK WORDS AS A RESIDENT OF THE WEST SIDE.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE POINTS OF THE COMPASS AROUND DOWNTOWN, THEY ARE ALL DOING RELATIVELY WELL EXCEPT FOR THE WEST SIDE.

TO THE SOUTH IS KING WILLIAM AND BLUE STAR AND BIG TEX.

AND BEYOND THAT THE MISSIONS REACH.

TO THE EAST IS THE NEW INVESTMENTS IN THE FREDERICK AND THE MERCHANTS AREA AND CARVER AND OTHER DYNAMICS BEYOND THE DOME.

AND TO THE NORTH, OF COURSE, IS THE SACK AREA WITH NEW RESIDENTIAL ACTIVITY AND THE PEARL, ET CETERA.

THE WEST SIDE HAS SEVERAL DISADVANTAGES ASSOCIATED WITH A LONG TRADITION OF AUDIO], THEN THE RAILROAD TRACKS, THEN THE JAIL.

MORE RECENTLY SOME OF THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH A LARGE CONCENTRATION OF HOMELESS PEOPLE IN HAVEN FOR HOPE.

I LIVE IN THE AREA.

I KNOW IT WELL.

I LIVE THESE PROBLEMS. BUT, TO HAVE 15,000 STUDENTS.

TO HAVE 2,000 FACULTY.

TO HAVE A DYNAMIC OF INVESTMENT, OF CONTRACTING WILL INEVITABLY SHARE SOME OF THAT ECONOMIC ACTIVITY WHERE A PORTION OF THE CITY HAS NOT HAD IT.

COUNCILMAN TREVINO HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THIS ARENA.

COUNCILWOMAN GONZALES AND MANY OTHERS OF YOU AS WELL.

PLEASE VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS TRANSFERENCE.

IT IS A CLASSIC PRIMING OF THE PUMP BY A CITY GOVERNMENT WITH ITS PUBLIC RESOURCES TO MAKE POSSIBLE SOMETHING, AS DR. AMY HAS APPROPRIATELY SAID, IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ACTIONS FOR THE DOWNTOWN AND FOR OUR CITY THAT I'VE WITNESSED IN THE LAST 30 YEARS.

LET ME JUST CLOSE BY SAYING I HAVE BEEN AROUND HERE A LONG TIME.

MY FIRST JOB AFTER COLLEGE -- AND, BY THE WAY, I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AS A FORMER GRADUATE OF TEXAS A&M, SO THAT'S A BIG CONCESSION ON MY PART.

[LAUGHTER] BUT MY FIRST JOB WAS IN THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE, AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT I WITNESSED WAS THE END OF HEMISFAIR IN 1968.

IT WAS TOUTED AS THE SITE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO.

OF COURSE WE KNOW IT WENT TO ITS PRESENT SITE.

BUT TO ADD NOW THIS KIND OF ECONOMIC GENERATOR IN THE DOWNTOWN AND IN THE NEAR WEST SIDE, REALLY SORT OF CLOSES THE LOOP ON ABOUT 50 YEARS OF HISTORY AND POTENTIAL.

AND I ENCOURAGE YOU AND THANK YOU FOR THE ACTION YOU WILL TAKE TODAY.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, SECRETARY CISNEROS.

RICHARD PEREZ FOLLOWED BY RAD WEAVER.

>> GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS RICHARD PEREZ, PRESIDENT OF THE SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

I'M EXCITED TO BE HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE CONVEYANCE OF THE PROPERTY TO UTSA FOR THIS FANTASTIC PROJECT.

I WILL TELL YOU I THOUGHT I WAS HAVING A GOOD DAY, WOKE UP IN THE MORNING, GOT TO THE OFFICE QUICKLY, BUT TO HAVE TO FOLLOW HENRY CISNEROS AS A SPEAKER IS GOING DOWNHILL FROM HERE.

BUT I WILL SAY IN ALL SERIOUSNESS THAT THIS IS A FANTASTIC PROJECT.

THESE ARE THE KIND OF PROJECTS THAT, AS A FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER AND NOW PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER, THE KIND OF PROJECTS THAT WE LOOK FOR.

THE KIND OF PROJECTS THAT WE CRAVE THAT MAKE THINGS HAPPEN AND CHANGE LIVES OF PEOPLE.

IT BRINGS PEOPLE UP.

IT TURNS THINGS INTO ANOTHER THING THAT WE THOUGHT WAS NICE.

AND NOW IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT.

AND SO I THINK YOUR LEADERSHIP HERE TODAY IS AMAZING.

SHERYL, THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE WITH DR. AMY AND THE U.T. BOARD OF REGENTS, IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED TO FURTHER THE PROGRESS WE HAVE BEEN SEEING AND THAT WE MUST CONTINUE IN ORDER FOR OUR CITIZENS TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF WHAT THIS CITY IS, AND THAT IS A WELCOMING CITY THAT IS FULL OF OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MR. PEREZ.

RAD WEAVER FOLLOWED BY LORENZO GOMEZ.

>> I THINK LAST TIME I ADDRESSED YOU ALL I GOT VERY EMOTIONAL, AND I MIGHT DO IT AGAIN TODAY.

I KEEP FINDING THESE THINGS I'M COMPLETELY EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN.

I'M GOING TO USE MY TIME TODAY, AND I'LL BE VERY BRIEF AND CEDE

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MOST OF MY TIME TO LORENZO AND OTHERS BEHIND ME.

I WANT TO BRING CONTEXT TO A NUMBER OF ISSUES.

ONE IS THE SIZE OF THE COMMITMENT FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM.

I'M HERE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS.

THERE'S NOT ENOUGH MONEY TO EVER GO AROUND FOR THE 14 SCHOOLS.

THAT'S JUST SIMPLY THE CASE.

THE $70 MILLION COMMITMENT HERE AND THIS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY AND WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WITH GRAHAM, WHICH NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT ALL THE HARD WORK ON BEHALF OF THE CITY STAFF AND GRAHAM AND LORENZO'S COMMITMENT, IS MONUMENTAL, FRANKLY.

WE HAD ROUGHLY $90 MILLION IN FUNDS TO GIVE OUT FOR THE YEAR FOR ALL INSTITUTIONS.

70 OF THAT CAME HERE.

I THINK THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES TO THE COMMITMENT PRESIDENT AMY HAS AND THE COMMITMENT OF THE CITIZENS OF SAN ANTONIO AND FROM LORENZO AND GRAHAM.

SECOND, I WANT TO BRING A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORICAL CONTEXT HERE.

SO IN 1838, PRESIDENT LAMAR ADDRESSED THE THIRD CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS URGING THE CONGRESS TO ESTABLISH THE FOUNDATION FOR A VAST SYSTEM OF EDUCATION.

IN 1839, THE REPUBLIC OF CONGRESS SET ASIDE 50 LEAGUES OF LAND, WHICH IS TODAY 220,000 ACRES OF LAND FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ENDOWMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.

SO THAT WAS GRANT NUMBER ONE.

GOD HAPPENS TO BE ABOVE THE LARGEST OIL FIELD IN THE WORLD.

IT WAS THAT VISION THAT OUR FORE FATHERS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS HAD THAT WE HAD VERY FEW FUNDABLE ASSETS AT THAT TIME.

WHAT WE DID HAVE WAS LAND.

WE COMMITTED THAT LAND TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.

I ASK YOU TODAY, I GET IT.

I HAVE BEEN AROUND HERE ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT THERE'S PERSONAL AND POLITICAL OPINIONS, AND I THINK ALL THAT IS GREAT IN THE CONTEXT OF A GOOD GOVERNMENT, BUT I THINK THERE ARE TIMES WHERE WE COULD FIND COMMON GROUND ON CERTAIN ISSUES AND I URGE YOU TODAY TO FIND COMMON GROUND AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS CONVEYANCE.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MR. WEAVER.

LORENZO GOMEZ FOLLOWED BY LEONARD RODRIGUEZ.

>> MAYOR, COUNCIL, CITY MANAGER SHERYL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

MY NAME IS LORENZO GOMEZ AND I'M THE CHAIRMAN OF GEEKDOM AND GRAHAM WESTIN'S 8020 FOUNDATION.

I GREW UP IN SAN ANTONIO AND WENT TO MIDDLE SCHOOL AT LA FOYE MIDDLE SCHOOL.

MY WHOLE LIFE I GREW UP THINKING THERE WAS NOT A PLACE FOR ME IN THE TECHNOLOGY WORLD.

THAT IN ORDER TO BE IN TECH YOU NEEDED TO BE A STEVE JOBS-TYPE CHARACTER, OR YOU NEEDED TO BE A SUPER GENIUS IN CALCULUS.

THEN ONE DAY IN 2001, AUGUST 6, 2001 I GOT A JOB AT A COMPANY I NEVER HARD OF CALLED RACKSPACE.

THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER.

THIS CUTTING-EDGE COMPANY CALLED RACKSPACE TOOK A CHANCE ON A 20-YEAR-OLD KID FROM THE INNER CITY WITH NO COLLEGE DEGREE AND THEY GAVE ME A CAREER AND SKILLS I NEVER COULD HAVE FOUND BY MYSELF.

THE UTSA SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE, WHICH IS THE REASON I'M HERE TO SPEAK, IS GOING TO BECOME THE NEXT GREAT TALENT CREATION ENGINE FOR OUR CITY.

I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WHEN THE SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE IS AT FULL STRENGTH THAT COMPANIES LIKE AMAZON, MICROSOFT, APPLE, AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FIGHTING EACH OTHER TO HIRE THESE GRADUATES, EVEN BEFORE THEY'VE CROSSED THE GRADUATION STAGE.

UTSA CURRENTLY SERVES 32,000 STUDENTS.

OVER HALF OF THOSE STUDENTS ARE LOCAL SAN ANTONIO KIDS.

THE SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE IS GOING TO SHOW THOSE 16,000 STUDENTS THAT THERE IS A PLACE I TECH FOR THEM.

JUST THE WAY RACKSPACE SHOWED ME THERE WAS A PLACE IN TECH FOR ME.

ITS VERY PRESENCE DOWNTOWN AND IN THE NEAR WEST SIDE WILL SHOW EVERY KID AT THE FOYE THAT THERE IS A PLACE IN TECH FOR THEM.

THE KIDS ON THE SOUTH SIDE WILL KNOW THAT THERE IS A PLACE FOR TECH IN THEM AND THE KIDS ON THE EAST SIDE WILL KNOW THERE IS A PLACE IN TECH FOR THEM.

FOR ME, THIS IS THE REAL INSPIRING MISSION AND THE REASON THAT THE 8020 FOUNDATION HAS PLEDGED $15 MILLION TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT AMY'S GRAND VISION.

THE POWER OF THIS SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE AND ITS EFFECTS WILL OUTLIVE EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM.

IT WILL OUTLIVE ME AND IT WILL OUTLIVE OUR TECH ECOSYSTEM.

AND THAT IS AN INSPIRING MISSION WORTH GETTING BEHIND.

AND I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US IN OUR EFFORT TO MAKE THIS CITY THE NEXT GREAT ECONOMIC ENGINE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MR. GOMEZ.

LEONARD RODRIGUEZ FOLLOWED BY HE L.A.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG, CITY COUNCIL

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MEMBERS, I'M PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE WEST SIDE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

ON BEHALF OF OUR BOARD WE ARE HERE TO EXPRESS OUR SUPPORT FOR ITEM 5.

THE PRESENCE OF AN EXPANDED UTSA DOWNTOWN CAMPUS MEANS MANY THINGS, PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT IS THE CYBERSECURITY CENTER AND SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCES.

HAVING WORKED AT THE WHITE HOUSE DURING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, THIS NATIONAL SECURITY COLLABORATION CENTER IS AN ANCHOR IN ESTABLISHING WHAT SAN ANTONIO MIGHT BE KNOWN FOR IN THE PROFESSIONAL AND WHITE-COLLAR MARKETPLACE.

WITHOUT A DOUBT THIS IS PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR SAN ANTONIO, AND THAT IS TO ESTABLISH ITS WHITE-COLLAR PROFESSION CALLING CARD, SOMETHING THE CITY HAS BEEN LACKING.

UNEMPLOYMENT, HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUT RATES AND NONCOLLEGE ATTAINMENT RATES OVER INDEX.

INDEED, UTSA'S EXPANSION WILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR LOCAL RESIDENTS, NAMELY ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION, ACCESS TO JOBS ON CAMPUS, AND MOST EXCITING, THE MANY PROFESSIONAL CAREERS IN MILITARY DEFENSE, I.T., AND CYBERSECURITY.

PRESIDENT AMY'S DISTRIBUTED CAMPUS MODEL VISION IS ALSO A GAME-CHANGING PLANNING EFFORT TO RECONNECT THE WEST SIDE TO THE DOWNTOWN CORE.

NOW MORE THAN EVER THE NEED AND REALIZATION TO WORK WITH LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS WITH UTSA CREATES DEMAND FOR FURTHER OPEN THE CAMPUS TO THE COMMUNITY WITH EVENTS, PARTNERSHIPS, AND MOST CRITICAL LINKAGES IN CONNECTIVITY.

THIS IS AN ALIGNMENT WITH COUNCILWOMAN GONZALES, WHAT SHE IS DOING WITH HER HISTORIC WEST SIDE GATEWAY INITIATIVES IN PROJECTS LIKE THE COMMERCE BRIDGE STREET IMPROVEMENTS.

THE CAMPUS WILL SERVE AS A PHYSICAL CONNECTOR BETWEEN THE DOWNTOWN AND WEST SIDE, BUT NOT WITHOUT MORE INVESTMENT TO THE AREA.

TO DATE, THE HIGHWAY CONTINUES TO SERVE AS A BARRIER BETWEEN DOWNTOWN AND THE WEST SIDE.

BUT YOU CAN OVERCOME THIS CHALLENGE.

IT SEEMS APPROPRIATE TO ME THAT GIVEN A CITY COUNCIL WHO LOVES A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR WEALTHY COMMUNITY LAND BRIDGE TO CONNECT A PARK, PERHAPS A MORE NOBLE, IMPACTFUL, AND EQUITABLE INVESTMENT IS A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR UNDERPASS RENOVATION TO RESTORE GREATER CONNECTIVITY THROUGHOUT THE I-10/35 UNDERPASS WITH WORLD-CLASS ARTWORK, FARMERS AND MAKERS MARKETS, EVENT PROGRAMMING, PLACEMAKING, AND SITE PROGRAMMING.

THIS IS THE TYPE OF SUPPORT OUR WEST SIDE NEEDS TO MAKE SURE A COMMUNITY WHO HAS CALLED THIS AREA HOME DOES NOT FEEL ALIENATED WITH THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT.

OUR ORGANIZATION IS THANKFUL TO THE CITY, THE COUNTY, AND UTSA.

BECAUSE WITH THIS POSSIBILITY MORE WILL COME.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MR. RODRIGUEZ.

HELA SHAHIDI FOLLOWED BY WARREN WILKERSON.

>> GOOD MORNING, CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I AM CURRENTLY AN UNDERGRADUATE SOPHOMORE STUDYING BOTH CYBERSECURITY AND COMPUTER SCIENCE.

I'M HERE TODAY TO REPRESENT NOT ONLY MY OWN ENTHUSIASM, BUT THE ENTHUSIASM OF FUTURE PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS WHO WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN SUCH AN INNOVATIVE OPPORTUNITY IN A FAST-DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE WORLD.

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM AUSTIN, SO I WAS ACTUALLY GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN THE CAP PROGRAM, WHICH I DID DECLINE BECAUSE I DID A LOT OF RESEARCH AND I DID FIND THAT UTSA DID HARBOR THE NUMBER ONE CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM.

AND I DID TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT.

AND ALSO DURING MY SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL I DID A LOT OF RESEARCH AND FOUND THAT SAN ANTONIO WAS A HUB OF A PLETHORA OF RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH INSTITUTES TO INDUSTRY JOBS AND TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT ALL FOCUS AROUND INFORMATION ASSURANCE, CYBERSECURITY, COMPUTER SCIENCE.

AND TODAY I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT I HAVE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION TO LIVE AND TO STUDY IN A CITY THAT CAN PROVIDE SO MANY RESOURCES LIKE GEEKDOM THAT CAN PROVIDE MAYBE IDEAS AND THE MONEY FOR TECH STARTUPS FOR STUDENTS LIKE ME.

A FEW WEEKS BACK I REMEMBER I WAS READING ABOUT PRESIDENT AMY'S DOWNTOWN PLAN AND I COULDN'T FEEL MORE EXCITED.

I REALLY WAS EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE OF UTSA WHERE A LOT OF STUDENTS WOULD LOVE TO BE PART OF A SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE, WHERE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS HORIZONTALLY INTEGRATED CAN WORK WITH BUSINESS STUDENTS, OTHER COMPUTER SCIENCE STUDENTS AND REALLY TAKE PART OF SOMETHING I HOPEFULLY CAN TAKE PART IN WHEN I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE -- MY

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GRADUATE STUDIES IN THE SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE.

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING A PART OF THE SCHOOL FOR DATA SCIENCES.

HOPEFULLY FOR MY MASTERS OR PH.D.

I'M ALSO MORE EXCITED FOR THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, JUST LIKE AUSTIN, IS GROWING INTO A HUGE TECH HUB.

SAN ANTONIO WILL DEFINITELY BRING INTO THAT CYBERSECURITY ASPECT THAT A LOT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE CITIES AREN'T REALLY TAILORING TO RIGHT NOW.

BUT IN CLOSING, I AM REALLY HOPING THAT I CAN TAKE PART IN THIS PROGRAM, THE SCHOOL OF DATA SCIENCE.

I CAN STUDY FOR MY GRADUATE STUDIES AND I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS.

AND I HOPE I CAN BE HERE FOR THAT.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU.

WARREN WILKERSON.

>> MAYOR, COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER SCULLEY, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH YOU TODAY.

I'M WARREN WILKINSON WITH CENTRO.

I URGE THE COUNCIL MEMBERS TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE TRANSFER OF THE LAND, SALE OF THE LAND PARCELS TO UTSA.

I CAN'T THANK -- A LOT HAS BEEN SAID ALREADY SO I WON'T REPEAT THAT.

BUT ONE OF THE PAST SPEAKERS TALKING ABOUT THE CONNECTIVITY UNDER 35 AND I-10 IS JUST CRUCIAL.

YOU RECALL BACK IN SEPTEMBER OF 2015 THE STATE AND THE CITY CREATED ZONA CULTURAL.

AND YOU THINK BACK TO WHAT THE ORIGINAL PURPOSE OF THAT WAS.

AND IT WAS TO REVITALIZE THAT AREA FROM MAIN STREET OVER TO 35.

AND THEN OVER TO FRIO AS PHASE TWO.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IS A GAME CHANGER FOR ZONA CULTURAL.

WHEN IT IS BUILT IT WILL ACHIEVE MANY OF THE GOALS BY ACTIVATING THAT WHOLE AREA.

IT WILL ALSO CAPITALIZE ON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, MILAM PARK.

YOU CAN IMAGINE MILAM PARK NOW WITH ALL THESE STUDENTS AND FACULTY JUST A COUPLE OF BLOCKS AWAY.

SO IT DOES ACHIEVE SO MANY GOALS.

I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> TREVINO: THANK YOU, MR. WILKINSON.

YANETTE FLORES.

>> GOOD MORNING.

I'M ALWAYS AND FOREVER AND ROADRUNNER.

I JUST FELT LIKE IT NEEDED TO BE SAID.

TODAY I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERS OF THE WEST SIDE PRESERVATION ALLIANCE AND THE ESPERANZA CENTER TO REQUEST THE ORDINANCE APPROVING THE SALE OF THE CITY-OWNED LAND TO UTSA FOR THEIR DOWNTOWN EXPANSION PLAN BE DELAYED UNTIL UTSA CONDUCTS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS WITH THE RESIDENTS OF THE WEST SIDE.

UTSA PLANS TO EXPAND THEIR DOWNTOWN CAMPUS WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE WEST SIDE, AN AREA ALREADY FACING GENTRIFICATION PRESSURES FROM THE DEVELOPERS AND TO DATE THERE HAS BEEN ALMOST NO, IF NOT ZERO, COMMUNITY INPUT MEETINGS ON THE PLANNED EXPANSION.

IF A COMMUNITY MEETING THAT BE HELD, NEITHER ESPERANZA OR WPA NOR THE HISTORIC WEST SIDE ASSOCIATION AND THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO MEETINGS BY UTSA.

THESE ORGANIZATIONS WORK, LIVE, AND PLAY IN THE WEST SIDE.

AND MOST, IF NOT ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY HAS BEEN LEFT OUT OF A CONVERSATION THAT WILL DIRECTLY AFFECT OUR LIVES ONCE AGAIN.

WE HAVE A SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR EXPANSION TO USHER IN RAPID GENTRIFICATION ON THE WEST SIDE AND RESIDENTS' VOICES AND CONCERNS MUST BE HEARD BEFORE THE CITY AND UTSA DECIDE ON THE FUTURE OF THE WEST SIDE.

WE WOULD HOPE THAT THE CITY AND UTSA WOULD UNDERSTAND THE NECESSITY OF CREATING A PLAN TO PREVENT GENTRIFICATION IN THE WEST SIDE BEFORE ANY LAND DEALS ARE APPROVED.

WE HAVE WITNESSED LOW-INCOME AND WORKING-CLASS NEIGHBORHOODS DISPLACED BY UNIVERSITIES IN PLACES LIKE PHILADELPHIA, HARLEM, AND NEW HAVEN.

WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE HISTORIC WEST SIDE BE ERASED BY WHAT ULTIMATELY MIGHT BE A GOOD INTENTION FOR INCREASED STUDENT ENROLLMENT.

WE MERELY ASK THAT UTSA ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY THEY WISH TO EXPAND INTO BEFORE MAKING DECISIONS THAT WILL IMPACT THE COMMUNITY TREMENDOUSLY.

ONCE AGAIN, WE RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT UTSA AND THIS ITEM BE DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING WITH THE WEST SIDE RESIDENTS HAVE TAKEN PLACE AND THAT THERE IS A PLAN TO PREVENT THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

GRACIAS.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. FLORES.

FIRST, I JUST WANT TO THANK ALL THE FOLKS WHO HAVE COME OUT TO SPEAK.

MANY DISTINGUISHED GUESTS.

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DR. AMY, LORI FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

THIS IS SEARCH, -- CERTAINLY A DAY OF TREMENDOUS GRAVITY IN THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO AND I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY WHEN WE ARE ALL LONG GONE PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER THESE TWO VOTES FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, WE ARE GOING TO GET INTO THE CONVERSATION OF COUNCIL AND BEGIN WITH COUNCILMAN TREVINO.

>> TREVINO: THANK YOU, MAYOR.

AND I AGREE WITH YOU.

I THINK THAT THIS IS A BOLD, BOLD DAY OF BOLD DECISIONS.

AND TIMING IS EVERYTHING.

I WANT TO THANK DR. AMY FOR BEING SO BOLD SO EARLY ON IN HIS TENURE AT UTSA.

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU'VE DONE TO CREATE THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, TO CREATE THAT DISCUSSION.

AND I THINK THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.

AND THAT'S REALLY EXCITING TO SAY.

TO SEE YOUR INSTITUTION REALLY TAKE ON SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS HISTORIC AND I WANT TO THANK YOU PUBLICLY FOR THAT.

WHAT I CAN SAY, AS THE MAYOR SAID, WE HAD MANY PEOPLE COME SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THIS PROJECT AND TALK ABOUT ITS IMPACT.

AS WE MOVE FORWARD ON THIS PROJECT WE KNOW THAT THIS IS A MEANINGFUL GESTURE ON THE CITY'S BEHALF TO SAY WE'RE PARTNERING WITH UTSA TO BE INVOLVED WITH EDUCATION IN OUR CITY.

AND I THINK THAT SPEAKS LOUDLY AND CLEARLY WITH THIS VOTE.

I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT WHAT I'M REALLY PROUD OF IS HOW WE'RE INVESTING INTO OUR WEST SIDE OF DOWNTOWN AND HOW WE FEEL THAT THIS IS A GREAT PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION FOR FUTURE GROWTH IN THE AREA.

AS SECRETARY CISNEROS COMMENTED, IT'S ABOUT TIME.

I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THIS GIVES US GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW OUR CITY IN A VERY UNIQUE WAY, TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE BIG ISSUES THAT WE'VE HAD AS LEGACY ISSUES THAT MOST CITIES HAVE, QUITE FRANKLY, WITH REGARDS TO HOUSING, ECONOMIC SEGREGATION, OPPORTUNITY, EDUCATION.

I MEAN, THIS REALLY TACKLES A LOT OF THOSE.

AND I'M EXCITED TO BE A PART OF THAT.

CERTAINLY COUNT ME AS A PARTNER IN THAT EFFORT.

I THINK WHEN IT COMES TO HOUSING, TO HAVE AN INSTITUTION LIKE UTSA LEADING THE CHARGE, THIS IS -- YOU KNOW, WHAT MORE CAN WE ASK FOR? TO THINK ABOUT THE 15,000-PLUS STUDENTS THAT WILL BE COMING TO DOWNTOWN IS, TO ME, A CALLING TO START LOOKING AT STRATEGIES THAT ARE GOING TO HELP TO ADDRESS ISSUES OF HOUSING, ISSUES OF AFFORDABILITY THAT CAN SET THE EXAMPLE.

AND I THINK THESE PARTNERSHIPS ARE THE RIGHT MIX TO HELP PUSH THOSE KINDS OF STRATEGIES, THOSE KINDS OF SOLUTIONS FORWARD.

WE TALK ABOUT A HIGHWAY THAT IS DIVIDED, CREATED WHAT I WOULD CALL AN INVISIBLE BOUNDARY BETWEEN THE WEST SIDE AND DOWNTOWN.

WELL, WE'RE GOING TO ERASE THAT.

WHETHER WE GO UNDER IT OR OVER IT, I'M EXCITED ABOUT WHATEVER THAT IS, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT COULD BE SOMETHING QUITE EXCITING, WHAT THAT CONNECTION REALLY MEANS, BOTH TANGIBLY AND INTANGIBLY.

MAYOR, YOU AND I SAW A WONDERFUL BRIDGE WHEN WE TRAVELED TO ISRAEL CONNECTING A UNIVERSITY AND A TECH CENTER IN A VERY MEANINGFUL AND THOUGHTFUL WAY.

SO THIS IS BOTH A BRIDGE, TANGIBLY, BUT A BRIDGE INTANGIBLY, IN THAT IT'S BRIDGING THAT GAP.

I WANT TO THANK LORENZO GOMEZ AND THE 8020 FOUNDATION AND GRAHAM WESTIN FOR JUST THE HEART AND BELIEF IN DOWNTOWN.

IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE.

IT'S NOT JUST A PLACE, BUT IT'S MAKING THAT PLACE FOR PEOPLE, AS YOU SO ELOQUENTLY SPOKE UP.

THIS IS IT.

THIS IS THE WAY YOU DO IT.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

RAD WEAVER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR STATEMENTS AND YOUR BELIEF IN HELPING TO CREATE THESE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CITY.

I AM TRULY, TRULY HONORED AND PRIVILEGED TO BE A PART OF SUCH A HISTORIC VOTE.

THEREFORE, I MOTION TO APPROVE ITEM NO. 5.

>> SECOND.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: OKAY.

THERE'S A MOTION AND A SECOND FOR APPROVAL OF ITEM NO. 5.

COUNCILMAN COURAGE.

>> COURAGE: THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I WANT TO SAY I'M REALLY PLEASED TO SEE THAT WE ARE FINALLY MOVING FORWARD WITH UTSA DOWNTOWN AND TO EXPAND IT INTO

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WHAT IT WAS HOPED TO BE YEARS AGO AS A MAJOR DOWNTOWN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION.

AND I REALLY AM SUPPORTIVE OF THAT DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT FIVE OR TEN YEARS, HOWEVER LONG IT MAY TAKE.

I DO HAVE SOME QUALMS, THOUGH.

I DO THINK WE NEEDED MORE TIME TO GET BETTER INFORMED BY THE PROCESS INITIATED BY UTSA AND OUR CITY STAFF ON WHAT ARE GOING TO BE THE CITY'S OBLIGATION IN SUPPORT OF THIS.

WELL, FOR EXAMPLE, WE'RE GOING TO BE PROVIDING SOME PROPERTIES THAT ARE INDICATED THE VALUE IS $7.4 MILLION.

HOWEVER, THOSE PROPERTIES HAVEN'T BEEN REEVALUATED IN FIVE OR SIX YEARS.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THE MARKET VALUE IS.

AND IF WE WERE SELLING THESE TO A COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE, A PROFIT-MAKING ENTERPRISE, I'M SURE WE WOULD WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT IS THE MARKET VALUE AND MAKE THAT PART OF THE PRESENTATION OF INFORMATION THAT'S GIVEN TO US AS COUNCIL PEOPLE.

AND I KNOW WE'LL BE MAKDITIONALE DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE.

AND I FEEL RESPONSIBLE TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE ABLE TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND WHEN THEY COME TO ME AND SAY, WELL, WHAT'S IT GOING TO COST US? WHEN ARE THESE THINGS GOING TO BE DONE? I FEEL RESPONSIBLE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THEM SOME REASONABLE ANSWERS.

AND RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE ANY.

WE WERE SHOWN THAT THE NEXT BUDGET IN 2020 IS GOING TO GO AHEAD AND HAVE SOME OTHER AMOUNTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE PUT INTO THAT BUDGET TO HELP SUPPORT THIS, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE.

WE KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE CALLED UPON IN A FEW YEARS TO SELL OTHER PROPERTY FOR THE EXPANSION.

BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THOSE COSTS MAY BE TO THE CITY.

RELOCATING MUNICIPAL COURT, RELOCATING POLICE SUBSTATION AND OTHER FACILITIES.

AND IT JUST SEEMS TO ME THAT THE CITY IS USUALLY MORE DILIGENT IN THAT KIND OF LONG-TERM COMMITMENT AND PLANNING THAN WE'VE SEEN RIGHT NOW.

AND, YOU KNOW, SO I HAVE TO TAKE PAUSE, YOU KNOW, AND THINK ABOUT THAT.

WHERE WILL WE BE OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS IN THE CITY'S COMMITMENTS? IT'S ALREADY BEEN SAID THIS WILL ATTRACT MORE BUSINESS TO DOWNTOWN.

WELL, WHEN WE EXPAND THE COLLEGE DOWNTOWN, THE UNIVERSITY, AND WE HAVE MORE FACILITIES THAT THEY OWN, WELL, THAT TAKES PROPERTY OFF THE TAX ROLLS.

IF NEW BUSINESSES ARE ATTRACTED BECAUSE OF THAT, THE HISTORY IS THEY COME TO THE CITY AND THEY SAY WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? WE NEED SOME INCENTIVES.

AND DOES THAT MEAN MORE OF DOWNTOWN AND LOCAL AREAS WILL BE TAKEN OFF THE TAX ROLL FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN ENTICED TO COME DOWNTOWN? YOU KNOW, I THINK THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE NOT PUTTING OUT IN FRONT OF THE COUNCIL AND WE'RE NOT PUTTING OUT IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC.

AND I'M SURE THERE WAS A LOT MORE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND MORE CITY COUNCIL ENGAGEMENT, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN TEXAS A&M WAS BEING DEVELOPED THAN WE'VE HAD HERE.

AND I KNOW THIS IS A FIRST STEP.

WE'RE SAYING WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND PROVIDE THESE TWO PIECES OF PROPERTY.

BUT A JOURNEY OF 1,000 MILES BEGINS WITH THAT FIRST STEP.

AND I'M CONCERNED THAT WE SHOULD KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT'S IN STORE IN THOSE OTHER THOUSAND MILES.

I DO KNOW THIS WILL BE A BENEFIT TO THE CITY, I JUST WANT TO FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WHAT IS THE CITY'S PARTNERSHIP AND RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS IN THE LONG RUN.

I JUST WANTED TO EXPRESS THAT IN HOPES THAT AS WE CONTINUE FORWARD WE ARE BETTER EDUCATED AS A COUNCIL, WE'RE MORE INFORMED.

NO SURPRISES THAT WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT IT'S GOING TO COST US 50 OR $100 MILLION OVER TEN YEARS TO BE A PARTNER IN THIS ENTERPRISE.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THOSE COMMENTS.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN COURAGE.

COUNCILWOMAN GONZALES.

>> GONZALES: THANK YOU, MAYOR.

WHEN I HEARD THAT DR. ROMO WAS RETIRING, I THOUGHT THAT WAS SAD NEWS.

I THOUGHT THE UNIVERSITY HAD MADE GREAT STRIDES.

THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A REPLACEMENT.

AND I THOUGHT THIS WAS A VERY CRITICAL DECISION FOR OUR CITY.

AND SO WHEN I

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THOUGHT WHO IS THIS TAYLOR ENIGMI FROM TENNESSEE.

THE MORNING WE WERE SUPPOSED TO MEANT, I GOT DRESSED, PUTTING ON MY MAKEUP, TALKING TO MYSELF AS I OFTEN DO, WOMEN PUTTING OUR WAR PAINT ON IN THE MORNING.

AND I THOUGHT I'M GOING TO HAVE TO TELL THIS GUY EVERYTHING.

HE DOESN'T KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE WEST SIDE.

HE DOESN'T KNOW HOW WE STRUGGLED.

HE DOESN'T KNOW HOW WE HAVE BEEN DISENFRANCHISED.

HE DOESN'T KNOW ABOUT THE NEED FOR A CAMPUS IN THIS COMMUNITY.

20 YEARS AGO PEOPLE FOUGHT VERY HARD TO GET A DOWNTOWN CAMPUS, AND IT HAS NEVER REALLY MATERIALIZED THAT IT WAS THE WAY IT WAS INTENDED TO BE.

AND I'M GOING TO HAVE TO TELL HIM EVERYTHING.

SO I GET DRESSED AND I'M GETTING DRESSED LIKE AN [INDISCERNIBLE] PUTTING ON MY BULLETS ACROSS ONE SIDE AND MY BULLETS ACROSS THE OTHER SIDE AND MY SWORDS READY TO BATTLE AND TELL HIM HOW HE NEEDED TO INVEST IN THE WEST SIDE.

HE NEEDED TO MAKE THE CAMPUS THE WAY THAT IT WAS INTENDED.

AND SO WE GOT TO HIS OFFICE AND WE START CHATTING THE PLEASANTRIES, AND I THOUGHT HE SEEMS NICE.

AND I THOUGHT I DON'T NEED THIS KNIFE.

I'LL JUST PUT IT DOWN RIGHT HERE.

AND WE GET TO TALKING AGAIN AND I TELL HIM ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE WEST SIDE.

I TELL HIM HOW WE'RE STILL WAY BEHIND IN INFRASTRUCTURE, IN EDUCATION, IN ALL THE THINGS THAT WE KNOW.

HIGH-CRIME RATES, THE JAIL AND HAVEN FOR HOPE AND ALL THESE PROBLEMS. AND HE SHOWS ME HIS PLANS FOR THE DISTRICT, FOR THE UNIVERSITY.

AND HE TALKS ABOUT THIS URBAN UNIVERSITY SETTING.

HE DOESN'T HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION SO FAR ABOUT A DATA CENTER.

ALL THOSE THINGS HAD NOT BEEN MADE, OR AT LEAST AS HE PRESENTED IT TO ME TODAY.

I WAS SHOCKED.

I THOUGHT DO I REALLY NOT NEED THESE BULLETS? DO I REALLY NOT NEED TO FIGHT? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I'M GEARING UP FOR A LOT OF DAYS ON THIS COUNCIL.

ALL OF A SUDDEN I THOUGHT ALL THESE YEARS HERE ON THE WEST SIDE THAT WE'VE BEEN STRUGGLING KNOWING INTERNALLY LIKE WE HAVE TO DO THIS OURSELVES.

WE ORGANICALLY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BUILD UP OUR BUSINESS.

WE ORGANICALLY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF OUR FAMILIES.

WE HAVE TO DO IT OURSELVES, THAT'S WHY THE PROGRAMS LIKE THE PROMOTORAS ARE SO IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THEY WORK FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

IT REMINDED ME OF A DOCUMENTARY I SAW MANY YEARS AGO ABOUT EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES.

SOME SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK, AND IT'S AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN.

Y'ALL KNOW THIS STORY.

IT'S ESCAPING ME RIGHT NOW, THE NAME.

HE WOULD SAY THERE IS NO SUPERMAN.

NOBODY IS COMING TO SAVE US.

WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF IT OURSELVES.

THEY ARE WAITING FOR THE DAY THAT SUPERMAN IS GOING TO SAVE YOU.

AND I THINK THAT DAY HAS ARRIVED.

WE HAVE A REAL-LIFE IN THE FLESH SUPERMAN WHO IS GOING TO COME, NOT ALONE, BUT WITH THE HELP OF A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE TO MAKE THIS INSTITUTION THE WAY IT WAS DESIGNED TO BE.

TO WORK WITH LANIER AND BRACKENRIDGE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE NOT SEEN MY CHANGE.

WE HAVE THE SAME DROPOUT RATES AT LANIER THAT WE HAD 50 YEARS AGO.

THERE WERE RUMORS THAT SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS WERE SCHEDULED TO CLOSE.

RODRIGUEZ ELEMENTARY IS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

AND MANY OF THE MARKERS THAT WE SEE IN THE CITY THAT MAKE US -- THAT ARE SOMETIMES IN THE FOREFRONT, ISSUES OF TEEN PREGNANCY AND CRIME RATES AND ILLNESSES STILL RIGHT THERE IN THE AREA THAT YOU ARE GOING TO COME AND HELP US REVITALIZE.

AND SO IT IS SUCH AN EXCITING MOMENT TO BE HERE WORKING IN COOPERATION WITH THE REGENTS.

BECAUSE, OF COURSE, AT THE END OF IT WHEN HE TOLD ME ABOUT HIS PLANS, THE WHOLE TIME I'M THINKING BUT THERE'S NO MONEY.

WE ALL HAVE GREAT VISION ABOUT WHAT WE WANT OUR COMMUNITIES TO LOOK LIKE.

BUT WITH NO MONEY THEY'RE JUST VISION.

BUT WHEN THE FUNDING CAME FROM THE REGENTS, I TALKED TO RAD WEAVER AND ALSO TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REGENTS A COUPLE OF

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MONTHS AGO AT AN EVENT.

AND HE TOLD ME, OH, NO.

IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

DR. TAYLOR, HE'S BEEN PUSHING HARD WITH THE REGENTS.

WE'RE GOING TO GET THAT FUNDING.

I THOUGHT I'LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT.

WE HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTED A LOT OF TIMES IN THE AREA.

SO SURE ENOUGH IT COMES FORWARD THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET THE FUNDING.

AND THEN VERY SHORTLY AFTERWARDS, GRAHAM WESTIN, WHO I HAVE NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIM, COMES FORWARD WITH THIS $15 MILLION GIFT TO THE UNIVERSITY TO COMPLETE THE DATA CENTER.

AND SO ALL THESE THINGS ARE FINALLY BECOMING A REALITY.

AND THEN OUT OF NOWHERE I GET A RECOMMENDATION FOR A STAFF MEMBER, DR. SAMANTHA HERNANDEZ, AND SHE COMES FORWARD WITH HER RESUME.

SHE JUST FINISHED HER PH.D. AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY.

AND SHE HAS THIS GLOWING LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FROM DR. CROW AT ASU.

I SAID WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO ASU AND THE UTSA? AND SHE SAID, OH, I WAS A STUDENT LIAISON.

I WAS DR. CROW'S STUDENT AS A PH.D. MAKING SURE THAT THE VISION FOR THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS AND THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WITH THE STUDENTS ACTUALLY HAPPENED THERE.

I DID ALL THAT.

I WAS HIS RIGHT HAND STUDENT LIAISON TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY FELT LIKE THEY WERE PARTICIPATING.

AND SHE COMES TO ME LOOKING FOR A JOB.

AND I THOUGHT BUT SHE SIGNS ON BOARD AND SHE'S BEEN WORKING NEARLY DAILY WITH THE UNIVERSITY TO MAKE SURE THE ISSUES THAT YANETTE FLORES ADDRESSED ARE RESOLVED, BECAUSE THAT IS A CONCERN.

THERE'S A LOT OF DISTRUST IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH INSTITUTIONS.

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE ALL THAT GETS TAKEN CARE OF AS WE TAKE THE PROPER TIME NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE UNIVERSITY IS SUCCESSFUL.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, YOU HAD UP THERE YOUR IMAGINE.

AND I WONDER IF JUST FOR THE SAKE OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE, CAN YOU BRING UP THAT SLIDE THAT TALKS ABOUT IMAGINE AND IT TALKS ABOUT THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THEY HAVE AND IT TALKS ABOUT THE DATA CENTER? HOPEFULLY IT'S IN YOUR SLIDE PRESENTATION.

AND IT'S TITLED WITH "IMAGINE." AND THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT MAYBE YOU CAN ELABORATE ON A LITTLE BIT MORE AS WE ARE CELEBRATING THIS.

SO IMAGINE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS.

IMAGINE THE LAB SCHOOL WITH THE SAISD FINALLY COMING IN AND WORKING WITH OUR STUDENTS.

THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT I THINK WE CAN IMAGINE AS WE ARE SUPPORTING THIS EFFORT.

SO IMAGINE AN FOUR COLLEGES, TWO NEW RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS AND A FULLY-DISTRIBUTED CAMPUS LIKE ARIZONA STATE DOWNTOWN PHOENIX CAMPUS.

AND THESE ARE THINGS OF COURSE THAT I COULDN'T HAVE EVER IMAGINED IN MY LIFETIME.

AND THEN THAT I WOULD HAVE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF SITTING HERE ON THE COUNCIL TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE THINGS ACTUALLY HAPPEN.

I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A DEADLINE AND YOU HAVE SOME URGENCY.

I ONLY HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING ON THIS DAIS FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS, IF THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE ME.

AND I KNOW THAT I'M HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR VISION AND YOUR DREAM FOR THE UNIVERSITY IS A REALITY.

AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BELIEVING IN US AND TAKING THE RISK ON US TO THE REGENTS WHO SUPPORTED US, TO GRAHAM WESTIN AND ALSO FOR HIS GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION.

I KNOW THERE'S MEMBERS OF THE STATE HERE TO TALK ABOUT ANOTHER ISSUE, BUT WE NEED MORE FUNDING TO MAKE ALL THOSE THINGS HAPPEN.

I HOPE THEY WILL ALSO BE GENEROUS IN THEIR VISION AND IMAGINING OF THIS UNIVERSITY.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO AND I THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR SUPERMAN.

>> THANKS.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN GONZALES.

COUNCILWOMAN VIAGRAN.

>> VIAGRAN: THANK YOU.

TO START, I NEED YOU TO KNOW THAT COUNCILWOMAN GONZALES REFERS TO YOU AS HER HERO.

BECAUSE HOW YOU HAVE COME IN AND REALLY TAKEN THE REIGNS AND JUST BEEN SO FOCUSED AND VISIONARY.

YOU KNOW, YESTERDAY -- I'M SORRY, ON TUESDAY I HAD A STATE OF THE DISTRICT 3 ADDRESS AT THE SOUTH CHAMBER.

AND IN MY REMARKS I TALKED ABOUT HOW THE STATE OF DISTRICT 3 IS STRONGER, IT IS BOLDER, IT IS BETTER AND HOW WE NEEDED TO --

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IT TAKES BOLD NEW IDEAS AND BOLD NEW INVESTMENTS.

AND HERE TODAY LORI, RAD WITH THE U.T. REGENTS, SHERYL, THE 8020 FOUNDATION, THIS IS WHAT THE COORDINATION AND THE COOPERATION AND THE COLLABORATION LOOKS LIKE.

ALL HERE.

AND I WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS, COUNCILWOMAN GONZALES, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD WITH THIS FOR THE WEST SIDE.

AND I THINK IT WAS ALSO VERY TELLING THAT WE HAD SECRETARY CISNEROS HERE, WHO LIVES IN THE AREA AND WHO HAS WORKED IN THE WEST SIDE.

AND WE, ALL OF US WHO KNOW, WHO HAVE BEEN AND WERE BORN AND RAISED IN SAN ANTONIO KNOW WHERE WE CAN BRING OUR WHOLE COMMUNITY UP.

AND I AM SO EXCITED BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE AN ABSOLUTE GAME CHANGER, YES, FOR THIS AREA, BUT FOR THE ENTIRE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO AND THE REGION.

WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO ATTRACT MORE FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES AND FILL THOSE JOBS WITH A LOCAL WORKFORCE THAT HAS BEEN TRAINED AND EDUCATED HERE IN OUR URBAN CORE, IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND IT'S SUCH A PROUD MOMENT TO BE HERE TO SEE THIS INVESTMENT.

BUT IT TOOK BOLD LEADERSHIP.

AND THANK YOU FOR THAT LEADERSHIP AND THANK YOU FOR

>> TWO THINGS I WANTED TO POINT OUT TO LORE -- LORI AND SHERYL, ALSO THE SUBAREA COMMUNITY PLANS AND THE NEAR WEST SIDE PLAN.

THIS IS PART OF THAT.

THIS IS GOING TO BE INCORPORATED WITH THAT, WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SA TOMORROW AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO BUILD THAT PLAN TOGETHER, IS THAT CORRECT?

>> SCULLEY: THAT'S CORRECT, COUNCILWOMAN.

>> VIAGRAN: THROUGH.

AND I KNOW ANOTHER THING THAT MAYBE WE DIDN'T TOUCH ON TODAY, I MENTIONED THIS TO YOU, LORI AND DR. AMY AND SHERYL, WITH THE GROWTH OF THE RESIDENTIAL TOWER AND WITH THESE FANTASTIC NEWEN VESTMENTS THAT WE'LL BE DOING IS THE AREA OF MARKET SQUARE.

AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THAT WE ENSURE THAT THERE'S NOT A REENGINEERING OF THE SOCIAL FABRIC OF MARKET SQUARE, THAT IT IS STILL A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE IN AN AROUND THE COMMUNITY CAN GO AND GATHER WITH THEIR EVENTS, WITH TEJANO, WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO.

SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THAT ENGAGEMENT AS WELL.

>> SCULLEY: THAT'S CORRECT.

COUNCILWOMAN, AND IN FACT, AS WARREN SPOKE EARLIER FROM CENTRO, IT'S PART OF OUR OVERALL WEST SIDE STRATEGY WITH REGARD TO ZONA CULTURAL AND WITH THEEN FRA STRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS.

WE'RE GOING TO COORDINATE ALL OF THAT THAT IT CONTINUES WITH IT'S HISTORY AND CULTURE AND THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS COMPLIMENT THAT HISTORY.

>> VIAGRAN: EXCELLENT.

THROUGH VERY MUCH.

ABOUT THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAVE TO REALLY HAVE A PARADIGM SHIFT IN OUR WEST SIDE AREA.

SO AGAIN, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN VIAGRAN.

COUNCILMAN SALDAÑA?

>> SALDAÑA: THANK YOU, MAYOR.

DR. AMY, LORI, RAD, LORENZO, I THINK THE FIRST THING TO SAY HERE IS THAT WE'RE ALL VERY OVERWHELMED WITH THE VISION AND THE PARTNERSHIP, AND FRANKLY WE'RE PROBABLY OVERWHELMED WITH WHAT'S POSSIBLE HERE, AND I WANT TO MAYBE CHAT WITH YOU A LITTLE BIT SO WE CAN TALK BACK AND FORTH ABOUT HOW WE CAN TRY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE, UNDERSTANDING HOW GROUNDBREAKING THIS WILL BE FOR A PART OF OUR CITY.

FIRST, THE DOWNTOWN, AND THEN AS YOU MENTIONED, THE NEAR WEST SIDE. I TELL FOLKS OFTEN THAT THE REASON I LOVE THIS JOB SO MUCH IS BECAUSE IT'S ALMOST LIKE A REAL-LIFE VERSION OF THE GAME SIM CITY WHERE YOU GET TO BUILD YOUR CITY AND YOU GET TO DECIDE WHERE THE ROADS AND THE HIGHWAYS GO, IN SOME CASES, AND IN THIS CASE WE'RE GETTING TO DECIDE WHERE THE UNIVERSITY GOES.

SO JUST TO BACKTRACK A LITTLE FROM THAT POINT, THERE WASN'T ALWAYS A TIME THAT THE DOWNTOWN WAS THE ATTRACTIVE PLACE FOR THE UNIVERSITY, AND I BELIEVE THAT IN 1969, IF YOU READ THE HISTORY ON IT, THERE WAS A TUSSLE AS TO WHETHER IT WOULD BE IN THE DOWNTOWN OR WHETHER IT WOULD BE IN THE FAR NORTH SIDE WHERE AND THE NORTH SIDE WON OUT.

AND SO SPILLING OVER IN THAT POSITIVE EFFECT, THE REASON IN THE GAME YOU'RE EXCITED ABOUT PUTLING THE UNIVERSITY DOWN IS BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT'S GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF POSITIVE BENEFITS TO THE AREA AROUND IT, TO THE MARKET, TO COMMERCIAL AND

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RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

SO TO SOME EXTENT, THAT'S THE PREDICTION THAT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO TRY TO MAKE HERE WITH THE INVESTMENT, ANY TIME YOU INJECT CLOSE TO 70, $80 MILLION WORTH OF CAPITAL, YOU'D BE A FOOL TO NOT THINK THAT'S GOING TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE AREA AROUND IT.

SO DR. AMY, CAN WE TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT -- IF YOU'LL TAKE THE MIC, ABOUT WHAT KIND OF -- UNDERSTANDING THIS, UNDERSTANDING THE BEDROCK THAT THIS DECISION WILL SIT ON, WHICH IS A HISTORICALLY NEGLECTED, HISTORICALLY FORGOTTEN WEST SIDE, YOU CAN THROW A ROCK TO 78207, IN AN AREA WHERE THE LIFE EXPECTANTSY IS 20 YEARS DIFFERENT FROM THE AREA NORTH OF STAND, UNDERSTANDING ALL THOSE EXISTS RIGHT IN YOUR BACKYARD, YOU HAVE A TREMENDOUS INTELLECTUAL STAFF, WHAT KIND OF INTENTIONAL PLANS ARE YOU ALL PUTTING TOGETHER, BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT IN THE FOOTPRINT THAT IT SITS IN, BUT TELL ME ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE THOUGHT THROUGH ABOUT THE SPILLOVER.

>> COUNCILMAN SAL TANYA, THANK YOU FOR THAT -- SALDAÑA, THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PARALLEL AND IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES THAT ARE UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW.

I THINK WE'VE SHARED THAT WE A CAMPUS MASTER PLANNING PROCESS UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW.

THAT'S A YEAR, YEAR AND A HALF LONG PROCESS THAT LOOKS AT ALL OF OUR CAMPUS, BUT WILL VERY MUCH BE LOOKING AT WHAT WE DO WITH THE -- WITH OUR DOWNTOWN CAMPUS, AND THAT'S A VERY THOUGHTFUL PROCESS.

IT WILL INVOLVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOR JUST THAT ASPECT OF HOW YOU MOVE FORWARD.

I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE VISIONING PROCESS.

I WAS VERY INTERESTED TO MAKE SURE AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR DOWNTOWN CAMPUS THAT IT WAS DONE VERY THOUGHTFULLY IN CONCERT WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS THAT WOULD BE MAKING INVESTMENTS DOWNTOWN AND IN THE NEAR WEST SIDE AND IN THE WEST SIDE, AND THE THOUGHT WAS WE OUGHT TO WORK MORE CLOSELY TOGETHER NOW AND IN THE FUTURE TO REALIZE ALL OF THE POTENTIAL THAT COMES FROM ALL OF THE INVESTMENTS, WHETHER IT'S IN THE WEST SIDE PROPER, WHETHER IT'S FROM THE RIVER AUTHORITY, FROM THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, FROM THE COUNTY, FROM THE SAN PEDRO CREEK PROJECT, ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT ARE TXDOT AND WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE DOING.

IF WE'RE GOING TO BE INVESTING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS DOWNTOWN AT OUR DOWNTOWN CAMPUS WE OUGHT TO BE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH ALL OF THOSE PARTIES TO DO IT WELL.

BUT PART AND PARCEL TO IT, ESPECIALLY AS WE THINK ABOUT PHASE 2 OF THIS PROJECT AND DOING SOMETHING POTENTIALLY ON FRIO STREET, IF THAT ALL CAN BE FIGURED OUT, WE OUGHT TO BE CHATTING NOW ABOUT HOW WE THINK ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOODS JUST TO THE SOUTH OF THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS, HOW WE THINK ABOUT NEIGHBORHOODS TO THE WEST OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS, WHAT DO WE DO WITH GUADALUPE AREA OF THE WEST SIDE? I WOULD USE OUR EXAMPLE OF OUR COLLABORATION WITH LINEAR AND BRACKENRIDGE AND TOFOYO AS ONE EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IN TERMS OF HOW WE ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY.

AND I KNOW THAT I'VE BEEN CHATTING WITH SHIRLEY AND ROBERTO'S STAFF HOW WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS, HOW IT'S BROUGHT INTO THE PLANNING PROCESSES THAT THE CITY USES FORMATTERS THAT ARE GOING TO AFFECT THE WEST SIDE.

ALL OF THESE ARE WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN.

PREDICTING EXACTLY THE FUTURE IS NOT EASY, BUT I DO KNOW THIS, AND I'VE WORKED ON THESE KIND OF THINGS A LOT: IF YOU CREATE THE RIGHT KIND OF ECOSYSTEM THAT LEONARD WAS REFERRING TO AROUND THE GENERATION OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND HAVING A WORKFORCE THAT'S PREPARED INSIDE THAT, JUST LIKE LORENZO'S STORY, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A PROSPERITY ECOSYSTEM FOR THE DOWNTOWN THAT BENEFITS THE CITIZENS OF OUR CITY.

AND HOW WE DO THAT WITHOUT BRINGING CONCERNS TO BEAR AND REALIZING ISSUES THAT WOULD COME FROM -- YOU KNOW, ONE OF MY STUDENTS JUST CHATTED ABOUT HER CONCERN -- ORGANIZATIONAL CONCERNS ABOUT GENTRIFICATION, HOW WE TACKLE THAT AND FIGURE THAT OUT TO PREVENT THAT, AT THE SAME TIME WE'RE REALLY DRIVING THIS IDEA ABOUT THIS PROSPERITY FUNCTION THAT YOU CREATE FROM THIS ECOSYSTEM.

I THINK WE HAVE TO WORK HARD OVER THAT.

WE HAVE TIME TO WORK ON THIS AND FIGURE THIS OUT.

I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE PART OF OUR BIG PARTNERSHIP AS WE GO FORWARD.

I -- WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REALIZE THE FUTURE OF UTSA OR THE FUTURE OF THIS CITY WITHOUT WORKING WITH YOU AND WITH THE CITY AND THE COUNTY AND ALL OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS CITY AND ALL OF THE ENTERPRISES THAT ARE HERE.

IT'S GOING TO TAKE EVERYBODY DOING THIS TOGETHER, SO WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS.

I THINK WE HAVE TIME TO WORK ON RESOLVING THINGS AND BEING A LITTLE MORE PREDICTIVE AND GRANULAR ABOUT WHAT THIS MIGHT LOOK LIKE IN YEARS 3, 5, 7 AND

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10, WE CAN WORK ON THAT.

IT'S GOING TO DEPEND ON OUR PLANNING PROCESSES, OUR STRATEGIC PLANNING AND THESE THINGS THAT COME FORWARD AS WE WORK IN THIS GRAND VISION.

I DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT WE CAN WORK TOWARDS THOSE ANSWERS.

>> SALDAÑA: DR. AMY, THANK YOU FOR TRYING YOUR BEST TO GET TO THE ANSWERS.

MAYBE I CAN GET A COMMITMENT AROUND WHAT I BELIEVE IS GOING TO BE A NECESSARY COMPONENT OF THE FUTURE.

PROBABLY THE HIGHEST HURDLE YOU HAD TO JUMP IS GETTING THE FUNDING FOR THIS TYPE OF CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND THE FUTURE OF WHAT WILL BE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG STUDENTS, ANOTHER HILL I HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CLIMB IS COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS -- [INDISCERNIBLE] -- GONE ON LIVING WITHOUT THE RLINGS SHIPS AND HISTORIES AND CULTURES ON THE NEAR WEST SIDE.

I HOPE YOU'LL COMMIT WITH YOUR STAFF WORKING WITH THOSE ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE BEEN PROPPING THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND FOLKS UP.

>> WE HAVE A LOT OF FOLKS AT THE UNIVERSITY THAT WORK ON THESE SUBJECTS PASSIONATELY.

I THINK WE'RE WELL POISED TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THE WEST SIDE AND WITH THE CITY PROPER AND THE COMMUNITIES HERE IN THE CITY AROUND WRESTLING WITH THIS ISSUE OF BALANCING PROSPERITY OPPORTUNITIES VERSUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROPERTY TAXES OR GENTRIFICATION.

I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO TACKLE AND WORK CLOSELY ON, AND I ENVISION THAT WE WILL BE BRINGING FORWARD MORE ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDIES AS WE DO THIS AND MORE SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACT STUFFDIES AS WE DO THIS.

WORKING CLOSELY WITH ALL OF THE OTHER PARALLEL EFFORTS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE CITY AROUND HOUSING AND WHERE THE CITY CORE GOES AND WHAT WE'RE DOING TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICTS AS WE GO FORWARD.

>> SALDAÑA: AND ON TOP OF THAT, YOU'VE GIVEN US AN ECONOMIC IMPACT NUMBER ALREADY WHICH IS CLOSE TO 150 MILLION, AND IF YOU'LL ADD TO THAT AN ATTACHMENT OR ADDENDUM, YOU HAVE SOME REALLY CAPABLE URBAN PLANNING AND POLICY.

IF I CAN TAILOR THAT A LITTLE BIT, WHAT ARE AREAS AT HIGHEST RISK OF AREAS FAST-CHANGING, SOME FOLKS CALL IT GENTRIFICATION, BUT YOU CAN ACTUALLY IDENTIFY WHETHER IT'S THE APARTMENT COMPLEX OR THE ROW OF HOMES THAT MIGHT BE THE FIRST TO BE -- IF I'M MAKING PRIVATE INVESTMENTS AND I'M SPECULATING, $70 MILLION AROUND THIS AREA IS WHERE I'M GOING TO BE KNOCKING ON DOORS TRYING TO FIND FOLKS WHO MIGHT BE WILLING TO SELL PROPERTY TO ME.

SO I THINK IT'S THAT KIND OF ASSESSMENT THAT WE NEED TO HAVE.

BECAUSE AT SOME POINT THE CITY WILL HAVE TO COME IN, BECAUSE WE'LL BE CALLED IN, BUT IF UTSA AND ITS FOLKS CAN DO THE SAME KIND OF WORK.

>> LET ME USE THIS AS MAYBE NOT A PERFECT EXAMPLE, BUT TWO DAYS AGO I WAS AT THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS IN CONCERT WITH A NUMBER OF FOLKS AND A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE OPPORTUNITY ZONE ISSUE, AND WE WERE HOSTING A DISCUSSION THAT INVOLVED COMMUNITY MEMBERS FROM ALL OF THE SIX ZONES THAT HAVE BEEN DECLARED FOR SAN ANTONIO AND ABOUT HOW TO PROCEED, HOW TO UNDERSTAND WHAT OPPORTUNITY ZONES ARE, HOW TO BE SMART ABOUT REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT UNDER THAT NEW CONSTRUCT.

SO THAT'S A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW WE, AS A UNIVERSITY, AND THE TALENT THAT WE HAVE IS BROUGHT TO BEAR TO BRING THE COMMUNITY IN TO DISCUSS THESE THINGS IN CONCERT WITH THE CITY, WITH THE STATE, WITH THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE.

THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS WE HAVE TO DO.

AND YOU'RE RIGHT, WE DO HAVE FACULTY AND STAFF AND STUDENTS WHO HAVE VERY, VERY TALENTED WHO COULD TACKLE THIS ISSUE OF COMMUNITY IMPACT AS WE GO FORWARD.

I MAYBE HAVE BEEN USING A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TERM, I CALLED IT A SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY.

I THINK WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING.

>> SALDAÑA: YEAH.

AND ONE ORGANIZATION I REALLY TRUST HAS BEEN DOING A LOT OF RESEARCH ON THE WEST SIDE IS THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LATINO COMMUNITY ASSET BUILDINGS, NALCAB, FOLKS WHO HAVE REALLY STUDIED THE AREA AROUND, I HOPE YOU WILL PARTNER WITH THEM.

>> I'LL BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH SHIRLEY'S OFFICE AND LEONARD'S OFFICE AND THE COMMUNITY TO DO THAT.

WEED BE GLAD TO DO THAT.

>> SALDAÑA: THANK YOU DR. AMY.

ONE THING I WILL SAY WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE NEWS THIS WAS HAPPENING, I WILL ADMIT THAT I WASN'T TERRIBLY EXCITED BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW ALL THE DETAILS BUT I WAS NAIVE IN THINKING THAT SOME OF THAT CITY-OWNED LAND THAT WE DID HAVE, THAT WE HAD THAT WE'RE CONVEYING TODAY MIGHT BE LANDBANCED -- LAND BANKED FOR ANOTHER FUTURE ISSUE WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE WHICH WAS AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

IN MY MIND, I ALWAYS THOUGHT ONE OF THOSE PROPERTIES MIGHT BE ABLE TO BUILD A MIXED-INCOME AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT.

WHEN I HEARD THE DETAILS OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING, THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT CAME TOGETHER TO HELP TO SOLVE ANOTHER POLICY ISSUE WHICH WAS THE DIE -- DYNAMISM, IT'S

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HARD TO SAY NO TO THE MONEY COMING IN.

WE STILL HAVE TO WORK ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WE DON'T WANT THE DOWNTOWN, ESPECIALLY AROUND THIS AREA TO BE A GATED COMMUNITY.

WE'LL STILL TRY TO TACKLE THAT ISSUE.

DR. AMY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION AND VISION.

IT HELPS WHEN YOU HAVE LORENZO GOMEZ AND HIS BEARD AS WELL AS RAD WEAVER AND HIS SOUTHERN ACCESS AND REGENTS HERE WITH YOU, THERE'S A LOT TO LIKE ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE VERY CAUTIOUS AS WE'RE STEPPING INTO A HUGE INVESTMENT, IT'S ALMOST LIKE THE DOG THAT CAUGHT THE CAR, WE'VE WANTED A DOWNTOWN CAMPUS, WE'VE GOT IT NOW, LET'S JUST MAKE SURE THAT WE MOVE SLOW IN ORDER TO GO FAST WITH RESPECT TO THE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN SALDAÑA.

COUNCILMAN PELAEZ?

>> PELAEZ: THANK YOU, MAYOR.

CONGRATULATIONS, DR. AMY AND CONGRATULATIONS LORI. THIS IS A VERY BIG DEAL.

AND IT'S AN INTERESTING DAY, ASIDE FROM THE FACT THAT YOU'VE GOT, YOU KNOW, TWO IVY LEAGUERS HERE, YOU'VE GOT SOMEBODY FROM MIT AND STANFORD GRAD, AND I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU, THIS IS THE SECRET, THEY COULDN'T GET INTO UTSA, THEY HAD TO GO FAR, FAR AWAY TO GET THOSE DEGREES, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY.

THERE'S TWO BIG ITEMS ON OUR AGENDA, THERE'S UTSA'S FUTURE AND THEN THERE'S HOW WE OBSERVE THE PAST AND HOW WE REVERE THE PAST.

AND, YOU KNOW, THE PAST 300 YEARS HAS BROUGHT US TO THIS POINT, AND SAYING THAT COMES TO MIND IS, YOU KNOW, WE CAN'T PREDICT OUR FUTURE BUT WE SURE CAN CREATE IT, RIGHT? AND I BELIEVE, BASED ON EVERYTHING THAT I'VE SEEN, THAT PEOPLE WILL KNOW SAN ANTONIO BECAUSE OF THE ALAMO, RIGHT, AND BECAUSE OF OUR RIVERWALK AND BECAUSE OF OUR SPURS, BUT THEY WILL ALSO KNOW THE ALAMO FOR THIS ICONIC PROJECT THAT YOU'RE CREATING -- I'M SORRY, THEY'LL NO THE ALAMO CITY BECAUSE OF THIS ICONIC PROJECT THAT YOU'RE CREATING AND IT WILL BE UP THERE ON THE LIST OF THINGS THAT I JUST MENTIONED AS A REASON TO VISIT SAN ANTONIO AND AS A REASON TO MOVE TO SAN ANTONIO AND LIVE, WORK, PLAY, THRIVE IN SAN ANTONIO.

SO THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.

I WILL ADDRESS ONE ISSUE, FOR ANYBODY WHO'S CONCERNED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE ISSUE OF, WELL, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS AND, YOU KNOW, WILL THERE BE GENTRIFICATION? THE PAST IS SOMETHING THAT CAN GUIDE US AND WHAT I'VE SEEN UTSA DO THROUGHOUT THE YEARS AND THEN COUNCILMAN NIRENBERG, TODAY OUR MAYOR, I THINK YOU'LL AGREE WITH ME, UTSA IS A VERY ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS IN DISTRICT 8, AND YOU GUYS ARE ALL UP IN OUR BUSINESS, YOU KNOW, ABOUT CRIME AND TRAFFIC AND MOBILITY AND, YOU KNOW, WATER AND ISSUES THAT IMPACT OUR INDIVIDUAL HOMEOWNERS.

YOU, ON YOUR CAMPUS, HOST COMMUNITY EVENTS, TOWN HALLS, 5KS, YOU DO THAT WITHOUT EVER EXPECTING REMUNERATION OR EVEN CREDIT FOR DOING IT.

PEOPLE AROUND UTSA OVER THERE FEEL LIKE YOU ARE NEIGHBORS WHO ADD VALUE, AND YOU'VE CERTAINLY COMMUNICATED YOU.

TAYLOR, YOU'VE CERTAINLY COMMUNICATED AND MADE LOUD AND CLEAR AND CONVINCED ALL OF US THAT THIS IDEA OF URBAN GENOMICS AND THE FUTURE OF SAN ANTONIO IS PART OF YOUR MISSION, RIGHT, AND THAT YOU'RE MAKING THAT ONE OF THE IMPORTANT DRIVING ELEMENTS OF WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR FUTURE SUCCESSES, AND SO THAT'S WHY I'M BUYING INTO THIS.

SO BASED ON THAT PAST, AND OUR EXPERIENCES WITH YOU, I'M SURE THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A SUCCESS.

I'M SURE THAT GENERATIONS TO COME ARE GOING TO BE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF YOUR DECISION TO MOVE DOWNTOWN.

AND SO TO THAT I SAY, YOU KNOW, DEAR PAST, THANKS FOR THE LESSONS, AND DEAR FUTURE, I'M READY.

AND DEAR TAYLOR, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE IMPRESSED THE SOCKS ALL OF US.

I GUARANTEE YOU, NONE OF US ARE WEARING SOCKS ON THIS DAIS.

I APPRECIATE THE CHALLENGE THAT YOU'VE ISSUED TO ALL OF US TO RISE TO THIS OCCASION, AND I THINK ONLY GOOD THINGS ARE IN STORE.

MAYOR, YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT ON THIS ONE, TOO.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN PELAEZ.

COUNCILMAN BROCKHOUSE?

>> BROCKHOUSE: THANK YOU, MAYOR.

LORI, I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS IF YOU CAN.

APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION BUT I WANT TO DIG IN A LITTLE BIT TO THE PROCESS BEFORE I OFFER MY COMMENTS ON THE OVERALL PLAN ITSELF.

SO HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHEN THE FIRST TIME THE FULL CITY COUNCIL

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WAS NOTIFIED OF THIS PROJECT, THE DATE TO YOUR -- BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE.

>> THE FIRST TIME THE FULL COUNCIL WOULD HAVE BEEN IN EXECUTIVE SESSION ABOUT THREE TO FOUR WEEKS AGO.

>> BROCKHOUSE: OKAY.

RIGHT.

SOMEWHERE MID SEPTEMBER, WHETHER IT WAS THE 18TH OR 19TH, SOMEWHERE RIGHT AROUND IN THERE, THE FULL COUNCIL WAS NOTIFIED, MAYBE THREE, FOUR DAYS BEFORE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT IS MADE.

BUT UP UNTIL THAT POINT, THE COUNCIL WASN'T BRIEFED ON THIS IN ANY SETTING, CORRECT?

>> NOT THE FULL COUNCIL.

WE DID -- COUNCILMAN SHIRLEY GONZALES AND COUNCILMAN ROBERTO TREVINO AND MAYOR NIRENBERG WERE ENGAGED IN PREVIOUS CONVERSATIONS.

>> BROCKHOUSE: MY BIGGEST CONCERN I HAVE FOR MY COLLEAGUES AND THE COUNCIL IN GENERAL IS THAT, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO BE INCLUDED IN THESE DECISIONS.

HOWEVER GREAT OR SMALL, WHETHER YOU'RE THE MAYOR OR YOU'RE THE REP SEASONTIVE OF DISTRICT -- REPRESENTATIVE OF DISTRICT 6, 1, 5, EVERY VOTE IS EQUAL ON THE COUNCIL.

THE STAFF NEEDS TO REMEMBER THEY WORK FOR THE CITY COUNCIL AND THEY MUST BE INFORMED.

AT THIS POINT I'M REALLY DISAPPOINTED, I CAN'T UNDERSTAND, WHY WAS THE COUNCIL NOT INCLUDED UNTIL FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE ACTUAL ANNOUNCEMENT? [APPLAUSE]

>> SCULLEY: MAYOR AND COUNCIL, MAY I ADDRESS THIS?

>> BROCKHOUSE: THAT'S FINE.

YES, MA'AM.

>> SCULLEY: YES.

AND SO THERE WERE MULTIPLE SIMULTANEOUS NEGOTIATIONS GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME.

AND THERE WERE CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS WITH UTSA, AS WELL AS THE PRIVATE PARTICIPANTS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROJECT IN NEGOTIATING.

AND SO WHILE WE SPOKE WITH THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCILMEMBERS IN WHOSE DISTRICTS THE PROJECT WAS LOCATED, WE WERE BOUND TO THAT CONFIDENTIALITY.

WITHOUT ALL OF THOSE NEGOTIATIONS COMING TOGETHER FOR APPROVAL, WHICH DID NOT HAPPEN UNTIL EARLY SEPTEMBER, WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COME FORWARD WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION.

AND I WOULD LIKEN IT TO SOME OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS THAT WE WORK ON.

THERE ARE MULTIPLE PARTNERS THAT PARTICIPATE IN BRINGING THE PROJECT TOGETHER, AND WHEN WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT IS IN THE FORM TO BE ABLE TO RECOMMEND IT TO COUNCIL, THEN WE BRING THAT FORWARD AND DISCUSS IT WITH COUNCIL IF IT INVOLVES REAL ESTATE, IN THIS CASE, IN EXECUTIVE SESSION FIRST.

AND THEN BRING IT FORWARD TO CITY COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION.

I'M ELATED THAT THIS COULD EVEN HAPPEN WITHIN THE TIME FRAME THAT IT DID.

DR. AMY BEGAN AS PRESIDENT JUST ONE YEAR AGO.

HE DESCRIBED HIS VISION TO US EARLY IN THIS CALENDAR YEAR, AND BEGAN WORKING FEVERISHLY TO BRING ALL OF THESE PARTIES TOGETHER.

AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS, WHICH -- PROCESS WHICH DR. AMY CAN SPEAK TO, IS EXTENSIVE AS WELL.

THERE WERE MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS AND MEETINGS WITH THAT BOARD, SO IT IS A PROCESS THAT IS VERY SIMILAR TO HOW WE HANDLE OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.

>> BROCKHOUSE: THANK YOU.

AND BEFORE YOU SPEAK, DR. AMY, I JUST WANT TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE CITY MANAGER ABOUT HER COMMENTS.

SO -- JUST SO THE COUNCIL, MY COLLEAGUES KNOW, I HAD REQUESTED FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THIS TO THE COUNCIL, TO THE FULL COUNCIL WHEN WE WERE FIRST BRIEFED ON THIS, I HAD ASKED IN WRITING FOR DOCUMENTATION ON SEPTEMBER 20TH ABOUT HOW THIS OCCURRED, WHERE IT CAME FROM, PRO FORMAS, DATA, INFORMATION, WHEN THIS CONVERSATION STARTED.

I RECEIVED NOTHING FOR 25 DAYS.

I RECEIVED SOME DOCUMENTATION YESTERDAY AT 4:00 ABOUT THE PROJECT.

WHAT I WOULD TELL YOU IS THAT IF YOU WANT MY VOTE, AND MAYBE YOU DON'T, BUT IF YOU WANT MY VOTE, IT NEEDS TO BE EARNED.

AND THAT MEANS INCLUSION IN BRINGING EVERY PARTY TO THE PROCESS.

YOU MENTIONED THAT THERE'S A LOT OF CONFIDENTIALITY GOING AROUND AND IT'S HARD TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THESE PROJECTS.

WELL, IN THE DOCUMENTATION I WAS GIVEN, THERE'S WELL OVER 25 PEOPLE THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THIS SINCE MARCH, SO HOW CONFIDENT IS IT WHEN MANY PEOPLE, THE BOARD OF REGENTS, THE US BOARD OF REGENTS VOTED ON THIS IN JUNE, AND IN THIS PRESENTATION -- IN THIS DOCUMENTATION THAT I RECEIVED FROM MY RECORDS REQUEST, THE BOARD OF REGENTS VOTED ON THIS WITH THE PARCELS, AND I WANT MY COUNCIL COLLEAGUES TO HEAR THIS, THEY VOTED ON THIS

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WITH THESE PARCELS IN THERE, NEGOTIATED BY LORI HOUSTON, THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOUND OUT ABOUT IT BEFORE THE FULL COUNCIL EVEN KNEW.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVED IT, AND THE COUNCIL STILL WAS UNAWARE.

LIKE WE STILL HAVE NO IDEA THAT THESE PARCELS ARE ALREADY NEGOTIATED, PRICED AND PRESENTED TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR APPROVAL.

SO, MA'AM, IF YOU SAID THERE'S CONFIDENTIALITY UP UNTIL SEPTEMBER AND THIS WHOLE PROCESS IS FLUID, WHY WAS THE BOARD OF REGENT VOTING ON SOMETHING THAT ARE PARCELS UNDER THE SAN ANTONIO CITY COUNCIL WITHOUT US KNOWING?

>> SCULLEY: TWO POINTS: FIRST, THE LETTER THAT YOU MAY BE REFERRING TO, THEIR FINAL DECISION WAS NOT IN JUNE.

IT CAME LATER.

AND DR. AMY CAN SPEAK TO THAT.

AND THE LETTER CLEARLY STATES SUBJECT TO CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL AS WE DO IN ALL OF OUR RECOMMENDATIONS ON PROJECTS OF THIS NATURE.

SECONDLY, WE DID BRIEF THE COUNCIL IN SEPTEMBER IN EXECUTIVE SESSION, AND I KNOW THAT YOU DID NOT ATTEND THAT MEETING.

>> BROCKHOUSE: WELL I DON'T ATTEND IT BECAUSE I THINK THEY'RE INAPPROPRIATE AND MISHANDLED AND THEY'RE OUT OF THE PUBLIC PURVIEW, SINCE YOU BROUGHT THAT UP.

I DON'T APPRECIATE THE BACK ROOM DEALS THAT OCCUR IN EXECUTIVE SESSION, SINCE YOU BROUGHT THAT UP I THOUGHT I BETTER SAY THAT.

BUT THE BOARD OF REGENTS WAS BRIEFED ON IT ON JUNE 26TH, THAT'S MY POINT.

AND IT WAS THOROUGHLY NEGOTIATED AT THAT POINT AS WELL.

THE POINT I'M TRYING TO GET ACROSS, AND BY THE WAY, I'VE GOT A TIMELINE OF EVENTS WHERE ALL THESE PEOPLE -- I CAN GO DOWN A LIST OF PEOPLE THAT ARE AWARE OF THIS AND NOT A ONE OF THEM IS A MEMBER OF THE SAN ANTONIO CITY COUNCIL UNTIL MID JUNE WHEN THEY FINALLY BROUGHT MY COLLEAGUE COUNCILMAN TREVINO IN, MANY PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSION AND THE ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT ARE THE ULTIMATE VOTE ON THE PHASE 1 SHARING OF THIS PROPERTY AREN'T EVEN INCLUDED, AND MY VOTE'S NOT A RUBBER STAMP.

AND I DON'T THINK ANYBODY'S VOTE UP HERE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A RUBBER STAMP.

I DON'T THINK YOU'RE SITTING THERE THINKING IT IS, I THINK DR. AMY IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE YOU'RE A VICTIM OF WHAT'S BROKEN ABOUT -- SALDAÑA HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD.

AND WHEN HE SAID IT, I CONCEDE THAT HE'S EXACTLY RIGHT.

IT'S HARD TO SAY NO TO SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA AND PROJECT.

I TOLD YOU THAT ON THE PHONE WHEN YOU REACHED OUT TO ME, WHICH I WAS VERY THANKFUL.

OUT OF ALL THIS, YOU KNOW WHAT THE SADDEST PART IS, YOU'RE THE ONLY PERSON THAT REACHED OUT TO TRY TO EARN MY VOTE.

NOBODY FROM THE MANAGER'S TEAM CONTACTED ME EVEN AFTER MY REQUEST ON SEPTEMBER 20TH.

NOBODY CONTACTED ME.

I HAD TO GO THROUGH THE CITY ATTORNEY TO GET ANSWERS.

SO YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE THAT REACHED OUT TO ME, AND, IN FACT, I TOLD YOU ON THE PHONE, I THINK IT'S -- WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS AMAZING AND I'M VERY APPRECIATIVE OF IT.

AND IT'S TRANSFORMATIONAL, I WANTED YOU TO KNOW AND I WANT ANYBODY AT UTSA WHO'S HERE TO REPRESENT THEM TODAY, MY CRITICISMS ARE NOT ABOUT UTSA.

WE SHOULD ALL BE ON BOARD.

HALF MY STAFF HAS -- ARE UTSA INTERNS AND GRADUATES, ACTUALLY, IT'S MORE THAN HALF, BUT -- AND YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT THAT, AND I THINK WE HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION.

I TOLD YOU WHERE I WAS IN RESPECT TO THAT.

ULTIMA TELY SUPPORT YOU JUST BECAUSE OF YOUR CALL BECAUSE YOU REACHED OUT AND TALKED TO ME.

BUT IF THIS PROCESS IS NOT FIXED WHERE PEOPLE IN THE BODY ARE NOT INCLUDED, THIS IS BROKE.

AND IT STARTS AT THE TOP, INCLUDE US ALL.

THERE'S AN E-MAIL IN HERE FROM A DEVELOPER CONTACTS THE CITY MANAGER ABOUT HIS EXPERTISE IN EARLY AUGUST ON THIS DEVELOPMENT.

HOW DOES A DEVELOPER FROM SUNT KNOW ABOUT THIS PROJECT AND E-MAIL THE CITY MANAGER ASKING TO BE A PART OF IT TO WORK HIS EXPERTISE AND DEVELOPMENT, HOW DOES SOMEBODY A GUY NAMED DUKE FROM ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY E-MAILS THE MANAGER KNOWING ABOUT THE PROJECT IN AUGUST AND NONE OF US DO? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE, LORI? I DON'T -- HELP ME UNDERSTAND HOW ALL THESE PLAYERS KNOW, BUT NO ONE THOUGHT TO STAND AND SAY, WE SHOULD INCLUDE THE MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

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>> I LANDED HERE A YEAR AGO ESSENTIALLY, AND I CAME HERE FOR A PURPOSE ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF THIS UNIVERSITY AND THIS CITY TO COLLABORATE VERY CLOSELY TO GO IN BIG AND REALIZE SOMETHING VERY BOLD.

AND YOU MIGHT APPRECIATE THE COMPLEXITY THAT WAS INVOLVED OF MY HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY.

I TURN TO WHAT COUNCILWOMAN GONZALES SAID WAS SHOW ME AN IDEA, BUT HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT? AND BACK -- FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, AS I STARTED TO CONCEIVE ALL OF THIS AND THINK ABOUT IT, I HAD FOUR PARALLEL VERY CONFIDENTIAL CONVERSATIONS THAT HAD TO BE HAPPENING WITH THE COUNTY, THE CITY, THE DONOR AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM.

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AND MY GREATEST CONCERN WAS TO HAVE PUT OUT AN IDEA THAT WAS WONDERFUL AND HAVE IT ALL BLOW UP BECAUSE ONE OF THOSE FOUR COMPONENTS WASN'T REALIZED.

SO I WAS PRETTY ADAMANT WITH EVERYBODY THAT WE NEEDED TO KEEP THIS AS CONFIDENTIAL AS POSSIBLE AS WE WENT FORWARD.

I MAY HAVE ERRED IN NOT RECOGNIZING SOME OF THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF SHARING AT YOUR LEVEL HERE, BUT I WAS IN LOCKDOWN MODE JUST BECAUSE I WAS VERY AFRAID OF HAVING A STORY GET OUT AND THEN HAVE THAT CAUSE A RIPPLE EFFECT WHERE ONE OF THE FOUR PARTIES ENDED UP SAYING NO.

SO I WAS -- I'D LIKE TO OWN THAT AND IF I'VE HARMED ANYTHING IN ANY WAY, THAT'S MY FAULT.

THE ARIZONA STATE MATTER, I TURN TO THEM OFTEN BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY'VE DONE WITH THEIR PROJECT DOWNTOWN, I'M VERY CLOSE TO PRESIDENT CROW THERE AND THE INDIVIDUAL YOU'RE REFERRING TO IS HIS EXPERT ON DOWNTOWN CAMPUS STUFF.

WE'RE ACTUALLY BOTH GIVING A PRESENTATION ABOUT THIS NEXT MONTH IN AUSTIN ABOUT HOW TO DEVELOP DOWNTOWN CAMPUSES.

HE'S NOT A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER, HE'S AN ADMINISTRATOR JUST LIKE ME, SO...

>> BROCKHOUSE: DR. AMY, I 100% APPRECIATE WHAT YOU JUST SAID.

AS I SAID ON OUR PHONE CALL, THERE IS NO ISSUE WHATSOEVER WITH WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH AND THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE PUSHING UTSA FORWARD.

THAT'S NOT AT ALL MY CONCERN, AND FRANKLY, I -- IT'S NOT ON YOU TO ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT.

AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, REGARDLESS OF WHERE SOMEBODY THINKS IT'S GOING TO BE LEAKED UP HERE, I'M SORRY, WE SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN IT, LORI, AND AT SOME POINT IT NEEDS TO COME TO US.

WE ALL HAVE A VOTE.

SO LOOK, AND I DO HAVE SOME GRAVE CONCERNS, LIKE HOW A DEVELOPER KNOWS ABOUT THIS AND IS PITCHING THEIR EXPERTISE, WE SHOULD ALL BE WORRIED ABOUT THAT, DIRECTLY TO THE ACCESS -- THEY HAVE THE KIND OF ACCESS DIRECTLY TO THE CITY MANAGER IS A CONCERN DURING AN ALLEGEDLY -- AN ALLEGED PROCESS THAT HAS -- THAT IS BEING PROTECTED.

I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS PERSON KNEW ABOUT IT, BECAUSE IN THE E-MAIL HE STATED, LORI, THAT HE WAS BRIEFED AT DR. AMY'S PRESENTATION ABOUT THIS PROJECT IN AUGUST, AUGUST 8TH, AND THIS PERSON FROM SUNT, ERIC HEDALIN IS E-MAILING THE MANAGER ABOUT HELPING OUT, BUT YET THE COUNCIL DOESN'T KNOW.

WHAT PRESENTATIONS, LORI, ARE THEY REFERRING TO?

>> COUNCILMAN BROCKHOUSE, YOU MIGHT IMAGINE THAT AS WE WERE WORKING INTERNALLY IN OUR INSTITUTION ABOUT HOW WE BROUGHT THIS PROJECT FORWARD AND ALL THE MATERIALS THAT WE HAD TO PREPARE FOR PRESENTATION TO THE COUNTY, THE CITY, THE DONOR, ESPECIALLY THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS, I HAD A NUMBER OF STAFF THAT WERE INVOLVED IN HELPING ME PR E PAIR THIS.

I AM NOT AWARE OF THE INDIVIDUAL THAT YOU'RE REFERRING TO.

IT JUST SPEAKS TO THE FACT THAT I WAS QUITE CONCERNED ABOUT THESE MATTERS GETTING OUT.

I HAD A LOCKDOWN PROCESS IN PLACE THAT OBVIOUSLY WASN'T SUCCESSFUL.

>> BROCKHOUSE: IT SPEAKS TO THE FACT, DR. AMY, THAT IT WAS OUT TO EVERYBODY BUT THE MEMBERS.

THERE'S ONE MORE PIECE I'M CURIOUS ABOUT, IN ANOTHER E-MAIL THERE'S A REFERENCING TO $10 MILLION OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO THE PROJECT AND THE CITY MANAGER RESPONDS THAT SHE WILL SPEAK WITH THE BOND COUNCIL AND CFO BEN GORZELL TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, $10 MILLION IN BOND FUNDING OR SOME SORT OF FUNDING.

WHAT WOULD THAT $10 MILLION BE IN REFERENCE TO? I'M JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND.

AGAIN, I GOT THIS AT 4:00 YESTERDAY, SO HATE TO HAVE TO DO THIS NOW, BUT I MEAN, IT IS WHAT IT IS TO TRY TO GET THE ANSWERS.

>> SCULLEY: THAT IS ANUNRELATED PROJECT, COUNCILMAN.

THAT IS RELATING TO THE VOTER APPROVED $10 MILLION FOR UTSA FACILITIES ON THE MAIN CAMPUS.

AND DR. AMY AND OUR STAFF ARE WORKING TOGETHER ON HOW THOSE DOLLARS ARE DEPLOYED TO COMPLETE THAT PROJECT.

SO IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS.

>> BROCKHOUSE: OKAY.

I'LL WRAP UP WITH JUST A COUPLE OF KEY POINTS.

IT'S A WONDERFUL VISION, DR. AMY.

I'M NOT DISPUTING THAT.

BUT I ALSO HAVE A VISION WHERE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY IS INCLUDED IN A DISCUSSION AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLY TIME.

AND I HOPE THAT THE CITY MANAGER AND LORI WHO HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING AT SOME POINT, I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE SAID AT SOME POINT WE HAVE TO TRUST THE CITY COUNCILMEMBERS ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE TO HAVE THIS INFORMATION.

IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY, AND YOU CAN'T TRUST THE MEMBERS WE'VE GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS, LORI.

YOU HAVE TO INCLUDE US A LOT SOONER AND I THINK IT'S EGREGIOUS AND AN ABSOLUTE OVERSIGHT.

PEOPLE ARE WONDERING, WHY IS THIS GUY GOING TO TOWN ON THIS.

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WHEN I REQUESTED THE INFORMATION ON SEPTEMBER 20TH, I GOT CRICKETS, NOTHING.

THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE.

I DIDN'T EVEN GET A PHONE CALL OR A BRIEFING OR, HEY, LET ME HELP YOU UNDERSTAND.

OR WHAT CAN I GET FOR YOU.

I'M NOT THE ONLY MEMBER THAT FEELS THIS WAY, I'M JUST THE ONLY ONE SAYING IT RIGHT NOW.

PEOPLE NEED TO BE INCLUDED, AND YOU HAVE TO DO THAT, LORI, AND MANAGER SCULLEY, I HOPE THAT IN THE FUTURE, PEOPLE CAN BE INCLUDED.

THEY HAVE TO BE TRUSTED BECAUSE THEY ARE ELECTED AND THEY HAVE THE ULTIMATE VOTE.

YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION TO MAKE A FAIR AND REASONABLE ASSESSMENT.

THE MAYOR COMMITTED THAT TO ME YESTERDAY.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: ANDY'S GOT A COMMENT.

>> YES, COUNCILMAN, WE HAD AN INITIAL CONVERSATION ON YOUR REQUEST TO CLARIFY SOME THINGS IN TERMS OF SCOPE.

I'M PRETTY SURE THAT THE MAYOR'S STAFF AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE CITY STAFF KNOW THAT I HAD THE BATON ON THAT.

CLEARLY I DROPPED THAT TO THE EXTENT YOU DIDN'T GET THE INFORMATION IN A TIMELY MANNER.

I BEAR THE BRUNT OF NOT -- ALL OF THAT RESPONSIBILITY AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.

IN THE FUTURE IF YOU DO HAVE A REQUEST LIKE THAT, WE WILL MAKE SURE WE GIVE YOU UPDATES AND GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION YOU REQUESTED IN A TIMELY MANNER.

>> BROCKHOUSE: A LOT OF PEOPLE FALLING ON THE SWORDS AROUND HERE.

IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT EITHER, ANDY.

AND I APPRECIATE YOU TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT.

WHEN A RECORDS REQUEST OCCURS IN THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, IT'S ON THE PERSON WHO THE INFORMATION IS REQUESTED OF, IT'S INCUMBENT ON THEM TO TURN OVER THE INFORMATION.

IT'S NOT INCUMBENT ON YOU AS THE CITY ATTORNEY TO DO IT, IT'S INCUMBENT UPON THE PERSON THAT THEY DISCLOSE ALL INFORMATION.

THAT'S THE RULE OF OPEN RECORDS IN THE TEXAS OPENS MEETING -- ALL OF IT.

YOU HAVE TO DISCLOSE.

IT'S NOT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, SIR.

THE FACT IS THAT NOBODY WANTED TO GIVE ME THE INFORMATION FOR WHATEVER REASON, TABLED, BUSY, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER IS, BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE FULL DECISIONS ON THIS.

AND I'M THANKFUL AT THE END OF IT THAT YOU MADE THE PHONE CALL AND WE HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION.

I'LL VOTE ON THAT VISION, BECAUSE YOU AND I HAD -- LIKE I SAID, COUNCILMAN GONZALES IS EXACTLY RIGHT, YOU'RE BRINGING SOMETHING THAT'S AMAZING TO THE PROCESS, BUT THE AMAZING PROCESS ON THIS PART NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO OCCUR, AND THAT'S INCLUSION.

I CALL ON THE MAYOR TO PLEASE INCLUDE EVERYBODY IN EVERY DECISION REGARDLESS OF THEIR BELIEFS OR OPPOSITION OR POLITICAL MEANS OR WHATEVER IT IS, LIKE YOU SAID YESTERDAY, IT AIN'T POLITICS TO INCLUDE AND BE FAIR AND REASONABLE, WHAT IT IS IS PROFESSIONAL IN LEADERSHIP.

I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

I'LL VOTE IN SUPPORT OF YOU TODAY BECAUSE YOU REACHED OUT TO ME DR. AMY.

I LOOK FORWARD TO THE FUTURE SUCCESS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO AND I WILL WORK HARD WITH YOU.

GET ME THE INFORMATION EARLIER, THIS PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAPPEN.

SO I APPRECIATE YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU COUNCILMAN BROCKHOUSE.

COUNCILWOMAN SANDOVAL.

>> SANDOVAL: THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I WANT TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE WORKED ON THIS.

COUNCILMAN TREVINO, COUNCILWOMAN GONZALES.

I WANT TO THANK RAD WEE -- WEAVER AND LEO GOMEZ SITTING THROUGH THE WHOLE DISCUSSION.

SOMETIMES IT'S FIREWORKS, BUT IT'S STILL HISTORICAL BECAUSE YOU ARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER AND THAT'S -- I KNOW YOU DON'T GET TO DO MUCH OF THAT ANY MORE RIGHT NOW, BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS VISION FORWARD.

I'M TREMENDOUSLY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE DOWNTOWN, BUT -- SORRY, IT'S HARD TO JUMP INTO MY POSITIVE COMMENTS AFTER WE JUST HAD THIS DISCUSSION RIGHT NOW, SO I'M GOING TO REFERENCE THAT JUST A LITTLE BIT.

I THINK, COUNCILMAN BROCKHOUSE, I THINK YOU'RE CORRECT IN THAT WE COULD HAVE DONE A SLIGHTLY BETTE JOB, AND I THINK ALL OF OUR PROCESS HERE IN THE CITY -- ANYWHERE, STAND -- CAN BENEFIT FROM IMPROVEMENT.

I'M GLAD THAT TODAY'S VOTE WILL NOT BE HELD UP BECAUSE OF THAT, BUT I INVITE YOU AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL TO -- AND EVEN THE PUBLIC, OF COURSE, TO BRING FORWARD YOUR IDEAS FOR HOW WE CAN IMPROVE SOME OF THESE PROCESSES.

IN FEBRUARY, COUNCILMAN, I CAME TO YOU WITH A CCR, AND I ASKED YOU TO BE THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT SIGNIFICANT -- SIGNATURE ON THAT FOR ME, AND WHAT IT DID WAS ASK CITY STAFF TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESSES, AND WE TITLED IT -- WE TITLED OUR COUNCIL CONSIDERATION REQUEST ADVANCING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

IT ASKED CITY STAFF FIVE THINGS, AND ONE OF THEM WAS TO LOOK AT BEST PRACTICES AND RECOMMEND IMPROVEMENTS.

WE'RE GOING TO BE DISCUSSING THAT THE NEXT STEPS ON THAT IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AT MY COMMITTEE, AND I THINK THAT'S A WONDERFUL

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OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS ISSUES PRECISELY LIKE THIS ABOUT HOW WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB, AND MAYBE OTHER THINGS AS WELL.

SO I JUST -- I WANTED TO PUT THAT OUT THERE THAT WHEN WE SEE AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVEMENT -- FOR IMPROVEMENTS, WE ALSO HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BRING FORWARD THE SOLUTIONS FOR HOW TO IMPROVE THAT.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'LL BE DOING IN OUR DISCUSSION AT COMMITTEE MEETING.

SO, AGAIN, I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THIS DOWNTOWN CAMPUS.

SOME OF THE COUNCILMEMBERS MENTIONED THE LONG DECADES OF NEGLECT AND UNFORTUNATE DEVELOPMENT THAT DID OR DIDN'T HAPPEN IN THE WEST SIDE.

DR. CHRISTINE DRENNAN GAVE US A GREAT PRESENTATION ABOUT SOME OF THAT HISTORIC STUFF THAT HAPPENED, AND I SEE TODAY AS A WAY TO BEGIN MAKING UP FOR THAT.

WE TALKED ABOUT THE FREEWAY AND HOW IT REALLY -- [INAUDIBLE] -- THERE ARE DAYS AS A PROTEST FOR THAT FREEWAY BEING THERE, I CHOOSE NOT TO TAKE IT AND I TAKE THE STREETS INSTEAD, BUT THAT DOESN'T MAKE THE FREEWAY GO AWAY TION AND IT DOESN'T UNIFY THE COMMUNITY, BUT SOMETHING LIKE WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY DOES.

I THINK GEOGRAPHY IS REALLY A CATALYST FOR WHAT WE WANT TO SEE HAPPEN IN SAN ANTONIO, AND THIS IS GEOGRAPHY THAT'S ACTUALLY WITHIN OUR POWER, RIGHT, BECAUSE THE CITY OWNS SOME OF THIS PROPERTY AND THE REGENTS ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH US ON THIS.

AND I THINK WHAT I'M PROBABLY MOST SCHIETED -- EXCITED ABOUT IS THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE SAISD SCHOOLS THAT MAYBE WEREN'T PERFORMING RIGHT NOW, AND WHEN YOU PUT A CAMPUS THAT'S GOING TO BE AN OPEN CAMPUS, RIGHT, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A CLOSED GATE CAMPUS, WHEN YOU PUT THAT CAMPUS DOWNTOWN AND YOU OPEN IT TO THE COMMUNITY, IT IS GOING TO BE WITHIN SIGHT.

AND WHEN SOMETHING IS WITHIN SIGHT, YOU BELIEVE THAT IT'S WITHIN REACH.

AND THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO BE GOING THROUGH THE MINDS OF ALL THOSE STUDENTS THAT WILL BE STUDYING AT SAISD SCHOOLS DOWNTOWN.

I DO HAVE ONE QUESTION, AND I'M ACTUALLY NOT SURE IF THIS IS FOR STAFF OR FOR DR. AMY, NOT TOO LONG AGO, WE ADOPTED A DOCUMENT PUT FORWARD BY THE MAYOR'S HOUSING POLICY TASK FORCE, AND THERE WAS ONE ITEM IN THERE -- AND I BELIEVE YOU'RE BEGINNING TO ADDRESS THIS ALREADY, AND COUNCILMAN SALDAÑA SPOKE TO IT.

THERE'S ONE RECOMMENDATION IN THERE THAT I THOUGHT WAS REALLY STRIKING IN THAT REPORT, AND IT WAS REQUIRE PUBLIC AGENCIES TO CONDUCT A DISPLACEMENT IMPACT ASSESSMENT, WHICH IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE WORKING ON ALREADY.

AND THEN THERE'S ALSO SOMETHING ABOUT SETTING ASIDE FUNDS, SORT OF A RISK MITIGATION FUND, TO ASSIST IN EVENTUALLY -- WHAT MIGHT END UP BEING DISPLACEMENT.

SO I'D JUST LIKE TO KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S IN THE PLANS.

>> HOUSTON: IN THE DRAFT AGREEMENT THAT WE'VE ATTACHED TO THIS DOCUMENT THERE IS A REQUIREMENT THAT PRIOR TO UTSA MAKING A REQUEST ON FRIO THERE MUST BE AN ECONOMIC AND SOCIOECONOMIC STUDY ADDRESSING THAT CONCERN.

THE REPORT WILL IDENTIFY RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE CAN MAKE TO AVOID SOME OF THOSE CONCERNS, AND DR. AMY CAN SPEAK TO THE FUNDING THAT MAY BE ATTACHED TO THAT REPORT.

>> SANDOVAL: THANK YOU.

>> THIS GETS TO WHAT COUNCILMAN SALDAÑA WAS ASKING FOR, OBVIOUSLY, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE VERY INTERESTED IN DOING.

WE SELF-FINANCE HOW WE DO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IMPACT STUDIES, WE DO THAT THROUGH OUR INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY, THERE MIGHT BE OTHER BETTER TERMS TO USE, AS I INDICATED EARLIER, WE'LL FINANCE THAT AND BRING THAT FORWARD AS PART OF OUR EFFORTS TO CONTINUE ALL OF THE VARIOUS CONVERSATIONS WE'RE GOING TO BE HAVING WITH THE COMMUNITY ABOUT HOW WE GO FORWARD WITH THIS.

AND OBVIOUSLY, IT'S GOING TO INTEGRATE WITH SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT THIS CITY IS WORKING ON, AND WE'VE VERY AWARE OF THE MAYOR'S HOUSING COMMISSION REPORT COMING OUT, AND WE'VE LOOKED AT THAT.

SO WE'RE INTENDING TO MARSHALL OUR FORCES TO WORK ON THAT, AND WE WON'T WAIT -- THIS WILL BEGIN RIGHT AWAY EVEN THOUGH THE FRIO STREET PROPERTIES ARE POTENTIALLY DOWNSTREAM AND THEY'RE NOT THERE, WE'RE GOING TO GET ON WITH THIS ANYWAY, AND IT HAS TO DO WITH OUR WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH COUNCILMAN GONZALES' AND COUNCILMEMBER TREVINO'S OFFICE ABOUT HOW WE ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY.

>> SANDOVAL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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ALL THE FUTURE STUFF DEPENDS ON TODAY'S VOTE AND TODAY'S VOTE IS THE FIRST STEP.

SO NOT EVERYTHING'S BEEN FIGURED OUT YET, OBVIOUSLY, BUT I'M GLAD TO KNOW THAT BOTH OF THE COUNCIL OFFICES ARE INVOLVED, BUT I'M WONDERING IF CITY STAFF WILL ALSO BE INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS, AND DO WE HAVE THE RESOURCES FOR THAT AS WELL?

>> SCULLEY: YES, WE WILL BE INVOLVED, AND IF WE NEED ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, WE'LL COME BACK TO CITY COUNCIL WITH A RECOMMENDED ACTION, BUT AT THIS TIME WE THINK WE CAN HANDLE THAT.

THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION, COUNCILWOMAN.

>> SANDOVAL: ALL RIGHT.

NO PROBLEM.

WELL, CONGRATULATIONS.

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING FORWARD THIS VISION, DR. AMY.

IT'S A RECORD AMOUNT OF TIME GIVEN THAT YOU WERE JUST APPOINTED NOT TOO LONG AGO AND YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN SANDOVAL.

COUNCILMAN PERRY?

>> PERRY: THANK YOU, SIR.

I JUST WANTED TO SAY, DR. AMY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING BY THE OFFICE.

I REALLY ENJOYED THAT VISIT TO EXPLAIN THIS WHOLE DEVELOPMENT AND WHAT YOUR PLANS ARE FOR UTSA DOWNTOWN.

YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO EXPRESS SOME OF THE SAME CONCERNS FROM COUNCILMAN COURAGE AND COUNCILMAN BROCKHOUSE ABOUT THE NOTIFICATION PROCESS AND BEING BROUGHT IN THIS RIGHT -- LITERALLY RIGHT BEFORE THE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THIS PROJECT.

AND I WAS DISAPPOINTED IN THAT, BUT I CAN'T SAY NO TO THIS PROJECT BECAUSE OF THAT.

I MEAN, THIS IS -- THIS IS A GAME-CHANGER FOR DOWNTOWN, AND FOR THE WEST SIDE.

SO I'M JUST, AGAIN, DISAPPOINTED IN THE PROCESS AND HOW WE WERE BROUGHT INTO THIS PROJECT OVERALL.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING FOR UTSA, EVEN THOUGH I'M AN AGGIE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR DOING THIS AND BRINGING THIS TO DOWNTOWN.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN PERRY.

EVERYBODY HAS SPOKEN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

I'LL BE VERY BRIEF, BECAUSE EVERYTHING THAT I WANT TO SAY ABOUT THIS PROJECT HAS ALREADY BEEN SAID.

BUT I DO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE GRAHAM WESTON AND HIS ETERNAL DEVOTION TO THE VISION OF OUR URBAN CORE, WHICH IN REALITY -- OR BECOMES A REALITY WITH THIS PROJECT IN MY MIND, A TRULY CATALYTIC ONE.

IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE A HIGHER AND BETTER USE OF THE PUBLIC'S LAND THAN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY TO ENSURE THAT THE CHILDREN OF SAN ANTONIO CAN HARNESS THE FUTURE.

AND SO WHEN I LOOK AT THE ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS THAT WOULD BE COMING TO THE URBAN CORE OF SAN ANTONIO, IT'S TRULY EXTRAORDINARY.

YOU TALK ABOUT THE 21ST CENTURY INDUSTRIES THAT ARE JER ME NATEING -- GERMINATING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES AND THE FACT THAT SAN ANTONIO IN THE HEART OF OUR CITY CAN NOW TAKE A LEADERSHIP POSITION GLOBALLY IN THOSE THINGS IS PHENOMENAL.

THE WORLD-CLASS FACULTY THAT WILL BE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN HERE IN SAN ANTONIO, EXTRAORDINARY.

THE KINDS OF EMPLOYERS WHO WILL BE ATTRACTED TO THE TALENT PIPELINE THAT WILL BE RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE BECAUSE OF A UTSA DOWNTOWN CAMPUS THAT COLLABORATES WITH THE MILITARY AND PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR ASSETS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR VERY CITY RIGHT NOW.

IT'S THE GLUE THAT COMBINES ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN WANTING TO SEE IN OUR ECONOMY FOR SO LONG.

AND IF WE DO IT RIGHT, AND I BELIEVE IN THIS COLLABORATION WE ARE, THAT IS TO THE BENEFIT OF EVERY SINGLE FAMILY IN SAN ANTONIO NOW AND IN THE FUTURE, SO I WANT TO THANK YOU, DR. AMY FOR BEING DELIBERATE, BEING CAREFUL, BUT BEING BOLD WITH THE VISION THAT YOU CAME IN TO ACHIEVE.

AND IT'S EXTRAORDINARIRY THAT YOU'VE SEEN THIS HAPPEN IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

I DO WANT TO ALSO SAY THANK YOU TO LORI AND TO OUR CITY STAFF FOR WORKING SO HARD ON THIS PARTICULAR TRANSACTION.

IT IS COMPLICATED.

THE CLOSEST ANALOGUE WE CAN FIND, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE DAIS WERE HERE WHEN IT HAPPENED WAS THE FROST BANK TOWER, AND WE KNOW HOW CATALYTIC THAT PROJECT IS AND WILL BE FOR THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO.

AND FINALLY, I'LL JUST SAY, THERE ARE MISTAKES THAT THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, OUR COMMUNITY MAKES OVER GENERATIONS.

AND ONE OF THE MISTAKES THAT WAS MADE IN PLANNING CIRCLES YEARS AGO, DECADES AGO, WAS REMARKED UPON BY FORMER MAYOR HENRY CISNEROS, WHICH WAS THE FACT THAT WE PASSED ON AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR CITY.

IT'S NOW LOCATED UP I-10 IN DISTRICT 8, AND IS DOING QUITE WELL, WELL ENOUGH THAT I WOULD SAY THEY OVERCAME THE WEAKNESS OF NOT BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THE LARGEST CITIES IN THE COUNTRY.

BUT THE OPPORTUNITY NOW TO RIGHT THAT SHIP AND TO HAVE A PREMIER RESEARCH INSTITUTION THAT WILL

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BE THE ENVY OF NOT ONLY THE BEST UNIVERSITY SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY, BUT ALSO UNIVERSITIES WORLDWIDE IS SOMETHING I THINK WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD OF.

AND FINALLY, I WOULD SAY THAT THANK YOU, RAD, I THINK EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD KNOWS HOW TO MAKE HOOK 'EM HORNS, BUT I HOPE THEY VERY SOON KNOW HOW TO SAY BIRDS UP.

SO CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE, AND I'M HAPPY THAT THIS WILL MOVE FORWARD TODAY.

WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND FOR APPROVAL OF ITEM NUMBER FIVE.

PLEASE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES.

[APPLAUSE] ALL RIGHT.

I KNOW EVERYONE'S BEEN SITTING AND WAITING AND WE'VE GOT A BIG ITEM NEXT.

BECAUSE SO MANY OF YOU ALSO PROBABLY ARE HUNGRY, LET'S TAKE A 25-MINUTE BREAK.

WE WILL RECONVENE AT FIVE TILL NOON FOR THE ALAMO VOTE.

GO GET SOMETHING TO EAT, BECAU

[6. Ordinance approving a contract for two replacement sewer/catch basin cleaning trucks with Grande Truck Center for the Transportation & Capital Improvement Department for a total cost of $736,448.00, funded from the FY 2019 Equipment Renewal and Replacement Fund (ERRF). [Ben Gorzell, Chief Financial Officer; Troy Elliott, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Finance]]

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OCTOBER 18, 2018

>> ONE OF THE REASONS I MENTIONED WE WANT TO CLOSE THESE STREETS IS TO RECAPTURE THE HISTORIC PLAZA.

BY REMOVING THEM WE'RE ABLE TO TELL ALL THE STORIES THAT WE WANT TO INTERPRET.

THIS EXHIBIT SHOWS THE FADED AREA IN PINK, THE KNOWN BURIAL GROUNDS THAT WE HAVE ON THE SITE.

THOSE ARE BOTH PREMISSION AND CATHOLIC BURIAL GROUNDS AND THE AREAS IN PINK ARE THE ONES WE HAVE ALREADY DONE ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE CAN HIGHLIGHT THOSE THROUGH A NEW AND IMPROVED ALAMO EXPERIENCE AND INTERPRET ALL THOSE IMPORTANT STORIES OF ALL THE CULTURES THAT LIVED ON THE SITE.

THE CLOSING OF THE STREETS ALLOWS US TO EXPAND THE HISTORIC FOOTPRINT BY 60%.

IT GOES FROM 4.2 ACRES TO 6.7 ACRES.

BUT IT ALSO ALLOWS US TO EXPAND OUR COMMUNITY GATHERING SPACE GOING FROM 1.3 ACRES TO 5.9 ACRES.

THE NEXT STRATEGY IS TO DEVELOP A NEW PARADE ROUTE THAT HONORS THE COMPLETE HISTORY.

THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE PARADES, AS CURRENTLY PRESENTED TODAY, DO HONOR THAT HISTORY.

BUT WE WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE THAT.

SO BY CLOSING THE STREETS AND REDEVELOPING AND REROUTING THE PARADES WE'RE ABLE TO AVOID THOSE KNOWN BURIAL GROUNDS AND PROVIDE MORE RESPECT TO THE SITE.

AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO HONOR THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE BATTLE OF THE ALAMO THROUGH THE BATTLE OF FLOWERS PARADE AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE THROUGH THE FIESTA FLAMBEAU PARADE.

WE ARE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE FLORAL TRIBUTE WITH THIS REROUTING.

THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE PROPOSED TWO ROUTES WE PRESENTED TO THE PARADE ORGANIZERS.

THE CURRENT ROUTE FOR THE PARADES THEY GO DIRECTLY SOUTH ON ALAMO STREET.

THEY STOP ON ALAMO STREET IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH.

THERE IS A CADET WHO WILL TAKE A FLORAL TRIBUTE AND WALK IT TO THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH.

THERE ARE BLEACHERS ALL ALONG ALAMO STREET, SO MOST PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT THAT CEREMONY IS HAPPENING.

THE PROPOSED OPTION TO REROUTE THESE TWO PARADES WILL ALLOW US TO HIGHLIGHT THAT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE AN UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW OF THE CHURCH.

WHETHER THEY TAKE LOSOYA STREET

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OR BONHAM STREET, WE'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE AN UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW OF THE CHURCH AND PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO ENRICH THE PROCESSION EXPERIENCE AT THE ALAMO THROUGH THE BATTLE OF FLOWERS PARADE.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK BYRON WITH THE FIESTA COMMISSION, AS WELL AS ANNA LAURA BLOCK WITH THE BATTLE OF FLOWERS FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION AND HELP IN THIS EFFORT AS WELL AS THE FLAMBEAU PARADE ASSOCIATION.

AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO COUNCILMAN ROBERTO TREVINO.

THE THIRD IS TO RELOCATE THE CENOTAPH WITHIN ALAMO PLAZA.

LAST YEAR WE WERE PROPOSING TO RELOCATE THE CENOTAPH AT AN AREA AT THE RIVER AND MARKET STREET.

WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE PUBLIC WAS THAT WAS TOO FAR AND IT KEPT THE CENOTAPH OUT OF CONTEXT.

WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING NOW IS TO RELOCATE IT TO AN AREA THAT IS IN LINE WITH THE ORIGINAL LOCATION REQUESTED.

BY RELOCATING WE CAN CLARIFY PERIODS OF HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE, WE ARE ABLE TO BETTER PROGRAM THE AREA AND EXPAND EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES ON THE SITE.

THE CENOTAPH WILL BE REPAIRED AND RELOCATED WITHIN ALAMO PLAZA.

IT WILL REMAIN A PROMINENT FEATURE WITHIN THE PLAZA, AND IT WILL BE RELOCATED AND REPAIRED ON SITE.

THIS EXHIBIT SHOWS THE CENOTAPH DOES BLOCK VIEWS OF THE LONG BARRACK AND CHURCH AND IT LIMITS SPACES FOR PROGRAMS. THIS SHOWS THE RELOCATION WILL ENABLE US TO DO MORE PROGRAMMING ON THE SITE TO TELL ALL THE STORIES IN THAT RICH HISTORY OF THE ALAMO.

THE NEXT THING IS IT ALLOWS US TO CLARIFY PERIODS OF SIGNIFICANCE.

AND, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THE PROPOSED LOCATION, WHICH IS 500 FEET FROM THE CURRENT LOCATION, IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL SITES COPINI REQUESTED WHEN CONSTRUCTING THE CENOTAPH.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY.

I NEED TO ASK YOUR COURTESY.

AS THE PRESENTER IS SPEAKING, PLEASE KEEP YOUR CONVERSATIONS DOWN TO A MINIMUM SO WE CAN KEEP ORDER IN THE ROOM.

THANK YOU.

>> THE CENOTAPH WILL ALWAYS REMAIN A PROMINENT FEATURE IN ALAMO PLAZA AND I WANT TO STRESS THAT IT WILL BE REPAIRED BUT IT WILL BE A CENTERPIECE FOR ALAMO PLAZA.

THE NEXT STRATEGY IS TO ENCOURAGE A FORMAL POINT OF ENTRY TO THE ALAMO.

THE ALAMO PLAZA CURRENTLY IS VERY, VERY POROUS.

WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO DO IS PROVIDE A FORMAL POINT OF ENTRY TO HELP ENHANCE THAT VISITOR EXPERIENCE.

THE PROPOSED PLAN WILL STILL ALLOW CONTINUOUS ACCESS 24/7 TO THE PLAZA.

IT WILL ENHANCE THE VISITOR EXPERIENCE TO INCLUDE THE EXPERIENCE FOR RESIDENTS IN AUDIO] THAT CAN BE OPEN DURING TIMES OF HIGH PEDESTRIAN FLOW AS WELL AS DURING TIMES OF NO PROGRAMMING.

AND I ALSO WANT TO MENTION AND EMPHASIZE THAT IT WILL ALWAYS BE FREE TO WALK INTO THE ALAMO PLAZA, THE ALAMO CHURCH, AND THE LONG BARRACK.

DURING TIMES OF NONMUSEUM HOURS, WE'LL HAVE SIX POINTS OF ENTRY THAT WILL BE OPEN WHEN THE MUSEUM IS NOT OPEN.

THIS EXHIBIT SHOWS THE WAY A VISITOR EXPERIENCES THE ALAMO.

THE GREEN DOT IS THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH AND THE BLUE DOT IS THE SITE OF THE LONG BARRACK.

THE MAJORITY OF VISITORS WHO GO TO THE ALAMO HEAD NORTH ON ALAMO STREET.

AND THEY HAVE NO CLUE THEY HAVE WALKED OVER A BATTLEFIELD WHEN THEY GET TO THE CHURCH.

BY THE TIME THEY GET IN THE CHURCH, THEY ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE MISSION AND THE BATTLEFIELD.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT A VISITOR TO THE SITE UNDERSTANDS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE GROUNDS THEY'RE STANDING ON.

WE'RE PROPOSING THE PRIMARY ENTRY BE LOCATED ON THE WEST END OF THE PLAZA WALLS, WHICH IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE CROCKETT BUILDING.

AS SOON AS THEY STEP INTO THE PLAZA, THEY WILL KNOW THAT THEY ARE ON A HISTORIC MISSION FOOTPRINT.

THEY WILL KNOW AND LEARN ABOUT THE MISSION ERA, THE BATTLE ERA, AND THE URBANIZATION OF SAN ANTONIO.

AS MENTIONED, THERE WILL BE TWO ADDITIONAL SITES THAT CAN BE OPENED DURING TIMES WHEN THERE'S NO PROGRAMMING GOING ON IN THE PLAZA OR TIMES WHEN THERE'S HIGH PEDESTRIAN FLOW.

AND THEN DURING TIMES WHEN THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED, WHICH WE BELIEVE TO BE BEFORE 9:00 A.M.

AND AFTER 6:00 P.M., THERE WILL BE SIX ACCESS POINTS IN AND OUT OF THE PLAZA.

THE NEXT ONE IS TO DO AN ASSESSMENT OF THE ADAPTIVE REUSE POTENTIAL FOR THE THREE HISTORIC BUILDINGS THAT THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE PURCHASED.

THIS INCLUDES THE CROCKETT, PALACE, AND WOOLWORTH BUILDING.

THE ASSESSMENT WILL LOOK AT EACH OF THESE BUILDINGS AND ASSESS THEM BASED ON THE BUILDING INDIVIDUALLY, LOOK AT THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE, THE

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CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE, THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY, AND IT WILL BE IN LINE WITH THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR'S STANDARDS.

IT WILL ALSO LOOK AT OPPORTUNITIES, HOW WE CAN CONNECT MULTIPLE FLOOR PLATES TO ACCOMMODATE A WORLD-CLASS VISITOR CENTER AND MUSEUM.

DURING THE ALAMO CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE DISCUSSIONS, THEY DID REQUEST THAT THEY RECEIVE A BRIEFING ON THE ASSESSMENT PRIOR TO ANY RECOMMENDATION BEING MADE AT THE TEXAS HISTORIC COMMISSION.

AND THAT IS A REQUIREMENT PRIOR TO MOVING FORWARD TO THC.

ADDITIONALLY, HDRC WILL BE ABLE TO REVIEW AND RECEIVE A BRIEFING ON THE ASSESSMENT PRIOR TO MOVING FORWARD TO THC.

BEFORE CITY STAFF AND THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SPECIFICALLY INITIATED THE REGULATORY PROCESS NECESSARY TO APPROVE THE PLAN, PGAV DID A BRAND PERCEPTION STUDY TESTING SEVERAL OF THESE STRATEGIES.

THEY INTERVIEWED OR SURVEYED OVER 2,000 INDIVIDUALS, 1600 WERE FROM TEXAS, 268 WERE FROM SAN ANTONIO, AND 400 FROM OUR PRIMARY FEEDER MARKETS.

ALL OF THE STRATEGIES THEY TESTED, INCLUDING THE RELOCATION AND REPAIR OF THE CENOTAPH AND CREATING A WOW FACTOR ENTRANCE TO THE SITE WERE AGREED UPON OR NEUTRAL ON BY MORE THAN 50%.

THIS STUDY WAS PRESENTED TO THE ALAMO CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN JUNE AND ALSO SENT TO CITY COUNCIL FOR THEIR REVIEW.

THE ALAMO CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECEIVED A BRIEFING ON THE ALAMO PLAN ON AUGUST 30 AFTER SEVERAL MEETINGS OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS.

THEY PASSED SEVEN RESOLUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE PLAN, FIVE OF THEM WERE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED, AND TWO OF THEM HAD OVER 90% APPROVAL.

THOSE RESOLUTIONS VOTED ON EACH SITE STRATEGY AND THEY ALSO PASSED A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE OVERALL PLAN PROVIDED IT FOLLOW ALL APPLICABLE LAWS, INCLUDING THE TEXAS HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE AND THE ANTIQUITIES CODE.

AND THEY ALSO SUPPORTED THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO ENTERING INTO A LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE ALAMO PLAZA.

ONCE THE ALAMO CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE PASSED THESE RESOLUTIONS, THEY WERE SUBMITTED TO THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, WHO ALSO PASSED AN APPROVING OF DOCUMENT FOR THE ALAMO MAN.

AND THEN OCTOBER 2 THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE APPROVED THE ALAMO PLAN.

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE INCLUDES TWO MEMBERS, AND THAT IS MAYOR RON NIRENBERG AND COMMISSIONER GEORGE P. BUSH.

WITH THE ADOPTION OF THE ALAMO PLAN, CITY COUNCIL AND THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE BEGAN TO FINALIZE DISCUSSIONS ON A LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE.

THE LEASE AGREEMENT COVERS SEVERAL PARCELS OF PROPERTY.

AND, AS YOU CAN SEE ON THIS EXHIBIT, WE HAVE PARCEL A AND PARCEL B.

PARCEL A IS THE CURRENT PLAZA AND THE PASEO AT THE RIVER LEVEL.

AND PARCEL B ARE THE STREET AREAS NECESSARY TO CLOSE TO RECAPTURE THE MISSION FOOTPRINT.

WE'LL BE LEASING PARCEL A AND B TO THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE AND THEY WILL BE MANAGING THESE AREAS.

THE AREA IN GREEN WILL CONTINUE TO BE OWNED BY THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO AND USES OPEN SPACE.

BUT THAT'S THE AREA WHERE WE ARE ASKING TO VACATE -- SORRY.

TO LIMIT USE OF THE STREET TO PEDESTRIAN AND EMERGENCY ACCESS VEHICLES ONLY.

AND THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CREATE A SENSE OF ARRIVAL AND SENSE OF PLACE WE WANT ON THE SITE.

THE MASTER LEASE AGREEMENT HAS A TERM OF 50 YEARS WITH TWO 25-YEAR EXTENSIONS.

IT DOES ENSURE THAT THE PLAZA AREA WILL ALWAYS BE OPEN AND FREE OF CHARGE TO THE PUBLIC.

IT PROVIDES FOR TWO ADDITIONAL ACCESS POINTS TO BE OPENED DURING TIMES OF HIGH PEDESTRIAN FLOW AND THERE'S NO PROGRAMMING GOING ON IN THE PLAZA.

ADDITIONALLY, WE'VE NEGOTIATED SEVERAL DATES THAT WILL REQUIRE THOSE TWO ACCESS POINTS BE OPEN.

AND THOSE DATES ARE TIMES WHEN WE KNOW THERE WILL BE HIGH PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY TO INCLUDE THE ALAMO BOWL, THE SPRING BREAK, POTENTIALLY.

WE HAVE FIESTA, SO THERE'S SEVERAL DATES, OVER 20-PLUS DATES THAT WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE HIGH PEDESTRIAN FLOW, AND WE'LL BE OPENING THOSE TWO ADDITIONAL ACCESS POINTS.

THE LEASE AGREEMENT ALSO ENSURES THE DESIGN OF THE PLAN MUSEUM WILL GO TO HDRC FOR THEIR REVIEW FINAL TO A PRIOR RECOMMENDATION BEING MADEISSION AND ENSURES THN WILL RECOGNIZE AND INTERPRET THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE

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WOOLWORTH BUILDING AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

AND IT ALSO REQUIRES THAT THE GLO PROVIDE HIGH-QUALITY PROGRAM AND SERVICES THAT ENHANCE THE HISTORIC AND CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SITES AND TELLS ALL THE STORIES OF PEOPLE AND CULTURES THAT CONTRIBUTED THE HISTORY TO INCLUDE THE TEXIAN, TEJANO, AND INDIGENOUS CULTURES.

IT REQUIRES THAT WE MAINTAIN AN ACCESSIBLE SCHEDULE PUBLIC EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES, AND THE GLO HAS COMMITTED IN THE LEASE AGREEMENT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HOST THE MILITARY TRADITIONAL EVENTS THAT THEY HAVE.

THEY HAVE ABOUT 100 ANNUALLY, AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE EVENTS.

THEY ALSO WILL ESTABLISH A PROCESS WHERE EDUCATIONAL OR NONPROFIT GROUPS CAN REQUEST TO HOLD EVENTS OR ACTIVITIES WITHIN ALAMO PLAZA.

AND THEY HAVE COMMITTED TO ACCOMMODATE IMPORTANT FIESTA TRADITIONS AND EVENTS TO INCLUDE THE TWO PARADES, THE CAVALIER INVESTITURE CEREMONY, AND THE PILGRIMAGE.

AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO ACCOMMODATE SEVERAL OTHER EVENTS AS IDENTIFIED IN THE FIESTA COMMISSION CONTRACT.

THE NEXT STEP WAS TO MOVE FORWARD TO PLANNING COMMISSION AND HDRC.

SO ON OCTOBER 10, HDRC AND PLANNING COMMISSION HAD A JOINT MEETING WHERE THEY TOOK ACTION ON THE RESPECTIVE ACTIONS.

PLANNING COMMISSION DID APPROVE TO RESTRICT VEHICULAR ACCESS TO CERTAIN SECTIONS ON ALAMO STREET, ALAMO PLAZA, HOUSTON STREET, CROCKETT STREET, AND BLUM STREET.

THEY APPROVED TO CLOSE SECTIONS OF ALAMO STREET, ALAMO PLAZA, AND HOUSTON STREET.

AND THEY APPROVED THE GROUND LEASE AND MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE.

HDRC DID PROVIDE CONCEPTUAL APPROVAL OF THE ALAMO PLAZA DESIGN AND THE PASEO DESIGN AND WILL RETURN WITH FINAL APPROVAL AS THE DESIGN CONTINUES AFTER TODAY'S ACTION.

HDRC ALSO PROVIDED FINAL APPROVAL TO DISMANTLE, REPAIR, AND REASSEMBLE THE CENOTAPH IN THE ALAMO PLAZA AT THE APPROXIMATE LOCATION OF THE EXISTING BANDSTAND IN ALAMO PLAZA.

THE OFFICE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION MUST REVIEW AND APPROVE THE REPAIR AND RELOCATION PLAN OF THE CENOTAPH PRIOR TO ANY WORK COMMENCING, AS WELL AS THE THC MUST PROVIDE THAT SAME APPROVAL.

THE TEXAS HISTORIC COMMISSION WILL HAVE A BRIEFING ON THIS ITEM NEXT WEEK, OCTOBER 23.

THEY WILL ONLY RECEIVE A BRIEFING, BUT IN A FUTURE DATE WHEN WE HAVE MORE DESIGN DETAILS, THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO TAKE ACTION ON THE RELOCATION OF THE CENOTAPH, PROVIDE A PERMIT FOR THE TREATMENT OF THE HISTORIC BUILDINGS, AND ANY OTHER AREAS AS IDENTIFIED IN THIS BRIEFING.

I WANT TO STRESS THAT THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO DOES NOT EXEMPT THEM FROM THE LAWS.

THEY WILL STILL PROVIDE AND ACCOMMODATE THE LAWS AS APPLICABLE, SUCH AS THE ANTIQUITIES CODE, THE TEXAS HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE, SECTION 106, IF IT IS DETERMINED TO APPLY, AND THE UDC, WHEN APPLICABLE.

THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO STILL OWNS THE PLAZA, SO THE UDC REQUIREMENTS WILL STILL APPLY TO THE SECTION OF THE PROPERTIES THAT THE CITY OWNS.

HDRC WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE FINAL APPROVAL OF THE PLAZA DESIGN PRIOR TO GETTING A BUILDING PERMIT TO START CONSTRUCTION.

AND THE TEXAS HISTORIC COMMISSION WILL HAVE TO REVIEW THE TREATMENT OF ALL THE HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND THE CENOTAPH.

THE ALAMO CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE A ROLE.

IN OUR COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT THEY ARE IDENTIFIED, ALONG WITH THE MANAGEMENT AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS PROJECT THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION, WHICH IS 2024.

THEY WILL SERVE IN ADVISORY CAPACITY TO THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

THEY WILL REVIEW THE DELIVERY AND SUPPORT PLAN FOR THE CLOSURES, THEY WILL LOOK AT THE HISTORIC BUILDING ASSESSMENT AND PROVIDE COMMENTS FOR SUBMISSION TO THE THC.

THEY WILL ALSO LOOK AT PROGRAMMING AND OTHER IMPORTANT ELEMENTS NECESSARY TO MANAGE THE SITE.

TODAY'S ACTION, WE'RE REQUESTING CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE CLOSING, VACATING, AND ABANDONING SECTIONS OF RIGHT OF WAY LOCATED ON ALAMO STREET, ALAMO PLAZA, AND HOUSTON STREET.

WE ARE LIMITING SECTIONS OF THE RIGHT OF WAY LOCATED ON ALAMO PLAZA, ALAMO STREET, BLUM STREET, CROCKETT STREET, AND EAST HOUSTON STREET TO PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES.

WE'RE REQUESTING APPROVAL OF GROUND LEASE AND MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS AND WE'RE REQUESTING THE ABILITY TO AUTHORIZE AND NEGOTIATE CONTRACTS NECESSARY RELATED TO THE RESTORATION AND RELOCATION OF THE CENOTAPH WITHIN THE ALAMO

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PLAZA.

BEFORE I CONCLUDE MY PRESENTATION, I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS PROJECT IS PARTIALLY FUNDED.

THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO HAS DEDICATED $38 MILLION TO THIS PROJECT, 16 HAS COME FROM THE FISCAL YEAR 2016 CAPITAL BUDGET.

THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO 2017 BOND PROGRAM INCLUDED $21 MILLION.

THE STATE OF TEXAS HAS APPROPRIATED $106 MILLION, AND THE ALAMO ENDOWMENT IS COMMITTED TO RAISING $200 MILLION.

THIS FUNDING ALLOWS US TO BEGIN THE IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MASTER PLAN AND THE SITE STRATEGIES THAT WE'RE REQUESTING APPROVAL OF TODAY.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK COUNCIL MEMBER ROBERTO TREVINO AND THE MAYOR AND SHERYL SCULLEY FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS PLAN.

THERE WERE MEETINGS THAT WERE WEEKLY THAT THE COUNCIL -- THAT SHERYL ATTENDED AND THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE ATTENDED.

WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY AND THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO, AS THE MAYOR MENTIONED EARLIER.

SO THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, LORI.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: IT'S A GOOD DAY FOR SAN ANTONIO AND FOR TEXAS AND THE WORLD AS WELL.

WE HAVE MANY CITIZENS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK.

SO PER USUAL, I WILL CALL THE NAME THAT'S SCHEDULED TO SPEAK ALONG WITH THE NEXT NAME IN LINE.

IF YOU CAN BEGIN TO APPROACH THE DAIS.

AND WE'LL START WITH TEXAS LAND COMMISSIONER GEORGE P. BUSH.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

WE'RE HERE TODAY IN THIS HISTORIC CITY AT A CRITICAL MOMENT IN OUR STATE'S HISTORY.

FUTURE GENERATIONS OF TEXANS WILL NOTE THIS DAY AND THEY'LL REFLECT AND PONDER UPON OUR ACTION.

DID WE COME TO THE DEFENSE OF THE ALAMO? OR DID WE LET THIS ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY FALL BETWEEN OUR HANDS? I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNER WITH THE CITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS WELL-THOUGHT-OUT PLAN.

WHENEVER YOU LEAVE THE STATE OF TEXAS WE'RE KNOWN FOR OUR INDEPENDENT SPIRIT.

AND IT STARTS TRULY ON THE GROUNDS OF THE ALAMO PLAZA.

YET REGRETFULLY WHEN THE 2.1 MILLION VISITORS COME TO THE GROUNDS OF THE ALAMO, THEY ARE UNDERWHELMED.

INSTEAD OF COMING ON TO A HISTORIC BATTLEFIELD OF VALOR, THEY ARE WELCOMED BY NOTHING BUT DISTRACTION.

YOUR VOTE TODAY WILL CHANGE THIS.

I KNOW THAT MANY OF YOU BELIEVE IN THESE PRINCIPLES.

SINCE A YEAR AND A HALF AGO WE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO SUPPORT THAT AND TAKE THAT NEXT STEP.

BUT YET, WE BEGAN THIS HISTORIC EFFORT THREE YEARS AGO THROUGH A UNIQUE COOPERATIVE PLAN SIGNED BY THE CITY, BY THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND BY THE ENDOWMENT BOARD.

THERE HAVE BEEN PREVIOUS EFFORTS OVER THE GENERATIONS FOR SEVERAL DECADES TO GET TO THIS STEP, BUT NONE HAVE GOTTEN THIS FAR.

NONE HAVE RESULTED IN THE CITY AND THE STATE COMING TOGETHER IN HISTORIC FASHION LIKE THIS.

AND IT'S BEEN BACKED BY MONEY.

THIS PLAN HAS BEEN BACKED AND FUNDED BY THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE, BY SPEAKER STRAUS, BY LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PATRICK, BY GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT ACROSS TWO LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS.

EARLIER THIS MONTH THE MAYOR AND I SIGNED A HISTORIC RESOLUTION THAT SIGNIFIES THIS UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP BUILT UPON THE SIMPLE CONCEPTS THAT HAVE BEEN FOUNDED BY THESE THREE HARD YEARS OF WORK.

I WOULD ARGUE THAT THIS PLAN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROJECT, NOT ONLY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, BUT IN THE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPACT OF THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

ALL 29 MEMBERS COMPOSED OF SAN ANTONIANS COMING TOGETHER AND DEBATING THESE ISSUES OVER SEVERAL YEARS.

OR HOW VALUABLE THE PEOPLE OF SAN ANTONIO HAVE BEEN AS PART OF THIS PROCESS TO MAKE THIS PLAN BETTER.

IT'S CHANGED OVER TIME TO MAKE IT REFLECT WHERE THE ALAMO SHOULD BE.

AND THOUSANDS OF TEXANS WHO CAME TO THE ALAMO ROAD SHOWS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF TEXAS TO BE A PART OF PROVIDING THEIR FEEDBACK AND TO CONTRIBUTEON FAMILY HEIRLOOMS TO THE COLLECTIONS AT THE ALAMO.

OF COURSE, THIS PLAN WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK OF THE TALENTED STAFF HERE AT THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, THE ENDOWMENT BOARD, AND OF COURSE THE TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE.

BUT NOW WE REACH THIS DECISION POINT IN THE PROCESS.

THE PLAN YOU CONSIDER TODAY IS THE PRODUCT OF OVER FOUR YEARS OF METHODICAL RESEARCH, OF PAINSTAKING NEGOTIATION, AND WORK IN A HISTORIC PROCESS ACROSS STATE, CITY, AND OF COURSE THE BOARD THAT HAVE BEEN AGREED TO AND FOLLOWED TO A T.

THIS PROCESS HAS BEEN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT, OVER 200 STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS HELD IN SAN ANTONIO AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF TEXAS.

AND THE DESIGN HAS BEEN

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OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED, INCLUDING BY YOUR APPOINTEES AT THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

SO LET'S TAKE A MOMENT TO TRULY THINK ABOUT THIS DECISION.

AS ONE OF THE DAVY CROCKETT'S DESCENDENTS, FLANNERY WROTE.

WE CANNOT FAIL THIS TIME.

THIS VOTE IS A MILESTONE FOR THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF SAN ANTONIO.

WE CAN'T ALLOW THE ALAMO OF TOMORROW TO BE A DECAYING RELIC.

THIS NEEDS TO BE A WORLD-CLASS SITE WITH A MUSEUM AND VISITOR CENTER THAT CAN SHOWCASE A TROVE OF ARTIFACTS THAT CAN INSPIRE SCHOLARSHIP AND INSPIRATION AND ASPIRATION FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF SAN ANTONIANS AND TEXANS.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR CAREFUL CONSIDERATION.

MAY GOD BLESS THE GREAT CITY OF SAN ANTONIO AND MAY GOD BLESS THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER BUSH.

CONGRESSMAN TED POE TO BE FOLLOWED BY LIONEL SOSA.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL FOR LETTING ME BE HERE.

IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO GET OUT OF WASHINGTON, D.C., COME BACK AND SEE SOME NORMAL FOLKS FROM TEXAS.

AND I APPRECIATE THE TIME.

THE ALAMO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACE IN TEXAS AND IN TEXAS HISTORY.

IT IS THE DEFINITION OF ALL THINGS OF WHO WE ARE AS TEXANS.

IT IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE, THE TEXANS, THE TEJANOS WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION TO A CAUSE GREATER THAN LIFE ITSELF, LIBERTY.

IT IS ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF OUR NINE YEARS AS A SOVEREIGN REPUBLIC.

AS A SYMBOL OF FIERCE, INDEPENDENCE THAT RUNS THROUGH OUR VEINS TODAY.

BEHIND THOSE CRUMBLING CHURCH WALLS THAT WERE 100 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME OF THE BATTLE OF ALAMO, IT HAS SHOWN FOREVER THE WORLD WHO WE ARE AS TEXANS.

OUR CHARACTER.

I BELIEVE A CHARACTER THAT IS DEFIANT, BOLD, FEARLESS, AND FIGHTERS FOR FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM.

I BELIEVE THE ALAMO STILL INSTILLS YET TODAY AN ALMOST MYSTICAL SPIRIT IN ALL TEXANS, NATIVE AND RECENT ARRIVALS TO OUR GREAT STATE.

DOWN THE STREET FROM US, VOLUNTEERS.

VOLUNTEERS OF ALL RACES.

FRONT TIERSMAN, LAWYERS, SHOPKEEPERS, FARMERS, MEN FROM SPAIN, MEXICO, GERMANY, SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, AND MOST OF THE STATES IN THE UNITED STATES.

ALL CAME HERE WITH OTHER NATIVE TEXANS WHO WERE LED BY MY PERSONAL HERO IN MY WHOLE LIFE, WILLIAM BARRETT TRAVIS, THE COMMANDER OF THE ALAMO.

THEY STOOD IN RIGHTEOUS DEFIANCE AGAINST TYRANNY.

CROCKETT, ESPARZA, BONHAM, BOWIE, GUERRERO.

HE IS, AS YOU REMEMBER, THE MEXICAN SOLDIER WHO SWITCHED SIDES AND JOINED THE TEXAS REVOLUTION.

AND KNOWING IN DESPITE OF THE OVERWHELMING ODDS, THOSE TEXANS, THOSE TEJANOS, FELL TO THEIR DEATH RATHER THAN SUBMIT TO OPPRESSION.

THEY EMBODIED THE PHRASE THAT WE NOW USE.

DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS.

IT'S QUITE A REMARKABLE STORY, IF YOU LOOK AT IT.

NO PEOPLE ANYWHERE ON EARTH HAVE SUCH A STORY TO TELL OF HOW THESE INDIVIDUALS GAVE IT ALL.

I AM A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

I TRAVEL TO A LOT OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES, INCLUDING LOUISIANA, AND A YEAR OR SO AGO I WAS IN THE COUNTRY OF MALDOVA.

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT UP ON GOOGLE MAPS, THERE TO TALK ABOUT THOSE INDIVIDUALS ABOUT WHERE THEY WERE GOING AS A NATION, BACK TO THE SOVIET CONCEPT OR TO THE WEST.

ANYWAY, WHEN I MET THE FOREIGN MINISTER I DO, AS I ALWAYS DO, I TELL THE PERSON THAT I AM FROM TEXAS.

I DON'T TELL THEM I'M FROM THE UNITED STATES.

I TELL THEM I'M FROM TEXAS.

YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT ARE FROM TEXAS, THEY DO THE SAME THING.

THEY ALWAYS SAY THEY'RE FROM TEXAS.

ANYWAY, AS SOON AS I MET THE

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FOREIGN MINISTER, TOLD HIM I WAS FROM TEXAS, HE SAID TEXAS, THE ALAMO.

THAT'S WHAT HE KNEW ABOUT TEXAS.

HE KNEW ABOUT WHAT TOOK PLACE JUST A FEW HUNDRED YARDS FROM WHERE WE ARE.

THOSE FREEDOM FIGHTERS OF 1836, FROM THE ASHES OF THE BURNING ALAMO, THE PHOENIX OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS WAS BORN.

SO THE ALAMO DESERVES NOTHING BUT TOP-NOTCH CARE AND PRESERVATION, RESTORATION OF THE 1836 BATTLEFIELD FOOTPRINT AND ACCOMPANYING MUSEUM AND DISPLAY OF THE HUNDREDS OF ALAMO ARTIFACTS THAT ARE UNIQUE TO US.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE HISTORY OF THE ALAMO AND ITS RELENTLESS DEFENDERS, ALL OF THEM, IS ACCURATELY TOLD.

INCLUDING THE FAMILIES THAT WERE IN THE ALAMO THAT STAYED WITH THEIR FATHERS AND WITH THEIR HUSBANDS.

AS A LIFELONG STUDENT OF OUR GREAT HISTORY, I'M EXCITED TO SEE THE ALAMO AND ITS BATTLEFIELD RETURNED TO A MORE PROPER STATUS.

I FIRST CAME TO THE ALAMO AS A KID WHEN I WAS A STUDENT IN MRSY CLASS THAT WE ALL HAVE TO TAKE.

A BIT HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN.

IT'S CHANGED A LOT SINCE 1836.

THERE WAS NO FIVE AND TEN CENT STORE WOOLWORTHS ACROSS THE STREET.

COLONEL TRAVIS DIDN'T BUY A $54 COMBO TICKET AT RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT EITHER.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED.

IT'S TIME TO PUT THE ALAMO THE WAY THAT IT SHOULD BE.

THE YEARS OF ENCROACHMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF SACRED GROUND WHERE THE BLOOD OF THE SONS OF TEXAS CONSECRATED THE LAND SHOULD BE A DEEP CONCERN FOR ALL TEXANS, NOT JUST THOSE FOLKS IN THIS GREAT CITY.

IT'S MOST ENCOURAGING TO ME TO SEE THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO TAKE THE LEAD TO PRESERVE THE NATIONAL TREASURE, THIS NATIONAL TREASURE, OUR NATIONAL TREASURE, THE ALAMO.

I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF THE COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER BUSH, THE MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL IN APPROVAL OF THE ALAMO MASTER PLAN TO MAKE SURE TEXANS AND THE WORLD VISITORS KNOW OUR HISTORY LIKE NO OTHER PLACE.

BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE ALAMO, AND IT'S HERE.

TEXAS HERITAGE IS UNIQUE.

IT'S BECAUSE OUR PEOPLE ARE UNIQUE.

THE ALAMO COMMANDER, WILLIAM BARRETT TRAVIS, HAS INSPIRED MY ENTIRE LIFE.

I'M A LAWYER BECAUSE HE WAS A LAWYER.

HIS LETTER IS ON MY WALL AT IN CONGRESS, AND IT WAS ON MY WALL AS A JUDGE WHEN I WAS A JUDGE IN HOUSTON.

AT THE BOTTOM OF MY STATIONARY ARE THE WORDS "I SHALL NEVER SURRENDER OR RETREAT." AND MY FIRST GRANDSON IS NAMED BARRETT HOUSTON.

I END ALL OF MY LETTERS WITH THAT FAMOUS PHRASE OF WILLIAM BARRETT TRAVIS, GOD, AND TEXAS.

SO THOSE OF YOU ON THIS COUNCIL HAVE THE PRIVILEGE, THE HONOR, THE DUTY TO PUT YOUR NAMES IN HISTORY AS THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ULTIMATELY HEARD THE REVERBERATING CALL "REMEMBER THE ALAMO." THAT BATTLE CRY TOOK ACTION, CROSSED THE LINE IN THE SAND TO KEEP THIS BEACON OF LIBERTY FOREVER SHINING IN THE PLACE WE CALL THE ALAMO OF TEXAS.

GOD AND TEXAS.

AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN POE.

LIONEL SOSA.

IS MR. SOSA STILL HERE? OKAY.

SUE ANN PEMBERTON FOLLOWED BY ROBERT THRILLKILL.

>> MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, MAYOR, IT'S AN HONOR TO BE HERE.

HAVING HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING ON THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE SINCE ITS INCEPTION, IT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE AND AN ANGST AS WELL.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY IN OUR THINKING AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE ALAMO AS A PLACE AND NOT A BUILDING.

WE HAVE STARTED WITH ALAMO 101, AS I LIKE TO REFER TO IT, BECAUSE WE ALL GOT A VERY IN-DEPTH EDUCATION AT THE BEGINNING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAD SEVERAL LAYERS OF HISTORY AND UNDERSTANDING THE LAYERS OF HISTORY AND THE BREADTH OF THAT HISTORY THAT IS IN THIS LOCATION.

THROUGH OFTEN HEATED DISCUSSION THE COMMITTEE DID CREATE THE VISION AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES.

THAT VISION AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES WAS ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL.

THE SCHEMATIC PLANS THAT YOU HAVE SEEN RECENTLY ARE IMAGES OF POSSIBILITIES REFLECTING THOSE VISION AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES.

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THE COMMITTEE HAS EVEN CHASTISED THE DESIGN FIRM FOR SOME OF THE -- WE HAVE QUESTIONED SOME OF THEIR DESIGN IDEAS AND MADE SURE THAT THEY HAVE INCORPORATED THE VISION AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES INTO THE DESIGN MOVING FORWARD.

THE COMMITTEE MET IN AUGUST AND VOTED TO ENDORSE THE ISSUES THAT ARE BEFORE YOU TODAY.

WE ALL HAVE MANY QUESTIONS AND THE DESIGN IS NOT PERFECT, BUT YET IT IS NOT FINISHED.

THE DESIGN CAN ONLY REALLY BEGIN WITH YOUR ACTIONS TODAY WITH THIS AGREEMENT THAT CREATES A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE STATE AND THE CLOSURES OF THE STREETS.

I'M CONFIDENT THAT MANY OF MY CONCERNS WILL BE ADDRESSED AS DESIGN MOVES FORWARD.

PUBLIC ACCESS HAS BEEN AN ISSUE FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS PROCESS.

AND WE HAVE BEEN ASSURED THAT PUBLIC ACCESS WILL CONTINUE.

WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE AND HOW IT HAPPENS IS YET TO BE DESIGNED.

I DRIVE THROUGH THE ALAMO ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS, YET I RECOGNIZE IT IS NOT A PLACE FOR VEHICLES.

I THINK ABOUT THAT AS I DRIVE THROUGH THAT IS SPACE THAT DESERVES SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

PEDESTRIANS APPEAR OBLIVIOUS TO THE FACT THAT IT IS A STREET AT ALL AND WALK ACROSS NOT PAYING ANY ATTENTION TO STREET LIGHTS.

THE CHURCH AND THE LONG BARRACKS ARE IN NEED OF RESTORATION.

A TASK THAT IS CURRENTLY BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE GLO.

THE CENOTAPH REQUIRES RESTORATION.

THAT CAN HAPPEN AND WILL HAPPEN IN THIS PROPOSED PLAN.

THE PLAZA NEEDS TO FUNCTION AS A PLAZA.

THE BUILDINGS NEED TO BE RE-PURPOSED.

ENTERING INTO THIS LEASE AGREEMENT AND CLOSING THIS PORTION OF THE STREET ALLOWS REVISION TO BEGIN.

IT ALLOWS OUR QUESTIONS TO BE RESOLVED.

IT ALLOWS THE DESIGN TO BEGIN IN EARNEST, AND IT ALLOWS THE CITY AND THE STATE TO MOVE FORWARD.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO THINK BIG PICTURE AND TAKE THIS BIG STEP.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. PEMBERTON.

ROBERT THRILLKILL FOLLOWED BY RICHARD PEREZ.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR AND SAN ANTONIO CITY COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS ROBERT THRILLKILL AND I AM REPRESENTING VISIT SAN ANTONIO BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

THE ALAMO PLAN BEFORE YOU TODAY WILL REVITALIZE OUR CIVIC CENTER AND CLARIFY THE ALAMO HISTORIC SITE FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AS WELL AS MILLIONS OF VISITORS PER YEAR.

IT WILL CREATE A WORLD-CLASS MUSEUM THAT WILL FEATURE THE RENOWNED PHIL COLLINS COLLECTION.

THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE ALAMO AND INCREASE THE VISITATION TO ALL THE SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS.

THIS $450 MILLION PROJECT WOULD HELP ESTABLISH AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE FOR VISITORS AND RESIDENTS.

IT WILL POSITIVELY AFFECT VISITATION TO OUR DESTINATION AND ALLOW AN ADDITIONAL UNIQUE VENUE FOR EVENTS.

FURTHER, IT'S PROJECTED TO CREATE MORE THAN 5,000 NEW JOBS FOR OUR INDUSTRY.

TODAY WE ASK YOU TO SUPPORT THE ALAMO PLAN.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MR. THRILLKILL.

RICHARD PEREZ FOLLOWED BY FOREST BIAS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR, AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS RICHARD PEREZ, PRESIDENT OF THE SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AND I'M HERE TO SUPPORT THE ACTION BEFORE YOU.

THE CHAMBER TOOK ACTION AS A BOARD IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR SUPPORTING THE INTERPRETIVE PLAN AND THE MAGNITUDE OF ALL THE THINGS Y'ALL HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.

IN FACT, IN 2015, ONE OF THE CHAMBER'S PRIORITIES WAS TO GET THE SEED MONEY INITIALLY FROM THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE TO GET US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

SO I THINK IT'S TIME FOR US TO MOVE ON.

YOU HAVE HEARD LOVELY HISTORIES OF WHERE WE'RE AT, WHO'S BEEN THERE, THE THINGS THAT WE'VE DONE, AND I THINK IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON.

IT'S NOT A PERFECT PLAN.

NOTHING IS A PERFECT PLAN BUT IT IS A PLAN THAT COMES FORTH FROM THE PEOPLE OF SAN ANTONIO.

AND VISIONS, MANY VISIONS THAT TOGETHER ARE MAKING SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL FOR THIS COMMUNITY.

SO VERY MUCH LIKE WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER AT UTSA, THIS IS THAT OTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO CONTINUE THE PROGRESS OF THIS GREAT CITY.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MR. PEREZ.

FOREST BIAS FOLLOWED BY SUSAN BEVIN.

>> I'M GIVING MY TIME TO YVETTE.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: YVETTE, WHAT'S YOUR LAST NAME?

>> YVETTE REYNA.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU'RE SIGNED UP?

>> I BELIEVE NO. 28.

MY NAME IS YVETTE REYNA, I'M A ALAMO DEFENDER WHO WAS BORN,

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RAISED, AND DIED ON THE ALAMO GROUNDS.

AT THE AGE OF 28, HIS LIFELESS BODY WAS ACTUALLY FOUND WITHIN THE ALAMO CHAPEL.

HE WAS NOT ONLY DEFENDING THE ALAMO, HE WAS DEFENDING HIS NEIGHBORHOOD, HIS COMMUNITY, THE PLACE WHERE HE WORKED, SLEPT, ATE, AND PRAYED.

REMNANTS OF THE WALLS FROM HIS TWO-ROOM HOUSE WHERE HE LIVED WITH HIS FAMILY ARE STILL THERE TODAY RIGHT ACROSS FROM WHERE THE ALAMO SITS.

THROUGHOUT MY LIFETIME I HAVE VISITED THE ALAMO GROUNDS MANY, MANY TIMES, AND NOW I TAKE MY CHILDREN.

AS SACRED AND PEACEFUL AS I EXPECT THE GROUNDS TO BE, MANY TIMES IT IS NOT.

I HAVE HAD TO QUICKLY LEAVE AND EXPLAIN TO MY CHILDREN WHAT A STREAKER IS, WHY THESE PEOPLE ARE YELLING AT THEM, WHO ARE PROTESTERS, SCREAMING AND YELLING AT PEOPLE PASSING BY.

THESE GROUNDS SHOULD BE A PLACE OF REVERENCE AND CERTAINTY.

FOR NATIVE AMERICANS AND FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES HERE.

THIS WOULD NEVER BE TOLERATED AT THE ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY.

THEY ARE BIG CHANGES.

BUT IF YOU LOOK BACK AT THE HISTORY OF SAN ANTONIO THERE ARE PROBABLY MANY PEOPLE THAT WANTED TO LEAVE THE OLD HISTORIC PEARL BREWERY ALONE.

AND LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS TODAY, A WORLD-CLASS AWARD-WINNING CULINARY DESTINATION.

THE DESIGN THAT HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO YOU IS A BIG CHANGE FOR ALL OF US BUT IT'S ONE YOU CAN BE PROUD OF.

UPON COMPLETION OF DESIGN YOU WILL SEE MORE VISITORS TO THE CITY, SECURE MORE CONVENTIONS AND EVENTS AND YOU WILL HAVE MORE REVENUE FOR OUR HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS SO THEY CAN HIRE MORE STAFF TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF TOURISM.

EVERY DECISION YOU MAKE WILL NOT MAKE 100% OF THE CITIZENS HAPPY, BUT 100% OF THE TIME.

BUT THIS WILL BE THE MOST HISTORIC VOTE YOU WILL EVER MAKE DURING YOUR TIME ON THIS CITY COUNCIL.

AND I RESPECTFULLY ASK FOR YOU TO APPROVE THIS BEAUTIFUL AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, REVERENT CHANGE FOR THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. REYNA.

SUSAN BEVIN FOLLOWED BY ROSE MORAN.

>> LETICIA DIAZ HAS GIVEN ME HER TIME.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: WHO WAS THAT AGAIN?

>> LETICIA DIAZ.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU.

GO AHEAD.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON AGAIN.

SUSAN BEVIN, PRESIDENT OF THE SAN ANTONIO CONSERVATION SOCIETY.

THE VOTE TODAY IS ABOUT FREEDOM.

THIS ONGOING QUEST PERMEATES THE HISTORY OF ALAMO PLAZA.

IT REACHES BOTH BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS IN TIME FROM THE PIVOTAL 1836 BATTLE.

STARTING WITH THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE A CONFLUENCE OF CULTURE HAS SHAPED OVER 300 YEARS OF ACTIVE CIVIC LIFE IN THIS CENTRAL SPACE.

WE JOIN MAYOR NIRENBERG, COUNCILMAN TREVINO, AND OTHERS IN THE SUPPORT FOR TELLING THE SITE'S COMPLETE STORY.

HOWEVER, WE CANNOT AGREE WITH THE PROPOSALS BEING VOTED ON TODAY.

THEY DO NOT PROVIDE THE CITY WITH THE BEST MEANS OF TELLING THIS NARRATIVE FROM MISSION ERA TO THE MID 20TH CENTURY.

THE ALAMO IS RECOGNIZED AS A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT THE PROPOSED LIMITATIONS ON ACCESS CONVEY THE OPPOSITE MESSAGE.

LIKE COUNCILMAN PERRY, WE OPPOSE TURNING A MULTIFACETED HISTORIC SITE INTO ONE WHOSE EXPERIENCE IS TIGHTLY CONTROLLED AND MANAGED BY THE STATE.

TOGETHER WITH THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS SAN ANTONIO, WE OPPOSE TRANSFORMING AN OPEN CIVIC SPACE INTO A PLACE WITH LIMITED CONNECTIVITY AND REDUCED ENTRY POINTS.

WE UNDERSTAND THE CITY HAS NO CONTROL OVER THE USE OF THE STATE-OWNED CROCKETT BLOCK, PALACE THEATER, AND WOOLWORTH BUILDINGS FOR THE ALAMO MUSEUM.

WE URGE CITY LEADERS TO LEVERAGE THE AGREEMENT TO SECURE THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTUAL DECISION-MAKING PROCESS.

THE STATE IS ASKING THE CITY TO CEDE CONSIDERABLE CONTROL OVER KEY AREAS OF PUBLIC PROPERTY.

THE CITY SHOULD GET SOMETHING IN RETURN.

CITY COUNCIL MUST BE ALLOWED TO KEEP THE COMMITMENT IT MADE TO THE PUBLIC IN THE 2017 MASTER PLAN TO PURSUE REUSE OF THOSE HISTORIC BUILDINGS.

THESE CONCERNS INSPIRE THE SOCIETY'S SUMMER PETITION DRIVE.

WE COLLECTED 7,600 SIGNATURES, GIVING VOICE TO MANY WHO SHARE OUR VIEW ON THE INTERPRETIVE PLANS' SHORTCOMINGS.

I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT THESE PETITIONS TO THE CITY CLERK AT THIS TIME.

[APPLAUSE] THESE BINDERS CONTAIN DOCUMENTATION FOR BOTH WRITTEN AND ONLINE PETITIONS.

THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO SHOULD NOT GIVE AWAY ONE OF ITS GREAT

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CIVIC SPACES WITHOUT KNOWING MORE PRECISELY WHAT THAT SPACE WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE.

WE DO BELIEVE THAT A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STATE IS POSSIBLE AND THIS IS NOT THE FRAMEWORK FOR IT.

DO NOT AGREE TO THE CURRENT PROPOSAL AND DO NOT LET THE STATE DICTATE THAT THIS IS HOW WE WILL ACCESS AND EXPERIENCE THE ALAMO PLAZA FOR THE NEXT 50 TO 100 YEARS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

VERY QUICKLY I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR STAFF THAT IS HERE.

AND WE'VE GOT SEVERAL THAT ARE HERE.

AND ALL OF THEIR EFFORTS IN COMBINING AND COALESCING ALL OF THE PETITIONS.

OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VINCE MICHAEL.

AND WE HAVE BOARD MEMBERS THAT ARE HERE.

RAISE YOUR HAND OR STAND UP.

OKAY.

AND REGULAR MEMBERS AS WELL.

SO THANK YOU.

PLEASE CONSIDER.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. BEVIN.

ROSE MORAN FOLLOWED BY LIONEL SOSA.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I DON'T HAVE A PREPARED STATEMENT FOR YOU BECAUSE I AM GOING TO TALK TO YOU FROM MY HEART.

AND I HOPE THAT THE DECISION YOU MAKE HERE TODAY COMES FROM YOUR HEART.

YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO THE CITIZENS.

I AM, AGAIN, ROSE MORAN FROM DISTRICT 7.

AND YOU'RE SITTING ON THAT SEAT BECAUSE WE, THE CITIZENS, PUT YOU THERE.

WHEN YOU TOOK YOUR OATH YOU SAID I WILL LISTEN TO YOU.

I WILL DO WHAT YOU REQUEST.

I AM REQUESTING THAT YOU VOTE NO.

THAT YOU WILL NOT MOVE THE CENOTAPH.

THAT YOU WILL NOT CLOSE THE STREETS.

STOP AND THINK.

IF YOU'RE TRULY, TRULY A TEXAN AND IF YOU'RE TRULY A BORN AND RAISED SAN ANTONIAN YOU WOULD NOT APPROVE THIS PLAN UNTIL THERE WAS MORE STUDY AND MORE DETAIL ON IT.

YOU ARE APPROVING SOMETHING THAT WE, THE CITIZENS OF SAN ANTONIO, HAVE NOT GIVEN THE CHOICE TO TELL YOU WHAT WE WANT.

YOU HAVE NOT LISTENED TO US.

AND YOU, COUNCILWOMAN SANDOVAL, YOU ARE MY REPRESENTATIVES.

YOU PROBABLY DON'T EVEN REMEMBER ME, BUT YOU SAT IN MY KITCHEN TABLE.

YOU DRANK WATER WITH MY HUSBAND, DRINKING COFFEE AND I JOINING YOU WITH WATER.

AND MY TWO DOGS THAT ARE MY CHILDREN.

YOU WERE THERE.

YOU SAID I WILL REPRESENT YOU.

I WILL HEAR YOU.

I WILL LISTEN TO WHAT YOU NEED.

ME AND THE REST OF THE DISTRICT 7 BELIEVED YOU, SO I ASKED YOU AND I BEG YOU THAT YOU TALK TO YOUR COLLEAGUES AND VOTE NO ON THIS PLAN.

I KNOW THE PLAN HAS A LOT OF GOOD IN IT BUT, PLEASE, DO NOT CLOSE ALAMO PLAZA.

DO NOT MOVE THE CENOTAPH AND LET US RESTORE THE BUILDINGS.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. MORAN.

LIONEL SOSA FOLLOWED BY CHARLES HANSON.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL.

I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE.

AND HAVING WORKED THE LAST FEW MONTHS AS ONE OF THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE CITIZENS COMMITTEE, I CAN ONLY ATTEST TO THE WONDERFUL WORK THAT WAS DONE BY THE COMMITTEE AND EVERYBODY THAT CAME TO THE PARTY TO NOT ONLY EXPRESS WHAT IT IS THAT THEY DID NOT WANT, BUT ALSO WHAT THEY WANTED.

IT WAS, IN MY OPINION, DEMOCRACY AT WORK, THE CITIZENS AT WORK.

NOBODY IS GOING TO GET EVERYTHING THAT THEY WANT HERE BECAUSE ALL OF US WANT A LITTLE SPECIAL SOMETHING.

AND, YET, WE'RE WILLING TO GIVE UP SOME OF WHAT WE WANT FOR THE GREATER GOOD.

AS I SAW IN THE PRESENTATION THIS MORNING BY UTSA AND HOW WONDERFUL THIS DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY THAT I HAVE LIVED IN ALL MY LIFE AND HOW IT'S TRANSFORMED.

IT'S NOT THE CITY THAT IT WAS WHEN I WAS A KID.

IT IS A MUCH BRIGHTER, MORE COHESIVE CITY THAT IS FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE.

AND THIS IS THE NEXT 300 YEARS OF WHAT SAN ANTONIO WILL BE LIKE.

IT'S NOT ONLY UTSA.

IT'S NOT ONLY SAN PEDRO CREEK OR THE NEW FROST BANK TOWER OR HEMISFAIR AND ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING, BUT IT IS WHAT WE'LL ALL EXPERIENCE AS A CITY AS A WHOLE.

OUR CITIZENS AND ALSO OUR VISITORS.

SO I ENDORSE THIS PLAN 100% AND I WISH THAT ALL OF YOU WOULD DO THE SAME, BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT WE'LL ALL BE VERY, VERY PROUD OF FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MR. SOSA.

CHARLES HANSON FOLLOWED BY --

>> I CEDE MY TIME TO PATTY

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ZIONS.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: I'LL CALL YOU UP WHEN YOUR NAME IS IN THE QUEUE.

WADE DILLON FOLLOWED BY CLAY HANKS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR NIRENBERG, MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND EVERYONE HERE TODAY.

MY NAME IS WADE DILLON.

UP UNTIL SEPTEMBER AND FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT I WORKED AT THE ALAMO AS A TOUR GUIDE AND SUPERVISOR UNTIL DECIDING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN ILLUSTRATION.

OVER THOSE EIGHT YEARS I WORKED THROUGH EVERY TRANSITION THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE AT THE ALAMO.

DURING MY TIME AT THE ALAMO, I WORKED WITH EDUCATION AND VISITOR SERVICES DEPARTMENTS TO ENGAGE WITH GUESTS DAILY ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE ALAMO IN SAN ANTONIO.

MEANWHILE, DEALING WITH SCREAMING STREET PREACHERS, VARIETIES OF PROTESTS, STREET PERFORMERS, VENDORS, AND CITYWIDE EVENTS.

I HAVE WITNESSED COUNTLESS SEGWAY AND SCOOTER ACCIDENTS, INCLUDING ONE FATALITY.

THERE WERE TIMES MYSELF OR MY CO-WORKERS GAVE TOURS ON THE PLAZA WHILE ALL OF THAT WAS TAKING PLACE.

AND EACH OF US AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER MENTIONED HOW ONE DAY WE WOULD WANT TO SEE ALAMO PLAZA IN A PEACEFUL SETTING.

WHERE VISITORS COULD WALK THE GROUNDS FREELY AND TRULY REFLECT NOT ONLY WHAT OCCURRED IN 1836, BUT THE LAST 300 YEARS OF SAN ANTONIO IN TEXAS HISTORY.

YOU HAVE THE REMARKABLE HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE THAT THE ALAMO IS RESPECTED FOREVER.

BY CLOSING THE STREETS THAT DELINEATE THE BATTLEFIELD YOU OPEN UP THE SPACE NOT ONLY FOR CONTINUED INTERPRETATION OF THE TEXAS REVOLUTION, OF THE CANARY ISLANDERS, THE SOLDIERS IN AUDIO].

VARIOUS MILITARY OCCUPATIONS AS WELL AS THE OVERALL CULTURAL IMPACT THIS PLAZA HAS HAD.

CLEARING A SPACE BIGGER THAN THE LONG BARRACK SUCH AS THE CROCKETT BLOCK TO INTERPRET THOSE STORIES IS BENEFICIAL IN TELLING THE HISTORY OF THE ALAMO AND THAT OF SAN ANTONIO.

THE ALAMO HAS, AND WILL ALWAYS REMAIN, A LIFELONG PASSION OF MINE.

I HAVE IT TATTOOED ON MY ARM.

MY FATHER AND I RENOVATED HIS CHILDHOOD HOME WITH THE ICONIC BELL-SHAPED PARAPET.

IT'S WHERE I MET AND PROPOSED TO MY WIFE.

THE ALAMO MEANS SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO EVERYONE AND THAT IS WHAT DRIVES NEARLY 2 MILLION VISITORS A YEAR TO VISIT THIS PLACE, TO SOAK IN THE UNIQUE SITES, THE SOUNDS, THE HISTORY, UNLIKE ANYWHERE ELSE.

NOT TO PURCHASE SNO-CONES, DODGE TRAFFIC, BE BERATED BY STREET PREACHERS OR PURCHASE WAX HANDS.

I REMEMBER THE ALAMO BECAUSE OF THE MULTITUDES OF PEOPLE WHO CAME BEFORE ME AND THEIR STORIES.

ALL OF WHOM DESERVE TO BE TOLD NOW MORE THAN EVER.

THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO HAS THE CHANCE TO PROVE WHILE WE ARE DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS BECAUSE THE HEART OF TEXAS IS RIGHT HERE.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MR. DILLON.

ALL RIGHT.

I KNOW THERE'S -- [APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF PASSION ON BOTH SIDES HERE SO I'M GOING TO ASK EVERYONE TO KEEP THEIR APPLAUSE TO A MINIMUM OR ELSE WE'LL BE HERE UNTIL TOMORROW.

AND I KNOW THERE'S MEALS IN BETWEEN NOW AND THEN.

SO CLAY HANKS IS UP NEXT FOLLOWED BY PAM ROSSER.

IS CLAY HANKS HERE? PAM ROSSER.

MS. ROSSER WILL BE FOLLOWED BY LISA BARATACKA.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, THERE'S A HANDOUT THAT MAYBE Y'ALL HAVE THE FOLDER? GREAT.

I HAVE BEEN THE CONSERVATOR AT THE ALAMO FOR OVER EIGHT YEARS.

I HAVE BEEN A CONSERVATOR IN PRIVATE PRACTICE PRIOR TO THAT.

IF YOU COULD TAKE A MINUTE AND LOOK THROUGH THAT FOLDER, I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW YOU THE CONCERNS THAT I HAVE REGARDING THE ALAMO.

AND IF I GIVE THIS TO YOU -- THE FIRST IMAGE ON THE SCREEN THAT YOU SEE IS BLACK PAPER THAT I LAID DOWN 600 DAYS AGO.

THAT PARTICULAR IMAGE IS IN THE

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BAPTISMAL.

AND EACH MONTH I WOULD GO INTO THAT ROOM AND I WOULD PHOTOGRAPH EACH WALL AND MONITOR THE AMOUNT OF WALL LOSS.

AT THE END OF THE 600 DAYS I THEN MARKED OFF ONE-FOOT SQUARES AND COLLECTED THE WALL LOSS AND WEIGHED IT FROM EACH FOOT.

THEN I TOOK THAT DIMENSION, ADDED THEM ALL UP WITH THE WEIGHT AND THAT GAVE ME THE AMOUNT OF GRAMS THAT HAD FALLEN FROM THE WALL, WHICH ENDED UPTURNING INTO POUNDS.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, IF WE TAKE ONE WALL, THAT'S THE WEST WALL, THAT ENDED UP BEING 17 POUNDS IN 600 DAYS.

IF YOU TAKE THAT AND MULTIPLY THAT TIMES 10 THAT WILL TELL YOU THE AMOUNT OF WALL LOSS THAT WALL WILL HAVE IN 10 YEARS FROM TODAY TIMES 20 TIMES 30.

THAT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF THE WALL DETERIORATION HAPPENING ON THAT ONE PARTICULAR WALL.

THE NEXT SLIDE.

THIS SHOWS YOU IN THE CONFESSIONAL, WHICH WAS AN EXTERIOR WALL.

YOU CAN SEE THE AMOUNT OF WALL LOSS THERE, WHICH INCLUDES STONE LOSS AS WELL AS MORTAR LOSS.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE STONE DETERIORATION THAT IS COVERED WITH VARIOUS STAGES OF SALTS.

SALTS THAT HAVE CRYSTALLIZED THAT CAUSE THE STONE TO DETERIORATE ON THE INSIDE AS WELL AS OUTSIDE.

SO AT THIS TIME I HOPE YOU ALL WILL VOTE YES FOR THIS PLAN.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. ROSSER.

LISA BARATACK FOLLOWED BY MARCO BAROS.

>> MARCO LEFT SO I WAS JUST GOING TO MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS ON HIS BEHALF TOO.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE SAN ANTONIO HOTEL AND LODGING ASSOCIATION AND I AM HONORED TODAY TO REPRESENT MORE THAN 200 HOTELS IN THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO AND MANY HUNDREDS OF FACES OF HOSPITALITY, INDIVIDUALS AND PROFESSIONALS WHO PROVIDE WORLD-CLASS HOSPITALITY TO THE MORE THAN 18 MILLION VISITORS TO OUR CITY EACH YEAR.

LIKE MANY SAN ANTONIANS, I HAVE FOUND MANY -- I HAVE THOUGHT BACK AND REMEMBERED SO MANY FOND MEMORIES OF PASSING BY THE ALAMO, WHETHER ON A FUN RUN, A MARATHON, ON A PARADE WITH MY GIRL SCOUT TROOP, OR A MARCHING WITH THE BAND.

AND I CAN CONNECT TO THE MANY PEOPLE IN SAN ANTONIO WHO HAVE SUCH A STRONG CONNECTION WITH THE ALAMO.

I CAN ALSO APPRECIATE THE DRAW SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO WANT TO TRAVEL TO SAN ANTONIO TO VISIT THE GEM THAT WE HAVE IN THE HEART OF OUR CITY.

THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST INDUSTRIES IN SAN ANTONIO.

WE ARE A $13 BILLION INDUSTRY.

WE CONTRIBUTE APPROXIMATELY $375 MILLION TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.

AND, AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE EMPLOY ONE IN EIGHT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THE ALAMO IS THE TOP TOURIST DESTINATION IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS.

AND THAT TITLE BRINGS WITH IT SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT AND JOBS TO OUR BELOVED CITY.

THERE ARE ALMOST 100 HOTELS IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE, AT LEAST FIVE OF THOSE WILL BE DIRECTLY IMPACTED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PROJECT.

BUT ALL OF THEM WILL REALIZE A POSITIVE IMPACT AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL ALL SEE EXTENDED STAYS WITH A HEIGHTENED ALAMO EXPERIENCE.

WHILE WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S A STUDY AND WORK TO BE DONE TO FINALIZE THE PLAN AT THE ALAMO, THE HOTEL ASSOCIATION STRONGLY SUPPORTS THE ALAMO PLAN AND ITS OPPORTUNITY TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO A WORLD-CLASS DESTINATION.

AND, AS I MENTIONED, MY COLLEAGUE MARCO COULDN'T STAY.

HE HAD TO LEAVE, BUT I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T MENTION THAT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH THE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT, THE COORDINATION OF DELIVERIES FOR THOSE BUSINESSES IMPACTED WITH THE CHANGES, AND JUST AS WE WENT THROUGH THIS WONDERFUL THING THIS MORNING WITH THE INVESTMENT OF OUR FUTURE WITH UTSA, THIS IS DEFINITELY AN INVESTMENT IN PRESERVING OUR PAST WITH THIS ALAMO, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU.

SHARON STROBERCHECK FOLLOWED BY SHERRY DRISCOLL.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR NIRENBERG, MEMBERS OF THE CITY

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COUNCIL, AND CITY MANAGER SCULLEY.

THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO YOU TODAY.

I AM THE FIRST OF A SIXTH GENERATION TEXAN.

I'M ON THE ALAMO CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

I HAVE BEEN THERE FOR FOUR YEARS FROM ITS INCEPTION.

AND I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE ALAMO MISSION CHAPTER, DAUGHTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS HERE IN SAN ANTONIO FROM 2011 TO 2017.

I'M A PRIOR EDUCATOR AND I WILL SAY THAT THE ONLY THING I CAN REALLY ADD TO WHAT'S BEEN SAID SO FAR IS THAT I'M REAL CONCERNED ABOUT TEXAS HISTORY.

I DID SPEAK TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION JUST RECENTLY ABOUT CONCERNS OVER THEIR REMOVING THE TERMS HEROIC AND HERO AS DESCRIPTORS OF OUR ALAMO DEFENDERS.

MY PERSPECTIVE HAS CERTAINLY GROWN OVER THE YEARS AND I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE AFFIRMATIVE FOR THIS PLAN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU.

SHERRY DRISCOLL FOLLOWED BY LEE WHITE.

>> THANK YOU.

I AM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AT THE ALAMO AND I HAVE BEEN THERE FOR APPROXIMATELY 14 YEARS.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THE ALAMO DESERVES MORE.

TODAY'S ALAMO PLAZA SOMETIMES RESEMBLES A THREE-RING CIRCUS WITH ALL OF THE USUAL CIRCUS COMPONENTS.

I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN A MAN TIGHT ROPE WALKING NEAR THE CENOTAPH.

A MAN DOING MAGIC AND, OF COURSE, THE STREET PREACHERS WHO MIGHT BE LIKENED TO THE CIRCUS RING MASTER.

I HAVE WORKED AT THE ALAMO FOR A LONG TIME AND IN THAT TIME I HAVE BEEN DISTURBED BY THE BEHAVIOR OF MY FELLOW HUMANS ON THIS HISTORIC FOOTPRINT.

PERHAPS IF I WAS SIMPLY CONCERNED WITH MY OWN SAFETY AND PEACE OF MIND, I COULD MUDDLE THROUGH.

BUT I AM A TEACHER.

AND AS THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO EVERY STUDENT AND EVERY EDUCATOR WHO VISITS OUR SITE.

IT IS MY JOB TO INTERPRET THE SITE AND OVER 300 YEARS OF HISTORY IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE EDUCATION STANDARDS AS ESTABLISHED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS.

I MUST BE HONEST.

THERE ARE DAYS WHEN I LOOK OUT AT THE GROUNDS AND WONDER HOW I'M GOING TO KEEP THE INTEREST AND ATTENTION OF 40 FOURTH GRADERS WHEN THE STREET PREACHER IS YELLING AT EVERYONE WHO WALKS BY.

WHEN SEGWAYS, SCOOTERS, AND PEDI CABS.

THIS IS NOT THE MAKINGS OF A CLASSROOM.

THIS ISN'T EVEN THE MAKINGS OF AN ENJOYABLE SUMMER VACATION.

I HAVE TALKED TO ENOUGH VISITORS OVER THE YEARS TO KNOW THAT THEY DON'T APPRECIATE THE CURRENT ATMOSPHERE OF ALAMO PLAZA ANY MORE THAN I DO.

THEY WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED HERE THAT MAKES IT SO IMPORTANT TO TEXAS.

I OFTEN TAKE STUDENTS TO THE LOCATION THAT MARKS THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE FORT, THE SAME LOCATION WHERE WILLIAM BARRETT TRAVIS AND JAMES BOWIE STOOD IN 1836 CONTEMPLATING THEIR OPTIONS.

I ASK STUDENTS TO KNEEL DOWN BEHIND THE WALL AND LOOK BACK TOWARDS THE LONG BARRACK AND SHRINE.

I WANT THEM TO PUT THEMSELVES IN THE SHOES OF THE ALAMO DEFENDERS.

WHAT IS THEIR NEXT MOVE? CAN THEY SURVIVE? SHOULD THEY TRY TO MAKE A RUN FOR THE LONG BARRACK OR THE CHURCH? I ASK THEM TO IMAGINE THE SOUND OF ARTILLERY AND MUSKETS, AND THE SOUND OF MEN DYING AROUND THEM.

THE BUGLES AND DRUMS OF THE MEXICAN ARMY.

WHEN I DO THIS, THE CHILDREN BECOME QUIET.

THEY LOOK AT ME INTENTLY AND THEY GET IT.

THIS IS THE MOMENT AT WHICH I KNOW THEY UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW IMPORTANT THE GROUND THEY STAND ON IS TO TEXAS AND THE WORLD.

I CHERISH THESE MOMENTS.

BUT WHEN SHOULD THIS MOMENT HAPPEN? IN MY OPINION IT SHOULD HAPPEN FOR EVERY VISITOR THE MOMENT THEY STEP ON THE FOOTPRINT.

THE MOMENT THEIR BUS PULLS UP TO THE CURB.

THE MOMENT THEY COME AROUND THE CORNER AND SEE THE HISTORIC BUILDINGS.

THIS IS THE ALAMO.

IT DESERVES MORE.

PLEASE MAKE THIS A REALITY FOR TEXAS SCHOOL CHILDREN.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. DRISCOLL.

LEE WHITE FOLLOWED BY DEBBIE ANDERLY.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON.

I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU MANY, MANY, MANY TIMES AND OF COURSE IT'S GOING TO BE ON THE CENOTAPH AGAIN TODAY.

ALL OF THE THINGS MS. DRISCOLL

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DESCRIBED ABOUT HATING ON THE PLAZA, I DO TOO.

BUT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO UNDER THIS PLAN IS MOVE IT ALL IN FRONT OF THE MENGER HOTEL AND THAT'S WHERE YOU WANT TO SHIFT THE CENOTAPH.

THAT HAS BEEN OUR COMPLAINT.

WE DISCUSSED THAT MANY TIMES.

THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT.

THE SPIRIT OF TEXANS.

ONE OF YOUR ALAMO CITIZENS ADVISORY PERSONS AND I HAD LUNCH AND WE DISCUSSED WHAT'S KIND OF MISSING IN THE PLAN.

EVEN SHE SAID IT BOTHERS ME THAT THE PLANNERS DON'T GET IT.

THEY CAN'T SEEM TO EXPRESS THAT SPIRIT THAT'S TEXAS.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU EITHER GET IT OR YOU DON'T.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, IN DESCRIBING THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS SAID THE SPIRIT AND THE FEELINGS THAT WE HAVE FOR TEXAS NEARS A RELIGION.

THAT IS THE DEEP FEEL.

THIS ISN'T SOMETHING WHERE, OH, YOU KNOW, DON'T GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT.

THEY'LL WHINE AND CRY FOR A LITTLE WHILE AND THEY'LL LEAVE.

THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

THIS WON'T GO AWAY.

AND I'M ASKING COUNCILMAN TREVINO, WHO HAD PUT FORTH SOME FALSE ALLEGATIONS TO SOME OF THE OTHER GROUPS, WHICH ARE NOT OUR GROUP, BUT THEY ALSO WANT TO SAVE THE CENOTAPH, ABOUT BEING CONCERNED FOR HIS SAFETY.

BECAUSE THERE WILL BE A DAY, THERE WILL BE A TIME THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CONFRONT THIS.

AND I DON'T WANT THE CITY POLICE TASERING OR KILLING ANY OF MY PEOPLE BECAUSE OF SOME TRUMPED UP SOMETHING I'M WORRIED FOR MY LIFE.

I DON'T NEED ANY MORE ALAMO DEFENDER BLOOD ON THAT SACRED GROUND.

THANK YOU.

GOD BLESS TEXAS AND PLEASE REMEMBER THE ALAMO.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. WHITE.

DEBBIE ANDERLY.

>> I'M DEBBIE ANDERLY AND I'M FROM WACO.

AND I'M HERE TO TELL Y'ALL THAT THESE FEELINGS ARE EXPRESSED ALL OVER THE STATE OF TEXAS.

THAT'S WHY I DROVE DOWN HERE EARLY THIS MORNING TO TELL YOU FACE-TO-FACE, AND FOR THE RECORD, I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD OF BEING A TEXAN THAN I AM TODAY, BECAUSE I'M STANDING UP FOR WHAT'S RIGHT.

IT IS WRONG TO MOVE THE CENOTAPH, IT IS WRONG TO MOVE A TOMBSTONE.

THAT MONUMENT WAS DEDICATED ON THAT SPOT FOR A REASON.

THERE'S LEGISLATION COMING UP IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY THAT'S GOING TO STOP YOU PEOPLE IF THEY CAN.

BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN TEXAS DO NOT WANT THIS.

EVEN IN THE UNITED STATES.

I'VE TALKED TO PEOPLE ON FACEBOOK PAGES ON TUCKER CARLSON.

I HAD OVER 200 REACTIONS.

I TOLD THIS STORY.

I TOLD THEM WHAT Y'ALL WERE DOING.

THEY WERE HORRIFIED.

AND FIRST IT'S ALWAYS THEY'RE HORRIFIED AND THEN THEY ASK WHY.

AND WHAT DO I TELL THEM WHY? WHY IS BECAUSE THEY THINK IT WILL LOOK BETTER SOMEPLACE ELSE.

BUT IT'S NOT AN ORNAMENT.

IT'S NOT AN ORNAMENT TO LOOK BETTER SOMEWHERE ELSE.

AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. ANDERLY.

BYRON MCFLOR.

>> FRANK BURNEY, LATER ON THE LIST HAS CEDED HIS TIME TO ME.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: ARE YOU HERE?

>> MY NAME IS BYRON LA FLOR, PRESIDENT OF THE FIESTA COMMISSION.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING THIS HEARING TODAY, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

THE FIESTA COMMISSION IS THE COORDINATING BODY FOR FIESTA AND A LOT OF FIESTA EVENTS TAKE PLACE AT THE ALAMO.

WE'VE GOT 100 PARTICIPATING MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS, AMONG THEM BEING THE BATTLE OF FLOWERS, THE ORDER OF THE ALAMO, CAVALIERS, THE FLAMBEAU.

AND THE ALAMO IS OBVIOUSLY VERY IMPORTANT TO THE FIESTA COMMISSION.

THE FIESTA COMMISSION HAS A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY AND ITS PMOS IN ORDER TO PUT ON FIESTA EACH YEAR, AND WE HAVE DONE THAT FOR THE PAST 60 YEARS.

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CITY IS GOVERNED BY A CONTRACT AND IN THAT CONTRACT THE FIESTA COMMISSION, ON BEHALF OF ITS MEMBERS, RECEIVES THE CITY STREETS, RECEIVES THE RIGHTS OF WAY, RECEIVES RIGHTS TO THE CITY PARKS DURING FIESTA SO THAT WE CAN COORDINATE AND MAKE SURE THAT EVENTS DON'T CONFLICT WITH EACH OTHER AND SO THAT WE CAN SANCTION ALL OF EVENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE CORRECT INSURANCE AND HAVE THE CORRECT FAMILY SPIRIT THAT WE ALL COME TO EXPECT IN FIESTA.

AND THAT CONTRACT THAT WE HAVE WITH THE CITY GETS NEGOTIATED EVERY TEN YEARS, AND IT'S CURRENTLY UP FOR ITS NEXT RENEWAL, AND IT WILL BE COMING BEFORE THE COUNCIL NEXT MONTH.

AND WE HAVE NEGOTIATED WITH CITY STAFF ALONG WITH AND IN COORDINATION WITH THE GLO AND

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THE CITY ATTORNEYS OFFICE.

PROVISIONS IN OUR FIESTA COMMISSION CONTRACT THAT LAY OUT SPECIFICALLY HOW THINGS WILL WORK UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS AFTER THE PROPERTY IS LEASED TO THE GLO.

AS THE COUNCIL IS AWARE IN AUDIO] PARADES WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE THROUGH AND AROUND THE AREAS THAT ARE GOING TO BE LEASED TO THE GLO.

WE THANK YOU FOR THE EFFORTS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND TO THE ALAMO MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION TO ACCOMMODATE THE PARADES AND TO ACCOMMODATE ALL THE OTHER EVENTS SUCH AS THE CAVALIER INVESTITURE CEREMONY THAT OCCUR AT THE ALAMO.

SO AS PART OF OUR NEGOTIATIONS, WE HAVE ALSO ASKED FOR AND RECEIVED SOME SPECIFIC LANGUAGE THAT'S IN THE PROPOSED LEASE WITH THE GLO THAT'S BEING PRESENTED TO YOU TODAY.

AND THAT LANGUAGE ADDRESSES THE FACT THAT THE LANGUAGE THAT IS IN THE LEASE SHOULD COORDINATE WITH THE LANGUAGE THAT'S IN OUR FIESTA COMMISSION CONTRACT.

AND, AS A RESULT, WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE CITY'S PARTNERSHIP WITH ALL OF THE PARTICIPATING MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL AS THE FIESTA COMMISSION ITSELF WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE UNDER THE NEW RELATIONSHIP IF THAT LANGUAGE IS IN THE PROPOSED LEASE AGREEMENT AND PROVIDED THAT THE LANGUAGE THAT THE CITY ATTORNEY HAS WORKED OUT WITH US IN OUR CONTRACT IS PRESENTED TO COUNCIL AND VOTED ON.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: MCKIA MCCLENNEY FOLLOWED BY MELODY HALL.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS MCKIA AND I'M THE EDUCATION SPECIALIST AT THE ALAMO.

I GET TO WORK WITH SHERRY EVERY DAY, SHE'S MY SUPERVISOR.

ONE OF THE GREATEST JOYCE OF MY JOB IS GETTING TO SHARE THE HISTORY OF THE ALAMO WITH STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, AND OTHERS THAT COME HERE WITH THE DESIRE TO LEARN.

AND WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THAT EXPERIENCE BETTER FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.

OUR SITE HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER TIME TO THE POINT THAT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR OUR GUESTS, INCLUDING THE MANY STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS TO DELINEATE BETWEEN THE BLURRED LINES THAT MAKE UP THE HISTORIC AND MODERN THE ICONIC FACADE OF THE ALAMO SHRINE THAT HAS BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH THE ALAMO ITSELF.

AND WHILE RESTORING AND PRESERVING THE JEWEL OF TEXAS HISTORY IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE, IT IS ONLY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GREATER SCOPE OF THE SITE WE ARE STRIVING TO PRESERVE.

THE SITE TODAY IS A DIFFICULT PLACE TO INTERPRET FOR OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

ATTEMPTING TO SHARE HISTORY IN A PLACE THAT HAS LOST ANY SEMBLANCE OF REVERENCE CREATES A DIFFICULT PATH FOR AN EDUCATOR.

EVEN WITH THE BEST IMAGINATION IT IS A CHALLENGE TO PICTURE THE ALAMO FORT WITH THE INCONGRUOUS SURROUNDINGS.

WHEN I VISIT THE FOUR OTHER MISSIONS OF WHICH OUR CITY CAN PROUDLY BOAST, THE ATMOSPHERE IS STRIKINGLY DIFFERENT.

YOU WALK THE GROUNDS AND HAVE LITTLE TROUBLE PICTURING THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE.

THE SOUNDS YOU HEAR ARE SCHOOL GROUPS AND OTHER VISITORS.

AT THE ALAMO, WE ARE HAPPY TO HEAR THOSE SOUNDS BUT WE MUST ALSO COMPETE WITH PROTESTERS, DISGRUNTLED CITIZENS, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS A GRIEVANCE TO AIR IN FRONT OF OUR HISTORIC LANDMARK.

FURTHERMORE, THERE IS NO INDOOR SPACE DEVOTED TO EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING.

OUR OPTIONS FOR INTERACTING WITH STUDENTS BEYOND THE OUTDOOR SETTING ARE NON-EXISTENCE, SO COLLABORATING WITH OUR STUDENTS OUT OF THE SUMMER SUN, RAIN, OR FEW COLD DAYS IS NOT AN OPTION.

HAVING SPACES DEDICATED TO TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IS A VITAL PART OF A MUSEUM AND AN EXCITING PART OF WHAT WE HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE FUTURE.

I GREW UP HEARING STORIES ABOUT THE ALAMO AND VISITING THIS SITE WITH MY FAMILY.

AND I CONSIDER IT SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO GET TO SHARE THOSE STORIES WITH OTHERS.

IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE WORK WE DO NOW WILL ENSURE THAT THE ALAMO IS HERE FOR THE MANY GENERATIONS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE YET TO COME.

THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MS. MCCLENNY.

MELODY HALL FOLLOWED BY DON DIXON.

IS MELODY HALL HERE? ALL RIGHT.

DON DIXON.

MR. DIXON, YOU WILL BE FOLLOWED BY LINDA FISHER.

>>

>> MY NAME IS DON DICKSON. I'VE BEEN A BUSINESSMAN HERE IN

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SAN ANTONIO ABOUT 50 YEARS AND I'M ACTUALLY KIND OF FIGHTING FOR MY WIFE.

SHE WAS A DAUGHTER, SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALAMO MISSION CHAPTER SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALAMO COMMITTEE THAT ACTUALLY MANAGED THE ALAMO FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS.

I HARDLY SAW HER FOR -- HARDLY AT ALL DURING THOSE TIMES SHE WORKED, BECAUSE SHE WAS VOLUNTEERING FOR THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS.

WHAT I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT IS THE CLOSE OF THE PLAZA AND THE STREETS, URGE EACH COUNCILMEMBER TO VOTE NO AGAINST THESE FOUR POINTS THAT THEY BROUGHT UP TODAY.

I WANT TO READ YOU THE DEED FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

THIS IS VERY, VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.

AND IT BEING UNDERSTOOD THAT THE PROPERTY HEREBY CONVEYED AND IS SO VON KAYED ON CONDITION THAT SHALL BE DEDICATED TO THE PUBLIC USE AS AN OPEN SPACE AND BE PART -- MADE A PART OF AND ONE WITH THE PLAZA ABOVE AND BELOW IT NOW KNOWN AS ALAMO PLAZA AND PLAZA DELAVA -- DE LAVALERO.

THIS WAS SIGNED IN JUNE 1ST, 1871 THE BISHOP OF TEXAS, C.M.DUBAS.

THIS PLAZA WAS DEDICATED FOR THE INTENT THAT IT WOULD ALWAYS BE AN OPEN PUBLIC PLAZA AS IT IS TODAY.

YOU CAN HIRE ALL THE LAWYERS YOU WANT TO, YOU CAN FIGHT THIS, BUT THAT'S NOT THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

THIS PLAZA SHOULD BE OPEN AS IT IS TODAY, THOSE STREETS SHOULD BE OPEN.

TAXPAYERS PAID FOR THOSE STREETS.

THEY HAVE A RIGHT FOR MOBILITY IN SAN ANTONIO.

THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE BY THE ALAMO AND SEE IT.

THEY SHOULDN'T -- THE PUBLIC AND THE WORLD SHOULD NOT BE CUT OFF FROM THE VISIBILITY AND THE ACCESS TO THE ALAMO.

SO IF YOU LISTEN TO THE COMMISSION MEETING LAST WEDNESDAY, ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE HISTORICAL MISSION, ONE OF THE ARCHITECTS SAID, THE ALAMO PLAN WOULD CAUSE IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE, IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE, DIGGING DOWN THE PLAZA, TAKING OUT THE STREET -- TREES, TAKING OUT THE FLAGSTONES, THIS IS IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE.

YOU DON'T WANT TO DO THIS.

I URGE YOU TO VOTE NO ON THE FOUR POINTS THAT'S BEEN BROUGHT BEFORE YOU TODAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS, FOR SAN ANTONIO, LIBERTY-MINDED PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MR. DICKSON.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: LINDA FISHER? MRS. FISHER WILL BE FOLLOWED BY LAZETTE GALLARDO.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ROLE AS LEADERS IN OUR CITY.

AND I KNOW THAT YOU KNEW THAT IT WASN'T ALWAYS GOING TO BE EASY WHEN YOU AGREED TO TAKE THOSE ROLES.

YOU'VE CONDUCTED YOURSELVES VERY PROFESSIONALLY.

I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS YOU TODAY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF AN EDUCATOR WHO HAS HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF VISITING THE ALAMO WITH HER SEVENTH GRADE STUDENTS WHILE TEACHING TEXAS HISTORY IN TWO OF SAN ANTONIO'S MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

I'M SURE WE CAN ALL RECALL FIELD TRIPS WE ATTENDED WHEN WE WERE IN SCHOOL, JUST THE SHEER JOY OF BEING OUT OF THE CLASSROOM WAS EXCITING, TO SAY THE LEAST.

AND WE KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF EXCITEMENT BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ALAMO.

FROM AN ACADEMIC STANDPOINT, THOUGH, VISITING THE ALAMO FOUND MANY STUDENTS QUESTIONING THE LAYOUT IN GENERAL, AS WELL AS THE ADDED DISTRACTIONS OF THE ENTERTAINMENT ENVIRONMENT LOCATED ACROSS FROM THE FRONT OF THE GROUNDS.

GENERAL COMMENTS DURING EACH FIELD TRIP OVER THE YEARS WERE, WELL, IS THIS ALL THERE IS? WHY DOESN'T IT LOOK MORE LIKE THE PICTURES THAT ARE IN OUR CLASSROOM AND MY FAVORITE ONE WAS ALWAYS, WELL, WHY CAN'T WE GO ACROSS THE STREET, THAT OTHER CLASS GETS TO? AT TIMES BEING A TEACHER AND ENGAGING THE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS OF STUDENTS IS A LOT LIKE TRYING TO NAIL JELL-O TO A WALL.

WITH THAT SAID, VISITORS TO THE ALAMO ARE LEARNERS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR AGE.

THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT OF THE ALAMO MASTER PLAN WILL HELP

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TRANSFORM THE AUDIENCE'S UNDERSTANDING OF THE 300 YEARS OF HISTORY WITH MINIMAL DISTRACTIONS, NEEDED REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENT, AND A MUSEUM IN WHICH TO DISPLAY ARTIFACTS AND MEMORABILIA.

THESE POSITIVE AND FORWARD-THINKING STEPS WILL HOPEFULLY TRIGGER ATTRIBUTES OF RESPECT AND APPRECIATION OF HISTORY FROM ALL VISITORS TO INCLUDE OUR CHILDREN OF TODAY, WHO WILL BE OUR LEADERS OF TOMORROW.

MOVING FORWARD WITH THE PLAN WILL ENGAGE THESE LEARNERS AND PRESERVE OUR BELOVED ALAMO FOR MANY FUTURE GENERATIONS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR NIRENBERG: THANK YOU, MRS. FISHER.

LAZETTE GALLARDO, FOLLOWED BY PHIL BACKY.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR NIRENBERG AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE BENEFIT THE ALAMO HAS PROVIDED MY SEVENTH GRADE STUDENTS AT SUL ROSS MIDDLE SCHOOL.

MY NAME IS LAZETTE GALLARDO AND AS A SEVENTH GRADE HISTORY TEACHER AND SAN ANTONIO NATIVE I'VE ENJOYED CREATING MEMORIES WITH OUR STUDENTS WHEN VISITING THE ALAMO.

FIELD TRIPS ARE WHAT MAKING SOCIAL STUDIES COME TO LIFE.

VISITING THE ALAMO GIVES STUDENTS A TRUE ANSWER TO THEIR BIG QUESTION.

WHY IS LEARNING HISTORY IMPORTANT? THIS CREATES AN ENVIRONMENT TO LEARN BEYOND THE STAAR QUESTIONS.

STUDENTS GET TO LEARN THE 300 YEARS OF HISTORY THAT THE ALAMO HOLDS BECOMING TRUE HISTORIANS AS THEY MAKE CONNECTIONS TO CURRENT EVENTS.

SUL ROSS IS A TITLE I SCHOOL WITH STUDENTS WHO HAVE NEVER VISITED THE ALAMO ALTHOUGH WE'RE ONLY CULEBRA AWAY.

20 MINUTES FROM OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

LAST YEAR OUR STUDENTS TOOK A WALK AROUND WHERE THE ACTUAL WALLS WOULD HAVE BEEN, AND SAID IT'S JUST SO HARD TO IMAGINE WHERE ALL THE CARS AND BUSES RUN WHERE THE NATIVES WERE LIFERRING -- LIVING.

AS AN EDUCATOR, THE SAFETY OF MY STUDENTS COME FIRST.

SEEING HOW DRIVERS ARE DISTRACTED TAKING PICTURES AND ADMIRING THE SHRINE CONCERNS ME AS WE ANALYZE THE BATTLEGROUNDS.

THE MASTER PLAN BRINGS ME HOPE THAT MY FUTURE STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT THE ALAMO WITH THE TRUE EXPERIENCE OF THE DIMENSIONS OF WHAT THE MISSION ONCE WAS WITHOUT COMMERCIAL INFLUENCE ON WHAT MANY WOULD CONSIDER SACRED GROUND.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO PUT THE SAFETY OF STUDENTS, TOURISTS AND SAN ANTONIO CITIZENS ABOVE THE CONVENIENCE OF TAKING A PICTURE WHILE DRIVING.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF TEXAS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

WE ARE ALL STEWARDS OF WHAT THIS VERY PERSONAL HISTORY WHICH OUR CITY SO PROUDLY CONSERVES.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR PRO TEM: THANK YOU.

PHIL BACKY FOLLOWED BY WILLIAM SANS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, CITY MANAGER SCULLEY, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME BEFORE YOU TODAY AND SHARE SOME OF MY OBSERVATIONS OF THE PROCESS THROUGH THE EYES OF A MEMBER OF THE ALAMO CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

ONE OF MY BIG TAKEAWAYS FROM SERVING ON THE COMMITTEE IS THAT WHILE I WAS -- ALWAYS BEENEN GROSSED IN MY OWN HISTORY OF TEXAS, MY FAMILY CAME IN 1828, 190 YEARS AGO, PLAYED A NUMBER OF ROLES IN THE INDEPENDENCE OF TEXAS, I HAD NO REALLY APPRECIATED ALL OF THE OTHER HISTORIES AND OTHER CULTURES THAT PLAYED INTO THE ALAMO OVER ITS LONG HISTORY.

SO THAT WAS A BIG TAKEAD WAY FOR ME.

BUT I'LL LIKEN THE END OF THE PROCESS TO MORE OF A MEDIATION IN THAT ONE REASON I CAN MOVE FORWARD AND SUPPORT THE PLAN IS BECAUSE I'VE LISTENED TO A VERY DIVERSE GROUP OF OTHER CITIZENS ON THAT COMMITTEE.

WE'VE HAD MANY, MANY HEATED DEBATES, I DISAGREED STRONGLY WITH A NUMBER OF ASPECTS OF THE PLAN, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY IN MEDIATION, NO ONE WALKS AWAY FROM THE TABLE WITH EVERYTHING THEY WANT.

AND I THINK THAT'S VERY TRUE OF THIS PROCESS.

THERE'S A LOT OF VERY UNHAPPY PEOPLE, BUT FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR THE FUTURE OF THE ALAMO, IT'S TIME TO PUT ALL THOSE DIFFERENCES ASIDE AND MOVE FORWARD AND DO SOMETHING THAT WILL SAVE AND

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PRESERVE THE ALAMO FOR THE NEXT GENERATIONS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR PRO TEM: THANK YOU.

WILLIAM SANS FOLLOWED BY TOBY LIVERR.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON TO THE MAYOR AND TO THE COUNCIL AND TO THE CITY.

THIS IS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY AND INDEED IT IS LONG-LIVED.

HERE'S THE WAY I UNDERSTAND IT: INTO THE EARLY 1800S, THERE WAS A GROWING INTEREST IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE HERE IN SAN FERNANDO DEBEJAR, FEWER SPANISH FOLKS BUT A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE OF EUROPEAN FOLKS WERE MOVING INTO THE AREA.

IN THE BEGINNING, IT WAS SIMPLE.

LOOKING FORCEP OPERATION -- FOR SEPARATION FROM MEXICO BUT HAD A GROWING URGE FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE.

THEY WANTED LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND TO BE SEPARATE FROM SPANISH].

SANTA ANA BECAME PRESIDENT IN 1833 AND IN 1834 HE DECLARED HIMSELF DICTATOR, DISSOLVED CONGRESS AND BECAME DICTATOR IN 1835.

HE THEN REPEALED THE CONSTITUTION, WHICH WAS THE SEED FOR THE TEXAS REVOLUTION.

TEXAS WANTED LOCAL GOVERNANCE AS ITS OWN PROVENCE.

THAT WAS NOW IMPOSSIBLE.

SANTA ANA DECLARED THAT ALL GOVERNMENTS WOULD BE OUT OF MEXICO CITY.

FRENCH REVOLUTION AND EUROPEAN ENLIGHTENMENT INFLUENCES, A CALL FOR INDEPENDENCE BECAME THE THEBYWORD.

I HAVE A COUSIN WHO DIED AT THE ALAMO.

I HAVE AN UNCLE WHO DELIVERED THE TEXAS ANNEXATION PAPERS FROM PRESIDENT POLK TO NEW ORLEANS BY SHIP.

SO THE QUESTION, DOES AUSTIN TAKE OVER THE ALAMO OR DOES SAN ANTONIO VIE FOR HOME RULE? THE ALAMO IS SAN ANTONIO.

IT IS THE MISSION SAN ANTONIO DE VALERO.

I STAND FOR THE PRESERVATION OF LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND HOME RULE.

I STAND FOR KEEPING ALAMO PLAZA OPEN AND INTACT.

THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

>> MAYOR PRO TEM: THANK YOU, MR. TOBY LA VERGNE, TOBY VA LEARN FOLLOWED BY BRANDON BURKHART.

>> MR. LA VERGNE WAS REQUIRED TO RETURN TO HIS CLASSROOM.

I HOPE YOU'LL LET ME READ HIS COMMENTS.

NO?

>> MAYOR PRO TEM: WE CAN HAVE THEM INTO THE RECORD.

YOU CAN GIVE THEM TO BE PUT INTO THE RECORD.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR PRO TEM: BRANDON BURKHART FOLLOWED BY PAUL GESHEITAL.

>> WELL, I'VE BEEN HERE MANY TIMES BEFORE, SPOKEN BEFORE YOU GUYS ABOUT THIS.

OUR ORGANIZATION, THIS IS TEXAS FREEDOM FORCE, FOR THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW ME.

I AM THE PRESIDENT OF THIS IS TEXAS FREEDOM FORCE.

WE'VE TOLD YOU TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO LEAVE THE CENOTAPH WHERE IT IS.

THE BLOOD OF THE ALAMO DEFENDERS SOAKED INSIDE THE WALL ON THAT GROUND.

IT DIDN'T SOAK OUTSIDE BY THE BANDSTAND, IT DIDN'T SOAK DOWN THE STREET, IT DIDN'T SOAK, YOU KNOW, 20 MILES FROM HERE.

IT SOAKED INSIDE THERE, AND THAT'S WHY THAT TOMB SITS THERE AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THAT ALAMO STOOD FOR.

NOW, AS FAR AS THE TOUR GUIDES AND TEACHERS THAT ARE CALLING ABOUT THE STREAKERS AND ALL THAT STUFF, WELL, GUESS WHAT, THAT LIES ON Y'ALL.

THE CITY OWNS THE PLAZA, ALAMO PLAZA.

WHY DON'T Y'ALL HAVE RANGERS OUT THERE OR SAPD OUT THERE 24/7 TO STOP THAT STUFF.

THAT'S Y'ALLS FAULT.

[APPLAUSE]

>> ALSO YOUR OWN REPORT FROM FOUR YEARS AGO FROM THE CENOTAPH STATES THAT THE CENOTAPH IS NOT IN AS BAD OF DAMAGE AS YOU'RE TELLING THE PUBLIC AND THE REST OF TEXAS.

THAT CENOTAPH CAN BE REPAIRED ONSITE.

IT CAN STAY RIGHT WHERE IT'S AT.

WE'VE HAD ENGINEERS FROM TEXAS A&M THAT HAVE LOOKED AT IT, LOOKED AT THE BLUEPRINTS, SAID IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE MOVED TO BE REPAIRED, BUT Y'ALL ARE JUST HELLBENT ON MOVING IT OVER TOWARDS THE BANDSTAND OR MOVING

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IT SOMEWHERE, AND A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT YOU GUYS KNOW THAT IT'S GOING TO BE DAMAGED BECAUSE MANY ENGINEERS, MANY ARCHITECTS HAVE SAID THE CHANCES OF PERMANENTLY DAMAGING THAT CENOTAPH IF YOU MOVE IT IS LIKELY.

AND IF IT GETS MOVED, GUESS WHERE IT'S GOING TO BE? IT'S GOING TO BE IN A BASEMENT JUST LIKE THE TRAVIS PARK MONUMENT SITS TODAY, A YEAR -- MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER IT WAS TAKEN DOWN.

AND IT'S BROKEN, FOR THOSE OF Y'ALL THAT DIDN'T KNOW.

YOU KNOW, MCDONALD RIGHT HERE, HE CLAIMS AND GEORGE P. BUSH AND MAYOR NIRENBERG, WE'VE GOT THE SUPPORT OF TEXANS.

PROVE IT.

PUT IT UP FOR A VOTE TO TEXANS.

GIVE IT TO EVERYBODY.

LET THEM SHOW YOU THAT THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT, BECAUSE I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THAT WE'VE PRODUCED DIFFERENT PETITIONS, WE'VE TALKED TO TEXANS, WE'VE TALKED TO TOURIST, WE'VE TALKED TO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE STATE AND VERY FEW SUPPORT THIS PLAN.

SURE, WE DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT IS SITTING ACROSS THE STREET.

BUT WHEN YOU START TELLING THEM YOU WANT TO REMOVE THE CENOTAPH AND MOVE IT TO ANOTHER LOCATION, THEY TELL US THAT THE CITY CAN GO TO HELL.

THEY NEED TO LEAVE THE ALAMO ALONE.

SO I'M JUST GOING TO CLOSE WITH THIS: WHEN YOU GET READY TO VOTE TODAY, YES, EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT HOW THIS IS A HISTORICAL VOTE AND ALL, IT IS.

AND WHICH SIDE YOU CHOOSE IS -- IT'S BASICALLY GOING TO SEAL YOUR FATE.

IT'S VERY CONVENIENT THAT TREVINO AND NIRENBERG ARE GONE, BECAUSE WE'VE TOLD THEM, IF THEY VOTE YES ON THIS, THEIR POLITICAL DAYS IN TEXAS ARE NUMBERED AND YOU'VE SEEN WE'VE BEEN HERE FOR A YEAR.

WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE NOT REELECTED.

GUARANTEE IT.

>> MAYOR PRO TEM: THANK YOU, MR. PAUL GESHEITEL, FOLLOWED BY SHERYL GESHEITEL.

AFTER THAT IT WILL BE CARRIE HILLIER.

>> SO BACK AGAIN TO THIS ROUTINE, THIS RUBBER STAMP FAST VOTING, OF COURSE I'M SURPRISED WE'RE EVEN HERE TO HAVE A VOTE TODAY, BECAUSE IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING AT ONE POINT, MAYOR NIRENBERG WASN'T GOING TO ALLOW IT, AND I DO FIND IT INTERESTING, WELCOME BACK, MR. TREVINO, I WISH THE MAYOR WOULD COME AND SIT IN HIS RIGHTFUL CHAIR FOR ONCE FT WE'RE NOT REALLY GOING TO ARGUE WITH THIS.

WE RAILROADED KNOW HOW THE SYSTEM IS GOING TO PAY OUT.

YOU'RE GOING TO GET YOUR YES VOTE ON MOVING THE CENOTAPH AND THAT'S PROBABLY THE BIGGEST MISTAKE Y'ALL CAN MAKE RIGHT NOW THIS CLOSE TO ELECTIONS AND THIS CLOSE TO YES MISSION.

OUR HOPES ARE THAT ONCE OUR YES VOTE PASSES WE CAN GET A CENOTAPH PETITION GOING TO UNDO WHAT ALL OF Y'ALL HAVE CAUSED.

MR. PERRY, COURAGE AND BROCKHOUSE, I WANT TO THANK YOU.

ESPECIALLY TO VOTE YES.

IT DOES TAKE SOME GUTS TO STAND UP TO THAT SPINELESS LUNATIC.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE WE CAN SAY TO THIS.

EVERY SINGLE MEETING YOU TELES AND LESS INFORMATION ABOUT THE CENOTAPH TO THE MEETING AT MRS. SANDOVAL'S DISTRICT WAS COMPLETELY DETRACTED, IT WASN'T DONE UNTIL AFTER THE MEETING WAS OVER THAT YOU EVEN ADDRESSED ANY QUESTIONS RELATING TO IT.

AND, OSKT, YES, WE KNOW MR. TREVINO THAT YOU CLAIM OUR ORGANIZATION'S MADE DIRECT THREATS TO YOU AND OF COURSE WE HAVE SCOTT HUDDLESTON AND FOREST BIAS, AND THE ALAMO CEO ALL GO ONLINE THAT CLAIM WE'RE TROUBLEMAKERS AND LIARS, WHEN IN REALITY WE GO OUT TO THE PLAZA, WE GO AROUND TEXAS TO THESE DIFFERENT EVENTS WE ATTEND AND GET TEXANS VOICE AND WE ASK THEM HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THIS.

AND THEY'RE USUALLY AGAINST IT.

AND I'LL ADMIT, I LIKE A LOT OF THIS PLAN, I REALLY DO.

BUT IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT THE CENOTAPH WAS NEVER CONSIDERED TO REMAIN.

WE NEVER GET AN ISSUE -- A LEGITIMATE ISSUE AS TO WHY IT WAS NEVER ALLOWED TO REMAIN AND WORKED ON RIGHT THERE.

BECAUSE FOUR YEARS AGO, THAT WAS THE BEST RECOMMENDATION YOU HAVE.

WHETHER WE'RE GIVEN IT'S IN THE WAY, IT'S IN THE VIEW.

WE'RE GIVEN AN IMAGE IN THE PART OF YOUR PLAN THAT MOVES THE CENOTAPH ALMOST 100 FEET FORWARD TO WHERE IT'S ACTUALLY SITS TO THE POINT WHERE SOMEONE'S BEEN TO THE ALAMO ONLY ONCE OR TWICE IN THEIR LIFE WOULD LOOK AT IT AND SAY, YEAH, THAT'S ABOUT RIGHT.

NO, YOU'RE LYING TO PEOPLE AND YOU'RE DOING IT IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE.

AND IF YOU'RE NOT LYING, YOU'RE JUST RETRACTING INFORMATION.

IT WOULD BE NICE TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN ENTIRE CITY COUNCIL AND A MAYOR, ESPECIALLY A MAYOR THAT WAS VOTED ON A TRANSPARENT PLATFORM AND A NONPARTISAN ONE AT THAT TO CONSIDER ALL RATHER THAN CONSIDER WHERE THE MONEY FLOWS.

BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THE FOURTH MEETING IN JUNE, A LOT OF THE [INDISCERNIBLE] PEOPLE SHOWED UP IN OPPOSITION.

AND THEN MR. TREVINO AND MR. MCDONALD, I BELIEVE, WERE

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THE TWO GENTLEMAN IN PARTICULAR THAT ESCORTED THOSE PEOPLE ON A PRIVATE TOUR AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, THEY HAD A SEAT AT THE TABLE.

BUT NEVER ONCE HAVE ANY OF THE CENOTAPH MOVEMENT OPPOSITION GROUPS BEEN OFFERED A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND THAT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE WE'RE NOT RICH OR HAVE ANY REAL PULL LIKE THOSE ORGANIZATIONS DO.

THIS MIGHT COME AS A BIG SURPRISE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING THIS, AND I'M PRETTY SURE THE NEWS WILL HAVE THIS ALL OVER THE PLACE, AND WE'LL SEE HOW FAIR EACH NEWS ARTICLE IS.

MAYBE THEY'LL BE FAIR AND BALANCED LIKE THE SA HER RIN IS, OR MAYBE THEY'LL PUT THEIR OWN SPIN ON IT LIKE THE FAILING EXPRESS-NEWS DOES.

I THINK IT'S SOMETHING LIKE NINE% OF THE POPULATION SUBSCRIBES TO THAT MAGAZINE.

I BET IT'S A LOT LOWER AS FAR AS PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IT.

BUT IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE AN ENTIRE CITY COUNCIL THAT VOICED THE CONCERNS OF THE PEOPLE.

AND THE ONES THAT DIDN'T FALL IN LINE WHEN THEY'RE OFFERED A CHECK.

NOT REALLY SURE THERE'S MUCH I CAN SAY ON THIS ISSUE.

OH, WELCOME BACK, MAYOR, IT'S NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK IN THE ROOM.

YOU'VE MADE A LOT OF BATHROOM BREAKS AND COFFEE BREAKS, IT'S UNFORTUNATE MAYBE YOU SHOULD GIVE US A COFFEE MACHINE TO SIT HERE.

THIS STARTED AT 9:00, AND WE'RE HERE, WHAT, PUSHING 2:00.

YOU LOVE WASTING TIME, BUT I THINK I'M JUST GOING TO END IT THERE.

THERE'S NOT MUCH I CAN SAY ANY FURTHER WITHOUT STARTING TO CURSE AT YOU PEOPLE, SO WE'LL SEE HOW THIS VOTE PLAYS OUT.

THANK YOU AGAIN,