Phoenix City Council Special Meeting, April 6, 2020


>>Mayor Gallego: WELCOME TO THE POLICY SESSION OF THE PHOENIX CITY COUNCIL. THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY. WE HAVE A GREAT POLICY SESSION COMING UP WITH EXPERTS, INCLUDING THE 17th SURGEON GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, DR. RICHARD CARMONA. WE WILL BEGIN WITH A ROLL CALL TODAY. IF THE CLERK OR CITY MANAGER COULD PLEASE CALL THE ROLL. [ROLL CALL]>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU ALL FOR JOIN YIN US FOR OUR APRIL 6, PHOENIX CITY COUNCIL MEETING. WE WILL BEGIN WITH AN UPDATE FROM DR. RICHARD CARMONA, WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY AS SURGEON GENERAL AS WELL AS IN MANY OTHER POSITIONS. BORN TO A POOR HISPANIC FAMILY NEW YORK CITY, DR. CARMONA EXPERIENCED — THESE EXPERIENCES GREATLY SENSITIZED HIM TO THE — AND SHAPED HIS FUTURE. AFTER DROPPING OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL DR. CARMONA ENLISTED IN THE U.S. ARMY IN 1967 WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS G.E.D. BY THE TIME HE LEFT ACTIVE DUTY HE WAS A SPECIAL FORCES COMBAT DECORATED VIETNAM VETERAN. HE THEN PURSUED A COLLEGE DEGREE AND ENTERED MEDICAL SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO WHERE HE WON THE PRESTIGIOUS GOLD CANE AWARD AS THE TOP GRADUATE. DR. CARMONA BECAME A SURGEON WITH A SUBSPECIALTY IN TRAUMA, BURNS AND CRITICAL CARE. HE WAS RECRUITED TO TUCSON TO ESTABLISH THE FIRST TRAUMA SYSTEM IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA WHICH HE DID SUCCESSFULLY. LATER WHILE WORKING FULL TIME AS A HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SYSTEMS CEO HE EARNED A MASTER’S DEGREE WITH HONORS IN PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA. DR. CARMONA HAS SERVED OVER 34 YEARS WITH THE PIMA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IN TUCSON, INCLUDING DEPUTY SHERIFF, DETECTIVE, S.W.A.T. TEAM LEADER AND DEPARTMENT SURGEON. HE IS ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED POLICE OFFICERS IN ARIZONA AND HIS NUMEROUS AWARDS INCLUDE NATIONAL TOP COP AWARD, NATIONAL S.W.A.T. OFFICER OF THE YEAR, NATIONAL TEAM EMS AWARD, THE POLICE MEDAL OF ONU MEDAL-ON-HONOR, MEDAL ON EVERY VALOR, TWO PURPLE HEARTS. DR. CARMONA IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED A AS S.W.A.T. EXPERT AND PUBLISHED ON S.W.A.T. TRAINING AND TACTIC PARTICULARS. HE ALSO SERVED AS A MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS. SO HAS EXPERTISE VERY RELEVANT TO US AT THE CITY. IN 2002 DR. CARMONA WAS NOMINATED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WAS UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMED BY THE U.S. SENATE TO BECOME THE 17th SURGEON GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES. THE FIRST SURGEON GENERAL NOMINEE TO BE UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMED. IN 2006 VICE ADMIRAL CARMONA SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE STATUTORY FOUR YEAR TERM AS SURGEON GENERAL AND NAMED VICE CHAIR OF THE [INAUDIBLE] OF THE CANYON RANCH INSTITUTE. HE CONTINUES HIS LEADERSHIP ROLE THERE TODAY. WE ARE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE SOMEONE WITH SUCH NATIONAL EXPERTISE WITH US HERE TODAY AND I WANT TO TURN IT OVER TO DR. CARMONA. THANK YOU FOR HONORING US WITH YOUR TIME.>>THANK YOU. SO THE INVITATION TO BE WITH YOU AND HOPEFULLY ASSIST YOU IN YOUR DELIBERATIONS. I’LL JUST MAKE A COUPLE OF OPENING REMARKS AND THEN OBVIOUSLY WOULD YIELD THE FLOOR TO ALL OF YOU TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. JUST TO SET THE STAGE, WE ARE IN AN UNPRECEDENTED TIME, UNPRECEDENTED GLOBAL CHALLENGE FOR WHICH THERE IS NO PLAYBOOK, AN INVISIBLE MICROSCOPIC ORGANISM, A NOVEL VIRUS, WHICH HAS BROUGHT THE U.S. AND WORLD TO ITS COLLECTIVE KNEE. THIS IS EVIDENCED BY ALL OF OUR NATIONAL AND GLOBAL SYSTEMS BEING CHALLENGED. ESSENTIAL RESOURCES ARE SCARCE. PUBLIC UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR, SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC CHALLENGES AND BUSINESS INSTABILITY, UNPRECEDENTED MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY. SOME OF THE DATA BEHIND ALL OF THIS, WHICH IS QUITE FLEW IDENTIFY AND CHANGES FROM HOUR TO HOUR, IN THE WORLD WE HAVE ABOUT 1.4 MILLION CASES TODAY, ABOUT 75,000 DEATHS. IN THE UNITED STATES WE HAVE 338,000 CASES AND ABOUT 10,000 DEATHS. IN MARICOPA COUNTY WE HAVE 1318 CASES AND THAT’S PROBABLY UP FROM THIS MORNING, AND DEATHS OF ABOUT 31. IN PIMA COUNTY 372 CASES AND 13 DEATHS. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, WHEN WE LOOK AT DATA AS RELATES TO THE INCIDENCE PER POPULATION, IN OTHER WORDS, CASES PER A MILLION RESIDENTS, CHINA HAS 58 CASES PER MILLION. U.S. HAS TWICE — MUCH MORE THAN TWICE THAT, 1024 PER MILLION, AND ITALY LEADS THE WORLD WITH 2140 CASES PER MILLION RESIDENTS. THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED IN THAT THERE IS NO SPECIFIC PLAYBOOK TO ADDRESS EACH AND EVERY COMMUNITY. AS WE SEE THE CHALLENGES IN NEW YORK AND WE LOOK AT THE CHALLENGES IN ARIZONA OR ANYPLACE ELSE IN THE WORLD YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE, POPULATION DENSITY, AGE OF POPULATION, CHRONIC DISEASES OF POPULATION ALL MAKE IT EXTRAORDINARILY DIFFICULT, BUT THE BASIC PLATFORM OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS THE SAME AS TO HOW WE WILL DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES. AND CLEARLY WITHIN THE COUNTY AND THE STATE WE HAVE EXCELLENT PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP WHO UNDERSTAND THESE ISSUES BEFORE US AND OFTEN THE QUESTION I GET FROM A LOT OF COLLEAGUES AROUND THE COUNTRY IS WHAT DO I DO? AND THE CHALLENGE IS WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WHAT THIS SPECIFIC DEMOGRAPHIC IS, WHAT THE INCIDENCE OF DISEASE IS, WHAT THE DISEASE BURDEN THAT WAS THERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS IS, ALL OF THESE VARIABLES ARE VERY FLUID, AND SOMEWHAT CHALLENGING BECAUSE AS SURGEON GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES I OFTEN WAS ASKED QUESTIONS LIKE THIS, NOT JUST IN THIS CASE, BUT, FOR INSTANCE, WITH SARS WHEN I WAS STILL IN OFFICE. AND THE FACT IS WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS, THE COUNTRY IS 50 STATES, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO CHALLENGES LIKE THIS, OFTEN IT LOOKS LIKE 50 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, WHICH ARE TOGETHER BUT HAVE DIFFERENT NEEDS AT DIFFERENT TIMES BASED ON THE THREAT. SO IN ARIZONA WE’RE FARING FAIRLY WELL AS COMPARED TO THE REST. COUNTRY BUT THERE IS A CERTAIN SENSE AND POTENTIAL RISK THAT OUR CASES ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO CLIMB AND IT’S REALLY UP TO US TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS, WHICH REALLY COME DOWN TO JUDGING RISK AND BENEFIT ON EVERY THING THAT COULD BE USED TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF DISEASE AND KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES HEALTHY AND SAFE. SO A LOT OF THE, FOR INSTANCE, CDC GUIDELINES, WHICH ARE GOOD SOLID PUBLIC HEALTH, AT DIFFERENT TIMES YOU HAVE TO EVALUATE THEM BASED ON THE RISK-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF TAKING AN ACTION. YOU DON’T WANT THE ACTION TO BE UNTOWARD. [INAUDIBLE] IN DEALING MANY MAYORS AND GOVERNORS I HAVE SPOKEN TO, THESE ARE THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE TO BE MADE AND THEY ARE OFTEN TOUGH AND I WILL CLOSE BY SAYING IN MOST OF THESE CASES THERE IS NOT A SINGLE RIGHT ANSWER. IT REALLY IS UP TO THE ELECTED OFFICIALS WITH THE COMPLEMENT OF THEIR EXPERTS TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THOSE RISK-BENEFIT ANALYSES AND MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. WITH THAT I’LL STOP AND, AGAIN, IT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU IN YOUR DELIBERATIONS.>>Mayor Gallego: WONDERFUL. THANK YOU, DR. CARMONA. SOME SOBERING STATISTICS ABOUT WHERE THE U.S. IS COMPARED TO OTHER NATIONS AND CERTAINLY SOMETHING — AND IT IS TIMELY THAT WE HAVE YOU AFTER SO MANY — SUCH A HARD WEEKEND IN OUR COUNTRY WITH A THOUSAND-PLUS DEATHS DAY AFTER DAY. IT IS A TOUGH TIME. WILL YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW SERIOUS THIS VIRUS IS COMPARED TO OTHERS WE HAVE SEEN AS A PLANET IN THE PAST.>>YOU BET. THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. THIS IS VERY SERIOUS. IT’S CALLED A NOVEL VIRUS BECAUSE BEFORE IT WAS SEEN IN CHINA SEVERAL MONTHS AGO NOBODY HAD EVER SEEN THIS VIRUS. IT PROBABLY MUTATED FROM ANIMALS THROUGH A SECOND AN MUM AND THEN INTO THAT MARKET AND WHEN IT MUTATED IT CHANGES ITS FINGERPRINT. SO IT LOOKS A LITTLE LIKE OTHER CORONA VIRUSES LIKE FLU VIRUSES, MERS AND SARS, BUT BECAUSE OF IT GENOMIC FINGERPRINT IT NOW HAS DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE IT POSSIBLY MORE DELETERIOUS TO YOUR HEALTH, MORE EASILY TRANSMISSIBLE AND SO ON. SINCE WE HAVE NEVER HAD THE EXPERIENCE WITH THIS SPECIFIC VIRUS, WE HAVE TO EXTRAPOLATE FROM OTHER SIMILAR VIRUSES TO INDIANA COUP OF MAKE A BEST GUESS AS TO WHERE IT’S GOING, HOW LONG IT WILL LAST, HOW IT WILL SPREAD AND SO ON. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS IT SPREADS LIKE THE OTHER VIRUSES, DROPLET INFECTION, COUGH ON SURFACES, HANDS TO FACE, ALL THE THINGS YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT. THAT’S ALL VERY SIMILAR. BUT WHEN YOU GET TO THE UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS, THEN WE START TO SEE SOME DIFFERENCES THAT WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH DATA YET TO ANSWER EMPHATICALLY ABOUT WHAT SOME OF THOSE DIFFERENCES ARE.>>Mayor Gallego: WONDERFUL. THANK YOU. AND A QUESTION WE OFTEN GET AS ELECTED OFFICIALS IS, HOW DO YOU HANDLE TIMING? WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IN TERMS OF TIMING? I HAVE FOUND IT USEFUL TO QUOTE DR. FAUCI, WHO SAYS YOU DON’T DETERMINE TIMING, THE VIRUS DETERMINES TIMING, BUT CAN YOU GIVE US A SENSE — WE’VE SEEN MODELS THAT SAY WE MAY HAVE PEAKED HOSPITALIZATIONS IN MAY. WHAT SHOULD WE TELL PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY ABOUT THE TIMELINE?>>THAT’S AN EXCELLENT QUESTION, AND, YOU KNOW, PART OF MY BACKGROUND AND MY EDUCATION AND TRAINING, BUT HAVING BEEN A FIRST RESPONDERS FOR 52 YEARS I HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS MANY, MANY TIMES AND JUST LIKE TONY FAUCI, WHO I HAVE WORKED WITH CLOSELY FOR MANY YEARS, OUR OFFICES WERE ALMOST NEXT TO EACH OTHER, KNOW HIM WELL, AND HE IS TRULY THE WORLD’S EXPERT BUT YOU HAVE TO TAKE THAT EXPERTISE AND LISTEN TO HIS PREDICTIONS HOW IT MAY ACT AND THEN LAY THAT INTO A INFRASTRUCTURE OF PREPAREDNESS. ALL HAZARDS PREPAREDNESS. THE NATIONAL FRAMEWORK THAT WE HAVE AT EVERY STATE PARTICIPATES IN, WHICH IS HOW WE SCALE UP, HOW WE SURGE WHEN THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN, AND SO BEING ABLE TO PREDICT HOW AND WHEN TO USE ASSETS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND WHEN WE HAVE SOMETHING MORE PREDICTABLE, HURRICANES COME, THEY LAST A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF HOURS, THEN WE RESPOND. EARTHQUAKES, THE SAME THING. THIS VIRUS CONTINUES ON AND CAN CONTINUE ON FOR A LONG TIME IF WE DON’T TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS. AND SO WHAT MODELS DO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT? WELL, YOU HAVE THE PANDEMIC FLU OF 1918 WHERE WE DIDN’T HAVE THE INTERNET, WE DIDN’T HAVE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION, AND WE LOST MORE PEOPLE GLOBALLY THAN WE DID IN THE WAR, IN THE WHOLE FIRST WORLD WAR. THAT WAS CATASTROPHIC. NOW WE HAVE THE BENEFIT OF COMMUNICATE WING PUBLIC, TAKING APPROPRIATE PUBLIC ACTIONS, DISTANCING YOU HEAR ABOUT, ISOLATION, TESTING, ALL OF THE THINGS IN OUR TOOLBOX TODAY TO BE ABLE TO CURTAIL THE SPREAD OF INFECTION. WE HAVE SEEN IT ALREADY IN WORK. CHINA PICKED UP ON IT RELATIVELY EARLY. THEY ACTED PRETTY SWIFTLY AND WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IN CHINA, THEY HAVE FLATTENED THAT CURVE WE TALK ABOUT. IN WUHAN THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT WHEN TO OPEN BUSINESS AGAIN BECAUSE THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ECONOMY BUT ALSO RECOGNIZE IF YOU DO IT TOO SOON YOU GET A SECOND PEAK BECAUSE THAT VIRUS IS STILL IN THE COMMUNITY. NOT TO MENTION AS WE GET TO THE SUMMER, THEN WE GET INTO THE NEXT FLU SEASON. NOT ONLY MIGHT WE HAVE ANOTHER PEAK BUT YOU COULD HAVE A NEW FLU FLEW BEEN ZAH THAT COMES IN AND WE DON’T KNOW IF THIS VIRUS COULD MUTATE AGAIN. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE THESE DECISIONS NOW TO ALMOST CREATE AUSTERITY OF OUR MOVEMENTS THAT WE HAVE TO STAY HOME, WE’VE GOT TO SHUT DOWN PLACES WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE CONGREGATE. OF COURSE, WE NEED TO BE SENSITIVE TO DISTANCE AND OPENING QUICKLY, BUT MOST OF US FEEL THE BEST CHANCE OF GETTING OUR ECONOMY BACK UP IS TO SACRIFICE A LITTLE BIT NOW SO THAT WE CAN GET OUT WITH NOT IMPUNITY BUT AT LEAST WITH A LITTLE LESS RISK AND HOPEFULLY NOT GET THAT SECOND PEAK. SO I HOPE THAT GIVES YOU A FRAMEWORK.>>Mayor Gallego: THAT DOES VERY MUCH. I’LL OPEN IT UP TO COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR QUESTIONS. COUNCILWOMAN STARK.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU. DOCTOR, I MADE A MASK.>>IT’S A NICE ONE.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU. I WAS JUST WONDERING, WHEN ORIGINALLY THE CDC GUIDELINES CAME OUT THEY TALKED ABOUT NOT WEARING MASKS AND NOW THEY ARE SUGGESTING MASKS. IS IT BECAUSE WE’RE LEARNING MORE AND MORE ABOUT THE VIRUS EVERY DAY?>>YES, COUNCILWOMAN, THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION. WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT, WE DIDN’T HAVE SOME OF THE INFORMATION WE HAVE TODAY AND THE SENSE WAS FROM MY COLLEAGUES WHO I SPEAK TO ON A REGULAR BASIS, IF EVERYBODY COMES OUT WITH A MASK NOW WITH NO PERCEIVED BENEFIT, PEOPLE WILL BE AFRAID. MY GOSH, WHAT’S HAPPENING. THEY’RE MAKING US WEAR MASKS NOW. BUT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WHAT WE FOUND IS A COUPLE THINGS. ONE, UP TO 25% OF PEOPLE COULD BE INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS AND THEY ASYMPTOMATIC. THEY FEEL WELL OR GET A LITTLE RUNNY NOSE. THOSE ARE PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY MAYBE STILL WORKING. THE IDEA WAS HOW DO WE PREVENT AGAINST THAT? THE MASK ITSELF IS NOT GOING TO BE LIKE THE N95 OR OTHER MASKS WHICH ARE HIGHER ORDER, BUT LET’S SAY YOU GO TO TARGET TO BUY YOUR FOOD OR K MART OR SAFEWAY AND ALL THE STORES ARE BEING VERY COGNIZANT OF KEEPING SPACING, ONLY ALLOW A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PEOPLE IN AT THE TIME BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO THINK YOU’RE NOT GOING TO COME WITHIN SIX FEET OF SOMEBODY OR BUMP INTO SOMEBODY AS YOU WALK AROUND AN AISLE. THE IDEA WAS LET’S HAVE THE PEOPLE WEAR A MASK SO SHOULD THEY COUGH, SHOULD THEY SNEEZE, THOUGH DROPLETS DON’T GO FLYING OUT. THEY STAY IN THE MASK. THAT’S WHY ANYTHING LIKE A BANDANNA OR SOMETHING IS RECOMMENDED, CERTAINLY IT’S NOT BEING IMPOSED, BUT THE CDC THINKS BASED ON THE KNOWLEDGE NOW THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE PEOPLE OUTSIDE WEARING THOSE MASKS, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS THEY DON’T GET A FULL SENSE OF SECURITY. WHY SPECIFICALLY WE’RE DOING THIS IS SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE CARRIERS THAT WE DON’T KNOW THAT YOU COULD BUMP INTO AND THE FACT THAT SOMEBODY INADVERTENTLY CLOSE TO YOU SNEEZES, COUGHS, AND YOU DON’T HAVE THE DROPLETS HIT YOU IN THE FACE AND IF THEY ARE POSITIVE THEN YOU HAVE A CHANCE OF BECOMING POSITIVE EASE WELL.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN. VERY GOOD QUESTION. I HAD A MASK ON THIS MORNING AND MY TODDLER ASKED ME WHY I WAS WEARING A DIAPER ON MY FACE.>>SOME OF THE MASKS ARE QUITE CREATIVE. WE’VE SEEN — IN FACT, I SAW ONE YESTERDAY IN THE STORE WHICH WITHIN WHO CUT OUT UNDERWEAR AND MADE IT. I’VE SEEN T-SHIRTS. I HAVE SEEN CARDBOARD THAT WAS MADE AND HUNG ON WITH RUBBER BANDS. WE HAVE SEEN SOME SIGNIFICANT INNOVATIONS IN MASKS.>>Councilman Garcia: MAYOR, DR. CARMONA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE WITH US. WE’RE NOT ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE RESIDENTS, BUT THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS I HAVE BEEN THINKING A LOT ABOUT THE WORKERS OF THE CITY OF PHOENIX AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET THEM ALL THE THINGS THAT THEY NEED, BUT THEN ALSO WE HAVE WORKERS ALL OVER THE CITY, FROM WATER, PARKS, 911 OPERATORS. WE HAVE WORKERS ALL OVER THE CITY. I WANTED TO GET YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS, BECAUSE I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO DECIDE IS, HAVING [INAUDIBLE] HOW DO WE KEEP THEM SAFE AND AT WHAT POINT ARE WE PUTTING THEM IN HARM’S WAY? SO JUST RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT [INAUDIBLE] HOW SHOULD WE DEAL WITH THAT?>>IT’S A GREAT QUESTION AND ONE I HAVE RECEIVED HERE IN PIMA COUNTY TODAY AT AN EOC MEETING AS WELL AS OTHER CITIES AND EVEN INTERNATIONALLY WHERE I HAVE COLLEAGUES THAT WE SHARE INFORMATION FOR THE SAME PURPOSES. SO FIRST AND FOREMOST, PROTECTING OUR WORKFORCE, OUR CITIZENS IS ONE IN THE SAME. AS YOU KNOW, YOU ARE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL, YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO ALL YOU CAN TO KEEP THEM SAFE. SO FIRST WE GET TO THE ISSUE OF WHO NEEDS TO COME TO WORK? WHO CAN WORK FROM HOME? AND SO AS MUCH AS WE CAN TO HAVE THE SHELTER AT HOME AND DO ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS. OBVIOUSLY A FIREMAN CAN’T WORK FROM HOME. A MEDIC CANNOT WORK FROM HOME. EVEN THE CITY COUNCIL DO SOME OF THEIR WORK FROM HOME AND HAVE MEETINGS LIKE THIS. SO I THINK AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IDENTIFY THOSE PARTICULAR POSITIONS IN GOVERNMENT FIRST THAT CAN SUPPORT CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS BUT DON’T NEED TO BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT. THEN AS WE GET OUT TO OTHER PHYSICIANS WHERE THERE IS SHERIFFS DEPARTMENTS, POLICE DEPARTMENTS, WATER, THESE ARE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, BUT AGAIN WHO ACTUALLY HAS TO BE IN THE PLANT. I GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE WITH THE PIMA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, IN HEADQUARTERS NOW THERE ARE NOT MANY PEOPLE LEFT. MULTITUDE OF PEOPLE OTHER THAN PATROL PEOPLE ARE AT HOME. DETECTIVES ARE AT HOME AND TAKING CASES FROM HOME AND DOING ALL THEIR ASSIGNMENTS FROM HOME AND KEEPING SOCIAL DISTANCING. THE COMMANDERS EVEN ARE MEETING — I’M ON A MEETING ALMOST EVERY DAY. WE WENT FROM IN-PRESENT MEETING IN A LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM TO NOW VIRTUAL MEETINGS. THE CHALLENGE IS FOR THE DEPUTY TORE POLICE OFFICER IN THE STREET YOU HAVE TO MAKE CONTACT. SO I SPENT A LOT OF TIME WORKING WITH OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND TO BE ABLE TO CHANGE SOME OF THE WAYS THEY DEAL WITH CONTACT, TO STAY BACK A LITTLE BIT FURTHER, DEPENDING ON WHY YOU ARE STOPPING A PERSON, YOU KNOW, THERE’S OFFICER DISCRETION. YOU MAY SPEEDING, FOR INSTANCE, BUT MAYBE THE OFFICER FROM SIX FEET SAYS YOU’RE SPEEDING, DON’T DO THAT AGAIN, AS OPPOSED TO GETTING YOUR LICENSE, WRITING A TICKET. BE REASONABLE. THESE ARE STRESSFUL TIMES. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN CORRECTIONS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND AT PIMA COUNTY WHERE THEY HAVE ALMOST 2,000 INMATES AND THE BOOKING PROCESS HAS TO CHANGE. NORMALLY A DEPUTY BRINGS THEM INTO WHAT THEY CALL THE [INAUDIBLE] PEOPLE — THERE IS A WHOLE PROCESS WHERE YOU TOUCH OF A BUNCH OF PEOPLE BEFORE YOU GET TO YOUR POD AND YOU ARE INCARCERATED. I WENT AND WALKED IT WITH THEM AND HAVING BEEN A POLICE OFFICER FOR MANY YEARS I KNEW IT, BUT I WALKED IT ANYWAY AND WE INSTITUTED DIFFERENT CHANGES. SO NOW IF AN OFFICER MAKES A NECESSARY ARREST IN THE FIELD, LET’S SAY THE PERSON IS SWEATING, HAS A FEVER, LOOKS SICK, THEY WILL CALL AHEAD TO THE JAIL AND THE NURSE WILL MEET THEM OUTSIDE OF THE FACILITY BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT TO GET 2,000 INMATES INFECTED. THE OFFICER IMMEDIATELY PUTS ON THE PERSONAL PROTECTION GEAR, WHICH THEY HAVE IN THEIR CAR, INCLUDING A MASK AND A GOWN. THEN THEY PUT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR ON THE PERSON ARRESTED, PUTS THEM IN THE BACK OF THE CAR AND THEN TAKE THEM TO THE BOOKING AREA. I AM GOING TO THE DETAIL TO SHOW YOU THESE ARE THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON’T EVEN THINK OF THAT CHANGE THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS. AND THEN THAT OFFICER, THEN, TRANSFERS THAT PERSON TO A NURSE WITH A CORRECTIONS OFFICER, THEY ASSESS THE PERSON. IF THE PERSON IS TRULY AT RISK, PRESUMED TO HAVE COVID-19 OR IS SICK, THEN THEY GET PUT INTO A SPECIAL ISOLATION POD WITHIN THE JAIL WHERE THEY’RE NOT GOING TO INFECT ANYBODY ELSE. THE OFFICER THEN TAKES OFF THEIR PPE, PUTS IT INTO A PLASTIC BAG — WE HAVE A DECONTAMINATION AREA FOR ALL THE OFFICERS. THEY DECONTAMINATE THEMSELVES AND THEN GO TO THE CAR TO DECONTAMINATE THE CAR. IF THEY LIKE THEY CAN GO HOME AND GET A NEW UNIFORM. FIRE, POLICE, EMS AND HOW THEY DO BUSINESS ORDINARILY, THEY ARE OUT THERE SELFLESSLY RISKING THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY WITHOUT COVID-19, NOW WE ADD THIS OTHER THREAT. SO I’M WITH YOU, WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE THEIR SAFETY BECAUSE THEY ARE SACRIFICING SO MUCH FOR US.>>Councilman Garcia: WHAT WOULD BE YOUR RECOMMENDATION FOR AN AREA WHERE ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES HAS BEEN — THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN INFECTED, THE PROCESS TO CLEAN A SAFE AREA WHERE EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN –>>CAN YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION, PLEASE, SIR?>>Councilman Garcia: FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE A CERTAIN AREA WHERE ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES IS INFECTED. WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AS A PROCESS TO CLEAN THE AREA OR DISINFECT IT TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY ELSE IS SAFE.>>FIRST, IF YOU MAKE THE DIAGNOSIS YOU HAVE AN EMPLOYEE THAT WAS COVID-19 POSITIVE, THAT PERSON YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH WITH PROTOCOL AS WELL. MOST LIKELY IF THEY’RE OTHERWISE HEALTHY, MOST OF THE TIME WE SEND THEM HOME OR TO A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN SELF-ISOLATE AND A LOT OF TIMES THEY CAN’T BE HOME BECAUSE THEY MAY HAVE CHILDREN AND A WIFE AT HOME OR THEY MIGHT GO DOWN TO PIMA COUNTY WHERE WE HAVE A COUPLE HOTELS THAT ARE WORKING WITH US FOR OTHERS TO GO AND SELF-ISOLATE. IF VERY SICK, THEY TAKE ANOTHER PATHWAY, THEY HAVE TO GO TO A HOSPITAL SCREENING AREA, NOT IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO CONTAMINATE THE HOSPITAL, AND IF THEY GET TESTED POSITIVE, THERE IS A DIFFERENT PROTOCOL AS OPPOSED TO A PERSON THAT DOESN’T FEEL WELL. AS FAR AS THE AREA CONTAMINATED, YES, THE EYE EMPLOYEES — THERE IS WHAT IS CALLED CONTACT TRACING. AS SOON AS SOMEBODY COMES UP POSITIVE, YOUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT OR STATE SAYS I WANT TO KNOW EVERYBODY THIS PERSON HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE LAST WEEK, WHERE HE WORKED, WHO HE SAT WITH, WHERE HE WENT TO LUNCH. THE PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGIC INVESTIGATORS GO OUT AND IDENTIFY ALL THE PEOPLE AND MAKE SURE THEY KNOW IF THEY HAVE A FEVER, IF THEY’RE COUGHING, GI UPSET. SO THEY CAN GO CONTINUE TO DO THEIR JOBS BUT WE’RE GOING TO MONITOR THEM. THE AREA NEEDS TO BE SANITIZED WITH A NUMBER OF DISINFECTANTS AND THEN IT CAN BE REPOPULATED. OKAY?>>Councilman Garcia: THANK YOU.>>Councilman Nowakowski: NOR?>>Mayor Gallego: YES, I THINK THAT’S COUNCILMAN WARING? SORRY –>>Councilman Nowakowski: THAT WAS COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.>>Councilman Nowakowski: THANK YOU, MAYOR. THANK YOU, DOCTOR, FOR ALL THIS WISDOM YOU ARE GIVING US. AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE SOME EMPLOYEES THAT ARE VERY AFRAID, RIGHT? WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING OUTSIDE FROM OUR PARKS RANGERS, OUR PARKS DEPARTMENT, TO — THEY’RE AT THE AIRPORT RECEIVING INDIVIDUALS COMING IN FROM OTHER CITIES. IF YOU HAVE A FEVER, IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE THE VIRUS, YOU ARE RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE PROBABLY FIND A HOTEL OR US AS A CITY DESIGNATE A HOTEL WHERE THOSE EMPLOYEES CAN ACTUALLY GO FOR THE NIGHT, MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE ALLERGIES ACTING UP, AND GETTING PICKED UP BEFORE THEY –>>NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN, FIRST OF ALL.>>Councilman Nowakowski: GREAT TO SEE YOU.>>I JUST WANTED — I APPRECIATE YOUR QUESTION. AGAIN, THIS — THERE IS NO ONE ANSWER FOR EVERYBODY. IF YOU HAVE A WORKER WHO IS NOT FEELING WELL AND THEY’RE SINGLE AND HAVE AN APARTMENT, GO TO YOUR HOUSE. STAY THERE YOURSELF. IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, THE RISK IS HIGH, NOT JUST SOMEBODY SAID I’M SICK, BUT EITHER YOU TEST POSITIVE OR PRESUMPTIVELY YOU ARE POSITIVE BECAUSE YOU WERE WITH SOMEBODY THAT YOU KNOW HAVE CV-19, HAD THEN YOU PROBABLY DON’T WANT TO GO BACK HOME TO ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS EVEN THOUGH YOU FEEL HEALTHY BECAUSE THE CHANCES ARE YOU MAY GET YOUR WIFE AND KIDS AND FAMILY. AT THAT POINT WE HAVE HAD HOTELS REACH OUT TO US IF THAT HAPPENS WE’RE HAPPY TO WORK WITH YOU AT A REDUCED RATE SO SOMEBODY CAN STAY HERE THE 14 DAYS. IT’S AN OPTION. IT’S NOT MANDATED BUT IN UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT’S A NICE OPTION TO HAVE.>>Councilman Nowakowski: THE OTHER THING, TOO, DOCTOR, WE HAVE BUS DRIVERS AND PEOPLE WHO NEED TO USE HOSPITALS TO GET BACK AND FORTH. AT THE SAME TIME OUR DRIVERS, WHAT KIND OF PROTECTIVE WEAR — THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT NOW — THEY USED TO DRIVE AROUND WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN AND THEY FELT COMFORTABLE, BUT NOW WITH THE HEAT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TURN THE AIR CONDITIONING ON AND THEY ARE AFRAID THAT SYSTEM WILL RECYCLE WITHIN THE BUSES. SO WE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT AFTER THIS CONVERSATION. I WAS WONDERING YOUR OPINION ON THAT.>>GREAT QUESTION AGAIN. ONE ANSWER TO YOU, COUNCILMAN, AS WELL AS COLLEAGUES, THESE ARE — THESE QUESTIONS ARE EMANATING FROM EVERY CITY IN THE COUNTRY BECAUSE THERE IS NO PLAYBOOK AND EVERYBODY TRYING TO DEAL WITHINGS THIS YOU NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT, THE AIR ON A BUS, BOOKING PROCESS IN A JAIL. ALL THESE THINGS THAT ARE UNIQUE TODAY. AS RELATES TO THE BUS, THIS IS ONE I HAVE DEALT WITH. FIRST AND FOREMOST, YOU ARE RIGHT, IF IT’S TOO HOT YOU HAVE TO CLOSE THE WINDOWS. ONE OF THE THINGS YOU MIGHT GET WITH YOUR TRANSPORTATION PEOPLE IS THE FILTERING SYSTEM ON THE BUS, HOW THE AIR IS HANDLED AND HOW CLEAN AIR COMES IN AND BAD AIR GOES OUT BECAUSE IF THEY CAN PUT FILTERS IN THERE, THAT HELPS TO CHALLENGE YOU PRESENTED WITH CIRCULATING BAD AIR ALL THE TIME. THAT’S NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE — ALL OF THE BUS DRIVERS AT LEAST HAVE PROTECTIVE MASKS NEARBY. THEY MIGHT JUST WEAR A REGULAR MASK WHILE THEY’RE DRIVING BECAUSE SOMEBODY COMES IN AND COUGHS. WHAT I WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU AND THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL IS TO TELL THE PUBLIC, IF YOU’RE SICK, PLEASE DON’T GET ON THE BUS. I UNDERSTAND THEY MAY HAVE TO GO TO WORK, BUT WE DON’T WANT THEM AT WORK EITHER IF THEY’RE COUGHING AND SICK. SO [INAUDIBLE] WE KNOW YOU GOT TO GET TO WORK OR GO SOMEPLACE BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IF YOU’RE ILL YOU’RE NOT INFECTING ANYBODY. IF YOU’RE FEELING LIKE THAT PLEASE GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR FIRST AND GET A CHECK-UP. IF THERE IS A PERSON THAT DOESN’T HAVE HEALTHCARE, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CLINICS SEE YOU WITHOUT REGARD TO PAY. BUT SOME MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL WHO CAN CLEAR YOU. BUT THE BUS DRIVER, THE BUS DRIVER DOESN’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO PICK HIS OR HER PASSENGERS. SO I WOULD SAY AT LEAST MASK ON AND MAYBE EVEN HAVE LIKE AN N95 MASK OR SOMETHING NEARBY THAT IF SOMEBODY GETS ON COUGHING, FEVERISH, THEY CAN PUT THAT ON RIGHT AWAY AND ALSO TELL THE PERSON OUR POLICY IS YOU’RE SICK, YOU SHOULD GO TO SEE THE DOCTOR. AGAIN, WE DON’T WANT TO PUT THE BUS DRIVER IN A BAD POSITION WHERE THEY’RE HAVING TO ARGUE AND FIGHT. AT THAT POINT, I THINK THAT WOULD BE A REASONABLE POLICY TO PROTECT MOST PEOPLE AND URGE THAT PERSON TO GET AN ASSESSMENT BY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.>>DR. , THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN. YOU ARE ALWAYS GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.>>JUST LIKE YOU, MICHAEL. THANK YOU.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: MAYOR –>>Mayor Gallego: YES, COUNCILWOMAN.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE INFORMATION. I JUST HAD A QUESTION FOR YOU. LAST WEEK ON THE COUNCIL [INAUDIBLE]>>COUNCILWOMAN, THERE IS AN ECHO. I’M NOT HEARING YOU.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: IS THAT BETTER?>>CAN YOU SPEAK ONE MORE TIME? IT’S LIKE A –>>Vice Mayor Guardado: IS THAT BETTER?>>YES, MA’AM. THAT’S BETTER. THANK YOU.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: OKAY. LAST WEEK WE TOOK A VOTE TO KEEP THE PARKS OPEN BUT [INAUDIBLE] PUTTING A LOT OF WORKERS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY ON EASTER FROM EVERYONE THAT WE CAN TO TRY TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING. I WILL USE IN MY DISTRICT IN WALKING AROUND AND SOME OF THE OTHER PARKS THAT I HAVE TO — I HAVE TOGETHER WITH COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI AND WITH COUNCILWOMAN — WE HAVE PEOPLE NOT PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING OPPORTUNITY. WE EVEN HAD SOME CASES WHERE WE HAD PEOPLE THAT BROUGHT IN THEIR BLANKETS, BROUGHT IN THEIR GRILLS, BROUGHT IN ALL THEIR STUFF. SO WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO PROTECT OUR EMPLOYEES. HOW DO WE PROTECT OUR EMPLOYEES OVER EASTER? HOW DO WE THEN — WAS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF EMPLOYEES OUT THERE THAT ARE NOT RANGERS, DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TRAINING IN THIS. HOW DO WE PROTECT THEM? WHAT TRAINING SHOULD THEY GO THROUGH BEFORE WE EXPOSE THEM TO THE VIRUS?>>FIRST AND FOREMOST, THERE’S A LOT OF PARTS — FIRST, IT WOULD BE NICE IN A PERFECT WORLD IF WE COULD TELL EVERYBODY, STAY HOME, YOU CAN’T GO OUT, BUT THAT BECOMES VERY STRESSFUL AT A TIME WHEN WE ALREADY HAVE MORE MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES WE WANT BECAUSE OF THE UNCERTAINTY, BECAUSE OF THE FEAR AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS. SO WE REALLY DON’T WANT THAT. SO WE REALLY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHERE CAN WE SAFELY LET PEOPLE TAKE A WALK AND RECREATE. I DON’T MEAN BRING YOUR WHOLE FAMILY AND SIT IN THE PARK WITH 20 PEOPLE AND COOK OUT, BUT, NO, HAVING A PARK OPEN THAT YOU CAN WALK THROUGH SAFELY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING, WITH YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, I THINK IS SOMETHING THAT’S VALUABLE. SO I THINK THAT WHERE YOU CAN LEAVE RECREATIONAL AREAS OPEN, OKAY, AND NOW — THIS BECOMES VERY NUANCED, TOO. WHAT ABOUT PLAYGROUNDS PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ME. THE PROBLEM WITH THE PLAYGROUND IS UNLESS YOU ARE SANITIZING IT AFTER EVERY AFTER EVERY FEW YEARS, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, OPEN AIRPARK SEEMS REASONABLE AND ENCOURAGING THE PUBLIC AND LETTING THEM KNOW THAT YOU ARE DOING THIS SO THAT THEY CAN GET OUT AND RECREATE DURING STRESSFUL TIMES, BUT WE ASK YOU TO KEEP YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCE, STAY APART FROM OTHER PEOPLE, YOUR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS YOU LIVE WITH THEM, THAT’S DIFFERENT, BUT OTHERS, KEEP THE SOCIAL DISTANCE, AND REALLY IT’S A PRIVILEGE THAT YOU’RE EXTENDING AT A VERY TIME WHEN WE HAVE CHALLENGES THAT WE WANT THEM TO GO OUT AND GET OUT OF THE HOUSE A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THE MORE STRESS THEY HAVE IS GOING TO BE EXACERBATED WITH STAYING IN THE HOUSE AND NOT BEING ABLE TO GO PLACES. I WOULD SAY THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG ANSWER. IF THE PUBLIC COMPLIES WITH DIRECTION AND KEEPING NICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND USING WIDE OPEN SPACES NOT IN LARGE CROWDS BUT SMALL GROUPS OF ONE OR TWO OR THREE AND KEEPING AWAY FROM OTHERS, I THINK THAT THAT WOULD BE A REASONABLE THING TO DO, BUT YOU’D HAVE TO MONITOR IT, AND WHERE YOU SEE LARGE GROUPS CONGREGATING AND FORGETTING THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AND ISOLATION, WOULD HAVE TO GO TO THEM AND SAY, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE, YOU NEED TO MOVE ON. AGAIN, THE THING I AM CONCERNED WITH, WE DON’T WANT THIS TO RISE TO THE LEVEL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, BUT RATHER REASONABLE PEOPLE GOING, I’M SORRY, I DIDN’T REALIZE WE WERE THAT MANY, WE’LL SEPARATE AND GO TO DIFFERENT AREAS. THAT’S WHAT I WOULD HOPE WOULD HAPPEN. THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Stark: MAYOR?>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILWOMAN?>>Councilwoman Pastor: DR. CARMONA, I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL YOUR WORK AND SERVICE YOU HAVE GIVEN THE COUNTRY. YOU ARE A TRAIL BLAZER IN YOUR OWN RIGHT SO I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. THE CAVEAT I HEARD IN REGARDING THE TRAILS AND THE PARKS WAS IF THEY COMPLY TO WHAT THEY NEED TO COMPLY TO, AND THAT IS A REALLY BIG –>>IF.>>Councilwoman Pastor: AND PEOPLE COMPLYING WITH WHAT WE’RE ASKING THEM TO DO. AT A CERTAIN POINT WE ARE PROBABLY MORE AND MORE AS THE VIRUS STARTS TO PEAK WE’RE PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE TO EVENTUALLY SAY, PLEASE STAY IN, SHELTER IN PLACE. IF YOU’RE GOING TO GO OUTSIDE, GO OUTSIDE TO YOUR BACKYARD, FRONT YARD OR THIS AREA, APARTMENT AREA THAT YOU’RE IN. MY QUESTION IS REGARDING GOLF COURSES. GOLF COURSES, IT’S OUTSIDE, SO I CAN UNDERSTAND IT’S OPEN AIR, BUT YOU — MEN AND WOMEN GET TOGETHER AND TRY TO PRACTICE SIX FEET APART BUT SOME OF THE EXAMPLES OR PICTURES I HAVE BEEN RECEIVING OF GOLF COURSES, THAT PRACTICE IS NOT HAPPENING.>>YES.>>Councilwoman Pastor: AND SO MY QUESTION AS TO A PUBLIC HEALTH AND ELECTED OFFICIAL, I’M NOT SURE HOW WE LET EVERYBODY KNOW WE MEAN BUSINESS WHILE KEEPING THE GOLF COURSES OPEN.>>RIGHT. THAT’S A TOUGH ONE, AND, AGAIN, YOU’RE NOT THE FIRST COMMUNITY WORRYING ABOUT THIS. I THINK THAT, AGAIN, IF IT’S PORTRAYED TO THE PUBLIC THAT WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND DO THIS BUT IT’S REALLY PREDICATED ON ALL OF YOU BEING COMPLIANT, AND WE’RE ASKING YOU NEVER BE — THE CDC GUIDELINE, DON’T BE IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN 10. SO YOU HAVE TO BE SPREAD APART. MOST OF THE GOLFERS ARE FOUR AT A TIME AS THEY’RE GOING THROUGH THE GOLF COURSE. STAY SIX FEET APART. THAT MEANS YOU CAN’T ALL RIDE IN THE GOLF CART. SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE TO WALK OR HAVE TWO GOLF CARTS. BUT KEEP YOUR SPACING. AND IF THEY’RE KEEPING THEIR SPACING, I THINK THEY GET TO KEEP THE PRIVILEGE. THE CHALLENGE, OF COURSE, IS FOR YOU AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL OBVIOUSLY, YOU WANT TO PLEASE YOUR CONSTITUENTS BUT YOU ALSO WANT TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY SAFE. YOU WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHT BUT YOU WANT TO ALSO RECOGNIZE THE COLLECTIVE RIGHT OF SOCIETY TO BE FREE OF DISEASE. AND THERE IS THE PROBLEM. SO MY HUMBLE OPINION WOULD BE IF YOU ALL AGREE AS THE ELECTED LEADERS TO PUT OUT THAT INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC AND SAY, WE’RE GOING TO MAKE EXCEPTIONS HERE AS LONG AS YOU COMPLY, BUT WHERE WE SEE THE PUBLIC IS NOT COMPLYING, WE MAY END — AND, OF COURSE, IF YOU SPIKE AS HAS BEEN ALLUDED TO, YOU MAY SAY WE HAVE TO CLOSE IT ANYWAY. BUT THAT’S WHY I SAY ALL OF THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS. IF YOU DON’T SEE A BIG SPIKE AND IT STAYS PRETTY LOW AND OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS PEOPLE ARE GOLFING AND YOU DON’T SEE ANY ADVERSITY, I THINK IT’S OKAY. BUT AS SOON AS YOU START TO SEE THIS IS SPREAD AND YOU KNOW WHERE IT’S COMING FROM YOU MAY HAVE TO SHUT DOWN HARDER. AGAIN, MY CONCERN IS IF YOU — IF YOU SHUT PEOPLE DOWN, THE TENSION, THE STRESS, THE ANXIETY IS GOING TO GO HIGHER AND PREDICTABLY YOU START TO SEE MORE ISSUES LIKE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SUICIDE RATES, THINGS LIKE THAT THAT WE DON’T WANT TO HAPPEN. SO IT’S FINDING THAT DELICATE BALANCE. I USED TO KNOW A CONGRESSMAN NAMED PASTOR THAT KNEW HOW TO DO THAT REAL WELL WHO TAUGHT ME A LOT OF THINGS WHEN I WAS YOUNG.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THANK YOU.>>YOU’RE WELCOME.>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA?>>Councilman Garcia: I HAVE ONE POPULATION LIFESTYLE LIKE WE HAVE ABANDONED OR HAVEN’T DONE ENOUGH FOR IS THE HOMELESS POPULATION. WONDERING WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MARICOPA COUNTY AND ANY SUGGESTIONS OF HOW WE CAN SUPPORT PEOPLE WITHOUT SHELTER HERE IN PHOENIX AND MARICOPA COUNTY.>>THERE IS A LOT OF INNOVATION GOING ON, AND I THINK — I’LL BRAG A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT’S BEING DONE IN PIMA COUNTY. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A BENEFACTOR IN TOWN WHO HAPPENS TO BE HISPANIC, BURT LOPEZ, WHO BASICALLY BOUGHT A HOTEL AND WHOLE AREA ON THE SOUTHSIDE OF TOWN AND CREATED A CITY FOR THE HOMELESS. I HAVE BEEN DOWN THERE. I HAVE BEEN HELPING WITH THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. AND IT WAS FANTASTIC. AND THEN WHEN THIS HIT, IT WAS AN ADDED PROBLEM BECAUSE HOW DO YOU SCREEN THESE FOLKS LIVING ON THE MARGINS OF SOCIETY ANYWAY, THE HIGH INCIDENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, ALL THE THINGS YOU WELL KNOW, BUT I THINK IT’S A MODEL — IN FACT, A LOT OF CITIES HAVE COME DOWN TO SEE WHAT HE IS DOING. I KNOW THE CITY OF SACRAMENTO, WHERE I KNOW THE MAYOR, AND THEIR HEALTH DIRECTOR, CAME DOWN TO SEE IT, AND WE’VE HAD CALLS FROM OTHERS TO SAY MAYBE WE CAN DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BECAUSE I THINK — I DON’T HAVE THE EXACT NUMBERS, BUT THERE’S ABOUT 18 TO 19 SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES THAT HAVE EMBEDDED IN THERE. SO IT’S A ONE-STOP SHOP. WHEN YOU BRING THAT HOMELESS PERSON IN THEY CAN GET A MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING, A MEDICAL SCREENING, THEY CAN STAY FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME, THERE IS JOB PLACEMENT, THERE’S ALL KINDS OF SERVICES. WHEREAS IN THE PAST YOU HAD TO GET A BUS PASS TO GO ALL OVER TOWN. NOW THERE IS A COORDINATOR THAT MAKES YOU SURE YOU SEE ALL THOSE PEOPLE AND TRY TO GET YOU MAINSTREAMED SO THAT HOPEFULLY AT THE OTHER END YOU COME OUT FEELING BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF, YOU HAVE A JOB, YOU HAVE OPPORTUNITIES, AND PART OF THE HOTEL IS EVEN TURNED INTO SHORT-TERM STAYS WHERE THEY CAN STAY UP — I DON’T REMEMBER THE EXACT AMOUNT OF DAYS, BUT YOU CAN STAY FOR LIKE 30 DAYS OR SOMETHING WHILE YOU ARE TRANSITIONING. SO THERE’S A MODEL THAT’S WORKING HERE IN PIMA COUNTY. I HAVE SEEN OTHERS AROUND THE COUNTRY AS WELL. I KNOW YOU GUYS IN MARICOPA COUNTY HAVE — IN THE CITY OF PHOENIX HAVE BEEN VERY INNOVATIVE IN SOME OF THE PROGRAMS YOU HAVE COME UP WITH OVER THE YEARS, BUT THIS ONE DOWN HERE IS A REALLY NICE ONE AND IT’S VERY DIFFERENT THAN OTHERS I’VE SEEN AND THE REASON WE CAN DO IT, WE HAVE A VERY WEALTHY BENEFACTOR WHO HIMSELF A LATINO WHO SAID I WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS AND SPENT A LOT OF MONEY. IT’S REALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE. SO I WOULD WELCOME ALL OF YOU, ANY OF YOU, COME DOWN AND TAKE A LOOK IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY. IT’S A MODEL THAT’S REPLICABLE, MAYBE NOT TO THAT SCALE BUT AT LEAST PARTS OF IT.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU, DR. CARMONA. COULD YOU TALK ABOUT THE ROLE OF TESTING IN A COMMUNITY AND ALSO THE ROLE OF TESTING IN DETERMINING WITH WHEN SOME RESTRICTIONS CAN BE REDUCED?>>YES. TESTING HAS BECOME A PROBLEM BECAUSE, FIRST OF ALL, THE — ALL THESE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS ARE SELLING TESTS. MOST ARE JUNK. THERE IS ONLY ONE COMPANY APPROVED BY THE FDA. BY APPROVED I MEAN THE FDA ACTUALLY TESTED IT AND CAN SAY WITH CERTAINTY THIS MEETS RIGOROUS SCIENTIFIC CRITERIA AS A TEST. SO BEFORE YOU BUY ANY TESTS MAKE SURE THE FDA SIGNED OFF ON IT BECAUSE THEY ARE AN INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY WHO JUST EVALUATES IT WITHOUT ANY CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND WILL LET YOU KNOW. THEN YOU HAVE THE TEST. THERE IS ONE TEST WE STARTED WITH THAT TAKES THREE TO FIVE DAYS AND THAT’S WHAT THEY CALL A CHAIN REACTION. IT’S A DNA TEST, RNA/DNA TEST. THE NEW TEST THAT COMES OUT IS A AN IMMUNOLOGIC TESS. THAT’S THE ONE WHERE THEY TEST YOUR SERUM IN YOUR BLOOD AND IT SAYS WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAD THE DISEASE BY THE ANTIBODIES YOU HAVE DEVELOPED. THAT HELPS IN TWO WAYS. ONE IF I KNOW YOU HAVE THE DISEASE WE CAN ASSUME THAT YOU HAVE AT LEAST SOME SHORT-TERM IMMUNITY. IT GIVES US A BETTER IDEA OF HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN THE COMMUNITY, BECAUSE, AS I SAID, MANY PEOPLE WHO TEST POSITIVE, THEY DIDN’T KNOW THEY WERE SICK, AND THEY’RE OUT THERE STILL SHEDDING THE VIRUS AND INFECTING OTHERS. SO WHEN YOU TEST THAT YOU HAD THE — THE IMMUNOLOGIC TEST SAYS YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED, THEN SOMEBODY JUST NEED TO CHECK WITH YOU AND MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT SICK, NOT SHEDDING THE VIRUS, BUT NOW YOU CAN GO BACK INTO YOUR WORKFORCE BECAUSE YOU ARE, AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM, THE THOUGHT IS YOU ARE PROTECTED. THE PROBLEM, BECAUSE THIS IS A NOVEL VIRUS, WE DON’T KNOW HOW LONG YOU ARE PROTECTED FOR. SO COULD YOU GET A SECOND INFECTION IN A MONTH OR TWO? WE DON’T KNOW. SO YOU HAVE TO BE REAL CAREFUL AND THE KEY TO THOSE IS IF YOU DO IT, YOU HAVE TO TRACK THOSE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. SO IF YOU SAID WE’RE GOING TO OPEN UP BUSINESSES AND WE WANT PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE AND HAVE IMMUNITY TO GO BACK TO WORK, THEN YOU WANT TO FOLLOW THEM BECAUSE YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE IN TWO OR THREE WEEKS OR A MONTH THEY DON’T GET SICK AGAIN. BECAUSE THEN YOU HAVE THE INFORMATION THAT THE IMMUNITY IS SHORT LIVED IF IT WAS THERE AT ALL. THE OTHER THING IS IT GIVES YOU A BETTER IDEA OF THE ABSOLUTE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INFECTED. NOW THESE ARE NUMBERS ARE UNDERREPORTED. SO IT GIVES YOU A BETTER IDEA OF THE TRUE IMPACT OR INCIDENCE IN THE POPULATION.>>Mayor Gallego: WONDERFUL. THANK YOU. GOOD INSIGHT ON — THERE IS A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT TESTING IN THE MEDIA BUT YOU PUT IT IN A VERY SUCCINCT WAY AND A GOOD REMINDER TESTING WILL BE IMPORTANT AT EVERY STAGE.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>Mayor Gallego: ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FOR DR. CARMONA? DOCTOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING US YOUR VERY VALUABLE TIME. I KNOW YOU ARE CONSULTING ALL OVER THE PLANET AS WE FACE COVID-19 AND THE PHOENIX CITY COUNCIL IS GRATEFUL FOR YOUR EXPERTISE FOR OUR TOUGH DECISIONS AHEAD. WE WISH YOU AND ALL OF THE COMMUNITIES OF WHICH YOU ARE A PART THE BEST AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND THANK YOU AGAIN.>>WELL, THANK YOU ALL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY, AND IF I MAY BE OF ASSISTANCE, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CALL.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU. YOU ARE ONE FOR CONTINUOUS SERVICE AND WE APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH.>>OKAY. BYE-BYE NOW.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU. NOW WE MOVE ON TO AN UPDATE ON THE CITY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 FROM MILTON DOHONEY, OUR ASSISTANT MANAGER. MILTON, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.>>THANK YOU, MAYOR. WE’RE TRYING TO BRING UP THE PRESENTATION. I’LL BE RIGHT WITH YOU.>>Mayor Gallego: WONDERFUL.>>>. WHILE WE HAVE BEEN MEETING I UNDERSTAND THE GOVERNOR HAS PUT AN EXECUTIVE ORDER RELATED TO SMALL BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS. SO IMPORTANT BREAKING NEWS AS WE HAVE BEEN MEETING HERE AND ONE WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT VERY MUCH AT THE CITY. ALSO WHILE YOU ARE GETTING READY, WE DID HEAR FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE. WE HAD A QUESTION ABOUT THE $5 MILLION THE STATE WAS SPENDING ON HOMELESSNESS AND WHETHER THEY WERE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH CITIES ON THAT, AND THEY DID SHARE THAT THEY ARE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH THE PROVIDERS ON THAT PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM. SO A LITTLE BIT OF AN UPDATE THAT WE DID RECEIVE TODAY.>>THANK YOU, MAYOR. I’M READY TO GO NOW. SO, GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL. I’M HERE TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE FROM OUR INCIDENT COMMAND TEAM. YOU WILL RECALL THAT I SPOKE TO YOU ABOUT THIS GROUP PREVIOUSLY. IT’S MADE UP OF MEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT. WE ARE CONVENING SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK TO LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE TO WORK ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES. THIS IS ALSO THE SAME GROUP THAT PROVIDES THE MORNING STATISTICAL BRIEFING YOU RECEIVE AND ALSO THE FULL BRIEF IN THE AFTERNOON BASED ON THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES. SO THIS AFTERNOON I’M GOING TO TOUCH ON A HANDFUL OF ITEMS TO GIVE YOU UPDATES. TELEWORKING, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ST. LUKE’S SUPPORT, CONVENTION CENTER PRELIMINARY INQUIRY AND SUPPLIES UPDATE. FIRST WITH TELEWORKING, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS PREVIOUSLY, WE HAVE GIVEN YOU NUMBERS PREVIOUSLY. IT’S BEEN A WORK IN PROGRESS OVER A FEW WEEKS NOW WE WERE ASKED BY THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE AN ADDITIONAL LOOK TO SEE HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE WE MAY BE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY TELEWORK. SO IN ORDER TO DO THAT, THERE WAS A SMALL GROUP THAT WAS FORMED TO TAKE A MORE FOCUSED LOOK. THIS IS TYPICALLY THE WAY WE WORK WITH AN INCIDENT COMMAND. WE HAVE AN ISSUE, WE ISOLATE IT, WE PUT THREE OR FOUR PEOPLE AROUND IT TO GIVE IT FURTHER ATTENTION, AND SO WE HAD FIVE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS THAT WERE INVOLVED. THEY WENT AND SURVEYED ALL THE DEPARTMENTS TO SAY, LET’S TALK THROUGH AND MAKE SURE WE UNDERSTAND ALL THE POSSIBILITIES OF WHERE TELEWORKING MAY BE ABLE TO HAPPEN. AND SO 12,791 EMPLOYEES AND BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT CAME BACK FROM ACROSS THE DEPARTMENTS, THERE ARE 3,194 JOBS THAT WOULD PERMIT TELEWORKING. PART OF WHAT’S NECESSARY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN IS MAKING SURE YOU HAVE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF LAPTOP COMPUTERS, AND SO WE HAVE LOOKED ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT FOR ANY LAPTOPS THAT MAY BE ABLE TO BE CONVERTED. YOU SEE IN THE PICTURE SOME EMPLOYEES THAT WORKED OVER THE WEEKEND TO GET SOME ADDITIONAL LAPTOPS READY TO GO FOR TELEWORKING, AND THEN ALSO IN SOME INSTANCES PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO TAKE THEIR CITY-ISSUED DESKTOP COMPUTER HOME IN ORDER TO DO WORK. SO THE GOAL THAT WE HAVE IS BY THE END OF THIS WEEK WE WOULD HAVE THE FULL 3,194 TELEWORKING. WE STILL HAVE JUST A HANDFUL OF THINGS TO WORK THROUGH, BUT THAT’S WHERE WE ARE WITH IT, AND WE HOPE TO HIT THAT BY THE END OF THIS CURRENT WEEK. ADDITIONALLY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. WE ARE SEEING AN INCREASE BOTH LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE’RE SURPRISED BY, BECAUSE TYPICALLY WHEN YOU HAVE SITUATIONS WHERE SOCIAL OPTIONS ARE RESTRICTED, PEOPLE ARE MORE — MORE SHUT IN, REDUCED ACTIVITY, THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT TENDS TO GO UP. WE ARE SEEING IT GO UP LOCALLY. WE ARE SEEING IT GO UP NATIONALLY. CHIEF WILLIAMS IS IN CONTACT WITH OTHER CHIEFS OF POLICE AROUND THE COUNTRY. SO WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? WHAT CAN WE TRY TO DO ABOUT IT? SO LAST FRIDAY THERE WERE A NUMBER OF US THAT CONVENED THROUGH WEBEX, POLICE AND FIRE AND HUMAN SERVICES, THE COURT SYSTEM, THE CITY PROSECUTOR, THE COUNTY ATTORNEY AND OUR COMMUNICATIONS STAFF, AND WHAT WE CAME UP WITH IS SOME STEPS THAT WE’RE DEVELOPING FOR EXPANDED OUTREACH. SO WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PLACES AND METHODS THAT A PERSON HAS AT THEIR DISPOSAL WHEN THEY NEED TO SEEK AN ORDER OF PROTECTION. JUDGE TAYLOR AND HIS FOLKS ARE WORKING WITH US TO HELP FIGURE OUT THE DETAILS OF WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. WE ARE ALSO THROUGH OUR COMMUNICATIONS FOLKS AND DIFFERENT PEOPLE ASSIGNED FROM THOSE OFFICES DEVISING SOME ADDITIONAL MESSAGING TO GO OUT, BOTH BY WAY OF TRADITIONAL MEDIA AND ALSO SOCIAL MEDIA TO RAISE AWARENESS THAT THIS IS GOING ON WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF ADDITIONAL OPTIONS THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO THEM, AND ONCE WE GET SOME REFINEMENT OF THOSE AND ALSO OPEN TO THE POSSIBILITY OF PARTNERS THAT MAY HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THESE THINGS, WE WANT TO PUSH THOSE MESSAGES OUT. SO WE’LL NEED A FEW DAYS TO WORK ON THAT, AND THEN WE HOPE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH IT. ADDITIONALLY, THERE’S BEEN CONVERSATION WITHIN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL FACILITIES. WE’VE SEEN IN THE NEWS THE FACT THAT ST. LUKE’S IS PLANNING ON REOPENING. THAT IS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER PARTNERS. THIS IS NOT A FACILITY THAT THE CITY IS OPERATING. WE WERE INVOLVED IN THE WALK-THROUGH. THERE’S SOME PERMITTING THAT WAS NECESSARY, AND WE HAVE DONE THAT. WE HAVE INDICATED WE WANT TO BE SUPPORTIVE. THEY ARE HOPEFUL OF HAVING THIS OPERATIONAL WITHIN ABOUT THREE WEEKS. WHETHER THAT HAPPENS OR NOT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. OUR UNDERSTANDING IS THE INTENT IS TO HAVE OPERATIONS ON EIGHT OF THE NINE FLOORS OF THE FACILITY, AND WE ARE WAITING FOR THEM TO DEFINE WHATEVER PERIPHERAL SUPPORT THEY MIGHT NEED FROM THE CITY OF PHOENIX. EVEN IF THAT FACILITY THAT’S UNDER THE ARMY CORPS, EVEN IF THAT FACILITY IS FULLY SUCCESSFUL, THERE IS STILL A BELIEF THAT THERE WOULD BE A NEED FOR ADDITIONAL FACILITIES PERHAPS IN THE CITY AND ALSO THROUGHOUT THE METROPOLITAN AREA. SO TOWARDS THE END OF LAST WEEK ON THURSDAY OR FRIDAY I DID HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS REPRESENTING THE HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY AND ALSO IS REPRESENTING STATE GOVERNMENT. THERE WAS AN INQUIRY REGARDING A POTENTIAL USE OF OUR CONVENTION CENTER, AND SO WE HAD A CONVERSATION. IT WAS NOT A FORMAL REQUEST. IT WAS SIMPLY A SORT OF FEELING OUT DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE. ONE OF THE THINGS I EXPLAINED TO THE PERSON I WAS ON THE CALL WITH IS THAT YOU WOULD HAVE TO HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL BEFORE THAT COULD OCCUR, BUT IF THE CITY COUNCIL CHOSE TO GRANT THAT PERMISSION, THAT IT WOULD PRETTY MUCH BE A FACILITY THAT THE CITY MIGHT MAKE AVAILABLE. WHOEVER WOULD BE OPERATING WITHIN THE FACILITY WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR EQUIPMENT AND LAYOUT AND STAFFING, FOOD SERVICE, PORTABLE SHOWERS. THOSE ARE THINGS THAT ARE BEYOND OUR SCOPE. WE HAD ANTICIPATED THAT AT SOME POINT SOMEONE WOULD COME FORWARD AND RAISE A QUESTION AROUND THE CONVENTION CENTER. SO SIMILAR TO TELEWORKING WE HAD A SMALLER INTERNAL TEAM THAT WENT TO LOOK AT THE CONVENTION CENTER FOOTPRINT, CERTAINLY INCLUDING JOHN CHAN, AND WHAT WE DETERMINED IS THAT IF WE WERE GOING TO DO IT, THE BEST PORTION OF OUR FOOTPRINT WOULD BE THE SOUTH BUILDING. AND SO IF YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE SLIDE, IF YOU LOOK TO THE LEFT — SO IT’S THE PORTION IN THE GOLD ON THE LEFT AND THE PORTION IN THE CENTER. THAT REPRESENTS TWO EXHIBIT HALLS, HALL F AND HALL G. IF YOU PUT THOSE TWO TOGETHER THAT WOULD BE 82,000 SQUARE FEET. THERE IS A LOADING DOCK THAT HAS 14 TRUCK BAYS AT THE FACILITY. AND THERE IS A PARKING GARAGE THAT HAS 2800 SPACES IN IT. THE PORTION OF THE PROPERTY ON THE FAR RIGHT IS THE BALLROOM, AND WE WOULD NOT PROPOSE TO INCLUDE THAT AS USE FOR AN ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL FACILITY. THAT AREA IS CAR PETTED AND IT’S JUST NOT CONDUCIVE TO THAT TYPE OF USE. SO THE CONVERSATION AS I INDICATED WAS PRELIMINARY. I CAN SHARE WITH YOU, I DO EXPECT THAT AT SOME POINT WE WILL RECEIVE A FORMAL REQUEST, AND THESE ARE SOME STEPS THAT WOULD MAKE SORT OF LOGICAL SENSE AS TO HOW IT MIGHT PROCEED. SO WE RECEIVED THE FORMAL REQUEST. THERE WOULD NEED TO BE A DEVELOPMENT OF AN MOU BETWEEN THE CITY AND WHICHEVER INSTITUTION WOULD BE OPERATING THE FACILITY. YOU REALLY WOULD WANT TO HAVE AN MOU TO SPELL OUT WHAT THE CITY IS GOING TO DO AND WHAT THE HEALTHCARE FACILITY IS GOING TO DO, WHAT THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE. YOU WOULD ALSO WANT TO HAVE AN MOU IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THE LIABILITY ISSUE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU’RE PERFORMING SOME LEVEL OF MEDICAL PROCEDURES WITHIN A BUILDING THAT WE OWN AND SOMETHING GOES WRONG, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT FROM A LIABILITY STANDPOINT? SO YOU WOULD WANT TO SORT OF THINK THAT THROUGH, AND THEN THERE WOULD BE A QUESTION IN FRONT OF COUNCIL AS TO WHETHER OR NOT TO APPROVE IT, AND IF YOU CHOSE TO APPROVE IT, THERE WOULD NEED TO BE A FACILITY BUILDOUT, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT’S JUST, YOU KNOW, BARE FLOOR, BIG SPACE, 82,000 SQUARE FEET. AND THEN AT THE END OF THE BUILDOUT PHASE, WHICH THE HEALTHCARE INSTITUTION WOULD BE 100% RESPONSIBLE FOR DOING, THEN YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO BEGIN OPERATIONS. SO AT THE MOMENT THAT WE GET A FORMAL REQUEST, I WILL BE BACK TO YOU TO TALK ABOUT IT AND SEE WHAT YOUR DIRECTION IS FOR STAFF. WITH REGARDS TO SUPPLIES, DENISE OLSON WAS IN FRONT OF YOU LAST WEEK TALKING ABOUT IT. THIS CONTINUES TO BE AN ONGOING ISSUE FOR US. WE HAVE A LOT OF ORDERS OUT THERE. WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN GET SOME THINGS OVER THE FINISH LINE, SO TO SPEAK. ONE OF THE THINGS IMPORTANT THING WEIERS STRESSING AND TALKING ABOUT THIS ISSUE WITHIN OUR INCIDENT COMMAND STRUCTURE AND WE WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU, IS TO ENSURE WE HAVE PURCHASING COORDINATION. SO BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS THAT WE HAVE, WE HAVE VENDORS THAT ARE CONTACTING EVERYBODY. THEY’RE CONTACTING ELECTED OFFICIALS. THEY’RE CONTACTING THE CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE. THEY ARE CONTACTING PEOPLE ALL OVER VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS HE, AND WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT THE PURCHASING IS, IN FACT, DONE CORRECTLY. THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT WHO HAS PURCHASING AS PART OF IT HAS DETERMINED THAT THE POINTS OF CONTACT SHOULD BE EITHER SANDRA SCHILLING OR T.J. MARTIN. AND SO THE T.J. MARTIN I AM REFERRING TO IS NOT OUR FORMER ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF. WE HAVE A BRAND-NEW PERSON WHO HAS THE SAME NAME WHO IS SERVING AS OUR PURCHASING COORDINATOR. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT PURCHASING VET THE VENDOR, BECAUSE SOME OF THE VENDORS WE ARE HEARING FROM ARE PEOPLE WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE. THEY’RE ADVERTISING FANTASTIC DEALS AND DELIVERY DATES THAT SEEM REALLY INTERESTING — I’LL JUST USE THAT WORD — AND SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THOSE VENDORS ARE VETTED OUT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PURCHASING OCCURS WITHIN THE RIGHT FRAMEWORK SO THAT THE FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS CAN BE TRACKED. AND THIS IS THE APPROACH THAT WE’RE LAYING OUT. WE WILL PRIORITIZE OUR SUPPLIES TO DEAL WITH FIRST RESPONDERS INITIALLY AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS AFTER THAT. SO WITH THAT, THAT’S MY UPDATE FOR THE DAY. I’D BE GLAD TO OFFER — OR TRY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU WOULD HAVE. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU, MILTON. I CERTAINLY WOULD BE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF USING THE CONVENTION CENTER AS A MEDICAL FACILITY. I THINK IT IS A COMMUNITY ASSET FOR THE STATE OF ARIZONA AND IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL IF WE CAN HELP INCREASE MEDICAL CAPACITY IN ARIZONA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS. SO GOOD NEWS. COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA REPRESENTS THE AREA AROUND ST. LUKE’S AND HE AND I HAVE BEEN MAKING SURE THE COMMUNITY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING AT ST. LUKE’S AND I UNDERSTAND WE’RE MOVING FORWARD IN THAT AREA. RECOGNIZING IT IS MORE CHALLENGING TO COMMUNICATE IN THE AREA OF COVID-19, BUT STILL I THINK THE COUNCILMEMBER AND I, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THEIR COMMUNITY. COUNCILMEMBER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FOR OUR ASSIST CITY MANAGER. COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA?>>Councilman Garcia: THANKS FOR THE HANDOFF. I THINK — [INAUDIBLE] LET US KNOW ANYTHING THAT’S HAPPENING IN REGARDS TO ST. LUKE’S AND HOW WE COULD TALK TO THE NEIGHBORS. I HAVE A COUPLE QUESTIONS. ONE ON THE CONVENTION CENTER. I KNOW WE HAVE EMPLOYEES THAT ARE UNDER CONTRACT THERE. I JUST — I THINK IF IT’S NEEDED AND IT’S JUST SITTING THERE WE SHOULD MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE, HOW WE CAN GET OUR FOLKS TO BE SUPPORT OR BE ABLE TO WORK THERE IF THEY CAN. ALSO BACK TO THE PURCHASING AND ALL THAT, I’D SEEN A — I HADN’T HEARD ABOUT IT — A LETTER FROM TWO CONGRESS PEOPLE KIND OF TALKING ABOUT PRICE INFLATION OR PRICE GOUGING. WHAT WAS THAT SITUATION ABOUT? CAN YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT MORE MILTON WHAT HAPPENS THERE AND DID WE MAKE A PURCHASE OR NOT IN REGARDS TO THAT INCIDENT?>>SO, MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA, WHAT IS HAPPENING, BECAUSE OF THIS SITUATION WE FIND OURSELVES IN, WE’RE HEARING FROM A LOT OF VENDORS THAT WE’VE KNOWN IN THE PAST AND DEALT WITH IN THE PAST. WE’RE ALSO HEARING FROM VENDORS THAT WE’VE NEVER DEALT WITH BEFORE, AND SO YOU MAY HEAR FROM A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE THAT SAY I CAN SUPPLY YOU WITH 500,000 N95 MASKS. WHAT PURCHASING DOES IS THEY LOOK AT THE PRICE WE HAVE PAID PREVIOUSLY AND THEY WANT TO COMPARE IT TO WHAT THE CURRENT GOING RATE IS. SO IN THE ONE INSTANCE THAT WAS CITED IN THE LETTER THAT YOU’RE REFERRING TO, A VENDOR THAT WE HAD DEALT WITH PREVIOUSLY, I DON’T REMEMBER THE EXACT NUMBERS, BUT LET’S SAY WE NORMALLY PAY $2 PER UNIT, THEY WERE WILLING TO MAKE THE MASK AVAILABLE FOR, LET’S SAY, $4 PER UNIT. AND SO THE QUESTION BECOMES, DO YOU MAKE THAT PURCHASE? DO YOU TRY TO FIND OTHER VENDORS? AND SO THAT WAS THE SITUATION. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THAT WAS NOT A CONSUMMATED DEAL, BUT IT WAS FLOATED OUT THERE. SO HERE’S PART OF THE CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE WITH PROCUREMENT. SO, IF YOU AND I WERE TO GO ON TO THE INTERNET AND WE WANT TO MAKE A TRANSACTION TO HAVE SOMETHING SENT TO OUR HOUSE, IN A LOT OF INSTANCES YOU CAN TRACK THE SHIPPING, AND SO YOU KNOW WHEN THE PACKAGE IS SUPPOSED TO REACH YOUR FRONT DOOR. YOU CAN BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR IT AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET IT. IN THIS INSTANCE, BECAUSE OF ALL THAT’S GOING ON, WE DON’T HAVE THE CAPABILITIES TO NECESSARILY TRACK THE ORDERS AND KNOW WHERE THEY ARE. AND THEN THERE’S THE OTHER SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE PLACED ORDERS AND THEN THEY HAVE BEEN COMMANDEERED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND SO WE ASSUMED WE WERE GOING TO GET A MILLION UNITS OF X BUT X NEVER REACHES US. AND SO BECAUSE OF THAT, WE HAVE TO PUT A LOT MORE ORDERS OUT THERE INTO THE MARKETPLACE, AND SO RIGHT NOW, FOR EXAMPLE, THIS WEEK, OUR FINANCE DEPARTMENT IS EXPECTING TWO LARGE SHIPMENTS, BUT WE WON’T KNOW IF WE ACTUALLY ARE GOING TO HAVE THEM UNTIL THEY SHOW UP. WHAT WE ARE HAVING TO DO THROUGH OUR FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT OFFICES IS DO A LOT OF TELEPHONING BACK TO THE VENDOR. DID YOU SHIP OUR ORDER? WHAT DAY DID IT LEAVE? CAN YOU HELP US ESTIMATE WHEN IT’S LIKELY TO REACH US? AND THEN THERE IS THE INTEGRITY AROUND THE PRODUCT. SO IF YOU’RE DEALING WITH VENDORS THAT YOU KNOW WHO HAVE A TRACK RECORD WITH THE CITY, YOUR CONFIDENCE IS HIGHER THAN THE PRODUCT THAT YOU PROCURE IS IN FACT WHAT’S GOING TO SHOW UP, BUT WHEN YOU ARE DEALING WITH VENDORS AS YOU’RE FORCED TO DO IN A CASE LIKE THIS THAT MAYBE YOU HAVE NEVER DEALT WITH BEFORE AND THEY’RE TELLING YOU THAT IT’S 100,000 UNITS OF N95, AND SO TO SOME DEGREE YOU HAVE TO TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT, BUT YOU’RE ALMOST DOING THAT, UNTIL YOU GET THE PRODUCT AND CAN INSPECT IT AND SEE IF IT’S THE RIGHT PRODUCT, AND SO THAT’S GOING TO BE GOING ON, WE THINK, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE BECAUSE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY COMMUNITIES ARE TRYING TO GET THE SAME SUPPLIES.>>Mayor Gallego: VICE MAYOR?>>Vice Mayor Guardado: SO MY QUESTION WAS ON THE — MILTON, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT UPDATE, BUT MY QUESTION WAS WHEN IT COMES TO THE CONVENTION CENTER, AT THE CONVENTION CENTER WE HAVE EMPLOYEES, WE HAVE EQUIPMENT OPERATORS, BUILDING MAINTENANCE WORKERS AND EVENT SERVICES. SO IF WE WERE TO GO INTO CONTRACT WITH SOMEONE ELSE TO USE FOR MEDICAL FACILITIES, WHICH I WOULD BE IN FAVOR MUCH SEEING EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE COUNTRY, LIKE, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WITH THOSE WORKERS? WOULD THEY STAY — WOULD WE TRUE TO SEE THAT THEY ARE EMPLOYED THERE WHEN THEY ARE USING THE CONVENTION CENTER — I GET IT THERE MAY BE DEPARTMENTS THAT MAY NOT BE NEEDED FOR WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE DOING, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, THOSE WORKERS ARE STILL WORKING THERE. SO I GUESS THAT’S MY QUESTION. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WITH THEM, IS MY FIRST QUESTION?>>THANK YOU, MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, VICE MAYOR GUARDADO. SO IF WE GOT A FORMAL REQUEST AND A HOSPITAL INSTITUTION DECIDED WE’D LIKE TO PUT A HOSPITAL OF SOME SORT IN YOUR FACILITIES, SO THE BUILDING AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS STILL OURS. SO IF YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT ELECTRICAL NEEDS OR LIGHTING OR FACILITIES PEOPLE THAT HELP WITH THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, WE WOULD STILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE OUR EMPLOYEES FOR THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. PROBABLY THERE WOULD BE A NEED FOR THEM IN AN ONGOING WAY, JUST LIKE ANY OTHER CLIENT WHO IS IN THE BUILDING. WHERE THE LINE COMES IN IS ON WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE MEDICAL FLOOR, SO TO SPEAK. SOMEONE ELSE HAS TO FIGURE OUT, WELL, HOW MANY PIECES OF EQUIPMENT AND WHERE SHOULD IT BE PLACED AND HOW DO YOU CORDON IT OFF AND HOW DO YOU ADMIT PATIENTS AND HOW DO YOU HAVE PEOPLE LEAVE THE BUILDING. SOMEONE ELSE HAS THAT CAPACITY WOULD HAVE TO FIGURE OUT THE OPERATIONAL ASPECT. WE WOULD STILL BE USING AT LEAST SOME OUR EMPLOYEES FOR THE OPERATION, BUT UNTIL WE ACTUALLY HAVE A REAL REQUEST WITH SOME SPECIFICS IN FRONT OF IT, I CAN’T, YOU KNOW, SPEAK TO — FOR EXAMPLE, WHO CLEANS THE BUILDING? AND TO WHAT LEVEL DOES A MEDICAL FACILITY NEED TO BE CLEANED. THEY MIGHT SAY, WE’LL PAY YOU TO DO THAT. IT’S SOMETHING WE WOULD HAVE TO WORK OUT AT THAT TIME. BUT WE WILL BE VERY SENSITIVE TO TRY TO ENSURE THAT AS MANY OF OUR PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE NOW WOULD STILL BE PLUGGED IN, AND WE WOULD RESPECT AREAS WHERE WE KNOW WE SHOULDN’T VENTURE.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: SO THEN MY FOLLOW-UP QUESTION TO THAT WOULD BE, THEN, THE WORKERS — AGAIN, LIKE I’M IN FAVOR OF DOING THIS, I WOULD NEVER SAY DON’T BRING IN MORE MEDICAL — MORE MEDICAL SUPPLIES OR DOING THIS, I’M NOT OPPOSED TO IT AT ALL, BUT THEN WORKERS THAT ARE NOW WORKING THERE ON A DAILY BASIS AND HAVE THEIR HOURS, THEN WOULD THOSE WORKERS THEN QUALIFY FOR THE FLA IF THEIR SERVICES WERE NOT NEEDED TO HELP COVID-19? I GUESS THAT’S –>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, VICE MAYOR GUARDADO, I WOULD BE HESITANT TO GIVE YOU AN ANSWER ON EXACTLY WHAT BENEFITS WOULD BE AVAILABLE IF SOMEONE WASN’T NEEDED. I WOULD BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION IF I ACTUALLY HAVE A FORMAL REQUEST IN FRONT OF ME KNOWING WHAT THEY’RE ASKING FOR, AND THEN IT WOULD GIVE US TIME ON OUR SIDE TO DETERMINE WHERE WE COULD SAY TO THE ESTABLISHMENT, HERE ARE SOME FUNCTIONS OUR EMPLOYEES ARE CAPABLE OF FULFILLING. ARE YOU IN AGREEMENT WITH THAT. THAT’S ANOTHER REASON TO HAVE THE MOU. SO YOU WOULD SPELL OUT WE’RE GOING TO HANDLE OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE, WE’RE GOING TO HANDLE THE LOADING DOCK, WHATEVER IT IS.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: GOT IT. SO — I HAD A QUESTION, SO TODAY I SAW A LINE OF PEOPLE WAITING OUTSIDE OF THE ARIZONA AT WORK FACILITY HERE ON 51st AVENUE. THE LINE WAS AROUND THE CORNER. THEY WERE KEEPING PEOPLE SIX FEET APART FROM EACH OTHER, BUT MY QUESTION IS, DO WE HAVE — GIVEN HOW LONG THAT LINE WAS, IT KIND OF REMINDED ME THE LINE AT THE CHURCH ACROSS THE STREET A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN WE COULDN’T GET PEOPLE IN FAST ENOUGH TO VOTE. THAT’S HOW LONG THAT LINE WAS. DO WE HAVE SUFFICIENT STAFF TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE, FILL THEIR NEEDS WHEN IT COMES TO LOOKING FOR JOBS? BECAUSE IT SEEMS THE ARIZONA AT WORK MIGHT NEED SOME HELP GIVEN HOW LONG THAT LINE WAS.>>I’M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE SITUATION YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT, YOU BUT I WOULD BE GLAD TO HAVE OUR TEAM LOOK INTO IT AND DETERMINE WHAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO TO BE OF ASSISTANCE. THAT’S THE FIRST I HEARD OF THAT. BUT WE’LL LOOK INTO IT.>>AND THEN MY LAST QUESTION IS, ARE THE CITY EMPLOYEES IN THE NONPUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT WHERE CASES OF COVID-19 HAVE BEEN REPORTED LIKE MUNICIPAL COURTS, PARKS, IMMIGRATION, ARE THEY BEING GIVEN THE PROPER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO BE ABLE TO COME BACK TO WORK, OR CAN WE GET A REPORT ON WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT MEASURES WE’RE TAKING IN THESE DEPARTMENTS AS WE FOUND WORKERS THAT HAVE THAT ARE NOW — HAVE — RETAINED THE COVID-19?>>WE DO HAVE A PROTOCOL THAT’S BEEN ESTABLISHED UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR H.R. DEPARTMENT ON WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE HAVE A POSITIVE CASE IN TERMS OF THE EMPLOYEE BOTH GOING OUT OF THE WORKFORCE BUT THE CLEANING OF THE FACILITY WHILE THEY’RE GONE, THE COMMUNICATION WITH THEIR CO-WORKERS, AND ALSO THEIR COMING BACK. WHAT I WILL DO IS ASK THAT LORI BAYS OUR H.R. DIRECTOR ADDRESS THAT MORE FULLY THE NEXT TIME SHE IS IN FRONT OF YOU FOR POLICY UPDATE.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: GREAT. THANK YOU. APPRECIATE IT.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: MAYOR AND VICE MAYOR, REALLY QUICKLY WHILE MILTON WAS HAVING THAT DISCUSSION, DEANNA WAS CHECKING. I THINK WHAT YOU SAW THIS MORNING, VICE MAYOR, WE DETERMINED WAS A LINE FOR THE DES UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE. OUR ARIZONA AT WORK EMPLOYEES ARE TAKING APPOINTMENTS ONLY BY A SET TIME. SO THAT LINE WE BELIEVE WAS RELATED TO PEOPLE IN LINE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT WITH THE STATE OF ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: THANK YOU, VICE MAYOR. I BELIEVE I HEARD COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS AND THEN WE WILL GO TO COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR.>>Councilwoman Williams: THANK YOU, MAYOR. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR MILTON. I HAVE HEARD STORIES ABOUT HOSPITAL FACILITIES, THE MEDICAL FACILITIES THAT I KNOW WE’VE WORKED HARD COOPERATING TO GET IN PLACE. ARE THEY FULL? WHAT’S THE CAPACITY? AND HOW — IS THERE AN ANTICIPATED DAY DATE WHEN THEY WILL BECOME FULL? I’M CURIOUS HOW FAR THIS IS GOING TO EVOLVE?>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, COUNCILMEMBER WILLIAMS, AT PRESENT THE HOSPITALS ARE REPORTING TO US THAT THEY ARE NOT AT CAPACITY. WHAT IS GOING ON UNDER THE ADVICE THAT WE’RE RECEIVING FROM THE FEDERAL EXPERTS IS THAT YOU NEED TO ANTICIPATE WHAT YOUR FUTURE PROBLEMS MIGHT BE, AND SO WITHIN THE HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY THERE’S BEEN A NUMBER OF DISCUSSIONS ONGOING ABOUT WHAT — NOT WHAT OUR SITUATION IS TODAY BUT WHAT WILL IT BE A MONTH FROM NOW? WHAT WILL IT BE SIX WEEKS FROM NOW? AND SO WHEN THOSE DISCUSSIONS TAKE PLACE, AND I SIT ON A HOSPITAL BOARD, I HAVE BEEN A PART OF SOME OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS, SO YOU SORT OF EXTRAPOLATE OUT, WELL, WHAT IF OUR HOSPITAL FACILITY WAS AT CAPACITY, WHAT WOULD OUR NEXT OPTION BE? AND SO YOU HOPE THAT THE NEXT OPTION IS NOT NECESSARY, BUT BECAUSE IT TAKES MULTIPLE WEEKS TO GET SOME OF THESE FACILITIES PREPARED IS WHY YOU SEE THE ACTIVITY TAKING PLACE NOW AROUND ST. LUKE’S, WHY WE RECEIVE THE PRELIMINARY INQUIRY AROUND CONVENTION CENTER. IT’S POSSIBLE THAT WE COULD SAY YES TO THAT AND GET IT READY AND IT ONLY HAVE LIMITED USE, BUT THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT IF YOU WAIT UNTIL YOUR CAPACITY IS OVERFLOWING IN THE HOSPITALS AND YOU JUST ARE NOW STARTING TO PREPARE OTHER FACILITIES, THEN YOU’LL REALLY BE BEHIND THE CURVE, AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO AVOID.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU. COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR?>>Councilwoman Pastor: MILTON, THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION. THE QUESTIONS THAT I HAVE ARE REGARDING THE MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING, AND I THINK ON THE CITY SIDE WE CAN BE VERY CLEAR ON THE MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING AND HOW THE FACILITY IS NOT NECESSARILY USED BUT WHO IS BEING ABLE TO OPERATE THE FACILITY. AS YOU KNOW, AS YOU SIT ON HOSPITAL BOARDS, YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS IS CERTAIN LEVEL OF EXPERTISE OR CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT THEY USE FOR THAT LEVEL OF HOSPITALS. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT THOSE THAT CLEAN OUR CONVENTION CENTER COULD NOT GET TRAINED AND BE ABLE TO DO THE JOB. SO I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT IN THE FUTURE THE MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING IS WRAPPED AROUND BECAUSE I THINK OUR WORKERS CAN BE PART OF THE MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING. I THINK THAT’S CRUCIAL IN ORDER TO KEEP PEOPLE WORKING AND THEN WE MAY ADD AN EXTRA HAND IN THAT SENSE. THE SECOND THING IS, WHO PACES FOR ALL OF THIS? I KNOW THERE’S FEDERAL DOLLARS. I KNOW AFTER READING AN ARTICLE TODAY THAT THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY IS SAYING THAT IT IS GETTING INUNDATED AND NEEDS SOME RELIEF, AND SO I’M JUST INTERESTED ON HOW — WHAT WOULD BE OUR ROLE IN THE FINANCES? AND I BELIEVE WE SHOULD DO IT, BUT I JUST GOT TO OUT OF A MORAL PIECE THAT WE NEED IT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT.>>SO, IN THE PRELIMINARY CONVERSATION THAT I HAD AGAIN WE WERE JUST TALKING, THERE WAS NO FORMAL REQUEST IN FRONT OF US. I CONVEYED TO THE PERSON I WAS TALKING WITH THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OPERATING THE FACILITY WOULD REST WITH THE HEALTHCARE FACILITY. AND SO THAT INCLUDES THE MEDICAL STAFF, PAYING FOR THE EQUIPMENT, PAYING FOR THE FOOD SERVICE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT IF A FORMAL REQUEST WERE MADE THEY WOULDN’T COME BACK AND SAY, OKAY, WE’LL PAY FOR ALL OF THE OPERATING, WE’LL PAY FOR THE UTILITIES, WE’LL PAY FOR THIS OR PAY FOR THAT, BUT CITY OF PHOENIX, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO MAKE AN X DOLLAR AMOUNT CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS IT? THAT’S POSSIBLE. I WOULD BRING YOU THAT REQUEST IF WE RECEIVED IT. WITH REGARDS TO THE MOU, YOU ARE PRECISELY CORRECT, HOW CITY OF PHOENIX WORKERS WOULD BE UTILIZED WITHIN THE FACILITY IS AN ELEMENT YOU WOULD WANT TO PUT IN THE MOU, AND SO IT MIGHT BE MADE CLEAR OR NEGOTIATED THAT OUR WORKERS WITH PROPER TRAINING AND OVERSIGHT WOULD PROVIDE THESE SERVICES WITHIN THE FACILITY. THAT CERTAINLY CAN BE A DISCUSSION POINT. THEY MAY HAVE AN EXPECTATION THAT WE DO IT ANYWAY. SO IT HAS TO START WITH WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY GET ASKED TO CONSIDER. I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH OUR LEGAL DEPARTMENT ALREADY TO SAY IF IN FACT WE GET A REQUEST WE NEED TO DEVELOP A DRAFT OF AN MOU. WE ARE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT THAT NOW BECAUSE IF WE GOT A FORMAL ASK, TIME WOULD BE OF THE ESSENCE AND WE WOULDN’T HAVE A MONTH TO FIGURE OUT AN AGREEMENT. SO WE’RE WORKING ON THAN IN THE SORT OF WHAT-IF SCENARIO RIGHT NOW, BUT MY PLEDGE TO YOU TODAY IS THAT WE WOULD BRING THE MOU AND WALK YOU THROUGH EXACTLY WHAT’S CONTAINED IN IT BEFORE WE’RE IN ANY KIND OF FINAL APPROVAL SITUATION.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THANK YOU. I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION REGARDING PURCHASING. AS WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW GLOBALLY AND SPECIFICALLY IN CHINA IS THAT THEY ARE REQUESTING CASH, AND SO WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE VENDORS IS THAT THEN THE VENDORS WE DO A — WE DO A PO — WE DO A PO, AND WHAT THE VENDORS ARE SAYING, NO, WE DON’T WANT THE PO. THEY’RE ASKING US FOR CASH, AND WE NEED TO MOVE THIS QUICKLY. SO THAT’S REALLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST HICCUPS IN THE SYSTEM BECAUSE WE HAVE [INAUDIBLE] BUREAUCRATIC WAY OF PROCURING AND HOW WE GO ABOUT PROCURING AND THAT’S WHAT CAUSING SOME OF THE TENSION WITHIN FINDING THE MASKS OR GETTING THE MASKS OVER HERE. I HAD THIS BIG CONVERSATION BECAUSE I WAS SPEAKING TO SEVERAL VENDORS THAT REACHED OUT TO ME AND HAD SAID, HEY, THIS IS WHAT’S HAPPENING AND THIS IS WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE PRICE GOUGING. WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE PRICE GOUGING IS THEY’RE GOUGING US, AND THEN WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THE SHIPMENT, THE SHIPMENT SITS IN A DOCK FOR 72 HOURS, THEN WE GET CHARGED FOR THAT, THEN WE GET CHARGED FOR THE GROUND SHIPMENT. SO THERE’S A LOT OF PIECES OR PEOPLE — PEOPLE WHO ARE PART OF THE PIECE OF THE PIE IN ORDER FOR THESE MASKS. AND SO THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING IN — ALL OVER THE PLACE. WE’RE NOT THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE SITUATION. THERE’S OTHER COUNTRIES SAYING THEY’RE WILLING TO PAY CASH, AND THEN THE MASKS GO TO OTHER COUNTRIES BECAUSE THOSE COUNTRIES ARE PAYING CASH. SO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, LONG STORY SHORT, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO IN PROCUREMENT IN ORDER TO SPEED UP THIS PROCESS.>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR WE HAVE DISCUSSED THE PROCUREMENT TERMS. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE ISSUE YOU HAVE RAISED WHERE SOME PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT THEY CAN ONLY DO IT FOR CASH. THERE ARE WAYS TO MAKE A TRANSACTION LIKE THAT OCCUR. SO I DON’T WANT YOU TO HAVE THE IMPRESSION THAT BUREAUCRACY MIGHT KEEP US FROM GETTING SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO PAY FOR. DENISE AND HER STAFF ARE MORE FLEXIBLE THAN NORMAL BECAUSE WHILE WE’RE UNDER THE STATE OF EMERGENCY, A LOT OF THE TYPICAL PROCUREMENT RULES ARE RELAXED, AND SO IT ALLOWS US TO MAKE CERTAIN KINDS OF TRANSACTIONS, BUT HERE IS ALSO PART OF THE CHALLENGE AND THIS IS WHERE THE VETTING IS SO IMPORTANT. LET’S SAY WE MAKE A TRANSACTION WHERE WE HAVE TO PUT UP 50% OF THE PAYMENT UP FRONT, YOU MAY HAVE A GREATER COMFORT LEVEL IF YOU’RE DEALING WITH A VENDOR YOU HAVE ALWAYS DEALT WITH THAN SOMEONE WHO JUST CAME ALONG AND SAID “I HAVE X.” SO WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE PROTECT THE CITY’S MONEY. WE’RE TRYING TO MOVE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, AND THE ABSOLUTE SITUATION THAT WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE NEVER GET TO IS THAT FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE TO GO OUT IN AN ATTEMPT TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND THEY DON’T HAVE THE PPE PROTECTION.>>I AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT, AND I THINK THAT’S REALLY WHERE WE ALL ARE STANDING. WE’RE ALL STANDING WITH WE NEED THE PROTECTION. I’M GLAD THAT THE GROUP IS FIGURING OUT HOW TO DO IT QUICKLY, BUT WE NEED TO GET IT — WE NEED TO GET IT SOONER THAN LATER, AND I UNDERSTAND THE FEAR OF NOT KNOWING CERTAIN VENDORS OR CERTAIN COMPANIES, BUT ONCE AGAIN, IF FEAR DRIVES US, WE WOULDN’T BE IN THIS POSITION — WE WOULDN’T BE SITTING IN THE POSITION WE’RE SITTING IN TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP. SO I THINK THERE’S PROBABLY WAYS TO GET REFERENCES FROM OTHER CITIES OR COMPANIES OR WAYS TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN GO, AND SO I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE THE TEAM TRYING TO GET THE EQUIPMENT AND THE FULFILL THE NEEDS THAT ARE NEEDED — THAT ARE WANTED BY FIRST RESPONDERS. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN. I THINK IT’S ALSO VALUABLE THAT WE REMEMBER WHO WERE GREAT PARTNERS FOR US AND WHO WERE NOT DURING THIS TIME. SO WE SHOULD WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH PEOPLE WHO GAVE US FAIR PRICES DURING THIS AND WHO DELIVERED. I THINK WE ALSO SHOULD LOOK AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO BUY LOCALLY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS AND WORK WITHIN THE COMMUNITY WHO KNOW US AND WHERE WE HAVE RELATIONSHIPS. AND WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PRIORITIZE. I PERSONALLY THINK IF WE HAVE LIMITED CLEANING EQUIPMENT IT NEEDS TO GO TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS BEFORE IT GOES TO CLEANING GOLF CARTS, FOR EXAMPLE. WE CANNOT DO EVERYTHING WITH LIMITED EQUIPMENT, AND SO WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT SOME THINGS MAY NOT BE DOABLE AND THAT IS IMPORTANT AS WELL. ANY ADDITIONAL COUNCILMEMBER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS BEFORE WE MOVE TO THE BUDGET UPDATES? THANK YOU, MILTON, FOR THAT UPDATE AND YOUR HARD WORK AS WELL AS TAKING ON AN IMPORTANT CHALLENGES, INCLUDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ABUSE. WE WANT AS MANY PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO COME OUT OF THIS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE AND WE KNOW PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY ARE HURTING. WE WILL NEXT MOVE TO OUR REVISED TRIAL BUDGET PRESENTATION AND I’LL TURN IT OVER TO OUR CITY MANAGER ED ZUERCHER TO BEGIN THAT CONVERSATION.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: THANK YOU, MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL. LAST THURSDAY WE DISCUSSED THE BUDGET STATUS AND SCENARIOS FOR POTENTIAL REDUCTIONS IF THE ECONOMY WORSEENS BEYOND OUR CURRENT STATUS. TODAY WE’RE HERE TO DISCUSS THE NEXT STEPS AS WE LOOK TO CLOSE AN INITIAL $26 MILLION DEFICIT FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR. WE DISCUSSED BALANCING OUR BUDGET IN DELIBERATE PHASES BASED ON INFORMATION, NOT SPECULATION. WE DISCUSSED BEING FLEXIBLE IN ORDER NOT TO CUT TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE AND LEAVE THE COUNCIL WITH OPTIONS, CREATING PHASED LIFTS OF OPTIONS FOR THE COUNCIL TO CONSIDER IN WE NEED TO AND TIGHTENING SPENDING IN ORDER TO GET BUDGET FLEXIBILITY. BEFORE OUR DEPUTY CITY MANAGER JEFF BARTON GOES OVER WHAT WE PROPOSE FOR PHASE I REDUCTIONS, I WANT TO GO OVER FEDERAL FUNDING WHICH WAS ANOTHER IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT THE COUNCIL ASKED THE LAST THURSDAY. THE COUNCIL WAS WONDERING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF USING FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS AND RECOVERY MONEY TO CLOSE OUR DEFICIT. SO CLARK PRINCELL OF OUR INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS JOINS US TODAY BY PHONE TO FILL US IN ON THE WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE C.A.R.E.S. FUNDS, WHERE WE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THOSE FUNDS, AND WHAT LIMITATIONS WE’RE FINDING WITH THEM TO THIS POINT. SO AT THIS POINT I’LL TURN IT OVER TO CLARK WHO IS ON THE PHONE, AND THEN WHEN CLARK CONCLUDES, JEFF WILL TAKE IT INTO OUR BUDGET PRESENTATION. CLARK?>>THANK YOU, ED. SO, MAYOR AND COUNCIL, I’M GOING TO WALK US THROUGH A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS WITHIN THE C.A.R.E.S. ACT. THERE ARE A FEW FUNDING STREAMS THAT HAVE NOT ONLY BEEN IDENTIFIED BUT THAT HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AND THAT WE CAN POINT TO. THERE’S A COUPLE OTHER FUNDING STREAMS WE CAN POINT TO THAT WE CAN PROJECT. AND THEN A NUMBER OF OTHER PROVISIONS THAT WE WILL TALK THROUGH AND NOT BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THOSE FUNDING AMOUNTS UNTIL WE GET FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND FOR STATES AND CITIES. THIS IS THE $150 BILLION FUND THAT WILL PROVIDE DIRECT ASSISTANCE TO STATES AND LOCALITIES, 139 BILLION WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO ALL 50 STATES WITH THE OTHER 11 BILLION BEING DISTRIBUTED TO TERRITORIES AND TRIBAL NATIONS. ANY COUNTY OR MUNICIPALITY WITH A POPULATION OVER 500,000 WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY DIRECTLY TO TREASURY AND NOT HAVE TO RECEIVE ANY FUNDS THROUGH THEIR STATE. THERE ARE THREE CITIES AND TWO COUNTIES WITHIN ARIZONA THAT QUALIFY, THE CITIES OF PHOENIX, MESA AND TUCSON, AND THEN THE COUNTIES OF MARICOPA AND PIMA. — [INAUDIBLE] SOMETIME NEXT WEEK AND THERE ARE STILL A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS THAT ARE OUTLINED UNTIL WE GET THOSE REGULATIONS. ONE, WHICH CENSUS DATA WILL THEY BE UTILIZING TO CALCULATE THOSE POPULATIONS. HO HOW LOCALITIES WILL CALCULATE THEIR POPULATIONS IN THE DYNAMIC BETWEEN CITIES AND COUNTIES. AND THEN WHAT EXPENSES WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THESE FUNDS AS WELL? NOW LET ME START WITH THE FUNDS DISTRIBUTION THAT HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED SO FAR WITHIN THE C.A.R.E.S. ACT. UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, OR HUD, THERE WAS A $5 BILLION ALLOCATION IN THE BILL FOR THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT, OR CDBG PROGRAM. LATE LAST WEEK TWO BILLION OF THAT DISTRIBUTION WAS ANNOUNCED AND IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE CITY WILL BE RECEIVING $9.8 MILLION OF THOSE FUNDS. AS WELL IN THE ACT THERE WAS $4 BILLION FOR THE HOMELESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS PROGRAM WHICH 1 BILLION WAS ANNOUNCED IN DISTRIBUTION in that same announcement and the city will receive 4.9 million of those funds. And s LASTLY THE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS, $695 MILLION ALLOCATED AND WITHIN THE SAME ANNOUNCEMENT IT WAS ANNOUNCED THE CITY WILL RECEIVE $440,000 IN THOSE FUNDS. THERE’S ALSO TWO DIFFERENT FUNDING STREAMS WE CAN PROJECT AT THIS POINT HOW MUCH FUNDING WE WILL RECEIVE. THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION IS GIVEN $25 BILLION WITHIN THE LEGISLATION FOR TRANSIT SYSTEMS AND OUR REGION WILL BE RECEIVING $188 MILLION OF THOSE FUNDS, AS WELL AS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WAS ALLOCATED $850 MILLION FOR FORMULA GRANTS WHICH WILL BE USED FOR POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO PURCHASE PPE. THE CITY IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE $798,000 IN THOSE FUNDS. NOW I WILL MOVE TO A NUMBER OF A DIFFERENT PROVISIONS WHERE WE BELIEVE WE WILL BE ABLE TO GO AFTER SOME OF THESE FUNDS BUT DON’T HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION YET ON WHAT — HOW WE WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THEM OR HOW WE WILL CALCULATE HOW MUCH WE WOULD BE ABLE TO GET. THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY ALLOCATED $500 BILLION FOR AN EXCHANGE STABILIZATION FUND FOR ESF. $46 BILLION OF THOSE FUNDS WERE EARMARKED FOR DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES. PASSENGER AIR CARRIERS, CARGO AIR CARRIERS AND BUSINESSES IMPORTANT TO MAINTAINING NATIONAL SECURITY, BUT THE LARGE CHUNK, $454 BILL UP, WILL BE PUT IN WHAT’S CALLED AN ECONOMIC STABILIZATION FUND. THIS FUND WILL BE USED FOR TWO DIFFERENT PURPOSES. TO PURCHASE OBLIGATIONS IS THE SECONDARY MARKETS AND TO FUND LOAN AND LOAN GUARANTEES. WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE IS THIS FUND IS ABLE TO INTERACT WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ENTITIES, INCLUDING STATES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS BUT AT THIS POINT THAT IS ALL WE KNOW ON HOW THAT FUND WILL INTERACT AND WE’RE CONTINUING TO TRY TO GATHER DATA ON WHAT THAT HELP WILL LOOK LIKE. NOW MOVING TO OTHER FUNDS THAT WE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR BUT NEED MORE INFORMATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WAS ALLOCATED $100 MILLION IN THE ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTER GRANT PROGRAM, WHICH IN YEARS PAST WE’VE APPLIED FOR AFC GRANTS BUT DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THAT MONEY WILL QUITE WORK IN THIS CURRENT PROCESS. 5 BILLION FOR THE FEMA DISASTER RELIEF FUND AND $100 MILLION FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GRANTS ALL OF WHICH WE BELIEVE WE WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR ONCE THE NOTES AND RULES COME OUT. ADDITIONALLY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OR HHS, $1 MILLION WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM OR CSBG. THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT WE DO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR IN THE PAST BUT WE ARE NOT SURE HOW THIS $1 BILLION WILL BE ALLOCATED, SO WE CAN’T DETERMINE AT THIS TIME WHAT AMOUNT OF FUNDING WE WILL RECEIVE. 900 MILLION FOR THE LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR LIHEAP. THIS IS A PROGRAM WE UTILIZE AND GET FUNDING FROM EVERY YEAR BUT DUE TO THE TIMING AND TIME OF YEAR THIS MONEY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED, HHS HAS DETERMINED IT WILL UTILIZE A NEW FORMULA YET TO BE CREATED. AND 750 MILLION HAS BEEN AL CADE TO THE HEAD START PROGRAM BUT WITH NO LEVEL DETAIL ON HOW THAT MONEY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED. ADDITIONALLY, WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, $1.25 BILLION WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO TENANT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE, AGAIN, A PROGRAM THAT WILL BE UTILIZE AND WE DO BELIEVE WE’LL RECEIVE SOME FUNDING THROUGH BUT WITH LACK OF DETAIL HOW MUCH OR HOW TO CALCULATE OUR SHARE, AS WELL AS THE $685 MILLION ALLOCATED TO THE PUBLIC OPERATING FUND. AS WE PREVIOUSLY, AND AS THE AVIATION DEPARTMENT NOTED, FAA WAS ALLOCATED 10 BILLION IN DIRECT SUPPORT TO AIRPORTS BUT THERE’S STILL INFORMATION REQUIRED TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH OF THAT WILL BE ALLOCATED TO SKY HARBOR. I DID WANT TO CIRCLE BACK BEFORE THE END OF MY PART OF THE PRESENTATION TO TOUCH ON THE RELIEF FUND AGAIN. AGAIN, WE KNOW THAT WE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A DIRECT ALLOCATION FROM TREASURY BUT WE STILL ARE WAITING ON THOSE IMPORTANT REGULATIONS NEXT WEEK TO TELL US THE — ALLOW US TO KNOW HOW MUCH WE WILL BE RECEIVING FROM THIS FUND AND THEN WHAT THOSE EXPENSES WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO COVER. SO TO RECAP THE C.A.R.E.S. ACT, ALLOCATIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS TO CITIES AND STATES ARE STILL BEING DETERMINED. THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING PHOENIX WILL RECEIVE IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE TIMING OF THE FUNDING IS LIKELY NOT IN TIME TO RESOLVE THE CURRENT BUDGET CHALLENGES, AND THEN LAST CHANGE, THE 150 CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND CAN ONLY BE USED TO RECOVER COSTS DIRECTLY RELATED TO COVID AND NOT ALREADY COVERED IN THE STATE OR LOCAL BUDGETS AND FUNDS CANNOT BE USED TO MAKE UP REVENUE SHORT FALLS. AND BEFORE I LEAVE YOU I DID WANT TO TOUCH ON THERE IS ALREADY DISCUSSIONS ON A C.A.R.E.S. ACT 2.0 OR THE NEXT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT CONGRESS WILL ACT ON IN RESPONSE TO THE VIRUS. THE TIMING OF THIS IS UP IN THE AIR BUT IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT CONGRESS PLANS TO RETURN TO WASHINGTON D.C. ON THE WEEK OF APRIL 20th. DISCUSSIONS OCCURRING AROUND THESE — ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OR TWEAKS THAT NEED TO BE MADE TO THE C.A.R.E.S. PROGRAM FALL IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT BUCKETS. FIRST, IS THERE A NEED FOR MORE DIRECT PAYMENTS AND WHAT WOULD THOSE DIRECT PAYMENTS LOOK LIKE? WITH THE FDA PROGRAMS THAT WERE SET UP AND RUNNING AT THE END OF LAST WEEK, HOW EFFECTIVE HAVE THEY BEEN AND DOES THERE NEED TO BE MORE FUNDING ALLOCATED TO THOSE PROGRAMS? AND THEN LASTLY, AND THIS CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND, ONE, IS THERE A NEED FOR MORE RESOURCES. TWO, WE WILL CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR EXPLICITLY FOR ALLOWING FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF REVENUE AND NEW FUNDING PLACED IN THAT FUND AND THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A DISCUSSION ABOUT ALLOWING OTHERS TO RECEIVE DIRECT ALLOCATIONS OUT OF THOSE FUNDS, THOSE CITIES AND COUNTIES UNDER 500,000 WITH POPULATION. WITH THAT I WILL TURN IT OVER TO JEFF.>>MAYOR –>>Councilwoman Williams: I WANTED TO ASK, IS THIS FEDERAL MONEY ADDITIONAL, TOTALLY ADDITIONAL, OR IS THIS PART OF THE REGULAR ANNUAL ALLOCATIONS THEY PUT OUT?>>MAYOR AND COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, I SHOULD NOTED THAT. ALL OF THESE ALLOCATIONS ARE ON TOP OF THEIR ANNUAL ALLOCATIONS. SO TO TRY TO STREAMLINE THE FUNDING PROCESS AND TO TRY TO GET SOME OF THIS MONEY OUT AS QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE THEY ARE UTILIZING MANY OF THE ONGOING FUNDING STREAMS THAT WE RECEIVE ANNUAL RESOURCES FROM, BUT THESE WILL BE ON TOP OF ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS WE HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED.>>Councilwoman Williams: IT SEEMS LIKE SO MANY OF THEM REALLY AREN’T READY TO RELEASE THE FUNDS. THEY DON’T HAVE THE GUIDELINES, THE RULES, ET CETERA, THE MECHANISMS. DO YOU ANTICIPATE ANY DATE WHEN YOU THINK THEY ARE GOING TO FOLLOW THROUGH AND WE CAN ACTUALLY RECEIVE SOME MONEY?>>MAYOR AND COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, MANY OF THESE FUNDS HAVE SHOT CLOCKS IN THEM, 30 DAYS, 45 DAYS OR 90 DAYS. MANY OF THE 30-DAY SHOT CLOCKS ARE THOSE FUNDS THAT ARE UTILIZING THE CURRENT FORMULAS THAT ARE IN PLACE. LIKE THE 2 BILLION FOR CDBG. AND THEN THE 90-DAY SHOT CLOCKS WERE CREATED BECAUSE THOSE ARE FORMULAS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE IMPACT THAT COVID-19 IS HAVING IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND THAT CAN — THOSE ALLOCATIONS CAN REFLECT THOSE IN SOME WAY. SO THOSE FUNDS WE WOULD EXPECT TO HAVE OR AT LEAST BE ALLOCATED TO THE DIFFERENT CITIES AND STATES WITHIN THREE MONTHS FROM NOW.>>Councilwoman Williams: THREE MONTHS? OKAY.>>LIKE THE CDBG AND THOSE FUNDS. ON SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND, THOSE FUNDS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DISTRIBUTED BY TREASURY BY APRIL 24th. SO WE’LL HAVE OUR PORTION OF THAT FUND BY APRIL 24th.>>Councilwoman Williams: AND HAVE WE INTERNALLY SET UP HOW IT’S GOING TO BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE COMMUNITY?>>City Mgr. Zuercher: SO AS RELATES TO THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND FOR THE CITIES, WE ARE WAITING THEIR RULES AND THEIR GUIDANCE ON THAT. CDBG AND THOSE OTHERS WOULD FOLLOW THE REGULAR DISTRIBUTION BUT WE’LL NEED TO COME TO THE COUNCIL FOR ALLOCATION PRIORITIES FOR THOSE FUNDS, BUT I DON’T THINK WE KNOW YET ABOUT THE SPECIFIC LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND.>>Mayor Gallego: AND I WOULD SAY WE HAVE TALKED A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT OUR PRIORITIES MIGHT BE AROUND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS. I THINK MANY COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE SAID THAT HOMELESSNESS IS AT THE TOP OF THEIR LIST, IT’S CERTAINLY AT THE TOP OF MINE. SO I THINK COUNCILMEMBER NOWAKOWSKI AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT IF WE CAN GET THE MOST VULNERABLE FOLKS OUT OF THE HOMELESS SERVICE CAMPUS INTO SAFER SETTINGS AWAY SO THAT WE ARE REDUCING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, THAT WOULD BE A PRIORITY, AND I THINK OTHER COUNCILMEMBERS, COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA HAS OBJECTLY TALKED BIT, COUNCILWOMAN STARK, AND MANY OTHERS. WE REALLY NEED HOMELESSNESS TO BE AT THE TOP OF THAT LIST FOR EMERGENCY SHELTER GRANTS THAT HAVE TO BE A FOCUS, THAT THE USE OF THE FUNDING SOURCE. SO I THINK WE CAN TAKE SOME OF THE INFORMATION WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT AT PREVIOUS COUNCIL MEETINGS AND HELP US ALLOCATE THAT. AND I HAVE HEARD FROM TWO MAYORS WHO WOULD LOVER TO WORK REGIONALLY AS WE ALLOCATE THOSE FEDERAL FUNDS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE MAXIMIZING THE BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE –>>Councilwoman Williams: THAT SOUNDS — CAN YOU ALSO ADD TO THAT LIST DOMESTIC YOU VIOLENCE VICTIMS?>>Mayor Gallego: ABSOLUTELY. THAT IS A GREAT — YES. AND WOULD BUILD ON THE WORK THAT MILTON MENTIONED ALREADY BUT CERTAINLY IT IS HEARTBREAKING TO SEE THAT ON THE RISE. I SHOULD SAY PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE ON THE COUNCIL HAS TALKED ABOUT HOMELESSNESS BEING A PRIORITY. I APOLOGIZE FOR NOT MENTIONING EVERYONE SPECIFICALLY. BUT I KNOW IT WAS A PRIORITY FOR ALL OF US BEFORE THE COVID-19 AND IT CONTINUES TO BE. SO PRETEND I READ EVERYONE’S NAME. ALL RIGHT. WE GO TO OUR CITY MANAGER NOW.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: THANK YOU, MAYOR. I WILL TURN IT TO DEPUTY CITY MANAGER BARTON TO WALK THROUGH WHERE WE ARE IN THE BUDGET BALANCING WITH SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOU AT THE END.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL. THE PAST COUPLE OF PRESENTATIONS THE CITY MANAGER AND I HAVE TRIED TO ILLUSTRATE USING UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS DATA TO ILL STRAIGHT FOR YOU HOW FAST AND HOW RAPIDLY THE ECONOMY HAS DETERIORATED ON US. SO THIS MORNING AS I WAS EATING MY BREAKFAST BEFORE I CAME TO WORK I SAW A REALLY GOOD GRAPHIC FROM CNBC THAT WAS ACTUALLY FROM THE FED THAT ILLUSTRATES THIS BETTER. THE SLIDE BEFORE YOU RIGHT NOW ILLUSTRATES THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT HAVE ESSENTIALLY BEEN CREATED OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS. COMING OUT OF THE GREAT RECESSION, THE U.S. ECONOMY CREATED OVER 28.4 MILLION JOBS. BASED ON SOME OF THE DATA THE CITY MANAGER AND I HAVE SHARED WITH YOU OVER THE LAST TWO PRESENTATIONS WE KNOW THAT JUST IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS APPROXIMATELY 10 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE FILED NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. SO, AGAIN, THAT’S ALMOST 50% OF THE JOBS THAT WERE CREATED IN THAT 10-YEAR PERIOD. TO PUT A FINER POINT ON IT, THIS GRAPH WENT FURTHER TO SHOW THAT DURING THE RECESSION FROM THE PEAK TO THE TROUGH OVER 8.7 MILLION JOBS WERE LOST. SO IN JUST TWO WEEKS WE HAVE ALREADY LOST MORE THAN WHAT WE LOST FROM PEAK TO TROUGH IN THE GREAT RECESSION. SO AGAIN THAT ILLUSTRATES HOW RAPID AND HOW STEEP THIS DECLINE HAS BEEN JUST SINCE ESSENTIALLY FEBRUARY. SO REWINDING TO OUR LAST PRESENTATION WE WALKED YOU THROUGH FOUR SCENARIOS WHERE WE MODELED THE IMPACT, THEORETICAL IMPACT, BASED ON ANECDOTAL INFORMATION OF HOW SEVERE THIS DOWNTURN COULD AFFECT US HERE LOCALLY. SO WE MODELED FOUR SCENARIOS. SCENARIO NUMBER 1 SHOWED THE IMPACT OF A DOWNTURN THAT LASTS FROM NOW THROUGH ESSENTIALLY JULY. IN THAT SCENARIO WE PRESENTED A $26 MILLION SHORTFALL. YOU SEE THE DATE OF MAY 2020 LISTED ON THIS PARTICULAR PORTION OF THE SLIDE. THAT’S INDICATIVE OR REFLECTIVE OF THE FACT THAT WE WILL TRY TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET TO THAT LEVEL FOR BUDGET ADOPTION PURPOSES AND COME BACK IN — ON MAY 5th WITH THE CITY MANAGER’S BUDGET REFLECTING THE REDUCTIONS I AM GOING TO WALK YOU THROUGH TODAY. SCENARIO 2, IT ASSUMED THAT THAT DOWNTURN WOULD LAST THROUGH OCTOBER, AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, OUR DEFICIT INCREASED TO $56 MILLION. SO THAT’S A $30 MILLION FURTHER NEGATIVE NUMBER THAN WHAT WE HAD IN SCENARIO NUMBER 1. SCENARIO 3 WE ASSUMED THAT THAT DOWNTURN WOULD LAST THROUGH DECEMBER, AND AS A RESULT OUR DEFICIT GREW TO $79 MILLION. SO THAT WAS 23 MILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN SCENARIO 2. FINALLY, SCENARIO 4 ASSUMED THAT THE DOWNTURN WOULD LAST A LITTLE BIT LONGER, ALL THE WAY THROUGH NEXT FISCAL YEAR, IN FACT, AND IT WOULD INCREASE OUR SHORTFALL TO $128 MILLION, WHICH WOULD BE $49 MILLION MORE THAN SCENARIO 3. AS WE DISCUSSED LAST WEEK, ON FRIDAY I ISSUED INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL OF OUR DEPARTMENTS TO IDENTIFY PROPOSED OR POTENTIAL REDUCTIONS UP TO 25%. THOSE REDUCTIONS, THOSE PROPOSED REDUCTIONS, ARE DUE BACK TO BUDGET AND RESEARCH BY APRIL 24th. BETWEEN APRIL 24th AND JUNE, MY STAFF WILL GO THROUGH THE EXHAUSTIVE PROCESS OF REVIEWING THOSE CUTS TO MAKE SURE THAT DEPARTMENTS COSTED THEM CORRECTLY, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE TRYING TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY BUT I WILL SAY IF WE GET TO SCENARIOS 3 AND 4 OUR ABILITY TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY WILL PROBABLY BE — WILL BE VERY LIMITED. THEN FINALLY, THE REDUCTIONS THAT WE’RE GOING TO PROPOSE AND BRING BACK TO YOU IN JUNE, THEY WILL REFLECT THIS INCREMENTAL PROCESS, THESE PHASES THAT YOU SEE HERE FROM SCENARIO 1 THROUGH SCENARIO 4. SO NOW WHAT I WANT TO DO IS WALK YOU THROUGH HOW I THINK WE SHOULD OR COULD BALANCE PHASE I. SO, FIRST, WE START OFF WITH A HIRING FREEZE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT ALREADY A FEW WEEKS AGO THE CITY MANAGER HAS INSTRUCTED DEPARTMENTS THAT WE WOULD NOT BE FILLING POSITIONS UNLESS THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. SO MY STAFF WENT THROUGH IN A VERY QUICK FASHION TO LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE PUT BOOKS AND AT THE NUMBER OF THOSE WE WERE ALREADY ACCOUNTING FOR IN SALARY SAVINGS FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE YOU UNDERSTAND ON AN ANNUAL BASIS WE REFLECT SOME SALARY SAVINGS WHICH REFLECTS TURNOVER, THE NUMBER OF DAZE AND TIMES AND MONTHS OUR POSITIONS WILL GO VACANT. WE ALREADY THIS 17 MILLION IN SAVINGS IN NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET. AFTER OUR REVIEW WE FEEL WE CAN BUMP THAT UP BY ANOTHER 13 MILLION. IN PHOENIX FISCAL YEAR WE’RE GOING TO RECOGNIZE 30 MILLION IN SAVINGS AS A RESULT OF AN EXTENDED HIRING FREEZE. SECOND AIRY I THINK WITH A WE ARE GOING TO PROPOSE TO YOU IS WE WOULD TRANSFER THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF SURPLUS LAND INTO THE GENERAL FUND. SO RIGHT NOW THERE ARE ABOUT SEVEN PROPERTIES THAT WERE SOLD OVER THE LAST, I WOULD SAY, 18 MONTHS OR SO WHERE WE FINALLY GOT PROCEEDS IN. THERE ARE ABOUT $6.8 MILLION WE COULD TRANSFER INTO THE GENERAL FUND TO BOLSTER OUR RESOURCES FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR. WHAT THIS MEANS IS THOSE FUNDS WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO PAY DOWN THE PPPI REIMBURSEMENT PLAN. IF YOU RECALL, PPPI WAS BEING REPAID FOR FUNDS IT LOANED THE GOLF FUND OVER A FEW YEARS BACK. AND THEN THIRD, WE WOULD REDUCE OUR CONTINGENCY FUND IN INCREASE. NEXT YEAR WE WERE PROPOSING ON THE SIZE OF THE BUDGET, GROWTH OF THE BUDGET, TO KEEP THE CONTINGENCY FUND AT 4% WE HAD TO ADD ESSENTIALLY $4 MILLION TO THE CONTINGENCY. HOWEVER, AS A RESULT OF THESE REDUCTIONS THAT WE’LL BE MAKING, WE CAN REDUCE THAT $4 MILLION INCREASE AND STILL KEEP THE CONTINGENCY AT 55.4 MILLION AND IT WILL ROUND UP TO 4%. SO WE STAY AT 4% WITHOUT HAVING TO IMPAIR OUR CONTINGENCY.>>Councilwoman Pastor: MAYOR?>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR?>>Councilwoman Pastor: I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE PPPI.>>YES.>>Councilwoman Pastor: HOW MUCH — HOW MUCH HAS GO INTO THE PPPI?>>THAT I’M NOT EXACTLY SURE ON. I WOULD HAVE TO GET BACK TO YOU ON THAT.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. BECAUSE THAT WAS A VERY CONTENTIOUS CONVERSATION THAT I HAD IN THE PARKS — I WAS CHAIR OF THE PARKS AND HOW PPPI FUNDS WERE USED FOR THE GOLF COURSES. I UNDERSTAND THERE WAS A RULING THEY COULD HAVE BEEN USED BAUGH IT WAS VERY CONTENTIOUS BECAUSE IT WAS, I GUESS, BOND MONEY. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM. SO I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY HAS GONE INTO THE PPPI AND THE SALE CURRENTLY AS YOU’RE MAKING THIS RECOMMENDATION.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: MAYOR, COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT SO FAR $7 MILLION OF THE $15 MILLION HAS BEEN REFUNDED BACK TO THE PPPI FUND. SO THIS WOULD STRETCH OUT THAT REPAYMENT LONGER BECAUSE WE WOULD BE USING THIS MONEY TO SHORE UP THE GENERAL FUND AS OPPOSED TO REFUNDING PPPI AS QUICKLY.>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, TO ADD ON TO THAT I KNOW THERE ARE PROPERTIES STILL SLATED FOR SALE THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY PARKS PROPERTIES THAT WOULD ALSO BENEFIT PPPI WHEN THOSE PROPERTIES ARE FINALLY SOLD.>>Councilwoman Pastor: RIGHT. AND THE PURPOSE OF THE PPPI FUNDING WAS FOR THAT FUNDING TO GO TO THE PARKS. RIGHT?>>YES.>>Councilwoman Pastor: YOU’RE SAYING THAT THE SEVEN — WHATEVER, HOWEVER MUCH, SEVEN MILLION, YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE OUT OF THE PPPI?>>NO, THESE ARE FUNDS FOR CITY PROPERTIES THAT WERE NOT PURCHASED WITH PARKS FUNDS OR PPPI FUNDS AT ALL. THESE WERE FUNDS THAT WERE THEORETICALLY IN MANY, MANY YEARS AGO PAID FOR PROBABLY OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND THROUGH GO BOND PROGRAMS. SO THESE FUNDS — THE PROCEEDS TECHNICALLY DO BELONG TO THE GENERAL FUND.>>Councilwoman Pastor: YOU DON’T WANT TO RESPOND TO THAT. OKAY. THANK YOU.>>Councilman Waring: MAYOR, CAN I ASK A QUESTION? JUST SO I’M CLEAR, SO THE PHASE I, YOU HAVE THE HIRING FREEZE, THE TRANSFER PROCEEDS, VEHICLE REPLACEMENTS. SO IS THAT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR, TOO, THE ONE WE’RE CURRENTLY IN? LIKE IF — IF WE AGREE TO THIS AND THEN YOU STOP REPLACING VEHICLES NOW? YOU DO THE HIRING FREEZE NOW? ANY PROCEEDS FROM LAND THAT WAS SOLD BETWEEN NOW AND JULY 1st. AM I READING THAT RIGHT?>>COUNCILMAN — MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, IF YOU RECALL IN LAST WEEK’S PRESENTATION I HAD MENTIONED TO YOU THAT WE HAVE ALREADY ACCOUNTED FOR SOME LEVEL OF VACANCY SAVINGS OVER AND ABOVE WHAT WE HAD BUDGETED FOR EVEN IN THE CURRENT YEAR AS A RESULT OF THE CITY MANAGER’S HIRING FREEZE. SO IF YOU RECALL LAST WEEK’S PRESENTATION, THE RANGE OF DEFICITS THAT I GAVE YOU ALREADY SHOWED ME ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT $15 MILLION MORE IN SAVINGS IN THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR. SO THAT INCLUDES SOME ADDITIONAL SALARY SAVINGS IN THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR. MY STAFF HAS ALREADY WORKED WITH PUBLIC WORKS TO LOOK AT THE VEHICLES THAT HAVE YET BEEN PURCHASED THIS YEAR AND FOR THE MOST PART THE ONLY VEHICLES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN PURCHASED IN THE GENERAL FUND ARE PUBLIC SAFETY VEHICLES. AND GIVEN THE LONG LEAD TIMES AS WELL AS THE DELAYS IN MANUFACTURING SOME OF THOSE VEHICLES AS WELL AS THE ORDER TIME, I’M NOT RECOMMENDING THAT WE STOP ANY OF THOSE PURCHASES IN THE CURRENT YEAR. SO THOSE WOULD ALL BE FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR. AS PERTAINS TO LAND, THESE ARE PROCEEDS THAT WE ACTUALLY ALREADY HAVE IN HAND. WE’VE GOTTEN BURNED IN THE PAST WHEN WE’VE ASSUMED OTHER PROPERTIES WERE GOING TO BE SOLD AND THAT WE HAD THOSE PROCEDURES — WE WOULD GET THOSE PROCEEDS BEFORE THE YEAR CLOSES. SO I LIKE TO ACTUALLY ONLY RECOGNIZE CASH THAT I HAVE AVAILABLE RATHER THAN TO HOPE THAT SOMETHING MATERIALIZES WHEN IT MAY NOT. SO THESE ARE REALLY ONLY FUNDS WE HAVE IN HAND RIGHT NOW.>>Councilman Waring: THANK YOU. THAT’S EXCELLENT ABOUT THE LAND SALES, TOO. THAT’S AN EXCELLENT POINT THAT I HADN’T THOUGHT OF. I GUESS JUST IN THE WAY THAT I WOULD READ THIS SO YOU HAVE ALREADY SAVED $15 MILLION IN THIS FISCAL YEAR, IS THAT WHAT I HEARD YOU — OR IDENTIFIED SAVINGS OF $15 MILLION IN THIS FISCAL YEAR? IS THAT WHAT YOU SAID?>>COUNCILMAN WARING, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, AS YOU KNOW, MY STAFF GOES THROUGH A VERY TEDIOUS AND EXHAUSTIVE PROCESS ALMOST ON A MONTHLY BASIS TO REFORECAST EVERY DEPARTMENT’S SPENDING ON MONTH END, AND SO AS A RESULT OF THAT FORECAST, AS A RESULT OF THE CITY MANAGER BASICALLY TELLING STAFF NOT TO SPEND MONEY THAT IS NOT ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL, AND AS A RESULT OF US LOOKING AT THE VACANCIES THAT ARE EXISTING RIGHT NOW, WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN PICK UP $15 MILLION IN THE CURRENT YEAR. THAT MONEY IS — THAT SAVINGS IS ALREADY ANTICIPATED IN THAT 26 TO $128 MILLION SHORTFALL THAT I’VE LAID OUT FOR YOU. IF I DID NOT ACCOUNT FOR THAT, OUR DEFICITS WOULD BE $15 MILLION HIGHER ON EACH OF THOSE FOUR SCENARIOS.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: THE $13 MILLION IS ADDITIONAL TO WHAT WE’VE –>>CORRECT. BUT NOT — YES, THAT WILL BE — THE 13 MILLION IS ALL FOR NEXT YEAR, NOT THIS YEAR.>>Councilman Waring: SO — I’M SORRY, THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A ECHO OR SOMETHING THERE FOR A SECOND. SO — WHEN I LOOKED AT PHASE I, LET’S SAY THE GOAL IS 26 MILLION, THAT’S 26 MILLION, BUT IT’S REALLY 41 MILLION IN SAVINGS BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE 15 FROM THIS YEAR AND THEN 26 MILLION NEXT FISCAL YEAR?>>YES, THAT IS CORRECT.>>Councilman Waring: I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTOOD THAT.>>THAT IS CORRECT.>>Councilman Waring: SO IT’S REALLY $41 MILLION BUT YOU HAVE ALREADY IDENTIFIED 15 MILLION IN THIS FISCAL YEAR. THIS 26 MILLION IS IN ADDITION TO THAT?>>CORRECT.>>Councilman Waring: OKAY. THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO HAVE THAT POINT CLARIFIED FOR MYSELF. THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE IT.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN WARING.>>MOVING BACK TO THE 26 MILLION. SO THE LAST FEW ITEMS ON THIS SLIDE ACTUALLY GO — SO GOING FROM THE VEHICLES — SO WE’RE REPLACING — WE GOT 20 MILLION IN GENERAL FUND VEHICLE REPLACEMENTS IN THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR. 15 OF THAT GOES SPECIFICALLY TO PUBLIC SAFETY. I DO NOT WANT TO REDUCE OUR PUBLIC SAFETY FLEET. WE HAVE HAD EXHAUSTIVE CONVERSATIONS WITH YOU ON THAT AS RELATES TO BONDING AND NEED FOR ADDITIONAL CAPITAL IN PUBLIC SAFETY, SO I HAVE WORKED WITH FLEET AND WE TOOK THE $5 MILLION SET ASIDE SPECIFICALLY FOR NONPUBLIC SAFETY AND WE’RE GOING TO REDUCE THAT BY 2.2 MILLION. SO THAT WOULD LEAVE 2.8 MILLION FOR NONPUBLIC SAFETY FLEET VEHICLE REPLACEMENTS IN THE GENERAL FUND. THEN OUR FINAL ITEM IS NEXT FISCAL YEAR IN THE BASE BUDGET, THE BUDGET THAT WE WALK YOU THROUGH AS FAR AS STATUS AS WELL AS TRIAL BUDGET, ASSUMED A $1 MILLION INCREASE TO OUR PENSION STABILIZATION FUND THAT WE CREATED A FEW YEARS BACK, AND SO IN TOTAL, WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS 27 MILLION DOLLARS. SO IN SUMMARY, OUR PHASE I THAT WE WOULD BRING BACK AS PART OF THE CITY MANAGER’S PROPOSED BUDGET ON MAY 5th WOULD INCLUDE THE 26 MILLION DOLLARS AS OUTLINED AND AS NECESSARY TO BALANCE SCENARIO NUMBER 1, BUT WE’VE ALSO IDENTIFIED AN ADDITIONAL $OBJECT MILLION, AND WE DID THAT SO THAT THE COUNCIL COULD ADDRESS ANY ITEMS THEY PREVIOUSLY VOTED ON SUCH AS THE OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY, THE INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY THAT WAS PROPOSED AND ADOPTED BY YOU FROM CED, AS WELL AS OTHER HIGH-PRIORITY ADDITIONS SUCH AS ADDITIONAL 911 DISPATCHERS AND FIRE, OR ANY OTHER HIGH PRIORITIES THAT WERE IDENTIFIED IN THE ORIGINAL TRIAL BUDGET. NOW, I DO WANT TO CAUTION YOU THAT ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT TO ADD OVER AND ABOVE THE MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE’VE IDENTIFIED HERE WOULD REQUIRE FURTHER REDUCTIONS. NEXT STEPS. SO PHASES 2 THROUGH 4, AS I HAVE MENTIONED TO YOU, WE WILL BE GETTING A LIST OF PROPOSED REDUCTIONS FROM OUR DEPARTMENTS ON APRIL 24th. SO WE WILL BE GOING THROUGH THOSE. SO OUR PHASE II COINCIDES WITH SCENARIO 2. SO THAT WOULD REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL $30 MILLION IN POTENTIAL REDUCTIONS OVER AND ABOVE THE 26 MILLION I JUST LAID OUT FOR YOU. SO THAT 30 PLUS THE 26 WE WOULD HAVE ALREADY CUT IF AGREED ON WOULD GET US OUR 56 MILLION FOR SCENARIO 2. PHASE III WOULD REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL 23 TO 30 MILLION DOLLARS IN POTENTIAL REDUCTIONS AND WOULD THAT GET US TO OUR $79 MILLION TOTAL THAT WAS REQUIRED FOR PHASE — OR SCENARIO 3. SCENARIO 4 WOULD REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL APPROXIMATELY $50 MILLION IN POTENTIAL REDUCTIONS OVER AND ABOVE PHASE III TO GET TO OUR TOTAL OF $128 MILLION WE PRESENTED IN SCENARIO 4.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: SO THIS IS — THE SPEED OF THESE BUDGET CHANGES IS UNPRECEDENTED. I THINK DR. CARMONA STARTED US OFF WITH THAT WORD UNPRECEDENTED. IN NORMAL TIMES WE WOULD HAVE A TRIAL BUDGE HEETTE, 30 DAYS OF PUBLIC COMMENT, COME BACK, ADOPTION OVER TWO MONTHS. NOW WITH OUR INFORMATION COMING OUT DAILY WE’RE AT A DIFFERENT SPEED AND DIRECTION HERE. SO WE HAD TO SCRAP OUR ORIGINAL TRIAL BUDGET AND WE MOVED TO THIS PHASED APPROACH IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO REACT TO OUR NEW INFORMATION. SO WE HAVE A PROPOSED BUDGET THAT GETS PRESENTED ON MAY 5th WITH A COUNCIL ACTION ON MAY 19th THAT ALLOWS US TO SET IN MOTION THE FORMAL ADOPTIONS IN JUNE, TWO OF THEM, AND A PROPERTY TAX LEVY REQUIRED TO BE DONE THE FIRST COUNCIL MEETING IN JULY, WHICH IS JULY 1st. SO IT’S OUR RECOMMENDATION IS FOR A $26 MILLION BALANCING OPTION AS JEFF PRESENTED TO YOU IN THE CHART AND AS — AS PHASE I, AND THEN WE NEED TO GET A DECISION FROM THE COUNCIL ABOUT WHETHER AND HOW TO USE THE ADDITIONAL MILLION DOLLARS THAT WAS IDENTIFIED FOR ANY COUNCIL PRIORITIES THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN ACTED ON OR THAT STILL REMAIN OUT THERE, AND I THINK THAT WAS A QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED LAST THURSDAY SPECIFICALLY BY COUNCIL MEMBERS WARING AND WILLIAMS, IF I REMEMBER, ABOUT WOULD THE COUNCIL HAVE A DECISION POINT ON THAT. SO WE NEED TO KNOW THAT BY APRIL 21st SO THAT WE CAN GET A PROPOSED BUDGET PUT TOGETHER TO BE PRESENTED ON MAY 5th. AND, MAYOR, WITH THAT WE’LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.>>Councilman Waring: MAYOR, MAY I ASK A QUESTION.>>Mayor Gallego: JUST ONE QUICKLY ONE FROM ME, YOU NEED US TO TACT QUICKLY ON THIS, BUT THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE WERE DOING PREVIOUSLY IN THE BUDGET PROCESS. DO YOU NEED US TO VOTE TODAY OR COULD WE TAKE UNTIL THURSDAY SO COUNCIL MEMBERS COULD TAKE IN THIS VERY SIGNIFICANT BUT IMPORTANT PROPOSAL?>>City Mgr. Zuercher: MAYOR, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP. AS RELATES TO THE SPEED, THIS IS A DIFFERENT SPEED AND A DIFFERENT WAY THAN WE HAVE DONE IT. ABSOLUTELY WE CAN DEFINITELY TAKE IT UNTIL THURSDAY FOR FURTHER PROCESSING. NORMALLY WE WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO BRIEF YOU ALL, BUT JUST WITH THE SPEED WE ONLY GOT THIS FIGURED OUT ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE THE MEETING. SO THANK YOU. YES, IT CAN WAIT THAT TIME MAYOR.>>Mayor Gallego: WONDERFUL. I WILL GO FIRST TO COUNCILWOMAN STARK AND THEN TO COUNCILMAN WARING.>>Councilwoman Stark: I WOULD AGREE. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AT LEAST A FEW DAYS TO UNDERSTAND THIS A LITTLE BIT MORE. MAYBE I COULD DO A FOLLOW-UP CALL WITH YOU, JEFF AND ED, JUST TO GET A BETTER FEELING. IF WE CAN WAIT UNTIL THURSDAY, I REALLY WOULD PREFER THAT. THANK YOU.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: ABSOLUTELY.>>Mayor Gallego: THOUSAND. COUNCILMAN WARING?>>Councilman Waring: ED, AS YOU SUGGESTED, THIS IS KIND — SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS MIGHT BE STUFF I NORMALLY WOULD ASK YOU WHEN YOU AND JEFF WERE SITTING IN MY OFFICE BEFOREHAND, SO APOLOGIES. I WANT TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND. THIS WOULDN’T BE — THURSDAY OR TODAY, BUT NOW THURSDAY, WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT VOTING ON A FULL BUDGET. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT GIVING DIRECTION SO YOU CAN CRAFT A FULL BUDGET BY THE NEXT DEADLINE, CORRECT?>>City Mgr. Zuercher: THAT THAT’S CORRECT.>>Councilman Waring: SO TO THAT END, LIKE WHEN I’M — SO UNDER PHASE I, ADDITIONAL 1 MILLION TO ADDRESS ITEMS PREVIOUSLY VOTED ON BY THE COUNCIL. I WANT TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND IT. THOSE ITEMS WERE MORE THAN 1 MILLION. I THINK THE OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY WAS LIKE 3 MILLION — AND THEN THE INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY WAS A FEW HUNDRED THOUSAND. SO MAYBE ROUNDING, THREE-AND-A-HALF MILLION, IS THAT FAIR, FOR THOSE TWO?>>City Mgr. Zuercher: YES, THAT IS FAIR. JUST THOSE TWO ITEMS WERE ABOUT $3.4, 3.5 MILLION, YES.>>Councilman Waring: SO YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT TAKING OUT A MILLION FROM THE NEW 3 1/2 LEAFING A NET GAIN OF 2 1/2 MILLION FOR THOSE 2 ITEMS? FOR THIS YEAR — THIS YEAR COMPARED TO NEXT YEAR.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: ACTUALLY, COUNCILMAN WARING, IT’S THE REVERSE. IF YOU WERE TO SAY THOSE WERE THE TWO ITEMS THE COUNCIL WANTED TO DO IN SOME WAY BECAUSE THEY HAD VOTED ON THEM, ALTHOUGH I HAVE ALSO HEARD AND WE UNDERSTAND A NEED FOR SOME ADDITIONAL 911 OPERATORS, PARTICULARLY IN OUR FIRE SECTION, YOU WOULD HAVE $1 MILLION AND THAT WE WOULD FIGURE OUT WHAT WE COULD DO IN THOSE AREAS FOR A MILLION DOLLARS, BUT WE WOULD NEED TO KNOW WHICH OF THOSE AREAS WE WANTED TO DO. SO, FOR EXAMPLE DOES THE COUNCIL STILL DESIRE TO DO THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IN THIS DAY AND AGE? CLEARLY YOU COULDN’T DO A $3 MILLION PROPOSAL WITH $1 MILLION, SO WHAT SORT OF PHASING WOULD BE AVAILABLE WITHIN THAT MONEY? I THINK THAT WE HAD MAYBE — ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS, JEFF, IN 911 OPERATORS. THERE IS LIMITATIONS THERE AS TO WHAT OTHER CITIES WILL BE ABLE TO PAY FOR IT. SO IS THERE SOME PART OF THAT WE COULD DO IF NOT ALL OF IT? SO THAT’S SORT OF THE QUESTION WE WOULD NEED TO WORK THROUGH.>>Councilman Waring: SO — I APPRECIATE THAT CLARIFICATION. IT READ FUNNY TO ME AND I DIDN’T PROCESS APPARENTLY THE BULLET POINTS. SO, REALLY, THE WAY IT READS ON THE SUMMARY OF PHASE I ACTIONS IS YOU WOULD BE ADDING A MILLION DOLLARS YEAR OVER YEAR TO THE OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY OR EMERGENCY 911 DISPATCHERS OR OTHER PRIORITIES — I THINK THERE WAS ALSO LIKE INCREASES IN STAFFING FOR DIFFERENT OFFICES. SO IT’S REALLY THOSE FOUR THINGS ARE COMPETING FOR $1 MILLION IF YOU VOTE FOR THE SUMMARY OF PHASE I ACTIONS?>>City Mgr. Zuercher: YES, I THINK THAT’S A FAIRWAY TO SAY IT.>>Councilman Waring: OKAY. IT’S NOBODY’S FAULT. IT READ A LITTLE DIFFERENT TO ME WHEN I WAS LOOKING AT THIS. AND THEN IF YOU GO OVER THE MILLION DOLLARS, YOU CHIP AWAY AT THE 26 MILLION. SO IF YOU SPENT $2 MILLION ON THOSE FOUR ITEMS, OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT’S NEW, THEN YOU’VE REALLY ONLY SAVED $25 MILLION, ET CETERA? IF IT WAS 3 MILLION, THEN IT WAS 24 MILLION, CORRECT? [INAUDIBLE]>>City Mgr. Zuercher: IF YOU WENT OVER THAT MILLION DOLLARS WE WOULD HAVE TO IDENTIFY SOMETHING FURTHER TO REDUCE OR NOT DO IN ORDER TO DO THAT, CORRECT.>>Councilman Waring: OKAY. THANK YOU. SO ON THURSDAY ARE YOU ENVISIONING LIKE — LIKE MAYBE I DON’T WANT TO SPEND A MILLION DOLLARS ON THE OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY. I MEAN, ARE PEOPLE GOING TO BE MAKING MOTIONS? BECAUSE THIS IS CLEARLY NOT DETAMED. I ASSUME SOME PEOPLE MIGHT WANT TO SPEND MORE MONEY ON IT OR ALL THE MILLION DOLLARS GOES FOR THE OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY OR ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS. HOW IS THAT GOING TO WORK? BECAUSE YOU ONLY GET ONE MOTION AND THEN ONE SUBSTITUTE. RIGHT? OR ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE ON EACH ITEM INDIVIDUALLY? I AM TRYING TO ENVISION HOW THAT’S GOING TO WORK AS A PROCEDURAL THING.>>I DON’T HAVE AN ANSWER FOR THAT. WE HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE.>>Councilman Waring: FAIR ENOUGH.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: WE HAVE TO FIGURE THAT OUT.>>OKAY. YOU SEE WHAT I’M SAYING, THOUGH, IN TERMS OF — THANK YOU, MAYOR. I APPRECIATE IT.>>I THINK TO CLARIFY ON THURSDAY WE WOULD JUST BE VOTING GENERALLY ON A STRUCTURE AND NOT A FINAL BUDGET. SO WE WOULD STILL HAVE SOME COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ALTHOUGH NOT IN THE TRADITIONAL WAY.>>Councilwoman Williams: MAYOR?>>Mayor Gallego: COULD YOU HEAR ME WITH THAT, CITY MANAGER?>>City Mgr. Zuercher: MAYOR –>>Mayor Gallego: THURSDAY’S VOTE WOULD NOT BE A FINAL BUDGET.>>Mayor Gallego: WHAT WE NEED IS AN INDICATION AS TO WHETHER THIS LIST OF REDUCTIONS TO GET US TO AN INITIAL BALANCING OF 26 MILLION IS DOABLE, AND THEN THERE WAS A REQUEST HOW WOULD WE FUND SOME OF THE THINGS THE COUNCIL HAS ALREADY ASKED FOR — ASKED TO BE DONE. THOSE WERE TWO SPECIFIC THINGS, THE OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY AND THE INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY. I’VE ALSO HEARD A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE 911 OPERATORS, FOR EXAMPLE, BUT THERE MAY BE OTHER THINGS THE COUNCIL COULD DIRECT ME AND JEFF TO FIGURE OUT A PROPOSAL FOR THAT $1 MILLION OR COULD COME UP WITH ITS OWN PROPOSAL THAT WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE TO A MAJORITY. BUT, YES, WE NEED KIND OF TWO THINGS. ONE, IS THIS WAY OF GETTING TO $26 MILLION ACCEPTABLE? SECONDLY, IS IDENTIFYING SOME RESOURCES FOR THOSE ALREADY IDENTIFIED ADDITIONAL PRIORITIES, IS THAT ACCEPTABLE AND THEN HOW WOULD WE FIT INTO THAT AMOUNT?>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU. I THINK I SAW THE VICE MAYOR FIRST. WE WILL GO TO THE VICE MAYOR AND THEN COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: THANK YOU. SO MY QUESTION IS — ONE. QUESTIONS THAT I HAVE, WHEN IT COMES TO THE 911 OPERATORS, HOW MANY ARE WE FUNDING FOR?>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, IN THE ORIGINAL TRIAL BUDGET WE WERE TRYING TO GET, OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, SOMEWHERE IN THE RANGE OF 18, I BELIEVE, WAS THE NUMBER. HOWEVER, AGAIN, THIS IS A DIFFERENT SCENARIO. WE WOULD BE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW MANY OF THEM WE COULD ADD PLUS ADDRESS ANY OF THE OTHER THINGS THE CITY MANAGER HAS TALKED ABOUT LIKE THE OFFICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY, THE INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY. SO WE WOULD HAVE TO PIECEMEAL IT.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: THEN MY OTHER QUESTION WAS — NOT A QUESTION BUT SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE TO SEE, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A REPORT THAT SHOWS THE SERVICES THAT ARE BEING PROVIDED IN EACH DEPARTMENT BY A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HOW MUCH THE CONTRACT FORWOULD COST THE CITY AND HOW LONG THE FUNDS ARE. I KNOW THAT IN THE PAST — AND MAYBE JUST FOR A MORE PRACTICAL REASONS, WE CONTACTED SOME — CONTRACTED SOME OF THE WORK OUT. SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HOW MUCH IS THAT COSTING US, AND THEN ALSO TRY TO FIGURE OUT IF ANY OF OUR CURRENT EMPLOYEES COULD ACTUALLY DO THAT WORK AND WHAT WOULD BE THE SAVINGS ON THAT AS WELL. THEN THE THIRD QUESTION IS I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE [INAUDIBLE] ALL OF THESE ARE RUNNING TOGETHER AT THIS POINT. WANT TO FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH COVID-19 MONEY ARE WE GETTING AND WHERE IS IT AL — WHERE IS IT WE’RE ALLOCATING THAT MONEY. IT’S FROM MY UNDERSTANDING GIVEN THE VIRUS, GIVEN THAT IT’S ALREADY HIT OUR 911 OPERATORS, REMINDING WE WERE ALREADY SHORT 18 — WE WERE ALREADY SHORT 18 AND NOW WITH EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENING, I THINK WE MIGHT NEED MORE 911 OPERATORS. SO IF WE COULD USE SOME OF THAT MONEY TO FUND THE EXTRA 911 OPERATORS THAT WE MIGHT NEED IN THE FUTURE.>>ONE THING THAT WE NEED TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL OF WITH THIS C.A.R.E.S. MONEY, I KNOW CLARK WENT THROUGH THE BEGINNING OF OUR PRESENTATION TRYING TO LAY OUT FOR YOU WHAT WE KNOW NOW IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH MONEY WE’RE GETTING IN AND WHAT BUCKETS THOSE WILL FALL TO. THE OTHER THING I THINK WE NEED TO REALLY KIND OF THINK ABOUT AND THINK VERY STRATEGICALLY ABOUT IS THE C.A.R.E.S. MONEY IS NOT ONGOING MONEY. THE C.A.R.E.S. MONEY IS ONE-TIME MONEY THAT’S COMING INTO THE CITY AND IF WE START ADDING THINGS WITH ONE-TIME MONEY, WE ARE MAKING A BIGGER DEFICIT FOR A FUTURE BUDGET YEAR. SO WE NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT USING THIS MONEY TO ADD THINGS THAT WE THEN — THAT WE CAN’T SUSTAIN IN FUTURE YEARS.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: THAT’S ALL. THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>Mayor Gallego: MAYBE AS A WAY TO HELP US HAVE THE DATA WE NEED BY THURSDAY, THE VICE MAYOR ASKED ABOUT INSOURCING. I DON’T THINK YOU’LL HAVE THE ABILITY TO PREPARE A NEW DOCUMENT, BUT PERHAPS WE COULD PUT IT MORE AS A POLICY CHALLENGE THAT YOU LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO PROTECT OUR EXISTING WORKFORCE AS YOU PUT TOGETHER THE BUDGET? WOULD THAT BE A POSSIBILITY?>>City Mgr. Zuercher: MAYOR, VICE MAYOR, WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GET THAT LIST OF CONTRACTS BY THURSDAY BUT I THINK THAT SORT OF POLICY DIRECTION IS HELPFUL TO US AS WE GET INTO OUR FURTHER PHASES, 2, 3 AND 4, TO IDENTIFY, AS YOU SAID, WHETHER THERE WOULD BE OPPORTUNITIES TO INSOURCE AND SAVE CITY JOBS AND SAVE MONEY. ABSOLUTELY.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU. WE’LL GO TO COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR AND THEN COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA.>>Councilwoman Williams: YOU FORGOT ME.>>Mayor Gallego: I’M SORRY. I HAVE — IT IS EASIER TO CALL ON THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO I CAN SEE ON THE WEBEX, AND THERE WAS SOME UNFAIR — YES, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS IN FACT WAS NEXT. APOLOGIES TO ALL THREE OF YOU.>>Councilwoman Williams: THANK YOU. I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE ONE-TIME MONEY FOR JEFF. CAN THE C.A.R.E.S. MONEY BE USED TO REIMBURSE US FOR THE EXPENSES, THE UNFORESEEN EXPENSES WE HAVE HAD TO KEEP EMPLOYED FOR THE VIRUS?>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, THE C.A.R.E.S. MONEY DEFINITELY ALLOWS FOR THAT AND THAT’S WHY WHEN THIS ALL FIRST STARTED CFO DENISE OLSON AND MYSELF WORKED WITH DEPARTMENTS TO GET A UNIQUE COST CENTER SET UP IN EACH DEPARTMENT SO WE COULD TRACK THOSE EXPENSES AND SO THAT IT MAKES IT REALLY EASY FOR US ONCE WE GET TO A POINT OF BEING TO ASK FOR REIMBURSEMENT. AGAIN, WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WE ARE ONLY PAYING FOR THINGS THAT WE’RE EXHAUSTING RESOURCES ON THAT IS DIRECTLY RELAYED TO COVID THAT WE WERE NOT PAYING FOR IN OUR BUDGET BEFOREHAND. WE CANNOT SUPPLANT THE GENERAL FUND OR ANY OTHER FUNDING SOURCE WITH THIS C.A.R.E.S. MONEY.>>Councilwoman Williams: BUT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO USE THAT — THAT WOULD HELP OFFSET SOME OF THE DEFICIT THAT WE’LL SEE NOW?>>IT COULD, ONLY IF THAT’S PART OF THE REASON WHY WE’RE OVER IN THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR. BUT, AGAIN, WHAT DENISE AND I ARE PLANNING ON DOING, THOSE COST CENTERS WE HAVE SET UP, WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS WE’VE MAPPED THEM TO ESSENTIALLY TO MAKE THIS EASY FOR EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND, WE HAVE MAPPED THEM TO AN ARBITRARY FUND. SO RIGHT NOW IT’S NOT DRAWING ON THE GENERAL FUND’S RESOURCES WHEN WE HAVE THOSE EXPENSES AND SO WHEN THOSE FUNDS COME BACK IN WE WILL OFFSET THOSE EXPENDITURES AND THERE WILL BE NO IMPAIRMENT TO THE GENERAL FUND.>>Councilwoman Williams: MY NEXT QUESTION IS, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT NOT FILLING ANY EMPTY POSITIONS, DOES THAT INCLUDE PUBLIC SAFETY? POLICE, FIRE, 911?>>IT DOES NOT, MAYOR — COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS. SO WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS RIGHT NOW WE — AGAIN, I ALREADY BUDGETED FOR SOME LEVEL OF SAVINGS IN THE BASE. WE HAD 17 MILLION IN. THIS WE’RE ADDING 13. WE’LL HAVE A TOTAL OF 30 MILLION IN. WHAT WE ARE NOT ACCOUNTING FOR ARE ANY SWORN VACANCIES. WE’RE ALSO NOT ACCOUNTING FOR ANYTHING WE THINK WOULD BE CRITICAL. AND IF A DEPARTMENT REALLY NEEDS TO FILL SOMETHING, THERE WILL BE A PROCESS THAT THEY CAN GO THROUGH TO GET THOSE POSITIONS FILLED. BUT, AGAIN, WE’RE NOT TALKING 911 OPERATORS. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT FIRE. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT POLICE. WE ALSO NEED TO BE CAREFUL TO BE SURE, BECAUSE, AGAIN, SOME OF THOSE VACANCIES ARE USED TO HELP COMPENSATE FOR THE VACANCY. FOR EXAMPLE, IF OVERTIME HAS TO BE WORKED. SO WE CAN’T TAKE EVERY DOLLAR OF SALARY SAVINGS. IT’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN WHAT WE CAN ACTUALLY BUDGET FOR AND PLAN FOR VERSUS WHAT WE CAN TAKE OUT.>>Councilwoman Williams: THANK YOU. THAT’S ALL MY QUESTIONS.>>Mayor Gallego: GOOD QUESTION AND THANK YOU FOR MAKING SURE I DIDN’T SKIP IT. NOW WE’LL GO TO COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SO, ED, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. MY QUESTION IS, YOU’RE ASKING FOR US TO VOTE ON THIS THURSDAY. I BELIEVE WE HAVE A MONDAY COUNCIL MEETING OR POLICY, I BELIEVE.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: YES.>>Councilwoman Pastor: IS IT POSSIBLE TO MOVE IT TO MONDAY? BECAUSE I DON’T THINK THAT’S ENOUGH TIME FOR US TO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT HAS BEEN PRESENTED TODAY SINCE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE RECEIVED IT.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: YES, BASICALLY WE HAVE TO HAVE ENOUGH DIRECTION BY APRIL 21st IN ORDER TO GET A BUDGET PUT TOGETHER. SO, COUNCILWOMAN, DIRECTLY TO YOUR QUESTION, YES.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SO WE HAVE TIME.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: YES.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THANK YOU. MY SECOND QUESTION IS — MY SECOND QUESTION IS, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW — I UNDERSTAND THAT THE COVID-19 C.A.R.E.S. IS A ONE-TIME ONLY. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW A BREAKDOWN OR SCENARIO OF ONE-TIME ITEMS THAT WE CAN DO WITH MANY BUDGET. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT AND THEN SEE WHAT WE’RE DOING THAT IS ONE TIME OR THAT CAN COVER ONE-TIME COSTS WITH OUR BUDGET. I WOULD LIKE THAT ALL MAPPED OUT SO THAT THEN I CAN MAKE AN EDUCATED DECISION ON HOW WE MOVE FORWARD ON THE BUDGET.>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, I GET WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO GET TO COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR, BUT THE REALITY IS, AS CLARK HAS EXPLAINED, AND I THINK WE’VE TALKED ABOUT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, A LOT OF DETAILS BEHIND HOW THIS C.A.R.E.S. MONEY IS GOING TO BE ALLOCATED IS NOT GOING TO BE KNOWN EVEN UNTIL WE GET TO BUDGET ADOPTION. IT DEFINITELY WON’T BE KNOWN BY THE TIME YOU GET TO MAY 19th WHICH IS OUR FIRST BUDGET VOTE. IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO HAPPEN THAT FROM PERSPECTIVE. I DEANNA AND OTHER STAFF ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE DIRECT ALLOCATIONS WE KNOW WE’RE GOING TO GET, WHAT THEIR PROPOSALS ARE FOR THAT. OTHER THING WE HAVE TO DO FROM A BUDGETARY STANDPOINT IS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH APPROPRIATION TO COVER SOME OF THE C.A.R.E.S. MONEY THAT WE COULD COME INTO IN IF NEXT FISCAL YEAR. SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE’RE STILL STRUGGLING WITH HOW WE DO, HOW WE CREATE APPROPRIATION BUT NOT CONSIDER SOMETHING IN THE BUDGET THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED SUPPLANTING. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE MORE CLARITY ON SOME OF THIS STUFF, TOO, BUT THE REALITY IS THIS THING WAS WRITTEN REALLY FAST AND I THINK THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT NOW HOW THEY’RE GOING TO DOLE THE MONEY OUT. UNFORTUNATELY, I DON’T KNOW THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET YOU WHAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SO I DON’T WANT SUPPLANTING. WHAT I’M ASKING FOR IS TO FIGURE OUT, AND IF WE CAN’T FIGURE IT OUT, LET’S PUSH THE DATE BACK, SINCE WE HAVE UNTIL APRIL 21st, TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT DO WITH THE COVID-19. I HEAR WHAT YOU ARE SAYING, SOME PEOPLE ARE WORKING ON IT. I AM GOING TO MAKE A BIG DECISION AND A BIG VOTE AND I WANT TO HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION AND BE EDUCATED ON THAT VOTE.>>I HEAR WHAT YOU’RE SAYING COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR. I THINK ONE THING TO REMEMBER IS WITH THE COVID MONEY BEING SO FLUID, WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS ESTABLISH ESSENTIALLY A FRAMEWORK OR A BOX IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH MONEY WOULD THEORETICALLY OR COULD THEORETICALLY COME TO THE CITY. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT WE’RE SPENDING THAT MONEY DAY ONE. THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE’RE SPENDING THAT MONEY TOMORROW. I THINK YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO WORK WITH THE DEPUTY CITY MANAGERS, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER AS WELL AS WELL AS DEPARTMENT HEADS TO CRAFT HOW THAT MONEY IS GOING TO BE DEPLOYED EVEN INTO NEXT FISCAL YEAR. THIS, AS ED MENTIONED, THIS IS EARLY ON IN THE PRESENTATION LAST WEEK AND THIS WEEK, THIS BUDGET PROCESS IS GOING TO BE UNLIKE ANYTHING WE HAVE DONE BEFORE. IT HAS TO BE FLUID. IT HAS TO BE PLIABLE, ABLE TO BEND IN ORDER FOR US TO GET ANYTHING DONE.>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA.>>A COUPLE THINGS. I WILL DO A LITTLE FOLLOW-UP ON THAT. I THINK WE WANT TO SEE IS WHAT ARE THE EXPENSES, WHAT ARE THE THINGS WE’RE SPENDING NOW THAT ARE COVID RELATED, WHAT ARE THE THINGS WE COULD FORESEE, AND THEN WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT WE CAN BRING TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF PHOENIX, AND SO I THINK ON THAT I THINK IT’S JUST GETTING US AN IDEA OR A PICTURE OF WHAT WE HAVE SPENT OR WHAT WE HAVE MOVED AND THEN WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO WITH IT. I THINK — I WOULD ALSO WANT TO UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT MORE — I KNOW A LOT OF DEPARTMENTS HAVE VACANCIES. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO THE BUDGET? ARE WE NOT GOING TO FILL THOSE? ARE WE GOING TO REMOVE THOSE? I WOULD WANT TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON THAT. I THINK THE PUBLIC INPUT PIECE IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT. I THINK WE’RE FIGURING OUT THESE LAST COUPLE WEEKS HOW WE COULD BRING THAT IN. I THINK WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE’RE GOING TO DO THIS AND TRY TO DO IT WELL TO MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC STILL HAS A PLACE IN THE DISCUSSION. AND THEN THE FINAL THING I THINK IN REGARDS TO THE VOTE, I THINK I’M — WE SHOULD HAVE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT’S SPENDING LESS LOOKS LIKE MOVING FORWARD BUT I THINK WE SHOULD RESPECT THE ROLE OF THE COUNCIL, THE PEOPLE, REMIND COUNCILMEMBER WARING TO MAYBE GO BACK AND WATCH THE VIDEO OF TESTIMONY THAT WE HEARD FOR HOURS AND HOURS TO UNDERSTAND PEOPLE’S PAIN AND WHY IT IS SO NECESSARY AND WHY WE HAD TO MAKE THAT DECISION, A DECISION THAT TOOK 20 TO 30 YEARS TO MAKE GO FORWARD. SO I THINK THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT, AND I HOPE WE DON’T USE THIS CRISIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO KILL THINGS WE MAYBE DON’T AGREE ON, AND I’M NOT QUESTIONING YOUR PRINCIPLES, COUNCILMAN WARING, BUT THAT’S WHAT IT SEEMS LIKE — A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT YOU’RE DOING IN COMING IN FOR SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T AGREE WITH TO BEGIN WITH, PLEASE CONSIDER PEOPLE’S LIVES AND THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED HARD TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. SO BACK TO JEFF, I THINK, AGAIN, WE’RE ALL TAKING THIS — TAKING THIS IN RIGHT NOW. I REALLY WANT TO UNDERSTAND IT BETTER BEFORE WE MAKE A VOTE. IT DOES SEEM QUICK TO GO ON THURSDAY. I WANT TO FIGURE OUT THE PUBLIC PIECE AND THEN ALSO JUST UNDERSTAND WHAT IT ACTUALLY MEANS IN REGARD TO VACANCIES AND I THINK THIS IS WHAT COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR WAS REFERRING TO. I WANT TO SEE A COVID SPECIFIC BUDGET. WHAT IS IT WE’RE SPENDING ON? WHAT IS IT THAT WE ARE DOING IN THIS TIME THAT WE WOULDN’T HAVE DONE BEFORE.>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, COUNCILMAN GARCIA, I CAN ANSWER PART OF THAT QUESTION. AS FAR AS THINGS WE HAVE SPENT MONEY ON TO DATE, BASED ON A BRIEF CONVERSATION I HAD WITH DENISE LAST NIGHT, WE’VE SPENT ABOUT $4 MILLION ON THINGS RELATED TO COVID. PPE, LAPTOPS SO PEOPLE CAN TELECOMMUTE AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. NOW ONE THING TO BE BE MINDFUL OF, SOME OF THAT MONEY WE HAVE SPENT, ESPECIALLY ON SOME OF THE PPE MONIES, WE HAVE BEEN BUYING THINGS COLLECTIVELY WITH THE REGION TO BOOST OUR NUMBERS SO WE CAN GET ORDERS IN. SO EVEN ALL OF THAT $4 MILLION WILL PROBABLY MORE THAN LIKELY NOT EVEN BE A PHOENIX EXPENSE. WOULD BE REIMBURSABLE THROUGH COVID BECAUSE OTHER CITIES WILL GET SOME PORTION OF THAT PPE THEORETICALLY. JUST BECAUSE WE’RE TRYING TO LEVERAGE OUR BUYING CAPACITY. BEYOND THAT, I DON’T KNOW THAT WE HAVE SPENT — AGAIN, I AM ANECDOTALLY SPEAKING HERE — I DON’T THINK WE HAVE SPENT A LOT OF EXTRA MONEY OVER AND ABOVE OUR DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS ON COVID TO THIS POINT. THAT’S WHAT THOSE COST CENTERS ARE THEORETICALLY GOING TO BE USED FOR TO MONITOR AND TRACK THOSE BUT RIGHT NOW WE HAVE STAFF THAT ARE JUST DOING WHY THEIR DAY-TO-DAY JOBS. SOMETIMES THEY’RE WORKING AT THE EOC. THAT’S NOT NECESSARILY A COVID RELATED REIMBURSEMENT EXPENSE. YOU WERE JUST DOING YOUR JOB IN AN ALTERNATE LOCATION. IT’S WHEN WE GO BEYOND THE DAY TO DAY OF WHAT WE WOULD NORMALLY DO THAT WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR A REIMBURSEMENT. AS A FORMER AUDITOR, AUDITING GRANTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, I CAN SPEAK TO THAT TO THE PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT IS ELIGIBLE AND WHAT’S NOT ELIGIBLE.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: MAYOR –>>Councilwoman Stark: MAYOR –>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILMEMBER DICICCIO.>>Councilman DiCiccio: THANK YOU, MAYOR. I WANT TO BE REALLY DIRECT TO CARLOS BECAUSE I DO LIKE YOU CARLOS, BUT WE TOTALLY DISAGREE ON THIS ISSUE. I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO KILL THAT POLICE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, WHICH I BELIEVE TO BE ANTIPOLICE. I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO DO THAT. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT’S ON THE TABLE. THE SECOND PART DEALS WITH THE 911 OPERATORS. MAYOR, JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE CLEAR. WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE CUTTING ANY 911 OPERATORS AND WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING TO ADD SOME BECAUSE WE ARE WAY SHORT IN THAT DEPARTMENT.>>Mayor Gallego: EXACTLY. I THINK THAT WAS CLEAR THAT JEFF WAS SAYING IT WOULD BE SOMETHING WHERE WE WOULD NEED ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. BUT NOT CUTTING.>>Councilman DiCiccio: AND SO — THANK YOU, MAYOR. SORRY I INTERRUPTED YOU. HOW MANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ARE WE LOOKING AT? A FEW OF US ON THE COUNCIL HAVE BEEN WORKING PRETTY HARD TO GET THOSE 911 OPERATORS FUNDED. WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT, JEFF? COUNCILMAN WARING — OR DICICCIO, SORRY — IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY IN THE TRIAL BUDGET, WE WERE ADDING UPWARDS OF 18. THE THING THAT WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL OF THERE IS, AGAIN, THE OTHER CITIES AND TOWNS PAY FOR 50% OF THE DISPATCHERS THROUGH A REIMBURSEMENT AGREEMENT THAT WE HAVE. AND SO THE WAY WE WERE PROPOSING ADDING THOSE POSITIONS IN THE TRIAL BUDGET, IN YEAR 1 WE WERE ACTUALLY ONLY ADDING HALF. SO WE WERE ADDING ABOUT NINE, SO THAT WAS WHAT PHOENIX WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR. TO GIVE THE OTHER CITIES ANOTHER YEAR BEFORE WE ADDED THE SECOND BATCH OF NINE. SO THEY WEREN’T BEING ADDED UNTIL FISCAL YEAR ’21-22 BECAUSE THOSE CITIES WERE ALREADY LONG IN THEIR BUDGET IN THEIR PROCESS AS WELL AND IT WASN’T FAIR FOR US IN THE NINTH INNING TO DROP A BILL ON THEM TO SAY YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR NINE DISPATCHERS. SO WE WANTED TO PHASE THAT IN. SO UNDER THIS SCENARIO WE HAVE PRESENTED WE HAVE IDENTIFIED A MILLION DOLLARS’ WORTH OF ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OVER AND BUFF THE $26 MILLION TARGETED WE ARE TRYING TO GET TO FOR PHASE I THAT AGAIN SOME PORTION OF THAT MILLION COULD BE USED TO ADDRESS THINGS PREVIOUSLY VOTED ON MY COUNCIL OR OTHER HIGH-PRIORITY ITEMS LIKE THE DISPATCHERS.>>Councilman DiCiccio: SO LET ME ASK YOU, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE DISPATCHERS, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT 911 OPERATORS, RIGHT?>>THAT IS CORRECT.>>Councilman DiCiccio: THAT’S ALL I HAD, MAYOR. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI?>>Councilman Nowakowski: CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>Mayor Gallego: YES, WE CAN.>>Councilman Nowakowski: FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK ED AND JEFF FOR YOUR HARD WORK. AT THE SAME TIME I THINK THAT IN THE PAST WE’VE NEVER GOTTEN OUR FAIR SHARE WHEN IT COMES TO FEDERAL FUNDING. SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE, WE’RE THE FIFTH LARGEST CITY, THAT WE GO AFTER THAT FUNDING. I KNOW A LOT OF THE FUNNELEDDING THAT GOES TO THE LOW-INCOME HOUSING, ENERGY AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, THAT WE FOCUS MORE ON [INAUDIBLE] THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND BACK EITHER IT’S COLD BUT HERE IN PHOENIX IT’S TOTALLY THE OPPOSITE AND WE’RE GOING INTO THOSE MONTHS WHERE IT’S GOING TO START HEATING UP AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO NEED ASSISTANCE THEIR AIR CONDITIONING BILLS. SO ONE OF THE ARGUMENTS, WE NEED MAKE SURE TO FIGHT AND MAKE SURE WE GET OUR FAIR SHARE. THE OTHER THING IS IT’S DISCONCERTING WE DON’T HAVE AN ITEMIZED LIST OF ALL THE STUFF. I KNOW IT’S A QUICK PROCESS, YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING TO DIRECTORS, JEFF, AND ASKING FOR THAT [INAUDIBLE] OF THEIR DEPARTMENTS. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET THAT WHOLE LIST? THAT’S ONE OF THE QUESTIONS FROM THE DIRECTORS. ALSO I KNOW WE WERE IN HEALTH AND SCIENCE AND [INAUDIBLE] BACK IN 2007 AND NOW WE’RE TURNING AROUND LOOKING AT BAD TIMES AGAIN, RIGHT? SO ONE OF THE THINGS I KNOW WE AS A COUNCILMEMBER, WE RECEIVED 26,000 FOR THIS YEAR, JULY, AND WHEN WE’RE LOOKING AT NEXT YEAR — I THINK WE SHOULD BE A PART OF THAT EQUATION OF GIVING BACK ALSO. SO WE NEED TO LOOK INTO OUR OWN BUDGETS ALSO AND FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT [INAUDIBLE] OUR OWN DEPARTMENTS, IF WE’RE GOING TO BE ASKING OUR STAFF TO MAKE CUTS, IT’S ONLY FAIR THAT WE ALSO. I KNOW IT’S A HARD THING TO DO [INAUDIBLE] THEN WE SHOULD FEEL THE PAIN THE PAIN ALSO. ALSO I THINK I AGREE WITH THE VICE MAYOR AND OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE ITEMIZED LIST OF ALL THESE EXPENSES BECAUSE OF THIS CRISIS THAT WE’RE IN. WE NEED TO SEE THAT. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IF THAT WE’RE GOING TO MAKE CUTS NOW, IF THIS MONEY COMES BACK AND WE GETS REIMBURSED, ALL THOSE EXPENSES, THAT THEN WE ADD THOSE POSITIONS [INAUDIBLE] ADD THOSE — IT’S GOING TO BE [INAUDIBLE]>>Councilwoman Stark: BANDWIDTH.>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI, NOT SURE YOU CAN HEAR US, BUT WE LOST YOU AT THE END.>>Councilwoman Stark: MAYOR –>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILWOMAN STARK.>>Councilwoman Stark: I ASSUME THE 25% REDUCTION DOES INCLUDE THE MAYOR’S OFFICE AND OFFICE OF THE CITY COUNCIL. SO I FIGURED THAT WAS A GIVEN, CORRECT, JEFF?>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, COMSTARK, THE 25% WENT TO ALL GENERAL FUND DEPARTMENTS, AND SO NO ONE WAS EXCLUDED FROM THAT EXERCISE. AGAIN, ON THE BACK END, YOU AS THE COUNCIL CAN DIRECT US ONCE WE START LOOKING AT THOSE LISTS AND GET THEM BACK IN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU WANT TO LEAVE CERTAIN DEPARTMENTS IN OR OUT BUT FOR THE EXERCISE ITSELF WE ASKED ALL DEPARTMENTS TO GO THROUGH THAT EXERCISE.>>Councilwoman Stark: THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT. SO WE WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THAT. SO MY FOLLOW-UP TO THAT IS YOU MY QUESTION ON SOME OF THESE DEPARTMENTS ARE SO PERSONNEL HEAVY, HOW ARE THEY GRAPPLING WITH THE 25%? IT’S GOT TO BE TOUGH.>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, I CAN SPEAK TO THAT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ALSO STILL WEARING THE BUDGET AND RESEARCH DIRECTOR HAT, ALL B AND R HAS IS STAFF. WE DO NOT HAVE — WE HAVE ONE CONTRACT WHICH IS THE ADMINISTRATION OF OUR BUDGET SOFTWARE SYSTEM WHICH WE CAN’T CUT, AND THEN WE HAVE VERY LITTLE OFFICE SUPPLY COMMODITIES. SO WE ARE ALMOST 100% STAFF FOR THE MOST PART. SO I WOULD BE CUTTING, IF I HAD TO DO THAT, I WOULD BE CUTTING FILLED POSITIONS.>>Councilwoman Stark: AND THEN AS A FOLLOW-UP, IF THERE ARE DEPARTMENTS THAT DON’T HAVE VACANCIES, ARE WE GOING TO START LOOKING — I WENT THROUGH AS A DEPARTMENT HEAD, IF YOU RECALL, BACK DURING THE GREAT RECESSION AND WE STARTED BUMPING POSITIONS. ARE WE GOING TO LOOK AT THOSE KINDS OF TOOLS SO THAT WE CAN SAVE AS MUCH OF STAFF AS POSSIBLE? AND I’M HOPING WE DON’T HAVE TO LOSE ANY STAFF. I MEAN, BUT I’M AFRAID FOR SOME DEPARTMENTS.>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, COUNCILWOMAN STARK, THAT IS ALWAYS THE CITY’S PROCESS, AND ONE THING I WANT TO REITERATE AND IT GOES BACK TO COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI AND ONE OF HIS QUESTIONS, THE TIMING OF THE CUTS, SO, WE WILL NOT HAVE THE LIST OF PROPOSED CUTS BACK TO US UNTIL APRIL 24th. SO THAT’S A FEW WEEKS FROM NOW. BECAUSE WE HAVE TO GIVE DEPARTMENTS TIME TO REALLY GO THROUGH AND THINK ABOUT THAT BECAUSE WE DON’T — WE WANT THEM TO THINK HARD. WE WANT THEM TO BE CRITICAL. WE WANT THEM TO THINK ABOUT PROGRAMMATIC CUTS TO THE EXTENT THEY TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE IMPAIRMENT OR IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY AND TRY TO MINIMIZE THAT. THAT’S NOT SOMETHING THEY’RE GOING TO TURN AROUND OVERNIGHT. WANT THEM TO THINK ABOUT IT LIKE THAT. SO IT’S GOING TO TAKE US TIME TO GO THROUGH THAT, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT PEOPLE ARE TELECOMMUTING AND WORKING FROM HOME GETTING FOLKS TO GO TO REVIEW THAT. THAT’S WHY WE SAID WEE WOULDN’T HAVE THAT AVAILABLE FOR YOU UNTIL JUNE. NOW, OTHER THING IS THE TIMING, WE, BASED ON WHAT WE’RE INITIALLY FORECASTING, OUR SHORT-TERM FORECAST WAS 26 MILLION. SO THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DESIGN THIS BUDGET TO DEAL W THAT INITIAL 26 MILLION. PHASES 2, 3 AND 4, IF THEY SHOULD BE NEEDED, WOULD NOT BE NEEDED UNTIL SOMETIME NEXT FISCAL YEAR. SO WE’VE GOT TIME TO EVALUATE THAT, AND WE WOULD WORK WITH H.R. TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE BUMPING PROCESSES AND ALL OF THAT STUFF IN PLACE TO THE EXTENT THAT WE COULD.>>Councilwoman Stark: OKAY. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>Councilman Waring: MAYOR, CAN I ASK A QUESTION?>>Mayor Gallego: LET ME QUICKLY RETURN TO COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI WHO GOT — I THINK DID NOT GET HIS DULL — I’M NOT SURE –>>Councilman Nowakowski: I WAS JUST GOING TO ASK JEFF, SO, JEFF, HAVING THAT ITEMIZED LIST OF WHAT’S BEEN AFFECTED, TALKING ABOUT THAT 26 MILLION, AND HOW MUCH OF 26 MILLION WOULD BE REPLACED, I WOULD HATE TO GO INTO SOME TYPE OF SCENARIO WHERE WE’RE MAKING CUTS TO STAFF MEMBERS NOT KNOWING THE FUTURE WHAT OUR — WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE RECEIVING IN THE CITY OF PHOENIX. I KNOW THAT PIE MAY 21st OR WHENEVER IT IS WE’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THOSE NUMBERS, AND THEN UNDER THE CITY CHARTER WE’RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE BUDGET DONE BY JULY 1st. IS THERE A WAY TO EXTEND THAT OR NOT?>>City Mgr. Zuercher: SO YOU RAISED A GOOD POINT AND IT GOES TO THE ISSUE OF THE PHASES. SO THE REASON WHY WE’RE RECOMMENDING THIS FIRST PHASE AS BEING THE BUDGET FOR JULY 1st IS BECAUSE THERE ISN’T A WAY TO EXTEND OUR BUDGET ADOPTION, BUT WE DON’T WANT TO GET INTO CUTTING STAFF AND PROGRAMS BEFORE WE KNOW WHETHER WE NEED TO OR NOT. SO THAT’S WHY PHASE I DOESN’T GET INTO TOUCHING PROGRAMS OR PEOPLE. IT’S WORKING AT THE EDGES OF — IT GETS — I GUESS IT IS IN THE SENSE OF A HIRING FREEZE BUT IT DOESN’T TOUCH EXISTING PEOPLE OR EXISTING PROGRAMS. IT’S VEHICLES AND IT’S SOME OTHER THINGS THAT WE HAVE. BUT TO YOUR POINT, THOSE NEXT THREE PHASES WE WOULD DO AFTER JULY 1, THEN THAT WOULD BE LIKE HAPPENED WHEN YOU WERE HERE IN 2009 AND 2010 WHEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR WE HAD TO MAKE SOME REDUCTIONS. SO WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT AFTER JULY 1 IN THAT WAY, AND TO JEFF’S POINT, WE HAVE TIME TO LAY THAT OUT SO THAT THE COUNCIL CAN HAVE A REALLY THOUGHTFUL PROCESS ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS.>>Councilman Nowakowski: LAST QUESTION, HOW MUCH MONEY HAVE WE SPENT ON COVID SO FAR?>>OWE COVID RELATED EXPENSES, COUNCILMAN?>>Councilman Nowakowski: CORRECT.>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI, I THINK YOU MAY HAVE CUT OUT WHEN I ADDRESSED THAT. BASED ON A CONVERSATION I HAD WITH DENISE LAST NIGHT, TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE WE’VE SPENT APPROXIMATELY $4 MILLION COVID-RELATED EXPENSES. MOST OF THOSE WERE FOR PPE AND SOME FOR LAPTOPS SO WE CAN GET MORE FOLKS TELECOMMUTING AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE BUT I DID WANT TO CAUTION EVERYONE SOME OF THAT 4 MILLION, DENISE AND HER STAFF HAVE BEEN TRYING TO BUY IN BULK FOR THE REGION, SO IT INCREASES OUR NUMBERS, INCREASES OUR CHANCES OF GETTING THAT PPE. EVEN ALL THAT 4 MILLION IS NOT GOING TO SIT WITH THE CITY OF PHOENIX AT THE END OF THE DAY BECAUSE SOME MAY GO TO OTHER CITIES OR JURISDICTIONS. THAT IS THE MONEY WOULD DEFINITELY BE REIMBURSED FOR. SO OUR FOOTPRINT FOR COVID SO FAR IS VERY SMALL.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: IT REALLY RAISES THE ISSUE THAT THE COVID IMPACT ON OUR BUDGET AT THIS POINT IS NOT A SPENDING ISSUE OF HAVING TO SPEND ON COVID-19. WHAT IT IS IS IT’S A REVENUE ISSUE OF SHUTTING OFF GENERAL FUND SALES TAXES. SO THAT’S WHY WE’RE CONCERNED IF CONGRESS ISN’T ABLE TO FIX THE COVID ALLOCATION TO REPLACE REVENUE, THEN THOSE FUNDS AREN’T REALLY GOING TO HELP US A WHOLE LOT BECAUSE OUR EXPENSES, TO THIS POINT, AND KNOCKING ON WOOD, ARE NOT THAT GREAT ON COVID. IT’S REALLY A — THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY CEASING THAT’S OUR BIG PROBLEM.>>Councilman Nowakowski: THE LAST QUESTION, MAYOR, CAN WE USE OUR — CAN WE USE OUR GENERAL FUNDS TO SUBSIDIZE LIKE OUR ENTERPRISE FUNDS, THE AIRPORTS, CONVENTION CENTER, OTHER THINGS LIKE THAT?>>COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI, MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, RIGHT NOW THERE’S NO CAPACITY FOR THE GENERAL FUND TO SUBSIDIZE THE ENTERPRISE FUNDS. WE’RE LOOKING AT A DEFICIT BASED ON, AGAIN, TO THE CITY MANAGER’S POINT RIGHT NOW THE ECONOMY HAS ESSENTIALLY STALLED. THERE IS LITTLE SALES TAX COMING IN, AND SO AS A RESULT RIGHT NOW WE’RE FACING A POTENTIAL SHORTFALL BETWEEN 26 TO $128 MILLION. SO IF YOU WANTED TO SUBSIDIZE ANY OF THE ENTERPRISE FUNDS THAT WOULD JUST ADD TO OUR DEFICIT.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: YES, YOU COULD SUBSIDIZE OTHERS FROM THE GENERAL FUND BUT YOU WOULD BE CREATING A BIGGER DEFICIT TO SOLVE.>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILMEMBERS, WE HAVE THREE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE CUEING TO SPEAK TO US. WE’LL CONTINUE WITH COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS AND THEN WE’LL GO TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN JUST — WE WILL START WITH DOMINIC CORE DAN FOLLOWED BY JERRY [INDISCERNIBLE] WHILE WE ARE DOING THIS, I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR WHETHER YOU WOULD HEAR THE TRANSPORTATION UPDATE TODAY OR HAVE IT ON THURSDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING. I WILL ASK FOR FEEDBACK ON THAT AFTER WE COMPLETE THE BUDGET ITEM AND I THINK, VICE MAYOR, AND THEN COUNCILMAN WARING ARE NEXT.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY, I DON’T THINK THAT WE [INAUDIBLE] HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND GIVEN — GIVEN THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON, I PERSONALLY DON’T THINK — I DON’T THINK THAT I’LL BE READY TO VOTE ON THIS ON THURSDAY. THANK YOU, MAYOR, FOR ACKNOWLEDGING THAT. [INAUDIBLE] BUT EVEN THURSDAY I THINK IT’S A LITTLE TOO SOON TO VOTE ON THIS BECAUSE I STILL HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT WE CAN ADDRESS OFFLINE [INAUDIBLE] SO I WOULD LIKE FOR US TO MOVE VOTING ON THIS UNTIL NEXT WEEK JUST SO THAT WE CAN GET SOME ANSWERS AND UNDERSTAND DIFFERENT — [INAUDIBLE] I THINK A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR WAS SAYING, I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO SEE LIKE, FOR EXAMPLE, HOW MUCH — WE KNOW A LOT OF THAT MONEY WOULD PROBABLY BE PUT INTO PPE GIVEN THAT WE STILL HAVE PARKS OPEN, THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THESE DIFFERENT — AVIATION, DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS THAT STILL DON’T HAVE PPE EQUIPMENT. SO I THINK THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A LITTLE BIT, LIKE A BREAKDOWN ON THAT, ON HOW MUCH OF THAT MONEY WOULD GO INTO THAT AND GETTING THOSE DIFFERENT PROTECTIONS TO THOSE WORKERS. I’M CURIOUS TO SEE HOW MUCH OF A [INAUDIBLE] WE WILL ACTUALLY HAVE IF WE DIDN’T HAVE TO PUT THAT MONEY INTO THAT, IF WE JUST — JUST, FOR EXAMPLE, IF WE SHUT DOWN GOLF COURSES, IF WE SHUT DOWN THE PARKS, IF WE SHUT DOWN [INAUDIBLE] AND PARK RANGERS AND OTHER FOLKS THAT DIDN’T HAVE TO BE OUT THERE, HOW MUCH SAVINGS WE WOULD ALSO HAVE IN THAT. SO, YES — YEAH, I THINK WE ALL HAVE A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS, AND WE ALL HAVE TO — DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER ALL OF THOSE HERE ONLINE BUT I THINK IT WILL TAKE US MORE THAN THE NEXT TWO DAYS TO FIGURE OUGHT THIS OUT. THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU. COUNCILMAN WARING?>>Councilman Waring: I HAD SEVERAL QUESTIONS. I GUESS THE FIRST IS KIND OF A BASIC ONE. SO WE’RE BUYING A LOT OF MASKS AND SANITIZER AND, I’M SURE CLEANERS AND STUFF. CAN YOU USE MONEY FOR THAT, THE C.A.R.E.S. MONEY FOR THAT? WE WOULDN’T BE DOING THAT IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE CORONAVIRUS.>>SIMPLE ANSWER, YES, COUNCILMAN WARING.>>Councilman Waring: SO THOSE KIND OF COSTS — THAT STUFF IS NOT CHEAP WHEN YOU ARE BUYING IN BULK LIKE WE ARE. NOT CHEAP, PERIOD, BUT CERTAINLY WHEN YOU’RE BUYING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OR MILLIONS OF SOMETHING — SO THAT’S NOT GOING TO ADD TO OUR BUDGETS PROBLEMS. THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HAVING EVERY OFFICE LOOK AT BUDGETS, HOW ARE YOU ADDRESSING — MAYBE YOU HAVE EXAMPLES — SO IF YOU’VE GOT A COMPARABLE OFFICES, ONE HAS — THEY ALL HAVE $500,000 IN THE BUDGET MONEY AVAILABLE, ONE SPENDING 350, ONE SPENDING 500, IT’S NOT REALLY FAIR TO ASK THEM BOTH TO CUT 25%. HOW ARE YOU ADDRESSING THAT?>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, THE 25% EXERCISE, I’LL JUST WALK YOU THROUGH THAT REAL QUICK. IT’S BASED BASICALLY ON A ZOE ROW BASED BUDGET PHILOSOPHY WHERE EVERY DEPARTMENT’S BASE BUDGET IS TARGETED FOR 25%, AND SO WE ASKED EACH DEPARTMENT TO COME UP WITH A TOTAL BASED ON THEIR OVERALL BUDGET. NOW IF — AGAIN, IF YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT VACANCY SAVINGS, BECAUSE THAT’S AGAIN — WE TALKED ABOUT THIS LAST YEAR WHERE 80% EVERY OUR GENERAL FUND BUDGET IS ESSENTIALLY PEOPLE. SO THE VACANCIES, WE’RE TAKING THAT AS A PART OF THE PHASE I. SO I’M LOOKING AT NONPUBLIC SAFETY, NONCRITICAL VACANCIES TO GENERATE THAT ADDITIONAL $13 MILLION IN SAVINGS. WE THEN GO THROUGH EACH DEPARTMENT’S SUBMITTED LIST AND WE MAKE SURE, ONE, THEY HAVE COSTED THEM OUT ACCURATELY, THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT EVERY POSITION IN THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM, AND THEN WE GO THROUGH A VETTING PROCESS WITH THE CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE TO WORK THROUGH THE IMPAIRMENT TO THE COMMUNITY, AND SO WE TRY TO IDENTIFY PROGRAMS THAT WE CAN GET RID OF THAT HAVE LITTLE TO NO IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY BUT, AGAIN, IF WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HAVING TO GET TO PHASE III, PHASE 4 WHERE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A $79 MILLION CUT OR $128 MILLION CUT, THERE WILL BE AN IMPAIRMENT TO THE COMMUNITY AT THAT LEVEL. THERE IS JUST NO WAY AROUND THAT, WHICH IS WHY FOR PHASE I WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS IDENTIFY THINGS THAT WE COULD DO THAT DID NOT IMPACT THE COMMUNITY NOR WOULD THEY IMPACT OUR EMPLOYEES’ TAKE HOME PAY AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.>>Councilman Waring: OKAY. THANK YOU. I THOUGHT LAURA’S QUESTION WAS AN EXCELLENT ONE, ACTUALLY, AND BETTY KIND OF ADDRESSED IT A LITTLE BIT, TOO, BUT I UNDERSTAND IT’S VAGUE, YOU DON’T KNOW EXACTLY HOW THIS IS GOING TO WORK OUT MONEY-WISE, BUT I CERTAINLY HOPE EITHER OUR LEGISLATIVE STAFFERS OR BUDGET STAFFERS, AND IF YOU’RE NOT, I WOULD CERTAINLY LIKE TO HELP FACILITATE THAT IN SOME WAY, YOU KNOW, TALKING TO THE U.S. SENATE OFFICES ABOUT, LIKE, HEY, HERE’S NOT ONLY OUR SITUATION, HERE’S OUR TIMELINE, BUT HERE’S WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW. CAN YOU GO FIND OUT? I THINK THEY WOULD BE RECEPTIVE TO THAT. IF IT’S NOT ALREADY HAPPENING IT CERTAINLY SHOULD BE TO TRY TO GET ANSWERS. WE’RE NOT THE ONLY CITY WHOSE BUDGET IS STARTING JULY 1st. WE’RE NOT THE ONLY CITY IN ARIZONA OR AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO IS GOING THROUGH A BUDGET PROCESS, BUT CERTAINLY SQUEAKY WHEELS CAN GET THE GREASE, BUT ALSO YOU MIGHT GET QUICK ANSWERS. IS ANYBODY DOING THAT, ED?>>City Mgr. Zuercher: COUNCILMAN WARING, YES, WE ARE PUSHING ON ALL OF OUR FRONTS ON THAT AND IT REALLY BOILS DOWN TO CONGRESS SUN DEVIL THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE JOINTLY TOGETHER ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF THE VERY SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IN THEIR BILL, WHICH I THINK WAS A REFERENCED IN THE POWERPOINT ON PAGE 11 WHERE IT SAYS THE $150 BILLION CAN ONLY BE USED TO COVER COSTS DIRECTLY RELATED TO COVID THAT WEREN’T ALREADY COVERED IN STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT BUDGETS. FUNDS CANNOT BE USED TO MAKE UP REVENUE SHORT FALLS. THAT’S THE LANGUAGE WHICH IS A BARRIER, NOT AS YOU POINT OUT RIGHTLY, NOT ONLY FOR PHOENIX BUT FOR ALL MUNICIPALITIES THAT ARE RECEIVING THIS MONEY. THAT’S THE LANGUAGE THAT WE NEED CONGRESS TO FIX, AND I BELIEVE THEY SAID THEY WERE RETURNING TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY TO ADDRESS THIS AND PERHAPS SOME OTHER LANGUAGE, BUT THAT’S REALLY THE CRUX OF THE ISSUE WITH BEING ABLE TO HAVE THAT MONEY BE MORE FLEXIBLE FOR US — FOR PHOENIX AND, AS YOU POINT OUT EVERY OTHER CITY AND COUNTY IN THE SAME SITUATION.>>ADD MORE CLARITY, LAST WEEK THE CFOS FROM EVERY CITY IN THE COUNTRY SENT A LETTER TO THE CONGRESS AND TREASURY THAT THEY NEED THE MONEY TO SUPPLEMENT REVENUE SHORTFALLS. WE ALSO KNOW MOST MAYORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE ALSO SENDING A SIMILAR MESSAGE. SO IT’S DEFINITELY HAPPENING, COUNCILMAN.>>Councilman Waring: OKAY. I WOULD JUST SAY TO THAT, HAVING — LONG STORY — HAVING SOME EXPERIENCE WITH THIS, I WOULD CERTAINLY HOPE PHOENIX, WHICH IS ABOUT 20% OF THE STATE’S POPULATION BY FAR THE BIGGEST CITY AND OUR BIGGEST COUNTY BUT ALSO BIGGEST CITY IN ARIZONA, I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT THE — WE WOULDN’T JUST BE RELYING ON, LIKE, THOSE ORGANIZATIONS. I NEVER THINK THAT’S PARTICULARLY EFFECTIVE BECAUSE WHAT MIGHT WORK SOMEWHERE ELSE IN SOME OTHER CITY, EITHER IN ARIZONA OR ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MIGHT NOT WORK FOR US. SO I HOPE SOMEBODY FROM PHOENIX HAS SPECIFICALLY CALLED AND SAID THIS IS WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT, THIS IS WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND IF YOU COULD DO — ANYTHING YOU COULD DO BE WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED, BUT SOMETHING SPECIFIC TO OUR NEEDS RATHER THAN RELYING ON THOSE LETTERS THAT GET GENERATED THAT ARE SORT OF BROAD AND STATE THE OBVIOUS USUALLY. SO I HOPE SOMEBODY’S DONE THAT. IF NOT, I WOULD SUGGEST IT. SO COUNCILMAN GARCIA’S COMMENTS ABOUT THE CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD, SO I GUESS IT’S FAIR TO SAY I APPRECIATE THAT WE’RE NOT QUESTIONING MY MOTIVES, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT GO FOR SURE. HOWEVER, I’M NOT DISGUISING THAT FACT. HOWEVER, WE WOULDN’T BE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION, IT WOULD BE GOING FORWARD, IF THIS WAS A NORMAL BUDGET YEAR, BUT NOW IT’S NOT A NORMAL BUDGET YEAR. SO IF YOU SPEND EVEN $1 MILLION ON THE CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD, THEN THAT’S A MILLION DOLLARS, JEFF, CHECK ME IF I’M WRONG, THAT COULD ARGUABLY SAFE JOBS IN ANOTHER DEPARTMENT THAT HAVE BEEN ONGOING FOR YEARS, FOR DECADES. WE ARE GOING TO BE LEFT WITH BINARY CHOICES. BECAUSE I DID NOTICE IN THIS PRESENTATION YOU DIDN’T REALLY GO INTO ANY DETAIL HOW WE GUT ANOTHER 20 MILLION, 30 MILLION, 50 MILLION OR 90 MILLION. WE REALLY DON’T KNOW. THIS IS A FIRST PASS AT IT. SO THINGS COULD GET A LOT WORSE BUDGEST-WISE. IT’S ALLUDED TO IN THIS PRESENTATION BUT YOU ARE ONLY REALLY ASKING US TO VOTE ON THE FIRST 26 MILLION, BUT EVERY MILLION COUNTS, AND I GUESS I’LL JUST SAY, I THINK I’M FAIRLY FIRM FOOTING TO SAY ARE WE REALLY GOING TO SPEND A MILLION BUCKS ON NEW STUFF WHEN WE MIGHT WIND UP POTENTIALLY — I MEAN, YOU HAVE ALLUDED TO IT. IF YOU ARE HAVING EVERY DEPARTMENT HEAD LOOK AT 25%, LIKE YOUR OWN DEPARTMENT, IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT 25% CUT OR SOMETHING, IT’S ALL EMPLOYEES BASICALLY AND A COUPLE CONTRACTS YOU CAN’T CUT. SO THAT’S DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO CONSIDER BECAUSE OF SPENDING A MILLION OR TWO MILLION OR 3 MILLION ON SOMETHING ELSE WE HAVEN’T DONE BEFORE. IT’S GOING TO BE PRETTY HIGH FOR SOME PEOPLE IN THE CITY OF PHOENIX WHO WORK THERE. I RECOGNIZE IT’S BEEN VOTED ON AND SO FORTH. THERE’S NOT JUST THAT. THERE’S A COUPLE OTHER THINGS AS WELL. BUT I DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING REALLY ITEMIZED IN THE PRESENTATION TALKING ABOUT PHASES 2, 3 AND 4. JEFF, IS IT A FAIR STATEMENT TO SAY THE LATER YOU WAIT — IF YOU DON’T MAKE MORE CUTS AND THERE IS ANOTHER OUTBREAK IN THE FALL, LET’S SAY THINGS GO BACK TO NORMAL, THEY ARE PLAYING FOOTBALL, WHATEVER IT IS THAT’S CONSIDERED NORMAL, AND THEN YOU GO INTO THE FALL AND THERE’S ANOTHER UPTICK WHEN IT GETS COOLER OR WHATEVER, THERE’S A SECOND WAVE, AND OUR BUDGET GOES DOWN AGAIN, NOW LET’S SAY YOU’RE TRYING TO CUT THIS MONEY OUT OF NINE MONTHS INSTEAD OF THE FULL 12 MONTHS, THE CUTS HAVE TO BE DEEPER, CORRECT, BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO SAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY AT A MORE COMPRESSED PERIOD OF TIME. IS THAT A FAIR STATEMENT?>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, COUNCILMAN WARING, THAT’S A FAIR STATEMENT. OVERALL WHAT I WOULD SAY IS WE’VE BEEN DOING THESE PRESENTATIONS NOW, I THINK, FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS OR SO AND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING IS TRYING TO BUILD YOU UP TO A PLACE TO GET YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE FLYING, AGAIN, A LITTLE BIT BLIND AND SO THE MONEY THAT WE’RE TAKING IN THIS MONTH I WILL NOT HAVE RECEIPTS FOR REPORTS FOR THAT INFORMATION UNTIL LATE MAY. SO WHAT WE KNOW IS ON THE SHORT TERM THAT WE CAN SAY IF THIS WERE TO GO THROUGH JULY OUR DEFICIT IS 26 MILLION. AND SO BY THE TIME WE GET TO JULY, AND THE BEGINNING OF THE FISCAL YEAR, WE WOULD THEN HAVE A COUPLE MORE MONTHS OF THIS DEPRESSED ACTIVITY, THIS DEPRESSED SALES TAX ACTIVITY, SO THEN WE COULD MAKE A MORE EDUCATED GUESS AS TO HOW BAD THE DEFICIT REALLY IS AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE TRYING TO WORK WITH DEPARTMENTS NOW TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL REDUCTIONS SO THAT THOSE REDUCTIONS WOULD BE AT LEAST TEED UP AND VETTED WITH YOU AND VETTED WITH THE COMMUNITY AS TO WHERE WE WOULD GO IF WE HAD TO BALANCE THE BUDGET TO THE NEXT PHASE II, WHICH WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL 30 OR PHASE III, WHICH WOULD BE AN ADDITION 30203 TO 30 OR ANNAL 50 FOR PHASE FOUR BUT WE WOULD WANT TO HAVE THOSE THINGS NOW. WE’RE TRYING TO WORK THROUGH THOSE NOW TO IDENTIFY THOSE.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: ALSO, MIGHT BE POSSIBLE PHASES 2 AND 3 HAVE TO COME RIGHT ON TOP OF EACH OTHER. AGAIN, WE DON’T KNOW THAT IT WILL BE — WE DON’T KNOW WHETHER WE’LL GET TO PHASE II, BUT IF WE DO, WE DON’T KNOW IT WILL BE AN ORDERLY PHASE II AND TWO MONTHS LATER PHASE III. WE MIGHT GET INFORMATION IN JUNE AND JULY THAT ARE SO EXTENSIVE THAT WE NEED TO SAY PHASE II AND 3 ARE ONE PHASE TOGETHER. WE HOPE NOT BUT, AGAIN, WE’RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO ADJUST AS WE GO. IF THAT’S HELPFUL.>>Councilman Waring: I THINK I SAW THE HOTELS, BIG INDUSTRY, OBVIOUSLY IN PHOENIX, IT’S HUGE, I THINK THEY WERE DOWN THAT 70 TO 75% YEAR OVER YEAR. I’M ACTUALLY SURPRISED IT’S NOT MORE THAN THAT. IT’S A PRETTY SHOCKING NUMBER. IT EXCEEDS ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN THE GREAT RECESSION, JIM. I THINK THE TOTAL — I WASN’T ON THE COUNCIL THEN SO I’M BALL PERKING. WASN’T IT BETWEEN 250 AND 270 MILLION THAT THAT COUNCIL HAD TO CUT IN MAYBE 2009, 2010 MAYBE — YEAH, ONE OF THOSE BUDGET YEARS? ED, YOU WERE THERE.>>IT WAS A TWO-YEAR — IT WAS OVER TWO YEARS IT WAS 277 MILLION DOLLARS, OVER TWO FISCAL YEARS.>>Councilman Waring: SO, I MEAN, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT 10% OF THAT, WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, ROUGHLY, FOR ONE YEAR. SO IT’S JUST SOMETHING TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT EITHER NEW PROGRAMS OR HOW YOU’RE GOING TO ADDRESS THIS. SOY I THINK DOING THINGS MAYBE A LITTLE MORE THAN WE PREFER TO DO BUT CERTAINLY HAVING IT AT LEAST TEED UP AS YOU SUGGEST IS NOT A BAD IDEA IN THIS CLIMATE. I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS, JEFF. I APPRECIATE IT AS ALWAYS.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU. ANY COUNCIL MEMBERS WAITING FOR QUESTIONS OR SHALL WE GO TO THE PHONES? ALL RIGHT, WE WILL GO TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL ABOUT BUDGE MATTERS STARTING WITH DOMINIC FOLLOWED BY JERRY. DOMINIC, THE FLOOR IS YOURS. THERE WILL BE A TIMER BEEPING WHEN YOUR TIME IS COMPLETED. DOMINIC, CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>HOW IS THAT? IS THAT BETTER?>>Mayor Gallego: I CAN HEAR YOU NOW, YES.>>SORRY ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU, GUYS FOR ALL HEARING ME. MY NAME IS DOMINIC, AS THE MAYOR HAD SAID. I’VE BEEN PARAPLEGIC NOW OVER 25 YEARS. I WAS PARALYZED IN A CAR ACCIDENT WHEN I WAS 16 YEARS OLD. I HAVE BEEN HEAVILY ACTIVE IN OUTDOOR RECREATION FOR ONE FORM OR ANOTHER. I AM HERE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY HOPE THAT THE CITY DO WHAT IT CAN TO ALLOCATE MONEY TOWARDS ADAPTED RECREATION IN THE ’20-21 BUDGET. ALSO KEEPING DARING ADVENTURES IN THE MIX TO PROVIDE EVENTS FOR THE DISABLED COMMUNITY. NOW THAT EVERYONE IS DEALING WITH THE SEDENTARY ISOLATED TIMES RIGHT NOW, EVERYONE NEEDS THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY CAN TO GET OUT AND BE ACTIVE. THIS IS A COMMUNITY THAT IS ALREADY RESTRICTED IN WHAT IS ACCESSIBLE TO THEM, AND NOW THEY’RE TOLD EVEN MORE TO STAY INDOORS AND AVOID SOCIAL CONTACT. I KNOW RIGHT NOW EVERYONE — WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON, OUTDOOR RECREATION IS NOT TOP ON MOST PEOPLE’S MINDS BUT I HOPE THAT IT STILL CONTINUES TO BE A KEY TOPIC OF CONSIDERATION. THERE IS A TIME OF — AHEAD OF RECOVERING FROM THE LACK OF ACTIVITY IN EVERYONE THROUGHOUT THE CITY. HOPEFULLY WE WILL HAVE THINGS ROLLING ALREADY TO HELP AID IN GETTING EVERYONE BACK OUTDOORS AND BEING ABLE TO GATHER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THERE ARE SO MANY SIMPLE ADJUSTMENTS TO THINGS ALREADY IN PLACE TO MAKE THEM INCLUSIVE. STAFF AT THE RECREATION CENTERS ALREADY — ARE ALREADY TRAINED SO WELL IN ACTIVITIES. NOW THEY JUST NEED A LITTLE BOOST IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE IN WORKING WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. MANY OF THE FACILITIES HAVE SO MUCH EQUIPMENT AT THEIR DISPOSAL AND A LOT OF IT CAN BE ADAPTED EASILY. AS WELL AS JUST INFORMING STAFF ON HOW TO USE IT IN DIFFERENT MANNERS. I’VE DONE A LITTLE ADJUSTING ON THE BUDGET IN THE ONLINE BUDGET TOOL, READJUSTING MONEY JUST FROM THE CONTINGENCY FUND INTO PARKS AND REC., AND — THERE ARE MANY CERTIFIED RECREATION THERAPISTS AND PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF THAT ARE WILLING TO EDUCATE PARKS AND REC., CENTER STAFF ON ADAPTIVE RECREATION.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU, DOMINIC. WE APPRECIATE YOUR TESTIMONY. WE WILL NEXT GO TO JERRY FOLLOWED BY MARK. JERRY, THE FLOOR IS YOURS. GOOD AFTERNOON. CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>Mayor Gallego: YES, WE CAN.>>PERFECT. THANK YOU. THIS IS EXTREMELY — I APPLAUD EVERYBODY’S EFFORTS IN THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME WE’RE ALL GOING THROUGH WITH THE CORONAVIRUS AND JUST ADJUSTING TO THIS NEW DAILY LIFE THAT WE HAVE. AS YOU CREATE THIS NEW BUDGET FOR 2021, PLEASE FOCUS ON THE FUTURE OF THE WELL-BEING OF OUR CITIZENS, BUT ESPECIALLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND DIVERSE NEEDS. YOU HAVE BEFORE YOU THIS DAUNTING TASK OF COMPLETING THE CITY BUDGET PROPOSAL AND I HAVE BEEN ON LINE WITH YOU FOR THREE HOURS HEARING ALL OF IT, AND IT’S SHOCKING, TO SAY THE LEAST. I ASK YOU TO STRONGLY CONSIDER MAKING INCLUSIVE RECREATION A PHILOSOPHY AND YOUR PRIORITY BY FUNDING OUR CITYWIDE PROGRAM DARING ADVENTURES. IF WE HAVE LEARNED ANYTHING DURING THIS TIME OF QUARANTINE, SOCIAL DISTANCING, SHELTERING OURSELVES FROM THE INVISIBLE VIRUS IT IS THE HEALING POWER OF THE OUTDOORS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION. INCLUSIVE RECREATION NEEDS TO BE IN EACH COMMUNITY CENTER AND IT CAN BE DONE WITH THE CURRENT PARKS AND RECREATION STAFF IN — AND SUPPORTED BY DARING ADVENTURES, YOUR NONPROFIT PARTNER. I THINK WE ESTABLISHED THIS LAST YEAR WHEN WE TRAINED THE STAFF DOWN IN LAVEEN AND IT WAS HIGHLY ACCEPTED AND APPRECIATED. LET’S ALL WORK TOGETHER FOR A COMMON GOAL. DARING ADVENTURES, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE PROVEN OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND I ASK THAT YOU DO THE SAME THROUGH YOUR CAREFUL, THOUGHTFUL AND POSITIVE ACTIONS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIRELESS WORK AND FOR ALL YOU DO FOR THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF PHOENIX AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE TIME.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY. OUR FINAL SPEAKER TODAY IS MARK.>>HELLO. GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR AND COUNCIL, AND LIKE JERRY, I HAVE LISTENED TO THE LAST THREE-PLUS HOURS AND I SO APPRECIATE THE GREAT WORK YOU’RE DOING AND CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE CHALLENGES THAT ARE AHEAD OF YOU. LIKE JERRY, I AM HERE TO REALLY TALK ABOUT OUR NEED TO CONTINUE FUNDING FOR ADAPTIVE RECREATION FOR THE CITY OF PHOENIX. I’M A LONG-TIME RESIDENT, LONG-TIME BOARD MEMBER FOR DARING ADVENTURES, AND AS I’VE BEEN FORCED, AS MOST PEOPLE HAVE, TO PRETTY MUCH BE AT HOME, IT’S REALLY GIVEN ME, I THINK, A — KIND OF A CLUE AS TO WHAT IT’S LIKE FOR OUR DISABLED COMMUNITY THAT ARE OFTENTIMES FORCED TO BE HOME WHEN TIMES ARE MUCH BETTER BECAUSE OF A LACK OF SERVICES. SO LONG STORY SHORT, ANY CONSIDERATION YOU CAN HAVE TO FUND — PROVIDE FUNDING FOR DARING ADVENTURES AND ADAPTIVE RECREATION IN THE NEXT BUDGET WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.>>Mayor Gallego: WONDERFUL. SORRY? DID SOMEONE — OKAY. ALL RIGHT. ANY FINAL COMMENTS FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS ON THE BUDGET? ALL RIGHT. WE COULD DO A PUBLIC TRANSIT UPDATE OR WE COULD MOVE TO THAT A LATER COUNCIL MEETING. COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA?>>Councilwoman Williams: I VOTE FOR LATER.>>Councilman Garcia: I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THIS CONVERSATION. I KNOW THERE’S BEEN — THERE WAS AN ARTICLE YESTERDAY AND WE’VE HAD ANOTHER DRIVER WHO HAS BEEN INFECTED. I WOULD WANT TO KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING. IF WE NEED TO TAKE A BREAK NOW AND COME BACK, I’M OKAY WITH THAT BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE BEEN GOING ON THREE HOURS, BUT I WOULD PREFER TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON AND SEE IF WE COULD SUPPORT THE DRIVERS FIGURING OUT WHETHER WE COULD PROTECT THEM IN DIFFERENT WAYS OR WHAT’S HAPPENING. SO TO ME IT’S A PRIORITY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT OTHERS FEEL.>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILMEMBER NOWAKOWSKI INDICATED SUPPORT FOR MOVING FORWARD. ANY COUNCIL MEMBERS WISHING TO WEIGH IN?>>Councilwoman Stark: MAYOR, I WOULD AGREE. I’M AT HOME. I’M VERY AT EASE. I DON’T EVEN THINK WE NEED TO TAKE A BREAK. I THINK WE CAN MOVE ON.>>Mayor Gallego: WE GOT A VISUAL INDICATION FROM THE VICE MAYOR AS WELL. LOOKS LIKE COUNCIL WOULD LIKE TO MOVE ON. SO WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM AGENDA D, UPDATE ON PUBLIC TRANSIT OPERATIONS AND TURN IT OVER TO OUR DEPUTY CITY MANAGER MARIO.>>TODAY JESUS SAPIEN, OUR PUBLIC TRANSIT DIRECTOR AND I ARE HERE TO PRESENT AN UPDATE ON THE PHOENIX PUBLIC TRANSIT DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS IN LIGHT OF COVID-19. PUBLIC TRANSIT — TRANSPORTATION TRANSIT IN PARTICULAR IS A VERY IMPORTANT SERVICE THAT REMAINS CRITICAL TO SEVERAL PHOENIX RESIDENTS WHO TRULY NEED TRANSIT TO GET TO NECESSARY MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS OR TO JOBS, GROCERY STORES, HEALTHCARE, EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND OTHERS. IT REMAINS NEEDED EVEN DURING A STAY AT HOME ORDER TO HELP ENSURE NECESSARY FUNCTIONS ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE. MANY RIDERS SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE OTHER OPTIONS. AT THE SAME TIME, WE MUST CAREFULLY BALANCE THOSE NEEDS WITH ENSURING THERE ARE PROTECTIONS IN PLACE FOR PASSENGERS AND BUS DRIVERS. MUCH LIKE THE OTHER ISSUES YOU HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING, THESE ISSUES REQUIRE A BALANCING OF COMPETING NEEDS, AND SO THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, IS OUR RESPONSE IN PUBLIC TRANSIT TO WHAT’S GOING ON AND TRYING TO BALANCE THOSE COMPETING NEEDS AS BEST AS WE CAN, FACTORING THINGS IN LIKE THE BUDGET CHALLENGES, FACTORING IN THE NEED TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES BUT ALSO TO MAKE SURE WE CAN PROTECT THE PASSENGERS AND THE DRIVERS. I DO WANT TO THANK OUR PUBLIC TRANSIT DEPARTMENT STAFF, JESUS SAPIEN AND HIS TEAM, ALONG WITH OUR CONTRACTORS AND THE OPERATORS UNION AND THE DRIVERS AND THEIR ONGOING WORK TO SUPPORT AS TRANSIT SERVICES CONTINUE DURING THIS TIME. JESUS SAPIEN WILL NOW COVER AN OVERVIEW OF OUR ACTIONS TAKEN IN THE TRANSIT DEPARTMENT ALONG WITH SOME DISCUSSION OF NEXT STEPS. JESUS?>>THANK YOU, MARIO. MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC TRANSIT OPERATIONS AND THE EFFECT OF COVID-19. THERE WE GO. THANK YOU. SO JUST A REMINDER, IN TERMS OF PHOENIX’S ROLE IN THE REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM, WE OPERATE 38 LOCAL, SIX RAPID ROUTES, FOUR NEIGHBORHOOD CIRCULATORS AND, OF COURSE, DIAL-A-RIDE SERVICE THROUGHOUT PHOENIX, AND OUR SERVICE IS CONTRACTED OUT. SO WE, PUBLIC TRANSIT, HAVE A DEPARTMENT THAT’S JUST OVER 100 PEOPLE, BUT ALL OF OUR SERVICE IS CONTRACTED OUT. SO AS YOU SEE UP ON THE SCREEN THERE, WE HAVE THREE CONTRACTORS THAT PROVIDE THE SERVICE, TRANSDEV AT OUR NORTH AND SOUTH FACILITIES, FIRST TRANSIT AT OUR WEST FACILITY AND [INDISCERNIBLE] AT OUR DIAL-A-RIDE FACILITY. THESE ARE OVER 1700 PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. WHEN WE FIRST STARTED HEARING OF COVID-19, WE STARTED HAVING MULTIPLE CALLS WITH OUR CONTRACTORS ON A DAILY BASIS, AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT WE DID IN RESPONSE TO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GUIDANCE, CDC GUIDANCE, WE’VE ALSO BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE FTA THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS, SO ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE DID IS WE STARTED INCREASING THE FREQUENCY AND TYPE OF CLEANINGS ON BUSES, LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES, DIAL-A-RIDE VEHICLES AND THROUGHOUT TRANSIT FACILITIES BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT WAS IDENTIFIED AS BASICALLY KILLING THE VIRUS AND INCREASING HIGH-TOUCH AREAS. WE’VE HEARD THAT TERM A LOT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PUBLIC PLACES, CITY HALL, THINGS LIKE THAT, DISINFECTING, CLEANING HIGH TOUCH AREAS ON AN EXTREMELY FREQUENT BASIS. AND OTHER AREAS, TOO, THROUGHOUT THE INTERIOR OF VEHICLES. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S BEEN NEW THAT WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED IS FOGGING THE VEHICLES. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF THIS AT OTHER PLACES BUT BASICALLY IT’S A MATERIAL YOU SEE THERE ON THE LEFT THAT’S CARRIED ON A BACKPACK DISPENSER AND IT’S SPRAYED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE VEHICLE AND I’LL JUST POINT OUT THAT THIS CHEMICAL HAS — NOT ONLY IS IT IDENTIFIED AS SOMETHING THAT KILLS THE VIRUSES WE’RE DEALING WITH, BUT IT HAS A RESIDUAL EFFECT AS WELL. IT’S APPLIED BUT STAYS ON THE SURFACES. ONE OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO MENTION THAT WAS BROUGHT UP EARLIER IN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE FILTRATION SYSTEMS ON TRANSIT VEHICLES, I WANTED TO POINT OUT THAT NORMALLY THESE ARE CHANGED OUT AT A REGULAR INTERVAL ON VEHICLES. WE HAVE GIVEN OUR CONTRACTORS DIRECTION TO CHANGE THOSE OUT ON A MUCH, MUCH MORE FREQUENT BASIS AND WE ARE HAVING THEM TRACK THOSE COSTS SO WE CAN REIMBURSE FOR THAT. THE OTHER THING I WANT TO MENTION IS THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS ON THE BUSES AND LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES, THEY REMOVE THE MOISTURE FROM THE VEHICLES AS THE AIR IS CIRCULATING. I WANTED TO POINT THAT OUT, TOO, JUST LIKE A VEHICLE THAT AN INDIVIDUAL OWNS, THESE SYSTEMS ARE MADE WITH FILTRATION SYSTEMS TO PULL OUT ANY MOISTURE THAT’S CIRCULATING. SO THE OTHER THING THAT WE DID IS WE IMPLEMENTED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES TO IMPLEMENT SOCIAL DISTANCING BETWEEN OPERATORS AND PASSENGERS. NOT ONLY ON BUSES BUT ON LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES. SO WE IMPLEMENTED, FOR EXAMPLE, REAR DOOR BOARDING, SO ANY PASSENGERS THAT ARE GETTING ON OR OFF A BUS COME IN THROUGH THE REAR DOOR. WE HAD THE DRIVER AREA OF BUSES AND LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES EITHER TAPED OR CHAINED OFF AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PICTURES THERE. WE’VE ALSO WORKED WITH OUR CONTRACTORS TO ORDER AND DISTRIBUTE ANY PPE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. AS WE’VE ALL HEARD, SUPPLIES HAVE BEEN AN ISSUE, BUT OUR CONTRACTORS ARE, NONETHELESS, PLACING THOSE ORDERS AND DISTRIBUTING IT OUT AS THEY GET IT. AND AS CARLOS — AS COUNCILMAN GARCIA MENTIONED EARLIER, WE ARE AWARE OF TWO BUS OPERATORS IN THE REGION HAVE THAT BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 AND WE’RE IN COMMUNICATIONS WITH THOSE COMPANIES MAKING SURE THEY ARE PROVIDING SUPPORT AND WORKING WITH THE INDIVIDUAL AND THEIR FAMILIES TO PROVIDE ANY TYPE OF TIME OFF AND SUPPORT THAT IS REQUIRED DURING THEIR RECOVERY. ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS WE’VE DONE IS A LOT OF PASSENGERS MESSAGING. WE WANT TO COMMUNICATE TO OUR PASSENGERS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE AWARE OF COVID-19, SOCIAL DISTANCING, THINGS LIKE THAT, AND WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE AWARE THROUGH VARIOUS CHANNELS. WE HAVE BEEN UPDATING THE CITY OF PHOENIX PUBLIC TRANSIT WEBSITE THE VALLEY METRO WEBSITE. WE HAVE BEEN REGULARLY ANSWERING AND RESPONDING TO INQUIRIES VIA TWITTER AND FACEBOOK AND EMAIL. WE’VE BEEN DISSEMINATING ON-BOARD MESSAGES. WE HAVE THE AVAILABLE — THE AVAILABILITY OF ONBOARD MESSAGING IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH. AND IN SYSTEMS SIGNAGE THROUGHOUT. SO WHAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN IS JUST A SHORT EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE SIGNAGE THAT WE’VE BEEN PLACING THROUGHOUT THE TRANSIT ENVIRONMENT SINCE THIS BEGAN. IN TERMS OF WHAT TYPE OF IMPACT COVID-19 HAS HAD ON RIDERSHIP, WE HAVE SEEN SOME SIGNIFICANT DECLINES ACROSS THE SYSTEM. OUR PRELIMINARY DATA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF MARCH SHOWS LOCAL BUS DOWN APPROXIMATELY 45%, RAPID BUS 65%, LIGHT RAIL APPROXIMATELY 50%, PHOENIX DIAL ARIDE DOWN 50%. AND WE ARE HEARING OF SIMILAR STORIES WITH AGENCIES, OTHER TRANSIT AGENCIES, ACROSS THE U.S. TO VARYING DEGREES, BUT THIS IS SPECIFICALLY WHAT WE’VE SEEN WITH OUR REGIONAL SYSTEM, AND, AGAIN, THESE ARE ACROSS THE ENTIRE REGION, THE VALLEY METRO SERVICE AREA. SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE IN RESPONSE TO THIS REDUCTION IS EFFECTIVE TODAY WE HAVE REDUCED RAPID AND EXPRESS COMMUTER BUS SERVICE. AS SOME OF YOU KNOW, THESE ARE THE ROUTES THAT COME FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE COUNTY INTO THE DOWNTOWN AREA. AND THESE ARE USUALLY OFFICE WORKERS IN DOWNTOWN CORPORATE SETTINGS, GOVERNMENT SETTINGS, STATE AND COUNTY AND CITY, AND SO THESE WE’VE SEEN ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TELEWORK SO WE HAVE SEEN A DROP IN DEMAND. SO IN RESPONSE EFFECTIVE TODAY WE HAVE REDUCED SERVICE ON BUS AND COMMUTER — ON RAPID AND EXPRESS COMMUTER ROUTES.>>Councilwoman Stark: MAYOR, CAN I ASK A QUESTION?>>Mayor Gallego: YES, COUNCILWOMAN STARK.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU. WITH THIS REDUCTION, DOES THAT, THEN, FORCE MORE PEOPLE ON TO A BUS TO MAKE THEIR CONNECTION TO WHEREVER THEY’RE GOING? I’M SURE IT’S DOWNTOWN IF IT’S A RAPID, BUT DOES THAT POSE A PROBLEM?>>THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION, COUNCILWOMAN STARK. WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH RAPID SERVICE IN PARTICULAR, WE FELT COMFORTABLE MAKING THE REDUCTION BECAUSE WE DID SEE SOME VERY SMALL NUMBERS ON RAPID AND EXPRESS. THE OTHER THING WE’RE ABLE TO DO IS WE ARE ABLE TO MONITOR THE BOARDINGS AND DEBOARDINGS ON THE BUSES. SO IF WE SEE IT BECOME A PROBLEM, WE CAN CERTAINLY ADJUST THE SCHEDULE, BUT WE FELT COMFORTABLE WITH THE RAPID AND EXPRESS PARTICULARLY BECAUSE THE NUMBERS HAD DROPPED SO MUCH.>>Councilwoman Stark: OKAY. THANK YOU.>>BUT, NONETHELESS, WE’RE ABLE TO RESPOND IF THOSE NUMBERS DO CHANGE.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU. SO AS MARIO SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS PRESENTATION, TRANSPORTATION REMAINS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE. WE ARE AWARE OF THAT CATEGORIZATION AND THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WE WANTED TO POINT OUT PASSENGERS RIDING TODAY ARE THE ONES MOST IN NEED OF TRANSPORTATION AND WE CONTINUE PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION TO ALL SORTS OF IMPORTANT TRADES AND WORKERS, CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, INDIVIDUALS WORKING AT GROCERY STORES, HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY, FOOD INDUSTRY, ET CETERA. AND WE HAVE SURVEY DATA THAT SHOWS US WHO IS RIDING TRANSIT. THIS IS VERY RECENT DATA FROM THE END OF 2019, AND WHAT WE SAW IN THAT DATA WHEN WE REACHED OUT AND TALKED TO PASSENGERS IS THAT ALMOST HALF OF OUR PASSENGERS USE TRANSIT SPECIFICALLY TO GET TO AND FROM WORK, AND ANOTHER 37% USE TRANSIT FOR OTHER PURPOSES SUCH AS MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS, RUNNING ERRANDS, SHOPPING, ET CETERA. ONE OF THE THINGS YOU’LL SEE ON THE SCREEN IS INDIVIDUALS WHO COME FROM ZERO CAR HOUSEHOLDS. WE HAVE 53% ON THE BUS SIGNED 42% ON THE RAIL SIDE. SO THAT SHOWS EITHER INDIVIDUALS THAT CUSTOMARILY DON’T HAVE ANOTHER CHOICE OTHER THAN TAKING TRANSIT, THAT’S THEIR PRIMARY MODE OF TRANSPORTATION. AND THEN HOUSEHOLD INCOME AS WELL. YOU CAN SEE THAT WE ARE SERVING THOSE MOST IN NEED OF TRANSPORTATION. IN TERMS OF FEDERAL FUNDS, CLARK MENTIONED EARLIER THAT WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION ON FUNDS COMING TO THE REGION. PART OF THE C.A.R.E.S. ACT THAT WAS SIGNED ON MARCH 27 DOES PROVIDE 25 BILLION INDUSTRY-WIDE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES, AND AS CLARK MENTIONED, THIS REGION IS RECEIVING $198 MILLION AND WE JUST FOUND THAT OUT LAST WEEK. SO WE ARE IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH OUR REGIONAL PARTNERS, MAG AND VALLEY METRO. WE HAVE BEGUN THE DISCUSSION AS TO HOW THAT MONEY WILL BE ALLOCATED IN THE REGION, AND WE ARE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH FTA TO KEEP THAT DISCUSSION ONGOING IN TERMS OF WHAT IT CAN BE USED FOR. IN TERMS OF NEXT STEPS, WE ARE WORKING JOINTLY WITH VALLEY METRO ON DEVELOPING REDUCTION SCENARIOS. SO IF FOR ANY REASON PUBLIC TRANSIT IS REQUIRED TO BE REDUCED, WE WANTED TO COME UP WITH A UP CAN YOU WILL SCENARIOS TO BE PREPARED, AND SO WE HAVE THOSE DISCUSSIONS GOING ON AS YOU ALL MAY KNOW CITY OF PHOENIX AND VALLEY METRO PROVIDE THE VAST, VAST MAJORITY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION THROUGHOUT THIS REGION WITH VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS. SO WE’RE HAVING THOSE DISCUSSIONS AND WE HAVE A REGIONAL MEETING TOMORROW KNOWN AS THE REGIONAL TRANSIT ADVISORY GROUP TO GET MEMBER CITIES’ INPUT ON WHAT THOSE SERVICE REDUCTIONS MAY LOOK LIKE. OUR RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE REGIONAL CONSISTENCY IN TERMS OF OPERATIONAL CAPACITY. IF WE MAKE CHANGES TO SERVICE OR HOW THE SERVICE IS PROVIDE TO DO PASSENGERS, OUR RECOMMENDATION IS THERE BE SOME REGIONAL CONSISTENCY. WE ARE ALSO CONTINUING TO PARTNER WITH OUR CONTRACTORS AND THE BUS OPERATORS UNION MOVING FORWARD. SEVERAL THINGS WE HAVE BEEN IN COMMUNICATIONS WITH BOTH IS, YOU KNOW, THOSE SCENARIOS, SERVICE IMPACTS, PPE, OUR — AS YOU HEARD EARLIER, THOSE — SOME OF THOSE SUPPLIES ARE HARD TO COME BY. WE’RE ALSO WORKING TO REPLACE THAT YELLOW TAPE WHERE WE CORDON OFF THE FRONT SECTION OF THE BUS BEHIND THE OPERATOR WITH APLEXIE GLASS BARRIER AS YOU MAY HAVE SEEN IN RETAIL STORES AND OTHER LOCATION RECENTLY. THAT’S A RECENT IMPLEMENTATION SO WE’RE GOING TO FOLLOW SUIT. WITH THAT I’LL TURN IT BACK OVER TO MARIO FOR A COUPLE FINAL SLIDES.>>THANK YOU, JESUS. MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, ANOTHER IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT’S COME UP RELATED TO WHETHER — WHETHER THE CITY SHOULD IMPOSE LIMITS ON THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ON A BUS AT ANY GIVEN TIME. AS WE TALKED ABOUT, TRANSIT PRESENTS A UNIQUE CHALLENGE PROVIDING THE NEEDED SERVICE IN THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME WHILE UNDERSTANDING THE NEED TO KEEP SPACE BETWEEN PEOPLE IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. THE CDC GUIDELINES AND EXECUTIVE ORDER HAVE INCLUDED PLACEMENT OF SOME OF THE LIMITS OF GATHERINGS TO 10 PEOPLE AND SOME OTHER TRANSIT AGENCIES HAVE IMPLEMENTED LIMITS ON PASSENGERS ALLOWED ON EACH BUS. AND SO WE ALSO HAVE HEARD FROM THE OPERATORS’ UNION THAT REQUESTS THAT WE EXPLORE OPTIONS FOR A PASSENGER CAP. SO STAFF HAS EXAMINED A COUPLE OPTIONS ON HOW WE CAN MOVE FORWARD THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS AND GET YOUR INPUT ON TODAY. AND SO THE FIRST OPTION I’LL COVER REALLY IS A CONTINUATION OF WHAT WE’VE BEEN SEEKING TO DO, WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING WITH ENHANCING OUR MESSAGING TO PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE PASSENGERS TO SELF-REGULATE THE SPACING GUIDELINES, PROVIDING THAT WE WANT TO CONTINUE THAT TRANSIT SERVICE TO MEET THOSE NEEDS AND ALLOW PASSENGERS TO SELECT THEIR OWN TRAVEL TIMES AND HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO SCHEDULE THEIR TRIPS WITHOUT PLACING THOSE DEMANDS. SO THAT’S REALLY WHAT WE’VE BEEN PROMOTING WITH OUR SIGNAGE AND WITH OUR MESSAGING ON THE BOARD — ON THE BOARD OF BUSES. SO ANOTHER OPTION, THOUGH, IS TO LOOK AT ACTUALLY PLACING AN IMPOSITION OF A CAP ON THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS PER BUS. AND SO WE WOULD RECOMMEND LOOKING AT PASSENGER LIMITS FOR DIFFERENT VEHICLE TYPES BECAUSE WE HAVE DIFFERENT SIZES OF VEHICLES ACROSS THE SYSTEM. AND SO FOR — ONE WAY THAT COULD LOOK IS THERE ARE NO STANDARDS OUT THERE HOW ONE SHOULD DO THIS BUT ON OUR NEIGHBORHOOD CIRCULATORS, WE WOULD SAY IF YOU’RE GOING TO IMPOSE A CAP, IT WOULD BE A MAXIMUM OF FIVE PASSENGERS, BECAUSE THOSE ARE SMALLER VEHICLES CLOSER TO A LARGE VAN. AND THEN ON OUR 40-FOOT BUSES, WHICH OUR TYPICAL MID-SIZE BUS, 10 PASSENGERS WOULD BE THE LIMIT. BUT ON A 60-FOOT ARTICULATED BUS WHERE THERE’S A LOT MORE SPACE, THEN POTENTIALLY 15 PASSENGERS ON THOSE. WE KNOW THAT WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT WE MEAD TO MAKE SURE WE DON’T VIOLATE THAT FOR ANY DISABLED RIDERS AND WE WOULD WANT TO IMPOSE AN EXCEPTION FOR WHEELCHAIR OR MOBILITY DEVICE USERS THAT WOULD HAVE A NEED. WE WOULD ALSO SAY WHEN IT COMES TO ENFORCEMENT OF THE RULE TO REDUCE CONFLICTS BETWEEN PASSENGERS AND DRIVERS WE WOULD ALLOW THE OPERATORS NOT TO HAVE TO STRICTLY ENFORCE THAT RULE, TO USE THEIR JUDGMENT TO AVOID ANY CONFLICTS WITH PEOPLE. AND THEN WE WOULD, OF COURSE, MONITOR THE IMPACTS ON RIDERS. SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE WOULD SEE WITH THAT IS THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF ACCUMULATION OF PASSENGERS AT BUS STOPS RATHER THAN ON THE BUSES THEMSELVES. SO THERE’S STILL — THERE STILL MIGHT BE A POTENTIAL FOR SPACING TO BE AN ISSUE AROUND THOSE BUS STOPS. POTENTIAL TO INCREASE THE WAIT TIMES AND TRAVEL TIMES FOR THE RIDERS, POTENTIALLY LEAVING SOMEONE STRANDED AT A STOP FOR A LONGER TIME THAN THEY ANTICIPATED. AND THEN — WHICH IS AN IMPACT ON THOSE PASSENGERS THAT NEED IT MOST TO GET TO WORK ON TIME OR TO THEIR APPOINTMENTS ON TIME. THE REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT WE WOULD SAY AGAIN NOT TO STRICTLY ENFORCE, AND THE DRIVERS — ALLOWING EXCEPTIONS FOR DISABLED PASSENGERS TO MAKE SURE WE COMPLY WITH THE FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON ADA. AND SO WE KNOW THAT THERE’S NOT ALWAYS A RIGHT ANSWER, AS DR. CARMONA POINTED OUT EARLIER, BUT IT’S ABOUT BALANCING THE COMPETING FACTORS AS BEST WE CAN AND COMING BACK WITH A GOOD — THE BEST SOLUTION THAT WE CAN. WE MAY NEED TO COME BACK WITH OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS AT ANOTHER TIME, BUT AT THIS POINT THIS IS REALLY THE OPTION WE WANTED TO DISCUSS WITH YOU TODAY, AND WE’RE HOPE TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE AT THIS POINT.>>THANK YOU, MARIO. COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS.>>Councilwoman Williams: I HAVE A COUPLE QUESTIONS FOR MARIO. DO YOU KNOW WHICH BUSES AT WHAT TIME HAVE A GREATER CAPACITY THAN OTHERS? IF THEY ALL GET ON A BUS AT THE SAME TIME TO GET TO WORK, WOULD YOU HAVE TWO BUSES THERE TO PICK THEM UP KNOWING THAT IT’S A GREATER NUMBER THAN WHAT YOU PLANNED FOR? A.>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, WHAT I WOULD SAY TO THAT IS UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES WE DO. WE HAVE HISTORICAL DATA FROM OUR FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM. SO, IN OTHER WORDS, EVERY TIME SOMEONE GETS ON A BUS THEY GO, THEY WALK BY THE OPERATOR AND THE FAREBOX AND THEY REGISTER THEIR FARE. SO WE KNOW HISTORICALLY WHERE PEOPLE HAVE BOARDED BUT UNFORTUNATELY RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN UNPRECEDENTED TIMES. SO WE HAVE THAT HISTORICAL DATA BUT NOT THE CURRENT DATA. NONETHELESS, WE CAN MONITOR IT WITH FEEDBACK FROM OUR BUS OPERATORS TO LET US KNOW IF THERE’S ANY TIME WHERE THAT HAPPENS. AND WE CAN TRY TO RESPOND.>>I’M REALLY CONCERNED THAT PEOPLE BE STANDING THERE WAITING BECAUSE THEY WOULD — THEY — THEY’RE DESPERATE TO GET TO WORK, AND ESPECIALLY AS IT WARMS UP, I DON’T WANT PEOPLE BEING OUT IN A GROUP IN THE HEAT. HOW SOON COULD YOU GET THE DATA?>>MAYOR, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, WE — HONESTLY AT THIS POINT WE DON’T KNOW. THINGS CHANGE EVERY DAY. SO IT WOULD — I WOULD BE HARD-PRESSED TO GIVE YOU AN ANSWER ON WHEN THE DATA WOULD COME THROUGH. WE’RE SEEING PEOPLE’S TRAVEL PATTERNS CHANGE VERY REGULARLY AND SO THOSE REGULAR LOADS AND TIMES OF DAY AND PEAK PERIODS ARE JUST NOT THERE WITH PEOPLE’S WORK AND SCHOOL HOURS COMPLETELY CHANGED.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, JUST TO ADD TO THAT, I MEAN, EVEN WITH THE DATA, WE’RE NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE ABLE TO PREDICT WHEN THAT CAPACITY MIGHT BE REACHED AND YOU MIGHT HAVE MORE PASSENGERS AT STOPS WAITING, SO WE WILL DO THE BEST WE CAN WITH THE INFORMATION WE HAVE, BUT THAT’S DEFINITELY ONE OF THE CHALLENGES WITH WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE TODAY.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU. COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI FOLLOWED BY COUNCILMAN GARCIA.>>Councilman Nowakowski: IT’S BEEN A COUPLE WEEKS NOW THAT WE’VE BEEN ASKING THE CONTRACTORS OR WE’VE BEEN ASKING STAFF TO ASK CONTRACTORS JUST INSTALL THOSE SNEEZE GUARDS. YOU HAVE THEM AT CIRCLE K’S. YOU HAVE THEM AT MOM AND POP BUSINESSES. WE USE CONTRACTORS THAT ARE NATIONWIDE. THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THAT JUST IN THE SNAP OF A FINGER, RIGHT? I’M KIND OF UPSET BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT EVEN TAKING CARE OF THE BASIC NEEDS RIGHT NOW. WE’RE HERE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR POLICE AND FIRE, AND WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR STAFF, BUT I THINK THESE CONTRACTORS ARE A REFLECTION OF US AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. YOU KNOW, SHAME ON US, SHAME ON US FOR NOT PROTECTING THOSE CONTRACT EMPLOYEES THAT SERVE AS OUR AMBASSADORS TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE GOING TO THE HOSPITALS, THAT ARE GOING TO THE BUSINESSES TO CLEAN THESE OFFICES THAT THEY’RE FORCED TO DO BECAUSE THAT’S A NEED OUT THERE AND THE BUS DRIVERS CAN’T JUST DECIDE NOT TO DRIVE. THAT’S THERE JOB AND THEY HAVE TO, RIGHT? SO I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT OPTION 1, SELF-REGULATING DOESN’T WORK. I THINK THE OPTION 2 OF CREATING DISTANCE BETWEEN THE BUS RIDERS, THAT’S — IT’S GOING THE RIGHT DIRECTION, BUT HOW MANY TIMES DO WE ACTUALLY CLEAN THE BUSES? AFTER SOMEBODY GETS OFF, IS THERE ANOTHER PERSON THAT IS ON THERE CLEANING THE SEATS, CLEANING OUR LIGHT RAILS? I THINK THOSE ARE THINGS THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THOSE THINGS ARE BEING DONE, AND, YOU KNOW, HAND SANITIZERS, HOW HARD IS IT TO PUT A HAND SANITIZER WHEN YOU WALK INTO A BUS, WALK INTO LIGHT RAIL WHERE PEOPLE CAN WIPE OFF THEIR HANDS BEFORE THEY SIT DOWN OR BEFORE THEY HOMED ON TO THE RAILINGS? THOSE ARE JUST BASIC THINGS THAT, FORESTER ME, IT’S A NO BRAINER, THAT PEOPLE THAT ARE RUNNING THIS BUSINESS THAT ARE CONTRACTORS, TWO WEEKS AGO WE ASKED THEM TO DO THIS. THEY HAVEN’T DONE IT. WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN DANGER. AS COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA SAID THERE ARE TWO INDIVIDUALS HAVE THAT THE VIRUS. THAT’S SAD. I DON’T WANT ANYBODY ELSE TO GET IT. I BELIEVE THAT OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS THE PERSON THAT’S CONTRACTING WITH THESE INDIVIDUALS IS TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE AND WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THAT AND BASICALLY SHAME ON US FOR NOT DOING THAT.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU. COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA.>>Councilman Garcia: I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI JUST BROUGHT UP, AND NAH FOR, MARIO AND THE TEAM, FOR DOING THIS WORK. I KNOW THINGS HAVE BEEN SHIFTING. I AGREE WITH OPTION 2. I THINK WE SHOULD TRY TO DO AS MUCH AS WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE SOCIAL DISTANCE. I DO — I DON’T WANT TO — I DO THINK WITH EMPLOYEES LIKE THESE FOLKS WHO ARE REPRESENTING THE CITY WITH SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, AND THAT THESE WORKERS ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES OUT THERE IN THE WAY THEY ARE, AND THEY KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THEIR JOB IS, I HAVE TWO THOUGHTS, ONE IS THAT — IT WOULD BE AMAZING IF THESE WERE CITY WORKERS AT THIS TIME. I FEEL LIKE WE COULD BE MOVING QUICKER, HELPING THEM MORE, SUPPORTING THEM MORE. SO FOR ME THE QUESTION COMES ABOUT DO WE REALLY FARM OUT THESE ESSENTIAL SERVICES. THE SECOND PIECE, AND I KNOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT BUDGET AND CUTS AND ALL THESE SORTS OF THINGS, BUT IN AREAS LIKE THIS WHERE THERE’S A LOT OF MONEY COMING IN FEDERAL, AT WHAT POINT DO THESE DRIVERS BEGIN TO GET HAZARD PAY OR BEGIN TO GET THANKED OR REWARDED AS MUCH AS THEY DESERVE FOR WHAT THEY’RE DOING IN LITERALLY PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. I’M PUSHING FOR OPTION B BUT I’M ALSO THINKING ABOUT THESE WORKERS, LIKE THE FIRST RESPONDERS ARE OUT THERE RISKING THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE GET TO THE HOSPITAL, TO WORK, WHEREVER THEY NEED TO GO, TO GROCERY SHOPPING AND SO ON. SO I JUST WANT TO THANK THEM AND THANK YOU TO THE STAFF FOR MAKING SURE IN TAKING CARE OF THEM AND HOLD THESE CONTRACTORS ACCOUNTABLE. CASHION THANK YOU, COUNCILMEMBER. VICE MAYOR?>>Vice Mayor Guardado: I HAD A COUPLE THOUGHTS. FIRST, THANK YOU SO MUCH MARIO AND THE WHOLE TEAM FOR EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING IN PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. BUT ON THE SANITATION SIDE [INAUDIBLE] A COUPLE PHONE CALLS [INAUDIBLE] OF THE LIGHT RAIL, LIKE HOW OFTEN DO YOU SET UP REGULAR — WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? HOW MANY TIMES DURING THE DAY DO THEY COME IN AND CLEAN, CLEAN THE RIGHT RAIL AND THE BUSES. THAT’S ONE QUESTION. THE OTHER QUESTION IS, HOW LONG DOES THIS SPRAY STAY IN EFFECT? THE SPRAY WE’RE PUTTING ON THE LIGHT RAIL TO KILL THE VIRUS, HOW LONG DOES IT LAST JUST TO KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THEY SHOULD BE SPRAYED AND HOW OFTEN ARE WE — [INAUDIBLE]>>MAYOR, VICE MAYOR GUARDADO, IT’S OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT THE FOGGING, BEING THE NEW CHEMICAL THAT’S IMPLEMENTED, IT HAD A AS RESIDUAL EFFECT OF SEVERAL DAYS. SO IT’S REAPPLIED AS NEEDED. IN TERMS OF BUS AND RAIL VEHICLES, THEY ARE CLEANED EVERY TIME THEY RETURN TO THE YARD. SO A MINIMUM OF DAILY. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, THE LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES RETURN TO THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE CENTER AND THAT’S WHEN THEY ARE DISINFECTED AND DETAILED, AS WITH THE BUSES WHEN THEY RETURN TO THE YARD, WHEN THE DRIVER RETURNS TO THE YARD AND THE BUS HAS NO MORE WORK FOR THAT DAY IT’S PUT IN THE QUEUE FOR FUELING AND CLEANING.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: SO THEN IF SOMEONE IS ON THE BUS AND THEY’RE COUGHING OR THE LIGHT RAIL AND THEY’RE COUGHING AND WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK, THESE BUSES AND THE LIGHT RAIL KEEPS RUNNING WITH ALL OF THESE GERMS AND OTHER PEOPLE GETTING ON THEM UNTIL THE END OF THE DAY, IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE I SAYING?>>NO, MAYOR, VICE MAYOR GUARDADO, IT’S OUR UNDERSTANDING WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS, THE VEHICLE IS TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE FOR DISINFECTING.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: WHO REPORTS THAT? HOW DOES THAT GET REPORTED? HOW DOES THAT WORK? OR HAVE WE HAD THAT HAPPEN ALREADY?>>I HAVE HEARD OF A COUPLE INSTANCES WHERE THAT HAS HAPPENED, WHETHER IT BE AN INSTANCE BETWEEN TWO PASSENGERS AND THE BUS OPERATORS MADE AWARE OF IT, THEN OUR CONTRACTOR BASICALLY THE OPERATOR CALLS THE BUS OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTER AND LET’S THEM KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND THE BUS IS TAKEN BACK TO THE YARD AND A REPLACEMENT VEHICLE IS PUT IN PLACE.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: AND THEN MY OTHER QUESTION WAS IN TERMS OF [INAUDIBLE] I KNOW NOW WE’RE DIRECTING EVERYONE TO THE BACK OF THE BUS. ARE WE — DOES THAT MEAN WE’RE NO LONGER COLLECTING FARE FROM FOLKS? OR HOW DOES THAT WORK NOW?>>YES, TECHNICALLY THE FARE IS STILL REQUIRED, HOWEVER, BECAUSE PEOPLE CANNOT ACCESS THE FAREBOX, THERE’S NO REAL WAY FOR THEM TO PAY THE FARE TO USE A TRANSIT CARD OR THEIR FARE MEDIA AT THE FAREBOX. SO ESSENTIALLY IT’S A VISUAL INSPECTION OF THE FARE, BUT IT’S — THE FARE ENFORCEMENT HAS BEEN RELAXED, AND SO THAT’S NOT IN PLACE.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: OKAY. THOSE ARE ALL MY QUESTIONS. [INAUDIBLE] IN FAVOR OF OPTION 2. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU. IF THERE ARE NO ADDITIONAL COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS, THEN I MIGHT TURN TO THE VICE MAYOR — COUNCILWOMAN — ANY ADDITIONAL COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS? I WOULD LIKE TO TURN TO THE VICE MAYOR FOR A MOTION.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: I THINK — [INAUDIBLE]>>Councilman Garcia:.>>Councilman Nowakowski: I HAVE A QUESTION. SO HEARING THAT, PEOPLE HAVE ALLERGIES, THEY’RE COUGHING LEFT AND RIGHT. I MEAN, TO HAVE SOMEBODY ON THE BUS COUGHING IS A THING THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN ON EVERY SINGLE BUS RIDE. I CAN’T SEE THAT NOT HAPPENING. I CAN’T SEE THE BUS DRIVING POLICING PEOPLE THAT ARE COUGHING OR SPITTING OUT LOUD WHEN THEY SPEAK. HOW CAN A PERSON DRIVING THE BUS AND AT THE SAME TIME PAY ATTENTION TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE COUGHING AND THEN AT THE SAME TIME CALL IN AND TAKING THAT BUS OUT OF COMMISSION? I THINK IT WOULD BE EASIER TO HAVE MAYBE TWO PEOPLE ON A BUS. WHEN SOMEBODY LEAVES, CLEANING THE SEAT OFF AT LEAST AND LET’S MAKE IT SAFE. THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE TO TAKE THESE BUSES BECAUSE THAT’S THE ONLY TRANSPORTATION THEY HAVE.>>Councilman Garcia: I DID HAVE TWO OTHER THINGS –>>Mayor Gallego: I COULDN’T HEAR IF YOU ARE TALKING EARLIER. COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA.>>Councilman Garcia: TWO THINGS. ONE, I HEARD SOME COMPLAINTS ABOUT BUS DRIVERS NOT BEING ABLE TO ACCESS RESTROOMS. A LOT OF TIMES THEY WOULD PULL OVER AND USE PUBLIC RESTROOMS NOW SHUT OR BUSINESSES THAT NO LONGER ALLOW PEOPLE TO GO IN, AND SO I WONDER, MARIO IF YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THIS, HAVE YOU FIGURED THIS OUT? THEN THE SECOND THING, [INAUDIBLE] DRIVERS PPEs OR HOW WE CAN — I KNOW THEY HAVE TO STOP GET OFF AND HELP FOLKS GET ON. WHAT PROTECTION DO THEY HAVE AT THAT TIME?>>I’M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO JESUS TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN WORKING DIRECTLY WITH THE CONTRACTORS ON THAT.>>COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA, THANK YOU. WHAT WE DO IS WE CHECK IN WITH OUR CONTRACTORS AND THE OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTER WHO TAKES THE CALLS FROM THE OPERATORS EVERY DAY. YOU’RE RIGHT, WHEN THE RESTAURANT CLOSURES STARTED, IT DID RESULT IN A GOOD NUMBER OF LOCATIONS THAT OPERATORS CUSTOMARILY USED OR HAD ACCESS TO TO BE ABLE TO USE THE RESTROOM. SO ONCE WE WERE MADE AWARE OF THAT, WE COMMUNICATED NOT ONLY WITH THE COUNTY TO IDENTIFY SITES THAT THEY HAD AVAILABLE ALONG ROUTES BUT WHAT OUR CONTRACTORS DID IS THEY HAVE ROAD SUPERVISORS THAT KIND OF COVER THE AREAS AND THEY WENT IN AND MET WITH THE MANAGERS AND OWNERS OF PLACES LIKE CIRCLE Ks AND QUICK TRIPS AND JACK-IN-THE-BOXES TO CONFIRM WHAT LOCATIONS ARE STILL OPEN, AND THAT LIST IS PROVIDE TO DO DRIVERS ALONG THEIR ROUTE. WHAT THEY DO IS THAT THEY LIST THEM BY ROUTE AND LOCATION AND ADDRESS AND BASICALLY THAT LIST WAS REFRESHED, I WILL CALL IT, AFTER ALL THE CLOSURES, SO THAT THE DRIVERS KNEW WHAT THEY HAVE AVAILABLE OPINION THOSE LISTS ARE ALSO PROVIDED TO OUR OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTERS. SO THE OPERATORS DON’T LITERALLY HAVE TO HAVE THEM ON HAND. I AM A DRIVER ON WESTBOUND ROUTE 41, FOR EXAMPLE, I’M AT 27th AVENUE, YOU KNOW, GIVE ME THE NEXT RESTROOM WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MILES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IT’S BASICALLY A SPREADSHEET THAT SHOWS BY ROUTE. SO WE’VE UPDATED THAT LIST TO MAKE SURE IT’S AVAILABLE. LITERALLY THIS MORNING HAD A DISCUSSION WITH MY STAFF TO SAY ARE WE HEARING OF ANY ISSUES. SINCE THEY REFRESHED THAT LIST WE HAVEN’T HEARD OF ANY ISSUES, BUT IF IT DOES COME UP, WE WORK TO IDENTIFY ANY LOCATIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE OPERATORS AND, AGAIN, I THANK THE COUNTY FOR IDENTIFYING ADDITIONAL FACILITIES THAT THEY’RE KEEPING OPEN THAT WE ADDED TO THAT LIST.>>MAYOR, COUNCIL, I ALSO WANT TO MENTION WE HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE LOCAL AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION AND WE HAVE FREQUENT CONVERSATIONS WITH THEM ABOUT THE REQUESTS THEY HAVE TO PROTECT THE DRIVERS, TO MAKE SURE THE PROPER PPEs ARE IN PLACE AND WE’RE HOLDING THE CONTRACTORS TO THAT, AND SOME OF THE CHANGES WE MADE WERE REQUESTS BY THE UNION, THINGS LIKE THE REAR BOARDING AND INITIALLY THAT WAS THE CORDING OFF OR TAPING OFF AND STAFF ACTUALLY WAS ABLE TO GET THAT IN PLACE PRETTY QUICK FROM THE TIME THAT THAT WAS REQUESTED, THE SAME WEEK, AND THEN BY SATURDAY THE WEEK THAT WAS REQUESTED THAT WAS IN PLACE THEY SENSE HAVE COME BACK LAST WEEK AND ASKED FOR PLEXIGLAS SHIELDS TO BE PLACED, TEMPORARY PLEXIGLAS SHIELDS TO BE PLACE THERE HAD INSTEAD OF THE CAUTION TAPE BETWEEN THE DRIVERS AND THE REST OF THE BUS, AND SO WE’VE BEEN EXPLORING HOW WE COULD DO THAT, AND WE FOUND A WAY TO DO THAT, WE FOUND SOME MATERIALS AND A WAY TO GET THAT INSTALLED THAT THE UNION HAS AGREED WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE, AND WE’RE MOVING FORWARD WITH THAT AFTER HEARING ABOUT THAT LAST WEEK, AND SO WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO BE VERY RESPONSIVE TO THOSE REQUESTS AND MAKING SURE THAT THE DRIVERS ARE PROTECTED AS MUCH AS THEY CAN BE GIVEN WHAT THEY’RE OUT THERE FACING AND THIS IMPORTANT SERVICE THEY ARE PROVIDING.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU, MARIO. ANY ADDITIONAL COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS?>>Councilwoman Pastor: I HAVE ONE QUESTION.>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR.>>Councilwoman Pastor: MARIO, YOU SAID THAT — TALKING ABOUT THE FARES, WE’RE NOT REALLY PICKING UP THE FARES, MY QUESTION IS, WHO PAYS FOR THAT, THEN? DO WE HAVE A — LIKE A BUDGET FOR THOSE SITUATIONS?>>MAYOR AND COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR, THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. THERE’S NO BUDGET FOR THE LOSS OF THE FARE REVENUE THAT WE’RE GOING TO EXPERIENCE, JUST LIKE THERE’S NO BUDGET FOR THE LOSS OF SALES TAX REVENUE WE’RE GOING TO EXPERIENCE WITH T2050 SALES TAX AND THE REGIONAL SALES TAX THAT WE EXPECT THE SEVERE DECLINES — YOU WERE TALKING EARLIER WITH JEFF BARTON ABOUT THE GENERAL FUND. WE EXPECT SIMILAR IMPACTS TO THE T2050 FUND BECAUSE THAT’S SALES TAX BASED. BUT WE ALSO KNOW THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF FARE REVENUE THAT’S GOING TO BE LOST BY RELAXING THAT FARE ENFORCEMENT. THE DECISION WAS MADE TO MOVE FORWARD IN SPITE OF THAT BECAUSE OF THE SAFETY BEING MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE REVENUE, AND WE KNOW THIS IS A TEMPORARY MEASURE, BUT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FACE THE BUDGETARY IMPACT VERY SOON AND AT SOME POINT WE KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT THOSE LOSSES ARE GOING TO BE, WE KNOW WE’LL BE DEALING WITH HOW WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT DEFICIT. SO WE’LL BE HAVING FUTURE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THAT.>>Councilwoman Pastor: AND WHERE WOULD THAT BUDGET COME FROM?>>WELL, COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TALK ABOUT POTENTIALLY FUTURE SERVICE REDUCTIONS TO MAKE UP THOSE LOSSES. I MEAN, THAT’S REALLY WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO WHAT WE’RE EXPECTING THOSE IMPACTS TO BE. SO WE EXPECT THOSE IMPACTS TO BE SIGNIFICANT. WE THINK THAT AT SOME POINT WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT SERVICE REDUCTIONS TO MAKE UP THOSE LOSSES.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. BUT IN THE C.A.R.E.S., I DON’T HAVE THE POWERPOINT IN FRONT OF ME, BUT IN THE C.A.R.E.S. IT TALKED ABOUT TRANSPORTATION. ARE WE ADVOCATING TO USE SOME OF THOSE DOLLARS IN THE TRANSPORTATION DOLLARS FOR FARES?>>COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR, WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN USE THE FEDERAL DOLLARS TO THEIR FULLEST EXTENT WITH REGARD TO TRANSIT TO MAKE UP FOR NOT ONLY THE COSTS BUT THE IMPACTS TO RIDERSHIP. I THINK THAT THE FEDERAL DOLLARS DO ALLOW FOR MAKING UP FOR SOME OF THOSE LOSSES DUE TO THE RIDERSHIP LOSSES. WE’VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO EXPLORE THAT AND GET DIRECTION FROM THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION. BUT WE ARE GOING TO SEEK TO MAXIMIZE THAT. I’M JUST NOT SURE THAT THAT’S GOING TO COMPLETELY OFFSET THE LAWS WE’RE FACING FROM THE LOSS OF FARE REVENUE AND SALES TAX REVENUE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THANK YOU.>>Councilman Nowakowski: MAYOR, I HAVE ONE QUESTION.>>Mayor Gallego: COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI.>>COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI: SO YOU TALKED EARLIER ABOUT THAT $1.8 MILLION. THAT’S AS A REGION, RIGHT, THAT BOOK PHOENIX, TEMPE, MESA. WHAT IS THAT 1.8 MILLION BEING USED FOR IF IT’S NOT TO PROVIDE PPE AND TAKING CARE OF OUR EMPLOYEES THAT ARE ON THE BUSES, LIGHT RAIL, AND ALSO RECOVER SOME OF THAT FARE LOSS BECAUSE OF THIS [INAUDIBLE] CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT TO ME REAL QUICK?>>YES, MAYOR AND COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI, REFERRING TO THE 188 MILLION THAT WAS PART OF THE C.A.R.E.S. MONEY FOR TRANSIT AND THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION. SO, AGAIN, WE’RE DISCUSSING WITH THE FTA HOW THAT MONEY CAN BE USED. SO THAT’S INTENDED TO COVER THE COSTS OF THE EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE MEASURES THAT WE’RE PUTTING IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH AND SAFETY, THE ENHANCED CLEANING AND SANITIZING, THE STATIONS, SHELTERS, PUTTING THOSE HAND SANITIZERS ON THE BUSES, THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, THE SHIELDS THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT INSTALLING, ALL THOSE KINDS OF COSTS. BUT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE $188 MILLION AS A REGION, THAT’S NOT ONLY PHOENIX BUT ALSO SOME OF THE OTHER CITIES IN THE REGION PROVIDING BUS SERVICE AND LOOKING AT THOSE LOSSES — WE’RE JUST NOT SURE THAT’S GOING TO BE ENOUGH TO COVER ALL THE LOSSES AND IMPACTS WE’RE EXPECTING.>>Councilman Nowakowski: NOR, I’M GOING TO FOLLOW UP. [INAUDIBLE] PPE STUFF IS GOING TO BE COVERED. SO I HEARD EARLIER, I THINK IT WAS A CITIZEN SAID OUR PORTION, WHICH IS THE REGIONS OF PHOENIX, TEMPE AND MESA IS [INAUDIBLE] OF THAT, RIGHT –>>I THINK IT’S THE $188 MILLION IS WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, $1 88 MILLION IS THE PORTION FOR THIS REGION.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THE PACKAGE OR AS PHOENIX?>>IT’S THE PHOENIX-MESA RE 81. SO IT INCLUDES PHOENIX AS WELL AS THE OTHER CITIES IN MARICOPA COUNTY AND OUR REGION. THERE IS ALSO AN AVONDALE-GOODYEAR REGION WHICH IS THAT SMALLER WEST VALLEY WHICH GETS 9.6 IN ADDITION TO THE 188. BUT THE 188 GETS SPREAD OVER ESSENTIALLY THE LARGER AREA HERE IN MARICOPA COUNTY, OF WHICH PHOENIX IS THE BIGGEST CITY. SO THAT’S SPREAD OVER ALL THOSE CITIES.>>Councilman Nowakowski: JUST TO PUT ON THE RECORD, WE SHOULD BE USING THAT MONEY — WE HAVE A REGIONAL BUS SYSTEM, A REGIONAL LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM. SO IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S SHARED THROUGHOUT ALL THE CITIES THAT NEEDS OUR BUSES, THAT USE THE LIGHT RAIL, AND I THINK IT’S TIME TO MAKE SURE THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE PROTECTED THAT ARE RIDING OUR BUSES, AND ESPECIALLY THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE WORKING ON THESE BUSES AND ON THE LIGHT RAILS. SO IF THERE HAS TO BE EXTRA COSTS HIRING SOMEBODY TO CLEAN, THAT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE LOOKING INTO. SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT KIND OF A COST FOR US TO ACTUALLY PUT ALL THAT STUFF YOU JUST TALKED ABOUT, HAND SANITIZER, THE PROTECTIVE [INAUDIBLE] TO — ALL THAT INTO THE PACKAGE AND SEE HOW MUCH WOULD THAT COST REGION-WIDE AND WE CAN PROBABLY ADVOCATE NOT JUST AS A CITY OF PHOENIX BUT THE WHOLE REGION THAT USES THE BUS SYSTEM AND THE LIGHT RAIL AND SEE IF WE CAN MAXIMIZE THIS.>>THAT’S RIGHT, COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI, WE WILL CERTAINLY BE DOING THAT.>>Councilwoman Williams: MAY I ASK A QUESTION, PLEASE?>>Mayor Gallego:, YES COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS THAT?>>Councilwoman Williams: WHEN YOU SAY REGIONAL SYSTEM DOES THAT INCLUDE NOT ONLY VALLEY METRO BUT PHOENIX? BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE OUR OWN SYSTEM. WE WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER, BUT THEY’RE FUNDED SEPARATELY.>>YES, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, THAT’S RIGHT. THE $188 MILLION THAT’S COMING THROUGH THE C.A.R.E.S. ACT FOR TRANSIT IS INCLUSIVE OF PHOENIX AND VALLEY METRO’S PROVISION OF SERVICE FOR REGIONAL BUS AND RAIL, BUT INCLUDES THE — FOR EXAMPLE, THE EAST VALLEY BUS SERVICE THAT VALLEY METRO PROVIDES, AS WELL AS PHOENIX’S PORTION.>>Councilwoman Williams: OKAY. BECAUSE WE EACH HAVE SEPARATE CONTRACTS, ISN’T THAT CORRECT?>>CORRECT.>>Councilwoman Williams: THANK YOU. YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB, BY THE WAY.>>Mayor Gallego: THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS. ANY ADDITIONAL COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS? VICE MAYOR, DO WE HAVE A MOTION?>>Vice Mayor Guardado: YES, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE MOTION TO APPROVE OPTION 2.>>Councilwoman Stark: SECOND.>>Mayor Gallego: WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND. JUST TO GET A SENSE OF WHO IS ON THE PHONE, FOR THOSE WATCHING, I CAN SEE MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WITH US, BUT NOT EVERYONE. IS COUNCILMAN DICICCIO STILL WITH US?>>Councilman DiCiccio: I AM.>>Mayor Gallego: PERFECT. WOULD ANYONE LIKE A ROLL CALL ON THIS VOTE? OKAY. HEARING NONE, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF OPTION 2 PLEASE SAY AYE. [ CHORUS OF AYES]>>Mayor Gallego: ANY OPPOSED? ALL RIGHT. THAT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. WE WOULD REMIND EVERYONE THAT TOMORROW AT NOON THERE IS A STATEWIDE MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR COMMANDER CARNICLE AND THAT YOU CAN TUNE IN AND PARTICIPATE REMOTELY. WE ARE ALL GRATEFUL FOR HIS SERVICE AND THANKFUL THERE IS A WAY TO PARTICIPATE IN THISTY TIME. ALSO WANT TO TELL SEPARATE THAT OUR TWO OFFICERS WHO WERE SHOT IN THE LINE OF DUTY HAVE NOW BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL, ALTHOUGH THEY STILL HAVE RECOVERY AHEAD OF THEM. LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING YOU ALL — [NO AUDIO]

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