Applicant Review Panel - Nov. 20, 2020

Applicant Review Panel Special Called Meeting of the Applicant Review Panel

Agenda original pdf

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Versión en español a continuación. Special Meeting of the Applicant Review Panel 11/20/2020 Applicant Review Panel to be held 11/20/2020 with Social Distancing Modifications Public comment will be allowed via telephone; no in-person input will be allowed. All speakers must register in advance (11/19/2020 by noon). All public comment will occur at the beginning of the meeting. To speak remotely at the 11/20/2020 Applicant Review Panel Meeting, members of the public must: •Call or email the board liaison at 512-974-7665 and no later than noon, (the day before the meeting). The information required is the speaker name, item number(s) they wish to speak on, whether they are for/against/neutral, and a telephone number or email address. •Once a request to speak has been called in or emailed to the board liaison, residents will receive either an email or phone call providing the telephone number to call on the day of the scheduled meeting. •Speakers must call in at least 15 minutes prior to meeting start in order to speak, late callers will not be accepted and will not be able to speak. •Speakers will be placed in a queue until their time to speak. •Handouts or other information may be emailed to by Noon the day before the scheduled meeting. This information will be provided to Board and Commission members in advance of the meeting. •If this meeting is broadcast live, residents may watch the meeting here: atxn-live Reunión del Applicant Review Panel FECHA de la reunion (11/20/2020) La junta se llevará con modificaciones de distanciamiento social Se permitirán comentarios públicos por teléfono; no se permitirá ninguna entrada en persona. Todos los oradores deben registrarse con anticipación (11/19/2020 antes del mediodía). Todos los comentarios públicos se producirán al comienzo de la reunión. Para hablar de forma remota en la reunión, los miembros del público deben: • Llame o envíe un correo electrónico al enlace de la junta en 512-974-7665 and a más tardar al mediodía (el día antes de la reunión). La información requerida es el nombre del orador, los números de artículo sobre los que desean hablar, si están a favor / en contra / neutrales, y un número de teléfono o dirección de correo electrónico. • Una vez que se haya llamado o enviado por correo electrónico una solicitud para hablar al enlace de la junta, los residentes recibirán un correo electrónico o una llamada …

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ICRC Roadmap original pdf

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Roadmap to Citizen Redistricting Four Austin Commissioners Point the Way Lake Travis 10 (cid:0)(cid:0)360 (cid:0)(cid:0)1 (cid:0)(cid:0)130 (cid:0)(cid:0)290 Decker Lake (cid:0)(cid:0)130 (cid:0)(cid:0)45 (cid:0)(cid:0)360 (cid:0)(cid:0)360 5 (cid:0)(cid:0)(cid:0)35 (cid:0)(cid:0)45 (cid:0)(cid:0)45 6 (cid:0)(cid:0)183 (cid:0)(cid:0)(cid:0)35 7 (cid:0)(cid:0)1 4 (cid:0)(cid:0)(cid:0)35 3 1 (cid:0)(cid:0)183 (cid:0)(cid:0)71 2 (cid:0)(cid:0)183 (cid:0)(cid:0)183 9 (cid:0)(cid:0)(cid:0)35 (cid:0)(cid:0)1 (cid:0)(cid:0)71 (cid:0)(cid:0)(cid:0)35 (cid:0)(cid:0)290 8 (cid:0)(cid:0)1 (cid:0)(cid:0)45 C M Ryan Robinson, City Demographer, City of Austin, December 2013. Stefan Haag n Harriett Harrow n Phil Hewitt n Maria Solis Foreword by Steve Bickerstaff On the cover: The official final Austin, Texas ten-district map approved by the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) on Novem- ber 18, 2013. See a more-detailed map on page 38 (Appendix E). Copyright © 2015 by Stefan Haag, Harriett Harrow, Phil Hewitt, and Maria Solis Table of Contents 1 3 5 6 6 7 9 11 12 14 14 15 16 19 19 19 21 22 22 22 23 24 29 35 36 38 39 Foreword Acknowledgements & Disclaimer I. Introduction II. Organizing the Commission A. Selecting Commissioners B. Selecting Commission Staff C. Training Commissioners D. Communications & Outreach E. Finances & Budget III. Authority & Duties of the Commission A. Austin City Charter B. Schedule of Commission Events IV. Public Hearings V. Mapping the Districts A. Redistricting Criteria B. Creating Ten Districts C. Mapping Consultant Capabilities VI. The Final Report A. Final Report Committee B. Organization of the Final Report VII. Conclusion Appendix A: Glossary of Redistricting Terms Appendix B: Advertisements of Staff Positions Appendix C: ICRC Budget Appendix D: Recommendations for Future ARPs Appendix E: Final Ten-District Map Appendix F: About the Authors Foreword I n November 2012, the voters of Austin, Texas overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the City Charter that dramatically changed the city’s election system and possibly provided a model for cities nationwide. Under the previous system, the City Council consisted of a mayor and six council members. All were elected citywide to numbered places on the council. Austin voters approved a new system consisting of a mayor (elected citywide) and ten council members, each of whom is elected from individual districts. As important as the change to individual council member districts was the amendment’s requirement that the districts be drawn in 2013 and thereafter by an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission rather than by members of the City Council. The Charter amendment establishes a process for how the members of the independent Commission are selected and the criteria that …

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Item2Diii_Oath-of-Office original pdf

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Applicant Review Panelist Oath of Office I, _________(State your name)_, do solemnly swear or affirm, that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered, promised to pay, contributed, or promised to contribute any money or thing of value, or promised any public office or employment as a reward to secure my appointment or confirmation thereof; and that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of Applicant Review Panel of the City of Austin, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States, the State of Texas, and of this City.

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Item2G_ARP.Lessons Learned original pdf

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Determination of the Most Qualified Applicants for Independent Citizens’ Applicant Review Panel Redistricting Commission Interpretation of City Charter Article 11 (A) May 16, 2013 Background On November 16, 2012, City of Austin voters approved a city charter amendment which provides for the election of city council members from 10 geographical single-member districts, beginning with the election in November 2014. The boundaries of the 10 districts will be drawn by an Independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission (ICRC). Applicants for a position on the ICRC must meet certain requirements, such as being a registered voter in the City of Austin for the previous five years and being free of conflicts of interest. Applicants for the ICRC were required to disclose their voting history (for non-students), current address, voter ID number, and any conflicts of interest. The city auditor reviewed the applications to validate minimum requirements. The charter amendment also created a 3-member Applicant Review Panel (ARP) to evaluate the applications and select the 60 most qualified applicants based on the following criteria: 1. Relevant analytical skills 2. Ability to be impartial 3. Residency in various parts of the City, and 4. Appreciation for the City of Austin’s diverse demographics and geography On March 11, 2013, the city auditor provided the ARP with 450 applications which met the minimum requirements. The applications included free-form questions so the candidates could describe how they meet the criteria in the city charter. This document describes how the ARP evaluated the applicants to determine the most qualified according to the criteria above. Relevant Analytical Skills An applicant does not rank high in this area by merely saying he or she has analytical skills. There must be an indication in his or her occupational, educational or other history which shows experience in using analytical skills. The experience may be gained by running a business, being in occupations which require data analysis or having hobbies which involve analytical skills. Applicants who have a background in analyzing census data, identifying groups with common interests or using mapping software have higher rankings in relevant analytical skills. Ability to be Impartial This criterion must also be demonstrated by life experiences, such as working in groups to reach a decision. A dimension of this criterion is having good communication skills, including listening to all sides of an issue. The applicant could point to experiences where he has set aside his personal interest in favor …

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Approved Minutes original pdf

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Applicant Review Panel November 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm Via Videoconference MINUTES Lisa Rodriguez William Cooper James Christianson PANEL MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE Abigael McClean STAFF IN ATTENDANCE Matthew Dugan Oath of Office: Administration of the Oath of Office to Applicant Review Panel (APR) members (Erika Brady, Assistant City Clerk) The three panelists of the Applicant Review Panel (ARP) took their oaths of office. CALL TO ORDER The meeting was called to order at 1:15pm with all three members present. CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL The first three speakers who register to speak no later than noon the day before the meeting will be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. No members of the public registered to speak. The ARP may discuss and take action on the following agenda items: 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES This item will occur at the next meeting. 2. NEW BUSINESS A. Introductions of ARP members and staff The panelists and staff introduced themselves. B. Option to elect a Chair and Vice Chair On Bill Cooper’s motion, Jim Christianson’s second, Abby McClean was unanimously elected as Chair of the ARP. On Jim Christianson’s motion, Chair McClean’s second, Bill Cooper was unanimously elected as Vice Chair. C. Discuss the ARP’s mission and purpose (Ashley Glotzer, City Law Department) Ashley Glotzer presented. D. Discuss ARP legal considerations i. Voting Rights Act (Ashley Glotzer, City Law Department) ii. Texas Open Meetings Act, Public Information Act, and City Charter No-Contact Period (Ashley Glotzer, City Law Department) iii. Records Management (Erika Brady, Assistant City Clerk) Ashley Glotzer presented. Ashley Glotzer presented. Erika Brady presented. E. Discuss approach to assessing applications, application merits, and work plan Discussion was held, with Carol Limaye providing recommendations. F. Housekeeping matters, including resources on the City of Austin website, ARP member contact information, staff support, and scheduling future meetings Matt Dugan briefed the panel. G. Lessons learned from Carol Limaye, member of the 2013 ARP Carol Limaye briefed the panel and answered questions. ADJOURNMENT Chair McClean adjourned the meeting at 2:40pm without objections. The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Matt …

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