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51283605 90. Now you're are Todd and seven Oh, five Todd Jeffries and don Prior high 51283605 90. So this this homeless crisis It's been a pretty good distraction from other city news, hasn't it? We've been focused on cleaning up our streets trying to make the community a little bit safer. The voters overwhelmingly said that they want this. These camping ordinance is to be enforced. And now they're dealing with this issue of the city, considering 10 different campsites, maybe even using city parks as campsites. That is an issue that they're actively kicking around and discussing on Austin City Hall. So which part do you want to use as a homeless encampment? Which park do you officially want to give up? Forever to be used as a homeless in camp. Oh, I see what they do, I they would put it right in Zilker Park man right in everybody's face the crown jewel of Parks of Austin, Texas, that that we've all that we all love and if have grown up with, like, May if you've lived here is long as I have, and they would put it right there to make the biggest statement they could, and then he shouldn't even be a discussion. We should be started. Put him in those hotels the people bought and start finding other places, you know, to get him into programs and Shelters. Whatever you gotta do, considering a parks, it immediately makes it less safe in the neighborhood immediately. You couldn't walk to your neighborhood park. It should not be an option. It should not. I cannot believe it's being considered. Well. Listen, this homeless crisis now with humanitarian crisis here in Austin, it's been an incredible distraction of other city news. You've already forgotten about our electric power grid and the water supply And that frees of February that thing you've already forgot about that. Well. The Austin City Council did host a special called Zoom class a zoo meeting because they're still scared to get together. Come on, stop that Austin City Council hosted a special called meeting to discuss the city's response to the devastating February winter storm. As we hear from CBS Austin K. I. This is a disaster that really tested our ability to stay focused and communicate. That's one Ortiz, director of Austen's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He met with council members Tuesday to talk about February's devastating winter storm in the cities. Bunz. There were some some barriers to access of Information Council members say they were left in the darkest to what to do. They requested emergency training and a better understanding of their role during these events. The words would be sad, pretty repeatedly. Am I the one that's supposed to be doing this for community volunteers helping council members say there was miscommunication over who needed help and how to get resource is two people. According to deaths reported by the Travis County Medical Examiner. During the Winter storm, we counted two deaths caused directly by hypothermia and another 17 that could be tied to the storm caused by things like crashes, fires and falls through everything we could add it. To be able to ensure that we were doing the best we could to respond to the incident. But council members say it wasn't enough. They've created a task force. It's gathering community feedback and are working on an after action report detailing what went right. What went wrong and what to do. In case it happens again. That was frankly, an emergency on top of emergency on top of a pandemic. I'd like to hear more about what they're planning for the hot summer months and rolling blackouts. Absolutely at the next ice storm, But what are you doing now? The short this grid in our city? Yeah, exactly. That's it. That's a source of stress it no doubt about it. Listen, there's nothing like a good old task force and an action memo. You know, there's nothing better than that. Right here. Task Force I go. Oh, yeah, They're on it. Now get everybody together and talk about it. Task force is just another thing of its another way. They kicked the can down the road and, yeah, you know what Ton and also back to the fact that they're still our City Council for the past year has not been in the same room together. There's no excuse for that. Now stop with the zoom meetings. Get in the same damn room and get together because all of you surely have been vaccinated, right? Right? Of course you have right? I mean, you're here to set an example. You're telling me that the Austin City Council should start acting like they're vaccinated. Start acting like you're vaccinated and get in the same damn room Because this is so limiting as far as doing these zoom meetings. There's no opportunity for you know any conversation alcohol that might spark up that? Who knows? Might Ah, good idea Might suppose a spark, you know, come out of that, although good ideas or Apparently not possible from City Council, but you'd never know, but but it's silly. It's just silly. The zoom meetings there that continuing with our city Council. Listen. Texas apparently is not doing a very good job when it comes to today's alarmingly high youth, tobacco rate Children and teenagers in Texas air using e cigarettes. And more than twice the rate of traditional cigarettes. That's according to a 2021 Elektronik Nicotine delivery system report in 2019. Only 2.4% of high schoolers regularly used a reported using disposable e cigarette products compared to the 26.5% in 2020 this, according to the CDC, a tenfold increase in just a year. Our kids. They kicked cigarettes, but they immediately got on the E cigarette. It started Vaping, and they became addicted to nicotine in a much more effective way. Now, despite this, Texas does not let me any excise tax on e cigarettes. Unlike the way they do, you know cigarettes, real cigarettes, which attacks at approximately 30% of retail prices. Now it's crucial that lawmakers according to the states, but in an opinion piece this morning act to close that loophole to ensure that tax taxes apply equally to all tobacco products, according to the editorial. They're into states when they say this approach will prompt minors to quit and keep them from ever starting rather than encouraging them to switch to another deadly product because of its lower prices. I don't think higher prices make people quit nicotine. I really don't. I was addicted to nicotine for God about 18 years and let me tell you, you pay what you're gonna pay. If you're addicted to it. You know what? I can't ask. I discovered this over the weekend because I was talking to somebody who just bought a can of Copenhagen's, You know, snuff. Six bucks..

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