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Hello Austin. Hello Clawback viewers. Hello District 6. Thank you for watching our show - watching my show again. It has been a really interesting adventure producing the show and being able to bring on some of my favorite people in the community. We've got a really exciting lineup of guests today Reverend Josh Robinson from Hope Presbyterian Church, which is a really a key community focal point in District 6. Stephanie Bergara who sings, who's the lead singer of Bidi Bidi Banda. And hopefully the Mayor will be joining us. Mayor Adler will be joining us at the end of the show. You know, there's a lot of challenge around being in this quarantining isolation time. And for some of us, we have the resources and you know, dare I say the privilege to have a job where we can work from home, where our paychecks keep coming. But then there's also many of us in the community who don't have that privilege. So at the Council meeting yesterday, we adopted the RISE Fund that the mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza had put together, which will authorize $15 million dollars into a fund that we will then grant to nonprofits in this community to direct - to provide direct assistance to folks who have been impacted by this crisis. And that could take the form of food assistance, rent assistance, or in some cases, even direct payments to help folks survive through this time. You know it's very different than really just about anything else that we've faced as a nation much less a community. The challenge of of federal stimulus or federal participation: Normally you're in a recession, and everything is still moving, even if it's moving slower. This is very different. This is about hitting the pause button, and we're inventing how to respond to that in real time. As some people say, we're building the airplane while it flies. And so while we continue to stand up programs at the city, and while we wait for the federal process to finalize, and for the dollars to start flowing into our community, we need to just have some patience and some some consideration, not just for those who are trying to help. but for each other. And part of that means staying at home. The ability to survive - the ability to survive this situation relies upon us staying at home whenever and whomever can do it. That is how we're going to get through this, because the longer we can put off infection, the longer we can put off spread, the more likely we'll have the hospital beds available, the personal protective equipment - the PPE available. I have my mask. Thank you to Courtney Santana, who was a guest two weeks ago, and is a friend of mine in District 6. She has an amazing nonprofit Survive2 Thrive, and is also a jazz singer. She got me a mask. I'm not sure, it might be too small for my big Irish head, but. It's pretty good, You'll see me. You might see me at the grocery store, at the HEB this weekend wearing that mask. But again, you know the key here is if you can stay home, stay home. Don't push the envelope. Don't think it'll be fine. We're gonna get through this together as a community, but only if we help each other out, by staying home.
Pastor Josh Robinson from Hope Presbyterian Church
So I wanna bring on our first guest. It is a special weekend for many people. It is a religious holiday and and special time for multiple faiths, but I wanna bring on my friend, Pastor Josh. Hello! Hi Josh! Good morning, Good morning, Grace and peace be with you thank you. Thank you for joining the show. I am fine. Tell me how how are you doing? How are you and your family doing during this crisis? Well, thank you for asking. My wife is a kindergarten teacher. My son is in fourth grade, and I'm a pastor working full time, so our house has been pretty bonkers and chaotic. But one of our favorite movies is the movie Trolls, if you've seen that. And in that series, in that movie, they have every hour on the hour, they have Hug Time, where they gather together - big confetti, song and dance, and they have like Hug Time. So this week, we instituted every hour on the hour a Hug Time. So, we get together, we hug, and then there's confetti, and then we grumpily go back to doing school work, church work, and church work. That's so cute! And I bet everyone really enjoys it. That sounds like something I would enjoy, frankly. I'm, of course, I'm a big hugger, and you know that Pastor Josh, and everytime I would be with folks, I'm always like Hey, come on, let's bring it in! It's gonna be a whole new reality once we get through this. I also wanted to know a little bit more about what Hope Presbyterian is doing, and you and I have worked together planning different types of initiatives, trying to figure out stuff to address our homeless crisis. But this weekend is obviously a special weekend, it's Easter weekend, and while the governor has said that religious services can continue in person, religious services can continue, most of us, and I think you agree, that that is not a smart idea. It is not a wise thing to do right now. I'm really interested in how Hope is approaching this this Holy Week. Good. Thank you for asking. Listen. We should be taking our queues from science and the initiative that Our multiple leaders out there. One of those initiatives is the idea of Flatten the Curve. Stay Home, Stay Safe. Part of what we wanna do is, if you look at what Governor Abbott put out, and you look at the advisory opinion of our Attorney General, part of what they're saying is, if you as a church community have the ability to broadcast from home, then broadcast from home. Let us try to encourage people to help us continue to fight against this virus by staying home. And so it was a curve ball to be sure, our congregation isn't one that has been online and technologically savvy, but Hope Presbyterian Church is a member of the Reform tradition and our motto of our tradition is once reformed, always reform. And I am the son of a United States Marine Corps guy who taught me early on that in order to accomplish the challenges in life, you have to improvise, adapt, and overcome. So we have embraced this season of social distancing, which - I don't even like. I like calling it Physical Distancing / Social Connection through Technology. We have had a steep learning curve at Hope trying to figure out how do we broadcast, and go live with our or go live with our worship services. How do we stay in this new age of performing what we've been doing and stay connected with our members of our church? So part of what has been important for us to remember is that Hope is always closer than you think. Hope is closer than you think. And so part of what we've had to do is figure out how to do that through Facebook, through YouTube. Our worship services are on YouTube. And it's frustrating. Our members of our church, we love our property. We love our sanctuary. This is a picture of Easter Sunday from last year. Obviously we're not social distancing in that picture. But part of that love that we have is really built on relationships. So even while we are physically apart from each other, the importance of sustaining relationships that we have been working on for decades and decades has been a top priority. And so the idea of Mission and Ministry that in service to the community has also taken on a new shape. We have been trying to get things going with the Hill Country Community Ministry, just one of our biggest outreaches. We are so grateful that our sibling church across the street, Bethany United Methodist is a weekly food distribution site Mondays at noon. We were working with Hill Country to become a diaper distribution site through the Austin Diaper Bank. They had their first distribution about a week ago, and they had over 500 cars coming through their location, and were so overwhelmed that they wanted to keep that distribution to their Center. And really, Council Member, if you think about where Hope is located, if you were to imagine, 500 cars coming through Anderson Mill Road, Olsen Drive, it would be pretty congested. So I think that idea that Austin Diaper Bank is keeping a tight reign on that and still continuing to serve is remarkable. We've had some folks who have been laid off in our congregation. We have one member who is battling - successfully. I might say - with Coronavirus. But overall, that I think that the idea of learning to keep morale up, keep the relationship strong, learning how to embrace hope that is closer than we realize Had been a real, it's been a real joy. That's that's wonderful, and if folks wanna participate in your in your online services, how would they do that? Mostly go to our website? HopeAustin.org and most of our information is available there. We do have a YouTube channel, and so if you look for that, the our Facebook down below also has more information about how to stay connected with us through technological means. That's great. I'm so glad to hear that you guys continue to work on serving the community, and of course, best best wishes to your to your church member who is battling with the virus right now. And I'm also excited to hear that your relationship with other churches in the area continues. That is one of the things that I'm always really proud of for District 6, for our constituents, is that we don't let those types of barriers prevent us from from collaborating and helping our community. And Bethany United Methodist has a pretty big facility right on Anderson Mill Road, just down the Street from you all. And we've done some collaboration with them as well. And Unity Church of the Hills, which is also on Anderson Mill and Peace Lutheran, which is just around the corner on 620. But I'm really glad that you were able to join us on the show this morning, Pastor Josh. If folks want to help the efforts that you are helping, are you accepting donations? Are you accepting volunteers? Tell me more about that right now? you can go to HopeAustin.org /donate and you will be able to donate to our website and that will help support the ministries that we are engaged with. And at this time, as far as for volunteers, we're trying to encourage the thing that the governor, the City of Austin is encouraging, which is Stay at Home. So stay tuned. We'll, as things begin to change, have some more volunteer opportunities. But for now, HopeAustin.org/donate And Council Member, before we go, Do you mind if I give some shout outs? Please do! Alright, well, first off, I wanna give a shout out to Shipley's Donut at the corner of Anderson Mill and Olsen Drive! They are not only a great donut store, but also the main identifier of how to find Hope Presbyterian Church! Go to Shipley's Donut and go behind them. Then you'll see Hope. I wanna give a shout out to Terra Toys on Anderson Lane for keeping Joy alive, while we are in isolation. I can call them and know that their toy elves will be there to offer a great amount of cheer. I wanna give a shout out to the teachers and staff at Anderson Mill Elementary School as well as Spicewood Elementary School. They are teachers and staff who are working very hard to keep our kids in the Round Rock School District educated. The deacons and Stephen Ministers at our church, for demonstrating what it means to be the priesthood of all believers, and finally A personal shout out to DJ Mel for throwing his living room Dance party every Saturday night from 6pm to midnight to support local nonprofits. That is something to look forward to, as well as church on Sunday at 10 o'clock at HopeAustin.org That that's great Pastor Josh. We have one person commenting, just wanna bring it up while you're while you're on the screen. Thanks, Rita For watching the show and for for supporting Pastor Josh and Hope Presbyterian. Thank you so much Josh! Thank you. Please stick around. We'll bring you back on at the end of the show. God bless you. Thank you. Thank you. Well, that's great. Hope Presbyterian's been a really excellent partner with our office, and Pastor Josh has been really forward thinking about how do we bring the community together, and as partners to solve these really difficult challenges that we have in our community. There's really nothing that the government can solve alone. There's also nothing I think that churches can solve alone. This is about everybody working together and leveraging our unique strengths and weaknesses in order to make our community a better place.
Stephanie Bergara, Lead singer of Bidi Bidi Banda
You know one of the biggest challenges, one of the communities that is really struggling during this time is our music industry and our musicians. When Mayor Adler cancelled South by, that night, I was meeting with musicians organizations and with city staff about how is it that we're going to support our music community when so much of their efforts surround the South by kind of ecosystem. So it's been really valuable and important for me to bring on musicians on to every episode of the show. And we have a really exciting guest today that that I wanna bring her on Stephanie Bergara. Hi! Thank you for joining the show. Stephanie! Of course, I'm happy to be here, happy to be seen, and to have some social interaction, that's nice! Yeah. Yeah. Yeah! Happy to chat with you. Thanks for having me! First, just tell us more about Bidi Bidi Banda. Sure. so Bidi Bidi Banda is a Selena tribute band. So Selena was very famous, is a very famous Tejano artist who gained a lot of prominence in the Nineties. She was unfortunately murdered towards the early part of her, early in her life. It's interesting because you know, this year is the 25th anniversary of her passing, but her music is just as relevant as ever. We, our band is an eight-piece band. We do all Selena songs. So if you come to one of our shows, my anticipation, or my expectation, my hope, is that you will find yourself closing your eyes feeling like you're at a Selena concert, not necessarily because of my voice, but because of the music that my band plays, you know we've we've done a really, We've worked really hard to make sure that we replicate the music as close to the recordings as possible. And I have an incredible band of gentlemen who've who've been able to do. So yeah, we're assuming a tribute first in Texas. we want an Austin Music Award in 2018 for best tribute bands. Congratulations. Yeah. Thanks! We love doing the band, and it's been a rough six weeks to not play shows for people. Yeah, you know, a lot of musicians like yourself have full-time jobs in addition to being musicians, but you know that the doing the music is a big part of your identity, and to kind of kind of survive. So tell me more about how you're kind of dealing with and what what are the challenges that you're having? Well at first at first and foremost, I just happened to be one of those musicians with a full-time job. so in this climate, I wake up as an American feeling very lucky to have a full-time job, but not being able to play music - You know the band plays than average about 80 shows a year for the last six years, and to not be able to do that, really, you know I was watching a television show with my son this morning while there were people were performing live, and I got, like, I started to tear up. It's so, Performing for people playing music, there's nothing quite like it. And it's so special to me, and to not be able to do it, It's so hard and so sad, aside from the monetary loss. It's just a really huge, um. I feel like a piece of me is missing. I feel like you know, I just don't feel like myself. I mean I know that no one does, but it's been really a challenge to even watch other people performing on television as it is, you know kind of gut wrenching. Because this is from March, you know, South by-to-Cinco de Mayo: This is what we refer to as "Selena Season". There's Cinco de Mayo. There's Selena's birthday. There's South by, lots of things that we normally would be doing. This is our busiest time of the year, and we're just kinda sitting at home as a band talking to each other on Zoom like, you know. What's going on, y'all, same thing that was going on yesterday! So... Have you been able to do any live shows or streaming shows with the band? Yeah. So our last scheduled show was at Rodeo Austin, and we could see kind of the writing on the wall that things were just kinda starting to shut down. That week I texted the guys, we're in a group text, and I said we're gonna perform on Sunday. I will figure it out, and we're gonna play a show. So what we did was we rented a room at Space - shout out to Space. I feel bad, I should have made a list of shout outs. I didn't think to do that. But yeah, we rented a room at Space, and the entire band showed up. This my son, he's eating juice pops. And we played a show, and we threw up our Venmo, PayPal, and Cash App information, and we were one of the first bands in Austin to do an actual live stream. We did that on this Sunday, and it worked out really well, you know. We got to reach fans who we wouldn't normally get to reach. We had people from folks from Argentina, folks from Brazil watching with us live, and it was really special to to do that live stream, but that was the last time that we played. But it was Super successful, and we do have some more exciting announcements and events on the verge of happening in the next week or so. Tell me why a Selena tribute band? I mean? I grew up in San Antonio, so I have a little bit of affinity for Selena. There was a lot of of Selena love in the community when I was growing up, but tell me more about your connection to Selena. Sure, so I am, my hair is like you can't see through my hair, but I have my unicorn horn that show you I'm a native Austinite. I was born and raised here, and I grew up around Tejano Music. My parents are blue collar Mexican American people who were bilingual who, you know, listen to Tejano music and you know I was listening Tejano music before I was listening to any kind of mainstream pop music. That's for sure, and she was just such a huge part of my life growing up as a child in the third grade, I knew. I saw her on television, and I'm like that's what I wanna do. I didn't realize I was gonna take it so literally, but I knew that's what I wanted to do from that age on. As as I got older, I got into the music industry, and I started learning things behind the scenes, so that when I was ready to start my band, I wouldn't have to ask for help. I wouldn't be kind of handicapped by not being able to do things because I didn't know how to do em. So I worked in the industry before I even started my first band. My first band, the only people, it was me and two guitar players, and the only people that were coming to my shows were my parents. So I put my marketing hat on and my Publicist hat on, and tried to figure out how to get people to pay attention to me, and the first thing I could think of was Selena. So I called nine musician friends that I knew and asked them to learn these songs. For our first show ever, we played six songs at Empire Control Room to a sold out crowd, and the rest is kinda history. You know, Selena is an icon in Texas and beyond. Obviously, what we, from what we've learned just in the world of performing, in the world of touring. We've taken the band everywhere from New Orleans to Chicago, Denver, Vegas, LA everywhere in between, and she's still so magical. People still, after every show, have a Selena story for me and it's so special to be in receipt of that, and it makes me feel like we're doing the right thing. That we picked the right artist, and on the nights when when the shows are going really good, and honestly does feel like she's kind of there. Her spirit's there. So she's always been special to me, and I'm super glad to see other people feel that same amount of of love for her that I do. That's really wonderful, and I believe that you're going to sing for us today on the show? I am, of course, Courtney Santana is a very good friend of mine, and I will be honest with you. I went back and watch the past episode to see how she did it in the world of social distancing. Aside from me calling in the guitar player and having having him sitting eight feet away from me, I'm gonna do exactly what she did. So I have my song here. I'm gonna sing a song. It is a traditional Mariachi song that Selena covered. I think, I believe José Alfredo Jiménez originally sang it. It's called "Cien Años." I'll sing about a minute of that. If that's okay with you? Awesome. Thank you so much. Okay here we go. "Pasaste a mi lado, Con gran indiferencia, Tus ojos ni siquiera Voltearon hacia mí Te vi sin que me vieras Te hablé sin que me oyeras Y toda mi amargura Se ahogó dentro de mí Me duele hasta la vida Saber que me olvidaste Pensar que ni desprecios Merezca yo de ti Y sin embargo sigues Unida a mi existencia Y si vivo cien años Cien años pienso en ti" That is. Amazing and and you even had a bandmate join you! I was gonna say that is a name for performing with a two -year old anytime I play with a show, and he's there, we automatically finds some other pictures of me, holding my son with a microphone like sweating at the San Antonio Zoo or Oh my gosh. That was so beautifu, Stephanie! Thank you so much for sharing your music with us today and for your son joining us on the show! That was really wonderful! Tell folks, yeah tell folks where they can access your music or support the band. Sure, so you can find all of our information, our next shows when they will be happening, at BidiBidiBanda.com We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram at BidiBidiBanda We will actually be doing, we're pulling it together right now, we will be doing some sort of live stream concert event next Saturday, April 18. You can find that information on our social media, on our website as well. We're working on something really we've never done before, that will keep us all in our houses, and keep us socially responsible. So we're working on that right now. That's awesome. We have a few folks comment on your, on your show, on your singing. Thank you. Thank you again for for sharing your music with us today. And if you can stick around, we'll bring you back on at the end of the show. Of course! Thank you for letting sing. Thank you so much, that was beautiful. It was beautiful. That was that was amazing. We have such amazing and talented musicians in this community. I'm so glad that we're able to to share their work with the community through the show.
Our last guest you know may not need an introduction, but I am so glad that he is able to join us. I have the pleasure of joining him on live streams quite frequently now since he is my colleague and our Mayor, Steve Adler. Hello Mayor. Hi. it's good to see you, Jimmy. I am such a groupie and fan of Bidi Bidi Banda. Thank you so much for bringing them on. I am very fortunate that Stephanie was willing willing to do that, umm and Pastor Josh who was on the show right before her. But thank you for taking time out of what is and insane ridiculous Mayoral schedule, to come on to my show on Friday. I'm a fan of yours, too. I think you are the only council member to actually have a backdrop at the council meeting, ah and it was impressive. You know having a background as a Web developer and a technology guy means that I've got 10 more crazy things I might do in a future meeting, so people can stay tuned for that. But Mayor, first: How how are you doing? How is you How are you and your family holding up? You know we're holding up pretty well. you know it's kinda like everybody else. you know. there's a little bit of you know, stir craziness that's happening. My birthday is in March, and my girls all three of them were supposed to be coming into town to help me celebrate it. Only one of them made it with a husband and two grandchildren, and they were from New York City. So after they were here for a week, they just stayed and didn't go back. So they've now been with us for a month. Oh wow. It's been incredible. I've had more time with my granddaughter than I probably would have had in the first next year or two, and Diane is absolutely exhausted. She loves it, but remembers now why it is that only young people have children. That's that's amazing. I'm so I'm so glad that you're able to to have some connection with your family. Not everybody has the advantage of that right now, and it's it's been challenging for a lot of folks. I want I wanna talk a little bit about how the work is different. You know you and I get to work together on the Council. I'm in my fourth year, you're in your fifth or sixth year - who can keep track? But this time is very different for Mayors. It's not that different for Council members, but it's very different for Mayors. Talk a little bit about that? You know it is different so the form of government here in Austin is a strong manager form of government. Manager- Council form of government. The actual chief operating officer of the city is the City Manager. The Council is almost like the Board of Directors. There is no real CEO. It's kind of a combination of the Council as the Board of Directors, and the chief operating officer is the city manager. But in emergencies like this, statutorily, the emergency officers are me for the city, and the County Judge for the for the County. So the relationship is different, the decision- making structure is different, so as to be able to act quickly during an emergency. So the role changes as concerns the emergency response, It's a very different experience for all of us. I just wanna take a moment to thank you for for taking on this very unexpected role as Mayor, and being so courageous and forward-thinking to cancel South by when you did. I think many of us acknowledge that to be something that was looked at around the world as how serious we needed to take this crisis. And there are other cities who either didn't have that opportunity or chose not to take that opportunity, who are any worse state now than we are here in Central Texas. So thank you, Mayor for taking that on and doing such a great job during this time. I watched you, you have a show now. Hey! Is that right? That's right. I'm trying to compete, and you have a whole show. I have a minute or so Well, I like on your show, I like that you bring up the statistics for what's going on right now, and so I am going to do that. Boom. So this is the live dashboard that the City and the County have provided. Why don't you run us through what we're seeing here, Mayor? Well, what we're seeing is actually a dynamic dashboard you can click on some of these things, and they'll expand. So everybody needs to know that. But this is the city's main site with respect to the virus. It shows the confirmed cases on a daily basis. It shows the number of people that have passed away. 642 confirmed cases went up by about seven and a half percent yesterday. It's an important number to track, because cities are doing that across the country, but probably not the best number, because that number will go up the more people we test. And we're bringing a lot more tests in, I hope, to the city. So that number will rise, not because we have more cases, but because we're finding more cases. I'm hoping that we're gonna start moving towards keeping track of the number of hospitalizations that we have in the 5-county area. That's what the modelers are using, and that's a more objective number. The number of people passing away, obviously an objective number. And that's just a reminder of how serious this is and why this discipline is so important in our community right now. We need to keep that number as low as we possibly can. We start putting in the recovered numbers, so that people can see that. But that's an understatement too. We know there are a lot of people who have this virus, don't even know they ever had it. They're asymptomatic and they recover. They wouldn't appear here. Some people got the virus at a low grade fever, recovered on their own. They're not showing here. But that hospitalized number shows you the number on any given day, so it doesn't show you the cumulative number. My hope is we're gonna start posting that number cumulatively. But below that is the list of a graph you can see occurrences over time. You can see based on onset, because this virus is actually contracted a week before you see symptoms, a week before people end up really usually going to the hospital or getting confirmed. And also shows you that the ethnicity of the people who are confirmed the age of the people that are confirmed. Right now in our community, Jimmy, the occurrence seems to be tracking similarly to the ethnicity, the makeup in our city. We know that's not the trend nationally. So we're paying particular attention to that number. But it's a great website, and we're gonna be building it out with more and more data. Yeah, I'm really glad to see the ... I have some questions about the value of showing the numbers by ZIP code like we have here, since again, we're limited in terms of testing. But for my constituents in far northwest Austin, you can see the County line cutting through here. So even though a lot of the, even though the title of this says Travis County, it is including these parts that are in Williamson County that are in the city of Austin. So that's always a question for for our very complex jurisdictional lined community, where especially on the edges in my district, in Council Member Harper Madison and the Mayor Pro Team, and Council member Ellis, our constituents are crossing those lines all the time. So talk just a little bit - tell me how how you're collaborating with our surrounding jurisdictions. Obviously people are saying there's no putting up a wall as some folks might want to do. This virus does not know boundaries and that's why we're all pushing so hard to get the the governor to implement a statewide stay-at-home order because we recognize that this virus does not stop at County or city lines. And frankly we are all in this together - certainly in our region, because people go back and forth so much, because we're dependent on generally speaking on the same health care systems that are operating. The cooperation has been has been really good. Working the city with with the County judge here in Travis County, but also with the judge in Williamson County, the Mayor's in the cities around our region, I think everybody's working really hard together as we recognize there's such interdependence. We have folks obviously and in our health care systems here in Austin, Travis County that are supporting people who need the attention that live in some of the outlying areas, but don't have the same health care infrastructure. On that ZIP code map, Jimmy, I point out and people know this, that does not mean that those are hot spots where that the viruses congregating for some reason/ You know a lot of people you know, get this virus at the grocery store, which may or may not be in their district, or where they work, or they're working on a construction site. You know this the clusters were looking at are not so much geographic-based as they are interaction-based and and that's how this thing starts. So it's good to see where people live just to be able to to see that number. But again, every one of these data points has limitations. You can find this information on the city's website. AustinTexas.gov/Covid-19. This dashboard is the very first thing that appears on that web page, and there's a link to see the desk top version, so it will take up your whole screen like like we've been able to do here. Mayor, thank you again for coming on to the show. Before you leave, why don't you tell folks what it is that you're hearing is the best way to help, the best way to participate in solving this problem for our community. There's an absolute answer to that question, and it's to physically distance, to stay at home unless it's essential and critical that you go out, if you if you go out, it's best to wear face covering. You know, especially in places like grocery stores or convenience stores or… Good job, Jimmy! When you put on a face covering like that, it doesn't protect you. It protects the people around you, which is why if you go to a grocery store, if you wanna honor and protect the clerks that are stocking the shelves, wear the face covering. But what we do know, is that if everybody in the grocery store wore the face covering, you would get protected too. And that's the nature of this: Stay six feet away. Stay at home. Wear a face covering when you go out. That is that is the most important thing to do. This virus cannot spread unless we transfer it from person-to- person. Thank you, Mayor. Thank you for referencing the grocery clerks. You know my boyfriend, Zach is a service manager at HEB, and so I've been self quarantining for quite a long time, worried about my home being a vector for transmission. We, my family worries about our grocery clerks every single day, and so this is really about us helping and solving this problem as a community, and again, I wanna thank you, Mayor for your leadership in this crisis. One last point I want. Yes sir. For your leadership. You know you are the one that brought to us Item 91 three weeks ago two weeks ago at the city Council meeting. That is our global response to support not only the health crisis but recognizing that this is an economic crisis too, that people and businesses are hurting. Income has been stopped for so many people, so many people have lost their jobs. You showed leadership on that, and quite frankly, you brought together a Council that has been divided on so many things, coming into this moment - on the land development code, homelessness, and other kinds of things. But you did help bring everybody together on this one. Thank you for that leadership, and I'm excited now that's beginning to play out. Thank you. Thank you for that. Mayor. We have a few comments. I just wanna show you: Pastor Josh who we'll bring up onto the screen in a moment. Gloria Gonzalez Dholakia, Who is a school board member for Leander ISD and a resident of District 6, and Tanya who's on my political team, my volunteer political team. Can you can you answer her question about the stay-at-home guidance? We will be extending the stay-at-home guidance, they expire on Monday. So sometime between now and Monday, the judge and I will extend it. You would expect it to be extended at least through the end of the month, which is when the President's and the Governor's order runs right now. But yes definitely will be extended sometime between now and Monday. Awesome. Thank you. Thank you so much, Mayor. I'm gonna bring on our other guests Pastor Josh and and Stephanie Bergara: Thank you all so much for joining the show and for your continued work, mayor and Pastor Josh and Stephanie, I know in your job. you also help the community a lot as well. So thank you all, and we will see you on the show in the future. Thank you! Thank you! Bless you take care. Bye you guys. What an amazing show that was! Again, I wanna thank the Mayor for joining us, Pastor Josh and Stephanie Bergara from Bidi Bidi Banda. As the mayor said, You know this is about taking care of each other as a community, about staying home as much as we can to the extent that you can do so. I wanna remind folks that I still have my collaboration with State Representative John Bucy our Neighbor-to-Neighbor Senior Food Outreach Program. You can find out more about that on BucyforTexas.com or on my website, ATXD6.org. And we still are accepting volunteers to sign up to make phone calls from home. We are trying to call every senior, every person over 60 in this part of town to make sure that they have the information they need and the access to resources and food and other basic necessities. This is an unprecedented and crazy time. There is no analog for us and that means we're going to solve this problem together. We're gonna work on this problem as a community. And we are most importantly, gonna stay home. Thanks everybody for watching. And as I bring up our credits, I also wanna give a little shout out to Julian Dholakia who's been helping the show, making it possible so that I can do my City Council work, but then be ready to go for the show on Friday. So, thanks again for watching!
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