Tuesday, August 7, 2018

#atxcouncil: Beyond policy considerations, there simply isn't enough time to make an informed decision re: Soccer Stadium

"Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
And he sins who hastens with his feet."
Proverbs 19:2

Council is meeting this afternoon to discuss the alternative McKalla place proposals.  We're undecided about attending.  But, the fact that they're expecting to be able to make a final decision in two days after hearing about the alternative epitomizes why we said what we said at last Wednesday's meeting:

  • This testimony occurred shortly after Adler 86ed CodeNext
  • Too many "moving pieces" and "plates in the air."
  • Lots of things (starting with the Ohio lawsuit) about which we don't know the outcome.
    • Seems far fetched that they'll be resolved in a week.
  • U.T. doesn't want to temporarily host a team.
    • "Throws a big monkey wrench into our ability to successfully host a team in six months."
  • Take 2019 off the table -- Too soon, too many unresolved issues.
  • Macro concern remains MLS' business model.
    • Fear we're making 20, to 40, to 80 year commitment for a league that might not be around in 10 years.
  • Leslie Pool agreed with our point about U.T. not hosting a team.
We also largely agree with these remarks from local activist Bill Bunch:


  • "Please reject this boondoggle...."
  • Compares soccer stadium to Water Treatment plan #4, the biomass plant, and the Domain subsidies.
  • "It takes my breath away that this is still on the table in this form."
  • "The process has been broken and the product is indefensible."
  • Council has "a fiduciary duty" to represent Austin Water customers.
  • "You can't be serious about affordability in general and give away this kinds of corporate welfare.
  • If the city can't find a good use for the property, it should be sold in an open and competitive process.

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