CAMERA BASICS – Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

CAMERA BASICS – Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO


what’s going on guys today I want to
give you a quick overview on aperture shutter speed and ISO you aperture shutter and ISO these are the
big three when it comes to photography and they can be a little bit tricky to
understand it first so hopefully I can help you understand the relationship
which will make things a lot simpler for you Daniel Peter over at photo blog
Hamburg put together this cheat sheet on the big three and it’ll hopefully give
you a visual as I discussed today so let’s break this down we’re gonna go
through each one by one and we’re gonna go over the two main functions of each
now each of the three controls exposure but on top of that each of the three
also has an artistic control so let’s start with aperture aperture is the
measure of how open or closed the iris of your lenses and it’s measured in the
term called f-stop the larger your f-stop number the more closed down your
irises which means it lets in less light and thus the exposures darker this
smaller your f-stop number the larger the opening of your iris meaning it’s
letting in more light meaning you have a brighter exposure now there is an
artistic use of aperture as well and that’s depth of field when you have a
low f-stop number meaning you’re letting in a lot of light in your exposures
brighter you’re gonna have a shallower depth of field this is how you’re gonna
have nice cinematic look in your photos and in your videos when you have a
higher aperture or f-stop number you’re gonna have a much larger depth of field
this is great when you’re shooting some sort of landscape or environment where
you want everything in focus second we’ve got shutter now the shutter is the
measure of how long the shutter of your camera is open and thus allowing light
to hit your camera sensor so when we’ve got a fast shutter one over two
thousandth of a second for example it means that you’re gonna be letting in
less light you’re only letting in light for one mm of a second which means it’s
gonna be a darker exposure than a longer shutter speed because you’re only
letting in that brief amount of light if we have a longer exposure say 15 seconds
that means your shutters open for 15 whole seconds and letting in light for
that amount of time which means it’s gonna be
a much brighter exposure now that’s the exposure level of shutter but what’s the
artistic use well the artistic use is motion blur when you have a very fast
shutter you’re essentially freezing time you could be taking an action photo or
some sort of sport photo with a high shutter and it’s freezing that action
you won’t see any blur it’s as though everything is just stopping however if
you have a long exposure you’re gonna start to have blur in your shots because
the shutter is open wide and every motion that’s happening for the entirety
of that shutter being open is getting captured by the sensor with long shutter
speeds this is how you’re gonna get those night trail or sorry the light
trail photographs or you’re gonna get photos of the stars it’s when you’re
doing these very long exposures that you can do these sort of tricks but for
these you want to make sure that your cameras on a tripod because any motion
in the camera is gonna be picked up by the sensor and finally we have ISO ISO
measures the sensitivity or the post image grain in your sensor so what this
means when you have a high ISO it means that your camera sensor is more
sensitive to light so it’s gonna be a brighter exposure however it’s also more
sensitive to grain so your image actually breaks down a little and gets
somewhat grainy and noisy whereas if you have a low ISO somewhere around 100
you’re gonna have a lot less sensitivity which means that your exposure is darker
but your image is a lot crisper and less grainy this is something to think about
when you’re in dark place and you’ve already adjusted your shutter and
aperture and you need to play with your ISO if you push the limits too high then
you’re gonna run into some grain issues when you’re looking back at your footage
or your photos based on the artistic look that you’re going for it you can
combine any of these three when you want to get your exposure to the right level
and you want to adjust your depth of field your motion blur and make sure
that your camera sensitivities at the proper levels these are the three that
you need to use and you can sort of get a sense of how their relationship works
we’ll get into a more detailed description of how each of these work in
future videos but for now I hope you have a better understanding of the big
three and how they relate thanks for checking it out guys go ahead and like
and subscribe and we’ll check you back in the next one you

My “ULTIMATE” CANON EF Full Frame Lens Kit

My “ULTIMATE” CANON EF Full Frame Lens Kit


Jared Polin: Right before we jump into this
video, if you haven’t signed up for the froknowsphoto email list, just look for this orange box
over on the website. Put your name, e-mail address in it, hit send
it and I will send you a free guide to capturing motion in low light situations. Jared Polin, froknowsphoto.com and if I shot
Canon, this would be my ultimate full frame lens kit. I want to preface that I’m missing just
a couple of lenses and I’ll talk about those closer to the end. But let’s start down at this side and work
our way all the way down. Here we have a 50 mm 1.2 that’s going to
come handy in low light situations, as well as when you are shooting portraits, it’s
going to be super tack sharp and moving up, you also have the 85 1.2, I would love to
have those lenses in my bag. I do not have a 24 1.4 or the 35 1.4, those
would make it into my ultimate Canon full frame lens kit if I had them, but I don’t. Now, again these are not mine. I do not own these because I do not shoot
the Canon cameras all the time. Then we move up to the 8-15 fisheye. I think that belongs in your bag even though
I’m not a big fan of fisheye, especially circular fisheye at 8 mm, but I think this
is a super tack sharp and a super colorful lens when you shoot it out at 15 mm, it looks
really nice. Even though it’s an f/4, I think it’s
worthy of being in your ultimate lens kit as well. Moving down the list, we have a 24-105 version
1. Now that they have come out with the version
2, I would probably add that here. Let me tell you why that makes it into the
kit. If you are a run and gun video shooter, this
lens is going to be a great one to have. You’ve got the 24 mm. You’ve got the 105 and you have the IS for
the stability that is a great lens. Now, we are moving closer to the Hebrew Trinity
on the Canon side. We have the 24-72.8 version 2, which is an
absolute tremendous in a suite lens. I love this bad boy and for those of you who
want to shoot macro, this is a 100 mm macro 2.8. That is awesome to have in your bag as well. Then we have the 11-24 f/4. It’s a $3000 piece of glass. But if you are putting together a Hebrew Trinity
on the Canon side, this must be there. Some of you may say why isn’t the 16-35
there? Honestly, because I think the 11-24 is better. I would go from the 11-24 to the 24-70 and
the 16-35 isn’t really needed and if you have a 5D Mark IV, you have to remember that
that video in 4K has that 1.74 time crop factor, so you are going to need a much wider lens
if you own that bad boy to shoot wider video. And rounding up the Hebrew Trinity for the
Canon, we have the 70-200 2.8 version 2. That lens sharp as can be I think it’s sharper
than the Nikon version. I absolutely love this. And what other lenses would be in my ultimate
Canon full frame lens kit, we would have something like a 200 f/2, maybe a 200 to 400 or 400
2.8, a 500, I don’t need the 500 f/4, we’ll go with the 600 f/4 and definitely not an
800 5.6, because that would be more expensive than almost all of these lenses combined. But this is really what would consist of my
ultimate Canon full frame lens kit. I want to know what would consist in your
ultimate Canon lens kit. Leave some comments down below. Don’t forget to subscribe here on YouTube. Give it a thumbs-up if you like Canon glass. And if you don’t like Canon glass, just
hit the thumbs-up for me. That’s all I have to say. The thumbs-up absolutely helps. And if you want to check out my ultimate Nikon
lens kit, go ahead click up on the screen right now. It’s going to take you over to that video. So, you can see the lenses that I think would
be great on the Nikon side. So, that is it guys. That’s where I’ll leave it Jared Polin,
froknowsphoto.com. See you.

Aruvam Tamil Movie Scenes | Title Credits | Catherine Intro Scene | Manobala

Aruvam Tamil Movie Scenes | Title Credits | Catherine Intro Scene | Manobala


Hurry up! Careful…watch your step – Lead the way
– Quick Why have you brought us
to this school? Hey! We won’t have any raid here
and we don’t have to rent a room We can have fun happily You attend to your job and we will
focus on the work we came for We can drink under that tree Over there?
Okay…okay Come in with me Bro, clarify this doubt for me – What?
– Out here in the open In the middle of the night
it is so hot and sweaty – Why is it?
– Come closer Give you 1 tight slap We drink and sway
from side to side, right? Pour your booze under that tree That tree will also sway like us Breeze will blow No sweat will flow! Take this We’ve bought illicit liquor
with great difficulty You must drink it
and sway like us, okay? I’m pouring it raw
Swing your branches soon ‘Come soon, da’ I want 1 more question Hey! What now? Why is that tree rooted to its spot
even after I poured booze into its root? Hold this If you mix hooch and beer
and water it now …it will dance like Prabhu Deva! Go Hey! Don’t feel shy ‘I want cool breeze from you
like an air conditioner’ Now you will dance 1×2=? Two 2×2=? Four Hey Karandi Hooch and beer It is standing still and not swinging
despite a double dose! Hit it You get what you deserve! He’s such a pain
in the wrong place, I swear! I’ll be back, dear Won’t let us be in peace! Hey! Hey! Why did you push me away? Some sort of magic, huh? Hey! Don’t Don’t try your tricks on me Listen to me Come away I swear! – Don’t
– Trying to scare me! Hey! Let’s escape from here ‘Aruvam’
[Apparition] ‘Few months before’ Aiyo!! It’s stinking to high heaven
What is the point of holding your noses? Why can’t one of you
go in and check? ‘Who’ is the million $ question! Someone go and check
I want to pee badly I feel like giving you an earful Why can’t one of the men go in? You like kindling the fire
at the worst of times! Teacher, shall we both go
hand in hand and see? You are a bigger pain
than this stink! Move aside No one needs to take the trouble The right person has arrived Who? You know ‘Anosmic’ Jothi She doesn’t have
the sense of smell from birth Let her go in and check
We can watch the fun from here Sir, why are you standing here? Nothin- Such a stench from the bathroom No one is willing to check I believe you don’t have the sense of smell We thought you could go in, check
and let us know the problem ‘Bloody she-devil!
You told the whole world, huh?’ ‘You’re dead meat!’ Okay, sir – I’ll go in and check
– Okay ‘The stink is making
my intestines somersault!’ You’re carrying a dead dog
like a new born baby? Isn’t this also a living thing, sir? I’ll call the Corporation department
They will send someone to bury it No need, sir They will trash this dog
with all the other rubbish I’ll do it Do so before the D.O arrives
God bless you, dear See you ‘Only this ‘anosmic’ Jothi
can carry a dead animal’ ‘We can’t even lift a dog
that is alive and kicking!’ If I ever have another birth …I wish to be born only like you Because your sense of smell is acute Only I know the emotional trauma
I go through with this anosmia

Blackvue DR650GW 2CH Dash Camera Review – 2016 Cloud Edition

Blackvue DR650GW 2CH Dash Camera Review – 2016 Cloud Edition


Hey, it’s Andrew with Car Cam Central. Today, we’re looking at Blackvue DR650GW 2 Channel dash camera. We’re going to be seeing if it’s worth $350 of your hard-earned money Breaking it down, it’s a two channel
system which means there’s a front camera and a rear camera. We’re also reviewing the optional infrared camera which captures what’s happening inside your vehicle This camera was released in late 2014 but has been recently updated with Blackvue’s cloud software which allows your camera to connect to the internet and
send things like videos GPS location to your smartphone. We’ll talk about that later Before getting into the details if you’re in a rush you can
go right into the summary. There’s also a written review which has raw videos
and additional information. Links above and in the description. Looking at the camera itself Blackvue has been using a cylindrical shaped camera since 2011.
Fast forward to today the DR650GW is larger than earlier cameras as it needs
additional space for WiFi and dual camera processing. The materials have
also been changed to be more discreet compared to previous versions the camera
and mount is now molded in a black plastic. The previous chrome lens has
also been painted a black while keeping a subtle blue stripe for style. I like the
fact that it looks nothing like a regular camera. Most people mistaken it for an
air freshener. It also has a noLCD screen. To control your device you must
either use a desktop computer or an Android iOS smartphone. Moving to one side of the camera we’ll find the input ports including micro sd, power and the coaxial
connection for the rearview camera. On the other side you find the proximity
sensor which activate emergency recording on the camera. It’s hidden
behind an elegant sheet of plastic. To my knowledge Blackvue is the only company
which has this feature. In the middle there’s a small cut out for the speaker.
Beside it, there’s two LEDs which indicate recording status and GPS. On the front is
a larger security LED which is supposed to scare away potential vandals but
nobody thinks it’s effective except in getting your items stolen. For the rear camera it’s much smaller
than the main body. It has an LED light facing inside your vehicle. It turns on
when the camera is successfully recording. If you look at the IR version it adds
infrared lights on both sides of the camera. There’s also a light sensor which
turns on the infrared lights when it’s dark. I would say all three cameras were
well made. It also looks pretty cool. Blackvue is often installed on high-end
vehicles because it fits in better with the decor compared to the pedestrian and
brutalistic designs from other companies. Moving to packaging Blackvue has had a fresh design for each version of their camera. With the 650GW it’s
packaged in a double box. The outer shell adds country-specific information and
serves as protection for the thicker and plainer inner box. Once you lift the lid
you expose the front and rear cameras. I enjoyed the presentation as it provides a
striking first glimpse at the cameras They are also securely held during
shipping Below you’ll find a box with the
acessories. Inside there’s a power cable which is especially long at 12 and a half feet which allows for installation in larger vehicles. There are also a few extra
accessories which include clips to secure wiring, microSD reader and one set
of mounting pads. On the front camera Blackvue added a removable lens protector
which is quite handy during installation or transportation to make sure it
remains in good condition Once unpackaged you probably want to setup your camera. Now it’ll work right out of the box, but there are a few settings we
recommend you change. We wrote up a few suggestions on our written review As mentioned before you will have to use your PC or smartphone app to change the settings. Starting with the desktop
software you can install it directly from the SD card that’s included. You can use
the card reader which comes with your camera. The DR650GW will also loads the
software onto any card it formats by simply holding the wifi button for 10 seconds.
on that card Formatting the SD card.
Please do not turn off the power. I was pleasantly impressed as most
companies require you to find and download their software. Once installed
the desktop software acts both as a video player and to modify settings on the
camera. I thought it was well designed. Moving into the settings area most aspects of the camera are customizable You can change the different alerts, LEDs wifi settings and more The smartphone app is more complicated but most people shouldn’t have a problem. The wifi mode allows you to
change settings, view and download videos once you connect to your cameras network. Once inside the starting screen shows your saved videos. Locked files display a
thumbnail so you can easily find important videos where they were
manually saved or triggered by the g-sensor. You can watch videos using the
built in player. As well you can download videos to your smartphone but it was rather slow taking around 25 seconds to transfer. What’s great is while viewing
videos or downloading files, your camera will continue to record. This is quite a
technical achievement as many wifi cameras require recording to be
disabled first. This could come in handy after an accident as you can keep your
camera rolling while quietly reviewing what happened. You can also change any of the
camera settings. You have access to every option including resolution audible notifications and more. Let’s talk about the cloud which is the other feature found in the app. It allows you to remotely connect to the camera over the internet. This gives you additional features such
as live GPS tracking, live video view and video playback. We feel for most
users it’s not very useful since it relies on internet access, if you don’t
have wifi where you park you will need a mobile hotspot In North America this can get expensive.
In Europe and other locations with cheaper data plans this can be more
reasonable. As well you need to hardwire to your camera and hotspot which means connecting directly to the camera’s battery, most likely through the fusebox. There are
some solutions such as the Power Magic Pro which prevents your battery from
being drained. but will requires additional time and knowledge to install. Speaking to other users we know the difficulty of installing and setting
up the cloud limits its appeal. So we’ll make a video in the future with more details.
If you are interested there are some resources that we link to
in the description below. Once setup we installed our camera. Compared to single dash cameras the DR650 was more difficult because of the rear camera.
While you don’t need tools, you need to hide your wiring if you don’t want
passengers to trip or damage your cables. Each car’s a little different but for
most you can slip it into the headliner and snake it around to your trunk. This added
an extra twenty minutes for me but it wasn’t too complicated. The benefits of Blackvue’s dual camera
system compared to buying two individual cameras is the longer twenty-foot
coaxial cable which increases compatibility in trucks and vans. As well the rear camera is smaller than most
dash camera so it doesn’t obstruct you vision. I had a hatchback which makes it a bit more difficult as you have to account for the moving door. I ended up with an
exposed loop of wire because I didn’t want to tear apart my trunk to hide everything.
Aside from cabling everything else was simple. The front, rear and IR camera
mounts are fixed in place using 3m tape Just peel and press. The mounts quick
release system requires just a push of a button to remove and a simple press to replace. The IR camera was installed beneath the
rear view mirror but you can put it anywhere that has a clear view of the
passenger cabin. BlackboxMyCar has an optional 2 foot cable which makes
installation easier. Everything was quickly cleaned up
leaving your car looking tidy. Otherwise you have to use the twenty foot cable and
hide everything in your headliner. Once finished we adjusted all the cameras.
With the twist the camera is easily turned and is held securely by either
fiction on the smaller cameras or the tongue and groove system on the front
camera. In general I feel most users shouldn’t have any difficulties installing
a camera. It just takes a little more time and preparation. Next we looked at
how easy it is to use the DR650GW on a day-to-day basis. Like most dash
cameras when it receives power it will automatically turn on and start
recording. When it loses power it’ll save and turn off. Unfortunately the startup
time was extremely long at 35 seconds While the DR650 is a complicated device
it takes three to four times as long as other cameras. We’re often well on our way
before the camera turned on. The start-up and failure notifications are
much better and will help you keep your camera running. For example when the
camera starts recording it will give you a rather long message. Blackvue for your safe driving…starting normal recording. This length can be
reduced or completely removed in the settings if you find it irritating. For
myself and other drivers we find this message comforting. You subconsciously know that your camera is working. When there is a problem, for example the sdcard has failed, it will continue to pester you with a message until you stop and fix
the issue. Please check the SDcard. So contrast this experience with most
cameras on the market First there’s no spoken messages. It
just beeps and chimes. When your camera starts up you’ll hear a friendly jingle
even if there is a problem. When there is an issue very few cameras have an alarm. Instead you’ll get a warning message. On most cameras this quickly disappears.
Most likely you’ll carry on driving and not notice there’s a problem. If you get
into an accident or capture something interesting only then will you realize
your camera stopped working but it’s too late. We feel audible notifications are one of the most important features on a dash cam and Blackvue has been doing a great job with the DR650 and all the model since 2012 when we first reviewed the DR400-G. However if you don’t like notifications this camera may not be for
you. The main LEDs are rather small and don’t use a traditional colour code. As
well, many users like that the camera can be hidden behind your rearview mirror,
which will also hide the LED lights. You would either have to crank your head
under the mirror or install it so the cameras is visible. There is one more LED
light found on the rear camera. It glows white when recording and is a good
brightness day and night. There’s no setting to turn this off, you’ll have to put tape on it if you don’t like it Moving on let’s talk about the emergency
record button. Most people use it to lock accident footage or to save an
interesting scene for later. On most cameras this is a button. Blackvue uses a proximity sensor similar to your smartphone. Putting your hand close to
the sensor will save the prior five seconds and the following 55 seconds of
video from being overwritten. Originally this button controlled the
microphone but by popular demand it was switched over to the emergency record . This isn’t mentioned in your manual or online as it’s a recent change. Looking at video quality the Blackvue DR650 was tested side by side against a few cameras. One was
the A118-C. It’s our recommendation for a budget all-around
camera. Another was the Dome D201 which has some of the best video quality on
the market for only $100. Looking at the video specs the front camera records at
1080p at 30 frames a second. Moving to the rear camera it records at a lower 720p at 30 frames a second. I was fairly disappointed with the quality. At $350 I
was hoping for better sharpness and dynamic range but sadly this wasn’t the
case. During the day, image quality is good. You will miss out on some finer details
such as road markings. I did find that legibility on license plates was reduced
on fast-moving objects. Here you can see it’s much more difficult to read this
plate. This is because the bit rate is much lower than most cameras. The cloud
edition is 6 megabits per second for the front camera which is much less than 15
to 20 on most single lens dash cameras. This can result in severe pixelation when the
scene changes rapidly. At night there’s a much bigger reduction in quality. The
DR650GW missed capturing license plates where cheaper cameras had no
problems. In this case, passing under a tunnel it’s unreadable compared to the $80
A118-C. As well the reduced bit rate can warp the letters. In this video
you can see the D becoming a B which could cause trouble if you need to
identify a vehicle. On the plus side this camera uses a Sony Exmor sensor which is
known for light sensitivity. You pick up more of the surroundings especially in less
lit environments compared to cheaper cameras. In this comparison against the
A118-C you can clearly see the pedestrian crossing the street. If you
turn to the A118-C you won’t see them until the very last minute. If you
end up in an accident you can capture what happened in the moments before. Maybe they intentionally threw themselves
onto your vehicle. If you can’t see what happened you can’t prove your side of the
story. Let’s move on to the rear camera. We compared it against the Transcend 200
which is our budget heat resistant camera recommendation. While we consider the video quality to be fair even bad at night it still does much better
than the DR650’s rear camera. During the day the rear camera is rather
grainy and not very sharp. Even while it’s bright outside you’ll have difficulty picking up license
plates while moving. In comparison, the Transcend has much better clarity and
sharpness. You can easily read passing vehicle license plates. At night
quality is even worse. Looking around the dynamic ranges is low which washes out part of the scene such as the gas station. Still this poor video quality isn’t a problem the main camera handles liability. The
rear camera adds context. Someone who was aggressively tailgating or
swerving or any other actions before an accident you’ll have additional evidence
that their actions affected your driving. The infrared camera is similar
to the rear view camera except the IR filter has been removed which allows it
to pick up invisible infrared light projected by the camera. During the day
this produces a rather unflattering pink tinted image and night you get an eerie
glow but you can clearly see everyone inside. So this would be a good feature
for taxi, uber, and lyft drivers who may need footage of their passengers for assaults, fair disputes, and other complaints. Be sure to follow your local laws on privacy. However the camera may be too expensive
for most drivers as it adds another $100-150 onto an already expensive
camera. We’ll look at the budget options at a future date. In general, video quality could be better but
considering its processing two video feeds and has to leave processing power to
simultaneously send live videos onto the cloud or WiFi, I think Blackvue has done a
good job in getting everything to work at a reasonable price. If you’re
interested in more you can download screenshots and raw videos from our website OK, so moving on I want to talk about parked recording. This is a special setting which keeps the camera running but only
writes the video to the memory card when movement is detected or a shock is felt
by the g-sensor. In cheaper cameras you have to manually enable this feature through
the menu. It’s a pain in the butt and if you forgot to turn it off, you can lose footage
while driving. It’s much easier on the DR650GW as it can detect if you haven’t moved using the GPS and g-sensor and automatically enable parked recording. Blackvue did a good job it would consistently activate when major objects
such as people or vehicles came into view. As well, keeping the g-sensor on the most sensitive setting it would detect even a slight bump. My only concern is the lower 60°C 140°F operational limit. More heat resisting cameras are rated at
a higher 70°C, 158°F. If you live somewhere very hot, it’s not recommended you use this camera while parked. Even though it uses capacitors which increase reliability under hotter weather. Since we covered a lot of different issues, here’s a summary of the pros and cons on
the Blackvue DR650GW-2CH. Here’s what good: The body is compact, discreet and robust.
The style fits in with many high-end vehicles. It has excellent spoken
notifications which alert you to problems and keep your camera working. Please check the SD card. It’s a great choice for parked recording as motion detection is automatically activated by
detecting movement using the GPS and g-sensor When formatting, the camera
automatically loads the PC playback and settings program onto your SD card. The desktop and smartphone apps are well designed and easy to use You can download, view saved videos, and see a live feed while continuing to record on the camera. It has premium packaging. It
looks good and securely holds your cameras. It’s easy to activate emergency
recording by waving your hand at the proximity sensor The long power and coaxial cables increase installation compatibility in larger vehicles and a quick release mount makes removing and installing the camera easy Now for a couple items which may cause problems. It has generally good reliability but the
lower 60°C 140°F operating temperature limit may be a problem for parked recording in hotter environments The optional IR module
is useful for taxi drivers but the final cost may be too expensive and it also
requires a smartphone or computer to change settings and view videos So now for the bad The video quality is relatively poor for the price. Day quality is good but
moving objects decrease legibility. At night sharpness is lower, license plates
are harder to read but overall light sensitivity is quite good The cloud features such as viewing
videos over the internet and live video feed don’t provide enough benefits to most
consumers relative to the cost and difficulty of installation. It has a long start-up time at 37 seconds nearly four times longer than other cameras You also can rotate the camera to face the side windows which is helpful when
recording police encounters. Installation time and difficulty is increased to connect the rearview camera. If you’re looking for a premium camera the DR650GW two channel edition will be one of our recommendations. We would like the
video quality to be better but for the price and features we think Blackvue
has done a great job. For other recommendations see our website. As part of our ethical disclosures we purchased these cameras from BlackboxMyCar at a
discount. I rarely recommend retailers but if you live in Canada or United
States I would recommend you buy from BlackboxMyCar. I’ve spoken to
the owner, Alex since 2013 and I think he’s done a great job. He’s been in the
game for a while he has his own YouTube video channel that produces some really good content. Now with that, that’s the
end of this review if you liked it please give it a thumbs up if you have
questions or suggestions feel free to leave it in the comments below Thank you and see ya!

YouTube Equipment List for Making Videos

YouTube Equipment List for Making Videos


So in this video, I’m gonna share my complete YouTube equipment checklist. And show you how I set
up this shot, right here. Comin’ up. (camera clicks and light jazz) Hey, what’s up, guys, Sean here with Think Meadia TV Help you go further, faster, in media. And on this channel we do tech and video gear reviews just like this one. So if you’re new here,
definitely subscribe. And, at any point during the video, check out an entire list
of all the gear mentioned and all the show notes from this video, in the YouTube description below. Are you ready? Let’s jump into this
YouTube equipment checklist right now. The first part of a solid
YouTube setup is a camera. And I use a Canon 70D, because it has amazing
auto focus during video a flip-out screen so that you can see yourself when recording, a mic input, and it’s super user-friendly for making videos. Then my go to lens is the Canon 10 to 18 wide angle lens. It’s super affordable, creates a cool wide shot, perfect for shooting in confined places, and it has image stabilization built in for handheld shots and pictures. This camera and lens is the perfect combo for YouTube videos. And then I use a high-speed
64 gigabyte SD card so that I have tons of
space to record video without switching cards. Next, you need a solid tripod. I use an older Manfrotto, and the features I look for is the ability to easily
make micro adjustments like quickly adjusting the tripod height, and a half-ball leveling system to make sure the shot
is perfect and level. I also use Manfrotto RC4
quick release adapters to switch multiple
cameras between sliders, tripods, and monopods. But honestly, that setup is
overkill for most people. So I recommend getting a
Ravelli aluminum tripod. It’s right around $25 dollars USD, and it’s a solid and dependable choice for making awesome videos. Up next is the microphone. And the Rode VideoMic Pro is essential for getting clean audio with this setup. The Cannon 70D has pretty bad audio noise if you use a lower quality microphone. And the plus 20dB audio
setting on the Rode Mic solves this problem perfectly. Just turn it on, set the 70D
to Manual Sound recording, and set the level just
one click above zero. The result will be clean, pro audio with no noise. This setup is solid. And you could create some amazing videos if you stopped here. But let’s add some lighting
to make things pop. I like to use a Halo Ring Light, because it’s easy to set up, perfect for shooting during
the day, or at night, and it creates a cool
look for YouTube videos. I just set it in front of the camera, turn it on, and I’m ready to go. Then I like to manually
set the white balance using a cheap gray card from Amazon. All you have to do is take a picture, set Custom White Balance in the menu, use the picture you took, and then make sure that the camera is set to Custom White Balance. This will make the colors in your videos look amazing, and true to life. And this is the final result. With this lens, you can get a very wide and creative shot just like this. This audio is coming right
off the Rode microphone into the Cannon 70D, and with this lens, you can get a shot more zoomed in, just like this. More of a professional
vibe, less distortion, but you are a little bit further away from the shotgun mic. So I hope this behind the
scenes video was helpful, and if you have any questions about any of the gear
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Harman’s FIRST Reusable FILM Camera Unboxing and Setup!

Harman’s FIRST Reusable FILM Camera Unboxing and Setup!


What’s everybody! I’m Rodney and this is a
quick video of the very first reusable Film camera made by Harman –
The company behind Ilford Photo check it out. Harman just made their first ever
reusable film camera. The plastic camera comes with two Kentmere Pan 400
black-and-white films, a single battery and a strap. This camera is very simple and
straightforward. This is a point-and-shoot camera after all, once you’ve installed
the film, you’re ready to go! As long as you know the basics and you have the eye
to see what and what not to capture, you’ll have great results for sure. The unboxing experience was great and fast. And for the quick specs, this camera has
a focal length of 31mm, an aperture of f10, a shutter speed of
1/120 of a second, thirty-six exposure and a fixed
ISO of 400. So, I’m currently using one of the two films and we’ll get the results
very soon. Once I get the images, I will upload some of it and put the link in
the description. Anyway, that’s it! Thank you for watching!
I hope this video helps. See you soon. Peace.

Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada Tamil Full Movie

Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada Tamil Full Movie


We spent our lives playing and roaming
around, like a bunch of kids. Suddenly, it feels as
though a decade has passed. I feel like a man. Come what may… I feel like I can face it all. We’re not cops. We’re not thugs or
gangsters either. We’ve never encountered
violence in our lives before. There was just this small fight
when we hit someone for my sister. That’s it. And I thought that was it. That I’d
lead a normal life, like everyone else. But that was then… Anything can happen in life. The question is… are
we ready to face it? He’s such a loser. He’s followed her all
the way to college! He is not letting her be.
– What are you waiting for? Let’s go. I know
where to find him. Let’s talk it out! You’re a dancer,
not a thug. – Get moving, man! Listen, you must be patient.
First let’s lure him out. Brother, come here. Come here! Come here, brother. Come on… We know what you’ve been upto. He’s the one. Your approach is wrong. I didn’t come all the way
here to give you pointers. She said she doesn’t like you. Stop going to her college,
following her around… Hey, just hit him!
– Hey, I’m talking to him right? Those days of stalking are over. Times have changed now. …and get a haircut. You need to cool it. I’ll need twenty minutes, dude. I can tell. Have fun! Careful! They must have known that
I’d come to drop Mahesh. I parked my motorcycle
and waited. I saw four silhouettes! I knew there was
going to be trouble. Only, not for me. For them. You’re laughing? I don’t know… I did feel fear. There was this knot
in my stomach. But I also felt courage surging through
my body… that I could face it all. So you didn’t cut your hair? I’m not allowed to hit
on your sister… But its okay for you
to romance our girls? Yeah, but not me. Just him. I just tagged along. Drop and pick-up. He’ll be here, wait up. I’ll come to your house tomorrow
and see about your sister then. Six punches. Six blows. There was power in every punch. Don’t let him get away! You’re getting thrashed! Don’t let him go! You’re still not done? You hit him when I was talking!
Now they have landed here. It’s turning into a big fight!
Get here soon, man. They’re taking it out on me!
Quick! What’s happening, dude?
– Come on! Did you get them? How
did they come here? Hop on, you fool!
– How did they know I’m here? They’re coming, dude! Go, go, go.
– You’ll never see your Divya again. You were getting action and
I had to face action, man! When I have sons someday, I’ll
tell them about these six punches. “Boys… This one time, your daddy beat
up four men and threw six punches!” If a situation were to
arise, I can handle it. I’m confident… that I have the
stuff it takes to deal with it. I think that kind of confidence
is very important in life. Okay! – Bowl, now. Specials for the day. Too expensive, right? I’m okay with it, dude. May be too much for you. Whoa! – Dude, I’m sitting here. I’ll tell Divya! I was scouting for you, man. Oh yeah?
– It hurts me to see you single. I feel guilty whenever I
spend time with Divya. ‘Cause you’re all alone and I’m
happy sleeping on her lap. Sure, I believe you. Love. Girls. It takes something else
to find that, right? It needs a different
kind of confidence. I don’t have it… and I think
its better to not have it. At least I can be a good boy. Be a straight-forward
guy, all my life. Uh-huh. Okay! – Continue, dude. I am close to both my sisters, I
spend a lot of time with them. And hence I thought I
could figure out girls. But no way! Not happening. I realised that even girls
can’t figure out themselves. That’s correct.
– How do you manage? I… – Stop! You hardly do any talking. It’s all action, right? What happened, dude? Back to Sukanya’s topic. Our friend’s Second Love. This isn’t love. You
haven’t even held my hand. It’s easier for you to forget me, than
for me to try and love you again. This is over.
– Sukanya, please… That was an original dialogue! And she’s only sixteen! Next, it was Mallika. Our friend’s Third Love. She was from my college. She said she liked me. And I never let go of her hand. Tried some other stuff too. And she dumped me for just that. How dare you? I thought you’re a decent guy. You’re such a disappointment.
Just… First, not holding hands was the problem.
Then, holding hands was the problem. Girls always have a problem. It needs to just happen. Love…. must hit you like a thunderbolt.
Turn your life topsy-turvy. That’s surely not an original line.
– Will happen, someday. Meanwhile, I’ve got
my First Love. First Love? Who? She’ll be here tomorrow, dude! Tomorrow? Finally! Superb, man. Now there’s
just no stopping you. My Royal Enfield. She be my first love! Showkaali! Come on, come on;
Don’t just stand there frozen. Showkaali! Move on, move
on; Girls are everything. Showkaali! Come on, come on;
Don’t just stand there frozen. So, buddy! That looks a perfect ten; Put
on a fancy shirt, take chicks for a spin. Showkaali, showkaali, showkaali; Turn
left, turn right, as you please. Showkaali knows how to ace it
all; I’m a showkaali, oh yeah! My bike- it’s my wings! It’s
the most important thing. I swerve and bend, won’t you let me fly? Let
go of sad stories, won’t you let me be? To embrace and hold on to;
My bike is all I want. To forget myself, go a long
way; Only for a bike I pray. Just that… Oh yeah, just that. What’s up dude, check out my ride; With
them girls, you’re on the other side. All you see and feel, aren’t your own;
In my ride, my dreams are all mine. Up against fate, my bike is my armour;
Don’t try to follow me, it spells danger. Showkaali, showkaali, showkaali; Turn
left, turn right, as you please. Showkaali knows how to ace
it all; That’s a showkaali! Showkaali, showkaali, showkaali; Turn
left, turn right, as you please. Showkaali knows how to ace it
all; I’m a showkaali, oh yeah! This breezer of
mine; Makes me fly. Showkaalis, we know all the tricks;
Forever, we’re in the heart of them chicks. Join showkaalis, with girls we can party,
yo! Don’t wanna? Then you’ll fly solo. Club like a king, Like
a walk with a queen. If she’s the one you
like; Hold her tight. Hey sweet girl – whatcha thinkin’?
You’re single, and I’m willing. A showkaali, that’s me! There ain’t no flat tyres in love;
What about your bike though? My bike may get punctured; But
it’ll never be a torture. It rains kisses, in her lap I find solace;
When I switch to top-gear, I see paradise. A bike can help me score chicks;
Could a girl ever score me bikes? Yeh yeh yeh, Yepe yeh yipe yeh. Chicks we don’t care;
Bike is the game. Yeh yeh yeh, Yepe yeh yipe yeh. Chicks we don’t care;
Bike is the game. Your gait and sway leaves me clueless; Your
mesmerising gaze drives boys sleepless. When he sees the curves of your hips;
The boy falls head over heels. We’re young, we know every trick; But
we still fall prey to your magic. I’ve seen your beauty and grace;
Every single time, I go into a daze. I got enchanted by your bold glamour; And
oh boy, I fell hook, line and sinker. Showkaali, showkaali, showkaali; Turn
left, turn right, as you please. Showkaali knows how to ace it
all; I’m a showkaali, oh yeah! Dude, the roaring lion and it’s
stride; It’s the bike I ride. Sweet little girl – what are you doing?
Stand aside and watch this thing. Come over to this side once;
With the Ducati, let’s bounce. Showkaali wants to ride again;
Yearning for a second time. Showkaali is trapped by your
moves; He’s crazy in love. Showkaali wants to ride again;
Yearning for a second time. Showkaali is trapped by your
moves; He’s crazy in love. Leela! She happened. She’s Maitreyi’s college friend.
– Oh! Our rules apply! Our sisters are sisters to all of us.
– Yes! But our sisters’ friends… They’re not our sisters!
– Not at all. Anyway, rules are meant to be changed.
– I like you, dude. I just covered up in
the nick of time! I’m sorry. I need to use the rest room.
Maitreyi said this was her room. Yeah. I’m sure you deliberately
left it unlocked! I looked in the mirror for half an hour,
wondering if the stuff she saw was alright. I’m stylish and all. But I’ve put on some weight. I know! This is my friend Leela. Hi. You’ve met the others? Hi! Leela, this is my brother. We just met. Want some ‘bajji’? Yes. – And milk? Mom! Milk? – Yes, milk. Want some ‘bajji’? – No! So you’ve all graduated and
this is your treat? ‘Bajjis’? Dude, you know most of
Maitreyi’s friends. We’ve seen them around. But this girl, she’s
something else. The nape of my neck was on fire. With the thought that she
might be looking at me. How do I talk to her
about the girl now…? So… Nice, no? What? Did you get a good look at her? Who? Cut the act. Leela. Isn’t she beautiful?
– Can I say something? Why didn’t you bring
her home earlier? You should have
done that sooner. She’s beautiful. But you won’t get it. I’ve heard you girls saying
“Leela this”, “Leela that”. But you never mentioned
that she looked like this! You wasted three years
studying Visual Communication and two years
in Mass Communication! I didn’t want to distract
you from studies. You have two backlogs as it is. If you’d introduced me to her in my Final Year,
I’d have graduated First Class with no backlogs. I’d have gotten my
degree in June. She’s inspiring. She
can’t be a disturbance. She’s Leela Joseph. From Alleppey, Kerala. Just kidding! She’s Leela Raman from
Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Hindi girl? Father is a Tamizhian,
mother is a Maharashtrian. Mom asked me to learn Hindi! If only I hadn’t
fixated on Tamizh… Don’t pack your bags
to go after her, now. She doesn’t live there.
She lives here. We’re doing this course
with the director together. And she’ll be living
with us from tomorrow. Her father is coming here tomorrow
to make sure she’ll be okay. Say that again? Her name is Leela, she is my classmate,
she’ll be living with us from tomorrow! Anything can happen in life. And that includes you
coming into mine… Son? – Yes… All this time, I said the world is not
beautiful; She was the slap on my face! With the meekness of a short vowel;
And whiff of a long vowel… In my head; A love
song she’s played. Today, I looked in the mirror; And
said “Happy birthday, Stranger”. All this time… I thought there’s no beauty in this world.
How she proved me wrong! All this time… I thought there’s nothing sweet in prose.
How she proved me wrong! All this time… I thought there’s no warmth in a melody.
How she proved me wrong! All this time… I thought there’s nothing pure about the
breeze; How she’s proved everything wrong! Sorry. You have to sleep on the
couch because of me. Best moments of my life. Day and night… Everyday! For 7 – 8 days. It’s become a routine. The T.V. is on, but
no one’s watching. I’m talking here! Listen. You have to sleep on the
couch because of me. Not at all! I’ve been on the couch
for five years now. Dad wakes me up in the morning. I sleep
in my parents’ room for a few hours. They’re girls. They
need the privacy. So do I. No problem. It’s not
because of you. It must be nice, with
two sisters at home. It’s real torture. It’s nice sometimes. Like right now. I’m the only child in my house. Dad, Mom and I. But that’s so boring. Really! Maitreyi talked about you
a lot during college. She said good things? Yeah, yeah. – Oh! She’d say, “My brother is super-cool,
very protective, really chilled out.” I even heard your Sukanya story. Her famous dialogue? “It’s easier for you to forget me than
for me to try and love you again.” She actually said that? Maitreyi! Everybody knows! The whole of Tamil Nadu
knows my love story! I did my schooling here,
at Church Park Convent. My parents decided to move
to Kolhapur after my school. Four years of engineering! Dad said it’s okay, that I needn’t
go to work right away. So… I completed this M.B.A. course
here and now I’m chilling at home. Doing nothing. Basically, jobless. We talk all night. Most of the time, it’s
just the two of us. Sometimes, Maitreyi joins us.
– Thank God! Such great chemistry! It’s sizzling! But in a good way. I can feel it… Not sure if she can though! We acted, too. He asked us to stand
next to the heroine! Like background artists. Assistant directors don’t just work!
They make them stand in the frame, too. Who is the heroine? We’re way better than her! Even YOU are better? – Buzz off! Heavens! Do you like it or not?
– I don’t. I only want to write. I like to write. I want
to be a script writer. We’ve both decided to become a writer duo!
– Yes. We’ll churn up material to make movies.
That’s more interesting. Just 20 more days of internship. Leela – Maitreyi. The writer duo.
We’re getting it registered. We need an office. A nice
place, but not too expensive. Help us, got any leads? First, write something
interesting. We’ll look for an office later. Okay, I’m really sleepy. I’m going. You stay
up if you want. Get going. Let me know when
you want to sleep. No… It’s okay! I’m fine. Dude! I can’t wait for it to be night. I understand. Mornings are too sweaty! – Oh! Just think, surrounded
by boys all day! I’m bored of spending all
my time with you guys. This is too insulting, man. I’m going.
– That’s my house! If you’re going, go out! Another insult! So cute! – He’s just joking… Stop! – What time is it? I fell asleep. – I noticed. You could go in and sleep! I’m hungry. – Hungry? Yes, we had dinner at 8! It’s midnight now. I’m hungry. Here you go. Enjoy! – Wow. My favourite! Thank you so much. – It’s okay! Maitreyi told you? No. You’re not eating? – No. I just completed my M.B.A. I know I don’t want
to study anymore. I thought I’d travel for a
bit and then find a job. Travel where? All
over the world? Within my means,
something much smaller. South India! I was supposed to
leave last week. My friend Mahesh? He ditched me. I didn’t want to travel alone. It will be nice. On my bike, that too! It’ll be great. Seriously? On a bike? Yes, it’s just a bike. Not
like it’s a ship or something. Not so loud! No one
at home knows. They won’t let me go on my bike. So, it’ll be from the street
corner and not from home. First, Chennai to Kanyakumari. Watch the sun rise there. Will
figure out the rest later. Wow! I’m leaving next week, for sure. So, you have a good bike?
To go on a road trip? Which one? You haven’t seen my bike? No. What’s with you girls and bikes? Didn’t you notice that big, black
monster right at the entrance? No. I haven’t seen it!
– I guess she’s got long sight. Come! Isn’t she a beauty? Shall I tell them?
About your road trip? Please don’t! I’ll
be in trouble. You’ll be safe? Don’t speed, ride safe. You haven’t even told them!
Ride slow. Okay? Good night. – Good night. That day, I thought to myself,
if only you could go with me! She said “Ride
safe”, “Ride slow”! She could just come along. Finally, it will be Mahesh! Such a cute girl, man. Like A.R. Rahman’s music.
– Yeah. She’s like that. – Hosanna? In that movie, the
girl lives upstairs. But here, she is at home. He is so lucky! It’s like his music that grows on you.
– Yeah! As you talk to her, as you
go on looking at her… clean, pure love grows. Here’s a fuzzy, white cloud;
On my mattress it’s perched. And when I meets you gaze…
Uh oh! Wonder what you’ll do now? My life is not like before. So what?
I couldn’t ask for more. Wonder what you’ll do now? All this time… I thought there’s no beauty in this world.
How she proved me wrong! I said, there’s no beauty!
And she’s proved me wrong. I said, melody is not bliss!
And she’s proved me wrong. I said, prose is not sweet!
And she’s proved me wrong. Oh, she did! She did, she
did, she proved me so wrong! Oh, she did! She did, she
did, she proved me so wrong! Oh, she did! She
proved me so wrong! Hi! – Hi… Were you busy? I
hardly see you around. I’m not always
jobless, you know. I had some work in college. My friends wanted to meet. I’m leaving tomorrow. I’ll
head to the hostel, pack my bags, and day after morning
is my train to Kolhapur. Maitreyi said she’ll
come there in two weeks. We’re planning to
start writing there. Nice! All the best. – Thank you. If you’re leaving,
I’ll get going too! I’m leaving on my trip
day after tomorrow. On my bike. I keep asking the
guys to come along. But they’re all in
pursuit of their future. Mahesh said he’ll go. But I
know he’ll ditch last moment. His girlfriend won’t let him go! Whether he is coming or not, I am
heading out. -On your bike for sure? I’ve seen enough of buses and trains.
Yes, on my bike! With the wind on my face!
On my Royal Enfield. Don’t tell Maitreyi! She’ll tell on me.
– Okay. But, how? I’ll say Mahesh wanted the bike. He’ll take the bike tomorrow. He’ll wait at the street
corner day after tomorrow. I’ve told them I’m going
to Kanyakumari by train. I’ve got tickets, too. In case they ask. They
won’t ask, though. It’s an early morning train, so
I’ll leave at five in the morning. I had a great time. Really. So much better than
being at home. You stayed up so many nights
to talk to me. Thank you. Actually, same here. All the best. Ride safe. All the best to the two of you! Write fresh and interesting stuff!
Not something mundane. Okay, bye! Bye! I’ve kept cash in
your bag, be careful. Okay, dad. Got the train ticket on you?
– Yes, dad. Be careful! Don’t eat junk! Take care. I don’t like this at all. Where is Mahesh? He said he’d come directly
to the railway station? Exactly. Don’t worry, mom. I’ll be fine.
I’m only gone for five days. Say you’ll be back in five days! I’ll be back! Happy? Be safe! – Okay, dad. You’re a big fat liar! Just hundred feet from the house! He’s
standing there dressed like a thief. I managed, somehow. I had to beg for Divya’s
permission to go for five days! This better be worth it. This is true friendship.
– Stop! Move. It’s Leela! Yes. What’s she doing here? Hi. – Hi! You didn’t go? Are you going to my house? Maitreyi didn’t say anything. So early in the morning…
Is everything okay? Yeah. We’re going triples, I think. I thought I could go with you.
On your road trip. Sorry, I thought you said
your friend may not come. But he’s here, right?
No problem. I’ll leave to Kolhapur.
The train is at 8:30. That was the plan anyway. So… It’s okay. You carry on. Are you sure? – What? About coming with me on the road trip?
– Yeah, why not? It won’t be easy. It’ll be like travelling
with the boys. You’ll have to rough it out. My rules. And you don’t
know me too well. You’re a girl. I’m a boy. I’m decent. But still…. Looks like its going to be doubles
and just the two of them. Your friend is here this time.
Go with him. He’s a boy. You’re a boy.
It’ll be nice. But he’s not coming! Dude, are you coming? I was out of here two days ago. The minute she got here,
I knew I’d get cut off. No, no! It’s okay, I’ll just leave.
– I told you! I’ll come next time. I
feel really bad for him. You’re still here, dude?
– Superb, man. Let’s go, man. – Your luggage! It’s all here. Don’t worry. He’s leaving. – Oh God! Oh, they’re leaving! Superb! – Sorry. I feel really bad for him. I don’t even know your name. What? You don’t know my name? I swear! Maitreyi never mentioned your
name when she introduced us. She always refers to you as ‘my
brother’ when she talks about you. I don’t remember anyone at home
calling you by your name either. Even when my dad came! I was hoping to
eventually ask you. But I never asked! So, what’s your name? Oh! That’s alright.
Let it be like that. So, why did you decide to
come with me on this trip? This bike will take off with or without
you, depending on what you say. I’ll tell you. You
start the bike. I’ve never been on a bike. Never even sat on one!
This is the first time. I always wanted to! You said “wind on my face”, right?
I want that too. I guess you are a decent guy. Anyway, Maitreyi is there
if I need to complain. I gave it so much thought… ever
since you mentioned this trip. I know if I let this chance
go by, I won’t get another. This is why. You okay? – Yeah! So, what’s the plan?
Where are we going? Are we riding non-stop or…? What’s your name? Tell me! We are heading to Kanyakumari.
Via Salem- Palakkad- Trivandrum. Since you’re with me now, the rest
of the plan might change a bit. Let me know if I
need to pull over. Else we’ll keep going till
we need to eat or sleep. No stops! No problem. Keep going! Need water? Mango juice? No, thanks! Biscuits? Noodles! – Oh, no! Cake? Chocolate cake? Looks like you have a
mini food-court in there! Looks like you can eat non-stop?
– Yeah! Very good. Pretty falcon, soaring across the
sky; Are you faster, or am I? Time plays tricks with my wits;
Now, I can’t tell East from West! I’ve transformed into a bird, today;
My hands and wings are the same! Hey, Falcon! Is
that a challenge? Is that a challenge? Will you win? Or will I win? Race me, And we shall see; Who will confess their love first?
Who will fire Cupid’s arrow loose? With you and me talking endlessly;
Silence walks away, quietly. Like the Lotus dancing on the pond;
I perceive daydreams so fond! Your warmth on my shoulder;
Is a glowing fire in winter. Hello, sir. – Hello! Welcome. We’re travelling from Chennai to Kanyakumari.
It’s become dark. We need a place to stay… Oh, you need to stay?
– We’ll leave in the morning. This is Leela. My
sister’s friend. You are our guests.
We’ll take care of it. Imagine in the city, you knock on somebody’s
door and ask to spend the night… they would call the cops, right?
– Yeah! Because the people
here are all heart. All day, the walls come closing in;
At night, the mist is my only friend. And a soft voice sings in
my head; Is this my end? On my face the breeze is upbeat; And
behind me is a green little parakeet! This is a journey of a lifetime!
Oh, let it never end! All day, the walls come closing in;
At night, the mist is my only friend. And a soft voice sings in
my head; Is this my end? On my face the breeze is upbeat; And
behind me is a green little parakeet! This is a journey of a lifetime!
Oh, let it never end! Hey, Falcon! Is
that a challenge? Is that a challenge? Who will confess their love first?
Who will fire Cupid’s arrow loose? Drenched in the last drop of rain and shine;
And the stars, perpetually following. How could I ever forget,
each town’s unique scent? I don’t remember when I last
said- “An adventure so wild!” And it may never happen in the
future; Oh, I’ll cherish it forever. Drenched in the last drop of rain and shine;
And the stars, perpetually following. How could I ever forget,
each town’s unique scent? I don’t remember when I last
said- “An adventure so wild!” And it may never happen in the
future; Oh, I’ll cherish it forever. Hey, Falcon! Is
that a challenge? Who will confess their love first?
Who will fire Cupid’s arrow loose? With you and me talking endlessly;
Silence walks away, quietly. Like the Lotus dancing on the pond;
I perceive daydreams so fond! Your warmth on my shoulder;
Is a glowing fire in winter. Your warmth on my shoulder;
Is a glowing fire in winter. A glowing fire in winter. Two rooms, right? No. Just one. If I say yes, are you
going to judge me? If I say one room, will YOU? No. Just think I am Mahesh. That’s the experience
I came for. To hang out with the boys,
and to be like the boys. Is that so? – Yes. Let’s go then, dude. Just kidding. Don’t be scared.
– I’m not. Single room. Double occupancy. Twin beds. – Sure. Two separate beds. Okay, sir. Your name, sir? Here is my ID. Thank you. What a name, sir! – I know. Sign here. Here you go. – Thanks. Yeah, he told me… Leela… You go in, be comfortable.
I’ll wait outside. Complete foodie, right?
Eat away! Hello, madam? Leela… Leela? Good morning. It’s 4:30 A.M. We have
to go see the sunrise. She and I, are like Tamizh and potion;
She and I are like waves to the ocean! She and I, are like devotion and benefaction;
She and I, are like roots and trees. Like the tree and it’s shade;
Like motion and action. Like a team and treaty;
That’s she and I. Like crowd and courage;
Like toil and triumph. She and I, We’re like
grace and glory. You’re emotional too, like me? Great! I feel like I’ve
found a good friend. A friend forever. Like a river to the fish,
And expanse to the skies. Leela, come here for a moment. Hop on, I’ll drop you home. Like a song and it’s
theme; That’s me and she. Me and she, Are like
being and the body; Like the harp and it’s strings;
Like a flower and it’s fragrance. Me and she, Are like
being and the body; Like the harp and it’s strings;
Like a flower and it’s fragrance. She and I, are like
honey and sweetness. She and I, are like
laughter and happiness. She and I, are like
cold and night. She and I, are like
sun and light. She and I, are like Tamizh and potion;
She and I are like waves to the ocean! She and I, are like devotion and benefaction;
She and I, are like roots and trees. Like the tree and it’s shade;
Like motion and action. Like a team and treaty;
That’s she and I. Like crowd and courage;
Like toil and triumph. She and I, We’re like
grace and glory. She and I, are like Tamizh and potion;
She and I, are like Tamizh and potion. When I spoke to dad
two days ago… I told him I’m still at your place,
and I’ll be home in two days. I never told him I’m on
this trip with you. Get it? Drop me somewhere near home. We are about three hours away.
– Okay. Even when I called home, I never
told them you’re with me. Why? – I don’t know… I didn’t say anything
when we left. They won’t get it
if I tell them now. It’s not like we are
doing something wrong. ‘Something wrong?’ – Yeah,
but they won’t believe me. They will misunderstand. We’ve done nothing wrong. They’ll
think we have, that’s so wrong. Give me your number. Actually, I
wanted to ask for your number. Yeah.. 9-9-6-9. You won’t even say your name… I am
going to save it as “Who is this guy”. What say? This isn’t just friendship… You’re more than a good friend. I am dying to tell
you this is love. I’m yearning to say “Don’t go.
Be with me.” My mind is unable to function,
I’m at a loss for words. Oh, there’s a change in the clime;
Precious as a pearl, this ticking time. My heart is throbbing hard; But my
mind can’t find the right word. The only thing in my view;
Is an image of you. I beg my eyes to rest;
But they protest. Time passes in a flash; Slashing
my back like a whiplash. In that misery; I found poetry. These are my written verses;
In unknown jargons. Like a mighty ocean you stand; I only
see the waves, for I’m just a child. Pour me into the sea of flame; It’ll
be my waterfall, all the same. It’s a still, wordless night; While
the whole town sleeps tight. O Moon! Like you, I shine;
I sleeplessly pine. I’m living in a surreal world; With
the colours of a dancing bird. I stretch my arms, reaching out to
you; But then, why did I fail to? For that first kiss, why does it take
forever? It smoulders the flower. Don’t you move away; Don’t
you ask me to move away. Our lips are but thorns,
Disguised as flowers. Don’t you move away; Don’t
you ask me to move away. Our lips are but thorns,
Disguised as flowers. I affirm that our bodies are no barrier;
But you and I both know, that it’s a lie. So, come closer now. You show up in my dream; When
I awaken, you hide from me. In my reverie, everyday; Like
raindrops, you shower away. Love has caused a strange intoxication;
But the sight of you causes hesitation. Tick-tock, tick-tock;
Time slips off. Tick-tock, tick-tock; Ticking
off my years of love. Why does my heart palpitate?
It’s the cruel game of fate. My dear, let’s be
together; Forever. My dear, let’s be
together; Forever. Tell my parents only if I die… I can’t imagine dying without telling
you this. I’ll never forgive myself. I’d rather die. I love you. From the moment I first saw you. I was scared I’d die! and
that’s why I said “I love you.” What was even scarier… was waking up at the hospital and
finding you weren’t there next to me. They said you came with me, admitted
me, and registered my name as Mahesh. But you weren’t
with me after that. You weren’t there. I was scared wondering
what happened to you. Hello. – Hello? What happened to your phone?
I’ve been trying to call you. Where are you calling from? I lost my phone. That’s why
I couldn’t get in touch. How are you? – I am all good. The sunrise was
really good here… I’ll be home in a couple of days.
Please handle mom for me. Hold on, she wants to talk. I’ll call mom after
I fix my phone. Okay, when are you back? I’ll be back. In two days. Mom is asking me questions,
and I can’t handle her. I’ll be back, bye.
– You took your bike, didn’t you? Don’t hang up… Brother, is this the
Government Hospital? This is the one. – Thank you. It took me two hours to locate
your ward in this hospital! My Hindi is that bad. It hurts! If I was on that
bike with you… I’d be a dead man now. There is a God. My bike is all gone. My bike, dude… bloody hell. I took such great care of it! It hurts me so much when I
realise my bike is gone. The doctor said it was
a hit and run truck. If I get hold of those guys… Now, she’s gone too. Have no clue where she is. Nobody knows anything. I don’t
know who can help either. Hello? Hello… It’s me. Leela. Hey! Where are you? I’ll tell you. How
are you feeling now? I’m fine. Doing okay. I couldn’t talk these
past few days. I called up the hospital yesterday
and enquired about you. They told me you’re alright. Thank God! I couldn’t be there with you. I am really sorry. There was a situation…
I had to leave. My dad… They hacked him. And mom, too… What? – Yeah… He is at the hospital here. I am here with him. The doctor says he
might not make it. They also tried to kill mom. But she escaped. We’re practically hiding
at the hospital here. What? – The truck that hit us… … was also sent to kill me. That wasn’t an accident at all.
– What are you saying? How do you know? I don’t get it!
– After I admitted you in the hospital… …my dad called me up. He
was the one who told me. He was panicking. That’s when he was attacked.
They butchered him! I heard it all. Everything’s changed
in a second. You shouldn’t be there. Go home. I’ll talk to you later. Did she say someone tried
to intentionally kill her? So, it was a planned attack
to take down your bike. She never told you why? She said she didn’t know. She didn’t say anything else. Dude… this sounds scary. So knowing all this we are
going back for her… we are going to be with her? Why? – I made a mistake. What? When I was hit by the truck,
and lying on the road… I told her, “I love you, Leela”. I know! But I told her. Really? You picked THAT moment? I thought I was a dead man.
It felt right to tell her. You didn’t think of calling up your
parents, saying goodbye to them? Or even talking to me? – Yeah, all
of that ran like flashes in my head. But in the end, it was
only love that lingered. Lingered! Sure it did. We go there, and
be there for her. Love will be on the back-burner. What’s her dad’s name? Raman? Raman… – Straight down,
take a right, second floor. Second floor? He doesn’t talk much. Excuse me. Sir, none of the cameras
here are working. I don’t think he will help us.
– What’s he saying about some camera? Dude, there is no one here.
It is empty. Leela… Leela, who is it? They’re my friends.
You can leave. Don’t cry. How is your father doing? They just keep saying
that he wont make it. He is on life support. They’ve stabbed him in
ten different places. And your mom? She has a head injury.
She fell down. They’ve attacked her, too.
But she’s not too critical. She is inside. Tell me… What should I do? Who this is, why they did this…
I don’t know anything. Nobody knows anything. Why did you come here? I asked you to go home, right? You are injured, too! It’s okay. I am fine. Never take it for granted that there will be
no violence in an ordinary person’s life. Anything can happen. My ordinary life turned into a violent
action story at that hospital. If a situation were to
arise, I can handle it. I’m confident… that I have the
stuff it takes to deal with it. That kind of confidence is
very important in life. That day, was an acid
test to that confidence. Leela? It began this exact moment…
when I least expected it. You’re Raman’s daughter? – Yes. Is this a hospital or what?
What’s with the crowd? Get going. Leela, get back here. Come here. Don’t let them go, dude. Stab him, dude! Come on! Don’t let them go, dude! Oh my God, what’s happening?
Who are these guys? They got away. They escaped. They jumped over the wall.
We couldn’t get them. Who are these people?
– I don’t know! Who would dare to come
in here and do this? You shouldn’t be here.
None of us should be here! Are you okay?
– This looks so wrong. Yes, let’s leave. Guys, are you okay?
– I am fine. Get me that knife. The knife… Here. – You keep this… If they come back, you use this. Let’s go. – Where are we going? We’re going down. You be here, please. Excuse me? What is happening here? You didn’t see them? Some guys attacked us. – Sir… Do you even know…
– Sir, what’s wrong? They had a big knife! What happened?
– Can you please call the cops? Where is the police station here?
– It’s forty kilometres away. Is there another entrance
to this hospital? Yes, sir. There’s an
entrance at the back. Dude, it’s the cops. I can see that. Come on. What’s the problem? What is it? Her father, Mr. Raman, admitted upstairs…
was attacked three days ago. Now two guys tried to kill her. We need some policemen here.
Should we put in a request? English… weak…No understand!
– He tells me NOW! You must come to the Police
Station, file a written complaint. That’s how you ask for
Police Protection! Who are you? I am her friend, sir.
I studied with her. Who is she? She is Leela. Mr.
Raman’s daughter. What’s your name?
– Chennai, sir. Your name is Chennai? Chennai? Sir, my name is not Chennai.
I am from Chennai. Tamizh… I am a Tamizhian. Who just came now?
What happened? He hit them so hard… they
got scared and ran away. Hit them? You shouldn’t have hit them.
You should have called us. I would have come immediately. Stupid baldie. He was
swinging the knife! You want me to call you at that time?
And request him to put the knife down? By the time you come, they would have
killed her and we would all be dead. Got it? They had a knife. The weapon is still
upstairs, sir. They ran away. We
are all afraid. Can you provide some security? You’re there, son. You’re there for everything.
To take care… To provide security and protect… to
change nappies… you do everything! You here… police go! Run! Run! Run! Sir, I don’t expect a police
officer to talk like this. I don’t know why you’re
behaving this way. Kamath, come here…
– He is a scoundrel, dude. Tambe, go check. Okay, sir. Not you… call Kamath here. Sir? Sir, they’re calling you.
Kamath! Go, baldie. He’s calling you, sir. Dude, I don’t trust this guy. You’re also being rude.
It’s not right. That’s the guy who
attacked us upstairs. I know. He’s in a casual chat with them.
He’s a frigging cop! I understand now, sir. What did you understand? Come with me. Come on. Who is it? Sleep mom, go to sleep. Don’t worry, mom.
Everything is fine. Don’t worry. I am here now. I
will take care of everything. I don’t want a circus here. All of you leave now. Get going.
– Can’t you hear? Get going. My mom and dad are admitted here.
I should be with them. The others can leave. Just the two of us, sir.
We will be here. Listen, son. You told me… Two guys came and attacked.
I get everything. But you shouldn’t be here.
You should get going. Go! No, sir. She wants to be here with
her father and mother. We’ll just be here somewhere.
We won’t disturb you. The hospital permits
just one attendant. The girl’s mother is
here, that’s alright. She can be her
husband’s attendant. Now the girl wants
to be here, too! You want to tag along with her, and you
friend wants to tag along with you! You’re driving me crazy! This is crazy! This doesn’t look like a hospital
that follows such rules. Not the hospital’s rules.
My rules. No, sir… I am not
going anywhere. I just have to hit him. I said, leave! Hear what he said? Grab that guy!
– Please, sir. Rascal! You swore at me in your Chennai language?
Called me a mongrel? Get out of here. I
came here to help you! No! Sir! Sir, can you please sit up? There is a fracture in the
cartilage of your nose. I have fixed it for now. It’s going to bleed for a while.
You need to rest… It’s fine. Are you even a doctor?
– I am a doctor, trying to help you. What kind of a hospital is this? Do you have any idea what happened to us?
– Calm down, sir… If you keep moving, you
will continue to bleed. I know I am fine.
What is all this? Nothing to worry about.
There are cops upstairs. Sir, one minute. Let me fix this…
– Please! There is no one else? There is one cop. They’ve
sent the others away. The others? The baldie who hit
you, he is gone. There is another cop now, nothing to worry.
– What about your friends and relatives? All of them left. He sent them all away. Oh no! Dude… Listen to me. For heaven’s sake, the two of you
just stay here. Don’t come out. Sister, what do you want? Go in! Close the door. We can’t set it up
better than this. The nurse has been sent away,
the cameras are all turned off. You want me to
throw a party now? Don’t get too comfortable. Get
the job done in five minutes. I’m leaving. How did you…? When I shot them… I thought to myself, I had
a lot to tell my kids now. “Dad got hit by a truck, got thrown
on a bus and still survived…” “hit two people who
came with knives…” “threw a cop down a flight of stairs,
don’t even know what happened to him…” “then grabbed his gun and shot two bad
guys HE should have ideally shot.” But then I thought, it’s not the kind
of bed time story you tell children. You can’t tell kids that “Daddy’s
hands actually held a gun once”? Actually, I should say…
“Kids, you shouldn’t hear any more of this.
So close your eyes now!” Just hold on! It’s okay. Please… Should we call someone? We
need to call the nurse! The cops on the floor
there, unconscious…! We’ll call… Hey, what is this? Mahesh… – Shit! You shot them?
– Calm down, listen to me… Tell me. You did it? – YES. But, why? – I shot them. They’re bad people. What would
you have me do? – How could you? They tried to kill her
mother and father. I would have died, too.
You’re okay with that? This is wrong, man. You shouldn’t have come upstairs. Darn!
– What will they do? Where is Leela? She’s over there…
– She’s safe, right? Sir, please don’t do this…
– We MUST get out of here. Is there an ambulance? Mom, are you okay? He won’t last too long.
He looks terrible. What’s your plan?
– I honestly don’t know. All I know is, we’d have died
if we remained at the hospital. There would have
been more of them. And there was the cop, too. Isn’t there ONE good person
in the police department? There must be. Let’s take them home?
– It’ll be the same situation there, too. We’ll take them to
another hospital. Check the nearest
town on your phone. Your phone has internet.
– Wait, man! I’ll check. I think it’s… Karwar or Belgaum? Yes, Bel-something…
– I think it’s an hour and a half away. Let’s go to a police
station there. We’ll tell them what happened. They have to help us. The police will help us take
him to another hospital. He must hang on till then. We can go to the police station… But
you’ve shot two people, killed them. What would you tell them?
Will they be understanding? We’ll have to make them understand!
– Listen, please… Sir. You hired the ambulance
to drop you home. I shall drop you home. Karwar is four hours away,
I can’t drive you there… See? We told him we’re going to Leela’s.
He’s causing trouble. It’s fine if he can’t take us. Ask
him to get off, we’ll drive… What’s happening? Mahesh, tell me
what’s happening? Dude! Mom, it’s okay.
Everything’s fine! Is he dead? Dude, is he dead? Are they firing, Mahesh?
– Dude, hold on to him! Oh no! He fell, man. He fell! No! Get the wheel, dude! They’re shooting. I got the door! Who are they, Mahesh?
– Don’t know, Leela. Don’t panic. Hang on! They’re right after us. It’s going to be okay, mom! Dude, keep driving.
– You don’t panic. Come back. Do you know where we’re headed? I do. You stop shouting now! Watch out… Are we okay, Mahesh?
– Their car’s toppled! Yes, yes! We’re okay. Dude! Keep going. Go, go, go.
Don’t stop! Why won’t you keep quiet? Dude, take the left turn.
Let’s get to the highway. When did you learn to drive? I don’t know! I’m
managing somehow. Keep going, man! Watch out! Why have we stopped, Mahesh? Drag them out of the vehicle. Let’s run away, dude. Who are they, Mahesh?
– Hold on, Leela. It’ll be okay. Down! I said down! Dude. Please… Come on… Get down! So, it was you? Drag them all down. All of them! You didn’t hear me? Dude! It hurts. It hurts…
– It’s okay. Hang in there. 1… 2…3…4… Is that man lying inside? Kneel. I said kneel, witches. Please, please…
– I’ll come to you later. You, kneel! I’m talking to you!
– Yes, sir… You’re Leela? It’s you we set out to kill.
He got in the way. It got a little messy. “Bang”! I could just shoot you.
– Please, sir… Is the old man still alive? Remove the life support, everything!
– Please! Don’t kill him. Please…
– Don’t do it, sir. No, sir! Please… What’s your connection with them?
Why are you getting so excited? What is she to you?
Are you doing her? Are you a big-shot hero?
– No, sir. You killed my men at the hospital?
– No… Can I shoot you down? Huh? “BANG”! Shall I? You disconnected everything? Leave. You have nothing to do with this.
You saw nothing. Run. – Please, sir… Why did you kill the nurse? Poor thing!
– She’s dead, dude… Hero, don’t you get it? If a good cop comes along,
there should be no loose ends. Hold this tight, leave
your print in this for me. Just squeeze your finger
here, that’s all. Now, you’ll shoot everybody.
Fine? Him. Her. Her mother. Her father.
Everybody. Alright? – Please, sir… Finally, you’ll shoot yourself. Please… no, sir. Why? Hold this. – No.. Listen to me. Hold this… You barged into the
scene like a hero! Now you kill your people.
I’ll help you. I’ll hold your hand throughout.
Think I’ll just give you the gun? Don’t want it, sir… What? – No, no, no… What? What? – I don’t want that gun. HOLD IT! – I DON’T WANT IT. I HAVE ANOTHER GUN. I told you to stop! Take that now.
Die! Take that! Run! Run… Dude, over there! Shoot them. You shoot them, man. Come on, now! Come at me. I told you not to. Now take this.
Take this. Superb, man! You did great, dude! We friggin’ did it, dude! Don’t ever come back! Get in… Get into the ambulance. Let’s go! Is she alright? She’s alive. Mom, is she okay? She is alive. Can we
go to a hospital? Is he dead? You want to go check? Mahesh, she’s alive. What are we going to do? How is your father?
– Don’t know… She didn’t disconnect anything.
Everything is intact. How many of them were there? Five of them. They must be around here.
We must get moving. That’s correct. We need
to go and hide somewhere. We can go in the ambulance.
Please, let’s go. I know a place. They’re our family friends.
He’s a doctor, too. Let’s go to Dr.
Yashwanth’s place, mom! Shall I phone them? Call them right away. Hi, Leela. Are you okay? Where is your father?
Did you tell him? I woke him up. He
will be right here. Leela, what happened? Somebody attacked again? Atul! Wheelchair and luggage. Don’t worry! How could this happen? Oh, god! Wonder what’ll happen here.
Let’s help them, dude. Atul! Mom, don’t worry.
He will be fine. She’s badly wounded, Leela. Been bare feet, stones… It hurts so bad! That’s all I can do for now. I have treated them. The nurse is still critical. Your father is also very,
very critical, you know! We just have to shift him
somewhere for better care. Otherwise, I don’t think
he will last much longer. It’s better we get the police involved.
– No… No, doctor. That’s
not possible at all. You have to call them. – There’s
already a police officer involved. We must inform the police. No, doctor… That’ll
become a big problem! I know your concerns. But whatever you have done, you
have done in your self-defence. They will understand.
Don’t worry. Come on. There are some
good police officers. I know some people in the
police department we can trust. I will talk to them. Devanshu- Assistant
Superintendent of Police. No cops, dude. The cops here don’t
even seem like cops! Once you get locked up,
anything can happen. Afterall, we’ve killed people! He was trying to frame you,
back on the road there. Shall I just tell my dad? You think? What do I tell him? Over
the phone, that too. How to make him understand? He doesn’t even know I’m with Leela.
I’ll have to start from there. We spent our lives playing and roaming
around, like a bunch of kids. Suddenly, it feels as
though a decade has passed. I feel like a man. Come what may… I feel like I can face it all. We’re not cops. We’re not thugs or
gangsters either. We’ve never encountered
violence in our lives before. There was just this small fight
when you hit someone for Maitreyi. That’s it. And I thought that was it. That I’d
lead a normal life, like everyone else. But that was then… Anything can happen in life. The question is…
are we ready for it? I have a gun in my hand today. Two guns, actually. I’ve shot a few people.
I think I killed them. Only seen this in the
movies till now. Why do we need guns now? We’re here now. – Yeah! It’s over now, right? Yeah… We won’t need it anymore. When the cops come, we’ll
turn it over to them. Okay, dude. I’m really sorry. All of this… was
because of me. You should never have come here. I don’t agree. I was able to help you. Maybe, that’s why we even met. You staying in my home… Coming on the road trip with me…
All of it! There’s a reason for everything.
Think about it. And then, there is love too. After the accident, I was scared that I’d
die. That’s why I told you I love you. Bad timing, I know… But what I said was right. At some point during
the road trip… We made a connection. Here… This timing is not
great either, eh? But the stuff I’m
saying is correct. I love you, dude. Love you! I love you too bro, go for it. Leela! – I… What are you doing here? Come inside. Go easy on yourselves. I will tell the police how
he helped the family. By the way, you didn’t
tell me your name. Dad, I’ll just switch
on the motor pump. What happened?
– There’s no water on the tank. Just relax. Don’t worry. I will
do the talking. I told you so! It’s the same cop. That’s it. I don’t want to hear anything. Just get into the jeep. You hit a cop and stole his gun! Just get into the jeep. Give me the gun. Give it! Is he the good officer
you were talking about? No! I don’t know this guy. I spoke to the control room and
asked for A.S.P. Devanshu! Devanshu has sent me. Don’t get me worked up. Uncle, you’re getting
into big trouble. These people are very dirty fellows.
Bad fellows! Get in the vehicle now! Now, watch the fun unfold. Dude, it’s that guy again. He’s not dead. Mahesh, go inside. Take
Leela and go inside. How does he have a gun? You screwed up, now they
are pointing guns at us. Get moving! Into the jeep… Get into the jeep now! Oh god! No guns please. Officer, they are innocent.
Listen to me. I’m talking to the officer.
Please put… What are you doing?
– Inspector, please… Atul! Atul? What’s that? He almost shot me in the head… would have blown my brains
out, barely got away. Dad…
– What are you doing, Atul? I’ll talk to you later.
Don’t ask questions. Please go inside, dad. Drop the gun. Go inside. Dude, get in! Quick… He went that way.
Let’s go to the back. Doctor, what’s happening? Are
you with us, or with them? Of course I am with you! Didn’t I
help you save the nurse’s life? Is there another entrance to the house?
– I locked the doors. But, the balcony… They can
come through the stairs. Doctor, he’s stopped breathing!
– Check on them, Mahesh. Take them inside. Don’t come out.
Doctor, please, go… Oh, no! – Mom! Get back! Dad, move aside. Saw my shot? – What’s happening? Oh my god! Why are you killing innocent people?
Why are you doing this, Atul? Where’s that mongrel? Take that. Father! Father, move away! Come out, I’ll let you go. Father, open the back door! Who are you, boy? Son of a…! Mahesh…
– Leela, wait. Stay there, I’m coming. Don’t come out. They’re innocent people! My hands are itching to shoot.
Better ask your father to move. Don’t touch the phone, father!
– I’m calling the police. Don’t come out, dad. Atul, you’re making a mistake. Why are you doing this? They shot my mother. You scared little boy. Come out! I’m here, Leela. They shot them both. Through the window. Mahesh
and my mother are dead. It was that police officer. He murdered them! Can they be saved?
Are they alive? Doctor, are they alive?
– No, they’re all dead. Didn’t I tell you? I’m also a
doctor, they are all dead. Now you’re left. I’ll
shoot you down, too. Come out, you wuss! Let’s get out of here, please.
Let’s just leave. Wait! You can’t hide in the dark. Leela, go! You can’t hide from me. Come on. I don’t think he’s come out. Go that way. I’ll
come the other way. They’re not here. We have to go. My mom and dad! Don’t even know what’s happened to dad!
– Leela, we have to go. I can’t die here. We have to get out of here.
Understand? How could I leave them behind? Come on! You are so dead now. Die! I got the gun.
Shall I shoot him? Shall I shoot him? It’s not working. It’s not firing. Please… Give me the gun. Sit. Suddenly, something struck me. We can’t let fear chase us. We must chase fear away. I’m taking a U-turn. What’s happened? I’m so pissed off. With a police officer in
tow and he hit me too. It’s the biggest
mistake of his life. The police are meant
to protect us. Mahesh… I couldn’t save him. Your mother… Don’t know what’s happened
to your father… My bike! That nurse… You. They’re fearless. I’m not afraid either. I shouldn’t run away. They’ll lock me up anyway,
I don’t give a damn. We’ll see it through.
No matter what. It’s only hard to die when
you’ve seen too much of life. I’ve seen nothing, I
don’t care Leela. You get off somewhere. You should. But I’m going after them. I don’t know what I’ll do. But I’m going back there. I need to know why
they did this. I’m going to get them all.
They won’t know what hit them. Tell me where you want to go.
I’ll drop you there. Nowhere. I’m with you. Let’s go. I’ll go with you. Wherever. Look, policeman…
– Calm down, father! I’ll explain. Calm down! I’ll explain everything.
You go in. Tell him to chill.
– Come with me, dad. Open the door! Your dad is a mad man.
– Where is the other mad man? You can’t force me.
– Hold still, uncle. What’s with all the drama, uncle?
– I know the commissioner! Sure, go to the commissioner. You’re talking too much, uncle.
Oh, shut up. Atul! Come on… He’s battered my brain! No, no. I don’t believe you.
Not Leela! No way. Let’s go, dad. – I won’t come! Dad, I’ll explain everything.
Let’s go. I’m your father! I’ll hit you! Come inside, I’ll explain everything.
– No, I won’t. Take me somewhere and kill me, too!
I’ll be free! Leela… I need you with me or I
do this without you. This is not the time
to cry or mourn. Not now. I need you, Leela. Okay. I need you to be safe. We’ll get a room here,
you stay inside. Look… here’s the gun. Use it. Don’t be afraid. Use it if you need to. Careful on your way in.
They shouldn’t see you. Call me once you’re
inside the room. Call to Mahesh’s phone.
Tell me the room number. I’ll come in after five minutes. Check in saying single
occupancy, one day. Okay? You’ll be fine. Okay? Go. Don’t worry. Go! Cover your face and go. Cover up properly. Go. Trust me, I’ll handle it.
I’ll come. I had a plan in mind. If I find the room where the good
doctor and Atul are staying in… and beat the hell out of Atul… I’ll know who is behind this. It’s a good thing your mother
didn’t live to see this. She couldn’t have taken this! What’s become of you? Why did you kill them? You killed them in our house! In my house! I’m a doctor! I save lives.
– Calm down, father. Calm down. You’re evil!
– Look at me. Relax! Dad, calm down.
– This is because of your party work! There’s a big problem! Kamath will be here. I’m
only asking for ten minutes. Just ten minutes! Stay here. Don’t go anywhere. No! Kamath sir… Are
you coming here? My father is furious. He needs
to know what’s happening. Shall I give him the phone?
You’ll talk to him? Hey Atul… Where is your dad? Doctor? I’ve used the gun twice, I’m getting used
to firing the gun. Why did you kill them? I won’t hesitate to shoot
you and walk away. Why did you kill my friend? Who the hell are you people? You dared to kill my friend! You killed my friend! Die! Not everything in life goes
according to our plan. Sometimes, extraordinary things happen
that change even the best laid plans. Come out of the room. – Okay. Get the bag. Don’t leave anything behind.
Leave the room now. Is everything okay? No. But it’s all over. Except for the cop…
it’s all over. Come now. I need to find the doctor. Did you hear that noise?
– Leela? Don’t worry. Just come out. I heard gunshots from inside. Open the door. Let’s look. Where are you? – I’m here. I see you. Keep coming. Kamath! Come on, quick! Leela! Raman’s daughter! Let’s go.
– Why should I come with you? You killed my mother! What did you do to my father? You murderer!
– Shush! Where are you going? No! – Come with me, girl. Come! It’s nothing. Just
some drunkard! Go inside. There’s some
issue upstairs, go check. Go on! Hello? Yes, Kamath speaking. Note down the vehicle’s
plate number. MH 102545 A bearded guy… He’s gone towards Balki Chowk. Find him and bring him
straight to the guest house. Don’t take him to
the police station. What’s going on here? Out of the way! Move! Go out. – Check everything. Son of a…! Mom! Mom… Mom… Mom… Cry. Cry your heart out. We have a lot of time. I’m really sorry! If I could do this… and change everything
in a second, I would! Forgive me. I thought we’ll be
killed if we stayed at the hospital But they got killed anyway. I’m really sorry, Leela. It’s my fault. I’m responsible. You’re not responsible for this. Mahesh is dead, Leela. He came here for me. Everything changed in a second! He’s dead. He’s twenty, Leela! My friend, Leela… he’s dead. What will I tell his dad? How will I even step
into his house? Let’s just get out of here! Please… he’s a police officer.
Let’s just go! Don’t shoot him! Let’s
just go from here. There you are! I know how to send you off. Where’s the gun? Huh?
Where, where, where? Please, sir. I threw them away.
– Do not have it? Your guy speaks
too much English. Where is it? Where? Somewhere on the way.
– Somewhere? Rascal! Oh well… What’s this? And you said you don’t have it? Please, sir. No, please. I’m shooting your girl down! Please! Leela! Tambe, get him! Thrash the mongrel! I’ll get you! Oh, bugger! I will thrash you, you mongrel! Leela… Leela, you’re fine. Leela… please! Leela, please… Oh no! Leela, please don’t leave me. Please, please, please! Leela… Don’t leave me, Leela. Please, Leela! My god! She’s gone… In the end, he shot Leela too… And I still couldn’t kill him. I couldn’t shoot him down. He is a police officer. And I’m just an ordinary guy. How can I kill him? But I should… Leela, you’re fine. You’re okay, don’t worry… Just hold on. Shit! Please… don’t do this! Don’t worry, I’ll take you to a hospital.
– No! Stop doing things for me.
No more. No more. Please. Let it go. You’ll get into more
trouble because of me. Go away, now. Leave me.
– No way! This is not just for you. Not just you! Tell me your name. Tell me your name, before I die. I’m not gonna let you die! I’m not gonna let you die… I can’t imagine dying
without telling you this. it would be a terrible mistake. I don’t know if there’s any
point in saying it now. But I’ll say it anyway. What is it? I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you too, actually. Now, you’re my hero. But that’s not why… Even before all this… You know when? I know. When? In Kanyakumari, at the hotel… I told you to use the
room and waited outside. That’s when. Oh, god. Yes! Was it so obvious? Yes, I saw it in your eyes. I knew for sure. That’s why I had the courage to tell
you, lying on your lap, on the road… And I’ll say it again now. I love you, Leela. Two people found murdered
at a hotel at Kolhapur. This incident has sent
shockwaves throughout the town. Two men found dead… in the
rooms of a private hotel. Eye-witnesses
recollect hearing… Sir! Zoom in! Yes, hold it! I can’t see his face.
This footage is useless. Mongrel! The cameras in the hospital were shut too.
So no footage there, either. Sir, we’re on the hunt. What will he do? Search in every hospital. What will he do with that
girl’s dead body? Marry it? If the chick is alive, where is she?
Which hospital? Anyone who brings that
man, dead or alive… gets a prize! A hundred
thousand rupees! Offer valid today and tomorrow. And be happy. No sorrow! Mahesh-the boy on the bike…?
His father… Sir, this is Mahesh’s
father speaking… Sir, I want my son! I want my son… I don’t speak Hindi! I
want my son, sir… A few days ago, five people were
found dead by the police… in an ambulance owned by a private
hospital in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. A social worker Raman,
his wife Kalpana… the ambulance driver, a nurse and
Mahesh – a boy from Chennai… were shot dead by unidentified
men, say the police. This horrific incident
has shocked the state. The motive behind these deaths is still unknown
after the first round of investigation. But it’s said that Mahesh was killed while
trying to help them move to a safe location. Greetings. How are you? Yes? Kamath from Kolhapur division. How can I help you? Sit. Tell me. A case has been filed. The deceased, Mahesh,
was riding the bike. But it’s registered under your name.
So we wanted to enquire… Mahesh was my son’s friend. He took our bike. With the girl. They went on the road trip. Mahesh called me when the
accident took place. I mean, I know this. So what’s the big deal? Big deal? Where’s your son?
– He’s here, at home. Your son’s name? His name? Rajinikanth. Rajinikanth… Yes. Excellent! Rajinikanth, huh? Take me for a moron, uncle? Don’t try to mess with me. If I start swearing, I won’t
spare your mother or sisters. Tell him! Okay, hold on. Son! Rajini… Come here. My son. Rajinikanth. You- Rajini? Yeah. You see, there was
someone with Mahesh. They’ve come looking for him. Please do co-operate.
– I’m ready to co-operate. Thank you, uncle. Thank you. You’ve been trying for so many months!
– We are trying, sir. Tell me. Where should I transfer you to?
– Sir, I’m sorry… Be prepared. You’ll get the
transfer order tomorrow. Sir, no… That mongrel has ruined everything I’ve
earned in all these years as a policeman! I feel like hitting
somebody now. Don’t hit me, sir! It hurts, sir! Come here, darling. Sir… Here are the details of the new
officers who will take charge today. Sir, it’s a little… I have urgent work now.
– What’s wrong with you? Why are you so stressed?
– It’s nothing, sir. Chill out. – Okay, sir. And this is… The story of how this Rajinikanth
became a police officer. My mom is a huge fan. So when I was born, she
didn’t think twice. I was named after him. Rajinikanth. Just open the telephone directory,
you’ll find, in Tamil Nadu alone… Many named Rajinikanth. But wherever I go… school,
college or somewhere outside… when someone asks for my name
and I say “Rajinikanth”… everyone stares an
extra three seconds. So I don’t say it
most of the time. Many people don’t
even believe me. A lot of people react the
same way Kamath did. And this… is the first episode of My
Life As a Police Officer. Kamath! The last time we met… since then… I have learnt a
little bit of Hindi. Actually, a lot has
happened since we last met. After you came home… I came here twenty days later. I have come here
many times since. I’ve waited outside the
station to see you. To kill you. Nothing else. I couldn’t bear to see you
throw your weight around. I couldn’t handle it.
I felt envious. And then I thought, I
should be in your place. But with one difference… I wanted to be a good policeman. I swear to you, only
when I saw you here… I knew I wanted to
put on this uniform. And that’s why… unknown to anyone,
I lived in hiding. I wrote the Union Public Service
Commission exams and passed. I turned down the Indian Administrative
Services, and chose the Indian Police Service. After the official Police
Verification at my residence… I spent one and a half years in
police training at Hyderabad. Then I got my first
posting at Pune. As an undercover cop. Then, I insisted on being
posted here and here I am! I was aimless in life… You’re the one who turned
me into a policeman. And for that… I must thank you. Baldie, everytime I saw you, I wondered
why you destroyed that family. Dr. Yashwanth helped me a lot. First I tried to find out how his
son, Atul, was involved in this. Atul was dead, but the
doctor had his phone. We found many pictures
in the ‘Deleted’ folder. We searched Leela’s house. We found
the same pictures in an album. I knew there was a connection. I found out she is the sister
of Leela’s mother Kalpana. Her name is Anamika. It took me a year to find her. Just last week… You must already know, she
was kept at a mental asylum. She was turned into a patient by one Mr.
Nathuram Dubey. I got to know all
this from Anamika. She told me the story that took
place twenty four years ago. A love story that began at the R.L.S.
Party offices… Back then, Nathuram Dubey was a gangster.
A party-worker. Anamika was a member
of the same party. He wooed her with
talk of his ideology. They were together
for exactly a year. Then Anamika tells him that
she’s pregnant with his child. You know, like, the famous Hindi dialogue…
“I’m going to be the mother of your baby” Nathuram doesn’t want
the baby or the mother. He asks her to get an abortion,
attempts to kill her. Unknown to anyone, she gives birth to a child,
and gives the baby up to her sister – Kalpana. That child, is Leela. Many years later… Nathuram
is a politician now. A leader. A big shot in the party. If they win this election, he
may be the next chief minister. When she got to know
this, two years ago… Anamika turned up out of the
blue at the party office… and tells him he has a daughter. “You betrayed me! You
tried to kill our child.” “You’re a horrible man. You’re
unfit to be a Chief Minister.” “She’s your child. She’s our child.
Admit it to everyone”, she begs him. Then she threatens him. Anamika’s only fault,
was threatening him. She forgot that Nathuram was
still the same old Nathuram. He found out that Leela
is his daughter. Twenty days later he tries to kill
her in a setup road accident. Then, he tries to kill Anamika. But fearing the repercussions
of murdering her… he admits her in
a mental asylum. When Anamika called Raman, he got to
know that Leela’s life is in danger. But he never knew that his own life
was in danger at that very minute… Shaken, he was on the phone with Leela
when she was at the hospital… The villain’s entry. Not knowing any of this, not
questioning anything… under Nathuram’s instructions, these
murders were executed by three people. Atul – Dr. Yashwanth’s son. You – Kamath. And gangster Hiren. From there… you became the main villain. Everyone else-gone. Because of me. What you did at the hospital… and the doctor’s house… what happened to us next… is all written in my statement. I deposed to the commissioner. Yesterday. It took me all this
time to say it. Because… I needed this uniform. Do you know why your
phone is ringing? Nathuram Dubey has
been arrested. Just now. We used his leader to get him. When we said we’re going to get
him, everyone co-operated. No one hesitated. He’s being brought down here. And your story ends here. Two of your colleagues will be chargesheeted
today for conspiring with you. One of their statements
is included in this. He turned approver yesterday. You are not a smart
police officer. I knew you don’t know who I was. I took a leap, and
worked towards this. I’ve been waiting to take me revenge
for two and a half years now. I played the patience game. I waited. I risked it. I feared nothing. Today, I am Deputy Commissioner
of Police- Rajinikanth! What do you think of yourselves?
Why have you brought me in? Who is this Anamika? If this could happen to me, think
what could happen to the common man! Give me the phone!
Give it to me. Sir… This is a police station. And this is my station. Neither is this your hostel.
Nor is it your house. There was an arrest warrant
served on you this morning. There is proof and evidence that you
were involved in these murders. You attempted to kill
your own daughter. You lawyer is on his way. Until then, please be
seated in that room. And THAT’S AN ORDER! What statement? What videotape? Take him. No, Kamath! Don’t. Either I walk, or I die. I’m going crazy! I will take ten
policemen down with me! Come at me, Hero! You little punk! Trying
to mess with me? I will walk into your house
and take your mother. Forgive me, uncle!
Please forgive me. Think you can become me just
by putting on that uniform? I’m not an ordinary man now! I’m somebody else. I’m a cop. A policeman! That day, I couldn’t kill a
bad man because he was a cop. Today, as a cop, I have
killed that bad man. So, we’ve won. I’ve had my revenge.
It’s all over. You’re okay now.
We are okay now. You don’t have to
be there anymore. Go home. I’ll ask dad to pick you up. I love you. It’s dark. Looks
like it might rain. Shall we get done with the
bike ride for the day? We’ll stay over
somewhere nearby. Hey Mahesh! One room or two? Speaking of Mahesh…
I wish he were here. Yeah. Move. What are you going to do? You’re acting weird! Didn’t I feed you enough? Wow! Thank you. For saving my life. Risking your own life! That too without a
second thought. I am not sure if I thanked you. You are my everything
You are my hero too. Your name is so right. The timing is right too. Look up! Be with me. Till I die. Marry me. Will you? Yes. Of course. In a heartbeat. Really? Just say when and where. Marry me. So, I’m stuck to you now? You put this on. I love you.

STOP USING MANUAL FOCUS!

STOP USING MANUAL FOCUS!


so this here is a 7×7 rubik’s cube few
days ago i went to a party and there is one of these sitting around so basically
i spent the whole night just playing with that rubik’s cube i couldn’t solve
the traditional like 3×3 rubik’s cube and i got home and i was like you know
what i’m just gonna be able to fuck do it I’m gonna do it my little brother can
do a Rubik’s Cube in like 10 seconds I better be able to figure this out so I
went out picked out one of these and basically spent all of yesterday
learning how to do this and check this out
actually we should go with the time-lapse mode took me 1 hour and one
minute to complete this guy now is that fast no people that are good at rubik’s
cubes can finish this whole thing in like 5 minutes now what i find really
interesting about rubik’s cubes is that it’s just like a lot of other things in
life where you look at an ego that’s impossible but as soon as you go you
know what i’m gonna learn how to do it how i don’t know but i’m gonna try it
i’m gonna play with it a little bit do a little bit of research when I get stuck
I figure that out try a new strategy you know and it just keeps going in a circle
and then all of a sudden something that looked so impossible to you just a few
days ago can become something that you can consider easy and simple all it
takes is a little bit of focus time and motivation and you could just about
achieve anything you want except for it to pull manual focus better than a lot
of these modern cameras so let’s talk about that I see way too many people
using manual focus that shouldn’t be and I always ask him like why are you using
manual focus well I’ll movie says they only use manual focus the pros do it I’m
gonna do the same way and it’s true because cameras like the red or Arri
Alexa or basically any cinema lens they don’t even offer auto focus because auto
focus is great right now but it’s not perfect the biggest thing you need to be
careful when you’re doing manual focus is getting your focus not 100% sharp but
eighty to ninety percent there because if you’re looking at a monitor this size
it’s gonna look good to your eye you’re gonna be like this is a great shot you
blow it up on that big 50 inch screen you’re gonna be like ah crap so what
exactly do you need to do to get good perfect manual focus well first of all
this monitor is not gonna get you very far so you’re gonna need a bigger
monitor I usually run a 7-inch but sometimes you can get away with a nice
sharp five-inch but definitely that 7-incher makes me feel a lot more
comfortable and these are usually loaded with focusing tools and magnification so
you can get that critical perfect focus this will allow someone to focus from
the side but also has this marking disk have your second AC which is a second
assistant camera go up to the actors put some labels by their feet so when an
actor goes from mark a to mark B you rack this from mark a to mark B also and
on some legit setups you could read this expensive thing called Synod tape which
is a little thing that sits up here and it gives you a constant readout of how
far the subject is as the technology improves on Wireless follow focus
systems there’s becoming more and more comments so that’s when you want to
replace something like this with a wireless motor and a wireless controller
and additionally if you want to put this thing onto a gimbal like a movi Pro
you’re gonna have to go fully wireless so you’re gonna have to take a wireless
video feed slap this monitor somewhere else and of course most importantly you
need someone to operate this with a ton of skilled professional first AC’s they’re not just people that know how to generally rack focus I mean it’s a major
part of their career so they get really really good at it that actually does
professional second AC work what is a second AC do a second AC basically does
all the work that the AC is too busy for because he’s focusing so we swap lenses
we charge batteries like a ninja we just anything you need getting perfect focus
still not an easy pass but let’s go talk to some more people I’ve snuck into the
dope squad HQ to get a second opinion I wasn’t as dramatic as we were intending
but I feel like I don’t have that many lenses to be honest but you wanted to
see the manual lens yeah look at this nice lens this one was a classic I love
this thing yeah probably I’m gonna use this in forever it makes sense to use
autofocus do you use autofocus yeah I’m on ok yes right now yeah I find that
with manual focus sure you feel like you get a little more control but it’s
really really difficult to get perfect focus
you’re usually getting like 90% of the way there yeah I think you have to
either have like a bigger monitor and have like peeking on and stuff like that
if your manual focusing um but yeah autofocus is really good I think when
the c300 Mark 2 which I have here that’s when autofocus got legit for even the
cinema world and so I bought this camera and I actually rely on autofocus a lot
when I was shooting docks and stuff like that
not all the time there’s a time and place for it there always comes a point
where the technology surpasses a general human ability and I feel like that’s
kind of what’s going on right now with driverless cars autonomous cars are
having less accidents per mile than a regular driver so soon enough it’s gonna
get to the point where our grandkids are gonna be like wait they you should
actually let you drive these cars and people used to die off as dangerous as
well yeah I can’t believe people used to die because you you you want to go drive
to the restaurant no no I think I’m gonna walk home to California from here
now like 10 years ago this would be a completely different conversation like
you would never touch autofocus on a professional camera but then the c300
came along completely changed the game with the dual pixel autofocus because
all of a sudden now unless you’re a trained AC autofocus can a lot of times
be sharper and faster than you trying to like manually focus in front of a
monitor so you figure out like on a gimbal or something like that like it’s
so much easier just to use an autofocus lens like the setup that you gotta have
an extra crew member all that stuff if you’re using manual focus so auto focus
is gonna get it to that spot where it’s like dead-on so did you know that I have
a first Stacy for all my youtube videos the first thing I did a hired a first
day see it’s a little bit non-conventional but uh yeah what’s this
monitor yeah that’s the small HD 502 so that’s like that’s what I’m talking
about when I’m doing the manual focusing I need to be able to actually see Plus
that’s a DP I think that’s like the main thing nowadays you should have because
you might be using whatever camera they give you but you can always rely on your
monitor you can have here you know it nuts in there you can have your presets
for like what kind of tools you’re using as soon as I got that for addy peeing
like I felt so much more comfortable no matter what the situation was no matter
what the camera was a first thing she’s gonna know exactly when to focus on what
and out what speed there’s almost an art to it there’s like times where you’re
kind of like following a character but then you see another character and
you’re like oh I want to focus on that one and like sort of like moving the
focus spot or like touching on screen or something like that like you kind of
want to have that menu of like how fast you focus on that second subject or
whatever so there’s definitely times where auto focus still isn’t good enough
hey I dare you to just hit one of those switches just change a couple of knobs
around see if he notices it’s like saying I dare you to jump off this
building should be Maddie’s first time flying a helicopter don’t be scared
though I’m wearing a helmet you guys are do you think that helmets gonna help you
there’s a video that we did on Auto rotations so it’s an emergency procedure
in a helicopter and not many people realize you can glide in helicopters the
fact that you’re up and following the air goes through the forces through the
disc and even flow on a pinwheel and it spins the blades yeah same thing so you
only have height you have say your safety so you like start dropping and
then right before you hit the ground you’re like that sounds terrifying
so another thing to definitely keep in mind is that we have very limited
selective attention so you know in case Matti Haapoja asks you if you want to
go on a helicopter right with Chris Nicholas and you go yeah if you’re
running manual focus the majority of your attention is gonna be on racking
that critical focus rather than enjoying the helicopter ride and of course
there’s exceptions to all this for example if you’re shooting an interview
and you know your subjects not gonna move or if you’re filming a product and
manual focus all the way and of course you need a camera with pretty good
autofocus but over the last few years autofocus has come so far so fast that
even this Canon M 50 that I have right here this EOS R A 73 A 6400 all really
good oh my god did it just start raining yeah that is a rainbow and it’s raining
out of nowhere it was like sunny and nice but we’re gonna do a quick
competition here we have the EOS R and we’re gonna see if we can rack focus
better than the EOS R and we got a pretty difficult lens to
focus here this is the 85 millimeter f1.8 and we got the ND filter on
there so apertures wide open we’re gonna get those shallow depth-of-field this is
the way us mortals can compete with that come on the hardest part about manual
focusing is when you have just the subject and there’s no real guides or
markers around and the subject goes soft it’s kind of hard to tell if you racked
focus too fast or not fast enough so then you have to do a whole bunch of
hunting to try to find out where it is don’t pixel autofocus somehow knows
which direction to go to autofocus basically nailed it a hundred percent
every time artificial intelligence guys is gonna take over there’s no avoiding
it and again do not overestimate how good your selective attention is if
you’re focused on getting that super critical focus during your shot you’re
gonna miss a whole lot of other stuff that’s going on in your frame you guys
might have seen this video where it was like count the number of times this
basketball gets passed and then they pass it around and there’s a couple
other basketball players passing balls around but then after the video ends
they usually ask you hey did you notice that there was a person in a gorilla
costume that walks straight through the frame and then surprisingly most people
don’t realize it until they rewind the video clip and they look at it and I
found that to be the same thing in racking manual focus even if you have
tools like focus peaking on your monitor you’re so focused on making sure those
red outlines come out in front of your subjects that you’re just like totally
not even thinking about what else is going on in your frame and sometimes
I’ll see you guys that are just kind of like manual focusing and they’re not
even like paying that much attention to their screen they’re just like yeah it
looks generally sharp soon as you bring that footage into your computer you’re
gonna realize all this footage is softer than when I was gonna make a viagra joke
but I’m trying to keep this channel PG so yeah if you’re even thinking about
doing manual focus then you’re definitely gonna want to hook yourself
up with one of these many options to choose from from cheap too expensive and
different sizes but generally the things I look for is a nice 7-inch monitor that
way I don’t have to look super closely into this monitor and it gives me enough
confidence that it’s gonna be sharp and I also like them to have full HD so 1920
by 1080 resolution not totally necessary but if you’re filming 4k then it
definitely helps to get as much resolution on the
screen as possible some monitors have just HDMI some just have SDI but
preferably both if you want a future-proof to your monitor consider
what kind of battery plates that they come with this small IC can accept both
so the very common Sony batteries or the Canon LP E6 that like this EOS are uses
you also definitely want to find yourself a nice bright one especially if
you’re gonna be doing any sort of filming outside now brightness is
measured in nits or basically Candela per square meter and you generally want
it to be about a thousand or over if you’re gonna film outside which is nice
now because a few years ago all of them were about like 350 400 nits and as soon
as you get it outside you definitely need a shade and you know try to get it
as dark as possible to try to see the monitor clearly but now a lot of these
are pushing a thousand 2,000 3,000 nits and those you could take in direct
sunlight and still generally see your screens so that’s another thing to
consider the two brands that I’m personally a big fan of is small HD and
also TV logic they have all the general professional tools you might want like
lots focused peaking Magnification and then they also have quarter-inch threads
all over the place because you never really know how you’re gonna want to
mount it onto your camera so this is gonna give you many options the issue is
that they’re expensive I think they are a good long-term investment if you can
swing that high price tag or a cost option is something kind of like this
feel world ultra bright monitor this comes in at a fraction of the price
point and I’ve been generally impressed with it it’s definitely not up to the
level of a professional monitor this is a much lighter plastic I’ve probably put
about 50 hours of use into this monitor so far and it generally works and it’s
sharp enough to work I can pull focus on I’m not a huge fan of the user interface
there’s only a few buttons to use also out of the box it didn’t look super
calibrated so I have to go into the menu and just darken the image a little bit
but that’s not that hard to do also keep in mind that there’s only one mounting
point on the bottom so if you want to attach accessories like sometimes you
want to attach like a teradeck receiver or something like that you’re
gonna have to come up with some creative solutions and also I can’t say for sure
what the longevity of this monitor is I doubt that it lasts as long as the pro
level monitors but you know if you’re shooting on a DSLR using manual lenses
this is gonna be a huge step up from what you’re using right now so in that
I can recommend it this is a monitor that porky sent me and I’ve got to feel
like a dick because they sent this to me for free this is a monitor that I was
very excited to use but the issue I started noticing after I put it through
about like a hundred or 200 hours worth they use was that it started doing some
ghosting so it doesn’t really become the best monitor to pull focus on that’s the
thing with off-brand monitors is that they may be attractive because they’re
inexpensive but there’s a lot of issues that might potentially come up that you
can’t really see by looking at the specs you kind of have to test it out and it’s
still a pretty cool monitor it’s nice to have definitely something impressive to
show to your clients and also it comes in a hard case so you slap on a hard
cover on the front and back and you can just travel with if it’s on a light
stand it has a lot of mounting points up top and it has a lot of professional
features like right now it’s running off a v-mail battery plenty of SDI ports
HDMI ports so I still consider it to be pretty cool but if you can swing it
again I would still go mainstream monitors and of course if you do want to
go more lighter and compact there are 5-inch options out there and these
definitely fit a bit nicer on to smaller cameras like a DSLR for example the
small HD focus is a super popular one and I hear a lot of great things about
that Zhiyun sent me one and seems pretty good but it sometimes has this issue
where part of the frame is a little bit ahead of the other so an exaggerated
example of it would be if I was like walking like this it would look like
that it wouldn’t be nearly as bad as that it would look more realistically
like this it’s not nearly as bad he’s still plenty to pull focus on I think
it’s just off by a frame or whatever but again these are the type of issues that
you might start to recognize if you go slightly off brand
please let’s close this off by reading a few comments from my last video which
was my little road trip to San Diego and I brought this little lens with me 85
millimeter f1 point-8 top common is from camera conspiracies if it’s longer than
35 millimeters I’d be you should name your dog get a tow pet you officially
got a new name now yoga jotato pet downward dog yama stay dude I just
realized something you look like the kid from Indiana Jones no jayven or Javon or
Haven now however you say your name you don’t need to start any new trends okay
I’ve had enough torture justin asks why do youtubers buy red cameras but a lot
of top movies are shot on airy cameras that’s a really
good question and I actually made a whole 30 minute video about red versus
area Alexa so if you just want to burn the next 30
minutes of your life watching me go ahead and click that link but generally
I think a lot of it comes down to the price point the least expensive area
Alexa is very similar to the price of the most expensive red also red cameras
are easy to use for solo operation do you have to do manual focus still but
just the way it’s designed it could be more compact it’s still a cinema camera
but it’s closer to a run and gun style camera than the area Alexa I think your
dog grow his leg back where’s your know there’s four dogs it’s really hard to
take all the odds around we try to rotate them around last time I went to
Santa Barbara we took chickie and jotato pet lefty will be coming with us
when we go to San Francisco next time married with wanderlust says why didn’t
you take me with you you’re fired San Diego is my hometown and miss it dearly
I don’t know maybe next time I’m in San Diego I’ll do like a little meetup or
something I don’t know how those work it’s always cool when I bump into some
of you guys in person but how do you like organized meetups like how does
that even work do I just like post on Instagram hey this is San Diego today
later I’m gonna go to this place come meet me there if you want and then I go
there and no one shows up is that how it works anyways why am I still talking
this video is way over ten minutes I’m just wasting effort now I’m gonna go
play with doggies bye

PHX Workforce and Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting. December 3, 2019

PHX Workforce and Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting. December 3, 2019


>>I WILL BE CALLING THIS MEETING TO ORDER. I DO NOT HAVE ANY CARDS TO CALL FOR THE PUBLIC. MINUTES OF THE MEETING. IS THERE A MOTION?>>SO MOVED APPROVED.>>Councilman Nowakowski: SECOND.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THERE IS A MOTION AND A SECOND. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. [ CHORUS OF AYES]>>Councilwoman Pastor: MOTION PASSES. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ITEM. ANYBODY NEED ANYTHING FROM THIS AREA?>>Councilman Nowakowski: NOPE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: NO? YOU SURE?>>Councilman Waring: I THOUGHT WE WEREN’T DOING CONSENT –>>Councilwoman Pastor: NO, WE DON’T. IT’S JUST DISCUSSION AND ACTION. DO YOU WANT ANYTHING? THERE’S NOTHING –>>COUNCILMAN WARING: I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO TAKE EACH ITEM.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I JUST GOT IT. YOU’RE RIGHT. THERE IS NO CONSENT. I’M MOVING THE CONSENT. ITEM NUMBER 2, 2020 STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDAS. YES. WE KNOW.>>GOOD MORNING. MADAM CHAIR, COMMITTEE MEMBERS. THIS MORNING WE ARE PRESENTING THE PORTIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA THAT IMPACTS THIS COMMITTEE. I’M FRANK McCUNE, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND WITH ME IS [INDISCERNIBLE] AND CLARK, MANAGER OF FEDERAL RELATIONS. EACH YEAR IN SEPTEMBER GOVERNMENT RELATIONS REACHES OUT TO THE CITY DEPARTMENTS TO BUILD THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA, WHICH IS BASED UPON THE ISSUES THAT MAY BE DISCUSSED DURING LEGISLATIVE PROCESS OR TO EVEN GATHER POTENTIAL LEGISLATIVE IDEAS. WE COMBINE THAT INFORMATION AND THEN BRIEF EACH COUNCIL MEMBER AND THE MAYOR FOR THEIR PERSPECTIVE ON THE ITEMS AS WELL AS LEARN ABOUT OTHER ISSUES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO YOU. FROM THERE WE COMPILE THE DRAFT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. FOR BOTH THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE PROCESSES WE HAVE USED A SET OF GUIDING PRINCIPLES TO HELP US FURTHER THIS LEGISLATION AND HOW WE SHOULD INITIALLY RESPOND. MOST ITEMS MUCH LEGISLATION TYPICALLY FALL INTO ONE OF THESE PRINCIPLE CATEGORIES. AND THOSE ARE, FOR THE STATE, TO PRESERVE SHARED RESERVES, OPPOSING UNFUNDED MANDATES, PROTECTING LOCAL AUTHORITY, AND PRESERVING WATER RESOURCES. AS YOU KNOW, AND WITH YOU GUYS SERVING ON VARIOUS COMMITTEES, WE HAVE BEEN IN FRONT OF OTHER COMMITTEES AND WE’RE PRESENTING TO THE OTHER COMMITTEES AS WELL. SO TODAY IS JUST A PORTION OF THE AGENDA THAT REACHES THIS SUBCOMMITTEE AND IT’S A SHORT SET OF PRIORITIES FOR THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. SO THE [INDISCERNIBLE] WILL TAKE OVER THE STATE PRIORITIES.>>GOOD MORNING. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, SHORT-TERM — HAVE BECOME POPULAR BUT HAVE LED TO UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES FOR NEIGHBORHOODS IN PHOENIX. ISSUES ARISE WHEN RENTERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BENEFITS OF A RESIDENTIAL HOME BUT DO NOT HAVE THE SAME ACCOUNTABILITY AS A LONG-TERM RENTER OR AN OWNER. FURTHERMORE, THE RIGHTS OF THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS HAS REDUCED THE AVAILABILITY OF HOUSING OPTIONS AND A LOSS OF ECONOMIC BENEFITS DERIVED FROM HOTELS AND OTHER TOURISM REVENUES. TO ADDRESS SOME OF THESE CONCERNS, THE LEGISLATURE PASSED HOUSE BILL 2672 THIS PAST SESSION AND WHILE THIS WAS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, IT DID NOT ADDRESS ALL OF THE LOCAL CONCERNS. DURING THIS INTERIM THEY HAVE HAD AD HOC COMMITTEE MEETINGS TO TRY TO COME UP WITH MORE SOLUTIONS TO HELP THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE CITIES AS WELL. SO STAFF RECOMMENDS SUPPORTING ANY EFFORTS THAT CONTINUE TO ALLOW LOCAL REGULATION OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS THAT WOULD ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT ARE BROUGHT FORTH BY CONSTITUENTS AND NEIGHBORHOODS TO CITY COUNCILS.>>WITH REGARD TO THIS COMMITTEE, THAT’S THE PRIMARY ITEM ON THIS ONE. AND THEN WITH REGARD TO THE FEDERAL PROGRAM, THE TWO GUIDING PRINCIPLES — I’M SORRY — THE TWO GUIDING PRINCIPLES ARE PROMOTING FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY AND PROMOTING LOCAL AUTHORITY.>>MADAM CHAIR AND SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS, THE FIRST ITEM WILL BE THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT FUNDING THAT ALLOWS FOR INVESTMENTS FOR ADMINISTERING, CONVENING AND DELIVERING JOB DRIVEN SERVICES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF FEDERAL JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF PHOENIX. THESE ARE PROGRAMS THAT OUR CITY ADMINISTERS WITH OUR ARIZONA AT WORK. WITH THAT, THOSE ARE THE ITEMS IN THE FEDERAL AGENDA IN FRONT OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE.>>AND SO WE RECOMMEND STAFF — STAFF RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF THESE ITEM AS FOCUS AREAS FROM THIS SUBCOMMITTEE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? NO? I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE FIRST SLIDE, THE HOMES, THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS. WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? BECAUSE LAST YEAR THERE WAS BIG ISSUES WITH THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS, AND MANY COMMUNITIES ORGANIZED, WHICH WE WERE THE LEAD IN ORGANIZING THOSE COMMUNITIES. WHAT I HEARD LAST YEAR WAS, OH, AT LEAST WE GOT IT TO WHERE WE GOT IT. THIS IS BABY STEPS. WE NEED TO DO THESE THINGS. HOWEVER, THE IMPACT WITHIN, I THINK, ALL OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, SPECIFICALLY THE HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS, WE ARE HAVING MORE AND MORE ISSUES WITH THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS. PROSTITUTION IS HAPPENING IN SOME OF THEM. I’VE HAD TWO SHOOTINGS WITHIN THE NEIGHBORHOODS. SO WHAT IS THE GOAL OR WHAT IS THE STRATEGY TO REALLY ORGANIZE AND PUSH THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS?>>MADAM CHAIR, SO AS I MENTIONED, THIS INTERIM THE LEGISLATURE HAS HELD ONE AD HOC COMMITTEE MEETING, AND THEY’RE GOING TO BE HOLDING AT LEAST TWO MORE. THE FIRST MEETING WAS TO REALLY FOCUS TO ADDRESS ANY NUISANCE AND NOISE COMPLAINTS THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND I KNOW THAT THE NEXT ONE IS KIND OF LOOKING AT A — FOCUSING ON THE CONCENTRATION OF LARGE NUMBER OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS WITHIN NEIGHBORHOODS, AND SO AT THE FIRST MEETING IT WAS ABOUT A THREE-AND-A-HALF, FOUR-HOUR MEETING AND THERE WERE A LOT OF NEIGHBORHOOD PEOPLE THERE AND THERE WAS A PRESENTATION GIVEN BY ONE — A PHOENIX NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, AND SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT YOU JUST RAISED WERE BROUGHT UP, AND SO WHAT HAS BEEN OCCURRING RIGHT NOW IS EVERYONE IS WORKING TOGETHER TO KIND OF BRING FORTH SOME OF THESE ISSUES — FORTH SOME OF THESE ISSUES, WHICH I KNOW WERE BROUGHT LAST SESSION, BUT WERE NOT ADDRESSED. SO THEY’RE BEING PUT ON THE RECORD AND TALKED ABOUT TO TRY TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THEM TO GIVE THE CITIES AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THESE. SO RIGHT NOW IT’S KIND OF DEVELOPING A STRATEGY AND WORKING ON — TO LISTEN TO WHAT CONCERNS ARE BEING BROUGHT FORTH BY CONSTITUENTS IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND THEN WORKING FROM THERE TO DEVELOP LEGISLATION THAT CAN ADDRESS THEM.>>Councilwoman Stark: AND I BELIEVE WE’RE OFF TO A GOOD START BECAUSE THE PASSED LEGISLATION REQUIRES NOW AIR BNBs OR SHORT-TERM RENTALS TO REGISTER WITH THE CITY AND WE’RE ALSO STRENGTHENING OUR NOISE ORDINANCE. SO IF THESE PARTIES GET OUT OF CONTROL, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT CAN ACTUALLY FINE THEM. SO WITH THE REGISTRY, I BELIEVE THAT WILL HELP US AT LEAST START DISCUSSIONS — ENFORCEMENT BY POLICE. BUT I KNOW THERE IS A LOT THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.>>I KNOW THERE HAS BEEN HEARINGS. I ALSO KNOW THAT SEDONA HAS WRITTEN SOME LANGUAGE. I GUESS MY QUESTION IS, HOW CAN THE CITY FOLLOW SEDONA AND BE ABLE TO MOVE ON THOSE ITEMS? INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR THE LEGISLATURE, WHAT CAN WE DO CURRENTLY AND WHAT POLICY CAN WE PUT IN?>>MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, AS COUNCILWOMAN STARK MENTIONED, IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THE STAFF IS PRESENTING AT THE NEXT LAND USE AND LIVEABILITY SUBCOMMITTEE ON AN ORDINANCE CHANGE ON SOME — ON SOME CODE CHANGES TO THE CITY TO PUT FORTH THE REGISTRY FOR SHORT-TERM RENTALS, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THAT THE OWNER ASSIGN SOMEBODY OR GIVE THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION OF SOMEBODY WHO IS AVAILABLE 24/7 WHEN ISSUES ARISE AND THEN ALSO TO STRENGTHEN THE CITY’S NOISE ORDINANCE SO THAT FROM A POLICE PERSPECTIVE AND FROM A NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES PERSPECTIVE THESE ISSUES CAN BE ADDRESSED IN A BETTER MANNER.>>Councilwoman Stark: AND ON TOP OF THAT, I THINK THEY’LL HAVE TO NOTICE OR PUT SOME KIND OF IDENTIFICATION ON THE HOME ITSELF OUTSELF SO THAT POLICE AND NSD KNOW THAT IT’S A RENTAL, A SHORT-TERM RENTAL.>>Councilwoman Pastor: AND WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF SHORT TERM?>>MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, I DON’T HAVE THE DEFINITION PER STATE STATUTE WHAT A SHORT-TERM RENTAL IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME BUT I AM HAPPY TO GET BACK TO YOU WITH THAT. I HAVE IT BUT DON’T HAVE IT IN FRONT OF ME.>>Councilwoman Pastor: BECAUSE YOU COULD DEFINE SHORT-TERM AS ONE DAY. SO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT’S IN THE STATUTE IN ORDER TO THEN LOOK AT IT AND SAY MAYBE WE NEED TO CHANGE THE DEFINITION OF WHAT SHORT-TERM RENTAL IS DEFINED AS..>>Councilman Nowakowski: CAN YOU GIVE US THE DATES OF THE HEARINGS SO WE CAN ACTUALLY HAVE INDIVIDUALS FROM OUR COMMUNITY TESTIFY AND WE CAN ACTUALLY PUT IN OUR NEWSLETTERS AND STUFF, ALSO THE NAMES OF THE INDIVIDUALS ON THAT COMMITTEE SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY START HAVING PEOPLE LOBBY THOSE INDIVIDUALS? ANOTHER POINT IS THAT ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THAT WE’RE HAVING AN ISSUE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX IS A LOT OF THE HOMELESS AND MENTAL LIL ILL THAT WE HAVE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA AND NOW IT’S GOING ALONG INTO OUR HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS AND ALSO ALONG THE LIGHT RAIL. IS THERE ANY TYPE OF STATE OR FEDERAL FUNDING THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY LOOK FOR? ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE’RE HAVING IS WE HAVE THESE INDIVIDUALS THAT GO AND FEED THE HOMELESS, AT THE SAME TIME THEY DON’T PICK UP AFTER THEMSELVES. SO THEN IT’S THE CITY OF PHOENIX THAT GOES IN THERE AND BASICALLY HAS TO CLEAN UP THE MESS ON A DAILY BASIS IN SOME OF THOSE AREAS, IN UM IS OF THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS. SO I’M NOT SURE IF THERE’S ANY TYPE OF LEGISLATION OUT THERE THAT WILL DEFINE WHO CAN GIVE FOOD OUT, IF THERE IS SOME TYPE OF PERMIT YOU NEED TO ACTUALLY HAVE A FOOD HANDLER’S LICENSE. THERE’S BEEN INCIDENTS WHERE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GETTING FOOD POISONING BY INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE TRYING TO FEED THE HOMELESS BUT AT THE SAME TIME THEY HAVEN’T PREPARED THE FOOD THE WAY THAT THEY SHOULD PREPARE IT. SO IT’S A HEALTH ISSUE OUT THERE. AND THEN THE OTHER THING IS SOME OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE CAMPUS ITSELF, I MET WITH TWO FAMILIES YESTERDAY, AND THEY’RE VERY UPSET THAT THEY HAVE PEOPLE CAMPING OUTSIDE ON THE SIDEWALKS AND ON THE STREETS, AND WHAT TYPE OF LAWS DO WE HAVE AT THE STATE LEVEL AND AT THE COUNTY LEVEL AND THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO PREVENT THAT AND TO PROVIDE SOME TYPE OF SERVICES AT THE SAME TIME.>>MADAM CHAIR, COUNCILMAN, TO ADDRESS THE QUESTION ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THE HOMELESS ISSUE, SO THIS PAST SESSION THE LEGISLATURE APPROPRIATED $15 MILLION TO THE HOUSING TRUST FUND, AND PART OF THAT, 3.5 MILLION WAS DESIGNATED TO BE USED FOR HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DEEMED TO BE SEVERELY MENTALLY ILL. AND WHAT THE HOUSING TRUST FUND IS ESTABLISHED TO DO IS TO PROVIDE FLEXIBLE FUNDING OPTIONS TO MEET THE HOUSING NEED FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES IN ARIZONA AND WHAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS DONE IS FOR — ON A GRANT SYSTEM THAT THEY COLLABORATE WITH NONPROFITS, AND SO THAT THEY CAN TAKE THESE FUNDS AND PROVIDE SERVICES FOR SOME OF THE HOMELESS ISSUES AND SOME OF THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ISSUES. AND SO IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE WILL BE AN EFFORT TO CONTINUE FUNDING THIS UPCOMING SESSION AND ALSO TO TRY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES WITH THE HOMELESS POPULATION. SO BOTH OF THOSE ARE IMPORTANT ISSUES AND TOPICS THAT ARE BEING DISCUSSED AND THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE LEGISLATION NEXT SESSION FOR.>>Councilman Nowakowski: ACTUALLY, I THINK IT SHOULD BE A STATE ISSUE THAT IT SHOULD BE A REGIONAL APPROACH, MORE OF A STATE APPROACH, INSTEAD OF THE CITY OF PHOENIX BASICALLY PROVIDING ALL THE SERVICES FOR THE MARICOPA COUNTY, THAT IT SHOULD BE MORE OF A REGIONAL APPROACH AND HOW CAN WE START THAT CONVERSATION AT THE STATE CAPITOL AND MAYBE THEN WE CAN BRING IT DOWN TO THE COUNTY AND THEN TO MAG ALSO TO — BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT SEEMS LIKE BECAUSE WE’RE GOOD STEWARDS AND WE HAVE ALL THESE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE BECOME THE MECCA FOR ALL HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS IN THE COUNTY AND NOW IT’S BECOMING FOR THE WHOLE STATE, AND I THINK WE SHOULD SHARE THE WEALTH WITH OTHER CITIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF ARIZONA.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SHARING THE WEALTH?>>Councilman Nowakowski: UH-HUH.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. GOT IT. FOR THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE DATA ON HOW MANY POLICE OFFICERS END UP GOING TO SHORT-TERM RENTALS AND TRYING TO MANAGE NEIGHBORHOOD, I GUESS — NOT NECESSARILY DISPUTE, BUT DIALOGUE, AND HOW MANY OFFICERS WE’RE PULLING OFF THE STREETS FOR THESE SHORT-TERM RENTALS. BECAUSE I THINK WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO START BUILDING — NOT THAT WE HAVEN’T — BUT REALLY START TO BUILD THE CASE. BECAUSE I THINK IT’S CRITICAL ACROSS OUR WHOLE CITY. SOME NEIGHBORHOODS DON’T HAVE THAT MUCH IMPACT BECAUSE THEY’RE FURTHER OUT AND THEY’RE MAYBE ONE — I DON’T KNOW. BUT IT SEEMS LIKE IN THE CORE AREA THAT’S WHERE WE’RE REALLY HAVING A LOT OF CHALLENGES.>>Councilwoman Stark: AND I BELIEVE THE KIERLAND AS WELL. THERE’S QUITE A LARGE NUMBER OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS.>>Councilman Nowakowski: I BELIEVE IT’S THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE CITY. AND LAVEEN IN THE SOUTH PHOENIX AREA, WE HAVE RENTAL PROPERTIES THAT ARE ACRES AND HALF ACRES AND THEY’RE HAVING WEDDINGS AND QUINCEANERAS AND BECOMING LIKE PARTY HOUSES. I WAS JUST WONDERING THAT WE HAVE RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS THAT HAVE CAPACITY OF LIMITATION OF HOW MANY INDIVIDUALS CAN ACTUALLY FIT IN THAT FACILITY. I’M JUST WONDERING IF THERE’S SOMEHOW, SOME WAY TO SLIP INTO IT A STATE LAW THAT IF IT’S A THREE-BEDROOM, HOW MANY INDIVIDUALS ARE ABLE TO LIVE OR SPEND THE NIGHT IN THAT HOUSE. OR THAT SHORT-TERM RENTAL. MAYBE THAT MIGHT BE A WAY FOR OUR POLICE OFFICERS TO ENFORCE THAT WHEN THEY GO TO A — THE LITTLE HOUSE AND THERE’S 300 PEOPLE INSIDE THE HOUSE IN THE BACKYARD.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SO, I KNOW IT’S CHALLENGING, AND I THINK THIS IS PROBABLY WHERE THE TEAM NEEDS TO GET WITH ZONING AND NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES. THERE IS ONE EXAMPLE THAT IS LIVE RIGHT NOW IN THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN AREA, AND THE HOMES WERE BUILT PURPOSELY — THEY’RE ACRE HOMES, TWO-ACRE HOMES — PURPOSELY FOR THAT AREA, THE SCENERY, AND WHAT ONE OF THE HOMES HAS DONE IS NOW TURNED INTO IT A SHORT-TERM RENTAL WHERE THEY HAVE — I HAVE PICTURES. THERE ARE CAMERAS ALL OVER THE NEIGHBORHOODS PROPERTY DUE TO THE FACT TO DEMONSTRATE — THEY HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE. THIS IS WHERE I THINK AS A NEIGHBOR OR A CONSTITUENT I WOULD GET VERY FRUSTRATED WITH IN THE SENSE OF THEY HAVE CAMERAS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND THEY HAVE TO PROVE THAT THIS IS HAPPENING. NOW THEY HAVE THE PROOF AND IT NOW IS NOW TAKING, I WANT TO SAY, SIX MONTHS IT’S STILL IN THE PIPELINE, AND NOBODY CAN DO ANYTHING OR ENFORCE ANYTHING. AND IT IS ZONED AS A RESIDENTIAL, AND 300 PEOPLE ARE SHOWING UP FOR A WEDDING OR A HOUSE PARTY. THERE ARE PICTURES DEMONSTRATING HOW THEY HAVE CHANGED IT INTO A VENUE. THERE IS NOT ADEQUATE PARKING IN THE AREA. SO I THINK WE’RE ALL VERY ADAMANT ABOUT MAKING SURE WE MOVE INSTEAD OF BABY STEPS WE START WALKING. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS ON THE SHORT TERM.>>MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, I JUST WANTED TO NOTE THAT THE LEGISLATION THAT PASSED THIS PAST SESSION, IT DOES PROHIBIT EVENTS AT SHORT-TERM RENTALS. THIS INCLUDES WEDDINGS, PARTIES, ANYTHING OF THAT SORT. AND SO WE WILL TALK TO STAFF AS THEY’RE DEVELOPING THE ORDINANCE THAT WILL BE COMING FORWARD TO COUNCIL TO ENSURE THAT THOSE ARE COMPONENTS THAT ARE IN THERE. SO FOR THE REGISTRATION, IF A NEIGHBOR WERE TO CALL POLICE AND SAY THERE IS A PARTY AND IT’S DEEMED THIS IS A SHORT-TERM RENTAL BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN REGISTERED AS A SHORT-TERM RENTAL, THOSE EVENTS CAN BE BROKEN UP. A LOT OF TIMES WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS SOMEONE GOES TO A SHORT-TERM RENTAL THAT’S HAVING A WEDDING OR SOMETHING OF THAT SORT AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE THERE CLAIM THAT IS THEIR PROPERTY AND POLICE HAVE HAD NO WAY TO VERIFY WHETHER THAT IS THE CASE OR NOT, BUT WITH THE REGISTRATION THAT WILL BE ADOPTED WITHIN THE NEXT COMING MONTH OR SO THAT WILL BE A TOOL TO HELP POLICE TELL WHETHER THAT PROPERTY IS A SHORT-TERM RENTAL AND BE ABLE TO PUT A STOP TO THOSE SORT OF EVENTS.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SO WILL THAT BE RETROACTIVE OR — BECAUSE WE HAVE CASES RIGHT NOW THAT ARE STRUGGLING, AND SO HOW DOES THAT WORK? OR DOES IT START — THIS PARTICULAR CASE IT’S BEEN FOUR MONTHS. THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO DO ANYTHING. SO ANOTHER MONTH — SO I’LL SAY JANUARY — OR FEBRUARY IT KICKS IN. THEN DO THEY HAVE TO START AT THAT MOMENT, START ALL OVER BASICALLY AND SAY, OKAY, WE’RE CALLING AGAIN TO SAY START OUR CASE. I MEAN, THESE ARE THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE. AND I WANT A SOLUTION. I’M ASKING FOR A SOLUTION. SO I’M NOT SURE WHAT WE CAN DO. BUT YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS. ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ON WIOA? OKAY. THANK YOU. I HAVE TO TEASE HIM. ALL RIGHT. IS THERE A MOTION — WE DON’T NEED A MOTION, DO WE?>>YES, WE DO.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I NEED A MOTION.>>Councilwoman Stark: SO MOVED.>>Councilman Nowakowski: SECOND.>>Councilwoman Pastor: ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. [ CHORUS OF AYES] PASSES — MAJORITY PASSES.>>Councilman Waring: NO.>>Councilwoman Pastor: WELL, THREE SAY AYE.>>Councilman Waring: THAT’S A MAJORITY –>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. MOTION CARRIES. SHEILA — I’M SORRY, SHEILA, COME ON. SORRY, WE’RE NOT OVER. WE VOTED, BUT, SORRY. AND I HAD IT RIGHT HERE.>>I’M A EARLY FORESTER STATE HOUSING DIRECTOR FOR THE STATE OF ARIZONA AND I’VE BEEN DOING WORK IN SEDONA ACTUALLY WITH ELLIOTT POLLACK. SO IF YOU NEED INTRODUCTIONS TO STAFF IN SEDONA, MORE THAN HAPPY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. I REALLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET AHEAD OF THIS ISSUE BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NUISANCES AND OTHER THINGS. IT IS DESTROYING SEDONA. THEY HAVE LITERALLY HAD TO CLOSE AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BECAUSE FAMILIES CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE IN SEDONA. AND SO A LOT OF IT HAS COME FROM PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE RENTED AN APARTMENT OR TURNED A BEDROOM INTO AN APARTMENT AND WE’RE GETTING — WERE GETTING SO MUCH A MONTH AND NOW THEY CAN GET THAT IN A WEEKEND. SO IT’S BECOME A VERY ENTREPRENEURIAL SITUATION AND ONE IN WHICH SEDONA IS ON THE FOREFRONT OF TRYING TO COMBAT THESE ISSUES. I’D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO GIVE STAFF INFORMATION AND WE CAN DIALOGUE ABOUT THAT. THE OTHER THING IS THE $15 MILLION THAT WAS MENTIONED THAT WAS PASSED IN THE LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION, IT’S ALREADY BEEN ALLOCATED. SO THAT MONEY IS GONE. SO, THERE IS GOING TO BE A MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE TRYING TO GET PERMANENT ALLOCATION FOR THE TRUST FUND, NOT A ONE-TIME THING EVERY YEAR, BECAUSE WE HAVE, AS YOU HAVE’ ALL MENTIONED AND BEEN AWARE OF, SEVERE HOUSING CHALLENGES, NOT JUST FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, BUT THE WORKFORCE AND ALL TYPES OF HOUSING TO BE AFFORDABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE CITY TO ALSO BE A PART OF THAT EFFORT AS WELL. THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THANK YOU. AND SPEAKING ABOUT AFFORDABILITY, I’M NOT SURE WHAT I WAS WATCHING THIS WEEKEND, I DON’T KNOW — I WAS WATCHING A DOCUMENTARY OR “60 MINUTES” OR SOMETHING ON AFFORDABILITY IN SEATTLE AND THE CHALLENGES SEATTLE IS HAVING, AND I THINK WE ACTUALLY NEED — DO NEED TO STEP AHEAD. I THINK WE’RE A LITTLE BEHIND BECAUSE IT CAUGHT US, AND WE ARE LOSING AFFORDABILITY WITHIN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS. AND SO I THINK IT’S A CHALLENGE THAT WE ARE — NOT A CHALLENGE — A TASK THAT WE ASK STAFF TO NOW START MOVING AROUND THAT TO BE ABLE TO GET SOME HANDLE ON IT. SO, THANK YOU. ITEM NUMBER 3, ASU’S KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE FOR RESILIENCE FELLOWSHIP FUNDS.>>GOOD MORNING, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. WE’RE TODAY TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A STAFF TO PARTICIPATE IN A FELLOWSHIP WITH GRANT FUNDING WITH ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY ON A RESILIENT COMMUNITY. SO THE ASU — ASU — FIRST BEFORE I DO THAT I SHOULD SAY WITH ME IS MY COLLEAGUE JOE ROZELLE. HE IS A PROGRAM MANAGER IN COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOCUSING ON BUSINESS ATTRACTION FOR OUR INNOVATION DISTRICT AND FOR KIND OF UNIQUE ENTREPRENEURS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. SO JUST AS A BACKGROUND, THE ASU KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE FOR RESILIENCE IS A PROGRAM WITH A MISSION TO BUILD A RESILIENT COMMUNITY, AND THAT’S THROUGH SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND COMING UP WITH WAYS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS TOGETHER IN THE COMMUNITY. ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT THEY HAD WAS A MOVE FORWARD WITH A GRANT APPLICATION FOR A YEAR-LONG FELLOWSHIP, AND THEY DID A CALL TO ACTION IN OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR. WE DID SUBMIT FOR COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND 20 APPLICATIONS FOR FELLOWS WERE ACCEPTED. WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH THAT PHOENIX WAS ONE OF THE APPLICATIONS. IT WAS THE ONLY MUNICIPAL APPLICATION IN THE ENTIRE STATE THAT WAS SELECTED, AND JOE WAS SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT YEAR-LONG KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY. SO OF THOSE 20 FELLOWS, OUR PROPOSAL WAS TO FOCUS ON AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY, BUT PARTICULARLY SOME OF THE SMALL MICROBUSINESSES IN SOUTH PHOENIX THAT DO THESE GREAT FARMS AND GREAT PRODUCTS THAT COME OUT OF THAT AREA. YOU’LL SEE A PICTURE OF THE ARIZONA WORM FARM IN FRONT OF YOU. THERE ARE SEVERAL OF YOU IN THIS ROOM THAT KNOW THAT IS MY NEW FAVORITE PLACE IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF ARIZONA. IT IS AN INNOVATIVE WAY TO MANAGE THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY THAT THEY HAVE COME UP WITH. THE WORMS EAT TRASH, THEY PRODUCE DIRT THAT CROPS ARE GROWN IN, AND IT CREATES — AND IT CREATES FOOD FOR CHICKENS AND CREATES THIS INCREDIBLE CIRCULAR ECONOMY THAT I GOT TO TOUR. SO A REALLY EXCITING PLACE THERE. AND FOR US, FOR COMMUNITY AND COMIC DEVELOPMENT, IT’S AN EXCITING WAY FOR US TO SUPPORT THE WAY ARIZONA WAS FOUNDED IN AGRICULTURE AND FARMING. WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR COMMUNITY RESILIENCE, WE’RE ASKED WHAT IS A RESILIENT COMMUNITY. IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S REALLY GAINING NATIONAL ATTENTION, BUT WHAT IT GIVES THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE IS FOR A COMMUNITY TO WITHSTAND A SHOCK TO THE COMMUNITY AND CONTINUE TO THRIVE, AND BY THAT SHOCK, IT MIGHT BE THE LOSS OF A JOB, IT MIGHT BE THE LOSS OF A COMPANY, IT MIGHT BE A DROUGHT, IT MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT CHANGES SIGNIFICANTLY WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, BUT GROUPS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO WORK TO BE ABLE TO ALLOW THE AREA TO THRIVE AND MOVE FORWARD. IT ALSO SUPPORTS THE COUNCIL IDENTIFIED 2025 PHOENIX FOOD ACTION PLAN AND GOALS THAT WERE APPROVED, AND IT DOES THAT WITH — OF COURSE, THAT’S RUN THROUGH THE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS, BUT FOR US WHAT THAT ALLOWS US TO DO IS TO PARTNER WITH THEM TO SUPPORT THOSE LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THOSE LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT SUPPORT FOOD INITIATIVES AND LOCAL FOOD INITIATIVES HERE IN PHOENIX. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, ON THE CELEBRATION OF LOCAL DIVERSITY AND AGRICULTURE IS REALLY HOW ARIZONA WAS FOUNDED. OUR WAREHOUSE DISTRICT WAS FOUNDED BECAUSE OF AGRICULTURE HERE IN THE PHOENIX AREA. MOST IMPORTANTLY IT CREATES A RESILIENT FOOD SYSTEM. SO IN TIME OF STRESS OR DROUGHT OR GLOBAL CHALLENGES, FOOD, OUR MOST BASIC SOURCE, IS PRODUCED RIGHT HERE COMMUNITY. THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THAT COMES OUT OF THE FELLOWSHIP IS A PROMOTION OF THOSE LOCAL FARMS. I’VE HAD THE PLEASURE OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS OF TOURING ABOUT 20 LOCAL FARMS HERE IN SOUTH PHOENIX, AND THERE ARE SOME INCREDIBLE BUSINESSES THAT ARE GROWING THEIR OWN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, THEY’RE PRODUCING A PRODUCT THEY SELL TO OUR RESTAURANTS, THEY SELL TO OUR HOTELS. IF YOU CAN BELIEVE THIS, I FEEL LIKE SOMETIMES I’M IN “MAYBERRY,” I GO INTO THOSE AREAS, AND IT’S AN HONOR SYSTEM, I BUY A PIE OUT OF A CABINET, I PUT MY MONEY IN THE JAR, NO ONE IS WATCHING ME, I PICK UP GREAT FOODS MANUFACTURED RIGHT HERE IN THE PHOENIX AREA, WHICH SUPPORTS JOBS. THERE ARE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF JOBS THAT ARE SUPPORTED IN THE SOUTH PHOENIX MARKET. IT LEVERAGES $30,000 IN FUNDING SUPPORT. SO AS PART OF THE FELLOWSHIP WE DO RECEIVE $30,000 THAT WE CAN USE IN MARKETING THE FOOD AGRICULTURE SYSTEM AND THING A ROW TECH SYSTEM HERE AND MARKET THING A ROW TECH TOURISM BUSINESS WE HAVE IN PHOENIX. ON THOSE DELIVERABLES, WE HAVE VERY SPECIFIC ITEMS THAT WE HAVE TO CREATE. ONE IS TO REALLY LOOK AT THE ANALYSIS OF WHAT THE RESILIENT QUESTION HERE IN PHOENIX — WHAT DOES THAT MEAN AND HOW ARE WE GOING TO PRODUCE A MORE RESILIENT ECONOMY IN ARIZONA FOR FOOD? JOE WILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN A DRAFT ARTICLE FOR A PEER REVIEW JOURNAL OF WHICH THEY’LL TALK ABOUT THEIR FINDINGS AND A ONE-PAGE SUMMARY OF THE DATA THAT COMES OUT OF THE YEAR-LONG FELLOWSHIP. IT LOOKS FOR PARTNERSHIPS IN OUR ANNUAL FOOD AND FARM PROGRAM THAT IS PRODUCED BY LOCAL FIRST. KATY IS HERE WITH US, SHE IS SITTING SOMEWHERE — THERE SHE IS — KATY FROM LOCAL FIRST IS HERE. THIS WOULD BE THE SEVENTH YEAR OF THE ARIZONA FOOD AND FARM FORUM. LAST YEAR IT WAS IN GILBERT. THIS YEAR WE HAVE CONVINCED LOCAL FIRST TO HOST THE EVENT IN SOUTH PHOENIX WITH OUR FARMS. SO WE WOULD COME IN AS A SPONSOR OF THAT EVENT. AND TRULY PROMOTING THAT RESILIENCE IN LOCAL FARMING IN HELPING THOSE FARMERS REALIZE IT’S NOT NECESSARILY IN THEIR BEST INTEREST TO SELL OUT TO HOME DEVELOPERS OR LARGER-SCALE DEVELOPMENT. IT REALLY IS BEST FOR THE COMMUNITY IF THEY STAY AND MAINTAIN THEIR PRESENCE HERE IN ARIZONA. SO WE ARE HERE TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE ASKING YOUR AUTHORIZATION TO MOVE FORWARD TO CITY COUNCIL TO ACCEPT AND DISBURSE THE $30,000 IN GRANT FUNDS FROM ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY AND WITH THAT WE’RE HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THE PROJECT SOUNDS EXCITING. ONE OF MY QUESTIONS, BECAUSE IT’S TALKING ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY, HAS ANYBODY TALKED TO SOLID WASTE TO FIGURE OUT WAYS THAT WE COULD SUSTAIN SOME OF THE PRACTICES THAT YOU ARE LEARNING — NOT YOU, BUT THE FELLOWSHIP IS LEARNING, AND WHAT WAYS WE CAN TURN THAT INTO ECONOMIC GROWTH?>>COUNCILWOMAN, I’M HAVE JOE ANSWER THAT QUESTION. WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH, WE ACTUALLY STOLE HIM FROM THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY PUBLIC WORKS TO COME DO THE WORK WITH US HERE TODAY. SO I’LL LET HIM TALK SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THAT.>>MADAM CHAIR, THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. YES, I WORK IN THE REIMAGINE PHOENIX INITIATIVE FOR A FEW YEARS AND I STILL HAVE MY CONTACTS IN PUBLIC WORKS. SO I WILL BE BRINGING IN EVERYBODY WHO HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON FOOD JUST TO HAVE THAT LARGER CONVERSATION. THEN, OF COURSE, WORKING WITH ASU, WHO HAS HELPED US WITH APPLIED PROJECTS RELATED TO FOOD AS WELL.>>Councilwoman Pastor: BECAUSE I’M REALLY CURIOUS, WE’RE IN THIS DEBATE, REALLY, CONVERSATION, ABOUT THE SOLID WASTE AND THE RATE, AND IF COMPOSTING IS NOT PART OF THE FUTURE OF THE CITY, HOW DOES HE, THEN, THE INDUSTRY PICK THAT ELEMENT UP OR THAT PIECE UP SO THEN WE CAN STILL — THERE’S STILL THE ABILITY TO COMPOST, BUT THEN HOW DO WE — THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN THE SENSE OF MAKE IT SO THAT IT HELPS OUR FARMS, HELPS THE WORMS, OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, HOW DOES THE CYCLE ALL GO SO THAT THEN THERE IS — PEOPLE HAVE THE ABILITY, THEN, TO TAKE THEIR FOOD AND TAKE IT TO SOMEBODY AND SAY, HERE, YOU CAN HAVE IT? SO I DON’T KNOW IF THOSE ARE CONVERSATIONS THAT NEED TO BE — NEED TO HAVE A DIALOGUE OR BE ABLE TO START THE DIALOGUE OR IF THE DIALOGUE HAS BEEN GOING ON, BUT TO ME THIS ALL SHOULD COME OUT OF THE SOLID WASTE AND SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE TO COME WITH SOME SOLUTIONS, I GUESS IS WHAT I’M SAYING.>>MADAM CHAIR, I THINK THE UNIQUE THING ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP, FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS YOU ACTUALLY GET A CHANCE TO DELVE INTO THE MAJOR ISSUES THAT SOUTH PHOENIX FARMERS ARE FACING AND IT DOES WARRANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH PUBLIC WORKS AND OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS AS WELL AS LOCAL FIRST AND OTHER PARTNERS TO REALLY FIGURE OUT, OKAY, HOW DO WE LOOK AT THE FOOD SYSTEM AND TRY TO MAKE IT AS SUSTAINABLE AS POSSIBLE.>>AND YOU MAKE A GREAT POINT ON LOOKING AT THAT CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN THE BIGGER CONVERSATION OF THAT COMPOSTING AND IF COMPOSTING ISN’T PART OF THE FUTURE, FROM OUR SIDE, HOW CAN WE CONTINUE THAT COMPOSTING THROUGH THE WORM FARM? WHO YOU CAN WE CONTINUE IT SO THAT PRODUCT BECOMES SOMETHING ELSE AND CONTINUES THAT CIRCULAR ECONOMY? SO YOU MAKE A GREAT POINT ON BRINGING IN PUBLIC WORKS AND OTHERS TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AS WE IDENTIFY THOSE LARGE PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS FOR THOSE PROBLEMS.>>I THINK — ANYBODY ELSE HAVE QUESTIONS? CAN YOU TELL ME IN SOUTH PHOENIX WHERE THE WORM FARM IS LOCATED?>>ABSOLUTELY, MADAM CHAIR. IT IS JUST ABOUT 20 — I’M GOING TO GET IT WRONG, BUT IT’S ABOUT 20th AVENUE AND DOBBINS. SO IT IS JUST SITTING AT THE FOOTHILLS OF SOUTH MOUNTAIN.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SO IT’S BY THE T BONE STEAKHOUSE? IT HAS TO BE BY THERE. AROUND THERE. AROUND –>>I’LL GET YOU THE ADDRESS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A TOUR, IT’S A DEFINITE WORTH AN HOUR OF YOUR TIME TO SEE SOMETHING PRETTY COOL GOING ON IN SOUTH PHOENIX. IT’S UNIQUE, SOMETHING YOU WOULDN’T THINK IS SUCH AN INCREDIBLE INDUSTRY.>>>>Councilwoman Pastor: WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE INNOVATION. I NEED A MOTION.>>Councilwoman Stark: SO I WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH THE RECOMMENDATION FOR COUNCIL TO APPROVE 30,000 FUNDING.>>Councilman Nowakowski: I’LL SECOND THAT.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THERE’S A MOTION. THERE’S A SECOND. ALL THOSE IF FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE. [ CHORUS OF AYES] MOTION PASSES. THANK YOU. WE ARE ON TO ITEM 4, DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH NIXDT, LLC FOR DEVELOPMENT OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 117, 125, 133 AND 141 EAST JACKSON STREET IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX.>>WE ARE HERE TODAY TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT A PROJECT HERE IN THE WAREHOUSE DISTRICT THAT INVOLVES THE HISTORIC WAREHOUSE IN THE AREA AND WOULD INCLUDE THE ADDITION OF A NEW HOTEL. WITH ME TODAY IS DEPUTY DIRECTOR ZAN DONE KEATING WHO WILL WALK US THROUGH THE PROJECT THAT IS BEFORE US PROPOSED.>>THANK YOU. TO ORIENT YOU TO THE SITE, IT IS JUST SOUTH OF THE ARENA, THE SUNS ARENA. IT’S CURRENTLY — THERE’S THREE — THERE’S FOUR PARCELS THERE, THREE ARE CURRENTLY VACANT. AND ONE OF THEM IS THAT HISTORIC BUILDING THAT IS ALSO CURRENTLY VACANT AS WELL. SOUTHWEST CORNER OF 2nd STREET AND JACKSON STREET. IS THE SPECIFIC LOCATION. SO TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HISTORIC BUILDING, IT’S — FORMLERLY, THE MOST FORMERLY THE COOPERSTOWN RESTAURANT. IT’S THE WP FULLER PAINT WAREHOUSE. CURRENTLY VACANT. NEEDS A LOT OF WORK TO REHABILITATE IT AND BRING IT UP TO TODAY’S STANDARDS SO IT CAN BE USED IN AN ECONOMICALLY BENEFICIAL FASHION. THERE’S A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT NEED TO OCCUR TOUR REHABILITATE IT. NEW ROOF. NEW PAINT REMOVAL TO BRING IT BACK TO THAT ORIGINAL FACADE. THERE’S SOME PRETTY SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL REPAIR THAT NEEDS TO OCCUR WITHIN THE BUILDING. THERE’S OTHER THINGS SUCH AS WINDOW REPLACEMENTS, DOOR REPLACEMENTS TO BRING IT BACK TO THAT ORIGINAL FLARE. ALL IN, WE THINK IT’S ABOUT $1.4 MILLION WORTH OF RENOVATIONS. SO A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FUNDS TO REALLY BRING IT UP TO STANDARD. SO OBVIOUSLY THAT’S BEEN A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT FOR DEVELOPERS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THAT WORK AND LUCKILY TODAY WE NOW HAVE SOMEBODY WHO HAS COME FORWARD AND THEY HAVE A PLAN AND THEY’RE HOPING TO MAKE THIS WORK. SO THE GROUP WE’RE WORKING WITH THE NIXDT HOTEL GROUP. THEY ARE A GROUP HAS ABOUT 15 DIFFERENT PROPERTIES THEY HAVE WORKED EITHER IN THE DEVELOPMENT SIDE OR MANAGEMENT SIDE OF ABOUT 15 DIFFERENT HOTELS. PRIMARILY IN OKLAHOMA AND MISSOURI IS WHERE THEIR BASE IS BUT THEY’VE DONE SOME OTHER STUFF AND THEY’RE REALLY INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX AND BRINGING THEIR PARTNERSHIP HERE. GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF SOME OF THE BRANDS THEY HAVE WORKED WITH, YOU WILL NOTICE A NUMBER OF NATIONAL BRANDS THAT THEY HAVE WORKED WITH, A NUMBER OF THEM ARE ALREADY HERE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, AND RIGHT NOW THEY HAVE A CONCEPT THEY’RE HOPING TO BRING HERE. THIS IS A HOME 2 SUITES HOTEL THEY’RE HOPING TO BRING TO THIS PARTICULAR SITE. SO GIVE YOU A LITTLE — A COUPLE THINGS ABOUT THE PROJECT, APPROXIMATELY SIX STORIES.>>>THAT’S WHAT’S PROPOSED. ABOUT 140 HOTEL ROOMS IS WHAT THEY’RE THINKING WILL WORK. FOR PARKING, THEY ARE INCLUDING SOME PARKING WITH THE SITE, ABOUT 23 SPACES. THEY BELIEVE THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE HOTEL. AND THEN MOST IMPORTANTLY, RENOVATION AND REACTIVATION OF THE HOTEL, AND THEIR PLAN — OF THE HISTORIC BUILDING. AND THEIR PLAN IS FOR IT TO BE THE LOBBY AND AMENITY SPACE FOR THE ACTUAL HOTEL. SO THEY’LL HAVE SOME SORT OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE OPTION IN THERE AND THEN ALL OF THAT LOBBY SPACE. SO IT SHOULD BE — THE PLAN IS IT’S GOING TO BE A REALLY COOL SPACE A REALLY COOL ADDITION TO THIS HOTEL HERE. SO WITH THAT, STAFF HAS BEEN WORKING TOWARDS AN AGREEMENT FOR A GOVERNMENT PROPERTY LEASE EXCISE TAX WHICH WOULD INCLUDE EIGHT YEARS OF ABATEMENT FOR THAT HOTEL. SOME OF THE BENEFITS THAT WOULD COME OUT OF THIS PROJECT, OBVIOUSLY THERE’S A $21 MILLION INVESTMENT IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. NEW TAX REVENUE IS FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT. ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECT STAFF PROJECTS APPROXIMATELY 175,000 IN CONSTRUCTION SALES TAX, AND THEN 270,000 IN ANNUAL HOTEL TAX ONCE THE SITE IS STABILIZED. REACTIVATION OF THAT HISTORIC BUILDING. AND THEN THERE’S A NUMBER OF JOBS ASSOCIATED WITH BOTH CONSTRUCTION AND PERMANENT JOBS THAT WOULD BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECT. WITH THAT, WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR — THE SUBCOMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATION FOR COUNCIL APPROVAL OF THE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT. WE’RE AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I HAVE A QUESTION TO THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE HOTEL. YOU COULD MOVE A SLIDE — ONE MORE. IS IT POSSIBLE — YOU WOULD HAVE TO TALK TO YOUR CLIENT, BUT WHERE THE HISTORIC BUILDING IS RIGHT THERE, IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO A DIFFERENT TYPE OF SIGNAGE OR — IT’S JUST THAT’S SUCH A PRETTY BUILDING, AND I — YOU KNOW, NICK, YOU CAN WORK YOUR MAGIC, BUT I THINK THAT’S JUST SUCH A PRETTY BUILDING AND SEE MAYBE IF THEY COULD MAYBE — IS THAT LIGHT OR IS IT PAINTED ON THERE?>>NICK WOODS, SNELL & WILMER REPRESENTING ANISH. I DON’T THINK A DECISION HAS BEEN MADE TO THE TYPE OF SIGNAGE THAT WOULD GO ON THERE. I AGREE WITH YOU, IT DOESN’T WORK.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. THANK YOU.>>BUT WE’LL WORK ON THAT.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I JUST THINK IT’S A PRETTY BUILDING AND IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SIGN.>>I AGREE. IN FACT, WE’LL HAVE TO WORK WITH KEVIN WAITS HERE BUT WE’LL HAVE TO WORK WITH HE AND MICHELLE ON WHATEVER SIGNAGE GOES ON THE BUILDING ANYWAY.>>Councilwoman Pastor: ANYBODY ELSE HAVE A QUESTION?>>Councilman Nowakowski: I HAVE A QUESTION FOR NICK. YOU ALL MET WITH PHOENIX UNION HIGH SCHOOL AND THE PHOENIX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?>>YES.>>Councilman Nowakowski: AND YOU GUYS WORKED OUT –>>WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH REALLY ALL OF THE GPLETs WE’VE DONE DOWNTOWN, WE’VE DONE A LOT OF THEM, THERE’S A DEFICIENCY BETWEEN THE AMOUNT OF EQUALIZATION PAYMENTS THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS RECEIVE DURING THE TERM OF A GPLET, AND WHAT THEY WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE RECEIVED BUT FOR THE GPLET, SO WE MAKE A CONTRIBUTION, A DONATION, EACH YEAR DURING THE EIGHT YEARS TO THE RESPECTIVE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO COVER THAT DEFICIENCY. IT’S NOT A LOT. IT’S USUALLY ABOUT $15,000 A YEAR PER SCHOOL DISTRICT. PHOENIX UNION IS EVEN I THINK, MUCH LESS THAN THAT. IT’S NOT A — IT’S NOT A QUID PRO QUO OR ANYTHING.>>SEEING IT’S A HISTORIC BUILDING, YOU’RE BRINGING IT BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL LOOK, RIGHT? SO THAT’S REPAIRING THE ROOF, REMOVING SOME OF THE PAINT THAT’S ON THE BRICKS RIGHT NOW AND BASICALLY BRINGING IT BACK TO –>>THERE IS A SLIDE, I THINK IT WAS ONE OF THE EARLIER SLIDES, IF YOU TAKE TO LOOK AT JUST THE ROOF ITSELF YOU CAN SEE IT’S FULL OF HOLES. ONE BACK. THE AERIAL. SEE, THIS IS ALL — IT’S AWFUL. YOU CAN GO IN THERE AND SEE LIGHT COMING THROUGH IT AND EVERYTHING ELSE. IT’S IN REALLY POOR SHAPE. SO, YES, WE WILL BE BRINGING IT BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION AND HOPEFULLY EVEN BETTER.>>Councilman Nowakowski: THANK YOU SO MUCH. WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE STAFF’S RECOMMENDATION.>>Councilwoman Stark: SECOND.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THERE’S A MOTION AND A SECOND. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE. [ CHORUS OF AYES] MOTION CARRIES. THANK YOU.>>Councilman Waring: NO.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OH, THERE IS ONE NO I MEAN, BUT THEY GOT THAT. DON’T WORRY, WE’RE RECORDING IT. BUT, JIM, IF YOU WANT TO SAY “NO” I’LL LET YOU. ITEM 5 –>>Councilman Nowakowski: HE WANTS TO BE HEARD.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THREE YEAS AND ONE NO. 5, UPDATE ON THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PROCESS.>>WE ARE BACK BEFORE YOU TODAY ON AN ITEM THAT CAME OUT OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE EARLIER THIS YEAR IN WHICH YOU ASKED OUR TEAM TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT OUR PROCESS BY WHICH PRIVATE PROPERTIES CAN COME INTO THE CITY ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE, WHETHER IT’S IN A LAYDOWN AREA, WHETHER IT’S IN A STREETS PROGRAM, WHETHER IT’S IN A SIDEWALK, OR WHETHER IT IS SEEKING A GPLET AS WE JUST SAW WITH OUR PREVIOUS ITEM. CURRENTLY OUR PRIVATE PROPERTIES COME INTO THE SAME PROCESS THAT WEAVE COME THROUGH WITH OUR CITY-OWNED PROPERTIES. THEY COME IN THROUGH REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL, AND THIS SUBCOMMITTEE ASKED US TO GO BACK AND SEE IF THERE WERE SOME EFFICIENCIES TO BE GAINED THROUGH A DIFFERENT PROCESS. WE’LL GO THROUGH SOME OF THE IDEAS WE’VE BEEN RESEARCHING. THIS IS NOT FOR ACTION. THIS IS FOR DISCUSSION AS WE MOVE FORWARD.>>THANK YOU, CHRIS. TO GIVE YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ON THE DOWNTOWN RFP AS WE CALL IT, IT WAS FIRST ISSUED IN 2012. STAFF HAS BEEN BACK THREE TIMES FOR UPDATES AND TO REISSUE THE RFP. THERE’S BEEN A NUMBER OF CHANGES OVER THE YEARS. WE’VE LEARNED A LOT OF THINGS SINCE 2012 AND MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS, REALLY, JUST DEPENDING ON WHERE THE MARKET HAS GONE AND THINGS THAT THE CITY REALLY HAS BEEN LOOKING FOR. BACK IN — AS CHRIS MENTIONED, BACK IN NOVEMBER, YOU ASKED US TO COME BACK — OR TO LOOK AT SOME PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS, AND SO THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TODAY, IS AN APPLICATION PROCESS.>>JUST AS A POINT OF REFRESH, THE REASON WE DO THIS COMPETITIVE PROCESS IS THIS IS LOCATED IN A REDEVELOPMENT AREA, AND BY STATE STATUTE, ANYTHING THAT WE DO HAS TO BE DONE THROUGH A COMPETITIVE MECHANISM. SO IT CAN’T JUST BE SOMEBODY WITH A PRIVATE BUILDING KNOWS HOW TO FIND US. THEY CAN COME IN AND ASK FOR SOMETHING THAT SOMEONE OTHERWISE WOULD NOT KNOW HOW TO DO IF THEY DIDN’T KNOW COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EXISTED. SO WHAT IT REALLY DOES IS IT LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD FOR ALL PROPERTY OWNERS TO BE ABLE TO BRING QUALITY PROJECTS FORWARD FOR CONSIDERATION.>>FIRST WE WANTED TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND AND SOME OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED WITH THE DOWNTOWN RFP THAT HAVE COME FORWARD OVER THE YEARS. WE’VE SEEN APPROXIMATELY 627 MILLION IN INVESTMENT IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. IT’S ABOUT 2400 RESIDENTIAL UNITS AND ABOUT 77,000 SQUARE FEET OF COMMERCIAL. SOME OF THOSE GREAT PROJECTS THAT ARE — I THINK ALL OF THESE ARE UNDER WAY RIGHT NOW — IS THE DUO ON FILLMORE WOULD NOT ONE GREAT EXAMPLE. A 17 STORY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING. THEY ARE JUST STARTING CONSTRUCTION. IF YOU ARE OUT THERE YOU WILL SEE IT. THE DERBY IS ONE THAT’S BEEN A LITTLE DELAYED BUT THEY ARE BACK ON TRACK NOW. THEY ARE A 19-STORY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING. THEY ARE GOING THROUGH SOME OF THEIR PLAN REVIEW AND DESIGN. X PHOENIX IS A TWO-PHASE PROJECT. EACH PHASE WILL HAVE ABOUT 300 RESIDENTIAL UNITS. AND SOME PEOPLE CAN SEE IT OUTSIDE THEIR WINDOWS RIGHT NOW. IT’S VERY MUCH UNDER CONSTRUCTION. VERY EXCITING PROJECT ONLY ABOUT A BLOCK AWAY FROM HERE. BATTERY LOFTS IS A 278 UNIT RESIDENTIAL PROJECT ALSO UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT THE MOMENT. AND THEN THE LINK PHOENIX IS A THREE-PHASE PROJECT. ONE PHASE IS OPEN. THERE’S PEOPLE MOVING IN. THAT’S A 30-STORY TOWER. THEN THEY HAVE TWO MORE COMING WORKING ON THE NEXT GROUND-BREAKING IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. ADDITIONAL 27-STORY BUILDING AND 30-STORY BUILDING. SO SOME GREAT PROJECTS HAVE COME OUT OF THIS RFP AND WE’RE EXCITED TO TAKE THIS TO THE NEXT CHAPTER AND SEE WHAT CAN BE NEXT. SO THE APPLICATION PROCESS… SOME OF THE KEY THINGS THAT REALLY GO INTO CONSIDERATION, SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT WHEN WE DEVELOPED THIS PROCESS, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE IT WAS A STREAMLINED PROCESS, SOMETHING THAT WAS QUICKER — THE CURRENT PROCESS A LITTLE BIT CUMBERSOME, GOES THROUGH THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS, ALL THE RULES THAT GO ALONG WITH THAT, AND WE WANTED SOMETHING WHERE APPLICANTS COULD WORK A LITTLE BIT MORE DIRECTLY WITH STAFF. STILL HAS ALL OF THE CHECKS AND BALANCES THAT THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS HAS BUT GIVES APPLICANTS A LITTLE BIT MORE ABILITY TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH STAFF, WORK DIRECTLY WITH COUNCIL ON PROJECT AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS MOVING ALONG VERY QUICKLY. HOWEVER, WE WANTED TO INCLUDE SOME OF THE — A LOT OF THE KEY THINGS THAT WERE IN THE RFP PROCESS. SO ONE OF THE MORE RECENT UPDATES THAT WE INCLUDED WAS THAT THEY — IF THERE ARE ANY EXISTING BUILDINGS ON A SITE, THEY NEED TO TELL US WHAT THE PLAN IS FOR THAT, AND THAT HELPS US TO HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING WITH SOME OF OUR OLDER WILLEDDINGS, HISTORIC BUILDINGS, WAREHOUSES, THAT KIND OF THING, WHERE WE KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THAT. ANOTHER ITEM WOULD BE THE WORKFORCE HOUSING THAT WAS JUST A RECENT REQUIREMENT THAT WAS RECENTLY INCLUDED, THOSE THINGS WOULD STAY IN THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS. OF COURSE, THAT WE WANT PROJECTS COMING FORWARD TO BE CONSISTENT WITH OUR CODES, POLICIES AND PLANS, MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE DOING WHAT EVERYBODY HAS ASKED FOR DEVELOPERS TO BE DOING WITHIN THE CITY. PEDESTRIAN-ORIENTED, WALKABLE, MULTI-MODAL, THINGS THAT WE REALLY WANT TO SEE DOWNTOWN. SO WE WANT THESE PROJECTS TO BE EXCITING, ROBUST, AND REALLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE DOWNTOWN ENVIRONMENT. BE COMPLETED QUICKLY. SO NOT JUST OUR TIMELINE IS QUICK BUT WE WANT THEIR TIMELINE TO BE QUICK AS WELL. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A PLAN TO EXECUTE ON THESE DEVELOPMENTS. BE SUPPORTED BY THE COMMUNITY. SO WE WANT THE DEVELOPERS TO BE WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH THE COMMUNITY. WE WOULD STILL DO OUR TYPICAL OUTREACH AND WE WOULD ASK THE DEVELOPERS TO DO THEIR SAME OUTREACH THAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING THROUGH THE RFP. AND THEN, OF COURSE, DEMONSTRATE THEY ARE THERE ARE PUBLIC BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH IT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE THINGS LIKE WORKFORCE HOUSING OR PUBLIC PARKING OR OTHER THINGS THAT REALLY CONTRIBUTE TO DOWNTOWN. AND WITH THAT, WE’RE AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS.>>IF I MIGHT ADD, I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THIS COUNCIL TO KNOW THIS ISN’T TAKING AWAY ANY OF THE PUBLIC OUTREACH THAT WE DO TODAY. WE WILL STILL HAVE A COMMITTEE THAT SITS. THERE WILL BE A COMMUNITY PANEL. THERE WOULD STILL BE ALL THE COMMUNITY MEETINGS. THERE WOULD BE ALL THE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES. SO NONE OF THAT IS GOING AWAY. IT’S SIMPLY THAT UP-FRONT PROCESS OF THE RFP MOVING MORE INTO AN APPLICATION BUT ALL THE BACK-END PROCESS WOULD BE THERE TO MAKE SURE WE’RE AS TRANSPARENT AS WE CAN POSSIBLY BE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: IN THE WORKFORCE HOUSING, IT WAS 10%, AM I CORRECT?>>THAT IS CORRECT.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I HAVE A QUESTION REGARDING GPLETs. THE DATA THAT I HAVE BEEN ANALYZING AND LOOKING AT ARE IS THAT WITH THE GPLETs WE’RE MAXED OUT OR WE’RE AT — NOT CAPACITY — I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE TERM IS — THAT WHERE A NEED IS IN OFFICE SPACE AND THAT THE HOUSING IS UP AND FLOURISHING AND THE HOTEL IS UP AND FLOURISHING, BUT WHERE WE’RE NEEDING NOW IS OFFICE SPACE. SO — GO AHEAD, CHRIS.>>MADAM CHAIR, YOU ARE CORRECT. OUR OFFICE SPACE REALLY HAS LANGUISHED BEHIND THE OTHER TWO DISCIPLINES HERE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. OUR VACANCY RATE HAS FALLEN TO ABOUT 10% IN OUR OFFICE VACANCY RATE, BUT THE PRODUCT THAT’S LEFT IS KIND OF AN OLDER, OBSOLETE PRODUCT. IT’S NOT THE PRODUCT COMPANIES ARE LOOKING FOR TODAY. I THINK A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE ACTIVITY WE, BLOCK 23, BEAUTIFUL NEW, CREATIVE, OPEN, GLASS-LINED, BIG FLOOR PLATES. IT HAS GONE GANGBUSTERS IN LEASING, JUST LEAPFROGGING OVER OTHER PRODUCT AVAILABLE HERE IN DOWNTOWN. WE ARE IN HIGH DEMAND OF NEW OFFICE BUILDINGS HERE IN DOWNTOWN, AND WE’RE NOT SEEING — WE’RE SEEING ONE OR TWO POTENTIALLY ON THE HORIZON, BUT TO YOUR POINT, MADAM CHAIR, NOTHING LIKE WE SEE HOTELS AND RESIDENTIAL IN THE MARKET.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SO WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO REALLY JUMP START THAT OR REALLY GET PEOPLE — I GUESS, ATTRACTING PEOPLE TO LOOK AT OFFICE SPACES.>>WE ARE WORKING AS A TEAM. OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TEAM — WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THAT STRATEGY. I THINK WE HIT ALL THE LOW-HANGING FRUIT WE HAD TO HIT WHEN WE STARTED WORKING TOGETHER FIVE YEARS AGO, THE VACANCY RATE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX WAS 30%. WE’RE DOWN NOW TO ABOUT 10% OR 1.3 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF VACANT SPACE. WE’RE WORKING ON HOW WE KIND OF BREAK THAT OLD MANTRA OF WHAT DOWNTOWN IS, OF WHAT THE AVAILABILITY OF PARKING, THE AVAILABILITY OF THESE LARGE FLOOR PLATES, THE SIGNAGE, THE DIFFERENT THINGS WE’RE LOOKING AT. WE’RE WORKING ON WHAT WE COULD DO TO REALLY MAKE THAT ENCOURAGEMENT TO GET THOSE FIRST DEVELOPERS TO BREAK GROUND ON THOSE NEXT NEW OFFICE BUILDINGS, AND OUR — AND ARE STRATEGIZING NOT ONLY WITHIN OUR INTERNAL GROUP BUT, YOU KNOW, COMPANIES THAT DON’T CHOOSE DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, THEY CHOOSE ANOTHER AREA OF THE METRO, WE DO AN EXIT INTERVIEW WITH THEM TO ASK THEM WHAT WOULD HAVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE? WHY WOULD YOU NOT HAVE CHOSEN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX? THE BIGGEST THING WE’VE FOUND IS THE FEAR OF LACK OF AVAILABLE PARKING, THE LACK OF AVAILABLE FLOOR SPACE, BUT THEN THE MISPERCEPTION ABOUT OUR WORKFORCE AND THE AFFORDABILITY OF BEING ABLE TO BE IN THE MARKET. AND SO WE’VE — OUR RESEARCH DEPARTMENT HAS RUN SOME ANALYSIS TO SHOW THAT THE BROKERAGE COMMUNITY AND THE SITE SELECTION COMMUNITY MISUNDERSTOOD THE WORKFORCE AND WE’RE WORKING ON GETTING THAT INFORMATION OUT WITH PRIVATE SECTOR HERE IN THE FIRST QUARTER. WE’RE GOING TO DO A BIG SPLASH OF GETTING OUT JUST HOW ROBUST THE WORKFORCE REALLY IS IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX.>>Councilman Nowakowski: I THINK THIS IS THE PROCESS THAT’S GOING TO HELP A LOT OF THOSE OFFICE BUILDINGS COME INTO DOWNTOWN. IT’S STREAMLINING THE PROCESS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HEAR OVER AND OVER IS THAT WE HAVE A TENANT BUT WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS WHOLE PROCESS, AND THEN THEY END UP LOSING A TENANT AND THEY END UP LOSING THE PROJECT. SO HAVING AN APPLICATION LIKE THIS, A PROCESS THAT STREAMLINES IT, MAKES IT QUICKER, EASIER, I BELIEVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRACK MORE — ATTRACT MORE BUSINESS AND OFFICE SPACE IN DOWNTOWN IS GOING TO HELP OUT. SO I APPLAUD YOU ON THIS INNOVATIVE WAY OF THINKING AND LET’S TRY TO BRING IN AS MANY BUSINESSES AS WE CAN.>>ALL RIGHT. WE NEED A MOTION ON THIS? THAT WAS JUST INFORMATION, RIGHT? MADAM CHAIR, WE HAD HOPED WE COULD GATHER DIRECTION FROM YOU. WHAT I HEARD FROM YOU IS TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT OUR OFFICE SPACE, LOOK AT OUR OFFICE — LOOK AS OUR RESIDENTIAL, OUR HOTELS AND COME BACK WITH A STAFF RECOMMENDATION WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I WAS LOOKING AT DATA AND SITTING THERE GOING, OKAY, THIS IS — WE’VE REACHED OUR PEAK AND NOW THIS IS WHERE WE NEED TO GO. I ALSO KNOW THAT DOWNTOWN — WHAT IS IT, THE DOWNTOWN, INC. — NOT DOWNTOWN, INC., DPI, THAT I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THEM AND THEY’RE DOING AN ANALYSIS REGARDING PARKING AND REGARDING WHAT IS NEEDED ALSO. SO FOR ME IT WOULD BE — TO BE ABLE TO HAVE ALL THAT INFORMATION, LOOK AT IT, ANALYZE IT, AND THEN COME BACK WITH SOME RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO HOW DO WE INCENTIVIZE OR LEVERAGE WHAT WE HAVE. SO THAT’S JUST MY THOUGHT PROCESS.>>Councilman Nowakowski: SO HOW MANY DIFFERENT COMMITTEES WOULD A PERSON HAVE TO GO THROUGH ON THIS PROCESS? SO, THIS PROCESS, IT STARTS WITH A PANEL, AND THAT PANEL IS MADE UP OF — IT DEPENDS, BUT TYPICALLY — IT’S ALWAYS INTERNAL STAFF MEMBERS AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS THAT EVALUATE THE — THEY’RE DOING AN INDIVIDUAL ANALYSIS OF THAT PROPOSAL AND WHETHER OR NOT WE WOULD WANT TO MOVE THAT FORWARD. SO THAT’S THE INITIAL KIND OF ANALYSIS AND CHECK, AND THEN STAFF BEGINS — ASSUMING THEY SUGGEST THAT WE MOVE FORWARD AND OUR DIRECTOR ACCEPTS THAT RECOMMENDATION, THEN STAFF BEGINS TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE APPLICANT AND THEN WE WOULD TAKE IT TO — TAKE THE PROPOSAL FORWARD THROUGH SOME NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS. WE’RE NOT ASKING FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP TO NECESSARILY TAKE A VOTE ON A PROPOSAL. THEY CAN, IF THEY DO CHOOSE TO, BUT IT’S NOT A REQUIREMENT. AND THEN IT WOULD JUST NEED TO GO THROUGH SUBCOMMITTEE AND CITY COUNCIL.>>Councilman Nowakowski: ALL RIGHT. PERFECT. THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD WORK. WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN.>>THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Pastor: ITEM 6, FEDERAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW.>>GOOD MORNING, MADAM CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. JOINING ME AT THE TABLE, OUR PHOENIX BUSINESS AND WORK FOR DEVELOPINGMENT SKEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND [INDISCERNIBLE] WHO SERVES AS OUR DEPUTY BUSINESS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IN OUR HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. WE’RE HERE TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT OUR FEDERAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HUMAN SERVICES AND THE COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS. WE’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING THE STATE AND FEDERALLY FUNDED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS WHICH ARE KNOWN AS ARIZONA AT WORK CITY OF PHOENIX. I WILL NOW TURN THE PRESENTATION OVER TO LESETA WHO WILL PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE AT WORK CITY OF PHOENIX STRUCTURE.>>THANK YOU, MARSHEL. MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, ANNUALLY THE CITY RECEIVES 12.1 MILLION THROUGH A FORMULA ALLOCATION FROM THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY BY WAY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FROM THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY OF ACT, WIOA. THE PURPOSE OF THIS FUNDING IS TO STRENGTHEN AND IMPROVE OUR WORKFORCE SYSTEM. IT’S TO ADD HIGH QUALITY JOBS AND CAREERS. AND TO HIRE AND RETAIN SKILLED WORKERS. THIS FUNDING PROVIDES NO COST SERVICES TO UNEMPLOYED, UNDEREMPLOYED AND OTHER POPULATIONS SPECIFIC INITIATIVES. SO ARIZONA WORK CITY OF PHOENIX STRUCTURE, APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL AND STAFFED BY THE ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, THE WIOA BOARD IS COMPRISED OF UP TO 25 MEMBERS CHARGED WITH PROVIDING STRATEGIC GUIDANCE TO ENSURE WORKFORCE TRAINING AND SERVICES THAT ARE ALIGNED WITH THE NEEDS OF PHOENIX EMPLOYERS AND JOB SEEKERS. THE COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN AND OVERSIGHT OF OUR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM. AND THE HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DELIVERY OF ADULT, CAREER AND YOUTH WORKFORCE SERVICES. THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED LATER ON IN THIS PRESENTATION. WITHIN THE COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS THE PHOENIX BUSINESS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER LOCATED OFF OF 1st AVENUE AND VAN BUREN. THE BUSINESS CENTER PROVIDES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT EXPERTISE TO BUSINESSES SEEKING TO EXPAND OR TO COME TO PHOENIX. WE ARE THE ONLY CITY A IN THE REGION TO HAVE AN IN-HOUSE TEAM FULLY DEDICATED TO WORKFORCE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS. KWAYLEN WILL NOW PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAMS THE CITY OFFICERS UNDER WIOA.>>THANK YOU. ADULT CAREER SERVICES PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE ARRAY OF WORKFORCE SERVICES, INCLUDING BASIC SERVICES SUCH AS JOB SEARCHING AND RESUME BUILDING, INDIVIDUALIZED SERVICES WHICH INCLUDES CAREER PLANNING, CROSS SKILLS TRAINING AND OCCUPATIONAL SKILL TRAINING AND FOLLOW-UP SERVICES ENSURE JOB SEEKERS RECEIVE COUNSELING FOR 12 MONTHS AFTER ACHIEVING THEIR GOALS IN EMPLOYMENT. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM WE SERVE OVER 2500 INDIVIDUALS ANNUALLY. THE YOUTH WORKFORCE PROGRAM IS A COMPREHENSIVE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM SERVING ELIGIBLE YOUTH AGES 16 TO 24 WHO FACE BARRIERS TO EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT. SERVICES PROVIDED INCLUDE CAREER EXPLORATION AND GUIDANCE, CASE MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT OF THE EDUCATIONAL GOALS AND TRAINING AND INTERNSHIP. THESE COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES ARE OFFERED THROUGH THREE CONTRACTED SERVICE PROVIDERS, CHICANOS POR LA CAUSA, JEWISH FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES AND THE WATT FAMILY MARYVALE YMCA. ALL OF THE SERVICES DISCUSSED TODAY ARE PROVIDED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS, AND I’M GOING TO TURN THE PRESENTATION BACK OVER TO MARSHEL.>>THANK YOU. FINALLY WE HAVE PROVIDE ADD WEB LINK TO ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE WATCHING ON PHOENIX CHANNEL 11. WE REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE OUR COMMUNITY TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF WHAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR ARIZONA AT WORK CITY OF PHOENIX PROGRAMS. THIS CONCLUDES OUR PRESENTATION. WE WELCOME ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION. THERE IS A HUGE DIALOGUE HAPPENING WITHIN THE CITY REGARDING WIOA DOLLARS AND REGARDING HOW WIOA DOLLARS — I DON’T KNOW NECESSARILY DISTRIBUTED, BUT HOW THEY’RE BEING USED, I GUESS IS WHAT I’M SAYING. THERE’S A COLLECTIVE IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, ALONG WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS, NOW WANTING TO LOOK AT WIOA DOLLARS AND HOW WIOA DOLLARS OR SCHOOLING OR [INDISCERNIBLE] SKILL CAN BE LEVERAGED. I’M NOT SURE IF YOU GUYS ARE IN THE CONVERSATIONS — WHAT I MEAN IS SOMETIMES WE LIVE IN OUR BUBBLE, BECAUSE I LIVE IN A BUBBLE, AND THEN I GO OUTSIDE AND I’M, LIKE, OH, MY GOSH, ALL THIS STUFF IS HAPPENING AND I’M NOT AWARE OF IT, BUT I HAVE BEEN IN THOSE DIALOGUES, I WANT TO SAY, FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS ON EVEN THE STATE LOOKING AT REVAMPING, REORGANIZING ON HOW WIOA DOLLARS ARE — I DON’T KNOW NECESSARILY BEING DISTRIBUTED OR BEING — OR HOW THEY CAN IMPACT MORE PEOPLE. SO I DON’T KNOW IF YOU GUYS HAVE HEARD THAT DIALOGUE.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE QUESTION. CURRENTLY ON OUR BOARD WE DO HAVE A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE — OUR BOARD IS MADE UP OF 51% BUSINESS AND THE OTHERS ARE NON-PROPERTY ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS. WE CURRENTLY HAVE A MEMBER ON OUR BOARD THAT IS A PART OF THE MARICOPA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT, AND SO RECENTLY HE ACTUALLY EDUCATED THE BOARD ON THE FACT THAT THE STATE OF ARIZONA IS — THEIR DEPARTMENT OF ED IS LOOKING TO — THEY’RE WORKING ON A STATE PLAN RIGHT NOW. PART OF THAT IS POST SECOND EDUCATION AND FUNDING THAT COMES FROM CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. SO THESE CONVERSATIONS ARE HAPPENING AT THE FEDERAL AND LOCAL LEVEL. ONE OF THE THINGS OUR BOARD IS LOOKING TO DO IS TO FIGURE OUT HOW DO WE CAN BETTER INTERCONNECT RESOURCES FUNDING THAT COMES FROM DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DIRECTLY AND THEN THE FUNDING THAT COMES FROM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. SO THROUGH WIOA WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEVERAGE FUNDING THAT COMES FROM CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AS WELL AS FUNDING THAT COMES FROM ADULT EDUCATION. SO, YES, THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE HAPPENING CONSISTENTLY ON A LOCAL LEVEL AS WELL. WE DO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING SOMEONE FROM THE PHOENIX UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT ACTUALLY SERVES AS AN AD HOC MEMBER TO OUR YOUTH COMMITTEE OF OUR BOARD. SO, YEAH, THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE CONSTANTLY HAPPENING.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SO I’M JUST SAYING, ONLY BECAUSE I WAS — SOME VERY HIGH CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE BEING HAD, IS THAT THE STATE IS REALLY NOW LOOKING AT MAKING SURE — IT’S NOT US, BECAUSE I DOUBLE CHECKED — COMPLIANCE AND CERTAIN AREAS ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE AND WHAT THAT’S GOING TO LOOK LIKE AND HOW DOES THAT SHIFT, AND SO I JUST KNOW I’M TALKING — TALKING SOME HIGH LEVEL CONVERSATIONS WHERE I’M ALSO IN THE MIDST OF LEARNING IT, TOO. AND THE YOUTH WORKFORCE, BECAUSE MUCH OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH, WHICH I THINK WE’RE GOING TO CHANGE THAT NAME AGAIN, THEY ALL FALL IN THIS CATEGORY. SO HOW IS THAT — HOW ARE WE MAKING SURE WE’RE MAKING THE BIGGEST IMPACT THAT WE CAN WITH THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH, BECAUSE THEY HAVE A COLLECTIVE IMPACT THAT ARE WANTING TO [INDISCERNIBLE] WIOA WORLD. THE DYNAMIC I UNDERSTAND WITH WIOA, IT’S JUST SO COMPLICATED AND PEOPLE GET FRUSTRATED WITH IT. ON THE OUTSIDE WORLD THEY’RE WANTING TO HELP. ONCE THEY ENTER, THERE’S ALL THESE REGULATIONS AND RULES THAT THEY GET — THEY GET FRUSTRATED AND THEY JUST SAY, FORGET IT, WE’RE JUST GOING TO GO OUT AND WORK WITH THE BUSINESSES. SO I’M NOT SURE IF YOU GUYS HEAR WHAT I’M SAYING IN THE SENSE OF YOU LIVE IT –>>MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, SO WE DO HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH. WE ACTUALLY [INDISCERNIBLE] WE ACTUALLY HAVE STAFF THAT SERVE ON THEIR LEADERSHIP COUNCIL. SO THEY ARE A CONVENER FOR US. SO ALL THE AGENCIES IN MARICOPA COUNTY THAT ARE PROVIDING YOUTH WORKFORCE SERVICES THEY GET TOGETHER AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH. SO WE HAVE AN RFP PROCESS FOR OUR YOUTH CONTRACTORS. SO RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THREE. AND SO THEY ARE ALL PROVIDING SERVICES AT THOSE THREE LOCATIONS WE MENTIONED, MARYVALE Y, CPLC AND ALSO JEWISH FAMILY. AND SO THEY ACTUALLY HAVE CASE MANAGERS, AND SO IT’S INTEGRATED SERVICE MODEL. WIOA IS VERY COMPLICATED, AND SO IT’S A LEARNING CURVE FOR THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CONTRACTED WITH US. OUR NEWEST CONTRACTOR, CPLC, HAS BEEN AROUND THE LAST COUPLE YEARS. THEY ARE THE NEWEST. BUT WE MEET REGULARLY WITH OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS AND TRY TO PROVIDE THEM WITH SUPPORT. BUT WE’RE VERY WELL CONNECTED. WE’RE JUST ONE ENTITY IN THE YOUTH WORKFORCE SCHEME, BUT WE ALL TRY TO WORK TOGETHER AND REFERRALS. A LOT OF WHAT WIOA DOES IS REFERRING INDIVIDUALS THROUGH OUTREACH TO OUR PROVIDERS. SO IT’S REALLY BASED ON THE INDIVIDUAL’S NEEDS WHERE THEY GO.>>Councilwoman Pastor: YEAH, I — I THINK FOR EVERYBODY THAT TRIES TO UNDERSTAND WIOA, THE COMPLICATIONS OR THE STRUGGLES WITH IT, AND WE PROVIDE — I FEEL THAT THE CITY OF PHOENIX PROVIDES EXCELLENT SERVICE AND ARE KEEPING UP WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING AND STAYING WITHIN THE COMPLIANCE WORLD. THAT’S WHAT I’M REALLY HAPPY ABOUT, IN THAT WE’RE IN THAT SPACE, BECAUSE IT MIGHT BENEFIT US IN THE LONG RUN IF THERE IS A RESHIFTING OR CHANGE IN THE FUTURE. WE MAY ALSO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IF THERE IS MORE FUNDING COMING DOWN THE WAY, WE MAY BE REWARDED FOR THE FACT THAT WE’RE MOVING FAMILIES OR ADULTS AND CHILDREN, STUDENTS FORWARD AND THEY’RE PART OF THE WORKFORCE AND KEEP ON MOVING EVERYBODY TOWARDS THEIR GOAL. SO REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR WORK. THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION. I FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO KNOW EVERYBODY ON THIS COMMITTEE BE ABLE TO DO A PRESENTATION. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.>>THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. ITEM 7, PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER BOOKINGS AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATE.>>GOOD MORNING, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. WE’RE HERE TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON SOME OF THE PROJECTS AT THE CONVENTION CENTER AS WELL AS TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE GOALS WE HAVE AND GIVE A STATUS. WITH ME ARE JOHN CHAN AND JERRY HARPER AND JOHN WILL GIVE THE PRESENTATION.>>GOOD MORNING. I’M GOING TO START WITH AN UPDATE ON OUR CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY. THE FIRST THING IS OUR WALL REPLACEMENT PROJECT. AS YOU RECALL, BACK IN JULY WE DID BEGIN WORK ON REPLACEMENT OF A TEMPORARY SHORING WALL AT THE CONVENTION CENTER. SO THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF OUR SITE. IT’S ON THE NORTH SIDE OF WASHINGTON STREET BETWEEN 3rd AND 5th STREET AND THIS IS WORK FROM SEPTEMBER WHEN THE SITE UTILITY RELOCATIONS BEGAN. THIS IS AN IMAGE OF THE SAME AREA FROM THE 5th STREET SIDE, AND THEN FROM THIS IMAGE YOU CAN SEE THE DRILLING EQUIPMENT THAT’S ACTUALLY BEEN DELIVERED ON SITE AND THEY’RE STARTING TO DRILL PEERS WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY FORM THE PERMANENT SHORING WALL. SO THIS IS THE MOST RECENT PHOTO. THE WORK IS BEING DONE OVER ON 3rd STREET SIDE. BASICALLY WHAT HE THIS PHASE OF WORK INVOLVES IS DRILLING 85 PEERS. THESE PEERS GO DOWN TO A DEPTH OF ABOUT 75 FEET, AND THEY’RE ABOUT FIVE FEET IN DIAMETER. SO IT’S A SLOW PROCESS. THEY DO ABOUT FOUR PER WEEK. THIS IS A CLOSE-UP OF THE DRILLING EQUIPMENT AT 3rd AND WASHINGTON. SO THIS PHASE OF WORK WILL CONTINUE FOR ABOUT A — WE’RE ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE WAY THROUGH THE WORK. THIS IS LOOKING EAST. THEY WILL WORK THEIR WAY BACK TO THE EAST SIDE OF THE SIDE AND THIS PHASE IS THAT SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN MAY. AT WHICH TIME WE’LL GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON PROGRESS AND NEXT PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION. UNLESS YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SHORING WALL PROJECT I WILL TURN IT OVER TO JERRY HARPER TO TALK ABOUT SOME SALES AND MARKETING ACTIVITIES. WE JUST COMPLETED A RECORD YEAR IN TERMS OF FUTURE CONVENTION BOOKINGS AND I’LL TURN IT OVER TO JERRY.>>THANK YOU, JOHN. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE DO AT THE PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER. I’M GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SALES AND BOOKING ACTIVITY AND THEN I’LL ALSO TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT UM IS OF THE MARKETING EFFORTS THAT WE HAVE AND THEN I’LL END WITH A PARTICULAR INITIATIVE ON MARKETING SIDE THAT WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT. SO A REFRESH AS TO HOW THE BOOKING TEAM IS PUT TOGETHER. WE WORK PARTNERS AT GREATER PHOENIX CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU, KNOWN AS VISIT PHOENIX, TO BOOK THE CONVENTION BUSINESS, AND CONVENTION BUSINESS, SPEAKING SPECIFICALLY CITYWIDE CONVENTIONS. THOSE ARE CONVENTIONS THAT UTILIZE AT LEAST TWO OF THE THREE MAJOR HOTELS IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, BEING THE SHERATON, THE RENAISSANCE AND THE HYATT, AND 14 MONTHS AND BEYOND IS WHAT WE’RE FOCUS ONED FOR THE CITYWIDE CONVENTION BUSINESS. 14 MONTHS AND IN OUR SALES TEAM IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FILLER BUSINESS THAT KIND OF FILLS IN THE HOLES FROM THESE LARGE CITYWIDE CONVENTIONS. THAT’S TYPICALLY WHERE YOU SEE SMALLER CORPORATE MEETINGS, BANQUETS, RECEPTIONS, LOCAL SHOWS, THAT SORT OF THING. SO THIS JUST GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF HOW THE ACTIVITY HAS TAKEN PLACE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AT THE CONVENTION CENTER. AGAIN, THIS IS SPEAKING STRICTLY TO THE CITYWIDE CONVENTIONS, AND ONE THING I ALWAYS LIKE TO POINT OUT, WHEN THE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION WAS COMPLETE IN 2009, WE OPENED WITH 68 CONVENTIONS, CITYWIDE CONVENTIONS. FOR A WHILE THAT WAS OUR HIGH WATER MARK. THEN, AS YOU KNOW, WE DEALT WITH A LOT OF CHALLENGES, PARTICULARLY WITH THE GREAT RECESSION, AND THAT AFFECTED THE TOTAL CONVENTIONS THAT WE HAD FOR A FEW YEARS. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT STARTING IN 20 GREEN, YOU CAN SEE WE BEGAN TO TREND UPWARDS AGAIN TO RECOVER AND WE RECOVERED NICELY TO WHERE NOW WHEN WE’RE SITTING ANYWHERE, LIKE OUR NEW HIGH WATER MARK WAS LAST CALENDER YEAR AT 70 AND WE’RE SITTING BETWEEN THE 65 AND 70 RANGE, WE’RE PERFORMING PRETTY WELL AS FAR AS CITYWIDE CONVENTIONS ARE CONCERNED. THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE ACCOMPANYING NUMBER OF DELEGATES THAT GO ALONG WITH THOSE CONVENTIONS. THE FLUCTUATIONS YOU SEE, THIS REALLY SPEAKS TO THE TYPES OF CONVENTIONS. SOME CONVENTIONS OBVIOUSLY HAVE MORE PEOPLE THAN OTHERS. BUT, AGAIN, GOING BACK TO THE SLIDE BEFORE, WE REALLY HAD A GOOD PERFORMANCE LEVEL AS FAR AS THE CONVENTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN COMING IN HOUSE. ONE THING I WANT TO POINT OUT ABOUT THESE TWO SLIDES IS THIS IS SHOWING THE RESULTS OF WORK THAT THE SALES TEAM, AGAIN, BETWEEN THE PCC SALES TEAM AND THE VISIT PHOENIX SALES TEAM, IS THE RESULT OF THEIR EFFORTS FROM YEARS PRIOR. CITYWIDE CONVENTIONS, THE BOOKING WINDOW IS USUALLY AROUND THREE TO FIVE YEARS. SO WHEN THEY BOOK ACTIVITY, WE SEE THE RESULTS OF THAT IN THE FUTURE. SO SOME OF THE GROUPS THAT WE’VE HOSTED JUST THIS PAST CALENDAR YEAR, YOU CAN SEE WE HAD THE JEHOVAH WITH ITS CONVENTION, 35,000 PEOPLE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. THEY UTILIZED CHASE FIELD THEIR BIG SESSIONS. LOT OF PEOPLE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. AND THEY WERE VERY HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS OF THE CONVENTION. SOCIETY FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS NATIONAL CONVENTION. I LIKE TO POINT THIS ONE OUT. IT WAS 9,000 DELEGATES THAT CAME HERE. THEY WEREN’T EXPECTING 9,000. SO IT WAS A LOT OF — A BIG INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT WANTED TO PARTICIPATE AND I THINK IT SPEAKS HIGHLY OF THE DRAW OF THIS DESTINATION. THE INTEL INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR. I LOVE THIS CONVENTION. BUT I HAVE SOME MIXED FEELINGS BECAUSE THESE ARE REALLY SMART HIGH SCHOOL KIDS. THEY WORK ON PROJECTS THAT ARE ANYWHERE FROM DESALINIZATION OF WATER IN IMPOVERISHED COUNTRIES, TO A COMPUTER PROGRAM THAT CAN BE APPLIED TO A WALKING APPARATUS TO SIMULATE THE EARTH’S GRAVITY IN SPACE. I THINK THE COMMON THEME FOR A LOT OF THESE PROJECTS IS TAKING THE SECOND-PLACE TROPHY I RECEIVED IN MY HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR AND REDUCING IT TO A PARTICIPATION TROPHY. THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA WAS HERE, 7,000 DELEGATES. AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY AND INTERNATIONAL MEDICINE. SO THOSE TWO REALLY SPEAK TO THE SCIENCE AND TECH PORTION THAT WE REALLY LIKE TO FOCUS ON. SO THIS, WHEN I WAS TALKING BEFORE ABOUT ACTIVITY THAT THE SALES TEAM PERFORMS THIS, SLIDE HERE REALLY SHOWS THE EFFORTS OF BOTH OF OUR SALES TEAMS, AND IF YOU SEE THE YELLOW LINE THAT’S LISTED THERE, THAT IS THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE OF THE BOOKING GOALS THAT WE HAVE FOR OUR SALES TEAM, AND, AGAIN, WHEN I’M SAYING BOOKING, I’M SPEAKING SPECIFICALLY TO CONTRACTING EVENTS THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN THE FUTURE. THIS PAST YEAR, FISCAL YEAR 2018-19, WE ACTUALLY SET A RECORD WITH 307,250 DELEGATES BOOKED FOR FUTURE CONVENTIONS AND THAT WAS REPRESENTATIVE OF 82 CONVENTIONS. SOME OF THE FUTURE GROUPS THAT ARE COMMING HERE, YOU CAN SEE AMERICAN MASSAGE THERAPY. I WANT TO CALL CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU SEE HAPPENING IN JULY OF ’21 AND AUGUST OF ’21. AND SO BETWEEN KAPPA ALPHA SI FRATERNITY’S GRAND CHAPTER MEETING, THE AMERICAN TAE KWON DO ASSOCIATION, AND THE AMERICAN LEGION, THAT’S 30,000 DELEGATES IN THE SUMMER. THERE’S A PERCEPTION THAT SUMMER BUSINESS TENDS TO FALL OFF, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THERE IS A COMMUNITY AND THERE IS AN INDUSTRY THAT DOES — THAT’S MORE BUDGET CONSCIOUS THAT DOES LOOK AT PHOENIX FOR SOME OF THEIR EVENTS. SO VERY BUSY SUMMER. IN ’21 WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT UNIQUE, IN JULY OF ’22, THAT IS 15,000 DELEGATES. AS MARKETING COSMETICS COMPANY BRINGING THEIR ANNUAL CONFERENCE HERE. SOME OTHER EVENTS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE, WE’VE GOT CREATIVATION, 7,000 DELEGATES. WE HAVE THREE MORE CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF CREATIVATION COMING HERE IN JANUARY. ONE THING I LIKE TO MENTION, WE ATTRACTED THAT GROUP FROM ANAHEIM A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, AND WHEN THEY CAME HERE, THEIR FIRST YEAR, A LOT OF THEIR ATTENDEES WERE A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE TO PHOENIX. ANAHEIM IS A BIG DRAW. A LOT OF THEM LIVED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AND OBVIOUSLY WITH ANAHEIM YOU’VE GOT DISNEYLAND. THAT’S A BIG ATTRACTION FOR PEOPLE TO BRING THEIR FAMILIES. SO THEY WERE A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW COULD THEY MAINTAIN THAT ENERGY AND THAT ENTHUSIASM IN ATTENDING THIS CONFERENCE WHEN IT WAS MOVED TO PHOENIX. AGAIN, PARTNERING WITH VISIT PHOENIX, WE REACHED OUT TO CREATIVATION, CONTACTED AND CREATED — COMMUNICATED WITH SOME OF THE INFLUENCERS WITHIN THAT ORGANIZATION AND BROUGHT THEM OUT TO PHOENIX TO EXPERIENCE DOWNTOWN PHOENIX SO THEY COULD GET A SENSE OF WHAT THERE WAS TO DO AND ENJOY AND THAT REALLY HELPED TO MOVE THE NEEDLE AND THEY’RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. SO I’LL TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE MARKETING EFFORTS WE HAVE WITH OUR NEW MARKETING TEAM. RIGHT NOW WE’RE UNDERGOING A REBRAND, IF YOU WILL. WE’VE GOT A NEW COLOR PALLET. WE’VE PUT TOGETHER A NEW BROCHURE WE HAND OUT TO OUR CLIENTS THAT YOU CAN SEE THERE ON THE RIGHT. AND WE’RE ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF REDOING OUR FLOORPLANS. THIS IS COLLATERAL WE GIVE TO OUR CLIENTS AND SO FAR THE FEEDBACK HAS BEEN VERY POSITIVE. PAID ADVERTISING, THIS JUST QUICKLY SHOWS YOU SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO ON THE PAID ADVERTISING SIDE. EVERYTHING YOU SEE LISTED THERE, THE PRINT MAGAZINES, THESE ARE MAGAZINES THAT ARE LOOKED AT AND SUBSCRIBED TO BY A LOT OF MEETING PLANNERS WE TARGET. ONE INTERESTING THING TO TARGET THERE THAT WAS NEW THIS PAST YEAR WAS WE HAD A FULL PAGE AD IN THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS HOME GAMES PROGRAMS THAT THEY HAD FOR THE GAMES AND THAT WAS THE AD YOU SEE THERE ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE. THE ONE ON THE RIGHT IS THE NEW INITIATIVE I WILL TALK ABOUT AT THE END OF THIS PRESENTATION, WHICH WAS CANYON ON THIRD. THAT WAS A PRINT AD WE USED TO KIND OF LAUNCH THIS NEW EFFORT THAT WE HAVE. SOME OTHER ADDITIONAL PAID ADVERTISING ON THE DIGITAL SIDE, WE DO FOLK A LOT MORE ON DIGITAL THAN WE DO ON PRINT AND YOU CAN SEE SOME EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE PAID SEARCH ADS THAT WE HAVE, THE BANNER ADS WE ALSO HAVE. YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE PAID SOCIAL IMPRESSIONS AND ENGAGEMENTS AND OUR CLICK-THROUGH RATE. ONE THING THAT’S INTERESTING THAT WE FOUND OUT, AT LEAST FROM OUR OCTOBER REPORT ON OUR DIGITAL PAID ADVERTISING, EACH THOUGH WE KNOW A MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ACCESS OUR WEB PAGE AND OUR INFORMATION THROUGH MOBILE DEVICES, THE CLICK-THROUGH RATE WAS A LOT HIGHER ON COMPUTERS. SO DESKTOP COMPUTERS. WHAT THAT TELLS US IS THAT THE MEETING PLANNERS WE’RE TARGETING ARE GOING TO OUR WEBSITE WHEN THEY’RE ACTUALLY AT WORK AND DOING SOME OF THEIR RESEARCH FOR THE FACILITIES THEY WANT TO SEND THEIR EVENTS TO.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I HAVE ONE QUESTION ON PAID ADVERTISING. I KNOW THAT YOU’RE ABLE TO TRACK OR SEE THE IMPRESSIONS OF THE DATA. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THAT? I MEAN, YOU KNOW THEY’RE CLICKING. HOW DO YOU THEN CHANGE CHASE? BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHERE IT’S COMING FROM. I KNOW IN MARKETING THERE IS A WAY TO FIGURE OUT WHERE IT IS COMING FROM. SO THEN WHO DOES THE CHASE? WHO DOES THE — WE KNOW THIS INFORMATION. HOW DO WE NOW GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL?>>SO THE — WHAT REALLY MOVES THE NEEDLE WITH THIS TYPE OF ADVERTISING IS WHEN PEOPLE NOT ONLY GO TO OUR WEBSITE BUT ACTUALLY CONTACT OUR STAFF. THE END GAME, IF YOU WILL, FOR A LOT OF THE PAID ADVERTISING IS ACTUALLY RECEIVING A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR AN EVENT. SO BY KNOWING THAT — WHO IS ACCESSING OUR INFORMATION AND FROM WHERE AND WHEN AND HOW, WE’RE ABLE TO ALSO FIND OUT WHAT WORKS. SO IF WE START A DIGITAL CAMPAIGN AND THE CLICK-THROUGH RATE IS NOT AS HIGH AS WE ANTICIPATE OR NEED IT TO BE, WE KNOW WE CAN SHIFT GEARS OR TRY A DIFFERENT APPROACH. SO THAT’S MAINLY WHAT WE DO WITH THAT INFORMATION. WE WORK ON YOU ARE AD AGENCY, OH PARTNERS, TO DO A DEEP DIVE INTO THE DATA TO FIND OUT WHAT THE NEXT APPROACH WOULD BE AS FAR AS BEING SUCCESSFUL.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY.>>I TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE THING WITH SOCIAL MEDIA FOR US IS A LOT OF OUR FOLLOWERS ARE — WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE LOCAL AS WELL AS SOME THAT ARE NOT. BUT WE LIKE TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO REALLY TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS HERE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. SO YOU CAN SEE THE PAGE LIKES WE HAVE ON FACEBOOK AS WELL AS INSTAGRAM. INSTAGRAM IS INTERESTING FOR US. WE HAVE A NEW CAMPAIGN WE’RE GOING TO BE TRYING OUT SOON. BUT WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST IS USE TO IT TO KIND OF WELCOME GUESTS LIKE YOU SEE WHEN JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES ARE HERE. WE ALSO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO — WE USE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW WHAT OUR NEW FOOD COURT WAS GOING TO LIKE IN THE FUTURE. WE ALSO ARE ABLE TO SEE THINGS LIKE NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY, FOR EXAMPLE, AND WE CAN USE THAT TO SHOWCASE WHAT OUR IN-HOUSE CATERER DOES BY SHOWING OUR PASTRY STAFF ACTUALLY PUTTING TOGETHER THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON SOME CHEESECAKE, AND WE GET A LOT OF POSITIVE INPUT, A LOT OF POSITIVE REACTION THAT FROM, AND THAT’S SOMETHING WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE DOING AS WE 34506 INTO THE FUTURE. OF COURSE, FAN FUSION, ALSO KNOWN AS COMIC CON. VERY BIG VISUALLY. WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. IT’S UP WITH OF OUR LARGEST ANNUAL EVENTS ON OUR PROPERTY. CANYON ON THIRD, THIS IS THE INITIATIVE THAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT EARLIER THAT WE’RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT. BETWEEN OUR WEST AND NORTH BUILDINGS IS THIRD STREET BORDERED ON THE NORTH BY MONROE, ON THE SOUTH BY WASHINGTON. FREQUENTLY WE HAVE CLOSED THIS STREET FOR EVENTS AND USED IT AS EITHER AN EXTENSION OF EXHIBIT SPACE IN SOME CASES. WE’VE ALSO USED IT FOR RECEPTIONS FOR PARTIES FOR THE DELEGATES. MEETING PLANNERS ARE LOOKING FOR CREATIVE WAYS TO ENGAGE WITH THEIR ATTENDEES. A LOT OF TIMES THEY WANT OUTDOOR SPACE, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY COME TO THIS DESTINATION. IN THE PAST THEY’VE LOOKED AT PLACES LIKE CORONA RANCH, FOR EXAMPLE, BUT THEN WE REALIZED WE HAD A GEM RIGHT HERE BETWEEN OUR TWO BUILDINGS. MEETING PLANNERS RESPOND VERY WELL TO THAT BECAUSE NOT ONLY DO THEY SAVE THE COST IN HAVING TO BUS PEOPLE OFF-SITE, IT ALSO KEEPS THEIR ATTENDEES IN THE DOWNTOWN FOOTPRINT, WHICH REALLY HELPS PAINT THAT PICTURE FOR THE OVERALL DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE. SO WHAT I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU RIGHT NOW IS THE PROMO VIDEO THAT WE HAD FOR CANYON ON THIRD, WHICH WAS WHEN WE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED CANYON ON THIRD TO THE PUBLIC AS VIABLE OPTION. ♪ ♪>>SO, AGAIN, 80,000 SQUARE FEET OF VERY FLEXIBLE OUTDOOR MEETING SPACE. BASICALLY A BLANK CANVASS FOR MEETING PLANNERS. LAST YEAR WE HAD NATIONAL CATTLEMAN’S BEEF ASSOCIATION UTILIZE CANYON ON THIRD. ACTUALLY HAD LIVE CATTLE ON THE STREET. WHICH WAS VERY EXCITING ALONG WITH OTHER FARMING EQUIPMENT. ONE THING I WANT TO POINT OUT, WE HAVE A COUPLE EVENTS COMING IN THE FUTURE, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FAIRS AND EXPOS. THEY WILL UTILIZE CANYON ON THIRD. I THINK IT’S POSSIBLE WE MAY SEE A FERRIS WHEEL OUT ON THE STREET. THE GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS, WHICH IS COMING IN THE FUTURE AS WELL, THIS WAS A GROUP THAT HAS NEVER BEEN TO PHOENIX, AND AS WE KNOW, THIS DESTINATION HAS A LOT OF GOLF COURSES. SOME OF THEIR MEMBERS WERE 100 RING, VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME TO PHOENIX. PART OF THE PROBLEM WAS EXHIBIT SPACE COMPARED TO OTHER LOCATIONS THAT THEY TYPICALLY GO TO WAS A LITTLE LACKING. WE PRESENTED CANYON ON THIRD AS AN OPTION TO EXTEND THEIR EXHIBIT SPACE AND NOW THEY’RE GOING TO BE COMING HERE IN JANUARY OF ’24. SO WITH THAT WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I HAVE THREE QUESTIONS. ONE IS WHEN — I’M GOING BACK TO THE SOCIAL MEDIA PIECE. SO WHEN SOMEBODY TAGS OR HOWEVER IT POPS UP, IS THERE A POP-UP AD THEN LINKED — SO VERY SIMILAR, I’M ON FACEBOOK, I CLICK AN ADVERTISEMENT, AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN, TWO DAYS LATER THAT POPS UP ON MY FACEBOOK. DO WE DO A POP-UP OR DO WE SEND AN EMAIL SAYING, IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, HERE ARE THE FOLLOWING STEPS TO TAKE?>>THE DIGITAL TARGETING CAMPAIGNS, WHICH IS WHAT YOU’RE REFERRING TO, WE DO PARTICIPATE IN THAT. SO IF SOMEONE HAS SHOWED SOME INTEREST IN US, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO GET LITTLE REMINDERS ABOUT THE PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER. SOME OF THE PAID SEARCH THAT POPS UP IN THEIR FEED IS, AGAIN — WE MAY HAVE A VIDEO, I THINK THAT WAS SOMETHING WE HAD RECENTLY ON FACEBOOK. AFTER WATCHING THE VIDEO, THEY COULD ALSO CLICK THROUGH DIRECTLY TO OUR WEBSITE. THAT’S WHAT I WAS REFERRING TO BEFORE, A LOT OF THOSE CLICK-THROUGHS WERE TAKING PLACE ON PEOPLE’S COMPUTERS. WE’RE LOOKING AT, ON INSTAGRAM SIDE, INSTAGRAM STORIES, USING THAT AS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR PAYS ADVERTISEMENT. IF YOU’RE OVER ON INSTAGRAM STORIES AND YOU’RE LOOKING AT A FEW, EVERY NOW AND THEN ONE WILL POP UP KIND OF IN BETWEEN THE ONES YOU FOLLOW, AND THAT’S AN AD. SO WE’RE LOOKING AT DOING THAT AS WELL. AND, AGAIN, THE CTA FOR THAT, THE CALL TO ACTION, IS ACTUALLY GETTING SOMEONE TO ENGAGE WITH US BY CLICKING THROUGH OUR WEBSITE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: AND THEN WHEN THERE IS LARGE GROUPS HERE, DO YOU GUYS WORK WITH THEM TO CREATE A UNIQUE HASHTAG OR DO WE HAVE A HASHTAG THAT THEN THEY USE ALONG WITH THEIR INNOVATIVE MARKETING AND TAG IT ALONG AND DO A HASHTAG PIECE?>>TYPICALLY THE LARGE GROUPS, THEY DO HAVE SOMEONE WHO MANAGES THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR PRECONVENTION MEETINGS WITH THESE GROUPS AND THEY’RE ON PROPERTY, THAT’S ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WE ASK, IS THERE A HASHTAG FOR YOUR EVENT? THEY’RE VERY SPECIFY S” THOSE HASHTAGS. SO WE MAKE SURE WE GET THAT AND USE THAT IN ANY POST THAT WE HAVE THAT ARE RELATED TO THEIR ACTIVITY AND OUR PROPERTY.>>AND THE REASON WHY I’M ASKING YOU THIS IS BECAUSE IN MY OTHER WORLD AT PHOENIX COLLEGE I WORK WITH THE MARKETING PERSON REALLY CLOSELY AND SHE HAS EXPLAINED THIS WHOLE WORLD THAT I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND. SO I WAS LIKE, OKAY, LET ME SEE IF I KNOW — WHICH YOU DO, WHICH IS GREAT. THE OTHER — THE OTHER — MY LAST QUESTION WAS ON THE NUMBERS. WHO DO WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO? AND ARE WE AT THE SAME LEVEL AS THE OTHER CITY THAT WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO IN THE SENSE OF HOW MANY CONVENTIONS?>>SO THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. WHEN WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO OTHER CITIES, WE’RE TYPICALLY LOOKING AT THE OTHER CITIES WE COMPETE WITH FOR THE SAME GROUPS. SO CITIES LIKE DENVER, SAN DIEGO, I MENTIONED ANAHEIM BEFORE, SEATTLE, PORTLAND, AUSTIN, WHICH IS ANOTHER CITY THAT WE COMPETE WITH. SO I WOULD HAVE TO REACH OUT TO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES AT THOSE OTHER DESTINATIONS TO SEE WHAT THEIR HIGH WATER MARK OR THEIR OPTIMAL RANGE IS FOR NUMBER OF CONVENTIONS, BUT LIKE I SAID, WHEN WE’RE FOCUSED ON THE COMPETITION, IT’S MAINLY ON THE OTHER TYPES OF CITIES, THE OTHER CITIES, THAT THE CLIENTS THAT WE’RE GOING AFTER ARE ALSO SOURCING. SO AS FAR AS HOW THEY PERFORM, I WOULD HAVE TO DO SOME RESEARCH TO FIND THAT OUT.>>COULD YOU DO THAT? I’M CURIOUS IF WE’RE PERFORMING AT THE SAME LEVEL OR IF WE ARE HIGHER, WHERE WE ARE IN THAT SENSE. IN THE CONVENTION WORLD, I DON’T KNOW HOW WE MAKE — ARE MAKING SURE WE’RE AS COMPETITIVE AS THE OTHER CITIES, AND I KNOW THAT BY TAKING A CONVENTION AWAY FROM — THAT’S — THAT’S ONE WAY OF LOOKING AT IT BUT I’M TRYING TO GET A MORE GLOBAL SENSE OF IT THAT.>>ANOTHER WAY HOW WE MEASURE OUR SUCCESS IS BY JUST SHEAR NUMBERS, AS WELL AS REPEAT BUSINESS, NEW BUSINESS. SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE LOOK AT. SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO TO DO AN APPLES-TO-APPLES COMPARISON DIRECTLY WITH ANOTHER CITY BECAUSE SOME OF THEIR METRICS ARE DRIVEN BY AMOUNT OF CONTIGUOUS SPACE IN THE CONVENTION CENTER OR THE NUMBER OF CONVENTION HOTELS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THEIR MEETING SPACE, AND SO — EVERY CITY IS DIFFERENT. SO WE CAN TO SOME RESEARCH INTO SOME COMPARISONS, BUT PRETTY MUCH EVERY CITY IS DIFFERENT. SO WE KIND OF LOOK AT THE SUCCESSES IN TERMS OF DIRECT SPENDING, NUMBER OF ROOM NIGHTS OCCUPIED.>>MADAM CHAIR, JUST TO ADDS, ONE — JUST ABOUT A MONTH AGO THE CITY OF FT. WORTH PUT TOGETHER A TEAM, I THINK THEY’RE LOOKING AT EXPANDING THEIR CONVENTION CENTER, AND THEY CAME HERE TO PHOENIX TO ACTUALLY SPEAK WITH MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUE WITH VISIT PHOENIX TO GAIN SOME INSIGHT INTO HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO HERE, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT STUCK WITH ME THAT THEY SAID WAS THEY CHOSE US BECAUSE IN THEIR EYES WE’RE ONE OF THE CITIES THAT’S DOING IT RIGHT. SO JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THAT’S THE PERCEPTION FOR SOME OF THE CITIES THAT ARE OUT THERE ABOUT PHOENIX.>>Councilman Nowakowski: I ACTUALLY SIT ON THE VISIT PHOENIX BOARD, AND ONE OF THE STRUGGLES THAT WE HAD BECOME IN 2010 WAS THE WHOLE SB1070. WE HAD A LOT OF CONVENTIONS CANCELED BECAUSE OF THAT IMMIGRANT LAW THAT WAS PASSED. EVER SINCE THEN, I MEAN, BUSINESS IS BACK UP. IF YOU NOTICE, RIGHT AFTER SB1070 WAS ABOLISHED AND WENT TO COURT AND TORE IT APART, BACK IN 2014 YOU STARTED SEEING BUSINESS COME BACK. SO A LOT OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS BECAUSE OF POLITICAL REASONS COULDN’T BOOK CONVENTIONS IN THE CITY OF PHOENIX, BUT ONCE THEY BOOKED A CONVENTION, VERY HAPPY. THE PLUS AND MINUS THAT WE HAVE IS OUR WEATHER. DURING THE SPRINGTIME AND FALL IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND THE SUMMERTIME, THE MAGIC THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE DONE BY BOOKING CONVENTIONS DURING THE SUMMERTIME, IS JUST AMAZING, AND THAT’S ONE OF THE — THAT WAS ONE OF OUR WEAKNESSES. NOW IT’S ONE OF OUR STRENGTHS. THE OTHER THING IS WE HAVE A WEAKNESS OF HOTELS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, AND WE REALLY DON’T HAVE THAT MANY HOTELS. THANK GOD FOR THE LIGHT RAIL THAT CAN CONNECT US ALL ALONG THE LIGHT RAIL PATH WHERE THERE’S OTHER HOTELS, BUT THAT’S ONE OF THE OTHER SHORTAGES BESIDES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. WE NEED TO REALLY LOOK AT CONVENTION HOTELS AT WALKING DISTANCE FROM OUR CONVENTION CENTER. NOT SURE IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE, JOHN YOU THINK WE NEED AROUND OUR CONVENTION CENTER.>>IT’S REALLY THE AMENITIES PACKAGE. ONE OF THE THINGS OUR PARTNERS AT VISIT PHOENIX AND JERRY’S TEAM SOMETIMES DEAL WITH IS THERE’S NOT ENOUGH THINGS TO DO IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, WHETHER IT’S DINING OR SHOPPING OR OTHER ACTIVITIES. SO THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE CONTINUE TO HAVE TO WORK ON.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ANALYSIS, THE MARKET STUDY, AND TO SEE WHAT THE MARKET STUDY COMES ABOUT AND SAYS AND WHAT IS NEEDED IN THAT AREA, IN THAT SPACE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. SO, I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THAT. REALLY APPRECIATE ALL YOUR WORK. YOU GUYS ARE DOING AN AWESOME JOB, AND CONTINUE. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Pastor: ITEM 8 IS THE LEAGUE OF ARIZONA CITIES AND TOWNS INFORMATION AND UPDATE.>>I KNOW THIS IS THE DANGEROUS SPOT BETWEEN LUNCH AND OUR PRESENTATION. AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY, I WAS LOSING MY MIND A LITTLE BIT. BUT WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU, SINCE TOMORROW ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA YOU GUYS HAVE THE LEAGUE AS AN ITEM, AND WE WANTED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY BASED UPON THE REQUEST FROM THE CHAIRMAN TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME OTHER VALUES THAT THE LEAGUE BRINGS TO THE CITY SEPARATE THAN THE REGULAR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LOBBYING EFFORTS AND ADVOCACY EFFORTS THAT WE WORK ON. WE WILL TOUCH ON THEM, TOO, AT THE END, BUT WE JUST WANT TO SHARE THAT AND SHARE WITH YOU THAT THE LEAGUE’S GOALS OF PROMOTING LOCAL SELF GOVERNANCE IS PROVIDED MANY WAY IN THE ADVOCACY, TO EDUCATION AND TECHNICAL TRAINING AND TODAY WE WILL I GIVE YOU AN OVERVIEW OF SOME OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THE SERVE COMMITTEE MAY HAVE REGARDING MEMBERSHIP. WE KNOW WE HAVE TALKED TO ALL OF YOU ONE-ON-ONE, BUT THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND FORUM TO JUST SHARE THE VALUE WITH YOU.>>FROM A FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE, THE LEGAL IS INVOLVED IN ISSUES THAT CAN AFFECT MUNICIPAL FINANCE. THE LEAGUE WORKS TO PROTECT CITIES AND TOWNS SHARED REVENUES AND THEIR TAX BASE. THEY REGULARLY CONVENE MEETINGS WITH THE MUNICIPAL FINANCE DEPARTMENTS TO DISCUSS AND RESOLVE ISSUES THAT WILL BE ADDRESSED BY THE MUNICIPAL CITY TAX CODE COMMISSION. THIS COMMISSION APPROVES TPT POLICY FOR ALL CITIES. WORKING WITH THE LEGAL ENABLES PHOENIX TO BE PROACTIVE ON ISSUES THAT MAY HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS. THE PURPOSE OF THE MTCC COMMISSION IS TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE CITY TAX CODE THAT MODIFY TAXABLE ACTIVITIES, EXEMPTIONS, ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES OR REGULATIONS. ALL 91 CITIES AND TOWN HAVE THE SAME MODEL CITY TAX CODE AND ANY CHANGES MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MTCC COMMISSION, WHICH ARE THEN ADOPTED BY ALL 91 CITIES AND TOWNS. FOR THIS REASON IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT ANY CONFLICTS AND ISSUES WITH ANY CHANGES THAT ARE GOING TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE MTCC COMMISSION ARE ADDRESSED BY STAKEHOLDERS EARLY IN THE PROCESS. BEING A MEMBER OF THE LEAGUE GIVES THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE EARLY DISCUSSIONS BEFORE ANY CHANGES ARE BROUGHT FORWARD TO THE MTCC COMMISSION. THE LEAGUE ALSO PARTICIPATES IN THE CITY TAX ADMIN STRAYER’S COUNCIL. IT HELPS RESOLVE ISSUES REGARDING TPT COLLECTIONS AND ISSUES WITH THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE. LASTLY, THE LEAGUE ALSO PROVIDES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND STAFFS THE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS OF THE ARIZONA ASSOCIATION. THIS ASSOCIATION PROVIDES CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CITY’S CPAs VARIOUS CONFERENCES AND VARIOUS MEETINGS THEY ORGANIZE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: WHAT IS TPT? I’M ASSUMING A TAX.>>YES, IT’S THE TRANSACTION PRIVILEGE TAX.>>Councilwoman Pastor: TRANSACTION. A TRANSACTION PRIVILEGE TAX — GIVE ME BACKGROUND.>>MADAM CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, SO, FOR EXAMPLE, THESE WOULD BE ITEMS THAT ARE TAXABLE THAT ARE PUT INTO THE MUNICIPAL CITY TAX CODE LIKE THE RETAIL CLASSIFICATION WOULD BE ONE OF THEM. THE TAX ON LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS. THINGS OF THAT NATURE. SO THE COMMISSION SETS FORTH WHAT ITEMS CAN BE TAXED, BUT THE TAX RATE IS WHAT’S SET BY THE CITIES. SO THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT THAT AS A CITY WE ARE A PARTICIPANT IN THESE DISCUSSIONS BECAUSE THESE DECISIONS ARE MADE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY AT THE — AT THE MTCC COMMISSION. SO THEY’RE THE ONES THAT WITHIN THE — THIS IS THE MODEL CITY TAX CODE PUT IN WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ITEMS THAT ARE TAXED OR NOT, ALTHOUGH AS A CITY OF PHOENIX, WE SET THE RATE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SO WHAT I AM HEARING FROM YOU IS THAT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT — JUST IN THE TAX WORLD, THE FINANCE WORLD, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO BE AT THE TABLE BECAUSE THERE’S 91 CITIES THAT THEN GO — THAT THEN DIALOGUE AND DETERMINE BASICALLY WE CAN SETTLE FOR THIS TAX RATE BEFORE IT GOES TO MTCC — FTCC — OR THERE IS A DIALOGUE THAT’S HAPPENING AMONG THEM THAT THEY CAN AGREE TO, AND THEN WHATEVER IS SUBMITTED TO FTCC, THEY’RE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THE CITIES HAVE AGREED TO THIS. IS THAT WHAT I’M HEARING?>>YES. SO WHILE THE MUNICIPAL TAX CODE COMMISSION DOESN’T SET THE TAX RATE, IN THE POLICY WITHIN THE MODEL CITY TAX CODE, THEY CAN SET WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES ARE TAXABLE. SO JUST FOR EXAMPLE, LET’S SAY THE — THIS COMMISSION DECIDED WE ARE NO LONGER GOING TO IMPOSE SALES TAXES ON THE SALE OF NEW VEHICLES, JUST A HYPOTHETICAL, IT WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE AS A CITY ARE AT THE TABLE SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT HOW MUCH THIS AMOUNT IS PER YEAR, HOW THAT WOULD AFFECT OUR GENERAL FUND AS A CITY, AND WE NEED TO BE IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS AT THE BEGINNING BEFORE THEY ARE BROUGHT FORWARD TO THE COMMISSION SO THAT WE CAN BE ABLE TO ADDRESS AND RESOLVE THOSE ISSUES EARLY ON.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. THANK YOU.>>FOR THE LAW DEPARTMENT, THE VALUE OF THE LEAGUE CAN BE SEEN IN THE TWO CONFERENCE AS YEAR THAT ALLOW STAFF ATTORNEYS TO GAIN CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION OR CLE CREDITS. THE — WHICH SERVES AS A PLATFORM THAT ALLOWS CITY ATTORNEYS TO ASK QUESTIONS AND SHARE INFORMATION AMONG THEMSELVES. THE LEAGUE ADDS VALUE ALSO BY SUPPORTING CITY’S LEGAL EFFORTS WITH AMICUS BRIEFS AND ASSISTING CITIES THAT HAVE HAD 1487 CLAIMS AGAINST THEM. ADDITIONALLY THEY ISSUE A NEW LAWS REPORT TO CITY ATTORNEYS AT THE END OF EACH LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO AID IN THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS AND HELP TO RUN THE ARIZONA CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION TO PROVIDE GOVERNMENT LAW PROFESSIONALS OPPORTUNITIES TO INTERACT AND FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. THE VALUE OF THE LEAGUE IS ALSO SEEN IN THE PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT THEY PROVIDE THE CITY CLERK. THEY HOST TWO MAJOR CONFERENCES A YEAR PROVIDING TRAINING THROUGH — AND PROVIDE TRAINING THROUGH THE ARIZONA MUNICIPAL CLERKS ASSOCIATION. THEY MAINTAIN A LISTSERVE FOR THE MUNICIPAL CLERKS AS WELL TO SEEK OUT AND SHARE INFORM AMONG THEMSELVES. THE LEAGUE ALSO PUBLISHES AN ELECTION MANUAL GUIDE THAT SERVES AS A HOW TO GUIDE FOR ELECTIONS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND IS 81 DATED AS STATE LAWS CHANGE. ALONG WITH THE MANUAL THE LEAGUE PROVIDES ELECTION CERTIFICATION TRAINING TO CLERK STAFF WHICH IS MANDATED BY STATE LAW.>>THOSE ARE MAJOR ISSUES, AND ON THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SIDE THEY CAN BE EVEN MORE QUANTIFIABLE WITH REGARD TO THEIR ADVOCACY EFFORTS. PROTECTING THE SHARED REVENUE FROM THE STATE FOR THE CITY HAS BE A IMPACT OF ABOUT $541 MILLION ANNUALLY, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE CITY’S FINANCIAL STABILITY. THE LEAGUE IS PROTECTING THE STATE SHARED REVENUE FORMULA. EVERY YEAR THERE’S PEOPLE TRYING TO ADJUST IT AND TWEAK IT AND LOOK AT WAYS TO SWITCH THAT MONEY FROM ONE POOL TO ANOTHER AND THE LEAGUE’S NUMBER ONE GOAL THEY ARE FIGHTING EVERY YEAR IS TO PROTECT THAT FORMULA, WHICH IS AN AGREEMENT WE MADE AS CITIES YEARS AGO IN ALLOWING THE STATE TO COLLECT OUR TAX REVENUES AND THAT WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT TO PROTECT THAT FORMULA. THE LEAGUE — WHAT HAVE I DONE — THERE WE GO — THE LEAGUE ALSO SUCCESSFULLY OPPOSED LEGISLATION TO DIVERT HURF FUNDS. JUST LAST YEAR THERE WAS AN EFFORT TO HOLD A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF HURF FUNDS AND REDISTRIBUTE THOSE DOLLARS TO SMALL CITIES AND TOWNS FOR THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS. THE LEAGUE FOUGHT HARD, DESPITE THE EFFORTS OF WHAT MANY OF THEIR OWN MEMBERS WANTED TO KEEP THAT FORMULA INTACT BECAUSE PROTECTING THE FORMULA AS IS IS CRITICAL FOR ALL SUC OF 91 CITIES AND TOWNS AND THAT WAS A BIG IMPACT AND KEPT US WITH ADDITIONAL $1.3 MILLION OF HURF DOLLARS THAT WOULD HAVE GONE. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE MODEL CITY TAX CODE AND THE IMPACT. WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE EXAMPLE OF THE AUTOS. BUT JUST ALONE THE CONSTRUCTION SALES TAX ISSUES TO THE DIGITAL GOODS TAXATION ISSUE, WHICH IS AN ONGOING DISCUSSION. BIG WITH REGARD TO THIS. [INAUDIBLE] I KNOW THAT PHOENIX IS A MAJOR LEADER IN THAT BUT THE LEAGUE DEFINITELY GOT BEHIND ALL OF THAT. WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE WAY FAIR LEGISLATION. THE LEAGUE WAS A VERY HELPFUL PARTNER AND THAT’S THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TAXATION ON THE NEXUS OF ONLINE GOODS SO THAT THE BIG PROVIDERS OF THESE THINGS LIKE AMAZON, THEY ARE PAYING THESE TAXES TO US, BUT IT’S THE SMALLER ENTITIES WHO SELL ONLINE. THERE WASN’T A UNIFORM LAW FOR THEM TO PAY THEIR TAXES FOR THOSE ONLINE SALES WITHIN OUR NEXUS, AND THE LEAGUE WORKED VERY HARD WITH US IN MAKING SURE THAT IT WAS IMPLEMENTED. WE WERE ONE OF THE LAST STATES IN THE COUNTRY TO IMPLEMENT THE WAY FAIR LAWS, AND WORKING WITH THE MODEL CITY TAX CODE AND RETAIL CLASSIFICATIONS ALLOWED US TO REALLY INCREASE REVENUE FROM — RIGHT NOW WE’RE STILL LOOKING AT WHAT IT COULD BE, BUT IT’S ANYWHERE FROM 50 TO $350 MILLION BECAUSE OF THAT IMPLEMENTATION. SO REAL DOLLARS, REAL IMPACT. THE LEAGUE NOT ONLY ADDS VALUE VIA THEIR ADVOCACY BUT ALSO THROUGH THEIR STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS. WE TALKED A LITTLE ABOUT THE AIR BNB. JUST THIS SUMMER ALONE AT THE CONFERENCE THEY CONVENED ABOUT 15 LEGISLATORS AND NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS AND A BUNCH OF CITY AND TOWN OFFICIALS TO HAVE REAL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT AIR BNB BEYOND WHERE THEY WERE LAST YEAR AND IT WAS AT THEIR CONFERENCE WHERE THE GOVERN ANNOUNCED THAT HE WAS — GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED HE WAS OPEN TO LOOKING AT THE WHOLE AIR BNB ISSUE AND PUTTING MORE TEETH IN THE LEGISLATE SO THE CITIES CAN HAVE MORE AUTHORITY AND CONTROL. SO THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS WE WANTED TO PROVIDE YOU AS A ROUGH OVERVIEW OF THE VALUE OF THE LEAGUE AND THAT FOR TOMORROW WE WOULD RECOMMEND PASSAGE AND REJOINING THE LEAGUE AS A MEMBER.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SO APPRECIATE YOUR REPORT. ONE OF THE DYNAMICS WITH ME AND THE LEAGUE AND WHY I VOTED TO NO LONGER BE A MEMBER OF THE LEAGUE WAS — HAD TO DO WITH THE FIRST RESPONDERS, POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS AND THEIR EXPOSURE TO CARCINOGENS AND THEIR EXPOSURE TO CHEMICALS AND IN REGARDING — AS WE’RE SEEING THE RISE IN THE CANCER, AND THE LEAGUE OPPOSED THAT, AND WE WERE IN THE MIDST OF THE FIGHT OF REALLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT LEGISLATION OR — I WASN’T IN THE MIDST, THE FIREFIGHTERS AND THOSE AROUND WERE IN THE MIDST, BUT THEY WERE CONTACTING ME CONSTANTLY TO SAY, HEY, THE LEAGUE IS FIGHTING AGAINST US. SO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE THE LEAGUE IS ON THAT. I KNOW THEY PUT THEM ON THE TASK FORCE, WHICH WAS A VERY STRATEGIC, MOVE BUT I WANT TO KNOW WHERE THEY STAND TODAY WITH THE FIRST RESPONDERS IN THIS FIGHT. CAN SOMEBODY ANSWER THAT?>>SURE. I’LL TAKE A STAB AT THAT AND ALSO TOM, THE NEW DIRECTOR OF THE LEAGUE, WILL BE AT COUNCIL TOMORROW AND CAN ANSWER IT MORE DIRECTLY. BUT THE LEAGUE AT THIS POINT IN THE AD HOC COMMITTEE AND IN THEIR COMMUNICATIONS HAVE BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF THE CANCER PRESUMPTION IMPLEMENTATION AND, IN FACT, RECENTLY, IF NOT I BELIEVE TODAY, ARE SENDING A LETTER TO CITIES AND TOWNS TO FOLLOW THE LAW AS THE INTENT WAS WRITTEN FROM SENATOR BOYER, SO I THINK THEY HAVE COME AROUND. THE LEADERSHIP THIS CITY COUNCIL HAS PROVIDED HAS HELPED THE LEAGUE BE BETTER LEADERS ON THIS. SO AS A COUNCIL YOU GUYS HAVE PROVIDED DIRECTION THAT’S IMPACTING THE WHOLE STATE. AND SOME OF THE RELATIONSHIP FOR THE LEAGUE IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE THERE TO PULL THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AS WELL. AND THE LEADERSHIP THAT PHOENIX PROVIDES, GIVEN YOU GUYS — THE DECISIONS THAT COUNCIL PROVIDES TO THE LEADERSHIP TO PULL THE LEAGUE IN THOSE DIRECTIONS IS REALLY IMPORTANT, AND SO IT’S JUST IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE THERE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE ON THE PATH WITH US AS IT IS FOR THEM TO BE WITH US.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. WILL WE RECEIVE THE LETTER OR –>>YES, I WILL GET YOU A COPY OF THE LETTER.>>Councilwoman Pastor: MY SECOND QUESTION IS ONE OF THE REQUESTS TO BOYER WAS REGARDING REVENUE. AND THE WHOLE INTENT OF CREATING THIS TASK FORCE WAS TO IDENTIFY, I GUESS, REVENUE HE –>>ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT THE EXPENSES?>>Councilwoman Pastor: YES.>>YES.>>Councilwoman Pastor: AND SO IS THE LEAGUE WILLING TO WRITE A LETTER REGARDING THIS ALSO INCLUDES REVENUE OR COSTS, THERE IS A COST TO THIS, AND TO OUR CITIES AND TOWNS, OR — I KNOW THERE’S BEEN A CONVERSATION.>>TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, WE’VE PROVIDED THE SENATOR WITH EXPENSE CATEGORIES IN EACH OF THE CANCERS SO THAT THEY CAN WRAP THEIR ARMS AROUND WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE. ACTIVITY CHEW WEAR YUMS ARE LOOKING AT IT TO TRY TO PROJECT OUT WHAT THE COST FACTORS CAN BE INTO THE FUTURE. AND, YOU KNOW, HOPING THAT WITH PREVENTION ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS THE ARC TRENDS DOWN, BUT — SO WE PROVIDED APPEAR AS A CITY AND THE LEAGUE IS WORKING DIRECTLY WITH SENATOR BOYER TO CREATE LEGISLATION TO LOOK AT BOTH STATEWIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS THAT IMPACTS ALL 91 CITIES AND TOWNS AS WELL AS LOOKING AT A FUNDING SOURCE TO HELP OFFSET, IF NOT COVER, THESE COSTS THAT THE CITIES AND TOWNS WILL BE FACING WHEN THEY’RE TAKING CARE OF THEIR FIRST RESPONDERS.>>WELL, THE GOOD — THE UNFORTUNATE BUT YET THE FORTUNATE IS THAT WE HAVE HE SO MANY OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN NOW FACING CANCER. AS ONE MEMBER THAT SAT ON THE TASK FORCE THAT IS NOW FACING IT IS BRIAN JEFFRIES, AND I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT WE’RE GOING TO SEE MORE AND MORE OF OUR NETWORK GOING TO START DOWN THAT JOURNEY. THE ONLY GREAT THING ABOUT IT IS THAT THEY’RE ALL WARRIORS AND THEY’RE WARRIORS IN THE SENSE OF WANTING TO CHANGE THIS FOR ANYONE THAT FACES THIS, IN PARTICULAR IN THE PUBLIC SAFETY ARENA. SO I’M PROUD, I GUESS, FOR HIM BEING ONE OF THOSE WARRIORS THAT HAS BEEN CHAMPIONING THIS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND CHAMPIONING THE LEGISLATION. AT THE TIME HE DIDN’T — HE WAS JUST CHAMPIONING IT FOR HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS, BUT NOW, UNFORTUNATELY, HE IS NOW FIGHTING IT AND IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW QUICKLY IT SHOWS UP. SO MY PRAYERS OUT TO HIM, MY PRAYERS OUT TO MY — MY STRENGTH AND MY SPIRIT AND PRAYERS TO ALL THOSE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA FACING WHAT WE’RE RIGHT NOW PUSHING FOR OTHER CITIES AND TOWNS TO DO THE RIGHT THING. SO REALLY APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I DON’T THINK I HAVE ANY CALL TO THE PUBLIC. MEETING IS OVER. THE LONGEST MEETING I HAD.

Conversation with Cartoonist Lynn Johnston

Conversation with Cartoonist Lynn Johnston


>>Helena Zinkham:
Ready to get started? All right, I’m excited too. [ Applause ] I’m Helena Zinkham, by the way. Chief of the Prints and
Photographs Division. Thank you for joining
us for today’s program with award winning
cartoonist Lynn Johnston. This talk is presented
in connection with the library’s new
exhibit, called Comic Art: 100 years of Panels and Pages. The show considers how visual and narrative storytelling have
evolved, from the large panels and strips, small strips and
newspapers, to graphic novels, independent comics, and of
course comics on the web. In both the unique
original drawings, and the published
pages on display, you’ll see the artistic
skills of master artists, as well as emerging talents. They’ve created some
of the most famous, funny and frightening characters
to appear in the comic world. And let’s acknowledge
right now, Lynn Johnston, you’re on the master side. [ Applause ] All the works on display
are from the collections of the Prints and
Photographs and the Serial and Government Publications
Division, here at the Library of Congress. They’ll be on view
through September 2020. Or you can check
the show out online. Where it will live
permanently on the web. You can please join me now, in recognizing the
collaborative curators, and the exhibit director. Have you tucked yourselves
in the back row? Okay. alphabetically speaking, we also owe thanks
to Sarah Duke. Go ahead and stand up. [ Applause ] Megan [inaudible]. Georgia Hinckley. [ Applause ] Martha Kennedy, and
Betsy [inaudible] Miller. [ Applause ] I’m embarrassing them a bit
by asking for the stand up. And that they will also help
guide you to the exhibit after the talk finishes. All right. Generous support. No exhibit is free. I’d like to acknowledge the
Swan foundation for caricature in cartoon, as one of
our major sponsors, and also the Small Press Expo. They have made the
exhibition possible. And finally, the
Canadian Embassy for Lynn Johnston’s
presence today. [ Applause ] When Lynn Johnston began
her comic chronicle of the Patterson
family way back in 1979, she drew upon her own life. Her strip, for better or
for worse, still appears in over 1600 papers in
Canada, the United States, and other countries, more than
30 books are still in print. An original drawing featured
in the exhibit, will highlight for better or for worse. We’ll be able to see the
full technique that you use to pull off this
30-year achievement. And we’re delighted to have
really more than a dozen of your original drawings
in the collection. Today’s presentation will
include a presentation, demonstration, of the process
behind creating the strip; such a special treat. But I think we’ll also be
gaining valuable insights into the comic arts in general. I’m hoping too, that
we will hear about that wonderful
sheep dog, Farley. Have you noticed the importance
of dogs in the comic Arts? In the early 1900s, so
right at the beginning, Buster Brown had his mischievous
Pit Bull Terrier, Tige. He often gave the moral at the
end of the Buster Brown tales. Charles Schulz, brought us
the iconic Beagle, Snoopy. I understand Mr. Schulz
might have been one of your own heroes? Yes. And Lynn Johnston, you made
us fall in love with Farley. So, thank you all today. We’re filming, so if you do
ask a question, know in advance that your question will
be part of that recording. Please welcome Lynn Johnston. [ Applause ]>>Lynn Johnston:
I’m wired, I think. Am I wired, and loud, and live? Well, I’ve done this
talk a number of times, and every time I do it,
I’m scared to death. And I see this room full of
great people, and I’ve walked around and said hello, but
my heart’s still going — And I took my high blood
pressure medication this morning, you know? I took it and at the age
of 72, you kind of think that everybody’s forgotten you. The strip is done,
life has changed. And yet the rebirth of it in the
embassy here and running again for a second time, is such
an honor and such a thrill. And I would love to be
able to continue doing it. I would, but stuff is
falling off the bus. I can’t see out of
this eyeball anymore. So, going downstairs, the stairwell just
looks like grey to me. So, I have to hold on to the
banister as I go down, right? And my right hand shakes. So, having a bowl of
soup is like — you know? Like — and you you don’t really
think about yourself being old until you see a photograph. And then, who the
heck is that right? And our buddies, we all see
each other we talk and we look like we did in grade five and
we all know each other the same. But then you see a photograph. You see yourself in the mirror and you say, who
the heck is that? And one day, I was wandering
around the National Gallery in Ottawa in Canada,
minding my own business. And I was looking at a painting. And a man came up
to me with a walker. And he said to me, you know, they’re making grilled
cheese sandwiches down at the cafeteria. And I thought, that’s
a pickup line. No, no. I’m not ready
for this [laughter]. So anyways, with age,
have come all my friends. And with age has come
perspective and I can look back at what I did, and perhaps
be a little more analytical. But I see myself
differently, now. So, this is how I used
to draw Ellie Patterson. This was sort of me — she was
the hardest character to draw, just because she was
closely connected to me. But today I look a
little different. I would say that if I was to draw Ellie Patterson
now, [inaudible]. A little startling in the
eyes, the eye bags of course. And then there’s the obligatory
short haircut, you know, and the underwire
and the wrinkles and the stuff that come with it. And then of course, there’s the
dandruff and the other things that come with it [laughs]. So, I think Ellie Patterson
would look a little more like that. But you know, what’s great
is that people will say, geez, you draw her so ugly. She’s so ugly. You’re much better looking. You say, well, if I drew her
looking great, and people said to me, you know, the character
in the strip looks really good. But you — you know? So, drawing the character ugly
was always really a cool thing for me to do. So, I started drawing when I was
really young, and all of you — I know this from
artists in here too. And you start when
you’re very, very young. because you can’t not draw. And you draw your fantasies, you draw the things
you’re afraid of. You just draw. And for me to be
sent home to my room, you know, it was fine with me. because I had lots of paper, lots of pens, and
I liked to draw. And I liked to read the comics. And one of the comic strips that just really
inspired me, was Peanuts. Because Charles Schulz
spoke for children. And he spoke without
our vocabulary, but with our common sense. And I — my grandfather, and
I did not get along very well. He was a very stuffy,
upper crust, Brit. And you could be seen and not
heard; that type of thing. But the only time
we really got along, is when we read the
comics together. And I would snuggle
up next to him and he’d criticize
all the strips. But Peanuts, he was
particularly critical of. Because he said children
don’t think like that. They don’t speak like that. They don’t use those words. But he was wrong. And as a little kid, I knew
that he was absolutely wrong. So, the comics kept me going. NAD magazine kept me
going, Archie kept me going. All the comics kept me going. And I didn’t really think
about making a living as a cartoonist when
I was little. But I knew I would be
an artist and I knew that I would make
my living drawing. And I used to analyze
the comics. And one of the things that I
discovered at a very young age, was that with very few
lines, you can have a lot of different expressions. And this is something you can do with your grandkids
or your kids. You just take two dots, and the
letter C, and one small line. And with just those few
elements, you can make a lot of different expressions
just by moving the mouth. Just by moving the mouth
into different positions, moving the eyes into
different positions. You can make different
characters, different expressions, right, just moving the nose
a little bit. You can bring everything
down to the bottom. Carefully here, and you can
make a baby out of this. Because a baby’s head
is so big, right? And you can change the
expression of that baby. You can make the baby
really sad, baby pensive, make the baby thoughtful,
just little — little, tiny little movements
of where you put these lines. So, when you’re acting and
you’re drawing comic art, it’s the subtle little elements
that you put into your art, which people don’t necessarily
know that they’re receiving. It’s like a shorthand. It’s like a signature. And so, people will look and
they’ll automatically know that, that sense is sadness,
or that sense it’s fear. And it’s simple, tiny
little elements like this. Just simple little lines. So here we go. Here that I can take
this little guy here. And right? You know who that is? So, you can take tiny
little elements and one of the things I guess, is
Sparky’s work was so important to me for, was that with
just these few elements, he could show all of this
enthusiasm, and fear, and disappointment, and
angst, and all of the stuff that he could show just
with these few little lines. And that to me, was
absolute magic. So, I copied his work, and
I copied people out of NAD, and I copied Len
Norris, who was one of the best illustrators ever. He was an architect, and he
was Vancouver’s best editorial cartoonist; and I
copied his work. And I tell kids,
go ahead and copy. It’s fine to copy, as long
as you take everything that you’re learning, and create
your own stuff afterwards. So, I used to draw everything
that I could think of. And it was mostly
people that I drew. And I got an awful lot
of kick out of drawing — well, my dad, for example, he had round glasses
and huge eyebrows. And he had a nose with
a lump on it like that. He was a typical
British guy, right? Very, sort of flat
forehead, and lots of hair. And my dad could play anything. He could play the banjo,
he could play the guitar, he could play the piano. And my dad was — he should
have been in Vaudeville, he should have — he was
born many years too late. He was one of these
people who, he could dance, he could sing, he could act. He was part of a
barbershop quartet. And that harmony was
just rich and wonderful. And these guys would stand
in our living room and sing. And I would sit around
the corner and listen. And my dad had the
highest voice, and he was always
embarrassed by it. But he hit that note. And he would analyze movies
and he would take me to movies, and he would analyze the plot. Then he would rent one
of those old projectors, and he’d bring it home. And he’d rent the Keystone Cops. And he’d run it forwards
and backwards, and he’d say no gag
is without effort. No gag happens without
choreography. And so, he would show — see
this old-fashioned rattled trap of a car, moving down highway. And the cops are coming
out, and they go in as soon as the post goes by;
the telephone pole, then they will open the door
again, the post goes by. And he would run it slowly and he would say they are
almost killing themselves doing this gag. It’s not easy to do. Watch how it’s done. And he would run it
backwards and forwards, and backwards and forwards. And as he talked, he would
use his body — his language. I mean, I do it unconsciously
and I — other people that I
see do it as well. Mike Peters, who does
Mother Goose and Grimm. You can see Mike Peters, 20
blocks away; just this big and you know that
it’s Mike Peters. Because he’s talking like this. Well, my dad talked like that. He used every part of his body and his facial expressions,
and all of that. So, I was on record as a little
kid, and I was learning all of that and taking
all of that in. So, my dad really, really was
part of the inspiration as well. And he was also a cartoonist. And he used to enjoy drawing
the guys that he worked with. And he made it easy for
me to to be different. Because I was not
a happy little kid. I wanted to die when I was six. I would stand at my
bedroom window, and think, could I kill myself if
I went out this window? And was hoping that I could. And my mother was one of
these people who was — she would hit you,
before she talked to you. She was that kind of person. And she was also a
very upper crust Brit. She — you know just talking
about my mom is difficult. Because she was so
talented, and so capable. She could do anything, write
anything, sew anything, and she was so frustrated that
she did not have a career. She should have gone
to university; she should have been a doctor. She should have — because
God help you if you got sick. Holy smokes if you got sick,
you had poultices and anemas and God knows what [inaudible]. Mom, I’m fine. I’m perfectly fine. And you go to school with
a temperature of 110, just so that your mother
wouldn’t try to cure you with something, right? But, you know, she was
one of these people who was really unfulfilled. And so, I had this goofy,
comic, silly musical dad, and this brilliant,
capable, wonderful mother, who was a calligrapher
and who was a book — I mean, she was a math whiz. I mean, she had so much going
for her, and was so angry and so upset that she was
stuck at home in a house dress. And I wonder if I
could draw my mom. You know, I’m so — I very
rarely drew her because she — in the comic strip, I I wanted
to bring my dad to life again. And in the comic strip,
I was able to do that. And my mother always had — she was always in —
very much in control. So, her hair was always tightly,
tightly tied at the back here. And I remember her once saying
that it got rid of the wrinkles, just having her hair so tight. That you know, everything,
everything was pulled back. So, I used to draw all
the things that I saw, and all the things
that made me laugh. And it did really save my neck. Because it wasn’t until I got
to school, that I realized that I — that the talent
that I had, made me okay. That I didn’t have to worry about not being loved
and not being liked. And it was the teachers in
my life that saved my bacon. And I know there probably
some teachers in here. And you will never, ever
know what you’ve done for your students. You’ll never know how
close they felt to you, or how much of a
parent you were to them, or how inspiring you were, or
how safe you made them feel. Because in that classroom,
you’re safe. You’re safe, you’re learning,
you’re there for a reason. You’re getting something, you’re
getting energy and warmth, and knowledge from
your teachers. And my teachers saved my life. They really did. They made me feel
like I had value. So, in those days
— this was the 60s. And I wore this because
it was made in the 60s and macramé, right? Everybody’s talking
about macramé. And I think in the
60s and I work in the 60s, and that
was my time. So, in the 60s, if you
slept with your boyfriend, you’d be out of the house. I mean, my mother
was a type of person that would absolutely
throw me out of the house. So, I did the dumbest
thing in the world. I had just started a job
in an animation studio in Vancouver, which was my love. I really — I babysat for
the guy who ran the studio. And whenever kids say to me, oh,
yeah, I’m too old to babysit. I’m not interested
in babysitting. That’s your very
first job interview. That’s your very
first referral, right? Is your babysitting
people and your teachers. And so, I was lucky. I babysat for a guy who ran
the animation studio at KVOS TV in Vancouver, and he gave me
my very first job in animation. And I was just starting to
realize that through school, I had the support
of my teachers. Through my dad, I had comedy. Through Jack I had an
introduction to animation, which was what I wanted
more than anything. I’d gone to art school, but
art school was fine arts. And those of us who
wanted to go into graphics, were called the hacks. And they would laugh
at us, you know, and — but we were the only ones that made a living
in the end, you know? Everybody else is is you know,
painting their ass green, and making prints
along the highway and getting a Canada
Council grant to do it. But, you know, there’s no such
thing as sponsors anymore, that would hire you to paint
a ceiling in their mansion. So, it’s very hard to get a job. So, I was just starting
to work for KVOS TV and I met a cameraman,
and I got married. What a dumb thing to do. Honest to God. Anyways, this was the 60s. And one thing — first
let me digress slightly. One thing about being
a cartoonist and and being a little kid, is that
when you’re really down and out, and you’re drawing to
make yourself laugh, dumb and stupid is
what you’re going for. You’re really going
for dumb and stupid. Because the best
— isn’t it great when you find somebody
who’s dumber and stupider than you are? Or ugly or something
and you say, yeah, well, it’s great to know
you, great to know you. Man, is that a stupid
person or what? You know, do I feel good? I felt stupid this morning. But after talking to
you, Jack, I feel great. I feel great. So, you know, the
bigger the eyeballs, and the bigger the nose,
and the bigger the mouth, the less space there
is for cerebral stuff. You know? this kind
of thing, right? And so, I would — I’d
love to draw characters with great big noses, very
little hair, you know, very little space here. And if you take your
tiny little line, look at all the different
expressions you can make with one little line. So, a cartoon is elastic, right? You can do anything
with the cartoon. Don’t ever put lips on
a cartoon character, because you can’t
stretch them anymore. So, changing this around,
you can make just all kinds of expressions with this. So anyways, going back
to getting married, I met this cameraman, right? And his name was Doug. And he had great big eyes, and a great big nose,
and lots of hair. And this was the
60s, so this was — everybody had great big hair. So, that’s right. So, this was my first husband. I’ll put a little dandruff here, because I think that’s
appropriate. And years later, when I got
a job as a medical artist, I realized that you know,
if you gave the orbs here, and the upper mandible,
the lower mandible, the zygomatic arch, here. You go back here. There isn’t a whole lot of
room for brain space, you know? like, dandruff still
exists though. Anyways, Lots of fun,
lots of fun withdrawing. So, I got married. I got married. And it was one of
those things where, after the marriage broke down,
my mother would say, well, we never liked him,
anyways dear. We never liked him anyways. You say, well, why didn’t you
say so, right at the beginning? I married the guy so I
could sleep with him. So, that you wouldn’t
throw me out of the house. And now you say you
never liked him. If you told me that you didn’t
like him in the first place, I probably still would
have slept with him. Oh, what the heck. It was the 60s. It was the 60s, right? Weed was just happening
in Vancouver. And I was happy with that. So, got married and
moved off to Ontario, where he could get a
job, and I couldn’t. I was starting to work
in an animation studio, got out to Ontario, and there
was no way for me to get a job. And so — and Hamilton, Ontario
is a really interesting place. It’s — when we drove from
the airport into Hamilton, I was missing the
mountains of Vancouver. I really was missing the
ocean and the mountains. And in the background, I
could see this dark shape and I thought there is
a mountain in Hamilton. There is. And as we
got closer and closer to the city, it was smog. That was — that mountain,
that dark shape was smog. And, you know, and afterwards
the inhabitants would say, oh, yes, it’s a place where
you open the windows so you can hear the birds cough. So, it was one of those
places that was just — it was a really unattractive
place. But suddenly, coming
from the west coast — and the West Coast snob, right? British family, West Coast snob. I met some of the
most wonderful people and doors opened
for me everywhere. I would take my little
graphic arts studio suitcase, around to all the
different places and try to get little jobs
here and there. And I saw ad in the
newspaper for — they wanted a graphic artist
at the local hospital. So, I thought, well,
I’ll stay up all night. I drew guts, and
heads, and arms, and skeletons, and
stuff like that. And I went in and
I got this job. And it was the absolute
best job in the world. Because my mom wanted
to be a doctor. And I’ve always been
interested in medicine. Never smart enough to get in, but really just could not
believe my good fortune. And there at the university,
we were given free rein. It was a Medical
Teaching University and we were given free
rein to go anywhere. As long as you were
wearing a white lab coat, you could go into surgery. I mean, honest to
goodness, today, I think it’s a lot more
difficult to just go anywhere. But I would go into the morgue
and I would go into surgery, and I would take photographs, and I’d be with the
photographers. I also had to be with
women who had been beaten; because they needed
a woman in the room. And so, I saw a lot of people
who had terrible trauma, that were you know, being
photographed for, you know, legal purposes and
things like that. So, it was a hugely
different world. And I was able to use some of
the comic art that I had done. I was able to use some of the
animation that I had done. And I felt that I had entered
into a world that was not mine, but an opportunity that
was beyond my belief. And remember, I told you that
I used to think about jumping out of my bedroom window
and killing myself. Well, I went into the
autopsy lab, and I wanted to see a whole autopsy
from beginning to end. Just because I was curious. No other reason but I could
hear the saws from my studio. And I wanted to know what
they were doing in there. So, I went in and the woman that they were working
on, was about 50. And she died of syphilis,
of all things. And they wanted to see what
in her body had been affected. So, she was a pretty
normal looking person. And everything happened
like clockwork. They — you know what the rice
Krispies snack pack looks like. The old fat — you know,
open here and open there. Rice Krispies snack pack,
you open up this thing, you chop here, you chop there,
you lift everything out, it goes on to a nice
shiny table. They take it all apart,
they cut pieces up. They’re talking, they’re
having a coke, they’re talking about their kids and
what they’re going to do on the weekend. And there is this body
that’s open and it looks just like a beautiful canoe. It has that shiny
blue sheen to it. That beautiful shape
of just a canoe. This open body and
then over there, is this material
that makes you alive. And as I watched them
cutting into this, I thought the magic
is out there. That there’s so many
reasons to stay alive. Because there’s magic
that takes that material, and turns you, into you. You know, your facial
expressions, your body language, your memories, your
friendships, your capabilities, your intelligence, your — everything that is
you is out there. Because it’s like taking
the back of a radio, or a television, or opening
up your dishwasher, you know, the guy comes to
fix your fridge. You open up the back
of a machine and all the material is there,
but what is it that plugs it into the wall and
turns it into something that is useful, and wonderful? And that is — it’s a
spiritual awakening for me. And I was so filled with
the spirit of of life, and whatever it is that makes us
us, and the reason for living. That when I left the room, I felt like I was walking
this far off the floor. And it was because I’d seen
what we were made of, you know? It’s not just that the great
big eyes and the the goofiness and the — you know, trying to
try to make people laugh and — you know, it’s all of that. But more than that, it’s energy
that comes from somewhere else. And you can call
it what you like. And you can go to the temple,
and the church and the Shaolin, and the ashram; wherever
you go to get that energy, but there it is. And for me, it was so affirming. And when I came out
of that autopsy room, I met one of the first young
medical students walking down the hallway. And he said, is this
your first autopsy? And I said, yes. And he said, isn’t it wonderful? And I thought it is. It is. We’re also afraid
of what makes us us. But it’s wonderful. So, when I was working
for McMaster University, all of that was was exceptional
for me to be so connected to the medical students, so
connected to what was going on in terms of electronics,
and camera work, and film, and educational systems. We were producing slide
tape presentations, and that sort of thing. And I would work with the
doctors doing their lectures. And one of the doctors
who was doing epidemiology and biostatistics, realized
that his work was pretty boring. It was all you know, dials
of slides, and lettering, and numbers and things
like that. So, his dad was a cartoonist,
and Dr. Zac had asked me to do cartoons for his
lectures; which I did. And the students loved
it, and he loved it. And we started doing
nothing but cartoons for the epidemiology department. Well, he got into trouble
because the doctors above him would say,
this is not a joke. This is a medical school. We don’t want to have comic art. So, being a biostatistician,
you know, statistics, he decided to have
a control group. And a group that learned
from the cartoons, and the cartoon group answered
more questions correctly. And so, all of the doctors were
asking me then, to do cartoons. So, I went from drawing
serious medical illustration, to comic art for all of
the doctors at McMaster. And it was just a
fabulous opportunity, for me to to do everything
that I loved. Everything, to learn about
medicine, to learn about life, to learn about all of
these different chemicals. And another thing that I was
given, was an absolute honor to be given, was I
had the opportunity to work on fetal development. And I was given many fetuses, little ones to draw
and to work on. And some of them were opened to different areas
of their development. And again, I had
that same sense — I had never had a
child at that point. So, I I wasn’t as connected
as I would be, later on. But that gave me the
same sense of reverence and awe for our development. I just want to tell
you one thing, which I think is incredible. When the baby is developing, the bowel is the biggest
part really, of your body. I mean, it’s a huge
amount of stuff there. So, where does it go as
this tiny little bud is — this little beanie
is developing? And it goes out into
the umbilical cord, in a great big loop. And it goes out, and out,
and out, out, out, out. And then it has to reform
itself, twist itself, come back out of
that umbilical cord, back into the baby’s belly. And it has to be done
at the right time, at the right space,
exactly right. And other things; parts of the
heart and parts of the lungs, and all of these things have
to happen right on time. Isn’t that a miracle? And you don’t think about it,
until you look at it in terms of all these little
moving parts, and how it grows
and how it develops. And, you know, we take things
so for granted, that any one of us it’s born with all our
functioning parts is a miracle, right? It is an absolute miracle. So, I was filled with
miracles when I worked for the medical school. Absolutely filled with miracles. And I think I had to be that way in order eventually,
to do a comic strip. Because a comic strip
touches everything. If it’s going to be something
that touches everyone, it has to touch everything. So, for me getting
this opportunity was pretty incredible. And I started by doing cartoons
about pregnancy for my doctor. And this is what happens
when you’re expecting a baby; you go into the doctor’s
examining room and you have to go, you know, once every
little while, and then closer to the date, you’re going every
week and all that kind of stuff. And they go play golf
and leave you to look at this empty ceiling, right? And you can’t go anywhere. You can’t go for coffee, you’re
half-dressed and all that. So, I said, Marie, why
don’t you put something on the ceiling for
us to look at? And he said, You’re
the cartoonist. I challenge you to do
cartoons for the ceiling of my examining tables. Of my examining room. So, I did. And by the time Aaron was born,
I had 80 some odd drawings. And shortly after — and
you know, I had the baby and life went on, but
I was married to — I was married to
this guy, right? I was married to this
guy, who actually turned out to be just probably a —
he was — let me start again. I’m having too much
fun with that. I need to enjoy this. I need to enjoy this. So, by then he was starting
to look a little tired; because he drank an awful lot. So, starting to look
a little tired. And he would come
home from from work, and I’d have this little baby. And you know what
little babies are like? They take all your time, you’re nursing them,
you’re cleaning them. And if you get a chance,
you’ll do the dishes, you’ll clean the house. And he would come home
from work and say, what did you do all day? I’m paying for everything
and you do nothing. What do you do all day? And then you say, well,
kid’s clean and he’s healthy and he’s alive and it’s,
you know, the dinner’s and you know — yeah,
but you know, I’m paying all this
money for what? You know, you’re not
earning your keep here. So, you know, life was really
not easy and I was this — you know, kind of a
little way for the kid and I didn’t stand
up for myself much. See where you can
put these lines. So, my baby was born, and
I had been drawing cartoons for my obstetrician. And one day my husband
left me for a voluptuous, script assistant at
the television studio. I used to say, I hope the four
of them live happily ever after. Like, she had massive boobs,
you know, and it was just — four of them live
happily ever after. And people say, well, how can
you joke about stuff like that? But that’s what survival is. It’s about laughing at stuff
that that really is depressing. I can tell you a funny
story about that. The doctors, the young
doctors that went to McMaster, there were 20 of
them to begin with. And we all got to know
each other pretty well, because I was the
graphic artists there and I’d have to work. And I went to the
lectures with the students, and dissection and
all this stuff. Anyways, I met one of
them in Whitehorse. In Canada there’s this — you know, in the
almost in the Arctic. It’s the Yukon, right? And I went to — my partner
is a musician and we went to visit some of
his musician pals. And in walks Dr. Dave, and he’s
one of the medical students. Well, he’s the only
surgeon in Whitehorse. And I said, Dave, you got
to have some funny stories. Well, he had two funny
stories and I’ll fast — I’ll tell you one of them. One of them is a guy is
chopping his firewood, and he chops off his thumb. His dog eats the thumb. He cuts open the dog, gets the
thumb, drives to the hospital and asked to sew
it back on again. And David says, you know, it’s
kind of chewed up and munched; I don’t think I can do that. So, he just puts everything
back, and the guy goes home, gets terribly drunk, really
upset that he killed his dog. And he chops off another
finger, while he’s doing his — yeah, so this stuff
happens in the North. The other story, which
I thought was cool — yeah, I mean, who
needs them, right? You got lots, you got 10, you
know, you don’t need them all. You don’t need them all, right? And so [laughs]. Anyway, my partners lost
this part of his finger. He’s a guitar player, so
he can’t flip the bird but he can still
play the guitar; because he was determined. The other funny story
from Dave, is this woman. And this is apropos of me; the four of them lived
happily ever after. This woman had had a terrible
divorce and she came in, and she asked him to
remove her implants. And then she sent them
to her ex-husband; because she said he wanted
them; he can have them. It was the only thing about
me that he really liked. You know and I thought,
only in Whitehorse. Only in Whitehorse [laughter]. So, what happened was
that I was on my own. My ex had left me for Rose,
the lovely, voluptuous, script assistant
and I was on my own. And I got a phone call and
it was my doctor and he said, I’d like you to come
over to my house, kiddo. He said, what are
you doing tonight? Bring the baby, have dinner. My wife is just cooking up. I thought wow, you know, how
often does your doctor — I mean, doctors are
important people and you kind of feel subservient, you know? And a little nervous
around them, and — except for some of
them that were idiots. But this one, was really cool. So, I went to his house and
his wife opened the door, and I went in and Marie
was sitting on the floor with a bottle of champagne. And he had all the cartoons
that I had done for him from the ceiling above
the examining table. And he said, kid,
you got a book. And so, he talked me
into doing 101 cartoons. And I did a little book
called David, We’re Pregnant. My husband’s name was Doug,
and I didn’t like the name. So, I did this little book,
and it really did well. And I did two other little
books, and they really did well. And the three little books
were sent by a publisher in Minneapolis, and I have to graciously thank
the United States for seeing something
that was possible. I had tried to get
things done in Canada, and I think they’re far more
analytical, and they want you to be a success before
they will invest in you. But in the States, I think
there are a lot more people who are entrepreneurs
and they will say, jeez, there’s potential here. Let’s try her out. So, I was given a
wonderful opportunity by Universal Press Syndicate. They sent me a 20-year contract to do a daily comic
strip, based on family. And in the meantime, I
had met my second husband. So, it’s funny how
— I mean at 72. I look back and it’s like
the films that dad ran, back and forth, fast and
slow, and fast and slow, that all these things that
happened to you in your life, you know, you pick it here and
pick it there, and can’t put it in real order, but there it is. And so, I had been
up at the airport, looking at the small planes
because I loved to fly. I loved to fly. cartooning gives me
the chance to fly. My imagination allows me to fly. When I was a little kid, I
would roll up in a blanket, and pretend I could fly. So here I was with my baby on
my backpack, up at the airport, looking at these tiny
little airplanes, thinking who owns
these airplanes? Who can have one of these? And a little airplane landed in
the pilot got out, walked over, and we started talking. And he said, well if you like
to fly, do you want to go to the next airport
for hamburger? I said, you betcha. And so, my baby and I piled
into this little airplane. We flew to the next
airport for hamburger. And I had been talking
to a friend who was a psychologist, a woman. And I said, how do you know
when a man is right for you? How do you know? And she said, he
just smells right. Well, it was aftershave,
and Avgas. You know, Avgas. And that smell, it was
just perfect for me. So, I married Rod Johnston,
who was in dental school. I was one of his first patients, and learned an awful
lot about dentistry. And I learned all kinds
of things about, you know, trying to set up a practice
and all of this stuff. And I was enthralled,
because he could fly. He could fly. And this little magic carpet
was there, and he wanted to go live in the Arctic. He wanted to work in the
native communities up there. He wanted to provide a
service in the North. He wanted an aeroplane,
but he wanted to have a job that he could afford an
airplane, and use it wisely. So, he wanted to buy a little
airplane, have his dental degree and work in the Arctic villages. And I thought, I’d have to
sell my house, leave my — you know, by then I had a lot of
clients, I was working freelance from my house, plus
working for the hospital. Because I had the baby
so I needed to you know, change from full time work. And I’d have to give all of that
up to go to the Arctic to work. And I thought, little house on a beautiful tree’d [phonetic]
street with solid friends and good work, flying to
the Arctic and this unknown. I’ll sell the house [laughs]. So, we put the house
up for sale. He was just graduating from
arts — from dental school, and I got this 20-year
contract in the mail. And I was shocked. Because I mean, you can
be funny, every so often. But to be funny, every
day for 20 years, is really, really daunting. But I had some hutzpah. I was — by then I no longer
wanted to jump out of a window. I was filled with good stuff. I had a lot of confidence. And so, I thought
maybe I could do this. It would be foolish not to try. So, on packing boxes as we’re
moving, I sent 20 cartoons to Universal Press Syndicate. And they did send me
a 20-year contract, which I watched my hand sign. Because I didn’t have a lawyer who could help me
read it properly. I had no idea what
I was signing, but it was 20 years’
worth of work. So, I figured, okay. So, by the time the contract was
done, and the house was sold, by then I’d had a second baby. You know, the Keystone Cops
film, running back and forth. So here we were going up
to Lynn Lake, Manitoba. I said if we’re going to go
to the Arctic, I want to go to a place where I
there’s an airport, and where I can have a house. I don’t want — he was going
to live on a train and travel by train through the
Arctic and into these areas. And I said no, I’d really like
to live where I can have family; his mom and dad lived in this
little town called Lynn Lake, Manitoba. Well, that’s as far north as
you can drive in Winnipeg, which is in Manitoba, which is
right in the middle of Canada. So, if you think about
the Hudson’s Bay, and in James Bay
is a little dimple that comes off the bottom,
we were right at the level of James Bay and Churchill,
but on the Manitoba — on the Saskatchewan
Manitoba border. So, it was north of 56. The temperature would go down
to 50 below in the winter. It was a really interesting
place to live. You live in a place
where it’s so small. Like, there was something
like 800 people in the town. And it’s so small, that
everybody knows you immediately. They know everything about you. And I had never lived
in a tiny town before. I moved from Vancouver, to Hamilton where you
could hear the birds cough. And suddenly here we were in
this tiny, Arctic community. And for me at first it was a
rush because I like adventure. Holy smokes, I’m in this place. There’s no trees. There’s a mine, there’s — you
know, there’s nothing here. Isn’t this great? Isn’t this great? Took me six months before
I was, get me out of here. Get me out of here. So, the first day after we’d
sort of moved into this house, I went down to a grocery store,
just to get some groceries. And I’m in line up with
a bunch of other people. And the woman at the till,
at the counter, was terrible. Move on, move on. Don’t start talking. I don’t have all day. Do you want that or not? If you don’t want
it, put it away. It was one of these
Arctic villages, if there was one,
rotten green pepper. There were three ladies
fighting over it, right? So, this was a little
Arctic grocery store. So, I’m in line waiting
and waiting and this woman was horrible. When I finally came up, she
says, who the hell are you? Where are you living? Are you living down
in Pine Street? Okay. All right,
how much you want? Do you want to pay cash? Do you want it delivered? What do you want? And I thought, what? So, I paid the money and I went
outside, and the woman in front of me was putting her
baby in a carriage, and getting her stuff organized. And I walked out and she — heap
being treated like this too. And I said to her,
what’s with that woman? Anyways, I got home, which
was like two-minute walk, and my phone was ringing. And it was Lena from
the grocery store. And she said, well, you were
talking to my sister in law. Watch what you say
in a small town. So, I learned real fast,
that in a small town, you watch your P’s and Q’s. Mind you, there was an awful
lot of hanky-panky going on in the wintertime, because
there’s not a lot to do, right? So, it’s a place where you
could steal a man’s wife but you don’t touch his
woodpile [laughter]. You don’t. So, there we were, in
Lynn Lake, Manitoba. And my husband looked
an awful lot like this. Good size nose. You can see my hands
are starting to shake. So that’s what happens. That’s why I don’t
draw the strip anymore. So, he looked an
awful lot like that. I was changing. I had my hair tied
back and, in a bun, and looked sort of like this. My son Aaron, was
five at the time. He led a walk out in school. He didn’t like what
was going on. And he organized all the kids
in grade one to come be — you know, to to line
up behind him. I’m going to draw a better
picture of him than that. And he said, this is a walkout. I’m, I’m — you know, anybody
who’s not having any fun — he’d seen walk out on TV. And he said, anybody
who’s not having any fun, line up behind me. And so, most of the class
did, and he led them outside. And the teacher caught
him and said, what the heck are you doing? And he said, we’re
going outside. We’re not having any fun. And she said, well,
you can’t do that. And he said, well,
we had a vote. She said, this is
not a democracy here. This is — you head
back into that class. Anyways, that little episode
was a play in that town. The teachers got together and they made a play
about the walkout. It was that kind of town,
that stuff happened. People made their own fun,
they made their own clothes, they made their own movies,
they made their own dinners. I mean, the thing was
that we would have to — we would all invite
each other for dinner at each other’s houses. But the thing was that you had to make something you’d
never made before. And some of these
dinners were disasters, and some of them were wonderful. And we didn’t go online. We would try to find things. You know, in the — there was a
library that had like 11 books. All kinds of crazy stuff
went on in that town. So, what I — what was
great about this tiny town, was that here I am
signing a contract to do a 20-year comic strip,
about a family that is supposed to be for better or for worse. The editors said, we want
something that’s going to rival Hi and Lois, and
Bondi, and Family Circus, and all the strips that are
done by men, that are kind of pleasant and sweet. We want the real deal. We want what’s going
to really happen. We want the scrape the
dog food off the dish. We want that wet diaper. We want everything that
is real in a family. So, when you move
into a small town — and by then little
Katie was born. You see all these characters
look pretty much the same. And the characters
look the same, because cartooning
is your signature. Right? All of us who do
comic art, our work — we might do similar
material, but we all have. — oh, no, that’s April. Okay, so yeah, so my
daughter, I wanted — she had the dark hair like that. And so, I gave her
the curly hair, right? Because I didn’t want her
to be teased at school. So, Elizabeth look like
this when I was first — see, it’s been so long since
I’ve drawn these characters, I forget how to draw them. So, but you know, so
the kids were tiny. We just started out we had
a new dental clinic that was above the the grocery
store where Lena worked. And Lena eventually became a
good friend, I have to tell you. She was one of the
most outspoken, crazy, lovable people, but
she was noisy and mean. And if you got past
that, you were fine. But what happens in a small town
is you get to know everybody. You get to know the drunk who’s
asleep in the you know, store, front entrance, and you get to
know the woman who’s widowed, and the man who’s dying and the
kids who are troubled at school. And our house was in
the middle of town. So, a lot of kids would come
past my house, and get food, and get clothing, and
get warm winter scarves and things like that. Because at the other end
of town was a tent village; where a lot of people lived
and just hand to mouth. And so, the kids
going to school, some of them didn’t
have any food. And so, my house was right
in the middle and they knew that my house was a
pretty safe house. And I had a big backyard,
and I had a door that opened on the lane, and a door that
opened on the front street. And the kids would come up the
lane, and the kids would come to my house, and they would
come mostly for clothing. They would come for
hats and scarves. Because either they’d been taken
from them or they’d lost them or they didn’t have any. But at 50 below, a little kid
who’s walking six blocks home, is going to need to cover
their face and their hands. And so, I had a great
big box of extra coats, and scarves, and hats. And my kitchen was always ready
for extra people to come by. My daughter — I said to my
son one day, and he’s 46. I said what do you remember
most about Lynn lake, and the little school
you went to? And he said, your lunches. You made — your lunch
was my happy place. When I got to open my lunch, all the other kids
would go oh, right? So, Katie said, you know, I
had those great lunches too. But there was a kid there
who had sugar sandwiches and he made his own
sandwiches every day. It was always a sugar
sandwich, of white bread. And she said they were so good. She said, I used to get
all these vegetables, and you know, nice food at home. But the sugar sandwich
to me, was heaven. And years later, she met
this guy who was now working in Toronto, and he said to her, your mother fed me
all through school. If it hadn’t been
for your lunch, I wouldn’t have had a
meal during the day. Your lunch was my meal. And she said, I just thought I
was getting sugar sandwiches, you know? But it was that kind of town, that there would be some
very well-paid people who worked at the mine. And some very, you know, people
who were just really struggling at the other end of town. So, because I got to
know all of these people, I got to really care about
and then see both sides. And at first, I was thinking that Ellie would
have this nemesis. She would have this neighbor
Connie, who had it all. Ellie is like my mother; forced
to live at home and have, you know, all these aspirations. But she’s stuck with the
children, and she grumbles about you know, housework
and whatever. And if only she could do this,
and if only she could do that. And her neighbor
would have it all. She’d have no children
and she had a great job, and always talking about
where she was going and what she was doing. But living in a small town, I
realized that nobody’s all bad. Nobody’s all evil. And when I like — I
sometimes do talks to kids in elementary school, and the
kids love monsters, right? They love to draw evil, gooey
monsters and things like that. And I think, when you
think about alien, is he’s losing his way into
the corridor of the spaceship to eat people and
slime everything. What does he do on the weekend? You know, what is he doing? He got to have a few days
off; put his feet up, watch a, you know, a show, you know? what if he has an itch
that he got to go — you know, man, I’ve been
putting that off I got to go see somebody about that. You know, what’s
his other life like? And they say jeez, that — you know, and then they’d
all talk about, well, what dos Godzilla
do on the weekend? What is — you know,
what does Tarzan do when he’s not swinging around? I mean, it’s the other side. And you can see the other side
when you go to a small town. And that to me really
made the difference. Because everything you saw
in For Better For Worse, which started September of ’79
— and this is the 40th year. This is 40 years
afterwards, right? And it’s still running. And to me it’s an
absolute amazement that it’s still going;
but there it is. But I wouldn’t have been able to
do what I did, if I hadn’t lived in this tiny little town. And the town actually
closed down. The mine closed and
everybody had to leave, and it was heartbreaking
to leave this little town. I never would have
wanted to live there for the rest of my life. But I felt cocooned, and
comfortable, and cozy there. And there’s a certain arrogance
to living in the far north. You you really feel
as though you have — you’ve escaped to something that nobody else will
understand or imagine. And I can connect that
too, to working in Peru. A couple of friends here,
Dr. Jim, as a psychiatrist — and I wondered how does
psychiatry work when you’re in a desperate situation, and all of these
people need health care? And to tell somebody
that they’re okay, that they’re going to be okay. That faith is there. That there’s the magic. That there is a lifeline
that you can plug into this other energy,
that will save you really from yourself, and from
whatever is around you. You just need that
faith to keep on going. And so, I had that. And I had 40 years
of writing material, that went out to
millions of people. And I felt connected
to them too. I felt as though there was a
lifeline between me and all of the people that read my work;
the letters that I got, the — you know, the well-wishing,
the gifts, the things that came back. And it was a mutual
connection between me and all of these people. People sometimes say, what is
the best story you ever did? I did two stories
that resonated. And one was a story
about a gay character. My brother in law’s gay. And one of my very,
very closest friends on the planet was a comedy
writer for the CBC in Toronto. And he was so small,
and so feather like, that he played Peter Pan
for many years at theater. And he used to complain
about this wedge that they had him sitting on, that could never
be padded enough. That they would fly
him around the stage on this little moon
shaped arc, right. He was so tiny, and and
he wouldn’t hurt a fly. He was the funniest
guy you ever saw. And he was murdered for
his bicycle and his stereo. He was gay. And he had a big heart, and
he met this kid who did — down on his luck, didn’t have
any money, didn’t have any food. He gave him 40 bucks and said, go get yourself something
to eat. And there’s a hostel
around the corner there, where you can stay the
night for 20 bucks. So that’ll give you tonight. Well, the kid followed him to
his apartment, and went out and bought a knife
with the 40 bucks, went back to Michael’s
apartment, rang the bell. And when Michael opened the
door, he slit his throat. And he took his bicycle,
and his stereo. So, for a bicycle and a stereo,
this fabulous comedy writer who made everybody laugh, died. And the attitude of the
police at the time was, well, there’s one more
predator off the street. We’re not going to look
into this, too seriously. And the poor guy who — you know, the poor victim
with the knife, that poor kid, he was, you know,
just a street kid. We’ll help him. Well, Michael’s partner
died of a broken heart. He worked for four years
to try and get justice for this awful murder. And it’s strange that
the night Michael died, I phoned his apartment,
just to say hello. And nobody answered. And I called Paul,
his partner who lived in a different building,
and I said, what’s going on? Where’s Michael? And he didn’t know. And that was the
night he was killed. So, there’s energy
out there, right? There’s energy that
pulls us together, that makes us magically connect. And you don’t really realize
— well, you can’t realize it. I think we’re not
allowed to realize it. But that connection with me
and Michael, I thought — when I had this comic strip, and
I had 2000 papers, and I wanted to do a story for Michael. Because I thought,
it’s about time. So, I said to my editor,
whose name is Lee. Can I do this story
if I do it carefully, and well, and if you edit it? And he said, you’ll lose
some papers, for sure. Well, I wrote this story. I was willing to
lose the papers. He figured I’d lose about six. And the story started to run. And it was just a
gentle, easy story, and it was — ran
for four weeks. We told all of the people who — the editors, that we would
provide alternate material if they wanted it, but this was
a story that was going to run. And I could not believe
the backlash that came. It was just — it was
a phenomenal situation. In which Michael’s very
best friend Lawrence, who live next door — I
can’t even remember how to draw Lawrence. Anyways, I know that he —
his dad was from South America and he had to make
all of this story up. Of how this dark kid could be
living with this mom next door. And that looks a
lot like Michael. Anyways, so [laughs]
that’s the problem, right? Because these signatures kind
of dissolve after a while. If you haven’t drawn
them for a while, it’s really hard to draw them. So, I did this story
and my phone rang from morning till night. We got seven — how
many 3000 letters. And most of them I
answered if they were — if they had made sense,
I would answer them; even the negative ones. But some of them
were so horrible. There were death threats,
there were, you know, phone calls from the
most incredible people, saying the most incredible
things. but I found out that
the people — all of the editors of
all of the newspapers, have to be fairly open minded
and they have to see things from different points of view. But if you’re a small
editor in a small newspaper, in a small town,
you’re available. You can go into the Tim
Hortons and have a cup of coffee and someone will come in and
accost you, and accuse you of printing something
that they don’t like. So, all of the editors
who were available, were being bludgeoned
by naysayers as well. So, I got phone calls from them,
and I met wonderful editors, wonderful people who would
say, I can’t run your strip. My children are being
beaten up at school. My dog was spray
painted yesterday; my house windows were egged. I can’t run the story,
but I agree with you. So, I was surprised by that. Because I thought any
newspaper could print anything that was appropriate. But apparently not. Not in many small towns. And these were all
over the states. I got no complaints from anybody in Canada really,
except for Halifax. The Halifax Herald
dropped my strip, and never spoke to me again. You know, so something
going on in Halifax. I don’t know what it
is, but I think the rest of the Canadians were
busy watching hockey and staying warm. And you know, just —
it was just a story. But I am proud of that story. And a lot of people wrote to
tell me that they had spoken to their mom for the first time. I actually brought
some of the stuff here. Okay, so thank you for
your story about Lawrence in For Better For Worse. Because of it, I’ve been
able to talk to my daughter. We’d not spoken for
three years and I mean, I had not spoken to her. Perhaps we can salvage
the future. Thank you for helping
me to understand. And this one, what gives
you the right to talk about something disgusting and
unspeakable on the comics page? Our son is gay and to me,
he is lower than dirt. He’s not welcome in our house,
and neither is your comic strip. I think one of the most hurtful
letters came from a woman who said, I’ve just taken
you off my refrigerator. So, here’s a story
from a young man; and I wish that he’d
signed his name because I would have
written him a great letter. He said thank you for your
profound series about the plight of Lawrence in For
Better For Worse. As a gay teenager hiding in
the refuge of his closet, I was deeply moved
by the ongoing drama. I hear homosexuals being
bashed from myriad people all around me, who of course,
don’t know that I’m gay; including my parents, younger
brothers, certain friends and parochial teachers,
and it hurts. I cut out each of the scenarios
and keep them clandestine and safe; buried at the
bottom of a desk drawer, concealed from prying eyes. It’s good to know that I’m
not universally despised and that I have value
as a human being. I’ve rejected family and
religion, but it renews hope in me, to see that not every
member of society loathes me. Thank you again. This was a letter from
California, but I’ve since heard from many people
who felt that way. So, the other — and that to me, meant more to me
than the laughs. You know, like a comic
strip is wonderful because you can make
people laugh. And when I wrote
something funny — recently, I was just
going over them again. And there’s a Christmas
situation, where John is complaining
that the Christmas tree stand that Ellie has just bought from
Caster’s [assumed spelling] Cash and Carry, is a piece of junk
and it’s not going to work. And he says, why didn’t
you get another one? She said, well, it was Caster’s
[assumed spelling] last stand, right? Terrible, horrible puns. I love that and make
people laugh. But to make people think, and to make people
talk, was even better. So, the other story that I did,
that people tend to remember; is the story about
Farley, the dog. Well, Farley was really
a wonderful character. And he was based on an
old English sheep dog that we had years ago. And he was big, and
lumbering, and stupid. Dumb and stupid. Looked a lot like the husband. Anyways, you know, what’s interesting is my first
husband is 85 years old now. He’s quite a bit
older than I am. Well, [inaudible] 72, what? He wanted to get
together and just talk and he said, can we be friends? Can we please be friends? And he’s gone from this young,
strapping, athletic guy. You know, hairy guy, to
this tall, skinny gaunt, yellow guy, with a walker. And talk about that
Keystone Cops movie, holy smokes back in time. And when I look at him, I see
the young guy that I married. And holy smokes, here
he is with a walker. And I put my arms around
him and I said, you bet. We could be friends. Yeah. You know. So, anyways, Farley, the dog
was a wonderful character because he — you know, he
was — he could be a fantasy. He could be something that
I could have fun with, and stretch, and play with. And yet, the characters
had all started to grow up. And they grew up
and they changed, because I couldn’t
keep them young. I wanted at first to keep
everybody the same age, but I couldn’t keep them young. And because my own kids were
growing up with new vocabulary, and new friends, and new
ideas, and new insights. How could you keep
that out of the strip? So, without my wanting
to, everybody grew up. And it kept me from
licensing anything. I mean, if I wanted to license
April as a baby, for example, to Pampers, by the time
the contract was signed, and the graphics were done, and
the product was on the counter, she’d be three years
old in the strip. So, it was impossible for
me to do any licensing. But this character had
some possibility that way. This character was a real
interesting, imaginary guy, but he had a lifespan. So, my sister in law who’s a
veterinarian said, you know, you got to let him go,
but make him go a hero. Because as a veterinarian,
you know, her job a lot of the time was to
end a pet’s life and she said, I just hate it. I just — it just
breaks my heart. So, have him go naturally
and as a hero. So, I wrote the story
about Farley going down the hill with little April. And April’s disappointed that
she didn’t get to go on a trip with the parents on a boat. And she has a toy boat which
he puts into the stream. It’s springtime, the stream
is running hard and fast. She loses the boat,
gets into the stream, and Farley the dog jumps in
and holds her head above water, till they can get her out. And he dies of exhaustion. He’s an old dog and he dies on the riverbed, in
Elizabeth’s arms. And it’s very, you know,
beautifully crafted. That’s the one thing,
they call us creators and you can control everything. You know who’s going to
live, who’s going to die, who’s going to get married,
who’s going to get a zit. I mean, big things,
and little things. You control them all. But you can’t control
real life, right? You can’t control real life. So, there was a certain
amount of, you know, arrogance to being
able to do this story. So, anyways, Farley
the dog died. And before I did the story,
I was telling Charles Schulz, I’m going to do this story and
he said, you can’t kill the dog. That dog is iconic dog. It’s a signature piece. You can’t kill the dog. And I said, but I have to. You know, he’s 13 years old. He said, if you kill that dog,
I’m going to have Snoopy hit by a bus and everybody
will care about Snoopy. He’s going to go
into the hospital. He’s going to be sick, and
everybody will read my stuff and they won’t care
about your dumb story. So, I didn’t tell him
when I was going to do it. And I wrote the story. And I submitted it. And he was blindsided. He couldn’t believe that
he was reading the story. And he phoned me up. And he said, that
stupid, little girl. What was she doing
going down there alone, with a boat to the river? That stupid little girl. And I thought, you really
are part of the comics. He used to say, if you want to
know me, read all my characters. Read my characters,
because that’s me. So, you know, for him. It was a shock. But what happened when
Farley died was — I mean, you work eight
weeks ahead of the deadline. So, eight weeks for the Sunday,
colored page, six weeks ahead of the deadline for the dailies. Always has to be that far ahead, because they’re sending your
work to Guam, and, you know, Australian, whatever, and
that has to be colored. So, they’d like that
big, long deadline. Well, you don’t know what
the headline is going to be in the newspaper,
when that strip runs, because it’s eight
weeks back, right? Well, the day that Farley died, was the day of the
Oklahoma bombing. And everybody was
raw with emotion. Everybody was upset. I got letters from people
who said, I cried all the way to work on the subway. I mean, but they were
crying for other reasons. I mean, it was shocked
everybody. So, you have no way of knowing
whether what you do is going to land on a good day or not. So that was something
that I think, probably has made his
disappearance a little more memorable. But I didn’t want
to lose the dog. You’re going to have to tell
me when it’s time to quit. Somebody is going to tell
me — like, it’s time. Okay. real fast. I wanted another
dog in the strip because it was so much fun. I wanted — so because I
can control everything — the creator, right? I could decide, who gets
pregnant, who doesn’t. Anyway, so the dog next
door Sarah, gate is open, Farley goes next door, has
a love romantic relationship with Sarah the dog,
and puppies happen. And little Edgar comes into
the Patterson household and I now have a baby. Another little fuzzy
dog, that will grow up and I can have another
little dog in the strip. Well, I got letters from all
these people saying you should have had that dog neutered. How dare you have all these
illegitimate puppies coming out? And you know, you
should go rescue a dog. That was — and I said,
lady, it’s a paper dog. You know? Anyways. So, I’ve always listened to my
readers, and thank goodness, they’ve listened to me. It’s been 40 years of
wonderful, wonderful work. And mostly it’s the
relationships that I’ve had. I’ve met so many great people. I mean, when you think
you’re, done and forgotten, and you’ve got a show at the
Canadian Embassy; it wakes you up and realizes that
you’re still plugged in. You’re still full of energy, and you’re still being
read and enjoyed. And I sure appreciate
you coming here today, because we are connected
in so many ways. Thank you.