Don’t Miss these Upcoming Events!
►Wednesday, September 7, 7 pm, Bastrop: In a rare appearance, world traveler and Austin whistleblower developer, Brian Rodgers, will speak on: “Bastrop: Beacon for Affordability or Austin’s Dumping Ground?” Details here.
►Friday, September 16, 11 to 1 pm, San Marcos: Who says you can’t fight growth? The growth machine, of course. Join our good ol’ fashioned picket line outside the Growth Summit where the real estate lobby will partake in a feeding frenzy over building the megalopolis between San Antonio and Austin. That’s right, Hays County, you’re in the crosshairs. San Antonio Mayor Ivy “I’m-here-to-steal-your water” Taylor speaks along with Austin Mayor Steve “ain’t-growth-grand!” Adler. Reply if you plan to join us. More here.
►Sunday thru Tuesday, Sept. 25-27: Every year we urge you to go to the fantabulous Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Conference. It’s back at the Bastrop Convention Center. Early registration rates ends tomorrow! More here.
The independent movement is moving statewide!
Remember, you can comment at the bottom these linked pages and submit your own report too.
City of Bastrop: Our petition for Reasonable Petition Requirements in the City of Bastrop is on the November ballot, despite the clenched teeth of the Bastrop City Council. It’s also in Five “Easy” Pieces — you’ll have to vote five times to get your petition rights. Read this and be sure to come see us on September 7th.
Hays County: Ambush at Trininty-Hays Groundwater Conservation District from Susan Cook of Driftwood.
Simsboro communities (Bastrop, Lee, Burleson & Milam counties): End Op, L.P. hit a bump on its mega-water grab just as the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund is jump starting. Send your donations to SAWDF at this corrected address: PO Box 690, Elgin, TX 78621. Read this excellent piece in the Elgin Courier.
Aubrey (Denton County): Have you read Aubrey Councilman (and very independent) Calvin Tillman’s blog lately? What would Texas be like if all our local officials had Calvin’s cojones? Calvin for President!
Update – lawsuit to stop SW-45 in SW Austin thanks to the Golden Cheeked Warbler, no thanks to the influence-peddling Regional Mobility Authority.
Austin & San Antonio: Can you spell KLEPTOCRACY? Both cities have rendered our rights to petition for a voter referendum (to reverse a Council decision) null and void with huge financial and energy/water/property rights consequences. Here’s what we told the Texas Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
Oops, we almost forgot…please donate!
P.S. We need volunteers now in Austin, Bastrop and San Marcos — and soon in San Antonio — with a variety of skills. Contact us if you’re interested.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 7TH:
Independent Texans proudly hosts Austin whistleblower developer, Brian Rodgers, to speak on “Bastrop: Beacon for affordability or Austin’s dumping ground?” Please come and share this announcement!
Want to volunteer? We have work for you or tell us how you want to help.
Meanwhile, share this announcment!
Bastrop is not a playground for developers and water profiteers!
Last week, the Council held a closed-door meeting (Executive Session) about Bastrop’s water supply without telling the public anything about the subject of this discussion. They took no action, but more discussion about the city’s “water supply” (again unexplained) is on the Executive Session Agenda this Tuesday. And this time they might just take action, and no one knows ahead of time what it’s about.
We do have an inkling of what this is about from some statements by Councilman Willie DeLaRosa in a recent open session. He wants the city to take action with its XS Ranch water project that — based on what we, the public, know today — could be very risky to the water future of the city of Bastrop and even Bastrop County.
Who pays for this poker game? YOU — city and county residents.
We will fill you in on Tuesday — so come a few minutes early if you can.
Meanwhile, the Council — with clenched teeth — put our measure for “Reasonable Petition Requirements” on the November ballot — they had to by law. However, they broke it up into five ballot measures, so you will have to vote “YES” five times for your petition rights in November!
On a more hilarious note is the Mayor’s reassurance that the city is now “stable” while we witness the abuse of Executive Session and foot dragging on open records requests. We filed an open records request for phone records of Council members Kesselus, Schiff and DeLaRosa and water marketer Joe Beal, who remains — for now — on the Bastrop Economic Development Board. If they do city business on a phone, the records are subject to open records requests. DeLaRosa is especially vulnerable because he refuses to use email.
We just posted a dedicated page for Bastrop residents in light of the November election. Candidate endorsements are not yet decided. Visit the Bastrop page and share it here.
Don’t miss this excellent report in the Elgin Courier on the recent Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District hearing on End Op’s 46,000 acre-feet groundwater permit resulting in a delay of action: Hearing Results in Delayed Action — until September
SAVE THIS DATE!!!
Wednesday, September 7, 7 pm, First National Bank Community Room, Main bank in Bastrop. You won’t want to miss it. More real soon.
Please spread the word for us and show up on Tuesday. Your affordability and your water are at risk and that’s no joke.
P.S. Message to the Mayor and Council: don’t play poker with our water and wallets and make the gorilla take off his costume.
►The Council will take a second and final vote to place our ballot measure for petition reform on the November ballot. We believe we have clarified a concern raised last week by the Interim City Attorney, David Bragg, followed by some mistatements by Councilwoman Jones. We’ll be watching tonight to see how this is handled and hope everyone will settle in. The Mayor was very measured last week, which we noticed and appreciated.
►On another equally important note is the XS Ranch water deal for the City of Bastrop. A pivotal vote could be taken tonight affecting the water picture for the entire County and even Lee County because Bastrop and Lee counties share the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District.
►Last week’s Lost Pines GCD’s hearing on End Op, L.P. resulted in the Board delaying action until their September meeting. They were criticized by a number of supporters of the district — landowners and residents — for bending too far for End Op. Stay tuned.
We apologize for the lateness of this message. If you get this too late, we will fill you in, in short order.
We’ve been quite busy doing open records requests and doing our homework. We’re looking forward to sharing that with you soon!
The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District meeting tonight at 6 pm at Bastrop City
Hall (1311 Chestnut) is one of the most important meetings you’ll ever attend.
There has been much confusion about End Op, Forestar, Vista Ridge (the San Antone Hose) and so many other water deals for a reason. The Simsboro is under siege.
We live in an area of the state where the goose that laid the golden egg — our groundwater — is about to get choked to death. Others of you who live along the I-35 growth corridor are also about to get choked to death with mounting debt for infrastructure to make sure that we keep bringing masses of people here as quicklly as possible to feed the growth lobby. Simsboro water is integral to this “growth machine.”
Lost Pines GCD has also been under siege as well, and they are buckling. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. What is surprising is that we — residents and landowners — are not only still standing, we’re still fighting for the incoming and next generation — not to mention our property rights, ecosystems and local economies.
Bring donations small or large for the new non-profit Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund and get ready for a whole new ballgame in the courts!
Quick note about the Bastrop City Council meeting last night: The petition games have started with lots of silliness to go around. Councilwoman Deborah Jones acted like she knew nothing about the “filers” of the petition — Independent Texans — or who I am. If memory serves us…here she is speaking at our candidate forum on April 18th sitting not 5 feet from me, the moderator.
Yes, we made a big mistake not endorsing Kelly Gilleland in that race. Bastrop is now paying for it but don’t worry, we will make amends in November and beyond with a whole new crop of people who are starting to pay attention.
Looking forward to seeing you tonight!
P.S. If you live in the city of Bastrop, please make plans to attend the next city council meeting — next Tuesday at 6:30 pm. More soon.