When SAWS CEO, Robert “what-me-worry?” Puente, was asked about the possibility of an open meetings violation this week, he suggested that we — the folks living over the aquifer he plans to raid – might be living in a “cave”. (It’s on the last page of this article).
Also, take note on that same page of the $1.25 million SAWS is giving to a number of organizations to make themselves look like the great benevolent conservation organization that they are NOT. (We say to those organizations, good for you and take the money and run. But please, realize SAWS wants to alienate you from other environmental organizations opposing Vista Ridge. Instead — consider using those funds to help us beat the SAWS buzz saw and save your city from being ridiculed as the water grabbing baron of Texas.)
Now, we take these SAWS people very seriously.
Watch this 1-minute video to see our very statesmanlike response to SAWS Chairman Berto Guerra who shares his conviction that SAWS has channeled divine intervention in the Vista Ridge deal to benefit San Antonians. (Berto’s rapture simply overtook him just before he leaves on his most recent junket to Spain.)
Sincere thanks to Terry Burns, Alamo Sierra Club Chair, for the best testimony yet on Vista Ridge. We, on the other side of the pipeline, appreciate you so much.
Please share this video and get your Texas friends to sign the petition right here.
NOW, WE HAVE VERY IMPORTANT WORK FOR YOU TO DO. Please do this!
Today, Friday, May 20th, is the last day to early vote in the small turnout runoff elections. Every WILL count. Election Day is next Tuesday, May 24th. Independent Texans proudly endorses these three fine candidates below.
Do you know someone who lives in their district? Click on the link below and look at the 35 counties they collectively represent: then, contact your friends now, please
THANK YOU, TEXAS.
PS Did you see the Conservation Scorecard that was released yesterday? SAWS, once a leader in conservation in the nation, is now ranked 14th in Texas. Great work, Texas Living Waters Project: http://www.texaswaterconservationscorecard.org/
PPS Did we forget to beg you for money again? We’re shameless: http://indytexans.org/donate/
Keep those “Flush Vista Ridge” petition signatures coming in – we’re lovin’ those comments too. (If you haven’t signed yet, click here and do it!).
Here’s why your taking action is so important.
San Antonio Water System (SAWS) called a special meeting for tomorrow at 9 am, which is certainly their right to do. What they don’t have a right to do is violate the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA).
A few hours ago, this letter from Save Our Springs Alliance and the League of Independent Voters was sent to the SAWS board (copied to their bosses — the San Antonio City Council). The letter lays out why SAWS did not give the proper 72 hours notice to the public as required by TOMA. Only one of their agenda items, Item 6, had no ‘back up’ (a detailed description) until 24 hours after the deadline. Guess what Item 6 is about? Changing control of Vista Ridge – no minor issue.
Again, sign the petition right here. We’re going to share with you soon some ideas we have about how we’re going to use it and will be asking for your feedback.
Able to donate? Keep it coming! Nothing is too small.
We’re watching you SAWS — literally — watch tomorrow’s meeting online right here.
Hopefuly, SAWS will be smart enough to reschedule this meeting, so you won’t see anything!
PS Our friend, David Simpson is in the runoff for Senate District 1 and needs your help. Call him to lend a hand at 903-371-0963. Reminder: Simpson led our water battles in last session.
PPS We just endorsed Susan King in the Senate District 24 runoff. Please share this!
On May 11th, SAWS failed to meet the deadline to apply for state water funding (aka SWIFT) for Vista Ridge — aka the “San Antone Hose”. SA Express-News article here.
This giant toilet at SAWS is where the flushing proceeds. But not without your action.
==> Sign this petition now. Add your own comment if you are an affected landowner over the aquifer or affected by the pipeline.
==> DONATE to help us do low-cost ads on Facebook to get our news out. (See the paypal button to your right or go here.)
Call us if you are an affected landowner and can go with us to San Antonio on Wednesday or watch it online here at 9 am.
Vista Ridge ain’t over until the fat utility — SAWS — sings. Keep after it, Texans!
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance’s endorsement of Susan King for SD 24, is food…and water…for thought here at Independent Texans. Therefore, we endorse Susan King and encourage you to help reach voters in Senate District 24: covering parts of Bandera, Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kerr, Lampasas, Llano, Mills, San Saba, Taylor, and Travis Counties. Click here for more details about District 1 — it’s big!
Early voting is Monday, May 16th through Friday, May 20th is the last day to early vote. Election Day is Tuesday, May 24th.
FARFA endorses Susan King in the runoff for State Senate in District 24
Susan King has been a strong advocate for local farms and food. As a member of the House Public Health Committee, Rep. King was an outspoken supporter during the Committee discussions on raw milk, cottage foods, and other local foods bills. She also authored and passed two important bills that make the state health department more accountable to food producers.
Perhaps most importantly, Susan King has spoken up for farmers’ access to water. In a water forum, her opponent supported raising the rates that farmers pay for water, so that farmers would pay the same rates as cities and commercial users — an approach that essentially says that green lawns and golf courses are just as important as food. Susan King was the lone candidate to point out that water is necessary for food, and that raising water rates for farmers not only hurts the farmers, but ultimately the consumers as well.
Help protect the future of farming and local food in Texas by supporting Susan King: spread the word and vote! Remember, you can vote in the runoff even if you didn’t vote in the March elections. (If you voted in the March elections as a Democrat, you cannot vote in the Republican runoff.)
For more information about Rep. King, visit: www.susankingcampaign.com
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CONTACT: Linda Curtis, Director of Independent Texans, (512) 657-2089, email@example.com
HEAD: Independent Texans PAC Endorses Ernest Bailes for Texas House of Representatives District 18 (for details about the HD 18, click here)
(Dayton, Texas) Independent Texans proudly endorses Ernest Bailes in the Republican Party primary runoff for State Representative House District 18. HD 18 covers Liberty, San Jacinto and Walker counties. Independent Texans PAC, founded in 2001, is the only political action committee for non-aligned independent voters, of which there are millions in Texas.
Arlan Foster of Liberty County served as President of the Correctional Employees Union AFSCME Council 7 in 2006 when Council 7 bolted from the Texas AFL-CIO union establishment by endorsing Carole Strayhorn in her independent run for Governor. Foster said, “Mr. Bailes made it clear to us that he gets what is most important to rural Texans — defending our property rights against eminent domain abuse and protecting our water resources. His opponent didn’t even return our many calls to reach him. The job description is in the job title, State ‘Representative’. Independents want office holders that will at least return our call.”
Linda Curtis, the Director of Independent Texans and a resident of House District 17 (Lee, Bastrop, Gonzales, Caldwell and Karnes counties), remarked, “Non-aligned independents are the change agents in the national election. What does it say to HD 18 voters when one of the candidates snubs us? Strahan is a Trojan horse for the minority faction within the Republican Party – funded by Empower Texans — that has an axe to grind against the powerful Speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus. Electing Strahan will get HD 18 voters exactly what he gave us – zip.”
The contest in this race is only in the Republican primary runoff. There is no Democrat running in November. The runoff is expected to be close. Those who voted in the Democratic primary may not vote in this runoff, but those who either voted in the Republican primary or did not vote in either party primary in March are now eligible to vote in this runoff.
Foster is building an affiliate of Independent Texans in Liberty County. Curtis and Independent Texans recently helped settle a heated primary for House District 17. They hope to make the margin of difference in HD 18 as well.
Early voting in the upcoming runoff elections is May 16th through May 20th. Election Day is Tuesday, May 24th.
More information can be found in the News section at IndyTexans.org.