Tomorrow night (Monday, Sept. 19) at 6 pm, we are urging you to be at Bastrop City Hall (1311 Chestnut) to witness a crime taking place at the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation board meeting. That’s not just a play on words. You can expect to witness yet another clear violation of Bastrop’s Ethics Ordinance now involving the Mayor’s lieutenant on the Council, Councilman Gary Schiff. Schiff, who jumped off the BEDC board last month, is now coming to the Board for money for his private development project.
Just before Schiff’s shuffling takes place, the BEDC majority will fire their attorney, Jo-Christy Brown. For what reason?
We can’t let them get away with it.
Please show up and bring others!
Rumor has it there is action planned at the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation meeting on Monday (6 pm at City Hall) that you are not going to like.
We believe you will be able to witness the influence-peddlers coming out in the open to grab your tax dollars for personal gain.
Please plan on being there to witness this. There will be no streaming of this event. If you can’t make it at 6, come when you can.
We are urging that our community — with all our differences — come out to see this for yourselves and to make plans for passage of “More Reasonable Petition Requirements in Bastrop” this November. This will give us the tools we need to put a stop to this abuse of authority that will overtake our community if we let it.
Call us over the weekend if you want to know more. The agenda for this meeting is not yet up online, but should be under this link sometime today.
Please share this message and bring your neighbors.
“We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin
P.S. On the heels of the End Op permit last week for 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater, you’re also about to learn how all politics in Bastrop are still about the “WATER GRABS”.
This media advisory is hitting Texas media right now. We hope to see you on Friday with your own home made signs! Call us for a ride or reply with your phone number.
Friday, September 16, Noon
Contact: Linda Curtis, 512-657-2089
San Marcos, Texas
Citizens Picket Annual Growth Summit
This Friday, landowners and residents from the IH-35 growth corridor and the “forced water donor” communities east of Austin, will picket the Annual Growth Summit being held at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos. The picket comes on the heels of permits granted for over 124,000 acre-feet of groundwater (more than 110 million gallons per day) from the endangered slow-recharging Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer underlying Bastrop, Burleson, Lee and Milam counties. Those permits are now:
⇒Vista Ridge/”The San Antone Hose” 50,000 AFY
⇒Forestar Real Estate Group: 28,500 AFY
⇒End Op, L.P. 46,000 AFY
Picketers will have plenty to say about why citizens from rural, suburban and urban Texas are joining hands to fight the “growth machine”. They will be carrying signs like the one in this advisory to tell their story.
More here on the Picket at the Growth Summit–Please come!
We encourage media to join us outside and across the street from the Embassy Suites at 12 pm or to call us.
For more information:
The good news is that plaintiffs suing to stop the toll road over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone between Austin and Hays County won an important round in court yesterday that TxDOT and the toll authority are none too happy about. Congrats to all, especially SOS Alliance. Federal Judge Yeakel rejected the motion to dismiss.
The bad news (not unexpected) is last night the Simsboro communities got hosed on another mega-permit of groundwater in the Lost Pines (Lee and Bastrop counties). The privateering End Op, L.P. got a stair-stepped permit for 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year from the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District. Though several years of pumping will be monitored for impact on the aquifer before the full amount is allowed, those who entered into this agreement may well be experimenting with irreparable damage to an ancient and very slow-recharge aquifer. Landowners are now preparing for more court action.. A few more details here from Environmental Stewardship.
Please read this handout from us last night to see how you can help.
Ready yet to join a good ol’ fashioned picket at the Growth Summit on Friday, Sept. 16 in San Marcos? Ivy from San Antonio is begging for her muzzle. Share this and come on out, y’all!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- Sept. 25-27: Have you registered yet for the scrumptious 10th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference? Do it here now.
- Whistleblower developer Brian Rodgers has been rescheduled for Monday, October 3rd, at 7 pm at First National Bank of Bastrop.
We are ready to come talk to your group about how to join the independent movement. Just let us know and we’ll be there.
PS If you live in the city of Bastrop, come down to city hall tonight at 6:30. Water is being discussed in Executive Session but action must be voted on in public. Can’t make it? Watch on BTXN.TV.
Please come tomorrow night, 7 pm to the Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut: The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District will make a momentous decision on the 46,000 acre-feet mega-permit to End Op, L.P..
Where is End Op’s water headed? Travis, Williamson and…surprise, surprise…Hays County was just added!
So many water deals, it hurts, right? This is the aquifer under Bastrop and Lee counties (the Simsboro) that also underlies Burleson and Milam counties, where their groundwater district — Post Oak Savannah — already sold out their landowners, granting a 50,000 AFY permit for the Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose. Lost Pines’ decision tomorrow also comes on the heels of their decision to grant Forestar Real Estate at stair-stepped permit for 28,500 AFY. More from our friends at Environmental Stewardship here.
Are you getting your signs ready to picket the Growth Summit on September 16th in San Marcos?
Please share this event page here!
Calling all central Texans —
show up and bring your own home made signs!
Rent too high? Property taxes out of control?
Sick of eminent domain for private gain and constant threats to your water?
Together, across party lines, we can muzzle the central Texas Growth Machine.
Reply or call us if you want to ride together.