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Guess who will decide this election, including Prop 1

Independents — now 42% of America — will decide this election. In Austin — the so-called “Millennial City” — this is especially true since the majority of Millennials identify as independent.

WARNING: Guess who is trying to saddle this generation with massive debt for a hand_thumbs_down_md_clrhand_thumbs_down_md_clrtransportation scheme that does not address mobility through roads or mass transit?

$1 million has been spent promoting Prop 1, largely by the Austin real estate lobby as Mayor Steve Adler and his key staffers have led this campaign. Opponents have spent 1/10th of that amount. The unbought and unbossed Councilmember Ora Houston sounded the alarm for Prop 1’s defeat.

Independent Texans PAC has already given Prop 1 two thumbs down but its defeat requires all hands on deck! Help us spread this message: The main purpose of Prop 1 is to serve big real estate interests’ push for downtown density and high-end real estate development. Save Austin from this extravagant giveaway, harming the next generation the most and the affordability of all. NO on Prop 1!

Please do this for Austin today, tomorrow and Tuesday, Election Day!

  1. Read and share online “The Five Reasons to Vote No on Prop 1, The Go-Big — with your money — transportation bond“. You can even do something very old fashioned. Print it. There are two per page. Take it to your neighbors and to your election poll. (Be sure to catch people outside the 100 foot marker.)
  2. Join us at this event at noon tomorrow — Monday. Pick up fliers and some hard signs! (If you can’t make it, reply or call us for a delivery right away.)
  3. Use the share buttons on this page to urge your friends to vote No on Prop 1 and to share it too.

Apologies for the late notice!

Monday — tomorrow — rally held by Honest Transportation Solutions at City Hall (302 W. 2nd) at Noon.
Come pick up a Vote No sign and our fliers from Independent Texans!

(Note: Please call or text 512-657-2089 or email us at info@indytexans.org if you can’t make this event but want to help.)

Have you signed our petition yet? Please do and do share! Following this election, we hope you will join us in a unified effort to insist that Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board and that the city refrain from any and all growth subsidies.

We cannot stop growth, nor should we. We can and we should stop the Growth Machine!

Thank you, Austin.

512-535-0989 office * 512-657-2089 cell

PS We would simply remind you that Austinites passed 10-1 by doing lots of things but most important was the 200,000 fliers that many of you helped get into people’s hands.

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Collateral Damage of Prop 1: Renters, homeowners and local business. Vote NO!

Have you seen the raging debate (a good one) about Prop 1 on screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-5-09-51-pmChangeAustin.org’s Facebook page? Join the discussion – it’s not boring, promise!

If you ask the big donors who put up $1 million to promote Prop 1 — the Austin Chamber, the Real Estate Council, Heritage Title (Gary Farmer) etc. — what has brought about Austin’s traffic woes, they will blame anyone but themselves.

But while the Chamber’s Opportunity Austin was using city funds to woo more people to move to Austin by paying magazines to rank Austin as one of the best places to live, “their” City Council never asked them to pay a dime in road impact fees. The resulting loss of 100s of millions of dollars over the last decade was happening just as Austin took it’s nosedive into its affordability crisis.

In 2015, Mayor Adler and the new 10-1 Council failed to impose road impact fees on new developments, a loss of somewhere between $50-90 million for roads.

Now Adler — together with his big real estate friends want YOU – renters and homeowners alike – to bear the full weight of a seriously flawed and hugely expensive ($720 million, in reality $1.799 billion) bond combining all project spending into one and only one bucket. If it harms local businesses along the corridors slated for “beautification” under Prop 1, to these guys they’re just collateral damage.

Vote NO and send your message to City Hall. Ask the Council — just as City Councilwoman Ora Houston has asked — to open up this process over the next 18 months and come back with a better, more affordable plan that would allow you to vote on several items separately.

Still undecided? Read more beefs with the bonds.

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-10-17-11-pmHave you signed our petition “Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board?” This also tells the Council you want growth to begin to pay for itself. Please sign and share!

We have plans following this election and look forward to your involvement.

For now, please help us spread the word.

See the hand we have out there for your hard earned dollars? Give

As usual, we have our hand out.

As usual, we have our hand out.

some if you can and hope to see ya soon.

 

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Help us win this election by doing this tonight!

Help us take full advantage of the rather lame efforts by a number of Bastrop City Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 9.06.36 AMCouncil members and their allies to defeat Propositions 1 thru 5, for More Reasonable Petition Requirements. You can do this tonight by reading this article that just got posted online at the Statesman and offering a comment.

Here’s the article — and please consider our concerns below before you post.

Boldly, Lisa Hines who sits on the Bastrop Ethics Commission is defending signing on to this effort to influence this election, along with Council members who have thwarted the ethics laws. One of them, Gary Schiff, says in this article that he wanted to defend our water and our charter amendments are getting in his way. Seriously! I promise you, Schiff hasn’t lifted a finger to help on any level moreover, he helped Mayor Ken Kesselus put water hustler Joe Beal on the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation Board. Beal then tried to help Schiff help himself recently to over $100,000 of BEDC money. When citizen outrage poured out on the Bastrop Advertsier Facebook page about this, Schiff pulled his project funding request back.

Many people are telling us they’re voting FOR Props 1-5 (lots more on the props here) and thank us for the work we have continued to do year in year out. Let’s make sure we keep that going. With high turnout in this election, we have a real shot at putting Bastrop City Hall on notice — they must clean up their act or clean out their desks in the next election.

We’re counting on y’all! Thank you.

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Hays County Props 1&2, Good Scary or Bad Scary?

Are you scared? Is it good scary or bad scary? When it comes to Props 1 & 2, it’s bad scary. Vote NO and share the video. Seriously.

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Thanks to SaveHays.com for their efforts to inform and entertain us.

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Breaking: Seen this letter going around?

Folks, this is about as bad as it gets when you have an official, Lisa Hines, a member of the city of Bastrop’s Ethics Commission, trying to influence an election along with some local politicians who don’t give a hoot about ethics. That would be Councilman Gary Schiff, who recently tried to access $100,000+ for his private development venture. He pulled it back when there was so much outcry he was having dreams of the tar and feather treatment.

Have you seen this letter circulating around Bastrop? (Click on Jefferson screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-6-29-37-pm& Madison to read it.)

This curious letter’s first complaint is that Props 1 thru 5 are the work of “a few individuals, led by a political operative” who doesn’t live in the city of Bastrop. It never mentions that hundreds of registered city of Bastrop voters signed petitions to place these measures on the ballot because they want the petition tools to rein in their city officials. Moreover, many of those who supposedly signed this letter against Props 1-5 petition rights don’t live in the city of Bastrop! (City Councilman Gary Schiff also signed this letter weeks after a clear attempt to violate the city’s ethics law by trying to access over $100K for his private development — More here!)

We have repeatedly warned that what is underlying all of this is the goose that laid the golden egg — the priceless water underlying Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson counties — shared by hundreds of thousands throughout the region east of Austin. Over 100,000 acre-feet of groundwater has been permitted as the area’s water districts bowed to the demands of San Antonio (Vista Ridge), Forestar Real Estate Group and End Op, L.P.. Unless landowners get lucky in the courts and our communities gets behind them (including our elected officials), we all in central Texas face a bleak economic and ecological future. This is entirely brought to us by the IH-35 developer-lobby and the ‘good ol’ boys’ of Bastrop.

The goose that laid the golden egg -- the Simsboro

The goose that laid the golden egg — the Simsboro aquifer formation underlying Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson counties.

Remember this. When the “water grabs” were underway, Bastrop city elected officials put a water marketer on the Bastrop Economic Development Board – Joe Beal, a paid consultant for End Op, L.P.. That’s one and the same Joe Beal who had the audacity to sign on to this letter.

Help us reach voters in the city of Bastrop (to vote FOR Props 1 thru 5), in Hays County (to vote NO on Props 1&2), and in the City of Austin (to vote NO on Prop 1).

Learn lots more about Prop1-5 here and all endorsements here with links to other websites.

We have every faith in the voters to get this right — once they have the information.

Step up and help us stop Jefferson and Madison from turning any further in their graves, y’all.

Got time to volunteer? Reply or call us right away at 512-535-0989.

PS If you use Facebook, be sure to help share posts on the ChangeAustin.org and IndyTexans.org pages. Thank you!

 

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Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

Sign it, if you live in Austin

Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

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Why don't you share this with your friends, please:

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

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