We really DO want YOU…not to mention Joe Beal

This Monday night at 7 pm, join us in Bastrop at the First National Bank Community Room (in Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 11.09.18 AMthe main bank across Hasler Blvd. from HEB). We have a rare opportunity to hear Austin developer-whistleblower, Brian Rodgers, tell us how we can avoid the same mistakes Austin made leading to their affordability collapse. Y’all come!!! Details here.

We will also give you the lowdown on how we’re going to open up and clean up the city of Bastrop’s governance by voting FOR Propositions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 for “More Reasonable Petition Requirements”. That’s right, city of Bastrop voters will have to vote FIVE times to get their petition rights. Details here.

We will also explain to you what passing the bonds in Bastrop and Smithville will actually cost you.

Thanks to the Bastrop Advertiser!
Read our Op-Ed in today’s paper about why “I want Joe Beal!”

See you Monday, Bastrop. We really DO “want YOU”!

PS Campaign materials will be available at this event so you can pitch in to pass Props 1-5!


Breaking: Clear Defiance of Open Government

The Bastrop Advertiser/Statesman reports that the Bastrop Interim City Attorney told Council member ______ (no name given) not to turn over their text messages subject to our open records request in August. In 2009, then Attorney General Greg Abbott opined that these records are subject to open records when related to government business. Note: Bastrop Interim CA (David Bragg) also split up our ballot measure, “Reasonable Petition Requirements for the City of Bastrop” into 5 separate propositions.

That’s right, Bastrop city voters will have to vote FIVE TIMES to get their petition rights. Early voting starts on Oct. 24.

Do you use Facebook? You might go to the Bastrop Advertiser Facebook page here and chime in on this issue. We did this petition drive for you — and people facing rouge city councils all across the state who don’t seem to give a hoot about open Growth Summit Picket 2016government or your petition rights to check and balance your city government. Now, it’s your turn.

We had a blast at the Growth Summit Picket last week. Thanks to San Marcos resident, Callie Hill, you can watch this three minute video. (click on it). We deeply appreciate the people who came to picket — they’re in the video, god love ’em!



Don’t Miss These Events — Austin and Bastrop!

  • “Reboot 10-1” in Austin this Thursday! Details here. Learn about the $720 million “Go Big” transportation bonds. Are they really going to help congestion and what will they really cost you?

  • “Bastrop: Beacon for Affordability or Austin’s Dumping Ground?” on Monday 7 pm, October 3rd with Austin real estate developer-whistleblower, Brian Rodgers. Details here. Note: We will also tell you what the the bonds in Bastrop County are going to cost you and have materials you can distribute to pass “Petition Rights”.

We need your donations, for all the work that we do. Give a little or a lot and invite us to come to you! (Use the donate button at the top of this page and thank you!)



Don’t let them get away with this!

hooded_crook_tip_toeing_fast_lg_clrTomorrow 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!


Bastrop Rumors — ALERT to come to City Hall Monday!

Rumor has it there is action planned at the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation meeting on Monday (6 Gorilla Robs Poker Gamepm 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”.


Picket the Growth Machine!

This media advisory is hitting Texas media right now. We hope to see you on Friday with your own home made Hi, I'm Ivy from San Antonio, I'm here to steal your water.signs! Call us for a ride or reply with your phone number.

Media Advisory
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
⇒Total                                                         124,500

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:


Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

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Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:


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

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose