Help us take full advantage of the rather lame efforts by a number of Bastrop City Council 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
We know who you are — you’re cats not easily herded — but for what it’s worth:
Independent Texans Proudly Endorses —
Split Your Ticket, y’all!
Texans are going more and more independent — we vote for the person rather than party — and we’re looking for a way out of the two-party dualpoly.
We have some candidate endorsements, including our only statewide endorsement (Mark Miller for Rail Road Commission). And we are very concerned about ballot measures involving billions of tax dollars.
We are opposing Prop 1 in Austin and Props 1&2 in Hays County. In the City of Bastrop, we support More Reasonable Petition Requirements (Props 1 thru 5) as voters’ check and balance on local government.
See all of our on this Endorsements Page — you use the share buttons on this page to tell your friends on Facebook.
Thank you, independent-minded, split ticket voting Texans, wherever you are!
PS Why no presidential or federal endorsements? We are “localists” and don’t — yet — get involved in federal elections especially without redistricting reform. Though we do have one Congressional race with an honorable mention of longtime independent friend running on the Democratic ticket, Tom Wakeley in Congressional District 21.
This Monday night at 7 pm, join us in Bastrop at the First National Bank Community Room (in the 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.
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!