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Bastrop: Beacon for Affordability or Austin’s Dumping Ground?

Independent Texans proudly hosts Austin whistleblower Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 11.09.18 AMdeveloper, Brian Rodgers, who will speak about why making growth pay for itself is the only way to protect affordability and natural resources in central Texas.

Read Brian’s full bio here.

When: Monday, October 3, 7 pm

Where: First National Bank of Bastrop
489 Highway 71 (in the main bank Community Room across Hasler Blvd. from HEB)

We will also ask for your help to win passage in November of the “Petition for Reasonable Petition Requirements in the City of Bastrop”. The City Council put it on the ballot, but split it into five measures. That’s right, you will have to vote 5 times (FOR Props 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 to get your petition rights!

Read this Op-Ed in the Bastrop Advertiser on October 1st.

Please share this announcement and bring your neighbors!


Last Stop for End Op

This coming Wednesday night, Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District (Lee and Bastrop counties) will make a final decision on End Op, L.P.’s mega-permit demand for 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year from the Simsboro aquifer — especially underlying Lee County. This is on top of the 50,000 acre-feet already permitted for Vista Ridge (the San Antone Hose) by the Post Oak Savannah GCD, from the same aquifer system underlying Burleson and Milam counties. And don’t forget Forestar Real Estate’s already settled permit by Lost Pines for 28,500 acre-feet — from the same aquifer.

Where do you think this water is headed? Wherever the growth lobby wants it, including — unquestionably — Hays County, which was specifically added to the permit just a few weeks ago.

We were there in Milano in March 2012, when this picture was taken, challenging End Op’s

We were there in Milano in March 2012 standing up to End Op, L.P.'s pipe dream

We were there in Milano in March 2012 standing up to End Op, L.P.’s pipe dream

pipedream. Come stand with us on Wednesday because we’re not going away…far from it.==>

►Show up!  Wednesday, September 7, 7 pm, Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut…get ready for the next round.

Are you planning on joining the picket line at the Growth Summit in San Marcos on Friday, September 16th? Hope so…more here!

P.S. Bastropians: Keep an eye out for information on the Bastrop City Council meeting planned for THURSDAY, September 8th, at 6:30 pm. More when we see the agenda.

PPS We regret to have to reschedule Brian Rodgers’ visit to Bastrop scheduled on the same night.


Alert: Bastrop County & City residents, come to Bastrop City Hall on Tuesday!

Bastrop city and county residents: It is urgently important that you show up at the Bastrop Gorilla Robs Poker GameCity Council meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 1311 Chestnut. Help us spread the word!

Last week, the Council held a closed-door meeting (Executive Session) about Bastrop’s water supply without telling the public anything about the subject of this discussion. They took no action, but more discussion about the city’s “water supply” (again unexplained) is on the Executive Session Agenda this Tuesday. And this time they might just take action, and no one knows ahead of time what it’s about.

We do have an inkling of what this is about from some statements by Councilman Willie DeLaRosa in a recent open session. He wants the city to take action with its XS Ranch water project that — based on what we, the public, know today — could be very risky to the water future of the city of Bastrop and even Bastrop County.

Who pays for this poker game? YOU — city and county residents.

We will fill you in on Tuesday — so come a few minutes early if you can.

teeth_cigar_smoking_lg_clrMeanwhile, the Council — with clenched teeth — put our measure for “Reasonable Petition Requirements” on the November ballot — they had to by law. However, they broke it up into five ballot measures, so you will have to vote “YES” five times for your petition rights in November!

On a more hilarious note is the Mayor’s reassurance that the city is now “stable” while we witness the abuse of Executive Session and foot dragging on open records requests. We filed an open records request for phone records of Council members Kesselus, Schiff and DeLaRosa and water marketer Joe Beal, who remains — for now — on the Bastrop Economic Development Board. If they do city business on a phone, the records are subject to open records requests. DeLaRosa is especially vulnerable because he refuses to use email.

We just posted a dedicated page for Bastrop residents in light of the November election. Candidate endorsements are not yet decided. Visit the Bastrop page and share it here.

Don’t miss this excellent report in the Elgin Courier on the recent Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District hearing on End Op’s 46,000 acre-feet groundwater permit resulting in a delay of action: Hearing Results in Delayed Action — until September

Wednesday, September 7, 7 pm, First National Bank Community Room, Main bank in Bastrop. You won’t want to miss it. More real soon.

Please spread the word for us and show up on Tuesday. Your affordability and your water are at risk and that’s no joke.

P.S. Message to the Mayor and Council: don’t play poker with our water and wallets and make the gorilla take off his costume.


Bastrop & Lee County Water Meeting Alert

This alert is specifically for Bastrop and Lee County residents, though our friends elsewhere are always invited.

On Wednesday, May 8th, from 6 to 7:30 pm, Independent Texans will hold a community meeting at the First National Bank at their Elgin location, 1312 U.S. 290 (map here).  We will discuss strategy for protecting groundwater in the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District, in light of the contested case hearing request filed by Aqua Water Supply Corporation, and other potential strategies for citizens to take on their own.

Thanks to Upstart Bastrop Community TV, the video for the first hearing last week, on Wednesday, April 17th, is here!  More video coming soon!

This Independent Texans meeting on May 8th will be held one week prior to the contested case hearing by Aqua Water Supply about the Forestar, LCRA and End Op permit applications on Wednesday, May 15th at 5 pm in Bastrop.  The location for that hearing is going to be decided next week.  Please note that the regular meeting of the Lost Pines GCD will likely immediately follow this hearing.  We’ll keep you updated.

You will get another statewide legislative update shortly from [IndyFriends].  There’s reason to keep the calls going over this week and to focus in on the Calendars Committee too.

    Please note that this is a better number at which to call Rep. Allan Ritter, Natural Resource Committee Chair:  512-463-0607.  Again, watch for the update later today on HB 3250 and other legislation.

Got questions or ideas?  Call us or just reply to this message.  Meanwhile, please keep getting folks to sign up for our email alerts — on our website.  This saves us tremendous time and money.

Thank you Texas!

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