Posts Tagged ‘Joe Beal’
This man was seen exiting Bastrop City Hall on February 15th approximately 7:30 pm following the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District meeting.
This man is the new CEO of End Op, L.P. one of the three “mega-permit” holders on Simsboro water supply, to the tune of a 46,000 acre-feet permit, approved by Lost Pines GCD last year. Landowners are still in court trying to gain the right to challenge this permit.
Here are some leads as to who this man is.
Lead #1: He calls himself a political independent and his initials are WW.
Lead #2: When he ran for Austin City Council in 1999, he claimed to be an architect. Today, he’s still just has that bachelor’s degree.
Lead #3: He gave the keys of the City of Austin to Lance Armstrong, another dope.
Lead #4: 36,000 Austin voters signed a petition to recall this Mayor of Austin’s support for “double-tax” toll roads – tolls on roads already paid for and an unaccountable toll agency that charges 1000% late fees.
Lead #5: He became well known for losing his temper, verbally abusing his opponents and even getting physical with them. Hence, the Mayor was sent to anger management classes.
Lead #6: He took the slogan – “Keep Austin Weird”, slapped a corporate city of Austin logo on it effectively changing it to “Keep Austin Conventional”.
Lead #7: He talked a good game on environmentalism but was really just a downtown developer working “density” deals from the dais.
Lead #8: End Op’s new flim-flam man make Frankie “baby” Limmer and Joe Beal look like naughty school boys.
PS End Op has changed its name to “Recharge”. Could that be because the Simsboro Aquifer, in the bullseye of Recharge’s targeted water grab, doesn’t actually recharge, at least not in human terms? It takes hundreds, if not thousands, of years to recharge and even Will Wynn won’t be around that long.
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!
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!
Please join us next Monday, July 25th, at 6:30 pm at the First National Bank Community Room (the main bank – across the street from HEB at 489 Highway 71 in Bastrop). We’ll be there until 9 pm. Folks can come sign the petition or hand petitions in.
This is the last petition drop off for one of our two petitions – the one to establish “Reasonable Petition Requirements for the City of Bastrop”. The recall Mayor Ken Kesselus petition drive will continue for now.
At our meeting next Monday, we’re going to talk about the status of both petition drives. We’ll also give you a bird’s eye view, pun intended, on the “water wars” in the Bastrop and surrounding areas that seem to be driving decisions in our communities. Due to limited seating, this event is for petition signers and our active supporters. We will be asking you to weigh in on some decisions we need to make.
We will also be at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 26th, at 6:30 pm at City Hall. You can turn in recall petitions to us there if you like.
Did you see our guest column in Thursday’s Bastrop Advertiser? Here’s our version — please read and share. Be sure to read the beef we have with the unrepentent Joe Beal and Mayor Kesselus. It’s in the eighth paragraph.
►Please note that we have been asked by the good folks at the newly formed non-profit Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund (SAWDF) to tell you that there was an erroneous report about their efforts in Thursday’s Bastrop Advertiser. This was a well-intentioned, but nevertheless misleading article. The “water wars” are very complex with many fronts and moving parts, so it’s easy to make mistakes. Bottom line is that SAWDF is NOT involved in the dispute between landowners and the city of Bastrop known as “CityofBastrop/XS Ranch permit”. More details here from SAWDF.
►We’ve also been meaning to tell you that the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance annual conference is coming to Bastrop on September 25-27! Early bird rates end on August 25th. If you’re a farmer, a rancher, a gardener, a local foods advocate or just plain interested in small agriculture, we highly recommend FARFA’s annual conference. Besides, they know how to put on a great event and feed you very well! More here.
Don’t mourn, y’all. Organize!
WE ARE STILL PETITIONING! SPREAD THE WORD and help a city in crisis!
We’re not letting ’em go!
Despite slow mail we have had EXCELLENT!!! response to BOTH petitions: #1 for more reasonable citizens petition requirements in the city of Bastrop and #2 to recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus.
What can you do? Help us reach out to city of Bastrop voters to let them know we’re still petitioning. Get the petitions to them or call us and we will. Due to mail unreliability, we are also now scheduling drop offs and pick ups. You can help deliver & pick up or go get folks to sign the petition or call us with your ideas. (We have the voter registration, so we can tell you who’s eligible to sign.)
MARK YOUR CALENDERS FOR THIS MEETING!
Topic: Status of the petitions and what’s it got to do with our water?
Monday, July 25, 6:30 pm
First National Bank Community Room
489 Highway 71 W, Bastrop (the main bank across the street from HEB)
This meeting is for petition signers only as we will have limited seating. Reply or call to reserve a seat.
Our response to Mayor Ken Kesselus: We have read and listened quietly and patiently to your response, Mayor Kesselus. After calling us liars and bullies, you continue to mince words about your brazen attempts to thwart Bastrop’s Ethics law (on multiple occasions) in support of your then employer, Mark Rose. You continue to defend appointing Joe Beal, a water marketer, to the Bastrop Economic Development Board and giving Beal a pass when he tried to deal water to Austin from the dais as a Bastrop City Councilman. You clearly bungled an attempt to violate the Texas Open Meetings Act. You cannot even muster enough decency to apologize to the City Manager and the city’s attorney that you have publicly berated. You are their boss and the crisis of confidence in the city of Bastrop is squarely due to your own shortcomings. Get it together Mr. Kesselus, or leave.