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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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Vote NO on Prop 1! Adler is Scaring the Crap Out of Us!

Adler Scaring the Crap out of Austin!We have heard far too many rumors not to share this with you. Austin Mayor Steve Adler and his henchmen are running about Austin trying to contain the damage they have only done to themselves by scaring people. Perhaps it was those repeated articles in the Statesman by transportation writer Ben Wear, duly warning Austin voters about the inadequacies of this purported $720 million (in reality, $1.7999 billion) bond proposition. In our view, Wear is just doing his job and likely going light on the soft-spoken, but nevertheless bullying ways of Steve Adler.

Thankfully, Austin has Roger Falk, running about too — trying to alert unsuspecting small business owners targeted for “beautification” along the proposed “corridors” that Prop 1 intends to “beautify” them right out of business. Special Thanks to Honest Transportation Solutions PAC for running this funny — because it’s oh-so-true! — TV ad.

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-10-17-11-pmBefore you go vote NO on Prop 1, be sure to sign the petition! ==>

Adler and his team are on notice, Austin is NOT Developers’ Monopoly Board or just one big real estate play!

In addition to Wear’s articles, you can read this helpful analysis of Prop 1 from Rob Walker, MBA Stanford in Finance; PhD University of Texas in Taxation and this top notch editorial by Councilwoman Ora Houston.

By the way, perhaps you read that the judge struck down the Pilot Knob development deal…but the developer-whistleblower Brian

As usual, we have our hand out.

As usual, we have our hand out.

Rodgers has only just begun to fight! The Mayor and his henchmen are the ones who really should be scared.

Do you live in Hays County or the City of Bastrop? Vote No on Props 1&2 in Hays, FOR all 5 propositions in the city of Bastrop and visit our Endorsement page for more!

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Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board: sign the petition, Vote NO!

Howdy, AuAdler Scaring the Crap Out of Austin!stin. Are you tired of your community being a monopoly board for the developer lobby? Do you agree that Austin should not be just one big real estate play…as you watch your affordability continue to tank? Is Prop 1 scaring the crap out of you? Watch this hilarious 30-sec video. Then, please:

  • Sign the petition below (OR on the right hand column of this page), share your own feelings with the Mayor and Council, then share it with others, AND
  • Please vote NO on the $720 million transportation bonds! (Early voting is Oct. 24 thru Nov. 4).  hand_thumbs_down_md_clr

Here’s the one argument for voting NO that you may not have heard yet, one that unites most voters. The Mayor could have led the 10-1 Council to implement road impact fees, totally allowable under state law and designed to make developers share in the costs of roads for new developments. Instead, Mr. Adler left $50-90 million in the pockets of developers in 2015 alone. Now he and the majority Council, want YOU to pay the full weight for this massive uncapped $1.799 billion bond!

Sign the petition and share it! For more reasons to vote no read this helpful explanation from Rob Walker, MBA Stanford in Finance; PhD University of Texas in Taxation and Councilwoman Disrict 1 Ora Houston’s op-ed here. And, just in case you think we’re doing younger people any favors through continued debt accumulation, we urge you to read this October 3 article in Investor’s Business Daily, “In Fast Growing Texas, Local Debt Has Soared“. Guess which state is only surpassed by New York in debt per capita? More about the costs of growth in central Texas can be found at CostofGrowth.com and the League of Independent Voters here.donate_to_relief_fund_lg_clr

By the way, we have a donor willing to match the first $600 we raise to help advertise this petition and Vote NO effort online, so please give what ya can to the can!

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

Stop talking about affordable housing and require home builders to construct homes in every project that working and middle class families can afford.

Stop giving away the $46 million dividend from the Austin Citizen Electric Utility to multinational corporations and use that money to reduce our property taxes.

Stop jeopardizing our homes with more plans to pack and stack more condos and in every established neighborhood.

Stop handling minority issues by gentrifying our neighborhoods to push us out of our town.

Start fixing our traffic mess with plans that we can afford and that actually address congestion -- not like this $720 million uncapped bond with no guarantees.

Start making growth pay for itself by imposing impact fees on new developments for roads as allowed for under Texas law.

I understand that Austin is not just one big “real estate play” or a developer's monopoly board.

I want my local officials to know this too -- and to act accordingly.

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Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

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PS After this election, a new coalition in Austin is coming together to “reboot 10-1” — to continue pushing for structural reforms in Austin. Interested? Send a note to info@indytexans.org or call us at 512-535-0989. Thank you, Austin!

PPS We all know that Austin is leading the “Growth Machine” in Texas. Please share this with your Austin voting friends and enjoy this hilarious scary video from Honest Transportation Solutions:

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Come see us Monday!

ReformPlease 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!

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