Posts Tagged ‘Vista Ridge’
We are more than thrilled that there is now a three-way race for San Antonio Mayor, now that Manuel Medina jumped in. Medina is positioning clearly against Vista Ridge. Watch the debate tomorrow night online here at the Rivard Report. (Note: Rivard has already been bashing independent-minded Medina, so don’t be surprised if the debate isn’t as fair as it should be.)
You can watch the debate here on The Rivard Report Facebook page.
This media advisory is hitting Texas media right now. We hope to see you on Friday with your own home made signs! Call us for a ride or reply with your phone number.
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
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:
►This Saturday in San Antonio, 10 am sharp meet us at the Molly Pruitt Library (5110 Walzem Rd) for petitioning to get Laura Thompson on the ballot as an independent for Texas House. Petitioning not your thing or can’t make it? Use that “Donate” button up above.
►Wed., June 15, 6 or 7 pm, Bastrop City Hall. Attend this VERY! important hearing by the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District on the End Op, L.P. mega-permit for 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater. Show up especially if you live in Bastrop, Lee, Milam or Burleson County…and neighboring friends, we always love seeing ya.
Updates, News and Recaps
♦We just sent an Open Letter to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to local papers across the state. It respectfully asks Mr. Patrick to turn his attention from the “bathroom crisis” to take very specific action on the crisis in water policy – quickly becoming a “treasure trove” for water and real estate special interests – to the detriment of all including most toilets. 🙂 Share this with blogs you visit or walk it in to your local paper and leave comment on it at the bottom of the page.
♦Are you following the debate about independent politics in this election? This Texas Tribune piece today explores why Texas isn’t the independent state you think it is. Clarification: we Texans are very independent, our ballot access laws aren’t. This is just one of the reasons we have long advocated for a “bottom up fusion” strategy, discussed in the paper we published in 2010 entitled, “Who Will Organize the Independents?” We’re working on an update for release soon.
♦A remarkable example of the imperative and value of self-governance is the response of local folks to the “Hidden Pines Fire” in Bastrop County in October of 2015, not 4 years after the massive Bastrop fire in 2011. A group of 20 citizens recently produced this outstanding report — and without pointing fingers — provided a clear path for the cooperation of local and state government to prevent future unnecessary fire disasters. Read “Too Little, Too Late: Lessons Learned from the Hidden Pines Fire“.
♦Brief election runoff recap — goodbye to our friend, David Simpson (for now, we expect), hello to Bailes and more — read this quick wrap up here.
PS Live in Austin, Buda, Kyle? Contact us to help set up local meetings of independent voters.
When SAWS CEO, Robert “what-me-worry?” Puente, was asked about the possibility of an open meetings violation this week, he suggested that we — the folks living over the aquifer he plans to raid – might be living in a “cave”. (It’s on the last page of this article).
Also, take note on that same page of the $1.25 million SAWS is giving to a number of organizations to make themselves look like the great benevolent conservation organization that they are NOT. (We say to those organizations, good for you and take the money and run. But please, realize SAWS wants to alienate you from other environmental organizations opposing Vista Ridge. Instead — consider using those funds to help us beat the SAWS buzz saw and save your city from being ridiculed as the water grabbing baron of Texas.)
Now, we take these SAWS people very seriously.
Watch this 1-minute video to see our very statesmanlike response to SAWS Chairman Berto Guerra who shares his conviction that SAWS has channeled divine intervention in the Vista Ridge deal to benefit San Antonians. (Berto’s rapture simply overtook him just before he leaves on his most recent junket to Spain.)
Sincere thanks to Terry Burns, Alamo Sierra Club Chair, for the best testimony yet on Vista Ridge. We, on the other side of the pipeline, appreciate you so much.
Please share this video and get your Texas friends to sign the petition right here.
NOW, WE HAVE VERY IMPORTANT WORK FOR YOU TO DO. Please do this!
Today, Friday, May 20th, is the last day to early vote in the small turnout runoff elections. Every WILL count. Election Day is next Tuesday, May 24th. Independent Texans proudly endorses these three fine candidates below.
Do you know someone who lives in their district? Click on the link below and look at the 35 counties they collectively represent: then, contact your friends now, please
THANK YOU, TEXAS.
PS Did you see the Conservation Scorecard that was released yesterday? SAWS, once a leader in conservation in the nation, is now ranked 14th in Texas. Great work, Texas Living Waters Project: http://www.texaswaterconservationscorecard.org/
PPS Did we forget to beg you for money again? We’re shameless: http://indytexans.org/donate/
Don’t miss this important alert from the League of Independent Voters of Texas
— the only membership association in Texas for non-aligned, independent voters.
Do the Texas three-step to drain Vista Ridge.
This Texas Tribune piece today is about the “small” victory in stopping San Antonio Water System and their private partner (Central Texas Regional Water Supply Corporation a “non-profit” completely controlled by the financially troubled Abengoa) from accessing $885M in state funds passed by voters in 2013 (Prop 6). Not to be deterred, SAWS is still applying for $127M to integrate their water lines with Vista Ridge.
The rest of this alert is here for you to use to take action under this link.