If you live in Bastrop or Lee counties, we want to SEE you on Wednesday night at 6 pm at Bastrop City Hall. End Op, L.P. is close to getting its way. A movement of citizens and a new organization — Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund — have other ideas. PLEASE SHOW UP AND BRING NEIGHBORS! More below.
►Last Tuesday, the first independent elected to the Texas House in 60 years, Laura Thompson, won in a special election runoff in House District 120, the seat formerly held by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon. Congratulations to Laura and the millions of independent Texans! More here.
►The charter amendment via citizens petition for “More Reasonable Petition Requirements in the City of Bastrop” has been certified by the Bastrop City Secretary! Council will vote to place the measure on the ballot next Tuesday. Take a few minutes to read the news here in the Statesman/Bastrop Advertiser and this article by former Councilwoman Kelly Gilleland on why she supports this amendment. You can watch the Council meeting at BTXN.tv starting at 6:30 pm. (PS If you haven’t watched our slide show, please do and share it!)
►Wednesday, 6 pm at Bastrop City Hall, the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District could, unfortunately, finalize its capitulation to End Op, L.P.‘s mega-permit demand for up to 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year (15 billion gallons) from the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer underlying Lee and Bastrop counties. Bring a check, cash or gold rings (that — the rings — is a joke). Seriously, money is needed to ramp up the fight! To understand the Seige on the Simsboro, review our slide show here — slides 14-16.
►Austin, Texas: Developer whistle-blower, Brian Rodgers, a co-founder of ChangeAustin.org PAC, filed a critically important Amended Petition in District Court on the Pilot Knob “affordable housing” and open government fiasco. Read it all right here — powerful stuff!
We’ll be planning conference calls and meetings soon — keep an eye out for the independent movement!
PS Linda Curtis and Michele Gangnes, water rights activist and watchdog attorney/landowner, will be on KOOP radio this Thursday from 1-2 pm (91.7 FM)