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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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Coffee Tomorrow, Bastrop’s Coffee Dog

Join us tomorrow at Coffee Dog for a Coffee Klatch! That’s German for Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 9.06.36 AMtalking or gossip at an informal gathering where coffee is served.

We’ll have the card (click on the graphic) => for you to help distribute in the city of Bastrop. We’ll also talk about what else is happening in the county affecting your wallet and water.

TOMORROW, SATURDAY, October 8, 9 to 11 am

Coffee Dog * 49 Loop 150 * more here

Can’t make it? Call or reply to this for a drop off of materials.

ALSO: We expect a discussion about the city’s water supply at Tuesday’s Council meeting (starting at 6:30 pm at City Hall) — in light of a Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District meeting on Wednesday at 6 pm at the Convention Center agenda here. We hope to see you at both meetings.

Propositions 1, 2, 3, 4, an 5 here. Got a location for a 4 x 4 sign near entrances to neighborhoods in the city of Bastrop?

Like to walk? We need help distributing this card in Hunter’s Crossing, Riverside Grove, downtown Bastrop, Piney Ridge and the part of Tahitian Village in the City of Bastrop.

Thank you, Bastrop!

PS Just case you haven’t yet noticed, early voting starts on Monday, October 24th. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.

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Watch Tonight! Bastrop Council to make big decisions!

magnifying_glass_fingerprint_lg_clrTonight the Bastrop City Council will make some important decisions at a Special Meeting starting at 6:30 pm. No public comments will be taken, therefore you can easily watch from home:

Watch online at BTXN.TV or on
Time Warner Channel 10, AT&T U-verse Ch. 99
please do and help spead the word — come to City Hall if you have trouble watching!
Tonight’s Agenda Here

►The Council will take a second and final vote to place our ballot measure for petition reform on the November ballot. We believe we have clarified a concern raised last week by the Interim City Attorney, David Bragg, followed by some mistatements by Councilwoman Jones. We’ll be watching tonight to see how this is handled and hope everyone will settle in. The Mayor was very measured last week, which we noticed and appreciated.

►On another equally important note is the XS Ranch water deal for the City of Bastrop. A pivotal vote could be taken tonight affecting the water picture for the entire County and even Lee County because Bastrop and Lee counties share the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District.

►Last week’s Lost Pines GCD’s hearing on End Op, L.P. resulted in the Board delaying action until their September meeting. They were criticized by a number of supporters of the district — landowners and residents — for bending too far for End Op. Stay tuned.

We apologize for the lateness of this message. If you get this too late, we will fill you in, in short order.

We’ve been quite busy doing open records requests and doing our homework. We’re looking forward to sharing that with you soon!

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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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Updates! Petition drives, sludge & the BIG news on the water defense front

Enjoy and share these updates from our website links on this page or from our Facebook page here.

Let us ask you a question. What’s holding you back from planning a meeting to organize in your area? We’re

Join the conference call!

Call us at 512-535-0989

here, waiting by the phone. ===>

►Bastrop Petition Drives: News hit the media big in the Statesman, Time Warner Cable News, and KLBJ. These two petition drives are to 1. set reasonable petition requirements in the City of Bastrop, and 2. recall Mayor Ken Kesslus. The letter detailing this effort and the petitions are on this page. Petitions must be signed on paper (not the internet) by city of Bastrop voters only. The petitions can be printed out and mailed or brought to us at the Bastrop City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30 pm at 1311 Chestnut. Donations of funds are also needed to Independent Texans PAC for this effort — donation details are here

►Cedar Creek (Bastrop County) Area Sludge Update: This coming Monday morning, the Bastrop County Commissioners Court will consider passing a resolution opposing Denali Water Solutions LLC’s sewage sludge permit application. See the Court’s agenda here. See the resolution and additional information on pages 1-3 here of the backup for this meeting. A steering committee meeting will be called soon for those of you who want to be actively engaged on this issue in the Cedar Creek, Red Rock and Rockne area of Bastrop County. Please reply if you to want to get involved with the Steering Committee.

THE MOST IMPORTANT WATER NEWS YET FOR ALL CENTRAL TEXANS! A new 501(c)(3) water defense non-profit organization is organizing to protect and defend the coveted Simsboro and other formations of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer underlying Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson counties and other central Texas counties, as well as the property rights of those who seek to preserve our aquifers for future generations — the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund. We encourage you to make a tax-deductible contribution to SAWDF after you read this post by Environmental Stewardship. If you want to get involved in this, please contact Michele Gangnes at this email address.

That’s it for now, folks. Ain’t that enough?

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Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

Sign it, if you live in Austin

Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

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Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

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