Water

Click on the map — you will see

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 7.10.28 PMClick on the map on the right. You will see that the “mega-permits” for groundwater out of the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer that underlies Lee, Bastrop, Milam and Burleson counties impacts an entire region.

Privateering water marketers (and the entire growth lobby) are working our elected officials hard. Their mantra is a real tip off. How many times have you heard them say, “Texas’ population will double by the year 2050”? Listen up friends, these hucksters are incentivizing in-migration population growth and trying to move resources to areas for profit, putting an entire region — and our local economies and resources — at risk. You’re not going to let them get away with this, are you?

Show up, y’all!
Public hearing on the End Op, LP Permit demand for 46,000 acre-feet
Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District
Wednesday, June 15 at 7 pm
Bastrop City Hall, 1311 Chestnut.

Your presence is a statement of your concern. We also suggest that you speak on this item.

We are working on materials to share with you before this meeting. Reply to this message if you want to be sent these materials ahead of the meeting or you can just show up 6:30, 30 minutes before the hearing begins.

We never promised you this was going to be easy. All we promised you is that we will continue to fight for you. Now help us by being there.

Share this alert, won’t you please?

PS If you can stay past the hearing, please join us at La Hacienda Restaurant after the meeting.

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SAWS buzz saw gets no R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

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.

San Antonio Water Systems May 18, 2016 deliberations on Vista Ridge Water Project "the San Antone Hose"

SAWS Buzz Saw Gets No R.E.S.P.E.C.T

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

David Simpson for Texas Senate District 1
Susan King for Texas Senate District 24
Ernest Bailes for Texas House District 18

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/

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SAWS: Don’t Violate the Open Meetings Act

Keep those “Flush Vista Ridge” petition signatures coming in – we’re lovin’ those comments too. Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 9.36.25 AM(If you haven’t signed yet, click here and do it!).

Here’s why your taking action is so important.

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) called a special meeting for tomorrow at 9 am, which is certainly their right to do. What they don’t have a right to do is violate the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA).

A few hours ago, this letter from Save Our Springs Alliance and the League of Independent Voters was sent to the SAWS board (copied to their bosses — the San Antonio City Council). The letter lays out why SAWS did not give the proper 72 hours notice to the public as required by TOMA. Only one of their agenda items, Item 6, had no ‘back up’ (a detailed description) until 24 hours after the deadline. Guess what Item 6 is about? Changing control of Vista Ridge – no minor issue.

Again, sign the petition right here. We’re going to share with you soon some ideas we have about how we’re going to use it and will be asking for your feedback.

Able to donate? Keep it coming! Nothing is too small.
Donate here

We’re watching you SAWS — literally — watch tomorrow’s meeting online right here.

Hopefuly, SAWS will be smart enough to reschedule this meeting, so you won’t see anything! 🙂

PS Our friend, David Simpson is in the runoff for Senate District 1 and needs your help. Call him to lend a hand at 903-371-0963. Reminder: Simpson led our water battles in last session.

PPS We just endorsed Susan King in the Senate District 24 runoff. Please share this!

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Reading the Tea Leaves…Happy Mother’s Day

We will be discussing what follows or anything else you want to talk about tomorrow night at 8 pm Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 7.55.45 AMon our monthly conference call. Call us at 512-535-0989 or email us at info@indytexans.org for conference call instructions.

The BIG news is about Laura Thompson — see the report below.

Is a watershed – pun intended – moment upon we Texans of all political stripes? We think so, as politics-as-usual is imploding. This situation carries both opportunity and risks. One big risk is to the economic stability afforded us by a seemingly impenetrable two-party system. The opportunities are boundless, as new solutions to our many problems can move onto the main stage.

Those in power, one would think, must be trying like hell to read tea leaves – another pun intended. But the hogs at the public trough will likely continue their feeding frenzy risking economic collapse…the collapse that is intimately tied to how they continue squandering the public purse and our natural resources — particularly land and water.

Perhaps they haven’t figured out yet that there are no tea leaves. Conservatism and liberalism are both dead and populism (Trump’s right and Bernie’s left) is showing up at the wake. Could anyone keep a straight face when hearing that the very same Rick Perry who called Donald Trump a “cancer on conservatism”, is now willing to be Trump’s running mate?

Seriously folks, it’s getting rich out there – rich with absurdity and rich with opportunities that have broken out at the national level. It’s our job as Texas independents (notice the small “i”) to figure out how to use it at the local level.

Hoping to “see ya” on tomorrow night’s call at 8 pm.

Don’t give up…we just got started!

*  An extraordinary situation is developing in Texas House District 120 in San Antonio. Yesterday, local businesswoman, Laura Thompson, an unaffiliated independent, came out at the top of the heap of 4 candidates running to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Ruth McClendon who had to step down due to illness. Thompson received 33% and Lou Miller received 28%, (with a little over 2000 votes cast.) Thompson will soon move to complete her petition drive to be on the November ballot as an independent, as she heads into the runoff for this special election sometime in July. If she wins in July, she would then be the incumbent running in November against one of the two Democrats from the Democratic primary runoff on May 24th. Yes, it’s confusing! But this could be a history maker – the first independent elected to the Texas House! Prediction: Texas voters are ready to go independent. Wanna help? Contact us! More on Thompson here.

*  The entire Oppose the Hose (NoVistaRidge.org) coalition that continues to grow across central Texas awaits a May 11th deadline to see the application for $127 million that San Antonio Water System is expected to file with the Texas Water Development Board for state water funds (SWIFT) for Vista Ridge. We also await a May 27th deadline for SAWS to challenge the ratepayer petition asking the Public Utility Commission to review the rates associated with Vista Ridge. Watch your email closely for action you can take…very soon!

*  Ethics whistle-blowers and fiscal accountability watchdogs, Kelly Gilleland and Herb Goldsmith, lost their bids for the Bastrop City Council last night. Incumbent Gilleland lost by just 40 votes. We wish the incoming members – Deborah Jones and Bill Peterson – good luck as they are going to need it. We know for sure that tough times are ahead for Bastrop residents as Austin’s affordability crisis is overflowing into Bastrop. We call upon Bastrop residents to get involved with us and soon we can share some exciting plans.

*  We attended an impressive 17th annual meeting of the Medina County Environmental Action Association recently. The very good news is that the association is raising the funds to engage in the legal battles of landowners who are challenging what appears to be a clear abuse of eminent domain. Landowner Richard Fourier had a very strong hearing on Monday in which the review board increased the condemnation award from $30K to $80K. Still, Fournier is appealing because he believes that the company in question is not a common carrier and therefore has no right to exercise condemnation powers on his land. Like their Facebook page and follow this important effort. More here.

*  It should not go unnoticed that Proposition 1, Uber and Lyft’s ordinance they put on the Austin city ballot via petition, was soundly defeated yesterday by 12 points. Austin voters don’t much like the deep pockets trying to buy elections — to the tune of $8 million compared to $200K spent by their opponents. That’s our best guess anyway. Congrats Austin!

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San Antone Hose Water Alert

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.

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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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Why don't you share this with your friends, please:

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

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