HUGE News on San Antone Hose!!!

TOMORROW! A petition begins to challenge the Vista Ridge (aka “San Antone Hose”) 50%+ water rate hikes that will force San Antonio Water System (SAWS) ratepayers to pay for water they don’t need! Show up, pick up a petition, and tell all your San Antonio area friends!!!

Thursday, February 18, 5:30 – 7 pm
Luby’s Cafeteria,
4641 Fredericksburg Rd,
San Antonio, TX 78201-6506 map here

It’s time to pull the plug, once and for all, on the “San Antone Hose”, San Antonio’s Vista Ridge 142-mile pipeline project that threatens to drain Burleson, Milam, Lee and Bastrop counties.

Alfred E. Puente isn’t worried, but we’re gonna bet that SAWS CEO Robert Puente must be.

Abengoa Vista Ridge LLC was formed by its Spanish parent, Abengoa S.A., for the sole purpose of building Vista Ridge. Now the entire Abengoa family of businesses is facing bankruptcy. Abengoa Vista Ridge cannot pay its bills and is seeking new partners and new financing options. This raises something Puente has to be just a tad worried about – it could throw the deal open for another vote of the San Antonio City Council.

Finally!!! Five of the eleven San Antonio City Council members (Nirenberg, Gonzales, Medina, Trevino and Saldana) have had the courage to begin asking why SAWS has kept even the City Council in the dark and calling SAWS and Puente on the many conflicting assurances the Council has been given in recent months.

As opposition mounts amongst SAWS ratepayers as well, Puente might not be taking any bets he can dance his way out of this one before the Hose’s house of cards collapses.

Read this San Antonio Express News piece:
Council split on revisions to pipeline deal

Folks, this is why it’s so important to get the election right in District 17, the home and heart of the groundwater wars in Texas. We were wrong in last year’s runoff to support Golemon. We are making amends now by supporting John Cyrier, the Eagle Scout, businessman and straight shooter.

We’ll leave you with a quote from Michele Gangnes, board member of the League of Independent Voters, Lee County water watchdog and attorney:

“We didn’t think it was possible for SAWS to treat the insolvency of its partner Abengoa Vista Ridge as ‘business as usual’, but that is exactly what’s happening in order for SAWS to maintain this house of cards. The fact remains San Antonio does not need this water. Now SAWS’ business partner is vulnerable to bottom feeding investors who specialize in bankruptcy opportunities. The San Antonio City Council must intervene here and make sure SAWS exercises its unquestioned right under the contract to say an emphatic ‘no’ to this latest band-aid on a doomed project.”

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PS Did you know that early voting is underway now? Friday, February 26th is the last day, with Election Day on Tuesday, March 1st.


Big News on San Antone Hose

Independent Texans is holding a conference call this Sunday at 5 pm! Call us at 512-535-0989 or email us at info@indytexans.org for our new conference line instructions.

What, you're not going to vote?

What? You’re not going to vote in this election?!

TOPIC: How can we make Vista Ridge (the San Antone Hose) go away?

This just in from the San Antonio Express News!

“The City Council is divided over whether the San Antonio Water System should allow the company planning to build a water pipeline from Burleson County to sell most of its stake in the project without council approval.”

Read this San Antonio Express News piece! Vista Ridge Beset by Problems


Do you live in Bastrop, Lee, Caldwell, Gonzales or Karnes counties? We need volunteers and good sign placement locations for the upcoming primary that starts this Tuesday!

As you know, we have endorsed John Cyrier for his first full term in the Texas House for District 17. Read more on this race here.

There are critical differences between both candidates seen in the 24 questions we asked them:

Click here for John Cyrier’s Independent Texans questionnaire.

Click here for Brent Golemon’s Independent Texans questionnaire.

Call us, text us, email us but don’t send a smoke signal!

Early voting in the Texas primaries starts next Tuesday, February 16 and runs through Friday, February 26th. Election Day is Tuesday, March 1st.

PS Be sure to watch the “I Oppose the San Antone Hose” video at StopWaterGrab.org.


Independent Texans Alleges Golemon Selling Voter Data He Gathered Door to Door


9:00 a.m., February 10, 2016

CONTACT: Linda Curtis, Executive Director, Independent Texans PAC, 512-657-2089,

Linda Curtis

Linda Curtis


HEAD: Independent Texans Alleges Golemon Selling Voter Data He Gathered Door to Door in House District 17 (Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales and Karnes counties)

BASTROP, (February 10th, 2016) — Linda Curtis of Independent Texans PAC alleged today that House District 17 candidate Brent Golemon is “not telling voters that he is selling their data when he knocks on their door and asks for their vote.”

Curtis explained further that, “Golemon told me that he is getting paid for data he is collecting on voters in his door to door work by a group outside of HD 17. I hope the voters will ask Golemon about it and who’s paying him for the data. I am embarrassed to admit that I too was conned by Golemon in last February’s special election runoff – the same Golemon who crows that he’s the real ‘grassroots’ guy in this race. HD 17 voters should not trust him again.”

Data gathered on voters is used to target mailers, social networking and phone banking with messages that resonate with voters wooing them to vote for or against a certain candidate or issue. Curtis said, “Golemon tipped his hat in his swaggering closing remarks at the February 1 debate with Cyrier that ‘You’re going to hear a lot coming out over the course of the next four weeks that unfortunately I cannot control’. I think he’s referring to the groups coming into District 17 with messaging that he doesn’t have the guts to say himself. We just saw one such mailer yesterday out of Houston. Does anyone believe these guys give two hoots or a holler about our water and land resources in HD 17?”

Independent Texans recently switched their support from Golemon to John Cyrier in the Republican winner-take-all primary for Texas House District 17. Curtis said, “Our endorsement group decided to support Cyrier because he delivered an important water protection bill (HB 3163) for the residents fighting the ‘water wars’ in Lee and Bastrop counties, while Golemon did little to help. Once Golemon lost the endorsement, he’s been using the data he’s been paid to collect on voters to diminish our and Cyrier’s efforts to protect our groundwater.”

Curtis put out this email to supporters last Friday detailing Golemon’s failure to report over $28,000 in expenditures on a report due in February 2015 in his last race. Golemon later swore under oath that he had discovered the expenditures sometime in mid to late May 2015, because, in Golemon’s words, “The political expenditures which were made from personal funds were not recorded.”

Independent Texans has posted a lengthy 24 question survey with answers from both candidates on the “HD 17” page of its website at IndyTexans.org.

For more information call:  Linda Curtis, 512-535-0989


When you know they’ve gone too far.

FlierIndyTexans-1You know they’ve gone too far when they want to steal your water and your petition rights. Call your Texas House Member today — right now — and ask them to vote NO on House Bill 3298 (Gridzilla) and HB 2595 taking away 110-years of citizens’ petition rights in Texas.

Find your Texas House Representative here. Ask him or her to vote NO on House Bills 3298 and 2595. (Or, you can call the Capitol Switchboard and ask for your House Rep — 512-463-4630.)

Legislators will be hand delivered this flier today.

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Breaking: First Vista Ridge Councilmember defeated!

For Immediate Release:

Remember Vista Ridge Coalition Gave Warrick a Hand

Alan Warrick, newly elected San Antonio City Councilman, District 2

Alan Warrick, newly elected San Antonio City Councilman, District 2

A funny thing happened last night in the District City Council 2 runoff between Interim District 2 Councilmember, Keith Toney and challenger Alan Warrick. Toney, who was just appointed to fill the seat left vacated when Ivy Taylor became the interim Mayor, lost by 9 percentage points.

The San Antonio Police Officers Association PAC endorsed Warrick in the runoff, hit the streets going door to door, sent out mailers and made phone calls. Tyrone Darden, who came in third in the first round of voting, also endorsed Warrick.

And, an informal group of citizens calling themselves the “Remember Vista Ridge Coalition”, called a prime list of 1000 likely voters. They asked them to give Toney his walking papers for having voted for the $3.4 billion Vista Ridge water “grab” last October as a giveaway to real estate developers and forcing San Antonio ratepayers to take a 16% rate hike to pay for it. The group consisted of three members of the Bexar County Green Party (Paul Pipkin, Rachell Tucker and Yvonne Valdez), District 7 resident and political activist, Roger Singler and Linda Curtis of Bastrop. Curtis lives in the area of the aquifer that is slated to transfer its water 142-miles down the Vista Ridge pipeline.

Warrick is the president and CEO of a local nonprofit cleaning business, holds a degree in architecture and is married with one child. Though he is a newcomer to the political process, his father was a judge and his family has a long history in District 2.  Warrick received 1786 votes — 59%.


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