Posts Tagged ‘Growth Summit’

Breaking: Clear Defiance of Open Government

The Bastrop Advertiser/Statesman reports that the Bastrop Interim City Attorney told Council member ______ (no name given) not to turn over their text messages subject to our open records request in August. In 2009, then Attorney General Greg Abbott opined that these records are subject to open records when related to government business. Note: Bastrop Interim CA (David Bragg) also split up our ballot measure, “Reasonable Petition Requirements for the City of Bastrop” into 5 separate propositions.

That’s right, Bastrop city voters will have to vote FIVE TIMES to get their petition rights. Early voting starts on Oct. 24.

Do you use Facebook? You might go to the Bastrop Advertiser Facebook page here and chime in on this issue. We did this petition drive for you — and people facing rouge city councils all across the state who don’t seem to give a hoot about open Growth Summit Picket 2016government or your petition rights to check and balance your city government. Now, it’s your turn.

We had a blast at the Growth Summit Picket last week. Thanks to San Marcos resident, Callie Hill, you can watch this three minute video. (click on it). We deeply appreciate the people who came to picket — they’re in the video, god love ’em!



Don’t Miss These Events — Austin and Bastrop!

  • “Reboot 10-1” in Austin this Thursday! Details here. Learn about the $720 million “Go Big” transportation bonds. Are they really going to help congestion and what will they really cost you?

  • “Bastrop: Beacon for Affordability or Austin’s Dumping Ground?” on Monday 7 pm, October 3rd with Austin real estate developer-whistleblower, Brian Rodgers. Details here. Note: We will also tell you what the the bonds in Bastrop County are going to cost you and have materials you can distribute to pass “Petition Rights”.

We need your donations, for all the work that we do. Give a little or a lot and invite us to come to you! (Use the donate button at the top of this page and thank you!)



Picket the Growth Summit!

Who says you can't fight growth? The Growth Machine, that's who? Read the rest of this entry »

Independents Undecided on Trump v. Clinton…why?

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 11.13.30 AMDid you read about us — non-aligned independents — in the Texas Tribune
about why we are undecided between Trump and Clinton? Click on the picture. ===>

Don’t Miss these Upcoming Events!

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 11.09.18 AMWednesday, September 7, 7 pm, Bastrop: In a rare appearance, world traveler and Austin whistleblower developer, Brian Rodgers, will speak on: “Bastrop: Beacon for Affordability or Austin’s Dumping Ground?” Details here.

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 2.14.49 PMFriday, September 16, 11 to 1 pm, San Marcos: Who says you can’t fight growth? The growth machine, of course. Join our good ol’ fashioned picket line outside the Growth Summit where the real estate lobby will partake in a feeding frenzy over building the megalopolis between San Antonio and Austin. That’s right, Hays County, you’re in the crosshairs. San Antonio Mayor Ivy “I’m-here-to-steal-your water” Taylor speaks along with Austin Mayor Steve “ain’t-growth-grand!” Adler. Reply if you plan to join us. More here.

►Sunday thru Tuesday, Sept. 25-27: Every year we urge you to go to the fantabulous Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Conference. It’s back at the Bastrop Convention Center. Early registration rates ends tomorrow! More here.

The independent movement is moving statewide!
Remember, you can comment at the bottom these linked pages and submit your own report too.

teeth_cigar_smoking_lg_clrCity of Bastrop: Our petition for Reasonable Petition Requirements in the City of Bastrop is on the November ballot, despite the clenched teeth of the Bastrop City Council. It’s also in Five “Easy” Pieces — you’ll have to vote five times to get your petition rights.  Read this and be sure to come see us on September 7th.

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 5.59.55 PMHays County: Ambush at Trininty-Hays Groundwater Conservation District from Susan Cook of Driftwood.

Simsboro communities (Bastrop, Lee, Burleson & Milam counties):  End Op, L.P. hit a bump on its mega-water grab just as the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund is jump starting. Send your donations to SAWDF at this corrected address:  PO Box 690, Elgin, TX 78621. Read this excellent piece in the Elgin Courier.

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 12.10.49 PMAubrey (Denton County): Have you read Aubrey Councilman (and very independent) Calvin Tillman’s blog lately? What would Texas be like if all our local officials had Calvin’s cojones? Calvin for President!

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 2.02.14 PMUpdate – lawsuit to stop SW-45 in SW Austin thanks to the Golden Cheeked Warbler, no thanks to the influence-peddling Regional Mobility Authority.

Austin & San Antonio:  Can you spell KLEPTOCRACY? Both cities have rendered our rights to petition for a voter referendum (to reverse a Council decision) null and void with huge financial and energy/water/property rights consequences. Here’s what we told the Texas Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

Oops, we almost forgot…please donate!

P.S. We need volunteers now in Austin, Bastrop and San Marcos — and soon in San Antonio — with a variety of skills. Contact us if you’re interested.


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:


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

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose