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We’re still petitioning!

WE ARE STILL PETITIONING! SPREAD THE WORD and help a city in crisis!

Wetiger_run_md_clr have a tiger — the Bastrop good ol’ boys — by the tail, y’all.

We’re not letting ’em go!

Despite slow mail we have had EXCELLENT!!! response to BOTH petitions:  #1 for more reasonable citizens petition requirements in the city of Bastrop and #2 to recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus.

What can you do? Help us reach out to city of Bastrop voters to let them know we’re still petitioning. Get the petitions to them or call us and we will. Due to mail unreliability, we are also now scheduling drop offs and pick ups. You can help deliver & pick up or go get folks to sign the petition or call us with your ideas. (We have the voter registration, so we can tell you who’s eligible to sign.)

Print out the cover letter explaining the petitions here.

Print out the petition for more reasonable petition requirements here.

Print out the petition to recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus here.

MARK YOUR CALENDERS FOR THIS MEETING!

Topic:  Status of the petitions and what’s it got to do with our water?

Monday, July 25, 6:30 pm
First National Bank Community Room
489 Highway 71 W, Bastrop (the main bank across the street from HEB)
This meeting is for petition signers only as we will have limited seating. Reply or call to reserve a seat.

Our response to Mayor Ken Kesselus: We have read and listened quietly and patiently to your response, Mayor Kesselus. After calling us liars and bullies, you continue to mince words about your brazen attempts to thwart Bastrop’s Ethics law (on multiple occasions) in support of your then employer, Mark Rose. You continue to defend appointing Joe Beal, a water marketer, to the Bastrop Economic Development Board and giving Beal a pass when he tried to deal water to Austin from the dais as a Bastrop City Councilman. You clearly bungled an attempt to violate the Texas Open Meetings Act. You cannot even muster enough decency to apologize to the City Manager and the city’s attorney that you have publicly berated. You are their boss and the crisis of confidence in the city of Bastrop is squarely due to your own shortcomings. Get it together Mr. Kesselus, or leave.

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Electric Coop Election Reform

I attended the Bluebonnet Electric Coop membership meeting in Giddings yesterday and was frankly appalled.

Just to be clear, we have no beef with Bluebonnet employees, or their fine service both during the historic fire or otherwise — they’re doing a great job!

The sick feeling I had in my stomach was not because Dick Peterson and George Kehler were not elected to the board, or even that all three incumbents (one who has served for 30 years!) were reelected.  It was the arrogance of Bluebonnet’s CEO, Mark Rose, who deigned to interfere with our right to support these two fine people.  I asked for a simple apology.  What I got was a refusal by Rose to admit that he lost his temper and abused his authority.

We supported Dick and George because we thought they would be great additions to Bluebonnet.  We also wanted to test Bluebonnet’s electoral system.  Bluebonnet failed on this count, pretty miserably.  We reported to you recently about the ads placed in the newspapers implying we had done something wrong — when we were operating perfectly within our rights to engage in electoral campaigning.

We just learned that another organization supporting Dick and George was issued an intimidating “cease and desist” letter by Bluebonnet’s attorney, for simply gathering proxies for the two candidates — something completely legal and proper under Bluebonnet by-laws.   Rose claimed that he had bonafide reports that Clean Water Action canvassers were posing as Bluebonnet employees.  We very seriously doubt that.

We will be back in touch with you after we gather more information and hear from all parties involved in what took place this week.  This may take some time, but I assure you that we will not let this go down without a fight to bring Bluebonnet’s governance in line with what the ratepayers deserve.  This includes holding meetings at a time and place that is convenient for the most members to attend, non-interferance in the elections process, ending the proxy system which is a set up for manipulation, allowing candidates the opportunity to speak to the membership about what they want to see changed and more.

Thanks for your participation.  At least the movement for reform at Bluebonnet is in the air and we hope to spirit moves towards reform at other coops.

I’m told that the reforms implemented at Pedernales Electric Coop have indeed made a big difference!

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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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