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Happy Independence Day. Recall Mayor Ken Kesselus

IMG_6204Happy Independence Day!

It is befitting the occasion to send you this BIG NEWS ALERT!

Today, July 4th, 2016, Independent Texans is initiating a petition drive for a recall election of the Mayor of Bastrop, Ken Kesselus, and for a charter amendment to secure Bastrop voters their right to petition, a right passed by the people of Texas over 100 years ago in a constitutional amendment for home rule.

The Bastrop City Council passed a resolution in 2015 against selling the City’s water. However, we believe there is a movement afoot by the new Council majority to take the city back to the days of the “good ol’ boys” — using the city as a conduit to drain the groundwater we share with central Texas neighbors to the financial benefit of private water interests.

Tomorrow, City of Bastrop voters will be receiving this Letter, which lays out– in detail — the reasons for initiating this petition drive. The mailer contains two petitions: a Petition for Reasonable Petition Requirements in the City of Bastrop, and  a Petition to Recall Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus.

The petitions must be mailed back no later than Monday, July 11th or hand delivered to us.
You can meet us on Tuesday, July 12th, starting at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 1131 Chestnut.

WARNING: It is at this meeting — on Tuesday the 12th — we expect Kesselus and his allies on the Council to try to place their own charter amendments on the November ballot, as follows:

1.  A sneaky amendment to the city charter that would allow Council to sell your water if they can convince you to vote for it.

2.  To change our term limits law for City Council to make it possible for the Mayor to run again next May.

Please help us reach our goals!

  • If you are a voter residing in the city of Bastrop, please sign the two petitions, ask others to sign, and mail it right away, by Monday, or bring it to the City Council meeting on Tuesday. (Only city of Bastrop voters can sign but anyone can circulate the petition.)

  • Share these petitions – print them out or share it via email or Facebook.

  • Donate! We need to raise $3,000 for this effort! DONATE HERE (or see the Donate button on the right?)

Remember, the water grabs on the Simsboro aquifer formation underlying Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson counties impact on our entire central Texas region and the state of Texas. We must prevent water marketers and their buddies in political office from waltzing in to the next legislative session citing Bastrop as the “model management” strategy for Texas.

Bastrop County Sludge Alert!  Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.08.49 PM

It was standing room only at the VFW in Rockne (VFW, thankfully, donated the hall for this meeting!) and rip-roaring debate about ‘what’s in this sludge anyway?’ Read this important update on the plan for sewage sludge in Cedar Creek, Rockne and Red Rock.

Please share this message widely and get involved, y’all.


Rogues, Raiders and Recall

Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus is trampling on open government and he seems to be getting help from some members of the Bastrop City Council.

I learned this last night by attending a hastily called “emergency meeting” by Kesselus. What was the emergency? Here’s what was posted the city’s website. Note the “no live streaming or recording”.

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.52.52 AMJust as the meeting started, I asked why an opportunity for public comments was not on the agenda and the cameras were turned off – only to be ignored by the Mayor. Almost simultaneously, attorney Glenn Johnson stood up and announced he was representing the City Attorney JC Brown. The Mayor tried to silence him but he just kept talking. Soon Kesselus backed down.

Apparently, City Attorney Brown had been told by Kesselus not to show up at the

Attorney Glenn Johnson confronts Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus at June 21 Specially Called Executive Session

Attorney Glenn Johnson confronts Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus at June 21 Specially Called Executive Session

Executive Session of the new council to discuss just what — you couldn’t glean the subject from this agenda posting. Mr. Johnson was calling the Mayor on this, stating their posting was in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act and they could be fined $500 and even be forced to forfeit their council seats.

Kesselus clumsily pivoted suggesting that they would just discuss how to “transition” City Manager Mike Talbot’s work in line with his resignation on September 1st. Clearly this was not the subject Kesselus had in mind.

After the Executive Session they came out and passed a resolution giving the Mayor their approval to discuss the transition with the City Manager. If you were a fly on the wall at this meeting, you might see the bullying tactics of which Talbot has had enough. No city manager would put up with this interfering clown.

On the way out I spoke with a number of residents in attendance whose homes have been flooded and the city has yet to deal with their very real problems. They are the brunt of this growing dysfunction in the city of Bastrop.

Rumors abound, including that when Talbot leaves, you will see Joe Beal as an interim city manager. Joe Beal, water raider and End Op cohort, running the city of Bastrop? They wouldn’t go that far, would they?

Last week Councilmember Gary Schiff spoke about wanting to put a measure on the next city ballot in November to bust term limits. You guessed it. Kesselus is term limited in May 2017.

We here at Independent Texans made a mistake not simply telling you the dangers involved in the last city election. We won’t make that mistake again.

If the Mayor and his sidekicks keep on, you never know what citizens who have had enough will do. In Texas, voters do have the right to recall city elected officials.

I support the right to recall. Do you?

Linda Curtis, Independent Texans


Galveston Recall or Rethink?

Galveston Mayor, Joe Jaworski has requested that Galveston residents weigh in on a petition circulating for his recall.  We met Joe when he was running for Texas Senate and really enjoyed hearing about his views and efforts.

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Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

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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