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Open Letter to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick from Independent Texans

Dear Lt. Governor:

Linda Curtis

Linda Curtis

I believe you are entitled to your opinions about any variety of issues facing Texas.

However, I do not believe that you are entitled to use the power of your office to commit the same kind of government overreach that we see at the federal level.

I believe in local control. I thought you did too. I believe that the individuals and institutions closest to the issue, in this case, students, educators and school administrators, are best suited to identifying the issues and making the decisions.

I also thought you supported limited government — minimal government intervention into personal liberties, property rights and the economy. Your actions, especially this week as much of the state is facing disaster declarations, have us scratching our heads.

I am urging you to divert your attention from the “bathroom crisis” and to intervene into a crisis where I believe you would not be in violation of the principles of local control and limited government. For the last two years, the city of San Antonio and its water utility (SAWS) have pursued a course of action to benefit private partners and special interests in water and real estate, forcing ratepayers to pay for the unnecessary and over-priced $3.4 billion Vista Ridge Water Project.

The vast majority of landowners living over the “donor” (unwilling) Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer are beside themselves over the abuse of eminent domain for private gain and the potential depletion of their aquifer for the 142-mile pipeline they call “The San Antone Hose”. SAWS just reported a plan to offload almost 5 billion gallons a year to the I-35 corridor signaling disastrous urban sprawl over the sensitive zones of the Edwards Aquifer – San Antonio’s own drinking water supply.

Mr. Patrick, I am urging you to use the power of your office to:

  1. Call for the Attorney General to investigate SAWS’ potential violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, now in litigation;
  1. Direct your appointee, Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) and Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs, to resign from participation in H204Texas, largely a treasure trove of water special interests who continue to push for “Gridzilla” – a statewide grid for mass movement of groundwater to development in dry areas – already a proven disaster in California; and
  1. Signal the Texas Senate that you want them to look at the issues of private property rights infringement, eminent domain abuse and consumer protection in groundwater leasing in the next session related to Vista Ridge. This will also signal to the City of San Antonio and SAWS that you have little appreciation for their efforts to force 50% rate hikes on their citizens at the very moment SAWS’ is moving to disqualify a petition signed by 6,000 ratepayers simply asking for a rate review by the Public Utility Commission.

To be fair, Lt. Governor, Texans are beginning to grasp the depth of the misplaced priorities of government at all levels, and the true meaning and imperative of “self-government”.  A remarkable example is the “Hidden Pines fire” in Bastrop County in October of 2015, not 4 years after the massive Bastrop fire in 2011. A group of 20 citizens recently produced this outstanding report — and without pointing fingers — provided a clear path for the cooperation of local and state government to prevent future unnecessary fire disasters. Read “Too Little, Too Late: Lessons Learned from the Hidden Pines Fire“.

I believe that you have made plain that you have not simply misplaced priorities, but you are driven by what you believe to be a just cause – “school choice”. That is also your prerogative. But, I believe it is an abuse of power to use a hot-button issue about transgender children to herald in what you have so far been unable to accomplish through the legislative process – school vouchers.

I can only conclude that at this moment you are failing we Texans far more than the students and educators of this state, most of whom are trying their best to do their jobs. Now, will you?

With respect,

Linda Curtis, Independent Texans

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Update and Open Letter to Dan Patrick

This Saturday in San Antonio, 10 am sharp meet us at the Molly Pruitt Library (5110 Walzem Rd) for Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 7.55.45 AM petitioning to get Laura Thompson on the ballot as an independent for Texas House. Petitioning not your thing or can’t make it? Use that “Donate” button up above.

Wed., June 15, 6 or 7 pm, Bastrop City Hall. Attend this VERY! important hearing by the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District on the End Op, L.P. mega-permit for 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater. Show up especially if you live in Bastrop, Lee, Milam or Burleson County…and neighboring friends, we always love seeing ya.

Updates, News and Recaps

♦We just sent an Open Letter to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to local papers across the state. It respectfully asks Mr. Patrick to turn his attention from the “bathroom crisis” to take very specific action on the crisis in water policy – quickly becoming a “treasure trove” for water and real estate special interests – to the detriment of all including most toilets. 🙂 Share this with blogs you visit or walk it in to your local paper and leave comment on it at the bottom of the page.

Are you following the debate about independent politics in this election? This Texas Tribune piece today explores why Texas isn’t the independent state you think it is. Clarification: we Texans are very independent, our ballot access laws aren’t. This is just one of the reasons we have long advocated for a “bottom up fusion” strategy, discussed in the paper we published in 2010 entitled, “Who Will Organize the Independents?” We’re working on an update for release soon.

A remarkable example of the imperative and value of self-governance is the response of local folks to the “Hidden Pines Fire” in Bastrop County in October of 2015, not 4 years after the massive Bastrop fire in 2011. A group of 20 citizens recently produced this outstanding report — and without pointing fingers — provided a clear path for the cooperation of local and state government to prevent future unnecessary fire disasters. Read “Too Little, Too Late: Lessons Learned from the Hidden Pines Fire“.

♦Brief election runoff recap — goodbye to our friend, David Simpson (for now, we expect), hello to Bailes and more — read this quick wrap up here.

PS Live in Austin, Buda, Kyle? Contact us to help set up local meetings of independent voters.

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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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All not well in two-party hell

If you think all is well in two-party hell, ignore this message. Even the NY Times gets the pivotal role of independent voters and open primaries in (see paragraph 18), but the candidates remain largely clueless. Even Bernie, the longtime independent, has barely mentioned us!Alan_SAWS_2016_March_Final2 copy

It’s been a long time coming. We are witnessing history — the rupture of the major parties. There will be no billionaire running for President as an independent to save us. No. We ordinary Texans must unify ourselves outside the partisan divide and save the democratic republic for which we are supposed to stand.

Join us on our next Independent Texans’ conference call this Sunday evening at 5 pm. Reply for instructions. And, please join us in San Antonio this Saturday — more below.

►We’re supporting the petition drive in the outskirts of San Antonio to challenge the water rate hikes associated with the Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose. Anyone on SAWS (San Antonio Water System) who is not eligible to vote for San Antonio Mayor or Council, may sign this petition. Go here to download the petition. The petition must be submitted to the Public Utility Commission on March 29th, so get after it, y’all! (These are the cities that have SAWS ratepayers eligible to sign this petition: Adkins, Balconies Heights, Boerne, Castle Hills, China Grove, Converse, Elmendorf, Fair Oaks Ranch, Helotes, Hollywood Park, Leon Valley, Live Oak, Olmos Park, Saint Hedwig, San Antonio’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), Shavano Park, Terrell Hills. Von Ormy).

►We’re also lending a petition hand to Laura Thompson, who is running as an independent for San Antonio’s Texas House District 120. She needs signatures to secure a place on the November ballot as an unaffiliated independent candidate.

What can you do?

Join us on Saturday in San Antonio at 10 am, meet Laura Thompson, and pick up her petition and the SAWS ratepayer petition!And please be on Sunday’s 5 pm conference call. Reply for details.

When: THIS Saturday, March 12, 10 am

Where: Pancho and Gringos, 900 Nolan, San Antonio
Note: Teams will be going out from there to collect signatures, so bring your walkin’ shoes!

Change is coming, folks, and it’s not all bad — so long as we organize. Just peruse these news clips in Texas Energy Report.

Our time has come — will you?

PS If you want to join the independent movement, we encourage you to join the non-profit League of Independent Voters of Texas. Go to http://IndependentLeagueTX.org for more info.

PPS Click on the sketch to get a better look at San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor with the scissors and SAWS CEO, Robert “what-me-worry?” Puente. More on Vista Ridge on Sunday’s call.

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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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