Posts Tagged ‘Vista Ridge’

Nose Grows on the Hose! Filing deadline on Monday!

Be on Tuesday’s call. Contact us for details.

Join us for a conference call next Tuesday night at 8 pm, the day after the filing deadline for candidates to run in the

2018 election. Reply for details.

We urge your immediate attention to the Monday, 6 pm filing deadline for all candidates to run in the 2018 midterm election – for federal to state all the way down to county offices.

Texas and national politics are in such upheaval, anything could happen, folks! More below.

News Flashes!

Is 2018 a breakout year for independent voters? This new USA poll released last week shows that 71 percent

Business as usual as the nose grows

of “millennials think there should be a third major party because neither the Republican nor Democratic parties represent the American people well.” Are incoming generations telling us something about the future of two-partyism and are we listening yet?

The San Antone Hose (Vista Ridge) dam experienced a major leak on Thursday ! After nearly 5 hours of rather entertaining deliberation — watching SAWS officers dance like marionettes (with very long noses)– three brave souls on the new San Antonio Council finally bucked SAWS and Mayor Ron Nirenberg. It was our kinda crew — a conservative-liberal (cross-partisan) alliance of Councilman Greg Brockhouse (a longtime opponent to Vista Ridge), Clayton Perry (formerly from Giddings, home of the fight to protect the Simsboro) and progressive John Courage who was elected in the so-called most conservative district. You done us proud, Councilmen! We lost the skirmish, but the war ain’t over yet. More on the conference call on Tuesday. (If you never watched the League of Independent Voters’ “I Oppose the San Antone Hose” video, please do before Sunday’s call.)

It became known late yesterday that State Representative Leighton Schubert, HD 13 – the counties of Burleson, Austin, Colorado, Grimes, Washington and Lavaca — is not running for reelection. Remember the Monday, December 11 deadline! Schubert represents the home of the San Antone Hose (Burleson County) and still unwilling “source communities”.

The continued disarray of the state Democratic Party ensures one-party rule (Republican) at the state level, despite the fracturing of the Republican Party. Democratic one-party rule, in many Texas municipalities ensures such truly terrible projects like San Antonio’s Vista Ridge, Austin’s CodeNEXT and you fill in the blank because they are happening all over, including in small towns and counties.

Our longtime call has been for electoral competition and its un-rigging, like non-partisan independent redistricting, fair ballot access and the end of straight ticket voting is finally gaining traction. It is none-too soon as California burns and Texas continues to employ the California Water Model to drain our water and coffers.

This all must and will end. But might we try not with yet another disaster?

We stand ready to assist in whatever way we can for those interested in running for office this year – and regardless of party.


Vista Ridge Has Competition, dooms Vista Ridge!

This article published last week in the Austin American-Statesman pretty much says it all about why the Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose is doomed. Hays County already has its own plans for water pipelines to build out central Texas, thank you very much.

The Hays County project, and other planned regional water projects in the Hill Country, will mean Vista Ridge is even more unnecessarily expensive. SAWS itself could have done a regional project. It also explains why there are no customers for excess Vista Ridge water! (Never you mind, Hays Countians and others along IH-35, as to whether you want to fuel this growth by paying for it.)

This Thursday, December 7, the San Antonio City Council will vote on water rate hikes – some of which are needed for legitimate projects. The real question is whether they’re going to rein SAWS in and put them on notice to find a way out of Vista Ridge.

The previous Mayor, Ivy Taylor (who got the boot) and Council repeatedly refused to pull back on this disastrous $3.4 billion mistake. They even have yet to force SAWS to account for the $120 million meant for the pipeline that disappeared when their previous private partner, Abengoa, predictably went bankrupt! If you think Garney Construction, the new private partner, will absorb this debt without figuring out how to pass it on to ratepayers, think again.

Please share this video with your San Antonio friends.
(This is the same one under the picture above — please share it widely.)

Be sure to ask them to call Mayor Ron Nirenberg and their city council member before this Thursday, December 7th, at 210-207-7040 to urge them to:

  • Oppose water rate hikes for Vista Ridge, 
  • Call for a thorough independent financial audit of Vista Ridge, and
  • Demand that the Mayor and City Council find a way out of Vista Ridge.

Want to know more about this? Join our conference call this evening at 8 pm. Reply for details.

We will be back very soon with some big news for independent voters in Texas — so keep an eye out.


Dust off your boots and get to this event Thursday!

We are sending you this alert to ask you to attend a meeting about the Waste Transfer in Cedar Creek THIS Thursday, November at 6:30 pm at the Cedar Creek Middle School, 126 Voss Parkway.

We will also give you very important updates on the water wars, especially Vista Ridge/The San Antone Hose. We have had many calls about the pipeline that is coming through the county and how big it is. We also await Judge Campbell’s decision on landowner rights to a seat at the table in the End Op/Recharge water dispute.

Dust off your boots, Bastrop. Join us on Thursday!
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Cedar Creek Middle School at 125 Voss Parkway, Cedar Creek 78612. map here

Bring your neighbors!

We may have additional things to tell you before Thursday, so keep an eye out. We’re gathering information as we write to you.

Got questions? Feel free to reach Steve Chamberlain at (817) 360-0678 or reply to this message.

Have we asked you to contribute to the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund yet? Help them defend our aquifers. Go here to SAWDF and give a tax-deductible contribution.


Race for San Antonio Mayor is ON!

l to r: Ron Nirenberg, Ivy Taylor, Manuel Medina. The race is on for San Antonio Mayor! Photo Credit: The Rivard Report

We are more than thrilled that there is now a three-way race for San Antonio Mayor, now that Manuel Medina jumped in. Medina is positioning clearly against Vista Ridge. Watch the debate tomorrow night online here at the Rivard Report. (Note: Rivard has already been bashing independent-minded Medina, so don’t be surprised if the debate isn’t as fair as it should be.)

You can watch the debate here on The Rivard Report Facebook page.


Picket the Growth Machine!

This media advisory is hitting Texas media right now. We hope to see you on Friday with your own home made Hi, I'm Ivy from San Antonio, I'm here to steal your water.signs! Call us for a ride or reply with your phone number.

Media Advisory
Friday, September 16, Noon
Contact:  Linda Curtis, 512-657-2089

San Marcos, Texas
Citizens Picket Annual Growth Summit

This Friday, landowners and residents from the IH-35 growth corridor and the “forced water donor” communities east of Austin, will picket the Annual Growth Summit being held at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos. The picket comes on the heels of permits granted for over 124,000 acre-feet of groundwater (more than 110 million gallons per day) from the endangered slow-recharging Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer underlying Bastrop, Burleson, Lee and Milam counties. Those permits are now:

⇒Vista Ridge/”The San Antone Hose”          50,000 AFY
⇒Forestar Real Estate Group:                      28,500 AFY
⇒End Op, L.P.                                               46,000 AFY
⇒Total                                                         124,500

Picketers will have plenty to say about why citizens from rural, suburban and urban Texas are joining hands to fight the “growth machine”.  They will be carrying signs like the one in this advisory to tell their story.

More here on the Picket at the Growth Summit–Please come!

We encourage media to join us outside and across the street from the Embassy Suites at 12 pm or to call us.

For more information:


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