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San Antone Hose Water Alert

Don’t miss this important alert from the League of Independent Voters of Texas

— the only membership association in Texas for non-aligned, independent voters.

Do the Texas three-step to drain Vista Ridge.

This Texas Tribune piece today is about the “small” victory in stopping San Antonio Water System and their private partner (Central Texas Regional Water Supply Corporation a “non-profit” completely controlled by the financially troubled Abengoa) from accessing $885M in state funds passed by voters in 2013 (Prop 6). Not to be deterred, SAWS is still applying for $127M to integrate their water lines with Vista Ridge.

The rest of this alert is here for you to use to take action under this link.


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 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.


Breaking: First Vista Ridge Councilmember defeated!

For Immediate Release:

Remember Vista Ridge Coalition Gave Warrick a Hand

Alan Warrick, newly elected San Antonio City Councilman, District 2

Alan Warrick, newly elected San Antonio City Councilman, District 2

A funny thing happened last night in the District City Council 2 runoff between Interim District 2 Councilmember, Keith Toney and challenger Alan Warrick. Toney, who was just appointed to fill the seat left vacated when Ivy Taylor became the interim Mayor, lost by 9 percentage points.

The San Antonio Police Officers Association PAC endorsed Warrick in the runoff, hit the streets going door to door, sent out mailers and made phone calls. Tyrone Darden, who came in third in the first round of voting, also endorsed Warrick.

And, an informal group of citizens calling themselves the “Remember Vista Ridge Coalition”, called a prime list of 1000 likely voters. They asked them to give Toney his walking papers for having voted for the $3.4 billion Vista Ridge water “grab” last October as a giveaway to real estate developers and forcing San Antonio ratepayers to take a 16% rate hike to pay for it. The group consisted of three members of the Bexar County Green Party (Paul Pipkin, Rachell Tucker and Yvonne Valdez), District 7 resident and political activist, Roger Singler and Linda Curtis of Bastrop. Curtis lives in the area of the aquifer that is slated to transfer its water 142-miles down the Vista Ridge pipeline.

Warrick is the president and CEO of a local nonprofit cleaning business, holds a degree in architecture and is married with one child. Though he is a newcomer to the political process, his father was a judge and his family has a long history in District 2.  Warrick received 1786 votes — 59%.


San Antonians, steal back your City today!

San Antonio Friends:IMG_0653

Many people are unaware that there is ONE City Council seat up for grabs tomorrow. That is District 2, currently held by Keith Toney. Toney was just appointed tothis seat, after Ivy Taylor was appointed to step into the Mayor’s seat, following Castro’s appointment by President Obama to head HUD.

Independent Texans, has been on the phones to City Council District 2 voters asking folks to consider voting for Alan Warrick, rather than Keith Toney who voted for the $3.4B Vista Ridge water grab last week. All 11 members of the Council rushed through this project — telling all San Antonio Water System ratepayers to take a hike!

If you know folks who live in these District 2 neighborhoods (see list below), please contact them and ask them to vote for Warrick. We spoke with Alan and he readily understands the problems of Vista Ridge, especially that it was such a rushed deal. He is also concerned about gentrification of District 2 and someone we can work with over the coming months and beyond. Remember, we now have 30 months, by virtue of a provision in the Vista Ridge contract, to get SAWS to walk away.

Polls are open 7 to 7 pm. Here’s where folks can find their poll site:

Or they can call this number to find out their poll site:  210-335-8683

Pass it on and Remember Vista Ridge!


Jefferson Heights
Denver Heights
Highland Park
Highland Hills
Pecan Valley
Dellcrest Area
Wheatley Heights

Dignowity Hill
Harvard Place – Eastlawn
Jefferson Heights
Nevada Street
Arena District
Denver Heights
Highland Park
Sunny Slope
Highland Hills
Pecan Valley
Lower Southeast Side
Dellcrest Area
Wheatley Heights
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