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Local control in the crosshairs, come to Bastrop Saturday!

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 1.31.07 PMY’all come on out to Bastrop this Saturday — regardless of party or persuasion — for the “Building the Rural-Urban Coalition for Local Control” meeting put on by the non-profit League of Independent Voters of Texas.
 
Click here to view the agenda.
Click here to reserve a seat.

Besides….our own Brian Rodgers, is speaking on his alternative to the Chamber of Commerce’s model for economic development which stresses unbridled population growth with the costs passed on to you. 

This event is appropriately being held in Bastrop, home of the Texas water wars, as an unholy alliance of the real estate lobby, water marketers and some leading state politicians now in session want to move large quantities of water underlying Lee and Bastrop counties to the I-35 growth corridor.
With the legislature now in session, it’s likely to be a bumpy ride with the rights to local control clearly in the cross-hairs. So show up or forever hold your peace! 

PS Linda didn’t make the runoff for Texas House District 17, but ran a surprisingly strong race as an independent in 3 weeks, coming in third in a five-way race. She is currently locked in a battle with Bastrop County on alleged election misconduct to ensure a fair runoff…also a topic on Saturday that Fred Lewis will be speaking on. More here in today’s Statesman.  

Can you see Linda Curtis in the Texas House?

Do you know that early voting started today in a special election taking place to our east in House Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 12.31.29 AMDistrict 17 (Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales and Karnes counties)? Election day is Tuesday, January 6th.
Neither do the voters in HD 17. This is why our own Linda Curtis jumped into this race to run as an independent for the Texas House of Representatives. Linda says,
“This stunt was pulled to replace House Speaker Joe Straus’ water boy — Tim Kleinschmidt — with the Republican Party establishment’s choice to front for the real estate lobby. You all know by now that the intent of Republican insiders (and some key Democrats who are looking the other way) is to grab HD 17’s groundwater to fuel unfettered growth that is driving unaffordability in central Texas.”

Thanks to the antics of our outgoing Governor, who called an election with 3 weeks notice in the middle of the Christmas holidays, the door is open in a 5-way race (two Ds, two Rs and one independent) for Linda Curtis to make history being elected as an independent to the Texas House.

Can you envision Linda walking into the Capitol to take on the big corporate lobbies that are running roughshod over Texans of all persuasions?

You can help Linda by reaching folks who live in HD 17 and donating to her campaign.

Happy Holidays y’all. Don’t let them get away with it!
Brian Rodgers
PS So few people know that there is an election happening, Linda could win this with a few thousand votes. If that happens, maybe the next Governor won’t even consider pulling an election stunt like this.

Victory, now on to more victory!

We won the first round against the Decker Lake high-end golf courses on city parkland. The developer didn’t have the votes and so they will try their luck with the new Council in February. Stay tuned.
Now, we have an election to win — the WE — is YOU, Austin.
Watch this and share it with your Austin voting friends, especially those who live in SW Austin.

ChangeAustin.org proudly endorses the following candidates for Council:
District 1:  Ora Houston
District 3:  Susana Almanza
District 4:  You have two great choices — Casar or Pressley
District 7:  Leslie Pool
District 8:  Ed Scruggs

ChangeAustin.org endorsements for the runoff!

Early voting for 8 out of 11 seats on the Council started yesterday!

ChangeAustin.org proudly endorses the following candidates for City Council:

District 1:  Ora Houston
District 3:  Susana Almanza (watch & share the video!)
District 4:  You have two great choices — Casar or Pressley
District 7:  Leslie Pool
District 8:  Ed Scruggs

Watch Susana Almanza speak to the outgoing City Council on November 20.
Don’t put two-high end golf courses at Decker Lake and call it economic development.

Click here for election details and how the candidates answered our questionnaire.

Did the Downtown Alliance Spend Public Money Illegally?

Before you run off to give thanks and stuff yourselves, we have this stuff for ya!

*  News Flash! 

Dowtown Austin Alliance
Dowtown Austin Alliance

We decided to go after what we believe to be illegal campaign spending by the Downtown Austin Alliance, which spent $440,000 of public money to push the recent rail plan.

Read this Austin Bulldog Article – Brian Rodgers warns city of potential criminal violation!

*  New Flash! 

Do you realize that early voting for 8 out of 11 seats on the Council starts next Monday?!

We proudly endorse the following: (for details read more here)

Please pass this on and vote next week!

District 1:  Ora Houston
District 3:  Susana Almanza
District 4:  Your have two great choices — Casar or Pressley
District 7:  Leslie Pool
District 8:  Ed Scruggs

*  News Flash!  Parkland Update! 

The Council majority practically gave Mayor Lee Leffingwell a heart attack calling to postpone the decision for the Decker Lake high-end golf courses until February for the new Council. Instead, they opted to postpone it until December 11th, the last meeting of the current Austin City Council. We’re praying they leave the new Council a wonderful present. That would be the opportunity to come up with a better plan for Walter E. Long Park, minus high-end golf courses to serve the downtown hotels.

We here at ChangeAustin.org wish you the lovely Thanksgiving. See you on Monday with early voting!

PS Read this special submission from Roger Baker (Austin’s very own “Road Scholar”) entitled, “CAMPO’s $32 Billion Congestion Nightmare“.

Tell the outgoing Council Hell NO to this 11th hour giveaway!

See the light green area?  That’s 735 acres of parkland that the City Council & Mayor are rushing to hand over to private interests for two high-end golf courses until the year 2105. It’s an area twice as big as Zilker Park and larger than Mueller.

They want to ram it thru on November 20th. Email the Mayor & Council: Hell No to the Decker Lake Golf Courses!
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“A golf course closes every 48 hours in this country. Golf is dying on a limb.”
NBC Sports Anchor David Briggs

“Golf has been a crummy business for a long time,” said Paul Swinand, an analyst at Morningstar Inc. in Chicago.

Bloomberg quoted the National Golf Foundation as saying 200,000 players ages 35 and younger “abandoned the game” over the past year.

The City of Austin just bought the Grey Rock Golf Club in March for $9.8 million in Circle C and our municipal courses are running at only 35-40% capacity. Why give up precious parkland for a declining sport?

PS  We helped bring you 10-1 to stop these farcical giveaways. Polls are open from 7 to 7 and you can now vote at any location!

Use it or lose it on Tuesday, Austin!
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