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Now we have a criminal complaint.

Now we have a criminal complaint.

Save Our Springs Alliance filed this criminal complaint this morning concerning Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty's alleged violations (based on Daugherty's own sworn testimony) of the Texas Public Information and Local Government Records Act. It appears that Gerald has been withholding and destroying records, holding committee meetings without notice to the public and not even taking … Read more...


Stop MoPAC’s Murder

Stop MoPAC’s Murder

In a rush deal -- tomorrow -- you could witness the Travis County Commissioners Court commit the MURDER of MoPac. Here's the anatomy:     Connect the south end of Mopac to Interstate 35 - the "not-secret" final plan.     Divert Interstate 35 traffic to Mopac - an additional 30,000 thousand vehicles.     Bring MoPac to a dead stop all day long -- it's already maxed during peak … Read more...


Sheriffs gone wild! Early voting ends this Friday!

Get this! The Travis County Sheriffs Law Enforcement Association is attacking Sarah Eckhardt with a $10K donation from Gary Farmer! Why? Because Sarah Eckhardt tried to rein them in from a whopping 11% pay increase -- when they're the highest paid force in the state! Farmer is a Republican "heavy hitter" who gave Greg Abbott $50K, Andy Brown $2500, and is a Formula 1 Booster, and a big … Read more...


Endorsing Sarah and a little truth telling on Andy Brown

We're going to step on a few toes. We're endorsing Sarah Eckhardt for Travis County Judge and we're going to do a little truth telling on her opponent Andy Brown, a story which we've been sitting on since 2008. This is the hottest race in Travis County and everyone knows this critical position will be decided in the Democratic primary. Moreover, we think Brown will bow to the same powerful … Read more...


Elections

The Score on Eckhardt v. Brown: from inside the Democratic Party

The Score on Eckhardt v. Brown: from inside the Democratic Party

Here's a letter from Democratic precinct chairs, a comparison from Reuben Leslie (a 20+ year Democratic Precinct and and party activist), and a fundraising report -- all very instructive, in our view, on why Andy Brown should not be our next Travis County Judge: FROM REUBEN LESLIE, Democratic Precinct Chair #259: Sarah's record 14 years of public service experience, 6 years as County … Read more...


The Fight for Geographic Representation: Mark Your Calendars!

The Fight for Geographic Representation:  Mark Your Calendars!

TheAustinBulldog.org constructed maps that pinpoint the residential location of every mayor and council member elected over the last four decades. It will tell you all you need to know about why citizen organizations, from across the spectrum, are coming together to push for a public vote on geographic representation. Read it here, share it, and consider a matching fund donation to the feisty (and … Read more...


Sign the Petition/Voter Pledge – No Abusive Formula 1 Subsidies!

Sign the Petition/Voter Pledge – No Abusive Formula 1 Subsidies!

Sign the Petition/Voter Pledge to Abusive F1 Subsidies! The Austin City Council vote on the F1 subsidy was postponed to next Wednesday! Even if the Austin City Council manages to keep city money out of the deal (we doubt it), their vote will still trigger STATE tax dollars -- at least $250 million.  Please call the Council at 974-2000 on Monday or Tuesday and simply ask them to vote NO on F1. … Read more...


No time to rest on Tovo victory, Contact the council NOW – postpone the F1 vote!

No time to rest on Tovo victory, Contact the council NOW – postpone the F1 vote!

  Congratulations to Kathie Tovo and Austin voters. We don't have time to rest on this victory folks!  The Austin City Council is rushing the Formula 1 vote without allowing the public to see the documents."It's done in a week's time to avoid public scrutiny, and that's exactly the opposite of what would be in the public's interest." Bill Spelman criticizing the 2003 rushed … Read more...


Cost of Growth

Welcome to Austin But Pay Your Own Way by Brian Rodgers

The following opinion editorial was published in the Austin American-Statesman on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. At the behest of previous City Councils, the Austin Water Utility has sold its water and wastewater taps to developers at huge losses for the past 15 years — selling far below cost and at a fraction of that charged by surrounding communities. Who picked up those losses? You, the … Read more...


Paul Robbins: Dry lakes demand conservation

The question on a lot of people’s minds right now is, “How low can they go?” Lakes Travis and Buchanan, which supply much of our region’s water, are not natural lakes. They are reservoirs completed in the 1930s and ’40s. At full capacity, they hold 2 million acre-feet. (An acre-foot is enough water for annual needs of about three average Austin homes.) Today, barring a major … Read more...


Why Lack of Affordability Is Killing Austin

Why Lack of Affordability Is Killing Austin

We first met our friend, Bill Oakey, back in 2009 when he just showed up to join us in testifying  before the Travis County Commissioners Court about the unfair burden of property taxes on Austin residents.  A version of this paper was recently printed in the Austin American-Statesman.  Many thanks Bill, for all you do for Austin!  Linda and Brian, ChangeAustin.org (ps LIKE and SHARE this … Read more...


Sign Petition/Letter to Austin City Council-No Tax/Fee Hikes!

Sign Petition/Letter to Austin City Council-No Tax/Fee Hikes!

  Yes, it is totally true -- the City wants to raise your energy, water and property taxes by an average of $265 per year.  Sign this petition/letter to the 4 members of the Council up next for reelection -- Mayor Leffingwell, and Councilmembers Cole, Martinez and Spelman.  They must end unnecessary projects and the practice of the "growth lobby" (aka the big boy developers and the real … Read more...


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