Archive for July, 2015

Congrats Lee Dustman – come see us!

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Congrats to Lee Dustman, who just retired! TScreen Shot 2015-07-31 at 12.14.32 PMhanks to Lee, we have this lovely booth at the Bastrop Rodeo tonight and tomorrow night -- in the Carnival area.

Come sign the petition to stop the Vista Ridge water pipeline and pick up an "I oppose the San Antone hose" yard sign.

It's free to visit the Carnival area. The rodeo prices are: (with more details here)

Weekend pass $35
Nightly rodeo only ticket prices:
$10 adult
$5 kids ages 6-12
5 & under free

It was pretty nice out last night starting about 7:30 and it's open late!

PS Please mark your calendars now for a Vista Ridge Information Session on Monday, August 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the First National Bank in Elgin.

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Regional water conflicts…join our sign campaign & Sunday’s call at 6 pm

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We have conference calls every other Sunday at 6 pm. Call us at 512-213-4511 or email us to join the next call. Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 11.50.50 AM

Yesterday, we delivered these comments to the Texas Water Development Board at a hearing on new rules for resolution of regional water conflicts. Beware: the Governor-appointed TWDB may be under political pressure to establish rules that favor the "California plan" of mass movement of water to new developments in dry areas. Starting at about the 8-minute mark, you'll see some moving testimony from landowners who came from NE Texas, Region D, who are fighting the Marvin Nichols Reservoir -- video here. You can submit your own comments before the deadline on August 4th by 5 pm OR, you can wait to see our full comments coming to you before the Aug. 4th deadline.

Send comments here: rulescomments@twdb.texas.gov with the subject line simply as: Rules Comments.

Here's what else you can do:

UntitledJoin our sign campaign and get an “I oppose the San Antone hose” yard sign (18" x 24" with bracket). They're free with a $10 membership. OR IF WE GET AT LEAST 100 ORDERS, you can get a 4' x 4' sign for $25 or a 4' by 8' sign for $50.

Here's where you can order signs. Note: please follow the instructions on this page carefully, so we know what you're asking for or just call us.

Join an online forum about this, or start your own, on Yannect.com.

Here's what else is happening:

NEXT WEEK! July 30-Aug. 1, 6 to 9 pm: Visit us or volunteer at our booth at the Bastrop Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 4.18.10 PMRodeo.

The FARFA 9th Annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference, Sept. 25-26, Bryan-College Station. League Board member, Michele Gangnes, will be speaking on the water panel. Note:  FARFA also has a part-time position open!

Hope to "see" ya on Sunday's call -- reply for the new conference line.

P.S. What are you waiting for? Invite us to your community as we plan to go on the road!

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Upcoming Events in Bastrop!

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We hope to see you at one or both of these upcoming events in Bastrop!

This Sunday! (July 26th). It's the Bastrop River Rally by Keep Bastrop County Beautiful! Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 4.01.21 PMCome help clean up the El Camino Paddle Trail. This is a great event including an opportunity for you to paddle -- bring your own kayak or canoe, or one is provided. There's even a run at 8:30 am.

DETAILS HERE Or reply to this email or call us at the League, as we can use a few hands as well.

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 4.18.10 PMStarting a week from this Thursday. Volunteer at our booth at the Bastrop Rodeo starting from Thursday, July 30, Friday July 31st or Saturday, August 1st, 6 pm to 9 pm (evenings only). We'll be asking folks to join our growing network and to donate for the "I oppose the San Antone hose" yard signs.

Reply or call us to lend a hand or just come pick up a yard sign. Details here.

More information coming about regional and statewide events coming real soon!

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Boomers & Millennials: the winning indy ticket

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“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Thomas Edison.

On the last statewide conference call (now every other Sunday at 6 pyannectlogojpeg copym), we had a great  discussion. It was about the number one problem in this country -- the decline in civic participation.

Do you think people would attend a football game, if they knew what the outcome would be? Can you remember a competitive election? We’ll bet the turnout was higher. This ain’t rocket science.

The only real (and really hard) question then is how do we make elections competitive?

We resolved that building new alliances between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials (18 to 30 year olds) is where we start. Afterall, it's the Millennials who will soon be running the country. It's the Boomers who have tried and failed...and must keep trying for the incoming generation.

So, how do we do that? We're going to experiment with connecting and we need YOU to help.

So...you're invited to join our experiment to connect…
or shall we say Yannect?!

Yannect is an online forum site where people can chat, network and share information about their communities. It’s for non-commercial users. It’s free. It’s geographically organized — there’s a site for every single town in Texas.  It’s very simple to use. And, there is NO commercial tracking (like, well, you know those other sites), therefore no real name is required.

Yannect just set up a statewide forum called "Texas Independents" at our request. This is a statewide forum:  posts here will appear on every Yannect city page in Texas.

Please go to www.yannect.com and “sign up” by following the simple directions. Then go to any city page (e.g. Austin, Dime Box, Dallas...wherever you are), click on the "Texas Independents" forum and start posting!

We've started the ball rolling on Yannect with this statement in the Texas Independents Forum. I have a feeling you'll have something to say about this:

Tired of hearing from Democrats and Republicans and the same ol’ tired partisan politics? You’re at the right place. Ponder this. The most recent Gallup Poll on party identification has us at 42% of the electorate. So-called “Millennials” (18-30 year olds) are a whopping 50% independent. What does being politically independent mean to you and, if you are an independent, say why

Don't give up on each other -- Boomers and Millennials and whatever your generation.

P.S. We'll be at the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District monthly meeting this Wednesday, 7 pm, at Bastrop City Hall. Pick up an "I oppose the San Antone hose" yard sign for $10 to support our work.

P.S.S. Got time to work our booth at the Bastrop Rodeo - July 30 thru Aug. 1st? Reply or call us!

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Get Your Sign and Get Involved!

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MoreUntitled and more people are asking us how they can help and get involved in building the independent movement, so here's your chance. Get your sign and get involved!

The Vista Ridge Project -- the 142-mile water pipeline from Burleson County to San Antonio -- will fully implement the disastrous "California water model" in Texas. This map is worth a thousand words: Click here to see the map.

If you live in Bastrop or nearby, join us on Saturday at 10 am until noon, at Coffee Dog (at Hwy. 71 & Loop 150, near Goodwill) to pick up this sign (they come free with membership that starts at just $10) and learn how you can volunteer.

Wherever you live in Texas, please join us on this Sunday's conference call, at 6 pm (our calls are now every other Sunday at 6 pm).

Conference Call number:  (530) 881-1000, PIN106940#

With election season coming up, we want to bring our message into the debates across Texas. We're gonna need your help to do it, so we hope to see you or hear from you.

This informative article "Rural Water Relief May Follow Drought Relief", by our own League Board member, Michele Gangnes, was in last week's Giddings Times newspaper.

Thanks to the many of you who came out to last Thursday's Party. It was a blast -- invite us to your community. Special thanks to volunteer Charlotte Gilman, Allen Penn for the poetry and Paul for your assistance!

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Join us tomorrow night, July 2nd!

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If you're getting this message, you should be close enough to join us tomorrow night, July Untitled2nd, 6 to 8 pm at Neighbors Kitchen (601 Chestnut -- the old Brewhouse) on the beautiful Colorado River in Bastrop.

It's our Declare Your Independence Celebration. We buy the pizza. You buy your drinks.

We'll have an open mike so bring a song, poem, magic trick...or just your independent self.

We'll update you on the latest turn in the water wars and how we're gonna beat back the most imminent threat to sensible management of groundwater in Texas -- the San Antone hose, aka Vista Ridge.

Spread the word from here please or just forward this message.

Bring a friend or two -- especially any hams in the family!

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