This coming Tuesday evening

This coming Tuesday evening, November 19 at 7 pm, an important meeting will take place to discuss where we’re going with the Vista Ridge Audit in San Antonio. Our guest speaker is Colleen Waring, an affected landowner from Milam County and a longtime auditor. Colleen will talk about why the Audit of Vista Ridge is so important and how it should be conducted after speaking to the City Council’s Audit and Accountability Committee on Tuesday morning. James Murphy, Esq. longtime[…]

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LIV Newsletter November 5

In this LIV Newsletter November 5 issue:
 ►Manny’s Problem Pregnancy…Vista Ridge. ►Austin’s Local Election — Adler Attacks on Petition Rights. ►So, this IS news! Voting Today, Tuesday, November 5th! ►King Lobby, Oil and Gas, rein in attempts by guess who. ►Manny’s Problem Pregnancy.   Perhaps no San Antonio City Council Member is more deserving of his phone ringing off the hook with SAWS rateapayer complaints than District 8 Manny Palaez. San Antonio Water System’s phone is, apparently, also ringing off the[…]

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LIV Newsletter: Oct. 21, 2019

LIV Newsletter: Oct. 21, 2019 ►Does LCRA need Bastrop’s groundwater?  No, they don’t. In three days of hearings last week (and still underway today and tomorrow, Oct. 21-22), LCRA has brought it on their naked selves. By refusing to answer the question of why they need a mega-permit for 25,000 acre-feet of groundwater every year from Bastrop, they have opened themselves up to the accusation they too have bought in to making central Texas one big rotting real estate play.[…]

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Does LCRA need Bastrop Groundwater?

“Does LCRA need Bastrop groundwater? They already have all that water in the Highland Lakes.” That was my Llano friend’s response when she saw this news on KXAN-TV that LCRA was in a legal proceeding pressing their demand on Bastrop landowners for a 25,000 acre-feet of groundwater (a “mega-permit”) from the aquifer underlying the Boy Scout Property – the Griffith League Ranch at FM 1441 and Highway 21. I sat through hours of testimony on Thursday and Friday. The testimony[…]

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LIV Newsletter, October 8, 2019

LIV Newsletter, October 8, 2019 A new LIV member recently asked us this very important question. Why are we so focused on water? We’re not. We’re much more focused on gold. The gold rush is on in Texas for our most valuable resource — groundwater — as big real estate has turned central Texas into one big real estate play. So on that cheerful note, here’s the good news. San Antonio Water System’s Vista Ridge behemoth got a little comeuppance[…]

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Time to pay the Pied Piper at SAWS

It’s time to pay the Pied Piper at SAWS who brought you 52% rate hikes (and anything goes after 2020) via Vista Ridge, an unnecessarily massive groundwater transfer that threatens more than just rates. Before you do, watch this KSAT-TV report on October 1. Enjoy! According to legend, the Pied Piper, lured rats away. But when it came time to pay him, citizens refused to pay. The Piper then used his instrument to lure the children away. The similarities of[…]

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Construction or Destruction

Whining IS Allowed for PARTICIPANTS!

To us at LIV, Whining IS Allowed for PARTICIPANTS! Is the obsession to build massive unaffordable and unlivable metroplexes in Texas becoming intolerable to you? This is uniting rural and urban Texans who are catching the drift: ever rising taxes and fees, homelessness, concentrated poverty, increased public safety risks, and harm to critically important land and water resources. Fact:  San Antonio just won another dubious award — the highest poverty rate of the nation’s top 25 cities, surpassing Detroit!

Fact: The[…]

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Reaching Texas Independents

You heard about the climate crisis, right?

You heard about the climate crisis, right? Lots of people have and lots of people talk about it and do nothing or even do real harm, while they’re talking about it. Here’s what we need from you — straight up — this week. All Texans, please CALL your legislators — county and state. San Antonians, do the same, but start with Mayor Ron Nirenberg and your Council members. The officials can get real by supporting the push for independent audit[…]

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