NEW Veto HB 1806! Call the Governor now!

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Ron Nirenberg with Steve Adler in background. Photo: Rivard Report

New Veto HB 1806!

Call Gov. to Veto HB 1806 – save the aquifers, rural Texas
 and all ratepayers!

We just sent this letter urging Governor Abbott veto HB 1806 passed at the 11th hour by the Senate on Wednesday night. This egregious “water” legislation aggressively drummed up by San Antonio Water System (SAWS – a public water utility) adversely affects millions of Texans, our aquifers and our wallets.

Of equal concern is that SAWS, without San Antonio City Council approval, has refashioned itself as an autonomous regional water authority, accountable to no one except its own unelected board of trustees.

NEW Veto HB 1806 letter to the Governor.

Now, please immediately call the Governor’s office during business hours at 512-463-2000 or email the Governor here. Urge a veto of HB 1806!

Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s “Private Letterabout Another Public Official

Did you get the “private” email yesterday from Austin Mayor Steve Adler urging you to contribute to another public official -- San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg? Nirenberg is facing a tough reelection and what Adler simply calls a “special interest” group with no identification.

LIV does not endorse candidates. But, we do support real and full disclosure in elections. So, we’d like you to know the identity of the “special interest” Adler fails to identify. The San Antonio Firefighters Association! They are supporting the mayor’s opponent in the upcoming San Antonio Mayoral runoff election.

This isn’t just a labor-management fight, folks. “Management” isn’t just your elected city council and Mayor. Management also includes those guys in suits behind the dais – the lobbyists pushing a “growth at all costs” agenda that the Mayor of San Antonio seems to have fully embraced along with the Mayor of Austin.

The “Growth Machine” agenda has already overwhelmed Austin’s affordability while endeavoring mightily to bring San Antonio down the same dubious road.

San Antonio just won the same rating Austin enjoyed a few years ago. The Alamo City is now rated the most economically segregated metro area in the country. (More here.)

The two mayors’ clear intent is to build the megalopolis between Austin and San Antonio.

Does that benefit any of us regular residents, regardless of party or persuasion?

What you do in the voting booth is your own business. But, don’t let Austin’s or San Antonio’s Growth Machine mess with you.

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  1. House Bill (HB) 1806, which in part, seeks to make legal the export of San Antonio water by SAWS beyond its “certificated” boundary, known as a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN), into Kendall County and the ETJ of Boerne, was sent to the Governor on the May 29, 2019.

    Within this bill is a provision to send up to 1,500 acre-feet of SAWS water to WCID No. 3. It’s the quantity of water required for a water district that was created in Austin by the Legislature, without a source of water, in 2017.

    It awaits his action—do nothing and let it become law, sign it or veto it.
    All of the information posted for the public can be viewed on the website of Texas Legislature Online. See:…

    Depending on how the days after receiving HB 1806 are counted, he has 10-20 days, not counting Sundays, to act, or not.

    If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to ask the Governor to veto this bad bill.

    A number of citizens, the groundwater conservation district and non-profit organizations from San Antonio to Austin have asked for a veto.

    Please join them.

    I have been advised that letters can be sent to an aide at this email address:

    A call to the Governor’s hotline would also be useful. The number is 512-463-2000 – Office of the Governor Main Switchboard (office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST).

    Milan J. Michalec
    Director Pct. 2, and President, Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District
    Mobile phone: 210-373-5458

    1. Thank you so much for your helpful posting. We especially appreciate hearing from Groundwater District folks eager to keep us educated.

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