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Good news, great news, ugly news – Vista Ridge!

The good news is that rural and urban Texans are standing up to the growth lobby that wants

our water, our land and our money — no questions asked.

TONIGHTFarmer’s Branch, 7 pm! Our own Calvin Tillman will debate the propagandists for the fracking industry. It’s at Brookhaven College Geotech Institute, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch.

Will you come with us this Thursday (early morning) to San Antonio? Vista Ridge is on the agenda early — the meeting starts at 9 am at the Municipal Building, 114 W. Commerce. (Contact us now if you’re coming, call 512-213-4511!)

The ugly news and we stand corrected: We have the recording from SA Mayor Ivy Taylor on KTSA-550 AM radio. Listen to what she says in response to Michele Gangnes’ question from Lee County:  Click to listen to Gangnes v. Taylor. Call in any weekday to KTSA’s Trey Ware Show (5 to 9 am) — correct #:  210-599-5555, the Mayor is on the show on Wednesdays starting at 8:30 am, but it’s hard to get through.

TO DOs for YOU! Followed by good news and really good news!

The real good news!  Our own Michele Gangnes has her own terrific op-ed in Sunday’s San Antonio Express-News opposite City Councilman Joe Krier’s piece, Krier, for decades was CEO and President Greater San Antonio Area Chamber of Commerce.

The really really good news! We went to San Antonio on Friday night to speak with a great group of folks at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. One of them is a former San Antonio Councilwoman and community activist — Maria Antonietta Berriozabal — a genuine stateswoman. She wrote to us after reading Michele’s editorial on Vista Ridge.

In my opinion, the process is fast tracked because there is a history in San Antonio that when the people are well informed, especially about their water, people come together from every corner of our beloved city. They become engaged. They organize. They speak out. They have a history of winning against incredible odds…but there is something different in Vista Ridge. As Ms. Gangnes correctly offers in her great oped of today, there is a new Texas urban-rural connection of voices. More people are beginning to see that our local issues are part of a major growth period in Texas where, as we know, water and energy will continue to drive the growth. It may just be that the Vista Ridge Pipeline will be fodder for statewide organizing. No telling what can be done by good organizing crossing all kinds of social, political and economic lines.

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