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Act Now on the Vista Ridge Pipeline Deal!
As you likely know by now, City Council plans to vote October 30th on the multi-billion-dollar contract with a private water supplier Vista Ridge whose financial background and water lease background is less-than-sterling.
Why the hurry? So residents won't know what's in the contract and won't have time to analyze how it will affect their families and their futures.
If this contract goes through, everything about the city we love will change. We will no longer be a beacon of conservation and an ambassador of water goodwill, we will instead be the bully on the block whose wealthy and anticipated growth means we can force others to give up their water for our future plans. We'll face the uncertainty of a water privatizer with a poor bond rating selling us very expensive, unnecessary water. We'll see an unprecedented era of development in sensitive ecological regions which could not be developed as long as they sat over our endangered aquifer. If this sounds familiar--it's the Applewhite Reservoir all over again--a developer's dream to find an alternative water source that enables areas past 1604 to be exploited and covered with sprawling neighborhoods. We can't let this happen.
Below you will find information from the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club that will help you find a way to express your opinions to the City Council and the mayor, along with contact information for each. Don't miss this excellent website that offer the real facts on the other side of this issue, with more coming all the time.
Most importantly, make yourself heard--time is running out and we can't let our City Council sell us down the river, so to speak, in this bad water deal. At the least, please ask for a delay in the vote.
Thanks, from the Alamo Sierra Club.
Here's what we need you to do now: Mayor Taylor was just asked and said she has not been getting complaints about Vista Ridge, so let her hear from all of you.
Please help recruit people to speak to San Antonio City Council at Municipal Plaza (SE corner of Commerce and N. Flores) Thursday, Oct. 30, A Session, sign up by 9 a.m. If you don't want to speak, sign up and cede your time to someone else.
Next Wednesday at 6 p.m. is a B Session Citizens To Be Heard, same location. You can sign up online any time after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning at this website or submit comments online.
Please also ask family, friends, and colleagues to speak as Citizens To Be Heard and/or to call the mayor and city council members and ask them to slow down the process for a period of public education and citizen input on this $3.4 billion ratepayer-financed deal, so that diverse points of view can be aired and the most sustainable decision be made.
Common phone line: (210) 207-7040
Please help and act NOW. It just takes a few minutes to call the Mayor and your Councilperson. Thank you.
Everything you need to know about Vista Ridge
Please visit our Clearinghouse for Vista Ridge Information webpage, where you can find news articles about the deal, comments and analyses about the proposal, and technical studies.
Tuesday, November 18th: Solar Update
Lanny Sinkin, Executive Director of Solar San Antonio, will give an update on progress made in solar energy, particularly distributed energy.
Tuesday, December 9th: Holiday Party Features Special Venue, Music, and Silent Auction
Come celebrate the Alamo Group's very successful year at our annual Holiday Party and Potluck Dinner on Tuesday, December 9th from 7 to 9 p.m.. This special event will be held at Dorćol Distilling Company, 1902 S Flores St (south of Cevallos, at the railroad crossing). Dorćol‘s unique elixirs will be available—made with traditional apricot brandy or non-alcoholic.
There will be a tour of the distillery at 7 p.m. Our party will feature a variety of music and great food (potluck dishes welcome) our members are known for. As in years past, there will be a silent auction of unique gifts and certificates donated by members, local businesses and craftspeople. Auction items will be posted on our website's Events page shortly before the event so you can bid on them via email in case you can't make it to the party.
There will be a $10 cover fee at the door. All proceeds go to promote our worthwhile cause. There is free parking on the streets and the public is welcome. Please contact Margaret Day if you have any questions, would like to help, or wish to donate to our auction.
Please check the website soon for updates about this event, particularly for the auction items! This is an important fundraiser for Alamo Group. Net proceeds from the 2013 party and auction were nearly $2,300.
Times, maps and speaker bios are on our Events page.
Next Lion's Field Event
Wednesday, October 22nd: Introduction to Native Plants of Bexar County
John Nikolatos and Joan Miller, from the Native Plant Society of Texas, will discuss growing native plants to conserve water. John will give an introduction and Joan will present ten native plants recommended for San Antonio.
Visit our Lion's Field Events page for a map, times and more events.
Take Action Today!
The Sierra Club needs your action on important issues affecting our environment. Just click on the link(s) below to read the action alerts and fill out a brief form that is automatically sent to your Senators, Representatives and other elected officials.
For more urgent Sierra Club alerts, visit our Action Alerts page.
Upcoming Community Events
For more information about these events, click the event title or go to our Community Events page.
Environmental Highlights - State & Local
No more study; just ban plastic bags
Next Social Event
Friday, October 24th: Candlelight Coffeehouse
One of our favorite places, it features good food and a nice quiet atmosphere. This will be our last social of 2014. Contact Loyd Cortez (phone 454-2052 or email) if planning to attend.
Visit our Social Events page for maps, times and information about future gatherings.
Support Sierra Club Youth Outdoors (formerly ICO) by purchasing a beautiful 2015 Sierra Club calendar. Wall Calendars are $13.95 and Engagement Books are $14.95 plus sales tax.
On sale at General Meetings Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 - just in time for holiday gift giving. Sierra Club Youth Outdoors introduces local youngsters to wild and beautiful places and experiences that we take for granted.