Government

Vista Ridge Water Summit

VISTA RIDGE WATER SUMMIT AT BLUE STAR BREWERY The water gods are not happy with SAWS and the City Council. Join us for an eye opening informative presentation at the Blue Star Brewery on Thursday, April 6th, 7 PM. Speakers are Jim Smyle, James Murphy, and George Rice. Topics: The Wrong Alternative for San Antonio…No Business Case, No Due Diligence; Viable, Competitive, Lower Risk Alternatives to Vista Ridge Water Pipeline; Hydrologic Impact Analysis of Vista Ridge Pipeline Project; Regulatory Risks Triggered by Hydrologic Impacts Threaten Reliable Water Supply; Q&A second hour. Presented by the ALAMO TORCH. Click here to download…


The Texas Privacy Act (Bathroom Bill) is about Public Safety

Gender-free bathrooms are being debated in a lot of places — except, we learned today, the U.S. Supreme Court. In a one sentence order, the eight justices on America’s highest bench pulled out of the fray, sending the highest profile case back to the lower courts — and liberals back to the drawing board. For the Left, which relies on the courts to do what lawmakers will not, it was a huge blow to an agenda the majority of America rejects. With 43 words, the justices drove home the importance of the White House’s decision to send the issue back…


IS 2017 THE YEAR TEXAS LAUNCHES REAL EDUCATION REFORM?

There are 30 states in the U.S. that offer various school choice programs which include education savings accounts, tax-credit scholarships, school vouchers, and individual tax credits and deductions. Did you know that Texas, the proud, defiant bastion of freedom, the second largest state by population in the United States, does not provide educational choice? Considering the state has over 1,000 schools that have not met acceptable academic standards as measured by state tests, Texas which held 43th place in national educational rankings in 2016 is ripe for major educational reforms. Big Guns Behind School Choice in Texas This is a biennial…


San Antonio is looking for a Non-Elitist, Anti-Establishment Mayor

  The election of Ivy Taylor as mayor was a major upset to the political establishment in San Antonio.  Leticia Van de Putte was supported by all the elite politicians, the Democrat machine, and the crony lobby, but she won with the help of churches and evangelical voters who trusted her personal faith and admired her courage in voting against the so-called “non-discrimination ordinance” that created a special favored class for the LGBTQ community. Enthusiasm for Ivy was further bolstered when she cancelled the streetcar project, something I personally appreciated a great deal.  However, one could argue that the streetcar…


Is the Vista Ridge Water Pipeline Project the Right Solution for San Antonio?

The citizens of San Antonio face a multi-billion dollar debt to construct, operate and maintain a 150 mile pipeline to transport up to 50,000 acre-feet of privately owned groundwater when the same amount of water, mostly publicly owned, was and is available from more stable sources of supply half the distance from San Antonio.  There’s more. These alternatives are half to two-thirds the cost depending on the configuration of the project.  The financial implications of this multi-billion dollar transaction will haunt San Antonio for generations, yet it has scarcely registered as an issue in the upcoming city council elections. Many…


Should San Antonio Voters Support the $850 Million Bond Program?

The re-election of the Mayor and City Council members (with some open seats) will be put  before the voters of  San Antonio on the May 6, 2017 General Election ballot. This general election will also include the current Mayor and City Council members’ proposed $850 million bond program. The municipal bond will cover over 170 projects encompassing city work on streets, sidewalks, bridges, drainage, parks as well as a new category, “affordable housing”. Read the city’s summary of the 2017 bond proposal projects . We recently talked with Mr.  Carlton Soules, former Councilman for District 10, concerning the size of…


Destroying Parks for Google Fiber

Would you be upset to learn San Antonio is violating state laws and local land use rules to subsidize Google Fiber – a $538 billion company?  (Editor’s note: Google Fiber is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., formerly known as Google, a multinational conglomerate company with revenues of $75 billion in 2015) I have watched the one acre Haskin Park on the near north side of town functionally cut in half.  Google installed an industrial building- a “Fiber Hut” with four commercial air conditioning units and a loud gas generator on 1,600 square feet of land in the middle of the…


Local Planned Parenthood Head Lobbies for More Public Funded Abortions

Letter in response to “State tax money used to obscure abortion services” an opinion piece by Jeffrey Hons, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Texas, published in the San Antonio Express News June 6, 2016 by Patrick Von Dohlen Planned Parenthood South Texas President and CEO, Jeffrey Hons, played “dress up” in his article concerning state funding for women’s health services. The simple fact of the matter is he is a disgruntled interested party complaining that other entities and organizations are receiving funding for women’s health and family planning in Texas while his organization has been cut out. Like any…


WHAT’S THAT GREEN CART DOING IN MY DRIVEWAY

I didn’t want the green cart for my grass clippings, tree branches and pizza boxes. So what’s it doing sitting there on my driveway next to the brown cart and the blue cart? Did my wife insist? No, it wasn’t that. Did some slick talking salesman get me? No. What then? I’m being manipulated. A few weeks ago I discovered the green cart on my yard and a door hanger, “The Organics Recycling Program Guide”. The guide said the green cart program is FREE! (Emphasis mine.) That Scottish blood in me was appealed to, that characteristic of being frugal and…


Planned Parenthood Zoning: “The Deceptive Beginning”

Harvey Samuel Firestone was an American businessman, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. On a wall of the business in my neighborhood that bears his name is this quote from him: “I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business.” That’s an excellent philosophy to live by. It’s an imperative philosophy to govern by if one’s goal is to govern well. Harvey Firestone would not have condoned the tactics used by Planned Parenthood to secure a C-1 zoning permit at 2140 Babcock here in San Antonio. On March 26, 2014, Delantero Investors purchased the 22,300 square foot building…