Vista Ridge

Call To Action

This column is reserved for readers requesting action on issues of interest to San Antonians. Goddess Statue Plethora: The Justice Foundation Urges the Commissioners Court to Immediately Rescind or Not Enter into an Illegal Contract by Alan Parker The Justice Foundation has discovered through the local media that Bexar County has selected and agreed to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a religious monument to a pagan goddess. The statute “Plethora”, as reported in the local media, is described in its own proposal by the Artist Rodriguez-Gerada “the sculpture is an allegorical representation of an archetypal goddess, evoking an…


Letter to Mayor Nirenberg and San Antonio City Council Members – Vista Ridge Water Pipeline

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and San Antonio City Council Members San Antonio, Texas Re:  Vista Ridge Dear Mayor Nirenberg and City Council Members, I am reaching out to you on behalf of residents and landowners in the communities that the San Antonio Water System settled on to provide the source water for San Antonio. I will be following this message with a call to you. We have a number of concerns regarding this project, including the still unexplained reason as to why SAWS chose Vista Ridge when there are less costly sources of water supply identified in the State Water Plan located…


What Straus’ Exit Means to Ordinary Texans – Tear down that wall – Vista Ridge!

It deserves to be said that the “business lobby” brought it on themselves. Speaker Joe Straus put the fox (Rep. Lyle Larson) in charge of the henhouse (the House Natural Resources Committee). Larson tried yet another handout to Vista Ridge in the two recent sessions. The only thing that stopped him was a veto from Gov. Greg Abbott himself. There is little-to-nothing upon which progressives and conservatives can unite. But getting hosed by the Vista Ridge Hose remains one of them. For Vista Ridge is one big bad $3 billion boondoggle ready to be torn down like a Berlin Wall….


Diving Deeper into Vista Ridge

The Alamo Torch hosted an educational forum last Thursday, April  6th, at the Blue Star Brewery in San Antonio on the Vista Ridge Water Pipeline project, SAWS’ (San Antonio Water System) flagship project. The speakers were well respected Texas water resource experts – Jim Smyle,  member of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance;  James Murphy,  water law, planning, and policy consultant; George Rice,  Texas hydrologist and groundwater consultant. The three speakers agreed from the outset that the Vista Ridge project  is the wrong alternative for San Antonio’s future. In  his presentation, Mr. Jim Smyle provided quick facts showing the troubled history…