Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 12:11
To: Gene Lowenthal; Tom Smitty Smith;
Pam Reese; Christy Muse; colin clark I
doubt that he couldn't find me. This is a tactic.
Subject: RE: AA-S letter
It might be useful to remind
Mr. Sternberg, and others, of a few things, much of which
you already know I am sure:
1) That property is owned
by Robert Baldwin and something is going to be built
there - it will not be a nature preserve of some kind.
As a matter of fact, I'll bet something a lot worse than
the Hill Country Galleria could be built there under
HB 1704 from the 76th Session. Perhaps the best thing
to happen in a bad situation is to have us in control
of the bill. And
just how does having them "in control" prevent "something
a lot worse than the Hill Country Galleria"? Hill
Country Galleria is Chris Milam's long-standing wet dream.
That is what's probably going to happen there. But why
should the state subsidize it?
2) Senator Barrientos has
filed the following bills of interest to someone of an
environmental/responsible growth bent:
SB 123, relating to air quality
control measures proposed pursuant to an early action
SB 369, relating to the prohibition of signs on Farm-to-Market
SB 484, relating to restrictions on the imposition of the operating
permit fee under the Clean Air Act;
SB 564, relating to the establishment of a program for the disposition
of electronic equipment in a manner that protects the water and
other natural resources of the state; providing a criminal penalty;
SB 645, relating to the authority of certain counties to regulate
the use of outdoor lighting;
SB 1225, relating to the regulation of rainwater harvested for
SB 1674, relating to the authority of the Barton Springs-Edwards
Aquifer Conservation District to charge certain fees; and
SB 1678, relating to the powers of the Lower Colorado River Authority
to adopt and implement certain environmental conservation measures.Yes,
the good Senator has filed some good bills and has, as I said in
my email, acted quite often as "champion of the people".
On the other hand, this is not one of those times. Neither was
his going to bat for the unbearably awful Lazy 9 MUD.
I have the Hill Country Conservation
and Reclamation District bill sitting on my desk but
quite honestly it's filing becomes less likely with each
published remark in a news story or letter to the editor
about how the senator has become a champion of big developers
or unresponsive to his constituents. This
is a shameless threat, plain and simple. He knows that
the "district" is a project that we who love
the Hill Country want to see happen. This represents
the worst sort of political BS.
This session we've also filed
bills to encourage mass transit (SB 129, relating to
certain exceptions to the requirement that the operator
of a motor vehicle operated on a turnpike project pay
the proper toll or the full amount of the toll);
reduce the use of tolls in
transportation funding (SB 478, relating to the authority
of certain counties to impose a local tax on the sale
of gasoline and to the use of the tax revenue by a regional
save the lives of kids playing high school sports (SB 474, relating
to safety regulations for certain extracurricular school activities);
and require HMOs to pay for a life-saving cancer treatment that
costs less than other treatment options (SB 218, relating to the
coverage of certain treatments for multiple myeloma and Hodgkin's
disease under an evidence of coverage issued by a health maintenance
In which part of the "dark side" do those bills reside?
3) He lives in Troy Fraser's
may not live in Barrientos' district but, according to this
map, it looks like neither the Galleria nor the Lazy
9 MUD is in his district either.
My boss may try to talk to
him by telephone but I am really tired of this stuff.
Did anyone write the Statesman thanking us for fighting
the water lines? Anyone write in favor of any of our
bills? Does everyone realize there are now 11 members
of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and on a really
good day we might get 4 votes against a really bad bill
and one of those votes is ALWAYS us?
There are 750,000 people in
each senatorial district. Thanks to the 2001 state redistricting
plan, District 14 has a more diverse political orientation
than it once did. The senator strives for balance. Balance?
Seems to me more like you toss the citizens a bone then,
when they bend over to pick it up, you bop them on the
head and kick them in the behind.
Just a few things to think
about. Does "think
about" mean "be afraid, be very afraid"???