Save Our Springs Chiefs Savage Shade

Barton Springs activists, former mayor and state rep criticize Shade comments

"And I'll take that with a side of incumbent."

First Council Member Jennifer Kim got Stop Domain Subsidies on her side, now she seems to have added some Save Our Springs heft to her attempt to stave off Randi Shade.

The council place three hopeful took a pummeling from the Kim campaign via an open letter from a series of historic city notables over comments she made at the Real Estate Council of Austin Candidate Forum about Barton Springs. Noting that the near-universally-supported efforts to block development there resulted in the state legislature castrating city rights over developers, Shade said it was sad that there was not a "better compromise that made everybody a winner." But in the letter Save Our Springs Alliance executive director Bill Bunch, former SOSA chair Robin Rather, former mayor Gus Garcia, former Austin state rep Ann Kitchen, and former council member Brigid Shea said this showed a "fundamental lack of understanding" of the issues at stake (not to say how much the lege loves beating up on Austin). D'oh!

This comes after one eagle-eyed Chronicle forum writer noted that, during the latest Shade TV ad, there's some inadvertent support for a Kim booster. In the "I like to talk to people in cues" spot, at one point Shade is talking to people in front of Guero's. Which is owner by Rob Lippincott. Who supports Kim. Double d'oh!

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