SOS Is Delusional

RECEIVED Thu., March 30, 2006

Editors,
    Bill Bunch and the SOSAnistas' rationale for their latest mishmash of “reforms” is that the elected representatives of Austin, their staffs, and the higher administrators of the city are co-conspirators on tracts covered by the state's 245 law. A secret City Council committee “makes every single call about what deal development is grandfathered.”
    Proof offered:
    The mayor sent Bill Bunch a 99% blacked-out calendar, after Save Our Springs Alliance's latest phishing barrage (sorry, RFI).
    The Champion tract, 2222, the Gables Project, and AMD “deal,” all “proof” because the city didn't detail information out to Bill Bunch, so SOSA could timely bitch about it.
    Since the mediators didn't decide in SOSA's favor, that's conspiracy too.
    Conspiracy to what? Obey state law, as required? 245 is lousy development law, but only SOSA counsels defiance. And since hard, scientific evidence of conspiracy is lacking, Big Brother will be installed on all devices any high officeholders of the city government might use in any formal or informal conversation relating to city government.
    Similarly, SOSA instructs:
    That the city isn't subject to state law, and isn't vulnerable to retribution from a hard right-wing Republican state Legislature/senate/governor.
    Austin doesn't have a political/legal/fiduciary responsibility to tell citizens, that city staff/departments fear that the city can't comply in “real time” and probably can't afford the equipment necessary to comply with the “open government” charter amendment.
    That it's a betrayal of the people, for the council to tell them that explicit prevention of extending infrastructural/social/environmental services over the aquifer could legally preclude remediation to damaged/overdeveloped areas, which is what the Save Our Springs charter amendment demands.
Sincerely,
Ricky Bird
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