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A Revolt Brews Among the Circle C Masses
New residents at Circle C Ranch question the control Gary Bradley's allies still have over the homeowners' association.
News Story  February 28, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...Since its creation two decades ago, Circle C Ranch -- one of Austin's most visionary and most controversial developments -- has operated under what has come to be known by both observers and residents as the "Bradley oligarchy." That is, the people who served as developer Gary Bradley's allies and business associates in Circle C's early days are the same people who run things today (see chart). But that may be about to change...."

The Bloodthirsty Killers of Circle C
Victims take flight! ... Officials shrug! ... Stealthy predators stalk the suburban streets!
News Story  December 9, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"...While reptiles, amphibians, and insects all fall to their deadly claws, the victims that Schaffel most mourns are birds. Schaffel doesn't only mourn, she acts, and some of her actions have others in the Circle C Ranch and animal communities aflutter..."

Circle C Subsidies
News Story  October 13, 1995
"...For just as many decades, politicians have promised that protection, and have repeatedly fallen fall short on those promises. Meanwhile, a seemingly endless string of subsidies to private speculative investment have poured into the area. The champion of subsidies is Gary Bradley's Circle C Ranch subdivision, which sits directly over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone..."

Dotting i's, Circling C's
Simplifying the Tortured History of Circle C
News Column  December 19, 1997, by Kayte VanScoy
"...Like all of the best infotainment -- Watergate and Whitewater, O.J. and the House of Windsor -- either one has followed the tortured progress of the Circle C Ranch, or one has not, and never the twain shall meet, apparently...."

Circle Sky
For your resident Head, the Monkees' Michael Nesmith still lassos 'Circle Sky' country-rock
Music Story  February 18, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Video Ranch (www.videoranch.com) had already camped out at the local film facilities during South by Southwest, broadcasting interactive live sets for virtual consumption. As acts from here and far entertained avatar audiences onscreen, the venture's inventor sat in a mobile facility outside tweaking computer code..."

Bradley U?
ACC Considers Circle C Campus Site
News Story  October 13, 1995
"...Well, maybe it didn't happen just like that, but whatever the origin, the ACC board is considering purchasing land for a new southwest campus from Bradley and Freeport-McMoRan's Circle C Ranch. Other tracts throughout Southwest Austin and Travis County are under consideration as well, including sites along the Southwest Parkway either within or near FM Properties' proposed Barton Creek PUD..."

It Ain't Over Yet
City and Circle C Wait for Justice
News Column  January 16, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...illustration by Doug Potter The courtroom scene on December 30 before a three-judge panel headed by federal District Judge Sam Sparks left tongues wagging at city hall for days. Gary Bradley, developer of the Circle C Ranch, was clearly seen whispering into the ear of Jose Garza, the attorney representing a group of minority plaintiffs who are trying to shut down the city's recent annexations for allegedly violating the federal Minority Voting Rights Act..."

The Battle for the Springs: A Chronology
News Story  August 9, 2002
"...A bridge across Town Lake extends MoPac Boulevard into South Austin.1982 Gary Bradley and his partners, James Gressett, Mitchell Sharp, and Ira Yates, buy the 2,700-acre Circle C Ranch in Southwest Austin from Polly Brooks (Yates' mother).1983 City Council approves creation of four municipal utility districts to provide water and sewage service to Circle C. Bradley agrees to terms that allow the city to begin annexing parts of the development in 10 years.1987 Legislature enacts HB 4, which bars a city from altering water quality rules once a development project has begun..."

Gibraltar v. Bradley
The Gibraltar case could be a road map for the FDIC vs. Bradley.
News Story  October 11, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...Gressett and Bradley both defaulted on loans they secured in 1985 from First Gibraltar's predecessor, Gibraltar Savings Association, the biggest savings and loan in Texas to collapse in the S&L crisis. The partners had personally guaranteed 20% on loans of more than $100 million -- funding intended to underwrite the development of Circle C Ranch, at the time only a vast, open spread of land southwest of downtown and atop the Edwards Aquifer..."

With Friends Like Jim Bob...
Developer Gary Bradley Is Sued by Old Pal as Finances Fade
News Story  March 28, 1997, by Robert Bryce
"...The suit alleges that CCLC is entitled to "$3,803,069.00 in MUD reimbursements currently available for distribution by the municipal utility districts for improvements." The Circle C Ranch development, located in southwestern Travis County, is served by several MUDs, which collect water and wastewater fees from local residents. The dispute came about because Phoenix bought part of the development from FMP last year..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  March 7, 2003
"...You described a "revolt" at Circle C Ranch in your Feb 28 Chronicle ["A Revolt Brews Among the Circle C Masses"]. What is happening here is a latter stage in the "evolution" of our homeowners association from developer-controlled to resident-controlled..."

Circular Logic
Stratus forgets to tell Circle C residents about their zoning requests.
News Story  May 17, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...Bradley is spearheading a proposal to extend SH 45 from FM 1626 in the southwest to I-35 and eventually SH 130, and the Stratus development, of course, would help justify the need for the highway. "We resent the posture taken by representatives of those respective groups as having some vestige of a vested interest in the Circle C Ranch," Rigsbee wrote..."

Here Come the Transporters
In the endless Central Texas transportation wars, the lions and the lambs look for ways to make peace
News Story  June 4, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Two days later, the same question resonated in the multipurpose room of Kiker Elementary in Circle C Ranch, where the CTRMA ran its slick open-forum presentation on its $2.2 billion proposed toll-road network to a slightly smaller crowd of people, slightly fewer of whom came with an attitude. (Many of those in attendance had seen the toll-road pitch before.) The traditional anti-highway contingent was represented by longtime transportation activist Roger Baker, whose multifront opposition to the specific road projects, to their financing, to highways in general, and to the RMA itself tends toward the melodramatic (relying heavily, for now, on predictions of world-transforming spikes in fuel prices)...."

Allies No More
illustration by Doug Potter
News Story  July 25, 1997, by Robert Bryce
"...At issue between the two former allies is $3.8 million in municipal utility district bond payments from the Circle C Ranch development in southwestern Travis County. The development is serviced by several MUDs which collect water and wastewater fees from local residents...."

Naked City
The CAMPO board sticks up for fiscal equity on the highway front
News Story  June 18, 2004, by Kimberly Reeves
"...The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has opened the door to taking road projects out of its $2.2 billion Central Texas toll road plan, but Circle C Ranch residents shouldn't cheer too loudly. The CTRMA's largesse comes with a caveat: Those who pay will be those who play..."

Lazarus, Come Forth
The Gary Bradley bankruptcy trial pits a creditor theory of financial manipulation against a Bradley defense of innocent bookkeeping errors
News Story  April 30, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...Angels to Phoenix to Lazarus Ikard, leading the charge against Bradley, has pieced together a dizzying number of financial transactions that he believes offer strong, albeit circumstantial, evidence that links Bradley to Lazarus. Ikard has developed an intricate timeline that follows Bradley on a circuitous path beginning in September 1990, when Gibraltar Savings brought a lawsuit against Bradley and partner James Gressett for defaulting on loans the pair took out to build the Circle C Ranch, and ends in July 2002, when Bradley filed for bankruptcy and claimed just $500,000 in assets..."

Chasing Gary
To Annex or Not to Annex
News Story  September 19, 1997, by Robert Bryce
"...Last week, the city council announced plans to absorb more than 30,000 new residents who currently live outside the city in 26 different municipal utility districts (MUDs). Nearly 8,000 of these future Austinites live in developments adjacent to Circle C Ranch..."

Battle of the Big Box
Enviros and Southwest neighbors find a common cause: fighting Wal-Mart and its plans for a Supercenter on the aquifer
News Story  July 11, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...While the Wal-Mart has reunited old allies, it has also galvanized residents of Sendera Estates, Circle C Ranch, New Villages at Western Oaks, and other neighborhoods located in the shadow of the Supercenter. The anti-Wal-Mart campaign is mostly being driven by the residents, Rockwell says, leading to some strange bedfellow-making between SOS et al..."

Did SOS Matter?
The battle for Barton Springs has been a struggle over the soul of the city.
News Story  August 9, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...But it may likewise be too soon to tell whether -- as we and others claimed at the time -- it changed Austin public life forever. Basically, Austin today is a lot like Austin 10 years before SOS, when City Hall was split between "no-growth" and "managed-growth-but-not-pro-growth" forces, when Austin adopted the comprehensive plan we now call Smart Growth, when nobody admitted to be for sprawl or against saving the Springs -- and when the original Circle C Ranch was held forth as an example of growth management, just like its modern-day Stratus incarnation...."

Sifting Through the Rubble
Austin Assesses its Legislative Damage
  June 9, 1995, by Daryl Slusher
"...In what has to rank as one of the rawest legislative spectacles in Texas history, legislators from Orange, La Grange, San Antonio, and Lake Jackson carried legislation that directly benefits would-be Barton Creek developers Freeport-McMoRan of New Orleans and their aquifer neighbor and affiliate, Gary Bradley's Circle C Ranch. Sovereign entities were carved out of Austin's jurisdiction, where city rules will not apply..."

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