Sam's Town Point
"...Many who live up and down FM 1826 share Smith's uneasiness about growth in this crook of Hays County. This concern has led to the formation of an alliance -- tentatively called the Friendship Alliance -- that seeks recognition as a stakeholder in growth management decisions..."
"...Jeff Wentworth, cities can broker development deals with no public input at all until the deal shows up, already cooked and ready for swallowing, on a City Council agenda. "It's a terrible bill," said Rob Baxter, president of the Friendship Alliance, a coalition of northwest Hays Co..."
"...Of the two development agreements, the Rutherford Ranch/Cypress Realty deal is more controversial, because of long-running, highly organized opposition from the Friendship Alliance, a northern Hays County coalition of neighborhoods along the FM 1826 corridor, where Cypress' 2,700-acre Rock Creek development will take shape over the next 10 years. Area residents were particularly dismayed that neither the city of Dripping Springs nor the developer notified them of the proposed project until after the agreement had won council's approval..."
"...The Friendship Alliance -- the voice of neighborhoods in northern Hays Co. -- has filed a lawsuit against the city of Dripping Springs, challenging the legality of two major development agreements..."
"...The cities of Austin and Buda are formally contesting the increase, as are the Save Our Springs Alliance and the Friendship Alliance, a coalition of neighborhood representatives in the growth-intensive corridor of northern Hays County. Moreover, several aquifer-dependent residents in northeastern Hays voiced their opposition at last week's hearing, fearing their own wells will run dry if such a huge increase is granted..."
"...Goldman’s script sticks close to the novel: Four adult friends – Henry (Jane), Beaver (Lee), Jonesy (Lewis), and Pete (Olyphant) – meet regularly for years in a cabin in upstate Maine to hunt and bond. When they were kids, they formed an unlikely alliance around a mentally handicapped boy named Duddits (Wahlberg) who somehow (the film never explains how) gave them psychic powers..."
"...Approval from FWS comes as no surprise; rather, it serves as the starting point for the actual nitty-gritty development process, said Rob Baxter, president of the Friendship Alliance coalition of neighborhood associations. "It wasn't unexpected at all because they've been working with Fish on this for quite a while," he said..."
"...That was one of the fears raised by the city of Buda in its letter of protest against the proposed increase. Of the parties contesting the permit application, only the city of Austin and the Friendship Alliance, a coalition of northwestern Hays County neighborhoods whose residents are largely dependent on aquifer water, made formal presentations to the board..."
"...Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman, who had previously voted against the zoning change, was out of town last week attending a housing conference. Though the proposed development meets the requirements of the Save Our Springs Ordinance, the SOS Alliance opposed the zoning, and Slusher likewise argued that single-family or rural-residential zoning would be more appropriate for an area already thick with apartments and traffic congestion..."
"...Council members unanimously denied the request on grounds that not all property owners within 200 feet of the proposed project had been properly notified of its existence. The council's rejection was a victory for the Friendship Alliance, a coalition of Hays County neighborhoods along the FM 1826 corridor that formed last summer as a direct result of the lack of public discourse on major developments..."
"...The survey is part of an eight-page informational brochure in this Austin Chronicle. The Shape Our Future Survey Coalition has also arranged locations around Austin where you can pick up the survey. For more information about the coalition and our opinions about the Envision Central Texas Regional Vision Survey and to take the survey, see www.shapeourfuturesurvey.org. To volunteer or find out more, contact Brian Donovan at 481-8400 or email@example.com. The Shape Our Future Coalition is: Clean Water Action, Friendship Alliance, Hays Community Action Network, Liveable City, Save Barton Creek Association, Save Our Springs Alliance, Sierra Club, Solar Austin, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Texas Community Project, TexPIRG, Trans Texas Alliance, and the Travis County Green Party...."
"...Less than a year ago, the Friendship Alliance -- a neighborhood coalition in northwest Hays County -- was pegged as a fledgling bunch of old hippie no-growthers. But the group (whose membership, for the record, is a cross-section of conservatives, liberals, and Libertarians) turned out to be a pretty well-oiled machine that now wields influence in planning and development issues in this growth-weary county..."
"...Judge Jim Powers -- who has for years faced local opposition to his road-building agenda -- organized the event and invited representatives from several entities, including Dripping Springs, Buda, the Austin-San Antonio Regional Conference, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, and the Lower Colorado River Authority (which needs a plan in place in order to expand its water pipeline activities in high-growth areas of northwest Hays Co.). SOS Alliance reps also participated, as did the Hays Co..."
"...Dripping Springs officials have asked the state attorney general's office to weigh in on a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the release of Brooks' written opinion. Rob Baxter, president of the Friendship Alliance -- the neighborhoods group that filed the FOIA request -- says the AG's office isn't likely to review the request until July, no doubt due to the fairly constant backlog of other FOIA requests that come in from all corners of the state...."
"...The Friendship Alliance, a coalition of northwestern Hays County neighborhood groups, maintains the agreement is flawed. Alliance President Rob Baxter called council's latest action "a disappointment ....."
"...Nancy Coplin’s such a smart cookie. For her 60th birthday, she threw herself a party Sunday evening at Antone’s to benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians..."
"...suburb. The committee includes two reps from the Friendship Alliance, the neighbor group -- ranging from ex-hippies to retired military officers -- whose slow-growth stances have been a thorn in Dripping Springs leaders' sides for two years..."
"...It seems that to Curtis, it's not the win that counts, but the revolutionary activity itself. How else can she explain the scorched earth tactics that enrage and confound enemies and admirers alike? She'll form the most unholy of alliances to get what she wants, and then turn around and brand those who don't live up to her political standards "sellouts," regardless of their liberal credentials..."
"...During a two-day deposition in May -- arranged after some prodding by U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett at the behest of the Save Our Springs Alliance -- federal lawyers questioned Bradley extensively about his finances..."