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SOS Files for Bankruptcy
The stalwart defenders of Barton Springs reorganize in face of court loss.
DAILY News  April 10, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Unwelcome news, but not surprising following the Save Our Springs Alliance's recent blow in court. Here's SOS' press release: SOS Alliance Files for Reorganization in Face of Collection Efforts by Sweetwater Ranch Developers Following the Texas Supreme Court’s refusal to hear its petition for review in the case Save Our Springs Alliance v..."

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
"...Yet at this writing, once again, City Hall is being battered and bruised over expanded development in the Barton Creek watershed, and water quality in the creek and the Springs is still suffering, and growth and sprawl are still marching toward the sunset in the west. So, did SOS really matter?..."

An S-O-S for SOS
What will the Stratus deal mean for the Springs?
News Story  August 9, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...In the grand scheme of things, the SOS regulation was supposed to eliminate the time-honored tradition of developer-dealmaking at City Hall. But old habits are hard to break: hence the elaborate Stratus deal, which was preceded by the Bradley agreement two years earlier and the still undeveloped Forum PUD a year before that ....."

Austin @ Large: Time to Repeal SOS?
What's really at stake in the proposed Temple-Inland deal
News Column  January 16, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...I don't know whether the city and its citizens should repeal the Save Our Springs Ordinance and pursue other strategies for managing growth and protecting water quality in the southwest quadrant of town. But I have a pretty low tolerance for hypocrisy and cant, and I've wondered for a while, both silently and aloud, whether City Hall's history of cutting one deal after another with aquifer landowners, allowing them to evade the restrictions of SOS, means Austin has already executed a de facto repeal of the ordinance...."

What's Next for Bankrupt SOS?
Staff says life will go on, but tactics may change
News Story  April 19, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Last week, the environmental activist group Save Our Springs Alliance announced that it's filing for bankruptcy reorganization in federal court. The clean-water watchdog recently suffered the largest financial blow in its decade-and-a-half history, when the Texas Supreme Court refused to hear SOS' appeal of its lawsuit against the Lazy 9 Municipal Utility District, and its Sweetwater development, and ordered the organization to pay the MUD's attorney fees of $294,000...."

SOS Supports Propositions
Postmarks  April 12, 2006
"...In Austin, we’ve been trying to follow a different path. The Town Hall citizen rallies and subsequent SOS Ordinance of the early Nineties pointed toward a different kind of city, one that would consciously maintain its connection with nature..."

SOS Sues Over Stratus Plan
Stratus Properties plans to develop 1,253 acres in the Barton Springs watershed, but the Save Our Springs Alliance believes state law prohibits their lofty plans.
News Story  June 28, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...The Circle C Neighborhood Association has joined SOS in the suit. The Save Barton Creek Association voted to join the suit Monday, but later withdrew after taking a poll of all board members..."

The SOS Ordinance Turns 20
Remembrances of an election that changed Austin's political environment
News Story  August 3, 2012, by Amy Smith
"...Environmentalists fought back with the formation of the Save Our Springs Coalition, whose members included leaders of the Save Barton Creek Association, the Austin Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, and other green activists who crafted the SOS ordinance to limit the amount of development allowed within the Edwards Aquifer recharge and contributing zones. The group kicked off a petition drive that gathered more than the number of signatures required to force the SOS Ordinance on the ballot in time for a May election...."

SOS Dooms City, Part II
Ordinance Swallows City, Millions Perish
News Story  August 9, 1996, by Robert Bryce
"...On August 2, the editorial writers at the local daily said the decision was "hollow," "no real victory," and that it was "largely symbolic." Councilmember Ronney Reynolds said the only winners in the ruling were "the lawyers." Mayor Bruce Todd, who, contrary to what has been reported in the local daily, has never supported SOS, said the ruling was "subject to legislative control."..."

SOS Wins Ammo in Gunn Fight
After a few bad years, SOS finally wins a court case
News Story  September 12, 2008, by Amy Smith
"...In her ruling, State District Judge Mar­gar­et Cooper declared the December 2004 judgment "void and of no force and effect." Attorney Phil Durst, representing SOS, argued for nullification of the judgment on grounds that the judge who assessed the penalty – visiting Judge Bill Bender of Seguin – was not qualified to hear a case the group brought against a municipal utility district created by developer Bill Gunn. Bender, SOS argued, was unqualified to preside at the trial because he had lost a Republican primary in 1998..."

Another Court Defeat for SOS
The Save Our Springs Alliance doesn't get to reorganize to stave off creditors – but it's free to file another lawsuit
News Story  August 22, 2008, by Amy Smith
"...8, is a victory for Austin developer Bill Gunn, who had sought the dismissal. However, it doesn't altogether clear the ground for him to stake a claim on SOS' assets in trying to collect on a $500,000 judgment he won against SOS in 2004..."

SOS, Stratus Split in Court
News Story  January 31, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...That portion contested the legality of the deal Stratus made with the city last summer. SOS says that deal was brokered from a starting point of Stratus' "grandfather" claims, meaning the developer wouldn't have to comply with the existing Save Our Springs Ordinance..."

SOS Coverage One-Sided
Postmarks  August 7, 2012
"...Dear Mr. Editor: I was excited to read the Save Our Springs retrospective in this week's edition [“The SOS Ordinance Turns 20,” News, Aug..."

SOS Wrong on Wildflower Commons
Postmarks  February 2, 2009
"...Current policy exacerbates the loss of open space with roads and sprawl. SOS Alliance argues: "We should stop development over the aquifer." There’s a disconnect between property rights (the right to develop that is quintessentially Texan) and the public right to enjoy the natural environment..."

SOS Files Complaint Against Daugherty
Group charges commissioner deleted texts and emails
News Story  March 21, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...The complaint alleges that Daugherty, a lead proponent of the controversial tollway, illegally deleted cell phone text messages and email correspondence related to the road project, a violation of the Texas Public Information Act. SOS first sought to obtain Daugherty's records on SH 45 last May, and when given only partial access to information, the environmental group responded with a civil lawsuit in November..."

SOS: The Amendment That Didn't Bark
SOS slow to submit paired "open government" petitions to city
News Story  February 17, 2006, by Michael King
"...SOS and the other environmental groups supporting the amendment say it is necessary to protect the aquifer and the watershed from explosive commercial development, represented currently by the decision of AMD to move its major Austin facility to the Lantana tract on Southwest Parkway, in the contributing zone to the Barton Springs watershed. Groups opposed to the amendment are also mobilizing, charging that it will mean economic damage to the city and continuous lawsuits by property owners and developers over development rights and conflict with state law – an argument that will ensue at megaphone volume over the next two months...."

SOS Alliance Against Everything
Postmarks  July 13, 2005
"...Dear Editor, I am so tired of hearing about the whiners from the SOS Alliance. In my opinion, they have lost all of their credibility because they are against everything: AMD bringing jobs to the west side of town, shopping malls in Bee Cave, highways, Lowe's on Brodie Lane, development along 71 West, etc..."

Mayor Wynn Responds on SOS
Postmarks  January 21, 2004
"...Mike [Clark-Madison], You make thought-provoking points in your analysis of the Temple-Inland (not quite yet official) proposal ["Time to Repeal SOS?," News, Jan. 16], but you overlook a major component: potential environmental benefits. At my first meeting with Temple-Inland, I told them – and they acknowledged – that despite local job creation being my clear priority, there would have to be significant environmental reasons for my colleagues and I to want to waive the SOS Ordinance..."

A Redevelopment Amendment to SOS Requires Much Thought and Study
Postmarks  July 17, 2007
"...City staff, environmentalists, and developers spent more than nine months looking at how redevelopment affects the Barton Springs Watershed. Some levels of agreement were reached, but some tough elements are outstanding, such as how density and traffic factor into redevelopment approvals and how to amend the Save Our Springs Ordinance without spurring a building boom over our ecologically fragile aquifer. The argument being made for a redevelopment amendment to the Save Our Springs Ordinance is that redevelopment with some water-quality improvements is better than having older, polluting development continue in operation because the owner is unwilling to redevelop under SOS Ordinance standards. That approach makes some sense if what is torn down is replaced with something roughly the same size..."

SOS – Responsibility Does Not Stop at the Environment
Postmarks  April 17, 2007
"...However, in addition to environmental concerns, there are other forms of moral and ethical responsibility to which I would expect such an organization to adhere. SOS played with fire by running up huge unpaid bills at a number of local Austin legal firms and other providers, as well as causing huge expenses for the targets of their environmental issues..."

SOS' Extremist Shenanigans
Postmarks  August 1, 2005
"...Dear Editor, Re: SOS anti-AMD billboards: Hmmm ... so it's not OK to build wisely over land that is bound to be developed already, but it is OK to pollute my view of downtown with a whiny billboard [“Discrepancies in AMD Lantana Traffic Data?,” News, July 29]? Are there no other projects (maybe ones they can actually do something about) to go stop? When are we going to stop giving attention to SOS' extremist shenanigans? Give it up ....."

SOS Alliance Parsing Words, Twisting Facts
Postmarks  July 13, 2005
"...I don't know how much more “local” and “stakeholder” that can be. Surely Mr. Bunch is not arguing that SOSA are the only ones that care about the environment. Mr..."

Judge Slaps SOS, Bunch
Enviro group penalized for 'frivolous' Lazy 9 lawsuit
News Story  December 10, 2004, by Amy Smith
"...Judge Bill Bender slapped a $5,000 fine on the executive director of the Save Our Springs Alliance for filing a frivolous lawsuit against developers who plan to build 3,000 homes in the rural Hill Country environs west of Austin. Worse still, Bender ordered the SOS to pay some $200,000 of the developer's legal fees – an unusual judgment by Travis Co..."

Serious Concerns Over Amending SOS Ordinance
Postmarks  November 6, 2007
"...Katherine Gregor’s article “Watershed Redo” [News, Nov. 2] mentioned some of the concerns that have been raised by the environmental community about harmful unintended consequences of this rewriting of the SOS Ordinance. Left unmentioned by the article is the fact that redevelopment under the proposed SOS amendment could bring hundreds of thousands of additional car trips per day to the Barton Springs Watershed through administrative approvals..."

Supported SOS Audience but Doesn't Props 1 & 2
Postmarks  May 11, 2006
"...Dear Editor: In 1991, before very many people had even heard of SOS, I made a substantial contribution; I spent many hours entering voter registration numbers on petition sheets – unpaid of course, petition drives weren't a business in those days. I helped create Travis Audubon Society's support of the original proposition..."

Friday SOS Interview: Fidlar
L.A. punks fire up SOS's punk engine
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Bryan Rolli


Friday SOS Picks
Two sleepers and a headliner worthy of spotlighting at SOS Friday
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Libby Webster and Alejandra Ramirez


Friday SOS Record Reviews
Records spinning at SOS Friday
Music Story  November 3, 2016


Sunday SOS Interview: Thursday
Poetically political post-hardcore icons reunite
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Now the white dove – their iconic logo, both fragile and resilient – flies again, with SOS the last stop on a summerlong reconnection. It's been a return to the old days and Rickly's sing-scream call-and-response with the crowd, face to face, eye to eye...."

Sunday SOS Picks
A final three picks for the SOS Sabbath
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Tim Stegall and Michael Toland


Blizz Sandbags Statesman on SOS
More fallout from the reporting on Lee Leffingwell's new SOS proposals.
DAILY News  August 15, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Wading through the Statesman's letters-to-the-editor page, something stands out amidst wheezing, watered-down Las Manitas outrage and a confused offering of "but Clinton lied too!" so old it's ready to collect a pension, something rather interesting: a letter from local political consultant Mike Blizzard regarding the article on Lee Leffingwell's SOS "loosening" that ran last week: I was paraphrased as saying that current limits on redevelopment over the aquifer "cut into profits for developers." I never said that. I did say that there are old developments over the aquifer that have no water quality controls and are polluting Barton Springs. The problem is that the amount of impervious cover is directly related to the amount of square footage and parking, so even a deteriorating structure can generate more money for a property owner than ripping up 75 percent to 80 percent of the concrete to redevelop under existing rules..."

Workers' Environment Degraded While SOS Brags of Win
Postmarks  January 5, 2006
"...9]. Long story short: The workers' environment will take a hit while SOS claims a victory...."

An SOS Editorial
Postmarks  April 20, 2004


SOS Q&A: Carcass
“Everyone in the band enjoys Austin”
DAILY Music  November 3, 2016, by Michael Toland


SOS Q&A: Courtney Barnett
“Courtney Drops Details About Her Next Album!”
DAILY Music  November 3, 2016, by Libby Webster


Friday SOS Record Reviews
Prey (Deathwish)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Michael Toland


Friday SOS Record Reviews
Drive North (Uncool)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Alejandra Ramirez


Friday SOS Record Reviews
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings (Polyvinyl)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Neph Basedow


Friday SOS Record Reviews
Please Be Honest (Rockathon)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Neph Basedow


Friday SOS Record Reviews
Bottomless Pit (Third Worlds/Harvest)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Kahron Spearman


Friday SOS Record Reviews
Leave Me Alone (Mom + Pop)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Libby Webster


Friday SOS Record Reviews
A Weird Exits (Castle Face)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Libby Webster


Friday SOS Record Reviews
Three (Fiction/Republic)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Kahron Spearman


Friday SOS Record Reviews
Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Epitaph)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Marc Savlov


Saturday SOS Interview: Car Seat Headrest
Will Toledo's bedroom confessional becomes a rock brigade – with empathy!
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Neph Basedow


Saturday SOS Pick
One flashback in particular deserves attention Saturday
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Michael Toland


Saturday SOS Record Reviews
Saturday platters at Sound on Sound
Music Story  November 3, 2016


Saturday SOS Record Reviews
Life of Pause (Captured Tracks)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Alejandra Ramirez


Saturday SOS Record Reviews
Every Now & Then (Mom + Pop)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Doug Freeman


Saturday SOS Record Reviews
Dissociation (Party Smasher/Cooking Vinyl)
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Michael Toland


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