Watershed AMD Saga Bulldozes On
A favorable City Council ruling brings development closer to reality
SOSA, which opposes AMD's move out of commitment to the idea that major employers don't belong in the Barton Springs watershed, may now take the issue to court.
Meanwhile, the issue is still being tried in the court of public opinion. The PR efforts of SOS Alliance have so far included an online petition (now some 15,000 strong), Chronicle ads, billboards, flying aerial banners over the AMD-sponsored Austin City Limits Festival, and flying in an apparently poorly briefed Robert Redford to mumble some generic development-is-bad pabulum by the Barton Springs pool. The latest front is hand-delivery of letters to neighbors of Hector Ruiz, in which SOSA head Bill Bunch decries the AMD CEO as a bad, bad corporate citizen. Recipients included residents of Ruiz's swanky Hill Country 'hood as well as neighbors of his second, no doubt equally swank, abode in Palo Alto, Calif. We'd love to know the response of the Palo Altoans to a three-page, single-spaced letter full of references to one Edwards Aquifer, something called Barton Springs, and a desired development something-or-other, but our Palo Alto stringer is unfortunately on vacation.