April 20, 2008

Environmentalist, Now

As far as anyone knows, no one who occupies or is running for city council is a panderer and appeaser to developers. Likewise, none of them have ulterior motives or hidden agendas.
Unfortunately, what we have gotten is a disturbing trend of mediocrity of our local office holders toward this town’s environmental heritage.

We talk about how the city needs someone who will come down firmly in the camp of environmentalists and the protection of our resources. So we seek, at least in discussion, a candidate who has a long history in this town of standing up for environmental issues, and who knows what is right about Austin, and a fighter against what is wrong. Once more – a fighter.

Let’s face facts. There is no longer any balance on the city council, no matter what the current occupants say.

When the only fight left is to plead with developers to lower their height requests, we pretty well know who has won the war. Do you think the almost certain demise of SOS is some isolated incident? Token opposition to developers by council members spun as some great adherence to the environment creed is obfuscation at it’s most sophisticated.

Candidates, using sloganeering code terms like, “a city for all”, or building up their past shaky bone-fides with liberal icons and issues, keep us from focusing on who is the real deal, and judging polished style from substance.

Of course, the local media doesn’t help when it paints the decisions that capitulate to developers as a fine compromise and a community blessing, while it subtly dismisses anyone who advocates for strong environmental outcomes as naïve, angry, out of touch, or over the edge.

Maybe our idea of this town has changed. Maybe we have gone over the tipping point. While the term “hybrid” should describe Austin’s energy, transportation, and recreation, the day nears when it will mean Hill Country gated neighborhoods, high-rise condos, and massive shopping corridors.

With this in mind, the candidate that has the passion, experience, and leadership to bring the environmental message to the council is Robin Cravey. His ideas and plans for affordable housing, transportation, and local small businesses are as strong, if not stronger than his opponents. What sets him apart is his commitment to provide a strong voice and advocacy for the environment that has been missing for a long time.

Posted by Captain Kroc at April 20, 2008 10:20 AM

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I moved to Austin in 1972, we went way over the tipping point in the late 80's. That's why citizens passed SOS in the early 90's.

Robin Cravey is to the left of me on many issues. But, he and I have a very close vision of what Austin could have been in the present and what it can become in the future.

We need one proven environmentalist on the current City Council. The proven enviromental fighter is Robin Cravey.

Posted by: McIndependant [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2008 09:31 PM

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