June 13, 2008

What color cummerbund?

While the Mayor and I anxiously await the victory coronation of El Cid, petitions addressing local energy, traffic, and immigration issues are being composed for presentation to Galindo on his first day as city councilman.

1. Construct a nuclear power plant in Zilker Park. Relax already, the neighborhood associations will come to the rescue and compromise will allow the environmentalists to paint a giant peace sign on the cooling tower, and xeriscape the surroundings. There, don’t you feel better? Now, go back to your “Sex and the City” update before you stroke out.

2. Make I35 a toll road from county line to county line. Again, don’t get your panties in a bind. A toll-free bike lane will be created down the middle. In a compromise with developers, the bicyclists will have to share the lane with beam-hauling semis and cement trucks traveling downtown to build more high rises. Hat’s off to the “Big Morph”

So all you anti-toll road people go away, your making my head hurt. Jennifer Kim’s stance on toll roads didn’t help her, Kirk Watson is on the rise, and Dawnna Dukes is still alive and kicking. As for Sarah Eckhardt and Mark Strama – we won’t go there. Maybe you need to rethink that oust the louse strategy.

3. Johnston High School. Forget about it. We’re sure Cid has contacts with detention center operators. Seriously, I’m getting tired of driving out to Taylor to protest. If East Austin activists chain themselves to the bike racks and go on a hunger strike, then maybe Cid will be forced to convert the school into real low-cost condos to house the workers who will do the labor in developing the 130 corridor.

Of course, Richard Suttle will negotiate these deals with his Texas cornpone homespun charm and the compassionate conservativism that his “progressive” wife instilled in him. That sure sounds familiar.

What is the point of this rant? When neighborhood associations and a loose coalition of a small number of activists are your last line of defense against developers who have all the time and money in the world, don’t expect a miracle from your city council members who are either overwhelmed by the onslaught or have their own agendas to nurture.

Keep Austin Developed

Posted by Captain Kroc at June 13, 2008 07:20 AM

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You know, I'm getting to the point where I just don't care anymore, you know? Let the roads be built. Let everyone discover what a bad deal it is and let them all enjoy paying the exorbitant rates.

I can afford it. The vast majority of people can't but they can't be bothered to do anything about it.

And when they do a special assessment tax to pay off the defaulted bonds, I'll just move. I can afford to do that to.

Kirk's an idiot on this issue.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2008 11:27 AM

Tell you what, let's also privatize the electric company. Then the airport. Then water and wastewater. The solid waste.

Let's be like the rest of Texas and pay through the nose for basic services.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2008 11:32 AM

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