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1/22/2018

Speak Up Now - No Stadium on Austin Park Land!
Save the Date: Feb. 15th

The private, for-profit Columbus Crew professional soccer team wants Austin to give them public park land to build a 20,000 seat stadium. Their "preferred site" is Butler Shores, at the confluence of Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake, but they are also looking at Roy Guerrero Colorado River Park in East Austin.

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We need your help now to stop this terrible idea.

Please take a few minutes right now to send a single email to the Austin City Council urging them to pledge their support now for a City Council resolution that would stop further consideration of public park land for a private stadium or other private development. Councilmember Ann Kitchen will be introducing this resolution, with council co-sponsors, within the next few days.

Please share this message with friends, family and neighbors and urge them to send a similar message at the link above. Please also urge your neighborhood association to pass a resolution opposing the use of public park land for private, for-profit development.

We need more park land, not less. Austin has a park shortage, and we need to be buying more park land to keep up with our exploding population. We can welcome soccer and other businesses to Austin, but they need to pay their own way - and help us preserve our parks.

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If you haven't already, please also sign the online petition against using Austin public park land for a soccer stadium here . Over 4000 people have already signed on!

Save the Date: The Austin City Council is set to consider this matter at their Thursday, February 15th meeting. If we don't kill this plan sooner, we need you, your family and friends to be there to tell our City Council "hands off our park land." Please save the evening of February 15th for this critical public meeting at Austin City Hall.

And stay tuned for further information.

Voices Needed for City Barton Springs Savings Bonds
In 1998 Austin voters approved $65 million in bonds for permanent protection of Barton SpringsEdwards Aquifer watershed lands.  It was the best money ever spent by City voters and ratepayers, protecting more than 15,000 acres forever, erasing thousands of homes of planned development and preventing tens of thousands of car trips per day of traffic from pouring on to clogged roadways in southwest Austin. 
 
Now it's time to speak up for more City of Austin bonds to save more Barton Springs watershed lands before it's too late. 
 
This TuesdayWednesday and Thursday (Nov.28, 29, 30) and the following Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 4 and 5) the City of Austin is hosting a series of public meetings around town to take public input on a bond package to be presented to voters in November 2018.  See the details on locations and times of these meetings here
 
Please attend one of these meetings and join us in asking that at least $100 million be proposed to voters for buying land and conservation easements in the Onion and Barton Creek watersheds.  Also, please take a survey on the bond proposal here and join us in urging a top priority for buying park and watershed protection lands now, before it's too late. 
 
Time is short for taking more Barton Springs watershed lands out of the development pool.  It's the best way to protect the springs and prevent flooding in the lower Onion and Slaughter Creek watersheds.  We've shown it's cheaper to save Barton Springs than pave the watershed.
Buying land and conservation easements, rather than building and expanding roads to serve development we don't want in the first place, is the best way to meet our water, transportation, flood prevention, and park land needs all at once. 
 
SOS Holiday Party December 8th 
 
Mark Your Calendars for the SOS Holiday Party Friday December 8th, 6 pm - midnight at the American Legion Charles Johnson House.  Help us celebrate 25 years with interesting people, food, music and our best silent auction yet.   We are adding a large tent this year on the front lawn for a SOS presentation and as an area for some SOS socializing so be sure to join us!  
 
You can sponsor the event here or donate a silent auction item here.  Please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer! 
 
Donations to SOS Matched 50% until December 30th
 
Please consider a year end donation to Save Our Springs.  All donations will be matched 50% by the Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund until the end of the year.  
~Thank you for your support~
Water Blessings - Best wishes for the Thanksgiving Holiday!
 
We are thankful that our Hill Country springs and streams are still flowing clear and strong. It's a great time to get outside for a hike or a swim with family and friends.  We are especially thankful for everyone who has pitched in this year to help protect our home waters.  SOS Board & Staff wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
Celebrate at the SOS Holiday Party December 8th
 
Join us at the American Legion Charles Johnson House on Friday, December 8th, 6pm - midnight
 
 for another fun-tastic holiday party.  Hard to believe but we will begin celebrating 25 years of citizen action to save our springs at this year's party!  
 
We do it local -- locally brewed beer; local food; legendary Austin music and hundreds of silent auction items donated by local businesses and artisans.   There is a $15 suggested donation to SOS at the door. 
 
This year we have added an outside tent seating area for socializing and a fun photo booth!  
 
All attendees receive a $10 gift certificate compliments of Whole Earth Prov. Company.   Thank you Whole Earth!
 
Shop Local for the Holidays!  
 
This year 10% of the proceeds 
from the auction benefits Austin Independent Business Alliance(AIBA).  AIBA promotes and supports our locally owned businesses through advocacy, education and services. 
 
If you would like to sponsor the event you can fill out the form online HEREOr you can call 512 477-2320 ext 301
You can make a year end or sponsor donation online HERE
To donate a silent auction item HERE is the online form.  
 
We still need volunteers!  Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Please consider a tax-deductible year end donation to Save Our Springs. 
 
Austin Staff (not Council) Delay CodeNext
 
The reality of the CodeNext mess finally set in.  Today City Staff announced that the 3rd draft of the comprehensive rewrite of the City's land development code would not be released on November 28th, but instead in mid-February.  City Council consideration of the now 1200 page "simplification" of the Land Development Code would be pushed well beyond the April deadline set by Mayor Adler and a majority of City Council.
 
This is a welcomed step, but it comes with a bit of a bad taste.  Several City officials, including the Mayor, had attempted to paint neighborhood and environmental leaders arguing the draft code as too far gone to be cleaned up by April as out-of-touch obstructionists.    Now staff agrees.  It's unfortunate the City Council didn't take this step last month instead of adding another $2 million to the CodeNext consultant's contract, which had already ballooned from $2 million to $6 million.  Stay tuned - but enjoy the holidays knowing that the brakes have been applied to the CodeNext freight train. 
 
Hope to  see you this weekend at the studio of master recycled metal sculptor Barry George.  Join us for great art, conversation and hot coffee.  Barry has created some fabulous new pieces for this show. The studio is at //www.google.com/maps/@30.261174,-97.7332339,17z" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f%3D001NiNNpwA3Iirkno53RDh4DgIGmLqnMQqWeZDAnd7F2GyleXr-wv4DxfGZMtD3E0EvZ4hB2TQcz5CealEw9d5eD8mKdGuZeiImsmTtoU89IjQz_dhZMLqSTVVU_k-REfCh7K87RJLz-HDYBuypu6QGV_z5ibcHo5C8xJL-5Xj78PiQDoxZGMhBF1uvAfYL4ROHFP1rnNGUvLQOox5GDwZvI7lmCVwf_And%26c%3DBMkMm-5f5_hdMsJXQy11RXb7JJU1ToZozX2Z3TPnOWr3WpMqhEQ3xw%3D%3D%26ch%3DZivSEVPyPsZ_cFLt9cXM_A8RPAX2i8B__cS1KI78jhxW4ITt2mZvfg%3D%3D&source=gmail&ust=1511296812020000&usg=AFQjCNGHKdv6tWHDd_tQlM4WwRPkXKIwoA">204 Attayac St. in East Austin.  We will be there 10am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday.  See ya there! 
 
 
SOS Holiday Party December 8th 
 
Mark Your Calendars for the SOS Holiday Party Friday December 8th, 6 pm - midnightat the American Legion Charles Johnson House. $15 suggested donation at the door.  Auction donors and sponsors have free admittance. 

Help us celebrate 25 years with interesting people, food, music and our best silent auction yet.   We are adding a large tent this year on the front lawn for a SOS presentation and as an area for some SOS socializing---and a photo booth!  You can sponsor the event here or donate a silent auction item here.  Please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer! 
 
VOTE for SOS as 2018 Community Action Non-Profit Partner at Wheatsville
voting ends MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY November 10th
 
If you are a Wheatsville Co-op owner please take a moment now and go to their election page and vote for SOS to be a 2018 Community Action Partner. We are so thankful that Wheatsville supports local non-profits by helping them raise funds and awareness.  See how they do it HERE.  You can vote HERE.  Thanks Wheatsville! 
 
 
 
Hope to  see you this weekend at the studio of master recycled metal sculptor Barry George.  Join us for great art, conversation and hot coffee.  The studio is at 204 Attayac St. in East Austin.  We will be there 10am - 5pmSaturday and Sunday.  See ya there! 
 
 
SOS Holiday Party December 8th 
 
Mark Your Calendars for the SOS Holiday PartyFriday December 8th, 6 pm - midnight at the American Legion Charles Johnson House.  Help us celebrate 25 years with interesting people, food, music and our best silent auction yet.   We are adding a large tent this year on the front lawn for a SOS presentation and as an area for some SOS socializing so be sure to join us!  
 
You can sponsor the event here or donate a silent auction item here.  Please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer! 

November 2, 2017

Barry George will be donating proceeds from his work again this year to SOS! Join us both weekends of EAST at his studio; Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 18-19 to see his amazing recycled metal work and support SOS.
Barry's studio is located at 204 Attayac Street in East Austin.  Show is from 10am - 5pm.  
 
 
Mark Your Calendars for theSOS Holiday Party Friday December 8th,  6pm - midnightat the American Legion Charles Johnson House.  
 
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