So here's the deal. Over the weekend, Dog Parkers were alerted to a serious issue that could permanently alter our park experience. A state legislator—not from Austin—is supporting a bill to sell the state land that makes up roughly half of the park area. Based on what we know about this legislator's connections to real estate developers, the land is likely to be sold for development, which will not only put our park at risk but also the neighborhoods next to it, which are prone to flooding during heavy rains. The legal eagles at the park have been all over this—both the proposed bill and the sudden push to the lege, but I need more time to process it. If you are not a member of our listserv and would like to see the entire discussion of late, please send me your e-mail (in a blog comment, which I won't publish, or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org), and I'll send you very easy instructions for joining. I will also send you the entire e-mail exchange from this weekend.
In the meantime, here is the link to the bill as it stands: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill+HB4536
I believe that the bill will be introduced to the lege this Wednesday, so it is important for us to act quickly and contact the appropriate state and local pols. I will get that information together, too.
Sigh. Mondays. --zia