Trick or Treat…

Thanks San Antonio Council…we have 30 months to bust Vista Ridge! 

IMG_0655 (Greens Yvonne Valdez & Paul Pipkin on right, at City Council with combined opposition to the Vista Ridge water privatization scheme. Oct 30th)

We can’t say it was unexpected, but the San Antonio City Council voted unanimously today for the Vista Ridge $3.4 billion water grab.

BUT, hold your horses! The Vista Ridge contract contains a provision that San Antonio Water System can walk away at any time, for any reason, within 30 months of the signing of this contract, with minimal penalties. What that means, folks, is that we CAN pull Vista Ridge down!!!

Today begins the beginning of the unraveling of the Vista Ridge deal as our grassroots efforts have captured very important media attention!

Read this Texas Tribune report and consider leaving a comment there and sharing it.

We promise you, Vista Ridge will not stand — if we, rural and urban Texans — stand together, just like we did today. We are proud of each and everyone of you — many not in this picture nor even in the Council chamber today — who stood up with us to say no to harming our communities and our aquifers.

Consider the BIG PICTURE:


Bexar Ballot

Bexar County Green Party

convened per State statute on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center to nominate for the Nov 4 General Election ballot:

County Judge: Paul Pipkin

County Clerk; Earl Lyons
County Commissioner Pct 2: Chuck Robinson
State Representative Dist 123: Paul Ingmundson

Green Congressional Candidates

US Congress District 21 Antonio Diaz San Antonio de Bexar
US Congress District 28 Michael D. Cary San Antonio de Bexar
US Congress District 35 kat swift  San Antonio de Bexar

 Nominated at the GPTX State Convention

Sat, April 12, 2014  at the Pearl St Co-op, Austin, TX

US Senator Emily “Spicybrown” Sanchez of Del Rio 

 Governor of Texas, Brandon Parmer of Dallas
Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Chandrakantha Courtney of Houston
Texas Attorney General, Jamar Osborne of Dallas
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Deb Shafto of Houston
Texas Land Commissioner, Valerie Alessi of Houston
Texas Agriculture Commissioner,  Kenneth Kendrick of Wilson
Texas Railroad Commissioner, Martina Salinas of Fort Worth
 Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Pl 8 Jim Chisholm of Houston
Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Pl 7 Charles E. Waterbury of Dallas
Court of Criminal Appeals, Pl 4, Judith Sanders-Castro of San Antonio
Court of Criminal Appeals, Pl 9, George Joseph Altgelt of Laredo

Attend Our Monthly Meeting

Times: 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Mission Branch Library, 3134 Roosevelt Avenue SA,TX 78214. We meet on the first Sunday of each month.

Election Watch PartyTuesday, Nov 4, 2014 starting 7:00pm at Tycoon Flats2926 N St Mary’s St, SA TX 78212.

Bexar Co. Judge candidates square off

KSAT12 Bexar Co. Judge candidates square off for last time

SAN ANTONIO – Undecided Bexar County voters got their final chance to hear from the four men vying for Bexar County Judge Monday.

Incumbent Democrat and current Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Republican Carlton Soules, Libertarian Rhett Smith, and Green Party candidate Paul Pipkin each shared their vision for their first six months in office during a candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters…

Green Party candidate Paul Pipkin believes the county should do more to protect residents from environmental hazards associated with the Eagle Ford Shale development and the Calumet refinery.

I am a different kind of candidate and the mess you’re in your not going to get out of unless you start voting differently because the two-party system is a shell game,” said Pipkin.–judge-candidates-square-off-for-last-time.html (watch the news clip there.)

Entire Webcast: League of Women Voters Candidate Forum at University of Texas San Antonio: OR AT…

Photo credit (below) to Charles Weston

SA groups in Solidarity with Midwest protests

San Antonio groups stand in solidarity with Midwest protesters

‘Weekend of Resistance’ in St. Louis spurs SA protest

SAN ANTONIO – Various rights groups gathered in protest in front of City Hall Sunday to call for an end to police brutality.

Though their numbers paled in comparison, the message coming from the protesters was similar to the calls heard in Missouri, where thousands marched from Ferguson to St. Louis during a “Weekend of Resistance” to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown and Vonderrit Myers. Both were shot and killed by police officers.

“We’re here to say enough is enough,” said Arianna Brown. “These are people’s lives, these are people’s children, these are people’s husbands and fathers. Their lives matter.”

Among the groups protesting were: San Anto Cop Watch, the local chapter of the Green Party and Students United for Socio-economic Justice.

“Even though this is not Ferguson, (it) doesn’t mean it can’t happen here,” said Green Party member Rachell Tucker. “It already has.”

The group points to the fatal shooting of the University of the Incarnate Word student Cameron Redus as an example of local police brutality. Redus was shot and killed by Cpl. Christopher Carter late last year.

While Redus’ death did not garner the same amount of national attention as Brown’s or Myers’, Marisa Laufer said the two share tragic similarities.

“We really need to make the connections between what’s going on in another city, even in another country for that matter, and bring it back home,” Laufer said. “There’s a Mike Brown and a Ferguson in every city. I feel it’s here too.”

Protesters called for the demilitarization of local police forces and equal justice for minorities in the American legal system.

Laufer said she has been to a number of protests since Brown’s shooting. While there have been other high profile cases of possible police brutality and subsequent protests, Laufer said the recent protests have been effective at shining a spotlight on the issue.

“I think something changes now because we can talk through social media. We’re utilizing it in ways to help us empower and connect (people),” she said.


County Judge Panel

 by the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area, Monday,October 13

Public candidates forum to provide information to voters for the coming November 4th General Election.  The forum is sponsored by the UTSA College of Public Policy and co-hosted by the Student Government Association,  Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, and the Public Administration Student Organization and will be moderated by the League.

The candidate forum will be Monday, October 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the downtown UTSA campus, 501 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd. The forum will be in the Aula Canariaroom in the Buena Vista building. There is free parking available in lot D3.

County Judge candidates will start at 5:30 p.m(DA candidates to follow at 6:45)

(Above: Green candidate Pipkin puts the questions to primary season candidates: Commissioner Adkisson & Judge Wolff at Palm Heights Neighborhood Association)

Incumbent Nelson Wolff runs on the record of tax abatement giveaways of your money and generally a dozen years obeisance to the “corporate citizens”.  

On Mar 4, 2014 (primary election day) the Calumet refinery spilled jet fuel into the SA River; local media buried the story to protect Judge Wolff & the “Mission Reach” gentrification scam. I filmed this quick youtube video at our Green state convention in Austin and posted it in April. 

The next month on May 15th, I began to attend monthly Calumet “Community Advisory” meetings to learn what was what. I talked NO politics & raised only one question: whether the KARNES NORTH pipeline would in itself entail increased production? I was told it would not.

The pipeline was completed in mid-June 2014, and soon production was punched up to 21,000 barrels per day. (Excessive pressure in the lines results in the “dirty flares”–black smoke laden with unburned methane.) We have to surmise Commissioners Court are grandly indifferent how much of the Eagle Ford is spilled into our soil & water and methane belched into our air.

The manager of the facility admits Calumet has no realistic “fenceline” emissions monitoring. Is the infrastructure even theoretically SAFE for the transmission & refining of shale sludge in place of the light crude oil formerly processed?

The powers-that-be are feeling us. On Sep 25th, 2014, I was personally EXCLUDED from a pre-scheduled tour of the refinery–FIVE DAYS BEFORE ANOTHER FIRE IN THE CRUDE UNIT.

The sole explicit reason given for targeting me was the April youtube video, which you can also see on my Texas Green Candidates webpage. WHAT did they not want seen? Confirmation the Presa Street installation is still a decrepit relic from 50 years ago? Does Commissioners Court even care?

Every Southside neighborhood recalls the long history of fires, spills, explosions & DEATHS at the Presa St facility. Moreover, new refineries are on the way, courtesy of Valero & the other usual suspects–the fossil fuel industrial complex (including their financiers) that have totally captured the two major parties.


As I’ve warned for a year, more local refineries ARE in the works. We now have reason to believe one new facility will be situated in proximity to UTSA Main Campus. (Maybe in City limits, maybe not.) In part, to channel graduates of the College of Engineering–which Valero already virtually owns outright–and to utilize its facilities.

But that is ONLY in part. Build near UTSA, you can bet your booty someone is determined to frack the shale associated with the chalk outcroppings along the Balcones Fault. Again, maybe within city limits but more likely NOT.

Refineries, pipelines, fracking trucks, prospect of local fracking… Add in Bexar’s location as a prime center of commerce for shale development international collaboration. (Mexico shale) The County MUST become involved in planning for our protection!

Neither the Judge nor any other politician will volunteer answers to questions that remain unasked! Join with me to ask the questions.

 Paul Pipkin

GPTX Delegate to the National Committee of the GPUS.

Vote For Paul Pipkin

Attend Our Monthly Meeting

Next meeting: Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 Times: 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Mission Branch Library, 3134 Roosevelt Avenue SA,TX 78214. We meet on the first Sunday of each month.

Election Watch PartyTuesday, Nov 4, 2014 starting 7:00pm at Tycoon Flats, 2926 N St Mary’s St, SA TX 78212.