Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The percentage across-the-board raise received will depend on current annual salary. Those earning below $25,000, which is the majority of the 120 employees, will see a 6.5% increase. Up to $40,000 will earn 3.5% more, up to $55,000 1.5% and administrators, many earning upwards of 80-100,000 dollars, will get a model 0.5% increase. These will go into affect October 1, 2008 as part of the 2008-2009 budget.
In contrast, the City Manager initially proposed only a 2% raise for workers, which he later upped to 3.5%. The support of the community helped secured just raises for workers as families are facing drastically rising prices.
See Express-News Article, Pay Hikes Divide Hondo's Council
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
These funds need to be directed to the green economy / sustainability programs the City and CPS were hyping a couple months ago. Funds should be directly reinvested into the community, to increase energy efficiency of homes, purchase solar and wind power and give grants to low-income families to weatherize their house.
We don't need any more billboards. (like the one near I-35 and SW Military telling folks 'thermostats don't bit.' Houses on the south side DON'T HAVE THERMOSTATS... perhaps just a little more thought could go into these plans). It is time for something useful. Create green jobs, decrease pollution, help families save money.
Come on Mayor Hardberger, let's do it right.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
On August 7, over 400 community members, advocates, professionals and SWU representatives gathered In Victoria, TX to hear the Unities States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) conduct a public outreach meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the application planned to be submitted by Exelon for two new nuclear reactors just 12 miles south of downtown
The most debated topic that the design proposed for the
Another important question raised was water rights. Nuclear plants require a vast amount of water especially to cool nuclear waste for an unknown period (up to 1,000 of years!). The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority asked residents to curtail their water supply just 2 years ago but are now offering 75,000 acre-feet of water supply to Exelon, leaving citizens uneasy with the proposal.
Nuclear energy is not a quick-fix to our global warming crisis or a necessary part of our energy future. Conservation, efficiency and renewable sources are safe, clean and econoically stimulating options. SWU works alongside South Texas communities that are fighting to stop uranium mining and the hazardous expansion of nuclear reactors.
Monday, August 11, 2008
A bobcat took the entire first layer off of our former “parking lot” so we could start planting and building new beds. What we discovered, however, was that the ground is not only pure clay, stubborn roots, and rock, but there was also a lot of glass and buried trash that need to be removed. We started struggling with the ground in order to plant our new native plant garden, which involved raking up all the trash and rocks, and then digging with a huge pick in order to break up the ground. Each hole was a struggle to dig, but in about three days, with help from a teen summer camp group, we planted, mulched, and watered all the plants. And so far they seem to be pretty happy! We also laid a path of decomposed granite, which really makes the garden look more like a garden!
Along with this big project, new vegetables were planted into the raised beds, such as chiles, beans, and squash, and we started rows of corn where bamboo had been ripped out of the ground. The new banana trees, which were planted to combat the bamboo looked as if they wouldn’t make it, but they’re slowly regaining their stature and growing more leaves. It looks like a jungle out there!
Next up : operation get a fence.
We could always use some more help. It’s a great place to get to know your neighbors and spend a little time outside!