To the editor:
I care about protecting the neighborhoods we have.
Protecting neighborhoods is a broad issue. Good neighborhoods offer quality of life and safety to the residents. Good neighborhoods foster stable or rising property values, thus helping the financial future of the residents and of the city. Good neighborhoods can help bring professional jobs here.
Being for neighborhoods means protecting what we already have; some like to say that being for neighborhoods means being anti-growth. Not at all. That is a false conclusion.
In this election, we have a chance to vote for candidates who will protect neighborhoods.
Those candidates arenJohn Thomaides for mayor, Dave Newman for Place 1, Toby Hooper for Place 2 and Rodney van Oudekerke for Place 6.
The Buie tract is at the intersection of Bishop and Craddock. Recently, it was rezoned for apartments, even though it is surrounded by neighborhoods. In 1996, the San Marcos Horizons Master Plan designated the Buie area for very low density residential.
John Thomaides is currently on city council, and he voted to protect the neighborhoods near the Buie tract.
The opponents of Dave and Toby voted against the neighborhoods that are near Bishop and Craddock. These opponents voted to rezone the Buie tract for 450+ apartments, despite the objections of hundreds of people who live in the nearby neighborhoods.
John’s opponent said at a debate on Sept. 30 that he would have voted to put the apartments on the Buie tract.
People who live near any vacant land would be wise to vote for John, Dave, Toby, and Rodney. Even if that land is surrounded by single family homes, it could be rezoned for apartments or something else inappropriate if their opponents win.
The city council elections are at the end of the ballot, so we need to vote all the way to the end.
Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 18.
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Early voting goes until Friday, Oct. 29, including Saturday and Sunday.
We can vote early at the San Marcos Public Library. Call (512) 393-8200 for the hours of early voting. Generally, it is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, but some days it goes until 7 p.m.
We can also vote early at the Election Office, 401-C Broadway.
Call (512) 393-7310 for the hours. Generally, it is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, but some days it goes until 7 p.m.
Camille S. Phillips