Lee Leffingwell Endorsed for Austin Mayor
Austin voters will be electing 5 of 7 city council members, including its next mayor, on Saturday May 9. Stakes are higher that usual this year, with unemployment continuing to rise, sales and property tax revenues down, and the city facing a host of challenges related to energy and water consumption, air quality, solid waste, urban sprawl and traffic congestion. Clean Water Action believes that Lee Leffingwell is easily the most qualified mayoral candidate to meet these challenges.
A rainy February and March have slightly reduced the severity of this year's water shortage, but a third straight below normal water year has still sparked calls for water conservation around the state.
Clean Water Action is supporting an important bill to protect our waterways from lead contamination. SB 757 (Pavley) will ban the manufacture, use, and distribution of lead wheel weights in cars.
Polystyrene (PS), known by its trade name, Styrofoam TM, represents a serious environmental problem, threatens public health, and costs taxpayers billions each year in litter clean up costs.
Thanks to public outcry that led to a change in top management and to the election of reform-minded board members, the scandal-plagued Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) has begun to chart a new course for its future. The PEC is the largest consumer-owned electric cooperative in the nation, with some 225,000 member households.