Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2003


Developers vs. Trees

I think that I shall never see
a local vote to save the trees.
Council hands are in developers’ pockets
When trees come up on council dockets.

San Antonio must find a Goldilocks solution to saving our trees.

We don’t want to be ridiculously strict, like Austin. But if it’s left to typical builders and developers, trees will continue to be shoved into shredders faster than you can say “trees shoved into shredders.”

In the next couple of weeks, let’s see whether the developers still run the city. I believe they do. The proposed changes to our already-weak tree preservation law will turn out to be mostly written by them.

If the mayor and council members do put some teeth into the rules, I might croak. Please try to revive me. If you do care one way or the other about protecting our trees, now’s the time to contact said elected officials. Otherwise they’ll conclude that no one cares, and no one’s watching.

I believe no elected official ever votes against his campaign donors. I believe that is about to be proven yet another time.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

San Antonio Express-News Mar. 3, 2003
Mayor postpones vote on new tree ordinance
“...council members will be presented with two variations of the revised ordinance, one backed largely by environmentalists and the other by developers.”

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