Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Dec 2 2009 - 1:08am | DJ Nutter
Early voters began casting their ballots Monday as the people of San Marcos head to the polls for the second time to elect a candidate to City Council Place 5.
The only candidates on the ballot this time are Ryan Thomason and Lisa Marie Coppoletta — who got 49.9 percent and 26.2 percent of the votes Election Day Nov. 3, respectively, sending them to a runoff.
Candidates said economic issues are proving to be the No. 1 priority for voters who have been going door-to-door around the city.
“We have a $146 million budget for economic development,” Thomason said. “The most important thing either of us is going to work on is the budget, and well, Lisa has not been a part of that.”
Thomason said his experience as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and as a finance major make him the more experienced candidate regarding economic issues.
Coppoletta, disagrees, saying her 20-year experience working on grassroots issues in San Marcos make her the more experienced candidate. Coppoletta said she has focused much attention to issues facing veterans.
“(My proposals) are getting the ears of city officials,” Coppoletta said. “I’m also an activist in preserving the San Marcos River, and in making sure that graduating college students get good paying jobs in our community.”
Candidates said they want to set the record straight regarding any factually inaccurate information causing negative opinions among voters.
“I’ve heard people say that I want to fill the river with concrete just because I’m involved with economic development,” Thomason said. “Nothing has been too derogatory, and I’m surprised because five or six years ago we had a different kind of politics in San Marcos.”
Coppoletta said being thrown into the political realm of name-calling was expected. She said putting debate videos on her campaign Web site is an effective way to dispel the legitimacy of any mudslinging.
“People know that I’m the first person to speak up, but I’m also the first one to compliment,” Coppoletta said. “I know what’s in my heart, but I’m still sensitive.”
Coppoletta said she has been receiving donations since November, but still considers herself a grassroots organizer.
Thomason said he spent less money on the runoff election because more than $20,000 was spent on November’s election for less than 2,000 votes. He said the consistent trickle of new people donating to his campaign have helped pay for writers and signage.
“Six different people used money in six different ways last election, and only 7.09 percent of registered voters went to the polls,” Thomason said. “Signs can’t vote, money can’t vote. Only people can vote.”
Early voters can cast their ballots at Hays County Elections Office until Dec. 11 or at LBJ Student Center Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5p.m.
Election Day will be held Dec. 15, with the polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Archives below from today's interview with Dr. Katherine AlbrechtHour 2 ( Download the MP3 )
Lisa Marie Coppoletta
Good friend of the show, Lisa Marie Coppoletta, is in the midst of a run off for Place 5 on the San Marcos City Council. Early voting for the run-off election will be from Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 11. Early voting will take place only at the Elections Administration Office on Broadway. The proposed Election date will be Tuesday, Dec. 15. Jesse Benton pops in for a brief conversation with Katherine about the proposed health care reform that is underway in Washington D.C..
Monday, November 9, 2009
November 09, 2009 Rule of Law interview about the run-off election.
I have always fought against outside special interests and my track over the past two decades on this is well documented. The issues have not changed, and I will continue to be the candidate who knows that the role of city council is looking out for the best interests of the citizens, not for the special interests.
Our supporters are dedicated to getting voters to the polls. I received nearly 5000 votes just a year ago; I am confident in my chances in winning this runoff election as I pledge to continue to fight for people of San Marcos.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
LMC Campaign Celebration
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Time: 7:30pm - 11:30pm
Location: Wake the Dead Coffeehouse
City/Town: San Marcos, TX
Carrie Ann will be playing at our Campaign Celebration!
Where else but in San Marcos can ya pick up a groovy t-shirt, eat Daniel's tamales, discuss issues and take home up a special surprise! Wake the Dead at 7:30 PM - 12 midnight please stop by to say hi!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
San Marcos City Council candidates weigh in on growth
Seven candidates for two seats say tax incentives for low-paying jobs no longer an option for the city.
By Patrick George
Monday, September 21, 2009
"The Place 5 race features Lisa Marie Coppoletta, Shaune Maycock and Ryan Thomason.
Coppoletta, an academic adviser at Texas State, said she favors limiting urban sprawl and increasing the number of green jobs in the community. An opponent of incentives to Springtown and city subsidies for outlet mall advertising, Coppoletta, who lost to Place 4 Council Member Chris Jones in the 2008 election, said she'd like to build up local businesses instead."
Monday, September 21, 2009
The Downtown Association will play host to the six candidates running for the two city council positions at its monthly meeting on Wednesday. The meeting will be held at the Tap Room, 129 East Hopkins Street.
Downtown Association President Brian Montgomery said the candidates were invited to meet with the association because of its focus on issues involving the downtown area.
Issues of interest to downtown include revitalization, parking, late hour bar closing, police presence and an overall city commitment to a vital business and entertainment district.
The six candidates include Lisa Marie Coppoletta, Shaune C. Maycock and Ryan Thomason for Place 5 and incumbent John Thomaides, Anita Fuller and Monica Garcia for Place 6.
The Downtown Association of San Marcos is a volunteer organization comprised of people interested in promoting the appearance, safety, vitality and economic development of the downtown area.
For more information, contact Montgomery at The Wine Cellar Bistro and Boutique, 200 N. LBJ Drive, Suite 101, or call him at (512) 805-9463.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Water breeding unhealthy conditions for residents in Victory Gardens. This is just one spot where this is an issue. The last part of the audio is a little bit loud because of the wind. Daniel is burying a cat in the back ground b/c the city took to long to pick it up off the side of the road!
Friday, September 4, 2009
San Marcos City Clerk Sherry Mashburn, left, and Daley Heller of the clerk’s office draw ballot places for the Novemeber city council election. Photo by Andy Sevilla.
By ANDY SEVILLA
City Council hopeful Lisa Marie Coppoletta and incumbent John Thomaides appear to hold the favored positions on the November San Marcos city council ballot after a placement drawing conducted by City Clerk Sherry Mashburn.
Thomaides drew the top spot on the ballot for his Place 6 position, while Coppoletta drew the top spot for Place 5.
Some electoral experts suggest that the higher position on the ballot has at least a subtle psychological influence on voters, especially when they’re unfamiliar with the names in a race. However, that is unlikely to factor into this November’s election, which will include only the San Marcos council race and state constitutional amendments. Thus, a reduced turnout of voters is likely to know who they will select long before encountering a ballot.
Pieces of paper with the candidates’ names were mixed in a bowl and pulled out one-by-one by Daley Heller of the city clerk’s office. The order in which the names were pulled out of the bowl is the order in which they will appear on the ballot.
“Oh wow,” Mashburn said as she read aloud the order for Place 5. “They’re in alphabetical order.”
Coppoletta took the coveted number one position on the ballot for Place 5, followed by, in order, Shaune Maycock, John Nesselhauf, and Ryan Thomason.
Place 6 did not go in alphabetical order, with Thomaides to be followed by Anita Fuller, and Monica Garcia.
All candidates were present except Coppoletta, who missed the presentation due to illness.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
08/28/09 Texans for Accountable Government Event in Austin, Texas. Speaking immediately before Debra Medina who is running for Texas Governor in GOP and cutting my speech "Next Turn in Liberty Dont Internalize! But Rather Mobilize, Energize, and Harmonize!" as i go because Jimmie Vaughan is coming up. What an awesome end to a very busy week. I have NOT decided who I am supporting for Texas Governor as of yet.
Photo with Penny Langford Freeman, campaign strategist to Ron Paul and one brilliant, humble and inspiring Texas Liberty Activist.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
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This is a letter to the editor I wrote as a student attending Southwest Texas State University SWTSU. Topic: Outlet mall abatement. It appears that not much has changed since the early nineties. For my advocacy in 2009 please visit this link to my bookmarks.
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My advocacy as a Southwest Texas State University student activist.
Re: the Outlet Mall, abatement handouts, not much has changed since the early nineties. The entire article also appears in the La Prensa article and is fully scanned in here.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
All Daniel did was call to advise that we had NOT removed any of the opponent's signs. Rather, property owners and the city had removed the opponent's signs. What follows and discussed in my blog post should be known by our community. And, the myspace page discussion will be relevant, a page which was deleted 24 hours after our press release went out.
Here is an article for now at Newstreamz.com
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Lisa Marie Coppoletta, left, and Shaune Maycock, right, have each filed to run for the San Marcos City Council seat being vacated by Pam Couch. Staff photo."Maycock runs, Perkins still deciding"
By ANDY SEVILLA Associate Editor
"Maycock’s opponent, Coppoletta, also ran for city council in 2008, but missed the mark by 10 percent to incumbent Chris Jones. Coppoletta has since been very involved in community activism.
“I am pleased that another of our citizens has decided to be of service to our community,” Coppoletta said."
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Posted on August 4, 2009 at 12:40 am Newstreamz.com
Councilmember Pam Couch, left, said she will not run for re-election this year, while Councilmember John Thomaides, right, filed for re-election Monday, the first day of filing. Photo by Andy Sevilla.By ANDY SEVILLA
Election season is gearing up in San Marcos, where two candidates threw their hats in the ring for city council positions Monday, while an incumbent stepped away.
As expected, Place 6 council incumbent John Thomaides filed Monday, the first day of filings for city offices. Thomaides will seek his third term on the council. As yet, no opponent has emerged.
Lisa Marie Coppoletta, defeated in a council race by Chris Jones in 2008, announced in the spring that she would run for the Place 5 city council seat presently held by Pam Couch. Coppoletta did, indeed, file Monday. But Couch did not.
Couch said she will not run for office in 2009. Thus, two open city council seats are, to this point, uncontested. But prospective candidates have until Sept. 2 to change that.
“This has been a hard decision to make because it has been an honor and privilege to serve on the city council for three years,” Couch said Monday.
Couch, who won the seat without an opponent in 2006, did not give a reason for declining to seek re-election. Coppoletta moved quickly to be sure Couch would have an opponent this year, announcing her run for council in late January.
After campaigning without a treasurer and signing a state ethics agreement to neither raise nor spend $500 in the 2008 election, Coppoletta has taken a different approach in 2009, hiring Griffin Spell as her treasurer and saying in January that she planned several fundraisers.
“My work production as a candidate has been consistent: gather the data, make sense of the root cause and effects of the problem and offer workable solutions,” Coppoletta said. ” I will continue to campaign on the issues of protection of natural resources, neighborhood integrity, veterans initiatives, affordable housing, green collar jobs, transition to no kill shelter, programs for at-risk-youth and online availability of data for citizens via the city website.”
Thomaides said he has enjoyed his years on the council, despite quite often being on the minority end of split votes opposite Mayor Susan Narvaiz. He added that there’s much work to be done.
“I have the passion, the desire, and the commitment to serve the people of San Marcos,” Thomaides said. “That’s the driving force behind my decision.”
Thomaides said he will push to work with regional partners on freight relocation and commuter rail, build on the city’s success with the state and federal levels of government, work for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, protect the San Marcos River, help attract business, revitalize downtown, and learn from the council’s shortcomings.
“It’s wonderful to look back and see some of the successes while on council,” Thomaides said, “to really make great improvements and really make a difference in the long-run.”
While Thomaides has wrestled with the mayor about water conservation and economic development policies from the dais, Coppoletta has made herself visible protesting policies considered by the city council, ranging from mandatory microchipping of pet dogs and cats, to a proposed subsidy for a Springtown Center re-development, to asking for an ethics policy much like that recently enacted by Hays County.
“(I) recently spoke in opposition to Springtown abatements and submitted models of green industry in which a small business paradigm is fostered,” Coppoletta said. “I discussed this philosophy in a variety of forums, and after all, this makes sound economic dollars and sense to allow the downtown dollar to circulate via small businesses, thereby enhancing perceptions of tourists travelling the IH-35 corridor.”
Thomaides said his campaign is fundraising and will officially kick-off with fundraiser on Sept. 14 at the Root Cellar by the Courthouse Square. Thomaides said he wants to make the square “into a first class downtown and core of the city.”
Said Thomaides, “I will accomplish things on council. I will accomplish things (San Marcos residents) want to occur. And I have the experience to get them done.”
Coppoletta’s campaign is mobilizing through new and innovative social measures, much like those used by President Barak Obama during his 2008 presidential bid. Coppoletta said she is a host of two radio talk shows on the Internet.
“Throughout 2009, I have focused the campaign’s energy via online communication, Myspace, Twitter, Blogging, Website, Youtube, Skype, Facebook, Blogtalk Radio, Meebo, LinkedIn,” Coppoletta said. “More importantly, our campaign has been walking door to door and has over 2,000 leaflets out and posted online via Google map of speaking directly with residents.”
Sunday, August 2, 2009
“I am perplexed why you would ask for a public hearing when we’ve already told you what we think.”
San Marcos City Council candidate Lisa Marie Coppoletta, wondering why the city’s animal services advisory board would make a new pet microchipping proposal.
Friday, July 31, 2009
The next city election in San Marcos is coming up fast.
Monday, Aug. 3, is the first day for candidates in the San Marcos City Council election to file for a place on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Lisa Marie Coppoletta, who lost her bid for the council against Chris Jones last Nov., long ago declared her candidacy for the Place 5 seat occupied by Councilmember Pam Couch. The incumbent has not declared if she will seek re-election.
|Fri., July 31, 2009|
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Good News Friday // Lisa Marie Coppeletta
Katherine opens the show with the age old wisdom to hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil. She celebrates the fact that Legoland (California) is no longer using RFID tags to track visitors during their stays. Lisa Marie Coppeletta updates Katherine on the pet microchipping situation in San Marcos, TX.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
"Council approves KBR for projects" San Marcos Daily Record, July 25, 2009 03:23 pm
“Our county has given us a wonderful model by which to reject businesses with unsavory practices,” said Lisa Marie Coppoletta, who ran unsuccessfully for the council last year.
City council candidate Lisa Marie Coppoletta asked the Council to vote away the contract. Former mayoral candidate Daniel McCarthy spoke against the city having a contract with KBR, saying the company was “the equivalent of Wal-Mart.” San Marcos resident Bobby Sira opposed the contract because, in his opinion, KBR “has done unsavory things” and “has hurt our soldiers overseas.” Griffin Spell, who is managing Coppoletta’s campaign, asked the council to develop an ethics law that would prohibit the city government “from doing business with businesses that have been guilty of defrauding the US government.”
Monday, July 27, 2009
Protesters came from the dog park to City Hall in March to protest a mandatory microchip registration law in San Marcos this past march. Photo by Andy Sevilla.
By BILL PETERSON
A potential change in the animal enforcement code for San Marcos figures to have impacts in Kyle and in unincorporated areas of Hays County, as well.
More directly, dogs and cats in Kyle and unincorporated Hays County could soon wind up with mandatory microchip registration, even though neither Kyle nor Hays County provide for microchipping in their animal control ordinances.
The scenario emerges because Kyle and Hays County each contract for animal control services with the San Marcos animal shelter, the policies for which are set by the City of San Marcos. As it happens, San Marcos is once again about to consider mandatory microchip registration of pets, though under special circumstances. The measure would apply to animals that have been brought to the shelter for a second time.
The animal services advisory board in San Marcos reprised the issue of pet microchipping Wedenesday night with a public hearing on the potential revisions to the city’s animal control ordinance.
San Marcos took center stage in the national controversy about microchipping during the spring, after the city council passed mandatory microchip identification for pet dogs and cats last December. Citizens objected, turning out 300 to a March city council meeting before the council relented and asked the animal board to bring back a recommendation for voluntary microchipping.
The board brought back that recommendation, council enacted it and, four months later, the animal board is coming back with a new approach to microchipping, the ramifications of which go well beyond San Marcos.
The expunged legislation calling for mandatory microchipping across the board applied only to San Marcos, in effect, because it would be up to San Marcos animal control officers to enforce it. But the new measure would apply to any pet brought to the animal shelter, which takes pets from Kyle and unincorporated Hays County because the City of Kyle and Hays County contract with the city animal shelter for their sheltering needs.
Kyle and Hays County each has a representative on the animal services advisory board in San Marcos by virtue of those contracts. Kyle CIty Councilmember David Salazar, the Kyle representative on the San Marcos animal board, chaired Wednesday night’s meeting.
San Marcos Assistant Director of Community Services Mark Brinkley and Animal Services Director Bert Stratemann confirmed Wednesday night that the proposed policy would apply to any animal that winds up in the shelter for the second time, regardless of the animal’s residence.
Stratemann said that though Kyle and doesn’t require microchipping, its agreement with the San Marcos animal shelter provides that it abide by the animal shelter’s policies, even though that policy might be set by the San Marcos city government.
Salazar said he expects to bring the matter before the Kyle City Council for discussion, though he didn’t indicate that he would advocate for Kyle to institute a pet microchipping policy.
Only three people showed up for Wednesday night’s public hearing on pet microchipping - San Marcos City Council candidate Lisa Marie Coppoletta, her husband (Daniel Scales) and her campaign manager (Griffin Spell).
Coppoletta spoke passionately against the proposal, wondering aloud why the animal services board would bring up microchipping when the citizens and the city council have said they don’t want it.
“I believe, in March, our citizens resoundingly told our city council that we oppose mandatory microchipping for our pets,” Coppoletta said. ” … I am perplexed why you would ask for a public hearing when we’ve already told you what we think.”
Coppoletta added that the animal board is being “paternalistic” instead of listening to the people, that the animal board has not followed up on education measures promised during the microchip debate this spring and that a lack of transparency characterizes the board’s documentation.
Coppoletta told the board that if the proposal makes it to city council, the 300 protesters in March will be considerably exceeded by the next protest at City Hall. Furthermore, Coppoletta added, she will make numerous open records requests in an attempt to find out what’s really motivating the board’s persistence on the microchipping issue.
Spell also spoke against microchipping, saying that if the board forwards the question to city council, “All you’ll end up doing is embarrassing this board and getting us back on TV.”
In addition to the two citizens who commented on microchipping Wednesday night, Stratemann said the board has received two emails on the matter from citizens. Stratemann said both emails were in favor of the latest microchipping measure.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I felt the most holistic way to begin the counter offensive regarding Animal Services Control Board advocacy regarding MANDATORY microchipping would be to deconstruct all my documentary footage and reconstruct a montage of how the advocacy has unveiled from February thru July. In the performance argument kritik "RFID Free Flow Show" we edit clips in February next to March for listeners to see how the advocacy is in motion like a moving target. Check out never before clips from our youtube videos archives.
Worked on this piece last night from 8:00 PM thru 8:00 AM after running into Furly Travis and Molly Hayes. Daniel and I were supposed to broadcast live at Wake the Dead, however we could not lock it in because our laptop computer could not sync with the server. However, throughout the week i kept being called to go to WTD. It was Furly's birthday and I am glad we went. Furly and Molly do much of their own independent music and it got me to thinking.
SHOW AIRS : Monday PM @ 6:30 Live - the montage is 18:33 minutes
Please feel free to copy and paste the html in the widget on the right hand side at blog talk radio. You can put the player on a website, myspace, your blog. There are also share functions for twitter and facebook. Please get the message out so that we will be mobilized to strike.
Podkast #4 description below:
performance argument kritik
by Citizen Outsider Radio
The citizens have told the Animal Services Control Board thru participation at Educational Hearings, Pubic Hearings and City Council meetings how they feel about mandatory RFID microchipping of their critters. For this week’s edition of Citizen Outsider Radio we composed a “Free Flow RFID Show”.
Our podkast montage incorporates clips from heated public hearings, packed council meetings, live talk radios interviews, discussions with citizens, and protests to give insight into the deeper issues regarding mandating RFID in our community. One, Ethical/Religious issues and Two, the microchip does not get at the root cause of the problems of animal euthanasia and owners not finding their lost pets. Clearly San Marcos is taking care of a countywide problem regarding animal services.
Thank you to the hundreds of residents who stood up for our rights back in March to make San Marcos the first city in the nation to overturn a mandated RFID pet ordnance. Lets continue our fight because the Animal Services Control Board is back this July placing it on their table.
So, short cut open a new window in your browser, hit f12 to pump up the volume and lock it in for a Free Flow RFID Show on Citizen Outsider Radio.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
|Tue., July 21, 2009|
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"No" evidently does not mean "No" in San Marcos, TX. Katherine speaks again with Lisa Marie Copoletta about the fresh attempt by the San Marcos Animal Shelter Advisory Board to mandate the microchipping of pets. Katherine makes and substantiates the claim that microchips can and do cause cancer when injected into animals. She makes the connection between microchipping of pets, RFID chips in driver licenses and the Mark of the Beast.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
"Mandatory pet microchipping is on the agenda again in San Marcos, Texas. An update will be provided by Lisa Marie Copoletta on the July 21 broadcast."
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tomorrow I will be on the Katherine Albrecht Show from 3 to 4:00! We will discuss the RFID which is being proposed AGAIN here in San Marcos, Texas.
This is the podcast from Sunday's world wide coverage from The Rule of Law Radio. Gary Johnson, host of "Live and Let Live" is a wonderful and I enjoyed the hour long interview.
"Hour 1 Guest: Lisa Marie Coppoletta. Lisa discusses the latest situation regarding forced rfid microchip implanting in pets in San Marcos, Tx. The municipality is attempting to institute the practice only 3 months after citizens stopped the county from requiring mandatory pet chipping. City Council will hear citizens speak on the issue this Tuesday night, July 21. Visit Lisa’s website at http://lmc4sanmarcos.blogspot.com/ for info on how to participate. Very enlightening concerning the power we really have to make change."
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Throughout the week we will post photos from our yield as it develops from our own Victory Garden here on Harvey. This is just one section of our small urban garden. Next we will have photos of our home made compost heap and thriving cucumber mound.