VOTE NO TO NEW CHARTER PROPOSITIONS
A VOTE NO ON NOVEMBER 3RD IS A VOTE YES FOR THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE HOW WE CAN KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE IN THE FUTURE
This is a wakeup call to all Bellaire residents before it’s too late. Propositions A, B and C on our Bellaire ballot on November 3 will amend the Bellaire City Charter and will take away from our duly elected officials the power to make public safety decisions. If these propositions pass, the choice will be taken out of your hands for good.
Those against sidewalks who are proponents of these charter changes, are in effect, putting insurmountable obstacles in the way of both current and future Bellaire families. That is why this charter election is more than about sidewalks. It is about choice, something which is important to fight to keep.
Supporting those amendments removes your choice, removes your elected City Council members’ choices, and removes the likelihood any new sidewalks will be built in Bellaire--ever.
That is by design.
“Of course, you can't discuss sidewalks and ownership in Houston without mentioning Sidewalk Choice—the official Get Off My Lawn committee of Bellaire. A couple of property owners in Bellaire —who swear they aren’t against sidewalks — could push through a referendum this November that makes it difficult for city council to build sidewalks, even after local residents approved a sweeping $55 million bond that included provisions for new sidewalks.” -Jay Jordan, Houston Chronicle
“Residents of Bellaire are about to vote on a trio of charter amendments that could make it difficult, if not impossible, to build new sidewalks.” -Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media wrote,
“...the real impact is on the sequencing and timing of expenditures...Apparently not contemplated in the propositions, but further complicating any attempt to estimate their fiscal impacts, is the likelihood of having to repeat certain steps of the process...So as you can see, estimating the anticipated fiscal impacts of the three proposed charter amendments isn’t all that simple...Amending the Charter is the ultimate exercise of our self-governance, and whether or not to do so is a weighty question that all voters should consider carefully.” -Bellaire Mayor Friedberg, Mayor’s Musings Blog
Bellaire residents already have choice--City Council has removed virtually every sidewalk project on blocks where a majority of residents opposed them. City Council has also reduced planned sidewalk width on blocks where a majority of residents wanted them smaller.
This movement is about more than sidewalks- it is about fighting to preserve the voices of our community members in a way that lets democracy, debate, and due process direct the way forward.
Vote AGAINST Propositions A, B, and C on November 3. And please alert your neighbors!
Vote AGAINST for our children’s and community’s safety.
Vote AGAINST so our elected City Council members can act on our concerns.
Vote AGAINST to preserve true choice.
ON THE BALLOT
Sidewalks Charter Election Scheduled for Nov. 3
If the voters amend the City Charter in November, it will represent a departure from our City's existing legislative process and limit mechanisms by which residents now and in the future can have their say.