Guest Editorial: Developer, groundwater producer Stoecker explains Conroe City Council political contributions

Mike Stoecker, Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer I’ve been a Conroe resident for nearly 50 years and have a long history of making political contributions. Recently, I’ve come under attack for making higher than usual political contributions through the creation of a Specific-Purpose Political Action Committee (SPAC) with Quadvest owner Simon Sequeira called the Conroe […]

Mayor Czajkoski, Councilman McDonald save Conroe taxpayers close to $3 million in water fees in SJRA case

Mayor Czajkoski, Councilman McDonald save Conroe taxpayers close to $3 million in water fees in SJRA case

Image: Conroe Mayor Jody Czajkoski presided over the City Council meeting on Wednesday, August 27, 2022. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, April 29 – By insisting on holding off on any settlement or resolution to the dispute between the City of Conroe and the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) until after the Beaumont Court […]

Water Wars, Part 3 of 3: Sweeping citizen interests aside in capture, corruption, money (invisible giant in Conroe City Council election)

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, March 23 – The invisible giant in the May 7, 2022, Conroe City Council election is water. It’s invisible, because none of the protagonists or candidates have talked about it. It’s the giant, because it has become the driving force behind all three Council seats up for grabs. The […]

Water Wars, Part 2 of 3: Sweeping citizen interests aside in capture, corruption, money (surface water versus groundwater)

Image: When government gets so big that its primary interest is in protecting itself, government seeks to ignore its citizens while keeping their complaints at bay as “interference.” The San Jacinto River Authority and the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District are examples. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, March 22 – Montgomery County has two […]

Water Wars, Part 1 of 3: Sweeping citizen interests aside in capture, corruption, money

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe and Montgomery County, March 21 – Politicians and businesspeople currently are at war over water in Montgomery County, Texas. High water prices, expensive “bet the company” litigation, and immense political power and interests all contribute to massive water prices, while the innocent casualties suffering on the sidelines, as in […]

Bouche, Hardman lead Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District to hire taxpayer-funded lobbying firms

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, March 10 – On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) Board of Directors voted unanimously to disavow the Republican Party’s principled opposition to taxpayer-funded lobbying and to hire two law firms as lobbyists at a price to Montgomery County taxpayers of just under $10,000 […]

Despite reform promises, Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Board to consider hiring taxpayer-funded lobbyist

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, March 8 – Despite numerous campaign promises by the members of the Board of Directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) that they would avoid high-priced professionals as their appointed predecessors had squandered the taxpayers’ funds, the Board has included on its agenda the following for its Tuesday, […]

Regional water regulator approves Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District’s groundwater management goals in “big win” for Montgomery County

Conroe and Jasper, January 6 – The Groundwater Management Area 14 (GMA 14) regional regulatory representative of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved the proposed groundwater conservation regulatory goals of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) yesterday morning. The approval is a major step forward to the elected Board of Directors of LSGCD, […]

Incorporation proponents’ suggestion of assuming 11 MUDs would increase Township property taxes more than 33%

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports The Woodlands, September 20 – Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, the Woodlands Township Board member who has become one of the leading mouthpieces in favor of incorporation of The Woodlands as a city, sent an eblast on Monday, September 13, 2021, in which she said, “The city could assume the 11 Woodlands MUDs, eliminating […]

MAJOR BREAKING NEWS! U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit in New Orleans rules anti-monopoly lawsuit against San Jacinto River Authority to proceed

MAJOR BREAKING NEWS! U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit in New Orleans rules anti-monopoly lawsuit against San Jacinto River Authority to proceed

Image: That Water Works is part of the original Parker Brothers game of Monopoly obviously portended the monopolization through regulation of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District to benefit the San Jacinto River Authority’s surface water sales. MAJOR BREAKING NEWS! The Golden Hammer Staff Reports New Orleans and Conroe, August 3 – The United States […]

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