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Campaign signs, Garza's door lies in state, Courage eyes D21

Recycle your campaign signs:

A week after the election, hundreds of campaign signs remain stuck in the ground, attached to fences, and affixed on about any flat surface the candidates could find. But don't doom those signs to the landfill; recycle them. Justin Parr of Flight Gallery wants to reuse any campaign signs and fashion them into art pieces, while the Greater Edwards Aquifer Authority can use their old Proposition 1 signs for future campaigns. To contact Parr, e-mail umlemo@gmail.com or drop off any yard sign at Blue Star Art Silos # 18, 401 Blue Star Road. You can take the GEAA signs to the Aquifer Guardians in Urban Areas office at 1809 Blanco Road or call them at 320-6294.

Mr. Garza tear down this door:

It's among the most infamous doorways in SA, where Mayor Ed Garza hung the door between his suite and City Manager Terry Brechtel's, thus symbolizing the growing impasse between the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. (Brechtel being numero uno, which fueled the conflict.) In a funereal gesture, Garza recently held a viewing for the doorway, asking for a $1 donation to help pay for Mayor-Elect Phil Hardberger's office improvements. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what all the fuss has been about," Garza said in a prepared statement.

According to Garza spokesperson David Espinoza, four newspaper reporters and one TV crew viewed the doorway, donating a total of $2, enough to buy Hardberger one metallic-silver pencil cup at Office Max.

John Courage eyeing 21st district:

Democrat John Courage, who in 2002 tried unsuccessfully to dethrone long-time Republican incumbent Lamar Smith from the 21st Congressional District, is considering another run at the seat. Courage has launched an exploratory committee to determine whether to run next year. In an e-mail to supporters, Courage said Congressional redistricting has changed the district's complexion to a more favorable one for Democrats.

District 21 covers parts of Bexar, Comal, Blanco, Hays, and Travis counties, including Austin. Info: john@democratswithcourage.org.

By Lisa Sorg


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