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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas                                Texas lac itch New Braunffels New Texas HeraldZeitunq 16 Pages FRIDAY January 25 cents 92 20 USPS 377880 Economic gauge records hefty surge WASHINGTON AP m a new sign of the government said today its main economic forecasting gauge jumped percent in the eighth gain in the last nine months the biggest increase in more than two The Commerce reported the increase in its Index of Leading Economic a compilation of 10 separate including forwardpointing in formation concerning and business conditions in the report said an ac companying Index of Coincident Indicators designed to measure current conditions dipped percent in indicating that the long recession may well have been though at a slow In the gains in the leading indicators have foreshadowed recovery for the economy as a though recovery usually arrived sooner than nine months after the indicators turned Index gains prior to past recoveries also were bigger than most recent indicating to many analysts that the economys 1983 rebound will be only The December gain was the biggest since the percent in September 1980 as the economy was pulling out of that years steep but short Such gains of 2 percent or more have been common at the start of previous In the index rose just percent in November of last year revised downward from the original estimate of percent and percent in todays report Since the performance of several index components was announced earlier this it had been widely assumed the leading indicators would be up for President Reagan reinforced that assumption when he told reporters Thursday night they could expect some good news when the report was released In the report six of the 10 available leading indicators showed im led by a gain in new orders for plants and equipment and a drop in initial claims for unemployment benefits an in dication that layoffs were Also showing improvement in December were the nations money building permits for future house stock prices and orders for new consumer goods and Three indicators gave negative economic signals in December total business liquid prices of sensitive raw materials and speed of There was no change in the average More and more in recent private economists and administration officials have been saying that at least modest recovery is probably already under But the new increase in the leading indicators was still a welcome sign that conditions are likely to continue to improve in the next few The strength and length of that recovery are in much greater Testifying before Congress on Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker The stage appears set for sustainable recovery in business bringing with it the higher levels of employment and real income that we all he looming federal budget deficits of billion or more could threaten that The bigger the the more pressure there will be on interest he And high interest rates will work against growth in business investment and ham pering Also on private economist Henry Kaufman said in New York that Reagans State of the Union address did not convince him that the deficits would be coming down The issue at large citizens disagree on majorityvote ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer City Councilman joe Rogers says the council changed little thing in the Districting Charter Review Committees But Councilwoman Barbara Tieken calls the change MALDEF and the local Committee for Justice agree with with Max was on the losing side of a split vote Monday The City with the exception of Winkler and Barbara Tieken theyre just faking said Christina I dont feel that they represent the Mexican population at Zamoras Aguinaldo heads the group that asked City Council to look into a new election on the other thinks the council made the best decision possible in view of the And he thinks most New Braunfelsers Latin or otherwise would From what the people Ive talked to have this is exactly what they wanted us to said The council approved the charter committees plan for a 43 council four members to be elected from geographical and three at The difference is in how the atlarge members are to be The original plan called for a plurality but City Attorney John Chunn found a clause in the Texas Constitution that forbids So council decided the atlarge members should run for specific and be chosen by majority Thats the way all seven of the present council members were And some think this eliminates all chance of a minority representative getting any of those If we dont have the plurality we dont have Page 16 Texas Constitution tripped up first proposal the clause that threw a monkey wrench in the MALDEFapproved plan for City Council elections was added to the Texas Constitution in But attorney Judith SandersCastro says MALDEF has never come in contact with it Perhaps thats because the third paragraph of Article Section 11 applies only to cities which have council terms longer than two Ap such cities are comparatively rare in The constitution states that in cities of this council members must be elected by a majority more thac 50 percent of those If several candidates vie for one and no one gets a clear maj then a runoff election must be This knocks out the New Braunfels charter committees plan to elect three council members at large by plurality with the top three candidates getting the seats regardless of percentage or win ning But it wouldnt have applied at all if New Braunfels hadnt been a homerule city with threeyear council There is virtually no legal history on Article Section SandersCastro told City Council Monday Meaning it hasnt come up in many court cases since She and City Attorney John Chunn both said their office books didnt offer much background on the But the two lawyers have their dif fering opinions on how it might have come to That 1950s Legislature might have felt that if council members were going to serve a long theyd better not be elected by a slim margin of Chunn That makes a certain amount of sense to he If a large number of candidates ran in a plurality the vote could be split a number of different SandersCastro thinks the date of the amendment might be During that time she there was much controversy about segregation in the A number of laws were passed at this time which have later been found to restrict minority She said that if this plan is submitted for approval to the Department of MALDEF will oppose it constitutional or But the election plan has a long way to go before reaching the Justice It takes a public election to change the city and that election has been set for April SandersCastro was vague about the possibility of direct legal action against the If the voters dont approve the new election she we See Page 16 Inside Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy this clear and cold and fair and warm Saturday No rain is in the Winds will be from the south at 1520 mph shifting to the northwest at 1015 mph Sunset will be at and sunrise Saturday will be at Royalty Time The 1983 Texas Junior Miss pageant arrives at its climactic moment Saturday night the crowning of a new Junior The pageant begins at 7 in the Civic DEAR 3 RELIGIOUS TV Junior Miss The preliminary winners have been and the main event now takes the Texas 1983 Junior Miss will be crowned Saturday night at the Civic The program begins at Winners in Stall pliutiis by Cindy Thursday prelims include top Kelli McGonagill number poise and appearance Cindy Michelle talent and Catherine Ellen youth Powerful move Utilities signs contract for Canyon hydro project By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Proposed hydroelectric power at Canyon Reservoir has generated a lot of words some others miscon Thursday Utilities trustees attempted to clear the and approved a contract resolution with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority to purchase that Now on its way to City the contract resolution provides for the purchase of power by Utilities from a proposed hydroelectric facility to be built and funded at the Canyon Reser voir by The project is proposed to be online by late The substantial benefit to Utilities customers is in future savings from the hydro compared to what the Lower Colorado River Authority anticipates its cost 20 years from After all the bond payments are the price of power will drop from five cents to less than one cent at Utilities manager Bob Sohn said in an earlier So after 20 well be buying power for less than one while LCRA will be selling it for 21 cents in the year Projected cost for the project is Utilities began working with GBRA on the contract in early after hearing about the project as early as September The scenario went something like See Page 16 Officials see gettough stance once new jail complex is built By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Laws will be more stringently enforced once a new criminal justice center is County Judge Fred Clark noted at the first meeting of the citzens jail site selection Because our facility is now said there is a certain attitude of not in carcerating people prisoners due to lack of lack of I think youll find that the laws will be better the law enforcement people will not be as reluctant or as liberal in arresting he Agreeing with Clarks Precinct 4 Commissioner Bill George Thatll be a good public selling people think that justice will be better served by the construction of a new George and Precinct 1 Commissioner Jumbo Evans joined 10 members of the jail site selection committee Thursday night at the Cour The 11member committee was appointed by Commissioners Court 17 to study land site See Page 16   

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