New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 8, 2003, Page 4

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERAU2EiTUNQ Satuitlay March 1A 1A Ortiz who share 50 percent interests in the bar and building respectively This district attorney could have clouded the title of this business and this build ing pending a forfeiture hear ing without taking away my clients only avenue for sus taining his Peterson said You dont have to take the business The Ortiz family Peterson would respect the out of a forfeiture hearing said he was confident of the outcome The district attorney is going to lose the forfeiture of building in the trial court I or the court of appeals I I Jbhink this whole thing is sim Ijply intended to harass Mr Peterson said a baggie of mari juana into a building doesnt give the state the right to take Assistant District Attor Mel Koehler who seized lhe building appeared in fJudge Jack Robisons 207th judicial District Court in Jjlue jeans a violation of protocol He apologized and told Robispn he had only seven minutes notice that Peter son had filed motions in the case Is that all right Koehler asked the judge of his dress Its not all right but well proceed rather than delay this Robison told Koehler I recommend you keep an extra pair of pants in your office for occasions such as this Petersons motions asked that the bar be returned to Ortiz until a forfeiture hear ing could be scheduled and that the hearing be conduct ed before a jury Koehler argued that Robi son had no jurisdiction in the matter because a forfeiture case had not been filed in dis trict court Under the law Koehler has 30 days to file the case Robison looked off into the center of the courtroom while he considered the issue Tf you havent filed a case theres nothing here I have jurisdiction over It seems like 1A Under an application for an amendment to its permit in 1997 and approved sby the Texas Commission on Quality in j2001 the GBRA sought to have the confirmed yield of lake increased from acrefeet of water per to acrefeet Coupled with agreements make water for hydro electric generation subordi to water slated for consumption the has said its new per would actually keep the more full more often the situation that exist I jed before I The amendment also opens for the GBRA the ability to sell water to Boerne Blan co Bulverde north Bexar County and New Braunfels The Friends of Canyon which filed suit to stop the amendment in 2001 does not believe that the new per mit will protect lake levels Bob Wickman president of the FOCL said the Supreme Court decision announced Thursday was not unexpect ed The state has been acting in solidarity here to cement the plans to take water from Canyon Wickman said We had anticipated this We had to go through the drill so we could tell a federal court that we had exhausted all remedies with in the state We hope people who are concerned about the loss to the economy and the impacts on the lake will not lose heart Were still in only the first quarter of the ball Wickman said West said the FOCL is cer tainly entitled to appeal to federal court He said the decision delay the Western Canyon project any further There are cases where pro jects have gone forward regardless of pending chal West said The fact of the matter is these folks in Bulverde dont have an alternative water supply It would be a different situation if there were alter natives out there for people Thats not the case he said Its regrettable that they feel that way and would place their recreational interests ahead of the needs of their neighbors for West said Thats 1A create local jobs Kendrick wants to require those jobs be saved for residents Last month Kendrick vot ed in favor of the Moll Indus tries incentives but said he wants to protect citizens tax dollars Were short of money and theyre giving it Kendrick said He said things would be different if the money were coming from the county Monroe Miller chairman of the 4B board said the pro posal would handicap efforts to draw commerce to the city Our job is to create oppor tunities for economic devel Miller said We have people who have skills Jwho arent using them and thats a problem to Michael Meek president jof the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce said Kendricks resolu tion would inhibit business expansion at a time when bringing new commerce to the city is crucial He said an increased com mercial tax base is critical for the city to have the rev enue it needs to spend on city services He also said with out new commerce to the area He said the policy also would make New Braunfels unfriendly to commuters from other cities Kendrick also said the city should keep better tabs on these incentives to make sure companies that benefit com ply with all stipulations Meek said that effort would put more strain on city staff Meek and Miller are also concerned about the legality of Kendricks proposal Kendrick said he has heard arguments from constituents who do not want to see tax dollars supporting incoming commerce Parent Organizations Community Organizations Clubs Meetings Sports Stones Great Deals CATCH IT ALL EACH MORNING Coll 6299144 to subscribe today NSW BKAUNFBLS HERALDZEITUNG theres nothing here for me to hear just to be candid with you Robison said Then the judge turned to Casiano Ortiz and asked him if hed represented him as an attorney 16 years ago The elder Ortiz agreed that he had Not only do I not have juris Robison said but Tm going to have to recuse myself when jurisdiction is estab Peterson Koehler and the Ortiz family then went down to county courtatlaw to see Judge Brenda Chapman who signed the forfeiture warrant setting a bond of on the business and its contents The attorneys met with Chapman in her chambers and then Chapman set a hear ing on the motions for 3 Friday Ortiz was arrested on alle gations of possession of between four ounces and five pounds of marijuana and evading arrest He posted bail and was released from custody the fol lowing day The marijuana and evading felonies punishable by a fine of up to and tip to two years in a state jail A third charge of not hav ing insurance on the truck he allegedly fled in is a misde meanor Ortiz turned himself in Feb 1 to face an added charge of possession of gambling para phernalia in connection with property allegedly seized at the bar The charge is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail and a fine Three weeks ago the dis trict attorneys office filed for feiture proceedings against the truck Ortiz was driving when he was arrested and in cash he was carrying in a vinyl bank bag Peterson said the seized money was about to be deposited against Ortizs quar terly taxes on his business Drug dealers do not carry their money in vinyl Chase Bank Peterson said Businessmen who have to pay their taxes Sutton has a masters degree in education admin istration is an academic instructor in air navigation He ran about five years ago for the district 7 board seat and was discouraged by the pathetic turnout of the elec tion He has lived in Garden Ridge since 1996 and stays abreast of issues in CISD He said he is impressed by how educators in public school use their resources He said he hopes to be in a position to improve things but more importantly wants the voting public to show up and get involved Candidates interested in filing for one of the four seats up for election can do so between now and March 19 The election is May 3 Also running in District 7 are Bill Swint and Randy Pawelek Dora Gonzales and Dan Krueger have filed for District 1 Rose Cervin and Lee Iredale have filed for Dis trict 5 The school district is divid ed into seven singlemember districts For 8003 only patrons in Districts 1 2 5 and 7 will vote in the CISD election Trustees currently repre senting those districts are Dora Gonzales District 1 secretary of the board Krueger District 2 president Derald LaRue District 5 and Pawelek District 7 All are completing three year terms except Pawelek Anyone 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