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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas V W MARCH HERALD Newspaper of the Year SPORTS BASEBALL Unicorns fall to San Antonio Reagan 139 at New Braunfels Varsity Baseball Page 8A NEWS RECYCLING Comal County could see more recycling dropoff spots thanks to a New Braunfels Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 102 20 2 sections CL Party sunny High Low S3 58 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B Valentine wont resign Photos by DAVID District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine speaks with the media during a press conference outside of his Guada Coma Drive where he announced he would not resign from the New Braunfels City k 4 says he will face recall election By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer New Braunfels City Councilman Ken Valentine announced Friday that he will not resign from his council seat but face a May 12 recall election whose District 6 includes neighborhoods along the Comal made the announcement at a 2 press conference at his home sur rounded by a small gathering of support including his neighbor and River Activities Committee Wayne Following the success of a recall peti tion targeting diere was spec ulation this week that he would resign and try to regain the seat in a special But Valentine called the press attended by New Braunfels and San Antonio to clear up any Our charter provides only two choic es on a petition drive resign or hold a recall he I have consid ered Valentine said that he is not guilty of malfeasance or alle gations made against him in the recall petition signed by 424 registered voters from District The petition gathered almost twice the 221 signatures required under the city I will not resign to do so would mean those active in the petition drive would declare he I am sorry for the negative publicity these petitioners While some speculated District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine might resign following a recall he announced he would not during a press conference on have brought onto the city of New Braun The recall petition against Valentine was started in February by Kevin a former member of the River Activities Committee who was appointed by the District 6 A grassroots group I District 6 voters as of March I Turnout in the District 6 May 2005 election which Valentine lost percent I Registered District 6 voters who signed a petition to recall Valentine percent calling itself Keep NBNB mounted a doortodoor campaign 24 to gath er signatures from District 6 Webb resigned his RAG place on citing a disagreement with Valentine over an open alcohol container He began organizing the recall petition after the council voted 12 to ban open containers in city parks and limit cooler sizes on the Guadalupe and Comal Valentine lost a bid on 26 to intro duce an ordinance to change the New Braunfels city charters recall He proposed an ordinance to require that prior to city council ordering a special shall determine by majority whether the recall peti tion properly identifies and supports a or for recall and The city council unanimously voted down the proposed Valentine said at that meeting that the current city charter didnt allow him a way to defend himself against the charges See Page 10A Charter would give city more control Proposal goes before voters May 12 By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Bulverde resident Warren Alston said the city is taking a step in the right direction by proposing a Home Rule I think its the right thing to said a former Bulverde city With a home rule the citizens have more The citys proposed home rule charter will go before voters during the May 12 Bulverde is currently a gen eral law a form of gov ernment that requires the city to follow specific regu lations set out by the A home rule government is allowed to create its own reg provided there are no conflicts with state vice chairman of the 16member Home Rule Charter said the group drafted the home rule proposed charter in He said he hopes the charter will grow with the city in the coming Home rule is the only form of government in the state that allows Wilcox adding that the charter would allow resi dents the ability to recall council decisions or elected I To read Bulverdes proposed home rule visit the citys Web site at Residents of New Braun which is a home rule have petitioned to recall District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine over issues includ ing alcohol and cooler restrictions on the Guad alupe and Comal In cases such as the council member faces a special election during which residents can vote to recall him or keep him in office once signatures on a recall petition are Wilcox said residents of home rule cities can follow similar procedures to over turn council decisions that do not reflect the desires of Bulverdes proposed char ter also would limit a council members terms to a maxi mum of four twoyear Under general terms are not The charter also requires council members to be elected by a majority or more than half of the rather than a See Page 7A Local teen hospitalized after Thursday shooting From Staff Reports A New Braunfels teen remains hospitalized after a Thursday night New Braunfels Police Detective Bob Parchman said a 17yearold New Braunfels boy arrived at McKenna Memorial Hospi tal with a gunshot wound about 11 The boys identity is not being released because he is a Police would not reveal whefe the teen was wounded because the inves tigation is The victim was very eva sive and reluctant to give Parchman He said he was shot somewhere near Gruene and Post roads by someone in a black Parchman said the teens The victim was very evasive and reluctant to give Bob Parchman New Braunfels police detective injury did not appear life The boy did not call but took himself to the He was airlift ed from McKenna to Wilford Hall Medical Center in San and Parchman did not know his condition Fri day The police did not find any shell casings or bullets where the shooting allegedly Parchman Investigators do not know if the incident was related to gang or drug he NBU exacts no time change glitches Computer techs ready for daylightsaving time Frorn staff reports Though computer docks might behind on New Braunfels Utilities officials said residents wont see any lapse in spokesT woman for said the company is not expecting any service problems when New Braunfels makes the switch to daylightsaving If s basically a Microsoft It wauldnt stop our computers from they just wouldnt automatically show the See Page 7A The Associated Press Normally the switch to daylightsav ing time isnt a big but this Jeff Ronner has to put people on the Ronner is a San Franciscoarea field services manager for technology out sourcer Perot Systems and he han dles computer systems for a big Perot Catholic Healthcare This week he was putting final touches on his plan to make certain that Catholic Healthcares voicemail systems and oth er networks recognize daylight Those like those of all but the most recent probably were programmed to believe that daylight saving time begins the first Sunday in April and ends the final Sunday in Octo Those in place for two were overturned by a 2005 law that extended daylightsaving time by three weeks in the spring and one week in the This is nice for afterdinner strolls and might even save some energy which was Congress but the computing industry has had to Many peo ple only recently realized the change would even impact This has been a little bit of a sleeper See Page 10A iFORD I I BLUEBONNET i FORD EXPLORER IH THIS Jeep HHI CENIIHEO