New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Districting committee takes first steps in opening meeting
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to, I’d much prefer to see it done at our level.”
City Attorney Irvin Boarnet said the districting idea was “the wave of the present and the future” given the Justice Department’s interpretation of the Voting Hights Act.
Nobody was in a tremendous hurry to catch the wave, though. Since City Council members have the right to finish their three-year terms, the earliest a district system could be implemented would be 1985.
Ezekiel “Cheque” Tones, not a committee member but speaking as a private citizen, said districting would benefit “Anglo-Americans, not just Mexican-Americans,” who live south and west of downtown. City Council, he said, was “controlled, in our view, by the Chamber of Commerce. Most of the people (on the Council! live in one part of town.”
Council member I overlie Eberhard denied the Chamber controlled the Council and pointed out her own address on Nacogdoches Street was in one area of town Torres said had no representation.
A consulting firm may be called in to help implement a districting plan, but there was no point in summoning them or attempting to draw up a plan by city staff until the committee has made a decision, Delashmutt said.
Merritt Schumann, a member of the 1965 panel that created the current City Charter with its at-large election system, said the committee should “examine the philosophies behind both systems.”
“We felt it was good for everybody on the City Council to represent all the city. Just because you have districts doesn’t mean that district is going to be represented,” Schumann said.
“We should consider what we have now, and whether the total people are being represented,” he said, adding, “I’m for doing things when they’ve got to be done. If we have no choice, the best thing is to go ahead and get with it.”
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President tells Catholic group he's for private school credits
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Reagan saluted a major Roman Catholic fraternal society today and vowed to fight for private school tuition tax credits and school prayer while seeking an end to “abortion on demand.”
“I think you'll agree with me. We need a prayer amendment, we need it badly,” Reagan told the Knights of Columbus. “We are to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”
Reagan, who arrived here after an overnight trip to Iowa where he courted farmers, called attention to “the importance of family, community and church” — themes he often hit two years ago as he campaigned for the presidency.
“These values ennoble man, they make him something more than just the plaything of hedonism or the vassal of dictatorship,” he said.
Reagan made his comments in a speech prepared for delivery before the centennial convention of the Knights of Columbus, which he said was the world’s largest Roman Catholic fraternal society.
Delivering a report card on the first 18 months of his administration, the president said: “We said we were to cut spending, reduce the tax burden, rebuild our national defenses, strive for legitimate
arms reductions and be firm with totalitarian powers. I believe the record shows that we kept our promises."
Reagan said his tax credit plan would “raise the standards of the competing (public) school systems.” The measure, which is pending in Congress, would allow parents to reduce their taxes by up to $500 a year by 1985 to help offset tuition and related costs at private elementary and secondary schools.
' Referring to lower-income people, Reagan said “as the cost of education has skyrocketed, it is these groups that have been particularly hard hit by the double burden’ of supporting private and public schools” — private schools through tuition payments and public schools through tax payments.
Reiterating his support for anti-abortion legislation, the president said, “This national tragedy of abortion on demand must end.”
Reagan criticized unspecified court decisions on school prayer. He also thanked his audience for the support the Knights of Columbus has given “on the morality of maintaining our strategic deterrence.”
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By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
A city panel, looking into the possibility of a district election system for City Council, decided at its first meeting Monday to get some information on similar-sized cities in the same boat.
On a motion from Robert Orr, the 17-member Districting Charter Review Committee voted to ask city staff to obtain the facts on Texas cities that have changed to districts, and how the system was working in those places.
“The Texas Municipal League can provide information on what other cities our size have districts and for how long, and what the consequences were,” Orr said.
There was some general discussion on the reasons the panel was created. New Braunfels, with a 34-percent minority population, has no
member of a minority group on City Council.
Council created the panel to examine districting after being nudged in that direction by an ad hoc “Committee for Justice” angry about the city’s firing of an Hispanic police officer for alleged theft.
“A representative of MAEDER (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) quoted the law, and expressed hope the city would look at districting,” City Manager E.N. Delashmutt said of the Council’s June 14 meeting.
Other cities have switched from at-large election systems, like the one now in effect in New Braunfels, to the district method to satisfy federal law.
“We can do it on our own terms or wait until ifs federally mandated,” said Margaret Naegelin, elected committee chairman by acclamation. “So we wouldn’t have to be dictated
San Antonio murder victim buried in New Braunfels
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The victim in a San Antonio murder case was scheduled to be buried this afternoon in the Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery.
Orlando Esquivel, 22, was found dead early Sunday by a San Antonio policeman on his way home from work. The body was lying face up on a city street, a bullet in its chest.
At last report, authorities still didn’t know who fired the fatal shot.
The off-duty officer found Esquivel at approximately 12:45 a.m. in the IOO block of Bristol Street. Apparently someone else had seen the body, too; police learned the dispatcher had received a call just a few minutes before or after the officer arrived.
One witness said she had seen Esquivel earlier in the evening, drinking at a bar with several companions. She couldn’t describe any of them.
The police report said the dead man had a beer can in his left hand and $60 in his pocket. His vehicle was found approximately IOO feet away, and his wallet was on the seat.
Esquivel most recently lived in San Antonio, where he worked as a mechanic for Cater &
Stewart Auto Parts. However, he was born in New Braunfels on July 9, I960. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, where his funeral services were to be held at 4 p.m. today. The procession was scheduled to leave Morales Funeral Home at 3:45 p.m. Rosary was recited Sunday night in the chapel.
Survivors include his wife of less than one year, 19-year-old Margarita Dominquez Esquivel of San Antonio, and a son, Orlando Jr. The Esquivels were married in September 1981.
Esquivel is also survived by his parents, Simon and Isabel 1 Rodriguez) Esquivel of San Antonio; six sisters. Veronica Ruiz of Austin, Sandra Sanchez of New Braunfels, and Adriana Gaytan, Evangelina Esquivel, Maria Isabel Esquivel and Judy Mendoza, all of San Antonio; six brothers, Simon Esquivel, Jose Maria Esquivel and Mario Young of New' Braunfels, Javier Esquivel, George Esquivel and Ignacio Young of San Antonio.
The brothers of the deceased served as pallbearers.
Sprinklers shoot water up into the trees of Landa Park, which drip the water back onto the ground. The
Staff photo by John Sen ter
early morning sun lights the entire scene with a misty feel of summer.
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'Amdro sales low because fire ants hate summer heat
You might have a hard time finding fire ants in Comal County this time of year.
Why? Because fire ants, like many people, don’t like to be out in IOO degree weather for any great length of time.
Fanners, ranchers and other county citizens who were plagued with fire ant problems are probably glad to hear this.
But Comal Commissioners probably aren’t, since it means county residents aren’t buying the fire ant insecticides which they purchased from the Texas Department of Agriculture.
As a result, commissioners are still selling Amdro, a fire ant bait insecticide, at the county warehouse and will continue doing so until all of it is sold.
Residents are not buying a lot of insecticide “because of the weather and how dry it is,” Comm. Charles “Tart” Mund said Tuesday.
“The fire ants are not showing because they’ve gone deeper into the ground" (to get away from the heat) and the tops of the ant mounds probaby appear hollow because of this, he explained.
But “as soon as we get our first rain," more fire ant mounds will reappear, the commissioner predicted.
Commissioners were hoping that the
insecticides, which they obtained in two shipments from the agriculture department, would be sold at sales the county held in May and late July.
Unfortunately, their hopes didn’t come true and the county ended up with approximately 3,100 pounds of leftover Amdro from these two sales.
Of that 3,100 pounds, “approximately UKK) pounds has since been sold,” said Tim Darilek, administrative assistant to Commissioners Court.
However, Commissioner Mund felt a bit more had been sold. He estimated that approximately 1.500 pounds of the
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Joe Alvarado (left) and Robert Blang study the current city charter.
New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 91 — No. 151
Chamber, Arts Council close to full agreement
A compromise recommendation for a city “Arts and Cultural Commission" emerged from a Monday meeting of two local groups holding different ideas on the subject.
City Council had asked each group to send ll) representatives to the meeting to iron out their differences, and they did, with only one .sticking point remaining after a 10-10 tie vote.
The commission, which would oversee allocations of hotel-motel tax revenue to various art groups here, was the brainchild of the Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Activities Committee.
The idea drew fire from the New Braunfels Arts Council, though. A consortium of eight local art organizations, the Arts Council said the city didn’t need a commission. Three of its groups already receive a portion of the hotel tax fund.
But if a commission was to be created, the Arts Council wanted a say in naming its membership. That proposal was dropped following Monday’s discussion — in fact, it didn't even come up, Tom Purdum, Chamber executive vice president, said Tuesday.
“We’re still going to submit a list of names, but as recommendations, not as a demand,” Arts Council President Beth Elliott said.
The Arts Council representatives agreed to a slightly larger commission than they had proposed, from seven to nine members.
The Chamber group also conceded some points, including any requirement that the funds be spent for capital improvement pnvects.
“That really wasn’t a requirement, anyway, but we did mention it in our recommendation. We agreed to drop it altogether,” Chamber committee chairman Roxylin Krueger said.
The tie vote came on a proposal to limit the commission membership to persons who are not members of the board of any art organization or the Chamber committee.
“We left it a tie, for City Council to make the decision,” Krueger said.
“We talked a long time on it."
Elliott said commission members might be “influenced by groups they admire" in any case, but board members were “naturally the highest profile people” who should stay off the commission to “avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”
Purdum said, “We felt that was too restrictive. They felt it would eliminate possible conflicts of interest. There was an honest disagreement.”
Both Krueger and Elliott said the
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