New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
The West End
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Minority neighborhood not what you think, residents say
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
The West End. Some folks live their entire lives in New Braunfels and never walk through it once.
It is a neighborhood tucked out of sight by geography and habit.
But as New Braunfels examines a possible switch to the "district” method of electing City Council members, the West End will inevitably be scrutinized, too.
It is 100-percent minority, according to 1970 census data, mostly Mexican-American with a bare handful of German and black residents.
That’s the highest minority concentration anywhere in the city.
Most of the residents have low-to-moderate incomes. The 1980 census figures, broken down into "block groups,” aren’t available yet, but a door-to-door survey of income levels made in October,
1980, indicated three-fourths of the households there earned less than $13,680 a year.
"It’s a poor section, in a way,” said Joe Delton, of 2656 Becker, as he visited a friend’s house on Katy Street. “It’s obvious. Look at the streets.
They put a patch on top, and when it rains it washes away.”
A resident here for ll years, he was one of a dozen citizens interviewed at random in the area Wednesday afternoon.
Asked if he favored electing Council members by district, he replied, “That idea sounds good right now. Have each Councilman speak for a section of town. They can tell the problems better, like money. The money isn’t spent where it’s needed.” “Like, a lot of city money goes to Landa Park, the golf course. I know a lot of people like to play golf. Most around here don’t. We could use it somewhere else, like drainage, upgrading the streets. But I haven’t seen it.”
Actually, almost $1 million was poured into the West End for drainage and street improvements in 1978 and 1979, under a federal Community Development Block Grant. The city’s 1980 ap
plication for another $584,544 to complete the project was turned down, however.
Asked if a Mexican-American could be elected today under the present "at-large” system,
DeLeon said, “I don’t think so. You can’t be covering every section. It takes time, a lot of action.”
Other West End residents felt the same way. They’d like to see a Mexican-American on the Council, but most felt it was impossible under the current election system. Many admitted to voting only rarely or not at all, however.
The last Mexican-American to be elected to City Council at large, by voters in the entire city, was Alvaro Garza in 1973.
Six other candidates — Joe Gomez, C. "Sandy” Morales, leonardo Delgado, Nora Olivares,
Roberto Molina and Lorenzo “Yankee” Camarillo — were defeated in eight attempts since then. Garza himself was unseated in 1976.
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Wreck, river mishap injure two visitors
Two men rode in two different ambulances to McKenna Memorial Hospital after a one-car rollover on River Road Saturday.
The New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service transported a 21-year-old Fort Hood man who suffered multiple abrasions. The Canyon Lake EMS carried the other victim, and reports on his condition were not available Saturday night.
The accident occurred at 6:30 p.m. one mile north of Mountain Breeze resort.
Another young man, reportedly involved in a river accident, was
taken from McKenna to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio at 7:30 p.m. by a New Braunfels ambulance.
Technicians said the 20-year-old patient had stable fractures of six cervical vertebrae and lacerations to the scalp.
New Braunfels firemen responded to a mobile home fire call at 10:47 p.m. Thursday on Highway 46 South at Clear Springs. Damage to the trailer, occupied by Jeff Hamp, was confined to a one-by-two foot hole in the floor, siding, table and insulation under the floor.
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(USPS 377-880)PLO rejects eleventh-hour compromise
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Lebanon and the PLO rejected Israel’s latest conditions for ending the siege of Beirut as a cease-fire held Saturday just hours before a reported Israeli deadline for a final plan to evacuate the Palestinian guerrillas.
The Jewish state left the door open for compromise on how many Palestine Liberation Organization fighters should leave and when a multinational peacekeeping force could be deployed in the Lebanese capital.
U.S. presidential envoy Philip C. Habit held a midday conference with Lebanese President Elias Sarkis and Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan to assess each side’s position before Habib left for Jerusalem.
Afterward, Wazzan said: “The gap is steadily narrowing on the terms of evacuating the Palestinian fighters. We hope it w ill soon vanish so the new stage of implementation and the lifting of the
Habib arrived Saturday night in Jerusalem, where he will hand Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin the latest lebanese and PLO positions on the evacuation and deployment of an American, French and Italian peacekeeping force in west Beirut.
Beirut’s international telephone, telex and lease lines were cut off for seven hours Saturday for unexplained reasons.
Associated Press correspondent Nicolas B. Tatro reported the city was "completely quiet” Saturday under a cease-fire established Thursday to halt the heaviest Israeli air raid since Israel invaded June 6.
The Beirut newspaper As Safir, which is close to the PLO, said the evacuation could begin as early as Tuesday if Habib was successful in his talks with Israeli leaders.
As Safir said Israel had given Habib until 5 p.m. Sunday (ll a.m. EDT) — 72
hours after the latest cease-fire went into effect — to finalize the evacuation plan.
Meanwhile, Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres, returning from meetings in Washington with President Reagan and Secretary of State George P. Shultz, told an Amsterdam news conference he was “encouraged that a solution is nearby.”
Government sources, who requested anonymity, said Lebanon had rejected an Israeli demand that the peace force be deployed after the bulk of the PLO guerrillas had left.
The PLO refused to give Israel the names of guerrillas to be evacuated, and also turned down Israel’s demand that an Israeli jet pilot captured in the early days of the Lebanon war and the bodies of nine Israeli soldiers killed in Israel’s 1978 invasion of southern Lebanon be handed over to Israel as a precondition for the evacuation.
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O.A. Stratemann Jr.
Predictable turnout re-elects incumbents Rogers, Stratemann
They were both shoo-ins even with four percent voter turnout.
Four hundred fifty-five politically active citizens re-elected Joe Rogers and O.A. "Skip” Stratemann Jr. to the New Braunfels City Council on Saturday. The rest of the city’s 10,000-odd registered voters never made it to the polls.
The victories weren’t unexpected; both candidates ran unopposed. However, each got some competition in the final round.
Stratemann, who served the past year as mayor of New Braunfels, got 416 votes for Place 7. Betty Lou Rushing, one of the founders of the Coalition for Rivers Environment Protectors (COREP), received nine write-in votes, and former three-term council member Wilburn Fischbeck got three. Another write-in vote was cast for Smokey Davis.
Rogers, for Place 6, proved more popular than Stratemann, with 432 votes in his favor.
Fishbeck, who lost the 1979 election to Rogers, got one vote for that seat. Rushing got two, as did Jan Estes, a Gruene area resident who has been vocal on matters of zoning.
Barbara Way, another Gruene resident, got one vote for Place 6.
Twenty-two citizens cast absentee ballots, all voting for Stratemann and 18 voting for Rogers. Election day box totals were as follows:
Methodist Church — Place 6: Rogers 88. Place 7: Stratemann 83. Ninety-two ballots were cast, with no write-in votes.
Presbyterian Church — Place 6: Rogers 226, Fischbeck I.
Place 7: Stratemann 218, Davis I and Rushing I. This box had the largest turnout, with 230 ballots cast.
Eagles Hall — Place 6: Rogers IOO, Rushing 2, Estes 2 and Way, I.
Place 7: Stratemann 93, Rushing 8, Fischbeck 2. A total of 111 people voted at this box.
House, Senate burn midnight oil hammering out tax package
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate-House tax negotiating committee backed away from tackling the fabled “three-martini lunch” Saturday and neared the end of its work, still unsure how to deal with unemployment benefits, leasing and cigarette taxes.
Meeting well into the night in a room packed with aides, television cameras and lobbyists representing hundreds of interests, the committee struggled to complete a compromise package of tax and revenue increases totaling $99 billion over three years — the largest revenue-raising measure in peacetime history.
—Agreed to exempt from the new 10-percent withholding on interest and dividends any account that earns less than $150 a year interest. It had earlier set a $100 threshold.
—Rejected a Senate amendment that would have reduced from 12 months to six months the minimum time an asset must be held before profits from its sale qualify for special capital-gains tax rates.
—Voted to retain a provision allowing a person to avoid tax on up to $750 in public-utility stock dividends that are reinvested in the utility.
—Toughened the “minimum tax” on corporations by reducing by 15 percent the value of certain deductions, such as the oil depletion
During a nearly 18-hour session that ended just before 9 a.m. Saturday, the conference committee voted to preserve the full deduction for business meals — the “three-martini lunch” — and approved higher taxes on telephone service, airline passengers and the insurance industry.
Congressional leaders hoped to build support for the tax increase by adding extra unemployment benefits to the measure. Another proposed "sweetener” was to moderate the Senate-approved doubling of the eight-cent-a-pack cigarette tax.
Members of the conference committee spent little time Friday night and Saturday morning in public session. The House and Senate delegations would meet separately in private to consider proposals and went public only to announcement agreements and make new offers.
Thus, there was almost no public debate on any part of the bill.
Before miring down in disagreement over several business tax provisions, the conferees wrote into the bill stricter limits on the deduction allowed for medical expenses.
Beginning next year, only expenses that exceed 5 percent of adjusted gross income — up from 3 percent — could be deducted. The flat deduction of up to $150 for half of medical insurance premiums would be eliminated; the full cost of insurance
could be deducted only if lumped with other expenses to meet the 5 percent threshhold.
Also approved were:
Tripling the I percent federal tax on telephone service in 1983 through 1985 and then letting it expire.
- An 8 percent tax on airline tickets, up from 5 percent; a 5 percent tax on air freight, the level before that tax expired in 1980; a $3 tax on international departures; and, for non-cominerical aviation, a tax of 12 cents per gallon on aviation gasoline, up from 4 cents currently, and a 14-cent levy on jet fuels, twice the amount before the 1980 expiration of that tax. The money is earmarked for airport development and airway safety improvements.
— Restrictions on use of tax-exempt tmh strial development bonds and a cut in depreciation deductions for property financed with such bonds.
— A series of changes in taxation of insurance companies, which will cost those firms more than $6 billion over the next three years.
- Reducing some of the tax benefits high-earning professionals now gain by sheltering as much as $150,000 a year in tax-deferred pension plans.
The tax bill, which includes $15.2 billion in spending cuts, chiefly for health care for the elderly and the poor, is part of President Reagan’s plan for revitalizing the economy.InsideToday's Forecast
No relief is in sight for today and Monday, both expected to be sunny and hot. Winds today will be from the south at 10-15 mph. Tonight will be mild. Friday’s high was 98, with an overnight low of 77 and a peak of 103 degrees at 4 p.m. Saturday. Highs today and Monday are also expected to be in the 100-degree area, with tonight’s low predicted in the nud-70s.
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Mannino replaces Robbins at hotel
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Harold Robbins is out, and C.J. “Chuck” Mannino of San Antonio is in as general manager of the Faust Hotel.
Robbins, who had previously worked on the Chamber of Commerce staff, was hired to manage the hotel in early April, but was asked to resign Aug. 2. Contacted Thursday at his home in San Marcos, Robbins said, “Yes, I was asked to resign, so I did.
“My plans are very tentative,” he added, “but I can say I will stay in New Braunfels and work in something pertaining to the hospitality industry.”
While at the Chamber, Robbins staffed the tourism and convention committee. Before coming to New Braunfels, he was director of the municipal
advertising committee for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Mannino, the youngest Sergeant Major E-9 to retire from the U.S. Army, brings to the Faust over 25 years of experience in food and beverage management. His military career was highlighted by his appointment to the personal house staff of the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, four star Gen. l^auris Norstad, in Paris, France. There he served such dignitaries as President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
His civilian career in food and beverage-management includes positions with the Wildwood Country Club in Louisville, Ken., to Turtle Creek
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