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House GOP details plan to cut $4B in spendingCHASE
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“At approximately the 1500 block of the 1H-35 North southbound frontage, the driver of the vehicle lost control, struck the roadway curbing in front of Honda of New Braunfels, flipping his vehicle several times. The driver of the vehicle was ejected during the crash and did not survive," he said.
Fire department, EMS and AirLife all were called in an effort to save Saldivar, Penshorn said.
“Officers were administering CPR literally within seconds after the crash had occurred," he said.
The decision to pursue a speeding driver involves a number of factors, Penshorn said.
“If their actions are posing a clear and present danger to the public, that has to outweigh the risks and hazards to the public of a pursuit,” he said Thursday, noting that, sometimes, an officer will initially pursue and because of heavy traffic or other public risks, he will pull back and refrain from an immediate pursuit.
“We’ll weigh the circumstances, and we won’t see where it’s necessary to pursue," Penshorn said, adding supervising officers may consult while the decision to
pursue is being considered, asking questions like “What is the traffic like?"
“It’s almost always the initiating officer that will make that call. If the situation is clearly a danger to public safety, then he will have to take action,” Penshorn said.
In one recent incident, a speeding motorcyclist turned his lights off — at dusk — and cranked up the speed in an effort to evade an NBPD cruiser. The risk of immediate harm to other motorists prompted the officer to pull back.
On Jan. 17, NBPD assisted in a highspeed chase that originated in San Antonio and didn’t conclude until Hays County-
On Feb. 16, a truck stolen out of San Marcos was spotted at Rueckle Road and 1-35, Penshorn said. The car thief led officers on a high-speed chase before breaking through a private fence across from New Braunfels High School and driving off into the woods. The vehicle was eventually found, wrecked and abandoned.
In the Feb. 10 case, there was reason to be concerned, he said.
“We suspected intoxication,” Penshorn said.
“There were few cars on the road, (the suspect) was driving in a hazardous manner. It would have been a matter of time before an innocent person would have been injured or killed,” he said.LIBYA
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his people," Carney told reporters. “He is overseeing the brutal treatment of his people, the fatal violence against his own people and his legitimacy has been reduced to zero in the eyes of his people.”
The White House was Finalizing a presidential executive order that would name Gadhafi and his family, impose travel bans and freeze assets, according to an administration official familiar with the document who spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not yet been made public. Part of the goal of such efforts is to encourage Gadhafi loyalists to defect.
Carney said sanctions would “make it clear that the regime has to stop its abuses, it has to stop the bloodshed.” International officials say thousands maybe dead.
The hesitancy to outline the full range of U.S. punishments reflected the administration’s skepticism that it had many options to influence Gadhafi. The 68-year-old has had a rocky relationship with the West, and American officials are worried about his unpredictability as he desperately seeks to maintain his four-decade grip on power.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Friday detailed a proposal to slash $4 billion in federal spending as part of legislation to keep the government operating for two weeks past a March 4 deadline. They urged Senate Democrats to accept their approach and avoid a government shutdown.
Democrats said they were encouraged that the two sides appeared to Ix* narrowing the gap on possible spending cuts, but warned against Republican efforts to force their position on Congress.
“A government shutdown is not an acceptable or responsible option for Repub-licans,” House Majority Leader Eric (Cantor ofVirginia said in a conference call where he and other Republicans promoted their plan for avoiding the first government shutdown since 1996.
I hey said failure to work out a deal would put the responsibility for a disruption of government services on theFILING
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filed for re-election to his District 2 position.
Those interested in becoming board members must be registered voters, reside in the district they are filing for, and have resided in the district for at least six months.
Deadline for filings in both districts is March 14.
Applications for the Comal
The GOP plan, to he debated on the House floor next TUesday, includes some $1.24 billion in savings, mainly from programs that President Barack Obama had proposed cutting in the fiscal 2012 budget, and the termination of some $2.7 billion in earmarks. or special projects, that are part of this year’s budget.
With only a week left before federal spending authority runs out, both parties have sought to preemptively blame the other if a shutdown does occur. Democrats who control the Senate have rejected as draconian a bill passed by the House last week that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 while carrying out $61 billion in spending cuts.
T hey have called for a short-term extension of federal spending so the parties can negotiate, but at current spending levels.
ISD ballot are available at the Support Services Administration Offices, 1404 1-35 North, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For informa-tion, call (830) 221-2000. Applications for the NBISD ballot are available at the district’s offices at 430 W. Mill St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For information, call (830) 643-5700.
Early voting will be May 2-11 at Comal County Courthouse. The general election will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14.PETITION
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had never petitioned for a civil service referendum before, members would be required to collect signatures from 10 percent of voters who participated in the last municipal election. If the issue had been on the ballot before and been rejected, they are required to collect 20 percent.
New Braunfels voters have voted on civil service for New Braunfels Police Department before. That was in 1974, Way-iand said.
“It had been turned down before. It failed by a vote of
338 to 626,” he said.
Accordingly, with 521 verified signatures, the petition made it with 13 names to spare.
“The total number of verified signatures ... meets the statutory requirement for the city council to order a civil service election,” Wayland said.
Sgt. Steve Hanna is vice president of NBPOA. The longtime NBPD officer said the first thing people need to know is what civil service is not.
“A lot of people think it’s a union r— and it’s not,” he said.
“It’s just a standardized forum for hiring, promotion and discipline. A lot of people
look at it like it’s collective bargaining — but that’s a separate issue.” he said. “Texas is an at-will employer state, but police and firefighters aren’t allowed to strike — but we’re still ‘at-will’ employees.
“If an employer doesn’t like us, or the city manager or police chief doesn’t like us, they can just let us go. By seeking civil service, we’re not wanting to be ‘at-will.’ We’re wanting to be more secure in our jobs and have a more standardized set of rules in place — standardized for hiring, promotion and the disciplinary process.”
Civil service creates a standardized set of rules both the city and officers have to adhere to, Hanna said.
In a previous interview, city manager Mike Morrison said he doesn’t like the idea of civ
il service for the NBPD.
It’s the “subjects” of civil service that get to Morrison: local management decisions subject to challenge, subject to appeal, subject to third-party arbitration.
“It gets back to a local control’ issue,” he said.
“Without civil service, the city council and the police chief, along with the city management, make decisions on how the department will be run, what kind of work rules will be in place, what kind of promotional process there is," he said.
New Braunfels City Council will receive the petition in Monday’s council meeting. In the March 7 meeting, council will have an agenda item for ordering a special election for May 14 to bring the issue to the voters.
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