New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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District 14 Chaplin R. Michael Clark gives a hug of solace to Emma Jean Craybill following eulogies and a 21-gun salute for Darrell “Smitty” Smith, 60, during a memorial at the Elks Lodge and American Legion Post 179 Thursday July, 28.
Board violates Open Records
Texas GOP delegates predominantly white
New Braunfels Utilities municipal water customers are to use the following schedule:
Saturday — addresses ending in 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 Sunday — addresses ending in 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Monday — no watering Tuesday — addresses ending in 0. 1, 2 Wednesday — addresses ending in 3, 4. 5 Thursday — addresses ending in 6, 7, 8. 9 Friday - no watering NBU customers are not allowed to water between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. unless they are using hand-held hoses, soaker hoses, buckets or drip irrigation systems
Comal County residents who have wells on the Edwards Aquifer are required to abide by the Edwards Aquifer Authority’s drought management restrictions, which allow for watering on these days: Monday — addresses ending in 0 or 1 Tuesday — addresses ending in 2 or 3 Wednesdays — addresses ending in 4 or 5 Thursdays — addresses ending in 6 or 7 Fridays — addresses ending in 8 or 9 Landscape watering can take place between midnight and 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight on designated. Watering with a hand-held hose, bucket or soaker hose is allowed at any time.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT —
Workshop Meeting on open records/meetings 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the Comal County Sheriff’s Training Room, 3005 W. San Antonio St.
NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — board of trustees, 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, at the Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.
NEW BRAUNFELS PLANNING COMMISSION
— 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, New Braunfels Municipal Building, council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave.
NEW BRAUNFELS SIDEWALK ORDINANCE COMMITTEE —8:10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2, New Braunfels Municipal Building, conference room A/B, 424 S. Casten Ave.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT —
City/County officials luncheon, 12 p.,rn. Monday, Aug. 14 at Pam’s Country Kitchen, 4875 IH 35S.
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GALVESTON, (AP) Galveston’s Park Board of Trustees violated the Texas Open Records Act when it denied a newspaper’s request to release documents about the distribution of beach user fees, the office of Texas Attorney General John Comyn has ruled.
On March 9, The Galveston County Daily News had sought release of the documents, which played a significant role in the board’s decision to settle a law suit against Bettah Beach, which is contracted by the board to manage R.A. Apffel Park.
The newspaper claimed the park board was intentionally circumventing the open records law by denying their request.
John Greytok, special assistant
The last day to pay 1999 New Braunfels 1SD and City of New Braunfels taxes is Monday, according to Director of Tax Collections Betsy Caldwell.
“Both school and city taxes are due at the same time even though taxpayers have two statements one for NBJ SD and one for the City of New Braunfels,” said Caldwell.
Even if a taxpayer has not received a tax statement, taxes are still due on Monday.
lf property has recently been purchased in either the New
attorney general for litigation, agreed. “As public officials, the trustees have a duty to uphold the law — all of the law including the Public Information Act,” he wrote. “They have failed in that duty in this case, and the trustees should consider this public list of violations to be a formal admonishment."
Greytok said the board further violated the act by not immediately turning over documents that were clearly public, namely depositions taken in the case.
The Daily News in Saturday editions said it took the board about three months to give the newspaper access to documents the board’s lawyer. Bill Jones, said were covered by the request.
Greytok also said the board
Braunfels I SD or w ithin the city limits, the statement may have been sent to the previous owner.
“I lowever, the taxpayer is most likely responsible for these taxes as they would have been prorated over from the previous owner,” she said.
Taxes can be paid at the tax office, located at 407 W. Mill St. Call for more information at 625-6714.
If payments are mailed, the envelope must be postmarked by July 31, 2000, to be considered on time.
violated the act in a March 21 request for an opinion by not sending along even a sample of the requested information so the attorney general's office could determine whether they were subject to public disclosure.
When the state office ruled the documents were public, the park board again broke the law by asking it to reconsider, Greytok concluded.
However, Greytok said the board had not broken several other procedural deadlines as alleged by the new spaper.
Charles Daughtry, attorney for The Daily News, said he was pleased with the attorney general’s ruling. “The public has a right to know what its governmental officials are doing.”
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AUSTIN (AP) — The face of the Texas GOP delegation remains distinctly white and male, despite a recurring theme of inclusiveness in the presidential campaign of Republican Gov. George W. Bush.
Through months of stumping, Bush has visited predominantly minority schools and neighborhoods. He has posed with black and Hispanic children and included minorities in his campaign team. Even his Mexican-American nephew George Prescott Bush has helped promote his uncle’s inclusiveness theme.
At home, however, his party still has a way to go to live up to the image of being multiracial and multiethnic, according to a study of Texas delegates to the Republican national convention conducted by The Associated Press.
“I think you can look and see that our outreach efforts are working pretty well,” said Robert Black, Texas Republican Party spokesman. “Our statewide slate of officeholders is probably the most diverse slate of statewide officeholders in Texas history in terms of number of women and minorities.”
The AP was able to obtain racial information about 116 of 124 delegates. Not all delegates responded to the survey. Of those, 8 percent are Hispanic, 2 percent are black, I percent are mixed race and I percent are Asian. About two-thirds are men.
And among IOO for whom information was available, 25 percent were Baptists, 15 percent were Catholics and most of the rest were from other Protestant groups.
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