New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, June 29, 2003 — HerALD-ZeitunG — Page SA
CASTEEL/From 1ACIVIC CENTER/From 1A
that to be successful, she would have to study hard, carefifily digest what was happening around her and learn all she could about people surrounding her.
The first two months, Casteel used the “flash card” computer system to learn about fellow lawmakers. As they went to the microphone, the computer flashed biographies and pictures of the representatives.
“My goal was to learn everybody’s name in the House,” Casteel said.
In February, committee meetings started. Casteel showed up for all of them.
She wanted to make sure a bad resolution didn’t get through. She remembers a resolution years ago was passed honoring Jack the Ripper. Some lawmaker did it for fun. The prank embarrassed the lower chamber.
She focused intently on what was happening in County Affairs.
“I got involved early on,
“Even though you’re my age, it’s just a neat, neat place,” says Republican State Rep. Carter Casteel about her experience as a state legislator. Casteel was chosen Republican Freshman Legislator of the Year.
and I think I did an effective job making sure that bills that came before us would be beneficial for county government and not kill us, so to speak,” Casteel said.
She took to heart the suggestion of a fellow Government Reform committee member: “Don’t ever remove a fence post or a fence until you know how it got there.”
“We’re famous for looking at something and saying, ‘change it.’ A lot of times we end up changing it back to what it was before,” Casteel said.
Casteel made sure she did not miss one day of the session. That’s what her constituents would want, she said.
By April, when the meat of session began, Casteel knew her fellow representatives by
SPECIAL SESSION/From 1A
“If we’re abusive of our power, we’d be no better than Democrats because of how they handled redistricting,” Wentworth told 25 members of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Affairs Committee during a breakfast meeting.
“We have a Republican majority in the Texas Senate and Republican majority in the Texas House,” the San Antonio lawmaker said. “Why do we have a majority of Democrats in Congress?”
Because in 2001, a panel of three federal judges readopted congressional district fines drawn in 1991.
“It was the shrewdest ger-rymandering job of the 1990s,” Wentworth said of that redistricting effort.
Texas is no longer a state represented by a majority of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and redistricting should reflect that, Wentworth said.
But Wentworth said he doesn’t think a special session is the best way to make decisions on redistricting.
June 24, which was the First day to prefile bills for the special session, Went
worth filed legislation that would take the redistricting process out of the hands of the Legislature and delegate it to an independent bipartisan citizens’ commission.
He has tried unsuccessfully since 1993 to get similar legislation passed.
Wentworth hopes the special session will be completed in two or three weeks.
JNNBINUI AW UHN Ri.i.c. sowmnxAS tomtit imtmn & immm tx. since i 968
Marvin B. ZIMMERMAN
load (trtfiad bin Broid of logoi Sponakiolwii (/atonal law • (mflnai law • fonanol Injury Trial law
Divorce • Oiild Support CWI • Traffic Tickets • License Suspension Criminal Coses‘Personal Injury Gowns
Gail Kay Zimmerman
A Woman Anomy Who Corn
U... Iir*Ji» now ffonwT reef
Attomy I f withed Puhi* Accountant
Format bim Dont ol Public Softly A Ll Proiociitoc
(830) 606-7886 New Braunfels
By Appointment Only
(210) 798-2200 1 800-292-0211
Principal Office • San Antonio TX to! Frat
Ital t edified by the bios Board of I epa! Speoahrofion Final as Otherwise indicated
liner s specialists
Assisted Living • Day Care • Respite Care Services •Licensed and Certified for Alzheimer’s care.
Home is the place we alt want to he! H'hen yours is no longer safe or practical... Choose ours!
195 Academy, New Braunfels
Take advantage of:
• Up to 100% Financing on New and Used Vehicles
• Terms to Meet Your Borrowing Needs
• Vehicle Buyer’s Check
for Shopping Convenience
• A Vehicle J Protection Package
To get your super-low rate Randolph-Brooks Vehicle Loan, apply online at www.rbfcu.org, or call our Consumer Lending Center at (210) 945-3300 or 1-800-580-3300 today!
wmmmmmmm—mmmm t edecul Credit Union
name and by sight. She had witnessed representatives cutting deals, working out potential bills and garnering support.
That’s when it dawned on Casteel that she could handle her new political job By mid-April, she was ready to play.
So Casteel began weighing in. She debated bills she didn’t like. She told bill sponsors how she felt about their proposals and tried to give them a chance to convince her of the bills’ merits.
Her approach earned her enough respect that she was selected tile Republican Freshman Legislator of the Year “People say I’m friendly by nature and considerate, and I try to tend to my business. I honored my word. If I told you I was going to do something, I’d do it. I’m really not a threat; I’m an old grandmother these days. I tried to be quiet and learn and not jump in,” she said.
The Affordable Alternative" for Healthcare Insurance
* Rate* 4ftd learn are rn of April 28, 2001. aud aas ..ubjeci to chance Offer exotic* August JI, 2001 Anima) Percentage Rate basoid wa a 48 month tam loan for a 2001 2003 yow im Kid of newer
vehicle. Luau example *20.000 at 3.88% APR equal* 48 monthly payments of approximately 5451 each I he advertised 48 munih tate ut J 88% APR bs not eligible foi any discount* iHhei vehicle loan tale. may be discounted 50% by purcbaiMOg tile Vehicle P ruled Km Package Off 25% tot put chasing either the Mayor Mechanical Protection of GAP Advantage I .van terms from btl lo 84 im Kith.' also # variable bom* restmtionv may apply. Offer excludes alt vehicle loan* already financed m Randolph Hamfks
“It will put us in the position to talk about the real costs of expanding the civic center or building a new one on city-owned land on the Comal River,” Mayor Adam Cork said.
Council can take no formal action in a workshop setting. The goal is to come out of the meeting with a consensus on the amount of money to spend and on which option will be a better investment for the city, Cork said.
‘This is really to educate council on what the numbers show, what the real options are, and, hopefully, everyone comes in with an open mind,” Cork said.
While the public is encouraged to attend, council members will have priority in the discussion.
“We want the public to be able to ask their question or give us some help in making the decision important to the city,” Cork said. “Well listen to new ideas, but the civic center expansion has been voted on a number of times. We’ve had ideas thrown about and had many votes and decisions both on a council level and at the ballot. At some point we have to Fish or cut bait, and I think it’s time to fish or cut bait.”
Read the news online! www.herald-zeitung.com
Call far a free quote 1-800-633-6508 *45
Farm & Ranch Healthcare. Inc.
Larry Taylor Debby Taylor
Hoard Certified Hearing Instrument Specialists
Htifi»| & Mutt
inftowtitfts Afrit, IU
VAT- Advanced haanng cam
,%w1th th* attention you daoarva
local 830-627-8660 toll free 866-627-8660
Common Street Professional Bldg.
1583 Common Street, Suite IOO New Braunfels, Texas 78130
no cancellation fee
no. monthly bill
no credit check
no reason not to go wireless
a totally new way to go wireless
buy. activate, go.
OSt*rt with an $80.98 GoPbona package •NokiaSSW • Phono chargor
• H&nds-froo device • Welcome kit
©Easy, at-home actuation. Simply chooae your plan and credit or debit payment method
* Unlimited Night A Weekend Minute*
• No roaming or domestic tong distance charges
be* hem )0u< Wtowt twwce Ar**
•Tons of Anytime Minutes § Ail for just (SMB
Q That's ai! there is to it You're good ic go!
Ask about adding mModoe* la thin plan
fef HW ittlfSt IS4Nftt| ffjtttHMNWIttflt md MOH. j
826 BUSINESS 35 S 830-620-6100
1308 E. COMMON #205 626-3831
ftariw rn ti rainBFiorl nim mi ti Hat '"ftanr tai I a Not amriabta lor
ad up to Im na* kl ‘ “ 1 ‘ 1 L 1 -
toto Va purdvoa ar urn
________ Inroad arco* to data »r»«ooM*omtejdfa mciatari G«ft/<tato cmd J brot account toouirad far a0t>-
nokc recurring povmorv Amante dymtad ate four quart ara Bdl a antiar#* anKtetfabb and ogam dfar 30 fort taw ta* pa* wil bo tutpapaa) anoa your bmuiico it ttaplteti Sanding Oat pi* agal, luuiwi^ and long dktmca dtatga, tup
ai al toot* Utagait rated
note, adm ratartrtant, dta/noo and tam* . abl* mdi adiar affair Ohm wrofatfa far a ndk Nkffe Ka Ama
____wa tufa^ to OPonwMaor l«n«iont Nulato#
tm*, ta .ut bo bated by Ka Control lam and Candour* and rota pion rate
Minuta* Bnoddblo an (dont $29 99 and cfm* (ar adk placed bam Sa AFSI Windott NaOand
StavKt Amo Long 4atanc* <*argat navy appb Njjtowitabndartn* a ban am NaKaaiwrUa Urn DMtencoi No ailin long dutanca apply
Natoma! Stedot Ana Staniard catena daga apply O 2003 AT&T Witemt A
a bam WX) pm - 5 Sd aw MF; and! WO jar M SS# V ta donate adll plate bam da AJA! >
Al light* (tatar mdwww.rbfcu.org
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COMAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT BUDGET
Tile Comal Appraisal District will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget for the 2003 fiscal year.
The public hearing will be held on Monday, July 14, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. A summary of the appraisal district budget is as follows:
• The total amount of the proposed budget is $1,370,685.52
• The total amount of the increase over the current year’s budget is $79,285.58
• The number of employees compensated under the proposed budget will be 21 (full time equivalent).
• The number of employees compensated under the current budget is 21.
The appraisal district is supported solely by payments from the local taxing units served by the appraisal district.
lf approved by the appraisal district board of directors at the public hearing, this proposed budget will take effect automatically unless disapproved by the governing bodies of the county, school district, cities, and towns served by the appraisal district.
A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection in the office of each of those governing bodies. A copy is also available for the public inspection at the appraisal district office.
COMAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT 178 EAST MILL STREET, SUITE 101 NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS 78130
New Braunfels (830) 625-8597 Canyon Lake/Bulverde 885-4975 Garden Ridge/S.A. (830) 606-1407