New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
Smithson Valley girls soccer team wins 1-0, Canyon Boys lose 2-1, other soccer playoff and sports results. Pages 5-6A
It could be lights out for mobile home park
150-200 residents could be displaced; LULAC plans to sue
By Ron Maloney
The power will be turned offWednes-day at Tamiga Acres mobile home park, but legal issues could be mounting for its owners.
Comal County officials late Friday obtained from 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison an order that electric service to the park be cut off March 31 because its owners have not complied with orders to build systems that would prevent raw sewage from being dumped on the ground.
Also Friday, attorneys with District XV of the League of United lxitin American Citizens (LULAC) met with tenants at the park and conducted a press conference in which they said they were preparing, if necessary, to file class action lawsuits on behalf of tenants against the Tessye Maurer family.
Maurer and her children, Michael, Paul and Roseanne, own the 20-acre park, which is located off Texas 46 between Smithson Valley High School and U.S. 281.
The Maurers referred requests for comment to their attorney, bes Mendelsohn of San Antonio, who did not return a call for comment Friday.
Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Friday he believed IO or more of about.50 mobile homes at the park had been moved and others vacated, but he still believed there could be 150 to 200 people living there — mostly Hispanic and including many children.
Waldrip said his office still hoped something could be worked out with the
See TAMIGA. Page 3A
Building renovation projects have special meaning for local engineer.
Tracking the news
UST WE KNEW: The City of Garden Ridge was looking for a new name for Bat Cave Parkway. It submitted "Tonkawa Trail” to the Post Office for consideration.
UTEST: "Tonkawa Trail" was already taken in Comal County, so the city chose "Tonkawa Pass" instead.
NEXT: Street signs should appear any day now.
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JT Woodall believes there are two questions media and political pundits should ask presidential headliners. Page 4A
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Former San Antonio Spurs forward David Robinson speaks to the crowd gathered Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center during the 38th Annual Legislative Conference. Robinson was named Texan of the Year.
Spurs legend Robinson honored for charity, education work
By Scott Mahon
In front of a standing ovation, Gov. Rick Perry presented David Robinson, “The Admiral,'’ the Texan of the Year award Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Robinson is the 38th recipient of the award, which has gone to such dignitaries as Ijidy Bird Johnson, Barbara Bush and (icorge Bush.
The Texan of the Year was first awarded in 1974 and is a nonpartisan award to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to Texas.
Perrys entrance brought a standing ovation: however, Robinson’s appearance was even more appreciated as the
7-feet, I-inch NBA all-star walked to the podium.
Towering over Perry, Robinson graciously accepted I he award and for IO minutes humbly spoke of his love of children, his good fortune, his passion to see his Carver Academy students succeed and the need to do what’s right.
Perry’s introduction said what most people already knew, at least those who have followed Robinson’s career.
“I.et me tell you about the David Robinson I know," he said. “He truly understands giving back, to the community, to his family and to the state. And David is willing to step into the breach and
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Robinson towers above the media during a press conference prior to receiving the Texan of the Year Award at the 38th Annual Legislative Conference Friday at the Civic Center.
6 Full name David Maurice Robinson
■ He and wife, Valerie have three boys. David Maurice. Corey Matthew and Justin Michael
■ Wears a size 17 shoe
■ Scored a 1,320 on the SAT
■ A 1998 inductee into the World Sports Hut i tarn tar tan Hall of Fame
■ Given a Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in September of 2000
■ Enjoys playing music
Legislators: Education reform cannot come too soon
By Ron Maloney
The legislature could soon be called into special session to deal with this states latest education funding crisis — but a long term solution could be further away.
A panel of legislators moderated by lobbyist and consultant Bill Allaway explored education funding issues at Fridays 38th annual Texas Legislative Conference. Stale Sen. Steve Ogden, chainnan of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Kent Gnisendorf, chainnan of the Public Education (Committee, Rep Talmactge I iodin, chairman of the Appropriations Committee and Rep. Ron Wil
son, member of tile Ways and Means (tommittee, were panelists.
Iii his conference address, Gov. Ri< k Petty said he would bring forth i funding proposal soon but he slopped short of saying he would call a special session, deferring a decision until next month.
T he state’s “Robin Hood" funding scenario in which property-rich districts share funds with poorer sc hool districts is under attack in the courts.
Perry said Republicans and I democrats want property tax relief.
“I have had no Democrats that have come up to me, and send any messages to me, that they want to
see property taxes rise," he said. “So, I think there s some clear agreement there."
Allaway set the stage for the panel discussion that preceded Perry’s remarks, pointing out that constitutionally mandated public education in Texas is this stale’s hu gest single budgetary item.
“Most people believe it is the sin gle most important role state government performs,” Allaway said. “ Hie issue has been before the leg islature forever and will be forever. In the last two decades, we have gone through four different finance systems.”
School funding is broken, All
away said, because the tax system that funds it is broken.
Ogden said the state spends $26 billion on education each year about $6,500 per student. Broken down into 20-student classrooms, thats $130,000 to educ ate 20 kids.
“The teacher’s making $40,000 a year. The obvious question is wheres the other $90,000 going? he asked.
Hie answers are less obvious, but in a nutshell, schools have a much more broadened role in soc iety than tliey used to, Grusendorf said.
“It s a fundamental question we need to confront. Our schools are
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Now, he’s a true Texan