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Page SAAmendment election attracts 25 absentee votes
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff Writer
The Comal County Clerk’s office had recorded 25 absentee votes Friday afternoon in the constitutional amendment election.
Nineteen of those votes had been cast in personal appearances and six had been sent in
Four more mail ballots were still out. These have to be in the mail by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Absentee balloting ended Friday afternoon. Election day is Nov. 8.
Proposed Amendment I will authorize fewer justice of the peace and constable precincts in certain counties.
Proposed Amendment 2 concerns the replacement of the limitation on the value of an urban homestead with a limitation based on size.
Proposed Amendment 3 relates to the associations of producers of agricultural commodities.
Proposed Amendment 4 would authorize
statutory provisions for the succession of public office during disasters caused by enemy attack. It also would authorize the suspension of certain constitutional rules of legislative procedure during those disasters or during immediate threat of enemy attack.
Proposed Amendment 5 would authorize the use of the permandent school fund to
guarantee school bonds.
Proposed Amendment 6 concerns the assignment of income for the enforcement of court-ordered child support payments.
Proposed Amendment 7 would authorize financial assistance to veterans as well as
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SUNDAY November 6,1983 50 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 221
74 Pages—5 Sections
City OKs MALDEF
By DYANNE FRY Staff writ ar
The judge hasn't signed it yet But the New Braunfels City Council has unanimously approved the proposed settlement of a lawsuit challenging the city’s election system.
Council took action at a bnef emergency meeting on Friday afternoon. The plaintiffs, represented by the Mexican American l^egal Defense and Education Fund, plan to announce their acceptance of the settlement at a Monday morning press conference in Sar Antonio. The last step will be to file the "agreed judgment ’ with U S District Judge D W SutUeSr Essentially, what the city has agreed to do ta to take the original recommendation of the Districting (Tiarter Review Committee, turned in more than a year ago.
New Braunfels will still elect four council members from districts, and three at large — as prescribed by the charter amendment voted in last April. But instead of electing the at-large members by numbered place and majority vote, citizens will elect them by plurality Candidates will not file for specific seats; they will simply put their names in a pot Everyone will be entitled to three votes, and the three contenders getting the most votes will win without runoffs.
"You in effect are all running with and against each other." said City Attorney John Chunn. Contenders from the four districts will continue to be elected by majority.
The council has also agreed to pay the plaintiffs $2,175 in attorneys’ fees and $98 25 to cover court costs. Chunn said he found these sums to be reasonable, and Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr agreed the suit might have cost the city much more.
The first at-large council race is
scheduled for April 1984.
The 4-3 plan with plurality vote was proposed by the Charter Review Committee last fall, and MALDEF had said it would go along with this plan However, Chunn found it to be in violation of the Texas Constitution. which says that city council members serving more than two-year terms must be elected by majority vote.
At that time, MALDEF had not yet taken legal action, and the council had no choice but to obey the constitution. Chunn said. The suit, filed Sept. 23 on behalf of local residents Exequiel Torres and Aguinaldo and Cristina Zamora, "put a different face on things." Chunn added, because a federal court can overrule state and local legislation.
"I’ll say one thing for the federal lawsuit; it broadened our options," Chunn summed up after Friday’s meeting "The council could not have done (last yean what we’re doing now."
The city was unwilling to go along with other solutions proposed by MAlDEF which included reducing council terms from three to two years. or adopting a seven single-member district system Attorneys for both sides were able to agree on the modified 4-3 plan "I don’t particularly like this change, but I can live with it,” said Councilmember Joe Rogers on Friday. "In view of the fact that this reflects the original recommendation of the conunittee, I’d like to make a motion that we approve it."
Councilmember Barbara Tieken seconded the motion, and said it was "a very good settlement.”
Chunn noted that the proposed settlement is a compromise, not to be taken as an admission that MAlDEF s charges of discrimination and violation of voting rights were true
Wurstfest officially opened with the sailing of the Wurst Navy, which carried festival royalty and special guests along the Comal River Friday afternoon Later in the afternoon, Myron Floren, above, performed with the Mid-Texas Symphony, conducted by Terence Frazor
Staff photos by Cmity fin bauson
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Rain fails to dampen Wurstfest spirits
Parking space was at a premium, even at 5 p m. Friday. Wurstfest 1984 started with a flourish.
The afternoon clouds rained themselves out and cleared off rn time for the opening ceremonies on the Comal River bank Spectators sitting the grass probably found their seats a little damp, but the air was pleasantly cool as the Opas sang their first "Ein Prosit!" and introduced accordion man Myron Floren.
Floren, back for his 16th Wurstfest, played a few numbers with the Mid-Texas Symphony, appearing for the first time at the annual festival. When that performance was over, guests headed for the two outdoor tent stages (where seats were hard to find by 7 p.m.) and started filing past the refreshment booths in the Marktplatz- Wurstfest was named for sausage, but the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department’s "kartoffelpuffers” seemed very much in demand, too.
The rain held off until closing time, but returned before dawn, dropping .49 inches in KGNB Radio’s official gauge. Intermittent showers on Saturday brought another .$1 inch, and put a damper on the Craft Show at the Main Plaza. Still, quite a few stubborn woodcarvers, metalworkers and bake salesmen hung on until afternoon, when the sun rim out. v
The Heritage Exhibit in the Civic Center, and the New Braunfels Art League show at Elks Ledge,
offered a place to get out of the rain. Cars kept up a steady trickle into the Civic Center’s parking lot. Traffic at the Wurstfest grounds seemed light in the afternoon. But by 5 p.m., again, the guests were coming from all directions; filling up the lots across Lands Street or coming up the sidewalks in brand new Wurstfest shirts.
The Emergency Medical Service had a quiet day Saturday. The ambulance stationed on the Wurstfest grounds took one patient to McKenna Memorial Hospital at I p.m., and a report was not available on the reason for the all.
The Comal County Jail had a full staff on duty, and was getting a fair amount of business at 9 p.m. Saturday. But Sheriff Waiter Fellers said the jail wasn’t full.
"It just started, really," he said, as his deputies booked seven people just tested for blood alcohol content. "We haven’t put but about three or four in jail before now."
A deputy said 39 Public Intoxication and Driving While Intoxicated suspects were processed Friday night. Some were arrested at the Wurstfest grounds, Fellers said, and others were picked up on the roads.
If a suspect tests legally drunk, "We make them stay a minimum of four hours, then we go to bonding them out; or letting their friends bond them old,"
See WURSTFEST, Page MAInsideToday's Weather
Skies will be cloudy this morning, becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. Fair skies are in store tonight and Monday. Winds today will be light from the east. New Braunfels received 49 inch of rain Friday night, and .61 inch an Saturday. Except for a 30 percent chance of rain this morning, no more showers are expected. Sunrise today will be at 6:4$ a.m.Remembering JFK
Twenty years ago this month, the 35th president of the United States was assassinated in Dallas. After 20 years, no one seems satisfied with the official explanation of his death. Newscasters Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite remember their actions on that day .See Page SA
Congressmen visit Grenada battle sites
ST. GEORGE S. Grenada (AP) -U S. congressmen visited battle sites and talked with the acting civilian leader of this Caribbean nation Saturday in an attempt to determine what led President Reagan to order the U.S. invasion.
When the 14 congressmen arrived Friday, the commander of U.S. forces on Grenada, Maj. Gen. Edward Trobaugh, said many of the Cubans on the island apparently were construction forkers, and that the U.S. military had no hard evidence that American residents were in immediate danger before the invasion Oct 25.
The chairman of the 14-member congressional delegation, Rep. Thomas Foley, D-Wash., said Saturday it is possible American troops might be needed on Grenada "into the next year" to enable the government to establish full control over the island and move toward elections.
Rep. Dick Cheney, R-Wyo., said, "I think we’ll have a (military) contingent here for at least s few mon
Reagan administration officials had said they expected U.S. troops would be withdrawn within weeks But Assistant Secretary of State Anthony Motley said here Saturday it would be "dumb" to set a firm time limit.
The House approved a War Powers resolution last Tuesday requiring Reagan to withdraw US. fore es from Grenada before Christmas. The Senate passed an identical measure Oct 28 but killed the unrelated tall to which it was attached. Another vote is scheduled, but no date has been set
The Reagan administration has said it ordered the invasion to restore calm, protect civilians and evacuate Americans who felt unsafe after a bloody power struggle within the Cuban-backed Marxist government Later Reagan accused the Cubans of plotting to take over the island nation. Cuba has denied it.
The congressmen met for IO minutes with Sir Paul Scoon, the governor general heading a tem-
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