New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon 27, Dripping Springs 17 Burnet 30, New Braunfels 16 Bryan St. Joseph's 48, NBCA 0. Marion 21, Somerset 7 Navarro 21, SA Cole 7 Page 5A
J.T. Woodall writes about how debates left many wondering if either presidential candidate can do the job. Page 4A
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LULAC denounces firings
By Bon Maloney
A Hispanic advocacy group raised questions Friday about whether New Braunfels followed its own personnel policies in recent firings of street department workers.
In a press conference on the city hall steps, George Alejos, a
director of the District 15 League of United Latin American Citizens in San Antonio, stopped short of saying he believed there was a racial component to die firings of IO Hispanic street department workers in August and September — but he said the allegations against many of them were “bogus.”
Many of the firings involve allegations that the workers either took home items from houses inundated during the 2002 flood — and bought out by New Braunfels under a federal program—or didn’t cooperate with a city investigation into the matter.
Alejos said his investigation
revealed that many (>1 the things the workers allegedly took were given to them by a subcontractor and were of little or no value.
“I challenge the city to produce any evidence of theft,” Alejos said. “These things were trash.”
See LULAC, Page 3A
Santiago Lagunas gets interviewed by Univision anchor Jackeline Cacho during a press conference held by LULAC.
FLU SHOT CLINIC
Public hearing on contract to be held at 4B board meeting
AT A GLANCE
■ What: 4B board meeting
■ When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26
■ Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
By Scott Mahon
After postponing last week’s meeting, the New Braunfels Infrastructure and Improvement (4B) Corporation will convene a public hearing Tuesday and consider approving a new two-year contract for economic development with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
In 2001, the 4B corporation signed a
two-year contract with the chamber for economic development.
The chamber received approximately $80,000 a year in 2001, 2002 and 2003 from the 4B corporation for economic development.
In November 2003, the 4B board signed a one-year contract with the chamber for $124,000. The chamber contributed an additional $150,000.
The current contract expires Oct. 31, and the chamber will propose a
two-year, $338,000 contract Tuesday.
However, one 4B board member said Friday he doubted a two-year contract would be appropriate.
"I’m not sure I’m comfortable with a two-year contract,” said jay Patrick. “It might be better just to stay with a one-year contract.”
As for the contract amount —
See BOARD, Page 3A
Tax freeze pros, cons debated
By Ron Maloney
Which is it — a much-deserved tax break for seniors or a legislative millstone that threatens to financially bury younger taxpayers who will pay for it?
Proponent Wayne Rudolf and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Jay Minikin presented both sides of the issue at this week s league of Women Voters election forum.
Rudolf has spearheaded an effort to bring to senior and disabled New Braunfels and Comal County homeowners a property tax freeze allowed by the legislature under tilt? September 2003 constitutional amendment known as Proposition 13.
The freeze, long extended to seniors by Texas school districts, is viewed as a potential budget-breaker by Comal County and New Braunfels officials — one that Mil-likin and others say is Hawed legislation that unfairly shifts the property tax burden to younger homeowners and businesses.
See FREEZE, Page 3A
Another church is profiled in our weekly series of churches in Comal County.
Early voting continues, record turnout first week
By Ron Maloney
A record first week of early voting will close today with open polls in the (fontal County Courthouse and at the F.duca-tion Center on Mill Street.
Barly luting hours at the courthouse today in the county and City of New Braunfels elections are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
New Braunfels Independent School District early voting is continuing at the Pxlucation Center at 430 VV. Mill St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Comal County elections worker Cynthia laqua said 7,731 had cast ballots in the county elections as of friday afternoon. As of Friday, 525 had voted in the NBISD election. City figures were not available.
Jaqua said 4,739 ballots were cast in the first week of early voting in the presidential election four years ago.
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Seniors wait hours in long line for chance to receive vaccine
By Leigh Jones
When lawrence and Lillian Weber arrived at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center at 8 a.m. Friday for the flu shot clinic, the waiting line was already wound around the building.
“I knew my wife couldn’t stand in line that long, so we went home to get her wheelchair,” lawrence said. “She would probably still be in line if I had left her here.”
Like many people in line ahead of them, the Webers usually get their flu shots from their doctor, but thanks to the shortage, their physician did not get his vaccine order filled.
“I bet there’s a lot of people here who never got a flu shot before,” Lawrence said. “Now that there’s a shortage, everyone thinks they need one."
Comal County Nurse Karon Preiss, who helped direct human traffic with the help of a bright yellow two-way radio, said this year’s crowd was only slightly larger than normal.
People who arrived early seemed to have the longest wait time — roughly two hours.
But as the morning wore on, the line began to move more quickly.
Unusually warm and humid weather made the outside wait unbearable for some. Health Department employees and senior citizen center volunteers moved the most delicate patients to the front of the line, but many people who had to wait had walkers or were in wheelchairs.
By IO a.m., Preiss said her nurses had given 500 shots, one quarter of tile 2,000 doses allotted for die day.
By lunch time, half the vaccines were gone.
The af ternoon crowds were much smaller but displayed a bit more spunk.
One man, angry he could not get a shot because he did not live in Comal County, got so frustrated he shoved one of the health department clerks.
Preiss has two more clinics scheduled for the next two weeks — one at the Canyon Resource and Recreation Center and one at
See VACCINATIONS, Page 3A
Above, seniors wait in a line to receive their flu shot Friday morning. At about 9:15 a.m. the line went completely around the Comal County Senior Citizen Center. Left, after waiting her turn in a line that snaked its way around the senior citizen center, Laura Williams finally receives her flu shot from LVN Tiffany Williamson.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/