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Houston Breakthrough, July 1979 - August 1979
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Houston Breakthrough, July 1979 - August 1979 - Page 11. July 1979 - August 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 5, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1537/show/1520.

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Date July 1979 - August 1979
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Transcript Members of a broad-based coalition appeared at city council in support of single member districts. Virtually every spokesperson for the groups in the coalition vowed to defeat the city's 9-5 plan at the polls on August 11 - and then to get 20,000 signatures to force another charter change referendum on a more representative system of city government. in favor of single-member districts. The city's attorneys ask why the plaintiffs went to court to seek change instead of gathering signatures to call a vote on a proposal of their own. That route was tried, spearheaded by the League of Women Voters, in 1973— just before the first suit was filed. But the requirement then was for 50,000 signatures. And the issue, which is difficult to explain quickly in door-to-door canvasing, had received little publicity. "It's not like going up to somebody on the street and asking, 'Hey, how'd you like to have your taxes lowered,' " Greene said. That is an allusion to the success of tax reform groups in getting a tax limitation proposal on the ballot. Even though Justice later knocked it off, most of the tax reformers appear to be staying with the coalition efforts. Their support, along with that of Alief and Gear Lake City residents (most of whom never wanted to be part of Houston in the first place and certainly want better representation on council if they have to be), could give the coalition the margin of victory. It is not often blacks, Mexican Americans and gays are joined in political battle by any part of the white, middle- class, suburban electorate. It is one of the ironies of this complicated condition of the body politic, however, that the downtown establishment is now able to steal the basic arguments of single-member proponents. This has not been lost on city council, which sent its lone black member, Robinson, to make an appearance in a debate on the issue on KUHT-TV, Channel 8, July 15. Robinson was able to espouse the virtues of single- member districts, since the nine-five plan does have some such districts. The downtown establishment can be expected to fall in line behind nine-five, since the Justice Department has made it clear zero-eight simply won't cut the mustard. The single-member coalition must explain to voters that nine-five isn't good enough while all this is going on. That's no mean task, considering most Houstonians don't even know what a single- member district is. But the coalition's hopes have been bouyed by the fact that there will be only one issue on the ballot August 11. Simplicity may be the saving factor. Another irony is that a defeat of the council plan could be of help to the incumbents, since it will delay the next general election. Justice has said it will not permit any other elections until the council make-up is changed. Richmond, Virginia went five years without a general election recently during a similar brouhaha. Although McConn almost daily bemoans the prospect of having to push the election ahead, some say he is crying crocodile tears. Some single-member advocates say privately that McConn wants the election delayed to get as much dis tance as possible from the scandal surrounding former city purchasing agent Jack Key. This would be especially helpful if McConn himself happens to be indicted in connection with Key sending him money in Las Vegas to cover gambling debts. If one thing is clear from the single- member district debate, it is that many, if not all, the present city councilmen will be in serious trouble whenever the next election is held. The inevitable change in the election system will spell defeat for some. Others, such as McConn, will suffer the wrath of the coalition. McConn didn't exactly have the unanimous support of minorities in 1977, but without the help he did get, he couldn't have won. And many of the coalition's groups have no doubt already told McConn to kiss their support goodbye. Red Zenger is a pen name for a Houston journalist. THE BOOKSTORE 1728 Bissonnet • Houston 77005 • 713 527-8522 Fine feminist books and magazines including Heresies, Chrysalis, Woman Spirit and Women Artists News HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 11 JULY/ AUGUST 1979