with appropriate personnel. As a matter of last resort, if Affirmative Action has not
been able to straighten out the matter, the victim of harassment may go through Civil
Service grievance procedures. 6. Women's Advocate. No, I do not. I prefer to work directly with women myself. I felt that the role of a women's advocate was divisive.
Also, why not a men's advocate, elderly advocate, child's advocate, etc. 7. City Jail.
Yes. The jail facilities for men and women are completely outmoded and we are having
talks with Harris County about Houston prisoners going directly to the new county
facility. 8. Police/Fire. The job a person does should depend on skills, training, and
meeting certain physical requirements and not on whether they are male or female. 9.
Child Care. It is illegal to provide a fringe benefit that helps some but not all. Child
care helps women with children but not all employees. 10. ERA. I support the ERA
because I feel that it should be clearly stated, for all time, that women are entitled to
the same rights as everyone else under the law. 11. Women in your Campaign. Fleda
Coates-headquarters coordinator; Barbara Strong-campaign coordinator; Ann Cher-
rington-research; Dorothy Stevens-head of phone bank. 12. Additional Comments. I
would like to see women become more involved in the political process. I see that
some women are running for council and mayor this term and I hope several of them
win because we need to have women more directly represented in our city politics. But
whether women run themselves or help others to run, it is only by getting involved
that they will make their talents and their needs and priorities known.
Leonel J. Castillo, former Controller for City of Houston (1972-77) and Commissioner
of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Holds a masters degree in community organization from University of Pittsburgh.
1. City Problem. Unplanned, chaotic growth, without central purpose or vision has
caused all sorts of gaps in this city's development. Our problems with mass transit,
flood control, basic city services (street repair and trash pick-up), crime prevention,
and social services all have roots in this lack of overall planning. I think the time has
come to slow down our territorial acquisition while we focus on handling what we already have. We have to spend money to deal with these issues, but Houston doesn't
lack money-in fact, we've been returning about $20 million per year to Washington in
unspent federal grants. In addition to using these funds, we can also generate more
revenue by improving our valuation and appraisal methods for industrial property
taxes. 2. Battered Women. Yes, I support city funding for battered women's shelters
based on the number of people in Houston who need the service. 3. Affirmative
Action. Yes. The City should aim at having equitable representation of women in all
departments and on all pay levels. To successfully accomplish reform, affirmative
action units have to be strengthened to arm department heads with some tools they
can use in hiring. Department heads should be responsible for meeting specific goals—
to see that the work force in each department is balanced or moving in that direction
at an established rate. 4. Rape. Current city response is minimal—unfortunately it
hasn't grown at all since it was formed. A rape program should include special training for police officers, additional work in the legal department to improve our capabilities to prosecute rapists without further traumatising the victims, and some support services for families. I think we should push much harder for victim compensation legislation—on both the State and City levels; crime victims should be
compensated for the time and money they must sacrifice to take their cases through
the courts. 5. Sexual Harassment. Harassment of any kind should be taken seriously.
When any person is harassed or exploited through the abuse of power, human rights
are being violated and the situation is serious. Some recent court decisions are finally
verifying that women also have legal rights to protection in these cases. 6. Women's
Advocate. I prefer dealing with the problems women have had with city government
by seeing that women hold major positions of responsibility within the administra-
tion-for example, that a representative number of department heads are women.
I would also support the efforts of an affirmative action unit to deal with discrimination against women and minorities. 7. City Jail. Yes. Jail facilities are another example
of our lack of planning. The City Jail was built for a smaller population. It needs
extensive renovation. We actually need a facility near the courts, such as an old warehouse that could be converted with community development money. In the meantime,
we could reduce the jail population by changing the rules on bail bonds to hold only
those people who require maximum security measures. We could also contract with
organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Catholic Church and other interested
groups to house people who need minimum security. Prisoners would also greatly
benefit from my proposal to use trained correctional personnel in place of police
officers for guard duties. 8. Police/Fire. There are few duties where the sex of the
officer is important-perhaps it might be in the case of undercover work when a drug
or prostitution ring is being investigated. I think jobs should be assigned on the basis
of individual ability-the person who can perform the duties in the job description is
the person who should get the assignment. I'm also advocating annual physical and
medical exams as a requirement for all officers. 9. Child Care. I proposed this about 5
years ago. The City should have a child care facility near downtown, but I'd also like
to see us link in to existing child care programs at other major facilities such as the one
at the Medical Center. This is a necessary service because there are so many single
parent families and families in which both parents work outside the home. 10. ERA.
I've supported it publicly here and I've supported it in Austin and in Washington and
I'll support it again. The ERA simply extends the premise "All men are created equal"
to "All persons are created equal." I think if this were law, it would initiate the
restructuring/reordering of people's opinions and values, attitudes in relation to
previously held concepts on male/female roles. 11. Women in your Campaign. Almost
all staff positions are held by women at all levels: Grace Moore, Administrative coordination, Sherlene Peterson, Precinct captain, Shirley Coleman, Finance, Gloria Barajas,
Public Relations, Evelyn Castillo, Treasurer. 12. Additional Comments. The questions
women have been asking during this campaign reflect a deep concern with the quality
of life we have in this city, not so much in terms of bread and butter issues, but rather
focusing on the need for a more sensitive and responsive bureaucracy. Concern for
persons living on fixed incomes who are caught in the squeeze of rising property taxes,
concern for battered women and abused children, concern for families who have lost
everything they own because of a flood—these are the problems women are asking
city government to confront. I decided to run in the mayor's race because my five
years as City Controller and the time I spent serving as Commissioner of the U.S.
Immigration and Naturalization Service gave me the experience necessary to successfully tackle urban problems. With planning and coordination, we can have a city
government that is responsive to human needs.
Bette Graham White, masters degree in theology, served as Community Development
Commissioner for Montrose and Fourth Ward areas, and ran for mayor in 1977.
1. City Problem. The most important problem in our city government is the quality of
management in various city departments. Departments in dire need of quality management have such low management salary budgets they cannot attract high quality
managers, while other dept. heads are overpaid. 2. Battered Women. Yes. The city of
Houston should develop a program which allows Houston's major corporations to
participate in community development. As mayor I will continue to be outspoken as
to the overall needs to support women at every level of government and implement
creative programs, not just status quo. 3. Affirmative Action. This situation is deplorable. If elected I would set forth an affirmative action plan designed to recruit high
quality women into top management positions, as well as a program to equalize
responsibilities and pay. The results of this program would be monitored by me.
4. Rape. It is clear to me that these services must be improved. If elected, I would
implement an adequately staffed secion in the health dept. to aid in establishing cases
which would stand up in court, plus many other related services needed to meet the
needs of women and children. 5. Sexual Harassment. I would take these complaints
seriously and study each case on its own merits. 6. Women's Advocate. My personal
thinking is that with numbers of women administrative assistants and dept. heads,
this would only be if really desirable by women's groups. I would re-establish this
position. Responsibilties would include executive recruitment, salary administration,
community action programs, and departmental policy administration. 7. City Jail.
Yes. Conditions are inadequate. I would develop a program under which those who
have been arrested will be treated with the courtesy due human beings.
8. Police/Fire. Duties of police officers and firefighters should be governed by ability,
not sex. 9. Child Care. Houston should provide child care centers for its employees,
as well as a workable flex-hour program for parents of school age children. 10. ERA.
Yes. It is time for women's rights to be protected by statute. 11. Women in your Campaign. Dr. Mary Patricia Abernethy-Task Force Co-ordinator. Although most positions are untitled, most positions are held by women. People in my campaign are heading up areas according to their professions, to name a few: Naomi Rosborough, Pat
Holleman, Jackie Petterway, Vicki Beez, Dena Davidson, Laurie Keeper, Lauren
Kane, Nancy Couch, Mildred White, Margaret Dubas. 12. Additional Comments.
If I am elected, I will see to it that the police department makes available a free 'crime
whistle' to protect women who so desire. My primary concern is that as mayor equal
rights are aggressively actualized.
COUNCIL MEMBERS-DISTRICT A
District A is located in northwest Houston. Includes neighborhoods of
Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, Afton Village, Timbergrove Manor and Cole
Creek Manor. 86.8% Anglo, 7.3% Hispanic, 5.9% Black.
Stanley T. Casey, a printed forms consultant.
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.
Charles "Sonny" Luedtke, a law student.
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.
Phyllis Gladu, a homemaker and real estate agent. Served as secretary and public relations person for the Tax Protest Group.
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.
Larry McKaskle, incumbent council member since 1969.
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.
COUNCIL MEMBERS-DISTRICT B
District B is located in northeast Houston and includes all of the Fifth
Ward, Kashmere Gardens, Wilshire, Huntington, Trinity Gardens, Houston
Gardens and Pleasantville. 65.0%) Black, 26.7%o Anglo, 8.3%> Hispanic.
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