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Houston Breakthrough 1979-10 - Page 13. October 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3084/show/3069.

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(October 1979). Houston Breakthrough 1979-10 - Page 13. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3084/show/3069

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1979-10
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Date October 1979
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Transcript 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. continued on page 16 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 13 OCTOBER, 1979