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Houston Breakthrough 1979-10 - Page 16. October 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 26, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3084/show/3071.

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(October 1979). Houston Breakthrough 1979-10 - Page 16. 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/3071

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1979-10
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date October 1979
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript Ernest McGowen, Sr., a letter carrier and an HISD school board member. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Raymond L. Fisher, an attorney. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Paul B. Joseph, superintendent^ facilities and grounds for the MTA. Holds a bachelors and masters degree from TSU, where he is working on his doctorate in counseling. Worked for former U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Robert Carl McPeters, a journalism teacher in HISD. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Emma L. Horn, founder and director of the Northeast Community Project, a social services organization and a North Forest School Board trustee. A former HISD teacher and graduate of TSU. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. COUNCIL MEMBERS-DISTRICT C District C runs from the near southwest-south central area to the city's southwestern edge. Includes Montrose, Rice University, the Medical Center, South Hampton, Braes Heights, Meyerland, Westridge, Willow Meadows, Willow Bend, Post Oak Manor, the South Braeswood area and Westbury. 75.9% Anglo, 14.1% Black, 10.0% Hispanic. George Greanias, an attorney and Rice University assistant professor of public management and law. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Helen Viola, a homemaker and a "conservative community leader. " NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. B. E. DeBakey, president of a firm that owns and operates convenience stores and Director of the Child Care Council of Greater Houston. 1. City Problem.inability of the city to provide basic city services and mismanagement of city government constitute Houston's most important problem. I plan to deal with this problem by applying sound business practices aimed at improving delivery of city services. More efficient use of city revenue would check the need for additional tax dollars. 2. Battered Women. Yes. While I would prefer funding from nongovernmental sources, I am not unalterably opposed to governmental funding for additional shelters. 3. Affirmative Action. I favor hiring the best qualified person for the job. 4. Rape. N.S. 5. Sexual Harassment. N.S. 6. Women's Advocate. I believe every officeholder must be a staunch and unstinting advocate ot all constituents, and I believe Houston's next mayor should address the position of women's advocate. 7. City Jail. Yes. N.S. 8. Police/Fire. There should be no specific duties for men only. 9. Child Care. I do not advocate the city's providing child care for its employees, just as I do not presently provide child care for my employees. However, as a director of Child Care council of Greater Houston, I am familiar with the need for improved child care services including those for parents who work outside the home. 10. ERA. I see no reason to oppose ERA. 11. Women in your Campaign. Campaign coordinator, volunteer coordinator, media coordinator. 12. Additional Comments. I am an advocate and supporter of equal rights for women. Dean Goss, an entertainer and owner of a dinner theatre. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Vera Jackson, a financial management consultant and member of the League of Women Voters. 1. City Problem. A strong fiscal management system to eliminate waste and abuse of the tax dollars. This does not mean additional tax dollars, but a demand for departmental budgetary performance to provide quality services. 2. Battered Women. Yes. Yes, and should make available an adequate comprehensive program that can be supported by public and private funds so all sectors can participate in this need in our society. 3. Affirmative Action. This is inequitable. When elected I will initiate a very stringent affirmative action compliance procedure; use my negotiating abilities for council to enforce the AA ordinance. 4. Rape. More services are needed. 5. Sexual Harassment. Yes. 6. Women's Advocate. If women's rights cannot be effectively handled through the affirmative action department, the position should be recreated. 7. City Jail. No. 8. Police/Fire. N. S. 9. Child Care. The city should upgrade the pay for mothers so they can afford child care from their salaries. 10. ERA. Yes, because women are treated unfairly in employment. 11. Women in your Campaign. I have no funds, my campaign is a one-person operation, i.e., myself. 12. Additional Comments. Women should be elected and appointed to leadership positions to utilize their vast talent. Morris Graves, a personnel director. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Toney L. Reed, a businessman. 1. City Problem. The single most important problem is the lack of city government's personal responsibility to the citizens as exhibited in the poor city services, the inefficient transportation system, and the increasing crime rate. I insist on humanizing Houston's government. I believe that every citizen's request should get a personal response. 2. Battered Women. Yes. I would prefer the funding come from community resources including various social organizations. 3. Affirmative Action. The situation is obviously inequitable. I encourage women to prepare themselves for a profession and then aggressively pursue it. The key is qualifications and salary according to position, regardless of race, sex, or religion. 4. Rape. Coping with the physical and psychological anguish resulting from rape is a serious dilemma. I am aware of the functions of the Victim Witness Program and the Rape Crisis Coalition although I am not informed about the two employees in the city's health department. I need more information before judging the status quo as adequate or inadequate. 5. Sexual Harassment. Most harassment should be handled by the woman in similar ways on the job as in public. However, if typical methods of discouragement are not successful, then I would cer-~ tainly respond in a constructive way to serious complaints of this nature. 6. Women's Advocate. I do not support such a position because it assumes the position of representing a special interest group and suggest the possibility of Mexican-American or black advocate positions. If the city government is adequately functioning, then there is no need for additional special offices. 7. City Jail. No. N.S. 8. Police/Fire. If any person applies for a job in this area they should be required to perform the same duties. 9. Child Care. No. Child care is the responsibility of the parent and not the city. 10. ERA. Yes. Inequalities involved with sex discrimination have become more apparent which emphasizes the need to stress women's rights as described in the ERA. 11. Women in your Campaign. Campaign manager and most other positions. John H. Shanahan, Jr., a businessman and president of the Southwest Civic Club. 1. City Problem. The delivery of an adequate level of public services to keep pace with Houston's growth. To deal with this problem, I propose the development of a comprehensive planning and capital improvements program to manage growth-as already provided for in the City's city planning ordinance. No additional tax dollars would be needed. 2. Battered Women. Yes. The City should fund this severe public need. Funding sources would include not only local tax revenues but also Harris County Hospital District (which has primary authority), federal grants to City's Human Resources Dept., and funds from the State Dept. of Human Resources. 3. Affirmative Action. The situation is inequitable. City Council has authority only to confirm the appointment of department heads appointed by the Mayor. I would introduce and/or support ordinances establishing affirmative action and equal opportunity employment practices and charging the Civil Service Dept. to report on the progress of same. 4. Rape. Rape is a reprehensible crime against a person. The City needs to significantly expand its services to rape victims, including: (1) assignment of more female police officers to rape investigation, (2) assignment of new medical & social work personnel to Health Dept., and (3) establishment of followup and counselling programs for victims. 5. Sexual Iflarassment. Yes. Personnel administration, again, is the sole authority of the Mayor. The Council, however, can and should enact a comprehensive personnel ordinance that establishes the "personnel policy" of the City and hold the Mayor responsible for the effective discharge of the ordinance through the Civil Service Department. 6. Women's Advocate. No. It is the duty of the Council, as elected representatives of the public, to function as the advocate. A very special duty of Council is to function as the advocate of those in the community who have traditionally been denied access to the processes of the City government. A paid position, on the Mayor's staff, only sets the incumbent up for confrontation and discharge without the recourse of elected public office and independence of the Mayor—or anyone else in City government. 7. City Jail. No. N.S. 8. Police/Fire.Yes. 9. Child Care. Only if the program can be operated without cost to the City. Child care-and the cost thersof—is the responsibility of the parent or parents of the child, and the wages paid should be sufficient for this. 10. ERA. Yes. Sex discrimination has become a fact of our culture. It is contrary, however, to the language of our federal and state constitutions. The passage of ERA will serve as a proper "finishing touch" to our Bill of Rights to remove this longstanding problem. 11. Women in your Campaign. My treasurer is a woman: Joan Shanahan Grigsby. My campaign coordinator is a woman: Sherrell Cockrell. My closest advisor is a woman: Carol Bradshaw Shanahan. 12. Additional Comments. "Quality of life" concerns will be a principal focus in this election. Women in this city have traditionally rallied public support for these concerns: park development, city beauti- fication, public support for the arts, neighborhood restoration, and the task of cleaning up our city. Perhaps as never before in its history, Houston needs to focus Council's attention on these concerns, beginning with the election process. Wesley K. McGavock, a health management consultant who received graduate degrees in business and medicine at Stanford University. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Max Spero,a businessman. 1. City Problem. The problems caused by inept city government such as inflation, higher taxes and increased crime could be solved by a more efficiently run city government. What this city and state need is a Proposition 13 of its own. Additional tax dollars could be made available by more efficient city government procedures. 2. Battered Women. Yes. Yes, I do see a need for funding more shelters for battered women as this is an increasingly serious problem. However, I do not feel the City of Houston should provide the funds. 3. Affirmative Action. No, I do not perceive this situation as equitable. I believe more women should be given the opportunity to qualify for higher paying positions. 4. Sexual Harassment. Yes, I would take such complaints seriously and with proper proof, would take action. 5. Rape. I do not think anyone is handling this problem properly, from the City to the Courts. I feel it is the city's responsibility to take care of the victims of crime. We take care of the criminals -even pay them salaries while they serve their terms of punishment. Why shouldn't we take care of the victims as well. In face, we should do more for the victims than we do for the criminals. There is too much emphasis on the criminal. 6. Women's Advocate. No, I feel we should cut down on city government, not increase it. 7. City Jail. Yes. I have visited the City Jail, but have never visited the women's facilities, so can make no comparison. I do not approve of making hotels out of jails. 8. Police/Fire. From the standpoint of sheer physical ability, I do not feel all police officers and fire fighters should perform the same duties. From this standpoint, I do see specific areas for those persons who possess this physical ability. 9. Child Care. No. Why should city employees be considered any different from employees of any firm? 10. ERA. I feel there is a decided need for ERA, but the way it has been handled defeated its purpose. 11. Women in your Campaign. I do not have a formal campaign organization. HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 16 OCTOBER 1979