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Houston Breakthrough 1979-10 - Page 17. October 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3084/show/3072.

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(October 1979). Houston Breakthrough 1979-10 - Page 17. 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/3072

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1979-10
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Date October 1979
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Transcript Lance Lalor, State Representative from District 80, a former aide to Mayor Fred Hofheinz* and twice selected as "one of the Ten Best Legislators in Texas" by Texas Monthly magazine. 1. City Problem. Our police department is stretched too thin, and is too unprofessional and undisciplined to cope with the needs of a big city. We have too few officers; inadequate equipment, communications, and transportation; substandard physical facilities; and abominable community relations. Worse, we have no tangible plan either for upgrading and modernizing our department, or for recruiting, training and retaining enough professional officers. That should be first priority. 2. Battered Women. Yes. Yes. I authored and passed the first state legislation to protect victims of family violence, as well as the bill which is now providing $200,000 per year in state funds to aid community-based shelters for battered women and their children. Houston ought to move aggressively to attract these state and available federal funds by providing local matching dollars. 3. Affirmative Action. The situation is inequitable, and the short-term solution is to try to attract qualified women with management skills from the private sector who will make lateral transfers into the city bureaucracy. The long term solution requires more aggressive and sensitive recruitment, training, and promotion of talented females. 4. Rape. The City services are still far from adequate. I helped create the position of Rape Coordinator for the City in 1974. The city's initial efforts in this area have been proven to be successful and rewarding. These services now merit expansion to aid more victims. 5. Sexual Harassment. Yes. 6. Women's Advocate. Yes. I believe the first two women to hold this position contributed immeasurably to the welfare of the entire city. The hiatus has been unfortunate, but we ought to pick up where Nikki left off as soon as possible. 7. City Jail. Yes. The county is now building a modern jail structure. The city jail is 30 years old and cannot be properly refurbished. The city and county have a perfect opportunity to utilize the new County Jail cooperatively and to save the taxpayers millions of dollars annually. We ought to jump at this opportunity. 8. Police/Fire. There is no evidence that any significant areas of police or firefighting work require sexual segregation (other than, say, jail matrons, etc.). 9. Child Care. Yes. This is the best way to assure that the city can choose its employees from among the best talent available, not just those without family obligations. 10. ERA. We need the ERA to encourage willing and voluntary relaxation of sexual barriers, instead of resorting to slow, case- by-case, litigation to resolve particular obstacles. 11. Women in your Campaign. All major positions—campaign manager, office manager, director of organization, and research director. Geneva Kirk Brooks, a former teacher and head of Citizens Against Pornography. 1. City Problem. The increasingly unbearable tax burden and the crushing weight of governmental interference in our lives is our greatest problem on the local, state and national levels. We must try to get more services for our tax dollars, make all citizens more responsive and responsible in caring for themselves and their neighborhoods and we must stop huge tax increases. 2. Battered Women. Yes. We need more facilities for battered people, not just women, or people in great stress situations who need temporary housing and help. It seems to me that along with shelter should be workshops and service facilities which will allow these people to do productive work which could support the facilities. Runaways need such facilities more than anyone. 3. Affirmative Action. I would work tooth and toenail to get more women in positions of authority. Kathy Whitmire is an example of the kind of job a woman can do. I would like to see a woman in the city attorney's position and many other high positions where ability, not strength, counts. 4. Rape. A problem ignored in Houston is the incest problem. Along with rape cases, we need facilities and services for these victims. We need aware citizens who will insist on stricter enforcement of laws to prevent such attacks, but we need more help in getting these victims readjusted, and in the cases of incest, into better and different environments. 5. Sexual Harassment. I certainly would take these complaints seriously. This is an example of why ERA would hurt women-it would not take the rape of a woman any more seriously than the rape of a man by a woman. Women need more, not less, protection from sexual assaults. There is no place where women deserve help and concern more than on the job. Men take advantage of women because men are usually the "boss" and women need to keep their job. We can stop such practices if we have concerned women on the Council. 6. Women's Advocate. I would support the position of citizen's advocate for anyone who felt they had some complaint which was not receiving proper attention and who needed guidance and help. Sometimes children, old people, and men, or minorities need help—not just women. 7. City Jail. I have been in the men's jail and found it very crowded. I think we should have regular jailers instead of using police officers. It seems to me that inmates could be required to do duties to keep the place cleaner. 8. Police/Fire. No, we should lower physical requirements for certain duties. Women should not be expected or forced to perform duties which demand great physical ability. 9. Child Care. This would be an additional tax burden and it would seem that child care is something that each employee should take care of for himself. There is a limit to how much people can pay in taxes and services related to the job should receive priority. 10. ERA. ERA would remove laws regarding rape making rape against men equal with rape against women, forcing uni-sex toilets installation, forcing the same treatment and duties in combat. These are the areas of ERA which would take from women some of the protections they presently have and need. Also, women who conceive and nurture children should not be forced to be equally responsible for the support of children. Women already have equal rights on the job, in politics and in the community. 11. Women in your Campaign. All work is done by women who are the same women who worked so hard to get anti-pornography laws passed (now being challenged in the Fifth Dist. Court in New Orleans). 12. Additional Comments. I am for equal pay for equal work and I feel that women should not be discriminated against in areas in which they wish to participate and in which they are mentally and physically capable. I want to see more women in politics. I wish we could get a woman mayor elected. We women can do many great things to make our communities better for our children to grow up in. Carl Haggard, an attorney who resigned as an assistant district attorney to run for Council. 1. City Problem. Returning the basic city services which we have lost is the most important issue. We need to get back to the basics in city government-street repair, garbage collection, sewer and sanitation, and police and fire protection. We can redirect tax dollars to the essential services without an increase in taxes. 2. Battered Women. Yes. As a former Assistant District Attorney for Harris County, I saw first as unique as the name Gifts and Apparel to treasure 2343 University 669-1864 ■Selective Enterprises Lisa Mach - commercial and residential real estate (co-owner of Plaza I Properties), ludy Doran - feminist attorney, Alethea Dollison - investments and property management, Sandra Hicks - property management and investments. Announcing an opportunity for women to invest in Houston REAL ESTATE. Selective Enterprises, Inc. is buying and managing income properties for investors. Limited partnerships and joint ventures are available. Minimum investment is $1000. Come join us and make your money work for you. Selective Enterprises, Inc. • Investments • Tax Shelter Advantages • Property Management 1001 Oxford Suite 100 Houston, Tx 77008 869-3848 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 17 OCTOBER 1979