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Houston Breakthrough, October 1979 - Page 24. October 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 26, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3084/show/3079.

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(October 1979). Houston Breakthrough, October 1979 - Page 24. 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/3079

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Title Houston Breakthrough, October 1979
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Transcript would be an added benefit to many employees. But, before the city commits to this a study would have to be made to see if enough employees would take advantage of it, where it can be located, and the costs and funding of such a benefit. I would support it. 10. ERA. YES. It will finally set the record straight that this country stands for equal rights for all. 11. Women in your Campaign. Coordinator, volunteer coordinator, office manager, fundraising coordinator. 12. Additional Comments. I feel that the city's biggest responsibility to its women employees is adequate pay and benefits. The city needs to take a hard look at its job descriptions and titles and upgrade positions where women are doing more work than some of their male peers yet have a lesser title and pay. COUNCIL MEMBER-AT-LARGE-POSITION 1 Ginia Wright, a homemaker and immediate past president of the Houston City Council of PTA's. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Jeff Daiell, a secretary and Libertarian Party official. 1. City Problem. The problem affecting the average Houstonian the most is crime. I support redirecting the priorities of the police force away from "victimless crimes" and toward crimes of violence and theft (murder, rape, robbery, mugging, and the like). Officers from the Vice and Narcotics squads could be reassigned to foot patrols in high-crime areas without any increase in the budget. 2. Battered Women. Yes. Facilities such as these should be funded privately. 3. Affirmative Action. All City jobs should be filled on the basis of qualification only. Individual merit, not gender, must be the deciding factor. I support efforts to make this strict policy enforceable by dismissal. 4. Rape. I believe services such as this should be privately provided. I do feel the City can do more to prevent rapes, and should, such as heavier patrolling of high-incidence areas. 5. Sexual Harassment. All persons are entitled to dignity and respect; abuse of authority by sexual harassment should be grounds for dismissal. I do believe, however, that there are cases where flirtation may be non-abusive; it is a distinction that must be made, but "crossing the line" into harassment is intolerable. 6. Women's Advocate. I don't believe it's fair to tax all Houstonians for a women's advocate position. I would instead urge this as an additional duty for a mayoral assistant. 7. City Jail. No. N. S. 8. Police/Fire. Assignments, like hiring and promotion, should be based on ability only. If a woman is individually capable to handle a given job, there is no reason to deny her the position on the basis of her gender. 9. Child Care. No. This should be an individual responsibility, without placing another burden on the taxpayers. 10. ERA. Yes. I do. There are still many city, county, state, and federal ordinances, laws, rules and guidelines that discriminate against women (and some against men). They will not be removed without an explicit Constitutional amendment. 11. Women in your Campaign. My campaign staff is rather informal, but two of my six closest helpers are women. 1 was also instrumental in encouraging Janice Juckett (At-Large Position 5) to become a candidate. 12. Additional Comments. Women have traditionally been the victims of Government interfering in our lives. For women to be free, more power and responsibility over our own lives must be returned to us and removed from City Hall (and other levels of government). If we remove the legal restrictions on, and discriminations against, women, they will be able to overcome any other problems. Jim Westmoreland, incumbent council member. 1. City Problem. Lack of a transit program. I've requested monthly reports from MTA to try and see where the problem is. Certainly no additional tax dollars should be needed. 2. Battered Women. Yes. Yes. 3. Affirmative Action. It is only inequitable if there are women applying for the higher paid positions and not being accepted or promoted though qualified. 4. Rape. If the health department is not adequately handling the rape cases, then they need more employees in that area. 5. Sexual Harassment. The complaint should be taken seriously, just as a woman harassing a man should. The end result is a good working atmosphere. Even if civil service allowed firing, the harassment would have to be very strong to justify firing a man or woman—rather than relocation. 6. Women's Advocate. No, not as such. An advocate shouldn't be limited to women's problems. If the position was created, it should be a general advocate who could respond to problems of the elderly, handicapped and others as well. 7. City Jail. Yes. I haven't toured the cells. 8. Police/Fire. If a certain job requires a great deal of strength, then men should be designated, but the man should be required to meet certain standards too. If they lack the strength, then they shouldn't qualify just because they're male. 9. Child Care. No. I personally don't see this as a function of city government. The salaries should be made sufficient to allow the employee to provide child care. 10 ERA. I don't see it as an issue in city government, only national. 11. Women in your Campaign. My wife is my campaign treasurer. COUNCIL MEMBER-AT-LARGE-POSITION 2 Eleanor Tinsley, civic leader and former President of the HISD school board. 1. City Problem. The delivery of basic services—from police protection to garbage pickup—is the single most important problem in Houston. It can be dealt with by 1) using the budget to set priorities; 2) planning for the future (before we annex, for instance, departments need to be prepared to deliver services); 3) getting Community Development monies into those areas qualified to receive them; 4) working with the private sector to solve Houston's problems. At this point I would not think new taxes are necessary, although down the line they may be. Instead I would promote a rational and responsive prioritizing of how city tax dollars should be spent, work for an equitable tax structure, make sure tax monies are not spent wastefully by working for better planning within and management of the city government and more coordination between departments. 2. Battered Women. Yes, we need more shelters. I would need more information than I currently have as to how many and the cost involved. In addi tion I would have to study the budget and determine the priorities of the city with input from all segments of the Houston community. I am certainly willing to listen to arguments that shelters should be a priority. 3. Affirmative Action. When you add in police and fire department personnel, the figures become even more inequitable. The lack of women—and of women in administrative, policy-making positions—in City Hall is a black mark for Houston city government. The Affirmative Action Commission and Division must be supported in its efforts to promote the hiring of women and minorities. Council should request reports for both the division, the commission and from the department heads as to their progress in hiring and promoting women. The availability of non-traditional jobs should be made known to women currently in and out of city employ. On the job training in non-traditional jobs for women should be provided by the city. Tuition should be paid for women employees to attend educational programs such as the University of Houston's Continuing Education seminar on Women in City and County Government. Volunteer experience should be taken into account on resumes considered by the city. 4. Rape. A few years ago the city was doing nothing for victims of rape. At least we have made a start. But it is only a start. We should expand, at the minimum, the number of persons dealing with this problem in the health department. 5. Sexual Harassment. Certainly I would take such charges seriously and would follow through to determine their validity. Where the charges prove true, appropriate action should be taken to redress the injury. 6. Women's Advocate. I would like to think that a concerned member of city council combined with a strongly supported affirmative action division and an enforced affirmative action plan would make a special woman's advocate position unnecessary. The election and appointment of more women to city offices will also make such a position unnecessary. The last woman's advocate says her position was really a powerless one. 7. City Jail. Yes. There is nothing to crow about in the city's jail facilities for women or men. A few improvements, thanks to citizen pressure, have been made recently in the women's facility (the toilets now have doors); the men still live in very overcrowded conditions with no doors on toilets and no outdoor recreational facilities. I support the current plan which calls for the county to take over the function of the city jails within the next two years or so. 8. Police/Fire. In terms of broad, overall duties, I see all police officers and fire fighters capable of performing the same duties. 9. Child Care. It would be wonderful if the city could set an example to other businesses by providing child care for children of employees. However, this is again an instance where I would have to study the budget and weigh all the priorities demanding attention before determining THE priorities to be funded. I am willing to listen to arguments on behalf of this project. 10. ERA. Indeed. While Texas is fortunate in having a state equal rights amendment, Louisiana, Georgia, Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Utah, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nevada are without such protection. Women and men should be constitutionally guaranteed "equality of rights under the law . . ." 11. Women in your Campaign. Women in my campaign are: campaign manager, treasurer, finance chair, members of my steering committee, office manager, research chair and in charge of most of the committees involved in the campaign. 12. Additional Comments. While I am running for office because I am a qualified person, I also firmly believe we need women in political office to provide the networking and support system which is necessary to put more women into government. Men tend to bring in men. We need qualified women to bring in qualified women. We have a vast untapped resource in Houston: qualified women who could bring their talents to bear on solving Houston's current problems and avoiding future pitfalls. Houston is the poorer for not, in the past, having made greater use of this resource. Joyce Williams, a newspaper columnist, "Ask Joyce, "for the Forward Times. 1. City Problem. Crime-police substations-increase organize crime department, pass ordinance prohibiting abandon buildings and weeded lots, property owners or city. These are crime hatcheries. No. N.S. 2. Battered Women. I write about the problem. I work with the problem. Federal funds should be provided through special funded program. Yes. 3. Affirmative Action. N.S. 4. Rape. More services are needed. 5. Sexual Harassment. Definitely! 6. Women's Advocate. N.S. 7. City Jail. No. N.S. 8. Police/ Fire. I view specific areas for men only. 9. Child Care. N.S. 10. ERA. N.S. 11. Women in your Campaign. Chairperson, campaign coordinator. 12. Additional Comments. Create a liaison position (female only) between the citizens and the system. Frank E. Mann, lawyer, accountant and incumbent council member for 20 years. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. COUNCIL MEMBER-AT-LARGE-POSITION 3 Randy McLeod, a carpenter. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Johnny Goyen, a real estate broker and incumbent council member for 22 years. NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. Olga Yvonne Soliz, a business consultant, vice chair of the Harris County Women's Political Caucus and former National Chicana Chair for the National Women's Political Caucus. 1. City Problem. Improved delivery of basic city services; i.e. garbage pick up, street repair, police and fire protection. It probably would require some additional tax dollars, but I think a lot of it could be offset by better financial planning and budgeting. 2. Battered Women. Yes. Yes. Based on current statistics I believe this has become a fundamental public welfare problem which cannot be ignored. 3. Affirmative Action. This is an inequitable situation which council should address itself to by all possible means, including pressure on the Mayor as to her/his appointments and review of the entire city civil service procedure. 4. Rape. More services are needed. This is the fastest growing and most underreported major crime. 5. Sexual Harassment. Yes. 6. Women's Advocate. I would support a position of this type. Would prefer to see it be a much stronger position than in the past, perhaps as part of the Civil Service Department. This position should be a direct liaison to Mayor and City Council to not only monitor the status of women in city government, but make recommendations. 7. City Jail. Yes. HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 24 OCTOBER 1979