No, they are inadequate. I would encourage an improvement of the present facility
with extended services, such as Women in Action have initiated. 8. Police/Fire. I do
not think they necessarily have to all perform the same duties. For example, writing
parking tickets or directing traffic do not require fully trained police officers. I do not
see specific areas for men only. 9. Child Care. I think it would be a giant step forward
for the city to help provide facilities and handle the administration of the facilities,
but those who are using the facilities should pay for their use. 10 ERA. Yes, it is essential that women be included in the U.S. Constitution. 11. Women in your Campaign. Steering committee, campaign coordinator, volunteer coordinator, office
manager, extensive aids. 12. Additional Comments. City Council should ensure that
no city benefit program, for example, health insurance, is discriminatory to women,
or to anyone due to race, religion or sex.
Don StockweU, self-employed.
1. City Problem. Houston's most important problem is to maintain its unique status
as a big city relatively free from political cronyism and confiscatory taxation. Achieving this goal will require continuing voluntary efforts by Houston citizens to solve
common concerns. 2. Battered Women. N.S. I believe that private voluntary support
for such programs will create a more effective solution for such problems. 3. Affirmative Action. As a prospective city councilperson, and as a human being, I do not sanction discriminatory employment practices based on sex. 4. Rape. I support re-prioritization of Houston police enforcement to increase investigation and prosecution of
violent crimes, including rape, at the expense of enforcement of victimless crimes.
5. Sexual Harassment. I would expect to judge such situations on a case-by-case
basis. 6. Women's Advocate. A responsible city administration should not require
such special-interest advocates. 7. City Jail. Yes. I suspect that the administration and
procedures should be reviewed prior to a commitment for new facilities. 8. Police/
Fire. All city employees in the same specific job classification should be expected to
perform the same duties. 9. Child Care. No. 10. ERA. Yes. It provides equal rights
for both men and women. 11. Women in your Campaign. Campaign treasurer.
Joe Allen Mallott, president of a management service company.
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.
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Pat Ginther, a commercial real estste agent-broker.
1. City Problem. Leadership. Our councilmen lost control (through complacency?)
of Houston's growth hurting every resident and future residents. Every service provided by the city needs reassessment to evaluate exactly where we are. With encouraged citizens input, goals must be established and everyone must help. We need
new leadership and direction. No need for additional tax dollars. I CARE. 2. Battered
Women. Yes. If city funds are being provided for "like" shelters, they should be provided for battered women. 3. Affirmative Action. Nobody said being a working
woman, competing against Victorian, chauvinistic men was easy. It is inequitable. The
best person should get the job. I have no objections to placing the person most qualified in a position. I will need help in staying aware of inequities. 4. Rape. If your
information is correct, it is absurd. The city is not even recognizing the problem
exists, much less handling it. The department needs a complete overhaul. 5. Sexual
Harassment. Certainly I will take them seriously. However, let's recognize changing
chauvinistic attitudes, while progress is being made, takes time. 6. Women's Advocate. How many more positions would be needed other than a woman's advocate?
To me, during this election especially, you would be smarter to elect 14 councilmen
in favor of your beliefs. 7. City Jail. No. No, but without having done so I know the
facilities are inadequate. In addition to the new jail, we need more localized small
detention centers for both sexes. 8. Police/Fire. How should I know before being in
office and studying each department whether the same duties are proper for the police
and fire departments. No, I see no specific areas, but I need more input. 9. Child
Care. Absolutely not. There is no need to elaborate. 10. ERA. Yes. Because I believe
in equal rights mentally, it has nothing to do with sex, race, creed, religion, physical
abilities, etc. 11. Women in your Campaign. My wife is Treasurer, and 50% of my campaign workers are women.
W. T. Fraser, a purchasing agent.
1. City Problem. The most important problem facing the people of Houston is a misplaced confidence in the ability of Government to solve problems. People must be reminded that government does not solve problems, people do. The person who knows
best how to solve his/her problem is that person. We are best able to cope with the
problems of life by taking care of ourselves through individual action or in voluntary
association with others. The government's role is to provide us the freedom necessary to help ourselves. 2. Battered Women. Yes. No. Funding for shelters should be
on a private basis. This method of funding accomplishes several objectives. First, it
removes it from the political process and allows the problem to be addressed as it
should as a human rights issue. Second, individuals cannot pass the buck for not
having sufficient shelters and blame government. Tax credits for contributions to
shelters should be given. 3. Affirmative Action. Inequitable, I do not know? Unrepresentative -definitely. To the extent that qualified women want to work for the city,
there should be no barriers to their achieving parity with men workers. Legal barriers
that is. Certainly performance and merit must be taken into account, however the
percentages should be much closer to 50% if only merit is taken into account. 4.
Rape. Additional services are needed. Rape is one of the most serious crimes committed in the city. The police and all city agencies must make major commitments
to the reduction in the number of rapes. As a correlary of this, a change in emphasis
is needed to focus the blame on the person committing the rape and not on the victim. 5. Sexual Harassment. All employees, whether men or women, must be secure in
the knowledge that sexual favors are not a requirement for any city job. In the event
such requests are made, strong and immediate disciplinary action must be taken a-
gainst the person making the request. Of course, the opposite is also true, no employee should use sexual favors for the advancement of his/her career, and strong and
prompt disciplinary action must be taken on complaints of this nature also. 6. Women's Advocate. I am in favor os such a psoition but not if it entails the expenditure
of tax money. To the extent that such a position is staffed through volunteers or
through private funding, I believe that a focus for women's issues is valuable. Again,
I believe that a mechanism could be worked out where contributions to funding such
a position could be partly or wholly deductible against city taxes. All city officials
should be taking a lead in pointing out areas where women or others are discriminated against and working toward the removal of all barriers to all people having e-
qual rights. 7. City Jail. No. NS, I must plead ignorance on this one. If there is a
problem and it is brought to my attention while on city council, I would investigate
and make an attempt to correct the problem. 8. Police/Fire. There are very few functional differences between men and women, and these (sexual) are not normally job
related. To the extent that any person can perform the requirements of a job, he/she
should not be prevented from holding that job. If women wish to assume the risks or
physical hazard of certain jobs, that is a decision of the women involved personally.
Other people's attitudes toward the role of women should not prevent her from holding that job. 9. Child Care. No. There are adequate private facilities available and city
employees are paid enough to provide private care. It does not make sense to provide
child care for a man whose wife chooses to stay home and it is inequitable to provide
the service to a woman if it is not provided a man. 10. ERA. Yes. It must be made
clear that all citizens regardless of sex or any other physical characteristic stand equal
in the eyes of the law. They must have equal opportunity and equal rights. 11. Women
in your Campaign. The only position in my campaign which is held by a woman is
Campaign Treasurer. Of course there are only two people in my campaign so you
might say that 50% of the people involved are women (as I am a man) or you could
say that 100% of my staff is women. Numbers can tell any story. 12. Additional
Comments. My attitude is that women should be regarded as people as should men.
All issues of the city should be approached on the basis of how they effect people.
To the extent that some action discriminates in favor or against a certain sex, it must
Homer L. Ford, an architect and incumbent Council Member for 14 years.
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.
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Janice Juckett, a secretary.
I. City Problem. The most important issue is crime. I favor concentrating our police
resources on crimes of violence and theft, and not "victimless crimes". I would also
lobby for offender restitution to the victim where such is practical, and mandatory
sentences for certain crimes. 2. Battered Women. Yes. No, they should be provided
privately. It isn't fair to make all taxpayers pay for the benefit of some. 3. Affirmative Action. I would demand that all positions be filled on the basis of individual
merit. 4. Rape. I feel more services should be provided privately. I feel utilizing
officers now assigned to "victimless crimes" to patrol high-incidence areas would reduce the number of rapes. 5. Sexual Harassment. Yes. No employee should ever feel
his/her job, raises, promotion, or assignments are dependent upon sexual-favors. 6.
Women's Advocate. I believe this should be an additional duty for a mayoral assistant. 7. City Jail. No. 8. Police/Fire. Assignments, hiring, promotion, and raises
should all be on the basis of merit, not gender. 9. Child Care. No. Taxes are high
enough. 10. ERA. I favor a more vigorous application of the 14th Amendment.
II. Women in your Campaign. My campaign consists mostly of myself, and I am a
woman. 12. Additional Comments. I just want to repeat my theme that individual
merit must be the guideline in City policies (including contracts).
Joe Perino, worker as a fire fighter for 22 years, two years as fire chief and now
owns a fire protection company.
1. City Problem. Houston has the resources to improve the quality of life for all
neighborhoods but lacks good political leadership that is sensitive to the issues.
Only the people can correct this by electing the right candidates to office. 2. Battered Women. Yes. Yes. 3. Affirmative Action. Yes. Encourage promoting qualified women to higher paying positions. 4. Rape. More services needed. 5. Sexual
Harassment. Yes. 6. Women' Advocate. Having witnessed the opposition to the advocates position, I would still support it. To be more effective, this position should
be an elected position and funded by the city tax dollars -similar to the office of
City Controller. 7. City Jail. Yes. The facilities should be less impersonal and separation between the maybe once-in-awhile offender and that person who is habitual or
unclean. 8. Police/Fire. NS. Is the question about consolidation or male/female. 9.
daniel boone cycle
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77004