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Breakthrough 1976-03 - Page 1. March 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4730/show/4714.

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(March 1976). Breakthrough 1976-03 - Page 1. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4730/show/4714

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Title Breakthrough 1976-03
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date March 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 3
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript Vol. 1, J\o. 3 March, 1976 50 cents Brown earns confirmation "I now nominate Penny Stimley Brown for the position of city Civil Service Director," Mayor Fred Hofheinz said February 24 immediately following a city council debate on whether the names of department head-designates should be kept secret until all council representatives have had an opportunity to talk with the mayor about his particular choices. The debate, which was initiated by council member Jim Westmoreland, centered on the allegation that Hofheinz' office had leaked Brown's name to the media prior to that office notifying council. Hofheinz brushed the debate aside. It was 11:44 a.m. when he officially presented Brown's name to the council. If confirmed, Brown would be the first woman to ever head the civil service department and the first Black woman to direct any city department. Tape recorders were turned on; television camerapersons adjusted their lighting; reporters pulled themselves up in their chairs and opened their notepads. The council chamber was packed with interested spectators, including a rare appearance by Mac Hofheinz. After a moment of silence council representative Frank Mann surprised most observers by moving for confirmation of the nomination. Five days prior to the official nomination, Mann had severely criticized Brown as being too inexperienced for the position and not qualifying for it under state law. Mann had objected to Brown's living in Missouri City, 10 miles from Houston. While a member of the legislature in 1949, Mann had authored a bill - V.C.S. 1269 M-in which it was required that prospective department heads reside in a city for two years before they could be considered for top level positions. "That was meant to keep these fly-by-night operators - no reflection on Mrs. Brown - from getting into positions," Mann explained at the confirmation session. A few hours before Hofheinz put Brown's name in nomination, State District Court Judge Pressler dismissed a suit that some police officers had hoped would keep Brown out of the civil service department. The Houston Police Officers Association, which is comprised of 1500 patrol officers and a handful of detectives and sergeants, had asked Pressler for a temporary restraining order which would have made it impossible for Hofheinz to place Brown's name in nomination. The HPOA's allegation was that Brown's nomination violated V.C.S. 1269 M. Pressler denied the injunctive relief sought by the association and said, "I don't see where any irreparable harm will be done by going ahead with the nomination." ^ Mann's motion for confirmation came with a condition. He made it "subject to a court decision on the state law or a determination on the legality of this from the legal department." City Attorney Jonathan Day clarified the Pressler ruling. He said that even if the HPOA sought permanent relief, it would be 18 months to two years before the case against Brown ever went to court. With Mann satisfied, Homer Ford seconded the motion. It was 12 noon. Hofheinz gaveled the morning session to a close but before he could get up from his seat, Judson Robinson called for a suspension of the rules to allow debate on the Brown nomination to continue. Louis Macey, the newest member of council, quickly jumped into the debate. "Mr. Mayor, I'm going to vote against Mrs. Brown for three good reasons," he said. "First of all, she's not qualified. She has no personnel experience^" That, according to some other council representatives, had been a concern they shared when Brown's resume was first presented them. Brown's background is a legal one. She took her J.D. in 1971 from Harvard Law School. She had worked with tenants' rights groups in Boston, Cambridge and at Texas Southern University. From early 1973 to September 1974, she worked closely with the state attorney general in antitrust, consumer fraud and federal court cases. "One of the things that changed some of the councilmen's minds about Brown was that it was pointed out to them that city employees were suing the city every, day for something," Robinson said, the day prior to confirmation "and that Brown's legal background was an asset, one that would put her lack of personnel experience into proper balance." "Secondly, I think the salary is too high," Macey continued. "I know that the salary was taken PENNY BROWN from $19,500 to $30,000 two yean ago so the mayor could get Vince Rachel to leave Foley's and join the city. Now, the salary is $33,000 a year. I think we ought to take the salary back to $19,500 since Mrs. Brown is only making Continued on page 14 Mural overparked? Chicana artists Sylvia Castellon, Yolanda Castellon, and Consuela Torres in front of their mural "Inqualidad para la Mujer Mexicana Americana." A poem by Rosita Morales appears on the mural. "We, the Chicano-Northside Community and all the undersigned, demand that the mural entitled "Inqualidad para la Mujer Mexicana Americana" which is situated at Moody Park, 3725 Fulton, be allowed to remain permanently at the site where it now stands and that efforts be made to preserve it as an example of the cultural and historical contributions of Chicana Women." These words appear on a petition circulated by the artists of the Moody Park mural and members of La Mujeres Unidas, a Chicana women's rights group. Nearly 5,000 signatures have been collected during the month of February after it was learned the City's Parks and Recreation Department planned to take down the mural and put it in a community center. Yolanda Castellon, one of the artists, says that she, her sister/, Sylvia, and Consuela Torres were commissioned by the City's Parks and Recreation Department to paint a 3-panel mural last summer with the understanding it would remain permanently in the parks as an example of women's art. "That is clearly a misunderstanding," says George Lanier, Director of the City of Houston's Parks and Recreation Department. "I agreed to allow a mural in the parks project with the understanding it would be a temporary arrangement. The Continued on page 12