MAY 14, 1982 / MONTROSE VOICE 3
Mayor to get
Mayor Kathy Whitmire says she is ready
to add muscle to police efforts to clamp
down on the proliferation of sexually-
oriented businesses in Houston, the majority of which are located in Montrose.
She said May 11 that she is seeking help
from the Harris County government to file
public nuisance lawsuits against such
businesses. Harris County has been more
successful than the City of Houston in
closing these establishments in the past.
Mrs. Whitmire also said she is adding
three more attorneys to the city's legal
department to work exclusively on enforcing existing laws directed at sexually-
All the businesses being targeted are
heterosexual establishments and include
about a dozen on the "Westheimer Strip,"
a ten-block stretch from Bagby to
County Attorney Mike Driscoll was
quoted in news reports as saying his office
is working with the city "to use our authority under state law to padlock" these
The county government has traditionally not enforced its laws on this subject
within the city limits of Houston, leaving
the city to enforce its own laws, but an
attorney in the city's Legal Department
said there's no reason the county couldn't
enforce its laws within the city limits,
since Houston is part of Harris County.
The city and county laws on regulating
sexually-oriented businesses are similar,
except the city law requires the city to
prove ownership, something that owners
of the massage parlors and other busi
nesses make difficult by frequent selling,
sometimes to vagrants off the street, and
by setting up strings of corporations.
Mayor Whitmire lives in Montrose, and
her home is only a few blocks from a nude
modeling studio on West Alabama.
by League of
The League of Women Voters of Houston
has announced the release of a booklet
entitled "Women Under Texas Law."
The publication, written by Lavora
Spradlin Arizaga, a Houston attorney and
director of the League of Women Voters of
Texas, covers property rights, marriage,
divorce, parent-child relationships, and
Describing it as the most informative
yet concise and clear writing available
today on the subject of women and their
legal rights in Texas, Ellen Solender, Prof-
fesor of Law at SMU said, "This booklet is
a good way for women to learn their
The booklet, which costs $2.50, may be
purchased from the League of Women
Voters of Houston, 1947 West Gray.
Interact to hold
forum on gay
Internet's Educational Forum on Thursday, May 20, is to focus on the role ofthe
"Gay Identified Organizations in Mainline Religious Denominations," the organization announced.
The panel presentation is to begin at
7:30 p.m. at 3405 Mulberry and is to
include representatives from Lutherans
Concerned, Aytz Chayim, Episcopal
Integrity and Dignity.
Interact spokesperson Carl Owens said,
in a prepared press release, "Many of
Houston's gays and lesbians have formed
special groups within their congregations.
This forum will be a discussion about
these group's roles within the structure of
their denominations and congregations."
The monthly educational forums are an
activity of Interact, known officially as
I/H Inc., a nonprofit educational and service organization. The forums are free and
open to the public, they said.
Voters reject gay
Voters in Lincoln, Nebraska, May 11
rejected bya4-to-l margin a proposed ordinance that would have expanded local
anti-discrimination ordinances to include
The measure sought to add sexual orientation to the list of classifications, such as
race, creed and gender, protected from discrimination in employment and housing.
The vote was 37,249 to 10,419. Turnout
was moderate as voters were also selecting
Democratic and GOP gubernatorial
Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska with
a population of 150,000. A similar gay
rights measure passed earlier this year in
Austin, the capital of Texas, but which is a
larger, more liberal college city.
Pacific News Service
Police Chief Mike Prather has quit his job
in Grove, Oklahoma, after the city council
refused to back his efforts to put some
"teeth" into law enforcement.
The trouble began when the chief
ordered one of his sergeants to wear his
dentures to work. When the officer ignored
the order, he was demoted, only to be reinstated by the city council.
"I didn't have the support ofthe board,"
the chief says, "So I resigned."
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Kentucky Fried Chicken is about to
open on Montrose Blvd. at the old
Church's Fried Chicken location.
Church's there folded and it's no
wonder. Their service (attitude of
employees toward customers) was
almost as bad as Del Taco's on Richmond used to be—or as Popeye's on
Fannin is still.
No, we take that back. No one has
service and employee attitude as bad
as Popeye's on Fannin. The Mouth
understands, from friends of the
Popeye's home office people in New
Orleans, that the Houston locations
are franchises, but nevertheless the
home office has been asked to take a
look at employee's attitudes at the
Now back to Kentucky Fried
Chicken. If they manage their Montrose Blvd. location like their Shepherd Drive restaurant, they'll be first
class. The people are friendly; the service is fast.
And if it ain 't, the Mouth will let you
Speaking of restaurants, the dispute
between Pete St. George of the
Brasserie restaurant on West Alabama and Cary Pasternak of Pasternak's Grocery next door
continues. Pete rents (or was renting)
the restaurant space from Cary, and
claims he's being improperly evicted.
Cary says Pete's lease has expired and
he wants a different tennant.
It's before a judge now. But meanwhile, Pete's other restaurant. The
Bannister on Westheimer, has been
converted into the Brasserie Too,
hoping to get his old original Brasserie crowd there, since the original
Brasserie, as of this writing, is "closed
Last weekend's Mr. Gay Houston
contest at Chases attracted hundreds
for the first time to the club.
Chases normal policy—so far—has
been similar to that of several East
Coast discos: high cover charge but
free drinks. The net result being, if
you're a heavy drinker, a better deal. If
not a heavy drinker, then it's not a
better deal than dance bars with lower
or no cover charges, but also no free
Now if you're a beer drinker, at
Chases you'll be consuming an awful
lot of thoee itty bitty bottles of Lite in
order to get your "money's worth."
This weekend marks the second
annual Bivouac Party on the Russian River in northern California, an
event that attracts people from across
The Montrose Voice faces the Montrose Mining Company this Sunday, 6:00 p.m., in MSA softball action,
and Mining Company manager Randolph Parks and Voice publisher
Henry McClurg have a little side bet
If the Voice beats the Mining Company, the entire Voice softball team
gets "a night of entertainment you
won't soon forget" on the house at the
Mining Company later that evening.
Said Henry, "We certainly look forward to collecting on this bet Sunday.
We're gonna whup their asses soundly
and expect to be real thirsty
What if the Mining Company wins?
Well Henry, during an obvious lapse
in his mental facilities, has agreed to
purchase a full page in the Voice himself so that the Mining Company can
do some bragging.
Said Randolph, "And we do look forward to bragging about our certain
victory over the Voice—in the Voice."