Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on April 7, 1971 · Page 10
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Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas · Page 10

Del Rio, Texas
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Wednesday, April 7, 1971
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Gotti Soundly f s Torres HUNTS WORLD RIO (TEXAS) NEWS-HERALD, Wednesday. April 7. IN EAGLE PASS SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Incumbent Pete Torres, aftery Independent who won his first city council race four years ago, was trounced by the reigning Good Government League's ticket leader Tuesday. Investment banker John Gatti defeated Torres by nearly 2 to 1 margin in one of the most con- troversialcitycouncil elections here in years— a race that saw a congressman take sides against Torres. A record 113,790 voters jammed the polls, compared to the previous high of 67,175 in 1959. The Good Government League, a reform organization tiiatcameto power in 1955, won seven other council races decisively. The league's Gilbert Garza faces a runoff April 20 against the only other incumbent independent councilman,- Dentist Ford Neilsen. He was the only independent to fare so well Independent Mario Compean, a founder of the Mexican-American Youth Organization, in unofficial returns garnered 15,685 to 59,553 for the league's Ed Hill and 18,172 for independent James Kazen. Gatti, a former mayor-pro- tern, received 68,277 votes to 39,277 for Torres, who had challenged Gatti to run against him Torres was the first independent to defeat a Good Government League candidate in 1967. As the league's standard bearer. Gatti will succeed W W McAllister, 82, who stepped down after serving as mayor since 1961. Near the final stages of the campaign Rep. Henry Gonzalez, D-Tex., became publicly involved for the first time in 15 years, endorsing Gatti and the Government League. , Gonzalez, himself a former city councilman here, attacked Torres in a dispute growing out of letters which he said Torres sent to more than 40 congressmen criticizing Gonzalez' vote for military spending. At a huge rally on the city's Mexican-American west side Sunday, Gatti and two running mates were jeered by the crowd, which cheered instead Crystal City Raza Takeover « Now Complete CRYSTAL CITY, Tex. (AP)A Mexican-American third party •which gained a 3 to 2 majority in its first bid for city council seats a year ago, won unanimous control Tuesday. Three candidates on the Ra?a Unida ticket easily defeated six rivals for three council posts, unofficial returns showed. Crystal City now has a five- man Ra?a Unida council The Raza Unida (United Race) party also gained 5 to 2 control of the school board here Saturday after winning a 4 to 3 majority last year. Jose Angel Gutierrez, former r chairman of the Mexican-Amer-' icon Youth Organization and founder of the party, said it now will "provide assistance and expertise to other Chicano communities" attempting to organize politically. The party still plans to go statewide next year in a coalition with'Negroes, Gutierrez said. Raza Unida tried to get on the ballot here and in two nearby counties in races for local office in last November's general elections but was defeated in the courts. Gutierrez established the party less than two years ago. Mayor Francisco Benavides, who won re-election, .said the council hopes to "de-polarize the community." Unofficial returns gave these totals for Raza Unida candidates: Benavides 1.649 votes, JoseTalamantez 1,622 and Roberto Gamez 1,626. Their nearest opponents, running on a Better Government ticket, were incumbent Paulino Mata with 911, incumbent Santos Nieto with 891 and Gilberto Salazar with 890. Ballots in both Tuesday's ' council election and Saturday's school board election were impounded after the district attorney received complaints of alleged irregularities from Raza opponents. Benavides became mayor whenMatawas ousted from that post in a recent dispute. The Raza Unida—United Race — Party lost its bid for school board posts at Carrizo Springs and was defeated in both the city council and school board races at Cotulla, At Crystal City, unofficial returns showed Rodolfb Palomo and incumbent Ed Trevino of Raza Unida beat Teodoro Munoz Jr. and Alfredo Ramon, who ran on a "For Better Government "ticket in the school trustee election. Raza Unida, which gained a 4 to 3 majority on the C rystal City school board last spring, now has a 5 to 2 advantage. W. P. Cotulla was elected to Cotulla's city council Saturday, defeating Raza Unida's Ofelia de los Santos. Cotulla, whose family founded the town, was ''defeated for mayor last year by Alfredo Z am or a Jr., the "Raza standard bearer. Three Raza candidates also lost in the Cotulla school board race, RazaUnida lost by more than a 3 to 1 margin Saturday at CarrizoSprings, where it fielded two candidates In the school trustee election. for Torres. Unofficial returns showed, however, that Torres carried the west side by less than 3 to 1, compared to a margin of more than 5 to 1 in 1969. He lost more heavily than In the past on the ' fashionable, Anglo northeast side. Speaking to supporters Tuesday night .Torres asked, "When is the business community of this city, this nation, going to learn there must be representation from the barrios (Mexican- American neighborhoods)?" Gonzalez said he felt the overall election results showed that San Antonians "wisely eschewed racial tension and hatred for stability and progress on the local city legislative level" Radicals Win In Berkeley BERKELEY, Calif (AP) Berkeley voters have placed three self-proclaimed radicals and a moderate on the City Council and elected their first black mayor. The new mayor supported the radicals. The results of Tuesday's election leave moderates and radicals deadlocked 4-4 for control of city government. A radicals-backed proposal to split Berkeley police into three departments controlled by councils in black, white and student neighborhoods was overwhelmingly rejected, Edward Kallgren, a white attorney who described himself as "an independent liberal," was top vote-getter in a field of 33 candidates for four council seats. , Floras- Endorsed Candidates Lose "foe had a perfectly WONDERFUL day—I set a new Klick-Klack record!" Municipal League Prexy Wins Race VICTORIA, Tex. (AP)-Kemper Williams Jr., president of the Texas Municipal League, was re-elected mayor of Victoria in a close race Tuesday. Inclalmingafourth full term, Williams polled 2,832 votes against 2,628 for Robert L. Wells, a lawyer making his first bid for public office. Victoria residents cast a record 5,527 votes as they also picked two other city council- men and left the remaining two places to be filled by runoffs. T. H. Evans, a three-term member of the council, lost by 66 votes to Edward Hiller and John Stockbauer, dean of the city's councilmen, won a ninth term by 900 votes. Runoffs for the other'council seats will match Marion Lewis vs. Delton Ashley and Roger Dawns vs. Sam Green Jr. EAGLE PASS—Two candidates running under the banner of Mayor Aruturo Flores were soundly defeated in the city election at Eagle Pass Tuesday. Political novice Frank Chissum came from .' virtual obscurity to unseat incumbent Leroy Slubar and poll more votes than any of the other three candidates in both races. Chissum led the field with 888 votes after the final count. Slubar, SP railroad station agent, polled 785, coming out 103 votes short of reelection. Chissum has been active in several politically oriented organizations and at one time was a member of the Citizens Participation Council, the citizens organization of the Model Cities Program. He has been a constant critic of the Flores administration and Model Cities Program. Chissum successfully mustered overwhelming support from the barrios cam- S signing primarily on issues ivolving the $1.776 million dollar a year Model Cities Program. Incumbent Pete "El Griego" Mathiwoz, seeking another term, successfully disposed of challenger Francisco Villa, a former Mayor Pro-Tern and Flores supporter. Mathiwoz out distanced Villa with 117 vote margin polling 879 to Villas' 762. Both Mathiwoz and Chissum were openly supported by Mayor Pro-Tern Arturo Garcia in what was dubbed a political showdown between him and Mayor Flores. Flores announced before the election that he will not seek re-election when his term expires next year. Flores is left virtually alone on the City Council as a result of Tuesday's balloting. Councilman Soloman Riojas whose term did not come up this year, considereed an ally of Garcia who will now have a dear majority behind him in council actions to come up. The political structure of the new council willl probably have some repercussions on the Model Cities Program, according to political observers in Eagle Pass, especially with regards to hiring practices of staff members. Chissum and Mathiwoz have expressed dissatisfaction with the hiring practices of Model Cities Director Harold Hausman, a political protege of ' Mayor Flores. The problem stems from Hausmans' hiring . of staff members from cities other than Eagles Pass and his advertising the positions in out- of-town newspapers and not in the local publication. Garcia is said to be unhappy with the situation also. Several significant changes are expected when the new council takes office this week. Charter Group Wins in Dallas DALLAS (AP) - It's going to take a runoff between building contractor Avery Mays and city councilman Wes Wise to decide who'll be Dallas' next mayor. They eliminated five rivals Tuesday as voters chose coun- cilmenfor 10 other places. The runoff will be held April 20 and the winner will succeed Mayor ErikJonsson, retiring after six years in office. Mays, 60, heading a ticket offered by the long-dominant Citizens Charter Association, claimed 34,406 votes. Wise, a former sportscaster running as an Independent, polled 29,839. The total of 76,355 votes cast was somewhat heavier than expected butfell short of a record 83,209countedinahotl961 race for mayor. Albert Lipscomb, first Negro to run for mayor here, finished third with 4,941 votes In unofficial returns. Other totals were: David Wade, businessman and gourmet, 2,919; Joe Bock, accountant, 2,194; Dave Moeller. mod magazine publisher, 1,526, and Herbert Green Jr., lawyer, 530. CCA candidates captured nine council seats, assuringcontinued control by that faction. Incumbent Jesse Price, an Independent, defeated the only CCA loser, Lawrence Ackels, 34.256 to 32,841. Others elected to the council were Doug Fain^ Garry Weber and George Allen, all Incumb- tents, and Ted Holland. Jerry Gilmore, Russell Smith and two unopposed incumbents KISMET? Answer to Previous Fuizle Stormy Weather ACROSS 1 Precipitation 5 Mist 8 Current of air 12 Anglo-Saxon, slave 13 Yes (Fr.) 14 Notion (Fr.) 15 Capeland 16 Shoshonean 17 Slender 18 Rag 20 Having wings 21 Owner's risk of slipping (ab.) 22 Theater sign 23 Innuendos . 26 In that direction 30 Policeman 31 Attracted 33 Honey maker •34 Commotion 35 Appear 36 Greek letter 37 Glittery decoration 39 Fall flower , 41 Southern general 42 Can material 43 Noted time of writing 46 Pleasing smells 50 Pain 51 Used with a saucer 53 Desire 54 Unruly child 55 Blackbird 56 Outer (prefix) 57 Coteries 58 Beetle 59 Deceased DOWN 1 Lease 2 Bewildered 3 Present month (ab.) 4 Greek counselor 5 Number (pi.) 6 Three strikes and you're 7 Give (Scot.) g» IIS G« 8 Ornamental shade tree 9 Concept 10 Trim 11 Completed 19 Bitter vetch 20 In a line 22 Plant part 23 Shoo 24 California city 25 On top 27 Encourage 28 Anatomical- network 29 Beloved 31 Printing correction' 32 Concerning 35 Ovule 38 Frozen rain t 39 Atmosphere 40 Fell in crystalline flakes 42 Malayan mammal 43 Edible fish (pl.) 44 Land measure 45 Demonstrative pronoun 47 Small rodents 48 "Thin Man"dog 49 Having shoes 51 Ill-mannered man 52 One (Sp.) Tornadoes by the hundreds demolish American homes every year. The paths of their destruction may be in the hands of Fate. But your life ten 9 ** Here's how you can protect yourself and your family from the wrath of these killer storms. A tornado warning from the National Weather Service means a tornado has been detected,nearby. You may l>ave only seconds, so act quickly. Take cover below .ground level or in a solid shelter: If you live in a mobile hc/me", leave it f or solicl shelter or low ground. Outdoo!£s, 1 ' ' I curl up in a ditch or depression, cover your head with your arms. Indoors^ move to the basement. Seek shelter under the stairs or sturdy furniture such as aw havei: to the center of your house; hide iq an interior closet until the storm passes.' i • . orkbench. If you io basement, move \*

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