Serving the people of Comal and Guadalupe Counties

OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Roxanna Deane

VP-PROGRAM

Kathie Jinks

VP-ORGANIZATIONS

Dawn Medeiros

VP- VOTERS SERVICE
Robin Engel & Susan Herr

SECRETARY

Sandi Parks

TREASURER

Gloria Suarez-Sasser

DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP

Jenny Ayala

DIRECTOR, PUBLICITY

Jerrie Champlin

DIRECTOR, YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

Janyth Fredrickson

CHAIR, NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Fran Hargrove

Calendar 

What:    LWV-CA Board Meeting

When:   Tuesday, April 9: 5 pm

Where:  Rio Terra Senior Living

                2294 Common St, NB 78130

All members welcome.

What:   Comal County Conservation Alliance,   "Land for Water: Austin’s Water Quality Protection Lands Program."    When:  April 9: 6 - 8  pm

Where:  GVTC Auditorium

              36101 FM3159, NB

              CCCA Coming Events

What:   Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training

When:   Wednesday, April 16: 10 am

Where:  Comal County Election Office

              396 N Seguin Ave, NB 78130 

YOU MUST RSVP IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE CLASS. Please call 830-221-1352 for reservations

What:   Garden Ridge Candidate Forum

When:   Tuesday, April 16: 7 pm

Where:  Jay F. Feibelman Garden Ridge Community and Event Center

               9400 Municipal Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78266     

What:    Early Voting for May 4 Election in Garden Ridge, New Braunfels, and Seguin

When:   Monday, April 22 through Tuesday, April 30

What:    Elections in Garden Ridge, New Braunfels, and Seguin

When: Saturday, May 4

What:   LWV-CA Annual Meeting

When:  Monday, May 20: 6 pm

Where:  Unitarian Universalists of New Braunfels

              135 Alves Ln, NB 78130                

 Andrew Kim, Comal ISD Superintendent is the guest speaker.

New Members   

Faith Kramer - student member

faithkramer44@gmail.com  325.280.9870

 

Toni Urban

toniurban830@gmail.com 713.458.0630 

 

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From the President 

It is all about the vote this month. 

 

Election Day is coming for some jurisdictions and the League has sent out questionnaires to all the candidates.  We are preparing pro and con statements for bond issues.  All of this information will be available on Vote411 by April 15.

 

In Garden Ridge there are two council seats and a mayor's race.  We have been working with the City Secretary to arrange a candidate forum for April 15. All candidates have agreed to participate.

 

The Youth Empowerment  Team has been working  on a presentation for Comal ISD seniors.  Later this month we will be going into classrooms with the potential of registering 400 students.  As you can imagine this is going to take a lot of volunteer effort.  Please look for an email tomorrow with specific information about how you can help.  We need DVRs and others who haven't been certified.yet.  But it isn't too late to attend the April 16 training.

 

And Voting Centers maybe in our future.  With electronic polling books, there is no reason voters have to appear at a specific location  to vote.  Voting at a nearby polling site at lunch or on the drive home would be so much more convenient.  

 

Finally I want to thank the donors that  participated in the Big Give and raised $1100 for our education fund.  We will be using the money to purchase materials for the student registration project.

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May 4 is Election Day

Elections are being held in Garden Ridge, New Braunfels, New Braunfels Independent School District, and the Seguin Independent School District.

 

Local government entities may choose to hold elections in May or November. These include cities and school boards. Candidates had until Feb. 15, 2019 to file for a place on the ballot. That was also the last day for the local governmental entity to call for a general election. If races are uncontested, the election is cancelled.

 

Information is available at lwvcomal.org for each election, including who or what is on the ballot, dates and locations for early voting and on election day.  Information about bond issues and candidates will be on VOTE411 by April 15.

 

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Voting Centers for Comal County 

On March 28 the Comal County Elections Office presented a workshop at Commissioner's Court on the Countywide Polling Place Program. The Texas Secretary of State began a pilot program in Lubbock County in 2006.  Since that time it has been expanded by each legislature and is now permanent.  Fifty-five counties now have countywide polling.  This means that election day is like early voting - voters do not have to show up at one particular location.
 
In the presentation to the Court, Cynthia Jacqua, Elections Coordinator, said that there are currently 25 polling locations on election day and that will be the number of Voting Centers (Countywide polling locations) on election day.  Nothing will change for the voter who doesn't know that they could go anywhere.  Others will benefit.
 
The Secretary of State makes a report about voting centers every two years to the Legislature.  It contains comments from each county about how voting centers are working for them.  Read the latest report and see why voting centers are such a success. The League is in favor of making it easier to vote.  The experience in other counties show that voters are happier and poll workers are less stressed because they don't have to turn people away or take provisional ballots which won't count.  It seems a win-win for everyone.
 
Below is the timeline.  The advisory committee will include a representative of the League as well as many governmental agencies and political parties. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to choose the 25 polling locations.   Most if not all will be sites currently used for voting.
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Bills Helpful to Local Issues are Proposed

We are a little more than midway through the 86th Texas Legislative Session, and several bills that would impact on local land use issues are being discussed. LWVTX is supporting two of them.

 

Strengthening state regulations on MUDs
HB 2590  SUPPORT. Rep. Biedermann, District 73 (Comal, Kendall, Gillespie counties) is proposing this bill regarding the powers of a Municipal Utility District (MUD). The bill would broaden who is notified about proposed MUDs, would require appointed temporary directors to be residents of the county where the MUD is located, and would prohibit eminent domain outside of the MUD for the purposes of discharge of treated wastewater. LWVTX will be registering in SUPPORT of this bill when it is heard by the House Committee on Land and Resource Management on April 2. LWVTX supports greater accountability for single-purpose districts, and this bill would provide greater accountability for MUDs.

 

Study of septic system regulations over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone

HB 4110   SUPPORT. Rep. Zwiener, District 45 (Hays and Blanco counties) is proposing this bill calling on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to study and make recommendations regarding the effects of septic systems on the groundwater in the recharge zone. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, but has not been scheduled for a hearing. LWVTX supports the protection, conservation, and development of groundwater resources and we support maintaining groundwater quality by preventing harmful contamination of aquifers. LWVTX SUPPORTS this bill and has requested that the bill be heard in committee.

 

Strengthening state regulations on Quarries

Several bills have been introduced that strengthen regulations on aggregate mining. LWVTX is watching these bills, but none have been scheduled for hearings yet. Here is a list of some:

  •     HB 2871 (Biedermann: Comal, Gillespie, Kendall) 
  •     HB 3798 (Biedermann)  
  •     HB 3033 (Zwiener; Hays & Blanco counties) 
  •     HB 4247 (Wilson; Marble Falls) 
  •     HB 4409 (Wilson)
  •     SB 694 (Campbell; Kendall, Comal, Hays Counties) 

 

Anyone interested in keeping up with Land Use issues in the legislative session can check the LWVTX Land Use blog. LWVTX Issue Chairs also follow more than 20 other issues. Access their blogs.

 By Jensie Madden, LWVTX Issue Chair for Land Use

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Hispanic Culture in New Braunfels 

The March 21 meeting at the New Braunfels Public Library gave some audience members the opportunity to reminisce and remember their ancestors.  For others, a door was opened into the lives of Hispanic New Braunfels residents.  We learned about the reasons for immigration, and the creation of a vibrant community despite discrimination and segregation.  There were family stories  from pre-Texas independence (early 1800s)to escapes from the Mexican Revolutionary War (early 1900s) to Comaltown and the Westside community in the 1950's.

 

If you have family stories or memorabilia to add to the Hispanic Heritage Committee archives contact the Committee at estella_farias@yahoo.com. Thanks to Sylvia Segovia and Estella Delgado Farias for a wonderful presentation.

 

Membership Notes

Thank you wonderful members!  We have experienced a significant increase in membership as a result of your efforts.  That increase translates to additional voter registration activities, the development of our Youth Empowerment Initiative, additional members attending Lobby Days, and hosting various Forums. Your efforts are enhancing the mission of our League.

 

We invoice members through email a month before your annual dues are due. If you have questions regarding membership please contact Jenny Ayala at (210)823-5488 or jenayala@gmail.com.

 

Join us for dinner, lively conversation and learn what the League has been doing this year. Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalists in New Braunfels.   Guest Speaker CISD Superintendent Andrew Kim will talk about the state of CISD.  Thirty days before the meeting you will receive proposed changes to the bylaws and the 2019-2019 proposed budget.  These will be voted on at the meeting.

 

Coffee, tea and water will be provided.  Dinner will be $10 per person (paid at the door) plus a dish of your choice to share.   Text Kathie Jinks at 979-285-5834, or email her at kathiej13@icloud.com to RSVP and let her know what you’ll be bringing.  Guests are welcome.

 

Annual Directory update:  Please make this change on page 2 of the 2018-2019 Directory and Handbook.  In place of Lamar Smith please write in Chip Roy  - 202.225.8628

https://roy.house.gov/

 

League of Women Voters ® of The Comal Area

P.O. Box 311324 | New Braunfels, TX 78131

(830) 935-4635 | lwvcomaltx@gmail.com