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

 
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Calendar

 

What:    CCCA Community Meeting 

               Headwaters at the Comal 

When:   Tuesday,  Jan. 8: 6 to 8 pm

Where:  GVTC Auditorum,  36101 FM3159, NB 78132 

CCCA Flyer for Meeting

What:   Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training

When:  Tuesday, Jan. 15: 10 am

Where:  Comal County Election Office'

              396 N Seguin Ave, NB 78130 

What:    Gun Safety Legislation 

When:    Saturday, Jan. 19: 1 to 2:30 pm

Where:  Unitarian Universalist of New Braunfels

               135 Alves Lane, NB  78130

What:    9 to 5: the Musical - Benefit Performance

When:   Saturday, Feb. 2: 8 pm

Where:  Circle Arts Theater

              124 Elizabeth Ave, NB 78130

 

What: LWV Texas Lobby Days

When:  Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 5

Where:  Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake

            More Information

 

New Members

 

Sara and Charles Riggs

650 William's Way

New Braunfels, TX 78130

riggs_571@man.com

 

Kathryn Rothe

912 Woodland Oaks

New Braunfels, TX 78132

katy.rothe@gmail.com

 

 

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From the President

"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  Robert Kennedy

 

As we begin 2019, my first New Year;s resolution for each of us is that we take the right opportunity to make a difference in our community.  The League offers many ways to become informed and then work to advocate for legislation and public policies that will improve lives.  The League works to include all people in the electoral process and to make sure each vote counts.  We believe that each voice is important and that together we are a powerful force for good.  

 

"Civility is claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process." Tomas Spath and Cassandra Dahnke, Founders, Institute for Civility in Government

 

The other resolution is that we member that how we deliver the message is as important as the message and maintaining civility and respect is crucial to success. It is hard work finding common ground but with the League's  history of finding consensus, we can model an approach to problem solving that creates a more civil society.

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 Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training 

 

VDR certification expires at the end of each even numbered year.  All VDRs must attend training in 2019 to renew their certifications.

 

Are you interested in participating in LWV-CA’s voter registration drives in 2019? The first step is to obtain your Volunteer Deputy Registrar  (VDR) certification.  The next VDR training is at Comal County Elections Office Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at 10 a.m. and a number of LWV-CA members are attending and then celebrating with a group lunch.  We’d love for you to join us.  Email Jerrie Champlin at jbaralin@gvtc.com or text to 830-643-4657 to add your name to the Interested VDR Group. 

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Gun Safety Legislation in the

2019 Texas Legislative Session 

 

As Texas legislators prepare for the 2019 session, the Center for Disease Control reports that in 2017 deaths by gun violence in the US reached the highest level in 39 years.  Wondering what gun legislation is being proposed?  The LWV-CA and the Unitarian Universalists of New Braunfels are co-hosting “Gun Safety Legislation in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session” on Saturday, January 19 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at 135 Alves Lane, New Braunfels.  LWV Texas Gun Safety Issue Chair Aimee Mobley Turney and  Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Deputy Chapter Leader Molly Bursey and New Braunfels/San Marcos Local Group Lead Chrisy Hinkle  will review bills being filed and talking points for communicating with your representatives.
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Circle Arts Theatre 

Benefit for the League of Women Voters

Saturday, Feb 2: 8 pm

 

9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s,  this toe-tapping musical is the story of three unlikely friends that take control of their office and their lives. In the end, they realize there is nothing they can't do- even in a man's world. 

*Appropriate for Ages 16 & up*  

 

Contact a board member for tickets or go online to purchase directly from the theater.

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Join Us for Lobby Days

 

To learn about the issues and prepare for advocacy, LWV Texas hosts lobby days.  Any League member is welcome to attend one or both days.  While the League will be following many issues, our priorities are voting rights, women's health, and public education policies.

 

Agenda and ticket information is here.

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Night Skies Resolution Passed by Comal County Commissioners Court

 

On December 20, Comal County residents were treated to a special Resolution from Commissioners Court to start the new year. The resolution states that the court “encourages outdoor lighting fixtures and practices that follow up-to-date guidelines and use available technologies for non-intrusive lighting and will endeavor to educate and encourage landowners, businesses, residential neighborhoods, and public entities to join in this commitment to reduce energy consumption, save money, reduce light trespass and preserve our starry night skies.”

Read Resolution Here

 

Commissioners Scott Haag and Jen Crownover worked with various county residents and organizations to achieve passage of the resolution. According to Cliff Kaplan of the Hill Country Alliance, Comal is the 11th Hill Country county to adopt a resolution like this one, and the FIRST in the I-35 corridor.

 

LWV-CA is pleased to see this positive step toward protecting residents from light pollution, since it is part of our local land use position. We understand that the county intends to provide information on night sky lighting technology to developers applying for platting in the county.

 

This resolution will be very useful to residents who wish to work with utilities, school districts, and private entities to provide appropriate outdoor lighting to preserve our Hill Country night skies.  

Update on "County Authority" Issue
Legislation not likely

 

In August 2018, LWV members from all over the Hill Country gathered in Comal County to discuss the need for legislation granting county governments more land management “tools” to deal with the impacts of growth. Members of local LWVs in Bandera, Comal, Gillespie, Hays, and Kerr counties spent much of the fall discussing the issue with their local Commissioners Courts. 

 

On Nov. 16, LWVTX cosponsored a Hill Country Commissioners Workshop in Blanco, Texas with the Hill Country Alliance and the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance. Commissioners from four counties met to discuss the impacts of growth in unincorporated areas. Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute presented data regarding growth trends in the Hill Country resulting in land fragmentation and increased demands on water. View the presentation here.

 

Attendees discussed challenges to county governments including emergency preparedness for flooding, increased traffic, incompatible land uses, and wastewater treatment.  They shared ideas regarding possible solutions, but there was no agreement to move forward with any legislative proposals for the upcoming Legislative Session. 

 Jensie Madden,

LWVTX Issue Chair for Land Use

 

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Last month County Engineer, Tom Hornseth, made a presentation to the Comal County Conservation Alliance about the Regional Habitat Conservation Plan.  You can view this presentation and others presented at League meetings and to other groups on the Comal County Engineer's webpage.  Kudos to the CCEO for sharing information on a great website.

 

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Wimberley School to Make History

as First ‘One Water’ School in Texas

 

In neighboring Hays County, a new Wimberley primary school is making history. It will be the first "One Water" school in the state. That means the school will use 90 percent less groundwater than a typical school of this size. The campus will use rainwater and H-VAC condensation collection along with wastewater treatment during construction to conserve water.  For more details read WISD press release.

 

"One Water views all water—drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, greywater and more—as resources that must be managed holistically and sustainably. Doing so builds strong economies, vibrant communities, and healthy environments."  Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

League of Women Voters ® of The Comal Area

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

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