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Foreign language typing available. 477-6671 504 W. 24th St. Personal Service Quality Insurance ALICE ANDERSON AGENCY INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE 808A E. 46th, Austin, Texas 459-6577 West Side story The State Health Facilities Commission . mission has finally thrown in the towel on La Clinica Amistad in San Antonio. The hidebound state agency joined old guard elements of the medical profession in harassing Dr. Houston Wade’s new three-doctor clinic in a poor section of the West Side in which 20,000 residents had not a single doctor. In bureaucratic proceedings that dragged on apparently without end, the commission made as if to deny the clinic the “certificate of need” that one reading of the statutes said the clinic needed. Wade was ready to fight the state agency standing up; despite the state-level obscurantism, with federal approval of the clinic he went right ahead and opened it on the theory that the state has no power to prohibit the proper practice of private medicine. Now the commission has granted, as if out of the blue, the clinic’s Accidentally on purpose? You can’t be in two places at oncewhich may be the reason Gov. Bill Clements chose July 28 as the day for the Pasadena special election run-off between a labor-backed Democrat and a more conservative rival for a vacant House seat. The run-off date just happens to fall on the fourth day of the AFL-CIO state convention in Austin, where a lot of labor activists from this predominantly blue-collar district will be serving as delegates. “It was not just a coincidence,” says Erwin Barton, the candidate endorsed by the Texas AFL-CIO. The 47-year-old paper-mill worker expects the run-off timing to cost him the election-eve campaign help of Pasadena labor leaders tied up at the state convention. Barton’s opponent is attorney Roy Hubbard on ’80 Present political thinking at the top of the state labor movement came clear in San Antonio during July. In a question-and-answer session after a Trinity University speech, Texas AFLCIO president Harry Hubbard expressed fears of a corporate takeover of the U.S., but declared that labor and consumer groups will forge a coalition in Texas in 1980. His organization, Hubbard said, will try to raise $370,000 for contributions to candidates for statewide and legislative races. In 1978, he said, labor’s total spending came to only $200,000, a figure topped by the political funds of just two Houston law firms, including the certification. Despite the state’s footdragging, some of the poor people of the West Side now have medical services at nominal prices they can afford. Wade, who led demonstrations in Austin against racial discrimination as a college student, has also composed an original plan for one of the buildings being renovated in the St. Paul’s Square section of downtown San Antonio on the near East Side. Wade has been awarded the right to buy, from the San Antonio Development Agency, and to renovate with a federally subsidized 3 percent loan, an old building in which he plans to lodge his medical offices, a peace library and conference center, a co-op drugstore of the cost-plus-stated-add-on type that will concentrate on generic drugs, and a meeting place for the local Friends group, in which he is a moving force. Mease, who styles himself a “moderateconservative” Democrat. “Every organization that calls itself a union” has endorsed Barton, Mease declares, and he sees that as a blemish on Barton’s record. In the first go-round on June 30 Barton came in first in a field of four candidates for the House seat Jim Clark gave up to become mayor of Pasadena \(Ohs., May wasn’t enough to keep him out of a runoff with Mease, who finished second with 25.6 percent. Only 11 percent of the eligible voters turned out June 30, and if voter turnout is that low again on July 28, the loss of even a handful of labor ballots could make the difference. Edward Humes one in which John Connally is a partner. Hubbard thinks Reagan will be the GOP presidential nominee, but hopes it will be Connally, who he said could carry Texas but not the country. Although acquitted in the 1975 milk bribery case, Connally still suffers from unanswered questions in the public mind about the milk scandal, Hubbard believes. As for the Democrats, Hubbard expects Carter to be re-elected and will back him. Hubbard said he, like most Texas union members, preferred Ted Kennedy two years ago and still does, but that Kennedy has convinced national labor leaders he will not run. 12 JULY 13, 1979