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Heard and, a good ways back, McConn. The mayor who for four years had presided over the Boom City’s boom, the mayor who had championed growth for growth’s sake, was finished. The general election pretty much was something of a referendum. McConn or no McConn. A policy of unrestraint or one of, well, let’s slow down a bit, see where we are, where we want to go, think it over a bit and then move slowly and certainly. OK. That was decided. Wild growth was out; planned progress was in. McConn was out; now, who would be in? It’d be either Whitmire or Heard. With only a couple of weeks between the general election and the runoff, both camps prepared to do war. Whitmire had an image as something of a social liberal, so her supporters were quick to point out that she was a fiscal conservative. Heard’s people characterized their man as, well, as a conservative’s conservative. Endorsements in the runoff were pretty much as expected. Heard got the nod from conservative groups and business; Whitmire was supported by liberal groups and minorities. There were exceptions to the case, though. Heard picked up some scattered support among blacks and Hispanics, while Whitmire won the endorsement of one of several police officers’ groups. In something of a bizarre note, a person who claimed to be a representative of the Ku Klux Klan had endorsed Heard in the general election. The person or his endorsement did not surface during the runoff. Both Whitmire and Heard had supported some arrest of the city’s wild growth. Whitmire had said she would seek outright restraints on growth in some areas and even promised she’d seek the deannexation of some areas. While promising an orderly slowdown in Houston’s cancer-like sprawl, Heard indicated he wouldn’t go quite that far. Instead, he said, he would seek to defeat new annexations until services were improved in existing parts of town. Other than that difference, the platforms of both candidates were surprisingly similar. They both said they’d raise the level of city services without increasing taxes by improving the efficiency of city government. Yes, they’d both improve the morale of the police department. Yes, they’d both improve mass transit. They both even hemmed and hawed when asked whether they’d fire Police Chief B. K. Johnson, whose big problem seems to be that he regularly places one, sometimes both, of his feet in his mouth. WITH SO many similarities, Whitmire and Heard took to extoling their own qualifications and attacking those of the other. What were those qualifications? chain, works largely through progressive Protestant Mental Health Assn., 2nd & 4th Tue.. 335-5405; NOW, 3rd Th., 336-3943; Precinct Workers Cl., 3rd Th., 429-2706; Senatorial Dist. 12 Demos., 2nd Sat. or 2nd Wed., 457-1560; Sierra Club, 3rd Wed., 923-9718; StuCty. Demo Women’s Club, 2nd Sat., 451-8133, 927-5169; Tx. Coalition of Black Demos \(F. W. 534-7737; Women’s Political Caucus, 1st Wed., 336-8700. in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador Cmte., 2nd Wed., 453-2556; Ecology Action, 4781645; El Centro Chicano, 477-7769 or 476-3747; Gray Panthers, 4th Thu., 345-1869; IMPACT, 4723903; LULAC, 2nd Wed., 451-3219; Magnet CoaliapAmn. Demos., 1st Mon., 444-7688 or 472-9211; New Amn. Movement, every other Sun., 454-2888 or 478-2096; NOW, 2nd & last Wed., 472-3775; Nurses’ Environmental Health Watch, 4543932; Northeast Aus. Demos., 2nd Tue., 836-3533; Phogg Foundation, Box 13549, Aus.; Save Barton Creek, every Tue., 472-4104; Sierra Club, 1st Tue., 478-1264; Socialist Party of Tx., 2nd Tue., 4523722; South Aus. Demos., 447-4091; Tx. Abortion Consumer Assn., 477-1882; Tx. Mobilization for Survival, Sun., wkly., 474-5877; Travis Audubon Scty., 3rd Thu., 447-7155 or 477-6282; Travis Cty. Demo. Women, every Fri., 453-3243; Travis Cty. YD’s, 453-3796; Univ. Mobilization for Survival, wkly., 476-4503; UT YD’s, 452-8516; West Aus. Demos., 2nd Thu:, 454-1291; Zilker Park Posse, 472-1053. SAN ANTONIO Demos. for Action, Research & Education 5715; ACLU, 224-6791; Amnesty Int’l., U.S. Group 127, Julia Powell, 828-4141; Women’s Political Caucus, 2nd Tues., 655-3724; Civil Rights Litigation Center, 224-1061; Citizens Concerned About Nuclear Power, 1st & 3rd Weds., 655-0543; Com2nd Th., 222-2367; Demos for Action, Research & Wed., 674-0351; Latin-American Assistance, alternate Sats., 732-0960; Mxn.-Amn. Demos., 3rd Mon., Walter Martinez, 227-1341; NAACP, 4th Fri., 2247636; Organizations United for East Side Development, last Tue., 824-4422; People for Peace, 2nd Th., 822-3089; Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1st Mon., Dr. Martin Batiere, 691-0375; Poor People’s Coalition for Human Services, 923-3037; Residents Organized for Better and Beautiful Tue., 226-3973; S. A. Demo. League, 1st Thu., 344-1497; S. A. Gay Alliance, last Wed., Metropolitan Commnty. Church, 102 S. Pine; Sierra Club, 3rd Tue., 341-5990; United Citizens Project Planning 224-4278. DALLAS ACLU, 2001 McKinney, Suite 330; ACORN, 823-4580; Amn: Friends Service Cmte., 321-8643; American Indian Center, 826-8856; Amnesty Intl., U.S. Group 205, 361-4690; Armadillo Coalition, 1st Wed., 349-1970; AMIGOS, 339-9461; Audubon Society, 341-2534; Bois d’Arc Patriots, 827-2632; Bread for the World, Dist. 3, Joe Haag, 7411991×298 & 495-1494; Brotherhood of Viet Vet., 224-9750; Brown Berets, 337-4135; Citizens’ Assn. Comm. Health, 1st Fri., 363-2979; Clean Air Coalition, 387-2785; Comanche Peak Life Force, Wed. wkly, 337-5885; Cmte. in Solidarity with the PeoAlliance, 2nd Mon., 528-4233; E. Dal. Nghbrhood Assn., 3rd Mon., 827-1181; Frederick Douglass Voting Council, every Fri., 426-1867; Love Field Cit. Action Cmte., 526-8481; Low Income Housing Security Cmte., 748-5861; Nghborhood Info. & Action Service, 827-2632; Neighbors United for Quality Ed., 823-6713; NOW North Club, 659-5254; Progressive Voters League, 3728168; Sierra Club, 2nd Wed., 369-5543; Central Civic League, 375-5038; S.E. Dal. Nghbrhood Club, every 4th Sat., 421-7931; Sound 6960; Txns. for Handgun Control, 528-3985; Tx. Cmte. on Natural Resources, 352-8370; Tx. Tenants Union, 823-2733; 526-1853; Urban Affairs Center 372-6801; War Resisters League, 337-5885; W. Dal. Nghbrhood Group, 3rd Wed., 631-1586. FORT WORTH 924-1401, board meets mthly; Armadillo Coalition, 927-0808; Bread for the World, 924-1440 \(Dist. Citizens for Fair Utility Regulation, 478-6372; Coalition of Labor Union Women, 469-1202. Dist. 10 Demos., 2nd Sat., 535-7803; First Friday, 1st Fri., 927-0808; F.W. Tenants’ Ccl., 923-5071; IMPACT, \(telephone GREATER TEXAS Bryan: ACLU, Box 4523, 77805; Alta Loma: Brotherhood of Viet. Vet., 925-6405. Amarillo: ACLU, 373-7200; Panhandle Environmental Awareness Cmte., 376-8903; Northwest Tx. Clergy and Laity Concerned, 2nd Tue., 373-8668. Bastrop: Central Tx. Lignite Watch, Bastrop Co., 321-5250. Beaumont: ACLU, 898-0743; Amnesty Intl, group 221, Karen Dweyer, 420 Longmeadow, Beaumont 77707. Brownsville: ACLU, 541-4874. Bryan: ACLU, 823-5543; Brazos Society for Alternatives to Nuclear Energy, 822-1882. Denton: ACLU, 3875126. El Paso: ACLU, 545-2990; Amnesty Int’l, Group 189, 584-4869. Lubbock: ACLU, 765-8393. Midland: Brotherhood of Viet. Vets., 684-3768. Nacogdoches: Pineywoods Coalition, 218 W. Austin St., Nacogdoches. San Juan: ACLU, 787-8171. Waco: ACLU, 755-3611. HOUSTON ACLU, 524-5925; ACORN, 523-6989; Amns. for Demo. Action, 522-9544; Amnesty Intl., Group 23, Anne Chastang, 6006 Saxon, 77092 & Eileen, 8695021×42; Brotherhood of Viet. Vet., 728-4857; Citi522-3343; Concilio de Organizaciones Chicanos, P.O. Box 9, Houston 77001; Demo. Socialist Organizing Cmte., 921-6906; Gay Political Caucus, 1st and 3rd Weds., 521-1000; Harris Cty. Concerned Women, 674-6798; Harris Cty. Demos., quarterly, 528-2057; Houston Area Women’s Center, 528-6798; Lesbian and Gay Demos. of Texas, 521-1000; Mxn:-Amn. Demos., 6944 Navigation, Houston 77011; Mockingbird Alliance, 747-1837; NAACP, 1018 Clebourne, Houston 77001; PASO, 6716 Fairfield, Houston 77023; Senate Dist. 15 Demo. Coalition, 862-8431; Tx. Coalition of Black Demos., 674-0968; Tx. Demos., 667-6194; UofH YD’s, 749-7347; Westside Demos., 464-2536. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 11