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the biggest in America this year--far larger than those offered by Dallas and Ft. Worth. The city's utility departments got greedy and asked for too much, too soon. Voters recoiled in horror... by Buck Rindy" The decisive political victorY of the bond election was won by the limited growth forces, who proved they command a clear majority of the progressive constituency. SAC-YD operatives also clearly established that it is student leaders, not the Council, who command the loyalty of the University electorate... Many Progressives are increasingly critical of the Council's "political naivete.." "We were good enough to get them elected," complains one environmentalist, "but not good enough to advise them once in office." U.T. leaders assert that the city staff persistently gets the Council in political hot water. "The Council seems to forget that the staff is a holdover from the old regime. Dan Davidson's loyalties are to the past, not to the Council or its constituency" is a persistent theme. Perhaps the Council's biggest blunder was the size of the bend issue itself. The city proposed a gargantuan $205 million package smack dab in the middle of a recession. Austin's bend issue was one of Operation Rolling Thunder A few days afte~ the election I talked to AI Kaplan, who masterminded the telephone campaign of the pro-bond United for a Better Austin Committee. Kaplan is a genial fellow whose past credits include campaign work for Eugene McCarthy, John Lindsey and George McGovern....Kaplan used 50-75 telephon- ers every day for three weeks prior to the election. "Our object was to find folks who would vote for all the bends, get them down on lists, then bring 'era out on election day," he said. "Actually, I think we did a pretty good job. When we started, I personally believed that the water-sewer propositions would fail by 2-1. We made about 30,000 calls, concentrated in non-student precincts. We called it "Operation Rolling Thunder," and at the climax I honestly think we brought out 10,000 pro-bond votes. Remember, these folks voted 'yes' on everything--so they may have provided the margin of victory for the other bend propositions in some conservative areas." 7 Brother Against Brother Tensions grew high as the campaign mounted in fury, and there may be some lasting bitterness in the liberal commun- ity. When Tax-Collector candidate Ed Wendler boosted the bend issue on a radio show, his campaign finance chairman, anti-bender Gary Mtmro, promptly res- igned...Several bond opponents state flatly they will never work in any political campaign that involves Friedman strat- egist Peck Young, who they blame for a media campaign that portrayed them as anti-East Austin and pro-pollution. Young, for his part, is furious with the barrage of critical stories run by the Daffy Texan. Young had several confrontations with Texan Editor Seott Tagliarino in an effort to place more guest viewpoints on the editorial page. Datsun Volkswagen Front End Alignment McPherson Strut Service Capri Volvo "vP.LVE JOBS OVERHAULS CLUTCHES WHOLESALE & RETAIL'WW & TO~gOTA PARTS & SUPPLY Tune-Up Specials " VW--$12.50 VOLVO--S18.50 TOYOTA--S18.50 PLUS PARTS BRAK]B JOBS DATSUN--S20.00 TIL DEC. 31 CV JOINTS ELECTRICIAN ' MACHINE SHOP SERVICE A COMMUNI~ AUTO CO-OP sUPPLIER 836-3171 1003 SAGEBRUSH THISICOUPON This Special 48-Page Book Tells You: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About ARMADILLOS Send $1.25 to: 916 E. 49th Austin 78751 further details t