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f i l m u t i c a l Double pay for military reservists called legal SACRAMENTO (AP) Atty. Gen. Evelle Younger, a brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve, said Friday it is legal for the state to pay reservists and National Guardsmen for the time they spend on military duty. And one of Younger's deputies, who is also a brigadier general in the California National Guard, defended the "double-pay" policy as a needed recruiting incentive. Younger wrote letters to state and local officials Friday saying the policy is legal under the California M i l i t a r y and Veterans Code. The letter said the military training is "essential to the maintenance of an effective and responsive defense posture for the United States." Legislation is pending Three injured in gun battle with robbers Three persons were shot during a" gun battle in a grocery store near Compton F r i d a y when the owner of the store exchanged fire with two robbers, sheriff's deputies said. Deputies said Jesus Gonzales, 39, owner of Gonzales Market, 4015 E. t h a t would abolish the policy. Brig. Gen. Willard Shank of the state National Guard conceded Friday, " C e r t a i n l y t h e r e ' s an argument in favor of saving money (by abolishing the policy), you can't deny that. "But the real problem is how do you motivate a person to go to Fort Irwin or Camp Roberts, spend two weeks marching up a hill and rolling in the dirt if all he'd get is the same amount of money as if he stayed in his air-conditioned office?" Shank is taking a year's leave from his job as a deputy attorney general in Sacramento to serve as the No. 2 man in the state National Guard, starting Monday. He said he was waiving any civilian pay he could get during this period "because I figured it would be unnecessary. Also, I realize what it looks like. I want to give the right impression." Younger cited a section of the law saying, "during the first 30 days of any period of temporary military leave, the employe will receive compensation from his public employer in addition to whatever pay is received from the federal government for training,". The measure that would require employers to make up the difference between military pay and the public paycheck, if the military pay is less, has been approved by the Assembly and awaits an Aug. 18 hearing in the Senate Public Employes and Retirement Committee. A similar bill died in that committee two years ago. The current measure is c a r r i e d by Assemblyman Tom Suitt, D-Indian Wells. Shank said the question of double pay for high- r a n k i n g officers "is a separate issue and there are arguments to support it." But he admitted that it "doesn't look too good." Some full-time officers may have lower ranks in reserve units or the National Guard, he said, and would be making less. "Another reason we're doing it is to encourage private industry to do the same thing. Fort Irwin is 110 to 115 degrees in the summer when training is in progress -- 125 degrees out on the tank firing line at times. Now, if all he gets is what he'd get if he stayed home, it's be pretty hard to sell him, motivate him to re-enlist." The state legislative analyst has yet to study Suitt's bill, but a Department of Transportation engineer who has been on a two-year crusade against double pay estimates the state could saving $6 million annually under Suitt's bill. "It's grossly unjust," Classy Ads said the engineer, Orien Peterson, "because federal taxes pay the military salaries and state taxes pay the regular state salaries." He said he would testify at the Senate hearing. Caltrans spent $246,167 in 1974-75 on salaries to men on military d u t Peterson said. Based on C a l t r statistics, he projected the statewide percentage of workers who also belong to military units at just under three per cent, the total saving at "roughly six million." Shank said the federal government and o t h states h a v e t h double-pay p o l i c y "the idea is to provide stable cadre or corps or group of people who will be there every year. Public employes provide this reservoir of men." However, Peterson said, "Suitt's bill is a good bill. Card of Thanks To those friends, Romans and countrymen who loaned me your ears: You pick them up at your convenience. Thanks. Marc Antony. Bay thank you ... in tho omei Eilei. Clmiy Adi, P.O. Bo. ort Worth, TX 76102 Expect 55. if ncaieof duplication. Â© S . T S '