Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 7, 1998 · Page 5
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 5

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, June 7, 1998
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Government SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 1998 — A-5 Mendocino County Board of Supervisors The following are a few of the highlights of the Tuesday, Julid 9 weekly meeting of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. Some items are scheduled for a specific time; if the meeting is running late, they may be heard later, but they will not be heard before then- scheduled time. • Annual Recycling and Disposal Report from Solid Wastes of Willits. 9:30 a.m. • Presentation by Marti Bray of Friends of the County Parks on the reinvigoration of the Friends group. Also a request for. the board to support Friends' fund-raising activities. 10:45 a.m. • Resolution honoring retiring Sheriff's Lt. Robert Parker. 2:30 p.m. • Marijuana eradication grant funding. Should the board change language in a resolution sent along with this year's state eradication grant application that suggests the war on marijuana is a failure and; a waste of taxpayers' money? The state Office of Criminal Justice Planning, which funds COMMET, the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team, says the letter needs to be changed to reflect the goals of their own Marijuana Suppression Program. 2:40 p.m. • Drug Enforcement Administration Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Project. - $60,000 grant. Sheriff Jim Tuso is asking the board to authorize his department to pursue this grant. No time is given for this item. The Board of Supervisors meets at the County Administration Center, 501 Low Gap • Road. The .public meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. each week. For more information, call 463-4221. Fresh push to salvage cheap Internet hookups By JEANNINE AVERSA Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — The nation's top telecommunications regulator is scrambling to salvage continued funding of cheap Internet hookups for schools, libraries and rural health care providers. "Ending this effort is not in the best interest of the American public," Bill Kennard, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said in a statement Friday. "We need to find a way to ensure that this effort continues. I am committed to this." The program is under attack as new fees pop up on telephone bills to pay for the cheap hookups, among other things. Republican chairmen, ranking Democrats on Congress' telecommunications committees and consumer groups want the FCC to stop funding the program. They believe it will make phone bills go up, because fees the FCC charges telecommunications companies to pay for the program are passed on to customers. The FCC is now determining how much — if anything — to collect from the companies to pay for the discount hookups for the second half of this year. The FCC needs support from three of its five members to take action. The Internet program was the centerpiece of President Clinton's second-term educational goal of wiring the nation's schools to the Internet by 2000. Making a fresh appeal Friday for continued funding for the cheap hookups, Clinton mentioned financing the program at "$1 billion or so a year." The FCC has agreed on a total of $675 million for the first half of this year for the hookups: $625 million in subsidies to schools and libraries and $50 million to rural health care providers. None of the money has been disbursed. Last year, the FCC said it would give schools and libraries up to $2.25 billion in subsidies per year and rural health care providers up to $400 million a year. "If the FCC funds it at $1 billion for the year, as suggested by Clinton, I'd be surprised the FCC could go that high without a rate increase on consumers' bills," said Gene Kimmelman, co-director of the Consumers Union's Washington office. The Consumers Union says funding must be halted at $675 million for the year to keep phone bills from going up. Many ideas are being discussed. They include funding the program at the same level — $675 million — for the next six months or at some lower levels; using all or part of an existing 3 percent excise tax on telephone service to pay for the discounts — the tax generated $4.5 billion TIAffiff $ www.ncld.ord . Develops training, educational ' materials for parents, teachers. • International Dyslexia Association (IDA) (800)ABC-D123 (410)296-0232 ,-. International network that brings Parents 4 Educators Resource Center (PEHC) i> 471-9545 •' ' '' bere«berc^ '< PitfvidfeseryWfeia to parents, < educators of L0. children. '., ' " Vv<:,. '%^.," J -V. ' Mttmtf*** LD families • J. ; .1 *'tfi j^\f '*• * ».. j ' ',' 1 • ArV^'sftesl^fS^ikifit organizations <h«l:' ; '<.provide Tree InfoHmatio'ri andtesources to 1 - :cli ' children with learning disabilities: \m> DfcablllUes and Sifted X'.N • \\J\J\TJ wjbwyvd ft. • > *•, YVww.6ec.'s^Bd;prg/ V '»V ; xfcicec.htrrt •' *<''Vv-, "•' Petferally funded tearing-, hoiwtf% ( lnfprrnatic)irVori^ v,.' education •'•.'•/•• •£,,„ : '?, • CoincllfMUarnlrifi, Disabilities (CLD) <f (913)492-8755 ;;;. wwwl , International organization lor professionals; promotes' •eseatteh. '• ' ' : Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities (CCLD); research by PAT CAM ' in 1997 — or not providing any additional funds for the next six months. "It's still all very up in the air," said Michelle Richards, director of federal programs for the National School Boards Association, whose members have applied for discounted hookups. "It would be a travesty if funding is delayed, reduced or frozen," she said. "We'll fight any cuts," said Lynne Bradley, deputy executive director of the American Library Association's Washington office. KRTInlOflraphlct/KEITH SIMMONS The FCC could decide the funding issue anytime by Tuesday, said spokeswoman Liz Rose. Only one of the FCC's commissioners, Harold Furchtgott- Roth, has said how he'll vote: He wants funding halted. Woman's face to grace new gold coin Q overnor A n««^«ln4n*l D ••*«*%«* e»i mil •»*• «** Pi r* A ••*•» tVt A Antl^/^nt* O/'lrvUM'l ff fQfrtrt*-* r» a ft* *"«»"» Mill a VOi^ll _ ^*^^ ^^ T ^^ •*. -*. -B. ^^ .A. Associated Press WASHINGTON — A new gold-colored dollar coin the U.S. Mint plans to put in Americans' pockets by mid-2000 will bear the face of a woman: a woman of history, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, or the Statue of Liberty or another allegorical symbol. With the fiasco of the unpopular Susan B. Anthony dollar of the 1980s still fresh, a special panel meets in Philadelphia this week to recommend a woman for Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin to choose. President Clinton signed legislation in December authorizing the coin. It specifies it should be similar in size to the Anthony dollar, minted from 1979 to 1981. But it must be gold-colored, with a distinctive edge, so people can easily distinguish it from a quarter — a cause of the Anthony coin's unpopularity. The reverse must depict the American eagle. Beyond that, the design was left to Rubin. And he, mindful of the political touchiness of the subject, appointed the nine- member committee that meets Tuesday to recommend "design concept" for Rubin. The panel includes an architect, a coin expert, a sculptor, a college president, a former Bush administration personnel executive and Rep. Michael Castle, R- Del., sponsor of the legislation establishing the coin. Besides former President Franklin D. Roosevelt's wife, a leading candidate to replace Anthony is Sacajawea, mint Director Philip N. Diehl said his mail on the subject shows. Sacajawea was the 17-year-old Shoshone Indian girl who guided Lewis and Clark across the Pacific Northwest two centuries a ago. Continued from PageA-4 — Davis favors broader rights to abortions. Lungren, a staunch Roman Catholic, is opposed to abortion. — Davis opposes school vouchers that would pay for private and religious schools; Lungren favors the idea. — Davis supports a ban on cheap handguns; Lungren opposes it. Both Lungren and Davis were planning to take short vacations over the weekend, then plunge back into the campaign. "You don't get to run for governor too often," Davis said. He added: "Five months isn't a lot of time." 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