Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 9, 1998 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily ournal People Ukiah exchange students • Page A-3 In Brief ..".. ,A-2~ Classifieds .. .B-6 Comics 8-4 Crossword .. .B-5 Daily Digest .A-10 Features ... .B-5 Forum A-6 Kid Scoop . . .B-3 Jumble B-6 Lottery A-10 Obituaries . .A-10 Sports A-7 TV listings .. .B-5 Weather A-10 ©1998, Donrey Media Group 18 pages, Volume 140 Number 50 50 cents tax Included Tuesday, June 9,1998 -^^^••-^•' Pay raise for supervisors not a 4 slam dunk 9 By JENNIFER POOLE The Daily Journal -' A committee set up to look into the idea of raising Mendocino County supervisors' salaries met for the second time Monday. "The discussion was fair, I thought," said Mark Scaramella, Anderson Valley Advertiser staffer who was appointed to the committee by 3rd District Supervisor John Pinches. "It sounded to me like the opinions were quite varied," he said. "It's not a slam dunk." Scaramella said four members of the committee were at Monday's meeting: Bill to fund MTA plans expected to be signed By CLYDE WEISS Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - When Bruce Richard first learned a national transportation spending bill would earmark $1.3 million to build the Ukiah Transit Center, he was ecstatic. "Frankly, I was a bit surprised it was in there at that much money," said Richard, general manager of the Mendocino Transit Authority. The $1.3 million was the total cost of construction, he said. But that was before late changes were made in the legislation by House and Senate negotiators. The result was a $203 billion six-year transportation spending bill that Congress passed last month and that President Clinton is scheduled to sign today. In the final version, many of the 1,850 earmarked projects were cut by 25 percent, some more, some less. Some were left untouched. In the end, the Ukiah Transit Center was slashed by more than 50 percent, to $500,000. Another regional project, to renovate California Western Railroad's Willits and Fort Bragg depots, was cut from $500,000 to $275,000. Richard said the cut in the Ukiah Transit Center will cause the transit authority to rethink the project. The authority initially planned to lease a three-to- four-acre site at the old North- Western Pacific Railroad depot on East Perkins Street, but after learning of the $1.3 million grant, "we said, 'What the heck, l£t's buy it.'" f . Now it's back to square one. '". The transit center would consolidate all mass transit that now serves Ukiah into one location, Richard said. That includes the MTA bus service, Greyhound, the Santa Rosa Airporter, the Amtrak throughway bus and the Mendocino Stage from Fort Bragg. .- Those operators now have stops all over town. "We want to refurbish the depot building, then build a three-tiered set of bus bays large enough for a dozen vehicles," Richard said. Also, a sheltered passenger waiting area would be built. The existing depot was built in the 1920s. "As far as I'm aware," Richard said, "it hasn't been altered outside, but it's in reasonably good shape." .„ The complex "will improve circulation in the city," he said. "Most important, from our point of view, it makes riding the bus simpler and more convenient both within Ukiah and to other places in the region and the whole state, because we're hooking in with the Amtrak bus, i3jeyhound" and the Airporter. ' The new center also could become the focus of a redevelopment of the overall 10-acre railroad site, he added. ' But the reduction in federal funding will mean a change in all those plans. Now the transit ;, See TRANSIT, Page A-10 County Assessor Charles Clibum; Bob Armanino of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County; Jim Hay, president of the Coast Chamber of Commerce; and Scaramella himself. Cliburn, who chairs the committee, agreed that committee members were trying to genuinely answer questions that come up as they investigate the issue. "The more we look at it," he said, "the more complex it's become." Should the committee compare supervisors' salaries in. Mendocino County with those of neighboring counties? Our supervisors earn $32,329 a year; Lake County's earn $26,580; Humboldt County's earn $46,176; and Sonoma County's earn $53,952. Or would a comparison with other elected officials in our own county - or even a comparison with the average county wide wage - be more fair? How much work does a supervisor actually do? The current annual salary is based on a supervisor's position being half-time only. According to 5th District Supervisor Charles Peterson, who set up the salary committee, he and his colleagues all currently work more than 40 hours a week. If the committee decides an aide for each supervisor would be warranted, would the aide be a political appointee or a permanent member of county staff? Scaramella said his uncle, Joe Scaramella, a former county supervisor, used to tell him that, yes, the board had less work to do in the past, but there were also fewer county employees to help the supervisors with the job. "The law and the requirements were less complicated in the old days," Scaramella said, "but on the other hand, there's a lot more staff now. If you have a legal question, there's a lawyer to ask. THREE PIGGY OPERA' Barbara Vasconcellos/The Daily Journal The three pigs hide in the brick house after the wolf has blown down the straw and stick houses. Dalen Anzilotti, Scott Spears and Ivette Orozco sing, "Not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin." Opera gives first-graders a chance to pig out By GLENDA ANDERSON The Daily Journal \ rank Zeek first-graders hammed it up Friday morning and Monday night in a production of "Three Piggy Opera" - a jazzy rendition of "Three Little Pigs." "I want a big, fat, pig to eat I want a big fat pig to eat I want a big, fat, pig to eat," sang the big bad wolf, followed by a chorus of 100 first- graders, all wearing pink paper pig masks singing: "He wants a big, fat, pig to eat He wants a big fat pig to eat He wants a big, fat, pig to eat." Naturally, the show included the blowing down of the pig houses - cardboard ones made with the help of parents - and the lesson that bricks hold up a lot better than straw and sticks. "No way, no way, no way, no way, no way we're going to let you in," the three little pig- gies sang to the wolf from the sanctuary of the brick house, again echoed by the piggy chorus. Both the Friday debut of the show in front of Frank Zeek students and the Monday night show for parents went off without a Ronnie Duwe, the wolf, sings, "I want a big, fat pig to eat." hitch, thanks to the direction of Gail Stewart, a Frank Zeek substitute teacher. "It's just so easy," she said of the production. Stewart said simplicity is the key to the piggy opera's success. "It's very repetitive and very easy to learn. It's not real elaborate or anything, but it does tickle," she said. Stewart proposed putting on the opera because she'd previously orchestrated the show in Linden, Wash., when she was an elementary school music teacher there. "It was the talk of the town," she said. It was no trouble recruiting actors for the show, Stewart said. She said she had between 15 and 20 volunteers for the main parts from each of the four participating first-grade classes. That's out of classes that have only 20 to 25 students each. Children must not learn to fear failure until after first grade, she speculated about the fearlessness of the lot. 'Three Piggy Opera" reinforces their moxie because it's pretty much fail safe, Stewart said. During the 20- minute performance Friday, the actors and chorus were clearly having a good time as they sang, swayed to the music and waved their arms. The young audience seemed pleased as No way, no way, no way, no way, no way we're going to let you in. -THREE LITTLE PIGGIES The chorus sings refrains throughout the opera. well, and applauded the show enthusiastically. "It was good," said fifth-grader Amanda Williams. Stewart said she doesn't know whether she'll be able to produce another show at Frank Zeek next year because she's applied for full-time teaching positions in the fall. But she said any other teacher could do the show as well. "It's just so simple and it's so fun to do. It's not something a music educator has to do," Stewart said. "Now they have the luxury of a large bureaucracy to work with they didn't have before." The committee members agreed Monday to put together a questionnaire for current and former supervisors to answer - on a voluntary basis - to get more information about their workloads and what they think about aides. The committee also plans to interview both past and present supervisors, again on a voluntary basis. As to whether the question of raises for the supervisors should be put to the See PAY, Page A-10 Salmon's extinction 'not an option' By NAOMI JARVIE Fort Bragg Advocate-News In February, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Terry Garcia said. "Our West Coast salmon face an uncertain future, but extinction is not an option." According to Roanne Withers of Mendocino CoastWatch, who played a major role in organizing the Coho hearing May 22 in Fort Bragg, that means only one fish left. Recovery is the most important issue and up until now we here on the coast, she said, have not heard much about recovery from any state or federal agency. . But.they heard it_that day from the National Marine Fisheries Services' Dr. William Hogarth when he said, "Recovery is first and foremost in NMFS." Hogarth also honored Nat Bingham as one of the most outstanding people he had the opportunity to meet and to deal with. "He was a straightforward conservationist," he said, "and if someone doesn't step up and replace him we're all going to be in trouble." Hogarth asked for a moment of silence to honor Bingham, who died last month. "We've heard statements before from NMFS," Withers said, "and we are being cautiously hopeful, but this is the first time Hogarth has said they are putting recovery first." Most of the invited state and federal agency representatives were at the hearing in Eagles Hall, sponsored by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, and Mendocino CoastWatch. These included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Fish & Game, California Department of Forestry, National Marine Fisheries Services & NOAA, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and State Water Resources, plus representatives from Sen. Mike Thompson and Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin's offices. Conspicuously absent were any local elected officials including Fort Bragg Mayor Lindy Peters or council members, Point Arena council members or supervisors, including 4th District Supervisor Patti Campbell who was away from her office from May 22 to June Peters said he is acutely aware of the problems and supportive of the fishermen, but as an official of the city, has little or no control over salmon fisheries. Emotions ran high but were well-controlled at the hearing. Moderator Craig Bell, chairman of the Mendocino County Fish and Game Commission, set the pace, summarizing a strongly worded resolution of framework to insure full recovery of Coho in California. Representing the many groups sponsoring the forum, he stated, "We demand immediate action by our federal government... in establishing the goal of full restoration of Coho See SALMON, Page A-10 -JJ

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