Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 18, 1998 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily ournal Commerce Juggling finances • Page 3 Today In Brief 2 Jumble 15 Classifieds .. .15 Lottery 18 Comics 12 Obituaries ... .18 Crossword .. .14 Sports 10 Daily Digest . .18 TV listings ... .14 Features 14 Weather 18 Forum 4 ©1998, Donrey Media Group 18 pages, Volume 139 Number 292 50 cents tax Included Wednesday, March 18,1998 GAMBLING UPDATE Casino compact is illegal: attorney By GLENDA ANDERSON The Daily Journal •. The gambling compact Gov. Pete Wilson is trying to impose on Indian tribes is intended to shut down casinos, according to attorney Les Marston, who represents the Coyote Valley and Copland Indian tribes. . "If the tribes were to sign this compact, they would be out of business in six months anyway, the illegal restraints on the free enterprise system contained in this compact are unbelievable," he said Tuesday. A memo from Coyote Valley's casino manager to the tribe's general council said he expected the compact, if adopted, to result in a 50 percent cut in the casino's $60 million a-year- business. That business nets the tribe about $5 million a year, according to tribal documents. Among other things, the model compact negotiated with a Southern California non-gambling tribe would limit the number of gaming devices each gambling tribe can own to 199, roughly half of what both the Hdpland and Coyote Valley tribes currently have. They can have up to 975 in each casino, but only if.they buy other, non- gambling tribes' allotments for $5,000 per machine per year. The compact also dictates exactly what kind of gaming devices can be used and gives the state authority over the casi- See GAMBLING, Page 18 Ft. Bragg drops fine on developer E(y DAN GJERDE Of the Advocate Saying they were not giving special treatment, Fort Bragg's ,City Council members waived a :$.646 fine the fire marshal had levied against businessman Dominic Affinito. ;-" Fire Marshal Jim Rutherford charged the fine because Affinito failed to pay the fire department's plan-checking fee before beginning construction of his North Cliff Motel. ;'. The council repealed the fine 6n a vote of 4-0. Mayor Lindy Peters was absent from the meeting, visiting family in the Bay area. Affinito paid the fine last ^November, along with a bill of jhe same amount which was several months past due. '' Affinito's 1 representative at the meeting, Wendy Squires, agreed the businessman had failed to pay the fire department's plan-checking fee before beginning construction of his 39-room motel, located on the northwest side of Noyo Bridge. However, Squires said it was Rutherford's fault the bill was paid late. She said the fire mar- sjial contacted Affinito about the 'bjll, but not Affinito's contractor, Ifrfark Mitchell. Mitchell's office is located next door to the firehouse. ."•• She said the fire district board had directed Rutherford to make •"every effort" to contact developers before charging any of them a fine for making a late- .payment. "In Dominic Affinito's qase that was not done," Squires said. See FINE, Page 18 couts in overnment By JENNIFER POOLE The Daily Journal group of Mendocino County Boy and Girl Scouts spent the day Monday getting a quick taste of how local government works. "Scouts in Government Day" 1998 started off at 8:30 a.m. at the Ukiah Civic Center with tours of the city administration offices and the Fire and Police Departments. The Scouts, not surprisingly, seemed particularly impressed with the fire trucks. "Now, how much does each one of these cost?" asked Scout Leader Dave Cooper, who organized this year's Government Day. The answer came back quickly from several of the kids: more than $300,000, including all the gear. "And how long does each engine last?" "Five years," was the reply. "Each tire costs $200 or $300," volunteered one boy. Ukiah Fire Chief Chuck Yates, a former Eagle Scout himself, came out to pose for a photo with the Scouts, telling them to straighten up and tuck their shirttails in as he lined them up. Boy Scouts from Troops 75, 88, 42 and 500 and two Girl Scouts, from Troops 500 and 395, participated in Monday's event. There was no school anyway Monday in Ukiah, as it was an in-service day, but the boys from Willits took the day off from school for Government Day. This year was the first year girls were invited along, and the two girls present said they learned some interesting things. "Now at school I can tell everyone it costs $80,000 to put in a street light," said Julia Hird. Adrienne Foote said although there was no specific Girl Scout merit badge for local government, some of the information applies to other badges she's working on. The goal of Government Day for the Boy Scouts is to be able to complete the Ukiah Fire Chief Chuck Yates talks with local Scouts about the fire department. In the foreground is Dave Cooper, the coordinator for "Scouts in Government Day." Judge Cox told us the difference between county jails and the state prison. At the jails, you can only stay for one year. State prison you can stay in for your whole life. Scouts leave the Ukiah Civic Center for the courthouse, the second stop on their tour of local government. -SCOUT TOM KING Adrienne Foote, left, of Troop 500, and Julia Hird of Troop 395, are the only Girl Scouts on the tour. They are on the tour to earn points toward badges and for credit In history classes. "Citizenship in the Community" merit badge. The boys will have to write a short paper based on what they learned, and answer some questions in front of an oral review board. After touring the Civic Center, the group walked downtown to the courthouse, where they met Superior Court Judge Conrad Cox. Boy Scout Tom King was impressed with that - "My dad used to be a judge," he said - as well as with the tour of the Police Department. "Judge Cox told us the difference between county jails and the state prison," he said. "At the jails, you can only stay for one year. State prison you can stay in for your whole life." After a bag lunch at Todd Grove Park, the Scouts regrouped and walked down to Low Gap Road to tour the Sheriff's Department, the County Jail and the Administration Center. Cooper said he thought that part of the day, although some of the younger kids were tired by then, went very well. "We had a great tour at the jail," he said. "We got to meet Supervisor Richard Shoemaker. And we got to see some really cool bugs in the Public Health lab. That scared the heck out of them." He said one of the Public Health specimens was a tapeworm over a foot long. Another interesting visit at the Admin Building, Cooper said, was with Dennis Lucido from the Assessor's Office, who took the kids into the property database to look up their home street addresses and get the county property lot numbers. "Then we went to Planning and Building, and they showed us on the township maps exactly what their property looked like, and whether there was an earthquake fault or a slide across it. They got a kick out of that." Scout Joey Titus said he had been intrigued by seeing some of the equipment the Fire and Sheriff's Departments had that had been confiscated from drug dealers. "They had two or three generators," he said, "I thought that was kind of interesting. And (confiscated) chain- sawSj too. They showed us how they used" the chainsaws to cut the roof to get the smoke out during a fire." Joey said it also made him think when he learned that several of the local leaders they talked to had been Eagle Scouts when they were young. And although Joey hasn't so far spent a lot of time thinking about what he wants to do when he grows up, he said he'd gotten some good ideas Monday. "It seems likes it's actually kind of interesting to work for your county and for the community," he said with a smile. The group of Scouts gathers for a photo in front of a fire engine. Chief Yates remembers this shot from when he was in Scouts on his Government Day tour.

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