Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 10, 2004 · Page 9
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REGION WEDNESDAY. MARCH 10, 2004 - 9 STATE IN BRIEFS School district makes deep cuts RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — The West Contra Costa school district has voted to eliminate high school athletics, close all its libraries and lay off 10 percent of its employees as part of $16.5 million in budget cuts. After a Monday meeting that lasted nearly four hours, the school board approved the cuts by a 5-1 vote, with only the high school student representative, Peter Chau, dissenting. "As a high school student, I cannot see our high schools undergo any more stress," Chau said. About 200 parents, teachers, students and West Contra Costa school district employees filled the Lovonya DeJean Middle School auditorium Monday night to demand jobs and programs be protected from a list of recommended budget cuts. Mike Ali, a Richmond resident, called on the superintendent to cut her salary in half and urged a 70 percent reduction in administrative offices. On the chopping block are 407 positions, or roughly 10 percent of the district's employees, including psychologists, speech therapists, teachers, principals, counselors and custodians. High school athletics, a mainstay of many campuses, was eliminated, saving about $525,400, and making West Contra Costa the first in the state to make such a drastic move. Garage opponents win temporary stop SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Opponents of a garage planned for beneath the Music Concourse at Golden Gate Park have won a temporary restraining order in state court, halting the $50 million project. On Monday, a San Francisco Superior Court judge scheduled a hearing for Friday to decide if he should halt construction permanently. Opponents led by San Francisco resident Katherine Roberts say the Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority, which city voters created in 1998 to oversee garage construction, violated several guidelines laid out by the initiative such as granting control over the construction project to a nonprofit group and locating one garage entrance inside the park. Officials, who started construction last week, said opponents are trying to gain in court what they couldn't win at the ballot box. Anti-smoking researcher calls on R-rating for movie smoking LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Nicolas Cage lights a cigarette in a movie, Hollywood's ratings board should respond as if he just used an obscenity. So said Stanton Glantz, co-author of a new study that criticizes studios for allowing glamorous images of smoking in movies that are rated for children under the age of 17. Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, made the remarks Tuesday at a press conference at Hollywood High School before a group of students and the media. He said nearly 80 percent of PG-13 rated movies feature some form of tobacco use, while 50 percent of G and PG rated films depict smoking, according to the study of 775 U.S. movies over the past five years. "No one is saying there should never be any smoking in the movies. We think that would be nice, but the fact is it would not be a realistic thing to ask for," Glantz said. "What we're simply asking for is that smoking be treated by Hollywood as seriously as it treats offensive language." He'd like to see more PG-13 movies that feature smoking — like "Matchstick Men," "Seabiscuit" and the Oscar-winning "Chicago" — get slapped with an R-rating. Since R-rated films typically earn less money because they are not open to most teenagers, Glantz said he hoped such a policy would discourage filmmakers from depicting unnecessary smoking, such as the nicotine-addicted worm aliens in "Men in Black." The proposal includes an exception for historical figures who actually smoked as part of their public life, Glantz added. Don't fence them in: Retirees head to wide open spaces By GENARO C. ARMAS Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sunshine and warm temperatures aren't the only lures for retirees. They also want cheaper housing and some elbow room, and that has made places like Colorado, Idaho, Utah and New Mexico increasingly attractive to the over-65 set. Each of those states saw its senior population grow by at least 6 percent between 2000 and 2003, placing them among the 10 fastest-growing states for that age group, according to Census Bureau figures being released Wednesday. Much of the growth is due to active retirees from California who go looking for destinations with four-season climates, less congestion and cheaper living costs, said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. "What's happening is that baby boomers who moved to California are just now reaching retirement age," Frey said. "California is really sort of a bubbling population of elderly ready to escape high housing costs." A separate 2002 census survey found the median home value in California was above $275,000, compared with $199,000 in Colorado and $116,000 in New Mexico. Nevada, which leads the nation in most population growth categories, is tops among the 65-and-over crowd as well. That population increased 15 percent there between 2000 and 2003. Alaska was second at 14 percent. However, it's thought that is due more to the aging of the state's own residents than to retirees moving in. Arizona, long a popular retirement destination, followed Alaska, with 7 Find the purr-feet pet in Journal Classifieds K.C. Meadows Editor Ukiah Daily Journal Meet the editor Ukiah Daily Journal Editor K.C. Meadows wants to meet you. Head down to Schat's Courthouse Bakery 113 W. Perkins Street Thursday morning at 7 a.m. to discuss current events, give her story ideas, respond to stories you've read in the Daily Journal, or just chat. Groups of local residents have had rousing conversations about education, transportation, child rearing, supervisors' salaries^ and more. California, by far the most populous state, has the -. largest number of people 65 and older, 3.8 million, up ' almost 5 percent from 2000. It was followed by Florida $ and New York. ;' : percent growth in the 65-and- older population. Nationally, that senior population rose almost 3 percent, to 35.9 million. Many retirees in states such as Idaho and Colorado enjoy the mountain vistas and fresh air but stay close to cities such as Boise and Denver to gain easy access to health care, transportation and shopping, said Mark Fagan, a sociologist at Jacksonville State University and an expert in retiree migration. California, by far the most populous state, has the largest number of people 65 and older, 3.8 million, up almost 5 percent from 2000. It was followed by Florida and New York. Seventeen percent of Florida's population of 17 million are 65 and older, the largest proportion in the country. Pennsylvania and West Virginia had the next biggest shares of older residents. The Census Bureau released overall state estimates for 2003 last fall. The U.S. population of nearly 291 million is up 3 percent since 2000. The latest release offers a more detailed breakdown by age groups. Some other highlights: —The national population of 5- to 13-year-olds declined slightly between 2000 and 2003 to 36.7 million, in part a reflection of people having fewer children or delaying childbirth until later in life, Frey said. It was the only population that declined among the groups analyzed by the bureau. —The 85-and-older population rose 11 percent, 4.2 million to 4.7 million, the fastest-grqwing group. Nevada saw the biggest jump in this population, rising 30 percent. About 2.5 percent of North Dakota's population is 85 or older, the largest proportion among states, followed by Iowa and South Dakota. Those are states that have struggled to retain younger residents, many of whom move away in search of higher-paying jobs. "At the end of the day it's not special or unique services that keep elderly people here. It's the fact that they have community ties and have built bonds with people — friends and lifelong associates," said Chuck Hassebrook, head of the Center for Rural Affairs, based in Lyons. Neb. On the Net: Census Bureau: www.cen- ,• sus.gov/ • By The Associated Press The number of residents age 65 and older in each state on July 1, 2003, and percentage increase since April 2000, according to the Census Bureau. State Ala. Alaska Ariz. Ark. Calif. Colo. Conn. Del. D.C. Fla. Ga. Hawaii Idaho III. Ind. Iowa Kan. Ky. La. Maine Md. 65 + Pct.Chg. 592,181 40,598 714,467 377,682 3,764,870 441,371 470,689 106,896 67,845 2,897,383 826,506 169,346 155,652 1 ,507,377 763,059 433,618 353,585 512,381 524,348 188,385 624,980 2.1 13.7 7.0 1.0 4.7 6.1 0.1 5.1 -2.9 3.2 5.2 5.4 6.7 0.5 1.4 -0.6 -0.7 1.5 1.4 2.7 4.3 Mass. Mich. Minn. Miss. Mo. Mont. Neb. Nev. N.H. N.J. N.M. N.V. N.C. N.D. Ohio Okla. Ore. Pa. R.I. S.C. S.D. Tenn. Texas Utah Vt. Va. Wash. W.Va. Wis. Wyo. 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