Independent from Long Beach, California on March 19, 1976 · Page 4
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 4

Long Beach, California
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Friday, March 19, 1976
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A-iM-INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) Con'gressman hits ex-HEW chief Bell, Finch trade charges ; . By DOUG WILLIS ·i.SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Congressman Alphonzo Bell said Thursday Bob Finch, his-Republican rival in the U.S. Senate campaign, was "an incompetent administrator" and "the worst HEW secretary in our history." .-Finch replied that Bell's attack was inspired by the congressman's low showing in voter preference polls. Bell also charged that Finch was re- rrioved from the post of secretary of Hpalth, Education and Welfare by former President Richard Nixon because Finch's supervision of that office was "an absolute disaster for himself and for the administration he served." *-Biit Bell said he would support Finch iifljvember if Finch wins uic Republi- raii"primary June 8 for the scat now held bj^lemwrat John Tunncy. I would support Bob Finch if the all?rflalive is Tunney because Tunney is farwprse," Bell said. ;-Fmch said it was not true that he was "Amoved" by Nixon, lie said he was "not going to descend into a name-ealling debate with Bell" on the other charges. Finch said the charges by Bell are explained by "the fact that he is so far behind in the polls. 1 don't think I want to take this any further than that." Finch topped a March 1 California Poll in the four-way GOP race with 37 per cent. Bell had 9 per cent, barely half his showing in an earlier poll. Bell's comments were by far the sharpest attack so far of what promises to be a bruising Republican primary. They were a sharp departure from Bell's earlier stance of concentrating his attacks on Tunncy. "Bob Finch had the reputation (or being vascillating and indecisive, for being unable to stand up under pressure, tor being an incompetent administrator, and for lacking the courage of his convictions," Bell said. "In my opinion, and the opinion of many others, he was the worst. HEW secretary in our history," Bell said. But Bell argued for several minutes with reporters in a news conference who referred to his comments about Finch as "an attack." Finally, Bctl concluded, "if that word (attack) is important, if you want to make a point of that, I suppose you could say I'm attacking him." He sak! he preferred the term "discussion," and said he will conduct similar "discussions" later of the records of his other two rivals for the GOP nomination -- former U. Cov. John Harmer and former San Francisco S l a t e College President S.I. Hayakawa. B e l l described his comments as "rebuttal" to a Finch brochure which listed Finch's service as HEW secretary as a "career highlight." "I submit that was not true. He was removed by Nixon" Bell said. Kinch said he was not removed, but that he left his HEW post to take another cabinet level post setting up the federal revenue sharing program, Brown sued over funding for SSI GOP REP. ALPHONZO BELL Argues with Press over 'Attack' -AP Wlrwhcto Nixon to claim immunity in rights suit I S A M DIEGO ( A P ) -Former President Nixon w51! reply lo two antiwar activists' claims of civil r i g h t s violations by contending the U.S. govcrn- rtjenl is immune from suit, ai; government a t t o r n e y said Thursday. ii \ T l i c suit, asking $5.3 trillion in damages, was filed in January by Paula T*harp and Peter Bohmcr, a! one-time instructor at SJin Diego State University. iTIicy claim the govern- njcnl opened their mail, n)adc t h r e a t e n i n g tele- phone calls and caused violence against them. Asst. U . S . Ally. John Neoce said 23 present and f o r m e r governmenl o f f i - c i a l s n a m e d as defend- a n t s , including N i x o n , deny most of the accusations. But Neese said eight of the defendants, including former Nixon aide H.R. Ilaldeman and FBI Direct o r C l a r e n c e K e l l e y , "admit sonic of Ihe allega- t i o n s including a m a i l c o v e r on B o h m e r , although his mail was never o p e n e d , as far as we know. "They also admit that B o h m c r 1 s conversations may have been picked up in a wiretap in which he was n o t a p r i n c i p a l party," Neese said. A m o n g t h e o t h e r defendants are former Nixon a i d e J o h n Ehrlichman, former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell and several San Diego law-enforcement officers. Neese said t h e government's response for N'ixon will claim he is exempt from the suit because of a doctrine of sovereign im- mimily, which slates the government c a n n o t be funds cut hit ' Krora Our Stale Bureau SACRAMENTO - Calif i j r n i a ' s drug-abuse pro- crams should be maintained al their present levels, an Assembly budget com- njiltec was told Thursday. ·Dr. Jerome Lackncr, director o f ' t h e State Dep rtmenl of Health, lold (Me Assembly Ways and V cans subcommittee on hialth and welfare that the li)76-77 budget request by the department was inadequate and asked that $1.5 million cut from (he 1975-78 drug-abuse funding level be restored. He also asked that the state drug-abuse budget be augmented by about $500,000 to cover cost-of- livinj,' increases and requested f u n d s for f i v e positions t h a i would be used to evaluate existing s t a t e , a n d c o u n t y programs. The subcommittee approved all three of Lack- ncr's requests, an action that brought cheers from scores of people involved with county-administered drug-abuse programs who had traveled to the Capitol to protest the budget cut. sued without its permission, The accusations, including a sniper shooting into B n h m e r ' s h o m e t h a t w o u n d e d M i s s T h a r p , claim a conspiracy by the Nixon administration was aimed at the two as a re- s u l t of their antiwar efforts in the early 1970s. A reply filed by E. IIow- n r d H u n t , w h o w a s convicted of participating in Ihe Watergate break-in, said that G. Gordon Liddy mentioned in 1972 that it might be a good idea "lo sequester certain militants who had threatened to dis- r u p t " t h e R e p u b l i c a n National Convention, then scheduled for San Diego. Hunt made no mention of Bohmcr or Miss Tharp, nor did he explain what was intended by "sequester." He s a i d he never heard further about the proposal after the convention was moved to Miami. The other answers lo the suit declare in general terms that the government officials a c t e d lawfully and within the scope of their authority. In t h e Justice Department's r e p l y for Haldeman, Neese said, a report was said to have been given the White House describing Bohmer as one who might cause a disruption of t h e GOP convention. Bohmer was convicted on state charges in 1D72 of trying to block a railroad track in suburban Del Mar during an antiwar rally. A train carrying war materiel was reportedly en route. An extension of lime to file Nixon's reply to the suit was granted by U.S. District Court Judge Howard Turrcntinc until today. Nccse said the reply involves a motion to dismiss the suit. SACRAMENTO (AP) A coalition representing aged, blind and disabled California welfare recipients sued G o v . Brown Thursday on a charge that he withheld $61 million in cost-of-living increases. The suit was filed directly at the State Court of Appeal level by California R u r a l Legal Assistance attorney Ralph Santiago A b a s c a l , who said he represents a coalition of f i v e groups w i t h - more than 70,000 members. The suit also names as defendants Mario Obledo, Brown's Health and Welf a r e A g e n c y secretary, and Marion Woods, director of the State Department of Benefit Payments. Obledo declined comm e n t , saying he would h a v e to study the suit first. John Sullivan, a spokesman for Woods, also reserved comment except to say t h a t the dispute inv o l v e d a " c o m p l e x formula and ambiguity in the state legislation that provides for cost-of-living increases." The five groups, calling themselves the Calitornia Aged, Blind and Disabled Anti-Inflation Coalition, said the money involves increases from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. A coalition m e m b e r , Rev. Ed Pect of the California Legislative Council for Older Americans, said, "We w e n t through this just last year. The administration erroneously interpreted the cost-of-living · statute, claiming that we were only entitled to a $15 increase instead of a $24 increase." The aged and disabled now get $259 a month . under the program, and the administration plans to increase this by $7 lo $266 on July 1, the coalition said. The dispute stems from the state decision to base · t h e cost-of-living percentage increase on only part of the grant, the coalition said. Since the grant level was established, there has been a 26.5 per cent increase in the cost of living. If applied to the entire grant, it would bring the July 1 level to $297, the coalition said. State wants more data on nuclear plant plan FARMLAND RULES ASKED FRESNO (AP) -- A citizens' group that wants Ihe h u g e Wesllands W a t e r District broken into family f a r m s Thursday u r g e d tighter residency and anti- speculation provisions. National Land for People said a proposed contract between Westlamls Water District and the U.S. Interior Department s h o u l d r e q u i r e enforce- m e n t of residency provisions of reclamation law to require t h a t o w n e r operators "live on the land or within 25 miles." Wcstlands, l o c a t e d in western Fresno and Kings counties, receives water from the federal San Luis Dam in Merced County. F e d e r a l regulations require lhal large land holdings be divided inlo parcels no larger than 160 acres under single ownership to receive the water. Original owners must sell at prices-that do,not reflect the enhanced value f r o m the federal water supply. SACRAMENTO (AP) The State Energy Commission said Thursday it won't proceed on a proposal lo build a nuclear power plant complex near the Colorado R i v e r without more complete i n f o r m a - tion on its need and safety. Loyd H. Forrest, c o m mission executive officer, lold the San Diego Gas Electric Co. that its notice of intent lacked enough detail for the commission s t a f f to g i v o it proper analysis. The utility, in Ihe first request f o r a nuclear power plant siting decision received by the year-old c o m m i s s i o n , w a n t s lo b u i l d two 950-mcgawatt thermal electricity generating plants at one of four proposed sites. Three of the sites are near Blythe and the fourth is across the r i v e r in Ari?jona, south of Parker. The Energy Commission is studying the proposal only as it relates lo proposed California sites. 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