Independent from Long Beach, California on January 24, 1975 · Page 4
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A4-INDEt END{NT(AM)_ · PRESS-TELEGRAM(PM)_ Chicano legislators oppose bracero pact -SACRAMENTO (AP) California's six Mexican-American legislators introduced a resolution Thursday urging Congress and the Ford administration to oppose renewal of the bracero program in the United States. Assemblyman Richard Alatorre, D-Los Angeles, said if Mexico and the United States a g r e e to allow Mexican workers into the United States, blacks a n d M e x i c a n Americans will lose jobs. He said Mexicans would be willing to work for lower salaries. "The program would have a real economic impact on the working men and women elsewhere in the United States and here in California," Alatorre said in an interview. "It would i n c r e a s e u n e m p l o y m e n t in the United States," Alatorre said. He added such a program would h u r t chances for passage, of a secret ballot election bill for farmworkers also. A s s e m b l y m a n Peter Chacon, D- San Diego, seconded Alatorre's plea for the resolution's passage at a Capitol news conference. If the California Legislature approves s u c h a resolution, it will be forwarded to the federal government, but it carries no force of law. Alatorre was asked what he expected to accomplish by this. He s a i d : " W h a t ' s important is to at least express the sentiment of the Legislature in California." The other authors of the resolution are Assemblymen Joseph Montoya, D- La P u e n t e , and Art Torres, D-Los Angeles; and Sens. Alex Garcia, D- Los Angeles, and Ruben Ayala, D-San Bernardino. Judge turns down Prop. 9 challenge Amendment to lower drinking age rejected Squirrels get a break Assemblyman Eugene Chappie of Sacramento, back to camera, collects large bag of walnuts from Assemblyman Edwin Z'Berg, right, to feed Capitol Park squirrels. Chappie, self-appointed champion of the squirrels, found his walnut supply dwindling due to new law limiting donations by special interest groups. Other assemblymen are Paul Priolo and Ken McDonald. SACRAMENTO fll .-'A judge refused Thursday to overturn Prop. 9, the political reform act, which was challenged by the C a l i f o r n i a Bankers As. sociation as an invasion of privacy. The bankers' request for a preliminary injunction against the law was denied by Sacramento Superior Court Judge B. Abbott G o l d b e r g . Other judges had rejected two earlier challenges by the group to Prop. 9. Goldberg said the right to privacy is relative, not absolute, and "need not inevitably prevail over the right of the public to an honest and impartial government." The association, representing 195 banks in California, contended the new law is vague and ambiguous about registration of lobbyists. H u n d r e d s of b a n k employes m i g h t have to register with the state as lobbyists to comply, the group said^ The association's presi- dent said the law could subject the banks to lawsuits from customers. if they disclose some financial transactions and to suits from the slain if they refuse. The bankers were joined in their suit by Assemblyman Alan Sieroty, D- Beverly Hills. Prop. 9, approved by the voters last June, requires extensive reporting of campaign contributions and spending, and forbids campaign donations and e x p e n s i v e g i f t s f r o m lobbyists to lawmakers. D a n Lowenstein, chairman of the Fair Political P r a c t i c e s commission which enforces the law, praised the ruling but said it is "only the first round" of the legal battle. "The court has in effect reaffirmed the decision of the voters that Prop. 9 is a workable and reasonable measure to assure the integrity of our democratic form of government," Lowenstein said. ' Brown Health DepL interim chief Associated Press SACRAMENTO . --£ Gov. Brown named Robert Gnaizda, t h e . d e p u t y secretary of. health and-welfare, as ; temporary director of the D e p a r t m e n t of Health Thursday. The governor said he had placed Gnaizada in charge of an extensive r e v i e w of the s t a t e ' s h e a l t h programs -- including a close look at prepaid health p l a n s in the .MediCal system. Brown said the 38- year-old Gnaizda will r e m a i n as director until a permanent director is selected. He added that the former head of the department, Dr. William Mayer, will stay on as a department consultant for a.brief period. --AP Wirepholo SACRAMENTO (AP) The California Assembly f a i l e d T h u r s d a y to approve a constitutional amendment giving voters a chance to 1 lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. After the vote, Robert Cline, R-Northridge, said a rising concern over alcoholism had spelled his measure's d e f e a t . The amendment was eight votes short of passage on a 46-23 tally. "I have no doubt in my mind it was the concern o v e r alcoholism," Cline told reporters. He added the vote came as a surprise to him. D u r i n g d e b a t e , opponents talked about how many fatal accidents on California roadways are linked with drinking and urged a "no" vote for that reason. "If we think alcoholism is no problem, then we should pass this," said R o b e r t M c C l e n n a n , a Downey Republican who is a doctor. He added later: "If we endorse alcoholism -- which this bill indirectly does -- we are causing a real problem to be compounded." Stall declares he submitted 2 pay documents to center Bill seeks to eliminate milk-price minimums SACRAMENTO (UPD- Legislation to eliminate existing minimum retail m i l k prices was introduced Thursday in a move to save consumers $50 million a year through ·increased grocer competition. The bill by Assemblyman Alan Sieroty, D-West Los Angeles, and Joseph Montoya, D-La Puente, would abolish the state Department of A g r i c u l - t u r e ' s authority to set m i n i m u m retail milk prices on a regional basis. The department currently sets minimum milk prices at the producer wholesale and retail levels. The legislators said more t h a n 2.6 billion quarts of milk were sold at the retail level in 1973. They argued a price reduction of two c e n t s would save California consumers at least $50 million annually. SACRAMENTO (AP) Gov. Brown's press secretary says he submitted at least two documents stating his income to the directors of a day-care program t h a t classified his family as welfare recipients. Bill Stall repeated Thursday (hat he was surprised to learn from a federal audit of a child c a r e program at Sacra- m e n t o State University t h a t his daughter was among 250 children for whom the center received federal funds earmarked for welfare children. The day care center billed welfare families only seven cents an hour and charged the rest of the cost. to the federal government. Families that could afford the full cost were supposed to be billed 98 cents an hour, the audit said. Stall said his wife, Carolee, reported the ' family income at $20,500 a year on the application form for the day care program and attached a stub from his payroll check. "The best we can recal is there was a question i we were receiving wel fare, and if there was a question, obviously we an swered no," Stall added. "If the audit is correct I will wjite a check immediately for whatever amount they determine is correct," Stall said. A s k e d about the incident, Brown said: "I was very surprised when I saw it on the television news. When I went t h r o u g h the budget, I thought there was something wrong with the child care program. Now it's confirmed." to 50% SLACKS FURNISHINGS LEISURE SUITS NEWEST STYLES SUPERB FABRICS DAILY 10 TO 8 SAT. 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