Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on November 29, 1978 · Page 1
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Wednesday, from the desk By Jim Garner The story seemingly has no end. Yesterday, a friend of mine (he's a reporter) from Arizona called. It seems there is located in a tiny village called Octave, Ariz., a cult that goes by the name of the Hallelujah People. The leader, the Preacher Man, is Jack Oliphant. Last week, in the wake of the massacre in Guyana, one of the Preacher Man's followers decided it was time to leave that little paradise. The defector talked with sheriff's deputies. Of particular note is the stated fact that Oliphant was something of a pupil of Jim Jones. At some point, Oliphant spent nearly a year learning the ins and outs of maintaining a cult for fun and profit. His methods are patterned closely after those of Jones. What caused the defector to flee was the Preacher Man's extreme nervousness about what happened to the People's Temple. That, plus the Preacher Man's announcement that Arizona was no longer the place to be because the neighborhood, mostly ranches, was becoming downright unfriendly. The Preacher Man told his followers that there was a much friendlier place and there is where the Hallelujah People will go. 'Tis a place called Ukiah, California. And that certainly calls for an amen, brother. In Brief... Gas tax hike suggested SACRAMENTO (UPI) - Despite Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s avowed opposition to post-Proposition 13 tax increases, the California Transportation Commission has suggested increases in the gasoline tax and various motor vehicle fees. The increases to finance transportation projects and administration costs were made in a draft report to the Legislature released Tuesday. They include an unspecified increase in the 7-cent gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, collection of more bridge tolls and imposition of drivers' fees in areas where the environment is threatened or where roads must be cleared of snow in winter. The suggestions also include a tripling of the $3.25 fee for a driver's license, an increase in vehicle registration fees with special attention to a hike in fees for "gas guzzlers" and imposition of weight fees on campers. Christmas Effort drive opens here For the 27th year, Ukiah residents and groups will be working together through the Community Christmas Effort to make Christmas a happier season for disadvantaged families by supplying them with food, clothing and toys. Erwin Martin, who has chaired the project for several years, emphasizes that the committee needs the efforts of individuals in the community to insure the/^ success of the program. Cash, clothing food and toys are now needed for this year's drive, and there is a special need for donations of cash and food, Martin said. Donations may be sent or taken to the Martin home at 124 Court St., Ukiah. Martin reports that the organization served more than 200 families last year and expects at least that many this year. There will be a need for volunteers to sort and box articles, and to deliver the boxes on Christmas Eve. Anyone wishing to help should contact Erwin or Vivian Martin at 462-3083. Weather SUNNY Northwestern California: Mostly fair south and cloudy north with a chance of rain again this afternoon and tonight. Rain likely north and chance of rain south Thursday. Little temperature change. Fort Bragg 38 and 58, Ukiah 34 and 61. Extended forecast Friday through Sunday: Rain likely about Friday with snow in the mountains then turning dry over the weekend. Temperatures averaging near seasonal normals. Highs in the 60s. Lows in the upper 30s to upper 40s at low elevations. Nov., 1978 Nov., 1977 Date HI Lo Date HI Lo 28 64 37 29 72 38 11 a.m. Today Low Today 63 SO Rainfall 3.62 Last Year 9.07 Ukiah Da ilu Journal 118th Year No. 191 Ukiah, Mendocino County, California Wednesday, November 29, 1978 30 Pages-t- 8pg. tab-4 Sections—15 Cents Younger tells Wells-Property owners can ban assessors SACRAMENTO (UPI) — Attorney General Evelle Younger said Tuesday that property owners who don't want government tax assessors on their land or in their homes have every right to refuse them entrance. But, in a formal five-page opinion, Younger said those property owners may have to pay a fine if the assessor incorrectly estimates the value of the property because of lack of access. The opinion was requested by Mendocino County officials. Duane Wells, chief appraiser and assessor- elect for the county, said that there have been only two occasions when officials were prohibited from looking over about-to-be-assessed property. But he said the county wanted to know what to do in those limited cases. "It's only prevalent in alternative lifestyle people who I think are generally concerned about, say, the sheriff flying over the property looking for marijuana or the building inspector coming in," Wells said. "What prompted the request for an opinion was individuals not wanting anyone — I'll say the establishment — from setting foot on their property." The opinion said any person owning taxable property may refuse to allow the assessor to enter the property. The assessor, who is required to make an assessnent, then must estimate the value of the property and make the assessment "based upon information in his possession." That information would include a property statement that "must be declared to be true under penalty of perjury." Property owners who file the statement late face a penalty of 10 percent of the assessed value of the property. Such statements are required for property worth more than $30,000. Wells said if a property owner forbids trespassing, "we would have to sit on the county road and guess. "That could get hairy," he said. "If we happen to guess low, I suppose nobody's going to say anything. If we guess high, I suppose the owner's going to complain. Then he's going to have to produce evidence that what we have is incorrect. "I don't know how we can prove that other than to go in and look over the land." Anthony Katsaris recovering from Guyana ambush wounds DAZED — Truckdriver Rubin Spencer of Stockton rests outside his rig this morning after the vehicle drifted off the side of the N. State Street off-ramp of Highway 101 and plowed over a guard rail. The accident occured around 7 this morning and resulted in minor injuries to Spencer's leg, a sheared fuel line on his truck and damage to about 60 feet of guard rail. The cause of the accident had not been determined this morning. The truck is owned by Shawver Trucking Inc., of Stockton. — Journal photo by Kalkman. County under fire for cuts in health care services By NANCY STENSON Journal Staff Writer Mendocino County has come under fire by the state Department of Health for what is considered a disproportionate reduction in the county's health care services The county board of supervisors will hold a public hearing on Dec. 12 in their chambers to determine whether people at the local level feel public health services have been cut to their detriment. According to Peter Weisser, public information officer for the state Department of Health, the county shows about $110,000 in disproportionate reductions in in-patient care and about $57,000 in out-patient care. "The overall reductions were much larger," said Weisser. "These figures represent only the disproportionate reductions.'' Weisser said if the public hearing determines people feel there has been a disproportionate reduction in health care services the next step would be a review by Beverlee A Myers, state director of health. The final consequence could be a reduction in the amount of state bailout monies the county is to receive equivalent to that reduction in health care services. However, accoring to Jon Pelkey, administrative analyst for the county, "Our health care services are the same in this county." For one thing, said Pelkey, the county gave the state positiveestimates of projected revenues by National Medical Enterprise, a private management firm for Mendocino Community Hospital. "The increased revenues would decrease the amount the county contributes to health care services," explained Pelkey. "Service has not changed," added Pelkey. "What we really must convince the state of is that our levels of service to indigents is the same." Pelkey indicted that if the state could be convinced that services are the same, the Dec. 12 hearing might not have to be held. At this point, however, Pelkey said he felt the supervisors would have to go through with the hearing. Dr. Craig McMillan, county health officer, said he feels the state "may frankly change its mind about the hearing." "This county did not have disproportionate reductions in public health services," he said. Of NME, McMillan said, "I think they are doing as well as anybody could. The thing that is most important to us is services for indigents." McMillan said there could be as many as 30 percent of the people in this county who would qualify as indigents. The definition ranges from illegal aliens to poor families earning from $400 to $8,400 annually. When the public hearing was scheduled at Tuesday's board of supervisor's meeting, Supervisor John Cimolino stated "Just because National Medical Enterprises has done a good job, we get hassled for it." By KATHY HUNTER Anthony Katsaris, 23, is alive and well in the U.S. naval hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His father, Steve Katsaris, who is director of the Greek Orthodox Trinity School for problem youth in Ukiah, called this reporter from his son's bedside at 8:05 this morning. Steve Katsaris was the first of the concerned relatives to file suit against Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple — the suit charged slander — and had made several trips to Washington, D.C. to talk with State Department officials anc anyone else who would listen. He also has spent thousands of dollars in his attempt to see his daughter Maria, 24, who had been living in Jim Jones house in Jonestown, Guyana, and was called "Mama" by six-year-old John-John Stoen Jones claimed the child was his son and not the son of Tim Stoen, former Mendocino County assistant district attorney and Jones' devoted righthand man in Temple affairs here and elsewhere until he broke with the quasi- religious cult. Steve's voice this morning was cheerful and full of optimism despite the fact that his daughter died in Jonestown on the day of the mass suicide and murder of more than 900 men, women and children who followed Jones, a self- proclaimed "Messiah." He and his son Anthony had gone with Cong. Leo Ryan's group of relatives and members of the news media to Georgetown where they were stalled by Jones and the Guyanese government for three days before Jones invited them to the Temple's agricultural commune and to their deaths. Anthony, who was shot several times in the chest and once in an arm, was one of the four "concerned relatives" who accompanied Cong. Ryan on his ill-fated mission to investigate the actual conditions in Jonestown, where beatings, near starvation, incredible working hours in the fields and unmentionable horrors were reported to have taken place, all with the Guyanese government fully in control of what will or what will not be done in Guyana. Anthony Katsaris, who attended Mendocino Community College here in 1974 and 1975, and was a student teacher in Chico at the time he and his father left for Guyana, was seriously wounded on the airstrip just seven miles from Jonestown as he was leaving with the congressional party and the defectors from Jones' Utopia encampment in the jungles of Guyana. Taken to the U.S. naval hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico by his father, he was first pronounced in stable condition, then listed as "critical" following surgery. He is now recovering from his ordeal while his fathei stands watch at his bedside. Anthony will always carry a fragmented bullet in his chest but doctors feared to go into the delicate area in which the fragments were found. The bullet wound in his arm is healing "nicely," according to his father, and doctors in San Juan have said Anthony will suffer no permanent disability. Steve Katsaris would not disclose when he and Anthony would be leaving for the states for, as he said, "obvious reasons which you, Kathy, should know all too well." Lack of medical, dental records hampering ID of Temple bodies Ukiah dentist Dr. Si Boynton Tuesday encouraged families of possible victims to send dental and medical records to Dover Air Force Base to assist in the identification effort. Dr. Boynton said that a body can be identified through the x-ray of one tooth, and dental records are therefore the most valuable. Dover AFB can be reached by calling (302) 678-6881. Records can be sent in care of the USA Mortician, Dover AFB, Delaware 19901, he said. Dr. William Morlang, chief mortician in charge of the identification process, told Dr. Boynton yesterday that stories of mass burial of the victims were false. Boynton said Morlang assured him that each victim would be handled as an individual. Thirty-two former patients of Dr. Boynton, all of them children, were apparently among the victims, including the children of Linda Amos. The woman and her three children were found dead in the Guyana headquarters of the temple, their throats cut. Traffic safety policy step closer to reality By ERIC KRUEGER Journal Education Writer The Ukiah Unified school board Tuesday moved closer to adopting a traffic safety policy that would also allow principals to deal with non- auto hazards to students. The policy will go through more review and then return to the board for approval. It states that the school district will report hazardous traffic conditions to government agencies. In addition, principals are encouraged to deal with any kind of hazard at or near their schools. According to school Supt. WO Murphy, the city was notified Monday of all traffic problems within the district. Some board members were clearly distressed over the proposed policy and the city's traffic safety efforts on behalf of students. Member Raymond Worster called the policy "bland" and knocked it for being nothing more than "a reporting process." "We still have a problem," said Worster. "I don't think this policy solves a darn thing." But Diane Sorby, one of the board members who worked on the policy, said the board's traffic safety committee didn't want to get "too specific or too shallow" in designing safety guidelines. Another committee member, Peter Passof, reminded the board that the county counsel had advocated a narrow and restrained policy. More than half of the policy's short text uses language supplied to the board by the county counsel's office last month Board President Dennis Denny stressed that the proposed policy allowed the district to immediately report hazards to the city, something the district hasn't done in the past Meanwhile member Eric Stolpe emphasized that there is still no afternoon crossing guard at the intersection of Low Gap Road and Bush Street, which Frank Zeek school children cross. Clearly displeased, Stolpe reminded the board that it had recently granted the city a right-of- way for the Bush Street extension in exchange for a morning and afternoon crossing guard at Low Gap and Bush (among other things). Murphy said the city had been "unable" to hire a guard. He added that traffic problems are going to be brought to the attention of the city council and the board of supervisors. However, Worster, still ruffled, said that traffic safety problems had been going on throughout his six vears on the board, and "the City of Ukiah has repeatedly refused to do anything." Passof noted a suit against the city was probably possible if nothing were done about the Frank Zeek crossing guard In any event, Worster said he didn't want to meet with City Manager Jim Swayne over the problem. "I'm afraid I'll lose my temper," Worster commented. The first section of the traffic policy states in part that the district" ...shall work closely with concerned citizens and students to identify and report hazardous and potentially hazardous traffic conditions to the appropriate governing bodies." The second section — a guideline, not a firm rule - directs principals to report traffic hazards to the school superintendent It also encourages them " to provide supervision and regulations to alleviate hazardous and potentially hazardous conditions on or adjacent to the school " i

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