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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 14

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, November 26, 1997
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14 —WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 1997 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Daily Digest Wednesday, Nov. 26 FIRE AND RESCUE URIAH FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDICAL AID - Firefighters answered a medical aid call in the 700 block of South State Street at 11:13 a.m. Tuesday. A 51 -year-old woman having a seizure was taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. MEDICAL AID - Firefighters answered a medical aid call in the 600 block of Dora Avenue at 2:46 p.m. Tuesday. A 95-year-old man with a rapid pulse and fever was taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. MEDICAL AID - Firefighters answered a medical aid call in the 100 block of Wabash Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. An elderly man having chest pain and trouble breathing was taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. REFUSE FIRE - Firefighters responded to a mattress and refuse fire in an abandoned cargo container in the 1100 block of South State Street at 9:44 p.m. There was no damage. CONTROLLED BURN - A private hillside hazard reduction burn is planned Saturday and Sunday on land west of Ukiah and south of Standley Street. The Ukiah Fire Department will monitor the bum for safety. CORRECTIONS YESTERDAY'S TEMPERATURES Amateur weather watchers: To add your town to the map call 468-3526 TONtGHT AND TOMORROWiScattered evening showers, (hen deereasingdouds with areas of fog late. LowsJn the mid-309 to tower 40s, Thursday: Party cloudy with areas of morning fog. Highs in the 50s. LovWHign-- BrooMraHs-Willits: 35/54. UWafi: 42/59. Port Bragg: 44/59. Lakeport: 35/57. FRIDAY-SUNDAY: Friday: Mostly deaf except for increasing clouds in the far north with a chance of rain late In the day. Lows in the upper 30s to 40s. Saturday: Rain In the north with rain becoming likely in the south. Snow in the mountains. Lows in the mkHeens to the mid-30s in the mountains, in the mid-30s through the 40s elsewhere. Highs m the upper 30s to the lower 50s In the mountains, in the m!d-50s to the mld-60s elsewhere. Sunday Morning showers becoming party cloudy. Lows In the mid-20s to the mid-30s in the mountains, in the nud-SOs through the 40S elsewhere. Highs in the 40s in the mountains, in the mid-50s to the mid-60s elsewhere. UKIAH TEMPERATURES RAINFALL As of 8 a.m 85 Season to 11/26 10.43 Ust year to 11/26 4.98 (Rainfall season starts July 1) Water Yesterday's high 64 Overnight tow ....52 Lastyear'sihrgh 61 Last year's low .........37 STATE TEMPERATURES Los Angeles«~~ 71/61 San Francisco ...63/55 Santa 8arbara....67/61 Sacramento 62/55 San Luis ObfSpo. 68/57 Santa Rosa 65/42 San Diego 71/63 San ftafael.....,..59/54 Vallejo 61/41 Lake Mendocino Storage 44,445 acre-feet Max allowed 122,500 acre- feet Inflow 358 cfs Outflow 122 cfs SUNRISE/SUNSET Sunset today: 4:54 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow: 7:12 a.m. HIGH TIDES High tide: 2:55 p.m. (Today) High tide: 2:29 a.m. (Tomorrow) AIR QUALITY measured 11/26 In Ukiah Ozone 033 (stale standard .09) Carbon Monoxide 7 (20) Nitrogen Dioxide... .013(25) The Ukiah Daily Journal reserves (his space to correct errors or make clarifications to news articles. Significant errors in obituary notices or birth announcements will result in reprinting the entire article. Errors may be reported to the editor, 468-3526. LOTTERY NUMBERS DAILY: 7, 6, 0. FANTASY 5: 01, 13, 26, 35, 39. L-P Mail Continued from Page 1 are less likely because the thieves are more likely to be seen, Broin said. "In a cul de sac, there's always somebody seeing something. Certainly your chances of having something stolen or damaged are less," he said. That's not the case in bigger cities, however. "In the bigger cities, it's a major problem," Taylor said. He said the city of San Francisco just finished replacing all the locks on mail drop boxes because they were being broken into. Not only are people stealing and using credit cards and ATM cards, they use the information to steal people's identities, Taylor said. "There are people we refer to as dumpster divers, they open accounts (with the information they steal) and really wreck (the victims') credit," Taylor said. He said people need to be aware of the problem and take precautions, including: • Never put outgoing bills in home mailboxes. Take them to the post office, a drop box or work office. • Never just crumple bills and throw them in the trash. They should be torn up or shredded. • Don't let mail sit in the mail box. Retrieve it from the box as soon after it's dropped off as possible. • If you see someone tampering with mailboxes, call the police. "Get involved," Taylor said. People who can afford it also might consider getting a post office box at their local post office, he said. Taylor said the only mail he I feel it's really important to get the word out. They need to be aware the city is coming to them. -TOM TAYLOR postal inspector 55 has delivered to his mailbox in the Bay area at home is the newspaper. He said he realizes many people have received and sent bills and payments in their mailboxes on rural roads for years without problems. "I feel it's really important to get the word out. They need to be aware the city is coming to them," Taylor said. The fact that a felony charge can accompany the theft of each piece of mail doesn't seem to deter thieves, he noted. And, in any case, it's not practical to charge the smaller thieves that way, Taylor said. The three Willits people involved in the Willits mail thefts are faced with felony counts, but they're in connection with charges of grand theft, forgery and theft of access cards, Broin said. The investigation of the Willits case is continuing and the Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone who may have experienced missing mail in the Willits areas of Sherwood Road, Mariposa Creek Road, Wild Iris Road, Ridgewood Road, Davis Lane and East Hill Road contact the Sheriff's Office at 463-4411. Continued from Page 1 al deadlines L-P has set might be impossible for the county to meet, the three-member majority said they felt the opportunity was too good to pass up without another look. "We owe it to everyone in Mendocino County to explore this to the next degree," said Pinches, although he started his comments saying he felt the issue absolutely had to be put to a vote of the people. A referendum on the L-P timber buyout could be placed on the June ballot for somewhere around $7,000, Pinches said. A special election could be scheduled for early April but would cost $50,000. Commenting about county involvement with any buyout proposal, Delbar said: "This is not a small expense, and it's not a light undertaking. It will require substantial staff time ... for something that doesn't have a chance in heck of materializing until which point in the future LP comes to us and says, 'Let's talk.' "I am opposed to even looking into this further until we hear from L-P." Campbell said she thought it wasn't the county's business to engage in the timber business. "What this county's business is in my mind," she said, "is people, delivering services to people. "I don't feel the county can do this .... We have so much on our plate," she continued, listing a number of issues, including welfare reform, fixing county roads, utility deregulation, etc. Supervisor Richard Shoemaker reminded his colleagues of previous opportunities the County of Mendocino had passed up that looked like "no-brainers" 20 years later. "Why didn't we buy into Lake Mendocino when we had the chance?" he said. "What happened with the county hospital when somebody bought it for a buck?" Barbara Vasconcellos/The Daily Journal County forester Steve Smith, left, and Forest Council staff member Greg Giusti listen to public comments after giving a presentation on the state of Louisiana-Pacific's forestlands to the supervisors. County forester Steve Smith and Forest Council staff member Greg Giusti made a presentation to the board on the inventory on L-P lands. Smith said the average inventory of conifers on L-P's coastal holdings in Mendocino County was 10,000 board feet per acre. However, Smith said well over half the acreage, 140,000 acres, has less than 10,000 board feet per acre. Or as County Administrator Mike Scannell put it, "80 percent of the assets are on 20 percent of the land." Smith added that only 10 percent of L-P's lands have more than 20,000 board feet of timber; 30 percent have 10,000 to 20,000 board feet; and 60 percent have less than 10,000 board feet. "This gives you a picture of what these lands are like," he said. "It's not a very bright picture ... but there are a lot of small trees out there, that the inventories will show in 30 years." Both Smith and Giusti said that at a 2 percent of inventory harvest, which was proposed under local county rules several years ago, the forest could be paid off within 30 years with a sustainable harvesting regime. If a special district created by the county or a non-profit entity is to buy this forest, there are several immediate deadlines the ad hoc committee will have to meet. The first deadline will probably be one for a confidentiality agreement that L-P is asking bidders to sign before they can receive L-P's memorandum outlining the terms of the sale. Scannell and County Counsel Peter Klein said they have been negotiating with L-P's corporate counsel regarding the language of the agreement. Any pledge of confidentiality may conflict with local government's obligation to perform its business in public. Scannell did say, however, that if the county was interested only in purchasing timberlands, "the need to secure copies of the memorandum is almost nonexistent. All the data you need (for a first proposal) is in the SYP (L-P's long term sustained management plan)." A second looming deadline is Dec. 23, when the first, non- binding proposals from interested bidders are due. All proposals, Scannell said in his staff report, "must include a comprehensive discussion of the' manner with which the proposed acquisition would be financed." '. Klein continued to warn the board that there were legislative changes that had to occur before, a special district could use timber as collateral to issue bonds. He also said his research had turned up a 1993 law on "forest development corporations" that no one at the state Board of Forestry knew about, but which; might conflict with the notion of. a nonprofit group engaging in. timber management. , "It's a strange animal," he said- about the obscure law, and might also have to be changed legisla^ lively. Eighteep members of the public spoke 'to the board about the buyout. Most of them, 11 speakers, urged the board to continue to look into the idea and emphasized the longterm benefits to the county. One speaker, Lee Edmondsen, who is running for 5th District supervisor, said he had talked to half-a-dozen people about raising money to help pay for a county feasibility study on the buyout proposal and had already received pledges of $25,000. , "This is the most significant economic opportunity in our lifetimes," he said. "I urge you to proceed with all due diligence to make it a political, social and economic reality." Al Beltrami, of the Employers Council, told the board his organization was opposed to public ownership of timberlands. : "Even if it were economically feasible, which we don't believe it is, we would oppose the expansion of government into land ownership, especially in this era of deregulation and privatization," he said. Welfare Food B ank P ™J ec ' Sanctuary offers training Find cars, trucks, motorcycles, RV's & more in On The Road Fridays in the Journal Continued from Page J options allowed by the state include how many hours welfare recipients must work in order to receive benefits, how long a parent with an infant is exempted from working, and some aspects of child care. Peterson and 1st District Supervisor Michael Delbar, working as an ad hoc committee and with the county Department of Social Services, have made recommendations to the board on each of the 26 points. Among the things they suggested are requiring the around 2,500 county welfare recipients to work 30 hours a week to receive financial assistance and allowing the DSS to evaluate when parents of infants need to go back to work. The board is scheduled to discuss the two supe-visors' recommendations at its Jec. 16 meeting. Then next year, the supervisors plan to tackle "all the different issues," Peterson said, brought forward by the various community work groups work- ing on welfare reform with DSS. From April until August, the work groups, made up of community organizations, local residents, advocacy groups, Social Services and other county agencies, discussed specific issues like child care, employment services, immigrants, seniors and the disabled. Each work group wrote a report, the reports were compiled into a community strategic plan, and the plan was sent undiluted to the Board of Supervisors, said DSS Director Alison Glassey. Peterson and Delbar edited the community plan because the number of recommendations for programs made by the groups "would break the bank beyond any resources we might have," Peterson said. How they edited the community plan, he explained, was to take each instance where the work groups suggested a program be created and change it to say the county will analyze the issue. That way, he said, none of the community recommendations will be deleted and the board can have more time to evaluate its financial resources. On Dec. 9, the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the community strategic plan, and then it hopes to accept the community document as "the basis to deal with all the issues" next year, Peterson said. On Dec. 16, the board is scheduled to approve DSS's welfare reform implementation or Cal WORKS plan and decide what the county will do with each of the 26 options the state has given counties. The county Social Services CalWORKS plan, Glassey said, was written after considering the reports from the work groups, meeting with their own employees and following the state regulations received in September after the state welfare reform bills were passed. Peterson said all the documents, the community strategic plan, Social Services' Cal- WORKS plan, and the 26 recommendations the ad hoc committee made to the board are "works in progress." Continued from Page 1 reflecting on the general decline in available federal food dollars. "Instead, each year, we're encouraged to think the holiday efforts, and our year-round emergency food program, will continue to meet the local need because of steady increases in donations." Three years ago, UCC chose to no longer allow families to receive both a Thanksgiving and a Christmas food box, but those who did not receive help at Thanksgiving will be eligible for a holiday meal at Christmas. UCC will accept applications for.Christmas food assistance in early December, after the larger, Ukiah Valley Christmas Effort completes its sign-up list. The Ukiah Community Center and Food Bank will be closed Thursday and Friday. For emergency assistance, call 1-800575-4357. If you were moved by Octobers' Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities, such as the Clothesline project and the five part series in the Ukiah Daily Journal, you may be interested in learning more. Project Sanctuary will be offering an 80-hour state certified volunteer training program beginning in January. Topics discussed will include domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, peer counseling techniques and community resources. For an application and more information please call 462-9196 and ask for the volunteer coordinator. UKIAH 6 fil2S. Slate SI., Ukiah • 4(>2-li7Wi Anastasia W,TH: 12:15.2:25,4:35, 6:40,8:50 RAINMAKER W,TH:1:30, 4:30, 7:05,9:40 Flubber W, TH: 12:40, 2:50.5:00, 7:10,9:20 NOYO THEATRE 459-NOYO (6696) lAlIenRessurection W. TH: 12:30,2:45. 5:10, 7:20. 9:30 *FLUBBER! DAILY: 12:45,2:55. 5:05,7:15,9:25 {PG) ALIEN: RESURRECTION DAILY: 1:00,4:00.6:35,9:16 (R) ANASTASIA DAILY: 12:30,2:40,4:50.7:00,9:10 (PG) The Jackal W, TH: 12:20, 2:40. 5:05. 7:25, 9:55 The Little Mermaid Q W.TH:1:05,2:55. 4:50, 6:45 Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil W, TH: 9:00 Q

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