The Desert Sun from Palm Springs, California on July 29, 1988 · Page 3
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Palm Springs, California
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Friday, July 29, 1988
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A3Friday, July 29, 1988 J Calendar lndio:Desert Sands school board, 7 p.m. Tuesday, central office board room, 82-879 Highway 111. Desert Hot Springs: council meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall, 11-711 West Drive. Mora local news, A-8 Georgia resident dies in 1-car crash PALM" SPRINGS A Marietta, Ga., woman died' .Thursday at Desert Hospital shortly after a car in which she was a passenger overturned northwest, of Palm Springs at Windy Point. Two others in the car were critically injured. The dead woman, whose name had not been released by this morning, was a passenger in a car driven by Miream Bro-bender, 47, of New York City, said Tom Granger of the California Highway Patrol. Brobender was southbound on Highway 111 about 4:45 p.m. when the car drifted to the side of the road, and as she tried to get it under control, it hit a concrete drainage ditched and overturned, Granger said. Brobender and another passenger, Debra Jinnings, 34, of Palm Springs, were listed in critical condition this morning at Desert Hospital. Palm Springs man accused of burglary PALM SPRINGS - A Palm Springs man was arrested Thursday afternoon and , accused of burglarizing a condominium where an off-duty Palm Springs police officer was sleeping. Joseph Mark Bailey, 26, apparently entered the condominium at 280 S. Avenida Cabal-leros about 12:50 p.m. through an unlocked sliding glass door, taking two wallets on the kitchen cabinet, and then opened the door of a bedroom where Officer Don Fallon was sleeping, according to a police report. Fallon saw the man standing in the doorway and drew his gun, but the man ran from the condominium, the report said. Bailey was arrested walking on Avenida Caballeros and booked into Palm Springs Munic-inal .Tail nn susnirion of bur glary, .(j, - i School district hires two administrators THERMAL Two people have been hired to fill administrative positions in Coachella Valley Unified School District and a third administrator has had his contract extended. William Meister, a teacher at Oass School last year and former principal of Bobby Duke Middle School in Coachella, fills the central office position of director of student services. Cal Gunther, a Holtville Unified School District administrator, was hired as principal at Mecca School. r Information sought in shooting death CrimeStoppers will pay $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of George Avilez, also known as Edward Sierra. Avilez is wanted in the June 12 shooting death of college student Roger Lee Farmer Jr. in Palm Springs. Anyone with information can call 323-6000 anonymously. The reward will be paid as soon as Avilez is arrested. For the record The Lotto 649 numbers In Thursday's edition carried an incorrect date. The numbers were actually chosen in Wedoes- , day night's drawing. The policy of The Desert Sun is to correct errors of fact promptly and courteously. If you have a correction or clarification, please call our city desk at Gibsod questions piromotEorD plain funding"1 By KELLE RUSSELL Detert 8aa Staff Writer DESERT HOT SPRINGS ". While the City Council has approved "in concept" a $225,000 promotional plan, one councilman is objecting to liberal use of redevelopment funds "taxpayers' money" to finance it The plan calls for hiring a marketing director to attract tourists with plenty of spending dollars to the city's more than 50 spas. City officials said $105,000 will come from redevelopment funds and $120,000 from the hotel bed tax. s ' : At a study session Thursday, Councilman Bill Gibson said he supports the plan but doesn't want to spend so much redevelopment money on it. "I can justify the $48,000 for the director's salary, but I can't see spending the taxpayers' money for his benefits and everything else," Gibson said. The $225,000 also will pay for advertising, office space, furnishings and travel. The director is expected to be on the road 35 weeks a year "selling" the city. "We have streets and houses in disrepair and we're using taxpayers' money on this," said Gibson. He suggested the city use the total hotel bed tax revenues $360,000 last year for the promotional plan. All five City Council members approved the promotional proposal "in concept" last month. The council is to vote on the fund allocations at its meeting Tuesday. Councilman Richard Cromwell III, a staunch supporter of the plan, advised Gibson to think of the redevelopment money as "a short-term loan with annual renewable clauses ' that will be paid back." "This is borrowed money that will be replaced by increased sales and hotel bed tax revenues," Cromwell said. Using statistics from the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, a city task force estimated a first-year investment of $225,000 will yield $4 million in tourist spending in the second year. ' t 'ix lf J X - Sun Photo by Andy Gompon LINED UP: Miss California-USA contastants lina up for photos in preparation for Saturday night's finale.- Countdown begins for title quest By KELLE RUSSELL Desert Sua Staff Writer PALM SPRINGS More than 100 contestants from around the state are nearing the end of their quest for the title Miss California USA. Preliminary competition is tonight at 8 at Palm Springs Convention Center, which also is the site of the finals Saturday night. The finals, which will feature interviews by judges as well as swimsuit and evening gown competition, also begin at 8. .. The two-hour show will be telecast on a number of California stations, appearing locally on.KESQ, Channels 3 and 42. Co-hosts are game show host Bob Eubanks and former Miss USA Kim Tomes Dut-ton. After the 111 entries perform the show's opening number, the final 15 contestants will be announced. During Saturday night's telecast, a five-minute videotape will showcase the "Playground of the Stars," spotlighting tourist attractions in the Palm Springs area. - Tickets for tonight's preliminary round are $20, while it'll cost $40 to be in the audience Saturday night. Information is available at the pageant office, 778-4170. The new Miss California USA will sign autographs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Desert Fashion Plaza on " Palm Canyon Drive: : ; 'Rambo's' mom among judges at Miss California USA beauty pageant By JACK KOWALEC ' Desert Su Staff Writer PALM SPRINGS - Sly won't be there, but his mom will. Jacqueline Stallone, Sylvester "Rambo" Stallone's mother, is one of nine judges tonight and Saturday for the Miss California USA pageant at the Convention Center. "She's a character, from what I hear," said Loch Jones, public relations spokesman for Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells, where the pageant's contestants, judges and guests will be treated to a "country-French theme" brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. "She can be extremely outspoken sometimes, according to people I w6rk with," Jones said. Other judges in the contest also have some claim to fame. They include: . Christy Fichtner, Miss USA 1986 and former hostess for the. "Disney Channel Preview." Miss California-USA hopefuls off er beauty tips: D-1 Henry Polic, a stage, film and television star, who is Uncle .Jerry on ABC's 'Webster' " Jones said. Bob Scribner, director of makeup for NBC's West Coast operations, whom Jones described as Johnny Carson's makeup artist for the 'Tonight Show. Paul Ryan, former TV host for "Mid-Morning LA" and host of the new game show "Travel World." "He also did the NBC special 'Hollywood Women,' " said Jones. Randy Miller, president of Original New York Seltzer and former stuntman involved in high falls, cars, motorcycles, horseback and mountain lion stunts. Tommie Juneau, Dallas-based fashion designer. Annette "Munoz, fashion coordinator for Stallion Boot Co. of El Paso, Texas, which, Jones said, sells western boots to movie stars. Kent Foster, vice president and treasurer of Overseas Private Investment Corp. . The judges tonight will make their decision based on tonight's preliminaries on the 15 finalists. In addition to the Miss California USA crown, the winner will get a host of gifts, cash and college scholarships, and represent California in the 1989 Miss USA Pageant in February. The reigning Miss California USA, Diana Magana, will be featured throughout the competition. Magana, of Rancho Los Palos Verdes, was first runner-up to this year's Miss USA, Courtney Gibbs. Judges help make contestants feel at ease during interviews Rehearsal started around 7:30 a.m. yesterday, and most of us had personal interviews with the judges. Contestants 1 through 72 were interviewed yesterday, and numbers 73 through 111 will be interviewed today. I was the 35th person interviewed yesterday. It was nice, and the judges were easy to talk to. Actor Sylvester Stallone's mother was one of the judges. I am comfortable talking to people one on one, so I wasn't nervous. But I was anxious to get it over with. The questions were not too hard, but I can't say what they asked about because the judges might be planning to ask the other girls some of the same questions today. Before the interview, we had a preview for the judges and we 'jllPageant f'-r Notebook J- 41 It Irfit Contestant Angela Bryns, 19, of Palm Springs, is giving Desert Sun readers a daily account of the sights and sounds of the Miss California USA pageant. showed them our evening gowns and swimsuits. Miss San Fernando Valley, Christina Marie Faust, was chosen the winner of the swimsuit competition. We rehearsed some more, but we pretty much had free time to relax while the girls were being interviewed. It was a l'ng day. We left rehearsal around 8:30 p.m. Of ficer admits it's just too hot to stop 'em all COACHELLA - Police Sgt. Joe Murrillo contends motorists should see a bright side to the current hot spell. Speeders in Coachella, he says, aren't getting as many tickets as they would in cooler weather. Every so often traffic officers have to leave their regular patrol routes and drive around to cool their cars' engines. "They can't stop traffic back-to-back like they're used to doing," Murrillo said. "Their cars are overheating." An officer making a traffic stop turns off the air conditioning but leaves the car engine runnning.- "The car is left idling for 10 to 15 minutes while the officer fills out the citation," Murrillo said. "Do this, say, three times, and it overheats the car." Council limits mobile home rent hikes RANCHO MIRAGE The City Council gave final approval Thursday to amendments to the city's rent control ordinance limiting mobile home park owners to one rent increase per year. By a 4-0 vote, the council adopted the amendments that incorporated suggestions by a Sacramento rent control law specialist and Mike Cirillo, owner of Ran- cho Mirage Mobile Home Park. Councilwoman Lee Karr, who proposed the amendments, abstained because she lives in a mobile home park. The main amendment will prevent a park owner from seeking a rent increase within 12 months of receiving either a hardship increase or the annual Consumer Price Index increase to which owners are entitled. Other amendments will: Limit the time of year owners can apply for a hardship increase, and residents can apply for relief from an increase, to Oct. 1 to March 1. Clarify the Mobile Home Fair Practices Commission's responsibility to comply with the state's open meeting law and expand the commission from five to seven members tolnclude non-voting representatives of the residents and the park owners. Bed tax increase will go before voters RANCHO MIRAGE - Voters here will decide in November whether to increase the city's transient occupancy (hotel bed) tax from 8 percent to 9 percent. The City Council voted Thursday to place the proposal on the ballot. According to a staff report, the measure is intended to offset possible state legislation that would prevent bed tax increases in future years. The bed tax is the single largest revenue source for the city, projected to raise $2.9 million this fiscal year at the 8 percent rate. Passage of the measure would increase that amount about $180,000 during the remainder of the fiscal year after the election. Several other cities also are asking voters for bed tax increases Palm Desert from 6 percent to 8 or 9 percent; La Quinta from 8 to 9 percent; and Indio from 8 to 10 percent. - . Jim Wilmer, director of advertising at Mission Hills Resort, said the 1 percent increase would not affect business. "If (customers) are going to spend the kind of money we're asking them to spend here in the valley, they aren't going to balk at a 1 or 2 percent tax increase," Wilmer said. He added that a 9 percent tax would keep the city on a par with other tourist areas. Jury can't reach verdict in attempted kidnaping trial By MARLENE L. MORGENSTERN Desert Sai Staff Writer INDIO A mistrial was declared Thursday after a jury was unable to agree on a verdict in the trial of a Palm Springs man accused of trying to kidnap a 10-year-old girl last November. Jurors told Indio Superior Court Jude James IL Herria late Thursday afternoon that they would cat change their votes, which added cp to seven for conviction and five for acquittaL A new trial for defendant Randolph Allen High was requested by Deputy District Attorney David Downing. It was set tentatively for Sept 23. "We went in there and everyone's made a decision and no one's willing to change that decision," jury foreman Yolanda Siqueiros told the judge. Autumn Payne identified II:h as tl.e man who tried to coax Lex to Lis csr as she walked on Avenida Palos Verdes toward her school Nov. 2. When she ran, she said, he pursued her and grabbed the hood of her coat, causing her to falL He trl J to pick her up, but she screamed and struggled, and he fled, she said. Autumn said she memorized the license number as the car drove off. The number was traced to High. But defense attorney Gary p. Scberotter pointed out apparent discrepancies between the girl's initial statements and those she gave later to police and in court, on matters such as the color of the assailant's shorts, his race, his hair style and the type of car he drove. Scberotter argued that the way police showed High and his car to Autumn for possible iutnUficaUon, by driving past his apartment, was "unduly suggestive." "What I'm suggesting to you is that Autumn Payne might be mistaken," be told the jury. Downing responded that the girl "obviously focused on certain key things" during the brief incident, but that police did a "step-by-step analysis of the case" before arresting High-High denied ever seeing Autumn. Jurors had"a very animated discussion," Siqueiros said. There was a Lttle bit of yelling She said the jurors "discussed at what we thought were Autumn's discrepancies." Siqueiros said she voted for acquittal "because I wasn't a hundred percent sure that be was the ne in the vicinity" of the incident Downing was disappointed but said that "I predicted that would happen" "I recognized that the victim's testimony was all over the place," Downing said. "Had the victim been a lS-year-old adult and given more of a description, maybe the outcome would have been different" Neither Scberotter nor High, who did not show any reaction to the outcome, would comment

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