The Press Democrat from Santa Rosa, California on December 14, 1971 · 1
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Santa Rosa, California
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Tuesday, December 14, 1971
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All India Radio reported that the Mukti Bahini (East Pakistani freedom fighters) had joined the assault on the city but that as of 10:30 a.m. EST there had Poker Parlor Law Looms Tough, new controls over Sonoma County's "poker parlors" were proposed yesterday by Sheriff Don Stnepeke. . The proposals, which will substantially increase licensing fees for ; gambling operations and give sheriff greater power over gaming, were incorporated in a 14-page ordinance presented to county supervisors. No action was taken, but supervisors scheduled a hearing at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 27. Some form of the ordinance will probably be approved at that time. Sheriff Striepeke's suggestions stem from a controversy several months ago when supervisors suspended threee gaming permits for allegedly illegal practices. . . Supervisors Ignazio Vella and Henry Spomer generally endorsed the sheriff's proposals, but Philip Joerger and Robert Theiller expressed reservations. The two men objected to the proposed' change which would give sheriff authority to issue and suspend all permits. Under the current system, supervisors grant and revoke permits.. However, the proposal would allow any person to appeal the (Continued on Page 6, Col. 1) been no reply to Indian surrender demands. Radio . Pakistan reported more Indian paratroops landing near Dacca. An Indian military spokes man said Indian paratroop units which reached a ferry crossing six miles from the heart cf the city on Monday had linked uo with other armored columns, one of which entered an industrial suburb of Dacca. No actual ground fighting was reported inside 'Dacca, but a pooled dispatch frcm American correspondents there said there were Indian bombing attacks against targets inside the city and that Government House in downtown Dacca was set on fire. Most of the foreigners in Dacca were evacuated by plane before the battle was joined, and about half of the city's normal population of 1.5 million had fled into the contryside. An Indian Foreign Office spokesman said there were 47 Americans left in Dacca and that 114 American nationals were evacuated Sunday. The spokesman gave the estimate ater being asked about reports the nuclear carrier USS Enterprise with units of the 7th Fleet might be en route to the Bay of Bengal to help evacuate Americans. Baron Pleads Guilty Baron Letter ' v JoKfph Baron, after plead- caused me to plead to iccond By BONY SALUDES Joseph Barboza Baron's murder trial ended suddenly yesterday when the 39-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Murphy Jr. Immediately sentenced the reputed East Coast Mafia enforced -turned government informer to state prison for a term of five years to life. Baron appeared in good spirits. - lie turned to Chief Deputy District Attorney Ronald Fahey, extended his hand and said, "No hard feelings." Taking his hand, Mr. Fahey replied, "OK, Joe." Public Defender Marteen Miller, who said he advised Baron to change his plea over the weekend appeared saddened. "It was my opinion that it was in the best interest of Mr. Baron to plead guilty to second-degree murder," he said. The decision, Mr. Miller said, was a move against a risk the jury might convict Baron of first-degree murder. "I had to explain to Mr.' Baron what my opinion was," Mr. Miller said. "He was somewhat hesitant at first. He was still hopeful of an acquittal." Maintains Innocence In a hand-written letter to a Press Democrat reporter, Baron maintained his innocence (Continued on Page t, Col. 1) Courtroom Sktlch by John Juhlln JOSEPH BARBOZA BARON ing guilty of second-degree murder yesterday, wrote a two-page letter, written In pencil and on yellow legal paper, to Press Democrat Reporter Bony Saludes, who has covered the cane since the beginning. Baron handed tbe letter to Public Defender Investigator Greg Evans, who turned It over to Mr. Saludes later. Mr. Evans said Baron wrote the letter In bis cell during his lunch hour yesterday. The text of Baron's letter: "Dear Mr. Saludes, "Since you have been a constant observer and have constantly reported the events daily throughout the trial rather accurately and fairly, I wanted to let you know what caused me to plead to second- degree murder. "First may I say that I as an Indigent without funds was fortunate beyond my wildest Imagination to receive as my attorney Marteen Miller from the Public Defender's office. "Having bad other lawyers In the past of rather esteemed caliber such as Attorney F. Lee Bailey. Mr. Miller Is one of the best trial lawyers in the country. Having watched Mr. Miller throughout my trial, I was thrilled both by having him as my attorney and watching an artist at work. "It Is my opinion that Mr. Miller, as a trial lawyer, is as good, if not better, than F. Lee Bailey! Also Investigator Greg Evans sure ferreted out (Continued on Page 2, Col 4) The pkess democrat The Redwood Empire's Lending NemiMiper Final JO SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA The City Designed for Living TUESDAY AFTERNOON, DECEMBER 14, 1971 cents Nixon Aenoiiiices Plans To De valine the Dollar Revaluation Moves Told At Pompidou Meeting ANGRA DO HEROISMO. ("revaluation of some other Azores (UPI) President Nixon and President Georges Pompidou of France announced agreement today on plans for devaluation of the American dollar as one means of solving ;he international monetary cri sis. Analysis, Page 5 A joint communique issued 'ollowing 10 hours of talks jetween the two leaders did not specify how the dollar devalua- lon might be carried out or by tow much it would be devalued. It also spoke of undefined currencies." The key part of the commu nique stated that Nixon and Pompidou, in the second of five little summit meetings Nixon is having before going to Peking and Moscow next year, "agreed to work toward a prompt realignment of exchange rates through a devaluation of the dollar and revaluation of some other currencies" in cooperation with other nations. The statement said at anoth er point: "President Nixon underscored the contribution that vigorous implementation by the United States to restore domestic-wage stability and productivity would make toward international equilibrium and the defense of the new dollar exchange rate." Neither the communique nor statements by the two Presidents after the meeting told how a U.S. devaluation would be carried ouf. The principal U.S. trading partners have been urging a devaluation, through an increase in the $35 an ounce price of gold set by the United States in 1933. Congress would have to approve any change in the cold price. In Washington, Chairman Wilbur D. Mills of the House Ways and Means Committee made that point but withheld immediate comment on the Azores announcement. By devaluation, the dollar would buy fewer French francs, West German marks, Japanese yen and other currencies on world markets. That would make imported goods more expensive in the United States and U.S. exports cheaper on foreign markets. The objective of devaluation would be to ease the chronic U.S. balance of payments deficit. The communique's reference to "revaluation of some other currencies" apparently referred to an increase in the price of strong currencies but none were named. Nothing hi the statement indicated whether the value of the franc would be! increased. At the U.S. Treasury in Washington, a spokesman confessed, "I do not know what it (the announcement) means. If they agreed to work toward devaluation, it sounds the same to me as actual devaluation." Nixon headed back to Washington in his "Spirit of '76" jet after the final session with Pompidou. Nixon and Pompidou did not mention currency realignment directly in a brief meeting with reporters after their final session, although Nixon said they "made significant progress in the problem of the international monetary situation." Another scheduled major session is this weekend in INDEX ANDERSON ...... ........ 4 ASTROGUIDE .J.-.16 BETTER HALF ...... .....16 BRIDGE ...JJ.....J22 BUCHWALD 4 CALENDAR ......-.. 2 CARMICHAEL 22 CLASSIFIED :..;. 16-21 COMICS 8 CROSSWORD -..22 EDITORIAL .. . 4 GRAFFITI .22 LANDERS 15 MARKETS - 6 OBITUARIES ...1 6 SPORTS 9-11 TV ..-.. 22 VITAL STATISTICS J.S WALTON - 14 WOMEN 14, 15 115TH YEABNO. 45 Senate OK's Pay Boosts For 6 Million Workers WASHINGTON (UPI) -Two million school teachers would get deferred pay raises, 4.1 million federal civilian and OUR HOME TOWN Patients? Items on Sale Craft items pottery, art, ma- crame.and candles will be on sale tomorrow through Christmas eve in the lobby of Chanate Hall, 3333 Chanate rd., the county's Department of Mental Health Services. Volunteers for Mental Health is sponsoring the sale of items, many of them made toy pa tients, and "white elephant contributions from the public. Contributions for sale may be taken to Chanate Hall. Hours for the sale are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. The sale may become an ongoing boutique, according to a Mental Health spokesman. Credit Unions To Have Dinner Presidents of Sonoma County credit unions will be honored Thursday night at the annual dinner of the Sonoma County chapter of the California Credit Union League. League Director Horace Crow will be the dinner speaker. Cocktails will be at 6:30 followed by dinner at 7:30 at the Black Forest Inn. Tickets are Reservations can be made by writing Chapter president Bill Krog at 370 Administration dr. Roseland. Trustees -Schedule Meeting Roseland School District trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in room K-2 of Roseland School. On the agenda will be discus sion of interdistrict, attendance requests, Title I Entitlement and Phase I application of Title II, test results, Drug Abuse Counseling Workshop No. 6, a (Continued on Page , Col. I) military employes would get a Jan. 1 pay boost and President Nixon . would get extended authority to control the economy under a bill expected to clear Congress today, The measure, to prolong until April 30, 1973, Nixon's power to control wages and prices, was hammered out by House-Senate negotiators through a day of bargaining Monday, then rushed through the Senate in 20 minutes. House passage was expected today. It would give Nixon basically what he sought, but overrode him on two key issues: The $1 billion pay increase for 2.6 million servicemen and 1.5 million federal white collar workers. Nixon had planned to postpone it to July 1 to save money, but Congress overrode him and the White House bowed to its wishes. The issue of retroactive pay for woreers wno were denied raises during the 90-day wage-price freeze which ended Nov. 13. Under the compromise bill, most of those pay hikes would be paid. Millions of workers will benefit, including, according to the National Education Association, 2 million of the nation's 2.2 million teachers. Estimates of how much back pay would be given workers range from $2 billion ito $6 billion. Workers would qualify for back pay if one of two conditions exist. They would get it if the increase is not "unreasonably inconsistent" with the 5.5 per cent guideline established by the Pay Board, or if the employer had raised prices in anticipation of paying wage increases subsequently blocked by the freeze. Teachers qualify if taxes or state or local appropriations for salaries were raised in anticipation of increases. In most cases, such increases were made before Aug. 15, when the freeze started. The senate had voted 45 to 40 to exempt from controls the wages paid and the prices charged by newspapers, magazines, book publishers and radio and television broadcasters but the House-Senate conferees dropped that provision. Ace Did Jf-Coupons To Buy Kidney Machine SONOMA -Ace Felder did it! He collected 800,000 Betty Crocker coupons to exchange for a kidney machine through the Kidney Foundation of. Northern California. i The 12-year-old Sonoma boy undertook the collection of the coupons from General Mills Co. products as 4-H health project more than a year ago. The machine, when the Kidney Foundation obtains it, will be donated to a kidney patient in need. Four-H clubs throughout the Redwood Empire assisted Ace, as did other groups and individuals. Fourteen thousand came in from Radio Station KSRO, 40,000 from a woman in Vacaville and another 75,-000 from a Ginny Brown in Ukiah. With all of the mail received this week, Ace collected 100,000 cuopons more than he needs. These will be donated to another group in Redding which "is attempting to establish a kidney machine center., . Central Screw Company of Sonoma was to ship toe coupons today for redemption. Study Likely on County's Long-Range Water Needs By GEORGE MANES A 22-person committee has been proposed to study Sonoma County's long-range water needs. The proposal, made yesterday by county Board of Supervisors Chairman Ignazio Vella, would create a citizen-government committee to ponder the com plex water issue. It would report its findings in September, 1972. And, according to Mr. Vella. the courity Water Agency would not attempt to sell any of the controversial $115 million revenue bonds until the committee reaches a decision. No formal action was taken, but the proposal received gener ally favorable treatment from other supervisors. Another dis cussion has been set for 2 p.m., Dec. 27. The suggestion is an attempt to end the battle between the Sonoma County Coalition, a group of political and conserva tion organizations, and the Wa ter Agency, which is governed by supervisors. Coalition members are circu lating petitions seeking repeal of the $115 million bond author! China Captives Back in U.S. PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (UPI) An American man ,and woman released from mainland China prison camps were flown to the Valley Forge Army Hospital here today : for complete medical examinations. Richard Fecteau, 44, Lynn, Mass., and Mary Ann Harbert, 26, Palo Alto, Calif., were described in good physical condition by Air Force flight surgeon Col. Leonard Johnson who accompanied them on a rigorous trip from Hong Kong. Alan Romberg, a State Department official for Chinese Affairs who met the two former prisoners when they arrived at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey earlier today, said Romberg said. he "knew of no plans to take either of them anywhere for a debriefing." Romberg refused to comment on any possiwe connection Fecteau had with the U. S. government when he was imprisoned in China 19 years ago. He referred such queries to State Department spokesman Robert McCiuskey in Washington. Miss Harbert had been missing and believed dead since April, 1968 when a yacht she was aboard was seized during a pleasure cruise between Hong Kong and Japan. "My reason for being here is to welcome them and to see if I can be of assitance to them," He said the two were not being detained and were free to leave when they wanted to. Regarding their reason for being released, Romberg said he "knew nothing more than what the Chinese themselves said" and added that he hoped it was a "precursor of other Americans being released from China." Romberg said the two were "now free to talk to the press." Johnson said Fecteau said repeatedly. "He did not want to talk to the press. He did not even want to talk to his own family. I feel it will be a very long time before he talks. "The lady will be willing to talk much sooner than he." f i MARY ANN HARBERT zation. They contend it is a "blank check" authorization and fiscally irresponsible, especially in the light of the Marin voter rejection of the proposed Parade Ordinance Scrapped Sonoma County's proposed pa rade ordinance, which has been described as anti-farm labor, was scrapped yesterday by the Board of Supervisors. Acting on a recommendation of a special ad hoc committee, supervisors unanimously rejected ther parade ordinance, which would haveVven the sheriff's onice additional powers over parades, gatherings and demon strations of any type. The ordinance was specifical ly directed against farm labor demonstrations which growers expected during harvest. The American Civil Liberties Union and several other groups had branded the proposal as discriminatory and unconstitutional. Sheriff Don Siriepeke made the recommendation that the proposal be scrapped. He was a member of the committee that studied it. According to the sheriff, the ordinance is not necessary, Ex-1 isting state and local law give him adequate control over any type of demonstration, he said. His committee was chaired by attorney Bill Dillon and includ ed members of labor groups, the Farm Bureau and minority groups. Supervisors have seemed embarrassed by the entire parade ordinance controversy since it surfaced three months ago. , Apparently the proposal was originally placed on the agenda at the insistence of 'the Farm Bureau without support from any of the supervisors. The appointment of an Ad Hoc Committee was an effective way of condemning the proposal to a quiet death. $52 million Sonoma-Marin Aqueduct. Water agency officials reply that the ordinance cost $30,000 and it would be foolish to throw that money away by repealing it. They also point out that the bond authorization is not tied to any specific water delivery project and can be used to fi nance any system expansion deemed necessary. it Mr. vena s plan is ap proved, representatives from the Coalition, Water Agency, and all of the major water pur chasers, (cities, special districts, and Marin County) would meet to determine the most feasible project to replace the Son oma-Marin Aqueduct. The com mittee would also determine the best financing available. "The committee might recom mend the ordinance should be repealed, left alone, or even en larged," he said. "There is a great need for cit izen participation in this issue All we are doing so far is piece- mealing this thing to death," Mr. Vella added. Also the committee's report must be ratified by the cities at public hearings, supervisors agreed. The coalition did not make a formal acceptance of Mr. Vel-la's proposal. A spokesman said it would be taken to the group's (Continued on Page 2, CoL 7) Washington of finance ministers of the 10 big non-Communist trading nations. Nixon and Pompidou agreed to sponsor jointly efforts with other nations to permit a wider fluctuation of currency rates, giving more play to the market forces of supply and demand in determining the relative values of money. Ronald L. Ziegler, White House press secretary and his French counterpart, Danis Bau-doin, read the joint communique in English and French to newsmen in the sundrenched courtyard of . an 18th century building where Nixon and Pom-(Continued on Page 6, Col. 4) Short-Term Water Plan Gets OK Sonoma. County SuDervisors yesterday informally agreed to a short-term water project increasing water delivery capabil ities to Petaluma and Santa Rosa by 25 per cent. The project, which will be of ficially endorsed next week, would increase the Water Agency's water distribution from the current 32-million gallons a day to 40 million gallons a day. It would cost more than $700,000. Immediate approval, of the project is being requested by of- nciais in Santa Rosa and Peta-luma, which would be the direct I beneficiaries. Three new wells at the Rus sian River would pump an additional eight million gallons a day through the existing Santa Rosa Aqueduct and then through the Petaluma Aqueduct to Petaluma. A booster pumping station would be built at Cotati to help the water on its way soutn. According to Water Aeencv Chief Engineer . Gordon Miller, the new wells and Dmehne at the river would cost $590,000. The pumping station would be another $150,000. This short-term exDansion could be ready by next summer, he said. Actually, this is not a new project. It has been on the (Continued on Page 2, CoL 7) Cloudy Tonight, Clear Tomorrow It'll be cloudv tonieht with a chance of more showers, the weatnerman says. But Wednesday should he fair throughout the Redwood Empire and slightly cooler with -northwest winds from 10 to 20 mph. Small craft warnines are un ; for the area south of Point Arena. . Highs and lows: Ukiah 48-30. Santa Rosa 50-28. For Thursday throueh Satur- day, the weather will be fair ex cept for night and morning fey in some areas and a chance of rain at week's end.

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