The Press Democrat from Santa Rosa, California on June 12, 1980 · 2
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The Press Democrat from Santa Rosa, California · 2

Santa Rosa, California
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Thursday, June 12, 1980
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2A PRESS Thursday. June 12, 190 Weather Summary Extended forecasts Northern California: Mostly fair weather inland through Monday with tog and low clouds along the coast, especially night and morning hours. Highs along the coast in the upper 60s and 60s. A warming trend Inland with highs in the upper 70s and 80s Saturday, warming to the 80s to mid 90s by Monday. Lows mostly in the 50s at lower elevations. Central California: Fair weather inland through Monday with fog and low clouds along the coast, mainly night and morning hours. 3000 Ul WI4TMH Regional forecasts Sonoma County: Variable clouds and , cool today with isolated thundershowers . this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight and tomorrow. Wind southerly 10 to 25 mph . in the afternoons. Santa Rosa 47 and 74. Mendocino County north: Variable , clouds today. Scattered showers and thundershowers into this evening mainly , in the mountains. Partly cloudy tonight , and tomorrow. A little warmer tomorrow. Fort Bragg 47 and 61, Ukiah 45 and 74. -San Francisco Bay Area Variable clouds, breezy and cool today. Isolated thundershowers this afternoon in the North Bay counties. Partly cloudy tonight and tomorrow. Highs from 60 to 70. Lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s. San Francisco 61 and 52, Oakland airport 62 and 53, Redwood City 68 and 51. Point Arena to Point Pino out 20 miles: Small craft advisory. Winds westerly 10 to 20 knots with occasional stronger gusts through tonight becoming northwesterly Friday. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Swell northwest 3 to 6 feet. Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the north later today, ending tonight. National weather Hi 95 89 88 67 58 82 74 69 62 94 92 81 68 60 61 87 71 86 86 99 80 104 64 69 75 76 74 78 89 71 61 66 Lo 56 62 55 48 41 60 52 48 37 67 62 62 45 52 48 55 47 74 68 71 60 74 43 56 56 47 50 54 59 62 53 55 Pep Albuquerque Atlanta Bakersfield Boston Buffalo Charlotte Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland Dallas - Denver Des Moines Detroit Eureka Fairbanks Fresno Helena Honolulu Kansas City Las Vegas Los Angeles . Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland, Ore. Red Bluff Reno Sacramento St. Louis Salt Lake San Diego San Francisco Seattle .06 .01 .03 .02 .03 IOWIIT IIKMIMIIlt Y, UA-v! Market to open Saturday The 1980 season of the Sonoma County Farm Market opens at 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial building. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon each Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 25. A selection of farm-fresh produce will be for sale. Shoppers can expect to find plenty of berries, cherries and root crops offered Saturday, with a wider variety of produce later in the summer and fall. Music and a free raffle for a large basket of produce will be included opening day. Individual growers are encouraged to become certified producers and participate in the farm market this summer. The certification process is free and forms are available at the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner's office, 2555 Mendocino Ave., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A very special gift for Dad! CHICAGO CUTLERY - For that special occasion give the very best in American hand-crafted knives . . . Chicago Cutlery. The - finest in professional cutlery . . . quality construction, unbelievably sharp blades and unique storage blocks. See the entire line of quality knives and gift sets at: - vJiLLage s hardware a i CPtU f BATS Weekdays 8- Sundays 94 1300 F0UKTH ST. SAXU ISU ttHTO fOTOCMT t CLEAN AIR REPORT Yesterday: Smog index reading: 25 (good). Today: 25 (good). Temperatures SANTA ROSA High Wednesday,69; low, 47. Rainfall: season to date, 37.86 inches; this time last year, 27.74; normal, 29.30. HEALDSBURG High Wednesday,74; low, 46. Rainfall: season to date, 51.83 inches; this time last year, 33.45. CLOVERDALE High Wednesday, 77; low, 45. Rainfall: season to date, 53.92 inches; this time last year, 34 97. UKIAH High Wednesday,66; low, 52. Rainfall: season to date, 44.79; this time last year, 30.23. PETALUMA High Wednesday, 68; low, 45. Rainfall: season to date, 34.16; this time last year, 22.39. BODEGA BAV High Wednesday, 64; low, 52. Barometer, 30.20; Visibility, 10 miles. (Weather subject to change). SEBASTOPOL High Wednesday, 66, low, 44. Rainfall: season to date, 41.40; this time last year, 30.14. LAKEPORT High Wednesday,75; low, 46. Rainfall: season to date, 41.81 inches; this time last year, 24.71. FORT BRAGG High Wednesday,66; low, 50. Rainfall: season to date, 41.79; this time last year, 34.12. SONOMA High Wednesday, 74; low, 41. SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT PACIFIC DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME JUNE, 1980 LIGHT FigurM AM SOlOFIgtlrM P.M. TIME AND HEIGHT OF HIGH ANO LOW WATER Dm" nmiMI. Tlm wT' flm Ml. ftiiw Ml. HI(H la High low Ih 12 545 14 I'M 4J 12 1151 6.S r 1 6 30 IS 1:U 22 2.4 SUNRISE SUNSET Friday, June 13 Sunrise 5:47 Sunset 8:32 FOR SAVE 20 on HAZEL PORTFOLIOS & BRIEFCASES Pictured portfolio & REG. NOW 45.00 36.00 11.00 8.80 Others from $4.50 to 4th St. Downtown 1 ilArr a X BDAD3E) 1980 V TON PICKUP UC. AM, Stop Chrome Bumper, Pin Strip, Body Side Molding!, Stk. 4SM, ID RN32Mtl). EASY FINANCING AVAILABLE O.A.C Her t The Redwood Empire's 1 IMPORT DEALER I TOYOTA NO MONEY FROM CHURCH Attorneys' pay bid rejected By BOB KLOSE Defendants in the Christian Life Center fraud case were denied a request yesterday to have the church 'pay their attorneys' costs. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Conley S. Brown rejected the defense motion at a hearing in the federal building in Santa Rosa. Judge Brown is hearing the church's trust fund bankruptcy case and the related fraud suit filed in Sonoma County Superior Court last summer. The motion to have the church pay the legal costs of the fraud defendants was made by Malcolm A. Misuraca, a Santa Rosa attorney representing a committee of defense attorneys. The suit was filed by several investors in the church's one-time $7.2 million trust fund and charges the church and church officials with fraud and deceit in operating the fund. Defendants include former Christian Life pastor A. Watson Argue Jr. and financial adviser Claude Fletcher, former county supervisor Wayne Bass, and other paid and volunteer church officials. Misuraca yesterday attempted to file with the court information he said would show the defendants acted in good faith in operating the fund and should not be penalized by having to pay their own attorneys' fees. He said several of the defendants themselves had savings tied up in the frozen trust fund.. The information "will give a picture of what really happened to this church to bring it to the courthouse," Misuraca said. "No one has ever said that one red cent ever disappeared from this Petaluma Press Democrat Bureau PETALUMA The Petaluma People Services Center, hurting from a 150 percent rent increase and the prospect of a big cut in support from Sonoma County, has received some good news from the city of Petaluma. City councilmen have.agreed, as part of their distribution of federal revenue sharing money, to contribute $16,700 to the social services agency. That same amount was allocated last year. "It takes off a tremendous amount of pressure," said center official Art Kane Wednesday. Councilmen also decided to set aside $10,000 of revenue sharing money for helping to redesign the Payran Street fire station, into a day center for the elderly. Six other community groups also will receive a portion of the federal money that will be returned to Petaluma through revenue sharing. Petaluma has been assured of receiving nearly $104,000 and has earmarked $49,690 of that to community agencies. The balance will be allocated to departments of municipal government. Washington's current revenue sharing program expires Sept. 30. If Congress decides to renew the program, Petaluma could receive another $300,000. News that the council had granted $16,700 to the Petaluma People Services Center generated sighs of relief at the center's Sixth Street headquarters. Officials of the six-year-old non-profit agency said they've received enough bad news DADS & GRADS $75.00 Santa Rosa VISA MC Mon.-Sat. $-5:30 546 matching desk folder 1 II T.D.L. CORBY AUTO MALL, SANTA PHONE 707 542-1791 trust fund. If in fact all these people being sued are crooks, then it was all for exercise," he said. Judge Brown opposed the motion on several counts. 'i have this kind of feeling this church didn't do anything by itself," Brown said. Brown said forcing the church to pay the individual defendants' legal fees would be premature if during the course of the fraud trial some are found to be liable for their actions. He also said discussion of Misur-aca's information supporting the Former church official campaigns in San Jose Claude Fletcher, the former financial planner for the bankrupt Christian Life Center and a defendant in a related fraud suit, is a candidate for San Jose City. Council, campaigning on a "proven" financial record. Fletcher, who was fired shortly after the $7.2 million church trust fund was found illegal in June 1978, finished first among four candidates in the June 3 primary. Fletcher received 49.1 percent of the District 10 vote and is in a runoff with Charolette Powers in the November, election. Powers received 36.3 percent of the vote. Fletcher advised the church on trust fund procedures when the fund was begun in December votes funds for services center this year, and that it's good to know Petaluma will continue to help out with rent, utilities and insurance payments. The center has been notified by the landlord that rent at the Sixth-Street building will jump from $1,000 per month to $2,500 per month effective Sept. 1. The landlord, a retired Marin County chiropractor, has agreed to accept $1,600 per month for June, July and August. Employees and volunteers of the center are looking for a new home and are hoping to secure the Labor Building at Keller and Liberty streets. The council's grant of $16,700 to the center was the biggest made this year. Nearly $33,000, however, was doled out to other groups, including: The elderly day-care center. Councilmen earmarked $10,000 for helping to convert the fire station at Payran and East D streets into a health, social and nutrition center for old folks. The fire station is expected to be vacated next year, when a new station is opened at McDowell Boulevard and Corona Road. The YWCA Women's Emergency Shelter. The council set aside $3,894 for the shelter, but is prepared to withhold any or all of that amount 4 - 2423 ROSA Accounts Insured mm motion would duplicate normal trial procedures. "What do we have to do then, have a mini-trial?" the judge asked. Brown also was unwilling to support the motion when it was weighed against the fact that the 1,200 trust fund investors cannot get refunds until the bankruptcy case is resolved. Calling it a case of "poor people vs. poor people," Brown said "in all these bankruptcy things there's nothing to laugh at at all." Misuraca acknowledged he was submitting a "damned if you do, 1972. Despite notice from the state Department of Corporations such a fund would require state approval, the fund continued to operate and raise $7.2 million for construction of the church near Highway 101 north of Santa Rosa. A primary campaign advertisement in the June 2 edition of the San Jose Mercury and News called Fletcher a "proven administrator, a professional financial manager..." Fletcher, the church and other church officials Were charged with fraud and deceit in connection with the trust fund in a suit filed last summer. The case is being heard by U.S. Judge Con-ley S. Brown, who also is presiding over the bankruptcy case. SERVING YOU 24 HOURS A ' JBiJfeiNESS REPLY MAIL 1 -jjrO.iIA( H I nft I.NGS MV,'xwi'..Mj, i, Fourth and B Struts Santa Rosa. California lM01 Hours Mun Thur 9 4 I n W t 4T WE HAVE A Jf BRANCH AT OVER Vj AfS 200 LOCATIONS M IN SANTA ROSA r it" :: &i j if ."ir&ki if sonomn couoty smjnes LOCAL PCOPLI SCRVIAG LOCAL DCCDS lo $1U0,(HKJ by the JV.UTdl Sovinys and Loan damned if you don't motion." Replied Judge Brown: "I'm afraid I'd be more damned if I did at this moment." Brown denied the motion and ordered attorneys in the fraud case to complete their investigations by the end of July and be ready for a pretrial conference in August. Earlier in the hearing, Christian Life Center trustee Paul Roper reported that although the church still is operating at a loss about $20,000 a month he expects to have the "cash flow" problem settled in the next few days. He said the church has abandoned for the time being plans to put its FM radio station on the air due to insufficient financing. Roper said he expects to have three reorganization plans ready for consideration within 30 days and that the church might be able to receive outside help in refinancing the trust fund. Roper also said he has received several offers for purchase of the church building and adjacent properties but that none to date was satisfactory. The church ran into problems in June 1978 when its trust fund was found to be in violation of state banking and securities laws. State banking officials ordered the church to stop receiving deposits and within a week or so the fund was reduced to about $5.8 million by anxious investors. The fund was sealed shortly thereafter. The church sought to reorganize under the bankruptcy codes last fall and after investors rejected a church reorganization plan Judge Brown appointed Roper trustee. if Sonoma County decides to finance the program. New state legislation provides money to counties for such purposes. The Petaluma Yacht Club. The club received $7,000 for the installation of new floating docks in the Petaluma River. The Petaluma Boys and Girls Club. Council-men set aside $5,150 to help the club renovate a game room and purchase recreation equipment. The Family Education Center. Councilmen granted the group $3,076, which is to assist in programs to strengthen the family and to encourage parents to assume a greater role in the education of their children. The Boy Scouts. The scouts received $2,500 for improvements to their Western Avenue building. Petaluma Seniors Involved. That group received $1,370, which is to be used for office expenses. The council denied a request by the Petaluma High School Music Boosters for $16,000 for the purchase of new band uniforms. That request might be reconsidered, legislators agreed, if more revenue sharing money becomes available after Sept. 30. DAY snp ioan wssociftnon Insurance Corporate

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