The Press Democrat from Santa Rosa, California on April 5, 1983 · 4
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Santa Rosa, California
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Tuesday, April 5, 1983
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A PRtS Tuesday, April 5, 1983 Democrats unveil cirnturvrn d rv. i . embly Democrat are introducing 44 bills they say could help produce at least 17,000 new housing units a year. i One of the bills would eliminate a tax credit (or second homes owned by people making more than $50,000 year, and another would grant a tax break to first-time, moderate-Income buyers of condominiums and co-ops. Still another would require all "creative financing" mortgage agreements to Include a clear warning of potential dangers, such as huge "balloon payments." ' Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, D-San Francisco, told a news conference Monday, "We are obviously interested in getting housing starts going again." i The package of bills is one of His attorney . RED BLUFF (AP) In a case that could make attorneys' after-hours relationships subject to courtroom scrutiny, a delivery man serving five years for attempted rape has claimed heilidn't get a fair trial because his defense lawyer was dating the prosecutor. Davey Jackson's case has gone to the Court of Appeal in Sacramento, and a complaint to the State Bar of California may prompt hearings to set guidelines on behavior of legal counsel. Neither James P. Lang, 59, who defended Jackson, nor 31-year-old Christine McGuire, who succeeded in putting him behind bars, would comment on the claims. But both have said in legal declaration that The State Buried on Shasta The body of a Canadian doctor hit by an avalanche on Mt. Shasta has been found under five feet of snow, officials report. i Siskiyou County Undersheriff Ed Geyer said Monday the victim was Julien Harrison, 28, of Vancouver, B.C., who had been living near the University of California at Berke-i ley, where he was doing cancer research. His body was recovered Sunday afternoon, 24 hours after the 400-foot-wide avalanche near a former ski slope of the long-closed Powder Bowl. Ambulance fraud Two Stockton ambulance company officials were convicted Monday of bilking the state Medi-Cal program of more than $4,000 by over-bilHng between 1976 and 1979. James C. Cooper, who once owned All-City Ambulance Service, and his onetime manager, Phillip Robert Dickenson, face sentencing April 15 by Superior Court Judge Bill Dozier. The false billings involved claims for excessive mileage and instances of billing the state for individual trips when rest home patients were transported for doctor's visits in groups of up to four, i Scientist may not get U.S. asylum SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A Chinese scientist who tried to gain political asylum in the United States by leaping out a second-story window faces deportation unless immigration officials Change their minds, officials say. Xia Yuren, 50, awaits n April 18 hearing before an Immigration and Naturalization Service judge over a recommendation by the U.S. State Department that he be deported. f He is one of about 1,000 Chinese who have sought political asylum in this country. In a celebrated case Monday, the y.S. government granted asylum to Hu Na, a 19-year-old Chinese tennis star who defected last July. Xia, who lives in hiding in Northern California, defected March 2, 1982, by jumping from a window in the Chinese Consulate here. , An atmospheric physicist, Xia told U.S. officials he served 18 months in Chinese labor re-education camps because of his political Views. His application for asylum has been denied. NOTICE PROFQTY TAX tszu, im n, m several that the Assembly Democrats are introducing this year on special problems. The Senate Democrats plan to present their housing package Wednesday. The Democrats had housing packages last year to ease regulations that can delay construction. Brown said the new package is the "next step," and would use tax-exempt bonds, local redevelopment funds, the new tax credit, and some state and federal funds to encourage construction. Assemblyman Peter Chacon, D-Coronado, chairman of the Housing and Community Development Committee, said only 62,000 new units were built last year, while 315,000 were needed. He said the bonds and credits in the package would help produce 17,000 units. The high interest rates in recent years and the $112,000 median home was dating they exchanged no confidential information during the trial, which began 10 months after they started dating. Lang is now district attorney for Tehama County, and McGuire is a deputy district attorney. They had opposed each other in several trials before the Jackson case. Jackson, 25, was convicted in November 1981 of attempting to rape a waitress at knife-point. When he learned a month later that Lang and Ms. McGuire were romantically involved, Jackson said he was "shocked. "I felt totally betrayed when I found my attorney, who was sup-' posed to be fighting for my defense, was dating the lady who was trying Commute threat Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. will largely abandon its staggered work hours a move that is causing concern among Marin County traffic planners. The company had been a leader in adopting staggered starting times, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., in an effort to reduce highway traffic leading to its offices in Terra Linda, Lucas Valley and Novato. Jerome Kuykendall, planning director for the Golden Gate Bridge District, said the change could put another 1,700 cars on the highways during peak commute hours. Black wins case The city of Richmond must pay $25,000 to the former leader of a -black policemen's group because it failed to prevent other officers from harassing him, an arbitrator has ruled. John Austin's decision, which cannot be appealed, settles a complaint filed by Rufus Kennedy, former president of the Guardians of Justice. He claimed other officers had harassed him because of his cooperation in three civil rights suits against the city which accused the Richmond Police Department of roughing up black civilians. Associated Press Now, for a limited time only, you can lock in our highest rate for up to 5 years with a Glendale Federal 5-year CD. If you're retired, think about what this can mean up to 5 years of regular high interest income checks. Guaranteed. You won't have to worry about dropping interest rates for a long time. And it's FSUC-insured. Completely safe. And the minimum investment is $2,500.There is, however, a substantial interest penalty for early withdrawal. For all the details, call or come in to your local Glendale Federal office. Or call the toll free Interest Update Hotline at (800) 232-2189. Five years of big money. . .just waiting for you at Glendale Federal. Come in today. &o GLENDALE FEDERAL V Get a little Glendale going, you're going to be all right. , One of the largest savings and loans In the world, with over 180 offices serving California and Florida! housing package price statewide have contributed to the problem. Brown said the Reagan administration has cut federal housing subsidies from $41 billion in 1980 to a proposed $5.8 billion in 1984. The bills would also: Authorize the California Housing Finance Agency to sell another $500 million in tax-exempt bonds for mortgages. The agency provided money for 3,000 homes and 3,578 apartments last year. The bill is AB454 by Chacon. Provide a $1,000 income tax credit to about 10,000 first-time purchasers of condominiums and coops whose incomes do not exceed the area median. The $10 million cost would be paid by eliminating the current interest deduction for second homes for taxpayers with incomes over $50,000, an estimated 22,164! people. The bill, not yet in- prosecutor to convict me of a felony," he said. James Wyatt, the Redding lawyer hired by Jackson's family to 'seek a new trial, contends there's no way "to insulate the disposition of this matter from the effects of a special relationship in which the prosecuting attorney has very personal -information concerning the defense attorney." "Any type of hard negotiations or vigorous advocacy appear to be a virtual impossibility between two people who are dating each other," he claimed. The attorney general's office, which is representing Tehama County in the case, must respond to Jackson's allegations by April 16. PG&E payments target of bill SACRAMENTO (AP) - Utility companies such as Pacific Gas and Electric couldn't force customers to pay in advance for new power plants not yet on line, under a bill approved by an Assembly committee. The Utilities and Commerce Committee voted 8-2 Monday on AB19 by Assemblyman Richard Katz, D-Sepulveda, sending it to the floor. The bill would prevent the state Public Utilities Commission from approving "construction work in progress" payments unless the utility demonstrated it was in a financial emergency. But critics of such payments say they force customers to pay for services they may never receive. Disaster areas declared SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Humboldt and Del Norte counties have been declared disaster areas by President Reagan, bringing to 42 the number that are eligible for funds in recovering from storm damage, it was announced Monday. Disaster centers will be opened Thursday at the Veterans Home in Crescent City and Friday at the Redwood Acres Fairground in Eureka, according to Paul Mullane, a spokesman for the Federal-State Disaster Field Office. troduccd, will be by Assemblyman FhU iscnberg, D-Sacramento. Require warnings on all "creative finacing" mortgage agreements and require a notice be sent to a borrower at least three months before a balloon payment is due. The bill is AB1600 by Assemblyman Tom Hayden, D-Santa Monica. ' Forbid local governments from imposing too tough standards for subdivision improvements like roads. The locality could lose state highway maintenance funds for violation. The bill is AB1597 by Assemblyman Jim Costa, D-Fresno. Allow the courts to award attorneys' fees to local governments if the courts find that suits filed to delay developments are frivolous. The bill is AB2059 by Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Montebcllo. DMV tightens rules for teen drivers SACRAMENTO (AP) New teen-age motorists will be forced to complete extra "driving practice" with an adult, pass a longer written test and face new license restrictions for driving violations, the state Department of Motor Vehicles reported Monday. The young drivers will receive a "provisional license" subject to review by the DMV "to identify problem novices and straighten them out before they become habitually negligent operators," said said DMV spokesman George Farnham. The new program, required for 16 and 17-year olds in addition to the current driver education classes in, schools, is scheduled to go into effect in October, said DMV Director George Meese. Meese said teen-age drivers make up 7 percent of California's driving population, but account for about 14 percent of vehicle accidents. The new program requires young motorists to complete 30 to 40 hours of practice driving with a licensed adult and to pass a 46-question driving safety quiz. Under the program, (he 16 and 17-year-old drivers would also face possible: Suspension of a license after one failure to appear in court as ordered; A letter of reprimand from the DMV after first accident or traffic conviction. A one-month license restriction following a second traffic conviction or accident with a 12-month period, requiring a novice driver to be accompanied by an adult 25 years of age or older when operating a vehicle. A six-month license suspension after a third conviction or traffic accident, and a one-year probationary period. LIBERTY HOUSE SAN FRANCISCO STOCK ION AT O'FA&RELL SAN MATEO r ASHION ISLAND MOUNTAIN VIEW SAN ANTONlorfNiH d OAKLAND BROADWAY ATlblH. SANTA ROSA CODDING TOWN CENTER U ' SACRAMENTO DOWNTOWN PLAZA. COUNTRY CLUB. SUNRISE FRESNO MANCHESTERCENTER RENO ME ADOWOOD MAIL CTA to battle for 5,000 jobs BURLINGAME (AP) - With close to 5,000 teachers facing layoffs, the California Teachers Association has vowed to pitch "the battle of the century'' against the governor and Legislature in hopes of salvaging their jobs. . Unless the layoffs are averted, every subject at every level of education for California'! 5 million students could be affected, the union warned Monday. More than 200 school districts around California, strapped by local and state budget cuts, sent out notices to 4,900 of 172,000 teachers before March 15, saying their contracts would not be renewed. That's the annual deadline for notifying instructors that they will not be rehired. Association president Marilyn Russell Bittle blamed the scarcity of funds on "indifference by the governor and certain members of the Legislature that is monumentally stupid and destructive in terms of the future of California's 5 million students." While some of the annual notices often are rescinded by districts after budget planning for the next school year is completed during the summer, Ms. Bittle vowed to wage "the battle of the century in Sacramento to save jobs and preserve the public school system." Criticizing Gov. George Deukme-jian's proposed 6 percent education budget increase as a "delusion," she said the actual increase would be less than 4 percent. That rise would be too slight to keep many school districts from going under, she warned. "Deukmejian's approach is essentially two-faced," Ms. Bittle said. "He speaks out for academic Medi-Cal load down 16 percent SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Medi-Cal patient load in California hospitals dropped 16.29 percent in the last quarter of 1982, compared to 3 percent for private patients, the hospitals say. The report Monday by the California Hospital Association said the drop in the Medi-Cal patient load apparently resulted from changes in the Medi-Cal program that went into effect Sept 1, 1982. The changes tightened eligibility standards and reduced benefits to only those necessary to protect life or prevent significant disability. Other reasons include confusion among Medi-Cal beneficiaries, and an increasing reluctance of physicians to take Medi-Cal patients, the CIIA said. The drop in the load of private patients was attiributed to the econ The Beauty Treasury' $10 with'any Germaine Monteil purchase Great skincare. Great colors. Plus a sleek lacquer-black plastic box to hold all these Germaine Monteil essentials. A $56 value, you'll receive: Supplegen Liquid Cleanser, 2 Oz: Toning Rinse, 2 oz.; Firming Action' Moisture Creme, 12 oz.; Acti-Vita Emollient Lipstick in Winerose; blush in Cocoa Plum and Plumrose; Royal Secret Luxury Lotion, 2 oz.; and eyeshadow in Copperleaf, Fawn, Periwinkle, Wild Violet. Collection $5 to $65 Cosmetics (121) except Concord and Southgate f 1 ill Marilyn Russell Bittle, CTA president, calls Gov. Deukmejian's plan 'two-faced.' excellence and higher standards, and then announces he'll play Scrooge and starve the public schools. "This is both a hypocrisy and a betrayal of the public's belief that schools must be strengthened and improved," she said, noting that California now ranks 50th among states in the percentage of personal income spent on the public schools. Ms. Bittle said the Emery Unified School District in Alameda County, the San Jose district in Santa Clara County and the Cinnabar district in Marin County "face impending bankruptcy." And without more financial support, 50 or 60 more districts might face a similar fate before the end of the school year, she said. omic recession. It said that if the declines in load are paralleled by declines in claims paid by the state, it would mean a saving of about $65 million in the last quarter of 1982 when compared to the last quarter of 1981. The report noted that there had already been a 9.16 decline in Medi-Cal patient load in the third quarter of 1982 compared to the same quarter of 1981, which could have translated into a nearly $37 million savings to the state. The CHA said the decreases of both quarters preceded the state's major program to cut Medi-Cal expenses: Contracting in advance with hospitals to serve Medi-Cal patients, instead of simply letting the hospitals bill the state for services already rendered.

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