The Capital Journal from Salem, Oregon on March 7, 1973 · 1
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The Capital Journal from Salem, Oregon · 1

Salem, Oregon
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Wednesday, March 7, 1973
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oe takes r ey eniie cliai Feins jhimgel. By ROBERT SHEPARD United Press International After taking the extraordinary action Tuesday of removing Sen. Vernon Cook as chairman of the Senate Revenue Committee, Senate President Jason Boe took over its leadership today. With Boe at the helm and Cook sitting in the audience, the committee went right to work. It was given a timetable to complete work on Gov. Tom McCall's tax plan by March 15-16. Boe fired Cook Tuesday after Cook issued statements earlier in the day that the governor's plan is probably unconstitutional and needs extensive work before it can be submitted to the voters at a special election. However, Boe said at this morning's committee meeting that he was assuming the chairmanship only on a "temporary basis." J The committee quickly approved Boe's amendments to reduce the proposed state , support of kindergartens to just those programs now in operation and provide phased-in (Capital Journal Photo by Gerry Lew in) SENATE PRESIDENT BOE Takes Cook's chair support for new kindergarten programs. The committee also cut proposed state aid to school transportation costs back to the present 55 per cent rather than the 75 per cent recommended by the House. At a news conference after the committee meeting, Cook said Boe's actions amount to "a conspiracy to keep the people of Oregon in ignorance of the true impact of the Boe-Mc-Call tax plan." Boe said it was "absolutely incumbent" on the legislature to get the governor's program out for a vote of the people during the current session and to aim for implementation of the tax reforms with the next school year. , Boe's schedule calls for daily committee hearings , (including a night hearing in Portland Thursday) and discussions of the McCall plan through Wednesday, March 14. The following Thursday and Friday are to be work sessions at which time it is expected the bill (HB2004) will be put in final shape for a Senate vote around March 19. That would leave two or three days in which theHouse and Senate could iron out their differences and send the bill to the governor's desk by Boe's suggested target date of March 22. Today's session was devoted to reports by state revenue department officials on personal income tax changes proposed in McCall's plan. Boe; tried to push the committee into action last week when he personally appeared before the panel to ask for final legislative approval by March 22 and a May 1 special election date. But Cook said that schedule could not 'be met and he suggested at his own Tuesday news conference that it might be necessary to subpoena the records of Oregon's 100 largest corporations in order to find out how McCall's plan would affect them. The governor's plan calls for the state to take over nearly all tosts of operating the public schools and "hereby reduce local property tax bills paid by homeowners. Boe, in announcing the almost unprecedented firing of his committee chairman, said "no one individual has the right to interpose himself between the people and their right to pass judgment on a matter of so great importance as massive property tax relief." Commenting on Boe's action, McCall later said the move "lays it on the line." "This courageous, astute move will, I hope, ensure the people's rights in this matter their right to vote this spring on our tax and school finance reform program," McCall said. ; Boe said Cook could have the committee chairmanship back after the governor's plan is safely out of the committee. ; The firing came after a noon meeting between Boe and 15 of the Senate's 18 Democrats, including Cook. The caucus, with the exception of Cook, voted to support Boe in "adjusting the membership of the committee" as necessary. Related story, Page 18 1 eacher Baet Jbasect Mm By TOM FORSTROM Capital Journal Writer . The peace agreement reached by Salem teachers and the school board is based on compromise and semantics. The main concession on the board's part is to put the terms of the agreement in writing. It will not be a contract, however, but a "memorandum of understanding" which will be signed by the board and representatives of the Salem Education Association. The agreement will become official record if it is approved by the school board. The next meeting is March 13. Some of the issues already had been agreed on by the board and teachers, although u 85th Year No. 57 Stewart gets ride in taxicab Salem City Councilman Steven C. Stewart got a ride home in a taxicab early Tuesday morning after police determined he was only on the "borderline" of intoxication. Stewart was stopped at Broadway and Tryon Avenue NE shortly after 3 a.m. by Marion County Deputy Sheriff Bill Guest. Stewart's car had been weaving along Broadway, Guest reported, and was being operated in an "erratic" manner. City police Lt. Jim Stovall, in command of the late night shift, was called to the scene. His report said that Stewart "had an odor of liquor about his person and on his breath" and his eyes had some "lackluster" features. He said Stewart talked without slurring and walked straight. Stewart told Stovall he had been at "Mc-Nary" (presumably the McNary Golf Club north of Keizer) and was on his way home with a friend, Dean Alexander Stiles. A private radio operator who monitored the transmissions between the city and county officers said he heard Guest tell his dispatcher that Stewart asked for consideration because he is a councilman. After conducting the field sobriety tests, Stovall determined that Stewart's condition was "marginal." Stewart was not administered a breathalyzer test. He was not arrested or cited by the officers. Instead Stovall called for a cab4o take Stewart home. Stiles walked home. V Technically, the incident was a county case because Deputy Guest had made the original traffic stop. But since the incident occurred inside the city limits and involved a city official, Salem police were brought into the investigation "as a matter of courtesy" and ultimately they had the final say. Police Chief Ben Meyers was telephoned by Lt. Del Pixler of the sheriffs office. Meyers said Guest had been instructed to;oase his judgment on Stovall's recommendation. Stovall indicated he wouldn't have made an arrest. Meyers relied on Stovall's judgment. "I made the final decision that Stewart was not to be arrested," the chief said. Meyers said it is normal procedure to not administer a breathalyzer test until the suspect is placed under arrest. "The test is not used as a crutch," he said. "It is used only as a tool to substantiate what the officer believes in the field." , Last month Salem police officers stopped and arrested Atty. Gen. Lee Johnson on a drunk driving charge. He was administered the breath test and cited into court. Meyers said it was a value judgment that ultimately cleared Stewart. He denied any attempted collusion with the sheriff's office to cover up for Stewart. "A department that would turn in the attorney general wouldn't turn its back on a freshman city councilman," he said. McGeorge Bundy witness LOS ANGELES (UPIj McGeorge Bundy, former top assistant to both President Kennedy and President Johnson, will be called as the next defense witness at the Pentagon Papers trial, it was disclosed today. Bundy, who is now head of the Ford Foundation, will take the witness stand following conclusion of testimony by CIA agent Samuel A. Adams. Earlier story, Page 26 Inside Today Abby 34 Capital Life 27-36 Classified . . : 37-41 Comics '. . 24 Court Records t . .10,12 Editorials ..... 4-5 Horoscope ....... .. .... J . ..... 31 Legislature .r. ... . 19 Markets ....... w . . . . 50 Movies ; . ' 3 Obituaries V. ...... . 47 Sports . 43-46 Television i 24 Weather Details 10 they were not in writing. Art early dismissal plan for teachers during parent conference week was developed by Supt. William Ken-drick and approved by the board earlier this month. It exceeds the request made by teachers. The agreement will allow an additional $48,000 for teacher salary increases, plus about 10 per cent for fixed charges. The board representatives agreed to return to the increment salary schedule next year, with an additional $250 added to each step on the schedule. The increment gives additional money for years of experience and for educational advancement. It was not used as such this year because teachers were given an across-the-board increase. TJJ Salem, Oregon, Wednesday, March 7, 1973 M - - , 'Some sure signs of spring "The flowers that bloom in the spring . . trilled Gilbert and Sullivan. "In the spring, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love," said another sage. What more said of this young cdUple strolling hand-ih-hand past a blooming star magnolia on the Capitol grAds Tuesday except to note that while spring isn't officially here yet, it is itHsputably, around the corner. (Capital Journal Photo by Gerry Lewin) Who rules Solent? Do you really care? By DAN BERNSTEIN j. Capital Journal Writer Shortly after he launched his first vice-presidential campaign Spiro T. Agnew told reporters that he'd try to make his name a household word. If Salem Mayor Robert Lindsey and the city's eight council members have any desire to Spiro Agnewize their names, a random, unscientific poll shows they have a long way to go. Of 50 Salem residents interviewed, only : 13, or 26 per cent knew that Lindsey is the Salem mayor. An even smaller number of people .08 per cent could recall the name of their councilman. The survey, which included 27 men and 23 women ranging in age from 18 to 76, was .taken Monday and Tuesday in downtown Salem and Lancaster Mall. Lindsey There was no battle of the sexes in this poll neither the men nor the women were well-acquainted with their city fathers. Seven of the 27 men knew that Lindsey is Salem's chief executive, and six of the 17 Jwomen gave similar replies. Only a few " thought that former Mayor Vern Miller was still at .the helm. The rest had no idea at all. ir"'" ' on semantics The new salary schedule will give a minimum of $500 per teacher. It is designed to give teachers at every step about the same dollar increase. The agreement also creates a committee to establish a new salary schedule for 1974-75 using a non-automatic increment system. The pay increase will be in relation to "goals" and performance instead of the automatic increment approved for next year. A system to establish planning time for all teachers also was included in the agreement. A committee will be established to work on that Two weeks vacation for Christmas also was approved by both groups. Both the planning time and calendar proposals have met Li 68 Pages (6 Sections) Price 10 Cents The men and women fared evenly when asked to identify their councilmen. Two men and two women knew who their local representatives were. Two of five individuals 21 years old or younger named Lindsey as ! mayor, while two of six people 60 and above identified him. Lindsey was identified ! by five of 18 people between the ages of 22 and 40, and by four of eight people between the ages of 40 and 60. ; Only five of the 50 people knew which council ward there are eight of them they live in. And three of the people who knew their ward number didn't know their councilman. All of the people who knew their councilmen only four knew who the mayor is. But only four of the 13 people who identified Lindsey could also name their councilman. I Among the scattered replies from the people who knew neither the mayor nor their councilman were: "I know who the police chief is," or "I was just annexed, so I don't know who they are, but they're all under-handed,"-or "Whoever he is, he sure doesn't show up very often," or "I don't pay; any attention to local politics. I'm more interested in. national affairs." j j The predominant characteristic of the 35 people who knew nothing iof the mayor, nothing of their councilman and nothing of their ward was involuntary embarrass J ment. ! with approval of the school board in earlier talks. T The groups decided to upgrade the present teacher transfer policy and to list all openings in all school positions, including administrative positions. The teacher representatives agreed to accept the board's offer on an insurance plan. It will give each teacher arc additional $36 of coverage on health insurance and another committee will be formed to develop specifications on a new medical coverage plan. Semantics entered in n the "personal leave" proposal. The teachers asked that the present "emergency leave"? plan be changed to a "personal leave" plan. The agreement reached by the groups will say neither. The Raining down Variable cloudiness with chance of showers tonight. Partly sunny Thursday after patchy morning fog. Low tonight upper 30s, high Thursday upper 50s. Chance ol measurable precipitation 40 per cent tonight, 10 per cent Thursday. Sunset today :?; sunrise tomornw 1:38. Maximum yesterday 57; minimum today 40. Total 24-hour precipitation .tS; for month L12; normal 1.25. Seasonal precipitation 23.S2; normal 31. S3; report by National Weather Service. G-P plans expansion of plants PORTLAND (AP) - A new stud mill at Coquille, a new odorless resin plant under construction at Albany and a major capacity increase at a Toledo kraft mill are included in a $210 million capital expansion plan announced by Georgia-Pacific Corp. for 1973. The three Oregon projects are among 48 listed in the company's 1972 annual report as earmarked. for start or completion this year. They include 26 new plants, 11 new distribution centers and 11 major modifications of existing facilities. . R. P. Pamplin, G-P chairman and president, says in the report the proposed expansion represents a 48 per cent increase over 1972, in which $141; million was spent for new construction and modernization. The $210 million program "will expand most major product lines, including lumber, plywood, paper and chemical items with strong future demand. It also will add several new products," Pamplin said. Geographically, I the projects "are either under way or scheduled from coast to coast and from Canada to the Mexican border," the report says. The Coquille stud mill will have a-30 million board-feet annual capacity and the Albany formaldehyde plant will have a 75,000-ton capacity, says the report. Both are scheduled for completion in 1974. Ah 80,600-ton increase in the Toledo kraft mill's annual production was announced previously. The company gave no further details of the planned expansions. ' . Guerrillas set Rogers kidnap BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Black September guerrillas planned to kidnap Secretary of State William P. Rogers during his visit to the Persian Gulf last summer but called off the operation at the last moment for unspecified reasons, the Beirut newspaper Al Anwar reported today. Al Anwar, which has close contacts with the guerrilla movement; said its information came from Palestinian sources in Baghdad, Iraq. The paper said: ! : The Black Septembrists planned to hold Rogers hostage for , the release of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan B. Sirhan, and other Arabs held captive in various countries. Six members of theVterrorist organization were sent to a Persian Gulf country four days before Rogers' arrival to carry out the kidnaping. i "But the plan was called off 10 hours before the deadline set for its execution for reasons the Black September leadership found convincing," the paper said. - More details, Page 35 Talks break off at Wounded Knee WOUNDED KNEE, S.dT (AP) - The government broke! off talks at Wounded Knee today and a federal spokesman said 500 shots were exchanged during the night between militant Indians and lawmen. There were no injuries reported in the - shooting, the most intensive since the takeover of the tiny village eight days ago. Meantime, on,' another front, a milling crowd of about j 75 Tucarora Indians in Lumberton, N.C., carryingsigns saying "We Support Wounded Knee," dispersed today, several hours after going on a wild rampage through the North Carolina town's business district. Police remained on the alert today. Earlier they said several Indians were injured, none seriously, and several were ' arrested after the rampage. More details. Page 37 Broniise new policy will "allow leave to be used to attend to important matters that teachers cannot control or that must be taken care of during school hours." f The grievance procedure will be changed somewhat and will involve "one advisory factfinder" instead of a committee if the process reaches the factfinding point. Ed Mulkey, president of the SEA, said he is satisfied with the agreement and now thinks the negotiation process "has been completed." He said the SEA representatives will recommend that teachers accept the offer. They vote on the proposal Thursday. Board Chairman, Oscar' Specht said he hopes new district plans such as Staff councils can help eliminate the. problems.. 7 - Vtj IP

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