The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California on August 19, 1977 · Page 3
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The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California · Page 3

Bakersfield, California
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Friday, August 19, 1977
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Bias outcries force Brown nominee out SACRAMENTO (AP) - Under Brown administration pressure, a doctor picked to sit on a state medical board withdrew his nomination yesterday after weeks of protest against him by Chinese-American groups. Administration officials said they had told Dr. Michael Geokas they no longer thought he was suited for the appointment. Geokas, chief of medicine at the Martinez Veterans Administration Hospital, was nominated June 9 by Gov. Brown to the Board of Medical Quality Assurance, the state's panel that regulates and disciplines doctors. For weeks the nomination had been criticized by Chinese community leaders who cited a federal hearing on a complaint filed against Geokas. An Equal Employment Opportunities examiner concluded after the 1976 federal hearing that a fellow physician, Dr. Edmund Jung, had been discriminated against. Chinese spokesmen said yesterday. The spokesmen quoted hearing testimony that Geokas referred to Jung as a "Chinaman" at one point and "was also observed on other occasions making his eyes appear slanted while commenting on someone about Oriental ancestry." Geokas was not available for comment yesterday. Carlotta Mellon, the Democratic governor's appointments secretary, declined to say when she had talked to Geokas but added: "Based on information we got after the appointment, we came to the conclusion Dr. Geokas was not suited for the appointment, and we communicated that to him, and based on that, he resigned.' "We communicated we had concerns (about Chinese allegations against him) and we presented him with the option of resigning." Before Geokas' withdrawal, the Brown administration had said it was investigating the discrimination allegations. Word of Geokas' decision came first from Henry Der, spokesman for the Chinese for Affirmative Action, at a Capitol news conference. "We were informed that last night around midnight Geokas submitted a request that his name be withdrawn," Der said. Both Dr. Rolland Lowe of the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco and Dr. George Wong of the Chinese-American Physician Society in Alameda County hailed the withdraw! of Geokas' nomination. Der said he was glad Brown had accepted Geokas' withdrawal but he said he hoped Brown would appoint a Chinese-American to a major policy-making position in his administration. He said no Chinese-American holds such a post now. Mom's death ends 'living will' suit £l?r Sfakr raftrlii (SaUfarniait Friday, Aug. 19, 1977 3 Rosenberg son seeking probe NEWPORT BEACH (AP) — A daughter's legal battle to allow her enfeebled mother to "die with dignity" has ended. Marie Welday, 86, who was blind, paralyzed and comatose died Wednesday in a convalescent home. Her death ended her daughter's court efforts to force Mrs. Welday's doctor to honor her "living will," a document in which Mrs. Welday asked that she not be kept alive by artificial means. Last month Mrs. Welday's daughter, Marie Leuck, asked a Superior Court Judge to honor the document the her mother had signed five years ago, four years before she suffered a stroke and .went into a coma. "When my hour of death is imminent because of injury, disease or other cause," Mrs. Welday wrote, "no stimulating drugs shall be administered by mouth or hypodermic needle." Mrs. Welday wanted to "die with dignity," her daughter said. Dr. Theodore Alex continued to administer life-sustaining drugs and treatment despite the document, Mrs. Lueck said. Firemen inspect wreckage of truck which burned when two-car collision touched off fire from underground oil line break. The blaze on Cherry Avenue Wedding illegal for gays SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill banning the issuance of marriage licenses to homosexual couples was signed into law yesterday by Gov. Brown. The Democratic governor signed the bill, AB 607, by Assemblyman Bruce Nes- tande, R-Orange, without comment on the controversy of equality for homosexuals. It does not prevent gay couples from living together and calling themselves married, nor does it bar a minister from performing a wedding ceremony for a homosexual couple. But it prevents county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples or otherwise legally recognizing their marriages. It changes a provision of the marriage law that inadvertently dropped the references to gender, saying only that marriage was a civil union between "two persons." The bill specifies it must be between a man and a woman. t After the state removed legal penalties for homosexual acts two years ago, some gay couples presented marriage certificates to county clerks and asked them for licenses and legal recognition. near Union Pacific railroad at Long Beach overpass yesterday was controlled in 90 minutes. No injuries were reported. —(AP Laserphoto) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg continued his campaign yesterday to bring public pressure on a Congressional committee to launch an investigation of the 1951 espionage trial which ended with the executions of his parents. Michael Meeropol, 34, who with his brother, Robert, 30, were given a new last name after their parents died, claimed recently disclosed government documents show one of the last defense motions made two weeks before execution was denied without a hearing as a result of judicial bias and government suppression of evidence. "Had the hearing been fairly conducted the Rosen­ bergs could have won a new trial and had their death sentences lifted," he told a news conference in the office of attorney Charles Garry, prominent in activist causes. The Rosenbergs were convicted of atomic espionage based largely on the testimony of David Greenglass. They were executed June 19, 1953. The son says the government never disclosed to the defense that Greenglass never once mentioned in all his interviews with the FBI the type of table he described at the trial as being hollowed out. (Thr Sokrrsfirlb California!) The Great Newspaper of the Southern San Joaquin Volley Established In 1866 Published every atternoon Monday through Friday & Saturday and Sunday morning The Bakersfield Callfornian Corporation 1707 Eye Street Bakersfield. California 9330? Charter Member Audit Bureau of Circulations Member American Newspaper Publishers Association MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to use for publication ot all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited to this paper and also the local news pub-' lished therein The Bakersfield Callfornian receives the Associated Press Wire- photo Service. The Callfornian also Is a client of United Press-International wire service and UPI Unifax The Bakersfield Callfornian maintains its own county-wide news service. REPRESENTATIVES Branham-Moloney, Inc New York. Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles San Francisco, Seattle, Portland Denver. Omaha Second class postage paid at Bakersfield. 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Bakersfield, Calif 93302 Single copies by mall, 30 FOR HOME DELIVERY CALL 323-7631 OR ANY AGENT Callfornian circulation service hours dally 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m.-10 a.m. 3238211. IS cents daily; 35 cents Sunday. Delivered monthly S3.50. Sacramento summary By The Associated Press A Summary of Major Action. Thursday, Aug. 18 THE GOVERNOR Bills Signed Sacramento — Requires Sacramento Municipal Utility District to hold a public hearing and notify local legislative bodies of plans to construct transmission lines over 100,000 volts; AB243; Gualco, D-Sacramento. Stolen — Authorizes highway patrolmen seeking stolen vehicles to inspect every vehicle in a shredding facility, rental yard or salvage pool; AB 258; Maddy. R-Fresno. Money — Defers payment to state until Sept. 30. 1977, by persons who bought Universal Money Order Co. of Los Angeles drafts to pay obligations owed the state; AB 378; McVittie. D-Upland. Marriage — Specifies that marriage is a personal relationship arising out of a civil contract between a man and woman, not persons of the same sex; AB 607; Nestande, R- Orange. Tax — Establishes procedure for Board of Equalization to grant hearings to taxpayers before their assets are sold to satisfy tax liabilities; AB 659; Chel, D-Long Beach. Property — Provides that a spouse may not make a gift or dispose of community personal property without the written consent of the other spouse; AB 1269; Maddy, R- Fresno. Schools — Authorizes a county superintendent of schools to provide programs and classes in outdoor science and conservation education for students in private schools; AB 1676; Mangers, D-Huntington Beach. THE SENATE Bills Passed VD — Would provide $150,000 to state Department of Education to train teachers for venereal disease instruction; AB 1209, Egeland, D-San Jose; 28-0, returned to Assembly with amendments. Transit — Would allow Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, Marin County Transit District, and Sonoma County to impose half-cent local sales tax for mass transit, if approved by voters; AB 532, Wornum, D-Mill Valley; 27-1, returned to Assembly with amendments. Chiropractors — Would give certificate of disability issued by chiropractors equal weight with certificates issued by physicians for insurance claims; AB 1291, Bane, D-Van Nuys; 30-2, returned to Assembly with amendments. Bill Defeated Shopping Centers — Would give persons who are circulating voter Initiative petitions or registering persons to vote the right to set up tables in shopping centers; AB 649, Sieroty, D-Los Angeles; 14-22, but reconsideration granted for later vote. THE ASSEMBLY Bills Passed Juries — Would exempt certain public officials from jury duty; AB 1073; Ellis, R-San Diego, 43-31; to Senate. Parking — Would require one parking space of every 100 for the physically handicapped in any parking facility that is state-controlled and open to the public; SB 98; Garcia, D-Los Angeles; 78-0; to Senate for amendment concurrence. Marriages — Would allow anyone performing marriage for a couple living together to skip health certificate requirement; SB 525; Paul Carpenter, D-Cypress; 42-33; to Senate. . ' Tulare Vlstlli Walker Bisln Wisco ' Ask Operator (or ZE »-7048 Bodtlsb China Lake Kmiille Uke IiebeUe Riikeeitst Wefford Height* UlilaraU Cil) t'

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