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A-6 WedncitUy, October 5, 1994 SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER Ex-official: Ex-mayor ordered coverup Septal Witness questioned in tilling of teenager ASSOCIATED PRES8 i Y.OS'j, The former city manager of Concord has told a federal court jury in San Francisco that then-Mayor Byron Campbell ordered a coverup after he sexually harassed her and other women. Rita Hardin, who has sued Campbell and the city, also testi- fied Tuesday that Campbell had launched a campaign of lies and attacks on her reputat ion when she refused to prepare a statement vindicating him. Campbell, 56, was defeated for re-election to the City Council last year, after a city investigator alleged he had sexually harassed several city employees. He has denied wrongdoing. In fall 1990, Hardin said, Campbell told her to assemble a task force, including his wife, Elaine, that would issue a statement exonerating him.

investigators indicated that many in the neighborhood feared that the killer would return and retaliate against any informant. Nice said it was "equally disturbing that the others (neighbors) who knew what the witness said didn't come forward with the information." Nice declined to say whether the witness was a man or woman, but said the person lived in the same area where the 14-year-old girl was stabbed to death on May 27. "I would have liked to have been able to talk to these people the neighbors and witness when their memories were fresher," Nice said. Unfortunately, more than four months have gone by and some of their recollections have since faded." By Malcolm Clover OF THE EXAMINER 8TAFF Alameda County Sheriffs investigators working on the Jenny Lin murder case have interviewed a neighbor who told other neighbors of seeing a possible suspect on the day of the slaying but didnt tell police. Sheriffs Detective Casey Nice said Wednesday that investigators located the witness after hearing rumors that a neighbor heard glass breaking and saw a stocky man in a dark jacket and dark cap outside the Lin home in Castro Valley about the time Jenny was killed, four months ago.

Nice said he was unsure why the witness did not immediately come forward, but rumors that reached NM Public's discontent exacerbated by City Council policy, lack of answers at hearing By Tanya Schevitz SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER BERKELEY A proposal to convert a dilapidated building in Berkeley into a haven for homeless AIDS patients and former drug addicts has barely reached the drawing board and neighbors are already balking. Neighbors of the proposed center at 2211 Rose St. had said they feared it would attract homeless people and more traffic to the neighborhood, but those who spoke at a special City Council hearing on the proposal Tuesday night insisted it's not the idea of housing people afflicted with AIDS in their neighborhood that bothers them. Instead, they said, it's the way the planning process has been handled by Resources for Community Development, the nonprofit housing developer that controls the project With a red AIDS ribbon pinned to his lapel, neighbor Robert Kehl-man spoke on behalf of dozens of neighbors opposed to the project. "We are not opposed to AIDS housing.

We are not opposed to housing the homeless. We are deeply compassionate about these people. But make no mistake. This is a very unpopular project as it has been presented so far by RCD in our neighborhood," he said. "Our frustrations have mounted due to our inability to get answers to our concerns." Until this meeting, neighbors of the proposed shelter had been unable to communicate with city officials including Shirley Dean, their own City Councilmember because of a council rule against ex parte contacts.

The rule, which prohibits council members from discussing specific housing projects with the public outside the hearing process, is intended to avoid the appearance that the city is treating the project differently because it will house certain people in this case, AIDS patients. Fair Housing Act The mentally ill and physically disabled are protected from discrimination in housing by the Fair Housing Act of 1988. People with AIDS are considered disabled $an fhratfsn JExamftter For delivery call toll free 1-800-281-EXAM Starting Today, Discover Savings of 25 to 33 Off Coats. Dean asked the council to discuss the issue publicly after North Berkeley neighbors of the proposed site expressed their concerns about potential residents in a letter to RCD. They received a letter from City Attorney Manuela Albuquerque cautioning that they could face charges of discrimination.

The City Council hoped Tuesday night's discussion would help to clear a cloud of confusion that has hovered over the project almost since it was announced in April. But as Kehlman asked question after question relating the concerns of residents about alternative sites, increased traffic, resident care and resident supervision he got few answers. RCD Executive Director Michael deVos said plans for the six-patient home are sketchy and city permit applications are far from completion. "We haven't had our first design meeting yet," deVos said. The discussion drew almost 150.

The tense atmosphere where a man obviously ill with full-blown AIDS said that to deny this house is to deny six people life promised a long and bitter battle. The project must go before three city commissions before being approved, and could eventually come before the City Council if the decision were appealed. Troubled history The city is especially sensitive on the issue, because both the city and neighbors who vocally opposed a low-income housing project for former drug users and mentally ill homeless were named as defendants in an administrative complaint filed by a Berkeley housing activist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development earlier this year. The complaint asserted that the city and the neighbors had imposed discriminatory conditions on the project to renovate the Bel Air Motel on University Avenue, based solely on the projected characteristics of its occupants.

The charges against three residents were based on their remarks at public meetings as well as letters and documents they wrote to oppose the project. After a seven-month investigation, HUD dismissed the discrimination charge against the residents and issued new guidelines to ensure that First Amendment rights are protected. The guidelines say HUD will no longer investigate fair-housing complaints on activities protected by the First Amendment, such as distributing leaflets, holding neighborhood meetings or writing letters to the editor of a publication. Super Savings on: Latest PC Systems Business Software GameFamily Software Multimedia Upgrades CD ROM Software Memory Upgrades Super VGA Monitors AccessoriesSupplies Hard Drives Morel Robert Austin Corporation Jenny Lin, 14, was fatally stabbed in her Castro Valley home May 27. Immediately after the slaying, deputies discovered a dining room window in the Lin home had been broken and believe the killer entered the house that way.

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