Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 5, 1978 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Thursday, January 5, 1978
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n7th Year No. 20(3 Ukiah, Mendocino County, Gallfornla-Thursday, January 5, 1978 18 Pages—2 Sections—15 Cents Remember when ? A SPORT REVIVED — Sailboating on Lake Mendocino was just about a thing of the past until recent rains began filling the Jake again. In the 24 hour period ending at 8 a.m. today, 1.19 inches had fallen on Ukiah, boosting the season total to 21.15 inches. The lake is rapidly nearing its winter conservation level, and you can expect to see sailboats once again this spring. — Journal photo by Raymond. Cify fo invesfigaie rehabhousing granf The offer of a Joint effort with the Cpunty.on seeking federal funds for fusing rehabilitation was met with ^me hesitancy by city council members Wednesday night. The toilncil agreed to appoint a committee to see how serious a need exists in the city for funds to upgrade housing. According to a 1974 survey reported in the city's General Plan, of all the housing units in the Ukiah Valley 6.8 percent were deteriorating or dilapidated. Deterioration and overcrowding of housing were termed "serious problems" in the General Plan. Dan Johnson of the Housing Authority said a survey of substandard housing units in the county showed that 2,238 out of a total of 23,246 were sub- Standard. Lack of adequate plumbing and other essential services accounted for 1,080 of those homes and 1,158 suffer from general deterioration. If the 6.8 percent figure from the General Plan is applied to the total housing in tlie Ukiah,area that would mean approximately 385 houses in need of rehabilitation. Chuck McKinley a lawyer for Legal Services reported that they have a number of clients that come to them with utility bills of $120 to $130 monthly .because of poor weatherproofing. Many are elderly or mothers with children who must keep their homes heated but can't afford the heating bills or the Sadat will support Hussein in Palestine weatherproofing. The council agreed to appoint a committee to see how serious a need there is in the city for funds to upgrade housing. Councilman Ted Feibusch was appointed to chair the committee, He said he thought the committee was necessary 'to get a "more precise picture of how urgent arid how many houses need rehabilitation in the city." Councilman Barry Wood agreed saying the city should make a decision about whether they wish to "share jurisdiction" on a project like this or "go it alone." City Manager Jim Swayne said the money could also be channeled into energy conservation upgrading in a weatherization program. There will be future requirements the city upgrade energy conservation, according to Swayne. • ASWAN, Egypt (UPl) - President -Anwar Sadat, in a major policy shift, «ays he would support Jordan's King Hussein as leader of the Palestinians rather than Yasser Arafat's Palestine liberation Organization. : Sadat said Wednesday after meeting President Carter for 45 minutes that :"for sure" he would support Hussein, '^Bbandoning his longtime siipiwrt for the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinians. • "nie Syrians and PLO immediately assailed Sadat's parley with Carter as a new step in the "sellout" of the Palestinians. Tlje-^LO said in a "statementJn-^urut that Sadat had ^'offereS ^up the Palestinian card" to :Carter. : Sadat is pressing for the creation of a Palestinian homeland on the West Bank of Jordan and the Gaza Strip, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East MERK RADIO & T.V. AUTHORIZED R.C.A. DEALER EXPERT SERVICE ON ALL MAKES OF TVS, STEREOS J RADIOS AND TAPE RECORDERS opposite State Market 312 N. State St.-462-5946 war. In an attempt to ease Israeli fears, he is proposing that such a homeland be under Jordanian control at least for the time being. Interviewed following Carter's departure; Sadat was asked if the peace-making process would be facilitated if the Palestinians threw their weight behind Hussein instead of Arafat. , "For sure, yes, for sure," Sadat replied. "The PLO has shown real irresponsibility in the last few weeks especially after my visit to Jerusalem. Well, if the' Palestinians choose King Hussein,.! shall agree." The Jordanian monarch arid the shah of Iran, will visit Egypt next week for consultations with Sadat, Bulletin Pacific Telephone service to 2,000 customers in Lake and Mendocino County was knocked out by rain last night, cutting off the main toll route to Fort Bragg. The microwave relay station on Cato Peak near Laytonville, which transmits most of the Ukiah-Fort Bragg calls, was damaged. A special repair crew had been dispatched from San Jose, and the station is expected to be in operation by 5 p.m. today. A spokesman for Pacific Telephone said one Santa Rosa-Fort Bragg route is open so a very limited number of calls from Ukiah may be put through. The heaviest daniage was in the Lakeport area where 900 customers ape without service. "The extent of damage to the coast hasn^t been ascertained because of.the toll line disruption. Phony $20 bill passed in Willits The sheriff's office is warning Ukiah area merchants to be on the alert for counterfeit $20 bil^s. So far, only one of the bills, passed sometime last week at the Rexall drugstore in Willits, has been discovered. The bill is described as a 1974 series with the serial number L^32i41340D. It is thin to the touch with - a less than normal fiber content. The color is slightly faded and the "L" in the serial identification is dropped below the number. The lower right face of the bill has the number F141, and the lower right badk, 273. - , Willits police reported the bill was first discovered by a bank teller counting the week's receipts from the drugstore. The bill has been sent to the Secret Service, which is investigating along with local agencies. No other information about the bill or possible suspects is known at this time. ST. MARY'S BINGO 991 So. Dora St. EVERY FRIDAY NJGHT 8:00 P.M. BIG GASH PRIZES GOME JOIN THE FUN! Use periyiff may be in jeopardy City orders fiearing on Hillside Hospital By PAM MacLEAN Concern.that Hillside Hospital cannot meet the requirements of the use permit for the new hospital prompted the city council last night to authorize a hearing on why the permit should not be revolted. Should the use permit be revoked the hospital could not be built. The earliest possible occupancy of the proposed hospital would be one year after construction with an 18 month construction period, according to a report from City Manager Jim Swayne. There is five months left on the current use permit which was written to state construction will be completed by that date. Swayne explained to the council if hospital representatives conie to the city asking for a building permit to begin construction it must be given by the city even though it is not Hkely the work would be completed by June. Councilman Ted Feibusch said the city has three options —to wait until the use permit expires in June, to begin revocation proceedings on the permit, or hold the hearing now. Harry Golub, spokesman for the hospital said in a prepared statement, "Hillside has worked diligently toward construction of the new hospital, facility. Last month the hospital site was cleared of trees and existing structures. There has been a myriad of details not without some setbacks and , miles of red tape and negotiations for financing." He indicated the hospital does plan to continue with building plans. The hospital was set for location west of and adjacent to Pear Tre€ shopping center. The hospital had reportedly completed negotiations to pAve the way for financing and construction in June 1977 but internal problems developed with the original architect-contractor of the project, caused selection of a new builder at that time., According'to Feibusch the hospital went to the planning commission seeking extension of the lime on the permit asking for six months and was granted 18 months. Denial of the original application for a use permit was recommended by the city staff in 1975. Swayne urgqd denial al thai lime on the grounds thai the new facility would result in higher costs to Potter Valley home damaged by attic fire A fire yesterday at 11:30 p.nj. partially destroyed a home in Potter Valley. The blaze began, the fire department reported, in the attic of the house at 14601 Powerhouse Road, apparently started by a wood stove in the dining rpom which sent sparks into the. attic. Marilyn Wright, the upstairs resident, was taking.a bath at the time and smelted smoke. She called the fire department arid 15 firemen and two trucks quickly responded. Damage was ' confined to the dining room, attic and roof. The downstairs apartment, occupied by the Johnathon Whipple family was not damaged. A fire department spokesman noted that jt has received plenty of clothing in the drive tO 'help the four Mid-Mountain residents whose homes were destroyed in a series of arson fires last week. The spokesman said the homeless residents could now use donated building materials. Donations may be made at the firehouse or the Fountain Restaurant in Potter Valley. WEATHER Northwestern California: Showers tonight and likely Friday. Gusty southerly winds decreasing tonight. Snow l^vel 3,000 north to 5,000 ft. .south. Fort Bragg ,50 and 55, Ukiah 50 and 55, TEMPERATURES patients and less efficient health care for the community. The application went straight to the council without benefit of a planning commission decision at that time. The council finally approved the use permit application in December 1975. The proposed hospital project is for an estimated $6 million with a 43 bed Jan., 1978 . Pate Hi Lo 4 54 48 Noon Today 49 Rainfall 21,15 Jan,, 1977 pate Hi Lo 4 ,53 28 Low Today 48 Last Year i5,71 capacity. If the council pursues the course of revocation of the permit alloMmig construction of the hospital, it would require a show cause hearing in court. For now the council has directed the city manager to set the earliest possible date for a hearing on whether or not to begin those proceedings. City gets grant for fairgrounds art Tlie city of Ukiah has been awarded . $10,000 as part of the state Arts in Public Buildings program for use in creating a work of art for the Fine Arts building at Ukiah Fairgrounds. Two town meetings are set for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. to discuss exactly what form that work will take and who will serve on the selection committee. Thirteen artists have applied for the grant money, ac cording to Jim Churchill from the office of state architect, i The meeting will be totally open and democratic Churchill said, "Absolutely anyone can come to the meeting and that group will select a task force to review the applicants and make a selection of no more than five semifinalists," Artists who have qualified with applications come from a wide range of media. Mural, sculpture and a relief are just a few of the things that have been proposed for the site. Churchill said the group at Monday night's meeting will select the task force and tour the Fine Arts building making suggestions about how the money should be used. The task force will narrow down the field of thirteen to five or less if they choose and those names will be submitted to a regional committee who will narrow it further with final artist selected by the state architects office. Churdhill said the task force in Ukiah can just naiTje one ortwo people if they feel strongly i^bout those candidates but he did n6t' enclburage the selection of just one name in case tha^ person could not complete the project for some reason. Churchill isaid, "This is a unique opportunity for citizen participation in the spending of tax dollars." Around California, 25 state-owned buildings have been allocated a total of $706,000 for the acquisition of con. temporary visual artworks. In Ukiah, the total grant is $10,000 for use on a piece of visual art selected by local citizens. Packaged housing plant will close Closure of Redwood Coast Lumber Company by owner Georgia-Pacific will be completed at the end of January, according to Marian Ward, company manager. The mill fs located on Plant Road one mile south of Ukiah, and supplies precut packaged housing sections in its retail lumber yard to customers in Northern California and the Bay Area. Before closure plans were announced by Georgia-Pacific in October, the plant employed 45 ^people, including truck drivers, according to Ward. The crew is now down to 10 people, and total closure can be expected by the end of the month. "The operation simply wasn't economical to run," according to a Georgia-Pacific spokesman. "There wasn't the volume to support it." George. Ritchie, Georgia-Pacific general manager, said in, his original statement concerning the mill closure' that such operations are usually located near large cities where demand is higher and transportation easier. He said it had "no long term growth potential." The plant is the only one of its kind in the O-P northern division. The G-P chemical plant north of Ukiah is the only operation by the company left in the Ukiah vallev. Seven in race for Ukiah council,,. The final field in the race for city council has been released by the county elections office with seven of the original eight who picked up nominating papers qualified for the ballot. • Petitions were being received right up to the deadline noon Jan. 3, according to the city clerk, Michael Zeppegno, local IBM salesman did not turn in final papers because he said his family was planning to move into a home outside the city limits in a couple years which would force him to resign his seat on the councilif he won the racie. He said, "I decided it would not be fair to the community to run for the office if I could not finish the term." The seven people now officially qualified for the March 7 ballot are: Incumbent Mary Snyder; Jim Shupe, owner of Motosports; Donna Louise Fonseca, a Ukiah housewife; Letha O'Laughlin, Ukiah Realtor; Hays Hickey, former commander of the Ukiah area Highway Patrol; Al Norris, commercial lighting representative for PG&E and Michael Hunter, legal assistant for Mendocino County Legal Services. ...and seven apply for college board Seven persons have expressed' an interest in serving on the Mendocino College ixjard of trustees to fill the vacancy the resignation, of Harold Easterbrook of Trustee ATea 5 for reasons of health. ' Six of them will be interviewed in. open session by the board of trustees next Tuesday, Jan;.,10, starting.Jat 6:30 p.m, on the college interim campus. . An appointment will \ie made lay the tx)ard at its Jan. 18 meeting, if not before. Trustee appointeee candidates include Nancy March, F. Dean McClusky, Eugene J.M. (Guinness) McFadden, Donald E, Todd, John H. Tomkins and William Wheeler. Edwin S. Ryan II expressed an interest in serving as a trustee biit was found-not. to reside in Area 5,- as Tcquired by law, Mrs. March, McFadden, and Todd are from Potter Valley; Wheeler from Redwood Valley; Tompkins, rural Upper Lake; and McClusky, Upper Lake.

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