Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 10, 1978 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, January 10, 1978
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117th Year No. 206 mol Uklah, Mendoc[no County, California—Tuesday, January 10, 1978 12 Pages—1 Section—15 Cftnts MOVIE SCENE — Changes are made in a house at 428 N. Pine St], above, by effects people for the movie "M^gic," being filmed here and at Blue Lakes. The house, which had a lived.-in appearance for the morning shooting of the film yesterday, had a "for sale" sign on its lawn, boarded windows, weeds and brush in the yard, and leaves on the roof and in the yard, giving it an unkempt and deserted appearance for the footage shot in the afternoon. — Journal photo by Ip'ae. River crests below flood stage Monday The rains tapered off yesterday and the swollen Russian River crested below flood stage, at 30.6 feet &t 10 p.m. at the Gu^neville bridge in Sonoma County. It had been predicted that the river might go as high as 33 feet, a four-year record, at the bridge. Gordon Miller, Sonoma County Water Agency director said the 30.6 foot level resulted in soine minor flooding of summer homes near the river, but no roads were closed. The Army Corps of Engineers reported that Lake Mendocino was at 735.5 feet this morning with 68,648 acre feet impounded and it may reach the flood conservation level of 737.5 feet or 73,000 acre feet by late tomorrow' Miller said that when the lake reaches that level all the inflow from the east fork of the Russian River will be sent through the reservoir into the river below the dam. If another storm Hits, the dam gates will be closed and the lake will rise above the conservation level as a flood protection measure. ' The director was prepared today to ask the Sonoma County board of supervisors to lift the Water shortage that had been declared for the river. This would allow normal deliveries to the cities the agency serves. Caltrans reported that Highway 175 which had been closed for 24 hours by flooding between Old and New Hopland was reopened this morning at 6. The department said Highway 128 was closed five miles east of Highway 1 yesterday by a flooding Navarro River between 10a.m. and noon but was back in service Monday afternoon. The Russian River overflowed its banks yesterday near Hopland and was nearly a mile wide as it flowed under the Highway 101 bridge. The river inundated a vineyard on the east side of the river belonging to Roy Hansen and a pear orchard on the west side belonging to the Frank Milo^family. A Milone family spokeswoi^an said the orchard ha,d been flooded in previous years without Serious damage to crops. She said the main damage potential posed by the overflowing river was floating debris which might tear out pear trees as it went past. Th Ukiah fire department reported only .05 inches fell between last night and this morning. Shah of Iran supports Sadat's Middle East peace proposal CAIRO, Egypt (UPI) - The Shah of Iran, who supplies Egypt with money and Israel with oil, said today he supports President Anwar Sadat's lilidd|e East peace efforts "and the ball is now on the other side." But he stopped short of endorsing Egypt's demand for the return of the old city of Jeruslalem to the Arajbs. A new round of Arat^Israeli peace talks begins Wednesday and an advance party of Israeli negotialtors has already arrived in Cairo. Shah Mohammed ^a Pahlavi and ' Sadat briefed reporters at the airport of the southern winter resort of Aswan just before the Iranian leader left for Saudi Arabia and talks with ^ King Khaled. Sadat repeated his opposition to Jewish settlements on occupied Arab lands and confirmed Egypt will' demand $2.1 biUion in compensation from Israel for oil it extracted from occiq)ied lands. The Shah, who arrived in Aswan Monday for talks with the Egyptian leader, said: "I wanted to express to the president my warmest feelings of friendship and support of our people for his,efforts to bring.peace and stability to this region after so many yfears of conflict. "I think the ball is now on the other side. Egypt has opened its arms in a very dignified and manly manner." Sadat said he was "deeply grateful for the support he (the Shah) has given me." But the Iranian leader sidestepped a "question about the future the old city of Jerusalem, seized by Israel in the 1967 war and annexed to form part of what is now the Israeli capital. "As a Moslem obviously I would say that the Moslem holy places (Al-Aksa and Dome of the Rock mosques) must be run by Moslems," he said. Sadat and other Arab leaden? have demanded Arab control of the entire old city. The Shah's backing for Egypt came at a critical moment in peace efforts set in motion by Sadat's epoch-making visit to Jerusalem last November. Egyptian War Minister Gen. Mohammed Gamassy and klsrae^i Defense Minister Ezer Weizman will head their respective teams in Wednes- STORE IT YOURSELF! SiiialL& Large Storane Units $1000 mJm and up TOPLAK STORAGE ATTHEFORKS 462-8982 or 4|S2-3535 day's peace talks. The state-controlled Middle East News Agency quoted the shah as saying — when asked what he thought of a peace agreement on Egypt's terms — "Yes, we would like to see E g y p t reach such an agreement. I believe Egypt is following the right path.'' The shah has given Egypt more than $1 billion since the 1973 Middle East war and supplies'Israel with all its oil. His remarks were in line with previously declared support of Egyptian demands, but they came at a particularly delicate time. Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin in recent days have clashed over whether Israel will disband Jewish settlements in two agriculturally developed areas of the Sinai. •< Begin insists the settlements be left intact and under Israeli military protection. Sadat says he wiU not accept the presence of a "single Israeli, civilian or military." Northwestern California: Partly cloudy tonight with a chance of showers. Patchy valley fog late tonight and Wednesday with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Gusty winds, near showers, today. Fort Bragg 44 and 55, Ukiah 42 and 55. Jan., 1978 Date HI Lo 9 60 49 Noon Today . 54 l^ainfall 25.74 Jan., 1977 Date -Hi Lo 9 56 25 Low Today 39 Last Year 6.71 STOP! Don't Take That Big, Heavy Stereo to the Shop.'. Get Quick, Expert Service In Your Home At A Reasonable ' Price. TOM'S AUDIO SERVICING 485-0440 Call Anytime' Sound is a Specially, not a SIddin* No fax increase planned Record $17.4 billion budget to legislature SACRAMENTO (UPI) — Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. today handed the Legislature a record $17:4 billion election-year state spending plan aimed at pursuing "untapped possibilities" with no tax increase across the board. (More budget stories on Pages 2^. 5, 7.) "California is still a land of dreams," ' Brown said in a budget message in what seemed like another step in a niewly adopts apparent shift ^way from his familiar political pessimism toward a more optimistic outlook oh the future. Unlike his three previous budget pldns, the Democratic governor, who is expected to s6ek a second term, sent the lawmakers an eight-point lauhdry list of "specific initiatives" he wants enacted. He assigned No. 1 priority to providing $1 billion in . relief to homeowner and renter property taxpayers. In addition, Brown, who has previously eschewed massive new ' spending prograins, proposed a five- year, $500 million reforestation and energy development and conservation program, a $300 million low and moderate income housing enterprise and assigned ^82 million to improve the ailing mental health system. Details of the spending program were made public at midnight and the budget document, which will guide • government spending for the fiscal year starting July 1, was scheduled for introduction today in the Legislature. Tlje budget document itself proposed spending $16.2 billion, an increase of nearly 16 percent over current expenditures. In addition, Brown attached another $1.2 billion in spending virtually certain to be enacted in separate legislation, including tax relief and programs initiated by the lawmakers. Brown's first budget four years ago totaled $11.9 billion. The generally healthy state economy, rising inflation and his widely publicized fiscal conservatism usually are credited for the budget growth without consumer tax increases. For each of the estimated 22 million Californians, the blueprint represented an expenditure of $790.90. For the fourth straight year, it was balanced without new taxes and projected a comfortable surplus of $2.96 billion by July 1979, including federal revenue sharing. Absent were Brown's familiar warnings of past years when he offered budgets for "difficult times" and an "era of limits." Instead, he struck a , more upbeat tone, telling the Legislature that "California is still a land of dreams." "Though faced with fundamental limits, state government has untapped possibilities. This budget builds for the future with' no new across-the-board \:^taxes." The plan again represented the biggest-in-the-nation state budget. Gov. Hugh Carey of New York is expected to offer a budget totaling about $12 billion for his state. ° For state and higher education employees. Brown asked for an average 5 percent cost of living salary increase totaling $197.2 million. The , independent State Personnel Board urged, 9.5 percent while the, California State Employes Association demanded 12.5 percent. For an estimated 1.3 million persons- in the aid to needy children welfare program, he included an automatic $50.4 million cost of living increase required by current laws. Rebuffed by the Legislature last year, Brown again proposed construction of two new state prisons at a cost of $100.million. He said he had higher hop6s for approval this time because "I think that people will be more sensitive;to crime." -The proposed budget generally, reflected increases caused by inflation and workload, except for the governor's own eightpoint§t of programs he wants enacted. . Swift enactment , at the current' special session of a property tax relief program is'a mu^st if Brown arid the Legislature bope to hold out to the votes an accomplished alten>ativ^ to the so- called "J^irvis initiative" on the June primary ballot. , But a Brown-backed relief bill snagged Monday even as the Senate, Democratic leaders prepared to in­ troduce it. One expressed doubt that a property tax program would be enacted by the Feb. 1 deadline Brown previously set. As he promised for fcalifprnia's first proposed step into space. Brown ear- , marked $3.8 million as the initial installment in a $5 million program for state participation in an experimental communications satellite scheduled for, launch in 1980! Aides said ultilnately the satellite could replace various state communications networks at less cost to the taxpayer. The energy conservation and development program, which now envisions no involvment with nuclear power, would seek new sources of energy such as coal gasification in place of natural gas. Additionally, the state would make loans or grants to local government entitities to make their facilities more energy efficient. Brown said his proposed low and moderate income housing program wa^ the first of its kind in'the nation. He prbposes putting the state,in financial partnership with, private . developers and individuals to build new apartment builds and fix up core city dwellings. County qualifies for disaster funds WASHINGTON D.C, — Mendocino County and portions of adjacent counties have, been declared federal disaster areas because of damage caused by heavy rains, high seas and wind storms which-occurred last Oct. 28-30, Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) said today. Cranston said homeowners and local businesses will be eligible for special low interest federal loans to' assist recovery. The senator explained that the federal Small Business Administration will loan homeowners up to $50,000 at one percent interest on the first $10,000, three percent on the next $30,000, and six and five-eighths percent interest on , any additional loan money. In addition, he added, people who can Legislative leaders show damage from the October" storm can apply for an additional loan up to $10,000 at one percent Interest for clamage to personal property other than their home. Businesses can obtain loans up to $500,000 at three percept intererst on the first $150,000, six and five-eighths on the remainder, to compensate for property loss. They can also apply for loans to recoup economic losses caused by the storm, Cranston said. " "This is a case of the SBA exercising traditional respotisibility to help homeowners and local economies recovery' from a natural disaster," Cra(iston said. The closing deadline for filing physical damage claims is March 13, and Oct. 10 for applications showing economic injury to businesses. Taking second look at tax relief plan SACRAMENTO (UPI) - Some legislative leaders are taking a second look at a $1 billion property tax relief proposal supported by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. to see if it could result in a tax increase in three or four years. The measure, earlier described as a compromise, hit a snag Monday forcing Senate Democrats to abruptly cancel a pre-announced news conference to ,unveil the legislation. Later in the day, it was technically introduced in the Senate. "The question Is whether we cdn really afford a billion dollars a year or whether we have to go lower," explained Assemblyman Daniel Boatwright, chairman of the Ways and, Means Cotifimittee. /The Concord Democrat said following ar meeting with leaders from the Senate and Assembly that there was some disagreement between the legislative analyst and Brown's finance experts over whether a projected 10 to 11 per cent growth in state revenues would hold up. If the revenue projection doesn't hold up, Boatwright said, it could result in an "immediate shortfall" and then a possible general tax increase or a reduction in legislative programs. Sen. Jerry Smith, D-Saratoga, disagreed with contentions that the legislation could drive the state into the red. He said it could happen only if California's economy suffered a major depression, which he said was unlikely. He said the differences among Democrats were in the area of how much of the $1 billion should go for renter relief and how much for property tax relief. Another area being discussed was a "modified circuit breaker" to funnel more relief to low and middle income persons. Senate President Pro Tem James R. Mills said legislative leaders, including Assembly Speaker Leo T. McCarthy, discussed the availability of general fund money for tax relief and its effect on reserves in 1981-82. He said currently, the legislative , analyst disagrees with figures presented by the administration's Finance Department. The proposal, authored by Sen. Albert Rodda, D-Sacramento, was sent to the Rules Comn^ittee. for final clearance before Introduction. A companion measure by Smith was also sent to the Rules Committee. The legislation calls for elimination of the state's business Inventory tax next fiscal year. It also calls for an Increase from 9 to IOV4 per cent in^corporate profit taxes to ' offset the ICMTS in revenues. Under the plan, the state' would reimburse local governments for resulting revenue losses, estimated at $450 millioh. Business currently must pay tax on 50 per cent of their Inventories. The relief package called for increases in homeowner property ,tax exemptions from $1,750 to $2,500 a yefir and increasing renter's credits from $37 to $75. Also, it called for a $400 million "buyout" by the state of the homeowners' share of county welfare costs. In Brown's "state-of-the-state" message to the legislature last week, Brown called the Legislature Into special session and said he wanted a $1 billion property tax relief plan on his desk by Feb.. 1. Rationing is eased in many Northern California areas SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Some Northern California water officials are considering relaxing rationing measures because of recent heavy rain and snow, it was reported Monday., A spokesman of the U.S. Bureau of clama'tion said Contra Costa County wilPbe spared a cutback of half its feder^ water su{iply and stiffer rationii^of under, 50 gallons per person for Its 271'?b00 p^idewts; Federal water also will save 10,000 industrial, jobs which officials feared would be lost because of the shortage. The jobs of Central Valley farmers whose water supplies were to be cut off also will be saved. Communtles served by the East Bay Municipal Utilities District awaited the outcome of district action today >on a proposal to ease rationing from 35 percent to 25 peircent ipr 1 million residents in Alameda'and Contra Costa counties.

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