Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 2, 1974 · Page 5
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 5

Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, July 2, 1974
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SOME CATFISH John Haas of Ukiah hooked this 26 inch; eight pound catfish last Thursday afternoon below the Coyote Dam spillway in the Russian River. Haas used live bait and a 10 lb. test line. — Journal photo by Raymond. Water district's revenues detailed SACRAMENTO — The 913 special districts engaging in water utility operations. in California during 1972-73 accounted for revenues totaling $643,632,960 against total expense Of $384,555,054, State Controller Houston I. Flournoy, reported today. Flournoy said all the districts combined showed a net water utility income of $159,077,906 which for the most part was used for payments on debt principal and improvement of utility plants, as well as future operating needs. Water sales of $282,379,901 were the largest revenue source, followed by taxes and assessments totaling $149,463,206, Flournoy pointed out in releasing the fifth Annual Report of Financial Transactions Concerning Water Utility Operations of Special Districts of California. Purchase of water supplies was the largest single expense iteih at $111,514,525, followed by $68,280,542 interest paid on long term debt. The districts reported outstanding long term indebtedness totaling $1,828,557,522, plus future lease- obligation payments totaling $1,327,292 and special assessment act bonds totaling $30,753,951. Districts covered in the water utility report exist and operate under 59 different statutory authorizations. The report combines these authorizations into 22 groups or types. Men-" docino County has a total of 16 districts occurring in six groups. Lake County has 16 districts in five groups. ; "Water utility operations are only a minor function of some of the districts covered in this report, while they are the sole function of others," said the controller. "Because of the many variable factors involved, it Is not practical to make direct comparisons of individual districts; however, , i the statewide totals do show the magnitude of the operations for the State as a whole." The largest concentration of special districts with water utijlity operations occurred in Fresno County which had 85. Two of the most sparsely populated counties, Alpine and Trinity, had one district each while one of the most densely populated counties, San Francisco, was the only county without such a district. The wide variety of services and. types of districts covered by the report offers such contrasts as the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California which includes 3,127,040 acres in six counties with a total assessed valuation of $31,011,520,641, (approximately $9,917 an acre), and the Scotts Valley County Water District in Santa Cruz County which consists of four acres with land and improvements assessed at $9,504,680 (approximately $2,752,340 an acre). Flournoy noted that in his first report under the Uniform System of Accounts for Water Utility Districts only 677 districts submitted data for fiscal year 1968-69. All California special districts engaged in activities other than the production, sale or distribution of water must file separate financial reports covering their other activities which are included in the Controller's Annual Report of Financial Transactions Concerning Special Districts (Other Than Water Utility). Forest group meets here July 10-11 Mr. A. H. Merrill, chairman of the Coast. Forest District Technical Advisory Committee, announced today that the final meeting of the committee, prior to making recommendations to the State Board of Forestry, will be held on July 10 and 11 in Ukiah. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held at the House of Garner, 1090 South State Street, Ukiah. Merry-go-round President's Keyhole Kops By JACK ANDKRSON Stumpage is a forestry term for timber, that stands unhar- vested in the woods. WASHINGTON - There seems to be no end to the dirty tricks that the Nixon crowd played on their politfcal foes. We keep uncovering new incidents that the various Watergate investigators have never divulged. In recent columns, we have described political smear attempts against a dozen unsuspecting victims, ranging from the newsmen who exposed the My Lai slaughter to Sen. George McGovern's finance chairman Henry Kimelman. When Sen. Ted Kennedy, D- Mass., visited Honolulu, for example, White House snoops tried in vain to catch him partying. When he was photographed'in Rome with a pretty girl, presidential Aides planted the picture in a national scandal sheet. When AFL-CIO boss George Meany went to the hospital with a chest hernia, a special investigator for the White House was assigned to get the medical details. Now our investigation has turned up evidence that presidential probers also inquired into the drinking habits of Speaker Carl Albert and the late commentator Chet Huntley, tried to prove Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D>Minn., had signed a racial covenant, ran a check on the financing of Senator McGovern's home and planted a "welfare spy" in the McGovern camp. We have also established that the White House snooped into a Southern Democratic Senator's alleged ownership of a segregated apartment complex. Because we haven't positively pinned down the Senator's identity, we will omit his name. But there is strong evidence that the White House conducted additional investigations of Sens. Vance Hartke, D-Ind., and Quentin Burdick, D-N.D. The White House tactic was to dig up dirt on these people and leak it to the press. A story was leaked, for example, on McGovern's real estate holdings. The White House also , tried to verify the false story that Humphrey had signed a binding racial convenant on his home. The snoop-and-smeaf operations were handled mainly by White House aides Charles Colson, John Dean, Jack Caulfield and Lyn Nofziger, with H. R. Haldeman pulling the strings from above. Nofziger became so proficient that leaks became known around the White House as "Nofziger Jobs." While President Nixon himself never prescribed the tactics, he set the policy. He directed Haldeman in a series of memos and conversations to leak derogatory information against his adversaries and critics. There are strong indications that the White House Keyhole Kops, for example, snooped into an incident at • Washington's Zebra Room involving Speaker Albert. He left the Zebra Room after a number of drinks, got into an auto accident and tried to hush policemen by saying he had gotten them their pay raises, witnesses said. Haldeman later reported to the President, without going into detail, that there was derogatory information available on the Speaker. The able Albert has assured us he no longer drinks. A similar undercover investigation was conducted into Chet Huntley's sobriety after he made some sharply critical remarks about President Nixon. An official investigation report, now in our hands, alleges that Huntley had "privately stated he was drunk at the time." . Nevertheless, the report goes on, the White House considered using the Environmental Protection Agency to obstruct a Huntley development _project called "Big Sky" in Montana. During the 1972 campaign, Nofziger planted a spy in McGovern's California headquarters to search for a special form that volunteers allegedly used to get welfare payments while they worked for the Democratic presidential candidate. For two weeks, Nofziger's stealthy "Welfare spy" rifled desks, flies, and in- baskets for the mysterious form which, it turned out, never existed. Nofziger also pressed . for antitrust action' against the Los Angeles Times whose reporters had written critical stories about the President. The Justice Department provided the White House with helpful information but never went ahead with the action. Nofziger also sought tax information about the National Education Association. Documents in our possession show he planned to slip the information to a friendly Congressman who would criticize the tax-exempt NEA for "political activities." ' But Nofziger was more scrupulous, according to our documents, than was Chuck Colson. When Nofziger was publishing the GOP newsletter "Monday," Colson tried to leak stories to him. Nofziger confided he killed the Colson stories because they were "of a questionable nature," 16-year-old held in murder of 4 SAN LEANDRO (UPI) — A 16-year-old neighbor has been charged with murdering four members of a family while they slept in their beds. Vincent G. Allegrezza, in trouble with Juvenile authorities this; spring,, was charged in Juvenile Court Monday. A gunman entered the victims home last Tuesday, two blocks from Allegretza's house, and methodically shot to death Edwin Blaster, 43, his wife, Patricia, 37, a son, Robert, 15, and a daughter, Deborah, 13. The family's only survivor, Kenneth Blaster, 16, was away from home at a summer Job. A search of the youth's home after his arrest last Saturday produced a number of guns. The police arrested his father, Mario Allegrezza; for violating probation by having the'weapons. : The older Allegrezza had been arrested earlier for firing a gun at his home and terms of probation required him to dispose of the weapons. " Tuesday, July 2, 1974 Ukiah DalTy Journal, Ukiah Calif.—4 Open space comes high-$9.5 million last year SACRAMENTO (UPI) — It cost California taxpayers $9.5 million during the last 12 months to maintain the suite's controversial program to preserve open space lands, the Reagan administration said Monday. ... The money was to reimburse counties and cities for lost revenue as the result of taxing the undeveloped land to a lower rate than other property. ^ The open space program— the Williamson Land Act—was intended to preserve prime and other agricultural lands from growing pressures of urbanization. Ralph Nader has criticized the act as a "boondoggle" providing tax breaks for large landbolding companies. Legislative Analyst A. Alan Post said most of the state money is used for "lands that are not threatened with deve­ lopment or urbanization.'' He recommended an end to the state tax rebates because the act "largely" achieves no beneficial state purpose." State Resources Secretary Norman B. Livermore said of the counties involved in the program', Fresno received the largest rebate —11.7 million. Kern County received $1.6 million and Tulare 11.1 million during the fiscal year which ended in June, Livermore said in a statement Kings Count] was given 9976,000. Under provisions of tile act, a property owner may enter into an agreement with the local government, declaring he will not develop the land for at least 10 years. In return, property taxes are assessed on the basis of the income produced by die land rather than the value of the land itself. 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