Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 12, 1978 · Page 1
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McFadden suit is delaying co/f ege site An unresolved appeal filed by new inteiim . Mendocino College trustee appointee Guinness McFadden months ago has proven another delaying obstacle toward hoped-for start of construction at the college's proposed : Yokayo Ranch permanent site. — , ? • The Chancellor's office of California Community Colleges in Sacramento today in ^onried Mendocino College Presijjent Pete'DeVries that the state , has held up funding of more than $2 million for preliminary Yokayo Ranch site development, for at least a year, because of the EIR suit filed fay Mc-, Fadden. McFadden, an interim appointee to the board,of trustees of the college Tuesday by a3-2'vote of the board, had filed an appeal to a Ukiah Superior Court rejection of his initial suit against the district, charging that the environmental impact report on the. Yokayo site was, in effect, grossly inaccurate and-or incomplete, 'Superior Judge Broaddus had^ • rejfect^'d-the initial suit, Stating that in his opinion the college board and the author of the EIR had complied substantially with all requirements for an EIR, on the Yokayo site, listing impacts and ways they could be mitigated, etc, McFadden fil^d an appeal in San Francisco Appellate'Coiart, attorneys for both sides have filed briefs and counter-briefs, and the matter reportedly now rests in the hands, and awaits the decision of a judge In the crowded courts of the legal world the delay in decision may not, appear^ great, but its impact on the college in its efforts to secure early prelirmnary funding could be qon- siderable. For one thing, rejection Of the Yokayo site preliminary work funding by the state automatically erases it as a line item in the 1978-79 state budget, now being formulated in Sacramento, Which could mean a year's delay or more in funding, if not actual continued slow progress toward some preliminary site planning and development'in t^ie coming year. President DeVries today issued the following statement concerning his phone call from Sacramento on the delay in state funding caused by the unresolved suit: "If the appeal by McFadden is settled in the next few months, we could request the Legislature to augment the governor'^ budget to fund these projects. It is a long, drawn out process but our only hope to head off a delay of at least a year or more in site funding assistance," DeVries declared. He further stated that unless the Appellate Coui"t rules in support of the college and Judge ^roaddus' initial decision, he holds "no hope" for site funding in fiscal year '78-'79, The decision of the Appeals Court must be in favor of the district and its EIR, and be made in time for the college to seek legislative assistance in having funding restored, ' Involved are already budget priority- listed items such as $846,900 for off -site development; $1,060,300 for phase one of on-site development; and $49,000 and $42,000 toward vocational-technical and science-agricultural building planning. Tliese had middle priority (52-55) out of some 115 priority items and appeared to be in good position for state ap^o^val, except for the EIR suit. Of slightly lower priority was proposed funding of $9200 in the coming fiscal year toward agricultural storage area (head house) planning. The proposed funding for 1978-79 already had been approved by the (Chancellor's office. Ukiah Dailii Journal ]17th Year No. 208 Ukiah, Mendocino County, California—Thursday, January 12, 1978 u Pages—2 Sections—15 Cents A NEW CATALOG — Catalog the cat has. taken over the Ukiah library. He looked tip from his serious perusal of Webster's Dictionary just long enough to pose, then it was off to sit in the l^p of a stranger reading art history. Next he took a short nap on a stack of old books before wandering off to the coffee room to see what was for lunch. See story below. —Journal photo by MacLean! Pawing thru the stacks By BIL. ALVERNAZ He quietly roams the Ubrary like he owns it, passing from the shelves of fiction' to the periodicals. Finally he dashes to the children's reading room when he spots a "friend." He has full run of the county library, greeting many people as they walk in the door. Napping in a vacant chair or purring wliile he licks his paws are part of his carefree existence. At night he • sleeps in the basement. It sounds like something out of a storybook, especially when you consider that the HE, in this case, is a golden colored tomcat. The best part of all is his unique name. He goes by the name of Catalog, Catalog, has become such a popular attraction that his following is a rapidly growing cult in the Ukiah area. Catalog's story really begins just before this past Christmas. He had originally "adopted" the crew at the UPS Center on Cherry Street. With the Christmas rush there just wasn't room enough for an animal. Someone said the cat would have to go. At that point Sylvia Kozak-Budd and Carol Craig, two library employees, were mailing packages. When they heard • that the lovable, friendly cat might end up at the pound they quickly , talked to their boss Norm Hallam, the County Librarian, Hallam recounts the story from there. "Sylvia,and Carol came to me with the idea of a cat for the library. I knew of the Mill Valley Library's "resident" cat, I had heard about it for years, so there was somewhat of a precedent. "A few weeks ijefore Christm&s I gave them my'approval. They rushed back to get the cat and it was gone. A state of depression and • gloom immediately set in here with the staff." Not long after that Catalog returned to UPS. In no time at all he was in the library and has been there ever si^ce. Right from the beginning Catalog was a hit, especially with the children. "It's been a lot of fun," says Hallam. "Catalog has become the darling of this plajce. The acceptance so far has been overwhelming." Probably the most unusual aspect about Catalog is his overabundance of affection. 'He is friendly to everyone and loves people. He gets along great with everyone. As one little girl puts it, "His motor is always running." As to the unique, but totally logical name, for such an unusual cat, Sylvia Kozak-Budd says, "When they asked me about a name for the cat I just said Catalog, without thinking about it." Kozak-Budd has three cats of her own at home. Catalog has accepted his celebrity status as though that's the way things should be. From time to time he will jump up on someone's lap to see what they're reading. It's rumored that late at night he puts on a pair of spectacles and reads provocative books such as "Understanding Your Dog." However, he does prefer to keep up with the current best sellers. Other residents at the library, in the Frieda Winter Room, i include a guinea pig named Myr-O-Myr and an aquarium full of fish. At one time the library had two guinea pigs called Dewey and L.C. Double deal on WSDam ? Two of California's major construction union leaders today accused •Governor Brown and his Secretary of Resources, Huey Johnson of "double dealing" on the controversial Warm Springs Dam project in Sonoma 'County. The proposed $240 million project, which at one time was slated for completion in 1979 has been under study for 10 years and received bitter opposition from environmental groups. President James Lee of the State SOMETHING NEW IS IN TOWN!! MENDOCINO COMMUNICATION ' 595 E. Perkins St. 468-9286 OFFERING 24 HR. EFFICIENT ANSWERING SERVICE, on Medical, Dental, any type of business. Also Mobile Telephone pne Wa/ Paging I -RE£ WAKE UP SERVICE to all new accounts ' Building and Construction Trades Council criticized Johnson for "completely undermining" the project in a letter Johnson sent Jan. 5 to Dr. James Mclntyre, director designate of the federal Office of Management and Budget. The federal office, which is currently preparing the 1979 fiscal year budget for President Carter had requested an official statement on Warm Springs Dam from the Resources Agency of California. "From the content, of Johnson's letter," declared Lee, "it is apparent that the Governor is not supporting the project, If he denies this, then he obviously has no control over'his hSnd- picked cabinet members. "Johnson has cast so many geeds of doubt about the Warm Springs Dam^ that the Office of Management and Budget will have every excuse to drop it," Lee said. JHe pointed out that Tnaking the federal funds available for the project was no guarantee that construction would begirt. Officials working on Warm Springs have expressed concern that the Office of Managehi§nt and Budget may not include the $45 riiillion earmarked for the project in the budget, for the 1979. fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 1978. In December, Governor Brown had assured Lee and delegates to the Building and Construction Trades Convention in Los Angeles that ample jobs and decent wages should be the first goal of society. In San Francisco, the head of the nation's largest heavy constriiction local union said Brown and Johnson are "kowtovying to environmental groupS" in their attempts to shelve the Warm Springs Dam project." (Cont'd on Page 2) AAERK RADIO &T.V. AUTHORIZEQ R.C.A. DEALER EXPERT SERVICE ON ALL MAKES OF TVS, STEI?EdS, RADIOS AND TAPE RECORDERS opposite state Market 312 N. State St.-462-5946 Students profesf McFadden appointn^enf Election, recall are threat at college By GLENN ERICKSON Black armbands, symbols of protest in the 'GO'S, began appearing on the Mendocino College campus and around town today, and petitions demanding a special trustee election, and-or recall of some college trustees, were being circulated in the wake of the interim appointment of E.J. (Guinness) McFadden to the board by three trustees , Tuesday. Students at Mendocino College, as well as faculty members, were shocked by the appointment of McFadden, an avowed opponent of the Yokayo Ranch site, who has on file an appeal of the EIR for the campus in California Appellate Court. He Tuesday voiced his view that if he were forcied to do so he would vote to close the college, rather than see it go to Yokayo Ranch, given no other alternative he could live with. His interim Sppointrtient on a 3-2 vote was opposed by Billie Smith and Sylvia Kozak-Budd, while a sixth board member was absent Tuesday night. McFadden, a Potter Valley rancher, has expressed in board meetings his opposition to moves by the administration and boards in the past to locate a college campus at Yokayo Ranch or on other ag land; criticized direction annd operation of college programs, and reportedly voiced his opposition to football and other athletic programs as now budgeted. He will meet with students Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the college in what promises to be a lively "give and take" question and answer session. Dan Sabatino, student body president, spent most of Wednesday and today endeavoring to ferret out the facts of Tuesday night's surprise 3 to 2 decisi6n by the board to appoint McFadden to the position vacated by retired trustee Harold Easterbrook. He also spent considerable time cooling students and encouraging them to direct their ire into constructive, rather than destructive channels, and to work "through the system" via petitions equal to at least six percent of the 6,217 or so voters voting in the last college election, to block McFadden's appointn>ent and force a special trustee election. He appears to have succeeded in turning anger and protest into , channels of constructive activity. Petitions were being circulated on campus anci elsewhere yesterday and today. In the five years since the Mendocino Community College District was formed, and the interim campus began offering full or part-time day and evening courses in Ukiah, Lakeport, Willits, Anderson Valley, Upper Lake, Kelseyville, Covelo, and Potter Valley, virtually every administrator, and many faculty members, have had tempting offers to administer or teach elsewhere, in richer districts, with sometimes super facilities - and resources, with fewer —or at least different — hassles, and much higher p^y- Most have rejected the offers because they like th^ Mendocino College district's locale and most have been eager lo create a new college, and have believed wholeheartedly in the future and the goals of Mendocino College and administration, if not always the ways in which programs are implemented, or budget and other priorities set. , They have been supportive of not one but three, four or five boards, have ridden out site after site review and rejection, and with the Yokayo Ranch, site purchase hear and more and varied courses offered at new Willits and improved other off-campus locations, they felt that Mendocino College was at last about to become a real entity, with a permanent campus, and is not just an interim after afterthought. , Now it would appear that their hopes have been shaken again. If Mendocino College suffers another delay in securing a permanent campus^ many top faculty niembers, and a corps of able administrators who have worked so hard to create the be6t college. possible under the very difficult conditions of the past five years, will feel little compunction about moving on to, those tempting better jobs. (Cont'd on Page Z) Ag preserves proliferating Almost half of Mendocind County's 2.25 million acres are in agricultural preserves — a special status for landowners that substantially reduces their taxes i)ut also places severe restrictions on development or subdivisipn. ' . The board of supervisors this week approved 38 ag preserve appHcations totaling sOme 30,000 acres and will consider 20 more applications next Monday. Although the applications, once they have been checked out by the planning department, generally sail through the planning commission and the supervisors, some , officials are beginning to have doubts about the. value of the program. Planning Commissioner Charlie Barra feels that that because of reduced property tax income from the preserves, the program is shifting an unfair proportion of the tax burden to residential homeowners. Also, he charged that^ost of the land being "preserved" is inferior rangeland while agriculturalists with prime, deep soils, don't benefit as much tax-wise under the program anc) are hesitant to sign up. The California Land Conservation Act, also known as the VViliiamson Act, was passed by the legislature in 1965. The county adopted the plan and began admitting land into preserve status in 1966. Briefly, owners of farm land who qualify under the state and local guidelines can contract with the county Building approved on Main St. route By PAM MacLEAN A plan to build mini warehouses in the middle of the city-approved route for extension of Main Street was approved Wednesday night by city planning commissioners. "Why isn't the pity building Main . Street before the land is so valuable the city can never, afford it?" Commissioner Dan Hamburg asked. The money for road construction comes from gas tax funds, according to planning staff member Alice Yarbrough, and only two new roads have been built in Ukiah from that money in the past 22 year§. There was a unison groan from commissioners. Hamburg, angered by • that information, asked, "Why have we gone through all the rigamarole of public hearings and warning people? It puts people in a very untenable position." The' warehouse . proposal was presented by (Jharles Sankovich, who plans to construct mini-storage units at 150 Cherry St. in an area zoned for commercial development, Hamburg said Sankovich has owned that land for 15 years and needs to know what the plans are for the street. "We should do it or not do it and stop wrecking people's lives around the so- called >Maln Street." Planning Director Mike Harris said the city doesn't have the money to buy and work ore the street at this time, "unless we get into condemnation proceedings." The section between Mill to Gobbi is being negotiate first, he said. , "If we had the funds (to proceed), we could legitimately deny the project," Harris said. "Legally we're between a rock and a hard place."' ' It may be five to ten years before the city is in a position to develop Main Street, he added. to come within the act. The contract is good for a 10 year period and renews automatically eadh year. It may not be subdivided (except in certain Cases) nor may new or additional homes be placed on it. To qualify for an ag preserve, a landowner must have a minimum of IpO acres. Several smaller landowners may join for a single application, however. The land niust have certain soil types that allow crop growing, cattle grazing or timber production. While the land must be capable of production, it does not have to be currently under-cultivation. Type I ag preserves are fop deep soils and intensive farming (orchards, vineyards, crops) while Type II preserves include rangeland with poorer soils. Once he qualifies the landowner receives a substantial tax break. In an ag preserve, the land is taxed on the potential of its agricultural output and not on its sale value. According to Duarie Wells, chief appraiser in the assessor's office, the tax break varies, but many landowners get a 200-300 percent reduction in their property taxes. He noted that even though property pwner 's land may be in an ag preserve, he will stlU pay regular taxes on any dwellings or land improvements, including fruit trees or vines. (Cont'd on Page 2) WEAtHER Northwestern Califoi;riia: Rain likely beginning late today or tonight and con- .' tinumg on and off Fnday. TEMPERATURES Jan., 1978 Date Hi Lo 11 57 40 Noon Today 51 Rainfall 25.89 Jan., 1977 Date Hi Lo 11- 52 29 li^w Today' 41 Last Y<ea^ 6.74

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