Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 4, 1974 · Page 6
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 6

Ukiah, California
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Thursday, July 4, 1974
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6-^Uklah Daily Journal, Ukiah, Calif. Thursday, July 4, 1974 m TM STING DEAN DeVRIES GEORGE HUNTER B.A.COBER Publisher Managing Editor Publisher Emeritus Published daily except Saturday. Sunday and certain holidays by the Mendocino Publishing Co. of 590 South School Street, Ukiah i Mendocino County, California 95482 Second-Glass Postage paid at Ukiah, California Court Decree No. W67 Subscription rates by Ma i I or Ca rri'er One Year, $24.00; Six Months, $12.00; Three Months, $4.00 One Month, $2.00 Per Copy, IS Cents Out of Town Home Delivery $2.00 Mail and Motor Routes Payable 3 Months in Advance Telephone 442-1421 AASH knocked down at bargain price There is little doubt that the sale of the.former Mendocino State Hospital to Vinifera of San Francisco for the sum of $2,500,000 has stirred resentment among local residents who feel, no doubt, that the state and, this community have been had. Department of General Services spokesmen had indicated prior to the time that the property was advertised for sale that they would not accept less than a figure in excess of $4 million. Vinifera, the only serious bidder, offered to pay $2,500,000, the exact amount that the state agreed to accept when the property was placed on the open market after the requirements of legal advertising had been met, The state chose to reject Vinifera's bid, giving as its reason that Vinifera had imposed certain restrictions that the stage agency did not find palatable. Whether the sale was consummated with the bothersome restrictions deleted or whether the scarcity of bidders alarmed General Services is not known. That the state agency readjusted its thinking afe to the value of the 737-acre facility, which includes 27 major structures and 490 acres of rich agricultural land, appears evident. The inability of the state to find a use for the former hospital continues to baffle residents of this area. Equally puzzling was the state's version of a suitable annual rental for the facility as a site for Mendocino College, in excess of $400,000 or close to 20 per cent of the eventual sale price of the entire hospital and its building and grounds. Ironically, the, concept of care for the mentally ill at the local level may be unworkable. The state's program to phase put Mendocino State and other institutions for the care of the mentally 111 Is moving slowly. At Auburn DeWitt was made available to the community. The state,was not so considerate as concerns our own county. We believe that a thorough review of the reasoning at state level regarding usage of Mendocino State Hospital after the facility was phased out and the subsequent sale at what appears to be a ridiculously low price could stand a close scrutiny. Benefit package needs scrutiny He is 38 years old, tough enough to conduct a vigorous statewide campaign for governor and should, by all standards, be expected to live a full and productive lire for the next quarter century. But Bob Moretti, who next year will be a "retired" assemblyman, becomes by the coincidence of his decision to give up his Assembly seat in 1974 a state pensioner entitled to an annual stipend of more than $8,000. He is only one of the several departing members of the Legislature eligible for the early retirement benefits authorized by their colleagues in 1972. The lawmakers, apprehensive of the effect of imminent reapportionment on their chances for reelection, voted with predictable foresight to pay pension benefits immediately to any of their fellows who left office — for any reason — in a reapportionment year, instead of waiting until the normal pension eligibility age of 60. The "bonus" for Moretti amounts to $182,000 for the years between now and the time he would ordinarly become eligible for benefits. Other departing members gain in amounts based on their age and time in office. The legislature, mindful of public concern over such matters as conflict-of-interest as exemplified by the wide margin of approval given to Prop. 9 last month, might want to take another look at its self- serving action of two years ago. The $1 million price tag on the benefit package for legislators leaving this year argues for renewed scrutiny.,, Pendulum swings The U.S. Supreme Court now is making decisions that in the long run will give better protection to the public against criminals. The court has ruled that police failure to warn a felony suspect of his rights fully was "inadvertent." The court said that other solid evidence confirming the defendant's guilt could not be ignored because of a procedural error; that a policeman could not be expected to be perfect in all minor details. This narrowing of earlier rulings brings the court toward a more reasonable position. Those charged with crimes still will be protected against any significant denial of their rights, but will not be freed on technicalities. Land use Letters to the editor Editor, Ukiah Daily Journal: I wholeheartedly support the letter of June 28 by Mary Lou Zimmerman. It's time the average citizen and taxpayer. get their eyes opened and become briefed in what is happening in this valley! Personally I can't see that' unification ever helped the Mendocino County school system. But we have it and most everyone wishes the best possible in education for our, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. So now we have the new bond issue. Little taxpayers are tired of being taken. Let's get moving and do what is proper and good for the community. Why so much outside interference? Most people aren't aware that property . was purchased in Redwood Valley for a second high school. That fell through. The Deep Valley Christian school could not build on their property because it was zoned agriculture. The party who objected to rezoning it bought it, tore out the bearing walnuts and planted grapes! (7 or 8 years before they reach peak production.) So a quarter mile, on . this same benchland, south of this property is the site being considered for the Community College. How can this be utilized for schools, when it also is zoned agriculture? The piece of bottom land also included has bearing walnuts on it too. Also the proposed 2nd high school property that wasn't used could not .be sold to the Deep Valley Christian School. One wonders who does the thinking and planning in this community and why the same rules and regulations do not apply to all situations of similarity? Incidentally, the Deep Valley Christian school has purchased property that does not interfere with agriculture. Now I wonder if the high school and community college can solve their building program as well and still leave . open ' area and valuable farm, lands that will yield a fair tax return to the county? Why doesn't this county utilize the expensive and valuable state hospital campus? Mrs. Zimmerman gave a pretty fair resume of possibilities in her letter. Let's hope knowledgable, sincere people examine these prospects, and act. Ada Bishop Santa Rosa, Calif. An open letter to the Corps of Engineers . In many instances people usually only take the time to complain about a particular unsatisfactory situation. However, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for the consideration and attention which has been given to. the many letters, petitions and news article of recent, regarding the camping and boating facilities at Lake Mendocino: As you may recall I wrote to you June 3, regarding not being able to camp near the water, which would enable me to be by my boat at night. I was at Lake Mendocino this past weekend again and had a chance to see the changes being made. As was suggested in my letter, I found that more campsites are being developed with access roads to them. It is my understanding these water edge campsites will be opened for the July 4 holiday. I had a chance to talk with your Resident Reservoir Manager, Jim Welcher, whom I have known for several, years. I took the opportunity to thank him personally for the efforts being made in developing a larger, and better recreational facility. IE^is overwhelming to see that our democratic way of doing things still does work and this is proven out by the change of a wrong decision made right in this instance. Many of my friends and I would again like to express our thanks for your interest in the public's needs, Looking forward to possibly sharing the great facilities at Lake Mendocino with you someday. Marvin L. Smith Jr. , and family Prep students zero in on drinking, oil crisis Copley News Service SACRAMENTO — A lot more California high school students have stronger opinions on things like the age limit for drinking and what' caused the oil shortage than on politicians or political issues. That, at least, is the strong impression which came from the "Youth Opinion: 1974" poll results issued recently by California Junior State, a nonpartisan student-run organization. The poll indicated that 68 per cent of those queried favored lowering the drinking age to 18, with 23 per cent opposed and only 9 per cent undecided. Forty-one per cent of the respondents blamed the gas shortage on the oil companies, 45 per cent listed one of six other causes and only 5 per cent said. they didn't know. On the other hand, 29 per cent of those polled shortly before the primary election were undecided on a gubernatorial candidate, while the other 71. per cent favored various candidates, none getting more than 22 per cent of the total. As for the U.S. senatorial candidates, 40 per cent of the respondents were undecided while 41 per cent favored incumbent Alan Cranston. , And on the highly controversial Proposition 9 political reform initiative, 43 per cent were undecided while 47 per cent were in favor of it. Only one political question had a relatively small number of undecided or ho opinion votes, the question of whether the House of Representatives should impeach President Nixon. Sixty-three per cent of the polled students favored impeachment, 21 per cent op­ posed it, and 16 per cent had no opinion: As for the quality of their high school education, 47 per cent of the respondents listed it as satisfactory, 11 per cent excellent, 19 per cent good, 14 per cent unsatisfactory and 9 per cent worthless. Nuptial loophole By RANDOLPH COLLIER „ State Senator Occasionally laws passed in the Legislature are fallible to loopholes, despite the competency of our Legislative counsel who drafts them after much legal research. This would appear to be the case of the confidential-marriage law which provides for a court order to divulge the wedding. Actually, the intent of the law was to help elderly couples legitimize their common-law marriages. The whole idea back of it was that the older couples could marry in a quiet manner and avoid embarrassment to their children and protect property rights. Now, however, we are concerned because some of the younger generation are "getting in on the action" and taking advantage of the law. Presently, any couple wanting to use the law find it a simple way to get married. A case in point was recently brought to our attention. A man picked up his girl friend during the lunch hour and suggested vital is Copley News Service' SACRAMENTO—The failure of Congress to enact a federal land use policy has made it more 1 imperative than ever that California come up with one. That is the opinion of Assemblyman Paul Priolo, R- Santa Monica, chairman of the Assembly Planning, Land Use and Energy Committee and the author of such a bill. Priolo said in an interview he will spend the legislative recess in July seeking to reconcile the differences of those groups which object to portions of his bill and then seek to get the bill moving in the Assembly in August. 1%e assemblyman's problem is striking a balance between the part the state can play in controlling land use and that of local jurisdictions, which historically have insisted that land use planning is a local matter. There is also the deeply held thesis that private property owners have the right to develop and use their property. Land use controls could be used to inhibit population growth by restricting subdivisions, commercial developments or new industrial areas. Priolo's plan in essence is for the state to .develop general guidelines and policies for the use of land. Local agencies then would maintain jurisdiction over land use in their entities, following the guidelines. One element of Priolo's bill is the designation of "areas of critical state concern." These would be areas "which contain important agricultural, historical, cultural or aesthetic values or natural systems or processes of more than local significance or could be damaged without statewide,, protection or where development could unreasonably endanger life and property as a result of natural hazards," according to the bill. They would be wild or scenic rivers, forests, fish and wildlife habitats, access land to lakes, beaches or rivers, land subject to earthquakes, fire, flooding or erosion, green belts near metropolitan areas or land adjacent to state or national parks or wilderness areas. Under Priolo's plan, local agencies would nominate areas of critical concern, which would be designated as such by the Legislature. The bill would call for a nine- member state .Land Use Commission to develop the guidelines and policies for the use of land in California. The commission would provide technical assistance to < local agencies regarding the impact of such "key facilities" as airports, freeway interchanges and the like on the areas where they would be proposed to be located. Priolo believes he can get the support, or at least the neutrality, of most organizations except the California Real Estate Association. The House of Representatives defeated a rule which would have permitted consideration of a land use act which would have set up strict guidelines for states to follow in determining land use policies. Priolo said that enabled him to go ahead and attempt to get his land use bill enacted into law. they get married. The girl friend agreed and they were married that noon at a wedding chapel. Both were in their 20's. They did not need a medical test, they just paid $5 for a license. And without a court order, the marriage remains a secret. In the two years since the law was enacted, there has been a "mini-boom" on the secret marriages. In Los Angeles County alone the number of confidential marriages has increased from 45 in the last nine months of 1972, to 1,606 last year, and in just the first five months of this year to 1,792. One of the big boosters for the legislation in 1972 was a minister in a southern California city who runs a thriving marriage business. He said he expects to gross $40,000 marrying people this year, % of them under the law governing confidential marriages. Undoubtedly there will be legislation introduced next session of the Legislature to clarify this law and close the loopholes.. BARBS by PHIL PASTORET Soon, June will be bustin' out ail over if she doesn't go on a diet. The nearest thing to a daily grind our secretary approaches is sharpening pencils. rr Two refused to give in By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON — President Nixon's top aide, H. R. Haldeman, ordered tax audits on a dozen White House targets, < but the Treasury official assigned the hatchet job ripped up the list in revulsion. In passing on the order for the audit, which would have violated Internal Revenue Service rules, Haldeman stated or implied he was acting on President Nixon's personal orders, according to then White House aide Clark Mollenhoff. "Either Haldeman told me the president wanted (the audits) done or that was the implication," said Mollenhoff, a Pultizer prize-winning reporter. "I was just the conduit," he said. . . As Mollenhoff remembers it, Haldeman called him in March or April 1970, and informed him he would be getting a list of names on which a "routine examination...or audit" was to be done. Shortly • thereafter, either Haldeman himself or the late Murray Chotiner, also a White House aide, delivered the list of about a dozen names. Mollenhoff had made a few tax inquiries at IRS before, but he told us that "this time, it was one of those things when there was something different." Nevertheless, he forwarded the names to IRS Commissioner Randolph Thrower with a request that they be examined! Thrower told us that if the list had been backed up with specific data, he would have sent it to the field as he is required to do. But, he said, "I certainly did not want to do it," with only a list of handpicked targets. In milder, but final words, he told Mollenhoff he wouldn't go through with the deal, and backed it up with a memo. Far from slacking off, the White House tried a second approach. This time, Chotiner was the ' 'conduit' 'to Traaaugyr Ironically, his own income taxes had been relentlessly audited during the two previous Democratic administrations. But Chotiner summoned the Treasury department's highly respected law enforcement director, Martin Pollner, to the White House. "I got this call that he wanted to speak to me," recalled Pollner, now a New York lawyer. "He told me, 'if it's possible as a public service (since) anyone can be audited, these are people I suggest.'" Without further ado, Chotiner produced an envelope and handed it to Pollner. In it were about a dozen names typed on paper with no letterhead. "I felt it was an improper approach," Pollner said, explaining his distress. Yet, he was also aware of the dangers of refusing White House orders. Badly shaken, he left Chotiner to return to his own office just across the street. But once outside of Chotiner's sight his resolve hardened. He took Out the list and "I ripped it up and threw it away," as best he recalls, in a trash can near the White House. Still, the White House was determined. Chotiner called Pollner said he fended Chotiner off by saying, "I've got a couple of other things I'm doing." CARNIVAL While neither Mollenhoff nor Pollner say they can remember the names, Thrower, reached by my associate Les Whitten in Atlanta, says he recollects they were definitely not names of administration figures simply being checked out. Both Mollenhoff and Thrower have given their stories to Watergate investigators but Pollner told us they have never contacted him. "I'd as soon it was never mentioned," he sighed. Chotiner made his peace with Watergate sleuths last December, a few weeks before he was killed in an auto accident. He confided to them that he had been given "a list of people with a request to perform tax audits on these persons." Chotiner said he passed on "this list of 10 or 12 names (to) Mollenhoff and to Martin Pollner." Footnote: Haldeman could not be reached, and the White House has denied the president personally tried to misuse the IRS. However, in a previously reported incident, White House counsel John Dean attempted to get then IRS Commissioner Johnnie Walters to audit White House "enemies." He, too, balked. POWER PLAY — At a time when the power industry is most in need of strong regulation, President Nixon has named a minor Watergate figure as one of its federal regulators. He is Dan Kingsley, a former White House personnel chief still on the White House staff. He was nominated to replace Federal Power Commissioner Albert Brooke. The Senate commerce committee, when it looks into the nomination,- is certain to question Kingsley about his role in the notorious "Responsiveness" program set up by political plotters John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and Fred "Responsiveness" was a fancy name for using the entire machinery of government, including grants and patronage, to drum up political support for President Nixon. The special prosecutor's office is now investigating it. Confidential memos reveal that Kingsley, while not a key figure, cooperated willingly with the scheme. Two of his staffers were busy henchmen for "Responsiveness," and Kingsley carried out several projects for the Mitchel- Haldeman-Malek troika. In an agonized talk with us, Kingsley said he had done no more than any • presidential subordinate would do. Tuppence? Not surprisingly, the U.S. Treasury Department is considering a two or two-and-a-hali cent coin because inflation h^f reduced the value of the penny. One of the problems of minting the new coin, we understand, is that the proposal , could start a row in Congress over who should adorn it. We fail to see a problem. Since the tuppence — or whatever it will be called — will be a monument to inflation why not a rendition of a filet mignon or a 5-cent cigar? • by Dick Turner All we know about astrology: If Leo is in the house of Gemini and the twins come home, there's, going to be trouble. Add to your dictionary of collective nouns: a ho-hum of bores. We once went to the airport. to watqh planes — now we stay home and watch prices soar. Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub — that's the office car pool. Birdwatchers are to be found in abundance on college campuses. "How old a woman is the gift for? Oh, 39, going on X indefinitely!"

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