Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 13, 1978 · Page 9
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 9

Ukiah, California
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Friday, January 13, 1978
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Friday, January 13, 1978 Ukiah Dally Jdurnal, Uklah, Calif.- o\$ma\ GEORGE HUNTER : i Managing Editor PublUhmd dally BXfBpt Saturday and cmrtaln holiday* by thm Mondoclno PiiblUhlng Co. at 590 South Schoo/ Stroot, Uklah Mondoelno County, California 95482 ' Second Class Postage paid at Ukiah, Cairfornia Court Decree No. 9267 Subscription Rates Carrier Route - $2.75 Per Month, Ttiree Moritr»s, $8.25 „ Six Montlis $16.50, One Year $33.00 Auto Route-ffOO Per Montti, Three Months $9.00, Six Months $18.00, One Year $36^00 15< Per Copy Newsstands Telephone 468-0123: What was behind trustees' vote? A 3-2 vote that Tuesday night placed Guinness McFadden, Potter Valley rancher, on the Mendocino College board of trustees is beginning to take on the odor of ripe Camembert cheese. Taking McFadden's utterances at face value, he was always on the record as a dedicated foe of : Yokayo Rancho as a permanent site for the new college. Just Tuesday while being interviewed on his qualifications to fill the vacant seat on the college board, he reiterated his bppositidn to the Yokayo site. He is on thet record as stating that if given the hard choice between Yokayo as a home for the college or no college at all, he would still vote to reject Yokayo Rancho. The three trustees who voted for McFadden were ^ill Daniel, William Brooks, and Al Canepa. Opposed were Biljie Smith arid Sylvia Kozak-Budd. Oddly enough, Canepa and Daniel earlier voted in favor of the Yokayo site. Brooks was not on the board when the vote took place but both Brooks and Daniel have generally voiced themselves as wishing to "get on with it" as regards construction of the permanent • college. ' So how can Canepa and Daniel explain how on one hand they could cast their votes in favor of Yokayo , and on the other hand vote for an implacable enemy of that site. , ^ • McFadden earlier brought a citizen's suit challenging the adequacy of the environmental impact report for the Yokayo site. The suit was tossed out in our own Superior Court whereupon McFadden took his case to the Appellate Court. The results of the suit and the appeal were felt yesterday when Pete DeVries, the college president, was advised from Sacramento that the litigation had resulted in the state holding up funding of $2 million for site development for a period of one year. Fortunately, we have a democracy as our form of government and petitions are being circulated to obtain the signatures of five percent of those who voted in the last college election. When verified, McFadden's appointment cannot be ratified which would force a kpecial election within 120 days at which time all persons interested in the trusted post may run, including McFadden. Mendocino College is too important to Ukiah that its very existence should be jeopardized by placing an individual on the board whose thiriking is polarized, although we somewhat grudgingly admire his candor. And the three tiH^tees who cast their votes for McFadden, we feel>" have some explanations to make. Jqrvis initiative may conceal trap Now that the Jarvis initiative to cut local property taxes has qualified for the June 6 ballot, voters should take a careful look at its provisions. The measure obtained well over the reqiiirecl 500,000 signatures on petitions circulated throughout California. It would limit annual property taxes to 1 percent of market value ($200 on a $20,000 house, $400 on a $40,000 house, $600 on a $60,000 house) and limit reassessments by county assessors to an increase of 2 perceot a year. Because property taxes are now running about twice as high as 1 percent of market value in most areas and because inflation in the real estate niarket has caused assessed values of homes to rise an average of at least 10 percent a year in recent years, the initiative has an immediate popular appeal. But on sober second thought, the voters in June may decide that the Jarvis package, is not so desirable as it might appear. The California Taxpayers Association, which is hardly a group of big spenders, has identified the initiative's serious defects. — The initiative makes no provision for cities, counties and schools to replace the estimated $7.5 billion cut in property tax revenues. — It would take a doubling of the sales tax rate — to 12.25 percent — to raise $7.5 billion. — It would takfe a 150 percent surchargi^ on the present state income tax to raise the needed replacement revenue. ' — The limit on reassessments could reduce the effective property tax limit to one-third of 1 percent of marke^t value in 10 years. . • v — Most ofthe benefits (nearly $5 billion of the $7.5 billion savings the first year) would go to non- homeowners as a windfall to the owners of business or rental property. ' —- Tlfie savings would go to landlords and the initiative does not require them to pass on any tax savings to renters, who would of course be required to pay higher income and sales taxes to replace lost propierty tax revenues. This Was Page One NeWs 10,20,30 - YEARS AGO - 40,50 10 YEARS AGO Masonite workers voted yesterday to affiliate with the teamsters' union. The union had lost in two previous election attempts. Spokesman for Pacific Northwestern Lumber industry appealed for a slow down of exporting of logs to Japan, in a sharply worded , statement to congress. Nearly 100 plywood plants and sawmills in Oregon and Washington have shut down since 1965 because of the Japanese competition according to the company. , 20 YEARS AGO Determinirtg salaries for elective county officers should be simpler for the board of supervisors as a result of a report comparing salaries in 14 counties.^ The report was prepared by a personnel analyst in Sacramento. The average assessor's salary is $591.50 a month compared to Mendocino county with $498. The sheriff's office job pays $670 average in other counties while Mendocino pays $708 a month. 30 YEARS AGO The population of Ukiah has grown ihy 100 persons per month in, the last year according to a report by the Chamber of Commerce. Eighty homes have been constructed at a cost of $303,000 with 300 new phones installed. In Anderson Valley, Mr. and' Mrs. Herb Philbrook, Jr. returned from Los Angeles where they spent the holidays. 40 YEARS AGO A reported mass shutdown of the Fort Bragg lumber mill was found to be wholly false this week. The ghost town of Rockport could be active again with men engaged in the mill and logging business soon. A San Francisfco lumber yard owner is interested in opening th6 old Rockport mill. 50 YEARS AGO The evil eye is working here for people who are not ^supposed to venture out on Friday the 13th. In Robinson Creek area this week a man with a heavily loaded log wagon fell through the Robinson Creek bridge. The man went for help and lost $20 after getting help pulling out the wagon. Trying to assess governor favorite political game By FRED W. KLINE Capitol News Service SACRAMENTO - As the new year begins, a favorite pastime of political pundits seems to be trying to assess where Gov. Edmund G. BrOwn Jr. is politically. At^ this point in time, less than a year away from election day, as Brown lai^nches in earnest his bid for re-election, where could you place him on the political spectrum? i Interestingly, almost every political observer sees Brown as having moved away, if only slightly, from his original far left supporters. One headline even went so far as to say, "Liberals Who Spawned Brown See Him Wavering to the Right." While that assessment js essentially correct, it must be noted that Brown's ','wavering to the right'! still leaves him rather far to the left. It does however hit the mark on one point — the governor is wavering, curiously, as the 1978 election nears. All of this is possible, if you subscribe as we do, to a theory expounded a few years ago by political satirest ' and comedian Mort Sahl. Sahl b^Oke political philosophies into three categories... liberal ...moderate ... and conservative. Then each of these categories was in turn broken into three sections...left ' center (or moderate)..and right. Thus you could have a left- wing liberal, which Would be your basic radical-liberal leftist, probably a socialist, welfare statist — perhaps in the' mould these days of Tom Hayden, who would like to see nationalized utilities and bigger central government providing almost all services to the public. And you could have a moderate liberal, one Who is really very liberal, basically, but who can see some merit in fre^-ehterprise and capitalism, especially when political expoidiency and a desire to be re-elected comes into play. That's probably where Jerry Brown is today. In some Is getting there worth human lives? The tragedy in Evansville, Indiana, in which all the members of the University of Evansville basketball team died in the crash of its chartered DC-3, is the fourth such tragedy in recent years. Athletic teams from California Polytechnic, Wichita State, and Marshall University have laeen destroyed in similar crashes of chartered planes. Because no such tragedies have befallen professional athletic teams, the question arises: why do these tragedies seem to occur only at- the university level? Perhaps the reason is nothing morfe complicated than this: professional athletic organizations have given more thought to the possibility of , team xlevastation, as evidenced by their contingency plans for acquiring new players and so; do, not teel compelled to risk lives in traveUng conditions that are far from favorable. In this regard we note that the Evansville team was taking off in fog and rain. Meanwhile, up in Indianapolis, Adrian bantley and Dave Robisch, hours before traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Los Angeles Lakers, stayed earthbound as snow swept the area. And the Laker schedule was as pressing as the Evansville schedule: Los Angeles had a game that night in New Orleans, and only seven idayers were to be available. , • ' ' • • . ' The moral in this tragic story seems to be that college and university athletics should consider just how imperative are the games they,play. When the risk in travel is evidentV as at the Evansville airport, the imperative is not to play but to niake sure of life. instances he has gone so far as to be a right-wing liberal which means he really is committed now, to certain things which might be of benefit to business and labor. Those commitments, of course, are in conflict with other longstanding commitments the governor has made to liberal- conservationist and en- vironmeiital concerns. The pointis of course, is that if Brown is "wavering to the right" you have to put that into perspective. "A right-wing-liberal," . as the governor would now like to portray himself, may add up to moderate support and the tangible backing from both right and left. But when you start from as far to the left as he did, you can waver to the right and still be considerably distant from any ri^ht-wing support. That's how we view the governor at this point —in a summation of the political spectrum so widely quoted by pundits making pre-election forecasts. Politics in this election year just underway have forced him to throw some bones to business and labor interests, after the environmentalists had their way the first two years of his administration. Politics have also forced Brown to make some strong noises about the handling of criminals, even though his top advisprs are still more in tune with the ACLU than anything else. So don't be fooled. As Einstein s^id, everything is relative, and that means despite any kind or category of wavering, he remains very strongly tied to the political • left. Barbs Kids who play "I Spy" never grow up — they continue to plaiy as members of the intelligence community's spook battalions. .We'd like to have Sunday dloner wjltb Grandma, but the dear, old 78-year-old jet fiend is on her way to Las Vegas thiaji^ekend. , Windfall ahead for taxpayer? By RUBYSEXTON Copley News Service Many California taxpayers will have money coming to them if the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a ruling by the U.S. Tax Court. To get the amount due you, you will have to file amended returns for the years affected. The ruling only affects taxpayers who itfemized deductions. The Taji Court ruled in August that state disability insurance (SDI)' payments, which are a payroll deduction for most,workers, are a form of- state tax and are ^n allowable federal incoihe tax deduction. If no appeal had been filed within the 90 days allowed, the ruling would have gone into effect in early November. But the IRS appealed the ruling just before the deadline. Many persons had been claiming SDI as an itemized deduction for years, although opinions differed as to whether if was, actually a deductible tax In 1976, the IRS disallowed it and sent bills for additional 1975 income taxes to everyone who had listed it as a deduction. If the appeals court upholds the ruling, persons who,file itemized returns for 1975 and 1976 will be able to amend their returns to claim any refunds due them. Taxpayers will have at least until April 15,1979, to file their claims on Form 1040-X, and will receive interest at a rate comparable to that paid on regular savings accounts, an IRS spokeswoman said. The amounts of the potential refunds will vary according to the total SDI payment (1 percent of wages,-up to a maximum of $90) and the individual's tax bracket. For someone who paid $90 into the fund each year and was in the lowest tax bracket, the refund for the two years would be $36, For the typical taxpayer in the 30 percent bracket, the refund for the two years would come to $54, or $108 on a joint return where both spouses were employed. The IRS spokeswofnan, Kiathleen Benson Jones, said taj^payers should wait until the appeal is settled before filing their claims. They also should not claim the SDI deduction on their 1977 returns, she said, since the IRS cannot allow the deduction until the issue is resolved by the court. An amended 1977 return can be filed then... The important thing to note is that the money won't automatically be refunded to you. You'll have to.file a claim for it. By f\M\. PASTQRET Even non-hungers would be pleased to prpclaim open season on that pa^ir^dge In the pear tree that flies in every yuletidie.' optimist is a person who expects change from a stack pop machine. The mftst tiresorne tune iis produced by someohe who harps on a subject. By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON - Buried in the files Bert • Lance left behind may be the biggest mineral controversy since the Great Gold Rush. Before he left the White House, the former budget lx)ss was refereeing a dispute over 92 million acres of unspoiled Alaskan wilderness, which Interior . Secretary Cecil Andrus wants to set aside as a national prieserve. This vast virgin tract, known as the D-2 lands, would be kept off-limts to the mining interests. The stakes are enormous, involving oil, natural gas and mineral deposits v/orth billions. ' For years, environmentalists and developers have been battling over how much Alaskan forest and tun(lra should be closed off from future exploration. Lance's office was trying to help settle the multibillion- dollar argument. ,We have now seen evidence that Lance and other federal officials m^y have been misled. Interior Department documents, intended for official eyes only, indicate that the mineral riches were deliberately, drastically underestimated. The value of the> unexplored acreage was. downplayed in a briefing book, Which the Interior Department sent to Lance's , office. He circulated it to other government agencies for their comments. Back (iame a blunt memo from a Commerce Department official challenging the briefing papers. "The present draft," he inforijned Lance, "is not ready for presentation to Congress, and this Department cannot support it." -The memo noted that "significant portions of land, which have not , been adequately surveyed for mineral resources, are [X'oposed for re-designation as wilderness." The Commerce Department, therefore, urge^: "We believe adequate provision should be niade for prospecting and exploration." The Interior Department's Cynthia Wilson, a special assistant for D-2 lands, prepared ,the misleading papers. She maintained that the mineral bonanza wasn't deliberately hidden. "There wasn't a conspiracy to hide anything," she told us: "In fact, must Of the D-2 land was dropped from protected areas due to mineral vt^lues." Yet the briefing book conflicts with previous expert testimony from Interior's own minerals office. The mineral experts, many of whom conducted on-site inspections in Alaska, rated most of the D- 2 lands "favorably" to "highly favorable" for mineral potential. The disagreement on mineral estimates became so heated that one Interior official, Charles Eddy, dashed off an llth-hour memo to Wilsort challenging the briefing book's assessments. "The briefing book," he warned Wilson, "needs substantial correction to accurately reflect the mineral values of the proposed areas." Our own sources suggested' that the real value of the Alaskan mineral bonanza was understated because of opposition from environmental interests \yithin the department. SALT AND PEPPER — The White Hoi|se has dispatched an urgent, eyes-only cable to our SALT negotiators in Geneva insisting that they say nothing to the press al>out the delicate arms reduction talks without direct presidential authorization,. , Anyone who disregards the order to button up, • the instructions emphasise, will be subject to instant dismissal. The directive mentions no names, but government sources say it is aimied At Lt. Gen. Edward Rowny, who represents the Joint Qiiefs of Staff on the SALT team. He gave the Washington Post's veteran correspondent Walter Pincus an interview, questioning the competence and motives of the nonmilitary members of the U.S. delegation. This drew a sizzling, secret response from an official congressional observer at the talks. Rep. BobCarr, D-Mich., who demanded that Rowny be cashiered as a SALT negotiator. Rowny must go, the . cohgressman wrote President Carter, because he has "iindercut United States national security posture" and has displayed "a startling lack of professionalism." The hand-delivered letter to the president charged that Rowny had spoken "in derogatory, disparaging and divisive terms of the competence and policies of the other members of the delegation." Carr contended that "the successful conduct of negotiations requires our delegation to work as a team and to speak with one voice to the Soviet hegotiators, just as they speak with,one voice with us." Responding .for the president. White House national siecurity- adviser Zbiginiew Brzezinski agreed that U.S. delegates should "not discuss any aspect of the negotiations with those who are not cleared" and acknowledge(J that "this policy has notb^n followed." The stiff presidential directive was sent to Geneva, therefore, blacking out the SALT talks. Footnote: The Pentagon tK-ass circled their wagon around Rowny. One Pentagon source said Arms Control Chief Paul Warnke had given Rowny permission to discuses SALT with Pincus. The source said the incident is now being , viewed as water over the dahi. A spokesman for Warnke acknowledged that , the disarmament chief had advance knowledge of the Rowny-Pincus interview. by Schneider and Mathews

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