Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 17, 1978 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 1

Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, January 17, 1978
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nyth Year No. 212 Ukiah, AAendocino County, Callfornla-^Tuesday, January 17, 1978 14 Pagps— ^1 Section—IS Cents Prospects for passage are poor Rodda throws towel in on tax relief plan SACRAMENTO (UPI) - Sen. Albert S. Rodda, who introduced a $1 billion property tax relief measure with the support of Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., all but threw in the towel today. Rodda, D-Sacramento, chairman of -the Senate Finance Committee, said he believes his bill's prospects for passage are poor and is no more optimistic about a rival proposal announced Monday. , The $1^2 billion tax relief measure proposed by four liberal Democratic senators included a controversial "circuit breaker" that ties tax relief to income, and envisions an increase in certain business taxes. Rodda said his committee likely will reject the measure by Sens. David Roberti and Alan Sieroty of Los Angeles, Nicholas Petris of Oakland and John Dunlap of Napa. But he said-he fears the Revenue and Taxation Committee, which counts Roberti, Petris and Dunlap among its nine members, may side with the Roberti contingent and reject Rodda's measure (SB6). He said a compromise property tax relief plan might be developed in a conference committee, but it would require 27 votes in the Democrat- dominated Senate for' passage. Senate Democratic leaders hoped to have a proposal during the current special session called by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. that would require — and could get — only 21 votes, a simple majority, for passage. Brown in his "state of the state" speech this mdnth called for legislative approval of a $1 billion property tax relief bill by Jan. 27, a deadline Senate and Assembly leaders say they probably cannot meet. Rodda said he introduced his bill at the request of. Senate Pro Tem James Mills, D-San Diego, after meetings with Brown and legislative leaders. But before the plan could be announced in a press conference, Senate Democrats became mired in bickering. "I've been undercut by my own party leaders, in a way," said the soft-spoken Rodda. Roberti's plan would earmark $525 million in extra relief to middle and low income homeowners "who really need the assistance." It fM -ovides for retention of the business inventory tax, although Brown called for elimination of the tax and a resulting $450 million loss in revenue. Rancher appears before board Guinness AAcFadden- no intent to disband By DAN NICHOLAS There was a lively give and take at a packed Mendocino County board of education meeting Monday. Appearing before the board to make a presentation on the reconsideration of the College district organization was Guinness McFadden, a Potter Valley rancher with a masters degree in business and a "concern for the future of education in Mendocino County and the' direction of the Community College." Early in his presentation McFadden said,, "I would like to clear up the misconception that it is my intent to see the college district disbanded." He Stated strongly that he did not belong to those "who do not want a college" but that he was one of the vast majority of those whose !'visions of their community college, are not coming true." He said that Mendocino College, pr'operly conceived, is something that should be fought for. Before such audience members as Billie Smith of the College board, Dan Sabatino, student body president, and College President Pete DeVries, McFadden spoke to the county Board of Education, which first made the moves Final fribufes to 'The Happy Warrior' ST. PAUL, Minn..(UPI) - The naUon has said its last goodl^e to its beloved Hubert Horatio Humphrey. His final tributes ended the way he wanted — with a "celebration of joy." President Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale led Monday's series of funeral eulogies to the "Happy Warrior" of American politics, a senator of almost 26 years, former viqe president and presidential nominee. Today, the enthusiastic man who loved life so much lay in a grave -beneath two oak trees in snow-covered Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. But as Mondale said in the two-hour service attended by 2,500 people at House of Hope Presbyterian Church: ' "Hubert, your memory lifts our spirits just as your presence did." Humphrey, 66„ whose long battle against cancer touched the nation's heart, asked a week before his death that he have a simple funeral "in (he spirit of a celebration" with no eulogies. His friends tried to follow his wishes, but they couldn't keep from praising him. Carter recalled a recent visit "with Humphrey by a fireside at Camp David. He said Hump^ey hacl a yearning for peace and fought for the hungry, the poor, the minorities. "He was the expression of the good and decent and peaceful attributes of our nation." Carter recalled visiting the memorial of Mohandas Gandhi in India and reading Gandhi's list of the seven YALIEY AUTO CENURJNC. Quality Auto Parts for your foreign / and Annerican Cars. OPEN SUNDAYS 1070 No. state St. , UKIAH 468 T 0437 greatest sins, including "politics without principle." , "According to Gandhi's definitions," he said, "Hubert Humphrey was without sin." Mondale called his former mentor and colleague ip the Senate "a special man in a special place." He referred to Humphrey's "torrents of enthusiasm" and "immense humanity." He recalled a deputy sheriff had told him Humphrey was "an A-1, OK cat." New round of peace talks in the Mideast , JERUSALEM (irpi) — Egypt and Israel today began a new round of peace talks with the United States serving as mediator between the two- countries who appeared far apart on the issues of Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab lands and a Palestinian homeland. Later Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan said there was no question that differences existed between the Israeli and Egyptian positions, but said there was no deadlock. "There is no question that we have differences, the question is how we deal with the different subjects," he said. Later, he said, "there is no deadlock. It doesn't mean we're all doing wonderfully well." WEATtiEft Northwestern California: Rain, or showers likely tonight. Periods of rain Wednesday. Westerly, winds along the coast becoming strong and gusty southerly tonight. Little temperature change. Fort Bragg 48 and 53, Ukiah 48 and 54. Jan., 1978 • bate HI Lo 16 52 48 Noon Today 52- Rainfall 33.22 . Jan.,i977 Date Hi La 16 63 30 Low Today 45 . Last Year 6.96 to (bring the issue of a community college to Mendocino County voters. McFadden stated that,the issue was not at all whether Mendocino County should have a college. The issue, he said, was "getting one that we can afford and that meets our needs." He also said that his presentation to the county board was planned prior to his surprise appointment to the college board. He also blamed local papers for misrepresenting him as one who does not want a college, stating that he caist his ballot in favor of the organization of a community college district when it first came to vote. He then w#nt on to cite what he saw as unnecessary competition between educators offering vocational education, and accused the college administration of seeking to build what he feared would be a "ghost town" hot too many years in the future, because it was big and costly and not oriented arpuhd a satellite concept suited to this area. He cited two voc-tech centers to be built in the same valley, both costing over a million dollars each serving the high school and the college separately rather than in a co-op arrangement. President DeVries said that he agreed with much of what McFadden had said about unnecessary duplication in voc-ed, and that he also had made ' efforts to effect cooperation among agencies on that same issue. Ed Nickerman, voc-ed specialist for the county office, explained that this was a current statewide problem that State Department officials have been unable to"resolve in recent years. He said there is a bill (AB1028) jjresently in the state legislature which he hopes will be the solution. If passed it will bring local control in voc-ed matters. DeVries argued for the core campus concept, as presently conceived, maintaining its. ability to still serve outlying areas. Much of the discussion centered around what the main function of a community college is, and was meant to be in Mendocino County. "I do not view the community college as a mini-university," said McFadden. He believes the emphasis should be on vocational skills, complemented by the academic rather than vice versa. McFadden again accused the college administration of not providing the straight facts to its board during the site selection process. He again stated he was against the, Yokayo site. DeVries responded: "I know of no boards who have had so many sites from which to choose." It was agreed that although the county board took moves to bring the college district issue to the voters, it presently has little jurisdiction over that district. Indeed, the next step may come from the voters. McFadden stated that he welcomes a challenge to his appointment to the college board during the 30-day period. He feels if his appointment is challenged and the matter goes to a vote he will win, "because there are many people who presently are unhappy with the direction the college is taking." Also included in Monday's meeting was the approving of the '77-'78 county schools budget which totaled $3,428,157. In another action item, the board agreed to take measures to bring the issue of appointment vs. election of county schools superintendents to the voters. Counties differ as'to whether their coiulty superintendent is elected or appointed. Board members Dorothy Cox, Astrid Okerstrom, Bernard Vaughn, Shirley Jacobsen, Don Appleton and Robert Shugart were in attendance with Ralph Pennock of Pt. Arena unable to attend due to poor road conditions. The board meets on the^ird Monday of «ach month and meetings are open to the public. , , GAMBLING INSTRUCTION — Lauri Turri, a professional blackjack dealer at Harrah's Reno, and daughter, of Rod and Marylou Zimmerman of Ukiah, gives some dealing tips to Sheriff Tom Jondahl and his wife, Becky, in preparation for the Feb; 4 gaming night at the annual St. Mary's Mardi V H ' *I * ^ Gras. In foreground at i:;ight are Linda Speed and Duane Qrilli. turri instructed several volunteer dealers last night at St. Mary's in preparation for the annual fund-i:aiser. See story on Page 2. — , Journal photo by Harris. Rainfall fops previous fwo year accumulation There has been more rain in Mendocino County in the last six months than in the previous two years combined. Ukiah fire department statistics at 8 a.m. today show there has been 33.22 inches of rain since July ,1 and a total of 32.95 inches for the combined '75 through '77 season. The rainfall from 5 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Tuesday totalled 2.86 inches. The result of the heavy rainfalls has been extensive flooding along the Russian River with nearly 100 residents in the Guerneville area evacuated from their homes. The National Weather Service predicted anothei* storm systeni will hit the state Wednesday. It has rained 24 but of the last 31 days in Northern California and once depleted reservoif s are fiUing rapidly. Just after midnight the Russian River crested near Guerneville at 39.4 feet, flood stage is 32 feet and has only receded slightly according to Carl Jackson, assistant chief engineer for the Sonoma County Flood Control District. The level at 9 today was 39.2 feet. There is still 12 inches of water in the city, according to the Highway Patrol in Sonoma County. The Red Cross is supplying food and blankets for the majority of the people evacuated, who are now being housed,, at the Veterans Memorial building in Guernevilie. The remainder of people evacuated found friends' homes to stay in, according to the CHP. Jackson said it is not known at this time when residents can return to their homes because of the slow rate the water is receding and another storm is predicted for tonight. "If we get more heavy rain we could be faced with worse problems," Jackson said, referring to the slow rate the river is receding in the Guerneville area. The plans are to wait and see what the next storm front does before allowing people back into the area. Highway 101 to Guerneville is open to the post office in that city, according to the CHP. Highway 116 from Forestville to Guerneville is closed along with several streets in the city area. In Mendo<;ino County Highway 128 is closed at the Navarro end due to flooding at, the Navarro River and Highway 175 is closed at old Hopland due to flooding, Caltrans reports. > " Some minor flooding has been / reported at Point Arena and llj^fi/ Chester because of flooding iat the Garcia River but the roads have remained open. Highway 20 betweei) Willits and Fori Bragg remains open and all Lake County iroads are open at this linie. ' The inflow to Lake Mendocino, hajs dropped considerably fi"om amounts reported yesterday. The inflow at 9 a.m. today was 2,458 cubic feet per second compared with 5,020 cubic feet yesterday. The lake is at 752.78 feet above' s^alevel at 8 a.m. today with 500 cubic feet per second being released, until 11 a.m. when it was increased to 750 cubic feet.' , .. . The Corps of Engineers, controlling the release at the lake reports the parking lot at the south end of the lake has been submerged to a point halfway up the lot. Inlet Road was inundated this morning at the north end of the lake off Highway 20. The release of water from the lake will not increase until the level at Hopland reaches 13 feet. At 8 a.m. today the river level at Hopland was 13.5 feet. The level had still not dropped to 13 feet at ll a.m. today. Because release from the lake could eventually effect Guerneville a careful check will be kept of the water conditions in that city, the approaching storm and the level of the lake, according to Jackson. The Coast Guard in Noyo Harboi^ reports no serious problems in the harbor with large amounts of debris floating in the river and no vessels leaving or entering the harbor. Heavy amounts of.silt washed down to theocean^from up'the river created a dark mudline out past the headlands at the entrance to Noyo Harbor. In other parts of the state gale force winds of 50 to 60 mph were common Monday in the San Francisco Bay area and gusts over 80 mph swept nearby Mount Tamalpais. A tornado that Hfledkv a barn 50 feet in the air was rejJo^d in~-^ the San Joaquin County community of Tracy. " , The water also routed snakes from their winter homes in Tehama County, w|iere sheriff's deputies alerted residents to take caution. ."The main problem is Snakes — all kinds of them, including rattlesnake^. They're hanging from trees," said sheriff's department dispatcher Dedy Benefield. , South of San Francisco, three of the four lanes of Highway 17 between Los Gatos and Santa Cirui-were closed" because of slides, the CHP said. Only a, northbound lane was open. At Bodega Harbor, Coast Guardsmen rounding up loose vessels found a dead man aboard one boat. They had to chase the drifting boat through 45-knot winds before coralling it on a beach where it wa? being pounded by the surf. Keene blasts Eel River ^conspiracy' Asseniblyman Barry Keene has lambasted southern Calfornia and Central Valley schemes to divert Eel River water south ,as "incredibly irresponsible and indefensible, environmentally and economically." "Two giant southern California corporations have committed up to $3 million to a demagogic campaign to put an initiative on the November ballot to grab Eel river water," said Keene CD- Elk). "And now, as the second arm of their pincer movement, they plan to have one of their legislators in Sacramento introduce a bill to accomplish the same purpose," the northern California Coast, assemblyman said. ''The wild rivers are the lifeblood of the North Coast," Keene said. ".I'm horrifled by this brazen, callous conspiracy to plunder our natural i*esources, and Fm going to iise every weapon I can command to defeat it." Damming the. Eel, Keenie reported, would "destroy the salmon in the river, weaken the giant redwoods that thrive in the flood plain, endanger the wildlife that depend on the river, decimate the area's recreational value, and despoil some of the nnost beautiful scenery in the world. "This despicable plot also wbulcl resultjn a reservoir that could flood the city'of Covelo and the 18,000-acre Round Valley, displacing more than 1,400 residents including the Indians who live on the Round Valley reservation, and ruining the prime farm land there," Keene said. One needn't be an ardent environmentalist to oppose flooding Round Valley, Keene said. He recalled that even Ronald Reagan opposed it. Another element of the southern California-Central Valley "grand design^" Keene chajrged, is to "split the northern coastar population by killing Warm, Springs • Dam," which would meet the needs of the southern parts of the northern California coast, Marin and Sonoma Counties. "With construction of Warni Springs Dam and modest water {x-ojects further north, th^ northern California Coast's water needs would be satisfied through this century aiid beyond," Keene said. "The southern California and Central Valley interests claim they want to help meet our area's needs, but it's a lie<" • Whatever happens with the Warm l^ringsDam and the Periphery Canal, Keene said, "the entire north coastal region^ from the Golden Gate Bridge to Oregon, should un^te to fight the plot to , divert the Eel River south."

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