Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 18, 1978 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, January 18, 1978
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Homeowners demand answers on clear zone regs By PAM MacLEAN A jumble of bureaucratic rules and regulations were met head-on Tuesday night by 25 Ukiah residents concerned about,city purchase of their home for demolition in a federal airport clear zone project. Homeowners met in city council chambers yesterday for a four hour question and answer peciod with city staff and Federal Aviation representatives. Property owners and renters requested the meeting to get ex, planatioiis about when and why their homes will be torn down and how they will be repaid for their property. According to Bob Robertsbn, Federal Aviation Administation representative, from San Francisco, the clear zone project was initiated by the FAA which has the responsibility to insure that airports operate in a safe manner. Clearing houses and businesses in the appr |0ach path of aircraft lessens the possibility of accidents, Robertson- stated. Grant agreements reached with the city and FAA have been tied to a commitment for a clear zone, Robertson said. " The city is in the,midst of public hearings on'^the Envirixtlmental Impact Report Planning Commissioners have approved the EIR and it will now be set for hearing with the city council. At last night's meeting Doris McCutcheon; a concerned resident, presented Robertson with a copy' of 34 questions about the clear zone prepared by a majority of the property owners. - Robertson assured property owners that an independent appraiser would have to be found by the city to make appraisals of property and give residents fair market value for their homes. But McCutcheon protested that the one appraisal made ,by a Santa Rosa appraiser set the value of wie home at $25 pet square foot. "You try and buy a home now for $25 a square foot," she stud. ' Many of the people in the area are retired or older people Who don't want to move into new hdmeS ancj do painting and landscaping, she said. They like their homes and want to keep them, according, to McCutcheon. - Robertson explained that through a complicated system of eligibility and federal requirements, people would be? able to gfet reimbursement for moving costs, and a comparable home even if it cost more than the appraisal price of their ol^l-home.' The repea.ted concern by residents was that they get a, fair appraisal of their propei-ty and have time to find a new place to move once their homes are purchased by the city. City Attorney Randy Hays told the audience the dty had a miijimum ot 90 days' notice to movis for residentcl. He" emphasized that it woiild be an agreement with the residents and the city would help locate "Comparable housing." Leo TQste summed up the concerns of several residents. "You take my haufie, whith is to liny liking, and you giv6' me X amount of money and I have to go find something else and ifl can't I can't do anything about ity (Cont'd on Page 2) Ukiah Doitii Journal imh Year No. 213 Ukiah, Mendocino County, California—Wednesday, January 18, 1978 28 Pages—3 Sections—15 Cents ARTFUL RHETORIC ^ E.J. ; Guinness McFadden, third from left, provisional appointee to Mendocino College Board of Trustees, spent nearly two hours Tuesday meeting with college students to answer questions from panel and students on his stand for or against Mendocino College site development, programs and administrative direction.. Panel included Jan DamrauUer, not shown; Bertie Moran, left, student body secretary; Trustee Sylvia Kozak-Budd; Arlyn Turner, student representative to board; ^ McFadden; Arlene Colombini, Mike Collins and Larry MacLeitch, like Dammuller faculty or staff members of college. — Journal photo by Erickson. Students, faculty fire questions at McFadden By GLENN/'ERICKSON Guinness McFadden, provisional appointee to the board of trustees of Mendocino College, for more than an hour and a half Tuesday morning fielded questions fired at him by a panel of students and faculty members, and then by concerned students of the college. Outspoken and often time consuming in his answers and his statements of positions old and new, McFadden artfully may have dodged some direct answers sought by panel or college students. But in the end he got across many of his views and stated positions, for and against the coUege, its programs and-or administration. He remained unalterably opposed to the use of a portion of the Yokayo Ranch as a permanent coUege site, and reiterated that if. it came to a choice of using the Yokayo Ranch for a permanent campus and having "no college at all" he would vote as a board member to reject the Yokayo site. He denied, however, that his election would be a step closer to dissolution of the district. He admitted researching that possiblity, but stated that it would be impossible to do away with the district. If no permanent site is found, or a major campus is not consturcted, the Mendocino CoUege area still would e^qst, but it could become part of another established college district. He was against the Yokayo site and against the expenditure of $15 million plus for a campus, but had no other site in mind. He felt that the Yokayo Ranch proposed site development is creating an educational Taj Mahal, and stumped for a satellite campus development to Another quqke hits Ukiah Valley area A slight tremor rattled residents^of the Ukiah Valley Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by what sounded like a sonic boom. The quake, registering 2.9 on the open ended Richter scale, was epicentered 12 miles southeast of Ukiah in the Cow Mountain area, according to the UC Berkeley Seismographic Station. The tremor rattled dishes and caused some buildings to sway noticeably in the valley, and one resident reported a hairline crack in the wall of"their home. There were no reports of serious Do Rains Bother Your fV RECEPTION? Needless to suffer this Jose. He will install a weather-prqof Antenna System to give you the best reception for many years to come. JOSE'S TV & ANTENNA SERVICE • state Licensed CALL 442-5529 Anytime. damage or injury. The quake was the second in three days, and the third in the central county area in two moitths. A series of Igw intensity tremors shook the valley Sunday morning at 6:38, and a quake registering 5.0 on the Richter scale, and epicentered three miles east of Willits, shook the county last November. There were several reports of minor structural damage in the Willits area two months ago, including." broken windows at supermarkets, and toppled chimneys on homes. A spokesman at the UC Berkeley center said it was just "pure coincidence" that the area was experiencing an unusual amount of earthquake activity during the heavy rains. i He said naany scientists have studied the correlation between earthquake activity arid .weather, including heavy, rainfall, but "essentially there is no correlation," "It would in' no way influence eiar- thquakes," he said of the rain. TTie loud booming or rumbling sound. heralding the quake is caused by the transfer of energy waves from the earth to the air during the first movements after Sub-surface grinding starts,the iearthquake. • bring college classes into outlying communities. He admitted a core campus is needed, that some college science, or other specialized buildings are needed. But he hit again at what he saw as unnecessary duplication, and interagency bickering and possible waste of money in vocational-education programs, operated by college, county and high school district. McFadden spoke" eloquently on the plight of the farmer and warned that tiaving the college near agriculture coulrf pose problems. Queried by Jan Dammuller and Larry MacLeitch and others about his purported anti-sports, biti-football stand for the college, . McFadden appeared to do a neat bit of open-field running with that one. Stating thatsome 20 years ago he had lettered at Notre Dame, and still followed the Irish with pride, especially ' since the Cotton Bowl win oyer Texas, McFadden told a standing-rooni only audience in the Home Arts building at the Fairgrounds that he felt that a $125,000; big time collegiate sports program at this time was inadvisable, and' premature when so many academic needs are unmet. He would favor a full intramwal . sports program — and in answer to a question from the fldor told students that he did not feel the advantages to the students, and the added ADA generated by incoming athlete's. Offset the cost because it deprived qther academic programs. He spoke in generalities and not specifics, except to be specifically against Yokayo, against a major campus, and against the direction the college is taking. STOP! Don't Take That Big, Heaify Stereo to the Shop... Get Quick, Expeil Sereice / in YourHome At A Reasonable Price. TQM'S AUDIO SERVICING . 4^^0440 CallAnytimfi Sounds* Sptclalty, not* SidsliiM. Lt. Odom fo replace Wilson , chief planner to resign County supervisors were jolted by more than an earthquake Tuesday; two . top county officials have resigned, they were told. SherifXTom Jondahl reported that ffiairshehff Jack Wilson has resigned effective March 1 to take a job in {ffivate business, and County Administrator Al Beltrami told! the board that Planning Chief Phil Gomy has resigned effective immediately, reportedly to accept a job with a local planning firm. Jondahl said that Lt. Billy Odom, coast sector commander, would become undersheriff when Wilson vacates his post at the end of next month. Contacted later, Ga'ry DeSalvatore, head of. the county Planning and Building Inspection Department, said, he has launched a search for a replacement for Gorny. Jondahl said that Wilson's resignation was a matter of personal choice, and later stressed there was absolutely no pressure involved.^ "All people make changes at different points in their lives," Gorhy latei- told the Journal. He said he had a good working relation^ship with the board of supervisors and planning commission. but gave no hints as to the reasons for his departure. - DeSalvatore would not comment on the resignation. "I believe personnel matters should be handled within the department and I don't think I should comment to the press on them," was his only remark. ^ JACK WILSON Gorny, a graduate of the University of Chicago, began work with the planning department here in 1973. He was later promoted to senior planner, and w^s appointed head of th^ planning division in October, 1976, at the same time the department was consolidated with the building department and DeSalvatore appointed administrative head of both. Wilsoii, 47, a 20-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, was appointed undersheriff in January, 1975. He had been vvith the Ukiah of Hce of the CHP since 1970, and held the rank of lieiitenant. Jondahl i^aid that Wilson had agi'eed at the time he was appointed that he (Wilson) would assist in the reorganization of the department and help train someone from the staff to assumie the undersheriff's duties. Jondahl said no one had been specifically groomed, for the job. Odom, 49, has'been with the Mendocino County Sheriff,'s Office for nearly i^inie years, and has over 19 years of law enforcement experience. After starting as a deputy in Anchor Bay; he was promoted to sergeant and transferred to WiUits. in 1972, he was promoted to lieutenant, and took over duties as coast commander. Sgt. Max Anglin, senior sergeant on the coast, will supervise the Fort Bragg substation until a new lieutenant can be selected by competitive exam. CiommuniiY groups fell if like it is By JIM HARRIS Two community groups, the Blind and Disabled Action Center and Project Sanctuary-Assistance^ for the Battered Woman, made dramatic presentations to the board of supervisors Tuesday. Carol Yoder of. Project Sanctuary spoke to the board in the mortiing with Sieriff Tom Jondahl in the audience. The sheriff, who had earlier made a report to the board on an unrelated matter, had been asked by Chairman, Ted Galletti to stay. Jondahl listened attentively but made no comment as Yoder, after describing her program noted that she had "excellent cooperation" with the Ukiah police department and "hoped to develop a good working relationship with the sheriff's department in the future." Yoder told the board she was ap- . peafing because,"We want you to know there is a significant' problein of battered women in this county." While she did not ask for funds, she told reporters outside that Project Sanctuary would apply for county revenue sharing dollars in the summer. The project is currently running on private donations with Yoder, the director, hired under the CETA program, program. She said Project Sanctuary currently was operating a 24 hour Kotline-468- ' 4303 for,battered women an|d would be opening a shelter house in March. "It began as an offshoot of MCWAR's (Mendociifo County Women Against Rape) 24-hour rape hotline. Many of the calls they received were actually battered Women who had no place to turn to," she told supervisors. "The Uki;^ police department listed 176 cases.of bettered women in the last nine months. And the federal Department of Justice reports that only 50 percent of the types of cases are reported. "Dennis Denny, Social Services director, said his department had re|x)rted 250 cases and Legal Services said it had handled 54 cases," she continued. "Len LaCasse of the district attorney's office says his problem is that he doesn't get enough cases because most victims won't report them," Yoder continued. "The biggest need we have is ,fbr a shelter house,"Yoder continued. "When women are battered by their husbands they have no place to go. They may try and flee to a sister's or an aunt's house, but too often thfe husband follows them and continues the violence. "At a shelter, residence the woman can stay a couple of nights or weeks as long as it takes for her to begin an-In- ^ dependent self-supporting life. This is not just an„e8capfl,, We went them to rieturn to the community. "We aren't in the business of breaking up families," Yoder said. These wopnen need help. Besides, a shelter will allow a mother to keep her children with her instead of sending them to a foster home." (Cont'd on Page 2) e Co. taxpayers sue county board LAKEPORT - The Taxpayers Association of Lake County, Inc. (TALC) filed suil in Lake County Superior Court Tuesday morning against the County of Lake, its present board of supervisors, and past supervisors, back to 1973. TALC and 12 individuals are listed as plaintiffs in the 31 page lawsuit which was filed by TALC's attorney, A. Lee Sanders of Redwood City. The defendants named in the action include the five present supervisors—Art Burry, Bob Jones, Gene'Lovi, Ray Mostin and James Gordon, as well as the five former supervisors — Junior Wilds, Carl Deriner, Don Martinelli, Don Ellis, and Olga Hudson. Also being sued are the County of L^ke and its insurance carrier. Fireman's Insurance Company of NeWark, N.J. The list of defendants also includes "Does I through XX," leaving TALC the option to amend the complaint and add people to the suit if and when it decides more persons were parties to the alleged illegal acts. According to a press release issued yesterday by TALC through itis attorney, the action is being taken to retrieve $49,428 in pay raises illegally collected by the 10 past and [vesent supervisors since 1973. An additional 20 percent is being asked as payment for use of the county treasury money by these individuals, bringing the total compensatory damages request to $59,314. "The suit further seeks a punitive damages award of $85,374 from the defendants "to set an example to all public officials that they should obey the letter and spirit of the law,-" said attorney Sanders. (Cont 'd on Page 2) ^^^^ Northwestern California: Rahi likely tonight. Showers likely Thursday. Winds becoming strong and gusty southerly today with southerly gales on the coast by this afternoon. Fort Bragg 50 and 53, Ukiah 50 and 54. Jan., 1978 Date Hi Lo 17 60 45 n Noon Today . 49 Rainfall 33.27 Jan., 1977 Date Hi Lo 17 71 26 Low Today. .44 ^. UstYe«r6.90 If-

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