Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 25, 1978 · Page 66
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 66

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, January 25, 1978
Page 66
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Wednesday, January 25, 1978 Ukiah Daily Journal, Ukiah, Calif.—17 The changing faces of Governor Jerry Brown SACRAMENTO, Calif. (UPI) — As Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. prepares to seek reelection, debate rages in California over whether he is a visionary leader of the future or an expedient politician. Or both. Andrf by refusing to rule himself out as a possible challenger to President Carter in 1980, the bachelor Democrat coyly fuels speculation that his White House ambitions are alive and well. After three years as chief executive of the nation's most populous state, Brown enjoys record high marks in public opinion polls for performance — even higher than those of former Gov. Ronald Reagan at the same point in his gubernatorial tenure. Still predictably unpredictable, the 39-year-old governor raised some international eyebrows recently when he invited Britain's Prince Charles to his office and fed him cold cuts for lunch. Served by women members of his staff, the lunch was far above most picnic standards, however. Prince Charles reciprocated a few weeks later with a splendid chicken and ham repast at Buckingham Palace. In a well-advanced event, Brown flew to England at his own expense aboard a cut-rate "Skytrain" airliner and returned on an American carrier. His publicly austere lifestyle, mystical illusions in speeches, seemingly unflagging energy and persuasiveness, as always, bedazzle and befuddle his critics and supporters alike. But as the re-election season approaches, indications emerge that the former Jesuit seminarian with a passion for Zen Buddhism has all but shucked his widely publicized political pessimism. Newly gone are the long-familiar themes of "lowered expectations" and survival in an "era of limits." These days, Brown talks of "building and investing for the future," pursuing "untapped possibilities," buying into a space satellite and cites California as a "land of dreams," a phrase reminiscent of Reagan. The shift in tone has not gone unnoticed by Republican gubernatorial opponents and GOP legislative leaders, and even some Democratic officials. One of the governor's staunchest Democratic allies in the Legislature complained privately about refusal of Brown to take clear positions on politically risky issues, such as nuclear power development. "He's got an obsession with imagery," said the lawmaker, who asked not to be identified. "Jerry Brown has a damned good mind and a very useful, philosophical and occasionally visionary view. But when it comes down to a lot of specific hard decisions, that's what is rattling a number of people who want to work very hard with him. We've protected his a— so many times." "It's one thing to choose solar energy as to distinguish himself from President Carter on the nuclear issue, but it's hard to tell whether these are position stances of heart-felt things. Jerry gets a flash for an issue." Assembly Republican leader Paul Priolo of Malibu, one of Brown's most severe critics, put it this way: "If you are grading Jerry Brown on performance at the rostrum and saying things people want to hear, he has to get an A for excellence. If you grade him as a leader, innovator, a problem-solver, he flunks. "Problem-solvers create problems with people who really don't want things to change. I think Jerry Brown learned that lesson a long time ago. Therefore, he doesn't really have to worry about incurring the wrath of people by having to bite the bullet." But Californians sampled in a November poll gave Brown an 80 percent favorable rating. Interestingly, 53 percent agreed with the statement that' 'for all the talk about how well Jerry Brown is liked, he hasn't really ac- cornplished anything important as governor." Last year, 38 percent agreed. Brown once bounced from from one state agency to another, challenging the effectiveness and eschewing massive expenditure of taxpayer dollars as a means of solving problems. His latest $17.4 billion proposed state spending blueprint, which is balanced for the fourth straight year without new taxes across the board, represents a departure from his past budgets for "difficult times." For instance, he blocked off $500 million for a five-year reforestation and energy conservation and development program, $300 million for housing rehabilitation and construction and $5.8 million for California to participate in an experimental communications satellite project to be launched by NASA. In his enthusiasm to protect the California environment from overdevelopment, Brown early on ran head long into big business and organized labor They accused him of promoting an "anti- business, no-growth" policy. While the governor's relations with labor and business seem to be mending, farmers generally view him with caution or hostility In an effort to give them a bigger voice in decision making, he recently expanded his cabinet to include the .state director of agriculture In what Republicans and some Democrats described as a political flip-flop, the Brown administration recently criticized a Carter administration plan to enforce a 1902 law that is suposod to limit federal irrigation water to farms of onlv 160 acres Looking for people to help handicapped The California Department of Rehabilitation is looking for people in local communities to be trained as volunteer specialists in the removal of architectural barriers affecting the state's disabled population. The state agency is developing a Community Access Network (CAN) to serve in an advisory capacity to local governments and businesses. "A lot of businessmen and government officials in local communities are wondering just what kinds of modifications will be required to make their facilities accessible to people with physical handicaps," said Hollynn Fuller, coordinator of the CAN Program in the department's Mobility Barriers Section. "The Community Access Network will provide someone on the spot to answer these questions." "Right now I'm looking for 72 volunteers throughout California to be trained in access laws and standards for the CAN Program," she said. "While these people will not be salaried, we will cover their expenses for training and community work." Interested individuals may pick up applications at any, Department of Rehabilitation office, or write to Hollynn Fuller, Mobility Barriers Section, Department of Rehabilitation. 830 K Street Mall, Sacramento, Calif 95814. N N i: Sew and save. Jan 25-29 Great buys. Wards convertible-bed zigzags. $ 100 off. Deluxe model filled with features For most regular, heavy-duty sewing needs, there are 4 utility glitches. 149 88 Regularly 249.95 Y Built-in buttonholer and blindhemmer V Handy stitch-width and-length controls v Bobbin is up front for easy changing v Pushbutton reverse Y Drop feed Sew today's knit materials easily with any of the 4 stretch stitches. open-arm so you can get at hard- to-reach places. Save $ 70 Convertible-bed also sews fine knits. 2 stretch, 2 utility stitches. Flip wings down and enjoy handy open-arm sewing. Regularly 169.95 1405 STRETCH YOUR BUDGET—APPLY FORWARDS CREDIT Sew what? Sew everything! 1680 S. State SL Deep Valley Shopping Center Phone 462-8731 Mon., Tues., Wod. & Sat. !»::t(M<> <;:<)<) Thurs. & Fri. !»::{<) to!): 00 Sun. 11:00 to 1:00 SAVE UP ¥0 50% Children's W«or * a SAVE UP TO 50% SAVE UP TO 50% '^k^- a 212 S. MAIN ST. WILLITS 24 S. MAIN ST. WILLITS LASELL 'S SHOES 182 SOUTH MAIN JANUARY ICLEARANCE SALE [Starts Wednesday, January 25th am - 8 pm SAVE UP TO 50% I'S WEAR SAVE SAVINGS THROU6HCUT THE STORE 212 SOITH MAIN STRF.KT FK MEN'Si I ^APPAREL"" 166 S. MAIN ST. WILLITS 219S. MAM ST. vnuns

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