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117th Year No. 220 Uki^K, AAendocIno County, California-Thursday, January 26, 1978 16 Pages—1 Section—15 Cents ,g .**4.***4i**4.* Rejects Communist domination theo^ # It # 4> PREPARING FOR MONTE CARLO NIGHT — Three generations in one famUy have been busy ^ preparing deporatioris for "MardiGras Goes Monte Jj^ Carlo." Caroline Gordon, left, and her daughter, JeanLangton, and Jean's daughter Diane Langton, ^4 worked on giant playing cards that will adorn the walls near the gaming tables for the special event. Diane graduated from St. Mary's School" in 1974. The Mardi Gras is an annijal benefit for the school. See story oh Page 3. — Journal photo by MacLean. I* New relief bill moves SACRAMENTO (UPI) - Senate liberals have succeeded in moving their homeowner and renter tax relief plan, rather than GJov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s more modest proposal, out of a Senate committee. On a 5-3 vote, the Revenue and Taxation Committee Wednesday sent to State ofUkiah lunch 'sold put' Tbe State of Ukiah luncheon is sold out and people without reservations are being advised "noLto show up at' the door expecting a seat." The Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the special luncheon,-announced today that admission to the . lunch^n is by "reservation only." Close to 100 people will be attending the luncheon and there is currently a "long" waiting list in case someone cancels out. Chamber manager Bil Alvemaz stressed that "if some;one doesn't have their name on our reservation list we just won't be able to let them in. It wouldn't be fair to all of , the p(eople who have had reservations for &ie past three weeks." Alvemaz further said that the Chamber was not ready for such a tremendous response "but we're doing the best we can." There will be full coverage of the State of Ukiah report in tomorrow's Journal. Copies of the actual 25-page report will be available at the Chamber immediately following the luncheon tomorrow. V AILE Y AUTO CENflR JNC. Quality Auto Parts for your foreign and American Cars. By American Parts OPEN SUNDAYS - 1070 No. State St. UKIAH '468-0437 the Finance Committee a $1.2 billion bill (SBIOX) by Sen. David Roberti, D- Los Angeles. .The measure would increase the homeowners' exemption from $1,750 to $3,150 of assessed, value and hike the renters' credit from $37 to $87. For example, families with a $25,000 income and a $50,000 home would get $531 off their $1,556 property tak bill. At the same time, Sen. Albert Rodda, D-Sacramento,,refrained frqm seeking a vote on the governor's $1 billion property tax and renter relief plan (SB6X) because of lack of support. However, backers of Roberti's measure agreed it was a good idea to keep Brown's bill alive in case Roberti's measure is defeated in the less liberal Finance Committee. Under Rodda's bill, the homeowners' exemption would be increased from $1,750 to $2,500 and the renters' credit would jump from $37 to $75. The bill would also include state takeover of the homeowners' share of welfare costs. Both bills,>include limits on state and local spending. The state Department of Finance opposed Roberti's bill, which would grow to $1.4 billion in 1981-82, saying it woiild'require a tax increase in about four ye^rs. The department said Rodda's measure would require no such tax hike. Roberti's bill is similar to one twice CDC receives rehab grant WASHINGTON, D.C. ' - The department of Housing and Urban Development has approved a $150,000 community development block grant for Mendocino County, according to information furnished to Cong. Don Clausen. 'Clausen in turn made the information available to Rich Mattesich, executive directpr of Commuiiity Development council for Mendocino County. The grant is to provide housing rehabilitation within the Indian communities at Hopland, Redwood Valley, Yokayo and the community of Westport. , According to ClaUsen's office the grant is part of a three-year ongoing program and money should be available almost immediately. defeated by the Senate last year in that it ties homeowner and renter tax relief to incojne, the so-called "circuit breaker" concept, Senate Republicans said the circuit breaker did not give relief to those who need it most — middle income homeowners. ' ' Biit Roberti argued^at his bill is aimed at those persons whose income has not increased at the rate at which the value of their homes has risen."People in Los Angeles live in $60,000 to $80,000 homes who are not wealthy,'' he said. Sen. Ruten Ayala, D-Chino, provided^ the needed fifth vote for approval after Roberti agreed to delete provisions changing the way new construction is taxed and changes in the mineral depletion, law. Northwestern California: Variable clouds north and mostly fair south tonight. Increasing cloudiness Friday with slight chance of showers Cape Mendocino northward. Continued cool nights with chance of local frost. P'ort Bragg 40 and 57 Ukiah 36 and 60. Jan., 1978 Date Hi Lo 25 62 33 Noon Today 55 Rainfall 34.10 Jan., 1977 Date Hi Lo 25 64 31 Low Today 34 Last Year 6.% AAERK RADIO & T.V. AUTHORIZED R.C.A. DEALER EXPERT SERVICE ON ALL MAKES diF TVS, STEREOS, RADIOS^ AND TAPE 'RECORDERS ' opposite State Market il2 N. State St. - 462-5946 urges passage of canal treaties WASHINGTON (UPI) — Senate Democratic Leader Robert Byrd today urged Senate approval of the Panama Canal treaties and rejected claims that Panamanian ownership of the canal will result in communist domination of that country. To the contrary, he told the Sedate Foreign Relations Committ'ee, failure to give up U.S. control of the waterway in the year 2000 would ."open the way for greater Soviet and Cuban involvement" in the region. Taking a rare turn in tl^e witness chair, Byrd warned that the treaties should be amended to give the United States defense ,and warship passage rights before they are approved. He said President Carter will go on national television Feb. 1 to urge approval of the treaties and that Carter might make a second televised appeal on behalf of the controversial treaties while they are debated in the Senate. Senate Republican Leader Howard Baker warned the committee in further testimony today that "the (ratification) battle simply is riot \yon." But he promised his support if the major Byrd changes are made: —U.S. rights to defend the canal after the year 2000. —Priority passage for American Navy vessels in time of war. ' "It has been claimed by some that approval of the treaties would give rise to increased communist influence in Panama and the region," the West Virginia Democrat testifled. "In my judgment, just the opposite is true. The best way to prevent increased, communist influence is to approve the treaties. • "Our failure to d6 so would almost certainly give renewed impetus to extremist elements in in the area and open the way for greater Soviet and Cuban involvement." Health care planning-what direction now? With the closure of the emergency room at Community Hospital and possible revocation .of Hillside Hospital's building . permit being considered by the city, planning for future health care in the county has become doubly important. A mountainous draft report titled Health Systems plan l!978, a five year plan of the county's future health needs will be debated at a public hearing Friday night at the Ukiah Vetei^^s building from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The plan is a 14-county review of "^health services with recommended goals to help provide "a healthful environment and optimum health care.." The report cites areas of "over- bedding" in hospitals and areas where shortages of beds could occur in the future. J, • It 'specifically names Ukiah as one of four cities that "are expected to demonstrate a shortage of beds by 1983" in the area of medical-surgical services. There are a total of 1,723 licensed medical-surgical beds in 38 general hospitals in the 14-county area. The current overall supply of beds in the region is expected to exceed the 1983 demand by 261 beds, according to the report. But in the area of pediatric services ' the report notes that Ukiah- has a duplication of seryices in that area and recommends "elimination of un, necesssary duplication." The area reviewed also reports a birth rate'among teenagers substantially higher than the rest of the state. Immunization levels for school children are below the 1975 statewide levels, the report states. The incidence of diseases preventable by immunization has ranged from 260 percent to 175 percent higher than state rates for two years between 1973 and 1975. The report also concludes that only 8.1 percent of the population receives fluoridated water. The recommendation for five year goals is to increase the immunization levels of children and increase the number of people receiving fluoridated water. Availability and access to services for problems related to teenage pregnancy were ndted as., possible factors in the high rate of teenage births. ' Mendocino County was noted as an area where women tended to receive "late prenatal care." A shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists in the Third robbery suspect caught CLEARLAKE HIGHLANDS — The third /emale juvenile allegedly involved in the robbery of Lakeshore Liquors was taken into custody by Lake county sheriff's deputies at 5 p.m. yesterday. The girl, age 16, was arrested at her home and detained at Mendocino Ck)unty Juvenile Hall. The three allegedly, robbed the liquor store at gunpoint Tuesday night. The other two girls, aged 15 and 16, were apprehended right after the incident and the handgun, a .22 caliber* autorijatiq, was recovered along, With part of the $250 in cash allegedly taken in the holdup, according to the sheriff's , office report. . af e;§ and barriers to medical recipients in receiving seryices were'listed as problems. But Fort Bragg was listed as an area expected to demonstrate a major surplus of obstetric beds by 1983. "There is extreme variability between hospitals in the cost of providing laboratory services," according to the report. Tte general availability of lab services, show they are accessible to over 95 percent of the population. Recomrfiended goals for lab services indicate developing a maximum cost per test and shared laboratory services when possible. Slate guidelines established a maximum response time for emergency care requiring 95 percent of the populatioo to be within 30 minutes response z6ne. The percentage of the population within. 30 minutes of ambulance response ranges from 71 percent to 95 percent in the various counties. Two-way direct communication between hospital and emergency vehicles is possible in dll counties except Mendocino, Glenn and Lake. The area hiis also experienced a 15 percent'>annual increase in emergency visits. The report states deaths from fires, falls, drownings, poisonings and other non-motor vehicle related accidents are substantially higher than the rest of &ie state. The area also has a death rate due to heart disease substantially higher than the state as a whole. Priorities for action< in the report state that the tnajor concern in emergency medical facilities"... relate to defining the appropriate level of emergency facilities which should be a>>ailable, the capacity of existing, facilities, and duplication of physician staffed emergency facilities in several communities." The area has "an excess of approximately 400 general acute care beds and duplication of pediatricjand perinatal services" in the 14 county area. A shortage of skilled nursing services for the developmentally J disabled and mentally disordered was also listed as priority item to be reviewed Any interested people are asked to attend the Friday night meeting and testify. People are encouraged to submit their comments in writing prior to Feb. 1. The final plan will be revised at the end of the series of public hearings and submitted to the Northern California Hfealth Systems Agency for consideration by Feb. 24. One hearing has already been held in Chico, and others are set in Eureka and Redding, according to the report. Allen announces for district attorney "I think the people of this county want a prosecutor who will be a courtroom fighter," said Joseph Allen as he announced his candidacy for district attorney of Mendocino County., "I don't think people want a pencil pusher for D.A." Allen added. "They want someone who will try cases and win." Allen, who has been public defender of Mendocino County for the past seven years, declared his candidacy at .a press confei-ence ^Wednesday afternoon. He promised to save taxpayers' money and keep the D.A.'s staff from growing by personally trying as many cases as possible. ' "I think my record establishes that I am a highly effective trial lawyer," Allen said. JOE ALLEN "Seven years of 'defending people have taught me how important it is for the district attorney to avoid mistakes which free the guilty, as well as the sloppy preparation which results in the prosecution of the innocent." As district attorney, Allen said he will work to convict major felons. Disturbed by the growing number o/ burglaries in the county, he will make a special effort to secure the conviction of burglars with prior records. Allen also plans to improve coordination with law enforcement agencies to obtain more convictions. He said he will work with the organizations formed, to help rape victims and battered women. Crime prevention will be given special attention, Allen said. Efficient scheduling for the D.A.'s staff, Allen said, would prevent wasted time for victims of crimes, witnesses, jurors and police officers who have been called to appear at a trial. Allen also said he will fight to protect the rights of private citizens who are threaten^, ;by the abuses of state and federal governments. , "These issues and others will all be discussed in more depth during the campaiign," Allen said. The candidate, who is 33 years did, did his undergraduate work at the University of Olinois and graduated from Boalt Hall School of La>y in 1970. After paSsing the Bar exani in 1970, he came to Mendocino County in February of 1971 to serv^ as assisMtnt public defender for Richard Petersen. He was appointed public defender on March 1, 1973. In addition to being a lawyer, Allen is an,avid amateur astronomer. He and his wifei Vicki, have a two-month-old daughter.