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The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California • 25

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Editorials 6 4 4 The Sacramento Bee Tuesday May 21 1985 By Rick Rodriguez Bee Capitol Bureau A proposal for the state to give Cal Expo $22 million to cover overdue bills fell six votes short of passage in the Assembly Monday Proponents of the bailout for the State Fair operation however said they hope they can round up enough votes to win approval when the measure is reconsidered Friday think the votes are there to push it said Assemblyman Lloyd Connelly D-Sacramento going to be a Cal Expo General Manager Joseph Barkett said he was not surprised by the Assembly vote "We kind of expected this to Barkett said The bill by Sen Leroy Greene D-Sacramento failed 48-22 six votes short of the two-thirds needed for an emergency general-fund appropriation Ten members including Speaker Willie Brown D-San Francisco vote Greene said businesses that are owed money may to go to the Board of Control and send in their if the measure fails Friday The bailout legislation initially sought $24 million to pay off bills that had accrued since the 1982-83 fiscal year but the Assembly Ways and Means Committee cut the figure by $200000 If passed by the Assembly the measure would go back to the Senate for concurrence on the amendments The bill originally made it through the Senate on a 32-4 vote and Greene said Gov Deukmejian supports the bill During the floor debate opponents contended that Cal history has been marked by cost overruns and broken promises to improve heard it once heard it six said Assemblyman Richard Robinson of Santa Ana one of five Democrats to vote against the bill Assemblyman Ross Johnson R-Anaheim said that instead of a general-fund bailout Cal Expo should be sold and the overdue bills paid from the profit "Common business sense says there comes a time when you cut your losses and get out It ought to be sold Johnson said Greene said he is opposed to the sale of Cal Expo adding that it immediately solve the problems of small businesses who are owed money sell something like that he noted Greene said this State Fair which begins Aug 16 would not be directly affected by his bill Bee file Bee file Lloyd Connelly says votes are there to approve the bailout Leroy Greene opposes the proposed sale of Cal Expo Panel urges more places for homeless Salvation offer is rejected by task force By Amy Chance Bee Staff Writer Homeless Task Force Monday recommended separate emergency shelters for single men single women and the mentally ill to replace two temporary shelters on Front Street It also urged Sacramento County to open the doors of its Bannon Street facility to the homeless Before an audience of about 60 of homeless task force members rejected a recommendation by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency to contract with the Salvation Army for a single shelter Salvation Army leaders had offered to set up an 80-bed shelter at 12th and North Streets On an 18-4 vote members said they prefer to give other agencies a chance to compete for the contract The City Council and Board of Supervisors will consider the competing recommendations within two weeks They will be asked to choose between setting up a Salvation Army shelter Immediately and sorting through several proposals as proposed by the task force Staff members said seeking other offers would delay replacing the shelter at 2100 Front St by 60 to 90 days felt a strong responsibility to recommend a said housing agency representative John Molloy who served as chairman of the site selection subcommittee on the task force felt like we would be abrogating our responsibility unless we said where we think the thing should But shelter residents predicted trouble if they are moved to the 12th street site that you people are going to do is cause us to die faster and cause more crime for said shelter resident Dennis Filkins trying to help ourselves out You want to compact us into an area where not going to make Housing agency Executive Director William Edgar backed by City Manager Walter Slipe and County Executive Brian Richter recommended the Salvation Army center to operate with a yearly budget of $250000 in city and county funds Staff also proposes using single- family homes to house single women who now share the homeless shelters with men And they would set up small care facilities scattered throughout the county for transients who are mentally ill The Bannon Street building converted to a so-called for welfare recipients in 1982 now is operated in connection with the county See HOMELESS page B2 BeeRandy Pench Kickoff Matt Burks 12 left and friend Jason Rains 11 go to a party And soon have new soccer for a 10-field soccer complex Five fields fund- had nothing to kick about Monday They got to fields to play on Ground was broken in Elverta ed by the county are set to be done by fall Limit Land attractions neighbors say tial she said little zoo is per- By Gretchen Kell beautiful park in the middle of the city new exhibit for example is and we let (development) encroach on it and eat at it until said Jack Downey a member of the Association for the Preservation of Land Park One of the new main gripes is a request by zoo director Steve Taylor for a larger zoo Attendance has jumped from 200000 to 450000 In the past three years he said If the crowds continue to build and the zoo keeps modernizing and enlarging its animal exhibits said Taylor probably could have a zoo twice the The four times larger than previous quarters he said Preliminary expansion plans suggested by Wildlife Associates a Seattle-based consulting firm hired by the city to help develop a master plan for the park include allowing the zoo to grow north into open park space But Ilene Dillon a 30-year resident of Land Park said a zoo that big belong in the heart of a neighborhood seems strange to put a regional zoo double the size in the center of a residen- Bee Staff Writer In his will millionaire landowner William Land left Sacramento a gift of $250-000 to develop a spot for children and a pleasure ground for the Nearly 75 years after his death William Land Park home of the 15-acre Sacramento Zoo is so popular that a group of Land Park-area residents is mobilizing to prevent it from becoming regional tourist attraction and entertainment "William Land Park has been a big fect people love it Some residents also protest plans to upgrade Kiddie Land with 12 new rides and to extend the Old Sacramento steam train line to the park A flier distributed by the group said additional tourist attractions would add of additional visitors to an already over-capacity urban The 236-acre park includes the zoo a 9-hole golf course Fairy Tale Town Kiddie See LAND page B2 Slander suit set to open against Howard Jarvis 18 arrested at cockfight in county Deputies confiscate 30 dead roosters By Tom Coakley Bee Staff Writer Eighteen people were arrested Sunday at a cockfight in a remote field in the southeast corner of Sacramento County where about 100 people were scattered by a raid in which 30 dead roosters were confis-cated All 18 men were cited under a state law that forbids keeping fighting animals or watching contests involving these animals said Sgt Roger Dickson of the Sacramento County Sheriffs Department Two of those arrested also were charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors at the site of the fight where deputies found a ring 20 feet in diameter surrounded by canvas walls that were l-feet high Dickson said Dickson said that deputies found 30 or 40 cars parked at the field on the Ben Brown Ranch off lone Road Ben Brown the owner of the ranch was out when the cockfight was raided according to Dickson He was not involved in Jarvis countering with: you go to Nevada in a house they have over there you make a suit also accuses Jarvis of calling her a profane name and a White after seeing the videotapes said he did not hear some of the remarks attributed to Jarvis And he noted that hear being said to him (Jarvis) but they were insulting him White ruled the tapes minus an summarization by a Sacramento newscaster admissible so the jury will be able to make up its own mind Davisson sued Jarvis on May 30 1980 on grounds of slander invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress Jarvis countered that verbal assaults on him while he was leaving a public function indicated she or sought to be a public Jarvis said in a subsequent television interview that his reference to a Nevada was not meant to imply a brothel He was talking about the YMCA he said By Wayne Wilson Bee Staff Writer A slander suit against tax protester Howard Jarvis arrives in Sacramento Superior Court today five years after he allegedly told a woman heckler from Davis she "couldn't make a quarter" in a they in Nevada Judge William A White previewed videotapes of the remarks during pretrial proceedings in the action brought by Darla Davisson of Davis Davisson is seeking $50000 in actual damages and $2 million in punitive damages from the celebrated tax reformer for remarks he supposedly made to her while leaving a public function at California State University Sacramento A jury of eight will be selected to hear the trial which is expected to run for several days attorney Trevor A Grimm of Los Angeles said Jarvis will arrive in Sacramento Wednesday for the trial Videotapes of the confrontation between Janjis and Davisson reflect a vitriolic exchange with Davisson urging Jarvis to leave California and Crystal Dickens Sacramento County animal ed Sunday from a cockfight in southeastern control officer tends to some 30 fowl confiscat- Sacramento County Henry Matthews 58 of Galt and Andrew Lapute Tantiado 70 of Isle-ton Spitzer refused to comment on the case and Matthews could not be reached Tantiado said he and a friend had gone to the cockfight just to watch He had seen three matches and was planning to leave when deputies arrived he said cockfight is the first he had attended in California but he had seen three such fights years ago in Hawaii Tantiado said have no pleasure (from See COCKFIGHT page B2 organizing the fight Dickson said Brown could not be reached for comment All those arrested were released on their written promise to appear in court The 18inen included three from Sacramento County: Stephen Monte Spilzer 38 of Sacramento Hughie.

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