The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on May 9, 1987 · 22
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Sacramento, California
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Saturday, May 9, 1987
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From Page One h The Sacramento Bee Saturday May 9 1987 A Water Associated Press Gary Hart with his wife Lee leaves his presidential ambitions behind him Hart Continued from page A1 erai phone calls and an affectionate inscription to her in a copy of a spy novel Hart had written Addressing reporters at a Denver hotel Hart said he had planned to read a short political statement “and qui-etldisappear from the stage” Instead “after tossing and turning all night as I have for the last three nights I woke up at four or five in the morning and said ‘Hell no’ " At that some of about 200 supporters cheered and applauded mistakenly believing Hart meant that he had changed his mind about seeking the nomination and would stay in the race after all Instead Hart went on to deliver one of the most acid speeches of his 15 years in public life Hart said he decided not to exit meekly because “it is not my style and because I am a proud man and I am proud of what I accomplished” - “I am not a beaten man” Hart said firmly “I am an angry and defiant man I said I bend but I don’t break Believe me I am not broken “I would have been a successful candidate and I know a very good president and now we’ll never know” But Hart said the intense interest in his personal life would make it impossible to discuss any of his various proposals for solving the country's problems in education budget deficit arms control or military reform “I don’t want to be the issue and I cannot be the issue” he said Some of Hart’s longtime campaign workers wept as he said “I say to my children and other frustrated and angry young people I am angry too I made some mistakes and I said so “I said I would because I am human and I did they may be big mistakes but not bad mistakes” But Hart made it clear he believes that the intense interest in his personality and character is what shattered his political career which began with the late John F Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1960 “Since getting into politics a long time ago” he said "there have been two things I haven’t been very good at: talking about myself and playing the political game “I never thought the voters cared about either of those things They are smart enough to know who you are without you telling them "You look them in the eye and you talk to them and they decide if you are telling the truth or not “So I haven’t spent a lot of time trying to create an image I am who I am take it or leave it” Former Sen George McGovern of South Dakota whose successful 1972 campaign for the Democratic nomination Hart managed sympathized with Hart saying presidential candidates “are in a fish bowl I have been in that arena and it is brutal “I hope we have not reached the point where we must recruit people from monasteries to find someone qualified to run for president” Hart said that unlike other politicians who “wait and see how political events are breaking” before taking a public position he judges issues on their merits “What this means is I guess I have become some kind of rare bird a rather extraordinary creature that has to be dissected by those who analyze politics to see what makes (me) tick” he said Hart said because of the anticipated scrutiny of his character and personality he considered not mounting his second campaign for the Democratic nomination "In many ways I didn't want to” he said Now Hart said with all the attention on him personally because of the stories about his alleged infidelities his link to the voters on issues they care about is broken With fund raising in steep decline and a sudden dip in public-opinion polls Hart said “Clearly under present circumstances this campaign cannot go on “I refuse to subject my family and my friends and innocent people and myself to further rumors and gossip” A few weeks ago Hart suggested that other campaigns were spreading rumors about his personal life and challenged reporters to follow him around because they would find it boring Hart said there must be reforms of the political system allowing candidates to get their views on the issues to the voters “Too much of it is just a mockery” he said “If it continues to destroy people’s integrity and honor then the system will eventually destroy itself” In quitting Hart leaves a debt of just over $1 million from the 1984 presidential campaign in which he nearly stole the Democratic nomination from Walter F Mondale He also leaves a highly experienced campaign staff some of whom could end up in the camps of other Democratic candidates especially Massachusetts Gov Michael Dukakis or Sen Joseph Biden of Delaware Continued from page A1 voir on the San Joaquin River will get only about one-third of the water they expected this year the bureau announced As water supply figures were reduced Friday a heat wave that pumped up early irrigation demands was tempered a bit in the Sacramento area by sea breezes that broke through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta A high temperature of 94 degrees in downtown Sacramento ended the record-breaking heat that climaxed at 105 degrees Thursday Temperatures in the low 90s were expected today and Sunday said forecaster Tony Martini The lower water figures for California were calculated Friday from the last measurements of the dwindling snowpack in the Sierra Nevada The measurements taken earlier this month by a 50-agency conglomerate known as the California Cooperative Snow Surveys found only a little snow left “They could carry their skis to the snow this time” said Bill Helms a spokesman for state water resources Statewide California river flows will average 55 percent of the normal runoff Helms said The highest flows are north of the Sierra Nevada where the Trinity River will carry 67 percent of its normal runoff The Sacramento River and other tributaries feeding giant man-made Lake Shasta are flowing at 64 percent of their normal volumes Helms said The flows generally declined southward with the Feather River carrying 46 percent of normal the Yuba 35 the American 30 the Co-sumnes 15 the Mokelumne 31 the Stanislaus 29 the San Joaquin 35 and the Kern River 47 percent The river flows are the lowest since the drought year of 1977 Helms said But they won’t cause another general drought because California has a bountiful supply of water in the 1200 reservoirs within the state he said Collectively the major reservoirs have about 28 million acre-feet of water in storage this year which Bee graphic should be plenty to carry the state through the summer and into the rainy season Helms said The state has 6 million acre-feet more in storage than it had in the spring of 1976 when a two-year drought began he said Although the light rains of winter created a critically dry year the reservoirs are about three-fourths filled with water collected in 1986 when record rainfall caused disastrous flooding in Northern California Water managers have warned that the state could face a more serious threat of drought next year if another season of light rains fails to refill the reservoirs Federal water managers pinpointed only the two problems when they revised their forecasts Friday — Folsom Lake and Friant Reservoir Folsom Lake which was lowered to 50 percent of its capacity as a precaution against a repeat of the 1986 floods will not refill because of the diminished runoff down the American River said Mike Cowan chief of the water operations branch of the reclamation bureau’s Central Valley Project The natural flow on the American will be only 850000 acre-feet this year a volume that won’t raise Folsom Lake much beyond the 725000 acre-feet it held Friday Cowan said Although the lake is expected to produce all the water the bureau is contractually obligated to deliver it will be “stressed to the max” this year Cowan said “We’U be lucky if we can keep the boats in the lake until the 4th of July" he said And after that quick end of recreation on Folsom Lake the water level is projected to lower to about 200000 acre-feet before irrigation slows sometime in October Cowan said The lake needs most of that — about 150000 acre-feet — to hold back sediment and keep the dam and its hydroelectric generators operating The Friant Reservoir about 15 miles northeast of Fresno can’t deliver all the water it was expected to this year because the light snowpack has put only about 35 percent of the lormal volume of water into the San Joaquin River Cowan said the reclamation bureau expects to provide 450000 acre-feet of water to Friant contractors who would get 14 million acre-feet in an average year Technically the bureau plans to deliver 60 percent of its commitments to customers with class one contracts and no water to users with class two contracts Cowan said That announcement Friday will affect farmers and water districts stretched down the San Joaquin Valley from Madera to Bakersfield Cowan said But many of them can rely on wells that pump groundwater he said Citrus growers in the Sierra Nevada foothills will be hit hardest by the water shortage said Dick Moss spokesman for the Friant Water Users Authority The citrus growers can't rely on groundwater but must have water to keep their trees alive Moss said The growers will have to invent a water supply for the year or decide whether to abandon this year's orange crop he said “We’re bordering on a survival situation this year in some of those areas" Moss said "In years like this people become very creative" Newsstand Continued from page A1 without a murmur taking pride in the nice crisp bills he always had on hand “He always wore brown It looked like the same outfit — brown shirt and maybe brown pants Whenever he drank coffee he removed his teeth He looked different without teeth but don’t we all?” Police Officer Ken Moon who walks a beat in the neighborhood remembered Scheel as an avid sports fan “He loved talking about the (San Francisco) Giants” the policeman said “Every morning there was this ritual here with Manuel Joseph” Joseph a 75-year-old appliance store owner said he always stopped for a paper and conversation “We used to kid the hell out of each other” Joseph said "I'm a Dodgers fan He was a die-hard Giants fan Every time the Giants lost he'd be there with a newspaper over his face” Ray Turner manager of the Glendale Federal Savings branch on the corner looked out for Scheel On rainy mornings he let the news ven dor stack his papers in the building’s recessed entrance “Every morning I’d give him a cup of coffee” Turner said “He always took three sugars and a stir And he was a real prince of a fellow The bums would come up and panhandle him but he never lost his temper” But Scheel also was an enigma He was a sports fan but he worked every day — including Christmas — and never attended sports events Even his closest acquaintances didn't know his last name He did a large curbside business Going-to-work traffic sometimes would back up on 10th Street as customers stopped for their morning papers In additioh to major California newspapers and the New York Times he sold up to 50 copies a day of the Daily Racing Form “He was a loving person Everybody around here loved him” said Mike Matosevich a K Street tailor and clothing store owner Matosevich said the news that Scheel was 76 years old shocked him almost as much as word of his death “He looked like he was 50” Matosevich said $ i V 1 t i t'-t Special to The Bee News vendor Charles Scheel had a smile for those who passed his newsstand at 10th and K streets in Sacramento Little was known about Scheel's background “He mentioned in passing once that he had worked on a farm in Michigan” Gunnison recalled “He also mentioned a stretch in the Navy” Coroner's officials said he had no known relatives His body lay unclaimed Friday night in the county morgue Jobless rates lowest in years PTL Continued from page At the ministry’s tangled financial affairs were missing Hargrave said he had stopped payment on checks to three consultants who were paid $20000 to $30000 a month and also halted payments to :“four or five” people who could not i yet be identified “We had people to hold hats for people who held hats” I said Hargrave The announcement came as auditors from the Arthur Andersen ac- counting firm continued to study the rministry's complex financial pic--ture “We’re on the paper trail of every action that looks suspicious” said Hargrave Among the missing docu- ments were purchase ordersiand invoices relating to the building of the SETTING IT STRAIGHT Accuracy is a fundamental of journalism But mistakes unfortunately do occur as news staffs deal with thousands of facts every day It is The Bee's policy in this stand- ing feature to promptly acknowledge errors Mistakes should be called to the atten-- tion of the editors involved by calling (916) 321-1001 headquarters as well as documents that might shed light on the eavesdropping system Hargrave also said that when the new board took over there were 47 or 48 checking accounts available to executives That number has been cut to 17 and by next week there will be only two accounts he said Meanwhile an FBI official said that an agent from Columbia SC was dispatched here Friday to determine whether the bugging of PTL headquarters warrants an investigation into possible violations of federal wiretapping laws "Everybody was shocked” said Hargrave of the bugging adding that he had no idea who might have installed the system or why An electronics expert brought in for a sweep ordered by Hargrave last Friday found a small radio transmitter inside the pyramidshaped building that houses executive offices for PTL’s worldwide operations The sweep was ordered “on a hunch” Hargrave said Pinkerton Security Agency removed the device Tuesday Hargrave said it was capable of transforming the public address system into a Big Brother-style listening post that could be activated by phone from “anywhere in the world” "Before Tuesday you could listen to anything in the building” said another official Contacted at his Palm Springs home Bakker declined to come to the telephone "He has no comment to make” said Don Hardister chief of PTL’s security force who has been assigned to ensure the Bakkers’ privacy and safety in California But Hardister who says he made his own sweep of the headquarters about a year ago called the idea that Bakker bugged his own offices “ridiculous” He said there was no way Bakker could have installed the system without his knowledge For years suspicions of electronic snooping have run rampant inside the ministry Sources say one PTL vice president was forced to resign in the late 1970s after Bakker confronted him over a cassette tape of car phone conversations with a beauty queen with whom the vice president was having an extra-marital affair News of the layoffs among the staff of 2000 dealt another demoralizing blow to the ministry As word spread employees wept openly “We’re disappointed and saddened There are a lot of teary eyes throughout this building and every other building because we have friends who are leaving” said Hargrave Cuts were across the board including some of the “18 or 19” vice presidents Bakker built PTL which stands for Praise the Lord or People That Love into a $129 million-a-year business before stepping down March 19 after confessing his sexual liaison with church secretary Jessica Hahn Earlier this week he was officially defrocked by the Assemblies of God for his adultery and "alleged misconduct Involving bisexual activity” — US state levels drop in April Los Angeles Times AP Reports Unemployment in California and the nation fell last month to the lowest levels in years as jobs boomed in the service industry and construction officials said Friday California had its lowest unemployment rate in 17 years in April at 58 percent with 129 million residents in the state work force officials said The figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department show that jobs in construction service and financial jobs lead the way The last time the state unemployment rate was lower was in January 1970 when it was 54 percent said department spokeswoman Suzanne Schroeder The national civilian unemployment hit a decade-low 63 percent last month as tens of thousands of jobs were created in construction retail trade and business and health services the government said The drop in California unemployment rates “has been a continual trend over the last year” said Schroeder The number of employed Californians in April was 12959000 an increase of 126000 from March and an increase of 573000 over April of last year There were 802000 people unemployed a decline of 20000 from March and decline of 96000 from April 1986 said Schroeder Unemployment in California was 6 percent in March and 68 percent in April 1986 US employment growth was “quite strong” with the nation’s economy creating 470000 new jobs Janet Norwood the commissioner of labor statistics told a hearing of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee There were 1136 million Americans working in April including members of the military and 75 million unemployed Only those people who looked for a job sometime during the previous four weeks but did not find one are counted as unemployed Excluded from the labor force statistics are a reported 1-2 million so-called “discouraged workers” who have given up the search The latest drop in unemployment down from 65 percent in March is part of an economic expansion that is now 53 months old an unusually long period for growth to continue uninterrupted by recession “What we're seeing is a slow pickup in growth not big California unemployment rate 1986 1987 Source: Employment Development Dept Bee graphic news but a bit of a second wind” said Eric Kruger executive director of the economics department at the Conference Board a New York-based business research organization Service businesses — notably retail trade and finance insurance and real estate — are expanding rapidly throughout the nation This growth has improved the job outlook for women who “have traditionally been more concentrated" in service work Norwood said Balancing Norwood’s good news on job gains was a warning about the potential revival of significant levels of inflation Consumer prices are rising much more rapidly than during 1986 Norwood noted A major contributor is the decline of the dollar in relation to other currencies This raises the prices Americans must pay for goods from Japan Germany France and other nations -4 J- X

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