The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on January 18, 1974 · Page 16
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The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California · Page 16

San Bernardino, California
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Friday, January 18, 1974
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B-6 THE SUN (CCC) Friday, Jan. 18, 1974 uit against BLM By KEN LONG Sun. Telegram Staff Writer BARSTOW The lawsuit filed by environmental groups this week against the federal Bureau of Land Management seeks greater restrictions on the travel of off-road vehicles on the desert. Lyle Gaston of the San Gorgonin Chapter of Sierra Club said the suit had been filed in federal district court in l.ns Angeles on behalf of the Siena Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Society for California Archeology, and Sylvia Broadbent. The suit names as defendants Rogers C.R. Morton, Secretary of the Interior, Curtis Berklund, director of the bureau, and several other bureau employes. The suit asks the bureau to reconsider its Interim Critical Management Program for 25, (KID square miles of California Desert which was issued Nov. 1, After 8 years, city may get balance of airport grant By VALERIE BARN A Sun-Telegram Staff Writer RIALTO Public Works Director Evans learned Wednesday morning that the Federal Aviation Administration may still owe the city $80,000 from the grant it made to the city for development of the airport in lflfifi. Total amount of the grant to transform Miro Field into Rialto Municipal Airport was $551,424. Evans, who conferred Wednesday with Joe Lnvorcin, assistant to Wiv chief of the airport operations branch, Federal Aviation Administration, said he was told the city could still collect the remaining $80,1100 if the city adopted an airport zoning ordinance and if the city furnished a revised airport layout plan. The public works director said the amount of money the city still has coming under the 1fi grant is still not definite. Changes have been made in the Federal Aviation Administration personnel and in the city administrative personnel since that grant was made, he said. Joseph Zapolocky, former c i I y administrator, has taken a similar position with the city of Vista (near Oceanside) and George Perry, the city's former airport manager, is now on the staff at an Orange County airport. Loverrio is new in his position at the t.os Angeles office of the Federal Aviation Administration. Evans said he is trying to each both Zapolocky and Perry for clarification of the city's position. As to the airport zoning ordinance, Evans said the city has had one prepared since March of 197.'!. It has not been adopted, however, because the city staff is in the process of modernizing the city's codes. The city wished to adopt Nip airport zoning ordinance at the sain'1 1'me the modernized city codes are adopted, he said. Evans said the modernized city codes nnv hp adontrd within two months. The public works director said the city's revised airport layout plan was submitted t" the Federal Aviation Administration Wednesday. The airport's financial status, in general, was another discussion topic Wednesday night at the airport com District may ask homeowners to fund sewer construction VICTOR VTLLE - The ViclorviEp Sanitary District will look into the possibility of getting homeowners in the Parker Heights area to sign a recorded agreement to pay sewer construction cost when their property is connected to the district. Sanitary districts were uncertain if individual homeowners would sig nsuch agreements, but the homeowners wil be able to makp their feelings known at a public hearing set for Jan. 30 at the district offices. Waler District expected lo resume opposition lo adjudication suit V1CTORVILLE - The Victor Valley County Water District today is expected to resume its fight against, the Mojave Water Agency water rights adjudication suit, when the district board mpets in a special meeting to discuss the agency's re-rent clarification of a settlement made earlier this month. Thp water district hoard will meet a1 5: .7! p.m. nt its o fires at 151175 Seventh St. The meeting was called by district board Chairman Robert Clark after the Moiave Water Agency hoard Tuesday appioved a clarification of a settlement made with the district board Jan. 3. A majority of the agency dnectors said they understood the settlement 1973, which would allow off-road vehicles to use "existing trails" on thp desert. ' We are asking the bureau to give full consideration to the resource value of the area they have declared open to offload recreational vehicle travel," Gaston said. "Our aim is not to restrict off-rnad-vehicle access to the desert but only to restrict them to established o r designated roads, instead of all existing trails," he said. The suit seeks to keep off-road vehicles on established roads in the desert until the bureau has complied with federal env ironmental legislation affecting public lands. "We say the bureau should consider all of these acts tn adequately inventory an area before opening it to unlimited off-road vehicle travel,'' Gaston said. "The suit d'es not talk of mining, mission meeting. While the airport operating fund shows a balance of $42,-fiR7. the airport's capital outlay fund shows a deficit of $494,629. Evans explained the deficit by showing that the city has spent more than $1.5 million acquiring property and constructing buildings at the airport since 1966. He told airport commissioners it was likely that the city would pay off its Miro note this fiscal year. In 19(16, the city bought 18.5 acres of land, generally east of Maple Avenue, west of Linden Avenue and north of Miro Way from Ed Miro, owner of Miro Aviation Co. The purchase price was $250,000. City Finance Director Reba Mudkowsfci reports that the city now owes only $31, 001) on the note plus the in'aresl. Kvnhs said this last installment will probably he paid late this spring. The public works director told commissioners paying off the note would put 'ho airport on a "paying basis" for the city. He said the city has been paying Miro $1(1.000 a. year on the note while the airport was bringing thp city only ?30.oii0 in revenues. Evans also told the commission he had reiver) Hip aoplication for a Federal Aviation Administration grant which School traffic safely group lo probe problems Monday RIALTO - The School Safely Traffic Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Rialto City Council Chambers. Committee members will discuss means of solving traffic safety problems at several Rialto elementary srnuols. (tea Seeley, of the Rialto Education Association, said "There has not hcen as much progress as there should have been on this issue If a kid gets hit. of course, we will have an immediate solution to these problems within 24 hours. I would like to see us eomp to a solution of these problems hrfnre the inevitable accident occurs," he said. The charges estimated by district engineer Gale O. Kenyon allocates to each lot a $150 basic fee plus $800 per acre for each parcpl having access to the sewer. In another matter, the district board decided to wait and see what happens to efforts to deannex parts of the citv's Stoddard Wells annexation before continuing engineering projects there. District Manager Peter J. Sartor said the board wants to find out what comes to bp limited to water used tn Hespena. However. Clark told the agency directors that hp and his board were of the understanding that the settlement involved the entire Victor Valley. The adjudication seeks to establish which water pumpers in the Mojave River Basin have a right tn water. It l.-o to pt:)M;sh how much water can be allocated to each pumper. Before the Jan. 3 settlement, the water district had been the major opponent of (he adiudiration suit. Clark told the directors Tuesday that he felt the agency ". . .didn't art in good faith with our board" when the settlement was made. seeks to utility plant sitings, gas or electrical transmission lines," Gaston said. "Our concern in this action is strictly recreational vehicles." Burton Stanley of the federal department's Solicitor's Office said the bureau "basically agrees" with many of the goals expressed in the lawsuit except for the closing of the roads. "It seems to me the sum and substance of it is that the bureau is not going fast or far enough," Stanley said. "My first response to that is. "Give us the money and the manpower and we will." Stanley said hp did not know what the lawsuit would accomplish because a judge would be "powerless" to order its implementation. "The judge could very well order us to close the desert and all we could say would be 'how?" The environmentalist suit was ap- would enable the city to install security fencing around the airport. The application would entail an environmental impact report and approval from such local agencies as the Southern California Association of Governments. Federal Aviation Administration officials told Evans, however, that they would like to see the city complete its old grant (the one made in 1966) before it begins on a nev one. Evans told the commission he saw no problems with the Federal Aviation Administration request because it would be a long time before the new grant came through. Also on the agenda was a report from Mike Kingry, newly-appointed airport manager. Two of Kingry 's suggestions became commission recommendations that will go to the City Council. The commission will recommend that airport maintenance be conducted on a "".'iilarly scheduled basis rather than on an "as needed basis" as has been the case in the past. It will also recommend that the intensity of the light around the airport's wind core (a canvas cone which acts as a weather vane) hp increased. Kingry said more light bulbs with a higher wattage were needed to guide planes, especially at night. Seeley said there is a definite safety problem at Casey Elementary Schiol because most of the students leave the school by crossing Eucalyptus Street. "Most of the children live west of the school and nearly all of them have to cross Eucalyptus Street to gel home. The traffic is much too mast on that .street to have children crossing there," he said. City officials have received complaints about the speed of traffic on streets near other schools also, Seeley. Those who are expected to attend Ihe meeting include John Rareno, chairman of the committee, several city department heads, school principals, parents and teachers. of the deannexation effort before the area is linked to the district. Director Robert L. Dolch suggested that the district staff begin studying alternatives in case Ihe Victor Valley Regional sewer plant project fall? through. Sartor and Kenyon were instructed tn see if this were to happen, whether the district could construct a new sewer plant on Ihe site of the present plant or whether it would have to move. Mavficld will meet willi industry board RARSTOW First District Supervisor James Mayfield will meet the Barstow Area Industrial Development Corporation board on Jan. 31 board president Cliff Rlocker said. The board will review industrial and commercial developments in the Bars-tow area with the supervisor, Blocker said, and also discuss development that are being planned in the upcoming year. Paul Richards, executive director of the corporation, said discussion would include the technical assistance grant application made by the city and corporation. Also the possible coal-distribution terminal proposed b y mbasador Energy Corp. will be reviewed. "I hope this will be the beginning of a regular exchange of information and ideas that affect the economic development of the Barstow area, Richards said. restrict parently in reacbon to an earlier suit filed in San Diego against the bureau by the California Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs, Stanley said. The association suit had questioned the bureau's right to restrict off-road vehicles until environmental impact reports had been made in compliance with the National f rp v"1 fI . y Chow's on -almost Adlanto harbenip king Joe Clay, right, cmner of Clay's Restaurant, bpgan cooking early this morning for a benefit barbecue for Victor Valley High School Jarkrahbit Rand. He gives last-minute instructions to rook's helpers Steve Zoet and Reche Canyon residents disclose water worries Ry VALERIE BARN A Sun-Tlqmm Staff Writer CO I, TON The possibility of people in the Reche Canyon area being unable to lake their customary daily baths was raised by a Sullivan Water Co. shareholder seeking supplemental city water from members of the City Council this week. Mrs. Ralph Ibarra told the council she is a Colton citizen as are many of the other waler company shareholders, and as such she is entitled to the water. She underscored the emergency nature of the company's situation: "If we lose a well and our (storage) tank goes dry, we'll be short of watPr. And I like to take a bath every day." The problem stems from the fad that the water table level in the Reche Canyon area usually drops after a dry winter. The result is little water in the summer. James Sullivan, who formed the water company, has said the yield from his company's three wells has been steadily declining over the past five years. Last July, the company asked that it be allowed to hook onto the city's water system for an emergency, supplemental water supply. The city and the company reached a preliminary agreement whereby the company could hook onto a six-inch line Ihe city has on Reche Canyon Road. Subsequent discussion among the city staff has given rise to several questions: Would the city have an obligation lo provide water on a permanent basis instead of an emergency basis, if a major failure of any of the rompany's systems occurred? The city could be criticized for supplying water to a private water rompany which has customers outside the city limits, by property owners in the city who want to develop their land but cannot be supplied with city water. A problem arisis on the storage capacity in the area, in light of the current and pronoseel development of the Cooley Ranch. If an emergency should arise, what period of time would the city be reouired to supply water to the Sullivan Water Co.? Tn his presentation to the council. Planning Director George Williams noted that Ihe company has now requested an agreement for supplemental water, not emergency water. After outlining five objections to this ASSOCIATED PP-', A Summary nf .Ma jor Action Thursday. Jan. 17 THE GOVERNOR Announced the resignation of Dr. Earl Brian, 31, his secretary of health and welfare. Appointed Municipal Court Judge Eex W. Cranmer to San Bernardino County Superior Court, replacing the late Russell Goodwin. THE ASSEMBLY Veto Overridden Hospitals Would require governor to notify legislature nf closing of state hospital: AR 855, Rurton, D - S a n Francisco; veto tn override 59-12, with final override pending in Senate. Rills Passed Cars Would order state and local government to specify compact or subcompact cars when ordering: AB 2133. Siernty, D-Reverly Hills; 55-12, to Senate. Park -Would reclassify Red Rock Canyon state RerIpat,nn Area as state park; AR 2M5. Gonzales, D-Rakersfield; 39-3. to Senate. Terms Would increase terms e f Assembly members from two to four years and state senators from four to six off-road Environmental Policy Act of 19fi9. "There are indications that t h e environmentalists wanted to be on record in case a preliminary injunction were granted for the association suit," Stanley said. The association suit's request for a preliminary injunction was rejected Monday. request, he recommended that the council advise the water company to consider the following: The city be given the company's water system: Thp unincorporated area be annexed to the city of Colton; Thp city supply water from an existing six-inch line on a temporary basis, if the water company shareholders agree to the first two points; A program be developed for installation of a 12-inch water line and additional water storage, with participation by the property owners being served. Williams also noted that the water company serves fi7 customers, almost fit) per cent of which are city residents. The company has the capacity to serve lfll customers, he said. Whether the city should take over the Sullivan Water Co. and annex its service area and whether Ihe city owes water to city residents in that area were the major points of contention. fllen Hoffman, a water company shareholder, argued that the city has the responsibility to provide the supplemental water because so many of the residents are Colton citizens. Neighbors, all of whom are shareholders in the company, backed him up, reminding the council that they didn't sop the necessity of their area being annexed by the city. Kalhy Pitts told the council there was disagreement among the shareholders as to whether they wanted to retain the company or turn it over to the city. Col Ion High liockev learn lo compete in CIF event COLTON - Colton High School's all girl varsity field hockey team will com pete in the California Interscholastic Federation preliminaries at Chaffey High School tomorrow. The team has maintained an unbeaten record during three seasons of play. This is the first year that women's hockey teams have been allowed to compete in the C1F playoffs. Coached by Allene Shore, the squad was undefeated during its first two years of play with the Citrus Belt League The Day In Sacramento yea1': A'. i:)2. Harvey Johnson. D-El Monte; 41.-21, tn Senate. Constitutional Amendment Defeated Terms W ould increase terms o f Assembly members from two to four years and stale senators from four to six years if approved by voters: ACA 41, Harvey Johnson; 47-24, with 54 votes required for passage. Rill Defeated Welfare Would allow welfare recipients to refuse work if seeking work through union and work is offered at less than prevailing rate of pay for such union memhers; AR 25-1, Rurton: 47-1S, with 54 votes required for passage. ( (institutional Amendment Introduced Flections Would delete power of governor to call special statewide election for initiative or referndum measure; ACA 95. Gonzales. P.ills Introduced Rridge Would specify that members of Board of Directors of Golden Gate Bridge. Highway and Transportation Distrirt are from, rather than represent, counties in district; AB 2824, Foran, D-San Francisco. Reporting Would require persons receiving expenditures for or against candidate or ballot issue to disclose such vehicles Attorneys for the environmental groups have said they have no plans tn seek a preliminary injunction for the. suit, Stanley said. Without an injunction the bureau's current policy would not be challenged for a year to 18 months when the suit would be tried, he said. Sun-Talegram photo by Prise Niriyic Gayla Cappiello. Zoet's hat represents the band which has bpen invited to participate in the Jims 1974 Brussels Music Festival. Dinner tickets will be available at the door at Victor Valley High School cafeteria from 4 to 8 p.m. She said many rPcidpnts moved to that area because thpy liked the county area and would not want tn live in a city. Among the plpasures of living in the county listed. Ms. Pitts said county waler was "95 tn 97 per cpnt pure." Mrs. Ibarra agreed there was dissen-tion among the sharpholders but suggested there may he some who wished to live in the county but have city privileges. Councilman Lerny (Bud) Rehrer suggested that the water company sharpholders (which include all residents of the two tracts in that area) would have to settle their internal dispute before the council could act on the water company request. Councilman Frank Gonzales, however, moved that the eft grant the company water during an emergency as many residents involved were Colton citizens. The motion died for lack of a second and Gonzales withdrew his motion once Williams backed up Councilman Al Huntoon's position that the city residents and the county residents "were all tied together." Huntoon also said, and Williams agreed, that the six-inch water line would be adequate on an emergency basis, but not on a continuing basis. "Thprp's no splitting thp city tract from thp county tract and the six-inch line was not designed tn accommodate that kind of load." Williams said. The matter was settled when Rehrer said, "It the Sullivan Co. operate a; a water company until they get their problems setlled." team svit(.;,pd tn the San Antonio tea-rue this year and wnn all games except one, which was a tie. Should Copnn's team win tomorrow, they will move into the second round of preliminary playoffs on Jan. 21 at Chaffey or Lowell High Schools. Semi-final playoffs will be held at Cal Poly, Riverside on Jan. 23 and the final game will be played at Cal Poly on Jan. 'M That game is expected to hp' televised on the "Wide World of Sports." p. peiitliiir ?; 28 3. Deductions -- Would allow persons required to contribute to support aged parents on welfare to take state income tax deduction for such contribution; AB 2844. Bond. R-Long Reach. Newborn Would make it mandatory for physicians to refer newborn children who have been diagnosed as mentally retarded to regional center for mentally retarded; AB 2843, Alatorre, D-Los Angeles. License Would allow dog license tag; to be issued at half pnre if dog has been fitted with breeding control device; AB 2839. Brown. D-San Francisco. THE SENATE Rills Introduced Speed Would prohibit sale of cars after Jan. 1. 197fi which have speed capability of more than Pfl miles per hour; SB 1577. Perns, D-Cak!and. Tearhers Would prohibit fingerprinting as condition of issuance of teaching credential or for continued institution of higher learning; SB 157S. Petris. Kesolutlna Introduced Resip Would urre President Nixon to resign: SJR 44. Gregorio D-San Mateo.

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