The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on April 17, 1988 · Page 1
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How to fight back when your home is threatened Jo Anne leads life of pirate with C.LO. Dodgers win, hand Braves early loss record UvingEt -ShowFI SportsCl SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY f I'iiMiBMimwnwiiiiMamMnM m ft ft ji ll II I SUNDAY$1 APRIL 17, 1988 SPORTS FINAL Mexico campaign trail touches U.S. By JOE GUTIERREZ Sun Staff Writer Jose Perez is stumping in migrant worker camps in Moreno Valley and at businesses in San Bernardino, trying to pump up support for an underdog presidential candidate. But most of the people he's turning to for help will never have a chance to vote for his candidate. Cuauhtemoc Cardenas is running for president of Mexico in a campaign challenging the powerful establishment that has ruled since the 1920s. It's a campaign choked by political oppression slanted newspaper coverage, transportation shutdowns during Cardenas' political rallies, and printers who say they don't have paper to print his fliers. Cardenas is hoping the American-style campaigning to the north will be felt in Mexico and help topple the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in the July 6 election. It's a tactic never tried before. The campaign has come to California because north-of-the-border Mexicans can speak out which they cannot do in Mexico, said Perez, a San Bernardino and Riverside counties fund-raiser for the Mexican Committee in Support of Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, or COMACC. Workers have tapped into Oregon, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois and Georgia to keep their campaign going. Now they are talking to farm workers in Moreno Valley and visiting Hispanic neighborhoods and small businesses in San Bernardino, Riverside and Corona, asking them to put donation boxes in their stores. Rodolfo Almaraz, one of three brothers who serve as coordinators for COMACC in Los Angeles and Mexico, said the campaign workers are U.S. residents, not Mexican politicians. He has lived in this country since 1966. The campaigners have been working See MEXICOA9 1 1 if J - .. Cuauhtemoc Cardenas Challenging government Growing pains fin 'JA '' I r ALEXANDER GALLAROOThe Sun Alew from the Main Street Bridge in Hesperia shows that traffic is one of the problems the new city will have to face. Hesperia grows itself into cityhood By CARLYETZER Sun Staff Writer HESPERIA Once, Hesperia was just a wide place in the road a dirt road going no place special as it meandered through the Victor Valley. Now, it will be San Bernardino County's newest city the largest city in the High Desert. Hesperia has come a long way. Back in the 1880s, when the community first was being subdivided, real estate speculators would bring trainloads of farmers from the Midwest to Hesperia, trying to sell them land. Some flim-flam men, according to local legend, tied oranges to the Joshua trees and told the farmers Joshuas were orange trees that grew wild in the desert. Today, real estate developers don't have to stoop to hard sells. Hesperia is booming. Its population has grown from an estimated 24,000 just six years ago to an estimated 54,000 today. The impacts of that growth can be seen everywhere. Shopping centers are going up at nearly every major intersection. Model homes line the major roads leading into the city from Interstate 15. Hardly a day goes by without some business announcing its grand opening. But the effects of urbanization also can be seen in the traffic jams, the deteriorating streets and in the thinning of such basic services as police and fire protection. Those factors were on the minds of Hesperia voters last week when they went to the polls and voted overwhelmingly to incorporate, thus becoming the 20th city in San Bernardino See HESPERIAA9 sraeli troops JLL Idl 15 rioters Street battles take place after PLO leader's death By JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press GAZA CITY, Occupied Gaza Strip Arabs enraged by the slaying of PLO chief Yasser Arafat's top aide fought street battles Saturday with Israeli soldiers who killed 15 rioters and wounded scores, Israeli radio reported. Hospital officials put the death toll at 14, with eight killed in Gaza and six in the West Bank. Bernard Mills, head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Gaza, said of the Israeli soldiers: "From reports we have, they used no warning shots, no tear gas, no rubber bullets. They just opened fire." A military spokesman said the soldiers fired because their lives were in danger. He described the clashes as "breaking out spontaneously and with force" and said demonstrators had thrown many firebombs at troops. Hospitals, U.N. officials and Arab journalists said up to 90 Palestinians were wounded. The army imposed curfews on 10 refugee camps. It was the highest one-day death toll reported since violence began Dec. 8 in the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip, bringing the number of Palestinians reported killed to at least 164. An t j " i -y a- ' Khalil al-Wazir PLO military commander Israeli soldier and civilian also have been slain. Most of the violence was in the Gaza Strip, where Khalil al-Wazir, military commander of the PLO, lived until 1963 and close relatives remain. He was killed early Saturday at his home in Tunis, Tunisia, by seven commandos who escaped. Palestinian leaders blamed Israel for the assassination. "Israel is the only party that See ISRAELBack page Hijackers demand fuel; talks continue By MICHAEL GOLDSMITH Associated Press ALGIERS, Algeria Hijackers asked Algerian officials Saturday to refuel the Kuwaiti jumbo jet parked at the Algiers airport so they can fly to another country and kill the three dozen hostages they still hold. They did not indicate a destination or set a deadline for refueling and tempered the threat by expressing willingness to continue negotiations and consider "every proposal." "We are working to blow up this plane, killing all the Kuwaiti citizens aboard if the Kuwait government does not give freedom to our 17 brothers," said a hooded hijacker, reading a statement in Arabic to three reporters allowed California's primary crucial for Democrats By JAKE HENSHAW Sacramento Bureau SACRAMENTO As the presidential candidates campaign in the East for convention delegates, their California supporters are busy preparing for the June 7 primary here that they all agree will be crucial for both parties. For Democrats, the state could be the decisive battleground for Massachuetts Gov. Mi-, chael Dukakis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and maybe Tennessee Sen. Al Gore. "I think all along we've assumed that California was going to be more important than ever," said Richard Ybarra, a Califor-nian and Dukakis' Western states director. "This horse race aspect of the race is pretty much meeting our expectations." For Republicans, who appear likely to nominate Vice President George Bush, the California pri- HON '88 mary will be a key dry run for the main event in November. "Our organization will be in a test run in the primary to be sure we are up and running by the general election," said Ilene Pad-berg, Bush's only paid worker in the state right now. Even if the Democratic race is decided before the California primary, the outcome here still will affect other decisions at the national convention. "I expect a clear picture to emerge before California" in the nomination battle, said Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy. "But you'll still have a serious contest for delegates to wield influence at the convention on other matters, the See PRIM ARYBack page UPDATE WEATHER Mostly cloudy Mostly cloudy this morning, becoming partly cloudy. Highs 64 to 69. Fair tonight, but becoming cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s and lower 50s. DetailsA10 INSIDE Ann LandersE3 BusinessBIO ClassifiedF6-H1-8 CrosswordG12 Inland EmpireB1-8 LivingE1-11 MoviesF3 ObituariesB8 OpinionD2 PerspectiveD1-4 RealEstateG1-14 ShowF1-6 SportsC1-10 TravelE14 The Sun, 1988 A Gannett Newspaper 1 iiteflliSl M Roland Dubiel Trek back on track SALINAS (AP) A West German man whose dream to bike across the United States was shattered when his bicycle was stolen received a new bike from charitable local residents who heard of his plight. Roland Dubiel, 23, of Essen, West Germany, intends to hit the bike lanes and restart his cross-country tour from San Francisco to Florida on Tuesday. The theft of Dubiel's $750 mountain bike occurred April 9 when he stopped to camp in Moss Landing. After Dubiel's plight was publicized, local residents chipped in and bought him a new bike. Crime increases WASHINGTON (AP) The amount of serious crime reported to police rose in 1987 for the third straight year and was up in all regions of the country except the West, the FBI reported Saturday. Nationally, the 2 percent increase in 1987 followed rises of 5 percent in 1985 and 6 percent in 1986. Plane forced down GRAND CANYON VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) A small plane taking seven tourists from Finland on a sightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon made a forced landing Saturday in a remote area high above the Colorado River, officials said. The pilot of the Air Nevada plane and the passengers escaped serious injury. near the blue and white Boeing 747. The hijackers are demanding the release of 17 pro-Iranian Arabs convicted in Kuwait of bombing the U.S. and French embassies there in December 1983. All are imprisoned and three have been sentenced to death. Kuwait has refused to free them . Saturday night, the Kuwaiti government requested that Algerian authorities prevent the plane from leaving and stressed the need to safeguard the lives of the passengers, the Kuwait News Agency reported. Its dispatch was monitored by the British Broadcasting Corp. The agency report said the request was made by Kuwait's premier, Prince Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, in a telephone conversation with Algerian Premier Ab-See HIJACKBack page Gorbachev faces resistance to new policies By PHILIP TAUBM AN The New York Ti mes MOSCOW There is a growing sense in the Soviet Union that key elements of Mikhail S. Gorbachev's effort to reshape the country have been crippled, if not paralyzed, by inertia and resistance in the Communist Party and in the government. Two months before a critical party meeting that Gorbachev hopes will give his program momentum, Soviet officials, in private and public, are warning that many of his policies are not working. From a high point in the first half of 1987, when the Central Committee approved an ambitious program of economic and political change, many of Gorbachev's initiatives have steadily lost force, diluted and distorted by entrenched interests. The initiatives most effected are those that deal with economic See GORBACHEVBack page J

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