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TRIBUNE Tuesday, March 19, 1991 A4 i i li. OAKLAND trolled units and would raise rents an average of $58 a month per unit Proponents say Berkeley already ms the "lowest rents in all of California," adding that the number of available rental units is declining because people no longer want to put their property on the rental market However, a report by the dty staff found the plan would "disproportionately affect very low-income and bin black tenants" creases range from $46 to $189. Proponents of the plan questioned statistics about very low Income people. Hying yet another survey found that most tenants were paying 1cm than 20 percent of their dlspoMble Income on rent. Still city officials have been looking at ways to help low income people deal with the proposed rent increases. Some idem 1 including exemptions, loans and grants. The dty also Is looking to increase its activity in federally assisted housing programs. this audience tonight or not, the majority of the people In Berkeley gave this board the mandate to change this law," said Moahe Sarig. He told the board that the "silent majority" wants the rent law to be made more fair. But Barbara McBride, a nurse and 11-year resident, accused the board of changing the reqj control law not to make tenants pay their fair share, but as a way to gentrify the city. "This rent un-stablization board is attempting to bulldoze down in one dean swoop what has taken the community of Berkeley several years to build," she said. Once the rent board takes action, landlords must petition the board for any Increases. While the proposal applies to all rental units in the city, it targets so-called "historically low apartments located mostly In west and south Berkeley, where rents were set at low levels when rent control first began In Increases would primarily affect 5,100 of 19,000 rent con Those households make up ooequarter of all very low-income tenants in the dty. The plan is supported by the new moderate majority of the rent board, which promised to tackle the thorny rent control issue when elected last falL The new roots would be based upon the size of the dwelling, ranging from $281 a month fora studio apartment to $540 a month for a four-bedroom house, according to rent board statistics. The proposed average in A crowd of more than ISO real dents packed the city council chambers last night to listen to a proposal to establish far the first time mlnlnum rents In the city. The plan before the Rent Stabilization Board was both criticized as threatening the amount of homing available to low-income people and hailed as long-awaited financial relief far the citys landlords. "Whether they are present in "would have severe Impacts on 1,100 very low-income house- Mother doubts maimed body is Ilene Misheloff Warrior for Peace By Dsn Tom DUBLIN Police sent missing teenager Ilene Misheloffs dental records to Wisconsin authorities yesterday to be compared with the maimed body of a young woman found fast month. Authorities are investigating the possibility that the unidentified body found on Feb. 23 at Goose Lake Wildlife Preserve in Dane County, near Madison, could be the Dublin teenager who was abducted two years ago. But the dead woman is about 4 Inches taller, and appears to be older, than Ilene was when she vanished. Her mother, Madelyne Misheloff, Mid from what she has read In newspapers the description does not fit her daughter. Rene, an avid ice skater, disappeared from a Dublin street on Jan. 30, 1989 while she was walking home from Wells School. She wm 13 years old. Dublin police Sgt. Dave Di-Franco Mid yesterday he ex-, pects a response from Wisconsin within a few days. "I don't really know what weve got yet, Di Franco Mid, declining to speculate as to whether the body could be the missing girl. "If Its good, itll be very good. If hot. It'll be Just another lead." The lead came when almost 200 viewers responded to a Friday episode of the TV program "America's Most Wanted, calling to My the computer-generated portrait of the unidentified woman resembled Ilene. Wisconsin police said the young woman had been beaten, raped, stabbed and had carried a pregnancy to term. Her severed hands were found a week later Ilene Misheloff Police check dental records by hunters near railroad tracks about 70 miles from the scene. Wisconsin police described the 'As a female, in her late teens or early 20s, with hazel eyes, reddish-blond hair, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 125 pounds. Dublin police Mid when Ilene disappeared she had shoulder-length curly brown hair, brown eyes, braces on her teeth, weighed 115 pounds and wm 5 feet 3 inches tall. She would be 16 this year. At the time of her abduction, Ilene was wearing a gray sweater with a gray and pink skirt and black low-top Keds sneakers and wm carrying a blue backpack. "We still keep the hope alive, Madelyne Misheloff Mid. "We have no reason to believe other wise. Well keep sending out fliers week in and week out Tribune news trttmtefl le this wpefl, By Aw DmeaaOtUaaS i Sesan Rodriguez: am willing and ready to suffer any type ef consequences because I feel that what I did was Anti-war activist ready to go to prison for her beliefs By Will Jon es been suspended. Rodrigues Mid she doesn't relish going to prison, but she is "spiritually and emotionally ready to face whatever punishment is meted out by the Judge. I am willing and ready to suffer any type of consequences because I feel that what I did was right, Rodri-Lgues Mid? Woman tells court how cops heat her- $35,000 worth of computer equipment with a sledgehammer. She is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow by Superior Court Judge Benjamin Travis. Her sentence could range from probation to four years in state prison, Deputy District Attorney Stuart Ming, who prosecuted Rodriguez, Mid he will 'recommend a two-year prison sentence, but would consider a lesser sentence if she shows remorse and promises pot to engage in similar acts in the future. Rodriguez could also be ordered to make restitution to Physics International, but Mid she would defy such a court order. Even if I had $35,009, 1 wouldn't give it to them to continue with their work. I would use the money to provide housing for crack babies, Rodriguez Mid in an interview last week. Two days after her arrest, Rodrl-guez lost her Job as an electronics support services engineer. Her employer. Pacific Business Data System in Dublin, sent her a telegram saying she had gl "I HEY SHALL BEAT their swords into I fl plowshares, and their I I spears into pruning books." To Susan B. Rodriguez, that passage from the Bible means that weap-' ons should be turned into fanning equipment to provide food for people, not used in wars to kill human beings. But those beliefs have cost Rodriguez her Job and perhaps her freedom. The 37-year-old antl-nudear protester, civil rights advocate and crusader against the proliferation of illegal drugs is facing a prison sentence for destroying computer equipment at a company she claimed was Involved in developing nuclear weapons. Rodriguez was convicted by an Alameda County Jury last December of felony vandalism and burglary for breaking into Physics International in San Leandro a year ago and smashing am a true soldier, of peace and I did it (smashed the computer) to Mve our from from the effects of a nuclear war, she added. Just as the government goes to the battlefield to prepare for war, I go to the trenches to prepare for peace. She claimed that the company is in the business of researching, developing and testing nuclear weapons with first-strike capability for the United States. Officials of Physics International have denied that the company develops nuclear weapons; they My, rather, that it conducts computer simulations See PEACE, Page A-4 Many poor missing out on tax credit to testify in the trial which fa expected to fast at least four weeks before UB. District Judge Fern Smith. Defense attorneys said in opening statements last week that the governments case rests on the questionable credibility of trial witnesses, many of whom they contend are convicted felons and ex-housing officers given immunity from prosecution. Prosecutors have countered by Mying that while many victims may have been poor and unsophisticated, they were abused nonetheless. Many were later taken to Highland General Hospital for treatment. Earlier yesterday, Jackie Dailey, a Chabot College student, testified that Reese threw him to the pavement and broke his elbow in an unprovoked act of violence in May 1989. Dailey, arrested for loitering but never charged in connection with the incident, said he was' helping an acquaintence diagnose a car problem when he wm attacked. Broussard, who supervised the anti-drug force and is charged with leading the conspiracy, mw the alleged beating and did not attempt to stop it, according witness Lupita Perez. BrousMrd also stood by silently as Verduzco. was beaten a month later outside a relatives home in the Fruitvale District. Verduzco testified. She had been ordered out of her car by off icers and stood passively with her hands on the car roof when struck. Verduzco Mid. ByhBchsel Cohbr Saw start iStss SAN FRANCISCO Choking back tears, an Oakland woman yesterday showed Jurors bloodstained clothes from wounds allegedly inflicted by one of four Oakland Housing Authority police officers being tried on federal corruption charges. He hit me with a very hard object on the back of my bead, Mid mail clerk Rosie Verduzco, referring to former officer Larry Houston. "It stunned me The next thing I noticed there wm blood coining down my coat Verduzco told a 12-member Jury in UA District Court Verduzco wm one of two victims allegedly attacked without provocation who testified yesterday in the trial of Houston, ex-Sgt. Daniel Broussard and former officers Scott Dwyer and Juan Reese. The four men are among six former members of the bowing authoritys elite anti-drug squad indicted by a federal grand Jury fast year on criminal brutality charges spanning eight months in 1989. Two other ex-officers will be tried later this year. The former officers are charged with beating innocent citizens, planting drugs on them and filing false police reports. The case is one of the largest police misconduct probes ever in Northern California and has come to symbolize a dark side to America's inner-city war on drugs. The accused officers have yet By Kelly Gust Free income tax help is available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Oakland, Saturdays through March 80 at Frank Mar Community Housing, 283 13th St; and San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center, 1030 E. 14th St. Free tax help is available Saturdays in Oakland, 10 am to 2 pjn. through April IS at Oakland Chin Community Council 261 11th St; Spanish Speaking Unity Council, 1900 Fruitvale Oakland Library, 125 14th St; Laney College Library, 900 Fallon St; New Hope Baptist Church, 892 326th St; Veterans Memorial Building, 200 Grand Ave4 Poplar Recreation Center, 3137 Union St; Councilman Nate Mileys office, lOEastmont Mall, Suite 304; and Oakland YWCA. lies who have not applied. "In Oakland alone some families are eligible far this credit We estimate there is $15 million to $40 million due them, Mid Angela Glover Blackwell of the Urban Strategies Council. To get the money families must file a federal incane tax return. And that Is the biggest drawback to getting the benefit to all eligible families, Harris Mid at a press conference yesterday. "People who dont have a large income might not even file income taxes, he Mid. A family does not need to pay federal income taxes in order to receive the benefit, but federal tax form 1040 or 1040A must be filed. Families that file the 1040EZ short form do not receive the credit If you are a low-income family, have a child and worked, it does not matter if you worked one day or all year, you are eligible, "Mid Blackwell Yesterday the City of Oakland, Alameda County, churches and community groups kicked off a campaign to get the information out to the dty. Eligible families can apply far Earned Income Credit for 1990, well file retroactive claims for tax years 1987, 1988 and 1989. Benefits received do not count as income against Aid to Families with Dependent Children or food stamps. For more information about eligibility, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. Afraid Oaklands poorest families are missing out on millions, community leaders have kicked off a campaign to publicise the federal Earned Income Credit Program. "People who quite frankly the most arent getting the money. Mid Oakland Mayor Ellhu Harris. Under the Earned Income Credit Program, parents with children at home, who earned fas than $20,264 in 1990 are eli- gible to receive as much as $953. 'More than 11.1 million low-ln-codie families received $6 billion in EIC benefits in 1988, but the Internal Revenue Service estimates there may be 3 million to 4 million more eligible faml-

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