Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 14, 1987 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Monday, September 14, 1987
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Administration optimistic about Bork confirmation page 2 Willits policeman guns down armed man see below WEATHER Temperatures MENDOCINO COUNTY — A Yesterday chance of light rain in the north! Last year tonight. Cloudy along the south! coast and partly cloudy over the southern interior. Lows 45 to 55 j Locally gusty southwest wind over Year to date the higher terrain. A chance of rain Last year in the north Tuesday. H L 81 57 71 44 Rainfall overnight rainfall 0.00 00.00 00.00 Ukiah Daily Monday, September 14,1987 'Journal 1987, Donrey, Inc. Vol. 127 No. 126 12 pages Serving Mendocino County, Calif. 25 Cents Firefighting is a very big business A lot of support needed to fight summer blazes HOWARD FORESTRY STATION — When Dave Drennan woke up the morning of Aug. 31, he had no idea he wouldn't return to his own bed that night. In fact, Drennan, a fire division chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in Humboldt County, didn't go home for 17 days. He was hastily ordered to CDF's Howard Forestry Station that evening when a fast-moving wildland fire blackened 400 acres near Tyler Valley in southern Mcndocino County. But his job wasn't to fight fires. Assigned to a desk and a telephone, Drennan's job was to keep the public informed. The Tyler fire was still smoldering and Drennan was still at work on the phone when clouds charged wiih electricity drifted over the north state. The lightning from those storms caused more than 1,000 fires in Northern California, more than 20 in Mcndocino County. Drennan was one of hundreds of people who provided support for the thousands of firelighters deployed to fight the fires during the first part of September. "Fighting fires this size just doesn t happen like magic," said John Teie, a fire division chief. Drennan and Battalion Chief Steve Smith, who was hauled out of Sonoma County, were answering calls by 10 p.m. the night the Tyler Fire started. They alternated shifts, working 12 hours on, 12 off. - They finally closed up their shop Sept. 11. We kept thinking these things would settle down and we could go home," Smith said. "Finally we asked for some extra help. "We all figured that this was a very realistic, extremely lifelike simulation," he jokingly added. All sorts of people have been called on to answer the phones. The U.S. Forest Service recruited an archaeologist. The fire information officers dealt with reporters and answered questions from the hundreds of callers who wanted to check up on the condition of their property or homes. But public relations is just a small (see FIREFIGHT, page 2) Experts disagree on conflict issue UUSD board member Sid Maurer Rindy Fire Apparatus Engineer Eric Stroud of Ukiah (facing) briefed a mechanic about problems with his engine. Pope arrives in Phoenix from Texas By SUZI BRAKKEN Journal Staff Writer Experts on the state's conflict of interest law disagree on whether Ukiah school board member Sid Maurer is in conflict by remaining on the board. The Ukiah Unified school board recently voted to promote Maurer's wife, Virginia, from half-time to full-time status as a kindergarten teacher at Calpella Elementary School. Maurer did not vote on the promotion. Because his wife was previously employed by the school district, Maurer was not in conflict when he was elected to the board in 1985, according to the government code. An accompanying opinion from the Attorney General states that;a conflict exists if a spouse is prompted to a different employment position. does not specify whether or not being promoted from half to full-time in the same job constitutes a "different" employment position. Lawyers for the Ukiah Unified School District, citing attorney- client privilege, refused to say how they interpreted the opinion. Attorney Sandra Woliver was called on for her advice prior to the board's vorfe on Mrs. Maurer's employment. Bob Henry, an attorney for the Sonoma County Office of Education who is well-versed in conflict of interest issues, insists that Maurer's situation is not addressed in the Attorney General opinion. "I would take the view that (Maurer) ought to be able to stay in his position until the court or someone else says otherwise," Henry said. He added that Maurer's situation did not violate the education code, to which school boards were bound prior to Jan. 1. Assembly Bill 1849 repealed the conflict of interest provisions of the education code and made school board members subject to the laws which govern all other elected officials. "I'd be reluctant to take the Government Code sections and make them go beyond," Henry said. Henry cited a case in the Old Adobe School District in Petaluma in which a school board member was forced to resign when his spouse was promoted. However, the promotion involved a move from a classified teaching aide to a certified teaching position. "To take a four-hour position and to make it into a 8-hour position is School board member Sidney Maurer not addressed by the opinion," Henry said. Yet another section of the opinion suggests that Maurer is in conflict, according to Jack Winkler of the State Attorney General's office. The concern of the Assembly asking for the opinion was "whether or not the promotion goes before the board," Winkler said. Virginia Maurer's promotion did involve a vote of the school board, as do all changes from half to full- time employment in the Ukiah district. The opinion states: "The question would be, does a promotion constitute the same employment or a different employment? If a promotion involved no action by the school board itself, we believe it would qualify as the same employment. The situation which comes to mind is salary step or merit increases which usually require no action by the school board itself." The opinion goes on to point out that "different employment" would require a new contract and a change in status quo. In the Ukiah District, when an employee moves from half to full- time, they just receive a letter advising them of their new assignment. The opinion summary states, "It would also prohibit the spouse from being promoted if such a promotion involves any action by the board itself." Winkler said he could not address the question of Maurer directly, but said the opinion "speaks for itself." The opinion, however, also points out that there is no case law that would resolve the issue. Therefore, whether or not Maurer is in conflict could only be resolved in court if a lawsuit was brought against him. PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — Pope John Paul II today made a personal mercy mission to sick children in a pediatric ward, then renewed attacks on "the great evils of abortion and euthanasia" and reaffirmed church opposition to artificial insemination. The pontiff, at the midpoint of his nine-city tour, arrived at midmorning in Phoenix from San Antonio, Texas, where he had urged his listeners to show courage and compassion in welcoming immigrants from Latin America. His agenda in Arizona included an unprecedented meeting with American Indians, but first he stopped at St. Joseph's Hospital for a visit with three critically ill children in their rooms: a 15-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor, a 214 -month-old girl born three months prematurely and a 6-year- old girl who was paralyzed from the neck down in a .traffic accident. "Johnny, can you wake up and open your eyes for a minute? There's someone here to see you," said Hope Adrian, whose son, John- hy, was in the first room to be visited by the pope. The youth has a brain tumor that has been diagnosed as terminal. In the second room, the pope took tiny Brooke Johnson from her mother and held her briefly. In a playroom where 10 other children were gathered, the pope picked up a drawing by one child, : examined it, then handed it to Phoe- nix Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien, who was at his side. He chatted with the other children and hospital staff and accepted a bouquet from a small girl. Later, from the balcony of St. Mary's Basilica, the pope said Arizona and the United States had been "richly blessed. As you look with gratitude upon the high standard of living that many of you enjoy, at least in comparison to the rest of the world, may your hearts go out to the less fortunate." Then, in remarks prepared for the Catholic Health Association, the pope referred to "the great evil of abortion and euthanasia." He also referred to the church's stated opposition to the use of biotemedical technology to achieve artificial fertilization — opposition which has drawn strong criticism from some health care professionals and from couples who have been unable to conceive. The church has not taken its stand, the pope said, "in order to discourage scientific progress." He said that "ultimately, the purpose of the church's teaching in this field is to defend the innate dignity and fundamental rights of the human person." He also prepared a message to representatives of 195 American Indian tribes, but didn't bring one gift they wanted: a saint of their own. The Indians had hoped that the pope would canonize K.ateri Tekak- wilha, hailed as "the great unifier" of 285,000 Indian Catholics, but only the first step in a long process had been taken: she was beatified in 1980. As the pope arrived in Phoenix, gold and white papal banners fluttered from light poles along Central Avenue, where authorities expected crowds of up to a half-million people to turn out. Skies were sunny and the weather service predicted an afternoon high of about 90 degrees — well below normal for a city where it often is above 100 degrees in mid-September. There were few disappointments in San Antonio, where 300,000 came to Mass and John Paul was treated to a Mexican-American fiesta. Adoring crowds waited for hours on sun-baked streets for even a fast-moving glimpse, and shouted "Viva el Papa" as he passe among them. The pope frequently spoke in Spanish, saying at one point that he felt he was in Mexico, but his emphasis was on the social concerns of the United States. "Social injustice and unjust social structures exist only because individuals and groups of individuals deliberately maintain or tolerate them," the pontiff told representatives of Roman Catholic charities. "It is these personal choices, operating through structures, that breed and propagate situations of poverty, oppression and misery." At a Mass earlier, the pope called on the whole church to emulate the "courage and generosity" of those who are helping "suffering brothers and sisters arriving from the south." Though he did not refer directly to the movement to extend sanctuary to illegal aliens, activists took heart nonetheless. "Oftentimes we're accused of mixing politics and religion, and the pope is reflecting that this is an issue of compassion," said Jack Elder, a San Antonio teacher who was convicted on charges of transporting illegal aliens in 1985. San Antonio turned out the largest crowds yet for the pope's 10-day U.S. tour, though even the Mass attendance was 200,000 less than hoped. Some left Mass to wait for hours on hot city streets for yet another look at the pope. The pope remarked on the 90-degree heat in Spanish — "mucho calor," he said at the end of the Mass — and the sun exacted a toll: some 500 people were treated for heat exhaustion on ihe grounds, and 62 were taken tp hospitals. There are 3 million Catholics in Texas, about one in five of the state's residents, and as many as 2.5 million are Hispanic. The people of San Antonio turned out in huge numbers — an estimated 325,000 — along a 4.6-mile parade route, cheering and waving flags when the "popemo- bile" swept by at 15 mph. Willits policeman shoots armed man Officer tried to disarm him before shooting By PETER PAGE Journal Staff Writer A Willits police officer shot and wounded a man who resisted efforts to be disarmed. Paul Edward Boren, 34, was shot by Sgt. John Brown. Boren reached for a pistol as Brown was attempting to disarm him, according to Capt. Bob Foster. The shooting took place at 4:30 pjn. Sunday when three Willits officers were summoned to the Chateau Royale Apartments on West Commerical Street. According to Foster, the mother of an 8-year-old boy said Boren, her ex-husband and the boy's father, was .keeping their son at the apartment even though his visitation rights had expired. The wounded man, Boren, was described as armed and in need of psychiatric help by both his mother and ex-wife, Foster said. "He told both his mother and his ex-wife that he had a gun and he was not going to release his son to anybody," Foster said. When Sgt. Brown, a patrol super- visor and shooting instructor for the department, knocked on the apartment door Boren answered. "The door was opened wide enough that Sgt. Brown could see the pistol in the belt of Mr. Boren's pants," Foster said. "Sgt. Brown told Mr. Boren to remain still and not to move." When Brown saw that Boren was armed he pulled his service revolver, told Boren to freeze, and then reached for the weapon, Foster said. As Brown was reaching over to get Boren's weapon, Boren went for tne gun also, and Brown shot him, Foster said. According to a spokeswoman at Ukiah Adventist Hospital, Boren was shot three times. He underwent surgery Sunday night and was listed in stable condition this morning in the critical care unit of the hospital. "Mr. Boren has come to the attention of the police department on previous occassions," Foster said, but he would not elaborate. Brown was reassigned to office duties after the shooting, a routine move following shootings, according to Foster.

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