Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 27, 1993 · Page 2
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 2

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, June 27, 1993
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A-2 — SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1993 ROP cuts popular courses -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- Fort Bragg police chief creating bilingual department By CHRIST1ANE MCLEES for Th« Journal As funding for education is shrinking, opportunities for adults to learn a skill are decreasing. The Regional Occupation Programs for ceramics and certified nursing assistants have been eliminated on the coast, along with a number of other inland programs. ROP Director Paul Tichinin explained that the reason for the cuts was that ROP is mandated by priority to offering classes for high school students. He said that the high schools' population is increasing as is their need to enroll in programs that offer job related skills. But while there are more students, there aren't any more funds from the state to serve those students. Tichinin explained that the ROP receives a set amount of state funds which are based on Average Daily Attendance and that growth for ROP programs is not encouraged. ADA is one of the state's accounting terms for calculating the amount of funding a particular program receives. ADAs don't necessarily translate into numbers of students. "Because we are not allowed growth but have an increase in high school population growth," Tichi- nin said. "The net effect on the programs is that we are losing money... We always generate more ADA than we're being paid for." Last year ROP dipped into its reserve funds to cover funding an increased enrollment of 70. This year, according to Tichinin, there is no reserve and programs had to go. Tichinin said that he is in communication with College of the Redwoods Dean Bill Lex to see whether the college could make some special arrangements for ROP ceramics students by waiving fees or offering scholarships. No decision has been made. Tichinin is also trying to find alternate funding sources to continue the CNA program in fall. He is talking to employers in Lake County who have mentioned interest in funding the CNA program and to the Private Industry Council. With the ROP Ceramics Program closing, the Mendocino Art Center — where the program had been housed for five years—is losing $16,000 a year from ROP for rental of the studio space. However, Marty Roderick, gallery coordinator, said that plans are under way to rent the studio out to between eight and 10 potters at $250 each per month from September through May. During the months of June, July and August, the art center runs its own ceramics classes. "It was a big blow for the art center," Roderick said., Management team hired for railroad The North Coast Railroad Authority this week hired DRH Associates to provide operations management services for the North Coast Railroad, the publicly owned line between Willits and Arcata. Davis Hebert has been named NCR operations manager, effective immediately. Hebert, who has been in the rail industry and allied fields for 22 years, is considered an expert in locomotive repair and maintenance, according to NCRA officials, and has worked on North Coast locomotives. His new duties will include not only mechanical operations, but also oversight of maintenance of the railroad right of way. In addition he will have responsibility for customer and employeee relations, office management and regulatory agency compliance. "I will revise the maintenance schedule for the railroad's locomotives to promote greater reliability and I will direct the inspection and repair of railroad cars at the interchange point in Willits," Hebert said of his operation plans. "In addition, I expect to be totally involved in the rehabilitation and maintenance of the right of way," he added. "I plan to initiate shipper contact promptly, working with key employees in order to improve customer relations." Hebert said that he would also start work on improvement of employee relations and to that end launched a series of group and individual meetings this week. He is also, he said, determined to see that the railroad is in full compliance with all regulatory agencies. "In short," he concluded,"! intend to make changes that will give stability to the railroad and its operations." Hebert's background includes stints with the defunct Milwaukee Railroad and with Amtrak, as well as private business ventures. By CHRIS CALDER for The Journal Faced with what he says is too often a failure to communicate, Foil Bragg Police Chief Tom Bickell is readying a program to create a bilingual police force. BickelPs plan includes substantial pay hikes to encourage city police officers to learn Spanish, and a team of on-call translators to help officers take statements from Spanish-speaking people. Translators are already being hired, who will be involved in interrogating suspects, taking reports from crime victims, and a variety of other police work. The Fort Bragg department now has a single Spanish-speaking officer, and a jailer who is learning the language. The chiefs move is prompted by requests from Latino community leaders and a string of cases in recent months in which officers and citizens alike had a hard time figuring out what the other was saying. Just last week, a Ten Mile Justice Court jury included a special message to the court with its verdict in a DUIcase. City police, jurors agreed, should have interpreters ready to make certain all people who are arrested understand what is happening to them. The case they were deciding involved a man who spoke Spanish and a little English, who was pulled over last month by a Fort Bragg police officer on suspicion of driving under the influence. The man refused to take a blood-alcohol test after he was pulled over. Refusal to take that test brings an automatic one-year suspension of a driver's license. But after the man was brought to the police station, he indicated that he had not understood what was being asked of him. The jury on the case still brought in a guilty verdict. But the apparently shaky communication between officer and suspect made jurors uncomfortable enough to deliver the statement with their verdict. Assistant District Attorney Meredith Ellis, who tried the case, noted that "the law is going to apply to you no matter what language you speak." But, Ellis said, she thinks "it's a good idea to have translators in a situation like this." The justice court itself frequently uses a translator during trials. "Obviously, every time you have a Spanish-speaking victim, the translator is a great assistance," prosecutor Ellis said. 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