A-10 — SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1993 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- County supervisors move to defy state tax shift SACRAMENTO (AP) — Angry county officials are defying a state move to take $2 billion in property taxes from them and promise to counter with local ordinances, threats of lawsuits and a 1994 ballot initiative. Sixteen of California's 58 counties have adopted ordinances prohibiting tax collectors from giving the tax money to the state. Eight more counties have similar ordinances ready for approval, and still another 23 counties have passed resolutions opposing the state action, according to the California State Association of Counties. The tax shift is part of a bipartisan agreement between Gov. Pete Wilson and the Legislature to close a $9 billion state deficit. The plan, which awaits Wilson's signature, would replace about three-quarters of the counties' lost revenues, but only if voters approve permanently extending a temporary half-cent sales tax in November. If voters defeat that tax extension in November, the revenue loss to counties jumps from $592 million to $2 billion annually. "Most of us here feel betrayed by the Legislature and the governor's office," said CSAC President Leon Williams, a San Diego County supervisor. The group's board of directors, on a unanimous vote of supervisors representing 32 counties, urged all 58 counties to adopt ordinances defying the pending state law. The goal is to force a showdown with the state in the California Supreme Court. "If you have suits in all 58 counties, and 58 judges hearing the case, you have an incredible focus on this — 58 forums, 58 or more local newspapers covering it," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich. "If all 58 counties could move forward, this is our best opportunity of bringing common sense and fairness to California." The association board also voted unanimously to draft a proposed amendment to the state constitution to prohibit future attempts to divert property taxes. The proposal, which would also Wilson's fiscal advisers and mate the sales tax extension, if approved by voters, would replace nearly $1.4 billion ~ f *- '"•• of the lost attempt to prohibit the Legislature revenue. They aso say co from ordering counties to provide could save $355 mi lion Oirough additional government services legislation that would free them without providing funds for them, from state-required funding 01 is scheduled for a final vote by some programs. ,. CSAC's board of directors on Aug. The assoc.ation claims the figure is inflated. Judge finds no evidence that cellular phones cause cancer CHICAGO (AP) — A group of cellular telephone users failed to prove that the phones cause brain cancer, a judge ruled Friday. In his preliminary ruling, Cook County Judge Edwin M. Herman also denied the plaintiffs class- action status, saying they had failed to prove the devices pose a health hazard. However, Herman gave the two sides two weeks to file briefs before he issues a permanent ruling. Several users of the devices have filed a lawsuit contending various cellular telephone manufacturers failed to warn buyers that the telephones may pose a health hazard to users. Concerns over the safety of the telephones — used by 10 million people — were raised earlier this year after several users claimed the devices gave them or relatives brain cancer. Schaumburg, 111.-based Motorola Inc. contends that overwhelming scientific evidence shows levels of radio frequency energy emitted by the devices pose no threat to health. Attorneys for the plaintiffs had argued that cellular telephone customers have a right to be warned about the devices. 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