Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 16, 1987 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, September 16, 1987
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11 MAGIC NUMBER Chill leads Giants' laugher Page 8 Ukiahans sentenced for welfare fraud Page 2 WEATHER MENDOCINO COUNTY — Brisk winds bringing warm air across the area will die down tonight, the National Weather Service reported. However, little change in the mild weather is expected. temperatures H L Yesterday 78 49 Last year 68 47 Rainfall overnight rainfall 0.00 Year to date 00.00 Last year 00.00 Ukiah Daily Wednesday, September 16, 1987 ^Journal , oonrey, inc. Vol. 127 No. 128 22 pages Serving Mendocino County, Calif. 25 Cents TV group sues mystery contractor By PETER PAGE Journal Stilt Wrlttr The Television Improvement Association is suing a corporation it can't find, despite having a contract with the company for the past 14 years. The suit, filed Monday, claims that Continental Trans-Corn, Inc., and National Television Association, Inc., which is believed to be a successor corporation, owes TIA $30,000. The association, commonly known as TIA, was started in 1956 to bring the signals of San Francisco television associations to Ukiah. In 1973 TIA signed a contract with Continental Trans-Corn, Inc. Under the contract, Continental was allowed to sell advertising locally and broadcast the commercials in the place of the commercials originally on the television signal. In return, it was obliged to maintain the signal transmitters on Cow Mountain. According to the suit, filed by attorney Richard Henderson, the contract was amended in 1975 when Continental claimed it was not making enough money to justify the maintenance costs. Under the revised contract, Continental performed only minor maintenance until average gross monthly sales were $8,000 for an entire year. Ten years later, in December 1985, the contractor, now known as National Television Association, Inc., notified TIA that sales had reached the $8,000 per month level. However, according to the suit, National paid $1,835 and then stopped paying anything. TIA terminated the contract and ordered National, which Henderson says owns MCTV, Channel 47, to vacate the premises on May 15. Henderson claims national is continuing to broadcast commercials and has not left the TIA facilities. However, Henderson said no one knows where the corporate offices of National are located, and he does not know who to serve the suit on. Patriotic threads Samantha Weaver, flanked by friends Deana Moran and Brandy Cormany, wore a patriotic sweater knitted by her grandmother to the Constitution Bicentennial Celebration today at Yokayo Elementary School. Students participated In a flag raising and heard talks from local politicians, lawyers and educators and others during the day-long event. Pope meets U.S. bishops SAN FERNANDO (AP) — Pope John Paul II, entering the home stretch of his 10-day U.S. tour, flew by helicopter today from a Skid Row basilica to.San Fernando Mission to meet with 320 American bishops. The pope stepped from a limousine at a downtown helipad near St. Vibiana's Cathedral, waved to reporters and onlookers, then boarded a helicopter at 9 a.m. for the 20-mile flight to the San Fernando Valley. At the mission, John Paul prayed with the Roman Catholic leaders and heard from several prominent bishops who were to discuss sensitive topics such as the role of women in the church, teachings on sex and the shortage of priests. About 100 protesters representing Women for Change in the Church staged a peaceful demonstration on a, corner near the mission to dramatize their opposition to church doctrine. The demonstration was described as orderly and there were no problems, said police Cmdr. William Booth. On Tuesday, the pope won the hearts of Hollywood producers, students and hundreds of thousands of his County fares well from last-minute legislation Money found for third superior court By RANDY FOSTER Journal Staff Writer The county fared well during last minute legislation in Sacramento last week, and pending approval from Gov. George Deukmejian stands to gain a new superior court, $1.182 million in bail out money and additional court funding. A flurry of activity before the Legislature, ended its session translated into relief for supervisors. Gov. Deukmejian said last week he would sign the legislation pertaining to the new superior courts, county bail out money and court funding. The county's budget, approved last month by the board, was based partly on $950,000 in bail out money from the state. The figure was an estimate and a gamble. The gamble paid off. The $1.182 million is $230,000 more than the board estimated. "It shows that Sacramento is becoming more sensitive to the Crime wave plight of the counties," said County Administrator Albert Beltrami. The county also stands to gain — officially at least — a third superior court. A third court has been operating for some time, presided over as needed by retired Superior Court Judge Timothy O'Brien. Last week's legislation will formalize the third court. A court funding bill was also approved that will provide funds for both the county's superior and justice court systems. County officials are trying to get a copy of the legislation to find out just what the bill means locally. "There was a number of bills before the Legislature," said Assistant County Administrator Gordan Logan. "We won't know what we got until we actually see it and go through it stone by stone." Some reports put the funding at $480,000 per superior court and $470,000 for full time municipal and justice courts. Logan said he won t comment on actual numbers until next week, when he and his staff have had time to review it. Regardless, the county stands to gain court funding in the $1 million range with its three superior courts. But several questions remained unanswered, such as will part-time justice courts receive prorated portions of the funding and will they have to turn over to the state court revenues from fines and traffic citations. Logan said he should have a firm grasp of the legislation by next week. The windfalls by no means take the county out of its precarious financial situation. The budget was balanced by slashing department requests by some $3 million. Some 90 county positions remain vacant. And the $125,000 contingency reserve is well under what county officials consider a comfortable level. Brooktrails residents fume over lack of law enforcement flock in the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese. The pontiff drew up to 300,000 people to a downtown parade Tuesday, delighted thousands of youths at Universal Amphitheatre and celebrated Mass before a packed house of about 100,000 at the Memorial Coliseum in a day of non-stop appearances. He also drew sustained applause for his calls against materialism, greed and pornography in a speech before 1,400 media leaders and celebrities that included Bob Hope, Charlton Heston, Phil Donahue and some of Hollywood's most powerful corporate executives. For an armless young man who accompanied his song by playing a guitar with his toes, the pope had a kiss and praise. "You are giving hope for us," he told Tony Melcndez, 25, who was a Thalidomidc baby. John Paul touched on his life in Poland in World War II and mentioned the Holocaust in response to a question from 23-year-old Andrew Hill of Los Angeles, about his personal fears as a Christian. There are 2.6 million Catholics in Los Angeles—5 percent of the nation's Catholics. By RANDY FOSTER Journal Staff Writer A rash of 26 burglaries in the Brooktrails subdivision this summer has some local residents threatening to take matters into their own hands. A petition calling for increased protection garnered over 300 signatures. *" Some local residents are forming a neighborhood watch program. • But there are also grumblings that some locals may take vigilante measures. "That's why we're setting up a neighborhood watch program," said Tony Orth, a Brooktrails Community Services District boardmember. "It's because of this kind of talk. We want to ensure there is no vigilante action." The issue, Brooktrails residents say, is Sheriff protection. "We rarely see patrol units in our area," a con- icerned resident said. Several Brooktrails residents, including Orth and Richard Reeves, who is heading the neighborhood watch program, appeared before the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday to make their case. The residents said most of the burglaries occurred during daylight hours when the residents were away. Hauls have averaged about $5,000, although have gone as high as $18,000. The burglars stick to marketable goods: televisions, VCRs, guns, coins and jewelry. "There's some active intelligence going on," Orth said. "With only one exception, the burglars have never been seen." Undersheriff Alvie Rochester agrees there is a burglary problem in Brooktrails. "There's also a problem in Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Anderson Valley," he said. "It's not confined to one area." He said the Sheriffs Office is using several methods to combat the crimewave, but with limited personnel his hands are tied. "We're short 11 personnel since March. As long as there's a hiring freeze, we'll be shorthanded." Even when the freeze is lifted, exhaustive hiring procedures including testing and field training will take months. Deputies hired after the freeze is lifted won't be patrolling on their own until after Jan. 1 or later. "It's a cumbersome process," he said. The Board of Supervisors referred the Brooktrails petition to Sheriff Tim Shea and requested he report to them what steps he's taking to control the burglary wave. Pope's schedule in Northern California THURSDAY Monterey—The pope will arrive at Monterey Airport at 9:30 a.m. and celebrate Mass at Laguna Seca Raceway at 10:15. He'll arrive at the Carmel Mission at 1 p.m. for a brief address and lunch and depart for San Francisco at 4 p.m. San Francisco — The pope arrives at Crissy Field at 5 p.m. and will make a brief visit to the Golden Gate Bridge before his motorcade rolls down Geary Boulevard en route to Mission Dolores, where he'll meet parishioners and AIDS patients. He'll meet with 3,000 religious at St. Mary's Cathedral, where he'll also dine and spend the night. FRIDAY San Francisco —The pope will meet with 3,000 lay church members at St. Mary's, then depart for Candlestick Park where he'll recite Mass. He'll leave Candlestick for the airport and leave San Francisco for Detroit at 1:45 p.m. POPE VIEWING Tickets were still available Wednesday for the pope's mass at Laguna Seca. The motorcade along Geary Boulevard will offer the public a brief glimpse of the pope. TRAFFIC Highways 68 and 218 in Monterey, roads near Laguna Seca and some streets in Carmel will be closed starting at 6 a.m. Thursday, some for more than 10 hours. In San Francisco, Geary Boulevard will be closed from 10 a.m.—6:30 p.m. and numerous streets will be closed during the evening rush hour near St. Mary's Cathedral and Mission Dolores. The Golden Gate Bridge will be closed to southbound traffic briefly. Several mass transit systems will substantially alter .their regular routes and schedules on Thursday. Bork denies he acted illegally by firing Watergate prober WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork today denied that he had acted illegally in firing iipecial Watergate prosecutor Archibald POX 14 years ago and said that he "did my utmost" to make sure the investigation nto the Nixon administration went brward. "My moral and professional lives were i >n the line if something happened to those nvesUgations," Bork said as he recalled he dramatic events of 1973, which culminated in the resignation of President Nixon. Bork also disclosed that he had rebuffed a request from the White House to resign as a top Justice Department official at the time and become Nixon's chief Watergate defense lawyer. He said he convinced then-White House Chief of Staff Alexander M. Haig that "I was not the right man for the job." Bork stiffly turned aside a suggestion from Sen. Howard Melzenbaum, D-Ohip, that he had acted illegally in firing Cox in what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre. "No, I don't think it was, senator," Bork said in the opening moments of the second day of his confirmation hearings. Bork said he had fired Cox because Nixon had given him a legal order to do so. Even then, Bork added, he fully expected the Watergate investigation to go forward. He said he believed at the lime that was what the public wanted. "There was never any doubt in my mind that that's exactly what I wanted," said Bork, who was the No. 3 official in the Justice Department at the time. "And, in fact, I did my utmost to keep that special prosecutor force intact and going forward." Metzenbaum raised the issue of Watergate rather than ask Bork about his judicial philosophy. The Ohio Democrat and other opponents of Bork's nomination to the high court hope to use the events of 14 years ago to question Bork's fitness as a justice. Bork's nomination has been intensely controversial, with liberals saying he would use his seat to attempt to overturn previous rulings that have established rights to abortion, privacy and affirmative action, and supporters attempting to portray him as a mainstream conservative judge. Bork has been an appeals court judge in Washington since 1982. Bork today stoutly defended his actions as solicitor general in Nixon's Justice Department. Nixon ordered Bork to fire Cox after Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruck- elshaus resigned rather than do so. Richardson has since said he believes Bork acted legally in carrying out the dismissal order. Metzenbaum challenged Bork about his role in advising Nixon on the legal ramifications of refusing to turn over information to the special prosecutors who were investigating Watergate. But Bork said today, "I never advised the White House how to deal with" the special prosecutors' requests for materials.

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