Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 28, 1993 · Page 1
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READERS 1 PROSE AND POETRY IN TODAY'S ISSUE — Page 8 Ukiah Daily ^B ^i^"- ^" ^^••^•^•B* B MBMfl^ ^»^«""»«™»» ^^^ ournal Major League baseball Benjamin's bat awakens as Giants climb Rockies/Page 6 e 1003. Donrey M«Xa Group Monday, June 28,1993 14 pages Volume 133 Number 61 25 cents tax included DAYBREAK Gary Beckwlth He followed his heart to Ukiah Gary Beckwith says his motto is "follow your heart." He works for Real Goods designing solar, wind, and hydroelectric systems. His interests include politics, renewable energy and spiritual issues. He says he enjoys writing and playing music, reading books from all religious backgrounds, meditation, cooking and eating good vegetarian food and helping others. TIDBITS • The California Department of Forestry, Mendocino Ranger Unit, will suspend any current debris burning permits that have been issued this yea'r beginning Thursday. No new permits will be granted until further notice. Anyone holding a permit should contact the nearest CDF station or local fire department to see if they are affected. The suspension will last until lifted by CDF officials. Any emergency conditions requiring burning will have to be approved by the agency granting the request and CDF. • The Ukiah City Council has extended the deadline for applications on various boards and commissions. There are two vacancies on . the Airport Commission, one vacancy on the Planning Commission and three vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Anyone interested in serving can stop by City Hall at 300 Seminary Ave., and pick up an application or telephone 463-6217 to have an application sent by mail. The deadline for all applicants is Wednesday. LOTTO/DECCO DAILY 3: Sunday—8. 5, 9. CORRECTION • Tho UkUh Dilly Journal utw Mil* ((wot to cornel error* or Irak* d*riNc*Uon* lo newe article*. Significant error* In obHuarte* or birth announcement* will mult In reprint. Ing of In* mUra HMTI. Error* my be reported to to* editorial department, 4M-WOO. WEATHER Outlook: Sunny Temperature* Yesterday's high Overnight low Last year's high Last year's low Rainfall As of 6 a.m. today Season to 6/28 Last year to 6/28 87 53 78 57 .00 46.68 27.71 The Dally Journal Is made from at lead 40 percent recycled newsprint. HuWree Ink to .Abo uaed to keep the Ink ofwurnin*. ^^ Comptot* the loop and recycle MENDOCINO COUNTY S LARGEST NEWSPAPER Tough decisions ahead for county BUDGET NO BATTLE FOR CITY City budget easily Residents warned to expect fee hikes later this year By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer While Ukiah's city residents will not see a change in their services this fiscal year, Councilman Richard Shoemaker warns that "they're all going to cost you more by the end of the fiscal year." City councilman did not take up the issue of increased fees for water, sewer and garbage removal during their budget deliberations but all three, and perhaps electric rates, are expected to increase sometime in the next 12 months. What they did do, however, is approve the budget proposed to them by City Manager Chuck Rough, after two days of public hearings at which no members of the public spoke. Mayor Fred Schneiter said he was pleased to get the budget taken care of so quickly. "It went very smoothly," he said. "I liked the way it was formatted; it was easy to read. There was a lot of work done ahead bf time. I feel pretty good." The budget document contains a nine-page introductory message from Rough and is followed by a department-by-department list of past fiscal year achievements and goals for the coming Roly Slurpe-Brash/Thc Daily Journal Ukiah police dispatcher Terrl McAnally enters Information Into the city's computer aided dispatch system. year, a personnel count and a line-by-line list of expenditures. Rough had assumed the worst from the coming state budget cuts — the $2.6 billion shift of local tax dollars to state coffers — and while the city's year-end balance will be smaller than it was in fiscal year 1992-93, councilmen said >they are comfortable -with the city's reserves. Rough told councilmen he sees a trend emerging in the city's budget that he thought should not be ignored. Rough said with continued state raids on local property taxes, the property tax was now only 8 percent of the money paying for the city's general fund services such as police, fire, streets, parks and administration. "The full impact of Proposition 13 and the continued state diversions of locally generated property tax revenues from our community is .that the.property •tax, once intended to adequately fund property-related community-based-municipal services, has been so reduced and compromised that it no longer effectively funds basic essential services," Rough said. "Those communities with no sales tax base or a weak sales tax base are particularly vulnerable to what is happening in Sacramento and are generally those communities having the most difficult time maintaining their essential services and adjusting to the changing rules of the game." In Ukiah, sales taxes now account for 40 percent of the city's general fund budget. Rough warned that "present and future city policy-makers must be vigilant concerning the 36 percent retail sales leakage our city and merchants lose to other locations." Rough said if the city could achieve an 80 percent "capture" rate of its retail sales, it would mean an additional $510,000 in See CITY, Back Page Expectant mothers convinced special salad induces labor LOS ANGELES (AP)—Expectant mothers say the romaine-and- watercress salad at the Caioti cafe really delivers. They're convinced the simple salad with a secret dressing induces labor — and a doctor says they could be right. "It works I Three hours ago I ate the salad and now I'm having contractions. I'm on my way to the hospital," said Blanca Parker, 26, two days overdue as of Thursday afternoon. Later that day, she gave birth to 6-pound, 14-ounce Erika Raylene. The West Los Angeles woman is one of the hundreds of expectant moms who have journeyed to the funky pasta joint and ordered the $5.25 salad. "We have 50 to 60 pregnant women a day in here now," said Ed LaDou, owner of the 45-seat restaurant. "We know exactly why they are here. It's very exciting, really. "Instead of the waiters looking at customer faces, they are looking at their bellies. It is assumed they will order the labor-inducing salad." Eighteen Caioti customers claim the salad caused contractions within five hours, said LaDou. He believes it's his secret dressing recipe that contains the labor- inducing qualities. "Everybody is trying to get me to divulge the dressing recipe, but all I'll say is it's probably the balsamic vinegar," he said. That's a plausible explanation, said Dr. Raul Artal, professor of See SALAD, Back Page Farm Bureau looks forward but also remembers past By JIM SMITH Journal adltor The Mendocino County Farm Bureau celebrated its 75th anniversary Friday night with a look back on its history and a promise to remain active for agriculture into its 100th year. Delivering one of the keynote speeches, Farm Bureau Vice President and Membership Committee Chairman Mark Welch said one of the challenges for the future is finding ways to "grow membership." "I believe it's the farming community and what they've done over the years that has preserved the quality of life in the county," Welch told around 230 Farm Bureau members and guests. He said although they make up only 2 percent of the population of the county, farmers have been the ones to spearhead issues. However, he added, fanners can no longer go about their business in isolation but must make others realize their worth. "We need to find people who recognize what we do" as being important, he said. "We are the stewards ... We need to look at ways of bringing the friends of agriculture into the fold and doing things with us." Only by growing will the Farm Bureau be able to continue to provide services for the next 25 years and into the organization's 100th anniversary, he said. Welch's words were echoed by Bill Pauli, of Potter Valley, who is vice president of the state Farm Bureau Federation, in a recitation of the 75-year history of the county organization. He noted that in its history, aside from being active politically, the Farm Bureau was also socially involved, providing an opportunity for people to get together and have fun. In that vein, he introduced Diane Pauli — one of a large contingent of people from Potter Valley — who performed a rousing tune on the zither. Continuing with his oral history, Bill Pauli said that since it was established in 1918 with 258 members, the county Farm Bureau has grown to 1,800 members and has become more politically active while at the same time working to provide more in the way of services such as insurance and affordable agricultural supplies. Mendocino County Farm Supply, one of the oldest farm supply centers in the state, Pauli said, was also recognized during the evening with an award of appreciation for its years of service. Accepting the award for all the employees was Farm Supply Manager Harold Parker. Also recognized during the evening were high school graduates Allison Morgan, of Fort Bragg, and Kathy McCann, of Ukiah, who each received $1,000 See FARM, Back Page Jim Smith/The Daily Joumtl Potter Valley resident Diane Pauli entertains Farm Bureau members and guests with a tune on the zither at Friday's Farm Bureau anniversary dinner. By QLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer The county's proposed $89.7 million 1993-94 budget is about $3 million more than the 1992-93 budget. Getting it back down to this year's level will require that county supervisors make some tough decisions, according to County Administrative Officer Mike Scannell. In his budget message to supervisors, released Friday, Scannell said bringing the budget—and the estimated $1 million general fund deficit from this year — in line will likely include cutting employees, their salaries and their benefits, selling timber on county land and eliminating the animal damage control program, which provides trappers to catch predatory animals. Cuts in salaries and employees is expected to save $2.9 million. Scannell noted that eliminating employees will result in compromised services, such as in the Planning and Building department. Although unwanted conflicts will arise over longer waiting periods for construction-related permits, Scannell said "it is simply the outcome of harsh economic times." Changes in employee insurance benefits are expected to save the county $1 million. Eliminating the predatory animal trapping program would save the county $46,000. No cost saving was attached to the timber sale proposal which would allow logging on about 25 acres near the Little River Airport. The county also hopes to make money by selling its portion of the Ukiah golf course to the city of Ukiah. The amount is being negotiated. The income from those two deals would go to help pay off the $3.5 million general fund deficit left over from the days the county ran the Mendocino Community Hospital. The county owes that money to a fund it shares with special districts and schools and needs to make repayment progress or it could lose its ability to borrow money. Cutting the budget may also mean delaying some of the work needed to monitor and close county landfills so the costs can be spread over a longer period of time, Scannell said. He noted that the proposed See COUNTY, Back Page Embezzlement from auto dealership charged Woman arrested on suspicion of $3300 theft By LOIS O'ROURKE Journal staff writer A Ukiah woman was arrested on suspicion of embezzlement for allegedly taking about $3,500 from a local auto dealership. Melanie Crawford, 26, the former bookkeeper for Mendo-Lake Honda Isuzu in Ukiah, was booked, cited and released Friday by Ukiah police on suspicion of embezzlement, grand theft and forgery for allegedly embezzling the money between August 1992 and May 1993. Sgt. Art Barclay said the alleged embezzlement was discovered by Mendo-Lake Honda Isuzu employees May 23. Barclay said the alleged thefts were originally discovered when Crawford's supervisor looked into Crawford's desk on a day Crawford wasn't working and found a repair order for $326.21 which had been posted in the computer for $26.21. After further investigation, Barclay said, Mendo-Lake Honda Isuza officials found 37 instances where Crawford had posted a lower amount than was paid by the customer. Mendo-Lake Honda Isuzu officials also discovered an altered check, Barclay said. Crawford resigned from her job May 25, Barclay said, but the alleged theft was not reported to the police until Friday. Crawford admitted the thefts to police, Barclay said.

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