THE UK1 AH DAILY JOUf LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER aiMediaNews Group UkbhDtu'ty (USPSM*-920) Dennis Wilton, PublWttr K.C. Meadows - EdRor Dean AMott-Advertising nreclor VfcMartinez- Production Manager YVonneBel• OMoeManager IN OUR OPINION Glad to see ithe sign staying ; We think the county Board of Supervisors '.made the right decision Tuesday when they Agreed that the "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" sign painted on a historic barn off Gobbi Street should be allowed to stay. : The question now is what the ramifications ;will be. • County planning staff convinced county planning commissioners that the sign was illegal and should be removed. ; No one seems to argue that technically the •sign violates a county ordinance against "off- isite" businesses signs on agricultural land, in ;this case a sign for the Coffee Critic cafe on •North State Street on a barn on vineyard property on East Gobbi Street. ; Supervisors were undoubtedly swayed by popular opinion in this case: The possible removal of the attractive old-fashioned barn sign has been the talk of the town since planning commissioners rejected it back in November and the supervisors Tuesday were handed a petition of over 600 names of people who wanted the sign to remain. Whether the next company which wants to paint highly visible sign on a building gets away with it remains to be seen. Businesses should take away the message here that if you are doing something attractive and investing in a historic property you'll likely get away with it. It seems to us that this may be a good time for supervisors to review the county's^sign ordinance and see if there's way to carve out Inore specific guidelines for the future. City surveys outdated To the Editor: Recently, I had the good fortune to have a traffic violation dismissed against me in your municipal court. This happened because your city is hot keeping current engineering and traffic surveys. Thus, your City Council is not receiving those surveys to raise or lower speed limits appropriately. (In fact, in my case, the court could not even find the out of date survey.) When this review process is not done every five years, it is a legal speed trap (California Vehicle Code 40802). Radar is not allowed to be used in a speed trap (CVC 40803). If an officer submits radar testimony in a known speed trap, he/she is legally an incompetent witness (CVC 40805). I write to your paper to inform you that if your city's surveys are out of date, insist that they become current and until they are, use this information if you are stopped by radar. Finally, I surely hope you're not all in on this and filling your city's coffers with fines from out- of-towners, who either don't know this specific law or don't have the time or ability to return to your town to make court appearances. That would be quite a racquet you had going, but ethically, a dubious distinction indeed! PatShopher El Macero • President Bill Clinton: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500; $202) 456-1111, FAX (202)456-2461. I Governor Gray Davis: State Capitol, Sacramento, 95814. (916) 445-2841; FAX (916)4454633. E-mail not available yet. *- Sen. Barbara Boxer: 112 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510; (202)224-3553; ;San Francisco, (415) 403-0100. E-mail to: sena- -firstname.lastname@example.org - Sen. Dianne Feinstein: 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202)224-3841; San Francisco (415) 536-6868. E-mail to: sena- email@example.com Congressman Mike Thompson: 1st District, 415 Cannon Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3311; Fax (202)225-4335. Fort Bragg district representative, Kendall Smith, 430 N. Franklin St., P.O. Box 2208, Fort Bragg, 95437; 962-0933, Fax 962-0934. E-mail to: m.thomp- firstname.lastname@example.org Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin: State Assembly District 1, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, 94249-0001. (916) 4458360; Santa IRosa, 576-2526; FAX, Santa Rosa, 576-2297. •Strom-Martin's field representative in Ukiah is : Kathy Kelley, located at 104 W. Church St, Ukiah, ; 95482, 463-5770. Lake County's representative, • Harry Bistrin, can be reached at 463-5771. The [office's fax number is 463-5773. E-mail to: vir- • email@example.com ! Senator Wes Chesbro: State Senate District 2, •Sacramento, 95814. (916) 445-3375; FAX (916) 1323-6958. Field Rep. in Ukiah is Jennifer Puser, [P.O. Box 785, Ukiah, 95482,468-8914, FAX468- • 8931. District offices at 1040 Main St., Suite 205, ;Napa, 94559, 224-1990, 50 D St., Suite 120A, •Santa Rosa, 95404, 576-2771, and 317 3rd St., ! Suite 6, Eureka, 95501,445-6508. Mendocino County Supervisors: Michael iDelbar, 1st District; Richard Shoemaker, 2nd Dis• trict; Tom Lucier, 3rd District; Patricia Campbell, '4th District; David Colfax, 5th District. All can be ' reached by writing to 501 Low Gap Road, Room . 1090, Ukiah, 95482, 463-4221, FAX 463-4245. ! (No e-mail available yet.) Mendocino County Consumer & Environ* ! mental Hotline: 1 (800) 734-5772. Contact: Barry • Vogel, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Civil Div- sion. Or write to: P.O. Box 1000, Ukiah, 95482. Network concerned over grower's view To the Editor: Community Action Network was appalled by some of the statements made by Bill Pauli, president of the Farm Bureau, in his interview printed on Jan. 22. Particularly disturbing are his comments about sedimentation and the effects of regulating erosion. He states that "It's scientifically debatable how much sedimentation is natural and how much is man-made," and there he is against any regulations because they would be "arbitrary." Does Pauli know that in a recent case in Yorkville, the North Coast Regional Quality Control Board had to step in and fine a vineyard $25,000 for dumping 4,000 gallons of muddy water into Elkhom Creek, a tributary of the Russian River - a river already rated as impaired by sedimentation? Apparently they don't think that sedimentation is "debatable." Nor does Congress, who passed the Clean Water Act that makes it a crime to pollute waterways. Pollutants include sediment because sedimentation causes an increase in water temperature that is lethal to salmon and steelhead. Pauli fails to mention that Mendocino County is one of the only counties in California that does not have a grading ordinance. (A grading ordinance requires that permits be filed for, and erosion control measures planned, before soil is disturbed for planting or road building.) Perhaps he is unaware that the Mendocino County General Plan requires that a grading ordinance be put in place. The 199899 grand jury report also calls for a grading ordinance and reports that "the failure of the Board of Supervisors to enact a grading ordinance may leave the county vulnerable to citizen lawsuits." Does Pauli want to accept responsibility for the county being sued? There is no doubt in the scientific, community that poor farming practices cause erosion. And what, exactly, is arbitrary about requiring a farmer to take measures to prevent the loss of soil when he or she discs? Regulation would not even affect those that farm responsibly in the first place. It would however, educate and prevent damage from those that Pauli admits "may be new farmers who do things wrong more through lack of information T^le.cojY\mumc.atioifis Convergence . f(A/0. 1 ©iooo -Me BJIMID MEU/I than bad intentions." It would also restrain the few that act through bad intentions. Pauli expresses further concern that regulation will cause prices to rise so high, that local residents won't be able to afford the county's products. That is ridiculous fear pandering. Although a farmer may pay the price of cover crops or hay bales, two common methods of erosion control, in the long run they are saving their soil and ensuring the sustainability of their farm. Let's keep in mind that wine is a luxury product, not a food crop. At a cost range of $10 to $20 per bottle, it is already priced out of the range of most Mendocino County residents. Contrary to Pauli's seemingly opinion, this county needs to act quickly to prevent the erosion problems that are coming with increased vineyard development. If you would like to help work towards protecting this county's resources, please call Community Action Network at 895-3616. Wendy Blankenheim, Founder and Coordinator Community Action Network Boonville Greetings from Kosovo Editor's note: The following is the first in a series of email messages sent to us by Lt. Tom Allman, on unpaid leave from the county Sheriff's Department and working for a United Nations- sponsored international police force in Kosovo. To the Editor: Greetings again from the Balkins. Things here are heating up politically, but to be quite honest, we would much rather things heat up weather wise! We still have about three inches of solid ice on all roads and sidewalks. The weather doesn't feel too cold on my walks to/from work, but the darn stuff won't melt. It just blows around. We had a "blizzard" for about three hours last night. The sky was clear of cloud, but the ground level wind was about 50 mph. Because all of the snow is so powdery, it was absolutely impossible to go anywhere outside. I was working in operations at the time of the blizzard, and a house was on fire about two miles from the main fire station. It took over 20 minutes just for the fire brigade to get to the fire,. No one was hurt, which made it a little better: I am sure that everyone has heard about,the USA staff sergeant who has been arrested for killing the 11-year-old girl. Our news about it is very limited (I read CNN on the 'Net for news), but as of right now, no real public outcries have been directed towards Americans. We can only hope thaj justice will be fast, and that the local population can see that we practice what we preach, regarding democracy and the responsibilities which come with it. ,1 We had a riot about five miles from Pristina yes : terday. Seems a car fired a RPG (rocket propelled grenade) into a mom and pop gas station. The explosive did not go off, and all of the occupants of the store ran out and started throwing rocks at every car which drove by (who could blame them!). A large riot followed (500-plus people) which lasted seven hours. The military had tanks and such, we had 25 cars and 50 policemen, and after everyone calmed down, it broke up. Np arrests, but more important, no injuries to anyone./We are hearing that there are 100 more Amerjr cans who will arrive next week. This is something that we are all looking forward to. For one thing, my group won't be the junior class anymore! Today (January 22) marks our 90-day stay, which means we are one-quarter through this mission. This is cause for a celebration! " ~ I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. It was so great to be in the states for 10 days. Believe me, seeing normal living makes us have hope that things are not crazy everywhere. ' r If you hear any breaking news about this place, and actually have the desire to know what is going on, I found a great web page which has breaking news - centraleurope.com. It has good stuff. <,'., My time on this computer has expired, so ta}k to ya' later. Tom Allman Kosovo Victims all, these winners are losers The Ukiah Daily Journal's email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Many commentators have noticed that nobody is responsible for anything any more, since everybody is a victim. But with all the lists of person of the year and man of the century, where is the list of victims of the year? Right here. The top 10: ~ Jeremy Strohmeyer. Convicted of the rape- murder of a 7-year-old girl in the women's bathroom of a Las Vegas casino, Strohmeyer went on "20/20" and portrayed himself as a heartbreakingly unloved, abused, whacked-out, drugged-out alcoholic who should not really be blamed for his crime. At his trial he blamed the following: a therapist; a former girlfriend; Los Angeles County adoption officials; his friend David Cash, for not intervening to stop the murder when he discovered the the assault in progress; and Las Vegas casinos, for allowing small children to play at arcades. ~ Michael Costanza. A TV show has taken his life, according to his lawyer. This bald, stocky Long Island real-estate agent says he is the model for the bald, stocky George Costanza on the recently retired NBC sitcom "Seinfeld." Claiming that he was defamed by the character, and that his real-estate sales have suffered because the TV Costanza was such a lout, the real-life Costanza is suing the Seinfeld show for $100 million. "They've taken a lot from him," said his lawyer. "They've taken his life." - Harold Crall. A Kentucky gynecologist, Crall surrendered his medical license in 1994 after having what he called "inappropriate contact with female patients." The licensing board let him resume practicing medicine, but only if he worked for the state corrections department and never saw another female patient. Now Crall claims he is a victim of sexual addiction and is suing his insurance company for $8,700 a month in disability benefits. The diagnosis of sexual addiction isn't recog- John Leo is a syndicated columnist. John Leo nized by the American Psychiatric Association. Many psychiatrists and psychologists consider it imaginary. But CralPs psychiatrist says, "There is no question in my mind, as with all addictions, a sexual addiction is a disease with genetic predisposition." (Coming next: disability claims from serial rapists.) -- Aaron McKinney. Charged in the torture and beating death of gay Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, McKinney said the drug methampheta- mine and "gay panic" syndrome made him do it. McKinney said Shepherd made sexual overtures, inducing an almost unconscious fury for which he was not really responsible. Prosecutor Cal Rerucha filed papers listing some of McKinney's problems apparently not covered by a "gay panic" defense: He had 40 criminal and traffic citations in Wyoming, some including criminal entry and making threats, and once allegedly offered to have a woman's ex-husband murdered. - Blaine Gamble and Deanna Emard. Gamble, charged with bank robbery in Pennsylvania, told the court he was a victim of cultural insanity, due to "unwarranted exposure, victimization and repetitive confrontation with white racism." Emard, a Canadian Indian, after being convicted in Vancouver of stabbing her common-law husband to death, told the court she should not go to prison, in part because "Indianness" made her do it. A 1996 Canadian penal law, citing the high number of aboriginal people behind bars, alloVvs light sentences for offenders who have suffered from barriers commonly faced by natives, such as alcoholism, drugs, physical abuse, poverty', -or attendance at a residential school for Indians. • ''• ~ Michael Griffin. On trial for killing abortion doctor David Gunn, Griffin blamed graphic phb 1 - tos of dismembered fetuses. His lawyer said Griffin had been "influenced" or "brainwashed" by anti-abortion leader John Burt. ~ James Moore. An upstate New York landscape gardener, Moore raped and strangled a 14- year-old girl in 1962 and was sentenced to Ijfe without parole. Last year he told a judge that he should be freed because insecticides made him tip it. He argued that the chemicals brought on "episodes of mania ... the true cause of th'e depraved act on the young girl I murdered." -- Pizza Hut. Feeling victimized by the hurtful pizza-box slogan of rival Papa John's ("Better ingredients, better pizza"), Pizza Hut sued in federal court and won. A jury in Dallas ruled that the Papa John's slogan was deceptive and must be removed from boxes and ads. ', -- Bill Clinton. In October, The Washington Post reported that Clinton sees himself as a victim of media bias. Citing "three people who haye talked politics with him recently," the Post report-, ed that Clinton was galled by George W. Bush's high standing in the polls, and is "disdainful,-too, of what he regards as the softball news coverage of Bush, comparing it with the harsh scrutiny he received, and attributing the difference to an-elitist bias in the media." This was the clearest positioning of Clinton.as victim since Arkansas writer Gene Lyons went on "Meet the Press" to argue that the Lewinsky involvement might be seen as "a totally innocent relationship in which the president was, in a sense, the victim of someone rather like-the woman who followed David Letterman aroi In response, columnist Michael Kelly wrote: poor man. The poor victim. My God, how he have suffered."
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