Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 17, 1987 · Page 1
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MAGIC NUMBER Giants blast past Houston 7-1 Page 11 Tomki Road garage burns to the ground Page 2 WEATHER H L 87 46 MENDOCINO COUNTY - Fair LJfcTyeaf 71 S3 tonight, lows in the upper 30s to Rainfall lower 50s. Decreasing winds along overnight rainfall the north coast and light winds else- 0.00 where. Sunny Friday, highs in the year to date 00.00 upper SOs to mid-60s. |_ as | year 00.00 Ukiah Daily Thursday, September 17,1987 ^Journal 1987, Donrey, Inc. Vol. 127 No. 129 18 pages Serving Mendocino County, Calif. 25 Cents De Martini to head schools By SUZI BRAKKEN Journal Staff WrHw Don De Martini has been named the new superintendent of the Ukiah Unified School District. The Ukiah Board of Education has offered De Martini a near three-year contract that begins on Oct. 1 and extends to June 30,1990. The official vote on the contract will be held at next Tuesday's meeting. De Martini, 54, has been Ukiah Unified's deputy superintendent of instruction for the past 16 years. He was chosen over candidate Lawrence Lekander, who is a superintendent of a high school district in Salinas. Ukiah School Board President Pat Hartley indicated Lekander was not chosen because he had no administrative background in elementary education. "After much deliberation, we decided that De Martini would make a very good superintendent," Hartley said. She said De Martini's past experience in the district and qualifications were among the reasons he was picked. Hartley indicated that De Martini was not unanimously chosen by the board. "That will probably come out on Tuesday, she said. De Martini said this morning he was delighted with the board's decision. "I feel like I've landed a plum. Ukiah's my home," he said. The new superintendent said he is very proud of Ukiah's school system in which students have done well scholastically for years. "In general, children in this district (have performed) roughly 65 percent above other districts," he said. De Martini said he plans no immediate changes for the district, but rather intends to consolidate and take an introspective look at what already exists in the^ district. \ He added that he wants to develop a consensus about the district's short and long-range goals. De Martini has worked under a number of superintendents in the district, including George Gustafson, who recently left the district to take a job in Illinois. The school board's failure to support Gustafson illustrated that the community held strongly divided opinions about his performance. "There may have to be a healing bf wounds," De Mattini commented about taking over Gustafson's spot "The name of the game is not politics, the name of the game is the education of children," De Martini went on. "I'm not here to divide, to take stands, or to take a high pro- Tile. My heart is in the classroom. I want to do everything I can to have a viable system parents will be proud of and want to support." Concerning the district's extremely tight fiscal situation, De Martini said he would support bringing in an short-term advisor who could help the district stretch dollars. "The budget problem will probably be a problem for some time to come," De Martini said. We want to make sure we are well within the budget and that there are no economic surprises." De Martini said he is pleased that the school board hired from within the district. Many administrators in the past have been hired from other districts, causing sore feelings from some members of the community. "They still looked at candidates at face value," De Martini said of the board's interview process. Agreed Hartley, "We were still looking for the best person for the job." De Martini is married to Cecilia De Martini, who is a teacher of bilingual students at Ukiah High School. Fluent in Spanish and French, Mrs. De Martini also teaches at Mendocino College. The couple have three children, all of whom currently attend Ukiah schools. De Martini is a past president and current secretary of the Ukiah Rotary Club. He is also a member of St. Mary's parish, is an avid swimmer and can be seen driving a white Triumph Spitfire convertible. De Martini begins his duties on Oct. 1. He will earn an annual salary of $83,800, which includes a $70,000, base salary, 5 percent tax-sheltered annuity, and health and welfare benefits. The school board plans to begin an immediate search for De Martini's replacement, both inside and outside the district. New report concludes: County jail must expand By RANDY FOSTER Journal SUH Writer The Mendocino County Jail has* reached its capacity, and it will be three or more years before additional accomodations are completed, according to a report just released. A two-phase jail construction program to alleviate anticipated overcrowding of the jail is recommended in the report and will be considered by county supervisors on Sept. 22. To take advantage of state jail bond funds, the county's plan must be submitted to the state Board of Corrections by the end of the month. The report was put together over the past nine months by the county jail advisory committee and a private consulting firm. According to the report, the county will need 305 jail beds by 1997, 150 more than currently available. The first phase of jail expansion would boost total capacity by 38 medium-security single cells for men and 32 single cells for women, and would include a new laundry. A portion of the existing jail now being used for minimum security ping use r ould be would be torn down and portions nfw occupied by administrative offices would be converted to jail cells. A new site for the administrative offices would have to be found, a problem not addressed in the study. Phase two would add 48 dormitory beds for men to the phase one construction and two 24-bed "special housing units" for prisoners needing separate housing because of medical or mental health problems. ' _ Cost of the first phase of the recommended addition is $3.3 mil 1 lion. The county has $2.7 million available from Proposition 52 and* local matching funds, $1.3 million short of anticipated costs. The second phase will cost an estimated $2.2 million. No funding has been earmarked for that phase. The 100-page report made several recommendations to improve jail conditions and services. To keep jail populations lower, '• several alternatives to incarceration are recommended, including expanded use of county parole and work in lieu of jail programs. It also suggests release of suspects awaiting trial who. meet certain requirements andjdealing with people who fail to show, for traffic citations short of jailing them. Arms treaty talks go into afternoon Evin Ichnicn New Ukiah Unified School Superintendent, Don De Martini, is escorted by student Marcla Hewlett after he spoke to Yokayo iry School students Wednesday as part of the Constitution, inlal Celebration. WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid signs of progress, Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevard- nadze decided today to continue their talks in quest of a nuclear weapons treaty. "We're moving ahead across the full range of issues," said Charles E. Redman, the State Department spokesman. "History is in the making," Gennady Gerasimov, the Soviet spokesman said, "We must wait a little bit." The original plan had been to wind up the talks at about noon. Shultz and Shevardnadze were then to hold separate news conference. But in mid-afternoon, it was annnounced that the two would continue meeting. Redman described the talks in Shultz's seventh floor office as constructive, positive and forward- moving. He said the two had decided it was worthwhile to continue through the afternoon and possibly into the evening. Gorbachev said in Moscow that an agreement to eliminate intermediate-range missiles could be worked out this year. After five hours of talks that preceded .a dinner.in his honor Wednesday night at the State Depart-: ment, Shevardnadze told reporters, "I think we are now discussing all these questions more constructively than previously." Shevardnadze said Wednesday he was "looking with optimism" toward the possibility for another superpower summit. Both sides agree that a summit should be held only if final agreement is reached' on banning U.S. and Soviet intermediate-range missiles. Gorbachev and President Reagan last met in October 1986 in Iceland. For his part, Shultz reported "some progress" in arms talks between U.S. and Soviet experts. State Department spokesman Charles .Redman described the talks as "constructive, positive, thorough and businesslike." After a midday news conference today by Shultz, Shevardnadze was to meet with reporters in the late afternoon at the Soviet Embassy. Farm workers take the day off Tree ordinance studied of future talks A chance to see the pope ^^ » B ^^ w ^^ • ^^ w^^** * ™^^ _ 4^%vPT*i?n Y? I LJ P / A i^\ nni«— A«_xJn A fc^ A u i By PETER PAGE Journal SUfl Writer Ukiah will pay a little more to its redevelopment consultants to work with the county government on the possible locations for county facilities downtown. The redevelopment study in the works now envisions new county offices on the east side of State Street, directly across from the current courthouse. It is considered critical to the redevelopment effort that county offices remain downtown. City Planning Director Mike Harris reported that he is meeting with the county assessor and auditor to determine the amount of u* income the redevelopment agency can expect, once the district is formally established. The tax increment is used to repay a bond, which will pay for improvements such as new parking facilities and better traffic controls. MONTEREY (AP)—Thousands of field workers from the nation's "salad bowl" arose even earlier than usual on Thursday for what many called the event of a lifetime — a chance to see the pope. "It's the most important day of my life," said Roberto Garcia of nearby Salinas, who arrived at about 3 a.m. PDT. "I don't know ho w else to describe it." Garcia was among more than 3,000 employees of Bud's of California who attended the Laguna Seca Raceway mass courtesy of the Salinas-based grower of lettuce, cauliflower and celery. Bud's gave all its workers the day off, along with free tickets and free transportation in 44 buses. Caps emblazoned with the name Bud's and "Bienvenido Papa Juan Pablo" were visible in the crowd. "I feel real happy to be here," said Gerardo Garcia, 22, who works in the lettuce fields for Bud's. "The fact that you're going to see him in person makes you feel closer to God" An estimated 31,000 farm workers labor in local fields. The Diocese of Monterey says about 90 percent are Catholic, although many couldn't attend the Mass on Thursday because of the harvest or because the, couldn't afford the $15 bus fare even if they had the day off. Isabel Wojciak, a housewife from the Sacramento- area town of Elk Grove, said she shared the joy of the farm workers who attended with her. "We were hugging and shouting this morning when we realized we were finally going," she said. "This is something I will never forget." Recorded bells pealed as the pope toured the track at Laguna Seca Raceway in the bullet-proof "pope- mobile," then took shelter to change into his vestments for the Mass before an estimated 72,000 people. A L .ally fog lorced the pope to travel to the track by motorcade instead of helicopter from Monterey Airport, where he was greeted by local dignitaries, including actor-Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood. But by the time the pope arrived at the track, the obscuring fog had burned off and the sun washed over the throng as the pope prepared for mass. The pope emerged from a long white tent at 10:33 8.m. PDT, walking slowly down a white pathway lined with thousands of red petunias to face the hushed expectant crowd. He touched the hands of a small group pressing forward beneath the raised altar. Then, leaning on a staff, he continued gesturing with his familiar palms-up wave before mounting the altar to begin mass. Some in the crowd came just to be part of a happening, while others had higher hopes. By PETER PAGE Journal SUH Writer Ukiah, the town that owes it's existence in part to the surrounding forests, is taking steps to encourage forests within tho city. The City Council Wednesday night introduced an ordinance that will require street trees to be planted as part of any new development. "This brings me a lot more joy than most ordinances," said City Manager D. Kent Payne. City staff has written and rewritten ten drafts of the ordinance over the past two years, he added. The ordinance requires the planting of street trees and their maintenance for one year as a condition bf subdividing property. Trees must be selected from a "master tree list" that specifies 18 species deemed suitable for city streets. Another list will be established specifing which species should be planted on which streets, Payne said. The city has had a de facto street tree policy for some time. Most notably, the final phase of the Sierra Sunset subdivision was required to plant street trees. Under the ordinance, it will be illegal for private citizens to damage trees or remove them without city permission. The trees on the list are: Washington thorn, Wilson holly, the autumn gold variety of the maidenhair tree, crepe myrtle, glossy privet, Chinese sweet gum (also known as liquid amber), mayten tree, toyon, pink flowering plum, crimson maple, Schwedler maple, Italian alder, Chinese hackberry, camphor tree, silver dollar eucalyptus, Chinese .pistache, holly oak, and sawlear zechoya. It is unclear how the list conforms with a requirement of the city general plan encouraging the use of drougm insistent, California native vegetation for landscaping. Local nurseries are being contacted for suggestions about the tree list. The council will hold a public hearing on the ordinance at its next meeting.

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