Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 29, 1993 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, June 29, 1993
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Ukiah Daily ^m -^^r- ^ m • • •» tUfu^f ^i"m i • *"** ^^f ournal Colt League baseball Mendo Mill, Savings Bank win Monday night games/Page 8 11993, Donrey MM« Gtoup Tuesday, June 29, 1993 18 pages Volume 133 Number 62 25 Cents tax included MENDOCINO COUNTY S LARGEST NEWSPAPER DAYBREAK Jeff Kirk Calmer lifestyle soothes his soul Jeff Kirk has lived in Mendocino County for about 10 years. "I've seen firsthand the changes going on here and am happy to be a part of it," he said. His hobbies include recording nature on video, programming computers, and creating electronic art, like computer graphic animations and technical drawings. 'The best thing I enjoy about being in this area is that it is still a relatively calm place to live in comparison to some major cities," he said. TIDBITS • The California Department of Forestry, Mendocino Ranger Unit, will suspend any current debris burning permits that have been issued this year 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. • Because of the possibility of capacity enrollment in elementary schools on traditional calendars, parents are urged by UUSD school officials to enroll their children in the district's two year-round schools. Frank Zeek and Nokomis schools begin the 1993-94 year for three of their four tracks on July 6. Telephone 463-5245 or 463-5242 for information. LOTTO/DECCO DAILY 3: Monday—2, 9, 5. DECCO: Monday—hearts, 7; dubs, 3; diamonds, 7; spades, ace. CORRECTION • ThtUU«hD*lh/Joum*lu*Mtril*»pK« to cornel orrart or rah* ctaritlettloM to MM wllclM. SlgnHlcwn error* In obHuiriM or birth •nnouneimiflti will rwult In reprint- Ing ol trw tntlra Horn. Error* mmr bt i*port«d to th* editor!!! dopwlimnl, 4W-3MO. WEATHER Outlook: Sunny Temperatures Yesterday's high Overnight low Last year's high 79 51 70 58 Last year's low Rainfall As of 8 a.m. today .00 Season to 6/29 46.68 Last year to 6/29 28.03 The .Dally is mad* I'om at least 40 ptrcsnt cl#d rwwiprint. i Ink l» also oivourhan*. 7"' ConipM« «h« loop and r«cyd» your papsr. State agrees to investigate Ward By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer The State Department of Education says it will investigate Mendpcino County Office of Education Superintendent Jack Ward's spending habits and his treatment of the Board of Education. In a letter to County School Board President Nice Alterman, California's Deputy Superintendent Robert Agee said the state will soon send a team to Mendocino County to look into the board's claims that Ward: • Overspent the 1992-93 board- approved budget by $500,000. • Transferred unappropriated budget funds without board approval. • Spent those transferred unappropriated funds on projects that were not approved by the board. • Overspent his travel budget and exceeded expense controls put on him by the board. • Refused to meet with the board on budget matters. • Did not provide the board with reasonable staff support. The investigation has been called in response to a June 15 letter written by Alterman to California's Acting Superintendent Dave Dawson. Alterman said she has complained to the state for months about Ward and she's glad they're sending a fiscal team in. "I was glad to finally hear from them," she said this morning. "Maybe this will put Ward on notice, if nothing else." Agee is second in command under Dawson. Agee's letter says the alleged "persistent and serious violations" show an "acute" need for state intervention, an action, he wrote, the state "does not often" take. Alterman said she has tried to impress upon state officials the board's frustration with Ward's spending, and wanted to know whether it was legal for him to spend under a so-called revised budget the board never approved. The board approved a June 1992 budget, but was handed a September version re- See MCOE, Back Page MENDOCINO LOST AND FOUND , -« ^y> ,% • , ' A ;-. VJ ' ' '* ' V- '' '\- »> ' * '" X ' ' ' Members of the year-old Mendocino Lost and Found Club look for pre-hldden coins and special tokens for Roly Shiipe-Bntth/The Daily Joumil prizes donated by local merchants at Saturday's metal detecting hunt at Low Gap Regional Park. Finders, keepers, hunt with beepers By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer Perhaps you could call them 20th century hunters and gatherers. They call themselves Mendocino Lost and Found. This club of 32 people led by founder Ray Inman are metal detector enthusiasts who pride themselves on skill, luck, curiosity, and general helpfulness. "We'll find anything for you," Inman said. "We find jewelry for people, we sometimes help the city find underground valves, we even help the sheriff or police when they're looking for gun We'll find anything for you. We find jewelry for people, we sometimes help the city find, underground valves, we even help the sheriff or police when they're looking for gun shells or other things. — Ray Inman shells or other things." Inman said the club, which he started a year ago with 11 people, never goes anywhere it hasn't been invited or that isn't open to them publicly. With a network of members in Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma counties they can help a lot of people find things. But the members of Mendoci- no Lost and Found are also looking for their own treasures. Old coins and other antique trinkets are especially exciting finds. Inman and his wife went to England in May for an international gathering of metal detector enthusiasts and found, among other things, a hammered silver coin authenticated as minted during the reign of King Edward I around 1272. The hobby can cost a beginner about $ 100 in equipment but serious folks spend upwards of $1,000 for the latest styles which See DETECTORS, Back Page Experiment to make short kids taller resumes LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Institutes of Health has resumed recruiting for an experiment to make short but healthy children taller by giving them a synthetic growth hormone, it was reported today. Researchers are enrolling 80 volunteers as young as 9, despite ethical questions about the legitimacy of treating shortness as a medical condition, the Los Angeles Times reported. NIH officials said the research is needed to judge the safety and efficacy of a drug that pediatricians have prescribed to as many as 15,000 children — at least half of whom get the growth hormone only because they are substantially shorter than their playmates, the Times said. Two groups were expected to seek a federal court injunction today to halt the experiment. "It is the first time the NIH has exposed healthy children to risk in order to make a scientific point," said Jeremy Rifkin, director of the Washington-based Foundation on Economic Trends, which planned to seek the injunction along with the 3,000-member Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The NIH research was suspended last year by Dr. Bemadine Healy, the outgoing director, while it was reviewed by an independent safety panel. Permission to resume was granted last month after the panel endorsed the experiment's scientific merit. "There is substantial evidence that extreme short stature carries distinct disadvantages, including functional impairment and psychological stigmatization," the panel said. Some medical experts argue that shortness is a social rather than a medical concern. "If the disease is being short, See SHORT, Back Page In effort to save money, Assembly limits bills SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Assembly members will be limited to introducing 50 bills each in a two-year session under a self- imposed rule change. Backers said the Assembly's first bill limit, passed Monday, will save taxpayers money. However, several Republicans said the limit was too high. The current average is 53 bills per Assembly member each two- year session, said Assemblywoman Margaret Snyder, D-Modesto and author of the rule change. "I think it behooves us to put limits on ourself because we have to go out to our constituents and say we've bitten the bullet ourselves ... we've taken some cuts too," Snyd- er said. The Assembly voted 61-8 to adopt her resolution. "I think 50 is far too many," said Assemblyman Dean Andal, R- Stockton. "We could do less damage to our constituents if we pass fewer bills." However, an attempt by Andal to lower the two-year limit to 25 bills per lawmaker failed on a 26-37 vote. The Senate, under a rule adopted in 1991, limits senators to 65 bills in a two-year session. However, the Assembly has never before restricted the number of bills introduced, said Bob Connelly, chief administrative officer to the Assembly Rules Committee. Snyder said the legislative analyst calculated that each bill costs an average of $13,733. While the average is 53 bills, she said some members in the 80-seat house introduce more than 70 bills in a two-year session. Assemblyman John Burton, D- San Francisco, said the limit wpuld encourage lawmakers to be "a little more discerning" in introducing legislation. "It isn't going to be earthshaking in its damage or its benefit, but it's going to be a step in the right direction," Burton said. The rule change will allow some exceptions. Assembly members who have already intro-luced 30 or more bills this year v/ill be able to carry another 20 bills in 1994, the second year of this legislative session. Moreover, the rule doesn't apply to constitutional amendments, resolutions or committee-authored ibills. The Rules Committee also 'could grant waivers to lawmakers to exceed the limit. Some Assembly members opposed the cap, saying it could Ihurt their ability to represent their districts. Assemblyman Curtis Tucker Jr., |D-Inglewood, scoffed at some Republicans who boasted that they 'carry about 10 bills a year. "That's because they haven't had more than 10 good ideas in a year's time," Tucker said. COUNTY BUDGET Gas tax fund eyed to ease shortfall Sheriffs Dept., jail expected to be hit hard By QLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff wrttsr County officials are considering unusual and potentially illegal tactics to balance their $89.7 million proposed budget, which is $3.4 million away from being balanced Most of the shortfall will be made up via employee layoffs, furloughs and salary and benefits cuts. But at a budget meeting with supervisors Monday, County Administrative Officer Mike Scannell also suggested using money that doesn't technically belong to the county — about $1 million in gas tax monies. According to Proposition 111, the gas tax legislation, the county is supposed to dedicate about $600,000 to road repairs before it can collect the money. However, there's a provision that could allow counties to petition a committee to forego the spending requirement if they're in severe financial straits, county Auditor-Controller Dennis Huey noted. He said Scannell requested a committee hearing four months ago, but that a committee has yet to be formed. See COUNTY, Back Page Charges filed in Father's Day shooting By LOIS O'ROURKE Journal staff wrttsr A criminal complaint has been issued for an 18-year-old man police believe fired one round into a car — narrowly missing the driver —just before a concert at Todd Grove Park June 20. Charges were filed Monday against Larry Commander, of Hopland, who is wanted for attempted murder and assault with a firearm charges for an assault on Jesus Martinez of Ukiah. Commander also faces three special allegations, two that he personally used a firearm and one that he used a deadly weapon on a human being. The complaint, filed in Mount Sanhedrin Municipal Court, stated that Commander will be ineligible for probation if the third special allegation is found to be true. Court records stated police immediately knew Commander was a suspect when three of four people detained at the scene and later questioned at the police station identified him as the shooter. According to a report written by Officer Sean Kaeser, Kaeser was responding to the park for a complaint of loud music when the officer approached a red vehicle in the 600 block of Live Oak Street. Kaeser then saw the suspect fire one round into the red vehicle. The report stated the suspect lowered his handgun, looked in the officer's direction, turned left and threw the gun into a green vehicle through the driver's side passenger Set SHOOTING. Back Pag*

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