Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 29, 1993 · Page 2
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Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, June 29, 1993
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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1993 Perspectives THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To submit in opinion forum •rtld« (or th« Journal, t«tephon» Jim Smith, 46M510 Opinion. expr*t**d en the Pwtpeetlvet P«r« ar* Ihota of the author. Editorial* tr* lha opinion of lh» pipaf« •dHortai beam. Margaret Hoffman is a resident of Willits. The Dafly Journal allows readers to create their own editorial cartoons. The cartoons, however, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Daily Journal. Drawings must be scaled to fit in a 6K -inch wide by 5-Inch deep size and can be submitted In care of Dally Journal Editor Jim Smith, P.O. Box 749, or 590 S. School St, Uklah. Not dead yet Reports of Clinton tax bill death exaggerated By JIM LUTHER The Associated Press Don't hang the black crepe on President Clinton's deficit-reduction plan just yet. Despite all the rhetoric, he and the Democratic majority of Congress are not all that far apart. The House and Senate already have said yes to perhaps 85 percent of Clinton's proposed tax increases. And when negotiators come up with the final compromise, he has a good chance of pushing that to 90 percent — a victory in anybody's book. That doesn't mean he would be home-free. After all, Republicans are not about to stop reminding voters about all the tax increases, even if the lion's share is falling on the rich. Liberals will still complain about slowing the growth of spending for the sick and the poor. ?:'"•" Then; too, it may take a while to see whether the $500 billion package of tax increases and spending restraints over the next five years does what Clinton hopes for. But first things first. Sometime in the next five weeks negotiators from the Senate and House are likely to agree on a compromise that will meet Clinton's basic demands: at least $500 billion of deficit reduction, at least three- quarters of the burden falling on the rich, some incentives for job-creating investments and an energy tax. The big problems are obvious: • Compromising the House's $72 billion tax on electricity, natural gas, coal and petroleum products (about 8 cents on a gallon of gasoline, for example) with the Senate's 4.3-cent tax on gasoline and diesel that would raise $24 billion. • Making sure that a good part of the money raised by the energy compromise goes to rolling back some of the planned restraints on spending for Medicare. • Finding the proper mix of tax breaks for investment incentives. There has to be enough to cover the inner-city "enterprise zones" popular with the Congressional Black Caucus and some capital-gains cuts for small business without setting off liberals' cries about "new tax loopholes." The president's men were all over the weekend television shows urging patience for Clinton supporters and challenging any implications that his plan is dead. "You can't really make that conclusion until you see where all these pieces are," budget director Leon Panetta said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen said whatever energy tax emerges in the House-Senate conference committee compromise will seek to ease its impact on manufacturing "to the point it might lessen our competitiveness worldwide, to the point it might cost us jobs." "I think that is a serious concern, and it will be addressed," Bentsen said on CNN's "Newsmaker Sunday." And Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-H1., chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said he is surprised to hear House colleagues talking as if the Btu tax originally proposed by Clinton—and passed more or less intact by the House—is dead. "In the last two weeks and the President's never suggested to me that the Btu tax is dead," he said on "Meet the Press." State budget dribbles toward finality By JENNIFER KERR The Associated Press The state of California is like a large card table on which the Legislature and Gov. Pete Wilson have for a week been painstakingly assembling a huge jigsaw puzzle. Now, they're on their hands and knees, looking on the carpet for the elusive last few pieces to complete the puzzle that is the state budget. The 1993-94 fiscal year begins Thursday and Senate leaders hope to pass those last few bills before then. "The big deadline now is the beginning of the fiscal year," Senate President Pro Tern David Roberti, D- Los Angeles, said at the end of the Senate's latest all- night session last week. Last week was one nocturnal marathon after another for the Senate and Assembly. Both houses passed the actual $52.1 billion budget early in the LOCALLY OPERATED MEMBER DONREV MEDIA GROUP Donald W. Reynolds, Founder Ukiah Daify (U8P8 644-820) Joe Edwards, Publisher Jim Smith - Editor Yvonne Bell - Office Manager Dennis Wibon - Advertising Director Vic Martinez - Production Manager Eddie Sequeira - Retail Manager Ten Jackson - Circulation Manager Member Audit Bureau Of Circulations 1993 Member California Newspaper Publishers Association PubUlhed Daily siwpl Saturday by Ukiah Dally Journal at NO S. School St. Uklah, Merxtodno County. Cad. • Phone: (707) 468-0123. Court D*cr«* No. 9267. Publication f (USP8-646-920). Second-Clan Poataga PaH at UMah. CA -SUGGESTED MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION RATES- DELIVERY TYPE PRICE Walk/Bike Route $ 6.60 Motor Route $7.00 Moil in Mendocino County $10.00 Mail OuMde the County $1 a.60 All pricea Include 7/4% California State aaJestax. Motor Rout* and Mall Delivery muM b* paW In advance. Your Mwtpapir ihouM b* dt«yar*d bjfort 6 prn Monday through Friday, and btfer* 7 a.m. Sunday. Th»r» It no d*llv«ry on Saturday. To rtport a mlwtd MWIPIPK, cri thaClrcuWon &.««<«i • and \ p.m. *»*y through FrUmw MMM 7 and S a.m. Sunday. Saw tn». Dial POSTMASTER: Sand addrta* change* to: Uklah Box 749. UM*h CalHorola9»W. '. Saw tit*. NaldrM P07X68-36J3. Dally Journal, POM Office week, but it needs 21 companion bills that change various laws to work. The Republican governor says he won't sign the budget until he has all of the related bills, known around the Capitol as "trailer bills." The Assembly took several days and nights, but passed all the bills. The Senate did most of them, including a detested shift of $2.6 billion in property tax money from local governments to schools. The Senate also passed a bill to extend for six months the half-cent sales tax increase due to expire on Thursday and a constitutional amendment to ask November voters to extend it indefinitely to provide money for local governments. The major yet-unpassed bill would repeal the income tax credit for low- and moderate-income renters and save the state $400 million a year. Some senators also want to rewrite the complex formula that would distribute money from the proposed half-cent sales tax extension among cities, counties and special districts. Roberti said lawmakers might create yet another companion bill — sort of a "trailer to the trailer"—to alter the formula, if agreement can be reached. The all-night sessions made it difficult for legislative committees to hold normal meetings last week, but more are scheduled this week as lawmakers work to get their bills approved. The first of two rival smoking bills gets its first Senate hearing this week. LETTERS Board refuses to do its duty To the Editor: The County Schools Office will close its doors on July 1 unless the County Board of Education approves a budget or the state authorizes an interim operating budget Ordinarily, when there is a problem with the budget there is an understanding to just "Carry on" and work it out. However, County Board members have indicated that they will ask for charges to be brought against the County Superintendent for spending money since the County Board did not approve a budget I will immediately take steps to prepare for closing the County Schools Office, in case the state does not respond by July 1 and will immediately seek authorization from the state to operate with an interim budget, so that school services will not be disrupted. I don't believe that the County Board's refusal to perform their legal duties by not approving a balanced budget, means that monies authorized to be spent by the Superintendent are not appropriate. However, since it is not absolutely clear in law, and there is no precedence, I am not willing to take the risk that continuing to operate the County Office without a budget is lawful. Education Code 1622 states that after holding a public hearing the Board shall adopt a budget. Since the Board built the budget and gave no reason for not adopting the budget, I believe they have failed to perform their sworn duty as elected public officials for arbitrary and capricious reasons. The law is clear that the Board shall adopt a budget; they have no choice. To not approve the budget because they do not like the superintendent or what the superintendent does is not their choice. If they do not like what the superintendent is doing, there is a method for handling this, it is called an election. The County Board does not have the right to subvert the legal process or their duties. It is time the County Board be held accountable for their bizarre and infantile behavior. The County Board was involved in every step of the development of this budget, which included special board meetings. This budget is, in effect, the County Board's budget. Everything that the Board wanted was put in the budget. The problem is not with the budget. The budget is balanced, has more than adequate reserves and is a reasonable budget. The problem is that the County Board wants to have the same power as a district Board of Education. Since they cannot get it legally and die voters of Mendocino County voted not to let them have more power, they are trying to gain power through "holding their breath and turning blue," publicity stunts and technicalities. The consequences of this are wide ranging. Not only will the summer school programs of the County Schools Office be disrupted, but since the County Schools Office processes the payroll and bills for the districts, the School Districts' will not be able to process their bill payments or payroll. You would think the Board would be embarrassed by behaving like spoiled children. They are so much into trying to get power and control, they even repudiate their own work and the work of all the employees of the County Office who have worked hard to develop a balanced budget in these very tough times. Of course, there are some Board members who are not embarrassed at all, because their agenda is not control, but disruption and controversy. The County Board is once again showing its contempt and non-support of the County Office educational programs and education through a spiteful and vindictive failure to perform their duty to the public and education. The only possible excuse for not approving a budget the Board helped author is just another infantile attempt to "get at" the County Superintendent and play to a sensation seeking press. Jack Ward Superintendent of Schools City landfill: a few facts To the Editor: I feel compelled to respond to Mayor Fred Schneiter's June 16 paid advertisement regarding the city's landfill operation. Here are a few facts omitted from Mayor Schneiter's "letter:" • The landfill operating permit issued by the state Integrated Waste Management Board is to be renewed/reviewed/updated every five years or at any time a major change in operations occur; i.e. tonnage received, class of materials received, relocation of operations, etc. Under these standards the permit, at the very least, should have been renewed in 1984 and 1989. The current renewal activity is almost 10 years late. . . . • The 1979 permit referenced in the mayor's letter was obtained fraudulently. The application submitted to the state for the renewal clearly misrepresented the surrounding land use by stating said use to be cattle grazing within 1,000 feet of the landfill perimeter. nan . • At some point during the late 1980s the landfill operation relocated its sediment and leachate ponds. The new location was the existing stream bed. To accommodate the ponds a new stream channel was constructed by bulldozing through the base of the adjacent mountain. The landfill is annually a source of "massive" erosion, depositing sediment into the stream traversing the landfill and migrating to the Russian River. • Routinely, over the years, both the sediment and leachate ponds have overflowed into the stream. On more than one occasion, witnesses have observed leachate being siphoned out of the pond and into the stream. • Contrary to the representation of the mayor and EBA Wastechnologies, a third party review of their investigative activities finds them lacking sufficient data to draw much of any conclusion regarding the nature and movement of toxics within and around the landfill. In fact, the" investigative process, at best, has been piecemeal and clearly amateurish. While it is possible to extend this list further, the point I want to make is twofold. First, it is evident the city landfill operates under a different set of standards than the private sector. As an example, look at Masonite — the playing field is obviously not level. A private party could not possibly operate as the city has done. Secondly, the landfill represents a substantial liability for the city, and it appears everything is being done by city officials to deny and stall the recognition of this liability. Over the years the landfill has contributed significantly to the city's general fund with little if any reserve built up to deal with future liabilities. I can hardly wait for the headlines announcing the necessity for new fees to offset the inevitable liability costs due to the city's negligent operations. Don't forget, the city acts as its own lead agency in reviewing the landfill operations. Those of us with common sense know well the shortcomings of the fox guarding the henhouse. It's easy to understand how the city gives itself such a glowing review of its own operations. Miles Crail Ukiah DAILY JOURNAL READER SERVICES CARTOONING — The Ukiah Daily Journal makes its editorial cartoon space available for local cartoon commentary. Drawings should be poignant and witty but in good taste. They must be done in pen and ink and drawn proportionally so they can be reproduced in a space no wider than 6'/4 inches. All submissions must be signed with the author's name, address and telephone number, although only the name will be printed. Unsigned, or anonymous drawings will be rejected. Drawings and cartoons can be submitted in care of Daily Journal Editor Jim Smith, P.O. Box 749, or 590 S. School St., Ukiah. READER ADVISORY GROUP: The Ukiah Daily Journal has a Reader Advisory Committee to help it in addressing reader concerns and making the paper more relevant to residents. Members of the 1992-93 committee and phone numbers where they can be reached are: Byron Phillips, 463-1714; Alice McLennan, 462-2456; William Smith, 462-3385; Romulo Rivera, 462-3648; Dan Bailey, 485-7473; Robert Parker, 485-5253; Susan Johnson, 468-8040; Don Madden, 462-2695. READER OBSERVER PROGRAM: The Ukiah Daily Journal has a once monthly Reader Observer Program that allows members of the community to spend a morning at the paper watching the news department at work. People interested in watching how stories and photographs are assigned, written, edited and put into the paper, are invited to telephone the editor at 468-0123 for information. JOURNAL TOURS: The Ukiah Daily Journal regularly sponsors tours of its facilities to local school groups or other organizations. The tours give members of the public an opportunity to see how the paper is put together and printed. Those participating can witness how classified and display advertising is placed in the paper, news stories are assigned and written, and then see how all the information makes it into the daily paper. For touring information, telephone Jim Smith, 468-3500. JOURNAL SPEAKERS BUREAU: The Daily Journal has available a "Speakers Bureau" of people who are available to speak to local community service organizations about publishing, advertising sales, marketing, writing and editing in general; or about editorial philosophy and local news coverage. Representatives from the Journal are willing to talk to local clubs and community-service organizations, elementary, middle, high school and college classes and other organizations. For information, telephone 468-3500 and ask for Publisher Joe Edwards. -Doonesbury •BY GARRY TRUDEAU — WHAT? OH...UH... DOW HAVf APf&AM? IT'SJUffT APrWM? ANBHTtf® CHOCOATZ CAK2, FRUIT 7H/5/& &WPI APR&M,

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