Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 30, 1993 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Fidelity National comes back to beat Miller/Page 6 e 1093, Donmy Media Group Wednesday, June 30, 1993 Volume 133 Number 63 25 cents tax included MENDOCINO COUNTY'S LARGEST NEWSPAPER DAYBREAK Anne Mayea Enjoys working for environment Anne Mayea has lived in Ukiah for three years. She enjoys hiking, reading and showing dogs. She is the circulation manager and stock coordinator at Real Goods and says she enjoys her work because "I feel I'm helping the environment." TIDBITS The City of Ukiah's Electric Department, through its Watt-Watcher Energy Conservation Program, will be giving away free low-flow showerheads. As of Thursday, City of Ukiah utility customers can bring in their old showerhead and trade it for a new, low-flow, four-way adjustable showerhead. The low-flow showerheads allow customers to reduce their water consumption, and those customers with electric hot water heaters to reduce water heating energy costs. CUED has also announced the addition of an appliance rebate to its Watt-Watcher Program. Until July 1, 1994, City of Ukiah utility customers can receive a $100 rebate for purchasing an energy efi- cient refrigerator. • The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is sponsoring a summer food service program for children. Free meals will be made available to attending children under 19 years old. Children who are receiving food stamps or are on food distribution programs as part of Indian reservation households or AFDC are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. The meals will be provided at the Coyote Valley Tribal Center, 7751 N. State St., Redwood Valley. Telephone 485-8723 for information. LOTTO/DECCO DAILY 3: Tuesday—2. 9, 2. DECCO: Tuesday —hearts, jack; clubs, queen; diamonds, 2; spades, jack. FANTASY 5: Tuesday—20, 26, 27, 38. 39. WEATHER Outlook: Warmer Temperatures Yesterday's high Overnight low Last year's high Last year's low Rainfall As of 8 a.m. today .00 Season to 6/30 46.68 Last year to 6/30 28.78 86 54 61 57 The Dally Journal Is made trom at l««»t 40 p»rcem recycled newsprint. RuWree Ink It also used to keep th» Ink on the paper trwead ofyourrwnda. —-•»»— Cornplit«thelooparKlrecydeyourpaper. Change of venue asked in murder trial By LOIS O'ROURKE Journal staff writer The defense attorney for a man accused of stabbing to death a Redwood Valley Water District worker last January is asking the trial be moved from Mendocino County. Public Defender Ronald Brown has filed a change of venue motion in Mendocino County Superior Court in the murder trial of Troy Harden, 22, of Willits, saying there is a "reasonable likelihood that a fair and impartial trial of this matter cannot be had in this county." Harden is facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the Jan. 22 stabbing death of Larry Stephenson, 47, of Upper Lake, at the Redwood Valley Water District's pumping station on Lake Mendocino. Harden's brother Ron Harden, 20, and another man, John Jensen, 22, both of Willits, are charged with being accessories to murder. Troy Harden is also charged with misdemeanor assault and battery in connection with an assault on a 68-year-old man at Coyote Dam just a few hours before Stephenson's estimated time of death. In the motion, Brown cites media coverage that "was extensive and pervasive" and a community that has "reacted to the offenses charged with fear and hostility." Brown also cites a survey conducted in Mendocino County this spring by Dr. Edward Bronson, a social scientist from Chico, that concluded 85.3 percent of 401 residents surveyed had recognized the Harden case and 58.8 percent believed Harden was either "definitely or probably guilty" of the murder. Brown also wrote in his motion Stephenson was a prominent member of the community, and according to media accounts Jan. 30, 200 people attended his funeral. Other media accounts, Brown wrote, provided testimonials to Stephenson's popularity in the community. See MOTION, Bock Page Attorneys try to recoup election challenge fees By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer Attorneys who represented 4th District Supervisor Liz Henry during a court battle over election results are asking her opponent, Heather Drum, to pay them $50,000. If the award is given, it will discourage others from challenging the system, Drum's attorney, Chris Neary, said after arguments for and against the case were presented in Superior Court Tuesday. "I think nobody would ever take the risk of challenging an election," he said. "And I don't think that's good." Drum contested the November election results after losing to Henry by one vote. A recount gave Henry a three-point lead, but Drum sued Dec. 8, naming Henry and County Clerk-Recorder Marsha Young. The suit alleged Young had wrongly ruled 21 ballots invalid and that a number of people who voted in the district didn't live in it. The issue of where people voted was never really addressed during the court hearings. The judge ultimately found in Young's favor, leaving Henry the winner in the supervisor race. Henry's attorneys, Steve Antler and Susan Jordan, later filed a request that Drum pay for their services, although they had volunteered to represent Henry at little, or no charge. .Their fees are $27,000 — $22,000 for defending Henry and $5,000 for the case to recover their fees — but they are also asking for double the amount on the first case because of its urgent nature. In court documents, they said they had only 16 days to prepare for and try the case, resulting in their other work being temporarily dropped, according to the case file. Jordan's fees were $200 an hour. Antler's were $125 an hour. Henry said she prefers the election issue not come up again. However, "they did spend a lot of time and effort. It's hard for me to say no," to their request, she said. In Superior Court Tuesday, Antler said Drum should pay because "the work was necessitated by the See ATTORNEYS, Back Page CAFFEINE TO GO Roly Shaipe-Bruh/rho Daily Joumil Wendy Lane greets customers at the window of the Espresso Stop, her new drive- through cafe In the Yokayo shopping center. New business revs customers' motors By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer It's early morning and you're running late for work — no time to brew your gourmet coffee and make breakfast. But that's no reason to suffer. You can still get that morning caffeine rush—or nutritious fruit drink — and something to eat at the Espresso Stop, in what used to be a drive-through photo developer in the Yokayo shopping center. Wendy Lane, 28, a Ukiah native, is there, ready to make just about any coffee concoction — hot or cold — her drive- through customers can think of, from regular cappuccinos to chocolate mint cafe lattes. People looking for a less speedy morning can get their coffee drinks decaffeinated or try herb tea or one of the varieties of juices and sodas. Lane's offerings include fruit Juliuses, grape and orange juice, slushies and Italian sodas in eight flavors. Food choices include muffins, coffee cake, cinnamon rolls and Cappuccino carts may soon be OK'd SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Senate has sent the governor a bill that would allow street vendors to sell cappuccino and other trendy espresso drinks. The final vote was 33-0 for the bill by Sen. Michael Thompson, D-Vallejo. Current law allows street carts and trucks to sell specific items, such as hot dogs and ice cream. The bill would add coffee and cocoa-based drinks with milk and cream to the list. Thompson says some counties have been allowing the carts, but others have strictly interpreted state health laws and refused to issue permits. If signed by Gov. Pete Wilson, the bill will take effect immediately. croissants. She even has doggie bones for her customers' furry companions. Lane was born in Ukiah but hasn't always lived here. She's taught English in Japan, managed a troop of waitresses in San Diego and worked at a cre- pery in Sacramento. Lane got the idea for converting the tiny one-hour photo developing place into a drive-through cafe in Seattle, the so-called coffee capital of the West Coast. And "I thought it would be fun to give Ukiah a taste of some good coffees," she said Her coffee drinks are brewed from Thanksgiving coffee. Lane opened the Espresso Stop May 1. She plans to open another one in Cloverdale. Most of her customers are "mommies" who don't have the time to get out of the car and go into cafes with the kids, Lane said. See ESPRESSO, Back Page Biggin Covelo educator runs for MCOE post By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer Saying she's tired of the negative image of public education in Mendocino County, Sally W. Biggin, superintendent of the Round Valley Unified School District in Covelo an nounced today that she is a candidate for the job of county superintendent of schools now held by Jack Ward. Biggin made her announcement at a meeting in Willits with a group of local business and community supporters and said she was announcing early because of the "public's frustration with the current direction of the county school's office and the negative image that continues to dominate the educational community." The election for county superintendent comes in June 1994, with a run-off if necessary in November. Biggin said if elected she would "re-establish a healthy working relationship with the county school board." Communication, she said, is among the most important tasks ahead for the next superintendent. Her platform states also an emphasis on "character," "community," and "cooperation." Biggin began her career in education 24 years ago as principal- teacher of a one-room schoolhouse in Humboldt County. For 16 years she worked in the Klamath-Trinity Unified School District and lived on the Hoopa Reservation. During her years there she served as classroom teacher, special education teacher and elementary school vice principal. She left her job there as high school principal four years ago to become Round Valley's superintendent. Biggin noted that she arrived in Covelo during a controversial time. According to Daily Journal files, See CANDIDATE, Back Page Former bank employee pleads innocent Bubwi VMcancdlotrTte D*Uy Jounul Delapo Deborah Delapo attempts . entering a plea Tuesday morning In Mount sanneqrm wun- Iclpal Court. A former bank worker accused of embezzling more than $17,000 from bank customers pleaded innocent in Mount Sanhedrin Municipal Court Tuesday morning. A preliminary hearing for Deborah Delapo, 22, of Ukiah, was scheduled for Aug. 5. Police have said Delapo is accused of five thefts from area businesses that dropped off cash and checks at the Savings Bank night drop between 1991 and 1993. Delapo is accused of five thefts, one of $6,272 from Dave's Cheaper on Oct. 7, 1991, one of $5,011 from Mailboxes Etc. on Oct. 25,1991; one of $3,862 from the city of Ukiah Employees Credit Union on Oct. 19, 1992; one of $1,220 from Ozzie's Hardware on Jan. 8, 1993; and one of $1,054 from Richard Hansen on Jan. 19, 1993. Police have said Delapo has admitted four of the thefts, but has denied committing the theft from Dave's Cheaper. Some Americans make lots of money — and keep it all WASHINGTON (AP) — It's still possible to make a lot of money without sharing it with Uncle Sam. The Internal Revenue Service says 779 couples and individuals reported earning more than $200,000 on returns filed in 1990 and paid no federal income tax. They earned $340 million, an average of $436,000 apiece. The number of high-income non-taxpayers almost doubled from 397 a year earlier and was the highest since the IRS began publishing the reports on orders of Congress in 1977. But they still represented only about 1 of every 1,000 filers at that income level. "The number of all returns — taxable and non-taxable — with incomes of $200,000 or more has risen substantially, (but) the percentage of non-taxable returns has not changed as significantly," the IRS concluded. The report showed an additional 8,020 over-$200,000 earners paid less than 5 percent of their income in tax; 15,246 paid between 5 percent and 10 percent. More than half those who earned more than $200,000 paid less than 25 percent. The IRS said 1,817 couples and individuals managed to earn between $100,000 and $200,000 without paying taxes. An additional 21,920 had incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 and zero tax liability. The big tax bill making its way through Congress apparently would do nothing to bring the 779 onto the tax rolls. The measure, designed to reduce the budget deficit, would increase the top tax rates on high earners, raising the tax burden on the average over$200,000-a-year filer by about $25,000. But those who use legal deductions and credits to wipe out their tax liability would not be touched by those higher rates. "Only in the wrong direction" would die bill change the number of non-taxpayers, Robert Mcln- tyre, director of Citizens for Tax See TAXPAYERS, Back Page

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