Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 20, 1987 · Page 9
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 9

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, September 20, 1987
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20,1987—9 State Chavez challenges restrictions METTLER (AP)—United Farm Workers President Cesar Chavez personally challenged a time limit on union organizing in a Kern County orchard Friday, but a confrontation was avoided when he was allowed to stay in the orchard a full hour. Officials of H.P. Metzler and Sons had let UFW organizers in the orchard near Mettler for half an hour during lunch each day to talk with replacement workers hired after union members struck on Monday. Union officials contended they had a right to be on the property one full hour a day under the state Agricultural Labor Relations Act. However, Chris Waddell, an official of the state agency, said it is unclear whether organizers have a full hour or half an hour at lunch to talk with workers. Chavez entered the orchard with other UFW organizers at noon Friday and emerged an hour later. Janitors clean for free SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Approximately 1,000 janitors voluntarily cleaned up Candlestick Park for free following Pope John Paul H's Mass on Friday Eric Hall, secretary treasurer of the Service Employees Union Local 87, said the union mem- I bers offered their help in pan because some arc Roman Catholic, but also because the union appreciates the pope's public support for organized j labor. i Each janitor swept and cleaned up trash in six sections of the stadium where the San Francisco k Giants were set to play the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Otter transfer plan continues LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five more otters were '* flown to San Nicolas Island to establish a new offs- 1 hore colony after a judge denied fishermen's pleas '' to halt the plan. '•' The latest dclivcfyof the otters on Friday to the it island about 75 miles southwest of Los Angeles . raised the number of animals there to 47, said U.S. v Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Diane Hoobler. !• The new arrivals were put in floating cages offs- hore to adjust to their new surroundings before being freed. On Wednesday, a federal judge rejected a request by a coalition of commercial and sport fishermen who had sought a temporary restraining order against the release. The fishermen said the otters would deplete commercially valuable shellfish populations and compete witrj fur seals for food. The latest shipment of oilers coincided with the judge's ruling, but was unrelated, as there had been no legal obstacle to the plan, Ms. Hoobler said. A spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara attorney representing the fishermen called the ruling a minor setback because the proposed restraining order was just part of a package of pleas before the court. "We're questioning the legitimacy of the state government issuing a permit to the Fish and Wildlife agency without 'doing proper environmental impact studies," Susanne Chess, legal secretary to Chase Mellcn in, said Friday. Mellen represents a group called California Ocean Resource Preservation Inc. In rejecting the fishermen's request, U.S. District Judge Alice-Marie Stotler in Los Angeles said the group hadn't proved the relocation would cause irreparable harm. Man charged for arson GARDEN GROVE (AP)—A man was arrested and booked for investigation of arson Friday in connection with the 7,100-acre Silverado fire in the Cleveland National Forest that was set Sept 9 and is still lingering. Robert E. Lowenberg, 19, of Garden Grove was taken into custody late Friday by Forest Service Special Agents assisted by Orange County Fire Department officials, said Forest Service spokesman Dick Marlow. Lowenberg was held briefly by Garden Grove police and then transferred to a federal lockup at Terminal Island, Marlow said. It was not known when Lowenberg would be arraigned, he added. More than 1,100 firefighters battled until Monday to contain the blaze, but hot spots are still smouldering and the fire has not been declared under control, Marlow said. Authorities have estimated that the cost of fighting the blaze, known as the Silverado fire, at $1.9 million. No decision on government's quest to stop sanctuary suit SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has deferred a decision on the government's request to dismiss a suit challenging Reagan administration deportation of Salvadorans and Guatemalans and prosecution of Sanctuary workers. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Peckham postponed any action following a two-hour hearing Friday on the 1985 suit by 92 religious and refugee organizations, including the national bodies of the Presbyterian Church, the Unitarian- Universalist Association and the United Methodist Church. At the hearing, civil rights lawyers invoked Pope John Paul II and Attorney General Edwin Meese TH as they tried to keep their suit alive. "One hopes that the (administration) will now listen to the pope, who recognized the fundamentally religious nature of assisting these refugees," Ellen Yaroshefsky of the Center for Constitutional Rights told a federal judge. She was referring to the pope's statements during his current U.S. visit praising efforts to aid refugees, statements interpreted by some in the religious Sanctuary movement as an endorsement. But Vatican representatives quickly denied that any movement was being endorsed, a statement noted Friday by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Wolfe. Claiming support from the pope "does a disservice to this court and to the pope," Wolfe said. The suit contends members of the Sanctuary movement, who cite religious reasons for giving shelter to Central Americans, are being singled out for prosecution by the Justice Department in violation of their religious freedom. Most recently, eight Sanctuary members were convicted in Tucson, Ariz., in May 1986 of smuggling or harboring illegal aliens. The convictions are on 'appeal. In addition, the suit contends the Reagan administration is violating the U.S. refugee law and international law by routinely deporting Salvadorans and Guatemalans and denying their asylum claims, allegedly under more stringent standard than other nationalities face. The suit seeks court orders banning prosecutions of Sanctuary members and deportations of Salvadorans and Guatemalans while their asylum claims are reconsidered. The government contends most of the issues should be t aised in individual criminal appeals, and denies that it is either bound by or in violation of international law. In asserting that Salvadorans and Guatemalans are treated worse than other aliens, National Lawyers Guild attorney Marc Van Der Hout cited Meese's order to immigration officials July 8 to reopen the cases of all Nicaraguans denied asylum in the United States since 1980. Even before that order, Van Der Hout said, Nicaraguans won 85 percent of their asylum claims in the first five months of this year, compared to 3.5 percent for Salvadorans and zero, out of 139 cases, for Guatemalans. He said Meese's action amounted to an order to approve all Nicaraguan claims. Wolfe, the government's lawyer, said the administration "is allowed to make distinctions in immigration based on country of origin," and noted that courts have upheld differential immigration quotas. But Van Der Hout contended Congress had prohibited distinctions in deportation cases in the 1980 refugee law. World of Newarks help one celebrate NEWARK, Calif. (AP) — Eight .,pities stretching from England to ,,lhe East Coast to California that £parc the name of Newark helped l( jhe San Francisco Bay area version ,, celebrate a birthday. -,y, The first of the dignitaries to ,,ajrive this week for Newark's 32nd ^Anniversary Friday was Newark, N.J. Mayor Sharpe James, heading a list of officials from eight Newarks. The same-name idea was that of Newark City Council member Shir- Icy Sisk, who started by merely toying with the notion, then found it taking on a life of its own as she hunted through the zip code direc- tory, postal charts and world atlas. "The idea to invite Newark mayors here came to me after our own mayor, Dave Smith, considered changing the name Newark to Newark-by-the-Bay, to distinguish it from Newark, N. 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