Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 3, 1993 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Ukiah Daily 9Mf ^™^^ "•» -mmmmm-^r^fmmm mm mmmmmm^ ^o^mfmm^mmm m _^^tt ournal Junior College baseball Eagles get stranded in loss to Cosumnes River/Page 5 OHM. Penny M«dfcQtoup Monday, May 3,1993 12 pages Volume 133 Number 13 25 cents tax Included MENDOCINO COUNTY S LARGEST NEWSPAPER DAYBREAK Lee Cohen Volunteer at Project Sanctuary Lee Cohen is a volunteer for the Foster Grandparent Program of North Coast Opportunities. She volunteers at Project Sanctuary, and her supervisor thinks she is just marvelous. "Not only is Lee our Foster Grandma, for the children she works with, but she is everyone's grandma here at Project Sanctuary," the supervisor said. Cohen adores working with the children, and her favorite time of the year, she said, is when she helps wrap presents for the children at Christmas time. She has been volunteering at Project Sanctuary for nine years. "It has got a little hard at times, but I just hang in there, and am right back the next morning." _ Dominican College of San Rafael will offer undergraduate programs leading to bachelor's degrees in Ukiah beginning in the fall of 1993 if there is sufficient interest, according to Administrative Assistant Fran Titlow. The new program will be in liberal arts and business. The programs will be offered through the Pathways Program, which is designed for adults. All courses will be taught evenings and weekends. For information, telephone 463-4801. • Special dietary needs should not be ignored, even if foods needed for that special medication can't be paid for. At the Ukiah Community Food Bank, low income people with medical problems can get the foods they need to meet special dietary needs. To find out more, stop by the Food Bank during regular distribution hours (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday or Friday) or call 463-2409. LOTTO/DECCO DAILY 3: Sunday— 2, 8, 3. CORRECTION • Th»lHu«h Dolly Journal uoo« into »poc» to cornet error* or mote olMMIoUoM to now* crtlcloo. Significant orroro In obHuiriM or birth onnouneomonto will moult In raprlnt- Ing of th* ontlro Horn, irrora moy to roporUd to tho odltorlol dopartmont, MS4MH. WEATHER Outlook: Cloudy Temperature* Yesterday's high Overnight low Uwt year's high 74 54 91 45 Ust year's low Rainfall A» of 8 a.m. today Trace Season to 5/3 42.01 Ust year to 5/3 27.23 TtM OiHy Joumtl I* m«di from it (•ill 40 pirwnl raaclMf iwwprint. RuMret tok »«!M Faith group mediates meals dispute Plowshares, neighbors to sit down and work out plan to provide meals By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer A group of local faith communities that volunteered to serve meals at Plowshares on Bosnians ease up on attack Air strikes likely if peace pact broken By ROBERT H. REID The Associated Press SARAJEVO, Bosnia- Herzegovina — Explosions and machine gun fire shook Sarajevo today, but United Nations officials said Bosnian Serbs had generally eased their attacks in the Bosnian capital one day after their leader signed a U.N. peace plan. The plan was approved at a meeting in Greece on Sunday by Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Kar- adzic on the condition that it be ratified by the rebels' self-proclaimed assembly, which unanimously rejected it just a week ago. The speaker of the assembly on Sunday denounced the plan to divide Bosnia into 10 provinces. But the assembly is under intensified pressure from Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and the Clinton administration. Milosevic is the Serb rebels' patron. They would be hard-pressed to keep fighting without the economic and military support of Serb- dominated Yugoslavia. The Clinton administration is holding firm on its threat of military intervention — likely air strikes—if Serbs break their promise of peace. Both Christopher and President Clinton said they would judge Bosnia's Serbs not by what they say but by what they do. "What really matters is what happens on the ground," said Christopher. "Whether the killing stops, whether the aid is permitted to get into those who need it, whether the heavy weapons are silenced, whether the parties carry out their agreements." Christopher is in Europe seeking to persuade European allies to back air strikes on Serb artillery positions and lift the embargo on arms to the outgunned Muslims. U.N. officials said today shelling in Sarajevo was down nearly two- thirds from the past few days, and half the rounds were falling in and around Serb positions, indicating they were fired by Bosnian government troops. "There is a general air of cautious optimism," U.N. spokesman Barry Frewer said. Clinton administration officials are concerned Karadzic's signature on the international peace plan is just another empty gesture to avoid Western military involvement. Many Bosnian Muslims also doubt that Serbs intend to abide by any agreement that would force them to give back land. See Bosnia, Back Page the weekends will enter into formal mediation with neighbors of the community dining room because "We're not in the business of running things through," according to Methodist Pastor Anne Dilenschneider. The Ukiah Interfaith Network, made up of churches and synagogues from around the Ukiah Valley area, was formed to find ways to help the area's homeless population. One of the first conclusions they came to when they studied the needs of the local homeless was the homeless had no place to eat on Saturday and Sundays. They joined with the staff at Plowshares in a request to the Ukiah Planning Commission to allow meals to be served at Plowshares seven days a week. On April 14, the Planning Commission denied the request because neighbors on Luce Street objected. Commissioners upon denying the request, said they believed more work needed to be done by Plowshares staff to appease the neighbors. "It took courage for them to speak up," Dienschneider said of the neighbors' complaints. She said the Interfaith Network had begun to talk with the neighbors and knew the neighbors had been receiving threaten- See MEALS, Back Page CREATURE OF THE.DEEP David Newton/for The Dtily Joumil Chris Brians, pictured, and Jason Eddlngs were fish- Ing at Todd's Point In Fort Bragg when they spotted what looked to them like a barracuda. When they hooked the fish and pulled It from the water they realized It was something even more unusual. The pair took the creature to the state Department of Fish and Game marine research center In Noyo Harbor where It was Identified as a long-nosed lancet fish. While the fish Is native to coastal waters It usually remains at a depth of 6,000 feet. Fish and Game officials said they see such a fish about once a year. The 52-Inch fish, officials said, apparently got confused while coming up from the depths and was swept Into shallower waters. Housing policy puts Fort Bragg, county at odds By CHRIS CALDER for The Journal While local officials and politicians have paid some high profile attention to the shortage of affordable shelter on the Mendocino Coast recently, county and Fort Bragg city governments continue to shift blame for why the area is so far behind on its housing programs. City planners argue that county government is paying lip service to affordable housing requirements while keeping land zoned at one- or two- or five-acre minimum lots — too big to build anything like an affordable house. County officials say their hands are tied by a state Coastal Act that ranks motel rooms more important than houses working families can afford. In fact, both city and county governments are failing to provide more than a fraction of what state law considers an adequate amount of affordable shelter. Because of a backlog of units required but not built over the past seven years, the city is scheduled to build 452 affordable units by 1997. The county is required to build 2,953 units. Both city and county planners concede that nothing close to that number of affordable units will be built this decade. Reaction to county government's proposed revision to the housing element of its general plan shows that in spite of pledges among local agencies to cooperate on the matter, the impasse over housing persists. The Pudding Creek area just north of Fort Bragg has become a matter of dispute between city and county planners. The county's decision last year to prevent small lots and multifamily developments with a zoning change drew sharp criticism from city planner Scott Cochran. See HOUSING, Back Page County haulers' road wear may be paved by taxpayers By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer Taxpayers will be subsidizing trucking operations in the county unless officials come up with a new way to get compensation for the wear and tear on roads. It turns out the county doesn't have the authority to get compensation from companies hauling regular loads of things like gravel and timber the old way — through its hauling permits, said 5th District Supervisor Norman de Vail last week. De Vail is on a committee formed to study the issue. Without permitting authority, the county can't limit truck loads to anything less than die state weight limits. It has been limiting the size of loads to 9 tons, which is generally less than state limits. State limits aren't based on fixed weights. They depend on factors such as number of axels and height and weight of a vehicle, said Public Works Director Budge Campbell, so its hard to compare state and county limits. Without hauling permits, the county also cannot require haulers to help repair the county roads they use. See ROADS, Back Page Trustee defends grant for The Thing Called Love' By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer Mendocino County School Board member Ed Nickerman said "The Thing Called Love," a musical production aimed at giving highs-schoolers a warning about fetal alcohol syndrome, is wonderful and doesn't feel criticism about its cost is fair. "The best thing I've attended in 10 years," Nickerman told his board colleagues at a budget meeting Thursday about the production paid for with a state grant of $170,000, and which is pan of a new state program to bring the message to teens that substance abuse is dangerous during pregnancy. Parent Sandy Hanelt, who said she has nothing against the play itself, raised concerns last week about how much of the grant went for salaries vs. how much was spent on the actual production. "It was standing room only," Nickerman said of the parent preview he attended April 29. "I thought it really addressed smoking, marijuana, drugs, having a good time. We should really be proud we helped put this together." During a break in the budget talks, Nickerman said, "This is coming out of Mendocino Coun- ty for all of California. The songs were written here. The students that did the acting were really good." Nickerman said he thought most of the parents liked it. Some of the parents around nun were embarrassed by the direct language in the play about subjects like menstruation, but he thought that was probably good. Nickerman was aware of Hanelt's concerns about how money for the project was spent. He said he had talked to her. "You know, when you write a project for the state Department of Education, you can spend a lot on printing—$27,000 for that is nothing when you're talking abut 4,000 schools. I look at what it costs to do this statewide." Nickerman said he had written many grants and knew how such budgets worked. He said a parent, or anyone who asked, certainly had a right to know how the money was spent "But," he added, "don't be criticizing unless you have done the job yourself." Nickerman added that if it was produced just for the county, $170,000 for the musical would have been outrageous. "But it's not just our budget, it's everybody's budget," he said. KILLED IN CAR CRASH Winemaker Julio Gallo's death mourned as loss to industry .._ ... A I*. n_._L^l_ !*!__ I« 1 fi'iO n*!1l *J*tn*K TRACY (AP) — Pioneer winemaker Julio Gallo, who made California table wines famous and helped found the world's largest winemaking empire, is dead at the age of 83. Gallo was killed Sunday when a Jeep he was driving went off the road at the family ranch and plunged 35 feet down an embankment into a holding pond, according to fire Captain Larry Fragoso. He said the vehicle was in 2 feet of water when fire crews arrived. Gallo was taken by helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto where he was dead on arrival, said nursing supervisor Elaine Day. Also injured were his wife, Aileen, 80, and granddaughter Gina Gallo, 26, who were taken to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley. Another granddaughter, Amie Gallo, 22, was not hospitalized. She managed to free herself from the wreckage and walk two miles to a house to call for help, said Fragoso. Eden spokeswoman Cassandra Phelps said the wife's injuries included a fractured sternum and fractured ribs. She was in serious condition. The younger woman was in fair condition with fractured ribs. Three years ago Aileen Gallo pleaded no contest in Gilroy to a manslaughter charge in a fatal auto accident and drew probation and a fine. Gallo and his brother Ernest, the marketing genius behind the giant Gallo Wine Co. in Modesto, each have personal fortunes estimated to be $300 million. Gallo's death was a loss "to both the family and the industry," said Michael Mondavi, chief executive officer for rival Robert Mondavi Wineries. "He was a true pioneer," he said. The Gallo brothers, he said, "made table wines that tasted good before people even knew what table wines were." The brothers "created the market for high quality, inexpensive wines," said Narsai David, food and wine editor at San Francisco radio station KCBS. The privately held $1 billion-a-year E.&J. Gallo claims about 26 percent of the U.S. wine market. Gallo sells about 150 million gallons of wine a year. The company markets 16 brands, including seven of the top 20 in the country. The brothers were born near Modesto, a then-sleepy San Joaquin Valley town 80 miles east of San Francisco, and grew up working in the vineyard owned by their immigrant father who came to America from Italy's famed winemaking region of Piedmont. After Prohibition in 1933, still deeply mourning the murder-suicide deaths of their parents, Ernest and Julio rented a ramshackle building, and everybody in the family pitched in to make ordinary wine for 50 cents a gallon — half the going price. The Gallos made $30,000 that first year. Ernest, the driving force behind the Gallo empire, directed sales, while Julio made the wine. The Gallo sales training manual, stolen by a disaffected former employee, is widely used in the industry. "Modesto has lost a pan of itself," Modesto Mayor Richard Lang said. "He truly was a legend and we are deeply saddened as a community." California Farm Bureau spokesman Clark Biggs said, "The Gallos changed the entire face of the grape growing industry."

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