MAGIC NUMBER Giants can clinch today 2 Page 12 Ukiahi routs El Molino, Kelseyville over Willits Page 12 WEATHER Temperatures H L Friday 70 49 Last year 64 46 MENDOCINO COUNTY — Saturday 87 48 Slightly warmer today with the Last Year 62 44 high to 84 in Ukiah. Continued Rainfall cooler tonight with the low near overnight rainfall 50. Slightly warmer Monday with 0.00 the high in the mid 80s. Year to date 00.00 Last year 02.19 Ukiah Daily Sunday, September 27,1987 1987, Donrey, Inc. 'Journal Vol. 127 No. 137 32 P a 9es Serving AAendocino County, Cal 50 cents Center of civic pride State tax cut becomes law The heads of officials and dignitaries turned skyward Saturday afternoon as hundreds of balloons were released and the ribbon was cut on the new Ukiah Civic Center. For the complete story and more pictures of the celebration, please turn to page 6. SACRAMENTO (AP) — More than two-thirds of California's 8.5 million tax-paying individuals and couples and 400,000 companies will get a tax cut under legislation signed into law by Gov. George Deukmejian. The Republican governor approved the legislation Friday to conform the state's personal and corporate income tax laws with those of the federal government. The tax conformity action means that some 71 percent or 6 million of California's middle- and lower- middle class taxpayers will receive a cut, while about 2 million—most of whom earn over $100,000 annually — will pay more. Some 353,000 at the lower end of the scale will pay little or no taxes. The amount of the average per-taxpayer cut was not specified. The legislation provides the first major corporate tax rate reduction in two decades. In a written statement released by his office, Deukmejian said his approval of the tax legislation will provide "the great majority of Californians (with) a reduction in their taxes, and (it) will also result in less confusion when filling out tax forms." The school aid measure is part of a bipartisan accord reached in the final hours of the 1987 legislative session that led to approval of Deukmejian's recently announced $1.1 billion tax rebate plan. Meanhwile, Deukmejian, targeting a state agency which he has often criticized, vetoed a measure that would have required the Coastal Commission to maintain regional offices in five areas — the north central coast, the central coast, the south central coast, the south coast and the San Diego Coast. The areas include key offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. Deukmcjian's announcements were made public after business hours Friday, along with a lengthy list of bills — the second to be released — upon which the governor acted throughout the day. Following the public release, Deukmejian's office was unavailable for comment and telephone calls to the office went unanswered. Deukmejian signed into law SB572 by Sen. John Garamcndi, D- Walnut Grove, and AB53 by Assemblyman Johan Klehs, D-San Leandro. Together, the bills target both corporate and personal income taxes, respectively. The state's maximum personal income tax rate, under the Klehs measure, will drop from the current 11 percent to 9.3 percent, and the number of brackets will decline from the current 11 to six. Personal credits will be increased to $51 from the current $45, while the blind and dependent credit will climb to $51, from the current $14. The corporate tax rate, as modified by the Garamendi measure, will decline overall from the current 9.6 percent to 9.3 percent. The bill, the first major tax rate reduction since-the 1967 changes approved by then Gov. Ronald Reagan, repeals scores of special deductions and corporate shelters. About 400,000 California corporations will benefit from the lower rates and carryovers, but they will lose from their state returns a long list of deductions and other tax breaks that have already been repealed in the federal law as part of the recent federal tax changes. Local firm offers free hazardous waste disposal Toxics Away! for one day By SUZI BRAKKEN Journal Stall Writer If there's a hazardous waste pile mounting under your sink or in your garage, take heed. On Saturday, Oct. 3, county residents are invited to pack up their unused toxins and bring them to a free waste collection site off Orr Springs Road. Toxics Away! waste collection day is being sponsored by Modern Disposal and Chemical Waste Management, Inc. "This is a chance to clear out the garage, the garden house, and under the sink," explained Modern Disposal manager Dave Bowen. "The objective is to remove the household toxins that cause problems at the dump site when they get put in the garbage." Some of the toxins that might be sitting around the house include pesticides, old motor oil, household cleaners, fertilizer, and paint. The program not only will provide a disposal site, but serves to make residents aware of the toxins that may be dangerous to keep stored for long periods of time. Obviously, the best thing to do with toxic chemicals is simply to use them up, Bowen said. But if there is leftover, he stresses that it should not be tossed into the regular garbage, put into the ground or Hushed down the sink. Such illegal and unsafe disposal methods can pollute drinking water and endanger trash haulers, he said. A explosion this year at the Ukiah dump was caused by liqui'd sulphur that was illegally brought to the dump. Modem Disposal, which services the county, is paying about $.13,000 to bring the Chemicaf Waste Man- agement staff to Ukrah. The* waste that is collected will be transported to the Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Dump, which is off Interstate 5 in Kings County. The service will be free to.all county residents, but will apply only to residential waste. Commercial disposal will not be allowed. The site will be located on Industrial Way, which is the second right turn off Orr Springs Road. (Orr Springs Road is located to the left of N. State St. about a half mile north of Raley's.) Hours arc 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3. The site will accept free of charge the first five gallons or 50 pounds of the following materials: pesticides, weed-killers, household cleaners, paint thinner, solvents, paint, furniture polish, fertilizers, medications and drugs, acids and caustics, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, hobby supplies, automotive products, waste motor oil, and products labeled flammable, corrosive, poison or toxic. U.S. returns 'detainees' to Iran MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The United States handed over 26 Iranian seamen and three bodies to representatives of the Tehran government Saturday, hours after U.S. Navy demplition experts destroyed and sank the Iranians' minelaying ship. Iran accused the United States of scuttling the Iran Ajr to get rid of evidence that the ship was a merchant vessel carrying non-military cargo when the Navy attacked and captured it Monday. Iraq said, meanwhile, that its warplanes attacked the Agha jari oil field and Ahvaz radio station in southwestern Iran and two ships off Iran. The Iranians were taken by heli- cppter from a U.S. warship to a military air base in the Sultanate of Oman, a neutral country ai.the southern end of jfce, Persian Gulf. The Iranians were given medical examinations and delivered from U.S. to Iranian custody, with a rep- resentative of the International Committee of the Red Cross acting as observer, according to the official Oman News Agency. In a statement released in Geneva, the neutral humanitarian agency confirmed that a Red Cross delegate supervised the operation. ; An Iranian government Boeing 727 departed for home at 6 p.m. carrying all 26, four of whom were injured, and the bodies of three of their fellow seamen. Two otherlra- nians are missing and presumed dead in the attack. The Iranians had been held aboard U.S. ships since being fished out of the water. The injured were hospitalized and the others, apart from having their lands and feet tied, were treated in a way that would have made| your grandmother proud," said a senior U.S. officer who saw tpem. . He spoke on ' condition of •anonymity. In Washington, the State Department denied reports circulating in Bahrain that some of the Iranians asked for political asylum. "There were no requests for asylum," said State Department spokesman Dennis Harter. "All of the detainees returnee' to Iran willingly." Asked if any U.S. official offered the possibility of asylum to any detainees, Harter said, "We don't know if any offer was made." Kama! Kharrazi, head of the war information headquarters in Tehran, said Iran reserves the right to "retaliate in kind" for the attack on the Iran Ajr and its destruction. In a Tehran radio broadcast monitored by the British Broadcasting Corp., Kharrazi said Iran would demand reparations for the ship and the five men who died when U.S. attack helicopters caught the vessel sowing mines in the gulf. The site WILL NOT accept: radioactive materials, explosives, ammunition, pressurized gas cylinders, shock sensitive materials, wood preservatives with pentach- lorophenol, and weed killers containing 2,4,5-T. Anyone with questions about these wastes or others can call Chemical Waste Management at 585-3488. The company urges residents to take precautions in preparing and transporting materials for disposal. Materials should not be mixed, and should be kept in original containers clearly labeled with contents. Lids should be tight. Pack individual containers in a sturdy box or tub with newspaper or other absorbant material. If a container is leaking or dirty, it should be wrapped in plastic and packed in a container with cat litter. Label outside container with contents. Empty, dry paint containers can be put in your regular trash. The site will accept no trash. Wastes should be transported in ail automobile trunk, rear of a station wagon or in a truck bed. State regulations limit transport of hazardous waste in a single vehicle to a maximum of five gallons or 50 pounds, with no individual containers larger than one gallon or 10 pounds. BiUie Ashiku You may not know It but household chemicals like these are hazardous and need special handling. * County sues over unsafe buildings By PETER PAGE Journal Staff Writer A lawsuit was has been hied seeking to have a Boonville slum vacated. The action by the Mendocino County Counsel's office comes almost three years after county building inspectors declared the facility unfit for human habitation. The suit was filed by Deputy Mendocino County Counsel David Kelvin against Philip Eason, owner of the property at 18050 Lambert Lane. According to Kelvin's filing, the Eason rental properties are "filthy, dilapidated, containing exposed and hazardous electrical wiring, unvented and hazardous heating and cooking facilities-" The plumbing "either does not function or drains sewage directly on the surface of the ground." Windows are nailed shut, cardboard is used as a building material, floors are either so weak they sag when walked upon or there are no floors at all, and conditions generally are "unfit for human habitation," according to the suit. Living conditions at Eason's property indentical to those described in the suit were graphically depicted in an article published in the Daily Journal in December 1984. The Christmas time article sparked an outpouring qf contributions for Diane Galvan, an indigent mother of seven who lived in one of the dilapidated shacks on the Eason property. County Peter Klein said his office is clearing a backlog of building code violations. Eason could not be reached for comment.
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