Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 5, 1993 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily ^m •**•*• ^ ••» • w>^ • •» *m*^ ••>• <^»»7 ^^~ ournal High School baseball Ukiah High freshmen end season on a losing note/Page 6 C1BB3. Parmy M«H« Group Wednesday, May 5,1993 12 pages Volume 133 Number 15 25 cents tax included MENDOCINO COUNTY'S LARGEST NEWSPAPER DAYBREAK Sally Weiss Loves being a foster grandparent Sally Weiss is a volunteer for the Foster Grandparent Program of North Coast Opportunities. Weiss is currently waiting to be placed but has volunteered previously is several Ukiah area classrooms. She submitted a poem about children: Love children, loves to help them A song we sing. Love is something When you give it away It comes right back to you. A hug, a kiss, a smile comes right back to you. A book I could fill, why I love being a Foster Grandma. TIDBITS 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. • Louisiana-Pacific Corp.'s board of directors voted Tuesday to increase the company's cash dividend by 10 percent and to declare a two-for-one stock split. The split is the second in the pat 12 months. The dividend will be paid June 1 to stockholders of record as of May 18. LOTTO/DECCO DAILY 3: Tuesday—5, 1, 9 DECCO: Tuesday—Hearts, 4; dubs, king; diamonds, 5; spades, FANTASY 5: Tuesday—4,5,8, 10, 36 CORRECTION • A log item in Monday's police log incorrectly stated the date and time of Dennis Maas 1 arrest. Maas was arrested on suspicion of trespassing at an address in the 600 block of North State Street at 7:52 a.m. Maas was booked into county jail on a parole hold. Tho UUah Dolly Jourral uooo thlo opoeo to comet orrora or imko clwMfeMloM to MOT •rtlelM. SlgnVlcwtt orroro In otahuorloo or birth Minouncomonto will mult In reprinting of tho ontln Hem. Error* may bo nportod to tho odltorlil dtportmont, 4W-3600. WEATHER Outlook: Windy Temperatures Yesterday's high 67 Overnight low 43 Last year's high 04 Last year's low 50 Rainfall As of 8 a.m. today .00 Season to 5/5 42.16 Last year to 5/5 27.23 Tht Dally Journal It m*di from «t Imt 4Q p»rc»nt recycled wwiprtni. Lew-rub Ink If tl»o UMd 10 kwp tr* Ink on Uvpaptr Instead olygwhancb. CompWa th» loop and rwycto your paper. Area seniors, children, needy may all be hurt by state cuts By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer Among the programs which have been placed on a cut list by a state Senate subcommittee have been helping senior citizens, children and others among Mendocino County's needy for years. The Child Health and Disability Prevention Program gets funds from both the federal and state governments. According to Cindy Supes to repeal trucking ordinance County will have to look elsewhere for road repair funds By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer County supervisors plan to repeal an ordinance that required local permits for trucks that haul large loads on back county roads. Supervisors concluded they no longer have the authority to require the permits — which currently cost $35 — that they've issued since 1936. Private haulers are pleased. They say they already pay enough to maintain county roads through state and federal taxes and permits and can't afford to give more. "For anyone to think we don't pay our own fair share already is absurd," said Lee Howard, who owns a Ukiah construction and hauling company. But the county worries it won't be able to control damage to the roads or make the haulers help repair the damage. The haul permit ordinance not only limited loaded trucks on unimproved county roads to 9 tons in order to minimize damage, it also gave supervisors a vehicle to ask for compensation for road repair. Supervisors began asking for compensation from companies who used the roads in 1989. Public Works Director Budge Campbell said logging companies began doing more winter hauls at that time and that the roads were suffering signifcantly as a result. A study he did showed there was more than $1 million a year in damage to the smaller county roads in the winter. Truckers initially didn't object to helping out by supplying materials for road repairs. In the 1991-92 fiscal year, haulers contributed $14,023 and in 1992-93, they contributed $14,856, Campbell said. But, short on money and road workers from budget cuts, Camp- See ROADS, Back Page Hiatt, CHOP deputy director for the county, the 16-year-old program would not be eliminated without state funds, but could serve only about half the children. Currently children on the federally funded MediCal program get health screening and treatment through CHOP with federal dollars. However, the program also serves other low-income children whose families make too much money to be on MediCal but who are still considered poor and often are without family health insurance. A family of four making up to $28,704 would be eligible for the state-funded health program for children up to age 18. Hiatt described the available screening. She said children are measured by height and weight, are See CUTBACKS, Back Page Thompson issues 'wake-up call' on impact of state budget cuts By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer The entire California Office on AIDS, the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, the Linkages seniors case management program, the homeless emergency assistance program and the Child Abuse Prevention Program. These are just a few of the programs on the "cut" list drawn up by a Senate subcommittee in Sacramento Monday. According to Pat Leary, legislative director for Sen. Mike Thompson, D-Napa, chairman of the health, human services and labor subcommittee of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, these and other programs simply did not make the priority list among subcommittee members who must find $ 1.7 billion in budget cuts for the coming fiscal See IMPACT, Back Page SPRUCING UP THE CITY Roly Shupe-Bnih/The Duly Journal City of Ukiah public works staffers Joe Martin, left, and Tom Glazier, right, are spending this week helping get rid of yard waste and other trash. Trash and treasures litter city Ukiahans are'doing their spring cleaning this week, getting rid of lawn clippings, leaves and branches from their yards and other loose garbage like old clothing or or packing materials. Spring Clean-Up Week in Ukiah continues through Friday. A survey of Ukiah streets Tuesday showed many Ukiahans still believe furniture will be picked up during Spring Clean-Up Week. As a result Ukiah also turns into something of a giant flea market during this week as furniture and appliances are not eligible for pickup and some residents were found "shopping" along the streets, looking for good used pieces. Anyone who has furniture or an appliance to get rid of should call Ukiah Solid Watse Systems for pickup of those items for a charge. If you're not sure whether your unwanted item wilt be taken, call the city at 463-6286. Bubtn Vuconcelloi/rhe Duly Journal Shannon Henson relaxes In a discarded armchair while his buddy Avery Grlnsell looks on during a lunch break from school Tuesday. The chair will remain where It Is since It Is not eligible for Clean-Up Week pickup. Ukiah council to consider banning homeless activity By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff wrltar A new ordinance which appears to be aimed at the city's homeless population is on tonight's Ukiah City Council agenda. Public Safety Director Fred Keplinger will ask the five city councilmen to make it illegal for anyone to camp or store camping gear on public property. Keplinger was unavailable Monday and Tuesday for comment on his proposal, but in a memo to council members, Keplinger states that "Such behavior may already violate (state law), which makes it a misdemeaneor to lodge in any public or private place without the permission of the owner." He also cited a 1992 court case which determined that it was consti- tutional to arrest a homeless person based on the state statute. This new ordinance, he said, would make it clear that anyone camping on city property is doing so without the city's permission. According to Keplinger, without such an ordinance, police have "no available law enforcement tool" with which to keep unwanted people from public places. The ordinance defines a "camp facility" as including tents, huts, buses, campers, trailers or temporary shelters. A "public place" can be any place open to the public including parks, doorways, benches, stairways, creekbeds, under bridges or hallways. The fine for camping in a public place, a misdemeanor, would be up to $100 fine and/or 30 days in jail. Keplinger also is proposing a second ordinance making it illegal for anyone over the age of 12 to go to the bathroom in public. That ordinance would carry the same punishment as illegal camping and Keplinger said in an attached memo it's being proposed because police have no avenue through which to respond to citizen complaints about such behavior. Other items on the agenda for the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, include two more proposals from Keplinger: one to allow the use of metal detectors in city parks, and another to prohibit parking large commercial vehicles weighing more than 11,000 pounds in residential areas. Porno charged with breaking into Lake County bingo hall LAKEPORT (AP) — A Porno Indian man is being charged with breaking into a Lake County bingo hall that his tribe lost control over in a court decision nearly three years ago. Robinson Rancheria tribal members are trying to raise the $5,000 bail to. get Leland Smith, 38, released from Lake County jail. He is being held on burglary and resist- ing arrest charges. Tribal member Bernardino Tripp says rancheria residents are frustrated because the lawsuit between the rancheria and the new owners is dragging on. Tribal members say only eight of them have jobs at the bingo hall out of 170 adults living on the rancheria. Two tribal members who staged a protest at the bingo hall in February were cited for trespassing when they passed out leaflets and accosted customers in the parking lot. Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Jeffrey Markham said a security guard assigned to the bingo hall observed Smith approaching Kabatin II Indian Bingo, which is in the town of Nice, along Highway 20 on the north shore of Clear Lake, Monday night. The guard told police that Smith threw a car wheel rim through the window, then entered the building. When deputies arrived, Smith was shouting that he was armed and would shoot the officers, Markham said. He said deputies used Mace to subdue Smith. Assault suspect missing By LOIS O'ROURKE Journal staff writer The Mendocino County District Attorney's office is expected to file assault with a deadly weapon charges against a man who is connected with the January killing of a water district employee. The man, John Jensen, 22, of Willits, is also apparently on the lam, according to Assistant District Attorney Bob Hickok. Hickok said he will file an additional complaint against Jensen for allegedly assaulting his mother 46-year-old Maureen Jensen, with a knife on April 23. Jensen is currently out on bail on an accessory to murder complaint for the Jan. 22 killing of Larry Stephenson, 47. But Hickok said police have been unable to locate him. Jensen's accomplice, Troy Harden, 22, is charged with first- degree murder in connection with Stephenson's death. Harden's brother, Ron Harden, 20, also of Willits, is also charged as being an accessory to murder. Troy Harden is in custody, but Ron Harden and Jensen posted bail soon after they were arrested in January. Jensen was arrested again in March on a $50,000 warrant after he failed to make a court appearance in the murder case. Judge James King reduced Jensen's bail to $20,000 and Jensen posted bail and was released. Hickok said Jensen apparently assaulted his mother by holding a knife to her throat. Hickok said Jensen was apparently upset at her, claiming she was destroying the See SUSPECT, Back Page Fired G-P worker's suit thrown out By CHRIS CALDER for Tha Journal A lawsuit brought by a former employee charging that Georgia- Pacific Corp. fired him for making safety complaints at the Fort Bragg mill was thrown out of court Tuesday, the day before it was to go to the jury. Anthony Crowell of Fort Bragg, a former shift supervisor in the mill's power plant, charges he was fired four years ago for going public with health and safety violations related to the G-P mill boiler. The company contends Crowell was fired for sleeping on the job. In the lawsuit, Crowell asked for his job back and unspecified monetary damages. After five days of hearings, the case was epxected to be turned over to the jury Wednesday. But Tuesday afternoon, federal court Judge Barbara A. Caulfield dismissed the suit, ruling that she was convinced Crowell was not fired for blowing the whistle on unsafe plant conditions. G-P's attorney Robert Buckler, in a prepared statement, said Crowell had been unable to prove a "retaliatory motive" on G-P's part. Crowell was unavailable for comment Tuesday evening. His attorneys reportedly intend to appeal the ruling. G-P ended up paying a $9,000 fine and $1 million in clean-up related to the asbestos and air quality violations Crowell complained about. A company spokeman said the clean-up was planned before Crowell's complaints.

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