Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 27, 1987 · Page 6
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 6

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, September 27, 1987
Page 6
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6 -SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27,1987 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- Ukiah throws itself quite a party By RANDY FOSTER Journal Staff Writtr Some 4,000 people took part in some or all of Saturday's festivities marking the official opening of Ukiah's new civic center building at the old Yokayo School. .Temperatures hovered just below the 90s, but some 1,000 made it out to the parade and dedication ceremony that opened the festivities. Dignitaries who attended included Assemblyman Dan Mauser and State Sen. Barry Keene, county supervisors Marilyn Butcher and Nelson Redding as well as Mayor Colleen Henderson and Ukiah's City Council and City Manager, Kent Payne. The parade started at the Ukiah Police Department. Making its way to School Street,'the line of floats, cars, performers and civic leaders passed by Ukiah's old city hall and fire department. Comic skits were performed in front of each of the city buildings. A poster bearing the words, "Closed, this place leaks like a sieve," was taped in front of the police station. The parade halted in front of the old city hall and two actors, one playing Kent Payne and the other, a woman, playing his moll, lurked out of the building with fake bags of money. A placard proclaiming, "Closed, out of funds," was pasted over the door and the parade continued south. , As the entourage stopped in front of the old fire station, the Ukiah Fire Department gained the dubious distinction of being one of the few firefighting agencies in history to set fire to its own building. The fire was makebelieve (i.e., small and controlled) and was set to make smoke for a skit firemen performed where they rescued a woman's 210-pound, 6-foot baby. It was all very corny, but city officials could hardly be blamed for their unbridled excitement as the parade rounded the corner and viewed, officially at least, the impressive "new" civic center building. Air conditioned, designer interior with skylights that bring outside in; plenty of office space (more than enough, in fact), training rooms and an airy employees lounge — the new civic center is impressive. County Administrator Albert Beltrami walked through the opulent council chambers, rubbing his hands together. "We could learn from this," he said. Children played in the fountain on the building's portico. Yes, there were complaints the speeches were too long (when aren't they?). No, there wasn't a soul who wasn't impressed by the building. Entertainment .continued to midnight, with ballet, square dancing, barber shop quartets and street dancing to wrap things up. Barbequed steak was served during the twilight hours. "Even this is good," said one jaded observer. (Right) Redwood Reglonaires Barbershop Chorus engages In a hearty rendition of the Star Spangled Banner as U.S. and California flags are raised again over the new civic center, once an elementary school. (Below) This youngster happily overcomes three discomforts simultaneously — heat, hunger and thirst. (Above right) Ukiah City Manager Kent Payne strides past a Uklahl flag detail on his way to the new civic center's opening ceremony. (Above left) A valiant effort by one of Ukiah's firefighters to rescue a helpless baby as the old flrehouse symbolically burns down. Photos by Billie Ashiku

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