Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 6, 1993 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily ^m ***^ ^ m m^*m *• f» nmn^^ •mf^*^~*w ^^^ ournal High school track Victory by De Los Santos doesn't prevent loss to Santa Rosa/Page 8 e 1M3, Donray Medta Group Thursday, May 6,1993 16 pages Volume 133 Number 16 MENDOCINO COUNTY S LARGEST NEWSPAPER DAYBREAK Ancella Perez Mata Enjoys the family life Ancelia Perez-Mata came to California from Guadalajara 20 years ago. She spent five years in Fremont before moving to Ukiah. She has worked at Real Goods for the last year as a packer. Perez-Mata is married and has "a nice family." She graduated from Ukiah High School and has six children: ages 17, 15, 13, 12, nine and five. TIDBITS • Short periods of dark smoke may be visible near the Masonite mill each Wednesday through July, according to company officials. The smoke has to do with fire safety training under way at the mill, said spokesman Pete Carr. carrsaid employees will be conducting hands-on fire safety training for all its employees between the hours of 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The first exercise was yesterday. 'This is part of Masonite's normal, annual, OSHA-required training," Carr said. 'The training includes handling of fire extinguishers and hoses." Carr said the mill has permits from the local Air Quality District for this program. • The Ukiah Daily Journal Reader Advisory Group has an opening for two new members. People interested in joining the group which advises Daily Journal staff on reader issues are encouraged to contact Editor Jim Smith, 468-3500 for information. LOTTO/DECCO DAILY 3: Wednesday—3, 9, 4. DECCO: Wednesday—Hearts, 4; clubs, 6; diamonds, 4; spades, 7. LOTTO: Wednesday—16, 18, 26, 34, 36 and 49 worth $3 million. CORRECTION • Incorrect information provided resulted in an incorrect name on a Page 2 photograph Wednesday of MeTinda Radish, a Frank Zeek student of the month. Th* UkUh Oilly Journal UM» thl» *p«c* to correct «rrom or nuk* ctarillcMlora to ntwo •rtklM. Significant orrora In obituwlM or Wrth winounMimnto win rwult In mprlnllng of tho onllr* Hwa Error* may b» raportod to in* wllioiM department, 4«i » WEATHER Outlook: Cloudy Temperatures Yesterday's high 77 Overnight low SO Last year's high 98 Last year's low 56 Rainfall As of 8 a.m. today .00 Season to 676 42.16 Last year to 5/6 27.23 The Dally Journal ll made from at loan 40 percent recycled wweprint. FfcWree Ink • Oo ueed to keep the Ink on th* paper lmt««d >n the paper ln«««d ^BH XypwrlSn*. ^^ Complete the kwp and recycle your paper. County leery of tax revolt By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer Mendocino County supervisors are thinking about joining a spreading tax revolt. But they're being cautious because the financial risk could be greater than the potential gain. Several counties, including Los Angeles and Contra Costa have passed resolutions saying they won't hand over more property tax money to the state than they gave last year. Sonoma County supervisors will vote on a similar resolution in two- or three weeks. On Tuesday, Mendocino County supervisors voted to send the issue to committee for evaluation. Although most county supervisors said they thought something needs to be done about the state taking more of its property taxes, they admitted there's a high risk in challenging the state. The state took around $1.3 million of the $38 million the county will collect in local property taxes this fiscal year. That includes the special districts' share — about $300,000. State legislators are now talking about taking $3.8 million to $4 million next fiscal year locally, and as much as $2.6 billion from local governments statewide. But if the county challenges the state by refusing to turn over the tax revenue, it could potentially lose the $40 million to $50 million — around half the county's total $86 million budget — the state gives the county to run its programs. "Obviously they're in a superior position," said County Administrative Officer Mike Scannell. "They could very easily turn off the tap," said county Auditor- Controller Dennis Htiey. He noted that happened several years ago when Placer County attempted to challenge the state on its financial obligation to Social Services. Several supervisors said they thought a resolution would be futile but that (hey would support sending a letter to state legislators See REVOLT, Bock Page Counties plead for more money — Page 2 CINCO DE MAYO LUNCHEON Roly Sharpe-Brash/The Daily Journal Bryant Herrera, 6, wearing a traditional charro costume, serves Vlckl Todd, the director of business at the Mendocino County Office of Education, at a Clnco de Mayo fund-raising luncheon Wednesday at Oak Manor School. Food served Included tamales, rice, beans, salsa and chips. Money from the lunch be used by the Community Service Learning Project to send students to the U.N. Environmental Global Youth Forum In Boulder, Colo. 25 cents tax included ^mm Vagrants targeted in Ukiah ordinance By K.C. MEADOWS Journal staff writer Ukiah Public Safety Director Fred Keplinger said Wednesday night that an ordinance he is proposing to prohibit camping in public areas of the city is not aimed at the homeless, but rather at transients and drunks that are a regular nuisance in the city. Keplinger explained to the City Council at its meeting in City Hall that state law currently gives police the authority to remove unwanted people from sleeping in shrubbery or doorways, but only if the property owner complains. With a city ordinance in place, police officers could act on the complaints of neighbors or on their own initiative to remove unwanted vagrants. Keplinger said property owners often do not want to be up in the middle of the night dealing with vagrants, or sometimes do not care about the vagrants, while their neighbors do. Keplinger said he knew of at least one situation where a business has no objection to a vagrant using its doorway as a sleeping area at night, although neighbors did complain. Without the city ordinance there is nothing the police can do in such a case. See COUNCIL, Back Page Oak forests must be saved warns Forestry board SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Forestry board, refusing to regulate oaks now, is warning local governments and landowners that the state will step in if voluntary efforts don't stop the decline of oak forests. Board Chairwoman Terry Gorton said the state should try to avoid the controversies in which conifer forests have become involved. She outlined a strategy Wednesday to encourage local officials to control oaks or lose control to the state. "This is a great opportunity for us to take another road," said Gorton, who said state regulations would be onerous without provid- ing protection. Gorton proposed that the board direct a public relations and educational campaign geared toward local leaders and large landowners. The other board members informally agreed. The board would give local agencies a year to set up plans to prevent overcutling and the loss of woodlands to urban development. If that effort is unsuccessful, the board would seek legislative authority to set standards similar to rural fire prevention rules. A final solution would be to regulate oaks as if they were softwood timber. "In this case the carrot is the big stick called regulation," Gorton said. "If it works, this is by far the easiest way to make it happen," said Bob Schneider with the Sierra Club's Oak Woodland Task Force. "The board felt trapped by the alternative of using a huge club or doing nothing." Schneider said the board's approach may also encourage cooperation between traditional adversaries like ranchers and environmentalists. "We are talking about changing the culture in a dramatic and important way that goes beyond protecting hardwood forests from fuel Yokayo named distinguished school By LOIS O'ROURKE Journal staff writer Yokayo Elementary School has been selected by the state Department of Education as a California Distinguished School in 1993. It's the second time in six years the school has received the recognition. Yokayo was previously selected as a California Distinguished School in 1987. Yokayo has an enrollment of 565 students with programs in special education, the gifted and talented as well as for bilingual and preschool age pupils. "We're very excited over here," said Yokayo Principal Bruce DeVries, who was notified about the award Wednesday in a letter from the state. DeVries said he plans to hold celebrations for the schools' K-5 pupils and a separate celeb- radon for the staff. Yokayo was selected as one of 206 schools by the state and judged to be exemplary in both regional and state-level competitions, according to a statement released this week by the state Department of Education. Of the 206 schools, 27 were selected for high performance or substantial improvement in the Grade 8 Achievement Program. The remaining 179 schools were selected for their exemplary educational programs as demonstrated in a statewide application process. Ukiah Unified School District Superintendent Charley Myers said Yokayo School is the second school in the district to be selected as a California Distinguished School. Ukiah High School received California Distinguished School honors in 1988. Myers said the award used to be based on test scores, but that's no longer the sole criteria. "The reason Yokayo was selected is primari- See SCHOOL, Back Page Sy Yokayo teacher Kay Hill grader Alveta Castillo. woodcutting," Schneider said. About 6,000 acres are lost each year to fuel woodcutting. Half of that — an estimated 300,000 trees — is cut from Shasta and Tehama counties in the northern Sacramento Valley. Of the 120 large cuts monitored in the last three years, researchers said that in 96 cases more trees were taken than recommended by existing voluntary guidelines. The greatest harm, officials said, is urbanization in places like Placer and El Dorado counties. Nearly 14,000 acres of woodlands are lost in California every year to subdivisions and shopping centers. Clinton vows tough action in Bosnia By TERENCE HUNT The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Clinton today called on reluctant Western allies to join with the United States "to act quickly and decisively" against warring Serb forces in Bosnia. He said "tougher measures" are needed. Clinton said he had directed Secretary of State Warren Christopher to renew his efforts to win allied support for "tougher measures." He denounced the rejection of the peace accord as a delaying tac- See BOSNIA, Back Page Senate race conceded to Thompson By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer The last of the 2nd Senate District absentee ballots have been counted and the winner is still 4th District Senator Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena. First runner up Margie Handley, a republican businesswoman from Willits, had hoped last week's initial ballot count — which gave Thompson only a 671 vote lead — would change when the count was complete. It did, but Thompson ended up with a 678 vote lead. His total vote count was 48,098. With 1,256 absentee and provisional ballots outstanding last week, Handley said she would ask for a recount if she lost by fewer than 200 votes. See THOMPSON, Back Page SI SE PUEDE' Farm workers: It can be done' without Chavez By JOE BIGHAM Tha Associated Press L 4 Si se puede," the United Farm Workers' faithful shouted as they mourned the death of their leader, Cesar Chavez. "Si se puede" rang out again as they greeted the union's new president, Arturo Rodriguez. The Spanish phrase, which means "yes, we can," shows the UFW's resolve to survive despite failure to budge growers during a nine-year table grape boycott called after the loss of most contracts. But can the United Farm Workers survive without the charismatic Chavez? Its leaders feel the union actually will become stronger from revived interest in "la causa," the cause, that followed the death of Chavez on April 22. "By dying, he assured that the farm workers union will live," Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the UFW three decades ago, declared at Chavez's funeral mass. Rodriguez, who was little known outside the union until he became president this week, vows to continue "the dogged persistence" that Chavez taught. "Our opponents must understand that we will never give up," says Rodriguez, 43, a son-in-law of Chavez. "We will keep plugging away day after day, year after year until the grape boycott is won, until farm workers have the final victory." Despite such optimism, the question remains whether the United Farm Workers can again become a potent labor force. Rodriguez says 22,000 union members are working under contracts, which compares to about 100,000 at the UFW's peak in the 1970s. "Arty Rodriguez has got a big job ahead," says Bruce Obbink, chairman of the California Table Grape Commission. "The UFW has been on a downhill fund-raising and political slide the last eight years." The current boycott of California table grapes has not had the type of impact as did the 1960s-era boycott that was embraced by liberals nationwide and forced growers to sign union contracts. The commission's statistics show that ship- See CHAVEZ, Back Page

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