Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 9, 1993 · Page 9
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 9

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, May 9, 1993
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-THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- SUNDAY, MAY 9, 1993 — 9 California Mother and daughter on two special missions at Harvard University auto dealers face fraud allegations SACRAMENTO (AP) — General Motors Corporation and 34 Northern California CM dealers have been charged with administrative fraud and deceit for concealing the repair records of dozens of used cars in violation of California's "lemon laws." Dealerships facing the most charges include Biddulph Chevrolet in Santa Rosa, with seven, Crown Chevrolet in Dublin, with four, and Love Chevrolet, with two each in its Folsom and Seaside dealerships. Altogether, the charges filed by the Department of Motor Vehicles involve 51 vehicles sold by dealerships in the San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno areas. The complaint, filed April 29, was revealed Friday by the DMV, which said the dealerships and GM face possible fines and license suspension if found guilty in formal hearings by the state Department of Administrative Hearings. There was no one immediately available to speak with a reporter who called GM's California offices seeking comment. DMV spokeswoman Bill Madison said the dealers are accused of selling the vehicles to new buyers without revealing that they had been reacquired from their original owners after the vehicles had mechanical problems which qualified them as "lemons" under California law. He said the DMV authority against the dealers is limited to actions and tines against their dealer licenses, but that the incidents are also under investigation for additional civil or criminal action by the attorney general's office. Fresno area dealers named in the DMV complaint include American Chevrolet GEO, Downtown Oldsmobile, Hallowell Chevrolet, Martens Chevrolet, Merle Stone Chevrolet, Paradiso Automotive Service, Smith Chevrolet and Steves Chevrolet. Sacramento area dealers named by the DMV include Century Buick, Hobbie Chevrolet, Love Chevrolet, Nugget Chevrolet, Sanborn Chevrolet, Taylor Motors and Tradeway Chevrolet. ' San Francisco Bay Area dealers include Anderson Chevrolet, Barber Chevrolet, Biddulph Chevrolet, Billings Chevrolet, Carl Chevrolet, Courtesy Chevrolet, Crown Chevrolet, Ellis Brooks Chevrolet, F.H. Daily Motor Co., Love Chevrolet, Michaels Chevrolet, Pearson Olds, Pontiac, GMC, President Chevrolet, Raines Chevrolet, Redwood Chevrolet, Sam Linder's Auto Center, Thurstan Chevrolet, Victory Auto Plaza and Vreeland Chevrolet. Clinton links campaign reform to economy WASHINGTON (AP) — President Clinton promised Saturday that his campaign finance reform proposal would give Americans more say in how their government is run. He also promised their taxes wouldn't be increased to pay for it. In his weekly radio address, Clinton blamed special interests for standing in the way of many of his efforts — like his economic stimulus package — and said lobbyists already are busy fighting his national service plan and still- developing health care package. "This is what happens in Washington. Narrow interests exercise powerful influence," he said. "They try to stop reform, delay change, deny progress — simply because they profit frdrn the status quo." Clinton said campaign finance reform is the first step in any efforts to boost the economy, change the health care system and improve education and job prospects for Americans. "Because big money and the special access it buys are the problem, we have to reform the political system even as we try to improve the economy and open opportunities for people," he said. CHnton's campaign finance plan — unveiled Friday — includes spending caps, partial public funding of House and Senate races and new restrictions on interest groups and lobbyists. Clinton has said the public funding of congressional races would be paid for by repealing a tax loophole that allows businesses to deduct the costs of lobbyists. But Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who gave toe Republican response to Clinton's address, said middle class Americans would wind up bearing the costs after Clinton broke yet another promise. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Solveig Nilsen-Goodin walks to school with the same person every day, shares textbooks and takes some of the same courses. But she couldn't decide what to call her classmate when they passed in the halls. Finally, she settled on Mom. Nilsen-Goodin and her mother, Mary Ylvisaker Nilsen, are the first mother-daughter students in die 175-year history of Harvard Divinity School. "We've become each other's support and help," said Nilsen, who moved from a four-bedroom house in Iowa City, Iowa, to the crowded apartment she shares with her daughter and son-in-law, a gradu- ate student at Boston University. "It was my concern that I not enter her space and, as kids would say these days, invade her turf," said Nilsen, 54. "I've tried to be very careful about making my own friends and living my own life." The idea of attending divinity school together "all made sense," said Nilsen-Goodin, 26. The elder woman is the daughter, granddaughter and wife of ordained Lutheran ministers. She hopes to teach writing. Nilsen-Goodin is working toward ordination in the Lutheran church. Her two brothers already are pastors and one of her two sisters is a seminarian. Nilsen decided to apply to Harvard during a visit with her daughter last year. "I have a very restless mind," she said. 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