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i i i1 i- it i- ft jr- fr 185 TIMES TRIBUNE Tuesday, June 4, 1985 A-3 Exec cries bias over terms of Jail sentence I I.J a a. am A LI. ...1 .11 fA A hla AAOMAU he was denied permission to serve his one-year sentence In the county work-furlough program because of his position as head of the corporation. Work-furlough inmates work during the day and spend their nights at a Jail facility In Mountain View. "If you earn $2 an hour you qualify, but If you earn $20,000 a month, you dont What they (work-furlough program administrators) are doing puzzles me, Meulners' attorney, Jack Komar, said According to court documents filed In.

the case, Meulners approached a private detective last September about hiring a contract killer. A San Jose police detective, who passed himself off to Meulners as contract killer Carlo Piccolo, was offered $20,000 for the killing. A down payment of $7,000 In gold Krugerrands was tendered in the parking lot of a Santa Clara restaurant, according to court documents. But Meulners backed out of the scheme, bothered, his attorney said, by his conscience. Kathleen Meulners later testified on behalf of her husband when he was sentenced.

According to the probation report, she stopped divorce proceedings, and the couple continued to live together. The probation officer who wrote the report recommended a two-year state prison sentence. A San Jose police Investigator, quoted by the probation officer, described Please see LAWSUIT, A-4 er unamenable to supervision, the lawsuit stated. A Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge last week stayed Meulners1 sentence until the work-furlough question is settled. Meulners was scheduled to begin serving his sentence today.

He pleaded guilty last Nov. 10 to charges that he solicited a killer to do away with his wife, Kathleen. His motive, according to prosecutors, was a fear that a divorce settlement would give her a large share of his Dymek stock. At time of his conviction last year, Meulners was making $264,000 a year as president and chief executive officer of Dymek, a manufacturer of computer test disks, according to his probation report When he applied for work furlough, Meulners "was singled out for discriminatory and arbitrary treatment on the basis he Is a president and high official of a company, without any rational basis, therefore, or any evidence that such employment renders petition By John Raess Times Tribuns staff The president of a San Jose high-technology firm, who was convicted of soliciting the murder of his estranged wife, claims that probation officers wont let him serve his sentence In a work-furlough program because he Is rich and has a good Job. In a petition filed Monday In Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose, Duane Meulners, 52, president of Dymek claims Have you seen them? 4th term out for DeRosa San Carlos councilman decides not to run again Kevin Andrew Collins DATE MISSING: 2.10.84 EYES: Gray-green FROM: San Francisco HEIGHT: 4'6R AGE: 1 1 WEIGHT: 72 pounds BIRTHDATE 1.24.74 HAIR: Brown WHITE MALE LAST SEEN: 2.10.84 at 7:55 p.m.

after basketball practice. Kevin was seen by two witnesses waiting for a bus at Oak and Masonic streets. He was wearing brown corduroy pants, a white shirt and a green sweater. $100,000 reward IDENTIFYING MARKS: Small scar on tongue INVESTIGATING AGENCY: San Francisco Po- lice Department Juvenile Department (415) Mitchell Deshaun Owens DATE MISSING: 2.3.83 BLACK MALE FROM: Menlo Park EYES: Brown AGE: 6 HEIGHT: 38 BIRTHDATE 11.21.78 WEIGHT: 35 pounds HAIR: Black LAST SEEN: 2.3.83. Mitchell was taken from his home in the middle of the night and has not been $000 sIocq IDENTIFYING MARKS: Scar on upper nose.

Surgical scar on left rib. Lazy right eye right eyelid droops INVESTIGATING AGENCY: Menlo Park Police Department (415) 858-3300 By Phyllis Brown Times Tribune staff Three-term San Carlos City Councilman Gayton DeRosa said Monday he will not seek reelection In November. DeRosa said his nearly 14 years bn the council have been enough. "I have had my three terms, beRosa said. I think It is time to let someone else take on the reins.

DeRosa is one of three council members whose seats will be available in November. The others up for re-election are Victor Stoltz and William Steele. stoltz, a retiree and former planning commissioner, has been on the council since 1981. He said he has not decided whether he will seek another term In office. I will have to wait until it gets closer to November, Stoltz said.

Steele, a businessman, has -served on the council since 1976. He was not available for comment I DeRosa announced his Intentions early. The filing period for the election begins July 15 and ends August 9. However, DeRosa Is not alone in making an early announcement. Three San Carlos school trustees, Alan Leeson, Margery Ranch and Douglas Miller, have announced they will not seek re-election to the school board In November.

DeRosa, 59, has served longest of his five fellow council members, who Include Mayor John Buchanan and Patricia Bennie. When he leaves the council he will have served a total of 13 years and 9 months. DeRosa, who last year retired from his job as an accountant with the Chevron said he decided two years ago that he should step down from his post There are so many good people in this city to run for public office, I feel comfortable stepping down, he said. DeRosa first sought election in 1960 while president of a home-owners groups seeking to block Please see DEROSA, A-4 Funding application approved Disagreement over shelter for homeless Janet McGovern Tlmea Tribune staff Though concerned about the problems of the homeless, the Redwood City Council found It difficult Monday to agree on what the city ought to do to help them. The council was asked to approve an application for federal funds that would allocate the lions share $430,000 to an emergency shelter.

In previous years, the city has allocated money to a variety of social service agencies, to an extensive housing rehabilitation program and to remodeling the kitchen at a senior citizens' center. On a 4-2 vote, the council approved the application devoting most of the money to the shelter, despite the misgivings of Mayor Brent Brltschgl and Councilman Bill StangeL Brltschgl said he could not go along with using so much money for a shelter unless he were guaranteed that it would serve Redwood City's homeless, not those from other communities. City Attorney David Schricker speculated that that probably would not be possible, under the rules governing the Community Development Block Grant Funds. An added complication Is the question of what constitutes a residence, he said. The proposal seemed to have overwhelming support from the council in March, when several homeless women, social workers and Jack Greenalch, the chairman of the citys Housing and Human Concerns Committee, appeared before the council to explain the need for such shelter.

It probably would be created by the citys acquiring one or more motels, which would be leased to a non-profit group, such as the Salvation Army, according to Councilman Richard Claire. The proposal had the strong support of Councilman Bill Rhodes, who had first raised the issue. But, when It came time to vote on the grant application, Brltschgl and Stangel resisted, partly because the sum is so large and the proposal still vague. Rhodes pointed out that the city has been partly responsible for displacing people, through Its program to clean up dilapidated housing. Several times, landlords have requested time extensions before houses are torn down, so the residents, who are crowded into garages and illegal second units, can find another place to live.

"We have a two-edged problem and a problem that's going to continue, he said. Rhodes argued that many churches In Redwood City pay $35 a night to put families In motels and they dont "turn a mother and three children Into a rainy street simply because they arent Redwood City residents. I think we have In our city some very rundown motels that could be acquired and brought up to a clean standard of operation, he said. Greenalch also put In a strong pitch for the funding, one so ardent that Brltschgl Interrupted him to remind Greenalch that "we dont need a lecture. "The liberal cities talk a good game, Greenalch said, his voice rising.

Palo Alto Is the most liberal city on the Peninsula and they talk a good game. But what have they done? Greenalch and Rhodes were quick to add that they did not want to Impugn any councilman who voted against the shelter funding. Stangel said he did not object to providing funds to relocate people displaced by the citys housing rehabilitation program. But he doubted that the city, or well-intentioned do-gooders on a housing committee, were capable of running an emergency shelter. Councilman Gerry Chandler said he was not troubled by the fact that the proposal Is still vague, noting that the city has In the pak budgeted $600,000 for housing rehabilitation without knowing "dollar for dollar how the money would be spent Claire said the housing committee should take note of Britschgl's feelings about helping Redwood City residents first and try to find a way to accommodate his objections.

Claire added that the proposal can be changed later, when the housing committee has had more time to work on it In other action, the council upheld a decision by the zoning administrator not to allow the sale of beer and wine at Woods Texaco station at 502 Whipple Ave. Owner Robert Wood said self-service gasoline sales are so marginal that he needs additional profits to bolster his business. But the council agreed with zoning administrator Ken Schroeter that liquor sales at the station could encourage drinking while driving. Several rezonlngs were unanimously approved for the Campeau Corporation's Marine World Executive Office Park. The rezonlngs are among many approvals the developer needs before razing the amusement park on the site and building a hotel and office park.

The council began eminent domain proceedings for land that the city may need to acquire from Pacific Gas Electric Co. to accomplish the widening of Seaport Boulevard. New regulations for the outdoor sale of merchandise, which had been recommended by the Planning Commission, were unanimously approved. The ordinance grew out of complaints from merchants during the Super Bowl about itinerant merchants hawking sports novelties. The ordinance will allow outdoor sales at one location on private property for no more than 30 days, thus enabling Christmas tree lots and Fourth of July fireworks stands to stay In business.

Cynthia Lynn Sumpter HEIGHT: WEIGHT: 150 to 180 pounds HAIR: Brown John Thomas Davies DATE MISSING: 11.8.81 EYES: Blue FROM: Belmont AGE 18 BIRTHDATE 8.5.66 WHITE MALE LAST SEEN: 11.8.81. John was home after watching television. He went to bed and was first missed the next day at 9 a.m. IDENTIFYING MARKS: One small, round scar on forehead INVESTIGATING AGENCY: Belmont Police Department, (415) 573-3400 DATE MISSING: 4.27.74 FROM: San Jose AGE: 16 BIRTHDATE 7.18.68 WHITE FEMALE EYES: Blue HEIGHT: 3 (when last seen) WEIGHT: 50 pounds HAIR: Blond IDENTIFYING MARKS: Cowlick on right side of hairline. Mole on shin and left back Publisher, editors meet with public Times Tribune staff The public Is invited to "Meet Your Newspaper with members of the Times Tribune staff Wednesday night at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge.

Times Tribune publisher Thomas Cuiilgan, editor Michael G. Kidder, editor emeritus Leonard Koppett and editorial page editor Paul Voakes will discuss how the Times Tribune covers Peninsula news. The discussion will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camlno Real The event is co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, No. 1471.

1984; Mitchell Deshaun Owens, abducted from his home In Menlo Park in 1983; John Thomas Davies, last seen In his Belmont home In 1981; and Cynthia Lynn Sumpter, last seen in San Jose In 1974. The council, organized 30 years ago. Is the oldest and largest child-safety organization In the United States. In addition to the directory, It has organized a program to have missing childrens pictures and biographies In utility bills and on milk cartons. Timm Tribune staff In Its ongoing effort to help locate missing children, the National Child Safety Council has Included four Bay Area children in its national directory.

The four children, who are Included with other children from around the United States in an updated edition of the councils Missing Children Directory, are: Kevin Andrew Collins, last seen in San Francisco In Mobile home residents continue rent fight tied to the CPI, subsidies for tenants who cant afford increases and a mediation program to resolve disputes between the owners and renters. The committee, which has no powers of Its own, will have to walk a fine line in evaluating the Issue, Greenalch noted, because of the threat that If the park residents dont get what they want, they may start a dtywlde rent control movement Although many of the park residents dispute It the park owners believe they already have given consider- Please see RENT, A-4 Greenalch said the committee will have to decide whether there is grounds for asking the council to take up the question again, as well as whether there Is a realistic chance that mobile home park owners would be open to new negotiations. As of 12 this afternoon. he said Monday, "I've been In touch with the park owners and they arent prepared to enter Into any negotiations because they feel they have negotiated In good faith. Greenalch said the owners would like to give the program the council endorsed a chance first.

It included rents subsequently asked the citys Housing and Human Concerns Committee, which advises the council, to reopen the Issue. The committee met last Wednesday with some of the residents of the affected mobile home parks Harbor Village, Redwood Mobile Estates, Red-wqod City Mobile Home Park and the La Mar Park to hear the appeal for a tighter ordinance. The committee is scheduled to meet again at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Redwood Mobile Estates, 2053 E. Bayshore Road, according to Jack Greenalch, committee chairman.

By Janet McGovern Tknm Tribune staff Residents at four of Redwood City's mobile home parks are trying to get the Council to reconsider Its recent approval of a voluntary form of rent stabilization. On April 23, the City Council voted 4-3 to endorse a form of rent stabilization for the mobile home parks, with rents itled to the Consumer Price Index but not capped by any amount The compromise" appeared not to satisfy many of the residents who attended the council meeting, and they.

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