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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 58

Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, June 30, 1973
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Thomas There's food for thought in Tucson Conspiracy - They call -it a Food Conspiracy, and it's the counterculture^ answer to the high price of food. .What the conspiracy is about, as any housewife knows, is how to provide good, cheap food to those who need it. That means the poor, the elderly and the young and footloose hippie types. It also means the well-to-do, .because everyone can recognize a bargain. The Food Conspiracy is a grocery store in a nondescript building on Tucson's N. Fourth Avenue, where a group of merchants is prospering catering to street freaks, the straights and those who want a little artistic license in their lives. At first glance, the store is like no store you've ever seen 1 . • Everything is helter-skelter, overflowing with merchandise. People are poking, looking, bent over a floor-level shelf. Longhaired clerks, in sandals and with bared chests, lug heavy boxes, while girls in halters or braless tee- shirts examine organic food. There are hand-drawn posters on the old-fashioned', high-ceilinged walls—political posters reflecting the far left, pos- : ters calling for love of mankind and posters made by children. VOn a refrigerator is this sign: "Warning—if you like the sensation gotten when standing on a roof with your head wrapped in tinfoil during a thunderstorm, do not open this refrigerator with bare feet." Hollee Weiss is one Of the seven workers in the Conspiracy. She, like the others, gets $75 a week — $60 take-home pay. The number of employes fluctuates, depending on who needs a job. "It's, a nonprofit-making deal, a coop," she said, between stints of ringing up sales and stacking shelves. "Everything is sold at as much discount as we can afford. Anything extra — the profit — is plowed back into the store." No one in the store has any prior experience in the grocery business. The closest is a worker who once was a bag boy in a supermarket. But they listen to the community and tak,e the advice of many knowledgeable experts, some of whom are professors at the University of Arizona. "We have a public meeting on Sundays every two weeks. It's usually in the park, a potluck affair, and we take suggestions," Hollee said. . Roughly, everything sold to the public is at cost plus 10 per cent. Volunteers — they come and go according to hunger ~- can buy food, at 3 per cent over cost. Volunteers are .almost always accept- ed. But there are drawbacks. A sign says: "Volunteers, if you are here to work and eat, try to work a whole lot more than you eat. We still have to pay for what you consume, and a lot of people are just hanging out and stuffing their faces. It ain't cool." . It is not unusual for the clerks to go through the store announcing they have a truck outside with $1,250 in foodstuffs that have to be unloaded "pronto — any volunteers?" And there usually are customers. They have a wonderful time passing down boxes, carrying them down a steep set of stairs and stacking them. The sponte- neity, the party atmosphere, make for light work out of a burdensome task. The store makes no bones: about beliefs or intentions. , • . •• • ,•. • "We are trying to be an educational, spiritual and political alternative to the .usual capitalistic food store," says the Conspiracy's manifesto. "We not only wish to provide good food at the lowest possible prices, we also want to create a place which is an alternative to the agri-business supermarkets ... and where an educational process can take place about politics, health,, food and life-styles." The Conspiracy. offers a wide variety of foods. There are rows of shelves containing seeds, herbs .and nuts wrapped in plastic sheets. There are fresh juices made from carrots, pink grapefruit, orange-grape, orange-strawberry and carrot^coconut. The are 14 flavors of yogurt. Natural cheeses, fertile eggs and vegetables and fruit of all sorts. There is raw cow's milk, goat's milk,, natural cereals, honey ("made by bees kept in the Tucson mountains where they were fed on saguaro, cats- claw and mesquite.") Food is ordered from regular food processors, from organic farmers in Galifornia and from backyards in Tucson and Phoenix. Anyone call sell to the Conspiracy as long as they can show they are backyard gardeners. A guy with several overloaded plum trees, an organic strawberry grower or a proud owner of an avocado tree can all be assured that their surplus will be sold. And if you can't grow it, the Conspiracy will show you how. It holds classes on gardening, herbs; nutrition, bee-keeping, edible wild plants and meatless cooking. The latter is necessary, because the Conspiracy does not sell meat. "Too high prices and we have too many vegetarians," said a worker. . State to rule on ambulance rates in July By ATHIA L. HARDT The State Corporation Commission will rule in July on Arizona ambulance companies' rate raise request,, probably without finding out if the companies are operating efficiently. That information simply is not available from the companies' financial records, a commission official and a spokesman for the Governor's Highway Safety Coordinator's office said Friday. Particularly in rural areas, there is a lack of uniform accounting procedures, and the ambulance operators "just know nothing about accounting and can't afford to pay an accountant," said Frank Bowman, assistant director of the commission's tariff and rate division. The condition of the ambulance operators' financial records was revealed in a random review conducted by James L. Hill, the'governor's assistant highway safety coordinator. Bowman said the commission staff found similar results in another survey. Because questions of efficient management and whether a rate raise is the best answer to ambulance companies' financial woes can't be answered, the . commission staff will concentrate on determining if the cost of equipment and labor has risen since 1969, the year of the last ambulance rate raise, Bowman said. "That's the only way I know to approach it," he added. The commission July 10 and 11 will hear the Ambulance Operators of Arizona, Inc., request to raise base rates 25 per cent. In the future, the commission probably will seek the broader review of the situation that is needed, but the staff has been unable to provide that because of a lack of manpower, Bowman said. :For the present, "we've got to be concerned with the additional cost of doing the job now. That's the area we are going to be involved in," he said. Under the ambulance operators' request, the basic, flat fee per emergency call would rise from $32 to $40. Ambulance companies also charge $1 per mile,, but.that additional fee would be unaffected. The ambulance group, representing the majority • of the state's operators, also is seeking to charge for the use of specific first-aid equipment they are required to carry by the commission. Hill said the highway safety office probably will not take a stand in the hearing. The office supported the companies' 1969 rate raise, and operators have again sought the office's support. The office needs more facts before it can support the increase, he said, add- Continued on Page B-2 Emprise sues Steiger for $20 million Associated Press BUFFALO — Emprise Corp. and its subsidiary, Sportservice Corp., filed a $20 million suit Friday against Rep. Sam Steiger, R-Arizona, and others, alleging the corporations were targets of a bugr ging, bribery and burglary conspiracy. In addition to Steiger, the suit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court, the conspiracy on two competing firms, ServQmation Corp., an4 its. Subsidiary, Servomation Duchess Inc. Also named as defendants are Servo- mation officers, Ted. R. Nicolay and Allan Lucht. The action alleges a number of illegal business practices designed to "damage and defame the company and attempt to bring about its ruin," Specifically, the suit accuses Steiger of ordering the bugging of a San Diego room to overbear a conversation between a former Emprise employe and the late Louis Jacobs, Emprise president until his death in 1968. Steiger was en route from Washington . Friday and could not be reached for comment. Earlier, ho\yeyer, he said he could not remember whether he had prior knowledge of the alleged bugging attempt by his aide, Michael Jarvis, in San Diego, but a4ded he would accept full response bility for the action. The suit also charges the Arizona Republican legislator has tried to exert improper influence over the Arizona State Racing Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and other state and federal agencies in order to harm Emprise and benefit Servomation. Steiger has accused Emprise of having ties with figures in organized crime. His alligations sparked a recent probe by the House Crime Committee into the firm's role in race-track operations. ' The' Servomation firm and its subsidiary are accused of inducing Emprise customers to "breach or terminate" contracts and deal with them instead. All the defendants are said- to have engaged in soliciting trade secrets from former Emprise employes, removing Continued on Page B-2 Violence erupted at a grape farm in Glendale Friday morning as opposing: factions in a labor dispute! met to, discuss means of keeping peace. Investigators said raiders rushed through a portion of Bodirie's Produce, Inc., 83rd Avenue and Bell Road, dumping boxes of grapes, setting fire to vines and burning a flat-bed truck. "It was preplanned, a staged attack. They tricked the sheriff's deputies,"said Ralph Bodine, vice president of the company, ; , . Bodine was meeting with Sheriff Paul' Blubaum, a union representative and others at his office, 120 W. Madison, when the trouble occurred. The meeting was called to'discuss terms of Superior Court orders-'issued Wednesday to restrict mass picketing -and to work ; out ; rules for Avoiding violence. ; • Further 'legal .action developed bn.the county level where the ;United Farm Workers filed a counterclaim against Goldmar Inc., a grape grower, and on the state level where El Dorado Farms west of Litchfield Park filed an unfair labor practices complaint. Bodine said he was sitting next to Richard Cook, Arizona representative for the United Farm Workers, at the sher- THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC (Section B) Page 1 ® , Saturday, June 30, 1973 iff's office when the report of the violence came. "When Chief Deputy Andy Best came in he said the meeting had been called to discuss ways of keeping the peace, but that Bodine's was under attack right then. • • • ;' "I told him (Best) that I wasn't interested in talking about peace just then, that I wanted to get back to my place, and Heft." Following Bodine's departure, other growers asked Cook whether the policy of the union would be to violate the law. Best said that Cook replied: "Draw your own conclusions." The meeting then ended. Republic photo by Forrest stroup John Luchaga, 9, left, David Mosley, 12, and Region Luchaga, 5, help Emmet Burton move into his new home at 2218 N. 50th Drive. Family of 8 bids goodbye to 33 years oi downtown By ROBERT REILLY Emmet Burton said goodbye Friday to downtown Phoenix, put his wife, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter into a huge rental truck, and headed for the suburbs. Burton lived 33 years at 20 N. 12th St "When I first moved here in 1930 I told the city they ought to pave the street from Washington to Van Buren," said the 71-year-old table captain who. has worked more than 40 years at the downtown Arizona Club. Tempe tax rate expected to drop below a dollar TEMPE—A 38 per cent increase in assessed valuation, plus a state law limiting property tax collections, will result in a 26 cent drop in the city property tax was reported Friday . James Alexander, city finance director, said he expects the City Council to set a tax rate of 99 cents per $100 of assessed valuation at a special meeting July 5. The present rate is $1.25. Alexander said a property tax rate of 99 cent? would be the'lowest for the city since fiscal 1954-55, when it was 96 cents. • The city's assessed valuation this year is pegged at $134.8 million, compared to $97.2 million last year, he said. He said a new state law prohibits city property tax collections from rising more than 10 per cent over the previous year. Alexander said he expects the property tax to produce $1.6 million for the city in fiscal 1973-74, compared to $1.3 million in the current fiscal year, which ends today at midnight. Over the years Burton's neighborhood hit the skids. Tin shacks, loosely-built wooden houses, unpaved roads and alleyways mark the section of the city from 6th to 12th Streets between Van Buren and Madison, earmarked for renewal. Burton even grew tired of his own one-story, three-bedroom house. "Last year I had water a foot deep in my kitchen," he recalled. "And dust came in all the time." So when the neighborhood urban renewal office came to negotiate for the sale of the house, Burton jumped at the chance. He eventually, sold it for $8,500 and bought a new one at 2218 N. 50th Drive for $23,800. Of the purchase price, $15,000 came from federal relocation funds. "This one's got four bedrooms, refrigeration and 11 trees in the yard," he said proudly of his new home. All day Friday the Burton family was cleaning the refrigerator, washing the kitchen floor, and moving in furniture. Some neighborhood children and a black kitten came over to watch. "I don't mind leaving my old home one bit," Burton said. "Everything must change. And I've got two cars so I can drive back to see my old friends. "Out here my grandchildren will have a good place to play. I can tend to my trees and mow the lawn. I even bought a new gasoline lawnmower." Not everyone in the urban renewal area is as anxious to leave the city as Burton. Urban'renewal officials say about 200 elderly persons are to be relocated, "and about half want to stay in their neighborhoods." To solve the problem, the city is building an apartment house in the renewal area, that will accommodate the elderly. Dwellers will pay about 25 per cent of their income for rent. MK.5ACK, WHICH \<5 THE NORTH WELL, powfEE THOSE TWO STAK5 THAT MAKE THE ENP OF THE 516 plPrER?-JI#T FOLLOW THEM 6TRAI6HT UP $1* SPACES, AMP THERE'S THE NORTH £TAf?.. THAT£ AMAZINSf 5EIN6 (JlTH W, MR.SACX, HAS BEEN THE GREATEST EXPERl ENCE OF AW LIFE! *A PROfHET IS NOT 1 WITHOUT HONOR . Deputies Charles F. Pobstman and Mark Eshelman said they were on duty at Bodine's when they noted that 28 pick- els , were working there. The restraining order limited the number to' 20. "We went down to the other end of the field to talk to them about removing the extra 'pickets," Eshelman said, "and that pulled us out of .position. While we were talking to them, about 100 of their people came in behind us and went through the fields." Bodine said the grapes dumped onto the ground were ruined and could not be repacked. He had no immediate damage estimate of the value of the ruined grapes, burned vines and the damaged truck and its load of packing materials. The raiders chased the workers out of the fields and some of the workers later quit because of ; the incident, Bodine and sheriff's deputies-said. Cin6 of the raiders stuck a flare into a load 1 of paper-boxes and other packing material aboard a parked truck. Workers pushed the burning.material to the ground, but before the truck could be moved the dual rear wheels on one side were aflame. "There will be no further violence without appropriate action being taken," Best said. "We are stretching our reserves to the limit to afford the protection of the law to law-abiding citizens." Bodine said Blubaum assured him after the violence that sufficient enforcement units would be available to preserve the peace. Officials at the J.G. Boswell Ranch, Cotton Lane and Cactus Road, also reported some minor disturbances with some damage resulting. The windshield on one vehicle was broken, they said. Those present at Blubaum's office during the meeting included growers, Cecil Miller, president, Arizona Farm Bureau; Ray Feld, U.S. Border Patrol, and John C. Jones, U.S. Immigration Service. The UFW officials requested the Border Patrol and Immigration authorities alleging Mexican aliens were being brought in by growers to work at lower wage rates in the fields. ' In the Superior Court suit, the UFW sought an order to stop Goldmar from employing illegal aliens or inducing them to come to work for the growers. The counterclaim, resulting from Wednesday's restraining order issued by Judge Howard F. Thompson in behalf of Goldmar, also asks for unspecified damages for UFW members fired or denied employment because of the hiring of the aliens-as low-wage strike-breakers. Earlier, Judge Thompson amended Continued on Page B-2 John Seaman Sheriff picks corrections planning chief . The appointment of John Seaman of Scottsdale to the newly created civilian position of corrections planner with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department was announced Friday. Seaman has headed the Scottsdale Youth Services Division for the past four years. Sheriff Paul Blubaum said Seaman's position is equal to the rank of captain. Seaman will begin the $14,000 a year job Monday. Blubaum also announced the promotions ofCapt. Robert Heck and Capt, Joe Love to ; the rank of major, a new title in the sheriff's department. Heck will head a support services division which includes administration, and Love will be in charge of field operations. The appointment of Seaman is in keeping with a statement by Blubaum earlier this year that he wanted rehabilitation and education rather than detention to be emphasized in the county jail. Seaman, 41, has spent 14 years in corrections work, six in Arizona and eight in his native state of New Jersey, he said Friday.

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