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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 47

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KU'UDUi, CITY THE ARKONA.REPUBLIC Wednesday,, Nov. 5, 1969 Page 23 Boost in driver ^points' rejected Paul Dean County's out to bite you ii your dog runs loose IN JUNE, 7-year-old Cleveland Holden was crushed and killed by an automobile. The lad had scampered into the street to avoid a loose, barking dog. A few weeks earlier, private investigator Steve Fotinos demolished his car against a parked truck, was unconscious for hours and took 17 stitches in his chin. Fotinos had skidded across the street to avoid a running dog. A Phoenix parent was recently awarded $34,000 in a settlement out of court. But the money will never heal the mouth-to-hairline scars left in his daughter's face by a roaming terrier. This is why Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler and Glendale have leash laws. And this is why the veterinary center of the Maricopa County Health Department is renewing the bite on man's best friend and his masters. For the past year, county rabies control officers have been conducting a quiet experiment in Chandler. Instead of hauling prowling pooches back to the pound, officers have sought out owners, returned the dogs and issued warnings. Second offenders have received citations and heavy fines. "It seems to have worked so now we're tightening up all over the Valley," commented Joe Bob Gotcher, deputy director of the veterinary center. "On Oct. 23, one Phoenix dog owner was fined $50 for allowing his animal to run loose. This week another owner was fined $35." According to Gotcher and Dr. Tom Kelly, director of veterinary medicine for the county, control officers are not witch hunting all wandering pets but are aiming to take the rove out of Rovers belonging to habitual offenders. "We've tried handing out written warnings but 9 times out of 10 the same dogs are back on the streets the following day," commented Gotcher. "We've tried snatching dogs in the hope that impoundment fees of $4 for the first recovery, $6 for the second and $8 for the third would be a deterrent. But that has only bred ill feelings and hasn't really helped the overall problem." Each month, more than 2,700 canine refugees from Maricopa County's population of 96,650 licensed dogs go over the hill and are caged at the pound. About 50 per cent are reclaimed by their owners or adopted. The unwanted are put to death in carbon monoxide gas chambers. During any four-week period, the pound handles up to 800 animal bite cases, from nips to slashes. Some biting dogs are never found and cannot be held for eight days' observation for rabies. So last year, an estimated 250 Valley residents were forced to take two weeks of daily antirabies shots. "This is what we're up against," added Kelly. "This is what the public do.esn't realize when they let their dogs run loose and presume no harm is being done. "So from now on, rather than just bring in the dog we'll start seeking criminal complaints against the owners. In this way we hope to protect the people and protect their animals." The public is now warned. The teeth are back in our dog laws. By BEN A VERY The Arizona Highway Commission yesterday rejected unanimously Gov. Williams' proposal to increase the "points" assessed against drivers convicted of speeding or other lesser moving violations. The action was based on the commission's decision that such action would result in on increased number of driver's license suspensions and would create a hardship for many working people in Phoenix and in Tucson. Former Tucson Mayor Lew Davis, newest member of the commission, moved for the rejection of the "point" system increase, but declared that in all other aspects he supported the governor's proposed traffic safety program. The commission adopted the governor's proposal to tighten driver examinations by requiring that applicants demonstrate their proficiency in angle . and parallel parking, but Davis declared that there is a need to prevent unfit drivers from ever getting a license. He cited one case that came to his attention in which an 80-year-old woman with defective vision was issued a license after passing the examination. "After her daughter protested it was reviewed and rejected," Davis declared. Gov. Williams last week proposed that the points for speeding convictions be increased from three to four and for lesser moving offenses from two to three points. Under the present system a driver faces a license suspension or revocation hearing after accumulating eight points or more within a 12-month period. The commission's opposition to increasing the points for specific driving offenses was based in part on present enforcement practices. These include speed traps on main highways in small towns, and the practice of placing stop signs an inordinate distance from through highways and then citing the driver when he moves forward into the highway without stopping again where he can see in both directions, commission members said. Davis pointed out that the physical condition of drivers is a greater factor in their fitness to drive than the fact that they have been involved in minor speeding violations. He said assessing points to a driver who drives 30 miles an hour through a 15-mile-an-hour school zone is justified. But he questioned giving points to a driver who exceeds the speed limit by 5 or 10 miles an hour on a good road or freeway, even though a citation would be justified. Taxpayers pay civil trial jury fees of $36,054 By LOGAN McKECHNIE Maricopa County taxpayers footed the bill for at least $36,054 in jury costs in civil trials in the year ended Oct. 1 because the county's Superior Court judges did not assess the losers for the fees, The Arizona Republic Photo by Earl McCartney Stale Fail- officials argue with Marvin Wolf as they close his concession 2 councilmen give reasons 3 concessions for firing of city manager By WALTER W. MEEK City Councilmen Milton Sanders and John F. Long declared in a joint press conference yesterday that Robert Coop was fired as Phoenix city manager because "the job was just too large for the man." Sanders and Long, both supporters of Mayor Graham's bid for a fourth term in office, termed their press conference non-political. They conceded that it was motivated by election campaign charges made against the Graham administration by Charter Ticket mayoral candidate John Driggs. The press conference was held in the City Council chambers and was staged by two city staff employes, Bob Peck and Bill Hermann. . Mayor Graham's office assistant, HERE'S THE WORLD FAMOUS HOCKEV PLAYER SITTINS IN THE PENALTY BOX TWO MINUTES FOR SLASHING, FIVE MINUTES FOR FI6HTIN6,.,, TEN MINUTES MISCONDUCT.,, I DON'T UNPERSTANP IT,,. James Pedersen, also was on hand as an observer. "We're not too happy with some of the overall criticism of the council, particularly some of the recent advertising," said Sanders, adding that certain political statements "are splashing a little mud on us, and we don't think we deserve it." Sanders and Long refused to specify the statements as those of Driggs or the Charter Government Committee, but Driggs referred recently to Coop's firing as an example of "bickering" and 'lack of leadership" in the Graham administration. ", j, In a recent politcal advertisement, the Charter Ticket declared its members are "pledged to work as a team ... not as a flock of grumpy prima donnas." In summary, Long and Sanders gave these reasons for firing Coop last July: — He failed to cooperate with the City Council. — He "refused", to reduce his budget for 1969-70. — He opposed "from the start" the current efficiency study being made by a firm of management consultants. — He failed for three years to carry out promised economies and administrative changes and offered "flimsy excuses" instead. — And, Long said, "The job was just too large for the man." Coop could not be reached for com- •ment yesterday. Newsmen asked the two councilmen why they did not explain three months ago why Coop was fired. Sanders replied: -^ "He (Coop) expressed the hope that the council' wouldn't do anything to hurt his career. It was never the council's intention to publicly criticize Mr. Coop." Reporters pressed to know why the councilmen had changed their minds in the middle of a city election, and Sanders said: 1 "We don't like to be a party to the election, but we don't like being attacked, We didn't feel this entire council should be criticized. It gets a little an* noying." Asked by a newsman whether Sanders has any official capacity in Graham's campaign staff, the councilman denied it, saying, "I am interested in his campaign. I have no capacity." A spokesman at Graham's campaign headquarters i an hour later named Sanders as one of Graham's campaign coqr- djptors. , "Long publicly announced his suppprt ,of Graham's candidacy iaM wgek,. He asserted yesterday tfiaj (%p the city hall efficiency si]% Continued, on Page 27 shut by order of fair board Arizona State Fair officials yesterday closed three auction concessions at the fair after receiving numerous complaints regarding their operations. Closed were two, auction booths operated by Marvin Wolf of Miami, Fla., and one operated by Nicholas Viscomi of Wildwood Crest, N.J., according to Wes Station, state fair executive director. Captr. W. L. Foster of the criminal investigation division of the State Department of Public Safety said his office and the consumer fraud section of the attorney general's office investigated the three concessions for two days before requesting the closure. Eight officers were involved in the investigation. "The Arizona State Fair board passed an order this morning (yesterday) to close the three stands on the basis of innumerable complaints regarding the nature of the operation," Statton said. Another auction concession which is being operated on a different basis is also being investigated, Statton said. He said the board would make a partial refund to the three closed concessions for the fees paid to operate at the fair. v Foster said the concessions actually were selling merchandise but it was a very inferior product sold at a very inflated price through a supersales pitch. Initially, the auctioneer would tell the crowd that the concession had been hired by various national concerns to bring their products to the attention of the public. Then, in order to separate the freeloaders from the s.erious bidders, Foster said, they would auction some small items and gradually go to larger more costly items. "The public reacted in a way that almost amazed me," Foster said. "People; would come jin, with stuff, they had bought and say they didn't even know what 'had happened. It was like mass hypnosis." ; Continued on Page 24 Republic Photo Lena Teinplelon, wilh the camera and smile llial. brings 'em hack Smile brings fair customers into studio for photographs By CLYDE A. MURRAY Fair booth hucksters generally may seem depressing, but shed no tears for Lena Templeton. She's a precious jewel in a world of crepe paper and imitation glitter. "I've liked 98 per cent of all the people I ever met,", she chuckled, arranging four small children before the camera of her tiny photographic studio booth at the State Fair. Lena, 49, is one of the faceless hundreds who run carnival and independent booths at the State Fair. They are experts at the kind of merchandising one never studies in graduate school. Some of Lena's colleagues are mas- Today at the fair Admission— Adults, $1.50. Children, 50 . cents, ' Locativn— 19th Avenue and McDowell. Hig{jJights~Jr, College .Day, Final 1 County 8 a,nj.~Pouitry j u d g i n g, Poultry Building. JQ a,ip,--Opening. N«w™$9ya| ^jpettes, E s nib it JtaJJ, 3 p.m.—Fair Variety Show, Grandstand. 5 p.m.—Fair Variety Show", Grandstand. 5:30 p.m.—Tacki the Clown Show, Exhibit Hall. 8 p.m.—Dance Studio Contest, Plaza Stage. 10 p.m.—Buildings close. Midnight-Midway closes, ters of the art of getting the customer into the shop, a technique often preceded by a firm grip on the arm, but Lena is not one of these. ** "We don't push," she said. For eight years Lena and her 54- year-old gray-haired husband, Elburn, have paid good money, this year $300, to operate their business, "Portraits by* Templeton," from a 14-by-10-foot trailer at the fair. When they are not following other fairs and carnivals in the Southwest, they live at 8414 S. Central. The Templetons specialize in the quickie photograph—an 8-by-10 black- and-white portrait goes for $1.75 and is processed in 10 minutes or less—and they have belted the tradition that you can't build up a regular clientele at a state fair. Fact is, the Templeton price and quality—and perhaps Lena's smile—are bringing some folks to the fair just to get their photographs taken. "Some of them come back every year," she admitted. "Would you believe that we take pictures of state senators? We used the picture of a minister's wife In Glendale for display for a long time, but we finally had to take it down because of the weathering," Lag in the law Republic learned yesterday. The judges failed to assess $30,334 in jury fees and waived another $5,720 in jury fees which legally could have been assessed, a check of court administration records by The Arizona Republic revealed. And, in cases where judges did assess the cost, 30.5 per cent have gone uncollected, which in some cases has forced the county attorney to spend more than the amount of the bill to collect it. All the judges together assessed court costs of $88,712 during the 12-month period. Of that, $27,089 has gone uncollected. Judges questioned by The Republic stated that there are many reasons for not assessing jury fees. The most-cited reason was that the assessment would work a hardship on the losing litigant. "I can think of no reason except that of extreme hardship on the litigant for not assessing jury fees," said' Judge Paul W. LaPrade. LaPrade said that "I even assess jury fees when they settle on the day of the trial and a jury has been called." Presiding Judge Charles L. Hardy was unavailable for comment on the practice of some judges in not assessing jury fees. Judge William Gooding said it is possible for judges simply to overlook the jury fee assessment in the mass of paperwork accompanying most civil trials. Other court officials noted that, since there is no direct interest of either party in a civil trial to see that the fees are assessed, there is no courtroom pressure on the judges to make the assessments. Court Clerk Don Palmer contended Continued on Page 24 Bill to change utility tax base tentatively OKd An industry-written bill to modify taxation formulas for gas and electric utility companies got subcommittee approval yesterday for presentation to the House Ways and Means Committee-. Subcommittee chairman Rep. Tim Barrow, R-Maricopa, cautioned industry representatives, however, to be prepared to defend the proposed legislation against charges that it is an attempt by the utilities to lower their taxes. The industry committee that researched and drafted the measure said it would not "substantially" affect the amount of taxes paid by the utility industry. The bill would modify the formula for determining the full cash value of the utilities and change the tax rate from a flat 40 per cent of assessed valuation to 45 per cent for electric companies and 30 per cent for gas companies and cooperatives, It was designed, according to Industry spokesmen, to end fluctuations in tax revenues paid to various taxing subdivisions of the state. Under the new proposed formula, the total assessed valuation of the gas and electric utility Industry in 1969 would be lower by 1.17 per cent (or about $9 million) than that established under present law by the Department of Property Valuations. If approved by the Ways and Means Committee, the bill would be introduced. in the next se$siq| of the legislature. The industry committee that drafted the bill contends U would: -^tStabilizA full cash values and eliminate wide variations to taxe* paid. Continued on Page 34

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