Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on November 5, 1969 · Page 51
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 51

Phoenix, Arizona
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Wednesday, November 5, 1969
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KLi- Wednesday, 23 Paul Dean Comity's out to bite you if your dog runs loose IN JUNE, 7-year-old Cleveland Holden was crushed and killed by an automobile. .The lad had scampered into the avoict a loose, barking dog. A few weeks earlier, private investigator Steve Ifrtinos 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 .frqtn 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 doesn'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. 100 brainstorm, future, cite individualism need By PETER B. MANN Republic Education Writer SCOTTSDALE — A hundred Araonans brainstormed into the future yesterday and decided, that, in the year 2001, they want a society which controls its own destiny and safeguards "the importance of the individual." They came from such diverse fields as business, education, labor, government and social work. Among them were lawyers, doctors, students, housewives and clergymen. Their purpose in gathering at the Safari Convention Center here was to focus for two days on where they want society to go, how to get there and, finally, what role education, particularly the junior college, should play in the process. The conference is cosponsored by the HERE'S THE WORLD- FAMOUS HOCKEV PLAYER srrnN6 IN THE PENALTY BOX TWO MINUTES FOR SLASHING FIVeMINin?SF0R-R6HTlN6,«. TENAW715/WI5CONPUCT.,. I PON'T UNDERSTAND IT,, Maricopa County Junior College District, Phoenix College evening division's student government and the American Association of Junior Colleges. At the outset, participants were challenged by Max Tadlock, of Los Altos, Calif., chief conference consultant, to consider the sad record of inadequate planning for the future. For up to three' decades, he said, warnings have been issued about all of the major problems sof w today — urban deterioration, transportation, race relations, vocational training, afcahd water pollution, invasion of privacy r- but little progress has been inside toward solving them. "We cannot keep backing into the future," Tadlock said. After that, the participants split into five discussion groups. All were to consider first what kind of society they want in 2001; then each was to consider the problems involved in one of these areas: planning, individual needs, society's needs,.facilities and financing. . During the initial exchanges, /much concern was expressed about .insuring "human dignity" to all individuals, adapting to change on both social and scientific fronts and shaping technological advances to man's purposes rather than vice versa. At each discussion table, an overhead projector was-used to flash the group's major points as they cropped up. One group flashed: ''How do we preserve individualism? How does the individual preserve the good life?" • Another: "We must determine how to best use material, financial .and human resources so that at the community college level we can provide the broadest possible base of educational opportunity for all of our citizens." ^ A third: "We need a community whose total environment is (1) responsive to change and (2) responsive to needs of the individual and society." After nearly two hours, the confer ence staff posted what it considered a statement of consensus. But many parti' cipantS' were critical of it, and it was edited, re-edited and finally scrapped, At J^ast temporarily, this statement replaced it: f ' society must mobilize,;^ total toward responsiveiiess to accelerating change and the undiminished importance of the individual^ Continued m >agf u Boost in driver 'points' rejected JL J By BEN AVERY 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 an 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 xvhich an 80-year-old womAR with defective vision was issued a license after passing the examination. "After her daughter protested it was reviewed and rejected,'' Davis declared. Goy. 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 pres* ent enforcement practices. These include speed traps on main highways in small towns, and the practice of placing stop signs art 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, cbmmission 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. Republic Photo by Earl McCartney State Fair officials argue with Marvin Wolf as they close his concession 3 concessions shut by order ."- V 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. Capt. W. L. Foster of the criminal' investigation division of the State De- partment&f Public Safety said his office and the ^consumeivfraud section of the attorneyrgeneral^ffice investigated the three concessions''"for two days before requestingithe 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," Station said. Another auction concession which is being operated on a different basis is also being investigated, Station said. ; He said the board would make a partial refund to the three closed concessions for the fees paid to operate at the fair. 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 pf the public. Then, in order to separate the freeloaders from the serious bidders, Foster , ( sajd, they would, auction some small |tenis and gradually go to larger more costlyitems. "The .public reacted in a way that almost amazed me," Foster said. "People would come in with stuff they had bought,and say they didn't even know wlja.t had happened. It was like mass hypnosis." Y Continued on Page 24 Republic Photo' Lena Templeton, with the camera and smile that brings 'em back 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 s, $1.50, Children, 50 cents'. Location— 19th Avenue arid McDowell. Highlignts-sJr. College Day, Final County Day. 8 P.HB.— Poultry Judging, Poultry 10 a,ni, ppl ^Marjpriets, $* ' ' - ..... •- -• ••- • 3 p.nv-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 jn Glendale for,display for a long time, but we finally had to take it down be* cause . 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 jduges did not assess the losers for the fees, The Arizona 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. , -* • . i , 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 Wiiliam 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 ta* 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 1869 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 *he next session of the legislature. The industry committee that dratted the bill contend? it would: -Stabilize full cash values and elimk nate wide variations j n taxes paid, ' Continued on Page 34 ,

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