Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on January 26, 1999 · Page 5
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Santa Cruz, California
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Tuesday, January 26, 1999
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State Sentinel- Tuesday, January 26, 1999 - AS Union puts Davis on strike notice By DOUG WILLIS The Associated Press SACRAMENTO Describing Gov. Gray Davis' pay raise promises as inadequate, California's biggest state employee union announced Monday it has authorized a strike by its 82,000 members if negotiations with Davis are not successful. Davis spokesman Michael Busta-mante said he was not familiar with the announcement and other representatives would be preparing a response. The action by the California State Employees Association is a sharp departure from the conciliatory tone which the union, whose members have not had raises in four years, has taken over the past two months. CSEA spokesmen refrained from criticizing Davis in early December, when he said he would take all but S percent of a 26 percent gubernatorial pay raise which he had described as "unthinkable" before his election. And CSEA remained supportive earlier this month when Davis said that he was setting aside $190 million in his budget, enough for an average pay raise of about 2.5 percent, and said he hoped there would be more money for bigger raises when state revenue figures are revised in May. But CSEA issued a written statement Monday which quoted Jim Hard and other union leaders taking a much more confrontational tone. ' Jur members are very impatient They had broken promises from the past governor and an inadequate commitment from Gov. Davis. It's time for the people who do the work to move to the front'of the line," Hard said in the union's statement. We'll help you find the diamond that's right for you The Associated Press Residents of Corcoran in Kings County awoke Monday to find their town dusted with 3 inches of snow. Snowmen sprout as valley flakes out 51 5ii Fine Diamonds ' Colored Stones Engagement Rings Wedding Bands Custom Designs k Remounts in 14k, 18k, and Platinum Aptos jewelers FINE JEWELRY & UNCOMMON GIFTS 60 Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center 688-6100 Locally Owned & Operated By MATTHEW Yl The Associated Press BAKERS FIELD There was a 'snowman in every yard and snow-plows most people didn't know existed. There were massive traffic snarls, power outages and then the slush. There hasn't been any measur-. able snow in Bakersfield in nearly 25 years March 8, 1974. But Monday brought 6 inches of snow to the ' agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. , "The adults were as excited if not more than the kids because they got "up first," said Colleen Galvan, a six-year resident. "I woke the kids up about 7 a.m. and they just put their snow stuff on over their jammies , and I couldn't get them back in." .. David, 6, and Jordan, 7, finally came back in about 9:30 a.m. when it got too wet, their mom said. Their ,.dad, Israel Galvan, who got up at ,4:30 a.m. to work on the Cross Valley oil pipeline, was told not to report to the job. "It's crazy out there. People are in 4-wheel-drive Suburbans towing snowboarders down the street. I've never seen anything like it," said Officer Mack Wimbish of the California Highway Patrol. , Snowball battles were common and nearly every house had a front-yard snowman, complete with scarf, cap, branches for arms and a twig for a nose. A snowman with red carnations for eyes was built outside the Con-roys flower shop, where a sign overhead read, "Winter white sale." Manager Eddie Ramirez said the snow was a great advertisement for his white lily and daisy bargains. It was a nightmare for travelers and the 100,000 Kern County residents without power, but it was a treat for youngsters who got to stay home from school. Snowplows clearing Highway 99 got double takes from motorists as well as seasoned CHP officers unaware snow clearing equipment could be found in the Central Valley, just 300 feet above sea level. "I haven't seen snow in the Central Valley here since the late 1960s," Visalia CHP Officer Carrol Barker said after the California Department of Transportation snow-plows rolled by. "I was surprised, you bet." Six inches of snow fell on Bakers-field's 200,000 residents. An inch had fallen in Fresno by midmorning. But then, it snowed in Fresno just before Christmas. "I guess we're getting used to it by now," laughed CHP dispatcher Esther Molina in Fresno. Melting snow turned into a dirty slush by noon. Travel was a nightmare through the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley and south through Los Angeles and on to the Mexican 'jorder. The Bakersfield CHP handled 75 crashes Monday, which compares to about six crashes on a dry day, Wimbish said. A 100-mile stretch of Interstate 5, from Kettleman City to the north and Castaic in the south, was off limits because of the snow until noon, when the highway reopened. Highway 58 linking Bakersfield and the Mojave Desert was closed for a time, as were Highways 78, 166 and 46. Apparent target talks about Pacif ica bomb The Associated Press PACIFICA The feud began over a flower bed. It ended with a deadly explosion. Police believe Jill Menicucci could have been the intended target of a homemade pipe bomb which exploded in the lap Menicuc-ci's former Pacifiea neighbor, LaLonna Marie Duffy, as she sat in a minivan parked near her old home. "At the back of my mind, I knew rshe had come back," Menicucci I said. ; The explosion last Thursday killed 46-year-old Duffy instantly ' and rocked the quiet neighborhood. ; "A likely scenario in this case is ; that Duffy was on Monterey Road to -seek revenge against Menicucci," ; Pacific police Capt. Michael Bla-; grove said. r Menicucci, 33, said their feud be-'. gan in 1995, after she planted some I flowers on a strip of land between J their two houses. Duffy complained the flowers were on her land and I attracted snails, then poisoned them. "When we first met in 1995 we became friends," Menicucci said. "We would talk in each other's driveways. She even told me she suffered from depression and was on disability. But I found her to be friendly, funny and very smart." The friendship didn't last long. By 1996, Duffy was stalking Menicucci, at times peering through her windows and once trying to run her off the road in a car. When Duffy's marriage to Edward Theiss began to fall apart, she started hiding in the creek bed behind their homes and spying on her husband and Menicucci. Police later found notes that included threats against them both. "I think she may have thought we were having an affair," Menicucci said. "We weren't even really friends, let alone in a relationship." 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