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Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - June 18, 1969, Ukiah, California VOLUME CIX 10c Per Copy MENDOCINO June 18, 1969 Sixteen Pages No. 42 Public works department I - rapped in report Lack of operation weak points RAINY DAY ASSIGNMENT - When Journal photographer Mike Williams was told to get a pretty the courthouse and offer his umbrella to shield her spring outfit from the unseasonable June rain this he accepted with On reaching the district attorney's office in his he found himself in a With twp attractive young women in the how could he make a Operating on the theory that if one pretty girl is good photo two are he came up with this answer to the and Anita both legal secretaries in the Board picks up no support consolidation person spoke out in- favor of proposals to consolidate the judicial courts of Mendocino County during a public hearing before the board of supervisors Tuesday Not one voice was heard from the audience in support of possible abolition of the of from the roster of county the a small army of minor court judges and constables converged on chambers to plead eloquently for retention of the at the local level in an age of increasing loss of local control over government and education through unification or other Judge after as well as spokesmen for the pointed out that the purported savings from unification or whatever form outside control of local agencies or services often do not in fact as one judge pointed the problems of the Ukiah Unified district since They hammered time and again at what they felt would be false economies and warned that the small savings which might be made here or there would be more than offset by perhaps permanent loss of local community control and infringement on individual In the end the supervisors closed the hearing but delayed a vote for two weeks on the motion of Sawyers of seconded by Charlie Barra of Redwood to continue the justice court and constable positions as they Ernie Banker said he had been leaning somewhat toward consolidation of * justice courts but that the judges present had made some points in their arguments for the courts in their present local jurisdictional Chairman Augie Avila felt that perhaps one or two judicial districts might be consolidated at a but in the end all supervisors on a motion by Supervisor Joe to continue the vote on retention of the courts arid constable status quo for two There will be no more arguments heard at that supervisors ruled - only the formal vote Seemingly every judicial district judge in County was on hand for the hearing - with the exception of Judge Hale McCowen who was busy dispensing justice Judge McCowen had sent word that he would be happy to come down for a few moments if the board wished to hear his but the with the afternoon did not call Added to the Opposition of the judges and constables and several citizens present were stacks of letters of protest and petitions several hundred largely from the Long Valley Judicial Judge Robert Rawles of Anderson Judicial whose court is in led off the testimony by stating that the fueling of citizens in his district was one of and that their court He pointed out that in his area along highway 128 there was an increasing demand for local prompted by an influx of Bay area using adjoining state parks and recreation and by the recent assignment of a resident CHP Other in an equally calm but penetrative at the rapidly changing picture and increased importance of local judicial had their Among points made by the judges were that already in some in a person is given a five-minute hearing on his and then the judge rules or moves on to another treatment does nothing to increase an individual taxpayer's regard for law enforcement or said one Judge Leland McMasters to retire after Page 6) - Operation and organization of the Mendocino County department of public works was severely criticized in a Calif nia Taxpayer's Association report to the board of supervisors The requested by the board last charged that the department of public works has not operated as an coordinated organization for some nor is there now a highly developed sense of at division head in a commonly shared departmental A copy of the 22-page special task force for which the county will pay was given to supervisors late and to key department of public works personnel special assessment of the its strengths and shortcomings on the eve of hiring of a new possibly by June 24, had been requested by supervisors in late The board hopes to interview four final candidates for the job vacated by Bob Newhouse some months The report specifically hit at failure to delegate make use of skills and knowledge of staff - and planning and job Cooperation In a the report noted that crash study of the department's the staff's cooperation was excellent and was obviously motivated by staff loyalty and concern the its program and the Investigators impressed with the quality of particularly in terms of their in accomplishing their duties under what must have been difficult administrative circumstances and in terms of the skills and experience which they bring to their the report Mendocino County public works department possesses a staff which should greatly assist the new public works director in de- a public works organization that could serve as a model for counties of this The report termed as perhaps its the finding that the department has not operated as an coordinated organization for some time - the word organization being underlined in the the report confusion as to the roles and responsibilities the part j of some middle The report noted the lack of an organizational chart - and provided a model one for possible future departmental use in an appendix to the report - but noted that there are in practical operation of the department five main divisions - general under an administrative assistant in tho public works under road under a senior buildings and under a B&G and a planning division under a planning The stated that there hardly is a departmental policy matter of any importance which should not have been cleared through one or more of these In actual the report points would appear that the department head generally the responsible division head and dealt directly with It would summation important departmental decisions would be concluded with parties outside the department without consultation with Some division heads being to discover that a matter within responsibility had been decided and not reported to them by the department The of this pattern of operations are and to These could include substantially increased probability of the department head making an unsound judgment because he is not taking advantage of the knowledge of staff with respect to a given situation This failure to give a division head opportunity to solve the problems that should come his way through delegation means that staff development also fers because the full capabilities of the staff in service to the department are not Examples A examples of management defects within the department of public works by the include 1 - Staff or lack of where the investigators were startled to learn that members could not recall attended more than three staff meetings during the tenure of the previous While admitting to some cynical regard for the value of staff meetings as often held in modern the report felt that properly and conducted staff meetings do provide the with vitally important feedback on the current major problems of the 2 - Revision of staff titles The that working at apparent cross purposes with the director's reluctance to delegate responsibilities was a tendency to create titles for staff without benefit of civil service reviews of either title or job 3 Advance planning of road construction and maintenance The report hit at failure to develop a reasonable long-range road construction - maintenance priority etc. Top drugs position for Wilson & Hitchhiker pulls pistol on cruising Ukiah youths City police arrested a hitchhiker last night after receiving a call from a citizen who informed them that the suspect had pulled a gun on three youths when they stopped and offered a Arrested as a result of the incident was Steve W. 25,; Coos Ore. He was charged with reasonable assault with a deadly carrying a concealed and carrying a loaded weapon in a public Alleged victims of the encounter were Terry 18; Leonard 17, and David 18, all of A cheek through criminal in- sources indicated that the suspect may also be wanted as an escaped prisoner from the city jail in but verification is pending on this Officer Larry Maxson suspect at the Super The weapon found on him was a German automatic Ambery told police that he was standing on N. State Street near the entrance to the Fairgrounds when one of youths in the car threw a beer bottle at Amsbery said be brought the gun only to scare them off. Winter told police that Amsbery had called to them as they drove Wayne M. Wilson has been named section chief with the division of narcotic addiction and drug abuse for Institute of Mental His responsibility will be for the development of 16 comprehensive community treatment centers located throughout the United Wilson holds degrees from j Brigham Young the University of and the University of He has been employed by Mendocino State Hospital since 1956 and served as chief of social service from 1959-65. He was appointed to establish the overall alcoholism program as director in 1965 the abuse program in 1966, both of which are the demonstration programs for the California Department of Mental In 1965 he was in England and France for the Health He has contributed a dozen professional publications and presented papers at professional conferences throughout the United This past week he was consultant to the government of Puerto Wilson has also been consultant to the American Psychiatric Association and the tional Institute of Mental Health lp the areas of alcoholism and drug He will have his offices at the National Institute of Mental Health in his wife Kay and their three children - and will fly Md. Saturday where they will make their Canteen for teens under way well under way for activation of an impromptu Teen-age Community Center program at starting July 1 and running through Aug. 8. The city and the Ukiah Unified school district have contributed more than each toward the cost of the pilot program being supervised by Claudia and coordinated by Mort under the direction of Recreation Director Dave But the bare-bones budget for the operation of the Teen-Age special events such aS and for the general and weight-lifting activities cannot be stretched to include the purchase of an air conditioner for use in the high school cafeteria where many the dances and other events will be Interested parents and other citizens of the Ukiah area may help toward securing an air conditioner by making contributions to Gary Mirata of the Savings who has consented to act as treasurer for the Teen-Age Some is needed for the air conditioning Donations to date have been made by the Ukiah Lions Club and the Ukiah Elks Those who wish to donate may mail their checks to Ukiah Valley Teen-Age Center in care of Mirata at the Sayings A teen-age dance from 8 to 11 p.m. on in the high school cafeteria is being planned to kick off the six-week pilot Ukiah Valley Teen-Age Center planned by Miss VandenBerghe and Strong with the help of a teenage advisory The center be open evenings during the July period for the use of from throughout the greater Ukiah Valley County budget up By GLENN ERICKSON County Administrator Al Beltrami Tuesday presented to the board of a proposed 1969-70 county government budget which is 14 per cent higher than that expended in the budget year ending June 30-but seven per cent lower than the total budget originally requested by heads had requested a budget of 21 per cent or more than authorized last in his annual preview and meetings with department managed to pare down to 679,018, or below departmental requests - but still some 14 per cent above expenditures this Budget Hearings board of supervisors will take its crack at reducing expenditures still starting with budget hearings on July 23, and Chairman Avila promised to with my meat cleaver in Beltrami told the board Tuesday that present indications are that the proposed could be carried out with approximately the or slightly general county tax rate as this Beltrami attributed much of the increase to the various con- The weather Northwestern Cloudy today with chance of showers or thunderstorm over fair tonight and Thursday except low overcast along slightly warmer high today and low tonight Ukiah 74-54;-- Temperatures 1969 1968 Date Low Data HUB Uow 17 92 54 | 17 99 51 Noon Today 64 Low Today W Rainfall 51.25 Last Year 82.95 Department Weather pressures and requirements on local including salary replacement of needed equipment and mandated or requested changes in federal legislation or legal He told the board that once again the county like all large or public or is plagued by the continuing national inflationary trend and cost of service Beltrami hedges on his prediction that the increased budget can be supported by the same or slightly higher general county rate to the that he still unknown are final figures of carry assessment roll figures and finalized revenue Tax Rate A chart shows that the county general tax rate has varied since 1962-63 from then to a low of in 1966-67, a high of in 1967-68 to fts current one cent higher than it was seven years Population in the same period has climbed from 50.6 to 53.2 thousand and assessed values from 94.2 to 115.2 Other highlights or the county administrator's budget message 1-County outlook - Joblessness was at its lowest April level in Mendocino County since 1964, 6.5 per cent compared to 7.1 per cent a year lumber industry is extremely active and having one of its best financial periods in many Agriculture is again contemplating a record income year as Sales tax is projected for a county-wide Tourism has shown substantial and continuing especially as Mendocino County is. able to provide greater attractions and greater Chamber of Commerce activity in this On the other the welfare budget is Winter storms have a increase in this year's road budget due to many repairs The county continues to fail to develop and sustain a firm industrial though a new plant is contemplated in Fort and of airline service to Ukiah holds hope for attracting possible industry to the 1 Legislation beyond county control had a substantial impact upon the proposed legislative or court rulings such as the Supreme decision April 21 which could mean the end of most welfare residency the dealing with mental programs now to be integrated totally between county and state laws relating to agricultural preserves and property tax relief will have an impact on assessment rolls and tax bases in 1969-70, etc. 2-Beltrami includes suggestions that the supervisors give serious consideration toward establishment of a separate planning at establishment of an assessment appeals board at reconsideration of a previously proposed but rejected public guardian program consideration of a proposed agreement at and outlines employe benefits budget items totalling and establishment of a county hospital enterprise fund to pinpoint accounting in the hospital's direct 3-Areas of particular concern and review by the board a 32 per cent increase in welfare administrative and a 41 per cent over-all increase in mental health costs as local costs are tied to the state | program review and analysis of j the county library a 17 per cent increase in welfare categorical need for law enforcement added new administrative positions and a review of recreational and other County wants out on Library The county wants out of the present Library agreement in six but is holding the door open for further review of the joint ry Supervisors made this clear after some discussion late Tuesday after hearing library committee representatives suggest that the board indicate Its intention to withdraw from the present agreement within s j x Thus the Ukiah city council can begin discussing its own future course on library tonight if it. wishes at its regular with the that the county is not interested in prolonging the present agreement a reasonable joint review and readjustment Supervisor Ernie who held that just because the anticipated s federal grant did not come for library on page 3)- Wood defeats Farr Win clinches Assembly for GOP By DENNIS J. OPATRNY Calif. Robert G. Wood rolled to an easy victory Tuesday in a crucial special election that gave the GOP a 41-39 absolute majority and solid political control in the 53, handily defeated Democrat Fred S. Farr in an election making the third consecutive GOP triumph this year and sixth straight special legislative since 1365. The final unofficial tally showed Wood ran up 26,274 votes or 56 per cent to 19,651 or about 43 per cent for a former state senator who failed in a political comeback an apricot grower from Greenfield in his first partisan told newsmen at his that he vote his own mind in the don't to be a rubber stamp who described himself as a 58, who was defeated in a 1966 Senate re-election bid after his district had been resigned his job coordinator of the Federal Highway Beautification Program to run for the The Assembly vacancy was created when r. was an automobile accident last He had held the seat since 1954. Wood strongly in traditionally Republican areas of the district composed entirely of Monterey His popularity as a i county supervisor apparently helped lift him to Farr had counted on GOP cross-over ballots which failed to materialize although 67 per cent of- eligible voters turned * But who hold a 51 per cent to 44 per cent Voter registration apparently were unable to turn out their voters in the numbers that GOP precinct workers Three candidates who on the ballot ran totalling only 1 per cent of the Republican Mitchell Bedford collected 359 Republican Bertram Rudolph 130 and American Independent Party candidate Alton 188. ' Wood said he was surprised by his wide margin of victory in a race that underscored voting trends in i 1 didn't think we come anything close to he referring to his Page 6)-* * The Country
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