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Tucson Citizen (Newspaper) - November 19, 1977, Tucson, Arizona Tucson Citizen VOL 107 NO 277 TUCSON ARIZONA SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19 1977 A GANNETT NEWSPAPER Color Comics 44 PAGES 15 CENTS Shades of FDR Agency work force impact are massive By THOMAS P LEE Cilixra Suff Wilier Its a government work force that is bigger than the city and county bureaucracies combined and it somehow touches the life of almost every Tucsonian Most of the thousands of workers in Tucson are on one welfare program or another but they also draw paychecks courtesy of the federal government Some pick up beer cans in the San ta Cruz riverbed others wear coats and ties to work By this summer there are to be 11800 of these workers Sound like the makework programs of the Depression that they are spending millions of dollars without knowing what they are doing People are still saying how the old Pioneer Hotel at 100 N Stone Ave just doesnt look the same any more now that it has been remodeled into an attractive office building The comfort able offices of the entire fourth floor are nice too They serve as headquarters for the program in Tucson Romeros 34member staff appears busy no signs of fat cats playing cards on government time Yet there are a few familiar faces among the staffers the kinds of faces that turn up be hind desks in political campaign headquarters A couple of Republicans a few Democrats Some worry that they are spending millions without knowing what they are doing Perhaps Workers are kept busy rather than staying at home fretting about having nothing to do Local governments manage to undertake new projects that normally would be put off for another time But four decades after President Franklin D Roosevelt battled the Depression the federal government has learned that providing jobs for the poor means more than sending work crews into the forest to rake leaves This year the Department of Labor dropped million into Tucsons share of the Compre hensive Employment and Training Act Strings are attached of course Minorities must be given special consideration and govern ment cannot rely on the workers to squeeze through a budget pinch Yet they are paid anywhere from minimum wage up to 110000 a year In Tucson the politicians are crowing about the national award they are going to receive next week for having one of the best such programs in the West Isnt it enough to make you want to sing Happy Days Are Here Not really say those outside the program and others on the bottom rung of the program ladder Like a form of drug addiction local govern ments nonprofit organizations and private firms participating in the program are becoming in creasing dependent upon the federal money As the economy improves the federal funds are to be cut off slowly But this must be done delicately at the risk of sending Tucsons econo my as well as the nations into a tailspin There are other problems Isolated cases of apparent political patronage allegations of con flicts of interest bitter feuding between the staff and its 31member advisory council and concern over whether it was necessary for the staff of Director Frank Romero to double in size in the past year Also some advisory council members worry Some are not on Romeros staff but do draw salaries on programs sponsored with CETA money How is it Romero is asked that one of these persons was actually a political campaign man ager and now is turning up with a nice job on your staff The answer he replies is that the young fel low applied for a staff opening and was inter viewed along with other persons who applied for the job He just happened to be the best candi date and is now doing a fine job the director says In county government the patronage system usually works this way The politician assures his capaign worker that he will give him a rec ommendation to the interview panel which of course consists of bureaucrats who are hired and fired by the elected officials Most interview panels take the recommendation as being an order to hire the applicant Still county officials say this type of activity is on the wane Romero a Republican worked his way up in federal manpower programs until Republican Mayor Lewis C Murphy named him to head the agency Then two years ago Romeros job was switched into the civil service system protecting him from the political hatchet Now he answers to City Manager Joel D Valdez Though the program helps almost all local governments the city has the job of over seeing it Romeros 121875 a year salary he says might make him the lowest paid adminis trator of a program this size in the nation Recently a team from the City Budget and Research Offie sidestepped the patronage issue and instead concentrated on whether it was necessary for Romeros staff to double in size in the past year First the 1171 million budget of which or 47 percent was for administration 21 staff Continued Page 4A A quick look at Another threat Drivers me chanics and clerks have agreed on a nation wide strike against Greyhound Lines Inc but it looks like a walkout may not take place until after the Thanksgiving rush The contract between the bus company and the AFLCIO union that represents most Greyhound employees expired Nov I and negotiations have been going on almost daily Just when the strike would be called is uncertain Prison violence stabbing has become a way of life at Arizona State Prison in Florence and Gov Wesley Bolin has or dered daily shakedowns for weapons in an attempt to curb the violence In an order to Warden Harold Cardwell Bolin told him to conduct daily shakedowns until you have the situation cleaned up Bolin also said the state is looking into the possible use of a federal facility in Holbrook to help reduce the inmate population at Flo rence An energy break Despite picas from another congressmen House and Sen ate conferees on the national energy bill are taking a 10day Thanksgiving holiday break The conferees despite five weeks of work have yet to take up the bills major issues on which the House and Senate differ natural gas and oil pricing Work on the bill must now await the con ferees return Nov 28 The strike picture Those of you who had plans to fly United Air Lines can breathe a little easier Five minutes before the strike deadline last night negoti tors for the airlines and the flight attendants union reached agreement Averting the strike which the union had called over working conditions and not pay means more than 400000 persons who had United reservations can make their flights during Thanksgiving week Cooler A moment of levity for Aw poem s brevity Hee That rain predicted for Tucson has taken a well a raincheck as the storm system that moved into northern Arizona yesterday missed Southern Arizona But temperatures five degrees cooler in the des erts and 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the mountains should descend upon the state in the wake of a winter storm that has blanketed most of the Western states and the northern Plains with snow and freezing rain To Subscribe Call 8894611 For Want Ads Call 8895333 A travelers advisory for snow and blowing snow in Arizonas northern and cen tral mountains should lift this evening and general clearing is expected across the state during the night Tucsonians can expect daytime highs of about 60 and lows reaching to near 40 at night through the week end This mornings low was 56 The high yesterday was 76 Foil weather report Page 5A Citizen Crossword Citizen Charlie offers in his newest cross word puzzle challenge Monday in the Tucson Citizen Clues will be published Tuesday Correct solution to tHs weeks puzzle is on page 3B Where to find it Classified Comics Deaths 4B A 4A 4B Focus JumMe Movies Pub Recs 5 A 4A Ok 4B Sports 7A TVRadio Ote Weather 5A Stars SA Sadats sendoff Flames gunfire By Pren b Flames and gunfire and shouts of Traitor Traitor were the Arab worlds sendoff today for Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on his peace mission to Israel Sadat today became the first Arab leader to set foot in Israel arriving to an unprecedented welcome on what he called a holy mission to end three de cades of war between Arabs and Jews His special Boeing 707 escorted on the last leg of the flight from the Suez Canal city of Ismailia by Israeli jet fighter planes touched down at Ben Gurion Airport to fullscale honors including a 21gun salute from guns that once warred with t he Arabs The ceremony was unprecedented in the more than 29 yeare since Israel was born as a Jewish homeland in a sea of Arab states In Beirut and in Damascus angry Arab and Palestinian demonstrators burned dozens of huge photographs of the Egyptian leader to a chorus of Sa dat is a traitor In the Lebanese capital at least five people were wounded as radical Pales tinians with automatic rifles and gre nade launchers clashed with guerrillas of Yasir Arafats mainstream Fatah group and with heavily armed Arab troops in a bid to march in protest to the Egyptian embassy A huge explosion had torn a hole in the embassys firstfloor facade last night barely 12 hours after a bomb gutted the downtown offices of Egypts Misrair Airlines In radical Libya demonstrators carrying the Palestinian flag stormed and then burned the office of Egyptian relations in the capital city of Tripoli the Iraqi News Agency said Libyan officials reportedly burned the flag of the virtually defunct federa tion linking it with Egypt and Syria as soon as Sadat touched foot on Israeli soil In Iraq estimates said tens of thou sands of people marched in protest against the Sadat visit Farouk Kaddoumi a top Palestine Liberation Organlztion official regard ed as the foreign minister said even if Sadat managed to conclude an ac Continued Page ZA Kidnap victim rescued CUlm PkMM by H DMT Icter Fairs antilitter patrol Tad Woods 14 has painted Ms face and sold balloons at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair for the past four years This year the merchants asked Mm to put on a happy face and pick up stray nap kins and paper cups tossed onto the avenue by careless street fairgoers The fair which got under way here yesterday runs through tomorrow Above Woods a freshman at Tucson High School was a big hit with youngsters from the ABC Day Care Center run by the nearby YWCA 11yearold boy was held BURLINGAME Calif UPI The 11yearold son of a wealthy executive was rescued unharmed from a motel room last night where he was tied in a sleeping bag 15 hours after being abducted by two masked men in a plot to get in ransom One suspect was captured when a police SWAT Special Weapons And Tactics unit crashed into the motel room in Menlo Park 10 miles south of Burlingame on the San Francis co peninsula The other was arrested at a Southern Pacific railroad station after receiving the ransom from the father I was scared but Im not now Nels Legalist the Hond blueeyed sixth grader said as he was led by police and FBI agents Into the Burlingame Police Department It had a happy ending said his father Jok Legalist The suspects were identified as Scott Timmons 19 and John Reiser 18 both of nearby Belmont Officers said Nels suffered no injuries and had been kept tied in the sleeping bag after being kidnapped yesterday morning as he walked to school Later the kidnappers tele phoned the Legallet home They called again last night and said Nels would be hurt unless they were given the 000 ransom in and bills FBI agents said they in structed Legallet to take a train to the San Carlos station to deliver the money Police told a news confer ence at the Burlingame Police Department that Timmons was on the train and was given the money when he approached Legallet Agents and police closed in Timmons dropped the money picked it up then dropped it again before he was grabbed Timmons then told police where to find the boy and Reis er Who offered no resistance when the SWAT unit invaded the room at pm Nixon ploy Agnew out Connally in SAN FRANCISCO UPI Former President Nixon want ed Vice President Spiro Agnew to resign so he could appoint John Connally to the job ac cording to former Nixon aide John Ehrlichman In an article to be published in the first issue of Inquiry a new magazine Ehrlichman wrote Nixon spoke to me more than once of his desire to in duce the vice president to re sign so that John Connally might take his place Nixon even considered offering Ag new a seat on the Supreme Court to get him to move Ehrlichman wrote that only the specter of the senatorial confirmation process chilled that idea Agnew had recommended to Nixon the appointment of Frank Sinatra as director of the Bicentennial Commission Ehrlichman said and said the vice president was a continuous aggravation to Nixon
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