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Yuma Sun, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 2007, Yuma, Arizona COMING THURSDAY: DIGGING INTO RECYCLING, A LA FRANCAIS WEDNESDAY JULY 18,2007 VUMA, 4 R|zqN ^ 50 CENTS IN QUOTES "We feel like that was a statement to mock us." 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X1<4 YUHMMQN ..... i...... 11-4 • v iwammKmmmmammHBaemrati >"l FULLY INTEND TO MOUNT A FULL-SCALE BATTLE WITH THE CITY REGARDING THIS TAX THAT NEVER 'SUNSETS'. WE SHOULD JUST LET IT DIE. THAT WOULD REDUCE HOTEL AND RESTAURANT BILLS. IF THEY NEED THE MONEY, LET'S SPREAD IT OUT OVER THE ENTIRE TAX BASE." — John Mitchell, owner of Bubba's BBQ vs > "I DON'T THINK IT HURTS MY BUSINESS. ftOBABLY 99 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE NEVER ASK WHAT THE TAX IS FOR. ALL THAT MONEY STAYS HERE. IT GIVES THE CITY SO MANY HEW THINGS, ESPECIALLY FOR THE CHILDREN." '—Yvonne Puch, co-owner of Coromdo Motor Hotel and Restaurant 3DK. • Industry mvided over proposed hospitality PHOTO BY RYAN BRENNECKE/THE SUN MY SPENCER, an employee at Bubba's BBQ, counts Arnold Lucero's change after ringing up his bill Tuesday. The Yuma City Council is seeking to extend the hospitality tax, levied on restaurants, bars, hotels and motels, past its expiration date of June 30, 2009. The measure would also raise the tax from 2 percent to 2-1 /2 percent. > City council will vote on issue tonight at meeting BY JOYCE LOBECK SUN STAFF WRITER What is an "onerous" tax to one business owner is seen by another as a means to provide recreational and cultural opportunities for thè community's children. So goes the debate in the hospitality industry over a measure the Yuma City Council will vote on during its meeting this evening. If the council approves it, an item will be placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot asking city taxpayers to extend and increase the bed and board tax. The 2 percent hospitality tax, levied on restaurants, bars, hotels and, motels, is scheduled to sunset June 30, 2009. The measure would extend the tax to June 30, 2034, and raise it to 2-1/2 percent, effective fiscal year 2010. Bob Stull, deputy city administrator, said the tax raised $4.2 million for fiscal year 2007, which ended June 30. If is expected to raise a little more than $4.5 million this fiscal year and $4.7 to $5 million the year after. For fiscal year 2010, the tax increase to 2-1/2 percent would raise a projected total of $6 to $6.2 million. The tax revenue would be earmarked for the promotion of tourism, riverfront development, parks and recreation facilities, arts and culture activities and construction of a new multi-purpose events arena or new community center. "People have expressed a need for a new community center," Stull said. "If the multi-event arena is built, the city would own it. If for some reason the arena doesn't go forward, we have something else we could put together." Either way, he said, "it would be payment of the debt for an asset we would own and that would benefit the community." Not everyone is in favor of the tax. SEE TAX/AS ASSOCIATED PRESS With 20 percent of the world's nuclear reactors in seismically active zones and the remote but real possibility of earthquakes, just about everywhere else, nuclear power plants are designed with shaking in mind. Plants in many countries have survived quakes more powerful than the one that hit Japan on Monday, suggesting that the poor performance of the Kashiwazaki Kariwa reactor is more illustrative of recent safety problems in the country's nuclear industry than any inherent vulnerability of the technology. "It did what it was supposed to," said William MUl-er, a University of Missouri at Columbia nuclear engineering professor. "It shut down. It. did not release radioactive material intp the atmoaphere." v Miller said he considers the relatively small amounts of radioactivity that were released when the earthquake ■ • " • Nearly 450 active nuclear power plants exist in the world, rlSSUreS dllCI fusion man y ° f ,hem in clo ? e proximity to fault lines, particularly in Japan where more than four tectonic plates converge. Senate pulls all-nighter on Iraq ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Democrats began steering the Senate through an attention-grabbing, all-night session Tuesday to dramatize opposition to the Iraq war, but conceded they were unlikely to gain the votes needed to advance troop withdrawal legislation blocked by Republicans. "Our enemies aren't threatened by talk-a-thons, and our troops deserve better than publicity stunts," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. McConnell and many other Republicans favor waiting until September before considering any changes to the Bush administration's current policy. They have vowed to block a final vote on the Democrats' attempt to require a troop withdrawal to begin within 120 days. "We have no alternative except to keep them in session to explain their obstruction," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. He planned several votes on a motion to instruct Senate Sergeant-at-arms Terrance Gainer to "request the attendance of absent senators," in an effort to keep members near the chamber. On the first vote, senators rejected the measure 47-44. Several more tallies were expected early today. Extra servings of fruits, veggies fail to prevent breast cancer's return ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — Hopes that a diet low in fat and chock-full of fruits and vegetables could prevent the return of breast cancer were Nuclear plants rarely damaged by seismic activity SOURCES: International Nuclear Safety Center: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission knocked over several waste-containing barrels to be "negligible." But environmentalists and nuclear watchdogs expressed concern that Are and pow«r failure, both of which resulted at Kashiwazaki on Monday, can trigger nuclear meltdown. Historically, Japanese nuclear power plants have performed quite well in previous earthquakes, even the one that sustained minor damage in Monday's magnitude 6.6 quake. The Kashiwazaki ASSOC1ATB MBSS Kariwa plant experienced a 6.8 magnitude quake in October 2004 without incident, though an aftershock two weeks later caused the auto-iQ4tic shutdown of one of its SEEMKUM/M dashed Tues-day by a large, seven-year experiment in more than 3,000 women. The gov-e r n m e n t study found no benefit from a mega-veggies-and-fruit diet over the U.S. r e c o m -mended servings of five fruits and vegetables a day — more than most Americans get. Researchers noted that none of the breast cancer survivors lost weight on either diet. That led some experts to suggest that weight loss and exer-cise should ,^ rmmmmmmmmmm .. be the next frontier for cancer prevention research. The study appears in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association. "It sends us back to the drawing board," said Susan Gapstur of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, who wasn't involved in the new study but wjwm^vmMbWiim'iifiw.: >"SHOULD WE REALLY HAVE FOCUSED ON DIETARY COMPONENTS LIKE FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND FAT? OR SHOULD WE BE FOCUSING, IN ADDITION TO DIET, ON LIFESTYLE FACTORS INCLUDING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND WEIGHT?" — Sim« fiapstar «1 Northwestern UahmwKy's Felubwf Scheel of MedkhM SEECAKH/M