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Anaheim Bulletin (Newspaper) - December 3, 1992, Anaheim, California Anaheim Bulletin T H EAHGE^COUHTY NORTH COUNTY NEWS PROFILE M. Loren Hernandez/North County News Jefferson, a 14-year-old fighting AIDS, receives pre-flight instructions from pilot Michael Edminston before taking off on a long anticipated airplane ride. Eli Home for abused children sponsored the trip. As Jefferson swapped his Lakers cap for a Top Gun hat in the lobby of a private airport, he was trading in a childhood dream for the real thing while forgetting the tragedy of his life for at least a day. But behind the big eyes and the bright smile of this 14-year-,old from Fullerton lay the sadness and desperation of AIDS. Looking closer at the boy who was getting ready to fly an airplane, the signs of the deadly disease were apparent — the wiry thinness of his frame, the greenish discoloration of his skin, the quiet, hollow graininess of his voice and the careful steps with which he walks. For just a few hours on a clear day in November, Jefferson let go of his fears of dying and instead adopted a more mainstream concern — defying gravity in a small fourseater airplane. He'll away Boy, 14, escapes illness on wings By Tenny Tatusian North County News "Ever since I heard about planes when I was little, I wanted to be a pilot. I'm a little scared, but I have to get over it if I want to be a pilot," he said. The trip, sponsored by the Eli Home, a shelter for women and children of abusive relationships, was an early Christmas present for Jefferson, who's battling the last stages of the disease. A hemophiliac, Jefferson spent most of his young boyhood scheduling events around blood transfusions. In 1988, when he was 10 years old and living in Florida, doctors told his mother that he tested positive for the HIV virus, a precursor to acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Jefferson and his mother did not want their last names used in this story. "I suspected something was wrong for a long time," said his mother Jteuze, who had di-vorcecfJefferson's father in 1981. "Even though I suspected he Please see JEFFERSON/6 THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 1992 COUNCIL City will study privatization Ban lifted despite employees' pleas for job security By David Heitz North County News Gina Hainline-Beitler, an employee representative of the Anaheim Municipal Employees Association, says morale among the people who keep the city going continues to sink. "You can go out to any area of the city and their heads are dropped," she said of the employees. She said they have feared los- PROFILE ing their jobs ever since City Manager Jim Ruth released a study in May that showed how the city has saved money by privatizing services — hiring firms from the private sector to perform work that previously has been done by city employees. Responding to a plea from the union to reassure its members that their jobs are secure, the City Council voted in August to place a moratorium on studying privatization. At Tuesday's meeting, the council voted unanimously to lift the moratorium when May- Please see PRIVATIZATION/2 New councilman frank on plans for Anaheim By David Heitz North County News Something about Frank Feld-haus makes it hard to believe that he's a city councilman. His answers are direct. For example, when asked: "Do you like politics?" he responds: "Hell no, I think it stinks, personally. But there had to be some sort of maturity and credibility brought to this office." His appearance is neat and tidy, but not overly starched or" polished. He has a business shirt and a tie tucked away in an office closet, just in case the occasion calls for it. Otherwise, expect a sporty windbreaker over a polo shirt. Please see FELDHAUS/5 Frank Feldhaus SPORTS Knocked out L clff running: ¿ Anaheim and Servite - are both bumped '} from CIF Southerly $ | Section football"., 4111 quarterfinals. /35 .> STEPPING OUT IB NEIGHBORS Chasing showbiz: Anaheim native and comedian Denise. Munro gets the laughs, but leaves 'em thinking. 732 The doctor is in: Local physician retires to a new career on Orange County .Search and Rescue Team. /16 COMMUNITY Gift appeal: Church collects presents for distribution to children of prison inmates. /8 RENEWAL Looking to overhaul: City planners study ways to refurbish blighted Brookhurst Commercial Corridor, industrial area. 17 INDEX Classifieds.......A49 Legato ..........A39 Milestones....... A17 Obituaries........A4 Polk» Report.....A12 Real Estate........CI 3 Sections/86 Pages