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Bakersfield Californian (Newspaper) - October 4, 1976, Bakersfield, California national Wire service poll sees Republicans have a chance of adding 1-3 Senate seats and up to 10 House seats in election. Page fi Negotiators for the United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Company Indicate they may be on the threshold of a settlement. Page 2 state ' Growers are collecting funds to fight Proposition 14 four times as fast as Cesar Chavez and UFW aides. Page 5 A crisis may be approaching which could threaten the long-term water supply for many Californians, especially farmers. Page 2 local Lake Street residents still have a "lake" In an alley following Friday's storm. Page 7 Record crowd Saturday boosts Kern County Fair attendance near 1975 level. Page 7 Good afternoon Inside today PnRf Business and Finance ... 16 Classified............ 24 Comics.............. 15 Editorial............ 10 Metropolitan Section .... 7 2 Scene............... 19 3 Sports.............. 11 2 Television............ 23 2 Theater............. 23 2 Vital Statistics........ 29 sports James Harris passes for record 43fi yards to load Rams to rnmr-from-behind 31-28 win over Miami Dolphins. Pago 11 Kansas City's Hal McRae injects racial factor into determination of American League batting champion. Page 11 Vol. 90 No. 278 3 SECTIONS MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1976 30 PAGES 15� Butz resigns over racial slur; says action his own WASHINGTON (AP) -Secretary of He then released a statement in with high moral values, who insists Before eoine to see Ford Rut? ran. WASHINGTON (AP) -Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz. embattled over voicing an obscene racial slur, resigned today. Butz himself announced his departure after meeting with President Ford in the Oval Office at the White House. "I have just submitted my letter of resignation to the President, and he has accepted," Butz told reporters in the press room. "This was completely my own decision," he said. "It is what I and Mrs. Butz felt would be in the best interests of the President and his election campaign." Butz declared that this was "the price I pay for a statement... used in a private conversation." Butz emphasized that at no time was pressure put on him by the White House to resign. He then released a statement in which he said "this is the price I pay for a gross indiscretion in a private conversation. The use of a bad racial commentary in no way reflects my real attitude." The explosive remarks were made on an airplane after the Republican National Convention in August. Their subsequent publication landed Butz in hot water last Friday, when he was officially reprimanded by Ford, and triggered numerous calls for his ouster. Democratic presidential contender Jimmy Carter charged that Ford"s failure to fire Butz on the spot displayed a lack of leadership. In his statement today. Butz said that "by taking this action, I hope to remove even the appearance of racism as an issue in the Ford campaign." "President Ford is a decent man with high moral values, who insists that every American be treated equally and with dignity," Butz said. In his brief, four-paragraph letter of resignation. Butz told the President: "I sincerely apologize for any offense that may have been caused by the unfortunate choice of language used in a recent conversation and reported publicly." Asked what he would do now. Butz replied. "Campaign for President Ford." He said the resignation should not be taken as a sign that the administration's farm policies could change. "That is why farmers should support Gerald Ford in the election." lie said. "That is why I will continue to work tirelessly for his election." Butz declined to answer any other questions. Before going to see Ford, Butz canceled a speaking engagement at Camp Hill. Pa., scheduled later in the day, according to Ford campaign aides in Pennsylvania. The speech was to be made instead by Assistant Secretary John Knebel. who would become acting secretary If Butz resigned. An Agriculture Department source told The Associated Press today that the President had left it solely up to Butz himself as to whether the secretary stays on the job. According to the source. Butz was asked to make up his own mind, then let the President know. Ford, meanwhile, was quoted as telling some black plant workers today that Butz was "merely telling a story" with the offensive language but had been punished "very severely" with Friday's reprimand. White House spokesmen declined to confirm that the choice had been left entirely in Butz' hands. White House see Butz-page 2 scene Diverse bands strike up tune in Lori Brock Junior Museum Opening at the Year benefit show Sunday. Page 19 "Ted Shawn: Father of American Dance," book review Page 20 business Financial dealings of an Argentine family on four continents are probed as huge losses loom In collapse of two banks. Page 16 Auto officials warn there won't be any 197R models if exhaust, standards are not eased. Page 16 opinion Kern County residents prepare for another outpouring of compassion of people helping people. Page 10 Justice is swift and sure in Damascus in marked contrast to New York City. Page 10 EARL BUTZ resigns over slur Humphrey surgery looms as'probable' WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey. D-Minn.. plans to enter a New York City hospital "for probable major surgery to correct a bladder condition." his physician said today. Dr. W. Dabney Jarman said in a statement that Humphrey was to enter Memorial SIoan-Kettering Hospital later today for treatment of a bladder tumor condition previously described as a borderline form of cancer. "Since his last checkup in September, which revelead a changing character of a bladder tumor. Sen. Humphrey has undergone a series of tests at Bethesda Naval Hospital which confirmed the necessity of this operation." Jarman said. "Indications are that surgery will be performed later this week." Humphrey, who served as vice president under Lyndon Johnson, underwent radiation treatments three years ago for the bladder condition. He also received cancer prevention drugs until last April. Humphrey, 65, is seeking re-election to the Senate and also has announced his candidacy for the post of Senate majority leader. Earlier this year, when he was considering becoming an active candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Humphrey released a medical report that said the condition had remained stable and that his general health was excellent. Until he entered the Bethesda, Md.. hospital this weekend for tests, Humphrey was described as being in good spirits and maintaining a normal schedule. Spanish aide slain by machinegun fire MADRID, Spain (UPI) - Gunmen today assassinated a member of the powerful 17-member Council of the Realm, Spain's highest consultative body, in a submachine gun attack in the Basque region, the Spanish news agency Europa Press said. The unidentified assailants fired on the victim, Juan Maria de Araluce y Villar, from an auto in the city of San Sebastian and then roared off, the report said. Several other persons were wounded. Police did not immediately place responsibility for the killing but the attack was the in the style of the left-wing separatist group ETA - the Basque Homeland and Liberty movement. It came a week after ETA announced at a news conference in France that it was not going to abandon its armed struggle. Araluce y Villar also was the president of the Council of Guipuzcoa, the provice of which San Sebastian is the capital. )|}e held one of the two seats for local administrators in the Council of the Realm. Police sources said the politician was attacked as he left his office. Near Madrid, an outspoken right-wing general who is being eased out of active service by Spain's reformist government drew cheers and applause today at a big memorial service for late Generalissimo Francsico Franco, the Spanish news agency Europa Press said. It said that besides giving vocal support to Gen. Carlos Iniesta Cano the crowd of more than 3,000 also shouted "vivas" for the army and for the memory of Franco. The service was held at the Valley of the Fallen monument where Franco is buried in the mountains north of Madrid. It marked the day of Franco's saint, Francis of Asisi, and was organized by some of his family members and friends. ^ Court upholds access ruling WASHINGTON I UPI) - The Supreme Court today dismissed claims by California landowners that their property rights are violated by a state regulation requiring them to admit union organizers onto their land to recruit farm workers. The justices acted in a brief order, rejecting the landowners' appeal from a state Supreme Court decision upholding the Agricultural Labor Relations Board regulation. The regulation, approved in August 1975. allows union organizers to enter a farm or vineyard to recruit workers and discuss union issues during breaks and lunch hours. Organizers may not disrupt production, however. The regulation was approved by the ALRB only one day alter the Capt. Glenn Starr, Bakersfield Fire Department, gives Mark Spencer, 11, sixth grader at Longfellow School, a demonstration of fire engine. Mark was selected from Bakersfield City School District students as honorary fire marshal for Fire Prevention Week, which runs through Saturday. He will accompany firemen on visits to city schools this week in fire prevention program. - (Californian $>hoto) board was created as a means of winning labor peace during a Fight for farmworker members in California's fields between the United Farmworkers and the Teamsters Unions. Several growers immediately filed suit to have the law declared unconstitutional. They pointed to past U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and said union organizers could recruit on the employers' property only if there was no other reasonable means of reaching the workers. The growers said the ALRB regulation was too broad, and deprived landowners of their property rights without due process of law. in a 4-3 vote, the California Supreme Court upheld the regulation as "a limited economic regulation of the use of real property imposed for the public welfare." Ford gives major tax revision OK WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Ford today signed a massive tax revision bill, saying that he disagreed with many of its provisions, but "on balance, however, this legislation is sound, positive and long overdue." The five-inch thick bill which Ford signed in an Oval Office ceremony, extends all tax cuts at least through 1977 and makes thousands of other changes ranging from an Increased new minimum tax to expanded tax breaks for working parents and the elderly." Ford said he was pleased with Congress' action in raising the minimum tax and in curbing some tax shelters, and was "gratified" that Congress had approved relief from estate taxes which he said he had proposed. However, Ford criticized Congress for failure to approve his proposed extra $10 billion in individual tax cuts, and, "I will again urge Congress next year to further reduce the tax burden on Americans by increasing the personal income tax exemption from $750 to $1,000." Ford said he also would propose that Congress grant new accelerated depreciation tax breaks for industry investing in new plant and equipment in areas of high unemployment, plus other proposals in the area of caital formation and broadened stock ownership. In the meantime, however, he said, the legislation he signed "does go a long way toward providing common sense and equity in our tax system." Several new tax advantages are opened by the bill, notably for railroads and airlines. But a number of loophole-closing amendments, including curbs on some tax shelters, already have tax lawyers searching for new ways to shelter their clients' income from the IRS agents. Developed over three years by congressmen and staff members, subjected to intense lobbying by both reformers and special interests, it is the first major revision of tax law since 1969. Ford announced in his first debate with Jimmy Carter that he would sign the bill, but blasted Congress for failing to grant an additional $10 billion tax cut he had requested. Congress' tax writing committees ignored that proposed cut because most of the extra $10 billion would have gone to upper-middle and upper-income persons. Even Ford's strongest see Taxes-page 2 A UTTIE LEARY 77MotAftg�ltlllinf| WHAT IS M6 POSITION OKI SHOWS'? CENTER!
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