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Bakersfield Californian (Newspaper) - October 4, 1976, Bakersfield, California national Wire service poll sees Republicans have a chance of adding I-'I Senate seats and up to IO House seats in election Page ft 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 CFW 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 Pagi- Vc PitKf Business and Finance . 16 2 Scene ........... 19 Classified 24 3 Sports........... ll Comics............. 15 *> Television ____ 23 Editorial!........... IO 2 Theater ... 23 Metropolitan Section . . 7 2 Vital Statistics..... . . 29 sports James Harris passes for record 436 yards to lead Rams to come frrom-behind .11-28 win over Miami Dolphins Page ll Kansas City's Hal McRae injects racial factor into determination of American League batting champion Page ll dii£ latersiMi Californian Vol. 90 No 278 3 SECTIONS MONDAY. OCTOBER 4. 1976 30 PAGES 15C Butz resigns over racial >lur; says action his own WASHINGTON (AP) -Secretary of    He    then    released    a    statement    in    with    higlh    moral    values    who    insists Before going to see Ford Blitz can- WASHINGTON (AP) -Secretary of Agriculture Far! L Blitz, embattled over voicing an obscene racial slur re signed 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 bf 1 in the best interests of the President and his election campaign." Butz declared that this was the price I pav 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 bv Ford and triggered numerous calls for his dust cr Democratic presidential contender Jimmy Carter charged that Ford s failure to fire Butz on the spot displaced a lack of leadership In his statement today Butz said that "bv 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 higlh moral values who insists that every American be treated equal Iv and witth digmtv. But/ said In his; brief four-paragraph letter of resignation Blitz told the President ' I sincerely apologize for anc offense thait may have been caused bv the unfortunate choice of language used in ai recent conversation and reported publicly Asked what he would do now But/ replied "Campaign for President Ford He sand the resignation should not be taken as a sign that the administration's fartm policies could change “That is why farmers should support Gerald Ford in the election he said That is why I will continue to work tirelessly tor his election But/ dleclined to answer ans other questions Before going to see Ford But/ 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 bv Assistant Secretary John Knobel 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 But/ was merely telling a store 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 But/ hands White House see Butz—page 2 scene Diverse bands strike up tune in Lon Brock Junior Museum Opening at the Year benefit show Sunday Page 19 Ted Shawn Father of American Dance," book review Page 2fl business Financial dealings of an Argentine family on four continents are probed as huge losses loom in collapse of two banks Page it) Auto officials warn there won t be any 1978 models if exhaust standards are not eased Page 16 opinion Kern County residents prepare for another outpouring of compassion of people helping people Page IO Justice is swiff and sure in Damascus in marked contrast to Now York City Page IO Humphrey surgery looms as ‘probable ’ WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen Hubert II Humphrey I) Minn plans to enter a New York City hospital “tor probable major surgerx to correct a bladder condition his physician said today Dr VV Dabney Jarman said in a statement that Humphrey was to enter Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital later today for treatment ol 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 tor 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 Court upholds access ruling WASHINGTON I ITI i — The Supremo Court today dismissed claiims by California landowners th.it their property rights are violated bv a state regulation requiring them to admit union organizers onto) their land to recruit farm workers The justices acted in a brief order rejecting th*' landowners up peall from a state Supreme Court decision upholding tho Agricultural Labor Relations Board regulation The regulation approved in August 1975 allows union organizers to cinter a farm or vineyard to recruit workers and discuss union issues during breaks and lunch hours Organizers may not disrupt production however Tlhe regulation was approved bv the Al.RH only on* day atter iii* board was created as a means of winning labor peace during a tight tor farmworker members in California s fields between the United Farmworkers and the Teamsters [ mons Several growers immediately filed suit to hay* the law declared unconstitutional They pointed to past TS Supreme Court divisions, and said union organizers could m-rmt on the employers property only it there was no other reasonable means of reaching the yvorkers The growers said the AI.RB regulation was too broad and deprived landowners of their property rights without due process of law In a 4-1 vote th* 1 California Supreme Court upheld the regulation a> a limited economic regulation of the use of real property im posed for the public welfare 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 leftwing separatist group ETA — the Basque Homeland and Liberty movement It came a week after ETA an pounced at a news onference in France that it was not going to aban don its armed struggle Araluce y Villar also was the prose dent of the Council of Guipuzcoa. the provice of which San Sebastian is the capital ye 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 Imesta Cano the crowd of more than 3 OOO 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 organ lzed bv some of his family members and friends    ^ Capt. Glemn Starr, Bakersfield Fire Department, gives Mark Spencer, ll, sixth grader at Longfellow School, a demonstration of fire engine Mark was* selected from Bakersfield City School District students as honorary if ire marshal for Fire Prevention Week, which runs through Saturday. He will accompany firemen on visits to city schools this week in firre prevention grogram. — (Californian £>hoto) Ford gives major tax revision OK WASHINGTON - UPL - President Ford today signed a massive tax revision bill saying ihut 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 OOO 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 lime LEARY WMKT IS ME POSITION ON burlesque SHOWS? FRONT gov) , center! EARL BUTZ resigns over slur