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Appeal-Democrat (Newspaper) - July 28, 1995, Marysville-Yuba City, California . preparing for All-Star game Sutter High School quarterback Danny Wilder suffered a separated shoulder and will miss the annual Lions All-Star game on Aug. 5. See story, Page B1 FRIDAY > Panel derails plans Ibr development Community, Page C1 Two women anested in drug sweep Community, Page CI ^ - .'e GOdD MORNING Yuba-Sutter will be sunny and very hot. High: 102 Low: 67 Weather details on AS July 28,1995 Marysville-Yuba City, California Single copy 470 + tax Council members cleared Meeting wasn't illegal, DA says Bob Miller Appeal-Democrat The Yuba County District Attorney has exonerated Marysville Mayor Jim Kitchen and Council-men Paul McNamara and Steve White of an alleged violation of the Brown Act, a statute requiring local officials to conduct city business in public. "So far as we have been able to determine, there was no discussion of cily business and apparently no attempt to carry on any covert conversations as other individuals were asked to join you," District Attorney Charles O'Rourke wrote in a Jiily 26 letter to Kitchen. "As there was no apparent discussion of city business, there is no violation of the Brown Act." Charles O'Rourke Yuba district attorney says gathering was a social activity. In January, Councilman Ron Gless complained to the state Fair Political Practices Commission and the Attorney General's office that Kitchen, McNamara and White — a quorum of the five-member City Council — met privately to discuss committee assignments at the Silver Dollar Saloon soon after the November elections. "This smells of conspiracy," Gless wrote in January. O'Rourke said he began investigating after Gless urged him to consider the complaint. "My focus was on indépendant witnesses," he said, referring to patrons at the Silver Dollar. He said he personally conducted interviews with three people he declined to identify regarding the substance of the meeting. "It was held at the Silver Dollar. About 50 people were there," he said. "It was a social gathering." The Brown Act generally requires prior notice of legislative meetings to allow for public scrutiny. However, it does allow a majority of the members of a legislative body to gather at "a purely social or ceremonial occasion." Gless was furious with the District Attorney's finding. "It's rather disgusting," he said. "Those three guys are guilty as sin." Gless said he was told by an acquaintance, Wilson Dillard, that the men met at the bar, a violation of the Brown Act. But Gless acknowledged that Dillard may not have overheard Turn to GLESS/A7 Forgotten no more Associated Press South Korean President Kim Young-sam and "President Clinton tour the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington on Thursday prior to a dedication ceremony for the memorial honoring the 1.5 million Americans who fought in the Korean War. Korean War vets honored Kim I. Mills Associated Press WASHINGTON - They came to remember. Don Cripps, a paratrooper in Korea, wept as he spoke of his commanding officer, killed by a Chinese machine gunner. Pat Connacher wore a homemade lapel pin featuring a picture of her late husband, who spent more than two years in a North Korean POW camp. Francis Xavier Bones came in memory of his boyhood pal, George B. Kennedy, lost in action at age 18. They were among the thousands who paid tribute Thursday to the 1.5 million Americans who fought in the Korean War and watched as President Clinton dedicated a memorial in their honor on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice. "They set a standard of courage that may be equaled but will never be surpassed in the annals of American combat," the president said. He thanked the veterans for putting "the free world on the road to victory in the Cold War. That is your enduring contribution, and all free people eveiywhere should recognize it today." Clinton was joined by South Korean President Kim Young-sam. "We are dedicating this Korean War veterans memorial so that all succeeding generations will know how great the sacrifices and devotion of those veterans were and how precious freedom and peace are," Kim said through an interpreter. After the ceremony — during which scores of people were treated for heat exhaustion — Associated Press President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam raise their arms after dedicating the Korean veterans memorial. the National Park Service opened the memorial to the public. Visitors streamed past, touching the black granite wall and posing for pictures in front of the statues of 19 infantrymen. In the tradition of the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial, people left flowers, pictures and notes at the Korean wall. Congress authorized the memorial in 1986. The monument's cost, set originally at $5 million, swelled to $18 million. VOICES "Just to see this after waiting to be recognized is a feeling I don't think you can express in any words. It's in your heart. There are so many of my friends that will never get to see this." Rodger Webster Veteran "I would say that the Korean War was the war that heralded the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the demise of Communism." Kim Young-sam South Korea president "You put the free world on the road to victory in the Cold War. That is your enduring contribution, and all free people in the world should recognize it today." President Clinton Clinton slashes spending Social programs take brunt of cuts Alan Fram Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Clinton signed $16.3 billion in social-program cuts Thursday in a compromise with Congress, even as the House debated new slashes in housing and environmental efforts that steered the two sides back to a collision course. Seven weeks after vetoing an earlier version as too harsh, Clinton put his pen to a bill trimming scores of ongoing education, job training and other programs. The bill also contains $7.2 billion for California and other states that have been hit by recent natural disasters, antiterrorism efforts and debt relief for Jordan. Republicans launched the effort to make cuts in already-approved spending five months ago as a first step in their balanced-budget drive. But stalemate reined until lawmakers restored $733 million for school reforms and other administration priorities. Congress finally sent the president the bill last week. "We agree we should balance the budget; we disagree on how," the president said as he signed the measure at the White House. "But this shows that we can work through those disagreements." No sooner had he spoken, however, than the House took up a $79.4 billion measure for the coming fiscal year that would shrink housing aid for the poor and elderly and slash the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by one-third. The wide-ranging bill would also restrict enforcement of air and water pollution and food safety laws, kill Clinton's national service program, and reduce spending for NASA, veterans and dozens of other programs. Overall, it would spend $11 billion less than this year and $10.5 billion less than Clinton requested. "This bill represents the urgent need to put Uncle Sam on a diet," said Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that wrote the bill. In other spending action, House-Senate bargainers hoped to reach agreement on a compromise bill financing Congress itself. That would be the first of the 13 annual spending bills to be written in its final form, which would let Republicans argue that they began their campaign to eliminate the federal deficit by tightening their own belts. In addition, the Senate Appropriations Committee prepared to approve a $23 billion measure financing the Treasury and Postal Service that cuts White House operations, and a $20 billion bill for energy and water projects. U.S. planes would lead NATO attack on Bosnia Robert Burns Associated Press WASHINGTON - If NATO carries out its threat of a major bombing campaign against Bosnian Serbs, American warplane pilots would be at the forefront of an operation bigger and riskier than any undertaken in Bosnia so far. Until now, U.S. combat action in Bosnia has been limited to brief NATO air attacks on a small number of targets such as individual Serb tanks, so-called "pin pricks" that were constrained by the need to get advance U.N. political approval. U.S. planes also have been flying as part of NATO's enforcement of a "no fly zone" over Bosnia; Air Force Capt Scott O'Grady was shot down June 2 while flying an F-16 as part of this mission. Now, if Gorazde or other safe havens come under Serb attack, the U.S. role would be much bigger, military ofticials said, putting the United States at higher peril to suffer its first battle casualties in Bosnia. Although warplanes from Britain, France, the Netherlands and TumtoMATO/A7 . INDEX Automotive E1 Classified D2 Comics B6 Crosswords C4 Features C4 Finance B5 Markets B5 Obituaries C2 Opinion A6 Sports B1 Television Loq ■ 06 lUpdate A2 Vital Statistics 02 Weather A8 Weekend D1 Weekend T D1 A Freedom Newspaper Vol. 135, No. 6 1530 Ellis Lake Drive Marysville, Calif. 95901 741-2345 U.S. economy expected to rebound Stronger growth may play role in presidential race David E. Sanger New York Times News Service WASHINGTON - The Commerce Department will issue a figure this morning tliat until very recently the White House was dreading: An accounting of the economy's paltry growth in the second quarter of the year, a grim statistic that for much of the year looked as if it would be the first step off a steep cliff. The number will likely be around five-tenths of a percent, a long, long fall from the economy's spectacular performance last year. But now there is a growing consensus among economists and traders that the figure will likely be the year's worst and that a rebound is already under way. They are basing their optimism on the usual hodgepodge mix of home sales, the pace of exports, inventory levels and other straws in the economic wind that recently suggest that the worst is probably over. At the White House, officials are already declaring that the much talked-about "soft landing" has arrived. "The second quarter figure is coming out at a time that the second quarter seems no longer rel evant," Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, who has predicted publicly for several months that the rebound would start in the second half of the year, said Thursday. "The question now is how strongly do we resume growth." The political import of all this is lost on no one in Washington: It has been more than 40 years since a Democratic incumbent ran for the presidency with the economy seemingly strong, inflation under control and unemployment off the front page. Against all the speculation just a few months ago. Bill Clinton Tum to ECONOMY/A8
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