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   Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - June 18, 1969, Ukiah, California                                VOLUME CIX 10c Per Copy UKIAH, MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA-Wednesday, June 18, 1969       Sixteen Pages   ...  No. 42 Public works department I -v - rapped in Cal-Tax report Lack of organization, operation weak points RAINY DAY ASSIGNMENT - When Journal photographer Mike Williams was told to gji get a pretty girl-in the courthouse and offer his umbrella to shield her spring outfit from the unseasonable June rain this morning, he accepted with alacrity. On reaching the district attorney's office in his search, however, he found himself in a quandry. With twp attractive young women in the .office, how could he make a choice? Operating on the theory that if one pretty girl is good photo "copy," two are better, he came up with this answer to the assignment--Jean Kruckman, left, and Anita Mars, both legal secretaries in the D.A.'s office. Board picks up no support ^^^^  ^^^^^^^^^ consolidation ''�Not-a-single person spoke out in- favor of proposals to consolidate the judicial courts of Mendocino County during a public hearing before the board of supervisors Tuesday afternoon. Not one voice was heard from the audience in support of possible abolition of the positfon of constable from the roster of county goVerrerftent servants-of the people. Instead, a small army of minor court judges and constables converged on chambers to plead eloquently for retention of the "people's- courts" at the local level in an age of increasing loss of local control over government and education through -consolidation, unification or other devices. Judge after judge, as well as spokesmen for the Constables' Association, pointed out that the purported savings from consolidation, unification or whatever form outside control of local agencies or services takes, often do not in fact materialize, as witness, one judge pointed out, the problems of the Ukiah Unified district since unification. They hammered time and again at what they felt would be false economies and warned that the small savings which might be made here or there would be more than offset by perhaps permanent loss of local community control and infringement on individual rights. In the end the supervisors closed the hearing but delayed a vote for two weeks on the motion of Harvey. Sawyers of Wil-lits, seconded by Charlie Barra of Redwood Valley, to continue the justice court and constable positions as they are. 'Supervisor Ernie Banker said he had been leaning somewhat toward consolidation of * justice courts but that the judges present had made some .telling points . in their arguments for retahiing the courts in their present local jurisdictional areas. Chairman Augie Avila felt that perhaps one or two judicial districts might be consolidated at a savings, but in the end all supervisors agreed, on a motion by Supervisor Joe Scaramella, to continue the vote on retention of the courts arid constable status quo for two weeks. There will be no more arguments heard at that time, however, supervisors ruled - only the formal vote taken. Seemingly every judicial district judge in Mendocino; County was on hand for the hearing - with the exception of Judge Hale McCowen Jr., who was busy dispensing justice upstairs. Judge McCowen had sent word that he would be happy to come down for a few moments if the board wished to hear his views, but the board, with the afternoon waning, did not call him. Added to the Opposition of the judges and constables and several citizens present were stacks of letters of protest and petitions containing several hundred names, largely from the Long Valley Judicial district. Judge Robert Rawles of Anderson Judicial District, whose court is in Boonville, led off the testimony by stating that the fueling of citizens in his district was one of "shock and disbelief* that their court system" oould change. He pointed out that in his area along highway 128 there was an increasing demand for local court service, prompted by an influx of Bay area tourists, using adjoining state parks and recreation are- as, and by the recent assignment of a resident CHP officer! Other judges, in an equally calm but penetrative look' at the rapidly changing picture and increased importance of local judicial courts, had their say. Among points made by the judges were that already in some courts,'sjucji.as in Sacramento, a person is given a five-minute hearing on his case, and then the judge rules or moves on to another case. "Such treatment does nothing to increase an individual taxpayer's regard for law enforcement or justice," said one judge. Judge Leland McMasters "soon to retire after -(Continuedon Page 6) - Operation and organization of the Mendocino County department of public works was severely criticized in a Calif or-, nia Taxpayer's Association report to the board of supervisors yesterday. The report, requested by the board last May, charged that the department of public works has not operated as an effective, coordinated organization for some time, nor is there now a highly developed sense of participation, at division head level, in a unified, commonly shared departmental goal. A copy of the 22-page special Cal-Tax task force report, for which the county will pay $500, was given to supervisors late Tuesday, and to key department of public works personnel today. The. special assessment of the PWD, its strengths and shortcomings on the eve of hiring of a new director, possibly by June 24, had been requested by supervisors in late May. The board hopes to interview four final candidates for the job vacated by Bob Newhouse some months ago. The report specifically hit at failure to delegate authority, make use of skills and knowledge of staff - and planning and job confusion. Cooperation In a preface, the report noted that duringMhe crash study of the department's operations, the staff's cooperation was excellent and was obviously motivated by staff loyalty and concern for* the department, its program and the county. Investigators "were impressed with the quality of division-level staff, particularly in terms of their resourcefulness* in accomplishing their duties under what must have been difficult administrative circumstances and in terms of the skills and experience which they bring to their work." "Clearly," the report continues, "the Mendocino County public works department possesses a ^middle-management staff which should greatly assist the new public works director in de- veloping a public works organization that could serve as a model for counties of this size." The Cal-Tax report termed as perhaps its "most im|>ortant conclusion" the finding that the department has not operated as an effective, coordinated organization for some time - the word organization being underlined in the report. "There is, in-fact," the report said, "some confusion as to the roles and responsibilities or* the part j of some middle management." The report noted the lack of an organizational chart - and provided a model one for possible future departmental use in an appendix to the report - but noted that there are in practical operation of the department five main divisions - general services, under an administrative assistant in tho public works department; road, under road superintendent; .surveying, under a senior engineer; buildings and grounds, under a B&G superintendent; and a planning division under a planning assistant. ---_-^- The rei>ort stated that there hardly is a departmental policy matter of any importance which should not have been cleared through one or more of these rlivision heads. In actual practice, however, the report points out, "it would appear that the department head generally 'short circuited' the responsible division head and dealt directly with subordinates." It would appear, the' Cal-Tax summation continues, "that important departmental decisions would be concluded with parties outside the department without consultation with �ny subordinate. Some division heads re-l>orted being "surprised to discover that a matter within their, responsibility had been decided and not reported to them by the department head." The costs of this pattern of operations are mariifold and almost. im|>ossible to estimate' statistically, Cal-Tax continues. These could include substantially increased probability of the department head making an uninformed, unsound judgment because he is not taking advantage of the knowledge of staff with respect to a given situation ..... This failure to give a division head an' opportunity to solve the problems that should come his way through delegation means that staff development also suf- fers because the full capabilities of the staff in service to the department are not realized. Examples A "few other" examples of management defects within the department of public works not-ed by the Cal-Tax survey, include : 1 - Staff meetings, or lack of same, where the Cal-Tax investigators were startled to learn that "staff members could not recall having, attended more than three staff meetings during the tenure of the previous director." While admitting to some cynical regard for the value of staff meetings as often held in modern times, the report felt that properly prepared, and conducted staff meetings do provide the "boss" with vitally important feedback on the current major problems of the organization. 2 - Revision of staff titles -. The report.felt that working at apparent cross purposes with the director's reluctance to delegate responsibilities was a tendency to create new, upgradeed titles for staff without benefit of civil service reviews of either title or job specification. 3 Advance planning of road construction and maintenance The report hit at failure to develop a reasonable long-range road construction - maintenance priority schedule, etc. Top drugs position for Wilson & ---*-- Hitchhiker pulls pistol on cruising Ukiah youths City police arrested a hitchhiker last night after receiving a call from a citizen who informed them that the suspect had pulled a gun on three youths when they stopped and offered him' a ride. Arrested as a result of the incident was Steve W. Amshery, 25,; Coos Bay, Ore. He was charged with reasonable cause,, �felonious; assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, and carrying a loaded weapon in a public place. Alleged victims of the encounter were Terry Bach, 18; Leonard Winter, 17, and David Meyer, 18, all of Ukiah. A cheek through criminal in- vestigation sources indicated that the suspect may also be wanted as an escaped prisoner from the city jail in Bend, Ore.; but verification is pending on this charge. Officer Larry Maxson arrest-ed.the suspect at the Super Chef. The weapon found on him was a German automatic pistol. . Ambery told police that he was standing on N. State Street near the entrance to the Fairgrounds when one of the.three youths in the car threw a beer bottle at him. Amsbery said be brought out' the gun only to scare them off. Winter told police that Amsbery had called to them as they drove by. Wayne M. Wilson has been named section chief with the division of narcotic addiction and drug abuse for the,National Institute of Mental Health. His responsibility will be for the development of 16 comprehensive community treatment  centers located throughout the United States. Wilson   holds  degrees  from j Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and the University of Nebraska. He has been employed by Mendocino State Hospital since 1956 and served as chief of social service from 1959-65. He was appointed to establish the overall alcoholism program as director in 1965 and' the drug, abuse program in 1966, both of which are the demonstration programs for the California Department of Mental Hygiene. In 1965 he was in Scotland, England and France for the World. Health Organization. He has contributed a dozen professional publications and presented papers at professional conferences throughout the United States. This past week he was consultant to the government of Puerto Rico. Wilson has also been a, consultant to the American Psychiatric Association and the Na? tional Institute of Mental Health lp the areas of alcoholism and drug addiction. He will have his offices at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, D.C, Wilson, his wife Kay and their three children - Michael, Scott, and Melissa, will fly to.Bethes-da, Md. Saturday where they will make their home. Canteen for teens under way Plans'are well under way for activation of . an impromptu Teen-age Community Center program at Ukiahi, starting July 1 and running through Aug. 8. The city and the Ukiah Unified school district have contributed more than $700 each toward the cost of the pilot program being supervised by Claudia Bryan, and coordinated by Mort Van-denBerghe under the direction of Recreation Director Dave Strong. But the bare-bones budget for the operation of the Teen-Age Canteen, special events such aS dances, and for the general gym, reoreational and weight-lifting activities cannot be stretched to include the purchase of an air conditioner for use in the high school cafeteria where many q� the dances and other events will be held. Interested parents and other citizens of the Ukiah area may help toward securing an air conditioner by making contributions to Gary Mirata of the Savings Bank, who has consented to act as treasurer for the Teen-Age Center. Some $600 is needed for the air conditioning improvements. Donations to date have been made by the Ukiah Lions Club and the Ukiah Elks Lodge. Those who wish to donate may mail their checks to Ukiah Valley Teen-Age Center in care of Mirata at the Sayings Bank. A teen-age dance from 8 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July.l, in the high school cafeteria is being planned to kick off the six-week pilot Ukiah Valley Teen-Age Center program, planned by Miss Bryan, VandenBerghe and Strong with the help of a teenage advisory council. The center .will be open evenings during the July l-Aug.8 period for the use of teen-agers from throughout the greater Ukiah Valley area. County budget up By GLENN ERICKSON County Administrator Al Beltrami Tuesday presented to the board of supervisors, a proposed 1969-70 county government budget which is 14 per cent higher than that expended in the budget year ending June 30-but seven per cent lower than the total budget originally requested by department.heads.  Departrhent heads had requested a budget of $14,468,692- 21 per cent or $2,475,008 more than authorized last year. Beltrami, in his annual "budget preview and review" meetings with department heads, managed to pare down there-quests to $13, 679,018, or $789,674 below departmental requests - but still some 14 per cent above expenditures this year.  Budget Hearings The' board of supervisors will take its crack at reducing .proposed expenditures still further, starting with budget hearings on July 23, and Chairman Augio. Avila promised to "come with my meat cleaver in hand." Beltrami told the board Tuesday that present indications are that the proposed budget, could be carried out with approximately the same, or slightly higher, general county tax rate as this year. Beltrami attributed much of the increase to the various con- The weather Northwestern California: Cloudy today with  chance of showers or thunderstorm mainly, over mountains; fair tonight and Thursday except low overcast along coast; slightly warmer .Thursday; high today and low tonight Ukiah 74-54;-- Temperatures JUNE, 1969 *JUNE, 1968 Date Hl�b Low    Data HUB Uow 17 .... 92 54  |   17 .... 99 51 Noon Today 64   Low Today W Rainfall 51.25    Last Year 82.95 Coiirteey Ukr�hL�I*� Department Weather Obverver tinuing pressures and requirements on local governments, including salary adjustments, replacement of needed equipment and buildings, newjy mandated or requested programs, changes in federal legislation or legal interpretations. He told the board that once again the county budget, like all budgets, large or small, public or private, is plagued by the continuing national inflationary trend and cost of service items. Beltrami hedges on his prediction that the increased budget can be supported by the same or slightly higher general county tax. rate ($3.31) to the extent, that he notes'thai still unknown are final figures of carry over, balances, assessment roll figures and finalized revenue figures. Tax Rate A chart shows that the county general tax rate has varied since 1962-63 from $3.30 then to a low of $2.92 in 1966-67, a high of $3.61 in 1967-68 to fts current $3.31, one cent higher than it was seven years ago. Population in the same period has climbed from 50.6 to 53.2 thousand and assessed values from 94.2 to 115.2 millions. Other highlights or the county administrator's budget message include: 1-County outlook - Joblessness was at its lowest April level in Mendocino County since 1964, 6.5 per cent compared to 7.1 per cent a year ago; lumber industry is extremely active and having one of its best financial periods in many, many years. Agriculture is again contemplating a record income year as well. Sales tax reyenue is projected for a county-wide increase. Tourism has shown substantial and continuing increase, especially as Mendocino County is. able to provide greater attractions and greater Chamber of Commerce activity in this area. On the other hand, the welfare budget is increased. Winter storms have .caused: a .substantial increase in this year's road budget due to many repairs needed. The county continues to fail to develop and sustain a firm year-around industrial base, though a new firberboard plant is contemplated in Fort Bragg^ and restdration of airline service to Ukiah holds hope for attracting possible industry to the area. 1        B�\yond t'ontrol Legislation beyond county control has" had a substantial impact upon the proposed budget- legislative or court rulings such as the Supreme Court, decision April 21 which could mean the end of most welfare residency requirements; the Lanterman-Petris-Short   Bill  dealing with mental health" programs now to be integrated totally between county and state facilities; laws relating to agricultural preserves and property tax relief will have an impact on assessment rolls and tax bases in 1969-70, etc. 2-Beltrami includes suggestions that the supervisors give serious consideration toward establishment of a separate planning department, at $57,087; establishment of an assessment appeals board at $13,400; reconsideration of a previously proposed but rejected public guardian program at'$3,392; consideration of a proposed city-county "jaininnex agreement at $11,000; and outlines employe benefits budget items totalling $389,470 and establishment of a county hospital enterprise fund to pinpoint accounting in the hospital's direct services. 3-Areas of particular concern and review by the board in-I elude: a 32 per cent increase in welfare   administrative   costs, and a 41 per cent over-all increase in mental health costs as local costs are tied to the state | program ; review and analysis of j the county library operation; a 17 per cent increase in welfare categorical aid, need for law enforcement added personnel; new administrative positions and a review of recreational and other policies. County wants out on Library The county wants out of the present Ukiah-Mendocino Library agreement in six months,- but is holding the door open for further review of the joint libra* ry facility. Supervisors made this clear after some discussion late Tuesday after hearing library committee representatives suggest that the board indicate Its intention to withdraw from the present agreement within s j x months.   > Thus the Ukiah city council can begin discussing its own future course on library �construction, tonight if it. wishes at its regular meeting, with the knowledge, that the county is not interested in prolonging the present agreement 'beyond a reasonable joint review and readjustment period. Supervisor Ernie Banker, who held that just because the anticipated s federal grant did not come tfirough for library con--(Continued on page 3)- Wood defeats Farr Win clinches Assembly for GOP By DENNIS J. OPATRNY SALINAS, Calif. (UPI) -Republican Robert G. Wood rolled to an easy victory Tuesday in a crucial special election that gave the GOP a 41-39 absolute majority and solid political control in the Assembly. Wood, 53, handily defeated Democrat Fred S. Farr in an election making the third consecutive GOP triumph this year and sixth straight special legislative victor^ since 1365. The final unofficial tally showed Wood ran up 26,274 votes or 56 per cent to 19,651 vot^s or about 43 per cent for Farr, a former state senator who failed in a political comeback attempt. Wood, an apricot grower from Greenfield in his first partisan race, told newsmen at his victory'celebration that he intends- to' vote his own mind in the Assembly. "I don't intend; to be a rubber stamp Republican," said. Wood, who described himself as a moderate. Farr, 58, who was defeated in a 1966 Senate re-election bid after his district had been reapportioned, resigned his $28,O0O-a-year job as" coordinator of the Federal Highway Beautification Program to run for the seat. The Assembly vacancy was created when Alan. Pattee, r. Salinas, was killed''uT an automobile accident last April. He had held the seat since 1954. Wood ran* strongly in traditionally Republican areas of the district composed entirely of Monterey County. His popularity as a i county supervisor apparently helped lift him to victory. Farr had counted on GOP cross-over ballots which failed to materialize although 67 per cent of- eligible voters turned out. *   . But Democrats, who hold a 51 per cent to 44 per cent Voter registration  edge,  apparently -4v were unable to turn out their voters in the numbers that GOP precinct workers did.   > Three rrtinor candidates who ("appeared on the ballot ran poorly, totalling only 1 per cent of the vote. Republican Mitchell Bedford collected 359 votes, Republican Bertram Rudolph 130 and American Independent Party candidate Alton Ogborn, 188. ' Wood said he was surprised by his wide margin of victory in    a    race    that    further' underscored Republican, voting trends in California. i 1 "I didn't think , we woifld come anything close to this,*'. he  said,  referring  to his -(Continuedon Page 6)-* * The _ Country &W< Swmwh^H   

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