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   Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - February 25, 1979, Ukiah, California                                118th Year No. 264 Ukiah, Mendocino Countv, Califorr|ia Sunday, February 25, 1979 28 Pa^e^4 8 PageTab -4 Sections-li> Cents Golden makes development ban permanent... By NANCY STENSON Journal Staff Writer . Lake county County Superior Court Judge John Golden will freeze permanently all new subdivision and rezoning activities in unincorporated areas of Mendocino County until General Plan defects are corrected. Golden also struck down the county's May, 1978, approval of the Eden Valley Ranch subdivision northeast of Willits. In a signed intended decision FYiday, Golden found the land use, housing and noise elements of the county's General Plan deficient. Until those deficiencies are corrected, county officials, boards and commission cannot approve new subdivisions, rezonings, parcel maps or certificates of compliance in unincorporated areas. Golden does not provide relief for hardship cases in his permanent injunction as he did in his preliminary injunction. ' The county will continue to operate under the preliminary injunction until the final judgment is filed with the county clerk, however. News of Golden's intended decision leaked quickly. Interested citizens (mainly developers) flocked to the county clerk's office Friday afternoon seeking copies of the intended decree. "I .see nothing but suits (tort actions) against the county," predicted Al Barbero, chairman of Mendocjno County's Board of Supervisors. "I cannot see people standing still on this decision," said the supervisor.. County Counsel John Drummond said he was uncertain if he would advise the county to appeal the permanent injunction. Bud Miller, chairman of the Mendocino County Improvement Committee, said "The committee was in hopes that a solution could be found whereby relief from the moratorium would be extended so people in the county would not suffer financially during the process of updating the A Relic Frank Noyd, chief operator of Ukiah's ^ wastewater treatment plant, inspects the sewage facility's "trickling filter," soon to undergo extensive renovation. The ^, Ukiah City Council last week set the wheels in motion for an overhaul of the city's 20-year-old treatment plant by 1981. The city will undergo several months of review processes involving the state Water Resources Control Board and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. The city hopes to award a construction contract for the $3 million project by March, 1980, and have construction done by November, 1981. Among facilities to be renovated is the trickling filter, which breaks down sewage components in rock-filled media. Plans call for plastic cylinders to replace rocks, and improvement of the revolving arm which sprays wastewater into the filter. -Journal photo by Dale Kalkman. Gartner: Prop. 13 held down market value increases A Mendocino County School District official took issue with Mendocino County Assessor Duane Wells' recent explanation of this year's increase in property valuations. David A. Gartner, deputy superintendent of business and finance for Mendocino County Schools, said Proposition 13 "did not help hike the market values of property by $227.3 million." The deputy superintendent said, "The truth is the Prop. 13 helped hold down increases in market values by restricting them to two per cent per year." "Had Prop. 13 not passed, market values and subsequently assessed values might well have increased two to three times as much, or more," he said. Gartner also criticized the lack of an explanation distinguishing market value of property from assessed value, which by law is 25 percent of the market oj: full property value. The deputy superintendent noted that the $9.2 million 1978-79 budget decrease as reported by The Journal, is appro)^imately $1 million, compared to the 1977-78 budget. Gartner took issue also with Wells' use of the verb "skim" in describing how county school district derive funding. "It is literally untrue that county schools receive approximately 51 percent of the total taxes raised within the county in.advance of other county agencies," said Gartner. "The provision allowing county schools to receive their proportionate share in advance is a figment of someone's imagination," he added. The deputy superintendent also took exception to breakdowns supplied by the assessor for increased property valuations. He disagreed the breakdown truly reflected the increased assessed valuation figure quoted in the Mendocino County Data Finder pamphlet for 1978-79. county General Plan." "As a result of our meeting held early Friday, we are going to make recommendations to the board on Tuesday to pursue other avenues," said Miller. He said options open to the county would appear to be judicial relief through the appeals process. However, Miller said that could be a lengthy and costly process. Another option, said Miller, would be some kind of joint agreement between the state attorney general's office, the Office of Planning and Research, Judge Golden and the county whereby the moratorium could be lifted for a specific time period under specific conditions. In his order for a permanent injunction. Golden analyzed each problem in the county's General Plan on a point-by-point basis. In the county's land use element of the General Plan, the judge uncovered defects in the statement on population density standards, which, he said, are contrary to state law. Golden described inconsistences between land uses plotted on a county map and land use and population densities assigned in the text of the land use element. The map Golden refers to assigns one of five conservation,two agricultural, two residential, two urban or one service center land uses to the entire county. The text of the General Plan assigns only one of four uses: urban centers; fringe urban and minor urban; dispersed residential; and agricultural. "For example," said Golden, "one cannot deterrhine the recommended population density for the C-WD (conservation, water development) district shown on the map because there is no such district found among the four categories for which population densities are stated in the land use text." "This defect is of particular importance in this case because a major portion of the Eden Valley , Ranch  subdivision  is. located  in  territory classified as conservation, water development," observed the judge. Continued Golden "Similarly, one cannot determine the location within the county of the territory categorized as fringe urban and minor urban for which a population density of 3,000-4,500 persons per square mile is recommended in the land use element because there is no such district found among the 12 districts into which the county is divided by the map." Golden condemned the county's housing element as "totally failing to conform to requirements of state law. Said the judge: "It contains no evaluation of the county's housing problem and no statement of a program consisting of standards and plans for the improvement of housing. Nor does it contain provisions for adequate housing sites or provisions for satisfying the housing needs of all economic segments of the community." "Its most important statement is a recognition of the need for the preparations of a comprehensive county-wide housing element of the General Plan." said Golden. The noise element, the judge said, is deficient because it fails to quantify noise exposure for any sources other than transportation, contrary to state law. Golden further noted noise levels were not properly monitored or described under state code mandates. Finally, the judge said the text of the noise element is not integrated into any other element of the General Plan. In his introductory comments; Golden criticizes the physical composition of the county General Plan as an "awkward exercise that would seem to generate doubt concerning the integrity of the Plan." (Cont'd, on Page 2) Druids and astronomers both head for site of ecHpse By ROBERTA ULRICH PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) - Astronomers are converging on a small public observatory in the Cascade Mountains and modern-day Druids are heading for a replica of Stonehenge as time draws near for Monday's eclipse - last total echpse of the sun visible in contintental United States this century. The total eclipse, when the moon blots out the sun, begins just after sunrise at 8:09 a.m. PST (11:09 a.m EST) Monday in the northeastern Pacific Ocean and ends 90 minutes later just after Greenland's sunset. Along a path 170 to 190 miles wide through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Greenland the total eclipse will be visible - weather permitting - for periods ranging from just under 44 seconds to 2 minutes, 52 seconds. �   The weather outlook for eclipse time is not ' good, the National Weather Service said. Clouds were forecast west of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington and partly cloudy skies were predicted east of those mountains. "Though the forecast is not particularly optimistic, this type of weather pattern favors some periodic breaks in the cloud cover, especially east of the Cascades," said James D. Wakefield, meteorologist in charge of the Por--tland office of NWS, ATGoldendale, Wash., oijservers were hoping for a break in the weather like the one which occurred durihg the last total eclipse of the sun visible in northwestern United States June 9, 1918. That time the clouds parted just in time to give observers a perfect view of the eclipse, then closed in again. Isaac Bonewits, of Berkeley, Calif., leader of a group from the New Reformed Druids of North America, said, "We expect to clear away any clouds that might hide the sun. We have some weather magicians in our midst and with that many emotionally involved we can invoke enough spiritual energy to move a few clouds around." The Druids are converging on the replica of Stonehenge, the stone structure in England which legend associates with the ancient Drliids, to conduct rites "to pray for the healing of the earth and the people on it." Chinese hammer Vietnam, but gain httle ground By ALAN DAWSON HANOI, Vietnam (UPI) - China's armies hammered Vietnam Saturday with the heaviest artillery barrage in Indochina's war-weary history, but they appeared to be gaining no ground in their drive to "punish" Hanoi for border incidents. Reports from Peking Saturday said China intended to pull its troops back when its mission was finished, but only to "the border line ... recognized by China, not the border claimed by the Vietnamese." (The report by Japan's Kyodo news service came too late for comment by Vietnamese officials Saturday.) Vietnamese officials reported fighting in the streets of two of,their provincial capitals - Lao Cai and Cao Bang - and said neither side could claim control of the towns. Intelligence sources watching the week-old China-Vietnam war from Thailand earlier had reported both towns were among four provincial capitals seized by the Chinese. Two members of Congress visited the front lines Friday, and Vietnamese officials said they were glad to see them. Sources at the Foreign J^Iinist^y in Hanoi also told UPI they were "very happy" that the United States had taken up the Indochina issue at the U.N. Security Council. "This may be a first step away from the erroneous American policy of supporting China T^iaJhe war," one official said. American correspondents who traveled with the congressional party -^ Reps. Elizabeth Holtzman, D-N.Y., and Billy Lee Evans, D-Ga. - Saturday saw one of six Soviet AN-22 cargo planes being used in an airlift of emergency military supplies. The Vietnamese obviously were pleased by the Soviet shipments, but they w6uld not discuss them. At Hanoi's main Noi Bai airport, Vietnamese military officials have brought in U.S. F5E interceptor-fighters captured when South Vietnam collapsed in 1975 to bolster their squads of aging Migl7s. The American-made planes are considered superior to China's best, the Migl9. Evans and the reporters accompanying him went (.0 Dung Ho, a Vietnamese defense point 165 miles northwest of Hanoi, where they ex-periaiced China's withering artillery barrage firsthand Friday. From a mile away the shelling was a constant rumble, much like the sound of a bombing run by' a U.S. B52 bomber. But the rumble of explosions lasted much longer than any aerial bombardment. Hundredsof shells crashed down every minute in an attack much more intense than anything even veteran correspondents had seen and heard during the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Raining down first at a rate of two or three explosions every second, then faster, the shells literally could not be counted for minutes at a time. Vietnamese officials fretted about his safety, but Congressman Evans insisted on getting close to the action. Ironically, the closest round came when he was leaving the battle site. A single shell impacted in flames and smoke about 150 yards from his jeep. Vietnamese troops at the scene - a mixture of provincial militiamen and regulars - were dug in snugly, secure in "spider holes" that dotted their hillside position. Despite the ferocity of the Chinese attack, Vietnamese casualties appeared very light. i . I counted only four wounded during the tour of the front lines that lasted several hours. Ms. Holtzman went to Lang Son, a strategic crossroads town 90 miles northeast of Hanoi, and Vietnamese officials pointed out she was there at tlie same time Friday when an erroneous news report from Xhadj^wl claimed the Chinese had captured the town. The Vietnamese said other reports that the Chinese had sent their planes on bombing missions near Haipiiong harbor also were untrue. Hanoi is not on a war footing.yet, but denunciations of C;hina flll,all radio broadcasts. New.s- papers are selling briskly, and all of the nation's media carry the saine line: China is even more barbaric than the United States was at the height of the Vietnam War. (In Peking, UPI correspondent James Hildreth, who arrived Saturday with Treasury Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal, said there was no sign of unusal activity. He saw a crowd of Chinese huddled around a television set at his hotel, but they were watching an entertainment program. 'llic New China News Agency Saturday published the first dispatches from the front lines seen in Peking. They extolled the heroic deeds of soldiers who they said threw themselves at the enemy with disregard for their lives. James Stapletoii Hoy, acting head of the U.S.. liaison office in Peking, told Hildreth the Chinese had given the U.S. mission, which will be upgraded to embassy status Thursday, virtually no information about the war; ("We a.sk them lor infornialioii every day," Hoy said. "But wc get nothing") Officially, Vietnamese si^okesmen do not concede any of their provincial capitals have fallen to the Chinese iluiing the past week of lighting. (CoilI'd. (til Page2) \ Showers, clouds may block UkiaWs view of eclipse If skies over Ukiah are clear Monday morning, people will experience the moon blocking up to 92 percent of the sun at the 8 a.m. peak of the eclipse, which starts 7 a.m. and concludes 9a.m. The eclipse may reveal three planets : Venus, the brightest, will be 40 degrees to the right of the sun; Mars will be 10 degrees to the right of the sun; Mercury, the faintest, will be 15 degrees to the sun's left. The moon will be in its "new" phase, which is necessary for a total solar eclipse. When the sky-darkening phenomenon appears in Ukiah, the sun will be 10 to 20 degrees above the horizon. Good advice is never to look directly at the sun during an eclipse. Permanent eye damage can occur without your being aware of it immediately. Neither sunglasses, nor smoked glass, nor an exposed piece of film is sufficient to guard your eyes completely from being hurt. Photographers should not stare at the sun through their cameras during the eclipse or at any other time. Doing so can cause serious eye injury, and if done too long, can damage lenses and shutters. People should keep the lens cap on their camera until they actually shoot. -Sunday- Weather ^' I . Northwestern California: Rain likely spreading southward Sunday turning to showers Sunday night and Monday. Snow level lifting to above 4,000 feet. Turning colder Monday. Strong gusty southerly winds developing along the coast Sunday. Fort Bragg 45, 52 and 45; Ukiah 43, 54 and 40. SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) - Extended forecasts Monday through Wednesday: Northern California - Periods of rain likely with scattered showers at other times. Snow in mountains above 30O0 to 6000 feet. Continued cool with highs at low altitude mostly in the 50s and lows in the upper 30s and 40s.   

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