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   Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - June 20, 1979, Ukiah, California                                Wednesday, June 20,1979 119th Year No. 54 d Ukiah Dailq ^ -Journal ^ 1     ^^^KSjf^_      :        Ukiah, Mendocino County, California _ INSIDE The. slate Senate today moved to wrap up work- on the state budget. The Assembly earlier passed its own version of the 1979-80 spending program'. See st6ry. Page 2. 34 Pa,ges-3 Sections-15 Cents U.S. worried that oil price could trigger worldwide recession In the meantime, nation's economy expanded slightly faster than predicted WASHINGTON (UPI) - Treasury Secretary- Michael Blumenthal said today the United States is concerned over the possibility of a worldwide recession if oil prices continue to shoot upward. "That is a possibility," Blumenthal told a news conference. "1 do not think that it is a necessary or inevitable consequence." When the oil cartel meets later this month to consider future prices, "that has to be clearly in their minds," he added. "Caution must be exercised." Blumenthal said uncertainty over the oil price situation makes forecasting the economic future a difficult task. But, he said, the United States can avoid a recession if President Carter's tight fiscal policies are continued. Blumenthal met with reporters shortly after the Commerce Department reported that the economy expanded at an annual rate of 0.8 percent during 1979's first quarter - a slightly faster pace than previously believed. That rise in the Gross National Product - value of the nation's goods * and services - was twice as fast as was reported last month, when the department said the GNP went up by 0.4 percent in the first quarter. The department also raised its estimate of profits earned by America's corporations and economy-wide inflation during the first three months of the year Blumenthal said the revised growth figures indicate "the economy in the first quarter clearly slowed significantly" from, last year's final three months and "that the slowdown is continuing in the second quarter." "What it shows is a slowing economy - not plunging into a major downturn as some have predicted, but substantially slowing," Blumenthal said. "The policies that we are following are designed to avoid a recession," he said. "We are on the right track." He said business spending, housing construction and industrial production are all holding up well during the current quarter Blumenthal said the single biggest concern now is oil prices, a subject that will be debated heavily at the Tokyo Co. budget message: Things look tough Mendocino County has unveiled its proposed 1979-80 budget, an estimated $31,013,679, which represents an 11 percent increase over the last year's final budget. By Jim Garner The Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. has attempted to place a series of ads on the three major television networks The company said ABC, NBC and CBS refused the ads because they were "controversial or not acceptable material." (The same networks that will gleefully accept movie ads that leave nothing to the imagination or air shows of such violent nature to give kids nightmares.) Kaiser's ads are appearing in major newspapers this week. One of the ads talks about free enterprise as an endangered species; another deals with the energy crisis, and the third depicts the Statue of Liberty bound with tape and hammers away at government bureaucracy A Kaiser spokesman said the ads were designed to "draw attention to issues we felt were of major concern to the people of America...we believed at the time that we were exercising our right to speak our mind..." Network bigwigs determined that the ads were "too political" and they (the networks* would have to offer equal time to anyone wishing to speak against them In depicting free enterprise as an endangered species or showing liberty bound by governmental red tape, the company is making a political statement, a network spokesman said All of which points out again quite vividly that the "Laverne and Shirley" mentality is still alive and thriving in the Think Tanks along TV Row in New York City. Weather Northwestern California - Fair through Thursday with patchy coastal fog and low clouds in creasing somewhat Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Little temperature change Fort Bragg 60, SO and 60, Ukiah 92, 54 and 90 June. 1979 Date   III   l-o It)      86   52 II A.M. TODAY 74 Rainfall 30 23 June, 1978 Date   III   to 19 , 85   46 Low Today 53 IjiiI Year 53 66 The 400-page document includes a breakdown of expenses estimated- for each county department as well as for the county board of supervisors. The budget message, prepared as an introduction to the document, states that the 11 percent increase represents basically "negotiated salary contracts, mandated Aid to Families With Dependent Children cost-of-living increases, general increases in law enforcement programs and inflationary effects on cos*t of supplies and equipment." The message, prepared by County Administrative Officer Al Beltrami, also states that "the extreme juling made by the Superior Court judge in the General Plan lawsuit" will have a serious economic impact on the 1979-80 economic year. "It may be that the impact will be more severe than anticipated in relation to the ripple effects on sales tax, property transfer tax. building fees, unemployment, etc." Beltrami also attributed higher costs to the additional planning staff time required to update the General Plan Moreover, Beltrami warned that the proposed budget "can only be com sidered a preliminary document" until the state Legislature makes a decision on bailout funds, which helped pull special districts and local governments through last year's Proposition 12 drama The county administrator warned that if recession indicators are correct, the county can assume housing starts will decrease "as they already have commenced to do." unemployment will increase in the county, county w.elfare rolls will be affected as weli as county unemployment Beltrami said that the budget still will require "substantial reductions" on a policy determination by the board Public hearings on the budget will begin July 25 and continued! rough Aug 3. Brown considering pay raise proposals for state workers SACRAMENTO lUPU - Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. today considered two pay raise proposals (or the state's 230,000 employees, including 1,500 blue collar workers in the second week of a strike. Spokesmen for the striking State Employees Trades Council said Brown made a counter-offer to the SETC's request for a 20 percent pay hike Tuesday. The union countered that and was awaiting Brown's response Neither side would disclose the figures, although the governor has consistently advocated a 104 percent pay raise. There were some indications he m|ight be willing to go as high as 12 percent But Brown was expected to veto a bill providing a 7 percent retroactive pay hike for workers whose pay was frozen in the wake of Proposition 13. The bill, SB91, cleared the Legislature Tuesday on a 33 3 Senate vote and the Assembly Monday by 70-5 "I think we can override a veto on tins,'' said Sen Alfred Alquist. D-San Jose, who authored the measure There has been only one previous override since Brown has been governor - the enactment of capital punishment in 1977 Failure of an override could seriously threaten his administration with an expanded labor action including sick outs, work slowdowns and a strike by the 80.000-member California Stale Employees Association "I am not saying retroactive   or strike." CSEA President William Craib said at a Capitol news conference "I'm saying retroactivity or some type of job action " Craib said the CSEA. which wants a 15 percent two-year package including the retroactive pay. would reject a 12 percent increase economic summit June 28-29 He labeled the 35 percent rise in worldwide oil prices since last December     "very     rapid     and worrisome " The GNP was revised upward after it was determined that consumers spent SI.8 billion more than originally, estimated in ihc January-March quarter, exports were up by $16 billion and fixed investment by $600 million Inventors investment was revised downward by $1 3 billion There has been a great deal of confusion during recent months over the course that the economy will take during the remainder of l79 On one hand, the administration has steadfastly stuck to its forecast that the economy will slow considerably from last year but will still avoid an outright reeesssion The administration favors such a slowdown because they believe it will lessen inflationary pressures Firefighters' budget may go up in smoke State Forest Ranger Unit Chief Thomas L Neil is forecasting a possible "disastrous year" for firefighters in Mendocino County because of th� weather and proposed cuts in state and federal firefighting funds. Strong north winds and warm weather have resulted in 24 forest fires 10 days before the fire season officially began, noted Neil That is 18 more fires than during the same period last year As of June 10. Mendocino County had 76 fires -52 in 20 days the chief reported Despite the unusually high number of fires this season. Gov Brown's 197S-60 budget is proposing a five percent cut in firefighting forces, declared the cluef. .Although some of the proposed cuts have been reinstated by the .Assembly Subcommittee. Neil still predicts a loss of equipment and personnel in the Mendocino Ranger Unit. The proposed state cut could mean the loss of the Boonville heavy bulldozer crew, one firt prevention specialist, all four fire prevention aides, the air patrol positions and all fire station cooks, said Neil At the same time. CDF will not receive federal drought funds, which will result in the loss of 17 firefighters and the helicopter and helattack crew stationed at Howard Forest in Willits "This will severely hamper our firefighting eapabihtv and depth." said Neil In a letter to Assemblyman Douglas Bosco. D-Occidental. Neil said the governor's proposed cuts "were taken hastily and without the necessary study He is calling for a moratorium on any reductions in the CDF's budget that would affect fire protection and fire suppression "uniil a thorough statewide study. with recommendations, has been completed on the total fire problem in California " Neil asked that the county "try to keep .the public aware" of the dangers so it Van assist in preventing the destruction "of our natural resources, life and proper') SAVING LIVES-If the unthinkable ever happens, civil defense officials hope Soviet warheads will fall on empty US. cities, thanks to a plan called "crisis relocation "' In the face of war, officials plan to move masses of people from urban target zones to the countryside - to places like Mendocino County Playing 'host' Threat of war may send pegple here as nuke defense planners eye county By ERIC KRl'EGER Journal Staff Writer If the US and Russia ever reach the brink of nuclear war. Mendocmo County suddenly may find itself playing host to a substantial number of visitors from the Bay .Area - perhaps a million of them Civil defense officials can't say for sure how many urban refugees would end up here because statewide emergency planning is far from complete. But they do say Mendocino County almost certainly will serve as a "host, area dunng a nuclear crisis If a holocaust seemed imminent, the county's job - along with other hosts - would be to absorb some portion of the Bay Areas five million people until the threat of war passed or the fallout cleared Federal, state, county and municipal civil defense officials call this mass transplant "crisis relocation As a natonal policy the goal of relocation is to save up to 80 percent of America's population from Soviet attack by moving it away from urban areas and strategic military bases Planners say relocation would take three days Along with saving lives, the ability to move large populations out to the countryside gives the President a "strategic option'' with the Russians, says Jay Lund, acting regional director of the US Defense Civil Preparedness .Agency in Santa Rosa Lund say's the Soviet civil defense effort is in high gear and has been for a long time. But if the Russians see the U S can match them at moving people out of target areas, they may think twice about pressing the almighty button. Thus, in addition to nuclear weapons parity with the Soviets, the U S is after relocation parity Born in the mid-1970s at the U.S. Department of Defense, the concept of crisis relocation marks an" ad vance over the kind of "evacuation' officials talked about during the 1950s "It's planned, says Lund not run for your life." Howeyer precise planmng for Mendocmo County and the Bay Area is about tour years off. according to H A Eddington. emergency services coordinator tor the state's Nuclear Civil Protection Office "We've only begun." he says, citing pilot projects in Riverside and .vierceo Mendocino County, of course, would be a host area " Preferring the term "risk area" to target. Eddington says San Franciscans could be relocated in a "reasonable period of time. Evacuees would reach hosts like Ukiah "primarily by automobile," he notes Wouldn't the Golden Gate Bridge experience a few traffic jams during an alert" Perhaps not, says Bill Voes, emergency planning coordinator for the San Francisco Office of Emergency Services Since the bridge handles a good share of the .city's 500,UOO daily commuters, it probably could deal with crisis relocation, he says Nonetheless, he says the best way to deal with crisis relocation is to i Continued on Page 21 Supervisors withdraw Eden Valley project OK By NANCY 8TENSON Journal Stuff Writer Mendocino County Supervisors Tuesday took the first step in complying with the May 18 final judgment in the General Plan Lawsuit by withdrawing their approval of the controversial Eden Valley Ranch subdivision near Willits At the same time, the board continued its meeting to Friday at 9 a m with a promise that "maybe" it would make a decision on whether to appeal die General Plan lawsuit or agree to a settlement negotiated with the state Meanwhile, supervisors also yielded to protests from Tulmage area residents unit aiirecd to umwiint one additional Tulmage area resident to die Ukiah Citizens Advisory Committee The decision makes the new distribution of first, second and fifth district representatives six. six and four, respectively It previously had been six, six and three  Supervisors had only HO days from June 16 to witiuiraw their approval of Robert Harrah's F.den Valley Ranch subdivision, which initially triggered a group of Willits residents sun against the county over the General Plan The state attorney general's office filed a suit similar lo the Wilhts groups against the county, also attacking the subdivision and specifically three elements of the count v s nine olcnlenl General Plan land use. housing and noise Supervisors approved the Eden Valley Ranch subdivision May �J, 1978, despite county planning commissioners recommendations that the project be denied Uike County Superior Court Judge John tuilden ruled (hat the subdivision should not have been approved because of inconsistencies in land use maps and land use mid population densities found in the land use element Supervisors now are under court mandate to update the three elements ol the lieneiai Plan also within a 60-day time frame While this task would appear lo be almost impossible, county Planning Director Dan Garvin has said the county could do an accelerated eight week work program to meet the demands to update its three General Plan elements Supervisors have the option, however, of accepting a settlement with the state that would include a one-year extension from the governor's Office of Planning and Research to update the General Plan Under the set dement terms, the county could allow limited land development in unincorporated areas ihe four cities are not affected by the suit There is. however, a push from some business segments to appeal the set-Uement and refuse to agree, to the state's conditions. Supervisor Ernie Banker has been meeting with representatives of a nonprofit legal firm. Pacific Legal Foundation, to discuss the county's General Plan lawsuit The pro business, apparently aitti-en\ ironmenial ist .group, is "not suggesting any new alternatives, "said Banker Tuesday He said ihe group which has aroused distrust in vimv county residents, is merely suKKestuiK procedural options.   

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