Barstow Desert Dispatch (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Barstow, California
Koppel And Yent Square Off For Superior Court Sejit
Carol S. Koppel, 45, was born in New York and has lived in San Bernardino County for nine years. She is married to Ken Koppel and has three children.
Koppel received her juris doctorate degree in law from the University of San Fernando Valley College of Law in 1974.
Aside from positions in the legal field, she has also been a high school teacher in maUiematics and science.
The positiops she has held in the legal field include: associate professor of law, attorney for 6‘/^ years and muniqipal court judge since 1980.
Koppel belongs to the California Judges Association, California State Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Judicate Society, American Association of University Women, Business and Professional Women, and the National Association of Women Judges.
Judge Koppel opened her first law practice in 1974 in the city of Encino, Calif. In 1977 she moved to the High Desert continuing in private practice until election by the people to the bench of the Victorville Municipal Court District, where she sits as Supervising Judge. She is presently serving as a member of the California Judges Association Courts Commentary Committee, writing articles about issues that affect all judges in California.
■ 1. By ensuring the following: a.) That victims of abuse have access to legal aid
Election Questions Posed
BARSTOW - In Tuesday’s election voters will make a number of decisions, including who will sit on the Superior Court bench in Barstow.
As a service to our readers, the Desert Dispatch has asked candidates for that posittion, Rufus Yent and Carol Koppel, several questions which may help voters in their decision.
The questions are:
•What experience will you bring
to the Superior Court judgeship?
•How can you, as a Superior Court judge, help solve the problem of domestic violence? ‘
•What is the role of the Superior Court judge in solving the problem
of drunken driving?
•How will you handle drug abuse cases?
•How should violent offenders be handled in the courts?
Candidates’ replies are headed in bold type by a few words summarizing the question.
Replies were edited for grammar, punctuation and spelling. Biographical information was provided by the candidates.
In addition to the questions posed to these two candidates, the Desert Dispatch has also summarized information about candidates for the other judgeships, sheriff and some of the major propositions.
b.) That victims of abuse have knowledge about their rights as victims. That they do not have to dismiss a case or refuse to testify resulting in dismissal, but instead they may insist on diversion and counseling as an alternative to dismissal when they want to reunite with spouse.
c.) That offenders are given the proper message (punishment for violations.)
d.) That law enforcement is urged to handle court orders for custody and restraining orders.
a.) Drunk drivers who kill must go to state prison; nothing less has or will solve the problem.
b.) Law-related education must be infused in our schools K-12 grade.
This has been shown to reduce crime. Students who know the law will not violate it. They will riot drive drunk.
c.) Judges can and should com-
for four years. He is married to the former Katherine Yslas and they have five children.
Yent received his juris doctorate degree in law in 1969 from the Uni-
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lation for change. We need tougher mandatory minimum sentencing for drunk drivers who kill.
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As provided by law; we need more minimum mandatory sentencing for violent criminals.
Rufus Yent, 52, was born in San Francisco and has lived in Barstow
Aside from various positions he’s held in the legal field, he has also had experience as an engineer, draftsman, electrician, steelworker, longshoreman, cab driver and security guard.
Yent has held these positions in the legal field: Superior Court Judge of San Bernardino County from April 1985 to the present. Municipal Court Judge of San Bernardino County from January 1982 to April 1985, Chief Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Barstow and Victorville offices from October 1980 to January 1982, Deputy District At
torney for San Bernardino County from April 1973 to October 1980.
Yent is also a member of the following community service groups: board of directors of the Desert Sanctuary Battered Women’s Shelter, board of directors of the Cheryl Bess Trust Fund, and the Elks and Lions Clubs. He is also district chairman of the Boy Scouts.
During the last year on the Superior Court bench, I have heard complex civil and criminal trials, law and motion, family law and small claim appeals and I have served on the appellate department of the Superior Court. Three years prior to that, I served on the Municipal Court bench. Before being appointed to the Municipal Court bench, I worked
nine years as a trial lawyer in the district attorney’s office. 1 have ,had varied life experiences in that I have worked as an electrician, security guard, steelworker, longshoreman, engineer, draftsman and cab driver Domestic violtnce?
As a Superior Court Judge I have in the past and will continue to send a clear message to those who would abuse their v/ives and children that domestic violence will not be tolerated and that they will be dealt with cpvprelv
As a Superior Court Judge and a Municipal Court Judge I have in the past and will continue to impose the maximum penalty provided by law to those persons who drive while intoxicated. I believe that anyone who drinks and drives is a potential murderer and should be dealt with accordingly.
As a Superior Court Judge I have and will continue to impose the maximum penalty for possession and possession for sale of a controlled substance as I believe that drug abuse and the sale of drugs is one of the major problems facing our community today.
I have in the past as a Superior Court Judge and as a Municipal Court Judge and will continue to send a clear message that physical injury to others is very serious and will be dealt with as harshly as possible according to the law.
I also have grown to love the community of Barstow and the people who live here. I look forward to continue living here and serving the people of Barstow as their Superior Court Judge.
Voters Must Decide On 15 Propositions
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* BARSTOW - The Tuesday election will have 15 propositions dealing with issues from parks to prisons.
The following is a review of three propositions that have special relevance to the Barstow area:
^ Proposition 43
The Community Park Lands Act Of 1986. The act provides for a bond issue of $100 million to provide funds for acquiring, developing, improving, rehabilitating, or restoring yrgcntly needed local and regional l>arks, beaches recreational areas ,and facilities, and historical jesources.
^ Supporters of Proposition 43 say that Californians need to provide for p\e anticipated growth in recreation needs as the population of the state (pontinues to grow rapidly.
■' Commissioner of major league ^baseball Peter Ueberroth, a supporter of the proposition, says that »)“Because of local funding problems, ^many park faciirties are deteriorátW jor remain undeveloped for full public 'iuse and new projects that have been the planning stage for years have not been built.”
Supporters say that for cities to . .raise funds is difficult at best. The jybest source of mqney for the devel-M>pment of local parks is the state, hi
13' Opponents of the proposition say
that user fees are a better method of financing. Such fees would avoid the high interest rates that drive up the total cost of bond issues.
Proposition 44 The Water Conservation and Water Quality Bond Law of 1986.
The act provides for a bond issue of $150 million to provide funds for low interest loans to local agencies for water conservation, groundwater recharge and drainage water management. The measure clarifies language in the Clean Water Bond Law of 1984. The loans would be administered by the department of water resources. The loans would be for 20-year periods and local agencies could borrow at half the interest rates the state would pay on the bonds.
Supporters say that a continued supply of clean water is essential to agriculture, industry and public health. They say that the use of Hmderground storageof water.ite more practical, ecoriórilicaT dhd effi-.^iaht. than buildiiig more dams for water storage. They also say that positive stejK must be taken to treat agricultural waste water to prevent the buildup of toxic pools.
The bonds are needed because conservation of water quality is beyond the financial resources of local agencies, they say.
Opponents say., this bond act proposes to subsidize large agricultural interests thatare capable of funding treatment of^drainage water on their own.
The proposal doesn’t solve the basic problem of removing polluted wastewater but rather spends millions of dollars on temporary ineffective solutions, they say.
Proposition 51 The Multiple Defendants Tort Damage Liability, better known as the ‘‘deep pocket” initiative.
The proposition would apply only to lawsuits involving personal injury, property damage and wrongful death and in which there is more than one defendant. The proposition would limit each defendant’s liability for non-economic damages to an amount based on his or her share of fault. The measure defines noneconomic damages as non-monetary losses, including pain, suffering,
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^^the**mMsure would fiot^change the 'law in regard to economic damages.
In this area all defendants would share responsibility for payment of damages. If one or more defendants could not pay their share of the award, other defendants would be required to pay for most or all of the damages.
;s^ loss of compa-\‘’io7reputatioh.
Supporters of the initiative say that without Proposition 51 taxpayers and consumers pay for the large awards made by the courts to those suing government agencies and big companies.
They say the reduction payment of damages if Proposition 51 passes would result in lower liability insurance premiums. Smaller payments of damages would also discourage filing of lawsuits with little merit.
Proposition 51 also would stop the increasing curtailment of service by government agencies because of the high cost of insurance and fear of damaging suits.
Opponents of Proposition 51 say passage of the measure would not guarantee lower insurance rates.
Personal injury suits protect the public because government and companies correct unsafe conditions because of fear of lawsuits. Opponents say Proposition 51 would reduce those fears.
Insurance companies and businesses supporting Proposition 51 want to increase profits at the expense of the victims of accidents, according to the opponents, because victims would no longer get full compensation for their injury or property damage.
4 Superior Court Judgeships Open
BARSTOW — There are four Superior Court judgeships up for election Tuesday.
The most well-known race in this area is between incumbent Superior Court Judge Rufus L. Yent and Municipal Court Judge Carol S. Koppel for judge of the Superior Court, office No. 11.
The following is the background of the other six candidates for the Superior Court judgeships in offices 4,5, and 13.
In the race for judge of the Superior Court, office No. 4, is the incumbent Rex W. Cranmer, 67, of Redlands.
Judge Cranmer was appointed in 1974 to the Superior Court by then governor Ronald Reagan and has been elected since to the post since then. Reagan also appointed him to a municipal court in 1973.
Before his terms as judge, he practiced law for 29 years.
He received hiSi law degree frorp Stanford in íHoCíHí.
Cranmer'also- has'Served', as .a
member of the Redlands school board from 1954 to 1963.
He is married to the former Jean Larson. They have three children and four grandchildren.
The challenger is Joseph E. Johnson, 51, of Rancho Cucamonga.
Johnson has been in private law I practice for 16 years.
In the race for judge of Superior Court, office No. 5, there is no incumbent.
Judge Roy Chapnian who currently holds the position is retiring.
Bobby R. Vincent, 47, of Crestline has been a Superior Court Commissioner for nine years and is seeking the office.
He received his law degree from San Francisco Law School.
Vincent and his wife Mary Kay have three children and three grandchildren.
His opponent is Michael A. Smith, 36, of San Bernardino a deputy district attorney for 12 years Office 13
In the race for the position of judge of the Superior Court, office No. 13, James E. Edwards, 42, appointed to the position Jan. 17 by Gov. George Deukmejian, faces veteran attorney Sidney Jones, 51 of Fontana.
Before his appointment Edwards iof Garden Terrace, wqs a^piunicipal court judge for 13 years.
He received his law degree from Cal Western University School Law in 1968.
Jones has been in private practice for 26 years specializing in family and business law.
He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at the University of Southern California School of Law in 1959.
Tidwell Opposed By 7 For Sheriffs Post
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:: BARSTOW^ - In the race for
i Sheriff thé incumbent Floyd si Tidwell, 56^ who was elected in ;; 1982, faces a relatively unknown computer specialist and I businessman, Lawrence E. Hen-baji son, 34.
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; in the Big Bear Lake community, began his career with the Sheriff’s Ik I department as a deputy at the Big Bear Station in 1952. g J Since than he has traveled up the gj: ranks, starting with promotion to I sergeant in command of the Big Bear Station in 1957. i;I He has also been first command-O er of the Glen Helen Rehabibtaion J|i Center and area inspector in ^,1 charge of the desert and mountain I stations.
He attended the FBI National Academy and there received the J. 1 Edgar Hoover Medal of Ex-
cellence, graduating the first in his cldss
In 1967 he headed the Central^ Patrol Division, the Special En- i forcement Detail, the Plans and ; Training Division and the Sheriff’s j Academy.
Tidwell holds a degree from the i University of Redlands in public ; management.
He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and the B.P.O. Elks as well as many professional organizations.
He says he was motivated to run for Sheriff to improve the record keeping system with his expertise in computers.
His motivation stems from being stopped and treated like a “criminal” because of an erroneous computer record that linked him to the sale of machine guns and a burglary. ..............................
By S.J. GUFFEY Associated Press Writer Rosalind Creasy laughs frequently as she explains her evolution from pariah to prophet. In the 10 years before “The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping” was published to rave reviews, the laughter helped a lot.
On a visit to Israel in 1972, Creasy was fascinated by massive, $15,000-Í an-acre efforts to reclaim desert that had been overgrazed and overtilled for centuries.
Back home in California, as a landscape-design student. Creasy thought still more about what she’d seen, and grew to believe growing space shouldn’t be wasted on purely ornamental plants.
When she talked to her professors.
though, “They treated me like I had leprosy.” Edible landscaping, she learned, had “a stigma on it. It was considered low class.”
But she couldn’t forget about it. As the years passed, she’d “sneak” a lemon tree or strawberry plants into her clients’yards.
“That gave me a basis of knowing what people would accept,” she explains. In the early years, “I had to overstress aesthetics.”
In her Los Altos front yard on a spring day. Creasy points out the brown foliage of a tulip past its prime.
“Now that looks ratty,” she says of the withering tulip leaves. “But people accept those. But if you had old, brown pea vines, they’d say, ‘Oh!
“Our ideas of landscaping are from the Renaissance. The point of it was to show you had so much money you didn’t have to grow food on all your land.”
Somehow, the U.S. gardening world was ready when “Edible Landscaping” came out in 1982. The book was chosen a Book-of-the-Month Club selection - a sure sign of Middle American acceptance. More than 100,000 copies have since l30€n sold “Earthly Delights” followed, in which Creasy examined the burden that traditional landscaping has become for some. “We are saddled with lawns and trees and shrubs that are no longer fun to take care of,”
The waste continues to appall her.
“Lawn is needed in some places, but we use 3 million pounds of nitrogen fertilizers on our lawns. We cover an area the size of New England with an amount equal to all the fertilizer used by India
Coming up next is a book on edible flowers. Her own front yard — which hasn’t seen sod in years — is a canvas of oranges, yellows and deep blues.
Hundreds of California poppies, a half-dozen varieties of calendula, day lilies, scented geraniums, pansies and petunias crowd among the vegetables.
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