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Daily Review (Newspaper) - September 19, 1970, Hayward, California Tact Dolly rur Law Hayward col. Saturday september 19, property assessment Reform a step closer to reality by John Pachtner Fremont stats Legisla Tive Reform of properly assessment procedures took a step toward reality yesterday As a result of an investigative hearing at City Hall held by state sen. Lewis f. Sherman a Berkeley. Sherman head of an and hoc Senate committee probing the often criticized assessments of agricultural property in Alameda county heard two hours of testimony from tax liar Assed landowners. He said lie request authorization to move officially into the area with the goal of formula Ting new property assessment legislation. He said his thoughts had not yet of exactly what moving officially would eventually mean but he did mention the possibility hear Ings on proposed legislation. Calling the testimony heard Sherman added from this Testi Mony today legislation is necessary to remove doubt or debate that the assessor is or is not carrying out the Law landowners testifying at the hearing repeatedly criticized two sources for what they described As skyrocketing tax Bills Assembly Bill 80, which mandated property assess ments at 25 per cent of fail Market value and alleged in accurate and inequitable procedures of the county As Sessor s office. Both were also defended vigorously however. State sen. Nicholas c. Pet Ris a Oakland a member of the and hoc committee and coincidentally the original sponsor of a 80, said his Bill was not responsible for any unfair assessment. In a Brief appearance at the hearing Petris said it is very fashionable by deputies in the assessor s office to at tribute All problems to a 30." Slop and think Lor a to Petris told about 50 6 attorneys accused of interest split Fremont six Fremont attorneys have been accused of conflict of interest for rep resenting indigent clients through the auspices of the Legal assistance Center. The attorneys five directors and one former director of the Center were accused thurs Day night by Roberto Acosta executive director of the Southern Alameda county economic Opportunity Agency which supervises the be Gal assistance Center. He said the attorneys received fees totalling in Federal funds while at the same time serving As Center directors having control Over fund disbursements. Such a practice is contrary to regu lations of the office of eco nomic Opportunity Acosta Enid. The attorneys Are Cen Ter directors Gerald Canaday James Glen Jack Heer Ber Nard King and Charles Sizow and former director John Trump. King yesterday denied Ati Teta s accusations. He said i h e payments had been a i eared with Washington . At the Legal program s inception More Man a year ago. King contended that Acosta Lias known of the clearance and the payment practice All along and moreover admitted it at the thursday meeting. Acosta told the Center s Board he will recommend that the Center s funds be placed in receivership oct. 1, Pend ing an investigation. He will Inake the recommendation to the economic Opportunity Agency s executive committee Ives Day. If the Center Dirac lors and the Washington township bar association no Mil resolve this problem i shall ask the Saceda Board in bring Legal action to recover those Acosta said Ile also demanded that the Al Lorney s fees be reduced in the future. The Center s Board called on attorney Thomas Sherrod its former manager to explain the payment practice cleared in Washington. Ile said a policy memo from the open plan Public hearing set people attending he hearing. What can you find in the language of a 80 to justify that kind of charge i be asked the assessor to show me the language and lie can t. When they try to use a 80 As the massive carpet under Wlinich everything else is swept that is but Marshall s. Zaidel principal appraiser for the As Sessor s office denied that the problem originated in in t a i r assessment practices. We feel we Are operating said. At the end of the hear ing z a i d e 1 noted Dis satisfaction expressed by property owners in their at tempts to have their assess ments reappraised. There is an indication that at Lite As Sessor s office you feel you Are being bullied or threat he said. This is not our said Zaidel who then asked to be notified of any further complaints in this area. Mayor Gene Klio Iles also at tended the hearing. He said he was going to meet with two county supervisors at noon to discuss the assess ment problem. We Are pain fully aware of the said Rhodes who described some property he owned in the warm Springs area and its forced Sale due to the fact that tile tuxes brought about by High assessment of the land far exceeded its in come. Assessor is invading our general plan and reaming by Rhodes said. This is not the fault of a agree with sen. we want the lie emphasized. We want Green areas Ami open space. But the assessor can prohibit Liis with the practices now in later in the Day Rhodes said he brought the prob Lem to supervisor John d. Jour play s attention Nildes added that Murphy promised to do whatever can be but discussed no specific actions he would or could take. Jolin Kimber of Kniber farms inc., testified that an parcel owned by the corporation was Given a fair Market value of in 19c8-g9. Kimber said the As Sessor changed the appraisal of that land to in 1009-70. Land owned by people next door to us is valued at to an he complained. Kimber added that under the present Sysler people with the greatest debating Powers were ending up with the greatest reductions in assessments. A similar feeling was expressed by Hayward resident John d. Cronin it All de pends on How hard you he said people who tried to be Nice got Kis sed off by the first assessor they came one striking piece of Testi Mony came from Niles Quarry operator Arnold Bellini who said that his 300 acres of Range land were assessed at in 1969 and in 1970. Bellini said that by Mak ing one Appeal after another he was successful in having i he1 amount reduced first to then to and finely to office of economic opportune i t y in Washington first created a crisis until it was later cleared up. Sherrod said the memo for bade members of Leo funded boards from accepting Leo funds Tor their services. The Center s organizational Struc Ture however included every attorney in Washington town ship. Sherrod said he Tele phoned Washington and was advised that Leo approval of the Center s Structure would be tantamount to approval of the payment system. The Cen Ter s Grant was later proved and no organizational changes were necessary Sherrod said. Contacted yesterday Acosta said the Washington clearance was Only verbal and should have been i writ ing. He said he became aware o f the payment procedure Only recently. But his concern seemed chiefly based on the Legal responsibility that the economic Opportunity Agency has for policing its Delegate agencies. If we do not Call them on this then the Leo could close us Down or reduce future Acosta said. If they Center have contacts with some representatives cd Gressmen and can get excused from this then we re off the Acosta said the Coull be repaid in Cash or through in kind Legal services agreed upon by the economic Opportunity Agency. But the conflict of interest is very Clear he emphasized. In an Usu elected action the Center s Board reaffirmed last week s suspension of current attorney manager Gerald Vril Helm pending a hearing next thursday. Allegations against Wilhelm were not revealed. Director Bernard King who authored the Allega lians with director Gerald Canaday said they involved poor Job performance Only. There is no intimation of funds missing or moral King said. Ifa Waed Hie pro posed open space element of the Alameda county general plan will get it first Public hearing at . Monday at., the county Public works building. Preliminary hearings on Dif Ferent aspects of the plan have already been held this year. No action is expected at the meeting and county planning director William Fraley does t expect implementation for at least another year. Hearing May be a big Flop i Don t he said. There Are elements in it such As Urban areas having to foot the Bill to preserve open space which won t go Down Well with everybody. Some of the things simply Haven t been tried but they have to be the four types of open space to be presented Are agricultural preserves residential and connecting open space corridors. The staff is expected to present proposed open space policies including open space objectives and principles. Can Start you in business see and investigate 60 different Busl Nen opportunities. Fact figures company Hli Orui profit Potamia talk directly to company . Today and tomorrow Only heart 1 re 1 to i . So toy franchise business show in Hiitt Hail Oakland coliseum intr Mhz admission preservation plan ii eds More study help from Iii Lima daily Milew prom by jct Irwin sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana left who has been mentioned As a possible presidential candidate for 1972, was the guest at a cocktail fund Rais ing party last night in Fremont for rep. Don Edwards Center a san Jose. Greeting Bayh is Hayward councilman John Pappas one of the leading organizers of the democratic Campaign in South county. Bayh said his appear Ance for his Friend Edwards was More than just a routine Campaign tactic that he and Edwards share common goals and aspirations for this Edwards is seeking his fifth term in the ninth District. Pizza place nixed tiny Ward the Hay Ward Board of adjustments has rejected an application for a drive in pizza establish ment on Mission Boulevard near the Hayward fault. The Board s main reason for rejecting a Straw hat pizza development at 24060 mis Sion blvd., however did not relate to uie fault zone. A zoning spokesman said the Board Felt that a drive in restaurant that close one Block to the City s worst intersection would Only increase a traffic congestion problem that has become critical Dur ing commute hours. The restaurant is proposed by the Continental capital corp. For an approximate half acre site adjacent to and North of a Standard Oil service station on Fletcher Lane. Board members also based their rejection of a use permit for the project on the Lack of an Over All development Pic lure for adjacent 6 i acres of vacant graded land. The site is split by the Hay Ward fault zone leaving Only a narrow band of Mission fron Tage for development Pur poses according to Engineer ing geologists lured by developers. At least two Oiler com Mercial developments have been suggested for the remaining frontage but no plans have been presented to the City. Us Board i other action approved a parking regulation variance per mitting 46 off Street parking stalls on a separate lot across Fletcher Lane from a pro posed two Story office build ing. Approved a use permit for ant Industrial buildings on Whipple Road Abonit feet West of Amar Al Street. Approved a use permit for expansion of a single Story office building at Wesl Winton ave., used by walk or s Concrete inc. Approved landscaping plans submitted by raise Hospital in connection with Hospital expansion at 27400 hesperian blvd. Sewage treatment Plau gets Federal Okay Hayward a Federal Grant vital to Hay Ward s sewage treatment improvement program has been approved by the Federal water Quality administration. Approval was announced Ward Plant s solid wast yesterday by rep. Don de treatment capability and to wards Washington office. Provide disinfection facilities tie Grant provides Federal mandated by the Regma participation in a project to upgrade the Hay Hayward Harvard Parks commissioners Agi be with planning commissioners that a county proposed open space preservation plan needs extensive re study and re thinking. The Parks commission re viewing the county s open space Kucment of a proposed county general plan wednes Day night expressed the same Shock and displeasure Over open space planning that the planning commission expressed earlier this month. The planning proposal they noted virtually ignores cur rent City efforts to prepare specific development plans for both the Hills area and the Shoreline in Hayward s plan Ning area. The commission was presented with a preliminary plan for a Pilot Bike trails project and authorized Public works officials to go ahead with detailed plans and a proposal for funding. In two elements the staff proposal provides for a Bike path along Industrial Park Way which had re Quested by City coun Ihnen earlier Liis year and for a Street routed signed Bike route connecting Eden High school and Chabot College. Why a strike at general motors Daw president Leonard Woodcock will discuss the issues with a panel of reporters on Abc s issues answers sunday pm go to Channel 7 open 7 Days 5 nights til Sidn s wig i and Sal sundays 9 to 6 water Quality Contro Board. 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