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Oxnard Press Courier (Newspaper) - October 16, 1977, Oxnard, California Richard Van Horn homeowners Leader computer origin of appraisal hassles by Dirk Werkman Henry Abbink moved his family from Connecticut to Ventura county seven years ago picking a Westlake Village Home that bumps against the los Angeles county Border. About that same time former assessor Edwin Shriner and his staff were busily collecting information about Homes in the Simi Valley and feeding the data into a computer they figured could revolutionize the Job of appraising property for tax purposes. R. L. King was at the same time building a successful business and reputation As a first rate property appraiser in Ventura county. Richard Van Horn was still living in new Jersey and serving As a vice president for a subsidiary company of the powerful conglomerate itt it Wasny to until late 1974 that the then retired Van Horn and his wife were cruising along . 101 in route to Santa Barbara to look for a new Home. They spotted a billboard advertising the Leisure Village retirement Community in Camarillo stopped to take a look and moved into their new Home on Jan. I 1975 a thus completing the cast of principals in what soon was to unfold As one of the hottest political controversies in Ventura county history. Although none of the four men even remotely envisioned it during Early 1975, their actions a or in some instances inaction a would Lead to a recall election on nov. 8,1977, designed to oust King from a Job he Wasny to even interested in at the time because it Wasny to vacant. Little did they realize that owners of the 100,000 single family Homes in the county would gain a spokesman who would speak with such ferocity on their behalf. Hardly had Van Horn and his wife unpacked than he and some other Leisure Village residents met with Shriner and county collector Robert t. Branch to learn about their jobs. It could have been just another civic lecture to fill time for some people with time on their hands. But Shriner a enthusiasm Over the placement of tract Homes on the computer As an Aid to Speed the appraisal process raised some questions among the homeowners. Van Horn remembers How they asked Shriner about the custom or individually constructed Homes and were told they weren to yet on the computer but would be in due time. A so we went Down and made a search of the assessment Rolls and discovered we had pockets of Homes in Camarillo that had been reappraised every year and their taxes had gone up every year a a Van Horn said. A we found other pockets of Homes in Camarillo that Hadnot been touched for five years and their taxes Hadnot gone up for five years a he said. About the same time Van Horn and his Leisure Village colleagues discovered that Abbink and his Westlake Village neighbors were finding the same differences in the county a appraising of property. Abbink recounted there were approximately 24 homeowners associations in Westlake Village representing from 60 to 700 Homes per group. About 15 of the associations were on the Ventura county Side of the Village. About four of the largest groups began working with the Leisure Village contingent in a series of meetings with Shriner and research efforts that continued through 1975. Shriner resigned late in 1975 to take a Job with a private company in St Louis to. The year 1976 began with the Board of see homeowners Page 3 weather hazy through monday and night and morning Low Clouds and dense fog. Lows 56 to 63. Highs from near 70 at beaches to Low 80s Inland. Details Page the press courier serving the Oxnard Camarillo port hueneme area Sun n tides monday Sunrise 7 04, Sunset. 6 29. High tides 3.9 at 1 57 5.6 at 1 00 . Low tides 2.5 at 6 42 a.m., o i at 8 31 . Volume 4i, number ii so pages Oxnard. California. Sunday october 16, 1977 single copy 25c for Home delivery phone 483 hoi second victim critical in Oxnard rape killing a 17-year-old Channel islands High school student has been brutally murdered and an 18-year-old girl has been viciously beaten and raped in a Field behind Channel islands High school. The body of the youth identified by Oxnard police As Paul Walter Yenny or. Of 1853 Ives St., Oxnard was found saturday morning in a Field behind the High school the boy had been repeatedly beaten with a Blunt instrument on the head police said. The girl whose identity was withheld by police was Byrd claims treaty boost Washington a the reaffirmation of the american right to defend the Panama canal will help president Carter win support for his proposed canal treaty. Senate majority Leader Robert c Byrd said saturday. Byrd at a Capitol news conference said he remains personally uncommitted on the treaty Issue but he added that without the assurances that emerged from Friday s meeting Between president Carter and Panama a Gen Omar torsos tile canal treaty could not win Senate ratification. Republican opponents have not changed their minds and will continue to fight ratification of the pact a cop spokesman said after their White House meeting Carter and Torrijos issued a a statement of understanding a clarifying two disputed Points about the treaty. Which ends control of the canal in the year 2000 some senators had opposed the treaty saying it did not guarantee the . Right to use military Force to protect the canal after the panamanians take control of the waterway. Senators also had voiced concern that the treaty did not see boost Page 2 reported in a very critical condition at St. John s Hospital in Oxnard she underwent surgery and she was Given Only a 30 per cent Chance of surviving the assault police said. A policeman was stationed at the Hospital police said the attack probably by two or More persons occurred about 9 30 . Friday. Yenny was walking the girl Home from his House on the East Side of Highway i to her House in South Oxnard police said Oxnard police chief Robert Owens called the murder Quot one of the most brutal and vicious homicides Ever witnessed in the history of the City. A Owens said All necessary police manpower has been assigned to the Case and he appealed to the Public to come Forward with any information no matter How insignificant which might help police solve the crime the Yenny youth and the girl left his honk just after 9 . Friday and w Ere w talking to her Home det sgt Lee Monahan who is heading the murder investigation said the pair crossed Over the Bridge Over Highway i and then Cut through the High school. Monahan said he said they had used this route before at about 9 30 ., the two were attacked in a dirt Field near the football practice Field. Monahan said two or More persons were apparently involved in the attack Monahan said. Monahan said there was a struggle Between Yenny and his attackers Owens said the communists erase imprint of americans in Vietnam by Horst Faas Saigon Vietnam a from the old Imperial capital of Hue in the North to Saigon in the South i saw the new communist regime of Vietnam busily eradicating the imprint of the american Era. There remain the indelible symbols however. A Young child smiled at me in a kindergarten in Danang a City where . Troops spent eight years chasing Victory she had curly Brown hair and markedly Western features it was obvious she was different from the others. And there were the stubborn holdouts from the old Days. The Mother of Vietnam s last emperor Bao Dai lives in a Small apartment in Hue a vietnamese official informed me still Active at 98 years of age one of the few members of the aristocracy who has not fled from Hue or been imprisoned by the new communist rulers. But almost everything else i saw during a recent two week visit to Vietnam with a German tourist group seemed altered or was in transition Here Are the changes i found in the major cities after having photographed and reported the War there from 1962 to 1974 Only a Lone helicopter hovered lazily Over the once frenzied Tan son Nhut Airport outside Saigon at the height of the War this was one of the see South Vietnam Page 2 Paul w Yenny or. Murder victim Crosby to take final trip Madrid Spain a struggling to hold Back tears one of Bing Crosby s sons came to Spain on saturday to claim his father s body the Singer mourned by the millions he entertained will be brought Home to the United states for burial a i know he died the Way he would have wanted to Quot 19year-old Harry Crosby told reporters in Madrid. Crosby an avid golfer suffered a fatal heart attack Friday after finishing and winning a Golf game on a see Bing Page 2 teen Ager was viciously beaten repeatedly with a Blunt object about the head and face the girl. Who also was injured in this area was then dragged about 110 feet to an area of soft ground near some see victim Page 2 Joan Little escapes prison Raleigh. Cap Joan Little whose trial on charges of killing her Jailer made International headlines has escaped from prison the North Carolina correction Center for women said Satur Day night a we discovered she was gone about 6 30 a said sgt g g Barber a i Don t know How she left Here a miss Little was acquitted More than a year ago of charges of murdering a Beaufort county Jailer she testified the Jailer had attempted to rape her and that she stabbed him with an ice pick in self defense following her acquittal miss Little was returned to prison to serve a sentence for breaking and entering she had been in the Beaufort county jail pending an Appeal in that Case when she said she was assaulted by the Jailer she was placed on work release several months ago. But her work release privilege w As suspended last week the prison said she had reported late to the dental office where she w As working the Young Black woman first attracted the nation s attention during another escape that time she fled the Beaufort county jail leaving White Jailer Clarence Alligood dead in her Ceil. Several Days later miss Little see escape Page 2 i courier photo by David by in Nhi police probe murder Oxnard police officer Leonard Newcomb in uniform keeps watch As police in Vesliga lors examine the murder scene behind Channel islands High school the body of Paul w Enny. 17, was found in the Field and an 18-year-old girl was also found unconscious nearby Gas ration plan near Washington a the new Federal department of Energy has hired the accounting firm employed by some of the nation s largest Oil companies to advise the administration on preparing a standby plan to ration gasoline the hiring of Price waterhouse amp co institutes a an obvious glaring conflict of interest a according to Jack Blum a lawyer for Small gasoline retailers he said he fears Price w ate House will weight its advice to the government in favor of the major Oil companies rom w hich it receives millions of dollars in fees each year the accounting firm is employed by Exxon. Shell Gulf. Amoco and Chevron Energy department officials said such Bias in t possible because the accounting firm in t being asked for policy advice Quot we make the policy decisions we hired them to do the legwork a said an of fica who asked not to la named Price waterhouse officials refused to com ment on their work on the gasoline rationing plan Energy department officials said they awarded the $526,000 consulting contract to Price see Gas a lion. Page 2 Oil firms counter criticism new York a no the major Oil firms castigated by president Carter for Quot potential War a fighting Back with statistics that show most of their Money is used in the search for fuel Quot what he failed to ack now ledge is that profits certainly Are up. But we Are plow my the Money right Flack to the Economy a said William King. Director of policy analysis for Gulf of co in Pittsburgh Quot we go out and buy steel pipe and drilling rigs we hire i s workers to install and in the King and other Industry of fiends maintain Carter used a a inaccurate figures and imprecise language in his stinging attack during last week s news see Oil firms Page 21 claimants Battle for Cash pfc $50,000 secreted in House causes court fight Church members Spruce up to Apel Perry Lambert 16, son of the Rev. Peter Lam decoration to window Lieut Parish priest of the greek orthodox Church of Ventura county applies stained Glass pros i a photo of former air Force Chapel at Camarillo Airport. Members Are cleaning and painting the Chapel by Walt Stegmeir remember the $50,000 that Ventura House Painter Daniel Diaz found two years ago in a Lake Sherwood House have you Ever wondered who ended with the Money presently the Money now Down to $39,593, is in a Bank Safe Deposit Box under control of the Ventura county clerk but soon somebody else May have the Cash four parties have claims in for the Money which Diaz found secreted in the Lake Sherwood House on oct. 21, 1975. A trial has been set for Jan. 4 to determine who gets the Money the claimants Are a Diaz 36, who found the Money in a Green Metal Box in a Cabinet hidden in a vacant Lake Sherwood House he was hired to paint. Diaz claim is based on theory i found the Money and it is therefore mine. A Dayton realty co., which hired Diaz to paint the House the claim of Dayton is based on the grounds it bought the House and land in november 1968 from James Canterbury and therefore is entitled to the Money by virtue of the Transfer of property a Barbara j Canterbury who is the stepdaughter of Elsie Canterbury who May have hidden the Money in the House her claim to the Money is based on the grounds that Elsie Canterbury had left the Money to her husband. James and when James died he left his estate to Barbara Canterbury a the estate of Elsie Canterbury trustees of tin estate claim Elsie Canterbury made specific assignments in her will of Money and property and that did no to include the Money hidden in the House the trustees say the Money is a residue of the estate of the four parties claiming the Money Diaz got the most publicity much of it unfavourable. The former Ventura House Painter was charged with appropriating lost property with a value Over $200 for his own use without making a reasonable Effort to find the owner the charge was reduced to a Misdemeanour and Diaz pleaded no contest to the charge on Jan 22, 1976, Diaz was sentenced by Superior court judge Ben Ruffner to three years probation and 180 Days in jail the jail sentence was stayed six months for review Diaz told the probation officer he found the Cash Box hidden in a Cabinet and he took the Box Home and Quot much to my Surprise there w As a great Deal of after finding that the Elsie Canterbury who had lived in the House was dead Diaz decided to keep the Money in his statement in the probation report. Diaz said Quot i Felt the property was Mux and i decided to spend it Tor my own use a according to Diaz stink Money was spent on drinks and treating people at bars. Some see Cash Battle Page 2 bargains galore found in want ads Side by Sio Rel narrator Tresser too _ for your want to Call a a not they courier Cotaa Fitiao Dap inside the press courier chairman of the House ways and Means committee. Rep Al Ullman wants Only Basic changes in a forthcoming lax Bill. Page 8 japanese police stormed a hijacked commuter bus Early today killing one gunman arresting the other and treeing 19 passengers held hostage Page 9. Nothing less than the future of racial Justice in the . Is at stake in the Bakke Case Archibald Cox says Page to. Of time folklore remedies recalled by residents of Glenwood convalescent Hospital Story photos. Page 13. Reggie Jackson doubles and homers backing Brilliant four hit pitching of Ron Guidry to Lead new York Yankees past los Angeles dodgers 4-2, for commanding 3-1 advantage in 1977 world series Story photos. Page 21. Ann Landers. 13 classified ads. 28-36 death notices. 2, 6 editorials. 4 entertainment. Pc mag he lots. 14 Public notices. 36 sports news. 21-26 Stock Market. 18-20 television log. Tvs Elk women s news. 13-15 t Henry Abbink leads protest

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