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Santa Ana Orange County Register (Newspaper) - April 29, 1992, Santa Ana, California Wednesday april 29, 1992 the Orange county Register �3state/regkmcaliforotabrieflyvideotapes May Aid probe of arson blast Amateur videotapes shot by neighbors have been turned Over to investigators of the arson blast that demolished an $8 million mansion in Napa owned by Developer Joaquin de Monet. They include one showing at least two sets of car headlights winding Down a Hillside As the estate Burns in the background. Investigators have received five videotapes and Are studying them for possible arrested the arrest of a former Stanford University Security guard with an apparent taste for rare slavery books and american Indian artefacts solved a series of 1970s school thefts police said tuesday. The stolen items which included seven Haida Argillite american Indian sculptures and about 200 rare books some from the 14th Century were on display in former guard Stephen Crawford s Gilroy Home investigators causes blast leaking flammable Gas caused an explosion that destroyed ventilation ducts and forced evacuation of 200 workers at a semiconductor manufacturer tuesday in san Diego. No one was injured. The explosion occurred at Northern telecoms s telecommunications equipment Plant in the Rancho Bernardo Community. The leaking Gas called is Lane is highly flammable when exposed to air said county environmental health services director Gary Ste Phany. The company s filtration system kept the Gas from escaping the building he advances Italy s highest court of appeals tuesday approved the extradition of an american wanted in connection with an alleged murder for insurance scam his lawyer said. John Barrett Hawkins 28, former co owner of the Ohio based just sweats clothing company was arrested last summer in Sardinia after three years on the run. He s wanted in the 1988 death of Ellis Greene 32, a North Hollywood bookkeeper. Panel backs off faced with the refusal of police chief Daryl Gates to rescind top staff changes the los Angeles police commission on tuesday backed away from a confrontation and instead appointed a subcommittee to seek a Compromise. Police commission presi ident Stanley Sheinbaum said the action does not mean the a commission is dropping its de Mand that Gates rescind six High level appointments so that the incoming police chief Willie l. Williams can appoint his own management team after Gates retires in june.6 Hurt in shooting six people were wounded in an apparent drive by shooting and police Chase through san Francisco s tenderloin District Early today authorities said. Three people were in custody after exchanging gunfire with pursuing officers inspector Bill Mering said. Another suspect suffered a gunshot wound to the head during the Exchange with police and was in serious condition at san Francisco general Hospital. Identities of the suspects and victims were not available. Death supported californians overwhelmingly approved of Robert Alton Harris execution and believe several executions a year would be a quot Good thing for society quot but they prefer lethal injection to Gas a poll says. A majority of voters said Harris april 21 execution a California s first in 25 years a was justified because he killed two san Diego boys according to the los Angeles times poll published today. Few believe the death penalty deters crime the poll found. About 77 percent of voters surveyed supported the death penalty for murderers compared to 18 percent opposed and s percent who said they were not sure. A from Register news services new insurance rules kept on hold meanwhile offshore firm goes bankrupt by Marc Lifsher the Orange county Register Sacramento a for the third time in a year a state watchdog Agency has tossed out regulations meant to control unlicensed insurance companies that sell worthless Auto policies. The office of administrative Law said monday that emergency regulations proposed by the department of insurance were illegal because they granted More Power to insurance commissioner John Garamendi than state Law allows. As the bureaucrats battled in Sacramento a major offshore insurer collapsed in Texas sticking California policyholders with $15 million in unpaid claims. Winston Hill Assurance co. Ltd., an unlicensed Caribbean based insurer is going into us bankruptcy court today in Texas leaving behind lawsuits and frustrated customers. The company sold thousands of liability policies covering automobiles commercial trucks contractors and various professions before being ordered to halt business in California in March 1991. According to bankruptcy court documents at least 14 insurance agents and brokers in Orange county sold policies underwritten by Winston Hill. The latest regulations originally proposed by Garamendi on March unlicensed companies sold More than $270 million Worth of questionable coverage in 1991, the department said. 13, would have required foreign based unlicensed insurance companies to prove that they have at least $15 million in capital and surplus and establish a $2.5 million claims Reserve in a us Bank before being allowed to Issue policies in California. The regulations also would have required that out of state and foreign companies document that they have been in operation for a minimum of three years. Marz Garcia director of the office of administrative Law said he agreed in concept with Garamendi s proposals but had problems with some of the department of insurance s technical language. Quot this is Good Public policy quot Garcia said. He said he would try to Iron out some of the inconsistencies and come up with rewritten regulations that could give state government the tools to crack Down on widespread insurance fraud. Unlicensed companies sold More than $270 million Worth of questionable coverage in 1991, the department said. None of the policies were covered by a state run fund that protects policyholders if their insurer becomes insolvent. Also monday Garamendi announced that a state Nistra the associated press surrounded by the Media. Gov. Pete Wilson and his wife Gayle Center tour earthquake damaged main Street in Ferndale on tuesday. Wilson Tours quake area commends victims by David Morris the associated press Ferndale a gov. Pete Wilson commended residents for their gallantry tuesday As he toured a downtown pummelled by three powerful tremors and accepted a key to the City a appropriately Bent but unbroken. Quot the people of Ferndale Rio Dell Scotia Petrolia and other communities hit by the quakes have responded with tremendous courage. We Pray that the aftershocks Are Over and the difficult task of rebuilding can begin quot the governor said As he took a walking tour of Ferndale s battered main Street. Wilson said he will ask president Bush to declare Humboldt county a disaster area As soon As the damage assessment is Complete. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake saturday and two aftershocks sunday caused an estimated $51 million in damage and about 95 injuries. There were no deaths reported. Also tuesday the red Cross released preliminary figures that said 107 Homes were destroyed in the earthquakes while 157 suffered major damage and were deemed uninhabitable. The figures were 70 percent Complete said red Cross spokeswoman Elizabeth quirk. She added that 262 Homes suffered minor damage. The governor s visit was set to the sounds of rebuilding with the metallic rhythm of hammers pounding in the background and the Clink of shove Fuls of broken Glass falling into dump trucks. The spirit of rebuilding was everywhere. At one store completely shuttered in plywood someone had Spray painted on the front quot we were going to remodel the quakes struck during what was to have been a proud weekend of the first quot Best of the West fest quot and several residents wore updated festival to shirts printed with the phrase quot i survived earthquakes 92." during his walk Down main Street three blocks lined with historic victorian storefronts Wilson was handed an oversized key to the City made of Copper and brass. The key presented by Ferndale artist Hobart Brown was twisted out of shape to reflect the weekend pounding. Quot it May be an appropriate Symbol quot said Wilson who carried the key on the rest of the tour. Quot it s a Little Bent but it s still Wilson also stopped to talk with Butcher Gary Edgmon who along with several other merchants donated food for a Community cookout monday that Drew about 600 people. Humboldt county s earthquake struck at 11 06 . Saturday and was followed by a serious aftershock at 12 42 . Sunday that measured 6.0 and caused a fire in the lumber town of Scotia that destroyed a shopping Center and caused $15 million in damage. The second aftershock which registered a magnitude of 6.5, hit at 4 18 . Wilson said the reason he did t visit sooner was because his office had determined after the initial quake that quot the needs had been pretty much taken care of. It was the aftershocks that got us up both aftershocks were entered near the spot where the first quake struck South of Eureka about 270 Miles North of san Francisco people As far away As Fresno 460 Miles South reported feeling the rolling temblor. Wilson said he thought the cleanup could be done without the need for a special tax such As the one imposed after the 1989 earthquake in the san Francisco Bay area. But state sen. Art Torres a los Angeles chairman of the Senate insurance committee said he is preparing legislation to implement a one fourth percent temporary tax for up to one year. Wilson ended his tour outside the Home of Evelyn Whitney 87. The Home was marked uninhabitable after the fireplace shifted in the second aftershock tearing an 18-Inch Gap in the front Corner of the House. Members of the California conservation corps used sledgehammers to break up chunks of Brick that fell from the Chimney and fireplace and were carrying out pieces of furniture for storage. Whitney s granddaughter Leanne Harvey said her grandmother Hopes to return to the House she has lived in since 1957. Quot my grandmother says she s going to get it Back. It s going to take a lot of time and Money but she s very Csc Chancellor predicts gloomy future for higher education by Terry Lightfoot and Lisa Lapin Mcclatchy news service Sacramento California state University Chancellor Barry Munitz on tuesday All but delivered a Eulogy for California s Promise of Access to Quality higher education. For More than 30 years the state s master plan for higher education reached for goals far beyond any set by other educational institutions. But the weighty dreams of the plan and the limited funding by the state in recent years have spelled Dom for higher education in California Munitz said. Quot i feel much better now that i be Given up Hope quot Munitz Only half jokingly told members of Sacramento s Comstock club a Public affairs group. Education at the 20-Campus Csc system was bad before is bad now and will get worse in the future Munitz lamented. Even if the Economy rebounds beyond expectation Munitz predicted higher education will continue to suffer. Quot because of mandated funding there will be Noth As gov. Pete Wilson and the legislature bargain Over this year s budget Csc officials will search for fat in programs already trimmed last year. Ing left in the state budget for higher education by the year 2000." As gov. Pete Wilson and the legislature bargain Over this year s budget Csc officials will search for fat in programs already trimmed last year. About 5,000 classes and 2,000 faculty members have been Cut. The Only Hope for plugging the Drain of Quality from the system this year Munitz said is getting legislators to approve the 40 percent student fee increase proposed in Wilson s budget in january. Even then the Csc system faces pressure to enrol More people and maintain Quality in the future Munitz said. Quot we cannot deliver those things under current budget with government agencies providing More services with less Revenue Munitz said it is unlikely that higher education will fare better in years to come. If the dire scenario plays itself out Munitz said Csc and the state will appear to be reneging on the Promise of Access when More minority and poor students Are ready to enter the system. Quot it will look like we changed the rules just As the diversity of students increased. We will either debate this Issue now in the boardrooms or later in the Munitz said the debate is a state Issue not a Csc Issue. Quot we need to see what the state wants to invest in its future and its work without investing in the system Munitz said the ramifications will be far reaching. Quot the damage comes quickly the reparations come slowly quot he said. Quot we should t Cut any More. Instead we should try to keep the budget even this year and come Back a year later with a Way to restructure higher instead of cuts Munitz proposed using University campuses year round to save Money. He also suggested offering More classes on video. And to accommodate the estimated 700,000 additional College students expected in California by 2005, Munitz proposed using existing Public facilities for new campuses. For instance Csc is negotiating to open a new Campus at fort Ord near Monterey when the army Abandons the property after 1995. Quot we have to ask do we want to continue to offer every High school graduate in the state a College education quot Munitz said. Quot and How do we want to pay for it quot he said state lawmakers must reset their priorities pointing out that in the past 15 years California has built 25 new prisons and just one new University Campus. Munitz showed slides meant to signify the importance of Csc a 10 percent of the state s work Force Are Csc alumni. A Csc prepares 70 percent of the state s teachers of kindergarten through 12th Grade. A Csc produces 52 percent of All Bachelor s degrees and 30 percent of All master s degrees in California which affects the state Economy by $6.8 billion. Tive Law judge upheld a june 1991 department bulletin ordering an quot unlicensed Louisiana based company to quit Selling automobile liability coverage in Southern California. Despite the ban the company american National agents insurance group sold More than $15 million Worth of coverage to Drivers in los Angeles and Orange counties. Garamendi contends that. The company lacked the financial wherewithal to pay claims. According to the department american National sold 12,000 to 15,000 a potentially worthless automobile liability insurance policies during the past year. Ana attorney Leon Gladstone a said his clients would go to super quot or court to contest the decision by a administrative Law judge Carl Oshiro. Carpenter subject of inquiry by grand jury former state senator investigated on bribes by Dan Bernstein and Denny Walsh Mcclatchy news service Sacramento a former state a sen. Paul Carpenter whose conviction on corruption charges was a overturned by a Federal appeals court earlier this month is now under investigation by a Federal grand jury in Sacramento prosecutors revealed tuesday. The new investigation centers on allegations that Carpenter who represented Orange county in the capital for 12 years funnelled bribes to sex state sen. Alan Rob bins who resigned his Senate seat in november after being charged with receiving More than $23o,oo0 in bribes in various official dealings. The revelation came during an unusual court proceeding in which us District judge Edward j. Garcia denied a request by Jiro Secu tors to have the court intervene in a civil lawsuit Between the two former democratic lawmakers. Prosecutors fear Carpenter will use a civil suit he filed against Rob bins to gain Access to grand jury evidence that is now being presented against him. Carpenter 64, of Cypress was convicted in september 1990 by a Federal court jury in Sacramento quot on charges that he extorted $20,000, in Campaign contributions from an undercover fri agent in 1986 Dur ing a sting operation. A but the 9th us circuit court of. Appeals overturned his conviction quot on four corruption charges based on a subsequent ruling by the us supreme court that raised the. Threshold for proving extortion. Yet court documents show that even before that ruling prosecutors had been presenting to a Federal grand jury evidence of Carpenter s involvement in other possible corruption at the Capitol. The evidence apparently stems from allegations made to Federal authorities by Robbins. While pleading guilty to corruption charges in december Robbins accused Carpenter of helping him receive $27,500 during 1988 through an illicit Maze that involved a Sacramento lobbyist and a former Robbins aide. Robbins said Carpenter receive d quot Campaign contributions that were made at the Behest of lobbyist Clayton Jackson. Carpenter allegedly used that Money to hire a Santa Monica Public relations firm run by Jennifer Goddard a former aide to Robbins. Robbins said Goddard spent that Money for his Benefit both directly and indirectly. Prosecutors have said Goddard is now a cooperating witness. Jack son meanwhile has emerged As a target of the probe his lawyer said. Donald h. Heller a lawyer for Jackson reiterated tuesday his Contention that his client is being victimized by a corrupt politician trying to reduce his sentence. Robbins is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. He has agreed to serve a five year sentence in return for cooperation with Federal authorities in a probe into corruption in state government. During his plea in addition to fingering Carpenter and Jackson Robbins also implicated California coastal commissioner Mark Nath Anson in a separate extortion scheme. Nathanson has not been charged. T

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