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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2002

Volume 2, Issue 19

Santa Monica Daily Press A newspaper with issues

A bit of Route 66 may ride to the Promenade But restaurant may need city’s cooperation to open its doors BY ANDREW H. FIXMER Daily Press Staff Writer

It’s where Janis Joplin had her last drink. It’s where John Belushi ate his last meal. Barney’s Beanery — one of the oldest restaurants in the Los Angeles area that has served countless celebrities, actors, writers and musicians for decades — may be coming to the Third Street Promenade. The owner of the historic Route 66 “roadhouse diner” has signed a lease to open a new restaurant where Teasers used to be located, at 1351 Third St. But its fate rests with the powers that be in City Hall, which is known for dragging its feet when it comes to granting permission to businesses for a variety of uses, many merchants say. In Barney’s case, it’s an alcohol permit. The permit usually stays with a location from tenant to tenant. But in this case, the permit has expired and

red tape and numerous public hearings, there’s no guarantee a new permit will be granted. “We want to see a restaurant in that space,” said Kathleen Rawson, executive director of Bayside District Corp., which helps manage downtown Santa Monica in partnership with the city. “Right now, we have a live one that we don’t want to let go of,” she said, “and we are going to do everything we can to help them get established here.” Barney’s proposed location has been vacant for more than a year. The city council may attempt to fast track Barney’s because it wants to see more restaurants on the Promenade. Elected leaders could make an exception for Barney’s because the establishment is proposing to Carolyn Sackariason/Daily Press The now-defunct Teasers restaurant on the Third open in an area where the city is trying to prevent restauStreet Promenade may soon be the home of a new rants from being converted into retail space. Last week, the council directed planning staff, who Barney’s Beanery. work in the department charged with granting alcohol Barney’s may have to apply for a new one. permits, to research options to extend the expired alcoGetting a new permit not only is difficult, the process hol permit for Barney’s until a new permit process can can take up to a year. It requires review and approval be completed. But it’s still unclear what can be done. from the city’s planning commission and sometimes the city council. Even making it through the bureaucratic See RESTAURANT, page 5

City looks at elections by mail

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BY ANDREW H. FIXMER Daily Press Staff Writer

Soon Santa Monica mailboxes could become ballot boxes. The Santa Monica City Council has asked the city clerk and attorney to investigate conducting elections by mail, an alternative election system that has been gaining popularity nationwide. Under the system, a sample ballot and a voting ballot are sent to registered voters with a postagepaid return envelope. Similar systems are regularly used in Oregon, and it has been successfully tried in Burbank. Officials in both locations report voting by mail has led to a much higher participation rate. The move to study voting by mail as an election option comes only weeks before the council may call a special March election for an initiative that

Additives cause gas prices to rise By staff and wire reports

SACRAMENTO — Drivers can expect gas prices to rise by up to 5 cents per gallon because of a state law requiring a more expensive gasoline additive, state energy officials say. The higher prices will accompany California’s move away from methyl tertiary butyl ether, or MTBE, an additive that is blamed for polluting drinking water after it leaked from storage tanks. Two years ago Santa Monica sued 18 refiners,

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Jose Saleanos gets tangled up in the holiday spirit for Broadway Deli on Third Street.

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proposes making historic preservation voluntary for owners of single-family homes. Special elections, especially those featuring only an initiative, typically have very low voter turnout, a situation that concerns many elected officials. “Anytime there is a special election, it’s going to be difficult for people to remember when and where to vote,” said Councilwoman Pam O’Connor, a sponsor of the mail voting proposal. “Part of what I see in democracy is finding ways to help people do See ELECTIONS, page 5

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Kids can be safe for at least a day this weekend. The Santa Monica Police Department is hosting Kids Safe Day 2002 on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Monica College Madison Campus, located at 1310 11th St. Kids have their fingerprints taken, as well as their photos. They also will get a free DNA kit, free eye exams and plenty of food and entertainment. Meet special guests Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin, the Santa Monica Police K-9 unit, and see the police cars and fire department trucks The event is presented by Stop the Abuse Against Families Foundation (STAAF), the Santa Monica Police Department and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. For more information, call (310) 575-1927.

Holiday concerts at Santa Monica College By Daily Press staff

Santa Monica College is gearing up for the holidays through music. Four concerts will be held at the SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., except for the chorale performance on Saturday and Sunday, which will be at the Santa Monica United Methodist Church, located at 11th Street and Washington Avenue. Here’s this week’s line-up: ■ Thursday, Dec. 5 at 11:15 a.m.: SMC Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Matthew Altmire. ■ Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.: Jazz: Albert “Tootie” Heath Quintet. A master jazz drummer and percussionist, Heath has more than 200 album credits and has performed and recorded with nearly ever major jazz artist, including John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk. (Tickets are $10) ■ Sunday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Holiday concert presented by the SMC Concert Chorale with the Santa Monica Methodist Church Chancel Choir. With Peter Graves as guest narrator, the concert will feature “Gloria,” “Carols,” and other seasonal music. The concert is at the First United Methodist Church, 11th Street and Washington Avenue, Santa Monica. (Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens) ■ Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m.: SMC Jazz Band, under the baton of Keith Fiddmont. (Tickets are $10) For information and tickets, call (310) 434-300 or (310) 434-4323.

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The Bayside District Corp., which manages the downtown core, recently spruced up the Third Street Promenade with a new concept called “Winterlit” as part of holiday decor that officials hope will attract people to shop here. Bayside hired a set designer, who has worked on Steven Spielberg films, to design the street mall. What you see in the center islands of the Promenade and overhead is expected to be the traditional holiday lighting for the next

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LETTERS Daily Press engages in unfair practices Editor: It was called to my attention at a community meeting last night that I was quoted in the Santa Monica Daily Press of Dec. 2 as being unavailable for comment. I’d like to point out that, again, a false statement of fact and a lack of fair opportunity to comment is being imposed, this time on me personally: No one spoke with me or left any message attempting to contact me. I didn’t receive any phone message via the Ocean Park Community Organization line, which has a 24-hour message service, nor did I receive any request at this e-mail address which was known to you from my previous correspondences with the publisher. No one asked me for comment, so it is inaccurate and misleading to state that I was “unavailable.” Further, I had to chuckle when I saw the remark in the published story, which I had a chance to look over today, and noted that the Daily Press is hiding behind a statement that “no one on the current board had asked for a correction.” Two people including myself contacted the paper within hours of publication claiming to be substantially or entirely misquoted, and the Daily Press chose not to run any correction of those inaccuracies. Was someone waiting for someone to personally invite them to correct inaccurate published and publicly distributed information? Susan Love Loughmiller Santa Monica (Editor’s note: When Loughmiller informed the Daily Press of the developments relating to the OPCO board, she hung up on the reporter seeking comment after she had requested that the story be held. No other phone calls from the Daily Press were made after that.)

Opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of the Santa Monica Daily Press staff. Guest editorials from residents are encouraged, as are letters to the editor. Letters will be published on a space-available basis. It is our intention to publish all letters we receive, except those that are libelous or are unsigned. Preference will be given to those that are e-mailed to sack@smdp.com. All letters must include the author’s name and telephone number for purposes of verification. Letters also may be mailed to our offices located at 1427 Third Street Promenade, Suite 202, Santa Monica, 90401, or faxed to (310) 576-9913. All letters and guest editorials are subject to editing for space and content.

The view of Los Angeles through an outsider’s eyes TITTINGER’S TAKE By Michael J. Tittinger

Jo ana is a budding artist considering a move to Southern California. She is up for a position in the publicity department at Santa Monica College. Last week, she was in town getting a feel for the area, and, inevitably, searching for its soul. That’s what artists do. Together, we set out to find the soul of Los Angeles over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. “I tend to do better in areas that are smaller and taller, than wider and lower,” she remarked, taking in the great expanse that is Los Angeles County. We had just driven to a cousin’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, a bumper-tobumper trail of frustration from Santa Monica to Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley that somehow took close to an hour and a half to complete. The previous day began with a jet laginduced nap, a visit to the art galleries and museum in Bergamont Station on Michigan Avenue and, ultimately, dinner, shopping and people-watching on the Third Street Promenade. Being an artist, the unassuming galleries within Bergamont Station were a natural attraction for Jo ana, who one day intends to operate a self-supporting gallery of her own. The following day was Thanksgiving, and a beautiful day. The first time either of us transplanted East Coasters had ever considered taking to the beach on the tra-

ditionally chilly holiday. We soaked up the sun, tossed around a football and mused about the lifestyles of the egrets, or herons, we spotted floating around in search of surfacing fish out beyond the breakers. Soon enough, after a last-minute cheesecake purchase at Fromin’s Deli so as not to arrive empty-handed, it was time to eat turkey. Too much tryptophan. Too much talk of tryptophan. Our quest for culture was put on the proverbial back burner. Zzzzzz. “Los Angeles is like a mass of suburbs in search of a city,” commented Rose Larkin of Santa Monica, a regular Emeritus student at SMC and Santa Monica resident of more than 40 years. Larkin’s daughter, Enya, had played host to us neophyte Californians. The following day brought along with it a stop at the J. Paul Getty Museum, a drenched drive along Carroll Avenue near Echo Park to view the community of restored Victorian homes and dinner in Thai Town, where a Taiwanese Elvis impersonator showed L.A. culture was alive and well along Hollywood Boulevard. In stark contrast, however, stood the Getty Museum — “ a feast for the eyes” in my guest’s words. With towering display rooms full of European masterpieces, Greek and Roman antiquities, sculptures and manuscripts, Jo ana was beginning to realize that California culture could be multi-hued. In a city so vast and diverse as Los Angeles, there is room for both the kitsch and the classics. The whirlwind culture tour had one more day, Saturday, which included the prerequisite stop at Mann’s Chinese

Theater, Citywalk at Universal Studios and a stroll along the swanky storefronts of Rodeo Drive. Ironically, in the end, the tankfuls of fuel and the hours on the freeways were mostly in vain, for the soul of the city was staring us squarely in the face. In order to find the soul of the city, all the two of us had to do was stay home. With less than 12 hours until her flight was due to depart LAX en route back to Philadelphia, Jo ana took to the walls of my apartment with an artistic flourish, rendering a 6 x 8-foot mural of the earth from a distance in my living room. The view, as if one were standing on the moon looking skyward, ensures a feeling of distance from the rest of humankind, a separation from the earth — the planet we selfishly deem the center of the universe. Her painting was inspired by the Time Magazine article “A Glimpse of Home” (Aug. 26), wherein former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, the first woman to walk in space, conveys the overwhelming sense of awe she experienced seeing the earth from afar, the childlike wonder. “That’s why every shuttle crew has to clean noseprints off their spacecraft’s windows several times a day,” Sullivan writes. “After one 90-minute orbit, you feel, maybe for the first time, like a citizen of a planet.” It is about the realization that we are all neighbors in the big picture, instilling within us a sense of community and a want to protect our sacred home from the man-made threats and self-inflicted erosion of resources. In a sense, the earth floating in the infinite depths of space appears very vulnerable, very precious and very much in need of creative solutions and creative thinkers.

It was there in my apartment that we came closest to discovering the true soul of the city. As we toiled away into the waning hours of Saturday night, Saturday becoming Sunday, there was no time to worry about eating or packing bags or unsubstantive conversation. Jo ana was in the zone, creating, improving the world immediately around her through creative expression and free thought. This is the effect she has on people. In an area where creative expression and process is referred to simply as “the Industry,” it is sometimes easy to forget, amid all the bright lights and superficiality, that the cottage industries that put Southern California on the global map are the result of our need to create. Be it filmmaking, art, literature or entrepreneurial passion, the desire to break free from the traditional bounds of society and create something new, give this world hurtling through space and time something fresh and original, is what sets our home apart in the first place. The soul of the city is not seen from a guided tour bus, nor hanging on a museum wall, but is inside each of us that put their thoughts or actions down on record in some fashion, those of us who won’t relinquish the idea that we all have something profoundly moving and powerful to offer the world. Dreamcatchers are we. Jo ana, with her sense of urgency to “change the world,” has convinced me she is one as well. I sit writing this column and looking back at my living room wall in turns. The world is there, and it is calling. (Mike Tittinger, a regular columnist who lives in Santa Monica, can be reached at TooRoam@aol.com)

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Historic roadhouse may open new location RESTAURANT, from page 1 Suzanne Frick, director of the planning department, said her staff is exploring ways the planning commission or city council can grant the extension for the restaurant. “Based on council direction, staff is exploring options to ensure the retention of restaurants on the Promenade,” Frick wrote in an e-mail. “It’s important to maintain the Promenade as an active, successful area with a variety of uses, including restaurants.” Without any bureaucratic entanglements, Barney’s owner David Houston said he thinks the restaurant can be open in six to eight months. He leased the space in September. “When the permits are in place, the rest will fall in line,” he said. While the specific lease arrangements are being withheld, rent on the 5,800-squarefoot location — one of the largest restaurant locations along the Promenade — is said to be expensive but not record-setting. “We were not seeking the highest rents or the rents that have been most recently achieved on the Promenade,” said landlord Ernie Kaplan. “We tried to keep in mind what’s an affordable rent a good restaurant owner could pay on the Promenade.” The owners of Teasers, which was one of the Promenade’s original tenants after the area was renovated in the early 1990s, closed their doors in October 2001 because they said the rent had become too high. Originally, the restaurant had paid $18,000 a month for its space, but when its lease expired, the building’s landlords wanted market-rate rent, which would have increased the rent to $57,000 a month. The owner’s sued to lower the amount, but a judge ruled the landlords had performed a reasonable market-rate analysis that proved the amount they were asking for was fair on the Promenade.

Many small, locally-owned stores have disappeared while nationwide retailers — able to pay the high rents and sign longterm leases — have moved in. Rent for restaurants on the Promenade averages between $5 to $6, according to sources. “The rents are very high,” he said. “They are very expensive down there, but you have a unique demographic and a unique situation down there and that’s what the market demands.” The original Barney’s, which Houston hopes to replicate for the first time, opened in 1920 and, according to Barney’s Web site, is the third oldest restaurant in the Los Angeles region. Its location near the corner of Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards in West Hollywood — along the retired Route 66 and in close proximity to the Sunset Strip — led to its prominence as a place where artists hung out with bluecollar workers. “It’s going to be almost identical to Teasers,” Houston said. “The bar is going to be in the same place, the tables will be in the same place. Really the only difference is that while Teasers described itself as a 1920s diner, Barney’s really is a 1920s diner.” The restaurant boasts a menu of 700 items and a bar with more than 200 varieties of beer. Legend has it that Janis Joplin and John Belushi were last seen there, and that it was a favorite hangout for The Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison. Houston, who purchased the restaurant three years ago, believes Barney’s eclectic past will make it a match for today’s Santa Monica. “Everyone has been to Barney’s and they know what it’s about and they can visualize it in that space,” Houston said. “We think it’s going to be a perfect fit.”

Flaws seen in voting by mail ELECTIONS, from page 1 their civic duty and vote, and this may be a convenient answer to that.” Already the city sends ballots through the mail when it’s holding an election on whether certain residents want to be taxed more for street lights or if they live in a select water district. And in California there has been a growing number of voters who cast absentee ballots, which are sent through the mail. In fact, California voters can deem themselves lifelong absentee voters and regularly have ballots mailed to their residences. Officials say voting by mail not only increases voter participation but they say when the higher votes are taken into consideration, it’s also a less expensive way to run an election. “If you figure out the cost per voter — and voter turnout does increase — then the cost is lower,” said City Clerk Maria Stewart. But Stewart said sending the ballots by mail will cost about as much as hiring polling place workers and precinct workers on Election Day. She estimates a stand alone city election would cost between $100,000 and $110,000. Academics and election law attorneys said the system also has its disadvantages,

too. They worry about the loss of community spirit by not having polling stations and how not going out in public to vote would affect the choices people make when they vote. “There are downsides that are not so apparent,” said Rick Hasen, a Loyola Marymont professor who studies elections. “There is a ritual to voting. If everyone votes in private, it may change how we think about voting and how we vote.” “And anytime there is voting outside the booth there is a potential for vote buying,” he added. Also the system could be rife with technical flaws. The voter registration list has to be completely correct and there is little way to provide provisional ballots, which allow people who do not appear to be registered on election day the chance to vote. And the city would be dependent on the U.S. Postal system for delivering the ballots on time and ensuring all the ballots make it back to City Hall. “The main problem is that anytime you do something by mail you are at the mercy of the post office,” said Fred Woocher, a well-known election lawyer based in Santa Monica. “And you do hear about things getting lost and turning up late.”

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SACRAMENTO — If Gov. Gray Davis and state legislators want to cut $1.9 billion from education spending, they’ll have a hard time doing that during the middle of a budget year, educators said Wednesday. Most school districts have contracts for teachers and text book purchases that legally bind them for the entire year, so that money isn’t available to cut, said Jim Thomas, deputy superintendent for San Joaquin County Office of Education. “The money’s spent. We’re halfway through the year,” he said. California public schools got $46 billion in the current fiscal year, covering education from kindergarten to community college. Of that, $1.9 billion is above the total guaranteed by Proposition 98, the Legislative Analyst’s Office has said. Education groups fear that $1.9 billion will be part of the $5 billion or more in current-year spending cuts Davis plans to propose Friday. Because teacher contracts last the entire school year, it’s hard to lay off teachers, said Mary Bergan, president of the California Federation of Teachers. That makes extracurricular activities, such as sports, music, libraries and afterschool programs, and support staff the likely targets for cuts, said Kevin Gordon, spokesman for the California Association of School Business Officials. But cuts in those areas won’t add up to $1.9 billion, he said. State schools spend more than $450 million on books and other supplies, but much of that is probably tied up in contracts with textbook publishers, Gordon said. Summer school and other tutoring programs account for $450 million. The state spends $126 million on student testing. “Even if you could do some of these things, it’s going to be a huge price to pay in terms of the effect on the students,” Gordon said. Class-size reduction spending amounts to about $1.7 billion a year, but the year is half over, and much of that money went to hire teachers, whose contracts run until June, he said. The previous budget trimmed education spending, but amounted to “mere

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Nicole Winger, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education, said programs supported by state grant money that is halfway spent could be suspended or canceled, but “that’s not always legally feasible.” The department will submit a list of potential cuts to Davis’ office and then “let the governor decide his priorities,” Winger said. Dave Gordon, superintendent of Elk Grove Unified School District, said he has already cut $18 million this year and next “and we’re pretty much down to the bone.” “There’s talk that the cuts would be around $300 per student and that’s out of the question,” he said. He suggested spreading any cuts out over the next 30 months, which would give the schools time to plan for the reductions and phase out programs. “That would make more sense than the meat ax approach,” said Gordon, whose district has 52,500 students and received $375 million in general fund money for this year.

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flesh wounds,” Gordon says. “Now, we’re talking about cutting to the bone. There are no superficial cuts left to do.” If the cuts are required, Thomas said, he doesn’t know where he’d start looking in the 15 school districts in San Joaquin County, which get a combined $800 million in general fund money. He said he’s awaiting Davis’ plan. “A lot of people have that deer-in-theheadlights look right now. They know the truck is coming, but don’t know which way to jump,” Thomas said. “The reality is, we’re almost halfway through our fiscal year and the programs are running.”

manufacturers and suppliers of MTBE and MTBE-laden gasoline for allowing the chemical to leak into its ground water. The pollution closed seven of Santa Monica’s 11 wells, forcing the city to import about 80 percent of the 12 million gallons of water it uses a day. Until the ground water is cleaned up, the oil companies are paying $3.5 million a year to import drinking water to the city. Now refineries will start using ethanol, a corn-based fuel additive that is more expensive but better for the environment. Federal law requires gasoline to contain a 2 percent oxygen additive — such as MTBE or ethanol — to cut down on air pollution.

California’s ban on MTBE is set to take effect by the end of next year. The ban, originally scheduled to start Jan. 1, was pushed back a year because of worries a shortage of the new fuel would lead to spiking gasoline prices. “We wanted to ensure that the infrastructure, such as storage tanks and marine facilities, was in place so that the transition would go smoothly,” said Claudia Chandler, spokeswoman from the California Energy Commission. The jump in prices should be moderate, Chandler says, because many refineries took advantage of rock-bottom ethanol prices when the law was passed and locked into long-term contracts with ethanol suppliers.


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Woman in distress can’t get through to 911 operator By The Associated Press

PASADENA — A Police Department operator is facing disciplinary action for allegedly failing to help a panicked caller who thought she was being threatened by a man with a gun in a road rage incident. Margie Strike said she was driving north Nov. 21 on Interstate 5 when she was threatened by a man in another vehicle. She failed in 911 emergency call attempts from her cellular telephone so she called police, Cmdr. Chris Vicino said Monday. Strike said the police operator didn’t listen to her and was rude, the commander said. Vicino wouldn’t identify the operator because it was a personnel matter. But the transcript of the call was made available.

“Ma’am, you have the wrong number, ma’am, how did you get this number?” the operator asked before Strike could fully explain her situation. “Because nobody’s answering at 911!’ Strike said. “OK, this is the wrong number you’ve dialed. This is the Pasadena Police Department,” the operator said. “OK, well there’s a man on the Pasadena Freeway with a gun and he’s trying to run me off the road,” Strike said. “We don’t service any of the Pasadena Freeway, that’s handled by the (California) Highway Patrol,” the operator said. “OK, well before he kills somebody, can somebody

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connect me with the Highway Patrol?’ Strike asked. The operator could have connected Strike with the CHP but didn’t, Vicino said. Instead, she said: “I can give you the direct number there.” “You know what? This is ... ridiculous,’ Strike said frantically to the operator. “There’s a crazy man out there who has a gun, he was trying to run me off the road and you people, nobody is answering 911 and you want to give me a number?” Police Chief Bernard Melekian said he was angry and disappointed by the operator’s conduct, adding, “This will be dealt with appropriately.”

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Police must return 8.2 grams of marijuana confiscated from a medical marijuana patient because he has a valid prescription, a judge ruled. Donovan No Runner, 23, of Grover Beach was stopped by police Aug. 8 while smoking pot in public. After he was searched, police found marijuana and arrested him for misdemeanor possession. No Runner has a prescription for the marijuana to treat symptoms of his bipolar disorder. After determining No Runner had a valid prescription, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges on Oct. 1. But police wouldn’t return the $100 worth of pot. No Runner attorney Lou Koory said police had a right to confiscate the marijuana until the prescription was validated, but they should have returned it. “You can’t just hold on to it or destroy it,” he said, adding that keeping the pot would nullify Proposition 215, the voter-approved initiative legalizing medical marijuana. Gilbert Trujillo, a lawyer with the City Attorney’s Office, argued police Chief Jim Gardiner could be subject to prosecution under federal law if his department gives No Runner his marijuana. A 1970 federal statute states distribution of controlled substances is illegal. Koory said a similar case from Oregon proves the police can return marijuana to defendants with prescriptions. In that case, an appellate court ruled that law enforcement was immune from prosecution when ordered by a judge to return medical marijuana.

Trujillo asked if police could turn the marijuana over to the court, which could then return it to No Runner, but Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera turned down the request. Police have 30 days to return the marijuana.


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Law firms are starting to make house calls BY GEORGE STRAWLEY Associated Press Writer

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LANCASTER, Pa. — Carol Jordie was in a halo cast after an auto accident, with her neck and most of the ribs on her right side broken, when she and her husband sought lawyer Michael Wagman’s help. But instead of the Jordies going to Wagman’s law office, Wagman visited them at their Ephrata home, sitting at the dining room table and talking with them over coffee. He visited eight to 10 times over a two-year period before the case was settled in their favor. “When you’re stressed out to begin with, it’s easier to talk and relax when you’re in a familiar environment,” Carol Jordie said. “Basically, there’s nothing more familiar than your own home.” In the struggle to make his firm different from all the others that do personalinjury work in Lancaster, Wagman makes house calls — something not even doctors do anymore. “Sometimes, it’s a case of necessity,” Wagman said from his office in a restored rowhouse in this city about 60 miles west of Philadelphia. “If you have a seriously injured person who can’t get out of the house, obviously you go to the house or you’re not going to be able to meet with them. But we just found that doing it as a matter of normal course appealed to people for the service it provides. It’s not all that inconvenient to do.” Nationally, making house calls is not common among law firms, but not

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unheard of either. “A lot of firms are doing it a little more,” said Arthur Green, a New Hampshire lawyer who works with the law-practice management group of the American Bar Association. “They’re more apt to go to a client’s business or residence.” Small, consumer-oriented firms are offering house calls as a marketing tactic, while bigger firms that represent businesses believe they can understand a client better by seeing firsthand how the company is run, he said. Wagman’s three-person law firm, Wagman, Kreider & Wright, took the rare step of advertising its willingness to make house calls, airing spots on four local TV stations from July through October. So far, the response has been modest, and Wagman plans to re-air the commercials during the new year. “I’d love to tell you we have so many clients beating down the doors that we have to send them elsewhere, but that’s not the case,” he said. The house-call concept was a response to the saturated advertising market for lawyers that resulted after the U.S. Supreme Court in 1977 allowed lawyers to advertise. “Once everybody jumps on an advertising bandwagon of that sort, then the overall effect tends to even out. So what you’re constantly trying to do in marketing yourself is to come up with a unique message,” Wagman said. “And for small firms doing personal-injury work, there’s sort of a limited number of things you can do.”

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A bid by Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino to be the third Las Vegas megaresort with private gambling salons for high-rollers was endorsed Wednesday by state regulators. Mandalay Bay’s request was recommended by the state Gaming Control Board. The board’s parent state Gaming Commission, which already has approved salons at Caesars Palace and the MGM Grand, will have final say Dec. 19. Art Rodriguez, Mandalay’s vice president for casino operations, said the resort wants to match amenities offered to heavy bettors in casinos elsewhere in the world, and attract gamblers who curtailed travels following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Many high-rollers from Southeast Asia shifted to resorts in Australia, and big-bettor traffic to Las Vegas from South and Central America countries also dropped off following the attacks, Rodriguez added. The board endorsed Mandalay’s plan for five salons, including three highstakes areas that would be open to the public and two that would be private and accessible by elevators leading to the resort’s 160 executive suites. Private salons were authorized by state

lawmakers to help Nevada resorts draw in more “whales,” casino lingo for the biggest gamblers, those willing to risk thousands, even millions, of dollars on a roll of the dice or turn of a card. Nevada casinos for years have courted the biggest of the high-end players by offering lavish suites, free entertainment and meals, shopping sprees in casino’s shops, access to private jets and other inducements. But until 2001, state law required all gambling to be open to the public, including areas set aside for high-end players. In other action, the Control Board: ■ Recommended Jeri Coppa-Knudson as the bankruptcy trustee for the Crystal Bay Club on Lake Tahoe’s north shore, whose previous operators had filed last April for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Coppa-Knudson said a sale of the club is pending and should close by Dec. 31. Miracle Investments LLC, owned by Roger and Elise Norman, submitted a winning $2.9 million bid at an auction last month in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Reno. ■ Recommended Joe Hasson as general manager at Harrah’s, Harvey’s and Bill’s resorts at Stateline, on Tahoe’s south shore. Hasson, who has been at the resorts for 18 months, has more than 21 years of experience with Harrah’s in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kansas.


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President Bush reinstates bonuses for political workers BY RON FOURNIER AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON — The White House has reinstated a program awarding large cash bonuses to political appointees, a practice that had been stopped during the Clinton administration because of concerns about potential abuse. The program was authorized early this year by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, but was not previously disclosed, according to White House officials. The program, first reported by the New York Times, is taking place amid widespread frustration among career federal workers. It allows political employees to be given bonuses for superior work alongside career federal workers, who already are eligible for merit bonuses. Critics, including former Clinton administration officials who helped end the practice, say the program could be used to reward employees for their political activity. In light of past concerns, Card’s memo directs federal management to make sure that all bonuses are reviewed by high ranking agency officials. “The purpose of the memo was to make sure political appointees do not receive any special treatment, be treated as all employees,” said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. Under the program, cabinet-level officials and agency chiefs are authorized for the first time in eight years to approve annual bonuses of up to $10,000 for the influential senior officials brought into the administration by Bush’s team. Many of these employees already earned $115,000

“All awards must be based on substantial work achievements that go well beyond the performance of routine duties. Political employees should be judged and rewarded in the same manner as career employees.” — WHITE HOUSE MEMO

to $140,000. “All awards must be based on substantial work achievements that go well beyond the performance of routine duties,” said the March 29 memo from Card. “Political employees should be judged and rewarded in the same manner

as career employees.” The change makes about 2,100 political appointees eligible for bonuses. Leon Panetta, chief of staff in the Clinton White House, prohibited the bonuses after negative publicity about payments given out in the last days of the

first Bush White House. President Bush exempted employees of the new Department of Homeland Security from many worker protections and announced last week that scheduled pay raises would be smaller than anticipated by Congress. He also has announced a program allowing the private sector to bid for jobs now held by federal employees. The program is having its strongest impact on the Justice Department, where there is a large number of political employees and Attorney General John Ashcroft has been the first to dole out bonuses. Officials say bonuses were paid to several Justice Department officials who played a key role in the Sept. 11 investigation.

U.S. war games to start next week in Qatar BY MATT KELLEY Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — An exercise to test the U.S. military’s communications links during a conflict in the Persian Gulf region begins next week and will involve thousands of military personnel worldwide, military officials said Wednesday. The exercise, called “Internal Look,” will test a portable headquarters compound set up in the Gulf nation of Qatar. Led by Gen. Tommy Franks of U.S. Central Command, the war game will start Monday and last through Dec. 16 or 17, officials said. The exercise will involve about 1,000 Central Command personnel in Qatar and several thousand worldwide, said the offi-

cials, who briefed reporters about the exercise on condition of anonymity. Several allied countries also are participating, including Britain. Phase one of “Internal Look” started last month: Central Command brought the portable command and control communications center and moved it to As Sayliyah military base, near Qatar’s capital, Doha. If there is war, As Sayliyah has repeatedly been mentioned as a possible headquarters for Franks and his staff. Central Command — responsible for U.S. military activities in East Africa and southwestern Asia — would definitely control any showdown with the army of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Phase two, which starts Monday, is the

playing of war games inside the prefab buildings in the desert. Internal Look will not involve ground troops, but will test the ability of senior commanders to coordinate with the portable headquarters. During the operation, soldiers will establish around-the-clock communications with the main headquarters in Tampa, Fla., as well as with the Army in Kuwait, the Air Force in Saudi Arabia and the Navy and Marine headquarters in Bahrain. Barring the outbreak of war, plans call for Franks and his senior staff to return to their Tampa office in mid-December after the exercise. The mobile headquarters will remain in Qatar “for the time being,” the officials said Wednesday, refusing to elaborate.


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Survey says: Foreigners like U.S. culture but not policies BY SONYA ROSS Associated Press Writer

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WASHINGTON — Global unhappiness with the United States may have gone up in recent years, but there is still a worldwide love affair with things American, a new survey found. In its first measure of views in other countries, the Pew Global Attitudes Project found citizens in 35 of 42 nations held a generally favorable view of the United States. But the number of people who felt that way declined in 19 of 27 countries where a trend could be identified. Antipathy was found in friendly nations like Canada and Britain, economically ailing countries like Argentina, and Muslim countries like Egypt and Pakistan. The dislike was especially potent in Muslim countries of the Middle East and Central Asia. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed in Jordan had an unfavorable opinion of America, as did 69 percent of Egyptians and Pakistanis, and 59 percent of Lebanese. Sept. 11 aside, “discontent with the United States has grown around the world over the past two years,” Pew researchers said. “Opinions about the U.S., however, are complicated and contradictory. People around the world both embrace things American and, at the same time, decry U.S. influence on their societies.” The surveys in 44 countries were conducted by established survey organizations in each country between July and October, with polls done by phone in eight of the most developed countries and done face to face in all other countries. The error margins ranged from plus or minus 2 percent to 4.5 percent, depending on the sample size. In Germany, the percentage of people who hold a favorable view of the United States fell 17 points over two years. In 1999/2000, 78 percent of Germans considered the United States favorable. This year, only 61 percent did. Sentiments were similar in Argentina, where 34 percent saw the United States in a good light, compared to 50 percent two years ago, in Indonesia and the Slovak

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Republic, where favorable ratings fell 14 points, and Turkey, where pro-U.S. views dropped from 52 percent to 30 percent. Among Russians, U.S. popularity surged 24 points, from 37 percent two years ago to 61 percent today. Similarly, 77 percent of Nigerians and 85 percent of Uzbeks had pro-U.S. views, up 31 percent and 29 percent respectively. World citizens admire American technology and culture, but reject the spread of U.S. ideas and customs. Some 54 percent of Canadians, 67 percent of Germans, 71 percent of the French and 84 percent of Egyptians said it would be bad to spread American ideas and customs. But there was international demand for American culture. Seventy-seven percent of Canadians said they like American music, movies and TV, and it was much the same for Venezuela (78 percent), Poland (70 percent), Japan (74 percent), Ivory Coast (84 percent) and Great Britain (76 percent). The most common criticisms were that the United States acts by itself, pushes policies that widen the gap between rich and poor nations, and doesn’t do enough to solve the world’s problems. America shouldn’t, however, feel singled out — the rest of the world is unhappy in general. Seventy to 80 percent of respondents in the various countries said they were dissatisfied with world conditions. U.S. officials are well aware of America’s image problem abroad, and have tried to do something about it. The White House established an office of “global communications” to provide indepth explanations of President Bush’s foreign policy, which has been condemned by many as cavalier. The U.S. war on terrorism is fiercely unpopular in Muslim countries. The vast majority of those polled in Egypt, Jordan, Indonesia, Senegal, Turkey and Lebanon said they oppose it. Most of the people surveyed said they don’t want the world to again have more than one superpower — even in Russia. There, 53 percent said they believe the world is safer with just one superpower.

NEW YORK — Securities regulators said Tuesday they fined five Wall Street firms a total of $8.25 million for not keeping e-mails for the required period of time. The five — Goldman Sachs, Salomon Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank Securities and U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray — agreed to pay $1.65 million each and to review their record-keeping procedures. None admitted or denied the allegations. The fines will go to the U.S. Treasury, New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers. The investigation came after regulators and state prosecutors uncovered embar-

rassing e-mails showing analysts publicly hyping a stock they privately disparaged, allegedly to win lucrative investment banking business. Merrill Lynch recently paid $100 million in fines to settle an investigation of such practices by the New York attorney general’s office. Regulators said the five firms fined Tuesday violated securities rules by failing “to preserve for three years, and/or to preserve in an accessible place for two years” such office memoranda as e-mails related to their exchange, brokerage or dealer businesses. “We’re happy now ... this finally resolves long-standing uncertainties about records requirements for e-mail retention practices,” said Judy Hitchen, a spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley.

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Iraqis accuse U.N. inspectors of provocation, spying BY CHARLES J. HANLEY AP Special Correspondent

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq protested sharply Wednesday over U.N. weapons inspectors’ surprise intrusion into one of Saddam Hussein’s presidential palaces, accusing the arms experts of being spies and staging the palace search as a provocation that could lead to war. The harshest criticism came from Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan, who charged — in language reminiscent of clashes with inspectors in the 1990s — that the new teams of U.N. monitors are gathering intelligence for Washington and Israel. “Their work is to spy to serve the CIA and Mossad,” Israel’s intelligence service, Ramadan claimed to a visiting delegation of Egyptian professionals. Ramadan, known for his fiery statements, claimed to his all-Arab audience that the inspectors went to the palace hoping to provoke the Iraqis into refusing them entrance — something he said would be interpreted as a “material breach” of the U.N. resolution that man-

dated the inspections, and a cause for war. The resolution includes “several land mines,” Ramadan said, “and the aim is that one of them will go off.” Responding to Iraqi protests over Tuesday’s palace visit, a U.N. official countered that the inspectors are taking the right approach — navigating between Iraqi complaints and U.S. pressure for more “severe” inspections. And, said inspections team leader Demetrius Perricos, “we are getting results.” Among other things, Perricos reported that on a five-hour inspection of a desert installation his experts secured a dozen Iraqi artillery shells — previously known to be there — that were loaded with a powerful chemical weapon, the agent for mustard gas. It was the first report of such armaments traced and controlled in the week-old round of new inspections. The inspections resumed last week after a four-year suspension, under a new U.N. Security Council resolution requiring Iraq to surrender any remaining weapons of mass destruction and shut

down any programs to make them. A critical deadline approaches this weekend for the Baghdad government. On Saturday, a day ahead of the deadline, it is expected to submit a declaration to the United Nations on any Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, as well as on nuclear, chemical and biological programs it says are peaceful. The Bush administration alleges Baghdad retains some chemical and biological weapons— missed during 1990s inspections — and has not abandoned plans for nuclear weapons. Washington threatens to go to war against Iraq if, in the U.S. view, it does not cooperate in the disarmament effort. The Iraqi government maintains it no longer holds such weapons, and will say so in the declaration. The inspectors’ new mandate toughens their powers to search anywhere, anytime in Iraq for signs of prohibited armaments. They took advantage of that authority on Tuesday to demand and receive quick entry to the opulent al-Sajoud palace,

beside the Tigris River in Baghdad, one of dozens of palaces built by Saddam during his 23-year rule. The team’s 1 1/2-hour inspection was a brief but symbolic show of U.N. muscle. “We consider the entry of the presidential sites as unjustified and really unnecessary,” Gen. Hossam Mohammed Amin, chief Iraqi liaison to the inspectors, told reporters Wednesday. A Foreign Ministry statement described it as “bad behavior.” Amin added, however, that Iraq would not try to block U.N. visits to other palaces. Disputes over inspections of presidential palaces contributed to tensions that developed between U.N. inspectors and the Iraqi government in the 1990s. Personal negotiations between Saddam and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan produced an agreement whereby inspectors had to supply notice of such inspections and accept diplomatic escorts. Perricos, meeting with reporters Wednesday, noted that the new Security Council resolution overrides such agreements.

Secretary of State supports crackdown on lawlessness BY GEORGE GEDDA Associated Press Writer

BOGOTA, Colombia — Secretary of State Colin Powell met with President Alvaro Uribe Wednesday in a show of solidarity with the Colombian leader’s efforts to crack down on the country’s rampant lawlessness. Uribe led a delegation of 12 senior Colombian officials. Powell was accompanied by nine aides. They sat around a long oval wooden table in the Cabinet room in the elegant Narino house, the presidential palace. Neither made comments to the press but Powell was also expected to signal a no tolerance policy for human rights abuses by Colombia’s security forces. Powell told reporters Tuesday he is looking for ways to provide additional help to Colombia as it confronts “narcotraffickers and narcoterrorists.” He noted that the administration plans

an increase in assistance to $500 million from $300 million. The funds will be earmarked for training and equipment and also for nonmilitary sectors, including social and economic investment. Uribe has been in office for a little more than 100 days. He hopes that a tougher line against two leftist insurgencies will open the way to serious peace negotiations. A right-wing paramilitary group announced a unilateral cease fire in recent days. All three groups finance their operations with drug trafficking revenues and all are on the State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations. Powell arrived at a military airport in Bogota Tuesday night amid heavy security. On Wednesday, snipers were posted on rooftops around the national palace and hundreds of rifle-toting soldiers patrolled Bogota streets. Two Black Hawk helicopters circled above. The security in Bogota was reminiscent of Uribe’s Aug. 7 inauguration.

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A Palestinian man holds up the Quran and a piece of a missile in front a destroyed building after Israeli helicopters fired missiles Wednesday at Palestinian government buildings in Gaza City. Two helicopters fired at least three missiles on a government complex in the center of the city, killing one person.

Although Bogota was blanketed with soldiers and police, leftist rebels managed to launch mortars in downtown Bogota moments before Uribe took the oath of office, killing 21 people and causing slight damage to the national palace. Last week, four rebel grenades exploded on a street near the U.S. embassy and the Colombian attorney general’s office. In addition to his meeting with Uribe and other officials, his morning schedule also included a wreath-laying ceremony at an anti-narcotics facility here. Colombia

is the source of about 90 percent of the cocaine consumed in the United States. Powell said there has been a significant expansion in coca eradication efforts in Colombia this year but he added that the country has not reached the point where eradication is outstripping coca plantings. He said he wants to support Uribe in his efforts to fight “those terrorist elements within Colombian society who are trying to destroy the dream of the Colombian people to have a democracy that gives them a society that is safe.”

Police arrest operations chief of regional terror network BY LELY T. DJUHARI Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian police said Wednesday they had arrested the operations chief of Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked group widely blamed for attacks throughout Southeast Asia, including blasts that killed nearly 200 people on the resort island of Bali. Investigators hope the arrest of Mukhlas, also known as Ali Gufron, will shed light on the shadowy group and expose the extent of al-Qaida’s reach in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Police arrested Mukhlas and eight others suspects late Tuesday in a series of raids in central Java, said national police chief Gen. Erwin Mapaseng. Police detective Brig. Gen. Aryanto Sutadi said one of those detained, identified only as Hermianto, was believed to have arranged accommodations for the bombers in Bali. Nearly 200 people were killed in the Oct. 12 nightclub bombings in Bali, mostly foreign tourists. It was the world’s bloodiest terrorist attack since Sept. 11. Citing intelligence reports, Indonesian police said last week Mukhlas was believed to have replaced Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, as operations chief of Jemaah Islamiyah. They said Hambali was becoming too well known and had been forced into hiding. Hambali, an Indonesian citizen, has been described as al-Qaida’s point man in

Southeast Asia. “Ali Gufron, or Mukhlas, is an important figure in the group (Jemaah Islamiyah),” Sutadi said. “We have been looking for him for a long time.” Mukhlas is the brother of Amrozi, who was arrested last month in connection with the Bali bombings. Amrozi confessed to owning the car used in the attack and buying materials for the bombs. Police also have arrested Imam Samudra, who they have identified as one of the masterminds of the attacks. At least 28 people have been arrested in connection with the blasts. Police have so far said Amrozi and Samudra are the only ones with a direct role. None have been charged. Also detained is the alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Bakar Bashir. He has not been named a suspect in the Bali bombings, but he was arrested after the attack and accused of masterminding a string of deadly church bombings in 2000. Bashir, the founder of a hard-line Islamic boarding school based in Solo and an admirer of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, denies involvement in those bombings and claims Jemaah Islamiyah does not exist. Indonesia’s defense minister, Matori Abdul Jalil, has said that he believes Bashir was involved in the Bali bombings because Mukhlas, Samudra and Amrozi were his students.


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SPORTS

Sharks replace Sutter with veteran coach Ron Wilson

Sharks defeat Coyotes

BY GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer

SAN JOSE — Ron Wilson was hired to coach the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, three days after the team fired Darryl Sutter and his two assistants. Wilson, fired by Washington last May after four mostly successful seasons, coached the U.S. team in the 1998 Olympics, to the gold medal in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and twice in the world championships. He also spent four years as the first coach of division rival Anaheim. The Sharks moved quickly to fill their vacancy with a veteran coach. Sutter, the winningest coach in franchise history, was fired on Sunday along with assistants Rich Preston and Lorne Molleken in a surprising shakeup of a struggling team that aspires to be a Stanley Cup contender. “Ron Wilson is an experienced NHL coach with a strong track record in both the regular season and the playoffs,” Sharks general manager Dean Lombardi said in a release. The Sharks struggled to an 8-12-2-2 start that put them in last place in the Pacific Division, but they got a 3-2 overtime victory over Phoenix on Tuesday

night with scout Cap Raeder and team executive Doug Wilson coaching the team. Ron Wilson got his first head coaching job in Anaheim in 1993. In his fourth year with the Mighty Ducks, Wilson coached Teemu Selanne, who is now the Sharks’ leading goal scorer. Wilson had his greatest success in Washington, where he led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998. He won two division titles, and he led Washington to 102 points in the 2000-01 season — more points than the Sharks have earned in any of their 12 seasons. Wilson had been out of coaching since leaving Washington, where the Capitals missed the playoffs by two points following a 36-33-11-2 season. He apparently was the only candidate interviewed by Lombardi, who promised his search wouldn’t take more than a few days. Wilson will make his debut as the Sharks’ sixth permanent head coach on Friday night, when San Jose hosts Columbus. Following Saturday night’s home game against Nashville, the Sharks have four days off, which will allow Wilson to further implement his plans. Sutter led the Sharks to five consecutive seasons of improved point totals, but was fired after San Jose’s slow start.

Palmer wins Unitas award By The Associated Press

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Phoenix Coyotes’ Danny Markov, back, battles for the puck with San Jose Sharks’ Patrick Marleau in the second period Tuesday night at America West Arena in Phoenix. The Sharks defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in overtime.

Thome agrees to $85 million, six-year contract with Phillies BY MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA — Phillies manager Larry Bowa thought it felt like 1979 again. After Jim Thome, the most coveted hitter in the free-agent market, agreed to an $85 million, six-year contract, Bowa said fan reaction reminded him of when one of baseball’s most exciting players came to Philadelphia and helped the Phillies win the World Series the following year. “This is the most excitement I’ve seen since Pete Rose came here as a player,” Bowa said. He wasn’t the only one seeing victories in the offing. Thome said only one thing would have persuaded him to leave Cleveland. “It comes down to winning. It really does,” the 32-year-old first baseman said at a news conference Tuesday. Thome gets a $10 million signing bonus, $9.5 million next year, $10.5 million in 2004, $11.5 million in 2005, $12.5 million in 2006 and $14 million in each of the final two seasons. Philadelphia has a $13 million option for 2009 with a $3 million buyout.

The average annual value of $14,166,667 is the 15th-highest in baseball. The Phillies, unwilling to spend money in the past, are aggressively trying to improve as they prepare to move into their new ballpark in 2004. They agreed to a $17 million, four-year contract with third baseman David Bell on Nov. 24. Philadelphia also has a $30 million, three-year offer out to free agent left-hander Tom Glavine, a two-time NL Cy Young award winner. Thome said Bell’s signing had a big impact on his decision to come to Philadelphia. “He’s a tough player,” Thome said. “He makes no excuses. The bottom line is those are the kind of guys you want to go to war with.” He also said he’d be willing to call Glavine himself, prompting Phillies general manager Ed Wade to jokingly place a cell phone on the podium in front of him. Wade said his long pursuit of Thome was “excruciating,” but well worth it. “We’ve taken a huge step forward here, both on the field and in our clubhouse,” Wade said. Persuading Thome to leave Cleveland

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Southern California’s Carson Palmer on Wednesday won Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the nation’s top senior quarterback. Palmer completed 288 of 458 passes for a USC record 3,639 yards and 32 touchdowns during the regular season for the fifth-ranked Trojans (10-2). Palmer is the Pac-10’s career leader in passing yards and total offense. The Trojans have averaged 42 points during their seven-game winning streak. The 6-foot-5 quarterback beat out wasn’t easy. He had spent his entire career there and intended to retire in an Indians uniform. But with Cleveland rebuilding after a near-decade of dominance in the AL Central, Thome decided that his best chance to get back to the World Series was with Phillies. “The Indians are going in a way they want to go and I respect that,” he said. “I’ve loved that organization and I still will.” Thome fought back tears when asked about the role that his wife, Andrea, played in their decision. “My wife is my rock,” he said, then left the stage to compose himself while Wade and manager Larry Bowa fielded questions. Several minutes later, Thome strode back to the podium and quipped: “I hate when my allergies kick in.” Thome, who hit a club-record 52 homers for the Indians last season, turned down a $60-million, five-year offer from the Indians, who drafted him in the 13th round of the 1989 draft. The left-handed slugger has a .287 batting average, 334 homers and 927 RBIs in a 12-year major

Miami’s Ken Dorsey, Marshall’s Byron Leftwich, Iowa State’s Seneca Wallace and Louisville’s Dave Ragone. The winner is chosen by a panel of football experts. The presentation will be made in Louisville on Dec. 13 by Hall of Famer Bart Starr. The award is named for Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas, who played at Louisville before his 18-year NFL career. Unitas died Sept. 11 at 69. Former Fresno State quarterback David Carr won the award last year. Past winners include current NFL quarterbacks Chris Redman (1999), Peyton Manning (1997) and Danny Wuerffel (1996). league career. Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan said in a statement that he was “disappointed” that Thome had decided to leave. But “to go beyond what we offered in that package ... would have been inconsistent with our plans to bring back a championship-caliber team to Cleveland as soon as possible,” Dolan said. Thome said the players union didn’t pressure him to take the best offer on the table. “Not one minute did they say that to my agent and not one minute did they ever call me,” he said. Bowa hasn’t decided where Thome will bat in the order. Young slugger Pat Burrell will probably bat between Thome and Bobby Abreu, giving the Phillies one of the NL’s best power lineups. Thome’s new teammates were clearly excited by his arrival. Bowa fielded calls from Burrell, Abreu, shortstop Jimmy Rollins, catcher Mike Lieberthal and pitcher Randy Wolf, and “to a man they said they can hardly wait till spring training starts,” Bowa said.

Golf is the only sport played on the moon. February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.


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NEWS OF THE WEIRD by Chuck Shepard

Tree family moves after 12 years • Mr. Besh Serdahely, 58, and his wife vacated the tree house on San Bruno Mountain (just south of San Francisco), which, for the last 12 years, they have called home (to the consternation of county officials). • Health officials in Tororo, Uganda, warned prospective (but impoverished) brides that they are ruining their valuable, malaria-stopping white mosquito nets if they use them as bridal gowns. • A bold bank robber was arrested in Tehran, Iran, even though he thought he was invisible (thanks to a special piece of parchment he had bought from a man on the street for about $550).

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COUNTRYSIDE, Kan. — The mayor of this tiny Kansas City suburb finally got what he wanted — he got Countryside voted out of existence. After a divisive campaign that pitted neighbor against neighbor in the six-square-block enclave, the city’s residents decided overwhelmingly Tuesday to merge with neighboring Mission. The election drew voter turnout of 71 percent, with consolidation prevailing by an unofficial margin of 127 to 69. Official results will be released Friday. “It’s a landslide,” said Mayor Ken Davis, the merger’s leading supporter. “In the long run, people are going to be happy with their lower taxes and ability to participate in the bigger community.” Voters last rejected a merger initiative in 1998 by a 2to-1 margin. Mission and Countryside must now schedule a joint meeting of their city councils, Davis said, and Mission must adopt a resolution stating an intent to merge. Mission Mayor Laura McConwell had urged Countryside voters to choose consolidation, calling their city — bounded by Mission on all sides —“the hole in the doughnut.”

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PHILADELPHIA — A Steinway grand piano caught in an accidental downpour inside the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts may be permanently out of tune. Philadelphia Orchestra musicians had to run offstage with their instruments after the fire safety sprinklers above the stage accidentally went off during a latemorning rehearsal in Verizon Hall on Tuesday. The piano, worth roughly $80,000 to 85,000, was left with its top open and collected “quite a bit of water,” Kimmel Center President Janice Price said. The water damage extended from the stage into the first five rows in the audience, but Tuesday evening’s performance was able to continue as scheduled. Dry

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n’t have the money to pay for a rehabilitation program that would clear his criminal record, so he stole a courthouse computer to pawn off, police said. Police said Ernesto Valdez, 32, arrived Monday at the Lackawanna County Courthouse to enroll in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which expunges the criminal record of first-time offenders. Valdez did not have the $685 enrollment fee, so he stole a court stenographer’s laptop computer to pawn, according to police. The pawn shop refused to take the computer because the power cord was missing, so Valdez returned to the courthouse to retrieve it, police said. He was arrested after a stenographer spotted him in the office with a wire dangling from his pocket, police said. Valdez appeared before Judge Trish Corbett twice Monday — first she accepted him into the rehabilitation program, and later she revoked his bail and ordered him to the county prison. Valdez had been accepted into the program after being charged in connection with theft of stereos from several cars in Scranton in June.

chairs for the 104 musicians were borrowed from the Academy of Music. “Within about one hour and a half, we were bringing the percussion section of the orchestra back on the stage,” said Price. The Kimmel Center’s second Steinway piano was used in place of the damaged piano. Price said Kimmel Center officials are still investigating the cause of the accident. Steinway experts are evaluating the damage to the piano and did not yet know whether it could be salvaged, she said.

Garbage can jackpot By The Associated Press

DUPONT, Wash. — A trash can containing as much as $10,000 in cash was unearthed by crews preparing a forested site for a transit park-and-ride lot, officials said. The most recent mint date on the bills and coins in the plastic garbage can was 1985, Police Chief Michael Pohl said Monday. “The coins are so badly eroded, they’re green. Some of it you can’t even make out any more,” Pohl said. “Obviously, there was a crime committed somewhere,” Pohl said. “We’re estimating 10 to 20 years ago. We’re doing the best we can to try to get it back to its rightful owner.” Police have yet to count all the money but estimate the total at $6,000 to $10,000. Some of the bills have been sent to the Washington State Crime Laboratory to test for fingerprints and to try to trace the money. If the owner cannot be found, the money goes to the regional transit authority. “Probably the speculation is more interesting than the real story,” said Lee Somerstein, a Sound Transit spokesman. “Maybe it was some old curmudgeon who buries his money because he doesn’t trust banks.”

present an afternoon of fun, food prizes and child safety.

Saturday, December 7, 2002 11:00a.m. — 3:00p.m. Madison Campus Santa Monica College(SMC) 1310 11th Street , Santa Monica protect your children FREE photos & fingerprinting — to keep records of your kids. FREE DNA kits—for parents to retain. FREE kids’ safety tips. FREE eye exams. FREE food and entertainment. FREE prizes and raffle. Meet special guests Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin! Santa Monica Police K-9! See Police Cars and Fire Trucks! For more information call, 310.575.1927

Santa Monica Daily Press, December 05, 2002  

The newspaper of record for the City of Santa Monica and surrounding areas.

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