FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2002
Volume 2, Issue 20
Santa Monica Daily Press A newspaper with issues
Luxury hotel sees tall building on the horizon BY ANDREW H. FIXMER Daily Press Staff Writer
A luxury hotel owner may propose a 16-story apartment building in downtown Santa Monica. Matt Dinapoli, part-owner of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel located at the corner of
Wilshire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, discussed the plans Wednesday with the city’s Planning Commission. The proposal includes a new, 16-story residential building with ground floor retail and restaurant uses, a four-story residential building with ground-floor uses at the
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corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Second Street and a new, three-story building to include the hotel’s ballroom. There also would be another four-story building on Second Street containing 38 affordable housing units — See PLANS, page 5
Ninth U.S. Circuit Court may determine Jerry Rubin’s title BY ANDREW H. FIXMER Daily Press Staff Writer
He’s been the only city council candidate without a designation. But Jerry Rubin — who sued the city when it refused to allow him to use “peace activist” as his official ballot designation in his 2000 campaign for City Council — may get his day in court. A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge asked his colleagues this week to convene a
Jerry Rubin panel of 11 justices to hear Rubin’s case. A majority of the
judges have to agree that Rubin’s case warrants a full hearing for it to go forward. “It’s unusual, but it doesn’t mean it’ll change anything,” said James H. Fosbinder, Rubin’s attorney. “Even if they agree to have the hearing, we might not win. “It’s the most judges a lawyer in the United States can argue before,” he added. “It would be an incredible thing, and we hope we’re See APPEAL, page 5
Davis to propose $10B in cuts
BY JENNIFER COLEMAN Associated Press Writer
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gray Davis will propose $10 billion in midyear budget cuts and savings on Friday to help address a budget shortfall that could soar past $21 billion over the next 18 months.
The $10 billion proposal doubles Davis’ initial plan for midyear cuts as lawmakers prepare to begin a special session on the budget Monday. The figure includes cuts to this year’s budget, savings in the following year and other measures but Davis has said it will not include tax or fee increases.
“Hard times require hard decisions,” Davis said in a prepared statement Thursday. “I am announcing these proposals now so we can begin next week — not next month — to tackle the fiscal challenge before us.” Meanwhile, special-interest groups lobbied furiously
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Palisades High School marine biology teacher Ray Millette (front) paddles out off Will Rogers State Beach Thursday morning with his students. Pali High students spend their first period of school in their physical education class learning how to catch waves.The course, taught by Millette, is an elective for freshman through senior grades.
Thursday to prevent or lessen cuts to their budgets in Davis’ new proposed spending plan. A sagging economy has led to less state revenue, causing a shortfall that could exceed $21 billion deficit over the next 18 months. Education, law enforcement and local government groups all said major reductions to their budgets would cut into essential services. “We recognize that this budget isn’t going to be solved by cuts alone,” said
Pat Leary, of the California State Association of Counties. A coalition of local governments proposed increasing the state’s vehicle license fee to its 1998 level, which would raise nearly $4 billion for the next fiscal year. “We’re not just sitting here saying ‘Don’t cut us, cut someone else,”’ Leary said. “We want to help the state get there. We’re working on See BUDGET, page 7
Lobbies push for lawsuit limits while GOP controls Congress BY SHARON THEIMER Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Capitalizing on GOP control of Congress and the White House, lobbying interests as diverse as doctors and asbestos users are pressing for new limitations on when, where and how consumers can file lawsuits.
In some cases, they already have the blessing of President Bush, who succeeded in winning limits on lawsuits when he was Texas governor in the 1990s. Lobbyists have taken a verbal cue from the president, who often refers to proposals to limit lawsuits as “job creation bills.” They’re recasting pitches that have traditionally lampooned trial
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malpractice lawsuits. And in the subtle game of influence, groups tend to avoid traditional terms like “tort reform” or “malpractice liability limits” to describe their current efforts. “We think that plays into the hands of the people who don’t want to fix the broken system,” said Dr. Donald Palmisano, a
New Orleans physician and attorney who takes over as American Medical Association president next year. The AMA is among those that have honed their arguments to convince Americans that limits on their right to sue would benefit consumers. The group See LOBBIES, page 9
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★★★ Deal with partners, friends and associates individually. Though this style of interrelating doesn’t guarantee success, it will help create a sense of completion and doing your best. Resist a tendency toward negativity. Tonight: Deal with others directly.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★★ Continue to take charge of financial matters, even if you don’t like what you hear. You could find an associate or partner upset or turned off. Though this behavior might not be intentional, it is difficult to deal with. Tonight: Do what you do well.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★★ Others seek you out. You could be tired and drawn out. Realize what you must do in order to recharge your energy. Perhaps a “no” would be appropriate. An invitation might be so appealing that you decide to do it anyway. Tonight: Try to nap first.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★★ You have a way of stating your case in which others will hear. Still, you could have an unpleasant reaction. Worry less about what others think, and stay in sync with yourself. This centering heads you down the right path now. Tonight: Whatever floats your boat.
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Bell ringers are needed for the holiday season. The Salvation Army will begin its Red Kettle Day Campaign on Friday, Dec. 13. The Red Kettle Day Campaign and volunteer bell ringers are the traditional face of the Salvation Army during the holiday season. Locked kettles are placed at various locations throughout Santa Monica. Organizations and new businesses are encouraged to adopt a kettle site for a shift, a day or a week. The Salvation Army provides immediate aid during times of need, long-term solutions to the problems of homelessness and hunger, unemployment and job training programs. The Salvation Army is in need of volunteer bell ringers to staff the kettles. Interested individuals should contact Santa Monica Police Capt. Brian West at (310) 451-1358 for additional information.
Say hi to Santa By Daily Press staff
Santa Claus is coming to town. And Santa Monica’s firefighters and police officers are leading his way. Santa and his public safety helpers will be distributing good cheer and thousands of candy canes as part of the 11th annual “Candy Cane Drive.” Everyone is invited to join in the Candy Cane Drive. Santa’s scheduled stops are as follows: Sunday, Dec. 15: 10 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. — Douglas Park, California Avenue and 25th Street. 10:45 a.m. — 11:15 a.m. — Christine Reed Park, California Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard. 11:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. — Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, at Broadway Avenue. 1:45 p.m. — 2:15 p.m. — Marine Park, Marine Street and 17th Street. 2:30 p.m. — 3 p.m. — Virginia Park, Virginia Avenue and 22nd Street. 3:15 p.m. — 3:45 p.m. — Clover Park, Ocean Park and 25th Street. Santa Monica children are encouraged to look and listen for the lights and sirens of the public safety vehicles, while parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. For more information, call the Santa Monica Police Department, Community Relations Office at (310) 458-8474.
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Clearing up misconceptions about landmarking As a Landmarks Commission member, I read “Look to Pasadena for preservation guidance,” in the Nov. 26 guest commentary by Paul DeSantis, with great interest. In it he suggests that Santa Monica follow Pasadena’s “pro-active” preservation program, which “proves that voluntary programs do work.” Discussing the similarities between the two mid-size Southern California cities, he writes: “The people of Pasadena deeply care about their rich historic, cultural, architectural and aesthetic values and want to preserve them as part of their heritage.” Unfortunately, Mr. DeSantis has his facts wrong. Pasadena does not have a voluntary ordinance. After years of study, it was rewritten to allow landmark designation without owner consent. According to the senior planner who drafted the recently revised ordinance, the change was “crucial to protecting our most significant historic buildings.” In crafting the ordinance, she added, “Santa Monica was one of the cities we looked to.” When evaluating potential landmarks, both Pasadena and Santa Monica adhere to national standards developed by the Secretary of the Interior. Like Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, South Pasadena, Oakland, Oceanside, Santa Barbara, Long Beach, Fresno and 20 other California cities,
Santa Monica does NOT have a volun- proposal to streamline city review at no tary ordinance. Nor do Ann Arbor, cost to the owner/applicant. Existing Boston Chicago, Dallas, El Paso, New incentives, such as property tax relief of York, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia or up to 50 percent, remain intact. After listening to homeowners cityPortland, to name just a few of the cities nationwide that do not require owner wide, it is clear to me that many fear the notion of imposed districts yet care deeply consent to confer landmark status. Mr. DeSantis is correct in noting that, about preserving the few very best examunlike Pasadena, Santa Monica has been ples of our city’s heritage. Unfortunately, slow to provide incentives for landmark- those who drafted the Homeowners for Voluntary Preservation ing and education about Initiative have both creits merits. Sadly, there is ated and co-opted the still no mechanism to fear of historic districts provide the public with to undermine the entire useful information or to ordinance, in essence, clarify the inflammatory By Barbara Schnitzler throwing out the baby distortions that have cirwith the bath water. culated in recent Had Santa Monica had a voluntary months. To this day, many people still believe the Landmarks Commission must ordinance in place, would we still have approve interior changes to historic the Pier, the carousel or homes by Oscar homes. FALSE! Nor do designated homes Neimeyer, John Byers, Paul Williams, lose value. In fact, studies show they gain Frank Gehry or Lloyd Wright? Would we value disproportionately to homes in sim- still have the Gillis house, or the two homes built by our founding father Roy ilar neighborhoods. Seeking to address some of these Jones? Sadly, the answer could be no. shortcomings, a subcommittee of the Most landmarked properties in Santa Landmarks Commission last year sub- Monica — there are 42 to be exact — mitted a list of recommendations to City have been designated voluntarily. Last Council. Currently before the City month, the Merle Norman building on Council is an updated list, which includes Main Street came before the commission community outreach, clarifications of and this month a private home on ordinance language, zoning waivers to Georgina Avenue will. Both owners have make remodeling more flexible and a sought to distinguish their properties by
requesting landmark designation. VOLUNTARY IS WONDERFUL. But it is not enough. Despite an international pedigree, the only reason the Neimeyer house on La Mesa Drive still stands is because Santa Monica has an ordinance with the authority to designate without owner consent. At the behest of City Council, the Landmarks Commission has held two public meetings to come up with recommendations for another initiative. Significantly, the alternate proposal would assure that landmarking continue as it has for 25 years, but require the consent of 51 percent of involved property owners to create a district. Just like Pasadena! In the end, landmarks has nothing to do with “good renters/bad apartment owners” or “good workers/bad business leaders” or any combination of the above. In suggesting that it does, Mr. DeSantis perpetuates the “sick, divisive paradigm” he says has warped our community. If City Council decides to put a second initiative on the ballot in March, it will not be about who wins the initiative race. It will be about giving the voters a well-considered option that promotes both personal prerogatives and the time-honored landmarking process. Barbara Schnitzler is a local homeowner and Landmarks Commissioner.
Public input doesn’t carry much weight in City Hall AS I SEE IT By Bill Bauer
There’s a lot of community interest in development. More and more neighborhood activists are opposing projects they think are too big, too ugly or unfitting of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, they’re not changing sow’s ears into silk purses. Present zoning codes allow commercial projects with housing that are under 30,000 square feet (recently down-zoned to 7,500 square feet) to be administratively approved by city planning department staff. Keep in mind that only half the square footage of mixed-use projects is counted, therefore a 30,000-square-foot project is in reality a much larger 60,000square-foot project. Savvy developers know that if they propose a development under the Planning Commission and public review threshold, it will be a lot easier to get their project approved without annoying public input. With administrative approval, a project
can avoid the more intense scrutiny of the Planning Commission, and the time consuming and costly revisions that can result when a project has to go through public comment as well as the approval process. Such is the case with the 1400 block of Fifth Street at Santa Monica Boulevard. Most of this block is currently a large parking lot and was the site proposed for a Target store a couple of years ago. When the City Council shot down Target, the property was subdivided into four parcels. Four projects containing market-rate apartments with ground floor retail space and subterranean parking were proposed for the site. The building proposed for 1450 Fifth St. was under 30,000 square feet and approved administratively. It went before the Architectural Review Board when a number of cosmetic design changes were hammered out and it was finally approved. Two local residents, Art Harris and Ellen Brennan, appealed the ARB approval of the project to the Planning Commission. Brennan and Harris claim this building is actually one of “four slices of a salami.” They feel that 1450 Fifth St. and a similarly approved project for the same location, as well as two other similarly sized
and scaled mixed-use projects pending for the two remaining parcels, are really just one big mega-project. Brennan and Harris objected to details such as the narrow, dog-leg courtyard/ pedestrian access from Fourth Court to Fifth Street and setbacks on the north side of the building. Additional complaints dealt with the appropriateness of the retail space for neighborhood use. While Brennan and Harris raise legitimate complaints about neighborhood compatibility and design details, the real problem here has to do with what the zoning codes permit. Theoretically, in this case the Planning Commission can only deal with those aspects under ARB purview and can’t address the larger, more impacting aspects of the project that meet code requirements and resulted in administrative approval. (The Planning Commission, however, did request additional changes be made as per Harris, Brennan and the ARB’s suggestions.) There is no opportunity for Harris, Brennan or anyone else to address the 67foot height or the overall size and mass of the structure. There’s no way that the footprint of the building, which covers almost 100 percent of the lot, could be reduced.
As a result, meaningful public input is usually limited to discourse about things such as column widths, shapes of courtyards, articulation, planter size and paint color. An overly large, ugly building is still a big, ugly building no matter how much concerned citizens try to improve it. Their suggestions are like putting a Band Aid onto a gaping wound. Maybe it’s time for those interested in the future of development to petition the City Council to change the system. Start by further reducing the height and mass now permitted for these developments. Look at projects and adjacent structures as a unit — especially when they’re designed and built by the same or interrelated parties at the same time. Reverse the recent council decision that let’s affordable housing developers ignore zoning codes and build them as massive and as high as they want. We’re already one of the densest cities in the country in regard to the number of persons packed into each square mile. Why do our elected officials insist on making a bad situation even worse? Bill Bauer is a longtime Santa Monica resident and a freelance writer.
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High-rise building project at its preliminary stage PLANS, from page 1 well above what is required under city law. And the project would include a subterranean parking garage for about 700 vehicles — enough for residents, hotel employees and 150 spaces for public use. Dinapoli has repeatedly said that his plans are not a formal proposal, but rather the beginning of a community forum on the issue. “We’re just doing strategic planning,” he said. “We are trying to figure out what could go there and what the city would like to see. If anything does go there, we would like to work with the city to have some kind of community involvement in the project.” Planning commissioners and two residents at the meeting focused their comments on the residential tower, which they thought would obstruct views of the Pacific Ocean and would block the panoramic view of Palisades Park. “Right now, there is a beautiful garden at Wilshire and Ocean that has spectacular views,” said Ellen Brennan, a Santa Monica resident active in city affairs. “And they want to build a wall there — a 16-story wall. “This is about the most horrendous, arrogant and most awful idea ever proposed in Santa Monica,” she added. The area where the residential tower is being proposed is a high-profile corner and likely to stir up a lot of debate in the community, said Planning Commission Chairman Darrell Clarke. “It’s a location that people care about a lot,” he said. “And this is an opportunity for people to speak out about what they think fits and doesn’t fit on that site.” At the Planning Commission meeting, Dinapoli applied for a “development agreement,” which would allow the hotel
and the city to enter into negotiations for any future project on the site. Development agreements typically list city requirements that might not be explicitly written into zoning codes or laws, and set a time period by when development must begin for the agreement to be valid. The Planning Commission spent nearly two hours discussing the proposal and making recommendations, but it did not take a vote, which Clarke said was unnecessary. “This is different from a project that comes before us that meets zoning codes and it requires discretionary approval,” he said. “This is where the developer is coming to us and saying here’s a concept we have, what do you think. “The next step is to go before the City Council and have them be aware of the comments we had on it and allow them to make their recommendations,” Clarke added. The project would create a “gateway to Santa Monica,” Dinapoli suggested at the meeting, and complement the existing white tower at 100 Wilshire Blvd. To show Planning commissioners how the project would fit into the city’s skyline, Dinapoli’s architects created a poster of what the view from the ocean looking back at the shore would appear like if the 16-story building existed. It showed each building in scale and listed how tall each structure was compared to the proposed residential tower, Clarke said. But even with the high level of preparation for the meeting, Dinapoli maintained that the hotel was not trying to force its plans on Santa Monica. “It’s not something somebody has spent a lot of money on, and it’s not something that anyone is going to cram down the city’s throat,” he said.
Supreme Court may be next APPEAL, from page 1 given the opportunity.” The state requires that candidates be identified on the ballot by their occupation, profession or vocation in an effort to avoid confusion or deception among voters. Fosbinder argued the state guidelines are optional and that Santa Monica City Clerk Maria Stewart has a choice whether to allow the designation or to deny it. “It all depends on what she knows and what she understands,” Fosbinder said. Rubin claims his main source of income is from a card table he sets up on the Third Street Promenade from which he sells peace-themed bumper stickers. He also is known for his protests and involvement in social and environmental causes. The guidelines require the ballot classification to explain in three words how candidates earn their income. Political designations and the word “activist,” among others, are not allowed. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 15 denied Rubin’s appeal of an earlier federal decision upholding the city’s ban of “peace activist.” Fosbinder and Rubin were informed this week that though they had not asked for a formal hearing on the federal appeals court decision, they had been nominated anonymously. “They do about 5,000 cases a year,” Fosbinder said. “Virtually always if a judge requests a hearing it’s from a request
from the losing party. In this case, we hadn’t asked for the hearing so for this to happen, the numbers statistically out there.” The court has asked Fosbinder to submit a brief on why he believes Rubin’s case deserves a full hearing. City Attorney Marsha Moutrie will file a brief as well — this one explaining why the city believes Rubin already has been heard. Stewart and Moutrie said they are following state election codes, and not arbitrarily preventing anyone from communicating what they do for a living. “We believe that the Santa Monica City Clerk did the right thing when she applied state standards to determine whether the ballot designation was appropriate.” Moutrie said. “Also, we are always happy to receive further clarification from the courts on First Amendment rights because we are committed to honoring them. “If the 9th Circuit should decide that the state’s standards were inappropriate, we will, of course, honor that decision,” she added. Fosbinder and Rubin have said if they are not victorious in getting a hearing before the 11-judge panel, they would appeal the court’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We initially thought it was more suitable for a petition to the Supreme Court,” Fosbinder said. “And frankly the odds of being heard is about the same as getting a full hearing.”
“We are in such a preliminary stage right now that this usually happens in an office and not at a public forum,” Dinapoli added. “But it’s great it’s out there and anything that happens at that site is going to need public support and be a collaborative effort.”
Clarke agreed the hotel’s plans are likely to change a lot before any official application is made. “Development projects have a long evolution in Santa Monica and this is just the starting point,” he said. “I’m sure there will be many things that will change.”
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LOCAL CONT., from page 3 ■ “Hi! I just want to say I think the Winterlit decorations are great! It’s really nice to have kind of a special place to take your family, to be able to stroll down for the holidays. So, I thought it was really nice down there! Thanks!” ■ “The Winterlit theme this year looks more like Happy Hanukkah instead of Merry Christmas. I don’t think it will attract people who are interested in selling ... uh ... celebrating Christmas. Too much money was spent, $400,000 is a lot of money to spend on something that does not represent Christmas. And having Santa Claus there does not make it Christmasy. So I’m very disappointed in the whole thing.” ■ “To wit about your question ... You know, plastic ice cubes is just another example of the insipid showmanship that somehow Santa Monica, in its difficult economic throes, thinks this thrashing about and putting on a bunch of silly shows is going to save them ... You know the real issue for me is how many Santa Monicans now avoid downtown Santa Monica because all this world-class clap trap has proven a disincentive for the residents of Santa Monica. Really, I avoid the place now! I went shopping in Westwood and was pleasantly surprised to find the parking structure without urine, without graffiti, without being accosted by homeless. Anyway, no, I don’t think they’re doing a very good job.” ■ “In response to the question I have to say that, no, I will not be shopping in Santa Monica, no matter what they do! I don’t like the traffic there, I don’t like the parking there, it’s hard to park. I don’t like anything there right now, and I live close by. I would rather take the number 10 bus and go downtown, which I have done, and buy clothes, etc., in downtown L.A. They have better bargains and the stores are much nicer, and I can get a lot of items down there that they do not have in Santa Monica. Santa Monica is a very, very overpriced place to buy clothes, etc. So, no, I don’t care what they do there, I will not shop in Santa Monica. Besides that, you still have the problem with people at this particular time, that are homeless and desperate and also on drugs, and I don’t want to have the chance of being attacked in the parking lot while I’m putting my merchandise into my car. So, no thank you.” ■ “You’re talking about this Winterlit theme. It’s the most monstrosity I’ve ever seen in my life. I mean, I’ve been living in Santa Monica over 40 years, and I’m ashamed to tell anybody I live in Santa Monica when I have to look at that mess that is on the Promenade. Whoever’s idea that was should have their head examined. Thank You.” ■ “Hi, I’m leaving a response for the Winterlit that is down on the Promenade, and my response is, that it is a bunch of crap! $400,000 for those monstrosity style Christmas trees, or whatever
they’re called, they’re as ugly as anything. I say bring back traditional Christmas trees. Bring back traditional Christmas decorations along Fourth Street and Wilshire Boulevard that were there 25 years ago. I do not like how the city has turned to be politically correct for Christmas. Thank you.” ■ “I applaud the Bayside District for creating a unique and refreshing appearance of sparkling icebergs that are planted on each block of the Third Street Promenade. What a perfect fit with the dinosaurs. Being from back East, I’m a bit nostalgic for the white stuff this time of year. Where else have you seen this, except for maybe the Matterhorn at Disneyland. It’s a great backdrop for photo shoots, and I swear I feel ten degrees colder each time I walk past them. I seem to notice more families enjoying this Winterlit atmosphere also. Shopping centers have seasonal decorations that typically change every three to five years. Santa Monica needs to stand out from the crowd to compete with other shopping destinations. I think this original movie set appearance enhances the customer experience, day and night. O come all ye faithful.” ■ “I just want to say that I think the new decorations on the Promenade look great. The Christmas decorations I think looks like a Winter Wonderland and that it will definitely drive business to the area.” ■ “Great question. All I can say about the $400,000 plastic Winterlit theme is, where were the heads of those making this decision, and who got paid off? There’s nothing like beautiful live, green pines decorated with colorful lights for the holidays. And to think, we’re stuck with this plastic for the next five years? What a waste of funds. As far as shopping on the Promenade is concerned, it sure was a sad day when our good old JC Penneys, Woolworth’s and the great discount stores disappeared. As a senior and longtime resident, there’s not much for me to buy on the Promenade. Why not some affordable stores instead of all the high-end ones? There is a population here other than the high-tech yuppies.” ■ “There is no festive holiday glow at the Promenade. It would help to put lighting in the trees and perhaps add some color to this now rather bleak looking arctic setting.” ■ “I saw the Winterlit decor yesterday when I was shopping on the mall, and I must say I was underwhelmed by the effect. At first I thought they were Christmas trees and then when I saw the slabs around these tall figures, I realized they were icebergs. But, I don’t see how icebergs fits into the traditional Christmas theme or decor or decorations, so I don’t know what effect it might have, maybe it’s at night if all the lights are on and if this is lit in a certain way, it may give a different effect, but it really didn’t impress me at all.” ■ “I think the Winterlit holiday decor See Q-LINE, page 7
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California faces major budget deficit for the year lists of potential cuts that aren’t as painful as others.” California has cut the state’s vehicle license fee by two-thirds since 1998 — but the state pays nearly $4 billion a year to reimburse cities and counties for revenues lost by the reduction. Some have speculated the state might stop reimbursing local governments without raising the tax back up to replenish city and county revenues. Local government officials say the “backfill” from the state provides their largest supply of operating cash. Arroyo Grande Police Chief Rich TerBorch, a member of the group representing local government, said less money to cities and counties means cuts to law enforcement. “We’re essentially a service agency that’s very labor intensive. About 85 percent of our budget is centered around people,” he said. “If the state takes any large chunk of money that goes to the cities, it will impact personnel.” Educators had the same argument Thursday, saying that nearly 90 percent of their budget is in hiring teachers, who cannot be laid off midyear. Education accounted for about half of the state’s general fund in 2002-03 — approximately $46 billion. School groups are concerned that the governor has targeted $1.9 billion that the Legislative Analyst’s Office has said is above the Proposition 98 guarantee. Voters approved Proposition 98 in 1988, setting minimum school funding levels. The educators’ press conference was “a little bit premature and it was dealing with hypotheticals,” said Davis spokeswoman
CONT., from page 6 is ridiculous. It looks like there are sharp teeth draped over Santa Monica Place, the rest of it looks stupid. If they hired a set decorator they should have had the sense to know that sets only look good in the movies, and in real life they don’t look real at all. So, I think Bayside District wasted an incredible amount of money on something that won’t help commerce, although it appears that the Christmas season won’t be that bad, I don’t think, and I hope that Winterlit won’t get the credit for it.” ■ “What a question! I think that Santa Monica being decorated for the holiday season is a great idea, however, in my little opinion, the decoration that they chose for the Promenade is very cold in feeling, not like winter cold, but just a very, kind of an empty feeling when you go down there. I know it was probably meant to be this grand thing, but there’s no warmth to it of the holiday season maybe with like some greenery or something ... It’s a very stark feeling, and I’ve been in Santa Monica for a number of years and I think that the community is based on the idea anyway of family and small town, even though it’s grown tremendously. But no offense to anybody who’s part of that
Hilary McLean. But Mary Bergan, president of the California Federation of Teachers, said she expects that $1.9 billion will be cut after discussions with the governor’s staff. Bergan said educators “recognize there are undoubtedly going to be some cuts,” but she and representatives of school administrators, districts and the Parent Teacher Association declined to specify any cuts or the amount of any reductions schools could sustain. Instead, they said they wanted to see what the governor was proposing. “It’s not our job (to propose the budget cuts). We’re not experts on health care and prisons and all those other parts of the budget,” said Bob Wells, executive director of the Association of California School Administrators. Educators want to talk with lawmakers and the administrations about specific cuts, Wells said, but “we haven’t received an offer like that.” McLean said the bad budget figures have mobilized advocates afraid of cuts. “This is the time when a lot of organizations are holding press conferences saying ’Don’t look at me, look at the other guy.”’ Although educators wouldn’t recommend specific cuts Thursday, they also said they don’t want across-the-board reductions that would leave the specifics up to school districts. McLean said the details of the governor’s proposed cuts wouldn’t be released until Friday and declined to talk about potential reductions. “There will probably be district-bydistrict variations on how reductions are made,” she said. “I don’t think it makes sense for the governor’s office to try and dictate exactly how any potential reductions will be implemented.”
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office in January 1999 with a three-day, celebrity-studded $3.7 million affair bankrolled by influential donors. Third-term New York Gov. George Pataki plans a ceremony and reception, a far cry from his initial inauguration in 1995 that was held in a sports arena with a laser light show and guests including radio personality Howard Stern. Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, also just elected to his third term, plans an open house with coffee. Michigan Gov.-elect Jennifer Granholm is breaking with tradition for the first time since 1963 by not hosting an inaugural ball in the state capital. And Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn — whose 1999 galas had a swing band and 22-piece orchestra — plans a luncheon. Still, some states are sticking with tradition. In Alabama, Gov.-elect Bob Riley plans a possibly $1 million event designed to raise spirits despite the financial gloom. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, just elected to his second term, is planning a three-day affair including a barbecue, a “black tie and blue jeans” ball and an inaugural carnival. In Minnesota, Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty is planning a formal ball but adding a twist to his inaugural plans — a hockey showdown with a former governor. The states opting for low-key inaugurals reflect a national trend in celebrations of all types, as corporations and individuals also are toning down events, said Lisa Hurley, editor of Malibu, Calif.-based Special Events Magazine. “To be seen now as just throwing money around would be very inappropriate,” Hurley said. Gone are the over-the-top celebrations of the tech boom, when companies had money to burn and individual stock portfolios were exploding, Hurley said. People instead are opting for more family style events, such as barbecues and picnics. “I think when people are concerned that a neighbor or acquaintance may be losing a job, an opulent event doesn’t hit the right note,” she said.
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United’s stock plunges, airline slides toward bankruptcy BY DAVE CARPENTER AP Business Writer
CHICAGO — United Airlines stock went into a freefall Thursday on expectations of a bankruptcy filing, an action its CEO insisted was not a foregone conclusion. But sources familiar with the process, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said United was preparing to file for bankruptcy Sunday. The carrier was finalizing the terms of a $1.5 billion debtor-in-possession loan, the sources said. The loan would enable the airline to keep flying in bankruptcy. It would be the biggest bankruptcy in airline industry history. United’s parent, UAL Corp., opened at $3.12 on the New York Stock Exchange and closed at $1, the lowest level in more than 40 years. Trading was suspended for most of the morning because of what the NYSE said was “news that’s pending that could materially affect the trading of the stock.” But trading resumed later in the day with no announcement from United on its next move. Dow Jones & Co. removed UAL from the Dow Jones Transportation Average and replaced it with United Parcel Service Inc. UAL chief executive Glenn Tilton, asked about the possibility of bankruptcy, told Chicago’s WLS-TV: “What we have said is we’re going to consider all of our options, and nothing really is a foregone conclusion.” He has said that the airline would continue to fly whatever choice was made. United makes about 1,700 flights
Standard & Poor’s further downgraded United’s corporate credit rating, noting that nearly $1 billion in debt due next week already is considered in default. The debt would wipe out most of the airline’s cash. Germany’s Lufthansa, which along with United belongs to the 14-member Star Alliance of airlines, said Thursday it was in talks about offering assistance to its embattled partner. Lufthansa would want to secure any possible investment with assets such as planes or real estate, said Thomas Jachnow, spokesman for Europe’s No. 2 airline. After the federal Air Transportation Stabilization Board rejected the loan guarantee Wednesday, United’s mechanics canceled a vote Thursday on $700 million in wage-and-benefits cuts that the airline said were needed Jack Dempsey/Associated Press to avert bankruptcy. Union leaders said the rejection rendered the vote United ticket agent Judy Kenzig, right, talks to passengers Pat McKeown and Dick Stranger from moot, and they assailed the decision by the government Boulder, Colo., at Denver International Airport in panel, which was created last year to help the airline Denver, Thursday. industry recover after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. United, the world’s largest airline until American per day and has about 83,000 employees worldwide. overtook it last year, traces its problems to a drop in pasIn bankruptcy, United’s stock probably would become sengers because of the weak economy and the terrorist virtually worthless and the airline, which is 55 percent attacks, an increase in competition from smaller discount owned by its employees, would lose control of its airlines and failed business strategies. restructuring to a judge. It has lost more than $4 billion since the middle of Rank-and-file United workers said they were worried about the possibility of layoffs, benefit cuts and worth- 2000 and is headed for an industry-record loss of more than $2 billion for the second straight year. less stock. The government board said that despite United’s efforts “We’ve given our blood and sweat out there,” said to pare costs, including $5.2 billion in proposed labor conDaniel Kaulback, a baggage handler at O’Hare Airport in cessions, “the business plan submitted by the company is Chicago. “It’s not worth squat.” not financially sound.” But it said the airline could file a revised proposal — even if it files for bankruptcy.
Bush doesn’t ‘appreciate’ bad laws LOBBIES, from page 1 has armed itself with statistics showing that emergency room doctors, obstetricians, surgeons and other physicians have abandoned some parts of the country because of costly malpractice lawsuits and the expensive insurance they must carry to protect themselves. That means patients in some communities are forced to drive long distances for health care, the doctors argue. AMA is lobbying for a federal law limiting noneconomic-damage awards, such as those for pain and suffering, to $250,000 in medical lawsuits. Their proposal would impose a federal cap in states that have no limits. The group’s political action committee gave about 60 percent of its $2.1 million in donations in the last election to Republicans, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which studies donations. Opponents of further limits, particularly the powerful American Trial Lawyers Association, are girding for battle. ATLA has many Democratic
allies and has helped foil some past efforts to limit lawsuits. The association contributed at least $2.4 million this election cycle, roughly 90 percent of that to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. “Most Americans who know what the issues are would certainly not agree that a mother whose child is killed during a horribly botched delivery should be told that her child’s life is worth only $250,000 at most,” ATLA spokesman Carlton Carl said. One advantage opponents hope to capitalize upon is the narrow split in the Senate, where Republicans have only a slim majority. That means some Democratic votes will be needed to get the necessary 60 votes to avoid legislative roadblocks known as filibusters. Several liability provisions have passed Congress since Bush took office, some even as Democrats controlled the Senate. Those include limiting liability for teachers, vaccine manufacturers, the makers of airport screening equipment and airport security firms and limiting civil lawsuits filed as a result of a terrorist attack.
Several other interest groups are also seeking limits on specific types of legal claim. The National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want to limit lawsuits from people exposed to cancer-causing asbestos but not yet sickened by it. They say a flood of asbestos lawsuits is driving companies into bankruptcy. And, the National Federation of Independent Business wants legislation that would limit lawsuits against businesses with 25 or fewer employees. Supporters of lawsuit limits are finding allies in the Bush administration. Health Secretary Tommy Thompson released a report earlier this year mirroring many of the AMA’s arguments on medical malpractice. The president met personally with Palmisano and promoted legislation to limit malpractice damage awards during a swing through North Carolina in July. “I don’t appreciate the fact that we see a health care system that is broken and riddled with bad — bad law and we’re not moving,” Bush said.
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Youths convicted in Central Park jogger case have new hope BY SAMUEL MAULL Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK — The district attorney asked a judge Thursday to throw out the convictions of five young men in one of the nation’s most notorious rape cases: the 1989 attack on a Central Park jogger who was beaten and left for dead. District Attorney Robert Morgenthau’s recommendation came 11 months after a convicted rapist who had never before been under suspicion confessed and said he acted alone in committing the crime that had been blamed on a gang of “wilding” youths. DNA evidence has backed his claim. The final decision on the convictions rests with state Supreme Court Justice Charles Tejada, who is expected to have a ruling by Feb. 6. Morgenthau also said the men’s convictions for other attacks in the park that night should be dropped. Prosecutors said “no useful purpose” would be served by a retrial for any of the crimes. The five black and Hispanic youths, who were 14 to 16 at the time of the attack on the white investment banker, have already completed jail terms ranging from six years to 11 1/2 years for the crime. However, exoneration could open the door to civil suits against the city and free the men, now in their late 20s, from having to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. The 28-year-old victim was left for dead in a pool of mud and blood after the attack on April 19, 1989. Now 41, she has said she has no memory of what hap-
pened, preventing her from helping identify any suspects. The case remains an infamous benchmark in city history. The jogger was assaulted as dozens of teenagers descended on Central Park that night to mug runners and bicyclists — a crime spree dubbed “wilding.” That the attack happened in Manhattan’s bucolic oasis and was so random in nature terrified many New Yorkers in an era when the city’s crime rate was soaring. Defense attorneys said the youths, all from Harlem, were coerced into bogus confessions by police. But until January’s confession, there seemed to be little chance of overturning the convictions against Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam.
The confession came from Matias Reyes, 31, who is currently serving a life sentence for raping three women near Central Park and for raping and killing a pregnant woman. He said he broke his long silence after finding religion. Reyes told investigators he raped the jogger, crushed her skull with a rock and left her for dead. He also said he followed his usual pattern of acting alone. “I was a monster,” Reyes said in a recent television interview. “I did some real bad things to so many people and harmed them in so many ways.” Test results returned in May confirmed Reyes’ DNA matched semen collected from the jogger’s body. The same tests failed to link the five youths to the savage crime scene. The woman lost three-quarters of her
blood, and her body temperature dipped into the 80s. She was bruised from head to toe; on a scale of 3 to 15 used by neurologists to measure brain function, she was rated a 4. She spent 12 days in a coma. The former prosecutor in the case, Linda Fairstein, recently said she has no doubts the five are guilty and that Reyes merely finished the assault. The case involving minority defendants and a white victim dominated headlines and stoked racial tensions. Developer Donald Trump took out newspaper ads saying the attack was worthy of the death penalty. Investigators said blond hair found on one of the youths matched that of the victim. But there was no match on semen samples, or other compelling physical evidence.
Man sought in multinational tax evasion case BY CURT ANDERSON Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The founder of a multinational organization that allegedly helped hundreds of people evade U.S. taxes through an offshore trust operation was extradited from Costa Rica to face federal charges, Justice Department officials said Thursday. Keith Anderson, 61, was flown Wednesday night from Costa Rica to Miami and had an initial court appearance Thursday before a U.S. magistrate. He had been in custody in Costa Rica since February but had been fighting extradition to the United States.
Anderson is charged in Washington state and in California in separate indictments with conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He is a founder and leader of Anderson’s Ark and Associates, which federal authorities say helped its clients evade millions of dollars in income taxes. Nine other people, including Keith Anderson’s brother, Wayne Anderson, have already been convicted in the case. Wayne Anderson was sentenced Nov. 14 to 59 months in prison, followed by three years’ probation, and fined $250,000 by a judge in Sacramento, Calif. The Washington state indictment against Keith Anderson charges that
Anderson’s Ark helped more than 1,500 clients obtain roughly $28 million in illegal tax refunds between 1998 and 2001. The California indictment says Anderson and other company leaders laundered about $370,000 through shell companies in Costa Rica, the United States and other European and Caribbean countries. The indictments say Anderson’s Ark also handled more than $50 million in clients’ money, with the money not spent as claimed but instead wired to Costa Rica where it could be withdrawn by clients using a debit card. Anderson’s lawyer in Costa Rica, Moises Vincenzi, earlier this year called the charges a “frameup” by the U.S. government.
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Saddam Hussein urges Iraq to support inspections as ‘chance’ to disprove U.S. allegations BY CHARLES J. HANLEY AP Special Correspondent
BAGHDAD, Iraq — President Saddam Hussein urged the Iraqi people on Thursday to support the new U.N. arms inspections as a welcome opportunity to disprove American allegations that his government still harbors weapons of mass destruction. The White House quickly rejected those claims, insisting they lack credibility. President Bush, asked on Thursday if the United States was headed toward war, replied: “That’s a question you should ask to Saddam Hussein.” In a holiday greeting to Iraqi leaders, Saddam said he agreed to the inspections, in which one of his own palaces was searched, “to keep our people out of harm’s way” in the face of U.S. threats. The Iraqi president’s remarks contrasted sharply with a vice president’s harsh words about the inspections late Wednesday. Taha Yassin Ramadan had accused the U.N. monitors of being U.S. and Israeli spies and of staging the presidential palace inspection as a provocation. Saddam spoke at a gathering of the leadership of his Baath Party and the Iraqi military on the first morning of the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. He denounced an “unjust, arrogant, debased American tyranny.” Then, turning to U.S. allegations that Iraq retains chemical and biological weapons, he said Iraqis wanted to disprove those claims after a four-year absence of U.N. weapons inspectors from their country. “Some might claim that we didn’t give them a proper chance to resist, with tangible evidence, the American allegations,” Saddam said. “We shall provide them with such a chance,” he said, referring to the round of U.N. weapons inspections that began last week. Washington threatens to go to war against Iraq if, in the U.S. view, it does not cooperate in the disarmament effort. Alluding to eventual war, Saddam declared: “We shall take the stand that befits our people, principles and mission. Victory will be yours.” In Washington, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said the United States will provide intelligence to U.N. inspectors to prove allegations that Iraq still holds banned weapons. “The president of the United States and the secretary of Defense would not assert as plainly and bluntly as they have that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction if it was not true, and if they did not have a solid basis for saying it,” Fleischer said. “The Iraqi government has proved time and time again to
deceive, to mislead and to lie.” Vice President Ramadan, in his remarks the previous evening to a visiting delegation of Egyptian professionals, said of the inspectors: “Their work is to spy to serve the CIA and Mossad,” Israel’s intelligence service. The language was reminiscent of clashes with inspectors in the 1990s, and Ramadan, known for his fiery statements, cited only years-old accounts of U.S. agents within the inspection agency of the 1990s. He offered no evidence of such connections in the new inspection agency. He 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 mandated 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 the palace inspection, a U.N. official said 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 on Wednesday, 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 weekold 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. After a week of searches, the inspectors took a break Thursday and Friday, the first days of the three-day holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Iraq is predominantly Muslim. A critical deadline approaches this weekend for the Baghdad government. On Saturday, 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. 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 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,” said Gen. Hossam Mohammed Amin, chief Iraqi liaison to the inspectors. Amin added, however, that Iraq would not try to block U.N. visits to other palaces.
Rudy Giuliani joins a Portuguese brotherhood By The Associated Press
PORTO, Portugal — Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani donned a big, black, floppy hat Thursday when he was inducted into the Port Wine Brotherhood during a visit to Portugal. Giuliani wore the brotherhood’s traditional black cape as well as its trademark hat with a broad rim and shoulder-length ribbon at his initiation ceremony in this northern Portuguese city. Porto is famous for its port wine, a syrupy after-dinner drink. Giuliani recited the brotherhood’s oath of allegiance in the
ceremony at Porto City Hall and was given a bottle of 20-year-old port. The wine generally improves with age, and old bottles are coveted. The brotherhood’s hat is modeled on one worn by Prince Henry, who in the 15th century oversaw the expansion of Portugal’s maritime empire. The brotherhood, which previously had invited only heads of state to join, is a public organization devoted to the worldwide promotion of port wine. Giuliani was on a speaking tour in Portugal, where he was also received by the president and prime minister.
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Masked and armed Palestinian gunmen, members of the Fatah movement, carry the body of Mustafa Sabah, who was killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza city on Wednesday. Israeli helicopter gunship fired missiles at a Palestinian Authority compound in Gaza City on Wednesday, killing a master bomb maker responsible for blowing up three Israeli tanks, witnesses and militants said.
Compromise on fox hunting pleases nobody BY SUE LEEMAN Associated Press Writer
LONDON — Friends and foes of fox hunting were united in their opposition Wednesday to a proposed licensing system on the traditional sport that would ban some hunts but allow others. Threatening to defy their own party, 107 anti-hunt lawmakers from the governing Labor Party tabled a motion in Parliament stating that “only a total ban on hunting will be acceptable to this House and the public at large.” Many in the Labor Party have long despised fox hunting, in which riders on horses with packs of dogs tear across the countryside in pursuit of foxes. Opponents see the sport as both cruel and an unacceptable symbol of upper-class privilege. Hunting groups also reject the proposed licensing system because while it would allow fox hunting on a case-by-case basis, it would abolish rabbit and deer hunts. “We completely reject any singling out of hare coursing or stag hunting,” said Simon Hart, spokesman for the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance. “There is no justification for that and no evidence to support the theory these activities should be singled out for treatment.” The opposition came one day after rural affairs minister Alun Michael introduced a new hunting bill Tuesday in the House of Commons, the result of five years of wrangling over how to
resolve the debate. Under the bill, an independent tribunal would decide whether to grant licenses for fox hunts on a case-by-case basis. Would-be hunters would have to explain why their activity was necessary and meet an anticruelty test. They would have the right to appeal a decision denying them a license. The Labor lawmakers said they will fight for a total ban even if it means a showdown with party bosses and the unelected House of Lords, which previously blocked a ban on hunting after the House of Commons approved it. “There can be no compromise on this issue. Either one believes this is the effective way to control foxes or you don’t,” lawmaker David Winnick said in an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. radio. “I’m totally opposed, like the large majority of Labor MPs (members of Parliament) and certainly the large majority in the country as opinion polls have indicated, to a kind of sport where the fox is torn to pieces. That is totally unacceptable.” Douglas Batchelor, chairman of the Campaign for the Protection of the Hunted Animal, said the government’s compromise plan “amounts to licensed cruelty.” “Licensing by a tribunal will open up a bureaucratic nightmare that will continue the controversy over fox hunting indefinitely,” he said.
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Pioneering TV executive Roone Arledge dies at 71 BY DAVID BAUDER Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK — Roone Arledge, a pioneering television executive at ABC News and Sports responsible for creating shows from “Monday Night Football” to “Nightline,” died Thursday, an ABC News spokesman said. He was 71. Arledge died Thursday at Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center, said Jeffrey Schneider, an ABC News spokesman. No cause of death was immediately given. Although he retired in 1998, Arledge’s far-reaching influence can still be seen on TV all the time: when a slow-motion replay is shown at a sporting event, when Peter Jennings reads the news or when a sportscaster criticizes a player. “Roone changed the face of television sports coverage with ’Wide World of Sports’ in the early 1960s and the production of the Olympic games,” said longtime broadcaster Jim McKay. Arledge was singlehandedly credited with bringing modern production techniques to sports coverage, then building ABC News into a power during the 1980s. For a decade, he was president of the sports and news divisions at ABC. The 36-time Emmy winner was cited as one of the 100 most important
Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine in 1990. “Roone Arledge revolutionized television and with it the way people see and understand the world,” ABC News President David Westin said in a statement. “He was our leader and our friend, and we will miss his passion and his will to make us all better than we were.” Roone Pinckney Arledge was born July 8, 1931, and reared on Long Island. The Columbia College graduate joined ABC Sports as a producer in 1960 after a five-year stint at NBC. Appealing to his bosses to bring showbiz to sports, the 29-year-old was given control of ABC’s NCAA football broadcasts. Through the 1960s, he introduced innovations taken for granted today: slow-motion and freezeframe views, instant replays, hand-held cameras and the placement of microphones to bring the sound of sports into living rooms. In addition to all the technical innovations, McKay said Arledge would also be remembered for “putting the focus on the human being involved in sports.” In 1961, Arledge created “ABC’s Wide World of Sports,” one of the most popular sports series ever, and coined its tag line — “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
Arledge, who became president of ABC Sports in 1968, supervised coverage of 10 Olympic Games from 1964 to 1988, including the memorable 1972 games in Munich disrupted by a terrorist attack in which a somber McKay delivered the news of the deaths of the Israeli athletes. Arledge expanded Olympics broadcasts beyond the competition by including personal profiles of athletes, a style echoed today since his protege, Dick Ebersol, runs NBC Sports. He was the first to demand that networks, not sports leagues, approve announcers — a philosophy that led to his hire of Howard Cosell, the abrasive New Yorker who was probably the most famous sportscaster ever. “Monday Night Football,” still a staple on ABC’s prime-time schedule, was brought to the air by Arledge in 1970. When Sports Illustrated in 1994 selected 40 individuals with the greatest impact on sports over the previous 40 years, Arledge was third behind Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan. The reaction was harsh, though, when Arledge was selected in 1977 to resuscitate ABC’s struggling news division — while still running sports. Critics thought he would turn the division into ABC’s “Wide World of News.”
Flying down the hill
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U.S. ski racer Bodie Miller, of Franconia, N.H., sails through the air as he skis the World Cup Downhill race course during training on Thursday in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller had the fourth best training time on Thursday for Saturday’s race.
ABC created, after disastrous starts, the newsmagazines “20/20” and “Prime Time Live” under his watch. He lured David Brinkley to ABC and installed him on “This
Week,” reviving the Sunday political talk genre. When terrorists seized Americans hostages in Iran in 1979, Arledge seized an 11:30 p.m. time slot from ABC’s affiliates for young
correspondent Ted Koppel to deliver nightly updates. He never gave it back, and the updates evolved into “Nightline,” which is still on the air today.
either relocate or shut down this year. “The Starzz are one of the most exciting teams in the league, and we are confident they will flourish in their new home,” said
WNBA president Val Ackerman. The Starzz scheduled an afternoon news conference to announce the move. The nearly 7-year-old league is owned collectively by NBA franchises. Earlier this year, Orlando and Miami shut down operations. If they move, it could be to cities that currently do not have an NBA team. In October, the NBA’s Board of Governors decided to allow non-NBA owners to acquire teams and to allow teams in non-NBA markets. The board decided the Charlotte Sting could remain in that city even though the NBA’s Hornets moved to New Orleans. Utah entered the WNBA in 1996, when it was picked as one of the league’s charter franchises with Denise Taylor as the team’s first coach. The team struggled early, finishing last in its first season with a 7-21 record. The Starzz had their first winning record in 2000, going 18-14. The team reached the Western Conference finals in 2002, losing to the Los Angeles Sparks.
WNBA Utah Starzz will be moving to San Antonio BY DOUG ALDEN AP Sports Writer
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Starzz are moving to San Antonio, the third WNBA franchise to
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TODAY’S EVENTS If you visit the Santa Monica Pier on December 6, 7, or 8th, you'll be able to paint your impression of holidays in America on a huge 30' x 6' canvas! Fun and friendly for all ages, this event is produced by and benefits the Magna Carta Theatre Company. A Small $5 donation is recommended to leave your mark in an 8" x 8" space. Santa Monica Strutters, a FREE program sponsored by UCLA Healthcare's 50-Plus Program! Walking programs for adults 50 or older looking for safe, low-impact exercise in a comfortable environment. The Santa Monica Strutters meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8 a.m. To 10 a.m., at Santa Monica Place, Fourth St. and Broadway Ave. in Santa Monica. Senior Suppers - Discounted meals for people AGE 55 or older are served daily, from 3:30 p.m. To 7 p.m., in the cafeteria at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, 1250 16th Street in Santa Monica. $3.69 Info only: (310)319-4837. Santa Monica High School Theater Arts Department presents Romeo & Juliet. Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00pm. November 22nd through December 21st. $10.00 for students, children, and seniors, $15.00 for adults. Humanities Center Theater at Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd. For more information please call (310)458-5939. MAGICOPOLIS presents HOCUS POCUS! (Fish Bones Choke Us). The stage explodes with a colorful mix of Magic, Special Effects, Sleight of Hand, Comedy and Music that's sure to delight audiences of all ages. At MAGICOPOLIS, 1418 Fourth Street, Santa Monica. Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, $20. Saturday & Sundays at 2pm, $15. For tickets call 310-451-2241.
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nizations today from 10am to Noon. Saint John's Health Center, Cafeteria - Ground Floor. Arizona and 22nd Street. Free valet parking is available off of Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 829-8234. Westside Waldorf School will host a multi-cultural Winter Crafts Faire and Festival of Lights! Entertainment includes live music, storytelling, and puppet shows. The Faire is from 1pm to 5pm, at 1229 4th Street, in Santa Monica. Admission is FREE! Virginia Avenue Park-The Thelma Terry Center & The Santa Monica Bay Chess Club invite you to a chess tournament from 10am-3pm at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave. Age groups are from 6-9, 10-13 and 14-high school. Please register by Dec. 6. Contact Keith Neal at (310) 458-8688. Santa Monica Dance Studio presents "Once upon a night" a 45 minute musical/ dance adventure. Children from Santa Monica Dance Studio will perform as well as professional guest artist/ musicians. The event will take place Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2pm and 4pm at the Morgan Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico blvd. in Santa Monica. For more info and for reservations call (310) 3195339 Tickets at thedoor: $10.00. Maurice Sendak Days. Saturday, December 7 and 14. 11am to 2pm, Third St. Promenade. Skirball Cultural Center will promote its installation of works by Maurice Sendak by hosting costumed Sendak characters to meet and greet children. To complement the event, Barnes & Noble will host a reading of Sendak's works for children. The Santa Monica Sweet Adelines and The Santa Monica Oceanaires - plus special guest quartets join together in a festive 2pm a cappella concert. Located at the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (Ocean Park & 14th Street) in Santa Monica. Tickets are $8.00. Holiday refreshments. Information/Tickets (310)8379640 or www.oceanaires.org
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MOVIE °GUIDE LOEWS CINIPLEX BROADWAY CINEMA 1441 Third St. at Broadway The Emperor's Club (PG-13) 11:00, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40. Ararat (R) 11:15, 2:00, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30. Solaris (2002) (PG-13) 12:00, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5:00, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 10:00. MANN CRITERION 1313 Third St. The Ring (PG-13) 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:20. Punch-Drunk Love (R) 11:45, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG) 12:00, 1:00, 3:30, 4:30, 7:00, 8:00, 10:30. Extreme Ops (NR) 11:30, 2:00, 4:45, 7:35, 10:10. Friday After Next (R) 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:25. AMC THEATRE SM 7 1310 3rd Street Santa Clause 2 (G) 1:35, 4:00, 10:00. 8 Mile (R) 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10. Treasure Planet (PG) 1:05, 3:05, 5:10, 7:20, 9:35. Die Another Day (PG-13) 1:25, 3:45, 4:25, 7:25, 9:20, 10:15. Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (PG-13) 1:00, 1:40, 3:15, 5:25, 7:00, 7:45, 9:55. Wes Craven Presents: THEY (PG-13) 1:15, 3:20, 5:35, 7:55, 10:05. LANDMARK NU-WILSHIRE 1314 Wilshire Blvd. Bowling for Columbine (R) 1:30, 4:15, 7:30, 10:15. Far From Heaven (PG-13) 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30. LAEMMLE MONICA 1332 2nd St. Real Women Have Curves (PG-13) 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00. Rabbit Proof Fence (PG) 12:15, 2:40. 5:05, 7:30, 9:55. The Quiet American (R) 1:45, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40. El Crimen del Padre Amaro (R) 1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 10:05. AERO THEATRE 1328 Montana Ave. Bloody Sunday 5:00 Secretary 7:30, 10:00
Friday, December 6, 2002 ❑ Santa Monica Daily Press
No money for lights By The Associated Press
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — The spirit is willing but the village budget won’t provide holiday lights for this Green Bay suburb. “The ones we had were quite old,” village administrator Steve Kubacki said. “It was hard to see them when they were out, because they got lost in the lights of Oneida Street.” “We wanted to replace them, but there was no money in the budget to replace them.” The village found out at the last minute that new lights it planned to buy this year were too large for the utility poles, Kubacki said. By then, it was too late to regroup. Village resident Barbara Ings said she wasn’t disappointed. “There are so many private people with decorations that I really didn’t notice,” she said.
Birds on the run By The Associated Press
NILES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities were on the lookout for two elusive but most definitely unarmed
escapees. A trio of emus — large, flightless birds that resemble ostriches and are native to Australia — ran off Monday from the home of their owner in Niles Township. One of the birds, named Andy, was caught Wednesday. “They are fast. They have good traction in the snow,” township police Officer Jeff Dunlap said. “They are definitely a hard one to catch.” Two police officers, with help from three employees of the Southwest Michigan Community Ambulance Service, surrounded Andy after he was spotted in a yard. They bound his legs with duct tape and loaded him into a trailer donated by a veterinarian. The bird suffered minor injuries, including a gouge on his knee. Though generally docile, emus can become dangerous if they feel threatened, said Dr. Jeremy Goodman, a veterinarian at the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend. He said anyone who sees the missing birds should call the police. “If they were cornered and someone was trying to hold them down, they could certainly kick pretty hard,” Goodman said. “I would not try to restrain them or approach them.”
The driver, from Dubuque, was ticketed for disobeying a traffic sign that warns of the 11-foot bridge, police said. It’s the ninth time a truck has struck the bridge since Jan. 2001, authorities said. Crews spent most of the day cleaning up the accident that left beer trickling toward a storm sewer and frozen on the city street, police said.
Dream comes true By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Christa Garro had a recurring dream that she’d give birth the same day as her sister. “The circumstances would change in the dream, but we were always delivering on the same day,” said Garro, 28, of Warminster. On Monday, the dream came true. Garro and her sister Anne Marie Russo delivered their first-born babies within six hours of each other at Abington Memorial Hospital outside Philadelphia. Russo, 31, went two weeks past her due date and Garro gave birth a month earlier than expected. Both babies — Gabriella Garro and Christopher Robert Russo — went home with their mothers on Wednesday. The infants spent much of their time in the hospital together. Garro’s husband, Juan, had just finished work on the nursery when her contractions started about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Three hours into labor, she saw her pregnant sister and her sister’s husband standing in her hospital room and wondered why they had chosen to visit in the middle of the night. “My water broke,” Anne Marie Russo explained. Gabriella was born at 3:55 p.m. after 18 hours of difficult labor. Christopher followed at 9:37 p.m.
Beer break By The Associated Press
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Ice-cold beer was flowing in a Davenport neighborhood, but it was on a city street and heading for the city’s storm sewers, police said. A beer delivery truck driver was ticketed after his trailer smacked into a low-clearance bridge Tuesday. The accident ripped off the top of the Budweiser truck’s trailer, collapsing the trailer and spilling beer onto the street.
DID YOU KNOW?:
Michael Wong, Eric Lent, and Alec McGowan, Eagle Scouts of
Troop 2, Santa Monica With all the news about the Boy Scouts of America, you should know that Troop 2 in Santa Monica has never discriminated against any boy or adult leader because of his race, religion, or sexual orientation. And we never will. Religion and sexuality are private matters for individuals and their families. We’re a troop who believe that the best way to teach the values we share as citizens is to provide our children with opportunities to camp, work and play with their peers of all faiths and ethnicities. This year, you might have donated toys, eyeglasses, or warm clothing to our drives to benefit less fortunate members of the community. All boys 11 to 17 are welcome. To learn more about us, visit our website (at www.troop2bsa.org) or call 310/ 319-6374.
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Kids Safe Day 2002
The petals of the world's largest flower are half metre (1,5 feet) long.
present an afternoon of fun, food prizes and child safety.
Saturday, December 7, 2002 11:00a.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