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Issues to dormir

(Continued from Page 1)
Kenworthy will be basically an
issues campaign, not a personality
contest. Since both candidates have
such widely divergent views on the
issues, and since each wants to chart
a different direction for the city, the
campaign for the next month-and-a-
half will be one of substance, not
style.
KENWORTHY SAYS he hopes to
spend about $12,000 to be the next
mayor of Ann Arbor, collected
mostly from contributions of about
$25 from traditional Democratic
loyalists. Kenworthy will do mostly
door-to-door campaigning.
Belcher said he will wage a $20,000
reelection campaign this year, and
he expects to. raise that sum from
mostly $5 and $10 contributions.
Most of that money will be spent on a
massive direct mailing campaign.
Belcher's last campaign was a shor-
tened and less costly $13,000 effort,
but that 1978 mayor's race was put
on the ballot only 30 days before
election day. Belcher spent $25,000 in
his unsuccessful 1977 viayoral bid.

Kenworthy, in his announcement
of candidacy, has already drawn the
line on the issues he will wage in his
campaign against Belcher. Belcher,
running as the incumbent, will
stress his own record as mayor for
the last year. But Belcher is in the
precarious position of having won
the mayorship in an off-year special
election-he will be going to the
voters after having only 365 days to
make good on his sweeping cam-
paign promises.
So with the primary over and the
campaigns officially underway, the
following will emerge as the major
issues:
" Street repair. Belcher won in
1978 largely by promising to patch
the city's blighted streets, and as-
mayor he diverted $450,000 of the
general fund to do it. But to
adequately fix the streets means
financing a major reconstruction, so
even Belcher admits that some
streets were patched over quickly
because the voters like to see some
tangible-if temporary-results.

tate April
Kenworthy, meanwhile, calls the cover ti
streets issue an example of siats th
Belcher's "do-it-today approabh to plus is
problem solving." just lik
" Openness in government. savings
Belcher's majority caucus ran afoul . App
of Michigan's Open Meetings Act are acc
last May when a visiting, circuit boards
court judge found the entire Republ
Republican caucus guilty of holding. Belch
an illegal closed meeting to discuss all his
budget changes. Belcher insists that Plannin
this is no longer- an issue since even kn
Republican caucus meetings have most no
been open ever since the ruling. acknow
" City Finances. The Democrats on theX
are, opening attacking the > " Zon
Republicans for "fiscal irrespon- commei
sibility" in handling the city's Council
budget, and of leading the city into a thy has
budget deficit. But Kenworthy and the sake
Belcher differ on their defiuiition of base in t
"deficit." Kenworthy says that since is accu
the city-under Belcher-spent more fa
more money during tle year than tments
they brought in, it constitutes a dwellers
deficit. The city, however, had a Belcher
surplus built up which was used to consider

race

he-difference, and Belcher in-
at drawing from one's sur-
not deficit spending-"It's
e taking money out of your
account."
pointments. The Democrats
using Belcher of packing the
and commissions with
ican appointees.
her, meanwhile, insists that in
appointments, except to the
ng Commission, he did not
ow the partisan affiliation of
ominees. The mayor readily
ledges putting Republicans
planning commission.
ing. Spurred by the radio
nts of former Republican
Ron Trowbridge, Kenwor-
made. an issue of zoning for
of preserving a GOP power
the Fourth Ward. Kenworthy
sing Belcher of advocating
mily houses and less apar-
solely because apartment
s tend to vote Democratic
has denied any partisan
rations in his zoning votes.

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Strikes
continue
in ,Mardi
Gras city
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Off-duty
firefighters joined striking police on
picket lines yesterday, as National
Guards members in jeeps patrolled a
city denied 'its traditional Mardi Gras
parades.
Meanwhile, new talks opened aimed
at ending the walkout by police, who
want their Teamsters Union bargaining
unit to include ranking officers. They
also, are demanding that the mayor
agree to binding arbitration.
WITH THE remainder of the Mardi
Gras celebrations hanging in the balan-
ce, the city Civil Service Commission
opened a hearing on the policemen's
wage and benefits demands.
At the same time, a federal mediator
called a meeting of the bargaining
teams for Vincent Bruno, head of the
Police Association of Louisiana, and
Mayor Ernest Morial on matters not
dealing with money.
The negotiators are under court order
to leave all financial matters to the
Civil Service Commission.
MORIAL, IN AN amnesty offer, had
said any striker who returned to work
by noon: Monday would not suffer
rprisals, but he stopped short of saying
he would fire those who did not.
By department count, 350 officers
were on the job, while 1,100 policemen
continued to defy court orders and stay
on strike.
Garbage workers, also without a.con-
tract, went to work yesterday. They
had threatened to strike on Feb. 10 but
didn't when cuts in sick leave were
restored and the city recognized the
Teamsers as bargaining agent for
police.
CLARENCE PEREZ, president of
the firemen's union, said his men,
whose own contract expires in two
weeks, were "on the verge of doing
almost anything.
"If I spoke on radio or television and
said, 'go,' they'd be out on strike in a
second," Perez said.
Police union president Bruno said
things would get a lot-worse if Morial
made any move to fire strikers.
"THE FIRST policeman he fires,
sanitation goes out, then firemen,"
Bruno said.
In the meantime, Carnival clubs,
known as kreves, were left wondering if
more parades would be called off.
With the city in the hands of the
National Guard and state police, Morial
canceled parades scheduled for last
weekend and Monday night. ]
THE NUMBER OF guardsmen on
duty rose to 650 over the weekend, as
the city added jeeps to street' patrols.
The number of state troopers was
reported up to 300, about one-third of
the total force in the state.
About 500 guard members were
commissioned with full police powers,.
but Gen. O.J. Daigle, head of the
Louisiana National Guard, said he did
not plan to have them working the
parade routes.
Although six big city parades were
canceled, parades of suburban krewes
continued to roll.
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