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Group asks tax hike for parks
plan to create new parks and improve existing citizens park commission would be a prerequisite for favor of the EDC, which is intended to bring more
ilities was unveiled by a citizens committee at the asking voter approval of the parks plan. business concerns into Ann Arbor.
y Council meeting Monday night. The money for the plan, if approved, would supporta The controversial proposal would allow the EDC to
he meeting also served as a public hearing for a variety of projects including a summer youth conser- sell low interest bonds to entice entrepreneurs into
posal to establish an organization which would vation corps, general upkeep of existing parks, im- starting new businesses in Ann Arbor.
'elop new business in Ann Arbor. proving athletic fields, creating trails in nature areas, THE CITY WOULD maintain veto power over any
park patrols, and supporting the park commission. EDC project, but those opposed to the proposal - in-
HE PARKS PLAN, created by an ad hoc committee cluding Wheeler - argue an EDC could cause a con-
ablished by former Mayor Albert Wheeler two years THE COMMITTEE'S report suggests making more flict of interest within city government.
, recommended that a half-mill request for ten baseball diamonds available for non-league games. Opponents of the proposal also say such a cor-
rs for financing the project be submitted for voter The report also recommended a major tennis court poration would do nothing for the city's greatest
roval. That is approximately equivalent to $400,000 complex for the Fuller Pool area, with additional cour- problem - housing. But supporters say although an
ually for ten years at today's city-wide property ts around Ann Arbor, including the central campus EDC would not directly affect the housing crunch it
luation, or about $10 average home-owner per area and Buhr Park. would go a long way in providing services for the
r. This money would be an addition to funds already In other business, eight speakers voiced their opinion current city residents.
ng set aside for parks. on the proposal to establish the Economic Develop- Council is expected to decide on the EDC proposal in
ut the committee stated that the creation of a ment Corporation (EDC). Six of the eight spoke in July.

Diggs calls gov't S. African policy unclear

Diggs (D-Mich.) said yesterday the
administration still has not clarified its
policy toward South Africa "which
many of us feel is the single most
critical issue" on the African continent.
Diggs presided at the opening session
of hearings by a House international
relations subcommittee studying
proposed legislation to bring pressure
on the Pretoria government by forcing
American enterprises doing business in
South Africa to equalize pay and ad-
vancement conditions for their black

DIGGS SAID while President Carter
and secretary of State Cyrus Vance had
defined the administration's overall
African policy, "there is no clear policy
of South Africa ... Many of us feel the
single most critical issue is South
Africa and how to set substantial
changes" in apartheid policy.
Diggs and Rep. Jonathan Bingham
(D-N.Y.) are co-sponsoring a bill which
would only permit new American in-
vestments in South Africa in firms
which voluntarily abide by guidelines
guaranteeing equal rights for blacks.
Rep. Stephen Solarz (D-N.Y.),

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testifying in behalf of a bill he has in-
troduced with 29 co-sponsors, said his
proposed legislation would go farther in
ending all new investment in South
Africa and in requiring U.S. cor-
porations there to engage in "fair em-
ployment code of conduct."
"I BELIVE this legislation would
makea significant step in indicating to
the South African government that the
United States will no longer support the
instiutions of apartheid," he said.
Unless South Africa quickly changes
its policies, Solarz said, the country will
be "ripped apart by a racial conflict of
cataclysmic proportions . . . a blood
"We are engaged in a race against
time," he said.
Solarz said his bill is "a relatively
mild proposal" that, while calling for a
ban on American investment, provides
for a presidential waiver on new in-
vestments determining that South
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Wednesday, June 28,1978
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Africa is making "substantial
progress" in ending racial
"I don't think it will slove it," he said,
but if no pressure is exerted "nothing
will be done."


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