Pacoima Pool

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Pacoima Pool - T H E N E W S Van Nuyi (Calif.)--Sunday, Junt...
T H E N E W S Van Nuyi (Calif.)--Sunday, Junt 20, 1971 Criticism what Kidder is that when he start out weighted "averaging are used the out result of industry higher and lower. that complicated, the middle also questioned the salary if the at the e p instead o f the step." to Jack city in Civil to answer. very proposal City Council in the Appeal that the the of saying of the are e p revailing Convinced that from procedure for 20 convinced Sanders as as some that in the determination that the vetoed Sam Yorty. Bernardi against the Council override had in effect the prevailing said from will be the court new effect." and Councilman hammered this session the disc Braude asked Council or the the pattern by which granted. did. Day for Area Page One to about be near s tonight degrees. yesterday by Van Station of ^] and a today will be water temperatures 63. Hazy for afternoon, Weather will be with tlip MX drop report be IT-' lempcni- vallcvs -x- 10"i to ITS upper % alloys Ihc by Van Low Which comes once again full circle back to the present situation. Bernardi, who has been tenacious in his questioning questioning and has put in a lot of work on the subject, now feels the "real solution" is to eliminate the present prevailing wage provision and formula. This would have to be done by a Charter amendment, amendment, Avhich would require require a vote in an election. Instead of the present system, Bernardi favors a single salary petting board for all departments, including including the proprietary departments. He sees employe salaries salaries as the "heart" of the budget problem. "Until the Council has more flexibility in determining determining prevailing wages, the problem is going to get worse instead of better/' Bernardi said. TESTING ribbon cutting equipment equipment used at dedication of North Pacoima Pacoima Recreation Center pool from left are Ed Kussman, early proponent of park's development: "William Frederickson Frederickson Jr., "ener-al manager, City Recreation and Parks Dept., Mrs. Lila Schepler, Valley area supervisor, Recreation Recreation and Parks Dept.. and the Rev. Hillery T. Broadous, Pacoima rivic leader who offered invocation at dedication dedication ceremonies Thursday. Opening of North Pacoima Pool Is Answer lo Dream Continued from Page One pected to take about five weeks. At Thursday's dedication, dedication, however, Joyce Jefferson's Jefferson's name did not appear appear on the printed program. program. When asked about this she said, "It doesn't matter, the pool is here and it's open and beautiful, beautiful, names don't matter." Due to her daughter's graduation at a conflicting hour Mrs. Jefferson had to leave the ceremonies even b e f o r e s h e w a s i n - troduced with other community community and civic leaders present by Mrs. Lila Schepler, Schepler, Valley area supervisor supervisor of the Dept. of Recreation Recreation and Parks. Join Fight Initially, Mrs. Jeffers Jeffers o n ' s Pacoima Action Committee suggested in 1967 the need for a swimming swimming pool at Pacoima Recreation Recreation Center on Herrick Ave.. adjacent to the San Fernando Gardens Housing Housing project. T h e R ecreation and P a r k s C ommission responded responded that this park was too small for the addition addition of a swimming pool and essential adjuncts such as bath houses. The committee then asked that a pool be provided provided at some point within within the section of Pacoima bounded b}- San Fernando R o a d , Foothill Blvd., Pierce St. and Arrovo Ave. It was at this point that developers of North Pacoima Pacoima Recreation center joined the fight. A meeting meeting with Councilman Nowell Nowell was held by PAC and about 15 other organizations organizations hi January was arranged arranged in February. Councilman Helps In December 1967 the commission had reported "Construction of a swimming swimming pool and auxiliary facilities at North Pacoima Recreation Center, 12560 Filmore St.. has never been considered because the undeveloped area of the facility is too small to accommodate them. At this time Nowell had urged the commission to hokl a special meeting in the community to discuss the constitution of a pool. C'ommi.'-sion :-pokcsman at i hat time said tbe master master plan for the north Pacoima Pacoima area was prepared ·with the cooperation and approval of Ihc community community and that "at no time was a swimming pool considered considered because of the physical limitations of the site and lack of funds." Funds Sought Following a stormy session session in February l^RS attended attended by Pacoima Action f o m m itleeV delegation a n d u p p o n er«: from X \ACP. Joint Venture ) n d o 1 b or c ommunity I;MIU|;- ihc Recreation and Parks Commission IOI-T] iop priority approi- id In t h r r,a oinid pool H o w e v e r ri- the proiect gained ,-upport in theory, luncbng wj- -till a stumbling stumbling block \ breakthrough breakthrough came with the ,-~alo of Valley Plaza park land oi the state with the provision that money be u.-e-d for other park and recreation development. From this ource £22 V 000 was earmarked for tbe pool and at a 3al- er date $238,000 w-° placed in the 1969-'70 budget for Pacoima deve* opment. Further delay resulted when the Valley Plaza funds were involved in extensive extensive litigation. Recognition Given Following initial cool reaction reaction to Mrs. Jefferson's original proposal in 1967 that a swimming pool be built in the North Pacoima area, her Pacoima Action C o m m i t tee picked up strength from other Pacoima Pacoima groups and support from government leaders, i n c luding Congressman James Gorman, (D-22nd District), Councilman Nowell Nowell and Mayor Sam Yorty. Yorty. Early proponents of the development of the North Pacoima Recreation Center, Center, including Ed Kussman. Kussman. at that time president president of the San Fernando Valley Branch of the NAACP and the Rev. Hillery Hillery T. Broadous, joined in pressuring the city Recreation Recreation and Parks Dept. for development of a pool at the facility. Citizens Concerned Recognition of the efforts efforts of the community to achieve the pool was made in a section of the official d e d i c a t i o n pr ogram Thursday under the heading heading "A People's Pool,'' which stated: "The swimming pool and bathhouse complex we are dedicating today is a classic example of the c i t y government heeding heeding the requests of the people of a community, r e q u e s t s was recognized. recognized. . . . "It was in 1960 when Mr. James Ford. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Jackson, Mr. Ivan Darrell and the Rev. H. T. Broadous first approached the Board of Commissioners to urge the establishment of a recreation recreation center. As a result, the land on which the North Pacoima Recreation Center now stands was purchased. '' S ubsequentl3", other Meeting of Councilmen Set Today Continued from Page One days to consider Yorty's veto mcsv^ge -- thus setting setting a Wednesday deadline. deadline. There was no immediate indication on how m any city fathers would heed the call to come m to work 1 oday. The l«3?t timo the Council Council convened on a Sunday AVi^ in 1H6S when a brief ,-ession was called to de- lcjre a dav of rrmuminp for ttobcrt F. Kennedy. Last yryr strong oppo-i- tion developed when effort- effort- were made to convene convene the Council on Father's Father's Day Several Councilmen Councilmen with children sim- 3y aid they wouldn't show up. G i b son ordered City Clerk Rex E. Layton to send telegrams to bis 14 colleague? staling it was "important'' that they attend. attend. concerned citizens of the community led by Kuss Kuss m a n , f r e quently reminded reminded city officials of the area's needs. As a result, where 10 years ago there were no recreation facilities, facilities, today there is an active active recreation program, a swimming pool ancl bath house; and soon there will be a community clubhouse." clubhouse." In brief remarks William William Frederickson Jr. general general manager of the City R e c r e ation and Parks Dept. echoed the theme that this pool was a city- response to the needs of the people of the community community -- "not one cent was included for this purpose in the 1957 bond issues." Land for the facility was purchased with bond money but development of facility was financed from other sources.) Little was said to indicate indicate the long and often h e a t e d sessions when c o m m unit3 r delegations visited the Recreation and Parks Commission to secure secure backing for the pool. Even when approval was procured, means of implementing the project were long in coming. Procurement Procurement of the shallow pool opened in August 1968 was also beset with delays. In accepting that facility Ric Williams, then vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, stated people had "hollered "hollered and fought for the pool. "This is not the end, he continued on that occasion. occasion. "There will be more facilities in the form of a clubhouse and a regulation regulation pool." Welcome Given Thursday's ceremonies were low key although Kussman. Thomas Montgomery Montgomery and ]\Irs. Jefferson, Jefferson, all of whom had engaged engaged in verbal battles with commission members during various stages of the long struggle to make the pool a reality, were present. Brad Pye Jr.. president of the commission and an early backer of the project, project, was scheduled to officiate officiate at ribbon cutting but failed to arrive in time! Taking his place were Frederickson. Patricia A. D e 1 aney. commissioner, and Councilman Xowell. Welcome was given by John Houk. Xorth Valley district supervisor of Recreation Recreation and Parks Dept.. Presentation of Colors and Flag salute were conducted conducted by Cub Scout Pack 314 of Pacoima under the direction of Roland Taylor. Taylor. Pal Livingston sang the National Anthem and invocation was given by Rev. Kroadous. Other community and (ivic leaders present included included Clyde Grime.--, pool architect: Candelario Arr Arr i o 1 a a n d Mrs. Ethel liryanl. representing Mayor Mayor Sam Yorty: John Alexander, Alexander, president of the North East San Fernando Valley Rotary Club. James · " B u c k w h e a t " Frazier. Xorth Valley Improvement Improvement Association: Olga Boyse of Parents Club; T h o m a s M o ntgomery, president of California Association Association of Drivers; Mildred Mildred Buchanan, Human Resources Resources and Development Agency; LeRoy Chase, director director of Pacoima Boys Club; Chet Belfield. board of City Employes Retirement Retirement System; Stanley Silver, Silver, attorney; R i c h Starinicii. local merchant; Robert E. Evans, past p r e s i d ent of Pacoima Chamber: J a m es Terrell, third vice president Lions International International North Valley; William Steward, immediate immediate past president of Pacoima, Pacoima, Arleta, Lake View T e r r a c e C oordinating Council; Herb Price of Human Human Relations Bureau and Capt. G. R. Ladhoff of F o o t h ill Division, Angeles Police Dept. K u s s m a n troduced in his capacity as field deputy of Assemblyman Assemblyman Jim Keysor, (D- 41st District). Exhibition Planned Preceding formal dedication dedication ceremonies choral selections were presented ~by the Charles Maclay Junior Junior High School Girls and Boys Glee Clubs under the direction of Mrs. Holly Gunn and dances were performed by the North Pacoima drill team and members of the junior girls dance class, directed by Marva Ensley. An exhibition by the Watts Swim Club was postponed until after dedication dedication when all were invited invited to try out the new pool by Calvin Brown, director director of the center. Commissioner Pye." delayed delayed by traffic, arrived after the formal ceremonies- ceremonies- were over. Pool opened to the public public yesterday and will now be open Sundays from 1 5" p.m. and M o n d through Saturdays from 0 a.m. to 12 noon and from lo 5 p.m. Calvin Brown is director director in charge assisted by Marva Ensley, recreation director. Fire Blast at 'Wasting' of People Continued from Fa^c One cr than support of tho=e engineers by welfare. National leadership. Dr. Tribus declared, must slop the erosion of American technical competence if the country is to avoid disaster. disaster. He noted the "continuous "continuous deterioration" in thp balance of trade. The United Slat---, he observed, observed, r-dn ' nalance the scales" only if it export- products and -erviec-s of high trr'hrm il conlcni, such d- .nrcrnft. computer computer ·» and medic til eqinp- mrnt. J l r j l l ' f 3 lor o-tab- li-hmml of .1 c o u n c i ItxhnolodH ,il d'Jvi-ri" 1" monitor ih 1 " 1 ?tato of trrh- riolosy in bro.jd arr^s of concern t o ihe government government and the cconomv. Such a council, be ssi'l, should inquire into tV competitiveness of American American industry, adequacy of education, the need for improved technology in tpc-ciabzed aross and tb f t employment of technical manpower.

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  1. Valley News,
  2. 20 Jun 1971, Sun,
  3. Page 12

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