The Tustin News from Tustin, California on January 1, 1987 · Page 1
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Tustin, California
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Thursday, January 1, 1987
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Vtlliam . ordan Santa Ana. Ga. 9705 New Bills Affect All Area Motorists See Page B-5 VOLUME 65, NO. 8 TUSTIN, ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA 92680 Crimes Mar Holiday for Tustin Area The holiday period in Tustin was marred by a pair of armed robberies and livened by the arrest of two suspected auto burglars, according to police reports. The recent hold-up occurred Dec. 23 at the Ralph's market, 1114 Irvine Blvd., in which the culprit escaped with $600. The manager on duty, Norma Jean Torrance, 31, of Anaheim, said the suspect approached her at the courtesy deck at 8:35 p.m. after wandering around the store for 15 minutes. She had noticed him because he wore sunglasses at night. The suspect was a white, in his 40s, See ROBBERIES, Page A-2 Major Crime Stays Same in November The city of Tustin had no change in its major crime rate during November, according to the monthly statistical report of the Tustin Police Department. However, with one month of reporting left in 1986, police reported the major crimes up 14 percent over the previous year. In November Tustin experienced 278 Part I crimes, the same number of incidents reported in October. Through the first 11 months of 1986 citizens reported 3,249 major crimes, a 14 percent increase over the 2,858 reported through November of 1985. Meanwhile, police fought back See CRIMES, Page A-2 Local Adventurer Seeks Fortune By PAUL HUGHES To meet Tustin native Al Enderle, one would not guess he hunts for buried treasure. The spectacled 58-year-old real estate developer, co-owner of Enderle Center in Tustin, resides in an upper class neighborhood of single family homes in North Tustin. He could be anyone's next door neighbor. Enderle, a 1947 graduate of Tustin High School, will embark in February or March on an expedition he is confident will lead him to 70 tons of silver deep below the surface of Owens Dry Lake Bed three hours north of here in Inyo County. The cache, which Enderle values at between $2 million and $10 million today, sank June 10, 1878, when the Molly Stevens, the steamship ferrying it from the Cerro Gordo Mines, capsized in heavy surf. He main-, tains the treasure is to be found at the lake bed's northeast corner. Once a thriving body of water with depths as much as 35 feet, Owens Lake was dried up when the Califor Tustin Turn- Up s BY BILL And a Happy New Year to all of you Tustinians from your scribe and staff here at the News. We feel 1986 has been a great year even if our 12-meter Eagle didn't do well enough in the race courses down off Perth and Freemantle. Better luck next time if Newport Harbor Yacht Club and friends can try again. Speaking of sailing, one of our better racing crew members, Bob Bad-ham, who is also known as your friendly, local Congressman, was in Tustin Tuesday to renew acquaintances. He feels the Reagan outlook continues in good shape despite problems in the IranContra scene. He tells us many constituents think the President is doing fine even though he's being sniped at by Liberals of both parties. We agree. Things are not perfect but then with all the pro SIXTY -FIVE YEARS WORKING FOR TUSTIN r u4. FIRE Members of the Orange County Fire Department extinguish flames at the two-story Alder Lane home of Andrew John McGill Dec. 23. The fire, which broke about 5:10 p.m., was caused by an unattended frying pan on the stove and created $110,000 damage. It was contained in 15 minutes. The family of four was able to move in with a nearby relative, and a Red Cross volunteer, Steve Cooper, helped them obtain clothing. The home is fully insured. NEWS Photo nia Aquaduct diverted water to the Southern California area. The lake, located 3,560 feet above sea level, is now covered with a powdered crust of soda ash and mud, according to Enderle. Enderle, who has been on other sunken treasure expeditions he i AL ENDERLE MOSES blems covert actions inherit, how can any President win them all? It's well-known practically every President has had some secret activities in foreign relations. When did Moscow tell Washington? Does Gimbles tell Macy? Wedding bells were to ring Tuesday night for our vivacious, former News advertising rep, Laura Hollander, daughter of Pearl and David of Tustin. She's climaxed a 20-year casual friendship with a brief, whirlwind courtship with actorentertainer Mickey Rooney Jr., son of the noted comedian. Laura phoned to say they will become one at Waverly Chapel in traditional Christian Judeo marriage rites. Black and white wedding, she reported. Laura has one child, Mickey none as they See TURN-UPS, Page A-2 Tustin and Foothill; Ranked Amongst Elite See Sports A-6 declined to discuss, said his contention that Owens Lake holds the silver treasure is based upon research. History shows that two ships went down in Owens Lake: the Molly Stevens and the Bessie Brady, which caught fire and sank at its dock, Enderle said. Records show that silver was aboard the Molly Stevens. "What history does not show is See ADVENTURE, Page A-2 Parents Seek to Eliminate Overpass Danger The recent deaths of two Tustin teenagers while skateboarding has prompted local parents to seek help from state Sen. John Seymour and the Orange County Board of Supervisors in creating safe roads. An ad hoc committee, including Donald Fife and Faye Wilson, whose teenage sons were killed recently within a month of each other while riding skateboards through area streets, met at the Tustin Chamber of Commerce Dec. 17 to discuss possible safety measures. At Fife's request, a public meeting at the Orange County Hall of Administration was arranged for 10 a.m. Jan. 7 by Scott Morgan and aide to Supervisor Roger Stanton. "We're concerned with skateboards in general and in adopting ordinances countywide," said Fife. A geologist in Tustin, his 13-year-old Donny was killed last month after he was struck by a car while retrieving a skateboard at night on the Santa Clara overpass to the Costa Mesa (SR-55) Freeway. Matt Wilson, 14, died in October several days after being hit by a car while riding a skateboard down Foothill Boulevard during the morning. Both Fife and Wilson were eighth grade students at Hewes Intermediate School. "It is an obvious hazard at Santa Clara and Fairhaven (overpasses)," said Fife. "We're interested in reducing the posted 40 mile per hour speed limit." Also, he said the committee would like to see yellow caution signs put THURSDAY, JANUARY lj, 1987 North Tustin Del; Asking: By JOHN OUR To prevent the group from appearing to advocate cityhood for North Tustin, the ad hoc committee looking into the issue had decided to withhold its application for incorporation from the Local Agencies Formation Commission. The controversial application for cityhood, sponsored by the East Orange County Watelr District board of directors, will now be filed by Feb. 28, according to ad hoc committee chairman Dessa Schroeder. "I felt we would be taking an advocacy position in favor of incorporation if we proceeded with the application now," Schroeder said. "We never wanted to be an advocate of any of the options of annexation, incorporation or status quo." The committee met Monday and determined additional time is needed to develop a feasibility study of cityhood before proceeding with the application. "We have all the paperwork ready A Look Back on News that Made Up 1986. . . With the advent of the New Year the News staff took some time to review events that kept Tustin busy during 1986. JANUARY East Tustin development by the Irvine Company, to go before the Tustin Planning Commission Jan. 13, was projected to boost the population of Tustin to 60,000 by the year 2,000. : Tustin Unified School District, reacting to the East Tustin Specific Plan, called for developer fees and the establishment of a special community facilities assessment district to pay for seven new schools made necessary by the project. Meanwlhile, city officials considered allowing limited commercial uses in the Main Street residential area of Old Towne Tustin. Once again, and for the second year in a row, Foothill High School placed second to Beverly Hills up identifying the roads as narrow and ha zardous. Fife, who has worked as an advisor to the state on building and safety, charges the overpasses, Santa Clara in particular, are double if a DEADLY OVERPASS This overpass to the Costa Mesa (SR-55) Freeway at Santa Clara Street was the scene of a fatal accident Nov. 24, and several near misses before then. Donny Fife, 13, was killed by an automobile as he Complete Basketball Tournament Coverage See Sports, A-6 & A-7 25 CENTS PER COPY for City to go except for the feasiblity . study," Schroeder indicated. "We need to get a credible study. " The cities of Tustin and Orange had threatened to file lawsuits to prevent the incorporation until boundaries between them and the North Tustin County Service Area 5 were Drunks Target of Stepped Up Detail Through Friday a special seven man patrol of the Tustin Police Department will roam the streets during the evening hours looking not for armed robbers nor burglars but drunk drivers. Already the drunk driving detail, which began Dec. 22, has resulted in nearly 20 arrests, according to Tustin Police Lt. Bob Schoenkopf. School in the state Academic Decathlon Jan. 3. Foothill High, scoring 44,190 out of a possible 50,000 points, was edged out by Beverly Hills High, which scored 45,351. In an effort to boost Tustin's image, the city began a public relations and advertising campaign. Mayor Frank Greinke, along with Tustin residents Walt Fredrickson and Dan O'Connor, came up with the idea to sell Tustin through the media in order to counter press coverage of the city's less pleasant aspects. Public hearings regarding the proposed East Tustin Development, which includes the construction of 7,950 homes by the Irvine Company, were Jan. 13 before the Tustin Planning Commission. Tustin citizens -- most of them from unincorporated Tustin - filled the Planning Commission meeting See YEAR IN REVIEW, Page A-3 blind. That means as motorists approach the bridge their view of oncoming traffic is obstructed, either by bushes, a fence or by the incline that leads up to the overpass. Santa Clara, is a four-lane road . tried to retrieve his skateboard from the middle of the road. The accident has raised concern among area residents that the bridge is poorly designed for today's traffic. NEWS Photo (714) 544-4110 ays 71 OOCii negotiated. In turn Stephen Johnson, an ad hoc committee member and local attorney threatened to take Tustin to federal court for harassment and violation of civil rights. However, Schroeder said the threat of "See CITYHOOD, Page A-2 The night patrol consists of four motorcycle officers and three patrolmen in cars, he said. "If you define a decrease as a decrease in the number of traffic accidents, then the (drunk driving) patrol has deterred drunk driving," Schoenkopf said. There has been a decrease in the number of traffic accidents during this holiday season. But he predicted the number of arrests will be up. While there has been several alcohol-related accidents in Tustin since last week, Schoenkopf noted the number of such cases goes down in the evening hours during the holiday season. "People are aware of the patrol and become more careful during the evening," he said. "But that doesn't have any effect on someone who is severely imparied." Tustin police have conducted the special patrol during the Christmas holidays for seven years, Schoenkopf said. He noted police look for "any indications of erratic driving, a minor traffic offense" before pulling over a suspected drunk driver. Some, however, don't involve traffic violations. A driver might have his car windows rolled down in cold weather and have his hands clenched to the steering wheel, Schoenkopf said. "That would give an indication that a drinking driver was behind the wheel," Schoenkopf said. He said those arrested are relatively cooperative, and supportive of See PATROL, Page A-2 but narrows to two lanes at the overpass. "It has been a nightmare of mine for 12 years that one of my kids would be killed - not just mine but See OVERPASS, Page A-2

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