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SUN.,JULY2,T967-SeC.F grant a controversial zone variance to Charles A. Kenworthy, a land developer, at the same time that he was representing Kenworthy in a civil suit in Superior Court. Tweedy said he didn't realize that the applicant in the case before the BZA was his client. The other case involved Millard B. (Tex) Collins, president of Cal Automotive, and his North Hollywood auto parts firm. Tweedy made a motion eliminating expensive street improvements on property Cal Automotive bought in Sun Valley. He said the seller would have had to pay for the improvements and his vote actually was against the interests of his client. The facts show, however, that Tweedy's vote was helpful in closing the deal and avoiding litigation. Big Shakeup by Yorty Last week Mayor Sam Yorty drastically shook up nine city commissions and one of them affected was the BZA. A member of the board, Gordon G. MacLean, a subject of earlier Times articles on questionable zoning practices, was transferred to the Harbor Commission. In other shifts, seven officials were transferred from one commission to another, four were not reappointed and two new commissioners were named. Mayor Yorty was on a trip to Europe when his shakeup was announced. It was made known to the City Council by messages from the mayor's office. The shakeup follows complaints from Yorty that The Times was investigating the -backgrounds and activities of members of other city commissions than the BZA. POWELLDODD: A Few Items Remain Congress haying done with former Harlem Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Thomas J. Dodd (D-Conn.) for misusing tens of thousands of dollars, the Justice Department stepped to the fore last week. In Dodd's case, the Internal Revenue Service also stepped in to try and determine how much if any back income tax the censured senator owes on the political funds the Senate found he converted to his own use. The Justice Department is expected to reach a finding whether four former Dodd employes and the two newsmen who worked with them to put the senator's financial dealings before the public are subject to prosecution for stealing and copying 4,000 documents (including income tax returns) from the senator's files. In Powell's case, the House last week authorized three of its employes to take records of the representative's travel, payroll, telephone calls and expenses to a grand jury. Although the Justice Department investigation apparently does not warrant grand jury action yet, the only way the department can get its hands on the congressmen's records (according to House rule) is if they are turned over to a grand jury. How Powell Views It Meanwhile, on tiny Bimini island off the Florida coast in the British Bahamas, the self-exiled Powell held a press conference to comment on the Dodd case. He said it "magnifies the obscene distinction between justice for white men and justice for black men in America." He said he would "accept . . . the same punishment meted to Sen. Dodd. For this purpose, I would accordingly present myself before the bar of the House of Representatives at any time the House Democrat and Republican leaders deem appropriate." While Dodd was "censured" by the Senate for converting at least $116,083 in politically raised funds to his own use, Powell was refused his seat completely by the House for misusing committee travel funds and keeping his wife on his payroll although she didn't meet House residency requirements. Powell was since reelected to his seat in a special election, but has chosen to fight the House action in the courts rather than present himself once ' again at the House door and face a possible repetition of the House action. "Censure" has only moral effect on Dodd; he retains his seniority, his committee jobs, his seat all of which Powell lost. PROTEST These men, seated at a press conference last week, reported they were targets of and witnesses to Los Angeles police brutality in June 23 peace parade. From left, Dr. Albert Schrut, Dr. Mortimer Roth, a dentist; Henry Wolinsky, a medical student; Dr. Robert Peck,' Dr. Theodore Munsat. Times photo highest point in history.. There was increasing concern over medical' costs, up radically since last year. A? everything soared, both houses of Congress shot down the space program's project Voyager designed to land an unmanned spaceship on Mars by 1973 as they cut $309 million and $249 million from the overall program in the House and Senate respectively. Still, the space budget remains at a respectable $4.8 billion. Prices for living here on earth Inched up. another three-tenths of a percent in May following a similar advance in April, the Labor Department reported. They were up a total of 2,7 over last year. Predictions were for. more of the same. (The Justice Department, in a related move, authorized its attorneys nationwide to undertake their own prosecutions against price fixing. Previously, all such legal action rested with the department's antitrust division.) One of the most costly living expense in the country has to do with health. U.S. Surgeon General Dr.' William Stewart said at a national conference on medical costs in Washington that until recently, the common man has tacitly accepted unrelieved suffering and early death, but now "strong social currents of the past few years have made this privilege concept of health care obsolete and unacceptable in the United States." He spoke on the first anniversary of Medicare for the aged and against a background of increased charges: hospital costs up 16.5 over last year, doctors' fees up 7.8. He also spoke in opposition to the newly elected president of the American Medical Assn., Dr. Milford Rouse of Dallas, Tex., an opponent of Medicare, who said in an interview last week that good health is "still not a right any more than food or housing or clothing," although "it's still a privilege of our doctors to provide ... a charity service." An economist, Dr. Victor Fuchs of the National Bureau of Economic Research, countered with: "It is high time this nation faced, in an adult way, its responsibility to assure some minum level of medical care to all persons as a matter of right." He added that "presumably this minimum guarantee exists now : . . but there is little merit in having this guarantee rest on the judgment and benevolence of physicians or hospital administrators. It should be a common charge against the total society." Secretary John Gardner of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, which sponsored the conference, said: "We cannot go on as we have in the past . . . Those who entertain some apprehension as to what (form new medical plans will take) had better plunge in and experiment with their own preferred solutions. Standing back and condemning the solutions that others devise won't stem the tide of change." sentenced in 1965 to be executed for the firebomb burning of his girl friend's home which resulted in the death of her 3-year-old son. Reagan granted clemency because he said psychiatric examination showed Thomas had been a victim of brain damage which permanently affected his mentality. The governor commuted his term to life in prison without possibility of parole. BUDGETS: Big Ones for L.A. City, County Both Los Angeles city and county last week faced the inescapable fact that they must raise taxes, impose new ones or gain added revenue in some other way or combine all three methods in order to balance their budgets for 1967-68. Both are record-size budgets. Los Angeles City Council, after adopting a budget of $367.7 million, had to figure out how to get $17.8 million in additional revenue and how to give 8,600 policemen and firemen a raise. The extra $17.8 million must be dug up some way if the overall city tax rate of $2.0796 per $100 of assessed valuation is to be kept at that figure Meanwhile the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors last week adopted a budget of $1.26 billion which threatens to require the biggest increase in the property tax in three years a jump of 14.7 cents. The present rate is $2.3891 per $100 of assessed valuation. If a 14.7-cent rate increase goes into effect it would raise by $7.35 the tax bill for a $20,000 home, about $11 for a $30,000 home and $14.70 for a $20,000 .home if all are assessed equally at 25 of market value. The supervisors, however, have until September before the tax rate must be set and between now and theji they may be able to get additional revenue in other ways than by raising taxes. A year ago a sharp increase in assessed valuations permitted a reduction in tax. The supervisors all but eliminated new building projects, and a big sum they traditionally give to the All Year Club of Southern California for promoting the county $884,357 was thrown out. Bus Fare Going Up The board also refused to approve a $2.5 million subsidy to the Southern California Rapid Transit District. As a result, the RTD also loses a promised $1.25 subsidy offered by the city contingent upon a county subsidy. Without these funds, the RTD directors had no other choice but to raise bus fares starting next Sunday. The RTD, with only revenue from fares, is the only major city transit system in the country and perhaps the world which does not receive a public subsidy. Supervisor Ernest Debs, who with Supervisor Kenneth Hahn voted for the subsidy, warned that if poor people without autos "cannot get to work they will be on welfare and the county taxpayer will subsidize them in that way." Chairman Frank Bonelli objected to setting a precedent of providing a subsidy he feared would increase from year to year. Voting with him against it were Supervisors Warren Dorn and Burton Chace. QUIZ Angeles city hoard was found to have been linked in financial dealings with persons seeking favorable action by the board? . 7. What would the "Stop Stokely Bill" do, if passed? ' 8. How many more American troops does Gen. William C. Westmoreland want shipped to the war in Vietnam? 9. What and where is Anguilla? 10. True or false: The United States and Russia disapproved of Israel taking over all of Jerusalem. (Answers on Page 7) should tell them this at every opportunity." Edelman, first pointing but that he and four other councilmen who opposed the motion are also "all for the police department," stated: "Asking us to commend the police department without knowing all the acts is totally unwise. We all want to support law and order, but this motion is premature. It's bad. I can't support it." Councilman Louis R. Nowell said the primary issue" was "the protection of the President's life" and that "the police acted reasonably." Councilman Thomas Bradley, himself a former police lieutenant, opposed the motion as "an act of irresponsibility" and said "there is no logic to blanket praise when you don't know the facts." It seemed as the week ended that even the more important facts of the affair could be brought out only with great difficulty through the welter of emotions of the many persons involved on both sides. But it also seemed certain that the underlying dispute over- war and peace will go on and on and inevitably increase as the list of American casualties in Vietnam steadily mounts. ZONING: New Facts on Dubious Activities The continuing study of Los Angeles zoning practices conducted by The Times brought these new eyebrow -raising disclosures last week: Chairman Roger S. Hutchinson of the city's Board of Zoning Adjustment has been linked in financial dealings to three persons who received his vote in at least 23 cases before the board. James R. Tweedy, a lawyer, and also a member of the board, has voted on cases before the board that involved at least two of his clients. The BZA is a quasi-judicial board appointed by the mayor to hear appeals from rulings by the city's zoning administration staff. At one time, The Times inquiry showed, Hutchinson borrowed $6,600 from a Beverly Hills man and less than 10 months later voted for conditional approval of that man's application for a zoning variance. Sees Nothing Wrong Hutchinson's comment, when asked about the apparent conflict of interest involved, was that he saw nothing wrong in a board member voting on matters concerning his friends. He. also said that his financial links with those who appeared before the BZA seeking its favorable action did not influence his judgment. Board member Tweedy voted to Men & A Thai International Airways Caravelle jetliner with 80 persons aboard a flight from Tokyo and Taipei was hit by a rain squall only 300 yards short of landing and crashed into Hong Kong Harbor last week. Twenty-one were known dead and many missing. .Of 58 Americans aboard, some were from Sacramento many of them teachers at Saora-mento State College bound for Hong Kong on a summer travel-study trip to Asia. William Gurvlch, New Orleans Dist. Atty. Jim Garrison's top aide, resigned last week after blasting Garrison' s investigation of the Kennedy assassination. Gurvich called Garrison irrational, accused him of conducting an unethical investigation and declared that certain witnesses in the case should be indicted for perjury. Mario Savlo, his wife and Bettina Apthcker Kurzweil, three leaders in the University of California . F r e e Speech Movement Bit - in of 1964, were sentenced to jail last week POLICE: L.A. Seethes After Peace March Peace marchers who were routed by Los Angeles police from in front of the Century Plaza on June 23 failed last week to get an official city hearing into their charges of police brutality. On Monday, the City Council, by a 10-5 vote, refused to grant a hearing to the spokesman of a group of more than 100 protesters who came to the council chamber. When the session broke up in disorder, six policemen entered from an adjoining room and forcibly dragged out two men and a woman. The city's Human Relations Council, however, did vote on Tuesday to hold a hearing into "the human relations problems involved." And the Council on Thursday referred to its PoliceT'Fire and Civil Defense Committee a motion by Councilman Edmund D. Edelman for a "full investigation of all the facts" about the imbroglio outside the hotel where 10,000 citizens had marched to protest the war in Vietnam while President Johnson was inside at a Democratic fund-raising dinner.- 51 Facing Trial Some of the facts the protesters wish to bring out may be disclosed in the trials of the 51 persons arrested in the melee when police dispersed the demonstrators with clubs. Many of the accused were arraigned, mostly on misdemeanor charges, last week. Meanwhile, through press conferences, some of the irate peace demonstrators managed to air their grievances. At one of them, in the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, speakers told of men, women and children being clubbed. The police position was that a parade permit had been granted with the proviso that the marchers would not stop at the hotel. When the march reached the hotel some demonstrators did deliberately stop, some sat down, and the police went into action. At tone press conference, in the hornety of Dr. Robert M. Beck, secretary of the Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility, three doctors, a dentist and a college medical student who were in the parade, said the police had acted with unnecessary force and that the physical jamming-up of people was so tight that people could not have moved when ordered to do so. Dr. Albert Schrut said he was convinced the police were "bent on finding provocation." A Basic Point at Issue One of the basic issues unresolved during the Week was: Were the police unnecessarily violent? Police Inspector John H. Kinsling commented: "They say we were brutal; we say we were not . . . We dispersed 10,000 people. Only 40 were hurt and the worst injury I know of was one man who had four stitches taken." (Four policemen also were hurt.) It was the claim of many peace demonstrators that no violent dispersal was necessary, that the crowd would have dispersed without being clubbed, that although some recali-trant demonstrators wouldn't budge and were, subject to arrest, the general clubbing of the crowd was not necessary. The police insist that they had a special responsibility in shielding the President from the peace marchers. (Mr. Johnson probably never saw the peace marchers or knew until later that there was a peace march, for he went into the hotel by a rear entrance and out the same way.) On Thursday the Qity Council voted 10-5 to commend Police Chief Thomas Reddin and his department for Jtheir "handling of an extremely difficult and potentially dangerous situation" and for "restraint exhibited in the treatment of the involved groups ..." Councilman Paul H. Lamport, who Introduced tho motion, declared at one point: "Even if they are wrong, I support the Police Department and we Jayne Mansfield Killed Jayne Mansfield, blonde and buxom, almost a caricature of a sex symbol who lived in a glass bowl of publicity for 13 years as a Hollywood actress was decapitated last week in a grotesque car crash in a New Orleans swamp. She had been appearing at a night club in Biloxi, Miss. leaving there en route to New Orleans for a morning television appearance when the 2:30 a.m. collision occurred. Her car came around a curve at high speed and smashed into the trailer of a truck which had slowed on entering a cloud of white anti-mosquito mist. The trailer sheared off the top of the auto killing instantly the three adults in the front seat: Miss Mansfield, her friend, Samuel S. Brody, 40, a Los Angeles lawyer and their driver, Ronnie Harrison, 20, a student at the University of Mississippi. Three of her five children (in the back seat of the car) were injured but not seriously. Miss Mansfield was 34. She was born Vera Jayne Palmer and later kept the name of her first husband, Paul Mansfield, whom she married at 16. Bizarre Publicity Stunts She played in many movies, including nudie films, met the Queen of England, lived in a 35-room pink Hollywood mansion, did bizarre publicity stunts and was mobbed and defrocked all over the world by hordes of screaming fans. She was also prey to many domestic crises. Last year, her son Zol-tan, 6, (while posing with her for a publicity stunt) was mauled by a lion and almost died when he developed meningitis. Several weeks ago, her daughter Jayne Marie, 16, left home complaining that she had been beaten by her mother's boyfriend lawyer Brody. Miss Mansfield's second husband, was Mickey Hargitay, who flew to New Orleans after the accident to be with his children. On the French Riviera last week, Francoise Dorleac, 25 -year-old French film actress, was also killed in a car crash. Her car skidded on a wet highway, struck a sign post and burst into flames. She had just completed starring in "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" with Gene Kelly and her sister, Catherine Deneuve. 120 days for Savio, 45 for each of the women. They were among 564 arrested on charges of resisting arrest and trespassing. Pope Paul VI elevated 24 new cardinals, including four Americans, last week in a formal Vatican ceremony and he also created the permanent rank of deacon reviving a practice dating back to medieval times. Under the ' new regulations, married men over 35 with their wives' consent may become deacons. They remain married. Single men at least 25 can become deacons but cannot marry. Deacons perform most of the offices of a 'priest except Confessions and the Mass. They are permitted to officiate at other sacraments such as blessing marriages and directing prayer services only when no priest is available. Prlmo Camera, giant onetime holder of the world's heavyweight boxing title, died at the age of 60 last week in his native Sequals, Italy, of cirrhosis of the liver and diabetes. He , had returned to Italy recently, after selling his liquor store in Glendale, Calif. LEGISLATURE: The Budget Is Adopted A day before deadline the Legislature on Thursday approved the biggest budget ever adopted by any. state and passed it to Gov. Reagan. It totaled $5,126,834,709 and it called for $790 million in new taxes. It also increased funds for the University of California, for state colleges, the Mental Hygiene Department and other agencies Reagan had made targets of his economy drive. The university budget was set at $4 million higher than Reagan's revised proposal, that for state colleges $3 million higher. The governor began going over the budget with a deadline for signing at midnight Friday empowered to make cuts but not additions. The cuts can be overridden, but only by a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of the Legislature. One Republican Dissents Republicans in both the Senate and Assembly voted solidly in favor of the budget except for Sen. John G. Schmitz of Tustin. He declared the budget was 11.5 above last year's, while thejjtate's population gained only 2.9 and living costs rose only 3.3. Seven- Democrats in the Senate and 15 Democrats in the Assembly voted against the budget. Now the Legislature's big remaining job is to pass a tax bill to raise enough money to balance it. The Senate Finance Committee is expected to have a tax bill on the Senate floor by Wednesday. Last week Gov. Reagan for the first time used his power to commute a death sentence. He spared the life of Calvin Thomas, who was NEWS 1. American casualties killed, ' wounded, missing totaled what in Vietnam for the week ending June 24? 2. Name a kind of flower that grows outside the. Pentagon. 3. Who is the chief of police in Los Angeles? 4. True or false: Adam Clayton Powell Jr. said he would accept the same "censure" given Sen. Thomas Dodd. 5. Who precipitated the 1964 riots in Panama? 6. What chairman of a Los . RACIAL: 'Stop Stokely' Bill; Buffalo Rioting The House was moving angrily to preserve what was left of the domestic tranquility last week with what has come to be called the "Stop Stokely" Bill after militant civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael, but it was like trying to catch fire in a fishnet racial violence and the threat of it was flaring all over the country. The bill would make it a federal offense to cross a state line with the intent of causing a riot (Negro violence has broken out all along Carmichael's line of march through the Negro colleges of the South.) The Justice Department says it wouldlbe hard to prove intent; Rep. Emanuel Celler (D-N.Y.) feared the bill was too broad and a threat to dissent and free speech. But Rep. William Colmer (D-Miss.), chairman of the powerful rules committee, threatened to bypass Celler's Judiciary Committee if the bill were not brought to a vote. Celler attempted to attach a clause that would guarantee safety to civil rights activists, but Colmer and the mood of the House prevented even that. A vote is expected after the July 4th recess. Rioting in Buffalo Meanwhile, three days of rock-and-bottle throwing accompanied by the now-common fires erupted in Buffalo, N.Y., where Carmichael had not been. Mayor Frank Sedita tried to explain that the rioting by more than 1,000 young Negroes was brought about by repeated statements in the ghetto that "nothing" has been done for the Negro, that there were no programs for the Negro, no jobs either. "We want to show that this is not so, to point out that promises have been kept and efforts are being made by government an civic leaders to correct some of the conditions that are annoying people and causing trouble." Apparently the young Negroes just didn't see it that way. They continued to throw bottles and rocks. In the South last week, there; were racial bombings in Mobile, Ala!, at the house of a long-time civil rights leader, who escaped the blast unhurt; in Wadesboro, N.C., at the homes of school board members who had recently decided on a mild integration plan. AH of them escaped injury too. And in Cambridge, Md., where the National Guard put down racial disturbances in 1965, gasoline bombs damaged several busings in the Negro ghetto. j

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