The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on December 29, 1974 · Page 90
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · Page 90

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Sunday, December 29, 1974
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ulenMe Itiiiliiiiii G PART VII SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1974 " ' ' r - - 5 v!5 summer l SSSiSw .FM LMHOTYWOOB"iT 1 3 TEMPLE J2H&C ahtw IR WIND ALE R Hwy SAN DMAS f rjjANTAMONICA (BlVD, AMMmM V5 f "fa .Cil f IPS ANGFIES f Sr- SL fKjC 3 ' - . -bevesu " Itvo- sDtV!' 5 - "I SAH BERnUiNOTNCeL MONTE MA?y rWL--.. 7J-70l Blvd. l5lSMiSlteW SOUTH SOUTH EL MONTE.JJ7 L ii&L 'MITM. Commuter Rail Service Sought in Legal Move RTD, County Seeking to Use Southern Pacific's 103-Mile 'Coast Line' BY MARTHA L. WILLMAN Times Stall Writer Legal action to provide commuter rail service through the Valley and Glendale has been initiated in a joint move by officials of the Rapid Transit District and Los Angeles County. The agencies are seeking the right to use Southern Pacific Transportation Co'.'s 103-mile "Coast Line" rail route from Santa Barbara through Chatsworth to Los Angeles. Requests to use the route have been filed with the state Public Utilities Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission, initial steps in the legal action. Thomas G. Neusom, RTD president, said the purpose of the legal action "is A VITAL LINK-Completion Freeway of a 4'-mile stretch of the Foothill Freeway will provide o direct, nonstop link between the San Gabriel and San Fernando volleys. Times map by Patrick Lynch Completion Will Link Two Valleys 4i-Mile Foothill Project Will Be Finished in '75 BY DON SNYDER Tlmei 5UII Writer. Completion next year of a 4V-mile east-west freeway through the heart of Pasadena is expected to .have widespread effect on intercity commerce, flight travel planning, regional driving patterns and employment-business commuters throughout the northeast section of Metropolitan Los Angeles. Completion of that link of the Foothill Freeway (Interstate 210) will create a direct, nonstop tie between the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys through the Glendale-Burbank area. Officials of Pasadena and its immediate neighbors, Glendale and Eagle Rock to the west and Arcadia to the east, anticipate heightened trade competition among major shopping centers in the four communities. They will become only minutes apart with the completion next fall of the freeway section in Pasadena and a huge five-level interchange of the Foothill, Ventura and Long Beach Freeways in west Pasadena. Pasadena Mayor M. J. (Tim) Matthews said that opening of the Foothill in his city will "finally rid us of what we are calling the Pasadena Bottleneck." "The congestion on our surface streets, particularly on Walnut St. and Orange Grove Blvd., has been terribly inconvenient during freeway construction. "But the benefits will far exceed the inconvenience, and we are glad to have the freeway. It will certainly improve transportation circulation in Pasadena, but more than that it will bring added accessibility to our major retail centers in east Pasadena, along Lake Ave. and downtown. In planning now is a four-block mailed shopping center in the downtown area." .Albert A. Correia, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce executive director, noted construction of the interchange has spurred redevelopment in west Pasadena with the high-rise Parsons World Headquarters (engineering) Building opening recently. Please Turn to Page 3, Col. 1 ' not to condemn or obtain any bouth-ern Pacific property or rolling stock. It is merely to seek use of their track during the morning and evening hours for commuter service." A report by the Southern California Assn. of Governments (SCAG) says the route, which would pass through Chatsworth to Glendale and terminate at Union Station, would initially serve 500 persons. Buses would be scheduled to meet the incoming service and return commuters to the station in the evening. Neusom said that consultants for both the RTD and SCAG "recognize commuter rail as one of the best immediate ways to conserve fuel and other resources. Their .studies also state it should be possible to accommodate limited commuter service on existing tracks." He also said that the RTD and other government agencies are continuing to negotiate with Southern Pacific as well as Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railroads in hopes of. establishing commuter train operations in other areas. The county has alloted $415 million for funding of commuter rail service this year. Neusom said, "It is our hope and that of Supervisor Baxter Ward and the board of directors to get a pilot commuter run under way as soon as possible, both as a method of providing balanced transportation and as an indication of the way residents will respond to such an alternative." Burbank to Refund $3 Million in 75 to Power Users BY JAMES QUTNN Times Stall Writer BURBANK Electricity consumers here will be refunded $3 million next year to compensate them for the higher cost of power resulting from the 1971 earthquake. The refunds will partly offset sharp increases in electric rates forecast by city officials in the wake of spiraling fuel oil prices. The city has received tentative approval of its application for funds under the federal Disaster Act to cover' losses incurred in the Feb. 9, 1971 earthquake. A high power transmission line was extensively damaged in the quake. The cost of1 repairs was passed on to customers of the Public Service Department through the fuel adjustment clause in the city's rate structure, which provides for automatic increases when the cost of fuel rises. City Manager Joseph Baker said the refunds will attempt to reimburse those whose electric bills during the year following the quake reflected the cost of repairs. Industrial and commercial customers, who consume two-thirds of the city's power output, will reap most of the refund windfall. Tentative plans of the department are to distribute the refunds by calculating the kilowatt hours of energy consumed by each customer . Baker Bald the city doesn't expect to receive the money until mid-1075, when the refund process will begin. Please Torn to Vagt 3, Col. fl WORK PROGRESS-Engineer Bob Waddington checks work on interchange in Pasadena linking Ventura, . OFFICIAL FOR NEW PRO LEAGUE Referee to Help Start European Basketball Foothill and Long Beach freeways. Timw photo by Lou Mack Use of Undercover Police Criticized BY JACK BIBKINSHAW Times Stall Writer Drug arrests by undercover police agents on 24 Los Angeles high school campuses recently were not effective because the problem is still there, in addition to a new one, a student leader says. Edward Griffith, 17, said there is a severe credibility gap between the students and the school administrators as a result of using undercover agents in making the 233 arrests. Griffith is the president of the City-Wide Student Affairs Council made up of student body presidents from all high schools in the Los Angeles district and as such is the student representative at all Board of Education meetings, sitting vlth the district staff. "The school administrators say they didn't know the undercover agents were there and they've been trying to explain that to the students," Griffith said rieane Turn to Pago 2, Col, 0 Professional basketball will be introduced abroad after the first of the year and La Crescenta's Bob Herrold; vgteran referee, will be there to help. Herrold, 44, will be supervisor of officials for the European Professional Basketball League scheduled to start Jan. 17 in Madrid where Spain meets Israel. Other charter members of the league are Switzerland, Belgium, West Germany and England, according to Herrold, who will take a leave of absence as Crescenta Valley High School pool manager and depart for league headquarters at Munich on Jan. 2. Dick Davis of La Jolla, former Glendale High School and San Diego State basketball coach, is secretary general or president of the league. Herrold said the idea for the league came from promoters in the United State who recognize Europe has no major sports in winter except those on snow and ice, and decided that basketball, rapidly gaining in popularity, could become a top draw, especially with nations rather than cities, competing. "It is felt the league can grow into world prominence," Herrold said. 'The first year will be sort of getting it off the ground. No big-smash opening, but an introductory season on a coma ratively low key. But there will outstanding players from the United States to form the nucleus for teams." Herrold, a Pacific Eight Conference basketball referee for 10 years and a former Crescenta Valley water polo and swim coach, said he has acquired five other officials from the East to join him as league referees. "We are really excited over formation of pro basketball in Europe," he said. Besides Madrid and Munich, other teams' will be based in London, Geneva, Tel Aviv and Brussels. Herrold said the league will complete a regular schedule by the end of May with playoffs in June and an exhibition series In July. BLEACHER SECTION DEMOLISHED AT GLENDALE HIGH GLENDALE The old, condemned grandstand at Moyse Field on the Glendale High School campus is no more. It has been demolished to make way for a stadium for football use by all three high schools in the Glendale Unified School District. Only a smaller permanent bleacher section on the east side of the stadium and the football scoreboard will be retained. The $969,574 improvement project will have: Permanent stands with locker and shower rooms on each side of the field. On the east aide grand-stands will be added to seats being retained. . Pleam Turn ,o Page 3, CoL 7 Bob Herrold

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