Independent from Long Beach, California on January 17, 1975 · Page 38
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 38

Long Beach, California
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Friday, January 17, 1975
Page 38
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Lmit**.c*it,t,i,t tlt . tt . m INDEPENDENT (AM) Commuter rail consultant hired Our L.A. Bureau Long distance view of basin This is how the Los Angeles area looks from 570 miles in space. The picture was taken by the Multispectral Scanner (MSS) aboard NASA's Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS4), Metro area, lower right, shows pattern of freeways. Pacific Ocean is covered by clouds. Agriculture fields can be seen northwest of the Tehachapi Mountains, upper left corner, and scattered cultivated fields dot Antelope Valley and Mojave Desert, upper center. Santa Monica Bay beach cities line recess-, · ed curve of coastline, opposite large cloud formation, leading into Palos Verdes Peninsula. -UPI Edetman calls for resignation of regional plan commission Supervisors Thursday agreed to hire railroad consultant Michael Weinman of New York to. help choose railroad passenger cars for a proposed commuter service operated by County OKs bus grid system plan Our L.A. Bureau Supervisors T h u r s d a y approved a plan to set up a bus grid system in cooperation with the Southern California Rapid Transit' District in the South-Central Los Angeles area, Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, who initiated the move, said the first part of the system will begin operating Sunday. ' When the program is completed, he said, the 600,000 persons living in the a r e a bounded by Olympic Boulevard, Rosecrans Avenue, Crenshaw Boulevard and Alameda Street will be able to walk to a bus within three blocks of their homes and board a bus in 20 minutes. He said the hours of service would be' 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. He said nine new bus lines would be added in the first phase of the system, adding that when the s y s t e m is e x p a n d e d March 2 there will be 98 b u s e s used in the program. The fare will be the same as anywhere else in the county -- a flat 25 cents . Our L.A. Bureau Supervisor Ed Edeiman Thursday called for the resignation of the five- member Regional Planning Commission. Edeiman made the Statement following a con- tr6 versial hearing on cluster developments. Noting that the commission has come in for a lot of criticism for the' time taken to hear cases and because it appears to be too f a v o r a b l e toward developers, Edeiman said the commission "needs new blood." He suggested that each supervisor ask his present appointee to the commission to resign so that each .could be replaced' with new members. He also suggested terms se.rved by the commissioners should be cut from the present four to two years. One member of the commission, Lucy Baca, has served on the coni- mis'sion since 1939. Arthur Baum was appoionted- in ·1954, Owen Lewis in 1962, ;Howard Martin in 1971 .·and Carolyn Llewelyn was 'appointed by Supervisor · "Baxter Ward in 1972. '·· Last y e a r Supervisor : James Hayes tried to get i M a r t i n to submit his ·;'resignation, but Martin Indictment on airport drug charge /United Press International A construction worker has been indicted for an alleged attempt to smuggle $6.5 million worth of cocaine into Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said Thursday. Gerald Culver Kott, 49, was named in a federal grand jury indictment returned f o l l o w i n g his '·direst by j U.S. Customs 'Agents last week. Kott was said to have fjecri carrying 30.8 pounds 'of cocaine in two false bottom suicases, shafts of ...... r:»uin^ nnlnc onst in SCVCll nailing pw.^u u ..» ... a woman's girdle he was _wearing around his waist. Authorities said it was (lie largest seizure of co- .caine ever made at the ·airport. Bond was set at $100,000, and Kott was schedule^ to return to court on ·Monday for arraignment. Residents lose refused saying he wanted he wanted to fill out his to stay on until the coun- term. was Commissioners are paid ·· · , $100 for each meeting airport Slllt with a limit of 10 meet- completed. ·However, after the plan was adopted Martin said : "gs a month. County OKs World EXPO '81 Supervisors T h u r s d a y gave their blessing to a " concept of bringing a world EXPO to Los Angeles County in 1981. Last y e a r Supervisor Kenneth Hahn selected R i c h a r d Pittenger as chairman of a committee to look into' the feasibility of bringing an EXPO to the county. He said some preliminary steps have already been taken and asked the full board to approve. Under the motion, Pit- tengcr's committee was asked . to report back to the board on the progress within six months. United Press International A class action suit seeking $1.7 billion damages from the city of Los Angeles foi 1 residents of an area in the flight path of planes arriving at International Airport has been dismissed. Justice John Cole of the State Court of Appeals said such an action could not properly be brought on behalf of all the residents of the municipality of Inglewood. SPECIAL SAVINGS ON OUR DISCONTINUED STYLES OF FAMOUS STRIDE RITE SHOES! YOUR CHILDREN WILL STILL RECEIVE THE SAME EXPERT FIT AND SERVICE AT THESE LOW LOW PRICES. SHOES TO FIT INFANTS TO TEENS. , (Not all sizes or styles available.) LONG BEACH Stride Rite Booterv 4344 Atlantic Blvd. 595-4537 Stride Rite Bootery Los Allos Shopping Center 598-3343 LAKEWOOD Stride Rite Bootery lakewood Shopping Center 634-8801 CERRITOS Comar's Stride Rite Los Cerrltos Center 845-3112 A m t r a k between San Diego and Los Angeles.' Weinman was hired at a set fee of $2,500, plus expenses, on motion of Supervisor Baxter Ward who recently returned from Oregon where he inspected used passenger cars available for purchase. ' Weinman's job will be to examine the Oregon cars and to prepare specifications needed for refur- b i s h i n g . Modifications would i n c l u d e interior remodeling, revamping of the air conditioning and other engineering' changes to make the cars compatible with present Amtrak requirements. Ward said he hoped the new daily commuter service between San Diego and Los Angeles could be in operation by spring. PLANS call for the commuter train to carry between 300 and 450 passengers. D a i l y a r r i v a l time at Union Station in Los Angeles would be about 8 a.m. and the return trip would leave the station at about 5. p.m. each day with the train traveling the Santa Ana rail c o r r i d o r t h r o u g h Orange County. Ward said the'Southern California Rapid Transit District is preparing a plan for bus service to pick up and deliver commuter passengers in the Los Angeles business district and he said Orange County transit officials are considering a similar service. Wheels of justice shunt aged L.B. woman to jail ByTOMWILLMAN Staff Writer An 81-year-old Long Beach woman, sent to a county facility for mental testing in connection with a court case, Thursday turned up instead at Sybil Brand Institute for Women where she was jailed two days ago. The woman, Lucy Maxwell, was charged with persistently' ignoring city demands she correct substandard conditions in a "virtual firetrap" rental property she owns. And when she also ignored a summons to appear in Long Beach Munici-' pal Court in connection with a City Health Department complaint, she apparently set in motion a series of bizarre events which left her in jail-and in a legal twilight zone. Health. Department officials alleged Mrs. Maxwell has for years ignored citations for building and safety code violations against rental property be : hind her home at 1030 Maine Ave. The woman owns eight rental units, from 1030 to 1040 Maine, they said, and also owned another "problem" building --the Golden Hotel--in the old downtown "Jungle" area before it was torn down for redevelopment. The department finally sought a four- count complaint from the city prosecutor's office against the woman, alleging the building had no heat or hot water in the bathroom and had other substandard conditions. Authorities said their most recent inspection of the property showed a half-dozen transients had taken 'up residence there. Mrs. Maxwell, according to court officials, was notified by mail to appear before Municipal Court Judge W.H. Winston Jr. on Jan. 7. She failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. " ' Winston said the woman was brought before him on Jan. 14 to enter a plea to the charge. Neither he nor a public defender who later talked with her were able to make her understand that she must plead either innocent or guilty. It also was discovered the woman was ineligible to be represented by the .public defender because she had property and a substantial bank account. The judge, questioning her competence to stand trial, first sought to have her sent to Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk "for the specific purpose of determining her competency," he said. He reasoned that if the woman were, found incapable of managing her own affairs, a conservator should be appointed to manage her property. But, the judge said, officials at the Norwalk hospital said they could not accept a court defendant unless that person had already been convicted of something. Since Mrs. Maxwell had not, the judge s a i d , he instead ordered the woman sent to Dept. 95 of the County Superior Court. Dept. 95 actually is located at County-USC Medical Center. Its function is making mental studies of court defendants. It was not until Thursday, however, that Winston said he learned from an inquiring TV station that Mrs. Maxwell had been sidetracked to Sybil Brand. Authorities there reported there is a waiting period of several days for defendants requiring testing, and that it is common practice to use Sybil Brand as a holding place. There was general .agreement, however, that the jail bus and Sybil Brand- even its infirmary--were not the ideal place to hold an 81-year-old, partially sighted, /wheelchair-ridden w o m a n whose alleged crime may be rooted in old age. "It's really a defect in the law," said Winston late Thursday afternoon as he tried to clarify the woman's status with a series of phone inquiries. The judge said that authorities will discuss their next actions in the case today. 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