Independent from Long Beach, California on March 18, 1976 · Page 31
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 31

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, March 18, 1976
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Coastal bill 'horrifying/ Mrs. Warschaw says By MARY ELLIS CARLTON Urban Affairs Editor Carmen Warschaw, who recently resigned from the South Coast Regional Commission. Wednesday termed State Sen. Anthony Beilenson's bill to implement the Coastal Plan "one of the most horrifying things I have ever read," The proposed law, currently the subject of hearings before the Senate Resources Committee, is due to goto the Legislature soon. "I've read the bill-all 106 pages of it--and I am frightened," she said at a luncheon rally sponsored by the California Coordinating Council al the Grand Hotel in Anaheim. The CCC is a confederation of 35 grass-root coalitions which last week launched a statewide initia- t i v e c a m p a i g n to r e p e a l the California C o a s t a l Conservation Commission created by Prop. 20. An original appointee of the 12- mcmbcr South Coast Regional Commission, Mrs. Warschaw delivered a blistering attack against the proposed Coastal Plan and the coastal commission process when she resigned from that panel bi January. She charged that permit applicants appearing before the commission were "harangued and insulted" and that the Coastal Plan had "more concern for the flora and fauna than for humanoids." "After two months of being off the commission, I attended hearings last Monday to see if they were as horrible as I remembered." she told the crowd. "If anything, 1 think they were worse. "DO YOU know what commission staff members call their private meeting each week to formu- l a t e t h e i r recommendations on building permit applications? They call it ? meeting of the 'Murder Board.'" In earlier roles--as a national Democratic c'ommittcewoman and, before that, as southern chairwoman of the Stale Democratic Com- mittee--Mrs. Warschaw was often referred to as "the Dragon Lady of California politics," partly because of her sharp tongue and partly because of her exotic appearance. "Now, I may become ( h e Dragon Lady in terms of my opposition to the Coastal Plan and in support of your initiative," she sain. In reviewing various sections of the Bcilenson bill, Mrs. Warschaw blasted the proposal for continuation of regional commissions and questioned the wording. She said the bill provides that regional commissions stay in effect 'exactly as they are for a year after 1976 and, after t h a t , commissioners can be appointed lo three-year terms. "However, r e g i o n a l c o m m i s - sions are supposed lo be out of business by 19S1 because they have until then to certify coastal cities' local plans. The way I count, that should require only an added two- year term. "There is every implication in t h e Bcilenson proposal that commissions will go on forever. They w i l l n e v e r s e l f - d e s t r u c t , as promised ui Prop. 20." She expressed alarm, also, thai the bill would allow the state commission, by a two-thirds vole of its body, lo change (he coastal act al any time. "THIS GIVES the ixwer of legislation lo an appointed body." she argued. Mrs. Warschaw enumerated other features of the act thai she opposes: -- The plan, in many instances, she said, is so vague that commissioners could interpret it anyway they wish...with no hounds or limits lo their interpretation. -- New marinas, the bill says, can be built in established harbors. "Where. 1 asked a member of the staff, could we build another marina in 1/ong Beach harbor? 'At the stem of the Queen Mary.' he said. Bui you can't dredge, the plan says.' -- The bill specifies (hal a local government should draft a plan after a great deal of public input. The regional commission may then certify, deny or modify that plan. Then it goes to the slate commission, which also can certify, modify or deny it. -- All actions by the regional commission can be "capriciously appealed lo the stale commission -- as is the practice now." Any person can appeal so that another hearing is held at Die slate commission -- and Ihe burden of proof is still on Ihe applicant who already gol an approval from Ihe lowor commission. "Now. that is against our whole judicial system," she asserted. · "This act to me is one of the most horrifying things I have ever read." she slated. "It is so bad that 1 caniml seo how il could be amended or changed." CAKMKN WARSCHAW INDEPENDENT THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 1976 SECrtON B. PAGE B-l · * China big on quake prediction By WALT MURRAY Staff Wrilcr A Chinese propaganda poster shows a determined young woman marching off to Ihe countryside carrying a milliammeler, a device thai measures electrical current, to set up a crude earthquake prediction stalibn. But the poster is no! just propaganda, according to Caltech's Clarence Allen, one of t h e nation's leading earthquake experts. He told a large audience Wednesday al Long Beach City College that tens of thousands of Chinese are making s i m p l e e a r t h q u a k e prediction observations. " M A N Y THINGS t h e y a r e doing seem scientifically naive, but some may be very significant," Allen said. "Even if only five per cent of their work is valid, they're making a far more massive effort than anyone else in the world." Allen, a geophysics expert who visited China in 1974, showed slides of his China visil--including a shot of the propaganda poster--in a talk at LBCC's Liberal Arts Campus. He is a member of (he U.S. Working G r o u p on Earthquake Prediction and chairman of the California State Mining and Geology Board. In his talk and in an interview, Allen called for a step-up in e a r t h quake prediction research, parlicu- l a r l y i n e a r t h q u a k e - p r o n e California. HE SAID that, despite a growing belief lhal California is likely to experience a major earthquake in Ihe next few yenrs, sonic politicans h a v e e v e n t r i e d to discourage earthquake prediction because of Hie political and economic results of faulty predictions. But the possibility of making mistakes is far outweighed by the potential of saving lives in a major quake, he said. Given Ihe fact lhal earthquake prediction is still an i n f a n t science in the United Stales, what are Ihe chances lhal il can be done effectively in the next few years? "Rome pessimists say it will never bo done," Allen said. "Some optimists say il can be done in three years." "Scientists disagree w h e t h e r the changes l h a t precede earth- q u a k e s o c c u r s y s t e m a t i c a l l y enough lo m a k e predictions without lols of false alarms." I. "I think [hat in five years we ! can predict earthquakes of magnitude five (a moderate lo heavy jolt) in California." ho said. "But I think we're at least 10 years away from developing a successful system that can predict major quakes." iTurn to Page B-l, Col. I) GEORGE McKEEHAN NEAR THE AGED TANK Hope for Mexican villages Tanks for charity F'holo nnri Story Ky DICK EMEHY F r o m a f i r e department snorkel 85 feet above the street, a Long Beach Kiwanis Cluh leader Wednesday studied Suns e l Beach's landmark water lank. By a c u r i o u s s e r i e s of events, the aged redwood lank has been given, along with two others, lo Ihe club for transport -- somehow -- to two thirsty little villages deep in Baja California. G e o r g e McKechan, p a s t president of the Long Beach club and head of ils "Operation Chili Pepper" in Mexico, examined the old tank's splintery sides and dusty shingled roof, taking notes for a report to the membership. Six weeks ago he had pleaded with the Ilunlington Beach cily council lo release the abandoned lower to Ihe club for its charitable project. (Cont. on Page B-4, Col. 1) Outside greenskeepers on city courses barred Big changes said needed before coastal bill passes It is nol legally possible for Long Beach to contract wilh a private firm to perform maintenance services al cily golf courses now handled by civil service employes, (he Municipal G o l f Commission was told Wednesday. "The courts look upon this as circumventing the civil service system," s a i d Asst. City Manager Robert C. Creighton. Al its Feb. 18 meeting, the commission had proposed a feasibility study of contracting with a private company, on a trial basis, at one of the city courses. Commissioner John Kashiwaba- By STEVE LAWRENCE Associated 1'ress There will have to bo "substantial changes" made in the coastal conservation bill to gel it out of Ihe legislature, the measure's author said Wednesday in Sacramento. B u t I h o s c amendments c a n probably be made williput eliminating the proposal's ability lo ado- qnatoly curb coastal development. Sen. Anthony Bcilenson added. "Nobody said it was a perfect bill," the IJDS Angeles Democrat said in an interview. "There arc going to have to be substantial changes, bul 1 don'l Ihink they'll be critical." Beilenson made his comments afler the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee completed ils second hearing on t h e bill, which is intended lo carry o u l Prop. 20, Ihe 1972 coastal initiative. The bill would require local coastal governments to bring t h e i r land-use plans inlo line with Ihe coastal plan developed under Prop. 20. It would also create a perma- n e n t s t a t e coastal commission, which would act as an appeals board for citizens who felt a local agency was not following the plan's objectives. ra, who proposed the study lasl m o n t h , asked if Ihe cily could lease ils golf courses In p r i v a t e operators. "We don'l set any purpose in this," replied Creighton. "We feel they are very well managed and operated." Dr. K a s h i w a b a r a said he disagreed with statements t h a t t h e courses are in good condition under c i v i l s e r v i c e maintenance, h u l Creighton said there would be no guarantee thai courses could be maintained better or more economically under private management. T h e plan's goals include p r o - tecting coaslal farm and timberlands, concentrating development in already urbanized areas and maximizing public access lo beach areas. ONE QUESTION that will prol- ably have to IK- resolved lo gel Ihe bill oul of committee is whether Hie commission should h a v e power in a r r a s already handled by oilier agencies, Beilenson said. Power-plant siting Is one, of Ihoso areas, and under Bc-ilcnson's bill both the Stale Energy Commission ami the coaslal commission would have lo approve a power plant liefore il could be built on lliu coast. i Critics of the provision say ii would crenle nnneeded d u p l i c a t i o n of government activity, llul some environmentalists s a y I t i e y a r e leery of leaving coaslal power-planl siting to the Energy Commission. During Wednesday's hearing, the Beilenson bill generally drew praise from environmental groups and criticism from real estate anil land development inlcrests. "The coaslnl plan is a superb compromise," said Jnncf Adams, president of the California Coastal Alliance, t h e organi/alion l h a t sponsored Prop. 20. "IT IS A responsible product [hat was drafted in the real world. Only the chronic naysayers will f a u l t ils balance." Francis Sarguis, president of Get Oil Out, a Santa Barbara area environmental g r o u p , s a i d he thought Ihe hill would give local government too much of a role in protecting the coast. Ho said he would rather seo (ho r e g i o n a l c o a s l n l commissions created by Prop. 21) continue to operate, along with the statewide commission. But he added: "If this legislation cannot he viable along those lines, I would strongly urge support of the bill in ils present form because...the stale coastal commission is an imperative lool of the f u t u r e . " Doug (iillics. a lobbyist for the California Association of Realtors, said Ihe measure should put more emphasis on the need for balance b e t w e e n economic development and e n v i r o n m e n t a l protection. il should also not apply lo already urbani/.ed areas, he added. "An area like Rl Segundo, perhaps other than Ihe si rip of beach, should be excluded from the acl entirely," be said. Jerry Rubin, grown up at 37, selling new 'self,' new book By MOLLY BLRRELL Staff Writer Folk heroes -- dubious or olhcr- wisc -- neither die nor fade a w a y ; they grow up and write books. Jerry Rubin, one of the most dramatic of the breed, came In Ixng Beach Wednesday night lo p r o m o t e h i s n e w p r o d u c t i o n , "Growing (Up) al 37," and underplay his former image. Kx-rebel Rubin, looking like a leprechaun in Kelly green turtleneck and dark green velvet suit, sounded more Zen t h a n Yippie. But the 60 people who crowded into Dodd's Book Store on Bclmont S h o r e listened, questioned and occasionally bought books with fascination and some semblances of hero worship. THEY WERE moslly under 25, and the man who populari/.cd the slogans "Never trust anyone over 30" and "Kill your parents" talked neither up nor down lo t h e m . More like sideways. For example: "Where am I now? I am flowing within the Astern lo transform Ihe system. . .1 have no regrets alxiut the "60s, but that's the past. I've changed and am changing, and thal's w h a t ils all aboul. . .I'm really confused ahoul political change. . ! don't w a n t lo get into politics) comment. . .My ideals arc still Ihe same, but I'm going in another direction. How much Yippie is left in me? All of it In spirit. . .This is a very Yippie Ijook in t h a t way." THEN HE fielded the question of the hour: What did he mean by "The Chicago Seven were guilty as hell" (a statement in his March X Chicago Sun-Times article)? "I put my fool in my moulh," he admitted al a news conference earlier in the day. "I m e a n t T instead of 'we.' I made my apology In f o r m e r co-defendants a f t e r checking with Tom llaydcn's office to see if he minded. He didn't. . .What 1 also meant was lhat guilty doesn't mean wrong, f worked to organi/c as d r a m a t i c a polilical confronUifion as possible lo mobi- li/.c public opinion against the war in Vietnam. The law is so vague I don'l think I was legally guilty nf i n c i t i n g lo rinl." Back lo his hook ami today, he said he finds a new willingness in people lo say "1 don't know" and considers it hopeful--"the ( i r s l requisite for change." O T H E R observations in I h e book 1 "Uevolulion is only as hijjh as the people who make il. I had expected (he revolution apocalyptically bul have since di cove red revolution is an evolulionary process. The n e w consciousness movement will address itself to h u m a n i z i n g jails and ghettos, abolishing poverty, serving the needs of old and sick pcojifc. d e a l i n g a heallhy s o c i a l environment, con- trolling pollution, t u r n i n g [he nation i n t o one big cncounlcr ami growth group." And a confession:"As long as I bad an investment in being .Jerry Kubln Ihe radical lender I could nol grow. 1 had to free myself from my self image, my public image. I had to kill .lerry Rubin lo become me." This he did, he said, with the help of most of Ihe current growlh- p o t e n t i a l movements--ftolfing, KST. Fisher-Hoffman psychic Iher- a p y , acupuncture, hio-cncrgclics and Hcichlan therapy. J K K K Y FtUIilN -Slaff ['hot// People Talk l . f . A 0\K OF these days I'm going lo take a Ion? lunch hour and mosey down to McKinncy. Texas, for n meal I've been promised by Max Batson Sr. If George Rnbefon can hump it to !ndk for a camel, I think I ran travel to Texas for a good steak and a real cup of coffee. Max B.-itson is the son of Mrs. Martha Chnalc. who turned out lo bo Ihe owner of a 1£8 North Texas Slate University class ring which a "People Talk" reader found in Lakcwood's San Martin Park and turned inlo me a few few weeks hack. 1 got on Ihe horn w i l h the a l u m n i oflice al North Texas Stale, and in a j i f f y Mrs. Choate got back the ring she had lasl seen in i/mg Beach 23 years ago. The ring's relumed, but Ihe sneak thief who look il from Mrs. Choolc is slill unaccounted for. "People Talk" will have to keep Ihe books open on him. though f expect we never will bring him lo justice. Anyway. Mrs. Choate and her son are as pleased as punch with Ihe column's efforts in her be-half. They expressed their appreciation with an invitation lo come to McKinncy for sleak and coffee. I Ihink it's very neighborly of them. If Max and Martha ever drop by Ihe Independent. Press-Telegram, I'm going to ireal them (o lunch in our cafeteria, which o f f e r s Ihe tasliesl dishes this tide of Tedd Thomey. WHEN I think of the cooperation I got from Norlh Texas Slate in the effort lo reunite Mrs Choale and her class ring. I can't understand the nickname sported by lhal school's alhlelic teams They're called the "Mean Green." but they're not al nil mean when it comes In helping a stranger. I checked the public library and discovered "Mean Green" has lo do wilh the North Texas State colors of gret-n and while. I ' l l salute (host- colors any lime and and tell my friends in fk-nton they rate hip.h in f-ong Beach. T A K K A WALK: Saturday's March of Dimes Walkalhon is worth your lime and energy, and I hoi* you sign up cither as participant or financial contributor. While the W.-ilk.-jilvin is ck-amni; up in behalf of the March of Dimes. I ' l l be cleaning up for Ihe I/mi: Roach group of Ihe Sierra Club. The lime is '» a in Saturday and the place is the Seal P.eaih National Wildlife Refune on the southwestern perimeter of Anaheim Hay. Usl year. Sic-rn Club clean-up s'|uads picked up enough trash al the refuge to fill 30 huge bags. If Ibi- marine' and plant life at the refuge could t.'ilk, they'd say "Well done." Volunteers--and lhal includes anyone concerned w i f h improving Ihe environment--will rnctl al '\ ;.m. by Ihe road leading to Ihc- nil island just north of the bridge lo Surfsidc. ArrangcmcnK have been made with Ihe Tiiy of Sea! Beach for n a r k i n g along Pacific ("oast Highway, between the railroad bridge and the Shell sl;ili«ri |o ihc north. THK ONLY phy.sic.-il nnalifirstjon is the a b i l i t y l/ hewl in Ihe 'middle and he able- lo stoop for cans. pafKT and junk. Uniform of ihc day is work clothes, work gloves ami heavy shoes. Age i- no limiUilion; f a m i l i e s are welcome You can contact I^irry lye. Sierra Club c h a i r man. Inr further de-tails His number is yr7-7rn. The Sierra Club workout should urt me in shape lo Ihrow oul th' 1 f i r s t baseball (rr m a n a g e r Ctiltart Solo's l.itllc Is-ague opener ;ii · p rn in Stearns Park It promises to be a busy Srilurdiy

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