Independent from Long Beach, California on February 26, 1969 · Page 24
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 24

Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, February 26, 1969
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MAC* COMBING MALCOLM EPLEY HE READERS write of many things, and here are some excerpted letters: Dear M.E.: One trouble with our times is that the kooks get too much publicity. Young minds are impressionable and more stories about people who do worthwhile things or who make something of their lives would be helpful. If kids could only realize that life is short and they should make every minute count. -- Mrs. E. E. Bak- For a short Sunday drive, our family recommends the Palos Verdes Hills country. There your Oregon friends would have learned there that we, ton, have a green grass on our hills. The journey over there is filled with interesting sights, too. As for wildflowers, it is too soon for the "seaside daisies," which only grow in this area, but the oxalis is in bloom on the tallest stems I've seen in years. -- L. F. Moreland. Oil slicks on the ocean near California seashores are not new. Shortly after we came here in 1923, we went swimming one night and were shocked to discover our bodies covered with black, sticky oil. That was years before there was any offshore or tidelands oil drilling in this region. -- B. I. Jones. We have written on several occasions to our representatives in Wash - ington and Sacramento expressing grave concern over the present procedure of protecting criminals at the expense and disregard of law-abiding citizens. It would seem thai if one must choose between two extremes, it would be better to get back to an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." -- Mr. and Mrs. R. Hayes. I'm for the Warren Court, 100 per cent. I heard a prosecutor in Downey Municipal- Court tell a jury that the defendant must be guilty because he didn't go on the witness stand and deny his guilt. If this defendant had had counsel, there would have been an immediate motion for a mistrial. There would have been no trial if the defendant hadn't pleaded not guilty. -- Ed Wliile. In view of all the expressed concern aboul people crowding up in urban areas, why not have the government subsidize people to build up the small towns in the out-of- way places? It need not be a total subsidy, but enough to make it worth while for a young couple to try it. Uncle Sam is shelling out so much, why not this? -- L. McDonald. It is time that citizens and taxpayers banded together to see to it that the best and only the best is kept at our State College. It must be made so tough for the weak-kneed teacher of poor academic standards, as well as the undesirable student, that they no longer stay on campus and cause trouble . . . Until the day Dr. Carl McIntosh leaves as president, every responsible citizen of the community should back him. We should demand a strong central administration with each dept. head as a speaking member . . . Real students come to a school for guidance, not to shout and howl. -- Evelyn D. Reynolds. From the reports I have read I am back of President Hayakawa of San Francisco State College in his efforts to gain law and order. We "ordinary" citizens are getting angry to learn that the educational system into which we pour millions can be controlled by a few dissidents . . . Let's put authority back in the hands of the administration to keep law and order for the sake of the majority. -- Nelia M. Dosser. ASK ANY DUCK Webfeet Have Advantage WADDLING BEATS WALKING ON BEACH Lifeguard Joe Reinisch Flits With Flippers Story and Photos By DICK EMERY As every pelican knows, webfeet are nifty for paddling when the going gets deep. Ducks know, too. And albatrosses, Canada geese, Oregonians--and lifeguards. "You can't beat a pair of good webfeet for swimming," Lifeguard Joe Reinisch said Tuesday at Cabrillo Beach. He explained lifeguards use artificial webfeet. invented in the '30s, further developed by Navy frogmen in the '40s and popularized in the "50s and '60s by skin- divers. The flappy rubber feet are called fins. "When you put a pair of fins on your feet," Reinisch said happily, "it's great! You can paddle like a duck headed downstream!" Local area fears--or hopes--recent rains might cause webfootedness among local residents, Reinisch said, lack scientific basis. "I don't think it'll happen," he said "even if it rains all the way through March!" INDEPENDENT WEDNESDAY. FEB. 26, 1969 SECTION B--Page B-l MARKETS ON PASES C-6 C-7 ARTIFICIAL WEBFEET MAKE A MAN EQUAL TO ANY DUCK In the Water, That Is. There's Still the Matter of Rain-Proof Wings SUPERVISORS ACT Form County Beach Dept. From Our L.A. Bureau Creation of a separate department of beaches was ordered Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who also considered boosting the county's beach subsidy to Long Beach. The board sharply rejected a report from Lindon S. Hollinger, county chief administrative officer, urging elimination of the long-standing subsidies to beach cities. It was agreed the current subsidies -- $100,000 each to Long Beach, Santa Monica and Los Angeles -will be listed in the forthcoming county budget. But supervisors made it clear that during budget hearings they may boost the subsidies substantially -or change the budget allocation formula. Supervisor Burton Chace, whose district includes all the county's beach areas, suggested subsidies be increased to §175,000 for Long Beach, $150,000 for Santa Monica and $200,000 for Los Angeles. He spearheaded the drive for a separate beach department, noting county lifeguards "feel they are stepchildren" under the county park and recreation department, which "doesn't know their problems." CHACE SAID HE WAS "DUMBFOUNDED that Hollinger would suggest elimination of the beach subsidies, in effect for more than 30 years." Under the change, county lifeguards and beach maintenance personnel would be transferred to the new beach department. Chace said the new department will have charge of county and state beaches while "city-owned and operated beaches will continue to be managed at the municipal level, since the cities rightfully wish to retain local control." However, Supervisors Warren M. Dorn and Kenneth Halm both voiced strong support for coordination of all beaches under county control. But, Hollinger said, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Los Angeles wished to retain control of their beaches, so discussion of consolidation was a "waste of time." He had recommended eliminating the subsidies on the grounds that: --Beach operations in Long Beach and Santa Monica are more than self-supporting through oil revenues and parking, respectively, and, -- Los Angeles isn't providing enough parking spaces for out-of-city users. L.B. Voters Will Use IBM Recorders for Elections Oil Funds Eyed to Float Airport Oops! Dash Becomes Splash Scurrying pedestrian ran into pool of trouble near Douglas Aircraft Co. plant trying to dodge downpour at a flooded intersection. Nobody's yet figured out how to turn off the sky faucet, which since Saturday had produced 4.70 inches of rain, making Long Beach's total precipitation since Jan. 1 a sopping 20.87 inches -- wettest ever in this area. --Staff Photo by BOB SHUMWAY Crow Fails in Bid to Alter Elections Use of the IBM vote recorders in the Long Beach primary and general municipal elections this year was authorized Tuesday by the City Council. The devices, with which the voter punches out his choices onto a computer card, is the same as used in Los Angeles County during 19G8's presidential primary and general elections. Advertisement Sells Car Minus Motor, Gears Sell a car without a motor or transmission? That's exactly what Hugh Seeds of 872 Stevely Ave., Long Beach did with Independent, Press-Telegram classified advertising. He received over 70 calls in the space of just a few days for the '65 Chevy body. Seeds commented, "I have used your paper often and always get good results." Selling a car . . . with or without motor? You'll get great results too, with I, P-T Classified. Call the Classified Hot Line, 4325959 today. City Clerk Margaret L. Moore recommended Long Beach change from the old-type paper ballot to the vote recorders. "This new procedure will save our office many time-consuming hours," Mrs. Moore said. Councilmen also authorized a $46,054.06 agreement with Martin Chapman Co. Ltd., to furnish election services and supplies for both the May 13 primary and June 3 general elections. Vice Mayor Robert F. Crow tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to have three of his proposals for changing municipal election procedures referred back to the charter amendment committee for further study. His effort to get reconsideration of a proposal to have Long Beach's mayor elected by a citywide vote of the people lost only by a 5-to-4 vote. Crow failed to get any support for motions to refer back to the committee proposals to tighten residency requirements for municipal candidates and to establish filing fees. Neither motion received a second. On the motion to refer the proposal for election of the mayor at large, Crow was supported by Councilmen Raymond C. Kealer and Dr. Thomas J. Clark and by Mayor Edwin W. Wade. After the motion was defeated, Councilman Paul R. Deals moved lo concur in. the charter amendment committee's recommendation that the present method, in which the council elects the mayor, be maintained. Deals' motion was adopted by a 6-to-3 vole, with only Crow, Clark and Wade opposed. By DON BRACKENBURY Staff Writer Tideland funds probably could be used to finance development of an offshore airport, but existing legislation would have to be amended to authorize it, the city attorney's office ruled Tuesday. The City Council Inst November asked Cily Attorney Leonard Putnam to investigate the "propriety and legality" of using tideland revenue for construction of an offshore airfield. "Generally speaking, the existing tideland legislation does not expressly permit use of such funds for such purpose," said the opinion, written by Deputy City Attorney Leslie E. Still Jr. "EXISTING LEGISLA- tion may be amended to provide expressly for the use of the tideland funds for such purpose, but the advisability or feasibility of accomplishing such amendment without otherwise disturbing ihe existing tideland fund arrangement would require further deliberation and investigation," the attorney's office said. The precise location of such an airport would be one factor which would have to be taken into consideration, the opinion pointed out. If the offshore airport were located outside the federal breakwater, it could be located entirely, or partially, on stale-owned submerged lands within Ihe Long Beach cily limits. 2 L.B. Area Men Die in Action The Defense Department announced Tuesday the names of two Long Beach area servicemen killed in action in Vietnam. The dead are: Army Pfc. Michael T. Rowc, son of George H. Rowe, 1118 Cedar Ave.. Apt. 11, Long Beach. Marine Cpl. John B. Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Cook, 9362 Alderbury St., Cypress. Authority to use such state-owned lands would have to be obtained from the state, either by legislative ticleland grant to the city for airport purposes, or by lease or permit. If the airport were located three or more miles seaward of the federal breakwater, the silo would be on federally held land, and authority would have to be obtained from the U.S. government for the use, plus state authority for access over the intervening state lands, the attorney's office said. The opinion pointed out use of tideland funds also would be affected by whether construction and operation of the proposed airport would be undertaken by the City of Long Beach, or by joint powers, or an agency created for such purpose. Offshore Airport Plan Discussed By HERB SHANNON Aerospace Editor Pros and cons of a proposal to build a three- square-mile airport on landfill seaward of the outer harbor breakwater were discussed by a team of airport planners Tuesday night during a Long Beach meeting of the regional section of the American Society for Oceanography. H. Lee Higley, vice president of Adrian Wilson Associates, a Los Angeles firm responsible for the master plans of major airports from Las Vegas to Hawaii and the Orient, said he could find few flaws in the proposal, but admitted there are unknown factors requiring a detailed feasibility study. Lynn E. Jackson, vice president of the Pacific Coast Division of Auburn Associates, an engineering firm jointly proposing the offshore airport, defended the estimated $1.5-billion cost of the landfill and improvements as "cheap land acquisition" compared to other means in developed areas, during the meeting in the Edgewater-Hyatt House. SKETCHES OF THE -PROPOSED four-runway airport projected by Higley showed a gigantic rectangular fill using the entire length of the central segment of the breakwater as its north boundary. Approach patterns extended eastward, fanning out from Alamitos Bay to Bolsa Chica Beach. Takeoff patterns to the west skirted Point Fermin in San Pedro, spreading south over open water. Higley said the ends of the runways would be no closer to the nearest shoreline than eight miles, "about the same distance as the Harbor Freeway from Los Angeles International." The airport planner said the location would provide many advantages, including the lack of adjacent developed areas, access to rail lines through Los Angeles harbor for cargo shipments and accessibility to freeway networks. He also pointed out ancillary uses for the landfill as an oil drilling platform, pier facilities for deep-draft supertankers and possible location for a nuclear power plant. HE SAID THE POSSIBILITY of navigational hazards from sealane shipping could be prevented by control tower warnings to approaching aircraft, and by normal buoy markers. He admitted unknown factors included fog conditions outside the harbor and the effects of the landfill on tidal action. Owners to Ask OK to Sell 'Big White Steamer' By JACK 0. BALDWIN Maritime Editor Owners of the SS Calalina, who claim they can'l operate the 2,000-passenger, 43-year-old "Big White Steamer" at a profit, will ask the Public Utilities Commission Thursday for permission to sell the vessel. PUC .Examiner Kent Rogers is scheduled to receive the request in two days of hearings in the State Building at 107 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. "Unreasonable manning demands" by maritime unions make it impossible to operate the cross-channel steamship prof- ilably, Ihe Calalina Transportation Co. has charged. The excursion boat spent the 1968 tourisl season al anchor in Ihe ouler harbor of Ihe Port of Los Angeles. A petition filed with Ihe PUC by James Lyons, atlorney for Ernesl McCook, presidenl of Calalina Transportation Co., claimed a 16.6 per cenl drop in passenger Iravel and a 66 per cent increase in labor costs in the ship's last year of operation -- 1967. A Mexican company has offered to purchase the vessel and convert it lo an auto ferry to be operated between the mainland and Baja California, Charley Stillwell, general manager of the operating company, MGRS Inc., said. He did not disclose the amount of the offer. A now, high-speed, 500-passenger vessel lo replace the Catalina is under construction at Tacoma, Wash., and will be ready for thn 1969 tourist season, Stillwell said. The all-aluminum ship, costing S2 million, is being built by the Nartin- loch Shipbuilding Co. In a previous Ihree days of hearings which concluded Monday, 12 Avalon businessmen soughl to persuade the PUC to order MGRS Inc. to resume operation of the sleamer, but Lyons told them the PUC has no jurisdiction because the vessel's operators are involved in a labor dispute. Paul Meyers, who operates seven businesses in Avalon, has filed suit against MGRS Inc. for $1.7 million, contending he and other Avalon businessmen suffered severe financial losses when the steamer did not sail during 1968. The suit, charging the company with failure to abide by the terms of ils PUC franchise lo provide sleamer service to the island, asks $870,000 in actual damages and $900,000 in punitive damages.

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