Independent from Long Beach, California on February 27, 1969 · Page 1
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DEATH PENALTY BAN TRY LOSES HE 5-1161 -- Classified No. HE 2-5959 INDEPENDENT M PAGES LONG BEACH. CALIFORNIA. THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 27, 1969 WEATHER I 5 Fair today, cloudy tonight and Friday with I chance of rain. High today about 6C, low to- I night near 48. Complete weather, Pag* C-3. I VOL. 32, NO. 42 HOME EDITION--lOe S.F. Pact DECIDE TODAY Crew Colds 432-3451 GRAFFITI by Lenry ACTION LINE is your service, solving your problems, getting your answers, cutting red tape and standing up /or your rights. To get action, write ACTION LINE, Box 230, Long Beach, Calif. 90801, or dial 432-3451 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., or 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions to be answered are selected for their general interest and helpfulness. Double Check? Q. Can you help me solve a problem with the Department of Motor Vehicles? In June, 1967. I was involved in a traffic accident. I had to post a cash security of $400 since I had no liability insurance. That September I filed a certificate of release, showing that I was not at fault in the accident, in order to gel my money refunded. So far my letters to the DMV have brought no reply. W. B. S., Lakewood. A. Department of Motor Vehicle records show that you have received and cashed the $400 refund check. A spokesman for the DMV said the $400 state warrant, number 4-046994, was issued to you at your present address on Nov. 19, 1968, bears your name in an ink endorsement, and was cashed at the Tahitian Village Restaurant. Although the restaurant's address isn't given, the check cleared the Southern California First National Bank of San Diego on Nov. 25. If you would like a photostatic copy of the check, write to the DMV Drivers Improvement Analyst Section, Sacramento, Calif. Boxed In Q. What is the title of the song written about ticky, tacky houses on a hillside, and what is the story behind the song? Mrs. R. H., Seal Beach. A. The song, written by former Long Beach resident Malvina Reynolds, is called "Little Boxes." ACTION LINE contacted Mrs. Reynolds at her Berkeley home. She explained that the song talks about the tendencies toward conformity in our society, but added that she felt the song's meaning was evident and didn't have to be Interpreted. "I got the idea for the song while driving down the peninsula south of San Francisco on my way to a speaking and singing engagement. I passed an area where a lot of building was going on, and I TEEN ACTION LINE . . . A-24 looked up at the houses on the hillside. They were all alike, they all had pointed roofs. They looked like some child's drawing. I jotted down the song, and when I got to the meeting, I sang it for the audience. I started singing it at other engagements and finally Pete Seeger picked it up, recorded it, and it became a hit." Mrs. Reynolds has composed many songs, including "Turn Around," "Vikki Dugan" and "The Cement Octopus." However, she started out to be a writer and has a PhD. degree in languages and literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Readers wanting to purchase the sheet music for Mrs. Reynolds songs, can write to Schroeder Music Co., 227 Parker St., Berkeley, Calif. 94704. Stamp Saver Q. I have a box full of extra stamps which I do not need for my collections. Is there some non-profit group which would like to have the extras? J. E., Lynwood. A. There is a stamp club at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach which would like old and commemorative stamps, said Edward Hurst, recreation leader. You can mail the stamps to the club in care of the Veterans Administration Hospital, Recreation Department, Seventh Street and Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, Calif. State Union? Q. Does the Labor Law Enforcement Division of the California Department of Industrial Relations act as sort of a union for salaried employes? D. B., Compton. A. "The Division of Labor Law Enforcement does not act as a union for anyone. However, we do enforce all state labor laws not under another agency's jurisdiction. For instance, we will help an employe collect past due wages," explained A. J. Reyff, assistant labor commissioner for California. The Long Beach branch of the Division of Labor Law Enforcement is located at 230 E. Fourth St. Individuals having disputes with their employers, especially back wages, can go to the division office and fill out a complaint form. The agency will investigate and try to work nut a settlement. When no settlement can be reached, the division can take the case into court if the employe cannot afford his own legal counsel. HOW TO USE ACTION LINE Be sure to use ACTION LINE'S special number --4323451--not The Independent, Press-Telegram's regular number, so your question or problem can be recorded. If the lines are busy, a postcard or letter will receive equal attention. Give your name, address and telephone number -not for publication -- but to help ACTION LINE help you. Include important information, but don't send pictures, documents, receipts or items you want returned. Only one query at a time please, so ACTION LINE can help as many readers as possible. The volume of mail and the number of telephone calls make it impossible to answer, or even acknowledge, every question. Please don't send stamps or self-addressed envelopes, as answers are given only in this column. Killed by May Delay Trustees A P aUaShal Reagan Backed on Rejection of AFT Strike Settlement LOS ANGELES(UPI) -The trustees of the California state colleges refused Wednesday to approve a settlement with striking teachers at San Francisco S t a t e College, but approved a proposed grievance procedure for all state college faculty members. The trustees voted 13 to 5 in favor of a motion by Gov. Ronald Reagan reaffirming the trustees' resolve not to negotiate with striking groups. However, the trustees approved the proposed grievance procedure for all state college faculty by a 15 to 2 vote with one abstention. The procedure included one provision of the conditional settlement with the teachers, which would provide "an impartial panel for appeal" to be selected on a statewide level. Gov. Reagan, who has opposed negotiation with striking teachers and students, said the trustees stood ready to discuss administrative procedures State Senate approves student crackdown measures. Page A-8. and grievances' with any faculty or employe group so long as these organizations are meeting their employment responsibilities and are not disrupting the academic process." Dr. S. I. Hayakawa, acting president of San Francisco State opposed the governor's motions because the sentiment in it had been "said so often, we all know it." * * * * HE ALSO attempted to put to rest trustee fears there had been appeasement to the strikers in the settlement. He urged the board to "worry less about appearance than reality" and added that even if the board approved the settlement, the strike would not end because of the conditions of the union for its acceptance remained unsettled. The union's conditions for accepting the settlement were ratification by academic atmosphere on the campus." Since the student strike continued such an atmosphere did not exist. Hayakawa argued that the trustees' approval would make little difference on the outcome and that their failure to do so would give more credence to union contention the trustees were "reactionary." The settlement turned down by the trustees was worked out during a series of meetings between a special trustees committee, the AFT and the San Francisco Labor Council, which had sanctioned the strike. TRUSTEES expressed fears the letter conditionally accepting the agreement, which was signed CAPE KENNEDY (UPI) The three Apollo 9 astronauts caught colds Wednesday and officials said the bug might delay Friday morning's scheduled start of America's toughest spaceflight by "one or more days." James A. McDivitt, 39. David R. Scott, 36, and Russell L. Schweickart, 33. turned up with mild sore throats and nasal conges tion in the morning and showed no improvement by evening. Chief astronaut physi dan Charles A. Berry planned to examine the pilots this morning before making a recommendation on a possible postpone ment. A decision was e\ pected before noon. McDivitt and Scott sharply reduced training activity Wednesday and Schweickart remained in the astronaut quarters to nurse his cold. All three took medication before retiring early Wednesday night. (Personality profiles of astronauts, Page A-18.) President Reassures Germans BONN, Germany UP) -President Nixon said Wednesday he hopes that future arms control talks between the United States and the Soviet Union will also cover political differences. West Germany's leaders requested that German reunification be part of any such agenda, but White House press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said the President indicated no preconditions would toe raised. In an unprecedented appearance before the Bun- destag, West Germany's parliament, Nixon said the power of the Atlantic alliance must be preserved. "As we enter what I have described as a period of negotiations with those who have been our opponents," he said, "we recognize that for those negotiations to succeed it is essential that we maintain the strength that made negotiations possible." * * * * THE FIRST foreign chief of state ever to address the Bundestag, Nixon spoke in English. He paused after each sentence while his words were translated. American officials expect the negotiations with the Russians to start within about six months. Nixon flew from foggy London to foggier Bonn with a pledge of continuing U.S. dedication to the goal of a united Germany. He told Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger that the United States will support whatever course West Germany chooses to pursue in the current Berlin dispute with the Communist East. He stopped well short, Oil Slick Spreads Off Santa Monica NEW OIL SLICK SPREADS FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING RIGS Major Leak Is in Well Sunk From Platform at Top of Photo --AP Wirepholo Southland Flood Damage May Exceed $100 Million (Continued Page A-4, Col. 6) (Continued Page A-5, Col. ]) Southern C a l i f o r n i a flood refugees started trickling back to their homes Wednesday to face a staggering cleanup project. Many found no homes waiting. They were buried under tons of mud, lying in wreckage at the bottom of canyons, or had been washed away in swirling floodwaters. The relentless shock waves of successive storms appeared to be almost over. But the cost, in lives and property is yet to be counted. At least 12 persons are dead. Scores of others are still missing or "unaccounted for." Property damage estimates may exceed $100 million. * * * * THE GRIMMEST cleanup chore of all went on in Silverado Canyon Fire Station, near Irvine Lake in Orange County, where at least five were killed Tuesday in a mudslide. A report issued Wednesday that six more bodies had been found turned out lo be an error. The official notice was given news media because a routine request by the coroner's office for six additional body bags was misinterpreted. The official death list includes: Robert Anthony Hendricks, 16; Montell H. DeWitt, 41; Richard Black, 33; Max R. Mell, -14, and Mrs. Jane Schrowe, 46. Eight others still are "unaccounted for" though not officially listed as "missing." Elmer Osterman, state S.F. Girl Hurt In Racial Clash SAN FRANCISCO (UP1) -- Another clash between white and black students, the second within a week, left one girl injured Wednesday at Lincoln High School. The disturbance erupted in the school's cafeteria when, according to police, a group of white girls was attacked by several Negro girls. The fighting spread and chairs were thrown before police tactical squad members arrived. forest ranger for the county and chief of its fire department, said he fears that "more than half of the canyon's 365 homes have been destroyed." He said it will he "many days before the full damage can be assessed." * * * * MARINE CORPS helicopters, shuttling from the ravaged canyon to the Irvine Lake Fire Station, airlifted evacuees for the second day and will return to emergency duty today. By nightfall Wednesday, 778 persons had been taken from Silverado and nearby Modjeska Canyons, which also took a heavy pounding from the storm. Most were taken to an emergency care center set up in El Modena High U.S. Probe of Major Leak Due By GEORGE LAINE Staff Writer The latest oil leak in the Santa Barbara Channel worsened Wednesday, spewing thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Pacific in a visible coating that stretched south as far as Santa Monica. Tar from the slick smeared Los Angeles County beaches. Los Angeles lifeguards reported gobs of oil-coated debris washing ashore at Malibu and Will Rogers Beach, one of the city's most-prized shore areas. The oil also oozed onto northern beaches contanim- nated by a prior overflow. The Los Angeles Recreation ami Parks Department reported that two dead gulls and a dead porpoise fouled by oil had been washed ashore at Venice beach. William Frederickson Jr., manager of the department, seid the 100-foot- wide sheet of oil stretched s o u t h w a r d and had touched down on beach areas from Castle Rock south lo the Santa Monica city lirnirs. * * * * SANTA MONICA Mayor Herbert Spurgin said late Wednesday he would personally inrpect the city's offshore areas today. Unkin Oil Company, owner of the drilling properties off Santa Barbara, confirmed the new leak saying thai the oil was escaping from a well activated to relieve pressure on the channel floor. It was a well operated by Union which produced the Jan. 28 leak which coated 30 miles of resort beaches with crude oil, taking a fearsome toll of plant and animal life. "I don't think it's any worse than the original leak," a Union spokeman conceded late Wednesday, "but I can't say it's any beltei either." The first leak gushed oil at the rate of about 21,000 gallons per day. The new leak -- and its consequences came in for official action: -- Interior Secretary Wallet J. nickel's pledged to send new emergency equipment and technical personnel to the plagued (Continued Page A-4, Col. 3) (Continued Page A-4, Col. 1) INSIDE INDEPENDENT Deaths Trigger Recall of Cars DETROIT (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. Wednesday announced the most massive recall campaign in U.S. automaking history, the callback of 4,9-million cars and trucks for corrections of hazards of exhaust fumes--which have been blamed for four deaths--and s t i c k i n g throttles. GM said it had received reports of four deaths due to exhaust fumes, three of them at one time. Several other persons were reported to have been overcome by the fumes, a GM spokesman said. A minior accident was blamed on a stuck throttle, he said, but no in- juires or deaths resulted. GM said i! will recall 2.4-million 1«65 through 1969 model Chevrolet because exhaust fumes could enter the passenger compartment. An additional 2.5 · million 1968 and 1969 model Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Olds- mobiles, Buicks, Cadillacs and GMC trucks will be recalled because a carburetor cam could break apart and cause a throttle to stick in a partly open position, it said. The GM s p o k e s m a n said Mr. and Mrs, Charles L. Hunt and Susan Koehler were asphyxiated in a 1968 Chevrolet Impala near Heber City, Utah, July 11, 1968. Three days later, he said, Mrs. Charles Dunaway was reported asphyxiated in a 1966 Impala in Baton Rouge, La. The Hunt car had been driven more than 14,000 (Continued Page A-4, Col. 4) · SPECIAL TODAY: Old-line politicians were convinced Kennedy could win. Page B-l. · PROSECUTION rests in Sirhan trial. Page A-3. · PUEBLO MARINE faked suicide try during ·Hell Week.' Page A-10. · LONG BEACH WRITER discredits key witness against Clay Shaw. Page A-15. · GOLDEN YEARS, Page A-23. · SOUTHLAND EVENTS, Page A-27. Amusements .. .A-26 Classified C-9 Comics B-8 Editorial B-2 Financial B-6, 7 L.A.C -.-3 Obituaries C-9 Robeson B-3 Shipping C-9 Thomey ...A-27--29 Television C * Sports C-l--8 Vital Statistics ..C-9 Women B-10, 11 · COMING TOMORROW: Expelled priest warns of revolution danger in Latin America.

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