Independent from Long Beach, California on March 19, 1976 · Page 21
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 21

Long Beach, California
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Friday, March 19, 1976
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County mayor plan won't be on June ballot By NOEL SWANN From Our L.A. Bureau The issue of an elected county mayor and an expanded board of supervisors will not be placed in the June 8 primary ballot. That decision came Thursday after one of the proponents of the idea said more time was needed to study the complex language needed in the charter change to create the new office. Supervisor K e n n e t h H a h n , original architect of the county mayor idea, pressed (or a vote to place the issue on the November instead of t h e J u n e b a l l o t on grounds more time was needed (or various government agencies and community groups to study the issue. Hahn .said he was willing to vole to put the issue on the June 8 ballot but said he felt the measure w o u l d be defeated if opponents such as Supervisors Baxter Ward and James Hayes wrote opposing arguments. Hahn said that by holding the matter until November there would be "adequate time for debate, discussion, dissent and refinement to insure the charter language would be in pure form with no doubt and no suspicions." Hayes and Ward, however, both objected to a commitment to plac- ing the issue on the November ballot. I n s t e a d , following lenghthy debate, the board instructed County Counsel John Larson to submit draft language tor the proposed change, including all versions raised to date. The board decided it would then study various portions of the language at regular board sessions and that a final draft with refinements would be considered between July 1 and July 15. After that (he board will have until Aug. 19 to decide whether to place the issue on the November ballot. Hayes and Ward both express- K JT TT Tf TT Tt Ward in sharp set-to with Bounty mayor supporters '".-By RALPH HINMAN JR. .- ' Staff Writer 'Battle l i n e s between Supervisors' Chairman Baxter Ward and supporters of a plan to elect a Los Angeles County mayor and expand the b o a r d of supervisors w e r e drawn sharply Thursday during a conference sponsored in part by Long Beach Stale University. Ironically enough, the conference -- held in downtown Los Angeles at the Biltmore Hotel -- was titled "Can We Manage to M a n a g e ? " Cosponsors w i t h LBSU's Center f o r P u b l i c P o l i c y a n d Administration were the American Society for Public Administration's local chapter and the Municipal Management Assistants of Southern California. Ward, who arrived late at a luncheon session in which he was scheduled to deal with the question, "Can Los Angeles County Be Governed," cheerfully lashed out at groups and individuals supporting the proposed revamping. He repeatedly i m p l i e d t h a t changing existing forms of county government to include an elected mayor who would carry out policies set by a 9-member supervisory board could lead to widespread corruption. INCLUDED A M O N G h i s t a r gets were the Los Angeles Bar Association, w h a t he termed "the downtown interests . . . the elite," the Los Angeles Times and a local foundation that financed a study proposing the changes. The P u b l i c Commission on County Government (PCCG), a private entity despite its name, recently published a detailed critique which describes county government here as "a relic of the horse-and- buggy age." The statement was drafted by 12 commissioners working with a paid staff of two. Financial support was provided by the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation. At a later session, Dr. Francine F. Rabinovitz, PCCG deputy direct o r , categorically denied Ward's charges. She said, "let's dispel that 'conspiracy thing.' This (document) was produced by a wide-spectrum group representing the community . . . it was no picked elite." It was. rather, "a group of public-spirited men and women," including t h e p r e s i d e n t of Ihc Urban League, a Chicano educator, and an AFL-CIO executive along with various attorneys and business persons, "who spent thousands of hours of unpaid time preparing the report." Support for Ward's stance was voiced by Barna Szabo, chief deputy to Supervisor James H. Hayes. Szabo, making it clear he was echoing his chief's position, took to task the commission and its supporters for putting down "the particular genius of the present Los Angeles County system of government." Biggest Seal Beach election fight takes shape in Old Town By BOB SANDERS Slaff Writer The big race in Seal Beach's municipal elections March 30 is shaping up in the city's Old Town District One where f o u r candidates are trying to unseat incumbent Barbara Barton, who was appointed to the post last April. In District Four, Mayor Tom McKnew is defending his office from a lone challenger, veteran educator Frank Laszlo, and City Treasurer D. B a r r y Morgan is being challenged by Orange County marshal William Ruzgis for the posl Morgan has held since 19f7. In Dislricl Two, Russ B. Gray, a businessman who lives in Leisure World, is unopposed in his bid for the seat vacated by Frank Sales, who chose not to run. Veteran City Clerk Jody Weir, who is also unopposed, is conducting a full-scale camapaign to make seal Beach "the votingesl city in the United States" by getting out a larger vote than the 55 per cent that turned out in 1!XM. Considerable voter interest has been expressed on the lone amendment to the city charter. It would allow certain work to be done by the city or county employes without having to go to bid. The contest in District One seems to have narrowed to a field of four with aerospace technician Jesse Rountree conducting a comparatively low-key drive which he has said is designed to prevent "a split" in the vole and force a runoff election. Ms. Barton, office manager for a Seal Beach dentist, appears to be the (ront-runner, campaigning on her experience as mayor pro tern and the knowledge of city affairs she has picked up since her appointment to the council. The term is for two years. The council seat became vacant when Steve Kenyon resigned and Ms. Barton was appointed to serve until this election. HER CHALLENGERS, who have been conducting strong door- to-door and meel-lhc-voter cam^Hiding truth robs the dying of lif e 9 DR. CLAUDE KARRIS -Staff Photo By WALT MURRAY Staff Writer Doctors, relatives and friends who don't letl dying patients the truth about their terminal illnesses are robbing them of life, a Ixing Beach psychologist said Thursday. Dr. Claude Farris, a former minister who is now a Ix)ng Beach City College professor, lold an audience at Ihe college's Pacific Coast Campus that honesty is always the best policy when there's no hope of saving a sick person's life. "Not l o l l i n g the patient deprives him of his chance to wind up his affairs and live actively Ihe last few days, months or years of his life,"he said. (Turn to Page B-t. Col. n paigns, are: management consultant Edward Mischell, who has long been active in city a f f a i r s and a frequent speaker at council meetings; Los Angeles City fireman Ronald "Chi" Kredell who is a 29- year resident of Old Town; and 28- year-old Orange County Public Defender Stan Steinberg. In District Four, Ixiszlo, veteran Los Angeles City school teacher and a member of the Los Alamitos School District board of trustees, is conducting a s t r o n g c a m p a i g n against McKncw with pamphlels and questionnaires in addition to his door-to-door campaign. HE FAVORS construction of a sound barrier along Ihc San Diego Freeway adjacent lo College Park Easl, repeal o( the "unjustified" city utility lax and more open space and recreational tacililics for College Park Easl. McKnew, an attorney, is campaigning mainly on his four-year experience as a councilman and mayor and a long list of "major accomplishments" that have occurred during his term of office. In District T w o , G r a y said early in the campaign lhat most of his lime and effort would be expended in trying to "help Jody (Mrs. Weir) gel oul the biggest vote we can." CITY TREASURER Morgan, a retired Bank of America vice president, is campaigning on the record he's made in eight years in office and an investment program he instituted which, he estimates, has earned the city more lhan $1 million. His opponent, Ruzgis, emphasizes a long list of qualifications for the job and says he "strongly feels that the office of city treasurer should be limited lo one or, at the very most, two terms and would make that recommendation to Ihe city council." Since Seal Bearh elects strictly by district, v o t e r s in Districts Three and Five will be voting only for the offices of city clerk and city treasurer and the charter amendment. ed concern that they had not been invited to take part in drafting of the proposed charter language. Hayes noted he had just finished studying one draft Thursday morning but was presented with a new draft only minutes before the afternoon discussion. "If we ourselves do not even know what language we are supposed to be voting on, how can we expect Ihc public ID know what is happening?" Ward once more criticized (he blue-ribbon Commission on County Government which earlier this year presented a report calling for a separation of powers in county gov- ernment by w n v of an elected mayor and expanded board. He charged the commission represented special interests and said a new committee with broad representation from the community should be formed to study the proposed charter language. H a h n , h o w e v e r , objected strongly to another committee and Supervisor Ed Edclman also jumped to the defense of the commission niembcrs. saying it was unfair lo infer lhat they represented special interests. W a r d insisted he was not against the concept of a county mayor but said he objected strong- ly to Ihc form of county mayor suggeslrxl in the commission report. W a r d suggested the board should lake up discussion of some portions of the proposed language within t h e next two weeks and should deal with other portions "one piece at a time in a leisurely fashion." Supervisor P e t e Schabanmi, who earlier had indicated support for putting the matter on (he June ballot, said he fell a delay would kill the momentum crealen by the commission report. Bui he went along with other members in the move lo hold Ihc mailer over. ·.·;:.S.:, : :-:, ,;:;.. -I -·*',.,.- KATHY COLLINS...Outside Poly Hitfli -vSlalf Photo by TOM SHAW Poly senior to head city panel on youth Kalhy Collins, 10, a Poly High School senior, has been elected chairwoman of the newly formed lxng Beach Commission on Youth. The 18-memhcr commission, composed of 12 high school students and six adults, was appointed In advise the City Council, city manager's office and the city's Division of Youth Affairs on concerns of (xmt! Beach's young people. Miss Collins said one of Ihc first priorities of the commission will be to hold neiKliborlHxxf meetings so that young people in Ihc community will have an opportunity to appear before the commission. Meetings will be held at ·! p.m. on the firsl and third Wednesdays of each month at sites to be announced. The next meeting, April 7, will be in North Long Beach. Other commission officers are Dan Jacobson. vice chairman, a Millikan H i g h junior; Uiuraine Barber, president of the Long Beach Coordinating Council, secret a r y ; a n d Dcnisc llerro, Wilson H i g h sophomore, assistant secretary. Miss Collins is cummissinner of organizations at I'nly and is involved in the Program of Additional Cnrricular (experience (PACK) program and the National Honor Society. A m o n g h e r a w a r d s a r e Outstanding Service to Polyctles and a two-jeweled "L" service award. J.icohson is student body vice president at Millikan, an office traditionally reserved for seniors. He was junior class president last semester and is president of Ihc National Korcnsir l/cague chapter at Millikan. Miss Berro ha.s been active in student government, drama and scholarship activities. Subdivision bid denied A proposed two-parcel subdivision on Ocean Manor Place, a private street south of Ocean Boulevard east of Blulf Park, was denied Thursday hy the Ixmg Beach P l a n - ning Commission on recommendation of Ihc planning staff F r a n k ' S h e r l o c k , a principal planner on Ihc city s t j f f , said it was one of the few recommendations for denial of a subdivision map the staff had made in the past several years. The basic problem, Sherlock told the commission, is lhat there is i n s u f f i c i e n t room on the proposed parcels to develop it under its R-i multiple-residential zoning. Together the two parcels comprise just under one-third of an acre, hut Sherlock pointed out lhat the west property line is down the cenlcr of Ocean Manor Place and a large portion of both proposed lots extends over the bluff to the beach below. INDEPENDENT * WDAY. MARCH 19 srcriON B, PAGI B-I Hubbard Building's last gasps By CHARLES SUTTON Staff Writir The old Omar Hutibard Building, which is being demolished as p;irt of the city's new civic center development, looked like a battered and bewildered derelict Thursday. I t s w i n d o w s w e r e missing. What decorations may have adorned its (ace were evident only by the scars t h n t remained. The parapet thai girdled its roof and overlooked 1 the downtown .iron for (he past Hi', years hung in tatters (ram the top.' floor, while outside, piles of rubble lay ;i( its base. "IT LOOKS I.IKK hell," said l-egal Aid attorney Don Bryant, surveying the mess through :i pair of sunglasses. Yet Bryant, who is representing environmentalist I'elcr Ucvcrcaux in the latter's efforts to save the building from destruction, insisted Hint the structure was still salvageable. W h a t demolition h a s t a k e n place, in fact, would have h a d - t o have been done anyway to prepare the structure for rehabilitation os n low or middle-income h o u s i n g project, he said. The question t h a t remains, though, Is whether (lie demolition hasn't progressed to t h e p o i n t where the building is no longer structurally sound or safe. BRYANT INSISTED that it is safe, and d prove i! lie brought In a s t r u c t u r a l engineer to examine the building In anticipation of a court hearing on the mnttcr next week. Dcvercaiix, In his effort to save the old apartment structure for low or middle-income housing, has already won a tcni|Hirary restraining order against Ihc city. But to stop the demolition Ire still needs a court order against the contractor -- Uoger Hoy Engineer- i n g Contractors, I n c . , of C h a l c - worlh. AT A C O U R T a p p e a r a n c e Tuesday, Roy told l/is Angeles Superior Court Judge Norman Dowds that the building wns unsafe as a result of the demolition that had already lakcn place, and Dowds refused to issue a restraining order against (he contractor. Hut the matter is scheduled to come up again at a hearing next Thursday, and the testimony of consulting engineer Gary Karinen is expected to IK an important part of Devercaux's newest request. Karinen refused to c o m m i t himself Thursday, asserting that he still had to e x a m i n e the building plans before he could make a determination of the structure's integrity. Devercaux had earlier taken his case to the regional and statt coastal commissions, but he lost hisl l a s t administrative appeal when"? the state commission refused t o hear the case on grounds t h a t there was no .substantial issue involved. On March X -- just as demolition had begun and hours before the deadline for legal action -- he filed his first writ. Since then, the case has become mired in legal technicalities. (Turn to Page B-l, Col. I) People Talk F ( A m l i r THERE ARE Americans who think the nation has a 5lst stale-the Postal Service's state of confusion. One such person is K.P. Chisholm of Uguna Hills, who answered mail call with this Bronx cheer: "Our daughter mailed one of her frequent letters to us from Modesto on Feb. 9. Properly, legibly and correctly addressed w i t h c o m p l e t e information. (Standard size, acceptable envelope.) "It came lo us 15 days later. And the mystery is this: The cancellation postmark clearly and plainly shows that the letter went to Poughkocpsie, N.Y., without being canceled in Modesto at ail. "Poughkeepsie didn't know what to do with it and rerouted the letter to Fullerton. But Fullerton, bless its heart, knew where Laguna Hills, Calif., was and finally got the letter down to us. "How did the letter get to New York without going through the cancellation machine in Modesto? Who knows?" Yes, and who knows why an Indianapolis la-Long Beach letter was postmarked Denver? I asked lhat question in my March 12 column. A former postal employe quickly responded, saying the Denver postmark was a result of careless handling, since the ZIP code was in order, etc. AS FOR the other issue f raised in that column-the nondelivery of an undersize card mailed by Lyn Roberts of (/one Beach lo a friend in Ihe Philippines --my caller haifthis to say: "The minimum size standards for foreign mai! are set hy the Universal Postal Union and not d i c t a t ed by the U.S. Postal Service. Our postal service merely complied with those rules in returning Ihe card to Mrs. Roberts." Fair enough, but why did it take the U.S. Postal Service 2 V4 years lo apprise Mrs. Roberts that her cards to the Philippines were too small for foreign cancellation machines' My caller also told me Ihe volume of mai) has long since exceeded the capacity of postal facilities, the bulk of which were built during the Roosevelt administration. "How much has population grown since the l9Ms?" he asked rhetorically." That's most of your answer." I still say that it's a good thing we didn't p l a y Post Office like lhat when we were kids. If we hao", few of us would have been kissed--which seems to be a romantic way to drop the subject for now. THE ECONOMIC pinch is being fell by Mrs. f)orothy Weiss' combined fourth and fifth-grade class at Hansen School in West Anaheim. May is only two months off, awl Ihc youngsters have raised a bit less than KOOO of the J'J.OOO they need for a week's excursion lo Washington, B.C. This isn't the end of the world, of course. The youngsters can still make it half way lr Washington. However. Kansas Cily in May isn't nearly so exciting a prospect as Washington and Ihe cherry blossoms along the Potomac. It's obvious something has lo give. The state of Ihc class treasury is such that the youngsters may have lo switch from D.C. to the alternating current of San Francisco or Sacramento. Maybe Gov. Jerry Brown can help the kids. He's trying lo get lo Washington, too.

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