Independent from Long Beach, California on January 23, 1975 · Page 26
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Long Beach, California
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Thursday, January 23, 1975
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People talk Jtin|b trial set to start F.C Anderson Police Bingo games held inadmissable YTOMWILLMAN police Birigo eames were Haeen. R9. a n charged it was learned. Also sub- to the contract. eluding Police Chief Wil- Three things must be! and · not relevant to the trial's with mndiirtmo an nwai ooenaed were records of The Bingo games were l i a m Mooney. Mooney, proved .to win a convic- "NO MAN stands so tall as when he stoops to help a boy." To this slogan of the Boys' Clubs of America we might add: "And no man stands so proudly as when a boy he has helped makes good." Those members of the Long Beach business and professional community whose time, money and effort translate the Boys' Club slogan into accomplished f a c t stood tall Tuesday night at the Petroleum Club. The occasion was the 20th annual Golden Boy Award dinner. ' A news story in Wednesday's editions of the Independent and the Press-Telegram told you the. names of the winners of the the two cherished awards. You know that 76-year- old Weldon M. Parker was presented the Golden Man and Boy award for his years of unsparing service to the Boys' Clubs. You also know that 42- year-old Mike Coppersmith, a Boys' Club graduate, was honored with the Golden Boy award. What you don't know about is the mist that filled Weldon Parker's eyes when he was escorted to the stage for the presentation. A man can be permitted a tear or two and a catch in his voice on such a night. After all, the award represented 20 years of his life, two decades of devotion to the Boys' Clubs of Long Beach. THERE'S NO salary attached to the office of treasurer of the Boys' Clubs of Long Beach. The pay is in satisfaction, in knowing that what you do helps boys- get a solid start in life. Perhaps the greatest joy a man can derive f r o m promoting juvenile decency is the knowledge that what he does for youth in a positive way flows back to the community at large: Men who invest time, money and effort in the Boys' Clubs realize big dividends. One of those dividends received the Golden Boy award Tuesday night. Mike Coppersmith's selection was particularly satisfying to me. I know his story, and told it to you five years ago in a "Profile" on this page. Last November I did a followup column about Mike. That column was a progress report on a young man who at 14 was a troubled youngster, a boy who stammered badly, played hookey, withdrew into a shell of hostility. Then came the Boys' Clubs, Poly High School, understanding teachers who helped him overcome the stammering and opened his mind and heart to education and growth. Mike became a teacher, and a good one. He had been given much by people who care about boys and their futures, and he reciprocated by giving much to his students. His values reached them. He could relate to youngsters' problems in and out of the classroom, for he had been there himself. That's how Mike Coppersmith reached the principalship at David B u r c h a m E l e m e n t a r y School. The Long Beach Unified School District recognized in the man the worth seen in a youngster in 1947 by the teachers at Poly and by the Boys' Clubs. I got into the $100-a- plate awards banquet the easy way, through a ticket left at the door for me by Maurie Bugbee, president of the Boys' Clubs of BYTOMWILLMAN and MARY NEISWENDEft Staff Writers . Bingo games sponsored annually by the Long Beach Police Officers Association won't enter into testimony in the trial of six persons charged with operating "ah illegal Bingo-type game on the Long Beach P i k e , a 'municipal court judge .has ruled. Judge Charles Litwin, in whose courtroom jury selection for the t r i a l began Wednesday, ruled after two days of in-chambers discussions that the police Birigo games were hot relevant to the trial's focus: whether' the 1 Pike . game of Ringo is a contest of chance or skill. Attorneys in the case said jury selection 'was about half-completed Wednesday and would resume this morning. Testimony could begin before noon, they said. The trial centers around the activities of Ringo, Inc., which operated hi the c i t y ' s amusement ·zone for several days before police closed it last September. Arrested were the six operators--Charles Hay Shira, 62, Marvin D. Kobey, 63, E d w a r d Hagen. K9. aH charged with conducting an illegal lottery, and Ben T. Planchard, 66,' Glenn E. Thompson, 25, and Vickie Lynn D i c k i n s o n , 20, charged w i t h aiding or abetting in the conducting of a lottery. All six are also charged with violating a Municipal Code section which makes it illegal to operate' any game of chance. Maximum penalty would be a $500 fine and six months in the county jail. Before the judge's ruling, however, subpoenas were issued and depositions taken of two officers of the Police Association, it was learned. Also subpoenaed were records of the association including a contract between the group and a Hollywood promoter'in which the Police Association paid $450 to the promoter to run the Bingo game. The formal contract, between Long Beach Police Officer Ron Foster, representing the association, and Burt Epstein of Hollywood, calls for Epstein to "provide a recreation director and two assistants to conduct 20 games of Bihgp with prizes and all equipment." The association was to provide all the prizes, according to the contract. The Bingo games were played at the association's annual picnic, held at the Police Pistol Range, on Sept. 3, 1974--five days after the arrest of the Ringo operators on the Pike. In a deposition taken last Friday, Harry Lee Duple, president of the association for the p a s t three years, admitted that bingo was played at the picnic, both in 1974 and 1973. Duple said that of the 650 policemen in the city, 645 are members of his organization and all were invited to the affair--in- cluding Police Chief William Mooney. Mooney, however, said he did not attend. The invitation, which promised "good times... food... games... prizes... Bingo," was sent to every m e m b e r of the group, Duple said. Deputy City Prosecutor Robert R. Recknagel and defense attorneys G a r y Carlin and C. Ransom Samuelson confirmed that the matter had been dis-, cussed in chambers. H o w e v e r , Recknagel said the Police Association's activity would' not be a violation of the 'penal code. Three things proved .to win tion, Recknagel said. Par-, 'ticipants have to pay to' play, there must be prizes distributed to winners and. must have- won by chance. ; "Although they did play' Bingo, the reason there is no violation is that they let anyone play--and they played free." Defense attorneys disa- . gree. "The payment of dues to the Association allowed them to get into the picnic -- t h a t constitutes payment," Carlin said. '. INDEPENDENT THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1975 SECTION B--PAGE B-I MARKETS ON PAGES B-6, 7 Downtown shopping center for L.B. seen by late 1978 Family and daughter doing well Clay Dixon, 18, and his 17-year-old wife Bonnie, hold their 12-day old daughter Alisa Marie, the youngest human ever to receive a heart pacemaker when she was just two days old. Doctors at Long Bea'ch Memorial Hospital made the implant after they , learned she had, a severe heart blockage and congenital heart disease. -Staff Photo By MARY CARLTON S. Urban Affairs Writer All the same amenities which for two decades have lured both shops and shoppers from core retail areas to sleek suburban shopping centers could be available in d o w n t o w n Long Beach by the fall of 1978. That was the target d a t e mentioned W e d n e s day when Jack Spencer, representing Ernest Hahn Inc. and speaking before the C h a m b e r of C o m - merce's economic development council, unfolded plans for the proposed redevelopment of a six- block area in the central business district. Theoretically, if the plan comes to fruition, it could be the local success story of the century. Spencer estimated the project could bring 2,000 j o b s to the downtown area, result in $20 million per annum in sales revenues and produce $700,000 in taxes for the city. It could also bring thousands of shoppers back to the downtown area. "THERE IS a definite t r e n d a w a y f r o m t h e development of shopping, centers in the suburbs," Spencer said. "The energy crisis and environmental concerns of today preclude a developer from going out, buying cheaper unoccupied land and perhaps teaming up with a housing developer to create still another layer of suburbia. This is no longer viable." The H a h n company, which ranks among the largest developers of regional shopping centers in the nation, proposes to build a roofed, air-conditioned shopping mall in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Boundaries of the proposed project area are f r o m O c e a n Boulevard north to Broadway and Pacific Avenue e a s t to Long Beach Boulevard. Hahn currently has an e x c l u s i v e n e g o t i a t i n g agreement with the city to make a determination of interest, secure tentative commitment of three department stores ("to justify the size of the proposed 82 candidates file for city election By DON BRACKENBURY Staff Writer Eighty-two candidates, a record for a Long Beach municipal election, have filed for the City Council or the three citywide elect i v e offices of auditor, attorney and prosecutor. When the deadline for f i l i n g d e c l a r a t i o n s of candidacy passed, there were 76 persons in the race for nine City Council seats and another six running for the three other offices. The total may be diminished, however. To qualify for the March 18 primary nominating ballot, candi- dates m u s t t u r n in nominating petitions containing the signatures of at l e a s t 50 registered voters by 5 p.m. Monday. C i t y C l e r k E l a i n e Hamilton said that, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, only 27 of the 82 candidates had returned their nominating petitions. T h e c l e r k ' s o f f i c e checks the petition signatures w i t h the Los Angeles County registrar of voters to determine that there are at least 50 valid ones. The list of candidates eligible for the March 18 ballot must be certified by Mrs. Hamilton to the City Council on or before Feb. 11. Six candidates filed on Wednesday, the final day for the declarations. They were: Second District -- Will i a m J. H o l m e s , 120 Grand Ave. No. 10. Fourth District -- Phillip B. Greer, 2918 Heather 'Road, and Robert E. Robertson, 2021 Beverly Plaza No. 136. S e v e n t h D i s t r i c t -A l v a n L. F u l l e r , 101 Cameron Place, and John P. Cannon, 3068 Oregon Ave. City Attorney -- C a r l M. Bergkvist, 5596 Bay Shore Walk No. 8. In addition, Mrs. Hamilton said, William J. Edmunds, 3121 Kallin Ave., who originally had filed in the Fifth District, refiled in the Fourth District, in w h i c h his residence is located. O n l y o n e c a n d i d a t e a m o n g the 82 is u n o p posed. He is incumbent C i t y A u d i t o r M u r r a y Courson. The largest number of candidates for any one off i c e is in the Seventh Council District, where 22 persons are running for the three-year term that will start July 7. There is no incumbent b e c a u s e W a y n e S h a r p resigned last month. A special election in the Seventh District will be held Feb. 18 to name a councilman to complete Sharp's term to July 7. T w e n t y - o n e candidates have qualified for the special election. Two persons who filed in the Seventh District special election did not file for the primary election on March 18, and there were three persons filing for the primary who had not entered the Feb. 18 special election. Legislative panel overrules analyst UCI takeover of hospital voted The harder route was the one taken by Weldon Parker and Mike Coppersmith. They paid their way with lives of dedication and service to youth. Men like these help the rest of us stand taller'. Our State Bureau SACRAMENTO-A two- house legislative committee Wednesday voted to i g n o r e the recommendation of Legislative Analyst A. Alan Post and sponsor l e g i s l a t i o n p r o v i d i n g funds for the University of California at I r v i n e to t a k e o v e r the Orange County Medical Center as a teaching hospital. Rejecting Post's contention that the training of additional m e d i c a l stud e n t s c o u l d be a c c o m p l i s h e d m o r e economically and e f f e c - t i v e l y b y e i t h e r transferring the e n t i r e UCI to the hv e x p a n d i n g facilities at UCLA, UC San Diego or UC San Francisco, the Joint Commitee on Health Sciences Education accepted the rccommcnda-' t'ion of its staff that the approximately $5.5-mll- I?mmHaiinn TIP H a t M C OQmnnC lion transferral cost be assumed by the Legislature. Post's criticisms of the proposal, made in a Dec. 19 report to the joint committee, w e r e angrily assailed by Orange County B o a r d of -Supervisors' Chairman Ralph A. Die. drich last week. Dr. Clinton C. Powell, s p e c i a l a s s i s t a n t f o r health affairs to UC President Charles Hitch, told the committee during its three-hour hearing t h a t Post's proposal to close the California College of Medicine and other medical school facilities at UC Irvine "would be costly and ill-advised." w* oh!l!on!Tod P n c t ' c contention t h a t medical s c h o o l facilities accomo- dating larger numbers of students were more economical t h a n campuses with smaller numbers of students. Post said that UC ir- vine's taking o v e r the Orange County Medical Center would result in the university's h a v i n g to bear the cost of providing medical service to Orange County indigents. "That is a responsibility of the county's, not the University of California," he said. "It is true .that if the university does not ass u m e c o n t r o l of the Orange County Medical Center, O r a n g e County 'residents might be disadvantaged," he said. "But there is another side of that,coin. If the university does t a k e o v e r and assumes the responsibility for the higher costs which on;nv n t h n r s t a t e nro- grams. a r c going to be disadvantagcd b e c a u s e f e w e r d o l l a r s w i l l b e available. "Our d o l l a r s a r e limited." Assemblyman G o r d o n Duffy, R-llanford, one of the Legislature's leading health care experts, told Post that the UC Irvine Medical School was already established-, "and y o u a r e talking a b o u t removing the brightest shining light in UC healthcare delivery. "If you are concerned about the costs of UC medical schools, there is one campus in particular w h i c h is doing nothing new or innovative and has not done anything new or innovative for years." Household items taken by thieves Household items valued at $325 were taken from the home of Ernest Braun, 3512 Falcon Ave., by burglars who forced a living room window to gain entry, Long Beach police reported Wednesday. He indicated he was talking about the UC San Francisco medical school. Powell explained t h a t the contract between the county and the university will be void if the governor does not s i g n an a p p r o p r i a t i o n b i l l by March 1. Since a t w o thirds vote of each house is required to send a bill to the chief executive, and s i n c e t h a t requirement makes it difficult to meet the March 1 deadline, the county and the university were discussing an extension of the deadline. Assemblyman Richard Alatorre, D-Los Angeles, moved that the'committee sponsor legislation providing approximately $5.5 million for the UC Irvine takeover, and the proposal passed without a dissenting vote. Legislation will now be drafted, introduced and heard first by the health committee. p r o j e c t " ) a n d s u b m i t plans. A schematic plan--executed by Gruen Associ- a t e s , urban designers- was previewed Wednesday. IN ADDITION to the three department stores, the proposed two-level retail development would include floor space for 100 shops, a 14-story office tower, two five-level parking garages to accommo- d a t e 3,650 cars, recreational and entertainment f a c i l i t i e s , restaurants, pedestrian malls, people movers and other amenities. B u f f u r n s ' , tentatively c o m m i t t e d as a n c h o r store in the project, would be located at the corner of O c e a n Boulevard and Pacific Avenue! It would have 185,000 square feet of floor space. "The store would operate in its present facility until the new store is completed," Spencer said. He noted three depart- m e n t stores h a v e indicated interest in the o t h e r two department store locations--one in the area of Ocean Boulevard a'nd L o n g B e a c h Boulevard, with 115,000 square f e e t ; t h e o t h e r facing Broadway, near Pine Avenue, with 165,000 square feet of floor space. THE Pine Avenue Mall, running through the the proposed shopping center, would be 50 feet wide with 15-foot setbacks on the second level to allow for balconies and galleries. This spacious central atrium, to be covered by a high glass dome, would possibly be serviced by a people mover, Spencer said, running from the c i t y ' s proposed transport a t i o n center, currently p l a n n e d for Broadway and Pine Avenue, to the Pine Avenue boardwalk, proposed for south of Ocean Boulevard. Emphasizing t h a t all f i g u r e s are tentative, Spencer stated the total project, as planned, would cover almost 1.2 million square feet, with 176,000 of those devoted to office space. Spencer noted the six- block multi-use complex, ' though huge, would have broad setbacks and extensive landscaping--making it "a place where people want to be." The project is subject to a p p r o v a l by the City Council, the South Coast Regional Commission and other government bodies. If approved, what might , be a starting date? "We have to be able to start 18 months ahead of the proposed opening in the fall of 1978," County loses 8,000 residents since '70 Our L.A. Bureau Figures released by the Regional Planning Commission Wednesday showed Los Angeles County had a population of 7,034,000 on Jan. 1, 1974--a decline of about 8,000 since the 1970 census. Officials said in the years between the census and 1974 the number of residents living in cities increased by more than 14,400, while those in unincorporated areas dropped by about 22,300. During the same period, 32 of the county's 78 cities experienced net population changes of 1,000 or more. Cerritos led the cities showing substantial gains with an increase of more than 24,000 over the three- year period. Los Angeles City's population dropped by 41,000 during the period and Long Beach showed a drop of more than 8,800. Officials said population estimates began falling behind about two years ago when analysts became dissatisfied with the indicators used in the past to determine changing conditions. In the past year, they said, new methods have been developed, and it is hoped that population change figures for Jan. 1 of this year can be developed within nine months. Once the new method of analyzing population changes is perfected, officials said, they should be able to collect all the necessary data for population; estimates within three months of each quarterly bulletin date. In this way Jan. 1 figures would be available by March 31 of the same year. Right calls but wrong party "What's in a name?" Shakespeare asked in his classic, "Romeo and Juliet." To Oscar S!e"e», of SOI Lens Ave., there's a lot to the question -- especially since he shares his name with another Oscar Steff- «n, also of Long Beach, who was the subject of a article in the Independent, P r e s s -- T e l e g r a m Monday. Oscar Steffen -- the one who lives on Lees Avenue -- has been receiving telephone calls f r o m well- wishers who really want to talk to the other Oscar Steffen -- the one in the article. The Oscar Steffen in the article may be reached by calling the Senior Opportunities Services building on 406 E. First St.

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