Independent from Long Beach, California on March 23, 1976 · Page 11
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 11

Long Beach, California
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Tuesday, March 23, 1976
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Longshoremen 'helpless' as jobs drift away By JACK 0. BALDWIN Marilim* F-dilor West Coast longshoremen say t h e y a r e watching "helplessly" while their traditional jobs drift away f r o m the waterfront--and from them. College-educated Rudy Rubio, a longshoreman for 20 years, is in his second term as president of Local 13; the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), which provides men to handle cargo in the Long Beach- Los Angeles port complex. He has a one-word answer to the question of the major problem facing his union today: "Jobs!" "The maritime industry, and Ihe longshoremen's unions in particular, have suffered a tremendous | loss of jobs because so much work previously accomplished by our guys is now being done away from the waterfront," he said. "There is still a lot of work to be done stuffing (loading) and un- stuffing containers, but most of the work has moved inland--(o Los Angeles, out to the desert at the lax- free "Port of Las Vegas"...and even to some guy with a big back yard. "The guy hires his kids, cousins, brothers-in-law or anyone else at far less than union wages and puts out the word to shippers that he can pack or unpack their cargo a lot cheaper than having it done on the -waterfront," c o m p l a i n s Kubio. He says his union considers containers-- those 20- and 40-foot- long moving van-like boxes--are an extension of a ship's gear. "Containers are simply a modernized manner of handling cargo-an extension of the cargo net or the pallel w h i c h traditionally were loaded or unloaded by longshoremen," he said. He doesn't entirely blame mod- erniiation and mechanization for the loss of longshoremen's jobs. "Following the signing of the historic M 4 M (modernization and mechanization) a g r e e m e n t , we weren't really hit hard by a lack of work. The Vietnam conflict was warming up and we were moving a lot of military cargo. For example, the small harbor at Port Huenemc was bristling with activity. Now the port gets maybe one or two ships every three to four months," he said. The lack of work in such harbors as Port Hucneme and San Francisco-- especially, San Francisco-- is eating into what Local 13 longshoremen recieve from the Pay Guarantee Plan (PGP). Under the current PflP, shippers pay into the fund varying sums per (on based on the nature of the c a r g o and w h e t h e r it is containerized, automobiles, lumber or dry bulk. From July 1975 until July 1976, the employers agreed to contribute ILWU'S RUDY RUBIO to the fund until it readied J10.5 million. This was then divided into 52 weekly segments. Under Ihe PGP, Class A longshoremen arc guaranteed 36 hours of straight lime pay per week if they are willing and available to accept work. The weekly sun) available to pay short-week workers is $201,02.'! per week. It the demands on the fund are larger than amount, Ihe short-week workers receive only a prorated percentage of what they would normally receive. Recently members of Ixieal 13 who did not work 36 hours were paid only -17 per cent of (heir weekly pay guarantee. The maximum weekly payment under the PGP is $2-13.12, less any slate unemployment benefits. Because Ihe PGP is a coast- wide agreement, all registered longshoremen in Washington, Oregon and California ports participate in the weekly pay guarantee. But because there is far less work in San Francisco and Port llueneme, UK? claims against the pay plan from longshoremen In those ports are far greater than those from members of Southland's Local 13. As a result, Ihe money paid into Ihe fund by Long Beach-lxjs Angeles port shippers is being siphoned o f f by the ports to Uie north, leaving lxcal 13 longshoremen receiving considerably less S^^J*^i : TRAFFIC JAM: UP TO 3,000 SURFERS ARE DRAWN TO SEAL BEACH ON A GOOD DAY !^tiS!3f?f^ Fad of '50s now in second generation It's still 'Surf's np. r at Seal Beach By AL MURRELL SCiff Writer The list of surfers who have tackled the tides at Seal Beach over the years reads like a who's who of surfing, and now there is an even larger troupe of newcomers ,-iltempting lo carve their names in the waves. Tim Dorsey, head lifeguard at Seal Beach and one of the top area surfers during the sport's heyday in the mid-1960s, said that while Seal Beach is generally considered a good surfing area for beginners because of its small waves, many of the world's all-time greats have surfed there. Richard Chew, who srew up in Seal Beach, won the United States Surfing Association championship in I%1. Chew is considered one of Ihe best surfers of all time. EVEN THE king of surfing himself, t h e l a t e D u k e Kahanamoku of Hawaii, surfed at Seal Beach a few limes. Dorsey said, nnd "the people on the beach went wild." Kahanamoku, a two-lime Olympic swimming champion, did most of his surfing at Long Bench and at Corona Del Mar, Dorsey said, but wherever he went, the beachgoers looked on in awe as he did his thing. Among the many other surfing legends who pioneered the sport on Ihe California coast were George F r e e l h . Rocky F r e e m a n a n d George Karquhar. DORSEY credits "Blackie" Au- i!u$l wilh rekindling surfing at Seal Beach during the mid-1950s. "The pioneers established the basic fundamentals." Dorsey said, "and people have been refining the techniques ever since." The 34-year-old lifeguard said he is one of Ihe "second-generation surfers." He has been surfing for I more lhan 20 years. ! Bruce Browne, who produced the surfing epic "Endless Summer," and August's son, Robert, who starred in the film, also were among the top surfers during the late 1950s and early lOKOs. Some of the other second-generation stars who surfed at Seal Beach periodically w e r e J a c k H a l e y , who owns t h e Captain Jack's restaurant chain, his brother Mike, Steve Pczman, editor of Surfer magazine, Sam nnd Denny liuell-now a lxng Beach paramedic--Freddie Miller, and "Smokey West." Other lhan Chew and Dorsey, some of the top surfers who grew up in Seal Beach w e r e Ihe Augusts, J o h n Sevcrson, former e d i t o r and publisher of Surfer magazine, Dick Harry-more, Bob Olson, who makes and sells Die surfboards and Rich.ird Harbour, owner of Harbour Surfboards, 329 Main St., Seal Beach. Harbour, ,'i2, made his first surfboard in 1950 and he has been selling (hem ever since. In thnl lime, he has surfed and sold through the "heyday of the big board in the '.Ws nnd '60s" and Ihe conversion to the short board. "And now," Harbour s.iid. "a lot of the surfers nre experimenting with Ihe big boards again." lie explained lhal any Ixi.ird longer than nine feet is considered a big board and anything slwrler than eight feel is a little board. Ironically, the advantage of the little board is also its disadvantage. D o r s e y said t h e smaller a ho.ird is--within reason-the easier il is lo maneuver on .1 wave, but Ibc lillle Im.irds don't provide Ihe support needed to perform the classic stunts, such as walking Ihe board and "hanging ten" when a surfer hangs all of his toes over Ihe tip of the txi.ini. (Turn lo Page B-!, CoJ. 7) U.S. S U R F I N G CHAMPION RICHARD CHF.W OF SEAL BEACH SHOWS HIS FORM -Staff I'hotos than Ihey could normally expect. Mosl Local 13 longshoremen, r.ither resenting thoir fellow longshoremen in the north, have a c c e p t e d a "that's-the-way-lhe- cookie-crumbles," attitude, according to Kubio. "They know lhal next month they may bo eating the cookie and the guys up north would be left wilh [he crumbs," he points out. The $105 million paid into Ihe PGP recently by shippers was nol enough to pay all the West Coast longshoremen for a m i n i m u m of M hours per week. However, if during the next 1.1- week period Ihe demands against Ihe fund are less than the monies available, the unpaid funds can be prorated among Ihe dock workers ami paid to Ihem unlil Ihey have received the equivalent of (heir full 3G-hour-per-wcek guarantee. "We don't w a n t n weekly pay gii.irantrc. We w a n t work. I t ' s work, mil welfare, we're after," says Hnbio. INDEPENDENT TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 1976 SECTION B-Page B-l L.B. school board approves new state rules for expulsion By WALT MUUKAV Slalt Wrllcr Despite arguments that state- imposed guidelines on expelling students from school could increase juvenile delinquency, t h e Long Bench Board of Education unanimously approved t h e new rules Monday. Roy Womnck, I h e school dis- Iricl's attendance service supervisor, said the new guidelines would increase the due process rights of youngsters who are expelled. BUT TIIKY will also lengthen the lime the .students arc kept out of school, he said. Womark's c o m m e n t s c a m e after requests hy two persons Hint Ihe school district shorten t h e length of expulsion time and find mure activities to keep expelled students busy. "If we ran'1 reach these students while Ihey arc part of our scliool .system, they will lie returning to us through our court system," said Diane Schocni'nbcrger of Uunlinglon Bench. "It is especially important lo try lo reach Ihe first-time offenders aixi nol merely throw [hem in with the troublemakers," Mrs. Schoencnberger said. She said her cousin had recently been expelled from a l/)ng Be.ich school. "The longer the period of time lh,il a student is removed from regular scliool t h e greater t h e chances of this student falling into more problems," she said. She said that few students could m i s s six w e e k s of school--the length of time the expulsion process sometimes lakes--and be .ihlc to catch up with (heir work. "For a first-lime offense it is ·ad In remove a student from regular school this long and cause him to lc held back n year," she said. M r s . Alice Russell, a Long Beach mother, said Ilial excluding youngslers from scliool "after a first offense seems loo drastic a measure." Children should be transferred lo A second school, she suld. Those wlw are expelled should le given "some type of work or helpful in- votvemetil." She said continuation schools expelled slndenls sometimes are sent to "arc nol only overcrowded but allow students lo as- sooiale only with other troubled children." In an interview, Dr. fjenero B. C'.nrciii, who heads Ihe dlslrict's high schools, said the shortest time expelled students are now out of school is nlmosl a monlh. But many iirc oul longer, he said. Ninety per cent of expelled students return lo school within three m o n t h s , according lo Associate Su|K?rinlendenl Vcrn Hinze. "Many .ire hack in six weeks," he said. WOMACK told Ihe board parents of cx|ellcd students arc urged lo slarl Ihcir children In 1 '"rehabilitation programs"--such .is those for teen-agers win) have rummillcit d r u g offenses--as (prickly as possible. The students nre also urged to use learning centers lo keep up their school work, he said. Hin/o said lhal the school district operates several types of continuation s c h o o l programs l h a l include ,1 wide variety of slii'lcnts, nol jusl those expelled or transferred fur disciplinary reasons. Mosl sttidcnls ,ire expelled for serious assaull or sale of or i r i l n x i - calion from drugs, Hin/c said. Hubbard Building may be razed by explosives By MARY KI.I.IS CAKLTON Urlran A f f a i r s Kdllnr Downtown Long Beach's I I - slory Omar Hubbard Building is scheduled for demolition--possibly by explosives--sometime (his week, even (hough a court hearing lo pre vent its deslruclion is pending IJul, as of Monday nighl, nei- Iher cily officials nor wrecking crews appeared lo know exaclly how--or when--Ihe building would be demolished. And, because of legal entanglements, there was a f[ucstion aboul Ihe explosives. The reason for all Ihe confusion is thai local resident Peter Dcver- cnux, in his court bailie to save Ihe building for low-income housing, n u n a temporary reslniining order l.isl week against (he cily. Th;it decision was somewhat after the fact. Even as the case was Ixring heard, wrecking crews from Roger fioy Engineering (,Vn- Iraclnr.s Inc of Chalsworth, hired by (hi: cily lo demolish Ihe M-yesr- old slruclurc as p n r t of Long Ik-ach's new civic center development, were already ripping the building apart · I Turn l« Page B-l, Col. 1) $ People Talk I .C. A rulers* m MOVE OVER, Mudville a n d Mighty Casey. Make room for the Cardinals of manager Gilbert Solo, losers to the vaunted Cubs in the Stearns Park Lillle League opener. It was no pitchers' battle, not with a score of 1710. The error-prone Cardinals may recoup next lime if Ihey transfer Iheir bubblegum from their mouths to Ihcir gloves But fielding lapses are part of the game when a mana'-T is dealing wilh 8 and 5-year-old rookioy; $ anxious to keep their spanking new uniforms clean. The rumor around the Cardinal dugout was lhal at least ihree of manager Solo's players had worn their baseball flannels lo bed Friday night, Ihe eve of the opening game. Cub manager Ray Kelsen had no complaints He was grateful for a win over a team lhal had beaten hii in 3 prc-season practice game. The Cubs look heart after seeing in action the over-lhc-hill columnist the Cardinal management had imported to throw out the first ball. The columnist, a man t frequently treat to Whcalies al breakfast, chose a slider as his same-opening pitch. The catcher retrieved the ball as it slid into third base. AM) THAT'S WHY I am a free agent today and likely lo stay lhal way. I might add that [ left the pitching mound just ahead of a Cardinal posse bcnl on reclaiming Ihe scarlet baseball cap Gil Soto bc- slowed on me in a moment of weakness "Are you a p r o ^ " Cardinal ^xrlslop Bobby Soto demanded of me. "You saw him pitch," said Cardinal Mark Procopio. "What do you think'" Remarks like Ihcse persuaded me I was out of my league and that rny newly purchased ballpoint pen wouldn't be signing any autographs at Stearns Park. But at least I can say I was up lor a cup of coffee. Little I-eague president Tom Buckle bought me Ihe coffee in lieu of a bus ticket to Fargo, N' D. ·"1 walrhed your delivery," Tom said. "Arc you sure you don't work for the Postal Service?" "That bad, huh?" "Let's just say you need seasoning--like sage, sail and pepper." "Il sounds like you're sluffing a turkey," I sari, chagrined "If the baseball shoe fits." said Tom, "wear it:" I slunk off lo lh« stands (o watch the players on the hr-Id, thinking I might learn something And I ((·arned plenty from R o b e r t Florts, Procopio, Jeffrey/ HcGill, Jashua Prosser, David Sampson, John rfc laTorrc, John Gu/rnan, Craig Flores, Steve Boehme, John Skomdahl, Hoy Kvartslo awl Danny Brad^haw. I learned even more i.-ytballini; the winning Cubs: Jerry Goldsmith, Daniel McVay, James Prill, Joseph Stolba, Martin Younc. David Kice, Douglas McVay, J t r r y Barbara, Tim l/in^irdntr, Dan Salas. Damian Sorlxj. David Kelsen and David iicsscy. I [.EARNED thai I di-ln'l belong on (ho sarr.r fif M with Ihe Little I/caguc So Koodbyt, Cooperstown, hello, reality. Wilh me out of Ihe way a* a player possibility, maybe Tom Ruckle can Intirrnst some much needed team sponsors. Il costs $175 U sponsor a minor league tcarn and J2-V) for the Little league majors. Tom's number is WMI10. and if you call il, 21 teams of r/iys a;cil % lo If will thank you. Meanwhile, I still h.ivc my Cardinal cap, my dreams and a rmhl arm soaking in ice water-for next year i

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