Independent from Long Beach, California on March 24, 1976 · Page 13
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 13

Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, March 24, 1976
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People Talk !.(.. Anilirviin 6 city charter amendments proposed Council OKs 3 more ballot measures LEW WALLACE High School, Gary, Ind., has several distinctions. I t s name honors the Civil War general who wrote "Ben Hur"; the school's basketball t e a m s often rank among the best in Indiana, and Wallace can claim a 1965 graduate who lost his class ring outside the main gate at the Long Beach naval station about 4% years ago. Charlotte Canlwell of Long Beach happened on the ring, scooped it up and took it home with her. Several days ago she brought her find to me. "You're the best ring detective in town," she said. She alluded to "People Talk's" success in reuniting a 1938 N o r t h Texas State University class ring w i t h its owner, 72-year-old Martha Choate of McKinney, Texas. "Try this one on for size," Mrs. Cantwell commanded. So I cocked my Sherlock Holmes cap at a jaunty angle and set to work. · There's only one Lew Wallace High School in the country, so I called it. Evelyn Burrows, who works in the school's guidance* office, checked the 1965 girl and boy graduate roster. There were no girls with the initials "D.W.", but Evelyn came up with five boys, w h i c h seemed to confirm my theory that the loser of the rung had shipped out of Gary and into the U.S. Navy. THE SEARCH figures to be gobs of f u n . Our sailor could be a short-timer, a career man, land- based, aboard ship, in the air or long ago returned to civilian status. But he's out there somewhere, and Mrs. Burrows and 1 arc determined to find him. Maybe the sailor took his discharge in Long Beach and is resilient in the city. If He is, then maybe he'll read this column and check in with me. Or maybe the loser of the ring wasn't a sailor. He could have been a Marine, in which case the plot thickens. No Marine has ever been known to lose anything, including wars both off and on duty. And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going into the Independent, Press-Telegram cafeteria to have a cup of coffee w i t h Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons. He's buying, which seems only fair. After all, I've been doing most of his work for him the last several weeks. PERflS: It was with some trepidation that I showed up last week at a luncheon meeting of La Scrtoma Club of Long Beach. My uneasiness had nothing to do with my hostess, Marcella Best, but with the site--the community room of Mercury Savings Loan. 1 was afraid that if Harry Von Zcll and Home Savings heard I was speaking at a Mercury branch they might foreclose on Second Mortgage Manor in Los Altos, writing me off as a disloyal type who consorts with the competition. So f a r , so good. My furniture still has a roof over it; the marshals aren't baying at the door. I guess Harry Von Zell is a charitable man and that Home has a heart. No news from Harry and his sponsor is good news. It means my friendly indenture to Home Savings is intact, that my innocent consorting with Mercury has been benignly overlooked. And why shouldn't Home give me another chance? After all, we have a mutual interest, which, in my case, figures out to Vi per cent for 30 years. By DON BRACKENBURY Staff Writer Six proposed amendments to the Long Beach city charter will be submitted to voters in a special municipal election to be held in conjunction with the state primary election June 8. The City Council voted Tuesday to add three more proposed charter changes to the three they had ordered placed on the ballot at , (heir March 9 meeting. Those approved Tuesday are: --To require (hat vacancies oa the Long Beach Board of Education be filled by appointment when they occur within 120 days of a scheduled school election and by a special election when they occur more than 120 days before a regular election. --To delete obsolete material from the city charter's Educational Department article. --To clarify which officers in governmental or public utility positions are barred from simultane- ously holding any city office or position. At its March .9 meeting, the council had approved for submission to the voters the following three proposed c h a r i e r a m e n d ments: --To provide four-year staggered terms for City Council members and four-year terms for elective offices of attorney, auditor and prosecutor, starting in 1978. --To have newly elected council members and other elected officials take office on the first Tuesday in June instead of the first Tuesday in July. --To make the residency requirement for elected officers and board and commission members 30 -days, as directed by court rulings. The proposed charter amendment on f i l l i n g school board vacancies was approved on a 6-lo-3 vote, with council members Don Phillips, Eunice N. Salo and Wes Carroll Jr. opirosed. In approving the amendment. t h e council specified 'hat an appointee to fill a vacancy would serve only until the next regular election and that the appointee could not run in that election as an incumbent. Councilman Ernie Kell said that only once in 43 years has an incumbent on the school board been defeated, and commented, "Once you're an incumbent, you're home free." At the suggestion of Mayor Thomas J. Clark, the ballot measure also will provide that appointees to fill a vacancy on the City Council c a n n o t designate t h e m selves as incumbents if they seek election. M r s . Salo favored an amend- m e n t adopting S t a l e Education Code provisions that give the school board an option ol calling a special election or appointing to (ill a vacancy. She pointed out that voters can challenge an appointment by yetting the signatures of only 5 per cent of those who voted in (he last school election. Assl. City Atty. Kdward Bennett said he had been advised a special election would cost about $100,000, but twth Councilman Wallace Edgcrton and Vice Mayor James H. Wilson said they did not believe cost should be considered, calling the right to choose representatives "priceless." The proposed amendment to delete obsolete material was ordered on the ballot unanimously. A m o n g p r o v i s i o n s deleted would be the $10 per meeting for board members, who now get J75 per meeting under the state code; reduction of residency r e q u i r e - ments from two years to 30 days; and provisions c o n c e r n i n g the board secretary and superintendent of schools. The basic change in the third amendment Tuesday, said Bennett, is to spell out that "officers," rather than employes, of other governmental agencies or utilities arc .barred from holding I-ong Beach city office. It was ordered on the ballot by an 8-to-l vole, with Councilman Uuss llubloy opposed. Council members also approved individuals a n d organizations to write ballot arguments for the measures, although requests were received on only four of (lie six. Those authorized were: --Four-year staggered terms: league of Women Voters, Mayor Clark and Councilwoman Rcnce B. Simon to write the "pro" argument. No request on "con" argument. --Change in Inaugural r t n l c : M r s . Simon to write 'pro," no "eon" argument. --School-board v a c a n c i e s : League of Women Voters, Long Beach Council of Parents anil Teachers and Kell to write "pro" argument; Board of Education to write "con" argument. --Delete obsolete mutter: Mrs. Salo to write "pro" argument; no request to write "con" argument. INDEPENDENT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1976 SECTION B-Pago B-l Ward transit plan will go on June 8 ballot--or will it? By NOEL SWANN From Our I,.A. Biirrmi FORMULA ONE race car is rolled acoss tarmac at Long Beach Municipal Airport Tuesday after arrival aboard a special freight flight. Another planeload of cars is to arrive today as preparations, includ- ing final course construction, security measures and street closures, continue for Sunday's United Slates Grand Prix West. -Staff Photo hy ROB SHUMWAY No gate crashers flu's time, oily vows Security tight for Grand Prix By RALPH HINMAN JR. Slaff Writer Long lieach Grand Prix officials h a v e strengthened their security system for Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix West to avoid the hordes of gate crashers who watched last fall's Formula fiOOO race wilhmit p a y i n g , security chief 1'cter K. Updike said Tuesday. ·'This time we're going In have an organized, professional security system and no one--I repeat, no o n e -- e x c e p t licketholders a n d crcdcnlialed residents or business persons is going to get into Ihc Grand P r i x circuit Sunday." Updike said. "It definitely will nol be a repeat if last fall." he added. His sentiments were echoed al- mosl word for word by Jack Queen Jr.. executive assistant to the association president. "! wish there was some more diplomatic way tn say it." Quern added, "but there it is. We were hurt financially hy the crashers-and we're determined it won't hap pen again." Updike and Queen said they be- * * * licve 15,000 to 20,000 persons illegally entered the (rack area in September. "We estimate Ihat at least 80 per cent of these came down tn the racr prepared to buy tickets, only to find that in the confusion they could gel in free," Queen said. "That would have been worth more than $300,000." Income from the autumn race fell about $300,000 short of expectations. With bills, including a city charge of about $180.000, to be paid, (he loss ultimately was made up from gross revenues taken in for (he coming race. During staff discussions after the F o r m u l a 5000 competition, several problem areas were p i n pointed and planning was begun to determine liow ties! to avoid rcpcli- linn. Queen said. As a r e s u l t , second-time ra- cegoers will find some significant differences between Sept. 2fl and March 28. Tn security chief Updike, the mnsl nbvirus, perhaps, will be the presence Friday and Saturday of some 200 uniformed security n f f i - ccrs. He said lhaf figure will climb to about :WO Sunday. Newly extended--anrl strengthened--wire-mesh fences completely surroundini: the racing circuit will be patrolled by officers on horsc- hark.ind in small piilrol cars. Ixing Beach Police officers also arc expected to IK present inside the circuit, hut their tactics and (Turn tn |;ijjc B ·!. Col. I) County supervisors on a split vote agreed In principle Tuesday to place Supervisor Baxter Ward's proposed transit plan on the June 8 primary ballot. However, t h e 3-2 vole was somewhat moot, since directors of the S o u t h e r n California H a p l d Transit District w e r e scheduled today to vote on whether to ask the board to put the issue on that ballot. RTD directors were to have be- f o r e them (or first rending a proposal specifying the financing and general outline of Ward's proposed traasil network. H will require six voles on the 11-mcmhcr RTD board lo introduce the proposal anil request supervisors lo place the issue on the ballot. However, when t h e proposal comes up for final approval April 7, it will lake eight of the I! votes for approval. If (hose eight votes arc not forthcoming, the directors then would have to request the Board of Supervisors to withdraw the measure from the ballot. Meanwhile the pressure is on, since Friday Is the deadline for putting issues on the primary ballot. Supervisors in any event have a special meeting Thursday at which the ballot Issue will he decided. Supervisors James Hayes and Pete Schabarum voted against the policy move to place the issue on the ballot. Meantime, (here were indications that U)S Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley inny ho throwing his support belli ml the Ward plan. In the past several months, Ward has clashed bitterly with Ihc mayor and City Council over Ihe city's demands for n IfiflO mill Kin subwny along the Wilshirc Boulevard corridor. Diabetes key i seen in way wounds heal Hy »KN 7.INHKK Mvilicil-Sdnin- Killlnr Kosoarch into the way wounds heal may provide n key lo curly detection of diabetes and associated pomplicnlinns. The investijialiim is foe i n n carried out al the DC Irvini 1 College; of Medicine imdrr lln direction of Dr. Kdwarrl It. Arquill.'i, rh:iirm:m of pal nullify. lie says !h:il Ihe complications associated wilh diahrlps amxinl frr HIP re-munition of HIP disease as .1 major health problem in (hi: Unili'il SliiU's. Tlicsp complications include blindness, coronary heart disease, stroke, k i d n p y disease, inipote-ncy anil gangrene of the fcrl which m;jy require ainpiilalion. ·Turn lo ['age B-t.Cnl. :il L.B. traffic rerouted for race Motorists traveling t h r o u g h downtown l/ing Beach over the weekend can expect heavy traffic and dclours caused by the sealing nff of streets (or Ihe U.S. Grand Prix West. Businesses within the sealed area will be open during the weekend--except when t h e race and practice sessions are held--but patrons may have tn walk a few blocks tn get lo their destinations. Ixing Reach police Capt. Al I,n Rue said several downtown streets would be closed from about 5:30 p.m. Thursday to about 5 a.m. Monday. Shoreline Drive, which makes up about half Ihe 2.0-2-mile Formula One race course, has already been closed to traffic. Ocean Boulevard, from Pine Avenue toAlamitos Avenue, will be closed Thursday evening. Traffic- airing the north-south streets running into that stretch of Ocean will be diverted near First Street. In addition, streets within the race-course area soulh t( Ocean will bo closed lo automobile (raffic Thursday evening u n l i l Monday morning. I.a Hue said signs and iralfic o f f i c e r s w i l l d i r e c t motorists around the course, with easlbounrt drivers diverted at Pacific Avenue to Broadway and westbound motorists diverted at Alamitos Avenue to Third Street. The cast lanes of Pine Avenue from First to Fifth streets will be closed from about 3 lo 4:30 p.m. Thursday for the Formula One Con- coursd'F.Iepance. \* Rue said traffic along Pine will squeeze into the west lanes during the special exhibit. The captain said Quecnsway Drive wilt remain open throughout Ihe weekend, providing access to the port and the Queen Mary. Though race officials provided outlying parking lots w i t h bus transportation to the race area for Ihe Formula 5000 evenl in September. \A Rue said licketholders must arrange for their own parkins; this time. R a c e officials m a d e arramje- mcnls for up in 30.000 outlying p.'irking spaces last fall, hut only aboul persons used the lots. Grand P r i x Association officials snid they lost money on the deal and decided "lo get onl of the prirkinfi-Int business." La Rue said lickctholders may park in the Queen Mary Inl for $.'(. then take a 10-ccnt shuttle-bus ride- to the race area. The I/)S Angeles C'ounly Int at Ocean and Magnolia Avenue will also be open at $i per car. That lot holds about I .WO cars. UT Rue said commercial lots within the downtown area are also expected to be open. "We anticipate m o r e c a r s downtown than there were last f a l l , hut we've tried lo arrange Ihe dp- lours lo inconvenience as few people as possible." I .a Rue said. He said (he department's entire I r n f f i c staff w o u l d he on d u t y Friday. Saturday and Sunday, with an additional ffi or so officers scheduled to work Sunday. l/jnt; lieach Public Transportation Co. officials said buses along routes 2 and H. which usually travel Ocean Boulevard, have already been diverted along Broadway or Third Slrcct. YOUNGSTKRS do their part "Operation Cleanup." to help with Wcstsirie's -Staff Photo by CUKT JOHNSON West Long Kfiuch 'lowers broom' in cleanup cumpuign F5yMAKYKU.ISCAIU.TON I'rh.m Alljlrt Krtilor WPM I/inn Hoach nti/rens and organixalons are "lowering Ihe broom" rm lillcr, graffiti and eyesores in a rommunily-wiifc paigncrilled "Openilmn Cleanup." "We're rlenring vacant lots, p a i n t i n g over graffiti, p u l l i n g weeds and encouraging homeowners and businessmen lo tidy up I h e i r premises," s a i d Wcslsirlr: businessman Willie Moore, c h a i r man of Ihe project Sponsoring organi/alion is Ihe; newly formed West \jinfi Beach Business ;md Professional Association The e n t i r e area-everything west of Ihe I/»ng Beach Freeway from Pacific Coast Highway north lo Wardlnw (load--is being surveyed lo find Ihe worst eyesores and (rouble spots. Mrxtre said. Moore said that, as part of the cleanup effort, the service department will pick up any additional Inish left by businesses and homeowners on regular pirk-tiri days during the week of April 5-9. On April 10, trucks will canvass Ifie area to pick up large items, such as old stoves, refrigerators, discarded divans, hot water heaters unit the like. "These items should he placer! on curbs Friday ni(;ht for early Saturday morning pick-up," Moure said. Many youlh organizations arc involved, including Ihe Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Stephens Junior High students, organized Poly H i g h groups and West I/mi! Beach Little 1/eaguc.

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