Independent from Long Beach, California on January 24, 1975 · Page 29
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 29

Long Beach, California
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Friday, January 24, 1975
Page 29
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Planners OK shoreline plan for L.B; 1 ' · ' ,x · - . ' · ' ' ^^^ % By DON BRACKENBURY Start Writer With some modifications based on last October's public .hearing and recommendations of the city planning staff, the preliminary shoreline plan of Sasaki, Walker Associates was adopted unani- . mously Thursday by .the Long Beach Planning Commission. ., Commissioners recommended that the City Council also approve the plan, and Planning Director Ernest Mayer Jr. said it would be submitted to the council next Tuesday. ' ' Although the City Council is not required to conduct a public hearing, Mayer said, he believes one will be held. · The modifications recommended by the planning staff were: i -- No high-rise east of Cherry Avenue. -- High-rise south of Ocean Boulevard between Alamitos and Cherry avenues would be permitted on a "case-by- case" basis, provided it is designed to "maximize open space, minimize view impairment and meet rigid environmental standards." · ; -- The R-4 residential zone should be rewritten^ to give greater setbacks and open space. . P ; , -- The block encompassing the Villa Riviera, the Pacific Coast Club and the "Green and Green House" should remain high-rise, with,the three structures preserved if possible. . -- The multi-purpose, parking pavil- lion, which Sasaki] Walker had proposed for the beach at the foot of Bay Shore Avenue, should be built near Belmont Pier. -- A large marina along the eastern side of Pier J "would blend compatibly" with'the downtown shoreline program. The commission directed the city's Planning Department to prepare "as soon as possible" a program of implementation measures on a number of the recommendations in the plan. Among them were: -- Elimination of the R-5 residential zone and modification of the R-4 residential zone to'provide greater setbacks and open space. -- Contouring the bluff into a grassy, landscaped slope to the beach. -- Construction of the Pine Avenue boardwalk, recommended by Sasaki, Walker, and development of a Pine Avenue mall north to Sixth or Seventh streets. -- Development of new residential areas downtown, and establishment of a "people-mover" system. Prompt,. implementation also was recommended on three projects which already are under way in varying degrees. These are the construction of a shoreline bicycle path, the extension of Bluff Park to the east and development of' the 50-acre aquatic park on Pacific Terrace downtown. Commissioners directed the Planning Department to conclude "as soon as possible" the shoreline element of the city's general plan, using the planning principles adopted Thursday, and to begin preparation of an environmental impact report w h i c h analyzes "the broad range of environmental issues in the shoreline study area.' They authorized Sasaki, W a l k e r Associates, with City Council concurrence, to prepare the final report in sufficient numbers to distribute "widely" to the public. Although the final vote was unanimous. Commissioner Shirley Blumberg first said she could not support the action because of the recommendation to allow, under certain conditions, high-rise south "of Ocean Boulevard between Alamitos and Cherry avenues. Mayer said the planning staff believes this is necessary to "provide flexibility to develop a variety of housing types which is essential to the housing market in a community." INDEPENDENT FRIDAY, JANUARY 24. 1975 SECTION B--Page B-l Appropriations bill in hopper f or UCr hospital Our State Bureau SACRAMENTO-LegisIa- tion appropriating nearly $9 million for the proposed University of Calif o r n i a , Irvine, Medical School a n d T e a c h i n g Hospital Thursday was introduced by Assemblyman John V. Briggs, R- Fullerton. His proposal followed by a day endorsement by the Joint Legislative Committee on Health Sciences Education of a plan calling for the University of California to acquire the Orange County Medical Center as part of the UC Irvine's medical school. The committee is expected to introduce i t s own appropriation b i l l shortly. However there are still major roadblocks in the way of the university's plan. Legislation appropriating funds requires the ap- p r o v a l of two-thirds of e a c h house. A n d G o v . Brown must give specific permission for such a bill to be heard in advance of final floor action on his 1975-76 budget proposal. The present contract between the university ond Orange C o u n t y has a clause declaring the pact would be void unless the governor signed an appropriation bill by March 1. It is possible, but unlikely, that Briggs' bill or a committee measure can be m o v e d through t h e Legislature by March 1, even if the governor gives his permission. And. university officials acknowledged Thursday that they were 'not certain of Brown's position on the proposal. Legislative Analyst A. A l a n Post h a s recom- mended that the proposed acquisition be abandoned. Instead, he has urged, the university should expand its training facilities for medical students at four other UC campuses or at one campus, preferably the school at Davis. Orange County Supervisor Ralph A. Diedrich told the Independent, Press- Telegram Thu-rsday that "if necessary, the county will extend the (March 1) deadline. However, both we and UC Irvine hope for implementation o the sale agreement by J u l y 1, which will be the start of the new fiscal year, and we naturally h o p e the s a l e s package w i l l be completed by then for the university takeover." 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, said Wednesday that the u n i - versity would urge extension of the deadline in the event the March 1 dead- l i n e f o r s i g n i n g t h e apppropriation legislation could not be met. Briggs' bill, co-authored by Orange County assemblymen Robert Badham, Robert Burke, Paul Carpenter, Bruce Nestande and Richard Robinson, and Sen. James E. Whetmore of Fullerton, would' provide $5- m i l l i o n for acquisition of the Orange County Medical Center. An additional $3 million would be provided for an ambulatory c a r e center and an approximately 200- bed hospital on the Irvine c a m p u s , a n d §650,000 would be allowed for initial stale operation of the m e d i c a l .center-teaching hospital. County ordered to create work County officials Thursday were ordered to speed up planning on various construction jobs so that more persons could be put to work. Supervisor Kenneth Hahn said o f f i c i a l s already have identified some 357 projects totaling $163.3 million for which funds already have been budgeted. He said if planning on the projects were speeded up the jobs could go to bids much sooner, and work would be made available for thousands of persons on various road, flood control and other building projects. He emphasized that the staff is "not trying to sock in additional density, saying that "multi-story does not mean higher density." Tall, thin buildings can be developed so that more air and light is provided, he pointed out. Peter Walker of Sasaki, Walker said there is "a difference of opinion" between his staff and city planners about the best way to achieve openness in the area, but that he did not oppose the, recommendation. He said they do not want to "shut off development interest in the area." Walker 1 also emphasized that there would be a review of each individual proposal for high-rise. Mrs. Blumberg said she drives along Ocean Boulevard frequently and doesn't want it to become a "tunnel." Walker agreed, but pointed out that even a one or two-story building can block the view from Ocean Boulevard as effectively as a 20-story building if there are no spaces between. Big Irvine stock sale Bearing with it Trainer Wally Nauchtin entertains one of seven bored bears from the Circus Vargus of San Leandro while the bears and trainer wait for their truck to be painted and repaired at the M M Garage Co., in Long Beach Thursday. The im- promtu showing by the bears drew quite a crowd of curious. -Staff Photo by KENT HENDERSON Alcoholic detention being probed By NOEL SWANN Our L.A. Bureau Supervisors Thursday called for a four-point probe into allegations that chronic alcoholics released by a Los Angeles Municipal Court were illegally detained in nursing homes. The probe was ordered after supervisors heard testimony that the patients often were sedated and that their telephone calls were monitored and mail opened to prevent their escape. Testimony also indicated that the alcoholics were told by nursing home officials that they were under 90-day suspended sentences and would be returned to jail if they attempted to leave, when in fact no such sentences were given by the judge. Supervisors also were told that a lawyer had filed a class-action suit against 11 nursing homes on behalf of elderly alcoholics, with the suit claiming the operators would illegally hold the patients so they could claim Medi- Cal, Social Security and other benefits. Paul Morantz, the attorney who filed the class- action suit, told the board that the patients would be released by the court to a Chuck Weldon, who claimed to represent the Senior Citizens Council, but that this was in fact nothing more than an answering service in Pomona. Morantz said Weldon would receive payment of up to $125 a patient for taking them to various nursing homes. Morantz said he had evidence that a Burbank convalescent hospital, Golden State Manor, "paid Weldon on the basis of how long the patients stayed." He said he had conducted a month-long investigation into the charges before filing his suit and had passed on all the information he gathered to the district attorney's office. M a r y Williams, who said she worked as a nurse at the Golden State Manor for two years, told the board she had been ordered to list the alcoholic patients as having been admitted f r o m their homes instead of from jail. She said the hospital read all patient's incoming and outgoing mail and all phone calls were "logged and censored." Denton Dalrymple, a patient at a Baldwin Park nursing home that was part of chain operated by the David-Ruben Company, said he had been arrested on a drunk charge and pleaded guilty after telling the judge he was sick. He said the judge indicated "he wanted me taken to a doctor, but he never gave me any sen- tence that I heard." He said he was told afterward that "some senior citizens were taking me out" and wound up in the hospital. But, he told the board, "I think I can leave any time I want." After the testimony, supervisors ordered county officials to make a survey of all nursing homes and convalecent hospitals to find out if any patients are being illegally held against their will. Th board also called for an audit of all cases referred to'the homes by Weldon to find out whether state and federal regulations were complied with. The third part of the probe called for the district attorney's office to give "high priority" to its investigation of the charges. Supervisors set panel to revamp County Charter Our L.A. Bureau Supervisors have agreed to create a Charter Study Commission which will be given the task of recommending various charter changes by Sept. 1. Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, who proposed formation of the 15-member commission, said it should give special attention to the concept of an elected county mayor and expansion of the board of supervisors from five to seven members. Under the plan, each of the five supervisors would appoint three mem- . bers to the commission with the members coming from business, industry, labor, taxpayer and civic organizations and educational institutions. Hahn pointed out the County Charter was adopted in 1913 providing for five supervisors to govern 625,000 citizens at the time. In that year, he said, the board administered a budget of $4 million, with 3,300 employes. Now, 62 years later, the county's population has grown to 7 million, the county employs 81,000 persons and administers a budget of $3-billion, Hahn said. And, he added, there still are only five supervisors. He said that Charter committees had recommended various reforms in 1958 and 1962 and that the Economy and Efficiency Commission in 1970 and 1974 had recommended the County Mayor approach and the board's expansion. revealed BY BOB GEIVET Staff Writer Plans of the Irvine Foundation to sell its majority stock control of the Irvine Company for $110 million have been revealed -- and promptly sidetracked p e n d i n g a court dispute scheduled in Santa Ana Feb. 14. Mrs. Joan Irvine Smith, granddaughter of the late James Irvine, who found-ed the ranch empire in Orange County, filed a lawsuit against the foundation, charging that it has been reluctant to dispose of its majority stock holdings willed to it by her grandfather more than 20 years ago. The Santa Ana Superior Court has set first hearing on her petition Feb. 14, signaling what may be a lengthy battle involving her determination to shoot down the f o u n d a t i o n which she says has held tight control on the company to the detriment. of stockholders. Mrs. Smith owns more stock in the company than any other individual and has long been at odds with both the foundation and the company board of directors, of which she is a member. The pending sale may be either to Mobil Oil Co. or Northwestern Mutual- Life Insurance Co., or. both. Foundation officials did not disclose the proposed negotiations for sale of the stock until M r s . Smith's lawsuit was filed in court. She identified the prospective purchaser as Mobil, but foundation officials claimed this was a guess on her part and discounted her statement. Now, however, they reveal that both Mobil and Northwestern are bidders for the foundation's 54.5 per cent of the company stock. Mrs. Smith's challenge to the pending sale is based primarily on her claim that the sale price of $110 million is too low'. She said this figures out. to only $24 per share and said that the stock 'is worth much more than that, specifically mentioning $50 a share. '. Her petition to the court was filed Dec. 10 and held that the sale would be un, fair not only to her but to other sotckholders. In reply, the foundation contended that sale of the stock should be at the same price that it was offered to the foundation itself. People Talk Anderson DILIGE-NT resuami--fonuuOlod itt night in the Los Angeles wilds west of Montebcllo--has established that bankers eat high on the hog. At least that's what 1 found the other night when I cornered officers of Region I, Security Pacific National Bank, at a restaurant on East Whitlicr Boulevard. 1 had expected them to be dining on prime ribs or prime rale, but their plates were heaped high with ham. Bill Stewart, assistant manager of Security Pacific's Lakewood branch, said it was a matter of economics. "Restaurant food prices arc going out of sight, and we know steak and lobster is the impossible dream. So we harrow the choices to the three our monthly dinner budget can handle--chicken, veal cutlet or ham." This is no time for a. banker to be playing chicken. And everybody knows that with a veal cutlet the vest gets all the gravy--a serious consideration with bankers whose vests must face the public. Ergo, the choice had. to bu ham. I was the only enlisted man present at the dinner. Bill and Kathy Decker, the "toast ms." for the evening, had called out all the officers, even those in the ready reserve accounts. I felt like Tonto in a room of Loan Arrangers, although, as it turned ojit, 1 had a better speaking'part than Tonto usually gets. KATHY FROWNED ever so slightly when I told her a convention of the women's lib movement could be summed up in three words--"Ms.-ery loves company." I wasn't about to argue with a cute little dynamo like Kathy Decker, who lives in Downey and honchos at the bank's Montebello branch. I was especially on my good behavior when she indicated she might foreclose my speech notes. "You mean I'm supposed to speak?" I asked her. "I thought you people had called me out here to talk about the February installment on the Pinto the bank and I own." "You're down for a speech, right after the lime sherbet," Kalhy replied, consulting her little stack of "toast ms." cards. "1 hope it doesn't melt." ' "My speech?" "No, you oaf, the sherbet, "incidentally, you do speak, don't you?" "Only when my wife isn't talking," 1 answered. "I once spoke out of turn, and 1 didn't pass Go, lost out on buying the Boardwalk and had to hit Security Pacific for a personal loan to get my shoelaces cleaned and pressed." Kathy thought better of me when she learned I was a customer of her bank. She attended my words with consuming interest--well, about 6 per cent worth, if you must know. Bill Stewart told me about a refreshing change in banking attire. The officers no longer dress in a manner suggesting they are holding a wake for a h e a v y depositor. Lighter-toned, more informal clothing is the drill now. The turtlcneck has come out of the safety deposit box. "LOTS OF of bank customers are dressing less formally, loo," I said. "How do you like this barrel I ' m wearing? It's a double-breasted recession model with two pairs of splinters and a center vent for hot weather." Bill summoned Kathy for conference. I heard him whisper; "Call up Lakewood Plaza first Ihing in the morning. I think Ihis guy's overdrawn," Overwrought, perhaps 1 overdrawn, never.

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