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STATE'S SIXTH LARGEST SPAN IN L.B. Desmond Bridge is Dedicated GORDON LUCE, MRS. GERALD DESMOND UNVEIL BRIDGE PLAQUE Secretary of State Business and Transportation Agency Helps Widow --Stall Photo by CHUCK SUNDOUIST By JACK O.BALDWIN Marine Editor "May the Gerald Desmond Bridge serve this community as weli as did the man for whom it is named." So spoke Mayor Edwin W. Wade Thursday during ceremonies officially dedicating the new $19-million bridge in the Port of Long Beach to the late city councilman, city attorney and civic leader. . THE STATE'S sixth largest bridge was declared officially completed when Gerald Desmond, Jr., son of the one-time vice- mayor, helped tighten the last bolt--a gold plated one--into placeon the 6,000-foot long harbor span. Young Desmond war, assisted by H. M. Pitney, district manager for erection for Bethlehem Steel Corp., as 200 invited dignitaries watched. Mrs. Gerald Desmond, .standing between .two breeze-whipped flags and smiling pleasantly, expressed her appreciation to Harbor Department officials and to the City Council for dedicating the new bridge to her late husband. Gordon C. Luce, secretary of the Business and Transportation Agency, congratulated the port and city officials for using tideland oil funds instead of tax monies to build the bridge. Mayor Wade noted that Desmond while serving both as a two-term city ' councilman and later as city attorney fought's battle to retain its share of tidelands oil funds. The bridge, designed by Moffatt and Nichol, Engineers of Long Beach and built by Bethlcrem, will open to traffic "about noon" Monday, according to Bob Hoffmaster, chief harbor engineer. THE NEW bridge will replace the 24- year-old Pontoon Bridge built during World War II as a temporary structure. Llewellen Bixby, Jr., president of the board of harbor commissioners, opened the brief ceremonies held at the peak of the bridge's arching roadway by asking for a moment of silent prayer for slain .'Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. GERALD DESMOND JR. TIGHTENS LAST BOLT Gold-PIated Bolt Officially Completed Bridge Council Seeks New L.B. Office for Coast Guard Faced with the possibility that headquarters of the llth Coast Guard District may have to move out of Long Beach, the City Council is taking steps to find new facilities here. Cpuncilmen directed City Manager John R. Mansell to meet with Harbor Department officials to try to work out new quarters "at the most .reasonable rate possible." " . ' . ' - ' . ' ' . . , . , · T h e headquarters has been in Long Beach since Coast. Guard districts were formed in the early. 1940s. It now th"e;Heartwell Building. . ; ·'.:/ . The possibility : that the district headquarters may move stems from the transfer of the Coast Guard in April 1967, from the Department of the Treasury to the Department of Transportation. The D e p a r t m e n t of Transportation is c o n s t r u c t i n g a new office building in Lawndale, and Coast Guard officers have been advised they are expected to move into that building when it is completed next year. "Any top-ranking officer 'of the Coast Guard would" agree that the proper place for Coast Guard activities: BEACH COMBING MALCOLM EPLEY A LOT of people 'around ·^^ n'e w s p a p e r offices, television studios arid like places gave a yearning backward glance at the horse and buggy. It was election night, and hours p a s s e d virtually without any returns from Los A n g e l e s county's vaunted new computer system for counting ballots. It's unbelievable, people said. Computers had to be faster t h a n the ancient hand counting methods. Yet hours passed, and still n o t h i n g meaningful from the machine'centers. It was explained that the delay was caused by failure to get the new punch cards from the precincts to the machines fast enough. At any rate, it was probably the slowest election night count, in decades in this country, a shameful commentary on the computer age. TC»XPERIENCE counts a -** lot in getting election returns. The computers are inexperienced. On factor that many people do not realize is that over many years, newspa- ' per staffs ran up quick time results by quick col- ' lection of unofficial incom- , plete returns. . : We'd get five votes here, i ten votes there, and shortly : have'.enough to run up a · fairly respectable count, ; and one that nine times out i of 10 proved a good indica- I tion of the trend of the con\ tests. You can't do that,with i the new system. The count- '· ing is not done in the pre; cincts. You can't look over ' somebody's shoulder and : pick up a figure which, added with others similarly gathered, shows something. : With the computers,' it's · necessary to wait until the i cards are toted in from the ;. precincts, fed in the ma; chines and allowed to run i clear through. This should bring a total final count a lot faster than we used to get it. But it's devastatmgly ; ineffective in' getting those quick early results that mean so much election- night. ALL of which reminds ·^^ me of something that happened to us some years ago. A few days before an election some sharp looking fellows from one of the big business machine compa; nies paid us a visit. They said they'd like to handle our election night tabulations for us, and assured us they'd be faster and more a c c u r a t e than anything · we'd ever dreamed about. We were impressed and told them to go ahead. But just as a precautionary measure, we decided also to set up our tried and true t a b u l a t i n g layout which had been operated for years under the direction of Dick Beach. It was a good thing we did. The big operators did their best, but they weren't f a m i l i a r with the way things were done around he're, and they spent much of the night getting nowhere. Beach and his faithful gang plugged away and saved the situation for us. The horse and buggy won. But I never expected an almost p a r a l l e l situation would occur on a countywide basis a few years later. 'M'HE computer system, of . course, will work and eventually will do a : far better job. But there will have to be some adjustments that will snap out those early returns. Some way of getting incompletes has to be the answer. If you're going to wait until everything is counted, you're going to be in for a bad night. is right here," Vice Mayor Robert F. Crow said. . MANSELL SAID he believed local commanders "certainly would prefer to be in Long Beach." Prior negotiations have I been held with the Coast | Guard for possible use of | the former Van Camp Sea | Food building on Pier A, [ but the rent discussed was | unsatisfactory to the Coast. | Guard, in yiew of free | space which ^will become available at .the new Lawndale building.. Crow suggested that the city might be'able to offer ' the facility to the ' Coast .Guard for $1 a year. He · also asked the city attor : ney's office to determine · w h e t h e r , tideland funds could be used'to build or expand facilities for the Coast Guard. Councilman Bert B. Bond .pointed put the city once had hoped that buildings constructed for the ill- starred world's fair would be available for use by the Coast Guard or Navy. Pick Up Truck Snatched Vp fey I, P-T Reader To pick up a quick sale, u s e Independent, Press- Telegram Classified Ads. William Hargis, 1301 E. 63rd St., Long Beach, states that he had about 50 calls the first day he advertised his Chevy pick up truck for sale and he sold it at 7 a.m. to the first caller. If you have something for sale, do it quickly with an I.P-T Classified Ad. Call HE 2-5959. From Bellflower, call TO 6-1721; from L a k e w o o d , ME 3-0764; from G a r d e n G r o v e , JE 7-9120. -- Sfjtf Sktlcll br IILL'PURCELL ' A MATTER OF VIEWPOINT Bridge Closed li Open, Not Down If Vp, Really By DICK EMERY When is a Down at the old pontoon bridge, Tony Moreno said they've asked him that question almost every day since he started running the retractable pontoons in 1949. "It's a matter of viewpoint," Moreno said. "The bridge is closed when it's open for water traffic. That's the motor traffic viewpoint. "FROM THE WATER traffic viewpoint, though, the bridge is closed when its open for motor traffic. "Our point of view, as operators, of course, is that the bridge is open when it's closed." Morris Robert, at controls ofthe Ford Avenue drawbridge, said his viewpoint of that basxule-type structure is that when the two sections are in closed position, the bridge is oopen. Another operator of he same bridge, Harold Menzel, took aslight- ly different view. "It sounds sorta backward," lie Said, "but when the bridge is open, it's closed to trains, cars and pedestrians. That makes it, from the train's viewpoint, closed when it's open. "It's kinda confusing. "Because in case of a tie, when a train and a ship approach at the same time, normally water traffic has right of way. "So from the right of way viewpoint, the bridge is open when it's open. From the ship's point of view, the bridge is closed when it's closed." Over on the towering Heim Bridge, Willie Bodine said he's acquainted with the · puzzle, from years of being asked, but that the Heim Bridge has a simplofying factor. "THIS BRIDGE. raised its center span horizontally," he said. "So it's closed when it's up, to motor traffic, and open when it's dowrr. To ships, of course, it's the other way, closed down,'open up. Simple, compared to the other two bridges!" P-T CITY EDITOR Larry Allison Wins Harvard Award Larry Allison, city editor of the Press-Telegram, has been awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University,, it was announced by Harvard officials Thursday. Allison, 33, who has worked for the Independent, Press-Telegram since 1957, will join I I other newspapermen for a year 'of study at Harvard beginning in September. He will be accompanied to Cambridge by his wife, Patricia, and son, Larry Jr., 12. * * .* » THE NIEMAN is widely regarded in the newspaper profession as the most prestigious journalism fel- . lowship in the country, Among its recipients "have been I.P-T columnist Tom Wicker, Washington bureau chief for the New York Times, and Hale Champion, finance secretary to former Gov. Edmund G. Brown. While at Harvard, Allison will study urban problems and international politics. Allison attended California State College at Long .beach, and also studied at the Sorbonne in, Paris.,He worked a year on Stars and Stripes in Darmstadt, Germany, while on a leave of absence from the I,P-T in 1062. OTHER *N1EMAN Fellows announced by Har- Viiiu are: George Ellsworth Amick Jr., 37, chief editorial writer of the Trenton Times; Henry St. Amant Bradsher, 36, Moscow bur- eau chief of the Associated Press; Paul James Hemphill Jr., 32, columnist for the A t l a n t a Journal; Paul · Green Houston, 26, reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Robert Lewis Levey, 29, columnist for the Boston Globe. Also, R i c h a r d .Cole Longworth, 33, Moscow correspondent for the United Press International; J. Anthony Lukas, 34, reporter for the New York Times and 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner; Michael Robinson McGrady, 34, reporter and columnist for Newsday in New York; Joseph Strickland, 39, reporter for the D e t r o i t News; Jonathan Yardley, 28, editorial writer of' the Greensboro (N.C.) D a i l y News, and John INDEPENDENT FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 1968 SECTION B--Paga B-l MARKETS ON PAGES C-8 C - 9 · 5 Bixby Hill Homeowners Hit Set-Back By DON BRACKENBURY Five-Bixby Hill property owners opposed reducing .the existing set-back on two lots Thursday, coh- 'tending they have been "saddened by the suffocat- ,ing closeness of the houses to each other- and to the street.!' " Jersey 'Clears' the Canal ByBUCKLANIER Military Editor A B O A R D USS NEW JERSEY -- Twenty-five feet of clearance under the Bridge of the Americas and the USS New Jersey entered the Pacific. After two tugs huffed and puffed the mighty ship away from her Balboa pier it was "under way for Long Beach." Two very important people are making the 3,000 : mile run to Long Beach -technicians from the Phila- d e l p h i a Naval Shipyard whose job it is "to gefc the bugs out of the ship's air conditioning system." The temperature Tuesday and Wednesday was 85 and the humidity was 93. Actually the 1,480 enlisted men are getting quite a chuckle out of the air conditioning gaffe. About 60 per cent of the problems are in the wardrooms a n d officers' quarters. CANAL ZONE weather is a twin for the climate off Vietnam, where the New Jersey's nine 16-inchers are going to work this fall. Capt. J. Edwards Snyder said he plans to travel "a little over 500 miles a day" to make his 9 a.m. date with the Long Beach Breakwater Tuesday and 11 a.m. mooring at Pier E. A spokesman for the developer, however, asserted that even with the requested set-back, the distance from the sidewalk to the front of the' building would average about 20 feet Nathan Shapell, developer of Bixby Hill, has applied . for a variance from the zoning requirement of a 20- foot set-back, to 12 feet at 6320 Bixby Hill Road, and to 12.5 feet at 6371 Bixby Hill Road. Bernard McCune, representing Shapell, pointed out that the property line is 7.5 feet in from the sidewalk, and 12 feet in from the curb. The requested 12 or 12.5-foot set-back would thus mean the building would be about 20 feet from the sidewalk, he said. , PRINCIPAL spokesman for the protesting homeowners was Donald A. Coscarelli, 6311 Bixby Hill Road, who said that limited curb space on the cul-de- sac made ' it necessary to p a r k on .the driveway aprons. "The proposed narrowing and shortening of the drive- . way will leave virtually no parking space available except inside the garage," he said. Homeowners on the cul- de-sac have found "to their h o r r o r," Coscarelli. said, that because of the narrow lots, their only view from their front windows is their neighbor's garage. McCUNE reminded the Planning Commission, that it had granted about 16 prior requests, elsewhere in Bixby Hill, for the reduced setbacks. He.;aid they are needed on cul-de-sacs and other places where lots are irregular, to get the best use of the property. Commissioners agreed to go out to the site Saturday and view the two lots. They took the application under' ' a d v i s e m e n t until next Thursday's meeting. · WHAT'STM--"- HAPPENING James Znkarian, 30, assistant editor of editorial pages of .the Lindsay Schaub Newspapers. A reminder of admission-free events in the Long Beach area. . 1:30 p.m.--The sixth annual Fiesta de Floras in South Coast Botanical Gardens, 26701 Rolling Hills Road. I -.1

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