Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on October 26, 1955 · 1
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Oakland, California
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Wednesday, October 26, 1955
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HOAA WEATHER Map, Page 50 Mostly fair tonight and tomorrow. Slightly cooler tonight Low tonight 45 to 51. Westerly EDITION I winds 12 to 25 mph. J...WIRiPM0T0...WIDE WORLD. ..UNITED R E S S .. . C H I C 1 6 ft 0 i I i NEWS FOREIGN SERVICE VOL CLXIII 10 DAILY E OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1955 20 SUNDAY NO. 118 8 ?WH City to Clean Up 78-Block Section '.. Oakland First Western City to Seek Federal Aid Under 1954 Act to Speed Up Urban Renewal By BILL STOKES I Tribune Staff Writer A 78-block section of East Merritt will become the scene of the city first concentrated action against blighted and sub-staridard housing. The city has applied to formal designation of the 78 blocks as its first urban renewal project area. I I Albert M. Cole, administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, here for tjie day-long Oakland Urban' Re newal Conference, an riounced Oakland's move today as he delivered the prin cipal address at a noon civic luncheon at- the Hotel Leam ington, j He said that Oakland is the ,first Western city in the United States to seek designation oi an urban renewal project area under the rehabilitation and conservation phases of-the Fed eral Housing Act of 1954. FIRST W WEST Qther cities, he .pointed oujt, have - successfully designated areas under the redevelopment- alum - clearance phases of the ct, but Oakland will be the first Western citv to waee a coordinated fight to conserve a "basically eood ' neighborhood from the encroachment of blight and to attack and correct the hlipKt that already has creot in." . . : . Early approval of the application is expected, city officials said. Once this approval Is granted, the city will be eligible to receive from tjhe Federal Government up tojf two-thirds the cost of all public improvements put into the 251-acre area with no atrings attached. In addition, property owners will become eligible'' under insurance provisions of the act for. low - interest, long - term loans to bring their properties up to minimum health and safety standards. . HUB OF PROGRAM Expected to serve as the nucleus of the urban renewal program in the area is the ; new Franklin School at 10th Ave. arid Foothill Blvd. The city and school department already have announced tentative plans to acquire sufficient property adjacent to the school to construct a fully equipped neighborhood recreation area and a community center structure. The area named in the application is encompassed by a line starting at the northeast corner of 14th Ave. and East 21st St, and moVing west to Ninth Ave, south to East 19th, west to Park Blvd., south to Fourth Ave, south to East 15th St, west to the westerly boundary of Lake-shore Ave, along Lakcsnore to East 12th. east to 14th Ave, and thence to the starting point These 78 blocks are within the 130-block section designated recently as an urban renewal project study area by the Oakland City Council. Fred H. Squires, Oakland's Continued Page 3, Col. 1 So Thev Sav , . i ... FOREST EVASHEVSKI, Iowa football coach, on , his team's chances against Michigan Saturday: : . ;. "We're a sick ball club. I dont know if we'll win any more games, let alone beat Michigan. ' , ARTHUR GODFREY was asked about three dismissals from his radio-television staff, the latest of 12 firings in six months: "Do I have to give reasons? I'm running this job and if I can't fire and hire people to suit myself, I'm going to quit." MARGUERITE PIAZZA, opera and television star: -Hollywood is th only place I know where the men dress " better than the women." THE NEWS METER MODERN VERSION . Under afree and open sky i Where only friendly planes shall fly,. Dig the grave' that Mars shall fill ' - We'll bury him with a right good wilL JACK BURROUGHS Oakland bordering on Lake the federal government for Homing! Needs Discussed by . An overflow I crowd of some - - a 300 city officiali and civic lead ers was on haifdin the Learn ington Hotel today for the morn ing session of the daylong Oak land Urban Renewal Confer ence. - ; ' t K In a series of talks devoted to citizens participation in urban renewal. Mayor Clifford E Rishell set the tone when he de clared: "Urban renewal is way of life tha goes to make a Deuer, neaitnier ana nappier cu izenj ' i ' j,' "This should jbe our goal, and it is only through concerted ef fort on the part of each of us that this can be accomplished We have worked hard in the past--we must! work harder in the future to -bring about this result." I ,,;-v,,.:;.v- j CHURCHMAN! SPEAKS Dr. E.C. Farnham, executive a director oi the! Oakland Council of Churches, discussed community environtrintvn -the-role it plays in urban renewal. He said: "I see urban: renewal I in terms of decency and opportu nity for persons of different races and colors. Together they constitute thej human flower garden; but , selfish disregard pushes underground their better potential and in bitterness they turn in search of other sources of expression. . I "Our city is mot in sound con dition as long as our so-called minority racial, groups are, com pelled by circumstances to live in substandard, housing. Slums anytime and anywhere are a liability to a citjl but slums f dreed upon people pf minority races endanger ourJ whole American system". f - :i . Dr. Farmham addeo .that ! he would like to"join my voice to others in behalf of a renewed city, a rejuvenated city, a city that throbs with life and vi tality.", I j BASED ON DECENCY ! The racial factor in urban re newal also wis stressed by Ken neth F. Smith5, supervisor of the Oakland off fee of the Urban League. He laid the philosophy of urban renewal is "spiritual, decent and progressive in pur pose." and hi added, "the ulti mate accomplishment of urban renewal objectives depends in Continued Pare 2 CoL 1 T- "Return it to the museum and explain there's been a change off heart about defense cuts." WHERE TO FIND IT Civic Leaders Bridge Scores '. 24 Classified ; i. . . ; J. 38 Crossword Pmzle ...... .'. 50 Financial j .... .... ...36, 37 Gardens - i . ............ J. -23 Is That So! .... ..J..,. ...I. 50 RJesel ........ 46 Society and clubs 30, 31, 32, 33 Theaters .1. ......... .48, 49 Vitals ..;.f............... SO Weather 50 2 Newsmen Face Gun in Gaming War Cameraman, Reporter Menaced, Jailed in Santa Cruz Vice Row WATSON VILLE, Oct. 26 A news reporter and photographer were held at gun point for 30 minutes earl v. today by an irate real estate operator from the town of Freedom, after the pair took photographs of Santa Cruz County Dist. Atty. Charles L. Moore's auto. Reporter Bill Kennedy and photographer Sam Vestal had their $450 canfera smashed and then were placed under citizen's arrest by the real estate man for "tresDassing." They were re leased on $50 bail each. Kennedy said he and i Vestal got a tip thati Moore was visit- VII 11. - 1 inc Kavmona Jem, ine reai estate man, at 1 a.m. today. Ken nedy said he wanted pictures for his paper, the Wats6nville Pajaronian, because Moore has been involved in name calling with members of the Santa Clara County grand jury over vice al legations. Parked behind Jehl's house, Kennedy said, was Moore's car, with a newspaper fastened over the license plate. PHOTOS TAKEN The reporter said Vestal took photos of the ear and Kennedy removed the newspaper and took down the license number, which he later verified as the. district attorney's thrdueh the State Division of Motor Vehicles. Flash bulbs drew Jehl from the house, however, and the real estate man. emerged carrying a .38 caliber revolver, Kennedy said. Jehl demanded to know whajt the newsmen were, doing, and then, Kennedy said, told them: - -. ' -. " - ' "I've a good mind to let both of you have it." , Kennedy said he and Vestal were held by Jehl at gun point for nearly a half hour until arrival of Ted Sorehson, an employee of Jehl. On Jehl's orders, Kennedy said, Sorenson smashed Vestal's camera. Jehl then summoned deputy sheriffs and or dered the newsmen's arrest. LICENSE CHECKED V At Watsonville police head quarters Kennedy and Vestal were booked and then immediately- released on bail. Police cooperated with the newsmen in checking the license number of Moore's car, which Kennedy said had been seen in Watson ville an hour before by two persons who reported Moore was driving and that the license number was covered. In yesterday's editions of the Watsonville Pajaronian, Kennedy carried a photographic reproduction of a receipt for $1,500. Kennedy said Jehl obtained the receipt after acting as a go-between in returning the . money, allegedly offered Moore, to Sam Minao, a Santa Cruz County coin machine operator Friction between the district attorney and the Grand Jury began when Moore accused three members of the grand jury of being "connected with vice in the county. He did not name names, however. Grand Jury Foreman Carlyle Blodgett branded the charge ridiculous" and polled the grand jury to determine how the members felt about widening the scope of their current investigation of Moore s office. ASKS STATE AID Moore yesterday sent a formal request- at Atty. Gen. Edmund G. Brown asking him to send one of his assistants to Santa Cruz County to conduct the grand, jury investigation of what Moore termed a $1,500 "approach" to him by a pinball machine distributor. This "approach" is already being investigated by the grand jury; but Blodgett hinted the scope might be widened to include a $4,000 "incident," the details of which were not revealed. PLOT CHARGED Moore charged that the f-1,500 offered him as a "campaign contribution" July 6 by Miano, one of the county's biggest coin machine operatois, was an attempt to discredit him. The money, he said, was . re turned the next day and a re ceipt obtained from Mia 10. Interest in the $1,500 and the $4,000 "incident" was heightened here because of Moore's current anti-pinball machine drive in the county. BAY. STORM OxnamWill Be Met by Furor Here By BILL ROSE Tribune Church Editor Methodist Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam of Washington, D.C., long a controversial figure, will move into, a new jdispute when he arrives here $aturday night for a Sunday afternoon address be fore the Eastpay's Reformation Day Festival of Faith. Fifty Protectant ministers of the Bay Area today issued a statement criticizing Bishop Oxnam and repudiating the Sunday afternoon event. They gave support to an anti-Oxnam Reformation Dry .rally that will be m progress in San Francisco Saturday night, at the time Bishop Oxnam's plane lands. . IN AUDITORIUM HERE The Eastbay event is scheduled for 3:3.0 ! p.m. Sunday, in the Oakland jAuditorium arena, under sponsorship of i the Oakland and Berkeley-Albany Councils of Churches. Bishop Oxnam will discuss ,"The Protestant Contribution to Freedom." The rival pally is scheduled for 7:30 p.mi I Saturday in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, with Dr. Ca.l Mclntire of Col- lingswood, NiJ., as the speaker Dr. Mclntife is president of the American Council of Chris tian Churches Bishop Oxnam is former president 6f the World Council of Churches. CHARGES BY 50 The 50 protesting ministers charged in their statement today that Bishop Oxnam "does not believe- in such, doctrines of supernatural Christianity as the Bible as the infallible word of God." . ' I i. , , 'This ' statement. composed by the Rev. Edward Elliot of San Francisco's First Orthodox Pres byterian Church and Dr. Gilbert Bellshaw of! Calvary Baptist Church, San Francisco, also says: Wo wish imihliolv tn rrrtl. diate the so called 'Protestant Festival of Faith' scheduled for Oct. 30 in Oakland. The use of Dr. G. Bromley Oxnan. as. the speaker is particularly objec tionable from; our standpoint. . . We further call upon Christians to disassociate themselves from a spurious misleading rally calling itself, 'Protestant Festival of Faith." . j COUNTER STATEMENT Supporters;' of -Oxnam issued a counter statement, composed by the Rev. James Comfort Smith of Berkeley, and the Rev, Donald G. Smilev of Oakland. co-chairmen 1 of the Oakland meeting. . They praised Bishop Oxnam for "forthright Christian convictions and deep faith," and de clared the Sunday afternoon services "will present one of Protestantisnys greatest living voices. I1 . Bishop Oinam himself, no tified by itelephone of the criticism against him. declared: I cannot make myself a party to this sort jof thing. I cannot dignify such false witness by any kind of a reply. . It is ut terly absurdi" Yesterday Bishop Oxnam was attacked uy jthe American Coun cil of Christian Churches of Call fornia for his part in the Na tional Council of Churches action invitirit leading Russian clergymen to the United States for a .visit. I ; In a . statement ampuiying the criticism leveled at Bishop Oxnam, the Rev. Guy Archer Weniger of I the Foothill Blvd Conservative Baptist CJiurch, said, "We believe that 'a rally that claims to exalt freedom could bettet" afford to have as its chief spokesman one who has had no 'communist front af filiation." I SWIFT RESPONSE Response i to these criticisms has been sWift. Speaking for the Oakland and Berkeley-Albany Councils '$fj Churches, the Rev James Comfort Smith of St John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, and the Rev. Donald Smiley of I! Laurel Methodist Church, Oakland, said: We are grieved that some of our brethren in. the faith have seen fit to oppose the great festi val of faith to be held Sunday. . . We cordially invite all in cluding those who feel they must criticize td come and worship God with us Sunday afternoon. ' Dr. E. CJ Fjnham, executive director of !the Oakland Council of Churches says, "These apos tles of discard represent splinteri groups who can t get along with anybody but themselves." BISHOP SPEAKS The Rt. Rev. Henry Knox Sherrill, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in America Continued Page B, Col. w Schools Here Checked for Quake Peril 25 Buildings Probed For Damage After Sunday Temblor Inspection of 25 Oakland schools listed as "poor earth quake risks was under way today after it was discovered that one of the scbools suffered damage in Sunday night's sharp temblor. The full-scale inspection was ordered at yesterday's I meeting of the Oakland Board of Educa tion after damage was reported in several places at the Lowell Junior High . School, 13th and Myrtle streets. Even as. the board was dis cussing the matter, nevy after shocks of Sunday night's quake jarred sections of the Eastbay but there were no reports of damage. FIRST SHOCK One of the shocks was at 6:47 p.m. it lasted for one minute and registered 2.5 on the Rich ter scale of magnitude. I Sunday nights shock was recorded at 4.5 locally and at 5.5 on seismographs at the California Institute of Technology at Pasadena. Another shock of about 2.5 magnitude was recorded at 12:05 a.m. today. Both it and the earlier shock were felt 'in Piedmont, sections of Oakland and in Contra Costa County." 7 William Hoffman, president of the board of education, announced shortly aftpr noon today that the Lowell School would be opened to' students" to morrow. He said that five.. members of the board, together with Selmer Berg, superintendent of schools; Dr. Spencer D. Benbow', business manager, and several engineers, inspected the building today and found it "to appear safe." FURTHER INSPECTION . However, Hoffman said, it was decided to call in four con suiting engineers for a more detailed inspection. This, Hoff man said, would probably take about a week. "We do not think that the condition of the building is such Continued Page A, CoL 5 TRAGEDY Man Dies in Fall on Eve OfWedding Walter S. Warthen, 35, cele brated; with friends last night on the eve of his wedding. He played shuffleboards at a tavern with A. E. Gillings, who was to be his best man at the wedding today. . Just before midnight, he left the tavern to walk around the corner to his apartment at 542 25th St. The door was locked. Without his key he decided i to go in through a window which opens onto an airwell. The roof across from the window is four feet higher and the distance from the roof to the window ledge is eight feet across. j 37-FOQT DROP Warthen tried to jump it. He apparently hit the wide ledge but lost his balance. ; He fell 37 feet to the pavement and died instantly. Meanwhile, his fiancee, Miss Linda Lane, had just missed him. She had been in the tavern gioup but had left to pick up -radio and take it to his apartment. She had taken his keys to let herself in. She was returning to the tav ern as he wis walking to the apartment. But they took different routes. When she got back to the tav ern and found he had gone, she took his coat and returned to tht apartment house. , FINDS GATHERING She arrived to find police of ficers gathered around the spot where her husband-to-be had fallen. They had been ' summoned by a firrt i floor tenant, Mrs. Gladys Doggett and the apartment house manager, Mrs. Vtrna Vernon. i Miss Lane became hysterical. Police Inspectors Eddie Ray and Jack Good said they learned Warthen was awarded a Purple Heart-during service in World War II. ; f. Pictures on Page B Ike Asks U.S. Ai NEW BROOM Vernon Sets Efficiency Police Unit Oakland's Chief of Police jvy- man W. Vernon has established a Planning and Research Section in the department. The new unit, "using private industry's "management search" techniques, will under-! take special studies for improve- ment oi me department. Vernon explained the section will "study and review all existing police procedures "with the idea of making them more efficient." He said a rhan- uel of procedures will be veloped, apart from a da- rule book, to cover "virtually every branch of police work."' He said some of the nat on e bigger police departments have set up planning and research sections with the result that 'many outmoded and. timeworn procedures have been dis carded." ; SAVE TIME, EXPENSE In finding the easiest and best methods of handling and trans nnrtinnf nrisnnpr a Inn Vnr. I -- r i - f non said, efficiency will result in a saving of time and expense to the city. rne net result win be a more efficient and progressive depart ment. Planning and research is a very important part of busi ftess, and this is equally true in public service, he said. ; Among . the first assignments of the 'uriit is planning the basic needs of the new Hall of Justice. The unit will examine the over all plans of the department, taking into consideration the needs of each division. The research section has peen assigned to the office of the departmental inspector, which .is under the direction of Deputy Chief Edwards Toothman, j and will be headed by Sgt. Charles R. Gain. , BECAUSE OF BACKGROUND Vernon said that Sergeant! Gain was appointed to head thel section because it was felt that his background of police experi ence will enable him to seek and I recognize practical solutions of police problems. Putting the section to work will not relieve other depart mental units of their planning functions. It was organized, according to Vernon, to assist and coordinate the efforts of the division heads in developing long-range programs. I Among its other duties will be a survey of departmental 'orders as compared to actual and proposed changes hi state and! local laws. Anthony Ross, N.Y. Actor, Found Dead NEW YORK, Oct. 26 -I m Actor Anthony Ross, 46, the Col lege professor m the Broadway comedy hit, "Bus Stjp, '! was found dead in bed at hi jhome today. ! Koss, who nad appeared ir good health- in the play last night, died of an apparent! heart attack. U. of W. Footballer Collapses on Field SEATTLE, Oct. 26 lf Frank Nelson, reserve left guard on the University of Washingtonj football team, was in serious condition today after collapsing on the practir- field yesterday. Nelson collapsed m the early part of a scrimmage in yesterday's pra'.'ice drill. He suffered convulsions and was 4n;,Jn" scious whpn put in an ambu lance and taken to the hospital. He regained consciousness! for a brief period while under pbser-vatioiy 4ast night and j . then lapsea into a coma. .... Coach Johnny Cherberg sud the 21 - year - old Couneville, Wash., player might be suffer- ins from a relapse from an un detected injury suffered n last Saturday's game with Stanford. Sight New Storm TOKYO, Oct. 28 W i U.S Air Force weather planes todav spotted a new tropical storm 600 miles west jibrthwest oi iruam. Russ to Match ms at Summit Parley's 'New Spirit1 Urged to Lay Groundwork I- w in III - - ror reace world Longs ror By ERNEST DENVER, Oct. 26 iJS) invited Soviet Russia to efforts at Geneva and lay the groundwork for the peace and progress "for which the whole world longs." If the new spirit evidenced at the summit conference" at Geneva three months ago is real, Eisenhower said, the foreign ministers BRITISH OUST ARABIANS IN DESERT FIGHT LONDON, Oct. 26 tP British-backed forces today ousted --Saudi Arabians from the disputed Buraimi oasis area. Prime Minister Eden announced. He told the House of Commons that Saudi Arabian forces suffered two wounded before evacuating the region. The m Buraimi area, long a factor of contention between the British and Saudi Arabian governments, is believed to have extensive oil deposits. It is in the southeastern corner of the Arabian peninsula on the Gulf of Oman. It contains a cluster of Arab villages on the det-ert frontier between Saudi ' Arabia and British-protected coastal areas. H " : ' Death Takes N. J. Morrisey Nicholas J. Morrisey, director of the Department of Professional and Vocational Standards and a-member of Gov. Goodwin J. . Knight's cabinet, died today at Stanford Hospital in San Francisco of a coronary occlusion. He was 49. Morrisey, who has been a state employee since 1932 and who was appointed to his present post by Governor Knight Oct. 27, 1953, was admitted to the hospital eight' days ago, the same day he suffered a heart attack in Sacramento. ! Morrisey, a native of San Francisco, was a graduate of the University of San Francisco. He is survived by his wife and two children. In Sacramento, Governor Knight said he .was "shocked and grieved" to learn of Mor-risey's death. He was recognized through out the state and even beyond its boundaries as an expert in the administration of contrac tors licensing and regulatory laws," Knight said. "His sudden passing is an other indication of the strain under which our governmental leaders function, and reflects the long, hard hours which he labored to keep government responsive to the needs of the people." . Sales Tax Raised 20 in Britain LONDON. Oct. 26M Chan cellor of the Exchequer R. A- Butler today ordered a 20 per cent increase in purchase fsalesl tax to curb Britain's home spending and force more of her goods into overseas mar kets. ! The chancellor ordered the increase; in an emergency autumn budeet he presented ! to the House of Commons. He also called for a sharp hold-down on local and national spending. Consumers have been paying purchase tax on a wide range of goods at the rates of 25, so and 75 per cent of the retail price. The new rates will be 30, 60 and 90 per cent. I GETTING OUT OF HAND . Butler gave a detailed picture of a free . spending British economy that is beginning j to get. out of hand. Citing prosperity at home he gave these examples: Production is running 5 to 6 per cent ahead of last year. Geneva i i B. VACCARO President Eisenhower today match American conciliatory will seek solutions ' for the reunification of Germany and clear away other barriers to peace at the Four Power Conference opening tomorrow. , - The President spoke out in a statement issued from his sick room on the eighth floor of Fitzsimons Army Hospital, where j his progress toward recovery from a heart attack was reflected yesterday in the publication of the first close-up photographs since his seizure Sept. 24. LOOKS FINE An eye-witness at the picture-taking on the hospital sun-deck said "you never would guess from just the way the President looks now that he has had a heart attack." Garnett D. Horner, Washington (D.C.) Star reporter, representing the combined press here, said the President'! cheeks were "ruddy, their flesh firm," and that his eyes sparkled. His voice was strong, Horner reported, and "his manner is relaxed but spry and chipper." The President took more unassisted steps than at any time since he was hospitalized and he also sat up in bed unaided for the first time. James C. Hagerty, White House press secretary, said that heretofore the easy chair has been placed close beside Eisenhower's bed and he had to take only a couple of steps to reach it. Today the chair was moved a greater distance .nd Eisenhower took six or seven steps each trip back and forth. The President voiced hope Russia will respond in the same genuine spirit of conciliation and accommodation to the proposals the United . States will submit along with Great Britain and France and with which the Republic of West Germany ihas been kept abreast. CONFERENCES The President's statement followed two conferences here with Secretary of State Dulles before the latter's departure for Europe and a letter to the Cabinet backing Dulles up 100 per cent in his negotiations at Geneva. "The world hopes," the President said, that the conference he attended at Geneva did, in fact, create a "new spirit" which will make possible future solutions of world problems. He repeated his belief that the "acid test" will come at the new conierence wnen tne ior eign ministers tackle "concretely" the problems which, if unresolved, "create tension and danger." Employment offices now list two vacancies for jobs for every unemployed person in the country. Weekly wage rates rose five points between December and March, a further three points between March and June and since had gone up still another point Cries of "resign" and ironical laughter came from the Labor benches while Butler spoke. When the chancellor spoke of the need to restrain spending for hospital facilities, the Labor ites shouted: "Let 'em die." PROFIT TAX UP Butler also increased tax on distributive profits from 22 Vi per cent to 27 Vi per cent A loud Labor outcry devel oped when Butler announced that the treasury is limiting the amount of credit it will advance to local government authorities. The only out for these bodies. if they insist on raising the money, is to borrow on the private money markets, Butler said. '1 - ?

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