Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on July 8, 1959 · 8
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 8

Oakland, California
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Wednesday, July 8, 1959
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OilUnd Tribune, Vedntidjy Change Delayed in Adams Pt. Setback An Oakland City Planning Commission recommendation for revision of setback requirements in the exclusive Adams Point area north of Lake Merritt has been held up for study by the City Council. Spokesmen lor more than bO property owners at i ' - m m . School Board IMnfWn Civil Defense Not Simde. Par ev Told 1 Extends Bus Service Year SAN JOSE, July 8 The era can befall us, he said, would Council Votes West Oakland Renewal Plan A unanimous vote by the City Council today has made redevelopment and renewal of a 250-block area of West Oakland an official program of Oakland. The 8 to 0 approval last night with Councilman Glenn JL Hoover absent -puts the council firmly in accord with the) General Neighborhood Renewal Plan and pledges Its cooperation in carrying it. out Councilman Howard E. Rilt failed In a request for two weeks additional study. Councilman John C. Houlihan and Frank J. Youell called the request an attempt to delay the program and won 7 to 1 support of their motion for an immediate vote. Rilea, while charging the program would increase taxes by taking $3,000,000 worth of property off the tax rolls, went along in the subsequent vote. Meanwhile, urban renewal representatives today are con tinuing their interviews wttwn the first project area seeking information about family characteristics which will be used in planning the Acorn project. Detailed planning is financed by a $164,463 advance from the U.S. Government which has reserved for Oakland $3,508,000 or two-thirds of the cost of the first project CHURCH PARKING Use Permit Hearing Set In Berkeley BERKELEY, July 8 A public hearing will be held by th City Council at 8 p.m. July 28 n an appeal from a decision of the City Planning Commission's Board of Adjustments granting a use permit to the Second Church of Christ, Scientist to use a lot south of 1500 Arch St for parking. A protest was filed with the council by F. W.. Beard, 1508 Arch St., and 20 others in the area "because to grant the application would destroy the amenities xt the residential neighborhood and especially those homes in immediate vicinity of the parking lot" The church, located at Spruce and Vine Streets, seeks an off-street parking areff-to the rear of its property. $176,000 Suit Filed in Napa Truck Death A Berkeley truck driver today was named in a $176,000 damage action filed in Ala meda County Superior Court by the survivors of a Santa Rosa man who was crushed to death by a heavy truck on June 4 near Napa. The truck driver named in the suit filed by Oakland Attorney Edward M. Digardi is Frank Parker of 1502-B Cedar St Other defendants named af the Wunderlich Co. of San Mateo, general contractor on the highway job, Basalt Rock Co. offNapa, paving sub-con tractor and D. W. Parker, owner of the aggregate truck Frank Parker was driving. The suit was brought by Carole Boyle, 43, and Billie Boyle, 23, widow'and daugh ter of Charles K. Boyle, 41- year-old stale highway inspec tor who was killed when i truck backed over him as he examined a huge paving ma chine. " The complaint charges that all the defendants were negligent in assertedly failing to observe proper safety precau tions on the job. Boyle resided at 705 Camelia St, Santa Rosa. Linsky Speaks at Rotary Meeting BenjaminJlansky, control officer of the Bay Area Air Pollution Control District, will address the Oakland Rotary Clqb at a luncheon tomorrow in the Leamington HoteL Linsky will speak to 350 Ro- tariahs on The Economic Impact of Regulation Number Two," the .controversial regulation proposed by the district to control industrial , smog emissions. f i tacked the recommendation at a public hearing last night, complaining that the proposed changes would "ruin the beauty and destroy the Earden atmosphere of the area." The commission recommends repealing three old city ordinances which established stringent set back limits be fore the citywide zoning laws were adopted in 1935. DIFFERENT LAWS The old laws are different from the regular zoning ordinance in that they provide for either 10, 15 or 20-foot setbacks in various parts of the area which is bounded by Santa Clara, Grand and Oakland Avenues and Park View Terrace. Regular setbacks in "C' and "D" multipk dwelling districts such as Adams Point are either 10 feet; the average of both adjoining buildings, or in the absence of adjoining buildings, the average on the block. Corwin R. Mocine, city planning engineer, said the revision would cot drastically change any neighborhood, since new buildings would have the same setback as all other houses in the block. APARTMENT PROBLEMS Mocine said the commission recommended the revision be cause of problems posed by new apartments going up in the area. One of the problems appeared to complicate the dis cussion last night A. B. Johnson, a builder, said he has already started construction on a $500,000 apartment building at Bellevue and Grand Avenues. He said the plans were approved by the zoning and building departments even though ornamental balconies and chimneys extend past the required 15-foot setback. He suggested the law be revised to keep the present setbacks. but to allow ornamental work to extend closer to the side walk. ACTION DELAYED On Councilman John C. Houlihan's motion the council held up action for two weeks and asked for a report on opinions throughout the area and why Johnson's plans were approved in the first place. In other action the council 1 Referred to its salary meeting at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow a request from marine pilots and engineers on the Oakland fireboat that their salaries be fixed by ordinance to equal those of fire department cap tains. SALARIES BEHIND Rolla A. Wells, an engineer, said historically the salaries have been the same but they fell behind July 1 when police and firemen received a 10.33 per cent increase under pro visions of Proposition C ap proved by the voters last No vember. The two pilots and three engineers now get $636 a month. A fire captain gets $702. 2 Asked City-Manage Wayne E. Thompson lor a re port next Tuesday on progress toward turning over to the California Highway Patrol law enforcement on the Nimitz Freeway. The CHP agreed two weeks ago to take over. 3 Introduced an ordinance authorizing the Park Commis sion to lease the portion of Lakeside Park occupied by the Veterans Memorial Building to the county which operates the building. 4 Called for oral bids at its 10:30 a.m. meeting July 23 for the sale for removal or demo' lition of 10 one and two-story frame houses in the way of the West Grand Ave. widening project. $100 MINIMUM A minimum bid of $100 is required for the building which are at 760-762, 828, 840, 850-852, 832, 836, 838, 846, 856 West Grand, and 2251 Brush St 5 Introduced an ordinance vacating Hillside-St- between Foothill Blvd. and 73rd Ave, to allow the Chevrolet plant to enlarge its parking lot. public hearing was held last August with no protests but the action was held off until the Bancroft Parkway a block away was completed. 6 Referred to Thompson request from the Soroptimist Club of Oakland for $500 to help defray expenses of a re gional spring conference to be held at the Claremont Hotel next ApriL ' 7 Directed City Engineer John A. Morin to advise three Maybelle Ave. area residents requesting the city to construct new streets to facilitate use of oversize lots that the proper procedure is to submit a petition signed by a majority of the involved property owners. Extra bus service for Mont clair and Thornhill school chil-, dren, which was ended at last week's Board of Education meeting, will now be provided for another year. Board members voted to reverse the policy last night after a large delegation from the areas appeared and asked for another year to plan dif ferent transportation arrange' ments. Sequoia area residents were turned down on their request to continue school bus service instead of using proposed Key System service, but school officials were authorized to work with them on other pos sible solutions. At last week's meeting of the board, it was voted to limit bus service in the Montclair and Thornhill areas to pupils living more than 1.5 miles from the school as is done in other parts of the city. EXCEPTION NOTED An exception had been made for several years in the area because of the steep terrain and lack of sidewalks, and on June 23 the board had agreed to continue this exception for another year. Attorneys Preston Encksen and William Sharon, who spoke for the Montclair - Thornhill delegation, stressed that the suddenness of last week's re versal was the main problem. Both agreed that parent! in the area were willing to work out new plans for the trans portation of studentl, but wouldn't have time to do so by this fall. ''We're here, with our hat in our hands, asking for an other year," Ericksen said. He added that the safety of the children was a paramount is sua and that terrain and traffic problems made special ar rangements necessary. SAFETY STRESSED Sharon also stressed the safety problem on the narrow steep roads and said one inter section was like "crossing a no man's land in the second World4War.w A third attorney, John Riley, spoke for the Sequoia area group. He said Key service would not provide the same safety and efficiency that the school buses do and that his area should also be given a year to work on alternate plans. "We're not asking for educational fringe benefits or frills," he added. Dr. Forrest C. Michell, as- s i s t a n t superintendent of Schools, reminded the board that the growing hill area will pose many transportation (problems in the future and n factors other than distance from the school are considered these problems may be com pounded. EXTENSION VOTED Board members then voted to continue the Montclair- Thornhill service one year and to continue with plans for Key System to take over the Se quoia run. An early meeting with Sequoia residents will be held to see if any further aid can be given there, such, as a small shuttle bus carrying chil dren tojthe Key stops. In other matters: 1 A contract was awarded Joseph D. Ballinger and Co, xor tne demolition and re moval of a three-story wood building on the Laurel School site and to Ayen House Movers for moving 13 portable buildings. Both bids were under budget estimates. ine board voted to re quest a veto by Governor Brown on four bills which would mandatorily bring every school district into Social Se curity coverage. of the devoted block warden with his white helmet, arm band and flashlight are gone forever, a top official of Cali fornia's Disaster Office has de clared here. Harry Braze, chief of CDO's emergency operations, asserted the fight for survival in these days of atomic weapons and missiles will not be so simple. The greatest disaster that be a collapse of civil govern ment after an attack. The vital issue of civil defense now he said, is an essential part of all branches of all levels of government. Braze addressed spme 100 city, county and civil defense officials from seven Bay Area counties meeting here yester-dayin an effort to spur civil defense planning. From the start bfl hostilities, he said, "we will be operating under battlefield conditions.'' Braza asserted 'that current thinking is based on the principle that non-military defense is an essential part of the total preparedness program. ; "We are not ready for war," he said, "until we are ready to cope with war in this country. And we are not ready to cope with war until our gov ernments make full preparation for continuing leadership of the people under emergency conditions." Braze warned there are other dangers in addition to deliberate attack by an enemy and the fallout hazard. "Consider the nature of a 'missile beast'" he said. "A single malfunction of one of its 10,000 parts can send it veering off course and right in our midst1 5 "We must prepare, he salV "and we must do it now." Also addressing the group yesterday was Harold G. Rob inson, director of the disaster office, who told the group "we are living in a time of fear and fascination.", , Robinson said his office is developing a program based on "vision, determination and common sense," I Wolfeboro Scouts Get Merit Badges BERKELEY, July 8 Five hundred merit badges were awarded to 367 Alameda and Contra Costa county Boy Scouts and leaders during the opening two-week session of Mt. Diablo Council's Camp Wolfeboro. Swimming and boating were the most popular badges presented, with cooking and hiking second. Twenty-five Scouts were given the hard-to-get forestry merit badge. The mountain camp's second session is being attended by more than 200 Scouts, including Troops 28, 31, and 37 of Berkeley, led by Scoutmasters Carl Soderberg, E. F.. Ellison and John Pasterino. 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