Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on December 15, 1960 · 21
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 21

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OAKLAND'S THIS SECTION EDITORIAL AND FEATURE PAGES, COMICS, ; TELEVISION, AND RADIO LOCALLY OVKID AND LOCAUY CO? HkOLLED DAILY f37S?AFZ3 ttTAintHifr iinva II, U4 associate riiv;t.wiiirHOTo..;uHiTi mss intntiqnai....chicaso qailt wtwi cmtM stivict VOL CLXXIir OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, .1960 21 NO. 168 "6 .1 . - - MRa :;v Ul I LM.W r---.i .v"'?-:'.:;.Ss.,.?SR'S - i Si-iW - V-' ' ."'it j. . - : kJT . .J.1.-..-'- f ? .-V -..'"' ; J rr- v "BENNY BUFANO SHOWS WHERE HIS 17-FOOT STATUE WOULD GO IN FRANKLIN PARK " ' From Itft: Ed Martin, Mayor Clifford Rishell, Richard W. Breuner, Bufano iBufano, St. Francis Statue May Both 13?niamino Benvenuto Bu-fano . found a'-place for his statu? of St. Francis of Assisi Mhat San Francisco doesn't want It's- in Oakland in the tiny Fradklin Park, at Broadway, Franklin and 22nd Streets. -.Bennyi as Bufano is fondly called, made an agreement with' Mayor Cliff Rishell. ; ; jRishell in turn" will place the - matter, before the City CouncUJor its consideration. If the, council approves, the statue' will be crated and brought to this side of the Bay. Bufand c o n f e r r e d with Rishell, Richard W. Breuner and Ed Martin of Bayshore Construction Co., whose idea it was to bring the modernistic statue to this side of the bay. "If San Francisco doesn't want it," a Bayshore spokes man said, "We re sure if will be. appreciated over here." Bufano agreed to lend the stalue to Oakland for at least a'year, although he said it soouia De placed at tne u.N hVNew York. "My statue be longs to the people," he ex plained. "I hold title to it, and always nave, and always win. But it is for the people, as a symbol of peace." - If the statue is moved later Biifairoromises to replace it wait replica in black granite. ;4"Die replica would be the 6,000 ; t'By BOB HEISEY Oakland is a city of 53.3 square miles of land and 25.7 square miles of water. It is crisscrossed, girdled, bisected and traversed by a total of 739.74 miles of streets. ' Sound like an easy place to get lost? It could be except for the fact that each street from the i A STREET 'A' tops Oakland streets most modern six-lane arterial to- the tiniest court has . a name. Even then, this wouldn't do ypu-.much good unless you knew which is which. JTo solve 1; . Winn, ii a 1 this,, the city has installed nearly 6,000 street name signs, at. least one at each intersection. .' All of them, from A St. to Zorah St were replaced in 1949 when wooden signs gave way to enameled steel. The present signs have black let-, ters on a white background. The letters are 3 inches, hi, height and the main body of the sign is six inches wide with a three-inch crown- on top to indicate house numbers Jto..C.' particular block additional help to you. Length of the signs varies according to the street name. V Move to same as the original unless I make changes, which I will," Bufano said. He valued the present statue at $100,000. - "I'm going to move to Oakland and let San Francisco shift for itself," Bufano said. Bufano has been a storm-center since 1923. There is no half-way point about his art. People either like it or don't. When Mayor Angelo Rossi of San Francisco in 1937 cast a tie-breaking vote of the Art Commission, approving place ment of a 180-foot stainless steel statue of St. Francis of Assisi on Twin Peaks, the controversy was enormous. It was abated a little , when Bufano removed a goatee Street ..t s4 Jumble of street names crowns "Yield Right-of-Way" sign The shortest signs are 18 inches long for the letter streets, A through G ; the number streets, First through A- Oakland which offended many. But the statue was never erected; the war intervened and after that everyone just forgot about it. It was the same thmg with the statue of the Golden Bear which Bufano gave tb University of California in 1941. It was a splendid : bear, Bufano ; felt, although ; some argued that a Golden Bear should not have four flat feet, a beaver's tail, a seal's body, ears like a deer and a snout with four jagged teeth. "It's a fine statue," Benny soothed. "It s an abstraction." The history of the 12-ton, 17-foot statue which may come to Oakland is even more com plicated, as Bufano tells it. He sculpted it in Paris in 1933. It remained there in stor age until 1955, when it was brought to San Francisco and installed on the steps of St Francis of Assisi Church, in North Beach. - The Rev, John J. Curtin wants it moved because it makes it difficult for wedding processions to get in and out. Someone suggested the stat ue be placed m San Fran Cisco's Civic Center Plaza but Mayor George Christopher firmly nixed the notion. -Snnowlf aU-wrksout well, Bufano s statute of St. Francis of Assisi will come to Oakland, and so will Benny. Signs Show Travelers Way K I J 67th, and the number avenues, First through 109th., - The longest signs belong to two of the shortest streets Condemned Cop Killer Found Sane Two Psychiatrists Say 'No Evidence Of Mental Illness' Two famed psychiatrists from the State Department of Mental Hygiene yesterday confirmed the findings of Dr William. C. Keating Jr., superintendent of ; the Medical Facility at' Vacaville, that Erwin W. Walker, condemned slayer of a highway patrolman, shows' no evidence of mental illness. . ' 5 Dr. Louis R. Nash, acting superintendent of Atascadero State Hospital, and Dr. Walter Rapaport, head of Ag-news State Hospital, examined Walker at Vacaville. Walker, now 42, was sent enced to die 13 years ago for shooting to death Patrolman Loren Roosevelt, who stopped him for questioning on a de serted street in the outskirts i 6w HeasavMromaintmentalaffistKrssileTt Quentin's gas chamber a half hour after the time set for his execution on April 15, 1949. A panel of doctors, hastily summoned by Warden Clin ton Duffy, said they believed him insane. Two weeks later a Marin County jury took only 10 minutes to concur in the doctors findings. Walker was sent to the Mendocino State Hospital and 1 a t e r to the Atascadero hospital when that facility was opened. He escaped on Nov. J, 1953, but was recaptured two days later. Last August he and a number of other prisoners were transferred to the De partment of Corrections Hos-1 nital at vacaville The proceedings now call for Dr. Nash and Dr. Rapa port to notify the Department of Mental Hygiene that they consider Walker sane. The department then passes the report on to Gov.; Edmund G. Brown. He in turn notifies the San Quentin warden to re turn Walker from the Vacaville hospital to prison. V - A new non-jury insanity trial must be held in Marin County Superior Court, If the judge finds Walker sane, the case 'goes to Los Angeles Su perior Court for resentencing. If the Southern California court again sentences him' to death, his attorney. John C tHoulihan f-kkndriWngs-White-Sands Missile ask the Governor to commute the sentence to life imprison ment, Pleasant VaUey Ct. N. (Blind) and its sister, Pleasant Valley Ct. S. (Blind). They are 36 inches long. . To help you find a particular house number once you've found the street the number on top of the sign tells you what block you are in. ; ; The little arrow after the number points in the direction of increasing numbers. This is a great help where the street jogs and continues on 'out of sight after crossing an intersecting street. Where the street does end the sign will either have the last, possible number in the block saylg-followed by an arrow pointing back to the block; or if it's one of the newest of the new signs it will simply say "end" without any number. Street names themselves come from a variety of sources but are mainly the whim ef the person who sub divided the area in the first place. The city simply asks that they don't . conflict or cause confusion with existing names.' ''..'V: Some streets are named after war dead. They have a little red white and blue shield on the end of the sign. 1 Don't ever Jet the street name fool you 1 into thinking you are in a particular district Montclair Ave., for instance is nowhere near the Montclair district.-Brookfield Ave. is in Shef field Village. And Sheffield Ave. Is miles from Sheffield Village. . ; A-Missiles Will Guard . Nike Hercules To Replace Ajax In Defense System Powerful Nike Hercules atomic missiles, with three times the range of the Ajax, take over protection of the Bay Area next summer. At the same time, the Her cules, also will replace : the Ajax at 17 other metropolitan areas and air bases through out the United States. One of the bases is Travis Air Force Base at Fairfield. .The an nouncement was made today by the Army, - The Hercules had twice the altitude capability of the Ajax, as well " as three times the range. It is deadly against bombers and air-launched mis siles. Lt. Gen. Robert J. Wood, commanding general of the Army Air Defense, noted, however, that snot even the ncitiuca tan oiup au unci- Hercules can stop an tnter- He urged stepped-up develop ment of one that can the Nike Zeus 'We should have the Zeus system now because the threat we are faced with today is a mixed one, with Soviet bomb ers and intercontinental bal listic missiles arrayed against us," Wood said. He spoke in Los. Angeles at the dedication at Fort Mac Arthur of a master control center the 'miss,ile master" electronic system for semi automatic control of the ground-to-air Nike-Ajax and Hercules launchers, - ' .- Army missile scientists are confident Zeus can defeat any ballistic missile that Russians now have and that the growth potential of Zeus will permit its own development to keep it ahead of any that the Russians can develop,". Wood said. :- "Zeus win be fired from the ground but it will operate high above the earth's atmosphere, in space, to destroy any enemy missile before t it can harm America." Wood said he expects $130 million appropriated by Congress- but not spent by the Eisenhower administration will be released, after Presi dent-elect John F. Kennedy takes office, for Zeus devel opment, A dozen successful test fir- Ranee. N.M.. justify imme diate production of the Zeus', Wood said. Zorah St. is at the bottom .Responsibility for keeping the signs at more than 5,000 intersections in good order belongs to Otis Drewry, sign maintenance man with the Traffic Engineering Department Drewry spends about a fourth of his time on street name signs, the rest on other types such as stop, zone and the like. school Bay Region f';1, - ....... ., , - k W L V 1 ., I 1 Shield on sign means ,stret was namtd for war dead 1 ' '""k;:-- j-i n 1 V MRS. JANICE ARREDONDO, Admits abandoning infant 'Baby in My Way Mother Tells Police PITTSBURG, Calif J Dec. 15 "The baby's just in my way. I didn't want it" That was the explanation given by Mrs. Janice Ar- redondo, 20, for abandoning her 8-month-old daughter, Rachellej in Pittsburg Com- .. CV, .U W story to Police Sgt Joseph Aiello after surrendering yes terday. The! sergeant said Mrs. Ar- redondo admitted abandoning the infant at the hospital after she was told Dec. 6 that it could be released. 1 Aiello said she believed the hospital was a good place for Rachelle "Mrs. Arredondo said the baby hindered Her activities," Aiello said. , Hospital authorities and po lice had not been able to locate the mother in more than a week. She had moved from herliormerPittsburg apart ment without leaving a fore- warding address. The baby had been hospital ized Dec. 1 for a stomach ail ment. Mrs. Arredondo refused to tell police where she lived after giving up her apartment saying only she had stayed "at various places Rachelle, described bjr hos laughing babymeanwhile was transferred to Contra Costa County hospital at Martinez to await the return of her father. Hilario Arredondo, a sailor at sea aboard the ammunition ship USS Mt Baker. The ship is scheduled to return to Port Chicago next week. Mrs. Arredondo was . ar raigned in a Martinez Superior Court yesterday and pleaded guuty beiore Judge Norman Gregg to a charge of contri buting to the delinquency of a minor child by abandonment He isn't sure how many he has to replace a month, but he knows the reasons. They depend on location. In heavily traveled areas it's accidents, People keep knocking them over with their cars. McKinley Ave. and Park Blvd. needs a new one . right now the fourth m a few months. In the hill areas Drewry's troubles are caused by marks men using them for targets. And all over town he has to cope with the "misdirected" humor of the joker who turns the signs 90 degrees. -The sips cost $9.60 a set, one set being used on one cor ner of theordinary. intersection. Two sets on ' different corners are used at mam arterials and at downtown intersections. The city buys about 210 sets a year, to replace those dam- aged and to identify newly lopened streets. Plan Board Rejects Hot pog Stand Plea Door Left Open at Public Hearing for Reversal of Fruitvale Relocation Ban A controversial proposal hot dog stand which is being shoved aside by the Mao-Arthur Freeway has been turned down by the City Plan ning commission. The planners voted 5 to to the city council the re-i jection of Kasper the hot dog man s application for an exception to use permit for a new stand on a residential zone at 3166 Fruitvale Ave. , But they then ordered the planning staff to call a public hearing Jan. 18 to test neighborhood reaction to a proposal to rezone the entire block fac ing on Fruitvale between School and Pleasant Streets. BLOCK ALTERNATES Commissioner - Edward S Waldie pointed out the block alternates between : multiple- dwelling and commercial usage. He said perhaps it should all be commercial. Should it be rezoned, Kas per, who is actually wesnon Mitchellian, could move from his old stand a block away at 3252 Fruitvale Ave. to his new site. His efforts to use the new spot stirred up strong opposition from St. Jarlath's Church and School directly across Pleasant St. The Rev. Msgr, Thomas F. Scahill, pastor, claims the stand would inter fere, with church activities. OTHER ACTION In other action yesterday the commission t-pproved and sent to the council for consideration Dec. 22 applications from: : v 1 The Oakland Housing Authority fqr rezoning of the Lockwood Annex public nous ing site now occupied by so-called temporary units from m. ucav j juuudu icu w w !' kna.n. (xt.iertol A r" multiple dwelling. The authority plans to buud 179 units of permanent low the 900 block of 69th Ave. 2 N. T. Loverro to con struct five-unit apartment building at 3242 Davis St 3 Howard M. Wright to continue to use -1814-16 11th Ave. for storage of fire extinguishers. It is in the UR-C" urban renewal mul tiple dwelling district PLEAS DENIED The-planners leniedropli- cations from Macklin Martin to construct 36 additional dwelling units at 6015 Herzog St., and Wing Lee to add two additional living rooms at 2135 47th Ave. After public, hearings the commission referred to staff for study and report Jan. 4, applications from: 1 William Taylor to rezone 882 20th St. from "D" multiple dwelling to "H' light indus trial to construct an addition to a public garage. The prop erty is within the General Neighborhood Renewal Proj: ect area of West Oakland. Fred Sauires Jr.. executive director of the Oakland Redevelopment Agency, pointed out the plan calls for residen tial usage -in that area. 2 Donald L. Jones to con struct a separate, duplex to the rear of an existing dwell ing at 2941 Morgan Ave. 31. Rozoles to construct a seven-unit apartment building at 9426 Hillside Ave 4 Henry D. Banks to oper ate a rag and paper baling machine at 422 29th Ave, Acting on a city council re quest, the commission directed Corwin R. Mocine, planning engineer, to set up a meeting with the Library and Museums Board to discuss selection 0 a site for a new museum com plex. REPORT ASKED And it asked Mocine to prepare a report on a suggestion from six neighbors that a nar row pedestrian way between 60th -and 61st Streets near Howell St. be closed. The residents complained it is source of trouble from ju veniles. Following the commission meeting the three-man board of adjustments after public hearings referred to staff for study and report Jan. 4 appli cations for variances from; 1 Robert J. Hannah to con struct a medical-dental build- to relocate a Fruitvale Ave. 1 yesterday to recommend DEADLINE SET FOR CITY VOTE REGISTRATION ALAMEDA, Dec. 15 Janu ary 19 is the last day to regis ter to vote in the March 14 Municipal elections. City Clerk Shirley Tennier said registrations will be taken in the city clerk's office or any fire station. Three council positions, the treasurer, auditor and possibly a charter amendment will be on the ballot. ing with 12 offices and seven basement ; parking -tails . at 1419 Seminary Ave. A spokes-man for several neighbors said more parking should be provided. . 2 J. W. Silveria to split two 50-foot lots into three 33-foot lots northeast of 6429 Snake Road to allow construction of single dwelling units right on the front property line. Three , persons spoke in opposition. 3 Nathan Horn to establish a day nursery at 9710 Walter Ave. Board Splits On Rezoning Of Bancroft A split vote of the City Plan ning Commission ' has ap -proved a rezoning application ungradinc Bancroft Ave. nron erty recently sold by the city as surplus land. A 4 to 2 vote ' overruled a staff report and will send to ; the City Councillor action Dec. 22 a recommendation the property be rezoned from residential commercial. ! weeks ago the applicant, Don Mighetto, indicated he plans ' to develop a service station on the property on the south side 1 of Bancroft from 77th to 78th " Avenues. The to parcels involved were sold as "C - multiple- dwelling property by the City I Council through , oral bidding '. Sept 22.J One of the parcels' contains a ' four-room house and double garage. The sec- ! ond and larger lot is vacant. - "Boll were left over fromi land nurchased bv the citv for the widening and improve- ment of Bancroft into a major divided arterial. Approving" Mighetto's appli-; cation yesterday were Commissioners Anthony Bilotti. Vernon C. Buell, Albert Lo- - bello and George A. Miller.; upposea were unairmciu u- 1 .- St 1. - . 1 bert Lockwood and Commis sioner Edward Waldie. The staff report from Cor win R. Mocine, city planning engineer, pomted; out the land was .recently bought from the city at a price based on resi dential zoning. "If it had been zoned commercial then the price would have been higher,'? he said. I -v.; Mocine reminded the planners the commission and the council both approved the present zoning on Bancroft Ave. after long study, "The staff sees no public purpose, no .benefit to the, city, in this proposal. -i v "We consider ' It 1 entirely speculative, and certain to pro duce adverse effects on the values now established for sur rounding properties." He said there is no shortage of com mercially zoned land elsewhere in the area. He said "this is the place to call a halt" to any more in- . . . A I T tL k irmgemenis ui pcuicrou Ave. zoning which was adopted to permit the arterial to function as a major carrier of east-west traffic without interference from "ribbon commer- T

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