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YUL. tLXXIV I Vr, l-' SOWS-'-" JP OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA; WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 .1, 1961 21 NOJI Hill Area School Border Protested 1 Board of Education Asks, for More Study In Boundaries Dispute eral possible western bound ary lines. )w rf 3 HELICOPTERS WILL PROVIDE BAY AREA COMMUTE SERVICE STARTING IN APRIL New airline will use Sikorsky, 10-paenger, turbine-powered amphibians Copter Taxi Plans To Link Cities Bay LiUt-h CURIOUS CROWD WATCHES AS FIREMEN ENTER STORM PIPE Three 12-year-old boyi were feared trapped inside 30-inch drain in Pleasant Hill SAN 1 1 1 3. XA. if AIRPORT TO PALO ALTO Tribww imp PLANNED HELICOPTER SERVICE WOULD LINK KEY POINTS Specific sites for heliports not yet selected 5- hat Strong protests that tentative boundaries for the new Hill Area High.

School 'would keep out low Income and minority, groups have prompted the Soard of Education to request further study-on the matter. Representatives of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People told board members yesterday that keeping attendance boundaries in the hill area would make the new facility a "pri vate prep school supported by public funds." They spoke after the board had studied several possible lines, designed to give varying relief to Castlemont, Oakland, Oakland Technical and Fremont high schools when the qew plant opens. in September. BORDERS PROPOSED As outlined by Forrest Mi- chell, assistant superintendent of schools, the eastern boundary would follow the city limits line with the Broadway Tunnel and San Leandro line the northern and southern limits. Dr.

Michell presented sev- Tribw photos 'RESCUED' BOYS Council Asks New Bids on Justice Hall Bids for third phase construction of Oakland's Hall of Justice will be received by the City Council Feb. 9. The project, covering interior finish for police administration and 1 municipal court sections of the building, is estimated to cost $850,000. A controversial provision, limiting bidders to major con tractors who have completed jobs the $3 million class, is eliminated from the new call for bids issued by the council last night. Bids received on an earlier call were rejected after a San Francisco contractor pro tested he would be excluded by that provision.

In" an alternate effort, to assure responsibility of bidders, the new call contains a clause setting a penalty of $500 a day for failure to complete the work on time. In the previous call the penalty was only $50 a day. Dance Program Set At Jewish Center BERKELEY, Jan. 11-The Berkeley Area Jewish Community Center will begin the first of a series of new pro grams in its new headquart ers at 1550 Oakview Ave. to Opening the series will be an adult folk dance group.

which will meet from 8 to 10 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Featured will be Israeli and Jewish dances. Mrs. Marilyn Zeitlin will be in charge.

1 i called the "crest of the hill" line, would run from the top of Fruitvale Ave. to Mills College and would give the new high school an estimated enrollment of 1,312, relieving Castlemont of nearly 300 stu dents, Fremont of almost 100, Oakland of 500 and Oakland Technical of 130. Extending the line down as far as Mac Arthur Blvd. would put enrollment at the new school up to 1,848, nearly 250 over permanent building ca pacity, Dr. Michell said and a boundary midway between the crest of the hills and MacAr thur would give it 1,626.

ABUSES FEARED But Donald P. McCullum, president of the Oakland branch of the NAACP, none would prevent economic and racial segregation. He said the board should study what has been done in other cities on open enrollment and optional transfer plans. The proposed boundaries would "effectively compart mentalize not only the geographic but the social and economic structure" as well, he said. The existing boundaries, which have four high school lines extending to tne eastern limits of the city allow for a wide divergence of racial and economic backgrounds.

The proposed boundary, stretching along the top of the hills would only allow for "horizontal mobility" McCul lum said. He stressed that Negroes would not be the only ones de prived of a chance to attend the new school but that all races in the lower economic group would be cut out. "It is not just a color problem it is a total problem." HELD OBLIGATED McCullum said the board had an obligation to provide "inter-group" experience for all students and claimed some of America's present problems in the world have been brought on because those "at the diplomatic tables have not had the advantages of inter-group experiences." Board Member Barney Hil- burn said the growing emer gence of the new states in Asia and Africa made such integrated relationships even more important and urged that a re-study be made. He, was supported by Manorie Hirschler and Lorenzo Hoopes who also called for a report on how open enrollment and optional transfer plans worked in other cities. Board members emphasized that they did not want any plan which called for contracting for bus services.

GROUP EXCLUDED The board was also told that the boundaries excluded, a small group of homes across Mountain Blvd. from the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital. Students from the area who now at tend other hill schools would be separated from their friends by the boundaries and have to go to Castlemont, the parents said. They were told this would also be studied and ample notice given when the staff study is completed and the matter ready for further public discussion. Board members and school Officials said reports that the new high school would offer special advanced programs were not true.

The curriculum will be the same as that for all the high schools. High 12 Club Seats Berkeley Officers BERKELEY, Jan. 11-WU-liam Fawke is the new president of the Berkeley High Twelve Club. He succeeds Dr. Brian J.

H'lton. Fawke was installed at a luncheon meeting along with John Hightower, first vice president; Dr. Donald Horner, second vice president; Harry W. Flagg, third vice president; Robert, Erlachr secretary, and Thomas Eastin, treas urer. FIREMEN BILL McMANUS (LEFT), OHO PETERSON, Pulled out of tht drain wert (from left) Stephen Ringel, Leland Peterson, Michael Stefanko Protests Dropped On Excavating Job A helicopter commuter service to shuttle passengers from airports to city centers and between cities on regular schedules will be started in the Bay Area, a new company announced today.

Service will start April 1, providing heliports can be obtained in downtown Oakland and San Francisco. The network will link Oak land, San cities airports, Berkeley and Palo Alto. Ten-passenger am phibious helicopters cruising at 100 m.p.h. will be used on 70 flights dailing. Fares will be from $4 to $8.50 competitive with intercity and inter-airport taxicab charges.

-FOURTH IN NATION If the planned service succeeds, the Bay Area Will be come the fourth metropolitan area in the nation with regularly scheduled helicopters tying together city centers and airports. Only New York, Chicago and Los Angeles now have such service. The plan calls for a munici pal heliport at one of three possible downtown Oakland lo cations at Eighth St. and the Lake Merritt Channel; on the Exposition Building, parking lot, or possibly on a floating pad or raft near the Lake Merritt Boat House. No site for a Berkeley heli port has been selected.

In San Francisco, several possibilities are being considered with the most likely a site near the Ferry Building or in the financial district. SITE OKs NEEDED -The plan still must win ap proval of heliport sites from officials in the various cities. Staff executives of the Oakland Port Commission and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission have recommended approval. M. F.

Bagan, president of the newly-formed San Francisco-Oakland Helicopter Airlines, outlined the proposal at a San Francisco luncheon at-tendedjby publicofficiahLand business leaders throughout the area. Bagan is a formed vice president of Los Angeles Airways which operates scheduled helicopters in Southern California. He also is a former Civil Aeronautics Board attorney and assistant to CAB members. AMPHIB. CRAFT Service will be started with two Sikorsky S-62 amphibious helicopters powered by single General Electric gas turbine engines.

Bagan said he has signed an agreement with Sikorsky for March and April deliveries, and has an option for a third aircraft three to six months later. Eventually service will be extended to other cities within a 100-mile radius, Bagan said. When traffic warrants, the company will buy a twjn-tur-b i 28-passenger Sikorsky craft. The Oakland Port Commis sion may hold the key to whether the plan will be ac cepted. Port commissioners authorized continued negotiations with Bagan, but withheld' immediate approval.

There is no i question but what the airline could use Metropolitan Oakland Interna tional Airport. But Bagan has BERKELEY KLAND OAKLAND estimated the cost at about $5,000, but said it would depend upon the site selected. H. W. Estep, a veteran commissioner, said, "We've been against this idea for eight years and it is coming anyway.

We've arrived at the time we must face it. They, are going ahead regardless of what we do." -ADVANTAGES SEEN Nutter said of the plan: "I don't fear this it is part of the normal progress of transportation. I think it win help our airport in the long run." Nutter said the 8th Street location, owned by the port, seems the most practical of those suggested. Several commissioners objected immediately to the idea of a Lake Merritt heliport. Some expressed doubt the city council would give approval to use the Exposition Building parking lot.

Bagan said he is convinced the Bay Area can support the service without a Federal subsidy. But, he conceded, when the new West Coast postal center is built in Oakland next year there may an-opportunity for a Post Office Department subsidy. Flights will be scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. In addition to the inter-city and airport service, charter and contract flights would be offered.

WORK ON BUILDINGS vote was amove backward. Fusselman asked that work be halted until a study could be made on the possibility of completing buildings according to new plans for use as a county hospital Aaron Green, an architect with tie Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, said it would be difficult to change plans at this time. The first phase -of the center has been underway for a year and was too be completed in about another year. Boys Explore Storm Dram Pipe, Rescued PLEASANT HILL, Jan. 11- piree 12-ycar-old boys vho went on an unauthorized expedition into a 30-inch storm drainage pipe feeding into West Grayson Creek channel got more than they bargained for in excitement late yesterday, Unsuccessful efforts of two neighborhood men to locate them after their prolonged underground absence was reported by a playmate, brought out Central Fire District rescue crews, sheriff's deputies and' a crowd of nearly 100 curious spectators.

TRAPPED' Initial reports said the boys were trapped in a cave, or bad fallen into a "drop off" some distance back in the drainage pipe. Firemen Bill McManus and Otto Peterson estimated they crawled "more than a block" back underground through the drain before locating the three boys, -and bringing them out unharmed. Objects of the furor were: Stephen Ringel, 312 Kathleen Drive; Leand D. Peter- son, 1754 Ruth Drive; and Michael Stefanko, 2020 Eli-oora Drive, All are 12, and attend the same school. ri tvir at iron wn The boys crawled out of the darkjinteriori through which tbeyrestimated that they had crawled "about a quarter of a 'mile," with McManus and Peterson behind them.

They blinked at the crowd ol and the rescue ladders running down into the Kifle-foot-deep concrete chan-nel lining of the creek and stood in embarrassed silence. The creek channel is lined feith''high cyclone fence on both sides at that point, but neighbors $aid there is' an open end some distance away through which they apparently walked along the bottom iw. i 4U V4 Uie uyeu Liiciuiici tu uic scene oi ine excuemeni ai Creekside Road and Osborn Lane. After a stern lecture by Fire Marshal W. 0.

Shisler, the boys were released to their Deputy sheriffs said it is still undetermined whether any would be issued pending, a referral to the Union to Vote on Offer SAN LEANDRO, an. 11- Members of Bakery and Con-'fectionery Workers Local 119 employed at the Golden Macaroni Co. will attend a special union meeting tonight at the Alta Mira Club, to vote on an-improved management asked the port to provide a downtown heliport also. Don Martin, manager of the Oakland airport, and Ben E. Nutter, assistant executive director of the port, recommended the port do so.

Martin said a recent survey by the Federal Aviation Agency showed that the San Francisco-Oakland is the number two area in the nation in need of such a service-second only to Washington-Baltimore. Nutter said operation of a municipal heliport is one of the functions of the port. Port commissioners who will make the decision divided in their first reactions to the plan. BOARD DIVIDED "This could be dangerous for us," warned Commissioner Peter M. Tripp.

Commissioner JohnJFTullpch agreed. Ttn very skeptical," he said. "I want to know what effect it would have upon air traffic at our airport." Both expressed fear a handy heliport service might entice some Eastbay passengers to go to San Francisco for out bound airline flights, instead of using Oakland's airport. Vice President Carl H. Han sen was more enthusiastic.

"Personally, I'm for it. but I need more data." He asked for detailed cost estimates for the downtown heliport. Martin had MARIN HALTS NEW COUNTY SAN RAFAEL; Jan. 11-Work has been halted on the $12 million Marin County Center one of the final works of the late Frank Lloyd Wright. Two new county supervisors who had campaigned against the large complex of buildings on economy grounds joined with William Fusselman, the chairman of the board, in ordering the work Two other supervisors objected bitterly that the sessment district for 20th from Webster to Harrison Webster, from 20th to 21st; Harrison, from 20th to Grand and Lakeside Drive, for 550 feet southeast from Harrison.

"3 Called for bids to be opened Jan. 26 on a truck mounted aerial service plat form for the Electrical Depart ment, and for-municipal election supplies. 4 Awarded an electrical equipment contract to the Gen eral Electric and a sjreet equipment contract to the Western Machinery Co. 5-r-Received another protest against the commercial rezon-ing of residential property on Bancroft this one from the Sargent Investment Co. 6 Received commendation from Judge Stanley Wood on the appointment of Hilton J.

Melby as city attorney. Wood, as city attorney in 1931, appointed Melby to the city attorney's office, and assigned him the difficult job of codifying ordinances that had accumulated since 1852. Berkejey Women To Hear Missionary BERKELEY, Jan. 11 Mrs. Claiborne Erickson, missionary, to Burma, will address the 10:30 a.m.

meeting tomorrow of the Women's Missionary Society of the First Baptist Church, Haste and Dana Streets. --Tr. i Mrs. George Haney is chairman of the noon luncheon. Residents along Grand View Drive are reconciled today to unsightly excavating for a new Oakland hills home development, on the' promise they may get improved access to a new school site in the area.

A protest against excavating for Units 2and 3 to Hiller Estates development, filed with the City Council, was withdrawn last night after signers learned that their failure to receive advance notice was due to topography. City ordinances require that all residents within 1,000 feet of such a project must be On an air line almost straight up Grand View Drive, is only a few hundred feet away. But by ground approach which is what counts the distance js about two miles. Arthur K. Dunlop, spokesman for the Grand View Improvement Association, withdrew the protest.

i- At the same time, he asked the councirto authorize an extension of Grand View Drive to Hiller Drive, to permit better access to the new school site. The council instructed City Engineer John A. Morin to make a study of the proposal. In other business the council: 1 Appropriated $5,400 for the purchase from the state of California of surplus freeway land on north, of E. 36th as site for -a.

new fire-house for Engine Company 16. 2 Overruled protests and esuiDiisneu a sireei iignimg as i. W. -Vv. -v..

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