Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on September 1, 1961 · 13
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 13

Oakland, California
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Friday, September 1, 1961
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j .-- CITY COUNCIL ACTION N The Oakland City "Council yesterday acted on Vie pUovring natters: .- - . TAX-Set city tax rate at $2.86. ! ' jiuSEUM-ToId special committee to add three local architect to-finalists being considered for design of f new museum.. - - j . ; wires ftiade several blocks of civic center area an underground district for uulties. vi' 4 - i - gEWERS-Awarded contract for sewer installation in area. : rf Grand View Drive. , ; " BIDS Got six bids ior-4mprovement of 98th Ave.", near . -Doolittle Drive. r " SIGN Overruled planning commission and approved new sigflf near Lake Merrift. r APPEAL-Set date for hearing appeal from rejection of new apartment building at 632 Mariposa Ave. CONFERENCE Agreed to appropriate $500 for ladies' convention here. - City officials and civic lead ers today expressed elation at $2.86 Oakland Tax Rate Is Official Oakland's new 4ax rate-of $2.86 per $100 of assessed valuation five cents less than last year is official.- . The City Council yesterday gave final passage to an ordinance leaving the tax on real and personal property and ap-portioning it a m o n g the various funds? It will help support a record high $39,064,808 budget adopted for 1961-62. In other action the council: Museum At the urging of Councilman Robert L. Osborne., directed the Mayor's Museum Committee to add three Oakland architects " to the list of 10 firms selected for final consideration as designers of the new cultural center Osborne didn't name any particular firms to be added, "just so they are local architects." He said a local firm can follow the council's direction in designing the museum as well as an outside firm. Councilman Felix Chialvo, a member of the mayor's com mittee, told Osborne at least 10 local firms were considered during the preliminary screening of 38- firms. He said the original list was graded on merit with no attention paid Eighth Streets. i L MRS. GWENDOLYN LIGHTNER Freedom conceit artist Freedom Fund Concert Set J For Sunday Mrs. Gwendolyn Cooper Lightner of Los Angeles and Forrest Pritchard of San Francsco will be the featured artists at the Freedom Fund Concert at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. More than 8,000 people are expected for the concert which will present the 110-voice Voices of Hope Choir of Los Angeles singing several selec tions. The concert is sponsored by the Western Christian Leader ship Conference. The group has been organized to assist inteerationist leader Dr. , Martin Luther King with his efforts "to gain equal rights for all Americans," says the Rev. G. L. Bedford of the Macedonia Baptist Church, ban Francisco, chairman o the event. proval of Project Acorn, Oak land's first . full-scale . slum clearance operation. 4 ' Mayor- John Cr Houlihan said that the $35 million program for the revitalization of 50-block section of West Oakland will provide "jobs for our people and stimulation for the economy -of the entire Eastbay." The mayor added, "I am happy to hear this news because it signals the first action on some five years of planning and general public discussion. Acorn will make some 30 to 40 acres of prime commercial and . industrial land available for our devel opment program." . The Housing and Home Finance Agency : yesterday authorized a grant of $6,618,-000 to the Oakland Redevelopment Agency for clearance of the area bounded by Market. 11th. Brush and to a firm's locale. Mayor John C. Houlihan, the lone vote against increas ing: the list of finalists, announced: "It's not so simple tnat you merely tell an archi tect . what you want ; and he designs it. And our local archi tects would have been out of business long ago if other cities subjected them to the same restrictions you are suggesting.' Underground After a public hearing produced no protests, gave final passage to an ordinance requiring underground- ing of all utilities in portions of Fallon, Oak, Madison, Jack. son, Alice, 10th and 11th Streets within the civic center area Sewers Awarded a $75,970 contract to Prodanovich, Inc., for construction of sewers in portions of Grand View and West View Drives, Dorothy, Doris and Vincente Places and Vicente Road. Bids Opened six bids for improvement : of 98th Ave. from Doolittle Drive to about 16S feet northeast of Empire Road. Independent Construc tion Co. was apparently low bidder of $188,611. Sign Overruled the City Planning Commission and ap proved i installation of a six by four foot projecting sign on a liquor store at 136 14th St. within the Lakeshore Combining District which regulates appearance of build ings. Appeal-Set Sept. 14 for hearing an appeal from the commission board of adjust ments denial of a variance for construction of a 12-unit apartment building at 632 Mariposa Avenue. Conference Approved ap propriation of $500 to help finance the western area con clave of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America here Sept. 14 through 17. Houlihan, City Officials Elated Over U.S. Green Light for Project Acorn man of the Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renew- the Federal Government's ap- al, also was' "overjoyed" by the word from Washington. But Turner urged redevel opment officials to exercise caution to make sure that a first-class job is done in the area because "if this is done right it can lead to the revitalization of West Oakland. But if its done wrong, it could Mayor John C. Houlihan to day tossed the Oak Center project back to the Oakland Redevelopment Agency with a blunt reminder that it has responsibility." It was his second critical NEW FACILITIES The city will be required to put up about $2,700,000 in cash or public facilities, sucn as schools, streets, sewers and sidewalks. - Financing for the project will be handled in such a way as to assure that the expendi ture Will have little or no ef fect on the city's tax rate. Many of the faculties which will be constructed in the area would have to be built even if no redevelopment project were contemplated. Nat Frankel, a member of the Redevelopment Agency, indicated that Acorn "can chart a new horizon for the entire slum area whether we go into high rise apartments n1,t. or suiueuuug uiuie muws. FORMER STATUS Joseph F, Pruss, chairman of the agency; added that West Oakland once was Oakland's most elite residential neighborhood and a series of redevelopment projects starting with Acorn can neip return the district to its form er status. - He predicted that the agency will have no trouoie seuing industrial land in the area About two-thirds of the Acorn area is earmarked for light industry, while the remaining one-third will be reserved for residential purposes. Mrs. Marv Huddleson, a veteran member of the agency expressed "delight" with the HHFA ereen light. "But I want to correct a false im pression some Oaklanders have that this project has been in the planning stage for five vears. The General Neighborhood Renewal "Plan, which started several years ago, is not Acorn.' FIRST PLANS DRAWN She recalled that the firsi Acorn plans were drawn only 18 months ago. Rnhert W. Turner, chair- etter to the agency in a week. bariy last month. Houli han informed the agency that J its proposal to conduct a re habilitation program in Oak- and s second slum clearance area is not satisfactory to of ficials of the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency. He suggested that the project be reexamined, possibly as a full redevelopment job. Last week he scored the ocal agency for not taking ac tion on his report. The agency then halted studies on Oak Oakland, San Leandro Plan Get Acquainted' City Dinner The Oakland and San Leandro City Councils will holer a joint meeting billed as a "get acquainted" d i nn e r next Thursday. All Oakland councilmen and City manager Wayne E. Thompson have accepted the invitation for the 7:30 p.m. affair at San Leandro's new Community Library Center, 300 Estudillo Ave. -Despite the "get acquaint ed" features,, joint municipal problems are sure to be dis cussed. Oakland Councilman RnhM-t V. McKeen has al ready announced he intends to broach the subject of San Leandro cooperation in Oakland's hopes for a new 18-hole eolf course adjacent to the Metropolitan Oakland Inter national Airport. A portion of the proposed site is being used by the Oakland Scavenger Co. for dumping garbage collected in San Leandro. REPOSSESSED Ws . NOTHING DOWN SMALL MONTHLY PAYMENTS EXCLUSIVE! I- Brand New Picture Tube in every set; with full 1-year manufacturer's warranty PLUS full 90-day warranty on other tubes and parts! HOW CAN YOU LOSE? ORIC Zeaita II Trill Metal, ftiift area csiuii ................ UflTtUiMiil,siari cltar litttn Packers- lill It- llaesa Ml-. deer ceaitli, kmtifal ceoaitiaa Main) ir Tills MtM, rial cmittt nt ............... Silnrtm tt etaiale, Jart ritfct far main rat ....... 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During the five-year Acorn project, t something under $15 million will be invested by governmental' agencies and another $20 million will be plowed into the area by private developers, - Fred Squires Jr., executive secretary of the redevelopment agency, explained that Houlihan Tosses Oak Center Issue Back to Renewal Agency the city will receive credit for about 11,500,000 for facilities which will be installed in the Acorn neighborhood.- - These include $760,000 for streets ; $163,000 for sewers ; $237,000 for schools and $100,-000 for street lights. Be improvements will be- accomplished over a three- year period. Assistant 'City - Manager John A. Morin said that the city has been-spending very little money in the area for the past few years, knowing that the Acorn project would eventually be approved. FINANCING PLAN JFK AIDE UPHELD IN ROW OVER CUBA TALK Center and asked for a con ference with the city council, This Houlihan rejected in a letter to Joseph F. Pruss, chairman of. the agency, to day, "it is not, for the Mayor nor for the City Council to do the planning for your agen cy," he said. He charged that the agency was apparently attempting to shift responsibility to the council. - . Houunan said the agency will get cooperation when it has "intelligently discussed and seriously determined upon the change and discus sion the Federal Government desires." Pruss said - today that the agency will meet at 1 p.m Wednesday, one hour ahead of schedule, to consider the situation. About half the city's share will be raised through so- called tax increment bonds, which will be retired from funds obtained through taxes on the new structures in the Acorn area. The redevelopment agency will set a date for a public hearing on the Acorn plan at its regular 'meeting Wednes day. The board has tentatively agreed on 7:30 p.m. Wednes day, Oct 11, for a hearing at Loweu Junior High School. 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