Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on January 30, 1964 · 23
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 23

Oakland, California
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Thursday, January 30, 1964
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This Craxy Old World Frances Hochman has quit smoking the hard way by substituting candy and her husband, George, has been bringing home mints and chocolates every, night without fail So the other night their daughter, Vicki, who's just 6, demanded that her father bring her some candy, too. "I'm trying to stop sucking my thumb." And out in Alamo the-air raid sirens wailed the other afternoon, traffic jammed up on the Danville highway, housewives ran to their radios and a telephone company lineman slid quickly down a pole and took cover in a ditch. Will Perry Jr., disaster chief in the area, traced the cause of the siren going off to the lineman who'd accidentally, touched two wires together without realiz-ing it. ' . 0 0 0 0 BILL FISET Dick Fagerstrom, Wayne Pope and Bruce Bratton were the "Goodtime Washboard Three," and Bratton said they're overwhelmed to think anyone remembered. It just proves quality is never forgotten. Speaking of music, George Thomas went into Dick Vance's recording studio here this week and asked Vance to run off a long-playing record with ho 'sound an interval of complete silence. Why? "Because," said Thomas, "I like the food at this particular little restaurant but can't stand the music in the juke box. The oxwner will let me put a silent record in there and if I drop in a quarter It should last all during my lunch." O 0 0 0 Small world department: Grace Spinardi and Pat Goletto two San Leandro girls, suddenly' found out the other day they're getting married a week apart, both at St. Leander's J&tholic Church, have identical wedding dresses, identical china bought at the same store, the same luggage, both plan honeymoons in the same place, and yet hadn't consulted each other about their plans. Which I guess is fortunate, because each has a separate husband. And ,20-odd years ago John Ogden, a Berkeley policeman, saved the life of a little boy in a Hallowe'en fire accident. This week, Ogden made a call on a family in Lafayette. He's now a Fuller Brush man and sold the man of the house some brushes. The man was the little boy of 20 years ago. , 0 0 0 0 We must never underestimate the satirical wit of Berkeley's Jeanette Mailho. She read here of Lino Sime-oli's campaign to charm women customers at his Alameda restaurant by using tea roses, and came up with: "I can't say that I share your views, . . On Italian accents and Italian shoes, I wouldn't care to be part of the herd That swoons at the sight of a Thunderbird. Bouquets of tea roses wouldn't tickle me, And I simply don't go for flattery. If you've read this far, you're sillier than I, Because this negativism is a blatant lie!" oooo. And at heart some people are more humane than others. A Walnut Creek couple was warned by a state humane officer they'd have to provide more adequate shelter for their German shepherd dog or else the dog would be turned over to Contra Costa County. The humane officer checked back, found the couple out for the evening and the dog shivering under a makeshift lean-to in the yard. It was raining. The dog was picked up and the couple, returning home, called the Sheriff's office in Martinez in a rage. They were told the dog was at the animal shelter, and hotly retorted: "That's a show dog worth $200. How do we know what kind of treatment he'll get Jbere?" oo oo As far as Oakland's Annette Donovan is concerned, PG&E's customer relations department simply gives her a case of sore knees. She made dozens of attempts to reach the department by phone to have them turn on her meter but got a recording on the phone saying the lines were busy. "I can't many times this recording out of my mind with pain, as a kneeling position, not being able to sit on account of an injury to that part of my I only go into Annette's complaint to point out that, to some, a public utility is a pain in the knee. oooo And it's a terribly unfair comment, of course," but seemed funny when it happened yesterday. A cop was tagging a car for overtime way when the woman who owned it rushed up, shook her umbrella in the cop's face and screamed: "Women are being strangled in their tagging cars parked two minutes overtime. Sometimes the power of the . press absolutely terrifies me. Just this week I made nostalgic mention of a group called the 'Goodtime Washboard Three" that used to appear in Berkeley and did an upbeat song on Oakland. The three, who since have melted into the crowd, have been brought forth and will perform once again at the Athens Club's Mardi Gras Ball Feb. 8, doing , their number hopefully in front of Mayor John Houlihan. tell you how long and how was played. I was nearly I had to place the call from anatomy a week ago." parking near 14th and Broad beds and you police are out Vocational School Plan Opposed Idea of Federation .Voted Down by Faculty at Laney By DICK RICCA Tribune Education Writer Faculty members at the Laney Campus of Oakland City College have voted against a proposal to turn Laney into a specialized vocational . high school. The vocational plan was nro- posed by the Oakland Federation of Teachers, which recom mended the Oakland Board of Education maintain control of the Laney Campus when Oak land City College becomes part of the new Peralta Junior College District next July 1. According to Facultv Council president William S. Huberich, the Laney teachers voted 52 to against the OFT proposal. FACULTY VOTES Huberich also said the facul ty voted 43 to 3 that vocational education for high school stu dents can best be handled in the city's present comprehensive high schools. Faculty members expressed a deep concern, Huberich added, that specialized vocational high schools often revert to custodial type institutions, "often a dump ing ground for the academical ly untalented or disinterested and a travesty for the vocation ally talented." "It is the concensus of the Laney faculty that youths are poorly served in such pro grams," Huberich said. "They are deserving of the best, which is a strong vocational program provided in the environment of the comprehensive high school." MAJOR CENTER Laney is the site for most of the trade, technical and appren ticeship programs carried out by Oakland City College. Responsibility for these pro grams will shift to the Peralta District July 1. Trustees of the new Junior College District and Oakland School Board members are currently discussing terms for the lease or transfer of fa cilities at Laney when the changeover takes place. Under State law, faculty members will have their choice of remaining with the Oakland schools or transfering to the new district. MEET CALLED Piedmonters To Fight Delinquency PIEDMONT The conduct of parents as well as youth and he responsibilities of both in relation to juvenile problems will get' a thorough airing at a citizens meeting to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Piedmont Community Church. The session is sponsored by an informal committee of citizens interested in youth. The group is headed by Mayor Win-slow Hall. "Our purpose is to get parents to do some thinking about the problems of youth and the circumstances that lead to juvenile delinquency," Hall said today. "This is not a meeting to castigate our youngsters. We are proud of them. Actually we have a better group than in most areas," Hall declared. "But we cannot stand still in the face of increasing juvenile problems everywhere including declining morality, drinking and drimes of various sorts." "For the most part, it is the parents' responsibility," he ad ed. Hall said it is the hope of the committee that a code of ethics for parents and teen-agers will result from this and subsequent meetings. He noted that a number of cities already have adopted such codes. The Piedmont Youth Council, with Bill Mimms as president, has been working on a guide for conduct from the teen-agers' standpoint for the past several months. Hall said these ideas will be combined with suggestions resulting from the adult meetings to form a code acceptable to both parents and youngsters. Hall will act as chairman at Sunday's session. Speakers will include Police Chief Lou Guid-er, juvenile officer Marion Vas-sey, Dr. Paul Yinger, pastor of the Community Church, and Douglas Stahle of the citizens' group. Smaller discussion groups will be formed following the main meeting. Invitations have been mailed to members of parents' clubs and any interested person is invited to attend, according to Han. v . ; - - fv-v ' ' . ' - ' - J ft "'' """ -iisytT! . . - - BABETTE, OAKLAND'S LOVABLE BABY ELEPHANT, IS DEAD Her tricks appealed to all, as did this mirror fun with Barbara Allen THOUSANDS MOURN Babette, the Baby Elephant, Is Dead Babette Oakland's pet baby elephant and the delight of thousands of children and adults died last night at the Know-land Park Zoo. She was two years old. Although weighing 550 pounds, Babette was "tiny by elephant standards and her tricks and appeal had endeared her to coupt-less visitors at the zoo. Babette was flown here from her native Thailand Sept. 15, 1962. AIRPORT CELEBRATION Her arrival was part of the two-day celebration on the opening of the new terminal at Metropolitan Oakland International Airport. . She was greeted by 4,000 spectators many of them children headed by Oakland City Coun cilman Dan Marovich, who di rected a campaign to raise funds for her purchase. Dr. Haas Gets New Assignment MARTINEZ Dr. William R. Haas, chief of staff at the Martinez Veterans Administration Hospital, leaves tomorrow for a new post as medical director of the VA center in Los Angeles. Dr. Haas has been staff chief at the Martinez facility since it went into service last August. F6r eight years before that he was director of the Oakland Vet erans hospital. In Los Angeles he will direct professional services of the VA's largest medical facility in the nation. The center has a total of 6,000 beds in its general medical, surgical and neuro-psychiatric hospitals. Dr. Haas served in the Medical Corps during World War II with service in the Third United States Army of Europe. His military service also includes an assignment with the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps from 1949 to 1954 as consultant in internal medicine to the Surgeon General, U.S. Air Force. Plaza Lawn Recovers From Knife With unusual tender, loving care, workmen dug up a 120-foot strip of the velvety lawn that carpets the City Hall Plaza triangle. And they replaced the sod with equal precision so that one can hardly tell a major operation looK place. The incision was necessary to install a four inch drain from the Hassler Memorial Fountain to the apex of the plaza triangle. The drain will prevent a recurrence of the flooding of the pit in which the fountain's sump pump is located. Last fall, water accumulating in the pit caused a short circuit which knocked out the fountain's intricate electrical system. St. Jean Biscay, plaza gardener, joined the Oakland Park Department crew in the project which was completed earlier this week. The lawn is his pride and joy and he wanted to make certain not a blade of grass was harmed. Her name Babette was submitted by Mrs. Henry R. Howard of 914,56th St., and chosen from thousands in the "Name the Baby Elephant Contest" sponsored by the Eastbay Botanical and Zoological Society, the Oakland Park Commission and Advertising Club of Oakland. COMPETITION FOR EFFIE There had been some human apprehension as to the reaction of Effie, the veteran zoo ele phant, and whether, her trunk would be out of joint by the arrival of the newcomer. ao lor a tune Babette was put in a stockade beside Effie's elaborate zoo home. But the two elephant gals hit it off so beautifully they soon shared quarters. Furthermore, Effie helped teach the younger pachyderm tricks and the two made a team to entertain visitors. CHRISTMAS PARADE Babette took part in the 1962 Christmas parade welcoming Santa Claus at the City Hall, wearing for the occasion a fancy holiday hat topped with a decorated Christmas tree. She had been extremely healthy until she developed colic Tuesday night. When she did not respond to treatment, Dr. Raymond D. Young, zoo director and a veterinarian, called in a consultant. Plans were made to take her to the more extensive facilities of the University of California at Davis for further, consultation when she took a turn for the worse. She died at 11 p.m. Survivors are Effie and the people of the Eastbay. r iw Workmen carefully remove sod at the City Picket Line Crackdown Supported FREMONT - The city council unanimously backs Chief of Police Clinton Wright's policy in controlling picket line . violence in the Pacific States Steel Com pany strike. uuincumen last nignt gave their full support to Wright's sudden move yesterday clearing the plant entrance of all but four pickets allowed by a court in junction. The chief's action climaxed 13 days of increasing violence by both sides on the picket line at the entrance of the steel plant on Kraftile Road. Peace prevailed on the picket line last night as the police department kept an around-the-clock vigil over the tense situation. Only three steelworkers pickets were at the gate this morning as non-strikers went in to work. While the council was foursquare behind the chief's using his own discretion in handling the situation, two councilmen, Jack Parry and Geoffrey Steel, said they didn't want officers to become overly diligent in limiting the pickets to four. Parry said the burden of preventing mass picketing should not be on the police department alone. I expect management to accept its share of responsibility in enforcing its own court order," Parry said. Last night's special session was called to allow the police chief to answer steel scompany charges that his department had been lax in keeping the peace at the plant, strikebound for the last five months. THURSDAY, Labor Lea In Attack On Tax Cur Opposition to the proposed fed eral income tax cut flared up at a Bay Area conference on unemployment in San Francisco. The attack was launched yes terday by the principal speaker, Leon H. Keyserling, chairman of the Conference on Economic Progress and top economic advisor to former President Harry Truman. He warned that the number of jobless could double in the next 10 years unless new purchasing power is developed and new jobs are created. WRONG DIRECTION But the proposed $11 billion tax cut and other government policies are moving in the opposite direction, Keyserling de clared. The tax reduction would go principally to corporations and to those in higher income brack ets in the belief that they will expand business activities and provide more jobs. Keyserling cdhtended that this belief is fallacious because, he said, corporate investments in plant have outrun demand for products they turn out and per sons in higher income brackets are not likely to materially ( in crease their demands for these products. MONEY POLICY NThe economist attacked also the Federal Government's mon ey policy which he said has boosted interest rates for home loans and credit buying. As a partial solution to the unemployment problem, he called for increased federal spending for low-rent housing, education, transportation, Social Security (including old-age benefits and health service) and revision of the tax cuts "to help first those in the lower income brackets who need it most POLITICAL BOX Keyserling said economic growth is blocked because "we are in a political box with everv body in the middle bumping into everyone else. We need to get a little bit off the middle." Harry Polland, labor econo mist, blamed business for failing to use its influence on government and on the citizenry generally to help solve the unemployment problem.' "Unfortunately," he said, the business community, seems to think that high profits is the so lution to its problem." WAGE INCREASES Polland said that in 1964 labor should "work vigorously for substantial wage increases to stimulate the economy" and "insist that management keep us better advised of plans for cutbacks in production and plant relocation. He called also for measures HaH. Plaza for installation of rip ams. ' i Mm m 1 I ; " JAN. 30, 1 964 E 23 ; der CABLE CARS GET A PLACE IN HISTORY : San Francisco's cable cars have been designated as a national landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior, it was announced today by the office of U.S. Sen. Clair Engle in Wash ington. The official national landmark status recognizes the cable car system as "of exceptional value and national significance in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States." to cut down overtime to spread employment, a shorter work week, sabbatical leaves for longtime employes and early X6" tirsment. Don Vial, administrative as sistant to the AFL-CIO California Federation of Labor, said "the Federal Government has the responsibility of keeping de-" mand abreast of the nation's productive capacity." NATIONAL BUDGET He also attacked the federal income tax cut as now proposed and the cutback in the national ' budget. -; Richard Groulx,. assistant sec retary of the Alameda County , Central Labor Council, said ' more competent counselling is ; needed in the schools as a 4 means of cutting down on the ; number of dropouts, who con- stitute a large proportion of the unemployed. One of our major problems, he said, "has been the ferocious I defense of the academic high school. We should try to do , everything possible to see that each individual gets as much education as he can absorb and . use." ' ; COMBINATION PLAN Groulx suggested a combina- tion program of academic and vocational training for some students. :" Dan Daniels, executive direc- ' tor of North Richmond's Neigh-' Knpfiiwl .VHW.9 MS VU , forts of that agency to prepare v-school dropouts for job place ment. : Conference chairman George' Johns, secretary of the S a n Francisco Central Labor Coun- cil, said it is hoped that thef all-day meeting would lay the groundwork for an "action" ses-: sion in the near future to ac-, tively work toward reducing un-1 employment. ! The conference was sponsored jointly by the San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara County Labor Councils. a drainage pipe. V"

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