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os Angeles; meg San Gabriel Valley Section VALLEY OFFICE: 2UE.Uk Tunas, San Gabrit) NEWS: ATlarrtit 7-0477, Cumberland 3-4876 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: ATIane Cumberland 3-4977 ATlanric 2-2115, Hlllcrest 6-5700 57" DEVOTED TO COMMUNITY NEWS VOL LXXVII SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 12, 1958 Times Office: 202 West First Street, Les Angeles 53, Calif. MAdison 5-2345 PART 8 La Mirada to Vote on Incorporation Monle Vista Starts New Name Move Action Stems From Rejection of Post Office Application 47 Candidates Will Try for City Council Posts Tuesday LA MIRADA Months of anxiety, study and debate between proponents and opponents of cityhood in this primarily residential area will be climaxed Tuesday when homeowners go to the polls to decide on incorporating as the city of La Mirada Knolls. MONTE VISTA Monte- video is the name that will be submitted as a new city name here on the April 8 In addition to the incor more quickly with the help poration issue, voters will be faced with the task of municipal ballot. of county resources rather than through incorporation. selecting five Councilmen-at larse from a list of 47 The idea of changing the city's name evolved from a long battle to obtain a post office for Monte Vista.

Postal yr i4. Hi vu aspirants. Opponent Speaks officials at the regional office in San adminis Robert Mitchell, chairman of the Taxpayers Committee Against Incorporation, said tered a coup de grace in a letter denying all applica his group is opposed to in tions for a post office because of a similarity of names between Monte Vista corporation "for the reason that the area has not as yet developed sufficiently to support the type of government Mitchell says the cost of living in the community is high, as are the property taxes and utility rates. "To increase the cost of owning a home in La Mirada at a time when our national economy is experiencing a slight recession is unwise. To plan a city on revenues not yet realized during this period of recession could be a detriment to the future of La Mirada and its citizens," he said.

Richard Palmros, chair-man of the Citizens Committee for Incorporation, contends the benefits of home and Monta Vista, a com that La Mirada requires. Ai most the entire burden of paying for the municipal eovernment would fall on munity in Santa Clara County. Move Started City officials and civic the individual homeowner." He argues that the com leaders immediately em munity's growth and full FLAG IS DOWN Go-karts, stripped-down midget racing cars, line up on parking lot of Eastland Shopping Center for start of roce. Some 30 members of Go-Karts of America race miniature speedsters here regularly. Starters push cars to starting line, then follow to see that cars are off and Drivers make one loop or more around Grand Prix-type track before getting green flag.

commercial and industrial potential can be realized rule through incorporation, the control of taxation and planned development of the commercial and industrial potential would be a definite benefit to the community as well as protect it from the barked on an organization to affect a name change for this new city. A list of 118 names was submitted. This was narrowed to three, Montevideo, Mont Clair and San Antonio. A telephone check with the office of Fern Scogins, regional director of the Post Office Department in San Francisco, disclosed that Montevideo would be acceptable. Residents now will be asked to appear at City Hall to petition the City Council to place a proposition on the April 8 ballot for voter approval.

51 Must Sign encroachment of other cities. Tax Cut Possible He said a report gathered by his committee showed there would be no need for an increase in taxes and indicated a possible savings of 30 cents to 40 cents a $100 assessed valuation in the present tax rate. "We've had a constant fight in keeping industrial lands in the community from being annexed by other cities. The only way to retain it and maintain our chance of a balanced city is According to City Admin istrator Lawrence O'Rourke, 51 of the elecorata must sign the petition before the Council can place the pro posal on the ballot. At present, residents here get their mail through three different post offices.

If the proposal for name change should fail, the issue cannot be offered again for TWO'S A CROWD At least it is in go-kart racers, not built for two, but they will hold two smaller children. Some 5 and 6-year-olds, weaned on quarter midgets, also drive go-karts. Cars are capable of between 40 and 50 m.p.h. FAST TURN Going full tilt into a 'turn, go-karts offer driving thrills because of their open chassis and speed. Cars are equipped with steering ratio that enables them to make almost' right-angle turn.

Drivers are from. all walks of life. 10 years, Rourke said. NOTES ON OUR CUFFS County Checks Petition for Go-Karts Like Racy Ghosts-Fast, No Body Story and Pictures BY DEWEY LINZE by incorporating. We have reliable reports that two neighboring cities will file notices of annexation if the incorporation fails," he concluded.

Report Unbiased A special report on the feasibility of incorporating, prepared by a leading firm of experts in the municipal gov eminent field, was compiled through the efforts of the United Information Group, an organization composed of both pro and anti-incorpora-tionists. Both Palmros and Mitchell, as leaders of their various organizations, have lauded the report on its unbiased treatment and have given it their unequivocabie support, according to James Davy, TJIG press chairman. The report makes an unqualified finding that it is economically feasible to incorporate the community at the present time and indicates adequate revenues are available to finance municipal services equal to those being provided. Although it is not necessary, a small municipal property tax of some 25 cents a $100 is advocated to get the city off to a good start. This would yield a revenue of approximately yearly and cost the av- BY THE STAFFERS Area Cityhood COVINA HIGHLANDS A second petition proposing the incorporation of Covina COVINA, The go-kart, Highlands is being checked a little, mechanized wizard of speed, is the bulldog of the midget race track these by Gordon Nesvig, clerk of the Board of Supervisors, to fc lillMinlllliiilBWIttl determine the sufficiency.

days. Affectionately known un The petition proposes the formation of a municipality in the territory south of San Bernardino Freeway and TOO MUCH TRAFFIC Edward Holmgren of Monrovia isn't in the least affected by the bus strike. He's been walking an average of 10 miles a day for years. Recently, on his 80th birthday, he decided to hike over to Arcadia. Felt so good he just kept on going to Los Angeles.

Holmgren, who fought in four wars and in all branches of the service except the Air Force, commented recently on his constitutional as a modern pastime. He says its becoming harder and harder to enjoy it fully. "Too much traffic on the freeways," Holmgren said. "It's not so much fun to walk over there any more. Almost got killed a couple of times, as a matter of fact." However, this didn't stop him.

He's still walking. east of West Covina. First Not Sufficient der its name of incorporation, the little bodyless cars have a bulldog's tenacity for clinging to the track, and they're fun to drive. But their only real comparison to automobiles is! that where the construction; of cars begins, the building! of go-karts ends. It's Relatively Cheap Yet the go-karts, in the last year, have enjoyed more erage homeowner about 60 cents each month.

The original' petition for incorporation was determined to be insufficient to call in election when it COMING, GOING Art Ingels, builder and one of the originators of go-karts, shows two of the racers. At left, the 210-pound Ingels sits on his 60-pound go-kart equipped with single 2.3-h.p. engine which has been clocked at 41 m.p.h. At right is twin-engined car which can go 51 m.p.h. Potential Held Good The total tax rate paid by lacked 25 of the signa tures of property owners representing at least 25 Arcadia Civic PICO RIVERA VOTE average property owners will not be significantly increased or decreased by incorporation, according to the of the assessed valuatjpn.

popularity than more expen sive racing sports. It takes Alhambra Acts on Bond Issue According to Robert D. Hallock, president of the only $200 to build a go-kart. VICTORY EXPLAINED Center report, but all indications point to the area having an On the asphalt track, burn sponsoring Covina i h-lands Civic Association, the petition of signatures rep ing methanol and castor oil, it's a hot little number House Due successful cityhood cam excellent industrial and commercial potential. Research concludes that the feasibility of incorporating will not be Incorporated under the resents 5190,000 worth of PICO RIVERA Officials of the Pico Rivera Citizens Committee for Incorporation joined Chamber of Com name Go-Karts of America, ARCADIA Residents will paign.

All three have been interested in annexing industrial property in the assessed valuation. Hallock said his group had some 30 members meet the improved by waiting for one first and third Sundays in ALHAMBRA A new bond issue for a minimum building program sufficient to take public school pupils off present "modified" day schedules may go before voters at the November general election. have an opportunity to look over their new and rejuve-inatfd Civic Center at an misfigured the total assessed valuation the last merce officials in the con each month at a huge parking lot in the Eastland or two years and that annexation to a neighboring city would not appear to be a practical solution for the southwestern part of the Pico Rivera area. Official returns from the time, but that he felt cer open house scheduled from shopping area for races. It's tain, of enough names this 23 precincts show ed the pro community.

1 to 4 p.m. today. tention that last Tuesday's cityhood election carried because of annexation threats and inadequate county administration. An estimated 55 of the like a family picnic, because mom, dad and the kids all time. Hearing Slated The report suggests a bal EGGED ON Hard-boiled eggs under his deo-dac tree was the surprise that, greeted Clyde McKee of Mesagrove Whit-tier, one day last week when he was working in the yard.

It seems the mother of a neighborhood youngster puts an egg in his school lunch bag each day. The youngster was fed up with eggs, so each morning on his way to school laid them under McKee's tree. School Board Member Willard H. Clarke has pro Mayor Robert Dennis and posal to incorporate carried 5075 for to 3913 against, anced budget of $397,000 for fellow City Councilmen will drive the go-karts. Track Description If it is determined that posed tnat school adminis the proposed city first year.

with only a simple majority required for passage. The trators accumulate data cov welcome guests who want to there are sufficient signa that would include an allot Once on the parking lot, see their $628,000 invest community's 16,973 registered voters turned out to put through a city manager tures the matter will go to the Board of Supervisors to ment of $50,000 for capital improvements and contin ment. city manager form of govern ment received a vote of in favor to 2195 opposed. ering a "minimum program" that would realize enough classrooms to do away with double sessions. He urged The Civic Center, oooosite gencies, estimated incomes set a hearing.

Those property owners who wish to be excluded will be heard at the Santa Anita Race Track the officials, headed by Art Ingels, a 210-pounder who1 builds Indianapolis racing cars for a living, lay out the track. The track is about a half- Elected to the five City Council posts from a field speed for a possible vote late in 1958. hearing. along Huntington Drive, includes the new police building, City Hall, which under of 24 candidates were Orlyn Temporary portable class Culp, John W. Davis, Louis form of government, elect five City Councilmen and choose the name Pico Rivera.

James McKechnie, president of the Pico Chamber, labeled annexation threats from Montebello. Downey, and Santa Fe Springs as ths principal reason for the and sources, in addition to the suggested property tax revenue of $57,500, include the following: $280,000 from State subventions; $13,500 from franchise taxes; $16,000 from business licenses and $25,000 from fines and mile long and fashioned aft rooms now being planned went a face lifting, and ex-tensive landscaninz. If 51 of the property owners want to be excluded, the incorporation move will die. If not, the board will set an election date, prob- win De mciuaea "to some R. Diaz James M.

Fat-ronite, and Ruth Benell, Culp wa3 chosen Mayor er the Grand Prix, line a figure eight with left and right! 0 JET AGE South Pasadena Woman's Club has scheduled its Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration at noon, Jan. 29. Guided tours throueh the degree in the minimum program, Clarke suggested to the board. since he topped the list of turns. Any car that exceeds Turn to Page 6, Column 1 buildings will be conducted during open-house hours.

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