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METROPOLITAN NEWS EDITORIALS PART II VOL LXXX1I 2t cc WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 14, 1963 Times Mirror Square, Lot Angeles 53, Calif. MAdlson 5-2345 3 1(6$ for Error in Assessments cairns Watson Full Blame i-'J t ,2,111 T? "f - plH'IPISf;!'! ef.,' i ON THE SET Audrey Hepburn, as Eliza Doolittle, is at left of wagon carrying basket on the set of "My Fair Lady" which began shooting at Warner Actor Clem Dies After Long Illness Portrayed Spry and Wry Old Characters in Hundreds of Films and TV Programs Funeral services for Clem Bevans, the spry "old feller" of the movies and television, will be conducted at 4 p.m. today in Pierce Brothers Valhalla Chapel. Mr. Bevans died Sunday in Motion Picture Country Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 83. Burial will be in Valhalla Memorial Park. ' ' ) The wiry actor with the toothbrush : mustache and the quizzical eyes peering over steel-rimmed spectacles appeared in hundreds of movies since . he came to Hollywood shortly after tha advent of talkies. In films he was . the weather-battered prospector who never struck it rich; the kindly old grandfather whose gruffness hid a heart of gold; the well-meaning bungler whose attempts to cope with the routine of life were catastrophic; the pen sioner who was hit by love and arthritis at the same time. , Always Old Man He was always an old man. Even as a young man he portrayed characters far older than he. , . Although he had been in films for years, Mr. Bevans didn't achieve "star" status until he was 67. That was in 1945 . while he was under contract to ' 20th Century- Fox studios. "Yeah, , I'm"; having ; the time of my life," he told an interviewer at the time. "I'm starting all over again." Among nis turns were "The Yearling," "Wake Up and Dream," which was one of his favorites, "The Ken-tuckian," "Tell it to the Judge," "Harvey," "Gold Raiders." In later years he appeared Counci I to Fight Yorty's Veto of District Offices BY GENE City Council members began to buckle on their armor Tuesday in preparation for their next big skirmish with Mayor Samuel W. Yorty. This time the fight will be over the mayor's veto of $10,000 the council had appropriated to establish dis trict offices and purchase new furniture. Yorty's veto, criticizine the council for an unwar ranted expense to taxpayers, was r,ead aloud Tuesday and drew harsh .'reaction from councilmen.; .. V t j .' Bill Henry is on vacation. His column will be resumed on his return. Bevans, 83, 'i " s . ,y Clem Bevans in numerous television pro ductions, including T h e Loretla Young Show," "Bo nanza," "Twilight Zone" and "Thriller." Llem liuy Bevans was born Oct." 16, 1880 in Coza dale, 0., a suburb of Columbus where he launched his theatrical career at the age of 16. Appeared on Stage Before coming to Hollywood he appeared in vaude ville, light opera and drama all over the country. The last surviving charter fmember of the Screen Ac tors Guild, Mr. Bevans was married twice.- He and his second wife, whom he mar ried 33 years ago, adopted three children. His second wife, M. Lillian, and the 'children, Mrs Clemene Stiltz, Mrs. Vickie Dunagan, and Clark Bevans, survive. Also surviving is. a daughter by the first mar riage, Mrs. Edith Herrmann HUNTER Councilman Gilbert W. Lindsay who frequently dif fers with Yorty demanded an immediate vote to over ride the veto, but was persuaded to adhere to the usual formality of sending such issues to committee. "This is just about as petty as can be," Lindsay stormed about the veto. '.Lindsay, who seeks to establish, a district office- at 4264 Central Ave., charged that it is a burden on many of his constituents to. go to his. City, Hall., office., A district office is necessary to provide better service, he maintained. Councilman James B. Pot ter Jr.; who won election on riease Turn to Pg. 8, Col. Bros. Studio. Miss Hepburn and Rex Harrison, as Prof. Higgins, later rehearsed the scene on elaborate Covent Garden set where TWO SONIC BOOMS JOLT BIG L A. AREA The Los Angeles area Tuesday was rocked by two sonic booms, one of which set off scores of burglar alarms and frightened thousands of residents. Some broken windows were reported. The first, reported at 5:27 p.m., was relatively mild, but the second, at 9 p.m., was described as a "shocker." They are caused by supersonic planes. Police switchboards were swamped by telephone inquiries from San Fernando to San Pedro. At one time 85 persons were waiting for telephone lines to the Los Angeles Police Building complaint board. Boy Burdened With Cares Needs Camp Ever since a serious eye injury incapacitated his father and his mother was forced to work, 12-year-old Randy has been a daytime father to five younger brothers and sisters. k . I His job is complicated because often there 'isn't enough food and clothing to care for a family of eight, according to Tal Morash, director of the Welfare Plan- ning Council's Camp Bureau. , "Randy-really needs relief from a responsibility he's accepted since May, but he won't get it without help from The Times - Summer Camp Fund." Randy's father underwent four operations in one month and it is uncertain when he will return to work full time, The boy's mother is selling magazines door to door toi try to meet basic expenses. "She says there is no money for luxuries," Morash observes. "In fact, the family desperately needs financial assistance, but hasn't lived here long enough to qualify "Randy deserves a week in the forest and the oppor tunity for fun, .wholesome food and exercise. Readers who want to Please Turn to Vg. 8, Col. 1 TIMES SUMMER CAMP FUND I want to help send needy boys and girls to camp this summer. Here is my contribution to the Times Summer Camp Fund. " , . Name : . -.- fl . ' Address .r.... city .............. Please mail with contribution, to Times Summer Camp Fund, P.O. Box 29, Los Angeles 53, Cal. Checks should be made payable to the fund. Contributions are deductible for Income tax purposes. pair meet for first time. Timet photo Warner Studio Starts Filming 'My Fair Lady' BY BETTY MARTIN "My Fair Lady," one of the most expensive musicals ever filmed with a purchase price of $5.5 million and an estimated $12 to $14 million production cost went before the cameras Tuesday at Warner Bros. Members of the large cast, the press and dignitaries stood under any available protection as the artificial rain fell on the elaborate Covent Garden set. They watched Audrey Hepburn, as Eliza Doolittle, and Rex Harrison, as Professor Higgins, rehearse the scene where they meet for the first time. . Miss Hepburn sat under the portico of St. Paul's Church down the square from the opera house, fingering her violets and reading lines with Hex Harrison. Other members of the cast including Stanley Holloway, Wilfred Hvde-White, Jere my Brett and Isobel Elsom stood waiting as flower and vegetable '-, vendors stands, horse-drawn carriages, carts and a 1912 Renault cabriolet were caioied, pusnea ana driven into position. The picture is from the successful musical play by Alan Jay Lerner and Fred erick Loewe. Director George Cukor proposes to shoot in continuity, portraying Miss Hep burn from the cockney tlow- er girl of the London gutter to the Embassy Ball where she emerges as London s most enchanting lady. Power Fails; TV Station Blacks Out A power failure at the Mt, Wilson transmission station blacked out television sta tion KNXT (Channel 2) for 90 min. Tuesday night start ing about 7:4a p.m. Engineers said the power failure caused a cooling pump to halt which in turn caused water-cooled trans mission tubes to burn out The interruption also, cut off service to station KLAb in Las Vegas. Billy Graham Cites Prayers for Crusade Evangelist Says LA. Seriously Needs Campaign BY DAN L. THRAPP Times Religion Editor Los Angeles is the most prayed-f or city in the world today, evangelist Billy Gra ham said Tuesday as he completed preparations to launch a mighty crusade here Thursday. People around the world are praying for this crusade and for its impact, said the revivalist. ine xact mat so many people are praying and working together is going to be reflected in results here," he promised. "It is possible that more prayers are being said for this crusade than for any other I ever conducted." The city seriously needs the campaign and its bene-! fits, he added. If there i3 a city in the world that is in need, it is Los Angeles. 'Spiritual Awakening' "It has the most affluent society, and the highest standard of living on record, and yet its divorce courts are filled, its juvenile hall facilities taxed, and if Los Angeles had a real spiritual awakening it would; influence the world." Dr. Graham addressed a packed press conference at the Sheraton-West. Many of his evangelists, music directors and other associates attended. The evangelist spoke through a thicket of television camera tripods, drooping wires and before a battery of tape recorders and other gadgets commonly used in the modern-day evangelism he has pion eered. At Coliseum His crusade will be held at Memorial Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. daily except Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays. There will be no. meetings Saturdays. Dr. Graham has addressed an estimated 32 million dur ing his 14 years of evange lism which began with a tent meeting in 1949 at Washington Blvd. and Hill St. He has conducted crusades around the world. "In those first meetings, he said, "we struggled to get out crowds of 2,000. or 3,000. We don't expect to fill the Coliseum this time, of course, but if we can get Please Turn to Pg. 3, CoL 1 COMMON TO ALL ROUTES LMA JVC. j ll 1 r If smt ) Mowiea j blvo. m MEtHOilf Vg. " 1 j - -v I l5 il 1 --T it3-.- ijii-"- -- '- ggvgffLy ' blvo. T I i ! 1 l V jL.L 5 r I t wiLsmn- V two. t PlttAL 4LSMMfNT WOULD DEPTHS ' " ALTERNATE B OM LOCATiOH OP FTECW4Y IN THIS - ALTERNATE O KNERAL E4. ALTERNATE B , 'I -I LTCTNATr POSSIBLE TRANSIT ROUTES Possible routes of rapid transit to serve the Hollywood district were presented to the businessmen and property owners. m -. . ;..-.v.:- . -v. ; v; . , ( v'V. - - 4 1 CRUSADER Evangelist Billy Graham tells newsmen that people everywhere are praying for the success of his crusade to open at the Coliseum Thursday. Times photo Rapid Transit Bisecting of Hollywood Opposed Merchants, Property Owners Insist Any System Should Have East-West Routing BY RAY IIEBERT, Times Urban Plans Editor Merchants and property owners voiced their opposition Tuesday to any plan that calls for a rapid transit system bisecting Hollywood. Whatever system is deve loped, whether standard rail or monorail, tney saia, should traverse the commu- nity in an east-west direc tion to serve as much ot Hollywood as possible. "A system that bisects Hollywood on a straight run south to Wilshire Blvd. is not what we need," said Frank Galloway, chairman of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's transit and transportation committee, "The system should serve Hollywood as far east as possible preferably from Highland Ave., to Western Ave. or beyond." ' He and other Hollywood leaders appeared at the third in - a series of area conferences sponsored by the Metropolitan Transit Authority aimed at reaching an agreement on mutually acceptable rapid transit routes. CM. Gillisaythe MTA's r executive director, told, the group that their community is an important link in th plan to provide transit faci lities between San Fernando! Valley and downtown Los Angeles. "One function is to bring persons to Hollywood to work, shop or go to the many entertainment centers. "The other is to take Holly wood residents to other important centers, particu larly the Wilshire area and downtown," he said Changing Area Cited Describing Hollywood as an area that is both chang ing and growing, he outlined five possible routes which could be used by rapid transit systems. These, he explained, could be- incorporated in the MTA's own standard rail system . or- the overhead monorail lines proposed by the Alweg and G o o d e 1 firms, r ..: . All five routes under stu dy would extend north from Wilshire Blvd. and follow Highland Ave. and Cahuen- ga Pass Into San Fernando Valley. Between Wilshire and Hollywood Blvds., the routes wouid use either La Brea Ave., Highland Ave., Arden Blvd.-Vine , St.,' La Brea Ave.-Hawthorne Ave. or the routing of a proposed free way hear Western Ave. Trust Deed Aide Fined ; . ., ' .... . . .. . - -, ' v and Given Year in Jail Joseph H. Collins, 43, for-1 mer vice president of a trust deed company which prom ised investors 10 return on their investment, Tuesday was fined $10,000 and sen tenced to a year in the County Jail. Found guilty July S by a iurv on one count of conspi racy to commit grand men and six counts of grand theft, Collins was put on 15 years probation on condition that he pay the fine, serve the jail term and make restitu tion to the defrauded inveS' tors.' ;: :?'":. .V:V Superior Court Judge Frederick W. Mahl Jr. denied a motion for bail pend ing appeal. Offers His ; Regrets to SuDervisors .. - r ' , . - BYEAYZE3IAN . Times County Bureau Chief Assessor Philip E. Wat son accepted full responsibility Tuesday for a $135,-252,170 duplication error in printing assessments. : -. Facing the Board of Supervisors, he said, "If the error has caused embarrassment for any other public official,' I sincerely regret and apologize for it." L. S. Hollinger, county; chief administrative officer;' estimated that the county general fund tax rale will be $2.22 for each $100 assessed' valuation instead of the' $2,196 estimated when the budget was adopted June 28. Hollinger emphasized that a definite tax rate will not be known until figures on sur pluses and the State Board of Equalization's assessments of public utilities are compiled late this month. The, tax rate in the fiscal vear 1962-63 was $2.0818. No Tax Loss While some supervisors pointed out that the asses- sor's error misled manyi cities and school districts relying on a larger tax base! when drafting their budgets,! V a t s o n emphasized that there will not be a $135 mil-! lion tax loss. That's because the tax rate had not actual ly been set, only predicted. "We are talking about a: duplication of assessments the listing and counting of the same property twice," he said. "No money was' lost. No one has to pay a penny more in taxes as a result of i this duplication or its correction." " v In an, eight-page state-; ment, Watson explained the 936 business personal prop erty and trade fixture as-1 sessments duplicated and' the steps being taken to pre-' vent a recurrence of the error. ,. Study Begins v. In addition, he said, the Hughes Dynamics Division' of Hughes Tool Co. began an extensive study Monday of his office's systems and pro cedures. This is being done without cost to the county. It will include a study .of' possible use of the county's data processing equipment for other work in addition to preparation of tax bills. Supervisors asked if the Hughes division might suggest use of different electronic equipment than that for which the county paid $820,000. Watson said Hughes does not sell or manufacture such machinery. On recommendation of Watson and with approval of County Counsel Harold W. Kennedy and all city, attorneys involved the supervisors formally canceled the $135 million' duplications. , Meanwhile, Watson denied that his computing i Please Turn to Pg. 3, Col. 4 Collins' probation report disclosed that while he was in charge of Pacific Trust Deed Assn. investors lost $413,957.36. At a previous trial, the jury acquitted Collins on two other counts of grand theft but failed to agree on the remaining charges. Two oth er men, James M. Barr, Rancho Santa Fe manage ment consultant, and Robert A. Kersting, Phoenix law yer, were acquitted. A fourth defendant, Cornelius L. Witt, president of the companypleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one of grand theft. His sentencing ia set for Monday, ,

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