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Friday, October 26, 1973
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PlosflngcIrsi'Cmtrsf Fri.,0et.26,1973-Partl 3 KalmbachKnovledgeof Some Big Gifts Denied Source Says Nixon Fund Raiser Had No Data on Who Approached 3 of World's Richest Men . -J 1 7 ; -w -J . ; si ,'(;' . rnf:1''w'l1nrl - n tmrn" -rnr'-r r-f"ir-y-nf f-r ir if"'' J-nmr n iimm nn i Tiraiwmiairi' na r njm- min BACK TO WORK Dissident RTD 14 Men Indicted in Sex Movies Featuring Boys Ages 6 to 17 Son of Actress, Heir to Oil Fortune, YMCA Counselor, Scoutmaster, Schoolteacher Among Those Facing Charges BT WILLIAM FARE Timet Staff Writer Police investigation into movies featuring sex acts by young boys has led to the indictment of 14 men, including the son of a prominent actress, an heir to a Texas oil fortune, a YMCA counselor, a scoutmaster and a schoolteacher, it was learned today. Nine separate indictments listing 90 counts against the 14 -defendants were returned secretly by the Los Angeles County Grand Jury Thursday and were made public today : with the arraignment of several of those charged. . Youngsters involved in the sex acts listed in the indictment range ' in age from 6 to 17 years of age. Sixteen of the youths were called to testify by Dep. Dist. Atty. James Grodin, who presented the case to the grand jury during a two-day hearing. . The indictments do not charge anyone with making obscene films but instead allege a variety of individual crimes, including oral copulation, sodomy and engaging in lewd acts with children under 14 years old. Among those indicted were: Christopher Paul Lewis, 29, of Beverly Hills, the son of actress Loretta Young. Police said that Lewis is a film producer with Lyric Productions. . . William Byars, 37, of Hollywood, whom investigators identified as an heir to the Humble Oil fortune. He owns several motion picture companies, including Lyric Productions. BUT HE BEARS NO BITTERNESS Wounded Bus BY ROBERT KISTLER Timet Staff Writer ' It has been almost two weeks since the incident which triggered Thursday's massive bus driVer boycott ; and, for Ed Cusiter, some things are the same: . Cusiter, 30-year-old father of two, still has a bullet lodged behind his heart and near his spine. It was put there by a youth who fired on the driver without apparent provocation. Still present, too, is the pain a continual kind of pain that neither morphine at the hospital nor prescription pills at home have been able to ease. Most of it throbs in Cu-siter's left arm, which is paralyzed from the elbow down. The neurosurgeons, Cusiter says, are not certain whether he will ever 'regain full use of the arm, but there is one thing they already know: Cusiter will have pain, a good deal of it. Other things in Cusiter's life are not the same: After his final, two-week check for $485, his RTD Jncome stopped ' and now he, his wife, Cynthia, and their children, Gwen, 5, and Sean, 3, .will have to try to get by on a week-rv workman'3 compensation stipend .of $105. Different, ir not dissolved, is Cu-siter's planned future as a bus driv- ' Please Turn to Page 11, Col. 1 - bus drivers cheer their decision to return to their jobs following a personal Walter Gene Morton, 28, of Hollywood, who worked this past summer as a YMCA counselor on Santa Catalina Island is now involved in youth agency activities in the South Bay area. Richard George, 36, of Redondo Beach, who works for a major film studio in Burbank as a systems analyst. He is an assistant scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop in Redondo Beach. Francisco . Jose DeSoto, 43, of Woodland Hills, who recently resigned from a private San Fernando Valley high school where he had been on the faculty for 17 years. The investigation was launched three months ago when the Los Angeles Police Department came into possession of a film known as a "chicken" movie the term used for motion pictures featuring homosexual acts between young boys. According to detectives Lloyd Martin and Don Smith, this led them to 53-year-old Guy Strait, who has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco for what police describe as one of the nation's biggest "chicken movie" operations. Strait and one of his associates, 38-year-old Melvin Reynolds of Cu-dahy,. were arrested Sept. 1 on suspicion of child molesting. They also were named in the indictment returned Thursday. Another defendant is Daniel Marvin Yert, 29, of Hollywood, the manager of a downtown Los Angeles data processing firm. Investigators said he is a major competitor of DriverLife of J H It i If IP- ''fy f ';: HOME FROM HOSPITAL Ed Cusiter, bus driver who was wounded by gunman, with wife. Cynthia. He has lost use of left arm. Times photo by Joe Kennedy 4 f vs ; , :A I- KAISER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANS AT STEEL PLANT OK'D From Times Staff Writer SAN BERNARDINO Plans of Kaiser Steel Corp. to control air pollution at its Fontaria plant. have been approved by the San Bernardino County Air Pollution Control District. . The APCD- granted variances for seven compliance schedules proposed by Kaiser to meet clean air standards. Two . of the proposals, involving the transfer of hot metal, extend until December, 1975. Kaiser was cited by the Environmental Protection Agency at San Francisco last summer and told to comply with air pollution regulations by July, 1975. The steelmaking firm proposes to install $0 million worth of air pollution control equipment. Strait in the , distribution of hor mosexual films. Grodin said that what started as an investigation int6 the films has . broadened greatly in an effort to attack a large network of adults who recruit young boys for sexual activity. . The scope is widened to the extent that 20 detectives have been assigned to a task force composed of Los Angeles police and sheriff deputies. Two men named in the indictment already are serving time on other convictions. They are Gregorio Oroz-co Jr., 26, of Hollywood, and James Braskims, 40, of Riverside. Others named in the indictment are John F. Rafferty, 58, a North Hollywood machine shop owner; Frank Hershey, 66, a Manhattan Beach electronics technician; George Easter, 30, a Playa del Rey building . maintenance contractor and William Johnson, 55, a Houston photographer. Constant Pain 0' 4T if y.':. ' V ' " J ! ' is v,7 T'i - C J appeal by Mayor Tom Bradley. Times photo by Joe Kennedy RTD to Discipline Drivers Who Joined 'Sick-in' Boycotts BY MIKE GOODMAN Tlmei Staff Writer Disciplinary action will be sought against bus drivers who took part in "sick-in" and wildcat boycotts Wednesday and 'TriU'rsday, a Southern California Rapid Transit District spokesman .said today. Mayor Thomas Bradley had told the wildcat drivers Thursday he personally appealed to RTD executives for amnesty but could not guarantee it if they returned to work. Bus service was back tc normal tnis morning after nearly 400 drivers stayed away Thursday, snarling service across Los Angeles. Drivers say their buses, especially those along south central area routes, have become the playground of young thugs and teen-age rat packs. Bradley, who helped persuade the drivers to return to work, had made the amnesty plea at an earlier meeting with RTD executives. But reporters at the City Hall meeting said RTD officials were not sympathetic. "We have 84 of the operators who did not leave their jobs and who worked many hours of overtime," Jack Gilstrap, RTD general manager, told Bradley. "To let dissident groups get off scot free would be like giving them a pat on the back," Gilstrap said. Several bus drivers at the wildcat meeting in the downtown Embassy auditorium warned the RTD that reprisals would spark even more massive "sick-ins." RTD spokesman said today that each sick call case the last few days . would be investigated. Falsification of sick reports, the spokesman said, could result in suspension or discharge. But Earl Clark, general chairman of the United Transportation Union, said RTD reprisals would be fought "to the very end." . The UTU was accused by many dissidents at the Thursday meeting of being "gutless." Bradley had not promised wildcat drivers amnesty if they worked today, but said he asked RTD officials as a "personal favor" not to seek reprisals. Bradley said he had not heard about the RTD's proposed disciplinary action, but would meet with transit district executives later today to try and work out a compromise. , Officials promised drivers increased protection by city and county police agencies and RTD security officers. They also pledged to install sophisticated electronic warning equipment and flashing outside lights, among other measures. But criticism of the transit district remained high. . . One driver recalled several weeks ago when "a group of punks took over my bus in the middle of the day and I had to flee for my life. "When I returned with a security man. the bus was stripped and the windows smashed. Instead of sympathy, the RTD made me py for the ticket puncher I had to leave on board," he said. BY KENNETH REICH TintM Staff Writer Three of the world's richest men were among those solicited for political contributions by persons in the Nixon organization whose identities were unknown to Herbert W. Kalm-bach, regular Nixon fund raiser, a source close to Kalmbach, says. Kalmbach is very knowledgeable about fund-raising efforts for Mr. Nixon. He has reported personally raising about $10 million for the President's 1972 campaign. The wealthy men mentioned by the Kalmbach source are Howard Hughes, insurance magnate John D. MacArthur of Chicago and shipping and oil magnate Daniel K. Ludwig of Darien, Conn. Each of the first two is reputed to be worth at least $500 million and Ludwig's fortune is believed to be between $3 billion and $5 billion. . According to the Kalmbach source, contributions from such men were handled on a different basis, one unclear to Kalmbach. The source also told The Times that Kalmbach, after a meeting on Feb. 3, 1971, in the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles with representatives of milk producers, cautioned White' House aide Gordon C. Strachan and "probably" then-Commerce Secretary Maurice H. Stans against accepting contributions from the producers. Kalmbach is said to have been concerned that the producers would demand something in return for their contributions, even though he had told them there would be "no quid pro quo.' At a later time, the source was surprised to contributions had Kalmbach never said, Kalmbach learn that the been accepted. learned who authorized acceptance, the source added. These details from the Kalmbach point of view may shed some new light on two controversial transactions that are assuming considerable importance in the current Watergate investigations. One transaction involves a $100,-000 Hughes gift, purportedly for campaign purposes, made in two $50,000 cash installments to Mr. Nixon's companion, C. G. (Bebe) Rebozo in 1969 and 1970. Rebozo has said he put the money in a safe deposit box in his Key Biscayne, Fla., bank for Bell Proposes National Scenic Parkway for Mulholland Drive Rep. Alphonzo Bell said today he would introduce legislation Tuesday in Congress to create Mulholland National Scenic Parkway. This, he said, would be a combined federal, state, county and city project to link up present and planned Los Angeles area park sites in a 53.5-mile network stretching from Griffith Park to Point Mugu ' State Park. Bell (R-West Los Angeles) said the scenic roadway would start at the intersection of Mulholland Drive and Pacific Coast Highway and run east along the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains to the intersection of Mulholland and the Hollywood Freeway. It would include the Hollywood Bowl, Santa Monica Urban Park, Century Ranch Park and Leo Carril-lo State Park in its path. "I think it is a natural course of events to try to link up all these parks," he said. "The scenic connection is the very essence of what we are trying to do." The project, which is expected to cost about $30 million, should be completed in less than five years, he said. The federal government under the proposed legislation would foot most of the bill, Bell said he chose Friday to announce that he was going to introduce a bill designating Mulholland National Park Scenic Parkway because this was the 118th birthday anniversary of the late William Mulholland, a former city engineer who conceived the mountaintop drive and for whom the drive was origin- WARMING TREND, STILL MORE FOG SEEN ON WEEKEND A warming trend and more fog are in store for the Los Angeles area this weekend. The weatherman predicted coastal areas will be shrouded in fog and low clouds during the mornings. Los Angeles International Airport was closed to air traffic from 4:50 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Thursday and again from 12:38 a.m. to 1:11 a.m. today because of fog. Sunny weather and warm temperatures prevail in the rest of Southern California. Gusty winds in the mountains and deserts will decrease Saturday. three years, where it drew no interest, and then returned it to Hughes. White House spokesmen .have angrily denied that Mr. Nixon knew anything about the 1969-70 Hughes gift until sometime this year or that anything had been done with it other than what Rebozo said was done. Last week, the source said Kalmbach, who also has served as Mr. Nixon's personal attorney; had learned about the gift in mid 1972 from Las "Vegas newspaper publisher Hank , Greenspun : but had- not mentioned it to Mr. Nixon - because he regarded it as nothing out of the ordinary. In an interview Wednesday night, the Kalmbach source said Kalmbach had never known Hughes and had "always had a feeling he would be dealt with by others" in the Nixon organization. Kalmbach "never knew who the others were,'" the source said. ;- : " - Although Kalmbach never1 wak regularly' informed on the outcome of the solicitations of such multimillionaires or billionaires as Hughes, MacArthur or Ludwig, he is certain Stans would know the details. After resigning as commerce secretary, Stans became head of the Nixon campaign's finance commit- tee. "Stans has his hand on the throttle totally," the Kalmbach source said. "He would probably have known" about any money raised. ' To Kalmbach's knowledge Rebozo was not a regular collector of campaign contributions, the source said. On the milk producers' ' contribution, the source said, Kalmbach and his . law partner, Frank Demarco, met at the Jonathan Club Feb;, 3, 1971, with six representatives of milk producers whom they regarded as lobbyists. This made Kalmbach uneasy, the source said. He had read of the milk industry's desire for the Nixon Administration to approve new higher milk tariffs and feared their contributions could prove embarrassing, the source said. At the meeting, Kalmbach made "a flat statement there would be no quid pro quo," the source said. ' After the meeting, the source said, Kalmbach expressed to Strachan Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 1 ally named. the bill, said Bell, has the support of most Californians including Democratic Sens. Alan Cranston and John V. Tunney, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and William Penn Mott Jr., head of the state Department of Parks and Recreation. Tunney will introduce the Senate version of the parkway bill in the Senate with Cranston as a cospon-sor. TIME IN REVERSE Clock Hands Put You Back Sunday Tock-Tick, The Clock Goes Back (Htadllna in Barranca Elimtntary School Times) With people still arguing over whether we should or shouldn't, we have all been instructed to set our clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday to end Daylight Saving Time for another six months. Protagonists in the debate, whojse views are as different as day and night, are not satisfied, however, that the subject of a permanent DST ' has been resolved once and for all, "It looks like we're going to continue letting the chickens and the cows keep time for us," Rep. Craig Hosmer (R-Calif.) said in conceding doom for his bill proposing to hold back the sunrise all year long. He left little doubt new legislation would be introduced next year. , As recently as today, power officials in Los Angeles were arguing that year-round DST would saye 300,000 barrels of oil a year here because of decreased electricity needs. The Board of Water and Power Commissioners urged Mayor Tom Bradley to start a campaign immediately for a permanent time change on a nationwide basis. Early risers, on the other hand, say permanent DST would not conserve power but merely shift the need from evening to morning. , But no matter how you feel about it, at 2 a.m. Sunday the time in California will be 1 a.m. As Patrick McGowan, sixth grader at Barranca Elementary School, described it: Tock-Tick.

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