The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on July 6, 1975 · 181
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 181

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Sunday, July 6, 1975
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6 Sun., July 6, 1975 RA it COUSINS CHOSEN FROM OPENING DAY Park Still Magical for First BY SHERRY ANGEL Times Staff Writer ANAHEIM Disneyland still enchants Michael Schwartner and Christine Vess Watkins 20 years after they became the first visitors to enter the amusement park on its opening day. The cousins, young children then, were playing on the turnstyles at the park entrance when they were chosen from the crowd on July 17, 1955. Schwartner, now 27, said he thought they were going to be scolded and told to return to their place in line when Disneyland officials approached them. Instead, they were admitted to the park and issued lifetime passes by Walt Disney. Schwartner, a salesman and photographer who lives in Fresno, recalled his first experience at Disneyland during a recent telephone interview. He said he had looked forward to the park's opening for a year, keeping track of construction progress through television broadcasts. Meeting Walt Disney was one of the most memorable parts of the day for Schwartner, although taking the jungle cruise and riding the rocket to the moon were close seconds. "He (Disney) asked me if I was glad the park was finally open. I was glad and I told him so. 'Then he asked me if I could wiggle my nose and my ears. I told him I couldn't, so he wiggled his for me. He was quite good at it. But he was much better at wiggling his nose than his ears," Schwartner recalled. Schwartner estimates that he has returned to Disneyland at least 200 times since then. He said it was consistently improved through the years, although he thinks the rides have become less dramatic since Disney died. "Nevertheless, it's still a wonderful place to take people. I like to take people who've never been before," he said. Schwartner said he has often taken family and friends and sometimes even strangers on his pass, which admits him and three guests, provides free parking and four ticket books. Mrs. Watkins, 25, who lives in Hay-ward, where she works for a finance company, was unavailable for com- City Ratifies Pacts for Last Two Unions GARDEN GROVE Approval has been given to one-year wage settlement with the last two of the city's four employe unions. The City Council last week ratified the pacts covering about 330 of the city's non-public safety personnel. Involved were settlements with the Garden Grove City Employees Assn. and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. A major feature of both settlements was an immediate pay increase of 5 and a further 2 increase next April. The Employees Assn. also won a change which provides for time-and-a-half pay for work beyond 40 hours a week. AFSCME already had that provision in its contract. Employes covered by both contracts also will receive birthdays off with pay and will benefit from a new formula for figuring the cash value of unused sick leave. Affected by the AFSCME agreements are about 169 workers, mostly in the city construction and maintenance crews. About 164 general and clerical personnel are covered by the Employees Assn. settlement Middle-management employes, while not represented by any union, will be given pay and benefit increases equivalent to that of the employe groups they .supervise, city officials said. The two agreements complete the city's wage negotiations for this year. Earlier, the Garden Grove Police Assn., representing 117 employes, agreed to an immediate 6 wage increase and an additional 2 in April. Garden Grove Fire Fighters Local 2005 accepted an immediate 8 increase for its 91 personnel. -;PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR FUTURE IS TAKE j -k Develop More Self Confidence and Asterliveness ! Increase Your Human Relations Skills -k Develop More Effective Communications Skills J KM INFOtMATJON T i M I COOAiai PRESENTED BIT ROBERT KIN J DAY OR NIGHT I I f DOO'I I 9 I AND ASSOCIATES. INC. 1 SUMMER CLASSES NOW STARTING lot 3ngelcs Cimes I i v., g 11 ft " -111111111-' FIRST GUESTS Walt Disney welcomes Disneyland's first visitors Michael Schwartner, 7, and Christine Vess, 5 to the Magic Kingdom. Times photo ment. But her mother, Mrs. Carol Conte, said her daughter is as enthusiastic about Disneyland as her cousin. In fact, Mrs. Watkins was here with a girlfriend only a week ago just to visit Disneyland, said Mrs. Conte, who lives in Alameda. Mrs. Conte said her daughter now visits Disneyland two or three times a year, although she went more frequently before 1966, when they lived in North Hollywood. "She was very anxious to see Disneyland as a child. She gets this pass Trust this New Zenith Zenith's new protection you door slamming. Command-100 FULLERTON 1917 Sunnycrt Or. 871-0632 SANTA ANA 506-A N. Main 542-3088 Every Monday from 3PM to 11 PM Country Style it? 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ANAHEIM 111 N. Anaheim Bl. 774-8042 HUNTINGTON BEACH 1 8546 Beach Bl. 963-6744 at S Anaheim 2ml O REU3 1 226 West Lincoln Ave. at Santa Ana Freeway The Finest Family Restaurant in Orange County Open 24 Hours ummER RLE our best ever now is the time to discover how unique & exciting our stores really are 1 till july 14 we are offering the latest in contemporary & modern furnishings at very reduced prices we also have professional design services 1 SALE ENDS MONDAY 7-14-75 main showroom 15250 e. whittier blvd., whiter 698 8034 and now at puenle hills mall, industry 964 2501 mon. & fri. 10-9 lues., wed, thurs., sal., 10-6 sun. I -5 SCHOOLS Continued from 5th Page turn down all that money. But the real point was what the money would be used for." Mrs. Pryer says she went through the grant application ?point by, point" and decided that "it just wasn't worthwhile." Just as Franklin registered his objection to spending $1,350 on bongo drums, Mrs. Pryer says she opposed such things as Mexican mariachi bands to perform at special functions. "I think we (the board) have quite a bit of support among Spanish-surname people," she says, "because we're trying to develop a sound educational program. The most important thing we can give a child is to teach him to read, to compete and live in the world around him." Mrs. Gutierrez vehemently disagrees that her colleagues are in tune with the Spanish-surname community. Elimination of the bilingual-bicul-tural program "is crazy," she says, and represents a failure to realize it does help youngsters learn English much faster. And as for the fundamental school, she maintains, "It's a segregated kind of situation, an attempt to make a very private school out of public money." (The board said the fundamental school should reflect a districtwide ethnic balance, but Supt. Kenney says only 25 of the applications are coming from minority groups). Mrs. Gutierrez believes she illustrates, on a personal level, just how out of touch the races are in Santa Ana. "I can see that, even when I walk into a room, administrators don't really know how to act toward me when there is another board member in the room. Cadillac r...t HUGE fe' SELECTION -T OF NEW & USED CADILLACS at competitive prices. Sales Leasing & Service NabersCodilloc 2600 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa S40-9100 ictors M if . v, ur'- w l si ll v I i I tv ii Orange County's Q 1 j I S!IJX Largesf Lighting J VI L- jr si? If there ever was a time for extra values ... the time is now! Hfwr wmsK fPJfXJP' l-iljMfl yaffitf& LAMP SHADES SWAG LIGHTS CHANDELIERS LIGHTING FIXTURES FLOOR LAMPS WALL DECOR MIRRORS PICTURES WALL LIGHTS TABLES CLOCKS CANDELABRAS SCONCES GIFTS COMPLETE REPAIR DEPT. USE OUR DAILY ftUVL-J ' .. ' UMR ,i,r---. k, I "Last night my husband and I went to a curriculum thing and it was really sad; they just dont know how to act" As for her fellow trustees, Mrs. Gutierrez says she is "not really" on speaking terms, except at board meetings, with Mrs. Pryer or Mrs. Robert-soa Such turmoil at the top apparently has filtered down to teachers, helping compound their morale problems. One teacher, a veteran with a doctorate degree, who asked not to be identified, said, "We're in a hell of a mess." This teacher said, "I recently was scheduled to make a presentation to the board, along with some other people, and it had to be cancelled because the board is so split and so fractured at this point There is a lot of turmoil. I can never remember it being this bad." The tumult is agonizing, the teacher said. "I see administrators above me running around charged up. Last Friday, I saw one absolutely torn apart twice during the day, and this is too much. This is absurd." Santa Ana's school problems overshadows some positive accomplishments, future goals and personal attitudes. One administrator asks, "Why don't you talk about our brand new schools in the central city, paid for by a $31 million bond issue passed by voters in 1971?" (The schools, some with heavy ghetto populations, are gleaming, modern, structures but even they undergo extreme criticism in some areas. (One school, built partly recessed into the ground, was 75 flooded during heavy rainstorms shortly after it first opened last September. Until it The Reading CALL NOW for Summer Reading Instruction Huntington Booch Santa Ana Ftillwtofi 842-0606 835-3237 879-5588 v mm m m MX mm n m Plp nkiir.D i t it it it ii -. it i ?c r" i ti ill i e CONVENIENT LAYAWAY PLAN ON MOST 9:30 lo 5:30 MON. & FRI. TIL SAT. 10:00 SUN. dried out, the place was closed and 825 students were schooled at two temporary sites for 112 months). The district's assistant superintendent and top-ranking Mexican-American administrator, Dr. Anthony Avina, says some current programs are exceptional The Early Childhood Program, for instance, at one elementary school has been rated "one of the best in the state," he says. And a career education program for -high school students is regarded as among the finest anywhere, he says. "We're doing some fantastic things that people who live here just don't know about," he says. "Santa Ana at this point in its changing population is having a smooth transition. We see no major confrontations in the streets, no marches on school board offices or to board meetings. I don't think the picture is so bleak." Nor, it seems, do some others. Joe O'Sullivan, district director of pupil personnel services, foresees "white flight" leveling off and many of the problems being contained. "There's still a high level of interest in the community. People are concerned about their schools. New housing tracts are being built in southwest Santa Ana, proving people are still putting money into the town," he said. And despite their differences, all five trustees agree with the view of Peter J. Vogel, "In a year or two we'll accomplish what might now seem some very high goals." At the moment, however, the Santa Ana Unified School District has serious difficulties that no school system in Orange County has faced before. By any objective evaluation, the future seems uncertain and dependent on the actions of the school board, teachers, students, and the entire community. 11 Game Torranco Encina Crenshaw 370 - 6359 783-2683 293-5253 ITEMS. 9 P.M. 0dANGc county's TO 6:00 URGEST UGHTING STORE" 11 TO 5 , ifcll. East on Chapman Newport Fw West on Chop mart vs4 j

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