The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on March 23, 1979 · 3
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Friday, March 23, 1979
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., Mar. 23, 197?- Fill I 3 Frl. SCOFFS AT LAWS OF PHYSICS 1 1 nventor Takes On Einstein 4 O . EoaAnfldea Shoes BY ROBERT GILLETTE Tlmai Sciatica Writer Hope springs eternal, but never so buoyantly as in the heart of an inventor convinced he has defeated the laws of physics and brought Einstein's theory of relativity crashing down like a house of cards. So it was Thursday in the heart of industrial Glen-dale, down behind the potholed parking lot of the Tru-Cut, Inc., lawnmower shop, in a dark rented shed bear- 7 -Si" Wlk'0 Dr. Keith Kenyon Admitted Fixing of Traffic Tickets to Be Investigated State Bar Officials, Municipal Court Plan Inquiry After Clerk Says He Took Money for Services BY DAVID ROSENZWEIG Tlmti Staff writer Officials of the State Bar and the Los Angeles Municipal Court District said Thursday they plan to investigate a veteran court clerk's sworn admission that he regularly fixed traffic tickets in exchange for cash and other gratuities. Leon Donati, a court employe for 19 years, told of receiving payoffs for his ticket-fixing efforts during the early 1970s, when he testified Wednesday as the government's first witness in the prejury trial of Los Angeles lawyer Louis H. Berger. Berger, indicted as a result of the High Court Rules Against Sohio But Bill Could Send Case to Justices Again BY SANDRA BLAKESLEE Tlmti Staff Writer In a long awaited decision, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Standard Oil Co. of Ohio must face its environmental challengers in Los Angeles Superior Court and not in the state Supreme Court as the company had wanted. However, the Legislature now is considering special legislation that would in the name of national interestput the Sohio case back before the state Supreme Court in a matter of weeks. Sohio was sued by local environmentalists on grounds that the company did not adequately describe the environmental impact of its proposal to send Alaskan oil from Long Beach to Midwest markets via an existing natural gas pipeline. Both the oil company and legislators want to "expedite the Sohio project. If the Supreme Court takes Please Turn to Page 29, Col. 1 BART Pays $500 a Day for Draft of Fire Instructions OAKLAND (UPI)-Bay Area Rapid Transit officials are paying a University of Washington psychologist $500 a day Is develop a set of emergency instructions for passengers in case fire breaks out on a train in the tunnel under San Francisco Bay. Elizabeth F. Loftus was hired after fire marshals complained that participants in two recent fire drills were confused by the wordy instructions they received from train operators. The drills are being conducted in the wake of a Jan. 17 train fire in the tunnel under the bay in which one fireman died. Ms. Loftus, a Ph.D. on sabbatical leave at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences adjacent to Stanford University, has previously worked out recorded evacuation messages for federal buildings throughout the country. A BART spokesman said Wednesday that Ms. Loftus had spent a day and a half on writing and research and had come up with what appeared . to be a final draft of 131 words at $5.73 a word. 1 W: FBI's long-running probe of alleged corruption in California state government, is accused of lying to a federal grand jury about giving Donati money. Testifying before a federal court jury in Fresno, Donati said Berger approached him in 1971 or 1972, asked him to take care of a couple of tickets, and thereafter began delivering several tickets at a time, customarily in envelopes containing $60 to $100 in cash. He said Berger bought him clothing, meals and even a pair of running shoes, which he used when the 40-year-old attorney entertained him at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Donati said, he took money and meals for fixing tickets for other persons as well, but he was not asked to identify them on the stand. In Los Angeles, however, Lily Barry, chief trial counsel for the State Bar, said an investigation would be launched to determine whether disciplinary action should be taken against Berger or any other attorneys for whom Donati might have fixed tickets. She said the State Bar was particularly interested in finding out whether any of the other persons mentioned, but not specifically identified, by Donati were California attorneys. "It's a routine procedure for us to monitor all prosecutions against members of the Bar," she said, adding that the Bar is currently watching more than 100 such cases around the state. Meanwhile, at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Municipal Court, chief administrative officer Clark K. Saito said he planned to start a probe of his own. "There's a lot more that needs to be looked into than meets the eye," Saito added, refusing to elaborate. Saito did say, however, that he would try to question Donati about his testimony. Please Turn to Page 31, Col. 1 "If it can end the confusion," the spokesman added, "it will have been worth it" The message would start with a long, flat humming tone, followed by these words from the operator: "May I have your attention please? A fire has been reported on this train. BART Central would like you to leave the train for your own safety. Please leave the train now and walk .slowly to the opposite tunnel." At this point, the operator would open the automatic doors. The operator then would inform passengers to open the doors if they fail to open automatically and continue with instructions on how to get into the tunnel going in the opposite direction, which presumably would be free of fire or smoke. Ms. Loftus is to be summoned next week as a $500-a-day witness for BART at a state Public Utilities Commission hearing called to determine whether the transit district can safely resume service under the bay between Oakland and San Francisco. ing the handpainted orange sign, "Solar World, mfrs. of wind turbines and the Kenyon Alternator." It is a modest enterprise with no manufacturing equipment in evidence and an apparently unlisted telephone number. In a swirl of television lights and out-thrust microphones, a Van Nuys physician, Dr. Keith Kenyon, unveiled his invention: an electrical generator which, he said, produces more energy than it uses and promises "to relieve the world's energy shortage." The Kenyon Alternator proves, on inspection, to be a crudely built device resembling a bicycle wheel with magnets on the rim. When spun by a 5-horsepower electric motor it whirrs and clanks and shudders and produces enough electricity to illuminate a panel of 100-watt bulbs. But the claim that it produces more energy than it uses runs counter to numerous laws of physics, and has earned the device a polite brushoff from the U.S. Department of Energy, which hears about scores of such ideas each year. What sets this one apart from most is the enthusiastic support it receives from former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty. In recent weeks Yorty has repeatedly urged reporters to write about the device, which is the pet project of his friend and longtime physician, Kenyon. "I really think Dr. Kenyon has something," Yorty said in a letter to The Times on March 14. At the news conference Thursday, he hovered behind a semicircle of television cameras and reporters in the gloom of the rented shed, plumping for Kenyon and his invention: "They've really got something haven't they? I think it's very interesting, don't you?" Yorty said, gesturing toward the spinning device, which radiated copper wires like an old electric hair curler. Yorty said he had no financial interest in the device. r 7 !1lR5l5 i i -1 mmmBm rmi . J iKlli .:;.-:v:;:;.v:T:;: S'-fcKov :--'-:::-:-:-.:.::::::::::::'?': :v:-:- - j -:&;n -:-.::: wsmmi'wm i wiwiiMm.t i wMmmh m . mm rm sii iifii:;j:'ii DANGEROUS MOMENTS Two views of a distraught woman student perched 45 feet above ground on ledge of a Cal State, Long Beach, building. She was talked down by a school psychiatrist. Times photos by Raleigh Souther I '- m Pi 493sSl : PlHiiillWil jjr ii J i , I ' 'y Ii d : u I FULL HOUSE Crowd viewing But his presence and claims by the device's various backers that they have received expressions of interest from such sources as USC, Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and former astronaut Gordon Cooper help generate what is probably the only entity on earth genuinely capable of putting out more than goes into it: the quintessential media event. ?3 : f if : i. , - -I t e Kenyon Alternator as it illuminates a panel of lightbulbs. Timet photo by Bill Varie Astronaut Cooper could not be reached for comment. But Dr. Peter Campbell, a professor of electrical engineering at USC who was one of 12 persons advertised in a news release to have "agreed ... to evaluate the evidence," said that the claims were outrageous. He also said he had no association with the project and had Please Turn to Page 21, Col. 1 State Board Probing Civil Exam Abuses Conservation Corps Faces New Charges of Trying to Rig Tests for Some Applicants BY NANCY SKELTON Tlmat Staff Wrlttr The state Personnel Board is investigating new charges of attempts to rig state Civil Service examinations within one of Gov. Brown's most favored programs, the $23 million California Conservation Corps, The Times has learned. This is the third time in less than a year that the Brown program has been investigated because of allegations of attempted tampering with Civil Service tests to place favored job candidates high on state hiring lists. The investigation comes at a time when the CCC, launched by Brown in 1976 as a way to inspire California youth to public service through environmental work, is facing a serious budgetary showdown in the state Assembly. On Tuesday, a ways and means subcommittee voted to eliminate the program in a move that is being viewed as a force play by liberal members of the Assembly the theory being that if the governor will not agree to a full cost-of-living raise for welfare recipients, his often-controversial pet program will be missing when the state budget is passed in summer. The new charges under investigation, The Times has learned from sources close to the probe, include the pretest coaching of one or more favored job applicants to assure high scores on the oral examinations. State employes are hired in the order they score on Civil Service tests. Deliberate tampering with the administration of a Civil Service exam is a violation of state law. Neither the state Personnel Board nor B. T. Collins the third man chosen by Brown to head up his beleaguered program in less than three years would discuss specific allegations nor the names of CCC staff members who might be involved in the probe. But The Times has learned Please Turn to Page 30, Col. 4 PARAMEDIC RESCUE One Rookie Shot Down, Another Saves His Life BY JACK JONES Tlnm Staff Wrlttr SAN DIEGO-A young paramedic with about two months on active duty was credited by police Thursday with saving the life of a rookie officer who was shot in the neck during a scuffle with a berserk man in East San Diego. Stuart Alexander, 22, of the paramedic firm Medevac, stemmed massive bleeding by putting one finger in the entry wound and another in the exit wound, then keeping them there for more than an hour while others fought to keep the life of officer Michael T. Anaya from slipping away. "Very likely his actions and those of the other paramedics saved the officer's life," said Dep. Police Chief Kenneth O'Brien. Anaya, on the force less-than a year, was reported in critical but stable condition Thursday at Villa View Community Hospital. f wag--- -r 'i 'v J - 1 Sharp Rent Hikes for S.F. Tenants Prove 'Mistake' SAN FRANCISCO OP)-Tenants at a posh Pacific Heights apartment building were told last week their rents would be increased by as much as $300 a month but Thursday the owners said they "made a mistake." The landlords said in letters received shortly before a scheduled tenants meeting on fighting the higher rents that the increases would be cut at least in half. "This is still really a rent increase but I think the sentiment against the landlords rightly or wrongly has been diffused," said David Reid, a 40-year-old consultant and nine-year tenant. Reid's rent was scheduled to jump from $360 to $500 a month. The notice from the building's management firm said it would go to $415. The protest meeting was called off after notice of the cutback in rent increases, reportedly the first for the tenants of the 16-apartment building in three years, was received. Tenants at the Pacific Ave. building were told to "disregard the last letter you received" and were informed the original increases were "inadvertently" taken from a list of fair-market property quotations. The notices said that even with the in- Please Turn to Page 30, Col. 2 The officer was wounded late Wednesday night when he heard a radio call and drove to Altadena Ave. where a woman had been stabbed by her brother. In the 4100 block, Anaya encountered the suspect, Ervin Richardson, 24, who reportedly had been running through an apartment complex attacking residents and screaming. "Kill me!" He was bloodstained. Police said Richardson lunged at officer Anaya and both fell to the ground with Anaya on top. Somehow, Richardson apparently got the officer's gun from its holster and fired three shots. One of them struck Anaya in the neck. Another killed the suspect. Police said it was an apparent suicide. The Medevac 3 crew, Alexander and Matt Reilly, sped to the scene to Please Turn to Page 31, Col. 4 I

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