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Tuesday, March 16, 1971
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r 1 S'WM:c'Sf& w' NEW MESSAGE Beginning of received by The Times from the Pickets Prevent Unloading of Ecuador Fruit at Long Beach . Nearly 500 Union Members and Wives of Tuna Boat Fishermen Block Bananas to Launch Nationwide Boycott BY JERRY RUHLOW Times Staff . Nearly 500 pickets blocked the unloading of Ecuadorian bananas 'at the Port of Long Beach Monday in the start of a nationwide boycott of Ecuadorian products to protest that country's seizure of U.S. tuna boats. VA Standard Fruit & Steamship Co. spokesman denounced the action by union members and wives of fishermen as "totally unfair," and called for the use of "established procedures- for settling international disputes rather ' than involving innocent housewives and workers." The freighter Aldenburg, of German registry, carrying 101,000 boxes of bananas purchased from Ecuador for $300,000, was the site of the picketing, .. ,',.','' "" ., r .' "' Longshoremen-and Teamsters-Union truck drivers and .swampers refused, to cross the picket lines because of what officials said was the "health and safety factor" involved. " But they made no secret of their., sympathy: with the pickets, whose action is being sponsored in part by the unions. , . . Steven Edney, of the United Cannery and Industrial Workers of the Pacific, an affiliate of the Seafarers International Union, said : the boycott coordinating committee is "also looking for ship3 with other Ecuadorian products such as cocoa, Panama hats, fishmeal and canned fish, in addition to banana shipments. "If' the - companies try to ship through Gulf Coast ports, such as Gulfport, Miss., where Standard has a dock, we have been promised union support there to block unload-ings," said John Royal, secretary of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen'3 Union Local 33. ' Standard Vice President Bob Heintz said that "while the U.S. tuna fleet continues to fish, and our government pays their fines (imposed by Ecuador for alleged illegal fishing in Ecuadorian waters), the boycott could have serious financial effect on thousands of Americans , engaged in, importing Ecuadorian products." WAITING LINE FOR Drivers Spend Night in Jail to Avoid Paying Traffic Fine V SAN FRANCISCO (Traffic violators with warrants pending against them have found a way to beat the fine: spend a night in jail. It's got to the point where there's a waiting line on Sundays. The fines could run $25 to $150. So the, violator turns himself in, spends a night in jail, has breakfast on the Tcity, appears briefly in court and then usually goes free without having to pa'. Police Capt. J. William Conroy says Sunday is the best time for a traffic violator to turn himself in. That way he's in custody when the Monday warrant deadline rolls around. 2 Southlanders Killed in Southeast' Asia War " Two Southern California service-4nen killed in action in the Southeast Asian conflict were identified Monday. : by the , Defense Department. They were:, ( Army Spec. 4 II. L. Burton, brother of Albert C. Burton, Fontana, ; Spec. 4 Richard D. Saldana, son of Mr. and Mrs, Rosalio Saldana, Ox-hard. 'SiiSf'SlliSIW letter, ot top, Zodiac Killer. Writer , James Simmons, harbor area representative of the AFL-CIO Los Angeles County Labor Federation, said the boycott has the full support of organized labor. A group of 73 women from the San Diego Women's League for Fishermen's Rights joined the picket lines. So fair this year, the Ecuadorian navy has captured 25 American fishing boats inside Ecuador's 200-mile territorial limits, and fined them a total of $L2 million. The United States and most other countries recognize a territorial limit of only 12 miles.'' ' :' .' .. '' ' American Tunaboat Assn. officials said the U.S. State Department has .told them not to buy fishing licenses for fishing any place outside of a 12-mile limit off Ecuador because to do so would jeopardize U.S. foreign policy regarding the high seas. 3 Nations Vow Unify in Fishing Dispute LIMA, Peru Wr The foreign ministers of Ecuador, Peru and Chile announced Monday their nations will stand united before any threat of reprisal raised by legal action against fishing vessels found operating illegally, in their territorial waters. " - The statement of solidarity was issued, the ministers said, in view of "the situation created by the illegal fishing of U.S.-Flag tuna boats in Ecuadorian territorial waters." Since Jan. 11, Ecuadorian authorities have seized 24 U.S. tuna clippers, one of them twice, and accused them of fishing without licenses inside Ecuador's 200-mile territorial sea limit. ' The U.S. boats all were released after payment of ; fines and fees which totaled more than $1 million. Please Turn to Page 24, Col. 1 S.F. CELLS As a custody case, said Conroy, the person is given credit for time served and, in most cases, the fine is dismissed completely. "It's the fastest hundred and 50 bucks a guy ever made," said Conroy. , The precise amount served, he said, is never mentioned in court, only that the person is in custody and that he is a prisoner. "They usually start showing up around 11-o'clock Sunday, said officer Larry Piol. "They come in early to wait, because they're worried that if there's a line ... they won't get booked by midnight." Conroy said most of the citizens who give themselves up in an attempt to have the fines dismissed hear of the gimmick through "the grapevine." ' The captain said, "I have person nally advised friends of mine with outstanding warrants to surrender themselves." (In Los Angeles, a City Jail spokesman said he was unaware of any such practice. In the last six months, he said, he could not recall a single instance of any person voluntarily turning himself in on a traffic warrant.) Hi Below, for comparison, is a letter that was sent to a San Francisco newspaper in October of 1969. BREAKS SILENCE 1 7-PI us Victims Claimed in Letter by Zodiac Killer BY DAVE SMITH Time Stiff Writer California's long-silent Zodiac killer made another bid for public attention Monday, claiming that he has murdered in Southern California and saying that his victims now total "17." The letter the. Zodiac's first to The Times was mailed Saturday afternoon or evening from Pleasan-ton, about 50 miles southeast "of San Francisco, where all of his previous letters had been mailed. , ... The publicity-hungry killer explained: "The reason that I'm writing to the Times is this, they don't bury me on the back pages like some of the others." . " ' The letter, messily printed with a by - now - familiar blue felt - tipped pen, bore the Zodiac's equally familiar symbol a circle divided in four parts by, a cross. It also contained his familiar misspellings. John J. Harris, a questioned-doc-uments examiner, compared the letter with earlier samples of the Zodiac's writing and confirmed that it was from the crazed killer whose inexplicable murders-at-random now reach back as far as October, 1966, in Riverside. . - ' Steadily Escalates Claim Although police have . definitely attributed only five murders to the Zodiac, the killer himself has steadily escalated the claim in a series of letters, first to the San Francisco Chronicle and now The Times. His last letter asserted, he had murdered " 14 people. ' The Riverside case, which Mon-, day's letter appeared to claim as the Zodiac's work, would raise the known total to at least six. As in the earlier letters, the Zodiac taunted police for not having caught him yet. His brief note read: "This is the Zodiac speaking. Like I have always said, I am crack proof. If the Blue Meanies are ever going to catch me, they had best ... do something. Because the longer they fiddle , . . around, the more slaves I will collect for iny afterlife. I do have to give them credit for stumbling across my Riverside activity, but they are only finding the easy ones, there are a hell of a lot more down there. The reason that I'm writing to The Times is this, they don't bury me on the back page3 like some of the others." The letter concluded like several past letters, with a box score showing himself ahead of police "SFPD 0 (Zodiac symbol) 17 . Please Turn to Page 24, Col. 1 STORM MAY DROP RAIN WEDNESDAY A rain -bearing storm system moved toward the Central California coast late Monday and forecasters predicted a 20 chance of rain here Wednesday. , . " The National Weather Service said temperatures will remain relatively high today, however, and skies will be mostly sunny until late afternoon. Forecaster Don Gales said the st6rm system, about 1,200 miles off the coast late Monday, could either swing northeastward or stall, eliminating the probability of rain for Southern California. But if it continues on its present track, chances of rain will increase for Wednesday, he said. r A Los Angeles Civic Center high of 77 degrees was forecast for today, dropping to 65 Wednesday. . Monday's high was 75, reached at 5 p.m. BY JERKY GILL AM Timet Staff writer SACRAMENTO A $2.5 billion bond issue to clean up California's polluted lakes and rivers was proposed Monday by Sen. Randolph Collier (D-Yreka). : "It's the only thing that everyone is agreed should be done," said Collier, "and it can be done in five years." The state also could pick up another $2.5 billion in matching funds to help clean up its waterways under pending federal legislation if the bond issue is passed, according to Collier. The federal bill is sponsored -by Sen. Edmund S. Muskie (D-Me.), a leading 1972 Democratic ' presidential candidate. ' . The bond issue, which would appear on next year's ballot, would specify the $2.5 billion be used-for planning, operation, research and development, ' construction, and maintenance of waste-water treatment works. ' Greyhound Bill Introduced The issue would be 10 times larger than the $250 million Proposition 1, a clean-water bond issue which received overwhelming voter approval last November. That - measure authorized grants to local governments to construct sewer-treatment plants and other waste-disposal units. Meanwhile, in other actions, a bill to authorize pari-mutuel betting on greyhound racing to raise money for schools was introduced in the Assembly. . Its author, Assemblyman Walter W. Powers (D-Sacramento), estimated legalized limited greyhound racing could mean $14.9 million for additional school support the first year, and $35 million annually within three years. - ' ' ; These figures are based upon projected attendance and wagering at 100-day meets in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and 30-day events in Orange, San Diego, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties, according to Powers. Similar greyhound racing bills have failed to pass the Legislature at past sessions. This year, however, Assembly ' Democratic leaders have expressed interest in using new gambling revenues as a possible partial answer to the state's financial problems. Please Turn to Page 17, Col. 4 S.F. Teachers Unit Votes Down Strike SAN FRANCISCO ffi The San Francisco Classroom Teachers Assn., which claims to represent 2,-700 of the city's 4,600 public school teachers, voted Monday by a 6-1 margin against striking "at this time." , . The 1,500-member San Francisco Federation of Teachers, an AFL-CIO affiliate, voted last week by a 330-257 margin to strike Wednesday unless a contract dispute is settled by then. i. ; James Ballard, president of oppo-sion Teacher Union Local 61, said no ' progress was made in negotiations Monday. . - "Unless there is some drastic change, the strike will begin Wednesday morning," Ballard added. He said the school district rejected union demands for reduced class sizes, longer preparation periods and pay increases of nearly $2,000 to bring top annual teaching salaries to $17,000. The CTA in separate negotiations is seeking a master agreement, including many of the same demands as the teachers' federation has made. Bebe Daniels, 70, Star in Silents, Early Talkies, Dies in London LONDON ffl Bebe Daniels, one of Hollywood's brightest stars , in silent - films and the early talkies, died early today at her home in London. She was 70. Miss Daniels had lived in seclusion with her husband, actor Ben Lyon, since suffering a stroke in 1963. She suffered another in November, developed pneumonia and only recently was returned to her. apartment in London from a Wimbledon hospital. But early this month she received an interviewer and smilingly told him: "I'll get out of here real soon." Married in 1930, Miss Daniels and Lyon fell in love with England dur-Jng a visit in 1933 and returned in 1937 to make it their home. During World War II, Lyon, star of "Hell's .Angels," served , in the U.S. Air Force while his wife toured Army camps in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, After the war the Lyons became top stars of British radio with a weekly comedy serial, "Life with the Lyons." The cast also included their daughter Barbara, born in 1932, and their son Richard, a British, orphan V y Av.v rvVs! CONFIRMED Robert B. Carleson, 39, whose appointment as Gov. Reagan's social welfare director was narrowly approved by Senate. Vote was 21-6, exact majority needed. Democrats said Carleson, a former city manager of Pico Rivera, lacked qualifications. 1 on phot Richardson Loses Party Vote; Quits GOP Caucus Post BY ROBERT FAIRBANKS Time stiff Writer SACRAMENTO Republican Sen. H. L. Richardson of Arcadia abruptly resigned as GOP caucus chairman Monday after failing to win immediate party support in his efforts to save the Senate's subcommittee on un-American activities. Richardson, a subcommittee member, had asked his colleagues for a strong' statement in support of the un-American activities group. But the caucus which is the formal organization of all GOP senators decided; withhold action until the powerful Senate Rules Committee makes a decision regarding abo- lition. . U":;.v-; ' i'J-" ":,v Richardson, a strong conservative, told newsmen after' the closed-door caucus meeting that his1 resignation was only partly connected to Monday's caucus action.' ' " Inhibited by Leadership Role : He said he wanted to act more aggressively in a number of areas, but felt himself inhibited, by his leadership role. "As" chairman," he explained, "I can't go around making statements I believe in strongly with the implication that that is the thought of the caucus." Richardson said, for instance, that he wanted to oppose provisions of Gov. Reagan's welfare proposals and of President Nixon's revenue - sharing plan, but felt he could , not as a party leader. The un-American activities subcommittee was threatened with abolition last Thursday by Senate President Pro Tern James R. Mills of San Diego, who disclosed that the group had been keeping files on persons, including legislators. ' Richardson has said that Mills can be thwarted, only by a major public protest. Bebe Daniels Times photo born in 1935 whom they had adopted. " , She was the late Harold Lloyd's leading lady in his Lonesome Luke comedies in , the 1920s. Lloyd died last week. o bUf Lawmakers Offer 4 Measures to Implement Program BX TOSICOIT , " .... r Tlm Sacramento Bureau Chief SACRAMENTO Gov. Reagan s., committed his. massive. $S50 million welfareMedi-Cal reform program tv. an uncertain fate in the Legislature Monday. f . ysi A team of five Republican lawma- kers led by Sen. Clair W. Burgener of La Mesa and Assemblyman Wil-' liam Campbell of La Puente intrcf duced four bills needed to make thar-program operate. It- Democrats, who dominate the Lew gislature this year, already hare. been highly critical of the plan1' which would trim thousands from public assistance rolls and keep adV-ditional thousands from qualifying, in the future. . - -: Wdl Have Own Reform Plan . Assembly Speaker Bob Moretti (D-" j North Hollywood) disclosed on a ' San Francisco television news show during the weekend that Democrats- will have their own reform plan itf welfare ready for submission to the ' Legislature within weeks. ; He said it would be a "more pos i;. tive" program than the governor'; and added it would be aimed at find-; ing jobs for welfare recipients rathi-' er than denying them benefits. The Reagan welfare-Medi-Cal proV. posals are a key part of the govefj' nor's overall fiscal plan to' balance- his $6.4 billion 1971-72 fiscal year " budget without an increase in state' -taxes. V:: r"'; Democrats say they are preparing' a $1.5 billion tax program, scheduled';; to be announced later this week, de- ; signed to balance the budget by in- creasing state revenues and at the. same time providing up to $1 billion' in property tax relief. Welfare Reform Package Burgener will be the principal '; champion of a three-bill Reagan , package on welfare reform. These bills were introduced in the Senate, -under the co-authorship of Sen.,-Fred W. Marler of Redding and As- sembly Minority Leader Robert T.,' Monagan of Tracy. Monagan will manage the bills when and if they reach the Assembly. Campbell introduced a single 53-page bill in the Assembly to rewrite the state's Medi-Cal program which provides health cafe for the poor. His bill,' When and if it passes the Assembly, will be handled in the Senate by Sen; Robert J. Lagomarsf-' no of. Ventura. . ' ' - Both principal authors said they will actively seek Democratic sun-port for, the program. ; Three Bills Labeled 'j - The three-bill, welfare ; "package breaks down into measures dubbeH the Family Responsibility Act of 1971; the Fair Share Act of 1971 aiiii the Accountability Act of 1971. Burgener .said each of the bills could stand alone although all are needed to complete the governors welfare plan,,: , 0 I ' Also needed to complete the Reagan proposaL are extensive changes in existing state welfare regulations plus waivers from federal law and federal regulations. ' , ' Actually, only about one-third of .the projected savings would be de- pendent upon the state legislation, an Administration .spokesman said. The balance, barring court appeals and possible reverses, could be accomplished by state administrative action':' ..-.''":" --r' ; v The so-called Fair Share Act would be the major bill of the package. It would, among other things, provide for the state to take over full fiscal responsibility from the counties for adult aid programs aid to Please Turn to Page 18, Col. 1 1 r 20 MONTHS LATER Baez Mate Freed;: Would Do If Again SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) Draft: resister David Harris, former pres-; ident of the Stanford University stu- dent body and husband of folksinger Joan Baez, was released Monday aft , ter 20 months in federal prison. He said he. would do the same ' thing again even if he had to serve 10 years, r " "I made my choice and I have been -in prison 20 months, I would make the same choice again if I had tor-back it up with 10 years," Harris toil' a news conference. Harris, 25, arrived at San Francis-co from La Tuna Prison near El Paso, Tex., with his wife and son, Ga-j' briel, 16 months."' ' Harris said he would continue tcr. work against the draft and against' the war in Vietnam.

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