The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on August 14, 1970 · 34
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Friday, August 14, 1970
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I i II p 1 I 1 I I i I 1 I 1 An Inglorious End for Once Proud Ship s SI i I m 1 If I P i 1 s La Janelle Grounded in April Gale Has Little of Value Left to Salvage BY FRANK DEL OLMO Times Staff Writer For a ship that used to be nicknamed the "Lucky Star," she has come to a rather unlucky end. La Janelle, a 465-foot cruise ship, still lies where she went aground last April 13, just off a Ventura County beach known to surfing enthusiasts as Hollywood Joy the Sea. Her hull plates are rusting and the breakers that have been crashing on her deck and superstructure have begun to buckle and corrode the metal. She lies heeled far to port, deck awash and facing the sea. La Janelle came to rest there her final rest, most likely when gale force winds caused her to break adrift from her mooring about a mile and a half off Channel Islands Harbor and Port Hueneme, and pushed her 12,500-ton hulk toward shore. There she was trapped in shallow water and sand. The wreck still draws he" share of sightseers and the curious; some local commercial sportsfishermen now offer excursion boat rides to see the hulk at close range. Danger Warning Tosted Occasionally, some hardy surfer paddles hist board out to the old lady and tries to climb aboard by way of the loose line and cables hanging from her topsides. It's as dangerous pastime and signs painted on the ship's hull and hanging from her railing warn, "Stav off this ship." La Janelle was originally named Bahama Star. Built in 1920, most of her working years were spent in pleasure cruise service between Miami and the Bahamas. That nickname, Lucky Star, was one she earned the hard way during World War II when she served as a troopship in the Baltic, Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific. She was, indeed, lucky. She always came back . . . without a scratch. In 1965, she won further laurels when her crew rescued nearly 500 survivors of the disastrous shipboard fire in the Yarmouth Castle, which claimed 90 lives. Ironically, it was that same tragedy which led to new. maritime regulations that made La Janelle's own wooden interior fittings obsolete and effectively ended her days as a cruise liner. Hotel-Restaurant Plan Failed When she was finally brought to the West Coast, the old ship was owned by the West-em Steamship Co., which renamed her La Janelle and offered her for sale. A San Diego firm had a plan to convert her Into a floating hotel-restaurant for Oxnard's Channel Islands Harbor much like the Princess Louise in San Pedro Harbor but that plan ran into unexpected problem and was eventually dropped. Then the government of Indonesia expressed interest in buying her, and negotiations were actually under way when the April storm sent her drifting aground. 1 V 1 't I J ' h- v 3 , V. - v., - " 1 r- .... ,. . ' -.: :t UNMOVED The cruise ship La Janelle still resting just off a beach in Ventura County. Times photo by Jack Carrick She landed on a state-owned beach, within yards of a breakwater that divides the property from the U.S. Navy's base at Port Hueneme. And the Navy and the state agreed at that time that any damage would be the financial responsibility of La Janelle's owners. The ownership issue, however, became a bit confused. It was only recently resolved by the courts. The original doubt which existed because of the negotiations with the San Diego firm and the later ones with the Indonesians were further complicated by the physical circumstances of the grounding. Two maintenance crewmen were aboard the ship when she came adrift. They were rescued by Navy helicopter. And heavy surf kept salvagers from reaching the wreck immediately after it beached. By the time they did arrive, she had been so badly pounded that a Western Steamship Co. spokesman said he thought it would "be cheaper to build a new ship than to repair this one." Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 2 ALIEN WINS DELAY IN DEPORTATION TO UNDERGO SURGERY A 22-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, who lost half his right hand in an industrial accident last year, Thursday was granted a 60-day stay of deportation to enable doctors to continue surgery. Adam Orozco of Tijuana had his hand mutilated by a machine while working for the Mission Royal Industries of Santa Barbara in May, 1969. By treaty with Mexico, Mexicans are entitled to the same rights as U.S. citizens, even though they may be in the United States illegally. Orozco is being treated by company doctors and is currently, collecting workman's compensation benefits. He was picked up as an illegal alien last month by the California Highway Patrol and jailed at the illegal immigrant holding center in El Centro. Thursday's hearing was before U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service Hearing Officer Benjamin C. Myron, UC EXPERT BLAMES CIGARETS Men's Longer-Life Trend Ending? BY GEORGE GETZE Time Scitnct Writtr The long-standing international trend toward longer lives has come to a halt as far as English-speaking men are concerned, according to a University of California population expert. He blames the change on cigarets. S. H. Preston, assistant professor of demography at UC Berkeley, said the bad news applies to males of all the English-speaking countries. He studied mortality figures in the United States, Canada, England and Wales, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand, and compared them with similar statistics in western Europe. Preston said the English-speaking nations are alike in showing shorter life expectancy for males. They are also alike in smoking the most cigarets per capita. Life expectancy of newborn children in western nations has doubled in the last century and a half, and Post Office Supervisor Shot to Death; Co-Worker Arrested A postal clerk shot and killed his supervisor at the downtown Terminal Annex Wednesday after the supervisor ordered him to leave work because he appeared to be intoxicated, police said. Harry Sendrow, 54, was shot in the back three times as he ran from his assailant toward the postal security guard's desk, calling for help. Five hours later, police arrested Alfred Kellum, 41, of 5519 Homeside Ave., Apartment 8, and booked him on suspicion of murder. They said they found him unconscious in his car in a garage behind apartments at 1207 S. Lucerne Blvd., about 2li miles from his home. Officers said Helium's wife told them he might be at that address, visiting a friend. Officers said he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol when Art Seidenbaum Is on vacation. they booked him at Central Jail. The gun was not found. Leslie Carey, acting assistant superintendent on the shift Sendrow and Kellum worked, said Sendrow came to him about 11:30 p.m., two hours after the two men started work, and said Kellum appeared to be drunk. Sendrow had made similar reports previously, Carey said, and this time as before he asked postal security guards to escort Kellum from the building. Kellum returned about 5 a.m., but a guard refused to allow him inside. Kellum waited outside the Post Office at Alameda and Macy Sts., and when Sendrow emerged at the end of his shift, shortly after 6 a.m., the two men spoke briefly. "The next thing I knew," said guard Al Hardesty, "the man (Sendrow) was running toward me and I heard three of four shots and he fell in front of me." has increased for all groups since World War I. However, since 1945 the life expectancy of males in English-speaking nations has failed to improve as much as it has for other groups, and in some of them it has slowed to a stop. In Scotland life expectancy for males has actually shown a slight decrease. Preston said the expected duration of life for an American male at age 40 increased less than two years between 1920 and 1966. During that same period the life expectancy of a 40-year-old American . woman increased seven years, from 30 to 37 more years. Difference in Life Expectancy According to the Berkeley demographer, the 40-year-old American man in 1020 could expect to live another 29.3 years. Now a 40-year-old American male can expect to live 31 more years. The "excess" dcalhs of English-speaking males are directly traceable, he said, to increases in the incidence of heart and circulatory disease, lung cancer and bronchitis, the diseases which have been most directly linked with cigaret smoking. If these diseases had remained at their 1930 levels, the "excess" deaths in the United States, United Kingdom and other English-speaking nations would not have occurred, according to Preston. Striking Example Noted The statistical correlation between heart and circulatory disease rates and cigaret consumption is a striking example. The average postwar per capita consumption of cigarets in the United States is 3,387 a year, compared with 3,061 in New Zealand, 922 in Sweden and 826 in Germany. The average postwar heart and circulatory disease death rates for men 40 to 69 in those countries are, United States, 862 per 100.000; New Zealand, 626; Sweden, 437, and Germany, 479. Similarly striking correlations are found between cigaret consumption and cancer and bronchitis, according to Preston. He said cigaret smoking first be came a popular habit during and after World War I, and was adopted first by young men. By 1950, therefore, many men who had begun smoking in 1920 had accumulated a lifetime history of smoking cigarets, Pnjston said. It is at 55 that the proportionate increase in smoker's mortality is most marked. Older women, on the other hand, have not generally accumulated as many years of smoking cigarets. Please Turn to Back Page, Col. 4 LA. County Crime Rate Listed as 3rd in Nation Davis Challenges Conclusions Reached in Report by FBI BY JOHN DREYFUSS Timet Staff Wrlttri Los Angeles County last year had the third highest crime rate per capita of 202 "standard metropolitan statistical areas" in the nation, the FBI said Thursday. But Los Angeles Police Chief Edward M. Davis disputed the conclusion. He noted that for it to be accurate, hundreds of police agencies would have to use identical reporting procedures. "Major cities have various policies on how much crime they report," Davis said. The Los Angeles Police Departmentthe largest police agency in the county is unusually "scrupulous" in its crime reporting, the chief said. 47th in Murders The FBI statistics appear to support Davis' argument. They show Los Angeles County ranking 47th in murders, but in the top 10 in each of six other crime categories. Because of their obvious nature, murders are the most accurately and consistently reported of all crimes, according to police experts. Davis said there is usually a high correlation between murders and aggravated assaults. However, Los Angeles County ranked fifth in the FBI statistics on aggravated assaults, which fails to correlate with the county's 47th position in the murder category. "It appears," said the chief, "that Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies are simply reporting crimes, some of which are not reported by some other agencies." Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess responded to the FBI report with a press release urging increased allocations to allow law enforcement agencies to hire more men. Leading the nation In total crime was the San Francisco-Oakland area, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties, with 5,411 crimes per 100,000 population. The Albuquerque area was second with 5,018.3 crimes per 100,000 per- EDITORIALS CC PART II t FRIDAY, AUG. 14,1970 sons, and Los Angeles County followed with 4,852.1 crimes per 100,-000 population. In violent crimes, Los Angeles County ranked seventh, with 702.7 per 100,000 persons. Leading the list was the Baltimore area with 1,022.5 per 100,000 persons. Los Angeles County ranked third in crimes against property, with 4,-Ub.i per 100,000 population. First was the 3an Francisco-Oakland area, with 4,775.4 per iQO.OOO Persons. Seven crimes were considered in compiling the statistics. They were: Aggravated assault, led by Charlotte, N.C., area with 587.3 per 100,000 persons. Los Angeles County was fifth, with 355.2. 10th in Auto Thefts Auto theft, led by Cleveland area with 1,294.7 per 100,000 persons. Los Angeles County was 10th with 861.5. Burglary, led by the San Francisco-Oakland area with 2,241.5 per 100,000 population. Los Angeles County was fourth with 1,902. Forcible rape, led by Los Angeles County with 51.8 per 100,000 persons. Larceny of $50 and over, led by Albuquerque area with 1,637.8 per 100,000 population. Los Angeles County was 10th with 1,386. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter, led by the Charlotte, N.C.. area with 18.6 per 100,000 persons. Los Angeles County was 47th with 9.7. Robbery, led by the Washington, D.C. - Maryland - Virginia area with 524.1 per 100,000 persons. Los Angeles County was 10th with 286. Council Approves 25 Boost in LA. Business License Tax BY ERWIN BAKER Time Staff Writer A 25& increase in Los Angeles' business license tax, which is expected to raise $5.5 million this year, was approved 11 to 3 by the City Council Thursday. The tax is part of a revenue package intended to narrow the deficit in Mayor Sam Yorty's $525.6 million budget. By its action Thursday, the council reduced the gap to $10.9 million but that does not include another $5.6 million unfunded o u t s i d e the budget. The business tax hike affects all wholesale and retail business in the city with the exception of the trucking industry and professions and occupations category. Last month, the council raised the tax on the trucking industry by 100 and on professions and occupations by 150. Before approving the boost in the business tax, the council heard a plea from Earl Malmrose,. attorney for the Southern California Grocers Assn., to turn it down. Malmrose argued that it would be an unfair increase on the food industry both large supermarkets and small groceries because of the industry's "very low profit margin." Approval, he warned, would "necessarily" result in passing on the added cost of food to the consumer. Councilman Arthur K. Snyder condemned the tax as "basically defective," and suggested as an alternative an excise tax on services which, he said, was "the. only remaining substantial source of income that will solve Los Angeles' problems." The ordinance imposes for wholesalers a $16 tax on the first $20,000 of gross receipts, with an additional 80 cents per $1,000 thereafter. Retailers will pay $15 for the first $15,000 of gross receipts and $1 per $1,000 thereafter. jr rf4f w " " ' i . ' , . ! r IP H If ' K ' - - 6 i . ....... ? - 1 A X f K i v ,isiM men.:- SPREADING A BLANKET County firemen release foam along a three-quarter-mile length of the Dominguez Channel in the Carson area to contain fumes from gasoline that spilled into the channel from a pipeline broken by a bulldozer. About 200 homes along channel were evacuated. Times photo by Jerry Kahlow

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