The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on March 2, 1975 · 267
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 267

Los Angeles, California
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Sunday, March 2, 1975
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200 Candidates Vie for Voters Approval Nearly 200 candidates will be on the ballots in Tuesday's elections In the San Gabriel Valley , where 82 scats'. will be contested in school, community college and library boards and in one city election. ( 'ln addition, voters will decide on tax override issues in three school districts and on a proposed nonprofit corporation's bond issue to finance senior citizen housing in one city, i In Pasadena, 11 candidates will ap-jpear on the ballot in a contest for' four seats on the Board of City Directors. And , in 24 school districts throughout the Valley 128 candidates have their names on the- ballots for 58 seats. Five community colleges: have a field of 43 candidates for 11 seats and the Altadena Library District has 14 candidates running for three library board seats. .A few candidates have indicated they have dropped out of contention in some races but their names will still appear on the ballot. . .Revenue limit increases, otherwise known as tax overrides, will appear on the ballots in several school districts. The override amounts are approximate since they are tagged to a COMMANDER -1 Heinz J. Geh ner, general manager of Paso dena Hilton, maps daily strateav. y,JJ$ dJ- , ::rvorr iJ T-U& yd I "" '.-.- '"MJi 1 f" - lii ihmi H 1 1 ii iMWilHimfaiiii im & imiiiimi inifiififl'rit'f HffVl-'T' itimTTirr- r Big Hotel: Quartermaster 1 ttsscy) 1 MMMMtaMBMWmW 4 y ww' ' m t4t Jt MHIMld I I II II MB II I flMI II IMMlM.lI NERVE CENTER-Some 350 telephones keep the" hotel going, and Bill Osbourne of Pacific Telephone is summoned when something needs attention, FIGHTING FOR CHANGE FROM WHEELCHAIR World Not Built for the Handicapped ; e ,. BY MIKE WARD . Times Staff Writer . - WEST COVINA-Mrs. Knora Jackson was campaigning for a seat on the West Covina school board in 1967 when she was stricken with multiple sclerosis. 1 " ; ' . . .That illness brought paralysis and. made her a member of a sizable minority groupr-the handicapped, f It wasnt until then, said Mrs. Jack-pon, that she became, aware of the. many problems the handicapped face . such" as restroom doors that are too narrow, for wheelchairs; steps and curbs, that block wheelchairs, buses that make no provision for handicapped passengers. Mrs. Jackson said state law for several years has required that new public buildings and private buildings ; ppen to the public be built to accommodate the handicapped. . , But. she said, the law is being overlooked by builders and city officials. . ; Mrs... Jackson is president of the East San Gabriel Valley chapter of the California Assa of the physically Handicapped, which has embarked on a crusade to call attention to the needs of the handicapped Mrs. Jackson and several members formula that includes average daily attendance of students, and the district's assessed valuation at the end of the 1975-76 fiscal year. Alhambra Elementary School District voters will be asked to allow an approximate 95-cent override and in the Alhambra High, School District a 65-cent override will be submitted for voter approval. Duarte Unified School District is asking voters to sanction an approximate $1.06 override; Rosemead Elementary School District is seeking a 55-cent override and El Monte Union High School will ask approval for a 65-cent override. Voters in the Mountain View, Rosemead, Valle Lindo and El Monte elementary school districts also will vote in the El Monte high school election because they are part of the high school district In Glendora, voters will be asked to decide whether Glendora, Church Homes Inc., a nonprofit corporation, . can issue $15 million in bonds to finance 200 dwelling units for senior citizens. The city would have no liability for the bonds and voter approval is needed only to satisfy state requirements. , , LUNCH WITH A VIEW Diners the city from Vantage ;point high port of an army of people involved, in serving involve a host of of her group recently attended a Covina City Council meeting, an appearance that demonstrated part of the problem. The council meets on the second floor of City HalL v Mrs. Jackson, who has, partly recovered from her paralysis and walks with a cane when she, isn't using a 1 wheelchair, said she had great difficulty climbing , the stairs. Another member of the group in a wheelchair had to be carried up the stairs by . firemen. : . " ' 1 -The. Covina City Hall is an old building, Mrs. Jackson said, and she's' t not especially concerned about its deficiencies. What does make her irate, she said, is that so many new build-'ings are being constructed without ' providing for the handicapped. Even buildings that seem to meet the letter of the law violate its spirit, she said. ; ; . As an'example, she cited a restau-' rant recently opened near the Puente Hills MalL There is a ramp leading to the restaurant's entrance, as is re-; quired, she said, but the door is so heavy that a person in a wheelchair cant open it Thai, inside the restaurant, there is easy access to the dining area, but the bar is downstairs. ' San Gabriel I! ley S , PART XI ' SUNDAY, MARCH 2. 1975 Candidates who have filed in all elections are: , .' . Pasadena Board of City Directors (4 . seats): District 1 Mortimer H. Mat-thews (inc.), architect, 1435 Linda -Ridge Road; Mrs. Romaine V.' Ed- '' wards, housewife, 1299 Wellington St.; George Jones," management con- : sultant, 1660 Kenneth Way. District 2 Robert G. White (inc.), attorney, ' 885 N. Holliston Ave; Daniel C Castro, 519 Mar Vista SU Robert D. High,' 1805 Walworth SL; District 4 Mrs. Linda M. Currier,. housewife, 423 Lin-da Rosa Ave; Mrs. Jo E. Heckman, realtor, 2410 Casa Grande SU Robert . R Stane, theater-restaurant owner, 950 Atchison SL District 6 Charles P. McKenny (inc.), 560 Covington; Please Turn to Page 3, Col. 1 enjoy a. view of and being served in the Hilton, ; istics for continuing the drama harmoniously ' to t- FRONT LINE - Service starts in the lobby, where guests are greeted, registered and guided to their various destinations in the ,yast complex. The impact of daily , change is felt the most in this area, where new arrivals cross paths with departures. ' Mrs. Jackson said she doesnt drink, but blocking the bar off to those in : wheelchairs is outrageous discrimina-' tion. '', ' " . As another example, she citedconstruction in the Valley of a theater . complex surrounded by a high curb. Mrs. Jackson said the curb makes it impossible for a person in a wheel-chair to go to the movies alone , A handicapped person desires, above all, to be independent, Mrs-Jackson said. . ; v . It's hard enough without these architectural barriers." i Mrs. Jackson, a mother of three, grown children, knows from her experience how difficult'it is to adjust to a handicap and how hard it can be on a family. She said the handicapped can easily become discouraged and fearful that they are imposing too, great a burden on their family and - friends, v In her own case, she said, as her illness made her more dependent on others, "I sometimes wondered if my family was unhappy that I was alive." Mrs. Jackson said people often fail 'to understand how important it is for handicapped persons to be indepen- Flease Turn. to Page 2, Col. 3 i STILL ISSUE IN L I V 0 An if t-tk lil'LLEAL&llN - ' Timoi Staff Writer ! ' PASADENA All five Board of Education1 seats will be at stake in Tuesday's voting, making it one of the most unusual elections in the 100-year-old Pasadena School District - The combined recall and regular ' elections have 13 seeking the board seats or trying to retain them. : A major but underlying issue in both elections' will be the district's controversial busing for racial balance in the schools (compulsory in- : tegration) as it has been in the four ' elections since the plan began in 1970. A see-saw battle over the integration issue has polarized the community for many years. , ; '' The district's first recall election in 1970 was unsuccessful against three former trustees wHo supported the present integration plan. However, the 1973 regular election results -in-, stalled the present board majority on its pledge to stop the plan The lineup in Tuesday's elections: Trustees Dr. Henry Myers, Lyman Newton and Dr. Richard Vetterli, who have been in office for 18 by the hostelry every, day. Log- skills and complicated material. New MRS. KNORA JACKSON . . it's hard to get around. , Times photo Army Daily 1 ' - " s J!vw.(Jow;a. j. : J . : -' : :. . Swiminu rJ ni'iir r-" . .' ' " - '" I ? J I K I r l V V i z J . 'M l PASADENA jICJS months, face ouster attempts by the Community Together group of parents and teachers. ' Campaigning to recall them are the ' leaderships of the Pasadena Federation of Teachers and the Pasadena Education (teachers) Assn, which has contributed $6,000 to the CTs recall . candidates. , CTs slate of candidate? are Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Allin, former Pasadena PTA Council president; William Thomson, Pasadena attorney and Allendale School PTA, past president,1 and Armando Gonzalez, architect and head of the Pasadena of-' fice of Design Sciences, a division of Jacobs Engineering Corp. Mrs. Shirlee Smith, black UCLA ' graduate student, is running as an independent for Newton's seat. , Michael Pulley and William Mac-Arthur publicly withdrew too late to have their names taken off the recall ballot. ' ' ' . , : ' In the regular election, running for . seat No. 2, held by Henry Marcheschi who is not seeking reelection, are Timothy Mallory, computer programmer and Socialist Workers Party canr didate; Jerome Meier, Pasadena attor BEHIND THE SCE,NESFood is only part of a banquet, and making sure that everyone hgs o chair to sit on is part of the job performed by Herman Adam, right, banquet service manager, and Javier Roman. BY BERT MANN Times Staff Writer PASADENA A guest once playfully inserted a finger into the par- . rot's cage in the hotel's main lounge and it bit him. He retaliated 'by reaching in' his hand and strangling the bird, j : Such are the unexpected happenings of hotel life. For a modern hotel is like a small city. It has people and problems. .' ... Take the Pasadena Hilton, for example. It's a 13-story, 260-room building where people come and - go, spending one night or maybe a week or two as part of a business trip or to attend a convention. Usually the service is satisfactory, to be sure there may be other things that upset one, like the parrot who bit the guest. " But Heinz Gehner, 33, manager, is one of the new breed of hoteliers who. can take such things in his stride. ' , Please Turn lo Page 5, Col. 5'.v.v. 'A Better Chance' Program Helps Boys Go to College 1 ALTADENA-Since 1971, 26 high school students here have had "A ' Better Chance" to go to college and succeed there. Eight are in college, six have dropped out and 10 are at Muir, living in a large old house at 1045 E. Mariposa St. The boys are bright and ambitious but come from homes and neighborhoods that are so limiting they need 'an escape from the pressures - of poverty to prepare for college success. .' . . :-.-'" . ,, :,)' The free opportunity is provided by A Better Chance (ABC), a nationwide program with California chapters in Altadena and CarmeL ' The 10 boys, all from Oakland this year, live in the house donated by SL Mark's Episcopal Church with Mrs. " Margaret Hardin, resident director, her two daughters and a tutor Albert Jones, a student at Cal State U Los Angeles. . According to Mrs. Jerry Semis,; president of the local chapter, "the" boys, who include eight blacks, one Chicano and one Anglo, come from homes with less than $5,000 income and half come from homes on wel-. OR'BUSM ney and school district legal advter, and Mrs. Marjorie Wyatt, chairman of the school district's Early Childhood Education Committee and active in. state and local education for 20 years: . ' Competing for scat No. 4, held by Sam Sheats, black attorney who is' . seeking to retain the office, are black candidates Dr. Charlie Clay, political science professor at Cal Poly U Po mona and USC, and John Hardy, Pa adena City College student resources counselor. ' . Meier and Hardy are backed by the Coordinated Campaign Committee, which is campaigning against the recall of the three trustees. Mrs. Wyatt and Sheats are supported by the CT and the two teacher groups. " The CT is charging Myers, Newton and Vetterli with "misconduct in office and .with, jeopardizing the weV ; fare of the schools and the students." ' CT lists 11 specifics to support -its ' charges. ' , t Generally, they are,' 'Creating dissension and turmoil in the commurii-ty . . . Imposing their extreme politic cal beliefs on the school district i Undermining the morale of teachers . Please Turn to Page 7, CqI.' Times photos liy Jorl P. I.ugaverc . ' v avS( KEY MAN-Assistant chef Jesse Betancourt helps to prepare 00 chicken dinners for a banquet. BY SUE AVERY : . " '): ' Times Staff Writer . 1 " fare.' Most come from single-family homes. - ; .y; "Manu alcn aro frnm aicrViKnrVifwle' - where motivation is out of place op is not acceptable. - ' : . "All haw thp nntpntial tn cm in rrit.' lege but they need the challenge of the excellent academic environment at Muir High School and an opportu nity to grow socially by contact with successful adults of all races and- VianlroTnnnHc i'".". "Much of their motivation comesf from their resident director. Mrs.' Hardin, a former social worker, labels' herself a resident social worker. "The boys come to me with their; proDiems arjoui scnooi,-inenas ana family. Most are from low income t large families but getting away from' home' doesn't solve all the problems." The greatest problem is pressure from the families, who often decide, belatedly that they want their bdy back. " " " "Last year two Chicanos went home," Mrs. Hardin said. 1 wish we" had someone in Oakland who could ' Please Turn to Pace 4, CoL 4

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