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Monday, September 22, 1969
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Nev Curbs on College 7 ewspapers Proposed ' San Fernando Valley News CC F PART II t MONDAY, SEPT. 22,1969 yjRT SEIDENBAUM Hooky and Hotspurs Teachers played a little hooky last, week but they still belong to the middle class of 1969. They played Hotspurs with such inflammatory posters as, "ENJOIN NARCOTICS, NOT TEACHERS." No other protesters have such good vocabularies. I was among them for their Civic Center rally, a convention of some 7,000 educators that caused the largest pedestrian jam in local history. The Mall was a neat mosaic of placards. The demonstrators were beautifully dressed, buttoned down in the discreet fashion usually modeled before blackboards. One strike sponsor announced that baby-carrying devices were available to any teachers who brought infants along for the historic occasion. Such foresight. Such compassion. They tried to sound raucous and political and they cheered during speeches but the effort was studied about as spontaneous as a deacon using his first four-letter word. A poster said, "TEACHER WANTS A VOICE." The sound system failed once and passing helicopters frequently droned out the proceedings. Standing on the Grass The decorous mob moved over to school system headquarters where teachers were supposed to mass on the center lawn. But a few ladies were timorous about standing on the system grass. Strike monitor Jim Gardner had to shout, "Why worry about it? They don't water it any mere." Leaders from the Assn. of Classroom Teachers walked inside to confront Supt. Jack Crowther. A reporter suggested to a Crowther deputy that the superintendent wasn't likely to meet the opposition. ... "Why not?" said the man from the system. "He's got nothing better to do today. School's out." Sure enough, Crowther came to a conference room. ACT President Robert Ransom explained why he dropped in and negotiator Robert Unruhe read the teachers' demands. Supt. Crowther stood there as if he were in the prisoner's dock. Since this was middle class against middle class, Crowther was smiling. But his eyes seemed to retreat in his skull and he looked away from his accusers. The Only Answer Finally the superintendent answered the only way he could, saying Los Angeles is searching for state money to finance school improvements. But everybody knew that's like finding a redwood in 1 he. governor's office. So, to maintain momentum, the new militants marched over to meet the mayor. Just as the ranks reached City Hall, a helicopter lifted off the building. "There he goes again," screamed a striker. The striker was right. Mr. Yorty was on his way to Michigan for a speaking date. The last rally of the day was on the steps of City Hall. An elderly woman in an aging Plymouth drove by and shouted, "Teach our kids something." Then she booed. I'm afraid she may be the lustier voice of the people. Angry. Frustrated. She and her friends still don't understand that polite teach-crs have not been heard by administrators, parents or even students. The middle class of 1969 is trying to teach us something: that education in this town may have slashed its wrists while slicing its budget. Hi f -? :y n if4? Cr- -. THFATERfiOCRS' BONUS Thi? is Sam' I Posen in Tehama County 10 miles north of Red Bluff which was created in 1887 by an actor who gave away lots to people who bought tickets 'OUGHT TO BE WIPED OFF MAP' Taxes Decrease on Property in Town Where Nobody Lives BY CHARLES HILLINGER Times Staff Writer Tehama County Assessor George O'Connor is being deluged with letters again. "Mr. Assessor. You must be out of your mind!" begins a typical letter. "Do you realize what you are doing? "Reducing property taxes in this day and age is unheard of. Yet you did it again." Two years ago O'Connor cut taxes on the 9j959 lots in the town of Sam'l Posen from $4.30 a lot to 71 cents a lot. This year he reduced the tax to 47 cents. . r "Property values are going up not down. Why do you insist on lower-i n g my taxes?" wrote another property owner. Sends Larger Amount She refused to send only 47 cents mailing, instead, a money order for $4.30. Strange? "Everything's strange about Sam'l Posen. That's the hell of it," declared the assessor. "The town is and always has been a pain in the neck to Tehama County," added Counlv recorder Floyd A. Hicks. . '. "It ought to be wiped off the map of California." No' one has ever lived in Sam'l Posen.' No public roads lead to it. Yet, the San Francisco Post noted in 1887 that at the rate parcels were being snapped up in the town of Sam'l Posen, "half the population of San Francisco will be living in Sam'l Posen before long." That was the year the incredible town of Sam'l Posen got its start. An actor-producer named M. B. Curtis was struck with the idea of giving away a free town lot to anyone who came to see his play, reports Tehama County historian Andrew Osborne and others knowledgeable in the matter. Curtis owned several hundred New Occidental Campus Unrest Seen Over Military Recruiting BY PAUL HOUSTON Timet Stiff Writer Occidental College trustees, whose executive committee decided recently to permit military recruiting to continue on campus, have received the confusing results of a student poll on the issue. Several faculty and students said in interviews that the poll results and the trustee decision which was not expected until after classes begin this week raise the prospect of renewed unrest on campus. The poll was the second taken following a hunger strike and a sit-in at the college placement office last spring that led to suspension of. 42 students for the remainder of the last term. The confusion stems mainly from the key question In the long poll questionnaire should campus facilities be open to military recruiters? The results conflict with those of an earlier poll taken right after the demonstrations. In the first poll, which Involved 60 of Occidental's 1.71S students, 5S6 voted against military recruiting on campus and 398 voted for it. rr - :v-i : tit A the town of to see him in a acres of land 10 miles north of Red Bluff, seat of Tehama County, 200 miles north of San Francisco.- He played the lead in a Civil War play called "Sam'l Posen." Anybody paying 50 cents to see the play in the Barbary Coast Theater was given a 23 by 73 foot lot in the Town of Sam'l Posen. It cost another $2 to duly record the deed. The story goes that an estimated 30.000 lots were given away, with 9,939 officially recorded. Curtis had a map drawn of Sam'l Posen that included 32 streets running east and west and 12 streets running north and south. The streets were named after leading actors of the day Booth, Jefferson, Fanchon, Bromwell and of course, Curtis and after characters in Curtis' play, Nym Crinkle, Betsy B. Gizella and others. Parcels were set aside for an opera house, a theater, churches, schools and parks. Never Surveyed "But the town was never surveyed," notes county recorder Hicks. "There are no comer points. None of the property owners knows for sure where his lot is." Sam'l Posen is jackrabbit and ground squirrel country, brown rolling hills covered with weeds and white oak trees in the middle of cattle grazing country. Hundreds of descendants of people who bought tickets to the play 82 years ago still hold deeds to property. The town was all but forgotten for years. Then in 1941, to get land back on tax rolls, names of owners of nearly 5,000 lots in the town were published as tax delinquent in a Sacramento paper. A tax sale was held and Harrison Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 1 In the second poll, which drew a 54 To response, 390 voted against while 484 voted for. To make matters more confusing, the question wras asked in a less clear-cut way in a third poll conducted by the administration in January before the demonstration began. It is important to note that this poll was taken during a moratorium on all campus recruiting that President Richard C. Gilman had declared as the result of demonstrations the year before. In a multiple-choice question on the poll, 773 students said all recruiting organizations should be, allowed on campus, 89 voted to bar recruiters for the military and for defense-related industries, and 38 said there should be no on-campus recruiting at all. Voting turnout was about 50. In this January poll, students also voted 693 to 206 to require or request recruiters to discuss policies of their agencies with those opposing them. Pleas Turn to Page 3, Col, 1 play called Sam'l Posen. Town still exists with no people and low taxes. County As-ssssor George O'Connor stands in ths town as County Recorder Floyd Hicks studies list of lots. Times photo by Bruce Cox Oil Company lakes Steps to Clean Up Pollution in Harbor DY KENNETH REICH Times Slaff Writer At last week's hearing in Long Beach, the chairman of the State Water Resources Control Board asked the manager of the Union Oil Co.'s Wilmington refinery to comment on the feasibility of ending all waste discharges into the Los Angeles Harbor. A year or two ago such a question directed to a company representative would likely have evoked an anguished protest. But last week Jack R. Mortenson, the refinery manager, made no protest. He immediately launched into a practical discussion of the feasibility and costs of ending the discharges. He concluded that all but the refinery's cooling waters could be discharged elsewhere and even the cooling waters could be rendered harmless. Mortenson estimated the total cost to the company would be from $5 million to $10 million. He expressed hope that if the state water board thought it necessary tn end the waste discharges it would soon formally express this as a goal. "Some kind of direction is needed," said the refinery .manager. He explained that Union Oil Co. has spent more than $2.5 million in the last two years on pollution control and needs to know as soon as Please Turn to Page 4, Col. 1 1 . AIR TRACER J. B. Scott, left, ond W. H. Hoecker of the weather bureau prepare to release q "tetroon," a four-sided balloon used to map Los Angeles Basin air currents. The tetroon is to be released near beaches for next 30 days and followed by radio ond .radar to determine breere pathways inland from coast. Timet photo by Art Rogers Must Guard Against Freedom of Press Abuses, Dumke Says BY JOHN DREYFUSS Timet Education Writer More control of state college newspapers to "guard against misuse of the principle of freedom of the press" has been recommended by State College Chancellor Glenn S. Dumke. A chancellor's staff report to be made Tuesday at the state college trustees meeting here cites "three reasonable solutions to the problems of (campus newspaper) control." It suggests the papers can: Adhere to basic statewide policies and accept direction from a campus publications board of students, faculty and administrators. Get off campus and publish independently of the college. Become laboratory projects for journalism and English depart' ments. Dumke recommends the first alternative, but student leaders fear it will cost their fellow students control of the papers which are fully financed by student fees and advertising revenue. In General Terms They point out that the chancellor's report is critical of only two student papers, and then only in general terms. Administrators in the chancellor's office and on campus agree that most state college papers are responsible publications. They cite exceptions more of them than are to be found in the report. One official familiar with the report charged that it was "a rush job" brought on by public pressure and, to an even greater extent, by Trustee Dudley Swim of Carmel Valley. Swim last academic year subscribed to all IS state college papers, analyzed them, and was highly critical of some. He made his feelings well known to Dumke and other trustees. The chancellor's staff began research on control of college papers in the fall of 1967 after a scattering of complaints about four -letter words in the publications. Staff members say complaints increased, and reached a climax last May. Pictures of Nudes It was then that the Sonoma State College Steppes published photos of nude girls, the school's student body president clad in boots and socks sitting between two naked coeds, and a naked man sitting on a toilet holding a bottle of beer. The issue was published over the objection of campus administrators. In it was the terse resignation of the editor: "Another hassle? it. Far out." State college administrators say that other newspapers which have met with criticism from students, communities or legislators include: Sacramento State's Hornet for an article on how to cultivate marijuana. Chico State's Wildcat for giving prominent play to the 50th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution (which was also prominently celebrated on campus). Fresno State's Collegian for turning over one issue a week to V - A v. I 50,000 CHILDREN TO GET GERMAN MEASLES VACCINE Fift thousand school children aged 5 to 9 will be immunized against German measles in a program beginning today, Dr. Gerald A. Heidbreder, county health officer, announced. Vaccine for the disease, medically known as rubella, will be distributed to elementary schools which ar under a federally-funded immunization program, he said. Each child must return a consent slip signed by parent or guardian before immunization, Dr. Heidbreder added. minority students (a move which resulted in the journalism department divorcing itself from the paper). San Francisco State's Open Process, no longer published, which in 1967 printed an article on free love and a play by LeRoi Jones using four-letter words and highly critical of police. The school administration suspended publication of Open Process. San Francisco State's Gator, published off campus since last spring when President S. I. Hayaka-wa suspended it for failing to have a publications board. The paper was highly critical of Hayakawa. Alvin Marks, statewide dean of student affairs in the. chancellor's office, said in an interview that some campus papers have been criticized by students for giving too much space to a particular campus political position. Because they are totally financed by student fees and student-solicited advertising, the publications should be representative of the majority opinion among students, he said. Offers Solution Establishing that opinion on many issues is, at best, difficult. If the student paper could be sure of backing the most popular candidate before a campus election, it would make the election unnecessary. A possible solution . to control papers wras proposed by Doug Rossr, 21-year-old Sacramento State senior and president of the California Intercollegiate Press Assn. He told The Times: "There should be a student board to prevent excesses in any direction by the editor. It would function as publisher of the paper, being able to hire and fire editors." Agreement with that stand came from Steve Lieurance, 22, a San Jose State senior, coordinator of the California State College Student Presidents' Assn., and student spokesman at trustee meetings. Although he said it is too early to make final conclusions on the report, Lieurance was critical of it. He pointed out an apparent contradiction in the report which advocates local control of campus papers at the campus level, and then recommends the same statewide guidelines for every paper. Any Kind of Control "Furthermore,"he added, "you combine all the guidelines and the chancellor can interpret them in ways to get any kind of control he wants." While interpretation of the guide lines is impossible to predict, the guidelines themselves are already well accepted. They include' the complete statement of policy adopted by the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.. the code of ethics of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and nine other tenets of policy. Among the nine recommendations are that the papers "serve the general welfare of the student body and college as a whole," that they should "pursue exacting creative standards . . ." and they should have a "reasonable balance" of news, editorials and features. Generally, the recommended poli- Please Turn to Page 3, Col. 1 Developer Lobbying Worries Bernardi BY IRV BURLEIGH TimM Stiff Wrltw Councilman E r n a n i Bernardi, chairman of the City Council Planning Committee, says he, is concerned over the influence large developers may wield with city planners. Slipshod handling of a pending 1 OS-acre rezoning case in a proposed future West Valley downtown urban core raises some serious questions, Bernardi said. Planners, like elected politician?, are frequent targets of the "how to win friends and influence people" lobbyists for large developers, said. Public interest may suffer where friendships develop because of fre-qeunt contacts, he asserted. "There Is just too much fraternizing going on between private adve- Tlease Turn to Paz 8, Col. 3

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