The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on December 1, 1971 · 8
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 8

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Wednesday, December 1, 1971
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Page 8-. Iff.Examtorr Wed, Dec. 1, 1971 Allolo Will Fighl tor Renewal ledurul funds are only half of the $20 million tho ('Iff had been promised, the Mayor said he planned to take up the issue with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary George Horn-ney in Washington later this month. New Owners, Mayor Alioto vowed today b o m b s h e 1 1 announcement Mayor said: "We will strenuously protest this effort to starve these two worthy redevelopment projects." Noting that the allotted he's "going to fight like hell". that the City will get only $10 million for the 1071-72 fiscal year to keep botli its Western Addition and Yerba Buena projects going, the to get more money lor San Francisco's redevelopment projects. Outraged at yesterday's Change Old Negro Weekly Nemesis, Agatha Christie's latest, is now at Macy's! The eighty-first of Dam Agatha's wonderful mystery stories features Miss Jane Marple, the delightful spinster sleuth from St. Mary Mead. To say any more than that the code word of the novel is "Nemesis" would be unfair. Hurry in for this great book today! 6.95 .New Ideas ilk I M .5 i T-4 JV V By Almcna Loinax When the new owners of The California Voice, now the oldest Negro newspaper in the stale, bought the 51 year old, 8-page paper, newspaper and job printing plant in Oakland for $100,000 last June, its "printing potential" was one of the major considerations. Imagine their embarrassment, therefore, when the press broke down. ' The press, about 60 years old, was on its way from the Chinese World in New York to the Orient 40 years ago when a dealer sold it to E. A. Daly, who had been publisher of the Voice for 44 years. It was an old duplex flatbed, and it served the Voice well under Daly. But the new owners' addition of four pages and an increased press run were too much for it. 75,000 Cash That was only the beginning of the problems of Dr. Norvel Smith, president of Merritt College, Ortho J. Green, and Milburn Fort, a n 1 i 1 1. ! pair or uaxiana Businessmen, who each put $25,000 cash into the new venture. The remaining $25,000 equity was partly the gift of the 70-year-old publisher-emeritus to his nephew, Louis II. Campbell, for 35 years of loyal service, and is partly being laid on the line by Campbell each week as a linotypist, make-up man, job printer, and secretary-treasurer of The Voice Publishing Co., Inc. Since June 10 when the new publishers took over, they "haven't broken even and don't expect to for a while," a handsome, relaxed Smith said in an interview in his Oakland hills home. Basically Black "We hired more people, including two full-time reporters and a number of stringers, two sports writers, and converted to a combination of hot and cold type." Sports editor Sam Skinner is a former Examiner copyboy. "We will try to make it with a basically black staff," Dr. Smith said. Peggy Stinnett, a writer for the Mont-clarion Publications, a chain of Oakland shoppers, is the only white contributor. The managing editor, Paul Cobb, 27, is an Oakland native who led the Blacks for Justice boycott of a West Oakland supermarket in 1968, later heading the West Oakland Planning Commission and running unsuccessfully last Spring for the City Council. 'A Newspaper Buff "I'm a newspaper buff," he said. However, he has never studied journalism. At Pacific Union College, he was sports and associate editor of the Campus Chronicle, but he took his degree in history and mathematics, At Howard University, he wrote X 1 v IP DOESN'T EXPECT TO BREAK EVEN FOR AWHILE Dr. Norvell Smith checks over copy of "California Voice" a column on the student newspaper, but he studied law. Cobb was also asked to leave Howard in 1966 after he organized a protest against a campus appearance of Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, then Selective Service head. Cobb laughs that off now as youthful radicalism, but his social views still seem to run counter to those of Voice board chairman Smith, who has been publicly critical of what he calls "super blacks" and whose two years at Merritt, as the state's first Negro college president, were marked by physical confrontation with student black nationalists. Cobb thinks Muhammed Speaks, the Black Muslim paper, "the most powerful black newspaper in the country." ; Success Sooner Cobb also says the "Black Panther Paper, which at one point came close to 100,000 circulation, pioneered a lot of things black newspapers "thought about, but didn't talk about." But unlike Smith, who thinks the Voice will not be self -supporting for five years,. Cobb sees success sooner. The paper took over 1000 paid subscribers from its former owner who listed his paper in trade directories but would never give its circulation. It is now putting some 12,000 copies on the newsstands, says Cobb. Attracted, Cobb believes, by the new red headlines and such stories as the Black Panther boycott which Cobbs supports of Oakland Negro liquor stores which do not contribute to the Panthers' "survival fund," people have been buying up to 15 Smith envisions the new Voice as "somewhere between the Black Panther Paper and Tom Berkley's "Post." Berkley, an East Bay lawyer who now sits on the Port Authority, is increasingly being identified among East Bay militants as conservative. . Goodwill lvoy Smith sees his own role on the paper as that of "goodwill ambassador.' He also lists among hB assets "17 years of bureaucratic experience during which I have attained a certain amount of discipline." Campbell's value, says Smith, is his knowledge of the nuts and bolts of newspaper production and his ability to run the Voice's job printing shop. Cobb's presence "convinces his large constituency that we intend to be responsive to the poor and young." Smith feels that the princi- Examiner Photo pal problem of the Negro press has been that it had to work with "jackleg journalists." The Voice has two staff members who were academically trained in journalism, Valerie Jo Bradley, formerly with Jet, a graduate in journalism from Indiana University, now a graduate student at UC Berkeley, and Tim Sowell, who studied journalism at Cal State Hay ward. "The major apprehension of blacks is about their children, how to be plugged into the economy, and justice. This will be the type of action the paper will zero in on." In buying the Voice, Smith and his associates were taking a risk, but he also feels they were "carrying on one of the few traditions in the Bay Area. Otherwise, it (the Voice) probably would have died." N EXT: Post. Tom Berkley's Farewell, My Slightly Tarnished Hero is Edwin Cor-ley's new novel about the rise and fall of Johnny Lewis, the "rebel hero" film star of the early fifties. 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A good gift for any occasion Books - All Macfs (Ordermatb in San Rafael and Richmond) percent of Cobb said. the distribution, Citizen Unit St ays mog Board Lax A Richmond-based anti-smog group today demanded an independent probe of the nine-county Bay Area Air Pollution Contort District's performance. Mrs. Katherine Lord, chairman of the 300-member Stop Smog Committee, charged that enforcement was clearly lacking and a team of specialists was required to find the cure. Mrs. Lord, in a prepared statement, said there was deep concern in her area about the "deplorable ineffi ciency of the district in enforcing new emission regulations" that became effective Nov. 5. She ergued there was an excessive number of indus-. tries seeking exceptions to the new tough standards, that many polluters were ignoring them and others were being cited but were getting away without penalty. She addressed a district board meeting at w hich other critics appeard. As one of the first orders of tidiness, the board voted to go into secret session later today to discuss the pending dismissal of district legal counsel Matthew S. Walker. His firing on charges still to be announced was voted by the board's personnel committee in an action that has disturbed others on the 13-member board, particularly San Franciscan Dianne Feinstcin. Last month the committee decided to seek Walker's dismissal, but charges have yet to be drawn. Walker, a found ing member of the 15-year old district, has demanded a public hearing set for January. He said he had been toid the accusations did not involve performance but relat cd to a morale problem. Chaw! ' w 4 f ta..J, ' ; , ' '- ! ' V y - - I'' '."V 'tif' ' ! , ' ,.' ' J ''-' 1 "I i 7 1 "'''-) ' N; t it,- - - :v ' - : Vv , h ' i M " - ( " ' . .': ' V "4 - ' ,i 1 ' ! 4 ' v ! - ' ' ' 1 I .-. , . 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