The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on April 29, 1969 · 3
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 3

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Tuesday, April 29, 1969
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First Negro Fireman Heads Relations Unit Governors In Senate BillFoiiffhi Tues , Apr. 29, f 969 irtrb jr.xamfttfr-Pogt 3 By Ernest Lenn Earl Gage Jr., who 14 years ago became the first Negro appointed to the San Francisco Fire Department, tapping him to be the first set precedent again today. Chief William Murray and the Fire Commission tapped him to be the first black for a departmental command here head of its community relations unit. The commission was to announce his appointment at its meeting today. Where battalion chiefs have headed the department's community relations unit since its inception four years ago. Gage, 42. has been a working firefighter with the rank of fireman. He is being moved from Engine 16, stationed at 20th and Tennessee Streets, w here he w as a driver, to the department's headquarters. Knows Area He is familiar with the community relations unit, having on occasion worked in it under past battalion chiefs. His appointment is in line w ith Mayor Alioto's policy to interest more minorities to join the Fire Department, which now has only six blacks. Fire Commissioner Morris Bernstein, w ho has been 1 spearheading Alioto's re-. cruitment program for more j minority firemen, said: "As a fireman, Gage was accepted by the department and his fellow firemen, the same as anybody else, in the American democratic spirit. His new appointment is rec ognition of his ability, and proof that minority members can advance in our Fire Department." Recruiting Gage in his new post w ill direct an all-out recruiting drive for minorities, seek to polish the department's image, and move for communi- 0 a'Ll t a j svifc md. , v--' Q m MADE BY YOUTHFUL HANDS AT HOME Sgt. Lewis Glass holds cannon taken from students -Examiner Photo Boys Make Shells, Fire Off Cannon Some boys shoot BB guns; some ventilate their aggressions with firecrackers. Kid stuff, in the view of Robert Honan and Victor Lombardi of San Bruno, both 18. When California Highway Patrolman Milton Stark came upon them yesterday on a sandy beach in the Devil's Slide area, they were showing their mettle with no less than a cannon. It was a small, old weapon, weighing 40 pounds and cut down to a two-foot length, Stark said. The boys were using black powder to fire 3-inch projectiles, cut from auto axles, half a mile to sea. "You could hear the racket all over," the officer continued. Stark confiscated the weapon and took the boys to San Mateo County Jail. Honan, a Capuchino High School student described as a "mechanical genius," and Lombardi, a student at College of San Mateo, were booked for possession of a cannon, plus hiking in a banned area of Devil's Slide. EARL GAGE JR. Precedent-setter ty-wide cooperation to attack certain problems besetting the department. These include the staggering increase of false alarms and the harassing of firemen en route to and at fires, including the throwing of missiles at them. Gage, born in Beaumont, Tex., came to San Francisco in 1945. He was graduated from San Francisco City College and also attended the University of California as a pre-medical student. Gage said: "I will try to establish better contact between the Fire Department and the public." He will reactivate the old custom of seasonal decorations on firehouses and organize more visits by firemen to schools "so kids won't have to turn in a false alarm to see a fireman." Money for the Birds CHUTE (England) -(UPI) Mrs. Freda Ballard, who died in February at 82, left her five geese in the care of her housekeeper. Mrs. Olive Green, along with $4800 for their maintenance. By Jack Welter Examiner Caoiiol Bureau SACRAMENTO State Senatorslike elephants rarely i forget, and the Senate Gov-j ernmental Efficiency Com-I mittee today presumably1 killed a proposal to make ail ex-governors lifetime voting members of the Senate. The proposed constitutional amendment was presented by Senator Alfred E, Alquist (D-San Jose), who argued that "even the most mediocre governor gains enough experience to add to the de bate in the Senate." Alquist said the measure was inspired by former Gov. Edmund G. Brown's often-expressed desire to serve in the Senate state or federal. "I think it w ould be a real improvement in our system of government and provide a liaison between the executive and legislative branches," Alquist said. "I couldn't possibly vote for jour bill," said Senator John F. McCarthy (R-San Rafael). "This would include the chief justice (Earl Warren) and I wouldn't want him in the Senate after what he did to us on reapportionment. And Governor Brown's in the same class as the chief justice, as far as I'm concerned. He promoted an opponent to run against me." "I don't agree," Alquist replied. "The chief justice is one of the great Americans of our age and these two would more than offset the disadvantage of Governor Knight and the present Governor." U1H ) SVz Ij -L APPEALS BOARD MEMBER FILES AN APPEAL TO NO AVAIL Peter Boudoures protests to Policeman James House on parking ticket Examiner photo by Paul Glines No Parking Meant Them, Too James House is a lanky young City parking control-1 man who follows orders with! a smile. He was smiling yesterday, j at any rate, as he followed a command straight from Police Traffic Director I. Thomas Zaragosa. The command was simple: Ticket those cars parked on the Grove Street sidewalk next to City Hall. House dutifully wrote out tickets for seven vehicles, including five belonging to City officials, who were inside City Hall attending to City business. Those tagged were Supervisor Robert Gonzales. Fire Captain George Ryst. Assistant District Attorney Jerome Benson and Board of Permit Appeals members Peter Boudoures and John F. Crowley. The fine is $2 if paid within 10 days. Boudoures arrived at the scene just after House finished tagging the commissioner's blue Cadillac with its "Thank God for the Tac Squad" bumper sticker. Glumly and without success, Boudoures tried to persuade the young officer that such sidewalk parking is nec-essary on Monday afternoons, when the permit board convenes. "We do it all the time. But I never got a ticket before," Boudoures explained. "Sorry," said House. "I've got my orders." His orders came over the police radio from "Traffic Thirty," which Is the personal call number for Zaragosa. Gonzales, along with other City legislators, has a special, chained-off parking bpot in the Grove Street ramp beside City Hall. But Gonzales said he fre-quently leaves the chain down when he vacates the spot. 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