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CityState Page 4 S.F. EXAMINER C Thurs., Nov. 16. 1978 White wants job back city attorney not so sure '. By Rust Cone City Afffairs Writer ! .' t . City Attorney George Agnost has ruled that former Supervisor Dan White may not Immediately resume the $9,600 elective office White! resigned last Friday, then, abrupjly, unresigned yesterday. Chief Deputy City Attorney Thomas Toomey said the legality of rjecanllng White's resignation or of Mayor Moscone simply re-appoint-ing-h&n to fill the vacancy created byJVhite's resignation "is just not cui;Sm! dried." , ;ydomey advised both White arid Moscone. to give the city attorney one week to draft a formal, written opinion. - ' " : the opinion will be designed to protect actions of the 11-member Board of Supervisors against legal challenge and to pinpoint the precise legal process for restoring White to office, if possible. White startled officials early yesterday by asking Moscone to return White's Nov. 10 letter of resignation and by announcing his determination to resume representing the supervisors District 8. White said .16 brothers and sisters had rushed to his financial aid over the weekend and that hundreds of constituents bad urged him to reconsider the resignation. He was a strong, conservative voice on the board. Moscone, caught still pondering several candidates to replace White, returned White's original , letter. The 32-year-old former policeman and , former firefighter held a press conference outside the supervisors' anteroom to explain his change of heart. White said he was encouraged by public demand for him to resume office and apparent new willingness among some other supervisors to campaign for an increase In supervisors' pay. White told the press that City Attorney Agnost had told him there would be no problem, but Toomey said White may have taken from a f hasty discussion only what positive remarks he wanted to hear. , Toomey said "there's a twofold problem. One is the question of whether he can revoke a resignation (which the Board of Supervisors accepted and filed last Monday!. Two, assuming you cannot revoke a resignation, can the mayor re-appoint him to the same position? We would like to have about a week to research this. There Is case law." Toomey advised White not to participate in the board meeting next Monday. Chief Clerk of the Board Gilbert Boreman has already pro-rated White's $800 a month pay to Nov. 10 and he will remain off the payroll until the date of reappointment Agnost, meantime, received a copy of a letter which White addressed to Art Commission members last Feb. 14 in apparent violation of the Charter section which prohibits supervisors from Targets of protesters r It : r- J r - I v 1 , !3! A . . . ..-" t ' Examiner . Bob McLeod 68-ROOM CONDEMNED BURBANK HOTEL AT 317 LEAVENWORTH Valued at $250,000 for assessment of $3,162 a year In taxes, It's one of the five properties cited f 5 p 1 1q , H 1 - 1 . 4 'i i w 223 LEAVENWORTH 391 LEAVENWORTH .The Aartl Hotel on left and an unnamed structure that burned last June 23 Tenderloin residents make a tour of decrepit housing By Gerald Adams ; One reason why The City's Tenderloin continues to suffer Countless socio-economic problems, observers say, is that its residents, many of them elderly, transient or rootless, neither or- "ganize nor lobby. '. Yesterday, a number of Tenderloin residents seemed to be doing both as they all but shouted for attention at a press conference and walking tour during which they demanded immediate governmental attention to these problems: Five Tenderloin hotel-apartment buildings that long bave remained empty despite The City's 2 percent vacancy rate and a crying need for low-rent housing, especially among the elderly. Months of delay that have S'revented the long-approved re-abilitation assistance program from supplying low-interest loans to improve Tenderloin buildings, l0ng red-lined by lending Institutions. The Tenderloin's continuing problems of crime, arson fires and slum conditions, the last coupled with rising rents. , ' " The tour, which included 30 elderly citizens, was led by Henry Izumizaki, chairman of the North of Market Planning Coalition, and Thelma Kavanagh, president of the senior advisory council to the Senior Escort Project Five buildings were cited: Aarti Hotel, 391 Leavenworth, four stories high, 44 rooms. It is valued by the assessor at $143,000 for a current tax bill of $1,985. The owners, according to the assessor's office, are Yet Sun Yee and Chuck Ming Ngow Yee. Izumizaki said it has structural, electrical, plumbing and exit code violations, was condemned in December 1977 and that building inspectors have estimated the cost of repairs at $5,000. Burbank Hotel, 317 Leavenworth, six stories high, 68 rooms, valued for tax purposes at $250,000; annual taxes $3,162. Owners are Ylm Lee Hon, Dejanu Phongsdon and Tanacharoenpi-rom Prakit, represented by Otto Heldobler, as conservator, according to the assessor's office. Izumizaki' s coalition says the. hotel has extensive structural electrical, plumbing, health, fire and exit violations that would require $40,000 to repair. The building is condemned. 223 Leavenworthi nine units valued at $91,200, taxed at $660.32, owned by HLH Co. In care of Andre and Carol Alfar. The coalition says the building burned June 23, although it was vacant and boarded up for several months previously. Padre Hotel, 241 Jones, 90 units, valued at $306,000 with a tax of $3,870. Owners are Ron and Steffi Zimmerman, Don H. and Carmen E. Goodman, Harvey E. Clark and Senior Housing Investors. Izumizaki said it has been vacant since last year when it was. condemned and evacuated because of multiple plumbing, health and fire violations. Bay Meadows Hotel, 100 Mason St., four stories, 47 rooms, valued for tax purposes at $148,-600 and taxed at $1,879. Owners are Betty J. Hogrefe, Jane P. Watson and Orin E. Holllngbery. Izumizaki noted that although the hotel burned Oct. 29, it had been vacant and barricaded since 1973. He said it was condemned in Februaiy 1977. An owner of one of the singled-out buildings answered the Tenderloin organizers' complaints. "No lending institution has been willing to talk to us about funds to fix it up," said Ron Zimmerman, a co-owner of the Padre Hotel. "Meanwhile we have made application for other governmental financing." Supervisor Robert Gonzales, whose district includes two of the condemned hotels singled out by the Tenderloin residents, went along on the tour. "Keep the heat on," he advised those who had put the protest together. interfering in administrative affairs. The commission had ordered to stop work on Warren Simmons' Pier 39 project and White, who even weeks later signed a contract for a potato concession at Pier 39, wrote the commission extolling the project's virtues. White said yesterday he met Simmons in November 1977, and may have been negotiating for the Pier 39 concession in January 1978, but "I would have to check my records." The Feb. 14 letter to Commission President Ray Taliaferro, with copies to other members and two planning commissioners, asserted: , "Innovative and imaginative projects such as Warren Simmons' Northpoint Pier enhance the mystique of our city and contribute to the welfare of all San Franciscans." On Feb. 15, White joined Supervisors Ronald Pelosi, Lee Dolson, Ella Hutch, Quentin Kopp, Gordon Culinary Lau and Carol Sliver In a letter urging the Art Commission to convene a meeting on Feb. 17 to resolve , its differences with Simmons so that the project "may . procede expeditiously." j " ' On Feb. 17, after "furious" negotiations, the Art Commission lifted its order and Pier 39 work resumed. Agnost, w ho participated in the commission's actions, said yesterday "none of us knew about the letter. I doubt it would bave made a damn bit of difference." He noted White had been a supervisor less than two months, saying "it was an Indiscreet act by a supervisor who was unaware of the Charter, prohibition." ; But the White letter went Into Agnost's growing file on Pier 39. Agnost is investigating its low land assessment . To White's assertion that he intends to showup at Monday's board meeting, despite legal ques-. .s tions, Agnost chuckled "he's not a lawyer." White said "as far hs I'm concerned, I'm back in my seat.;! Intend to be at Monday's meeting. But HI sit down with the city attorney'! people (today) and he's, going to have to convince me... We'll hash It out." Agnost and Toomey noted one problem Is the state government code section which prohibits a councilman from being appointed to the council while he is still serving on the council. This measure Is to prevent officials from telescoping their terms in office, by jumping from a short term to a vacant position with a longer term, thus using their Influence to avoid confronting voters. ; ; . 1 The City, Charter does not cover that eventuality, but does prohibit, an elected official from taking a non-elective salaried position within one year of leaving office. union s president fired by the local s trustee The deposed president of the 17,000-member Culinary Workers Local 2 was formally fired from his position today by the international union official acting as trustee of the strife-torn local. Vincent Sirabella, trustee of the local since September, announced at a press conference that David McDonald, 44. has beem "terminated'' from his $22,000 a year job as president of the local. Charging that McDonald had made "false and intemperate attacks" against top union officials, Sirabella said he would continue acting as trustee of the chaotic local. "Local 2 Is a house of intrigue," Sirabella charged, "It's a house of conspiracy. Everyday, someone is stabbing someone else. "McDonald was fired because he refused to accept a work assignment. But he also made false and intemperate attacks against me and others. I cant pay him $22,000 just for sitting around" After Sirabella's press conference at the local headquarters, McDonald met briefly with reporters to accuse Sirabella of lying and predicted that "I'll be back, as president if the law suit is successful." J - :i ? f . 7"':. ' V - 1 -Y v "N 't DAVID MCDONALD 'I'll be back as president' ' i McDonald was referring to a suit his attorney filed in Federal court here yesterday seeking to remove the trusteeship placed upon Local 2 by the International Hotel, Restaurant and Bartender's union, parent organization of the culinary workers. 1 , - McDonald and all other officers of the embattled local were removed from office soon after Sirabella assumed trusteeship. McDonald said at that time that he had asked the International only for "assistance," but found, instead, that his local had been stripped of its autonomy. McDonald was elected president of Local 2 last April as part of a rank-and-file slate, defeating longtime leader Joe Belardi. McDonald's winning ticket, however, split into opposing factions, leading to chaotic confrontations at membership meeting. Dan Dailey's estate LOS ANGELES (UPI) The will of actor Dan Dailey has named his sister as prime beneficiary and executor of his estate. Fifty percent of the uaspeclfied estate was apportioned to Dailey's sister, AJyee May Parry, with the rest going to his brother, another- sister, a stepdaughter and actress Bethel Leslie. Dailey died at 62 on Oct. 16 at his West Hollywood home. If : ,5' The Loch Ness monster and Peter Dawson Scotch. Two revered, but misunderstood, legends. For Instance, most Americans think of the Loch Ness monster as frightening. But those born to the heather of the moors know he is really an engaging fellow. And, alas, Peter Dawson Scotch is also misunderstood. It's true Peter Dawson was one of the foremost practi tioners of the blenders att. And so, many may have gotten the impression his scotch is prohibi-tively priced. But Peter Dawson never equated outstanding quality with outlandish price. So don't be misled by legend. ' Enjoy Peter Dawson for what it really.. is: ine jtnest ana most ajjoraaDie Scotch Whisky you can buy. Peter Dawson ScotchWm0m& I 75 liiwib'i 2 of) WW Itekfad art tMnhM HO Hud Sctmnky UMiUmCo. NY. N Y VfM

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