The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on July 23, 1975 · 2
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Wednesday, July 23, 1975
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CITYSTATE Page 2-&JUExamtarr a Wed, July 23, 1975 ft. r -II t t i i i ul50I).. a la ; FBI agents acting on an anonymous phone tip found a communique from a group calling itself the "Red Guerrilla Family" in an Embarcddero phone booth. ' The note said the Tishman Building bombing was in retaliation for the murder of Wilbert (Popeye) Jackson. Photo bv Michael Edmund Gruhn Singer claims Soul singer Smokey Robinson lost $2.4 million in earnings between 1968 and 1974 because of a false arrest in San Francisco seven years ago, the president of Motown Records testified here yesterday. "After repeated attempts to find out why Smokey was depressed e , . he told me he .wasn't sure if what he was writing and preaching was the right thing to do," Ewart Abner told a Superior Court jury of nine women and Referendum drive Vote likely Mt. Diablo tiff By Carl Irving A "Save MCDiaWo" group has collected 33,000 signatures in 26 days in their referendum campaign to block a huge development. The measure, which probably will go on the Contra Costa ballot in November, would seek to overturn a . unanimous vote approving the development by the county Board of Supervisors. The group needs 20,400 verified signatures from : registered voters. The petitions had been contested bitterly by persons hired by the developer, Black-hawk, and the central Contra Costa Labor Council. Art Carter, council secretary-treasurer, admitted he had as many as 20 pro-developer pickets out daily, partly paid for by the developer, a Delaware corporation. Blackhawk wants to build 4,200 dwellings, 'two golf courses and a 28-acre shopping center, up to 1,000 feet elevatioh. The mountain is 4,000 feet high. Opponents contend the development would further befoul an already smoggy area and cost area, taxpayers millions in new property taxes to pay for schools and other services. "We have substantial unemployment in the building trades here, over 20 per cent," said Carter. "This project (Blackhawk) would provide $100-million worth of jobs over 12 to 15 years." Carter conceded that few working men will be able to afford to live in the project, where houses will sell from $45,000. The labor official also acknowledges that the development will mean more traffic and taxes all around. But he criticizes the opponents as "professional people making their living in skyscrapers in San Francisco, which they've Manhattanized, who want to keep their own neighborhoods undeveloped. You can't have it both ways." The same people, says Carter, repeatedly have turned dow n public transportation proposals, "people with two or three cars." The "Save Mt. Diablo" group contends that the hired opposition tried to intimidate its members, but a Blackhawk spokesman denied this. The Contra Coast district attorneys office said investigation showed no grounds for criminal action. Marin still likes airport plan The idea of a county airport at Hamilton Air Force Base still appealed to' Marin supervisors today. The board sees the base, soon to be abandoned by the Air Force, as the site for an airport and an industrial and commercial center. The supervisors will ask the Air Force to retain surplus fire trucks and other equipment, in addition to the real estate, until they can complete development plans. .ouncilmen in Nlto, whose city embraces the base, have opposed tlje airport idea on the ground it would keep property off city tax rolls. agents checking bomb clues w t I? : : P $2.4 million loss three men. "He (Robinson) felt it happened because he was black," the head of the nation's largest black-owned business said. Robinson seeks $500,000 in damages from The City for the May 14, 19(58 false arrest in a nightclub dressing room here. He was arrested by two city policemen and charged with defrauding a limousine driver of $361. It turned out that an imposter on ;ome in, write or phone 382-30 I GHAN I A small army of federal agents today was sifting through clues to Monday night's $250,000 bombing .of the 38-story Tishma Building at First and Market Streets , Officials of the Treasury Department's Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau said 150 agents have been brought in from Seattle, Sacramento. Los AngelesrSan Diego, Portland and Washington," D.C., for the investigation. Treasury spokesman Charles Nixon said "we have found a lot of clues and we are conducting a very intensive, investigation." C- In addition to the ATF agents," FBI personnel and San Francisco police bomb squad detectives also 1 are taking part in the investigation. A communique purporting to come from an underground terrorist group. calling itself the. "Red Guerrilla Family" claimed responsibility for the bombing and . said it was to avenge the murder here last June 8 of prison reform leader Wilbert (Popeye) Jackson. FBI agents,, acting on an anonymous telephone tip, picked up the communique in an- Embarcad-ero telephone booth. The communique said that "the ATF, like the, FBI and the CIA, is a federal agency charged with the task of intimidating and disrupting revolutipnary organizations." It described Jackson ' as . "a revolutionary who actively sought to expose to the people the fas- named Harold Cunningham had hired the car, using Robinson's name. During cross examination, Deputy City Attorney George Agnost asked Abner why he hadn't tried to get psychiatric help for Robinson, knowing that the depression w as costing him $2.4 million. ; ' ; Abner said he did not get help for the singer-composer because Robinson only- could solve the problem from within. '. tl AVENUE CJHtSlNUI blhL:i 'fzV$lX- )A!v f ACj . iW?v-J& .. . MmBifrmzljJ htm w4 tome in. write or Dhone382.30 ;o r M J l cism of the pigs and the necessity of an armed struggle to overthrow the ruljng class." . v ; The communique said "it was necessary "for this same ruling , class to have Popeye murdered,''.; and added: - "The exact role of the ATF in' ; Popeye's murder ; is not yet 'known.. But we do know that, at -the beginning of June, Brenton Thome, the head of the ATF - office in San Francisco, announced plans to add 100 agents to ' ATF offices on the West Coast, ;; principally in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, in order to beef , up : the ATF's counter-insurgency . .campaign. "Less than a week after Thome's announcement, , Popeye was dead.. .Two days later, a phony communique, clearly written by the pigs, attempted to lay . the blame for this murder on the New World Liberation Front." An ATF spokesman called the inference that there was a connec- tion between the bureau's plans and Jackson's murder "absurd." ' Jackson, 45, head of the United Prisoners Union, and Sally Voye, 28, a Vallejo school teacher, were shot to death while sitting in her car parked across from his apartment. The murder is unsolved. The explosives, in two boxes : which had been found by janitor Mario Lopez a few minutes be-: fore, went off on the thirty-fourth floor of the building about 10 o'clock Monday, heavily damaging ATF offices' there and the building's main elevator. No one was seriously hurt. ' Drive gains lor a new county , LOS ANGELES Supervisors have certified a petition by Santa Clarita Valley residents who want to secede from Los Angeles County in 1976 and form "Canyon County." The proposed 735-square-mile county of 66,000 residents would .i be the first'new California county in more than 60 years. ; , ? EMBARCADERO - 'A&W- ink si'fr u hi U::-U "V .-' i :.r:A z'r A ; 'i 4 I l I -j M J BRIEFS Aliot o vetoes slap at DART Mayor Alioto today vetoed a Board of Supervisors resolution opposing extension of BART-to the Oakland airport. He called it "a dog in the manger." y - -; .... V . ",The resolution" by Supervisor Quentin L. Kopp' passed in the waning hours of Monday's meeting when only. six. of 11 supervisors were present, f - '-'V The' veto seemed almost cer-tain, to be sustained. . Alioto vetoed the resolution with a two-line message: "This is f a dog in the manger trick. Our interest is to extend BART everywhere. We are supposed to be for mass transit." . . , .... . Kopp, an ex BART director, had suggested that San Francisco support extension of, BART to San. Francisco airport before the Oak-; land airport extension. Historic buildings won't be saved . Two century-old Oakland,; buildings were denied landmark status by the City . Council last night because councilmen feared , if they were so designated it would delay construction of the Grove-Shafter Freeway. The buildings, which had the blessing of the city Landmarks Commission, are the old Victorian at 702 Eleventh. St. built by. James White, founder of the Seventh Day Adventist church, and the Pacific Press Building at 1117 Castro St., the first publishing house on the West Coast. Street. closing rules Supervisor Terry A. Francois has invoked a strict policy of requiring at least 30 days notice from groups desiring a -street' closing. Notice must be filed with Francois' fire, safety and police committee. " ESTOWN PALO ALTO HILLSDALE SAN JOSE MAR'N School leaders face subpoena The Board of Supervisors legislative and personnel committee threatened yesterday to subpoena members of the Board of Education in connection with a school pay dilemma. Chairman John Molinari and other members of the committee were miffed when no top school officials showed up at a panel meeting dealing with the pay difficulties of some 2,000 school district paraprofessionals. . : Though winning negotiated fringe benefits amounting to $1.3 million last year, the paraprofessionals ultimately discovered that the Board of Supervisors and not the Board of Education was responsible for setting their pay and that the money was not budgeted. Molinari's committee has sought to unravel the situation. He said yesterday that if school board members don't agree by Friday to show up at next Thursday's committee ses-' sion, he will ask the full Board of Supervisors to issue a subpoena. San Bruno Mt. hearing tonight Opponents of plans for Y $700-million housing and shopping development for 18,500 residents in the San Bruno Mountain area will be given a public hearing tonight in Daly City. The fifth in a series by the San Mateo County, Planning Commission is the first for critics of the Crocker Hills project. The opposition centers on such issues as increased traffic congestion and taxes for schools.!. ;. The 7:30 p. m. meeting w ill be in Daly City's War Memorial Auditorium at 6655 Mission St. The prior four sessions featured testimony in support of Visitation Associates,, the developer, for a project that would include 20-story high rises across a road from a planned county regional park. Three-piece pantsuits at a price you'll love some with skirts, some with shells! Wide selection in checks, plaids, polka dots and solids; exhilarating Fall colors! Machine-washable, easy-care knits of polyester; 8 to 18. Shown: hounds-tooth checks: jacket, pant and solid color sleeveless turtleneck; navyred or rustgrey. Art Deco print: jacket, pant and skirt; navy camel or huntercamel. Just two from a collection. Francisco Shop. 31.90 , & '' V

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