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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California • 17

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Bid Vindicates BART Subway Low Bidder on Oakland Station Near Estimate Stokes Fires Opening Shot At Critics of Project WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER '26," 1 966 1 7f The judgment of the majority of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) directors to- Quick Tr'P Back to Sandwich Islands Thirty years ago you could board a flying clipper" in the Bay, if you were adventurous enough and had the fare, hang over the Pacific for 20 hours not daring to light a cigarette because of gas fumes, and land in a Hawaiian lagoon to be greeted by overweight hula maidens just dying to drape leis over your shoulders -and kiss you a welcome hello. The greeting was about trade time for money in con- Move Asked struction of the downtown Oak- and subway is apparently being confirmed. Early this year a 6 to 5 vote of the BART board threw out all bids for construction of the Oak- and subway including two sta tionsbecause they were far over estimates and budget. Instead, the contract was cut More than 300 persons have signed a petition asking that 0 Helicopter's downtown Oakland landing site be moved away from the apartment house district at the southwest corner of Lake Merritt. Mrs.

Agnes S. Ying, owner of an apartment house at 1029 Oak presented the petition to the Alameda County Board pervisors yesterday. She said the present heliport operations from the roof of the Alameda County Administration Building parking structure are ruining property values, forcing tenants to move away from apartments and cracking win-dowsiand plaster nearby. "People can't sleep, talk or rest." Mrs. Ying said.

"I know a man who has to wear earplugs to go to sleep. "Many buildings shake as Jf there was an earthquake every time one of those two-engine helicopters lands or takes off. into four parts and readvertised with the hope the smaller jobs would attract more bidders and save money. It cost five months the most fun you had, because Hawaii then was uncluttered by modern resort hotels, good plumbing and dry martinis:" Nowt's different. A jet whisks you across in four and a half hours (if it's going to be five minutes more than that the pilot is on the loudspeaker apologizing) and because the trip is so quick and painless I hopped over for the weekend.

Except a weekend isn't long enough. I got a bronze tan in in tune. NEAR ESTIMATE Yesterday BART opened bids for the third "part" of the original project-the 19th Street Sta tionand just as with the first two parts, the low bidder was Accused of ignoring regional, planning and good architecture, the Bay Area Rapid Transit Dis-I trict (BART) is winding up to answer its critics. The general manager fired the first shot yesterday. If BART doesn't answer, according to board member Newell Case, the public will begin to believe "that we can't defend ourselves." Case is a member of BART's architectural review committee.

So is Director Arnold Anderson and both of them yesterday told B. R. Stokes, general manager, that "It's time to answer up." They referred to the resignation of Donn consulting architect, and Lawrence Halprin, consulting landscape architect Emmons and Halprin quit last month with parting blasts at what they said was the favoritism showed by BART to the recommendations engineers rather than architects. Stokes yesterday summed up the allegations and declared they are all false. He said some of the criticisms were unjust, "some exaggerated, some misdirected and some simply misstatements of fact.

"To let them stand uncorrected would be to invite loss of public confidence in the judgment of the district and the capability of the consulting engineers," he declared. 40-PAGE REPORT And he was ready with a 40-page report which he said was not a defense but rather an attempt to put BART's record in the fields in question into perspective. Stokes started right off by stating the BART system "has Bill FISET right near the estimate. The apparent low bidder was a joint venture composed ot They're operating from 7 in the morning until 11 at night," Mrs. Ying said.

The supervisors made no comment on the protest but' referred the petition to the district attorney and the county administrator for a full report. SFO started landing at the new heliport last year. The heliport is atop the nine-story building in the block bounded by 12th 13th, Madison and Jackson streets. The previous landing site was near the Civic Auditorium in an area where trees, shrubbery and water muffled the sound. The present landing site and approaches are in an area where paving and building walls allegedly reflect and even intensify the noise.

Mrs. Ying estimated that the loss of business and property values, not to mention damage caused by the helicopter noise, will soon total million in the apartment area adjacent to the downtown Oakland business district. "I'm sure that the rent the county gets for the heliport isn't that much money," Mrs. Ying said. She proposed that the heliport facility "be turned into a nice nightclub.

The county could make a lot of money and because it's on top of a parking garage there wouldn't be any parking problem." Mrs. Ying suggested that the helicopter landing site be moved Fred J. Early Jr. Winston and Donald M. Drake of San Francisco.

There were four bidders. The bid was $14,991,557. BART's estimate was $14,200,689. The first two parts of the Oak-land subway have already gone to contract for a total cost of $11,997,472. ENOUGH SURPLUS BART engineers estimated the total cost of the four parts would be $44 million.

Yesterday's bid, and the two under contract total $26,989,029. This leaves $17,011,000 for the remaining part of the project an amount that appears easily adequate in light of the recent bidding experience. B. R. Stokes, BART general mannM woe Ahtrtstiiclv honnu day that peeled off pletely during the return jet flight, four hours and 40 minutes with the pilot apologizing all the And HOW the trip is different.

The girl in the muu-muu who hangs a lei on you and gives you one of those off-the-cheek pecks of greeting is a Wellesley graduate from Boston doing public relations for a resort hotel. You don't disembark to run barefoot thrpugh wild orchids along Waikiki. You ride in bumper-to-bumper traffic, the carbon monoxide fumes borne away by the trade winds, along a "Nimitz Highway" to whatever spa will honor a reservation through a weekend only. 0 0 0 Tourism, even in October, ranks with sugar cane and The commodity is the balmy, warm climate, the humidity that relaxes you within 10 minutes of arrival, the surf and sand, the "carefree a -mixture-of -races-that recognizes no one as second class, a polyglot' "So complete a race disturbance wouldn't know where to begin. It's into this that tourists are dumped by the thousands, individually and in groups, a mecca of sun and sea, a star-emblazoned sky at night, perfumed plumaria blossoms and hotel service so complete that the drinks served you on the beach are sheltered by tiny umbrellas, so the sun won't melt the ice.

7 But going back after only five years you notice a change a determined effort to acquire mainland sophistication, to replace the flower-strewn paths with four-lane highways, the Polynesian cottages with condominiums and the tropical malaise with the urgency of togay. Next month's election posters are the brightest colors of anything around and (I suppose since statehood and full taxation) welfare legislation, the stock market and the cost of America's current war are on everyone's tongue. to Jack London Square, where she said over-water approaches would provide greater Safetyr "If there wa3 an engine failure at the present site the helicopter would fall into an apart yesterday but woman i ciaim total victory. "We are pleased that they are coming in as we not. only, been well planned itself, but also it has been submitted to, and scrutinized by, the planning and governing bodies of all the communities it serves." "He said the most serious criticism voiced recently is that BART isn't fully aware of the impact it will have on the Bay thought.

I hope the fourth sec tion does the same." ment nouse anq Kura prpeo- pie," she said. the 12th Street station and the tunnel between it and the 19th Street station. TWO CONTRACTS Area and isn't concerned with urban development beyond its own requirements. "When I first started circulating ihis petition people said, 'They (the supervisors) won't listen to anybody excet the rich pi Mrs. Ying said.

"We're just middle-class people. I hope you'll listen to us and prove that- the i are wrong." Tha first rnntrarl was for the f-- ii i iiiiiiiii.M. wl "jU Lw subway curving from 21st Street off Broadway to the Grove-Shafter Freeway median strip "Fortunately, our record on this score is excellent, and it dates back to 1951 15 years ago," he declared. MRS. AGNES YING POINTS TO BROKEN WINDOW- Blames damage on the helicopter noise Stokes, said the district's pre at 24th Street.

The second was for the subway from Ninth and Madison a i 1 1 AXl Mreeis 10 eroaawa ana lutn decessor the Bay Area Rapid Transit Commission prepared the first, and what is still the Underq round Connections Refund Due only, master, plan for the entire Street. The low bid for the original Broadway project when it was nine-county bay area He cited examples of BART's working with various cities one unu, was million. Weeks of meetings and heated Natural Gas discussion preceded the split decision to readvertise. For Utilities Up in the Air BART engineers had estimat ed it would cost $48 million and they insisted they were right The Board of Supervisors yes- Consumers Eastbay residential and small genera 1 service natural gas and the bid was too high. There mwA ahIii tmA Hi10 CIlKmufoH along its route and changes made in design to meet the requests of planning commissions and city councils.

And he related BART's efforts to excite member cities to take advantage of the potential for revitalizing their economies through" transitinduced expansion. He pointed specifically to. a BART-spoosored trip to Philadelphia in 1964 where business WC1 UlliJ- iVTV OUUHUVkVU. when Asst. Dist.

Atty. Douglas Dunning advised the supervisors that payment for connection to homes might be construed as a gift of public funds to private individuals the 18 homeown- we don't have to worry about personal liability." Yesterday's action left the question unclear. The board created the special district, declared intention to spend public funds, but didn't ti i- il The high bid was more than 50 terday established Alameda 's first "Underground Utility Distribution Facilities District'1- but the-question -of who'll pay the cost of connecting underground wires to nearby The pitch to tourists has also changed. Flowered print shirts and muu-muus still jam the shelves in the tourist shops, but it takes a pretty retarded tourist -couple to buy and wear them. You still get pineapple chunks in everything you order to eat or drink, and ice cream isstillservedin coconut shells, but the saccarhine Hawaiian music no longer permeates the per cent above estimates.

users will snare an esiimaiea Low bidder was a joint ven $128,000 in refunds next month. ture of Perini-M 4 K-Utah Construction Co. prsaWthisnartnfHesnerian. aclualjy earmarK inc-speuut houses is still up in the air. -The California Public Utilities Commission today approved a Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

The cost is estimated to be The special district provides $160 to "1" au'fT pending before the state PUCr iscentedjiirAlfrea Apakagoldenoice. of-the Jslaiu.JJ TT suits of using transit as a cata- Vine rfitrAn iirntr rr rnr crfr Klllrf nH if UqnrQii ic forundergroundingJhepresent overhead utility lines along pIahTorr efundingr to its customers throughout the iioo givui a lis uic ouii uauou, aim, ij. iiavvou 10 i JygJ Hesperian Boulevard, between Via Mercado and Sunset Boule Stokes said the abrupt resig The board last' week adopted an ordinance under which all new residential subdivision in unincorporated areas will have underground utilities. state. The refund comes as the result of findings by the Federal vard, in Sari Lorenzo Village.

Utility companies are paying ahead of the mainland in any respect, it that rock 'n roll doesn't screech out of every transistor radio. The saddest thing I saw in three days was a group i of vacationing accountants and their wives, getting ready to leave, buying leis at the airport. to take the cost of burying facilities as part of a street widening project BIDS AGAIN Louhr Periirfrpresident of Pe-rini insisted from the start that his bid was equitable and that he might even lose money on it. He declared flatly afterward that he would never again bid on a BART job. His firm, jointly with Morri-son-Knudson came in second -yesterday-with a bid-if $15,366,351.

Other bidders were Rothschild, Raffin and Weirick $18,609,268, and Guy F. Atkinson $21,363,857. The latter bid was for a different Power Commission that natural gals producers in Texas some time ago exceeded the ceiling for charges the commission but a legal snarl has developed Nevada Lottery qverjwhpjl pay for the short connection between homes and deemed proper home leis made of plastic. They'll last forever, I Dunmng's legal theory the homeowners should pay this cost, probably with creation of a special tax district. The board's legal theory, advanced by Supervisor Robert Harmon, is that a large area of the county benefits when the appearance of a major street such as Hespefiean Boulevard is improved by "the burying of'-un'' sightly overhead Dunning said the board members would be open to a taxpayer's suit and would be personally liable for money expended by the county in making such connections to private property.

Dunning said this could be avoided only if the supervisors The El Paso Natural Gas theainphonearid "electric lines. suppose, oui we nicest uung uouui Bringing nacK a genuine lei is that it wilts as the fragrance dies, and "your memories are only memories. The supervisors had previous which moves the gas from Texas to California, passed the ru-fund to the The refund plan approved by the PUC will mean that household and small general service customers will each get a 27-cent refund credit on No Plea-Turned Down WASHINGTON (UPI) Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black refused today to order a prpposal for a private state lottery placed on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election in Nevada.

Silver State Sweepstakes which wants' the lotteryr had asked Justice William 0. Doug typrof construction. ly adopted a policy of paying for the. i a connection with county general funds in a case such as this where existing overhead lines are to be buried. The supervisors the vember gas bills.

Apparent Suicide agreed to pay for underground las to issue the order and to Hesperian special district payment will be a one time only project because i a case now pending before the State Public ing in all parts of the county I staythe effect of a Sept. 28 and appropriated funds to carry Utilities Commission may result Investigated Bus Plunge Kills 5 SEOUL, Korea (UPI) Five passengers were killed and 43 others injured today when a bus skidded on a wet road and plunged off a 25-foot cliff. ing Dy me ixevaaa supreme Court, which killed the proposal for the upcoming election. 'zz Douglasir? tlrthe-ap-plication to Black. There was no explanation for the transfer.

in a statewide policy unaer which the utilities would pajrthe out the When advised that this would cost-millions of Board Chairman John D. Murphy observed jokingly, "Well, I guess connection charge. nation of the consulting architects "admittedly staged for its dramatic effect, was dismaying, of course." QUESTIONS ROLE Hesaid Halprin filed no specific mpl a I about the BART project except over budget limitations. He said Emmons didand.that Ernmpns questioned his role inhe project for months. Stokes complained both men have not been available to discuss specific complaints and "press reports have been almost our only source of information about what was troubling both men." But he said the complaints boil down to the following: Halprin and Emmons did not en joyas Jargearoleku the project as they wished.

The board is being denied its proper voice in design decisions. And because of these "improper" procedures, inadequate and mediocre design the system is resulting. These are all false, said Stokes. "The written record shows clearly that Emmons and Halprin did have a voice in all deci-s i and that the board, through its architectural review committee, does have a voice in design decisions," Stokes said. "As to the allegation that the district is fostering inadequate and mediocre design, this is an entirely subjective matter.

I believe to the contrary and the 14 project architects actively involved believe that the station desips that are emerging are outstanding and will be a credit to the Bay Area." DANVILLE Sheriffs are investieatiifl' the appar But discord arose yesterday Sidewalk Order Canceled ent suicide of Blaine Dixon, 49, who was found this morning shot once through the mouth, beside his car. A .22 calibre pistol was by his side. Construction workers working on a new subdivision off El Cer-' ro Boulevard near Danville discovered the body on their way The city council last night But you come in for a weekend and within an hour of "checking in at your beach-front hotel a you're al-- ready wondering if the sun can really burn in such a short time. You're pampered in one of the new mau- soleums for the living with such romantic names as the Surfrider, the Outrigger, the Hawaiian Village, the. Kahala the Reef, Colony Surf or Ilikai and" you flake out on the beach while the attendant supplies you with suntan oil, the morning paper, a canvas backrest, beach towel and coolie hat.

You sit there, basting yourself occasionally and rotating like a chicken on a barbeque, and play the games people play at such hotels at anything from $25 to $185 a day. You watch other people, mainly female people, mainly those in bikinis, and debate which are only the weekenders (they're the sunburned ones) and which are the wealthy who follow the sun from Bermuda to Cannes to Acapulco to Hawaii. They're usually the tanned girls with the big diamond rings and the hus- bands who appear so much older than they do. And as the sun warms your old bones and the waves break on the reef well offshore, you dip in the ocean and silently lament that you can't keep up the Australian crawl as you used to, and stagger back to your stakeout on the sand, rub on more suntan oil and burrow down in the contentment of knowing that getting away from it all for a weekend is good for the soul. The cocktail waitress from the hotel crosses the raked sand to bring you another drink, and just as you're congratulating yourself on seeing obviously native Hawaiian beauty, she asks how things are in Oakland.

Fine, why? "Because I used to work at the Edgewater Inn there." You're not Hawaiian? "Good- sesSf "I'm i- backed down on its order direct sions of the said notices' the resolution stated, "it is the position of this council that the issue of the payment of costs is ing downtown Broadway property owners to pay the costs of relocating walls under sidewalks to make room for Bay Area Rapid Transit subway an issue between San Francisco Say Area Rapid Transit District and the respective real property tion, protested that the council was "penalizing" its own taxpayers and should leave it up to the courts to decide who should pay for the relocation costs. He-said his group had no quarrel against being ordered to vacate the subsurface sidewalk vaults, mainly Used for storage and sidewalk elevators. RESOLUTION Last night, the council adopted a resolution withdrawing its order that the property owners pay the streets to vacate the space they use under sidewalks for BART construction work and also to pay the cost of relocating all walls and footings from the curb line back to their property lines. BUILDING CODE City Attorney Hilton J. Melby had ruled that the city building code requires property owners to pay such relocation costs whenever the city decides such publicly-owned areas are needed for public projects.

After this action, Warren T. Isaacs, secretary of the associa work. The retreat followed protests iu wuriw. Dixon, of 3718 Willow Pass Road, Concord, was the superintendent of the pipe mill at the Columbia-Geneva Division of the U.S. Steel Plant in Pittsburg.

Deputies said there was a note found in the car, instructing his estranged wife, Virginia, of Danville, how to dispose of his property. No explanation of his action was made in the letter. An autopsy win be performed today. owners Asst. City-Atty.

Edward A. Goggin told the council his of from the Downtown Property Owners Association and also reflected a change in thinking in fice approves the resolution and that its adoption would not jeopardize "hold harmless" agreement between the city and the City Attorney office. council recently ordered 26 owners of property on Broadway between 10th and 21st BART. "Notwithstanding the provi Crusade ted Health and Rehabilitation--Uni If Captain Cook were to make his landfall at the Sandwich Islands today, he'd faints.

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