Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on July 6, 1972 · 13
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 13

Oakland, California
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Thursday, July 6, 1972
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. . 1 xr -. )' : j. . 'Rep. Jerome Waldie, TKAntioch, yesterday blasted the Defense Department's methods of reducing the, work force at California military in-fstallations as grossly unfair, --fta shabby way to treat the ci-vilian workers, and not good policy. . Waldie conducted a one-day hearing of the House Post Office and Civil Service subcommittee yesterday in San .Fran-' ' cisco, probing the Pentagon's 1 reductions in force at the Oakland Naval Supply Center and the. Mare Island Naval Shipyard. ' ' Rear Adm. Wallace R. Dowd Jr., commanding officer at the Naval Supply Center, said he had been directed by the Pentagon to reduce his civilian work force from 2,820 persons last October to 2,699 by June 30. He said he had reduced his work force to 2,671 persons but had to hire 97 temporary workers to handle traffic to and from Southeast Asia. ; The net result, he said, was a reduction of 52 employes including 13 drivers, 30 repair- (Tribune l METROPOLITAN ACWBPAWCN Thurs.,July6,1972 13 Drug Abuse Foe Shot In Fremont FREMONT A drug abuse lighter on the staff of Car-. nales Unidos Reformando Ad-'ictos, a Chicano brothertiood for the reformation of narcot- ics addicts, was shot in the face and neck last night on a quiet Fremont street. ' Ignacio Zarate, 45, was driving along Ogden Drive around 5:15 p.m., looking for an address where he was to meet one of his charges, when a man in a cowboy hat and sunglasses Walked up to the car at the passenger side, reached in with a revolver and fired at close range. The gunman fled on foot. . Zarate remains in serious condition and under intensive care after an emergency tracheotomy at W a s h i n g t o n Township Hospital. Police said no motive has ' been established for the shooting.' .Zarates brotherhood, sponsored .by the Southern Alame-- da County Economic Opportunity Agency, sought a drug detoxification center at a local convalescent - hospital earlier this year. Although federal money was available and the hospital was cooperating, the project was dropped when art overwhelming majority o f area homeowners voted ' against it by mail ballot. The shooting occurred about a . mile from the convalescent hospital in the Parkside district. By FRED GARRETSON Tribune Staff Writer ' Irrigation water contami-ngted by enough salt to damage blit probably not kill many kinds of crops was being delivered today to 250,- 000 acres of farmland along the Delta-Mendota Canal in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and Fresmrxountiesr The U.S. Bureau of Recla-- mation said the salt level in the Delta-Mendota Canal today t reached 175 parts per million and was still rising. ' Salt , levels higher than 150 . ppm are considered damaging to -many crops if used for a whole season. Some crops and . , . . Bill's Still Holidaying men, five janitors and 15 fire-. men. ' ..ft-, -J-. In some cases the workload was shouldered by civilians ; working for firms under con-, tract to the supply center, Dowd said. The Oakland and Richmond fire departments .? have assumed fire protection . responsibilities on the. base,5 he added. ' . It was unclear, he testified, that the g o v e r n m e n t had . saved any money by the rev ductions in force. - : i While the workforce dimin- . ished, there was no .corre- ' sponding drop in his budget, he testified. It remains to be proved that . the government can save any money by assigning work to ,"k contract firms as opposed to hiring civilian employes outright, he said. It seems, Rep. Waldie said, that the Department of Defense directive is to get rid of "bodies, and that is a very difficult way of doing it. It is difficult on the civilian work force to lose their jobs. It is grossly , unfair, a shabby way to do it, and not a , good policy. Lee R Moody, vice president oft he American Federation of Government Employes in Oakland, complained that some workers were being downgraded but were doing -the same work as formerly. . . He said that in most cases the Navy could save half the labor costs by using full-time employes. Dick Barrus, international representative of the International Brotherhood of Electri-. cal Workers, said that ton Mare Island the reductions in force had intimidated civilian workers because they knew they could be reassigned at any time to lower jobs. Waldie said he would recommend to the full House Post Office and Civil Service Committee that the Congress . require the Navy to audit the costs of contracting for work as opposed to hiring full-time civilian employes to do it. They (the committee) have been skirting this issue for years, he said. Contracting out may not be in the best interests of the taxpayers. Rear Adm. Willard Barnes, commanding officer on Mare Island, said he had been ordered to reduce hiS civilian force from 8,650 to 8,062 by the end of last month. An inordinate number of resignations and retirements has - brought the work force down to 7,850, he said. Clerical Strike Conciliation MARTINEZ - The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors today agreed to a union proposal that the State Conciliation Service be called in to help settle the 10-day-old employes strike. In a statement issued after an hour-long c 1 o s e d -d o o r meeting the supervisors said they felt prolonging the work stoppage is not in the best interest of the employes or the , public. They emphasized that , going into conciliation does not mean the board is changing its position or making any concessions, for it is convinced about the fundamental soundness of its position. plants are damaged by much lower levels of salt. -The bureau is using the six big pumps on. the canal at Tracy to suck salt water out of the southern channels of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The June 21 Andrus Island levee break caused San Francisco Bay salt water to invade the Delta. The State Department of Water Resources California Aqueduct pumping plant near Tracy, which also draws wa-, ter from the Delta, has been shut down since June 21 and hasnt yet been sent into the battle to clean up the Delta. In addition, farmers along the' Delta-Mendota Canal are . By LES SIPES Tribune Staff Writtiff I Mrs. Susie Berkowitz, a'pert 18-year-old, and her husband of five months,- Dennis, 20, plan to set out from Contra Costa County Aug. 1 on the granddaddy of all trail rides. The couple plans a circuitous trip t on horseback through the Northwest and to Kentucky and return which will involve a distance of more than 12,000 miles and take about a year to complete. . Accompanying them will be S u s i e s , sassy little Pekingese-terrierT S u g a r, whos had footpad moccasins made fdr her and will ride in a". saddlebag when the pooch gets, too tired to keep up with thelwrses. '' Mrs. Berkowitz, a soft-' s p o k e n - but ' self-confident young blue-eyed blonde whose parents are Mr. and Mrs. David .Robinson of Pleasant Hillftexplained the longdistance trek with a simple, Its . .something 1 Ive always wanted to do. . Ive j been around horses and riding all my life and this was a.kind of dream I had. She married her husband, Dennis, a native of the Oakland area and a kitchen assistant at an Oakland residence, last Jan. 5. Hes never been farther than Lake Tahoe and San Jose and never rode before, but hes learning fast. I told him about the plans for the trip when we got married and he said, swell, lets start working on it. The couple, who now live in Concord, bought their horses from friends at the neighboring ranches of Bill and Judy Wilcutt and Kenneth and Anne Baker in Alamo, where Susie works. Dennis rides each evening after work and the entire group of friends, the Berkow-itzes, Bakers and the Wilcutts, ride more than 100 miles each weekend. Dennis and I rode from Concord to Lake Tahoe and back on rented horses about four months ago, Mrs. Berkowitz said. Because of the difficulties of traversing the, upper bay bridges and the river road to Sacramento, the Berkowitzes plan to trailer their horses to Stockton and leave from there eariy the morning of Aug. 1. We plan to take just our two horses and the dog, sleeping gear, some basic food and first aid equipment for both ourselves and horses and live off wild game as much as we can. Negotiations are under way Investigators today pondered the strange parallels in thelivesr'bf thetwcThijackers who died in a bloody shootout when FBI agents stormed a plane they had seized at San Francisco International Airport. ; According to the U.S. Immi-g r a t i o n and Naturalization Service, both the men, Dimitr Alexiev and Michael Azmanoff, were born in Bulgaria in the same year, although in different cities. Both emigrated to the United States in the same year, although from different places. And both finally settled in Hayward. Both were sponsored by Church World Services, the overseas ministries branch of the National Council of Churches, with offices in New York City. Alexiev was born in Silistra, Bulgaria, on Jan. 3, 1944, and reportedly more familiar with the flood irrigation methods by which crops can be grown safely even in very salty water, as long as saline water is used for only a few weeks. Originally, federal and state officials planned to. dilute the salt water, shipping part of it to Bakersfield and Los Ange-Jes was decided that salt could have long-run bad effects on ground water basins in those areas. - . - j In other areas of the Delta battle, both Fibreboard Corp. and Crown-Zellerbach Corp. said salt contamination of the Contra , Costa Canal has required them to curtail manufacture of certain kinds of products, particularly liner boards used for packing canned goods, v Both corporations said it is regarded as unsafe to pack metal cans in boxes .whose liners are impregnated with high doses of salt because the salt corrodes cans. Both companies said no layoffs of em- DENNIS AND SUSIE BERKOWITZ PLANNING THEIR LONG TRAIL RIDE Concord couple expect to be gone a year on trip to Kentucky and back to obtain a partial sponsorship on the ride from the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain, which would provide them with an occasional chicken dinner en route. The ir planned horseback route is from Stockton to Klamath Falls, Ore., across to Twin Falls, Idaho, through Salt Lake City and Independence, Mo. to Kentucky, where they plan to stay for about a month before starting back via the southern states and a stopover visit . to the Mardi Gras at New Orleans. Mrs. berkowitz estimated the distance going at 6,039 miles and the return trip at 6,029 miles and about six months each way. I learned to like the country and the people there when I was a truck driver for a cross-country hauling outfit ' Parallels came to the U.S. via Beirut, Lebanon, on Nov; . 29, .1968, through New York. Azmanoff was born in Raz-log, Bulgaria, on Jan. 24, 1944, and immigrated to the U.S. from -Rome, Italy, on Nov. 14, 1968. At different times, they both lived in Farmingdale, N. J. From Farmingdale, Azmanoff went to New Brunswick, N.J., and Alexiev went to Lakewood, N. J. Alexiev came to San Francisco in August, 1969, and , lived at 312 4th Ave. . ; Azmanoff moved to San Francisco in November, 1970, living at 2526 Clement St. In May, 1970, Alexiev moved to 25868 Atwell Place, ! Hayward. ,In August, 1971, Azmanoff gave the immigratiort service the same address when he Not Fatal to ployes are contemplated at this time. . Crown-Zellerbacb, Fibre-board and du Pont Nemours along with the community of Oakley, are unable to get the qaergency supply of high-quality water from the East Bay Municipal Utility District which-is being used to dilute . Du Pont, a chemical maker, said salt water isnt affecting its operations. The northern section of the California Aqueduct today has gates closed about every 10 miles. Only enough water is being taken into Clifton Court Borebay (at the base of the pumps) to supply the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District in eastern Contra Costa County and to preserve water quality for the South Bay Aqueduct, v Federal and state officials ,wants to 'avoid spreading the salt 'contamination to South t Bay Aqueduct Customers in the Livermore Valley, in and around the city of, Fremont, and the Santa Clara Valley , ' v , , v ' -ft - V based at Little Rock, Ark, she explained. We want to visit Louisville, and see all the horse monuments there. Id been booming around the country with friends to see the United States when I left high school and a woman acquaintance said I could be her second driver if the trucking .firm, B. J. McAdams, would take me on. The boss took one look at my 5 feet, 5 inches and 95 pounds and laughed. But they gave me a tryout and I was 'hired at the age of 16 with ICC approval. Mrs. Berkowitz, who said She has visited every state on the mainland and knows every road and way station, mapped out the route for the horseback ride, which will keep them off the freeways in Life, Death was granted permanent resident status. r. Whether Azmanoff ever spent any time there was not clear. He was not known to some neighbors. . John Schauer, director of refugee services for the Church World Services, said in New York today that he had just pulled the files on the two men but had not had a chance to read them. He did say, however, that his organization was not responsible for screening immigrants which they sponsor. That is up to the government, he said. Alexiev was described by neighbors today as a very nice and compassionate man. Dor thy Mohar of 25869 Atwell Place, across the street from the modest little home where Alexiev and his wife lived at 25868 Atwell where salt could have permanent effects on the ground water basins. The rest of the state aqueduct is now being supplied by uncontaminated' water in off-stream storage at San Luis Reservoir. The Westlands Water District, whose owners include some of the most influ-. ential political groups in the state, is also being supplied with uncontaminated San Luis water. State and federal officials have been closed-mouthed about the decision to feed salt water exclusively to the 24 irrigation, districts and agencies . along the Delta-Mendota Canal, but some sources said that it was decided that in the long run salt-contamination would doithe least damage if shipped tothisarea. ' The Contra Costa County Poard of Supervisors yesteiv day considered, but took nov action, on requests that the county be declared a disaster area because of the salt water intrusion. : A J v " k- ' -: 'svXy ''' - - j and main arterial roads. I drove trucks for a year and a half but my husband, whom Id known most of my life and met again at some bowling sessions in Pleasant Hill, said I should quit that because it was too heavy work wrestling around 100-pound crates when I had to. The Berkowites are members of the Hayward Horsemens Association. Some of our friends tell us were crazy to make this long ride, that well run into maniacs or people who will steal our horses, she said. But Ive got realtives in the service, and my husband and I both want to see how many real Americans are left, and take a leisurely look at some of the countrys scenic beauty that you dont see at 70 miles per hour on afreeway. Place, said I just cant believe he would do such a thing. She even entertains doubts as to the identification of the hijacker as Alexiev. It just didnt look like Mitch in the picture that was shown on television, she said. She has lived at the address about a year and a half. She said she had not seen the private cab that Alexiev drives for about a week. Another neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said Alexiev was shy, but would talk if greeted. Alexiev appeared perfectly content iwith his life as a cab driver.-1 He first drove for Peninsula Veterans Cab, but later bought his own cab and did well, working out of San Francisco International Airport. Crops Aides to Gov. Ronald Reagan previously stated the governor wouldnt ask President Nixon to declare the county a disaster area unless the board of supervisors initiated the request. In other action yesterday; - Vasilios Choulos, "partner of San Francisco lawyer Mel Belli, said he is pressing a $50 . million suit against all persons allegedly responsible for the June 21 Andrus Island levee break. The suit, filed in Sacramento County, seeks damages from the Brannan-Andrus Levee Maintenance District, two contractors working on the levee before the collapse Dutra Dredging Co. and Joe W. Richards plus the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State. Department ' of Water Resources, the State Reclamation Board, and Sac ramento County. Choulos said he represents, resort owners and formers in a class action brought in the name of all persons damaged by the levee break. 1 The Oakland public schools administration ' yesterday recommended acceptance of the major portion of a plan to replace three aging schools with two new ones. . School board members adjourned their regular session to meet at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss the matter. . The proposal, made by the Master Plan Citizens Committee School Buildings Task Force, would replace Clawson and Durant elementary schools and Hoover Junior High School with a new kindergarten - through-grade-four school on the Hoover site and a five-through-eight grade middle school on the Dur-apt site. Earthquake safety funds would be used for the project. None of the schools are considered structurally safe in terms of Californias Field Act, which has governed construction standards since 1933. Clawsons main building at the 3240 Peralta St. site was , built in 1914; Durant, 2820 West St., was constructed in 1913 and Hoover, 3263 West St., was built in 1919. Ninth grade students residing in the area would be transferred t o McClymonds High School in accordance with the concept that middle schools are designed to meet the needs of early adolescence and ninth graders are- better suited for attendance in a high school program. . - Supt. Marcus Foster said that both the Hoover and Durant sites should be enlarged to occupy entire blocks, and that the Parks and Recreation Department arid Model Cities have both expressed an interest in working with the district to obtain property adjacent to the Durant School. Foster agreed with master planners that at least a portion of the Clawson site should be retained for community use (a multi-purpose building constructed in 1961 was designed for school-community use) but questioned using the property as a depot for busing People's BERKELEY An ad hoc committee wants to build a stone firepit 26 feet in diameter at the disputed Peoples Park and the University of California forbids, it; - - And so there is another issue to build tensions around the block-sized Berkeley tract which is owned by the university and occupied de facto by the people. In May, after demonstrators tore down the chain-link fence around the land, U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Albert H. Bowker said the property was available to be used in a peaceful and lawful manner. To Bowker, this meant no overnight camping, fires or ad hoc construction of a permanent nature while the City of Berkeley and U.C. negotiated for a possible city lease of the land. In fact, however, backpackers crash nightly at the tract and there are large fires built in a crude, 20-foot crater dug by park partisans. Last week, U.C. received a letter on paper with the heading: Peoples Park, Dwight, Bowditch & Haste streets, Berkeley, 94704. It was signed by designer Edward Guzzi, builder Cleveland Grayson and retired chemical engineer Wells Webb, a 1933 Berkeley campus graduate. The trios letter said that the park people and Berkeley co m m u n i t y are in overwhelming agreement that the firepit must be made into an a s s e t and cease being a blight. They presented a plan whereby the hole would be up-.graded into a contoured, 4-foot 6-inch deep pit lined with paving stones 75 pounds or heavier. Obviously, they possess no potential as throwing weapons, said the letter. . Compacted clay from the site would be mixed with aggregate to cement the stones. Aboye the pit would be a w elded metali directional 'chimney With sparkarresters. -r Since the pit couid be dis-mantled and filled, it does -not constitute a permanent structure, said the letter. Campus Police Chief William Beal, responding that the children tq the Hoover site. District policy provides i transportation only for chil- ' dren who live more than 1.5 miles from the school they attend, and he said it was unlikely that budget would permit an increase in such serv- ' ices. In other matters, the board heard a report indicating that first and third grade students in 11 schools where Miller Un-ruh reading specialists are employed improved their performance on state tests. Virginia . Reid, retiring as district reading consultant, praised the work of the spe-c i a li s t s and reminded the board that the nationwide goal "tleals with both the right and the desire to read, and that the second part of the goal is ' sometimes neglected. Board members approved the retirements of four veteran teachers. They are Muriel D. 'OBrien of Claremont Junior High School, with the district 28 years; Katherine Riley, Oakland High School, 18 years; W. Edwin Tallyn, Fremont High School, 25 ' years, and M a d e 1 i n e E. Tank, McChesney Junior High School, 33 years. Supt. Fosters report on security problems during the week ending June 23 included . incidents of major glass vandalism at an estimated cost of $5,022. Board members suggested contacting Community Coun- cil heads at Horace Mann and Jefferson schools, where a large number of panes were . broken, and the recreation and park department, which supervises playgrounds, in an attempt to halt the destruction. Thats a lot of monCy down the rat hole, Director David Tucker Jr. said of the report. George Stokes, executive of the Oakland Federation of . Teachers, AFL-CIO, told board members that no funds for implementation and no procedure for enforcement of the Stull Bill have been passed by the legislature. Park Flap plans violated Bowkers rules, told the committee not. a to build it. Volunteer workers have meanwhile dug the hole to the plans specifications Yesterday Wbbr85f1ieid- a press conference at the tract to complain that Beall has threatened to remove people from the park by force. Beall denied this. Webb said his group has cooperated with Berkeley city police to discourage drug pushers and rowdies, but campus police, he said, have harassed people at the park by waking .them at night and by driving across the land at high speeds. Beall replied that he has received no complaints about police behavior and that his men were specifically instructed to be courteous and helpful. Beall and the committee heads met latq yesterday afternoon and got nowhere. Afterward, however, Webb conceded that Beall had never threatened to remove people by foicS in so many words. But there was an implication, he contended. Innocent Plea In Death of Girl Jlisha Ainsworth, 27, of 2931 Chestnut St. pleaded innocent today to a charge of murdering a 16-year-old girl with an injection of cocaine and heroin called a speedball by drug addicts. Municipal Judge Jacqueline Taber continued the case to Monday for the setting of a preliminary exaimnation date. Veteran poUce officers said it was the first time they recalled a murde,r charge being filed in such a case. The victim was Patricia Green, daughter of Mr., and Mrs. Frank Green of 2638 14th Ave., who was found dead in a motel room on MacArthur Boulevard after police received an anonymous tip last Sunday.' T After speaking to friends of 1 they arrested Ain-orth half an hour later at his home. v He is also charged with administering drugs to a juvenile. i ,1- 'J

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