Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on March 23, 1972 · 15
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 15

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Thursday, March 23, 1972
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l I I m 0 II i f i Vi Vi V V,,: ;,,!;, ; 1 Five Minutes With Bigmouth ' AT Well,-. Jane Fondas new movie, S t e e 1 y a r d Blues, is finished and it came in at $70,000 under budget. Since it was filmed in Oakland it must only mean that this city isnt very good at extorting money out of movie companies . . Directors of BART have been considering raising the salary of Bill Stokes, Barts general manager, to something above $60,000 a year, perhaps effective when the trains start running. He should live so long . . About movies, since The Godfather is going to be such a blockbuster, maybe theyll come up with one about ITT called The Godmother. As R. W. Dennen points out, the paying public would be fascinated. back North in Pleasant Hill. And as the kids stood on the public SIDEWALK taking photos of the buildings, along came the cops and made them go away. Is that any way to run a city? 1 .i. i. S-f-A 0 0 0 s , ; Richard Adamson, with the Coast Guard in Alameda. got a letter postmarked Dec. 3 from Dayton, Ohio, delayed in the mail with a rubber-stamped message saying: Found in supposedly empty equip-v ment. From Adamson: It proves theyre still send-ing letters by train ... At Mosswood Recreation Center the director, Jim McCormick, got into a ridiculous Easter bunny suit big ears, big feet, funny nose and all to be the Easter bunny at a thing for little kids the other day. The suit wouldnt fit over his trousers so he left them in his office. They were stolen, natch, and .there was McCormick, furtively hippity-fcppping home in his bunny suit to get a pair of spare -jfrahfir . . . And todays Womens Lib note: The East . Oakland Boys Club played the Richmond Boys Club ift.a basketball game. The referee: Pretty Caroline Martin, whos with the Oakland Park Department Olympic and world figure skating champions come to Oakland April 7 and will perform at the Coliseum. Along with the Russian, Czech and Austrian stars will be Americas Janet Lynn, who delighted TV audiences during the Olympic Games with her skating and her world-brightening smile. o o I suppose the guy who has given up golf temporarily is the member at Sequoyah who a few weeks ago tossed his driver up in a tree above the ninth tee where its still stuck. A little monument to frustration . , . The Russ Pratts took their 10-year-old, Chris, to a restaurant and the parents decided on halibut meu-niere. Little Chris sent them right under the table when he demanded to know, in a loud and piping voice, if that is anything like horse meuniere? Oakland lady hits daily double for some pretty big winnings at Golden Gate Fields. Collects winnings in ;; $50 bills, tucks them neatly into prescription bottle, I replaces cotton at top, and tucks into purse. Protection against getting mugged? Protection against husband finding . . . Funny bit in the current National. Geographic, of all magazines, about a lady who hears a tornado warning broadcast, spends five hours in her basement, then calls to complain when the tornado fails to materialize. Same thing a month or so later, and again she complains. The third warning she goes - to the basement and the tornado hits, and when she emerges her house is gone. She calls again and says: .Now thats more like it! ? o o - Poor Sen. Henry Jackson. On March 2 of last year the Atlanta Journal quoted him as saying in Georgia, I feel at home here. Later UPI quoted him in a Florida speech as saying I feel at home. Later the Omaha World Herald quoted him in Nebraska as saying, I feel at home here, Then the Nashville Banner , quoted him as saying, I feel at home in Tennessee. Obviously Jackson is the only candidate actively running against Richard Nixon, whos equally at home in Washington, San Clemente, Florida, and maybe China , .:..Guess I have to apologize to Oakland Police Capt. Charlie Hansen for saying his personalized license plate is 73 POT. (Hes to be Aahmes Shrine potentate next year.) Its actually 73 POTE and my spy dropped the last letter. But Hansens second car got BUL for its three letters . . . Guy I know developed a painfully swollen leg, went to a doctor and it was blood poisoning. The guy had gotten it from athletes foot which hed gotten at a health club . . . It's as Curt Stewart says, when people get to be middle-aged health is most important. The idea is to avenge your-felves live long enough to be a problem to your children. .. In Danger' SACRAMENTO (UPI) A blue ribbon council has warned that California may not be capable of supporting, tolerable human life within several more decades unless the state adopts a long-term environmental protection strategy. In its second report to GoV. Ronald Reagan and the legislature, the Environmental Quality Study Council declared yesterday that California is in severe danger of being de- Supreme self-confidence: Harry Geis, weather forecaster for KCBS Radio, has just set his own vacation dates based on his own long-range weather predictions ... At Merritt College, Louis Kuplan has been teaching a course in creative retirement and has had a Sunday morning TV program on the same subject called Gift of Time. Last night his class at Merritt gave him a surprise retirement party, since Kuplan himself is about to retire. The gift of time they gave him: A watch without hands ... Mike Harris . teaches photography at Diablo Valley College, set up an assignment to have his class take some architec-tural shots and he and eight students selected Camel- Witness in Panther Trial Held An Alameda County Superior Court judge today ordered the wife of a slain Black Panther party member into the custody of New York authorities who want her to testify in the trial of a suspect in her husbands murder. Mrs. Pauline Jackson Napier, 24, wife of Samuel Lee Napier, who was gunned dpwn April 17, 1971, on the streets of Harlem near New York city, was ordered into the custody of two New York detectives who were to fly her out of Oakland at noon today. Officials in Queens County, New York, want her to testify in the murder trial of Mark Holder, a New York Panther who is accused of killing Mrs. Napiers husband. Mrs. Napier was arrested about 2:30 a.m. today in the Lamp Post Bar and Grill at 2273 Telegraph Ave. She appeared this morning before Superior Court Judge John P. Sparrow, who ordered her returned to New York as a material witness in the murder trial. The removal of a material witness in a criminal case, unlike the removal of a suspect, does not requit formal extradition proceedings. After the hearing Anthony Lombardino, chief of organized crime control for the Queens County district attorneys office, told newsmen that Mrs. Napiers husband was slain in the feud between the Oakland faction of the Black Panther party, controlled by Eldridge Cleaver. He said Napier was gunned down as he Was selling the newspaper published by the Oakland faction on the streets of Harlem. His body was taken tp a building which was to then et on fire, Lombardino said. Napier, he said, was. involved in a murder up in Harlem involving a Cleaver Panther, and in retaliation they shot him nine times and burned his body. Mrs. Napier was to testify in Holders trial tomorrow morning, he said. Judge Sparrow ordered her into the custody of John Kelly and Kernel Holland, investigators for the Queens County district attorneys office. New York authorities had forwarded a petition demanding that she be returned to Alameda County authorities. Her address was listed as 436 62nd St. stroyed as a place to live. It is even questionable whether major portions of the state will be capable of supporting tolerable human life within several more decades, the study said. The 17-member council, appointed by Reagan and the legislature in 1968 to study the states environmental problems, submitted 43 recommendations on governmental organization, population; ' a i r quality and land transportation and energy use. The council members urged both Reagan and lawmakers to act this year and to act decisively. Only the boldest and most imaginative measures, implemented now, can prevent the ultimate deterioration of the environment of this state," they said. The council submitted its first report last year with a study on governmental organization concerning environ-mental problems. After a series of public hearings, council meetings and research, the panel said its second effort revealed an extremely pessimistic picture about Californias environ-mental ills, The council said some progress was made last year in certain areas of pollution control but that a statewide cohesive strategy to maintain environmental quality is still needed. The panel was particularly critical of the defeat last year of a bill by Assemblyman Edwin L. Zberg, D-Sacramento, that would have created a state super agency to deal with pollution problems. In regard to population, the council said population distribution is still urgently needed, but it will no longer suffice to design such policies with the state. The problem is national in scale. It called for cooperation between the states and the Federal Government to regulate urban growth and population influx in certain areas. The council said the report was an attempt to develop a much-needed long-term strategy" for protecting the environment. Specific recommendations included: Creation of a state environmental quality board and eight corresponding regional boards to control air, water and land use. Adoption of a conservation and development plan to specifically define the states environmental goals and policy. State efforts for massive funding and organizing of balanced transportation systems. Creation of an energy conservation and power plant siting commission to regulate energy use and power plant construction. OEO Aide Indicted - a . . - In Embezzlement Robert G. Acosta, Southern Alameda County antipoverty official, has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on two counts of embezzling more than $41,000 in federal funds. Acosta will enter a plea to the charges tomorrow before U.S. District Court Judge Spencer Williams in San Francisco. Police Probe Kidnap Story CAMPBELL - Police are The indictment, returned yesterday, charges Acosta with attempting to cash a check for $21,478 drawn on funds of the Southern Alameda County Economic Opportunity Agency in Fremont on March 10 of this year. investigating the report of a service station executive that was kidnaped by three men last Sunday night. Skip Eugene Wade, 39, of Campbell returned home yesterday and told police that he was robbed and didnt know where the kidnapers released him. Campbell police said they are investigating and refused to give any details. The second count alleges that Acosta embezzled $19,752 from the account of the California Community Action Program Directors Association from Nov. 2, 1971, to March 10, 1972. Acosta was treasurer and secretary of the organization. Acosta was arrested in Los Angeles on March 10 on a federal warrant. He is being held in the San Francisco County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. Tribune photos by Howord I Barbara Marean watched as husband Roland was loaded into an ambulance after surrendering RECONCILIATION PLEA ' : By RUUD VAN DER VEER Tribune Staff Writer Court, shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday: He asked to talk to FREMONT A desperate young husband fired a shotgun over the head of his estranged wife yesterday and shouted: 1 want you back! Then he held her hostage for nearly an hour until police officers talked him into releasing her and turning over his weapons. Dozens of neighbors watched as police armed with shotguns surrounded an Irvington district home and attempted to reason with what, seemed blind despair. Roland Marean III, 21 and unemployed, walked into the home of friends, the Harold Boyes family at 3581 Ronald his wife, Barbara, 17, who was staying there. But Mrs. Marean wasnt iirt. Marean, aimed with a shotgun and two revolvers, sat with Boyes watching television until his wife returned with Boyes son, Ricky, 14. Mrs. Boyes returned home a few minutes later. At that point Marean said he wanted his wife to come back to him. When she responded, Dont be ridicu lous, and attempted to walk away from him, Marean fired the shotgun into the ceiling of the livingroom. As police arrived at the home the Boyes Family"es- caped to the street. Marean locked himself and his wife in a first-floor bathroom the shotgun at his wifes head and the revolvers at his side. Marean, who separated from his wife a month ago when he left for San Diego to look for a job, repeatedly told police he wculd kill his wife unless given ample opportunity to talk with her. Lt. George Johnson and Officer David Lawrence alternated at the bathroom window talking to Marean, urging him not to do anything drastic. Officers armed with shotguns surrounded toe house, a priest was called discussed str; whether to ude But then Police Capt. Harry Heyen made one last attempt at what he later ca 1 led avoiding harm to anyone. He promised Marean he could talk with his wife for 15 minutes if he surrendered his weapons. Marean gave up and the captain watched as the couple talked. As Marean walked to an ambulance for the trip to Highland Hospital and psychiatric observation, detective Dick Lockwood walked up to the crowd and pleaded. Please go home now this is erobarrasiag for this man. the lirtpolice c ! - f v , frf Alioto T rio 'Had Clouds Over Heads' Attempt to Stop Amendment Fails Soledad Case Defense in Closing Plea VANCOUVER, Wash. (UPI) Former Washington Attorney General John J. OConnell said today the three defendants in a $2.3 million civil lawsuit came into court with six clouds over their heads. Then he read from instructions to the jury and asked, Now where are the clouds? The other defendants are Mayor Joseph Alioto of San Francisco and George K. Fal-er, who was an assistaht to OConnen. A Superior Court judge today refused to issue a temporary injunction sought by Oakland police and firemen to prevent the city council from putting a disputed pension question on the June primary ballot. OConnell, in his closing argument to the jury, listed the items, making up the clouds as: But Judge William Brails-ford did set a show cause hearing on the question for April 5. At that time, the city will have the chance to argue against such an injunction. At todays hearing. Asst. City Atty. David Self argued that the U.S. Constitution permits cities to submit legislation to the voters. Should the judge issue an injunction after the April 5 hearing, a complication would arise over how the county could remove the question from the ballots, which will be printed by then. Plaintiffs in the suit are the Oakland Police and Fire Co-Ordinating Council, Oakland Police Officers Association, Local 55 of the International Association of Fire Fighters and all taxpayers of the City of Oakland. It names defendants the city, its council and chief administrative officers. A contingent fee for an attorney is evil. . Too much money was paid the defendants. Fee splitting is bad, evil, illegal and improper. The Washington Attorney General cannot practice law privately. The attorney general had an official duty. to represent all the plaintiffs. he plaintiffs were terribly damaged by the defendants and even though they got almost $14 million they should get some more. OConnell read from instructions which told the jury each of those items except the last was not true. The instruction on the last item said each plaintiff must prove it was damaged. If what f have said is correct what is left, of this lawsuit? OConnell asked. y Philip P. Bowe, attorney for the police and firemen organizations, claimed his clients had not been consulted with by the city as required by the state under the Meyer s-Milias-Brown Act. The city council this morning voted unanimously to place the question on the June 6 ballot over the objections of police and firemen representatives. The countys deadline for ballot measures is tomor row. Bay Foam Gone, Mystery Lingers Mendocino State Hospital to Close SACRAMENTO (A P) -Mendocino State Hospital will be closed by Sept..l, the Reagan administration announced today. The Mendocino facilitys 541 patients will be trahsferred to Stockton and Napa state hospitals or returned to their home communities before the closing, Dr. J. M. Stubblebine, director of the State Department of Mental Hygiene, said. The brief appearance of large q u a n t i t i e s of foam, which for a time made the Berkeley shoreline of the Bay look like a giant beer schooner,-was still a mystery today. Officials of the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Control Board said the foamy shoreline cleared up too quickly for tests to be made. It was probably a unique combination of the tidal cycle and high-winds from the Golden Gate causing the same kind of foaming commonly seen around the Dumbarton Bridge in the South Bay, a board spokesman said. A broken gasket on a detergent line outside the nearby Colgate Palmolive plant late Tuesday night, combined with runoff from Wednesday morning showers, might also have caused the foam, the water quality spokesman said. One thi ng for sure, it wasnt beer suds," he said. The suit claims that since the city began considering the repeal or modification of charter language approved in Proposition 3 on April 20, 1971, it has not honored its meet an confer obligations under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, nor has it given the police and firemen notice of the intended change. The suit also claims that the plaintiffs had had no time to evaluate the proposal or make counter proposals. City officials argue that the amendment to the charter section dealing with police and fire retirement will remove the 4 per cent Interest rate assumption replacing it with a floating rate of one-fourth of one per cent below actual interest received. City officials estimate that the artificial interest assumption rate may cost the city as much as $600,000, because of a heavy drain on the system this year. The lawsuit charges that since the passage of Projiosition 3 a year ago the Oakland Police and Fire Co-Ordinating Council, in reliance on the measure, has spent $6,000 for a c t u a r i a 1 studies to aid implementation of the improved retirement benefits under the measure. Capt. Charles Hartsen, president of the Oakland Police Officers Association, joined the lawsuit as a complaining tax payer. He claims that placement of a manifestly illegal proposition before the voters would cost several thousand dollars and is an obvious useless expenditure and waste of taxpayers funds. Final defense arguments in the Soledad Brothers trial in San Francisco were nearing the end today as attorney Floyd Silliman continued to attack the credibility of inmate witnesses who testified for the prosecution. Once Silliman finishes, Monterey County Dist. Atty. William Curtis will conclude and Superior Court Judge S. Lee Vavurts will instruct the jury. Silliman has indicated he will be through sometime today. The trial, now in its 13th week before a San Francisco Superior Court jury, concerns the beating death of Soledad Prison guard John V. Mills on Jan. 16, 1970. John W. Clutchette and Fleeta Drumgo are accused of murder and assault in Mills', death. Both have pleaded innocent. A third so-called Soledad Brother, black revolutionary George Jackson, was originally accused in the case. While awaiting trial, Jackson was killed last August in an alleged escape attempt from San Quentin Prison. Silliman, representing Clutchette, closed his arguments before the jury yesterday, arguing against the possibility of a compromise verdict of manslaughter. The guard was not simply a s s a u 1 te d . . .not simply manslaughtered. He was murdered, Silliman told the jury. Defense attorneys argued that the prosecution witnesses, inmates at the prison when Mills was killed, were inconsistent in their testimony and were "so fouled up you cant believe any of them. Deputy Takes Over Farm Post SACRAMENTO (AP) -William Cowan has taken over as Californias acting agriculture chief following the death yesterday of Director Jerry W. Fielder in a plane crash. Cowan had been Fielder's chief .deputy. will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Dixon Community Church, Dixon. M i

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