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f CALIFORNIA COMMENTARY Is Brown Planning To Give Away Calif. Rights? By CASPAR W. WEINBERGER Governor Brown, who tasted the heady wine ot adulation offered him by all of the Democratic presidential hopefuls in Washington recently, might well be excused a few incautious remarks and an evident desire to please leading Democrats from other states. However, one suggestion he did make before a congressional com mittee, although hardly noticed in the general excitement, has extraordinarily dangerous implications for California's future. The ostensible official purpose of Governor Brown's trip was to urge acceptance of a compromise previously worked out by central and southern California water groups for joint Sate-Federal con-, struction and operation of the San Luis Dam. This Dam o 1 course is vital both to the Feather River project and to the Trinity River Division now under cort- 'struction by the federal govern ment. The agreement was finally achieved because water users in both the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California finally realized their respective plights wen far more important than securing their own way on minor details. The Governor's task in urging the adoption of a wholly-agreed upon compromise, worked out by .the water users themselves, was not a difficult one. His testimony before the Senate Committee filled only three short pages, and he was preparing c leave amid additional congratulations when Senator Allott of Colorado asked casually if Brown would endorse the Colorado River storage project in the Upper Basin. Brown said that while he was not yet ready to take a position, "you may find a change of attitude 'on California's part). The fact that the previous Governor opposed it. does not mean that I will." Sirtiing Answer This startling answer is totally at variance with the official California policy — of opposition to the Colorado Upper Basin storage project — followed ever since Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming sought to seize the best of the Colorado River for themselves. Some in California still may not realize that the nearly 5 million acre fee* of water a year we draw from the Colorado River is Uie life blood of a region holding more than half of California's population. (An acre foot is, of course, the amount of water necessary to cover one acre, one foot deep) Our rights to the vital Colorado River system are being challeng cd from two directions, the first, of course, being the seemingly- endless litigation in which Arizona is trying to reduce' our rights to nearly 2 million acre feet of water a year from the great river. The second challenge, and one that presents an equal, if not a greater threat, is the Upper Basm storage project in which four states, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, are seek-! ing to divert and store 48 million acre feet of 'water, or three full years' flow of water for the generation of power. Lest For Hoover Dam If this enormously expensive project should ever be completed in full, the quantity of water| reaching Hoover Dam could be reduced by nearly 10 million acre feet of water every year. With California already critically short of water and forced to tap the great surplus areas of our northern counties hundreds of miles from the population centers of the South, this additional threat to the prime southern supply could require almost simultaneous construction of another project as large as Feather River just to keep abreast of our growing water needs. The strangest thing about Governor Brown's statement to the Senate Committee is that fori years. Northcutt Ely, California's special legal counsel in all of these matters, employed as a high-ranking member of Brown's own Department of Justice, has fought most vigorously against this Upper Basin water grab. Ely is also our Attorney defending California's rights to Colorado River water against Arizona's marathon suit. If there ever was any doubt about California's position, Ely would have been advised of it during all the years when Brown was Attorney General of California. A desire to please neighboring ^Congressmen. Senators and others is understandable if the Governor has his eye on the presidency. But this desire is more serious if the impression should be given that California no longer opposes a plan which would reduce both the quality and the quantity of her principal water source for an area whose increasing needs emphasize the desperate shortness of | its supply. Two Long Beach Couples To Swap Mates LAS VEGAS (LTD—Two Long Beach, Calif., couples took out marriage licenses here yesterday, announcing their intention {c swap mates because each \va; married to the "wrong person.'' Joe D. Ratcliffe. 23, an auto mechanic, obtained a license to marry Gloria Jean Muncy, 25. while Bill L. Muncy, 25. a pile driver operator, got a license to wed Delores Lorraine Ratcliffe, 23. Ratcliffe said he met Mrs. Muncy a year ago at a bowling alley. Muncy said he met Mrs. Ratcliffe six months aso at a dance attended by both couples. The couples were divorced Monday in separate actions, each wife obtaining the decree on grounds of mental cruelty and each receiving custo J v of their children. The Ratcliffes, who were married Oct 3. 1954, at Long Beach, have two children. Jodee, 3. and Jeanne, l'i. .The Murtcys' married Oct. 25, 1951. also at Long Beach.- .... . have a daughter. Deborah Ann. 5. • to J^ a,r , the ,' rr a " t0 ? and afpp! J "Early this year we decided we|"~? B f d " ,at,v * ^ ss « • . . ,u c ot.nng. shoes and alcoholic bev- were married to the wrong per-' „„„„,,, . „ - .1! . sons." Ratcliffe explained "W r ; c "f cs ll,an they havc "* P ast got together, sat down and worked j TheS f arc , somef fmd,ngs in * this thin* out " i " pecial a - na, >' s ' s of 'ncomes and ^ares„tthetwowomenwerel™ n P lion issucd b - v the Com Bill To End Bar Discrimination Approved SACRAMENTO (UPI) - A bill which would strip the liquor license from a bar which refuscl to serve Negroes or members ol other minority groups has been approved by an Assembly com mittee. The Crime Committee sont the measure, authored by Assembly man Phillip Burton (D-San Fran Cisco) to the lower house floor despite the objections of a former state alcoholic beverage control director. Russell Munro. who testified in bebajf of the bars. Munro said taverns already were over-regulated. But Everett Brandon of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said the measure would "serve notice" that the state intended to fight discrimination. Americans Spend Record Amounts On Essentials WASHINGTON (UPI)—Americans are currently spending more sent to Las Vegas where they Jived together at a motrl while the husbands continued their jobs to supply funds for the divorces. They said they planned to get married at a wedding chapel and "spend the night on the town" before heading back to Long Beach to look for new homes. HOLD FLY PAST SEMBACH AIR BASE, Germany (UPI)—Jet planes from six Western nations will participate together for the first time in a fly past during the forthcoming NATO 10th anniversary ceremonies at Mainz, Germany, it was announced today. U.S. Air Force officials here said 112 aircraft from the United States, Belgium, The Netherlands. West Germany, Canada and France will take part in the aerial salute. Sell Your Old Furniture Thru Facts Classified Ads merce Department. Economists said the drop in the proportion of each consumption dollar spent on essentials and the corresponding increase in other outlays reflects rising standard of living. Last year for example, repair and maintenance bills for cars ladios. TV sets, appliances and furnishings came to a national total of more than $5,500,000,000, the Apartment said. This was more than double the corresponding total a decade ago. It was also considerably greater than the rise in incomes. Radio and TV repair spending more than tripled. Americans are now buying con sumer goods and services at a record rate of nearly 300 billion dollars a year. But because of the recession, inflation and population growth, real income and expenditures per capita are still about 2 per cent below the 1957 highs. 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Pope To Wash Feet Of Poor VATICAN C1T\' (UPI)- Pope John XXIII will humbly wash the feet of 12 poor of Rome in Holy Week ceremonies at the Basilica of St. John in Lateran Thursday. It will be the first known time in recent church history that a Pope has carried out the washing ceicmony of Maundy Thursday which recalls the time Christ cleansed the feet of his disciples. Generally, the ceremony is carried out by bishops or archbishops in cathedral churches. The bishop washes the feet ol 13 poor men. deacons or others. In monastic churches, the superior washes the feet of 13 monks. Pope John Sunday distributed blessed palm to his cardinals and aides in the ancient Basilica ot St. Pauls in a rite opening the Holy Week. Center Barrier Increases Accident Rate LOS ANGELES (UPD-Traffic accidents on a two-mile stretch ofj the San Bernardino Freeway havc increased 75 per cent and casual ties have doubled since a center barrier was installed two years ago, according to a Division of Highways researcher. John Beaton reported Tuesday on the accident and casualty increase on the two - mile stretch cast of the junction of the San Bernardino-Santa Ana Freeways. "The experience has been unsatisfactory, and we're contemplating removal of the barrier." said Edward Telford, assistant state highway engineer. SELL IT TOMORROW .With an Inexpensive Classified Ad Diane Varsi Starts Life Anew In Vermont Town BENNINGTON, Vt. (UPI) Movie starlet Diane Varsi, 21, who lell UoUywood to find peace in this small college town, began her new life in a drab five-room apartment today. The actress said she had no' plans at all. Ten newsmen and photographers formed her only welcoming] committe when she arrived Monday with her son, Shawn, 2. She announced last week that she was leaving Hollywood forever because it was "destroying" her. The twice-divorced actress and her son stood under a giant oak for 15 minutes while her new landlord rummaged for the key to herj apartment. Gusty cold windsj whipped at her heavy black coat and a blue scarf, tied peasant- style around her close-cropped pixie haircut. While they waited, she stood on] an outstretched root of the tree,! staring down at her black bailer ina slippers. Newsmen tried to] ask questions but she only shook her iiead and stared at the ground. When one of the newsmen asked "why did you come here?" 'she seemed on the point of tears, Moments later, Mrs. Mary Marshall, owner of the apartment house, arrived and escorted her around the house and to the rear door which forms the private entrance to her first-floor apartment. Nawsmen carried her luggage. Her son clutched a toy dog, smil ing and scrambling through - his new home of two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bath. But his mother slumped listlessly on Redlands Daily Facts Wed. Mir. 25, 195? - 7 Pop* Goto Motorcycle VATICAN CITY <UPI> - P6p» John XXIII received a shiny black motorcycle as an Easter gift yesterday. Vatican sources said they do not know what use—if any— the pontiff will make of it Members of the Italian Motorcycling Federation, including a number of motorcycle police, presented the cycle to the Pope at his quarters here. a sofa, taking no notice of the old fashioned furniture and the dark rooms. Miss Varsi answered "no" and "I don't know" to most of the newsmens; questions. No, she'did not plan to act in TV. No, -she had no definite plans. She doubted that she would got a job. On March 10, the California Public Utilities Commission handed down a 3-to-2 decision denying, for the most part, our applications to discontinue certain little-used California passenger trains. This decision has caused some misunderstanding of our feelings about passenger train service. THE TRUTH IS... WE WANT TO RUN PASSENGER TRAINS We're in the business of running trains— both passenger and freight—and we expect to be running them for a long time to come. We want to make it very clear just how we feel about our passenger service. We want to run passenger trains that you need and use. We welcome passenger business and we hope fftofe people will ride our trains. We want bur passenger trains to be good trains. We think our passenger service is as good as any in the country...and we intend to keep it thafway. We feel, however, that it is only sensible to discontinue those trains which so few people use that the trains obviously are no longer needed. ARE WE ACTING IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST? Yes! Soy these Commissioners • • • JL >ast week, C. Lyn Fox, President of the California Public Utilities Commission, and Commissioner Matthew J. Dooley, who presided and heard all evidence at the hearings, took sharp issue with many opinions expressed in the March 10 decision of the other three Commissioners. In their dissenting statement Commissioners Fox and Dooley said that Southern Pacific "... is to be commended rather than condemned for initiating economies designed to reduce its out- of-pocket loss and thus enable it to continue on a reasonable basis a public passenger service which will meet the public need and convenience as demonstrated by present usage." They further said,"... Southern Pacific... has met fully the burden of proof necessary to sustain its application...." "In no instance does the daily average number of through revenue passengers carried between major termini by any one of these six trains equal one bus load. To require applicant to continue to provide railway passenger service for a single bus load of passengers is uneconomical in the extreme." The dissenting Cornmissioners pointed out that, although they were keenly aware that a utility incurs an obligation to meet demands of public convenience and necessity, as an economic factor any deficit suffered due to passenger train losses must be subsidized by agricultural, industrial and governmerital shippers. They said that in the present case the majority decision "ignores the economics of the situation in general and of California shippers... in particular." « The two Cornmissioners further stated that they had ". .> been unable to find in the record any evidence indicating, in the slightest degree, any lack of integrity in applicant's presentation. In this connection it is significant that the presiding Commissioner... found no lack of integrity in their development and presentation." And they concluded, "There comes a time when those charged with the responsibility of regulating public utilities should face up to the facts of change and act with objectivity and reason. That time has arrived in the State of California." Southern Pacific

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