Pacifica Tribune from Pacifica, California on June 16, 1976 · 1
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Pacifica, California
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Wednesday, June 16, 1976
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Bfcantemial GaMar i My It Mg panda 1 pat Mr 3i Firewalks (maybe) 9:11 My li firefighters wives firshal fan 9:31 My 3i fakw 4 pm Freat- My )i Khnab pancakes My 4:Mar ta park race Chip Datapan beat freedom's dram la Fairmont school’s Bicentennial pageant last week and roused visions of the motives and deeds of MttoriepatrMO hat Chip and his schoolmates actaally seeded no rousing for thoughts of the freedom of summer vacation which began today for i Slain Girl The body of thp young woman discovered on Gypsy Hill 10 days ago has been identified as that of Tanya Marie Blackwell of 323 Heathcliff drive who disappeared Jan 24 Dental chart com-: parison by San Mateo County Coroner’s pathologists and Pacifica Detective Bob Robinson sent Detectives Tony Conte ' and Mike Blagrove to the door of Mrs Margarita ‘Blackwell to break the news to her To her the tidings confirmed the solidifying conviction that “ something horrible had happened” and she got their agreement to withhold any general ' release of information last Will the Lights Still Be There on July 4 ? Will Pacifica shoot off traditional fireworks during the July 4th weekend in this year of the bicentennial? Bicentennial Fireworks sub-committee Chairman Donna Starr laid this week: “I think it would be terrible if there were no traditional fireworks in Pacifica in 1978 TENTATIVE plans have been made to have a local fireworks display off Linda Mar beach Fireworks in other years have always attracted huge audiences (except on those rare occasions when fog obscured the skyrockets) Starr said that “Alotof people in town seem to share my conviction on this matter” However there is a related problem: No hinds are readily available to finance the project which will cost an estimated 12000 Every year it has been a struggle to scrape We're Big on Brown & Bingo but Still Split Environmentally HOW WE VOTED IN HOT SUPERVISORIAL RACE AND OTHERS PAGE 9B ’ Ml 9 oat Vol 28 No Marching into Summer all elemeatary students Fairmont’s flourish for the end of the school year was one of many mid-Jane school exercises ' see Page 6A for Terra Nova high school's commencement Page 5A for Oceana's Page 3A for Thornton’s - “ " : WR Helton Photo Was Tanya Tuesday afternoon until after her husband Carl returned from work and she could tell him about it "I DIDN'T want Tanya Blackwell up the money Last year a committee which tried went deeply into the hole and was rescued in part only by the generosity of the Red Devil fireworks company which sold the fireworks to the group far the display SAID STARR: “I'm going to put it on the line If there is a favorable response to fund-raising requests we'll be making this week we’ll go ahead Otherwise we're going to call off the project” She set a deadline of Friday to make the decision Starr's phone number is: 355-5848 Starr also noted the Tribune has in a separate approach offered to donate proceeds of a “re-sign the Declaration of Independence” project to the fireworks fund If no fireworks display is carried out proceeds from the Tribune project will goto the Bicentennial Committee for other purposes 24 Pacifica Calif of 76 him to hear it someplace on the radio news” die says The 14-year-old Oceana high school freshman had casually walked from the family home that Saturday in January with some uncertain plans to spend the evening with friends She spoke of several possible destinations to her mother and her mother Continued to Page 2A Variety Store Holdup Suspect Caught Fast A Pacifica police broadcast got a young San Jose man arrested in Hillsborough for the late Sunday afternoon holdup of the Glen 5 A 10 store while officers here were still talking with witnesses Dan Anchor 19 wu stopped on Freeway 280 by Burlingame and Millbrae police on a description and license number tdephoned to Pacifica police by an alert and enterprising Deanie Robinson who witnessed the stickup Robinson was the only customer in the store and ' she was somehow overlooked when Anchor entered at 5:20 pm walked to the rear of the store and then returned to the front to pull a pistol from a paper bag and point it at clerk Laura Del Rosso ROBINSON slipped out the door as Anchor escorted Del Rosso to the back of the premises and ran next door to Skooper’s Ice Cream and alerted the owner to call police She then followed the departing robber and as he got into his car-parked in front of the Pacifica Tribune-got the license number despite his threat that he’d blow her head off David Gallagher 13 had been standing on the corner of Aura Vista and Maiior Plasa and he verified to Officer Roy Wednesday June 9 1976 For the firat time since the stagecoach wed to roll in from CMma you een travel to "the other side of the hill” via public transportation a couple of weeks from now ' On July 3 a bus will leave Pacifica Manor shopping center bound for San Bruno and others will follow every half an hour" Pacifica’s hometown transit system— which began with a couple of little Red buses a decade ago— has grown up ON JULY 1 Pacifica Municipal TVaiwit (PMT) the highly successful local system will be officially merged into SamTrans the new public bus lines operated by the San Mateo Comity Transit district And SamTrans has plans ‘In the next few Council Cab Co The City Council Monday night voted M to revoke the Pacifica Cab Co’s certificate to operate the only taxicab in town largely because of alleged- lousy service Taxi owner George McMahon asked for another chance but felled to satisfy the coundlmen that he had any plans to improve service However in a second resolution the coundlmen included McMahon's firm in an invitation to taxi firms in general to bid far Pacifica’s cab franchise COUNCILMAN Sid Lorvan said he “deeply" regretted that Pacifica Cab Co "offered no plan on how it would improve service” He said he would have preferred a probationary period for McMahon’s company which has been Sumisald the threat by Anchor SUMI8AKL patrolling in Pacific Highlands and the nearest officer had the descriptions by radio before he reached the bottom of Manor drive He took a few moments to cruise surrouiufing streets and alleys before talking to Del Rosso and Robinson He was still collecting details from the witnesses when he received the alert about the stop made in Hillsborough They were immediately driven to the freeway location and both identified Anchor as the man wfao’d flourished the 22 calibre automatic pistol An on-the-spot search of Anchor’s person and car turned up $12850 in cash— the bills folded into Ms waistband and rolled coins under the driver’s seat with the gun THE SON of a Campbell attorney Anchor said he understood the mandated rights warning and elected to not answer any questions He was booked into the Millbrae police station and then into the Daly City Jail with bail set at $5000 tie did however make an inept and partial admission at Daly City when he told Sumisaki that $2 of the total sum wu Ms own property iu§ ©ver fhe Moll Merge info SaimiTfagns months to put Pacifica bus riders in touch with such far away places as San Mateo and Redwood City etc But the first expansion will be the San Bruin trip which is a leg id the city of San Bruno’s brand new local bus service TWICE AN hour throughout the day beginning at 6:13 am weekdays and hourly in the evening the SamTrans bus will chug up Manor drive for stops at Sharp Park road and Skyline boulevard and at Skyline College enroute Then it will meander through San Bruno In-- eluding Tanfbran shoeing center the United Airline maintenance base at the airport and on to the Southern Pacific station Revokes ’s Right providing taxi service here since March 4 1980 - Coundlmen Stan ’’arber and Nick Gust also expressed regret to McMahon but painted out that taxi complaints have been coming to the dty for several years Gust said “we’re heard the same story ' before— it never changes” MCMAHON under questioning declined to offer any miracle solutions He said for example that he couldn’t justify more than me driver on duty at night because sometimes he got a few calls and sometimes he got none The economics of local conditions simply do not justify any major expansion of service McMahon indicated This didn't satisfy the coundlmen they said they hoped another firm would bid City Hall observers uid Yellow Cab of South San Francisco and San Bruno wu interested Lorvan said the loss of insurance coverage by Pacifica Cab Co was a “red herring" in the case Council Scolds Mayor Puts It Into Policy The City Council Monday night very properly and politely scolded its mayor Janice Fulford for not sharing promptly an official letter about Freeway 380 and for not always reflecting accurately the “official” position of the council on controversial matters Coundlmen all agreed that the position of a mayor as spokesman for the community wu extremely difficult when the community— and the council— wu sharply split on major issues like 380 BUT COUNCILMAN Nick Gust who first raised the issue earlier said that Mayor Fulford had neglected to pass along to other coundlmen correspondence from high state officials about 380 and had later at an ABAG meeting implied that the “majority” of the council opposed the freeway When in fact Gust uid the longstanding offidal position still remained on the books favoring the 380 plans Mayor Fulford who listened to the grievances 359-6666 Return service to Pacifica continues until 10:35 pm with the last Tanforan bus leaving there at 9:53 pm Full schedules will be released next week Service to BART will continue as usual after PMT becomes SamTrans Initially riders may not see a great deal of difference MOST OF the same PMT drivers will still be behind the wheel and for the time being Pacifica's “little” PMT buses will be in service Gradually however they’ll be replaced by larger vehicles This whole process of PMT being swallowed up by the trigger SamTrans has been planned and anticipated Yesterday the farmer Pacifica to Haul although that was a major charge against McMahon He Mid his longtime insurance carrier failed to provide state-required insurance : and - that - it wasn't his fault But he Mid he hacbit been able to get any additional insurance until he could prove he had the dty certificate of convenience to operate The cab company has been Inoperative for mare than 30 days THE - COUNCIL however Mid lack of insurance prevented renewal of McMahon's certificate Mayor Fulford wondering “which comes first” joined the 5-0 vote to revoke Pacifica Cab Go because of service complaints she said Surf Lounge owner Don Wright testified that Pacifica Cab had “never given decent service” in 17 years Taxi Committee Chairman Fred Howard Mid the group’s condusion wu that Pacifica should “look for another cab company ” quietly and in seeming good spirit said that she should “have been thoughtful enough” to give Gust a copy of a letter she received written by the director of Caltrau Adriana Gianturco But she uid the ume day she gat the letter she had a phone call from the executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Committee Paul C Watt in which he Mid that what Ms Gianturco had written was “no longer operative” For this reason Mid Fulford “I did not” pass along the letter expecting to receive a new letter which however never came ANYWAY SAID Fulford she wu not opposing 380 In her comments to ABAG later she was only urging that funds be made available from the state to improve Sharp Park road u an east-west lateral road The council had Indeed authorised such efforts she Mid Yes Mid Gust but the council had not authorised anyone to urge Sharp Park Continued to Page 2A 960 per year— manager of PMT Doug Johnson went to work for SamTrans He'll be assigned to' work in the north councy including Pacifica Also Tom Pic-colotti motor pool chief for PMT and a dty employee for 16 years will become chief mechanic for Sam trans' ninth motor pool (page 5A) AS OF JULY 1 SamTrans will assume foil responsibility for PMTs operation SamTrans will be taking over a very healthy bus service Kevin Roberts transportation analyst at City Hall Mys total UMge of PMT buses rose to a high of 89000 riders in March with May figures probably about the same Outstanding Seniors The “outstanding senior girl and boy” honors di maxed commencement exercises lut week at Oceana and Tern Nova Above Terra Nova's Lisa Haekley and Dave Matas Below Oceana's Emmy Tanaka- and Mlcbad Hass Stories Page 3A Tribune Photos v: 9 fl Add Your Name To Declaration You have an opportunity to sign the Declaration of Independence and have a printed copy of ‘ it as a 1978 souvenir In the June 30 edition of the Tribune a large reproduction of the Declaration of Independence will be printed —with room jtenealh the original signers' names for more signatures For 12 per signature you can redeclare your faith in the USA Participating new signers may v affix their 20 cents per copy That’s a far cry from the straggling few hesitant riders who got on the first few Little Red buses when John Cushing started pushing them up and down Pacifica's Mils The bus system worked as Cushing and his wife Mary always Mid it would NOW THE whole business merges with the county system and for John and Mary Cushing July 1 is an anticipated end of an era They'll continue to operate El Mar Transit which has contracts to haul school children The Cushings are pleased with the way SamTrans has treated the PMT drivers and employees (including son-in-law Doug Johnson signature at the Tribune office 59 Aura Vista Pacific Manor shopping center Monday through Friday 9 am to s pm to be printed in the new document Proceeds from the project— beyond ac tual production costs— will be given to the Pacifica Bicentennial committee for use In helping finance the city's fireworks display for the Bicentennial grove of trees or other rrlaled uses (See Page 7B) COT

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