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Star-News (Newspaper) - January 16, 1975, Pasadena, California WEATHER TODAY Late Sports JANUARY 16 10 Cents Quake Rumor Denied By DAVE SWAM Staff Writer Earthquake predicted for Feb Forget it The rumor like most rumors is in the words of Dr Clarence Allen of Caltech one of the world's foremost authorities on earthquakes a gross distortion An anonymous caller had told the there was a rumor on the Caltech campus that a seismologist on the Caltech staff had predicted there would be a major quake in Southern nia on Feb 16 Dr Allen was reached by phone in Denver Coto where he had flown day on Caltech business When I left the campus last Allen said there was no such rumor in or out of the seismological laboratory Categorically I can say that no responsible member of the seismology staff has made any such prediction We have been actively engaged in earthquake prediction research for some time now but a prediction type for a specific day that far ahead is just not now possible Allen said that another Caltech seismologist Dr James Whitcomb has been studying some seismic anomalies in Southern California bat that comb has not made this or any other specific tion Whitcomb was out of town Wednesday 2 House Chairmen Deposed Bertau WASHINGTON Two powerful House committee chairmen were dethroned Wednesday by the House Democratic Policy and Steering Committee in a stunning blow to the seniority system The action paved the way for dumping two more chairmen who will be fighting for their survival today or Friday in the House Democratic caucus The Policy and Steering Committee which took over committee assignment duties last month from the Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee ousted House administration chairman Wayne Hays of Ohio and House banking and currency chairman Wright Patman of Texas by ing to nominate them for reassignment Two chairmen who won renomination House armed services chairman F Edward Herbert of Louisiana and House agricultural chairman Poage of Texas will face stiff challenges when the House Democratic caucus meets to approve the nominations DEAN SAYS NIXON HAS MORE TO TELL Former White House Counsel John Dean III tells newsmen in Los Angeles Wednesday that only former president Richard M Nixon has the answers to some Watergate questions Next to him is his wife Maureen Nixon Foreign Policy Dean Former White House counsel John W Dean m said Wednesday that despite Watergate he believes Richard M Nixon will be remembered as a good president The former presidential confidant said he would like to meet with Nixon who fired him in April Dean who was the chief accuser in the Watergate investigation said Nixon's accomplishments as president particularly in foreign affairs had the stroke of greatness He added I think with time much of the Nixon years which are now being cast in terms of what scandal and why will end and all this will start to roll back and then we'll be able to look at some of the good that happened Every man is capable of good and evil and it's time we also look at the good Mr Nixon did Dean said however he hopes Nixon will end his sUence and answer the unanswered questions of Watergate Dean was released from federal prison at Holabird Md tost week after serving four months for his role in the Watergate cover-up think Mr Nixon obviously can fill in some gaps and hopefully he he told newsmen at a press conference he called in front of his fashionable hilltop home in Trousdale Estates Gas Tax Plan Aired By STEVE HEMMERICK Staff Writer An additional tax up to 10 cents on every gallon of gasoline sold in Los Angeles and five surrounding ties was recommended Wednesday by the Southern California Association of Governments SCAG in its preliminary 1975 transportation plan Tad Widby assistant director of tion planning said SCAG decided on its recommendation a few days before President Ford publically requested tariffs on foreign oil and additional taxes on domestic oil But Widby said this did not rule out SCAG recommending the additional gasoline tax for 1976 The tax he estimated would raise from to million an- to be used to improve public transportation in the Southern California area At the same time he said the tax would reduce the number of miles driven about five per cent Orange Diedrich who participated in SCAG s special briefing for the press said There are two thrusts to this program to get people off the freeways and to raise funds Following public hearings SCAG directors will decide by April whether to adopt the plan Other proposals in the preliminary plan demanding tolls on freeways or eas rationing B additional registration fees on heavier cars or those that gobble gasoline it a policy to increase the use of public transit by 3 to 6 per cent the number of buses in public transit over Continued on Page A4 Strikes Again CIA Admits Files On U.S Citizens WASHINGTON AP The Central Intelligence Agency acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that its agents infiltrated dissident groups inside the United States and files on about 000 U.S citizens But Director William E Colby told senators he ly denies the press tion that CIA engaged hi a massive illegal domestic intelligence operation Whether we strayed over the of our authority on a few casions over the past 27 years is a question for those authorized to investigate those matters to Colby said The Senate Appropriations on intelligence operations Colby and former CIA Director Richard Helms for more than three hours in a session It then recommended un- the immediate start of a full and in-depth probe of all allegations against the spy agency In a statement made available to the press Colby said he firmly believes all current CIA are within legal limits In the past he said the CIA in two separate programs placed agents into radical or dissident groups inside the United States to protect its own facilities and to further its intelligence and counter- intelligence activities abroad Colby said that in order to establish the credentials of spies it intended to send overseas it recruited or inserted about 12 persons into American dissident circles He also said that ing in 1967 the CIA inserted 10 agents into dis- sident groups working in- side Washington because it believed that step was necessary to protect CIA facilities and information Ford Outlines Recovery Plan Taxes President's Proposed Income Tax Reductions -1974 Tan Reduction GROSS H INCOMES Congress Is Sobered By Ford's Bad National Bureau WASHINGTON President Ford told make his former congressional colleagues Wednesday that he didn't expect much applause for the bad news in his first State of The Union message and they took him at his word our worse double-digit inflation even The body of a man with his throat slashed was found late Wednesday night in an near the downtown Los 28 Said Slain An Altadena man was shot and killed at about p.m Wednesday as he was leaving his wife's apartment in Los Angeles police said The victim identified by City News Service as Aron Carroll 28 was dead at the scene Detectives said Carroll was separated from his wife the news service said The assailant allegedly struck Carroll with the butt of the gun and shot him at least once in the head as he left the apartment on East Street police reportedly told the news service The was un- able to obtain any details from detectives IN TODAY'S PAPER Bridge Classified Comics Crossword Deaths A6 Theatres C5 Finance C8 C5 People B5 pis Television B5 84 Pasadena area East Valley Los Angeles For delivery of a missed Call from 5 p.m to 7 p.m Monday through Friday 7 Monday through Saturday 7 Sunday After hours news call 681-4873 Angeles area and police are investigating the possibility the crime may have been committed by the so called Identification of the tim was being withheld pending notification of next of kin Investigators said the body was discovered on the top floor of the building at 692 S Valencia St at p.m by a friend of the dead man identified as Charles Fielding Fielding told officers that he had not seen the victim hi several days and became concerned He found the victim's door ajar and saw the man on the floor His throat had been cut and a knife was reportedly Implanted in bis side The bodies of five men all with their throats slashed have been found in the downtown area since December Investigators believe they were all killed by the same man the slasher Wholesale Prices Go Down WASHINGTON AP Wholesale prices plunged sharply in December marking the first decline in U months the Labor Department reported Wednesday The government's Wholesale Price Index fell of a per cent as declining farm and food prices more than offset a slight increase in industrial commodities Despite last month's drop wholesale prices for all of 1974 soared 20.9 per cent the most in any year Continued on Page A2 Simon Shaky WASHINGTON AP Treasury Secretary William E Simon is evaluating his position within the Ford tration but has not been asked by President Ford to resign a close aide said Wednesday Even Rep John Rhodes Ford's close friend who succeeded him as House minority leader conceded that Congress may disagree with the details of Ford's programs and should reserve the right to change it as it sees fit Rep John Anderson chairman of the House GOP Conference applauded Ford for being willing to tell it like it is and pointed out that Ford appears willing to work in a cooperative manner with Congress Sen John Tunney said he was pleased that Ford at last focused in on the problems of recession and those of energy abandoning his fight against inflation In other positive Los Angeles which ho County Supervisor Pete Schabarum said Initial reaction to Ford's message was generally as grim as the message itself with Democrats and Republicans alike ex- pressing skepticism and criticism about many of his proposals to deal with the nation's economic and energy problems Although Ford received sustained applause at the beginning and end of his speech from the packed House chamber where he served for 25 years most members found little to cheer about in his address Many members said Ford appears to be hie at which he recently labeled Public Enemy No and predicted that his energy conservation proposals will only bring higher gasoline and oil prices and fail to discourage consumption he was impressed with what appear to be the positive directions that President Ford was taking with regard to the federal economy and energy problems Predictably Vice President Nelson Rockefeller praised Ford for showing tremendous courage and strong Sen Alan Cranston D Calif charged that President Ford has the fight against inflation and is leadership and said he had presented ing to use inflation to fight recession bold imaginative program that makes it possible to turn the problems into for the future Sen Russell Long chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Ford's tax cut proposals are too generous to the rich and he expressed doubt that Ford's energy proposals will conserve fuel Long also said the President was ly advised in deciding against any new federal spending programs this year ex- cept for energy adding I doubt his re- quest to limit the increases under Social Security will receive any more votes than it did applause Rep Al Ullman DOre chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said Sen Barry Goldwater a leading spokesman for the Republican party's conservative wing said Ford's call for billion in tax cuts over the next year are not going to save the but increase inflation Sen James Buckley a New York Independent called Ford's proposed tax cut ruinous and predicted that it will rack up massive deficits that in turn will lead to borrowing by the government that will sop up capital in the private capital markets and thus feed inflation Sen Robert Byrd the tant majority leader of the Senate called Ford's economic proposals a surrender to inflation and said that the huge budget deficits Ford envisions are bound to his committee would give top priority to Ford's tax cut proposals and then examine the energy measures rather than consider the two proposals together as Ford wants Poses Big Tax Slash WASHINGTON AP President Ford submitted to Congress on Wednesday the bleakest State of the Union message in decades formally urging massive tax cuts a red-ink budget and higher fuel costs to overcome recension and energy shortages The state of the union is not good I've got bad Ford told a nationally broadcast joint session of Congress Millions of Americans are out of work Recession and inflation are eroding the money of more Prices are too high and sales are too slow He called for a new partnership with the Democratic Congress as he outlined details of the recovery plan he had sketched in a broadcast address Monday night Elements The major elements of Ford's one-shot tax cut for individuals totaling billion and a longer term tax reduction of billion The one-time tax cut of 12 per cent would be based on last year's taxes and would be accomplished through rebates of up to to individual payers The long-term tax tips would be carried out during 1975 through ed withholding with the largest cuts going to income individuals -A quick billion tax break for industry by ing the investment tax credit to 12 per cent This would be coupled with a billion per year cut in the corporate tax rate series of taxes and levies on oil and natural gas intended to increase prices and thus reduce consumption The billion in revenues ed would be channeled back into the economy mainly through the tax cuts federal budget that will contain a deficit of about billion this year and more than billion for next year sending the national debt above billion Shift Emphasis The emphasis of our economic efforts must now shift from inflation to Ford said in his first State of the Union message The Republican president said he wanted to speak bluntly to the predominantly Democratic The American people want action and it will take both the Congress and the President to give them what they want Progress and solutions can be he added And they will be achieved All of his economic steps except the decontrol of crude oil prices would re- Continued on Page A3 Alhambra Adjusts to Unemployment By LAURINDA KEYS By LAURINDA KEYS Staff Writer As unemployment has worsened the crowds at the unemployment insurance claim lines have gotten bigger and the paperwork in the state employment offices has piled higher but the employes of the Employment Development Department office in Alhambra have gotten more efficient Usually open from 8 to 5 p.m since more people out of work have been visiting the office at 1412 S Garfield Ave office manager f red Olsen has extended the hours to 7 to 6 p.m He has increased his permanent staff by 20 workers who have been ed every day to handle the workload He has removed four bulletin boards listing available jobs throughout the county to make room for the live people to get into the office At times the lines have been so long they have curved around the corner of the building and even back into the office's work area usually reserved for private interviews The Alhambra office is the smallest one as far as space in the county Olsen said but he his employes have risen to the occasion and are working hard There's a worker at every claim window which is not always the case during normal times mail work claims are falling two days behind rather than the normal one day and the office workers are walking around at a faster pace with even Olsen himself sitting down at a claim window to help on a particularly busy Olsen said the claims for his office hit record highs for November and December and will hit a record high for January also He has reorganized the office files ordered 10 new desks and is ready to move more people to different jobs if the unemployment rates rises any higher Past patterns for the Alhambra office show that the unemployment rate may do just that Olsen said December to March is the period of the year when most claims are filed He said the low point usually is the summer but that low never came last year Olsen said most of his employes will provide information on other agencies which can help claimants with problems such as disability in- surance and welfare applications But he explained that his office is given a time budget by the state which gets the budget from the federal government assigning the specific number of minutes required to do tain tasks If we spend too much time doing things that are not our primary Olsen said it's like a football player assigned to a certain part of the field If he decides to go help the safety in the backfield then he leaves his area un- protected Continued on Page AS
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