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   Upland News, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1970, Upland, California                               The Upland News Seventy-Sixth Year No. 40 .Upland, California, Thursday, December 24, 1970, 22 10 Cents Holiday care urged Upland Police Chief John A. Wessely is urging all citizens to increase their usual precautions during the holiday season. Crime statistics locally indicate significant increases in crimes against property during the month of December, according to Chief Wessely. Such crimes as burglary, robbery and theft will register increases of 10 to 15 per cent above normal during this period, he reports. The chief offered the following tips for homeowners to help prevent burglaries and thefts: A residence which presents a lived-in appearance is a deterrent to burglars. When going out at night, leave on one or mpre intejloi lights and, perhaps, a radio playing. Timers fray bejfur- chased that will turn lights on and off duriife absences. Make certain windows and doors are secjired Before leaving. An open garage door advertises ycfcir Jibsence and is an invitation for theft. Hr Be a good neighbor. Immediately report all strange or- suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood. Remember that most burglaries occur during the daytime or early evening when occupants are temporarily away from their residence. Chief Wessely also encouraged shoppers to lock their vehicles, even when leaving them for only a few minutes. He warned against leaving purchases in plain sight in the Businessmen are asked to demand proper identification before cashing checks to prevent the usual increase in bad checks during the holidays. Finally, the chief reminded motorists that extra care should be exercised in driving during the holidays due to increased traffic and pedestrians. On behalf of all members of the Upland Police Department, Chief Wessely wishes "you and yours a happy and safe holiday season." Vice consul to speak Frank W. Hagen Jr., U. S. Vice Consul in Salmon will speak Dec. 28 at p.m. at the Upland Woman s Club- house, about Viet Nam. Hagen who has been in the diplomatic service for more than 20 years, is spending the holidays with Ms family m Walton Wolfe, international policy and projects chairman of the Upland Woman's Club, received clearance from the State Department to allow Hagen to address the club and members pf the community. During his time in the state department, Hagen has been stationed in the Philippines, Austria, Trinidad, Germany, Greece, Cambodia, Malaysia, Ethiopia, and Brazil. Hagen will return to Saigon following the holidays. The woman's club is located at 590 N. Second Ave., Upland. 1 st phase done The "initial phase" of debris removal and channel work was completed by the UJ5. Army Corps of Engineers before the rains set in, according to information from Arthur Sidler, county flood control engineer. Work on the San Antonio Heights Intercept, the cross walls below the intercept and Prankish and Marble Canyons above the intercept were the scene of clearance and the enlargement of basins prior to the rain. Funds for the work, as well as other work in West End areas, came from the from the Office of Emer- gency Preparedness after San Bernardino County was de- clared a disaster area in the wake of last fall s acre watershed blaze. Federal Holidays A new, long weekend system is planned for Americans next year. To answer questions, here are the federal holidays which become effective beginning Jan. 1. New Year's Day Jan. 1 Washington's Birthday third Monday in February, Memorial Day last Monday in May Independence Day July 4. Labor Day first Monday in September Columbus Day second Monday in October Veterans Day fourth Monday in October Thanksgiving fourth Thursday in November Christmas Dec. 25. Editorial Questions need answering Many questions need answering in the Chino Basin Municipal Water District and the Upland city council hassle. It seems strange that the matter has been pending for two years without the two groups communicating. Possibly one reason is that the Upland attendance at the CBMWD meetings is poor. One councilman, and, he is no longer on the council attended a couple of meetings. Elwin Alder, city manager, Fred Blanchard, city engineer and Don Maroney, city attorney, have at- tended one or two meetings. However, the minutes of CBMWD do not show any record of these people making any suggestions. Then there is the matter of the agreement with Ontario. How can we have a working agreement with Ontario on a joint-powers arrange- ment and not know for three years that Ontario was making "secret __. Possibly there are other things that need answering in the CBMWD hassle. It is the council's responsibility, as elected representatives of the citizens of Upland, to start getting the information that will answer these questions. The public has a right to know. JENNY KIRKPATRICK Christmas is for children? By Elbert N. Smith, pastor Upland Brethren in Christ Church It almost looks that way as you see the red-nosed reindeer, the giant Santas, the advertising, the toys, and all that. For chil- dren? Whatever gave us that idea? It is because we want to relive those innocent, beautiful days when we were children, listen- ing breathlessly 'for the sleigh and eight tiny reindeer, too ex- cited to sleep. Or the mysterf- ous decorating of the Christ- mas tree. Or the mountain of presents and the delight of dis- covering each ne and until: orWflfere bit to fling tilt tiff vlrld it full of and _. Cl3PPtunas, with ig, cWstmas is for chil- IkbecauseWiey still believe, still still trust, we see tleir glee, a spark les a tlame nearly lost in our own hearts. We see in them the joy of simple things. Their love is spontaneous, uncalcu- lated, the honest reward for each gift and giver. But why should Christmas be for children only? Is the peace and joy and love no longer real? Is it something to store in the attic or throw away like a broken toy? That first Christmas day long ago was not for children alone. It was for shepherds hard working, rugged and free. It was for wise men learned mon- archs from another land, anoth- er race. It was for aged Simeon and Anna, who had searched throughout life for complete joy. It was for Mary and Joseph pure, humble, lonely in a strange town, in the slum area. Christmas was for men, for women, who listened to the voice of God, who acted in faith, who gave themselves in worship and praise, who acknowledged that Jesus Christ was God's Son, Only adults can make mature decisions of faith, of love, of commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. And that is not easy. It is easier to relive the days of childhood than to make an adult commitment. It is easier to dream of the past than to build our world of the present. It is easier to talk of love and peaceT and joy than it is to show that we really love, that joy and peace control our daily lives. Until we can make a supreme mature adult commitment to the Son of God, Christmas will re- main a memory of childhood. City dark horse in sewer pact An allegedly "secret" agree- ment between Ontario and the Ontario National Golf Course over land jointly owned by the cities of Ontario and Upland was brought to light at Monday s meeting of the Upland City Coun- cil. According to Elwin Alder, Up- land city manager, the land which is used for a "sewage farm' for treated effluent from On- tario and Upland, is handled through a joint powers agree- ment between the two cities. The land lies just south of Ontario International Airport. In 1959, the cities agreed to lease 240 acres to the golf course then Pacific Western Properties, if the course would continue to accept gallons of treated effulent per day of sew- age for spreading. Alder said the land, including the course was adequate to handle the total output of the sewage treatment plant which is also jointly owned by the two cities. In 1967, when National Golf Course, Inc., leased the land, the city of Ontario "rewrote the contract for gal- lons per Alder said, show- ing the council a picture of the two agreements. f Alder maintains Upland "didn t know anything" about the second agreement and only recently found out about it. "Now we can't get rid of our Alder said, because the remaining area is' so limited we can't use Alder Indicated that this was one of the reasons Upland was being "pressured" to sign the interim sewer agreement with the Chino Basin Municipal Water District. Ontario has already signed, the council was told. The CBMWD wants to build a three stage treatment plant close to the current plant site which would produce water pure enough for such sports as swimming. White fir on Mt. Baldy Photo by Roy Murphy The above winter wonderland was photographed by Roy Murphy and taken from his collection of excerpts from Nature's one man show at the Los Angeles County Arboretum located in Arcadia. For another photograph from Murphy's collection, see inside, Page 2. Battle rages over sewage The "take it or leave it" at- titude of the Chino Basin Mu- nicipal Water District on the subject of an interim sewer agreement resulted in a see- saw battle between the council and representatives of the CBMWD at Monday night's coun- cil meeting. The council contends that the CBMWD has "beaten us over the head and refused to communi- cate with us." The district keeps telling us to "sign or be left out." Representatives of the CMWD, Roy Ferguson and Alex Tobin, said the council had for two years indulged in "foot-dragging' and that "time was running out "We don't say that because we're in a hurry to push the agree- ment through, but we have to move immediately because of failure to meet standards." The debate, which as apparent- ly stretched over the past two years centers around the dis- posal and treatment of sewage in the West End communities of Chino, Ontario, Montclair and Upland. Monday's debate concerned two items, on an interim agreement which Ontario has approved. The second item is a plan for a regional sewer treatment sys- tem handling the effluent from all four cities. Tobin is the elected repre- sentative on the CBMWD board whose district includes Upland. He told the council that cur- rently, Upland's effluent was be- ing treated by the Ontario plant, but that this plan "has reached and the CBMWD was in a position to provide a "dis- trict-wide sewage treatment sys- tem." Tobin asked for a joint ses- sion of a committee from the city council and the CBMWD board to "discuss your problem and our problem." Upland Mayor George Gibson said the city has "no objection to CBMWD handling the work, but we would like to have some- thing to say, especially when taxes are levied in our Gibson emphasized that the city government "have representa- tion in the negotiations. "The on the board that votes for this city is Tobin said. "The make-up of the water district is such that it is divided into five districts. Upland is in the district 1 was elected to represent. I believe you have direct representation on the board." "We're not asking you to sign a contract for a sewer system, but to open channels of com- munication for this and other Tobin said. Gibson said Upland has a com- mittee comprised of Councilmen A.M. "Max" Hawkins and Har- old Bailin who had asked to meet with two from the Ontario Coun- cil and two from the CBMWD Board. According to Bailin, and a letter produced by the Upland City staff, the request had been refused. Tobin and Ferguson disclaimed knowledge of the request, Baihn said he was "delighted" with Tobin's request for a meet- ing between council representa- tives and the CBMWD board and other city groups. "1 think we ought to accept" he said. herguson said the "problems is upon us" referring to the capa- city of the Ontario plant. He said the CBMWD would "love to in- clude Upland, but time is running out." Councilman Ronald Rossiter said he was at the manner in which all this was being conducted and the speed with which it was being accomp- lished. "As long as I am on the coun- NEWSJPAPER[ cil, I will do all in my power to assure the best possible deal for our people. It should be a regional system and the city council should be represented, Rossiter asked if the voter district would "proceed unilater- ally" if the city is given 30 days to get in or Ferguson said again, "we are running out of time to wait for Upland to make up its mind. When we reach the point where we (CBMWD board) have to move, we have to "It's not precipitous at Tobin emphasized. "There has been foot-dragging for two years." He said two years ago when he came onto the board, the program had been presented to the cities, all interested cities met, staff with staff of every city. "No city, including Upland, is a problem unto itself. Waste is a problem of the entire area. What is so urgent? Two years ago the problem at Ontario was critical. It was coming close to failing to meet water treatment standards. For two years we have tried to handle the prob- lem. We hammered out what ap- peared to be an Tobin said. "We are not asking to do any- thing tonight. You can do what- ever is in the interests of Up- land. If the staff finds its better to go alone, fine. "Upland sends its waste to On- tario for treatment. We ap- proached on a regional system so we would not have duplica- tion. Our organic law gives us the right to manage the basin. don't have a communi- cation problem with Ontario, Montclair and Chino because they have representatives at our meetings. If Upland wants to do it alone, do it ,''SP4PERf   

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