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Cedar Rapids Press (Newspaper) - April 20, 1970, Cedar Rapids, IowaPublic Library. Cedar raws. Iowa coverups 81971 see Story below monday april 20, 1970 number 5 volume 8 Cedar rapids Public Library. Cedar press Ioc for suburban readers. Former mayor bids for . Chamber Job again former mayor Robert . Johnson the press Learned just be fore publication that former Cedar rapid mayor Robert m. L. Johnson has applied for the position of executive Secretary of the chamber of Commerce. According to a reliable source on the chamber Board of directors Johnson has asked he be consid ered As a replacement for the position left vacant by the resignation of Larry Owens. Johnson a Salesman for a local real estate firm i report edly unhappy with sales work and is looking for Greener financial pastures. The press May be partly responsible for Johnson s present financial Wor Ries. A press Story in novem Ber revealed that the f ormer mayor was peddling his influence in rezoning cases and in one instance was hired for to get land rezoned for trailer court use. Since Publica Tion of the news Story Johnson has ceased his appearances be fore the City Council on behalf of rezoning applicants. Johnson s bid for the important chamber position is a closely guarded secret at the sex mayor s own request since a rejection by the chamber exclusive would Mark the second time he has been turned Down for the Post. The first occurred when the position was vacated by the death of the popular Robert Caldwell in 1966. The press informant has expressed concern that the Selec Tion of Johnson would create More problems than it could possibly solve. Johnson is a Public bedamned1 fellow who lacks real finesse to get things Duprie. His and tactics have lost pro Grams than an intelligent and smooth individual like Robert Caldwell would win. What s More the chamber must work with the mayor and City coun cil the county Board of supervisors and the state Legisla tors. And Johnson has All of them at various times with his Bull in a China shop the informant said. In regard to the City Hall situation it is no secret that Bob Johnson angry at mayor Donald Canney for not blindly support ing the rezoning plan of John sons clients campaigned for Canney s opponent in the last mayoral election. Johnson s candidate businessman Jerry Ovel was trounced by Canney 2 to 1. Canney reportedly feels that Johnson with whom he served on the City Council at tempted to Stab him in the Back with his dissection of the can Ney candidacy. Insiders feel that it is highly unlikely that Johnson could work effectively with the mayor under the circumstances. Another area of importance to the chamber of Commerce is its relationship with the eur eral Assembly and especially the Linn county legislators. A spot Check by the press r e sealed that three of four state legislators from Linn county contacted thought the selection of Robert Johnson would be prejudicial to Cedar rapids Best interests. One of them summed it up Best when he said Bob Johnson cannot Rea son with a person he Only knows How to Bellow. After the High calibre of men who be represented the chamber of com Merce in the past it would be. A shame to see the position the fourth legislator c o n acted declined to comment e cont. On Page two the above Story on Robert m. A Johnson is copyrighted by Larry Jordan enterprises. Authorization to reproduce any portions in whole or in part is hereby granted providing it is attributed to the Cedar rap ids mailing address Hep. Says firms allowed to violate ordinance charges that several Large Cedar rapids firms have been allowed to violate air pollution regulations with no subsequent penalties have been levelled and several Hundred signers of petitions have requested some an Swers from the Linn county Board of health. The local group of citizens has directed its criticism specifically to Carl Smith who they. Contend has not supported enforcement of City ordinances a faint pollution and who has Een directly or otherwise responsible for the resignations of six men from the Board since 1967. Last month George Baldwin resigned from the Board of health amidst secrecy As to the Story continued on Back Emi Rosment. Page reasons Why he quit his Job. G. E. Waddington a forme chief Engineer of the health department now employed in a pictured above is the new Bridge across the Cedar River North of Ellis Park. Part of the expressway is open to travel although the approach roads Are Only gravel. Press photo by Lee

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