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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - May 3, 1977, Oakland, California Oakland Tribune Berkeley Alameda Emeryville Piedmont tues., 3, 1977 of 23 schools get year to solve quake fund deficit by St sax Shoemaker trizut it Krim emitter the Oakland school District appears to hate inked it. Tune problem in Eoo pitying win Aatif earthquake safety its Adana Bur a is ask tired with an equally serous financial problem. Of the angst Jade. The state Senaie yesterday passed a Bill ii Jug Oakland an extra ear in which to find Earth quake Safe housing for All its students. The Bill. A by assemblyman Bill Lei River. A san Leandru. Has already passed the Assembly and aim goes to the governor. Who has 12 Days in i ugh to sign it into Lau. The District has been pushing hard for Ibe Bill contending that Uii Hout the extra tune n will have to spend up to c Fullwo to rehabilitate and Mote portable classrooms to House students at schools whose renovation will not be Complete by the june 3d statewide deadline. Board members earned last week that the District can scarcely afford that additional a report from the staff indicated the building fund a deficit of at least and possibly More if the distinct t Foa de to spend heavily to provide interim housing for students attending unsafe schools. Don truce director of the earthquake safely building program blamed the deficit on inflation and a miscalculation by the District two years ago of much reconstruction Money it Mould receive from a special tax. Teacher suit hits rehiring in Berkeley Tribue Berkeley birr a the Berkeley federation of teachers filed suit yesterday in Alameda county Superior court to Force the Berkeley unified school District to rehire 14 Laid off certificated staff members. The action came As the result of the Berkeley school Board s decision last week to hire Alan Young out of the order of seniority. Young a former Counselor at Martin Luther King Junior High school in Oakland had been Laid off last year along with nine other Counselor. He was tenth on the seniority list. The California education code seniors honoured Julie m. Tsoi a senior at Piedmont High school and Lawrence Wells o senior at Skyline High school have won awards in recent scholarship Competition sponsored by Pacific Gas and electric co. Miss Tsoi student body presi Dent won a four year College scholarship presented to sons and daughters of employees. Her father Michael . Tsoi is g mechanical Engineer. Or. Wells was a runner up and won a Cash award. He is the son of or. And mrs. Charles l Wells. Provides that Counselor and teachers be rehired according to seniority but Board members voted to hire Young for his special anticipating pos sible Legal action the Board also voted to incur the Legal costs of a court Challenge. The suit also contends that the rights of three teachers with the required credential were violated when the District hired a coach who had not been previously employed in Berkeley schools and that the District skipped Over three teachers with elementary credentials to rehire another with exactly the same credential. A ninth Counselor is not involved in the suit since he was offered the position Given to Young and turned it Down because he had found other employment. New court hearing on diverter Tribune Berkeley Bureau Alameda county Superior court judge Robert Bostwick will take a second look at a controversial traffic diverter at Tunnel Road Between Bridge and Alvara do roads. In his original ruling in february the judge agreed with Plain tiffs Patricia Hamrick and Anne Goetsch that the diverter in creased traffic along Al Camino real with resulting added dangers for residents. After conferring with City atty. Michael Lawson the judge believes insufficient evidence was presented in the original Case and he has set 16 for another hearing on the matter. Specifically the judge will look at the Accident rate at Claremont and Ashby avenues which Resi dents declare has doubled since the installation of the diverter. Meanwhile City manager Eli Jah Rogers has announced there will be increased enforcement of the traffic controls on Tunnel Road. It has been reported that motorists Are ignoring the signs and diverter since the judge s ruling but says Rogers. Logo contest for Berkeley Park Berkeley the City s Parks and recreation department is organizing a contest to devise a graphic Symbol for the Park proposed for the Northern end of the waterfront the Winner of the contest will have his or her design made into a to shirt Stencil which the Parks and recreation department will give away to All who want it details on the contest Are available on special to shirt posters at the City s recreation centers libraries and schools. The Park would replace the City s garbage dump. The garbage would be transferred to other locations. When the million earthquake safety Bond Issue was put together in 19ft, a 12 per teat annual inflation rate was built in. But in fact. Croc said the inflation rate has been Between 14 Ami n per teat nearly every since Benu effectively reducing the amount the Dis tract has to work with since each project Cost More than anticipated crate also said the bund fund total was probably deliberately set a bit lower than actual corf estimates in order to make it More palatable to the City s voters. In addition to the Bond Money the District is funding a Large portion of the reconstruction through a special override tax set aside fur earthquake safety work. It was the District s understanding in 1973 that the tax would last through 1978. But about a month ago the staff teamed it to Only authorized through this year thus Topping about Luluon off what the distinct had counted on receiving originally we thought we d have a Tittle surplus but that brought us Down to a Crew Xii the deficit could grow beyond that depending on Huw much the District must spend on interim earthquake safety housing that decision rests with the state allocation Board which through a 428 will be authorised to allow the District to continue to keep students m unsafe buildings until june 30. 1h78 if he Buard does not make the District provide am special interim hous ing there will be no additional cruet said. But if the Buard forces the District to Bouse All children a Safe buildings the deficit could increase by about j2 in boo. U Sis Nuit Ewi the District is Cunt Deng a number of to Tome up with the Money two of the must Likely a Tver to be the Sale of surplus properties such As Edison school and the Grove Street which could Iekel about . And transferring about million now budgeted for furniture and equipment for the new Bond funded schools into the construction account. The distinct also is staking about in Ceta Money which would help pay some of the personnel costs associated with the building program there is an outside Chance the override tax will be extended for another which would bring in Milhoa a last resort would be reducing the scope of the four projects which have it to go to bid. Cruce said. Those Are Highland Ana eni Ervin Elei Neatry schools and Oakland and Oakland tech Nical High schools. But thai worm be drastic. And it s a last Cruce said the District s earthquake safety construction program a total of 39 school is of which Are being brought up to Standard and two of which claw Sun and Edison Lemeni Aries Are simply for demolition eleven of the projects have been Culip Laird. 13 Are under and four have not Al started Art Alene in Flower proudly displaying their winning entries in the Art contest at the California Spring Garden show in Lakeside Park Garden Center Are Ralph Smith san Leandro who captured first prize with his summer time in and Jacqueline Stubbs Alameda shown with her Oriental poppies helping display the Art Are show judges Peggy Voulkos and Fred Seulberger. Redwood discussion flares Dracaena Park plan changes of d for re mod Eling Dracaena Quarry Park were narrowly approved last night after discussion flared anew Over the need to move a dozen Dawn red Wood Trees to allow the building of an ample turfed Layfield. Robert Leefeldt former Park commission chairman suggested that much of the support for the really Are not even from a mis understanding. People confuse them with some nearby Sequoias which decidedly Are being he added. That statement was disputed by councilman Anthony Lough ran who said he was distressed at not being Able to help the Redwood fanciers. Mayor Clark Callow a or. Also voted against the Park plan. First phase work to improve the seven acre Park will see a Pond filled in. And replaced by a Grassy Layfield. An automatic irrigation will Cost an estimated budget for the development not including rest rooms and equipment for a lot lot is it will come from last year s state Park Bond funds. Leefeldt said the Dawn red Woods can be moved to a better site a Rise on Linda Park. It will Cost to to move each tree. The meeting opened with or Galloway swearing in new City administrator John Nolan whose last employer was the City of Oroville. The Council voted to spend to repair 125 feet of Moraga Avenue s suspended walk Way. But the City was notified it can become eligible for a Federal Roadway Grant if it pro Vides in Matching funds mayor Callow a and Council Man Frank s. Anderson said the City faces a major project of sidewalk repair due to growth of tree roots. Nolan was directed to look into the possibility of Bond Issue financing. Anderson pro posed consideration be Given to the City sharing the Cost with the Home owner because the other residents share the enjoyment of the Trees. Ernest Lacon Elti 30, of Berke Ley and Richard Gomes 27, of Fremont will attend police facade my starting this week. They were added to the Force to replace two officers who retired in mid april. Wins Hunter Stoke a big first place in the Junior Hunter stake went to Lynn Zorinsky 12, daughter of or. And mrs. George Farinsky Piedmont at the 1977 Junior grand National horse show at the san Vanasco cow Palace. Lynn a seventh grader at Piedmont Junior High school won the honors on her thoroughbred mount take note Gilmore charge confusion in election Carter Gilmore an Oakland City Council candidate in the 17 Runoff election con tends he failed to win a Deci Sive Victory in the april 19 primary because of voter con fusion involving one of his opponents. Gilmore led another Candi Date from distinct to. 6, Peter eng by votes in the primary. He faces eng in the Runoff. Councilman Raymond eng of distinct no. 3 is not the same eng who is running from District n7o. Gilmore said. Reports have indicated that Many have confused these two individual councilman eng who is not up for re election is no relation to Peter eng Gilmore in a statement also said that he has taken part for 20 years in efforts to solve the City s problems. As a member of the East Oakland housing committee he said he has helped put More than 300 boarded up Homes Back on the Market. Also he said As business manager for Granny Goose foods he has been responsible of hiring personnel in such a Way As to gue a Good Cross representation for Oak land residents

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