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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - May 16, 1971, Oakland, California 20 sun., May 2.000 state Mansfield urges . K to accept Russ offer schools not quake proof Washington up i Senate democratic Leader Mike Mansfield urged the administration saturday to seize upon the russian offer to negotiate a reduction of forces in Central Europe. He said the talks could and should Start next month. At the same time Mansfield accused the White House of overkill in its opposition to his proposal to Cut the 000-troop . Garrison in Europe by 50 per cent by the end of 1971. Mansfield shied away from predicting that he would win i n wednesday s showdown vote on his plan. A Dpi poll of senators completed saturday showed a very close division with administration support ers holding a slight Edge of committed senators and with the outcome resting in the hands of less than two dozen senators who have not reached or have not announced a position. The Survey indicated that at least 37 senators were pre pared to vote for the mans Field measure. 40 members were against he plan 38 for it in principle 18 undecided three whose views were unknown and one Absentee sen. Karl Mundt r-s.d., recover ing from a stroke. Lbs backs Nixon on nato troops continued from Page 1 tense lobbying of the administration. The administration Maneu vers blossomed from a Confer ence at the Washington White House thursday. At the time officials made it Clear that those present were being encouraged to lobby. A White House official said that As far As he knew former president Truman had not been approached for support. Several former officials who were sounded out said one of these was former Secretary of defense Clark m. Clifford and another was for Mer Deputy Secretary James Douglas. In addition former Secretary Robert s. Mcna Mara declined comment be cause of his position As head of the world Bank. The White House said however that Mcnamara did not want his abstention interpreted As non support of the Nixon state ment. These Are the backers listed by the White House former secretaries of state mayoralty plan stand by Keithley continued from Page 1 Cei Ved by state legislators now a Blue ribbon citizens com m i 11 e e recommended the change citing the need for a full time mayor to Deal with the City s social problems. While purporting to enlarge the mayor s Powers it does not give him any More Legisla Tive or political Powers than lie now has. Opponents claim it would open the door for conflict be tween the mayor and City manager inordinately boost the mayor s salary and create confusion in City Hall. The argument against the proposal in the descriptive pamphlet sent by the City clerk to voters was signed by Joe w. Chaudet. Former Gen eral manager of the East Bay labor journal who was ousted from the port commission in 1967 after sen ing a six year term by mayor John h. And William Buchanan tavern operator and property owner. They implied that the pro posed salary increase for the mayor from annually set in 1951. To a maximum or 156 per cent would be out of line. Figures compiled by inc . Labor department s Bureau of labor statistics show that Dunn the same 20-year period Rales negotiated by employers and in have risen around 201 per cacti in inc Northern construction Industry where Trade unions and Jim contractors arc now bargaining for a new agreement Union leaders have indicated that 1liey won t Settle for less than 10 per cent on top of present wage Scales. Some of these hourly rate.-, together with percentage in creases since air dump Drivers four cards and 215 per cent gain labourers s-4.33. To per cent carpenters in 181 per cent electricians. 2k per cent Cement finishers per . Fringe benefits on of these wage rates also have in creased As much or More. A transit bus Drivers pay went up is3 per cent since 1951 to hour and negotiations Ali of Are under Way for a further increase. The All items Consumers Price Index went tip 62 per cent from 73.1 in 1951 to 139.1 this year using the year 1957 As a base of 101 Dean a c h e s o n and Dean Rusk former undersecretary ies of state James Webb Rob Ert Murphy. Livingston Mer chant Douglas Dillon George Ball. Nicholas Deb. Katzen Bach former defense secretaries Robert Lovett Neil Mcelroy and Thomas Gates former Deputy secretaries of defence Roswell Gilpatrick and Cyrus Vance. Former supreme Allied commanders in Europe mat thew r i d g w a a Alfred Gruenther. Lauris Norstad Lyman Lemnitzer former . Ambassadors to nato Charles Spofford w. Ran Dolph Burgess Thomas Fin letter and Harlan Cleveland and former military Gover nors or High commissioners for Germany Lucius Clay John Mccloy and James con ant. The t h o a n d California Public school buildings Are structurally unsafe in the event of a major earthquake. Their repair or replacement carries a minimum Mil lion priority although rising building costs May boost the total to More than billion before the work is completed. Californians have been or dered to do the Job by 1975 by a state legislature wearied with waiting for school districts to comply with Law passed in 1933. That Law and accompany ing legislation is commonly referred to As the Field act. The history of this act is heralded in a March 1933 front Page Story in the trib Une stories of How two High school boys were killed by falling portions of school buildings in the Southern Cali fornia earthquake of March 10 were told today at a Coroner s inquest into d deaths of quake victims which now number 121." two school connected deaths in such a tragic total might not have Given Rise to new legislation except for one fact the major Shock on March 11, 1933, occurred at . California has yet to have a major earthquake during school hours. Had the 1933 earthquake taken place when schools were in session hundreds of students would have died in the 24 schools demolished or damaged past repair. A few Days after that Earth quake assemblyman c. Don police quell riot at people s Park continued from Page 1 Corner were knocked Over and used in an unsuccessful at tempt to Start a Street Bonfire. Auto traffic on Telegraph Avenue Between Parker and Bancroft Way was shunted to other streets for several hours in mid afternoon. By supper time both police and demonstrators had nearly All left the scene. And a police guarded Crew of several workmen were putting the finishing touches to several new sections of Fence around a e o p 1 e s the Park that was the focus of the action both today and in 19c9, was originally a vacant lot that had been cleared of substandard housing Pur chased by the University. When nothing was done with the vacant property for some Lime Street Resi dents of the area and students took Over the land and began installing turf playground equipment shrubs and benches proclaiming it peo ple s to reclaim the property the University fenced it under guard of Large contingent of police Early in the morning of july rioting in the area followed that afternoon. Council school Runoff tuesday continued from Page 1 the Bay conservation car is the Point at which cast we is and Hiorth Wilh lines die nation into areas of mately equal a tar a i. The Center based on the Cutis is Vul Centralia. About 27 Miles of gov. Richard 15. Ogilvie and she 1atev . Senators Charles m. Percy and Adlai e. Jiu-7jd flip Center of population Day cel Lah is about 25 Miles of St. A cuts. Field of Glendale was among Public officials demanding a state investigation to deter mine Why the earthquake did relatively Little damage to Many privately owned build Ings but severe damage to schools. He subsequently introduced the act which bears his name. With accompanying Legisla Tion in provides regulations for construction of school buildings in a manner which resists earthquake damage and for inspection of pre-1933 buildings to discover whether they meet those standards. Most Don t. In los Angeles numerous schools were badly damaged in the feb. 9 earthquake. Schools housing some 70.000 students had to be abandoned. Again it was a matter of Luck. Schools were not in ses Sion. Field act critics turned into Field act advocates. Van Gogh High school was structurally weakened but inspecting engineers decided that no student or teacher would have been injured if they had been inside the build ing at the time of the quake. This school was built according to Field act Stan Dards. Los Angeles High school constructed before 1933. Col lapsed. Without question school authorities say hundreds would have been killed or seriously injured. San Francisco a District of ten accused of ignoring the is sue last week closed schools housing children because they Are considered dangerous in the event of an earthquake. In Oakland work to bring buildings up to Standard be Gan immediately after the enactment of the Field act. A report was issued Ridenti tying High risk buildings and by 1933 More than 70 schools were repaired or replaced. A 1956 Bond measure financed repair or replacement of Addi Lional buildings. Oakland still has 39 build Ings on 32 Sites in need of re pair or replacement. Court fight against mail rates fails continued from Page i service s permanent. Billion a year rate package. The increase would be implemented Over a five year period making the first year s in crease about 28 per cent. Third class Rales Are scheduled to increase by roughly a third in the permanent propos Al. Under the temporary rates costs go up from 20 to 30 per cent depending on the Type of mailing. Parcel Post rates increased by 15 per cent last november Are not affected by the new rates. However the Cost of sending books and records in creases 16 per cent. The temporary increases come under a provision of the 1970 postal reorganization act that postal authorities say gives them Power to set interim rates in the absence of action by the rate commission. The publishers have disputed this authority. The Rale commission which received the postal sen ice proposal feb. 1. Begins hear Ings tomorrow on permanent rat05. My aim jail a Jhc National democratic chairman. Ixia re acc f. O Bacn accused like Nixon administration of play ing politics with it Seal re Lorms conceived four cars ago while he was Masl t general. The Way 1h.it president Nix on and postmaster general Emlon m. have implemented the Reform legislation could severely Handicap the fledgling service even before it formally Lake Over Hie Only met re. Iii n and .jl must slip politics with us new postal o in n said. Today the Ilia d political partisanship continues 10 postal a it it incl in Vail Jilly n in a food intake Gap wide untied n i ions. N a. 7he a v c r a c Civin in a area consumes four Ponds of Ford a compared 1.25 pounds a a Low Stind Ardara. Collapse of Jefferson or. High in Long Beach during 33 quake gave impetus to Field act passage 39 Oakland schools depend on Bond vote continued from Page 1 Row Wilson Junior High 48th St. Near Telegraph ave., will discover that Mcchesney or Lowell Junior High at 12th and Market streets Are their Clos est remaining schools. Hoover near 33rd and West Pope lauds parochial schools Vatican City a Pope Paul i praised Public schools saturday but said roman Catholic schools have an he thereby gave an indirect answer to those who have urged drastic cutbacks of Catholic education systems. The pontiff made the re Mark in an audience for the staff of an italian Catholic teachers Institute. Today Many doubts arise about whether the Catholic school still has a function for our time when Public has undergone such develop ment and offers such benefits As to satisfy amply the Scho Lastic needs of the Pope said. Your Institute is eloquent testimony to the indispensable function of the Catholic he added even if its statistical efficiency is proportionately lessened and even if we must recognize the merits under some truly notable aspects of the Public streets is similarly affected and Westlake Junior High on Harrison St. Above Lake Jer Ritt requires replacement of the main classroom building according to structural Engi neers. Nine of the City s 15 Junior High schools Are a f f e c t e d. Most of those hardest hit Are located in Oakland s older population areas West and North Oakland. Of six three year High schools three Are scheduled for demolition and replace ment. Lacking Bond Money. Oak land technical High school Oakland High school and fre Mont High school Are expected to close in 1975. In that event approximately half of the City s some High school students will have to be absorbed by the remain ing campuses. Assuming the displaced fre Mont students Are sent to the nearest remaining High schools they will go to either Skyline High school about 45-50 minutes from Campus to Campus by existing transportation or to Castlemon Only about 15 minutes away. Eighteen of Oakland s 66 elementary schools Are similarly affected. Some schools Are scheduled to lose Only cafeterias or gymnasium and shop complexes. Many As Emerson elementary school at 385-19lh St., Are in the category de Molish and replace with new supt. Foster comments that should it become necessary to close facilities not Earth quake Safe it would add to our entire Cost to move 25.000 children around the City the total housed in directly affected the Money would be wasted there would be nothing to show for it. If we move ahead and pass the Bond Issue the costs we add produce a better educational environment and buildings which will last an other 40 years. I cannot conceive of any viewpoint opposing this Bond Issue. We would be just add ing to the costs Fremont High school was destroyed by fire in 1930 ironic because if the fire had occurred three years later the present school would meet 1933 Field act standards and not be involved in the present Bond election. A january 4, 1930, Tribune Story described arrangements for the Fremont students and their 63 teachers and administrators. There Are presently about students All students will be adequately cared for although conditions probably will be somewhat it said. The arrangement is the Best that can be made under present portable buildings were moved into 45lh Avenue to House tenth graders and other students were sent to the then existing Roosevelt and East Oakland High schools. Even though it was constructed shortly before Field act safety standards were established Fremont is 40 years crisis committee rallies support for quake Issue an earthquake safety crisis committee has led the Effort to pass Jhc Mil Ion Oak land school earthquake Bond Issue to appear As proposition a on the tuesday ballot. Co chairmen of the group arc Oakland Myca president Laurence Bol ing who is also president of the Parks and recreation commission architect Harry Dino presi Dent of inc Oakland chamber of Commerce and or. Dou a Van Osiel. Pastor of the City ? first Baptist Church. 5-Jiisnre co chairmen arc cd Jar k. Kaiser. Chairman of r industries corporation. And William f. Knowland. Publisher of the Tribune. Committee treasurer is la mar Childers. S e c r c t a r y j r e a s u r c r of the Alameda county building trades coun cil. Akl-c10. Regional committee Heads and schools within Jhc regions decl Rcd wholly or partially unsafe arc Region i John lick arc the Captain Edison Emerson Jefferson. Lazear. Lockwood j Caralta. Lockridge. Simla cd Mellary schools Clarc Mont. Hamilton Havon court we shake Woodrow Wilson Junior and Fremont and Oakland technical High schools. Region ii Jack Miller the Captain Clawson Cleveland Crocker Highlands Durant Carfield. Laurel. Manzanita and Prescott elementary schools Bret Hart Hoover and Roosevelt Junior High schools Dewey continuation school and Oakland High school. Region Iii Robert Edlund the Captain Highland and s i o n c h ii r s i schools e1 m h u r s t juror High and the Chabol science Center. Old the average life plan ners expect of school build Ings before they become obsolete. Buildings included in the Bond Issue average an age of 49 years. Engineers recommend that when the Cost of repair exceeds 50 per cent of the Cost of replacement they be demolished and rebuilt As a Mailer of Good business. Opposition to the Bond Mea sure has been voiced by a thur b. Green executive Secre tary of the Oakland property owners association who says that the fund request is too great. Voters he says must reject any Effort to use the safety is sue As a cover for building modern schools in new locations. Green says that taxpayers should have the Choice of Vou ing for either or minimum work required for earthquake standards and the additional building and rehabilitation not required by a Large number of groups have endorsed the Bond Mea sure. Among them Are the Alameda county taxpayers association the Oakland education association the Oakland federation of teachers the new Oakland committee several labor groups the chinese american citizens Alliance and the Oakland democratic coalition. Every state legislator representing portions of Oakland has pledged support As have members of the City Council. School authorities estimate an example of the Cost of the measure to voters on the basis of ownership of a Home. The Bond Issue they say would add to the Home owner s tax Bill for 1971-72 the figure would increase to the third year and de crease each year thereafter until liquidated. Because construction costs Rise approximately one per cell per month consulting engineers say any delay in pro Viding for building needs will Cost taxpayers More than the million being sought a two thirds majority of Ibe vote is required for passage without any doubt. Although new stale Law re quires Only a simple majority the Issue is up for review be fore the . Supreme court. Brokers have refused to handle Bond trans actions on 3 he basis of a simple majority pending the court decision. Hi6h a High schools o i i i i i i it. 1.1 i a trim nine Oakland Junior High schools three senior High schools could be closed by june 1975

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