Number 11 Volume 17 November 1989
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RTD, Reorganization, Q and A on the New
and SB 1 Drug Policy
by Gar) Clar4 Interim Manager of Government Affairs
, by Barbara Olson, Senior Administrative Analyst
Reorganization. This term Angeles Division, and Contrary to the article in employee's random drug
has stirred emotion, labor, Senator Robbins the October 4 issue of the screen.
intensity, and uncertainty as made SB 1 a "two-year" bill Los Angeles Times, the During the month of
a label for legislation on September 15, 1989, so random testing process is November, employees and
pending before the State as to provide him more not "blind." Random supervisors will have the
Legislature in Sacramento time to seek resolution of testing would not be an opportunity to learn more
to merge the activities of several of the more perti- effective deterrent to about revisions to the
the District and the nent problem areas. employee drug use if the District's Drug and Alcohol
LACTC. The District's Board of results were not used to Policy through information
This year, Senate Bill 1 Directors is opposed to SB discipline the abuser. sessions offered at divisions
(SB 1 — all bills are 1, while the Commission is RTD's Drug and and Headquarters. These
labelled numerically upon supporting the bill with Alcohol Policy will provide information sessions are
introduction), authored by amendments. the same discipline and intended to provide
State Senator Alan Robbins Furthermore, Gover- discharge standards for employees with an
of Van Nuys, seeks to reor- nor Deukmejian is officially results of random tests as it opportunity to learn the
ganize local transit agencies opposed to SB 1, as cur- does for the current testing. effects and consequences of
within Los Angeles County rently drafted, and does not "Blind testing" is a drug use on personal
by creating a new Metro- appear willing to sign the quality assurance technique health, safety, and the
politan Transit Authority bill into law. required by the government environment. They will
(MTA) through the to verify that the collection also receive an explanation
abolishment of the RTD process and laboratory of the policy revisions, and
and the subsequent "merg- procedures comply with have the opportunity to ask
SB 1 seeks
ing" with the LACTC. accuracy and security questions about procedural
Somewhat similar to reorganize protocol. The District is changes.
legislation by Senator required to send fake urine Prior to the informa-
Robbins passed the State local transit specimens, clean or spiked tion sessions, each em-
Legislature in 1987, but was with various drugs, to test ployee will receive a copy of
agencies . . .
vetoed by Governor George the collection and lab the revised Drug and
Deukmejian. This year, SB process. In no way does this Alcohol Policy. Each
1 was approved by the State impact the results of an continued on page 3 . . .
Senate, by a vote of 21-13 Without considering
on May 15, and then was the merits or weaknesses
approved by the Assembly contained in the Robbins'
Transportation Committee bill, it is important that bill still fails to address sion and renames the
on July 19. However, the RTD employees are aware several important areas SCRTD the Southern
bill met a major roadblock that if the bill should pass which will lead to the California Regional Transit
in the Assembly Ways and the legislature and is signed providing of better trans- District. The bill will
Means Committee and was by the Governor, it will portation services for Los carefully delineate the
held in Committee on a probably not go into effect Angeles County. duties and responsibilities
vote of 18 - 1 pending the until January 1, 1991 or In response to the of each agency so as to
resolution of several of the later. As currently drafted, failure of SB 1 to provide a eliminate the duplicative
bill's more controversial SB 1 contains provisions suitable reorganization, the function of the current
sections. that will protect all current District will sponsor a piece structure.
As a result of strong employees. The District's of reorganization legisla- Headway will continue
Opposition from several Opposition to SB 1 is based tion that will be introduced to update employees in the
groups including the Los on the fact that SB 1 does in January. Specifically, the progress of the District's
Angeles County Board of not provide the mechanism District's. proposal retains new proposal as it makes its
Supervisors, the League of to achieve a more effective the Los Angeles County way through the legislative
California Cities - Los transportation system. The Transportation Commis- process.
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A DW AY 2
. . . continued from page 2 employees for random Q: Can a supervisor send an
employee will be respon-
sible for reading, under-
testing. The process is so
random that it is possible
employee for a drug test if
they suspect the employee
standing, and complying for the same employee to be uses drugs? of Operations
with the policy and will be called for testing two times A: The new UMTA
encouraged to attend one of in a row. guidelines provide for Favorable
the information sessions. supervisor-ordered drug
Supervisory personnel will Q: How often will random screens. However, A state review of bus
receive additional training tests be given? supervisors cannot merely operations found major
to help them administer the A: Part of the nature of suspect drug users, rather gains in RTD bus mainte-
program, to be able to random tests is that no one they must observe and be nance, lower absenteeism,
recognize the various should know when they will able to document specific less-crowded buses, and
indicators of drug use and occur. The Personnel behaviors, physical fewer accidents.
abuse, and to refer employ- Department will make evidente, performance The report, recently
ees to EAP or order drug every effort to keep the indicators, or patterns to released by the state
testing. times and frequency of provide cause for testing. Auditor General, also
Some of the most testing on an irregular found that RTD carried
common questions basis. Q: What sorts of behaviors more passengers and had a
regarding the revised policy MINI111n11111•1111 would trigger drug testing lower per-passenger cost
are addressed below. for cause? than other California
A: There are many operators.
Q: Who is affected by the behaviors. Some general "This report confirms
policy revisions? "I do not areas which will be that RTD riders are getting
A: Every employee is considered are attendance, better service in Los
covered by the revisions. quality or quantity of work, Angeles County," said RTD
use drugs, Board President Gordana
mood changes, physical or
Q: When does the new verbal altercation, personal Swanson. "There are 9,000
policy take effect? why should appearance, and odor of District employees working
A: We are required by alcohol. very hard to provide quality
UMTA regulation to make service," she said.
these policy changes by
I be required Among the Auditor
Q: Where can I get more
December 21, 1989. information on the General's findings:
to take a Employee Assistance • RTD employees'
Q: Will all employees be Program? absenteeism (sick leave,
required to take random A: Call Luanna Urie in jury duty, long-term leave)
drug test?" dropped almost 25 percent
Personnel for a brochure
A: No. The federal that briefly describes the from 1986 to 1988.
regulations require drug Employee Assistance • RTD kept its operat-
testing only for "safety Program. The EAP service ing cost per passenger to
sensitive" transit is not run by District $1.22 in Fiscal Year 1988,
employees. A personnel. It is a service well below the average of
comprehensive list of Q: I do not use drugs, why provided under contract $1.71 of other transit
personnel considered to be should I be required to take with the District by ESSCO systems included in the
"safety sensitive" will be a drug test? in Orange, CA. Any audit.
provided at the meetings. A: Drug testing promoten a employee or family member • An average RTD bus
drug-free workplace. Drug- can call toll free (800) 221- carried 57.7 passengers an
Q: How can employees be free employees want their 0942 for additional hour in FY 1988, signifi-
assured that random drug co-workers also to be drug information about the cantly lower than the 70.6
tests are not used to single free. Drug users create a services offered by EAP. average reported for FY
out certain individuals? more hazardous work 1985, resulting in less-
A: UMTA has established environment, as well as Q: How can I learn more crowded buses.
strict procedures to be abuse their sick time more about the revisions to the • The number of miles
followed to ensure than non-users. It is in the Drug and Alcohol Policy? driven between mainte-
employees are not singled best interest of everyone to A: Attend one of the nance service road calls
out. We will use a support drug testing as a information sessions to be increased nearly 51 percent,
computerized random means of creating a drug- conducted this month. resulting in a 34 percent
number generator to select free workplace. continued on page 8 . . .
NOVEMBER 1989 HEADWAY 3
Metro Rail Cost Increase Not as High as Projected
by Greg Davy, News Bureau Representative
An independent auditor has on clearly identifying the
adjusted its initial estimate allowances, contingencies,
of cost increases to Metro and specified line item costs
Rail in its final report, in presenting their final
lowering its original report. This included a
estimate to between 3.8 and consideration of the actual
7.5 percent. amount of outstanding
Translated to dollars, contractors' claims the
the percentages represent a District is likely to pay
range of between $47 before completion of the
million and $93 million. project.
High-Point Schaer, an
firm hired by RTD to High-Point
reassess the projected final
cost of Phase 1 of the Schaer offers
project, offers five methods five methods
for approaching financial
management of the for approaching
remainder of the project,
which it termed "Unique in
its size and complexity." management
Each method suggests View of the tunnels below ground level at Seventh and
numerous ways that would Flower streets. of the
review states, "depending budgeting practice is and project.
control over expenditures.
A low of $47 million on how rigid and how contingencies are
could be achieved, the conservative an estimating applied." The Board also
"High-Point Schaer has received September 21, a
presented us with a copy of a letter from
responsible, objective General Manager Alan
viewpoint of where our Pegg to Keith Comrie, chief
project stands," said RTD administrative officer of the
Board President Gordana City of Los Angeles, stating
Swanson. "We intend to that the City could be liable
carefully consider each for an additional funding
suggestion to assure that commitment of between
Metro Rail is completed as $40 and $35 million, well
economically as possible within the 10 percent cost
without compromising increase contingency set
quality or safety." forth in the original funding
In its July, 1989, draft agreement.
report, High-Point Schaer "The District continues
predicted cost increases of to be committed to every
between $64 million and cost reduction effort," Mrs.
$102 million. The figures Swanson said.
were revised downward The first phase of
based on information Metro Rail is about 40
supplied by a separate RTD percent complete. The
consultant specializing in initial cost estimate was
construction litigation. 81.25 billion.
Moving earth at the Fifth and Hill streets Station. Reviewers concentrated
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 4
Light Rail Opening Well On Its Way
RTD is well on the way to activities include the
bringing rail service back to completion of the mid-
Los Angeles, and will be corridor segment from
prepared to operate the Los Willow Street to Washing-
Angeles to Long Beach ton Boulevard and the
system's scheduled opening delivery of 20 more light
in mid-1990, reported rail cars by mid-November,
General Manager Alan allowing RTD and LACTC
Pegg to the Board of to begin performing
Directors on October 5. integrated tests.
"When the Los Angeles In a separate report to
County Transportation the Board, Pegg addressed
Commission (LACTC) is some issues discussed in a
finished building the light rail start-up review
system, we'll be ready to run ordered by the LACTC and
it," he said. conducted by Deloitte/ On August 5, RTD and LACTC employees and fame
During construction Kellogg of Los Angeles: members were invited on walking tours of the light rail
overseen by the LACTC, tunnel system to view the progress as it descends from
the District: 1111111111n11•1111•1
street level at 12th and Flower streets to tonnett at 7th and
• continues to work "When the Flower streets at the Metro Center Station.
with the Commission to
determine a yearly operat- LACTC A peer review panel of increased operating costs.
ing budget for the light rail facility maintenance rail Calling system security
system. is finished experts from the Buffalo, a top priority in view of the
• has hired 101 staff Boston, and Philadelphia increasing graffiti and
members, including 25 of was convened October 9 vandalism on RTD buses,
the 32 Transit Police system, we'll and 10 to discuss appropri- Pegg expressed concern
officers to be hired to ate staff levels. about the review's recom-
assure system security. be ready to "The system that will mendation to hire private
• has developed open in Los Angeles has security guards in place of
proposals for an insurance some design features District personnel.
package. mandated by the LACTC In addition, RTD is
• held a series of public that are unusual for a light keeping abreast of con-
meetings in August and "The review recom- rail system," Pegg said. struction delays and will
September to develop an mends restructuring of "Some of these will require present a proposed fare
efficient bus/rail interface RTD's basic operating greater maintenance and structure to the Board this
plan for the rail corridor. A organization to create an manpower costs. Compar- month.
formal hearing on the final assistant general manager ing our staff and budget Testing of the system is
proposals is scheduled later for rail operations. This needs to other light rail scheduled to begin May 15,
this month. setup was considered more systems is meaningless 1990, with the first day of
"These are only a few than 18 months ago, but because of the substantial operations later the same
of the many behind-the- rejected," Pegg said. "The differences in design, year. When complete, the
scenes activities we're District can manage more technology, and operation." system will streich from
involved in while preparing effectively by combining As an example, Pegg downtown Los Angeles,
for opening day," Pegg said. bus and rail operating noted that most of the where it will terminate at
"They are all necessary to functions as it is done at 75 station platforms along the the the Metro Center
assure a smooth ride when percent of the nation's 21-mile route will be able to Station at 7th and Flower
the first passengers climb transit agencies. I believe accommodate only two rail streets, about 21 miles
aboard." we already are achieving cars at a time. While this south to Long Beach
The LACTC reported benefits as a result of our will mean more frequent harbor.
that upcoming construction approach." service, it also will result in
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 5
Govemor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown told the audience he
was proud of the legislation he had signed 30 years ago.
RTD officials joined in the state of California for such legislation: Of 238 15, 1959.
dignitaries from around the and extends opportunity to bank branches in Los The passage of this act
state in celebrating the 30th all state citizens regardless Angeles, only four em- came 19 years after Presi-
anniversary of the passage of color, age, heritage, dis- ployed Blacks in other than dent Franklin D. Roosevelt
of the Fair Employment ability, or their religion. custodial jobs. No Blacks issued a 1941 Executive
Practices Act on September Some of the employers had customer contact jobs Order to establish the first
22 at a commemorative represented and supporting in Los Angeles department federal commission to
luncheon held at the the event included A T &T; stores, nor were any address employment
Biltmore Hotel. ARCO; Hughes Aircraft; employed as waiters or discrimination complaints
Assistant General Kaiser Permanente; waitresses in dass A hotels. based on race, creed, color,
Manager for Equal Oppor- Northrop; Pacific Bell; The employment picture or national origin. The
tunity Walter Norwood was Security Pacific National was not any brighter for president's order resulted
selected by the Southern Bank; Vons; Columbia Hispanics. from labor leader A. Phillip
California Employment Pictures; Gibson, Dunn & Authored by Assembly- Randolph's (founder of the
Round Table, sponsors of Crutcher; Lockheed; man W. Byron Rumford Brotherhood of the Sleep-
the luncheon, to serve as Manatt, Phelps, Rothen- and co-sponsored by ing Car Porters) warning
chair of the event. Nor- berg & Phillips; Munger, Assemblyman Augustus that unless something was
wood coordinated the effort Tolles & Olson; Rockwell; Hawkins, and 52 others, the done, 100,000 Black
which succeeded in attract- and Southern California act, then known as AB 91, workers would march on
ing many hundreds of Edison Company. passed the Assembly. The Washington to protest job
employers to the Biltmore Prior to its passage in legislation passed the discrimination.
Bowl to commemorate the 1959, a study done by the Senate and was signed into Shortly after the
law which established a Urban League strikingly law by Governor Edmund employment law victory, the
floor of decency for workers made the point for the need G. "Pat" Brown on April same lawmakers introduced
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 6
Assistant General Manager Walter RTD Vice President Marvin Holen (left) and RTD General
Norwood escorted Associate Justice Joyce Counsel Suzanne Gifford (right) discuss civil rights
Kennard to the head table at the Fair developments in the state during the past 30 years with
Employment Practices Act Virginia Unruh, (center). Mrs. Unruh is the widow of the
commemorative luncheon. late Jesse Unruh, author of the Unruh Civil Rights Act which
prohibits discrimination in all business establishments andlor
public accommodations, and prohibits acts of racial, ethnic,
or religious violence.
legislation to end housing has been designated the MALDEF General Counsel selection marks the ap-
discrimination. Known as authority to enforce the Antonia Hernandez. And, pointment of the first Asian
the Rumford Act, the Unruh Civil Rights Act and honoring Congressman woman to the Court.
statute prohibited discrimi- the Ralph Civil Rights Act. Edward Roybal, a co-chair Opening with a characteris-
nation because of rate, These acts prohibit dis- of the California Commit- tic no-nonsense firmness
color, creed, national crimination in all business tee for Fair Employment that belies her warmth and
origin, or ancestry in establishments and/or Practices in the early 1950's, charm, the justice congratu-
housing accommodations of public accommodations, was Executive Vice Chan- lated the body on the
three or more units, in and prohibit acts of racial, cellor of the California progress achieved within
public and redevelopment ethnic, or religious vio- State University Dr. the state during the past 30
housing, and in owner- lence. Herbert L. Carter. Assem- years.
occupied single family As the luncheon chair, blywoman Lucille Roybal Justice Kennard told
homes with public financ- Norwood planned and Allard accepted the award the group in her stirring
ing. executed the event which on behalf of her father. account that discrimination
During the first 20 included KCBS-Channel 2 Perhaps the most was no stranger to her life.
years of the Fair Employ- Anchorwoman Tritia powerful and galvanizing of Born in 1941 in East Java,
ment Practices Act its Toyota as the luncheon the luncheon's many Indonesia, Kennard comes
coverage was expanded to moderator, and a guest speakers was Associate from a mixed stock of
include sex, age, physical appearance by Governor Justice Joyce L. Kennard, Indonesian, Dutch, and
handicap, medical condi- Edmund G. "Pat" Brown 48, of the Supreme Court of Chinese ancestry. A year
tion, and marital status. looking spry as ever at 84. California. Justice Kennard after she was born the
In more recent times, PresentatiOns honoring was appointed to the Court Japanese invaded her
the State Fair Employment Congressman Augustus by Governor Deukmejian in country and carted her
and Housing Department Hawkins were made by April 1989. Ms. Kennard's continued on page 8 . . .
NOVEMBER 1989 H EADWAY 7
. . . 30th Anniversary
continued from page 7
father off to a prison camp and was going on to get her Open Enrollment season is Enrollment is open
where he later died. Ken- Ph.d. when she was con- just around the corner. for the month of December,
nard and her mother were vinced by her employer, an Once again, it's time to and closes on December
taken to a separate camp attorney, to go to law reevaluate the medical and 28, 1989 with no exceptions.
where they remained till the school. She entered USC dental plans you've been Open Enrollment
end of the war. After the Law School and graduated enrolled in for the past year meetings with representa-
war, her mother moved in 1973. to ensure that your needs, tives of the various medical
them to Papua, New Making careful note of and those of your family, and dental plans are
Guinea to work for a Dutch where California had been, are being met. scheduled in the Board
petroleum company. particularly when it came to Room, Headquarters
Because Kennard and her discrimination, Kennard What is Open Enrollment? Building, on the following
mother were not from the reviewed early cases This is your opportu- dates and times:
Netherlands they were involving immigration nity to add a dependent(s) December 6 9:30 a.m.
treated as second-class exclusion laws directed or change your enrollment December 6 1:30 p.m.
citizens. Eventually, the primarily against the in the medical and dental December 13 9:30 a.m.
family moved to Holland Chinese; ordinances that plans for Calendar Year December 13 1:30 p.m.
where Kennard was in- required them to cut their 1990. This opportunity Further information
volved in a life-threatening queues, and assorted comes only once each year, can be obtained by calling
violations of constitutional and you owe it to yourself Ann Craver at (213) 972-
equal protection guaran- and your family to find out 7186 or Ext, 27186.
tees. as much information as UTU Heatth & Welfare
Questions as to her possible about these plans Trust Fund
Justice Kennard political leanings compelled before you make any final Enrollment is open for
her to tell the audience in a decisions. Some of the the entire month of Decem-
told the group somewhat oblique fashion plans currently offered may ber. Individual counseling
that discrimination that she is staunchly have some changes made to sessions begin December
independent and makes them. Remember, it's 11, 1989, at all operating
was no stranger decisions based solely on difficult to make a wise divisions. Renewal packets
her interpretation of the decision without making an will be mailed to the homes
in her life. law. She did, however, informed decision. So plan of UTU employees around
suggest to those who would to attend one of the Open the first of December.
judge her to use a criteria Enrollment meetings listed Further information can be
that asked if she had below for your employee obtained by calling the
accident which resulted in exhibited the requisite group. UTU Trust Fund Office at
the amputation of one of c,ourage, the correct (213) 624-6487 or (818)
her legs. She and her judgment, the integrity, and Non-Contract Employees 584-0680.
and Transit Police
mother lived in virtual the nec,essary dedication to continued on page 10 . . .
poverty until Kennard the task. The luncheon
emigrated to the United concluded shortly after
States. Declaring her fierce Justice Kennard concluded . . . State Review
spirit of independence: "I her keynote address. continued from page 3 competitive bidding. The
did not feel that the United Other RTD employees decrease in the number of report noted, however, that
States owed me a living. I and directors in attendance road calls made. RTD adopted additional
worked very hard for what I included Board Vice • The number of policies as of March 1,
wanted," she recounted her President Marvin Holen, preventable accidents 1989, to ensure that
first step toward destiny in Director Joseph Dunning, declined 8 percent over a requirements are met.
her adopted country. General Counsel Suzanne two-year period from FY The RTD carried
Using a legacy of Gifford, and Equal Oppor- 1986 to FY 1988. 416,634,000 passengers on
$5,000 left her by her tunity Representatives The audit also reported about 2,300 buses in FY
mother, she started on her Natalie Hernandez, Joseph that out of 22 procurements 1988, which accounts for
education at Pasadena City Adams, and Jack Clayter. reviewed by the Auditor nearly half of the entire bus
College. She earned a General, five did not meet ridership (842 million) in
master's degree in German the requirements of the state of California.
NOVEMBER 1989 HEADWAY 8
by Andrea Greene,
News Bureau Representative
Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky (center) posed with RTD Board Vice President
Marvin Holen (left) and RTD Board Director Larry Gonzalez (right) in front of a $160,000 bus
that was clean the night before, but after a day on the streets, emerged vandalized and sprayed
with paint. Declaring this "a ridiculous insult to RTD riders" and re-emphasizing the city's and
RTD's commitment to crush vandalism, Councilman Yaroslavsky presented a resolution
marking September 26 And-Graffiti Day.
Declaring graffiti to be an we will set forth policy to conference at RTD's eliminate a nuisance which
assault on the sensibilities fight graffiti because if we Central Maintenance has such a devastating effect
of RTD bus riders and an don't, these senseless acts Facility along with Holen not only on RTD buses, but
expensive burden for Los will spread to our Metro and other RTD officials, throughout the entire
Angeles County taxpayers, Rail and light rail projects. were State Senator Diane county as well."
state and local officials We need to spend our Watson, Los Angeles City Effective September 4,
joined with RTD at a resources on providing Councilmen Zev RTD Transit Police started
September 25 news confer- first-class bus and rail Yaroslavsky and Marvin confiscating student bus
ence to proclaim September service, rather than spend- Braude, and Board of passes from young people
26 "Anti-Graffiti Day." ing them on the removal of Public Works Chairman Ed caught in the act of vandal-
"The tost to clean, graffiti," he said. Avila. Together they urged izing buses. Also, students
repaint, repair, and replace To replace bus windows the public to eradicate cited for vandalism will
parts of vandalized buses is taxpayers pay over $1.4 graffiti. have their RTD-issued
astronomical," said RTD million, exterior repairs are "We especially need student identification cards
Board Vice President valued at $2.2 million a Legislation, like that taken away. The special
Marvin Holen. "The year, and the price to proposed by Senator student IDs allow students
District spent nearly $9 refurbish vandalized bus Watson, that tackles graffiti to purchase discounted
million last year in our war interiors costs $4.2 million and vandalism head-on," passes.
against graffiti. Every City annually. Putting it another said RTD Director Larry In March of 1989, the
in the county suffers from way, it costs taxpayers over Gonzalez, chairman of RTD Board set into motion
graffiti and vandalism, and $4,000 a year just to repair RTD's Police and Public an aggressive program to
at RTD the problem has one damaged bus. Safety Committee. "Only attack the escalation of
mushroomed. We must and Attending the news by joining together can we continued on page 10 . . .
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A DWAY 9
. . . Vandals . . . Open Enrollment Transit Police Bring on
. continued from page 9 continued from page 8 8 New Officers
Eight new Transit Police they became members of
vandalism on District buses TCU Heatth and Wetfare candidates graduated from the RTD's Finest and as
and property. Transit Trust Fund Rio Hondo Police Academy trainees are busily learning
Police graffiti task force on September 8, 1989. Ef- about transit law enforce-
resources have been tripled Enrollment is open for fective on their graduation ment.
and a new paint configura- the entire month of Decem-
tion for the District's buses ber. Information packets
was developed, reducing the will be mailed to all
cost of repainting buses by employees and eligible
nearly 20 percent. RTD retirees in early December.
also increased the number Please be sure the Trust
Fund has your current
address. Further informa-
tion can be obtained by
calling the TCU Trust Fund
We will set Office at (714) 739-8476.
ATU Health and Wetfare
to fight graffiti Trust Fund
or these Open Enrollment was
senseless acts held September 18, 1989
through October 13, 1989.
will spread to All enrollment changes The new Transit Police Officers include, from left to right:
made by ATU employees Floyd Alvarado, Sean Richardson, Gary Rush, Cesar
our Metro Rail durin b the Open Enroll- Macias, Clifton Ladage, David Seay, Gar), Brown, and
and light rail ment period were effective Thomas Trucinski. And, as Zsa Zsa would say: "They are
November 1, 1989. all gorgeous!"
of bus cleaning and repair windows and paint, since
positions by nearly 25 these actions deny the
percent. New anti-graffiti vandals the pleasure of
bills passed by the legisla- seeing their work trans-
ture are now awaiting the ported all over the county.
governor's signature, and a Unfortunately, all of this
massive community aware- requires increased re-
ness program has been sources which are currently
undertaken. not available to the District.
Those joining the RTD The District is urging
at the press conference aim every citizen to become
for increased law enforce- involved with anti-graffiti
ment, reparations, and efforts by reporting vandal-
harsher penalties to stamp ism on buses and public/ Investigator Luke Fuller begins the rounds of orientation
out graffiti. RTD is private structures by calling: for the new officers.
confident that the greatest 1. L.A.'s Anti-Graffiti
deterrents are the quick Hot Line (213) 485-6651
removal of graffiti and 2. (818) S-P-A-R-K-L-E
replacement of vandalized 3. (213) C-L-E-A-N-U-P
NOVEMBER 1989 HEADWAY 10
Rayford Chosen Operator of Pedini Selected Information
the Month Operator of the Month
Division 16 Operator Telephone Information
Jimmy Rayford was chosen chose Karen Pedini as the
Operator of the Month for Information Operator of
August. Operator Rayford the Month for August 1989.
came to the District in
March, 1967. During this IIIMIZZOMMON
22-year period he has
worked at Divisions 2, 5, 9,
and 16. He has proven describe her
himself to be an outstand-
ing Operator in that he has as a woman
never had a chargeable
accident and currently has
the maximum accumulation charm and
of merits. He has not had a Division 16 Operator Karen Pedini was selected
missout in the past 18 years Jimmy Rayford was chosen exhibits the Information Operator
and has only missed 8 days Operator of the Month for of the Month for August.
due to illness in the past 14 August.
Rayford prefers to commended," said General
work a regular assignment. Manager Alan Pegg. "He is Ms. Pedini has been an tively interact with mem-
He is currently working the a proficient Operator who Information Specialist for bers of the public. In
187 line which transports can be depended an to the past five years. Her addition to her professional
passengers between Po- perform well." supervisors describe her as services, Ms. Pedini has
mona and Pasadena. Rayford has been a woman who exudes charm been active in various
"Jimmy Rayford's married for 25 years and has and exhibits the profession- District charitable cam-
record of accomplishment a daughter 21, and a son, alism, personal dynamics, paigns such as the United
and overall excellent 18. He resides with his and communication skills Way and the Brotherhood
performance record is to be family in Chino HIills. that are required to effec- Crusade.
Sanders Named Maintenance Employee of the Month
Division 1 Mechanic A MIMIn has demonstrated excep-
Leader Frederick A. tional expertise repairing
Sanders was chosen the He air conditioning systems.
Maintenance Employee of He exhibits his outstanding
enjoys leadership skills when
the Month for August.
Sanders has been with the acting as temporary super-
the District for 18 years and visor or floor leader. Sand-
is assigned to the first shift challenges ers knows "how to get the
as a relief leader. He is most from his crew"
and because the work flow is
described as the type of
employee that "all hands" opportunities consistent and production
enjoy working with. His is high.
mechanical background is of In his leisure Sanders
well-developed and without Division l's Frederick enjoys rebuilding race cars
Sanders was chosen the troubleshooting. and playing golf. He is
equal. He enjoys the
challenges and opportuni- Maintenance Employee of married and the father of
ties of troubleshooting and the Month for August. IMINn11111 two children.
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 11
Who Says There Are No Free Lunches (or Steak Dinners)?
Celebrating an attendance significant decrease in the
record never before number of supervisor and
achieved, District manage- service inspector write ups
ment treated Division 6 since March. "In fact, most
employees, both transporta- of the reports received are
tion and maintenance, to a commendations and OK
steak dinner on September rides,"he reported.
11. On hearing of the
Division 6, now under accomplishment, Director
the single-manager admini- of Transportation Leilia
stration of Mike Lensch, on Bailey was so impressed she
the Transportation side, ex- spoke to General Manager
perienced the first nine days Alan Pegg. Both agreed
of June without any ab- that the employees should
sentes. They gathered be rewarded for their
momentum and went accomplishments. They
another 13 days without an Division 6 Manager Mike Lensch and Alex Di Nuzzo along authorized a steak dinner,
absence. This attendance with Assistant Director of Transportation Ralph Wilson, on the house, for all em-
record has never been Equipment Maintenance Director Rich Davis, and ployees. With a check for
achieved in the history of Assistant Equipment Maintenance Director Tony Chavira $1200, Lensch bought
the District. Beginning reward Division 6 employees for their attendance feat with dinner certificates (valued
June 15, the division went 4 a certificates for a free steak dinner. at 88.50) from Stuart
weeks with no (0) absentee- Anderson's Black Angus
ism. The division had pre- restaurant and distributed
viously had an 8.2 absentee- is without a doubt, the has a lot to do with the them to all Division 6
ism record. cleanest garage around. change. Lensch and Di employees. "The word is
The equipment is always in Nuzzo--both were assigned out that the general
an orderly fashion and they to Division 6 in March manager has made the same
The division constantly pass the surprise 1989--said what makes offer to the rest of the
Safety Inspections with Division work is the team divisions," said Lensch.
went 4 weeks
flying colors," said Lensch. effort between the mechan- Sounds like challenge to the
with no He has seen service atten- ics and the operators. "Just rest of you divisions!
dants who have discovered as an example, the employ-
absenteeism. oil in the yard immediately ees find it very easy to gain
put down absorbent those unwanted pounds,"
During the same pe- material to clean up the oil. said Lensch. "If John
riod, the Maintenance side, "The operators say they "Chief' Woodrow isn't bar- Bus Roadeo
headed by Senior Supervi- really enjoy the fact that becuing downstairs, Opera-
sor Alex Di Nuzzo, reduced they can come to work and tor Melvin Braxton is Update
its Lost-Time injuries from are able to drive out of the cooking something upstairs.
10.3 in the first quarter of yard in the cleanest buses in Both sides take part in any Bus Roadeo Champ
the calendar year 1989 to the system. They go down festivity that the division Crescencio Rodriguez came
zero (0) for the second the street and point with has going." in 19th out of 65 operators
quarter. They also went pride saying, 'There goes The employees at participating in his classifi-
from June 15 for 43 days, one of our buses,"' he said. Division 6 are also very cation as he competed in
having only 4 accidents He said he takes a different goal-oriented, said Lensch. the International Bus
within that period. approach these days. He "They say their most Roadeo held in Atlanta on
Manager Mike Lensch calls employees who are on important goal is to provide September 28. Over 111
maintains that everyone the sick list to let them prompt, reliable and safe total operators competed in
comes to work at Division 6 know they are missed and service to the riding public the event this year. "This is
because they have pride in needed. and they work very hard to the best we have done in 8
themselves and their jobs. Lensch also believes accomplish that." Lensch years," said Bus Roadeo
"The Maintenance garage, the single-manager concept noted that there has been a Coordinator Vicki Varga.
NOVEMBER 1989 HEADWAY 12
other hard-to-fill positions Placing excellent
Employees, We Need You! will marked, "Eligible for employees in every depart-
Referral Bonus" when ment and Position helps all
Four words--"ELIGIBLE referral for each applicant posted. of us get our work done
FOR REFERRAL BO- you refer who is hired by It's easy to refer your better. So call your friends,
NUS"--can mean extra the District. The finder's friends to be considered for find out if they meet the
money in your wallet! fee is paid to the finder at District employment. qualifications stated in the
Candidates for certain the end of the new hire's Come to or call the Em- bulletin, and refer them as
key positions in Manage- first 90 days of service. ployment Office (Head- applicants for District
ment Information Systems The positions for which quarters, Second Floor, positions. A few minutes of
and Transit Police are in the District currently offers extension 7153) and ask for your time could make you
high demand right now the finder's fee are: Transit an application, bulletin, and $500 or $1,000 richer!
among all employers in our Police Officer ($500), referral slip. Fill out the [NOTE: Personnel
area. You may have friends Systems Project Leader referral slip; have your Department staff at Human
who are qualified to fill ($1,000), Systems Program- friend fill out the applica- Resources Assistant level
these jobs. mer ($1,000), Senior tion; attach the referral slip and above, and assigned
The District will pay Programmer Analyst to the application; make department representative for
you a finder's fee of $1,000 ($1,000), and Programmer sure your friend gets the the selection, are ineligible
(for MIS) or $500 (for Analyst ($1,000). The application in before the for the bonus.]
Transit Police Officer), per bulletins for these and closing date. It's that easy!
Mr. Arce aka Division l's Mr. Courtesy
Not only did Division l's operators on their lines Bethel took Mainte- Bethel awarded Arce with
Fernando Arce win the during August. "I started nance Division 1 Manager the Manager's Award, a
Manager's Award for riding the Buses at random. John Adams along on the check for $25, and took him
August but he also scored Operation was fine, but I rides. Adams found the to the Velvet Turtle
big on courtesy points as far noticed most operators rides beneficial regarding restaurant for lunch. "It
as Division Manager Maceo weren't calling out the maintenance suggestions he may just be coincidental,
Bethel is concerned. stops. In the July newslet- received. "We have found but I noticed that Division 1
According to Arce, ter I issued a challenge to it an effective division is down by 4 percent for
although he drives some Division 1 operators to be program in solving a lot of complaints in the month of
demanding urban lines, all courteous for the entire problems," said Bethel. August," said Bethel with a
he tries to remember to do month of August," said On September 15 smile.
is " call out all the the stops Bethel. Because it was
and smile a lot at the summer, Bethel figured
people." It must work tourists from all over the
wonders on shopworn world would be in Los
patrons traveling on the Angeles and, for many,
RTD at the end of the work their first contact might be
day, because the 15-year with an RTD bus Operator.
veteran won recently won Bethel invited other staff
the Riders' Choice award. members to ride the lines
"I try to leave any personal with him. Several supervi-
problems I may have at sors were freed up and rode
home when I get on the various lines until August
bus," said Arce. "And, 31 at which time each
similariy, I leave a work submitted a name of their
problem at work. It helps most courteous Operator.
when you deal with All the names submitted
people." were put in a hat and Arce Division 1 Transportation Manager Maceo Bethel
Arce's charm was got lucky. "Fernando is a presents Operator Fernando Arce with the Manager's
discovered when Bethel real courteous, cool Award and a free lunch as a reward for being chosen
started riding with the Operator," he said. the division's Most Courteous Operator.
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D WAY 13
CHEDUL to Mechanic B.
Codina, Blanca L, from
to Bus Operator Full-time.
Figueroa, Jamie, from Bus
ANGES Bus Operator Trainee Part-
time to Bus Operator Part-
Operator Trainee Full-time
to Bus Operator Full-time.
Flores, Richard, from Bus
Cohen, Michael A., from Operator Trainee Part-time
Senior Staff Assistant to to Bus Operator Part-
Ahuja, Gopaldas U., from Operations Supervisor to Administrative Analyst. time.
Bus Operator Trainee Full- Assistant Division Trans- Coman, Dorinel, from Bus Flores, Roberto, from Bus
time to Bus Operator Full- portation Manager. Operator Trainee Full-time Operator Part-time to Bus
time. Boeche, Marjorie E., from to Bus Operator Full-time. Operator Full-time.
Aitken, Terri D., from Bus Service Director to Cordero, Anthony P., from Fradejas, Harry F., from
Operator Part-time to Bus Supervising Service Bus Operator Full-time to Bus Operator Part-time to
Operator Full-time. Director. Traffic Loader/Extra Bus Operator Full-time.
Alvaez, Francisco M., Boss, Linda F., from Bus Schedule Checker. Frawley, Daniel P., from
from Bus Operator Operator Trainee Full-time Craft, Robert L, from Bus Transit Operations Super-
Trainee Full-time to Bus to Bus Operator Full-time. Operator Trainee Part-time visor to Assistant Trans-
Operator Full-time. Brown, Barbara K., from to Bus Operator Part- portation Manager.
Andersen, Richard F., from Bus Operator Trainee Full- time. Frazier, Diane A., from
Planner to Senior Planner. time to Bus Operator Full- Dames, Roger F., from Transit Operations Super-
Aparicio, Richard J., from time. Contract Administator to visor to Assistant Division
Bus Operator Part-time to Brown, Eddie B., from Bus Senior Contract Adminis- Transportation Manager.
Bus Operator Full-time. Operator Trainee Full-time trator. Garcia, George T., from
Arias, Annette, from Typist to Bus Operator Full-time. Dhaliwal, Mohinder P., Bus Operator Part-time to
Clerk to Security Recorder. Brown, Irma L, from Bus from Bus Operator Trainee Bus Operator Full-time.
Audelo, Saul, from Me- Operator Part-time to Bus Full-time to Bus Operator Gill, Lourdes, from Bus
chanic C to Mechanic B. Operator Full-time. Full-time. Operator Part-time to Bus
Austin, Elizabeth, from Burke, Michael A., from Dorling, Jeffrey L, from Operator Full-time.
Bus Operator Trainee Full- Bus Operator Trainee Part- Bus Operator Part-time to Goldman, Roderick T.,
time to Bus Operator Full- time to Bus Operator Part- Bus Operator Full-time. from Labor Relations
time. time Downs, Karl, from Transit Assistant to Administrative
Avelino, Jose P., from Bus Bury, Paul J., from Bus Operations Supervisor to Analyst.
Operator Part-time to Bus Operator Trainee Part-time Assistant Division Trans- Gonzalez, Albert, from
Operator Full-time. to Bus Operator Part-time. portation Manager. Bus Operator Trainee Full-
Avila, Gloria M., from Bus Cabrera, Adolfo R., from Duarte-Orive, Manual A., time to Bus Operator Full-
Operator Trainee Part-time Bus Operator Part-time to from Bus Operator Part- time.
to Bus Operator Part- Bus Operator Full-time. time to Bus Operator Full- Gonzalez, Kari L, from
time. Camacho, Gilberto R., from time. Bus Operator Trainee Full-
Ballard, Famale R., from Bus Operator Part-time to Dunk, Edward G., from time to Bus Operator Full-
Bus Operator Part-time to Bus Operator Full-time. Bus Operator Trainee Part- time.
Bus Operator Full-time. Camacho, Rogelio B., from time to Bus Operator Green, Demetres, from
Benavidez, Veronica I., Bus Operator Part-time to Part-time. Bus Operator Trainee Part-
from Bus Operator Trainee Bus Operator Full-time. Duran, Eulojia L, from time to Bus Operator
Part-time to Bus Operator Campos, Francisca, from Clerk to General Clerk II. Part-time.
Part-time. Bus Operator Trainee Part- Early, Charles W., from Greene, Scott D., from
Bentley, Lee K., from Bus time to Bus Operator Part- Information Clerk to Planner to Senior Planner.
Operator Trainee Full-time time. Assistant Service Inspec- Grimes, Charlette, from
to Bus Operator Full-time. Candler, Lisa S., from Bus tor. Bus Operator Trainee Full-
Bemal, Linda, from Bus Operator Trainee Full-time Farley, O'Rian R., from time to Bus Operator Full-
Operator Trainee Part-time to Bus Operator Full-time. Transit Operations Super- time,
to Bus Operator Part-time. Canel, Luis F., from Bus visor to Assistant Division Gutierrez, Indolfo A., from
Bhular, Amjad N., from Operator Trainee Full-time Transportation Manager. Bus Operator Part-time to
Programmer Analyst to to Bus Operator Full-time. Febles, Fausto A., from Bus Bus Operator Full-time.
Senior Programmer Castellanos, Ralph J., from Operator Part-time to Bu Gutierrez, Juan, from
Analyst. Bus Operator Part-time to Operator Full-time. Systems Electronic Com-
Boctor, Alfred F., from Bus Operator Full-time. Ferber, Juan A., from Bus munications Technician to
Senior Transportation Chau, To, from Mechanic C Operator Trainee Full-time continued an page 15 . . .
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 14
. . . continued from page 14 Lacour, Lena M., from from Staff Aide to Office to Bus Operator Full-time.
Rail Systems Electronic Bus Operator Trainee Part- Supervisor. Portillo, Frank L, from Bus
Inspector. time to Bus Operator Mercado, Hugo, from Bus Operator Trainee Part-time
Hain, Ervin W., from Bus Part-time. Operator Part-time to Bus to Bus Operator Part-time.
Operator Trainee Part-time Lam, Calvin, from Me- Operator Full-time. Robles, Jesse M., from
to Bus Operator Part- chanic B to Mechanic A. Mijangos, Marcial F., from Mechanic C to Mechanic B.
time. Lawson, Edward C., from Bus Operator Part-time to Robinson, Mary E., from
Hancock, Ray S., from Bus Bus Operator Trainee Full- Bus Operator Full-time. Bus Operator Trainee Part-
Operator Trainee Part-time time to Bus Operator Full- Miller, Joe C., from Micro- time to Bus Operator Part-
to Bus Operator Part- time. film Technician to Micro- time.
time. Luevano, Rudy, from Bus graphics Coordinator. Rodriguez, Daniel Navaro,
Harrison, Timmie, from Operator Full-time to Molano, Jose V., from Staff from Bus Operator Trainee
Bus Operator Part-time to Ran Facilities Mainte- Aide to Human Resources Full-time to Bus Operator
Bus Operator Full-time. nance Inspector. Assistant. Full-time.
Hawkins, Monica D., from Lopez, Richard A., from Muhammad, Al-Azeem B. Rodriguez, Eliazer, from
Bus Operator Part-time to Bus Operator Trainee Part- S., from Bus Operator Bus Operator Part-time to
Bus Operator Full-time. time to Bus Operator Part- Trainee Full-time to Bus Bus Operator Full-time.
Henderson, Sandra R., time. Operator Full-time. Rodriguez, Irene D., from
from Bus Operator Part- Louie, Calvin S., from Nathaniel , Lorenz() L., Bus Operator Part-time to
time to Bus Operator Full- Administrative Analyst to from Bus Operator Trainee Bus Operator Full-time.
time. Senior Administrative Part-time to Bus Operator Rodriguez, Javier G., from
Hernandez, Allan A., from Analyst. Part-time. Bus Operator Trainee
Bus Operator Part-time to Luna, Jacqueline S., from Nasa, Gerald A., from Data Trainee Full-time to Bus
Bus Operator Full-time. Bus Operator Trainee Part- Base Analyst to Informa- Operator Full-time.
Hemandez, Manuel D., time to Bus Operator Part- tion Security Analyst. Rodriguez, Milton M., from
from Senior Community time. Navarrete, Heman Jose, Bus Operator Part-time to
Relations Representative Luna, Rodolfo A., from Bus from Bus Operator Trainee Bus Operator Full-time.
to Senior Public Affairs Operator Part-time to Bus Full-time to Bus Operator Rodriguez, Pedro G., from
Representative. Operator Full-time. Full-time. Bus Operator Trainee Full-
Hoccom, Barbara E., from Malonzo, Virgilio L, from Newton, Irene M., from Bus time to Bus Operator Full-
General Clerk II to Typist Senior Secretary to Staff Operator Part-time to Bus time.
Clerk. Assistant. Operator Full-time. Rodriguez, Robert, from
Hoffman Robert J., from Mann, George V., from Bus Nicholson, David W., from Bus Operator Trainee Full-
Bus Operator Part-time to Operator Part-time to Bus Service Attendant to Power time to Bus Operator Full-
Bus Operator Full-time. Operator Full-time. Yard Sweeper. time.
Holland, Frank R., from Marsh, William W., from Orduna, Israel, from Bus Ross, James, from Bus
Truck Driver/Clerk to Contract Administrator to Operator Trainee Full-time Operator Part-time to Bus
Stock Clerk. Senior Contract Adminis- to Bus Operator Full-time. Operator Full-time.
Huerta, Sylvia G., from trator. Oriseh, Dorahanna, from Salcido, Vincent T., from
Bus Operator Part-time to Masa, Gerald A., from Bus Operator Trainee Full- Bus Operator Trainee Part-
Bus Operator Full-time. Information Security time to Bus Operator Full- time to Bus Operator Part-
Hurtado, Rene, from Bus Analyst to Data Base time. time.
Operator Trainee Part-time Analyst. Ortega, David R., from Bus Sanchez, Antonio C., from
to Bus Operator Part-time. Matias, Emily Z., from Operator Trainee Full-time Bus Operator Part-time to
Jimenez, Josef W., from Senior Secretary to Staff to Bus Operator Full-time. Bus Operator Full-time.
Bus Operator Trainee Part- Aide. Passaretti, Joseph G., Sandoval, Francisco., from
time to Bus Operator Part- Maxim, Priscilla B., from from Bus Operator Trainee Bus Operator Part-time to
time. Bus Operator Trainee Part- Full-time to Bus Operator Bus Operator Full-time.
Kempton, Bemey E., from time to Bus Operator Part- Full-time. Schneider, Thomas M.,
Mechanic C to Mechanic B. time. Patron, Gonzalo, from Bus from Bus Operator Part-
Kirsch, Linda L., from Bus McDaniels, Joseph K., from Operator Part-time to Bus time to Bus Operator Full-
Operator Trainee Full-time Bus Operator Part-time to Operator Full-time. time.
to Bus Operator Full-time. Bus Operator. Pierovich, Blaise, from Sewell, Wanda R., from
Kraft, Berney E., from Mejia, Dario W., from Bus Bus Operator Part-time to Staff Aide to Information
Customer Relations Operator Part-time to Bus Bus Operator Full-time. Clerk.
Technician to Administra- Operator Full-time. Pilot, Teresa K. from Bus
, Siddique, Adbul S., from
tive Analyst. Melendez, Lorraine M., Operator Trainee Full-time continued an page 16 . . .
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 15
.. continued fron page 15
Bus Operator Trainee Full-
time to Bus Operator Full-
time. Clopton, Valerie A.,began Equipment Maintenance with the District on May 25,
Siddiqui, Guadalupe R., with the District on Novem- Supervisor on July 31, 1989. 1975, retired as a Utility A
from Bus Operator Trainee ber 2, 1978, retired as a Bus Goodwin,Estelle,began on August 31, 1989.
Part-time to Bus Operator Operator on August 8, with the District on May 17, Robinson, Billy R., began
Part-time. 1989. 1979, retired as a Bus with the District on July 23,
Sira, Jawahar S., from Bus Davie, Francis T., began Operator on July 29, 1989. 1966, retired as a Bus
Operator Part-time to Bus with the District on July 11, Gros; Mae E., began with Operator on August 1,
Operator Full-time. 1960, retired as a Bus the District on June 14, 1989.
Spencer-Bozeman, Brenda Operator on September 6, 1965, retired as an Informa- Scott, Frank R., began with
J., from Senior Secretary to 1989. tion Clerk on June 28, 1989. the District on May 21,
Staff Assistant. Descombes, Robert A., Hill, Billy L, began with the 1966, reired as a Bus
Stringer, Nancy A., from began with the District on District on July 1, 1974, Operator on July 31, 1989.
Bus Operator Part-time to November 13, 1965, retired retired as a Schedule Shaw, Herbert E., began
Bus Operator Full-time. as a Bus Operator on Checker on August 31, with the District on January
Suarez, Richard A., from September 1, 1989. 1989. 12, 1976, retired as a
Bus Operator Trainee Full- Fondreaux, Hardy T., began Jacobs, Larry J., began with Service Attendant on July
time to Bus Operator Full- with the District on March the District on September 17, 1989.
time. 5, 1966, retired as a Bus 15, 1972, retired as a Bus Sterling, Clarence W.,
Suchin, Suwat S., from Bus Operator on August 31, Operator on August 22, began with the District on
Operator Part-time to Bus 1989. 1989. August 27, 1966, retired as
Operator Full-time. Gauthier, Jules, began with Johnson, Calvin I., began a Bus Operator on August
Trachter, Ira, from Pro- the District on September with the District on August 31, 1989.
gram Control Analyst to 19, 1946, retired as an 20, 1966, retired as a Bus Sugarman, Charles M.,
Senior Program Control Operator on August 27, began with the District on
Projects Analyst. 1989. July 30, 1966, retired as a
Valdes, Tony J., from Watkins, Darvin A., from Lewis, Eddie C., began with Bus Operator on August 1,
Transit Police Officer Bus Operator Trainee Part- the District on June 9, 1975, 1989.
Trainee to Transit Police time to Bus Operator Part- retired as a Bus Operator Sylva, George R., began
Officer. time. on September 8, 1989. with the District on July 19,
Vazquez, Gilberto M., Wert, Joan G., from Bus Lucas, K. M., began with 1969, retired as a Schedule
from Bus Operator Operator Part-time to Bus the District on April 16, Maker II on August 8, 1989.
Trainee Part-time to Bus Operator Full-time. 1966, retired as a Bus Willoughby, Clyde G.,
Operator Part-time. Wheaton, Suprena D., from Operator on July 18, 1989. began with the District on,
Velasquez, Rachel, from Bus Operator Trainee Full- Marquardt, Robert, began November 3, 1965, retired
Information Clerk to time to Bus Operator Full- with the District on August as a Mechanic A on July 10,
Supervisor of Telephone time. 27, 1966, retired as a Bus 1989.
Information. Williams, Deborah D., from Operator on September 5, Wilson, Ellis E., began with
Villalobos, Barbara C., Bus Operator Part-time to 1989. the District on July 14,
from Bus Opertor Trainee Bus Operator Full-time. McClure, John M., began 1975, retired as a Bus
Full-time to Bus Operator Wilson, Raymond E., with the District on January Operator on July 31, 1989.
Full-time. from Equipment Service 25, 1974, retired as a Bus
Ward, Carolyn J., from Bus Supervisor to Equipment Operator on July 31, 1989.
Operator Trainee Full-time Engineering Technician. Mercadel, Walbert F.,
to Bus Operator Full-time. Williams, Willa M., from began with the District on
Warren, James G., from Bus Operator Part-time to January 12, 1973, retired as
Customer Relations Bus Operator Full-time. a Schedule Checker on
Technician to Administra- Wong, Wing S., from June 2, 1989.
tive Analyst. Mechanic B to Mechanic A. Morales, Ignacio N., began
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 16
RTD Retirees were recognized at the September 14, 1989
Board of Director's Meeting and were presented with plaques
by RTD Director Joseph Dunning. Front row, from left to
right: Division 18 Mechanic B Edward R. Guzman, Mrs.
Claude H. Brown, Schedule Checker Claude H. Brown,
Schedule Checker Walbert F. Mercadel and Mrs. Mercadel,
and Mechanic A Bobby H. Brice. Back row, from left to right:
Equipment Maintenance Director Rich Davis, RTD Director
RTD Retirees were recognized at the September 14, 1989 Joseph Dunning, Director of Schedules Robert Holland, and
Board of Director's Meeting and were presented with plaques Assistant Director of Transportation Ralph Wilson.
by RTD Director Joseph Dunning. Front row, from left to
right: Division 9 Maintenance Manager Milo Victoria, Mr.
Hinrichsen, Division 9 7ypist-Clerk Norma Hinrichsen,
Division 15 Operator Valerie A. Clopton, Division 18
Operator Eddie C. Lewis, and Division 15 Operator Robert
Marquardt. Back row, from left to right: Division 10
Maintenance Manager Ray Kunkle, Equipment Maintenance
Director Rich Davis, Director Dunning and Assistant Director
of Transportation Ralph Wilson.
Mot Tang was chosen the General Services Employee of the Month for August. Tang has been
with the District since 1983. During his employment he has proven to be an important asset to
the department. Tang is one of 6 employees who service the entire CMF facility for General
Services. His attendance and work peiformance has been outstanding. He also comes to work
with an attitude and ability toward his duties that is nothing short of meritorious. From left to
right: General Services Supervisor Darryl Calmese, Mot Tang, and General Services Manager
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A DWAY 17
Division 10 Wins
First Bus Maintenance
With a little help from Transportation, the roadtest portion of
the Roadeo is laid out.
Division 2 was selected as the site for the First Maintenance
Milo Victoria acted as
Master of Cerenzonies.
Admittedly, watching any tests which included the serpentine winds, sharp District departments to
person use an airgun, a Power Train Defect requir- turns, and reverse turnouts. cooperate in a joint ven-
wrench, or a screwdriver ing the members to identify Families and friends of ture. When we do this on
isn't the most exciting event within 10 minutes seven contestants came early for an annual basis, I think it
in the world. But, put engine or transmission the event held at Division 2 will give the mechanics a
ihree people and a bus problems rendering the bus and cheered on their new goal to strive for in this
bugged with defects to- inoperable. This contest favorite teams, especially industry-accepted event."
gether with only 10 minutes was followed by the Vehicle generous with their ap- CMF EMS Howard
to discover them, correct Inspection Problem in plause when they heard Shelter said that the teams
them, and maintain an idle which all members had to bugged engines turn over. were picked by the rank and
of 600 RPMS while a discover 18 equipment Coordinator of the event, file through a vote. "I don't
cheering crowd observes-- defects planted inside or Mike Stange said he was think I c,ould have done
now that's excitement. outside the bus in seven pleased the roadeo went as better myself in the selec-
Ten divisions of three- minutes. The last hurdle smoothly as it did. "I think tion. These are all top-
men teams each partici- was the Obstacle Course on it was a great opportunity notch people," he said.
pated in this first-of-its- which one member oper- for the mechanics to show Second-place finishers
kind event. The teams ated a coach through lanes off their diagnostic skills in the Roadeo came from
competed in three different of diminishing clearance, and an opportunity for Division 7 and included
NOVEMBER 1989 H EADWAY 18
Only mad dogs, English men, and Norma Flores and Dick
Christie would be out in the midday sun judging hopeful
mechanics on the obstacle course.
Marco Pedemonte (left) Miquel Enriquez, (center) and Javier
Castro (right) begin to "debug" the bus.
Instructors Ron Cotroneo and Richard Au decide how to bug
the bus for the Power Train Defect Test.
Hyen No (known as Dr. to a Raiders game, and the Enriquez has been with the here helped us. This is just
No), Paul Rivera, and Dale pleasure of maintaining District for 9 years. the greatest experience for
Sutherland. The second- possession of the perpetual Marco Pedemonte, 29, me. I have never won a
place team members each trophy. Division 10 team gave credit to the confi- trophy in all my life. I am
received $750, a plaque, and members Enriquez, Pede- dence he had in his team just so glad that when I
two tickets to Universal monte, and Castro repre- mates. "We trained for finally did, it was at the
Studios Tours. Division sented the District at the several hours each day. It RTD."
15's team came in third with national Roadeo in Dallas, was the team effort and we Those mechanics who
their team of Vic Uemura, Texas, held October 14-16. got lucky." put themselves on the line
Clyde Brawley, and James Commenting on his Javier Castro, 41, said it in competition included,
Badgett. Each member coup after the awards was perseverance which Division 1: Joe Drouin,
received $500, a plaque, and ceremony, Miguel Enri- paid off. "I think we won Robert Scott, and Tri Tran;
two tickets to Medieval quez, 33, said: "All it took because of our training and Division 3: Rosendo
Times restaurant. was practice, practice, just following through step Jaurequi, Gerard Silva, and
The now reigning first- practice.... We also had a lot by step. Our commünica- Roger Priest; Division 5:
place winners, Division 10, of people helping us. I tion and our attitude were Michael Junyk, Herbert
were awarded $1000 each, a want to thank Salvador factors. We always thought Lewis, and Anthony Taylor;
plaque, a watch, two tickets Bustos for all his help." about winning. Everyone continued on page 20 . . .
NOVEMBER 1989 HEADWAY 19
The bus started and a happy Division 10 team goes an to the
Every minute counts for the mechanics participating in the
Power Train Defect Test.
Judge Mike Marelli observes Marco Pedemonte's recording of
abnormalities during the Vehicle Inspection Test.
"How much more time do I have?" shouts Enriquez.
. . . continued from page 19 and Jose Villa. Division 7 Manager Emilio that created the defects in
Division 6: Joe Williams, Coordinator Mike Stange Caballero, Senior Instruc- the Buses that the mechan-
Ron Epps, and Joe admits that the Roadeo was tor Mike Bottone, Bus ics had to correct included
Medrano; Division 9: Jesse an involved undertaking Roadeo Coordinator Vicki Instructors: Ron Cotroneo,
Estrada, Jorge Perez, and that would not have Varga, EMS Robert Julius Rakisits, Carlos
Jack Atkins; Division 18: succeeded without a little Parreco, EMS Mike Rojas, Richard Au, and
Melvin Dunbar, Manuel help from his District Marelli, FM Supervisor Mike Bottone.
Rojas, and Luke Logan; friends. Those helpful folks Russ Meek, and Senior Volunteer judges were
CMF: Emmitt McGee, included Division 18 Instructor Flank Cecere. recruited from many
Frank Collison, Manager Max Martinez, The maintenance crew District departments.
NOVEMBER 1989 HEADWAY 20
CMF EMS Harold Torres came with his daughter Catrina, 5,
and caught up with Yolanda Perez' daughter, Monique (right).
Division 7 Mechanic Date
Sutherland gets a
from his supervisor an
completion of the obstacle
While watching her daddy,
Division 15 Mechanic A
Clyde Brawley compete,
daughter Brittany shows why
she got a dollar from the
Assistant Director Michael
Leahy came with his four-
year-old son, Michael.
continue an page 2. .
These included Mainte- Alvarez, Jackie Hill, Tari Debretsion. The event was spon-
nance: Rosalyn Townsend, Marsha Kearns, and Kevin Director of Equipment sored in part by Amni-
John Freeman, Ray Wilson, Lappi; Facilities Mainte- Maintenance Rich Davis America (interior/exterior
Annie Zavala, Brenda nance: John McElmon; praised the event as a bus advertisers), Goodyear
Cummins, Yolanda Perez, Metro Ran: Mary Louise challenge that worked to Tire Co., Detroit Diesel
Allan Brown, Noreen Rowsell; OCPM: Greg inspire mechanics toward Corp., Utility Industrial
Brown, and Steve Conlee; Chornak and Barbara greater excellence in their Trophies, the Employee
Risk Management: Norma Kasimates; Transportation: craft. "And, I know our Activities Department, and
Flores, Barbara Lorenzo, Frank Cecere; OMB: Dick team will give `em a good the Equipment Mainte-
Marlene Allen, Norma Christie; and Division 10: kick down in Dallas." nance Department.
NOVEMBER 1989 H EADWAY 21
. . . Roadeo
. . . continue from page 21
Winning ain't half bad!
"Now that's a job well done," sighs one mechanic alter the
Power Train Defect Test.
Equipment Maintenance Director Rich Davis ends the
suspense and announces the runners-up and the winning
Vicki Varga congratulates Roadeo Coordinator Mike Stange
an a good show.
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 22
Division 15 came in third place. The team members included,
left to right: James Badgett, Vic Uemura, and Clyde Brawley.
Division 7 took second place. The team members were, from
left to right: Hyen No, Paul Rivera, and Dale Sutherland.
Rich Davis congratulates the winners from Division 10, including their coach Orville
Steenbock. From left to right: Rich Davis, Miguel Enriquez, Javier Castro, Orville Steenbock,
and and Marco Pedemonte.
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 23
Friends Remember Matthew
by Jim Montoya, Materiels
On Saturday, September 9, UCLA homo game pos-
1989, at 10:45 p.m., fellow sible.
employee Matthew Marti- Matthew was born Thanks for Job Well Done!
nez was tragically killed in September 21, 1966. He Division 3201 Rondy Harns
an automobile accident. would have been 23 in two Jacinto Lazo Division 3209
According to published weeks had it not been for R. W. Schlumpf Lloyd A. Jennings
reports, Matt was traveling his untimely death. Matt Division 3203 Division 3215
east on the Pomona had recently been engaged Eimer Briscoe Kenneth Keys
Freeway, just east of to be married. He is James Gardner Christine O'Neil
Atlantic Blvd. He was survived by a sister and both Division 3205 Division 3218
slowing down to avoid an parents. His father, Max Frances Brown Jimi Greene
earlier accident when his Martinez, is the Division Gerald Luke L. C. Mitchell
vehicle was struck from Maintenance Manager at Dennis Washburn Dianne F. Rose
behind and sent into Division 18. Carl Winston Department 7500
another lane. Once pushed Our hearts and prayers Division 3206 Andre Hanna
into the other lane, he was go out to his loved ones. Mary Collins Department 3900
struck by an oncoming car Words could not fully Division 3207 Walter Seiler
and his car exploded. convey the true feelings we Gien Booth Arthur Heywood
Matthew had spent that have for him. God Bless Albert Evans Division 9310
evening with friend watch- him. Larry Feldra Henry Macias
ing his beloved UCLA
Bruins in a football game at
the Rose Bowl. Those of
you who knew Matt, knew Merrill Lynch IN MEMORIAM
he was an avid Bruins fan.
Matthew began at the
District as a Stock Clerk on Fann, Miles, began with the
December 17, 1984. He We Are Just Downstairs District on January 9, 1948
worked throughout the as a Bus Operator, passed
District at various divisions, When you pick up your retirement lump sum dis- away on September 5, 1989.
including South Park, and tribution check at 400 So. Hope Street in down- Flores, David, began with
eventually made his way to town Los Angeles on the 9th floor.... also stop by the District on January 14,
CMF. Matthew was known the 3rd floor to see us. 1975 as a Utility A, passed
by his co-workers as an away on August 29, 1989.
outgoing individual who FREE TO RTD RETIREES Lewis, Eddie, began with
lived his life with gusto. the District on June 9, 1975
• Retirement Consultation as a Bus Operator, passed
Those of you who knew him
• Distribution Tax Analysis away on September 8, 1989.
personally, loved him for • Information on getting the highest yield with
his outgoing manner and Martinez, Matthew J.,
the greatest safety
friendly personality. Those began with the District on
who knew him casually, December 17, 1984 as a
Call for free information
admired him for his ability Stock Clerk, passed away on
or to make an appointment
to get along with others. September 11, 1989.
Matt's passions in- Roberta Mitchell, Financial Consultant
Natawidjaja, Frieda, began
cluded baseball and foot- (213) 236-2125 or (800) 669-6377 x 2125
with the District on July 26,
ball. He was a member of 400 So. Hope Street, Suite 300,"
1979 as a Schedule Maker
RTD's softball team and Los Angeles, CA 90071 II, passed away on Septem-
was known to attend every ber 4, 1989.
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A DWAY 24
nating beaches, traffic RTD bus specifications
gridlock, and other ills that even though it was known
War and Rememberance of a plague our area. In my that there were many
humble but studied opin- imperfections rampant in it.
Transit Operator ion, it would seem to make Even so, the District and its
by Allan Styffe sense to work together to employees went to work to
solve all of the problems in make the program a success
a spirit conducive to getting in spite of the shortcomings
The year 1989 marks the for those who work to the job done cooperatively
25th anniversary of RTD's provide it. Be of good with less emphasis on
role as the major transit cheer though, for as long as ideological differentes. Just compare
Operator in the Los Angeles I can remember, politicians It is true that there
area. Insofar as I retired have used their transit have been operating
from the RTD in January systems as "whipping boys" problems charged to the with that of its
1986, I enjoyed a twenty- here and elsewhere. District and its employees
one year share of that RTD RTD employees are at over the past 10 years in
history and I can teil you, least accomplishing each particular, but many of
the RTD and its employees day that which they are paid these problems were forced inherent in the then present
have done a spectacular job to do. This is evidenced by on the District's employees state of the art. Oh, how
over the past quarter the fact that the Buses roll in the never-ending search the complaints came in and,
century. dependably every day, for the ultimate in operat- oh, how the District and
I am truly saddened by which in itself is a notable ing technologies which have staff were criticized, but
the unrelenting attacks on credit to each and every been put into use without somehow we prevailed with
the management and employee of the District. sufficient time for research little understanding from
employees of RTD by Just compare District and development. The any one outside the Dis-
certain public figures whom performance with that of its chief rase in point in this trict. This was just one ex-
I suspect have no real detractors. I point to the regard, in my opinion, was ample of how programs can
concern for good public unsolved problems of the wheelchair lift mecha- be legislated without really
transportation in the first crime, homeless people, air nism technology which was knowing (or caring) how to
place and even less concern pollution, sewers contami- required to be included in make them work.
I won't comment at any
length on the current
dilemma on the subject of
Metro Rail problems, as
Ride Share Week those are things to be
solved by the engineers, but
probably will be solved by
the politicians. At any rate,
there will undoubtedly be
little credit given to the
people to take RTD to work
RTD staff and employees
are, left to right: RTD
who have worked so long
Assistant General Manager
and hard on the project
for Planning and Public
Affairs Albert Perdon,
dedication and diligence.
Georgia Holt (Cher's
To me, there seems to be
mother), and Jackie Stallone
little to gain from trying to
demoralize these dedicated
employees, but for the sake
of political expediency, who
RTD employees over
Celebrity moms joined the California Rideshare Week, agencies including the RTD the past years, have re-
RTD and other transporta- designed to encourage ask that workers abandon sponded to several out-
tion agencies in September individuals to share a ride. their solo commute and standing challenges. In my
to help kick off the week of October 5 was designated as switch instead to rideshar-
October 2 through 6 as the day when transportation ing. continued on page 26 . . .
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 25
. . . Rememberance be refurbished before being "Great White Fleet" (see ing operating concepts, but
continued from page 25 placed in RTD service. As photo). the District has marched
a matter of fact, bus number During this time, the onward and I believe this is
opinion, the most notable 6501 which had been on the Transportation Depart- due to the combined
of these were the 1) 1974 property as Pacific Elec- ment, which was led by Mr. strength of its employees
gas shortage, 2) 1976 tric's test prototype diesel John T. Johnston, took who I believe will ensure
service re-design projects in bus #2700, the forerunner hold and placed every bus quality transportation in
the San Gabriel Valley and of diesel coaches used to of this relic fleet into Los Angeles long after the
other sectors, and 3) the replace the red cars from service the moment it was District's critics here today
1984 Olympics. 1949 on, was included in the released by the Mainte- will have been long forgot-
I sincerely believe that lot. This bus had been sold nance Department. New ten.
the response to the 1974 gas to San Pedro Transit Lines park-n-ride routes were In closing, I'd like to
crisis was the most note- in the Tate 1960's and planned and put into credit the basic enduring
worthy in that operating returned once again to the operation and supplemen- management foundation of
changes as the result of this RTD bus roster where it tary service was added to the District to the good
crisis, and the county remained in Operation until other routes. Operators judgment and management
subsidized 25-cent flat fare the mid-1980's as the and schedulers worked long leadership of George
program along with the District's oldest bus. hours and under conditions Goehler, Jack Gilstrap,
short-lived 10-cent Sunday Insofar as this fleet of not experienced since the John Johnston, and George
program put a greater "Boomer" [Boomer is trying days of World War II. Powell, the men who were
strain on District resources railroad parlance meaning Bus riders were many and our teachers, and to Sam
for an extended length of equipment or personnel tempers were short but the Black, Joe Scatchard, and
time than anything else who bounce from property operators, instructors, and Richard Powers who so ably
facing the District in its 25- to property.] buses arrived supervisors really came guided the operations of
year life. Almost overnight, in a variety of the colors of through. This was the the District into the early
service demands increased their former owners, it was shining hour for all District 1980's. And, last but not
by leaps and bounds. The necessary to quickly repaint employees. least, I salute Jeff Diehl,
District found itself short of them so that they would be Since 1974, times for Russ Wilson, and Steve
workers in all departments, presentable. A quick the District and its employ- Parry for the leadership and
and of adequate numbers of decision was made to paint ees have never been settled successful outcome of the
buses with which to do the the buses solid white. Ergo, ones. Management leaders 1984 Olympics ordeal.
tremendous job that this collection of relics have come and gone, History will judge the
unfolded. became fondly known as the resulting in many interest- leadership qualities of the
I believe that the then managers and the employ-
General Superintendent of ees over the next 25 years.
Maintenance, George Good luck, and may those
Powell, and the entire years be as prideful as the
Maintenance Department past 25.
did the greatest job in its
history during 1974 and
1975. Their dedicated Allan W. Styffe retired from
response was just short of a the Operation Department
miracle. in 1986 as an Administrative
In order to meet service Services Officer. His long
demands a number of old career in transit began when
buses which had been as a teen-ager during World
retired and awaiting War II in his native
disposal were reactivated Worcester, Mass., he worked
and put into service. on streetcar snow sweepers.
Additionally, 182 old buses His first job paid him 75
were acquired from Atlanta, Bus #6500, a GMC Model 4510, started its life with Pacific cents an hour. Nine years
Fort Worth, Kansas City, Electric Railway Co., in 1949. It was sold nearly 20 years later in Los Angeles in 1952,
Memphis, and other cities later by RTD to San Pedro Transit, was retired by them and Styffe hired on with the Los
and were driven or hauled sold back to RTD during the 1974 fuel shortage where it Angeles Transit Lines as a
to Los Angeles. Those served for nearly another decade as RTD's oldest bus assigned streetcar operator.
buses were in various states to various divisions including divisions 5 and 15.
of disrepair and needed to (photo by A. W. Styffe)
NOVEMBER 1989 HEADWAY 26
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The Long .. .
Blessed Are the Generous of Spirit and Body
On September 26, 1989, the AIDS Project LA sponsored its
annual fund-raising walk. Of the many thousands of
Angelenos who participated, 14 were RTD employees.
They included (to name only a few known at press time):
Jacqueline Davidson, Margaret McHenry, Rebecca Smith,
Ron Stamm, and Marian Williams.
After the last blood drive held at the District on
September 29, Senior Safety Specialist Jon Vandercook has
donated a total of 44 units of blood (5-1/2 gallons) since he
started donating in the early 1970's.
Dance, Dance, Dance
A dinner-dance coordinated by Division 10 Mechanic
RTD Goes the Home Show
Rigoberto Banuelos to benefit the senior citizens of
RTD employees advanced the news of the advent of light rau
Apozol, Mexico will be held at the Casa Latina on Friday,
in the most entertaining way at the Vons Latino Home
November 10, 1989 at 8800 E. Garvey Blvd. in Rosemead
Exposition held at the Long Beach Convention Center on
from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The price for the buffet and dance is
September 16. The Exposition was billed as a food and home
$15 per person. For more information, call Rigoberto at
show. The Marketing Department and Telephone
(818) 284-6177 or (213) 972-6310.
Information Department teamed up with a light rau "Wheel of
Fortune" that caught the eye of many of the attendees. From
left to right, behind the counter are: David Wilson, Cynthia
Gramajo, and Scott Smith. The event was timed to coincide
with Mexican Independence Day. RTD was one of the
sponsors along with KMEX-Channel 3 4. La Opinion, Radio
Station KSKO, Vons, and Coca-Cola.
at the District
It's no surprise to anyone that
Benefits Technician Andre
Hanna won three blue
ribbons for his cakes entered
at this year's County Fair in
recognition was awarded for So Long RTD
his 2-layer yellow cake with a Division 10 Mechanic A Renato Medina retired alter 32-112
pineapple cream cheese years with the District. Family and friends gathered at the
frosting (which is pictured), a Division at noon to bid a final farewelL Equipment
first-time entry; and also for Maintenance Director Rich Davis and ATU President Neil
other first-time entries of a 2- Silver were on hand to wich Medina a great retirement.
layer spice cake with caramel frosting and a 2-layer coconut Medina's children and his wife, Marcela, were also in
cake. His German chocolate cake came in fourth place. attendance at the farewell party. Medina told his friends that
Benefits Technician Ann Craver placed fifth for her counted he liked his work and that he liked to work. "For that reason
cross-stitching of a landscape. Employment Manager Nikki it is painfuL..it is hard to leave," he said. Enjoy your
Barnard came in second place with her entry of honey lemon retirement Mr. Medina, you've earned it. With Medina are
creme cookies. And, Labor Relations Manager Brenda from left to right: Neil Silver, Rich Davis, Medina, and Ray
Diederichs won fourth place for her table setting. Kunkle.
NOVEMBER 1989 HEADWAY 28
. . . and the Short of it
Division 3 Barbeque
On September 1 Division 3 I osted their long-awaited
barbeque. Farne and friends were invited to partake the
mouth-watering delicacies. Steered by Committee
Chairwoman Maria Flores, employees planned and presented
a fun-filled event which included a great menu, ganzes for the
children, and a dunking tank for the adults. Assistant
Manager Jack Owens was the good-sport Dunkee. Good Lucky Jesse Castorena and Rick Van Der Geugten enjoy the
show Division 3! Cooks Kris Sharp (left) and Robert Gullart finished product.
prepared the feast.
Photo by Eastem Group Publishers, Inc.
Jack Owens enjoyed the Charity Golf Star
barbeque in his wet bathing Warranty and Equipment Mechanic Steve Mullaly won the
trunks the entire time. First Annual Andy Vargas Scholarship Foundation Golf
Toumament held in September at Almansor Court in
Alhambra. Proceeds from this event benefit graduated
students of Glen Alta Elementaiy School who, after they
graduate from high school, can become eligible for college
scholarships. As a winner, Mullaly received a gigantic trophy
Operator Salvado Sanchez for his first-place win with a score of 69. Steve is pictured in
can't resist dunking poor the back toward the left, the one holding the biggest trophy.
Jack Owens with gusto. He is surrounded by Glen Alta students.
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 29
Paean to the RTD en Espahol
Editor's Note: The following Unos nacen optimistas Venerable old people REFINANCE
poem was written by a y con poco, se complacen, with histories on their faces
passenger named Dario otros nacen pesimistas, Or youth of few years
Quiroga Enriquez. Mr. lloran, aunque todo looking for victories or
Quiroga is an optometrist alcancen.
and a passenger on Division With the lives you observe
9 Operator Jesus Leal's bus. No se encuentra en la You will have a special dass PURCHASE
Mr. Quiroga's son, Oscar, riqueza, Faces, truly happy
also happens to be an RTD la mayor felicidad, and others are funereal
employee. The original poem Dios da el premio de la
was written in Spanish, for dicha Perhaps rich and worried
the convenience of many of al que reparte bondad. and thus poor, some
our readers it has been happier
translated into English. Despues del bello paseo, others more prepared to
notaräs, que has aprendido enjoy the moments
Paseo Entretenido Y a reforzar tu deseo,
Valioso de observer, lo acontecido. Some are born optimistic FOR 15 YEARS AT:
and with little are pleased
por Dario Quiroga Enriquez --Los Angeles 1989 Others are born pessimistic 6% FIXED. GPM
Dedicada a la Companta and cry although they have
RTD de Autobuses en los everything AND SAVE
Si te quieres divertir
en apacible descanso, cuales viajo confortable- THOUSANDS
al Autobus debes subir mente hace mas de 25 aiios One does not find in riches
y observer con entusiasmo. y en donde en la actualidad the greater happiness OF DOLLARS
trabaja mi Hijo Oscar God gives the prize of good
Es un museo de gentes
Quiroga, como Ingeniero de luck
Comunicaciones, en el to the one who shares
con rostros interesantes,
de seres, tristes y alegres, proyectado Metro Rad de goodness MONEY IN 10 DAYS
inocentes o tunantes.
After the beautiful ride $17,500
An Entertaining and you will notice that you
bellisimas entre bellas,
Valuable Ride have learned 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE
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to reinforce your wish
asi tambien veräs feas,
If you want to take pleasure to observe that which o NO APPRAISAL REQUIRED
para que asf las compares.
in a peaceful rest has been granted o ALSO FOR RENTAL UNITS
o NO PRE-PAYMENT PENALTY
Venerables ancianos, get on a bus
sobre el röstro, con su and observe with en-
thusiasm RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
SE HABLA ESPANOL
o jövenes de pocos arios,
que en busca van, de It's a museum of people
with interesting faces Office Hours:
of beings sad and happy Mon. - Fri.
innocent and roguish --Los Angeles 1989 8:30-8:30 p.m.
Con las vidas que tu
Dedicated to the RTD bus Sat. 10:00-3:00 p.m.
tendräs una clase especiäl, Beauties among beauties company with which 1 have
of model youth traveled comfortae for CALL
caras, felices de veras
y que otras son de funeral. you will also see ogres more than 25 years, and
for your comparison where my son, Oscar EAGLE
Quiroga, works as a MORTGAGE BANKERS
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Communications Engineer TEL. (818) 914-2796
y asf pobres, mas contentos,
algunos mas preparados on the the Metro Rad
a disfrutar los momentos. project.
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A DW A Y 30
hobbies that will last for
your now-Tonger lifetime. JOIN THE
Find a way to stay in shape. GREAT
Enjoy your favorite activity,
whether it's collecting ice AMERICAN
cream scoops or sky diving. SMOKEOUT
Discover a new zest for
living. KUDOS! TH URSDAY,
• Put the money you NOV. 16
The Great American group (a friend, co-worker, would have spent on coffin
Smokeout: November 16, spouse, or a gathering of nails into a treat fund--
Nag. Nag. Nag. You're
soon-to-be, former smok-
ers) to help you get through
you'll soon have saved
enough for a movie (in a
tired of everyone reminding the hard times that are clean-air theater), new
you about why you should inevitable when you're clothes (that don't reek of "Eliminate just one ta-
stop smoking. You already addicted. smoke), a ski trip (that blespoon of fat a day from
know all the facts. Sure, Toss out those won't leave you breathless), your diet and you probably
you know more and more expensive weeds and or some other way to won't gain weight when you
people are complaining discover the many wonders celebrate being in control stop smoking," says Susan
about the stench. you know that await you: of your life. HOORAY! Schiffman, Ph.D., member
your teeth are yellow, and • Within just 12 hours, How will you know of the Nutri-System Weight
that every morning you your heart and lungs will when your battle with Loss Unit at Duke Univer-
wake up the entire start to heal themselves. nicotine is won? You'li sity Medical Center. New
household with your you'll probably feel worse know you've taken control research has found that
rasping cough. You know for two or three days as of your life...when you start smokers burn an average of
nicotine is addictive. And your body rids itself of urging your friends to give 100 extra calories a day (the
you know that you and your nicotine, a powerfully up the filthy habit...when equivalent of a tablespoon
family and friends who addictive chemical. Be you find that drifting of fat), and tend to gain, on
breathe your clouds run a ready to conquer tempta- smoke irritates your average, 5 to 10 pounds
greater risk of dying from tion by keeping low-cal nostrils...when you realize when they quit smoking.
lung cancer a stroke snacks and sparkling water how silly people look with "So if your excuse for smok-
emphysema heart disease nearby, and keep your weeds wrapped in paper ing is that you'll get fat if
or oral cancer. hands BUSY. Take a nap if dangling from their mouths. you quit, cutting down on
But, you argue, I've got you're drowsy. Soak in a CONGRATULATIONS! your fat intake a little is an
to die of something. And I warm bath or sip herbal tea. YOU DID IT! easy fix," Schiffman says.
don't want to gain the Pamper your body for a Quit Tips from the
weight take on if I quit. change. CONGRATULA-
Come on, smoking reines TIONS! You're on your American Cancer
me. I just don't have the way! Society
willpower. I really like to • Within just a few • Hide all ashtrays and
smoke. So get off my back! days, you'll probably be able matches.
Quit kidding yourself. to taste and smell again. If • Lay in a supply of sugarless
If you smoke, your body is you stop smoking now, gum or carrot sticks.
addicted to nicotine. That's you'll be able to relish the • Drink lots of liquids, but
really not much different subtle flavor of the stuffing pass up coffee and alco-
from being addicted to in your Thanksgiving hol. The percentage of
crack or any other street turkey, or savor the scent of • Tell everyone you're quit- American adults who
drug, you know. You're the season's first crackling ting. smoke has dropped from 40
hooked on a drug. fire. BRAVO! Life has • When the urge to smoke percent in 1965 to 29
Join millions of other some new joys. hits, take a deep breath, percent in 1987, according
smokers around the world • Before long, you can hold it for 10 seconds, to the Surgeon General's
and make November 16 the enjoy your freedom from and release it s-l-o-w-l-y. latest figures. But the rate
first day of your new fresh- coughing and bouts of • Exercise to relieve the ten- of decline was slower for
air life. Make a commit- bronchitis. Instead, you can sion. women (32 percent down to
ment to yourself. Your concentrate your energy • Try the buddy system and 27 percent) than for men
life's worth it. Go c,old (and new-found money) on ask a friend to quit with (50 percent down to 32 per-
turkey, but find a support developing new habits and you. cent).
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 31
"leaves" are called bracts Keep the soil "damp" but
and they are actually not wet. In October place
modified leaves located just the plant in a dark closet in
Axel's Green Thumb below the flower or flower the evenings for a "good
clusters (not all plant nights sleep" (away from
Mexican Christmas Flower flowers have bracts). There artificial light) for at least
are several colorful varieties 14 hours a night. The plant
This month I present the The poinsettia was of poinsettia available: requires this low level of
poinsettia. This plant is named after Dr. J. R. bright red bracts, pinkish light to produce the flowers
also is known as the Poinsett, who is likely to bracts, and white bracts. for the winter. When the
Mexican Christmas Flower, have first discovered it. The red poinsettia is the poinsettia is flowering, a
Christmas Flower, and The family of plants that it best for outdoor use. sunny window is excellent
most commonly Poinsettia. belongs to is EUPHORI- The poinsettia will but be careful of any sudden
I include, here, the ACEAE; this family has a grow outdoors in our drops in temperature -- the
botanical name (Latin) in common trait of an acrid, climate against a sunny wall leaves could fall off as a
capital letters and the com- milky sap which can cause or a sheltered corner if you protection against freezing.
mon names in lowercase of irritation to the skin. happen to live in an area If you would like to
each plant. A plant is Several of the plants where it might get frosty. purchase a poinsettia this
classified by its plant family resemble cactus plants and Plant in mid spring/early season you may contact the
(basic characteristic of a most are succulents. The summer in the garden. The Employee Activities office
group), its scientific name flowers of this family are poinsettia will become at 213-972-4740. If you
or botanical name (Latin) very small and are located "leggy," up to 10 feet, so place an order in advance
which includes the genus in the center of colorful you might prune it back to you will obtain a special
and species, and the com- bracts (modified leaves). maintain a bushy growth. discount.
mon name. There could be The botanical name of the This pruning also will Next month I will cover
several common names that poinsettia is EUPHORBIA produce larger bracts a few different indoor
are known to us for the PULCHERRIMA. during blooming. While the plants.
same plant; also several dif- The poinsettia is a plant is blooming, a
ferent plants could have the native of Mexico and fertilizer high in nitrogen
same common name. If you blooms in the early winter will produce richer colors, Axel Heller is a Digital
purchase a plant by giving a (November) to early spring. but be cautious; using too Technician with the
common name and you are If you :ook carefully at the much might burn the plant. Facilities Maintenance
given a plant that is differ- plant when it is in bloom, If you want to maintain Department and has a
ent from what you wanted, you will notice small, the poinsettia as an indoor Bachelor's Degree in Park
don't blame the sales yellowish, and inconspicu- plant, trim the plant, Administration/Ornamental
person because it might be ous flowers above the otherwise it will become Horticulture from Cal Pe,
known by that name also. showy red "leaves." These too large for indoor use. Pomona.
Life an the Line By George Escalera
NOVEMBER 1989 HEADWAY 32
up in a relationship with has done. It's an expensive
the novelist, but I discov- gift, running forty-eight
RTDI 2ES ered I wasn't interested in
seeing whether their
dollars at Crown Books.
On a slightly less expen-
relationship would slowly sive level, there are a
disintegrate. Instead, I number of books about
MOVITES turned off the VCR and
turned to American Movie
Classics, where they were
Batman, the series, the
movies, and the c,omic
books, although I would
Tama Janowitz's book, I'm running Laura, starring use parental discretion
Our Rating System a fan of Bernadette Peters' Gene Tierney. If you about the comic books if
***** A classic; something work, and have been for a haven't seen that one, try you're considering buying
you'll want to see long time. She's primarily to catch it on cable; it is them for a kid. Many of
again a stage actress, so we don't not, unfortunately out on them are not suitable.
get the pleasure of her video. In the video field,
**** Excellent; worth presence on the screen that Part of the problem Batman is coming out this
paying full admission often. I wasn't worried may lie in the fast that the month, the film's distribu-
price for when the film came and stories Slaves is based on
went in a week; it only are tied to the New York
*** Average; does what it played at a few of the artistic community; the
sets out to do and no "artsy" theaters on the atmosphere just doesn't Boy, am I
more West side, which is not my seem to translate that well
normal stomping ground outside of Manhattan. Yet, glad I
*# Fair; has some good (I absolutely refuse to ever When Harry Met Sally is waited
moments, but badly go to a movie at Westside also very much a New York
flawed Pavilion again. You have story, and it translated very until
to allow forty-five minutes well. Do yourself a favor.
* Poor; a waste of time before the film to find a Don't rent this film just it was
place to park. On a because it's in the new on video.
BOMB King Richard and Wednesday. Even Beverly release section. It's not
the Crusades -- "War, Center is easier.) Movies of even worth a ninety-nine 111111111111111•111n1111
war, war. That's all this ilk don't attract a large cent rental.
you think about, Dick crowd, so it's not profitable tors striking while interest
Plantagenet!" for theater owners to keep Department of Various is high. When Harry Met
it running for very long. and Sundry Sally is also out this
Slaves of New York - * Slaves came out in June; the Christmas is coming, and month, probably for the
I've been lucky; it's video came out at the end it's time to think of Christ- same reason. And there are
been a long time since I've of September. mas gifts. If you have a a number of video gift
seen a film that merited Boy, am I glad I waited movie buff on your list (or packs featuring John
only one star. The research until it was on video. are a movie buff), there are Wayne, Cary Grant, and
for this column is done It's not that the movie a number of goodies to Astaire and Rogers.
outside of the office, and is bad; it just has no point. consider. To start the list Running about sixty dollars,
my time away from work is Basically, Bernadette off, there are some beauti- they're actually a bargain,
far too precious to waste Peters plays a struggling hat ful books on both The packaging three movies
seeing films that I know I designer who's caught in a Wizard of Oz and Gone with together with a background
won't like, or that I've had slowly disintegrating the Wind, pictorials with booklet. Considering the
people I trust teil me are relationship with a strug- behind-the-scenes stills and films usually run at least
bad (This is why slasher gling artist. She's attracted anecdotes. If special effects twenty-five dollars each, it's
films are not reviewed here to another man, a strug- are your field, there is a not a bad deal.
and why I still haven't seen gling novelist, but he's large "coffee-table" book If you know that
The Abyss; I've had too involved in a slowly on the artists at Industrial someone just likes movies,
many friends make the joke disintegrating relationship Light and Magic, George owns a VCR, and aren't
that it was "abyss-mal"). with another woman, who, Lucas' special effects firm. certain what to get them, a
I'm certain yours is too. each time we see her, walks This is filled with color reference book on movies
The problem is, I on, makes a rude comment pictures of matte paintings, might be the answer. The
wanted to see Slaves of New and leaves. It looked like models, and storyboards for one I've been using this year
York; while I haven't read Peters was going to end the films that the company continued on page 34 . . .
NOVEMBER 1989 H E A D W A Y 33
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12 Whispers - Universal Amphitheatre $22.00 Plan B - $60.00 - 3 Great Laker Garnes, colonnade seats
17 Lakers vs. Denver $12.00 plus 3 action packed nights of boxing.
18 Juan Gabriel - Universal Amphitheatre $27.00 Laker Garnes:
26 Kenny Rogers Christmas Show - Universal Sun., Dec 3 Lakers vs. New York Knicks
Amphitheatre $28.50 Fri., Jan 26 Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Fri., Feb 23 Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
1 Kenny G - Universal Amphitheatre $22.00
4 Kings vs. Soviet Union (Hockey) $16.50
7 Lakers vs. Phoenix $12.00 District Basketball League Sign-Up
10 KROQ Xmas Show - Universal Amphitheatre
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16 Joan Baez - Universal Amphitheatre $1930 organized. The District league will begin in January 1990.
17 Narada Xmas Show - Universal Amphitheatre Team sign-ups will be taken through December 29, 1989.
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30 Barry Manilow - Universal Amphitheatre $36.00
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Lakers Tickets 30 3
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