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District moves to stop bus crimes
Entire efforts of the District were con- operation with law enforcement agencies
E. Guy
Robert M.
Coburn, Jr.
William E.
Ray H.
• William J.
Bettencourt centrated this month on implementing, was beginning to payoff.
quickly and decisively, action that hope- In recommending a plan that has not
At an adjourned L& t ·
regular meeting'- -~ Ions 0
f t.- B d · Authorized ad-
De oar vertising for bids
fully will eliminate holdups and assaults been tried elsewhere in the nation,
Bingham said bold and immediate action
against bus drivers .
May 22, the Board of Directors: on new tire contracts, on motion of Operators will stop carrying cash, was needed to eliminate the temptation
• Adopted resolution approving po- Director Berk. tickets and tokens. Passengers will be which has led to holdups and assaults
sition titles, descriptions and salary • Approved advertising program and asked to have exact fares . If change is against drivers.
ranges for certain non-union personnel, budget of $188,484 for 1968-69 fiscal year, necessary, drivers will issue refund tick-
on motion of Director Coburn. on motion of Director Copeland. ets, which riders can redeem for cash at A $1,000 reward, leading to arrest
• Increased salary of General Manager District offices. and conviction of men who robbed
effective June 1, 1968, by $1500 per • Approved General Manager's recom- New to nation and shot Operator R. P. Livingston,
annum, on motion of Director Betten- mendation eliminating cash, tickets and was authorized this month by the
The program, a new approach for the
Board of Directors.
court. tokens in driver's possession on buses and transit industry in meeting the nation-
• Exempted General Manager from use of refund coupons, on motion of Di- wide problem of crimes aboard buses,
automatic wage increase granted non- The program will require the co-
rector Bettencourt. (See story, Pg. 3) will take effect as soon as extensive de-
union workers, on motion of Director operation of the community in meeting
tails are completed, and no later than
Coburn. • Authorized $1,000 reward for arrest what is a community problem, he
July 15, according to General Manager
and conviction of assailant of Operator pointed out.
'" '" Ralph Livingston, on motion of Director
Alan L. Bingham.
Business and financial concerns have
At a regular meeting June 12 the Approval to go into action on the plan
Board of Directors: Warren. (See story, Pg. 3) been asked to provide outlets for the
was given by the District's board of di-
convenient sale of tickets and tokens .
rectors two days after the unprovoked The riding public will be asked to co-
shooting of Operator Ralph P. Livingston,
General Manager's report 48, of 9959 Gibraltar Rd., Oakland, driv-
ing on Foothill Blvd. Line 40.
operate by boarding with exact fares, in
cash or in tokens, and to support a plan
Elimination of cash, tokens and tickets carried by bus drivers which may at times cause inconvenience,
Livingston was robbed, and then sense- Bingham said.
hopefully will eliminate the temptations which have resulted in lessly shot three times by one of three
assaults and robberies of these valued employees. The program will be tried on a six
assailants who had boarded his bus on months experimental basis and will be
This is a bold step, without precedent in any other urban trans- Shattuck Ave. He had offered no resis- part of a study project already launched
portation system in America, taken in order to provide a solution to tance. After surgery, doctors at Kaiser by the District, with financial assistance
a problem which does not rest solely with us just because these Hospital reported his condition as "re- from the U.S. Government.
crimes occur on AC Transit buses. Like others of its nature, it is a markedly good." Study under way
community problem which concerns nearly every segment of our A driver since 1953, Livingston has With AC Transit as fhe pilot and the
East Bay; taxpayers, businessmen, law enforcement officers, our worked at Richmond, then Seminary Di- national Amalgamated Transit Union as
patrons and, of course, our employees. vision. A brother, Cecil, also is an opera- cosponsors, the study is to develop the
We believe this concern, for example, lance and citizens at large to join the tor, working out of Richmond. most promising means of reducing crimes
calls for cooperation of the business and fight against all crimes, whatever their Wishes for Livingston's speedy and on transit vehicles.
financial communities to provide outlets nature. complete recovery were extended per- Approval of a federal grant of $206,000,
for sale of tokens and tickets to the AC Transit has enjoyed public support sonally to the driver and to his wife by to cover two thirds of the total project
public. It calls for the cooperation of and good will from its inception. We the general manager a short time after cost of $309,000, was announced by the
our patrons, who are being asked to hope to continue to merit this support the shooting. Directors also express their U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
have their exact fare ready and who, on during and after this period of change concern and sympathy. . Development on May 27.
occasion may have to exercise patience in our fare collection procedures. The assault against Livingston came at The national transit union is contrib-
and understanding over minor inconven-
iences. It calls for law enforcement agen- CtA~ /J.;,4 a time when the District was encouraged
by a decrease in robberies and was tak-
uting $30,000. AC Transit and four other
participating properties will make their
cies to continlue maintaining their vigi- General Ma.ager ing hope that a security program in co- contribution in direct services.
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Latest In buses put In service

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Fifteen new buses were in service on
neighborhood and crosstown lines this
month, as the District juggled equip-
ment to meet increases in riding.
The new buses, purchased at a total Driver wins Golden
cost of $468,018.80, brings the District's
total fleet to 694 coaches. Due to the
increase in commuter travel and service
Wheel award for top
to special events, the District was un-
able to retire any of its older coaches as
result of the new arrivals.
devices required by the Federal govern-
ment, including back up lights, wind-
Record of service
Six buses, which a year ago had been shield washers, and additional roof lights.
considered for retirement, will remain in They also have electric head signs.
service for peak hour use, according to First to arrive by freight car were five
H . D. White, assistant general manager smaller buses, seating 45 passengers each.
for operations. The increase in bridge They were assigned to Seminary Division
AWARD WINNER-A. G. Leigh, Richmond
traffic has required an additional 20 for use in the San Leandro-Hayward i
bus driver, holds the certificate which names
buses in the last one-and-a-half years, he area. UP him Golden Wheel Award winner for June .
pointed out, and the District now needs The 10 larger, 51-passenger coaches,
its total fleet to keep pace with riding delivered in June, were assigned to Rich- A forty-two year record as a depend- truck was really barreling it out, coming
needs and maintenance requirements. mond Division for use on Line 72 able, safe and cheerful employee won toward me. Neither of us could stop.
The new buses have additional safety and Express Line 33 schedules. the Golden Wheel Award for Distin- "I goes left and he goes right. We
guished Service this month for A. G. came alongside swinging-and the whole
Leigh, 66, Richmond operator.
New employees join District ranks Leigh, who tops the seniority list at
load of gravel just poured through the
windows-600 pounds.
the Richmond Division, received the
Workers hired in April and May in- Morgan, E. C. Vincent, W. G. Brooks, "Nobody could believe how I man-
tribute for an excellent and long-standing
clude: W. E. Hobbs, H. M. Thompson, M. O. aged that one."
work record. He was nominated for the
May of Oakland; D. L. Hereford, E . J. Leigh also chased and caught a run-
Executive Office award by one of his superiors, who said
Susan B. McKivergan, Oakland, sec- DeVeiga, V. G. Bowen, of Alameda; away street car back in 1927, catching
he was "better than average in every-
M. A. Lynn, Robert Johnson, Simon thing." the grab rail and swinging himself
Lewis, Berkeley. aboard in time to stop the car at a Spruce
General Office Leigh, of 1057 Key Route Blvd., Al-
Richmond Division bany, was presented with a special pin, St. intersection in Berkeley.
Claims: Ozro D. Gould, Davis, assist- Maintenance: Gary F. Baker, San
ant general manager for claims. a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and an award The operator went to work on the
Pablo, service employee.
Treasury: Donald O. Greene, Berkeley, certificate by Alan L. Bingham, general street cars in 1926, then in 1929 broke
Bus operators: G . E. Nelson, J. E. manager.
cashier clerk. Reed, Richmond; H. A. Gangl, J. B. in on buses when "only about one man
In addition, his picture is being dis- in 10 made it."
Emeryville Division Lake, San Pablo.
played in outside advertising frames on The equipment was bad then, Leigh
Maintenance: Lester Donley, Jr., Rich- Seminary Division 10 District buses during June.
Maintenance: George D. Meadows, said, and "you had to work pretty good
mond; Marshall L. Maze, Oakland; Along with having an outstanding
Jr., San Pablo; Lewis R. McFall, San to drive them. You were supposed to be
Richard D. Rhodes, Oakland, service record, Leigh is known for the smile
Francisco, service employees. pretty good to last 10 years. That's all
employees. he's kept beaming for thousands of
Bus Operators: Leevell Covington, they gave a bus driver. But the equip-
Schedule : Charles R. Stephens, Oak- riders over four decades.
R. R. Bryant, J. W. Pate, J. F. Deans, ment kept getting better, so I lasted all
land, traffic checker.
J. W . Brown, E. F. Bryden, J. M. Cook, He also thinks he's the only driver who right."
Building Maintenance: Guy Covert,
J. L. Newport, Joshua Powell, Jr., Oak- ever filled his bus with a load of gravel. When he isn't driving, Leigh is an
Alameda, electrician.
Transportation: Donna L. Billings, land; W . R. Pugh, Hayward; K. J. "It was a hot summer morning," he active square dancer. He and his wife
Hayward, typist clerk. Miller, Dublin; G. M. Richards, San recalls. "I had all the windows open are members of the Mustang Square
Bus Operators: J. D . Brumfield, R. C. Leandro. coming up from Fruitvale Ave. This Dancing group of El Cerrito.

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Wage hike boosts District costs
Scenic tour off to happy start Labor costs for the District for the a cost of living allowance consisting of
ensuing year will increase an estimated one cent per hour for each half point of
The summer sightseeing tour rolled off before rolling to Alameda for a look at
8.14 percent as result of fatter paychecks change in the U.S. Consumer Price Index
in high gear on Memorial Day, with a the Victorian "Gold Coast" section, as
taken home by 1459 employees. for the calendar year of 1968.
turnout of holiday riders inaugurating well as South Shore beachside living. The hike for 1361 union workers was
the "new adventure." After a drive past the Coliseum Com- the equivalent of 20 cents an hour. Non-
The tour was toasted on its way with plex, the bus visits Mill College and the union employees, extended the same
coffee and doughnuts at a preview at-
hilltop churches, then winds through benefits by the Board of Directors,
tended by news representatives, civic
Piedmont. Viewers also receive a view received an equivalent increase of 5.7
and business leaders from different Ala-
of Bay Area Rapid Transit construction. percent. The increase was effective June
meda County cities.
The guests gathered for the morning First response from question cards 1.
showed unanimous enthusiasm. Labor bill boosted
snack on the Mall at Jack London
"The tour could not be improved," The wage package, plus added em-
Square, then boarded the bus for the
ployee benefits, increases the District's
first "red carpet" ride. one rider wrote, "It was excellent."
labor bill for the next fiscal year by an
Highlights included a sunny drive The tour was routed to show a variety
estimated $1,106,990 over that estimated
around the Mills College campus, a walk of attractions-proof that the east side of
for the current year. Included in the
around the Mormon Temple roof garden San Francisco Bay offers imaginative
figure are increased health and welfare
and a busy noontime look at the Sather things to see, different from the rest of
payments, other fringe benefits and a
Gate area of University of California. the bay area.
cost of living adjustment which will be-
Planned in cooperation with the Oak- A hostess from the Chamber's Con-
vention and Visitors Department word- come effective Jan. 1, 1969.
land Chamber of Commerce, the scenic
sketches points of interest over a public Also included is one month of another
ride follows a 46-mile routing through
wage increase that will become effective
Oakland, Alameda, Piedmont and Berke- address system on the bus during the THIS IS A BUS - Physio-therapist Emily
trip. June 1, 1969. Workers will receive an
ley. Gulla checks out boarding procedures with
additional 20 cents an hour on that date,
The tour bus loops Lake Merritt in The tours will be operated daily J. C. Slagle.
under terms of a three-year labor agree-
its travels around downtown Oakland through Labor Day.
ment approved a year ago.
A mock-up of a bus entrance and exit
Cost of contract
SCENIC PREVIEW - Guests enioy coffee and With the current increase, the Dis- is helping make riders out of patients at
doughnuts, below, before taking first "red carpet" trict's annual labor costs due to the con- the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center,
sightseeing tour. Helping at right to inaugurate the tract is estimated at $14,701,300. 2757 Telegraph Ave.
"new adventure" were, from left, Peter M. Tripp, The District's safety and training de-
The new scale boosted the hourly
president, Oakland Board of P01t Commissioners;
wage for 1014 bus drivers from $3.51 to partment supplied photographs and di-
A. H. Moffitt, Jr., president, Oakland Chamber of
Commerce; Barbara Harris, hostess of Chamber's $3.71. Wages will jump to $3.91 per hour mensions to aid Tek Taketa, director of
Convention and Visitors Department. next June 1. the program at the center, in helping
.~~ I AC Transit operators currently are the
fifth highest paid in the nation.
amputees and patients with arthritis and
stroke damage learn how to use public
The hourly rate for mechanics "A" in- transit.
creased from $4.20 to $4.40 an hour.
One of the patients, J. C. Slagle, 62,
With employee benefits, including the
cost of living provision, the wage hike of 86 Seaview Ave., Piedmont, took the
is estimated to bring the District's total information and built the mock-up in his
cost per driver to $5.80 per hour. Work- workshop. Slagle, who gave the model to
ers shared a $2 per employee increase in the center, equipped it with a rear exit,
District paid medical plan coverage on as well as entrance, so patients could
March 1, boosting the District's payment practice boarding and leaving a coach.
per worker to $17 a month. Activities at the center are financed
Under terms of the labor contract by contributions to the annual Easter
signed a year ago, workers will receive Seal campaign.
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Retirement taken by old-timers ()euz,
The fortunes of war- during the Rus- leaderman at Seminary Division, resulted
sian Revolution-sent Vladimir I. Nichols in a double party. He was given a send- ,StoeM.otde't4 '
to the United States, his new country, off by fellow workers and received his
in 1923. He retires effective Aug. 1 as
supervisor of the accounting department,
retirement pin from maintenance super- '3fJ'ttte
intendent Joe Enos on the same dav the
but he doesn't plan crew collected a coffee and doughnut
to retire into inac- This evening we needed information commented on his assistance in handl-
treat for having the most miles per road
tivity. Nichols, 67, on a schedule for a house guest . . . ing large groups and his outstanding
calI- 18,301.
of 1533 Grove St. , your very efficient operator, Mary Pat- courtesy at all times. It certainly is
Berkeley, will at- Lagier, of 3820 Lincoln Ave., Oakland,
went to work as a body man at Emery- rick, gave us reason to be glad we called. typical of the service and employees that
tend lectures at Uni- She is a gem! .. AC Transit has.
versity of California, ville shops in June,
1942, and worked Mrs. Edward Smith B. F. Stokes
catch up on reading
and do some deep I on street cars and San Francisco Bay Area Rapid
Transit District
sea fishing. •
M~~"~~ .t ~ trains before prog-
V. I. Nichols Born in H arbin ressing to buses. He
China, Nichols left his native city afte:' plans to see how he I certainly wish to thank you (]. A.
the revolution, giving up three years of likes living on the Sneed) for the return of my 33mm . . . I was unfortunately involved in
civil engineering studies. He landed in Sonoma Coast at Kinica camera that I absentmindedly an au tomobile accident while en route
Seattle, but later moved to San Fran- Sea Ranch, practic- left on your bus . . . the various peo- to work . . . Fred Clarrage, an em-
cisco and in 193,5, graduated from Golden ing a hobby of ple with whom I spoke on the phone ployee of your organization, went out of
Gate College with a Bachelor of Com- Leon Lagiel' woodworking and . . . were very helpful and courteous, his way to offer assistance. Mr. Clarrage
merce degree, with an accounting major. "developing some new interests." even at the ungodly hour of 2 a.m . . . is a credit to your organization and is to
Nichols went to work for Key System Antonio Marcelino, 68, of 2096 Brad- Charles A. Garber be complimented for his cooperation,
in 1946 as assistant valuation engineer. hoff Ave., San Leandro, who has b een off Glen Mills, Pa. which is a rarety
He worked as supervisor of time keeping work since March 30 as a utility service Laura Tom
and senior accountant before becoming employee at Emeryville Division, re- Castro Valley
manager of the department. ceived his retirement effective June 1. . . . The "H'; line local buses which
A son, Dr. Alex V. Nichols, is asso- He entered service in 1951. leave University and Sacramento Streets
ciate professor of biophysics at Univer- O. N. Sevage, 68, of 292 Lee St. , Oak- at 6:53 a.m. and 7:02 a.m. are running Pete, you are the most wonderful, best
sity of California. land, who took his retirement at the with standees every day - up to 13- bus driver I've had the pleasure of rid-
He has three grandchildren Robbie and the service needs adjustment. Stand- ing with. I sure am going to miss you
Vyra and Alex. " same time, started on the one-man street
ing room only is getting to be the rule bushels and peck. Be good on your next
M. J. "Frenchy" Barrious will retire cars in 1938 and switched to bus driving
. . . This is getting tiresome for patrons route and try to get back on ours again
from his job as electrician at Emeryville 10 years later. He worked out of Semi- soon . . . (One of many messages to
nary Division. who get on at the remaining stops . . .
Division August 1 for an active life on John R. Tufveson Driver Pete Baumgartner when he
his own "little farm" in Groveland. H . O. Sumpter, 63, who suffered a changed line assignments.)
Barrious, 57, plans to entertain a lot heart attack last November, retired July
1. Sumpter, of 5439 Princeton St., Oak- (As result of checks made by schedule
of friends, do a little gardening, fix up
a cottage, do some hunting and "try to land, entered service in 1943 on the department, an additional morning trip
was added aniCl headways adjusted.- Pennit me to express notice of a very
develop some fishing ." one-man street cars and five months later fine bus driver, Joh11l11,ie Paulding, on the
He went to work for Key System in became an instructor. He transferred to Ed.)
San Francisco bus . . . specially non -
1930 as a welder's helper and moved bus driving after five years on the cars, hectic, non-jerking, quiet, courteous, not
into the electrical department six or then became a conductor on the trains an extra movement. The next day I was
seven years later as a helper. H e became working until the trains went off in 1958: nearly sea sick with a bumptious driver,
Robert Dahlgren is one of the
an electrician several years later. Bar- He was among drivers who took the first bumpy and no reason for it . . .
drivers who very often is assigned to
rious served as acting foreman during buses across the Bay Bridge. Clare R. Talbot
charter bus operations, which we use
World War II. Sumpter worked out of Emeryville frequently. Members of the staff have Oakland
Last day of work for Leon Lagier, 63 , Division b efore moving to Seminary.
Maintenance head
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Takes retirement Published monthly by the
J. W . "Joe" Enos, 69, put away the Latham Square Building· 508 Sixteenth Street
records on 48 years of work this month, Oakland. California 94·612 • Telephone 654-7878

retiring as superintendent of maintenance BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JOHN McDONNELL . . .. . . President
at Seminary Division. Ward III
WILLIAM E. BERK • • • • • Vice President
Enos, of 2744 106th Ave., worked up Ward II
from a car repairman to head division ROBERT M. COPELAND . . Director at Large
RAY H . RINEHART . • . . . Director at Large
maintenance work. On his last day on WILLIAM H. COBURN, JR . . . . . . Ward I
WM. J. BETTENCOURT. . . . . . • Ward IV
the job fellow workers presented him E. GUY WARREN . . . . . . . . . Ward V
with a wrist watch and electric razor ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS
ALAN L. BINGHAM . . . . General Manager
and served coffee and doughnuts for ROBERT E. NISBET . • . . . . . . Attorney
JOHN F. LARSON . • . . Treasurer-Controller
the last time to a long-time boss. They GEORGE M. TAYLOR. . . . . . . Secretary
DENNIS J. O'CONNOR . Public Information Mgr.
also gave him a broom, dustpan and
apron-for a clean sweep.
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as a car repairman at Eastern Division
in 1920, transferred to Central Division
m 1932 when Eastern was closed. He
became a serviceman on motor coaches
at the Telegraph Ave. carbarns in 1935
and in 1938 went to Emeryville Division
as a junior mechanic on the buses.
By 1942 Enos was a senior mechanic
and acting foreman and in 1947 went to
Richmond Division as superintendent of
maintenance. He remained at Richmond
until 1963, when he moved to Seminary.

Safety record topped

By Richmond drivers
Richmond bus operators racked up
another win on a safe driving record-
and had the coffee and doughnuts to
'Vith retirement, Enos plans to do prove it. For three out of four months,
some traveling and move to his Santa the drivers topped the safety goal of
Cruz home where he can practice his 12,900 miles per accident, missing only
in April. Their May tally was 13,008
unusual hobby, diving through ocean miles.
breakers. He also repOlied he was going Emeryville drivers collected for the
to "pick up this fishing business." second month in a row with a record
Enos went to work for Key System of 13,837 miles per accident.

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