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Page 6-Thursday, May 10, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Lines continue as even-odd plan begins

,LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 10
million gasoline craving California
motorists found their fuel rationed
yesterday in an effort to shorten blocks-
long lines at service stations and take
the panic out of filling up.
But the "odd-even" gas plan ordered
by Gov. Jerry Brown drew mixed
results on its first day in operation.
Lines at gas stations in the San Fran-
cisco Bay area, San Jose, San Diego,
and some suburban sections of Los
Angeles were shorter than they had
been the last few days. -
IN THE MORE congested central
and western areas of Los Angeles, some
lines were even longer-up to six blocks
at some stations.
College student Nancy Weisbury cut
classes to get in a long line in West Los
Angeles yesterday morning.
"There's just as much panic now as
there was before, because if you don't
get gas today, then you won't be able to
get it until Friday," she said.
THE PLAN NOW affects only eight of
the state's 58 counties. But those are
urban counties where about 10 million
of the state's 15 million motorists live.
And many of the less populous counties
were expected to join the plan later.

Under, the rationing plan, drivers
whose license plates end in odd num-
bers can refuel only on odd numbered
days and even-numbered cars can gas
up on even days.
Emergency and commercial
vehicles, motorcycles and out-of-state
cars are exempt from sales restric-
tions. Gasoline is limited to 20 gallons
per car, and filling of tanks more than
half full is prohibited.
Violations are punishable by $500
fines and six months in jail.
GAS STATION operators generally
checked license plates and turned away
cars with even numbers yesterday.
But one Standard station operator in
Marin County near San Francisco said
that if fuel gauges were checked, "We'll
have nothing but fights on our hands.
"I simply refuse to stick my head in a
customer's car." Walt Fisser, owner of
a station in the Los Angeles suburb of
Alhambra, agreed.
"I'M NOT REALLY checking to see
whether tanks are half full," he said.
"I don't want to get my head chopped
In San Diego, the lines averaged
about a dozen cars and Police Lt. John
Morrison said, "It appears to be sorting
itself out."

In Santa Clara County, south of San
Francisco, one of the state's most gas
thirsty areas, a check of three stations
showed lines of 10 cars at two stations
and none at the third.
cisco, which didn't take part in the
rationing plan, there were lines several
blocks long at gas stations.
The biggest problem for motorists,
besides the lines, was finding stations
that were open and had gas to sell.
Many stations were out of regular and
unleaded fuel. ,

In the Los Angeles suburb of
Pasadena, police ticketed several cars
parked on the street overnight near gas
stations for an early place in line.
in Belmont stayed in line at a station
even after a San Francisco-bound
commuter train smashed into the rear
of his car and twisted the rear bumper.
Joseph Fuentes, 24, of Redwood City
was sitting in a line of cars intersected
by railroad tracks when the train came
along and smashed into his car.
Not injured, he was still in line when
the police arrived.

Additional hearings on
0CC elections scheduled

Additional hearings of the Michigan
Employment Relations Commission
(MERC) tentatively have been
scheduled for June 14 for the presen-
tation of more evidence on the
Organizing Committee for Clericals
(OCC) objections to the Nov. 17 elec-
The hearing will deal specifically
with evidence on how MERC officials
conducted the election. University
clerical workers voted down an OCC
proposal to form a union.
Donald Greenspan, the OCC wants the
election to be set aside because of six
alleged unfair labor practices (ULP)
by the University prior to the election,
which the OCC claims interferedwith
its right to organize and solicit union
The OCC also maintains that MERC
prevented a fair election from taking
place, said Greenspan.
The University is in favor of letting
the election remain valid, as certified
last November.
AT THE HEARINGS last Thursday
and Friday in Detroit, "There were
some accusations of misconduct by
commission agents (by the OCC)," said
administrative law Judge Joseph
Bixler, who heard the case.
"I'm now tentatively set up for June
14 for evidence to be taken as to what
the agents did and (whether their ac-
tions hurt invalidated the elections),"
said Bixler.
The hearings were scheduled despite
objections by the OCC attorney. "I was
caught and everybody was caught. No
one knew what the Commission was

going to do," explained Bixler.
GREENSPAN SAID the judge ruled
that either the University or the OCC
could subpoena testimony by MERC
Officials who did not testify at the
hearings last week. The University
"apparently" wants to subpoena
MERC officials, said Greenspan.
Greenspan said he was "disappoin-
ted" in the judge's decision to allow
more hearings. "Both MERC and the
University were aware that this case
was pending for about five months prior
to the hearings last week," he claimed.
"THEY SHOULD have waived their
right to continue the hearing.. . They
should have been prepared at the
time," added Greenspan.
The University lawyer, Robert Ver-
cruysse, was not available for com-
ment, but earlier this week he said ad-
ditional hearings are necessary "to get
the facts out on whether they (MERC
election officials) did something right
or did something wrong."
After the conclusion of the hearings,
Bixler will decide if the University's ac-
tions were ULPS and whether MERC
conducted a valid election.
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A chilling story interwoven 7 f
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The Ann Arbor Film Cooperative presents at Aud A
(Barbet Schroeder, 1976) 7 & 10:20-AUD A
in celebration of the fall of Kampala, this "authorized self-portrait" of Amin is
an acid documentary by Godard's apprentice, Barbet Schroeder. Amin saw
the film soon after completion, kidnapped 150 French nationals, and threatened
to kill them until 1%'2 minutes were edited "Amin has caught every single
disease history has offered these' post 40 years."-New York Times. Says
Schroeder of the film: "I think it comes across very well that he can kill."
(Walter Parks and Keith Critchlow, 1975) 8:40 only-AUD A
A powerful and frightening inside-look at the Hitler-worshipping Nazi party
in the suburbs of California. CALIFORNIA REICH is a film that will make your
flesh crawl, challenging, the complacent feeling that "It can't happen here."
A truly remarkable work. Nominated for an Academy Award as best feature
documentary of 1975. PLUS: WITH BABIES AND BANNERS (Lorraine Gray,
1978) A film about the role of the Women's emergency brigade in the 1937
Flint sit down strike which organized the autoworkers into the UAW.
and THE ADVEN T0 tkfikL'dcl-OWES

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