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Nov. 14, 1962 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Shelters 'Too Costly' "
There will be no third-rate fallout shelters in Pleasanton.
Finding itself back again with an old friend of bygone nuclear war days, the city heard complaints that "your regulations are so strict as to make it prohibitive for many families to construct temporary shelters."
But replied the city: "How do we know this war scare is temporary? The family shelter may have to sit in your yard for 20 years before it is pressed into use."
Ian Murray presented the case for the "average family man who wants only to provide some sort of minimum fallout protection for his family."
He contends that such requirements as "fireproof construction" make the cost of a $200 shelter jump to something like $2,000.
Mayor McWilliams pointed out that Pleasanton had adopted the "minimal" standards being enforced by any city in the county" and that it would appear that was about as far as the city fathers would go.
"We have an obligation to protect the long-term safety of our people, as well as permit them to build against any possible immediate "danger," the mayor noted.
Underground shelters built with a wood frame would experience extensive dry rot in one to two years and become unsafe for use, the council pointed out. Murray was not convinced, and added something about "what happens to all the rule books when the bomb falls?"
He went on to note that "the federal government has published plans for temporary shelters that cost less than $200; but the city brass ... exposed far more often to flooded basements than to radiation ... opined that 'some of the federal pamphlets also suggest digging out a trench alongside the foundation of your home. We think this is foolhardy, dangerous and not in compliance with the city code any ways.' "
There was a report that "a study of existing public shelters in the city limits would provide adequate fallout protection for some 50 of our citizens."
But this did nothing to encourage Mr. Murray. He left -- a 20th century victim of the nuclear age faced with atomic obliteration on one hand and city safety codes on the other.
At the grocery: P&X Foods. Armour canned ham in 5-pound tin, $3.98; Rose of Cappella, Italian Swiss Colony, half gallons for $1.20; tom turkeys, 35 cents a pound; hen turkeys, 39 cents a pound.
Real Estate: Murphy Realty Company. Three-bedroom, two-bath, built-ins, newly painted, hardwood floors, vacant, can be shown anytime. $18,950 -- $450 down, no closing costs.
At the movies: Vine Theater. Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone and Debra Paget in Edgar Allan Poe's "Tales of Terror" in color.
Trivia Question: Nov. 25, 1971 -- who jumped out of a plane over Washington state with $200,000?
Answer to last week's question: Richard Nixon quit politics, stating, "You won't have Nixon to kick around any more."
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