To such divisions as robbery-homicide, vice and...

<i> From staff and wire reports</i>

To such divisions as robbery-homicide, vice and forgery, Los Angeles City Councilman John Ferraro wants the Police Department to add a stereo detail.

An undercover stereo unit, at that.

Ferraro made a motion Tuesday to establish a task force of unmarked police cars to cite drivers who blast their bass-heavy stereo systems, also known as boom boxes.

“The operators of these vehicles who play these sound systems are displaying a callous disregard for the rights of the citizens of our city to be free of noise pollution,” Ferraro said.


The motion will be considered by the council’s Police, Fire and Public Safety Committee before the council votes on it.

Boom-boxers are also under attack in Sacramento, where state Sen. Cecil Green (D-Norwalk), has proposed that car-radio music heard more than 10 feet outside the vehicle constitute a moving violation.

Whether the 10-foot limit would apply equally to AC/DC and Barry Manilow isn’t, however, clear.

Go see Cal. . . .


To Lee Marvin, Jerry Buss, Pete Rose, Wade Boggs and others on the long list of palimony defendants must be added the name of Cal Worthington.

The 68-year-old Southern California auto dealer admitted in Glenn County Superior Court in central California that he alternately lived with his first wife and the woman who later became his second wife during the 1970s.

The palimony suit stems from a divorce suit by wife No. 2, former model Susan Henning, 41, who seeks half of the income and property she and Worthington acquired during seven years they spent together before their marriage.

Worthington, who owns a 24,000-acre ranch about 80 miles northwest of Sacramento, is known for his commercials featuring his dog Spot, portrayed by critters ranging from a chimpanzee to an ostrich.


None of the Spots has attended the trial.

“It’s starting to get busy,” the freeway traffic reporter told KMPC disc jockey Johnny Magnus, and launched into a discussion of the numerous problems involving the usual suspects, the Santa Ana Freeway, Ventura Freeway, etc.

The time was 10:30.

In the evening.


A 61-year-old veteran of Los Angeles City Hall returned to the City Council chambers for the first time in 18 months: a nine-foot-tall Art Deco frame that holds a bulletin board.

The structure had been removed in September, 1987, to make room for camera crews filming the visit of King Juan Carlos of Spain. City workers were putting it back into place at 7:48 a.m. on Oct. 1 of that year when the chamber started shaking, along with the rest of Southern California. It was the Whittier Narrows earthquake.

The frame, which nearly toppled over, was placed in a storage area until now.

Council members like having it around because, when fitted with a bulletin board, they can hide behind it to meet with lobbyists or make phone calls.


What a fun event the RTD held on St. Patrick’s Day, when a green-clad circus elephant, cheered on by Circus Vargas clowns and showgirls, battled an RTD bus “in a tug-of-war between machine and beast.” The beast lost.

And, no, it wasn’t the same RTD bus that failed to show for its 7:45 a.m. run between Long Beach Airport and downtown Los Angeles Tuesday because of “transmission problems.”

Talk about crucial summit meetings. Representatives of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the Police Department and Mayor Tom Bradley’s office will be gathering this morning in Beverly Hills, along with officials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The subject: The city’s master plan for Academy Awards traffic.


No doubt the plan, like the Academy Awards ballots, will be guarded by the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse.