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One of the most important battles in the two-year fight over the transfer of 315 acres of City land to Walter O'Malley's baseball corporation will take place this morning at 10:00, when the Council will hear testimony from the public as to whether the land should be given the choicest commercial zoning.

The zone change pending before the Council would allow O'Malley to build hotels, height-limit apartment houses, cocktail lounges, bowling alleys, office buildings, and shopping centers on two-thirds of the land involved. This though the development in Chavez Ravine has been universally represented to the people as being for a gigantic recreation area, and the literature of those favoring the contract to turn the land over to the corporation promised that only a small part would be used for commercial purposes.

Councilman John C. Holland of the 14th District, who has warned of this possibility since the first presentation of the contract, pointed out that this zoning would allow the New York corporation which also owns the Los Angeles Dodgers to utilize practically free land to compete with the existing office buildings and hotels in the hard pressed downtown area.

Another argument that Holland makes is that the proposed zoning would permit the construction of bars and cocktail lounges in close proximity to the proposed World Zoo to be constructed in Elysian Park.

Among those to be present this morning objecting to the proposed zone change are resentatives of the Small Property Owners League, the Committee to Save Chavez Ravine for the People, the Apartment Association of Southern California, and hundreds of individual citizens who object to the proposed use. The general public is invited to attend the hearing and to present their opinions to the Council.