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March 1914-2004 Researched by Chuck Liddell, Compiled by Catalina Islander staff The following information was culled from Catalina Islander archives in the Catalina Island Museum: 10 Years Ago Average Temperature: High, 63 degrees, Low, 52 degrees, Water, 60 degrees. Rain, 0.47 inches. Water Level: March 1, 605 Acre Ft.; March 9, 608; March 16, 608; March 23, 604: March 30, 606. People aboard boats, 3,656; ves- sels moored, 914; vessels anchored, 73; cruise ships "Ecstasy," 11,409; "Mercu- ry," 3,654; "Monarch Of The Seas," 11,068. The "American National Civilian Community Youth Corps first started doing volunteer work for the "Conservancy.". Museum had a "Seaplane" exhibit. The 12th Annual "Rotary Club Skeeball Tournament" raised $2,500. 25 Years Ago Tracey Sherman, born May 3, 1970, moved to Avalon in 1971. Likes being with her boyfriend and with friends going shopping. She also likes Catalina's remoteness, people, and ocean. She plans to attend a college and become a,nurse and eventually a Nurse Prac- titioner. Edward Rinehart celebrated his 84th birthday. Chad Adkins celebrated his 6th birthday. "Easter Champagne Brunch, "An Avalon Tradition," Ca- sino Ballroom, $13.95/Adult, $5.95/Child. "The Metropolitan Yacht Club" has put on a sail boat race from Oakland to Catalina since 1978. William H. Drescher (July 9, 1899- February 23, 1989). Robert Splane (December 23, 1913-February 7, 1989). Avalon approved a cold weather program for the homeless. Andre Krasowskis (1967-March 4, 1989). Jerry Devirian (March 20, 1920- March 12, 1989). 50 Years Ago "Gene's Photo Shop," 519 Cres- "Avalon Annual Spring Cleanup," cent. March 15-April 21, 1964. "H. & H. Slough." "Annual Spelling Bee," winners, "Henderson's Curio Store." Marlene Seals, 5th grade, "Island Vaqueros Club," new, Jeanine Cassullo, 1 lth grade, horseback riding. "American Legion Birthday "Islanders" going across the chan- Week," proclamation from nel on the "Steamers" was City, March 15-17, 1964. a weekly column in the "Is- Kent Thomas paid $401.99 forlander." Avalon's old ambulance. "Jim's Place"/Restaurant And Lisa Lee Saldana was born onChili Parlor," ll4Catalina. March 11, 1964, to Mr. and "Mattson's Drug Store," 405 Cres- Mrs. Herman Saldana. cent, John A. Mattson. "Small Craft Warning Flags .... McGarry's Electric Store," 116 flown 50 times this Winter. Sumner. "Sunrise Easter Service," Mt. Ada, "Merchants' Bowling League," cross placed there in 1917 by "Sportland," 513 Crescent. Tad Gray, and the permanent "sepulcher" was built in 1937. 100 Years Ago First "pageant" was conceived At the time of the election of June in 1934 by George Dickson 19, 1913, when Avalon offi- and Mrs. Malcolm Renton. cially became incorporated, Gina Hull celebrated her 5th birth- the "Santa Catalina Island day. Company" controlled 779 Plans were being made to con- acres of Avalon, or 4/5 of the vert the Wrigley mansion, to town. "Catalina Island Museum." The value of Avalon was assessed at $913,000 and 67 percent of 75 Years Ago the taxes were paid by the "Is- "Avalon Natives Thoughts Onland Company." Swing Music," weekly columnLois Eileen Harrison was born on in "Islander." 62 1/2% pro; 31 February 24, 1914, to Mr. and 1/2% con. Mrs. Edgar M. Harrison. "Avenida La Crescenta," new name The city of Avalon owed approxi- for "Crescent Ave." mately $2,000 in demands. "Becker's Barber Shop." Regarding the March elections, "Busy Bee Restaurant," 306 Cres- '-'The Catalina Islander" cent. strongly emphasized the im- "Casa De Reglos Curio Store, 106 portance of electing city offi- Metropole. cials who could work with the "Catalina Business Men's Asso- "Island Company." Of the reg- ciation" There were 104 busi- istered 300 voters, 189 voted. hess men in Avalon. The voters voted down all of "CatalinaCaf6," 309-313 Crescent, the bond issues, which need- George Hoffinger. ed a 2/3 vote: Water, yes-99, "Catalina Card Cove," greeting no-87; Electricity, yes-42, no- cards, "AtwaterArcade". 134; Sewer, yes-45, no-132; "Catalina Country Club," 1 Coun- Gas, yes-28, no-14. try Club Road. Annual "Masquerade Ball," "Ea- "Catalina RacquetClub". gle's Hall," third story of "Catalina Sport Fishing, Co" the "Stamford Hotel," 125 "Chapman's Paint Shop" 104 Metropole, location of present Metropole. "Catalina Island Inn?' "Chicago Cubs" Spring Training, There were just over 100 homes in Wrigley Field, present loca- Avalon. tion of"Field Of Dreams," left Mrs. O. I. Danielson had a surprise in March. birthday party. "Club Catalina," 415-17 Crescent, Everett Adargo, glass-bottom row- "Riviera Room," new, "Happyboats. Hcker." To contact Chuck Liddell, e- "Gambrinus Santa CatalinaGrill," mail him at chuckliddell.cata- 108 Metropole. lina@gmaiLcom. From page 1 Hoefs said the city manager's report was inaccurate, misleading and painted a picture of the Fire Department that was not appro- priate. He said the proposal would cause the Fire Department to lose one full time firefighter. "That's moving backwards," Hoefs said. "We should be mov- ing forward and hiring three more firefighter/paramedics." Harvey's staff report recom- mended eliminating the assistant fire chief position, redistribut- ing personnel through an already vacant firefighter position and establishing an on-call rotation for fire captains to serve as incident commanders. The report said that the assistant chief's position was He said Harvey did not appre- created in January 2011 to offset ciate the Fire Department's per- the duties assumed by then-City sonnel. Manger/Fire Chief Hoefs. The audience applauded. Harvey's report said that the Kennedy said the staff report assistant fire chief's total com- tried to address budget issues by a pensation, including benefits, was series of demotions that the coun- about $215,000. The report said cil felt was inappropriate, reducing the combined compensation for response times and removing men the chief and the assistant chief "on the floor." represented about 22 percent of "It's an emotional issue to any the Fire Department's budget, human being in this room, includ- Assistant Fire Chief Mike Krug ing the five sitting here," Kennedy asked if the issue would be revis- said. ited in a couple of weeks. Hoefs proposed hiring three Mayor Bob Kennedy said the full time firefighter/paramed- council did not intend to relive ics. He said Avalon did not have the process. He said they need the 24/7 paramedic coverage. Council city manager, fire chief and labor Member Michael Ponce asked how group to work out a solution. Avalon would pay for that. 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