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8 THE ISLANDER Thursday, April 8, 1954 ( Paid Political Advertisement) (Paid Political AdVertisement) Letter to Thinking Citizens of Avalon. The issue is clear cut. Avalon will vote for a continuing program of develop- merit in which all elements of the comrnunit from the largest to the smallest, will work together for th ,betterment of Avalon and a sound, steady growth to a prospei ous independ- ence---- OR it will undo the work of years, throw away the bene- fits of hard-won achievements, abandon its citizenry to a dis- united, fracton-torn, City government, risking disaster as the fruit of dis-harmony among i~ various elements. It's your choice. During the past two years Avalon has had a COMMON- SENSE ~overnment, a City Council whose members have for- saken the idea that "the good old days" of Avalon's depend- once on the Santa Catalina Island Company should or could be brought back, men who devoted their buslness-man minds to making Avalon the architect of its OWN fu- ture, and by unanmlty of thinking and action achieved advantages which benefit every taxpayer and citizen of Avalon. " What are those achievements? Here ar~ a few. By demonstrating a progressive co.operatlve attitude, together with a long-range viewpoint, the City of Avalon has been given free the use of the world-famed Catalina Casino Ballroom, so important to Avalon. The City profited more than $4,000 during the part of 1953 it op- , erated the Casino Ballroom, while the Santa Catalina Island Company took a loss of many thousands of dollars in taxes, maintenance and other costs. Because of the continuing con- fidence in the wisdom and ability of the current Council, the Casino Ball- room will be operated again this year with even greatar prohts assured as the Comp/my carries the load of a heavy financial loss. In the meantime, the use of tb Casino to attract and serve conven- tions in Avalon has been of value be- yond estimate. Other achievements? When the current City Council took office there were more than 4. ---. $4,000 in delinquent utility bills. There were line losses which independent engineer-sur- veyors predicted would amount to $75,000 to $100,000 over a 10 year period. Avalon's utility distribution system was deteriorating due to long use and natural causes. It's maintenance equipment was obsolete. Some of the gas meters were unreliable and many of them out of order. The fresh water, saltwater and sewer systems wer in despera need of repair; much of it needed replacement. Your present City Council faced these problems, not left to it because of any earlier inefficency, but rather by lack of conclusive action through absence of a Singleness of purpose in earlLor Councils, a condition which did not inspire confidence or a desire to help and which was costly to the taxpayers. Here's what your present Council did, Councilmen Mc- Cullough and Butler included, working in harmony with the elements of Avalon IMPORTANT to Avalon's welfare. Collected or otherwise disposed of those $4,000 and more ip delinquent utility bills! Assumed maintenance of the salt water and gas dis- tribution system, resulting in a saving to the community. Effected a considerable saving on the repair of the sewer pumping plant. Cleaned and put in good repair Transportatio oftheEastfreShwhitley.Water reservoir at thi t P T i Purchased several new pi.ces The objective of any group with a sincere i T of servlCecompletedequipment. i interest in Avalon is to improve Avalon's trans- i ment of 421 gas meters. / r pair and replace- portation. --~-~ i And that's only a PART of the Your pre mt City Comicil has done mor,achie, .ments of this Council. work, carried out more research, acquired more All this was possible because it sound, valuable information than anyother i worked in harmony, unselfishly, with group of Avalon officials has ever done! ! AVALON'S welfare at heart, not the They have spent more of their ~wn time, [ interests of any selfish little group --- given of their owan resources, to find ways of i By not allowing dissension and improving Avalon's trmtsportation. ~ self-seeking to hamper the obtaining i of b nefits for Avalon-- All this has taken time -- tics Not playing street corner poli- And it will take more time to put all the special knowledge and experience of this City i Not making wild promises, Council to work on behalf of Avalon's trans, i wilder accusations, or spreading so- portation, called "information" born of conjec- ture, malice, ignorance, or a desire Return Butler and McCullough to the City i Council, assure a continuation of a sincere, real- istic, intelligent, informed approach to lmprov. ing Avalon's transportation. -- t Let s not lose all the benefits of two years for personal gain. This doesn't make for popular- ity especially --- But it DOES make for COM- MON SENSE, HONEST, INTELLI- GENT AND INFORMED GOVERN. MENT for YOU! That's what you have now. DON'T risk L tting disunity, mistrust, selfish ambition creep in. Remember-- you CAN change horses in the middle of the stream, of work and research -- ! 1 Let's not be forced to start again! Let's go forward -- not backward! t t t ELEC~r BUTLE[~ AND MeC, ULLOU(;[I. i but you can get AWFULLY wet doing it. Remember . . there ave some who make large prom- ises, speak at length and convincingly on matters of which they have little or no knowledge. It's easy to talk big about what should have been done when someone else is paying the bills. Candidates Butler and McCullough are members of the City Council who DID the right thing at the right time for the good of Avalon, present and future. Return them to the Council to assure a continuation of a COMMON SENSE Government. THESE LEADING BUSINESS-MEN URGE THE RE-ELECTION OF COUNCILMEN McCULLOUGH AND BUTLER. W. LEWIS