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July 14, 2006

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Friday, July 14, 2006 P~e7 The Santa Catalina Island Company, offering quality tours to Island visitors since 1894, once again has Flxible buses heading to Avalon. Discovery Tours is adding three more of those fabulous "fifties" buses which, when com- bined with the two Flxibles already on the island, makes a fleet of five '50s Flxibles. (Can you say that three times fast?) The three new Flxibles were found tucked away in a garage in New Mexico. Even though each bus had only 60,000 drive miles, they had endured several decades of neglect. Fortunately, they came to the attention of the owner of H.B. Industries of E1 Cajon, who had done the engine and mechanical make over on the Island Compa- ny's original 1953 Flxibles. Having been part of the remarkable restoration of these original buses, he knew that the best place for these three new buses would be the Santa Catalina Island Company. There they would be brought A Discovery Tours flxible bus. back to their original glory by send- ing them through the same process that the company's original Hexes had been through in 2004. That process consisted of the installation of diesel engines, assisted steering, automatic transmission and air con- ditioning prior to receiving a cos- tactic make over at Quality Fleet in Gardena, where vista windows were installed and all paint and body work were completed. Mr. Philip K. Wrigley was the first to bring Flxible buses to the Santa Catalina Island Company back in the 1930s. These early Flxibles had fully opening canvas tops and were known as "ragtops" By the 1950s, these buses had evolved into a sleek, streamlined design with tinted glass "vista vision'.' windows. The two 1953 buses that Wrigley purchased are still ,in use today and are an imporfant part of the company's fleet. In the next few weeks they will be joined by the three New Mexico Flxibles. The first of the three new Flx- ibles will arrive this week and with Continued from page 1 The soil was removed to the extent possible without causing damage, however further tests still showed elevated concentra- with clean imported soil to depths of one to four and a half feet, which should ensure that there is no opportunity for someone to come into direct contact with the soil left in place. The decision to leave the soil in place will be managed by the tions of j ,O a eff rt=s ch l district soil that could not be remoVed, and the toxic substance delSartment. The Long Beach Unified School DisttZict (overseeing the entire process) elected to leave the last of the soil in place rather than risk literally bringing down the house. All areas have been filled This summer will see the second phase cleanup and site restoration around the bungalows and lower playground. The dis- trict plans to remove an addition- al 3,500 cubic yards of soil (36 more bins). After being barged to Wilm- ington, the soil is deposited in a landfill. School is slated to open on schedule, and confirmation sam- pies will be taken to ensure that the operation is protective of human health and the environ- ment. The district will then sub- n'fit a completion report for DTSC review and approval. Site documents and further information are available at the Avalon Public Library, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and online at it's arrival the New Classic Inland and up to the newly renovated E1 Motor Tofir will commence. This Rancho Escondido. Following a tour will return to its historical (or final stop at the Airport-in-the- classic) route that takes you from Sky, the tour then returns to Aval- Avalon into Middle Ranch, stops on. This is the most comprehen- at the Fox Habitat then continues sire tour available to Island along the back side of the Island visitors. This poster was designed by legendary artist John Van Hame~veld, who also created the Endless Summer movie poster 40 years ago. It will launch the promotion of the Friends of Avalon Bay Benefit Concert. This is a very important cause for ~e future of residents and visItors to the Island.You can participate by supporting this cause and having your name on this legendary art piece. Merchants and residents wishing to donate $500 or $1000 will be Included on the poster as a =Fdeed of AvalonBay (FAB), Deadline is Wednesday, July 19.Tax deductible checks can be written directly -to: CRy of Avalon-FAB, Box 707, Avalon, Ca 90704 Please contact 8ettina at 951.674.8189 for further information. I I I