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From page 1 , Their biggest hit was "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)," which Belland and Larson completed in 1957 and which reached #2 early the fol- lowing year. The record sold more than one million copies, earning a gold disc. The song also became synonymous with Catalina Island and made Belland a legend in the town of Avalon. Newer versions of the Four Preps with Belland have performed on the Island and he was recently feted as a grand mar- shal of the town's Fourth of July Parade. After the Four Preps' heyday, Belland continued writing songs for other singers, as well as writ- ing television show scripts, even- tually becoming a network execu- tive. Belland was a producer on several game shows in the 70s for Ralph Edwards Productions. Cobb became a record producer and sound engineer. He wrote the song "Tainted Love" for Gloria Jones, which became ~i worldwide. hit for Soft Cell in 1982. The sounds of Belland and The Four Preps will be back on Cata- lina today in the legendary Ava- lon Theatre. The Four Preps will appear in concert as a benefit for the Rotary Club of Avalon in the CaSino Building's Avalon Theatre from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a special VIP Reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are now on sale on the Island at the Cham- ber Visitor Center on the Green Pier or through Rotarians in the Post Office Arcade or on the Wrig- ley Stage. They are also available at Tickets are $25 for general admission (rows 24-29), $35 for Preferred Admission (rows 11-35); $50 for Premium Admission $50 (rows 1-10), and $100 for Premium "Admission and a VIP Reception with The Four Preps. For more in- formation on the concert and for a direct link to on-line tickets sales please go to www.CatalinaCham- Late evening boats are available from Avalon to Long Beach on Catalina Express after the concert. Proceeds from the Concert benefit the Rotary Club of Avalon. The Rotary Club of Avalon is a non-profit organization that assists those in need in our community and throughout the world. Pro- ceeds from the Four Preps Concert benefit local island charities and go to funds for scholarships and other programs for our Island's The Four Preps, today and yesterday. youth. Avalon Rotary is just one of over 32,000 Rotary Clubs around the world in over 200 countries. Avalon Rotary meets weekly on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the M Restaurant, catering by Zest. From page 1 removed absent the rockfall miti- gation project;' said City Attorney Scott Campbell in an Aug. 7 staff report to the council. June hospital financial report A finance report says the hospi- tal's position remains strong. The council, acting as the Mu- nicipal Hospital Board of Trust- ees, received and filed the June financial statement from the Ava- lon Medical Development Corpo- ration's chief financial officer. "The financial position remains strong as working capital in- creased by $151,747 with net days in accounts receivable decreasing to 68 while gross days increased to 92 days," the report said. Patient accounts receivable in- creased by $139,343 because Med- iCal witholds funds until the end of the fiscal year. "We have received a payment from MediCal in July of over $300,000," the report said. "Medi- care settlement accounts increased by $204,579. Accounts payable decreased by $I19,814 and current liabilities decreased by $50,708 from May." As of June 30, the hospital has about $3.3 million in assets, a little over $101,000 more than it had by May 31. In working capital, the hospital had almost $2.4 million by June 30, $151,747 more than it had by May 31. According to the statement, net revenue was over budget by $192,303 or 39 percent. Gross rev- enue was over budget by $81,334 or 8 percent. The report said the provision for bad debt was over budget by $37,097 or 107 percent. "Charity care was over budget in June by $1,282 (4 percent) and over budget by $11,862 (3 percent YTD,' the report said. Finally, the report said net pa- tient revenue was 68.3 percent of gross revenue compared with the budget of 53.2 percent in June and 55.9 percent versus 56 percent by year to date. Net operating income was $32,208 over budget for June and $123,912 under budget for 2012 so far. Housing element Finally, the council approved the Housing Element of the Gen~ eral Plan for final submission to the California Housing and Com- munity Development agency. State law requires city governments to update their housing elements every five years. Cities that don't meet the requirement may be com- pelled to update the housing ele- ments every four years. According to the unsigned staff report from the Avalon Planning Department, approving the Hous- ing Element starts a 45-day review period. "HCD can take up to four or five months to respond," the re- port said. "Once HCD has granted approval, the (Housing Element) has to come back to the city for fi- nal adoption before the deadline of October 2013." DESCANSO THE CATAuNA ISLANDER Friday, August 24,20121 5