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Excerpts from the Catalina Islander, July 2, 1970 What was ... is... the Catalina Caper? Lifelong Avalon resident J. Guion says Ray Miller, author of several books on antique automo- biles the produced what became known as the "Catalina Caper" Guion said there were 10 to 12 such car race events held every two years on the Island. A char- tered barge would ferry approx- imately 50 cars over and they would be parked in the lot behind the Wilcox Nursery. They would parade through Front Street and then take a trip to Ben Weston and on to Two Harbors. Guion who owns a 1931 Model A would make the trip with them However, he said the club was very "cliquey." Perhaps that is because most club members said they thought there was no "Ford car" ever built after the last Model T in 1927. The Model T was built from 1909 to 1927. Avalon last week played host to the Model T. Ford Club of America, which had its Catalina Caper once again to the enjoyment of all who participated in or were spectators at the events. It was a most nostalgic sight for some of the old-timers to see these vintage cars all over the town. The Model T Ford Club of America is the largest single car club inthe country with over 3,300 members throughout the United States of America. The Club is composed of many chapters and the total membership is invited to go on the national tours. The next annual tour will be the Denver Dash in 1971 and the following year it will be the Catalina Caper III. Catalina offers many advantag- es for the national tour. Firstly, its unique location. Many of the tour participants are from non-local areas such as Oregon, Washington, NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION/ MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION REVISED MEETING DATE Notice is hereby given that the public agency named below has completed an Initial Study of the following described project at the following location: Public Agency: City of Avalon Project Name: Vons Grocery Store Catalina. Avalon, CA 90704 Project Location - Identify street address and cross streets or attach a map showing project site (preferably a USGS 15' or 7 1/2' topographical map identified by quadrangle name): 240 Sumner, Parcel bounded by Sumner, Beacon and A portion of APN: 7480-016-009 This Initial Study was completed in accordance with the Lead Agency's Guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act. This Initial Study was undertaken for the purpose of deciding whether the project may have a significant effect on the environment. On the basis of such Initial Study, the Lead Agency's Staff has concluded that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment, and has therefore prepared a Draft Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration. The Initial Study reflects the independent judgment of the Lead Agency. [] The Project site IS on a list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5. XX The Project site IS NOT on a list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5. [] The proposed project'IS considered a project of statewide, regional or areawide significance. XX The proposed project IS NOT considered a project of statewide, regional or areawide significance. [] The proposed project WILL affect highways or other facilities under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Transportation. XX The proposed project WILL NOT affect highways or other facilities under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Transportation. [] A scoping meeting WILL be held by the lead agency. XX A scoping meeting WILL NOT be held by the lead agency. Copies of the Initial Study and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration are on file and are available for public review at the Lead Agency's office, located at: 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA 90704 The proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration can be obtained in electronic format by the following method: Contacting Avalon Planning Department, ~& or 310/510-0220, ext. 116. Comments will be received from Friday, October 24, 2014 thru Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Any person wishing to comment on this matter must submit such comments, in writing, to the Lead Agency prior to this date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Comments of all Responsible Agencies are also requested. The Lead Agency will consider the project and the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration at its meeting 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA 90704 Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 [ Time: 6:00 p.m. If the Lead Agency finds that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment, it may adopt the Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration. This means that the Lead Agency may proceed to consider the project without the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report. Amanda Cook, Plarming Director Posted: October 24, 2014 & October 31, 2014 Published: October 24, 2014 & October 31, 2014 I tTRLINt I S[tN ER I]IIEITI I BUX Utah, Nebraska, Nevada, etc., and it give these people a chance to combine their hobby and vacation in a most unusual setting. The boat ride to the Island is another reason so many enjoy coming to Avalon and the seaplanes offer another opportunity for diversi- fied transportation not to mention the scenery, the clean non-smog air and the sparkling blue water and sunshine. The Club's journal called "The Vintage Ford" will feature this Catalina Caper national outing in its next issue. With the magazine's complete coverage and the word of mouth advertising by the enthusi- astic participants, Catalina Caper Iii in 1972 is already an advance sellout. I DON HANEY Editors note: The attempted demolition of the Pleasure Pier in 1972 brought protest and concern from Avalon citizenry and this special report from Don Haney, a proponent for the pier, in the Sept. 28, 1972 edition of the Catalina Islander. "Any Avalon City Council that attempted to remove the Avalon Pleasure Pier would immediately face a storm of protest. Official action to demolish the pier would meet very strong resistance. Ironically, destruction of the pier by years of neglect and uncertain- ty meets only community apathy. Avalon's Pleasure Pier is still standing. The city of Avalon has taken to action to remove it, although it agreed to do so when it obtained a harbor loan several years ago. Little has been done to repair it and nothing has been done to rebuild it. This year, the city's budget has $20,000 earmarked for pier work, if a plan for its rebuild- ing can be agreed upon. So far no plans have been announced. Avalon's Assemblyman Vincent Thomas attempted to assist Avalon in retaining its Pleasure Pier when he introduced Assembly Bill 31. This bill would have set aside $350,000 for a new facility. Unfortunately, the bill received very little support from the city of Avalon and a veto from Governor Ronald Reagan. Public sentiment alone isn't going to save the pier. Only prompt, very definite action by the city of Avalon and its new partner in the harbor, the State of California, can assure that Avalon continues to have a pier. The people of Avalon don't want a harbor that is all bright lights, concrete and rock piles. They want to retain some of the charm and facilities of the Pleasure Pier. They will not allow the pier to be removed, but they will stand back and watch its destruction by :, 635 Crescent Avenue, Suite A age, weather, neglect and lack of ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Prl~er. direc!in.~'i ................................... 12 ! Friday, October 31, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER