Covina Argus from Covina, California on November 23, 1907 · Page 7
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 7

Covina, California
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Saturday, November 23, 1907
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FACTS VS, MIS-STATEMENTS, TRUTH VS. FALSEHOODS San Bernardino Papers Deliberately and Maliciously Misrepresent the Facts in Their Anti-Division Arguments. It seems strange that In this day arid age there should be men who would so far presume aa to Imagine that the public, can be fooled by gross, ridiculous misrepresentations. A week or two ago the Los Angeles Times editorial commented upon the high(?) tax rate of Imperial county, and cited It as an awful example of the outcome of the formation of new counties. The Imperial Standard resented this misrepresentation and below we quote from Editor E. F. Howe, explaining the facts in the case: 1. That the United States Government still holds title to the lands and that' therefore practically only personal property could be taxed. 2. That Imperial Is a new country and must provide every necessity. . 3. That realizing this It was a question of how much they could afford to spend and not how much was necessary. 4. That under all these disadvantages the total levy Is only $149.000. From the "San Bernardino Sun," Nov. 13th, 1907. EDITOR HOWE FILES A. PROTEST. Imperial, California, Nov. 11.—To the Editors of the San Bernardino "Sun" and the Pomona "Progress": It seems that, as an exponent of the Interests of Imperial county, without my own volition, I am being put in the position of holding up Imperial county as an "awful example" of the evil of creating new counties. Knowing your districts so well as I do, I naturally have great Interest in your campaign, but without any disposition-to become a partisan. The fact which prompts me now to write you Is that'I feel that Imperial county is being put in a rather bad. light, and unjustly, by the controversy now on in your district. Under these circumstances you will undoubtedly be willing to publish this statement of conditions here. With a population of about 10.000 persons A year ago, Imperial valley has for CO clays been adding from 75 to 100 persons a day to its population, •which is now about 18,000. These people live on land most of •which is not yet patented, and consequently with 830,000,000 worth of property there is subject to taxation but about $3,500,000, principally personal property. The fact that the county is being built up so rapidly, requiring investments in roads, bridges, etc., was one of the reasons why the Supervisors decided to levy a high tax rate for this year. Another < reason was the fact that for a time it was In doubt •whether the new county would recover from San Diego county the money which had already been paid Into the treasury of that county by the residents of the new county. In spite of these facts, there were very many of us who felt, and still feel, that a levy of $4.25 was far beyond the needs of the county, giving it a revenue for the year of about $149,000, which for a county of the thirty-sixth class leaves wide latitude in public works. In making the tax levy, the question was not so much regarding the cost of maintaining the county as it was the amount the people of the county could afford to invest in public works to accommodate the thousands of people who are coming to the valley to make their homes. Of course this wa.-i a matter of opinion in which we could disagree honorably, and the Supervisors took a more liberal view of the matter than a good many of the inhabitants of this valley would' have done. It seems to us that the iiigh tax levy of this county is no criterion in determining the wisdom of an election elsewhere, unless the conditions there are similar to those in Imperial county, and the established Institutions of your section make it so different in every way from this land, where an empire is being rapidly carved out of the raw material, that It is rather distasteful to us to have Imperial county picked out as an object lesson of an assumed evil which does not exist here. Regretting that previous publications seem to compel this statement in defense of "God's country," I am, yours very truly, E. F. HOWE. Editor "Imperial Standard." The "San Bernardino Sun" comes forth with the following explanation full of deliberate and bare-faced misrepresentations: Worse and worse! When The Run sent a bombshell into th.u Pomona camp the other day, by pointing out that the new county 'if Imperial, which will be of the thirty- sixth class, was raising $140,000 to maintain the county for the first year, it undershot the mark. In that estimate, the '.-ate was figured at $4 on the $100 valuation, when it .should have been $4.25, BO that the total amount raiatd for the maintenance of the new county for the first year is $149,000, as will appear from the statement made by Editor E. F. Howe, of the Imperial "Standard" given herewith. And it Is to be remembered that this is as compared with a final admission of $96,000 which the Pomona boosters claim will be sufficient to maintain their county of the thirteenth ela.^y, with two and one-half times the population that was clainx d for Imperial county. The .showing grows worse and worse for Pomona. Number 1— The •'Sun" makes the deliberate mis-statement that p-nnona county has "two and one-hall' times" the uou- ulation of Imperial count> in ih<- fan- of Editor Howe'ii statement that that county "is now about U.»fnr again.-.! Pomona'a i!4,Oi!U and is "addiiii; Mom 75 to 100 persons a day to the popula tion." It Is to be presumed that. Imperial county's supervisors realized fully the conditions they had to meet and acter accordingly. Number 2— , The "Sun" again falls Into a trap and "mis-states" that the amount 'required to run Imperial county for the first year as shown by Editor Howe's letter is $149,000 and that the estimate for Pomona county is but $9(i,000. The "Run" knew this latter statement to be "a ye" when It published it. Editor Howe in explanation of the amount raised says: "The fact that the country Is being built up so rapidly, requiring Investments in roads, bridges, etc., was one of the reasons 1 why the Supervisors decided to levy a high tax rn,te for this year." Pomona county Is an established territory, not a new country, just developing. Number 3— The "Sun" again mis-states as follows: "And it is to be remembered that this Is as compared with a final admission of $9C,000 which the Pomona boosters claim will be sufficient to maintain their county . . ." What are the published facts of the "Pomona boosters": Page S-—Pomona Board of Trade Report—new county shows: Salaries, expenses officers and current expenses, net $96,534 Page 1.0, same report, shows: Cost of Roads, etc 42.000 Add State tax as follows: $10,000,000 @ $.445 71,200 Wanted—To Purchase Real Gatate. Wanted—Orange and lemon groves, Have customers for both purchases and exchanges. Also small ranches. Owners kindly list with us at onoe for quick returns. W. 3: Rodgey & Son; 233-35 Stimson block, Los Angeles. Fertilizer Agent. Wanted.—Local agent to sell Swift's Pure Animal Fertilizers; also Nitrate of Sodn, Sulphate of Potash, Phosphate, Guano, etc. Inquire of Carroll B. Smith of Kedlanda, for particulars. -mum •0 STTLM TO ONOOtl MOM AT $2.10 PER DOZER Total estimate $209,734 Imperial County with nil its needs to acquire $149,000 The territory Included in Pomona county will pay to the two old counties this year about 235,000 Now, Mr. Voter and Taxpayer, compare these statements and facts and then answer this question: If county division has no merits why these "lies?" The Pomoan committee estimated that $96,000 would cover the expenses of county government, exclusive of State taxes and road- and district taxes, which must be paid in any case, county or no county. The "San Bernardino Sun," by its mis-statements, proves the Pomona figures to be correct and conservative. You must admit this, Mr. Taxpayer. COUNTY DIVISION MEANS: Money saved. Money spent at home. Government by neighbors and friends. Honest administration. Better government. A full voice and full representation in county affairs. A government of the people, for the people, by the people. A saving of some $60,000 annually under the Public Utility Corporation bill. Can you trust "a machine" that depends for Its very existence upon misrepresentation? The Anti-divisionists in Los Angeles county are depending on these nils- i statements to accomplish their ends. . Notice to Creditors. Estate of Santiago L,. Martinez, deceased. Notice is hereby given by the undersigned administrator cf the estate of Santiago L. Martinez, deceased, to the Creditors of, and all persons having claims against the deceased, to exhibit the same with the necessary vouchers, within four months after the first publication of this notice to the said administrator of Santiago L. Martinez, deceased, at the law office of A. M. Pence, Room 8, Reed Building 1 in the City of Covina. r County of Los Angeles, State of California, which place is hereby designated as the place of business of said estate. Dated this 2nd day of November, A. D., 1907. , Bernard F. Rowland. Administrator of aforesaid estate. A. M. Pence, Attorney for said administrator, Assessment Notice, Columbia Land & Water Company, location of principal place of business, Covitia, California. Notice is hereby given that at a regular meeting of the board of director* of the Columbia Land & Water Company, neld on October 21st, an assessment of 200 cents per share was levied on 1he capital stock of the corporation, payable immediately in lawful money of the United States of America to the secretary of the corporation at his office in Covina, California. Any stock upon which this assessment shall remain unpaid on the 21st day of November, 1907, will be delinquent and advertised for public auction, and unless payment is made before, will be sold on the 12th day of December, 1907, at 8 p. m., to pav the cost of advertising &nd expense of sale. 3. H. MATTHEWS, Secretary. Office of company on Badillo street, Covina. i-»LO« ANOftl. • »,*CA*£T— D. E. STITES manufacturer of (MNT 610(KS for buildings, piers, chimneys, porch columns, anything in this line. Contracts taken for putting tip walls for buildings and foundations. Blocks made anywhere on the ground. All sizes for sale. See me before building HAY FOR SALE First-class alfalfa, barley and wheat hay delivered. C. A. GRAFTON Home Phone 2128 POMONA STEAM LAUNDRY t : If you want the BEST WORK at the MOST REASONABLE | PRICES give us a trial. TWENTY YEARS' experience has i taught us the CHEAPEST and BEST way to do your laundry. With first-class equipment our work and our methods are sanitary i and up-to-date. Leave Your Bundles at Rich's or phone him and the wagon will call anywhere in Covina or vicinity. LORBEER BROS. Once a consumer of gas, always a gas enthusiast. Order now. Cox/lna Valley Gets Company IF YOU WANT ANY PAINTING KALSOMINING OR PAPER HANGING clone, see me before you let your job. All work guaranteed and prices reasonable. Phone 51. C. H. Kistler For a Short Time Only Special Sale \ » Rugs and Matting ^^ • • y • ^^7 Glendora Furniture Store See 9x12 all wool guaranteed for $8.50. Regular price , at other stores 10 to 12 dollars. Phone office 166 Residence 3254 FOR SALE Good Orange Land Unimproved, near Covina, also orange groves, 3, 5 and 10 acres, close in, on electric road, suitable for subdivision. J. H. MATTHEWS CO. Sole Agents, Covina Pioneer Machine Shop GARRISON & 13ISBEE, Props. Automobile, Gasoline Engines and Bicycle Repairing BUILDERS OF PIONEER BICYCLES Home Pbouc 10(»8 Bctnis Block W. L. Griffiths A. Warner J. C. Thompson WARNER & THOMPSON Orange Groves, Walnut Orchards, Alfalfa and Walnut Lands, Covir»a and Baldwin Park Lots Selling Agents E. J. (Lucky) Baldwin's Lands Home Phone Branch office, Bnldwiri Park COVINA, CAU The Argus Turns Out First-Class Job Printing More mis-statements from the "San Bernardino Sun": The Pomona bunco artists are trying to persuade people that a county of the thirteenth class, with a population of 24,000 where salaries of county officers are from two to four times an much, can be maintained for $9fi,000 per annum, while Imperial county, with its less than 7000 people and salary list of the forty-second or forty- third class, has already levied $140,000 for county expenses. Small wonder that the Pomona folks have few explanations to make on the subject of Imperial taxes. They say the rate will he lower when Imperial real estate Is faxed. DoulitloBs. Mr. Howe's message says they will have 1 an assesEinent of $30,000,000 in live years. But what we are discussing It* not the rato but the total amount that rale will raise, which for a county of one-fourth Ihe population, is iiO per cent greater than Pomona has as yet conceded. Here is food for thought for Dr. Shr-phord, and his answer will be in the way of earning the $50 per week they ;ire paying him to make Pomona a cc inly neat.—San Bernardino Sun. WHAT AT" THE FACTS: Pomona county population. . .24,00(1 Imperial county population 18,000 Pomona county—Kith class-county' salaries, a.s per Statutes( excepting justices and constables) $2(i,Sr,() Imperial county -:;<ith clam--county officers' salaries as per Statutes (excepting justices' and constables) 28,f,7fi According to the "Sun" $28,000 is "fioni two to four times as much" as $2<;,(M)0. lOhtirnated cost of Pomona county, including county, KtaU: arid roads $2o!l,7:;4 Imperial county 14!l,l/00 Another Sample of Misrepresentation. The .same portions of the new county will pay to the two old counties $2:;. r ).ooo. Comparative tax rate for county government and mafia and exclusive of j-tate taxes: I.os Angeles county . ...$ +>','., $l.^"<"i Han Bemai'dino count).. .'.tr,~, \.\',~i Pomona county f,\', — 1.1 l. r , (Bat-.ed on Audi'oi Wagner'.s figure.-;.) \.(-\ !).-: I'oi'in the. new county befoie the I wo old fouutie, have lime to load u.^ down with delii. That is the issue. «*» 4» 4» 4* Why Don't You Move to Covina? 4. * **» 4- •*• •*» * 4» 4» * HJ» 4* 4« * «£• -*» * •=*» 4* «** IK il.I.KN IIICC K STK I'.I'.T Covina offers you homc^it«-s at reasonable figures; miles of beautifully shaded streets; j^as, electric lights and. tt-lfuhoncs; grammarjand^high schools in i:vt:rv particular above criticism; electric and steam transportation to and froiiii I<os Angeles. Covina.will give you mountain scenery that is ;i daily inspiration; a climate without frosts and utisoaked by fogs; mountain and well-water in abundance. JJesides all these ideal conditions in which to live, Covina ollrr.i tin- best rhatue to the investor, the'busine-s man, the agriculturist and horticulturist. Why don't you come here ;.nd enjoy liti'.' TIIU Ai<i,rs will be g'ad to furnUh anyone interested with further inli/riu.ition. **• * •f »* •fr * **- •f * i i i * i 4

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