40 years ago — General manager Buzzie Bavasi of the California Angels has decided the American League West baseball team will not hold its two-week spring training session at the Angeltown Complex in Holtville.

Bavasi and the California club’s officials made the move Monday after a United Farm Workers striker was slain in a field near Imperial on Sunday.

Holtville expected the arrival of the Angels on Feb 21. At present, the California club’s minor league teams will arrive as planned in late March to make use of the Angeltown facility in Holtville.

“The final decision wasn’t made until Monday,” according to public relations director Tom Seberg, “but we felt something had to be done to protect our players and officials.”

Bob Andrews of Holtville, who owns and runs a minor league baseball team, was in Los Angeles Monday “It was a last-minute move by the club,” he said of the spring training shift.

The Angels have been using the spring training site at Holtville since 1966. Angeltown has four separate diamonds, a viewing tower, dressing rooms and press facilities.

Transferring everything from Holtville to Palm Springs will work a hardship on the Angels. The Palm Springs facility will have to be made ready two weeks early.


30 years ago — HOLTVILLE — With developers proposing to build apartments and homes here, the city appears poised to join in the growth being enjoyed by other parts of the Valley.

On Monday the City Council heard from a Fallbrook developer who is planning to build a $1.5 million, 32-unit apartment complex at the intersection of Holt and Underwood roads.

In response, the council directed City Manager Dennis Halloway to write letters needed by the builder to proceed with a funding application to the Farmers Home Administration.

The complex of two- and three-bedroom apartments is to be located on 2 1/2 acres at the corner of Holt and Donald Neidiffer and is adjacent to the Modern Grocery.

William R. Martin, owner of Toro Development Co. of Fallbook, will be appearing before the city Planning Commission to request annexation of the property to the city. Martin said the project would include 1 1/2 parking spaces per apartment, as well as a playground for the children. The two-bedroom apartments will rent for $305 and the three-bedroom apartments units will be $355.


20 years ago — The Central Union High School girls’ soccer only had one thing left to accomplish Thursday on Cal Jones Field when it faced Southwest — a perfect league season with an even more perfect zero in the goals-against category.

With the Imperial Valley League championship already locked up, the Spartans defeated the Eagles, 2-0, and reached their goals.

Central used early scores in the second half by Bely Vega and Sylvia Muñoz to cap a 6-0 season.

“It took a few years to get to know each other but it feels good,” Spartan Vera Siva said. “It’s great. We had a really good team this year. Everybody did a great job.”

Added Janet Acevedo, “They had some good defense and played us tough. They played a good game.

“They forced us into a lot of turnovers,” she added about the first half. “But we started realizing our mistakes and corrected them.”

Central dominated the first half as much as it could without scoring as the Eagles defense came up with big plays and took advantage of offensive Spartan miscues.

Passes went awry and players were slow getting to their positions on set plays as Central struggled to find its offense, which has averaged nearly four goals a game in the IVL. The Eagles were to blame for most of the offensive sluggishness as they continually beat the Spartans to the ball when it mattered most … close to the goal.

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