- The cartoon references “Gen. Pete” and “Coal Oil Pete”– both are shorthand for General Petroleum Corporation. In 1954, a contractual agreement was made between General Petroleum and the Santa Monica City Council in which the oil concern was granted a 10-year lease on Santa Monica tidelands. General Petroleum offered the city $500,000 and 35% royalties from recovered oil. The contract was dependent on a voter referendum that would change pre-existing city ordinances, thus allowing for oil drilling in city-owned tidelands. The amendment proposal lost by a 3:1 margin.
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- still image
- Bartlett, Adelbert, 1887-1966
- Adelbert Bartlett Papers, 1922-1950
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