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Year in Review From page 8 found on October was first spotted alive and still swimming. Another adult oarfish swam into the USC cove near Two Harbors a few years bacl< and people got in the water with it, but it didn't live very long. exceeding expenditures in several funds," said Gina Schuchard in her staff report to the council. Sewer-related matters domi- nated the new budget. In June, the City Council increased sewer fees and mooring fees. "I'd like to trim our costs and increase our revenues," said City Manager Ben Harvey said. Avalon needs new hospital The state government has given hospitals throughout California until 2030 to upgrade their facil- ities or build new hospitals to meet earthquake safety standards, according to the CEO of the Catalina Island Medical Center. On Tuesday night, Oct. 15, Council Member Ralph Morrow made the need for a new Avalon hospital public. "It's been long known that the hospital needs to be replaced," said John Friel, head of the Medical Center. Friel said it could take as long as 10 years to build a new hospital. On Oct. 15, Morrow put the poten- tial cost of a new hospital at $10 to $15 million, a figure range that Friel described as accurate. However, there are other vari- ables that could impact the cost, such as the unknown costs associ- ated with "Obamacare." Catalina Air Show takes off The skies above Avalon filled with a variety of aerobatic and his- toric aircraft as part of the Second Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show on Oct. 26 and 27. Alih0ugh Scheduled events offi- cially began at 1 p.m. Saturday, informal fly-bys and pre-show rehearsals were readily visible in the sky beginning Saturday morning. The show was also be simulcast by Catalina radio sta- tion KISL 88.7 FM, including the station's website at www.kislava- lon.com. On Sunday, the aviation action continued at the Airport-in- the-Sky with more static displays and the arrivals and departures of numerous aircraft. The aerobatics portion of the event featured nearly a dozen aerobatic performers, including an encore appearance by "Super Dave" Mathieson in his Team .Scheyden MX2 stunt plane. An Islander returns Harry Hufford, an Avalon junior high student during World War II, celebrated his 82nd birth- day in Avalon in October. Joining him were his wife, Jan, son Gary, daughters-in-law Pat and Gretchen, and grandchildren Jeff, Kevin, Bryan, Justine and Kendall. Hufford has returned frequently to the Island for vaca- tions and the "no class" reunion. November Avalon budget is in the red The new Avalon city budget. approved Tuesday, Nov. 5, said that Avalon will spend $1.62 mil- lion more than it makes this fiscal year. "The $1.62 million is covered by the net of prior year spendable revenue (reserves) of $1,760,347 and $139,092 of current revenue Football team wins league In a season in which nothing seemed to come easy, the Avalon High football team turned a losing season into a winning one as the Coastal League champions. Avalon faced Price for the Coastal League title on Friday, Nov. 1. The Lancers did not let up once, fighting the whole game to defeat the Knights with a 54-0 victory to claim the title. One leg broken in plane crash One person's leg was br(ken Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, vhen a small plane crashed just oft the runway at the Airport-in-the-Sky. The Los Angeles County Fire Department received the report at 3:08 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to Tony Akins, public information officer for the fire agency. Of the four adult indi- viduals aboard the plane, three were transported to an unspeci- fied mainland hospital to have their injuries treated. According to Capt. Doug Fetteroll, command- er of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Station in Avalon, none of the injuries were life- threatening. Remembering .... Veterans Day The Avalon VFW honored Catalina's military veterans on Monday, Nov. I 1. The color guard presented the flags. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts stood and listened as veterans and civilians praise the sacrifice of those who heard their nation's call to duty.America's veterans have always included Islanders, among them Council Member Ralph Morrow, Tom Campbell of the Avalon VFW--who spoke at this year's event--and the late Manuel Maya, who during World War II became Catalina's most decorated veteran. Harvey meets with staff Avalon City Manager Ben Harvey called two "all hands" meetings at City Hall Tuesday, Nov. 19, to discuss the city's defi- cit. Harvey said he told city staff that he was going to propose lim- its and cost sharing when nego- tiations begin with the city's three employee groups. Harvey said he was not plan- ning staff cuts at this time, but that might be necessary in the future. Hotel tax revenues rise Avalon took in more hotel bed tax money last year than the year before and staff expects to make another $50,000 next year, according to Project Manager Gina Schuchard. As of June 30, 2013, Avalon had received slightly less than $4.1 million in tran- sient occupancy taxes, according to Schuchard. She said Avalon staff is projecting $50,000 more in hotel tax money by June 20, 2014. Sales tax revenues fall The sales tax news was not so good, as Avalon took in less sales tax money during the sec- ond quarter of 2013 than in the same period of 2012, according to Project Manager Gina Schuchard. Schuchard said that sales taxes can be complicated matters to discuss because the state gives a city an allocation and then takes it away. Schuchard said that the adjusted gross average for the sec- ond quarter of 2013--April, May and June--was about $164,000. In the second quarter of 2012, the city's adjusted gross average was $207,867. Year in Review, Page 11 The Air Show featured stunts like the low flying plane just feet above Avalon Bay and static displays of planes like the title sponsor's Scheyden two-seater at Airport in the Sky. Courtesy photos WH ERE 00hou,d ,go for care? When the situation is CRITICAL, time is of the essence. Calling 911 will bring emergency medical care, saving potentially life-saving minutes. • Severe trauma • Respiratory distress • Cardiac arrest • Person unconscious • Severe allergic reaction • Stroke 7: . ,,:, (. In a SERIOUS situation medical care cannot wait. Visit the emergency department via the main entrance of Catalina Island Medical Center. • An infant with a high fever • Severe pain • Severe laceration • Possible broken bone • Confused or disoriented • Very high fever for several days For ROUTINE medical care, the best way for you to receive treatment is to call the medical group at (31o) 51o-oo96 and make an appointment. • Health maintenance &prevention • Minor illness orinjury • Chronic disease management • Wound care • Vaccinations • Work-related exams & stable injuries Island Medical Center • To have a prescription refilled, have your pharmacy fax a request to the medical group at (31o) 51o-2381. • If you have an appointment for physical therapy, please check in at the front desk. • Appointments are not necessary for laboratory or radiology, but you may want to call (31o) 51o-o7oo for a convenient time. (310) 510-O7OO I00 Falls Canyon Road www.Cl MedicalCenter.org PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 ............................................................................................................................................................................................ FricJayi)anuary3i26-€i, THE CATALINA ISLANDER