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w, a, Government: v Assemblymember O’Donnell statement on vaccines, schools ‘Vaccinations get us closer to safer reopening’ COURTESY OF OFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMEMBERPATRICK O’DONNELL As a parent, teacher and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I am working hard to ensure our schools can safely reopen as soon as possible. As early as January 25, Long Beach Unified School District will start vaccinating teachers. LA County is expected to start in about three weeks. K-12 Teachers If you are a Long Beach School District teacher, you should have received an email with infor- mation regarding the rollout on January 25th. If you have not received an email, you should contact your school administrator. They can contact the Health Department on your behalf. . . If you live in Long Beach and teach elsewhere, please first work with your employer to receive the vaccine. If you have not heard from your employer, please call 562-570-INFO (4636), option or email COVID19Vaccine@ longbeachgov. Given the City of Long Beach has its own Health Department, they will be there for you as well. CSU Long Beach California State University, Long Beach anticipates vac- cines for employees arriving in February. Los Angeles County Los Angeles County is fin- ishing up their first phase and expects to make vaccines avail- able to teachers in early February. For more information, please visit the State, LA County and City of Long Beach websites devoted to vaccines. I will con- tinue to share the latest news as they develop. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 701h District, which includes Catalina Island Previous poll results Have you scheduled an appointment for a COVID vaccination? Yes—0% No, I’m not in the group for the current round of vaccina- tions—66.66% No, I don’t trust the vaccine—33.33% Don’t know/Haven’t made a decision —0% New poll question Has being away from the mainland impacted the pandemic for Catalina? Submit your answer on thecatalinaislandemmm 'I‘DG C THLIIlll Founded in 1913 by Ernest Wind/e 210 Metropole Street A Avalon, CA 90704 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina lslander PO. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday News: 5 pm. Monday Display Advertising: 2 pm. Tuesday Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday Legal/Public Notices: 5 pm. Monday Send to admin@localnewspapers.org One Year Subscription: Catalina $49 Mainland $58 First Class Mail Subscription $95 CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093-140) Accep- tance under 39C, ER. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudi- cation: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue. #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be reproduced in any fashion without writ- ten consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Con- tents Copyright © 2017 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. m A Publlcatlon ol m Cornmunltyltledll Corporation I__ Please Reporter’s Notebook 2020 felt all too familiar Pandemic frustrations are familiar to those who have struggled with chronic or serious illness BY CHARLES M. KELLY I recently had a tele- phone chat with a friend who self- quarantined at the time of the first California stay-at—home order. She is at high risk for the worst consequences of catching COVID-19. We’re both looking forward to vaccines being available to the general public. My friend pointed out that most people aren’t used to wor- rying about getting a disease all the time. True, that. Most people aren’t accustomed to the constant con- cerns that afflict those who lived with chronic health problems before COVID. Wearing masks—:madden- ing. Social distancing—frus- trating. Business and restaurant closures—.mpoying, unfair, and mighty expensive. Yet for me, 2020 felt familiar. You see, I knew I was mortal before I could read. I was born with a heart defect. Three doc- tors were in the delivery room Carlee M. Kelly to ensure that both my mother and I survived my arrival. It was not certain I would live to reach puberty. (Spoiler alert: I’ll be 60 in April.) Avalon residents and visitors find it maddening to wear a face mask. I found it maddening to take spoonfuls of seven differ- ent vile-tasting liquid medicines before bed 365 days a year for the first 14 years of my life. But the E-ticket we call life comes with a price tag—chronic irritation. People find pandemic restric— tions maddening. I found it mad- dening to visit a different doc- tor at least once a month, every month, 12 months a year, for the first 14 years of my life. I spent much of my “free” time in wait- ing rooms for the dentist, the eye doctor, the general practitioner, the cardiologist and later the ear- nose-and-throat specialist. Maddening. Frustrating. And expensive for my parents. And then there were the close calls. Once, my mother and I were waiting in an examination room GP’s office when I stopped breathing. Another time, I was running in a race in a Compton park near our house. I reached the finish line. The ground rushed up. I put out my hands to break my fall. I closed my eyes. I woke up in a hospital. Maddening. Unfair. Expensive. I must have been 5 or 6 when I had the cardiac catherization. After the procedure, the doctors told my parents that they should schedule open heart surgery. But Frustrating. my heartbeat failed to return to- normal. My parents were asked ,5 like residurants to sign papers authorizing elec- tric shock. My heartbeat returned to normal. The doctors told my parents my heart condition would heal on its own. I spent two or three months in a rented hospital bed in my living room. My mother was convinced I would die. My father was con- vinced the doctors didn’t know what they were doing and were too cowardly to admit it. (You two were mighty melodramatic.) Good thing my parents scheduled invasive medical procedures for the summer break so my edu- cation wouldn’t be disrupted. Which of course was maddening, frustrating and unfair. But also pragmatic. My family had no choice. There was no place to run because the threat was something inside me that we couldn’t see. But it was always couldn’t operate after work hours. (The hospital, not the patients, made the rules.) Then came annual CT scans for half a decade. Frustrating, expensive—and part of my “deductible.” Not right. And expensive. (Talk about chronic irritation.) The way it was. And then the lockdowns of 2020. For now, it’s maddening. It’s frustrating. And it isn’t over yet. But I don’t think it will last forever. I base that opinion on a famil- iar feeling. Charles M. Kelly is associate editor of the Catalina Islander. He’d rather read your opin- ions than write his own. Email Charles at editor2@sunnews.0rg (and please CC him at editor@ thecatalinaislandencom. and essential businessesvthqtgare magnate to alt residents in thisvtime of social ,distanci' —- GENERAL BUSINESS — Avalon Bay Company 407 Crescent Ave. Open 10130-6 Avalon PASS + Electronics 310-510-1088, info@avalonpass.com Winter hours 10am—5pm Electronics, shipping, printing, phones Buoys 8r Gulls 417 Crescent Ave. Open 10:30-6 Catalina Divers Supply Come discover your back yard! 126 Catalina Ave., Casino Point info@cataIinadiverssupply.com Catalina Taxi and Tours 310-510-0342 310-510-0025, 8am-7pm Private Jeep tours, interior shuttles and delivery Catalina Coastal Tours 8r Fishing 1 14 Catalina Ave Avalon, CA 90704 ~ 626-290-2888 cata|inacoastaltours@gmail.com Office: 9am-3pm Shoreboat: Sun-Thu 8am—10pm Fri-Sat 8am-12am, private fishing charters, private charters, dolphin sea lion tours i“? '- Chet's Hardware g eaer 11 ahead. l 17 Catalina Ave. 310-510-0990 chetshardware@gmail.com Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, closed Sun. Available for hardware needs, also great holiday gifts, ideas. Island Toy Store Plus More Private shopping appointments: 8—11am or 6-8pm, 7 days a week for 1-hour max (limited times available during regular business hours) Call310.510.9117 or e—mail islandtoystore@JPS.net; ONLY 2-5 people or 1-2 groups inside store and face coverings with social distancing enforced, thank you for your support and happy holidays! Latitude 33 501 Crescent Ave. Free Christmas wrapping! Open 10:30—6 Coyote Joe's 310-510-1176 — RESTAURANTS — Take out and delivery 11 to 11 daily Scoops 10% local discount — thank you, Avalon! 505 Crescent Ave. Open daily 7-6 Breakfast: Omelet, breakfast brioche sandwich, crepes, acai bowl and avocado toast 7—1 1. Ice cream, gelato and Starbucks drinks all day. rammmmmmam ,, . i. V " sperm ‘ oujdispl‘ay‘, ‘V .. in: cmuiil Bullpen