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LETTERS Re: Consortium Protests Edison's Water Rates, Jan. 14, 2011 and Water Rate Increase Rejected, Jan. 21, 2011 Articles in the Jan. 14 and Jan. 21 editions misstated the reasons why Southern California Edison (SCE) has requested an increase in water rates. SCE inherited the water system from the city of Ava- Ion and William Wrigley, who de- signed and built it with personal funds. SCE has made substantial capital investments in recent years to serve the entire island and re- place aging infrastructure and business systems -- including significant damage from a fire in 2007 -- at a cost of $15.9 million and needs to recover those costs. In its application to the Califor- nia Public Utilities Commission, SCE outlined two ways to rgcoup. costs. One proposal would result in a rate increase, spreading the costs of the upgraded infrastructure among the approximately 2,000 Catalina Island water customers. The altemate proposal would allow SCE to spread the costs among all electricity ratepayers throughout the service territory -- more than 4.9 million customer accounts. If the commission approves the al- ternate proposal, average Catalina water rates would remain stable while ensuring SCE's full recov- ery of the reasonable and prudent capital expenditures and ongoing costs to operate the system. If SCE recovers fire insurance money in the future for any of the capital in- vestments recovered from custom- ers, SCE will refund that money to customers. Island customers have a voice in the regulatory process by shar- ing their thoughts with the com- mission, and SCE encourages is- landers to do just that. Ron Hite, SCE Catalina Island Transmission & Distribution District Manager Ben Harvey, SCE Local Public Affairs Region Manager Avalon's 50-mile run I would like to add a little about the start of the Avalon Benefit 50- Mile Run. As stated, the four original race directors were Mike and Earlene Solly, Chuck Portz, and I. When Chuck and I talked, we remem- bered there were 24 runners that first year instead of the 17 that I origninally identified. That first year in 1982 the weather included rain, hail, high winds, and mud. It was a very exciting day. A large number of those rtmners turned out to be veteran trail/mountain runners. Many of them were using this 50 mile run for a qualifying time for The Western States 100. They were the ones who made this run popular by word of mouth and through an article in the then new magazine UltraRunning. Mike's wife Earlene Solly is one of Rosie and Earl Cadman's girls. Both Mike and Earlene were very strong long distance run- ners from that early group of Is- land runners who ran the Catalina Marathon. Earlene was our cheer- leader. While we were out running on the island roads anti trails we thought up the Avalon 50 and de- cided to make it a Benefit for Ava- lon Hospital. After five years, I took over the director position to keep it from being given to a professional race director when Chuck, Mike and Earlene moved on with their lives and moved off the Island. Several of the original runners talked me into keeping the run, which at that time was small and elite. This was in the days before computers when it was harder to Organize and regis- ter large numbers of runners. Our original idea was "every finisher is a winner" and those who placed were honored, but trophies were not handed out. Pat Mor- row's gag trophies given out at the awards banquet were more cov- eted and included Most Obnoxiqus Notice of Contract availability - Food & Beverage Concession Joe Machado Field The City of Aqalon is accepting bids for the operation of the concession stand at the Joe Machado Field. The contract will be for three years, with a two year option, at the discretion of the selected vendor. The selected vendor will have exclusive rights for all vending activities at the field, except as noted below. The vendor will occupy the newly constructed concession building at the field. The building will be furnished by the City as follows: Interior walls will be dry walled. Three (3) portion sink, in conformity with health codes. Hot and cold water will be plumbed to the sink. A propane tank will be installed outside the building. The building will contain lighting and power receptacles. One 220 volt outlet will be provided. The selected vendor will be responsible for: Purchase, installation and maintenance of all appliances Paying for utilities Providing the City with customary insurance The selected vendor will be required to operate the concession stand on any day an event of four or more hours is scheduled - the official schedule will be maintained~y the City's Recreation de- partment. Exceptions to exclusivity: The Athletic Department of Avalon Schools will be allowed to select four (4) events each year at which the school or it's representative shall be the exclusive vendor. The purpose of this exclusion is to allow fund raising activities for the school. Public Service Organizations with chapters within the City of Avalon shall be allowed a total of four events per year (four in total, not four per organization), to provide complimentary vending op- portunities. The purpose of this exclusion is to offer local service clubs a fund-raising opportunity. Schedule: A bidding form is available at City Hall. Bids must be submitted at City Hall by 5 pm on February 1 I, 2011 Selected bidders will be interviewed on February 15, 2011 It is anticipated that the City Council will award the contract on either February 15, or March I, 2011 Runner, Best Bunns, 43DDD bras- siers for the least endowed female, and triple X boxers for her favorite male runner. The people who made this run were all the volunteers over the years. It started with Bob O'Guin, Chief Goslin, Capt. Rick Harp, Ranger Dave Howell, Joel Burr, and Paul Mcllroy with the Lions Club. After 11 years, Paul McI1- roy took over organizing the ran, bringing all those great guys in the Lions Club with him. They are the ones who have kept this run go- ing. The aide station workers need special recognition. They include Harvey and Gloria Wilcox, Pat and Ralph Morrow, Carol Dunlop, Or- die Hemandez, and Annie Holder, to Susanna Gonzales, Aurora Bran- nock with kids and friends who have made up the pump house hill aide station, and John Regalado, who has also been a race director. There is also a great group out at the Isthmus who always made sure all the runners turned around and headed back in the right direction. Thanks to all those whose names I have lost or forgotten. You are our heroes. Marty Thomas Spectrum From page 1 the Catalina Island Conservancy and the City of Avalon over the past 15 years, and we are excited to see those relationships grow with the addition of these two races. "Catalina Island is a major des- tination location for vacationers and we hope that it is becoming a leading runner's destination as well," Bone continued. Spectrum Sports currently manages the Ca- talina Island Eco-Marathon and the Avalon 50 Mile Benefit Run, which was held on Saturday, Janu, ary 15, and attracted a record 290 registrants. "We have hit 220 in the past, but this year we really took off," Bone said. "With the addition of the Cata- lina Island Marathon and the Cata- .,lina Island ~Half Marathon~ ,we.are excited about establishing Cathlina Island as one of the top race venues in California through enhanced pro- motion, marketing and some fun, creative ideas," Bone continued. "Spectrum Sports Manage- ment has been a leader in the field of sports marketing and manage- ment here in Southern California for more than 25 years," said Mel Dinkel, Treasurer and Chief Oper- ating Officer f0r4he Conservancy. "Their track record of protecting the Island's fragile ecosystem dur- ing world-class running events over the years has been flawless." Dinkel added, "Mike served as Chairman of the Board on the Catalina Island Chamber from 2006-2007 and is aware of the im- R portance of bringing athletes, their friends and families to Avalon on a regular basis. The Conseveancy is thrilled because so many new people will see the interior of the Island for the very firsttime." Marathons on Catalina Distance events have a long history on Catalina. The first mar- athon got off to a modrst start in 1979 when the official participant tally was only 39 runners. This year marks the 34th year of mara- thons on Catalina, where they have had the distinction of being named "The #1 Trail Marathon" by Run- ner's World and dubbed the "Cult Marathon ofthe United States" for their fervent fan base. In 2005, Competitor Maga- zine called Catalina home of "The Toughest Marathon." Last year, 1,000 runners tac ,ld~ the,~sland's derriandilag hills and valleys while enjoying some of the most spectac- ular views on the circuit. The Cata- lina Island Marathon will continue this legacy. Over the decades, the annual meet has grown rich in tradition and legacy. Runner "Buffalo" Bill McDermott has competed in all 33 marathons as the 33 bars on his shirt attest: The Catalina Marathon Finishers Association, a semi-of-- ficial group of Marathon "old tim- ers," gives the bars to all who fin- ish each race. Referred to as "The Human Shock Absorber" for his ability to triumph over the Island's challeng- ing terrain, McDermott has won Catalina marathons 13 times and holds the course record. The Cata- lina Island Marathon will Continue to honor record-holders. According to Bone, in addition to the 26-mile race, the Catalina Island Marathon will offer a 1 OK, 5K and 1-mile Kids Run so that the entire family can get out and com- pete. It will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Half Marathoners Welcomed The Catalina Island Half Mara- thon, which will likely be con- sidered by many runners to be a warm-up for the Catalina Island Marathon, will provide ample op- portunity for runners to test them- selves on the Island's mountainous terrain. The first Catalina Island Half Marathon will be held on Sat- urday, September 29, 2012. 310.510.0250 The CATALINA ISLANDER