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Island received more rain last month than in 2014 and 2015 FOR THE ISLANDER New Year's weekend was fair- ly quiet. The temperature was seasonal and, thankfully, there were no weather warnings for the weekend! Finally, WE GOT RAIN! We received 2 inches more rain in January this year than we received in all of 2014 and 2015 combined. On January 22nd we received almost 3 inches. The island is clean and green! In addition to the rain, we had 14 total days of weather warn- ings; 12 Small Craft Advisories and two gale warnings. On Jan. 20, we saw a gust at 53 kts. (or 61 MPH). The City of Avalon put out a second RFP for shore boat services. The submittal deadline was 3:00 pm on 1/31/2017. The new fuel dock is com- ing along nicely; the pier fuel dispensers are installed and the building is nearing completion. The fuel dock and restrooms should be open this spring. The caf6 plans still have not been finalized. The city completed its upgrades to the Mole playground, sand volleyball court and bas- ketball court. The playground is now called Knabe Park after our long-time County Supervisor Don Knabe, He was always a great repre- sentative and friend to the City of Avalon. The Harbor Department wishes him a wonderful retire- ment. Last, but not least, the Harbor Live Cam is finally back upl Although ... when it was pour- ing rain, it was kind of nice to go to the Cam and see sunshine and a full harbor. January 2017 stats are as fol- lows: People aboard boats--928 Vessels Moored--232 Vessels'Anchored--25 Moorings Sold/Transferred--2 Citations Issued / Discharges--0/0 Total Cruise Ship Passengers--24,333 Average Temp, High--62 Average Temp, Low--50 Average Sea Temp--57 Rain (inches)--6.01 Rain Days--10 Visit the Avalon Harbor's Facebook page at www.facebook. com/avalonharborpatrol. Water From page 1 cess than simply going down to 25 percent under Stage 3--which nor: mally can be as high as 50 percent. Most of Avalon has been under 40 percent rationing since September. "We're not going to wait to send out letters," said Jeff Lawrence, senior project manager for Southern California Edison. According to Lawrence, the new water rationing went into effect Tuesday. Lawrence said Edison needed to study the data to be sure that the new water rationing can be sustained. According to ~ Edison, the Middle Ranch Reservoir contains 27 percent of the water it is capable of holding. Edison is suspending any fines until the company can notify resi- dents about new water allocations. Many people greeted the change as good news. "Twenty-five percent is so much of a relief to all of our hotels and other businesses," said Jim Luttjohann, president .and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Anni Marshall praised the utility, company for its quick response to recent rains. Marshall said she believes Edison is working toward long- term Sustainability of the water supply. However, Councilman Joe Sampson said he wasn't impressed. He expressed concern that if the reservoir were completely filled that Edison would end water ration- ing without addressing Catalina's long-term water supply issues. "We want a 30-year plan," Sampson said. Sampson wanted more informa- tion from Edison, but Lawrence said he was not on the council agenda that night and promised to give a detailed update at the Feb. 21 meeting. According to City Manager David Jinkens, "SCE continues to not be forthcoming about their plans for creating a year round supply of water, construction of new fresh water tanks and new salt water wells." Jinkins has sent Edison a California Public Records Act request for information about the volume of water being produced by the two desalination units on Catalina. Councilman Oley Olsen said it would be nice if Ron Hite, Edison's district manager for Catalina, would visit the council. Meanwhile, Avalon officials and Edison remain divided on such issues as the size and loca- tion of tanks to store water from the island's desalination plants. At present, there is no water storage on the Island. According to Edison, the com- pany is still waiting for findings from their desalination consultant. KNB K LLY NELSON BROWN REAL ESTATE YOUR LOCAL EXPERT FOR CATALINA ISLAND PROPERTIES SEE ALL CATALINA ISLAND REAL ESTATE FOR SALE AT KNBRE.COM COME HOME TO .AVALON (310) 293-7272 KELLY BROWN, REALTOR/BROKER. BRE #01313763 Illll With Tina Kennedy Make fish part of your diet We get to meet so many won- derful people from all around the world at our dive shop. One gentle- man in particular, Koji Ozaki, is a famous underwater videographer from Japan. Koji use to visit our island for two weeks to a month at a time. Everyday, he and his mini fridge size camera, would show up at the shop in the early a.m , with his coffee, and decompression cigarettes. Koji is a renown vid- eographer, and has filmed around the world. He was intrigued with the Garibaldis, and really got to know them, their environment, and their daily routines. Sometimes Koji would begin to get fatigued after day 15 or so, after spending so many countless hours in the ocean. When this would happen, he would pound his chest, in his heart area, and say, "Need fish, good for bod.yP' Shortly thereafter, he would shower up, and visit a local restaurant for his "fish fill." Next day, Koji was ready to go again with camera, coffee, and cig. It's said that fish should be a part of our regular diet. Once a week is recommended, twice a week would be stellar! The full benefits of a fish friendly diet are difficult to quantify, but there is plenty of evidence that humans who eat fish regularly are less like- ly to have cardiovascular disease. So for this Valentine's Day, treat your sweetheart to some fish. Add lemons, blacken it, boil it, barbecue it, eat it raw, but mostly-Enjoy it! Choose one of the following entrdes: Build-Your-Own Omelet I Eggs Benedict I Huevos Rancheros Steak & Eggs I Corn Beef Hash I Buttermilk Pancakes I Fruit Salad Santa Barbara Smoked Salmon I Morro Bay Petrale Sole Cajun Chicken Pasta I Wagyu Burger I Blue Buffalo Burger I AG Cobb Plus Bottomless Mimosas $25 For the Kids 12 and under Eggs & Pancakes I Chicken Tenders I Ham & Cheese Sandwich $14 For reservations visit OpenTable.com or call 310.510.7494. SANTA CATALINA ISL~O Co~trA~t Join us for a special Valentine's dinner celebration. Saturday, Feb 11 4 to 10 pm I Tuesday, Feb 14 4 to 9 pm Prix Fixe - $55 per person Locals receive a 20% discount Order the complete meal or choose anything from our regular menu. Reservations recommended. Visit OpenTable.com or call 310.510.7494. SANTA CATALINA I,~AIS~ Ot)MIB~NY THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, February 10, 20171 5 61