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February 14, 2003

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Friday, February 14, 2003 The CATALINA BLANDER Page 3 by Dar Brown Thompson Reservoir is 614 acre- Late Tuesday night, Islanders feet." Prabhu also stated that "the were awakened to the sound of a current storms are projected to gift from heaven - rain. With the bring three inches of rainfall that impending water rationing due to will, hopefully, provide a few low reservoir levels, there were additional acre-feet of water few complaints as the rain pelted storage in the reservoir." people and pavement all day Prabhu noted that the increase Wednesday with showers in acre-feet may not be expected throughout Thursday. realized for several days since a By Tuesday, 4 p.m .73 inches good part of the rain drainage of rain fell. Between 4 p.m.will come from Cape and Middle Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Canyon. an additional 1.78 inches accurfi-. SCE had line crews busy due ulated and, as of 8 a.m. Thursday, to power outages that hit at 9 a.m. an additional .52 inches fell for a on Wednesday. KBRT, White's total 3.03 inches. Waves out of Landing, Mt. Orizaba, Black the southeast were 2-3 foot.Jack, Toyon Bay and the airport Southern California Edison areas were affected. Power was (SCE) Plant Manager Rosemaryrestored to KBRT and Toyon Bay Rohaley reported to the cityby 10 a.m. The other areas were council last week that the reser- fully restored by 3:45 p.m. voir was about 623 acre-feet. On Rohaley said her crews were Monday, the acre-feet was at 608. very grateful for the assistance of Tara Prabhu, SCE Project Airport Manager Paul Moritz Manager, announced that, as of who was key in relaying Wednesday, "the water level in information on wind and weather es in vehicle permit clarified procedures On Monday, Feb. 3, the City of Avalon began its annual registration for autoette and residential vehicle permits for 2003-2004. The city is making a concerted effort to assure that all vehicles permitted are in compli- ance with the city vehicle code. In an effort to clarify procedures and assist in registra- tion, the following changes, which may affect some existing permit holders should be noted. There are now afternoon registration hours from 4 to 5 p.m. in addition to the regular 9 a.m. to Noon time period. Only dwelling units which have "facilities for living and the cooking and/or preparation of food" as defined by Section 9- 3.604 of the Municipal Code, will be issued autoette permits. Only dwelling units which are recognized by the Planning Department as legal will be issued autoette permits. Multiple permit ownership will be carefully scrutinized to see if it is in compliance with Section 4-4.1703(g) of the Municipal Code, which requires that an autoette permit benefit the occupant of the unit to which it is registered. Non-resident owners of real property in Avalon, who do not have a conditional Use Permit to rent on a transient basis, will be issued autoette permit with unrestricted parking privileges. If you have any questions regarding these changes or registration procedures, call City Hall at 510-0200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and responsible for reporting the power outage. The Harbor Patrol took much needed precautions due to the storm. Harbor Master Brian Bray reported that they took the Casino dinghy dock out, disconnected the rescue dock and took the extension out of the pump-out float. Given the volatility of the water, the harbor crew moved everyone from the shallow waters at the Casino to the deeper water near ,the . AsT6F'ffie watercraft, one boat sunk at the pier dinghy dock and one at the Casino. Three more boats blew off anchor at Descanso. Baywatch Avalon assisted in towing one from Hamilton Cove to Avalon Harbor. Two others were tied together but broke apart and one headed City workers were busy assisting business with sand bags and shoring straight to the beach. The Harbor Patrol managed to catch the boat up the hillside on Pebbly Beach Road which was closed all day before it beached. Wednesday and Thursday. Photo by Dar Brown "It's important that people related to crime due to storm reports of 30 knots ahead, the attend to their skiffs and come conditions, decision was made to abort the down to bail," asked Bray, "and In the interior, the Facilities journey and head back to the that owners move their boat to the Manager Lenny Altherr of theLanding. All other Express boats pier or pier dinghy dock from the Conservancy reported road were cancelled for the remainder Casino corner." closure from the airport to Little of the day, however, Catalina Battalion Chief Steve Hoefs Harbor through Rancho Escon-Express resumed their regular said the Fire Department crews dido. Travel from Middle Ranch schedule on Thursday. have been busy assisting with to the Isthmus is limited to four- Island Express cancelled all rock slides in the Casino area and wheel drive vehicles only. While flights on Wednesday due to rain out by the Mole. Other than a there is currently no major road and fog but were up and flying spurt of car and business alarms damage, Altherr cautioned Thursday and showed solid going off due to the winds and excessive use of the roads which bookings for the upcoming rain, no injuries have been could impederoadconditions and weekend. reported. Hoefs did point out that result in extended repair. While the sun peeked through sand bags are available at the Catalina Express boats started at times on Thursday, an beach if anyone wants to be running on Wednesday at 6:30expectation of forty percent proactive in preventing flooding a.m. but turned the 2 p.m. boat showers were predicted with and damage to property, out of Long Beach around. Atsporadic showers throughout the Avalon Sheriff's responded to four miles out and with windweekend. alarms as well and assisted Public Works with road closures as needed but reported no calls In the Jungle at the Beach Beach Resort Restaurant Surf Sh0p Headquarters for the Nicoya Peninsula Gold Coast Great Surf o Boat Trips Sportfishing & Tours window fashions available at I of Catalina 125 Catalina Avalon, CA 90704 (310) 510-1760 Fax (310) 510-1076 Complete Vacation Packages Tel: 011(506)682-0059 Web: e-maih AVALON MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL has beds available NOW in the Skilled Nursing Facility for qualifying patients. If you have a family member in a mainland SNF and would like information on a transfer to Avalon, please contact Dawn Sampson at 510-0520. Mercury Document Imaging Co Inc. Everything in Store 50% or more* Men's Women's Clothing Jewelry w Luggage Accessories Friday, Saturday & Sunday 14, 15 & 16 The Catalina Trading Co. 111 Sumner Ave. "Your One-stop Shop for the Perfect Valentines Gift" * Does not include gold or silver coins ; -4-