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SATURDAY FEB 18TH 10AM-5PM ON THE FIELD OF DREAMS There will be food, kids adivifles,musJc and morel COST: $15 PER 1Ox10 BOOTH SPACE BRING YOUR OWN SHADE OR RENT A 10xlO TENT FOR JUST $15 Our Heartfelt Thanks On January 27 th, my dog Jack heard (or smelled) the call of the wild, and ran off into the brush at Cottonwood Canyon, just below the entrpnce to El Rancho Escondido. This was not his typical behavior. As of this writing, he hasyet to return or be found. Jack is, and has been, a constant and faithful companion to myself and my family for nine years and to his own dog Joey, for the last fiv of those years. (Yes, he has his own dog). His adventure is cause for much distress and concern. There's a hollow spot left behind. Jack is a very social dog and should've shown himself to someone by now. I want to say a very heartfelt THANK YOU, to all who have risen to the occasion, and taken time from your lives. So many have offered and provided time and resources_to help in the search for Jack the Dog. I'm overwhelmed by the pmmense show of support from our Catalina Island community andbeyond (literally from shore to shore). I'm touched and humbled by it all. I'm reminded of how fortunate we are to live in such a place. Jack the Dog would not give up on me and ] refuse to give up on him. Thanks in advance to all who will continue the search. May we prevail. I remain optimistic, Pete Edwards f"-- mmll ic The city of Avalon will hold the next election on April 10, 2012 in which the community will vote to elect it's mayor and fill two City Council positions currently held by Sue Rikalo and Tim Winslow. For many years, the Catalina Islander newspaper has been a forum for candidates to share their opinions and message leading up to election day. We begin a weekly fea- ture by allowing each candidate an opportunity to intro- duce themselves and speak on the issues to the voters. Robert Kennedy As Mayor I would like to con- tinue the privilege of serving my constituents. I have made myself available to all of you. I embrace the challenges we have faced as a community. Although we could not anticipate every obstacle that has presented itself, such as the State budget crisis, I took direct and deliberate action to solve these issues. Council and staff followed my lead in many of our accom- plishments. Under my previous three terms we focused on failing infrastructure affecting Bay water quality, land ill consumption and fire suppression. Our community recently added a number of hous- ing units with more to come. We work with community stakehold- ers to plan and improve together. We are currently working on new and improved recreational op- portunities. We reorganized our management team, focusing in a proactive approach which will reduce future spending by over $3 million dollars, and plan on getting things done efficiently. I have remained steadfast to secure a future for our city and the budget was balanced. I plan to keep this momentum as we-proceed into the next term with goals and objectives defined. Cast your vdte for Robert Kennedy and keep progress and prosperity in the future for Avalon. ARTTO BENEFIT CHILDREN'S HEART FOUNDATION BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Catalina Art Association will hold a fundraising event for children's heart disease from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Field of Dreams. Drew Mauck, President of the CAA, said the group was raisiog money for the Children's Heart Foundation. Mauck said the inspiration for the fundraiser came from last year's creation of the I Love Catalina (TM) T-Shirt with a heart logo. He said it just seemed to bring heart disease to mind. Mauck also stated that the Art Association .was sponsoring the event because they had the resources. He said it was a good idea to give money to another youth- related charity. If you want to participate, you can stilt rent a booth by calling the Art Association at (310) 510-2788 or by showing up at the Field of Dreams at 8 a.m. on Feb. 18. According to the Art Association website, the group is a 501(3)c non-profit organization dedicated to providing artists with opportu nities to share their art and further the community atmosphere on Catalina. The Children's Heart Foundation works to bring health to children with cofigenital heart defects. According to the Foundation, congenital heart disease is the number one birth defect in the United States. Ralph Morrow My name is Ralph Morrow. I am running for the office of Mayor. I am a property owner, business owner and long time resi- dent. I am a 4-time former Mayor and 2-time City Councilman. I believe I have proven my dedica- tion to the city over the years and pledge to keep proving it. That's why I am back in the mix with this election. There is one issue this election. Money, or more specifically, the lack of it. It takes money to accomplish any worthwhile project in the City of Avalon. We have too many critical infrastructure projects, and not enough available funds to cover all we need to do. Avalon is in a tough spot and the light at the end of the tunnel is a long way off. In the last 40+ years that I have made a life here in Avalon, I have never seen the business climate more challenging. I know what I am talking about. I have worked and lived in Avalon and have run several businesses, surviving the many challenges over the years. The health of the city relies heavily on the health of Avalon business. Our visitor counts and the bottom line of every business on Catalina Island are vital to our quality of life and what allows citizens and the city alike to pay their bills. The economy of this country is in trouble. The economy of our state is in trouble. The legislators in Sacramento are looking every- Where to find funding including taking funds away from cities previously available. Grant funds are drying up and competition for alternate sources of funding is fierce. Business experience counts heavily in this election. I know what works in Avalon and how to get it done. As your Mayor, I will bring my years of experience to help navigate the unfriendly waters of Sacramento and Los Angeles County politics. I'm running for Mayor as I disagree with the direction the Council has taken in the past few years. I have been the minority member of the City Council for the past two years. In my opin- ion, there is no sense of urgency and little in the way of focus and a shared vision for the future of Avalon. I feel I can better effect change as Mayor than I can as a Councilman. Election Day is Coming, Get Registered and Vote for Avalon. G i Friday, February 17, 2012 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER