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Sue Rikalo Thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself• Our family history on the island goes back one hundred years. My father was born and raised here, but I was raised on the mainland and visited my grandparents every year as a child. I moved to the Island after college and have been a resident for 36 years. I respect our rich history and am committed to bringing us into the future without losing our identity. I can view our issues from many perspectives: I am a business owner (DC-3 restaurant at the Airport in the Sky, and The Steamer Trunk). I have been a renter, a boat owner, a landlord and a volunteer (Museum and Chamber boards, Chair of the Sustainable Action Group)• I speak Spanish and have some ties to our Hispanic community. I have the qualifications to be a good representative for the citizens of Avalon and can often achieve consensus on difficult issues. I have been on the Council since 2008 and have worked hard to solve prollems that were ignored for too long. I am proud of what we have accomplished. Agreements are in place to re-open Pebbly Beach road; the wastewater treatment plant and the sewer infrastructure are being upgraded; our police and city departments are more reslnsive to our needs; Joe Machado field is functional, CKV has a new building and our recent budgets were bal- anced without fee increases. I believe in solving our chal- lenges in a spirit of cooperation and respect, but I study the issues and ask hard questions. Currently I am a member of a consortium analyzing the proposed sale of Edison's water and gas utilities, and will fight for the best outcome for our commu- nity. I am working with the Council and' the County on a waste to energy, solution for our landfill and am giv- ing input on a new City of Avalon website, so that we are transparent and accessible•We are in the process of creating our general plan, which will be our guidelines for the next 20 years. I am running for re-elec- tion because I have become deeply involved in these issues and want to be part of a solution. The Islander asked us to give our vision of the future. I participated in the Avalon Vision 2020 workshops. The document we created is my standard as I make decisions that will take our community towards our future. It can be found in its en- tirety on the City of Avalon website. This is necessarily brief, but I am happy to communicate with you directly. Please contact me on www. ueForAvalon with questions or visit www.suerikalo. com for my business experience, community service and history. Scott Nelson I have been a resident of Avalon since 1982, married for 32 years to Kelly Nelson and have raised two sons on the island, Aaron and Adam. I am the owner of Scott's Plumbing and have been in business since 1981. I have served on Avalon's city council previously from 1994-2000 and 2006-2010: The many changes you see in Avalon such as mole restoration, Front Street, casino walkway, sewer plant upgrades trash facility, city hall and fire sta- tion and the side streets of Avalon no longer looking trashy. I believe a cleaner, quieter Avalon as far as traffic noise goes. In the past while serving on council I believe I was known to give everyone a chance to voice their opinion, make their argument and I would then try to make my decisions based on the facts. I fought for many issues and tried to do what was fair for everyone. some of my goals if elected would be to continue to promote as many events as possible to bring much needed revenue and jobs to the city and to encourage more visitors to enjoy our beauti- ful island. I will continue to be a strong advocate for local business and entrepreneurship. I believe in home ownership for moderate to middle income residents; encour- age more "green energy" such as solar systems (not mandated though); find solutions for more electric charging stations for the goal of quieter streets and cars. I am an advocate for any sporting and youth activities; music and film festivals, a communitypool and community center. I support our local establishments to pro- vide music and entertainment. Our city needs to be progres- sive. I will be an active and strong voice in defending our city's rights against State and Federal intru- sions on OUR monies. The city's deteriorating infrastructure will need to be funded; instead of spe- cial assessments, I will make deci- sions to assist in local business growth and to increase tourism to help provide the funding. I am asking for your support and your vote on APRIL 10th, 2012 Scottn48 Please feel free to ask me any question. Oley Olsen Hello, my name is Oley Olsen andI am a candidate for a seat on the Avalon City Council. PUBLIC EXPERIENCE I have previously served on the Avalon City Council, Avalon Planning Commission, the AMDC (Avalon Hospital) Board of Direc- tors as a Board Member and Chair- man of theBoard, and served as President and Member of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce. Dur- ing my service on the City Council, we established the Avalon Commu- nity Improvement Agency. PUBLIC GOALS The City of Avalon is among the three largest businesses on Catalina Island and I believe that my experience from the private sector will help the City operate more efficiently and business-like. During my tenure at the Santa Catalina Island Company and Two Harbors Enterprises, I interfaced withmany different public agen- cies such as the Coastal Commis- sion, the State Lands Commission, LACO Regional Planning, Depart- ment of Fish and Game, LACO Health Department and the State Water Quality Control Board, many of the same agencies the City interacts with on a continual basis. I believe my experience and contacts within these agencies will prove beneficial in future dealings. Avalon needs to hold its engi- neers, consultants and contractors more accountable. We should not have to use our city crews to clean out our "storm water/low flow diverters" every week. We should not buy expensive equipment for our sewer plant that is used once or not at all. Public money is in scarce supply, we need to use our limited resources wisely and not wastefully. I look forward to re- searching these issues and finding cost-effective solutions. PERSONAL INFORMATION My family has worked on Catalina since the mid thirties. I started working for my grandfather at the Pavilion Lodge as a bellman in 1962. During my early employ- ment with SCICo I held the position of General Manager of Las Casitas and Hotel Atwater. In 1979, SCICo leased the hotels to Jay Feinberg. During this time I starte d Catalina Vending Company and was the primary earegiver for our daughter Holly. Returning to work for SCICo in 1986, I started as the Hotels Gen- eral Manager and then moved on to Group Vice Presiclent of Visitor Operations. In 2010, I relocated to Two Harbors to oversee the opera- tion as the President of Two Harbors Enterprises. I retired from SCICo and Two Harbors Enterprises on July 1,2011. I have been happily married Olsen, Page 8 Tim Winslow My wife and I have lived con- tinuously in Avalon for 33 years. I have served in the United States Air Force, and on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. I owned a business in Avalon for 20 years and now am a salesman for Catalina Beverage. I am currently serving as your Councilman• I am not beholding, financially or otherwise to stakeholders in the city and I do not, and will not, bend to the wishes of any special interest group. There are many projects com- ing our way that may impact our infrastructure and our quality of life. I am for slow, moderate, and carefully planned growth. We cannot put 10 pounds of sand into a two-pound bag. The state has just taken most our ACiA funds and as a consequence the ACIA is being dissolved This is a very complicated process. As chair- man of the ACIA I realize that we have a tremendous amount of planning to do to determine how we are going to finance and meet our infrastructure needs. I would like to be re-elected to continue to work on this huge issue. I have always worked toward preserving oui" quality of life, and with your help and vote I will continue in this direction. I stand behind my past accomplishments and voting record. I bring to local government honesty and good common sense. I will not promise you anything I cannot deliver. I do promise you strong, fair leader- ship, and I ask for your vote and support. Richard Hemandez My name is Richard Hernandez and I was bom here on Catalina Island in the fall of 1953 and was the first child of Joseph (Lipe) and Mafia (Maul) Hernandez. My family is a mainstay here on the island with my grandparents being brought here by the Wrigley fam- ily in the early 1920s. Growing up on the island with my eight brothers and sisters was truly a blessing. I loved my child- hood and many of my best friends I have now were also my best friends when I was a kid. Today I feel that Avalon has lost a little bit of that. I go around town and I see kids walking the streets with nothing to do. As I've expressed my opinion around town, many of the locals urged me to run for a city position in this upcoming election. I have been involved in yofith sports my entire life, I have been a part of the little league baseball program, and am currently the Avalon High School baseball coach. I feel I have a great deal of experience and really want to be a part of creating activities and programs for the children of this great town. Avalon has many other ob- stacles and•hurdles to get through besides our youth programs and I am well aware of that, I promise tO give 100% of my time, ef- fort, and listen to the voice of the people in trying to come up with sensible solutions to the problems that this town faces. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................  .................................................. i .......................................................................................................................... : ............................. TIIE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, February 17, 201217