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Homes From page 1 amount of wear and tear during the war years, but under the leadership of Philip Wrigley and administra- tor Malcolm. Renton, the Santa Catalina Island Company was able to renovate and repair them in time to welcome a returning tourist trade for the 1946 season. As part of that effort, individual bathrooms were added to the Hotel Atwater, which had operated with only 12 private baths and joint use facilities in the hallways since its opening in 1920. Only the Hotel St. Catherine, which suffered badly from use as a barracks, was not reopened to tourist trade. After determin- ing that the cost of returning it to its first-class hotel status was too excessive, it was decided to turn it into apartments for employees. This usage continued until 1952, when Joe and Rose Amo began to operate the property as a suite ho- tel for visitors. In 1966, the Hotel St. Catherine met her demise, but memories of this beautiful hotel resort linger on in the memories of Islanders and visitors alike. In the mid-1950s, new hotel accommodations were needed for the growing tourist trade in Ava- lon. In 1957, the Pavilion Lodge was built to provide deluxe but af- fordable housing to Island visitors. Its construction coincided with the decision to demolish the 10-foot X 12-foot cottages of the Island Villas, which were not much bet- ter than tents and did not compare with present-day hotels. During the 1970s Avalon expe- rienced an unusual housing boom. Three new developments were initiated: the 72-unit Sol Vista, the 48-unit Fairview Terrace and the Canyon Terrace apartment proj- ects by Al Solomon. A 330-unit Hamilton Beach project by the Balboa Bay Club, now known as CALENDAR !0000RUARXf ...... : ..... 2/s-4/3o The Boys in Blue: Cabs Spring Training on Catalina Island, 1921-1951 Perhaps no professional sporls team in America is more beloved than the Chicago Cubs. Affectionately nicknamed "The Boys in Blue", the Cubs have not won the World Series in 106 years - the longest championship drought of any North American sports team. Despite this, "The Cubbies" remain "10ve- able losers" and in an age when professional sports are rife with scandal, the Cubs claim some of the most devoted fans in all of base- hall. "The Boys in Blue" presents the Catalina Island Museum's extensive collection of Cubs' programs, roste uniforms, film footage and photoffapl. Vit this unique exhibition and live the orj days of Cubbies baseball! Catalina bland Museum (310) 510-2414; 26 30M Auual.4vaina HarlJa" Umlenvater C/eauu# This is the only time scuba diving is allowed in Avalon Bay, with 500+ expected vol- unteer divers collecting trash and debris. Awards ceremony follows on Wrigley Stage with pdzes & giveaways. Proceeds benefit the USC Hyperbaric Chamber and the Given Fund for Ocean Conservation (310) 510- 2595 ext. 123; www.catalinaconservancy. org Hamilton Cove Resorts was con- structed during the 1980s. These housing developments marked the first introduction of condominium development in Avalon and the first construction of speculative, for-sale housing for residents and visitors in more than 30 years. Al- though condominium ownership was popular throughout Southern California, Avalon was an untried market, and condo development, especially on leased land, was not particularly well known. The Hamilton Cove project rep- resented Catalina's learning curve in dealing with large-scale, highly complex condo development in a new era of increasing government and environmental regulation. This project thoroughly tested the com- bined skills and patience of Island Company and the city of Avalon in administering a development of this magnitude. The dramatic concept of a se- cluded, high quality residential re- sort complex perched on the hill- sides of Hamilton Cove originally appeared in the Island Company 1962 Master Plan and was later ratified in the 1968 city of Avalon Master Plan. Aside from being a highly challenging site, the Ham- ilton Cove project heralded many "firsts." The first city of Avalon Devel- opment Agreement The first application of the city Housing Ordinance, requiring builders of resort condominiums to provide affordable housing equal to 25 percent of the estimated number of unit in the development (resu/t/ng in what is now "New Tremont Street Housing"). The first annexation of land into the city of Avalon since its in- corporation in 1913. The first Avalon project subject to the rules of the newly formed California Coastal Commission, which required the developer to augment the city of Avalon water 27 Academy Awards Party Please join us at the Academy Awards Party at the Catalina Island Yacht Club, an event to benefit the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. Catalina Island Medical Center (310) 510-0700. MARCH 12 Catalina Marathon The 26.2 mile trail run takes athletes from Two Harbors to Avalon, as the run through the interior of the island - some- thing vapj few visitors ever get to see. Pacific Sports LLC (714) 978-1528; www. or email info@pacific- APRIL 3 Annual Rubber Decky Derby Annual fundraising event to support the local children's theatre company "Kids At Play". The derby begins at noon on South Beach. For more info contact Kids at Play at (310) 510-0288 Contact us at (310) 510-0500 or supply and construct a 200-person campground. The requirements of the Coastal Commission led to the creation of the R.O. Desalination Plant at Peb- bly Beach Edison plant and Her- mit Gulch Campground in Avalon Canyon. To accommodate the af- fordable housing obligation. The Island Company relocated the de- velopment's bus maintenance ga- rage, vehicle fuel station and laun- dry from lower Tremont Street to Pebbly Beach, providing a site for the required 68 units of housing. Almost 15 years after com- mencement of grading, the first phase of 165 units at Hamilton Cove was completed and sold in the early 1990s. The project re- ceived several awards from the architectural and building indus- try for design excellence and con- struction ingenuity. The reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant created to aug- ment the Avalon water supply was highly publicized. Of special sig- nificance to drought plagued water authorities throughout the State, it was the first seawater desalination plant in California constructed to augment a community potable wa- ter supply. The plant is now owned and operated by Southern Califor- nia Edison. -Another affordable multiple unit housing development was created at Beacon and Clemente Streets by AI Solomon in associa- tion the Island Company as a co- The historic SL Catherine Hotel is demolished. Construction is seen on the Fairview development. venture with archi- tect William Pereira, planner of the Santa Catalina Island Mas- ter Plan and General Plan for the city of Avalon. The was Al's first residential construction project in Avalon and although it was a small, 15-unit structure, it fell hostage to its share "Catalina Factor" cost and timing overruns. AI handled these issues, and the project ultimately suc- ceeded. The 72-unit Sol Vista condo project was intended to provide housing opportunities for both Avalon residents and vacation homebuyers. Completed in 1974, they were full sold in a very short period of time. So ended the first test of the condo market in Avalon. About 10 years later, approximate- ly half 6f the units were occupied by full-time Avalon residents who either owned or rented their units. PUBLIC NOTICE ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on February 1, 2011, the City of Avalon will begin Annual Reg- istration for all Residential Vehicle (blue stickers) and Residential Golf Cart (Autoette) permits and will continue through 5:00 p.m. April 1, 2011. Vehicle permits renewed after this date shall be considered late, and will be required to pay a "late renewal charge" of $25.00 per vehicle in addition to the regular registration fee. Residential vehicle permits shall be ineli- gible for renewal and shall be subject to losing .all prior rights of registration if not renewed before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 1, 2011. All nonresident owners of residential dwelling units for the first time after September 2, 1988, will be issued autoette permits, which require overnight off street parking between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. If you wish to register a vehicle at this time, you must drive it to City Hall in order to determine that the overall length does not exceed the maximum length restriction of 200" for Vehicles and 120" for Autoettes. Electric Autoettes meeting the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, (NEV), or Low Speed Electric Vehicle, (LSV) requirements, may not exceed 138" in length by 61" in width. (Certain Autoette bumpers are not included in measurement). You also must bring cur- rent registration and be prepared to provide proof of residency or nonresident real property ownership since April 18, 1989. The fee for renewal is $27.00 for residential autoette and vehicle permits. ALL OUTSTANDING TRAFFIC CITATIONS MUST BE TAKEN CARE OF BEFORE VEHICLE STICKERS ARE ISSUED. The Vehicle Code allows a permit holder to apply for renewal without registering a residential ve- hicle, (banking a permit), providing that the permittee remains otherwise qualified and pays the appropriate registration fee. Registration will be conducted at City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Rd., between the hours of 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. If you have any questions, please call Avalon City Hall, (310) 510-0220. Published: The Catalina Islander: Jan. 28, Feb. 18, Mar. 4, Mar. 25 Broadcast: Avalon Community Channel on Catalina Cable TV Posted: City Hall Bulletin Board, City of Avalon Web Site: ;lhCATiNAuM ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ i:ridayi February 1"8, 2O:1:1 i9