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I!! \\; Ralph Morrow Robert Kennedy Money, money; and money. The actions taken by the people in Sac- ramento have basically crippled 400 citiehe Avalon Commu- nity Improvement agency allowed us to go out and bond and acquire funding for major projects on our own. The way that the develop- ment agency was set up allowed vacant land that had nothing built on it to be developed and improved upon. The difference in property taxes between the prior vacant as- sessment and the new improved value was able to be retained by the City. Over many years we worked very hard on developing the land in Avalon, with Hamilton Cove being the biggest example. At one point in time we were receiving over $1 million dollars a year in property taxes through the ACLA which al- lowed us to gain funding to do major projects that were and are still needed in Avalon. Now that the State has taken that away from us, the only thing we can do is beg for grant money, increase T.O.T. income (cross-channel carrier and cruise ship fees), reduce our spend- ing in other areas or increase taxes. I don't believe in increasing taxes if we are able to reduce our costs. It was a tremendous blow to Avalon and 400 other cities in Cali- fornia when the people in Sacra- mento took over and basically just told all of us, "Too bad, we need it." The people in Sacramento are not our friends. They need that money to stay in power and unfortunately they were successful in taking it from us. The only solution to that problem is to replace the people in power which is not possible. The community of Avalon has to find a new way to get the revenue that used to be generated by the ACIA. First of all, we need to have a balanced budget. The current state budget crisis and the status of our national economy in general es- tablish the fact that these are tough times for everyone. Compounding the State budget crisis is the re- cent elimination of Redevelopment Agencies, which will dramatically affect the finances we have avail- ableto us for our infrastructure. We will be facing the decision to either have to reduce spending in other areas to fund these critical items or renegotiate property taxes. I have always tried to avoid hav- ing to raise fees for utilities, how- ever at our last City Council meet- ing we were forced to begin the process of raising the rates for solid waste, salt water and sewer. Second, the water quality in Ava- lon Bay is a major issue that needs to continue to be addressed. Once our current sewer line rehabilita- tion phase is completed this winter, we will need to reassess the issue. It is important to try to identify and eliminate (if possible) any and all other contributors to the ground water contamination problem. Finally, a third issue that is criti- cal to address is the current landfill consumption. We only have ap- proximately 10-15 years of lifespan remaining on our current operation. We have been working closely with Los Angeles County and their con- sultants to explore our options. We are trying to find ways to bring alternative energy technology to Avalon so that we can expand the current lifespan. Rikalo From page 4 the direction expenses and could op- erate in our own best interest. The third issue needing urgent attention in my opinion is the water quality of the bay and our relation- ship with the regulatory agencies. This is a major issue since those agencies are adopting a zero toler- ance policy with the City and we could be liable for large fines in the future. We have started our own moni- toring program to better understand what is happening in the bay. We should continue to pursue an afford- able technology to decontaminate the sands before the pollutants reach the water's edge. Angelica G0nzalez, Avalon High School principal and Drivers Education Teacher Tim S0utherland. Courtesy photo WOMEN'S FORUM DONATES TO AVALON DRIVER'S ED BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Women's Forum recently donated $3,750 to the Avalon High School Driver's Education pro- gram, according to Patty Engel, the school banker. This was the third year in a row that the Women's Fo- rum provided financial support for the local Driver's Ed program. Engel said the money pays for the Driver's Ed teacher as well as gas and maintenance for the car used in the program. California law requires behind- the-wheel Waining for potential driv- ers under the age of lg. Engel said that Avalon students would have to get that training over town over a couple of weekends in a row without the local Driver's Ed program. The $3,750 will help fund a 10- hour course for four students at a time. "That donation sees 20 kids through the program" Engel said. The Driver's Ed program s not a full time program. The course is offered periodically during the year, according to Engel. PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hearing Officer will be conducting Vehicle Hearings on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in the City of AvaLon Council Chambers located at 410 AvaLon Canyon Road. The agenda will include but may not be limited to the following: HEARINGS 12:30 pm Avalon Bay News-Renew Comm. Autoette 12:45 pm Avalon Electronics-Transfer Comm. Vehicle & Oversized 1:00 pm Ghost Tours of Catalina-New Comm. Autoette Bike Catalina-New Comm. Autoette 1:15 pm Straight Up Builders-Oversized Comm. Permit 1:30 pm Whittley Arms-Renew Comm. Autoette 1:45 pm Steve Quinn-Residential Permit Ownership 2:00 pm Catalina Hot Spots-Renew Comm. Vehicle MARCH DECLARATIONS Amlock-Renew 2 Comm. Vehicles & Autoette LGLS Inc.-Renew Comm. Autoette Buffalo Nickel-Renew Comm. Vehicle & Autoette Lloyd's of Avalon-Renew Comm. Autoette Cat. Island Vac, Rentals-Renew Comm. Autoettes Mulgado's Painting-Renew Comm. Autoette Catalina Island Museum-Renew Comm. Autoette Raul's Maintenance-Renew Comm. Autoette Catalina Island Real Estate-Renew Comm. Autoette Seaport Village-Renew Comm. Autoette Catalina Pest Control-Renew Comm. Autoette Hotel St. Lauren-Renew Comm. Vehicle Catalina Realtors-Renew Comm. Autoettes Island Distributors-Renew Comm. Vehicle Catalina Sportswear & SotJvenir-Renew Comm. Autoette sland Enterprises-Renew Comm. Vehicles Catalina Towing-Renew Comm. Autoette Island Toys-Renew Comm. Vehicle Dave Thompson Constr.-Renew Comm. Autoette Mi Casita-Renew Comm. Vehicle Discount Marine-Renew Comm. Autoette SCI Co.-Renew Comm. Vehicle H&H Portable Welding-Renew Comm. Autoette Sear's Product Services-Renew Comm. Vehicle Hamilton Cove Homeowners- Renew Comm. Vehicle & Autoette Von's Companies-Renew Comm. Vehicle Hamilton Cove Real Estate-Renew Comm. Vehicle & Autoette Hamilton Pacific-Renew Comm. Autoette Hunt Mr. Fix-it-Renew Comm. Autoette Katie's Kitchen-Renew Comm. Autoette The public is welcome to participate. Additional information and a complete agenda can be obtained at City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday Published in the Tle Catalina Islander: March 2, 2012 Posted: Bulletin Board at'City Hall, City of Avalon Website: http://www.cityofavalon.com/ THE CATAi.iNA isiANDEI! ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... FridayiFeirtJary 24,201215