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Candidates From page 6 lem. I see it. We all see it. Is enough being done? No. This is a community prob- lem and it is going to take a commu- nity effort if we ever want to see this turn around. There are people that are willing and trying to come up with new ideas to combat this issue, since it seems that nothing has really provided a strong solu- tion. I stand with these people. Am I going to politicize a trag- edy that has wounded our com- munity to its core? No. Ann Marshal (Mayoral candidate) Illegal drug use is not a per- ceived problem, it is a reality. The drug problems must be tackled by law enforce- ment, schools, churches, com- munity organizations, social services and the City. Many of the reasons for "why" people are drug abusers have been known for years. We do not have to reinvent the why, only the solutions. While all community organi- zations are developing a plan of attack, we must be proactive and take part in identifying dealers, big and small, now. Some citizens have contacted law enforcement regarding drug dealers, many of us have known about for years. They are still on the streets. When community members see no action only rhetoric'as, to. why .the  cup prit can not be apprehended they become apathetic and frustrated. Confidence in our local Sheriff department is waning. There is also comment on the street that the City does not want the "bad press" of our city's prob- lems, therefore some law enforce- ment issues may be minimized. If this is the case, shame on the Sheriff's Dept. and the City. Death is the ultimate "deal gone bad" however there are many levels of destruction in between: families torn apart, job loss, increase in crime to support drug habits, financial hardships, low self esteem, apathy to education and careers, etc. We can not stand by and wait to see who is the next victim. It is often said that we must not what they do and that adults are old enough to make decisions for themselves. I disagree, because once a person is addicted to drugs they no longer think rationally, much like a child. As the African proverb says, "It takes a village to raise a child" and in our case it's going to take our village to protect them. Bob Kennedy (Mayoral candidate) My perception of illegal drug use in Avalon seems to run in cycles. We have seen cycles of acceler- ated use of vari- ous substances followed by some arrests and con- victions. It would be irresponsible to assert things are perfect in the detection and enforcement of these substances. We have added a drug dog and have not had the canine on the street as designed and desired. Staffing issues and scheduling have limited its use. With the most recent events a heightened level of awareness and concern has developed. I am cer- tain that public entities and the Sheriff's Department have placed elevated concern and the need for ramped up enforcement. If you are unable to manage the cause and effect of drug use in this small town good luck globally. I| IJ Ralph Morrow Avalon's Substance Abuse Problem. Because of our small size and our vacation and recreational focus, visitors and residents tend to over-indulge in many ways. Drug and alcohol use have been a big problem for us over the years. Tragedies and needless deaths over the years have raised the question time and again as to how we can stop some- thing like this from happening again. This question gets asked every time in the past someone in our community falls victim to drug and alcohol use or addiction. Incarceration alone is not the solu- tion. Locking up non-violent drug and alcohol users doesn't work. It takes a full spectrum approach to the problem and needs to include all of us. First; we need to support our Sheriff's Department in the enforcement of substance abuse and drug laws. Drug crimes, DUI, and Illegal use of drugs and alco- hol need to be effectively pros- ecuted. Second: Step forward. Be a witness. See something, say some- thing.., every time. Prosecution of drug crimes does not end with a single phone call. Our laws call for reasonable and proper investi- gation. Third; Education. We need to teach our youth about the dangers Veh icle Noise Testi ng will be a part of the annual Vehicle Registration protect our children for they know SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING AVALON, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE THURSDAY GATHERING 7PM February 4- April 1, 2014 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Vehicles tlhat do not pass will have until SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 to be re-tested & pros without pelty Vehides that do not pua wRI NOT be abte to rellhr for thor CIty Stkkar After Selendler 10, 2014 any vehldes Iblllnll to meet dedbet slanda will I sublect to InfrKtlon violations & orrmpondMIl fines ALL Oli vHlCti5 VEHICLIF.S 6,(0 Ii O 6RF..ATER ENOTORCVCLES |r, AUTOLenrES. aka.  82dB 77dtl 74d1 Sick and Tired of feeling Sick and Tired? Fa00- G Ev-gy Lets make 2014 your best year eyed LauaWhPy 310 9913771 ybikeswim@yahocom of drugs and alcohol. We need to have an honest dialog with them. Education begins at home. Look in the mirror, be the best example for your kids. Support the pro- grams that get the message out to our youth. Next; If you can't stop, know when to ask for help. We need to support our various counsel- ing and support groups in town. CHOICES, A/A, N/A, and other groups are active in our town. There are sponsors and trained counselors who will help as well. Last; Rehab facilities on the mainland are available for those users who cannot do it on their own. Our county maintains sev- eral low or no cost facilities. The help is out there. Burney Ramming I believe there is a prob- lem with illegal drugs being used in Avalon and that there is not enough being done to control them. The Avalon Community Family was saddened, once again, last week by the tragic loss of someone to drugs. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and I pray that some good will come from their heartbreak. The answer to this problem lies in two areas; education and enforcement. As a former Health Education Teacher in Avalon I spent consid- erable effort to get my students to fully understand illegal drug use and the ramifications thereof. The Long Beach Unified School District has eliminated this impor- tant class from Avalon's High School curriculum. Community programs such as CHOICES are doing a good job trying to fill the educational gap. The CHOICES Program needs more Avalon City support to accomplish this criti- cal task. The Citizens of Avalon pay the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department to enforce the drug laws in our town. There is some- thing wrong with this arrangement. Is it the Sheriffs not doing their job or is it the City Council not pro- viding direction and accountabil- ity to the Sheriff's Department? One thing the Sheriffs could do is follow the money. It will lead to those who live here without any means of support or live above their job pay scale. Avalon's peo- ple deserve the best effort the Sheriff's Department can muster to keep us safe from illegal drugs, as well as alcohol abuse. If elected to the City Council I pledge that I will help solve the drug problem utilizing the com- plete resources of the City and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Avalon citizens should hold the existing Council accountable for this current situation and demand that the new City Council take strong action and solve this prob- lem. AqRDYO FOR MORE INFORMATION: /IMC,,.Cec,, ,I-4,17.t3 ilq/J ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Fridayl FebruarY 28,20;[4 i7 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER