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Watson From page 1 record in 1933 for staying aloft an incredible 10 days with mid-air re- fueling. Then there was New York City- born Elinor Smith who held a vari- ety of records, one of which was a world record endurance flight that she accomplished in 1929 in the skies above Catalina. With the coupling of 19th Cen- tury bravado and 20th Century technology, the Roar- ing Twenties was an age of superlatives. From airports to baseball dia- monds, all manner of records for the fastest this or the furthest that were regularly broken and re-broken. Women were often right in the fighting for such titles. It was an age of Indi- ana Joneses and Indiana Janes. In the late 1920s, women had only recently won the right to vote and sexism, as it is known now, was still an institutional fixture in much of society. But women had found a foothold in the world of aviation and were soaring their flying machines straight through society's glass ceilings. Like most early aviators, Smith got hooked on flying from an early age. Her first flight in an airplane took place in a Fermin Pusher that took off from a Long Island potato field when she was all of six years old. By the ripe old age of 10, she was already taking flying lessons. (Her instructor lashed a pair of wooden blocks to the rudder ped- als so the feet of his diminutive student could reach them). Six years later, at the age of 16, she became the youngest U.S. govern- ment-licensed pilot on record. Smith was first thrust into the Jim Watson Columnist Call 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC, lb ORANGE COASI ee center limelight in 1928 when--on a dare--she flew a Waco 10 biplane under all four of New York City's East River bridges, a stunt that re- suited in a 10-day grounding by the City of New York. (Mayor J. J. Walker, seeing the public relations possibilities, immediately gave her a reprieve). It was this growing aura of aerial daring surrounding Smith that earned her the nickname "The Flying Flapper of Freeport" after her hometown of Freeport, NY. Catalina Island came into the picture the follow- ing year when Smith and fellow woman pilot Bobbi Trout set the first official women's record for endur- ance with mid-air refuel- ing. Their goal was to break the previous endurance record of 26 hours set, ironically, by Smith her- self in April of 1929. The base of operations was to be Metropolitan Airport, now Van Nuys Airport, and the attempt would require the assistance of a Curtiss Pigeon refueling plane. Smith was to act as pilot, with Trout handling the refueling lines as necessary. The first attempt nearly ended in disaster. At the 12-hour mark, just as they were circling near Catali- na, both planes hit turbulence dur- ing an attempt at refueling. The fuel line was yanked from Trout's hands, dousing their Sunbeam in fuel. Both the Sunbeam and the refueling plane made it back to Metropolitan Airport with no in- juries to the crew, save a few cuts and bruises. There ensued a number of other--though less dramatic--at- tempts at the record, each one ending in failure due mostly to the temperamental Liberty L-12 en- gine in the refueling plane. It didn't help that the two planes were not well matched for such an endeavor. The Sunbeam was a much higher performance plane than the Curtiss refueler. When.refueling, Smith had to slow the Sunbeam to just above stalling speed in or- der for the slower Curtiss--flying at its top speed--to keep up with her. Finally, in November of 1929, all the right factors fell into place. The Curtiss' Liberty engines man- aged to make it through 36 hours of operation before failing, forcing the airplane into an emergency landing with its refueling hose trailing along. Smith managed to keep the Sunbeam airborne another six and-a-half hours, setting the re- cord at 42 hours. Smith continued to excel in aviation for the rest of her life and even made the transition to the jet age, at one time flying a T-33 Shooting Star as a publicity event for the U.S. Air Force. She passed away on March 19, 2010, in Palo Alto, Calif. Unusual facts about Santa Catalina Island: 557 Cars: Avalon is the only city in California to regulate the number of cars within its borders. Local law permits a total of 557 automo- biles. The current waiting list to add a new vehicle is 14 years. 26 Miles: The first "multi-channel ultra- high frequency microwave sys- tem" or wireless telephone, was developed in secret during WWlI and first used to make a mobile phone call between Catalina and San Pedro in 1946. 45 Seconds: Catalina's famous flying fish (Cypselurus californicus) can reach speeds of almost 40 mph, and when they break through the surface can spend 45 seconds fly- ing above the water. PUBLIC NOTICE ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on February 4, 2014, the City of Avalon will begin Annual Registration for all Residential Vehicles (blue stickers) and Residential Golf Cart (Autoette) permits and will continue through April 1, 2014. 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 ineligible for renewal and shall be subject to losing all prior rights of registration if not renewed before 5:00 p.m. on June 2, 2014. All nonresident owners of residential dwelling units for the first time after September 2, 1988, will be issued autoette permits, which require ovemight 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. (Certain Autoette bumpers are not included in measurement). You also must bring proof of ownership or lawful possession, and be prepared to provide proof of residency or nonresident real property ownership since April 18, 1989. The fee for renewal is $29.1)0 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 vehicle, 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 to 12:00 & 2:00 to 4:30, Monday thru Thursday. If you have any questions, please call Avalon City Hall, (310) 510-0220. Published: The Catalina Islander: Jan. 31, Feb14, Feb. 28, Mar. 14, Mar. 28 The Avalon Bay News: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, Mar. 6, Mar. 20 Broadcast: Avalon Community Channel on Catalina Cable TV ( PLANNING COMMISSION CITY OF AVALON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Avalon Planning Commission will hold PUBLIC HEARINGS to consider the following items at the March meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 410 AVALON CANYON ROAD, AVALON CALIFORNIA. A Public Hearing for an Application to modify the Height Variance/Envelope granted for the Single Family dwellings for the Hamilton Cove Development. A Focused Environmental Impact Report was prepared and certified by the City Council. Owner: Santa Catalina Island Company Applicant: Hamilton Pacific LLC/Michael Flynn Location: Hamilton Cove APN: Tentative Tract Map 69836 PC# 2543 Zone: Low Density Residential File Date': January 30, 2014 A Public Hearing for an Application for a Conditional Use Permit to change a residential use to a Public/Civic use at 209 E. Whittley. This application includes a Local Coastal Permit and is outside of the appealable zone to the Coastal Commission. (A determination as to this project's status under the California Environmental Quality Act will be made by the Commission). Owner: Mike and Linda Rivkin Applicant: Same Location: 209 E. Whittley APN: 7480-034-042 PC#2541 Zone: High Density Flats Rle Date: January 15, 2014 Public Hearing for a Mitigated Negative Declaration, Site Plan, Height Variance, and Setback Variances, to renovate and enlarge a single family dwelling at 156 Middle Terrace.(A determination as to this project's status under the Califomia Environmental Quality Act will be made by the Commission). Owner: Paul Reed Applicant: Larry Halonen Location: 156 Middle Terrace Road APN: 7480-010-021 PC#2534 Zone: Medium Density File Date: October 11,2012 A Public Hearing for an Application for a New Conditional Use Permit and Resolution to allow the renting or leasing of a room or rooms with or without table board in a dwelling unit for periods of fewer than thirty (30) consecutive days duration (Transient Rental Sec. 9-6.603 AMC) at 351 Descanso Avenue. (A determination as to this project's status under the California Environmental Quality ACt will be made by the Commission). Owner: Jim Hodge and Susan Standring Applicant: Same Location: 351 Descanso Avenue APN: 7480-035-017 PC#2545 Zone: High Density Flats File Date: February 14, 2014 A Public Hearing for an Application for a New Conditional Use Permit and Resolution to allow the renting or leasing of a room or rooms with or without table board in a dwelling unit for periods of fewer than thirty (30) consecutive days duration (Transient Rental Sac. 9-6.603 AMC) at 300 Clarissa Avenue A. (A determination as to this project's status under the California Environmental Quality Act will be made by the Commission). Owner: Tim & Lynnette O'Bryan Applicant: Same Location: 300 Clarissa Avenue A APN: 7480-037-001 PC#2546 Zone: High Density Flats File Date: February 20, 2014 A Public Hearing to consider a resolution recommending adoption of an Ordinance amending the Avalon Municipal Code to permit Emergency Shelters as a Principally permitted use in the Commercial and Special Commercial zones as required by the Avalon Housing Element. Members from the Public who would like to address the Planning Commission may appear at the public hearing during the consideration of this item and state their opinion. Written comments may also be submitted to the Planning Department, attention Planning Director Cook, PO Box 707, Avalon, CA 90704 prior to the Planning Commission's consideration of the item. If you challenge the actions of the Planning Commission in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Anyone may appeal any decision made by the Commission to the City Council. To appeal, you must file a written appeal, and include an appeal fee of $908.00 with the City Clerk within fifteen (15) calendar days of such action. All actions on Local Coastal Development permits seaward of the appealable area boundary (within 300 ft. of established mean high tide line) may be appealed by any aggrieved person to the Coastal Commission. By: Amanda Cook Director of Planning Posted: City Hall Bulletin Board Posted: City Hall Friday, February 28, 2014 City of Avalon Web Site: http://www.cityofavalon.com Catalina Islander Friday, February 28, 2014 Friqay, February 28, 2014 ; 9 TIE CATAUNA ISLANDER