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................................ z ........... ! _. ' ............. S ....... : ........... i _. : ................ ::_. _- ......... This week the Islander continues it s coverage ,of the five candidates in the race for Avalon City Council and the two candidates for Mayor of Avalon. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 10. The candidates were asked the following question: "What role do you believe the city should have in bringing entertainment, concerts, arts and attractions to the Island?" EDITOR'S NOTE: TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX REFERS TO WHAT wAS FORMERLY CALLED "HOTEL BED TAX." Ralph Morrow We are all in this together. What the city has to do is to create an environment for every event promoter that is friendly and at- tractive. We need to seek out and attract new and different events and support the long-standing events that have attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors over the years. Every business owner, the city, and the Chamber of Commerce need to do everything to promote entertainment of all kinds. We need to take advantage of every opportunity to attract athletic events of all kinds, fishing tourna- ments, the arts and cultural events and everything Catalina. We need to aggressively market Avalon and Catalina Island and all it has to offer. Richard Hemandez The city's role in bringing enter- tainment, conceits, arts and attrac- tions to We island should be one of acting as a liaison for promoters of these events guiding them through the process of obtaining required city and state permits. Though limited in number, the city should be willing to offer their venues when appropriate for an event.The city should assist with providing a more streamlined permitting process and should not be an impediment in making it desirable for these companies to bring their events to the island. The city should not be the one recruiting these events, nor incurring major costs in supporting them. That should be a function of the Chamber of Commerce and the business community, similar to how the chamber functions with movie companies that want to film on the island. CALL FOR ENTRIES Submit your photograph, graphic or art of CataLina. If we use it for a cover,you't[ get a free one year subscription to the IsLander and recognition. SEND High resolution digital JPEG fiLes-300dpi mln.-via emait to Must be originaL artwork. By submlthnc WORK, the senaers agree to License pubhshmg n the Catal.ina Robert Kennedy We need to increase the draw to Avalon and increase the number of events while maintaining the unique charm of our seaside com- munity, Tim Winslow The city of Avalon currently allows a large portion of the transient occupancy tax revenue, usually between $550,000 and $725,000 per year, to go to the Chamber of Commerce to market and promote Avalon as a visitor and entertainment venue. The current Avalon City Council voted unanimously to waive fees to help entrepreneurs establish their form of entertainment to prevent them from being financially hindered. If re-elected I plan to continue with this waiver for the coming season. Scott Nelson I am a huge proponent of all kinds of events and festivals including music festivals, art festivals, the motorcycle Grand Prix, triathlons, races, or any other kind of major event. Each of these events ultimately ends up bring- ing a large portion of the overall business to Avalon, They create income for Avalon and we get a 4 percent tax from the entertainers tax that benefits the city budget. I am also willing t_o allow groups to start a new event and give them diffcounts on their first year's worth of fees and costs to allow them to get started and hopefully be able to return on an annual basis. If you can-have a business that is successful year after year, then the income is going to increase for not only the business but for the city as well. Look at JazzTrax--it is a per- fect example of this. It started out at one week, then expanded to two and now is a very successful three- week event. We should have Blues festivals, Rock and Roll music events and there is no reason not to have a Hispanic event as well. I am a huge proponent of any kind of these activities being brought to the Island with the exception of gambling at this point. Island Medical Center HIRING FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: Housekeeping- Environmental Services Dept. Status- Part time/ per diem - flexible hours Experience preferred. Keeps medical group and hospital buildings in a clean, neat condition. Inquire within for details. Central Supply Technician Status- TEMPORARY 30 hrs per week. Ensures adequate stocking levels in hospital and medical group office. Records and maintains inventory n various areas of medical center. For detailed information inquire within HR dept. Contact Krista -HR at 310-510-0700 Ext. 34 or email resume to ksteuter@c] Sue Rikalo I think that bringi tainment to the Islam appropriaterole for t of Commerce, using cupancy tax funds, o: businesses. Our role be as un-obstructive ,hile respecting the tors and residents. During the last fo voted to reduce the e tax.on an exlnsive risky venue, because a good possibility of income for the hotel establishments. I a amending our bannel that events can be pr, longer period of tim( an ordinance to alloy ers to perform on Fr( lg enter- is a more ,e Chamber :ransient oc- ' for for-profit should be to Ls possible aeeds of visi- nr years I tertainment nd possibly here was generating md restaurant working on ordinance so )moted over a We passed entertain- at Street for a very minor fee. These are some examples of th ways that I thinkthe city can appropriately be involved. Oley Olsen I don't believe the be a promoter of ever an enabler to help the happen. I think the cil flexible in the admiss start-up productions there are not any addi ers iJr roadblocks im city should ts, but rather e functions y needs to be ons tax for nd ensure that Iional barri- osed by the city 6n the people wanting to bring events to the Island. An example of this success is the summer con- cert series that took place this past summer. The city didn't have to fund or operate the event, but they allowed the beer garden to go in by the Wrigley Stage. This increased at- tendance and the overall success of the event, which benefited both the group that coordinated the event and the city 1. 41 Friday, March 9, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER