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Friday, March 12, 2004 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 5 ~ the of a six-part series, The Catalina Islander looks at the candidates on the slate for the April 13 election. Editor Dar Brown talked with Tim Winslow about Avalon and issues facing the community while Staff Writer Marie Whittington sat with Michael Ponce. Next week, the Islander will profile City Clerk Candidate Shirley Davy and City Treasurer Candidate Harry Stiritz which will conclude the Meet the Candidates series. Michael Ponce, Candidate for Avalon City Council City Council candidate Michael Ponce, 49, was born in Los Angeles and grew'u.p in Sacramento where he attended the American River College majoring in art. Following col- lege, he entered the retail busi- ness and eventually got into the catering and restaurant manage- ment business. Avalon is no stranger to Ponce who has been visiting the Island for 20 years. Ponce's mother, Estelle McKeown, sister MicheUe Jaeger, her husband Eric, daugh- ter Sarah, 10, and son Sam, 4, are all living in Avalon, which was part of his motivation for moving to the Island eight years ago. He was fortunate in finding a job at The Inn at Mt .Ada and has been managing there ever since. "Actu- ally they found me the job and decided I should live here" Ponce said. "I thought, 'what the heck.' I'm always up for a change and I've always loved the Island" Ponce is active in the commu- nity and is currently serving as chairman of the Avalon Medical Development Corporation and played an active role in the selec- tion of a new doctor. He has also been active in the Catalina Art Association for the last four years serving as president, where he has worked hard to achieve financial stability for the organization. In addition, Ponce teaches catechism SAT. MARCH 13TH, 2 pm "You won't be able to put this book down." John Livesay W Magazine II at St. Catherine of Alexar dria Catholic Church to fourth graders, working with them since they were first graders. Ponce sees housing, infras- tructure and traffic as the three biggest issues facing Avalon, with housing topping the list. "If we can't house our workforce, I ,i~i 5 I Michael Ponce we're not able to function," stated Ponce. "I was in support of the moratorium and didn't see it as being a financial burden to wait 45 days until the housing study came out." He believes CUPs are an integral part of what makes the Island worthwhile to many "but at some point they need to stop." Ponce says they can have a nega- tive impact on the quality of life on the Island, especially when it comes to housing. "There needs to be some control so people ii can't get them sO easily," Ponce it's supposed to be an open forum stated. "It may influence housing but that is no excuse for hostility" costs and middle income people said Ponce. "The council is there would be able to afford to buy." to maintain the city and look out Ponce's concern for the infras- for its best interest, not to purdue tructure stems from the ongoing personal agendas. We all live here need for water. I think we need together and need to work together to get Edison to look at the depth for a healthy, thriving community" of the reservoir and, if needed, After being on the Island for dredge it and make its capacity eight years, Ponce sees Avalon larger." In addition, he believes becoming more like the mainland there shbuld be some immediate, and less of what it was before, "a long-term solution to the sewer quaint Island community," some- problems that create a rancid thing he'd like to see re-instilled. odor on Front Street when they In addition he would like to see back up. more involvement in the Hispanic Along with Ponce's desire foT. community. '1 don't think the a higher quality of life, the traffic issues of the Hispanic population caused by golf carts is, in his being addressed," Ponce 13' II111Yn, a a egative, especially as noted. "I'd like to see the council it relates to rentals." As I under- meetings translated in Spanish stand it, the rental golf cart is for and re-broadcast so they can self-guided tours" stated the can- understand what's happening in didate. "They shouldn't be able to their community." park in Avalon for hours and take Ponce considers himself a up parking for people trying to do "gregarious" person noting "it's business." As for large vehicles, important in my line of work." Ponce said he doesn't see a need for large vehicles unless you fre- quent the interior, transport, or do construction in town. "People live here because they don't want to deal with traffic or noise." He considers himself a moder- ate Democrat and based his deci- sion to run tbr City Council on sat- isfying the lifelong desire to be involved in public service. He would like to see some improve- ment in the atmosphere and atti- tudes on the City Council. "I know i ate of Arts degree in Police Sci- ence at E1 Camino College at night. His 14 years in the depart- ment as a patrol officer and detective included four years at Avalon Sheriff Station. Winslow met his wife Marti on the sand at Manhattan Beach and has been married 39 years. The couple tlave one son, Greg, Tim Winslow Tim Winslow, Candidate for an Avalon graduate, and a grand- Avalon City Council daughter, Jessica. Tim Winslow, 63, was born in Residents of Avalon for more Los Angeles and raised in Garde- than 25 years, the Winslow's na, attending Gardena High opened the Island Beverage Corn- School and Junipero Serra High. pany in 1982 after Winslow left Following graduation, he joined the Sheriff's Department. After the United States Air Force where selling the business in 2002. he he served for three years, remains a current employee of After leaving the Air Force, the Catalina Beverage Company. Winslow joined the Los Angeles An active member of the Aval- Sheriff's Department and simul- on Rotary Club and the VFW, taneously completed his Associ- See Meet the =mdktates, page 9 Joseph Bartley Roach October 24, 1925- March 1, 2004 My Dad, Joe Roach, passed away peacefully in his home on March 1, 2004. Joseph Bartley Roach was born on October 24, 1925 in Springfield, Missouri to William James Roach and Edna Mae Smith. He lived there with his sisters Betty Jane and Wilma. He loved hunting, fishing and his bicycle. The family moved to the Los Angeles area where he worked at the Abba Zabba candy factory and Arden Ice Cream. He joined the Navy in 1943 and served on the SS Indiana where he was the ship's cook and served with the under-water demolition team, also know as "Frog Men." After receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1946, he went to work for the United Food and Commercial Workers Unions and Food Employers as a meat cutter for Food Giant, Ralph's and Safeway Markets. In 1950, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Fuhrman and settled in Gardena, where they raised their son, Steven Craig, and daughter, Deborah Ann. In 1966, Betty and Joe divorced. Joe and Stevie moved to Avalon and Betty and Debbie settled in Newbury Park. Dad worked at Safeway, the Quarry and Fred and Sally's Market. His real love was Fred and Sally's where he worked for years. He loved the small family-owned business. A dark day in May of 1976, son Steve took his life at age 21, Dad, not being able to cope with his son's death, fell deeper and deeper into alcohol. After years of heavy drinking and los'rag about everything he had, he decided to join Alcoholics Anonymous in 1984. With the help and many prayers of his family and friends, he stilled sober and alcohol-free until his passing. He always told me his friends on the Island loved, prayed and cared so much for him he would never let them down by drinking again. He loved racing and riding motorcycles throughout his life. In 1997, at age 71, he bought a Harley Davidson. WOW! He sure loved his bike. Shortly after, he joined the Catalina Island Hawg's. He couldn't have asked for a better bunch of comrades. He was so proud of all the fundraisers, especially Toys for Tots. Then there was the trip to Laughlin with the club in 1998. He had the time of his life and told me how he spent a lot of money, ate a lot of food and saw more female skin exposed in a public place than he had ever seen before. After Morn and Dad divorced, I would spend my summers over on the Island visiting with Dad. I loved every day there. Avalon was like one huge family and every summer 1 returned was like a family reunion. 'Around August of 2003, Dad's health was starting to decline. He was making several trips to the Veteran's Administration Hospital for blood transfusions and tests and finally, two weeks prior to his passing, they determined that he was bleeding internally and it was too tar advanced to repair. Rather than make more trips overtown, he chose to stay on the Island where he was able to remain in his home, relaxed and pain-free until his death. He is survived by his daughter Debbie and son-in-law Jeff; grandchildren Tabetha, Tanya, Joseph, Jeremiah, Corey and Tanessa; great- grandchildren Makenna and Blake; niece Pam Parker; nephews Ed Witherspoon, Tony Lee Fink and Bob Fink; and last, but not least, his extended family of friends he loved so much on the Island. A special Thank You to Barry and Terri Prim and Kim and Whipper Upton who watched over my Dad for so many years, Mary Tasca who always brought him homemade soup (he loved the pea soup best), his friends at Baywatch, the Avalon Fire Department and Paramedics, and Dr. Kline and Carla Parsons who cared for him at the end like a part of their family. And Thank You Catalina and all of the residents for my wonderful memories and for loving my Dad. 110ve this Island and All of You. There will be a celebration of Dad's life on Saturday, March 20, at the Avalon Cemetery at 1 p.m. with a get-together at the Catherine Hotel at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Catalina Island Hawg's Toys for Tots and mailed to the US Bank in Avalon. With loving memories, Debbie