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lets n So- "u thdtlsands of miles Kay in theNdrth Pacific.  The_modern story begins at mid- night on March 11, 1968, when nu- clear-armed Soviet sub- marine K-129 suffered a series of catastrophic ex- plosions that sent her and her crew to the bottom of the Pacific 800 miles north of Hawaii in about 15,000 feet of water. At those depths, the entire crew would have literally died instantly and, lack- ing the technology to determine her exact position, the Russians had to give her up for lost. The U.S. Navy, however, did have the technology to not only detect the initial blasts themselves but the location of where the sub went down. In the Cold War, the potential for the recovery of highly classified Soviet intelligence and technology was too tempting and Herculean efforts began to attempt a retrieval of the sunken sub. In order to not raise the suspi- cions of the highly protective So- viet Navy, the U.S government (OK, the CIA) had to come up with a cover story as to just exact- ly why they were poking around in the area where the sub sank. The plan was to disguise their covert maritime activities as an expedi- tion to mine the rich deposits of manganese littering the ocean floor around the wreck. Enter Howard Hughes and his- corporation Global Marine. Hughes was enlisted by the CIA to essential- ly "pretend" that he was building the Glomar Explorer for this purpose, since it would have looked suspi- cious for a non-commercial entity, the CIA in particular, to do so. So, under the funding and di- rection of the CIA, Hughes' cor- poration embarked on a three- year mission to build the colossal 619-foot-long Glomar Explorer. Within the hold of the Explorer was a smaller b/it still gargan- tuan-retrieval device nicknamed "Clementine" that would actually descend to the ocean floor, grab Eagles From page B said. He said there would be at least that many hatchlings for the northern Channel Islands as well That's good news for the Channel Island eagle population. Sharpe said that as long as the eagles are able to reproduce at the cur- rent rate, they will be able to replenish the population on their OWfl. As for the Santa Cruz chicks, observers can't really see the nest very well. Scientists are watching them through a spotting scope across the canyon, about a qh mile away. "WereaHly can't tell what's going on, but they are getting fed," Sharpe said.,m; L. Guidelines lirr)itW " ,close scien- tists can get tol;!r. . "We have to keep.+,!,e,,t,O0 feet away," Sharp@ sid. the sub, and return it to the mother ship at the surface. Since "Clementine" and the Glomar Explorer were being con- structed in two different areas, a rendezvous point had to be chosen where the two would be paired up before setting out to grab the Rus- sian sub. This is where Catalina Island came in. Catalina was chosen , as the rendezvous point because the waters sur- rounding the Island were shallow enough to allow for the operation Jim Watson and because the Island Columnist was far enough from the mainland to be out of view of the general public, yet reasonably close to the two ports where e separate vessels would be launched Long Beach and Redwood City. So, for several days back in the summer of '74, Global Marine, the CIA and the U.S. Navy did their thing off of Isthmus Harbor, se- cretly pairing up the "Clementine" with the Glomar Explorer and tell- ing locals they were simply pre- paring their "research vessel" for a manganese mining expedition. The remainder of the story of the Glomar Explorer and its at- tempts to retrieve the Soviet sub could fill another 10 columns, so I won't go into that other than to say the operation was mostly success- ful and the CIA came away with enough of the Soviet sub to keep them happy for a while. The local upshot of this story is that it appears the Glomar Ex- plorer never had any intention of salvaging treasure from the old Spanish shipwreck and that it was nothing more than a titanic coin- cidence that she showed up just as Kenworthy and his crew were about to don their scuba gear and fill their game bags with gold. Or was it just a coincidence? Howard Hughes was not a dumb man arid he may very well have made it a condition of his agree- ment With the government that, to use his name and the name of his corporation in their cover story, that he be allowed to work the wreck of the San Pedro. After all, they were in the neighborhood. And you'll surely recall in my original column that Kenworthy claimed to have spoken with crew- members of the Glomar Explorer some years later who claimed that they did, in fact, come up with a sizeable amount of treasure from the San Pedro. For Hughes, it would have been a perfect government-certified cover story within a government-certified cover story. Making millions not only off the U.S. government, but by working a Spanish shipwreckas well means Howard Hughes would have made out like a bandit. PLANNING COMMISSION, CITY OF AVALON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:00 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 28, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 410 AVALON CANYON ROAD, AVA- LON CALIFORNIA. 1 .A Public Hearing for a for a Local Coastal Development Permit, Miti- gated Negative Declaration, Conditional Use Permit for a Restaurant/ Bar/Car@, Site Plan application and Zone change from Special Com- mercial to Commercial for a new Museum building at 217 Metropole Avenue. Owner: Catalina Island Museum Society Corp. Applicant: Mike Flynn Location: 217 Metropole Avenue APN: 7480-018-043 PC#2473 Zone: Special Commercial Members from the Public who would like to address the Planning Commission may appear at the public hearing during the consid- eration 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 $842.00 with the City Clerk within fifteen (15) calendar days of such action Any person challenging actions of the Planning Commission may be limited to issues he or someone else raises in writing prior to or orally at the hearing. All actions on Local Coastal Development permits seaward of the appealable area boundary (within 300 ft. of established mean high tide line) may be appealed by any aggrieved person to the Coastal Commission By: Amanda Cook, Director of Planning Posted: City Hall Friday, March 16, 2012, Catalina Islander Friday, March 16, 2012 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY'S (SCE) NOTICE OF FILING OF APPLICATION FOR INCREASE IN ELECTRIC REVENUES: APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF PLATFORM TO FACILITATE AUTOMATED ACCESS OF CUSTOMER USAGE DATA TO AUTHORIZED THIRD PARTIES AND COST RECOVERY MECHANISM APPLICATION (A.) 12-03-004 On March 5, 2012, Southern California Edison Company (SCE) filed an Application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting an increase in SCE's electric revenues related to its proposed platform for facilitating the automatic exchange of customer usage data to authorized third parties. On July 28, 2011, the CPUC issued Decision (D.) 11-07-056, which ordered SCE, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) to file applications with the CPUC to provide third party access to a customer's energy usage data via the utility backhaul when authorized by the customer. SCE's Application was filed pursuant to the CPUC's directive, and its proposed automated data exchange platform will use a common data format consistent with ongoing national Smart Grid standards efforts. The following table compares SCE's current average rates to proposed increase in average rates if , SCE's proposals in this Application are approved by the Commission: CUSTOMER GROUP REVENUE IMPACT Revenue Change Customer Group ($MIIlions) Residential 1.190 0.833 0.275 0.071 Ughnfl-Small and Medium Power Large Power Agdcultural and Pumping 'Street and Area Lighting 0.006 Total 2,376 % Present Bundled Rates Change i (lkWh) 0.03% 15.869 0.02% 15.077 0.01% 10.027 0.02% 11.504 0.00% 18,025 0.02% 14.115 Proposed Bundled Rates (/kWh) 15.873 15.080 10.028 11.507 18,026 14.118 The actual changes in rates will be determined by the CPUC. THE CPUC WELCOMES YOUR PARTICIPATION AND COMMENTS Before acting on SCE's Application, the CPUC may hold evidentiary hearings. At the hearings, SCE, the CPUC's independent Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), and other formal parties of record will provide testimony and will be subject to cross-examination before a CPUC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). These hearings are open to the public, but only those who are formal parties of record may participate. Parties may offer proposals that differ from those presented in SCE's application. After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process, the assigned ALJ will issue a proposed decision that the CPUC will either adopt, amend, or modify in issuing its final decision on the application. The CPUC's decision may differ from what is requested by SCE in its Application. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION FROM SCE As noted above, you may review a copy of this Application and related exhibits at SCE's corporate headquarters (2244 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770). You may also view these materials at the following SCE business offices: 1 Pebbly Beach Rd. 30553 Rimrock Rd. 374 Lagoon St., Avalon, CA 90704 Barstow, CA 92311 glshop, CA 93514 i 505 W. 14 = Ave. 13001 Chateau Rd. 510 S. China Lake Blvd., Blythe, CA 92225 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 Ridgecrest, CA 93555 26364 Pine Ave. 41694 Dinkey Creek Rd. 421 W. J St., Rimforast, CA 92378 I Shaver Lake, CA 93664 . Tehachapi, CA 93561 I 120 Woodland Dr., 6999 Old Woman Springs Rd. Wofford Heights, CA 93285 Yucca Valley, CA 92284 Customers with Intemet access may view and download SCE's application and the papers supporting it on SCE's web site, www.s.comlaoolications. Those without Intemet access or anyone wishing to obtain more information about the application or hard copies of some or all of the materials should send a written request, referring to Application No. 12-03-004 to: Southern California Edison Company P.O. Box 800 Rosemead, CA 91770 Attention: Case Administration You may also review a copy of this application and related exhibits at SCE's corporate headquarters (2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead, CA91770). Los usuados con acceso al Interact podrn leer y descargar esta notificacion en espaffol en el sitio Web de SCE www.sce.com/avisos o escriba a: Southern California Edison Company P.O. Box 800 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead, CA 91770 Atencibn: Comunicaciones Corporativas CPUC PROCESS If you wish to comment on this proceeding, you may submit written correspondence or send an email to the CPUC's Public Advisor's Office at the address shown below. Please state that you are writing concerning SCE's application A.12-03-004. Your comments will become a part of the formal correspondence file for public comment in this proceeding. The Public Advisors Office will circulate your comments to the five Commissioners, the ALJ, DRA, and to CPUC staff assigned to this proceeding. You may also write to the CPUC if you need advice on how to participate in this proceeding, or would like to receive further notices regarding the date, time, and placa of any hearing on SCE's application The Public Advisor California Public Utilities Commission 320 West Fourth Street, Suite 500 Los Angeles, CA 90013 Email: Public.Advisor.latceuc.ca.oov When writing, please refer to Application No. 12-03-004. Please state if you would like a response, otherwise no response will be sent. You may review a copy of the Application at the CPUC's Formal Files Office at 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA Monday through Friday between the hours, of 8:00 A.M. to noon daily. March 5, 2012. 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