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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY March 21, 2014 ~'W W W. T H e C V:A:|;A II:LO N IDs:;.C 12 BRI[FS Final Candidates' Question This week marks the end of the Islander's weekly question for the candidates for the Avalon City Council. This answer concerns whether the city should invest in a floating pier/cruise ship berth- ing facility. See story, page 6 El Encanto Update As construction continues on the former El Encanto building, the new destination spa is beginning to emerge and is due to open early summer. See story, page 2 Health Insurance help Catalina Medical Center is offer- ing the free services of certified health insurance enrollment counselor, Sandra Gutierrez. To make an appointment call (310) 510-5159. Leave a message with your name and phone number. Appointments and call backs are Mondays 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Conversations with the City Council candidates KISL candid interviews give you the personality behind the poli- tics. Aired every day at noon from March 21 to 28 on 88.7 FM Lancers in high gear Several spring sports programs at Avalon High received high place- ment on the ClF polls. See story, page 5 19th Annual Conservancy Ball has a coastal theme The 19th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball celebrates an aspect of the isle's rugged coast- line familiar to many Islanders and boaters alike: the secluded inlets that ring the Island and "Let's Explore."-See story, page 8 Water problems loom The Santa Catalina Island Company is as concerned as anyone about the current drought situation and what it means to Catalina Island. See story, page 9 AHS Athletes of the Week Sophomore Keani Hernandez led her team to its first win of the season. Anthony Hernandez led the golf team to its first two league game wins of the season shooting 35 on the front 9 and 32 on the back 9. See story, page 8 What's Happening? Check out the upcoming events happening around Catalina Island and Avalon in the coming weeks in the Islander Calendar. See Story on page 2 Second Annual Kids Run joins in Marathon activities For the second year in a row, Mindy Malen of the Hermosa Hotel organized a Kids Run as part of the Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon on Saturday, March 15. This year, the Kids Run attracted 65 Participants who earned medals. The Avalon PTA, Three Palms Arcade and Hermosa Hotel Covered all the entry fees for these children once again. "I'm really thrilled to learn that there will be a Kids Run added in November in conjunction with the Conservancy's EcoMarathon event so the kiddos won't have to wait a full year for their next big event," Malan said. The kids were excited about the event his year and many talked about it during the week at Avalon Schools. Photo courtesy of Carlos Martinez CIMC announces bold new plans to expand the event BY JUDY HIBBS On Thursday, May 22, down= town Avalon will be transformed into a "Celebration of Health," according to Catalina Island Medical Center's Dawn Sampson, LCSW and the Coordinator of this year's Community Health Fair. "We're 'taking it to the streets' from its customary April date with a "Health Fest" concept to to May 22 to make preparations make low Cost screenings and and plans for a "fair weather" professional healthcare consulta- event that will be convenient for tions accessible to residents and locals on their lunch hours, visi- visitors" Sampson announced, tors strolling by, school students After nearly two decades of and seniors. using the Casino ballroom for its "We want to make healthy annual health fair, CIMC has cho- options and intervention possible sen to offer a "Health Fest" type for anyone who needs it," Sampson approach this spring with outdoor said. In past years many of those tents, booths and vendors livening who struggled to find the time to up Front Street from 9 a.m. to 3 go out to the Casino or lacked the p.m. strength to make it up the ramps The event has been postponed Health Fair, Page 2 BB Mid-year budget review finds deficit reduced by $900K BY CHARLES M. KELLY Avalon's deficit has decreased by more than $900,000, City Manager Ben Harvey told the City Council on Tuesday, March 18. The deficit was originally $1.6 million. But during the mid-year budget review at Tuesday's council meeting, covering the period from July 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2013, Harvey said the deficit had been reduced to $688,971. According to the staff report by Project Manager Gina Suchard, staff had an 80 percent confidence level on the status of the city's reserves. Suchard's mid-year bud- get review put the confidence level at 90 percent. Suchard's staff report projected an increase in revenue to $ 800,262, based on several assumptions. The report said Transient Occupancy Tax revenue is expected to increase by $50,000. Harvey said that the city had received 47 percent of the bud- geted revenues by mid-year and that the city had spent 43 percent of budgeted expenses. Harvey attributed the decrease in the deficit to several causes, including offsets from Packy Offield for the Joe Machado Field Deficit, Page 4 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Other Chaplin BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," avail- able on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. As you know if you read this paper with any fre- quency, on May 17 of this year the Catalina Island Museum will be present- ing perhaps the most remarkable Silent Film Benefit in the history of that annual event. The Silent classic "City Lights," directed by (and starring) Charlie Chaplin, will be shown in all its glory while accompanied by a 39-piece orchestra belt- ing out tunes largely written and composed by Chaplin himself. Everyone loves Char- lie Chaplin. He is one of those rare individuals who seems to have tran- scended the numerous "genera- tion gaps" over the past century. Watson, Page 11 Sydney Chaplin with actress Joan Collins in 1954. Photo courtesy Joan Co'llins Archives).