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@ JEFFREY WEST'S FIRST said. The image wouldn't leave his West said that overall, he spent NOVEL ABOUT TERROR ON mind. He said that when you are five or six months of research on CATALINA FEATURES LOCAL- sailing, there is nothing to do ex- the project, in addition to the writ- VETS DEFENDING THEIR cept look at the sails and imagine, ing and editing. HOMETOWN West wondered what would Inall, the project took a year to happen if the Island were attacked complete. BY CHARLES M. KELLY by terrorists. While the story was being de- As a former executive in the veloped, he quickly realized that Located 26 m~es from the Cali- firearms industry, West knew peo- Island war veterans, of Vietnam fomia coastline, Catalina Island is ple in the military and law enforce- and other conflicts, would have to beautiful--and isolated, ment commurflties, play a pivotal role in the book. That isolation is critical to the West contacted them and began "I knew that there were veterans plot of Jeffrey West's novel "Ava- researching the story he wanted to on the Island because every time I Ion," in which terrorists strike on write, visited the Island, I would see the the Island. He interviewed military people POW flag flying," West said. The Island's isolation came to about military tactics. He inter- "I felt a very strong connection" mind one day while West was sail- viewed sheriff's personnel to learn with Vietnam veterans and other ing to Catalina Island. what weapons and tactics they veterans," West said. "I had been sailing to the Island would use against terrorists at a He wondered what Vietnam for some time," West said. remote location, vets would do if a terrorist attack West said he has been to the Is- He initially spent a couple of occurred in their town. land about 20 times over the years, months researching the story. "They definitely had to be part staying for about two days each Then he sat down to write "Ava- ofthe story," West said. visit. Ion." However, the story changed West is currently on the East "I just had an image of the as he wrote arid so did the research Coast of the United States, re- vulnerability of the Island," West demands ofhisplot, searching his second novel. He said he about the couldn't reveal details new book. He did how- ever sharethat it won't Catalina Island. be set on NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION Notice ts hereby given that the public agency named below h~ co~leted an Initial Study of the following deset~d project at the followka8 hr.~cr Public Ageecy: C~y of Aval~ Project Name: Pebbly Beach Road Rec&fatl Mitigation Project The Project Involves the testallatton of devices to mitigate poten~al reckfall ftam the laKstd~ immediately adjacent to Pebbly Beach Roll. lra:ludtog K-tail along the roadway and Installation of rodffall draperies on the hllhldes. In ~meral, areas with rockfall "chutes" will he protected with engineered raclffall heftier. The s~h aad size of each barrlex ts dependent ~ the steeliness of the slope and the stze of potontial Ix~de~. Ateas of projecting rock one~roR)mgs will be covered using reckfall draperies. These draperies are made of w~e mesh of varyt~ stnmgths and design depeuding on the size at,xl natttte of the rock dope. In either case, tt~ exls~ng K-raft world he left m place at the base of slopes and exlended to teclt~le otheX areas. Project Lcxatlon: In the seaward-facing hillsides along Pebbly Beach Road, exte~ south from the deveinpud ~ of the City of Avalon. See attached map. Th~ Initial Study was compleled In acc.ordae, ce wlth the State's Gttldetlnes ~mplemenflng the Calffor~a Envl~:mmeatal Qualtty Act Tl~ Initial Study was undemlton for the purpose of deciding whether the lxoJect may have a slgnlflca~ effect ~ the envlromnant, Dn the basis of such Iaitial study, the City's Staff has concluded that the project will not have a significant effect on the envtrotmsmt, and has therefore prepaid a Draft Negative Declm-atlot~ The Initial Study reflects the Indepepdent judgment of the City. The Project site IS on a list con~allad, punnant to C.ovemmem Code ~ctlon 65962.5. X The Project site IS NOT on a list complied lmrsuam to Govefra~ent Code seclton 65962.5. The proposed project IS om-aldered a p~ect of siat~wtde, rngtonal or aroawlde s~hqc~mce. X The proposed project IS NOT comtdet'ed a project of statewlde, tegkmal or ~a'e~wlde s~ The proposed project WILL affect ~ or other faellltt~ uud~ theJmtsdlctthn of the stm Department of Tmmlmrta~. X The proposad project WILL NOT m*fect kll#ways ~ other facilities onder the jurisdiction of the Slate Department of Trampottatlon. A seopteg meeting WILL he held by the lead asency. X A seoptng meeOng WILL NOT he held by the lead ngency. Copies of the InRlal Study and Draft Negative Dedaratlml are on file and ate ~e f~ pebllc review at the Cit] of Avalon. Addregs: 410 Avalo~ Canyon Road, Avakm+ CA Cortm~nls will be tet~ived from M~a'ch 16. 2011 until April 15, 2011 Any person wishing to commem on tl~ mattec rm~t submR such omm'~mt~ In writtr~ to the City prtor to thL$ date. Ommneats of-all Responslble Asencles are also requested. The City Commfl will colkstd~ the pmJ e~1 and the Draft Nngative Dedara~on at l~ meeitng on: Date:Ap~llO, 201l I Time: ?p.ln, I Place: 410 Avalon Cyr~ Rd.. Avalon If the City Coonctl finds that the project will not imve a st~aftc-am effect on the onvlmmmm, It may adopt the Negative Declam~n. This means that the City Com~ll may proceed to consider Ihe project without the preparat~n of an Envl~ Impect Report. Before you go back to the mainland... take a little Catalina with you. Subscribe Today. Cfl fll ll ISI gI DER P.O. Box 428 Avalon. CA 90704 Tel: (310) 510-0500 Fax: (310) 510-2882 emaih CATALINA'S AVIATION HISTORY." 1946.Present Avalon Veteran's Memorial Park Purchase a Brick for the Memorial Contact Dave Gardner (310) 510-1484 or write: Avalon Veterans of Foreign Wars P.O. Box 1672 Avalon, Ca 90704 The fascinating story of Catalina's legacy of aviation. include: Available at the following Stores: * Buoys & Gulls * Catalina By-The-Sea *Catalina Island Conservancy *Catalina Island Museum * Catalina Souvenir Shop * DC-3 Gifts & Gdll * Latitude 33 * Steamer Trunk * Sugarloaf Books A Channel Catalina production www. channelcatali na. corn LARGE ITEM On Wednesday, April 20, the Residential Large Item Pickup will be held from The Terraces through Sumner and Tremont Apartments, EucalyptusHill,BirdPark,Fairview. On Wednesday, April 27 the large item pick up will be held from Sunny Lane to Cami- no del Monte, Hamilton Cove and Pebbly Beach housing. Only the following items will be accepted: Mattresses, bed frame or headboards, sofas, chairs, ta- bles, dressers, washer, dryer, dish- washer, water heater, trash com- pactor, stove or oven, microwave. No small appliances, electron- ics, computer equipment, bicycles,. childrens toys, exercise equipment, construction materials, or deco- rative items (lamps, rugs, etc.). For more information, call 510- 0675 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon with any questions. Items must be placed at curbside no later than 7 a.m. the day of the pick- up. Pleasedo not place any item out before 5 p.m. on the previous day. 4 1 Friday, March 25, 2011 ! The CATAUNA ISLANDER