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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY March 25, 2016 VOLUME 102, ISSUE 13 Www.THECATALI NAISLANDER.COM 41 BRI[[S ISLANDER POLL See page 14 for this week's online Community Poll and the results of last week's poll, Only on Catalina Chuck Liddell looks back on his participation in an Easter pageant on the Island. See story, page 3 All Things Scuba ... Visibility was at 50 feet in the Casino Dive Park this week. See story, page 7 Humane Society to hold Yard Sale Snap up some treasures, col- lectibles and special one-of- a-kind items at the Catalina Island Humane Society Yard Sale Saturday April 2 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See story, page 9 Boating meets the sharing economy The sharing economy (folks sharing homes, cars and even pets) has moved offshore to the water. The concept has sailed in new direc- tions with BOAT sharing now the latest craze. See story, page 10 Visitor count decreases 3% The year-to-date visitor traffic was down slightly more than 3 percent in February, according to figures recently released by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. See story, page11 Lobster Trap and Virgie's Snack Bar win The luck of the Irish was with The Lobster Trap and Virgie's Snack , Bar on this St. Patrick's Day--at least on the softball field, where both teams won. See story, page 12 On the Water Capt. King has a few dreams to chase around Catalina Island. See story, page 13 Opinion: Finding Catalina A native of Northern California, author Mark Marchetti shares the story of how he came to Catalina Island, one of two places where' he doesn't experience writer's block. See story, page 14 Funds allow hospital to drain 400 gallons of water from heaters BY JUDY HIBBS FOR THE CATALINA ISLANDER Catalina Island Medical Center has received a new grant for an emergency water project. The Earthquake Country Alliance is a partnership of public and pri- vate organizations and people who work together to improve earth- quake preparedness. Their goal is to make any disaster less severe and to improve recovery options for those who are affected. ECA provides information and resources to help everyone who lives, works, or travels in earth- quake country to prepare for disas- ter, to survive and most importantly return to a normal state after an emergency. ECA selects worthy projects to fund with mini-awards that will fund resources or programs for earthquake preparedness. CIMC applied for an ECA Emergency Water Project grant and was awarded $500. Catalina Island Medical Center is the only source of medical ser- vices for 4,500 residents and up to 1 million visitors each year. In the case of a large scale emergency or disaster, relief supplies including water are very limited. Additional resources from the mainland could take several days to reach Avalon. Disaster Preparedness protocols Co;nie Lackey, left, Earthquake Country Alliance SoCal Coordinating Committee Chair from Providence Health & Services and Janet Seebert, RN Disaster Preparedness Coordinator at Catalina Island Medical Center pose at the awards ceremony for an ECA Regional Workshop on Friday, March 18 at the which was held at Burbank Fire Department Training Center. CIMC applied for an ECA Emergency Water Project grant and was awarded $500. Courtesy photo for Catalina Island, designate the with all state health regulations. Medical Center as a central loca- This grant will enable the Medical tion that residents and visitors will Center to follow specific guidelines come to if traditional water and set by federal agencies such as the emergency resources are exhaust- Center of Disease Control to utilize ed, become inaccessible or are no any water drained from existing hot longer available, water tanks. Frequent disaster drills This grant money pays for the in coordination with local Fire and purchase of a hospital grade system Sheriff personnel couM incorporate to drain up to 400 gallons of pota- the draining of one hot water heater ble water from the Medical Center's to give "first responders" and hos- five hot water heaters. Approved pital staff members the experience containers to hold the drained water they need to access this emergency would make it portable and acces- water source. sible in the case of an emergency For more information on disas- within the hospital and the commu- ter or earthquake preparedness, call nity. This js a new funding opportu- 310-510-0700. The Medical Center nity for a previously untapped water is committed to providing quality resource. CIMC needs to pur- health care to each individual and chase government approved piping, improve the overall health of the tools and containers in compliance community. Ten people are contending for City Hall seats BY CHARLES M. KELLY The April 12 Avalon munici- pal election is approaching. A Candidates Forum will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in the City Council Chambers. The deadline to email questions to the candidates is noon, the day of the forum. You may send your questions to elec- The Santa Catalina Island Company will not allow campaign signage on company-owned prop- erties. The Island Company is the largest private property owner on the island. Read statements from the candidates. See pages 4-7 Eleven individuals are run- ning for city office this year. City Treasurer Christy Lins is running unopposed for re-election. Mayor Anni Marshall will be challenged by current Councilwoman Cinde Cassidy and former council- man Ralph Morrow. Running for re-election are councilmen Oley Olsen and Richard Hernandez. Challenging them are former coun- cil member Michael Ponce, former fire chief and former part time city manager Steven Hoefs, Planning Commissioner . Bruce Fertig, Planning Commissioner Yolanda Montano, and resident Sandra Putnum. Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: WHAT'S IN A NAME? BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," avail-1 able at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Have you ever been to Fat City? Well, if you've ever been to Manteca, California, then you have indeed been there since the word "manteca" in Spanish literally means "lard." Check it out the next time you're in the meat section at Vons, where they sell little bricks of it. Then there's "Ash Tree" (Fresno), "Reindeer" (Reno) and "Cerritos" ("little hills"). And who could forget Las Vegas, which literally translates to "the meadows." Go fig- ure that one. The study of place names is a fascinating sub-genre in the discipline of Geography and the Watson, Page 15 Orizaba peak dominates the skyline of Orizaba on Catalina Island was named the Mexican state of Veracruz. In all likelihood, Mt. after this dormant stratovolcano. Photo courtesy sum- 4Ir~: