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Two of the devices The Conservancy's Trails work. Program, Facilities Department, The app works with iPhone will add comfort and AmeriCorps and other volunteers 4.0+, iPad, iPod Touch and pleasure for all all contributed to building the new Android. structures. The app can be found by search- BY JIM WATSON .Peter Dixon and Rebecca ing for "Santa Catalina Island" Cano from the Conservancy'sin the appropriate app store on Thanks to a generous donation Ackerman Native Plant Nursery iPhones or Androids. to the Catalina Island Conservancy located at Middle Ranch planted Anyone wishing to learn more on the part of the Elliott Family native Catalina wildflowers in the about hiking on the Island, includ- Foundation, hikers on Catalina stone planter at the Hermit Gulch ing getting assistance in determin- Island now have two more shade Trail structure, ing appropriate hikes for their structures on the Island where In addition to helping build specific hiking ability, can consult they can rest their weary bones shadestructures,theConservancy's with Conservancy personnel at and find refuge from the broiling Trails Program staff perform a any Conservancy location, includ- sun. variety of hiking trail-oriented ing the Conservancy's headquar- As with other similar shade tasks, from fixing damaged signs ters at 3rd and Clarissa streets, structures on the Island, these to assessing future trail needs, the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic latest additions also come with a Prospective hikers can scout Garden, Nature Center in Avalon great view. out a number of hikes on the Canyon or at the Airport in the One of the new ramada-style Island with the Conservancy's Sky in the Island's interior. structures is located at the top iPhone and Droid apps. The Conservancy offers a paper of the ridge above the Wrigley The latest application offers a hiking map for purchase at any of Memorial & Botanic Garden GPS-driven map that allows the the Conservancy locations men- where the Hermit Gulch Trail user to experience a guided walk tioned above. meets the Divide Road. The sec- to some of the most popular trails Hiking permits are required for ond shelter is located between on the Island. hiking on Catalina. Permits are Little Harbor and Two Harbors on The bundled app costs $3.99free, however contributions to the the Trans-Catalina Trail between with a portion of the purchase Conservancy's Trails Program are mile posts 23 and 24. going to support the Conservancy's gladly accepted. Steve's Steakhouse selection and wine menu. This led to her selling her company to launch Avalon's addition will mark a brand new and moving full-time to Catalina. era in Avalon's history by intro- An island resident of twelve years, newest restaurant ducing fine dining to this quaint she's utilized her extensive design resort town located 22 miles off background to redesign Steve's STAFF REPORT the coast of Southern California. Steakhouse. Bray's grandfather served as the Maggie's Blue Rose will reflect Restaurateur Steve Bray and local sheriff for over 25 years and Margaret's passion and talent, his wife Margaret announce the father, a captain, ran the Avalon making it Avalon's newest upscale opening of Avalon's newest res- Mooring Service. Steve Bray has offering. For more information taurant, Maggie's Blue Rose. continued this success by opening about Steve's Steakhouse and Maggie's Blue Rose will fea- his own steak and seafood restau- Maggie's Blue Rose, visit www. ture authentic Mexican cuisine rant, Steve's Steakhouse, in 2001. and www. paired with an extensive margarita Margaret's love of the island Meet Lucy like featured in the Islander's Avalon residents Debbie and Pet of the Week feature? Mike Segrest with best friend Send information and photo Lucy enjoying a blustery April by e-mail to editor@thecatali- day. Do you have a pet you would Photo by Jon Remy | ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... : ......................................................................... I &Dvr.mrlsEMEmr I regretfully write to explain to the people of Avalon the harassment I suspect that the City is not going to stop harassing me. Should it be that I, and my small business, have been subjected to. It is a warning the City's intention to attempt enforcement ina way that will further in- to any small business in the City that you will either accept whatever terfere with my business activities, immediate and permanent harm treatment the City chooses or be brutally singled out for abuse as the would occur to my business name, character, and existing contractual re- result. I have worked and owned businesses in this community for close lationships. I will respond to such action by seeking judicial intervention to 25 years. I have paid nearly $5oo,ooo.oo in lease payments, Harbor in the form of a Temporary Restraining Order/Permanent Injunction. Use Fees and Activity Tax to the City in that time. Certain members of the City Council want to force me out of business. I provide a quality experience for thousands of visitors a year who I ask that you not allow them to do this. It is time for the citizens stay in hotels, eat in restaurants and contribute to the overall economy of Avalon to understand that if this level of abuse can be imposed on of Avalon. The harassment from the City of Avalon has taken several me, you may well be next! Let the City know that you will not tolerate forms, all of which will come out in court, and that is the direction we abuse of power, or pay extraordinary attorneys' fees to the City Attor- are headed. I will expose the corruption at City Hall and how my civil ney's private firm. liberties have been violated. I want to work in peace with my Avalon neighbors and I ask that you I have a list of two dozen people who will be deposed for the truth help me do so. I apologize to the people of Avalon, especially in our time to be exposed. In an attempt to force my compliance, with absolutely of financial crisis. Once again your money is being wasted. I cannot unreasonable demands, the City of Avalon has singled me out. Because allow the discriminatory practices of our city government to continue. I finally began to fight back against this harassment, the City Attorney has out-sourced the law firm of Best, Best and Krieger, a firm in which Thank you, he is a partner. To date, the City has incurred thousands of dollars of David Lieberman Avalon tax payer money in attorneys' fees in their attempts to force me Catalina Snorkel & Scuba out of business. This has all been to the benefit of the City Attorney and his firm.