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Environ Strategy: Cutting edge addition to Island BY THERESA CUMMINGS Avalon officials recently grant- ed Environ Strategy Consultants a five-year contract to continue improving the operation and main- tenance of Catalina's-wastewater and saltwater utilities The City Council was apparent- ly pleased with the way Enviror fulfilled its one-year contract tO L take over the ciLy's sewer and water treatment operations from the previous company. In their first, year of operation, Environ staff reportedly discov- ered an oil spiil, a brick and bucket located in the pump, floor mats placed in the clarifier, and a funnel in the sludg e thickener. Environ personnel also report- edly discovered over 10 tons of grit and sand that needed to be removed from the city's water system. In addiuon to eliminat- ing such grit, Environ has had innumerable challenges getting the system up to an effective Oper- ating system, facing maintenance. failures at every juncture. "It has been an incredible chal- lenge, but we are up for it and are happy to assist the Island in devel oping effective processes that pro: vide a tangible means for the use of water services on Catalina,'" said Ry-an Bonner, vice president. Of Environ. The condition of the water system wasn't the only chal- lenge Environ had to face. There were also the problems unique to Avalon--r-the only city in the United States that uses saltwater to flush toilets. It is a very corrosive system in use since the early 1950s. The only other country .utilizing salt water to flush their toilets is China, which began using salt water in 2009 because of a drought. Last summer, a st water valve blew out as a result of corrosion. Unfortunately, the way the Avalon water system was set up, when one valve failed the entire system went down. When a salt wat valve blew out due to deterioration Of the valves, no toilets could be flushed and visitors were very upset, com- plained, and requested refunds for their reservations at hotels. Environ installed new valves so that when one line went down, the Catalina Casino receives preservation award rest of the system could function. "We were able to present the most current technology to the city," company founder Bruce Bonner said. "This technology was able to create multiple on- ing breaks using technology that would keep the-flow of salt vater in. motion, without disruptin the use of salt water in the commu- nity." Installing the technology required technicians who were accustomed to installing vveS . while dealing with unprecedted water pressure. Environ Stratrgy is nearly completed with the proj- ect. "We have experienced se,eral incidents that have challengec our new system and they have proven effective," said Bruce Bonner. "I've always been involved in (my:= father's industry," Ryan BOnner said "I began a profes- sional*career 13 years ago and have worked the last 5 years with Environ Strategy Consulting. Our offices are in Orange, California." Botmer continued, "Since I started asa child, it's been amazing to rise up to become the Vice President of Environ Strategy and have had former employees of my father's former business come in to create a great tearn." "Our elatire emphasis is to treat all projects and people equally. We want our employees to have a long term professional relation- ship with our organization, and that requires us to promote an exceptional team effort," Ryan Bonner said. The Los Angeles Conservancy annonced the 31st Annual Pres- ervation Awards, which are to be presented at a luncheon on Thurs- :lay, May 10. The exterior restoration of the t00-year-old plus Casino building ranked among the best in historic preservation in Los Angeles, ac- cording to the Los Angeles Con- servancy., It will bestowhonors on the winners of its 31st Annual Pres- ervation Awards, which recognize autstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. "Each project has a unique, zompelling story that conveys tffe power of preservation in strength- ening and revitalizing communi- ties," said Linda Dishman, the Conservancy's executive director. "We applaud all the recipients for their vision, commitment, and per- severance." The Los Angeles Conservancy noted the Casino was a public icon with a private owner that had made a firm commitment to the land- mark's preservation by commis- sioning its first full-scale exterior restoration, repairing and conserv- ing the building's unique historic features. The Conservancy will present the awards at a luncheon on Thurs- day, May 10, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Sponsored by City National Bank for the 12th consec- utive year, the luncheon draws 600 business and community leaders and has a reputation for being one of the most inspirational awards programs in Los Angeles. Fairness for all Past term accomplishments Initiated to increase boat.subsidy for adults and children Initiated Contractors service placards with savings passed on to you Revised parking times on city Streets to help reduce parking tickets Encouraged Vons to secure shopping carts to alleviate abandoned carts And much more If elected, I will pursue More events such as music festivals (Hispanic, Country, Rock, etc), Sporting Events, Arts and Theatre and other activities Home ownership opportunities Job opportunities for our local citizens Competitive swimming pool for all ages and events Community center Community gardens Catalina Classic race to return STAFF REPORT Thirty-five years after the origi- nal Catalina Classic, the longboard Skateboard race is coming back to the Island. Longboard skateboard racers will zoom down the hills of" Cata- lina on May 5 and 6 to compete for the $5,000 in prize money. In the original Catalina Classic, skateboarders rode down a 250 yard downhill race course tucked in the hills of Catalina. Those skaters inspired genera- tions of riders. The resurrection of the Catalina Island Classic will feature a week- end-long Island event with live music performances, a mip demo featuring Mike Vallely and Elephant Brand Skateboards, and a 1.2 mile, invitation only down- hill race. "This is the beginning of a beau- tiful thing" said a prepared state- ment from Rivera Skateboards, the event's organizer. "We're now on the cusp of something great, watching the" longboard scene morph into something of a more publicly accepted downhill adren- aline sport. Riviera Skateboards is pioneering the way, with this invitational that is sure to draw a respectable crowd, especially with the invited racers on the lineup." Spectators are welcome. Birthdays April 6, 2012 Lenny Altherr Jim Cheek Javier Jimenez Ahlea Hooikalka April 7, 2012 Aiyana Heruandez Keith Regaldo Mary Boyd April 8, 2012 Sarah Bowman Derek Quesenberry Erika E Lopez Rita Amthor Jocelyn Rubio April 9, 2012 Adrian Octavo Julian Tejeda Cesar Tejeda Roberto Tejeda Jr. April 10, 2012 Jerry_ Mann Maria Bravo Jason Cisneros April 11, 2012 Karen Hall Mark Hooikaika Daniel Tejeda Sarah Elizabeth Merkely Shiloh Agresta April 12, 2012 Mark helps Anniveries April 6, 2012 Rich & Sue Ponce Raul & Made Hernandez April 10, 2012 Eileen & David Zeller 61 Friday, April 6. 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER