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Page 2 The CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, April 7, 2006 11 I l l This week, first the three can- didates for mayor of Avalon will answer the final question in the Catalina Islander election 2006 Candidates Forum. After the mayor candidates, the six people running for the Avalon City Council give their answer. zens and long-time hardworking members of this community. They obey the law, they pay taxes, they vote, and they are deeply invested in this community and its future. This question appears to focus more on race; and a discussion of race has no place in this forum. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and to abide by and respect the laws of this country. I refuse to look the other way on IH|S WEEK", QUESTION illegal immigration or those who Half of the population of Avalon is Hispanic and they are facing a variety of complex issues. How would you address the issues of jobs, discrimination and immigration? Ralph J. Morrow, Jr Yes, half the population here is of Hispanic her- itage. However, the complex issues this question is suggesting do not affect that whole population. Recent events have focused a spotlight on our illegal immigrant population. This portion of the population, in my estimation, is closer to 5 percent. The other 95 percent of the Hispanic community here are American and documented citi- 101 Madlla 16 Avalon, lifomk 90704 (310) S10.0SO0 Fax: (310) 810-2882 exploit immigrants for financial gain or to pursue some other agen- 'da. The'United States is more than just a job waiting for an ille- gal immigrant. It is more than free social programs to take advantage of. I was lucky enough to be born here. I have dedicated my life to my community and my country. I have the utmost respect for any man or woman who chooses to renounce their own birth citizen- ship and choose to become a part of this Country and abide by the laws and processes to become a citizen. Unless I'm blind as a bat, I do not see discrimination in our city, but there is some racism which needs to stop. Most of the shops, restaurants, hotels, etc. have His- panics working in them. Where I work Hispanics are the majority and I have to say that they are the hardest working men and women that I have ever had the privilege to work with. Legal immigration into the United States is a great thing. Ille- gal immigration is against the law, pure and simple. When you are elected to pub- lic office, you take an oath to pro- tect and defend the Constitution. Whatever they decide in Wash- ington D.C. regarding immigra- tion, I will abide by. This is a country governed by the rule of law. Finally, I feel that I have a compassion for the Hispanic cause, which I base in part because I am Latino on my mother's side, and if she were still living would be very proud of me. Robert Kennedy All residents of TimWinslow Avalon are facing The job marketissues. These issues in Avalofi is similar include housing, to the housing mar- quality of life, cost of living and of ket for everyone,late, immigration. We all come to this wonderful I am not aware of anyone that place to live and work, but it has an issue with getting a job. I appears that finding a job is easier have witnessed those that I would than finding a place to live. I eonsider unempl0yable working. I believe we have reached the sam- am not aware of any discrimina- ration point where the limited jobs tion-taking place within our corn- in Avalon (year round) have been munity. filled and the limited housing has Immigration as part of the been filled, question of the week is a federal With regard to our Hispanic issue. This issue is a subject of community specifically, look contention within our federal gov- around, more and more Hispanic's eminent as we speak. Immigration are buying businesses and aggres- will become a local issue the day sively pursuing the American Washington sets law and policy dream, and installs their revised mocha- Dan Teckenoff, Pubh her daMtclnews.us Dennis Kaiser, Editor edecinews.us Deug Oudin Staff Writer~Two Harbors Angela Teckenoff, Omce ldanager angel nem.us Michelle Manion, Editorial Design ad lnews.us Oatalua blander Vekme: $4 lure: 14 ismm Dire: Apdl 7, 2006 (USES 003440) Acceptance onder 39C, ER. 3464 Periodicals ~ paid at A~lon, CA 90704 and olher addiUonal 0m~. Adjudication Decree NO. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of 'Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudica~on: Catalina k~nder. Published weekly at 101 Madlia Avenue. #6 Avelon, CA 90704. m Calendar: Noon Monday Nms: fi p.m. Monday Display ~g: 2 p.m.Tuesday Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday Leell/Public Nndce 5 p.m. Monday One Year Subrcdption: Catalina $36 Mainland : $42 Subscriptions via Rrst Class Mail are a~ilabte fix $75 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 1he entire coMe~s of "l~e Catalina islander are cop,#ghted by 1he Cllna Islmd~'. Ne pert may be relxocluced in any fashlon ~ ~tea e~e~t ment~ m .~o~ee t~er. ~ P loud Member o~ t~e C~ NEWSRkPER PUBIJ(~IIERS ~A110fl PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT AN AMENDED MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION CITY OF AVALON AVALON CIVIC CENTER, CITY OF AVALON FIRE STATION, DAY CARE FACILITY, SKATE PARK AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY LIFE GUARD FACILITY PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Construction of new life guard facility to include storage of equipment, administrative off;ces and staff housing. PROJECT LOCATION: approximately 400 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA 90704 (Site also known as Las Casitas) PROJECT PROPONENT: City of Avalon, RO. Box 707, Avalon, CA. 90704 Contact person: Pete Woolson, Assistant City Manager, (310) 510-0220 Pursuant to the authority and criteria contained in the California Environ- mental Quality Act and the Environmental Impact Report Guidelines of the City of Avalon, the Lead Agency has analyzed the project and determined that the project will have a significant impact on the environment. The Agency also determined that no toxic sites are included in the project. A period of twenty (20) days from the date of publication of the notice of this Intent to Adopt will be provided to enable public review of the project specifications, the Initial Study and these documents prior to the final adoption of the Negative Declaration by the Lead Agency. A copy of the amended negative declaration is on file in the Planning Department, Avalon City Hall, 220 A Metropole St Avalon, CA by Pete Woolson Director of Planning Published in The Catalina Islander, Friday, April 7, 2006 Posted: City Hall: Friday, April 7, 2006. nlsm of legal entry and system of enforcement. David Montgomery To answer this question I went to call on some of the long term Hispanic members of the community to get their input for a more accurate response to these issues. It has been some time since I have had any discussion on these topics. There were unanimous feelings on all three areas." 1. As far as jobs were con- cerned, the availability or lack of was the same for all regardless of race. 2. The issue of discrimination was the same in that it wasn't real- ly a problem. It was acknowledged that some employers were "cre- ative" in not paying overtime but they did it to all their employees. 3. On the issue of immigra- tion it was understood that there was no control of this by anyone here on the Island but it was, I felt, the one emotional topic. It was also believed that only a very small number of Hispanics were here illegally. The one issue that was felt to be more serious than the previous three was the lack of adequate housing including both low and middle income brackets. This issue by far was rated as a much larger problem and is probably the number one frustration. Again the problem of inade- quate housing shows up. A limited number of options can be done with ACIA but the real solution will have to come from a partner- ship between the City and the pri- Vate sector. Dan O'Connor The Hispanic population of Aval- on is a mainstay of the community, and the recent heat up on the immigra- tion issue at the national level trickles down even to our small, close knit town. We need the Latino people here because they work very hard and are an asset to the community. You can find them at all levels of work in the community, not just in the low paying and unskilled jobs some would like to stereotype them into. Discrimination is unac- ceptable at any level. The immi- gration issue is a tough one since even the Federal, Government can't seem to figure it out. The influx of undocumented workers strains our social and medical resources, but we must remember that these folks are only trying to do the best for them- salves and their families. I would like to ensure that the Latino's have the same playing field as everyone else--no better, no worse, and that they are dealt with fairly and receive the respect they deserve. Scott Nelson Jobs: I do not know of anyone who does not work or cannot get work in Avalon. Discrimination: I do not know of anyone who is discriminated against except the middle class who cannot get affordable hous- ing, regardless of race. Immigration: It's a state and Federal issue, I will obey whatev- er the laws require. The dist'mction should always be made between legal and illegal. Just like our laws there are legal laws and illegal laws. I do not get the choice of which one I will obey or disobey without a conse- quence behind my action. Mark Tas= The idea that our city government can change national law is not even available as a choice. We as sworn officials must follow the law as set down in Washington D.C or be in violation of our oath. Uichad Pun Immigration is a federal issue that can not be decided on a local level. But prejudice and discrimination have no place in our society. Dearie Fred Stout The imlnigra- tion issue is the responsibility of our federal government. They are working on the problem. To help alleviate the problem in Avalon employers should follow the existing I9 requirements and take the additional step of verify- ing that the information matches. PIONEER BUSINESS BUSINESS ACCOUNTING . 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