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Friday, April 7, 2006 The CATALINA ISLANDER. ~ Page 3 II By Christopher Blehm to illegal immigrants. Morrow said that it was "a The Avalon City Council on closed debate" until protestors Tuesday considered an application "started waving Mexicb.n flags and for a parade permit to allowgot people upset." protests against the HR4437 Morrow recalled the subse- immigration bill. It was the Coun- quent passage of 187 by a wide cil's last meeting before next margin before its eventual shelv- Tuesday's elections, ing by the 9th Circuit Court. The application requested Morrow made it clear he was approval for the duration of April not anti-demonstration. 5-10 from 3-5 p.m. "There are a lot of people in Lt. Pat Hunter of Avalon this town who served in the mili- Sheriff's Department recommend- tary, and fought for your right to ed granting the permit with certain demonstrate," he said. conditions. He did indicate that the Hunter suggested several protests might actually anger vot- requirements including notifica- ers, create a negative atmosphere, tion, availability ofeventorganiz- and lead to the passage of ers to answer questions, staying on HR4437, as he intoned it did with the sidewalks and out of the187. He further expressed concern streets, and allowing signs and over the protests on the weekend, vocal protests, but not banners or and the safety of our kids. mechanical noise makers (air"We don't want some redneck horns, etc.) coming into town, going crazy, Hunter defended both the and doing something really stu- First Amendment rights of the pro- pid" he said. testors and the sanctity of private Councilman Tim Winslow property in town. took exception to the wording of Mayor Ralph Morrow sug- the application, which sought gested to the applicants (none of "immediate permission" but also whom were present at the meet- stated, "but even though, if you hag) that a letter to our senators, don't give it to us, we still golma who will vote on the bill, might be protest." in order. "I don't like rewarding people Morrow cautioned against for threatening," Winslow said. potentially offensive behavior. "Raising the Mexican flag on U.S. ' lf you don't study history, soil is not going to get any votes. you're bound to repeat it." If you want to be American, raise He recalled Proposition 187,the American flag." which sought to deny all benefits However, Winslow defended m the First Amendment and the right to protest. Councilman John Regalado asked about accountability and the technicalities involving issuing a permit to a minor. City Attorney Pam Albers said that minors do have First Amendment rights as regards to free speech, and noted that the pre- vious protest set a peaceful prece- dent. Hunter acknowledged that previous protests occurred without incident, and added that protests are videotaped, and anyone dam- aging property, inciting violence, or otherwise breaking the law would be held individually accountable. Councilman Robert Kennedy expressed concern with the time of the protest potentially disrupting school. He defended the First Amendment and suggested granti- ng the permit with a slight modifi- cation of time from 3 to 3:30 p.m. to protect the operation of school and the rights of the students to learn. Kennedy's suggestion was adopted and the Council unani- mously approved the permit for April 5-10 from 3:30-5 p.m. The Vehicle Task Force fol- lowed with a presentation cover- ing countless hours of research and planning. Everything from vehicle crowding to shared car plans to narrow-gauge trams was discussed. The Council thanked the task force for their efforts and noted that the new council would have a lot of work to do. In other business: Virginia Sanchez promoted National Library Week, and Karla Parsons announced a May 13 Hoe- Down accompanied by some Wild West theatrics for the Council. Cowboy-hat-wearing, gun-toting desperados demanded the Coun- cil's attendance while handing out advertising fliers. The rent structure and chari- table donations of the Tuna and Yacht clubs were discussed, as the Yacht club requested a change in payment structure. Councilman Tim Winslow noted the low rent paid by the Club. "Let's lean on somebody" he said. The request was granted unanimously. A fond farewell was said to John Regalado, the only sitting Councilman not seeking reelection or higher office. He was praised for speaking his mind, listening, and voting the conscience of the town. In his farewell, Regalado expressed pride in the Council's accomplishments but disdain for "neglecting the middle class." He thanked everyone. For the record, that was not a tear in his eye - it was a "nervous itch." The Council thanked Regal- ado and reminded everyone to vote on Tuesday, April 11. Odie Hernandez t/December 28, 1930 - March 11, 2006~ Born and raised here in Aval- on. Graduated 1950, Avalon High School. Loved sports, especially basketball and football. Odie joined the U.S'. Army, served in Korea as a Corporal. After his discharge he returned home to Catalina Island and then worked for the City under Mr. Phillip Storm. Mr. Hernandez retired as supertendent of streets in 1965. He volunteered for the Museum and Conservancy and worked at the public showers. He leaves behind his wife, Rickie and daughter Olivia. Please send any donations to the Avalon Schools (P.O. Box 557, Avalon, CA 90704) Basketball, Baseball & PeeWee programs Odie's favorite sports. vo'rE .Nelson for City Counc# APmi. 11, 2006 II]11 I II IIIII I II ] III II I qr I I II lit J I I J Located at the Golf Course Sunday through,Thursday 5'4t0 p,m. td 6.30 p.m. ~ 11A.M. "1~2 P.M. SI~L IX~ CLOSING PUB M]mqO AVAILABLE 11 k.M. TO ~G For reservations, please call 310-510-7404 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC * NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED *