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Friday, April 7, 2006 the CATAUNA USLANDER P~e5 I would like candidates' discussion crime issues in Avalon. the candidates identified of a uniformed presence cent Avenue as a significan and some suggested using Harbor Patrol officers to patrol the area. Harbor Patrol officers are granted limited peace officer status under Section 830.33 of the Penal Code, empowering them to enforce the law for the purpose of performing their primary duty. This means that Harbor Patrol officers are charged with enforcing the law in and about the properties owned, oper- ated or administered by the Harbor Department, not Crescent Avenue. While our Harbor Patrol offi- cers are the best at what they do, they are not police officers. There is a significant difference in the level of training and experience between Harbor Department offi- cers and Deputy Sheriffs, because we are doing two different jobs. Using Harbor Patrol officers to do a job for which they do not have adequate training or equipment is an inappropriate use of city resources and would subject the city and the officers to civil liabil- ity if an incident goes amiss. I instruct the deputies to spend about 20% of their shift on Crescent Avenue. This is reason- able for a community that has only one deputy on duty who must patrol the entire city. I am not to the to the fact that out com- ,'s economy is dependent on that Crescent Avenue of the revenue is that reason, I have in significantly amount of seasonal coverage during the year, specifi- cally targeting Crescent Avenue. Nevertheless, most of the serious crime occurs elsewhere and as such, the deputy on duty is else- where much of the time. It appears nearly all of the candidates acknowledged more police presence is needed in the city and it is time to increase law enforcement staffing. The deputies have done an excellent job in hold- ing down serious crime in Avalon, in spite of a significant population increase over the years. Minor crime has increased slightly and we can expect further increases in the future without additional deputies on the street. As a com- munity, we need to take a proac- What did you dream? "I dreamed I was Mick Jagger and I was out there jumping around on the stage and strutting my stuff." Bill Loomis, Avalon "1 dreamed I money to buy each one of my had enough "I dreamed that I was flying, "Last night I dreamed that I a house for but I couldn't land because I met the singer Jesse McCart- kids." was afraid I would crash, so I ney. I like him. He was like had to keep flying; showing me his now CD and Scott Nelson, Avalon we talked about his music. Cathy McCormick, Avalon Rachel McCormick, Avalon tive stance now rather than wait until our quality of life has deteri- orated to the point of despair. Lt. Patrick B. Hunter Commander, Avalon Sheriff's Station CHRISTY LINS Certified Public Accountant Tax Returns Prepared Locally Call for In-home Consultation 510-1464 EXPERIENCE INTEGRITY COMMITMENT vote candidate oeoo=eeeeee, oeee / TASCA marktasca.blogspot.eom :;::~i:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::~i~!;:::i~::i; Whether it's Yacht Bass, Boat Saver, PWC or Liability Only, your BoatU.S. policy features unique benefits you won't find anywhere else. In addition to hull, equipment and liability coverage, all our policies include: 24-Hour Immediate Dispatch - Seven days a week to help policyholders through boating emergencies, including sinking, salvage, fuel spill containment and pollution clean-up. Additional $500,000 Fuel Spill Liability - for unintentional discharge of oil or fuel that can occur in a sinking, fire, collision or grounding. Full Salvage Assistance - covers you for the full cost of salvage, without a deductible, up to the insured value of your boat, in addition to any payments made to repair the boat. Uninsured Boater Protection - Additional liability coverage for your injuries caused by hit-and-run or an uninsured boater. Seaworthy Damage Avoidance Program - boat and life saving articles are published in Seaworthy, the quarterly newsletter written especially for insured policyholders. Add all these policy extras plus unparalleled claims service from boating experts and you'll see why BoatU.$. is the Best Crew for protecting you. Call us for a fast, free quote today! A RINE INSURANCE Priority Code 4818 or apply online at BoatUS.com Subject tO policy limits and exclusions.