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Kennedy, Olsen and Hernandez victors in election BY CHARLES M. KELLY Until the absentee and mail-in ballots are counted, the winners of the Avalon election are apparently Mayor Bob Kennedy, Oley Olsen and Richard Hemandez. Kennedy was re-elected mayor. City Treasurer Christy Lins ran unopposed and received more votes than any other candidate for office. Mainland news media are reporting that there may be a re-count in the Long Beach Uni- fied School District's District 4 election. Avalon is part of District 4. One candidate was ahead by a narrow lead with more than athou- sand absentee and provisional bal- lots not yet counted. Denise Radde, Avalon city clerk and assistant city manager, told the Islander that the elec- tion results were not official. The numbers provided below do not include provisional ballots or ab- sentee ballots. The election results have not yet been certified by the Los Angeles Registrar of Voters. No information about the Avalon election was posted on the Regis- trar's website. Olsen said he was happy to win. "I was optimistic going in and I'm glad to see it validated," he said. He attributed his victory in part to the fact he is well known on the. 10, election. Of 1,621 registered Island. He also thought the fact he :voters, 757 cast ballots. isn't controversial helped. "I'm a neutral second choice for a lot of people," Olson said. He said the main thing for him is to run Avalofi more like a business. In the mayoral race, incum- bent Kennedy received a total of 440 votes, of which 68 were cast in precinct 1 and 183 were cast in precinct 2. Another 189 absentee and vote by mail ballots were cast for Kennedy. Challenger Ralph Morrow re- ceiv,ed 65 votes in precinct 1, 115 in precinct two and received 116 Preliminary results Less than half the registered voters in Avalon-----47 percent-- cast ballots in the Tuesday, April absentee or mail-in votes. In total, Morrow received 296 votes. In the City Council race, two seats were up for election. Chal- lenger Hernandez received 432 votes, of which 98 came from pre- cinct 1, 202 came from district 2 and 132 came from absentee or mail-in ballots. Challenger O1- sen received 345 votes, of which 56 came from precinct 1 and 135 came from precinct 2; another 154 votes came from absentee and mail-in ballots. Kennedy was the only incum- bent who did-well. Councilman Tim Winslow received 184 votes in all. Councilwoman Sue Rikalo received 261 votes. Former coun- cil member Scott Nelson received the fewest votes: 158. In the uncontested city treasurer race, Lins received 628 votes--83 percent of the ballots cast. Toyota LB Grand Prix racing .action this weekend The 38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach brings the "roar back to the shore" this weekend with a full motorsports schedule, April 13 to 15. Six major races are headlined by the new turbocharged engines and sparkling new chassis of the IZOD IndyCar Series, featuring stars like Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves and Will Power. Fans will enjoy the Toyota Pro/ Celebrity Race, Tequila Patr6n American LeMans Series, Drifting, the Pii'elli World Challenge and Firestone Indy Lights, all running on the historic 1.97-mile, 11- turn seaside street circuit. The track is a favorite of teams, drivers, and fans for its excgllent waterfront location and fast racing action. Weekend highlights: Friday, April. 13: Team Drift- ing Challenge, various practice and qualifying, Fiesta Friday Concert starring Belanova. Saturday, April 14: Team Drift- ing Challenge, Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, American LeMans Series Race, various practice and qualifying, autograph sessions in Lifestyle Expo, Rock-n-Roar Con- cert starting Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Sunday, April 15: Various practice and quali- fying, Firestone Indy Lights Race, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IZOD Indy Car Series Race, TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF-LONG-BEACH APRIL 13-15, 2012 Team Drifting Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge Race. Family fun is headlined by the Lifestyle Expo and Green Power Prix-View, with a spe- cial family fun zone filled with video games, go-karts and more, conveniently located in the Long Beach Convention Center and Arena. The whole family can enjoy BMX and skate- boarding demonstrations. Kids 4-8 years of age can try their hand driving electric-powered race cars. The Family Fun Zone is packed with race cars, video games and simulators. Fans will get a glimpse into the future at the Green Power Prix-View, highlight- ing displays of altemative energy vehicles, renewable energy sources, water and energy conservation, green building and healthy lifestyles for inside and outside the home. The Formula Drift and Pirelli World Challenge paddocks/ga- rages give fans the chance to get up close to the drivers and crews as they set up their high-powered racing machines. The Lifestyle Expo is open Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information and tickets, call (888) 82Speed or 562-981-2600, or visit gplb.com. IslandMedicalCenter ....  Monte Mellon, MD l-racey Norton, DO Laura Ulibarri, MD Diane Chamberlin, NP Catalina Island Medical Center's state-of-the-art Siemens CT Scanner can provide the diagnostic images needed for nearly all medical conditions. Simply let your physician know you would prefer to have your diagnostic imaging completed on the island. * Familiar places and farrriliar faces * * No appointment needed * * Scans available immediately on CD * * Images sent electronically to your physician * Please call for more information. (31o) 51o-o7oo 1oo Falls Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 www.Cl MedicalCenter.org Sheriff From page 1 However, he said Donahue is still commander of the station. "The command structure at Avalon has not changed," Whitmore said. However, Hoefs said the city was notified three or four weeks before the golfing story broke that Dona- hue would retire. Hoefs said the city then learned that Donahue was on medical leave for an apparently pre-existing med- ical condition. Hoefs confirmed that the city had heard rumors about Donahue being investigated, but Avalon was never officially notified that an investigation was taking place. Hoefs said one of the sergeants in the base is filling in as an acting station commander on a day-to-day basis. Meanwhile, the city has appar- ently found Donahue's successor. -"We have interviewed for the posi- tion," Hoefs said. He said the new commander should be coming to the Island in the next week or two. He said it was just a matter of look- ing for housing. No parking at Casino Point There will .be no parking at Casino Point on Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19. Mercy Air will be landing its helicopter at Casino Point in conjunction witt the annual Health Fair on Thursday and the Avalon Fire Department wilt be securing the area. (See related story on page 1). According to the Santa Catalina Island Company, any : vehicles or golf carts parked at Casino Point after 10 a.m. Wednesday morning will be towed and the owners charged for towing fees. The Lions Club Mobile Screening Unit will also be parked outside of the building to screen participants for vision and hearing issues. Once inside theCasino Ballroom those who attend will find dozens of services and screenings, including informa tion abot Mercy Air's new anhuat _membership program, which will make med-evacs much more affordable for Island residents. 61 Friday, April 13, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER