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that could reduce a customer's Edison was focusing on preparing From page 1 water flow by up to 50 percent, for Stage 2 rationing. Lawrence said the device could He said Edison would be look- than 300 acre feet. According to be removed for- a $200 fee. On a ing at all options. Lawrence, the expected lack of third offense, the water restric- Kennedy "said Edison should rain and the expected increase in tion device would be installed have started there months ago. water use during the tourist sea- and would remain until the end of "Where does this community son would make water rationing Stage 2 rationing, sit if the faucets are turned off?" necessary. LawrencesaidthattheCalifornia Kennedy asked. "How do you Avalon is currently in Stage Public Utility Commission has measure that?" 1, which restricts some types of asked utility companies to revise "That's, that's obviously not an water usage. In Stage 2, residents their "tariffs," meaning their rules option," Lawrence said. would have to reduce water usagd for water rationing. He said there "That's the only option when by 25 percent. In Stage 3, water would be a public hearing on you don't look at additional usage would have to be reduced by Edison's proposed changes for resources," Kennedy said. 50 percent. In Stage 4, the water Avalon. He said the hearing would He said Edison was talking usage would have to be reduced probably be held sometime at the about barging water, desalination by 75 percent, end of May. teChnology and digging additional Lawrence said the baseline for Lawrence said rain was expect- wells. He said Edison should have rationing would be based on water ed next winter, so Catalina might been talking about those things usage for the 12 months prior to not be in Stage 2 for long.months ago. the start of Stage 1 rationing. He Outgoing Mayor Bob Kennedy,Lawrence said Edison has been said Edison discouraged people who appeared as mayor for the looking at all those options. from increasing their water usage last time Tuesday night, asked Council Member Oley Olsen in an attempt to increase their if Edison had drafted plans for said Avalon was using an average water allotment for Stage 2. bringing water to the Island by of 30 acre feet of water a month. Lawrence said that during barge? He said Avalon could be in Stage Stage 2, a first offense for exceed- Lawrence said no. He said 3 water rationing by Sep'cember. ing water usage would result in a Edison was trying to avoid barg- According to Lawrence, Edison written warning on a customer's ing water, was expecting to benefit from bill. On the second offense, a Kennedy asked what water water rationing to avoid going into water restriction device would be resources was Edison looking at. Stage 3. installed for at least three days Lawrence said that right now, Wayne Griffin, president and CEO of the Catalina Island plan for it drought after drought Chamber of Commerce, said he after drought. believed that a lot of people would Griffin also questioned the use find it difficult to reduce water Of the Thompson Reservoir water usage by 25 percent, let alone 50 level as the basis for deciding percent, when rationing would take place. He said that in the 1970s, when He said it was his understanding Avalon was last in Stage 3 ration- that Avalon doesn't draw water ing, event the finest restaurants from the Thompson Reservoir, but in Avalon were serving food on from wells under the reservoir. He paper plates with plastic utensils asked why rationing was based on because they didn't have enough an artificial water level. water. He said hotels were asking Lawrence said the reservoir people to bring their own linen wasn't his area of expertise and he and towels, did not want to give an answer that "So Phase 3 is a reail~, serious might be inaccurate. issue in terms of tourism, which Council Member-Elect Joe affects city revenues ... which Sampson, speaking before being affects lots of things,'' Griffin sworn in as a new council mem- said. ber, said Islanders already con- Olsen said that he was running serve water and that it was a way the Atwater Hotel in 1978, when of life to them. He said he was Avalon was last in Stage 3 ration- concerned about guests coming ing. He said the hotel's allotment over to the Island. Sampson said at the time Was 11 gallons per Avalon had huge Santa Catalina customer per day. Island Company projects coming, Griffin also said that if conser- but Avalon didn't have the water to vation is successful, Edison won't serve the community right now. be able to meet its revenue needs Later, Anni Marshall was sworn and will ask for a rate increase, in as the new mayor. Sampson "I mean, it's a vicious cycle that and Cinde M. MacGugan-Cassidy has a no-win end game," he said. were sworn in as the new council He said the community can'tmembers. Orangewood Academy. The Lancers are led by Senior Alberto Rodriguez averaging five kills per game and totaling 176 kills this season and 102 digs. Alex Herrera has over 341 digs The Lancers boys volleyball team, seen left, has been strong all season. Back Row left to right: Gabrielle Morones, Azariah Dominguez, Jairo Alcala, Harrison Hobbs, Alberto Rodriguez, Saul De La Rosa, Briana Morones Middle Row left to right: Chris Alcala, Daniel Hernandez, Luis Gonzales, Marcos Chavoya Front Row left to right: Jorge Contreras, Alex Herrera, Oscar Bastida Team's overall record for season to date is 12 wins and one loss BY CARLOS MARTINEZ The boys volleyball team is off to an amazing start this season with 12 wins and one loss. The Lancers are currently #8 in the CIF Southern Section polls and hope to move on up in the rankings as there schedule becomes harder this season. Avalon has beaten some great opponents this year like Ocean View High School and Buddy Charles Wilson July 20, 192-5 - April 4, 2014 Buddy Charles Wilson passed away quietly on April 4, 2014. He was born on July 20, 1925 to Charles & Rosemary Wilson in LA County. Buddy quit school at the age of 16 to help support his family after the sudden death of his father. A year later he joined the Navy and served four years, driving landing craft in the South Pacific. He married Helen Graham and raised three children in Orange County. In 1981 Buddy & Helen moved to Catalina Island to retire... Obviously that was not the case, over the next 33 years they proceeded to own several businesses, some of which are still in business today, run by their son Buddy Wilson Jr. Buddy had a love of the ocean and his boat the Ho Hum, but his biggest asset was his smile & winning personality, he will be missed by all who knew. him. He is predeceased by his wife Helen and Daughter Kimberlea Brown. He's survived by son Buddy, his wife Loren, their children Taylor, Buddy III, Amanda. His Daughter Georgette Schultz, Husband Bob their children Keri & Sheri, granddaughter April Burns and 5 Great Grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at the "M" April 25, 2014, 12:00- 3:00pro II in and 398 serve receives to lead the Volleyball team this season as league and also he leads our team they are trying to make a deep in Aces with 51. playoff run. The Alcala brothers Chris and The :ancers are currently in Jairo have 389 assists this season, first place in the San Joaquin Harrison Hobbs and Saul De La League and hope to make a deep Rosa are averaging two blocks per playoff run. game in the middle. Stay tuned. Come support the Avalon Boys Elaine:Marie Peterson - June 8, 1926 - March 2, 2014 " El'ai~;Marie Peterson, who grew up on Catalina Island, died March 2~ 2014. She was 87. She was born Elaine Eber on June 8, 1926, in rural Dix, Nebraska. Her parents, William and Bertha Eber moved the family in 1929 to Avalon. The third of five children and the only girl, she was raised in the island's close-knit community and graduated from Avalon High School in 1944. Although she eventually moved away to work, marry and raise a family, she always fondly r~membered her Catalina childhood, and visited many times, often for the high school reunions. She married Willis Peterson, an engineer originally from Pennsylvania, on May 19, 1951. The couple had four children and moved around a few times almost always in Southern California, and on their second move to Thousand Oaks in 1971, they stayed put. In addition to raising her children, Mrs. Peterson pursued her interests in photography, gardening, golf, and archaeology. She was a founding member of the Ventura County Archaeological Society and later in life earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology from CSU Northridge. She was a founding member of the United Church of Christ in Simi Valley. Mrs. Peterson entered an essay contest at the Ventura County Fair a few years back and earned an honorable mention for her thoughts on Catalina. She wrote: "Going to Catalina Island is always an experience. The minute I arrive I feel it. As Iwalk I hear familiar voices greeting me. I am home again. It surrounds me. t want to be every;vhere. I want to be ev&ywhere aronce." She is survived by her husband Willis; daughters Julie Torrey and Susan Anderson; son Lee Peterson; grandsons Randy and Devin Torrey, and Rudy and Sacha Pererson; and brothers Hoyd Eber and David Eber. Mrs. Peterson was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy Ann, and brothers Laurence (Bill) Eber and Dale Eber. She was laid to rest March 7 at Memory Garden Memorial Park in Brea, next to her daughter Kathy Ann. A memorial was held March 23 at the United Church of Christ - Simi Valley. Donations can be made to a memorial fund established for Elaine to benefit the Alzheimer's Association: Go to http:llaccalz.orglgoto/ ElainePeterson THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, April 18, 2014111