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SERVING CATALINA  ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 17 F.,o.v April 27, 2012 Film Festival announces lineup and guests The Catalina Film Festival will run from May 4-6 this year. The Festival features more than 60 films, industry panels, networking and special events. Scheduled guests include Stan Lee, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Adam Sinclair. See story, page 7 City meetings go online -The city of Avalon has announced that all City Council and Planning Commission meetings can be viewed through live streaming on the new Avalon website starting Tuesday, May 1, www.cityofava- Ion.com. July 4 Parade theme contest The Recreation/Community Services Department is hold- ing a contest to help decide the theme for its annual Fourth of July Parade. To enter: come up with a theme that embodies the essence of the holiday or Catalina and send to: recreation@cityofavalon. com. Entries due by Friday, May 11. The winner gets tickets to the Museum's British Invasion event. Chamber Day Chamber Day 2012, a fund- raiser for the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, will be held Wednesday, May 2. For more information, call (310) 652-4990 or visit www. chamberday.org. Island Co Movie Passes The Santa Catalina Island Company's discounted Islander Movie Passes are now available for purchase at Golf Gardens Miniature Golf. To qualify, you must present a city of Avalon sub- sidy card and photo ID. Passes are $80 for eight movies. CERT volunteers honored The Los Angeles Sherriff's Department's Avalon Station recently honored 31 civilian vol- unteers who are part of the local CERT team. They contributed over 1,200 hours of volunteer time last year. See story, page 8 Seabass Championship set for mid-May Organizers are accepting entries in for the 2012 WON/Yamaha Catalina Island White Seabass Championship scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 at Two Harbors. See story, page 6 Catalina Classic skateboard event hits town May 6 The first Catalina Classic long- board skateboard race was held in 1977. Now, 35 years after the original Catalina Classic, the long- board skateboard race is coming back to Catalina Island. See story, page 6 Mariners Outreach Foundation, is a group of Marina Del Rey boat- ing enthusiasts whose primary mission is to provide Catalina Island's elemen- tary through high school students with field trips on the mainland. Their first trip was with two second grade classes and a group of special needs students from Avalon Elementary -School. The children were taken to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Lionssponsor screening unit BY BURNEY RAMMING In a typical year, the Avalon Lions Club donates approximately $40,000 to the Citizens of Ava- lon. Most of this money is given to student scholarships, family as- sistance and youth group support. The money donated to the Avalon Community is raised through the various fund-raisers put on by the Avalon Lions. Avalon Lions Club dues, the 50 Mile Buffalo Run, Two Harbors Beer Fest and Catalina Conservan- cy Event Aid Station support are examples of how money is raised. Sometimes the Avalon Lions Club is lucky enough to do something to call attention to the year-round community service work the mem- bers accomplish. The 2012 Health Fair was one of those events. The Avalon's Lions Club screened 104 Avalon residents or visitors for blood pressure, eye health and hearing problems at the Avalon Health Fair. The screenings took place in the Southern California Lions Mobile Screening Unit, * which was parked in front of the Casino Building. Several people were di- agnosed with eye or hearing issues -and have been referred to the.Li- ons Sight and Hearing Foundation in Los Angeles. These professional Lions District Health Services are free to anyone who needs them and cannot afford them. Catalina Island residents who need a hearing test and/or hearing aid, an eye exam and/or glasses in the future wili be glad to know that the Avalon Lions Club will pay for these services as well as the trans- portation to and from the exami- nation on the Mainland for people who cannot afford the cost. Cata- lina Island residents may contact Avalon Lion Burney Ramming at (310)422-1406 for assistance with this program, The Southern California Lions Mobile Screening Unit is 38 feet long, 13 feet high, 8 1/2 feet wide and weighs 26,000 pounds. The Unit has on board electrical power, a hydraulic self-leveling system and expands to 14 feet wide. The high tech piece of equipment was sponsored at the Avalon Health Fair by the Avalon Lions Club. Complicated arrangements were necessary to have the unit driven Lions, page 5 JUDGE OPPOSES CATALINA WATER RATE INCREASE Administrative law judge would pass $10. 7 million cost to mainland electricity users. Public Utility Commission to make final decision BY CHARLES M. KELLY A judge intends to decide against Southern California Edison's request to increase water rates on Catalina, according to apress release issued by attorneys representing opponents of the Edison request. The ruling, if approved,' could result in mainland electricity customers helping to pay for Catalina's water. The electric bill increase would be temporary and last only for one year. The alternative to raising Catalina water fees was part of Edison's rate increase request. The California Public Utilities Commission will have the final say on the matter. Administrative Law Judge Robert Barnett issued his proposed decision in the Edi- son General Rate Case on Mon- day, April 23. Southern California Edison sought to more than double the water rates charged to Catalina Island ratepayers. In reaching his decision to pass $10,700,000 of Edison's Rate Base to electric ratepayers, Barnett said that the "water system primarily serves.., visitors," and that Cata- lina ratepayers, who currently are paying the highest rates in Califor- nia, facing a doubling or more of their current bills, "would welcome Rates, Page 4 "Cap" on an underwater pioneer's career BY JON COUNCIL Editor's note: The following is Part 1 of a series on diving legend Cap Perkins "Yesterday,. Dec. 7, 1941--a date which will live in infamy-- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Em- pire of Japan." Those stunning words, spoken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the Japanese attack ,on the. U.S. Naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, ushered in a new direction for the United States of Mysterious Island is on vacation for two weeks. It will return on May 11. America. Suddenly the U.S. found itself fighting in World War II in Europe and the South Pacific. Jim Perkins, a young naval en- listed man, was stationed in Pearl Harbor during the attack. A half-world away in upstate New York, Jim's younger brother Cap Perkins was a strapping 15- year-old living with his mother. During December, Cap's typi- cal day included skiing down the hill to attend a single room Perk/m, Page 9 Diving legends Zale Parry and Cap Perkins