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With Capt. John King Don't mess with the Greek Poseidon and his Mother Ocean Roman counterpart Neptune, but Mother Ocean can be a pretty would it surprise you to discover unforgiving loved one. She has a that there are more than 260 short temper and a long memory, other ocean deities that play a She seems to know if you've role in our maritime activities? been good or bad. This plethora of gods leads to She remains a. mystery to a wide-ranging group of super- most even though 63 percent stitions, not the least of which of the world's population lives is the bad luck brought about by within a coastal zone. These bringing bananas onto a fishing populations that live and work boat. on the ocean or near Mother On that topic I Can attest that Ocean have evolved to include a Afishinados Charters has broken surprising number of-Gods and the spell. We were having a bit Demons to explain the unex- of bad luck finding quality fish plainable, for our customer to catch earlier We are all very familiar with in this season, so I got my crew together to go fishing. As soon as we had left the dock, I exposed my complicity by pointing out that we had a banana sticking out of the center rod-holder: Jl hn ICdng "We have a Oolumnist few spells to brefk"; I announced. That day went well, we caught some fish find recorded some new higla spots on our fish- finder. Since that day the fish have been kinder to us. We even City of Avalon City Council Notice of Public Hearings Medical Cannabis Delivery Business Application and Appeal Fees Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Avalon will conduct a pub- lic hearing at 5:00 p.m Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA 90704, to consider Medical Cannabis Delivery Business Application and Appeal Fees. The proposed fees, and data supporting the proposed fees, are available for review at City Hall. Published: Catalina Islander - April27, 2018 and May 4, 2018 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON An EDISON INTERNATIONAL Company Stage 1 Mandatory.Water Conservation and Rationing Update - March 203.8 California's severe drought resulted in a reduced water su pply in Catalina's Middle Ranch Reservoir. Fortunately, winter storms have provided some welcome relief. Based on water levels in the reservoir, Southern California Edison (SCE) received authorization from the California Public Utilities Commission to deactivate Stage 3 Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing, which is triggered when the reservoir falls below 200 acre feet, and return to Stage 1 Mandatory Conservation. Stage 1 was activated on March 7, 2017. Customers are no longer subject to daily allotments, but Stage I does have restrictions on the use of water fit for drinking. Island residents, who already had some of the best water use practices in the state, have been effective in reducing our water use. Please continue to use water wisely during Stage 1 Mandatory Conservation. -~: ~O~00 2 ---- Visitor Counts Wa er Usage (Acre Feet) Water Supply Status and Stage 1 Results As of April 19, 2018 the Middle Ranch Reservoir water level was 688.86 acre feet. In March, 2018, water use declined 20 percent even with a 25 percent increase in visitors to the island; 21 acre feet of water was used compared to 26 acre feet in March, 2013. In March, 2018 water use increased 47 percent with an 11 percent decrease in visitors to the island; 21 acre feet of water was used compared to 14 acre feet in March, 2017. Between April, 2017 and March, 2018, water use declined 30 percent even with a 33 percent increase in visitors to the island; 268 acre feet of water was used compared to 382 acre feet in June, 2012 - May, 2013 (baseline). For More Information Commercial and residential customers can call 1-800-367-8851. For dedicated Catalina support call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to S p.m. To report potential water use violations, call 1-800-367-8851. Visit SCE's web page for Catalina Island customers at For water conservation tips, visit Save Our Water's website at Island customer CNS-3127846# Nothing quite so sad as a boat filled with-smoke. Courtesy photo ": had excellent Bonito fishing this Number Two: Boats break, week without a single sea lion so learn how to fix yours if you crashing our party, want to use it. I probably have a few super- Number Three: Before you stitions, but I would not consider go too far forward, make sure myself to be superstitious by you can get back. (You will nature. Of course, I would prob- be surprised to find a different ably be the last to become aware ocean on a heading only 180 of some of the things I do to degrees from the one you took). appease the sea gods. Number Four: Mother Apparently it is bad luck to Ocean does not tolerate sloppy rename a boat, but there is no maintenance of.your equipment. way that I was going to fun There arewcaknessesinevery around with HoughGarten on boat and in every boat design. my transom. So, we renamed Boats are basically a complex set that boat K's Hurrah and didthe of compromises to overcome the full naming ritual by breaking physics of mas~, displacement a bottle of champagne over the and buoyancy which means you bow at launch time. are starting out with some disad- I should say we tried to break vantages. the bottle, but gel coat and fiber- So when your boat breaks, glass is not up to the task. It is and it will, do not make matters harder than you might think to worse by blaming the gods, they break a bottle when you try to. will not help you. And DO NOT They only break when you are MAKE RASH DECISIONS! not trying. Slow it down and insure your When it came time to rename safety first, and then start to our newest boat GUSTO, we break down the problem. burned a little sa~ge as I peeled I remember a shaft log giving off the old SunKuss III sticker, way while my family was aboard Who knows if we did the right during a crossing to Avalon. The thing, but she has been a reliable boat started to wallow and feel vessel so far heavy, but I had no alarms. Still, The tricky thing is that super- I opened the engine room for stitions can easily get confused a quick check and found about with common sense. Some two feet of water inside the hull. would say it is simply not sen- Not good. sible to taunt the gods with a I was able to off load my banana or by renaming a boat or passengers and get some pumps by doing any of a hundred things working to remove the water the gods frown upon. before discovering the cause and There are a few things that stemming the incoming flow. are hard and fast rules and no As I sat wet and exhausted but amount of superstition will over- safe, I will never forget a distinct come the consequences. If boat- motherly voice whispering in my ers learn these rules early they ear, "it could have been worse." will have more satisfying mari- time adventures. Capt. John runs Afishinados Number One: Never launch Charters and Catallac Tours - your boat without drain plugs in - 888- place. 613-7770. ~|~~~~~~~ i Do O ,ELEBRATION ,o,hare i ----- i i with gour neighbor ? Please e-mail photos and information to - =- We welcome submissions for -* announcements Of engagements and weddings, anniversaries, significant birthdays and other personal celebrations. = = ~J/~//|~|~|~if~|~1111~|~n~t~|~|~|~|~|~|~|l~~'I*~ THE OATAUNA ISLANDER ~L0 i Friday, May 4, 2018