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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FRIDAY May 9, 2014 VOLUME 100, Issue 19 Www.THECATALINAIsI.ANDER.COM 00]S00flDDCB BRIEFS Thompson Water Level Continues to Decrease As of Thursday, May 1, the Thompson Reservoir Level is 371 acre feet. The previous Thursday, the water level was 377 acre feet. Stage 2 Water Rationing, requiring a 25 percent reduction in water usage, goes into effect when the reservoir level reaches 300 acre feet or less. The reser- voir water level is updated regular- ly at the Catalina Islander's biog. E-waste Collection Set for Monday, May 12 The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Catalina Freight Line have organized a free e- waste collection for Avalon Businesses from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12, at the Pebbly Beach facility. E-waste can -consist of TVs, cell and landline phones, laptops and more. Call (888) 330-8088 for more infor- mation. " Health Feat on May 22 Catalina Island Medical Center will sponsor Health Fest 2014 cel- ebrating 30 years of Island Health from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 22, including low-cost and free medical screenings and con- sultations. Donations toward the event's cost are being accepted at CIMC, PO Box 1563. For infor- mation, call (310) 510-0700. Avalon PTA Community Birthday Calendars on Sale Have arrived pick up your calen- dar at the school calendars will be at the school office questions call (310) 510-0790 ext 153. Extra calendars are available $7 each support the Avalon PTA scholarship fund class of 2014. Youth Basketball Season Comes to a Close This past weekend the Sparks came out on fire with a 13 to 4 lead at the end of the first of three games. See story, page 6 Silent Film Benefit Features Influential Chaplin Film The Catalina Island Museum will present what is considered Charlie Chaplin's greatest film, "City Lights," during its Silent Film Benefit on Saturday, May 17. See story, page 7 Sheriff's Log Avalon Sheriff's Station deputies issued six marijuana citatioins at the Cabrillo Mole on FridayMay 2. See story, page 7 The Avalon Lancer High School Cheerleaing Squad: Back row left {o right: Hannah Kern, Lizette Cuevas, Marisol Zendejas, Megan Spring, Marisol De La Rosa, Michelle Rufino. Bottom Row: Melissa Soto, Teresa Macktal, Hannah Mahan. Photo courtesy of Calos Martinez Avalon cheerleaders show spirit They face challenges daily and keep a smile on their face CARLOS MARTINEZ The Avalon Lancer cheerlead- ers have had an amazing season getting to cheer at the Rose Bowl stadium for the UCLA Bruins. They got to support the Avalon Lancers boys football team as they made it to semifinals. They also were acknowledged for two awards this season. One of them was being the spirit stick. However, the Lady Lancers had a very challenging week as they had tryouts. It's a place were you go and give it all you have. This program is lead by Head Coach Teresa Macktal who has been working very hard and been- committed to this team for the Lancers. Every morning at 7 a.m. these young cheerleaders would wake up at 7 a.m. to try and reach there goal and be a varsity cheer- leader fortunately 13 girls made the team doubling the size of last years squad. On Friday, each girl tried out in front of the judges and were given score on there performance. Congratulations to the 13 girls Janeth Carillo, Lupita Leyva, Ava Cassidy, Natalie Padilla, Marisol De La Rosa, Marisol Zendejas, Megan Spring, Alondra Cheerleaders, Page 6 City stays course on no hires Council also looks at removing abandoned vehicles from Island BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council voted unanimously at the Tuesday, May 6, meeting to continue a city hir- ing freeze that has been. in effect since March. The council members agreed to allow the city to employ individuals to fill three full-time positions that have become vacant, but keep the hiring freeze in place. The council also looked at removing abandoned vehicles from Catalina Island. Hiring freeze City Manager Ben Harvey had proposed rescinding the freeze on hiring full-time employees. "Since the time of the imple- mentation of the full-time employee hiring freeze, a review of full-time staffing needs has been undertaken with consideration for the impact to the city budget," Harvey wrote in his staff report to the council. According to Harvey, the review determined that rescind- ing the freeze would not increase the budget deficit and would allow Avalon to maintain services. Rescinding the hiring freeze would allow Avalon to offer a job to a candidate for the recreation assis- tant position, as well as to recruit an administrative assistant for the Harbor Department and to hire a No Hires, Page 6 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Murder At The Old Met BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. The people of Cata- lina enjoy one of the most crime-free environments in the world. Violent crime in par- ticular is exceedingly rare and one could nearly count the number of homicides that have occurred in the past century on one hand. Well, maybe two hands. But wherever you go, people are still people and from time to time someone feels the need to deprive a fellow human of his or her life. Such was the case with an incident that occurred years ago in the old Hotel Metropole, Cata- lina Island's oldest hotel. And while the murder itself has Watson, Page 11 The inspiration for Erie Stanley Gardner's inde- fatigable attor- ney Perry Mason was a lawyer who played a role in one of Avalon's most infamous early murder cases. (Photo courtesy CBS Television Studios)