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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FmOAV May 19, 2017 VOLUME 103, ISSUE 20 Www,TH ECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRl[[S ................................. . .......................................... ~ .:... Water level update As of Thursday, May 18, according to Southern California Edison, the water level at the Middle Ranch measured 673 acre-feet. This was an 11 acre feet from last week's measurement. Coastal Commission OKs kelp farm Last week the California Coastal Commission concurred with the administrator's decision to allow the Wrigley Institute for USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and Marine BIoEnergy Inc. to establish a kelp farm in Catalina's waters. The farm will be part of a three-year project to harvest kelp as a source of biofuel. M,',seum to be open Thursdays until 9 p.m. starting May 25 Beginning May 25 and continuing every Thursday evening through Aug. 31, the Catalina Island museum will stay open untill 9 p.m. for Chihu!y at Sunset. Dave Chihuly has mastered the alluring, translucent, and transparent qualities of glass in an effort to create works that . transform the viewing experience. When viewed during the day, the brilliant colors-of his artwork glisten in the sunlight. In the evening, these installations are dramatically illuminated offering an entirely new experience for each viewer. Only On Catalina On the eve of the 30th annual Catalina Island Silent Film Benefit, columnist Chuck Liddell recalls the inaugural event. See story, page 3 On the Water Flying fish have returned to Catalina Island's waters. See story, page 4 Shirt sales raise money for Catalina Island Museum Buoys & Gulls and Reyn Spooner recently donated $3,667 to the Catalina Island Museum from the sale of the Reyn Spooner "Avalon by the Sea" shirt. See story, page 5 City officials and Island Co. look at affordable housing Mayor Pro Tem Oley Olsen and Planning Department Director Amanda Cook recently met with Island Company officials to discuss ideas for proposed housing at Las Casitas and the possibility of city affordable housing at Upper Tremont. See story, page 6 II The mermaids pictured above are from the 1924 silent film classic "Peter Pani" which was filmed on Catalina Island and returns this weekend for a screening at the 30th annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit. Courtesy photo _. Silent Film Benefit for Island Museum starts at 1 p.m. FOR THE ISLANDER A trip to Never Never Land awaits. The very first film adap- tation of "Peter Pan" will be screened in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre this Saturday, May 20. This authentic 1920s cinematic experience is offered one day each year by the Catalina Island Museum during its Silent Film Benefit. In celebration of its 30th year, the museum is honored to welcome Michael Mortilla and The Accompanists who will perform an original Silent Film, Page 5 Pictured above is the "Peter Pan" lobby card from 1924. Courtesy photo II II Council directs staff to use discretion with new ordinance BY CHARLES M. KELLY The City Council this week directed staff to use discretion when enforcing the new urgency ordinance that include~ restricted ownership of potentially danger- ous dogs, particularly pit bulls, and allows local officials to destroy dogs that are deemed vicious. City Attorney Scott Campbell told the Islander that Avalon staff would bring the dog issue back for further study at a future time. In the meantime, he said the council had directed staff to only enforce the ordinance if a cir- cumstance came up that was not covered by the current city code. He also said the council would look at expanding the plan to spay and neuter pit bulls to include all dog breeds. Two weeks ago, the council approved both an urgency ordi- nance and a regular ordinance imposing tighter regulations on dogs seen as potential threats to public safety. The difference is that the urgency ordinance is temporary and immediately became law. The regular ordi- nance had to come back to the council for a second reading this week. During Tuesday's meet- ing, members of the public raised concerns that the ordnance was too broad. Councilwoman Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy shared that Dogs, Page 6 Mysterious Island Catalina's facts, folklore, and fibs This Week: ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island." Catalina, " available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Two weeks ago, I wrote a column on the 10-year anniversary of the "Island Fire" and the town of Avalon's flirtation with disaster. But May 2007 marked the 10-year anniversary of yet-another event that some may think equally disastrous: my debut as a writer for the Catalina Islander. . Yes, it's been 10 years since I first penned an article for this very newspaper, an article that appeared only one issue before the above- mentioned fire broke out. That first article has stuck with me all these years. It was by no means the first newspaper article Watson, Page 8 4"