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IL -t-- S.O.S. PLUMBING Leaks, Clogs, Heating Local References Appliance Installation Serving Avalon Since 1975 Reconsider the dangerous dog law Your dangerous dog law needs to be re-looked at by a profes- sional dog behaviorist/ law- yer. As a dog trainer myself this story listed is not appropriate and needs to be re-examined. Any dog is dangerous, small or large. It's all in how the owners train their dogs. There was one acci- dent and now there's a ban? How cruel. To an Island I visited so many times, times have changed. Dogs can't even walk free now without being trapped and muz- Zled. Dogs can typically have a muzzle on for only 20 minutes; it blocks airways being so tight. I am standing up for these gentle gian;s and there demeanor. They deserve a second chance. Don't discriminate against this breed, only breaking society bonds. You're making the breed worse in your online posts and newspaper. Please re-consider. Sarah Phillips Thanks for supporting library I want to thank the Blanny From page 1 concern. Cassidy said the ordi- nance had too many gray areas. She expressed concern that the ordnance was too broad in defin- ing a dog that was a threat. "I'm very uncomfortable with dogs," she said. Councilwoman Cassidy argued that a person who was uncomfortable with dogs could terriers severely injured a man who was protecting his Jack Russell terrier from the larger dogs. Councilman Joe Sampson, however, said he personally would like to outlaw pit bulls in Avalon. He said there had been more pit bull attacks on the island than the public knew about. According to Sampson, he knew of a pit bull that had been a good pet--until it mauled a child. issue multiple complaints about In response to a question from an animal and the dog would be . Mayor Anni Marshall, one young at risk under the ordinance, man told the council he would . Hagenagh Foundation and the Santa Catalina Island Company for their generous support of the Avalon Library. As you may know, the Friends of the Avalon LibrarY has been working to make our library a community center and people-friendly area. The wonderful plaza designed by the Los Angeles County Library and the Island Company, is near- ly complete. We have 24-hour WiFi, electric outlets, seating space and lots of room for events. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this possible. Judy Grear Wilmington Some Avalon residents have objected to the breed-specific emphasis on pit bulls. The dog regulations became an issue specifically because recent- ly two 120-pound American bull Newport Beach have an open mind if the city expanded a proposed spaying and neutering program to include all dog breeds, not just pit bulls. Meanwhile: Avalon will have to provide Marina del Rey animal control training to code enforcement staff. The city is also working on finding a place to build a dog park for visitors' and residents' pets. Avalon is going to need a permanent, dog impound yard. (Following the recent pit bull attack, the city built a temporary impound facility until the two 120-pound dogs could be taken to the mainland-.) Avalon staff will have to look at the cost c~f using dog licens- ing fees to promote an expanded spaying and neutering program. In related news, a mainland judge was scheduled to decide today, May 19, whether the two pit bulls that attacked a visitor will be destroyed. City looks at Island Company interested in Las Casistas site BY DAVID JINKENS FOR THE ISLANDER Mayor Pro Tempore Oley Olsen responded to a request from Island Company President Randy Herrel by asking the City Manager to meet with Company staff to discuss ideas for proposed housing at Las Casitas and the possibility of City affordable housing at Upper Tremont. The city's Director of Planning Amanda Cook attended the meeting as well. The meeting was held on May 11. Company officials explained their interest in developing new and attractive housing for their employees at the Las Casitas site. They are examining ways to configure the site so that it Would be possible to build approxi- mately . 140 units along with recreational amenities. Company staff stated that employees now living in other less desirable units on site and elsewhere could move into the new units so the actual increase in the number of housing units to be built would be less than 140. They said that a key to attract- ing and maintaining company employees at all levels of the corporation is for them to pro- vide affordable and attractive Housing, Page 7 OU o Uol, rty Service want to improve -- and you can help us. You may mcsi a survey via malt or emaiL 1his is your cOpomx to t011 us what we did well, and where we use some w 0wment we value your kqxeL ff you have any quesUonL pleese ask uL 6 i Friday, May 19, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER