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Pa{~e 2 The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, May 22, 2009 ) Hungry? You're invited to an 18-course meal from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 28 on Catalina Island's annual Taste Around of Avalon. It's a chance to explore Avalon's finest eateries and taste their most delectable menu items - all in one night. The event is the kick off to the fun-filled Flying Fish Festival and the moveable feast takes place in downtown Avalon. Eighteen eating and drink- ing establishments will be offer- ing dishes, appetizers, beverage and/or dessert "tastes" for $1 per taste. Guests can simply pick up a voting card for $1 at the Visitor Center, if purchased before the event, or $2 at the start of the event at 5 p.m. on Wrigley Stage, visit each establishment, sample the dishes and/or drink entries, then vote for your favorite taste of food, drink and dessert. ments and enter the drawing for a chance to win a $25 Catalina Island gift certificate. Don't miss this chance to mingle with residents and visitors and enjoy the fantastic restaurants and bars on the island. This year's Taste-Around of Avalon will feature the following establishments: Antonio "s Pizzeria & Cabaret Armstrong's Fish Market Big Olaf's Cafd Umami Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. Catherine Hotel Cold Stone Creamery Coyote Joe's Dessert lsland El Galleon Restaurant Landing Bar & Grill Lloyd's of Avalon Lobster Trap Luau Larry's Marlin Club i Th;~tablishment with the Mi Casita Authentic Mexican most votes~forBest Taste of Food, Restaurant Pest TasteofDrink ~d Best Taste Ristorante Villa eortofino ~f Dessert at the end of the eve- ning will win $100 each. As an extra bonus for the participants, turn in your voting card with 10 or more validations from establish- un~ded in 1913" .... by Ernest Windle 101 Marilla #6 Avalon, California 90704 (310) 510-0500 Steve's Steakhouse The 5th Annual Taste- Around of Avalon is sponsored by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. For more information on the event or on the Flying Fish Festival, con- tact the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at (310) 510-1520 or visit www. CatalinaChamber.corn/flyingfish. Fax: (310) 510-2882 Dan Teckenoff, Publisher dan@cinews.us Dennis Kaiser, Editor dan@cinews,us Alison Carter, Accounting joy@sunnews.org Angela Teckenoff, Office Goddess angela@cinews.us Michelle Manion, Editonal Design ads@cinews.us Doug Oudin Staff Writer~Two Harbors The Catalina islander Volume: 97 Issue: 21 issue Data: May 22, 2009 (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 Periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices, Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. DF.ADBN~ Calendan Noon Monday News: 5 p.m. Monday Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS One Year Subscription: Catalina ..................... . ....................... $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Mainland (dual address) .................... $58 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80 per year, Postmaster. Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 ]he entke contents of ]he C~li~ L~lander a~ coppered by ]he Cab~lina Islander. No part rlay be reproduced in any fashio~ wi~out written consent of the pul~isher. This publication is pdnted almost en~rely oll recycted pape~ Proud Member of the CAU FOflNLA NEWSPAPER PUBUSHERS ASSOCIA]]ON Leslie and Roxie Collins of Valley Center are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Caitlyn Joy Collins, to Fletcher Christian Canby, son of Charlie and Claudia Canby of Avalon. Caitlyn graduated from Orange Glen High School in 2003 and attended Hope International University, majoring in commu- nications with an emphasis on print journalism. She graduated, Cum Laude in 2007. Caitlyn is currently working at the Avalon Community Church and at the Cornerstone Teencenter with the youth. Fletcher graduated from Avalon High School in 2004 and attended the California Maritime Academy, majoring in mechani- cal engineering. He graduated top of his class, Summa Cum A killer way 1;o advert, ise 510-0500 FROM CASUAL TO ELEGANT Catalina Country C1 b ..~ CLOSED ON MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS Seasonal global cuisine, featuring natural and organic products. Our seafood selections support sustainable fisheries. Lunch 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Dinner 5:00 pm FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL: (3t0) 510-7404 Laude in 2008. Fletcher is cur- rently working as a marine engi- neer for Transocean in Singapore on a rotating month-on/month-off schedule, Fletcher and Caitlyn were engaged on Jan. 2. The couple would like to invite their friends to a pie-wedding community celebra- tio'n at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 6 at A~;alon Community Church. The wedding will be a small family affair later in June, after which the couple will honeymoon in Kona, Hawaii and make their home in Avalon. From page 1 from citizens who felt sheriff's deputies subjected them to over- zealous behavior. Lt. Ed Cook, the current station commander, has supported his men. Some Avalon citizens have accused the council of being unfair to sheriff's station personnel. A short-lived civilian review board intended to provide the station with oversight was dis- banded following allegations the board violated the Brown Act. Woolson's comments on the subject were brief. That was appropriate, because the May 19 council meeting was brief. Fees reviewed The council held the first of two public hearings to review the fees Avalon charges for services. Woolson said staff proposed a 10 percent increase for the solid waste fees and a new $5 fee to process temporary golf cart per- mits. Woolson said traffic fines and business license fees would not change. Woolson pointed out that these were only proposed changes at this time. He said the final decision would be made at the Tuesday, June 16 council meet- ing. Later, Woolson said he felt strongly that the 10 percent solid waste fee increase was necessary. Mayor Bob Kennedy said he was not comfortable with raising fees given the current state of the economy. Councilman Scott Nelson said he would not support any fee increases. He said business owners and residents in the Pebbly Beach area were paying for services they were not receiving. "There are businesses that get charged for trash and they don't have trash," Nelson said. He said people at Pebbly Beach are charged for salt water, even though they do not get salt water. Woolson said the piping in that area needs to be repaired. However, the cost of repairing those pipes is high. Nelson agreed that the salt water infrastructure needed to be fixed. He said he would not vote for any fee increases until these issues are resolved. "(It) doesn't make sense to raise something 10 percent during this kind of cycle," Nelson said. "It is getting very expensive to live here," Nelson said. Council members discussed the possibility of getting a dis- count on shipping freight on the barge. However, Councilman Tim Winslow said the freight company is claiming a 40 percent loss. He doubted that was a possibility. Councilman Michael Ponce asked what would happen if the council did not raise fees this year. Woolson said Avalon would not get the revenue. He said the solid waste fee was the most important. Kennedy asked Woolson to look at the way the solid waste facility is operated. He also asked Woolson to look at the barge fee. "Maybe if we just address the barge fee, maybe that will make up the 10 percent difference," Kennedy said. Winslow said Avalon fees were "mediocre" compared to the fees charged by communities on the mainland. Nelson said he didn't care what they did on the mainland. Winslow said Avalon might have to raise fees so city functions would not have to be shut down. "'I don't want to lay people off," Winslow said. "Welcome to the real world," Nelson said. "If we have to lay people off, we lay people off." Kennedy told Nelson, "We'll sharpen our pencils and see you again on the 16th." In other business That same night, the council: Approved a transportation permit for Barge Electric Bike Rentals. The business was granted a one-year trial period to deter- mine their impact on safety and traffic. That trial period expired in February. Approved a one-year trial period for Bike Catalina, a new business proposed by Randy Lewis. Bike Catalina will provide bike tours from the Airport in the Sky to Avalon, ending in the Island Plaza.