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SERVING CATALINA  ITS /EIA/NLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 97, ISSUE 21 BRIEFS 'Beauty and the Beast' Disney's classic "Beauty and the Beast" will be alive on the Avalon Schools' auditorium stage on Thursday, June 2 - Saturday, June 4 the curtain will raise at 7 p.m. See story, page 7 Taste starts Flying Fish Fest In celebration of the annual return " of Catalina Island's famous flying fish, catalina announces the 4th Annual Flying Fish Festival, June 2 to 5, a four-day festival of fam- ily fun on California's only island resort destination. See story, page 5 Bill Hardey Memorial Golf Tournament The Bill Hardey Memorial Golf Tournament will be held this Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m. Sign: ups are at the Catalina Island Golf Course Pro Shop or at the Lockerroom. 25% of the money raised will go to the winning team, while 75% will go to ben- efiting less fortunate children. Descanso Beach Club to host concert The Xceptional Music Company will be producing the first of two concerts at Descanso Beach Club on Sunday, May 29. It will feature Sirens, Southern California's hot- test new top 40 act. On the Reck Christopher Blehm blasts Heal the Bay's "Beach Bummers" list and the Los Angels Times' coverage of the issue. See story, page 2 Golfer Pedroza Qualifies for C.I.F. Individual Finals Avalon's Jose Pedroza qualified to play in the C.I.F. Southern Regionals, held at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach, on Monday, May 16 with team- mates Jesus Pedroza and Gabe Hernandez. These are the first Avalon High School golfers ever to qualify for CIF individuals. See story, page 3 Dr. Bill CmdMng willl)e honorel with SCUBA Award Dr.. Bill Cushing will be honored at the SCUBA show at the Long Beach convention Center on Saturday, June 4. See story, page 2 Islander columnist Blhem's newbook is reviewed Christopher Blehm is an Islander first and foremost, a fact that shows in his first novel, "Mercy of the Elements." Catalina is as much a character as the ocean and the title character, a 21st century woman named Mercy. See story, page 4 Price is Right for Lilli Avalon resident Lillian Dana will appear on The Pdce is Right Monday May 30 at 10 a.rn. on CBS Channel 2. She celebrated her son's birth- day visiting the show and it was priceless. Photo by.Jennifer Leonhardi Strong surf wrecks White's dock See story on page 5 BY LORI NELSON lina King, a charter boat carrying by water to Avalon and then travel campers to White's Landing. High winds and a strong swell pre- vented the boa* from successfully docking at the float, so the captain discharged passengers at nearby Camp Fox. The arriving Poly High School campers rode a bus from Camp Fox to the turn-off for White's Landing and then hiked from the main road to the camp. A group already at the camp, from the New LA Charter School, was scheduled to depart on The Catalina King. Their de- parture was delayed until Thursday morning, when they planned to go to the mainland from there. Because the floating dock was destroyed overnight, water taxis couldn't transport the students to Avalon. The group left White's Landing by hiking the steep three-mile unimproved road from White's Landing to the main road and riding Conservancy buses to Avalon. The Poly High School students made the same return trip later in the week. A third group of campers ar- rived in Avalon this Monday (May 23) and travelled overland to Whites, Page 8 A combination of a very high tide and strong surf proved fatal for the floating dock at White's Landing last week. The float- ing dock broke flee of its anchors sometime between late evening on May 18 and early morning on May 19 and broke apart on the beach. In addition, two pier pilings were knocked out by the loose float ac- cording to Michelle Savage, assis- tant camp director. A factor that contributed to the damage was an aborted landing earlier in the day by The Cata- F,,,,, May 27, 2011 FORMER EDISON EMPLOYEE TESTIFIES FORMER MANAGER SAYS WATER RATE INCREASE IS UNWARRANTED Brian J. Brady who worked for Edison as an engineer and manager from 1971 to 1992, has testified in the pending General Rate Case that the increase in water rates sought by Edison is unsubstantiated and unwarranted. Since his days work- ing for Edison, Brady has headed up water districts of all sizes in Southern California including the Irvine Ranch Water District. He currently works as a consultant and expert on matters involving large " and small water districts including staffing, operatit expenses, infra- structure and fiees. ':" Edison often says that the reason its rates are high is because Cata- lina is a desert island. Brady ref- erences the rates charged in desert areas such as Yucca Valley, Apple Valley, Coachella, Borrego Springs and Desert Hot Springs. Water us- age that would result in monthly bills in those areas ranging from $66 to $252 would cost a Catalina ratepayer $1,750 if Edison obtains the rate increase it seeks. Brady uses the Borrego Water District, which has 2200 service connections and challenging terrain as an example. Edison has 2018 service connection, which makes it Class B water utility and not a Class C as Edison claims. BWD operates 12 wells to Edison's 10. BWD maintains 90 miles df pipes compared to Edison's 47. BWD operates three booster facilities to Edison's one and manages over 1790 Casino Flags, Memorial Weekend 2011 BY CHARLIE CANBY flying the POW/MIA, and United The Merchant Marine Flag is Edison, Page 4 This year the Casino is flying the flags of our five armed servic- es, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. In honor ofthose other who have served and died for our coun- try in war times, the Casino is also States Merchant Marine Flags. The US Merchant Marine lost over eight thousand mariners and over eight hundred ships during World War II. The causality rate of merchant mariners was one in 25 followed by the Marine Corps at one in 34. dark blue and similar to the Navy flag. Close inspection reveals the words "In War and Peace" above its logo of an eagle, anchor and flag and at the bottom "1775." The Army's flag is white with a red banner across its bottom reading "United States Army." The Coast guard flag is also white with a blue center design.The Air Force Flag is light blue. The Ma- rine Corp Flag is the red flag, highly recognizable. The POW/MIA flag is the unmistakable black flag that was designed in 1971 and recognized as an official US flag by the 101st con- gress in 1990.