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June 7, 2002

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I Friday, June 7, 2002 E~ ii {i ! Z Avalon Schools class of 2002 will graduate this Thursday, June 13. Ceremonies begin at 4:30 p.m and will take place at the Casino Theater. That same day there will be a fifth grade promotional ceremo- ny to middle school at 11 a.m in the school auditorium; and at 1 p.m in the auditorium there will be an eighth grade promotional ceremony to high school. Film tickets still The Catalina Island Museum's annual Silent Film Festival takes place on June 20, and tickets are still available. "The Kid Brother" will be shown at Avalon Theatre begin- ning at 1 p.m. Tickets are avail- able at the museum or by calling 510-2414. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for museum members. The Avalon City Council held the first of two public hearings regarding both the Avalon Com- munity Improvement Agency and the city budget at Tuesday's council meeting. The city, thanks in part to the work of City Manger Rob Clark, is implementing major changes to the ACIA that will more than double the value of the agency to the community in its lifetime. The ACIA is funded through property tax revenues and funds are earmarked for infrastructure improvements. Avalon voters approved two measures to extend the life of the agency and to increase the amount of tax revenue for the ACIA---an increase from $100 million to $500 million. "This issue is convoluted and complex but it's one of the most important to the town," said Councilman Dan O'Connor. "Without it we'd be dead in the water." According to a report Clark gave to the council, Avalon will have a significant amount of money for infrastructure repairs: $20 million in new bonds is des- ignated for improvement projects and $40 million is earmarked for housing projects over the next 30 years. Current projects that utilize ACIA funds include the Wrigley Terrace Road, the new Civic Center and the materials recov- ery facility. Projects for the next fiscal year include netting at the ball field, the Cabrillo Mole float at the June 18, councii meeting, of Commerce and the Avalon replacement and the Buena Vista The council also discussed the Hospital; and to build up city park stairway, goals of the city budget, which is reserves. Although there was no busi- expected to be passed at the June There will be a budget work- ness from the audience, Clark 18 meeting, shop on June 11, where all city discussed the importance of sug- Clark said budget goals are to departments present their budget gestions from community mem- maintain the current level of and are available for questions. bers as to how the money will be staff; to give a modest pay The workshop will be televised used. There will be one more increase to city employees; to on local cable Channel 3, and opportunity for community input continue to support the Chamber will begin at 7 p.m. by MARIE WHITTINGTON For the second time in three years, an Avalon Schools senior has been appointed to the United States Naval Academy. Soon to be known as Cadet Canby, Dana was honored at the city council meeting Tuesday night with a resolution commend- ing him for his outstanding leader- ship qualities, academic achieve- ments and community service. After Canby led the council in a smart, military salute to the flag, City C'wrk Shirley Davy read the resolution aloud, after which Mayor Morrow presented it to Dana. Sheriff's Deputy Reynoso, who leads the Explorer Scouts, and has worked with Canby for several years, praised him for his outstand- ing dedication to the troop, saying Dana had been invaluable from day one. His demeanor and aspira- tions in life, were an inspiration to his fellow scouts. Canby has spent every week- The Avalon City Council recognized senior Dana Canby with a resolution. end as drill instructor; he has rewritten the Explorer manual, and he is ready and able for the accomplishments of photo by PATTI LANGE The Avalon Lancer baseball team ended its season as Liberty League champions. See page nine for story. whatever task presents itself. At present, there are eight girls and one boy Explorer besides Dana. They were in attendance Tuesday night to honor their comrade. Another goal long sought by Dana was realized at the meeting. It had been his dream to attain the rank of sergeant in the Explorers, and this was a high point in the ceremony for him. His parents came forward, and mother Claudia pinned the sergeant's bars on her son. The road to Annapolis began some tinge ago when Dana met Senator Betty Karnette and expressed his hope of an appoint- ment to Annapolis. The hope materialized when Congress- woman Jane Harmon granted it. He leaves for six weeks of boot camp on June 27. Before that, Dana and his parents will attend a picnic at Seal Beach Weapons Station for students in Southern Cali- fornia who have also been appointed to Annapolis, so they will have an opportunity to get acquainted before leaving for the Academy.