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Page 6 The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, June 7, 2002 Fair increase? I wish to alert all boat owners, who rely on use of Avalon Harbor moorings for winter refuge, to attend a special City Council pub- lic hearing on June 18, at 7 p.m in the court house at-which time the Council will consider a pro- posal by the city manager to increase daily, year-round and winter mooring rates, some by as much as 125 percent. At this public hearing the City Com/c'fl will consider 63 different fee increases, throughout City ser- vices, including 14 which apply exclusively to use of Avalon Har- bor moorings. For Avalon boat owners seek- ing winter refuge Avalon Harbor is the only option and this option is in danger of no longer being affordable. The most severe increase in mooring fees will fall on boats of 49 feet and under, per- manently based in Avalon Harbor, and will apply during the winter months when boaters must rely solely on Avalon Harbor for refuge. The proposed winter rate increase would result in a 112.5 percent increase for boats zero to 29 feet and 125 percent increase' for boats 30 to 39 feet. The City staff report to the City Council,l rovides no specific financial j" tification for the increases other' then vague com- ments such as, "daily mooring Service Luxury "The Newport Boat" Reservations Required 949/673-5245 Catalina Passenger Service, Inc. Sen/or Rates Packages Availal t)dlg Savice *Real Est, at, e in Avalon "Premiere Developer'e PenChouee" CCo5 Bahia Yiet, a PHvaCe 2 level, 3 BOg, 2 Bach Perrr, houee wi Harbor, Hilleide & Town viewe, Over 2200 e I. f'r of living epace, e orage & decke. Off-eCree parking, pdvate baGk deck wl Jacuzzi, fire- ,placee & much. much more. Curre being remodeled & redecom'ced and will come fully furnished. Vac, al;ion Rerrr, al. Offered for &9,000. Call Est, her Choi @ I each Realty o) 9 fees have not been adjusted since July 1998 winter rates are way below market rate," "the Isthmus charges more then Avalon" etc. There is no information that directly links the proposed amount of increases to increased cost of service. The notion that it is reasonable to equate Avalon mooting rates with Isthmus moor- ing rates is truly a false premise. The mooring operation run by Two Harbors Enterprises is a pri- vate operation conducted on Tide and Submerged Lands leased from the State of California and subject to Submerged Lands lease fees and State and Federal taxes typically imposed on all private businesses. By contrast the City of Avalon Harbor operation pays no Tide- land fees or Federal or State taxes and the City retains 100 percent of all revenues collected in the har- bor. If there is any comparison to be made it should be that Avalon mooring rates should be signifi- cantly less then the Isthmus! Mooring fees are the single highest cost of maintaining a boat and if affordability is your con- cern I urge all boat owners who rely on Avalon Harbor for their winter refuge to become informed about the proposed rate increases, talk to the mayor and councilmen and be present at the public hear- ing on Tuesday, June 18, at the Avalon Court House. Rudy Hitch Avalon of the "Students Helping Stu- dents" for making an evening in Avalon--a night to remember! Donna M. Loomis Avalon Re: Variances The following is a letter I sent to Pete Woolson and Ralph Mor- row. I believe it is an important issue which your readership would be interested in. As an owner of unit C51 in Bahia Vista for more than 10 years who is now being affected by the new "non-resident" parking rules, I wish to state my opposition to the approval of any new variance for "less than required" parking applications. If those of us who spend vaca- tion time in Avalon ourselves, and/or rent our property out to oth- ers who do the same, cannot park on the streets overnight if we so choose, there is certainly no room for any additional variance for "less than required" parking or any new construction that is prohibited without such a variance. This unequal treatment of differ- ent categories or "classes" of citi- zens and how they can use the pub- lic streets is unfair enough. It should be obvious, if there is enough of a parking problem to pass this ridicu- lous ordinance, that no more park- ing variances be issued, or any per- mits for construction be issued that would not be allowed without such a variance. Please place this comment into ight at the next public heating of A fun n Planning Commission. The Multi-Cultural Channel Dana Gordon Crossing Club of Avalon is to be congratulated on its International Hesperia and Avalon fund.raiser feast, which was heldat ! r =inn Tremont Hall on May 23. The exot- ic variety of food was a delight. The following is a letter that Members of the Channel Cross- was sent to Mayor Ralph Morrow: ing club also presented an informa- I must withdraw my name for tive presentation of their "Students reappointment to the Avalon Plan- Helping Students" program, this ning Commission upon expiration time in India. I'm very proud of of my term. At the time I applied these students wanting to reach out for reappointment, I felt a strong beyond Avalon and America. sense of responsibility and com- Last but not least, the audience mitment to the on-going task of the was treated to more! The Ameri- commission to forge an equitable can Indian singing was so beauti- balance between Avalon's housing ful, India Chanting with cymbals needs and property owners' rights and drums were inspiring, and the as guaranteed by the United States belly dancing with audience par- Constitution. ticipation in the last number was I believe that the planning com- fun to watch, mission was making real measur- I just want to say, kudos to all able progress toward this elusive goal, and I felt that my work in this regard offered some hope of achieving the dream shared by every concerned citizen of our town: that of making a difference in an important area. In my April 30 letter to you, I outlined that "I have stood firmly for the right of the property own- ers to use their property as they wish, so long as it falls within the confines of our ordinances and state laws." Furthermore, I can say without a doubt that I have weighed the issues based on fact and current law and worked together in compromise for the betterment of our community. However, based on your per- sonal performance at the first two city council meetings of your new administration. I have come to realize that you apparently view the planning commission's sincere recent efforts as mere, inept meddling in the business of politics, to which you appear to be more dedicated than.to any rule of law. I refer to your duplicitous waf- fling on the Trout application last month, and to your shameless abandonment of all principle in the Hutchinson appeal. In neither case did you even attempt to sway the opinions of your council members. You not only accepted their liberal biases at face value, you even allowed yourself to be convinced by their specious arguments that the plan- ning commission had acted irra- tionally and that property rights must take a back seat to political expediency. Moreover, you even opened the door to yet another pointless moratorium on conditional use permits due to your lack of leader- ship and pathetic apologetics. How can you quickly abandon the fine sounding promises you made as a candidate regarding property rights Mr. Mayor? Clearly the course you have set for yourself will inevitable collide with the April 24, commission's decision to handle transient rental applications on a case-by-case basis, and lead to the complete demoralization of that selfless, dedicated agency. I do not wish to be a party to any process that puts political expediency before com- munity betterment. Norbert Reyes Avalon / Iced Coffee Drinks Bakery Goods At the Green Pier e 417 Crescent Avenue e 310-510-0345 i