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Visit your doctor-- rio1: just any doctor. Avalon Theatre evacuated due to smoke Only .one person treated at the scene BY JIM WATSON Avalon Theatre patrons engrossed in Disney's film "Maleficent" on Wednesday night were jolted back into reality when the belt on a ventilation blower 'began smoking, filling the build- ing with smoke and causing the entire Casino to be evacuated. At about 7:45 p.m., shortly after the feature began, the fan belt on the blower on the Descanso Bay side of the building slipped off its shaft and began smoking from friction. According to Mike Krug of the Avalon Fire Department, the belt was still partially turn- ing the fan blades and as a result began pumping the acrid smoke directly into the theater. "There was very little fire," said Krug. "But a lot of smoke." Theater projectionist Mark Tasca noticed something was up when he started smelling smoke just about the time, ironically, that a scene in the movie was showing a building on fire. At that point, he went from the main projection room to the adja- cent balcony room to look down in to the theater and discovered that he "couldn't see the screen" because of the smoke.n Krug said that the evacuation of the theater "went really well" and that only oneperson had to be treated at the scene for minor injuries, someone for whom there was "too much excitement," said Krug. "The big shout-out should go to Luis Rubio," said Projectionist Tasca, who switched the house lights on when the trouble began: People were "beginning to panic," he said, when Rubio, a volunteer fireman for AFD who also works for Catalina Flying Boats, took control of the situation. According to Tasca, Rubio yelled out, "Everybody calm down, slow down and exit the theater." The advice worked so well that by the time Tasca shut the projec- tor down, switched on back up blowers +and walked downstairs, the theater was empty. Krug said that after neutral- izing the problem, the smoky air in the theater was completely cleared and that no lasting dam- age occurred to the Avalon icon. In fact, Tasca said that a number of theater-goers remained in the area in front of the Casino hoping the movie would be resumed. "But then after an hour of waiting for the 'all clear,' we made the deci- sion not to finish it," he said. physicians dedicated to the island and its patients, we invite you to have an on-going relationship with a provider who knows you and your medical needs. Monte Mellon, MD Tracey Norton, DO Laura Ulibarri, MD m CONVENIENT PROFESSIONAL   '4 ..... COMPASSIONATE Catalina Island Medical Center 24-Hour Emergency Care Radiology, Laboratory & Physical Therapy Skilled Nursing Facility (310) 510-O7OO Provider appointments Monday to Friday 8amtospm Evening appointments also available (310) 510-0096 Cat:di]m0000.. Island Medical Center I I Council From page 1 the Island. No Edison representa- tives were present at Tuesday's meeting. Among the objections residents raised were that the ordinance did not define potable water, that it shifted too much of the burden of water conservation onto the con- struction industry and that the city itself was exempt from the rules. Although his name was on the proposal, following public testimony against the ordinance, Sampson thanked the public for educating him and admitted it was a mistake. Marshall said the ordinance might have been a bad move, but she would not apologize. She said that three of the coun- cil members ran on the water issue. "We just want to show you that we're serious," she said. She said she was disillusioned with Southern California Edison, which has not levied fines for vio- lations of Stage One water ration- ing. She said water allocations won't matter when there is no wat- ter coming out of the faucet. She said she wants the com- munity to know that the council members care. She also said it was a shame that Edison was not there every two weeks to provide the council with updates. "That is sinful;' she said. Oley Olsen said he was not sure why the city wanted to be the water police. He said it was a fine thing to have a discussion. He said the city should look into creating a municipal water district. Sampson said he had been allo- cated 7 gallons of water a day for. his son and himself. "I don't want to do this" he said. He also said the council was looking at the big picture. Sampson said it was hard to have people stop brushing their teeth while water is used for con- struction. "We will have a sit down with Edison," Sampson said. Council Member Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy said she had an issue with putting the respon- sibility for water conservation on construction. She said Avalon was a resort that needs upgrade and the coun- cil was not thinking in terms of solutions. She also said the city needs to set the first example. Wayne Griffin, president and CEO of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, said there was no time frame for the water restrictions imposed by the urgency ordinance. But his big- gest objection was that the City of Avalon was exempt. "If it's too expensive to you, why do you think it's not for us?" Griffin asked. Bob Kennedy, the former mayor, commended the council for taking on the water issue. "I think that you've recognized that this utility has been misman- aged," he said. He said it was daunting and embarrassing that Edison was even there. He urged the council to form a water committee and to lobby regulators for relief from rules that interfere with getting new water wells. The council voted unanimously to "table" the ordinance, meaning they would take no action at that time, Clean-Up From page 2 coffee, snacks, supplies, prizes and time - we thank you. Your generosity is appreciated and does not go unrecognized - in a com- munity where everyone is asking for a donation, we thank you for stepping up once again to donate for a great cause that benefits all of us. If your name is listed here, you have won a prize from the raffle ticket you received just for par- ticipating in the clean-up. Prizes can be picked up at City Hall at the Recreation Department from Jennifer Monroe. Beatriz Pedroza - Catalina Adventure Tours; Lisa Gelker - Lloyd's of Avalon; Karl Karstens - Lloyd's of Avalon; Nina Garcia - Catalina Island Brew House; Viviana Chavoya - Two's Company & Jewels of Interest; +i Vehic,00 Noise Testing for retesting and late vehicles as part of the annual Vehicle Registration Will be condu00BddilQ00day mornings 0 PM THE CITY uF AVALON IS COMMi_iqE]+N G FiL QUALITY OF UFE iN AVL ' WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Vehicles that do not pass Vehicle Noise Testing will have until SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 to be re-tested & pass without penalty. Vehicles that do not pass can return during testing times for retesting with no penalty and will receive the City permit upon passing at the standard cost: $29. Late vehicles fee: $25. Decibel Standards: ALLOTHER VEHICLES VEHICLES 6,000 Ibs OR GREATER MOTORCYCLES (incl. AUTOETrES, aka. GOLF CARTS) 82 dB 77 dB 74 dB I  FOR MORE INFORMATION: AMcsec. 4-4.1713 ! i j[. Visit i !| / | Contact Avalon City Hall: 310-510-0220 + i'llj Email Jordan Monroe, Management Aide: i i,J i i  ONE STEP AT A TIME : GOALS in MIND " INTENTIONAL DESIGN Hannah Mahan -Ciao Baci; Denise Kartens - Radio Shack; Katia Rubio - CC Gallagher; Triana Markowitz - The Cottage. Our thanks also go to Chers Hardware, Lloyd's of Avalon, Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co., Avalon Environmental; City of AValon Public Works, Interact Club, Catalina Island Women's Forum, Avalon Rotary & Lions Clubs Avalon Beautiful will be hold- ing more Community Clean-Ups in the future. If you would like +to be contact- ed to help out with the next one, please email us at avalonbeauti- You can also follow us on Facebook .com/AvalonBeautiful or on Twitter - @avalonbeautiful. We will be launching our website soon and look forward to regularly highlighting those who strive to make Avalon Beautiful through returning programs like the House of the Month and through other new avenues that will be announced in the coming weeks and months. Im II I &BLAIR 6 i Friday, June 20, 2014 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER