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SERVING CATALINA ~ ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY July 13, 2018 VOLUME 104 ISSUE 28 WWw,TH ECATALI NAIIsLANDER.COM BRI[F$ Water level update According to Southern Calfironia Edison, as of July 9, the water elevation in the Middle Ranch Reservoir was 654.76 feet above sea level, which equates to a storage capacity of 622.88 acre-feet. The water elevation on July 2 equated to 630.40 acre-feet of water. Catalina Cooking This week's cooking column looks at the wonder of red curry. See story, page 2 Author to sign 'Potluck' at Avalon Library Paula Strother Thomas, author of "Potluck, Little Stories from a Big Table," will be at the Avalon Library, 215 Sumner Ave to sign copies for everyone who'd love to have her book. See story, page 3 Catalina Express earns softball victory Game two between Catalina Ex- press and Bravo's Landscaping started off as a close game. See story, page 4 Catalina Fishing Derby update The largest fish caught at the Catalina Fishing Derby on July 11 measured 13 inches long. See story, page 4 Catalina Chimes Tower shines at night The Catalina Chimes Tower can now be enjoyed into the eve- ning, thanks to J. Scott Gillespie of Persa Designed Landscape Lighting, who contributed the entire cost of designing and installing the lights. See story, page 5 Sheriff's Log On July 6, deputies received a call about a fight on the 200 block of Catalina Avenue. See story, page 7 LA-based artist to appear at the museum On Saturday, July 21, the Catalina Island Museum will host a reception and slide show presentation with Los Angeles- based artist Peter Shire in its outdoor amphitheater from 7 to 9 p.m. See story, page 8 m nil Avalon Sheriff's Station investigates cat poisoning BY DAVID N. YOUNG Mystery has never been a stranger to Catalina Island, but the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is busy investigating the most recent case of who or what is poi- soning the colony cats? The inves- tigation began Tuesday night as Mayor Anni Marshall read a letter from Diane Stone, president of the Catalina Island Humane Society, who pleaded for help. Stone said several colony cats have become extremely ill or have died of late, and a local vet has determined the affected cats had all consumed antifreeze. "There are two obvious ways for cats to ingest antifreeze," said the letter. It said it was possible that someone inadvertently left antifreeze near animals, or someone purposely made the "unthinkable choice" of feeding it to them "with the intent of killing the animal." Stone informed the council that she "would like to think this is an isolated accidental incident but we cannot be naive and blind to the fact that this could be a con- scious, malicious and illegal act." L.A. Sheriff's Capt. John Hocking, while making his report to the council, asked for a copy of the letter on the spot to begin an inves- tigation. On Wednesday, Hocking Two of the surviving colony cats, three of which have died in Photo courtesy of L.A. Sheriff's Department mm recent weeks under su, ~icious circumstances. said, "If this an in intentional act, being fed by an Avalon woman, we will arrest them and recom- he said. mend charges airectly -to the dis- In all, four cats have so far been ti'ict attorney." Investigators spent involved. The first incident began most of the day trying to sort out on Mother's Day and have been the facts, occuri'ing since. The cats that were sickened Most of the incidents have and those that died were colony occurred near Falls Canyon where cats, meaning they did not belong it meets Country Club Drive. He to anyone in particular but were Cats, Page 8 creates ad-hoc Members will study new hospital, rate hike, medical cannabis STAFF REPORT The Avalon City Council on Tuesday created three ad-hoc committees to allow various members to provide city input on three critical issues, including a new hospital, Edison's proposed rate hikes and the regulation of medical cannabis on the island. The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to create three ad-hoc committees to col- laborate with other agencies and committees for stakeholders, with each of the "The island's water resources commissions having different are vital to the island," said a members and time limits, staff recommendation. The coun- The council approved a motion cil members "should act as advo- by Pam Albers to appoint mere- cates on the city's behalf to deter- bers Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy mine what is in the best interest and Oley Olsen to serve on a six- of Santa Catalina Island." month ad-hoc study committee Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy to facilitate the development of said she would go along with the a revised proposal to build a new action but wanted to be kept in medical facility on the island (see the know with all public informa- related story), tion available to the council. Edison has indicated that Also, the council appoint- it plans to seek a rate increase ted Mayor Marshall and Robert sometime within the near term Hernandez to a three-month ad- and Mayor Anni Marshall nomi- hoc commission to "facilitate nated Oley Olsen to serve on the the evaluation and review of the one-year ad-hoc study commit- medical cannabis delivery busi- tee and the council voted unani- ness permits under review." mously to appoint him. In other action Tuesday, the ncil revive the Ad-hoc committee will add Avalon's voice to effort BY DAVID N. YOUNG Following the rejection by vot- ers of Measure T in April, the city of Avalon has appointed an M-hoe committee of two members to work with the Catalina Island Medical Center to investigate a potential revival of the effort with a new proposal for voters.Should the com- munity reach some consensus on a new proposal, city officials are not clear about whether or not they will technically be able to,get it on the November ballot, though some council members clearly hope so. "The longer we wait the less money that will be collected," said coun- cil member Pam Albers, who had requested Catalina Island Medical Center CEO Jason Paret appear at the July 3 meeting. Tuesday's discussion did not focus on all of the problems previ- ously identified with the proposal that failed, even though the mea- sure did receive the approval of more than 40 percent of voters. The hospital's Measure T had sought to raise money by collecting a one dollar cross channel transit tax that would have been sufficient to retire Hospital, Page 8 collaboration council: Heard Public Works Director Bob Greenlaw report that the repairs to the damaged Pebbly Beach lift station are now in phase Ill (permanent repair). He said bid docs should be ready by mid-August. Heard Capt. John Hocking say he was expanding the Citizens Advisory Group to include more neighborhoods and streets. Also, he declined a request to be involved in the medical cannabis review saying they wanted to stay away from any conflicts of interest. Directed staff to reinstall "doggie bag" dispensers near Council, Page 8