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State declares Avalon fire hazard zone CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS NEW BUILDING REGULATIONS TO COMPLY WITH CALFIRE STAN- DARDS BY. CHARLES M. KELLY The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as CalFire, recently declared Avalon a Very High Fire Hazard SeveritY Zone. In response, the Avalon City Council adopted Chapter 7A of the California Building Code at the council's Tuesday, July 17, meeting. According to a staff report to the council, CalFire had identified the entire city of Avalon as a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone and recommended that the city adopt Chapter 7A of the state build- ing code to reduce the risk to life and property. "Chapter 7A of the California Building Code requires new buildings and/or construction in the (zone) to use ignition resis- tant construction methods and ma- terials for certain projects, such as, but not limited to, roofs, vents and exterior coverings," said the report by Asst. Fire Chief. M. Krug. Krug's report said state law requires a city to adopt the haz- ard zone map within 120 days of receiving it from CalFire. The re- port also said that failure to adopt Chapter 7A of the state building code would result i n having new or remodeled structures that are less resistant to fire and having a city that is less safe from fires. "Fiscal impacts are expected to be minimal; additional fire preven- tion and building inspection ac- tivities per project are expected," Krug wrote. Permit denied Three counci] members voted to deny the Hermosa Hotel's re- quest for an amended transporta- tion permit. Two council members recused themselves from voting-- Ralph Morrow because he lives in close proximity to the hotel and Michael Ponce because of a poten- tial appearance of a conflict of in- terest because of received income. The owner of the Hermosa Ho- tel wanted to offer the electrical bikes and Segways to his guests for free. The application also mentioned skateboards, floats and beach chairs. However, staff was concerned about the lack of a specific route for the bikes and Segways, accord- ing to the staff report by Vehicle Clerk Dudley Morand. City Attorney Scott Campbell said the applicant had failed to meet the conditions required to re- ceive an amended permit. No Grand Prix 2012 City Clerk Denise Radde told the Islander that council received a report that permits for the Grand Prix would probably be in place in time for the race to be held in 2013. The permits for 2012 have not been approved. "We've been working on it for months, but they haven't been approved" Radde said. Medical Center executive report The council, acting as the Ava- lon Hospital Board of Trustees, re- ceived and filed a report from the chief executive officer of the Cata- lina Island Medical Center. According to the June 21 CEO's report, the hospital's clinical labo- ratory was certified by the Califor- nia Department of Public Health, which reviews laboratories every three years. "As a hospital and as a community, we're fortunate to have talented and gifted clinical laboratory technicians and a well- equipped laboratory that is able to perform approximately 80 percent of the tests required by our clini- cians to care for our patients," the report said. In May, the hospital reported receiving $603,000 from Medi- care for the electronic medical records project. That money was meant specifically for electronic medical records projects. "It is Founded m 1913 by Ernest Windle Iremp Publisher Vince Bodiford Editor Dennis Kaiser' Advertising Pat Jamieson . Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi Aecomttlng Judy Murray Classic Santa Catal na sland 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 I (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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NO part may be reoduced in any fashion without written consent of the puinisher.  ptlblleation is printed almost entirely on recycled b6per. Catltents Colght 0 2012 atKI Title Registered, Catalina lalaTaier, Inc,, All Rights Reserved. l PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION Please join us for a fundrang benefi't for Leah t)natin-0000hart 00iurs00, 00z:oov=-4:oo00 At the Metropo MarketTGce. and00'00aem00s (CalT Catalina Hair  Nails for - appo/ntment - 310.510.0150) Cfuar00assages $1. O0 per minute ,r'aco a00ar OO/pfate, us support our d00ar00and valuabk community member. 00ffprocee00 wiffso to thefa00l Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman with expected additional dollars will be forthcoming in the neighbor- liood of $300,000 subject to ne- gotiations with Medicare," the re- port said. "Our total cost for this project was over $1 million with a lot of peripheral costs captured for our submittal to the Federal gov- ernment?' The report said plans to re- model the hospital lobby have been submitted to the Office of State Health Planning and Devel- opment. When the state agency will actually review the plans is unknown. In May, net patient revenue was over budget by $171,008 (or 33 percent). Gross revenue was over budget by $173,509 (or 18 percent), according to the relSort. Charity care was over budget by $4,067 (or 7 percen0. The May gross emergency room revenue was over budget by $64,902 (or 14 percent). his pal, prepared to entertain at Avalon Library. Library's "dreamy" summer continues Joe Gandeiman's World of Fun with Ventriloquism dazzled yo.ung minds at the Dream Big Read! summer reading program at the Avalon Library this past Wednesday. Story lovers can look forward to five more featured shows, including next week's "The Wacko Show" with Ramon MedaJlion on July 25. ,The sched- ule for the upcoming shows are as follows; July 25 The Wacko Show featur- ing Ramon Medallion Au 9 1 Rhythm Adventures by One World Rhythm Au 9 8 Up All Night with the Wildlife Company Aug 15 Annie Banannie asks What's Your Dream A,u 9 22 The Fantastick Patrick Show" 209 East Whittley Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 Legal Duplex with Conditional-Use Perm, Allowing Vacation Rental of Top Unit! 100% Turn-Key madyl $1,880,000 Designed in 1928 by Hans Wallner, 209 E. WhiWe/s previous use was religious, for generations. Today it is two un, beautifully renovated for the bestin island living. Lower unit is residential, ground floor unit with one bedroom & spa-like bath featuring sunken, jet tub. Top unit was the congregation space, now a spectacular great room with endless possibililJes. Features generous Pacific Ocean view patio, charming daw foot tub, refinished fir wood flooring, skylight & rear access to new roof deck. A total of 2,801 square feet per tax records. ....................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................. THE CATAUNA ISLAND'n 2 i Friday, July 20, 2012