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SCE From page 1 rate increase. The DRA is not a consumer group, but a division of the California Public Utilities Commission. "Our statutory mission is to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. In fulfilling this goal, DRA.also advocates for customer and environmental pro- tections," said the DRA website. According to an administrative law judge who opposed the rate increase, Edison's current Cata- lina water rates are the highest in California. According to Bishton, the DRA wants the commission to raise the rates by 45 percent, but wants it to do so over a few years. According to Bishton, who rep- resents rate increase opponents (also called "protestants"), Joseph P. Como, the acting director of Ratepayer Advocates, sent a letter to the Public Utility commission- ers urging them to raise the rates and suggesting that it be done over three years. Bishton said DRA officials have met privately with Public Utility commissioners and their advisors. "The DRA should add a phrase to its mission statement - 'except ratepayers on Catalina Island,'" Bishton said. "SCE has recently been elevated to a Class B water utility because it now has more than 2,000 connections. If the commission follows the DRA rec- ommendation, the highest rates on Catalina Island will be 16 times higher than the average of the high- est Class C rates and an incredible 25.7 times higher than the aver- age of the highest Class B rates, excluding Edison. The Protestants are in contact with the legislators representing Catalina Island and are asking them to investigate the DRA's actions." During the hearings before Administrative Law Judge Robert Barnett, the Ratepayer Advocates largely supported Edison's request to double waterates, recommend- ing a 64 percent increase. Edison sought $15,929,915 for capital im- provements such as Pump House No. 2 and the computer control system. The Ratepayer Advocates wanted to give Edison $13,645,700. Judge Barnett granted Edison only $6,590,000, finding many of Edi- son's expenditures "unreasonable," - PLANNINQCOMMISSION, CITY OF AVALON ........... .-CE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS :=- WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012 AT 7:00 RM. " ;:: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Avalon Planning commission will hold pUBLIC HEARINGS to consider the following items at the July meeting to be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 410 AVALON CANYON ROAD, AVALON CALIFORNIA. A continued Public Hearing for a Local Coastal Development Permit and Site Plan application for a remodel and addition to 257 E. Whit- tley. This application is outside of the appealablearea to the Coastal Commission. Owner: Matthew Sullivan Applicant: Same Location: 257 E. Whittley APN: 7480-027-019 PC#2488 Zone: Medium Density 1.A Public Hearing for a Local Coastal Development Permit and Site Plan Application for a new 15' x 15' deck and caba'na to beused s; ... a Utilitiatrea for storage, employee break area, anda Laundry. This ', i ap .lI/,i is.Within.the appealable areto e_Coasta} Cornmissioi:  -' Owner: Santa Catalina Island company " " - Applicant: Massages by the Sea Location: 1 St. Catherine Way ([escanso Beach) : APN: 7480001-001 - . pC#2489 Zone:. Resort/Recreational Membersfrom the Public who would like to address the Planning Commission may .appear at th'e'public hearing.during the consider- ation o:f this item and state their opinion. Written comments may a|so besubmitted to the Planning Department, attention' Planhing Director Coc)k, PO Box 707, Avalon, CA 90704 prior to the Planning commigsioh's considerati'on of the item. If you. challenge the actions of the Planning Commission in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raisectat-th public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Anyone may appeal any decision made by the Commission to the City Council. To appeal, you must file a written appeal, and include an appeal-fee of $842.00 with the City Clerk within fifteen (15) calendar days of such action. All actions on Local Coastal Development permits seaward of the appealable area boundary (within 300 ft. of established mean h!g h tide line) may be appealed by any aggn eyed person to the Coastal Commission. By: Amanda Cook, Director of Planning Posted: City Hall Friday, Jul? 6. 2012. Catalina Islander, Friday, July 6, 2012 "excessive" and "not justified?' "Despite the high cost of doing business on Catalina, SCE's pro- posed average residential monthly water bill for Catalina-customers is comparable to monthly bills for sfnall mainland water utilities. The proposed rate increase would fund operations and maintenance for SCE to continue to provide safe and reliable water service," said Ben Harvey, Edison's region man- ager for Local Public Affairs. "The proposed rate increase is tied to significant capital infra- structure upgrades over the past five years -- at a cost of about $12 million -- including replacement of a critical pump house, a proj- ect needed to make a dam earth- quake-safe and automated controls to improve safety, reliability and conservation," Harvey said. "SCE believes the revised pro- posed decision is better than the original," he said. "But it doesn't provide for cost recovery of all of SCE's reasonable investments." Barnett's ruling also favored ap- plying the cost of Catalina's water to the electricity bills of Edison's mainland customers. "SCE is committed to safely providing reliable water service at affordable rates. The revised pro- posed decision as written would accomplish that by allowing SCE to recover costs for the necessary system upgrades while transfer- ring the rate increase to electric customers. Another option SCE has proposed is to phase in the in- crease into water rates over three years," Harvey said. Barnett's ruling was called a Proposed Decision. The Public Utilities Commission can adopt, reject or change a Proposed Deci- sion. To contact the Division of Rate- payer Advocates, write to Joseph P. Como, Acting Director, Divi- sion of Ratepayer Advocates, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or e-mail him at joseph. como@cpuc.ca.gov. To contact the Public Utilities Commission, Write the CPUC Public Advisor at 505 Van Ness Ave., Room 2103, San Francisco, CA 94102 or e-mail public.advisor @ cpuc.ca.gov. Get in the swim Catalina is an Island, and many of Avalon's recreational activities revolve around water. For many, it is imperative to teach children how to properly behave' in and around water. To that end, the City of Avalon is once again offering an aquatic program for kids of all ages to help teach our kids these valuable skills. Mommy/Daddy and Me classes are offered for kids ages 9 months to 4 years old. This is a four-week course beginning July 30 and is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays of each week. The class teaches parents how to safely han- dle their child in the water, while they learn how to breathe, float and move. Kids ages 5 and older can par- ticipate in swim lessons for a vari- ety of skill levels. There are still 2 ! fail sessions available this summer fo these two-week courses, with one beginning July 30 and the oth- erbeginning August 13, Children are assessed on their swim ability and placed into a class appropriate for their skill level. These classes meet every day Monday-Friday for 2 full weeks. Additionally, there is now an "Open Swim" session for everyone in the community to enjoy. From noon to 1 p.m. every Monday through Friday, anyone is invited to enjoy the pool for a nominal fee of $1. The cost of the aquatic classes is $48 per_person. Registration has already bgun and forms and more information can be obtained from the City of Avalon's recreation de- partment or by calling (310) 510- 0220. Cops and kids to face off for a fun afternoon on Avalon links GOLF GAME TO BUILD BRIDG- ES OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN COMMUNITY AND SHERIFF'S STATION BY DENNIS KAISER The Avalon Sheriff's Station has a fun outing with students from Avalon High School planned for today, Friday, July 20. They are going to play golf with them. "This is something we wanted to do as we thought it would be a good way to get to know some of the students while sharing a com- mon interest," said Lt. Douglas Fet- teroll, of the Avalon station. "We all agreed that it would be better to play with the students as opposed to against them as we want to build relationships with the youth in our community." The idea, according to the Sher- iff's Department, is to use the out- ing to help build bridges of com- munication with the community at large. "Mr. (Steve) Hall, the golf coach, who will also be playing, has arranged a scramble format and put one deputy on each team of students, which will give us a chance to get to know the students better," Lt. Fetteroll said. "Steve's Steakhouse and the golf course are sponsoring the event and will donate the green fees to the high school golf team." According to Lt. Fetteroll, "We are scheduled to tee off at 0800 hours." That's 8 a.m. in layman's terms. '"IHE WRITE STUFF" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editodat horizons. New mp0rters and guest columnists are welcome. For more infor- mation, contact te editor at ed@cinews.us. 41 Friday, July 20, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER