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Friday, July 21, 2006 The CATALINA BLANDER Page 7 This summer, the Catalina Island Museum has jo'med forces with local tile artist Robin Cas- sidy, of Silver Canyon Tile Com- pany, to offer weekly tile-making demonstrations in the museum's gatleries. The tile-making demonstra- tions will take place on Wednes- day afternoons from noon to 4 p.m. and are free. with Museum admission. An Island girl born and bred, Robin has been creating ceramics for 20 years, but stumbled into tile making during the Avalon water- front restoration in the 1990s. She is one of only two artists who create tiles on the Island and has a thriving business making her own original designs as well as Local tile artist Robin Cassity shows her craft. reproductions of historic Catalina tiles. Public works on display in Aval- on include the som- brero fountain restoration, the taxi island restoration, the new City Hall landscape, and the Avalon Hotel. Robin is donating her time to the Museum so that visitors may have the chance to see, up close and personal, how tiles are made. Onlookers may visit the museum on a Wednesday afternoon to observe her skills and talent and ask her all your questions about her craft. For more information call (310) 510-2414 or visit Continued from page I ing this important law." Mayor Bob Kennedy said, "Our focus and desire here is to heal our bay regardless of the cost. We do understand your plight, and there are many others like you fac- ing this type of thing. Also under- stand there are twice the expul- sions that are, perhaps not willful, but negligent." Judy Brilhart countered with, "then expel them for a year, don't expel people like us." Bruce Bril- hart recommended increasing the fine rather than expelling him. Counci Tim Winslow disputed the efficacy of increasing fines, saying it wouldn't amount to "a hill of beans', to many people who discharge in the harbor. He stated that the council must, "hold fast to the ruling," to be effective. Councilman Dan O'Connor noted that "Matchpoint" could moor at Hamilton or Descanso -- the expulsion is from the harbor, not the island. O'Connor agreed that increasing the fines would not be effective. Brilhart called the expulsion "draconian" and the council voted unanimously to uphold the expul- sion. The Brilharts leftin disgust. During the meeting, Kennedy announced the successful contain- ment of a fire near Middle Ranch and praised the efforts of all responding agencies. The Planning Commission recently approved the new hotel room balconies at the site of the former Blue Parrot restaurant. After a brief discussion regarding the safety and encroachment of the balconies (a mere 20 inches) the Council upheld the Planning Com- mission's decision5-0 and approved the permit. In other business, the Catalina Island Humane Society failed to submit a request for funding during the city's budget process and is now asking for the usual annual contri- bution from the city of $10,000. City Attorney Pam Albers noted that the state legislature has dictated that spay and neuter pro- grams be mandatory, and to meet those regulations without the help of the Humane Society would cost far more. Councilman Scott Nelson expressed slight displeasure with accountability of funds and the continuing feral cat problem. After suggesting "more deputy). aggressive" tactics including joint The council approved the res- press releases from the city and olntion unanimously after dis- the society, the council unani- cussing the potentially daunting mously agreed to approve the possibility of a 9 percent sales tax. $10,000 expenditure. In other business, the Council Lt. Pat Hunter then spoke in voted to retain the three incum- support of a proposal by Sheriff bents on the Catalina Island Med- Leroy Baca for a tax measure for ical Center Board and add new gang suppression, prevention and member Maggie Maki. Finally, the intervention. The proposed Council filled Planning Commis- increase, if approved by voters, sion seats by appointing Bruce would raise Avalon's sales tax Fertig, Chuck Martin, and Jessica from 8.75 percent to 9.0 percent Mitchell. Congratulations to the and provide Avalon with an addi- new Commissioners. tional $163,000 (enough, Hunter The next Council meeting is estimated, to pay for an additional scheduled for Aug. 8. $0 lilAC Put your feet in the send a drink in your hand where you ore the cllef Friday, Saturday & Sunday Live Music Open Dally at 10am 510.510.7410 From left are Jerry Dunn, Mel Dinkel, Tim McCullough, Roy Rose and Avalon Mayor Bob Kennedy. Dunn presented a check to the Catalina Island Conser- vancy from a percentage of sales of his limited editon of Reyen Spooner shirts dedicated to helping raise money for the Conservanqfs wod(. By Mary Lou Buck, CIYC Vicemittee and has been diligently Commodore of the Catalina reviewing records and leads Island Yacht Club through the Catahaa Island Museum aud other Avalon sources. Locals are producing "The He welcomes any information Catalhia Island Yacht Club History from Avalon residents regarding Yearbook" to he publ!shed in Catalina Island Yacht Club. The 2008. Anticipated research, edit- early years of the club and the war hag and printing is expected to years are somewhat sketchy now take about three years, in "Lime for but. hopefully the pieces will fall the yacht club's 85th anniversary together with time and research. date. 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