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Friday, July 22, 2005 Transpac sailors were barely a handful. "She said she wanted to go to Continued from page I Honolulu. She's the only woman in the race as far as I know." popped out when the SartartiaJones sent the Associated Press was three days and 400 miles out this message from the Sartartia's to sea. short wave radio. "She's a good "Girl Stowaway Found on sport, a good sailor, and no trou- Buck Jones' Windjammer" hie at all for anyone." splashed across newspaper head- Nautical skeptics, however, lines from New York to Hawaii. did not agree with Jones' corn- The famous long forgotten story, passion for allowing a woman to Famous because few women stay on hoard. had the courage to sail the The myth was that under Transpac. When Jenny was in her strained racing conditions and twenties and the Transpac barely cramped crew quarters the lady into an llth season, the guys sailor could be ahindrance. owned the ocean. Only men qua/- Catalina Island's Jenny Gray ified as members of the Transpa- Coller proved them wrong. The cific Yacht Club. A glance at Sartartia came in second in its 1930s race crew lists named a class. smattering ofgals. Mike, who now lives in Seat- In later decades, women with tie, will be at Honolulu's Aia Wai Jenny's maritime enthusiasm Yacht Basin at the end of the have skippered these fast racing 2005 Transpac race to help wel- yachts and signed on as crew. All come this year's finishing partici- women crews have since com- pants and to honor the 1936 pleted Transpacs. memory of his mother, the stow- But in Jenny's time, lady away starlet. The CATALINA ISLANDER Jennifer Gray and cowtx mm star Buck Jones at see mugging, right, if he Is throwing the "Stowmmy Starlet" overboard. Bice paid the mandato $264Council was correct in following fine for the infraction, but asked the letter of the law. that the Council mitigate the 'q'he law is in place," he said. punishment by reducing or "What we have to do with laws ConUnued.from page I" eliminating the sanction ofthat we don't like is to change forcing him out of the harbor for them. But so far this law calls for get blamed for something thata year. strict liability," said Morrow. happened on his vessel. "It seems to me they should"We've had this program in place According to Bice's written consider that I had no intention of for more than 20 years and we appeal to the Council, the committing a crime," said Bice. are extremely critical of the water incident occurred when he "It's not a very fair way to treat quality in the harbor and our discovered a problem with thepeople who are citizens or regular reputation. People know that we boat's Vacuflush system that visitors to the Island." have to be extremely careful. If caused the pump to continue in Bice noted that he has beenthey are not and they make a constant operation, coming to Catalina for more than mistake they have to know that "To switch off the pump, the 50 years and that he has made we will eject them from the owner opened the door to the donations to various Islandharhor." circuit breakers and reached in," charities including the youth Morrow said that there were Bice said in the appeal. "Thebaseball league, Search andonly two past instances in which macerator pump switch is Rescue Service, Medical Center the Council mitigated the located imanediately next to the and that he is a member of the mandatory expulsion clause. Vacuflush pump switch he CalalinaIsland Yac1 t Club. "'! don't like having to eject unintentionally hit the macerator In his written appeal to the someone from harhor. Every time pump switch." Council, Bice said: "The council we do I feel bad about it," said The activation light should adhere to Constitutional Morrow. "Both of those were immediately came on and, values and consider the owner's extreme cases, but for the most recognizing the inadvertent error, culpability for the discharge." part we have to stick to the policy the boater turned the macerator Avalon Mayor Ralph Morrow of strict liability as long as the switch off. The switch was on for on Wednesday reflected on the rule is the way it is." no more than a second or two." issue and maintained that the from page 4 already exists; it's called the Sheriff's Department. If disturbances reported to the Sheriff's Department result in issuafice of a citation, a legitimate problem may exist that demands your attention. If it is a CUP-related issue, generally there is a property manager involved. Require property managers to hold transient renters' deposit until a clearance is obtained from the Sheriff's Department. If units under their management are involved in a legitimate disturbance or crime issue, further h01d the deposit until the matter is resolved. If resolution is against the transient resident, have the property management company pay over the deposit to the city as part of a fine. If a property is not professionally managed, fine the transient renter directly. Fines need to be significant, in the range of thousands of dollars. Any approach to attributing disturbances or crimes to a generic source such as CUP holders that does not actively include the active participation of the Sheriff's Department will only result in "determining chronic complainers, not increases in demand. The determining problem transient outcome of this activity will be rental units, tenants, or property increased illegal instances of managers." transient housing activity. This is A corollary to this approach currently a problem, but would demands that permanent residents increase with increased fees; be treated in a familiar fashion for ultimately, the significant lost similar indiscretions. If applied revenues would require your across the board, to include attention. My theory on the rowdy teenagers roaming streets imposition of fines clearly applies in the evening hours and raucous in such instances, the bigger the activities of permanent residents, better. our City will be a better, quieter, The current heightened and more civilized place to live. attention on CUPs provides a Increasing fees for CUPs golden opportunity for the City to across the board, or even on a deal with larger issues that cause selected basis, ignores the impact symptoms improperly attributed of supply/demand. Increasing to CUPs. fees is a common quick solution Rather than band-aid the to problems that confront symptoms, I suggest you seize municipalities, this opportunity and address real, Municipalities tend to think and very serious, threats to the that they are somehow exempt ongoing viable existence of our from resulting in relative City. Dr. Jim FAMILY DENTISTRY Serving Catalina Island with a rmilel 4301 ATLANTIC AVE LONG BEACH (562) 426-9308 Islanders- 15% discount with this ad! Page 9 Who's that girl? Our 'Stowaway Starlet is flanked by Hollywood heavy hlttem. Seen from Ginger Jennifer Gray, Betty Grable, Joy Hodges. Gray is local Avalon wh(r made #to the overtown.