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July 24, 1998

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Friday, July 24, 1998 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 3 Tuna Big game sportfishing on the Pacific Coast was spawned in Catalina waters one hundred years ago. Banners and bunting adorn Avalon's Tuna Club this summer as the historic angling association celebrates its centenni',d. On Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31, club historian Michael Farrior will conduct public tours of the building, hourly, between 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets for the tours are $8 and sales are being coordinated by the Catalina Island Museum Society, which will receive all the pro- ceeds. Space is limited and reserva- tions are required. Tickets are now on sale at the Museum in the Casino building. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 29 through 31, tickets will be on sale at a table in the Post Office Arcade from 10 a.m until noon. For more information call the Museum at 510-2414. On July 30 and 31, the public will be able to tour the Avalon Tuna Club. LIVE JAZZ MUSIC! f~Uoy the soothing sounds oJ live jazz music while you dine on the patio every Wednesday and Thursday nights through October 15. The purpose of this column is to keep the community informed of city activities during the pre- ceding and upcoming months. Public Works Projects: The Pedestrian Mall and Pleasure Pier restrooms were opened to the public in late June. Work is con- tinuing on several small items, including installation of tiles on the Wrigley fountain. Rules for use of the Mall are similar to those in effect in the past on Crescent Street with dogs, vehicles, bicycle, s and [x ing prohibited. The City Council is consider- ing a proposal to correct the prob- lem of sand and rocks being washed into the low flow divert- ers at the end of the storm drains. The next phase of the project is the Casino Walkway which will be under construction during the summer. In the fall, work will be centered on Crescent Street between the Casino Arch and Metropole. The first workshop for the streetscape along Pebbly Beach was scheduled on Thursday, July 23, at the Catherine Hotel from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A second session will be Thursday, August 6. When completed, construction will tie the entire waterfront from the beginning of the walkway at Abalone Pointe to the Casino. Hospital: Hospital collections were down in June. Total rev- enues were $128,551 and total expenditures were $224,465 leav- ing a deficit of $95,914 for the month. A subsidy payment of $27,216 was received from the City of Avalon which reduced the loss to $68,968. Continued effort is being made to collect using the in-house billing service. Clinic visits were up again in June. The Clinic saw 624 patients as compared to a budgeted esti- mate of 428 patients. The skilled nursing beds were full and the number of emergency room visits was higher than normal. Radio- logy and laboratory use was down as was acute hospital bed use. In July the hospital was noti- fied that the Federal Government reduced the amount it pays for skilled nursing patients on Medi- care. The hospital estimates the resulting loss may equal $40,000 per year. The budget for fiscal year 1998-99 already included a $140,000 loss because of reduc- tions in Federal and State Medi- care and medical reimbursements. Housing: The Santa Catalina Island Company agreed to pro- ceed with 24 of the 114 units in Avalon Canyon which will house Descanso Beach Resort employ- ees. This will also allow the city to proceed with 13 senior housing units on Beacon Street. Construc- tion is expected to begin by late 1999. The Bird Park housing deve- loper also took preliminary steps to finance the remaining 90 units in Bird Park. Actual construction will depend upon the Island Com- pany's ability to secure a financier, developer and operator for the hotel at Descanso Beach. Ongoing efforts continue. 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Borders are available in cobalt blue, light aqua & dark aqua. Comers come only in black. 6 pc. tile mounted $350.00, 4pc. tile mounted $275.00 Phone orders are welcome -- We ship UPS -- 310-510-1342 Please ] Spay or Neuter your Pets II II Public Notice Advertising Protects Your Right To Know What do you like best about summer in Avalon ? We HearYou ! 408 East First Street Downtown Long Beach (562)436-9676 Rose Mark Cyndie Adri,~ Durfee (age nine) San Diego San Diego Phoenix, Arizona Buffalo, Wyoming "I like the quiet, the "I like being close to the "I like all the shops the "I like Avalon because I beautiful weather, the water. It brings back ambiance, the quaint get to go in the water and relaxing quality." memories of the times I houses. I like to walk up ride in goff carts." spent here in the late and down the quiet streets, '70s." admiring the doors." II ii i