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Researched by Chuck Liddell, Compiled by Jennifer Leonhardi 10 Years Ago 24th Annual "San Pedro Catalina Golf Classic Tournament." "Catalina Island Resort Services:" "Descanso Beach Club," "Ca- sino Ballroom," and "Catalina Country Club." "Catalina Island Vacation Rent- als," 58 Gaviota. "Catalina Outrigger Club." Pilates and Yoga, Tremont Hall. "Shoreline Office Supply," Ar- cade. "Tile Walking Tour With,Larry Harris," Museum. "Tradewinds, Internet Cafe," 119 Sumner. Michael L. Trainer, 335 Whittley, #17. 25 Years Ago This year Two Harbors had a post office, new school being built, and 28 modular housing units. John Regan married Kathy McA- leavy, June 13, 1987. Last Saturday in Juty~'~'to be de- clared "Catalina J~z Festival Day," now and forever. Robert F. Utter (1919-July 20, 1989). Florence Kimball (July 24, 1906- July 20, 1987). "Avalon Bay Watch Report" was a weekly column in the Cata- lina Islander. ~"Avaton Community Theatre," Tremont Hall. "Earl and Rosie's Avalon Seafood and Fish Market" celebrated their 20th Anniversary. Casino celebrated the 50s with the "Mardells" and a dinner/ dance. It was sponsored by the "Ristorante Villa Porto- fino" and the Santa Catalina Island Company. Plans for Mt. Ada to have lunch and dinner for 30 people. "Catalina's Diver Supply," new. Channel Express" was given per- mission by the California Public Utilities Commission to leave from Redondo Beach. $15/each way. "Chi Chi Club," 107 Sumner, re- opened. "Clem Zar Carpentry and Handy- man," 100 St. Catherine Way. "Descanso Beach" Memberships: Daily, $4; individual, $35; family, $60; Corp. $150 (up to 10 people); boaters, $10/ week/person. "Island Press"/"Anchor Press," 615 Crescent. Frank William Job Jr 1 Trailer Road. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Paulson, 354 Descanso; Claudia and Renee Rantaja, 301 Whittley. Carl Roberts, 300 Catalina, #1. Guy Joseph Sanders, 219 E. Whit- tley. Betty Smith, 35 Canyon Terrace. Gary Steuter, 342 Descanso. James W. Wortham, 123 Sumner. Patricia Moore was the curator of the Museum Society. Lita Mulvihill, 210 Calle del Sol. George Riley replaced Angelo Ke- dis as president of the Rotary. Lidia Saldana was the postmaster. Chet Store was president of the Tuna Club. Irene Strol~el was the mayor. 50 Years Age Gregory Raymondo, was born July 13, 1962, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Raymondo. First marlin of the season caught and weighed 242 pounds. "Magic Isle," cross channel car- rier. "Meet The Boat" program estab~ lished by the city. "Moll's U-Drive," originally "Spencer's U-Drive," new, Crescent/Metropole, started by Mr. and Mrs. John Kim- brel. "Molly's Donut Shop". "T. K. Turner Gallery," 106 Cata- lina. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hawley, 331 Catalina. Mr. and Mrs. George McElroy, Isthmus. Vander Velde home, Bird Park Lane. 75 Years Ago Sharon Lee Downing, born to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Downing, July 24, 1937. "Diffin's Candy Kiss Lei," 35 cents, to wear when the ships arrived. "Empress" glassbottom boat, con- verted into a fishing barge. "Hiking Club." Mrs. A. C. Heibel, 329 Catalina. Abe Perluss was a member of the City Council. Wilbur White was a member of the City Council in the ENERGY COMPANY SAYS RATES ARE COMPARABLE TO THOSE OF SMALL MAINLAND UTILITIES BY CHARLES M. KELLY An attorney opposed to South- ern California Edison's request to increase Catalina's water rates has released a study that says Edison charges the highest rates in the state. Norris Bishton Jr who rep- resents the opponents (or "protes- tants") of Edison's so-calledgen- eral rate case before the CalifOrnia Public Utilities Comfnis~ion, quoted Administrative Jud~ge~,Rob- ert Barnett as saying Ediscin!~icur- rent rates "are by far the highest in the State of California" in his so-called Proposed Decision. An Edison spokesman stood by the company's water rates. "De- spite the high cost of doing busi- ness on Catalina Island, Southern California Edison's proposed rate increase will result in average residential monthly water bills for Catalina Island customers that are comparable to monthly bills for customers of small mainland water utilities. All of Southern California Edison's filings in this water rate case are posted on the California Public Utilities Com- mission website at: http://www." said Ben Harvey Edison's regional manager for Lo- cal Public Affairs. Judge Barnett's decision, which the Utilities Commission may modify or ignore, favored having mainland electricity users pay for the proposed water rate increase. Commissioners have expressed concerns with that proposal and have delayed making a decision. Meanwhile, the Division of Rate Payer Advocates--which is a divi- sion of the Utilities Commission-- has been lobbying in favor of hav- ing Islanders pay for the increase over a period of three years. According to a press release issued by Bishton, the judge did not provide any informa- tion as to just how high Edison's current rates are when compared to the rates charged by other water utilities. The Bishton study said Edison was recently classified a Class B water utility (more than 2,000 con- nections) by the Utilities Commis- sion. Edison had previously been classified as a Class C water utility (500 to 2,000 connections). The study compares Edison's current and proposed rates with the rates charged by the other five Class B water utilities and the 22 Class C water utilities. According to Bishton, Edison's current lowest rate is 4.9 times greater than the average of the low- est rates charged by Class B water utilities other than Edison and 17.7 times greater than the average of" the highest rates charged. Edison's highest rate applies at 10,000 gal- lons (13.37 ccf). Most of the busi- nesses as well as the seven camp- grounds on Catalina Island use more than 10,000 gallons in a bill- ing period and therefore are pay- ing the highest rate. Edison's low- est current rate is 9.9 times greater than the lowest rate charged by other Class B water utilities and 7.2 times higher than the highest rate. The California Division of Ratepayer Advocates recently lob- bied the~Utilities: Commission to raise Edison's rates by 45 percent. Bishton said this would result in Edison's lowest rate being 7.1 times higher than the average of the lowest rates charged by other Class B water utilities and 25.7 times higher than the average of the highest rates charged. To make matters worse, under the Proposed Decision, the highest rate applies at 6,500 gallons (8.69 ccf). To further put the highest rate DRA recommended in perspective, it is $0.056 centS a gallon. Edison sought an 83 percent increase. 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