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ENROLLMENTS ARE INCREAS- ING AFTER YEARS OF DECLINE BY DENNIS KAISER about 23 years ago, and who head- ed the non-profit organization's creation, said in June that the tran- sition was moving along smoothly. The foundation had been formed, fundraising avenues were 6eing outlined and they were looking for Earlier this year, as the city a person with the right stuff to be of Avalon was trying to help its the preschool's on-site supervisor. Catalina Kid Ventures preschool's doors open, it vas decided to turn They found that person in Avalon resident Sarah Perez. She the operation over to a non-profit foundation. This would allow the city to eventually divest itself of much of the program's approxi- mately $130,000 financial drain on the city's coffers. Anni Marshall, the former Avalon Community Services director who started the preschool has been Catalina Kid Ventures' director since July 2. She also h ts a staff of two additional teachers, two aids and several substitute personnel. Perez, 38, has lived on Catalina for about the past 20 years and brings a bevy of qualifications to the enterprise. To Avalon's popu- The city of Avalon is once again offering an aquatic program for children of all ages to help teach them how to properly behave in and around water. Mommy/Daddy and Me classes are offered for children ages 9 months to 4 years. 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 handle their child in the water, while they learn how to breathe, float and move. Children ages 5 and older can participate in swim lessons for a varietY of skill levels. There are still two full sessions available this summer for these two-week courses, with one beginning July e 30 and the other beginning Aug. 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 two full weeks. Additionally, there is now an "Open Swim" session for every- one in the community to enjoy. From-noon:i p.rn every Monday through Friday, anyone is invited to enjoy the pool for a minimal cost of $1. The cost of the aquatic classes is $48 per person. Registration has already begun and forms and more information can be obtained from the city of Avalon's recre- ation department or by calling (310) 510-0220. lation, blended mostly between Hispanic and Caucasian, she brings her seamless fluency in both English and Spanish. "I spent my first eight years living in Honduras," she said. "My father'was building shrimp farms there." When Perez turned 8, hei" fami- ly moved back to the United States and settled in Fullerton, near the California State University cam- pus. "I used to ride my bicycle around the campus when I was growing up," she said. She eventually enrolled and graduated from the university. Perez said she has a bachelor of arts in liberal studies, .an elemen- tary school teaching credential, and an additional 21 units in early childhood education. "I have also spent several years working with children in different capacities," she said. "I am also trained as a literacy specialist." Catalina Kid Ventures, which once operated at its licensed capac- ity of 28 full-time students, fell on hard times over the last few years when its previous facility became untenable due to its age. It also lost some economic ground when it had to transfer its operations to a new site. The city of Avalon stepped up and has continued, to provide the preschool space for its operations. Since Perez has been the pre- school's director, it has doubled its enrollment. "And we are getting more everyday," Perez said. Perez said she thinks some Island parents who might enroll their children have been misled about the actual costs. "There are a lot of rumors out there," she said. "Its not as expensive as many people think it is?' More information about the preschool's fees is available by calling (310) 510-1704. Perez said she is delighted about the new facility, but admits that the preschool could use some new material items such as toys, books, and other teaching tools. For now though, she said she is happy to be able to use her talent and experience to re-shape and grow the program. "Our goal is to create a rich and engaging environment," she said. "We want to do this while meeting our students' individual needs. We have a big range of students, all who need different things?' Perez' husband is Louis Perez, who is currently a contractor help- ing to renovate the Holly Hill House. They have two children, Isabella, 5 and Mateo, 2. And yes, they've also attended Catalina Kid Ventures. Water From page 3 result in Edison's lowest rate being nine times higher than the average of the lowest rates charged by oth- er Class B water utilities and 32.4 times higher than the average of the highest rates charged, accord- ing to Bishton. Edison's current lowest rate is 3.2 times greater than the aver- age of the lowest rates charged by Class C water utilities and 11.2 times greater than the aver- age of the highest rates charged. Edison's highest current rate is 4.8 times greater than the highest rate charged by a Class C water utility. With regard to DRA's rec- ommended 45 percent increase, Edison's lowest rate would be 4.7 times higher than the average of the lowest rates charged by Class C water, utilities and" 16.2 times higher than the average of the highest rates charged. Edison sought an 83 percent increase. Such an increase would result in Edison's lowest rate be- ing 5.9 times higher than the av- erage of the lowest rates charged by Class C water utilities and 20.5 times higher than the average of the highest rates charged. "This study demonstrates just how out of line Edison's current rates are, forgetting the rates it seeks in the GRC (general rate case)," Bishton said. "The highest current Class B rate is $3.87 per ccf or $0.005 per gallon and the highest Class C rate is $5.8t per ccf or $0.007 per gallon. In the GRC, the highest rate Edison is seeking is $51.48, 183 percent of its current highest rate - $28.13 per ccf. This calculates to $0.069 per gallon. Some of the Class B and C water utilities pay for the water they distribute. Edison gets its wa- ter free. This makes the rates Edi- son charges and wants to charge even more incredible. Hopefully, the CPUC will not want to set a precedent that Class B and C wa- ter utilities can charge $0.069 per gallon as sought by Edison or even the $0.056 per gallon being lob- bied for by the DRA." According t'o the Bishton study, all of the Class B and Class C water utilities, except for Edison, express rates as per 100 cubic feet (ccf) of water, which is equal to 748 gal- lons of water. This is the standard in the industry. Edison alone ex- presses rates per 1,000 gallons of water. For comparison purposes, Edison's rates must be converted to ccfs. For example, Edison's highest current rate is $37.61 per 1,000 gallons. This converts to $29.13 per ccf. SINGING WATERS " CHRISTIANCENTER 'J SERVING THE CHURCH, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE CATALINA'S AVIATION HISTORY." 1946.Present The fascinating story of Catalina's legacy of aviation. 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