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August 11, 2000

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Friday, August 11 2000 I Serving Catalina and its Mainland Friends Every Week since 1914 i +, 5" Bishop to meet with local Reverend J. Jon Bruno, Epis- copal Bishop, Diocese of Los Angeles, will be in Avalon August 17. He will be meeting with members of the Episcopal Church, or anyone else who may be interested in establish- ing an Episcopal Church and Mission in Avalon. Bishop Bruno will be hosting a reception in the lower level outside patio conference room at the Country Club at 6 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to come. by MARIE WHITrlNGTON an employee commuter programThe questionnaire then took up survey, the idea of a commuter program According to figures compiledThe first response validatedwhereby mainland residents by the Catalina Island Visitors their suspicion that there would would commute to Avalon daily. ". Bureau and Chamber of Com-be interest in organizing a pro- 70 percenL,a,nswered yes they merce, visitor counts this July far gra.m to brfia~, mployees to the would be interested. Only a little exceeded August figures for sev- Island from overtown on a com- more than half of the respondents eral years back, surprisingly, muting basis, said they would be willing to sub- because August is tradition, ally To the question "Do you think sidize the cost of transportation. the biggest draw for visitors, there is a labor shortage in Aval- Wayne Griffin, president and A healthy economy, good on?" 90.9 percent answered C.E.O. of the Visitors Bureau, weather, and a freely spending "yes." This was followed by thinks they have the nucleus of a public, plus expanded efforts at "How difficult or easy is it for workable plan, which will require marketing by the bureau, haveyou to find employees for your alot of fine tuning. brought this about, business?" 57.6 percent answered The Catalina Express people So, why aren't business own- "very difficult;" 36.4 percent said are interested in exploring the ers smiling all the way to the "difficult." The majority answer- idea. bank? Three words-scarcity ofing said they currently have jobs IF a reduced rate for boat fare employees. Too many jobs on the available with no applicants, could be agreed upon, and IF Island are going begging, These are not highly special- employers would be willing to unfilled, and the reason is simple: ized positions requiring advanced subsidize the fare, and IF the city no housing for employees, training, they are entry level jobs, of Avalon would reduce or elimi- Last May the Visitors Bureau both for summer and year around, nate the wharfage fees, and IF the held its annual planning session To the question "Do you think parking charges on the mainland with the board of directors, and you might lose employees in the could be negotiated, THEN decided to make this problem the near future because of a lack of maybe a solution could be found. key issue to explore, housing?" 90.9 percent answered Their first step was to send out affirmatively. See Commuter page three , , 1 Lolo Saldafia, busy at his berber shop, always found time to be a part of Avalon Kid Baseball. After 41 years, Lolo Sal- attracts 90 kids on six teams dafia is stepping down as head each season. organizer of Avalon Kid Base- In addition to the regular ball. season games, Avalon Kid "It's time," Lolo said, not- Baseball players also partici- ing that other people have been pate in an All-Star game with wanting to take on his leader- mainland teams. ship role. Special excursions such as Lolo was key in organizinggoing to the back side of the the program back in 1959. The Island and going to ball games program has gained popularity at Dodger Stadium have also through out the years and been popular with the kids. 80 71.0 6O 40 20 0 A majority of respondents supported the Idea of im- porting employees from the mainland, graph couaesy CATALINA ISLAND VISITORS BUREAU polP.ty to take over the museum in September The Catalina Island Museum is The then-owner of the Island. at it again: During the month of William Wrigley conceived the September the Museum will host idea to build a brick and tile the Second Annual Catalina Pot- plant as it was too costly to bring tery and Tile Extravaganza.building materials to the Island. The museum has an extensiveThe plant would also provide tile and pottery collection but it year round employment for does not have the necessary space Islanders. to display the entire collection. The month-long exhibition at As a result, the month of the museum will also feature Sl~,~ September is dedicated to show- cial events. Artist demonstrations, ing off this rich cultural history of historic walking and tram tours of the Island. The entire museum the Islands decorative tile and will be filled with its collection of guest speakers are just some of pottery and tile as well as several the activities the museum has special pieces from private col- lined up. A new book, The Art of lectors. Catalina Clay Products, will also Tile and pottery were manu-make its debut. factured on the Island by the For a schedule of events, con- Catalina Clay Products division tact the museum at 510-2414. The of the Santa Catalina Island Com- museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. pany between 1927 and 1937.daily. Tiles such al these found on the fountain in front of Lao's t