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' 'i~ ~,~:, . . =l ,i * Don't, miss a single issue = 5 o-050o rs.e.v your eul ;dFuon by MARIE WHITI'INGTON taining to the percentage compari- Avalon citizens in November, son rate of electric vehicles and 1998, and reviewed in January, August is upon us, and with it, carts and gasoline-fueled vehicles 1999. 3500 questionnaires were the usual explosion of people, and carts allowed to operate and sent for the 1998 survey. cars, carts, mopeds, scooters, be permitted in Avalon in the To the question of the city con- noise and constant traffic snarls, future, tinuing to regulate vehicles, 331 Avalon in summer is a primeThe committee would also respondents strongly agreed, 142 example of a small town suddenly explore the feasibility of supple- agreed, 19 were neutral, 15 dis- grown too large for its britches, menting L.A. County sheriff agreed, and 22 strongly disagreed. The paradox is obviouswith-Avalon parking enforcement of.K- Other items eliciting response out the increase of visitors each cers with city of Avalon parking were "there are too many vehi- summer, life as we know it would officers so 100 percent of the des", with 240 strongly agreeing, cease. Yet most of us long for fall, parking fine income would go to 59 disagreeing (they must not when we "get our town back.", the city, instead of sharing with ever look for a parking spa~e). Councilman Bill White says the other government organizations. "There are too many grandfa- most frequently expressed criti- This income could help financial- thered vehicles" --318 strongly cism he hears when he's out walk- ly support a city parking enforce- agreed, 36 strongly disagreed. ing in Avalon concerns the num- merit department that would work The question of whether or not ber of vehicles and carts permitted in cooperation with the existing the city should restrict rental of on the streets. Public ire has traffic and parking officers, golf carts by realtors brought a reached such a degree that he has Finally, the committee would surprising 336 who agree restric- decided to take on the old make recommendations regarding tionsareappropri te, 23 disagree. dinosaur of vehicle saturation as the number of carts allowed to Noise, access to the interior, his own personal challenge,receive permits in Avalon in the bus service, number of carts per To this end, White has drafted future. According to Bill Loomis, family, parking and many other a letter to his fellow councilmen, vehicle clerk at City Hall, on July items were addressed. City Manager Rob Clark and City 20, records show .there are Southern Californians have the Attorney Pam Albers, with rec- approximately 1,011 motor vehi- reputation of being wedded to ommendations for the develop- cles, and 1,300 golf cartstheir cars, and Avalon is no ment of a long-term plan of action (autoettes), totaling 2,311 vehicles exception, despite its small area. correct the problem. He'd like on the Island at the present time. The city sticker permit for to fort,an advisory committee of Anyone attempting to turn the vehicles is prized beyond reason, not less than five members to corner of Crescent and Metropole and likely to remain so, given the explore and research sources of streets during the summer crunch long wait to receive one. vehicle information available needs eyes in the back and both Yet there is general agreement from local and county govern- sides of his head in order to suc- that something needs to be done mentagencies, cessfully accomplish the maneu- about the problem, especially A review of the current city of ver. Pedestrians who wander diag- with the anticipated increase of Avalon vehicle permit fees would onally across the intersection, and residents coming with the Des- be conducted, particularly the last the influx of rental carts add to the canso and Bird Park housing pro- time fees were changed, already unwieldy equation.The jects. The committee would research infamous vehicle code comes up More people mean more vehi- current state of California Depart- for review periodically, cles. Councilman White has a ment of motor vehicles law per- A written survey was mailed to tiger by the tail. Last weekend the Island was visited by the U.S. Women's Olympic Waterpolo Team. This will he the first year that women's waterpolo teams will compete in an Olympic competi- tion. - Team member Maureen O'Toole is considered to be one of the greatest female waterpolo players of all time. O'Toole and other team mere-, bers posed for pictures in front of the vehicle pool fund-raisers are raffling off to show their support for the future Catalina Island aquatics center. O'Toole gave her number to fund-raising organiz- ers, saying she wants to do water polo clinics on the Island once the pool is built. on-going. Currently, organizers are selling raffle tickets for entry into a drawing to win a brand new, model 2000, Silver Millen- nium Limited Edition Toyota 4- Runner, V-6, 4WD totally loaded." Tickets are $50 each or $125 for three. Ill Tickets are available at various Casino Art Gallery; Catalina Gold locations around town, including Company and Island Express the tile painting booth in the post Helicopters. office arcade; Catalina Cable TV; The drawing will be held in Island Threadz; Catalina Realtors; November. * Individual & Group Medical and Dental * Vision & Prescription Drugs * Life & Disability ~e~'ance * Medicare Supplements Left to right: Meureen O'Toole and daughter; Kathy Drum, past olympic swim team member, and her son; and Larry Drum, U.S. Women's waterpoio team doctor. The Drums own a home on Lower Terrece. photo by KATHLEEN HILL ZELLER Please call Audrey Clasen today for free quotes at 310-510-3554