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gg Letter to wr '*en we*e 'sc"sse ' the ordinance was tabled. The next night the Island Company execs were again present to hear Brian Braaten of Vons/Safeway present his "Concept in Design." Tuesday night, the Avalon City After the presentation there Council met to discuss an urgency order about water and an intent were probably 6-7 who spoke in support of the location, two whom to stop all new construction that we would rate as neutral, and the would require a new or expanded balance, a clear majority were water allocation, as we approach opposed including some of our Level 2 water rationing. Per the fellow members, who offered very City Attorney Scott Campbell, well-reasoned arguments as to the Island Company had informed why the site is clearly not appro- him if the ordinance passed they priate for a 20,000 square foot would then sue the city. SCI Co market. We are not going to repeat executives were there en masse to all of the comments here as we argue against+the ordinance, think the video must be watched When several deficiencies in for several reasons, but we will the way the ordinance had been give you just a couple of quotes The image at left is a Photoshopped version of what is proposed for the new Vons building in Avalon. EVERY MONDAY & TUESDAY 11AM-3PM JULY 7-AUGUST 26 Featuring work from local artisls and photographers: ~.~ JULY 7 & 8 JULY 28 & 29 AUGUST 18 & 19 " Kirslen OlsonMaryana Espe Wagor Irene Horiuchi ~lt, Affred Tse Carolyn Ryden Ying Liu r, L4 Skoff AUGUST 4 & 5 AUGUST 25 & 26 + JULY 14 & 15 Talyana Fogarly Esther Williams Fay Wyles Laurie Hendricks Linda Gunn + and observations that we think the stables used to be, and with the it two more blocks is a you should hear. growth projected to ultimately be bonus." Greg Miller, owner of the between 500-1000 units in Avalon Say what? You need the tour- Metropole Hotel, whom to his Canyon it makes sense to go that ist to survive, so you are may- great credit came forth and direction. He pointedoutthere are ing it two blocks further away warned everyone what they would several options, from where they want it near front be facing with Vans as a neighbor. Tim Winslow, former four- street, and you are doing this for For 25 years he has had to refund term City Councilman, said the benefit of the residents who money to hotel guests for the he has always favored the Las don't want it there at all. That is noise from Vans truck deliveries Casitas/Field of Dreams location some convoluted logic. and equipment "noise issues, and and made the astute observation The most amazing anecdote despite repeated requests he never that with all future growth up into he shared was about how some got any cooperation or resolution, the canyon, that at some point the other resident in an unmentioned In addition, the inability to main- Las Casitas area will become the location was against a Vans going tain cleanliness around the site center of town. in across the street from his prop- should give all nearby neighbors These are not comments fromerty, but "at the end of the day" he concern, island newcomers. These are four was happy because his property Pam Albers, former City different, intelligent, and respected value went up. Attorney for Avalon and local individuals with extensive experi- Really? In what parallel uni- business owner, pointed out that ence and history, who have seen it verse, opposite world, does he the Island Company needs this all from the inside. We think it is think anyone is going to buy the project because they want to build fair to say that all four are saying, scenario that an addition of a 110 luxury homes, and nobody "wait a minute," slow down, let's supermarket with 24-hour noise, would finance that without a bet- get this right for everyone in the with parking lots, traffic, glar- ter market. She also said that they community, and let's not pretend, ing lighting, smell from decaying have the entire tour plaza, which there are not only other options, produce meat and poultry, litter, is grossly underutilized, and to but better ones. etc across the street from a resi- say that this'is the only location is Also, let's all remember that dential home would actually raise not fair to the community and not this took them 50 years to come the property value? Not the first fair to Vans. She added that we around to building a new store, requirement on the checklist for need to be open minded and con- and once built we will live with it most people shopping for a new sider all the impacts that would for another 50 years, so we better home. The final point on Mr. occur from this project get it right for everyone in Avalon, Braetens performance, and it was Rudy Piltch, former Mayor and not just for the Island Company. a performance, was his miscalcu- former Island Company real estate Also listen carefully the cam- lation in delivering the line about executive, said they looked at the ments after the public spoke by why we had better hurry and up same site 20 years ago and ruled Mr. Braeten from Vans. In some and jump and down for this loca- it out. He said now it would be a case his answers were non respon- tion or corporate might just have very tight fit and he is concerned sive and in some cases strained to think about spending the money about the traffic patterns. He credulity. When asked if other in Seattle, or a city in Texas. Most likes, as do many, the area where sites had been considered, he said, men in the audience, who didn't "this is the only site in front of swallow the bait, took it for what it you now." Not only a non-answer, was- a poker bluff, or a tactic you but a pretty arrogant one as well would see by a used car salesman, for someone "who wants to do the but a lot of the women in the audi- right thing." ence took it as an implied threat, In another interesting comment and it didn't sit well with them that he says they lose money in the he would even attempt to use this winter and they can't put it where kind of tactic. "you have to give a customer a compass to find it," referencing Greg Freeman is a resident the stables or Field of Dreams whose home is near the proposed area " implying that they are too new Vans location. far, but then he says shortly after, The Catalina Islander wel- Vans is catering more to the resi- comes others to offer their letters dents than the tourist and moving to the editor on this topic. JULY 21 & 22 Fiona P~n "+ Or design your own I Fehl . 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