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,/From page~l is not in the interests of the city. "We will run the risk of defending the lawsuit if that's what it comes to," Griffin said. Kylee Bellflower, a vice presi- dent with Pacific Sports, said that having two triathlons a week apart should not be a problem, but an opportunity. She said Pacific Sports has always produced the Iriathlon event the first weekend in November, even though up until this year they were running it per a management agreement with the Chamber. She indicated that their desire to hold their triathalon on the first weekend of November one that does tl~?.be~iI~e~__ was clever of Jaet~ C~gs ioi~e advantage of what Wilsoff Cai~-a loophole in the special event code. Wilson said he didn't think the city or the Chamber should be held hostage to the threal of a lawsuit, and further argued that the Pacific Sports database used-in sending out the mass email should actually l~elong to the chamber. John Regalado said what was happing with the Chamber and the triathlon i the same situation that happened with the Lions Club and the marathon. The Lions Club de- cided to have a marathon. Pacific Sports took out a permit for the weekend prior. Scott Nelson, a former council- was to keep that tradition, man; didn't take sides in the dis- COuncilwoman Sue Rikalo ex- pute, ' I :m up f0r~ many events plained that there was an e-mail sent from Pacific Sports to their database, which really riled up the triathletes against the city. Bellflower said the e-mail was to make sure there was no confusion about the event. However, Council Michael Ponce disagreed. 'q'he e-mail that you sent to your database was inflammatory," Ponce said. "You took an event from the Chamber and claimed it as yours and it is not yours." Councilman Ralph Morrow asked Bellflower what were the results of the triathlon that Pacific Sports put on last year. Bellflower said they had about 1,000 people. "The restaurants were packed," she said. "We usually cap it at 800," she said. Morrow asked how many peo- ple show up at the Los Angeles tri- athlon to which Bellflower replied that there were about 3,000. Brad Wilson said the Planning Commission's decision to grant the Pacific Sports permit caused the Santa Catalipa Island Compa- ny hardships as well, forcing them to cancel an event at the Casino. As for the triathlons, Wilson said, "The first is always going to be the LANCERS FOOTBALL SEASON OPENS FRIDAY NIGHT Avalon opens the 2011-2012 football season this Friday night at 7 p.m., Joe Machado Fibld. The Lancers will face Excelsior Educa- tion Center from Victorville, CA. Excelsior has approximately twice as many students as Avalon and that can make a big difference in foot- ball. Excelsior lost to Windward by one point in overtime in last years final CIF-SS State Championship. Excelsior Head Coach Bill Rivera says this year's team is bigger, faster and stronger than last year's team and they expect to return to the championship game again this year. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. as you guys can come up with." Councilman Tim Winslow said he was offended by the e-mails-that Pacific Sports sent out to triathletes, and that it was difficult enough get- ting people over to the Island for an event. He also said he didn't )ike being threatened, and would vote to uphold the Chamber's appeal. Ponce said he didn't think it was beneficial to have two triathlons, and was not comfortable working with Pacific Sports, so he would also vote iff fa- vor of the Chamber's appeal. He also said that hewas offended by the Pacific Sports e-mails to past participants which called city offi- cials' ethics into question. Council- woman Rikalo said she originally came to the meeting with an open mind. ShE could see the logic of having to successful events. However, she said that looking at the numbers from prior triath- Ions, participation seemed to be going down. Based on that infor- mation, Rikalo said she would also vote in favor of the appeal. Following the vote, Griffin said: "It's just a no-win situation for everyone." Avalon Veteran's Memorial Park Purchase a Brick for the Memorial Contact Dave Gardner (310) 510-1484 or write: Avalon Veterans of Foreign Wars P.O. Box 1672 Avalon, Ca 90704 ~nOn't feed the Deer. It is illegal in California to feed deer (Title 14 of the Califomia Code of Regulations section 251.3 251.3. Penalties for feed- g deer include fines and/or jail time (, This practice interferes with their natural ability to obtain their own food and they become dependent on people. Also. deer that are fed lose their fear,of people, which increases the risk Offiuman injuries, ~iuries to pets and collisions with motor vehicleS. Bucks during the "rut" (breeding time) are particularly dangerous. Feeding the ,deer also interferes th 'their natural ref)reductive cycle. Fed deer will continue tOreproduce, thus creating a vicious circle of overpopulation and dependence: fed deer reproduce more which means more deer to feed, until something fails (usually the food source) and deer starve and become aggressive, 9-11 Memorial Services Education Center ffOm'Victorville, competing in the Eestival, the col- Sunday, September 11, 2011 CA, a team that~Iosf last year's h- orful heart serves as a tribute to the marks the 10 year anniversary nal CIF-SS State'Championship festival's theme, "I Love Catalina of the tragic events that forever game by one poin~t in overtime. Island." See story, page 6. changed our nation. There will See story, page 9, be several Memorial Services Zane Grey announces last throughout Avalon on this day. See .Mosaic heart captures minute move story, page9. Catalina Island The Zane Grey Invitational A 5-foot tall, 4-foot wide, mo- Tournament, which was scheduled Friday night IigIM~ in Avalon saic work of art will be on display for September 11-13 in Avalon, Avalon opens the 2011-2012 in the window of the U.S. Bank has just announced that the tourna- football season this Friday night building through the run of the ment will be moved to Dana Point at 7pm, Joe Machado Field. The 53rd Annual Festival of Art, Sept. in hopes of better fishing condi- Lancers will be facing ExcelsiOr 16-18. Although the arfist~won't be tions. See story, page 4. Guided Day Trip ....... :-, Sunday, September 18, 2011 Do we have photos of you or Join Naturalists from the Conservancy and the National your friends andfamily?. Park Service for a fantastic adventure on Santa Barbara Check our facebook page to find oulfi Island. The smallest o fall of the California Channel Islands, thislslandoffersmorethanone ~ ~~ would expect- including resting ..~ ~ elephant seals, strange tree sunflowers, Xantu's murrelets and rich cultural history lSL~l~I~B NEWSPAPER An optional pre-trip dinner with group members will take place r "on Saturday, September 1Z Spaces a e limited. Registration ~! :~ : : ::: : ! deadline is September 12! ~ ................ iii~: ! ::':;: $150.00 Conservancy Members (lunch included) $165.00 Non-Members (lunch included) For additional information and to purchase tickets visit I THE CATALINA iSLANDER Friday, September 9. 2011 ~ 9