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Watson From page 1 profile, there's not much secrecy involved. Mega yachts owned by Microsoft's Paul Allen, Whoopi Goldberg and Wynn Resorts Steve Wynn are occasional visitors to the Island. But submarines being what they are, the owners of these vessels of- ten, choose to keep their existence secret. Word has it, for example, that both James Cameron and Paul Allen are owners of such gems and occasionally bring them to Cata- lina, thereby perhaps accountihg for our "undersea UFOs". It is believed that there are only about 100 such luxury submarines in ex- istence. Believe it or not, there really aren't a whole lot of restrictions to Operating a private sub in the open ocean as opposed to operating a surface vessel (although you are" supposed to notify the U.S. Navy of your excursions so they don't, like, run into you down there with one of their own submarines). So where do you get one of these subs? The 800-pound go- rilla in the industry is U.S. Subma- rines, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They have a wonderful website (www.ussubmarines.com) that you can visit in between soli- taire games while sitting in your cubicle at work. U.S. Submarines has a variety of models to choose from and will generally build your vessel to' or- der, a process that can take sev- eral months or even years. Crew Planners to look at alcohol in high-density BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon Planning Com- mission on Wednesday, Sept. 19, considered recommending that the City Council allow hotels in the city's high density zone to have res- taurants, bars or cafes. If approved, the hotels will have to apply for conditional use permits before opening any restaurants. Results of the meeting were unavailable at press time. Only the City Council can change the municipal code. Planners also held two public hearings that night: one for a Lo- cal Coastal Development permit, setback variances, and a site plan for a multi unit structure on Upper Terrace Road. The other hearing was be about a proposed "mitigated negative declaration" for a seawall repair project. For those of you who don't speak government jargon, a "miti- gated negative declaration" means that a development project would have a minimal impact on the en- vironment that could be softened (or relieved) by taking mitigating steps. No environmental impact report would be required for the project. In this particular case, Santa Catalina Island Company officials want to repair the soundwall at 302 and 304 Crescent Avenue. training and staffing can also be provided. The company's website tempts us with such fantasies as settling the sub on the sea floor "and en- joying the view through the pan- oramic viewports" before "having a luxurious dinner." They go on: "You can retire to a queen-sized bed with the world's most exclusive view through a re- markable five-foot diameter view- port... In the morning, after a hot shower and breakfast, -i~ you can surface and start the diesels and continue on to the next destina- tion." At the low end of their product line are such vessels as the Discov- ery 1000 and its larger cousin the Nomad 1000. The Discovery carries up to six passengers and is designed mainly for day trips, although it can stay sub- merged for up to 24 hours with life support for four people. The Nomad is slightly larger and can accommodate up to 36 day-trippers. Prices for these two subs begin at about $2.5 million. U.S. Submarines' mid-size ves- sel is the Seattle 1000, a three- story, ll8-foot long affair with five state rooms, an equal number of bathrooms, and not one, but two galleys. Did I mention the gym- nasium and wine cellar? This ves- sel has a price tag of $25 million, quite a bargain considering that a surface-only yacht the same size can cost multiples of that. But their premiere luxury sub- marine is the 65-meter long Phoe- nix 1000, a vessel that features several cabins (plus crew quar- ters), a large dining salon, cocktail lounge, diver lockouts and forward observation lounge. It also comes with its own docking mini-sub. This massive vessel is four stories tall and can travel on the sur- face a distance of 3,500 miles at 15 knots with- out refueling (that's Catalina to the Galapa- g0s). It can travel un- Jim Watson derwater at 5 knotS for Columnist up to 50 hours without surfacing or can sit idly on the sea floor for a minimum of 20 days or until the champagne runs out. It's yours for only $70 million. Got a weird story about Cata- lina? Send it to us at manager@ cinews.us or mail it to Mysterious Island, c/o Catalina Islander, PO Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704. Catalina Art Festival 54th Annual Festival of Art SEPTEMBER 21-23 Artists from all over the country exhibit along Crescent Avenue and sell their works of fine art, sculpture, fine crafts and photography. For re_ore information, call Catalina Art Association (310) 510-2788; www.catalinaartassociation.org. catalina Island Conservancy Half Marathon SEPTEMBER 29 Runners will enjoy the expansive Catalina Island Conservancy nature preserve with its spectacular vistas while being challenged by the rugged terrain. They'll also have the special thrill of knowing they're in bison territory--the Conservancy manages a free-ranging herd of 150. For more information, call Spectrum Sports~ Management (909) 399-3553; www.RunCatalina.com. Catalina Air Show and Festival SEPTEMBER 29-30 The first Catalina Island Air Show and Festival, Commemorates the lOOth anniversary of the longest over-water flight in the world at the time. and the first sea landing in history in Avalon Bay. Location: off the breakwater of Avalon Bay. Enjoy a weekend full of aviation events "that include both military and civilian aerobatic aircraft and conces- sions: For more information, visit www.catalinaairshow.com or call (310) 510~2595 Ext. 818. JazzTrax Festival OCTOBER 4-7, 11-14, '18-21 The 26th Annual JazzTrax on Catalina Island will features 30 differ- ent stars of smooth Jazz at Descanso Beach Club's "Unplugged" Thursdays and in the historic Casino Ballroom Friday, Saturday and Sunday. One Saturday and Sunday nights dOring the festival, the . Catalina Express will have special after performance departures from Avalon at 11:45 p.m., back to the Downtown Landing in Long Beach. For more information, visit www.CatalinaExpress.com. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY NOTICE OF APPLICATION FILING FOR CHANGES IN ELECTRIC REVENUES: APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF THIRD-PARTY DEMAND RESPONSE RESOURCE CONTRACTS APPLICATION (A.) 12-09-007 On September 7, 2012, Southern California Edison Company (SCE) filed an Application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting a change in SCE's electdc revenues related to its proposed third-party demand response resource contracts for 2013-2014. THIRD-PARTY DEMAND RESPONSE RESOURCE CONTRACTS On April 30, 2012, the CPUC issued Decision D.12-04-045, which ordered SCE to file an application with the CPUC for approval of five (5) third-party demand response resource contracts. The Contracts proposed in this Application are the final negotiated results of a competitive Request For Offers (RFO) that initially procured eighteen (18) offers for demand response resources from seven (7) Aggregators. The final results include four (4) Day-Of Contracts dispatehable on one hour's notice, and one Day- Ahead Contract. While the size and cost of the Contracts vary, each one is cost-effective using the CPUC-appreved demand response cost-effectiveness protocols. The Contracts are expected to provide SCE with firm, reliable, price-responsive demand response resources for the two-year period 2013 through 2014. SCE's proposed application A.12-09-007 requests CPUC'appreval of the :contracts it was ordered to procure. Specifically, SCE is requesting that the CPUC authorize SCE to collect $24.9 million in annual electric revenues over each of the next 2 years (2013-2014). If approved by the CPUC, SCE's request could result in an increase to customer base rates. The following table compares SCE's current average rates to the proposed change in average rates if SCE's proposals in this application are approved by the Commission: Present Average Proposed Customer Group Bundled Service Rates Bundled June 2012 Service Rates ~kWh lkWh Residential 15.83 15.88 Liqhtinq - Small and Medium,Power 13.76 13.79 Large Power 8.19 8.20 A qdcultural and Pumping 11.50 Street and Area Liqhting 17.43 Average 12.88 **The actual changes in rates will be determined by the CPUC** FOR FURTHER INFORMATION FROM $CE You may view these materials at the following SCE business offices: 11.52 17.44 12.91 Proposed Change % 0.27% 0.22% 0.15% 0.22% 0.05% 0.23% 1 Pebbly Beach Rd. 30553 Rimrock Rd. 374 Lagoon St., Avalon, CA 90704 Barstow, CA 92311 Bishop, CA 93514 505 W. 14~ Ave. 3001 Chateau Rd. 510 S. China Lake Blvd., Blythe, CA 92225 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 Ridgecrest, CA 93555 26364 Pine Ave. 41694 Dinkey Creek Rd. 421 W. J St., Rimforest, CA 92378 Shaver Lake, CA 93664Tehachapi, CA 93561 120 Woodland Dr., 6999 Old Woman Springs Rd. iWofford Heights, CA 93285 Yucca Valley, CA 92284 310.510.0250 310.510.8957fx Customers with Internet access may view and download SCE's application and the papers supporting it on SCE's web site, www.sce.cam/aoolicati0ns. Those without Intamet access or anyone wishing to obtain more information about the application or hard copies of some or all of the materials should send a wdtten request, referring to Application No. 12-09-007 to: Southern California Edison Company P.O. Box 800 Rosemead, CA91770 . Attention: Case Administration You may also review a copy of this application and related exhibits at SCE's corporate headquarters (2244 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770). Los usuarios con acceso al Internet podr~n leer y descargar esta notificacidn en espaf}ol er~ el sitio Web de SCE www.sce.conVavisos o escriba a: Southern California Edison Company P.O. Box 800 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead, CA 91770 Atencibn: Comunicaciones Corporativas You may also review a copy of the Application at the CPUC's Formal Files Office at 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. to noon daily EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS tEH'SI The CPUC may hold evidentiary hearings where parties of record present their proposals in testimony and are subject to cress-examination before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). These tmarings are open to the public, but only those who are formal parties of record may present evidence or cress-examine witnesses during EH's. Members of the Lbublic may attend, but not participate in these hearings. After considering all proposals and evidence presented dudng the formal headng process, the assigned ALJ will issue a proposed "decision that the CPUC will either adopt, amend, or modify in issuing its final decision on the application. The CPUC's final decision may differ from what is requested by SCE in its Application. The CPUC's Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) will review this application. The DRA is an independent arm of the CPUC, created by the Legislature to represent the interests of all utility customers throughout the state and obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. The DRA has a multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting and engineering. The DRA's views do not necessadly reflect those of the CPUC. Other parties of record will also participate. If you wish to comment on this proceeding, you may submit wdtten correspondence or send an email to the CPUC's Public Advisor's Office (PAO) at the-address shown below. Please state that you are writing concerning SCE's application A.12-09-007. Your comments will become a p~irt of the formal correspondence file for public comment in this proceeding. When writing a letter or email, please refer to Application No. 12-09-007. The PAO will circulate your comments to the five Commissioners, the ALJ, DRA, and to CPUC staff assigned to this proceeding. You may also contact the PAO if you need assistance on how to participate in this proceeding. The Public Advisor California Public Utilities Commission 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA 94102 Email: Public.Advisor@cpuc.ca.gov THE CATAUNA ISLANDER September 21, 2012 i 13