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From page 1 issues. One woman urged the council to fight having marijuana in the city. Pam Albers expressed con- cern that the city was making mat- ters too complicated and proposed waiting until other communities see how legalized marijuana is working for them. Michelle said she wanted to be the conservative voice. "Yes, we want it regulated," she said. "Parents all over the city are not in favor of it," she said. Councilman Joe Sampson said, "It's banned here and it's already normal; commonplace." He was apparently referring to current city law, which bans medical marijuana. The Avalon ordinance became law before California voters legalized recre- ational marijuana. "The more we accept it and nor- malize it, the more we chip away and destroy the city," Michelle said. Rhonda Kalish of CHOICES expressed concern that enforcing codes regulating marijuana would effect other law enforcement ser- vices. Kalish said there was an inci- dent that hadn't been reported to police in which a home was broken into by someone trying to steal a resident's marijuana. Jinkens said once it is legal, people would have access to the protections of the law. In response to concerns that the council was proposing intru- sive rules to regulate home grown marijuana, Councilwoman Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy pointed out that there had been an explosion in one residence. Albers, a former Avalon city attorney, was among those resi- dents who were concerned that the council was discussing overly complex regulations for home cul- tivation. She also predicted litigation over what "reasonable regula- tion" would mean, given what she described as an attorney who was not familiar with how marijuana was grown. "It is time to dial it back to assess what is being permitted by the people of the state of California and what the proper role of the city is to play," Albers said. "The thing you have to do is make sure that your ordinance comports with state law, which it doesn't because you prohibit cultivation; you prohibit personal use," Albers said. "That's not con- sistent with the law--and if you're worried about the state granting licenses to people come January 1st, then add a line that says we do not permit commercial cannabis Current Law in Avalon Medical cannabis dispensaries are prohibited. Avalon Municipal Code, 5-20.02. Mobile medical cannabis dispensaries are prohibited. Avalon Municipal Code, 5-20.03. Medical cannabis delivery services are prohibited. Avalon Municipal Code, 5-20.04. Cannabis cultivation is prohibited. Avalon Municipal Code, 5-20.07. Courtesy artwork activities in the city of Avalon?' Capt. John Hocking, command- er of the Avalon Sheriff's Station, recommended having some kind of regulations to allow residents to grow marijuana safely in their homes and prohibit dispensaries on "Front Street:' (That's the local nickname for Crescent Avenue.) Hocking said he believed most people would cultivate marijuana rather than buy it on the street. He said he had worked in a city with an illegal marijuana dispensary. It was robbed of its cash. "We had somebody drive a car through the front of the business to get the marijuana," Hocking said. Mayor Anni Marshall wanted to know what would happen if the council approved an ordinance, but it lacked the "fine tuning" it required. City Attorney Scott Campbell said one or two cities had decided to ban marijuana until they have studied the issue. A young man named Carl said he is a medical marijuana patient. He said he was one of 109 such patients locally. He said not all of them have a green thumb and sug- gested there would be a need for someone to provide marijuana. He said he was not in favor of combining cigarettes and marijua- na in the city's smoking ordinance. He opposed allowing people to smoke pot on the street. Carl also opposed storefront marijuana businesses. He said it would be delivery only. Campbell said the council could enact an ordinance to allow mari- juana that would not go into effect until regulations were developed. Mayor Anni Marshall said she didn't think that a lot of people would be growing marijuana. She also opposed allowing public mari- juana smoking. Archives From page 1 for saying "Venus would look vulgar if she chewed." But, how could Venus chew anything? Why, she couldn't take the wrap- per off a package of gum! She would have to chew the wrap- per and the wax. Other than the remarks about "gum," Mr. Doyle has written a splendid descrip- tion of his visit to Catalina: "Catalina Island lies twenty- five miles from the mainland. It was a fine, though cloudy day, the ocean was smooth and the passage very pleasant as we were allowed the privilege of the Captain's bridge. The children were delighted to see the fins of numerous 'sharks' so-called. Per sonally I thought they were really large dogfish, which are the jack- steamers and the people sit in rows, their backs to the ocean, staring down into the glass tanks, consuming Mr. Wrigley's prod- ucts while they admire, through the crystal water, the wonders of the deep. It is certainly very beautiful--the huge fronds in slow, rhythmical motion, the deep blues and greens where the vegetation opens out, the uncon- scious fish who go about their lawful occasions, with no regard at all to the boat above them. It is a huge natural aquarium and I have seen nothing like it. None of the fish was large--nothing over five or six pounds; but some were very brilliant, especially the golden perch of a beautiful orange red. The striped rock bass was the most numerous, and we caught glimpses far below us of strange sea slugs and sea cucum- 'In the evening, we set forth ina launch with a powerful searchlight in order to attract fly- ing fish. It was really a wonderful spectacle unlike any that we have seen in our travels.' -Arthur Conan Doyle als of the ocean. A number of pelicans flew near the ship and a few flying fish skimmed over the gentle Pacific heave. "There is a good hotel, the St. Catherine, at Avalon, which is the little town at which, one lands. The whole place belongs to Mr. Wrigley." "Catalina Island has a general resemblance to Capri, though less precipitous. It rises at its highest to two thousand feet, and it is the home of thousands of wild goats which are rounded up from time to time. The length of the Island is fifteen miles,' and the breadth about eight. It has been cleverly exploited as a pleasure resort, and its glass -bottomed boats are famous the world over. They are good sized bers crawling on a sandy bottom. Later, we turned outbound, and watched a great colony of sea lions which lay basking on the rocks, some of them barking at us as we passed. Finally, we would up out experiences by an amazing exhibition of diving by a white man named Adargo, who was an Islander, and may from his swarthy appearance have had some of the great Spanish blood in him. He swam down forty feet--fifty-six is his record-- and a world record, I believe, and there gathered some shells for us, finally lying on his back at the bottom, with his mouth open, gazing up at us. He can keep under water for three min- utes. The shells were ornamental abalones, and we were glad to bring a couple away with us as a remembrance of a remarkable experience. "In the evening, we set forth in a launch with a powerful searchlight in order to attract flying fish. We cruised close to the shore as the creatures avoid their larger enemies by coming to the shallows. It was really a wonderful spectacle unlike any that we have seen in our travels. The brilliant beam of light lit up the craggy, dim colored base of the cliffs, while the stretch of sea between was broken con- tinually by the shining streaks of the flying fish. The only simile which would convey the impres- sion would be to imagine a deep blue tropical sky crisscrossed by shooting stars, each of which came to an end in a little silvery explosion. It was an excursion which none of us would forget. We were amused by the pattern of the guide who has to explain matters to the tourists. Such peo- ple are usually a nuisance, but this particular one had a wit of his own. His last words were 'If you liked the excursion please tell your friends, but if you didn't like it then keep quiet about it.' "Next morning, we had a long boating excursion down the coast of the Island to a point where it narrows to an isthmus, across which we walked. Some white- headed fish eagles flew over the boat and some wild goats were seen in the distance, but other- wise there was no great sign of life. Round the hotel in the morn- ing we had seen some alleged humming birds, tiny creatures, but more drab in color than I had expected. The boys rummaged everywhere for a rattlesnake, but to our relief they failed to find one. 1 told them [and] old story to point my moral that there were two sides to a snake hunt. It had already been pointed out at the Bronx gardens in New York where our particular friend, the 'The boys rummaged everywhere for a rattlesnake, but to our relief they failed to find one.' --Arthur Conan Doyle keeper of the snakes, had been bitten by a rattler. He would cer- tainly have died had it not been that by a perfect miracle on a visit a Brazilian doctor who had some rattlesnake serum among his luggage. A few injections of this save the man's life. "Our jaunt down the coast left us with vague remembrance of deep blue sea~ of cinnamon and melon cliffs, of scrub oak vegeta- tion, with occasional gum-trees, of lime stone caves with the sea foaming into them, and of little coves with sandy beaches at the mouth of steep wooded valleys. In one of these clearings there was recently found an Indian burial ground with two hundred and fifty skeletons, though how they could have lived on this mountainous island is hard to understand. They must have been fugitives from the main- land. At the isthmus, we saw sin- ister old Chinese junk, anchored there as a curiosity. She was built, it was said, in 1530 and so solidlythat she was still seawor- thy. In size, she seemed about the same tonage as Columbus' ship of a generation before. Her more recent history was entirely of piracy, slavery, mutiny; she was finally used as a floating prison--a most disreputable bit of ocean flotsam. "So, ended our adventures at Catalina, save that we went fish- ing upon the last morning, with no success save for one very large mackerel. We were invited into the Tuna Club, however, where the trophies are kept, and there we were shown what we might have got had we been more fortunate or more skillful. Enormous swordfish taken on a thin line and played often for ten hours, tuna fish of three hundred poiands which averages an hour in the taking, a huge deep sea bass of three hundred and fifty pounds, long snouty barracuda, yellowtail, rock cod, ribbon fish, dolphins (reminiscent of old Greek coins), ghost fish, sun fish (looking as though they had been cut in two and the front end had never got over the wonder of it), sucker fish, pilot fish--every kind of queer fish adorn the walls of the angler's paradise, which is presided over by an ancient pic- ture of Izaak Walton who would certainly have thought he had a nightmare had he really seen the horrible un-English creatures around him. "I have mentioned that an Indian graveyard was found upon the Island. I had an opportunity of Studying the photographs of the skeletons. "One of them was a man seven feet in height, so they were clearly a very different race from those old savages whose stocky figures and gorilla-like skulls were being uncovered at that very moment at Santa Barbara, where an old mound was explored. The Catalina skel- etons were all found with their knees drawn up to their chins, which was, if I remember rightly, the attitude of all British savages of the Neolithic period. Perhaps the bent knees has always been the symbol of prayer, and this attitude was universally adopted in early days as a propitiation of the gods. Each skeleton had an abalone shell with it, in which were deposited some of its earth- ly treasures, sordid and mean, but the principle the same as great King Tut with his throne and chariot." 6 ! Friday, Sept, 22, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER