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VOLDME SERVING CATALINA & 98, ISSUE 39 ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 / FRIDAY September 24, 2010 COUNCIL NIXES Indie Rock tribute "A Tribute to Indie Rock," featur- ing Erick Macken will be held from 7-9:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25. at the Wrigley stage. Sea Trek starts in October Beginning in early October Sea Trek will allow tourists to walk Between Two Harbors The Isthmus this weekend saw a unique combination of cow- boys on horseback, watermen and women rowing old-fashioned dories and beer poured from bottles that came from the.old- est brewery in the world. To all appearances, the Isthmus seemed to have slipped back in tli11& ~be'~t6ry, page 4 Blue whales thriving Although endangered, like most of the whale population due to over hunting by man over the last few centuries, the blue whale seems to be making a comeback and thriving off the coast of Long Beach and between Catalina Island. See story, page 6 Japanese nursing Students visit Avalon Japahese!n~ufs~ng' Studefi{ arrived at Avalon for:their profes- sional training on'S'unday, SePt. 19. Japanese students have been coming to Avalon since the overseas educational program began in 2003. There are 38 students and four instructors of the I. S. Nursing College, located in Izumisano City, Osaka, Japan. See story, page 8 Art feStival called a success The 52nd Annual Catalina Festival of Art was held Sept. 17, 18 and 19 along the front street beside Avalon Bay. The atten- dance and participation far sur- passed expectations, according to organizers and participants. See story, page 2 The award for the "Best Catalina Scene Award" at this week's Art Festival t, went to local artist Danny ~:~:,::. Pedersen (left) for h S mon- ~; rage of Catalina views. He ~i is seen hem with MCSctt ~. " _ Dennis. ENCOURAGING NEWS REGARDING-PEBBLY BEACH ROAD OP/ED BY CHRISTOPHER BLEHM are the same folks in the same chairs as the City Council. Sue Rikalo and Ralph Morrow recuse Tuesday night's City Council meeting saw themselves "to be extra cautious," but nothing in [ extremely encouraging signs pointing to the re- the room indicated any tension or controversy. The ~e~f Pebbly Beach Road and the extension of meeting proceeded smoothly and enthusiastically, ~e~ walkways all the way to Pebbly Beach. with definite light at the end of the proverbial tun- ~sp~y theories and protests fell bY the way-ne]. " . I Slde, and our community proved once again that The city, through the Avalon Community cooperation is in everyone's best interest, and per- Improvement Agency, has reached an agreement in haps even that some of our imagined demons and principle with the Santa Catalina Island Company. demagogues are precisely that- Imagined. While some lawyer wrinkles still require ironing Technically the announcement came from the out, the plan is indeed moving forward. Avalon Community Improvement Agency. These The ACIA will kick in $1 million, towards Pebbly, Page 6 APPEARS OVER CATALINA City will have 45 days to rewew options before moratorium is renewed or allowed to expire BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 21 approved an urgency ordinance that places a moratorium on allowing tat- too parlors in the city. By state law, an urgency ordinance lasts 45 days unless the council votes to extend it for an additional 10- and-a-half months. If the council extends the urgency ordinance a second time, the council will then have the option of allowing the ordinance to run out or to extend it for another year after the 10- and-~-haff month period expires: According to the Sept. 21 council agenda, City Attorney Scott Campbell was recently directed to draft an ordinance banning tattoo parlors within Avalon. "Since that time, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that municipal ordinances which prohibit the establishment of tattoo parlors are not permit- ted," the agenda said. "ff the city desires to con- sider options concerning tattoo establishments, it can pass via an urgency ordinance a mora- torium on tattoo establishments while they are being studied," the agenda said. The council spent an hour dis- cussing larger vehicles in Avalon, according to City Clerk Denise Radde. Tattoos, Page I :i :I Cecil B. DeMille. Cecil B. DeMille shot the Galilee and loaves-and-fishes sequences for his film "The King of Kings" on Catalina in 1962. The film his- torian Scott Eyman includes this episode in his exhaustive new DeMille biography, "Empire of Dreams," a life of the man who, as much as anyone, forged our idea of Hollywood. See story, page 5 BY JIM WATSON A vestige of Catalina's past unexpectedly . pany's clients. flew out of the skies Wednesday in the form of an amphibious Grumman Albatross HU-16 seaplane. The large twin-engine plane landed outside Avalon Harbor shortly after 4 p.m. and tied up at a mooring. Owned by the Westlake Village-based technology company Row 44, Inc., the pur- pose of the flight wasn't to bring paying pas- sengers to the Island as in the days of yore, ROW 44 has cap- HU-16madean-unexpected ap~in Avalon Bay tured headlines in the world of technol- -last wednesday. Photoby RogerMeadowsPhotography ogy in recent years with their introduction of . ~::-~ Internet "airborne wi-fi" service aboard airlin- Mallard--~ere the mainstay of passenger ers. The company's clients include Alaska air service to the Island for more than four Airlines and Southwest Airlines. decades. At exactly 6:24 p.m., the bright blue, Although the Albatross was rarely used in yellow and white amphibian lifted off the Catalina's seaplane history, its smaller cous- waters of Avalon Bay and disappeared as sud- ins--the Gruinman Goose and the Grumman deniy and mysteriously as it had arrived. -q