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WILDOMAR 17-YEAR-OLD , CONTINUES TO IMPROVE FOL- LOWING BRAIN INJURY BY CHARLES M. KELLY Wildomar high school football player Dax McGregor is breathing without artificial life support, ac- cording to a blog post by family friends Sheri Zastoke and Tracy Saunders on Monday, Oct. 1. McGregor, 17, apparently suf- fered a brain injury while playing against the Avalon Lancers for Cornerstone Christian School Fri- day night, Sept. 21. McGregor was the team's varsity quarterback McGregor was tackled three or four times during the Friday night, Sept. 21, game, according to Jen- nifer Leonhardi, office manager of the Catalina Islander. He came off the field complain- ing he was not feeling well. Family Nurse Practitioner Karla Parsons (who is Leonhardi's mother), ex- amined him and called for emer- gency services. He was evacuated to the main- land and placed on life support that night. Now he is off life support and breathing on his own. "Yesterday, 9/30/12, the Doc- tors at UCLA Harbor Medical Center removed Dax's breathing support. He is breathing on his own and trying to speak He is alert, responsive and aware," Zas- toke and Saunders wrote. Dax McGregor's condition is now considered stable, according to Zastoke and Saunders. "He is alert, responsive and aware. He still has Aspiration Pneumonia. His mom Shannon and dad are by his side, as you can imagine," Zastoke and Saunders wrote. Sharon McGregor, Dax's moth- er, was apparently optomistic the night before he was weaned off the respirator. "The brain surgery went well, but really only time will tell when it comes to the results of his brain surgery," Sharon McGregor said, according to the Zastoke and Saunders biog. When the Islander posted the news that McGregor was breath- ing on his own on the newspaper's PLANNING COMMISSION, CITY OF AVALON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012 AT 7:00 P.M. NOTICE IS HEREBY G IVEN that the Avalon Planning Commission will hold a PU BLIC HEARING to consider the following item at the Oc- tober meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 410 AVALON CANYON ROAD, AVALON CALIFORNIA. 1 .A Public Hearing for a Loca Coastal Development Permit, Third Story Variance, Conditional Use Permit for Density Bonus unit and Site Plan application for a Duplex, at 244 Clarissa. This application is outside of the appealable area to the Coastal Commission. CA'deter- mination as to this project's status under the California Environmenta Quality Act will be made by the Commission) Owner: Dennis & Sue D'Alessio Applicant:Fineline Construction Location: 244 Clarissa APN: 7480-012-014 PC#2495 Zone: High Density - Flats File Date:September 27, 2012 Members from the Public who would like to address the Planning Commission may appear at the oublic hearing during the consider- ation of this item and state their opinion. Written comments may also be submitted to the Planning Department, attention Planning Director Amanda Cook, PO Box 707, Avalon, CA 90704 prior to the Planning Commission's consideration of the item. Anyone may appeal any decision made by the Commission to the City Council. To appeal, you must file a written appeal, and include an appeal fee of $842.00 with the City Clerk within fifteen (15) calendar days of such action. Any person ct-iallenging actions of the Planning Commission may be limited to issues he or someone else raises in writing prior to or orally at the hearing. All actions on Local Coastal Development permits seaward of the appealable area boundary (within 300 ft. of established mean hiclh tide line) may be appealed by any aggrieved person to the Coastal Commission. By: Amanda Cook, Director of Planning Posted: City Hall Friday, October 5, 2012, Catalina Islander Friday, October 5, 2012 Avalon supports Dax McGregor Facebook page, several individuals expressed relief at the good news. "That is awesome," said Norma Beche- Carlyon. "He has to return to,see how much we love him and we were in his corner." There was to be a fundraising effort for the McGregor family at the Arcade on Wednesday, Oct, 3. Fifty percent of bowling and 20 percent of food revenues went go to Dax McGregor's family. The Fall Festival will report- edly include a booth to raise mon- ey for the McGregor family, 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, on Crescent Avenue. The website is also raising money for the Mc- Gregors. As of late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 3, the website had raised $18,217 of its $25,000 g0al. It is hot known how much of that money came from Avalon Ac- Above: Wildomar Cornerstone Christian var- sity quarterback Dax McGregor is ready to throw the ball in this photograph taken prior to his injury during the Avalon homecoming game on Sept. 21. Courtesy photo. Left! McGregor is seen in'white jersey number 7 at the Avalon homecoming game. cording to the website, $150 in donations came from two different individuals who each identified themselqes as an "Avalon pa~ent." The website said the Cuyama Valley Bears and Temecula Valley High School Football Boosters each gave $1,000. The online fundraising drive will end on Nov. 23. To donate to the Dax McGregor fund, go to, enter Dax McGregor in the search box and click on the "give now" but- ton. Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander?. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the editor at PUBLIC NOTICE NOVEMBER PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLE RENEWAL BY DECLARATION AT&T FAA Avalon Community Church LA County Fire Avalon Schools LA County Lifeguards Ava Ion & Two Harbors Catalina Beverage LA County Sheriffs Catalina Bible Church Meals'on Wheels Catalina Island Conservancy Seagull Sanitation Cat. Island Fire Extinguisher Service Seaway Co. of Catalina Catalina Island Medical Center Southern California Edison Catalina Search & Rescue US Postal Service Catalina Towing Edmundo Vega Catalina Transportation Services Cit~ of Avalon all Departments Dr. Richard Denny Desi Jones The public is welcome to participate. Additional information and a complete agenda can be obtained at City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, between the hours of 8:00 a~m. and .5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Published: The Catalina Islander:. Oct. 12, 2012 Posted: Bulletin Board at City Hall, City of Avalon Website: There will be a fundraising booth on Crescent Street during Fall Fest for the ben- efit of Dax McGregor, the young man from Cornerstone Christian School who was injured during Avalon High School's homecoming foot- ball game. There w il! be a raffle with lots of prizes. Tickets are three for $5, eight for $10 or 18 for $20. There will be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. If you are interested indonating prizes for the raffle, or in purchasing raffle tickets, contact Mary Boyd, Judy Rios or Kim Felix. The fundraiser will also accept straight donations. From page 8 Dave Lieberman recently "dumped wash water down into the ground at Lover's Cove, despite being pro- vided with written notice to cease this activity one year ago." According to Wagner's report, the lease cancellation will'have no fiscal impact because a new tenant will take over the lease. However, the report said the Water Quality Control Board might hold Avalon responsible for discharges into the ocean if the council did not cancel the lease. Improvement priorities Assistant City Manager/City Clerk Denise Radde said the coun- cil decided to make improving Lower Terrace Road the city's first priority. Other improvement projects will be considered with whatever money is left, she said. According to the staff report by City Manager Steve Hoefs, imme- diate work on Lower Terrace Road will cost $900.000. The report said RBF Consulting recommended $2.4 million in work on the street. The Lower Terrace project, re- pairing the Mole and fuel dock as well as "low priority" repa~s to the sewer system are expected to cost $3.8 million. Staff identified $3.4 million in funds that are or will be available in the near future. The city already has $900,000 in road repair grants available for use, the report said. The report also said $500,000 in the Harbor Dept.'s Infrastruc- ture Fund could be used for needed improvements to the harbor. Financial consultant hired The council, acting as a succes- sor agency to the Avalon Commu- nity Improvement Agency, hired Dennis Miura as a financial con- sultant. "To facilitate the closing of the books so the (Diae Diligence Review) audits can be completed, the (Successor Agency) staff rec- ommends hiring Dennis Miura, a former finance director for the city of Laguna Nigel, the Laguna Ni- gel Community Services District and the accounting manager with the city of Gardena Municipal Bus Lines," wrote City Attorney Scott Campbell in his staff report. t 8~ Fl'iday, October 5, 2012 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER