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information reasonable necessary for the City to reach a decision regarding the feasibility and necessity of the accommodation. Additional information may be required at the discretion of the ADA Coordinator; (8) If the modification is related to building or zoning standards, verification that adjacent property owners have been notified of the potential modification shall be required. (d) The ADA Coordinator may, at his or her discretion, consider a request for accommodation to be ongoing and may not require a new request for each instance of accommodation. In other circumstances, individuals shall submit a new request for each instance of accommodation. (1,0rd. 1106-11, elf. March 31,2011) Sec. 1-8.06 Criteria for Granting Accommodation. (a) Auxiliary Aids and Services. Requests for auxiliary aids and services may be approved without findings or written conclusions by the ADA Coordinator, or his or her representatives. (b) Findings. For all other types of requests for accommodation, including but not limited to those requesting exceptions to stated zoning, building, vehicle and employment rules, regulations, practices, and procedures, the following findings shall be analyzed, made, and adopted before any action is taken to approve, approve with conditions, or deny a request for accommodation, and must be incorporated into the record of the proceeding relating to such decisions: (1) Whether the request for accommodation is reasonable and necessary to afford the applicant with equal opportunities as citizens who are not disabled; (2) Whether there are preferable and feasible alternatives to the requested accommodation that may provide an equivalent level of benefit; (3) The physical attributes of any proposed changes to properties and structures; (4) Whether the requested accommodation will require a fundamental alteration of the City's rules, regulations, policies, practices, or procedures;. (5) Whether the requested accommodation will result in an undue financial or administrative burden to the City; (6) If zoning related, whether the requested accommodation would result in a detriment to the character of the neighborhood; (7) Whether the requested accommodation, under the specific circumstances, will result in a direct and significant threat to the health or safety of other individuals or property; and (8) Any other factors that may have bearing on the' request. (c) Conditions of Approval. Any modification granted for an individual with a disability may be considered a personal accommodation for the individual applicant, and may not run with the land. The conditions of approval may, where deemed appropriate, provide for any or all of the following: (1) Periodic inspection of the affected premises, as specified in the conditions, to verify compliance with this section and with any other applicable conditions of approval. (2) Prior to any transfer of interest in the premises, notice to the transferee of the existence of the modification, the personal status of the modification and the requirement that the transferee apply for a new modification, if necessary. (3) Removal of the improvements, where removal would not constitute an unreasonable and unfair financial burden, if the need for which the accommodation was granted no longer exists. (4) Time limits and/or expiration of the approval if the need for which the accommodation was granted no longer exists. (5) Other conditions deemed necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. (d) Notice of Determination. When practical, the Planning Commissioner, Vehicle Code Officer, or the ADA Coordinator or his or her representative, as applicable, shall issue a written notice of decision within thirty (30) days of the submittal of the completed application or hearing, as the case may be. The decision shall grant the request, grant the request with conditions, deny the request, or offer approval of an alternative accommodation. The request shall be denied if the result of granting the request would lead to a violation of federal or state law. The notice shall contain the factual findings, conclusions, and reasons for the decision and give notice of the right to appeal as set forth in section 1-8.07 of this chapter. The notice shall be mailed to the applicant by certified mail to the address listed on the application for the request. (1, Ord. 1106-11, eft. March 31,2011) Sec. 1-8.07 Appeals. (a) Appeal of Notice of Decision. Any person dissatisfied with the decision provided by the ADA Coordinator, the Planning Commissioner or the Vehicle Code Officer, or any such designee thereof, pursuantto this chapter may appeal the decision to the City Council. The appeal shall be in writing, shall be filed with the City Clerk, and shall be submitted within thirty (30) days of receiving the decision being appealed. (b) The City Council shall review the appeal and may, at their discretion, request additional information as needed. (c) The City Council shall issue a written decision within thirty (30) days of receiving the appeal, with such thirty (30) day period stayed during any time during which the City Council has requested and yet to receive any additional information regarding the appeal, and may grant the request, deny the request, offer approval of an alternative accommodation, or approval the request with conditions. The City Council may not offer an accommodation more restrictive than what was originally offered. In reaching its decision, the City Council should consider the factors outlined in section 1-8.06(B) of this chapter. Nothing in this chapter shall preclude the applicant from any other state or federal remedy available to applicant. (1, Ord. 1106-11, eft. March 31,2011) ! m In January of 1949, wintery weather with strong winds, frost and snow made news all over Southern California and Catalina was no exception. On Jan. 10, local residents 'awoke to find a light sprinkling of snow on the streets and blankets of snow on the hillsides surrounding Avalon. Not since 1932 had Catalina experienced a "snow storm" and that was the first known "snow storm" in the Island's recorded history. According to an article printed in the Catalina Islander on Jan. 13, 1949, "Monday morning at Avalon, the streets received a light sprinkling, but the hillsides were blanketed with almost two inches of snow. Again Tuesday morning the hills were whiteY The caretaker at E1 Rancho Escondido reported that the water in the garden hose was frozen and catalina Rim Institute ---Nov. 28-Nov. 30 Students and industry professionals immerse themselves in a workshop setting surrounded by the spectacular beauty of Catalina Island. Take advantage of different programs and be creatively inspired by the enchanting scenery of historic and beautiful Catalina Island. Participation in this event supports the Catalina Island Conservancy and their work to keep Catalina's wildlands wild. Catalina Film Institute. 818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFEorg. "you can see buffalo, bald eagles, From page 9 seals and palm trees during a single run." The Eco-Marathon course travels through three dis- Annual Halloween Parade-- tinct ecosystems via trails and Oct. 31 soft dirt roads. Runners traverse Don your favorite costume and single-track trails, ridgelines, and join island school kids and resi- vistas that afford views of the dents for the Annual Halloween Pacific Ocean from both sides Parade down Crescent Avenue of the Island. Spectrum Sports starting at 4pm, Catalina Island Management/Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510- Conservancy, 909-399-3553, www. 1520, www.CatalinaChamber, com. Rotary Halloween Bash and December Auction-- Oct. 31 : Don your scariest costume and 21st Annual 'Shop At Home' join the ghoulish gathering at the Hight-- 0e.6 Rotary Halloween Costume Bash A one-night shopping extrava- and Auction at the M Restaurant. ganza with holiday discounts, Prizes will be awarded for the strolling carolers and prize draw- most be-witching costumes. Bid ings. Shop At Home Night kicks on terror-ific silent and live auc- off with a holiday tree lighting tion items, ceremony on Wrigley Stage at Musical entertainment and a 5pm. Have your picture taken with magician will be on stage to cast Santa at E1 Galleon from 6-8:30 a spell on guests. Doors open p.m. Catalina Island Chamber of at 6:30pm. A limited number of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www. $45 (per person) tickets are avail- able. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, 310-510-1520. Catalina Island Museum Holiday Concert-- Dec.12 A Holiday Symphony Concert November featuring the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. 7pm in the Avalon : Casino Theatre. Catalina Island 30th Annual Catalina Island Museum. 310-510-2414, www. Triathlon-- Nov.1 Swim it, Bike it, Run it, Tri it! Experience the beauty of Catalina Island and the city of Avalon with the perfect end of season sprint triathlon. Come for the weekend or for the day and experience all that Cat~/lina has to offer. Spectrum Sports Management. 909-399-3553, www. Annual New Year's Eve Parties at El Galleon and Antonio's-- Dec.31 Dual Party - tickets good for both restaurants, 8:30pm to lam. For tickets and dinner reservations call El Galleon. 310-510-1188, that about.three to four inches of And, a group of teachers snow had fallen on the ranch prop- and students from the elemen- 42nd Annual New Year's erty during the night. ~ tary school chartered a bus to the Eve Celebration, Casino Two Harbors also reported Airport-in-the-Sky so that many Catalina Island Ballroom-- Dec. 31 snowfall overnight, of the children could see snow for Eco-Marathon and Half Celebrate the New Year at By noon on Tuesday all traces the first time. Marathon--Nov. 8 this elegant black-tie optional of the snow had Vanished, but The Catalina Islander quoted an Runner's World rates the dinner and dancing event in the not before some members of old timeresidentassaying"Snow- Catalina Eco-Marathon as the world famous Casino Ballroom. the Avalon Camera Club photo- capped mountains at Catalina, "Best Island Run," because itReservations go on sale July graphed a number of scenes at the Jan. 10 and 11 is an item of news travels through an otherworldly 2014. Catalina Island Chamber of upper end of Avalon Canyon. for our historical record." place where, the magazine notes, Commerce. 310-510-1520. THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, October 17, 2014 ! 13