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WatSOIT On another occasion, a friend From page 1 of mine named Brian was walking past the same women's restroom the ramps to exit the building,with a Casino employee when Arthur noticed a "middle-aged man" with an old-fashioned cam- era hanging around his neck. The man was dressed in the typical tourist garb of the 1950s, with Bermuda shorts, san- dals with socks, and a bright Aloha-style shirt. Arthur informed the man that the tour was end- ing and that he needed to exit the building. The man didn't seem to acknowledge Arthur's presence and said nothing to him in response. In fact, the strange tourist seemed to be looking "right through" Arthur, he said. The man then turned and walked into the women's restroom with Arthur in pursuit; Well, maybe he just needs to use the restroom, thought Arthur to himself, even if it was for the wrong gender. Arthur decided to stand guard at the entrance to the restroom-- the only entrance or exit--and wait. After about 20 minutes, Arthur grew impatient and went into the restroom to'look for the man, who was nowhere to be found. This sent the young Arthur into a near- panic and, according to his grand- mother, Carolyn Renton, "he ran all the way up the hill to home. He actually was white-faced and shaking," she said. After much consolation, "Un- cle Chuck" was finally able to convince Arthur to finish up the season and continue working in the building. they distinctly heard the disem- bodied voice of a woman yelling "get out!" They did. While most of the building's well-known gtrost stories revolve aroundthe Mez- zaninelevel, the theater area on the building's ground floor nevertheless has its own tales to tell. Another story of Chuck's involves Jim Watson the theater lobby. Columnist He was standing at the snack bar in the lobby when he first noticed a man walking in his direction out of the corner of his eye. Before he could utter anything to the stranger, the man literally walked right through the wall separating the lobby from the inside of the theater. This was something he saw straight-on, not out of the corner of his eye. I The USC Mork Family Scholars were hosted by the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies during a weekend-long excursion to Catalina Island recently. The students were welcomed to the Island by USC Trustee John Mork and his wife, Julie Mo~, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias and his wife, Mrs. Niki C. Nikias. Their visit included discussions on leadership with the Morks. They also attended an infor- mal class on classics with Presi- dent Nikias, and a presentation on environmental research By USC Wrigley Institute director Roberta Marinelli. The students also enjoyed a visit to the plankton lab, nature hikes, and a tour of the island's hyperbaric chamber. USC Mork Scholarships are. awarded to undergraduates based on academic merit. The scholarships include full tu- ition and a living stipend of $5,000 annually for four years. Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its edito- rial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander pub- lisher at vince@thecatalinaislander. eom, or call (310) 510-0500. THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Even stranger, or perhaps ap- propriate, Chuck noticed the man's attire was decidedly old-fash- ioned-very old-fashioned--dat- ing back to about the World War I era or perhaps the early 1920s. What's interesting about the period of the Clothing is that the modem-day Casino was not even built umil 1929. Its precursor was known as the "Sugarloaf Casino" and had a much more open inte- rior than today's Casino. Perhaps in the era in which this spectral gentleman lived, there was no wall in,that particular location couple of friends of mme:'had anbther unnerving experience in theater's lobby. Dave and Lin- da had just entered the lobby from the theater after watching a movie :when Linda went into to the sit- ting area of the women's restroom to freshen up in the mirror. Dave contented himself with sitting and waiting on one of the vintage couches lining the lobby's black walnut-paneled walls. When Linda emerged from the" restroom she was as "white as a sheet," according to Dave. PLANNING COMMISSION CITY OF AVALON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Wednesday. November 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. NOTICE ISq~EREBY GIVEN that the Avalon Planning Commission will hold a PUBLIC HEARING to consider the following item at the November meeting to be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 7:00 p.m in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 410 AVALON CANYON ROAD. AVALON CALIFORNIA. I. A Public Hearing for a Site Plan Application and a Conditional Use Permit to expand theexisting Restaurant. Bar, Caf6 use at 417 Crescent Avenue, The site plan will add 360 square feet to the 2nd floor and 2.200 square feet to the first floor of the building (currently Catalina Confetti), This application is outsid." of the appealable area to the Coastal Commission, (A determination as to this project's status under the CalifomiaEnvirenmental Quality Act will be made by the Commission1. Owner: Roy Rose Applicant: Steve Bray/Steve's Steak House Location: 417 Crescent Avenue #200 . AlaN: 7480-016-002 PC#2497 Zone: Commercial File Date: October 15, 2012 Members from the Public who would like to address the Planning Commission may appeartt the public hearing during the consideration of this item and state their opinion. Written comments may also Ix 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) calenda- days of such action. Any person challenging actions of the Planning Commission may be limited to issues he orsemeoee else raises in writing prior to or orally at the hearing. All actions on Local Coastal Development permits seaward of the appeal- able area boundary (within 30~ ft. of established mean high tide line) may be appealed by my aggrieved person to the Coastal Commission By: Amanda Cook Director of Planning Posted: Cit3 Halt Friday, October 26, 2012 Catalina Islander Friday, October 26. 2012 CITY OF AVALON FINANCE DEPARTMENT IS NOW DEVELOPING A HIRING LIST FOR THE EQUIPMENT MECHANIC POSlTDN OF Scope: Under general supervision, inspects, troubleshoots diagno- ses, and repairs a variety of vehicles and heavy equipment maintains and orders necessary inventories of equipment, shop supFlies, parts, and materials; performs other related duties as required. The Equip- ment Mechanic is the journey revel class responsible for a variety of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic maintenance and repair on City owned power equipment. How To Apply: Applications may be obtained from the Finance Department at Avalon City Hall. All applications must be turned in by Monday, October 29, 2012 by 4:00 p.m. All applications should show educations and experience relevant to the position, incomplete ap- plications will be rejected. Selection Procedure: Applicants will be screened and those can- didates possessing the most relevant experience will be invited to participate in an oral interview. City of Avalon is an eoual opportunity employer. Range 28 Step 1 $23.563 Step 5 $28.641 "Did you just see a ghost or there is no exchange of informa- something?"jokedDave. Itmmed tion or even acknowledgement of out his "joke" was no joke at.all, the presence of tile living on the Linda then related to him how part of the spirit. she had been brushing her hair in Some, however, have report- the mirror when, only 2 feet from ed the woman sometimes asks, her, the "translucent" figure of "Where is my husband?" an elderly woman in a long white A young girl of about 5 or 6, robe floated by her and out into the the daughter of an island resident, lobby, once said this ghostly woman ap- Evidently, no one else saw the peared to her and bent over to apparition enter the lobby, so per- whisper in her ear "Where is he?" haps the spirit only allowed Linda Is this the spirit of the same to see her. woman who haunts the women's The experience was somewhatrestroom on the Mezzanine level? traumatic for Linda, who like To date, no one knows who she many non-believers who have a is, or for that matter, who--or paranormal experience4nstantly where--her lost husband is. became a believer. who wag this ghostly woman?Got a weird story about Theater employees and Islandres- Catalina? Send it to us at ed@ idents have long told stories of an or mail it to Mysterious elderly woman haunting the wom- Island, c/o Catalina Islander. PO en's bathroom area. Normally, Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704. CFFY OF AVALON PUBLIC NOTICE OF ]]N~ENT TO ADOPT MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR DESCANSO' CANYON SWING ADVENTURE Pursuant to Division 6, Title 14, Chaptes 3. Article 6, Sections 15070 and 15071 of the California Code of Regulations. the City of Avalon bt,~ prepared a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed project, which is desaribed a.s foflows: PROJECT TITLE: CANYON SWING ADVENTURE PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Project involves the installation of a cable-saspeeded pedestrian bridge across De~censo Canyon. The improvements will consist of a bridge ontty platform, a ste*l cable bridge, approximately 4' wide stretching from a lx~int just below Hogaback Road (South Hillside) to a point on the hillside approximate- ly 100" above Hamilton Cove Road (North Hillside), The actmd bridge walking deck will initially be installed halfway acms,s the span ro allow guests to walk only as far as the activity zone. The cables (without decking) will continne across the canyon to rock anchor conrt ctkm.s on the'North Hillside; 'at the South Hill~de. a seoand cable wilt stretch across the canyon to the North Hillside to sapport tim swing cable. The project, will include a ,~amtl widening of Hogsback Road to provide for a vehicle turn-out for guest drop-off. A set of stairs from the tom-~mt wilt lead guests to the bridge entry platform below Hogsback Road. In the 'drop zone', a landing area will be created that will 'allow for vei i le aceass and short-torm parking along with viewing area for spectators, PROJECT LOCATION: The thr ~ able~"*~t~.'ge h ~'~oss Desc.a~ Canyon for a distanee of approximately 660 feet (for the bridge) and 1200 fnet (for tl~teq ing) t'oughly parallel ~o the shoreline, approximately 400 - 500 ft. d'mve the higb tide line. 4.~ME OF PUBLIC AGENCY APPROVING PROJECT: City of Avaloa, Planning C, ommi~sion CONTACT PERSON: Anmnda Cook NAME OF ENTITY OR AGFaNCY CARRYING QLrKPROJEL~: Santa Catalina Island Resort Services MITIGATED N EGATIV~~N: ~ City of Avalon has deae~in ed"~13mviromneotal impacts of tl~ proposed project ~m ~itlmr less than significant or can be rmfigated to a less than stgid0smm level with impleme~aation of the midganon measures set forth in the Initial Study. Coesequendy, the City has determined that a Mitigated Negative Declaration should he prepared in.order to analyze the potential adverse environmental hnpacts of the prolx~sed pm ect. - "fhe attached Environmental Checklist/Initial Study has been prepared by the City in support of this Mitigated Negative Declaration. Further information including the projee file and snplx~rting reports and studies ~'gv'be reviewed at the City of Av'alon. 410 Awalo n Canyon Road, Avalon, CA. MITIGATION MEASURES: Mitigation raeasuras have been identified for the proposed project and an~ identi- fied in the hfitial Study. PUBLIC REVIEW: A period of Thirty (30) days from the date of publication of the notice of this Intent to Adopt wig be provided to enable public review of the project specifications, the Initial Study and these dneuntents prior to the final edoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration by the Lead Agezmy. A copy of the Mitigated Negative Declaration is on file in the Planning Department, Avalon City. Hall. 410Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon. CA 90704. Amanda Cook City of Av',don Published: Catalina Islander - 10t26/2012 Posted: City Hall- t0/26f2012 CITY OF AVALON ROAD IMPROVEMENTS The City is now proceeding with roadway repairs & improvements throughout many areas in the town. Due to the upcoming winter (and colder) season, it is im perative that this work be performed as soon as possible. The work will consist of slurry seal and new asphalt d~pend- ing on existing street needs. The complete package of workwill begin this next coming week, Monday, October 15, and will last through the first week of November. The first order of work is going to be some minor grading of the newly constructed sewer lines, in order t6 prepare them for new hot-mix asphalt. Some areas of Whitley, Marilla, Vieudelou and Hiawatha will recewe a "grinding" prior to a new asphalt overlay. Other areas and streets will be cleaned and treated with a special slurry mix material. Many property owners ano residents will be required to park away from their regular locations in order for this work to be completed. Every effort will be made to notify all residents of the impeding work in their immediate area. Thank you for your patience and understand- ing during this required work. i i~.~9:: .=.~.~i-:%:~.~ : i.~.b~:.:.L ~ ~ ri- - .: ~" -October 26, 2012 i @