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Time to Vote OP / ED BY CHRISTOPHER BLEHM Last week we went over the candidates and propositions most likely to affect Catalina, (and made one huge mistake regarding Prop 22 in the process). Here are some breakdowns and opinions from our own elected officials, and an attempt at a fair and balanced, though opinionated, treatise. Mayor Bob Kennedy and Council members Tim Winslow and Ralph Morrow responded to requests for statements and opinions. Kennedy asks every- one to take their right to vote seriously. He urges us to study the propositions carefully and to "follow the money" when evalu- ating the yes and no. He expressed frustration with convoluted wording in the propositions, as well as the lame duck period in state and federal government that does not exist in Avalon. Morrow "will not presume to tell anyone who or what to vote for." He encourages us to take se- riously the "most sacred fight af- forded by our Constitution." He urges us to study the issues and candidates, to NOT watch TV ads, and to heed the cautionary tale from the city of Bell when voters fell asleep, and "to elect the people who will do the best for your inter- ests and your wallet." Winslow says, "thisis' aft exL tremely important election and re- gardless of your position on these candidates and measures I urge you to vote." Kennedy and Winslow endorse Meg Whitman for governor. "She is a sharp business woman who is not beholding to any person or spe- cial interest groups." Winslow also endorses Carly Fiorina for Senate, "I believe that Barbara Boxer has been there far too long, and that the Federal Government has gone too far in controlling our lives and our decisions." Chris Blehm Columnist Winslow urges a NO vote on Prop 19, the le- galization of marijuana. "We already have a prob- lem with- persons hold- ing medical marijuana cards selling marijuana to our kids. It is an addictive drug." Proponents argue that the same or worse holds true for alco- hol, and that prohibition costs far more money and creates far more problems than it solves. Kennedy, Morrow, and I'm as- suming Councilman Michael Ponce (because he was instrumental in gathering signatures) strongly urge a YES on Prop 22. This would pre- vent the state from raiding local funds in times of fiscal emergency (like last year,..and this E_and next year, and ...) According to the city, Avalon had One of the high- est percentages of signatures in the entire state in support of Prop 22. It appears that we don't want Sac- ramento's irresponsible lawmakers grabbing our funds. Some teachers' groups have come out against Prop 22, but quite frankly, many teachers have seen local funds grabbed, but no commiserate benefit to education budgets. As both a teacher and an Avalon resident, I'm voting YES. I think-the negative impact of Avalon losing funds is far more real and ap- parent than any theoretica["benefit" of allowing the state to mis-spend even more of our money, even if it supposedly benefits education. (I'v e seen no evidence of that). Next, Winslow is voting NO on 25 and YES on 26. Many busi- nessmen believe that this com- bination will help ameliorate the budget mess. Proponents of 25 argue that a YES will hold legisla- tors more accountable and help us get the budget passed on time, as it changes the vote from a 2/3 major- ity needed to a simple majority to pass the budget, but still requires a 2/3 vote to raise taxes. Quite frankly, I agree with 26 and have no idea what to think of 25. Lastly, regarding our council- men's statements urging us to both study the issues and vote, check out John Stossel and Bryan Ca- plan's assertions that uninformed voters do more harm than good. Search "Vote or Die! Stossel" on YouTube for a highly controversial look at this idea. Then, on Tues- day and beyond, we can evaluate H.L. Mene'-;,fmoas- quote," "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." senior of the week Fred Small '54 Favorite Activity: Hunting Favorite Food: Deer steak and applesauce Favorite Color: Black Favorite Song: "Half A Photograph" Favorite Singers: Frankie Laine and Kaye Starr Favorite Movie: "Return to Paradise" Favorite Actor: Jimmy Stewart Favorite Actress: Doris Day Pet Peeve: "People who sit all over my car" Future Plans: Attend Pierce College and .major in agri- culture, animal husbandry, and veterinary medicine Catalina I00h.d Wom00.'00 Forum A thoughtful wish of Thanks to our supporters, local merchants, participants, wineries, and wine distributors for their generosity in making the 15th Annual Wine Festival & Silent Auction A GREAT SUCCESS: Aquinas, Arancio, Axis, B Cellars, B Side, Beringer, Bradford Portraits, Brander, Bridbwood, Brown's Bikes, C.C. Beau Dell, C.C. Gallaghefs, Campo Viejo, Cape Classics, Cetaina Cebb TV/ISP Company, Cataina Express, Cataina Island Conser- vancyi Catalina Island Museum, Catalina Island Search and Rescue, Cataina Island Women's Forum Members, Ceretto, City of Avabn Fire Department, City of Avalon Harbor Department, Classic Wines of Ceifomia, Concannon, Constellation, Coppola, Crew, Cupcake, Deepwood Cellars, Del Sol of Catatna Island, Diamond, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Dynamic Glass Design, Estancia, Fisheye, Flock, Gerard Bertrand, Oiguere Family Vineyard, Girard, Golden Grape Estates, Golden Tango Cream, Greg Norman, Gruppo Mezzacorona, Hall, High Tide Traders, Inn on Mt. Ada, Island Style, Island Threadz, Jacobs Creek, JAQK Cellars, Karen and John King, Ken Brown, Kim Crawford, LA. County Sheriffs Department, Louis Martini, Luciann Maulhardt, Luigi Righetti, Man 0 War, Mezzacorona, Mumm Nap& OC Custom Wine, OligJtum, Paarl,..Pedroncelli, Pedronceli Vineyards, Piccobminini, Pieroth, PRP Wine Internationa( Quereeto, Rancho Sisquoc, Ravenswood, Romanet, Rotari, Routestock, Rowley Portraiture, Rusack Vineyards, Ruta 22, Santa Cetaina Island Co., Schramsberg, Screw Kappa Nape, Sextant, Sofia, Southern Wine and Spirits, Ste, Michelle Wine Estates, Tenuta Bisemo, The Crusher, The Estates Group, The Steamer Trunk, Two's Company of Avalon, Val Carson, Ventana, Wente, White Oak, Whitehall Lane, William Hill, Wilson Daniels, Wine Warehouse, Yelbwtail, Young's Market Co., LLO Where the Bar Meets the Bay/ 509 Crescent Street 310.510.1919 luaularrys.com (look for us on Facebook) I Proceeds support the major programs of the Women s Forum including High School Mentoring, P Scholarship Fund, Assistance for Women Affected by Domestic Violence, and Women s Wellness. CIW: PO Box 1377, Avalon, CA 90704 Two Harbors From page 7 Aguilar believes that his room is the happy room. When asked what his favorite element of the whole project is, Panzer reflects for a while before sharing. He then says that for him, "the most rewarding element is when I'm sitting in the workshop and I overhear a couple of the guys on the other side of a wall getting excited about an idea and then fig- uring out how to make it happen." Panzer expects that this ),ear there will likely be 30-40 families coming in from Avalon to visit the Haunted House, along with most of the Isthmus residents and boaters. Several Cruisers and people from the mainland who have stumbled in during years past are planning return trips back just for the event. Panzer noted that the Banning House is sold out this weekend. Facebook, also, has caught the buzz about the Haunted House. The event, as always, is free, but donations are accepted. It will open to children and families on Saturday night the 30th, and to the over-21 crowd on Sunday night, the 31st. 24-hour Gas for the Isthmus Also between Two Harbors this week there was a golden-shovel, groundbreaking event to inaugu- rate the beginning of a new fuel- ing station for the West End. If all and unleaded gasoline, will be lo- cated on the property of the Upper Shop: Secondly, pipes from the main station will be routed to the harbor-front, where an updated, more environmentally conscious marine fueling station will also be accessible to boats. The idea for the project has been on the table since 1999. Gary G. Backe, President and General Manager for Tank Specialists of California, has led the process for- ward. Backe's company special- izes in environmentally conscious fuel related co--ion projects. For the past 3 years and 8 months it has also been under the supervi- sion of Island Company Project Manager Keith Schmidt. "the write stuff" goes as planned, in 4 months there Are you a writer, or would Jike to will-be an above groUn 24-hour, ': be one for the Catalirm'lslahder: The paper is seekingtb ex-:dito- automated - (debit- and credit-card rial horizons. New repouest accepting) environmentally con- scious fueling station. It will even be decked out with decorative ar- chitecture and landscaping. The station, which will provide diesel columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander pub- li;her at dan@cinews.us or call (310) 510-0500. rnQATLmA iSta.Kii ............................................................................................................. " .............................................  ............................................................................................... Pe9 ivriday, october 29, 2010