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.......................... November Catalina island Eco-Marathon and Half Marathon--Nov. 8 Runner's World rates the Catalina Eco-Marathon as the "Best Island Run," because it travels through an otherworldly place where, the magazine notes, "you can see buffalo, bald eagles, seals and palm trees during a single run." The Eco-Marathon course travels through three dis- tinct ecosystems via trails and soft dirt roads. Runners traverse single-track trails, ridgelines, and vistas that afford views of the Pacific Ocean from both sides of the Island. Spectrum Sports Management/Catalina Island Conservancy, 909-399-3553, www. runcatalina.com. P.L.A.Y. Preschool Annual Craft AuctionmNov.14 Come support Avalon's youth at the annual Craft & Silent Auction to benefit Preschool Learning for Avalon Youth. Door prizes, great food & desserts, spirits and a Grand Prize drawing. Doors at the Catalina Island Yacht Club will open at 5pm. Questions? Contact PLAY Preschool at 310-510-2324. Catalina Film Institute-- Nov. 28-Nov. 30 Students and industry profes- sionals immerse themselves in a workshop setting surrounded by the spectacular beauty of Catalina Island. Take advantage of different pro- grams and be creatively inspired by the enchanting scenery of his- toric 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. CatalinaFF.org. December 21st Annual 'Shop At Home' Night-- Dec.6 A one-night shopping extrav- aganza with holiday discounts, strolling carolers and prize draw- ings. Shop At Home Night kicks off with a holiday tree lighting ceremony on Wrigley Stage at 5pm. Have your picture taken with Santa at El Galleon from 6-8:30 p.m. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www. CatalinaChamber.com. Catalina Island Museum Holiday Concert-- Dec.12 A Holiday Symphony Concert featuring the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. 7pm in the Avalon Casino Theatre. Catalina Island Museum. 310-510-2414, www. CatalinaMuseum.org. 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 E1 Galleon. 310-510-1188, www.CatalinaHotSpots.com. ORDINANCE NO. 1133-14 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF AVALON AMENDING AVALON MUNICIPAL CODE SECTIONS 9-1,01 THRU 9-1.04 AND ADDING SECTIONS 9-1,05 AND 9-1.06 ESTABLISHING AN ALTERNATE PLANNING COMMISSIONER POSITION4 The City Council of the City of Avalon does hereby ordain as follows the Chairperson in the case of absence or inability of the Chairperson to act. The Vice Chairperson shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be proscribed by the Commission or the SECTION 1 PURPOSE Chairperson. The purpose of this ordinance is to amend Sections 9-1.01 thru 9-1.04 and add Sections 9-1.05 and 9-1.06 to the Avalon Municipal Code (the "Code") concerning the creation of and guidelines for an Alternate Planning Commissioner SECTION 2 FINDINGS The City Council hereby finds and determines as follows: Sec. 9-104 Quorum For the purpose of transacting business, a quorum of the Planning Commission shall consist of four (4) of the seven (7) members. An alternate member shall be counted as a full voting member for purposes of filling any vacancy created by the absence or conflict of interest of a regular Commissioner. Sec. 9-1.05 Absence from Meetings. 1. The City of Avalon ("City") recognizes that the duties and obligations of the Planning Commission are an important part of City Government; and 2. A full Commission is desirous whenever possible in exercising the duties and obligations of the Commission; and 3. Absences and conflicts of interest affect the ability Of the Commission to seat a full Commissioni and 4. Absences and conflicts of interest may affect the ability of the Commission to seat a quorum of the Commission; and 5. AMC section 9-8.301 provides that the Zoning Code may be amended to impose new regulations, and AMC section 9-8.302 authorizes the Planning Commission to initiate Zoning Code text amendments. SECTION 3 AMENDMENT TO CODE '- Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Code, any commissioner or alternate who is absent from any three (3) regular meetings of said Planning Commission within any six (6) month period, unless such absence is due to special circumstances such as extended personal or family illness, temporary absences necessitated by the proposed appointee's employment, military service, and similar situations, shall thereby automatically forfeit his or her position as a member of said Planning Commission. The Chair of the Planning Commission or Planning Director shall thereupon promptly notify the City Council and any such person so ceasing to be a commissioner, of the fact of such vacancy. The vacancy shall be filled as provided in Section 9-1.01 of this chapter. Sec. 9-1.06 Powers and Duties. Section 9-1.01 thru 9-1.04 is amended and Sections 9-1.05 and 9-1.06 are added to read as follows: CHAPTER 1 - PLANNING COMMISSION Sec. 9-1.01 Created: Membership. A Planning Commission is hereby created which shall consist of seven (7) members and one (1) _ alternate. Only those persons who are physically present in the City of Avalon or within two (2) miles of the City limits at least nine (9) months of each calendar year (excluding special circumstances such as extended personal or family illness, temporary absences necessitated by the proposed appointee's employment, military service, and similar situations) or who owns or serves in a management position in an Avalon-based business. The members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council. The tenure of any member of the Planning Commission shall be terminable at any time by the Mayor upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the entire Council. Sec. 9-1.02 Terms of Office. Planning Commissioner Terms of office shall be for a period of four (4) years; provided however, a commissioner whose term has expired shall continue to hold office until a successor is appointed. If a vacancy shall occur otherwise than by expiration of term, it shall-be filled by appointment for the unexpired portion of the term, unless the unexpired portion of the term is three (3) or fewer months in which case the City Council may, but shall not be required, to appoint a successor to serve the remaining term. Members shall at all times be classified so that the terms of three (3) members shall expire at the same time and the terms of the other four (4) members expire two (2) years thereafter so as to maintain staggered terms. The Alternate Planning Commissioner term of office shall be for a period of two (2) years. Sec. 9-103 Officers of the Commission The members of the Planning Commission bi-annually shall select (1) of its members as Chairperson and one (1) of its members as Vice Chairperson subject to the conditions below. The selections should occur bi-annually in election years at the first Planning Commission following the seating of newly appointed Commissioners. Planning Commission members may serve as Chairperson for two terms for a total of four years maximum. Upon expiration of four consecutive years served, the Vice Chairperson of the Planning Commission shall become Chairperson and a new Chairperson who has not been the prior Chairperson shall be selected by the Planning Commission. If the Vice Chairperson of the prior commission is not on the newly constituted commission, the Commission shall elect a new Chairperson and new Vice Chairperson. If the Vice Chairperson declines the appointment as Chairperson, the Commission may select any Commission member as the Chairperson and may also appoint any person as Vice Chairperson. The term limit of the current Chairperson or one elected upon passage of this ordinance, shall expire after the Commission is seated after the 2018 City Council elections. a. The Chairperson of the commission shall call the meetings to order at the appointed ti me, shall appoint all committees, subject to the approval of the commission, shall have all the powers and duties of the presiding officer as described in "Rosenberg's Rule of Order: Simple Parliamentary Procedure of the 21st Century, and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the commission. The Planning Commission shall be governed in all respects and perform the duties prescribed by applicable State and local laws. SECTION 4 CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA) FINDING The City Council finds that this ordinance is exempt from the exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") because it does not constitute a project within the meaning of State CEQA Guidelines Section 15378. The amendments described herein have no potential for resulting in physical change to the environment, directly or indirectly, that is capable of ascertainment at the present time. Specifically, the amendment relates to the organization of the Commission only. The City further finds, under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3), that this Resolution is also exempt from the requirements of CEQA in that the activity is covered by the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. These amendments do not allow any new activities, but rather define and regulate the Planning Commission. The City Clerk shall be the custodian of record for the documentation supporting this action. Staff is hereby directed to file a Notice of Exemption with the Los Angeles County Clerk's Office within five (5) working days. SECTION 5 SCOPE Except as set forth in this ordinance, all other provisions of the Avalon Municipal Code shall remain in full force and effect. SECTION 6 SEVERABILITY If any section, subsection, clause, phrase, or portion of this ordinance is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by the decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this ordinance. The City Council hereby declares that it would have adopted this ordinance and each section, subsection, sentence, c!ause, phrase, or portion there of, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, clauses, phrases, or portions be declared invalid or unconstitutional. SECTION 7 EFFECTIVE DATE This ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days from and after its passage and adoption. The foregoing ordinance was passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of Avalon, this 21 st day of October, 2014, by the following vote to wit: Ayes: Mayor Marshalll Councilmembers Olsen, Cassidy, Hernandez and Sampson Noes: None Abstain: None Absent: None Ann H. Marshall, Mayor AI-rEST: b. The Vice Chairperson of the commission shall have all the powers and performs all the duties of Denise A. Radde, City Clerk 12 i Friday, November 7, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER