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Dec. 22 is the deadline to drop off letters to Santa FOR THE ISLANDER Tis the season unless you don't get your letter into Santa. Lucky for Avalon Santa's Mailbox arrived today at the Atwater Arcade and will be accepting letters till Dec. 22. Remember to put your return address so Santa can write back and who knows? All your Christmas wishes can come true. Related: Do you remember your childhood Christmas on Catalina? Email us your favor- ite Chistmas memories (and your 01d photos) to editor@ Haley Campbell knocking down another jump shot. Courtesy photo is today Team has two games this weekend: today and Saturday, Dec. 2 BY DAVID HART FOR THE ISLANDER High School basketball is back. The Lady Lancers coming off a 9th consecutive year into the play- offs. Their streak is looking to stay alive with the 2017-18 team. The Lady Lancers are young this year with over half the team being Freshmen and Sophomores. But with Captain Seniors Madeline Hiniker and Haley Campbell leading the team, Avalon looks to be highly com- petitive again. Other players are Juniors Savannah Felix, Jasmine Reyes, Edith Casillas, and Daniella Osegueda, Sophomores are Jasmine Cruz, Abigail Zaragosa and the Freshmen are Gisselle Alvarez, Alyssa Chase, Julianna Alcala, and Serene Naluai. Come watch them compete this week- end: Friday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at Avalon High School Gymnasium. Notice is hereby given by the persons whosenamesappear hereon of their intention to circulate the petition within the City Of kvalon for the purpose of imposing a spe- cial tax in the amount of one dollar ($1.00) on certain passengers landing, discharging, loading, or embarking on Santa Catalina Island in the City of Avalon (including, without limitation, Avalon Harbor or any City facilities Used for landing, discharging, loading, or embarking of aircrafts), all as set forth in the draft ordinance attached to the notice of in- tention filed with the City Clerk, to pay for the costs of infrastructure replacement, debt financing, land procurement for a new facility, implement new programs and services, and/or improvements to, the Catalina Island Medical Center. The special tax will be in addition to the alreadyexisting harbor usage fee set forth in Section 10-2.402. A statement of the reasons of the proposed action as contemplated in the petition, pro- vided by the proponent of this initiative, is as follows: The Catalina Island Medical Center (the "Center") is the only medical facilityon Catalina Island. Without transporting passengers to the mainland, the medical needs of both visitors to and residents alike are met exclusively by the Center, including emergency services. The Center is located inthe City of Avalon (the"City"). The Center requires Significant seismic improvements in order to comply with relevant law, including the Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1983 (Cal. Health & Safety Code Section 130,000 et seq.). The California Office of Statewide Health Planning~and Development ("OSHPD") ranks hospitals throughout the State, on a scale of ~1 to:5, With 1 assigned to buildings posing significant risk of collapse following a strong earthquake, and 5 being assigned to buildings reasonably capable of providing services to the public following a strong earthquake. As of March 9, 2017, the Center w~is assigned a 2, which places it amongst the lowest quarter of hospitals in the state. According to OSHP; buildings assigned a 2 "do not significantly jeopardize life, but may not be repairable or functional following strong ground motion. These buildings must be brought into compliance with the structural provisions of the Alquist Hospital Fa- cilities Seismic Safety Act, its regulations or its retrofit provisions by January 1, 2030, or be removed from acute care service:' This means that, without the necessary improve- ments, the Center is one of the least likely hospitals in the state to be able to provide medical services in the event of an earthquake, and failure to meet seismic standards will soon result in the Center being removed from acute care service. the special tax is structured to spread the burden of the cost of improving the Center amongst all benefited persons - namely, all persons who may require medical attention while in the City. The City Attorney has prepared the following title and summary of the chief purpose and points of the proposed Measure, pursuant to California Elections Code Section 9203. The title and summary must be printed across the top of each page of the petition whereon signatures are to appear as required by California Elections Code Section 9203. BALLOT TITLE: Initiative Measure Imposing A Special Tax On Passengers Arriving To Or Departing From The City Of Avalon By Cruise Ship, Ferry Or Aircraft, To Fund Improvement Or Replace- ment Of The Catalina Island Medical Center. BALLOT SUMMARY The Catalina Island Medical Center (the "Center") provides medical services to visitors and residents of the City of Avalon (the"City"). The Center requires either improvement or replacement of facilities and infrastructure, in order to comply with California state requirements with respect to earthquake preparedness. Specifically, if approved by the voters, this Measure would add a special tax of $1.00 on certain passengers landing, discharging, loading, or embarking in the City of Avalon by way of cruise ship, cross- channel carrier, and aircraft. The Center requires improvements or replacement of facilities and infrastructure in or- der to comply with the Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1983 (Cal. Health & Safety Code section 130,000 et seq.). Revenues generated from this spe- cial tax will be used to fund these improvements and/or replacements, as well as any associated costs attributable to administration, financing, or otherwise related to the improvement and/or replacement of the Center.The City and the Center may enter into an agreement to establish policies and procedures for reimbursement or payment of eligible expenses. This initiative has been submitted by the following registered voter of the City of Avalon: SHANNON HILL The proposed special tax is necessary to raise funds to rmake the required improvements Chairman of the Board or replacement because current Center.funds and reve~nue sources are insufficient. The Catalina Island Medical Center benefits both residents of the City of Avalon, in addition to visitors. As such, Center Foundation 6 Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER