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With Capt. John King Christmas Wishes I love Christmas time commer- cials that ask "What do you get for the man who has everything?" Their answer is a new car, watch or season's pass to the Fantasy Football League. And for "the woman who has everything?" A chocolate diamond seems to be this year's answer. It seems somewhere along the line I must have fallen out of the norm. I don't want any of those things. The number one item on my Christmas list is to get a gift that "keeps on giving." I have my fin- gers crossed in the hopes that we Avalonians might get our political representatives to represent all of us, residents and visitors alike. A gift such as this would ensure a offolks who also want a new Vons; better future for Avalon. just not in their front yard. Good leadership and truthful Great representation at the lo- representation would give us a bet- cal level might develop a plan to ter chance of securing the water relieve the congestion and reduce sources that would help the parking problems within Ava- to manage our cycle of Ion. droughts. Such repre- The most predictable argument sentation would help to against every project and every ensure that future de- improvement is traffic congestion velopment does not get and parking. So, let's stop deal- ahead of the resources ing with this on a case-by-case ba- we all need to have a sis and get creative in designing a future, town that moves people. Truthful representa- The two most distinctive corn- John King lion would ensure that munities within Avalon are the Columnist we get a new Vons built residents and the visitors. This before the old Vons is a symbiotic relationship, which crumbles into a heap. means we need each other to make It would ensure that the nearly it work. 800 resident petitioners in favor We need them to generate the would be represented with a sup~ income and jobs so that we can live porting vote in spite of the noise here and provide services. Really and smoke being raised by the good local representation would small, but very passionate, group represent both communities, in- cluding the 1,200+ non-resident boats while moored in Avalon petitioners who want their "Bacon Harbor so that my crew and I can on Beacon." be proud to welcome our guests on I know what you are thinking, board for a charter. You are asking yourself, why is Our representatives will need Capt. John using up his Christ- a good smoke detector to work mas wishes for things like water through the noise and grant this resources, parking solutions and wish. shopping options? You are cor- In closing out this column and rect, I could muddle along without this year, I am hopeful that we can any of these wishes being granted, all get along. We are all different I have water-makers on board people with different needs and to solve my water needs. I have differing opinions. How boring a bike and can walk to solve my would life be if that were not so. transportation and parking issues. Today we might join hands in I can get to Costco and Trader support, tomorrow we might lock Joe's for shopping, horns in opposition, the next day I figure Christmas is a time for we might need each other to over- wishing big, so why not go for it come. That is what makes Avalon and wish for things that will im- a special place whether you visit prove all of our lives. Besides, here or call it home. wishing for good representation from our local representatives Capt. John runs Afishinados might give me the one thing that Charters and can be reached at I really want just for me. 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NO part may be repro- duced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2014 and TiBe Registered, Catalina islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIANEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION TheBoard of the Friends of the Avalon Library wishes to thank everyone who has supported us this year. In April, the Board pledged to spend our time, energy and finances to focus on the exterior of the library. We are pleased and amazed at the wonderful response to our plans. So far, we have renovated and removed the sign, moved Judgethe County of Los Angeles Fourth to generate ideas as to how your Windell's rock and plaque (it's District me with me. donations will be used to aug- safe), and have removed the twist- They decided to take on ourment their plans. If you have ed juniper bush that obscured the project--refurbishing the outside ideas or comments, please leave a entrance. We had planned to and even doing some updates to note at the library or email me at replace broken concrete, make bet- the interior, judygrear@yahoo.com ter use of the outside space, build In short, they will do moreAgain, thank you to all who new bike racks, add seating and work than we could ever afford so have shown interest and have provide better access. However, we are pleased, joined the Friends or donated these plans are on hold. We have been assured that money, labor, or time to help us On Nov. 5, representatives from the Commercial Development with this project. Commission will come over soon Sincerely, and the project will begin not Judy Great and long after that, so we are excited the Board of the Friends of and hopeful. Now we will begin the Avalon Library 'THE WRITE STUFF' Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editonal horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the editor at editor@thecatalinaislander.com or call 310-510-0500; & Stories of a CEO turned December Windward Beach Clean-Up-- Saturday, Dec. 13 On the second Saturday of each month, volunteer in the great out- doors while combing the sand for debris to help keep our windward beaches pristine. Clean-up locations rotate throughout the year. Meet at the Catalina Island Conservancy House, 125 Clarissa, at 9 a.m., return at 1 p.m. Transportation and sup- plies provided. Catalina Island Conservancy. 310-510-2595 ext. 112, www.CatalinaConservancy. org. Annual New Year's Eve Parties at El Galleon and Antonio's--Dec. 31 Dual Party--tickets good for both restaurants. 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Calendar, Page 11 Free Shipping For Catalina Island Residents Web Ordering Available! Check in-store pickup For free shipping! The Vape Store For The Rest of Us! Everything you need! 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