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Year in Review From page 6 March Avalon's deficit Avalon's deficit had decreased by more than $900,000, City Manager Ben Harvey told the City Council on Tuesday, March 18. The deficit was originally $1.6 million. But during the mid- year budget review, Harvey said the deficit had been reduced to $688,971. Harvey said the reduction was caused by "a lot of small things working together." He recommended the council hold a financial workshop in May to discuss shoring up city funds that are underfunded, including the sewer and salt water funds. He described those funds as "prob- lem children" that drain the city's reserves. Bald eagle program thrives Crossword Solutions In late March, two eaglets hatched in the Seal Rocks nest at the far eastern end of the Island, continuing the legacy of the national icon's successful return to breeding on Catalina. At least four more of the eight pairs of these large birds of prey Limo Cart From page 1 Macktal suggested they visit the headquarters of ACG, Inc. (American Custom Golf Cars, Inc.), located in Chino, California to look at their operation and explore options. Malan was in search of one that would seat nine. He then worked out a deal to have it modified and extended it into a lima-size neces- sary to transport passengers from his hotels and the Cabrillo Mole boat landing. Gaining permission from Avalon's City Council to have hotel lima carts was no small feat. "It took 4 years and 8 months to get permission to have electric hotel lima carts," Malan said. &B Lions dedicate plaque to Bud Smith In March, the Avalon Lions Club dedicated a plaque at the Airport in the Sky to the memory of Bud Smith. He was the first chairman of the vehicle review Board, served on the Planning Commission, and was acting city manager. In addition Bud served on the Avalon City Council for 22 years, 13 years as Avalon's mayor. Seen above from left are: Bud Smith's son Tom Smith, daughter Sheili Gardiner, Burney Ramming Avalon Lions Club president, Marie Smith (Bud's Wife), and Denise Radde, Bud's daugliter. They are standing around with the plaque at Airport in the Sky. Photo by Roger Meadows on the Island are preparing for the hatching of chicks, thanks to a 34-year recovery effort by the Catalina Island Conservancy and Institute for Wildlife Studies. After two decades without an eagle sighting on Catalina Island, Conservancy, reintroduced the eagles to the California Channel Islands at Catalina after DDT poisoning had decimated the big birds. The pesticide was outlawed in 1972 but continued to be in the April #, Muller From page 1 Avalon fire chief retirement set Avalon Fire Department Chief Steve Hoefs announced his plans to retire after 25 years with the city's fire agency, according to City Manager Ben Harvey. The city manager made the news public during the Monday, April 1, Avalon City Council meeting. Harvey said that Hoefs had announced his intention to retire as of June 30. Hoefs criti- cized the council in February and March. sweep election achieved. Muller said he feels a strong "need to prioritize the long- term goals for the hospital, espe- cially determining the course we need regarding federal and state mandated earthquake compliance by 2030." The Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Founders Room at US Bank. From page 1 able bride is found for the poor Prince Dauntless. However, his overbearing mother has other ideas. Each princess must pass the royalty test first. Twelve potential candidates Voters elected a new mayor and failed these rigged and unfair tests. two new council members Tuesday Until one day, in swims Princess night, April 8. The Avalon may- Winnifred. oral race was a landslide. The City In 2014, Kids At Play celebrated "~ its 21st year of home grown theater Year in Review, Page 14 productions in Avalon. the Conservancy initially fund- environment. It caused the eagles ed the Bald Eagle Restoration to lay eggs with weak shells that ' Program in 1980. cracked under the adults weight ~B] LI A~Cl KI TI I E The IWS, with the help of the during incubation. O S / The Catalina lslander wants to hear your I i- 5 | localstories, past and present. Andifyou I O [] I'i IH A MIPIAIGN El ] II 'want to express your opinion on a local issue, i e L M L ] or have some information your shto pass ] --i ___1 / ,on,,oo,o .e up,o I ['o r"l'l*'Ol"" ' ': I Emailyourstories, photos, opinions: I I editor@thecatalinaislander.com ( jt ilJl J l L -' Adorable Babyclolls/ Lovelybrasets/ SweetPanties/ Cute Curvy Girl Sizes/ Fine Locally made Jewelry! Murano Glass Bead Necklaces and Sterling Silver Jewlery/ Come visit us andj nd quality lingerie along with beautifully handcrafted jewelry just in time for the holidays! Feel like a million bucks inside and out! - Happy New Years from Studio 122- Located in the Metropole Market Place A THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, December 26, 2014 ! 13