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tt ,It January - sets course In 2011, the Catalina Island Conservancy embarked on what officials call "one of the most am- bitious projects in our 40-year his- tory." "Imagine Catalina: A Vision for the Future," is the organiza- tion's 20-year master plan com- Ann Muscat, president, Catalina Island pleted in November. The resulting Conservancy planning document is described by President and CEO Ann Muscat as including the Wrigley Memorial & "an exciting vision and blue print Bota.nic Garden, the Nature Center of- options for us to move forward at Avalon Canyon, and the Conser- to serve the Island and its residents vancy's Middle Ranch complex. It and visitors for decades to come." also-addresses camping on Conser- With Imagine Catalina, the vancy land. As part of the process, challenge was "to look into the fu- the Conservancy also looked at im- ture and create a plan of programs mediate improvements it could im- and infrastructure improvements plement to service visitors at Two that will enable us to realize our Harbors and Airport in the Sky. conservation, education and recre- ation mission over the long term," Looking, Ahead Muscat said. "We know from surveying done The plan was completed in by the Chamber and others that partnership with the architect visitors who are aware of the broad and community design team of slate of activities on the Island are William McDonough and Part- likely to come back more often and ners (McDonough is author of the stay longer," said Muscat. "The groundbreaking book on sustain- Conservancy is excited about the able design "Cradle to Cradle") many ideas put forth in the new and the landscape architecture Master Plan that will help attract firm ofNelsonByrdWoltz, visitors and enrich their stay." To kick off planning, the Con- Muscat stressed that exploration servancy held three community of the ideas is still "in its earliest meetings that included .Avalon stages," and that they will need to City officials, private businesses, be thoroughly explored with poten- citizens, other non-profits and tialpartners. off-Island partners. The resulting plan looks at the future for sites II ISUIIID R Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Vince Bodiford Editor Dennis Kaiser Advertising Pat Jamieson Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi A~ntlng Judy Murray 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 [ (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2012 and Title Registered. Catalina Islander. Inc.. All Rights Reserved. PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER P U BLISHERS ASSOCIATION keeps. CKV open The Avalon City Council de- cided by consensus to keep Cata- lina Kid Ventures open until the end of the fiscal year, according to City Clerk Denise Radde. The decision came during the coun- cil's Dec. 20 meeting. The decision would cost the General Fund $134,120, accord- ing to a staff report by Chief Administrative Officer Charlie Wagner. The staff requested direction from the council at the last 2011 council meeting because the Kid Ventures program was expected to run a deficit. "Over the last.prior two fiscal years other city funds have been required to contribute $371,141 to the CKV program in order to cover its costs," Wagner wrote. '*When the current year's budget (FY 2011-2012) was ad- opted, it was anticipated that the CKV program would have a shortfall of $34,000 based on a-projected cost of $250,621," Wagner said. "However, a recent analysis as the end of November projects the shortfall to be closer to $134,000." Wagner wrote that at the time he wrote the report, the CKV program was expected to have a $134,700 deficit. The staff report offered the council three choices: end the program on Jan. 31 and allow families a month to make other plans; end the program on June 30 and absorb a loss from the General Fund or continue the program indefinitely with city subsidies. Ba.m Update A corralled bison gave birth to this calf on December 2, 2011. On this date the Conservancy ' rounded up female bison for their annual contraception injec.- tion: This program precludes the need to ship bison off the Island and aims to keep the bison num- ber at a steady state of 150. Total count of baby bison born in 2011 was 5, down from 20-30 in pre- contraception years.. Photo by Jack Batdelli of staff ing forward to serving in this role" Mellon said he considers it a privilege to practice medicine here and appreciates the professional- ism of the Medical Center's staff. "For instance, de Catalina CARES project and the Electronic Catalina Island Medical Cen-" Medical Record, both initiated by ter's medical staff elected Dr. CEO Bryan Ballard and the hos- Monte Mellon as their medical pital board are getting everyone chief of staff early in 2012. thinking more about and practicing Mellon was recruited to begin excellent customer service" working at the Medical Center in 2009 and was hired as a perma- Year In Review, Page 4 nent staff physician in January ~I i30 of in 2010. Board certified in both fam- ily practice and emergency medi- cine, Dr. Mellon has more than years experience high InVlumehis twoemergenCyyears at CIMc,departmentS'he has ~i become widely respected by both co-workers and patients. : . ~ "The chief of staff interacts with (t the hospital administration and r nursing to solve problems, promote patient care improvement and to oversee and conduct peer review" Dr. Monte Mellon with Dr. Tracey Norton at Mellon said. "I am very much look- the Catalina Island Medical Center. DESCANS Enjoy Sunday Brunch at Beach C|b In (me of our c bea a.s. Enjo ompttmcn a tmtt mlt.' 1;35 per Ix on 2 Friday, December 28, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER