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Year In Review, From page 7 June Avalon Boys Golf wins title The Avalon Boys Golf team captured its second league title in as many years, posting a 7-1 league record and proving once again to be the class of the San Joaquin League. Throughout the season, the Lancers have been led by Juniors Gabe Hernandez. Ricky Tamayo and Brian Jimenez. These three Mel Dinkel, resigns as CE0 of the Catalina Island Conservancy. returning golfers have been the r rva foundation of the team's success,- Conse ncy combined with some new golfers on the rise. Juniors Juan Pablo Bravo, Luis Herrera, Anthony Vega and Jose Cervantes are all new to the game of golf, but due to their hard work and dedication, they have improved greatly and have helped lead the Lancers to their league title. Recyclables are recycled more CEO resigns Catalina Island Conservancy announced its chief operating offi- cer for the past eight years, Mel- Dinkel, has resigned. Dinkel, whose job performance has been widely praised by col- leagues, local officials and fel- low Island residents, said he plans to pursue other opportunities. He will continue to work with the Catalina Island Conservancy, whose mission is to be a respon- sible steward of Catalina's lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation, through the end of June. "Mel was a significant asset to the Conservancy and .the com- munity of Avalon," said Mayor Bob Kennedy. "He is going to be difficult to replace. Whoever does, even in the interim, is going to have some very large shoes to fill." Seagull Sanitation Systems has seen a marked increase in the amount of recyclables that are being diverted from the Pebbly Beach Landfill. By the year 2020, the state gov- ernment would like all California cities to achieve a 75 percent di- version rate. Seagull and its parent company, Republic Services. are preparing a plan to achieve a 90 percent diversion rate long before the year 2020 comes around. Preschool turns Flying Fish to non-profit Festival arrives FESTIVAL a fun-for-the-whole-family activity happening along the waterfront. For a schedule of activities, visit www.flyingfishfestival.com. Flying fish have become part of Catalina's culture. Bony as they are, a crunchy flying fish is the meal of choice for any number of big game species. Catalina's majestic blue- fin tuna, which inspired the found- ing of Avalon's Tuna Club, used to be known as "Leaping Tuna" for their aerial acrobatics in chas- ing down a tasty flying fish meal. There are 14 known species of fly- ing fish, of which the California version (Cypselurus californicus) is the largest. The city of Avalon began the process in May to turn Catalina Kids Ventures over to a--non-profit group. The city was running the pre- school that is Avalon's only child- care facility for fulltime students. However, it had been running in the red. According to Sean Brannock, the current Community Services director, who oversees the pre- school, the city has been subsi- dizing the program at the rate of about $130,000 a year. Most of that money pays for the program's staff. However, revenue from enrollment had not kept pace with the preschool's expenses. The city announced it-needed to divest itself of most of the funding burdens to a nonprofit corporation in order to keep the childcare center's doors open. According to Anni Marshall, the former Avalon Community Services director who started the preschool about 23 years ago, and who headed up the taskforce overseeing the formation of the non-profit, a lot of progress had- been made. "We've established our board of directors and we are in the process of starting our interviews for the staff this week," Marshall said. "We are going to need an on- site supervisor and probably two full-time teachers and an aide." The non-profit would take over the preschool's operation on July 1. Marshall said it would save the city about $130,000 a year, or roughly the same amount of the city's current subsidy. The Island's Flying Fish Festival kicked off with the Taste Around of Avalon. A bevy of activitieswere planned for the rest of the week- end. They included Flying Fish Boat Tours aboard the Blanche W, a professional sand sculpture cre- ation, kayak races, a boat build- ing competition, live touch tanks, kids Fishing Derby, Beach Bingo, activities for kids and a new addi- tion will be the Bubble Rollers, Edison proposed rate hike is Opponents of Southern California Edison's request to increase Catalina water rates say that Edison is lobby- ing the California Public Utility Commission to ignore a proposed $40 MONTHLY (Unlimited Classes) Students in Avalon High School Theater Department's "Bye Bye Birdie" seen in dress rehearsal on Wednesday. The show was held at 7 p.m., Friday, June t, and Saturday, June 2 with a matinee per- formance at 2 plm., Sunday, June 3. The 1960 Broadway musical comedy was inspired by Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The male lead playing the rock star character Conrad Birdie is Joseph Vickers. The original Broadway produc- tion was a Tony Award win- ning success. It spawned a sequel, a 1963 movie and a 1995 television produc- tion. The cast is 63 members strong. It was also be the final production for Mary Lou Eroen. court decision to recommend that the water rates be applied to main- land electricity customers. It was Edison that originally proposed applying Catalina water costs to mainland electricity users as an alternative to a water rate increase. However, according to a Year In Review, Page 11 Los usuarios con accseso al Internet podr~n leer y decargar oste notification en espaf)ol en el sito Web de SCE ~ o escribir a: Southern Califomia Edison Company P.O. Box 800 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead, CA 91770 Attencion: Commuicaciones Corporativas SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY'S NOTICE OF APPLICATION AND PROPOSED CHANGE IN ELECTRIC RATES TO RECOVER THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY'S NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING TRUST FUND APPLICATION NO. A332-12-013 On December 21, 2012, Southern Califomia Edison Company (SCE) filed an application wi~ the Califomia Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to set contribution levels for the company's nuclear decommissioning trust fund and other related issues in connection with San OnofTe Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Units 1, 2, and 3. In this application, SCE requests the CPUC to approve increased contribution to its Nuclear Decommissioning Trust Funds (NDCTP) for SONGS Units 2 & 3 and for Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Units 1, 2 & 3 after the and of their current Nuclear Regulatory Commission license pedods. The current annual revenue requirement to cover contributions to SCE's trust funds is $22.99 million. SCE is requesting that this revenue requirement be increased to $41.44 million or 0.2% annually beginning January 1,2014, when compared to total system revenues at present rates (as of October 2012). ILLUSTRATIVE EFFECT ON ELECTRIC RATES AND BILLS The requested 2014 NDCTP revenue requirement results in an annual increase of $18.45 million or 0.2% bdglnnlng January 1,2014. when compared to total system revenues at present rates (as of October 2012). If total rates were to change as requested, an average residential customer using 600 kilowatt-hours (kWh) par month would see an increase of $0.16 per month, from $107.52 to $107.68. The following table shows an estimate of proposed revenues and rate changes by customer group: ~mmLssioning Cost Triennial Proceeding Appllcnti~ ~_~.,.,~~anua 1 2eOtve4nl~Jemen~on Present Proposed Residential J. 6313 033% 16.05 16.07 I_i htin - Small and Medium Power j 6.242 0.2% 15.37 15.40 La e Power I 53301 0.3%0 10337 1019 dcultural and Pum in L 0.635 02% 11,77 11.80 IStreet~nd Area L'iahUna ~ 0.159 0.1% 17.78 17.80 ITOTAL L 18.450 02% 14.36 14.39 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION FROM SCE You may review a copy of this Application and related exhibits at SCE's corporate headquarters (2244 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91779). You may also view these materials at the following SCE business offices: 1 Pebbly Beach Rd. 30553 Rimrock Rd. 374 Lagoon St. Avalon, CA 90704 Barstow, CA 92311 Bishop, CA 93514 505 W. 14~Ave. Blythe: CA 92225 26364 Pine Ave. Rimforest, CA 92378 120 Woodland Dr. Wofford Heights, CA 93285 3001 Chateau Rd. Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 510 S. China Lake Blvd. Ridgecrest, CA 93555 41694 Dinkey Creek Rd.421 W. J St. Shaver Lake, CA 93664 Tehachapi, CA 93561 6999 Old Woman Springs Rd. Yucca Valley, CA 92284 Customers with tntemet acsess may view and download SCE's application and the papers supporting it on SCE's Web site, www.sce.com/applicaUons. Anyone who would like to obtain more information about the application, please write to: Southem Califomia Edison Company P.O. Box 800 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemeadl CA 91770 Attention: Case Administration, Law Department EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS The CPUC may hold Evidentiary Hearings (EHs) whereby formal parties of record provide testimony and are subject to cross-examination before "a CPUC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). These hearings are open to the public, but only those who are formal parties of record may participate. For information relating to the hearings, you may contact the Public Advisor's Office (PAO) at the address or phone number shown at the end of this notice. If EHs are scheduled, a separate notification to SCE customers regarding the date, time, and location of these hearings will be sent as a separate bill insert, or will appear as a newspaper notification. The CPUC has its own court reporters who will record the comments of those formal parties of record participating in the EHs. After considering all proposals and evidence presented dudng the formal hearing process, the assigned ALJ will issue a proposed decision. When the CPUC issues a final decision on the application, it may adopt, amend, or modify all or part of the ALJ's proposed decision as written. The CPUC's decision may be different than SCE's request. The Division of Ratepayer ~,dvocates.(DRA) is an independent arm of the CPUC, created by the Legislature to represent the interests of all utility customers throughout the state to obtain the lowest possible rates for service consistent with reliable and safe sewice levels. DRA has a multi-disoiplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting, and engineadng. If you wish to file written comments on this proceeding, you may send them to the CPUC's PAO at the address or email shown below. Please state that you are writing concerning SCE's application A. 12-12-013. Your comments will become a part of the formal correspondence file for public comment in this proceeding. The PAO will circulate your comments to the five Commissioners, the assigned ALJ, DRA, and to CPUC staff assigned to this proceeding. You may also contact the PAO if you need advice on how to participate in this. proceeding. Should Public Participation Hearings be scheduled, you will be notified by a separate post card mailer or as a bill insert with the dates, times, and locations of any hearing on SCE's application identified. Finally, you. may also review a copy of this Application and related exhibits at the CPUC's Central Files Office at 505 Van Ness Avenue, 2r~ Floor, San Francisco, CA from 8:00 a.m. to noon daily. rThe Public Advisor -ICalifomia Public Utilities Commission 1505 Van Ness Avenue ISan Francisco, CA 94102 [Or by e-mail: Public.Advisor~ceuc.ca.oov |1-865-849-8390 To//Free or 1-415-703-2074 LTrY 1-866-836-7825 Toll Free or 1-415-703-566282 December2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER December 28, 2012 ', 9