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Catalina Island Conservancy is joining #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Did you know that Sheephead fish can grow up to 3 feet and can weigh up to 36 pounds? They hunt for food during the day and when night time rolls around they swim into caves and crevices wrapping themselves in a mucus cocoon.

The Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation would like to thank everyone who has contributed so generously to the ongoing restoration of this unique and wonderful jewel. In 2017, significant progress was made on Phase One, including conducting a thorough cleanup of the area and having an engineer determine that the foundation of the structure was sound. Concrete was also poured for the soon-to-be-created entry patio and the curb around it, as well as the stairs leading to the mechanical room, replacing the worn-out wooden steps.

Water and housing are the two top priorities of the Avalon City Council.

City officials and the Santa Catalina Island Company are currently in talks to develop a non-binding agreement to develop workforce housing in Avalon. According to City Manager David Jinkens, the “memorandum of understanding” would build the framework for creating a formal agreement that would take another six months to complete.

Kick off the holidays with a Winter Social-themed First Fridays at the Museum. This evening event takes place at the Catalina Island Museum on Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

December’s First Fridays at the Museum event will feature a hot chocolate bar with your choice of festive toppings, sweet treats by Catalina Coffee & Cookie Company and Victorian carolers roaming around the museum spreading holiday cheer.

And, no Winter Social would be complete without a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Avalon City Manager David Jinkens appointed long time Assistant Harbor Master James “JJ” Poindexter, to the position of harbor master on Nov. 9. Poindexter has served as the interim harbor master since the retirement of Brian Bray on July 5, 2017.

With thanksgiving upon us, island tourism and planning officials are quickly refocusing the tourism effort to shopping and other promotional items to get tourists to enjoy a Catalina Christmas.

Meanwhile, tourism stats released for October show Catalina Island visitor counts continue to grow, as cruise and cross channel crossings were up year over year nearly 4 percent, cruise ship passenger counts were up 7.6 percent and general population on Avalon Harbor boats were up 8 percent.

Preliminary demolition to remove hazardous materials is expected to begin next week at the site of the new 23,044 square foot Vons store, according to Avalon Planning Director Amanda Cook. The hazardous material will be removed from the old building located on the site of the future Vons store. The security fencing, provide include sound and dust control, will go up before construction begins. Preliminary grading would likely begin the second week of December.

A Town Hall Meeting is slated for Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Avalon School Auditorium.  If you have an issue you would like to be sure the congressman is prepared to address, you may submit it to Donna.Carlos@mail.house.gov. 

Preliminary demolition to remove hazardous materials is expected to begin next week at the site of the new Vons store, according to Avalon Planning Director Amanda Cook. The hazardous material will be removed from the old building located on the site of the future Vons store. The security fencing, provide include sound and dust control, will go up before construction begins. Preliminary grading would likely begin the second week of December.

 

Once again, iconic Mt. Ada will open its doors to the public on Thursday, Dec. 7 for the annual Holiday Open House that benefits the Catalina Island Foundation and Catalina Island Women’s Forum.

Built in the early 1920s, Mt. Ada was designed as a summer home for William Wrigley Jr. and his wife, Ada, and was the smallest of their nine homes.

Following Mr. Wrigley’s wishes, its location was chosen because it captured the first light of day and the last rays of dusk.   

Although spectacular during the day, viewing the Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum exhibition at night is an entirely unique experience.

Before the exhibition comes to a close, the Catalina Island Museum is offering extended hours on Friday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Dec. 8.

During these Chihuly at Sunset events the museum will stay open till 8 p.m.

Giant Black Sea Bass were once a common sight along the Southern California Coast and as a direct result of overfishing became nearly extinct by the time the 1970’s rolled around.

In the early 1980s protections were implemented and placed into effect restricting both commercial and recreational killing and taking of this fish.

This extraordinary fish have a life span similar to humans and have been documented to have lived over 75 years, And as far as size and weight?  

Giant Black Sea Bass were once a common sight along the Southern California Coast and as a direct result of overfishing became nearly extinct by the time the 1970’s rolled around.

In the early 1980s protections were implemented and placed into effect restricting both commercial and recreational killing and taking of this fish.

This extraordinary fish have a life span similar to humans and have been documented to have lived over 75 years, And as far as size and weight?  

This week the Avalon City Council called the April 10, 2018 election. Three seats will be in play: the mayor’s seat and those occupied by Councilman Joe Samson and Councilwoman Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy. No one has announced their candidacy yet in any of the races.

The local VFW Post will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, in Veterans Park.

The Avalon City Council directed the Planning and Fire departments to develop an inspection program for residential rental properties The council also discussed a moratorium on issuing conditional use permits for vacation rentals. But instead of voting on the porposal, the council told staff to look at developing a licensing program for vacation rentals instead. The city attorney’s office, in the meantime, will look at whether it would be legal to allow CUPs to expire after a certain number of years.

Locals Fireman Jorge Hernandez and Sugar Shane Machado completed the 33rd annual Catalina Island Triathalon on Saturday, Nov. 4. Shane took second place in his division. For more pictures of the triathlon see page 6.

A Museum volunteer thanks everyone

I have been volunteering at the new Catalina Island Museum since it opened and have been delighted at the positive and effusive comments by the public.

The facility is “amazing,” “gorgeous,” “impressive,” “first class” and “so much more than we expected” were words I hear often.

The current exhibit and the myriad events have rave reviews and the staff are wonderful to work with.

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of  Oct. 18 to Oct. 24.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

Thursday, October 18