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Editor’s note:

The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of July 12 to July 18.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Many people whoare arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

July 12

By Avalon Harbor Department

For the Islander

The third weekend of the month saw almost 50 boats from three different groups:  Del Rey Yacht Club, PMYC and a Go Fast Fun Run from Long Beach to Avalon.  Many of the Go Fasts also ended up spending the night!  

Father’s Day weekend is always a hit and it’s great to see the Dad’s and their families enjoy themselves.

It will be one year that I have been back on  the  job  in  Avalon as city manager as of July 15. It is great to be  back  here.  I am  honored  and privileged to work for Mayor Anni Marshall and council members on behalf of the community.  

I am also so pleased with the support and cooperation I have received from members of the community.

One day each year the Catalina Island Museum partners with the Tuna Club of Avalon to reveal the rich history and traditions of sport fishing on Catalina Island. On Saturday, Aug. 5, you have the opportunity to tour the world-famous Tuna Club, a nationally registered historic landmark and the oldest fishing club in the world.  

Access to the historic clubhouse founded in 1898 is restricted, but once a year, when it opens its doors to the public to benefit the Catalina Island Museum.

July 1

Deputies responded to 128 Catalina Ave. regarding a boyfriend-girlfriend argument.  Upon their arrival, they contacted the two individuals.  The deputies determined no crimes had been committed and both were allowed to leave.

July 2

Nothing significant to report.

July 3

Catalina’s First blue fin tuna of the season caught by local islanders Mike Cassidy and Bob Lee aboard the Salt Shaker on July 6, 2017 weighing in at 207 pounds! Photo by Cinde Cassidy

Wild things are happening in Avalon! The Catalina Island Museum and the Avalon Library invite you to a Museum Day celebration on Wednesday, July 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Schreiner Family Plaza on the museum’s second level.  

Museum Day – in conjunction with the County of Los Angeles Public Library’s Children’s Summer Discovery Program – will feature a reading of “Where the Wild Things Are” by librarian Morgan Rose Pershing.

Capt. John Hocking is the newly assigned unit commander at Avalon Sheriff’s Station.  Capt. Hocking grew up in Southern Los Angeles County.  

He has been with the Sheriff’s Department for more than 28 years.

Hocking has worked a variety of assignments throughout his career on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  He started working in the L.A. County jail system.  

Supervisor Janice Hahn on Tuesday, July 11, honored Avalon Fire Department Capt. John Meffert, who is credited with saving two individuals trapped in the wreckage of a June 30 plane crash on the 405 Freeway.  The City Council will reportedly honor Avalon Fire Department Capt. John Meffert at 6 p.m., July 18, in the council chambers at City Hall.

Long time Catalina Island residents of 50 years, Juan and Juanita Moreno, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 28 with family and friends.

Juan y Juanita Moreno recidente de 50 años de la isla  cumplieron  sus 60 aniversario de bodas el 28 de junio en compania de familia y amigos

Due to unforeseen necessary ceiling repairs, Catalina Island Company will not be offering movies within the Avalon Theater building.  The Island Company will begin the theater restoration project immediately, and company officials hope to complete this project over the next few weeks.  Any guests who have pre-purchased tickets will be offered either a credit toward a future showing, or a full refund.  The Island Company’s historic walking tours, the Discover The Casino Tour, and the Behind the Scenes tour will be modified, and will continue while the restoration process

This is a follow-up to an earlier report. The United States Bureau of Reclamation has reached out to Southern California Edison, Catalina Island Conversancy, and the City of Avalon to jointly  and collaboratively work on a City and Island-wide water management plan by agreeing to a scope of work that will bring Federal, reg ional and     local    resources together.

A new summer program at the Catalina Island Museum takes advantage of the museum’s outdoor amphitheater and Avalon’s beautiful summer nights. Movies at the Museum highlights classic family-friendly films whose themes may be related to the island or to museums in general. A few selections may include movies filmed on island as well.

Freight monopoly must stop

I read that the PUC is reopening their investigation into the controlled freight monopoly.

Well, I didn’t think much about it, until it turns out that a couple weeks later I was scheduled to put my overtown car on a charter barge.

I have been waiting for the Conservancy to have a barge since October. The Conservancy was so helpful in letting me partake in their paid charter.

On June 21, 2017 Mayor Anni Marshall, Mayor Pro Tempore Oley Olsen, the City Manager, Kris Wilhelm and Paul DeMyer of the Catalina Island Company, Director of Planning Amanda Cook, and the Director of Public Works Bob Greenlaw, met at City Hall to discuss workforce and affordable housing opportunities being explored by the Catalina Island Company and the city Housing Authority.

The Fourth of July Parade in Catalina is always great fun. There is nothing like a “small town parade” and there are few small towns as charming as Avalon.

This year’s theme was “Fly the Flag: a Homage to our National Pastime.”  

That refers to honoring the Cubs 2016 World Series Championship breaking the 108 year curse.  

Heal the Bay recently gave Avalon’s beach an “A” for summer dry weather water quality in the environmental group’s annual “Beach Report Card.” This was the fourth year in a row that Avalon received high marks for water quality. According to the Beach Report Card, Avalon was ranked No. 1 or No. 2 on the annual list of “Beach Bummers” from 2009 to 2013.

The Catalina Island Museum invites you to Picnic, Pie and Bluegrass! Enjoy a bit of Americana during First Fridays at the Museum on Friday, July 7th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening features live music, a pie baking contest and late night access to the museum’s special exhibition Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum when its outdoor installatio ns are dramatically illuminated.

Victoria Marchant Mann celebrated her 100th birthday last week with 140 family members and friends on Catalina Island. The festivities began with lunch at Mr. Ning’s Chinese Garden on Saturday. On Wednesday Victoria celebrated with an Italian buffet at the M Restaurant.

The Avalon City Council this week voted unanimously to increase sewer fees and salt water rates for the next five years.

The council also approved a ban on plastic foam food containers.

“The overall sewer rates increased an average of 3.5 percent beginning July 1, 2017,” said Finance Director Robert Mescher.