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September 19, 2017 - 4:17pm

Articles by Charles M. Kelly

The two large dogs that attacked a man and his smaller dog will never be allowed to return to Avalon. Last week a judge declared the two “pit bulls” to be vicious, according to City Attorney Scott Campbell.

Campbell said the judge continued the hearing on their fate until May 19, when the judge will determine whether the animals will be euthanized.

He said one of the things the judge was looking at is whether there is a facility for vicious dogs that would allow them to live out their lives.

City officials will ask a judge today, Friday, May 5, to have two American bull terriers destroyed following a recent attack on a Huntington Beach man and his Jack Russell terrier in Avalon, according to City Attorney Scott Campbell. The dogs are on the mainland now while everyone involved is awaiting a judge’s decision. The owner of the two dogs has reportedly agreed to allow the dogs to be euthanized.

City Manager David Jinkens said he would attend the hearing.

Next week the Avalon City Council will consider new animal control laws that would include restricting ownership of vicious and potentially dangerous dogs and allow officials to seize and destroy them.

 If approved by four-fifths of the council, the “urgency” version of the ordinance would go into effect immediately.

A desalination expert presented a $19-million plan to improve Avalon’s desalination system to the City Council this week. The $19 million (rounded) price tag would be for construction costs. Maintenance and operations would add almost $1 million a year to the cost. The project would include adding almost 2 million gallons of water storage capacity to the system. (Last year, Avalon staff proposed adding a 2-million gallon tank.)

Southern California Edison is scheduled give a presentation on water supply options to the City Council on April 18, according to both City Manager David Jinkens and Edison Sr. Project Manager Robert Laffoon Villegas.

The presentation is expected to be based largely on the long-awaited report by a desalination expert hired by Edison. The report was originally expected in December 2016. City Manager Jinkens and City Attorney Scott Campbell both confirmed that the report was delivered electronically to Avalon officials on Monday, April 10.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the date on which Southern California Edison expects it might be necessary to return to Stage 2 water restioning. The article now correctly puts the projected date at April 2019, assuming there is no more rainfall.

You can stop worrying about whether you’ve exceeded your water allotment. Southern California Edison announced to the City Council this week that, effective immediately, Stage 3 rationing will revert to Stage 1 conservation. Islanders will still have to save water, but Stage 1 restrictions will be similar to those facing mainland water users.

In related news, Edison’s desalination expert is scheduled to give a presentation to the Avalon City Council on March 21. The presentation has been delayed several times since it was first expected in December.

Southern California Edison is holding off sending new water allotment letters to Islanders until the company knows the impact of last Friday’s rain on the Middle Ranch Reservoir. Two weeks ago, the company announced that water rationing would be reduced to 25 percent. According to Edison, the new rationing will be based on Stage 3 approved variances, or Stage 2 variances if that doesn’t apply or on the baseline water use if Stage 2 variances don’t apply.

The audience applauded Tuesday night when a Southern California Edison representative told the City Council that Avalon water rationing would be “adjusted” down to 25 percent. Most Avalon residents, more than 90 percent, according to an Edison statement, will see their water limits reduced. The change officially went into effect Tuesday.

Some Islanders will still have to save 50 percent of their baseline water use: residents of the West End, the Isthmus, White’s Landing, Tonyon, the Airport-in-the-Sky, Little Harbor, Blackjack and Empire Landing.

As of Friday, Jan. 20, the water level at Middle Ranch reservoir measured 137 acre feet.

The water level was 133 acre feet when it was last measured on Jan. 12. That was a 2 acre foot increase from the Jan. 5 measurement.