Catalina Island
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Reported on:
September 19, 2017 - 4:17pm

Articles by Charles M. Kelly

Avalon Bay received four A’s and a B for its water quality in the “Beach Report Card” recently issued by Heal the Bay.

As recently as 2013, Avalon was at the top of the environmental group’s “Beach Bummers” list—and had been for years. Avalon was at or near the top of the list from 2009 to 2013.

But since 2014, Avalon has been getting good grades.

The Avalon City Council voted unanimously this week to loan $340,000 to the Catalina Island Medical Center so the hospital can complete the upgrade of its generator.

The loan comes with zero-interested, to be paid in $20,000 annual installments with a balloon payment of the balance at the end of five years.

Last week, Avalon officials narrowed its search for a new city manager to seven candidates, according to Councilman Oley Olsen.

Water rationing will apparently not increase during the tourist season.

A representative of Southern California Edison told the Avalon City Council this week that the desalination plant is expected to provide the Island with enough drinking water until the rainy season.

Jim Luttjohann, CEO of the Catalina Chamber of Commerce, described this as “absolutely” good news.

The incumbents are in. Avalon voters re-elected Mayor Anni Marshall and sitting City Council members Richard Hernandez and Oley Olsen.

Christy Lins ran unopposed for re-election for the city treasurer’s office.

Marshall won 57 percent of the votes in the three-way contest against Councilwoman Cinde Cassidy and former council member Ralph Morrow. Cassidy received 26 percent of the vote and Morrow 14 percent.

The city will send a letter asking the California attorney general what Avalon needs to do to ensure multiple freight carriers are allowed to deliver goods to Catalina. City Attorney Scott Campbell will draft the letter next week after he returns from his vacation. The exact wording of the letter will be subject to the approval of Councilman Joe Sampson and Mayor Anni Marshall.

Visitors generate $11 mil

Figures show tourism increased city’s tax, fee income in 2015

By Charles M. Kelly

Avalon’s 2015 end-of-year report  shows visitor-driven revenues increased by almost $11 million last year, a 9.7 percent increase over the previous year. The Chamber of Commerce report is based on city data, according to the Chamber president.

Correction: When this article was published, it incorrectly reported that Southern California Edison will make a decision about whether to change the current level of water rationing in June. The article should have said that if Edison determines a change from 25 to 50 percent rationing is necesssary, the change will be implemented in June. We regret the error. The article has been updated.


Islanders recently received a letter from Southern California Edison announcing plans to close Edison’s business office on Catalina.  Edison is waiting for approval from the California Public Utilities Commission. Edison expects the commission to make a decision later this year.

Twelve Avalon residents filed to participate in the April 2016 city elections. According to City Clerk Denise Radde, the list of candidates will not be official until the county has verified their signatures. Once she receives verification, the candidate may begin campaigning.

City Treasurer Christy Lins is running unopposed for re-election.

Mayor Anni Marshall will be challenged by mayoral candidates Cinde Cassidy, a current council member and Ralph Morrow, a former councilman who was voted out of office in 2014.