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November 25, 2017 - 8:51am

Articles by Charles M. Kelly

Avalon staff is expected to bring the City Council specific proposals and costs for relieving drought conditions here, probably on Oct. 18, according to City Manager David Jinkens. Staff is expected to propose four specific actions.

The council discussed several possible options this week.

Southern California Edison recently reached a settlement to pay the federal government a bit more than $39,000 for improper storage of hazardous waste on Catalina. According to a statement announcing the settlement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that SCE has since corrected all of issues that led to the penalty.

Southern California Edison will hold two meetings to explain Stage 3 water rationing at Avalon School on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The first meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The second meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Stage 3 rationing will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The Avalon City Council this week approved the contract with newly-hired City Manager David Jinkens of South Lake Tahoe.

Jinkens will be moving to Catalina on July 14.

He plans to be in town by that evening.

The city’s contract with Jinkens isn’t expected to have an impact on the city budget.

According to City Attorney Scott Campbell’s report to the council, the contract with Jinkens is similar to the one Avalon had with the previous city manager, Ben Harvey, and was already included in the budget.

The City of Avalon announced the selection of David Jinkens, of South Lake Tahoe, California, as the town’s new city manager.

Mayor Anni Marshall said the vote to select Jinkens was unanimous. Jinkens succeeds Ben Harvey, who was fired by a vote of 3-2 in November of last year. Denise Radde has been serving as interim city manager since that time.

According to Marshall, Jinkens worked in Avalon for about one-and-a-half years in the 1980s. Marshall said that Jinkens will be coming out of retirement to work here.

The Avalon City Council this week voted 4-1 to put a ballot measure to legalize local medical marijuana dispensaries locally on the November ballot. Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy cast the dissenting vote.

The council received a petition to place the issue on the ballot. The council was required to choose an election option: a special election at an estimated cost of $35,000, put the issue on the April 2018 municipal election ballot at $5,000 or put it on the November 2016 ballot at $7,000 to $10,000.

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.