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November 25, 2017 - 8:51am

Articles by Charles M. Kelly

The falconry program will wing its way back to Avalon.

The Avalon City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 21, approved a new professional services agreement with On The Wing falconry service. The agreement was a Consent Calendar item and approved without discussion along with 10 other items by a 4-0 vote. Councilmember Oley Olsen was absent that night.

The contract will last for three months, starting Jan. 28.

The city manager had already approved the agreement, but his decision had to be approved by the council in turn.

Avalon staff will bring an oridiance banning plastic bags to the City Counil next month.

The council, in a unanimous vote, directed staff to draft the ordinance following a presentation on the plastic bag issue at the Tuesday, Jan. 7, council meeting.

The council also approved an amendment to the transportation permit for Bike Catalina.

Audra McDonald, administrative analyst, gave the presentation on the plastic bag ban in response to a request from Council Member Richard Hernandez.

Avalon Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested an Avalon man last week for sexually abusing female children. Authorities accused the man of meeting and abusing four known victims during a 10-year period starting in 2013.

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the suspect knew the victims.

aThe arrest came 72 hours after the initial complaint was reported by a family member of one of the girls, according to Capt. Douglas Fetteroll, commander of the Avalon Sheriff’s Station.

An Avalon man was arrested for possessing methamphetamine for sale on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The commander of the Avalon Sheriff’s Station said deputies have made about two drug arrests a month since June.

Quillan Lopez, 28, was arrested at 3:30 p.m., on Sumner Avenue, in front of the Avalon Station of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The November visitor count was 2  percent higher this year than last year, according to figures released this week by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce.

While that seems like a modest bump, it needs to be placed in context: the count would have been higher if one cruise ship had not been in dry dock.

Even so, cross channel traffic increased significantly over last year, by 8.1 percent.

The November cruise ship visitor count plunged 20.8 percent.

A divided Avalon City Council voted 2-3 to award the Joe Machado Field concession stand project to Dave Thompson Construction at the agency’s Tuesday, Dec. 3, meeting.

Opponents objected to the cost of the project, which Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Lavelle said would cost $177,478.

Lavelle’s staff report said the original estimate was $50,000.

Project supporters, such as Council Member Michael Ponce, said the city needed to get it done.

Avalon City Manager Ben Harvey called two “all hands” meetings at City Hall Tuesday, Nov. 19, to discuss the city’s $1.7 million deficit.

A recent staff report to the City Council put the figure at $1.62 million.

The meeting was not a surprise. The Friday, Nov. 8, Catalina Islander reported that Harvey planned to call a staff meeting to discuss the deficit.

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission will hold a hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to consider the Catalina Island Conservancy’s proposal to relocate and remodel Eagle’s Nest Lodge, the last surviving stage coach stop on the Island.

The Avalon City Council approved a new budget at the agency’s Tuesday, Nov. 5, meeting.

The new budget says that Avalon will spend $1.62 million more than it makes this year.

The budget for Fiscal Year 2013/14 is based on $22,316,694 in revenues and $23,937,949 in expenses.

A staff report said reserves would cover the additional expenses.

Approximately 200 students attended an Oct. 23 performance by a professional skateboarder at Avalon’s Skate Park, according to the commander of the Avalon Sheriff’s Station. The performance was part of the fall kick-off of the Avalon Sheriff’s Station’s Youth Activities League. The initial kick off event was held at Avalon School.