Archive for April, 2013

The Catalina Islander will be following up on this week’s story about the LA County Health Department’s decision to enforce food permit requirements for outdoor cooking at public events.

As we reported in the Catalina Islander a couple of weeks ago, the bald eagle population of Catalina Island should grow.

“Adults need to produce one chick per nest per year to maintain a stable population. Catalina’s population has been producing chicks above that level, so the population should continue to grow,” said Peter Sharpe, Ph.D., wildlife biologist and research ecologist of the Institute for Wildlife Studies.

“Since 1989, 38 chicks have been successfully fostered into nests on Catalina Island and two healthy eggs placed in nests have hatched and the chicks successfully reared. Continued hacking activities have also resulted in the release of an additional 21 eagles since 1991,” said the IWS website.

I mention this because you might want to visit the website and look at the live camera for the eagles nests at the West End and in Two Harbors. Go to the “Interactive Menu.”

Considering how much damage DDT did to the eagles, it’s nice to see them making a comeback on Catalina Island.

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the California Employment Development Department put Avalon’s unemployment rate at 4.9 percent for February. While not perfect, that’s a pretty good number. Other California communities are doing far worse. Long Beach had an unemployment rate of 11.3 percent. The city of Paramount: 15 percent. Seal Beach’s unemployment rate of 4.8 percent of Avalon’s.

California’s statewide unemployment rate was 9.6. The state agency called this an improvement (by 0.2 percent) over the previous month. Yet 9.6 is sill a bad number—the national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent.

There will always be some unemployment—people quit, get fired, retire, move to other states—but I’m hoping the numbers will be even better next month.