Archive for May, 2013

Every Memorial Day, I think about my father. Odd, because he came home from his war (World War II—you know, the Good War). Not so odd, because he’s gone now.

I want to thank the ones who served and came home alive, because they will never let us forget the ones who did not come home alive.

I want to thank the ones who did not come home alive. Thank you. But, forgive me, I do wish your sacrifice had not been necessary. Wars all too often cost us the best of our citizens. But as you did sacrifice, I can only hope you rest in peace.

I want to thank the families of the ones who did not come home alive. You continue to sacrifice because you lost someone so dear to you.

Southern Californians take water for granted. Odd, since in its natural state Southern California is a desert. It’s a pity that water from desalination plants is expensive—whoever comes up with an effective, low-cost way to convert seawater into freshwater is going to change the world so much that the Internet could become a historical footnote.

But until then, we have to live in the world as it is. Catalina will move into water restrictions at the end of the month and it is only a matter of time before mainland communities face the same situation. The only good news in all this, is that Catalina now has an opportunity to be a leader by example to the mainland.

Catalina is known for its scenic beauty, be it the iconic Casino building, the untouched interior or the sea life found in the waters surrounding the Island.

Catalina is also known for inspiring plein-air (open air) art.

On Saturday, April 13, the Plein-Air Painters of America announced Denise Burns as the recipient of the 2013 PAPA Plein-Air Lifetime Achievement Award.

In the early 1980s, Burns was a respected Catalina artist with a belief in educating collectors as to the meaning and value of plein-air painting.

“Burns is a woman who put that vision into practice, giving birth to the ‘wet paint’ shows that proliferate across the country today,” said PAPA Vice President John Cosby. “We are honored to recognize her as a major contributor to the genre of plein-air painting in America.”

Not many artists receive a lifetime achievement award. Congratulations, Ms. Burns

Avalon Public Works will blow smoke into the city’s sewer lines for about two weeks, starting Monday, May 13.

“These tests involve blowing harmless smoke into the sewer system to find damage, illegal connections, and
where unwanted infiltration may be entering the City’s sewer system. As a result, smoke may be seen coming
from roof vents, building foundations, catch basins, clean-outs, down spouts, sewer laterals, or manhole covers.
The smoke will not enter your home or business if it is properly plumbed, vented, and the water traps contain
water,” said a notice from the city.

“If you have a bathroom or plumbing fixture that is not used or is seldom used, traps should be filled by
running water in the fixtures the day before scheduled smoke testing. Water can evaporate from unused
plumbing fixtures and sewer gases can enter the home. Water should be added on a monthly basis
thereafter in order to prevent sewer gas from entering the home or office. As a precaution, open the
bathroom windows for ventilation and close the door, in case smoke does enter the bathroom,” said the notice.

if you have any questions about the test, health issues, or any other concerns, feel free to ask a crew member, or contact the
Public Works Department at (310) 510-0220.