Archive for October, 2013

The Thompson Reservoir Level as of Thursday, Oct. 24, is 411 acre feet. By-the-gallon rationing becomes mandatory when the water level drops to 300 acre feet or less.

Bad times, like good times and glory, are fleeting. It’s always a good idea to remind yourself of that when you are about to go through a long, hard time or you find yourself enduring a series of problems.

Avalon has serious financial challenges. Avalon has a crumbling sewer system. Avalon now needs a new hospital, according to Council Member Ralph Morrow, I don’t have any answers. I don’t even have a clue. If I had either, I’d offer them.

But I’ve been watching Avalon’s city leaders for a few years now and I have confidence that the council and city manager will find a way to meet the city’s needs. As a journalist, it will be interesting to see them go about making that happen. As a fan of Avalon, it’s going to be hard to watch because the task they face isn’t easy by a long shot.

Finally, some good news. Avalon water quality is improving and the waters off Avalon are getting good grades. Yes, the Avalon sewer system is in horrid shape. Yes, it will cost the city far more than it has. Yes, the financial impact of upgrading the system will be felt for years after the upgrade is completed. But things are finally getting better.

It’s nice to hear good news from time to time and a pleasure to pass the good news along.

JazzTrax, possibly the best of the off-season events to come to Catalina Island, has begun. It’s fun, it’s good for business. I don’t believe the win-win situation is always possible, but this is a prime example of what a win-win for all looks like. Unless you don’t like Jazz, but there are plenty of ways to have fun on Catalina Island if you aren’t interested in Jazz, so that really isn’t a problem at all, is it?

Have fun, Avalon.