Archive for November, 2013

While Avalon is facing a massive deficit, there is some good news that’s worth pointing out. I’ll keep it simple and brief.

• Catalina has no outstanding municipal bonds, so that’s one debt that simply doesn’t exist.

• Staff expects improved bed tax revenues this fiscal year.

Now if we could just attract more tourists.

Still, there is something to be thankful for in the face of a challenging local economy and insufficient rain to bring Avalon out of Phase One water restrictions. Have a good weekend, everyone

The Thompson Reservoir Level as of Wednesday, Nov. 20, is 399 acre-feet.

This was not good news by any means. As anyone who reads this blog knows, mandatory by-the-gallon water rationing will begin when the water level drops to 300 acre feet. An acre foot is enough water to cover an acre of land 1-foot deep.

As I told you last week, the water level measured 405 acre feet on Thursday, Nov. 7 and on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Back in August, a Southern California Edison representative said Avalon could go into Stage 2 (by-the-gallon) water rationing in January.

I actually think that at the current rate of the reservoir’s decline, Avalon might see strict rationing a bit later than that—in February or March. But I’m afraid Avalon residents must brace themselves for a few challenging months. Catalina has endured drought before and will endure drought again. It isn’t fair and it isn’t anyone’s fault. But it is a reality that Avalon must face.

Thompson Reservoir Level as of Thursday, Nov. 14, is 402 acre-feet. While down from last week, when the water level measured 405 acre feet, this is a comparatively small decrease. In time of drought, you take what good news you can find.

For the moment, the Thompson Reservoir water level is holding. The water level measured 405 acre feet on Thursday, Nov. 7. That is the same measurement reported on Thursday, Oct. 31.

The Thompson Reservoir water level as of Thursday, Oct. 31, 405 acre feet. Last week, the level measured 411 acre feet. It is no longer a question of whether by-the-gallon rationing will begin, but when.