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Good news, friends. As of Thursday, Dec. 26, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 399 acre feet. The water level has remained unchanged for three weeks straight.

As of Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 399 acre feet. On Thursday, Dec. 12, the water level was also 399 acre feet.

One thing I’ve noticed from watching Avalon City Council meetings is that public attendance and participation are sparse.

Avalon residents face serious challenges: a city deficit, a crumbling sewer infrastructure, increasing taxes, a dwindling water supply and an extremely seasonal economy that is vulnerable to the mainland’s economic ups and downs—just off the top of my head,

The problems won’t solve themselves.

City officials are doing what they believe is best. However, they are not supernatural beings. They are people. They can’t know everything–least of all what you think. You have to tell them what you think. If you can’t attend council meetings in person, watch them online and email your representatives.

I’ve been covering city governments for a long time. Yes, it is sometimes dull. Yes, you sometimes have to sit through a tedious report or two before something interesting comes up. But if you make a habit of watching or attending City Council meetings, you may just find yourself watching and participating in the best drama/comedy around. And it will be real. And it may just make a big difference in your life.

Or you can stamp your feet and whine when city officials make decisions you don’t like. Your choice.

As of Thursday, Dec. 5, the water level at the Thompson Reservoir was 402 acre feet.

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 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.