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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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

No one’s at fault. Let’s get that straight from the start. The fact that the 2013 Catalina Grand Prix motorcycle race had to be canceled just as the 2011 and 2012 races had to be canceled is not the result of human error or irresponsibility.

Some of the things that make Catalina Island unique, even special, also make it a logistical challenge for big events. Few other race courses would involve state and federal agencies as well as publicly and privately owned land.

Still, it seems a pity. Catalina Island could use some off-season events to boost visitor counts.

Maybe the focus should be on non-sport events like the Film Festival.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 28, the water level at the Thompson Reservoir measured 448 acre feet. Last week, the water level was 451 acre feet. The positive side of the decline in tourist activity as we move from summer to fall is that water usage will decrease, which in turn will slow the drain on Avalon’s supply of fresh water.

The bad news is that unless we get a lot of rain in a short period of time, strict water rationing—which goes into effect when the water level reaches 300 acre feet—is inevitable.