Posts Tagged ‘falcons’

I cover local governments in Avalon, Paramount (a small town north of Long Beach), Seal Beach in in Rossmoor (a small, land-locked “island” surrounded by the cities of Long Beach, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach.

I keep hoping the communities I cover will look at Avalon and learn from example.

This week, I wrote a news story about Avalon’s plans to apply for grant money to replace the existing trolleys with electric buses. On the front page of the paper is a picture of the latest bird to join the ranks of the falcons that drive off Avalon’s undesirable birds.

On the mainland, in Seal Beach, the city’s iconic pier is covered with bird droppings and I find myself wishing Seal Beach would hire a falconer as Avalon has done.

I like the current Seal Beach City manager well enough, but when our last city manager quit, I found myself wondering if more cities would be better off by following Avalon’s practice of hiring a part-time city manager and part-time chief administrative officer.

In a time of tight budgets throughout the state, perhaps it is time for mainland communities to start looking at communities that have always had unique challenges—to steal, for lack of a better word, their ideas. Avalon abounds in creativity, be it in the art shows, the Christmas events, the art festival—or public administration.

I didn’t take the photo above, but I couldn’t resist using it to illustrate this post..

My name is Charles M. Kelly. My editor Dennis Kaiser and I will be updating the Islander blog for you in addition to updating the website itself. The goal: a blog that adds to your enjoyment of the Islander.

I’ve been writing for the Islander for a few years now, first as an outside contractor and later as a full time employee of the company that owns the Islander. It has been fun. My favorite story, so far, has been the one about the falconer hired to rid Avalon of its less desirable birds. Ironically, one of my favorite teachers—and oldest friends—was involved in falconry for a few years.

Let the fun continue.

Always a pleasure,
Charles