May 5, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO CATALINA By sea: Catalina Express offers frequent daily trips of about one hour from Long Beach and San Pedro to Avalon and less frequently from Dana Point to Avalon and from San Pedro to Two Harbors. Round-trip adult fare is $72.50, $2 more for the Dana Point trip. (800) 481-3470, http://www.catalinaexpress.com. Catalina Flyer (out of service until May 8) makes one round trip daily between Newport Beach and Avalon, departing at 9 a.m. from Balboa Pavilion and returning at 4:30 p.m. It's 75 minutes each way. Adult round-trip fare is $70. (800)
May 5, 2013
Centennial Events Avalon will celebrate its 100th birthday throughout the year, but many events are taking place June 20-26 (www.catalinachamber.com/avalon100/) June 20 – Centennial Festival / Fair June 21 – Community Fish Fry June 22 – Xceptional Music Concert June 23 – Catalina Movie Night on the Beach (movies filmed in Catalina) June 24 – Community Picnic at Joe Machado Field June 25 – Local Band Night June 26 – Community Gala Dinner at the Casino A multimedia program showcasing Catalina's history will play at the Casino at specific times throughout the week.
January 25, 2013 |
Here's an inexpensive spring-break idea: Go kayaking, hiking, zip-lining or just kick back on Catalina Island . Discount rooms start at $121 a night for a two-night hotel deal that puts you right in downtown Avalon and within walking distance of the beach. The deal: LivingSocial offers this arrangement for a standard room at the Aurora Hotel & Spa at 137 Marilla Ave. The rate requires a two-night stay and comes with a bottle of wine. Buyers may extend their stay by combining vouchers for this deal.
January 19, 2013 |
Dylan Bruno bobbed buoy-like in his lizard-patterned wetsuit and offered some advice: "Just kind of float there for a minute. " I lowered myself into the water after not-so-gracefully wriggling into a wetsuit, gloves, hood, booties, snorkel - all the attire a woman hopes to be wearing upon meeting a chisel-cheeked actor turned avid spearfisherman. "Get comfortable," he said when I joined him. I dipped my face into the water and peered down. Kelp forests swayed 20 feet below. Garibaldi fish slowly moved out from their hiding spots and jerked back into them again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2012 |
The conservancy that manages nine-tenths of Catalina Island began caving in on itself last week as a scientist and three members of the board of directors, one of them a major donor, walked away over differences with the organization's top executive. Their departures bring to 10 the number of scientists and officials who have quit in recent months citing what they say is Executive Director Ann Muscat's controversial leadership style and differences over the direction she is taking the 40-year-old Catalina Island Conservancy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2012 |
The conservancy that manages 88% of Santa Catalina Island is roiling with dissent that has led to the departures of a half-dozen senior officers and scientists in the last year. At the core of the rancor is dissatisfaction with the direction the nonprofit Santa Catalina Island Conservancy has taken under Ann Muscat, president and executive officer. Muscat helped engineer a controversial shift away from a focus on conservation and toward creation of tourism-oriented attractions intended to bring more visitors - and revenue - to the island.
August 21, 2012
Re "Shark contest stirs a frenzy," Column One, Aug. 17 Of all the injustices men commit against nature, the one that most upsets me is the vast assault against all the world's sharks. At least 100 million of these magnificent animals are massacred by humans every year. No one knows exactly how many die because the majority are finned and thrown back into the water to die. I believe humans will cause the extinction of most shark species. About 40 years ago, when I traveled between Los Angeles and Catalina Island, I would see 30 to 40 sharks in an hour and a half.
August 6, 2012 |
Looking for a last splash before the school year kicks in? The adventure deal site Zozi is offering a Catalina snorkeling trip for two for $38, about half the usual cost. It includes a guided trip to explore Lover's Cove, where participants can swim alongside sea lions, seals and colorful fish. The deal: Guided two-hour tour leaves from shore. Customer is responsible for arranging transportation to Catalina Island. Reservations are required and subject to availability. Snorkel trips depart almost hourly between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2012 |
Residents of the quaint Santa Catalina Island community of Avalon say it was bad enough that Southern California Edison Co. has increased their water rates by 300% over the last five years. Now, the utility wants to raise them an additional 83% in order to pay for infrastructure improvements that could make its aging utility here more attractive to prospective buyers. The proposal, if approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, will hike average bills of $25.43 per 100 cubic feet of water to $55.67 - roughly nine times higher than is paid in Los Angeles.
June 2, 2012 |
First published on July 3, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. The harbor area of southwest Los Angeles County is the closest thing we have to a blue-collar coast. It's where cruise ships call, where ton upon ton of maritime machinery hums and looms, where the Queen Mary passes its awkward retirement. A little farther west, the Pacific pounds the bluffs and pebbles of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and 22 miles off the mainland, the island of Santa Catalina primps and sparkles for weekend admirers.