Like other Justice Courts, the Catalina Justice Court serves a judicial district with a population of less than 40,000 and hears essentially the same cases as a Municipal Court-traffic citations, small claims, civil disputes and some criminal matters. The district covers Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands, but almost all cases involve Catalina visitors and the island's 2,200 residents. Only a handful of Navy personnel live on San Clemente.
Advertisements in the weekly newspaper, the Catalina Islander, say that Frank Hillsinger of Torrance has raced sailboats to Santa Catalina Island and plans to move there some day; Donald Grisham of Long Beach has owned a commercial building and weekend home in Avalon for 14 years; Roger Wesley of Long Beach is married to an "island girl," the former Kathleen Splane.
PHOTO: [Jeffrey M. Lake], who runs the island golf course, is the only one of the 16 candidates who is a resident of Santa Catalina Island.; PHOTO: Barber Lolo [Saldana] trims up former Avalon Mayor Joe Arno. Saldana's shop is a gathering place for many of the townsfolk.; PHOTO: Don Haney, editor of the Catalina Islander, displays a variety of ads that his newspaper has run, including political advertisements for candidates for the part-time Justice Court judgeship. / THOMAS KELSEY / Los Angeles Times