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Friday, March 7, 2003 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 3 by Dar Brown A public hearing was conducted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) at Tuesday night's regular City Council meeting to address concerns and hear suggestions for meeting public transportation need on the Island. In accordance with the Transportation Development Act (TDA) of 1971, one-fourth of the six percent state sales tax revenue collected in Los Angeles county is required to be returned to the County for public transportation purposes. Article 8 of the TDA stipulates that a proportional share of the sales tax revenue be allocated to areas in the County that do not have MTA services, which includes Santa Catalina Island. TDA funds are currently being used by the City of Avalon to fund Avalon's Consolidated Jitney Program that includes ART, DAR and ACT. City Manager Rob Clark detailed the funding of Avalon's programs for both fiscal year 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. The expense budget for the three-tier program for FY02-03 is $510,776 and $536,315 in FY03-04. For the record In last week's edition (Feb. 28, Divers), it was noted that Karl (with a "K" not a "C") Huggins won the Silver Tongue Award. Mike Gerzevitz actually won the award. Karl Huggins won the Jon Hardy Memorial Award. The Islander apologizes for the error. The TDA allows for $92,584 in both fiscal years from Propositions A and C allocations of $85,182. Unfortunately, the Trans- portation Demand Management (TDM) grant that has subsidized Avalon's programs in the past is currently up for review. Originally, the grant was awarded for start-up purposes when the tram service was put in place and has been ongoing for the past five years. There is now a question of whether TDM will continue to allocate funds through the grant, noting it was not to be used for operating purposes. The original purpose of the grant was for "start up" and getting the tram program up hnd running. Once operating, the program would be self-sufficient. That, however, is not the case, and city staff is hoping to convey to TDM the need for continuing the grant money. While discretionary money is available through MTA. the $100,000 for FY02-03 would still leave a deficit of $133,000. To that end, city staff has requested an additional $150,000 be added to the coffer to assist Avalon in continuing their ongoing programs. As well, the request includes an ongoing $250,000 for FY03-04 and in the future. Without the assistance of MTA funding, the current program could be in jeopardy. Karen Hague of Catalina Transportation Services urged MTA to support and assist Avalon See City Council, page 9 i T AA T.!cE t q2SS 1:-,4 REBOX OFtT(LOSS) (13 o) (2sss e) Feb. 10 - 608 Feb. 15 - 619 Feb. 18 - 612 Feb. 24 - 611 Feb. 27 - 615 Mar. 3-613 Mar. 6-613 Acre Feet Acre Feet Acre Feet Acre Feet Acre Feet Acre Feet Acre Feet In the Jungle at the Beach Beach Resort 0 Resmrant. Surf Shop Headquarters for the Nicoya Peninsula Gold Coast Great Surf Boat Trips Sportfishing & Tours Complete Vacation Packages Tel: 011(506)682-0059 Web: www.harborreef.com e.mail: reefreservatons@rasca.co.cr City Manager Rob Clark detailed the funding necessary to continue current transportation programs and possible deficits that the city faces due to state budget cuts. Photo by Dar Brown Individual & Group Medical and Dental Vision & Prescription Drugs * Life & Disability Insurance Medicare Supplements Please call Audrey Clasen today for free quotes at 310-510-3554 THANK YOU THANK YOU * THANK YOU To all my friends and family for the most wonderful 'Fifty is Nifty' party. A special big thank you to the best neighbors in the world, Karen and Manual, for planning and opening up their home. To my most beautiful daughter Melissa for all her hard work and special loving touches, and to cousin Annmarie for all her hard work, too. I love you all and I know you love me. -Marina Announcing 4 New WWII Book about Island by William $. WMte Wodd War II 1941. 1945 There are "190 incredibly rare photographs never before published. Read & learn about: The USO, HoUywood m, and the Bands who a/ded our How the military protected the West Coast. The first line of defense al in t Japanese subs. The Island was our US Merchant Marine Training Center. $25. Only a allabla on the bland at: Catalina Museum ,C.C. F. B ok lar Sugadoaf Books Buop & Gu. The Steamer Trunk Cadota's Mexican