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Council of time and money by addressing City Council by presenting her With the recent increase in Approval of this request wouldcon- From page I urgent repair issues as they come findings to date regarding the sig- popularity of electric bicycles and flict with existing guidelines already across them, providing the neces- nificant budget shortfalls incurred Segways, there were several bust- established, which require Segway train new or local employees. He sary materialandlabortoproceeded by Catalina Kid Ventures. Marshall nesses represented at the meeting users to be on a guided tour. said if the company were granted with repairs at no cost to the city. recommended that a course of ac- who expressed their desire to have Additionally, increased traffic the five-year contract extension After a brief discussion, the tion be implemented that would es- permits issued Which would allow congestion and problems could they were seeking, it could then council unanimously agreed to tablish CKV as a non-profit, 501c3 them the ability to rent these alter- arise if new permits for bikes were justify the costs associated with grant the five-year contract exten- organization, thus freeing the city native modes of transportation, allowed. There are currently 52 investing in hiring local employ- sion that Environ was seeking, of the financial burden associated In 2006, Joe D'Albero of Island permits that have previously been ees training .and feel comfortable with certain terms attached. These with providing the child care fa- Chariots requested the city's permis- approved which grant three local having the ability to make a longer included a mandatory quarterly cility. The council agreed to assist sion to offer guided Segway tours companies permits to be able to term commitment to them. progress report that is to be turned in this process of establishing the along a designated route through rent the electric bikes. Of these ex- Bonner outlined further ben- in by Environ as well as a no-cause non-profit status and the transition town. The company was granted isting permits, there are some that efits the company has already been termination clause, period that will be involved, provisional permits and the topic have not yet been utilized by an able to extend to the city of Avalon. Another hot button topic dis- was revisited in 2008, at which time actual bicycle. "Environ has responded to several In other business the City cussed at Tuesday night's meet- additional restrictions were put into It was pointed out that because emergency situations in the first Council: ing was in response to multiple place afterthe council received input of these issues, the potential im- year of service," Bonner said. "Dur- Unanimously approved the requests for new permits to be is- from the sheriff's department and pact of approving additional per- ing at least two of these incidents, proposal from the Adams Com- sued for electric bicycles and Seg- other community members, mits would not fully be recognized Environ has absorbed the costs as- panics to perform an independent way rentals, as well as a request In 2010 the council acted by since the current allotment is not sociated with working overtime fee estimate for Phase ii of the for a permit to start a new pedicab, further defining the permitted use fully represented. hours, working around the clock to Airport-in-the Sky FAA Grant. business. The major concerns ex- of Segways, which specifically The council acknowledged that make the needed repairs." The cost of this estimate is not to pressed by council members in- prohibits rentals to be issued to an the topic would need to be revisit- Bonner also reported that Envi- exceed $1,800. cluded ihcreased traffic congestion individual, ed and further studied. "There is a ron has saved the city a great deal Annie Marshall addressed the and general safety issues. Mark Malan, owner of the Beach need for a public study to analyze House and Hermosa Hotels, request- the impact of increased congestion ed that his current transportation potentially created by allowing ad- Watson fuel valve before returning to the explosion parted the tow line. permit be amended to include Seg- ditional permits to be issued." said From page 1 game. The gasoline continued to The ship burned for another ways and electric bikes. If approved, Councilmember Tim Winslow. flow until it began spilling from three days and began to sink during Malan would be able to offer his The council agreed and put off Dec. 13, 1930_ after completing the tank, running along the deck another attempt to tow the yacht guests the opportunity to use one of further discussion on the matter until a 7,500-mile cruise around the and into the scuppers. Soon, the to deeper waters. The ship finally these vehicles to ride through town. such a study could be conducted. Pacific, the Valiant found herself fumes from the gasoline met the went down in about 90 feet of wa- anchored comfortably in Descanso inevitable spark, causing a mas- ter where she rests today, a popular Bay. Howard was entertaining sive explosion and ripping open destination for local scuba divers. dinner guests when the the side of the yacht. As for the supposed treasure on lights on the vessel be- Howard himself im- board, two salvage attempts were gan to flicker and even mediately raced to the made, one in 1932 and another in momentarily went out. galley where he rescued 1957. But outside of a few curious At the same time, a galley hand from under curios, nothing of value was found. members of Howard's a pile of debris, seriously crew were below in their burninghis own hands in Got a weird story about quarters playing cards. e process. Catalina? Send it to us at Noticing the flickering Jim Watson As the crew and pas- or mail lights, the crewman in Columnist sengers were abandon- it to Mysteriouslsland, c/o charge of the generator ing ship, another explo- Catalina Islander, PO Box threw down his hand and went to the sion blew apart a portion of the 428, Avalon, CA 90704. engine room to see what was up. wheel house, destroying a dinghy Seeing the generator was out in the process. I of fuel, he opened a fuel valve and Attempts to put the fire out were SINGING WATERS restarted the motor. The lights on futile and an attempt was made by (HRISTIANCEHTER SERWG lqHe CHURCH, the ship immediately came back the Avalon harbor master to tow the / RCHmGrHelS.D on and there was no doubt a smat- ship into deeper water, but a third tering of chuckling and sighs of relief in the main Cabin amid the sounds of silverware clinking on fine china. As for the engine room work- er. he must have had quite a hand waiting for him back in his quar- ters. for he made the crucial mis- take of forgetting to shut off the Catalina Island Medical Center's Rehabilitative Care Program combines the professionalism and competence of a fully-licensed acute care hospital with the care and Avalon Veteran's Memorial Park Purchase a. Brick for the Memorial $75 Contact Dave Gardner (310) 510-1484 or write: Avalon Veterans of Foreign Wars P.O. Box 1672 Avalon, Ca 90704 support of your Catalina Island community. Rehabilitative care program for post orthopedic & reconstructive surgery and serious illness or injury. O Metro Therapeutic and rehabilitative services. NOTICE OF INTENT TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON UNMET PUBLIC TRANSIT NEEDS Dedicated nurse-liaison to arrange transportation The Transportation Development Act Statues and California Code of Regulations provides that public hearings be held to receive testimony on whether or not there are public transportation from the mainland and ensure continuity of care. needs which can be met through the Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 8 funds. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) must make this The comfort and support of friends and family. determination before it can allocate funds provided by TDAArticle 8 to projects other than public transit.. Ancillary servl ces include state-of-the-art CT This determination will be made by Metro from a review of the Regional Transportation Plan. the testimony received at the public hearings, and the recommendation of the Los Angeles scanner and f lly equipped laboratory. County Social Services Transportation Advisory Council. This hearing will be concerned with funding for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2012-13. Comments are solicited relevant to the public transportation needs in LosAngeles County especially as they relate to the elderly, handicapped Call Nurse LL tison Santa IONT at or low income, or to provide transportation in environmentally sensitive areas. ,.,om,nuez; ,,,, , Ahea,ng w,, be he at: (310) 510-0700 to learn more about how CIMC SANTA CATALINA ISLAND Tuesday, Apdl 3 2012 :0o pm can meet y )ur rehabilitative care needs. (In conjunction with the Avalon City Council meeting) City Hall 410 Avalon Canyon Road Ava,on. CA  (310) 510-O700 In addition to presenting oral testimony at the hearing, peoole are imhted to submit written comments before Aodl 18. 2012. Please send your comments to: TDA Article 8; Hearing 100 Falls Canyon Road Records; Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; One Gateway Plaza; Los Angeles, CA 90012; Attn.: Armineh Saint or by e-mail to Metro will make its eo Box 1563, Ava Ion 90704 final determination at its regularly scheduled Board meeting at the Metro Headquarters Building, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles. CA. For further information, contact Armineh Saint, Metro Island Medic Center (213) 922-2369. CNP..265949 .............................................................. ....................................................................................................................... THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, March 9, 2012 i 9