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RelayRides to promote carsharing on Catalina BY JORDAN MONROE RelayRides, a neighbor-to- neighbor carsharing service, is in talks with Avalon officials to bring its service to Catalina Island, ac- cording to a statement recently is- sued by the company. RelayRides will give a presen- tation to the City Council on Tues- day, July 5. RelayRides is a service that en- ables car owners to lend out their private vehicles to their neighbors by providing the insurance and technology to make. the transac- tion safe, convenient, and easy. RelayRides is the first service for car owners to make money off one of their most valuable assets by enabling them to share their cars when they would otherwise sit idle. Borrowers benefit as well, gaining the ability to reserve a car for a minimum $5 an hour, giving them affordable, on-demandmo- bility to when they need access to a car without the expense of buy- ing one. In the coming weeks, Relay- Rides is adding new functional- ity to its service to allow for new communities to be served. This means that for the first time, cities, universities, corporations and oth- er institutions can easily provide carsharing services to their com- munities in addition to the already established RelayRides communi- ties in San Francisco and Boston. The car owners m/ke money from the fees when neighbors rent their car. RelayRides providesthe majority of the hourly rental fee to the owner while covering insur- ance during the rental, RelayRides is in discussions with the city of Avalon and the Catalina Island Conservancy to bring peer-to-peer carsharing to Catalina Island. "This sounds as if it could be exactly what we need on the Island," said Councilwoman Sue Rikalo. "I am looking forward to learning more of the details." Both RelayRides and the city are seeking feedback from resi- dents with an interest in the pro- gram. For more information, e- mail or Avalon Veteran's Memorial Park Purchase a Brick for the Memorial Contact Dave Gardner (310) 510-1484 or write: Avalon Veterans of Foreign Wars P.O. Box 1672 Avalon, Ca 90704 visit "We think carsharing on Cata- lina is a perfect example of how RelayRides can help a city reduce vehicle congestion while fostering comhaunity," said Clark. "This is as much about neighbors helping neighbors as it is preserving the serenity and environment of Cata- lina Island." "The Conservancy is always looking for better ways for Avalon residents to access the interior and enjoy the very special place we're trying to protect," said Mel Din- kel, a representative of the Con- servancy's Transportation Work- ing Group. Letter That's entertainment I am an avid beachgoer. I love the music played by Dennis and the enjoyment people have in dancing to it. Noise is not a prob- lem to me. I also enjoy the street entertainment. The crowds of peo- ple that gather around are fun. The Saturday night entertainment by the band is so special. I think of all the people that visit Avalon and get to enjoy fun music without paying for it. Either listening ordancing is so enjoyable :.. I love Avalon and want the visitors to enjoy it. I hope this will continue. Val Schafer, *Avalon Huntington Beach based reggae rock phenom- enon, The Dirty Heads, bring their Southern California vibrations to Descanso Beach Club on Friday, July 29. Most known for their #1 radio hit =Lay Me Down" from the chart top- ping debut album, Any Port In A Storm, The Dirty Heads were named "One of the Best New Bands of 20.10" by Rolling Stone Magazine. CONTACT THE ISLANDER (310) 510-0500 Of 24- 7- 365 Life Flight Helicopter or Air Ambulance Service, Ground Ambulance, Vehicle Return and More 50 US States, Mexico, Canada, Caribbean all covered in policy. No Deductible - No Co-Pay No Claim Forms - No Age Restr ictions Single or family coverage All for under $1.00 a day! !! Group payroll deduction plans are also available for employers. Recommended by Charles "Chuck" Mardn, Catalina Insurance Broker and MASA Member!! - FOR A GREAT PFdEI/: The Country Club Crew THE GREAT PHOTO DISPLAY: Shelly Kennedy-Brasher WORDS AllisOn Wrigley Rusack Geoff Rusack Randall Herrel Packy Offield Ron Doutt Sharon Johnston Scott Meyse Elaine Vaugham Thanks for a Great 44 Years - Oley Olsen The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, July 1, 2011 i 5 , ,,ll i,:, r,,,:!,4 r Ik, F :,l]! ..... r,,r,17,tT,ll: ,l l]l|l,"rl ,, I[, .......... i'11t"11 - - .n