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Captain Paul Snell Transferred Out Of Van Nuys Division

VAN NUYS, CA -- Beginning this past Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Division was under the watch of two new captains, as former captain Paul Snell has been transferred to the Southwest Division of LAPD, which encompasses the University of Southern California and the Coliseum. Taking over for Snell as Area Captain is Ivan Minsal, the former Valley Traffic Division Captain. Taking over as Patrol Captain is Brian Pratt, former Patrol Captain in the Northeast Division. The men and women of Van Nuys Area would like to thank Captain Paul Snell for his outstanding work ethic, dedication and commitment to Van Nuys Division and the Van Nuys community. We all would like to take this opportunity to thank Captain Snell for his guidance, leadership, and providing an outstanding work environment to all of us. We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors. We’ll miss you Captain Snell!!! Van Nuys Area would like to welcome our new Patrol Commanding Officer, Captain Brian Pratt and Area Commanding Officer, Ivan Minsal. (Captain Snell Is Pictured Above Wearing Sunglasses -- Too Cool!)

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Three Charged In Flying Cash Police Pursuit

SAN FERNANDO – Three reputed Rollin’ 40s Crips gang members were charged with robbing a Canyon Country bank on Wednesday then leading police on a high-speed chase as they threw cash out the car’s window, the District Attorney’s Office announced. The three were charged in case PA074598 with four counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime. The complaint alleges street gang and gun use allegations against each defendant. In addition, Ely is charged with evading an officer and auto theft with prior convictions. The three, along with a fourth unnamed suspect who has not been arrested, allegedly robbed a Bank of America in Canyon Country shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Sheriff’s deputies began the pursuit of a dark-colored SUV.

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The “Catalina eddy,” also called the “coastal eddy,” is a localized weather phenomenon that occurs in the so-called “Bight of California”, the mostly convex portion of the Southern California coast running from Point Conception to San Diego. The Catalina eddy leads to the chilly “May Gray” and “June gloom” that is so much a part of the late spring and early summer weather.

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opinions & Editorial

Monday, september 17th - sunday, September 23rd, 2012

-- From The Sidelines --

20 Reasons I will not vote for Mitt Romney

By Irving Leemon, Contributing Columnist 1. His party is trying to take the vote away from the poor and other citizens. 2. His foreign policy experience is non-existent. 2. He has no clue on how to handle international affairs and diplomacy. 3. I’m afraid that he would use force inappropriately, if at all. 4. His party has earned the title of “the no party” in Washington. 5. Romney’s former party leader was responsible for the worse economic downturn since the great depression. 6. His party started and coined the terms “war on women” and “class warfare”. 7. Romney has no political position, he keeps flip flopping his positions. 8. Romney’s adviser was right to compare Romney to an etch-a-sketch. 9. Romney is owned in fee simple by big business. 10. Mitt has the backing of Newt Gingrich, an immoral drug addict 11. He’s out of touch with the people and thinks we’re stupid 12. He’s a timid, vacillating leader who won’t bring about change except for his own profit. 13. He looted companies and fired many people as head of Bain Capital 14. He profits off the poor 15. His immigration reform plan is an “Obama level fantasy” 16. He’s not a conservative; he’s a revisionist. 17. Romney had nothing to do with bin Laden’s death 18. His party keeps accusing Democrats of lying while they are doing the lying. 19. Romney keeps avoiding the questions on policy. 20. All Romney can do is criticize Obama; he has no policies, foreign or domestic of his own. (Agree? Disagree? Email me:

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entertainment tips of the week

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

Palm Springs Follies Returns!

Beginning November 1 and playing through May 19, the Palm Springs Follies is presenting its newest edition, “Dance to the Music!” (Scene pictured above.) From the stroll to the twist to disco, the Follies is dancing them all. Live and in glorious

color starring the Follies’ Legendary Line of LongLegged Lovelies and Follies Gentlemen. Once again you’ll find lavish production numbers, a star-spangled finale and, through December 31, a special Yuletide celebration performed by a cast definitely old enough to remember the way it really was! Joining the Follies Men are three world-known guest stars

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and a remarkable variety act: Lorna Luft (Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2012). Making her longawaited Follies debut, this celebrated vocalist sings the songs her legendary mother, Judy Garland, taught her, including Come Rain or Come Shine, The Man That Got Away and Rock-A-Bye Your Baby. Lou Christie (Jan 8-Mar 9, 2013). In addition to his #1

sensation Lightnin’ Strikes, savor golden memories with his other million-sellers I’m Gonna Make You Mine and Two faces Have I during his first-ever Follies guest appearance. Lesley Gore (Mar 12-May 19, 2013) Back by popular demand, she’ll perform her Gold Record hits You Don’t Own Me, Judy’s Turn to cry, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows and, of course, her number one smash and the anthem of a generation, It’s My Party. All season long Palm Springs Follies audiences will be entertained by the World’s Greatest Hula Hoop Artist, Mat Plendl. The cast age ranges from 54 to 83 years young. And, of course there’s Mr. Palm Springs Follies, himself...Mr. Riff Markowitz. Need I say more? The Palm Springs Follies is housed in downtown Palm Springs historic Plaza Theatre, a charming neon-encrusted old movie house. Tickets start at just $29 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (760) 327-0225 or online at

Theatre At The West Valley Playhouse

Before Anton Chekhov penned his great dramas, he had written seven once act

comedies, together called the “The Sneeze.” Translated by Michael Frayn, the acclaimed author of Noises Off and Copenhagen, who has now turned his skills to the best of Chekhov’s short stories and short plays. “The Sneeze” opens on September 21 and will play through October 21 at the West Valley Playhouse. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm. Sunday at 2:30 pm, Thursdays, September 27 and October 11th. Ticket prices are $25 General, $23 Seniors and Students, Group Discounts Available. For reservations call (818) 884-1907. The West Valley Playhouse is located at 7242 Owensmouth Avenue in Canoga Park. See for details.

Alohafest At The Ford

Take a journey through the islands of Polynesia! PAE Live! is presenting AlohaFest! at the Ford Ampitheatre on Sunday, September 23 at 7:30 pm. “Kanikapila” is the theme for the AlohaFest concert. During the event the audience will listen to and watch the dances of Samoa, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawai’i in this fun and entertaining format that even allows audience members to participate.

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The Kalma Brothers, hot rising stars on the Hawaiian concert scene, are the featured entertainers. They will perform well-known Hawaiian songs as well as music from their latest CD. Their acoustic sound blends rhythm and blues, rock and Hawaiian music. Also on the Ford stage will be three of Southern California’s most prestigious Polynesian performing arts organizations. Le Polynesia, known for outstanding music, drumming, dance instruction and professional performance, will begin the journey of the Pacific with dances and songs from Tahiti. Then, Samoa Matalasi, a cultural organization that promotes and preserves the dances and culture of the people of Samoa. And, the Halau Hula a Kawika Luau ‘O Leinani, which has dazzled audiences for more than 15 years with their outstanding display of hula, will be present the “kahiko” (ancient) and “auana” (modern) styles of hula from Hawaii. Ticket prices start at $20; $12 for full-time students and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at FordTheatres. org or (323) 461-3673. The Ford Theatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East in Hollywood, just across from the Hollywood Bowl.



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police news & Information

Monday, september 17th - sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Owner Of Granada Hills Driving School Charged With Molesting A Minor

Los Angeles, CA -- Devonshire Area Detectives have released the name and photograph (right) of the owner of Valleywide Driving School in Granada Hills after the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office charged him with misdemeanor sexual battery of a juvenile. Detectives fear there may be more victims. On August 20, 2012, detectives began an investigation concerning a 17-year-old who was allegedly molested. The victim reported that on August 16, 2012, during a driver’s training lesson with an instructor at Valleywide Driving School, the instructor, later identified as 44-yearold Joselito Valencia Danan, sexually molested the victim through inappropriate touching. Detectives are asking for anyone with information about this incident or who may have been a victim of Danan to contact Devonshire Area Detectives Solomon or Dingman at 818-832-0609. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Man Struck And Killed by Hit And Run Driver In West Valley

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA -- West Traffic Detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate and identify the driver of a Chrysler Sebring who struck and killed a man who was standing on the sidewalk. On Monday, September 10, 2012, at 5:10 a.m., a driver in a 2010 Chrysler Sebring travelling north on Western Avenue lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road and struck 63-year-old Amos Romasoc, a Los Angeles resident, who was standing on the west sidewalk of Western Avenue just south of Romaine Street. The driver failed to stop to render aid or identify himself as required by law. Witnesses observed the suspect and his passenger exit the vehicle and flee westbound on Romaine Street. The suspects removed their shirts and ran into an apartment building located in the 5640 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. Approximately, 25 minutes later, the suspects left the location and entered a blue Mazda and left in an unknown direction. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the location and pronounced Romasoc dead at scene. The driver is described as a white male, 20-30 years old, standing 5 feet 10 inches, and weighing about 140-150 pounds. The passenger is described as an African American male, 20-30-years-old. The vehicle is described as a 2010 Chrysler Sebring, California License plate No. 6LUP437. The other vehicle is described as a blue Mazda, California License plate No. 6UGC050. Detectives from West Traffic Division are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call Officer Hutchings at 213-473-0234. During weekends and off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

CBP Intercepts First In The Nation Elephant Weevil Rare Tiny Pest Hitchhiked in Australian Oranges to LA/LB Seaport

LOS ANGELES, CA -- An elephant weevil was intercepted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport on August 30. The live insect was on the floor of a container bringing fresh oranges from Australia, destined to Ft. Pierce, Florida. This was the first time this dangerous pest was found in the nation. Entomologists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)-Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) identified the live weevil as Orthorhinus cylindrirostris on August 31. The shipment was fumigated and released on September 7. Native to Australia, the elephant weevil is a serious pest to the wine industry. It attacks roots, stems and fruit of cultivated vine crops causing holes, stunted growth and weakened structure. It also feeds on eucalyptus and other horticultural plants such as citrus, blueberry bushes and fruit trees.

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VAN NUYS, CA -- Landsculpting is a one-stop designbuild company, specializing in Sustainable Landscaping and Advanced Irrigation practices for residential & commercial projects. Eyal is a licensed Landscape Contractor (CA Lic. #573519) and holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from UCLA. He is A Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA), Certified Water Manager (CWM), EPA Partner, and is a registered Sustainable Landscape Professional with the City of Santa Monica and Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. Eyal started practicing landscaping in Los Angeles in 1985. In 1984, he was a supervisor on an experimental farm in the Dead Sea region of Israel. Eyal grew up on a farm, using conventional and drip irrigation in the 1970’s -- eyal@ landsculpting. com. Thank you for your interest in landsculpting. We have been designing, building and managing fine, sustainable landscaping since 1985. Landsculpting is a one-stop landscaping design-build company. Our principals will be involved with all the aspects of your project, from design to completion, including daily visits to the site during the installation phase, providing you with design-modification flexibility when needed, and ensuring the quality of the final product. “We are extremely pleased with the outcome.. You were willing to listen to and incorporate our thoughts.. You convinced us that you understood our vision and could turn it into reality.. The workers were unfailingly conscientious, friendly, and helpful.. In the end, you exceeded our expectations.” -- Encino Clients “When I arrived at our Gan Shalom this afternoon it totally took my breath away.. It has been a singular pleasure working with you and getting to see the quality craftsmanship you bring to the project.” -- Temple Administrator

LA Fire Department Warns Business Owners About Phony Fire Inspectors

LOS ANGELES, CA -- The Los Angeles Fire Department is warning business owners to be on the lookout for phony “fire inspectors.” Businesses across the greater Los Angeles area have been targeted by scam artists wearing official-looking uniforms who claim to be examining fire safety systems by - or on behalf of - the Fire Department. The fake inspectors typically ask an unsuspecting employee to sign a form authorizing the “inspection.” Weeks or months later, a bill comes to the business owner for “work done” or “services rendered.” The mailed statement, appearing to have been signed by an employee, usually demands immediate payment for an “annual inspection,” threatening “penalties” for any failure to pay promptly.


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Community News & Events Mr. Handyman Of Los Angeles Donates 50 Hours Of Repair Service To ONEgeneration

Studio City, CA -- As part of the National Day of Service, technicians from Mr. Handyman of Los Angeles performed more than 50 hours of repair and maintenance jobs on Monday, September 10, all without a collecting a single penny. The local Mr. Handyman franchise, owned and operated by Ted Tenenbaum, donated the repair service to ONEgeneration, a Van Nuys-based group that provides care for seniors, children and at-risk youth. Programs includes Adult Day Care, Child Care, Homebound meal delivery to frail seniors, congregate meal sites for seniors, medical transportation, teen parenting and teen pregnancy prevention classes, at-risk youth art programs. Throughout the day, the business – which serves Beverly Hills, Hollywood and the Valley – had six people working on projects such as installing a commercial ice machine, repairing a walkway, building new fences and gates for the daycare, repairing walls, storage sheds, cabinets and other areas at the center, located at 17400 Victory Boulevard. All the repairs will help ONEgeneration better serve the community. This project is an example of a national effort through Mr. Handyman, where technicians from coast to coast reach out to a special local charity, organization, or individual in need to offer their services in fixing up living areas, kitchens, bathrooms or anything else that comes to mind. “We are thrilled to be working with ONEgeneration as part of Mr. Handyman’s National Day of Service campaign,” said Tenenbaum. “We are always looking for ways to give back to our community and we are excited to be a part of a national operation to help those in need.” The National Day of Service and Remembrance was established in 2009 as a way to encourage Americans to participate in service and remembrance activities on the 9/11 anniversary. The day is part of President Obama’s request to renew America through volunteerism. Mr. Tenenbaum spearheaded the efforts to bring this event to Mr. Handyman on a national level. This marks the fourth consecutive year Mr. Handyman has rallied around the cause, donating a combined 2,400 hours of labor to groups in need over the past three years. “Our brand is made up of local entrepreneurs who thrive in their communities, and there’s no better time for our franchisees to give back than on this day,” said Alex Roberts, President of Mr. Handyman. “During this time, it’s important to show the country what we’re capable of – honoring the lives and memories of 9/11 heroes past and present.”

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Governor Signs Feuer Legislation Protecting Seniors From Losing Life Insurance Benefits

Sacramento, CA -The Governor has signed AB 1747 by Assembly Member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles). The measure, which passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support, would provide several safeguards to help ensure that consumers’ life insurance policies do not lapse accidentally. Under existing law, individuals can easily lose the critical protection of life insurance if a single premium is accidentally missed, even if they have been paying premiums on

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time for many years. “This measure provides common-sense protections for consumers, and for seniors especially, helps ensure that they do not lose their life insurance policies,” said Feuer. “I’m pleased the Governor signed this important new law.” AB 1747 requires that a “pending lapse notice” be sent to the policy owner within 30 days of nonpayment, to provide a much-needed warning that the bill has not been paid. The new law will also

require that insurers allow a policy owner to name one or more designees to receive a copy of the pending lapse notice, so that if the policy owner does not realize the bill has gone unpaid (or is unable to respond, perhaps due to hospitalization or incapacitation), a trusted relative or friend can do so. Finally, it codifies and extends the grace period from 30 to 60 days to ensure that a policy owner or his or her designee has sufficient time to pay the premiums. AB 1747 will go into effect on January 1, 2013.

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Travel tips of the week

Monday, september 17th - sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Things To Do Over Carmaggedon Weekend (Part II)

By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor As I promised, here are more suggestions of things to do over Carmegeddon Weekend Part II. • VISIT LOS ENCINO STATE PARK When was the last time you visited Los Encino Park located in Encino? This historic landmark is open from Wednesday through Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Unfortunately due to the reduced staff, free guided tours are only available by appointment or during some special event. However the Garnier Building and the newly De la Ossa Adobe are available for self-guided tours during regular park hours. And, best of all, the ducks and geese that populate the spring are always ready to welcome you and your family. The folks at the Los Encinos State Park request that you purchase the duck food (25¢) and not bread that you might bring from home, because ducks and geese can’t properly digest the highly refined grains that we people eat. Los Encino State Park is located at 16756 Moorpark Street. You can park either on Moorpark and enter the rear gate or on Ventura Boulevard and enter through the Ventura Boulevard gate. • SANTA BARBARA CAR FREE GETAWAY Mary Byrd, manager of the Santa Barbara Car Free Project, has stated, “We invite Los Angeles area residents and visitors to use the freeway closure and traffic as a chance to ‘Think Outside the Car.’ Take the train to Santa Barbara and avoid ‘Carmageddon’ entirely at the end of September, or plan to take a car free vacation in Santa Barbara in the future. Travel green and save some green.” Throughout 2012, the Santa Barbara Car Free Project invites visitors to save 20 percent on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin services and you can also save up to 50 percent at more than 65 hotels, activities and restaurants with “Cool Car Free Discounts.” And, you can visit three top Santa Barbara Attractions without a car. Here’s how: 1) To Stearns Wharf: You can walk, bike or take the 50-cent MTD Waterfront/Downtown electric shuttle. it stops at the foot of the wharf at the Dolphin Fountain. 2) Mission Santa Barbara. You can walk or bike (mostly uphill) through beautiful residential neighborhoods or if it would be me, I’d take the MTD Bus Line 22. It stops opposite the Mission on Laguna Street. Fare is 41.75 each way; 85 cents for seniors; children under 45 inches ride free. 3) The Santa Barbara County Courthouse (one block from State Street): You can walk, bike or take the MTD Bus Line 22 wshich stops on the Anapamu Street side. Or take the 50-cent MTD Downtown Electric shuttle to the corner of State and Anapamu and walk east one block. The MTD Electric Shuttle has two routes to serve the public: Downtown (State Street) and the Waterfront (Cabrillo Boulevard). Cost is 50 cents per ride, children under 45 inches ride free. There is a free transfer available between the two shuttle routes. Both

do run frequently. I Bike Santa Barbara is also offering $20 off per rider on biking tours of wine country; free admission at more than 10 area museums on September 29 including the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum; the SOL Food Festival celebration of local organic food on September 29th. For complete information on Carmageddon II savings offers, the 2012 “Cool Car Free Discounts” offer and hundreds of more car free options-visit www. • AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO Just one of the programs at the Los Angeles Zoo is the Zoo’s Animals and You Programs. These are 15minute animal close-ups that take place at stations in the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo at 10:45 am, 11:45 am and 12:45 pm. Animals you might see at the Animals & You Stations include the African Desert Hedgehog, Shingleback Skink, Inland Bearded Dragon and Colombian Rainbow Boa. The Los Angeles Zoo is located at the junction of the 134 and 5 Freeways in Griffith Park. For hours and admission fees go to • SOUTH COAST WINERY HARVEST FESTIVAL The South Coast Winery Resort & Spa welcomes one and all to their South Coast Winery Harvest Festival and to experience the “First Crush” with the 8th Annual Blessing of the Wines on Sunday, September 23. In keeping with the old world tradition, the South Coast Winery’s harvest festival family day will begin with a Blessing of the Wines officiated by Father Santos Ortega, of St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church in Temecula. The Blessing is followed by barbequed foods, tethered hot-air balloon rides, horse-drawn hayrides, dancing and entertainment (provided by Roman Holiday), and of course, grape stomping contests, face painting and more. Cost for the South Coast Winery’s Harvest Festival is $55 per person ages 12+, $50 wine club members and $15 for children under the age of 12. The South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is located at 34843 Rancho Claifornia Road, in the heart of Temecula’s Wine Country. For more information please call (951) 587-9463, Ext. 7210 or go to Cost for South Coast Winery’s Harvest Festival is just $55 per person/$50 wineclub members/$15 children under age 12. For more information, please call 951-587-9463 Ext. 7210 or visit

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adventure Hotels, Resorts travel & cruises & Spas Boutique Hotel In Monterey A Trip Beach Hut Bed & Breakfast Is the MONTEREY, CA -- Set in a half-acre of gardens,this Craftsman-style bed and breakfast inn provides a fabulous view of Monterey Ideal Place To Stay In San Diego Bay with its famous barking seals. When SAN DIEGO, CA -- Two luxuriously appointed private accommodations at Sail Bay in Mission Bay Park, just minutes from all famous San Diego attractions. Each room has morning kitchen, granite counter tops, faux fireplace, automatic climate control, LCD TV, free WiFi, dedicated free parking, use of beautifully landscaped gardens with beautiful patio and pool and many other guest advantages. There is a 6 mile Boardwalk around the Bay for biking, rollerblading, jogging, nearby water sport rentals for boating/sailing on the Bay, nearby surf board rentals for Pacific Ocean thrill seekers. Sea World is located nearby in Mission Park and public transportation is available to see other sites in San Diego. Pubs, breweries, and fine restaurants abound. Both accommodations are completely private and feature a deluxe queen bed, table and chairs, marble counter tops in kitchen and bathroom and thermostatic heat/air conditioning. LCD screen cable TV, DVD, free Wi-Fi and many other amenities are provided. The refrigerator, freezer and cabinets are fully stocked with all foods and utensils. Enjoy a complete self-prepared breakfast each morning in the comfort of your room or pool side on the patio. Close to sailing, surfing, golf, the Zoo and countless other activities, the Beach Hut is the ideal base for your San Diego visit. The spectacular Bay Walk is just steps away, a small cafe, two restaurants & a store are around the corner, and fine restaurants and shops are nearby. An excellent bus route and nearby trolley/train connects you with more distant destinations. Rates: $159 to $189 per night. Stay in a Private Guest Cottage or a Tuscan Styled Spacious Room at beautiful Mission Bay with free reserved on-site parking and professionally landscaped Pool and Patio. The Beach Hut is conveniently located at Sail Bay next to Sea World and is just minutes away from all other famous San Diego attractions. Room features include a Queen Bed, Table and Chairs, Fireplace, Private Ceramic Tiled Bath, Granite Countered Morning Kitchen, free WiFi, large screen LCD TV/Cable and DVD. In room thermostatically controlled Heat and Air Conditioning maintain perfect comfort for our non-smoking guests. An extensive self-prepared breakfast awaits you each morning to be enjoyed in the Cottage/Tuscan Room or on the patio beside the pool. The full kitchen features refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and all necessary utensils and implements. (

you’re ready to settle in for the evening, you’ll find huge Victorian beds complete with lace-edged sheets and goose-down comforters. Three rooms include Jacuzzi tubs for two. In the late afternoon, wine, hors d’oeuvres and aperitifs are served on an enclosed sun porch. After dinner, guests are tucked into bed with homemade cookies and milk. The Jabberwock B&B Inn is only five short blocks above Cannery Row (made famous by author John Steinbeck). Visit Cannery Row, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf and Point Lobos / Big Sur from our Monterey, CA B&B accommodation! The Monterey / Pacific Grove recreation trail, just four blocks down the hill, offers an extraordinary walking, jogging, and biking path. Perhaps you will want to go to Fisherman’s Wharf or the Historic Adobes. In any case, as you meander, enjoy the beautiful Monterey Bay and historic Monterey, California. (

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Assemblymember Blumenfield (left of center) and supporters of clean car incentives in front of Quantum Technologies’ plug-in Ford-150 pickup

Advocates, Automakers Urge Governor To Sign Bills For New Clean Car Incentives

PASADENA, CA -- Flanked by supporters, solar panels and clean cars made by California companies, Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) urged Governor Jerry Brown to sign his legislation making cleaner, greener car ownership a more affordable, practical choice for Californians. “We must encourage Californians to buy cars with a smaller impact on our environment,” said Blumenfield. “This shift requires us to think beyond petroleum and transition towards cleaner cars. By signing these bills, the governor can reward green car choices and solidify California’s place as the clean technology capital of the world.” Transportation is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and smog. With 5.8 million cars and 7.3 million total vehicles overall registered in Los Angeles County, clean air remains Southern California’s most basic environmental challenge. To jumpstart emissions reductions, Blumenfield’s legislation provides new consumer incentives to purchase clean cars, such as plug-in hybrids and compressed natural gas cars, and zero emission vehicles such as electric and hydrogen cars. Gathering a consortium of green technology companies called CALSTART, environmentalists, clean air advocates and California-based clean car companies joined Blumenfield in urging the governor’s support for the following bills.

· AB 2405 allows single-occupant, clean and zero emission vehicles with a Clean Air Vehicle Sticker free access to carpool lanes that are converted to toll roads. Toll road projects are currently underway in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego regions. These conversions undermine the sticker program, which helped hybrid vehicles become established. A list of vehicles eligible for the sticker program is available online at · AB 2502 allows car dealers to include the cost of accelerated electric vehicle charging stations including installation at the consumer’s home – within electric vehicle purchase financing. Current law does not allow for this practice, which amounts to a barrier for some consumers since this equipment can fully recharge an electric vehicle overnight and typically costs a few thousand dollars. · AB 2853 requires the state to develop a plan for equipping state-owned parking lots and park- andride lots with electric vehicle chargers and alternative fuel infrastructure. To help accomplish that, the bill allows state parking lots to contract with private vendors to provide charging stations. It also requires the creation of other incentives, such as preferential and discounted parking, for clean and zero emission vehicles at state-owned parking locations. “To meet our emission targets, we need to see the clean fuel vehicle market grow quickly,” said Jamie Hall, Policy Director at CALSTART. “Assemblyman Blumenfield’s trio of bills will help build market demand and increase the value of owning cleaner cars into the future.” Our region has the worst air quality in the nation,” said Matt Miyasato, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District. “We’ve made a lot of progress but won’t put this problem behind us until a lot more of us drive cleaner, greener cars.” Clean cars produce 34% less greenhouse gas emissions and 75% less smog. California is working to have zero-emission or plug-in hybrid cars account for 15% of new vehicles sold each year by 2025. If achieved, it is expected to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. “For more than 100 years, we have concentrated our efforts on developing internal combustion engine vehicles and an infrastructure to power them,” said K. Forrest Beanum, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and External Affairs at CODA Automotive. “The package of bills under consideration will create powerful, cost-effective incentives that drive demand for clean vehicles, and in turn, drive private investment and economic vitality throughout the state. We are pleased to operate in a state where our leaders recognize transformational opportunities and take decisive action.” “California is home to many established green technology firms in automotive, computer, telecommunications and solar industries,” said David Mazaika, Executive Director at Quantum Technologies. “California has led the country in clean vehicles, including electric and hybrid vehicles, due to California’s unique combination of highly innovative people, strong private and government support, and a dedication to improving our environment.” California is the nation’s largest market for cars, home to 22.2 million cars and 31.8 million total vehicles overall. According to the California New Car Dealers Association, car sales are up in California by 27.4% from last year. The top-selling car is a hybrid, the Toyota Prius. “California must reduce tailpipe pollution and its origins in our dependence on fossil fuels,” said Jim Stewart, PhD, Co-chair of Sierra Club California’s Energy-Climate Committee. “We have seen much progress and the result has been cleaner air. But there is more to be done to green transportation choices, and the proposed incentives for alternatively fueled vehicles will help.” Further information about each bill is available at

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SANTA CLARITA, CA -- 25 miles north of Los Angeles surrounded by the spectacular Angeles National Forest, lies a golf club with more personalities than there are colors in a California sunset. Two 18-hole courses on par with any worldclass private club yet they are open to the public. Over 400 acres of unspoiled, unpretentious beauty, yet to the unsuspecting, these courses can be challenging. The design scheme is rooted in the heritage of Old California, yet the features will redefine golf for the New Millennium. The two courses, the Mountain course and the Valley course, meander through untouched stands of the sage and chapparral, California Sycamores and Coastal Live Oaks. You’ll encounter water hazards, yes, but also gorgeous waterfalls. But bring your wits along with your clubs, because this alluring beauty can be full of mischief. True to the “ Ranch “ part of its name, Robinson Ranch evokes the timeless splendor of classic California. Big views and dramatic vista await you at every turn and tee. The undulating terrain is as gentle and rugged as cowhand’s heart. Among the richness of these surroundings, you ‘ll be delighted to find Robinson Ranch is a prototype for the future of the golfing experience, with features and conveniences sure to be imitated. ( The largest feet in the world belong to a Mr Matthew McGrory who lives in America whose feet are a whopping size 28½ (US size). The 7ft4in resident of Florida, USA has to fork out a massive $22,745 for a pair of shoes to fit his unusually large feet.

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