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Governor Brown Wants More Zero- Emission Cars

 

March 31, 2016



There are about 160,000 zero-emission cars in California, but Governor Jerry Brown wants 1.5 million in use by 2025. California drivers use 14 billion gallons of gasoline and four billion gallons of diesel annually.

Eating more homemade meals and fewer foods from restaurants may help protect against the development of type 2 diabetes, according to a study presented in November 2015 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. The researchers analyzed data on almost 100,000 study participants who were followed for up to 36 years. Their analysis revealed participants who consumed 11 to 14 home–prepared meals each week had a 13 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than participants who ate less than six homemade meals each week. A previous study linked eating out to an increased incidence of weight gain and high blood pressure, both of which are risk factors for diabetes.

America’s teachers are committed to instilling a sense of citizenship and tradition in their students. Nominate a teacher for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award. Contact your local VFW Post for more details and nomination forms, call VFW Headquarters at (816) 756-3390 ext. 287, or go to http://www.vfw.org.

January holds a special meaning for America’s Veterans; on January 17, 1991 the Persian Gulf War began, and on January 31, 1990 the Panama Campaign ended.

Google won an important battle in a larger war recently when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told the company it would consider the artificial intelligence system that pilots autonomous cars to be a “driver” under federal law. This “Self-Driving System” will allow Google to sell a vehicle without pedals, steering wheel or other devices that would allow a person in the vehicle to override the system. Production of a consumer version could take several years, per the Memphis Business Journal.

The U.S. Air Force recently delivered four A-29 planes to Afghanistan. Eight pilots and 12 mechanics graduated on December 18, 2015 from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia after 337 days of training. The pilots are the first of 30 over the next three years that will join the all-Afghan Air Force.

In the name of science China plans to build a huge solar power station in space. Additionally, Israel is launching tiny satellites to find missing persons.

The FBI and Justice Department are reportedly investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for hacking into a database of player information maintained by their rival Houston Astros. The allegation is the first known case of cyber-espionage in U.S. pro sports.

Do you have vinyl siding on your house and are ready to change the color? Until recently you were out of luck. Today Benjamin Moore Regal Select Exterior Revive paint is available and in 335 different colors at $55 a gallon, $50 a gallon with your AAA card.

Do you suffer with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? New research suggests electrical impulses may one day be used to treat this illness. The silver dollar-sized device is implanted into the chest and delivers electrical signals that tell the immune system “enough inflammation already!” It is believed the device could be available in Europe in 2017 and in the U.S. after that.

Research also suggests omega-3 fatty acids may slow cognitive decline.

In the June 5, 2015 issue of Newsweek I read that while TASER maintains its weapons are harmless when used correctly, Amnesty International reports at least 40 people a year die as a result of stun-gun abuse.

Los Angeles County is planning to spend between $1.8 and $2 billion to replace men’s Central Jail. Construction will start in 2017 and will be completed in 2021.

It seems the City of Ventura will be voting before long on electing Council members by district and not at large.

Thanks to a new law called Proposition 47, you may be able to get non-violent felonies reclassified to misdemeanors. There are over one million Californians eligible to take advantage of this law. Qualifying felonies are simple drug possession, shoplifting under $950, petty theft under $950, forgery or insufficient funds under $950, and receiving stolen property under $950. For more information and clinic locations go to http://www.MyProp47.org or call (562) 900-1009.

Don’t dawdle – every day wasted brings you closer to the deadline.

How many remember reading my column in the July 17-23 2014 issue of the Culver City Observer? As you may recall, the Beverly Hills School District in 2002 had a mere $2 million hole in unfunded liabilities in their employee pension fund. Twelve years later in 2014 that $2 million had risen to $126 million and today it’s $186 million. Do you think their trustees, in order to balance the budget without raising taxes sky high, would consider – eliminating crossing guards and the first grade? Maybe if each of us “adopted” a student in Beverly Hills we could help them get through this crisis.

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