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Your Vehicle May Need A Checkup


November 11, 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says one vehicle in eight still needs to be checked for defective Takata air bags. NHTSA recommends owners check for recall information, and if their vehicle is part of the recall, contact a local dealer for a free repair.

Just in case you haven’t heard, the City of Chicago is in deep trouble with their employee pension costs. Chicago will pay about $1 billion next year into four separate pension funds. To cover that in part, their city council increased telephone surcharges in 2014, adding about $35 million a year in revenues. A 2015 property tax increase will raise taxes by $543 million over the next four years. On September 14, 2016 their city council voted to raise water and sewer taxes to generate an additional $240 million annually by 2020.

A new study could reassure men with early prostate cancer that whether they opt for radiation, surgery or no treatment, their risk of dying of the disease in ten years is very low, less than one percent. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, said new studies add to mounting evidence that men with localized prostate cancer can safely opt to postpone treatment.

Our State Senator Holly Mitchell’s sponsored bill, SB629, has been signed by Governor Brown and goes into effect on January 1, 2017. The Senator’s bill does not alter the penalties, but simply removes the inflammatory and misused term from the penal code as it relates to lynching.

The number of federal inmates who are serving time for drug offenses, among them thousands of nonviolent offenders sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, is 100,000.

If I lived in McKinney, Texas and wanted that city to furnish public documents under the Texas Public Information Act relating to a white police officer pointing his gun at black youths, it would require 2,231 hours of programmer time at a cost approaching $80,000. This figure is so high, it effectively keeps information hidden that the city is legally obligated to provide.

United Airlines found Boeing’s new plane, the 787-9, has such a range that it flies nonstop between San Francisco and Tel Aviv and Singapore and Auckland. Yes, folks, the 787-9 will carry 252 passengers 8,786 miles.

My, oh my, have things changed. Recently Vietnam bought commercial aircraft worth $11 billion.

For travelers, Holiday Inn Express was ranked number 1 in customer service and #1 in trust.

My former employer, the Boeing Aircraft Company, is a proving ground for the robotizing of the production assembly line for the 777 jet. As these robots displace workers, the companies are hiring a highly trained group of human workers to fix robots when they break down or need maintenance.

Recently Boeing projected airlines would need 617,000 pilots in the next 20 years worldwide and an additional 20,000 pilots over the next 10 years here in the United States.

Can it be true, folks? According to disclosure reports filed Thursday, June 30 with the Florida State Commission on Ethics, for the period January 1, 2015 to December 15, 2015 the Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, last year earned $128,872. To put it in perspective, the top super-duper Culver City City Attorney, Carol Schwab, made over $100,000 more than Bondi. That’s right. Carol, representing 40, 000 residents, made more than Bondi, representing millions of people in the Sunshine State.

Did you read the Reno, Nevada Gazette – Journal recently? Well, partner, it seems their city attorney was involved in settling a lawsuit against a police officer accused of assaulting a man during a traffic stop. I bet you are wondering about the cost. Well, it was a $23,000 settlement.

As of June 1 the good people of Idaho are able to carry a concealed gun without needing a license or training.

Now that the United States made Cuba our friend again, Cousin Neil was looking forward to restocking his shelves with rum and cigars, but, alas, the only product that was removed from the list of items barred from being imported from Cuba was coffee, and that will probably be on your favorite supermarket shelf around the first of December. I will try it, but the coffee will have to be marvelous to keep me away from my Yuban.

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