White Bike Memorial in Del Mar for LA Detective Brian R Villa

White Bike Memorial on Torrey Pines for LA Detective Brian R Villa

This morning while walking home from a nice long beach walk between Del Mar and Torrey Pines State Beach, Ava Kalea and I came across a white bicycle chained to a pole on the side of the bike lane heading south on Camino Del Mar towards Torrey Pines.  I think I noticed this bike because it was painted all white – including the wheels, tires and chain – so we went to examine it.  On the white bike was strapped this flyer:

LA Detective Brian R Villa

When I got home I did some investigating and found this article in Biking in LA about LA County Sheriff’s Detective Brian R Villa getting into an accident while riding in a bicycle race called Orange County Wheelmen’s Amtrak Century.  It is readily apparent that Brian R Villa was a good man who was loved by many.  This really hit home for me, as he was almost a year younger than I – and probably in a lot better condition.  I would like to thank him and his family for his service to our country while in the Marines – and keep his family in my thoughts and prayers.

LA Auto Show Confirmed by Global Automakers

Despite reports of automotive manufacturers pulling out of auto shows around the world, organizers of AutoMobility LA and the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show) announced on September 6, 2018, that they have maintained their roster of leading global automakers. This year, popular brands including Audi, BMW, Ford, Genesis, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Tesla and Toyota will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center along with many others. In addition to the 30 automakers and their more than 1,000 vehicles on display, show organizers have attracted brands to activate and exhibit across one million square feet of indoor and outdoor space.

LA Auto Show Confirmed by Global AutomakersLA Auto Show

Both AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show – taking place Nov. 26-29 and Nov. 30-Dec. 9, respectively – will serve as platforms to showcase the ever-evolving automotive and technology industries. Media, auto and tech professionals attending this year’s AutoMobility LA will gain insights from experts from Amazon Alexa, Aston Martin and General Motors among others, network with more than 20,000 attendees and witness vehicle unveilings over the course of four days. A hub for EV-focused premieres and activations, AutoMobility LA will give attendees a look at all-new electric and autonomous vehicles from new brands including BYTON and Rivian.

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Hackathon to be Sponsored by Industry Leaders

The Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA recently announced that for the first time, Visa and General Motors (GM) will co-sponsor the hackathon at AutoMobility LA, taking place November 25-26, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Focused on reducing congestion, emissions and building in-car payment solutions, both Visa and GM see the hackathon at AutoMobility LA as an opportunity for participants to explore solutions that will improve the overall driving experience.

Hackathon to be Sponsored by Industry LeadersHackathon

As the future of transportation evolves, Visa will utilize the hackathon at AutoMobility LA as an opportunity for participants to explore new in-car payment solutions that can improve the overall driving experience. As the world’s leader in digital payments, Visa believes simple and secure in-vehicle payments are a crucial part of the connected car transformation.

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Curating Cool 40 Years LA Celebration

Ron Robinson celebrates Curating Cool 40 years in the retail fashion business with the release of some special capsule collections and celebratory events at the brand’s flagship Santa Monica location and their original location on Melrose Avenue. In an era when online storefronts are hailed as the wave of the future, Ron Robinson proves that brick and mortar retail is far from obsolete.

Curating Cool 40 Years Celebration
Curating Cool

After four decades, Robinson has built a global brand that serves as a solid benchmark for quality and style, with stores that offer a carefully curated collection of personal and lifestyle fashion for men, women and children, home and beauty. With a different featured local artist dressing the walls of their gallery every two months, one-of-a-kind gifts, custom-made jewelry, interior aromatics and fragrances from hand-picked vendors you won’t find anywhere else, it’s no wonder Ron Robinson stores have withstood the test of time! Continue reading “Curating Cool 40 Years LA Celebration”

Naked Princess Reveals Rebrand to Le Marché

Naked Princess, the boudoir-inspired lifestyle brand founded by Jordana Woodland in 2011, is proud to announce a new look, flagship store and name, Le Marché by NP.

Naked Princess Reveals Rebrand to Le MarchéNaked Princes

The comprehensive rebrand includes a new logo and website, www.lemarchebynp.com, as well as a new tagline: “A Place. A Moment. A Lifestyle,” which captures the brand’s enduring commitment to offering quality products that make your everyday experience more beautiful.

Woodland sees the transition to Le Marché by NP as a natural progression to embrace and celebrate everything that Naked Princess has become.

“My vision from the very beginning was that Naked Princess would be a lifestyle brand. When we launched the company, our main focus was designing beautiful lingerie and beauty products, but over the years we’ve added so many different facets to our product offerings like loungewear, athleisure & “Mommy& Me” styles. It takes time for a company to truly come into itself and that’s precisely what has happened with ours,” Woodland said.

The Le Marché by NP flagship store in Whitefish, Montana will open its doors on August 30, 2018. The 1300 sq. foot space, complete with dazzling chandeliers, custom wood built-ins and neon signage will have the same brand offerings as the website, as well as some exclusive third-party items from Maileg, Meri Meri, Tiny Whales, Chronicle Books and more. The store in downtown Whitefish will also feature a “Boudoir Bar” coffee bar with a custom pink La Marzocco espresso machine, so guests can sip their favorite Stumptown coffee and espresso-based drinks as they discover beautiful, quality treasures.

For more information on Le Marché by NP, visit www.lemarchebynp.com and follow @lemarchebynp on social media.

Diesel Trucking Technologies Adoption California Rank

California remains among the slowest states in the nation to adopt near-zero emission diesel trucking technologies, says new research and analysis from the Diesel Technology Forum(DTF).

Diesel Trucking Technologies Adoption California RankDiesel Technologies

According to analysis by the Diesel Technology Forum of 2017 U.S. vehicles in operation data (GVW 3-8), provided by IHS Markit, the state ranks 43rd out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia on a percentage basis for the adoption of the newest and lowest-emitting diesel technologies (MY 2011 and newer engines) in the larger commercial vehicle fleet (Class 3-8 vehicles). While California truckers are buying 33 percent more new diesel-powered trucks than in 2016, only 29 percent of California’s commercial diesel trucks are equipped with the latest generation diesel engines.

Nationwide, diesel remains the technology of choice for commercial trucking, from the ubiquitous white box delivery trucks on up to the largest 18 wheelers, with adoption of the newest, cleanest diesel technologies now at 36 percent – a six percent jump in one year. These clean diesel trucks now make up more than one-third of all trucks on the road, delivering substantial clean air and climate benefits across the United States. In comparison, about 20.4 percent of Class 3-8 trucks use gasoline, 0.4 percent use natural gas, and those powered by other means amount to only 3.8 percent.

“It’s pretty clear that California’s truck and bus fleet rules adopted several years ago have disrupted the natural acquisition and replacement cycles of diesel technology, delaying investment in new technology vehicles until the 2023 compliance date,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “The result is that older, higher emitting trucks are staying on the road longer in California, and California’s new-technology adoption rate remains well below the national average.”

California maintains the largest fleet of Class 3-8 commercial trucks in the nation, with more than 1.4 million vehicles on the road. Nearly 70 percent of these are powered by diesel or renewable biodiesel fuel, while 28 percent use gasoline, 1 percent use natural gas, and 1 percent rely on other means.

The sluggish turnover of the state’s oldest trucks to the newest generation of diesel technology represents a significant missed opportunity to make substantial progress toward the state’s ambitious clean air and climate goals.

Upgrading the oldest trucks on California’s roads has removed 2.4 million tonnes of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 139,000 tonnes of particulate matter (PM) from the air since 2007, and saved 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 490 gallons of fuel since 2011, according to the Forum’s analysis of IHS Markit research.

If California’s new-technology diesel adoption rate were to reach 75 percent of the state’s total fleet, in one year the state would remove about 300,000 tonnes of NOx and 15,000 tonnes of PM from the air, and save 2 million tonnes of CO2 and more than 200 million gallons of fuel.

“Even California’s lackluster adoption of the newest-generation diesel technologies has delivered impressive real-world benefits to many of California’s most vulnerable communities: cleaner air, fewer carbon dioxide emissions in the communities in which they operate, as well as dramatic fuel savings to truckers,” said Schaeffer. “If the state were to prioritize – even incentivize – more truckers to move to newer, cleaner diesel technologies, imagine how quickly California could move closer to full clean air compliance. This is why diesel truck and engine manufacturers continue to work closely with the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. EPA on future steps for advanced heavy-duty diesel technology in California.”

The U.S. trucking fleet is transitioning to newer diesel technology which means immediate fuel savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air. According to Fleet Advantage’s latest Truck Lifecycle Data Index, the newest Class 8 diesel trucks can save truckers up to $26,600 in fuel costs over a 2012 model – a 7.9 percent increase in savings, despite higher average diesel prices. These newest trucks also offer significant clean air benefits: NOx emissions that are 99 percent lower than previous generations, along with 98 percent fewer emissions of particulate matter. Beginning in 2011, all new heavy-duty trucks are equipped with selective catalytic reduction and particulate control technologies, which combine to achieve stringent new EPA emissions requirements for NOx emissions of no more than 0.20 grams per brake horsepower hour (g/BHP-hr.). This is in addition to particulate emissions levels of no more than 0.01 grams per brake horsepower hour (g/HP-hr.) established in 2007.

“Especially for the largest of trucks, no other fuel matches what the newest generation of diesel technology continues to improve upon: efficient performance, low-emissions, reliability, durability, low-cost operation, and maximum flexibility in utilization, routing and fueling,” said Schaeffer. “Over the last decade, truck and engine manufacturers and their suppliers have fundamentally transformed diesel technology to near-zero emissions performance while also increasing its fuel efficiency. Diesel’s continued dominance as the technology of choice for heavy-duty trucking reflects the technology’s proven record of continuous improvement and low-cost operation.”

Largest Automotive Show Returns to Los Angeles

Car enthusiasts and fans of the Los Angeles Automotive Show can now purchase tickets for this year’s event at LAAutoShow.com. Last year, the global show had 1,000 of the latest models, vehicle debuts, and concept cars on display and this year, the expectation is no different. Alongside vehicles of all kinds, attendees of the 111-year-old show will experience a stellar lineup of family-friendly activations, including simulators, gaming attractions, and interactive driving experiences.

Largest Automotive Show Returns to Los AngelesAutomotive Show

Tesla will be returning to the LA Auto Show this year, exhibiting their latest vehicles in South Hall. Hyundai and Porsche will have racing simulators for use and a life-size Lego car for a “Kids Zone” area, respectively within the South Atrium. Attendees will also be able to test drive numerous makes and models, including the latest from Acura, Alfa Romeo, Buick, Cadillac, FCA, Ford, GMC, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, and Volvo. Electric vehicle brands BYTON and Rivian, along with Genovations – the world’s first street legal electric car to exceed 220mph – will bring theirlatest concepts and creations. In the West Atrium, visitors can experience live, interactive demonstrations and new autonomous vehicle concepts from companies including ICONA Designs.

“The LA Auto Show has been a staple in Los Angeles for more than a century and we continue to pride ourselves on being an annual destination for so many people,” said Lisa Kaz, President and CEO of the LA Automotive Show and AutoMobility LA. “Being located in the largest car buying market, we are excited to provide guests with entertainment, fun activations and for those looking for their next vehicle, shoppers will have a hassle-free car shopping experience.”

The breakdown for LA Automotive Show tickets are as follows:

· Any Day: Good for any one day between November 30 – December 9. Pricing is $5 for children, $10 for seniors and $15 for adults (kids under 6 are free with a paying adult)
· Monday-Thursday: Lower priced tickets available December 3-6 only. Pricing is $5 for children, $10 for seniors and $12 for adults (kids under 6 are free with a paying adult)
· Early Entry: Allows entry into the show one hour before the general public on any Saturday or Sunday (December 1-2 or 8-9). Tickets are available for purchase online only. Pricing is $10 for children, $20 for seniors and $35 for adults. (kids under 6 are free with paying adult)
· Group Ticket Packages: This is a single day entry November 30 – December 9 and valid for groups of 20 or more. Pricing is available upon request at LAAutoShow.com/groups
· Guided Tours: Taking place December 1, 2, 8 and 9 beginning at 7:45 AM, the two-hour tours are led by automotive experts and include headsets and a continental breakfast. Following the tour, participants will have full access to the show floor until closing. Tickets are available for purchase online only. Pricing is $35 for children and $85 for adults

Similar to years past, guests will have the opportunity to explore The Garage, located under South Hall, which is a substantial part of the one million square foot LA Automotive Show campus. Within The Garage, visitors can experience the latest in automotive technology and enjoy a large collection of customized rides, exotics and more.

Additional information on vehicles and on-site activations will be announced in the coming months.

Immediately preceding the LA Auto Show is AutoMobility LA, one of the world’s largest events for major automotive and technology news, taking place November 26-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For additional information on the LA Auto Show or AutoMobility LA, please visit LAAutoShow.com and AutoMobilityLA.com.

Registration Now Open for Automobility LA 2018

Automobility LA 2018Auto-Tech Trade Show Returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center November 26-29, 2018Organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA today announced that registration for its 2018 event is now open. Taking place November 26-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, AutoMobility LA will have speakers from major global companies discussing the latest trends in the new mobility industry. 

Similar to last year, all media, business and industry professionals interested in attending AutoMobility LA must register and select one of three passes: AutoMobility LA Conference & Vehicle Debuts Pass, AutoMobility LA Conference Pass, AutoMobility LA Vehicle Debuts Pass. AutoMobility LA 2018 passes are now available at: automobilityla.com/register. Continue reading “Registration Now Open for Automobility LA 2018”

San Diego-Based Torrey Holistics Awarded First Adult Use License by California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control

Torrey Holistics San Diego CannabisSan Diego based Torrey Holistics recently announced that California has chosen the collective to be the first approved Adult Use marijuana dispensary in the state. Thousands of businesses applied for the license prior to the state’s awarding of the first license yesterday. Granting of the license means that as of January 1st, 2018, Torrey Holistics will be legally permitted to temporarily sell marijuana to adults 21 years of age and over without the medical recommendation of a physician, as was previously required in California.  Continue reading “San Diego-Based Torrey Holistics Awarded First Adult Use License by California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control”

USL’s Orange County Soccer Club Partners with Surf Cup Sports to Provide a Professional Pathway for Youth Soccer Players

Surfcup SportsThe future of American youth soccer is brighter with the recent announcement that Orange County SC of the United Soccer League (USL) and Surf Cup Sports have formed a historic partnership focused on creating a professional pathway for youth players in Southern California, America’s number one market for player development. Continue reading “USL’s Orange County Soccer Club Partners with Surf Cup Sports to Provide a Professional Pathway for Youth Soccer Players”