Another section of cliff between the train tracks and the Pacific Ocean has collapsed into the sea. It slowed down train service throughout the morning (we noticed that as the trains passed much more slowly through Del Mar) and took out a portion of a trail used by surfers to get to the beach.
This is at least the 4th partial collapse in recent months. One has to wonder how much longer the Amtrack and Coaster trains will be able to operate safely on the same tracks …
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, released the following statement on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
“The swearing in this evening of Justice Brett Kavanaugh brings a just and honorable end to a terribly distressing confirmation process that repeatedly threatened to upend the most vital standards of fundamental fairness. That it did not succeed will restore at least some confidence that the system can work as intended, and that the American experiment has once again proved as durable as ever.
“What should never be forgotten, however, is the damage that has been done. This was supposed to be a fair and reasoned review of a nominee’s record on the bench, understanding of the Constitution, and vision of the role of the federal judiciary. It was instead a carefully coordinated political attack that was plotted in secret, coordinated among Senators and staff, and intended to destroy a good man. This did, indeed, replace the doctrine of advice and consent with a mission to search and destroy.
“It is my full expectation that as an Associate Justice, Brett Kavanaugh will display the same careful consideration for the facts, adherence to the law as written, and impartial and independent judicial temperament that has marked his entire judicial career. I further trust that he will be able to look past the terrible way he and his family were treated by powerful interests in Washington, keep faith that he persevered through it all, and serve with honor and distinction for many years to come.
The following is an email I sent to Del Mar City Manager Scott Huth on September 7, 2018:
Hi Scott – I hope all is well.
This morning on her 2nd birthday, I was walking my daughter down to the tot lot by the beach.
We stopped to check our mail at the post office and then continued down 15th toward Coast Blvd. I started smelling noxious chemicals – and then noticed one of the landscapers working on the corner (I assume it is City property) was spraying weed killer. Before we were overcome with it, I turned around went back up the block and crossed the street.
I have a few questions for you:
1. Were these workers there on a City contract? 2. Does the City know they are using chemical weed killers and spraying them in public without notice or regard to the environment? 3. Is the City of Del Mar ok with this? 4. Is anyone thinking about where those chemicals end up? Gutters, drains, sewers, beach and ocean ….
And most importantly,
5) What can be done to ensure that my daughter is never exposed to dangerous chemicals like in Del Mar again?
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:
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.
ResMed (NYSE: RMD) (ASX: RMD) introduced on September 13, 2018, its first minimal-contact full face CPAP mask, AirFit F30, the latest addition to its AirFit mask portfolio, which helps users reduce facial marks, wear glasses in bed and curl up closer to their bed partner.
ResMed ‘s Intrduces Thier CPAP Mask AirFit F30
Unlike most traditional full face mask cushions, AirFit F30’s sits below the nasal bridge, preventing top-of-the-nose red marks and irritation, and reducing feelings of claustrophobia for some full face wearers.
AirFit F30 also features ResMed’s latest QuietAir vent, so it’s quieter than ambient noise in the bedroom. Plus, magnetic clips make the mask fast and easy to put on and take off, while a one-size-fits-all headgear ensures an accurate, first-time fit.
Qualcomm Incorporated announced on September 13, 2018, that it has entered into accelerated share repurchase agreements with each of Bank of America, N.A., Citibank, N.A. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC to repurchase an aggregate of $16 billion of the company’s common stock, with an initial delivery to Qualcomm of approximately 178 million shares in the aggregate.
Qualcomm $16 Billion Share Repurchase
The final number of shares to be repurchased will be based on the volume-weighted average price of Qualcomm’s common stock during the term of the transaction, less a discount and subject to adjustments pursuant to the terms and conditions of the ASR Agreements. The company is funding the accelerated share repurchase with existing cash resources.
Inseego Corp. an industry pioneer in 5G and intelligent IoT device-to-cloud solutions for enterprises, announced that demand for the enterprise-grade MiFi 7000 global mobile hotspot continues to gain momentum throughout North America with Rogers Communications in Canada, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile via an Authorized T-Mobile Master Dealer.
MiFi Premium Global Hotspot Gains Market Share
“Mobile network operators want trusted solutions that are designed and developed in North America for their government, enterprise and small-medium sized business customers,” said Inseego’s EVP, IoT & Mobile Solutions, Ashish Sharma. “Inseego has a powerful portfolio of LTE and 5G products and we are expanding our global market share with consistent delivery of the industry’s fastest connection speeds, advanced security features and enterprise-grade reliability.”
Apple announced iPhone Xs and Xs Max, the most advanced iPhones ever, taking the vision for the future of the smartphone to a new level. The 5.8-inch Xs and 6.5-inch Xs Max feature stunning Super Retina displays, a faster and improved dual camera system that offers breakthrough photo and video features, the first 7-nanometer chip in a smartphone — the A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine — faster Face ID, wider stereo sound, a beautiful new gold finish and introduce Dual SIM. iPhone Xs and Xs Max will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 14 and in stores beginning Friday, September 21.
iPhone Xs and Xs Max All New Series
“iPhone Xs is packed with next-generation technologies and is a huge step forward for the future of the smartphone. Everything is state of the art including the industry-first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip with 8-core Neural Engine, faster Face ID and an advanced dual camera system that shoots Portrait mode photos with Smart HDR and dynamic depth of field,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone Xs is not one, but two new iPhone models, and iPhone Xs Max offers the biggest display ever with the biggest battery ever in an iPhone, delivering up to an hour and a half more battery life in your day.”
Maravai LifeSciences, providing reagents to researchers, biotherapeutics manufacturers and OEM partners worldwide, recently announced plans to relocate and expand its TriLink BioTechnologies operations with the signing of a lease on a new facility in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego.
Maravai Expands TriLink BioTech Operation
TriLink will consolidate its San Diego facilities into a new 95,000-square-foot space with an option to expand for future growth. The new facility will house the company’s current local staff of more than 150 and can accommodate growth to more than 350 R&D, commercial and manufacturing employees. The company’s current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) production capabilities will also be relocated, validated and expanded.