San Diego cracks down on dockless scooters and bikes

San Diego cracks down on dockless scooters and bikes

The city of San Diego is creating a designated zones on roadways for riders to park their scooters and bikes. They will place the small parking where red zones prohibit cars from parking.

The city calls these new parking spaces “corrals.” The intent is to get scooters and bikes off sidewalks, roads, and other pedestrian walkways.

Many residents complain about riders of motorized scooters. They accuse them of riding recklessly and at unsafe speeds. Residents also complain that scooters are left in front of their houses and on their lawns.

The city plans to carve out roughly 330 designated spaces across the city. The cost comes out of the current transportation budget.

San Diego estimates that there are roughly 20,000 shared bikes, e-bikes and scooters in the city. Six companies in the city offer shared scooters and bikes. This June city council will introduce several new laws aimed at regulating these companies and the use of their products.

In addition to parking corrals, Mayor Greg Block also proposed regulations for reduced speed in certain areas. He also proposed fees and permitting for scooter and bicycle companies.

Scooter advocates say that they save emissions from short car trips and provide cheap and safe transportation for those who cannot afford a vehicle.

Truck Company Fined for Transporting Hazardous Materials!

Truck Company Fined for Transporting Hazardous Materials!

Well… the news is out. A large trucking company from California just pleaded guilty to transporting a huge amount of hazardous materials. Apparently, the company transported more than 128,000 pounds of lead-contaminated battery chips.

And, these products are known to be dangerous. In fact, they can cause permanent damage to young children’s health if they somehow ingest or inhale the substance (like in contaminated dust or soil, etc.)

The company, Wiley Sanders Truck Lines, which operates within California, as long as many other states, is based out of Troy, Alabama. They made a plea agreement at the end of February, in which they admitted to three felony counts. These included them irresponsibly, and knowingly, transporting the product from a battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, to a different facility in Bakersfield, California.

The Effects

So, what happens now? Basically, a hefty fine. Wily Sanders now must pay the federal government a whopping $1.5 million penalty for the crime. And, that’s just the half of it. The company has to pay an additional $1.5 million to an environmental fund. This fund, established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, supports residents in the areas impacted by the shipments.

Essentially, through the recycling process, the facility ended up creating a lot of hazardous waste. In the end, the product was extremely toxic. And, therefore, it posed as a threat to public health in the nearby communities. In fact, according to the prosecutors on the case, Wily Sanders knew that their trucks didn’t have enough protection to prevent the hazardous materials from leaking out of the truck.

The behavior of the company threatens the health and safety of everyone in the area – but mostly children, who are more likely to ingest lead-invested materials. While they are paying the price and hopefully the toxic materials are cleaned up… what about the traces left behind? What do you think about this hazardous materials case?

Why is Swift Leaving Leased Owner-Operators Behind?

Why is Swift Leaving Leased Owner-Operators Behind?

Swift Transportation, one of the largest carriers in the US, is reacting to the recent California Supreme Court ruling. The ruling, from April 2018, created changes in the way of leased owner-operator.

Before, leasing to owner-operators was the traditional model. But, an alternative to leasing gives loads to independents instead. Essentially, this concept is looked at as a work-around. However, the decision made by the California court set strict conditions on owner-operators. This makes it more difficult for carriers to lease to owner-operators.

Now, there’s been a lot of backlash since the decision. As a result, companies filed cases to fight the ruling. Both the Western States Trucking Association and the California Trucking Association are suing. However, companies are already feeling the impact of the decision.

For example, Swift, a branch of the Knight-Swift conglomerate, operates more than 30,000 trucks. And, nearly 5,000 of those are owner-operators. According to reports, Swift decided to end arrangements with its leased owner-operators based in California. They will do so if the owner-operators don’t meet certain conditions laid out in the ruling. In fact, they are now encouraging some of them to transition to independents.

Two of the owner-operators affected by this confirmed that they received notice from the company. Apparently, Swift informed them that they must make a decision by the beginning of March. While it is uncertain how many leased owner-operators the policy impacts, estimates show that it could be up to 20% of Swift’s owner-operators. This means about 1,000 of the 5,000 may feel the impacts.

These recent rulings created tension and difficulties in the trucking industry. This impacts many independent contractor relationships throughout the state of California. What do you think of the ruling? Do you think the federal court will overrule the new laws for leased owner-operators?

TuSimple Speeds into the Future of Trucking

TuSimple Speeds into the Future of Trucking

TuSimple has some big plans for the future. The autonomous trucking startup began its journey back in 2015 and they are now making leaps in the industry!

While the company is based out of China, TuSimple has an R&D facility in San Diego, as well as test operations located in Tucson. And the company is growing. Recently, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), they announced that they are taking three to five autonomous trips per day. They also stated that they have customers currently on three different routes in Arizona.

And, the trips the TuSimple trucks take have two safety engineers. One of them is behind the wheel while the other monitors the data that comes in for each trip. That is a big change for the industry. As we get closer and closer to self-driving trucks, every change and technology leap is a big one. Which company will get there first?

Right now, TuSimple is not disclosing their customers. However, they did say that they currently have twelve that are contracted with them. And, they plan to expand further. Right now, they have eleven trucks operating in the US. They want to increase that number to 40 by June of this year. In addition, they will add another route from Arizona to Texas early this year.

Driving Technology

As the founder and president of TuSimple stated: “Exactly one year after debuting our prototype system at CES 2018, we’re now running up to five commercial trips a day in Arizona, expanding our fleet and moving quickly toward our goal of creating the first commercial self-driving truck.”

TuSimple is getting closer to making this happen with its use of camera-centric perception. Most autonomous vehicle companies use LiDAR to improve vehicle perception. However, LiDAR has some limitations, especially with large trucks that have to travel at high speeds. The system can detect objects and cars up to about 250 meters. According to TuSimple, they use a camera-based system which has a vision range of 1,000 meters.

As the company keeps trucking along, we’ll see how fast technology changes the industry. Will TuSimple create the first commercial self-driving truck? What will that mean for the future of the trucking industry?

A Sweet End to 2018 – Best San Diego Desserts

A Sweet End to 2018 – Best San Diego Desserts

Calling all sweet-tooths! We are saying goodbye to 2018 and taking a look back at some of the best San Diego desserts of the year. How many new restaurants did you check out this year? Not only are there great meals to be had throughout the San Diego area, there are great desserts as well. And, perhaps you want to bring that sweetness into your 2019. Check out these restaurants’ delicious creations in the upcoming weeks!

One of the best desserts is the Warm Chocolate Brownie at the Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant. The dessert is topped with espresso-Baily’s ice cream. But, wait – there’s more. Pretzel crumbles are sprinkled on top of that. And as the chef who put this together, Tyler Nollenberger, says: “When you’re 10 years old, what’s better than a brownie and ice cream?” And his decision to add the Bailey’s? He says: “Well, that appeals to my adult side.”

Unique and Colorful

Another great, but different, dessert from this year was the Green apple cotton candy. You can find this at Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria. It is exactly what you expect it to be – a towering plate of green-colored cotton candy. It is fun, light, and perfect for that nostalgic hat-tip toward your childhood. And, the kids of today are sure to love it, too!

Adding to the colorful (and unique) array of San Diego desserts is the Lemon at 1500 Ocean. What is it? Literally, a lemon – the upscale restaurant wanted to showcase a fun, yet classy, dessert.  Inside the lemon is poached Meyer lemon pieces, tropical finger lime, chocolate mint, and a yuzu-spiked chocolate. That center is frozen and then coated with white chocolate, yellow coloring, and a little spray of gold dust.

Other Forbidden Fruits

Another great one to try is the Pear soufflé at Herb & Wood. While it is not always pear, the soufflé is Adrian Mendoza, the Executive Pastry Chef’s, specialty. The flavors will rotate seasonally. But, it takes a high level of skill to create the perfect souffle. As Mendoza stated: “If you underwhip, it won’t rise as high, but if you overwhip, the souffle will rise tall and then deflate within seconds. If it is whipped just right, the soufflé has a three-to-five minute window before it starts descending.” Clearly, he’s mastered the technique.

One more to add to your list? The Passionfruit butter cake at Red O. Butter – the not-so-secret ingredient to many things sweet. It is the main attraction of this one. They serve this buttery concoction with passion fruit custard, strawberries, coconut crumble, and coconut ice cream. The tanginess of the fruit tones down the sweetness of the cake, creating a perfect balance.

While there are many other restaurants and desserts that also did well this year, these are some of the best ones! So, if you want to try something sweet to ring in 2019, check out some of these best San Diego desserts. Your taste buds will thank you for it!

A Different Type of Driver: How to change your truck driving lifestyle

A Different Type of Driver: How to change your truck driving lifestyle

Truck Driver Stereotypes

Why do truck driver stereotypes exist in our society? When you’re on the road, others driving around you might see you as slow, in the way, and many times holding up traffic. When they see you stopped at a gas station, they may even expect you to crawl out of your truck with a restless attitude and a gut full of coffee and jerky. That may be a bit harsh, but sometimes, is it true? It doesn’t have to be! You change your truck driving lifestyle to improve your  health and quality of life.

Of course, not all of drivers fit this description, but the difficulties of the job can lead to unhealthy choices. There are times when you want to get to your destination as fast as possible. To do that, you might eat quick-to-buy, greasy food and hop back in the truck to make it to your stop on time. Falling into the stereotypes could lead to an unhealthy lifestyle.

Instead, try some of these tips to making alternate choices on the road.

Add Healthier Choices to your Truck Driving Lifestyle

A daily change can transform into a lifetime habit. Plan ahead! This helps you make better choices. If you can pack fresh foods and snacks with you, you won’t find the urge to stop for less healthy options.

What types of foods should you look for? It’s as simple as choosing green, natural foods instead of salty snacks or sweet sodas and candy. Essentially, plan your drive to be healthy over hasty.

Other healthy choices could include choosing to take a quick stroll rather than a long nap. Exercise is especially important for truck drivers, as you are forced into uncomfortable seated positions for many hours per day. Try stretching and doing exercises in between stops to increase blood flow and give your body movement!

Fueling your body with the right foods will fuel your energy to be a better driver. This will be better for you overall and allow you to have a better quality of life in your career. Plan ahead, make better choices, and feel the benefits in your everyday tasks. You’ll thank yourself later.  Give the people on the road a different thought of what drivers really are.

How Much You will Get from Social Security in 2019? Changes Applied

How Much You will Get from Social Security in 2019? Changes Applied

A bigger percent of 2.8 to be applied for social security recipients in 2019. Next year, the system will also be adjusted in different other ways that could have an effect on the payments you pay or get from the system. 2019 Social security changes can amaze you.

Larger payment: Starting from 2012, the 2.8% is considered the largest. The monthly benefit for retired workers is predicted to raise by $39 reaching up to $1,461. Married couples will see a total of estimated $67 increase to the average payment of $2,448 per month.

Each year these adjustments applied to keep the inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Office Workers.

Higher tax cap: The max amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax will raise by $4,500, reaching to $132,900 in the year of 2019. Employees pay 6.2% of their earning into the Social security system until their income enlarges the maximum. The 6.2% Social Security taxable ceiling rises from $128,400 to $132,900. The potential tax burden rises by $279. Workers earning more than the above-mentioned number will see some bump in their paychecks once their earnings have exceeded the maximum taxable amount.

Higher earning limits. Workers who are getting Social Security benefits and continuing to work will be able to earn $600 more than in 2019. When you turn the full retirement age, the limit increases to $46,920 in 2019, and the penalty declines to $1 withheld for every $3 excess earning.

Electronic way of cost-of-living adjustment notification: Starting from December 2018, retirees will be able to check their adjustment online. The COLA notices will be placed in the message section of my Social Security accounts. These notices will not be placed for representative payees, people with a foreign mailing address and people who pay higher Medicare premiums according to their income.

San Diego’s Best Breweries That Also Serve Good Food

San Diego’s  Best Breweries That  Also Serve Good Food

San Diego is one of the cities where you can find a good beer place in every corner. The other thing is sometimes you are looking for a brewery you can also have good food options.

Let’s find out some of the best breweries in San Diego with delicious food.

Brewer Jeff Bagby and his wife, Dande, own a brewery with a full kitchen in San Diego. The brewery operates as full-scratch, everything is made in-house, except bread and tortillas, which are sourced locally. The owner has a long career brewing beer in San Diego County.

Another brewing dining great option in San Diego is Viewpoint Brewing Company in Del Mar. The chef spent many years at Mille Fleurs in addition to Rancho Bernardo Inn and the University Club. The kitchen is the domain of Gunnar Planter, who will satisfy even the pickiest customer.

For light eaters, Absolution Brewing Company offers a separate burger section and plant-based salads.

The brewery also serves everything from a charcuterie plate to steak fries.

For families with diverse food preferences, this place will work just fine.

Carne asada fries with Europe’s most popular late night drunken Bewsnack will be served to you at Amplified Ale Work Pacific Beach location.

Some people can’t imagine their dining without sausages. If you are one of those, check out Mastiff Sausage Co. The name of the place is a hint of various sausages you can have at brunch along with a number of salads, fries, and sandwiches.

As you see it’s not difficult to find a decent brewery with decent food options in San Diego.

San Diego beats other cities when it comes to drinks. Now you know how to make your San Diego trip not only fun but tastier.

 

“Go Get It. This Is Your Year”: How San Diego’s Wine Professionals Reached The Peak of Their Industry?

“Go Get It. This Is Your Year”: How San Diego’s Wine Professionals Reached The Peak of Their Industry?

Osterland, the first American to achieve the title of Master Sommelier in 1973, has been the only wine professional to earn that top credentials for 45 years.

On August 31 the wine educator Lindsay Pomeroy earned a Masters of Wine. Just days after Josh Orr succeeded at the rigorous Master Sommelier exam after five previous attempts. He successfully completed the tasting portion of the three-part process along with the theory and service.

As a result of his hard work, he received a small symbol of a big triumph.

35-year-old Orr works in fine wine sales and education for the distributor. He spent the last two years tasting wines five weeks a day and studying extensively.

The complicated exam compasses three parts that the candidates have to pass over a certain time period. In the case of failure, they have to start from scratch.

‘’ There were people taking the exam for the ninth time. It’s crazy’’, Orr said.

Before the actual exam, Orr received a text of encouragement from Osterland.

‘’Go get it. This is your year’’, said Orr.

Osterland praised Orr and Pomeroy. Their Masters of Wine final required the completion of a Ph.D.-like research paper. He said both of them worked extremely hard.

Having an MS guarantees the way for any number of high-paying career opportunities. Only 272 people worldwide have followed in Osterland’s footsteps.

The whole wine word is comfortable set up in New York City. Unfortunately, there are no too many good paying jobs in the San Diego wine industry.

Orr finally got fortunate enough to buy a house in San Marcos six months ago, where he lives with his wife and 3-year-old son.

“Take it in. Enjoy it-you will be a Master Sommelier for the rest of life, you’ve got time to figure it out’’

He is proud to follow the advice of his father and father-in-law.

Why San Diego Has 20 Percent Lower Heart Attack Rate Than The Rest of The State? Study Shows

Why San Diego Has 20 Percent Lower Heart Attack Rate Than The Rest of The State? Study Shows

The organization, Be There San Diego, make huge effort to reduce heart diseases. It brings together doctors from different organizations to work together. The goal is to reduce the region’s heart attack risk.

San Diego has got good results in this regard. It’s enough to look at the numbers to see the improvement that was made recently.

The number of local heart attack hospitalizations dropped 22 percent over five years, full 14 percentage points better than the 8 percent decrease across the state. This is according to the newly published study released on Tuesday.

Health Affairs, one of the most influential medical journals, says San Diego County had 3826 fewer heart attack hospitalizations. That saved about 86 million in avoided medical costs.

The cardiovascular program director and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Deepak Bhatt, can see the correlation between the start of the program and the drop in hospitalization. The study does not prove that Be There San Diego’s efforts caused the drop in heart attack hospitalization.

Well, one thing is undeniable. There is a double-digit gap between San Diego’s results and those of the other 57 counties in the state.

He hopes that other counties will look at the example of San Diego and will try to do the same.

The interesting thing is that even though similar programs were running in Los Angeles County, only 5 percentage point reduction was calculated. Sacramento saw 6 percentage point increase.

What brought the difference in results?

San Diego program didn’t use newly-developed medications or devices. The most effective tool implemented by the program is bringing doctors together every month to have a discussion around the table. They share specific methods they are using to get risk factors under control.

A group of 4000 residents at the highest risk of heart attack or stroke got the federal grant, which helped to hire health coaches to work one-on-one.

20 Southeast San Diego churches have taken board action in recent years to add exercise classes and preach healthy eating. Now before Sunday service, you can get your blood pressure checked out due to stations installed there.

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